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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 ~ 05/01/09 - MAY DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tony Duran ('55) John Adkins ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sylvia Plumb ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Reining ('71wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: Birthday Today, May Day, is my lovely wife, Sylvia Mays Plumb Duran's ('56) birthday. We've been married 52 years and we still are having a blast. Time for a margarita if we can keep the tornados away in Wichita. Hello Carlos O'Kelly!! Then to Nashville, Wow!! -Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Obit - Ted Ogston ('62) (Seattle Times) Charles "Ted" Ogston Born on June 11, 1944, in Oakridge, Tennessee, Ted graduated from Richland High School and went on to work at Yellowstone National Park before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. Ted finished a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1966 and again answered the call of duty in 1992, serving in the first Gulf War. When he returned home from Southeast Asia he met his wife, Patricia Ogston, with whom he would spend the next 39 years. He dedicated 27 years to Boeing in order to support his quickly growing family. Ted and Pat would have 4 children in 5 years; Brian, Steve, Troy and Andrea. He was a long time union activist and deeply committed to his IAM brothers and sisters at Boeing and Northwest Airlines. Ted embraced his civic duty, never failing to volunteer for any and every event to support his fellow workers. He was enjoying his long-deserved retirement, traveling the world, and spending time with his two beloved grandchildren, Racelyn Roberson and Oliver Ogston, as well as his daughter-in-law, Tracy. Ted had found great travel companions and fellow life adventurers in Beth & Joe Matthias. Service details to follow. Ted's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the IAM union hall in Auburn, WA at 1pm. Their address is 201 A Street SW, Auburn, WA 98001. The union phone number is (253) 833-5590 Re: Ted's Tribute in the music world Maren, Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) forwarded this "flyer" to me, thought you might want to do something with it. -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ted Ogston ('62) ~ 6/11/44 - 4/16/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/02/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO Bomber sent anything today! BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene Richter ('55) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/03/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Heminger ('56wb), Michael Ragland ('57) Ed Wood ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Jeanie Walsh ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Alan Stephens ('66), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Ely ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: NO Bomber sent anything today! [5/2/09] A sure sign that summer is upon us...? -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Re: Darrel Goodwin ('57wb) Does anyone know the whereabouts of Darrel Goodwin, would have been the class of '57. I believe that he either moved or dropped out during our senior year. -Michael Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Volunteer opportunities I knew when I retired that I wanted to spend some time in one or more volunteer roles and have now begun to work as a volunteer for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I work 1/2 day each week, except when Janice and I are traveling somewhere, and find it every bit as satisfying as I had hoped it would be. I'm an exhibit guide for Expedition Health, the new permanent exhibit at the museum. My favorite part is working with the school kids that come through the museum, asking them questions and explaining some of the exhibits we have. Yesterday as I was dissecting a sheep brain I was surprised to see so many of the children who were enthralled with the process, but didn't want to wield the knife themselves to slice off a part of the cerebrum. Then one lass about 8 years old proudly stepped up to take charge and cut off a piece of the frontal lobe, telling me confidentially that the boys don't have the courage that she has. Two weeks ago as I was handing around an artificial knee to a small cluster of visitors, a lady described her experience having that very knee installed in her right knee just two months earlier. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has one of the most active volunteer programs of any museum in the country, with over 1,500 active volunteers on the roster all year long, so it's pretty easy to jump on board, and we're always looking for more volunteers to continue to enrich the exhibits for the visitors. I'd like to hear of other retirees' volunteer experiences. -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: NO Bomber sent anything today! [5/2/09] To: All Bombers Re: Those oldies but goodies No entries in yesterday's Sandstorm, so it must be time to get some discussion started. How about remembering some of our favorite musical performers from "back in the day"? Here are some of mine in no particular order (I think this list covers from the '50s to the '80s): Buddy Holly, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, The Fabulous Wailers, The Four Seasons, Rod Stewart, The Electric Light Orchestra, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Kenny G, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, The Platters, Fats Domino, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Kingsmen, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Darin, Jan & Dean, The Righteous Brothers, The Moody Blues, Whitney Houston, John Denver, Sony & Cher, The Supremes, The Kingston Trio, Three Dog Night, Smokey Robinson, Elton John, The Doors... I know I have left many favorites off the list. Who are some of yours? -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from cold, wet, and stormy Mercer Island, WA. The small taste of spring weather we had ;ast week makes me hungry for more, but it doesn't look like it will be this week if the weather guessers are right. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Re: NO Bomber sent anything today! [5/2/09] -Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: NO Bomber sent anything today! [5/2/09] This is a first I believe. We've always had at least 1 person send something in. Re: '64 in '09 I'm looking forward to my 45th class reunion next month. It will be here and gone before I know. Its only been 5 years? Seems so much longer than that since our last reunion. Re: Local Utilities I do have a question for those of you who live in Richland and/ or West Richland. I'm trying to find out around what the average utility bill would be. I've written to the Utilities manager and they need a particular address before they can tell me. I am just curious on an average. Just looking at different areas to see what the cost of living would be if we relocated back there. I found a site for Pasco. Of course, anything is better than the prices we pay in California! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We are having much needed rain. Been raining since yesterday and is to last through the weekend. Not a hard rain, but a good soaker. I'm getting cabin fever like you wouldn't believe! You know, we really didn't have a summer at all last year so all this cool, cloudy weather is really getting to me. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) Re: Las Vegas Thank you David Rivers ('65) for your honorable mention in your always worthy and enjoyed entry. The next night I had dinner with our Historian and found out the Porterhouse steak down stairs was just as good. Going to Las Vegas?? I recommend the South Point Casino. A senior handicap room less then $60. Off season cost. Great food and staff. And got to visit with David too!! Re: PBR As you know from last year I am part of the Vets group Gamewardens of Viet Nam. I am now the VP of the North West Chapter. We have the Navy's last Viet Nam era, operational PBR. We had it at the Water Follies last year. So this is for all the Vets. HELP!!!! So far Navy Recruit Com. has no plans to take the boat to the Water Follies this year. Anyone in the Tri-Cities know of any way we can get this boat back over there to show it off again? -Alan Stephens ('66) ~ Kent, WA where after two weeks of nice hot weather in Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada we come back to a whole week of rain. Good thing I'm retired and can stay indoors. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Miracles DO happen! Well, Bomber friends, in this calendar year I have been through two grueling credentialing processes -- one for the V.A. that would have taken me to Fairbanks, AK, and one for the Navy/ Marines that would have taken me to Camp LeJeune, NC. I want to thank each one of you who posted here or wrote to me by personal e-mail with info on Alaska and North Carolina. Bombers REALLY DO CARE about other Bombers! Anyway, I decided against Alaska, and was about 1/2 day from the finalization of the deal in North Carolina. It would have been a great job, but moving 2775 miles away from all family, and giving up Haven Farm was really breaking my heart. Then a miracle happened ... and within a 5-hour time span on Tuesday of this week, I phone interviewed, e-mailed all my credentialing info (see, it didn't go to waste!), was "vetted", and was offered a great job only 275 miles south of Haven Farm -- providing psychiatric services at three clinics there, serving primarily the under-served poor, homeless, working poor, etc. (But actually, anyone is welcome at these clinics.) I will be an employee (no longer a contractor), with a significant pay hike, great benefits (have had NONE as a contractor), and finally having the nursing support that I have not had. Plus medical colleagues! Yay - no longer all on my own. I flew down on Thursday evening, had a whirlwind day there doing paperwork, meeting people, and leasing a town house that had JUST come available, 2.6 miles from the Nampa clinic, all new carpet, fixtures, etc ... in other words, perfect! Flew back here Friday night, and have started making plans for moving to my home away from home (real home is the farm, of course). I am feeling very blessed, and very excited. Wanted to share the good news with all of you. Are there any Boise/Nampa/Caldwell area Bombers? If so, please be in touch with me via e-mail. I don't know a soul there, except the folks I met on Friday at my new offices. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Haven Farm, ID -- 16 miles east of Lewiston AND Nampa, ID (as of the beginning of June. Starting work on June 10th.) PS - VERY IMPORTANT! I have a registered paint mare - 5 years old - saddle broke and beautiful/gentle/smart, and her 3 year old filly, who is halter broke. It's been decided that these two girls need new homes. They just aren't getting the time and attention they need, and it will be even worse with me going to Nampa. I am looking for good homes for Annie and Lucy. I am not interested in making any money on these horses, although Annie has been professionally trained, and comes with a saddle, and full tack. But mostly I just want them to go to a home or homes where they will be worked with, ridden, etc. Maybe a 4-H kid? They great horses - and to the right people, I'd probably just give them away .... on a you-haul-them basis. So please contact me if you know of someone who would be interested. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/04/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Karen Cole ('55), Mary Rose ('60) Jay Siegel ('61), Linda Reining ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) I attended my 50th college reunion (Central) this weekend, and I told some friends I would try to locate Gretchen Day Fassbinder ('55). If anyone can help me, I'd appreciate a response. Thanks, -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Spring is here! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Re: Entry by Ed Wood ('62) on Volunteer Service When I retired I became a volunteer with our small hospital here in Gunnison, UT. We have approximately 25 volunteer/hospice members at this time. I work about four hours a week and thoroughly enjoy it. We recently had our awards banquet and some interesting facts came out. An award was given to one lady for putting in over 900 hours in a nine month period. One lady received a prize for being the oldest volunteer (86). There were several in their eighties. One received an award for having the most grandchildren (52). There were several who had 40 some grandchildren. Also, a gift was given for driving the most miles to give hospice care. This lady put over 7,000 miles on her car. I keep thinking I just love all these little ladies that I volunteer with and about how deprived we were growing up in Richland and having almost no "older people" until the houses sold. Don't get me wrong - I loved growing up in Richland - I just missed having elderly people around. Then I realize I am one of these "older people". That is the weirdest feeling as I don't feel older - unless my body starts hurting!! Anyway, I love doing this work and feel extremely good when I come home and have made someone smile or helped them in some small way. -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT where it is cloudy again today. Nice weather is coming again soon and all the flowers and trees are in bloom and looking so beautiful!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) Re: '61 Class Web Site and permanent class roster Well Classmates with whom I spent so much of my life, it is becoming obvious that I will probably not be able to handle the class website and roster update for our 50th. The website needs a makeover and this would probably be a good time to move as Geo-Cities is folding. I have the date for the class roster but it isn't well documented. There will be time to answer questions as they arise. If anyone is interested in the job, send me and email or call and we can discuss things. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes - -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:favorite musical performers from "back in the day": my favorites were: Elvis; Beach Boys; Jan and Dean; Righteous Brothers; Everly Brothers; Frankie Avalon; Bobby Rydell; Fabian; the Four Seasons; Buddy Holly; Chuck Berry; Kingston Trio; the Shirelles; the Supremes; Bobby Darin; and many more, whose names I can't remember at the moment. all these names and others bring back so many wonderful, fun memories of growing up in Richland and going to the sock hops, in the gym, at Carmichael, and learning the latest dance steps, watching "American Bandstand", then practicing them in the utility room at Carol Wiley's ('63) house--she lived on Cottonwood and I lived on Elm, so we were right around the corner from each other. we thought we were "so cool" cause we could do "the mash potato", "the twist", "the locomotion", "the hully gully", "the pony", and many others. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......Bakersfield, CA---we didn't get the rain they kept predicting--for some reason it avoids us---darnitt! temps are slowly climbing into the 80s and will soon be in the triple digits. comes way too fast for me and lasts way too long, but that's the price I pay for living here, although, I still haven't adjusted to it and have been here over 25 years! I prefer/thrive in winter and hibernate in summer as much as possible! when I first moved here, I thought my neighbors were "certifiable" for sitting outside in 100+ temps and they thought I was "sick" cause I never came outside! neither of us have changed. *grin* ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/05/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Steve Carson ('58) Joretta Garrison ('58), George Barnett ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Cole ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Wise ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Experiences Richland/Hanford We are roughly working out the guidelines for personal testimonies, or experiences, of having lived in Richland or one of the other Tri-Cities,and/or having worked at Hanford or having had parents or siblings who worked there. You can be as personal as you wish, and as political as you wish. Items like the kinds of trees, the style of house you lived in, rent paid, fishing or walking on riverbanks, etc. For personal writings, informal, try to keep to 750 words. For an essay form, let us say 1,500 words. There will be some editing - as we won't be able to use all items sent, but we will use as many as we can. If you wish to remain anonymous, that is ok, too. Most of you have strong opinions, one way or another, about the dropping of the atomic bombs and the nuclear question in general. However, please do not send any religious propaganda, and keep in mind that our Constitution emphasizes the separation between church and state. Please send all entries to the web master, Nick Thorp at [Nick's email removed for his privacy. Send stuff to Bill and he can forward it. -Maren] -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Pretty comprehensive list. The only other group I would have included is The Brothers Four, a Kingston Trio type group from the U W. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Re: William "Bill" Hartley ('56-RIP) Got a message from Beverly Barnett Hartley ('58) asking me to put info about her Bill in the Sandstorm. He died 5/1/09 (notice was in the Tri-City Herald on Sunday) Beverly and family are in our prayers. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: William "Bill" Hartley ('56-RIP) Just a quick note to let the Sandstorm readers know that another Bomber has left us. Bill passed away from a pulmonary dysfunction on Friday, May 1st. Funeral services will be on Saturday May 9th. I'm guessing that the TCH will have the particulars. Bill was the husband of my sister, Beverly Barnett Hartley ('58) and was the basketball team manager for Col-Hi back about 1954-'55. I know there were lots of Bombers who purchased a new or used car from Bill as he worked for the Ford dealers for a good many years. He was also a Richland cop for a couple years back in the early '60s. I will be enroute back to Richland tomorrow morning from here in Tucson. Maybe I'll get a chance to visit with a few fellow bombers while up there tending to a very unpleasant task. Bye Geo -George Barnett ('63) ~ from the sunshine capitol of the world Tucson, AZ where it is to top 100 by Thursday. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/06/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Gene Barfuss ('53) Sylvia Plumb ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna Bolin ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo Bustad ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Pugh ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harold "Gene" Barfuss ('53) Re: Birthday Just a great big Birthday wish to a wonderful lady and a great friend from the past. Patti Cole Pierce ('52) [on 5/5]... what great memories I have from you. -Gene Barfuss ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) Re: Bill Hartley ('56-RIP) We would like to send our deepest sympathies to Beverly Barnett Hartley ('57) and all her family at this time of sorrow in the loss of Bill. I went to Marcus Whitman with Bill years ago... then Carmichael... then of course, Col-Hi. What a great guy!! Sorry to hear about his passing. May he rest in peace!! -Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Keith Clark ('47) ~ 7/13/30 - 4/29/09 >>Fred Latendresse ('57) ~ 3/25/39 - 5/3/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/07/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Joretta Garrison ('58). Jim Blackwood ('64) The Cole Kids ('50, '55, '63, and '66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Hartman ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laverne Vandenberg ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Our hearts go out to Beverly Barnett Hartley ('58), and her many family members, on the passing of William "Bill" Hartley ('56-RIP). Bill was a great guy, and was loved and respected by all who knew him. Bev asked that I pass this information along to you: Viewing will be Friday, May 8, from 6-8pm at Einan's Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 9, at 2pm at Columbia Community Church, 150 Gage Blvd. Please keep the Hartley family in your thoughts. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Blackwood (Behind The Scenes Class of '64) Hi Maren, will you please cut & paste this into the Sandstorm? I'm not sure how this works now days. Thank you. Jim Hey! Every 30 years or so I check in to see what's going on. So, what's going on? I also always have this impulse to express my thanks and say how lucky it is to have lived in Richland when I did. I've never felt otherwise. The high desert area cradled between the Cascades and foothills of the Rockies. It was, to use a corny term, magical. My friends I can never repay for what they've given me, and the scout group, taking us all through the state into every terrain, teaching us to live as easily in a tent or lean-to as in a house. Even if we never met you contributed to this good fortune. Very lucky place to land! I'm in the Sonoran desert which puts a crimp on the ole water skiing but apparently I'm a desert kind of guy because once again I appreciate getting out into the area and soaking up energy from the earth here. I like what the Col-Hi track coach told us in the 100 yard dash: "Don't run up to the finish line... run through it, accelerating as you hit it." He'd mark off an extra 10 yards and have us run the 110 to see what he meant. very metaphorical... Joe Evans ('65) and Jerry Bosch ('64) always left me in the dust in that event. I still think my all-time-funniest memory is of a phys-ed class. We were down on the grass below the pool, on some fairly level ground, playing football. Divvied up into two teams. I was in the backfield, just to the quarterback's right so I had a good view, maybe the only guy who really saw exactly what happened. Fred Gray ('64) was center, Danny Hooper ('64) q-back. We were kicking, 4th and too many. Danny called the #s, Fred's hike is perfect. But Danny misgauged it: he was too close to Fred. Way too close. Danny was holding the ball out, extended, and had taken the step and a half you need to get your leg under it. By that time though he was about a foot and a half from Fred who was still down in a blocker position. Danny got under it real nice... just under Fred's butt and it impacted dead center... square on, with a beautiful, solid whack-splat! that threw Fred forward about 6 feet. You had to be there to really appreciate the accuracy. The ball came flying back over my head, but I was already helpless from laughter. Fred was a good sport and didn't kill anyone, Danny was very apologetic. It could never have been planned and executed that way. take care, -Jim Blackwood (Behind The Scenes Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The Cole Kids ('50, '55, '63, and '66) To: Patti Cole Pierce ('52) Ok Sis, you know how great I am on the computer. I went to my sent file and discovered my birthday wish [for the 5/5] Sandstorm wasn't sent. Anyway, you know you were inundated with good wishes from your siblings and friends. You're the best. I can't believe you're sooo old! (Three quarters of a century!) Ha!! We all love you. -Barb ('50), Karen ('55), Judie & Jackie ('63), and John ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bill Hartley ('56) ~ 6/27/36 - 5/1/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Bill Berlin ('56), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Bill Dunton (Former Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKeown ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Barr ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Overdahl ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Guidelines for the Washington Nuclear Museum -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Activities of the Retired I have been retired from the Seattle School District for nearly 15 years and find great pleasure as Curator of the Fort Valley Museum in Fort Valley, Virginia. Each year we plan and design a new exhibit that is filled with Fort Valley history. I also participate in the Fort Valley Sweet Magnolia Blossoms which is a Red Hat organization. We have as our objective "Girls just want to have fun". -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley VA where it has been raining much more than in Seattle this past week **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bill Hartley ('56-RIP) I was saddened to hear that Bill had passed away. I had a great visit with him at the Class of 1956 reunion a couple of years ago and had I known he was selling and managing cars and dealerships, I probably would have bought from him. Bill was the epitome of being "the class guy" whilst at Col-Hi because everyone knew him and he had no enemies that I know of. I remember that we were standing in the hallway when a little sophomore girl was coming down the corridor with a huge pile of books and binders and Bill went over and without asking, took the whole load to wherever she was going. That was Bill... the class gentleman too. I do know that our class, our school and our town was better with Bill Hartley in it. Rest in peace old buddy. My condolences go out to his family as I suspect they too are a class act like husband and Dad Bill was. Re: Richland trees. I don't recall a lot of trees around the town site when we first arrived in early 1947. Lots of trees down around the Yakima and Columbia Rivers but in our south end of town I think a lot of them were taken out during construction. Our "block tree" was up the block just beyond Jack Sinderson's ('53) house as there was an original Richland house on the corner and it had a tree. My Dad planted, as I remember, six Lombardi Poplars long our back yard fence line as both a wind break and sand storm mitigation barrier and it worked. It only took a year or so and those darn trees were 10-12 feet tall and they just kept going upwards. My Dad was always mad at himself for not spacing them a bit further apart so we could stretch a hammock between them. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we have had pretty nice weather lately, a mix of nice sunny days and a bit of rain. The Skagit Valley tulips are just about done for the year but they were sure beautiful when they were out in full bloom. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Horses to Go - CLARIFICATION When I wrote about the two Haven Farm horses (one registered paint mare - 5 years old; the other her 3 year old filly) that are going to need new homes due to my new job, I unintentionally was unclear in stating what comes with the horse(s), costs, etc. Didn't mean to mislead anyone. The main point was there is no real desire on this end to MAKE money on the horses, but also would rather not lose any either, especially on the mare. (Like all that has been spent on tack, training, etc.) If anyone is still interested, the best thing to do is either e- mail me your phone number, or e-mail asking for the number on this end. Discussing it ear-to-ear will probably make things more clear for everyone. Again, sorry for any misunderstanding I may have created. That's what I get for writing posts in the middle of the night!!! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (Former Teacher) Re: Lynn Dunton Dear Ones, I promised I would keep you up to date on Lynn's medical condition. Nothing she has endured in her battle with cancer has been to any avail. Yesterday she came home to receive hospice care. Lynn is comatose. Please feel free to visit anytime if you want to say "goodbye." There are people awake here 24/7. I guarantee that your visiting Lynn will provide her with additional comfort, since everything we read says she probably can hear what is being said to her. She did appreciate all the letters, cards and E-Mails you sent, but she can no longer read. All those flowers and plants played an important role to show her how much she meant to you, but I would much prefer you send a contribution to your favorite charity rather than sending more floral offerings now. We will have a memorial celebration of Lynn's "Life and Times" at some future date. -Bill Dunton (Former Teacher) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/09/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Kenny Gardner ('54), Mike Brady ('61) Linda Reining ('64), Robert Shipp ('64) David Rivers ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Lukins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Stull ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Mary Bailey ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Teeple ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val Trent ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kenny Gardner ('54) Re: Birthday ~ Jim McKeown ('53) on 5/7 Jim, happy birthday to you. You're a good man. Jim. Enjoyed playing baseball with you. -Kenny Gardner ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Volunteering During my retirement, I volunteered at the Northshore Senior Fitness Center in Bothell, WA. I assisted people set up fitness programs for themselves. For Seniors living near Bothell and interested in exercising in a fantastic environment at a low cost, check it out. I'm considering assisting at the Northshore YMCA. I recently learned people 65 years and older with certain types of health insurance can become members of Silver Sneakers and use YMCA facilities for free. It may be different in other parts of the United States. It's worth checking out. My wife retired from a nearby school district last June. She taught at the same school for the past 23 years. She is now substituting there and volunteering a couple times a week. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:Lynn Dunton(Richland school teacher) the news on Lynn Dunton is just so sad, I got an e mail from Bill telling me about her and we are going down to Fullerton on Saturday to say our "goodbyes" to her-----she has been a part of my life since I was 5-6 years old and I am not ready to say goodbye at all! have always called her "Aunt Lynn"--she has been aunt to my daughters and my grandkids from the day they were born. will miss her very much. =Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp ('64) Re: Guidelines for the Washington Nuclear Museum I went to the link provided by Bill Witherup ('53) with the thought that I might want to submit something. When I got there, I discovered that this project is being sponsored by Toxipedia and the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR). On further investigation I found that WPSR is a left-leaning, anti-nuclear environmental organization and consequently decided against sending a submission. In keeping with the Sandstorm's requirements to keep entries non-political, I will refrain from further comment on this organization or their ideas, but I think that anyone who is thinking of submitting to the Washington Nuclear Museum should first know who the sponsors are. -Robert Shipp ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: all my fault Yesterday, (day before when you read this) I was stuck in a very long but very productive deposition for the whole day and then some... the drive back to the office took a very long time and after buttoning up some loose ends I headed home and never even turned on my computer... my fault and my mistake... When I woke up this morning I hoped and hoped that the yellow stickie on my computer at work said 5/9 instead of 5/8... I knew it didn't but hey... stranger things have happened... Well I have corrected my foe paw (fox pass?... fake pace?) by direct email but a'korse it ain't quite the same... So I sher hope that Pete Overdahl ('60) and Patty de la Bretonne ('65) will unnerstan and forgive me when I wish them a late but heart felt HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR 5/8/09!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) We had a nice turn out at our April 18th luncheon... it was a "sunny" day for a change in the Portland/Vancouver neighborhood, and I think some who wanted to come got sidetracked with company or home projects. Those attending were: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Len Rediske ('66) and wife Linda Rediske (NAB) Ron and Leslie Swanson Coleman ('59) Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Denny Hoban (NAB) Yours Truly We spent time in silent reflection and shared thoughts for our friend Alan Porter ('66-RIP). Alan was always a lively part of our luncheons and picnics, and will be greatly missed in our circle of friends. Coming events We are working on the plans for our Bomber Picnic... Tom Hemp hill ('62) and Linda Hemp hill (NAB) have graciously offered their home for the event. We had a blast there last year. Time and date are being worked out by the Bomber Committee, and more information to follow, but tentatively mark your calendars for August 1st. Also, on June 27, 2009, Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) and wife Aryl Carlson (NAB) will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Silver ton, OR. More info to follow on that. We had talked about a June luncheon, but I need feedback from other Bombers regarding this. Our calendars are all getting full with the summer approaching, so I need to hear from you!! Stay tuned for more information on the Bomber Picnic and Bob and Karyl's anniversary party. Pray for more sunshine for Oregon and rain for southern CA to put out those fires. Happy Mother's Day. Bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Birthday ~ Kathy Clark ('67) on 5/7 Dear Kathy, I didn't forget you Big 60th Birthday!!! Really I didn't!! I just forgot to write you a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I'm sure you had a great DAY!!... and welcome to the BIG 60 Club!! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/10/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria Adams ('54), Alan Lobdell ('69) John Ballif ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Lollis ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Andrews ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne Christensen ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne Bussman ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Volunteer Projects In retirement I became a Certified Mediator. 95% of it was working with families of divorce with issues of child care and shared time. It could be very painful and very rewarding. I had always prided myself on being a good communicator but found I had to learn a whole new way of doing that in this scenario. Just goes to show, you're never too old to learn something new, even when you think you already know it all. (smile) -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Campaign To: Any bombers within King County I have received a few e-mails from Bombers here in King County wondering why I am not mentioned when certain radio and TV stations talk about the people running for King County Executive. This is the same treatment I got in 2001 when I started running for the office however had to give up after about six to eight weeks because my wife's breast cancer came back with a vengeance. She was far more important then any office or job. I spent almost no money and did almost no campaigning and still got 12% or 33,000 votes in the Primary based only on my credentials. This year I am going after it and not stopping. It seems to bother the career politicians, TV stations, Radio stations and other elitist running, along with a couple major political parties. They are not sure how to deal with me so they don't mention me. Daily I am getting invited to more and more opportunities to speak and meet people, why, because I am qualified to do the job and I'm a simply real person. The working world knows this due to the many cities I have worked for and with here in King County. I am running under the radar and gaining support daily. I will soon have my web site up and running, and will post it, if you have interest in knowing my full qualifications. -Alan E. Lobdell, P,E. ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: John Ballif ('73) Entered: Saturday 05/09/2009 1:02:53pm COMMENTS: I am interested in obtaining a year book from 1973. Please contact me if you are willing to part with yours or are willing to loan it to me or a couple of weeks. Thanks! -John Ballif ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/11/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Steve Carson ('58) Pappy Swan ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill McCue ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Doran ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Alan Lobdell ('69) What are you running for and what do you think needs fixin'? I would be interested in seeing your web site when it is up and running. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ` Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Member in Good Standing of the Committee for Planning the 50th Class Reunion of the Class of '59 To: The friends, relatives, and anyone else who just might happen to know ... the whereabouts or status of the below-listed members of The Class of 1959, "The Last Great Class of the Nifty Fifties," Re: HELP! We have made some pretty good strides toward locating our fellow classmates in order to send out the information concerning our upcoming reunion. Of 369 classmates who graduated with us or were "would be" graduates with our class, we have located or accounted for all but 45. Fifty eight members of our class are deceased, leaving a potential of 311 attendees, if all could be located and did indeed show up at our "fiftieth." We are missing 21 whom were formerly located, but we can't find them now. And, there are 24 whom we have never located or accounted for since the day we hugged each other goodbye, tossed our mortar boards high into the stratosphere, and went our separate ways! Thus, of our assumed surviving and remaining classmates, we have found or accounted for all but about 15% of them. We are striving to find them all, and we will be working on this right up until the day of the reunion. To aid in our search, we could use and will accept any hints, leads, clues, shreds of evidence, and/or best guesses that any of you Sandstorm readers might be able to provide, toward locating our missing schoolmates. We would greatly appreciate any and all of you Bombers/Sandstorm Readers taking the time to look at the following lists and advise us, if you have any information or thoughts to offer. All bits and pieces of information are welcome, as we are becoming reasonably good at putting together the collected pieces of the puzzle and have located several lost friends. But, there is still much to do! PEOPLE LOCATED FOR PREVIOUS REUNIONS, BUT WE CANNOT FIND THEM NOW Gary BACKLUND, Ralph BENOLIEL, Dennis BRAKE, Sharon CLINE Ward, Nancy HAWS Davis, Sue HEATH Venger, Charles HUGHES, John KENNEDY, Nancy KING Ziens, Harrold LEAVITT, Stewart NIELSON, Darrell PETERSON, Susan PITTOCK Courtenay, Diane PUGH, Ned PUGH, Stephen Kent SINKEY, Ruth SOLOMON Ellsworth, Mary STEVENS Huntington, Lee SUDWICKS, Patricia THOMPSON PEOPLE NEVER LOCATED SINCE GRADUATION Judith A. ANDERSON, Dennis R. COX, Larry E. FISCHER, Dick L. GRIFFIN, Gary W. KLINE, Carolyn LEE Shaffer, Patricia L. LYNCH, George MARTINEZ, Michael McGRATH, Barbara C. McLENMORE, Jeanne E. MILLER, Lynda PHILLIPS, Robert H. ROBINSON, Sandra SCHMIDT, Bob SIEVERS, Larry R. SMITH, Ralph D. STEPHENS, Rosemary STROUP, Doris J. TAYLOR, Connie L. WAGNER, Joan A. WARE, James D. WHITE, Michael D. WILLIAMS, Annette V. WINSOR My elves have even journeyed far and wide, aiding in the search, but report that they have exhausted all current leads. They need something to keep them busy, as they are showing signs of taking up with the likes of the Leprechauns and the partaking of a bit too much nog. So, to keep me from knocking them in the noggin with a noggin full of nog ... please help! You can help by offering any bit of information that might help us toward locating our missing classmates ... and getting my elves busy, once again. We thank you kindly for your support, and ... Go Bombers! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA (A Distant, Outer, Suburb of Richland, WA) where the wind don't blow and the grass don't grow ... like it did in my childhood days... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/12/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Gus Keeney ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: WPSR Thanks for the info. I was about ready to submit something on my short time living in the largest trailer park in the world in Hanford in 43-44? Skip that. This fall my wife and I will be attending my 60th RHS class reunion in Richland. We are now in Lincoln City, OR, on an RV trip visiting again the good things about this state. We live on the Central Coast, Grover Beach, CA. When we get back we will be hosting a first luncheon including a wine meet/greet at our house for the California Central Coast Bombers. Bomber cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Happy Birthday to my 1st Tenor, Dennis Barr ('58)!!!!!! I know it was on the 8th, but I was at Detroit Lake, Oregon and didn't get to look at the calender until today!!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Member in Good Standing of the Committee for Planning the 50th Class Reunion of the Class of '59. To: Any who might not have read my posting yesterday and the friends, relatives, and anyone else who just might happen to know ... the whereabouts or status of the below-listed members of The Class of 1959, "The Last Great Class of the Nifty Fifties." Re: A BIG THANK YOU AND MORE HELP ... HELP! My friend, Dennis Hammer (' 64), offered the following suggestion: "My guess is that the elves have contacts with other elves at the North Pole who can access Santa's list. And we know that Santa's list has been checked twice. So all of the missing Bombers from the class of '59 must be naughty, not nice." Well to me, that sounds reasonable, but that may not be true in all cases, because after the number of this morning's responses from the Bomber Sandstorm Readers, I am asking Maren to run this revised version once again?. I want to thank Maren for posting my plea for help in finding missing '59 classmates, and those who responded. It paid off very well, indeed! Due to the input that we received this morning alone, Burt Pierard ('59) and I have been able to pretty much verify with sadness, but near certainty another 4 deceased classmates, always uncomfortable to hear about, but those details help us to sharpen the accuracy of our class roster listings. We realized that one person was not listed. In addition, we received 15 responses (at last count) which gave us 20 some different leads or bits of information that may very well help us to further play detective and track down more missing or "long time -- no hear from" schoolmates. Revising our numbers to reflect our latest determined information, of 369 classmates who graduated with us or were "would have been" graduates with our class, we have now located or accounted for all but 39 and if some of the information received today, leads us to making contact, that number will drop considerably. Sixty-two members of our class are determined to be deceased, leaving a potential of 306 attendees, if all could be located and did indeed show up at our "fiftieth." We are now down to 16 whom were formerly located, but we can't find them now. And, there are 23 whom we have never located or accounted for since the day we hugged each other goodbye, tossed our mortar boards high into the stratosphere, and went our separate ways! Thus, of our assumed surviving and remaining classmates, we believe that we have now found or accounted for all but about 12.7% of them. We are striving to find them all, and we will be working on this right up until the day of the reunion. To aid in our search, we could use and will accept any hints, leads, clues, shreds of evidence, and/or best guesses that any of you Sandstorm readers or someone that you know of who might be able to provide information, toward locating our missing schoolmates. We would greatly appreciate any and all of you Bombers/Sandstorm Readers taking the time to look at the following lists and advise us, if you have any information or thoughts to offer. All bits and pieces of information are welcome, as we are becoming reasonably good at putting together the collected pieces of the puzzle and have located and/or verified the status of several lost friends. But, there is still much to do! PEOPLE LOCATED FOR PREVIOUS REUNIONS, BUT WE CANNOT FIND THEM NOW Ralph BENOLIEL, Dennis BRAKE , Sharon CLINE Ward, Sue HEATH Venger, Charles HUGHES, John KENNEDY, Nancy KING Ziens, Harrold LEAVITT, Stewart NIELSON, Darrell PETERSON, Susan PITTOCK Courtenay, Diane PUGH, Ned PUGH, Ruth SOLOMON Ellsworth, Lee SUDWICKS, Patricia THOMPSON PEOPLE NEVER LOCATED SINCE GRADUATION Judith A. ANDERSON, Dennis R. COX, Larry E. FISCHER, Dick L. GRIFFIN, Gary W. KLINE, Carolyn LEE Shaffer, Patricia L. LYNCH, George MARTINEZ, Michael McGRATH, Barbara C. McLENMORE, Jeanne E. MILLER, Lynda PHILLIPS, Robert H. ROBINSON, Sandra SCHMIDT, Bob SIEVERS, Larry R. SMITH, Ralph D. STEPHENS, Rosemary STROUP, Connie L. WAGNER, Joan A. WARE, James D. WHITE, Michael D. WILLIAMS, Annette V. WINSOR My elves have even journeyed far and wide, aiding in the search, but had recently reported that they had exhausted all current leads. And, they were afraid to venture to the North Pole at this time of year, due to potentially unstable ice, based upon talk of "Global Warming." So, they need something to keep them busy, as they are showing signs of taking up with the likes of the Leprechauns and the partaking of a bit too much nog. To keep me from knocking them in the noggin with a noggin full of nog ... please help! You can help by offering any bit of information that might help us toward locating any of our missing classmates ... and thereby giving my elves a new purpose to again resume the search and keep them busy, once again. Again, we very much, thank you kindly for your support, and ... Go Bombers! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA (A Distant, Outer, Suburb of Richland, Washington) where the winds don't blow and the grasses don't grow ... like it did in my childhood days... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland Due to illness I couldn't be at the luncheon. Aw! Gee! I'd rather be there. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) was to be out of town. In my illness I didn't think to email and see if she didn't go. Emailed Mary Judd Hinz ('60) asked her to take care of the luncheon... it was immediate "Yes!" Thank you Mary. The following is what Mary wrote about the luncheon. Small crowd today. maybe because it was Mothers' Day weekend. Regardless, it was fun, the food was good and waiter Eric's service was impeccable. The following were attendees: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Dave Rhodes ('52wb) Alice Rhodes (spouse '57 Colville High School). Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) Judy Keplinger ('61) Janet Forby Padgett ('60) Dona McCleary Belt ('54) Burt Pierard ('59) Missy Kenney ('59) Em DeVine ('52) Myrna Bolin Turner ('63) Myrna surprised everyone by bringing two trays of absolutely delicious strawberries which she had stuffed with a sweetened cream cheese filling and garnished with chopped pecans. Scrumptious! Bombers Have Fun! -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA A gentle breeze just blew in a couple of minutes ago to cool down the beautiful warm day. My lilac bush has been absolutely outstanding.. covered with blossoms. Reminds of high school when we lived on Kuhn and mom had a lilac bush. Always beautiful blooms. When the blossoms of bushes started a couple of weeks ago it was amazing how fast everything bloomed. [See picture with Today's lunch pictures. -Maren] It seemed it was a matter of a couple of days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) More on Here are some of the 'groups' you will find on RHS Alumni - 482 members Carmichael Hill Super Sledders - 118 members The Spudnut Shop - 428 members Proud of the cloud... forever - 927 members RHS: My high school could blow your high school up! - 1,269 members The lady who runs The Spudnut Shop site above... dropped 2 dozen Spudnuts off in Colfax on Saturday. Very Tasty I must say. My Class of 1962 Shadle Park [Spokane] friend enjoyed his 1st Spudnut Sunday morning! Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) tears in Bomber-land. Lynn Dunton, a beloved ex-Richland teacher, passed away, in Fullerton, CA with her family and friends around her on Saturday evening. I have many wonderful memories of Lynn and it was hard to say goodbye to her, but I am so glad that I went down on Saturday afternoon to talk to her and let her know how much she meant to me---she lived behind me when I was a little girl(we lived on Rossell and they lived on Roberts)and we were able to re- acquaint our relationship when I moved to CA in '74. she was a great lady, wife, mom, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend, and teacher. after moving to Fullerton, she was a stay-at-home mom, while Bill taught choir at La Habra High School. she kept her hands busy, though, teaching art at "Tall Mouse"(a craft store) and also in her home---her home was filled with many, many paintings of her own, and her students. She always tried to teach me to draw, but I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, although she had a class for that, too. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Hanford Health and Safety EXPO To: All Bombers The Safety EXPO is Tuesday and Wednesday at the TRAC in Pasco 7am to 7pm. All new pictures of the Construction Camp on display this year... hope to see you there! Lots of stuff for the kids to do! -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/13/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Mark Ingham sent stuff: Rick Valentine ('68) Mark Ingham (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: May Spokane Bomber Lunch will be next Sunday May, 17th. Lunch will be held at the The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wall Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Resraurant serves Breakfast and Lunch anytime, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NAB) Good day Richland Bombers!! My name is Mark Ingham and I work for the City of Richland's public information office. Last year I was posting on this blog site often as we were producing history stories for our channel CityView TV. I always received an amazing response when my questions were posted here. I come to you again in search of more priceless minds! I'm sure most of you have heard that 150 school administrators from Kennewick, Richland and Pasco have decided to forgo one day of pay during the 09-10 school year to help maintain a huge budget shortfall. They came up with this idea in spirit of the original 1944 Hanford workers who gave up a days pay to buy a bomber. I want to produce a television story tying both events together through the eyes of someone who gave their days pay back in 1944. I think it's amazing that 65 years later their selfless act is still motivating Richland residents! This is where I need your help. Can anybody get me in touch with someone I can interview? Did you or one of your parents work at Hanford and submit a days pay back in 1944? If so PLEASE, PLEASE let me know! Thanks for your help!! I hope you all have a wonderful day! -Mark Ingham (NAB) City of Richland Public Information ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/14/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Carole Wickstrom ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Jim Hamilton ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Jim Coyne ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claudia Stoffel ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randal Southam ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carole Wickstrom Tadlock ('59) It is with sadness that I write the passing of Diane Goodenow Rhodes ('59). She passed away tonight [5/13]in San Clemente, CA. -Carole Wickstrom Tadlock ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Twittering First my kids got me to text, then it was Facebook and now it is twittering! Technology is coming at us so fast it is impossible to keep up. I saw a Microsoft T-shirt the other day that said, "Virtually anything is possible." I remember many, many years ago thinking we've invented it all. Now I think we've only scratched the surface. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Good thing I retired, because my memory has seemed to have gone the way of Buck Night at the Skyline, or even the Skyline for that matter. So first I forget to make notice of Ellen's birthday and then I overlooked the advent of the Eighth of May, but I'm not going so far as to rely on one of Counselor Rivers' yellow post-a-notes to replace the string around my finger. It's time for Brother Leo to rent a hall for the Gold Medal Class of 63 Marching, Caroling and Chowder Society's Christmas Party. Mark your calendars for Saturday the 12th of December at 10:00am, place to be determined by the discerning eye of Leo and his Sunshine Committee and numerous sub committees. Last years place was terrific, but had anyone else shown up it, the lap sitting would have started earlier than normal. It's tough to cut your crab cakes with Pitt's between you and your plate. Harder still to sneak a piece of crab cake past Jim. Jimbeaux p.s. If you were my I-Pod, where would you be hiding? Any Mediums, Mystics or Psychics out there who might be able to help? I'd downloaded a lot of Townes VanZandt so it might have gotten depressed and gone off to commit suicide, but I'm hoping it's just hanging out with my other set of car keys. -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) I found this of interest to those who may have a reunion this summer. It appeared on the CNN - Quick Vote on Wednesday morning. Did you do anything special to prepare for your high school reunion? Lost Weight...10% Buffed Up......4% Got Fake Hair..2% Didn't Go.....84% Class of 1964...YOUR 45th reunion is June 19th-21st! Re: This is a good read... Going to extremes for school reunions -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Coyne ('64) Re: Summer Trip Well I see we only had one Bomber send in something to the Sandstorm so thought I would give you something to read. We will be in Richland on the holiday and leave for Alaska from there. It has been a long awaited trip that Gail and I have planned for several years. With some help from Pappy he has put me in contact with Maggie from Alaska which we will be stopping to visit. We will be driving and pulling our 5-wheel and have no plans on where we are gong. We are just going and see what and where we end up. I did buy a new laptop to stay in contact with my kids and some of the guys I e-mail, pay some bills and will have a new e-mail address that Maren will have to change for me. Maybe I should give her a little tip maybe that will help. George, I hope we can see each other before you have to leave. I will be in Richland the 21st. Fred I hope you have a good trip to Vegas and I will see you before I leave town. Friday I guess I will have to go down and get a Spudnut... its been awhile. Well I don't e-mail to the Sandstorm much but this will keep you from being bored and give Maren something to do... as if she doesn't have anything to do. Everyone have a good day and keep looking at the green grass -Jim Coyne ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/15/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), John Fletcher ('64), Kathie Roe ('64) Sharon Sasser ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Swan ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Molnaa & Shirley Pittman ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Spudnut Shop I've learned since I have moved back here 4 l/2 years ago that getting a Spudnut is not easy. They go very quickly in the morning. To insure getting them, order the day before. A dozen runs about $7.00. They do have other assorted donuts and muffins until they run out. Spudnut Telephone #: 509-943-3000. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ The soft rain late after noon until about midnight was a welcome cleansing of the air. Temperatures to go upward from here. Maybe 80s by Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Kathy Wersen Alder ('64-RIP) Kathy passed away May 13. Her family was at her side for her final days and hours. The disease stole Kathys voice and took her stride. For today and tomorrow, I will listen and hear her voice. When I walk, she will walk with me arm in arm, step for step. Her body broke and today we will send her soul on home. Thank you Bombers, for sending her cards and emails these past 2 years; especially to Kerry Kelly Compton ('64) who recently spent a day with Kathy sharing memories and photos. Kathy knew her disability would not allow her to attend the Bomber reunion this year and it saddened her deeply. Another Bomber is gone, who will carry on? Kathy's disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), slowly prevented signals from the brain to travel to the body. She became progressively uncoordinated and slow in movement; yet her thinking was unimpaired. Kathy's vibrant, artistic, alternative mind was trapped in her body. Spending many days with Kathy taught me patience and allowed me to find calmness that I had not known before. Her sister Becky's loving care taught me life. Linda Wersen Hoffman ('66); Larry Wersen ('63); Becky Wersen Fletcher ('65); John Fletcher ('64), and families are gathered to honor Kathy's passing. -John Fletcher ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) I'm sending an early May 19 "Happy Birthday" shout-out to Pete Van Wyck ('64-RIP). The Van Wycks and the Roes spent many holidays and vacations together and I adored his mother Diana. In many ways Pete was like a brother to me and was Richard's best man when we got married. Pete fought with some demons during his life time, but I remember him fondly. I remember watching him at Little League games, laughing at his long skinny legs doing cartwheels on the beach at Ocean Park, playing acey/duecy at swim meets in his red Speedo, listening to him play Louie Louie on his guitar, sneaking into drive-ins with a bunch of kids in Pete's big old car, double dating with him & Melba, playing hide-and-go seek in the Howell house basement, and on and on and on .... -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: Class of '64 Reunion It's just five weeks until the Class of 1964's 45th class reunion. It's being held June 19th, 20th and 21st at the Richland Red Lion--please come! Friday evening is a Meet and Greet cocktail party and class photo, with the dinner and program on Saturday night. If you haven't already done so, it's time to send in your registration. I've attached a .pdf file so you can print off the registration form. Even if you can't make it to the reunion, please take a moment to fill out a brief message to let your classmates know what's going on in your life. You can still keep up with everyone who does attend by purchasing a class photo for $12 and a reunion booklet for $20.00--just add a note to the bottom of the registration form. Mail your completed registration forms to: Kathy Hoff Conrad at her address on the form. -Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Did you do anything special to prepare for your high school reunion? OK... gotta Bomber-babe birthday to talk about but since Behymer ('64) raised the question and Roger Hedgecock wasted half his show yesterday moaning about it and since the B-day girl attends and is no wallflower, I gotta preach again... you know I love reunions... I attend almost all of them... no matter what class is throwing them... I'd be at '64's but I will be at the L.A. Roadster Show that weekend so I'll miss it by a week... I should be takin' a nap right now but I spent my nap time working and now gotta client coming in shortly and a talk show host waiting so guess no nap today... here's the deal... according to the Study, Gary B listed in the Sandstorm Thursday, 85% said they didn't go to their reunions... on the radio they were saying about the same thing... "Billy hit me when I was 7 and I never want to see him again" Emmy Lou wouldn't go out with me because I had freckles"... "Johnny Schmuck was mean to me in my Jr Year"... then "she" called... she wasn't going to go but changed her mind at the last minute... when she got there she had aged much better than some of the others and had bloomed since school... several girls complimented her on her looks (wow... she musta REALLY looked good... I know how you chicks can be... not like us guys... always so cool)... a boy walked up to her and told her he was very sorry for the way he had treated her in school... it was cruel and he made a point of making sure she knew he meant it... Her comment: "it changed my life"... I'm sorry but I don't think it was an overstatement... every single one of us had something lasting happen... large or small it remains with us and it all but cripples some people... I'm lucky, as an alcoholic, I have a program to deal with stuff like that but not everyone does... However, in order to get over hurts, real and imagined one must face them... the point of this is that it's reunion season again... some of you have never been to a reunion... some because you remember High School as sucking big time... I remember High School as the coolest time in the world... Warford ('65) and I were so stunned by the fact that life was about to begin in short order it had us sitting on the curb in front of Mac Hall all but crying the last day of school... that is, even tho (as I confessed to Ellen ('63) the other day) I was terrified of some of the "older" girls and couldn't even say a meek "hi" to them all thru school... so if your class is having a reunion this year... Go... go and stick out your hand and say "Hi... I'm so and so... " If you don't have a reunion this year... My gang will be getting together for our yearly gathering on the weekend of June 26th and you are certainly welcome to join us!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did I say we have a birthday? We do we do... One a my very favorite Bomber-Babes, Marilyn Swan ('63) is having her birthday on May 15th so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/16/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Jones ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave McDaniels ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Kleinpeter ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Life goes on At some point in life we all must pass on to what we hope is a better place. The time of passing is not of our choosing. All too often it is a terrible loss to those left behind. Especially when it is a much loved family member. We buried both of my parents several years apart. They had a good lives and passed peacefully. I got through both events reasonably well. I have lost a good number of long-time friends and managed get though each. I have lost several pyro friends through accidents, some who died horribly and managed to get past them with some difficulty. But, as many of you know, nothing compares with the loss of a child. There is no way to prepare for it. The devastation can leave one mentally and physically a mess. Now weeks later I am still having bad moments where I just loose it. Fortunately I have been able to keep very busy with presenting over a dozen training seminars in multiple states, and increasing my sales efforts against the downturn of the recession. I just spent several days on the Oregon coast with a close friend walking on the beach, and making sales calls. I came home to more training sessions, sales appointments, and the normal administrative routines. I am also working on getting a 3rd company formed and functioning. More on this later. It helps to just stay busy and on the move. But I AM doing better. And it is time to say a large and sincere THANK YOU to all who sent me notes, letters, e-mails, and here in the Alumni Sandstorm. Your support was almost overwhelming. I had originally said I would write each of you individually to say thank you. But the messages just kept coming and now that would be a daunting task as the list of all of you is far too long. Some were close friends, some I have known over the years, but many I have never met. But the support of so many really did make a difference. You will all remain dear to me. I can only hope I can return your kindness to others in their trials. I really believe Bomber Alumni are special people. Words like nice, wonderful, caring, loyal, sometimes seems inadequate. But there you were for me with messages of sympathy, comfort, hope, and love. And it did make a difference. And for that I am grateful to all of you. I have spoken with Debbie's husband Michael. It is still tough going for him. He remarked that he did not realize how big the house is. My Grandson Lee is going to move in with Michael. They have been pals for years. I gave Lee a 6-inch reflector telescope a couple of years ago and they are going to revive their interest in astronomy. The clear sky over the Arizona desert is a great place for it. I also spoke with other members of the family and each is getting through it with varying degrees of success. Debbie was the kind of person who will be with us for the long term. On the fun side... Sat. May 30 is the annual Forest Festival in Shelton, WA. This is a very special event for us and the fireworks display is nothing short of spectacular. 16-17 minutes of constant multiple effects in multiple layers and lots of noise. VIP seating is limited but I can get a few inside if you give me notice a week ahead of time. Otherwise come early and have dinner at one of the several eateries across the street from the display. Not sure of shoot time yet but will publish it. May god bless all of you and keep you in his peace. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ home south of Tacoma on a warm evening **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: John Fletcher ('64) That was a very nice tribute that you gave Kathy Wersen Alder ('64-RIP). I'm glad that I got to see her at our last reunion 5 years ago. I know that she was having a great time. You could tell by her smile. Speaking of reunions, ours is coming up once again very soon and am really looking forward to it. We also will be seeing all the kids and grandkids at that time as well. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA I'm saving lots of money on our water bill as the rains keep right on coming our way:( **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Kathy Wersen Alder ('64-RIP) Thank you Wersen Family members for taking so good care of your sister and sharing with us her life. My sincere condolences to all of you. Another thank you to Kerry Kelly Compton ('64) who remained 'a friend' for a life time. I did have the opportunity to talk with Kathy at our 2000 all class reunion + our 40th in 2004. Re: Pete Van Wyck ('64-RIP) The last I saw of Pete, or so I think, was in the lounge at McMahon Residence Hall on the U of W campus in the fall of 1967 of my senior year. There is also a memory of Pete & Richie... Richie Twedt... wearing their Florsheim Wingtips with no socks. Re: 1960 Warrior On a final note I made purchase of a 1960 Warrior (Chief Jo annual) year book and upon arrival yesterday, I found the former owner to be none other that Rob Hills from the Class of 1963. I may have to share some of the entries unless Rob wants to 'pay up' for a nondisclosure pact? -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Happy and Sad I have mixed emotions writing today... we have a really cute Bomber-babe having a birthday and I would never want to dampen a happy day with sadness. The problem is that every day is a mixture of joy and sadness... we have a name for it... "life"... without opposites we would not know life... we know joy because we know sadness, we understand love because we can see (and tho we may not admit it) experience dislike and even hatred... so rather than paraphrase "Tune turn turn", which is of course a paraphrase itself... I want to say that I will miss Kathy Wersen ('64-RIP) and wish her entire family my thoughts and prayers... Kathy will join my nightly "good nights" along with the other Bomber and non-Bomber loved ones and friends I whisper to each night... We really had some of the most wonderful times... so tonight I'll ask all those already passed to greet her and show her the ropes... Pook's ('63-RIP) pretty good at that believe it or not... but ya kinda gotta have the rest there to keep him in line... God Bless you, Kathy. Well, naturally Roe ('64) hadda say an early birthday to Pete Van Wyke ('64-RIP) even tho his birthday isn't till the 19th... gotta get up mighty early to beat them Roe girls... even to the pancakes in June... but ha ha ha... she didn't beat me on this '65er Bomber-babe birthday... this is another one of those great looking '65er girls who got nabbed up by an experienced "fisherman"... and she was a keeper so the rest of us can just say "well done, man" and admire from afar... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sandy Jones ('65) on May 16, 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (oh ok... Sandy Jones Fishback... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh)!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/17/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Em De Vine ('52), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Kathy Rathvon ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Brady ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betsy Fox ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) and others who find themselves in the situation of losing a child Figure on giving yourself several years in the occasional deep mourning process. The loss will always be there, no matter what you believe about them "being in a better place" (which I know they are) but the missing goes on and on. Do not be discouraged by this long-term grieving. Keeping busy is a good thing but it only masks the pain, it doesn't remove it. Be patient with yourself. And don't feel guilty about the joy and laughter you still find in this world. Loving Bomber regards, -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Hey, could you please send some of that water down our way? We are drying up down here... rationing has begun! -Jeanie Walsh (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Library where we are "parched" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) and the Wersen Family You know, death is a strange thing. I think Larry is right in saying it is somehow easier to loose a parent because that is the natural progression of life. I can't think of anything worse than loosing a child. That being said, 34 years ago in February, some of you may remember, I lost my father in a plane crash. The plane was leaving the Pasco airport and went up about 200' and came right down. It was a difficult loss. It was a parent, but it was so unexpected and he was only 58. Am I over it? Probably. There are days I go without thinking about him, but again there are times, like right now that I get very teary thinking about him. So, will it get easier? Absolutely. But they will never be out of your hearts forever --- and you really don't want them to be. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) ~ Bellevue, WA where it is sunny and will be perfect for the Highland Games. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/18/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alice Hanthorn ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Keeney ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyman Powell ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Stanfield ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: they are the best! Bomber friends... they really are... all three of these birthday kids have been thru tons with me... I've told most of the stories... and there have been plenty... you can't be this close with people and not have a buncha really good stories... I could go on and on but instead I'm just gonna say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jack (Jackson) Keeney ('65), Lyman Powell ('65) and Caroline Stanfield ('66)... on May 18, 2009... thank each of you for being my friend... I thank God and Richland for each of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kathy Wersen Alder ('64) ~ 12/29/45 - 5/13/09 >>Janice Ludlow Steeber ('57) ~ 9/28/39 - 4/18/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/19/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Diane Avedovech ('56) Tony Tellier ('57), Gary Behymer ('64) Jean Armstrong ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Frister ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Thornton ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Thornton ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) The Washington Nuclear Museum and Education Center - has yet to get any personal testimonies from Tri-Citians who worked at Hanford, or whose parents worked there, or who were part of the business communities in Richland and surrounds. This is an opportunity to participate in an historical and cultural site. Please review the Guidelines. If there is someone in Tri-Cities who would like to participate in helping to develop the site - boots on the ground, so to speak - this would be most helpful. Perhaps a retired school teacher or community college professor? If so, contact Steven Gilbert and/or Nick Thorp, or contact me, and I will forward the email. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Your message touched me and I thought I would share with you about losing a child. My daughter and her 2 children live with me. The oldest child is 3-1/2 years old and quite rambunctious and full of life. He sister would be 2 years on May 20th and we lost her 2 weeks ago. She was disabled with Cerebral Palsy and struggled most of her short life. We all loved her as our special child including her very understanding older sister who would climb up on the changing table and give her kisses while I changed her diaper. Since she could only barely swallow, we had to feed her through a stomach tube. On April 30th, when she stopped breathing, CPR was administered and EMTs got her heart beating again, but three days later she gave up the struggle. Our whole family had heaped lots of love on her and her sister. Even now as I write this, tears fill my heart. Three days ago, someone I don't really know but works in the same place I do, stopped me as I was ready to go home. He asked about my losing a grand child and not wanting to really go into detail, I started an abbreviated explanation. He understood my pain immediately although I thought I had hidden it pretty well. What he said turned around a lot of things for me. He said, "At least you've had a gift for 2 years," and how wonderfully true that is. I still don't know his name but I will remember his words for ever. I am very blessed to have been a grandparent to that beautiful child. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Tellier ('57) Re: Diane Goodenow Rhodes ('59-RIP) BAD DEAL ... an old friend. died this week .. FIVE years trying to beat lung cancer. We go way back. -Tony Tellier ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Local Area Chatter... Up & Down the Street... Here's the local chatter from downtown Colfax. Fall Guy: Paddling Over Palouse Falls... On April 21, Tyler Bradt kayaked over 186-foot-high Palouse Falls, breaking the waterfall world record of 127 feet. Produced by Aurora Photos. Re: Updated area all-time leaders...Tri-City Herald - Basketball -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) Re: Class Reunion for 1964 I have been working on our memory book and would like to know if anyone has old pictures of Zip's, and the Arctic Circle. I have the Spudnut shop, but could use another one, and a couple of Col-Hi, but again, could use more. If you find any old snap shots of any of the hot spots in Richland, please send them to me at Now, my next request is for the memory book for the 50 year reunion. I would like everyone from the class of '64 to please send me a recent picture of them in jpeg format. If I start now and save them to my j-drive, I won't be asking for them less than a month before the reunion. (Like I am now) I have been busy with the "Therapy Paws" group and volunteering so much that I ended up in the hospital for a couple of days. (one of the places I volunteer) They are not sure what it was, but probably too much stress, overdoing it, not eating, not drinking enough, yadda yadda yadda. I am going to follow up with my primary care physician and see if he can figure me out. Good luck, Doc... Anyway, gotta go eat and see if I can stay healthy enough to make the trip up to Washington. Thanks to all of you out there in Bomber Land. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ where it is 106 today ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/20/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO Bomber sent anything today! BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Armstrong ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/21/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49) and Carol Tyner ('52) Curt Donahue ('53), Grover Shegrud ('56) Carol Converse ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Graham ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) and Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Re: California Central Coast Bombers To: All Bombers: Just a reminder that the California Central Coast Bombers will be having their first luncheon meeting on Saturday, May 23rd. Wine tasting at the Roberts, 11:30 am and noon lunch at Cafe Vostro, West Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA. If you are interested, please email me for directions and my phone number. Hope to see you. Bomber Cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49) and Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Alan Lobdell ('69) Alan spent some time with me and a small group of my neighbors and convinced us that he is the right man for King County Executive. I encourage other Bombers in the county to invite him to your neighborhood. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) I shoulda sent in a Happy birthday for my little brother yesterday then there would have been that! Happy birthday to (Dejon) Allen Shegrud ('60)/('61wb) -Grover Shegrud ('56) ~ From soggy cold Lynnwood, Martha lake, Millcreek, Bothell, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Nobody sent anything Oh my.... not again!!!! To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thank you for turning me onto the Facebook site. I've had so much fun connecting with many kids from our class. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA a couple of really nice sunny days. Am really enjoying them! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) This has got to be A FIRST!! I've seen only one person write in BUT NO BOMBER write in WOW!! The Sandstorm is one of the first things I read in the morning when I do my emails!! Ok Bombers we need to get back into the writing mode!!! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/22/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58) Tami Lyons ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) To: All great classes from the entire Bomber Nation around the world I have been watching the entries in the Sandstorm dwindle recently and I have also noticed the lead banner at the top of our newsletter that ask online readers for what ever help they can provide. I realize that it is the summer season and that the economy is not in the best shape but in all the years of reading the Sandstorm, I have never seen a day when there were no entries as there was several days ago. Maren and her loyalty to the continuous upkeep of the (make that our) Sandstorm is a true Bomber treasure. I so enjoy reading the Sandstorm with my coffee in the morning and I would sure hate to loose that. It seems to me that we need something to pull us all back together and fire up some interest among all of us. I have been thinking about different ways that we might help Maren maintain this precious website and I have an idea. It is something that every single one of us can be envolved in and be a part of. In fact, this is an idea that needs your help in implementing. So here it is, We need to put together an all Bomber Cook Book. I do not mean recipes from the Richland High school cafeteria although they could be included. What I am talking about is favorite recipes from all Bombers from all classes through out the years to be put into book form and then sold for profit. The profits could be shared with the Sandstorm website and the Bomber Scolarship Fund. This is just an idea that I wanted to throw out for your coments as well as ideas. The Bomber Nation has such a large talented and diverse group of individuals that I believe that this can be accomplished. Please send in your coments both pro and con as this will truly be a joint effort by all. Best of Bomber Cheers, -John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) ~ In rainy Longwood, FL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Are there any Bombers heading to Lake Chelan this weekend? -Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/23/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Pat Jones ('59) Carol Carson ('60), Paula Beardsley ('62) John Campbell ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Pam Ehinger ('67) Rick Maddy ('67), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terri Royce ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Matthews ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Felts ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Richardson (Bomber Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) To: John Richardson ('58) Re: Cookbook Suggestion Your idea of a Bomber cookbook sounds very interesting and fun. I can never have too many cookbooks. As a volunteer of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center (TCCC) Guild and past president, we did this project several years ago and had a lot of fun doing it and found many businesses who were interested in selling the books for us. We might not have to do that with all of the Bombers around the world. I frequently go to my mother's (Mary Working) recipe file and still make some of her famous dishes. It brings back memories when she used to make home-made chocolate pudding on toast for our Saturday night dinner, after she and dad (Clyde) had come home from a long day of shopping. And in those days, he would never purchase paper goods (i.e. toilet tissue, paper napkins, etc.) at a grocery store. Same way with toothpaste or any cleaning or bathroom supplies. They always shopped for those items at the drug store. Seemed to always be cheaper. So after running around to all the stores all day, they didn't feel like cooking a meal. We loved it!! John and Maren, I would be able to help you type these recipes in book form or help in any way I can. Come on Bombers... I hope you send in your suggestions. The cookbook could be split in different categories, i.e.. Breakfast; sandwiches; quick meals; casseroles; desserts; cakes; pies; and all sorts of topics. Maybe several Bombers could type a particular section of the cookbook and then send it to one person to put it all together. It could be spiral bound and one of our talented Bomber artist could do the front cover. Or... We could use the Club 40 bomb artwork. Many ideas... Re: TCCC I mentioned the TCCC Guild and I know a lot of you have been reading the paper and seeing what has happened with the 3 cancer doctors quitting the Columbia Basin Hematology and Oncology. This is a company (CBHO) that rents space in the TCCC. The Cancer Center has nothing to do with the operation of this business. The media is trying to get the Cancer Center involved and they are staying out of the lawsuit. CBHO is a for-profit business and just happens to have rented space from the Center, (and moved into the new addition last month) just like they could have from Red Cross or any other large building. It is so unfortunate that these doctors had a problem with CBHO and wanted to leave, even though they signed a noncompete claus not to operate within 30-50 miles of the Tri-Cities. Also, the CBHO administers chemotherapy and not radiation. Cancer patients who need radiation, get it from the TCCC and they are a wonderful, kind and supportive group of doctors and nurses as are the doctors at CBHO. As part of the Guild, we raise money and purchase supplies, equipment or anything that the Cancer Center needs for the radiation patients. We make a monthly favor for each patient; paint flower vases in the spring; give them watermelons in the summer; and fill a large Christmas stocking for each patient in December. The feedback that we get from these patients is so heartwarming and with the food and gas we supply for some of them, they can't say "thank you" enough. There is so much good being done at the TCCC that the public doesn't hear about, but we want everyone to know that all cancer patients are being taken care of in both locations. There are some patients coming from Oregon and surrounding cities and some come in their motor home which can be hooked up to an overnight plug in the back of the Center so they can rest and recover before they drive back home. We have many prior patients who have joined the TCCC Guild in order to give back to other patients for the comfort and consideration they were given while being treated there. The TCCC is owned by all three hospitals and has a non-profit foundation that the Guild is under, so we are always welcoming anyone who wants to join the Guild or the Men's Club and make these patient's lives a little easier. We will have a booth at the Pasco Fiery Food Festival on September 12th and 13th to sell bottled water and our "story bead" necklaces. I am still on the Board of the Guild and wouldn't give that volunteer time up for anything. No one deserve this big C! In the meantime, I will be looking up some of my family's favorite recipes!!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA where it is finally feeling like summer in the 80s! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Jones DeBattista ('59) Any one interested? We have a 1989 Motor home for sale, (a 29 footer that is in great condition and ready for the road) and it sleeps six, basement model storage and has many great features, but needs a generator. If interested let us know. -Pat Jones DeBattista ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) To: John Richardson ('58) I think the cookbook is a great idea. I have no idea how it would be marketed, etc. but I sure would be happy to contribute several of my favorite recipes! Since I don't cook much anymore, it wouldn't be from memory but I still have my little box of recipes in the pantry. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ Absolutely beautiful in Seattle area today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) To: John Richardson ('58) What an awesome idea! I agree that the days the entries are way down are kind of disappointing and we know that Maren keeps us all connected... thanks Maren! I'm guessing there is someone out there in Bomber nation who can organize a project like this... No... not you Maren!... I would sure be willing to add a recipe or two if that will help support the hard work Maren and others do. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) I was so sorry to learn about the loss of your daughter but was pleased to read that you are moving ahead with your life. Losing someone you love is perhaps the most difficult part of living but truly, time will make the difference. The empty space in your heart will begin to fill in with the best memories and sharing time with others who loved your daughter. The empty space in my life belongs to Dad but I am blessed to be surrounded by a lot of people who loved him and do not hesitate to share their memories. It has been almost three years since we lost him and not a day goes by that I don't think about him... sometimes even cursing him because we bought his house and now I have all that yard work to do. We'll go out to the cemetery this weekend, take some of his beautiful peonies and roses for him, Mom and my brother, Charlie ('56-RIP), find both of their flags flying side by side now and remember again how important they are to us. God bless you in the days and weeks ahead. Re: Memorial Day I hope many of you will take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor our veterans and remember those who have served this country so well. If you are in the Tri-Cities on Monday, make it out to Sunset Gardens in Richland to view the flags... if that doesn't make you proud of this country, there is no hope for you. Wherever you are... God bless America! -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Mustang Car Show Sunday Had a great time on the Mustangs Across America trip back to Birmingham. Marilyn and I put almost 8000 miles on the Mustang. The local Mustang group is putting on its yearly show this Sunday at Howard Amon park. There will also be a gathering Saturday evening at the Dairy Queen in Richland. Drop by and say hi. Hopefully the trees won't be dripping sap too bad this year. -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Bomber Cookbook To: John Richardson ('58) I think this a really spiffy idea. I know we all have our favorite recipe someplace that we can share with one another. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Memorial Day 2009... In Memory of Hospital Corpsman Third Class William Harold Cook (1st Cousin to my wife) In Memory of 1st LT Robert West Lancaster (Served with in West Germany - 1970) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:John Richardson('58)/Bomber cookbook love the idea of a Bomber cookbook---I think there was one done a few years ago, but I think that had something to do with Col- Hi and the Booster Club, I might be wrong on who it benefited, but I do remember one being talked about in this paper. I think one that would help the Sandstorm website is a GREAT idea! am sure there are plenty of good cooks in Bomberland and am sure we all have recipes that have been handed down in our families or that have special meanings to our families and could be shared for all to enjoy. would be neat to see why those particular recipe(s) were chosen to be printed, what special meaning they had to the cook or the cook's family, things like that. I love the idea---hope it "flies" off the pages of this paper and gets a green light from all! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA, where we it is HOT!!!!!!! it was 104 here on Sunday and our a/c broke, so it was over 90 inside the house til Monday night when it was fixed-----brought back memories of summers in Richland when we didn't have a/c, either!!!!! but, we slept outside a lot and it always seemed to cool down at night--doesn't do that here------it was still 90 degrees at midnight outside and the same in the house!!!!!! my daughter is the office manager of a heating and a/c company----and, yes, I gave her he** for the a/c not working!!!! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: All great classes from the entire Bomber Nation around the world John Richardson ('58) gets the gold star award from me. This is what makes our gang so great. We love being Bombers and are always ready to sacrifice time energy and when required... Moola. I too was very surprised to see an empty Sandstorm the other day... what a shock... Even Behymer ('64) didn't provide the wheat and grain Report... or a site for us to view... Clearly I fell down in my writing duties... I know there are lots a Bombers out there I haven't met and some I haven't seen in years with whom I've become reacquainted... Jack Gardiner ('61) whom I haven't seen since I was at Spalding (tho he is in Charlie Warford's Class and I spent a lotta time with Charlie thru Ricky ('65)) and I have become fast friends just because of this great little newspaper... I hope to see him during the weekend of the 26th of June during the '65er gathering and Cool Desert Nights... he sent me a picture just in case we bump into each other... I am looking forward to seeing so many of you during that weekend... I look forward to my Richland trip every year the minute I get on the plane back to Vegas after the gathering... and can't wait all year long... at this point in my life it is way better than Christmas or any other holiday... it is HOME! Between trips, I have the Sandstorm to read and giggle over, each and every day. Maren ('63-64) is a VERY special girl and the bestex a guy could ever have... In his entry, John mentioned a banner in the Sandstorm asking for any help people can give... I'm always ready to cough up a dime or two if it'll keep our little paper going... I know we're in a big slump... times are bad all over... Here in Vegas, we thought the building would continue till we covered all the private property in the state... well reality has hit and we have homes and Construction projects sitting empty... I want all my Bomber friends to prosper and be healthy wealthy and wise... if you are going through tough times, grab the hand of the Bomber next to you and have faith that we will survive... We are the Bombers... Mighty Mighty Bombers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be excellent to each other! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: John Richardson ('58) I think an All Bomber Cook Book would be a GREAT thing to do! I'm all for it! But who is going to take on collecting all the recipes and getting it made into a book? That is the Question to be answered first! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Slow Day There has been a number of times when nobody has written in the Alumni Sandstorm... four or five times that I can recall. And a number of times when one post or two posts came around on a certain day out of the blue. Not sure if Maren keeps count or not. Like the nighthawk, the jackrabbit, keggers in the desert, drags on the highway, Nelson ('67) catching his hand on fire so we could skip school that day, my extreme sport days in my youth and failing to dunk a b-ball at the eight foot basket on Barth, hearing the laughter and wanting to go home and kill myself because I failed... was it Barth.. or the little snapping turtle I would send down the Lewis and Clark Elementary slide from time to time after a couple of rides myself sitting on the need for speed waxed paper... was that stainless steel... or taking a really little one, possibly a baby... still talking turtle here... for a ride in my pocket as I swung like Tarzan out of the weeping willow on the school grounds... or taking the large black sprinkler hose Arlo used to water the various school lawns with, stick the end of the hose into the ground and watch the water filled sod blister up into a new jump in the middle of it toy of squirting mud and grass... like a mini geyser... you know, the things that go on when you are raised across the street from an elementary school... and like we all know... all good things come to an end. Not that the good ole days have ended with the AS, yet... but just in case.... would the past ten years, or so, be archived in some electronic land that we can visit from time to time? For example, the really interesting stuff, and obviously my favorite, the recipe section mentioned yesterday... Or when Maren turns out the lights, does all the past just disappear the same way as our objective history of America does in the high school classroom? -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) asked if there were any Bombers headed to Lake Chelan this weekend. Uh... no. But I will be performing on Saturday at Springfest in Moses Lake at 5:00 PM. My son got his learners permit last Friday and I think he's driving dad to Moses Lake and back. I need to teach him some back roads and show him where the cops like to sit. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/24/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Richard Roberts ('49) Em De Vine ('52), Linda Reining ('64) Robert Shipp ('64), Peggy Adair ('72) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Daniel Laybourn ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Help I have not received the SS for over two weeks. I have tried everything including Maren, nothing works. It does not appear in my junk mail. Does anyone have any answers? I am getting it online, but... -Dick McCoy From the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) To: All Bombers Re: California Central Coast Bombers Luncheon We gathered today [5/23] for our first luncheon here in Grover Beach, CA. There was a lot of Bomber/Richland chatter. The lunch was good and we all seemed to have a good time. We decided to schedule again sometime in late fall. We invite all Bombers to join us. Bombers in attendance: * Bill Scott and Cherrie Tempero Scott ('64) * Matt Filip ('77) * Rex Hunt ('53wb) * Kevin King ('75) * Kit Roberts (WAB) * Richard Roberts ('49) and Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Hi, Marilynn, I remember you from High School! Re: Problems at TCCC Thank you for some clarification on this situation. Last night at my Pinochle group, was the 1st time I had heard anything about the "stink" going on over at the Cancer Center. I am over there every-other Friday with daughter, Sandra, who is on Chemo therapy for metastasized colon cancer and had no idea problems were developing. Now, what I hear is that the 3 or 4 doctors who want to leave say Dr. ***** is taking too much of the money. Hearsay and TV and newspaper reports are so often slanted or just plain wrong. (I don't get the TCH. And haven't heard anything on TV News.) While that drama plays out, I'm happy to say June 5th will be Sandra's LAST chemo!!!! We actually don't know the "inside condition", and although the general prognosis is not good, she is doing well and recovers to have a good week before she starts over again. She had a wonderful 5 days in Alaska during her last "good week", seeing family and friends and the home of her daughter and son-in-law and ESPECIALLY the nursery for her and Bobby's 1st grand child, a girl to be named Kaylynn (the middle names of both Grandmothers). MEMORIAL DAY "Remembering and Honoring" just one day a year is preposterous. Don't we think of and remember and thank them on a daily, weekly basis? Of course we do. Kind of like the Fourth of July---aren't we grateful to live in this country on a daily basis? Yes, I think we are. People like to capsulize things, and although it's nice to have a 3-day weekend (!!!) several times a year, we all know these things are on our minds frequently. I wish I lived close enough to a veteran's hospital to volunteer. (Maybe I should be careful what I wish for???) And lastly: Maren doesn't get "paid" by the letter. For anyone who doesn't know, she receives a meer $24/year from each of us. That's not much---I'm just pointing out that her income from the Sandstorm has nothing to do with how many people write in. Rather, it is how many people pay. Thank you Maren! (And Richard, for filling in when Maren isn't available.) -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in beautiful but cooling Richland. My cell phone is out of whack so gotta take it to the cell- phone-doctor. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Marilyn Working Highstreet('54) re:chocolate pudding on toast never had that, but when my dad would work graveyard, my mom would sometimes make creamed peas on toast for our dinner---only way I can handle eating peas. *grin* there were times when we'd have waffles for dinner, too, with hot, home-made maple syrup. loved those nights---especially when she would tell us about when she was a little girl, living on a farm in Minnesota, and her mom would fix waffles for their dinner---she and her sisters thought that was such a special treat--they didn't learn til years later that it was because there wasn't any meat. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield,CA .....where it looks like we are going to skip Spring and go right into Summer--we are already in the high 90's and even had triple digits last week! way too early for these temps. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp ('64) Re: Recipe Book Another vote in favor of the recipe book. One suggestion: along with the recipe how about including the submitter's name and class year, along with a short blurb about where the recipe came from and any special memories or interesting tidbits related to it. Maybe we could have a friendly contest to see which class can contribute the most entries! The wife and I are leaving right after Memorial Day on a grand circle tour through Utah and California to see kids and grandkids, so will be away from the computer for about a month. It will be interesting to see what develops while we're gone. -Robert Shipp (Class of '64, without which this Alumni Sandstorm never would have come about. Thanks, Gary and Maren!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Recipes Count me in for a couple unique recipes. That's a super idea. -Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 8 To All Bombers, Another installment of 8 to tickle your memories. By the by speaking of cook books as soon as I can find it I'll send in an entry. It's a recipe for pancakes from Mina Miller. They sound great. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/09 ~ MEMORIAL DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mike Clowes ('54) Marilynn Working ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Donna Nelson ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Bruce Strand ('69) Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Belcher ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop ('57) - 52 years!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Missing Sandstorms Hooray!! I got my sandstorm today thanks to whatever Maren did. I just hope it continues -Dick McCoy ('45) ~ What a beautiful weekend here at Big Lake. It looks a bit hot in Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Mr. NAB Don Sorensen Re: Picture 296 I wouldn't swear to it, but the fellow in the officer's uniform in picture 296 might be Jack Quinn. This photo and the one following (#297) are rehearsal shots of a Richland Players/Light Opera Company production of something by Gilbert and Sullivan. Jack was very big with G&S and appeared in several of their productions. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ in sunny and warm Mount Angel, OR just waiting for the Portland Rose Festival monsoon despite what the weather guessers claim. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: TC Cancer Center To: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Re: your daughter, Sandra Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear of your daughter's cancer. I hope her life can be free of pain and as rich as she can make it. Sounds like she is doing that by traveling to Alaska when she is able to. We will keep her in our prayers. My #4 daughter is a Sandra! You were in my sister, Evaline's class. She quit school after marrying a soldier from Camp Hanford and moved to Boston with the Army, so she wasn't around much. She passed away in 2001. Yes, the media seems to want to sensationalize the news and failed to quote what the Director of the Cancer Center told them about not being involved. As I said before, the TC Cancer Center is only the landlord for those doctors (CBHO) and has nothing to do with their business or how they run things. I had some good news from a Bomber in Vancouver, WA after my article, Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59) and Ron Holeman ('56) will be moving back to Richland after they sell their house and she knits caps and wants to donate them to someone and asked if she could give them to the Cancer Center. Yes, yes!! Women's Services in the Cancer Center welcomes these kinds of donations and the Guild also makes hats and scarves for the patients. Frankie, who owns Frankie & Co. Salon styles the free wigs and Sunny, the former owner of Nauveau Spa goes in every Tuesday and gives facials to the cancer patients. All of the services at the TCCC are open to any cancer patient who comes in. It is all FREE! No matter where they are getting their chemo or radiation, they are welcome at the Cancer Center. It is such a wonderful place and also, is open to tours to anyone who is interested in seeing the operation. Call them Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 PM. Re: Jim Butler ('54) I mentioned a few months ago that Jim had called me to get information about our 55 year Class reunion and I found out that he was going to have total knee replacement. He had that done on April 21st and called me today to let me know he is back home and getting physical therapy 3 times a week. Anyone who wants to send Jim a card or note I am sure he would be thrilled to receive it. His address is [deleted for his privacy. Contact Marilynn for his address. -Maren]. He is really excited about coming to Club 40 and reuniting with a lot of classmates. Re: Cookbook To: John Richardson ('58) Hey, when will we get started on the cookbook, John? To: Linda Reining ('64) Isn't that great when you can have "breakfast" for dinner? Even bacon and eggs or waffles are good. Of course, we want to eat healthy and don't do that so much anymore!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Memorial Day I don't know how many Bombers really get involved in Memorial Day, probably a lot, but it is a day that we should all take into account given the sacrifices our military have made for us. On Friday I went out to the local cemetery and placed little American flags on those grave sites that held passed American war heroes and donated to a group in Kennewick who did the same for my father's grave (Brigadier General William C. K. Berlin, Jr., USA). It was the very least I could do to remember my fallen mates from Nam. I didn't know any of these guys, mostly from Anacortes or around this area, but you still feel a real camaraderie with them no matter what service they were in. There were even two "Coasties" from War II but they all got a flag and a salute from me for their sacrifice... in combat or later in life. I keep reading about "friendly fire" casualties, Pat Tillman to be exact, and it just seems to me that reading between the lines that casualties from friendly fire are deemed less than casualties from enemy fire. Don't know how you vets feel about it, but friendly fire deaths carry a lot more sadness because those lost are doing their job and those firing on them by mistake are doing theirs. Those still alive feel huge hurt and sorrow when they find out, but the vagaries of war make allowances for friendly fire losses amongst the troops, or that has been my experience. The darn national media seems to twist the issue into some kind of inglorious act that is less than casualties from enemy fire AND IT IS NOT. These brave souls, killed by their own, are just part of the trauma we call war and are no less or no more than any other casualty that occurs in armed conflicts no matter what today's warped American press would like you to think. To all Bomber vets, many thanks and have a great Memorial Day... it is your day... it is our day. At ease, -Bill Berlin ('56)... in Anacortes, WA remembering my Dad in War II and Korea and my days in Nam. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Speaking of chocolate pudding on toast, for dessert we used to eat a piece of white bread (white cake substitute), crust and all in a bowl and have Mom's wonderful canned Bing cherries poured over the top with lots of juice. And I mean canned. My Dad would trek to Sears after we picked at Smitty's cherry orchard, pick up a large box of cans each summer and they would can everything in a pressure cooker and we couldn't go in the kitchen because he was worried when the pressure built up that it would blow. They canned everything from home grown beets with a little bacon in them to peaches and apricots to watermelon pickles. It never blew because he'd stand and watch the needle but it was quite a process. We'd stand in the doorway and watch and run and hide when the cooker started letting off steam. I still have the canner above my cupboards. It clamped to the cutting board like the old meat grinder which I have too... and the homebrew bottle capper!!!! 13 days and counting to retirement!!!!!! -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to: Military Bombers, past and present THANK YOU for your service. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Memorial Day Here's to all the veterans out there on this Memorial Day 2009. My father's flag will be one of many flying at Sunset Memorial Gardens this weekend. I never would have thought when I wore part of his WWII uniform for a Halloween party at CUP in junior high that I, too, would serve in the Army for 3 years right at the end of the Vietnam War. I kept one of my uniforms as a keepsake of those days. Blessings to everyone. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the temps are starting to warm up (finally) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce A. Strand ('69) Dr. Karen Strand Winslow's ('70) son, Luke Andrew Winslow (NAB - Shoreline High School) graduated yesterday (05/23/09) from The University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetorical Studies. Congratulations Dr. Luke! Proud Uncle, -Bruce A. Strand ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Mark, my son-in-law's brother, returned from Iraq last Thursday night. My husband wanted to get our two families together for a "welcome home" dinner at a nice restaurant. By the time we had a final head count, it was 1pm on Saturday. Unfortunately, Saturday was also graduation day for the University of Texas and every place seemed to be busy. With not much hope, I called "The Grove" which is a nice wine & kitchen place nearby. The waiter explained that they had already taken all the reservations that they could, but when I explained about Mark, he said he would talk to the manager. The manager came on the phone and said that he would have a private table in the Wine area ready for us. After a wonderful dinner & wine, our waitress brought a huge dessert (chocolate cake, strawberries & whip cream), set it in front of Mark and spoke softly saying, "We want to welcome you home. We're glad that you made it home safely and we thank you for your service." Tomorrow, Memorial Day, we remember those we cannot thank in person... -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, Texas where it is supposed to be 96 on Memorial Day ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/26/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Michael Ragland ('57) Shirley Atwood ('58), Earl Bennett ('63) Carol Converse (64), Dena Evans ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cecilia Bennett ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul McNeill ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Par-A-Dice Club I am sending along a picture of the Par-A-Dice club per Maren's interest. Along with it, I thought I would give you a little history of this infamous organization. Phil Raekes ('49) and I formed a club, Par-A-Dice Club, along with other high school buddies: Rem Ryals ('49), Rex Davis ('49), Mel Stratton ('49), Royal West ('49), Joe Wilson ('49), Gary Nield ('49) and Rufus Pederson ('49-RIP). Using his already developing lawyer skills, Phil developed a set of by laws; they are around somewhere. Our mission was to preserve and promote the integrity of teenage youth. When I was 18, my mother had a surprise birthday party for me with the gang and she gave me a gold plated bracelet with my name on it. Inscribed on the inside was "The Gang". It too is still around somewhere. We had great times together, with some mischief making, but nothing that I remember that was illegal, destructive or immoral. One summer afternoon, "the gang" went door to door and offered people an opportunity to donate pocket change to our club to support positive youth activities. After we collected some money, we went to the drug store near Garmo's Grocery and ordered up malted milk shakes. With the rest of the money, we painted the walls in the basement of my house, bought some crepe paper to decorate, a lamp with a low wattage bulb and wax for the concrete floor. We had a record player and invited some girls and had us a party! It was great fun dancing, playing kissing games, like spin the bottle, (kissing took place behind the coal furnace over by the coal bin) and moving from inexperienced adolescents to more cavalier adolescents. Or, at least, that was what we thought. Later in life, college days, thinking we were great singers, we practiced a couple of songs and offered to sing free at the steam wheeler ship night club that was moored next to the old Pasco bridge, on the Pasco side. I don't remember the name. Anyone remember that night club? I think the band felt sorry for us and let us perform. We sang "Blue Skies" and I think, "Mumbles" starring Rex Davis. "What did he say?, He said mumble, mumble!" I don't know who the trumpet [saxophone?? -Maren] player is in the band, Herby and his Serenaders, but I was always amused by the perplexed look on his face. Makes me laugh thinking about it. Par-A-Dice Club singing "Blue Skies" in 1950 Cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Re: Memorial Day Maren, Perhaps it would be a worthy endeavor for the Bombers website to add a page somewhere to honor those graduates who died in the service of their country. Perhaps it could list the class, the branch of the military and the theatre in which the person died. In that manner we could honor them in a special place in Bomber history. I am not sure how such a list could be accumulated, but I am sure the friends and families could find some way to contribute. -Michael Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Atwood Sun ('58) Re: Recipe Book I too like John Richardson's ('58) idea of a recipe book, and think that Robert Shipp's ('64) suggestion of including the submitter's name, class year, along with a short blurb about the recipe and any special memories or interesting tidbits would make it a real hit. Something we will enjoy now and others later. -Shirley Atwood Sun ('58) ~ Sunny Chatsworth, CA where the weather is beautiful right now. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Pam Ehinger ('67) I still tell people occasionally (most recently yesterday because of a blueberry/blackberry/raspberry cobbler at our church's spring social) about the awesome pie you baked me about 5-6 years ago in appreciation for bringing you a couple dozen Spudnuts from the shop in Charlottesville. I remember that it was huge - was it 10" or 12"? I know it was larger than the usual 9" pies I see, and pretty deep, too. When your son handed it to me he said it was made from fruits you had picked the previous weekend - was it raspberry/blackberry/apple? Anyway, my wife doesn't eat any fruits that have seeds in them, so I had to take care of most of it - I did share some with a couple of co-workers. In any case, most people I tell are amazed that Spudnuts generate that level of passion, but that's generally because they haven't tried them. Regards, ecb3, from a beautiful Memorial Day in central Virginia with partly cloudy skies, mid-80s warmth for the grandchildren to enjoy water balloon fun (their parents participated as well), plus a few showers came to water the flowers and veggies. Re: Cookbooks I submitted a recipe to the cookbook that was collected several years ago - partially via the SANDSTORM - by one of the RHS teachers for her class' project to create a product and market it. I'm sure I can dig it up and submit it again whenever the proposed Alumni Cookbook gets rolling. One interesting aspect of the previous book was that each submitter was encouraged to include a brief essay about the origin of the recipe and it's significance. Whenever I am asked for my recipe for hamburger bean glop -and I have been asked a few times - I dig up that file and print it for them, with the story. I'd probably add another one that my sisters and I enjoyed on Saturday before Mothers' Day, the pancake-style enchilada stacks we were taught by Mom, who grew up in Eagle Creek, AZ, near Morenci, about an hour or so from Tombstone. Re: Memorial Day When our Pastor asked me (CDR USNR-Ret) and another member (LTC USA-Ret) to prepare remarks about Memorial Day for the church services yesterday, I found a number of messages on line as I prepared. I used Romans 12:18 and Romans 13:4 as the scriptural injunction to live at peace when possible, but when it is not possible, those who wear the sword must defend those who cannot defend themselves. LTC(R) Henshaw opened with the observation that no one desires peace more than those who have experienced war. There were plenty of messages from high-ranking officers like the ones we normally use when called upon for such presentations (I was drawn to ADM Mullens' at first), but then I was strongly attracted to the message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He pointed out that we can never repay the debt we owe to those who have fallen in defense of our nation - as he put it, "we can never recoup the blood that has been spilt" -the best we can do is to live our lives in a way that honors the freedoms that have been purchased for us at such great cost: Pass on the message, be willing to give as they gave, and treat everyone with respect and dignity. I offer my heartfelt appreciation to all who have served, and I value highly the privilege of living where so many have given their last full measure of devotion in sacrifice for us. Regards, ecb3, from a warm spring night in Reva, VA. -Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Cookbook I'm for making up a Bomber cookbook. I have a couple recipes in mind that are old and I make on a regular basis. Also have one or so new ones that I would contribute. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA This fog is really starting to get to me. I know that there is sun, but WHERE?! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: '64 in '09 I Have moved and want to attend the Class of '64 reunion, but have not yet received the paper work to send in my money for the reservations. Could someone please email me the forms so I can get them in ASAP. I do not want to miss this reunion. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ the Dalles, OR where the weather is just fantastic. The view isn't bad either... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dena, Try the '64 website: -- click the link for the 45 year reunion (June 19, 20, 21). -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Bill Berlin ('56) et. al. Re: Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, USCG Bill's post yesterday reminded me that the only member of the Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor (posthumously) is buried in Cle Elum, Washington. I have not visited the grave, but it is on my to do list. To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Keeping uniforms I kept my uniforms for a few years, but eventually gave them to the Sea Scouts. I still have my medals and ribbons, ship's patches, etc. And of course my dog tags which I found out years later have the wrong blood type on them. But something I have hung onto is three pairs of socks. In boot camp we were issued six pair of socks, three to wear and three we were never to wear; they were for inspection only. They had to be rolled up just so. The little roll is 3-1/4" long and 1-1/4" to 1-3/4" in diameter depending on where you measure it. Well after boot camp I went out and bought some good socks. I wasn't going to wear those cheap flimsy things. They did however make at least one, probably two, cruises to Vietnam with me. I never used them, so I decided to leave them that way. They have been rolled up like that for over forty years. One of them is in my desk drawer about a foot from my keyboard. Which is how I know how big it is; I just measured it. I have joked about having them bronzed. Re: CBS news broadcast from May 1980 (Mt. St. Helens) A week late on this one, but I found it interesting watching this old TV news broadcast about the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The last minute and a half is about the ash fall in Ritzville. I know that some Bombers got stuck in various places in Eastern Washington. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Puppies How about an update on the puppies. Or can you even call they puppies any more. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick, WA Not exactly Bomber country, but it is close. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber-babes Rule! Well I managed to miss writing anything on Memorial Day and I am sorry. I have worn an MIA-POW t-shirt every day this weekend (not the same shirt all three days)... I gotta agree with Bill Berlin ('56) on the friendly fire issue... I corresponded with several Bombers while I was in the Nam... Jo Marie Roberts ('65) was always good for a cheer me up letter and Beej ('65) was always there too... Bill Dowd ('65RIP) and I found each other somehow... don't recall how any more... we wrote a couple of letters... then Brian wrote me and told me Bill had been killed... Brian said it was his own machine gun fire that got him... I don't care how it happened... he is gone and I miss the hell out of him... I got a nice note from Setbacken ('64) and a course the Big Fat Liar ('65) sent a note too... I called Adair ('65-'67) and we had a nice chat... I had just finished timing a little '27 Ford gasser roadster that I want to drive to the Roadster show on Father's Day... I had been having a heck of a time with it and thought it was the carbs... well after about 3 weekends of work with no results I decided to check the mag... yanked it... rewired it and separated all the wires to keep them from cross-firing... I got it where I wanted it and grabbed it with one hand (it was still loose for turning and was making it's way to retard from the turning of the motor)... without thinking grabbed it with the other hand and about sent me across the room... Jimmy scolded me... "that could stop your heart ya know!"... I forget we're not 15 any more... and speaking of being 15... We got a Bomber-Babe, who never ages, having a birthday on the 26th! I swear, every year she continues to look just like her year book... I remember commenting on it at the all-class when we were getting our pictures taken... she has been to our gatherings every year even if she has had to work... last year we christened her new house with a great party and she has been nice enough to invite us back this year to party and watch the cars from her house right on the parade route... Notwithstanding her brother's beliefs to the contrary, it is not I who has corrupted her writing skills... I'm a good kid and would never sabotage somebody else's writing... and don't need that kind of a rep... I gotta say this girl is just the best and I love seeing her every time I come home... I sure hope she has a great birthday and doesn't have to work a long shift... I can't wait to see her autographed Wailers/Ventures CD at the end of June when the '65ers converge on our home town... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cecilia Bennett ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and it's not my fault I misspelled it for so long since it is misspelled on our web site and I just thought she spelled it differently... so there!) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/27/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: "Em" De Vine ('52), Ferna Garoutte ('58) John Richardson ('58), Steve Carson ('58) "Pappy" Swan ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Boyd ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Richard Roberts ('49) Thanks so much for sharing the picture of your "singing group" The Par-A-Dice Club... Par.A.Dice-Club - 1950.jpg Sounds like too much fun and it is great to see the "young studs" as they were. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ferna Garoutte Hicks ('58) Re: Recipes To: John Richardson ('58) You never cease to amaze me... A cook book... Now about having it printed and published... How about a typing/English/school paper from Columbia High put it together??? Then put it on sale with some of the $ going to those classes. The rest then could be put in the scholarship fund. I always enjoy reading the Alumni Sandstorm every day. Great work Maren!!! -Ferna Garoutte Hicks ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) Re: Cookbook First of all my apology for not answering promptly all of you who wrote in about the Cookbook possibility. I have been out of town for the past four days for the long weekend. Next, I appreciate all of the comments and replies by all who wrote in as they were all very good. What I was trying to say in my original write-in on the 22nd of May was that we need something that we can all get involved in that might earn some money for several good causes. I personally think the Cookbook is a good idea but if any one has any other ideas that can be implemented to raise money, I would like to hear them. I personally have never published or put together a book but I would be willing to bet that there is a Bomber out there who has. The Cookbook will be no small undertaking and I will not be able to handle the entire project by myself. I will be glad to pitch in and help any way that I can and that is why I said this needs to be a group effort where all of us can be involved. Please mull this over and send in your ideas and comments as to how we get this started. Best of Bomber Cheers, -John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Longwood, FL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Richard Roberts ('49) Thanks for the great story and the Par-A-Dice Club picture. Par.A.Dice-Club - 1950.jpg Could this have been the inspiration for the "SANDMEN?" -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Puppies Update Well, I still call them "my puppies," "my kids," or "my girls," but I realize that could be stretching the use of the terms ... a bit, as Bella now ways 44 lb and Me'a, the little chubby one weighs almost 48 lb. On June 6, they will be five months old. They're definitely still pups behavior-wise but they are coming along very well. They have only chewed one hole in the headliner of my pickup cab (when I was off turkey hunting -- no dogs allowed) and one in an old blanket. After that, they learned to wait for dad in the canopy covered pickup bed. But, turkey season is over for me this spring, and besides, its now too hot to leave them in a vehicle. So far, the furniture is untouched, and they have yet to discover the joys of digging holes in the yard. I am noticing characteristics and mannerisms of the two as a pair and as individuals. When I take walks with them in the mountains, they stay close (they know who feeds them), and they are good, calm riders in the pickup. I used to favor the right side of my bed, at night, but now I have had to settle for the middle to keep them from squabbling over who gets to sleep next to dad. Bella is a bit more independent and the more vocal of the two, and Me'a is a "Tummy Gummer." Me'a loves to flop over onto her back when Jeanne and I approach, in hopes of a tummy rub. But, she is definitely not submissive or timid, as the two of them, in their play fighting give "Tit for Tat," but so far I have observed no real aggression on the part of either. Both are showing promise of being good retrievers. I have included some recent pictures. If I sent any of these to Sandstorm before, please excuse me as I am aging rapidly. After all, I'm nearly 68 and again raising two active children ... ya know! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where its gettin' hot again. So, I guess I'll go run through the sprinkler with the pups! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/28/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Harris ('49), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) "Em" DeVine ('52), Stan McDonald ('53) Marilynn Working ('54), Earl Bennett ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Clowes ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bob & Roberta Grout ('66wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Maren: Just for the heck of it, I'll add a little piece! A year ago, I was volunteering to help paint a house, owned by our church and held for expansion of our parking lot. It was going to be used, temporarily by a group, called "Toybrary." The idea is for specially selected toys to be able to be checked- out, like library books, by families, which would allow budgets to be stretched and deserving families be able to enjoy toys for a limited time. Anyway, I met the founder and while we were painting, our conversation moved to childhood memories. I told her about the fact that my paternal grandfather, whom I never saw, as he died before I was born, had composed a song to honor my father's first Christmas. I have the words written down with several verses, but I never had the musical score. Now, I am the only one in our family, who knows the tune. She offered to write down the musical notes if I could record the tune for her. So, I recorded the song on a cassette and got it to her. Interestingly, she and her husband left for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in the Mideast, shortly thereafter. I just heard from her and learned that she is returning to Wenatchee for Holiday and would be bringing the musical score for me. So, I look forward to finally having something to pass on to my kids, as well as nephew and nieces from my father and grandfather! -Dick Harris ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thank you, Pappy, for the update and pictures of your girls. They are surely beautiful. As an evident unapologetic, irreclaimable, unregenerate, unreformable, incorrigible animal lover, I am so pleased that you chose to adopt them both. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thanks for the wonderful pictures of "your girls", Bella and Me'a... they are GORGEOUS! That 1st photo is perfect. That one should definitely go up on the wall with Darby. As I recall, Darby is facing left and the girls are facing right, so in effect, they could be looking at each other. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ Love from sunny, quiet, Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) Re: Hi-Spot Club Pictures Does anyone have any pictures taken during 1951 to 1953 of the dance band for the Hi-Spot club in the old recreation building in Richland? I will gladly pay for reproduction of any you may have. -Stan McDonald ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Stan, Check out the Hi-Spot page on the Bomber website: If there are more pictures, I'd like to put them on the website with the other pictures.... Bomber cheers, -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of 1954's 55th Reunion Classmates, we will be meeting on June 9, 2009 at the Round Table Pizza on GWWay (formerly Henry's Restaurant) at 1 PM to plan our 55th class reunion which will be held during the Club 40 weekend [Sept. 11, 12, 13, 2009]. We want to welcome as many local or out of town class of '54 members who want to come and help make plans for a fun time. Please RSVP to my e-mail, so we will know how many to plan on. Pizza will be supplied, so plan on having lunch with us. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA ... summer is on its way!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) Apologies to Pam Ehinger ('67) and Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock ('69) for confusing the two of them in my 5/26 Alumni Sandstorm entry. Maren caught it, but didn't fix it, expecting the two of you to straighten me out (as she put it, "hehehe"). Regards, ecb3, from the middle of 2+ days of intermittent drizzle, rain, downpours and thunderstorms in central VA (and an hour of sunshine a while back); fortunately I got my @1000 board feet of rough-sawn oak lumber stacked/ slipped and covered in time. -Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) So the Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I had a huge Bomber weekend over Memorial Day. Friday afternoon we hooked up with Jan Bell ('64) and her friend David in downtown Kirkland... Saturday night it was dinner with Debbie and Deirdre... and Sunday evening we connected with Terry ('64) and April Snoeberger Jones ('65) in Bellevue. A good time was had by all. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Great pictures of the "girls"! They are growing like weeds and are very cute. You can really tell them apart. Looks like one has a longer nose than the other one. Please, don't ask me which one that is though, haha. Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA OK, Linda, lets exchange temperatures. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/29/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Richard Roberts ('49), Betty Bell ('51) Betty Conner ('52), "Em" DeVine ('52) Mike Clowes ('54), Sylvia Plumb ('56) Terri Royce ('56), Burt Pierard ('59) Carol Converse ('64), John Fletcher ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierard ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Harrold ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sherwood ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Hopfinger ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Kit Roberts (WAB) There have been inquiries wondering if Kit Roberts (WAB), a California Central Coast (CCC) Bombers luncheon attendee [5/24 Alumni Sandstorm], was my sister. She is no relation. She lived in Richland in the early fifties when she was very young. Most of the time in the area she lived on a farm near Pasco. She attended Jr and Sr High here in California. Her father, John Roberts, worked for G.E. and was an accomplished pianist playing at local clubs in the area with John LaChapelle. He also was the opening or intermission act for many visiting performers who also often used him for accompaniment. She fondly remembers her time in the Tri-Cities and said it was a great place to be a kid. She is a proud Bomber wanna be. Now, she applies her musical skills to lead a local ukulele band, "The Flaming Ukuleles". Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) and I are in the band and we are very fond of her. Re: Herbie and His Serenaders Fred Ouren ('49) thinks the band in the Par-A-Dice club picture is Herbie Foracre's Band. I haven't heard from anyone about the Steam Wheeler night club moored on the Pasco side of the old Pasco bridge. Name, history? Cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Sunday, May 31st, The EASY SWING BAND will play for the Richland Seniors Association's 5th Sunday Dance at the Richland Community Center from 1pm to 4pm. Cost is $5 at the door, and pre-packaged finger foods are welcome, but not required. Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) It's finally Spring! Temps are in the 70s and 80s!!!! Marvellous!! Doug and I had to abandon ship - our lovely home in Goldendale, WA - due to health problems. We hope to put it up for sale when we can get around to doing the touch-up things that need to be done. I hope the housing market repairs itself by then. We are now renting a home in Vancouver, WA. We had lived here before, and loved it then. We have three children who live here, and several grandchildren - and two of our three GREAT Grandbabies. All of them are available and helping us adapt, and make sure we are o.k. We moved here in November, and are now completing paperwork to move to another house in the next month. (Address still a mystery.) I had a knee replacement on May 5. OOOooowwweeeee!!! I'm now involved in the therapy to get it back to 'like new' - and will be having the other knee done shortly in 2010. Re: New Subject I regularly check obituaries in Richland's online papers, and saw that Ronald H. Bewlay ('50-RIP) died in Kennewick on the 20th of May. Doug ('52) used to work with him as an electrician. I haven't seen his death listed in the Sandstorm. Someone surely could submit the actual obituary to get it on record. We know he graduated from RHS, but not which year. (Maybe with all the meds I've been on, I missed it.) The e-mail obit from Tri-City Herald only lists name, age, death date. Love the Sandstorm! This is in my wake-up routine each day. We do miss Goldendale, and the quiet (we live on a very busy street! here) and the wildlife. Keep up the good work, Maren!! -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) To: Dick Harris ('49) Wow, Dick, that is a great story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. "A serendipitous moment"... the angels DO watch over us, don't they! Bomber regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Might this explain the dearth of entries lately? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) Re: Picture #295 To: Don Sorenson (NAB) I remember the Morton family very well. Jim Morton was in my class ('56) and his sister, Delores, was married to my brother Ken Plumb, who quit high school and joined the Marines. He would have been a '52 or '53 graduate. When he came home from Korea he met Delores. She had one child, Bobby. Kenneth and Delores had two boys, Keith and Bruce. This was a very sad story, because for some reason, Kenneth's kidneys were diseased and began deteriorating. He died on March 25th, 1958. We lost touch with Delores after a few years. I don't remember when Mr. Morton died, but I did know the mother, Helen, who had all those children. It would be interesting to know what happened to them. That picture was a special treat for me, bringing back so many memories. -Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: Becky Royce. (wb '59) My sister, Becky Royce Harris Shuey, died unexpectedly last Friday at her home in Spokane. Many Bombers might remember Becky as a fun-loving Jr. Hi girl who ran around with her happy buddies, including Sharon Tate ('61wb-RIP). Becky is survived by Greg, Tim, and daughter Dana Harris; daughter Rhonda Shuey, several grandchildren, and her sisters, Terri and Kathy. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dick Pierard ('52) Well Bro, you actually made it - 75 BIG ONES!!! I don't imagine your clean-living Life Style (except for those Friday afternoon "seminars" at the local Campus Pub) had anything to do with anything. In fact, I use your longevity to gauge my own vile, disgusting, degenerate Life Expectancy. My reasoning goes something like this. I have been told that if I were to quit smoking, I would add 10 years to my life, which at 68 means that 78 would be my present expectancy, compared to a clean- liver like you. That obviously means I have a 3 year cushion remaining, again compared to you. So all I can say is Have the Happiest of Birthdays and KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!! Love ya Bro, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Dick Harris ('49) Which church do you go to in Wenatchee? Just curious, as we lived there 13 years ago for about 6 years. In fact, my daughter and her 2 kids still live in Wenatchee. We used to go to the large Methodist? church on 5th and also a Baptist church in East Wenatchee, but can't remember the name of it now. We will be up in Wenatchee in a couple weekends for a couple days before heading to Spokane and my sons and then to the class reunion! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where the sun is shining today!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Wersen Ladies Hi Maren, I don't know if you wish to add this photo to Kathy's Memorial page or not. It is a classic. Probably in the Tri-City Herald. It is Becky ('65) in charge of the corsage, Kathy ('64- RIP) holding the coat and Linda ('66) to the left. Mom, Patricia Wersen passed away in 1994. Still searching for a good photo of Kathy and her sons. You can put this in the daily Sandstorm if you want. -John Fletcher ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re: Hi-Spot pictures I had never checked out the Hi-Spot pictures, looked at them this morning and was so nice to see a picture of ex-Richland teacher, Lynn Dunton (RIP)--she was sitting at a table, stamping hands. year above picture says "1961", but it had to be way before that, cause Duntons' moved to CA in 1958--they moved just as I was starting 7th grade at Carmichael--always told Bill he was lucky he moved, cause I took choir ---can't "carry a tune in a bucket" and the move saved him from having to put up with me! *grin* to:George(Pappy)Swan('59) re: puppies pictures of the puppies are so cute, but they sure aren't staying little at all. my daughter has a black lab---"Princess" is 9 years old, but she is developing arthritis in her hips, although it isn't keeping her from jumping into the pool on a daily basis! she loves being in that pool--even in the winter, she jumps right in the minute she is let outside!! enjoy Bella and Me'a. looks like they are going to give you lots of good times. to:Carol Converse Maurer('64) re:exchange temperatures would gladly trade ya----it was almost 100 today(5-28-09)and it's muggy(raining in mountain areas, but none here)----am so not liking this weather and it's only just beginning!!!! we've had high 90's all week! -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Earl Bennett ('63) Re: Your 5/26 Alumni Sandstorm entry I thank you for the credit of the pie, but I didn't make it! I meant to write yesterday but got busy! I make a mean pie, cakes, cookies, or any other desert! But I'm glad Pam Pyle Jewett- Bullock ('69), got her due Thank You!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Ron Bewlay ('50) ~ 1932 - 5/20/09 >>Myrle Hamrick ('51) ~ 3/5/33 - 4/27/09 >>Mark Spilman ('76) ~ 8/28/58 - 4/24/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/30/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Alice Hanthorn ('59) Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) A day like Thursday May 28 in Anacortes, WA when the sun is out from its rising and lasting all day and well into the evening, with temperatures in the mid 70s is a great day, so how could it be any better? I woke up as usual at 6:30 AM and the sun was just coming up in the east "like fire in the sky" (thanks Somerset Maugham) and it was clear as a bell and no clouds. Does it get any better than that... Nope. I had my coffee and sat out on the deck reading the local paper whilst my dear wife slept in. Does it get any better than this? Nope. I then jumped into my trusty Prius and drove toward town with full clear views of Rosario Strait and the San Juan Islands to my left and the lofty face of Mt. Erie to my right. This is as good as it gets, right? Nope. I pull into the Stork's Restaurant (aka The Bowling Alley) parking lot and there are spaces open this time of the morning, so now the day is perfect, right? Nope. What made it perfect and unique was that I was meeting fellow Bomber and fire works extraordinaire... Larry Mattingly ('60) for breakfast. Larry was headed up to Semiahmoo, right across the bay from Blaine, WA and next to the Canadian border, for a business meeting and had contacted me about having breakfast enroute and I accepted. Beside being in a business like he is (Happiness is the Sky in Bloom), Larry is a lot like me, and even said so. We both have done a lot of different things in life and have seen a bunch of stuff that maybe the ordinary soul might not have had the opportunity to do. For instance, at Semiahmoo now there is a very upscale hotel right on the end of the spit but before that there was a very large fish cannery. Back in the late 1960s I ran that plant for a year for the Alaska Packers Association, a division Del Monte Foods, and Larry noted how many things I had done in my life. In our conversation it would seem that he too had done a ton of things that are uniquely different from what he does now and we both agree that now is no time to stop having fun... so we continue to "work". We also talked about Larry's daughter Debbie, who just passed away suddenly in the Phoenix area, and whilst he is doing well, or as well as expected, he still has bad days along with the good. I can't imagine losing a child and like Larry, I am very close to my four daughters and their herd of kids... my Grandkids. I suppose the good days will be more frequent for him and the bad days will be fewer but her memory will be with him forever. It is a good thing that he talks about it freely and willingly. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it will probably hit the high 70s today, not a cloud in the sky and I can see westward for miles. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) To: "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: 5/27/09 Alumni Sandstorm entry Hay "Pappy" at least your "two active children" help you stay young and active. A while ago while I was having dinner with my family (Son, daughter in love, and grandkids) my son asked "how old are you now mom?", and my 15 year old granddaughter quickly did the math in her head... "She's 68, dad." Then with an astonished look at me she said "Grandma, your almost 70!" like when did you get so old? Oh well, being old has its advantages too, like I can get a price break at the movies and restaurants, and I can call every one "Hon" and no one even notices. I think it's because we can't be expected to remember names. Love your stories Pappy keep them coming! -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richland Bomber Moms Remembered... Two of our former neighbor Moms passed away this past week. V. Lillie Moss - Mother to Tillman, Leota and Verbie Alice Virginia Hudspeth - Mother to William, Robert, John & Mark -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Wersen girls I was wondering if anyone would know which of the Wersen sisters had a husband I believe was in the Navy in the mid 1960s. Pat Wersen worked at the Richland Police Department for awhile with my late mother. I recall babysitting for one of her daughters while she and her husband went out one night. It seems I did it at Pat's house on Wright Avenue, not sure but that seems correct. I'm thinking her husband was either on leave or going to a different duty station as I only did it that one time. I may be having a "senior moment" but I don't think so. Can anyone help me out? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the weather is finally decent, not too warm but sunny and beautiful ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/31/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: "Pappy" Swan ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Bruntlett ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: 5/27/09 Alumni Sandstorm entry and staying young & active... Yes indeed Alice, my "two active children" are certainly helping me in my effort to stay younger and more active, or as the Bee Gee's sang, "Stayin' alive!" Just as we tend to continually think of our kids and grandkids as our boys and girls, pups, unfortunately and in many ways, also tend to grow up. Once again proving that ... time waits for no one or no critter. My "Little Girls" are most definitely becoming my "Big Girls!" However, being the twisted thinker that I am, I have always fantasized about some scientist inventing a switch for implanting in our pets, so that they could be transformed from big pet to baby pet and "vicee versee," to suit the current situation. But, I suppose someone would abuse that invention and use it on people, and then we would have one hack of a mess. Everyone would be wanting to be younger and eventually we would have a bunch of immature folks running the world ... Uh, come to think of it ... maybe someone has already invented that thing. Ok, I'm getting dangerously close to violating the politically correct/incorrect thing here, sooo, moving on... I understand that thing about our grandkids, when they begin to do the math. For years, one of my grandsons was perfectly happy to call to me "Grampy." But, I knew that he and I were both moving along in years, when, "out of the blue," he asked if I would mind referring to him as "Harrison Barloga Larson" rather than "Little Harry B.," and if I minded his calling me "Gramps." Being fairly congenial, I said he could call me anything he wanted to, as long as he called me when the "chow" was ready. He understood that, as he is the one who became a Marine. I must admit that I, myself, do the math, every once in a while, just to be sure... But, it always comes out the same. Yep, damn, soon I am going to be 68 and really pushing 70! But, I don't feel like it ... here in my head. As I have mentioned before, I really have to be careful, nowadays, that my mind no longer writes checks that my body can no longer cash. And, some of my components might be overdue for a modular replacement, as they just don't seem to work ... "the way they used to" (thank you Mick Jagger) ... and I'm just not as healthy and fit, as I once was. I try not to dwell on it, but after observation and careful study of my mother and her fellow residents at her assisted care living facility, I have concluded that those more senior elders who stay the most active, both physically and mentally ... are the ones who seem to stay the healthiest! So, after pondering this, I realized that I, as a senior, am confronted with the collective effects and limitations of aging, genetics, diet, body weight, injuries and illnesses, ambition, and state of mind. I'm thinking that regardless of the effects of the former factors, the last two can be most critical to my health, as a senior. But, obviously they are all ... interactive. In my more recent years, I notice that I seem to have two choices. I can sit around and weather the depression of how some things haven't turned out quite like I had pictured them. Or, I can get up and "Get 'Er Done." Yep, I sit and think, a lot, but mostly, I find it all too easy to ... just sit. So, I conducted my own "most unscientific study" and realized that my collected data supported the fact that, if I just get up and get going, I can get 'er done! The primary obstacle to being active is just getting myself started on any project or activity, whether it be yard work, working with my girls, taking a walk, riding my bike, or whatever. Once I am up and on the go, it is easier to keep going. So, one of my projects is to lose some of this extra weight that I am packing. I know, this is an ongoing project that I have mentioned ... all too many times before. However, this time I am serious. From my all-time high of 224 lb this past winter, I am now bouncing between 205 - 207 on a daily basis. My current goal is to break 200 lb soon. At this rate, I figure by the time of our 50th Reunion in September, my classmates will have to look hard to even see me! Ok, if I can get down to 190, and hold around that level, I will be most happy and probably healthy. After all, as the "Incredible Shrinking Senior Citizen," since graduation, my height has diminished from 5'9-1/2" to around 5'7" and my feet spread (did not grow, but spread, probably due to carrying around all of those extra LBs) from a size 9-1/2 to a 12. And, I figure that after I lose this weight, and if my feet stay big, when I fall down, I will just pop back up like a self righting target on the rifle range. I do find that I cannot "go at it" as long or as effectively "like I used to." However, anything that I get done, is more than I would have done, if I were still ... just sitting there. So, maybe the key to my staying young and active in my senior years, is ... motivation brought about by instilling a self- starting attitude within my frame of mind, and ... carrying around a cattle prod. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the days are now hot, but its early in the cool morning. So, I have no excuse (that I can think of right now) for not getting out there and getting 'er done, at least until it gets hot and I can have a reasonable excuse to... Oh, you know what I mean, "doncha?" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Personal history Why wait to read your personal history in the Sandstorm obituaries? Without being too wordy, I think it would be interesting to read about your family, hobbies, work history, etc. What do you think? You might even find a friend with similar interests. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Having more years does not always equal "being old" I read Alice Hanthorn Johnson's ('59) entry in the 5/30/09 Sandstorm. It made me smile, Alice -- your granddaughter computing that you are now 68, and giving you the look of amazement that you are "almost 70!" However, I have to take exception to the notion that you are old. Now while I don't really know you personally, Alice, you don't write like you are "old." There is joy and laughter in your writing - and a sense of future. That is not the stuff of oldness. First, I don't think there is an age at which we can arbitrarily attribute "oldness" to a person. Okay, I take that back. I guess I would consider anyone over 90 to be officially old. But I have to add that I know several folks in their 90s who are incredibly full of joy and laughter. Their sense of future (on this earth) tends to be somewhat foreshortened, which makes sense. There is a guy down the road who is 89 who is particularly blessed. He still runs cattle over his 600+ acres. No hired hand. Repairs his own fences. Tags his own calves, etc. His wife is close to the same age, and still has the whole family over for holidays and the like. In fact, last summer, they hosted the wedding of a great-granddaughter in a pasture right along our road. About 200 people present for the wedding (everyone sat on hay bales) and the reception afterwards. It was quite a to do. On the other side of the coin, there is a woman I have known all my life who is only 70 now, but she has been 'old' for as long as I can remember. She "thinks old", and always has. Gosh, how do I explain what I mean by "thinking old"? I guess it's sort of a "can't do - won't try" attitude. Now, of course, as our bodies age there are certain things that we can't do, shouldn't try, or need to do differently. For example, 1. I would be hard pressed these days to stay up until 2:00 am, drinking wine and talking with friends, then get up at 6:30, get two little kids up and ready for preschool, get them there, and go to work all day, pick up the kids, get home, make dinner, do the "evening things" (reading, etc.) with them, get them to bed -- all on my own. In my 20s & 30s, after my two sons' dad and I divorced, I did that sometimes. (Now I tend to go to bed early and wake up very early.) 2. I no longer always refuse the offer of a 'courtesy clerk' to carry out my groceries and load them into my truck. If it's been a long day, and I'm tired, I welcome the help. 3. For the most part (except for an occasional hay bale) I don't lift or wrestle with anything over 50 pounds any more. (Lower back stuff.) 4. Bikinis are not a part of my life. :-) "Lost youth", lost friends/family (who have died), etc. Sure, those things are real. I am not 18 anymore - I am 58. (I often wondered how that happened so quickly.) My mother died when I was 18, my father when I was 48. I miss them a lot. There's more stuff along that line, but you get the idea. But I still look at life in terms of possibilities and horizons, not just losses. And I think that is the main difference between "thinking young" and "thinking old." And my belief is, as long as a person is alive, there is a reason for it. Put more specifically, I believe God still has something He wants me (you) to do, or else I (you) would not be on this earth any more. And I am (you are) the one (because of life experiences, personality and gifts He has given each of us uniquely) who is the one best prepared to do whatever that job is. It might be something that I will recognize as being "big" -- perhaps a suicidal patient for whom I am able to make a difference, and who goes on to "live long and prosper." (Thank you, Mr. Spock.) Or it might be something as simple as conversation that I won't even recognize as being important, but that might contain some kernel of truth or wisdom or ... whatever ... that is JUST what the other party to the conversation needed in his/her life. Or maybe a passing smile to a stranger who is alone and hurting -- some little bit of kindness that is a turning point for that person. I don't know. I don't have to know. Final thought -- I would not go back in time, and have to relearn the life-lessons I have learned. Always forward on the journey, my friends. Now It's time for me to hush up here and get my plumper, older body (but somewhat wiser mind) to work for the day. (Maybe that is why I have this attitude -- because I will NEVER be able to retire, having finally been able to begin working at my vocation at the age of 54 -- then buying a small farm. Believe me -- the words "money pit" have real meaning in my life! But it's all good - not easy, but good.) Blessings, -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) PS - Move to practice in Nampa/Boise is on 6/10. Any Bombers in that area, please e-mail me! PPS - Keeping Haven Farm, in spite of the move. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` April, 2009 ~ June, 2009