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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/01/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: "Em" DeVine ('52), Marilynn Working ('54) Jim Hamilton ('63), Kathy Rathvon ('63) Vicki Smith ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) Mike Franco ('70), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Foley ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Llewellyn ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Roe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon Lindberg ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Lawrence ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Furner ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry Steichen ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Today I am practically glued to the TV, watching the Washington Huskies vs Georgia Bulldogs in the Women's College World Series. Right now it is tied 8-8. Bottom of the 6th and the Bulldogs will bat last. They have a huge crowd watching in the mostly un-roofed stands. And it's HOT there. The announcers haven't said the temperature, but have referred to the heat several times. These games take me back to our beloved Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP). She was at Marcus Whitman when I was in 8th grade and even then, she was awesome! A wonderful person as well as great athlete. I watched the way she pitched on the play-ground and didn't have the nerve to try to bat against her!!!) To: Lynn-Marie ('68) I love your definition of "old". I saw your remarks to Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59), yesterday and remembered you said something similar to me and I really appreciate your take on it. I'm about 7 years older than Alice and about 16 (wow!!!!) years older than you. Although, like Pappy said in his entry yesterday, although I can't "go at it" for as long, I can still "get 'er done" (Para-phrasing, of course.) Pacing oneself and keeping hydrated are the secrets, I think! This reminds me of one grandson writing on my birthday card, long ago, "I heard you are 60---wow, that's OLD". It totally cracked me up. Actually, of course, I can't always get it done... I'm just plain not as strong as I used to be but, by golly, I am persistent! (Okay, to be honest, I have no qualms about asking my young, strong sons and grandsons for help when I need it.) Two families are coming to look at the motor home again, today. Doggone it, I can't get the frig to light on propane. Elec is fine. Murphy's Law. After I sell it, I'll be looking for something to drive to Alaska. Friends are suggesting, and I am inclined to agree, that this time I should try to find a pick-up camper. That way, I can take the camper off and use the pick-up for transportation. I've never gone that route, before. I'll buy the mandatory "Mile Post" before I leave. Things along the Al- Can change so often that, although I've made the drive several times, I want the latest info. Late last evening, I went out on the Columbia River with daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Bobby, and enjoyed 2 hours of paradise! Bomber regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: you youngsters I smile when I read the articles in the Sandstorm lately from Pappy ('59), Lynn-Marie ('68) and others about getting "older". You can surely remember when you were small, or even in early teens that anyone in their 30s, 40s or 50s were really old! You guys are youngsters! I must tell you that I am looking forward to two years from now when I can celebrate my 75th!!! I love diamonds and I am going to (with all my ageless classmates who share the fun of reminiscing our school days) have one heck of a "diamond" birthday. We'll let you know how it turns out!!! We'll be shining!! Look out 2011!! As the old saying goes "I went to bed with Arthur Itis and wake up with Charlie Horse"....or something like that, but as the body aches and slows us down I am told that getting old is not for sissys, so just enjoy the fact that we can watch the sun rise and set. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) So we're sitting in the '59er Diner at Cole's Corner having breakfast and watching a Three Stooges video on their little TV, the Forever Young and always Lovely Miss Nancy ('65), the Kid Sister-in-Law, Sharon Wick ('67) and I. I guess I was giving a little more focus to Curley, Moe and Larry than to present company and was asked "If I'd never seen the, before". I waxed on about how they were usually on the bill at the Village on Saturdays when I was a kid. Neither of these two lovelies had ever darkened the doors of said Village Theater and I wondered if any girls ever went to the Village on Saturdays for the double feature, a couple of cartoons and a Lash Laureau serial? I don't recall anyone wearing a skirt, except for... never mind, that was later. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) My grandmother, bless her heart, lived to be 3 weeks shy of 107. For the last 6 years of her life, she lived with my aunt and uncle, who were in their late '70s, early '80s. I used to visit her once a month and on one visit, when she was probably 104, she said to me, "You know, in my heart I still feel like a young woman". So, this is why, as we age, we feel no older, because, in our hearts, we still are young. For me, I see myself as 42. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) ~ from Bellevue where this weather could continue forever and I would be happy **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) I have been two months behind in reading the Sandstorm. I read the Sandstorm entries have slowed way down. I read them daily when in town and play catch up when I get back. I just don't participate. Kind of scares me, there is so many people that read it daily. I am so far behind in my writing and spelling skills, but decided I would start writing in some. I have been reading March entries and heard talk about 5th wheels, verses coaches, or motor homes. We owned a 27 ft. 5th wheel for about 4 years. We just got back from Bend, OR. where we spent some time shopping for 5th wheels. My husband had been thinking maybe we should try a motor home this time. I wasn't sure I would like one, but I looked. The next place we drove to had a pretty green used one sitting there. We liked it. We looked and liked some of the 5th wheels that were larger as well as other motor homes and came back to the green 2001 Newmar Mountain Aire and bought it. I like both the 5th wheel and motor home. The motor home you can prepare food and still travel and most have generators. Best of all the toilet is right there weather you moving or not. We usually stop to eat and relax if needed. I think it's your personal preference. We are currently looking for a used dolly to pull our vehicle, behind if anyone may have one they would like sell. We prefer the stationary ones. We plan to travel more and will continue telling you more about our motor home experience coming back home from this trip. -Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Mauer (Magic Class of '64) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) I really enjoyed reading your insert in today's Sandstorm. Way to think! I've given up wondering how old I "feel"... I know it's young though. I just don't put an age to it any longer. When someone near me is talking about "senior moments, feeling old beyond their years, etc., etc.", I just keep quiet as I don't feel old and I won't admit to the above, senior moments, etc. Perhaps that's not the right way to be... I should admit I'm getting older I guess, but WHY, when I don't feel as I am. I know that I'm slowing down somewhat. Takes me longer to shop, for instance, but why voice it? I'm thinking that if I start voicing stuff like that, then I will start FEELING that way. Really, I don't have blinders on, I just don't think I need to be telling myself that I'm getting old:). -Carol Converse Mauer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We're back in fog once again. Oh well. In a couple weeks, I'll be in sun and warmth!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Age as a state of mind (or... it's how you think about yourself that counts) Several hours after reading yesterday's comments on age I suddenly remembered something I had stumbled across on the Internet a few years ago. I had no idea that Tony Curtis was even an artist, other than as an actor that is. One of his paintings he calls Triple Portrait. My impression then was that, hey, at least he has a sense of humor. I only thought of it as a humorous painting based on Norman Rockwell's Self Portrait. But after reading yesterday's comments on age, maybe it is a more serious painting than I thought. Tony Curtis' Triple Portrait -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ here in Never Never Land ~ "Second star to the right then straight on 'till morning." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to: George(Pappy)Swan('59) and Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka('68) re:aging you both said "it" very well! I would not want to go back to an earlier age and re-do all the things that I have learned, but I would like to have that body, back! this body has way too many aches and pains and limits me in the things I want to do, but I refuse to give up and get old! I get along with my cane, my walker, and/or my scooter, or just hanging on to the shopping cart to take the pressure off my arthritic hip and lower back, as I refuse to quit doing things. I am still bowling, if you can call "it" bowling---I no longer am able to "slide", I just walk up to the foul line and throw my 12# ball down the lane(had to give up my 14# ball)--am able to manage a few strikes and spares, and, so far, am able to maintain a 150+ average, which could be better, considering it's a "no-tap" league(which means we only need to knock down 9 pins with the first ball, for a strike), but I am content with that. I have even managed to bowl a "300" game, but it isn't recognized by the "ABC"(bowling association), cause it's done in "no-tap", but I was jazzed all the same! *grin* I can no longer stay up, half the night, unless I am sitting in front of a slot machine(*grin)and be able to function during the day, without a nap, but I figure IF my body says "it" needs a nap, then there is no harm in giving in and taking one. and, I agree, I have known people who were "old" at 40--they just get it into their heads that they can no longer do "fun" things cause they are of a certain age. I refuse to GROW UP--it makes ya old and grouchy! *grin* I have always believed that "age is just a number" and that you are only old if you allow yourself to quit having fun and enjoying life. I still splash in rain puddles, catch raindrops on my tongue, walk in the rain (without an umbrella--ain't gonna melt), play in the snow(of course, all this is done with my grandkids, so that people won't think I am ready for the "looney-bin"), but we have fun, we laugh, and I still think young, even if this body is old and lets me know, very fast, IF I have abused it too much. I am 63 and there are times when I wonder how on earth did I get "this old", cause I sure don't think of myself as being "that old"---I look in the mirror and wonder, at times, who the heck is that old(er)woman staring back at me, but, then I fix my hair, apply a bit of mascara, and hobble around til my body "wakes up". *grin* I like the commercial that has the song, "when I'm an old woman" and wish it was available as a ring tone for my cell phone. I also agree with you, Lynn, on "God still has something He wants me(you) to do"---am not sure what His plans are for me, but there is a reason I am still around, so He isn't done with me, yet. it might be for no other reason than to be here for my grandkids and I am perfectly content with that answer. to:Mike Brady('61) re:Personal history like that idea. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA---been hot and humid---thunder and lightning storms all around us, but not a drop of rain at all!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Not older... that's fer sher Bomber-babe birthday time Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew... reading about being "older" almost wore me out! Who's older? Huh? Huh? Not us, kids... WE are the Bombers, Mighty Mighty Bombers...... dang right... I'm getting ready to head for Manti, UT... just a little tiny place in the middle of Utah... we will hit snow (in June) going up and it will be a little chilly up there... no shorts... long sleeve shirts tho some guys will be in T-shirts... but me early in the morning I will be wearing a jacket... the purpose of this little trek (In the Shelley ('63 RIP) mobile) is... the yearly Rat Fink Reunion at Big Daddy Roth's place... it is a total blast... especially considering what a friend of mine (OK, in all honesty he's a friend of mine because I'm closer to his wife, Suzanne, than I am him... no rude comments please) was quoted saying: "That stuff was aimed at teen age kids" or something to that effect... the speaker, Robert Williams was a very close friend of Ed's and is called the originator or low brow art... kind of a funny thing for him to say that about Ed's art... but I guess it's true... so a bunch of us will be there celebrating the "Rat Fink"... just like the one I have on my left calf (only my Rat has a yellow/gold shirt on instead of red and has the R and the Cloud instead of an RF)... so all day I've been getting the Shelley Mobile ready for the trip... Saturday I noticed it had a low tire... flat by Sunday and wouldn't hold air... I suppose the inner tube is shot... tried to order one from Coker Tires but working thru their web site is just awful so I figured I'd call tomorrow... so off I was in the 100+ heat to put a little dry lake roadster up on safety jacks and rob it's rear dirt track style tires... I'll give 'em back... I will... hmmmmmmmmmmm I'm really getting off the track here aren't I... well the reason I mentioned the Rat Fink deal is that there will be guys and gals there of all ages... but MANY of us will appear to the casual observer to be beyond our prime... but looks can be deceiving... many of these guys grew up with Ed... worked with him at Disney and left for the same reason... (you may know that the Rat Fink was the antithesis of Mickey)... the point is that we Bombers just stay young in spite of the passing of time... the birthday girl is every bit the babe she was when walking Mac Hall... she was one of those I adored and of course her other half was one of those guys I admired and continue to admire... Every time I see them they still look like high school to me tho I am well aware that his worn surfer look is far different than the Ivy League guy I emulated... but to me... well it's just like every Saturday I'm sittin next to Heidlebaugh ('65) at breakfast after the donut shop and tho he ain't got no hair and his beard is gray... I still see that little curl in the middle of his forehead and that cool ducktail (I always thought Warford ('65) and I were the last to give up our ducktails but a picture is worth a thousand words and it's sure a full blown DA in his Sr. picture...) gaaaaaaaaaaaawd I need to learn brevity... so as Jimbeaux ('63) refers to his ever lovely Miss Nancy... may I wish the equally ever lovely Carolyn Roe DeJong ('63) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on June 1, 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) PS... DeJong is changed to "Dion" by spell check... how I love "Where or When" by the Belmonts... but I digress... oooooops... my mistake... it was Dijon... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Web Site For those who have asked for my web site for my campaign. Its finally up. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Congrats to Ben "Sparky" Jacobs ('69) and the Bomber baseballers for winning it all Saturday night at Safeco in Seattle. The only thing that could have sweetened that victory was sitting with Tom Albert ('69), Renny Rathbun, Phil Jones ('69) and Pasco Bulldog Mike Guajardo. There was a significant amount of "banter", but the Bombers hayng on for another championship. We enjoyed it so much I invited myself to the "class" of '69 reunion this August. Good job Ben. -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: To All Bombers, 8 more pictures To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) I've heard the name Jack Quinn before. Did he have a brother who was in Patrol? Thanks for the info. To: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) That's one of the biggest reason I do this. Pictures bring back a flood of memories that have special meaning(s). I'm glad to be of service. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/02/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Larry Harrold ('56) Ruth Patty ('56), Marlene Maness ('57wb) Janet Wilgus ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Jeanne Turner ('63) and Gary Turner ('71) Jim Blackwood ('64), Ray Stein ('64) Sharon Popp ('67), Vic Marshall ('71) Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Reed ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil McCartney ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Felder ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Minard ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Simpson ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Aging I'm finding as I've thrived and aged, That much I'd thought was good, was bad; I doubt I'd want to age again Without the harmful fun I've had. -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: Don Sorensen picture #300 Bill Johnson ('57) is in the middle and Ken O'Conner ('56) is on the right. I remember the fellow on the left but I can't come up with his name. I think he was the class of 1958. I believe the Gym is at Spalding School and it was probably one of the free- throw shooting contests they held for the kids. Back then, the gyms were open on Saturdays with supervised play for the kids. Do they still do that? Ken was our Class Vice-President in 1956. Re: Don Sorensen picture #301 Bill Johnson ('57) is on the right shooting a free throw and I believe that is Bill Rowe ('56) on the left. Re: Don Sorensen picture #304 The individual bowling looks like me but I'm not sure. Re: Bombers ringing up their 4th state baseball championship I am extremely proud of the team for what they have accomplished. In addition, I believe that Ben Jacobs ('69) has earned his way into the Mid Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his many years of dedication and contribution to the sport and for the quality of his accomplishments. -Larry Harrold ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Patty Holesworth ('56) Re: Photos 300 & 301 Look like Bill Johnson ('57). -Ruth Patty Holesworth ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Isom-Mulch ('57wb) Concerning age - A funny thing happened to me at the swimming pool. Two young girls were in the stall next to me and I heard one say "I think there's an old lady in the stall next to us". She looked under the stall and said "Yep, She's old all right!". And clerks are starting to call me "Dear" and "Honey". This seems strange to me because I don't feel old, but apparently I am. To: Mike Brady ('61) I really like the idea of premature obituaries. A great idea! Why wait to find out the interesting details of the lives of long ago friends and acquaintances. They could just be sent in as regular postings on the Sandstorm. It would be a great community builder to find friends with similar experiences and ideas. -Marlene Maness Isom-Mulch ('57wb) ~ Prescott, AZ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [OK, who wants to be first? Send in your own early obit and I'll post them just before the "real" obits section. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: Don Sorensen picture #300 I'm nearly positive the little guy on the left with the basketball (striped shirt) is our Marcus Whitman, Carmichael, and Col-Hi Class of 1959 classmate, Buddy Bloom (RIP). And, Pappy... you just keep on keepin' on and I'm sure you'll be at least 5'11" by the time of the Reunion!! (Doesn't "hope" spring eternal?? I've got my own challenges... I'm certain it is height!!) -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Well. what a timely discussion. Nothing has made me feel so old as having to apply for Medicare, as I soon will be 65... (I can't believe I'm going to be that old... ) I agree, I too identify being a younger age than what I see when I see the wrinkles in the mirror and on my arms... I'm not sure what that age is, but it's definitely not 65, perhaps, like Kathy Rathvon ('63) said, in my lower 40s. However, I also wouldn't want to relive some of the learning I've done the hard way... sadly, that is usually the way I learn it really well. I'm taking a "Strong Women" weight-lifting class to combat beginning osteoporosis now. It appears I'll have to do this the rest of my life, because just walking a lot and lifting things as in housework hasn't been enough... also I'm taking small amounts of calcium and Vitamin D all day long to equal 1,200 units of each... Warren is in Seattle now visiting Ray Eldredge, a close friend since WSU days, circa 1963-l968 who is battling stomach cancer which has spread to his other organs. Ray was a student teacher in Richland for awhile. Sorry, I don't know which year or school it was... he is a Mt. Vernon graduate, a former Kingdome employee, but mainly a stanch WSU supporter, and a dedicated sports follower. I know Mary (his wife, also not a Bomber, who is also battling breast cancer) and Ray would really appreciate your prayers for them at this time... it is a tough time. And sadly, because of former church commitments I can't be there now... when this started I offered to come out, and now years later, I really can't till after August 1st... A parent was sharing with me about the difficulty of deciding which commitment to honor when they overlap... like a ball team where they teach them to follow through, or church Vacation Bible School which came up after they were in the ball team schedule... well, which is the right commitment for me at this time? -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, where they still haven't put the portable boat ramp into the river, do they (the locals in the know) still think it might flood? We've had a great week of nights in the low 60s, and days barely above 80. Great sleeping weather with the windows open, but the humidity is coming... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanne Turner Meabon ('63) and Gary Turner ('71) Our mother, Colie Turner, peacefully passed away Sunday evening at the age of 91. Like most of the classic Bomber moms, our Mom was a multi-tasker who played many roles... chaperone, chauffeur, seamstress, Bomber basketball fan/referee critic, home room mother, Little League rooter, cookie and pie baker extraordinaire, active church member, amateur nurse, community volunteer, accomplished sand gardener, and a great "back-up Mom" to multiple generations of Bombers. While she excelled in all these many roles, her finest role... and, boy, did she ever nail this one... was as our mother. We love her dearly and miss her already. Love ya, Mom! -Jeanne Turner Meabon ('63) and Gary Turner ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Blackwood ('64) Re: Howdy Gary [Behymer ('64)] and all, Someone gave me a copy of T. Brokaw's book, "Boom! Talking About the Sixties". Just started it and I like the tone and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun, so am pointing it out in case anyone else likes that type stuff... easy does it... -Jim Blackwood ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Steve Piippo (09) I thought some of you might enjoy seeing Steve Piippo ('09) (grandson of legendary Chief Jo Coach Toivo Piippo (RIP)) run at the State Track Meet. Go to the link below, scroll down and click on TRACK B200H06(4A). Some years ago I met little Steve when he came with his grandpa Toivo to a McDonald's coffee klatch on a Saturday morning. I knew Steve's siblings (Kara and Scott) excelled at sports, so when Steve was out of ear shot, I asked Coach Piippo if this grand kid was also going to be an athlete. He smiled and said something like, "I think he'll be very good". Well, when Richland competed at Regionals in Spokane, I got a chance to watch Steve (now 6'4") qualify for State in 4 events. That's a rarity for any athlete considering Steve qualified in the 100m dash, the 200m dash, the high jump, and the 1600m relay. I was only a few feet away when he removed his sweats for the 100m dash and I choked up a little when I saw the name "Toivo" tattooed on his right arm. Proud papa told me that Steve will attend Boise State next year and compete in the decathlon. Good luck fellow Bomber, I know Coach Piippo is proud!!!!! -Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Popp Wise ('67) To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Jim, The little red headed girls lived on the wrong side of town!! I loved going to the free movies on Saturday. Always stopped in the drug store next door and bought a fire stick for a nickel - lasted the whole movie. Please tell "the kid" hi from me. -Sharon Popp Wise ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Sports Chamois I want to add my congratulations to the Richland Bombers 2009 4A State Baseball Champions. I believe this is the 4th title for coach Ben Jacobs ('69). I think there is a new dynasty brewing in the Atomic City... will they be renaming the Baseball facility - Jacobs Field?? Re: On another sports note Lance Willis' ('70) son Sam finished the 2009 Track Season undefeated in the mile and 2 mile run in his high school league. He then went on and took 2nd in the Regional competition in the mile and decathlon. Sam lives in Canyon Country, CA (just North of L.A.) and what is particularly impressive about his feat is that he was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in January of 2009. Talk about the resiliency of youth - learning how to cope with such a challenge is accomplishment enough. Sam was a sophomore this year and I expect we will hear more from him the next few years. For those of you who know Lance - he did NOT get his wheels from Dad. Good job, Sam -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) To: Pappy ('59), Lynn-Marie ('68) and all, I've been smiling along with all of the comments on aging. Every now and then someone will write in to the Alumni Sandstorm about a knee transplant or retirement or babysitting grandkids, and then I'll pay more attention to their graduation year and subtract 20 then add 2 (because it's easier than subtracting 18) to get their approximate age. Some of those Col-Hi kids out there may have a few years on me, but "old", never! It reminds me of a t-shirt I saw more than a decade ago that read (adapted): "I'm not 54, I'm 18 with 36 years of experience!" That's me. You can adapt it for yourself, as you see fit. Here's to many more productive years for us all! -Vicki Owens ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda where the sunny is summery (as ever) P.S. Mark Saucier ('70), your email address keeps bouncing my messages. Is there a trick to get through? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/03/09 It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice Today: Mike Clowes ('54), JD Boyd ('55) Donna McGregor ('57), Floyd Melton ('57) Marlene Maness ('57wb), Patti Jones ('60) Jack Gardiner ('61), John Browne ('61) David Rivers ('65), Rick Maddy ('67) Connie McCullugh ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Mikulecky ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Vandenberg ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Don, I don't know all that much about Jack Quinn. I do know that he was very much involved in the early years of Richland Light Opera (not sure if that is him being the "Very Model of a Modern Major-General" or the "Ruler of the King's Navy."). I worked with him briefly when he substituted or took over from "Cousin" Ben Roscoe at KWIE. He also owned a "sundowner" radio station in either Sunnyside or Grandview in later years. And, can we rule out the group in picture 290 as being Leslie Gore and back-up singers rehearsing "It's My Party"? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain came briefly on Tuesday and the temps stayed on the warm side of 80. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: JD "Jim" Boyd ('55) Re: Bomber Trivia What do Mark Hrndrickson, Danny Ainge, Dave DeBusschere, Gene Conley ('48) & Dick Groat have in common? Thought it would be interesting to share some of funny things our high school teachers did. Example: It would take Mr. Kelly (US History ?) all class room time to get his bottom desk drawer open. Great guy but he was really handicapped with his physical problems. Then there was Mr. Dawald whistling like a bird in class. Someone put some bird seed on his desk before class one day -- (could of been me?) His comment was "Who is the was guy"... the class was silent. -JD "Jim" Boyd ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) Re: Premie Obits. The idea of pre-obits has come up in the newspapers here. People have gotten tired of just reading who the deceased's relatives were. They want to know ABOUT the person more. Well, it has been happening more all the time - more info about the person and it is much more interesting and honorable to the person. I like it. Whether or not the deceased had anything to do with the writing of it (or furnishing the self-background) I don't know. It is too new of a thing for that to seem the case. My kids would think it morose at first for me to do that. I think I would have fun with it. Then comes the down-side of it. A lot of newspapers charge by the word/space. etc., and it can become expensive for longer obits. Our weekly newspaper here in Espanola, NM, still has it for free. Another thing that has been going on is that this "weekly" has chosen a family each week who have been farmers or ranchers (for example) and done research/interviews, and so on, on them and put big write-ups about them in the paper. That's beautiful. (Of course this little "weekly" is a gossip rag, too. I suppose like most small town papers.) I have been doing a lot of remodeling on my house. What a chore, but what rewards. The rem'd bathroom has no tub - just a walk-in shower. (didn't want to be climbing over a bathtub ten years down the road.) I will be making some special tiles to go around the medicine cabinet and for the sink back splash. I love just standing in there, daydreaming looking out the window - yeah, in a bathroom. Bomber cheers, -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ in overcast Espanola, NM where the sky is having a hard time giving up a few drops of rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Getting Old As I remember getting old started at about age 25 and every morning one gets to put their feet on the floor and look forward to another day that is getting old and boy do I enjoy it, every day of it. Being 70 years young, or old depending on one's view point, is great. -Floyd Melton ('57) ~ Older every day and hoping for many more older days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Isom-Mulch ('57wb) In case "Writing your own Obituary" doesn't take off, another way of finding out about each other is to have a "Did you Know" type entry where we tell interesting facts about fellow Bombers. For example: at our 40th reunion I was talking with Linda Sommers Evanson ('57). She mentioned that she was in an all women's hiking group. I said my two daughters are hikers and might be interested. She gave me her card and said "Have them give me a call - in October we're climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro." Mt. Kilimanjaro!??!! The last time I talked with her she was preparing to ride a bicycle from Seattle to Portland. Amazing. -Marlene Maness Isom-Mulch ('57wb) ~ Prescott, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2009 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Congratulations... to the 2009 NCAA softball champions.... Lady Huskies -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: On aging I can't really explain this, but I really feel like I've been waiting all these years to reach this point where I can Be the irascible curmudgeon that I've been mentally rehearsing for my entire life, until now. I can hobble along, if I feel like it, growl under my breath, fart in public with impunity, and brutally question any and everything as loudly as I please... with the alleged protection of the "he's old... and can't help it- probably Alzheimer's" meme, bless me! (And I can still drop- kick 2 out of 3 20-yard line field goals, and see either foot in front of my face if the insane desire to perform African Dance in the kitchen overcomes me...) This "getting old" thing is, simply, delightful... and I'm really going to miss it, if/when it wears off... Toivo lives! My thanks to Ray Stein ('64) for his post on Steve Piippo's ('09) athletic prowess. Toivo taught me Health, at Chief Joseph... and one indelible lesson will be with me forever. He produced & distributed mimeographed copies of a human torso, laid bare, with the heart/lung plumbing featured. (Mimeograph!.. those blurry blue lines- a blue that looked like someone had purposely produced skips & smudges, before dampening the paper to get a nice, 'watered down' effect...) Anyway. the coach then distributed these amazing pencils- half red lead & half blue-and said "Arteries are red, and veins are blue... so fill in your picture to show me that you understand the circulatory system." After about five minutes he began slowly walking up & down the aisles between the desks, carrying his own pencil, and stopping occasionally to point at someone's drawing, to say "You're dead." By the time he had gotten to the far side of the classroom the silent dread was palpable... you could smell the Fear in the air. He was, truly, a remarkable human being. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. (selected by his Senior English classmates as "least likely to succeed" with a nonpareil visionary acumen rarely exhibited in those so young) Class of '61, from Vashon Island... where the highest 5AM temp of the year appeared this morning- a blistering 59- which means that it's warm enough to plant corn & beans... at last! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Yes... I do work... sometimes Been slavin' away trying to figure an angle on a trial that starts soon and trying to figure out why one piece of evidence doesn't jibe with another... then the light bulb went on (ooooooooooops... just heard a crash outside the door... 'nuther driver who can't read: "S T O P"!)... and then I called the client to explain what he shoulda figured out (Construction Contract Case)... and he calls himself a General... well he ain't no Jim Mantis ('68)... and right after that one a them cute '63 girls sent me an email that made me laugh my rear end off (what there is of it) and just made my day... Ya see... Bombers (especially Bomber-Babes) always come thru... hmmmmmm... maybe that was a poor choice of words... but then again maybe I just gotta bad mind... so I am gonna write about a Bomber-Babe Birthday here... when I get to it... beautiful lady... we went out for a short time back in School... created a bit of an ugly sicheashun for me... not her... just me... I got my then girl friend to introduce us and then kinda drifted away from the girl friend which has always caused me some guilt feelings... she didn't react well and I made the mistake of writing her while I was in Vietnam (what possess me to do such stupid things I'll never know)... she wrote back... it wasn't pretty but I deserved it... well, the crash I heard musta been a hit 'n' run because there are no cars out there... only pieces... headlites, taillites, trim etc... (took a smoke break... can I say that?)... so anyway, this birthday girl has always brought a ray of sunshine into my world and pretty much everyone else's I know... a total doll and about as sweet a girl as there is... so lemme introduce you to... the act you've known for all these years... Sgt. Pepper's... no... that's not right... man... I remember in Vietnam... on Armed Forces Radio, Chris Noel (she warn't no Lynn Bryson ('57), that's fer sher) tried to convince us all the music was "yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy" (talk about a nasty sounding song) and "come on down to my boat baby"... when guys were shipping over for another tour and bringing back stuff like Sgt. Pepper, White Rabbit (my buddy and I gathered up all the ration cards from everybody and talked this guy into flying us way down south to a place called Qui Nhon where we bought cases and cases of beer on those ration cards and sat in some club playing White Rabbit on the juke box for about an hour)... and music like that... where was I... oh yeah... let me say a warm HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sue Vandenberg on June 3, 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: aging I will be 60 this month and what I hear a lot these days is, "Rick, you are a nice guy and all, but you are as old as my dad." -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie McCullugh ('74) Hey folks, this is Connie McCullugh grad of 1974. Just found out about this site. Anyone out there remember me? How do I Funeral Noticesget involved? I need a coach. You can reach me in Bellevue. Hope to hear from someone... anyone. -Connie McCullugh ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jordan Manthei ('09) ~ 11/8/90 - 5/28/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/04/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff & 1 PRE-obit Today: Kay Mitchell ('52), Larry Harrold ('56) Shirley Armstrong ('61), Bob Cross ('62) David Rivers ('65), Fran Teeple ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Greg Alley ('73) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Wood ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heather Ryanne ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: Celebrating Aging Many entries of late have been discussing "getting older". I may be gathering the years chronologically, but like others that have written in, I still feel young. The aches and pains in my body are few - no meds or doctor appointments for this old gal. My best friend of 62 years (Vera Rodda Simonton '52wb) is going with me to Taos, NM in a couple weeks to celebrate our 75th birthday year. We flew to Spain for our 70th birthdays and spent 2 weeks touring the country with a personal tour guide. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Vera housed a number of foreign exchange students from various countries in Europe and South America. She has kept in touch with each of them over the years and has remained "mom" to all of them. Miguel from Zaragosa, suggested we come to Spain the year we turned 70, and he would show us the sights in his country. We had an awesome, unforgetable adventure, and made a decision to take another trip when we turned 75. We had planned to go to Brazil to visit Cassio, another of her exchange students, but unfortunately, he became ill last year and passed away. Both of us have always had a burning desire to visit Taos and Santa Fe, so for this adventure we have chosen to go south. Both of us love the Native American culture and have a special interest in the art work and jewelry of these people. Vera has been connected with the Confederated Umatilla Tribes for many years and teaches out on the Rez. My interest in the Lakota people took me to Pine Ridge last month where I spent about a week with a very close elder friend in Porcupine. I was appalled at the poverty and terrible living conditions - everything there is compounded by the severe weather in each of the seasons. Such good people, but living is very hard for them. It made my heart ache. We won't have a tour guide this time, so would appreciate any input from Bombers that have traveled in this area. We will have a rental car and will be there for about 8 days. -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) ~ Valley, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: Your Quiz Hi Jim Boyd ('55), I believe the answer to your quiz is as follows: Each of the five individuals you named (Mark Hendrickson, Danny Ainge, Dave DeBusschere, Gene Conley, and Dick Groat) were drafted by both professional baseball teams as well as professional basketball teams. Each of these five individuals also played both sports at the professional level. Dick Groat was All-American in both sports at Duke University. WSU produced both Conley and Hendrickson. I don't remember any Huskies on this list. I remember some of those back yard football games in our neighborhood. Dennis Hoxie ('54-RIP) was always bigger than we were and was hard to bring down. -Larry Harrold ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Armstrong Dvorak ('61) Re: Cookbook Years ago our motorcycle club had a cookbook published by; Cookbook Publishers, Inc. I cannot remember how much it cost or a lot of the details, however I did find a toll free number 800-227-7282. They will send you a free no-obligation cookbook instruction kit. That is if they are still in business. [They are -- and have a website: -Maren] I would do this but right now I am to involved in too many other things right now. I do have a few good recipes I would contribute. Good Luck -Shirley Armstrong Dvorak ('61) ~ Quinlan, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Cross ('62) Re: Happy birthday, Cousin I would like to wish my cousin Helen Cross Kirk ('62) a very happy birthday. She may not see this on her birthday but my lady and I would like her to know that we were thinking about her on her birthday. Getting old but still youthful at 65. From your much older cousin! -Bob Cross ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Made my day See, I told ya... Bombers just make life a whole lot more fun... Now while I may not be as old as Mr. Browne (I knows howta respect my elders... just ask Mary Lou ('63)... I'm a good boy)... when we hit 60, one of my partners (same age as I am) opined along the lines of John's post on the 3rd. As he put it... we can eat Bagels with sesame seeds, leave them all over our faces and people just smile... We agreed when we were 40 that we would not wear Dockers until we were 45... we have extended that vow by 5 years every 5th birthday since... I just saw an old friend of mine in the lobby and he asked me when I moved to this office... twenty-two years ago I answered... (guess he thought I was still at the "Big Firm")... we both burst out laughing... then made jokes about out bar numbers and the looks and gasps we get when we say them in court... his is two digits... mine is a very low three digit number... as a fellow member of the least likely to succeed club (I was so igerant, when Harrah ('65) told me I hadda take the SAT... he forgot to tell me I hadda sign up and so I hadda sit on the steps of wherever the test was given till those who signed up finished!)... I agree that this getting older is a real kick... and surviving most likely not to succeed is fun too... When the Boy's Counselor talked to me before graduation to give his "guidance", he actually told me that he thought it would be a good idea for me to take my art work to the Rez (Yakima?) and sell it along the hi-way... I've always cherished that talk... even tho he apparently couldn't tell the difference between an Apache and a Yakima!... the other day I was talking about guys "growing up" with Ed "Big Daddy" Roth... that was a silly remark... none of them ever grew up... Speaking of witting one's own Obit (I unnerstan... I wasn't speaking of it but someone was so I'm just picking it up)... When Ed knew he was going, he wanted to pin stripe his own casket... his church would not allow the casket to be purchased until after his demise... soooooooo he asked all his old pin striping buddies to stripe it after Trixy bought it (I mean he's saying all this while he was still alive and before Trixy bought the casket... so keep up here... it's a pretty good story)... So while the family was viewing the body... his friends were at his house striping the coffin... things were getting a little maudlin so Frank Magoo Reynolds (the poster boy for the Gung Ho t-shirt after his Seal training) got into the curio cabinet where Ed had placed a "Big Daddy" doll someone had pitched him for licensing (He wouldn't let them make it for some reason... so he had the prototype)... and put the doll in the casket and all present had their own "viewing"... Trixy and the gang got home earlier than expected and asked what Frank was doing... sheepishly he opened the casket figuring he was dead meat... she laughed like crazy... really broke the ice... By the way... Maddy ('67)... some of us were just born old... not all of us... just some... got it?... well, I know this is pretty much gibberish, but I gotta give Earl ('63) something to do with his red pen. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: This is a Classic Dam - Govt. in Action! This is beautiful!! Is there something in the air in Spokane? Is the moon in some weird phase? Doggone if I know, but everyone I talked to today, was having a really lousy day - including me. So here is a little "funny" to make you laugh. Laughing is good for the soul! You will want to read the government letter first.... -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: heck, what's old? Heck, what is old any way? When I turned 55 I went to 2 different places that advertise a senior discount at age 55. Neither place asked for my ID when I ordered off the senior menu. My late mother always made a point to ask for her discount and at times when I was with her they gave it to me too even though at that time I was still in my 40s. One is only as old as the feel (*). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's in the mid 80s in the middle of the afternoon and they are saying we may see 90 or so, I hope not **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: JD Boyd ('55) Re: Trivia I think those five guys played 2 professional sports. I could be wrong, I have been wrong before. Re: Bomber Baseball Congrats to the baseball team for another title. From 1999 to 2009 4 state baseball championships. What a run for Ben Jacobs ('69) and the kids. What a dream to play in the little league world series in 2003 and then go to Safeco Field as a senior and win the title for your town. Do you think those kids love baseball? They won Saturday night, got back to town in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, and most of the players played in a doubleheader legion game that afternoon. I got to see about 7 or 8 games this season and see the regional final but not the trip to Safeco. Still the best comedy about the new and improved baseball stadium at Richland is the new concession stand and press box built with no bathrooms. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Richland where global warming is taking over as May and June are hot before the real heat comes in July and August. Hard to complain about nice days but could use some rain to make things green again before the brown. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment To: Larry Harrold ('56), Ruth Patty Holesworth ('56), and Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Thanks to all of you for your information. Janet was your father-in-law a chemist at Hanford?? If so, I think he worked in the REDOX Lab. -Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 PRE obit: Dick McCoy ('45), "Em" DeVine ('52) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Derrith Persons ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Earl Bennett ('63) Robert Avant ('69), Valerie Nielsen ('69) Kerry Steichen ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Rushworth ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can class of 1945) To: Joe Wood ('48) Happy birthday [6/4], old hoss. Haven't heard anything of you for some time. How about a visit with Club 40 this year? -Dick McCoy (The Tin Can class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) To: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Thank you for sharing your and Vera's wonderful idea about special celebrations! I, too, am intrigued by and love the Old People and their art. (The Original Founding Fathers.) As regards your report on the situation for the Lakotas, there are so many places to "help out" right here in our own country.. we don't have to go to so-called 3rd world countries to find situations that truly need our help and support. The Lakota I know best (although I have met several) is one of the nations most revered Hoop Dancers, Kevin Locke. He also plays flute, drums and sings. Wonderful man with great talent. I'm sorry I don't know how to spell his "real" name. Friday (today) is my Sandra's FINAL chemo'!! We are so happy for her. Now it is a matter of keeping track of "internal" things as she gets back to her life. Two exciting events to look forward to are becoming a grandmother in September and returning to her 4th grade class room in August. Meanwhile, she and Bobby enjoy quiet trips on the Columbia River, playing with the dog, keeping up with yard work, gatherings with family and getting plenty of time on the hammock!! Plus, she and Bobby will spend some of July in Alaska with 2 of their 3 kids, their son-in-law and other family. She still has a few projects to complete before she gets her Master's Degree certificate. Loving Bomber regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: On Feeling Younger From my readings of the Alumni Sandstorm, I think that I am detecting a particularly philosophical train of thought about aging, running among we "more seasoned Bombers." An attempt to describe that thinking would be that aging or "growing old" is simply a state of mind or that we are only as old as we allow ourselves to "feel." Feelings, what are they really, and how do they affect each of us in our aging process? I "feel" that there are two types of "feeling." One is in the sense of how we "feel" physically. And, the other is more of an inner-self thing, or how we "feel" inside our heads and hearts. Science tells us that emotions and thoughts originate in the brain (housed within the "Brain Housing Unit"). But, it doesn't take too much "sitting and thinking" to realize that there has to be more to it than just ... that, especially when we take the time to consider our own awareness of our "feelings." And, "mind over matter" seems to be too much of a sterile and simple clinical explanation, for me. Consider the "feelings" that we experience upon an especially joyous occasion. There is an almost indescribable "feeling" that can envelope us to the point of being overwhelmed. And, that feeling is not just centered in our heads, but is also felt within our hearts, and the two become inseparable, merging into an encompassing aura-like "feeling" of delight. A similar process overtakes us, to varying degrees, when we receive good news or bad news or we experience happiness, sadness, success, frustration, comfort, discomfort, pain, relief, physical well being or diminishing physical conditions, and probably many more events in life. But, each brings with it, its own level of impact upon us and imparts varying levels of "feelings." And here, I have not said anything that we all are not already aware of. However, I think that there may be a key in all of this to my being able to feel younger, than I really am, right up until it becomes time to move on. Physically, I am a long way from the person I used to be. So what! It happens to everyone, sooner or later, faster or slower. There is not much that I can do about the effects of time, but perhaps I can stave them off a bit, by staying as active as I can physically and continuing to do those extras that I enjoy so much. I will ride my bike, hunt, fish, hike, and go afield with my dogs, until I have to back off. But, when that time comes, I will try to stay active in any way that I am capable of, such as walking with my dogs, working in the yard, house work, etc. As seniors, we may not be able to stay in the physical condition that we once did, but maintaining muscle tone and freedom of movement is very important. Otherwise, we tend to "freeze up" and become immovable objects. As I mentioned before, I am at my mother's assisted care living facility, often. Consequently, I see elders doing what they do, and how and to what degree they do it. Some just sit and stew, yet some who are in as bad or worse shape are quite "active," visiting with each other, participating in activities, and really "living," despite their situation. They are the happy ones, and I can tell that despite their physical maladies, they "feel" as good as they can, under their circumstances. One much older gentleman is a real inspiration. He has had one leg amputated, at the knee, due to his diabetic condition. Yet, I see him, out and about, in his wheel chair just "bustin' ass" as he wheels up and down the hallways, but also out on the sidewalks and streets, several blocks from the facility. I believe that there is a simple secret that shines out from what I have just described, and health professionals will echo this point, in that those seniors who stay more active will most likely live longer, but will also enjoy a better quality of life, regardless of their physical afflictions. So, even if we cannot get up and "boogie," if we can just keep moving about, it will pay off by making us feel better, now and in the future. So obviously, for elders, staying active physically and mentally must be major factors toward "feeling" better! Both the body and mind need exercise, and I think that while both are equally important, maintaining an active mind takes precedence, because an "inactive mind" can lead to an "inactive body," and then both begin to fail. I see some folks in the care facility, with good mobility, still highly capable of walking who daily, just sit there with that "thousand yard stare" on their faces. Yet, others are conversing, reading, or participating in the organized activities. Personally, when my end of days comes, I hope to go suddenly and with finality, whether in my sleep or hopefully doing something that I love to do. But, a psychic once told me that they would have to shoot me to get rid of me, so I never sought a second opinion. Therefore, I am going with the belief that, regardless of my aches and pains and maladies, that I pretty much keep to myself, ... I will most likely be around for awhile. So, in the meantime, I have come around to thinking that, even though I am aging, if I want to feel as young as possible and keep on keepin' on, I need to stay as active as possible regardless of whatever life throws my way. My retirement has not exactly turned out to be what I had pictured for myself, but I figure that I have two choices. I can sit and fret, or I can "keep doing what I gotta do," and look for the ways to feel good about it all. I make a lot of jokes about aging, but in reality that's just a smoke screen that I put up in an attempt to keep some humor in this act of growing older, and to continue to feel as young as possible. The alternative just doesn't appeal to me. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where on these sunny days, the intermittent little puddle in my driveway (where there be elves residing), represents my fountain of youth. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Class of '60 lunch... Saturday, June 6th, is almost here... it's time to get together again.. If your in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, June 6th! Time? - 11:30 am Where? - Sterling's, 890 GWWay Come on lets have some fun!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Picture #308 ~ June 4, 2009 I would venture to say is the Engineering File group. They were first in Downtown in I think it was the 760 Building and then moved to the Federal Building when it opened. My Mom, Norma Jones, worked there from about 1952 until 1984 when she retired. In the picture she is in the front row third from the right. Lucille Reed Forby ('53-RIP) is in the second row fifth from the right. Always enjoy your pictures. Always curious what area they are taken and what they are doing. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ ~ West Richland, WA - The flowers and bushes this spring have been in gorgeous delightful colors bringing a great end to winter. Always enjoy the roses in the Richland area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) Re: Red pen David ('65), there isn't enough room on the page or red ink in my pen to bring you into compliance with classical grammar. I shouldn't even try, as entertaining as your style is - challenging to follow, but fun, like Garrison Keillor bringing four anecdotes together in a common conclusion at the end of an hour-long show. In any case, I am certain you can string all of the clauses together in the right order and with the proper connectors, because if you couldn't, you wouldn't make enough money as a lawyer to pay for all of those hot rods and frequent- flyer miles to Bomberville. Someday I may try to identify a thread of consistency in your grammar and syntax (though I know there isn't any in your spelling - I've seen several versions of "situation" alone, reminding me of the biggest challenge in working with Ottoman bureaucratic correspondence, no spelling conventions), but certainly not before the remodeling, landscaping and retiring are completed here. Re: Linda's ('64) PRE-obit Right on, Linda! Now that you've initiated the process, we must address the questions that immediately crop up: 1) How often is it appropriate (or mandatory) to update them? and 2) What are the minimum and maximum acceptable word counts? When Donnie ('63) and I started to update each other several years ago on what had transpired since we graduated, mine was well into the third page before I reached the late eighties (incidentally, neither of us has finished that assignment yet). Regards, ecb3, from well-soaked central Virginia where I saw foot-high corn on the way to work this morning but haven't finished my planting yet. -Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Old? I don't need no stinkin' old! One of the really fun parts of aging that the "whipper snappers" do not get is enjoying two distinctly different, yet strangely complementary events. First is watching your children "grow to honorable manhood/womanhood." The other is the news of your grandchildren, if there be any. I am now given my 7th, Alice Helen, born to daughter Jessica ('95). That being said, and as much as I enjoy both events so much, there is still a lot of life left. Denny's can shove their senior discounts, I still get a laugh going to Anthony's out at Sea-Tac Airport and being carded. With apologies to John Huston and hero Sullivan Ballou -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Valerie Nielsen Lee ('69) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) pictures (#313 and #310) I love watching for Don's pictures and have been anxiously watching for familiar faces. Today was our jackpot. The picture of the darling little girl in picture #313 is my sister, Laurel Nielsen ('62). She was holding a seat for our dad (Gordy Nielsen) who is in picture #310, front row, far left. I remember dad talking about how much he enjoyed table tennis. I was too young to remember that but I do remember how involved he was with the Braves and Sanders' Field, refereeing and umpiring various leagues, playing softball, and bowling. He taught all of us girls (Frances ('49); Marilyn ('52); Sharon ('55); Laurel ('62); and me) how to catch a ball and how to bowl. He really needed one of us to be a boy. Thanks, Maren, for the Sandstorm and thanks, Don, for the pictures. It's just another way to prove that Richland was/is a great place to grow up and live. -Valerie Nielsen Lee ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) To: Connie McCullugh Brown ('74) Welcome to the site This blog is maintained by the classes of the '50s through the '60s with lots of activity. The '70s chime in from time to time but they are all still working and don't want to share all their old wild stories. Too much pride or embarrassment I guess, or no one wants to hear them. Brad Upton ('74) and Mike Davis ('74) are regulars to jab at each other. Brad publicizes his work time and locations and Mike is always looking for a Denny's. I maintain the class web site so it looks like you may want to update your email address. The site is always looking for a new opportunity to share opinions, wants and desires along with old stories and fables. So pick a topic and tweeter away. I did hear from Big Jim Ellingsworth ('74) tonight... he has moved back to Richland to work on some of that Obama $ from the site. He misses his fishing locations that he knows so well. He asked if there was a planned 35th reunion but nothing is in the work. I did hear that Hanford wanted to separate and have their own. I guess we were not that much fun together last time. So pick a topic and start something because there is usually some one that might reply. I see you are on the west side too. -Kerry A. Steichen ('74) ~ Kent, WA Where we got to 85 but still don't need no air-conditioner. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/06/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), Ed Quigley ('62) "Pitts" Armstrong ('63), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Fraser ('78) Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Hogs & Dogs - West Richland, WA To: Bombers out of town and those that don't know in town. This event is June 25, 2009. It started nine years ago with 34 motorcycles at Flat Top park. Last year "They just coming" from all over. I heard there were 4,000 motorcycles there but think that number might be exaggerated. It is an outstanding sound when they all start up at the same time. I've been there and been at home when they all started up also. I live about a block from the Bombing Range Complex where it takes place. As you will see by the website there is parking and bus rides from two schools in West Richland. Lots of events take place during the events. Hogs & Dogs is the same night that Cool Desert Nights begins. I have found though because of the schedules of both, that both can be attended. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Earl C. Bennett ('63) & David Rivers ('65) Re: Red Pen Don't let 'em make you feel bad, counselor! Back in '59, I was in Mr. (Porky :) ) Anderson's geometry class, in the morning slot. He had 2 geometry classes, and the 2nd one was in the afternoon. At one point, we were studying "loci" ("the set of all points or lines that satisfy or are determined by specific conditions; 'the locus of points equidistant from a given point is a circle' ", thank you, Nisus Thesaurus!), and I was having a really tough time "getting" this concept, despite the fact that I wanted very much to please Mr. Anderson. He was one of the very few teachers that I liked, because he had a great sense of humor, and would put up with a lot of behavior in class that other teachers wouldn't tolerate. The night before the test, one of my best friends, Dennis Large ('62), came over to try and drive in the concepts, and if I remember correctly, we were at it until about 1:30 or so, and thought I had finally nailed it down. So, the next morning, when Mr. Anderson passed out the tests, I was feeling pretty positive, and even more so, when, much to my delight, I discovered that half of the test were "true and false" statements. Mr. Anderson usually graded the morning classes' tests while his afternoon class was taking theirs, and the they exited the room talking about him sitting up at his desk, at one point, chortling away, red pen flying, and everybody was wondering what was going on. The next day, when he handed out the corrected tests, he came down the aisle toward me, and with a big grin on his face, he said something to the effect of, "Congratulations, Ed, I have no idea how you managed it, but you got 100%... WRONG!" And, of course, he had to expand on that by commenting that even had I marked every one of the true and false with the same answer, I would have done better. It was so horrible, that even at the time, it was funny! And, luckily for me, in music you only have to be able to count to 4, with occasional forays up to 5, 6 and 7, although you do have to be able to do simple division! -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: A Teenager Did This -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Still working! In the 6/5/09 Sandstorm Kerry A. Steichen ('74) welcomed Connie McCullugh Brown ('74) by saying, in part, "This blog is maintained by the classes of the '50s through the '60s with lots of activity. The '70s chime in from time to time but they are all still working and don't want to share all their old wild stories. Too much pride or embarrassment I guess, or no one wants to hear them." Kerry, I'd just like to point out a couple of things - I'm not chastising you, but this is important stuff for new readers (and everyone, really) to know: 1st, MOST of us who graduated in the '60s and some who graduated in the '50s are still working. (I, for one, plan to (HAVE to!) continue to practice medicine until I am 80+, God-willing, and I am only 58 now ... so that's a lot of years that I will be "still working".) 2nd, MANY who are not working for pay any more have extremely active lives with more time-commitments now than they did when they were still drawing a pay check. The times I have read someone report "I'm busier now than I was before I retired" are countless. 3rd, I suspect you are right when you say some people who graduated in the '70s "don't want to share all their old wild stories. Too much pride or embarrassment I guess." But you are dead wrong when you say "or no one wants to hear them." Besides there is an awful lot more that is shared here than just "old wild stories." (Even from David Rivers ('65)!) I'm quite sure that readers here would really like to hear as much as possible from ANY Bomber who graduated ANY year -- and would-have-been Bombers, too (dropped out, moved away, etc. before graduation.) We all come from the same roots, after all. Best regards, fellow-Bomber. And I add my welcome to Connie, too. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ 18 miles East of Lewiston, ID - on Haven Farm - where the thunder storms are hovering, but the rain won't fall. Humid and still -- even the chickens seem tense and miserable. No air conditioning in the old farm house. Makes it tough to keep at the job of packing to move (truck arrives 6/9) to the townhouse home- away-from-home in Nampa, ID to join a medical practice in that area on 6/15. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I look at all of Don Sorenson's ((NAB) installments of historical photos but have never seen anyone I know. Hopefully it's because I'm too young! What I think it would be fun to do is write captions for the photos! Maybe that's just how my brain works. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Sailing tomorrow for Alaska on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/07/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice Today: Kay Mitchell ('52), Mike Clowes ('54) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Gary Behymer ('64), Nancy Mallory ('64) Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marguerite Groff ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Hutton ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY today: Roy Ballard ('63) & Nancy Erlandson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: Tourist Information Thanks to the Bombers who sent me great ideas for places to visit in Taos and Sante Fe - even Los Alamos! Bombers are really the best! -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Brad Upton ('74) You are not alone in thinking of captions for "NAB's" picture contributions. Is it a sense of propriety that prevents us? And when are you going to get a half-hour on Comedy Central? On aging: To quote Bette Davis: "Old age ain't for sissies." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the Portland Rose Festival monsoon season has begun. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Santa Fe area To: Kay Mitchell Coats ('52) Santa Fe is a beautiful area and this is not too bad a time of the year to visit there. Much of my joy in traveling is in seeing/hearing the history and in structures. Old buildings, churches, temples, bridges and so on. With old structures I like to find a quiet place and put both hands against it, palms toward it, and close my eyes and let my imagination run. At least for me it is quite an experience. I have done this on the Great Wall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, an ancient temple in Tailand, and a 3500 year old building in Meshed, an ancient city in northern Iran. Try it sometime. In Santa Fe in the civic square near some of the state buildings stands the oldest building in N America. Over 400 years old when I was there a few years ago. And they are still using it daily. Nothing fancy, just old. Oye... if only it could talk. Many of the wild flowers should be in bloom and if you catch the sun at the right angle the rock and mountains make great pictures. Only a few miles out of town on a small road I got pictures of deer, elk, and javlinas. One old tusker ran right up to my car. I was not sure if he was charging or looking for handouts. I did not get out of the car to find out, but got a few nice pictures. I did also drive way over to the other side of the state hoping to get to the Trinity Site where they fired the first Atom Bomb. It is very remote and you cannot get right to "ground zero". At least when I was there they had it closed off. The hotel lobbies and tourist offices all have pamphlets on guided and do it yourself tours. Have a great time, there is lots to see and the food is very good. -Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: PRE-Obits I hope others will contribute to the PRE-obit section of the Sandstorm. I think it's a great way to "put a face to the name." By the way, I forgot to mention in my PRE-obit, in lieu of flowers, please send a check to the Mike Brady Recession Proof Foundation, Bank of America, Account number 123456789. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I have to comment on fellow classmate, Ed Quigley's (also '62) comments about being in Mr. Anderson's math class. I struggled to try to learn the concepts of geometry and Algebra 3 & 4, but despite hours of studying, usually Danny (also '62), I'm blocking on his name, let me check my answers, and correct them, as I rarely got one right on my own... well. I owe making the National Honor Society to Mr. Anderson, as it got so bad, I told him that if he would give me C- on my report card, so I could pass the class I would never take another math class in my life. I tried to honor that promise, except somehow at WSU I got in an Astronomy class, which has way more math than I ever dreamed, and I felt totally lost in that class too... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ From the still not too humid Ohio Valley, here in Grandview, IN where it's been a pleasant morning in the high 70s so far, but it will be getting warmer I think... Vacation Bible School starts Monday, ready or not, then cooking at our church camp until July l8, so this may be my last entry until after I survive that one... but I will squeeze in going to see our new play about Abraham Lincoln at the amphitheater in Lincoln State Park, one of the events to honor the 200th anniversary of his birth.. just before I start cooking.. (that's about 20 miles from where we live here in the parsonage.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) To: Baby "Talking: Re: Captions for Don Sorensen's (NAB) pictures The only way they'll get captions is if Don puts the captions on the pictures... or if somebody else wants to do that, they need to have the captions BEFORE they get to me. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA - 69 at 1am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Jumping the South Fork... Evil Knevil Returns? Friday morning at 7:03 AM a young couple driving a 1967 Ford truck pulling their 5th wheeler lost their brakes just West of our main street office located on the corner of Main & Canyon in down town Colfax, WA. The hill leading to Main Street is a 10% grade. The vehicle slowed when it hit our office BUT entered the South Fork of the Palouse River flood control. It was amazing that someone didn't get killed. It was reported their speed was somewhere between 45 & 60 MPH when they hit the fence behind our office. (The man, wife, daughter received treatment at Whitman Community Hospital & were released. Their 3 dogs were treated by one of local area veterinarian's and were found ok.) It was a great day in Colfax... no one died on my watch! KREM 2 report... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Jeanne Turner ('63) & Gary Turner ('71) I have many memories of your Mom, Colie. She was such fun! One memory was of a group of us (at least two cars) going down to Zips (at least I think it was zips). I wasn't in the same car as Colie. When the car hop brought our tray and put it on the window (remember when they left the tray til you were done) and was standing there Colie got out of her car and came over and picked up one of the drinks and started sipping it. The car hop's expression was priceless! (That, of course, was why she did it!) Colie was special to many of us. My prayers go out to your family. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Sailing tomorrow for Alaska on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL)'s Rhapsody of the Seas Brad, I was on RCCL's Rhapsody of the Seas in April when it was repositioning from Sydney, Australia to the U.S. 17 days to Honolulu! It was AWESOME! If I'm in Seattle on Friday, I always check to make sure she's in port! Enjoy yourself - RCCL is our favorite cruise line; actually after 5 cruises it's the only cruise line we've ever taken! -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bill Witherup ('53) ~ 3/24/35 - 6/3/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/08/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Kay Mitchell ('52), Larry Harrold ('56), Helen Cross ('62) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darvis Bergam ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane Simmons ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dyanna Cook ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Ehinger ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Evans ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Hi Em Interesting that you connected with Kevin Locke. The elder friend of mine in Porcupine is also a Locke - Marlene Locke. Perhaps they are from the same family??? I will check with her next time we speak on the phone. I know the Locke family is a very old and traditional from the lineage of Short Horn (Blunt Horn). She has visited here at Full Circle many times and I was delighted to be able to visit her on her land and learn first hand the difficulties she encounters on a daily basis. Living there is HARD! I am certainly grateful for what I have!! Thanks for your input! -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: Club 40 Scholarship Program I am the chairman of the RHS Club 40 Scholarship Program. We have awarded two $1000 dollar scholarships to RHS seniors each year for the past 4 years. This year on May 28 we presented Scholarships numbers 7 and 8 to David Wang and Laurel Burrup. I believe that information about this program would be of interest to readers of the Alumni Sandstorm. Our program is directly linked to Richland High school through the Career Center in the distribution and collection of our scholarship applications. We use the RHS verification of enrollment program where-by the college sends a form to our Treasurer for disbursement of scholarship funds certifying that the student is enrolled and in class. Upon receipt of this form, our treasurer sends a check to the address provided by the college, which is then deposited into an account in the student's name at the college. No money is given directly to the student. I believe our scholarship program is one that all Bombers would be proud of. Our Committee members are Norma Boswell ('53), Pete Overdahl ('60), Dan Haggard ('57), and myself. These people are outstanding. All of the scholarships are funded by donations from Club 40 members. Club 40 became a tax exempt organization this year so the donations are now tax exempt under the IRS rules. Gordon Comfort, the Principal of RHS told me at the Awards Breakfast on May 28 that he is very pleased that Club 40 is involved at the school and he will make sure we are linked to the school's web site. We have also been told by other members of the RHS Staff, that they are happy to see us involved with them and the students. I want to write about what we are doing and also describe how our scholarship winners are doing in their first year of school. We keep in touch with them and we can provide readers some feedback in that regard. We can also describe our program and the criteria we use to select the two winners each year. I believe our scholarship program is unique, much like your Alumni Sandstorm which we all love. You don't see alumni involvement like this very often (I'm quoting Gordon Comfort). Thank you, -Larry Harrold ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I was thinking of Danny Finch ('62) who tried to help me through Algebra. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) I got on the Rhapsody in Honolulu in April on the day you got off the ship! Just missed you. I was on the Rhapsody last fall when it sailed from Honolulu to Papeete, Tahiti. One of these days we'll run into each other. I work mostly for Royal Caribbean and Holland America. -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kristen Lindberg ('76) ~ 6/18/58 - 5/21/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/09/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Jim Hamilton ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Sharon Sasser ('64) David Rivers ('65), Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Bishop ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dennis Haskins & Shirley Collings ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: '54 in '09 Planning Meeting: 6/8/09, 1pm Reminder that the planning committee for the 55th class reunion for the class of '54 will be meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Round Table Pizza on GWWay (formerly Henry's) at 1:00 PM. Please come and join in with the planning of a fun afternoon on September 12th, during Club 40 weekend. You can contact me at my e-mail address up to noon today for any questions or information. Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) will be buying pizza!!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA brrrrrr it got cold tonight at great grandson's little league game! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and the Committee for Planning the 50th Class Reunion of the Class of 1959 Re: Continuing the search To: Any who might not have read my previous postings about our "Die Hard Efforts" at trying to find our missing classmates, and also 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. With the help of many of you Bombers and Sandstorm Readers, we have done very well at trying to locate several of our classmates who seemed to remain hidden, for a long time. Amazingly, some seem to turn up "quietly" as still living here or they have moved back to the Tri-Cities. We have now located or accounted for the status of all but about 8% of our classmates. However, we are continuing the search, as we are striving to find or account for all of them, 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 have or someone that you know of who might be able to provide information, toward locating our missing schoolmates. We would appreciate all of you Bombers/Sandstorm Readers taking the time to look, one more time, at the names remaining on the following lists and advise us, if you have any information or thoughts to offer. Any and all bits and pieces of information are welcome, as we are becoming reasonably adept at putting together the collected pieces of the puzzle and we have located and/or verified the status of several missing class members (a couple even halfway around the world). Burt Pierard ('59) and I are almost ready to assume alter egos as either "Inspector Clouseau" of "Pink Panther" fame, "Columbo," or "Hercule Poirot." But, there is still much to do! PEOPLE LOCATED FOR PREVIOUS REUNIONS, BUT WE CANNOT FIND THEM NOW: (8) Sharon CLINE Ward, Charles HUGHES, John KENNEDY, Stewart NIELSON, Susan PITTOCK Courtenay, Ned PUGH, Ruth SOLOMON Ellsworth, Lee SUDWICKS PEOPLE NEVER LOCATED SINCE GRADUATION: (23) 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 Does anyone know what happened to Doris Taylor ('59)? We know that she remained in the Tri-Cities for a while working in hairdressing or beauty salon work, and may have married, divorced, and possibly may have moved from the area. However, every lead that we have found, seems to get us nowhere. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA and once again, we thank you kindly for your help and support! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Come join us for the Fourth year Anniversary. Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2009 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To: Mike Brady ('61) Although it's only a par 4 to your house from mine and a local call, I just wanted to let you know that Safeway has cherries for a buck ninety nine a pound if you belong to their Big Deal Club.. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) To: Baby "Talking - EXPANDED version on YouTube Re: PRE Obits Need some Bomber help here! It's come to my attention that at least one Bomber thought Linda Reining ('64) was dead when they read "PRE" obit that Linda wrote herself. Sooooooo, what's a better name for these things? HELP! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA - 76 at 1:45am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) Re: Class of '64 Reunion Hi Maren, The committee planning the Class of 64 reunion met yesterday and we are thinking of including a wine tour as part of the reunion activities. Kathy Hoff Conrad suggested I ask you to put something on the website to see how much interest there is in a wine tour and which day people prefer. Let me know if I need to do anything else to get the word out. Will this be in the Sandstorm, too? Here are the details: Attention Class of '64 The committee planning your upcoming reunion wants to determine how much interest there is in including a wine tour as part of the festivities. It is anticipated that the tour will last 4-5 hours and cost $25 per person. The cost would include lunch, as well as the cost of transportation. The reunion dates are June 19, 20 and 21. Normally, we would schedule the wine tour for Sunday, June 21, but that happens to be Father's Day this year, so we are wondering whether Friday or Saturday is preferable. Sunday is still an option and there is no reason Dads can't be brought along on the wine tour, too. Email me if you are interested in the wine tour, and let me know which day you prefer and how many people would be in your party. More information will follow, depending on the number of people interested in the wine tour and the input received. -Sharon Sasser Warren ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh it's a Birthday! Hadda total blast (ya might say kind of an "Earl sichyashun"... that's another spelling, man) and just a moving time at the Rat Fink Reunion this past weekend up in good ol' Manti, Utah... now if ya never been ta Manti yer missin' sumthin'... it is like going back 40 years in time... the kids are nice... the people are friendly and they say "good mornin'" back to you when you say it to them... many of the kids who come for the reunion (little kids not the big variety)... are from distant towns and states (the same can be said for the larger kids)... they greet each other and interact with each other as tho they were fambly (as do the larger kids)... with the exception of my Bomber- buddies and my Donut Gang, I have never encountered such closeness in peace-time... It is amazing... You have artists of great celebrity, hot rodders from all walks of life and young people seeking to learn the craft... On the way home, I pondered, how one could gather and be in the company of a bunch of people for only 4 days a year (some you have only just met in the last 4 days) and be so totally devoted to them... I can't answer the question but I can sure tell you the place is full of love... no booze, no dope no nothing but water, soda, good food and companionship... pure Magic... at the end of the weekend I must have had at least a dozen teen-aged and younger kids (the Big Kids too of course) come up and hug me and tell me they'd miss me... they hugged each other and said the same things... they meant every word... the younger kids (and most of the bigger ones too) actually count down the days till the next reunion (hmmmmmmmmmmm, kinda reminds me of some Bombers I know)... of course there were many of the same carryings-on as there were in the past... the nocturnal visit to Ed's Grave site and everyone giving Big Daddy their two cents worth (2 pennies on the grave stone... ) then come the stories and the uproarious laughter... The sky was full of Halloween clouds and the moon was full... there were bats as big as birds flying in the sky and boy was it something! So... in the same spirit, we gotta Bomber babe having a birthday (not the spirit like woooooooo woooooooo woooo... like the spirit of comradery that I had with those people at the Reunion and have for my fellow Bombers) I gotta wish My dear friend Patti Jones ('60) a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on June 9, 2009!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: RCCL Whoa, we did just miss each other in Honolulu! I was shocked about our captain, Rick Sullivan. I've never been on a ship with a Canadian captain - he was out and about on the ship many times daily and during the evening as well. I was totally impressed with him. I'm sure we'll meet up with each other one day since I'm already looking at two more cruises over the next several years! I blogged our trip (from Australia to Honolulu) so if you have some extra time, check it out here: You'll have to page down to it but it shows all our ports of call as well as our two weeks in Australia. -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/10/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Rex Davis ('49), Terri Royce ('56) Jim Russell ('58), Patti Jones ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Dave Sowden ('62 & 63wb) Earl Bennett ('63), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Steeber ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lee Lester ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duncan Sinclair ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Davis ('49) Re: picture 311 Maren, Picture 311 from Don Sorenson's (NAB) collection shows John Maruca, Foreign Language teacher at Richland High School. I worked with John and Don Berst at Richland Recreation Department for Ernie Curtis while I was going to college. Then when I started teaching in Richland, I again worked for Ernie Curtis down at (it is still Riverside Park to me), teaching tumbling, Tennis, Ping Pong one cement tables with Ray Hall, and watching over the park. I'm surprised none of the Maruca family has written about the picture. Keep them coming Don, they are very interesting. -Rex Davis ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: "Pre" obits I pretty much knew that Linda's "Obit" wasn't the real thing; but, at first, the word "pre" made me think that someone had written it to let us know of Linda's demise before it was in the newspaper. How about: Self-Obit Advance Obit (too much like "pre"?) My own Obit Get-it-Right Obit My future Obit Old advertising copywriters can go on and on -- this is just off the top. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) P.S. I received a tee shirt that features a large dog in skeleton form; and the copy reads: IN DOG YEARS I'M DEAD. I told my husband to take a picture of me wearing it, along with my dogs, to put in the paper with my real obit. I don't trust him to have the guts, though. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) To: Maren Re: PRE Obits I've also thought that the term PRE Obits was a little misleading or at least a little nerve jangling. Of course "auto biography" is pretty close to being the proper term but its a little boring. How about "oughta biography," as "I oughta get around to doing this before it's too late." My only problem with the whole effort is I'd love to read what others are doing (or have done), but I'm somewhat self-conscious and humble about writing up my own story. Cheers -Jim Russell ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA in the sunshine! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: "Pre-Obit" I would suggest that a better name would be the "Story of a Bombers Life". I enjoy reading obituaries because it is a lot of times the story of ones life to the end. I am definitely not ready to tell my story with an ending. So much more to do in life before I leave this earth "God willing". My years of Bomber luncheons, reunions and Sandstorm has told me how much Bombers enjoy telling and hearing stories. To: David Rivers ('65) Thank you for the so fun Happy Birthday entry. What fun to find me at the end of your glorious weekend with, I think you called them. "The Rat Fink" group. I will always remember you and Fred Schafer ('63-RIP) and the rest of group biking all over the Ranch House area with your friendly hellos. Me being the bigger sister, you guys were always friendly "Little Tykes". Counting the days until you are here so I can give and collect the wonderful hugs you give. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Where the song birds keep waking about 3:00 a.m. Then it takes me a while to get to sleep and they are still singing away. Baby birds have been born in the bird house right by the pond outside my bedroom French doors. I leave them open at night to hear the pond in the summer. The baby birds chatter all day long while waiting to be fed. Soon to fly off to greater horizons. Back to sleep time. Being semi-retired I work swing shift most of the time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Jim Hamilton ('63) Thanks for the tip Jim.... Unfortunately, I don't have a membership in the Big Deal Club, but I'm heading down the hill (it's 1am) to get one! I'm already off to a great start. My sister gave me cherries for my birthday. And to my friend Bill Wilson ('63), I especially think of you this time of year! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62 & 63wb) Re: Sunset cemetery Plots Greetings from Forest City, NC. Long before moving to the Seattle area in the mid seventies, my parents, David & Jane Sowden (RIP) purchased two adjoining plots at Sunset Memorial. They are located in the Apostles Garden Block 3. Mom & Dad are resting side by side in Port Orchard and will have no use for the plots. Neither my sister, Janie Sowden Tailleur ('59) nor I will have any use for them. We believe current market value to be about $2,600. We are asking well under that. If you are interested, call Janie at [Janie's telephone number removed for her privacy... email David if you want it. -Maren] for more information. Keep up the good work Maren. -Dave Sowden ('62 & 63wb) ~ Forest City, NC **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) Re: Pre-obits How about a subtitle "My Life So Far?" We could still call them pre-obits, or add "self-generated," just make it clear the life isn't over yet. First line would read, e.g., for me: 01/12/1945 (DOB) - 06/09/2009 (entry date) - ??/??/???? Another question arises: At what age is one eligible to write a pre-obit; when qualified for Club 40? Whenever? Regards, ecb3 - from soaked-again central VA. -Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:"pre-obit" had to laugh when Maren wrote that someone thought I was dead, after reading my pre-obit that I wrote myself. *grin* nice to know I will/would be missed. *grin* as for what to call it-----what about "Life Lessons"? since we are letting others know what we have done with our lives since graduation, that might be a good choice. just a thought. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....ALIVE and WELL in Bakersfield, CA......temps are in the mid-80's, but triple digits are "right around the corner", according to the weather forecasters. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Class of '65 Rocks Here we are in June... that means Mouton and Murphy ('65) have probably already started their Birthday Tour... I think they are doing LA, Portland, Phoenix, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake, Albuquerque, Denver, Dallas, and finishing up in Santa Monica... yes it's tough being stars but you know those girls can take it... I just hope the realize that there are other birthdays in June other than theirs and particularly other '65ers who are near and dear to our hearts... One a them guys is a long time friend and I certainly hope he has a wonderful birthday on June 10, 2009... Please give a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Duncan Sinclair ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: pre obit Maren, How about "my obit before I die"? Bomber cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the weather is actually pretty nice for early June **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment To All Bombers, Another installment of 8. A word about the captions. It would add something to the images but it's time. I simply do not have the time to add that bit of info. Names add savor to the images and give them life. That is why I ask Who are these guys? When Bombers tell me it's my Dad, Mom, Sis or Bro I feel good for doing it. So Thanks for poring over the pictures and giving me your stories. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/11/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Phil Gant ('54) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Tom Hemphill ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Dave Miller ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay Butler ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Minard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Aeschliman ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: old As I am among the oldest contributors to this snazzy publication, I have a few comments re the ongoing aging commentary. I have read many of the very thoughtful discourses thereof. I am very intrigued with how Pappy Swan ('59) (an excellent nickname for this discussion), has framed the difference between the verb to feel and the noun feeling. I am also impressed with how he faces aging limitations and his approaches therein. For my part, I have noticed a great deal of loss in what I can do year to year. For instance, a short dozen years ago we built an addition and a new roof on hour home on Camano Is. The contractor was a one-man operation who hired helpers as needed. I signed on as a helper for two reasons, to save money and to see if I could still do the work. I did very well, thank you, but I am not sure of the savings. There is no way I could do that today. I am very aware of my physical limitations and that to ignore them is to court disaster. My dog Nellie has to be satisfied with shorter walks. I exercise but with limits. Like Pappy, I realize that even what I do now will have to be curtailed in the future. As for the numbers game; like dog years, forget it. I have heard of an 81 year old climbing Mt. Rainier. On the other hand, I know some that are ensconced in old folks' homes sitting and nodding all day. Happily I am neither. I don't want to climb mountains any more, and I fancy myself as competent (sort of). There are, naturally, ups and downs to my age. Physically, see above. And my memory fails me from time to time. However, my lovely memories don't. There are also the aches and pains, which I solve with a Tylenol from time to time. I learn to ignore the little things. The most disturbing down is the loss of my dearest friends and alas, there have been many. On the up side is the fact that I am a sixteen-year survivor of cancer, prostate and small cell. That's up? you might say. Of course it is. I get frequent medical attention, which keeps things going. Also I can thank myself for quitting smoking 33 years ago and drinking in 1989. If I hadn't done those things, I would have been on the other side of the grass years ago. For the small things, Ida drives most of the time. I now get to see what our countryside looks like. With age I receive some deference such as nice young ladies opening the door for me. Some traditionalists don't like that but I am always pleased. In fact, I think I am getting fairly spoiled. What the heck, that comes with the whining. -Dick McCoy (from the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Gant ('54) Re: Don Sorenson's Pic #321 The gent in the first row without a tie and holding his hat in one hand and the Safety Award plague with his other is my dad Charlie Gant, Sr. Thanks for sharing Don! -Phil Gant ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: An alternative to Pre-obits Perhaps the term, "Pre-obit," should be replaced by "Once-over." Any of us who are going to go to the trouble to write a currently so-called, "Pre-obit," are obviously going to describe ourselves, as we would like to be remembered, by giving ourselves a fairly favorable ... "Once-over." However, we all know that once we are gone, there is no guarantee that our own version of our "pre- obit" will be further used ... as others may see us a bit differently from how we now prefer to see and describe ourselves. But, keep in mind that that street runs both ways. And, there is a certain potential danger of these pre-obits starting something that could get out of hand. Picture this scenario where a Bomber writes and posts his/her pre-obit. Someone takes issue with what one writes about oneself ... and counters with a "Whaaat- obit?" ... and, well, ... you see the possibilities of where this could all go, so exercise caution and work on thickening skin in strategic locations ... just in case. Consequently, when the personal write and rewrite of the "once- over" is perfected to one's eternal satisfaction, it should probably be stipulated in one's will, that "that particular version" and it only, is to be read ... at least "once over" their remains, ashes, or memory. Hence, once again with emphasis, ... the "Once-over!" This would provide the mechanism for all of us to vastly improve ourselves in future memories ... right now, by giving ourselves a creative "once-over." This should work to further enhance and guarantee the lasting memory for any Bomber, because surviving Bombers would be more prone toward occasionally saying things like, "ONCE OVER a couple of (insert favorite beverage here), I heard this story about (insert Bomber's name here)..." To which the other Bombers in the discussion would respond (in unison), "Well, (his or her) "Once- over" said..." -George "Pappy" Swan ("59) ~ Burbank, WA where I'm struggling with and dragging out the writing of my own "pre-obit once-over," 'cause I just know, its probably gonna perturb some people somewhere. So, I want to get it, just right! And, I'm admiring Linda Reining ('64) for joining the likes of Mark Twain, who is supposed to have said something like, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." P. S. Thanks Maren for the four possible leads toward some of our missing '59 classmates. I'm in pursuit of the missing persons now, with my large magnifying glass and hat with two pointy ends. If I can just get "My Dear Watson" to stop writing these further embellishments into his "Pre-obit or Once- over," for a while, maybe we will find some more of our classmates. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) I agree it takes time to title a photo, but would it be possible to put a year with a photo? They are great. [MANY of the pictures have no date... I think Don's guess would be as good as anybody else's guess. - Maren] To: Rex Davis ('49) I too remember John Meruca. Re: Pre Obit I'm still trying to think of a "pre-obit" title... I guess "Life so Far" might work... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN along the Ohio River, where they've predicted storms for the entire week, but so far, they've missed us... VBS goes on, rain or shine... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Life after Richland High School There have been some attempts in the Sandstorm to steer us toward stories of our adventures and achievements after high school. The "pre-obit" tag seems to not be appropriate, so I'll just call my stories "Life after Richland High School." For myself, my life since high school evolved to pursuing a career as a SCUBA diving instructor, dive business entrepreneur, travel tour guide, charter vessel Captain and to become one of the top leaders in the industry of diving education. I began writing my stories a few years ago for my grandkids, who were always asking me questions about my diving adventures. Of course, they could care less about the business and career achievements. They wanted to hear about shark encounters and the stupid stuff I did underwater, and perhaps some of the special people that I knew. Tommy Hemphill's Diving Adventures is a series of stories told by Tommy about his underwater experiences, including first time experiences, fun dives with very special people, dumb ideas, exciting adventures at some of the world's best dive destinations, a great career that took him to the highest level in the industry as an instructor, and unique encounters with marine creatures. Actually, diving became my passion in life, to the point where logic took the back burner. From the time I was a very young boy I was attracted to the water. I loved rivers, lakes, swimming pools and especially the ocean. As we got a little older and had some freedom to roam around during the day, Mom would tell us to stay away from the river because there were undertows that would take us to the bottom and keep us there. So we went to the river every chance we got. Sorry Mom. I learned to swim at age 5 at the big pool in Richland. I took advantage of every opportunity to go to any pool at any time. I recall going to the big Richland pool early so I could watch the pool maintenance guys walk around on the bottom with a large diving helmet with an air hose connected to a little compressor on the deck. I was perhaps eight or nine years old then, but he knew then what I wanted to do when I got older. Brother Mick ('66) and I grew up watching fish in the many aquariums that Dad had in the basement. Dad was an Aquatic Biologist for GE at Hanford, and his hobby was tropical fish. I can recall spending hours just watching the fish. I got my first face mask when I was 10 years old. Then I traded a 45 record for a pair of fins when I was 13 and on my way to church camp. I believe that I traded "Yakaty Yak, Don't Talk Back." I think that I made that trade with my friend Mike Brady ('61). My first book about diving was "The Silent World" by Jacques Cousteau. I learned a few things about diving physics and physiology, but more about diving procedures, such as equalizing pressure in the ears when going underwater. When the TV show Sea Hunt was on (1957 1961) I made certain that there was nothing in my way to get home to watch every episode that he could. Lloyd Bridges played the character Mike Nelson on the show. At the end of every episode, Lloyd Bridges and Zale Perry would give a little safety and educational speech. I learned a lot from those lessons, but it was certainly not a complete diving class. I'll tell you later about meeting Lloyd Bridges in person and becoming friends with Zale Perry. I also became good friends with Al Tillman, who was the technical advisor and instructor for all of the Sea Hunt episodes. In 1959 (age 14), while working at the Campbell's Grocery Store in south end Richland, I made my first big step toward becoming a SCUBA diver. Larry Moss ('59) was working at the store and he found an article in a sports magazine about a couple of divers who spent their summer making money at a lake salvaging stuff that people lost overboard and off the docks. That triggered the idea that we could become rich as underwater treasure hunters. Larry was the idea guy and Jack Rucker ('59) would go along with anything and I was fearless and clueless. I bought a SCUBA tank with harness and regulator from an X Navy diver who was a customer at the store. I had a mask and fins. All I needed was water. Larry and Jack bought some gear, probably from the Buck Private surplus store at the Richland Y or the sports shop in Pasco. Then we went to a flooded rock quarry, called Quarry Pond just east of Pasco to become Underwater Treasure Hunters. We got our gear on and went diving. That was it. No lessons, no skills to practice and master, no rules, just three guys who were adventurous and clueless. We put the gear on, stuck our faces in the water and breathed. I doubt that we ever got more than 10 feet deep, but who would know. None of us had depth gauges and the visibility was perhaps 3 feet (at best) near the surface. That first summer we made perhaps a dozen dives in the pond. All we learned for certain was that when we were done diving we were really hungry. We always stopped at a roadside hamburger joint on our way back to Pasco and ate more than usual, which was a lot. The next summer (1960) we made more dives in the pond, but that was getting a bit boring. It was still fun, and we went several times, but there was nothing unusual to explore. All we saw were more big rocks, some small fish and snails, and occasionally a fishing lure. In 1961, Jack and Larry talked to a high school buddy of theirs who had gone to the University of Washington in Seattle after their graduation in 1959. He had learned to dive in college and he had learned about a clear lake that was about 60 miles north of the Tri-Cities. Corral Lake was pretty clear, but it was also pretty cold. Jack and Larry rented wet suits, but I did not have the money, so I decided to tough it out. No problem I had been in cold water before in the river. I did buy a depth gauge, however. We got to the lake and it was about 100 yards down a trail from the car to the lake. It was July and about 100 and all sun. The other guys put their wet suits on at the cars and we made the walk to the lake with our tanks and other stuff. As soon as we got to the water, the other guys jumped in to cool off. I thought it was pretty funny. I was hot, but not that hot. Then we made our dive. The first few feet were pleasant, and then we hit the thermocline (an abrupt change in water temperature). My dive buddies felt the relief and I felt the pain. My skin turned blue and my breathing rate increased significantly. However, after laughing so hard at my buddies in their wet suits walking across the desert in the 100 heat, I was not about to let on that I was becoming an ice cube. It was very interesting being able to actually see other divers underwater. Other than in the motel pool in Pasco, this was a first. The quarry was pretty dark and we never saw each other there. The lake was man-made and the bottom had rocks, sagebrush and rabbit trails. It was fun to cruise along over the bottom and see lots of stuff. Yes, we had depth gauges this time and we got to about 40 feet of depth. It was also fun to get back to the beach and the warm sun. After the summer of 1962 I did not do any diving again until 1966. After high school graduation in 1962 I was broke so I sold my gear to Ronny Hogland ('62) a classmate and friend of mine. My First Saltwater Dive - 1966: I was working as a welder on the construction of a large oil rig that was to be floated from the Vancouver Shipyards to Cook Inlet in Alaska. I met Billy Henderson, a welder, and we became good friends. Billy had done a lot of diving in California and he was anxious to get involved with diving again. We were working long hours on the night shift, 6 PM to 6 AM (12 hours a day) seven days a week, and making a lot of money. Billy took me to a dive shop (Underwater Sports) on Powell Blvd. in Portland and I bought a custom White Stag wet suit. Then we went to Goddat Sports in North Portland on Grand Ave. I signed over a full payroll check to Carroll Goddat and told him I wanted that much stuff. I got a new tank, backpack, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, depth gauge, goody bag, spear gun and other stuff until the money was gone. Jack Rucker was with us and he bought all of his gear as well. We went to Lake Merwin a few times and that was a lot of fun. Billy taught us a few things that we needed to know, like clearing the face mask, clearing the ears (we had learned that before) removing and clearing the regulator and a couple of other things. Then we decided that we needed to make a saltwater dive. We were told at the dive shop to go to Hood Canal in Puget Sound. So when work slowed down a bit and we could get a day off, we went to Hood Canal for the day. We had no clue where to go, so we drove around until we found a public beach. We made one dive, but it was not too impressive. It was shallow, the water tasted salty (duh) and we spent more time on the surface looking for deeper water. But we did see some fish and crab and some other things that we could not identify. Jack got pretty pooped and I had to assist him back to the beach. We did a lot of surface swimming and that is not good with a tank on your back. That was also back in the days before we had any type of flotation devises like we use today. My First Commercial Dive - 1966 The first oil rig that we were building at the shipyards (the Monopod) was ready for launch into the Columbia River. The company, American Pipe & Construction, had made a lot of special arrangements for this launch and transfer to Alaska. The rig was 150 feet tall and the pontoons would draft 16 feet, so water level was a big issue. They had the timing set so that a few hours before high tide the Army Corp of Engineers would open up Bonneville Dam to assist with a very high water level for the launch. After the launch they would close the dam so that at low tide the rig would be able to make it under the I-5 Bridge. During the pre-launch phase they were moving the rig slowly down the launch ways to get it close to floating, but still secured to shore. However, the rig stopped sliding. They put pressure on it but it would not budge. I overheard a conversation regarding getting a diver to go down and see what was blocking the launch. They were in a panic because all of the commercial diving companies in the area were on jobs and there was no one available for a few days. So I told my boss that I was a diver and I could take a look underwater. They had very few choices, so I went home and got my gear and came back to the shipyard ready to launch my commercial diving debut. I went down under each cradle that was sliding on the old WWII shipyard ways and cleaned off sand and other debris. Then they sent me back with a bucket of thick grease to coat the Ways. I'm sure that was EPA approved! I finished the cleaning and greasing and came out of the water. I felt that I was going to either be a hero or fired. But it worked just as planned and the launch went off right on schedule. I did get a little bonus, but knowing what I know now, I should have received a lot more for my efforts. But it was a good learning experience and a good story to tell the grandkids. Well, fellow Bombers, this is the start of a series of stories about my life as a diver. I would love to share my achievements and adventures with you. I hope you don't mind. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Bomber Bowl Stadium I'm way out of my league on this one. Someone want to fill this fellow in by either responding in the Alumni Sandstorm or him directly? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Miller ('67) Hi Maren: Instead of pre-obit, how about; "If I died tomorrow obit." -Dave Miller ('67) ~ in cool San Jose, CA Or now known as the State of Arnold, capitol Arnoldville **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Chuck Davenport ('73) ~ 5/9/55 - 6/5/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/12/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jack Sinderson ('53), Marguerite Groff ('54) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Bob Rector ('62) Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Sheeley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Sinderson ('53) Re: Don Sorenson's picture #319 The gentleman on the right is my father-in-law, Paul Nussbaum. He is the father of Janice Nussbaum ('55), Susan ('63) and Skip ('65). Thanks, Don, for your time and effort. -Jack Sinderson ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) We have started the process in planning for our 55th reunion. We had our first meeting and a great group of our classmates joined us. A lot of enthusiasm, and everyone volunteered to do their part. There will be another in July. It will be announced in the Sandstorm. Marilynn Working and I are sort of spearheading this, and we were very encouraged at the response we had at our meeting. Not to late to join in the fun. I noticed that our reunion isn't listed on the Bomber web page that lists every reunion for this year. I don't know who keeps that up, but would appreciate having our reunion, in conjunction with Club 40, added to the list. Thanks. [Ask and ye shall receive, Marguerite... added... and when your class gets a website for your reunion, let me know and I'll add that, too. -Maren] Not sure I'm ready to do my obituary. I do know that my final obit will probably be one of those that list those I leave behind. I don't think it will go as far as listing all my grandchildren. It would take up a very long column. However, parents, siblings, 6 children, grandchildren and the total number of great grandchildren. By that time they could total 50 or more. My kids all have taken in and adopted lots children who needed loving homes. It's never boring at family gatherings. Pappy.. Love the way you talk. You do indeed paint pictures with your words. Thanks. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: "Tommy Hemphill's" ('62) Life after Richland High School Tom, keep those installments of "Tommy Hemphill's Diving Adventures" coming. As you know, you have hit on something here that is near and dear to my old Bomber heart! When it comes to diving, our stories share a lot of similarities. I too got my start as a diver, in my senior year, with some gear purchased from the sporting goods store in Pasco. Was it called Barry's? And, my first venture underwater was in Casey Pond, which had an astounding underwater visibility of "zilch." That may have had something to do with my later involvement with diving at dams, water intakes, and in the reservoirs of the Snake and Columbia River Systems, where my diving philosophy became "Might as well shut your eyes and do it by "brail" ... 'cause you can't see s_ _ _." I never got to meet Lloyd Bridges, but in the early sixties, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, in the Marines, I received my initial scuba certification from Ed Lorr, in Laguna Beach, CA, who was a close friend of and did a lot of work with Mr. Bridges. Years later, as a Fisheries Research Biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, I became the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Unit Diving Officer (later called a Unit Diving "Supervisor") or UDO (UDS) for inland diving operations in the pacific northwest, under Bill High's direction. Along the way, I contributed to the NOAA Diving Manual, the proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, and even presented a paper at Scripps' Institute of Oceanography. However, my diving career pales in comparison to yours, as most of my diving tasks were in addition to my primary duties as a fish biologist. I won't steal any more of your "Thunder" except to mention that you and I crossed paths in 1975 when you were on the Instructor/ Examiner Board for the National Association of Underwater Instructor's Course at Port Townsend, when I finally decided to go for my NAUI Instructor rating. You gave me a justifiably hard time and I learned a great deal from you and the rest of that collection of instructors. You and I became good friends after that, and it was only a few years ago that our mutual reading of and writing to Alumni Sandstorm finally revealed that we were [are] ... both Richland Bombers! I am sure that there are Bombers out there who have diving experience, but so far, you and I are the only ones that I am aware of, who actually worked in the diving field. I would be interested in other Bombers diving experiences also. Keep those installments coming Tom. Just reading of your diving adventures make me feel younger ... again. And, yet another once-over! Telling and reading these stories are like a "Mulligan in Life," and I'm not even a golfer. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA a couple of miles from old Quarry and Casey Ponds where the underwater visibility is still pretty much ... zilch. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Writing your own Obit Judy ('64) and I enjoyed all the comments about the obit writing. We thought the "real obit" should go something like this: Lazy Larry finally passed on yesterday. We're not sure why he lived so long to bother us all this time. Everyone knows he didn't have a kind bone in his body and if you ever needed anything he was the last person you would go to. That grump had the sense of humor of a toad. He hated the outdoors. Never liked to go camping. He didn't like to fish or hunt. He thought all sports were the Bain of existence. He gambled away all the retirement he and Bess had saved up. She'll never be able to pay off all of he debts. He will be greatly missed by all the gang at the county jail. Anyway, we probably shouldn't speak poorly of the departed so we've just purchased a head stone: "Pardon My Dust." any similarity between this obit and my own is purely coincidental. -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Tommy Hemphill ('62) What great stories about you as a diver... I remember you from a long way back, and I never figured you as a diver... -Helen Cross Kirk (also '62 - The Best Class) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/13/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Mike Clowes ('54) Barbara von Olnhausen ('62), Bill Rulon ('64) Steve Simpson ('65), Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Reunions Maren, like everyone else I appreciate your hard work (and late hours) keeping us informed about our fellow Bombers. I do keep wondering about all of these people 10, 15, 20 years younger than our class talking about being "old". Heck they have a long way to go to catch up with their fellow Bombers from the '40s. Incidentally we have over 50 people registered for our reunion already. There are quite a few of us still working, a lot more doing charity work. To those younger than us: you only get old if you let it happen. Enjoy life, we are here for such a short time. I have two requests well maybe there are three: 1st Please list that Class of 1949 is holding its 60th reunion in conjunction with Club 40. We will have our own private dinner party Saturday night at the Clarion and then join Club 40 for music and dancing. Anyone from Class of 1949 that is around and hasn't received our invitation please e-mail me and I will get you up to date. 2nd Will you please list our reunion on the Web-Page [Done. -Maren] 3rd. "Pappy" you haven't mentioned the elves since the puppy's arrived. Are they in hiding or are they showing the dogs how to have a good time? Our weather in the Seattle area has been great and I get to help my first and only great grandson celebrate his 1st birthday tomorrow!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Aging? I'm not sure if it is a sign of aging, or just plain pride when I inform my fellow Bombers that my oldest granddaughter is graduating from college this very Saturday. Unfortunately she will be a "duck", but, hey, they do support the Green and Gold (except for the football team; have you really seen those uniforms?). And for the record she is sixth in line of succession. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ with grandfatherly pride, reporting from overcast Mount Angel, OR. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) To: Tom Hemphill ('62) / Pappy Swan ('59) I have enjoyed your stories and admire your abilities. About 25 years ago I took a snorkeling class preparatory to a SCUBA class. Our class final was to be an ocean dive to gather abalone for a feed on the beach near Santa Cruz, CA. The instructors told us "don't eat anything for breakfast that won't fit through the snorkel - especially don't eat bacon because bacon fat plugs the snorkel." They also advised us not to get excited if/when we got seasick - motion of the kelp, fish, etc. would eventually get to every diver at some point in their diving. Since I've had severe motion sickness in planes, trains, cars and buses my entire life, as well as just snorkeling along the surface in Bermuda when a school of fish quickly flitted past under me, I decided to give up my diving career in favor of a computer that doesn't move around on the desk. Were they telling the truth about "all divers" eventually having some underwater sickness? -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook From: Bill Rulon ('64) Entered: Friday 06/12/2009 2:22:30pm COMMENTS: None -Bill Rulon ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) Re: 2nd Seattle Bombers Event, 8/15/09 Please join us for the second Seattle Bombers Event DATE: August 15th TIME: 7pm LOCATION: Loretta Jensen Kusak's ('65) back yard at her house on Mercer Island. Email me for directions The event is potluck and BYOB. Bring an entre, salad or desert and your favorite beverage. Paper plates, utensils, cups, iced coolers and chairs will be provided. Listen to classic rock mixed by our own Gary Crow ('65). All Bombers from any class are welcome This is going to be another great night! RSVP to me at the above email address -Steve Simpson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 8 -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/14/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Marla Lowman ('55), Patti Jones ('60) Tom Hemphill ('62), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gus Keeney ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Pedersen ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) and Roberta Adkins ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Area Bomber Lunch Just a reminder: WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2009 at ll:30 am WHERE: The Firehouse Restaurant, Sacramento, CA (If you need driving directions, email me) We look forward to seeing you!! -Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) 6/13 entry I met Ann at the first All Bomber Women's Luncheon in Fife, WA September 2001. (2002 it became All Bomber Luncheon). Ann and I became friends. She was looking for "roommates" to stay with her at the Shiloh for Club 40 weekend. I said "I would stay". The weekend came and I don't remember who was staying with us. The conversation was going at a fast clip one night. I went to say something about whatever it was I was talking about and tripped myself over the word "Older" because I was the youngest Bomber in the room. I back pedaled when I saw the look on Ann's face from the word "older". Quickly I changed it to "UPPER CLASSMAN". What a relief. Everyone liked the words. So true, everyone older than my year are "Upper Classman", as it is for all of us. We were shown to respect this the minute we entered Junior High School by who ever was in the years ahead of us. Bomber Cheers to all "Upper Classman" who teach us a lot. To: Tom Hemphill ('62) Enjoyed every minute of what you wrote about your diving. Keep the stories coming. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: diver's seasickness To: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Hello Barbara. Thanks for the question, "Were they telling the truth about "all divers" eventually having some underwater sickness?" Short answer - NO, that is not true. Permit me to qualify my experience and my answer. First, I have trained and certified more than 3,000 sport divers during my career. I have also trained, evaluated and mentored more than 800 new diving instructors (George Swan '59) being one of those persons). I have made well over 10,000 dives, including training, commercial and lots for fun. I have never witnessed a diver having an underwater motion sickness problem. But I have heard some stories about snorkeling in shallow water where the surface wave action caused the sand on the bottom to move around and a diver having a problem with that. I personally have not had a motion sickness problem on boats, planes or while diving, but I did have one unique experience in a cave that got my attention. This was a dive on Grand Bahama Island at a spot named "Ben's Cave." The cave entrance was straight down through a big hole in the ground. The surface water was fresh water, but it mixed with salt water (halocline) at about 30 feet deep. When we went through the mix, it appeared oily. When below and looking up through the mix to the light at the surface, everything was out of focus and somewhat colorful. It was a pretty cool experience, and I can envision how that may cause some divers to get disoriented and perhaps a bit seasick. I hope that George Swan ('59) can share his experiences and thoughts as well. Thanks Barbara. Perhaps there are some other Bombers out there with some questions. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Flag Day/Big kid birthday I had a revelation this morning or last night... Big Kids aren't born as big kids... well I mean some are big babies... No I mean large as babies... but they start out having to eat at the little kids' table and grow in to the big kids' table... now that was probably obvious to most of you but it went right over my head... Like I was thinking that when the birthday boy was a little kid, other kids like Ginger Warford ('55) and Jerry Reed ('55-RIP) were the big kids... it's kinda like when I was really little over on Haines living next to Jerry and the rest of his family, I could beat up a whole bunch of kids... then one day my mom told me several of those kids were older than I was and I couldn't beat them up any more because they were "bigger" than I was... so if you can tune in to that kind of twisted thinking you can see that it was almost a shock to me when the revelation hit me... Now the big kid is a very special friend of mine, as are the rest of his family members... he is one a my heroes... I mean he just bought a new motor cycle for cripes sake... now I'd say that's pretty cool for a kid as big as he is... (not in size in age... keep your mind a little twisted)... Anyway, not only is the 14th of June his Birthday, it's also Flag day... In fact, I just replaced my flag which flies night and day (yes I know about the rule about having a light on it at night)... only I replaced it with "76" Flag like the one I flew for the year 1976... so it's his birthday and he can do what he wants to so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gus Keeney('57)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Steve Fowler ('70) ~ 11/18/51 - 5/15/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/15/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Tom Hemphill ('62) Ann McCue ('63), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65), Gary Behymer ('64) Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nadine Smith ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Mouton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Lien ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eileen O'Neil ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Heidlebaugh ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) I want to thank all the Bombers and friends that sent me the birthday notes that helped my 70th go a lot smoother!!!!! We had a great run up into the Cascades yesterday. We were way up the Little Nachese River Road. When We were coming back to 410, we were starting to get sprinkled on. We decided not to go up to the Chinook Pass Summit and when we started down we really got some rain, snow and hail!!!! We were really glad we were heading back down when a snow plow went roaring by us going up the pass!!!!!! I'm going to have to invent windshield wiper for my bubble shield on my helmet!!. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From Overcast West Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Tommy Hemphill's Diving Adventures part 2 Well, I've had some great responses from fellow Bombers from my previous entry about getting started with my life and eventual career as a diver. I think that perhaps this is a good time to try and recall and tell a few stories about some other Bombers who I have been diving with. Re: Larry Moss ('59) and Jack Rucker ('59) The first Bombers that I went diving with were Larry and Jack, and one of their friends (I do not recall his name) who took us to Corral Lake in 1961. I told that story in part 1, but there is more about Jack. In 1966, while working at the Vancouver Shipyards building offshore oil rigs, Jack and I did a lot of local lake and river diving. On one particular dive in the Clackamas River, at a place called "High Rocks," a popular swimming area, Jack found a dead lamprey (an eel like sucker fish.) As Jack was probing the dead lamprey with a stick, I came up behind him and grabbed his leg. I thought it was funny, but Jack was not amused. He forgave me, however. Jack had to forgive me for a lot of stupid stuff that I did in those days. Re: Mike Taylor ('62) Mike had taken diving classes in college. Mike was out of school for the summer of 1966 and he came to work with me on the oil rigs for a couple of months. I recall that Mike bought a big Voit spear gun and was anxious to give it a try. Well, he did try it on land first, and found out that when the spear got to the end of the string and the rubber shock cord, it came right back at him. Bad idea. Mike went on active duty for the National Guard, so we did not go spear fishing that summer. It must have been 1967 when we finally went to Potlatch Park on Hood Canal (Puget Sound) and went diving. Mike speared a big skate (looks like a sting ray) and had to drag it back to shore. We probably tried to eat it, but I do not know if we actually swallowed anything. Oh well, it was a fun dive and makes a good story. Re: Mick Hemphill ('66) My brother Mick was in the Navy and stationed in Bremerton in 1970. He took some diving classes and as soon as he was certified, we got together and did some diving. Mick met Tom Hink in the diving class. Tom had a 36-foot charter fishing boat that he wanted to use for diving. I made him a custom diving ladder out of welded pipe and we began diving a lot in Puget Sound. We took the vessel (the Doris-L) to Anacortes so we could dive the San Juan Islands. I recall one very special dive that I took brother Mick on to Castle Island at the south end of Lopez Island. The visibility was great and we gathered a lot of big rock scallops. Our prime motivation for diving then was to gather seafood. In addition to scallops, we got abalone, crab and lingcod. We ate well. Brother Mick came up to Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands) for a visit in 1991 when we had our dive store and boat charter business there. We took our inflatable (the rubber duck) for a dive to the Cactus Islands. It was just Mick and me. We anchored the boat on the south side of the big Cactus Island and made a beautiful dive through a huge kelp forest. We saw lots of fish and gathered a few abalone for dinner. It was a great dive with my little brother and it was the last time we made a dive together. Perhaps we will dive together again somewhere in the tropics. I guess that I should tell you a little bit about diving in a giant kelp forest. The first time that I explored a kelp forest was in the San Juan Islands in 1968. At first I was stressed a bit because I guess that I had the feeling that the kelp would wrap around me and trap me on the bottom. However, I learned how to navigate through the forest and I learned to appreciate the variety of marine life that lived there. The surface canopy of large "fronds" (leaf like attachments) creates the cover for the forest and reef. Kelp forests are recognized as one of the most productive ecosystems on earth. Once a diver learns how to maneuver and navigate through the forest, it becomes a wonderland full of all kinds of interesting and colorful marine creatures. Re: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I met George Swan ('59) sometime in the early 1970s. After I was certified as a NAUI Instructor in 1971, I became very involved with the association and the leaders in the Seattle area. I know that I met several divers from the Tri-Cities who were affiliated with NOAA and who participated in the annual symposiums in Seattle. Beginning in 1972 I was on the staff and a seminar presenter at some of the events sponsored by NOAA and NAUI. By 1975, the year that George attended his NAUI Instructor Course, I was lecturing, training and evaluating candidates who wanted to become certified NAUI Instructors. George and I got to know each other during that summer at the course at Port Townsend. I'm sure that I gave George a hard time and some grief, but he passed with flying colors. I knew George as a science guy, so I really challenged him. Had I known that he was also U.S. Marine, I would have bowed down and begged for my life. I'm sure now that behind that cute little smile that George has, he was thinking "If that Hemphill dude gives me any more grief, I'll just break his little neck." I'm glad that we became good friends. OK George, you can tell your side of the story now. Re: Marcia Miller Neff ('62) In 1975, Marcia and Doug took diving lessons from me at my store in Vancouver, WA. We made a few training dives and then we went to the Island of Kauai for a couple of weeks of tourist stuff and some diving as well. We enjoyed the clear, blue, warm water and we saw a lot of very colorful tropical fish. Re: Don Funderburg ('63) We all knew Don as a gymnastic guy. He was great in high school and college. Don took scuba lessons from me in 1977. Don was working with Continental Airlines and was able to fly off to some pretty cool tropical destinations for diving. On such trip was to Truk Lagoon in the Pacific where there are dozens of sunken ships from WWII. That was a highlight of Don's diving adventures. I hope that Don takes the time to share some of his experiences with us. Re: Toby Elliott ('64) Toby was also a gymnastic guy. After college, he moved to Vancouver and was a high school teacher and coach. Toby, along with his wife, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and perhaps some other friends and family, took scuba lessons from me. They did do some NW diving, but they really liked to head for the tropics, especially Tahiti, for their diving adventures. Perhaps Toby will share some of his diving adventures with us as well. I'm sure that there are other Bombers that I have been diving with, or at least had on our charter boat in the San Juan Islands. I was a licensed Captain for 10 years through the 1990s in the San Juan Islands. I know that we had a lot of divers come from the Tri-Cities to dive with us. There must be some Bombers out there who will remember me taking them diving. I sure hope that they have good memories. Well, that's it for part 2. I'll write some more later. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann McCue Hewett ('63) Re: Picture #321 This is a first, at least in several years, since I have written. I have enjoyed checking out the Don Sorenson (NAB) series in hopes of seeing some face from my past. Today was my lucky day. Picture #321 I believe the man in the front row, far right, is Homer Money. He was our "uncle" since we lived so far from blood relatives. Homer and Mary Money lived 2 doors down on Whitten in our early years in Richland. They were dear people, RIP. Keep up the good work. I don't visit the Alumni Sandstorm often, but do enjoy checking in once in a while. -Ann McCue Hewett ('63) ~ Abilene, TX trying to stay cool where things are heating up---102 and steamy yesterday.. We are having Houston weather, and that isn't a good thing. At least we know things will cool off in mid-September and the humidity will lessen way before that! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Let the festivities begin... or continue... or... whatever Here it is boyz n girls... the big day... have no clue when they began their birthday party but the birthday girl today (June 15th) is one of the dynamic June duo... party girls extraordinary... now I gotta say that this birthday may be in the middle of June but word has it these two girls can really make a mess of a whole town... if you see them comin better step aside... alotta men didn't and well... you know how that goes... one fista iron... the other one steel and all tell you the truth I think this girl could wear me out in about a half an hour... I can't keep up with her at all when she comes to town... problem is, when the birthday girl and her pal start their celebration... the summer tour doesn't bring them to Richland very often so the rest of us '65ers hafta do without them... the Birthday girl did make it to R2K... caused a bit of a stir in Ellen ('63) and Myra's ('65) room... she and Jackson ('65)... I won't say how... I will say that when Mary Lou ('65) was said to be near by, the rest of us scrammed... by the time ML got there... we were lounging in chairs... she ran the Birthday girl and Jack out... and turned to me and thundered (I'm sure it was thunder) "who are you!" "I'm david rivers" I squeaked, shaking and quivering (The secret love of my life was about to squeeze the life out of me)... "WHO?" she demanded (I swear I thought I was the cowardly lion in the presence of the great and powerful Oz)... I was just waiting for a flying monkey to snatch me up and take me away... (oh ee oh... yo ho)... Simpson said "you know... David Rivers"... it didn't help... it would be years before I could face her again... there she was in all her radiance... like Wonder Woman... I don't recall the rest... later... during the group picture ('65er group) I KNOW the birthday girl tried to goose me... she and her Birthday Partner ('65) also made it to the 40th and they had darned well set aside their little party Tour to grace us at the 45th! So if ya ain't guessed by now... the birthday girl with a back side that rivals Connie's ('65) is havin' a birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cathy Mouton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Lots of fun stuff happening in the Portland Vancouver area. Re: "AKA" Anniversary On June 27th, Bob ('54) and Karyl Carlson will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Silverton, OR at the First Christian Church and all Bombers and family are invited. The festivities start at 1:00. Bob and Karyl's children are planning the event. I hope some of you will be able to be there. Please let me know. Re: Bomber Picnic Please note our Bomber Picnic has been scheduled (finally) and will be at the Hemphill Farm, Battleground Washington (Tom and Linda Hemphill  host and hostess extraordinaire). WHEN: Saturday, August 15 TIME: 11:30 until ?????? WHAT TO BRING: A dish to share. Also adult beverages are welcomed. Please think about anyone and everyone who might like to attend. Re: Pre-obit stuff I am glad we are thinking of a new name. How about - Outline of My Life Story. And, don't hold your breath about getting mine anytime soon. I am too busy experiencing my life to have the time to write about it. Hubby and I and Sunny the Pomeranian, are heading on a road trip to Montana to visit Flathead Lake, Glacier Park, and then over to Lewistown and Billings to see relatives. Denny [hubby] hasn't seen much of Montana other than what we drove through on our way to Sturgis, SD two years ago, so this is a much anticipated vacation for both of us. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ from sunny Tigard, OR Just one week until the 25th Anniversary Tigard Balloon Festival. On Father's Day, there is a car show, where we will have ours on display a 2003 Mustang Cobra convertible (red of course). Come on out and visit!! Only $5.00 admission. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Saw this one listed on eBay today. 1940's Childs School Chair Original Government Tag Wood - Richland WA -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Music I had this sent to me. Not sure if this came around in the Alumni Sandstorm yet, but if it did, sorry I missed it. The jukebox on the right is good. Each year has about twenty songs on the juke. And much more... for those that have not received this in the email merry-go-round yet, enjoy. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/16/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Patti Jones ('60) Cliff Cunningham ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Ray Stein ('64), David Rivers ('65) Maryanne Greninger ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Miller ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Lovinger ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Bell ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Anniversary Today, June 16th, is the celebration of Edna and my 53rd Anniversary. Although she is a Clover Park grad, class of '54, she was made an honorary Bomber by the class of '53, and hangs the Plaque honorably in the study. Edna has not missed a reunion since the first one in 1963. Man, where does the time go?? We met at Wasu, where she was a sorority sister of Norma Loescher Boswell ('53), and I was a Theta Chi. Four kids (in the first 5 years), and 7 grandchildren later, we are enjoying the retirement life. Edna has been a world traveler for over 27 years... to every continent except Antarctic... and in those days she travelled by herself. Now, in retirement, she has to take me along... hopefully, I don't cramp her style, but she is a wizard to travel with and still the best looking tour guide I know. I love ya Babe!!! -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from sunny Sacramento where we will have our Bomber luncheon next Monday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Anniversary plans Yes, as was reported in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm, my wife, Karyl, and I will be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 27th, 1 PM at the Silverton First Christian Church. The hall has been rented and the daughters-in-law are working on the program and food. The only thing that could upset the apple cart would be a funeral at the church (they take precedence no matter what). If you are planning on coming, please let me know so that I can provide the providers with a more accurate head count. Want to make sure there's enough food to go around. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ in sunny and mild Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Bomber Luncheon Pics - Sacramento Area These are the pics from our March 10, 2009 luncheon at the Firehouse in Sacramento. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland The luncheon was a big hurrah that it has been going for four years. Same place. First time was Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) and Betty Bell Norton ('51) daughter Paula Norton Henry ('78). Paula said "next time she was bringing her daughter who graduated in 1998". Always like it when the young Bombers show up. We do not do introductions any more but do announcements. I did suggest a Thank you to Betty Bell Norton ('51) who is President of the Seniors who do all there get events at the Senior Center at Howard Amon Park. She rarely gets to the luncheons because she is so busy. (Please note her Bomber Year and age). My apologies for not introducing Marilyn Working Highstreet ('54) and her volunteer work for Cancer. Burt Pierard ('59)and his volunteer for History of Richland, B Reactor and the Richland Village group. I do not know all their titles but I do know they quietly go on serving the Community of Richland. Then there is other kinds of volunteer. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) and her husband Ron do service for the Corvair Club. Glen Rose ('58) and wife Carol ('62 Sunnyvale, CA) are not hesitant to lend a hand anywhere. I know because they have been very helpful to me. I do not think there isn't a thing Glen can't fix. Carol is always right with him if he needs help. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) and her husband Lance Hartman ('60) volunteer for the City of Richland by checking homes that have turned in paper work stating they will be out of town. Marguerite Geoff Tompkins ('54) A great thank you to all Bombers who do their volunteer work. Fred Klute ('58) Train Club. Barbara Isakson Rau, Club 40 Historian. (Note to Maren: I haven't searched the Bomber website to see if there is a list of Bomber volunteers, what they do, how long they have done it and where. Would be nice to have it happen. Might help others decide they want to and what kind of volunteer they want to do.) [Patti - Go ahead and start that website. -Maren] Attendance: All who were mentioned in the paragraphs were at the luncheon: Pat Dorris Trimble ('65) Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57) and husband Jon Hudspeth ('52) Lorin St. John ('55) Lorin helped on the Richland Theater last year, and wife Phyllis St. John ('70, Glacier High school Seattle), "Em" DeVine ('52) Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Renton High School, Wife Alice Rhodes ('57 Colville High School), Larry Belt ('57) and wife Dona McCleary Belt ('54), I'm sure Dona and Larry do a lot of volunteer or have. Do not know what that is right now. They do attend Bomber games through the year. Missy Keeney ('59) who I know helps Burt out with his volunteer work. There may be something else I don't know about. Her singing has kept her very busy. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), I have done endless volunteering through out the years. Taking a break right now, except for the All Bomber Luncheon - Richland. Until next month. Come join us for the outstanding Bomber get- together full of fun and laughter. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cliff Cunningham ('62) Re: Picture #321 Like Ann McCue Hewett ('63), I haven't written in a long time, but I do read the Sandstorm daily. I am currently enjoying Tom Hemphill's ('62) stories. Another member of the group in picture #321 is Charlie Mathis, top left back row. Charlie, like so many others, was a "surrogate" father. He and my dad taught Mike, Bob and me how to hunt birds. We spent many weekends out in the fields hunting dove, duck, geese and pheasants. -Cliff Cunningham ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) She was sweet sixteen on the 16th about forty seven years ago, which should make her eligible for the Senior Citizen discount at Dennys. There aren't many people who I find more entertaining than our Birthday Girl, But Happy Birthday to Jan Bell ('64), or whatever her name is this week, month or year. You and David be careful up there in the woods, thats a lot of Tiki Torches to put on your cake. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Old Age Palindrome "Nurtures old age to lay, as is, fit. Ah, we fill life - 'not now'. Do ghosts all list 'old as dirt'? (Now oh wit is a wrong) Nor was it I who won't rid sad lots - ill lasts. Oh God, won't one fill life - 'what ifs'? I say a lot, egad, lose rut run!" How true! Many of us, fit and able, just lay around, wanting to do something, but we say, "not now". Just realize that we're not all going to be "old as dirt" when we die (no kidding). Unfair or wrong as it might be, neither you nor I can get rid of the ills and sadness of the world. So, do we fill our lives with "what ifs", or do we get out of our ruts and do something! -Ray Stein ('64) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: wow... June is really a birthday month So I've been awfully busy lately... that's a good thing but haven't really been able to keep up with my emails... when this trial is over I will be headed for the LA Roadster Show... ahhhhhhhh poor guy... yeah I know... anyway, as I was walking back from court this evening I was thinking about the Birthday girl... kinda like some compliments to one person can seem like you are not as fond of others as you are of the person of whom you are speaking... but it's not like that... all thru school the birthday girl was one of those people that just makes it pleasant to know them... that doesn't mean you don't like being around others or that it isn't pleasant it's just that some kids stick out in your mind... kids like Number 32 ('63), Number 10 ('64), Kenny Dall ('64) (hey... pop quiz... what was his nick name in school? How did he get it? )... Mills (Jo Miles) ('64)... Dave Simpson ('63), Billy Roulon ('64), Steve Denler ('64), Connie Dame ('65), Cecilia Bennett ('65)... and on and on the list just grows and grows... the birthday girl was one of those and I think much as many others, I just enjoyed being in school with her... I'm sure we could all compile a similar list of kids it's just nice to know... so before my list contains every kid in school lemme wish Jan Bell ('64) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on June 16th!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne Greninger Merritt ('67wb) Re: Picture #322 photo on 6/13/09 I was so pleased to see a photo of my father, Alden B. Greninger, on photo #322 on June 13th. I've been hoping to see a photo of him. Thanks! -Maryanne Greninger Merritt ('67wb) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/17/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Andy Perdue sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Anna May Wann ('49) Marilynn Working ('54), Patti Jones ('60) Vicki Smith ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Bill Wingfield ('67) Shannon Chapman ('84), Andy Perdue (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ehlers ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sams ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Boehning & Linda Belliston ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Jim McKeown ('53) and Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Congrats. Your wives must be saints to put up with the likes of you two for that many years, a combined 103. No wonder Edna traveled so. My wife Ida, (another saint) and I traveled over to her home town Cashmere, to celebrate our 55th. We went to Ohme Gardens to visit again the place where we were to be married, but was rained out. We also visited the church where it did happen. A pleasant remembrance. To: Ray Stein ('64) A neat doggerel, but I can't place it. Also I miss the palindrome, I must be getting old. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49), Sorry to have to report that I received an e-mail from Maxine Anderson notifying us that her husband William (Jerry) Anderson ('49) passed away May 31st due to prostate cancer. We will want to be sure and get this into the DustStorm also. They lived in Port Orchard, but I could not pull up a newspaper from that area and get the obituaries to give us more information about services, etc. Any of you that need Maxines address to send a sympathy card please e-mail me and I will send the info to you. Re: Divers On another note I am utterly fascinated by the divers. I never learned to swim (can't stand water over my face and head. I can do the side stroke and that's about all) and I can only imagine what a wonderful world you are seeing, you make it sound so breathtaking. Please continue with more of your stories. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ Another beautiful day in Bothell, but they say the rain is not too far in the future. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: '54 in '09 Class reunion As we promised, we had our first meeting to plan the 55th class reunion for our class of '54. I know Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) mentioned it a few days ago. We have reserved the Richland Community Center in the Activity Room on Saturday, September 12th from 2-4 PM. Then we will go back to the Clarion Hotel for the Saturday evening activities. Many thanks to Ginny Weyerts Wendland ('54), Walt Wendland ('55), Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Jeannette Duncan Mefford ('54), Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54), Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Karyl Carlson (spouse, NAB), John Nageley ('54) and of course Marguerite Groff Tompkins. We enjoyed the pizza and soda at Round Table Pizza in Richland. Our next meeting is July 28th at 1 PM, same place. Anyone wanting to come and help is welcome. Some of the things we have already planned on will be some dancers; group pictures; bio mini book; snacks; and many door prizes. So... please plan on making this celebration, wherever you are, and we will have plenty of spare time to share memories. Speaking of memories... I will be putting together a mini bio booklet again this time and am asking all of our classmates to send me a short review of your last 5 years. Many things change with us at this age and we want to keep up with everyone. If you know of a classmate who does not have Internet, or even if they don't plan on coming to the reunion, please notify them to send me something i.e. Updated address, e-mail, phone etc. And what has happened in their family. We want to keep the connection with all our '54 Bombers!! Send your information to my e-mail address and hopefully we will have a lot to read about! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54), Co-chair for the class reunion... here in Pasco at 90 today! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland I apologize Marguerite Geoff Tompkins ('54). In my entry some how I chopped off what I know you volunteer for is Club 40. My entry was so different than what I thought it was going to be. My memory of what I had heard or knew from being around the Bombers was quite a surprise. Enjoyed every minute of it. If I made other mistakes let me know, Bombers, because I will correct them. When I first moved back to the area I was amazed at the amount of giving that went on in this area. Yes, there was lots of giving in areas where I had lived but this seemed abundantly more. I mentioned this to my cousin Glenna Hammer Moulthrop ('66) and she said, "look back at Richland when we grew up". Giving and helping was every where. I accept Maren, with your guidance, doing the Volunteer section of the website. Now that I am semi-retired it will give me a new challenge as I am not computer adept at some things. So where do I begin? Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA Six miles from Columbia High School, AKA Richland High School. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) Re: Don Sorenson's Picture #321 I believe the man standing on the top right hand corner may be Jack Christiansen. His is the father of Bonnie ('58) Terry ('61). -Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Sanders - Jacobs Field... Tri-City Braves/Angels/Atoms/A's/Padres/Triplets/Ports Fantastic site! Several years ago Teresa DeVine Knirck ('64) asked some questions about the Tri-City Braves that I could not answer. I'm thinking the answer IS in the above or related sites, if only I could remember the questions! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Boy am I a dumb bunny Ok... all in all I've had a pretty darned good life... I've always said that pretty much the only thing I've ever lacked was ambition... I've done most of the things I've wanted to do... have no unfinished bucket list that I really need to do... have been lucky enough to have owned pretty much all the cars I've ever wanted... struck out here and there but all in all I'm ok... BUT... as I look back on my younger days I can see a huge glaring omission... now... there are a few Richland Historical sites that have been important to us during our lives... I'm sure some have changed over the years... but they pretty much remain the same... the Columbia, the Snake and the Yakima, the train bridge the islands, Hanford, the Uptown, the three theaters, the drive ins, Curly's, the roller rink, Zip's, Tastey Freeze after a swim at the big pool, Riverside Park (nka Howard Amon (sp)), Columbia Park and the drags, Flattop, the Spudnut Shop and many more... now that last one has been important to us all since I think 1947... In fact, when I come home for the '65er gathering, I'll be bringing a copy of a newsprint mag with our own Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65) in his "Spudnut Racing" car and frame it for the Ghirardo Family... therein lies my sin of omission... the Spudnut shop... now had I been more of a thinker and a schemer in my youth (not sure how I could have been more... but given my big mistake I was not the legend I was in my own mind)... if I'd been thinking more clearly... there is one girl I should have made a point of dating... oh I took a shot at one of Bob McDonald's daughters but my performances at Zip's were so pitiful, our first date never got off the ground... pretty hard to impress a girl's father when he's seen you hangin' around his place of business... but I coulda been a contender... If only I had asked the birthday girl out... I mean free Spuddies and cinnamon rolls... dang I blew it... but my loss was her gain... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gail Ghirardo ('65) on June 17th!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Tommy Hemphill ('62) & George "Pappy" Swan (59) My wife (Christa Wingfield '66 NAB) & I too are divers and have worked 60' down under at The Lost City of Atlantis off the North shore of Cayman Brac. But it was more like fun than work, lifting the 15,000 pound lental over the arch to the entrance. For our efforts the artist "J. Foots" used our faces and our friends Dave & Karen Stewart (NABs) into statues in front of the arch. P.S. I'm sure you have read Shadow Diver or The Last Dive. If not, they are must readings for every diver. John Chaterton and his wife's faces are also put into statues at The Lost City of Atlantis Cayman Brac. -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ From Sunny Santa Fe, NM where Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65), Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) and I are planning a Bomber luncheon for next Tuesday at The Blue Window in Los Alamos. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon Chapman Davari ('84) Re: Harvey and Sally Foley Chapman ('56) Just want to invite friends of my parents, Harvey and Sally Chapman, to help us celebrate at an open house for their 50th wedding anniversary on July 18 starting at 3 pm. If you have any questions, please email me. Thank you! -Shannon Chapman Davari ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Andy Perdue (NAB) We have posted a couple of photo galleries that might be of interest to Bombers. This is a newly published gallery of historical Richland photos: This is a photo gallery from inside the Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford. Apparently, we received rare access to the facility. In fact, DOE didn't even allow its own photographers in. It might be interesting to any Bombers who worked there (or whose parents did during and after the Manhattan Project). Take care. -Andy Perdue (NAB), Tri-City Herald (and dad to a future Bomber, probably Class of 2021, if my math is correct) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/18/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Steve Aagaard sent stuff: Maryanne Greninger ('67wb) Steve Aagaard **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne Greninger Merritt ('67wb) Re: photo #322 Dear Maren, Sorry I neglected to say which man was my father in photo #322. He is the man with the dark, wavy hair, wearing a dark suit with a polka dot tie and is the second from the left. We are so pleased to see our father in the Sandstorm. He worked at Hanford starting in the mid '40s as a manager. Our family loved living there, and my memories of Richland are so sweet. We thank you so much for keeping the Sandstorm alive and well so that all of us can have a link to Richland. Sincerely, -Maryanne Greninger Merritt ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Aagaard You may want to post the item below as an FYI on the Sandstorm page. Steve Aagaard Communications Manager Richland School District June 17, 2009 Re: Parking lot work will impact grass and trees on Thayer The grass and trees strip that runs along Richland High Schools west parking lot on Thayer Drive will be impacted for the next ten days as the lot is renovated. Old water and electrical lines located under the parking lot surface are being replaced so there will be no watering of the green strip. Community members may notice the grass and trees looking stressed during this time, but it will green up quickly when the new water line is activated around July 1, said Kevin Knodel, Director of Facilities and Operations The parking lot work is the last phase of the $42 million Richland High School renovation project which was approved by voters in 2003. Meanwhile, updating of the Richland High auditorium instructional spaces is nearing completion. The $2.2 million project includes a dedicated drama classroom, improved music classrooms/storage areas, and remodeled bathrooms which meet current codes. The auditorium work began last fall and will be completed in August. -Steve Aagaard ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/19/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Steve Simpson ('65), Peggy Adair ('72) Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Anguiano ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) Hi Maren, Please post these directions to 08/15/09 with the announcement I sent earlier. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks, -Steve Simpson ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Steve, Can't bring myself to put all those directions to Loretta's HOME in the internet. I did, however, list the 2nd Seattle Bomber Event/Potluck on the Bomber calendar and I posted your email address for people to RSVP and/or get directions. - Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Birthday wish Here is wishing Susan Barnard ('71), aka "Smiley", a wonderful birthday on Saturday, June 20th. -Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) To: Divers OK, I'm NOT a diver, although I always wanted to be. There's a story there because my dad promised me I could take lessons at the YMCA on GWWay when I turned 13. But by the time I turned 13 he'd forgotten the promise. Then last week I was in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, providing counseling services to some truly amazing people from Gaza. (The politics of that place are truly disgusting, to say the least, but that's another story.) The families managed a glass-bottomed boat tour of the area, which is considered one of the best dive sites in the world. To say it was totally awesome is an enormous understatement! I also managed to don both mask and snorkel for a few short minutes, and felt like I'd traveled to another universe. I had no idea that coral came in so many shades of yellow, green, pink and purple. And the fish?! Well, let's just say it was like swimming through an aquarium, only faaaaar more beautiful! Maybe I'll still work on getting certified one of these days. Another item for my Bucket List! -Vicki Owens ('72) ~ now visiting NE Uganda, known as Karamoja ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/20/09 ~ SUMMER SOLSTICE - LONGEST DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Gary Behymer ('64), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Keys ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Barnard ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) The class of '47 has lost its third member this year, Ray Hultman. You may remember that Ray has suffered for some time with liver cancer. At this time the arrangements haven't been published. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Underwater Exploration in Columbia River... Our boat dock was located 100 feet or so downstream from the Roach/Charette dock. One hot summer day we thought it necessary to do a little underwater exploration off the end of the dock. The water was 16' deep at that location. Our source of air was an old hose. A few weights took us to the bottom in quick fashion whereas it was SOON learned that you needed more oxygen than just sucking on that hose. It needs to be pressurized. A foot powered basketball pump was located and attached to the hose to provide the additional air needed. Lloyd Bridges - Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/21/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Tom Hemphill ('62), George Barnett ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Keith Hunter ('63) Bill Wingfield ('67), Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Rushworth ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Hills ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Hames ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Scuba Diving To: Vicki Owens ('72) You are very fortunate to have been able to snorkel around and see the beautiful wonderland under the Red Sea. What a contrast for the barren desert on shore. I've not had the opportunity to dive the Red Sea, but my diver friends who have been there are most impressed. Especially with the abundance of very colorful fish. I hope that you learn to Scuba dive and have another opportunity to visit that area. To: Bill Wingfield ('67) I'm looking forward to hearing more about your diving adventures with Christa at The Lost City of Atlantis off the North shore of Cayman Brac. I love the Cayman Island diving. I've been to Grand Cayman 11 times. One time I stayed on for an extra month after a 2 week vacation and worked for the Cayman Kai Resort on the north shore. I worked as a dive guide and boat operator. It was fun for a while, but boy was it exhausting. Up at 6 AM to get a quick breakfast and then get the boat ready and fill Scuba tanks. At 7:30 AM I would begin checking in the divers for the morning dive and get their gear ready and fitted. 8:30 off to the reef for two dives. Back to the dock around 12 Noon to get lunch, offload empty tanks and load full tanks. Then check in the afternoon dive group and go back out for two more dives. Sometimes I had another diver who could guide the group on the afternoon trip, but most of the time I made all four dives myself. I was pretty happy when the seas were a bit rough and the afternoon group decided that one dive was enough. After the diving was done I still had work to do. I was obligated to meet with the divers at the bar and tell stories and have a few beers. The "after dive" parties was how I made the good tips, so I was motivated to be there. I was offered a job, but I decided that I could not keep up that pace and I really missed the great NW and my family. That was in 1974. My last trip to Cayman was in 1983 when I took a group of 28 people there for two weeks. That is another story for later. I may get back there again someday. It's great diving in the warm, clear water and the wall diving is most exciting. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Browsing back issues of the Sandstorm and update An update as I'm now in the Tri-Cities for a few days. First, my son was officially awarded his DVM degree from OSU at Corvallis, and we have been doing the motor home camping routine up the coast and across to the Tri-Cities. Now using my sister's computer to skim e-mail and catch a few Sandstorm entries to try and catch up. To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Photo #329 The 1st guy on the left is my step father, the late Leo Warren (RIP) when he was the supervisor of transportation in the rail roads section. The others could have all been identified by dad if only he were still with us, however, I'm quite certain they comprised the Hanford railroad gang circa 1948? to 1953. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Even after some considerable time and expense to make his birthday celebration something truly special, and inviting friends, luminaries and icons from his now 64 years to attend. Those outside of the normal Bomber contingent included many people who were instrumental in the forming of his life. Trust me, they were not limited to only Luther Lindsey, Shag Thoumas, Bo Melinda, Tough Tony Bourne, Carol Doda, Charlie O'Connell, Big Boy Floyd, Jimmy Lynch and the Hell Drivers, The Canina Canona Sisters and Joannie Weston, most of whom are still dead. I had even arranged for a "De-Prommed" seventy foot Hummer Limo with Pendleton plaid interior to take him to Canlis for lunch. All this being said, it has become AGAIN necessary to cancel all arrangements due to lack of interest. Everyone on this side of the sod seemed to be more enthusiastic and interested in going out to Reed Galbraith's house in Covington and watching THE traffic light blink. To Robert William Alexander Lafayette Colinas Hills, Happy Birthday. It's not like I didn't try. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) My Father worked for General Electric from 1945 to 1964, in Richland. He keeps thinking he has some retirement money somewhere. Can any one direct me to someone to email or write? I'd appreciate it. Re: Family Deaths My sister Debbie Helen Hunter Gasper ('72) who was born and raised in Richland passed away February 2nd at the age of 55. Brain hemmorage. My Brother Jim Hunter's ('66) wife passed away May 12th from MS. -Keith Hunter ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Los Alamos/Santa Fe Bomber Luncheon WHEN: Tuesday, 6/23 TIME: 12:30pm WHERE: Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave. Los Alamos Sorry for the short notice. Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) & Vera Rodda Simonton ('52wb) are coming down from Bonmber Land and so we are throwing toghether a little luncheon. Also planning on attending are Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) who now lives in Santa Fe, Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) who lives on the Rio Grande in Espanola, NM and LeVan Goodey ('71) who now lives up in Los Alamos. I have reservations for 10 so far, so I need to know if any of you Los Alamos/Santa Fe area Bombers are interested. Please email me by Monday 4:00pm if you are, so I will know if I need to increase the reservations. Hope to see more Bombers there. -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where it actually rained today, but I was able to ride the Road King Classic in The Rodeo de Santa Fe Parade. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Ray Hultman ('47-RIP) I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Mike and his family. He and I went to school together and I worked at Dawson-Richards with his lovely mother, Marilyn Wallace Hultman ('47). I so enjoyed when he or Fran Rish would make their appearance at the store. -Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Diane Goodenow Rhodes ('59) ~ 1940 - 5/13/09 >>Debbie Hunter Gasper ('72) ~ 10/6/53 - 2/2/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/22/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Funeral Notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Gary Behymer ('64) Steve Simpson ('65), Bill Wingfield ('67) Steve Huntington ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Dunigan ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stu Osborn ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of '45) Re: goodbyes I have learned this week that I have lost two old friends. At my age this is to be expected, but it still hurts. Jerry Anderson ('49). The gang at the U in the fifties. Party time in Tucson. His sweetheart-wife. Maxine, who took such a ribbing from the master tease, Whitey Shell. I miss you Maxey. And that ol' gang of ours will miss Jerry... a lot. Ray Hultman ('47). We both attended the old, old high school behind L & C in the fall and winter of 1943. Good grief, 66 years ago. We were football teammates. In the winter of 1945, we played basketball, he for the Hanford boys, I for the Richland. Talk about the original ultimate fight. He and his lovely wife Marilyn ('47) were founding members of Club 40. Marilyn, this is an order, come to the party this year, I would love to see you. Later, Ray and Jerry. -Dick McCoy (from the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Charles Green (Class of 1961?) I received this note from a Richland Bomber (8) years ago. A family member contacted me and would like to chat with whom-ever sent it. HELP! If you are the individual who emailed me with this note... please email me and I will forward it to Charlessfamily. "Thank you for your reply, it all makes sense now. Charles Dee Green was kia on LZ EAST along with 11 others that day. He had made friends with another PFC. His name was Thorton. They arrived in Vietnam together, and where killed right next to each other. Like I had said earlier I had a picture of him I would have liked to share with his family." -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) Re: 2nd Seattle Bombers Event, 8/15/09 Please join us for the second Seattle Bombers Event DATE: August 15th TIME: 7pm LOCATION: Loretta Jensen Kusak's ('65) back yard at her house on Mercer Island. Email me for directions The event is potluck and BYOB. Bring an entre, salad or desert and your favorite beverage. Paper plates, utensils, cups, iced coolers and chairs will be provided. Listen to classic rock mixed by our own Gary Crow ('65). All Bombers from any class are welcome This is going to be another great night! RSVP to me at the above email address -Steve Simpson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Los Alamos/Santa Fe Bomber Luncheon WHEN: Tuesday, 6/23 TIME: 12:30pm WHERE: Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave. Los Alamos Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) & Vera Rodda Simonton ('52wb) are coming down from Bomber Land and so we are throwing together a little luncheon. Also planning on attending are Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) who now lives in Santa Fe, Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) who lives on the Rio Grande in Espanola, NM and LeVan Goodey ('71) who now lives up in Los Alamos. I have reservations for 10 so far, so I need to know if any of you Los Alamos/Santa Fe area Bombers are interested. Please email me by Monday 4:00pm if you are, so I will know if I need to increase the reservations. Hope to see more Bombers there. To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication to the Alumni Sandstorm. I sent in yesterday's entry at 10pm my time, so that must be 11pm your time, and you still got it in. You are awesome. Thanks again. Re: Scuba Diving To: Tom Hemphill ('62) I enjoy so much reading your diving stories. I know your brother Mickey ('66) pretty well from both attending Southside United Methodist Church for years growing up. I suppose you were there too. I would be interested to know if you read either The Shadow Dirver or The Last Dive, and if so your thoughts. I personally think they are must reading for serious divers if not all divers. To: Vicki Owens ('72) Like Tom Hemphill ('62) I too would love to be able to be where you were in the Red Sea. That is on my and my wife's bucket list, to dive the Red Sea, along with The Great Barrier Reef down under. Tom, have you been there? -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where it is sunny again as usual. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Huntington ('73) Re: Ray Hultman ('47-RIP) One of the great people that made growing up in Richland a good and unique experience has passed on. Mike ('72) and Steve ('75) Hultman's dad Ray has moved on. Mrs. Hultman, you were the bride of a very good man. Mike and Steve, you already know how lucky you were to have such a great guy for a dad. Thanks for sharing him with us. Every HAMTC kid that learned the game under Mr. Hultman and Floyd Gates are better people for having had them in their life, and learning the game and a few of life's lessons under their instruction. We will say a prayer today in Florida, and take a minute to remember all the afternoons practicing and playing for our coach. -Steve Huntington ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ray Hultman ('47) ~ 1/18/29 - 6/17/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/23/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff AND 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Betty Bell ('51), Barbara Seslar ('60) Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg Sheeran ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Murphy ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: George Barnett ('63) Re: Picture #329 George, Are you sure the person on the left is Leo Warren? My husband, Bill Norton, and I are sure that the man on the left in the picture is his deceased brother, Marvin "Shorty" Norton - father of Jim "Jimmie" ('55) and Tom ('58). #2 is Art Solberg (Salzberg?), #3 is Ralph Claunch, father of Loren ('55-RIP), and front row on right is Rusty Bosso. They were all in the Power Department. You can see the coal car behind them - and coal on the ground on the right. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) Re: John R. Jetton ('60-RIP) I was shocked to see that John passed away on June 15, 2009. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Maren, John R. Jetton's obituary was in yesterday's Tri-City Herald. John was class of '60. He was married to Barbara Haugen, also class of '60. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) In case some one doesn't see the notice, Obituary for Johnny Jetton ('60-RIP) is in th6i/21 Tri-City Herald. Does not say he was a Bomber. He and his wife Barbara Haugen ('60) graduated in my class. He will be buried at Auburn, WA. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) It will take a couple days to go through all the Sandstorms that I've missed while gone last week. Have cleaned out my mailbox of all but those. I just want to say that this past weekend at our 45th class reunion was great!! Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) and team did a suburb job as always. I enjoyed working at the registration table. I got to see most all the people right off as I give them their packets. The program was really good also. I was glad to see those first timers too. Am looking forward to our next one already. It will be a biggy and hope that most all our classmates that can, will attend. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We did come home to sunny skies, but most of the time we were gone was not good. Enjoyed to weather up on WA and seeing all the kids and grandkids. But, it was good to get home once again. You know how that goes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: more fun 'n' birthdays Well I'm back from the roadster show... it was great... tons of power in that little thing and it just screamed to Pomona and back (without a speedo it was hard to tell but the guy behind me said I was doing at least 90 most of the way)... it was a great hit and people could not believe it was driven all that way... Maddy ('67) showed up and got his picture taken in my partner's little roadster (it was trailered... his knees will hardly allow him to drive his truck that far let alone a little roadster)... Because it was built as a dragster, I was a little worried that the solid rear end would react very poorly to the bumps in the road so I made sever runs thru Vegas' worst stretches of freeway, the "washboard" and the spaghetti bowl to make sure I could react to "lane shifts" when I hit bumps... it was a much smoother ride than I expected on the actual trip... only had one or two minor lane shifts and the worst of it was just leaving Pomona on the torn up surface roads... I was very glad to have been born a boy... and not a voluptuous babe on those roads! Well the point of this little note is to again remind you that the "Celebration" has begun... I warned you earlier in the month and again on Mouton's ('65) birthday that the Girls were back in town (not literally... but whatever town they are in... look- out!)... the '65er dynamic duo do have their fun and from what the Birthday girl has said this year was no exception... so please take a moment to wish Diane Murphy ('65) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 23rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Johnny Jetton ('60) ~ 5/23/42 - 6/15/09 >>Marie Trujillo Juarez ('55) ~ 11/11/37 - 2/7/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/24/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dicksy Poe ('50), Nancy Mallory ('64) Bill Wingfield ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) I am saddened to write that my dear sister Virginia Joyce Poe Morrison ('51) passed away on June 21, 2009. An obituary is scheduled to be in the Tri-City Herald on Wednesday. Services will be at 4pm June 26, 2009, at Einan's. -Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Do you remember me? I'm one of Ray & Julia Mallory's kids. I think I may have even babysat for your kids. My sister Karen ('71) ran into one of your kids a while back and they remembered that. I hope to get out west again one of these days. I always go and see Margaret Norton over by Marcus Whitman. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Los Alamos/Santa Fe Bomber Luncheon We had a fun filled Los Alamos/Santa Fe Bomber Luncheon today at the Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos. It was amazing how close the 5 attendees lived when we grew up in Richland. In attendance were: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) from north of Spokane & Vera Rodda Simonton ('52wb) from Portland, who are on their way to Taos for a week of fun in the sun. It was fun to hear how much the 2 of them have done together over all of these years. They have been friends since grade school. Vera told us about the time she had already hurt one hand playing basketball, and then hurt the other hand going down into the basement of Columbia High during a bomb drill, and how Kay had to help her go to the bathroom by pulling down her pants. I didn't even know there was a basement under Bomber land. Also attending was Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) of Espanola, NM who seemed happy to be one of the young ones, and Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) of Santa Fe, who seems to of gotten younger looking some how. I think she might be doing some kind of youth drugs, and yea me too. See attached photos from our newly elected professional Bomber Photographer Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65). 1st photo in clockwise order are Cindy, Bill, Kay, Donna, and Vera seated. 2nd photo is the bad biker dude and his 07 Road King Classic. 3rd photo is Kay and Vera. -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM the land of sun shine where I got hit with a little rain on the way down the hill today from Los Alamos to Santa Fe. What a great ride. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Virginia Poe Morrison ('51) ~ 9/22/33 - 6/21/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/25/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Richard Anderson ('60) Kathie Roe ('64), Lynn Dodson ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Belcher ('51) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harold Gibson & Baret Ann McIntyre ('53) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Randy Dykeman ('69) & Kim Richey ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Yes, Nancy, I certainly do remember you. Karen and my son-in-law Chip work together at Battelle. Margaret took a fall in January and is still trying to get over it. Look us up if you get back out here. And yes, you did baby-sit for us. Good to hear from you! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Richland High School "Remodel/Renovation" Well kids, remember way back when, when Roy Ballard ('63) and his cohort attempted to install a large bomb in the foyer between Art Dawald Gym and the old gym? (OK, I know that they installed it just fine and the school district promptly removed it.) Well, now Roy could get every "i" dotted and every "t" crossed, have the bomb display approved, and be unable to duplicate the installation. "Eh?" you ask. Well, you see, that now that the school renovation project is pretty much completed and the final touches to the various buildings have been applied; well, you see ....... THERE IS NO LONGER AN "ART DAWALD GYMNASIUM"! On its two entrances -- south overlooking Rish Stadium, and north overlooking the courtyard -- in large letters (I mean they are really big -- maybe 2-feet or 2-1/2-feet high) Art Dawald Gymnasium has turned into "Building 5000". Oh, and Mac Hall (I think its real name was McIntosh or something)? Having been "remodeled/renovated" in the classic "institutional ugly" (and cheap) style, well it is now -- hold your breath -- "Building 3000". Here Mr. Anderson inserts a churlish remark: y'all wonder why my loyalties to Richland become weaker and weaker and mine to Walla Walla grow stronger and stronger? Well, it doesn't take too much of this sort of thing to kill off any sense of community which I might have felt. As Peanuts would say: "RATS!" -Richard Anderson ('60 (and Wa-Hi ('60-SB)) ~ in Richland where it was a really nice day on Wednesday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) Those of us who attended the '64 reunion are still smiling thinking about what a good time we had last weekend. It was wonderful seeing Harry Wilson, Mike Byrd, Jamie, Frank, Bill C., Dawn, Leo, old chums from Jefferson, friends who have recovered from illnesses, and those who traveled long distances to see their classmates again. Kathy Hoff and her committee were amazing. Ken Dall and his attractive assistant Steve Denler did a great job at Saturday's banquet; the do-you-remember quiz was a lot of fun. Thanks everybody; I really had a good time. -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) Re: Worn out parts Has anyone had hip replacement surgery lately? I am wondering what they mean by 6 to 8 weeks recovery... -Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/26/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dwain Mefford ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Tom Hemphill ('62), Earl Bennett ('63) George Barnett ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Pam Ehinger ('67) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Hiser ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cyndy Brooks ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roxanne Southard ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwain Mefford ('56) To: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) I had a total hip replacement on May 26th. After four days in the hospital (out of bed the first day) I went home. The next week I used a walker to get around and then graduated to a cane. I still carry the cane but I only use it when someone is watching so I can get some sympathy. I expect to be able to do most things I want to after six weeks although it will be some time before I am able to back on the Handball courts. The most important thing is the pain I was feeling before the surgery is now gone. -Dwain Mefford ('56) ~ Portland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Fran Rish, Art Dawald, Ray Juricich, Principal MacIntosh (died during our Sr. year 1958) are all role models of our generation. I suspect that the building 3000 and 5000 will, at some point, be named for current accomplished Col-Hi (sorry but that is what it will always be for me) individuals. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Scuba Diving To: Bill Wingfield ('67) I read the reviews for "Shadow Divers" and "The Last Dive". I have ordered both and I'm sure I will enjoy the books. The Red Sea and The Great Barrier Reef are both on my "bucket list." I have especially wanted to dive in Australia but have never made the trip, yet. A common question that I get asked a lot is: "Where is your favorite dive spot?" You would think that this would be an easy question to answer, but it's not. I've gone diving to some of the most popular destinations in the world and a few mud puddles as well. What has made a dive adventure most memorable is the people who shared the adventure with me. I learned a long time ago that the right people on a trip makes the trip a success and it just takes one jerk to ruin the whole experience. I learned that long after returning from a dive trip, the people on the trip will recall the great people that they met and the food. The diving may be not too impressive, but fun people and good food will make a trip a success. However, that still does not answer the question about my favorite dive spots. Grand Cayman Island is one of the top dive destinations on my list. I've been there 11 times and I've dived on all sides of the island, not just the popular tourist spots. The north-side wall dives were very impressive and most memorable. There is a barrier reef just off shore that you need to get through in order to get to the wall. The reef and the entire island are made up of coral. After getting over and through the reef, you can descend to about 30 or 40 feet and swim to the wall. The bottom is white coral sand with outcroppings of very colorful coral heads. As you pass over the final coral head, you look down from a modest depth of perhaps 40 feet into the 25,000 foot deep Cayman Trench, which is the deepest point in the Caribbean Sea. Of course you can't see the bottom as it gets darker with depth, but the sensation of peering down into a seemingly bottomless ocean is quite exhilarating, to say the least. The north wall plunges straight down, no slopes, just a wall. I've made several dives along the north Cayman wall, and they have all been spectacular. After getting accustomed to the bottomless sensation and getting control of neutral buoyancy, you can descend as deep as you want without kicking a fin or swimming around anything. It's quite an experience. You can see more than 100 feet looking straight down and when looking up to the surface and the light, you can see clear to the surface from deeper than 200 feet. Even though the visibility is great, you will lose colors as you descend. The first color that is absorbed by the water is red, then orange and then yellow. In order to recover these colors, we use powerful underwater lights. I've taken many divers to a depth of 80 feet with instructions to not turn on their lights until I tell them to do so. Then I find some coral or fish that I know are bright red and then have the divers turn on their lights. That is a great learning experience. I recall my first Caribbean trip in 1972 with my underwater camera and new strobe light. I took a lot of photos of some beautiful tropical fish. After returning back home and getting my photos back, I noticed some fish that were bright red. I did not see the red color while diving because I did not take a dive light. I never went diving without my underwater light again. On one trip to Cayman in 1982, I led a group of 28 divers for two weeks of extraordinary diving adventures. The first few days were devoted to coral reefs and a shipwreck that were not too close to the wall. After everyone became comfortable with the diving, we planned a morning dive to the infamous Cayman Wall. I instructed two of my instructor/dive guides on how we would introduce the group to the plunging wall. We anchored the dive boat in 40 feet of water. We gathered the group on the bottom at the anchor and began our swim to the wall. Because of the large coral heads that rose off of the bottom at the edge of the wall, divers were unable to actually see the drop-off. I told the guides to watch me as we led the group and on my signal, pick up speed and swim straight out over the edge into the deep sea. We swam out about 20 feet from the wall and turned to beckon the divers to follow. When the divers ventured over the edge and looked down into the deep trench, they all stopped and began waving their arms backwards to get their balance. They were not falling, but the sensation of falling was overwhelming. I can't recall if anyone was mad at me, but some probably should have been mad. Most of us thought it was funny, but I'm sure a few were not amused. As you descend down the wall of coral, there are countless caves and caverns where the small, brightly colored tropical fish gather. You'll see fish that are red, blue, yellow, brown, orange and purple of every shade that you can imagine. Some are spotted, some are stripped and some are a solid color with a black dot near the tail that looks like an eye. Marine biologists tell us that the tail spots on some of the fish are there to make the predators go for the tail and not the head. It's a defense ploy. Always lurking just off of the coral reef are barracuda and occasionally a shark. I was taking pictures one day when I swam through a large school of small barracuda and was able to take some real close-up photos. I was watching a five or six foot Great Barracuda one day that was just resting about 15 feet above the top of the reef, when all of a sudden he streaked down to the coral and caught a small fish for lunch. I was amazed at how fast he was from a dead stop to lighting speed and then back up to his perch to enjoy his catch. I've seen lots of schools of small squid cruising above the reef. It's an amazing sight to watch them move in tight formation and in unison, like the Blue Angels. Inside and around the large caves and caverns are large grouper. The largest that I ever saw looked like it could have weighed more than 150 pounds and was more than six feet long. However, grouper will get a lot larger than that and they are great to eat. You can also find spiny lobster hiding inside of the caves and caverns. When we were diving on our own, and away from the tourist areas, we caught several lobster for dinner. Another attraction on the island of Grand Cayman is the turtle farm where they raise Green Sea Turtles. The original farm was established in 1968, but went bankrupt in 1975 after the United States placed a ban on all sea turtle imports. We would purchase turtle steaks from the farm and cook them back at the house. The meat is delicious and quite healthy to eat, compared to beef. The people of the Cayman Islands have a history tied to the turtle. In the 1600 and 1700s the Cayman Islands became a provisioning stop for vessels sailing the Caribbean because of an abundance of green sea turtles, which could be caught and kept alive on board as a source of fresh meat. Permanent settlements developed on the Cayman Islands in the seventeenth century and turtling became a means of income as well as providing a local source of food. However, the turtles around the islands were depleted by the early 1800s and the turtling industry focused around the Miskito cays off the coast of Nicaragua. The Cayman turtling fleet continued operating at a sustained level until the early 1900s. By this time turtle populations were dwindling and, in subsequent years, national and international regulations and alternative sources of income reduced the turtling industry to a negligible level. The appearance of the turtle on the Cayman Islands' flag, seal and currency reflects the close association the people have to the turtle. Diving the Cayman Islands is a real treat. It's an absolute "World Class" diving destination. For beginners, there are some very gentle areas along the seven-mile beach and Georgetown. For the more experienced, there are countless dive sights on the southeast side, the east end and the north side as well. I have some other favorites that I'll share later. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) I had my hip replaced in '02 and my sister Cecilia ('65) had hers done about two years ago. Mom apologized profusely for passing us the arthritis genes - she's had one hip, one knee and one shoulder replaced, and should have the other shoulder done, but she is not a candidate for major, non-emergency surgery any more. My stitches were pulled in the third or fourth week and I was back at work on crutches after 4 weeks (down to one crutch in a couple of days, a cane by the end of the week, and no aids in mid-second week). Homebound therapy visits couldn't incorporate anything new after about 2.5 weeks, then outpatient therapy lasted about 3 months after I was back at work. Cecilia was in better shape to start with, being on her feet all the time as a nurse while I have a desk job - she was back at work in three weeks, without crutches or cane. Bear in mind, everybody's situation and needs are different. Now let's talk about FULL recovery. I thought I was there in six months, but continued to regain strength, flexibility and endurance for several years; I really didn't realize how much I had let myself deteriorate before the replacement - I barely passed the last US Naval Reserve fitness test I took about 9 months before the surgery. At the one-year visit with the surgeon, he said I was fully HEALED, and the only restrictions were no sky- diving/no skiing (I have never stepped out of a perfectly good airborne plane, and I haven't skied since I got married at 32 as it was too expensive then with instant-family from my wife, and she never got ambitious about trying it when we could afford it). Of course, those were just classes of activity to avoid - the first thing that will wear out in my case is the Teflon lining between the ball and socket after about 20 years, but running and other high-impact activities would wear it out faster. Serious shocks capable of stressing or breaking bones might damage the prosthesis or tear the bones that hold it in place. Oh, and there are two types of prosthesis: At your age, unless you have issues with generating new bone tissue, they'll probably use the porous- surface kind into which your bones grow and integrate with the prosthesis - very secure. If not, then they use a non-porous surface on the prosthesis and apply a cement to hold it in place. With the porous kind you have to be more careful for the first few weeks while the bone grows into it so that it doesn't dislodge. Though age 58 is young for hip replacement, my surgeon was pleased that I agreed to schedule the surgery six months out, when I was just starting to use a cane occasionally. By the time of the surgery, I was using the cane all the time. He explained that if I had waited until it was unbearable, his job would have been more difficult, the prosthesis would have been larger, and the recovery would have taken longer and been less complete. I've heard that there are innovations in the field since then, using a ceramic coating on the prosthesis and therefore not needing the Teflon lining. They don't actually know how long the ceramic would last, certainly much longer than the Teflon, but there have been some issues with that technology and I haven't kept up with the status for a while. Also, there has been an approach to osteo-arthritic deterioration of the knees that involves inserting new cartilage into the joint, but I haven't heard that any progress in that direction has been made for hips. Good, luck and keep yourself in as good physical condition as possible in order to speed the recovery and make it more complete. Regards, ecb3 - from seasonably pleasant central Virginia after a week in Florida where it was TOO HOT AND HUMID, as usual, though not as bad as the previous two years when we went three weeks later (didn't get to see the Endeavor shuttle launch for which we had tickets with our grandson, because of the valve problems and indefinite postponement). -Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: Warren or Norton You would win hands down. The photo in question was more likely as you say. I was only going by how much it did look like early photos of Leo Warren.(and the rail car in the background) Since you also knew most of those in the photo, I'm sure you would be correct about it being Norton. Don Sorenson (NAB), you may officially add the correct names per Betty to that photo. -Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Help... Marcella Chapman, Kennewick... Did she later marry Harold Surplus ('64-RIP)? Homecoming royalty candidates at Columbia Basin College were announced when this photo was published on Nov. 4, 1965. They are, from left, first row, Sandy Olson, Wanda Hare, Julie O'Connar, Susie Brickey and Christine Booth. Second row, Kathy Tessitore, Janie O'Neal, Judy LeMieux, Petra Coers, Jeanne Cox, Rita McClendon, Charlene Ramsay, Jill Lange and Mary Beth Meyer. Third row, Dinaa Flanagan, Elaine Menard, Alexandra Manolopoulos, Bev Schloss, Gay Edwards, Kathy Kilbury, Susan Vandenberg and Janet Booher. The winter formal royalty at Columbia Basin College in Pasco were, from left, Chuck Miles and Paula Jill Lyons; Jeff Boston, king, and Jill Lange, queen; Alexandra Manolopoulos and Larry Williamson in this photo published on Feb. 21, 1965 -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The boyyyyyyyyyyz are back in town It's finally here!!!!!!!!!!!! The '65er weekend... gaaaaaawd how I wait for this every year... It's like I mentioned about the Rat Fink Reunion in Manti a few weeks back when I said the little (and big) kids count the days from the moment they leave until the next one... I see Simpson ('65) has been sending in notices for gatherings clear up to 2020, I think... well there is no reason not to mark our get together (formerly known as the Sorry 7... but now I don't use the name because feelings got a little bruised since there were only 7 of us in the photo... It was the usual suspects but I shore never meant for people to think there were only 7 of us)... I read Roe's ('64) comments on their reunion and was VERY glad to see Denler's ('64) name... several years ago his address went south and nobody seemed to have a new one for him... I miss talking to the boy so if anybody has a good one, please lemme know (unless of course he told you that whatever you do Don't give Rivers my address)... I know I must sound a little giddy... I'm at the office waiting for that good ol non-stop flight time to arrive... too bad it leaves so late but it is much better than sitting in Seattle, Portland or Salt Lake half the day only to get here a couple of hours earlier... and Yes, Ellen ('63) I am at the office and I do have work to do... but hey... I'm a little excited ya know! Heidlebaugh ('65) won't be at the gig... he has to go to Montana or someplace... Davis ('65) said yesterday he can't be there either... but he and I are going to Buffalo next month I think for a reunion of the Company or Platoon or what ever he and his troop played in "Tour of Duty"... at least he got us first class tickets this time... tho I may have to ask for my own room when I get there (not real big on sharing rooms)... I know I need to get busy but I am just so excited sitting here in my jeans, Rat Fink Shirt and my Bomber colored Chuck Taylor's (they actually say "Bombers" on the back... my baby girl had them made for me for a birthday)... I'm bearing gifts too... I gotta copy of the Mag Jimmy's car was in on the front cover that says: "Spudnut Racing" autographed by the boy hisself and his leather "Spudnut Racing" Jacket to give to Val... gotta have the mag framed tho when I get there... OK... I'm gonna do some work now and try and calm down a little before I leave... I was reminded when I walked in to the office this morning that it is inappropriate for me to wear my gun on the plane... .Geeeeeeeeeez I'm dumb but... .. ... Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I love being a Bomber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Richard Anderson ('60) What are they doing to Our Col-Hi/Richland High?? The City Powers to be or whom ever it might be are turning our beloved school into a prison! This can't be!!! How did the people of Richland let this one go by? Mac Hall is Mac Hall not Building 3000, that sounds like a New York school! And calling Art Dawald Gym building 5000, is an insult to his name and what he stood for. I for one am very upset and disappointed in the powers to be in Richland. I know... I know... we must move on and forget our beloved past... but this is just too much! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Hip replacement To: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) When they say six to eight weeks recovery they must mean untill you can walk somewhat ok without a crutch or cane. I am at ten weeks after my left hip replacement and I am only now being able to walk without a cane. And that's only for a day then I need the cane again for a day or two. My hip joint feels great however I'm having some problem with the area of the surgery. Good luck to you on this. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/27/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54) Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruthann Hutchins ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brain Thompson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Anniversary Today (Saturday, June 27) Karyl and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Family and friends will gather at the First Christian Church in Silverton, OR, at 1PM (PDT). There will be a "historical" presentation along with a musical program. There will also be snacks and a wedding cake (seems we never had one back in the day). Maybe some of you will be there. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from warm and sunny Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Buildings 3000 and 5000 To: All Concerned I talked with Jean Lane yesterday about the 3000 and 5000 buildings and was told that she had no idea that the buildings were named, but that in a few minutes she was to have a meeting with Mark Panther (I believe) head of maintenance in the district and that she would surly bring that point up. I also asked on a further note about the Bomb being reinstalled in the gym foyer encased in Plexiglas with two words on the top of the case, one being Education and below that the word Think. She did say that would be a board decision and that she didn't want to divide the district over this issue. Hope that helps. She also told me that she would get back to me on the two building issues. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/28/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ann Clatworthy ('54), Paul Webster ('56) Mary Judd ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette Duncan ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vickie Bigelow ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Col-Hi/Buildings 3000 and 5000 To: Roy Ballard ('63) Thanks for reminding folks in Richland that Col-Hi has a wonderful history... without that history we could be speaking some other language today, without provision for ESL classes. Our enemy, as in history past, reveals that the enemy is us! We have little regard for the past today... with the exception of some "pop" stars. Thanks again, -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Webster ('56) Re: Jim Badger ('56-RIP) Birthday Remembrance. Jimmy my boy... Happy Birthday (June 27). In death you have joined the majority but your legacy will be forever safe in the memories of those who knew you. -Paul Webster ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Cool Desert Nights Just got home from the "Cool Desert Nights" car show in Richland. There were 735 entries. Beautiful cars. Really great weather for the show, high 80s, sunny, with a slight breeze. Had lunch at the Spudnut Shop and saw the framed, autographed copy of the magazine cover that David Rivers ('65) brought all the way from Las Vegas. It is displayed prominently on the wall, right in the middle of the shop. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Sherry Nugent Dupuy ('62) ~ 1944 - 6/14/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/29/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Don Sorensen sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: "Pappy" Swan ('59) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph Myrick ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hunt ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: We need some more help on this 50th reunion thing (we're gettin' up there in years ... ya know)! Hi again Bombers! We of the Class of 1959 50th Reunion Committee sent out registration packets to our fellow classmates. Whoa Dudes and Dudesses! We got 13 of them back from our assumed-to-be, most efficient US Postal Service. Due to Burt Pierard's ('59) near "Pink Panther" level skills, at super sleuthing, we think that he may have already reduced that list to eleven. But, to hedge our bet, we are putting out that whole list 13 classmates [14 if you count two Pooles] for whom we now need current mailing and/or email addresses, because apparently the previous ones did not result in a delivery. Therefore, if any of you or someone that you know, may have contact information for the following members of the Class of 1959, please contact me or ask them to do so. Listed by last name, MAIDEN NAME, and first name: Burnham PIPREW Karen DAHL John Deborde ANDERSON Georgette DUDNEY Ken Durham FEHRENBACKER Frances KENNEDY John MOORMAN Jerry POOLE John Poole MEYER Edith ROBERTS Chet Rogers DOWDA Lynne Still DWYER Carmen Venger HEATH Sue Ward RAY Kaye L. And, once again, Doris TAYLOR (with possibly a married name of Anderson) is still on our "missing and unable to locate or learn anything about list." Thank you, thank you very much, Uh Huh! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where now, I'm often walkin' in the sunshine, singin' a little sunshine song, tu tu tu ta tu tu tu... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 8 To: Andy Perdue (NAB) Photographs of PFP or 235, its original name, are numerous. Both construction and operations pictures exist so DOE's and AEC photographers had and currently have access. Due to its former operations and current inventory this lends to its current restrictive entry rules. A recent TCH article talks about the removal of several glove boxes, truth be told it was mostly open faced hoods removed from the laboratory. A lot of work sure and an accomplishment but no comparison to removal of actual glove boxes. There is a publicly released document about PFP filled with pictures available for the asking. Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kevin Anderson ('87) ~ 4/30/68 - 6/9/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/30/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: "Em" DeVine ('52), Mike Clowes ('54) Gary Behymer ('64), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Wiley ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: KC Hammill ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Ray ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Killand ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Eckert ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Re: school building names It might help to search the reasons for this change (I hadn't noticed it when I've been there, but I always drive into the gym parking.) After we get the facts, maybe we should all email or snail mail the School Administration or City---whomever it is that made the change. Are other cities adopting this system of de-humanizing their institutions? Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) photo contributions #332 Those young ladies look familiar but I am totally lost for names. I know that when someone else sends them in, I'll say to myself, "oh, that's right!" Re: Picture #336 Rex Davis ('49) (one of the most handsome of the handsome Bomber guys) is the instructor working with this group of kids. Re: Picture #337 Interesting to note footwear... from bare feet to cowboy boots! -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ in sunny, beautiful Richland. Getting the motor home packed up to drive to Alaska. My brother, Terry ('52), and I (and my 2 dogs) will leave Wednesday if all is ready. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: 50th Anniversary Just a note to bring you all up-to-date on the proceedings. I would guesstimate that about 35 to 40 people showed up at various times. And, I am happy to report that three (count 'em 3) Bombers were in attendance for part of the afternoon. They were fellow classmates Jim and Jeanette Duncan Mefford. The other was Linda McKnight Hoban ('65). Thank you for coming. It was too bad that they couldn't stay for the complete program, as other obligations dictated they be elsewhere. They missed an interesting "family history" as done by my oldest son, and a slice of the "wedding cake". No, we did not save a slice for the freezer. Somehow I don't think it would keep well enough for the 100th. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from warm Mount Angel, OR counting down the days to '54's 55th reunion. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) JOHNSON, Whitman County -- For a few hours every Fourth of July, this forgotten little farming town of 67 people in the southeast corner of the state puts itself on the map with a vengeance. More... Johnson Parade Photos P.S. Mary McGuire Druffel's ('65) family I believe started this parade a number of years ago. IF you do go... plan to be there an hour or more ahead of the start time. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: PFP Info tO: Don Sorenson (nab) Thanks again for all the great photos. You mentioned in the 6/29 Sandstorm that there is stuff available for the asking regarding PFP. Could you direct us as to how to get to that stuff? Who to ask? Those of us Bombers not living in the Tri-Cities don't get the info from the Tri-City Herald, and local TV there. So maybe you could fill us in. I, for one, certainly would be interested! Thanks -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68), City Mouse and Country Mouse Living in Nampa, ID (96 predicted today - 6/30) - but really looking forward to being back at Haven Farm 7/2 thru 7/5. You can take the girl off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of her heart (to paraphrase)! Sort of like "once a Bomber, always a Bomber". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [WHAT does PFP mean? -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` May, 2009 ~ July, 2009