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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/01/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Marla Jo Lowman ('55) Gus Keeney ('57), Derrith Persons ('60) Mike Rice ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Tom Hemphill ('62) David Rivers ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54's 55 Year Class Reunion Another reminder to our classmates from 1954, please send me a short run down of what you have been up to the last 5 years, since you last wrote in the 50th class reunion booklet. If you hadn't been in touch with us for a long time, that is okay too. Just send me your story!! As you know, we will be having our 55 Year Class Reunion at the Richland Community Center on Saturday, September 12th from 2pm to 4pm. Come have a good time with all of us. I have started receiving updates from classmates and want to make this mini booklet a success, so please get writing! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it is summer now! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Area Pictures - June 22, 2009 -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: My Surprise Birthday Party I want to thank all Bombers and friends who showed up this last Saturday at my place in West Richland for my "Two Week Late" Surprise Party!!!!! Anyway, it made My 70th way more special. Maybe some of you who were there will share a photo or two with us in the Sandstorm. It was a great time and sisters Missy ('59) and Patricia ('63) sure got me on this one!!!! Brother Jack ('65) kept me busy at the car show and got me back just in time!!!! I think he just wanted to drive my "Hot Rod Lincoln"!! Here is a shot Marilyn DeVine ('52) took of the "Four Keeney Kids" at my Birthday Party. Jack on the Banjo and the rest of us trying to keep up... -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Its that time again!! with a change of pace... or should I say lets spice it up?? Class of '60 - Family and Friends.. Saturday, July 4th, 11:30 am 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin Come on... let's talk! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Rice ('60) Re: Clif Bowers ('61-RIP) Donna Bowers Rice's ('63) brother Clif passed on Monday night in Auburn, WA. He will be missed by family and friends. -Mike Rice ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2009 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) A bumper crop of cherries this year. I had to put up a decoy owl to save the crop and scare off a host of cherry eatin' varmits. They are on the verge of very ripe. Eat your heart out Mike Brady ('61). All organic, no spray, no fertilizers, no worms so far. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ from sunny near Lacey in need of a ladder **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) photo contributions - #331 The man on the phone is George Holladay, my uncle. He is the father of Jim Holladay (NAB) who many Bombers do know. Uncle George was a unique man and lots of fun. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday and stuff OK... we gotta birthday boy from the class of '59 and I don't wanna overshadow his birthday with my excitement over a past event but I just gotta tell ya that this year's '65er gathering has gottabe the best ever... yeah I know I say that every year but this one had a special quality... similar to our 25th reunion... I don't know what year it was for other classes, but our 25th was as if we had been transported beyond time and space (no, not to the Twilight Zone)... all the kids had dropped their facades and all egos were left at the door... it was wonderful.. like being in 2nd grade again... just a buncha kids being friends... Well that's what this year's get together felt like as well... not that we have brought baggage to the gatherings in the past... I should probably not even try to explain it... and it was packed with activities... I mean packed... Because the non-stop flight is an hour later now, I didn't get to the DQ till about 8 PM... because it was so late I didn't want to stop at the hotel first and was worried I'd lose my room... not to worry... my good Bud, Kenny Dame ('68) had checked me in on HIS credit card... (for those who wanna know the number and get good stuff or charge a room and a card to it... just email me)... korse I was a good boy and had the charges put on my card... when I arrived at the DQ, Doc 40 ('65-'67) was holding court in his usual spot only this time after years in semi-retirement he had his '40 Ford Coupe with him... Steven ('08) had his Camero and of course Mama ('69) was with them... met and greeted all the boyz and girlz I could find and somehow didn't get to bed till around 12:30! Friday morning started abruptly with a call from Simpson ('65) inquiring why I wasn't at the Spudnut Shop yet... He said he had to leave right away so I needed to get my fanny in gear (turns out right away meant he hadda be somewhere at noon)... met Lyman ('65), Steve and Cecilia ('65) at the Spudnut but didn't see Duane Shults ('70) in his usual seat in the corner... in fact seemed to have missed most of the people I usually see (duh just realized it was Friday... some people gotta W O R K, as Maynard would say)... Gave Val ('72) a picture of Heidlebaugh ('65) on a magazine cover in his "Spudnut Racer" and a leather jacket with "Spudnut Racing" on the back... all nicely decorated by Jimmy hisself... the rest of the day was running around getting Cecilia's house ready (well not the house... the stuff needed for the party) for the Party and "Watch the parade from a tent on GWWay"... the party was a ball and then another late nighty night... had a great crowd... the Keeney boyz ('57 and '65) showed up along with John Foster ('65) in his Model A pickup... Kenny Dame and his lady... Connie ('65) and Ray, naturally the usual suspects, Brian ('65), Bobby Cummings ('65), Evon Bailey ('65), Gross ('65), Steve and Ruth, Beaver ('65) and Jane, Warford ('65), Lyman, and alla rest had a blast... Saturday was a day I was sure I was gonna get a nice long nap... Wrong! Up again with a call from Beej, headed for the Spudnut Shop only to see the Boyz already walking to the Pancake breakfast... didn't see Miss Roe ('64) serving them up but they were still very tasty... met and talked to every Bomber I could think of but somehow managed to miss Jack Gardiner ('61) who spent the day over by the store fronts... probably under a nice umbrella... at noon we did the 3rd annual '65er cruise from Anthony's to the school then to Zip's... Beej gave us a wonderful tour of the school and explained the fire department's need to identify wings and the assignment of numbers... It was NOT his idea... Warford and I reenacted our last day at Col-Hi, sitting on the curb in front of Mac Hall (building 3000) with our faces in our hands muttering "we blew it... we blew it"... had our pictures taken in front of a "Days Pay" and the Big Bomber sign on the Gym... the Zip's tarter sauce and fries were great... called Maddy ('67) to give him grief for not being there... then off to Gus Keeney's birthday party where all the Keeney kids were present ('57, '59, '63 and '65)... tons of folks turned out, songs were sung and laughs were had... it was just great... saw Duane Shults... finally over at the Hotel where he was kind enough to present me with a memento from Chief Jo... A letterman's sweater from the 9th grade class of '67 (his 9th grade year at Chief Jo) for the Richland Museum located in my office here in Vegas! Next stop was at Larry's for the Saturday party... it was a catered affair and all the best celebrities were there... Cliff Nelson ('65) Steve Haggard ('65) were in attendance as were most of the attendees of Friday nite's party... What a great evening... Sunday was Beej's Place for Blueberry Pancakes and the best bacon you've ever had since you were about 12 (Warford did a good job on the bacon)... Brian showed us the '39 Ford he is ready to begin and several of us Posed with the "Art Dewald" gym sign so we could get it on Craig's List... no wrong... so it could go back up on the Gym... just forget that Craig's list slip... I'm sorry Beaver... I'll still split the money with ya but you gotta take the fall... this ain't gonna be no Bernie Madoff deal... no one big fish and 10 small fry... you're goin' down all by yer lonesome... It was a wonderful day rounded out with dinner with the Adairs and Cecilia before the flight to Vegas... I know it sounds pretty exhausting... Mary Lou ('63) and Ellen ('63) weren't there but we managed to keep our heads above water... So now back to the really 'portant stuff of the day... we got a birthday and a great guy and Marine getting one year more under his belt... Please join me in wishing George "Pappy" Swan (how can he be called Pappy? He's the same age as Missy and Uncle Burt??????) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) I was hoping to get a little blurb written about my trip with hubby down to Silverton, Oregon for Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) & Karyl's 50th anniversary last Saturday, but Bob beat me to it. It was a wonderful occasion, with great food, and very sweet people to meet and hang out with. We sat with Jim and Jeannette Duncan Mefford ('54), and as always it is a small world. Jeannette's parents moved in across the street from our family on the corners of Wright and Torbett (2013 and we were 2014). In fact, when I was being investigated to get my security clearance to work out in the area (years later), Jeannette's mom and dad told the FBI (you know the guys in the suits with the badges) that I was a really nice little girl!! (I got to share that with Jeannette, as was told to me by my folks). We had a great time and wished we could have stayed longer. I have pictures of the event that I promise to get sent in just as soon as I can. Bombers forever, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 8 To Maren, PFP stands for Plutonium Finishing Plant. Or as I like to call it Plutonium Finished Plant. Like I had mentioned folks who ran the plant in the '40s, '50s, '60s and part of the '70s called it Two Thirty Four Five. It has other names like, The Silver Palace, Dash 5 and currently PFP. G E liked to give processes in buildings a name one was Weapons Manufacturing Operations or WMO for short. There is a more obscure name I just can't think of right now but it will come to me. Oh now I have it Finished Products Operations or FPO. That might have been the first process name. In 1949 it really was one of the more unique facilities specifically built to protect the workers from plutonium exposure during routine operations. Many lessons learned from Los Alamos's early Pu workers incorporated into it's design. Lots to that story let me tell you. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/02/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Missy Keeney ('59) Roger Gress ('61), Betsy Fox ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jamie Worley ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Mr. Don (NAB)0000 Sorensen Don't know who he is, but the caption for photo 343 might be: "I don't know how she does it, but my secretary always gets the paper in straight." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from warm Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Ages!! To: David Rivers ('65) I beg your pardon!!! I am WAY younger than Pappy or Uncle Burt! I sneaked in to the class of '59 on a technicality. It was really great to see David and all the other Bombers and assorted folks this past week-end. One thing about David Rivers . . . he makes everything more fun!! -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger Gress ('61) I was wondering if anyone knew when the Richland Village section of town was built? -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Re: Don Sorensen's pictures #344 The lady on the left - with the hat - is Alice Fuqua. She was married to Dr. Phil Fuqua who was the head Doc out at the area in the early years - and then later, as well. Alice was a lab tech at Kadlec. Their kids were Don and Aynn Fuqua. -Betsy Fox Vance ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh Lord it's easy to be humble When yer imperfect in every way... And my hands can't feel to grip... my toes too numb to step... waiting only for my boot heels to be wanderin'... yup...contrary to what my wayward mind tells me I am constantly making mistakes... forgot my secretary' birthday yesterday, forgot Richard Anderson's ('60) birthday yesterday, too... Richard is one of those guys who gives green and gold blood and the blood bank so he should be hard to forget... and yes... he was on my cheat sheet when I checked this morning... but not on the yellow sticky... duh... As alluded to in the first lines of this post, I know full well that I can't grip a cup of coffee except by the handle but still try and spill stuff all over... my right leg has a mind of its own and I should use a cane but I refuse to do so... the result, as embarrassing as it can be, is that I stumble and even fall fairly often so I guess ya'd say I'm just barely teachable... but I try... today in the elevator at Court I was convinced we were on the 5th floor when we had reached the lobby... a lawyer buddy, Butch Williams, (my Mother and Dad's favorite paper boy years ago and from one of the best plumbing families around Vegas... might even rival the Keeney Clan's Dad tho he was "the best pipe fitter in this whole town", as my Dad used to say) announced to the entire crowd that he would see to it that Mr. Rivers got back to his office safely... and on and on... When I did my post on the CDNs trip I even forgot to mention that we were able to coax Ms. Parker ('65) to come out Friday nite and watch the parade with us... and to make matters MUCH worse, I even forgot to mention that Jimmie Adair's ('65-'67) blue '40 Ford Coupe won it's class at the Cool Desert Nights Car Show!!!! I even had to resend this post to mention it today! I am coherent enough to send my condolences to Donna ('63), Dale ('65) and the rest of the Bowers family for Clif's ('61 RIP) passing. But it is a new hour (already screwed up enough that I can't say it's a new day)... and another birthday has rolled around... one of those wonderful Bomber-babes from the class of '64 is celebrating the passing of another year with grace and style (not like that Murphy/Mouton duo... disgusting... mostly because I wasn't there to enjoy it!)... Now that I've admitted some of more glaring character defects I hope you will forgive me long enough to wish the lovely Jamie Worley ('64) a HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, Jamie... I'm still waiting for the bomb... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/03/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Kay Mitchell ('52), Derrith Persons ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Ann McCue ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Robert Shipp ('64) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlie Gant ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: New Mexico Trip I love New Mexico!! Vera Rodda Simonton ('52wb) and I had an awesome time exploring Taos and Santa Fe, taking in all the art, the turquoise and the extrodinary food. The highlight of the trip was meeting fellow Bombers Donna McGregor Salazar ('57), Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) and Bill Wingfield ('67). Lunch in Los Alamos with them was a blast and it seemed we had known each other forever instead of just a couple hours. The Bomber bond is strong! Cindy met us in Sante Fe prior to us driving up to Los Alamos and graciously toured us around town, showing us where all the special places were. When we returned there on Saturday we were on our own, but thanks to her good directions, we were able to see all the tourist attractions on our list. Our 75th birthday celebration was all that we had dreamed of - we are already beginning to plan what we will do for birthday #80. Thanks again to all the Bombers who responded to my plea of where to go and what to do. -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Class of '60 lunch... Location Correction It's come to my attention that 3 Margaritas is going to be closed... so we will be at WHERE: Sterling's, 890 GWWay WHEN: Saturday, July 4th! TIME: 11:30 am If you're in town or from out of town, come on, we'll have a good time!! Have a safe and happy 4th!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Tom Verellen and his cherries Hey Tom, I spent the last few days over in Leavenworth (not the prison) playing. Once I got home, I read your Sandstorm entry about your bumper crop of cherries. I'm going to sneak over to your house tonight and eat them. If you hear strange noises in your tree, please don't shoot. I can see the headlines now. "Old gray haired guy shot out of a tree while stealing cherries." Back to Leavenworth... what a great place to kick back and enjoy yourself. We haven't been there for 20+ years so we forgot what we were missing. Our highlights included a couple rounds of golf on a fantastic golf course and an afternoon of white water rafting. My wife and I played on a "championship" 18 hole putting green in the evenings and spent the rest of the time reading and checking out the shops and restaurants. On another subject, I am about a third way through John Adams by David McCollough. Coincidentally, with the 4th of July almost upon us, I have gained a renewed appreciation for the sacrifices of our forefathers and mothers. I plan on celebrating the 4th just a little bit more this year! Happy 4th to all of you. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann McCue Hewett ('63) Re: Don Sorenson's NAB Picture #336 Good morning!! Ah, Rex Davis ('49) is the adult in picture #336 of the Don Sorensen series. Love the nifty tennies - right in style again!! (Hi, Coach!!) -Ann McCue Hewett ('63) ~ Abilene, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Nice story on Robert Anicetti (RIP) father to John, aka Jack Anicetti ('64) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp ('64) Re: Richland Village To: Roger Gress ('61) I don't know the exact year the Village houses were built, but it was while I attended Jefferson between 1953 and 1958. My best guess is that it was around '55 or '56. -Robert Shipp ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 8 -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/04/09 ~ HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Evelyn ('49), Curt Donahue ('53) Mike Clowes ('54), Marlene Richter ('55) Gus Keeney ('57), Tom Verellen ('60) Tom Hemphill ('62), Donna Bowers ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Connie McCullugh ('74) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Penny Mitchell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gale Waldkoetter ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Rice ('75) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron Stephens ('56) and Jinnie Eckert ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) picture #347 That's my Dad, James Edwin Kingsley... known as Jim or Ed depending on where you met him. This picture must have been taken in late '50s or early '60s. I think he retired in 1966. We moved to Richland in 1944 with DuPont as the employer. -Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Picture #349 The man singing in #349 is Harley Stell who was the vocal music director at Col-Hi in the 1950s. The accompanist may be Shirley Frye ('53). That may be Harley Stell with the sextet in picture #348. I'm not sure on that one. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Picture #348 Back Row (left to right): Rosie O'Neil ('52), Gordon Papas (Band Teacher) Front row (left to right): Velma McCord ('54), _______, Joy Simpson ('54), Anita Rodriguez ('54), Evelyn Schmitt ('54) Re: Photo 349 Harley Stell (Music Teacher), don't know who the accompanist is. No captions this time. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Richter Frank ('55) To: Roger Gress ('61) Re: Richland Village Houses I believe at least some of the houses were built in 1953. My family and I moved here in January 1954 and they were brand new then and quite a few were not occupied. It was a long cold walk to Columbia High School from Catskill where I lived. We finally got bus service in March. -Marlene Richter Frank ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Picture #349 Looks like Harley Stell. Had to be before 1955, because I don't recognize the accompanist. Great tenor voice, and was very patient to have put up with my antics for three years!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From Sunny and "Warm" West Richland where it might break 100 within the next day or so!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Do cherries taste better in the dark? You should be warned that I have some new guard dogs. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ From a little to sunny near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Scuba Diving Adventures I'm having fun going back in my memory about some of my diving experiences. I've also dived into a few big boxes of photos that I've taken over the years. Most of the photos that I took were slides. For several years I focused on creating slide shows using two projectors with a lap dissolve system and synchronized with music. It was a lot of fun and the people who were featured really enjoyed the shows. These shows comprised of 160 slides and took about 20 minutes to present. So, I've decided to share a few photos with my Bomber Family. Hope you enjoy the pictures. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Re: Clif Bowers ('61-RIP) Maren: Could you please place this in the Alumni Sandstorm Obituaries for me. Clif passed as I was coming home from Seattle on Monday night... he had been in a coma for 2 days. When I got there I had thought that I would have some time to talk, but he barely talked to me. But I had had several weeks with him helping him through chemo in San Francisco and moving him from San Francisco to Seattle, to be near family at the last, so I had good "time" then. But you are never ready to turn loose of your brother EVER, so I am deeply sad and I will miss his quiet goodness forever. Love, -Donna Bowers Rice ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Maren, I sent an entry to the Sandstorm and it was returned, saying it was rejected for security reasons??? so, am sending it to you and hopefully, you can put it in the Sandstorm for me. so weird--never had that happen, before. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ to:Don Sorenson(NAB) re:Who Are They in picture #351, the guy standing at the back of the room, by the calendar, in overalls, is my great-uncle, Carl(Barnum) Larsen. thanks, Don, for sending these pictures and getting our "memory cells" working. *grin* Happy 4th to all. we will be in Corona at a friend's annual 4th of July BBQ--no fireworks allowed in Orange County, so we will just eat, drink, and be merry. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....triple digits have returned to Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie McCullugh Brown ('74) Looking for Don Bigelow ('74). Thought I saw something from a sister the other day. Anyone know where to reach Don? -Connie McCullugh Brown ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 8 And lastly THANK YOU to all our veterans and those who have kept our country GREAT. -Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Clif Bowers ('61) ~ 10/2/42 - 6/29/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/05/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Bill Dunton (BB) sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Tony Duran ('55) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Tony Sharpe ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Bill Dunton (BB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Panther ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Tampien ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Since I'm sending this on the 4th of July, I am hoping that everyone had a great celebration yesterday, and no mishaps. I spent the day with my awesome, very large, family. However, I got tired and left the festivities before fireworks started. (it doesn't matter if I'm typing this early, I already know that I'll be leaving early). With all the talk about Pappy's new dogs, I just wanted to say, I have a kitty. Tiger is the first animal I've had since falling and having serious damage on my back in 2003. I'm having a great time with him. He is a lover and cuddles with me whenever I sit down. Only problem is that he gets into places that he shouldn't. Like a place in my kitchen where there are telephone wires, television wires, and wires to a program that sends an SOS for me if I should fall and can't get up, or any other major problem. As you can imagine all these wires are an attraction for a curious kitty. Now I have to find a way to block him from there, so he won't electrocute himself while I'm out. I really started this to thank Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), for identifying Don Sorensen's (NAB) Picture #348: That picture has been shown before. In fact I printed it because I knew Gordon Papas, and was sure I knew 4 of the girls. However, my 72 year old brain couldn't bring up the names. I tried going through class pictures on the web site, and still no luck. Again, thank you Bob. I'm not so dumb; at least I knew that I knew them!! -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB) Picture #356 The gentleman seated on the right in picture #356 is my dear old dad Joe Duran (RIP). He started out working as a security guard in '43 or '44 then with some schooling became an operator. I guess that was what they called them. He didn't talk much about his work. He always considered it very hush hush. Government work you know!! He, Frank Haggard, Bill Large and a couple of other folks that I can't remember offhand used to play, in a dance band, for parties around the Tri-City area. I suppose that was the trigger that got me interested in music. I think we had a pretty decent Col-Hi dance band back in the mid fifties. We did play a lot of gigs. Many of the band members are now deceased. But we sure enjoyed playing. Playing at the Grand Opening of the Uptown Theater was a big thing then. -Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Diving Experiences and Training Tom, my fellow underwater experience appreciatory, I will eventually get to the task of writing up and submitting some of my diving experiences to share with you and our fellow Bombers. Currently, I am pretty busy with taking care of the family business of medical issues for my mother and my wife, Jeanne. In the meantime, dive buddy, you and a couple of other Bombers are doing a wonderful job of entertaining and informing Sandstorm readers of the fascinating wonders of the underwater world. I can assure you and the rest of the Bombers that your travel diving, dive training experiences, and underwater photography are far more interesting than my research and working dive log entries. Probably my greatest feat was that I stayed safe and avoided being run down by boats, tangled up in discarded fishing line, or being sucked into water intakes at dams and pump intakes in the Snake and Columbia River System, etc. Although, I certainly can offer a few "sea stories" about diving/snorkeling with Alaska Fur Seals, stellar Sea Lions, rather big octopuses, Wolf Eels, and Ling Cod as big as me, fishing with rod and reel underwater for a very different "Isaac Walton-type experience, etc. But, more on those tales ... later. I have not participated in any diving for some time now, although I am entertaining the idea of eventually becoming a low key underwater prospector, if and when I can find the time, while still "young and spry enough" to "just do it!" I am afraid that diving has sort of gone the way of my flying, skiing, mountain climbing, and other (more than simple and straight forward outdoor endeavors), not so much because I got old ...I just got too damn occupied with other things and responsibilities! However, being a Tom Hemphill-trained and certified underwater instructor, I am still keeping my feet wet by currently conducting introductory level, water certification training. Please see accompanying photos. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is HOT, but the water in the training pool is cold enough to seriously shrink strategic parts of a water instructor's anatomy, and the water in the puddle is warm but just too shallow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Clif Bowers ('61-RIP) I am saddened to hear of the death of Clif. I remember Clif as a wonderful person who was liked by all. He made a significant impact on my life. Clif was a very talented artist. Clif's death is another reminder that life is short, and we need to live life to it's fullest. My condolences to Clif's family and friends. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Sharpe ('63) Re: Richland Village To: Roger Gress ('61) I can confirm that the Richland Village was probably completed by the Spring of 1955. My family moved from a home on "C" Street in North Richland to 512 McMurray in the late spring of 1955, and I continued to go to John Ball until the end of the school year. North Richland became an Army Base instead of a construction camp. -Tony Sharpe ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Class of '64's 45 year reunion I attended our 45th reunion last month, and it was very nice. Of course, it would have been even better if our Sandstorm Queen had been there! I bought Bill Scott's ('64) book, "Angel of the Gold Rush", which is the first of a trilogy. I am about a third of the way into it and enjoying it very much. I'm sure I will be online looking for the next two as well. Way to go, Bill! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ in Burbank, WA, where it is HOT!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (BB) Re: Lynn Dunton (former Richland school teacher - RIP) This is to announce that we are joyfully celebrating Lynn Dunton's life on Saturday July 11, 2009 in the Assistance League of Fullerton Hall located at 233 West Amerige Avenue in Fullerton, CA from 11am until 2pm. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= It would be our pleasure for you to join us in commemorating this remarkable woman, as well as all of the many and varied contributions she has made to our lives. Please help us contact everyone by freely sharing this information. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to either the Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired, the Lynn Dunton Memorial Scholarship at La Habra High School, or your favorite charity in her name. -Bill Dunton (BB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/06/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Bonnie Allen ('59) Jack Gardiner ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Lyndy Wheeler ('62), Betti Avant ('69) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Barger ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Sad messages From Club 40 Treasurer, Ann Thompson As people are sending in their dues and reservations for Club Forty Annual meeting in September, they are also sending information about their relatives that have passed away. The news this week: Class of 1947 - Virginia "Maitland" McCULLOUGH Lee is deceased James H. Lee did not give me date. Class of 1952 Paula RICHARDS Smith passed away last year according to her brother Bob RICHARDS ('47) who has just moved back to the Richland area. Re: On Another note What happened to Pappy's beard? And those dogs are smarter than you give them credit for!!!! They are hunting dogs, not waders!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: Richland Village I think it was the fall of 1953 that we moved to Richland. We lived in the Richland Village and it couldn't have been very old--nothing was landscaped and if we came up from the back of the houses we had to count from the end to figure out which was ours. The back of the houses were all the same and there was nothing but sand and sagebrush out there. This would have been about the time George's elves tied him up and brought him to my house for a party. We lived at 510 McMurray--Tony Sharpe ('63), you lived next door? -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Sorensen's Pictures Very few of the Don Sorensen's pictures, do I know any of the people. But I enjoy them immensely. I like looking at what else is in the pictures. Dates on calendars, adding machines and slide rules on desks for instance. Re: Picture #337 The village theater in the background. The young boy wearing cowboy boots, I bet its been decades since I've seen a child wear cowboy boots. Streets are almost empty of trees. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: 1961 Summer Trip Seeing Tom Hemphill's ('62) entries in the Sandstorm reminded me of a trip we took to Yakima in the summer of 1961. We decided to hitch hike to visit one of Tom's relatives. We probably didn't have a nickel to our name, but who cares when you're a teenager and the world is your oyster. As we were standing along the highway with our thumbs out, a car pulled over with two black men in the front seat. You have to keep in mind this was 1961, and the only blacks I knew were Maurice ('62) and Theartis ('63) Wallace. With much trepidation on my part, we hopped into the back seat. I quickly began telling them I thought Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson and other black athletes were the greatest. As I think back, they must have been amused watching this young, naive white guy squirm. Re: Cherries at night A couple of days ago Tom Verellen ('60) asked if cherries taste better at night. I think they do. It's the thrill of doing something you're not suppose to do that adds to the flavor. One night in the summer of 1960, Pastor (yes, a man of God) Bill Wilson ('63) and I decided to go to Benton City to find (okay, steal) cherries. (I hope I haven't told this story before.) I borrowed (okay, I stole) the key to my Dad's 1956 Chevrolet station wagon. When it was around 10:30 pm, Bill and I pushed the car down the driveway far enough from our house so my father wouldn't hear the sound of the car starting. Just as we were about to start the car the police arrived. It was like magic! Red lights flashing all over the place... neighbors looking out their windows... it was embarrassing... I don't know where they came from... I thought they would send us straight to the Walla Walla pen. You can guess the rest of the story. The police officer took me to my house, woke my Dad up and told him his "wonderful son" was caught borrowing (okay, stealing) his car. I don't know what happened to Pastor Wilson. Like magic he disappeared. The sad part of the story is my Dad was sick at the time and died of cancer within two months. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lyndy Wheeler Myers ('62) Re: Santa Fe Hey all of you great Bombers in the Santa Fe area, my sister Paige Wheeler just moved there on a whim and could sure use some guidance. Email me and I will forward to her. Thanks, -Lyndy Wheeler Myers ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Hey Pappy, I love the new pictures of the "girls". The last one is priceless, it must have been the elves that made you do it, huh? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it has been hot the past few days and now it is supposed to cool down again with perhaps some much needed rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 8 To: Tony Duran ('55) Yea, its funny how parents wouldn't tell their children about work even in the broadest sense. Of course it is a little hard to describe unless you know the lingo. If anyone is interested I do have a few pictures of 200 Area Chemical Operators in action along with some descriptors if you like. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/07/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Bud Bartlett ('51) Sharon Panther ('57), Bonnie Richardson ('58) Bonnie Allen ('59), David Shaw ('60wb) Michael Waggoner ('60), Patti Jones ('60) John Browne ('61), Tom Hemphill ('62) Lorraine Ward ('63), Marie Ruppert ('63) Bill Wilson ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Wendy Badbada ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Today, Monday, I received the sad news that Virginia Maitland McCullogh Lee ('47) has left us. Another of the old gang. Getting old has its benefits, considering the alternatives, but this isn't one of them. How does that old song go? "Gee, but I'd give the world to see... " Later, Maitland -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bud Bartlett ('51) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #360 Finally I have recognized some people in the pictures that you have been submitting to the Alumni Sandstorm. I believe that picture #360 is a Safety Meeting that G.E. encouraged organizations to conduct. This picture is about 1956 or early 1957. The people are: Standing (left to right) Hugh Sheppard, and Marv McDonald, Sitting (left to right) Joan Slagle, Peggie Anderson, Florence Quimby, Jan Dykeman, Laverne Alvis, and Chuck Owings. Hope the spelling of names is correct. -Bud Bartlett ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for the post and website on the "big" parade in Johnson, WA. I suggested to my husband that it might be a fun one-day trip. We left at 6am and took a leisurely trip through Clarkston/ Lewiston over the hill to Johnson and found a shady spot to park by the grain elevators. A bazillion people came to watch the festivities. Among the many parade entries was a cool 1962 red and white Corvette. As it drove by me, on a whim I asked the driver if I could ride back through the route with him to celebrate my birthday. He said "Hop in" and away we went. What a hoot. We drove through a couple more times. He was cool gentleman who had retired in his 50s and moved to the area from Seattle. All in all a great adventure. I would like to add that my husband, Dave Taff ('56) and I celebrated our 50th anniversary June 6 of this year. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Richardson Reno ('58) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB) picture #368 Maren, I was surprised when I looked at Don Sorensen's pictures on July 6 to find myself in one of them! In picture #368, on the left - Bonnie Richardson Reno ('58). I recall the face of my co- worker, but can't remember her name. -Bonnie Richardson Reno ('58) ~ Spokane **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #365 That is my sister, Marlene Allen LeCount ('56). Probably right after she was out of high school and working at Hanford before she married David LeCount. -Bonnie Allen ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David D. Shaw ('60wb) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture 350 from July 2 or 3 installment Don, the individual in the center of picture 350 is my father, David F. Shaw, manager of Hanford for the AEC from about 1952 to 1955. He was assistant manager from 1947 to 1952. I am not sure of the other individuals but the one on the right may be Harry Strock, Chief of Police. Thanks for bringing these photos alive, especially to those of us that lived through those times. -David D. Shaw ('60wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) Re: Don Sorensen's pictures #344 -Michael Waggoner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From:Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 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: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Something in the water... Dear Pappy Swan ('59); if you had sat in the puddle, instead of the pool, it's my feeling that you'd have had better luck (& an easier descent). That chlorinated household water would put ME off, if I had as good a nose as those two with you. If you HAD sat in the puddle, though, we wouldn't have the GREATEST MARINE RECRUITING POSTER OF ALL TIME! So, thank you for your perspicacity & downright bravery, in pursuit of excellence, sir. I salute you! Re: Moving on to Sorenson pic #361 It's my belief that the young fellow with his hand on the black box & his eye on the ball is a McKeown. Would that be Mike? (I really wonder what the significance of the table's contents might be... a raffle? Kinda strange...) Is "the Village" that housing cluster N of MacMurray with the mountain names? My family lived there in... wow... the mid-'50s, sometime... right at the point where Hood & Everest collide, next door to the Gillis family... 1937 Everest. We lived so many places, because neither of my parents worked in Area-related jobs... and had to leave town in '55 & move to Benton City... where I completed 6th grade, after starting out at Spalding. Now, THAT was sweet! Sagebrush across the street, and a cherry orchard across the highway, with an airplane engine on a stick that could Really get it on! My first bow-hunting 'success' was there... I shot a hen pheasant under a sage... but it was a 'blunt'- a target arrow- and she flew away. My first dog (an old black lab from Tacoma that we had brought East with us in '53) is buried out there, pretty close to the same sage that sheltered the hen. He was a marvelous canine, who'd let my little sister grab ahold of his ear and flop on his back & ride him around. He even let our banty rooster stand on his back, sometimes (used to have an old b&w picture of that). That was one saintly animal! Re: Was "Torbett" formerly "Corbett"? Every time I see Torbett I'm scratching my inner head, a little... because we used to live on Johnston, not far from (was it?) Corbett, I think. (We were down there in the elbow, in an "A" house we shared with the Harbour family, across from the Lind's & the Renz' & the Weihermillers... with the Reilly's on the corner of the 'back' of the block, and John Meyers' family across the back- roughly right across from the Adrian's (a couple of doors N of our place). That inner lot alternated between accommodating sports activities and providing an airstrip for the little gas engine jobbies on a string (or 2 strings, I guess)... with the 'pilot' turning round & round, flying his bird until the fuel ran out... and then- if he was good- getting it on the ground with no need of a 'rebuild'. Anyway... I know I'm procrastinating, so, Onward! ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) on a cooler, overcast AM in the south/central Puget Sound basin... CLGS around 5-6K... pleasant, after a string of days in the 90s (& with a principal irrigation pump to replace, a most welcome break!) ^..^ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Hitchhiking Mike, I do remember that hitchhike trip we took to Yakima to meet up with my cousin Jim Holladay. As I recall, we made it to Toppenish in that first vehicle. We decided to get out and walk when our friends in the front seat stopped to pick up more riders. We made it to Wapato with the next ride and then on to Yakima with the last ride. You see, this is just one more event that proves that we were fearless and clueless, and not real bright. Hey Mike, just how did we get back home? -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lorraine Ward Shelby ('63) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB) picture #362 The women second from the right is Jean McDowell - mother of Don McDowell - I think class of 1961. -Lorraine Ward Shelby ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: Sorensen's 7/6 pictures I'm finally able to identify someone in the pictures that Don sends periodically. My mother (Dora Ruppert) is pictured in the first picture sent today (7-6-09). She is the last lady on the right. Several other faces look familiar, but I can't put a name to the faces. She died just before Christmas in 1961 of metastasized breast cancer. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wilson ('63) Re: Pastor Wilson FYI, Brady: Pastor Wilson did not just 'magically' disappear. He was very 'unmagically' taken in a police car home to encounter sleepy parents surprised by strange early morning knocking on the door. Not exactly how we had the 'take-the-car, pick-the-cherries- escapade' planned! Strange thing, though, that we did not attempt the same scenario the next night! Duh!! Is this what we refer to today as 'bonding' time? cheers instead of cherries! -Bill Wilson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Odds & Ends... Gallery: Life at Hanford in 1944 Hi-Land Drive-In Toivo Piippo's wife who taught at Kennewick High School -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wendy Badbada Forsythe ('86) Re: Pictures sent by Don Sorensen on July 6 In the picture of the two young ladies holding up some type of driving instruction signs ... the lovely lady on the left in the picture is my now mother-in-law, fka Bonnie Richardson ('58). FYI ... she is as lovely and full of life now as I know she must have been back then ... and is still a good driver even today -- ha ha!!! I love you, Bonnie -- couldn't have asked for a more wonderful mother-in-law!!! -Wendy Badbada Forsythe ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Maitland McCullough Lee ('47) ~ 1/30/30 - 5/23/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/08/09 ...working on the Sandstorm and eating Rainiers ($4.99/lb) they came from Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee to my local grocery store in Gretna, LA -Maren ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Dick Pierard ('52) Gloria Adams ('54), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Carol Carson ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Earl Bennett ('63), Sheri Lukins ('75) Debbie Lukins ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Sue Lukins ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Class of 1949 We are going to have our 60th reunion this September and I have asked each and every one of you to send me a little info on what you have been doing the last 10 years since we had our 50th. Some have sent me info on what they have been doing the last 60 years and that is great too. I want to put a memory book together (it won't be as big as our 50th one) but even if you can't come to the reunion e-mail me a short note, or if necessary a long note, on how your life is going. Remember we are a young bunch of people in our seventies and we want to share it with each other. If you are good and send me stuff I will see that you get a copy. We are going to have a great turnout on Saturday night, September the 12th, so lets give each other something to talk about. If there are any of you out there who are relatives or friends of people from the Class of 1949, put a bee in their bonnet and get them agitated enough to write me. PLEASE, PLEASE AND THANK YOU. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ in the beautiful city of Bothell where we sat and watched fireworks from Kirkland, Bothell and Woodinville all from my driveway. No traffic, no crowds, just lots of noise and colorful fireworks, and a good glass of wine. Not as good as the fireworks we saw a couple of years ago at Patti Jones Ahrens' ('60) in Browns Point and done by Larry Mattingly ('60), from across the pond in Tacoma. Missed your party, Patti. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) Congrats to Sharon Panther Taff ('57) and Dave Taff ('56) on their 50th. Charlene and I celebrated ours two years ago. Y'all certainly have learned what keep on keeping on is about. Hope you make it to your 75th -- and beyond! And that Willard Scott is there to plaster your pictures on a jam jar. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Sorensen's ('NAB Picture #367 The man in picture #367 is Dick Lewis. He graduated in 1951, -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Class of 1959 50th Reunion Info On the '59er Web Site My fellow '59ers (and anyone else who just happens to be curious) my Ol' "pea pickin' buddy" and fellow '59er, Burt Pierard, asked me to post this notice to ya'll, because Burt believes that most Bombers think that I'm just crazy enough, that they will be prone to read this just to see, "What did that nut have to say this time?" Well, actually Burt and I were "pea canning buddies" in Walla Walla (aka Wally World), the town that people liked so well ... they named it twice, between our junior and senior years, when we worked inside the Walla Walla Cannery, canning ... you guessed it ... peas. I haven't liked canned peas since, but that's another story. But anyway, pea pickin' sounds more "Ernie Fordish." If any of you '59ers did not receive your 50th reunion information and registration packet in the mail, or lost, folded, spindled, or mutilated said package (or the dog ate it), do not despair, you can go online to Maren's and pull up all kinds of good info about the reunion. And, you can even print out more registration forms (so now you have one less excuse for not attending). After you go to click on 1959 in the grid of class years. That will bring up our class web site for which my ol' buddy, History of Richland, and Bomber Trivia aficionado, ... (once again, the sound of trumpets) Mr. Burton Pierard is the Webmaster. Burt is setting it up so that the reunion information, forms, and a list of "who's coming," based on the received advance pre-registrations, will be available for your reading and registration enjoyment. He will be updating that list periodically. Also, you have the option of visiting Burt's Class of '59 Home Page. If you have never done that, it is well worth the perusing time for revisiting some old memories. Ya'll come now, ya heh? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where all the land, round and about, is pretty much in residential or cropland status and makes one wonder ... just where do all of those tumbling tumbleweeds come from ... every winter? My theory is that the hosses of the Riders in the Purple Sage kicked 'em lose in "Oreegone," or that dang wind brought 'em from over yonder. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: Don Sorensen's picture #361 To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) The items on the table I believe were samples of Safety Prizes that the Hanford contractors gave out periodically after achieving so many hours without a lost-time injury. Typically, there were 5 or 6 items the employees could choose from. I still have a set of aluminum canisters that my Mom "won". -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ in cloudy and chilly Lynnwood, WA where the cooler weather is making me forget the beautiful sunny warm/hot days last week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Tom Hemphill ('62) When we finally got to your cousin's house in Yakima, we weren't paying too much attention to your relatives. Our attention was directed toward a young lady in a bathing suit next door working in her yard. I have a clear memory of her, but I can't remember how we got home. To: Bill Wilson ('63) As I was re-reading your entry last night, I couldn't stop laughing. I kept visualizing you in the back seat of a police car. Did they cuff you? :) I was still laughing when I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) Re: Don Sorensen's #366 Two of my sisters agree with me that our uncle Bob Somerville is in the back row, fifth from the right. Based on other identifications in today's Sandstorm, this set appears to be from the late fifties, more recent than most earlier sets and possibly the reason for more recognitions. Regards, ecb3 - from unseasonably mild central Virginia, averaging about 5 cooler than most years for the last couple of weeks and forecast to continue through the weekend. -Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sheri Lukins Collins ('75) Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER!! I would like to take this opportunity to wish my lil sister, Deanna Sue Lukins Wingart ('79) a very Happy Birthday on July 8th. Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday Dear Copperhead! Happy Birthday to You! WoooHoooo! Love Ya, Sista! -Sheri Lukins Collins ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Debbie Lukins Lee ('78) Happy Birthday to the one and only Deanna "The CopperHead" Lukins Wingart ('79) You are now officially only one year younger than I and yes I know the predominant word is younger. This is for you, for being there through the really hard and heartbreaking times, making me feel safe. I carry your heart with me I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart I am never without it anywhere I go you go, my dear; And whatever is done by only me is your doing I fear No fate for you are my fate, my sweet I want no world for beautiful you are my world, my true And it's you are whatever a moon has always meant And whatever a sun will always sing is you Here is the deepest secret nobody knows Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud And the sky of the sky of a tree called life; Which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart -Debbie Lukins Lee ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/09/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Hunt ('53wb), Donna Nelson ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Betti Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) To those that know Virginia, I spoke with her yesterday morning. The cancer had spread to her liver. They recently removed a chunk and soon she will be receiving treatment geared to that area. She is waiting to see a liver oncologist specialist. She sounded very tired and worn out when we spoke but as always very upbeat. So if you can find the time... send her a get well wish via these pages, or if you know her personally send it to her e-mail address or maybe better yet try calling her. Just a random thought. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ Hauntingly lovely Hanford, CA (the heifer dust capital) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Cherries Maren, Just bought Rainiers from a little orchardist up the hill from me in East Wenatachee and I paid $2/lb for "just picked". I don't even look at them in the store because they are more. -Donna Nelson ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [At least I can GET them here... and take a look at WHY I live here: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Don't let it ever be said that we Bombers don't look after one another. As concerned as I was some time ago over David Rivers and his stupid cowboy hat, I am now more concerned about the direction another of our lot has taken. While I did promise that I wouldn't say anything, it was kind of a four dotter promise, so it doesn't count. While he has used this forum as a Penitent, owning up to his dependence on cherries and the schadenfreude he experienced when visualizing our own Sky Pilot Bill (Woody) Wilson riding in the back of Officer Mumper's cruiser, there is more. When my Finn Hill neighbor Mike Brady called me yesterday to tell me why he was on his way to Tacoma, it made realize that he needs our help. We need to help him realize that South End Guys don't do American Idol, period, end of story, it reflects on all of us. Does he want people to think we were eating pate and petit fours in the windbreak, when we were actually hot boxin' a Pall Mall. When we were at the Rat Hole (I think Denler's Uncle owned the place) below Carmichael putting peanuts in our Pepsi, does he want people to think we were a bunch of dilatants chit chatting about Puccini or Edna St. Vincent Millay.? No, we were talking about what we were going to do when our folk's got out poor work slips. That our summer night excursions, on borrowed bicycles, across Williams into Indian Country, were for Cultural Exchange. On second thought they were, kinda, so forget that. All that being said please help Mike return to his roots, drink some water out of an irrigation spigot, ride his bike with a shotgun on the handle bars down to the Yakima to shoot some ducks, wade in Welsian and forget American Idol, Dancing with Stars and Meg Ryan movies. Come back Mike, we miss you. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Don Sorensen's picture #362 The lovely lady holding the sign in this picture is Mimi LaFollette, aunt of Glenda ('62-RIP) and Becky ('64). -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Cherries Hey Maren, Safeway has Washington grown Rainiers for $1.98/lb this week here in Lacey. About a month ago I bought about 3 pounds of California sweet cherries for $1.99/lb and saved about $20.00 on them. They say home grown is best and I plan on getting some this week if they still have any left by the time I do my weekly shopping. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we had a down pour yesterday but by last night the full moon was out in all its glory ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Polished off that Wenatchee pound of cherries and went back for more. Less than 24 hours later, I got Chelan grown Rainiers for $3.50/lb. I bought 1 pound and there were 2 pounds left. I'll go tomorrow and see if the story is different. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/10/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Luana Ivers ('52), "Em" DeVine ('52) Norma Loescher ('53), Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) Tom Verellen ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Earl Bennett ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Vic Marshall ('71), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) Anne Mitzlaff ('77), Michael Hays ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale McLean ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Rulon ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: Don Sorenson pics #357 is Roberta DeVine, step-mother of Marilyn and Terry ('52). #367 is Dick Lewis ('52). Sorry Skip, but he belongs to our class! -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Hello from Anchorage, Alaska! Terry ('52) and I arrived at my daughter's Monday evening. Had quite a good trip up... with the unexpected little problems, of course, but we did get here all in one piece (except for a small mirror which fell off the wall. It didn't break at first... just slipped down the wall and balanced between the wall and the back of the dining booth when the bottom of the frame broke, but did get broken later when it slid off the bedside cabinet where I put it "to be safe".) Ha. We got a late start on Thursday, July 1st. The plan was for me to pick Terry up at his house at 9 a.m. but I left my house at 9:30. On the way, I suddenly remembered WHERE I had put the hanger with the 4 pair of slacks I was taking. After I got to his house, where Sandra wanted to meet us for one last hug, she drove me back to my house to get the hanger out of the coat closet. I'd frantically searched "every where" that I could think of to find them and had hastily grabbed other slacks and a pants hanger to "make do". That was our 1st delay... not counting the half hour at the beginning. Then, when we were at Dean's to get the brakes checked (Terry wanted to be sure everything was in good working order), I realized I had forgotten the large orange plastic bag with all the Motor Home papers, so we drove back to my house and I quickly ran in and got it while Terry turned on the propane so the refrigerator would stay cold. We took off again and when we got to the ByPass, I wondered where Paco was. He definitely wasn't in the RV so again we returned to my house. Good grief! He came trotting up to the house as I drove up and sat "innocently" on the porch while I turned the rig around. FINALLY... we were on our way again and this time we did not look back! Later... much, much later: Thursday evening to be exact. We are knee deep in wedding preparations: food, hand made decorations, etc. so will continue this, maybe on Sunday when everything is done and put away... or at least we HOPE things will be put away! Just wanted everyone to know we are here, safe and sound, enjoying cooler weather than Richland has and warmer weather than Anchorage usually has!! So far it has been perfect in spite of smoke from several wild fires. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ from "beautiful Turnagain Arm" in Anchorage, AK. Next installment will/may include some pictures of the many wild animals we saw along the way. My dogs are both great little travelers, I'm happy to say! Wasn't sure about the new one, 4 month old ChaChee. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) To: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Virginia, I have fond memories of when we worked together on the Sandstorm at Col-Hi. As a breast cancer survivor since 1991, I wish you the strength you need to undergo treatment, and send tender hugs of support. Love and prayers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Thanks Rex Hunt ('53wb) for updating folks on my situation. I appreciate everybody's concerns. Would be best not to call me as I have trouble getting to the phone. I saw the liver specialist today but was kind of disappointing as he has to do a bunch more tests, and study things, and then see me again. Meanwhile thanks for the good wishes. If I am a little lax with responding to emails, it is because my right arm and hand are numb and my left not much better and can't type that well. Thanks Rex for sharing the news. If/when I get something definitive from the specialist I will let you know. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) All this talk of cherries. The two cherry trees in the back yard have ripened and if the rest of the state has done as well as these two trees they should be giving them away. I have no way to pick the ones above my eight foot step ladder and they will be reserved for the early birds. Every time I pass by the tree I devour a few... too bad they won't last all summer long. Which brings to mind the loss of my blackberry patch which had to go to make room for the garage. They were just right growing in the shade of a filbert tree very sweet and good sized. But blackberries are plentiful even in the worst years provided they don't get moldy. How could that happen on this side of the mountains? I have also become an expert at growing the wild daisy but only the even or odd numbered petal variety. Photos of what these cherries used to look like (they have disappeared) and a flower. -Tom Verellen ('60) in cooler near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: American Idol Concert To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Hello Jim, I am overwhelmed by your concern for my well being. In pondering my response to your Sandstorm entry, I thought about telling you I am exploring the feminine side of my personality or attempting to become a well rounded person. I figured that would get the women vote in our audience. But, it wouldn't be the truth, and everyone knows how I like to tell the truth. The truth is much simpler. I have a wonderful wife. She spent over 25 years teaching six and seven year olds. She doesn't complain when I play golf four or five times a week or go running at dinner time. She allows me to go on trips without her. She doesn't raise an eyebrow when I have a female fitness or tennis partner, and she enjoys watching Mariners games with me. In other words, she's a saint. So, when she asks, "will you go with me to the American Idol Concert," I respond with a resounding "yes." Then I check my schedule to make sure I'm not drinking irrigation water, riding my bike with a shot gun on the handle bars, shooting ducks or wading in Welsian. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) Here's what I get for bragging about our unseasonably mild weather in yesterday's note - today the forecast for the weekend jumped up to seasonal norms in the low to mid 90s, plus increased chance of thunderstorms. So much for the beautiful days of the last couple of weeks with relatively low humidity. I truly enjoy getting back to the Columbia Basin when I can, where 40% is muggy. Thanks, Maren, for the link to the photos and the degree symbol added to my note - I tried the keystrokes that are supposed to produce it when you published them a couple of years ago, but for some reason the version of MS Office I was using at that time didn't cooperate, nor with any of the other symbols you posted. Now that I'm using Vista and Office 2003, maybe I should try again - but I won't have time look for them for a couple of weeks. regards, ecb3 - from a beautiful day in Reva, VA, but getting hotter soon. -Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: ...more from Colfax OK... so you missed the Johnson Parade. Here is a chance to redeem yourself with your wife/husband. It's the Colfax - All City Yard Sale this coming Saturday, July 11th - 8AM to 1 PM. Make sure you make the Top Notch Restaurant part of your day if in Colfax... Great Burgers & no I do not work there or have any ownership in the place... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Brett Jacobs ('09) I am pleased to forward this info on the ESPN High school ALL-AMERICAN Selections. Way to go Brett!!!!: And also his Dad-Ben ('69) for good genes and a lot of hard work. 2009 EA SPORTS Baseball First Team All-Americans Infielders Brett Jacobs (Richland, Wash.), Senior The son of Bombers coach Ben Jacobs has been a rock for four years in the infield and has led the team to two state titles, including this year's. The Washington State recruit had a .417 batting average as a senior with five homers and 33 RBIs. For his career, he racked up 24 homers and 117 RBIs -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Jim Coyne ('64) I am back in Alaska after my Odyssey to pick up my husband's new-to-him sports car. I am proud to say after 7000 miles solo (Florida to Alaska) in the red convertible I had no wrecks, saw first hand a tornado in the making, survived almost catching on fire and received no tickets. I did get stopped for speeding in Canada but... he let me off.... No I did not kiss him, show any body parts or make any other offers. The Mountie was in a good mood I guess. At any rate... if you are reading your emails give me a call. I will be gone yet again next week heading back to Florida but will only be gone this time for 5 days. The good fishing starts when I get back so give me a call, email or stop by the house. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: RV question I'm looking for any Bombers who live near Alvarado, TX. There is an RV dealership there called "Motorhome Specialist" I think. The website says it's identified by its big flag. It sounds like a huge dealership. Does anyone know anything about this dealership? Thanks, -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Hays ('79) Hey all you Bombers class of 79 Michael Hays will be playing live after 5 at the John Dam plaza. Check it out The Band is called The Cary Fly band hope to see you there. Michael -Michael Hays ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/11/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Tony Duran ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Frank DeVincentis ('56wb), Mike Brady ('61) Shirley Sherwood ('62), Kerry Steichen ('74) Shannon Chapman ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex Hunt ('53wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Christenson ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Johns ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Heffner ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: Watch that doggy door -Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Cherries and wine I stopped by my favorite berry stand here in Anacortes the other day and they had beautiful Bing cherries for $1.00 a basket, about three-quarters of a pound or more. I asked the young lady where they were from and she said that her friend's uncle brought them over every other day and took a load of Skagit Valley Strawberries and Raspberries back to Eastern Washington. She said that the cherries were from some "little place that I never heard of... Benton City" and I told her I knew the "Ki-Be Bears" well. She then said that her Dad went over there someplace and bought wine grapes for his own crushing and home wine making. That too could have been Ki-Be or Red Mountain. Speaking of wine, we just sold our winery and grow operation interest in the Yamhill Valley of Oregon. Mostly a Pinot Noir or Pinot Gregio operation but we sold about 70% of our label in Ontario, Canada and England annually. It took me two years to get through the Ontario Liquor Control Board but once in, we were a hot item. Very good quality at a fair price... even with a high tax on it. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we are BBQing every night on the deck at sundown and 70. Had a little badly needed rain this past week but Mr. Sun is beating down on my nearly bald head something fierce today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank DeVincentis ('56wb) Re: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder -Frank DeVincentis ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Hamilton's vocabulary Re: Professor Hamilton I imagine everyone is tired of reading my entries in the Sandstorm. After this entry, I promise to lay low unless some unscrupulous person decides to defame my character. However.... (Please note: 4 dots rather than 3)* I am likewise concerned about Jim Hamilton ('63). It's his words. I have to look in my once used 1985 Webster's dictionary to figure out what they mean. Granted, I only do about 30% on the Reader's Digest vocabulary and most of those are guesses, but Jim's words are over the top.... schadenfreude?! It's hard to believe a south ender who drinks water out of an irrigation ditch can come up with them. Maybe it's the little education he's had at some eastside college, but I'm betting his wife does his editing. C'mon Jim, fess up. * Jim says it's gotta be that way so it must be true -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) Re: Don Sorenson's Picture #357 Picture #357 is Roberta Sherwood DeVine, the mother of Sharon ('59), Shirley ('62), and Susan ('63) Sherwood. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry Steichen ('74) To: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Wooo! Lady are you having a great summer or what...? Did you do a diary so that you can write more entries? Did you plan your trip or run like hell in a great car? What an adventure... All those that left Richland are saying great job and those that are still there are saying what the hell, I have a hard time going to Yakima. I traversed back and forth across the country a few times. Richland, Texas, Tumwater, Texas, Wyoming, South Carolina, and then back to Kent, WA. But my best adventure was in 2006 when I got to stay in Europe for 6 months. (Rome, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid) not for a day but for weeks in locations. Didn't drive a bit but traveled EMEA and walked a bunch. Aside from my last 2 years of college this was the best time and lots of stories. I always cut to the chase when I type, still not into twitter and my space things. Way too much information and time. Connie McCullugh ('74) Wanted to know if the younger generation was ready to talk much. Any way when I read your entry it was great to hear your events of 7000 thousand miles in a HOT car. Be sure and thank your husband for the opportunity!!!! -Kerry Steichen ('74) ~ Kent WA where life is green and my dahlias need some more water.. see picture **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon Chapman Davari ('84) Could you please repost entry about Harvey and Sally Foley Chapman ('56) open house/anniversary party? It is Saturday, July 18th beginning at 3 pm. Email me for location and/or directions. Thanks, -Shannon Chapman Davari ('84) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/12/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tom Hughes ('56) John Fletcher ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Belliston ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy Payton ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Agnes We were over at Ocean Shores just leaving a small gift shop when Agnes, my wife, slipped off of the curb and fell hard on the sidewalk. She managed to break her left wrist, crack two ribs, hit her head on the concrete and twisted her left knee. The shop manager called the aid unit and they got her fixed up the best they could and I took her to the emergency at St Joseph's in Tacoma. She will be OK but will be hurting for a while. -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Class of '64's 45th! Thanks to Kathy Hoff Conrad, Jeff Boston, Dawn Bern and all the hard working reunion organizers. Becky '65 and I had a wonderful, memorable time. We thank all our classmates who expressed condolences for our loss of Kathy Wersen Alder '64 (1945-2009). The memories you shared were heartfelt. -John Fletcher ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Hugh Rapp ('60) ~ 10/3/41 - 7/4/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/13/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Rex Hunt ('53wb), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Lora Homme ('60), Tom Hemphill ('62) Linda McKnight ('65), Pam Ehinger ('67) Duke Mitchell ('69), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorin St. John ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glen Rose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Klute ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Grandkids I have had 2 grandsons with me for a week. And Lord knows I love my grandkids. Now I have seen the sun rise on the Bay of Conception, I have seen a triple rainbow coming off Bridle Vail Falls in Yosemite, I watched the sunset from Sunset rock in Sequoia with my new bride oh so many years ago. But the most beautiful SIGHT I have ever seen, was my son's tail lights disappearing into the distance taking them two boys home. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ from Lovely downtown Hanford, CA which is 3 feet north of HELL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) So ... Why Did I Marry and Enjoy Life With This Lady? I am a little late with this entry, because I have been rather busy lately, with looking after concerns of the two most important ladies in my life. My mother, Millie Swan, whom some fellow Bombers will remember, turned 91 years old on June 29. And, somewhere prior to, or around Memorial Day, she injured her right ankle (she thinks that she bumped it on the foot step of her powered wheel chair), resulting in what began as ... only a bruise. Unfortunately, she did not call it to my attention or to that of the nurses at her assisted care living facility, until it had become a serious concern. And, she tried to treat it herself ... with the wrong methods. Being diabetic, the injury ulcerated, developing into an open wound (all that time, she kept it covered by her stocking). Eventually, the infection had moved into the bones of her lower leg. Once aware of the problem, the nurses provided initial care and alerted me, and I took her to see her doctor. Thus began, so far -- about a month-long series of pretty much daily visits (and the accompanying phone calls and paperwork) to her primary care physician and a host of specialists who deal with circulatory problems, wound healing, and infectious diseases. Also, included in the scenario are the appointments for MRA, MRI, Ultrasound, lab tests, etc. Currently, she is in Kadlec Hospital, in Richland, receiving antibiotics by IV. The doctors are attempting to treat the condition by arresting the infection and, hopefully and eventually, improve the circulation in her leg (by stint or bypass) to promote healing and to stave off the possibility of eventual amputation. Soon, she will be transferred to a nursing home for more IV/antibiotic treatment. Many of we Bombers have had extensive discussions, via Sandstorm and email about our aging parent's situations. Whether looking after them in facilities or caring for them "in home," it can indeed become a full time job and at times, overwhelming. I mention the details of my mother's situation only as an alert to those Bombers with aging parents who could potentially find themselves in a similar situation. In addition, all of us "younger" Bombers could possibly find ourselves confronted with similar possibilities, in the future. I know that genetics, life style, personal habits, etc., play a big part in these potential concerns and developments, but any effort to try to catch them or recognize the preconditions early on, could make a very big difference. And now, the other lady in my life ... is my lovely wife, Jeanne (NAB). She's the one with a smile that is like a sunny day! On July 9, we celebrated our wedding anniversary. The accompanying pictures graphically demonstrate why I married her and why I have been most happily associated with her for 26 years, longer than any other woman in my life (with, of course, the exception of my mother). There are many other reasons for my devotion and love for her. We found each other after both having survived rocky marriages, for twenty or more years. We were married in 1983, and almost immediately, we took in and cared for her mother for four years. Her mother had sustained a stroke and was confined to a bed and we cared for her in our house during that time, until she moved back to Las Vegas, to a nursing home, and Jeanne's brothers took over looking after her. At the time, we thought that maybe that was a test of the durability of our marriage, as in those first four years, we managed to weather that storm. However, little did we know what was in store for our future. Jeanne's health took a turn for the worse, not long after her mother moved to Vegas. Jeanne learned that she too was diabetic, and since then, she has gradually developed fibromyalgia, heart/circulatory problems, and severe back and hip problems. She has very poor mobility. Consequently, when the time came, there was no way that we could have taken my mother in, so my mother has been a resident at The Tri-Cities Retirement Inn, after she suffered a series of falls and could no longer live alone in 2002. In addition, my aunt became a resident at the same care facility, pretty much for the same reasons, and I was the responsible party for both, for about a year, until my aunt's passing, and ever since, for my mother. Jeanne has been extremely supportive of me throughout our entire marriage, as my mother and aunt are/were dependent on me for their concerns, throughout our entire marriage. However, Jeanne now has major medical issues of her own. She has severe pinched nerves and secondary back pain due to arthritis issues on top of her diabetes, fibromyalgia, intestinal problems, and major heart and circulatory concerns. Our family doctor showed the x-rays of her lower spine to me. She has herniated disks, and her vertebrae are twisted such that, in the x-rays, they look like an overhead view of a horrendous train wreck with the railcars twisted this way and that. She has a constant, extreme pain in her lower spine and hips and has undergone a series of spinal cord cortisone injections and treatments which have provided only temporary relief, and her mobility is almost nil, most of the time, with zip stamina or energy. Back surgery has been indicated as a possibility, but in the end we were cautioned that it might not accomplish anything, with the chance that it could confound her problems and make them worse yet. On rare occasions, she can slowly make it to the mailbox (about 100 feet) and back, and can very rarely drive herself anywhere. However, she cannot walk for very long or for any real distance. For example, if she does accompany me to the grocery store, she insists on pushing the cart or a separate one, like a "walker" and frequently finds a place to sit for a while. Consequently, I do virtually all of the driving. Just, a few years ago, Jeanne would be found working in our yard from dawn to dusk, keeping it looking like a city park, and the house sparkled. Once, we observed new neighbors having a picnic in our front yard, because they thought it was the housing area's local park. Now, I pretty much try do the house and yard work ... if I can fit it in. Even now, Jeanne, attempts to do what she can, despite her maladies, but all to often they just overwhelm her. "It ain't easy" having any close relative who has medical problems that impact their and our daily lives, but Jeanne does what she can, often too much, and then suffers for it. Either way, it does make a lot more work for me, but I love her for it, because she will not give up. She goes until she can no longer do it, crashes for a rest, and then goes at it again. Jeanne recently decided to change our computer room around, so that we can both work, either at the computer or at a desk. It took her five days, without my help, except for moving the heavy stuff. Of course she got the wires and cables hooked back up all wrong and we were without a computer and phone for two days, until we got it all sorted out, once again. And, she does the laundry, cooking, and dishes, when she can stay on her feet long enough, because it bothers her to have so much fall on me, along with my mother's needs. But, all of this just scratches the surface of the many reasons why I love this woman and have enjoyed being her husband for these past 26 years. So, once again Jeanne, Happy Anniversary, and we will have at least 26 more. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the sun shines ... even on a cloudy day! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Phillips ('60) Re: Sorensens Picture #366 The young lady seated second from the right in the dark sweater is Delores Landry ('54), a delightful person who lived next door to my parents for awhile and was secretary to Dick Donnell, the creator of Dupus Boomer. I got to know her when visiting my parents and we had a lot of fun together. We two grown women had a water fight over the back yard fence one summer afternoon. I thought I was so smart, sneaking up on her with my little boy's water gun and squirting her in the back. Little did I know that she was standing there watering her flowers with a garden hose. She turned and darn near drowned me. Needless to say, I was forced to go arm myself in a similar fashion and the fight was on. You never saw two more bedraggled, fully dressed, dripping wet women, blasting away and laughing so hard they could hardly wield a hose. I missed her when she got married and moved to Ellensburg. -Lora Homme Phillips ('60) ~ In the sunny Tri-Cities where it is once again water fight season. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Picnic Reminder Hey Bomber Friends. We are looking forward to a great day of Bomber stories at the Hemphill farm. We are located near the I-5 and I-205 connection just 6 miles north of the I-5 (Oregon/ Washington) bridge. Saturday - August 15 - 11:30 till ??? Please bring a side dish to share and whatever you want to drink. Adult beverages are welcome. I'll do the BBQ and we already have some special stuff for that. Please let us know that you are coming. You can call or email. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Hello Bomber Friends, August 15 - 11:30 till ??? At the Hemphill farm in Vancouver. This is another reminder of our annual Bomber Picnic and BBQ in the Portland/Vancouver area. Please plan to join us and PLEASE tell your Bomber Friends about this special event. We do not have all of the contact information for all Bombers in the area. Thanks!!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 So I haven't heard anything about the Big 6-0 Birthday party! Due to getting final wedding plans together I was unable to go so was wondering how it went! Does any one have pictures from the Big Bash? We that were unable to go would like hear about all the fun we missed out on!! So Please any '67er' send pictures and tells all about the fun that was had! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) P.S. Wedding on 7/25/09 will soon be Mrs. Pam Edinger! Not eHinger but eDinger! Crazy HUH? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Duke Mitchell ('69) Maren, If possible, please put some kind of repetitive reminder in the Sandstorm for the next three weeks announcing the Class of 1969 40 Year Reunion August 14-16, 2009. Please contact me if you wish. Thank you, -Duke Mitchell ('69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Duke, Sorry... I have no way of doing a repetitive reminder, so it's up to you to send the reminder again whenever you wish. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Special Who Are They To: All Bombers but Especially Aunt Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54), Can any one guess who these guys or more specifically one guy is? -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/14/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Grover Shegrud ('56) Steve Carson ('58), Ken Brinkerhoff ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Dennis Hammer ('64) Rick Valentine ('68), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thora Metcalf ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Lora Homme ('60) Thank you for putting a name to a familiar face. I thought for a moment or two it was another fellow classmate. However, I feel I must chastise you for bringing up what some may construe as a "proto" wet-tee shirt contest in a forum such as this. (And, if she buys that, I've got a bridge I'd like to sell her.) Re: Safety Awards G.E. went to great lengths to insure that all employees were safety conscious. It was told around lunch rooms and other locations that management was very concerned about "Lost Time" accidents. To that point, a man was working on the roof of the 703 Building. He slipped and fell off. A quick thinking management type got his name and payroll number as the man passed a second floor window. As he passed the first floor window (directly below), he was handed his termination papers and final paycheck. His was not a "Lost Time" accident when he hit the ground. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ currently cool in Mount Angel, OR, but promising to warm up later in the week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) Re: Ocean Shores To: Tom Hughes ('56) I'm sorry to hear of Agnes' hurt happening where our families spend the 4th of July. We spend the 4th at Ocean Shores every year. It's a crazy place to be on the forth but the kids like the massive fireworks (unprofessional). I'm shocked more people aren't blown away there. We have a standing reservation at the Best Western for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of July each year. I'll have to watch my step in the shops from now on. -Grover Shegrud ('56) ~ In comfortably cool Lynnwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Martha Lake, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Rex Hunt ('53) Perfect description. We don't take them [grandkids] for that long. Weekends work well. Now the new crop of Great Grandkids are looking forward to spending time at Grams & Gramps. Same rules and it is still fun. Re: Sorenson Picture #366 I think the lady second from the left in the front row is Florence Moeller. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ On vacation in Vegas 115 while it is under 70 in Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Brinkerhoff ('61) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #448 Hi Don. As you know, the man in coveralls in 448 is Jesse Brinkerhoff, father of Jesse Reed Brinkerhoff ('52-RIP), Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54), Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord ('57), Ken Brinkerhoff ('61), Richard Brinkerhoff ('74) and Keith Brinkerhoff ('76). Hope all us siblings see this one. Don, thanks so much for sharing these great pictures, and Maren, thanks for giving us the Sandstorm. You don't see my entries very often but I read it every day and really appreciate it. -Ken Brinkerhoff ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: That was a great tribute you gave of Jeanie!! You show what 'true' love is all about. You are also a great 'son'. Taking care of your mom like you do shows a great love for her. To: Pam Ehinger ('67) Congratulations on your up coming wedding!! To: Tom Hughes ('56) I'm so sorry about your wife, Agnes! Those pictures made me hurt! I hope that she is lots better now. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA I'm surprised that we haven't heard from many people about how they enjoyed our '64 class reunion a few weeks back. The sun is shining today, finally! Can't believe that just about half the summer is gone. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) My mother is 95 years old today (on the 14th that is, the day this issue will be posted). She has thought that she would not live much longer for the last at least 50 years. She is very paranoid especially about doctors and anything medical. She fell at assisted living and got a big cut on her arm. I don't remember now what was done at first, but it became infected. I did take her to a doctor a couple of times, and then to wound care. She was treating herself with a product called Neutralizer which she seems to think now is Aloe Vera. When I picked her up to take her to wound care the second time she was nearly healed. She pointed to it and said, "See what Aloe Vera did." Not giving any credit to the antibiotic shot. In the treatment room at wound care she told me, "Now just watch, they are going to try to give me a shot." I kept trying to tell her that she doesn't give shots, just does bandages. When the lady came in my mother raised a fuss an d wouldn't even let her look at it. She had one doctor drop her, then ended up in the hospital before we got another, and the assisted living would not take her back without a doctor of record. That took a couple of days and I had to spend one night at my wife's twin sister's extra bedroom with me trying to sleep on the couch and getting up every hour to wheel her into the bathroom. The next day she raised a fuss in the office of the new doctor when they wanted to draw blood. Eleven years ago I had her in assisted living but she thought they were drugging her, bugging her room, and poisoning her food. It got to where I couldn't take it anymore and moved her to an apartment for about nine years. I knew then that if she ever had to go back to an assisted living, it would be the same old thing. She keeps saying she is not going to stay there no matter what I say. I try to ask why I should move her from one place to another when it is just going to be the same thing at the next place and she is going to want to move again. She also thinks that when she had that stroke they put a microchip in her lip, then used that to make her fall so they could make more money replacing her hip. I could go on and on but I've said too much already. My wife also has diabetes and now uses an insulin pump, then the heart attacks 10 years ago, then sleep apnea, and then breast cancer a year and a half ago. She doesn't do anything anymore. If we are at a store she almost always just stays in the car. If she does go in she rides around in one of those little carts. Usually my daughter and I do all the grocery shopping together, then take it first to our place, then to her place. As far as us "younger" Bombers being in a similar situation, I have said I hope I croak first; I do not want to put my daughter through what I have been through. It would be a whole lot easier, and a lot cheaper too, to buy a 35' - 40' sailboat with a self-steering gear, put me on it, and just head it out to sea. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick, not really Bomberville, but it is close. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Back in Cyber-Space My computer in the past couple of weeks seems to have caught the 'Swine Flu'. Thanks to help from those who know way more about computers than I, I am finally back in business and back online. Had to catch up on a couple of weeks worth of the Sandstorms and it will take a few days to get caught up on everything, H*** it will take a few days just to get rid of the junk that has accumulated in the past couple of weeks. It is nice to back online and back in the computer world, and it was great to have the Sandstorm back today! -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Kerry Steichen ('74) I am having a great summer. I have been outside (what we Alaskans call your neck of the woods) 4 times since the middle of February. Twice to Richland, once to NC and once to Florida. I am scheduled to fly yet again to Florida this Tuesday. What preceded this trip was the $30,000 I call "pennies from heaven" that came from the Hanford settlement with my dad's death due to cancer. Dad had a sports car and he and my husband Bill would talk cars when they were together. Dad rode in Bill's RX7 the last time he came to Alaska so... when the "pennies from heaven" arrived I told Bill he should look for a sports car that would put a smile on his face. I knew it would make my dad proud to know he had one on him. I did not however in a million years think he would find "the car of his dreams" in Florida of all places. I bet my dad had something to do with that and was smiling big time when Bill showed me what he bought on EBAY. I almost asked Bill if he was nuts... but in the last 9 years he has had cancer that he should not have survived, followed by heart failure, followed by a stroke and on and on. The smile on his face said it all so... I did what I think all wives would do... I stood tall and started making travel plans. I work for myself so I took my work with me and I also recorded 6 CDs with '70s music to take along. I also recorded 10 songs my dad used to sing when I was little to play as well. This trip in the red, 1988 Mazda RX7, convertible, tops any vacation I have ever had. Most (not all) of my friends were amazed I would drive from Florida in a used, older car, and by myself. What they did not know is I really wasn't alone. I have a concealed weapons permit in Alaska so I carried my "best friend" with me. Nothing like having a gun in your car to make you feel safe and drive the speed limit while in the lower 48. The thought of having to take the gun out, drop the clip etc. is a BIG deterrent to speeding. Obviously I had to turn my gun over to a gun dealer to ship home to Alaska before crossing the border from Montana and within 8 hours... I had my first face to face meeting with a Mountie for speeding. I also carried a "spot" GPS locator. My husband and a few of my friends knew where I was within 20 minutes the entire time I was gone. I had to laugh when my husband called me on my cell phone while I was at a winery in the Black Hills tasting and buying wine to ship home. His first words were "don't you have enough wine at home"? I had just told the folks I was sipping wine with I was from Alaska so when my cell rang and Bill asked the question they had that twilight zone look. It was priceless. I looked at this trip like an adventure of a lifetime and it most certainly was. I left Jacksonville, FL and headed to my son's who is stationed at Cherry Point a Marine Base on the coast of North Carolina. After spending a few days with him I headed for Missoula, MT to visit my daughter. In between I had side trips. One of my favorites was the National Monument in Rapid City, SD. That also happens to be the funniest (to me anyway) part of my trip. I toured the monument, took the hike and visited with others there for almost 4 hours. I had not eaten so I went into the cafeteria, grabbed a salad and headed out to the deck to eat. While eating something ran by my foot and without looking up from my salad or thinking I picked my foot up and you guessed it went to stomp the life out of it. Now I want you to know you could almost feel the air leave the patio and the gasping was loud enough to cause me to look up. I looked up to see all on the patio staring at me... now before you all get upset I missed it. I am told it was some kind of chipmunk kinda looked like the cartoon character... was his name Dale? I thought it was a shrew. I am sure there are kids in therapy over what I did but really I did what came natural to me. I have laughed many times thinking of the horrified looks I saw on the faces of people around me. I then went to visit the missile site not far from the monument. Unfortunately the tour was full so I did not take the entire tour of the site. What I did see I really enjoyed and it left me wanting to come back to see more. Last but not least of my favorites was the Montana State HOG rally. I was not going to do the entire weekend of the HOG rally but instead tour Yellowstone but... the car had other plans. Upon filling the tank in a little town outside of Billings about two gallons of gas ran out on the pavement. You should have seen the looks of the faces of the Harley riders when I jumped in the car and drove it out of the stall and proceeded to figure out where it was coming from on dry ground. In Alaska the women I run with take care of themselves and their equipment so it was nothing for me to try and figure out what was wrong with the car and possibly fix it myself. The Harley Riders were very nice and helpful even though I looked at some of them like they sprouted a third head when they offered me advice and in the end I followed one of the riders into Cody and then to a shop to be fixed. However the following morning when I filled the tank it leaked yet again so I followed the same rider back to Billings never getting to see Yellowstone but instead doing all the events for the HOG rally. That's OK because I will be back. I am considering riding my bike out either this fall or in May and storing it in Soap Lake so I can ride on more than two highways and perhaps do a few more rallies. The Bear Tooth Mountains were one of the most spectacular sights I was able to see on this trip. Once at the top the view almost takes your breath away... literally because it is over 12,000' I believe. If you are planning a vacation near Cody you should take the time to drive to the top. I have many more stories to include having to jack the car up in Jasper and crawl under... but do not want to bore you with the specifics. I will say the tourists in Jasper were not helpful. One of them asked me while I was standing at the elevator, my hands covered in grease and a streak of grease across my face if I was the lady under the car out front that he was taking pictures of and wondering where her husband was. Now... I was up and had the car jacked up by 6am so my sense of humor was not the best... My reply while looking down at my hands and dirty clothes? "You know it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out". With that said I stepped into the elevator and pushed the button for my floor and a much needed shower. I saw every animal except a brown bear and much to my amazement I saw 5 lynx. I have never seen even one before so I will assume it is the year of the rabbit? I soaked in two hot springs after crossing the border... Laird and Tikhini. The latter being outside of Whitehorse. I spent the 4th of July with my Canadian friends in Dawson City and then headed home for Alaska. I must say I was saddened upon declaring what I did and did not have at the border coming into Alaska. My trip was over and I was soon going back to my real life. All in all I had a wonderful trip... visited with my kids and grandkids, met some great people... had quantity time with friends I usually only have quality (short visit with each minute accounted for) time with and I will treasure the time spent with them for the rest of my life... I saw sights I had never seen before... and yes will tell stories for years to come I am sure. I truly am blessed to be able to do the things I do, see the things I see, and I do not take any part of my life for granted. I live each day to the fullest and love every minute... well maybe not the crawling under the car part... but for the most part my life is charmed and for that I am thankful. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/15/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Stan McDonald ('53) and Dorothy McDonald ('53) Judy Porter Cox ('61), Tom Hemphill ('62) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Judie and Jackie Cole ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gary Davis ('77) & Karen Whitney ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) and Dorothy McDonald McDonald ('53) Re: 50th Wedding Anniversary Family Celebration Over the years of reading the Sandstorm I have noted that subscribers have often had interesting ideas and perspectives. We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on September 11th next year. We want to include our two sons and their families in our celebration. We have done some sleuthing on our own for places to go and spend about 8 days or so together. It does not need nor can it be in September because we have 7 out of 8 grandchildren who will be in school. It should be in March (at the earliest), April, or July. The latter would probably be best because of no problem with getting one or more grandchildren out of school. We have contacted previous travel agents we have used. One place we think could be a good choice would be the Hyatt in Maui, Hawaii. They have a wonderful huge water slide on the beach side of the hotel and fronting on a nice beach. The grandchildren will be the following ages: Boys: 1-1/2, 4, 9, 11; Girls: 4, 8, 11, 13. They all love to swim and 3 are experienced swim team members. Any suggestions for travel, lodging, activities, etc. will be appreciated. Looking for new ideas. If flights are required: 2 adults with 3 children (Sonoma County residents) fly from San Francisco; 2 adults with 5 children fly from Phoenix (Chandler residents); and Grammy and Grampy fly from San Diego. We would like a "package deal" this time. Anyone have any suggestions or experience with this kind of event? Any suggestions will be appreciated. -Stan McDonald ('53) and Dorothy McDonald McDonald ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Porter Cox ('61) Re: Sorensen's large group picture #395 The third man on the right is my Uncle, William Henderson. He lived in Sunnyside but has now passed away. Thanks, -Judy Porter Cox ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) To: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Re: Maggie's Travelogue Maggie, I loved your travelogue of your trip from Florida to Alaska. What an adventure. Please tell us more stories. -Tom Hemphill ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See a picture of Maggie and me at: Maggie came from her '74 reunion to our '64 reunion to surprise me with a book (Jon Van Zyle's "Iditarod Memories" - numbered/ signed) and a letter from the Iditarod Trail Committee thanking me for all my support.... very cool.... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday Time It's the first day of school at a new school... you've moved up from Jr Hi to the big league... for a kid like me, I was in a much larger pond than I was used to and had no older kids in my family to make the transition smoother... oh yeah... I faked it... I was cool ... "say man" with the little nod... didn't have my driver's license yet so I hadn't mastered the one hand wave without taking the hand from the steering wheel yet... but I would... yeah... "say man"... that phrase could go a long way... with the little nod of course... Friday nite would be the first mixer and I would find an endearing and lasting love of "High School USA" at Col-Hi... not the movie... and today, July 15th, two of the "big girls" that made my life just a little bit easier and a little more enjoyable those first few days and for the graduating year of the Gold Medal Class of '63 are having a birthday... So give it up with a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Judie and Jackie Cole ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/16/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and the Cole "kids" sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Gus Keeney ('57) Jay Siegel ('61), Roy Ballard ('63) Rick Valentine ('68) Cole Kids (Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), & John ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Isackson ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margo Compton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott Hartcorn ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: My Brother It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that my beloved brother, Cecil H. Bell, Jr. ('53), died Monday, July 13th at his home in Federal Way, WA. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by a cat scan on Friday, May 22nd, this year. His own oncologist and one from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance put him in St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma on Thursday, July 2 to "build him up for chemo". I think they knew he would never get it. He came home on Saturday, July 11, and I was to go from Richland to Federal Way on Tuesday, July 14th - but he died early Monday morning. Those of you who remember him will know that he was the first ASB president at Carmichael Jr. High, and in his senior year at Col-Hi (Richland High) he was also ASB president. He was a professor in the Graduate School at the Univ. of Washington for 30 years. He was an amazing person! He and his wonderful wife, Dianne Wotton Bell (of Puyallup) celebrated their 40th anniversary in December. 2008. They had no children. Cecil's funeral will be Saturday, July 18th in Puyallup, WA at the Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Avenue. Phone # 253-845- 1172. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: My Day I hope everyone had a great day today. Mine was going OK until while I was pumping down the pond to change the water. Tripped on something and fell into the Pond!!!! I scratched the heck out of my left leg, left hand, and right knee.. I know I'm going to have a lot of sore spots tomorrow that I can't feel now!!!!! I manage to get everything out of my wallet and dried out, but a hand full of receipts are mush!!!! Ah, The Price of Glory. I got that saying from my good friend, Gary Beard, back in my old Porsche days I was passing a Corvette showing off!!! When I blew by him in third gear at red line I shifted into fourth. When I let out the clutch, it reved up to 12 grand because it was actually in second gear!!!!! Rev limiter doesn't seem to work too good on compression!!!!! Broke 5 rocker arms and bent all 6 exhaust valves. One top end rebuild and loose shift linkage repaired I was back in business. I learned a lot about Porsche 911 engines rebuilding it myself.. When I called Gary, he said ,"Break a few Rocker Arms did you? Well Gus, That's the Price of Glory!!!!" The rebuild kit had a set of gaskets for the Webber 3 barrel carbs, so I thought why not rebuild them at that time. The engine ran fine, but I would run through a bandolier belt full of spark plugs to get from St. Helens to Richland!!! Gary introduced me to a great Porsche mechanic in Marin County, CA (Joe Aguilar) who put my machine on the computer, Adjusted the carbs correctly and changed the plugs to NGKs with a slightly different heat range, and Whooo HAAAH!!! No more spark problem!!! This was on Friday evening and I took My 68 Targa out to Bondurant's Sears Point Raceway and flogged the devil out of it for two days at the drivers training school without nary a problem. I put 40,000 more miles on those plugs and no carbs needed adjusting!!!! Just changed oil and filters. Sometimes it pays to bite the bullet and ask for help!!!!! If you see Dick Stephens ('66) you might ask him about that car!!! Great memories and boy did I get off the subject on this one!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ from sunny West Richland, where I got my '84 Corvette tuned up today by an actual Certified Master Chevrolet Mechanic, and it almost runs as good as a Porsche **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) Re: sad news I received news from his wife this morning that Jim Parcell- Miller, Classic Class of 1961, passed away on 1 April. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Building Numbers Maren, just a note to pass on about the numbering of the buildings at RHS. It is due to Fire regulations that the buildings have to be numbered, but Mac Hall and Dawald Gym will also be put back up. I was notified by the superintendent's office the other day. It is nice to have a superintendent who works with the people. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane area Bomber lunch reminder... It's that time again! For all of you who have that itchy slot machine finger and those of you who just enjoy the chance to socialize with other Bombers, it's time for another Spokane area Bomber lunch... WHEN: Next Sunday, July 19th TIMES: Coffee at 11:30 - Lunch at about Noon... WHERE: Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights Woodlands Restaurant, In the Family section of the Casino Everyone is welcome, come and join us.... Need more information or directions? Contact me if you do! -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cole Kids Re: Twins and David Rivers ('65) Ok David, you scooped me again. I haven't been able to get to my computer for three days due to six of our eleven grandkids using it! Anyway, I'm a day behind wishing Jackie and Judie ('63) a written birthday wish. They're both on their way to Richland for our "Cole" family reunion hosted by John and Vicki Mosley Cole ('66) and Bill ('64) and Jackie ('63) Cole Bailey. We are a prolific bunch, if all attend we'll be up to 92!! Keep up the good work David, sorry I'm too old for you to remember unless I took your money at the "Big" pool. -Cole Kids (Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), & John ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/17/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Gene Barfuss ('53), Jim McKeown ('53) Marguerite Groff ('54), Tom Matthews ('57) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny Lytle ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene Barfuss ('53) Re: Passing of my old friend Cecil Bell ('53-RIP) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Betty, I am saddened to hear of the passing of your Brother, Cecil. I have fond memories of him and always have considered him one of my best friends. We did a lot of fun things together back at good old Col-Hi... all the way from working together at Jerry Pliess' Chevron Station, playing alto sax together in the High school band and the dance band, Trading girl friends, mapping all the best make out spots along the river road between Richland and No. Richland, trading girl friends, Hi-Spot Dances, By's Burgers, and picking up girls to trade. The list could go on for a long time. I send my best wishes and condolences. I am sure he will leave A big void in many lives. -Gene Barfuss ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Cecil Bell ('53-RIP) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) I'm in shock... I can't believe Cecil has passed on... not only that, it's hard to believe the speed of his death from the time of his check up to now. I saw him at the last club 40 and he was in stellar shape and we did our usual BSing about our mis-spent youth and all of that. Betty, your house was my 2nd home in those early days, and you were the big kid on the block. He was the one that kept me on the straight and narrow, and has been a terrific friend over the years. At our wedding in Tacoma in '56, as Edna and I stepped out of the Church, there he was with that silly grin of his... I couldn't believe he was there. We kind of lost track during the following years... except for the reunions, and we would start all over again, as if no time had passed. My heart goes out to his wife and the rest of your family for your loss. Actually, a loss for all of us from '53. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: '54 Lunch Today Happy summer!! I understand that the Tri-Cities will be in the 100+ for a few days. Thank you Lord for air conditioning!! Actually, the purpose for my Sandstorm input is to remind '54 classmates that today is our monthly lunch at Granny's. I am really looking forward to seeing you there. By the way, this is not a "ladies only" lunch. We had some fellows join us a while back and the sky didn't fall in. Plans are underway for our 55 year reunion, in conjunction with Club 40's annual gathering. We have a great group of classmates who have agreed to help put our part together. Come join us at Granny's and we can discuss the plans. More information about our reunion will be coming out soon. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Having fun with my new baby kitty. He is loving and sweet. He is an indoor kitty... However, I can hardly wait till he can be de-clawed Ouch! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews ('57) Re: Cecil Bell ('53-RIP) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Betty and family, the Matthews siblings are very sorry to hear about the passing of your brother, Cecil Bell. Terry ('60), Marianne Wood ('63) and myself enjoyed the friendship our family had with the Bell family over the years. I remember that Cecil once spoke to an all class assembly at Col-Hi, I think the subject was the importance of education, probably in '56 or '57. -Tom Matthews ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) Congratulations to 1960 Bombers Lora Homme and Fred Phillips on their wedding June 29, 2009 in Las Vegas. May they have many years of happiness, romance and adventure! -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Toivo Piippo - 1938 Former Chief Jo coach/health teacher Toivo Piippo as a freshman on the University of Oregon basketball squad - 1938 -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/18/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland Pictures were done by me. When our waiter Eric went on and on about what a great luncheon we had I was paying attention. Eric has been our waiter for quite a few months. At the end and every time I went by him he made another comment about the luncheon. He really enjoyed all of it also, it showed on his face. I did introductions for the first time in a while because of some of the first time Bombers who came. One being David Shaw ('60wb). David found other '60 graduates who led him to come back to Richland after 55 years. His dad was a manager for AEC and he took the family to another place for his work when David was ending the 7th grade. David will being writing in more of his story. This was the most unusual story of all the Bombers I have heard at a luncheon. 55 YEARS and RETURNING TO RICHLAND! I'm curious, David. What were your memories to lead you back after leaving as such a young boy? Did not hear whether Bill Hightower ('49) flew his own plane here from Texas or whether he is now living here. What's the answer, Bill? It's always fun for me when one of my grand children is visiting and able to attend the luncheon with me. Sabryna (2013) helps get everyone checked in and enjoys every minute of her meetings of the Bombers when she is here. She is now saying she wants to graduate from Richland High School. Hopefully in the next year she will be here to go to school. Through Sabryna's meeting of Bombers Glen Rose ('58) is her extended family grandpa. She has also claimed Larry Belt ('57) as a grand father. (Sabryna just read this and walked away with a giggle and a big smile on her face.) When I got a moment to talk with Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) and Tom Stephenson (spouse - '59 Colusa, CA) of the A.C.E.S. fame. A.C.E.S. is where I met them. I had not seen them in quite a while. Tom and I started talking about his home town is and where he graduated ('59) which is Colusa, CA and where it is. Long story but a town close to there is Williams, CA. That gave me a good giggle to tell him the story of how I ended up in a bar there with a friend when going from San Jose to Portland at 1:00 a.m. It's always fun to see Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60). OK, Stephanie, now that you live five minutes away and are retired hope to see more of you. More stories could be told from you about the famed Dawson Richards your dad was in partnership owning. I know your involvement was tremendous. Recent Tri-City Herald had a good picture and story of Burt Pierard ('59) and the man working with him on Richland's upcoming 100th anniversary celebration. Many more stories which I would hope the attendees would write in about. Attendees were: Sabryna Ahrens (2013) grand daughter of Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Liz Trujillo ('70), Nadine Fowler ('70), Bill Hightower ('49), Shannon Craig Gross ('50), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57), Jon Hudspeth ('52), Dave Rhodes ('52) and Alice Rhodes (spouse - '57 Colville, WA Hi), David Shaw ('60wb - Piedmont, CA high school), Linda Stewert Nicholson ('57), Lorin St. John ('55) and Phyllis St. John (spouse - '70 Glacier Hi, Seattle), Glen Rose ('58) and Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA), Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) and Tom Stephenson (spouse - '59 Colusa, CA), Sue Beth Stewart ('??), Bud Van Dusen ('52), Bev Smith Jochen ('52), Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60), Missy Keeny ('59), my apologies Missy, somehow the picture of you got lost. Fred Klute ('58), Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60). Time to sign off until next month when many more fun things will happen at the All Bomber Luncheon - Richland. June completed our fourth year. Looking forward to many more Bombers joining us for the year to come and celebrating our fifth anniversry next year. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland... so wonderful to live in an area where people walk their dogs, adults and children ride their bikes, joggers and walkers are plentiful all day long. Children play in the front yard as well as the back. Summer is here with higher temperatures. Light winds still come up in the afternoon to help cooling down by evening. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/19/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: "Pappy" Swan ('59), Gary Telfer ('61) Rick Valentine ('68), Vic Marshall ('71) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla Snyder ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Care of Relatives To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) and Dennis Hammer ('64) I have been slow in responding to both of you because, since my last entry, I have had to move my mother, per doctor's orders, from Kadlec Hospital to Avalon Health & Rehabilitation Center - Pasco, for some extended antibiotic treatment. Consequently, I have entered into a whole new round of paperwork, meetings, medical consultations and examinations, care conferences, phone calls, and gathering up and moving the belongings that she needed for this (hopefully) temporary stay. Of course, like the old saying, the job is never finished until the paperwork is done, but the paperwork never seems ... to be done. To: Carol Re: My tribute to my wife, Jeanne Yep, even before we were married, I decided that my wife, Jeanne, was definitely ... a keeper! I was freshly divorced and had declared before God and all who would listen or pay any attention to my ranting, that I would never, ever ... marry again. Then, early one morning, fate led me into that Wenatchee restaurant, where she was a waitress (apparently with training in psychological warfare, and quite possibly ... a high level of expertise in mind control). She immediately took me captive with that irresistible smile. But, I was determined to abide by my declaration. I was a veritable, independent rock of solidarity, sticking to my decision, and holding out with concerted stubbornness ... until ... well, at least after our initial "Hello," and her asking what I wanted to order for breakfast (Huh, what breakfast?). It was then that I helplessly realized that, I had become merely ... a lump of putty. Well ... ok, you have to realize that up until then I had thought, pondered, considered, cogitated, and meditated, long and hard about remarrying. And I did the same in this particular case ... for uh, um ... oh, an hour or ... ok, maybe a few minutes, anyway, while debating my chances of finding another one like her. But even today, in my own mind ... and looking back, I still say that I was not "easy!" And, like any good, strong-willed, red-blooded, American boy, especially a Marine ... I almost immediately, broke down and pleaded with her to, "Stick with me kid ... YOU could make me a star!" And, thus, no matter what, I had found, and I now ... reside with my soul mate! If any of you Bombers have never had this experience, I wish you well in finding yours. Its never too late! And, I highly recommend it. I don't know ... you might try a restaurant? To: Dennis Re: Care of Relatives Hey Buddy, during all of our communicating about military history (our's and other's), Bomber stuff, and collaborating on stories of the "Elfin Kind," etc., while you and I may have made mention to each other of our more personal involvements with our own relatives, I don't think that we ever went into any real depth of what each of us copes with, until now. Many of your "strained" experiences with your mother, are reminiscent of mine with my own mother, but especially with a particular aunt of mine (RIP). However, after reading your story, I think that I can safely say that "your burden has been and is ... bigger," therefore, once again, I salute you, sir! And here, I think you would probably agree, I do not use the term "burden" lightly. Whether the "caring for or looking after" a relative is born of "love," "responsibility," or a combination of the two, the result is still a major impact upon the life/lives of the person(s) who become(s) the responsible party, and their immediate family members. In taking care of or looking after the interests of any of our relatives, regardless of their age or relationship, we come to realize one basic fact, "Someone has to do it!" Obviously, the weight of this task, upon the caregiver(s) can vary greatly, depending upon the attitudes, willingness, and abilities of the care recipient(s) and those of family members to "pitch in" and cooperate. For some families, these situations go relatively smooth, for others, the road can get pretty rocky. Several Bombers wrote personal emails to me, on this subject, revealing that there are quite a number of us who are or have been in the situation of being responsible for relatives. In addition, I have had considerable discussion with others experiencing this sort of thing and with medical, social, and case workers, over time. It is apparent that sometimes, taking on this responsibility is for a relatively short period of time. But, in other situations, it can become drawn out over a period of years, often without much, if any relief, for the care giver or responsible party. And, of course, "care" may not be limited to "in home" or "in facilities," as the person being looked after may very well live alone, but still require regular attention and assistance from others. I probably should just keep my mouth shut about the personal problems and stick to writing birthday and anniversary greetings, and wild imagination stuff, but occasionally I find that writing about serious concerns, just as with writing the "lighter stuff," can actually help one to let off some steam. Apparently, this works as a form of mental therapy, as I have not "lost it," ... yet. But, in all honesty, I sometimes am amazed that I have not "come completely unglued!". And, I sometimes wish that I would have had someone, years ago, to have warned me about what was coming. Actually, I think that my dad did tell me, but I failed to take him seriously. Looking back, its amazing just how smart that "old man" was. After a hole bunch of years, of looking out for others, I have gradually come to realize that there is so much to learn and figure out about what all is involved in looking after someone else, and the psychology of coping with it. On the other hand, if I had known ... then, what I know now, I might have just ... moved away. Ha! But ..., on the other hand, we must keep in mind that, like that old song goes, "...our day will come." Thus, there could be a hidden advantage derived from dealing with these situations, because we can impart to our kids, our experiences and knowledge gained in elder care, so that they will be better prepared to look after us. Uhhhh, no ... never mind, scratch that last one or else ... our kids might move away and leave us on our own. Moving on... From my own experiences and what many fellow Bombers have written to me, I think that the greatest impact on those of us who find ourselves in these situations, is that in reality, there is no question ... it can, and most likely will, over time, become excessively, time consuming and overwhelming, no matter how well-meaning we are at the outset. It can become like a full-time job. And eventually, the care giver/responsible party (the "looker afters") can virtually lose control of their own life, due to the demands on their time and efforts, that come with such an undertaking. That is where the value of other family members (or friends or professionals, in some cases) helping to share the burden, can make such a difference. And, it is important that all make an effort to understand and be aware of (from the beginning), the myriad rules, regulations, costs, procedures, available help and assistance, etc., involved, or most assuredly, conflict will prevail. And, if the "care" is left up to one individual, there is always the possibility that if something happens to preclude their continuing the care, someone else will need to know the "ins and outs" of stepping in, to take over, if not already an active participant in said "care." So, for all of us who are, have been, or will be involved in looking after our elder parents or other relatives, perhaps it will help to realize that we are not alone in this endeavor. There are more of us than I had realized. I guess its just a part of the cycle. And, for what it is worth, that puts us into a, not particularly special, but a very separate category, because until one has experienced this scenario, on a firsthand basis, it is really not fully understandable. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the morning dawns brightly, because the now, nearly 60 lb pups, Bella and Me'a, always sound reveille on Dad, daily, anywhere from 4-5:00 AM. And today, I just might have the day to myself, and them, and Jeanne ... except for all the house and yard work for which I am always perpetually ... behind. Nevertheless, it promises to be a good clear one at about 100 or more ... F (as in frying). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Telfer ('61) A very sad day today for me as I have lost my best friend since 4th grade at Spalding. Chuck Rathbun ('61) passed away this morning [7/18] after a six month battle with cancer. I had last talked to him a week ago and he told me then that he figured he had a week to ten days left. He was a very strong person, but he knew that this was a fight that he was going to lose. After spending grades four through twelve together, Chuck went on to school and then started working at Hanford while I went to active duty in the Navy. After my discharge from the service, I found him living two blocks away from my parents' house. We decided that we would get a two bedroom apartment at the Desert Palms on Goethals. It became "party time" and we sure did, along with our friends Doug Longmore ('61), Jim Clark ('61), Dave Ostrum ('61), Terry Smith ('61) and of course the "Babes". Oh what fun everyone had and there were so many stories that could be told... but some of us feel that we will be better off letting them lie. Our sincere condolences to his family, wife Barbara, and children, grandchildren and brothers Doug ('60) and Rene. -Gary Telfer ('61) ~ From cool and breezy Newport, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Area Bomber Lunch Final Reminder... Join Us for lunch... It's that time again! For all of you who have that itchy slot machine finger and those of you who just enjoy the chance to socialize with other Bombers, it's time for another Spokane area Bomber lunch... WHEN: Sunday, July 19th TIMES: Coffee at 11:30 - Lunch at about Noon... WHERE: Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights Woodlands Restaurant, In the Family section of the Casino Everyone is welcome, come and join us.... Need more information or directions? Contact me if you do! -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Art Barber (Bomber Dad - RIP) Art Barber, Bomber Dad to Maureen ('66), Dave ('68), Jan and Joel ('70), Cheryl ('71). Paul ('76) and Teresa ('78) passed away on Friday, July 17, 2009. He was a wonderful man and raised a great group of kids. His was a full and fulfilled life and he touched many people in special ways. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Barber clan at this bittersweet moment. He has gone on to a better place but leaves a big hole in a lot of lives. Peace. -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6 Reproduction, Bus Lot and a lunch room from one of the reactors. These are all later '50's vintage. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/20/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill Hightower ('49), Betty Bell ('51) "Martie" Wade ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) Re: Moving To Richland To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) I flew my plane to Pasco and Kennewick and back to Texas several times. I left it in a hangar in Kennewick a year ago. I have a condo in Kennewick but haven`t completed the move yet. Regards, -Bill Hightower ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: My Brother, Cecil H. Bell ('53-RIP) I attended Cecil's funeral in Puyallup, WA yesterday morning, and I can truthfully say I have never attended a more up-beat, wonderful funeral in my life! He was admired by all who knew him, and achieved much, much more in his life than I could ever have imagined! Particularly, I would like to thank Patty Badger Keller ('53) Barbara Keller (?) for being there! It was great to see them and get to visit after all these years - and we really appreciated their being there! His obituary will appear sometime this week in the Tacoma News Tribune, I was told. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) Re: Don Sorensen's Picture #370 I am fairly sure that #370 is my former mother-in-law Retha Knisley. I may be wrong, but don't think so. -Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jim Parcell-Miller ('61) ~ 1942 - 4/1/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/21/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Karen Cole ('55) Donna Bowers ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Groff ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Person-of-the-Week (Texas) I thought this was so inspirational, I wanted to share it with you all. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) I cannot believe how many of the Class of '61 are passing right now... Clif, Jim Parcell, Chuck Rathbun! That was the class that were seniors when I was a sophomore. Because my brother Clif was in that class, I knew many of them personally. We buried my brother in Yakima and held a Memorial Service on July 11th. I want to thank our best man Bill Love ('59) and Carol, and groomsman, Ken Free ('59) and Judy Powell Free('61) for coming to the Memorial... what a wonderful surprise-as Bill and Carol drove up from Portland. We surrounded the room with Clif's paintings and had such a lovely service. We drove to Richland to see Kathy Rice Veverka's ('58) family (she left us last February, 2008). We usually stay at the Marriott when in Richland and walk to get a Spudnut. Ran into Terry Klute ('63) (from our old neighborhood) there. He never changes. He married Lizzie and they are going back to Germany in a few weeks to visit. Always love catching up with him. On the walk back - what another great surprise - ran into Perry Moore ('63), another Perkins St. neighbor and had great fun talking to him - what a treasure!!! And then - can you believe it - I ran into one of the greats of our class - Theartis Wallace?!? I haven't seen him in forever. I had a hair appointment so I had to run, but how often can you run into 3 great guys form the Gold Medal Class of '63 in the space of 1/2 hour when you make a quick trip 2/3 of the way across the US. That was a treasure!! These guys were all a part of the "Good Guys" of the class of '63. What a marvelous class that can find more ways to get together than any class I know. I am grateful to be a member. Sincerely, -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ now back in St. Louis where we have had unseasonably cool temps in the 70s, but hey ,it reminds me of the PNW and exercising out doors is wonderful right now! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/22/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) Pete Beaulieu ('62), Allyson Smith ('67) Tami Schuchart ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Crawley ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Vinther ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) What a shock!! My prayers and thoughts go to you, your family and Cecil's wife. It doesn't seem that long ago I was visiting with Cecil at our 55th class reunion last year. I remember you were there with him at our table. Cecil was gracious, caring, he was a gentleman, and a friend to many especially his classmates of '53!! At our 50th (really 51st), I mentioned the article in the "PI" business section about his wife's Rhododendron nursery in the Federal Way area. He was surprised I knew about it. Several years ago I saw Cecil at the Tacoma Dome where I was having lunch with a co-worker. The guy with him was also a professor at UW; Cecil was surprised we knew each other. I remember your family attended the Central United Protestant Church in Richland; your family lived on Kimball... not far from the Sacajawea grade school. Richland was a great place to grow up. As I'm writing this, I can still see Cecil's smile!! He will be missed by many!!!!!! It's sad knowing we won't see Cecil at our next reunion. May God be with you and his wife during this time... Cecil is in our Lord's hands now. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Coeur D'Alene, ID **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Thanks for letting us know, on 6/24/2009, that Richland's latest group of board members have numbers on their mind and have gotten out their big erasers to convert school buildings' traditional names into numerically classified structures. What's in a Number? Are authorities so desperate to leave something behind... they're leaving a number? [See 7/16/09 entry from Roy Ballard ('63).. Roy said "...It is due to Fire regulations that the buildings have to be numbered, but Mac Hall and Dawald Gym will also be put back up..." -Maren] Richland's work areas were given numbers, perhaps because it was making history and we had not, or were afraid to, identify those in the nuclear industry at that time. However, we salute and congratulate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who used names of famous engineers like Goethals, Stevens, Wright and others for Richland's streets. Our educators, engineers, city leaders, parents and neighbors had a long way to go and a short time to the help build the wonderful traditions and history we treasure. They live on in our memories and no numbers can ever replace what they gave to us. Thanks to former school boards for honoring our educators by name. More should be named. Board members should lose the numbers and build on worthwhile traditions. Could the numbering of the former "Named" gymnasiums, educational buildings and meeting places possibly be an off- shoot of a "No Coach Left Behind (NCLB) Program administered by the Board to eliminate the memory of educators who went above and beyond the call of duty? Or is it just an emphasis on erasing History in the 21st Century? Maybe its just part of a "Nothin' Else To Do" Syndrome. Or could it be something thought up at a lengthy cocktail party by bureaucrats overwhelmed by a "no historical heroes allowed" format? Sometimes simpering, ineffectual, paper-clip counting bureaucracies use their own tuning forks to harmonize a power base. Next they may want to discard all of the Columbians in the school library. One wonders what number they'll assign to Marcus Whitman, Chief Joseph, Jefferson, Spalding and the others... just because they can. It may escalate into... "Student Number 0034729 and Student 0034836 have been selected as 2011 National Honor Scholars by teachers 0755, 0789, 0796" and administrators 0653 and 0704. They will be honored at an assembly in Building 5000 and will be congratulated by classmates 0034523 through 0036258 at 0900 on 5/25/2011 at a reception in Building 3000." Mark Twain may have had it right when he said, "Some School Boards were invented by God... at the end of a long busy week when GOD was very tired." Thanks again Richard for this timely and thoughtful reminder that our heroes, facilities and structures are not always just numbers. BTW Richard, We're not sure where Walla Walla's community fits in, but Richland's family, social, educational and community traditions from the '40s, '50s and '60s are way out in front of whoever is in 2nd place! (Wonder what the Richland school board would do with Walla Walla's mascot. Still the Blue Devils? ) Maybe this should be reported to President number 044. -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Beaulieu ('62) Forty years, the twinkling of an eye... About the same time that President Kennedy dedicated the power reactor at Hanford (1963) he also mentioned something about landing on the moon within the decade. The year 1969 found me in the South Pacific on the carrier U.S.S. Hornet as (a small) part of the Apollo XI capsule recovery team. the crew reunion at the end of this week is on the same ship, now a museum, in San Francisco Bay. I will be staying two days with niece Amy Andrews ('59 brother Tom and Janet's exquisite daughter and kids), and two days with nephew Pat and his family (of twin brother John ('62). Other than the astronauts, there were a few other exceptional humanoids on the ship the day of recovery (July 24). In his high school years one of the four frogmen instigated a new boy scout merit badge for survival swimming. He swam four miles with his hands tied behind his back, also a mile with hands and feet tied. The lead frogman (who complimented me, I think, as a "hot s---") later picked up a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, plus a law degree. This without gaining any weight in 40 years. If anyone in Bomberville knows a Dave Leubke (Kennewick, '68), he took part in Apollo XII later in November. To those 2 Percent of the U.S. population who still think the whole thing was a fake filmed in an isolated warehouse, I just agree, and then suggest that the real trick was getting an aircraft carrier out into the Arizona desert without cracking the freeway and without being noticed. -Pete Beaulieu ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Allyson Smith Dennis ('67) Re: Susan Button ('67-RIP) Dear Class of '67 Bomber Classmates: I was just notified tonight by Sharon Popp Wise ('67) that Susan Button passed away on July 18th, 2009 in Murray. UT. She had been diagnosed with cancer in early 2008. At her request, no obituary was published nor was any funeral service held. Susan was born on March 17, 1949 in Richland. -Allyson Smith Dennis ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Thank you so much for sharing "Person of the Week - Texas" on U-Tube. I was so proud of that group in Dallas that takes their time each morning to welcome home our soldiers and tell them "Thank You". Where ever I go I have always taken the time, any time I see a soldier, to go over and say "I just want to take a minute to tell you thank you for all that you do. For protecting me and my family and our country. I am very proud of you and I appreciate you." They are always so grateful and sometimes they cry. It only takes a minute or two out of my busy day but it means a lot to me to be able to tell them how I feel about them and it really means a lot to them!! Thanks again for sharing the video, it might inspire a lot of people to do the same thing!!! -Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/23/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers & Don Sorensen sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Bill Berlin ('56), Jim Hamilton ('63) Randy Shipman ('68), Bob Thorson ('69) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Evans ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aric Buck ('95) BOMBER BY ADOPTION BIRTHDAY Today: Agnes Hughes ('02BBA) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Losing someone close I just read where Cecil Bell ('53) had passed away recently. I figure that Cecil was associated with the U of Washington for a number of years... as a professor? I remember him from my Richland days. He was one of the "old guys" and three or four years older than I was but he always seemed to have time for us "little kids" and was, as a number of Col-Hi Bombers of that era, approachable and friendly. I now wish more than ever that I had known what some of these Bombers were doing with their life and maybe I could have connected with them at one time or anther. Now that can't happen. Thanks to guys like Cecil, the motivation to me to be involved in youth activities, my own kids and others, was handed down in my youth by guys that I looked up to and admired. To Cecil's family, I mourn your sorrow but rest assumed that his demeanor, and that of guys like Jack Sinderson ('53), Don Fisher ('50-RIP) and Clarence Fulcher ('51) had a lasting effect on me and still does to this very day. How many "little kids" can say the same thing? Re: RIP Maybe a couple of Bombers who have been in Bristol Bay in the past remember Norm Tibbets (NAB) from flying with him on Peninsula Airways, but Norm just passed away in ANCAK (Anchorage, Alaska) at the age of 83 the other day. Norm was the younger brother of the Tibbets clan of pilots, I think their Uncle drove the Enola Gay on that fateful mission to end War II, but was a pilot extraordinaire. Flying, for those who do it or have done it, is a meticulous exercise since it is a lot better to "fix it on the ground than in the air" kind of thing and that was Norm's mantra to me... always do your pre-flight check no matter what, no matter when. You have to know a bit about the kind of flying that we were doing at the time. We were based out of King salmon, AK (350 miles west of Anchorage) and flying to various fish camps and canneries. The fields were gravel and not always level and never lit. Our aircraft of choice was the single prop Piper Cherokee 6, five passengers plus pilot and about 300 pounds of cargo, and in an average year we would fly between 3000 and 3,500 passengers on these flights of between 5 and 40 minutes. From the get-go Norm taught me to always check the oil and fuel levels at every stop on flights over ten minutes because adding a quart of oil was better than spending a night in the mosquito infested tundra. Every morning and every evening he did his own complete check of his aircraft. You might ask, why would he do that the last thing at night and again the first thing in the morning? The answer is, he always told me, was that you never, ever know who has been around that plane or who might have flown it in between, then the critical components might have been compromised. Norm never left anything to chance or someone else's poor disciplines. He was a great family man, with tremendous kids but he never taught them to fly. Norm owned a septic pumping service around Anchorage and when one of his driver's dumped a whole load illegally into a salmon spawning stream, he took full responsibility and paid more than $100,000 to have it fixed, or what we now call in PC terms... mitigated. He supported youth hockey in Anchorage and actually built a dozen outdoor arenas for pick-up "pond hockey" games, was a huge supporter of the Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts (in Seward) and camped all over Alaska with his super neat wife and kids. So why do I mention to you Bombers about this ANCAK NAB? Well I took Norm over to Richland a few years back when he was in Seattle recovering from shoulder surgery and showed him where I grew up and he loved it, especially our morning trip to have Spudnuts and coffee at Val's place {The Spudnut Shop]. When we got back to Seattle, Norm said that now he knew why I was the gentleman that he had come to know coming from a homey youth oriented place like Richland. He knew my Mom too so I am sure that factored in but I was very proud to have been called a gentleman partly because of my Bomber background. RIP Norm Tibbets, my "safe and sure" pilot mentor. I will miss him deeply. I might add for you pilots, Norm had over 4,000 hours in small aircraft and never got his multi-engine rating. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where the weather has been terrific and six grandkids descend on us in the next few days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To Mike Brady ('61), my 98034 neighbor, who although he's only a driver, 3 iron, dropped ball, another 3 iron, another dropped ball, a 7 iron, a nine iron, another dropped ball, another seven iron, a wedge and five putts away, has never seen fit to check on the progress being made by the Zen Master I hired to do my lawn. We (the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I) just returned from dinner at The Game (the service was better at Abu Ghraib). We stopped by Safeway, where they had cherries for $0.89 a pound if you have one of their Big Deal numbers. You might already know this, but chances are you were surfing the net on Bing, listening to White Christmas, watching a re-run of the '59 Pebble Beach Pro-Am and recording "On The Road To Morocco" on your Tevo. At that price, you'll probably be buying your gasoline at a discount of $3.50 per gallon, but will no doubt be spending your savings on rolls of 4890 at Costco, -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Randy Shipman ('68) Yes my wife died on May 23,2009. Her maiden name was Roberta "Bobbi" O'Dell, she would have graduated in 1970 except for our baby in 1968. We were married for 40 years 8 months and 10 days. My whole life I've never lived alone,it's the most terrible feeling, But congrats to the Bomber Baseball Team. -Randy Shipman ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Thorson ('69) Re: August 14-16 '69's 40 year reunion You probably should attend. Tom Albert will be giving a lecture on quantum physics. Norma Dean and Debbie Waggoner will run a cheerleading clinic. Bob Avant will chat about his Alaska adventures with Sarah Palin. Scott Haney is having a group discussion on the Clinton years. Ben Jacobs will lead the class in the art of beer drinking. The highlight is sure to be the Sunday picnic where Phil Jones, Jerry Corrado, Vicki Case and Darlene Napora will be the judges for Dancing With The Stars Auditions. If you have not figured it out yet, I am trying to get your attention about our upcoming reunion. I am sure most of you didn't like me (and probably even more now) but don't let that keep you from showing up. -Bob Thorson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 7 Late '50s vintage from personal homes, 700 area offices, Sham??, Richland Public Library? and a local swimming pool with lovely ladies. Maybe Burt dated one or two of them?? -Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Judy Bates Pauly ('68) ~ 1/9/09 - 7/18/09 >>Chuck Rathbun ('61) ~ 7/31/43 - 7/18/09 >>Cecil Bell ('53) ~ 2/3/35 - 7/13/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/24/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 20 Bombers sent stuff: Luana Ivers ('52), Ann Bishop ('56) Carol Carson ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Betsy Fox ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Robert Shipp ('64) Rick Valentine ('68), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elva McGhan ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Crawford ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Hollick ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Allen ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hartnett ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene Keller ('50) & Pat Badger ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #382 The lady on the far right is Juanita Anderson. -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sara "Ann" Bishop Ousley ('56) Re: Warning for parents/grandparents: Liquid Hand Sanitizers -Sara "Ann" Bishop Ousley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #382 Second from left is, I believe Janet Judd ('58-RIP). I recognize two of the other ladies but I have "Old Timer's" disease and can't remember their names. Note: Picture behind these ladies is a John Clement. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) b~ Lynnwood, WA where these days make all the rain and cold worth it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: My 98034 neighbor, Jim Hamilton ('63) I apologize for not coming down the hill to check out your yard, but I've been busy working on our universal health care system. BTW, do you have a beer in the fridge? On a somber note, I was saddened to hear of the death of another of our classmate. Chuck Rathbun ('61-RIP) was one of the good guys. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I just got back online after cooking for just over a month at our district's U. Methodist church camps. What a lot of work, but the kids all seemed to really love the experience of being at camp, and that made it worth it.... I was shocked to see how many friends have passed away in the month I was offline. I still have lots of back reading to do, but I did just sign Chuck Rathbun's ('61-RIP) guest book. My condolences to his family, especially his brothers. I remember your whole family as a part of growing up in our cozy ranch house part of Richland between Cottonwood and Elm and Cedar and ???? Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #384 I could only recognize Dawn Bern ('64) and it that my cousin, Carol Cross Llewelyn ('64) square dancing on the far left in the front of that photo (#383)? I almost recognized a bunch of moms, but no names come to mind yet... But I love looking at old photos of Richland... As I will be gone again next week and probably off line most of the time at an extended family reunion on my dad's side of the family, I want to wish my cousin, Allen Cross ('59) a very Happy Birthday on July 30th.... And I want to share some very happy news. Our oldest son, Chipper, will be getting married in South Lake Tahoe in September, and we will be become grandparents to his wife's 4 year old son that same day!! So we will be planning a visit out to the west coast soon. Hope to take in the WSU game in Seattle on September l2th, and see my brother, Roy ('65) and his family, and Warren's mother on the trip. Maybe his brother too... My sympathy to all who have lost loved ones... Warren lost his best friend, Ray Eldridge in Seattle to cancer on June 24th and just flew back to the memorial service on July l4th. (I had committed to work at camp until July 18th, so I couldn't go.) -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #384 I see Dawn Bern ('64) and Leslie Dreher ('63) standing in the front -- and Senator Mike McCormack sitting in the middle of the back. -Betsy Fox Vance ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #384 I believe the girl on the far right is Dawn Bern ('64). Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp ('64) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #384 Don't know who the people in the foreground are, but I'm pretty sure that the dark-haired gentleman in the glasses seated at the table in the background is (future) congressman Mike McCormack. It looks like the picture was taken on the steps of the new City Hall in the late '50s. -Robert Shipp ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Spokane Area Lunch... Last Sunday 07/19/09 we had the latest Spokane area lunch. Due to the 90+ weather most of the replies to the lunch were, "Sorry... I can't attend will be at the Lake on Sunday." But 8 hearty souls did attend the lunch. Denny McDaniel ('60), Cathy McDaniel (Spouse), Rick Valentine ('68), John Bruntlett ('54), Derrith Persons Dean ('60) (Derrith drove in from Richland), Jean Bruntlett ('62), Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and Jim Evans (Spouse). Photos from the Spokane Area Lunches can be seen at: Past Spokane Area Lunch photos are also posted there. The Spokane Area Lunch Page can also be accessed by going to Scroll down the page Click on the Mini Reunions - Bombers Go To Lunch' link Then click on the Spokane link Then click on the Most recent Spokane Area Lunch pictures link. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane where the high today is supposed to 97 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [What a great picture for this lunch, Rick. THANKS. I sure do miss attending the Spokane lunches. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: '69 in '09 - 40 Year Reunion To: Bob Thorson ('69) Well, that's one way to get the attention of the class members! I just pray you are wrong about it. I understand there are a lot of fun items scheduled and it should be a great time for all. My thanks to those who have taken the time out of their lives to put this together. Duke, Bob and all others. I have never missed one of our class reunions and don't ever plan to unless I'm dead. For those of you in our class that have not attended any of these, they are a good time and it is great fun just to get together again and share. I hope to see everyone at our 40th. It would be nice if other '69ers who have attended would send in a short note to the Sandstorm and let those that haven't been before know how fun they are. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/25/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Mary Judd ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Paula Beardsley ('62) Jim Hamilton ('63), Rick Valentine ('68) Robert Avant ('69), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Case ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Campbell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Buckner ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Noble ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Porter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark McAllister ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #382 To: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) The photo in Don Sorenson's picture #382 is not a John Clement, but rather an early photo by Robley Johnson, father of Richard ('55), Gene ('57), Bill ('61) and Cathrine ('70). It is titled "Sand, Sage and Sky." I have a signed print of this and two others hanging in my home. As a benefit of being a friend and classmate of Richard Johnson, he kindly pointed out a unique "secret" aspect of this picture. There is a "battleship" hidden in the clouds. Robley Johnson was hired as an official photographer of "The Manhattan Project" in the early forties and many of the photos we see today, that are connected to Richland's history are products of his work. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ Hot in Richland today, just in time for the hydro races. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #382 To: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Hi Carol. I know you know which gal is my sister, Janet Judd Clement ('58-RIP) in Picture #382, but you said she was the second from the left. She is actually the second from the right. Great picture from her days at G.E. Thank you Don Sorensen for sharing all these memories. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ~ in West Richland where it is predicted to reach 103 for Sunday's hydroplane races. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #383 & #384 I see everyone was able to identify Dawn Bern ('64) in picture #384. My cousin, Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) isn't in #383... if indeed it is her in the square dancing one. I'll be in Springfield, IL next week celebrating Lincoln's 200th birthday and the Buffum family reunion. All of us Crosses had a Buffum grandmother in our history in since 1863. I wonder does Cheri DeMers Kingen ('66) attend the Spokane luncheons? I've lost touch with her since before her husband, Tom died, and I would like to reconnect if possible. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Helen, When I attended the Spokane lunches, Cheri was never there... I haven't seen her in any of the pictures on the Spokane lunch website either... but you can check at: -- also, check the '66 website for an email address.... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #382 To: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) I think you may be mistaken about the picture in the background. I have that same picture hanging in my house and it is one of two well known pictures by Robley Johnson taken in the late '40s or early '50s. A lot of our parents had those pictures and I took my folks' when I moved to Utah in the '70s so I wouldn't get so homesick... it worked. I still have them and hang the picture of the desert and Rattlesnake Mountain on my living room wall. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) This article was in Thursdays Seattle Times. He was one of Dave Pugh ('62) and my favorite's at Sanders Field. Im sure Dean Hoff ('62) could have written this article at much greater length. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: The Passing of another person from the Class Of '68 Was saddened to learn of the passing of Judy Bates Pauly ('68). As we age and the passing of classmates seems to be moving into the fast lane... I think I am too young to be vulnerable, but obviously as our '68 classmates approach 60 we are all becoming vulnerable. Anyway as I ramble on -- I am just thinking out loud here -- our class has now lost 47 members, this is just a thought to remember those that have gone before us.... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Lecture As long as Tom Albert stays away from Super String Theory and Haney does not pass out cigars I might be an attendee to those "forums". I know Ben has forgotten (literally) more about beer drinking than most of us have ever had the time or money to learned. Special guest at my Palin talk will be Mo Dowd of the NYT who will explain how catty comments on politicans you do not like can be a megabucks opportunity. See you all in August -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I have shocking and disappointing news to report to ALL class of 1969 types regarding one Tom Albert. I ran into Tom along with a guy named Rathbun and one Phil Jones at the Bomber baseball championship game. Tom was nearly incoherent rambling on about some sort of reunion. Before the night was over he had assured several strangers (an usher, a popcorn guy and a Class of 1970 luminary) that nearly anyone would be welcomed to the Friday night event of the class of 1969 reunion. I found this episode extremely disturbing. I called Homeland Security in hopes they could prevent any disruption to this event. I was assured that the Department of Homeland Security was already well aware of this reunion and agents have been dispatched to Richland to insure security. All agents have been issued tazors and pictures of Tom Albert. God Bless America -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Laura Dawson Brunsdon ('73) ~ 5/15/55 - 7/21/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/26/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Carol Carson ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Jim Hamilton ('63) Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Falls ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Sharp ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Moyers ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54 reunion This is a friendly reminder that classmates from the '54 class will be meeting on Tuesday, July 28th to update plans for our 55th class reunion. We will meet again at Round Table Pizza on GWWay 1pm. Join us to eat pizza and bring everyone up to date on what we have planned so far. This meeting is open to any classmate who wants to take part in the plan. If there are any questions, you can call me or Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54). I am still looking for bios from classmates, too. It is always fun to read what everyone has been doing the last 5 or 55 years. E-mail them to me and I will get you in the booklet!! Re: vacation Having just returned from a 2 week vacation and granddaughter's wedding in Venice Beach, CA. I must remark about the beautiful fireworks we watched at Disneyland. We spent 3 days there and every night they have a spectacular display of fireworks to music from the magic castle! I have never seen this type of display before and the way the explosions fell and would love to know who puts this on. Larry Mattingly ('60), I know your displays are great, too. Have you seen the ones at Disneyland? Oh, by the way, the wedding was wonderful too. Visited with granddaughters and great grandkids that I hadn't seen for years!! Hot, hot, hot weather! Then came home to even hotter 100! Speaking of Venice Beach... what an experience! Those homeless people really put their talents to work! We were at a hotel right on the beach!! At night the strange things really come out! Back with a great tan and sore muscles from walking in the sand to the ocean! Lots of pictures and videos! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) b~ Pasco, WA where the planes are buzzing overhead and boats are racing at the Water Follies this weekend! We are staying home!! 100! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: Mea Culpa To: All who corrected me regarding the picture in the background of Don Sorenson's picture #382 You are right! The picture would have been much too early to be a John Clement although I have many of his prints and his style of landscape photography does resemble that of Robley Johnson's. I also have some of Robley Johnson's prints - in fact, that particular one, "Sage, Sand and Sky" was one my Mom and Dad had and I believe it now resides with my younger brother David ('76). Thanks for the correction. Also to Mary Judd Hinz ('60) I never know when describing people in pictures whether it is from my right or left when looking at the picture or describing right or left from where the people are standing. I surely knew which one was Janet Judd Clement ('58-RIP) in #382 - can anyone identify the other three ladies? -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ Lynnwood WA where we are expecting high 80s and mid 90s by next week. Whew! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Facebook If anyone would like to be my "friend" on Facebook, please send me an invitation. My Facebook e-mail address is Please note the e-mail address listed above is different from my Facebook e-mail address. Another note: You must have a Facebook account to invite a friend. It would be interesting to include Bombers I've never met and Bombers friends of the past. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) This article was in Thursday's Seattle Times. He was one of Dave Pugh ('62) and my favorites at Sanders Field. I'm sure Dean Hoff ('62) could have written this article at much greater length. Seattle Times article -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) I have been to all the reunions so far and hopefully will be attending alot more of them. I welcome all the lectures that everyone gives and especially the ones that can teach us how to have fun in our growing age and adapt to the pain and agony of the body. Didn't know for sure if I was going to make it this year to see all my friends as I am having a bi-lateral knee replacements. But I decided the reunion is well worth the pain I am going thru right now and have put off the surgery until afterwards. Am hoping to see all my old friends there and even the ones I didn't hang around with much but I know who they are. Back then upper class didn't really associate with the lower class but that has changed in the other reunions. I have even seen some of my classmates here in my town at the local Wal-Mart. lol Well, See all there and am looking forward to talking to all and remembering lots. And letting by gones be by gones to some too. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/27/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bev Coates ('52), Ray Hall ('57) Susan Hurst ('65), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Max Sutton ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Bohringer ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bev Coates Karns ('52) Re: Sorensen's Picture #382 The woman on my left is Kay Perkins Worden. She had two children with Perkins and step-children with Joe Worden, -Bev Coates Karns ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Hey Friends Has anyone had the carpal tunnel surgery? The doctor wants me to get it... just wondered about it. Thanks -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Hurst ('65) Re: Sorensen's Square Dance Picture #383 I just got home today from an Alaskan Cruise and was catching up on the Sandstorms. When I looked at the Square Dance picture #383 from Don Sorensen's installment of pictures in the 7/23 Sandstorm, I recognized Flinn Curren and Martha Berkey in the lower right hand corner. Flinn is the boy with the glasses and Martha the girl with the long braids. I forwarded this Sandstorm to Martha and she confirmed that is was her. She thinks she was in about the 4th grade. She said that she and Flinn were often partners for these dances at the Community Center. Martha went to Jefferson and Chief Joseph, but moved to Eugene during the 8th grade. She would have been in the Class of '65. I just reconnected with Martha this past winter and saw her in NYC in March. She is now Martha Musgrove. Judy Jensvold, Kathy Baird and I all met in NYC for a week in the middle of March. I'd just heard from Martha in January. She lives in Brooklyn and I was able to spend one afternoon and evening with her seeing the sights in Brooklyn. It added to the wonderful week of sightseeing that I had with Judy and Kathy. Then to see Martha's picture in the Alumni Sandstorm added to the whole experience of getting reconnected with her. I love the Alumni Sandstorm because it gives me the opportunity to find out more about people I knew from my childhood. -Susan Hurst ('65) ~ Woodinville, WA where we and the Seattle area are going to have Richland type temperatures in the 90s for the next few days. It was much cooler in Alaska this past week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: -Nancy Nelson Wyatt, fellow '69er I know what you mean about reunions. The only one I missed was our 25th. I had just started a new job in February that year so knew I couldn't ask for time off being I was in Kansas at the time. About 6 weeks before the reunion my mother passed away and I ended up in Richland the weekend before for a celebration of her life. Best wishes for your upcoming knee surgeries. I've had pain around one of my knees for the past month or so. I finally went to a walk-in clinic last Sunday because I had exhausted things to do for it. The doctor did an exam and X-rays and thought my cartilage was torn. The study showed some arthritis and fluid, not sure where it came from as I didn't have an injury to it. The clinic made an appointment to see an Orthopedist because an MRI is in order to evaluate the cartilage. I saw him on Wednesday and was told the arthritis is minimal and he too couldn't explain the fluid around the knee. I'm just waiting now to get an MRI scheduled, depending on what it shows will determine my course of action. If not torn a cortisone shot and if torn then surgery, so I really want to get my MRI done so I can get some answers. I'll see you and fellow '69ers in a couple of weeks. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's supposed to be in the 90s for the rest of the week ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/28/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Shirley Drury ('51) Marilynn Working ('54), Sharon Panther ('57) Dave Robertson ('60), Mary Ann Vosse ('63) Bob Thorson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura Dean Kirby ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon McDermott ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Gerken ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Lee ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Club 40 Connie Dean O'Neil ('60) reminded me today that Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), always put a listing in the Sandstorm of how many were booked for the September "Annual" Meeting of Club 40: Well here goes: Class of 1946 1 Class of 1947 2 Class of 1949 39 (counting spouses) its our 60th Class of 1950 1 Class of 1951 2 Class of 1952 11 Class of 1953 6 Class of 1954 15 Class of 1955 7 Class of 1956 5 Class of 1957 2 Class of 1958 4 Class of 1959 1 Their 50th is taking place the week before Club 40 Class of 1960 2 Class of 1961 2 Class of 1962 3 Class of 1963 0 Class of 1964 2 Only a month until the deadline of August 26th for the discounted rate!!! After that the price at the door is pretty hefty. You can see the names by looking at the Club40 Web Page: Look for Club Forty. Burt Pierard ('59) keeps a running total. He also has the registration form on that web site. Bev Coates Karns ('52). I knew that face was familiar, but I couldn't place a name. The reason: I knew Kay when she had acquired a few more wrinkles. I knew her through Tri-City Emblem Club (Elks) and golfing. A very neat lady and loads of fun. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ From the City of Bothell, WA basking in the heat up in the 90s - Not my kind of weather!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Sorensen's Picture #382 To: Bev Coates Karns ('52) Hi, Bev. I was puzzling about which of the vibrant women was you so went to the '52 Columbian. Here's my little photo exercise in puzzle solving. Am I right? (see photo) Maren, I'm sending my photo entry to the picture site. Is that how I should do it? I don't know how to make a correct link to it from here. Can we send photos as attachments to our original letter? [We want pictures/large files attached) to be sent to -- you can also put your entry in the same email, but we do not want the large attachments sent to the regular entry email address. You can't "make the link"... I do that. -Maren] Our kids and grandkids as a summer family project are revamping our yard, back and front with the goal of making it elderly friendly. We had big sections going to weeds and over growth because when Jim retired he discovered time to plant, plant and plant. Now he still has time, but not mobility and staying power. Enjoying all the updates, travel talk, memories, Who photos, etc. Thanks to all of you. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ writing from Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54 reunion Just one more thing I forgot to mention when you are sending me your bio for the last 5 or 55 years!! Please include your current address, phone #, e-mail address, spouse name and year of graduation or NAB information of your spouse. Just 7 short weeks until we meet again!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Re: Sorensen's Picture #387 I believe the lady on the far right is Rosmarie Regimbal ('57). -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Robertson ('60) Re: Sorensen's Picture #384 Joyce Kelly, mayor of Richland, is at the microphone and in the back row the fourth person from the left is Ken Robertson, my father. -Dave Robertson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) To: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Carpal Tunnel Ray, I would like to tell you that the carpal tunnel surgery was one of the best things I've done for myself. My carpal tunnel was so bad I couldn't hold a fork to eat without becoming numb and tingly, couldn't write more than one sentence, couldn't hold the steering wheel, etc. I also noticed that my grip was becoming weaker and the doctor advised surgery before permanent damage was done. The surgery was quick, healing time was short and you should go into it with absolutely no qualms. It will be well worth the minor discomfort of a couple of weeks to have the use of your hand back. -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Thorson ('69) Perhaps this will evoke a stronger response than the last entry regarding the class of 1969's 40 year reunion... especially from the males. My youngest son has been involved a little in the movie business and by chance met Megan Fox. I asked him to bring her to the reunion. As her most recent movie just wrapped, she has some time to herself and agreed to attend. I know what you are asking yourself... Am I making this up? Maybe, maybe not. -Bob Thorson ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/29/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: David Rivers ('65), Alan Stephens ('66) Don Andrews ('67), Robert Avant ('69) Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vern L. McGhan ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: VIPs and other stuff Well, here it is about 2 hours after I first put this up to start writing and I have a meeting in a half hour so I'd best get to gettin'. First and foremost is a special birthday of a really big kid who is having a birthday on the 29th so I want to wish him HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tom Hughes ('56) right away... my family and his go all the way back to our beginnings in Richland so first things first! I just got back from a very nice trip to Buffalo, NY, with my illegitimate son, Terry Davis (Knox '65). As you may recall... 20 some years ago now, Terry played S/Sgt Zeke in the show "Tour of Duty." The show ran from about '88-'90. Dang how time flies. The show was about the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and their little piece of heaven in Chu Lai, Vietnam. They were formed in 1965 and specially trained to put down a little deal that was going on in the Dominican Republic... a funny thing happened on the way to the war and the DR problem fizzled out... there they were in the Panama Canal with no place to go... ah what the hey... Well come on alla you big strong men Uncle Sam needs your help again as the song goes so off they went to "The Nam"... Well Terry got an invite to come speak at their semi-annual reunion a few months back and called and asked if I'd mind being his pet vet at the show... knowing some of his deepest insecurities I said of course (been thru this kinda thing before)... we took the red eye Thursday nite and arrived a little tired but none the worse for wear Friday morning and were met by the head vet and his boyz... we went to a little meet and greet, I made T buy a t-shirt and wear it as he was there as an honorary member... he was a little worried he might offend but then that's why he was there... to honor them... they were proud to have him wear it... I took him around to various groups of guys and pretty soon he fit right in... As the sole Marine with all them Dog Faces, I was the one outa place... so to speak... lotsa jokes about how well I was able to get the jar off my head after all these years (arf arf arf)... he wasn't sure what to say and I told him that as long as the first and last words outa his lil mouth were "Welcome Home and Thank you for your service" he'd be fine... he was... we had a wonderful time and Saturday night he stayed out late mugging for pix and signing autographs... some things never change... I headed off to bed and told a couple of the boyz just to tell him I'd see him in the morning... next morning up and ready at 7:30 AM Eastern time for breakfast, tearful farewells and off we went again. Nice time. Home around 11PM Pacific time ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I'm now headed for what I hope will be the last "honor the elders" meeting before the intertribal "Honor the Elders" dinner this weekend. Though I'm on the committee I did not nominate anyone to be honored... just did my part of the deal... But found out the other day that my Dad had been unanimously voted as the first "memorial honoree"... wow... made me darned proud a that old Indian. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) To: All Seattle Bombers The Navy's last Viet Nam gun boat is on display on pier 30 just south of the Coast Guard Station. Come on down between the 29th and Aug 2nd and say "Hi." I will be down there in my greens and hotter then h---. If you missed us for Water Follies last year this is your chance to see a piece of history. From those who served and are still serving' Chief P.O. (SW) Stephens -Alan Stephens ('66) ~ Kent WA Both ACs on and the house is still 80 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Re: Sage, Sand, & Sky I would love to get a copy of Robley Johnson's "Sage, Sand, & Sky". Jane & I have a home at Horn Rapids and enjoy the view of Rattlesnake during all seasons. We have several of John Clements works of art but I have always loved "Sage, Sand, & Sky". Does anyone know of a source to obtain a copy? The boat races this year were Great as always, hot but thats the way we Bombers like it. Right? Bomber Cheers, -Don Andrews ('67) ~ It was 97 when we left Richland on Monday afternoon, 103 in Vancouver at 7:00 PM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: '69 Reunion Addendum To: Bob Thorson ('69) A recent addition to the Sarah Palin (Bomber Descedent) will be future "Hall of Famer" Randy Johnson. Randy's presentation will be Sarah teaching him how to locate his 99+MPH fast ball while breaking the bat of a right handed batter with an inside fastball. Further film will reveal Sarah teaching "The Big Unit" how to make left handed batters stand flat footed when seeing a 99+ MPH "slider". My [twin] sister Betti ('69) has asked me not to talk about Sarah Palin, so I will limit myself to 600+ minutes in August for those 3 days. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: 1969 Class Reunion Rumor has it that Mike Franco ('70) is planning to crash the reunion and is bringing Merilee Rush (his long-time secret girlfriend) with him... -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Hanging out in Beverly Hills (MI) with the rest of the stars ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/30/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Missy Keeney ('59), Nadine Reynolds ('61) Dennis Hammer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allan Cross ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gregor Hanson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marti Jo Drewery ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Boyd ('72wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Hartley ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Richey ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: David Rivers ('65) AKA "Dances with Bombers" How awesome to have your Father be so honored! I know he would be honored by the man you have become! To: Class of '59ers! I am enjoying the privilege of working on the memory book for our Big 50th reunion on September 4th & 5th. What an amazing bunch of classmates you are! I am so looking forward to seeing and meeting again those of you who are coming. I'm sad many of you can't be there but appreciate reading about your lives and families. If you are still "sitting on the fence" about attending (especially those of you who live in the area), I encourage you to "throw caution to the wind" and join us. You'll be glad you did! -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) To: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Carpal Tunnel I have to agree 100 percent with Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) that having the carpal tunnel surgery was amazing. My right hand was as Mary Ann described but also would wake me up at night throbbing as if someone had run a stake through the palm of my hand. It would take an hour or so of shaking my hand and rubbing it to stop the throbbing and numbness so I could go back to sleep. Needless to say, the carpal tunnel problem was a major disruption in my life. When the doctor told me that the surgery would be done as an out patient and with a local anesthesia and I would be awake I almost backed out. However, I did go through with it. I could tell as soon as the anesthesia wore off that my pain was gone for good. I have had absolutely no further problems with pain and numbness in my hand. My strength returned so that I can now open jars, pick up heavy things, etc. Get the surgery done, Ray. You will not be sorry. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ in sunny Sahuarita, AZ (between Green Valley and Tucson) where it was 108 today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Hanford Science Forum featuring Doyle Burke ('57) A GE television program about studying the effect radioactive effluents on aquatic life in the Columbia River. The video is 9 1/2 minutes long and the last 1 1/2 minutes features the "science student of the week" Col High senior Doyle Burke ('57). [This URL was weird... it said I needed to launch an external application... I said OK... Internet Explorer launched an EMPTY screen... that was it... -Maren] You can find a lot of stuff at this site; old books, movies, whatever. I started watching the Douglas Fairbanks silent version of "Robin Hood" (1922), but that movie is over two hours and I will have to come back to it. Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick, a suburb of the Mighty Bomerville **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Ready... Set... Go They're comin' fast and furious this week folks... got ourselves another birthday boy... one a them unsung heroes of the class of '65. This guy has done more for our class over the last 44 years than many people recognize. He has headed up most of the 5 year reunion gatherings we've had... don't get me wrong... he ain't no lone ranger... but he does us Bombers proud. I know he has about run outa steam this year and I shore hope that someone out there in Richland-land or very near thereabouts will be willing to lend a huge hand or several hands this next year. 2010 is our 45th reunion and without some volunteers our 45th is just gonna be another '65er get together rather than a big shakemup ta-do.. ain't nuthin' wrong with our yearly gatherings but if we peter out we may well be the first class in the history of Bomberville NOT to have a big party for the 45th... (If anyone out there knows of another class that has fizzled keep it to yourself, I'm runnin' a guilt trip here)... HELLO! I'm talkin' to YOU... yes you sitting right there in front of your computer... I KNOW that with the help of a few local kids YOU can pull this one out! Oh I know... yer getting ready to retire and ya got the grand-kids and there's that south 40 to plow... but if not YOU... then who? Every year we get together and we have a lot of fun but this year will be special... just think... we'll be 63 on our 45th... no wait... that was stupid... hmmmm... I know we won't be 45 on our 45th... we'll be the coolest class to have graduated in 1965... well we already ARE the coolest class that graduated in 1965... but we'll be cooler... Just think Tommy James' class will be having their 45th... how would it look if we didn't have ours? (how does that goofball know anything about Tommy James?... Well during our 25th there was this sorry lookin longed haired white suited white booted kid sulking out in the entry of the DI during our dinner... I went over and asked what was going on... he said his 25th was happening that night too... so I invited him inside to join ours... he didn't stay long but it cheered him up a little)... he then went out to play the street dance... .. ... Well I hope we get some takers... anyway... it's time to wish Gregor Hanson ('65) A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on 7/30/2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/31/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Marilyn DeVine ('52) Steve Simpson ('65), Mick Hemphill ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stan McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Stewart ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can and Superior Class of '45) Happy birthday to Kim Richey ('74). I miss your dad [Don (47-RIP)] plenty much. I am sorry I don't have any Husky tickets for you any longer. I think they will be much better this year. We hit 100 yesterday at Big lake Mt. Vernon, and today probably. I ain't used to this. We were hotter than Richland which is unnatural. Oh, the early days in Richland, the mid-forties. No trees no nothin', and the temp went up over a hundred most days. Swamp coolers helped but built humidity. We kids headed out to the Yakima or down to the pool in the park at the end of Lee. Before Richland, there was Minnesota, and the dog days would be beginning. A bloom on the lakes would cause the adults to warn against swimming. We kids went anyway. Dogs were supposed to go mad, but only dads did so. Sleep outside, no AC. We lived on lake Minnetonka, cheap rent, and the summer kids would be returning to Minneapolis to prepare for school, while we locals stayed on. Things would get very quiet. Pray for fall. Farther back, my childhood in St. Louis. 90, 90% humidity. The kids didn't suffer as much as adults, but still. -Dick McCoy ~ overheated, from the tin can and superior Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) I think I left you in the middle of our (Terry's and my) trip to Alaska and hopped to the Beeg Wedding. Well, let's see... I was going to mention the wild animals we saw the 2nd day out: (in no particular order) Fox, Black Bear mama with 4 cubs (!), more Black Bear, Moose, Buffalo (or Bison), long haired Brown Bear, Mountain Goats and a Porcupine scurrying along the side of the highway. We also saw Grey Heron, Blue Heron, Swans, and Pelicans as well as the usual ducks, geese and ravens. I got pictures of some of the animals. One young Moose ran all the way from the woods on one side of the highway, across the highway (in front of us) to the woods on the other side! In Canada, the cleared areas on either side of the road are about 10 yards across, so it wasn't as if he didn't see us coming! The trip, in all, was 2,566 miles and cost $1,040 for gas. Not bad, I don't think. I have not added up the gallons to get an mpg figure. The RV is now advertised on craigs list so I suppose I should force myself to take care of that detail. The 1st week we were here, we had plenty of sunshine but it's been rain, rain, raining since then. Bah humbug... I guess it beats the high temps you've been having in the Tri-Cities but gray skies get tiresome after a while. Two weekends ago, daughter, Keri and her renter and I drove the RV down to the mouth of the Kenai River for dip-netting Salmon. In spite of rainy, cold weather, it was fun! We especially enjoyed the company on either side of us at the camp ground. We (actually Keri and Robin) got 9 nice Salmon and 1 Flounder that was large enough to fillet and grill. White meat with a mild flavor, like Halibut only milder, of course, since that's what it would have grown into, given the chance. We smoked, grilled, canned, ate, and froze Salmon for a couple of days! Keri FedXed the largest one (26 1/2 inches) to Terry as an extra Thank You for all the work he did helping to get ready for the after rehearsal dinner (here) and the wedding. We have also made blueberry jam and dehydrated blueberries and bananas. (Keri is very much in a "get ready for winter" mode!) I'll be glad to be home next month. Meanwhile, I cuss the cancer that hasn't left Sandra's body. The good news is that it's out of the Liver and Spleen but she is on Chemotherapy again. She and Bobby will be up here from the 4th to 14th. Of course, we are all very excited to see them: especially their daughter who is expecting a baby August 30th. (Oh, how I would love to speed the delivery up by a few weeks!) I spent the day over at their house, yesterday and she's not that far along. Maybe a long ride on a bumpy road???? I guess that's it for now... just wanted to check in and let you know that, yes, I am still on the face of the earth. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ from overcast and mostly rainy Anchorage, AK **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) Re: David Rivers ('65) I concur. David is a complex man. I was amazed to learn that he was asked by the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court to run for District Judge. I was surprised to hear he is already a Judge for the Tribal Council. We all know of his great ability to write about the moments and the way we lived; growing up in Richland. He is a salty Marine; not afraid to show his love for his friends. He is my life long friend; who I've always counted on for support. He makes people feel better; And he is a founding member of the Sorry Seven! The Blue Angels just flew in a delta formation over my home office. -Steve Simpson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mick Hemphill ('66) Re: Happy Birthday Big Brudda [Tom Hemphill ('62)] I am proud of myself for finally remembering to announce my big brother's birthday today (7-31)! He is now eligible for medicare and other old-timer benefits. I will see you today, big brudder, and celebrate the big event. I hope we can stay up past 9:00 PM? -Mick Hemphill ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` June, 2009 ~ August, 2009