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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 ~ 08/01/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Andy Perdue sent stuff: Marilyn DeVine ('52), Donni Clark ('63) David Rivers ('65), Andy Perdue (NAB) 08/01/1998 - ALUMNI SANDSTORM STARTED BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Crum ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Engel ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnn Weiland ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Haskins ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Peterson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Saucier ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Edgar ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Ray Eugene Hubbard, Sr., 1952 graduate of Columbia High School, passed away Friday, July 31, 2009 in his sleep. His death was not unexpected. He was born in Indiana on February 13, 1935. Ray is survived by his 6 children, 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons and 2 sisters. At his request, his remains will be cremated and there will be no funeral and he didn't want an Obituary. (Frankly, I hope the children choose to ignore that stipulation as I think it is only fair for friends of the family who read the Tri-City Herald to know of his passing--Em) Ray had lived at the Kennewick Life Care Center for a while after a 2nd stroke and a fall left him unable to adequately take care of himself. Classmates will remember Ray fondly as a talented and passionate Cheer Leader for the Richland Bomber teams and he was a drummer in the High School band. After graduation, he joined the Navy and after Boot Camp, he and his first wife, Marilyn De Vine ('52) moved to Groton, CT while he attended Submarine School. Later the Navy took them to San Diego, CA and after his tour of duty, Ray moved the family to Ellensburg, WA, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In 1961, Ray and Marilyn divorced and he married Mary Kay (Micky) Dykes of Richland. Ray worked in the Nuclear Contracting Industry for many years, his work sometimes taking the family out of State, but they always came back to the Tri-Cities. Ray was preceded in death by his 2nd wife and his parents, Ray Claude and Stella Mae (Smith) Hubbard. Mueller Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy (the golden class of '63) Hi all! "Summer time and the livin' is easy!" at least I hope it is, unless you are sweltering somewhere in that hot summer sun! It has been a while since I have been on Sandstorm but I love reading about all your adventures. We just got back from one of our own. We took our oldest daughter, Noelle and oldest granddaughter, Marissa, she's l6, back to South Dakota. We went through Colorado and Wyoming and happened to hit Fort Laramie at it's big anniversary, I think it was it's 175th. They were having a Rendezvous with the Mountain Men where we tried buffalo ribs, tongue and even horse meat. I love horses and would never consider eating them on a regular basis but I did try it because I guess it was pretty common to eat them back then. It was tough! You can have buffalo tongue! Those Mountain Men tried to convince us that it was better than prime rib. Who were they kidding! It's the texture! Yuck! Any way the ribs were delicious and so was all the other buffalo we encountered on our trip, burgers, roast and stew! We picked up our youngest son, Daniel and his son, Liam in Rapid City and then there were 6 of us in our 24 ft. RV for 7 days! But we made it and had a blast. I was super organized, had fixed some meals in advance and so we made it work! I had been back to the Hills with my Mom, Dad and my Aunt before and had a great time but this time was special because I could share it with my own children and grandchildren. Of course we did Mt. Rushmore and all of the major tourist spots but what made it really wonderful was sharing the places my mother and I lived and remembered. I lived in Hot Springs when I was 5 and have some family history there. It was fun taking the kids to the Mammoth Dig Site, and Evans Plunge, where we spent a whole afternoon swimming and playing on the slides and rings. We met the lady who was my neighbor 50 some years ago and she took us out to the old farm I use to live on. We spent time "where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play" in Custer park and saw our share of them. And one of the best things we did was go to a couple of the chuck wagon dinners and shows. The favorite was the Circle B Chuckwagon near Custer. It had the best food, family fun and great music! Spearfish Canyon was absolutely beautiful this time. In fact all of the hills were so green and the sky so blue and full of those white fluffy clouds that I see so few of these days, living in the L.A. area. In Deadwood at the trial of Jack McCall, they chose Noelle to play one of the witnesses. She was such a ham and acted as if she had been practicing the part for months. That is the way she is though, one of those school teachers that loves little kids and is really good at improvising on the spot! Lead, that mile high city, that is famous for the biggest gold mine in the WESTERN HEMisphere, was where my mom spent most of her childhood and where she graduated from high school. I had been back there for her 50 year anniversary. How fun! There just happened to be a janitor there who gave my grandkids a little tour of Lead High, where they saw where their great grandmother went to school. The school is very much the same as it was then, with it's warm wood, tiled water fountains, and beautiful auditorium. They were the Gold Diggers! The mine tour was wonderful, so was the bus tour of Deadwood that I would recommend because of the steep hills and the history you hear. Also in Deadwood don't miss Tatanka, the Buffalo story put together by Kevin Costner. His place to eat at "Midnight Star" and "Diamond Lil's" is good eating and fun to see all the costumes, etc. from his movies. And if you are planning a trip there with your grandkids don't miss the Alpine Slide in Keystone. That is only a few highlights. On the way home we went to Devil's Tower, Cody, and Yellowstone. Had to take our granddaughter to all of those "must see" places. My condolences go out to all of those who have lost loved ones the last few months. I pray you will find comfort from God and in the memories you have. I think the memories we make with our loved ones is what sustains us as we go through this life's journey. God be with you all and have memorable summer days with your loved ones. I have such wonderful summer memories of riding to the lagoon, down the Columbia River Rd., sitting on the back of the convertible with our hair blowing in the wind, laughing at life in the warm summer sun. And then soaking up the sun, on the beach, playing on the logs and the raft, and having watermelon fights afterwards in the park! But "Oh those summer nights"! When the stars were so bright, and moon shimmered on the water, and the fire crackled in our camp fires along the river. Boat rides on the river with someone playing a guitar and water skiing parties. Well, must get back to the wash, and the weeding, as the grandkids are coming tonight and must make some memories with them! -Donni Clark Dunphy (the golden class of '63) ~ La Mirada, CA where it is overcast this morn. but it has been hot! The peaches have all been eaten and put into pies. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: More Bomber B-days Thanks for all the kind words from fellow Bombers recently! Guess I blew Tom Hemphill's ('62) B-day on the 31st... arrrrrrrrrrgh... Thanks to the Mickster ('66) I won't forget next year... Two special days on the first on my lil' cheat sheet here... One big kid (actually a small and very sexy Bomber-babe) and a guy I always look for when I'm home... I saw him at the DQ when I got there late in June but couldn't catch up to him... (he's a fast walker!) and then lost him all together... ... the Babe has always been on my list of Gaa Gaa girls... in school I'da never ever had the nerve to talk to her... I know some of you think I am exaggerating but I'm not... I froze around the class of '64 and '63 girls for the most part... just stood around with the rest of the guys kicking my toes in the ground and drooling all over myself... I adore this girl and her late sweety... I just thought they were about as cool as cool could be... still do... Hope each of these kids has a great day on August 1, 2008 so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ann Engel Schafer ('63) and Dennis Haskins ('66)... also, Congrats to my boy Terry Davis ('65)... the first is a very important date for him too. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Andy Perdue (NAB) Re: Atomic Frontier Days photos Maren, This might be of interest to your readers: We posted a gallery of more than 70 photos taken during Atomic Frontier Days, primarily in the early '50s (I'm not sure how long that event went on). We'd love to hear from folks who have memories of that festival or can help identify some of the people and places in the photos. Sincerely, Andy Perdue, Tri-City Herald (and dad of future Bomber, Class of 2022, I think). ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/02/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Linda Reining ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Wilgus ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Staley ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Hall ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Strege ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: travels, fireworks, and stuff I will start with another Thank You to those of you who are still dropping me notes of comfort in the loss of my daughter. I am finally getting my life back close to normal feelings and ambitions. A few days ago I spoke with Debbie's sister Sandra, and she too is pulling it back together. During Debbie's shockingly quick passing Sandra's boss actually threatened her if she tried to take time off. WRONG! Sandra calmly cleaned out her desk, walked out, and never looked back. Two weeks ago she finally found another position. All concerned, including Sandra, were surprised to learn where she was to work. In the building next to where Debbie worked, for a just spun off company from Free scale and sharing the lunchroom with Debbie's friends. Her position is Accountant with excellent pay and great benefits. She is happier then she has been in the last 2 years. And her father feels good about it. We had an ugly June scramble getting our pyro product in from China. The last 2 out of 5 containers got held up in the Republic of California. We finally sent our new large diesel rig down to the L.A. area and hand carried the material they were chewing bones over, and Rich and Al had it at our facility in 30 hours. The rest came in 10 days before the 4th. But all 125 displays in 5 states went off without a hitch. No injuries, no incidents, and all satisfied customers. Oh what a relief it is. I did my usual journey way out on the Aleutian chain to Dutch Harbor. AK for their July 4th. It is a fun challenge to pull off a very large, complex show with 3 city officials as crew, fired from a lowboy trailer. We have to build a floor on top of 4x4s laid across the trailer and then set the mortar racks on top of that. Incredibly, we were ready to fire mid-afternoon on the 3rd. A couple of hours before midnight we towed the trailer out about a mile to the shoot site, hooked up the firing board and shot the show at 11:55 PM in the daylight. But the mountain and shear cliffs behind me are black rock and dark green tundra and the shells show up just fine. The show was flawless and I got lots of hugs and even a kiss or two... the attitude of the Alaska people is hard to beat. What a great bunch. (And all the king crab I could eat, twice!). Several weeks before the 4th we had heard the City of Barrow, AK was looking for a professional company to do their New Years fireworks. So Jackie (who now has her own fully licensed display company in Alaska) and I hopped a 737 to Barrow via Fairbanks, and Prudhoe Bay. Prudhoe was socked in so we sat on the runway at Fairbanks for 90 minutes. But we got watch some fox cubs playing out the windows. The plane was the new 737-400 combi with freight in the front half. The old 200 combis were sold and are flying in other parts of the world. WOW... Prudhoe is a thriving place. It is all up on gravel berms to keep it away from the permafrost. I saw lots of people and activity all over the town, as we circled to land. This time the foxes were on the runway and would run off and back on as soon as the chase car was gone. Things are different way up north. But finally we were off over the tundra and about a gazillion lakes and ponds. Spotted lots of caribou from the plane, but fog and clouds precluded pictures. Barrow, AK is at the northernmost point on the North American Continent. It is about 10 miles from town to the exact point. I have a film can full of sand from the point. Yes I have pictures of me at the marker, 1149 miles from the North Pole, but this infernal machine refuses to download them from the SD card. It was a chilly, gray day, and the icy wind coming off of the pack ice went down the neck and up your sleeves. Population is about 4,000. Most of the people living in Barrow are Inupiat peoples, descendant for over 4,000 years living right there. But now they have snow machines, schools, stores, and 4x4 pickups. They are still subsistence people living on seals and whales. They do also buy some conventual foods at the grocery store. And they still use seal skin covered wood frame boats to go after Bowhead and Beluga whales. I was invited to enter one of their freezers, but declined. They drill down 25 or more feet into the permafrost about 3 feet in diameter, install a ladder and hollow out a 25 x 25 room and install shelving. The ladder in this one was 45 years old. Nada. They mound up the entry to stay above the winter snow and install an insulated plywood hatch. You can see them shared between 3-5 houses. Housing for some Inupiats is a bit primitive, slapped together with some insulation and blue tarps. But they now have a heated tunnel serving the houses and stores and other buildings with fresh water and a sewage system. We had met a couple on the plane from Illinois who wanted to wade in the Arctic Ocean. So we made up a foursome and had a great time together for the 2 days we were there. I did not wade, but those that did said it was so cold it hurt. We ate in 3 different cafes: Chinese, Mexican, and Japanese. It was all well prepared, and very tasty. We had hopes of getting pictures of polar bears in the wild. But the actual pack ice was already a few miles out and that is where the bears are because that is where the seals are and they are a staple of the bears' diet. There was a huge chunk of the pack about 1/2 by 1 mile drifting offshore and it hung up on a sandbar about 1/2 mile out. The afternoon of the 2nd day seals were spotted on that drift ice and seal hunters hit the water in motor boats at full speed. The seals were on the outer edge so we did not get any pictures. We noted a pile of raw meat on a porch. Cannot pronounce/much less spell his name but he shot several caribou the last week and was butchering. The flies and bugs kind of spoiled the picture... But he had seal hanging to dry and offered me some. I said "No thanks." and we both laughed. Maybe if I held my nose.....?...... naah! Note here: I have eaten whale meat, broiled... not bad. And I tried muktuk once... very bad... Could NOT force myself to be polite and swallow... it would have bounced back up anyway. I rented a 4x4 truck and drove us all over the place. Only on roads or the beach sand/gravel of course. The sun was out the 2nd day and I was in a tee shirt. Oey! The skeeters... large and numerous. Clouds of them everywhere. A local fellow we spoke with said the mosquitoes actually cloud up so thick that they can suck a live Caribou dry and kill it. We got pictures of flowers, animals, and birds, and the DEW Line Radar station. Still active, but mostly for backup information. There are several new building complexes and more under construction. These are housing atmospheric scientists, fisheries researchers, oceanographers, and a host of other scientific types, un-named. All roads and buildings set on a gravel berm 3-4 feet above the surface to isolate it from the permafrost. Potatoes were on sale in the grocery dept. at $9 per lb. But they have to fly food in, year round. There is one barge delivery, usually in August for vehicles, ready made housing, and other large equipment. And one fuel barge brings in their years supply of diesel, vehicle gas, av-gas, and turbine fuel for jets. The rest of the year the Arctic ocean is frozen solid. There are several routine cargo flights a day, along with any number of special cargo flights. No highways or "ice road truckers" anywhere close to Barrow. We found City Hall and had a very nice meeting with the mayor. We will supply the pyro product to Jackie and she will contract for the display. We have an Alaska licensed pyro who will jump at the chance to do a winter display in Alaska. Jackie wants to do the Barrow display so our guy will do one of the other displays she has contracts for. No sooner we got back to Anchorage but we drove over and down the Kenai peninsula. I made sales calls at several places and have to get proposals to some of them. Saw a good number of moose driving home that evening. Both sides and in the road. I missed one by a few inches. The next day I flew south to home. I love to travel, see things, and meet people, but it is hard to beat that feeling when you walk into your own home. OK I have rambled enough..... Woops....this just in..... A genealogy contact lead Jackie in Anchorage, and I at home, to look up on Google Earth and find a wide spot in a small road in Hampshire England, called Mattingley Village. We even found some pictures of it. And it is most likely the place where our last name came from in the old English. We are listed in the Doomsday Book of 1087. Those who became Catholic dropped the e in the name and migrated in the early 1600s to Baltimore. Jackie is genealogy compulsive, and has traced us back direct to Thomas, the first Mattingly in America. She finally has the complete proof in copies of records. And, the papers that would admit my daughters and their daughters into DAR. And one more.... After a couple of years of typical government wrangling, my brothers and I recently received compensation for our father's demise from cancer. I spearheaded the effort. For those of you who have not tried but have reason to... go for it. It takes time and patience and you have to stand your ground a bit and keep the communication going. And, I am told, it is tax free. Sorry...One last bit of news...... Liverpool England is the home of the Beatles. They are having a festival in August and expect 350,000 or more to attend. One of the headline bands this year is from Seattle WA, USA. They are a group of musicians that very effectively imitate the originals. My brother Mike Mattingly ('77) is a member of that band and will travel to Liverpool to play for the festival. Now I am done.. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from home south of Tacoma where I have managed to keep most plants alive with copious amounts of water against the heat. Over 96 in the shade for several days and over 100 twice. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Andy Purdue(NAB) re:Atomic Frontier Day pictures didn't recognize anyone from Richland, but did recognize the actor, Chill Wills, in the ones of the Kangaroo Court. can't put a name to the face of the "sheriff", but am figuring he was an actor, too. *grin* love all these old pictures---I remember Atomic Frontier Days---never did understand why they stopped having them. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......triple digits are back in Bakersfield, CA and I am soooooo ready to head back to the Central CA coast---was there for two weeks in July----was wonderful! stayed in Nipomo(about 15 miles? from Pismo)---weather was perfect---never over 70 and most days, it was mid-60's---even had fog and misty mornings--MY kind of weather. grandkids were going to a summer school in San Luis Obispo(28 miles from Nipomo), so I got to enjoy the cool weather while we stayed in Nipomo---would drive them to school in the morning, have the entire day to myself, then pick them up later in the afternoon. the kids swam in a heated pool, plus we went to the beach and they played in the ocean---but, that water is like ice, so they didn't stay in too long. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Carpal Tunnel Ray, I had it done several years ago! I'm glad I did as my hands don't fall asleep nor do they go numb all the time. I had both hands done at the same time. The only thing I had trouble with was... well after going potty... I had to have hubby help wipe me! But I would do it that again if I had too. I wore hard the surgical wrap for about a week then went to splints. I went back to work after 1 week, as I am a nurse I couldn't do the Blood Pressures, Doc did them himself! But I haven't had any problems since I had it done. It's easy and you don't have to stay over night! I was awake for one and then they knocked me out for the other. If I could I would have been away for both of them! Good Luck! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/03/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen (NAB) sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), Pete Overdahl ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Paula Beardsley ('62) David Rivers ('65), Sandi Ward ('66) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Noble ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lance Willis ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Amanda Engel ('97) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill Johnson ('57) & Joyce Lynn Green ('57) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: George Zielinski ('65) & Debra Anne Crane ('71) LION/BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today/Tomorrow: Janis Cook ('65 Lion) married Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, August 8, 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: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Club 40 Info for Burt To: Dona McCleary Belt ('54) and Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Hi Dona & Maren Being you are going to get ahold of Burt tomorrow. I am sending a little info if you let him know and if you have any questions let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Maren if you could put something in the Alumni Sandstorm it would be greatly appreciated. Maybe if you could run it once a week. [Pete - Don't have a good way to "run it once a week", so if you want something run "once a week", send in a new entry each time you want it to appear in the Sandstorm. -Maren] Club 40 Party - Clarion Hotel, Richland, September 11, 12, 2009 Registration - 5 PM Friday & Saturday Social Hour following until Dinner at 7pm, Club 40 also welcomes Class of '49 for their 60th and class of '54 for their 55th. Saturday - Tour of Richland High, 10am - Spudnuts at the Tour. Enter off Long Street Club 40 Annual Meeting/Party Friday, Sept 11th, Evening Events at the Clarion Hotel. $30.00 per Person/ $ 60.00 per couple ($50.00 per person at the door) Saturday Sept. 12th. Evening events at the Clarion Hotel $35.00 per person /$ 70.00 per couple ( $50.00 per person at the door) $5.00 , 2009 Annual Club 40 Dues ( If Not Already Paid) A Short MEETING of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS At 1:00 PM Saturday, Clarion Hotel Note: If you have paid your dues for the past 5 years and your class has held its 60th reunion, you are exempt from dues. In order to continue to receive the "DustStorm", Donations to the Conley/ Richey Scholarship are Welcome. Make Checks Payable to: Richland High School Club 40 Mail To: Club 40 Treasurer, 17224 Woodcrest Dr. NE, Bothell, WA 98011 Thank You, -Pete Overdahl ('60), Club 40 VP **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Cherries I read earlier this spring we were going to have a bumper cherry crop in the northwest. Maybe I'm going to the wrong places, but most of the cherries I've eaten are small, hard with an overall lack of quality. What gives? Do we have any produce experts out there who can explain this discrepancy? -Mike Brady ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [The best Rainiers are going to Louisiana! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: To: Andy Perdue (NAB) Picture #47 with the Cotton Candy is Little Rick Reil and his parents, Al and Ethel "Punkin" Reil. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: kinda almost maybe Ok... according to Gary ('64) it was sorta a two day thing... who am I to argue with the owner of the largest yearbook collection in history? (I just checked with the book of records and number two is still so far behind there is no concern for our boy's record in sight... ever!) So I just do as I'm told... by my little yellow stickies (not that they haven't been wrong before... .Terry Davis ('65) told me again I was a month ahead on my congrats for him... says I call him every year to say congrats and every year I'm a month early... well geez... I will get it right some day)... so I'm just here to wish the Behymers Happy Anniversary on the 3rd and 4th of August!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandi Ward Donahue ('66) It was interesting to hear from Larry Mattingly ('60) that the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line radar site in Alaska is still operational. The ones in Greenland shut down in 1988. The 109th Airlift Wing, located here in Scotia, NY, used to fly fuel, supplies, & food to the DYE sites with our ski-equipped C-130s. Even though they have closed down, we still use the DYE site locations for proficiency flights (ski takeoffs & landings) and also for "Kool School" - the nickname we gave our Cold Weather Survival School. As a member of the 109th AW, I went to Kool School - a requirement for anyone going to Greenland or Antarctica - I've been to both. I got to go to Antarctica, or "the ice" as we call it, eight times during my military career with the Air National Guard - each time for about a month. We fly fuel, food, & supplies to the South Pole, & to many remote science camps out on the ice with our ski birds. I loved it & miss it now that I'm retired! For those who remember the doctor who discovered that she had breast cancer at the South Pole during the winter months - we were the ones that brought her out. We had to wait until the temperature at the Pole got up to -55. (During the winter it gets down to minus 100.) She lived for ten more years; just passed away on June 25th. Her name was Dr Jerri Nielsen - she wrote a fascinating book about it - "Icebound", which was later made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon as the doctor. Anyway, Kool School in Greenland... We'd fly out to DYE II, half an hour flight from Sondrestrom Air Base (now Kangerlussuaq, no longer a military base) on one of our ski birds with instructors, medical personnel, radios, food & limited supplies. We learned how to make wind shelters by cutting blocks of snow - igloo style; how to carry "clean snow" in a pouch under our shirt & coats so it would melt for drinking water; and built caves underneath the snow to sleep in, out of the wind! I didn't get to do that part because I got snowblinded the first day - even with the sunglasses we used - & the instructors made me sleep in a tent. I was disappointed, because I felt I didn't get the full experience of the school - but we sure had a lot of fun for three days & two nights out in the middle of nowhere with nothing but snow for miles in every direction! -Sandi Ward Donahue ('66) ~ Glenville, NY where we broke a record in July with almost 10 inches of rain - and it's been pouring for several hours today! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6. And a big thank you to those who shared your info on picture submissions to date. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/04/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Ruth Patty ('56) Sharon Panther ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) Julie Alexander ('65), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Fishback ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Dall ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judie Heid ('68) BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Yesterday/Today: Gary Behymer ('64) married Janis Cook ('65 Lion) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike Sams ('65) & Mary Bennett ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Mr. Don "NAB" Sorensen Re: Photo #389 The fellow on the right of the picture (as I look at it) looks sufficiently like fellow classmate David "Lefty" Kunkler '54 to either be him or a very close relative. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ reporting from warm Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are thinking rain on Thursday with temps in the high 70s **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Patty Holesworth ('56) Re: TCH Frontier Days Picture # 74 Second from the right is Jane Judson ('56) -Ruth Patty Holesworth ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #391 That's my sister, Pam Panther (not sure which year she graduated since I was long gone from home) [Pam's class of '65. -Maren] -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: DEW Line To: Sandi Ward Donahue ('66) I'm sure you are right that the DEW Line was shut down back in the late '80s. There are enough satellites up to easily monitor everything everybody does. When I was driving around Barrow I drove right by the DEW complex and there were vehicles and obvious activity at the complex. It sits right next to town. So I asked some locals if it was still running? They said it runs part time for some kind of information. I took it at that they are doing some kind of research project. It is all one long rambling building with a few small windows in the office end. There is nothing outside and it is still a secured site. Numerous research projects of all kinds are going on all over up here. Scientists and engineers are everywhere. We had half a plane full going in and coming out. I did speak with a couple of them but they were not forthcoming with what they were doing. It is the same at Dutch Harbor, The Aleutian Grand Hotel is 2/3 full of them. You can see teams of 2-3 with packs and equipment cases every day. Some are obviously fisheries oriented. The rest are ? "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Hi Maren - Have a couple things for the August 4 Sandstorm I'd appreciate it you'd add to tomorrows Sandstorm. Happy Birthday to my brother Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) - wish you were here! But hope you have a great day in warm Las Vegas. Also - re Don Sorensen pictures - #90803 - #392 The lady with the white sleeve showing - going in the door first is Bomber Mom, Mary Heidlebaugh. Mother of 3 Bombers: Lola ('60), Jim ('65) and Jo ('74). Oops - make that 3 things: Hope as many Bombers that live in the Portland/Vancouver area will come to the Bomber picnic at Tom Hemphill's ('62) house in a couple weeks. If you need directions either contact Tom or me - I have to get them from him too. Always a Bomber! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ~ Vancouver, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #388 The man, 3rd from my right sure looks familiar, but don't know his name. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We've been enjoying a week of sun these past few days during the afternoons. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Many thanks to all who wished us 'Happy Anniversary' August 3/4. The wedding was on August 3, 1968 (41 years ago), but Reverend Vincent Cox dated the certificate. August 4th! Dr. Cox was Jeanne Cox Hultgren's Dad. Jeanne is married to Dan Hultgren, class of 1965. FYI Class of 1965... Bill Pennick, retired Colfax school teacher, is the operator of one of our grain facilities (Union Center) this harvest. Bill has been with us for several years. P.S. The grain newsletter that I send to our customers each working day goes to none other than Class of 1965 member Patty O'Neil who has a farming interest in the Palouse. I am thinking that Mary McGuire Druffel ('65) also receives the newsletter. ..more ramblings from Colfax Happy birthday to Sacajawea - Kenny Dall ('64) Ken's Mom (Mrs. Maxwell?) was secretary at Sacy. Her boss was Mr. Jim LeClair - Dad to Gary ('63) & Bob ('65) LeClair. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Northwest Cherries I can't say why the cherries you are getting are not up to your standards. My wife, Donna Young ('64) and I have been commenting on how good the cherries have been this year. Those that we have been getting at Costco, and our local grocery stores have been excellent. I have noticed that they have been packaged in Prosser, Grandview, and other Yakima Valley packing locations. The sad thing is that there are no backyard cherries to procure in the darkness of night here in southern California. We are going to hate it when they run out. The cherries from we get from Chile (or wherever) in the winter just don't measure up to the great fruit from the Northwest. -Larry Bowls ('64) ~ Redlands, CA where the temps have fallen for a few days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julie Alexander ('65) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6 Picture #391 is Pam Panther ('65). She still is as beautiful today. To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Cherries There have been an over abundance of great giant cherries at the farmers markets here in the TC. Maren, they are not all leaving the PNW. -Julia (Julie) Alexander ('65) ~ They tell us by Wed it should be a bit cooler in the Tri-Cities. One can only hope. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Muh Pal It's time fer muh Pal's birthday agin... the boyz at the dunut shop thought I was tryin' to pull somthin with nuther birthday for this guy... they were sure he had one two weeks ago... couldn't have... cuz last year we gave him a balune and this year the store is closed where we got them... yup the grocery store is closed... lots of stores in this town closed... beginning to look like Detroit... or the Uptown or somethin'... but this is birthday time not complainin' time so I gotta talk about this kid's birthday... he is a whole nuther year older than I am again... at least for a few months... then he's not... he only gets to be a whole year older than I am for a few months outa the year... then we're the same age again... only kids can understand that logic and since I still understand it... nuff said... If you don't understand it... ask a kid (they can be younger or older than you... doesn't matter... just so they are a kid)... the boy is doing some eBay for me cuz he draws real good... but he didn't draw nothin on eBay... but he's still doing it for me cuz he's my pal... don't get me wrong... can't believe a word he says but he's still my pal... that's what counts... oh yeah and I love him of course... that counts too... Even if he did know Miss Hoff ('64) before I did... Way before I did (that's where being a whole year older for a few months helps out)... If I da known her longer maybe I'd be a whole year older... but probably not cuz it doesn't work backwards... well, I've told you half the secrets I know about the boy over the years and some I'll wait to compare between the movie and the book to see if they got them right... so for now: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65) on August 4, 2009... sorry the card I got you at the OG in the Uptown in June had my Marine Corps Tattoo instead of yours but you got what you wanted back in '65 or '66 and I got what I wanted back in '66 (well not so much what I wanted... the guy just got really ticked at me for not being able to make up my mind) and mine just happens to be cooler than crap and way more popular and well liked and considered by most in the know the be the tattoo of Marines' Marines... but yours is nice too Jimmy... really... -David Rivers ('65 only 62 and three-quarters till November) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/05/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Floyd Melton ('57), Glen Rose ('58) Janet Tyler ('61), Carol Converse ('64) David Rivers ('65), Sandy Clark ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Erickson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Nussbaum ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary McCue ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Picture #389 Dave Underwood (WB) third from the right. To: Mike Clowes ('54) I don't see any Lefty Kunkler ('54) in any of the pics. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Picture #389 The well informed Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) seldom makes a historical error, however I just don't think that the Don Sorenson photo #389 is "Lefty" Kunkler ('54). Anyone know for sure? Re: The Tri-City Herald photos sent by Andy Perdue (NAB) of the fifties in Richland brought back lots of memories. Long before Water Follies we celebrated summer with Atomic Frontier Days. I danced at least two years in the talent show. I remember it once in Riverside (Howard Amon) Park and a couple of times at Bomber Bowl (Fran Rish Stadium) The photo of a girl doing a backbend could be me, but I am not certain. Picture #74 has a bevy of beauties from a couple of classes. I can identify Sally Foley Chapman ('56), Sharon Templeman Watts ('55), Sharon Bee Burkes ('55) and on the right side are Jane Judson ('56) and Darvis Bergam ('58) I THINK. Gary Behymer '64: You may have had my mother, Mrs. Margaret Kirby as a teacher at Sacajawea. She taught there under Mr. LeClair for several years starting in 1950. She taught primary grades and happened to be a good friend of Irene Dahl Maxfield. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Picture #391 I do not know who the person is in the picture #391 but the calendar shows the day I went to work for Douglas United Nuclear; Monday June 6, 1966 and my research during the 30+ years in finance showed that I was the only one on site with that date, 6/6/66. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Glen Rose ('58) I am saddened to report that another Bomber has left us. I received a message from Jessie Willoughby ('60), that her sister, Mary Willoughby Trimble ('58), passed away on August 1. We will miss her. Mary's obituary should be in the Tri-City Herald on August 6, 2009. -Glen Rose ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Tyler ('61) Re: Loss of Bomber parent To Leland ('63) and Stephen ('65) Upson I was sorry to read in the August 4th TCH of the passing of your Mom, Theda Spicer Upson. I have fond memories of your Mom from my childhood. She was one of the women who provided me with a role model as an active member of our community while I was growing up. She lived a long and productive life, I'm thinking of each of you at this time. Fondly, -Janet Tyler ('61) ~ Pasco **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: In this picture, middle row, 4th girl from my right is Cathy Culler. When I saw the picture yesterday, I thought that was her and the names that they have on the back of the picture confirms it. In the 5th grade, she started at Lewis & Clark. Our close friendship lasted several years. She moved up to the Seattle area a couple years or so afterwards. I remember taking the bus and train up to Seattle to visit her for a couple weeks during the summer and the next summer she would come over the mountains to visit me. That went on for a few years. Drifted apart in our Senior year, as she got married during our Junior year. We made connections several years later by phone but never got to see her. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: "big" sis As the years go bye I tend to repeat myself in these birthday things... there are only so many stories you can recount and after a while they ring in one's ears having repeated them so often... as I mentioned yesterday, the boyz at the donut shop were sure Heidlebauh ('65) couldn't already be having another birthday... but they do just rush past... not like the old days when the hours before Christmas morning took months!... But I always feel close to my friends when their birthdays come up so it's a good thing I guess... We have another one of those wonderful Bomber-babe "older" sisters having a birthday on August 5, 2009 and I sure don't want her day to pass without a note in the ol' Sandstorm. I will mention tho that I got a great note and web site from Richard Twedt ('64) this morning that warmed the old heart... that's guy's art work is outa this world (yeah Heidlebaugh yer good too)... but back to my birthday girl... I won't make too much of her age since I'm still trying to convince Mary Lou ('63) that we are the perfect age for each other... .. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sue Nussbaum Reeb ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: wedding anniversary We had our 35th anniversary on August 3rd also. Back in l974 we remember it was at least 105 & the church had a swamp AC My sister, 11 years old then, passed out up on the stage during the ceremony. No special celebration this year but we both just recently bought new Yamaha motorcycles... getting ready for retirement fun? maybe? -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/06/09 ~ Hiroshima Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Ed Wood ('62) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Westover ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Lynch ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sheeran ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: "Tincan" and "LD" Boy, are my face red. But come to think on it, the person in question is a bit older in appearance than "Lefty" would have been. Still think "Lefty" and this person might be related. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Wallace, ID On our way up to visit with our son in Vancouver, BC, Janice and I stopped in Wallace, Idaho for a walk around and lunch. It's a fun town to walk around for an afternoon. We took the tour of the old Oasis Bordello that went out of business in 1988 after an FBI raid. The tour guide described Ginger, the last madam, who owned the place from 1963 until after it closed. I asked the guide if she knew anything about the madams before that, since they would have been the ones in business when we heard the rumors about Wallace in our high school days. She responded that the current owner of the building might know something about the more ancient history of the place. Ancient history? Excuse me? -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Learners permits and stuff While back in NY with Davis ('65), I met a guy while I was introducing Terry to the Vets... this guy and I hit it off right away and we spent a bunch of time talking which lead to some of Terry's stories in his dinner talk to the men. The story of this guy's evac when he was hit was hysterical... His name is Larry Howard which almost sent milk up my nose in the first place (for those in the know, the 3 stooges... all four of the real ones were Howards and a Fine... Larry was the Fine... but it was close enough for me)... according to the guy who was with him (his best friend in the Nam... but they only recently reunited), When the Chopper took off... Larry kinda leaned out the door and flipped the bird to all below and kept it flying till they were out of sight... Well Larry had also been married 4 times, which puts him in the same ranks as the Birthday boy and me! The guys in NY said guys like us should only be issued "learners permits". It took many years for Larry to be diagnosed with PTSD, but one of the first factors they apparently look at is the number of times the Vet has been married... very scientific... reminds me of a "joke" my mom used to tell: "My mother was scared by a broken record, but there's nothin' wrong with me... wrong with me... wrong with me... " Yeah... Mom's a card... so no matter how many times this boy has been married... I still gotta wish my pal, Mike Sheeran ('66) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on August 6, 2009!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/07/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55), David Rivers ('65) John Allen ('66), Jean Albaugh ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Bobo ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Peterson ('77) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Tony Duran ('55) & Sylvia Plumb ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Thanks for identifying the classmates in pic #74 from the Tri- City Herald. Could the tall blonde be Sharon Mack ('55)? Sure looks like her. To: Don Sorenson (NAB) The young man handling the alligator/crocodile in Picture 393 looks very much like Jerry Maulsby ('55). Wonder if he and his colleague may be doing animal research in the former Hanford Facility for Beryllium research on small animals. Jerry spent time in Richlands Agriculture classes... and Mr. Evans was one of RHS most competent and finest educators... and a good influence on all who attended his classes. The 331 Life Science Building at Hanford was constructed in 1970 for biological and botanical research which were believed to include beryllium research. The building was primarily used for animal studies. If not involved in research, Jerry looks comfortable with the young leviathan and may simply be practicing to become the next "Crocodile Dundee". Those young creatures theyre handling in the picture look mature enough to take away a few fingers for dessert. Amazing things keep happening at Richland and Hanford. I hope they continue like the new LIGO SystemLIGO the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Caltech operates in Hanford, WA and an identical twin managed by MIT in Livingston, LA which scientists hope will allow them to demonstrate the truth of Einstein's theory that "large bodies moving through space would give off waves of gravity, traveling at light speed, that would shrink and expand space-time itself." The L.A. times mentioned that this NSF funded program is the largest scientific project ever! Another one of Einstein's ideas. The fabric of space. From pre-fabs to plutonium to high speed gravity waves, light years beyond Isaac Newton and the falling apple. Richland still has more magic going on than any of us suspect. If we're fortunate, perhaps we'll all get to travel at warp speed... in the right direction! Perhaps these things make Bomber cheers and memories brighter, faster and reflecting more often. -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ Keeping cool in Boise, where we received 1/2" of record-setting rain... and finally a welcome cool day after the same wave of triple digits that plagued Seattle and Portland... It was a comfortable Spring-Like Day... more of same expected tomorrow. Hope the Tri-Cities is getting relief too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Happy Anniversary Not gonna blow it again as I did last year. Put together a wonderfully romantic story about one of my favorite couples only to be informed quietly and sweetly that I was full of poo poo... not that the couple wasn't romantic or that the love wasn't wonderful... just that my story was a crock as told... so ok... because I still can say I really do envy (not the green kind) well maybe am in awe would be a better term of couples such as the one celebrating an Anniversary on August 7, 2009. I admire the guy and the girl and always have. I have been lucky enough to become friends with them in a very short time. I've confessed my fear of older Bomber-babes over and over but I'm so glad it didn't plague me for ever... and I am so glad to be able to say I love Ann Engel ('63) and Feddie ('63 RIP) Schafer and am wishing HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Allen ('66) Re: One Trillion Dollars; Numbers (Like Words) Have Meaning I have been conducting a little survey of late and I have found that the VAST majority of folks I talk to, are, quite literally, ignorant of just how much money a TRILLION dollars really is. This includes college grads (with the almost certain exceptions of one Econ Prof and one MS in math who are recipients of this message) and, I suspect, Senators and Congresspersons that we have elected to high office. SO, in an attempt to enlighten as many folks as I can, I am sending you this very small tutorial (in case you have not yet seen it). Click on the hot link below my initials and, when you get to the web site, just keep scrolling down; being sure to read the minimal text as you go. ---JMA -John Allen ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) Re: Priest Lake I'm sitting on the beach at Hills Resort.. Best weather I've ever seen here. I try to get down from Alaska every few years to the Albaugh family Reservation at Hills. Jeff, Jim & Jesn grew up going to Elkins, so had to do the traditional "Elkins cabin trail walk" yesterday. Saw Bobby Jacobs ('70) at Hills happy hour last night. Always good to see Bobby. I love this Iphone. -Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant Ranlett ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordy Edgar ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer Harden ('96) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim Adair ('66) & Kathie Moore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I had to reply to Jean Albaugh's ('72) entry on Priest Lake. In about 2003 our oldest son was working at Elkins Resort at Priest Lake. We visited him there, and I never wanted to leave I thought it was so beautiful. However, he did leave and I've never been back there, but we have been blessed to visit our friends in Spokane (NaBs) and go out to their great place in a great place (Lake Pend O'Reille) which may be one of the most beautiful spots in the world. In fact, we are going to be going back to visit them next month, and I'm looking forward to a few hours of peace in heaven on earth... we are going to Washington first to visit my brother, Roy Cross ('65) and his family, and my husband's mom in Wenatchee, and take in the WSU football game in Seattle on September l2th, before we buzz down to California (Nevada actually) to attend our son's wedding at S. Lake Tahoe. As he will be will be 32 a few days later, and he will also be getting a 5 year old son, besides a very nice wife, I am excited to be gaining not only a daughter-in-law, but also a grandson!! I've not written in much this summer, I've spent most of today dealing with clutter I've left lying around while I was heading up VBS, quickly followed by cooking at a church camp for 5 weeks which included sleeping there in a cute cabin, except for 27 hours off a week,and then last week I headed up a Buffum family reunion in Springfield, Ill. (all of us in my dad's Cross family are also Buffums since the lines married during the Civil War time. I love history, and really enjoyed all the Lincoln history in Springfield as they are celebrating the bicentennial of Abe Lincoln's) our 16th President. We, here in Spencer County, Indiana, which happens to be Lincoln't boyhood home, have also been celebrating the bicentennial and tomorrow I am going to a Mary Todd Lincoln luncheon and style show which will be one of our final celebrations of the celebration.... So I am looking forward to a quick visit to Washington (and Idaho) and California and Nevada next month. Our younger son (almost 29) will be coming with us to the wedding and on the whole vacation, which will be the first time he's been with us in a long time. He is celebrating that after all these years he just graduated from Purdue... we are celebrating too!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in Grandview, IN on the Ohio River which has flooded a little since the flood in Louisville, KY. We've enjoyed a cool month of rain, green lawns, and low humidity which we've really appreciated... (to ED Wood (fellow 62 class member) I know how you feel about the age comment.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: It's A Small World Category A local area farmer stopped by this week to say that he had attended a 50th anniversary party in Garfield, WA, where he heard someone chatting about a 'letter' house. The letter 'B' to be exact. An alphabet home. Bottom Line... Through several conversations and a quick call, the gentleman celebrating his 50th was Norm Warren ('55). Norm's brother was Thomas Warren ('64). Tom played guitar with Harry Wilson ('64) at Chief Jo. I believe Tom was on the 1964 missing member list. I do have phone numbers for both men. -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Doc and Ma 40 There's a story... about a man named... no... lemme try again... come n listen to my story bout a man named... nah... Just some good ol boyz... never meanin no harm... rats that doesn't work either... 3 nites and days I sailed the sea... ... ... arrrrrrrrrrgh this is harder than I thought it was gonna be... His Pappy said Son yer gonna drive me ta drinkin... oh this is so lame... Well, I've hadda evil life so they say but I'll outrun the devil on judgment day... ... ... OK... enough... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Jimmie ('65-'67) and Kathie Moore ('69) Adair on August 8, 2009! I love you two! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/09 ~ Nagasaki Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Tom Hemphill ('62), Loretta Jensen ('65) Alan Lobdell ('69), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj Qualheim ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Valerie Nielsen ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay Wear ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Great Book Hello Fellow Bombers, I just finished reading the book - "Lewis & Clark and Me" - written by Spence Campbell. It's a true story about the 557 mile swim that Spence made in 1962 following the Lewis & Clark canoe trip that they took from Orofino, Idaho to Astoria, Oregon. Spence is a master story teller and I read the book in record time, for me anyway. His story is about the challenges of the swim and about the thoughts that went through his mind during the 27 day ordeal. Why would someone do this? Well, you will need to read the book to find out. I highly recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who grew up on the Columbia River, as I did. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Loretta Jensen Kusak ('65) Re: Seattle Bomber Event Maren, would you please put this reminder in the Sandstorm? Thanks. Just a reminder... Seattle Bomber Event for all classes Where: Loretta Jensen Kusak's House, Mercer Island, WA Email me if you need directions When: Saturday, August 15 @ 7:00 PM Bring a main dish, salad or dessert BYOB -Loretta Jensen Kusak ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: King County Executive To any Bombers in King County. I found out the other day from a lady at my church that the KIng 5 USA poll that came out this week called her. She came up to me at church and asked why my name was not in the poll. I asked her to explain exactly what she meant. She said the poll gave her only five names and she was to chose from those five. She told them that she was undecided and then went to her voters pamphlet to be sure I was in it. I am, so she voted for me. This is what I have been dealing with here in the Seattle area. The Seattle Times sent me a very derogatory email (derogatory towards working people) about three months ago informing me that they would not say anything about me in the paper because I was not wealthy enough. My first idea was to post the email on my web site to show everyone what they think of the working class however my campaign manager said no. He explained that as a professional I need to run a professional clean campaign, and he has been right. I had to contain my emotions over this and the support has been great. I have been getting emails and calls from people and groups all over King County swearing support because they too are tired of the way the media has been and they know me and the work I've done. I ask that you ignore the polls, they have been manipulated. Alan E. Lobdell, P.E. ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: August 9th To All Bombers, Over the past few weeks a few folks who were part of the Manhattan Project have passed on. For the past 15 years I have collected numerous stories and facts concerning their role in the development of the Atomic Bomb. Each had a different take on the bomb's use and its role in shaping our position in the world. I was not there and have only the memories of those who lived in that difficult time... this is something I wrote last year (edited by Gary Henne) In 1783 George Washington wrote a prayer in a letter to the 13 Governors of the United States, "...our nation has sent its most precious treasures, its sons and daughters, to human conflicts beyond our shores, not to seize, not to subjugate, not to occupy, but to preserve the inalienable right of all mankind to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." For nearly four years this nation's "Treasures" fought for those same ideals across most of Europe and the Pacific Theater. At home, those left behind rolled up shirt sleeves and toiled with a work ethic strengthened by patriotism. If that weren't enough, blue and gold stars were hung in windows as somber reminders of who were still serving and those who sacrificed all. Some at Hanford knew this was not just another war project. The magnitude and intensity of the effort and the level of security and secrecy told workers something was special was happening; but few suspected that it would change the course of history. In spite of the hardships involved in life at Hanford, they stayed and finished the task at hand, giving America the tools needed to bring World War II to a close. I will miss those dear friends who lived that very important time in history and did not think themselves any more special than those who they shared Richland with for so many years. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/10/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jamie Worley ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Bartlett ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mack Richardson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis McGrath ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Marie Roberts ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Collins ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Goehring ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley Hills ('64) Dear Maren, I just read Don Sorensen's (NAB) article today, August 9, 2009. I believe that this is a day all of us who grew up in Richland remember, whether or not we were alive yet or waiting to be born. It is of course our oral histories that must now be remembered and passed on to the next generations since the schools in Richland do not teach the history of the Manhattan Project or the incredible history of Richland from the end of the war through the '60s. I feel like the day the music died was the day GE left. Anyway, many years ago, in the early to mid '90s I had the privilege of driving my in-laws, Jack and Judy Hills back from their summer home in Idaho. Jack and Judy were two of the finest people God ever put on the face of this earth and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about them and think about the huge gap left in God's earth without them. On our drive home, Judy was asleep in the back seat so Jack and I started talking about how Judy and he came to Richland. Those early days of Richland - not enough homes for the spouses, not enough doctors to deliver babies, tearing down farms to make a dust bowl only to rebuild acceptable homes for the new upscale defense worker that would be coming in after the war. On it goes as I know we have all heard. However, one of Jack's stories that I thought was so good came from my question, "Did you have any idea what they were doing out at Hanford?" Jack came from Salt Lake City before the end of the war, I believe 1943 but I could be off a year here. He was a CPA and as his son always used to say, he counted bullets; counted so many bullets in Salt Lake City that they sent him to Richland. "No," he told me. He didn't know what they were building out in the desert, however he knew from a cost accounting basis that it was one product. They also knew it was pretty darned important to the war effort. Well, on August 9, 1945, they knew what that one product turned out to be. He said immediately they knew what they had been doing at Hanford. As we know, it ended the war. Your tribute was lovely, Don. -Jamie Worley Hills ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: my favorite pen pal One thing about being a Bomber... we have friends before we know about friends... I'm always amazed... well not amazed but I think it is very cool that many of us shared rooms as new borns and cribs later on as almost new borns... We moved a lot, as did many people in our lil' gubmint town... before the houses were owned they were traded... Very early on before we moved over on Putnum we lived with others... during that period of time I "met" the birthday girl... course I wouldn't know about meeting her till I moved to Jason Lee... that would be after Haines and Acacia... when we settled in at Stevens and VanGeisen... she was always around and always a really super Bomber-babe to know... even before she was a Bomber-babe... When I went to Vietnam I was convinced that it was a good idea NOT to have a girl friend... sure didn't feel like getting a Billy and Sue (B J Thomas) Dear John letter... so figured it was much better to be a "Lone Wolf" (like those car plaques you could get outa JC Whitney) Still think those plaques are hokey but do have friends that have them as jokes... so anyway, there were a few kids who wrote me regularly... Beej ('65) and the birthday girl... not sure what regularly was any more... but at least once and probably more... .. ... .so being a Bomber was a good thing and still is... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jo Marie Roberts ('65) on August 10, 2009!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 12 Bomber funeral notice today: Dale Ennor ('59) Gregor Hanson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Stephens ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) To: John Allen ('66) Re: a trillion dollars I too find it incredible people can throw figures like "billion" and "trillion" around with such abandon. During twenty-eight years working with local government budget and finance I never ceased to be amazed at how easily elected and appointed officials could spend what they deemed someone else's money. As to the large numbers and what they represent, I have another approach for you. I read somewhere that a stack of 1000 new bills, irrespective of the denomination, would stand 3-3/4 inches high. Therefore, the larger amounts (in $100 bills) would stack as follows: $1 million = 37.5 inches (3.125 feet) $1 billion = 7.1 miles $1 trillion = 7,102.27 miles Further, I'm sure you rejoiced upon hearing the administration was going to show good faith and temper the stimulus deficit by digging deep and finding $100 million in items to be cut. Let's see . . . if the stimulus was (about) $780 billion, we would have something like this: 780,000,000,000 dollars in stimulus money 100,000,000 in budget cuts This factors down to saving a penny for each $78.00 of stimulus deficit! Try leaving a penny tip the next time you spring for a $78.00 dinner. -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson ('65) Hi Maren Can you include the following entry in the Alumni Sandstorm? RHS Class of 65 Reunion Committee is interested in hearing from fellow classmates regarding any interest in celebrating our 45th class reunion in 2010. If so, would classmates prefer to celebrate this event in June July August or to have a joint celebration as part of Club 40 in early September? Please send responses to me at Thanks! -Gregor Hanson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mary Willoughby ('58) ~ 8/14/39 - 8/1/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Larry Mattingly ('60) Tom Hemphill ('62), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nat Saenz ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Aaron Roberts('66) & Robbin Ruth Henderson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dale Ennor ('59) As the late Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-IL) once said: "A million here, a million there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." Maybe that explains the political mindset with regards to money. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ still waiting on the rain in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Shortage of reactors Many of you will remember the scramble and near begging a few years back, to keep FFTF alive for making medical isotopes? But the US Federal Gummet in their all-knowing wisdom said naah, got plenty of reactors to do that. According to the newspaper this AM there are 5 reactors in the world capable of making certain isotopes that are vitally needed. One is in Canada and is down for repairs... IF it can be repaired. The one in the Netherlands is going down for extended routine maintenance. And according to the what I read today, at least 1 more is going down for some reason. One of the isotopes is used in certain heart and bone scans. Doctors are concerned that with the lack of ability to obtain proper scans some patients will get surgery that is not needed, while others will not get surgery that is needed. With only 66 hour half life in the one isotope they have to keep the supply lines full and cannot do that easily with less then the 5 reactors. And... all of the reactors are over 50 years old. And apparently nobody is interested in investing hundreds of millions to build new reactors of the kind needed. The article went on to say that with the mandates in many parts of the world for lower uranium enrichment to provide more nuclear security, there will soon be few or no reactors capable of making the isotopes. Life gets tougher and the world gets smaller. But I am off to Alaska Wednesday PM to do the Houston Founders Day display Saturday night. -Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Picnic Hey Bombers, PLEASE Join Us!!! Saturday - August 15 - 11:30 AM till ??? Location - The Hemphill Farm We are at the north end of Vancouver, just 2 miles from where I-5 and I-205 merge. Please email me and I'll send you a map and directions. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: woooooooooohoooooooooo Bomber babes If you are anything like me, your woulda coulda shoulda list is a long one. Nothing we can do about most of it now but wow... corse if you're like me, most of those woulda coulda shouldas may have been spared by the grace of God. I managed to dig myself deep enough most times with just the stuff I did... let alone what might have been... but ya know... it does nag at the back of the memory sometimes... one of the shouldas would have been to at least date the birthday girl... but hey... life's tough... She is a good friend which she might not be if we had dated... I still have one former girl friend who really does pretend to barf when she hears my name (oh not pretend... oh well... good Dylan line so I won't waste it)... I love hearing from this babe every now and then and am certainly glad for that... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Patty Spencer ('65) on August 12, 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/13/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), John Campbell ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clementson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Persons ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Annual Club 40 meeting/party countdown Class 1944 - 1 1945 - 2 1946 - 1 1947 - 4 1948 - 4 1949 - 44 1950 - 1 1951 - 2 1952 - 13 1953 - 19 1954 - 25 1955 - 8 1956 - 7 1957 - 2 1958 - 4 1959 - 4 1960 - 3 1961 - 2 1962 - 4 1963 - 0 1964 - 2 That is the count after todays mail. Burt won't have all of these to enter until later in the week, but do check the web page to see who is attending. My count includes spouses who are not Bombers. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Back from Sturgis Returned Sunday from Sturgis. Went with my brother Rush ('52) and his 2 sons and a friend of mine. Had a great time and saw Aerosmith do 10 songs before Steven Tyler fell of the stage about 50 feet form us. My friend John rode a '75 FL and did a bit of fixing on the way, but he made there and back. His tour pack fell off in the middle of I-90 west of the Snoqualmie pass. Luckily a fellow driving a truck picked it up for us. Oh, speaking of nice folks, a group riding to Sturgis from Victoria had an RV with a trailer following them (just in case). Anyway, just this side of Missoula John's bike broke and they offered to take it into Missoula for him. Our paths crossed a couple of times at Sturgis. Small world. Many people express surprise that not only I at 64 ride that distance*, but are really surprised when I tell them my brother is 75! Yes, it can be dangerous. We stopped by the steakhouse near Elk Creek between Sturgis and Rapid City. While we were there, It started to rain hard and a car hydroplaned and came across the median and hit a biker on I-90 a couple hundred yards away. It didn't look good. However, someday we'll all be sitting in our rockers - hopefully with something pleasant to reflect on. Any other Bombers make the journey this year? * Classmate Perry Moore rides to New Hampshire to visit his brother quite often. I'd need a lot more comfortable seat. -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: U.S National Debt Clock With all this talk about millions, and billions, and trillions of dollars, I just thought I would put in my two cents worth. There are a lot of sites that show this, but this one also shows things like trade deficit, private debt, social security, bailouts, etc. etc. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richard Twedt ('64) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/14/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Ed Charette ('55) Patti Jones ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Collings ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Swanson ('64) 08/14/1945 PEACE! OUR BOMB CLINCHED IT! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: A very special message In the mail this past week I received a check from the Class of 1964. They took up a collection at their reunion this summer and donated a beautiful check in the amount of $209.00 to Club 40 Scholarship Fund. Since I felt we could reach more people this way to thank them, than just a Thank You Note to their Treasurer, we do wish to thank them for this generous donation. I am sure our scholarship recipients and our Scholarship Committee also send their deep gratitude for your thoughtfulness. Now I have a request from the Class of 1964, what is the chance of getting a copy of your roster to add to the Club Forty database? We sure would love to add all of you to our mailing list. ['64 Class Roster: -Maren] Way to Go Bombers!!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49), Club Forty Treasurer **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Charette ('55) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Annual Club 40 meeting/party countdown Only 4 people from the class of '59???? {Ed, '59 is having their 50-year reunion the week end BEFORE the Club 40 festivities... doesn't make sense to me. -Maren] -Ed Charette ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland The next luncheon will be September 12, 2009. The weekend of Club 40. Per usual it will be announced the week before and the week of the luncheon. August attendance showed by the numbers that many who usually come were busy doing whatever kept them cool for August. Burt Pierard ('59) was quite proud to show his new T-shirt that Missy Keeney ('59) bought for him. Green and Gold at it's finest. Missy got it from a booth at the July Art in the Park. Her dress from the same place is perfect for the hot days of summer. There is a picture of her but I am sorry I didn't get her standing up to show the cute dress. Both are tie - dyed. Both remind of the old hippy clothing with updated twists to them. See their pictures. Surprise of all surprises were Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) and husband Herman ('60 Finley) showing up for the luncheon. They have had their share of health problems the past couple of years. Kaylene recently had a surgery. Her recovery allowed her the reality of having cabin fever and chose to come to the luncheon to get out for a while. Please pray for them that their is no more hospitals and minor doctor visits. Betty Bell Norton ('51) the Queen of volunteers was able to get away from volunteer duties and attend. I know she would like to come more often but her duties as President of the Richland Seniors keeps her extremely busy. Always happy to see her smiling face. In attendance were: Glen Rose ('58) and Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA), Robert Shipp ('64) and Susie Shipp (spouse '64 - Brazil).. I think I missed some good conversation... I must have been sitting in the "wrong" place. They were all smiling and humming with their conversation. I do know I can't hear it all no matter how hard I try. Gives me a giggle every time I write the Sandstorm entry. Stay tuned for next month. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Wow!! Richard Tweedt ('64) and John Campbell ('63) are Bombers who are living life to the fullest it sounds like. More power to you and enjoy it while you can.... We have friends here in IN who have ridden to Sturgis on Harleys in their 60s and ride as often as they can.... (but much to my husband's chagrin, we won't be among them....) -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where the humidity of summer has hit and I love the cooler breezes we get in the morning, as I've finally started walking each day seriously again... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Richard Twedt ('64) That picture was beautiful!! Even if they were taken by an Ipod! I just wonder if it has to be by a window or would house lighting work too. Plus what would a piece of art like that cost? I tried to write a comment but ya have to belong to one of the sites... which I don't. So at any rate I hope Richard reads the Sandstorm!! Again Richard that is a very awesome picture!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/15/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Marilyn DeVine ('52) Larry Aeschliman ('60), Marj Qualheim (60) Mary Rose ('60), Annette Bundrant ('62) Donna Bowers ('63), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Moore ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Zangar ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Einan's Memorial dedicated to Karl Leitenberg ('72) -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Home again! It was wonderful to see family and friends in Alaska, and to enjoy their cool weather, but am grateful to be in my own house and my own yard, sitting on my own deck and surprisingly, enjoying cool weather!! Terry picked me up at the airport at 11:35 Tuesday night. Wow... long day! I got up at 5:30am to catch a 7:30 flight which would arrive in Pasco at 2pm. Missed that one because I was in the wrong line: didn't know that kennels go to a different area. But, I got my 2 checked bags taken care of and was re-scheduled for a 10:00 flight, which would have put us in Pasco at 4:30. After 3 hours of "killing time" at the doggy-park, etc. we got back in line for the 2nd flight. THEN I was told the kennel I had for Paco was not suitable... it is collapsible and they do sometimes collapse on the flight. (Why I wasn't told that the 1st time around is anybody's guess...) Anyway, I called my daughter at work and she called her renter, who frantically pulled a hard kennel out of Keri's shed and sped to the Airport. "They" wouldn't let me cut to the head of the line (which I thought they should, since we had already started the process and my extra fee of $240 had been paid) so I missed THAT flight. Well, we killed another 2 hours outside in the sun, at the doggy-park, etc. They had said Paco should be in line again by 3pm but we were in line at 1:50--- hey, I wasn't taking any chances, although it meant Paco would have to be in the kennel an extra hour and a half. I bought a soft kennel for ChaChee at the Salvation Army store and he got to ride in the cabin with me. For 3 or 4 weeks I had been stewing and worrying about a spot on my chest which suddenly started growing a few days after Terry and I left Richland. In spite of being busy with the wedding of Mali, my granddaughter and the later arrival of my middle daughter, Sandra and her husband, Bobby and a baby-shower for their daughter Jill, I seemed to be more and more obsessed by the "spot" and it's daily changes. Terry gave me some essential oil to put on it to ease the itching, but it didn't go away. To make a long story a little bit shorter, when I realized, yesterday (Thursday) that my email was down, I walked over to my best friend's house, Judy Herford Rector ('64) to thank her for the "welcome home" basket she left at my front door with a small loaf of her home-made banana bread and their home-grown tomatoes, zucchini and green beans. Well, when I showed her the thing on my chest, she immediately offered me the loan of her car (mine is locked in my garage because the garage door is broken... another little annoyance) so I called Dr. Hopp's office and they said I could come in at 1:00 to be seen on a "stand-by" basis. I was seen even before I got the paper-work completed. Chris, PA-C, was efficient and direct without being cold. It probably is cancer and I probably will need further surgery, but I am just so completely relieved to know IT IS BEING TAKEN CARE OF, that I'm not wasting any more energy worrying about it! The biopsy will be back in a week to 10 days and we'll go from there. Word to the wise: if anyone in your family has had skin cancer, find out what kind they had before you go to the doctor for any suspicious spots. I couldn't answer the question, "what kind" when I checked the yes box for any relatives who've had skin cancer. When I called Keri to let her know that I had been seen and what was going on and how good it felt to know it was being handled, I learned that hers was basal-cell carcinoma. Hers have been treated with surgeries only, no radiation needed. So... there you have it. Hey... looks like the class of '52 will be well represented at Club 40! -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ Bomber regards to each and all from delightfully cool Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Aeschliman ('60) To: Richard Twedt ('64) Richard, if you see this; give me a call. Would love to talk with you....:) -Larry Aeschliman ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marj Qualheim Haggard (60) Re: Meeting for Class of 1960 - 50 Year Reunion Hello Maren, Please put this notice in the Sandstorm. I will send it in for posting every day through the 19th. Thank you. Marj Qualheim Haggard (60) 50 year reunion meeting for the class of 1960 Where: Round Table Pizza, Next to the Clarion Hotel, 1435 GWWay When: Thursday August 20th at 6:00 PM. Who: Class of 1960 members, spouses and guests. -Marj Qualheim Haggard (60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Re: Burt Pierard's new [green & gold] tie dye t-shirt Missy Keeney's ('59) new tie dyed dress Patti Jones Ahren's ('60) mentioned "hippie days." My youngest daughter was just in San Francisco and sent me the picture that is attached of the Haight-Ashbury street sign with she and my grandson. So I got busy and dug in my trunk and got out my dresses and other things from that era and am hand-delivering them to her week after next. They will make nice house dresses. My former husband, her father, was an FBI agent in that area and the Berkley area during the late '60s. She was not born yet. Interesting time in our world. -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Bundrant Hall ('62) Don't know if anyone has written in, but Karl Leitenberg ('72) passed away August 13th. Thanks -Annette Bundrant Hall ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To all those who are chagrinned about the reduction of nuclear radioisotopes, MIT has just developed a stem cell treatment for tumors and the new 3 dimensional radiology techniques and other cellular detection systems may be a safer way of detecting abnormalities. I am always hopeful that what we once thought was the be and end-all of treatment is being improved with far better technologies. It is hard to be in the loop and understand what is replacing what, as our technological world ramps up at warp speed. It only takes 2 hits by radiation to the alleles of DNA to cause genetic damage that we may not see for years and years. One of the great things about doing research on my dad's cancer that caused his early death at Hanford, is all the wonderful things you learn in the process. There are so many that have been diagnosed with cancer, my hope is not to see any more of this in my family. My heart goes out to those that are battleing it now and those that have been through chemo. -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from perfect weather St. Louis where we have had the most unusual San Diegeo-like summer in over 20 years. Low humidity is a blessing!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh ('63) Re: Dan Burnley ('??) and or Lois Burnley ('68) Fellow Bombers, I am trying to locate two Bombers. Last I heard they were in the Seattle area, but not sure if that still holds true. If anyone has any information I sure would like to know. Thanks Bomber Cheers, -Jeanie Walsh ('63) ~ Simi Valley CA, Home of the Ronald Reagan Library. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Class of 1971 Website The class of 1971 website is back on-line at We will be adding more content and invite any pictures or other materials to add to the site. Maren, Can you please use this URL on the All Bomber site? Thanks -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Karl Leitenberg ('72) ~ 8/9/52 - 8/12/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: "Pappy" Swan ('59), Patsy Lomon ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Tyler Banning ('01) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Bruntlett ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Gress ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Avedovech ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Crow ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kirby Belcher ('75wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Mitzlaff ('77) 08/16/1977 - Elvis died "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) The Mask of Burto Re: Burt Pierard's ('59) new green & gold tie dye t-shirt Missy Keeney's ('59) new tie dyed dress To: my friends, Burt and Missy, fellow '59ers Now, I think I understand! I kept wondering where you two find the energy to keep going (like that pink bunny, in the little sunglasses, thumping his drum, and truckin' all over the place) in all of your involvements with Bomber and Richland stuff? After working with both of you, but Burt especially, in his and my "Junior G-man-like, classmate tracking down, procedural efforts," toward our '59er 50th Reunion, I think that I may have figured out how Burt keeps on keepin' on. It's that green & gold "tie dye" t-shirt (and probably others like it, from before), fairly bursting with genuine Bomber nuclear energy. I mean ... just take a look at it, and Burt seems to explode from the picture! This may be a new T-shirt, but I now suspect that Burt has long ago, discovered, maybe not the fountain of youth, but perhaps the "exposure" of youth, and has a secret stash of these "energized t-shirts" that he dons in the privacy of his "Rad Cave" (kinda like Bat Man in his Bat Cave). Once "reved up," Burt then switches to normal attire, and then ventures forth to, once again, protect and serve the interests of Bomberdom. Missy, I'm thinking that Burt may need a green and gold cape to go with the t-shirt, topped off with a green and/or gold Zorro- like mask, you know ... "The Mask of Burto!" You go Burt! In all seriousness, I know few with your depth of devotion to Bomberville, and although you have kept me pretty busy with Bomber business lately, it has been a pleasure to work on this stuff with you. In addition, I think that now I understand the abundance and length of your gray hair. And, all this time I thought radiation made one's hair fall out, but perhaps, in controlled doses ... who knows? Anyway, my hair is all gray, but it came naturally, I think... But, yours obviously came from "exposure" to hard work for the Bombers. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where nowadays, the only radiation that I experience is from the sun ... which has prematurely turned me into a wrinkled, gray haired, seasoned old dude ... and bleached my dogs to a lovely shade of amber. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patsy Lomon Podesek ('62) The mighty Columbia River has been providing the outdoorsmen and women of our region memories for many many years. This has been the case for my brother Roy "Butch" Lomon ('61) who has spent over 50 years fishing and hunting this wonderful natural resource that defines the Columbia Basin. Only two fish have eluded his pole in those fifty years, a walleye and a sturgeon. That list dropped to one recently as Roy spent a day on the water with his nephew Stan Podesek ('85) and son Skyler of Mountain Home, ID. Having grown up on the Columbia and Snake River as a youth. Stan has learned a few good fishing holes. This was one of a few caught and released by "Uncle Butch" that day, along with a monster that broke a 80 pound line he had on his pole. Being born and raised in Richland has been a wonderful experience for me and the rest of my family. -Patsy Lomon Podesek ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Woodstock 1969... 40 Years Ago... Don't know of anyone who did go but James Bowman ('64) attended the THE FIRST ANNUAL MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP MUSIC FESTIVAL June 17-18 of 1967... and now you know. August 15th, 1969... I was in Fuerth, West Germany, keeping tabs on the East German & Checkoslovakian borders. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Helpin out Got one a my favorite Bomber-babes havin a birthday on 8/16/09... but I also noticed that Jeanie Walsh ('63) is lookin for 2 Bombers... pick me... pick me... I'm one Bomber... and I know one a yer classmates (shudder drool Not mentioning any names...) is in Richland this weekend from your fair state (down in OC tho)... she could be two and then you'd have yer two Bombers... well just tryin' to help... Missed seeing the Birthday girl the whole time I was in Richland in June... rushed over to the pancake breakfast... well rush is not a good word... uh sauntered a little sleepy eyed after missing all the kids at the Spudnut... but anyway I did go over but she wasn't there... missed her class reunion too so I am not doing real well on seeing her this year... but the nice thing about our Bomber friends is they are just an email away... .. I appreciate our friendship so much and I try to remind her often but it could never be often enough... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kathie Roe Truax('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre my speeeeeeeecial Angel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sounded just like Bobby Helms, huh!!!) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Tyler Banning ('01) Entered: Saturday 08/15/2009 6:20:42pm COMMENTS: None -Tyler Banning ('01) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marj Qualheim ('60), Patsy Lomon ('62) Dennis Hammer ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlotte Carlson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Boggs ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verna Gore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) Re: 50 year reunion planning meeting for the class of 1960 WHERE: Round Table Pizza, Next to the Clarion Hotel, 1435 GWWay WHEN: Thursday August 20th at 6:00 PM. WHO: Class of 1960 members, spouses and guests. -Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patsy Lomon Podesek ('62) Could you possibly add this picture with Butch's picture? This is Stan Podesek ('85) same fishing trip. I hope you can add this. Thank you, -Patsy Lomon Podesek ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Woodstock Well, this pretty much sums up where I was during Woodstock. I can't pen down just exactly were I was, but I know we were not in port at that time. We were probably at 17 N lat. 109 E long. (we had to send out our position every four hours and I still remember it after all these years because that is where we spent most of our time). That is just off the DMZ in Vietnam. Actually my job for that first cruise was mostly running a ditto machine; a job that most radiomen hated, but a few of us, and I was one of them, actually liked doing it. This is a picture of me in Da Nang Harbor which was probably taken between July 27, 1969 and August 31, 1970, so it is about the time of Woodstock. (aren't those new fangled digital cameras that record a time and date neat) That is the USS Boston CA-69 in the background. I didn't need to wear the helmet, I just put it on for the picture, and note; that shirt that is hanging on me like a tent is a size small. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) Re: Taste Test - Bing vs. Rainiers Maren.... The "official-unofficial" results are in. Donna Young Bowls ('64) and I have been in the Northwest this past week traveling with our daughter, her husband and two of the best grandkids in the world. We visited Seattle's Pike Place Market. Vendors there had the Bing and Rainier cherries all lined up, both beautifully ripe. Recalling our recent email exchanges about the sweetest and the best cherry, I asked one vendor to give me his opinion about Bings vs. Rainier. Responding in the most politically correct way, he stated the sweetest or best taste is in the taste buds of the person eating the cherry. But, he put the decision to me and offered that I taste them both. So cleansing my palette with bottled water before tasting each cherry, the "official- unofficial" results I can now report. In my opinion the Rainier may have a slight edge on sweetness alone, but with the excellent sweetness of the Bing combined with a bolder meatier body, I gave the Bing Larry's blue ribbon "best of show" award. But, that's just one man's opinion. Bomber Cheers, -Larry Bowls ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/18/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Brady ('61), Joe Ford ('63) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Carlson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacki Shipman ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Don't throw the ball high and outside As legend goes... Hall of Famer Warren Spahn was pitching a no- hitter into the 7th inning. Catcher Del Crandall comes out to the mound and says, "Whatever you do, don't pitch Snider high and outside." With this cautionary note firmly entrenched in his mind, Spahn throws the pitch... high and outside! Snider knocks the ball out of the park. The story reminds me of my golf game. When I'm on the Tee my golf partner often says, "Don't forget Mike... there is water on the right and trees on the left." It could be a football field width fairway, but... -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe Ford ('63) Folks, News about Woodstock didn't get to my location, or not very soon. In mid-August 1969 that was Chu Lai, south of Danang. Some months later, I saw photos from Woodstock that included a UH-1 helicopter airlifting a patient. Having spent some time around the venerable Huey, and some time in patient care and airlifts, the photo took me back in a direct and not particularly pleasant way. One of my old climbing buddies was at Woodstock, having driven down from Boston. He said it was great. All in all, I was sorry to have missed it, but who needed the rain and mud? But I did get to the very first Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair, held in Skykomish, WA, where I ran into Jack Keeney ('65). Sky River preceded Woodstock by a year. Hard to believe it's been 40 years. Best regards, -Joe Ford ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: '69 reunion I, for one would like to thank Tom Albert ('69) and his committee for a well-run 40th reunion this past weekend. I talked with classmates who would never give me the time of day in school as I wasn't part of the "in crowd". That's what is so great as time passes people who you may never have known in school due to the huge classes are now not only classmates but friends. My hat is off to you Tom for all the hard work you did and now you can rest and relax some (I hope). I had a great time and I know in talking with classmates and even spouses that aren't Bombers you are numero uno. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA I had a lovely drive back on Monday morning, glad I waited and didn't start back on Sunday evening ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Marj Qualheim ('60), Robert Avant ('69) Jan Zimmerman ('79), Gary Schauer ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lois Weyerts ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ward ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clark Riccobuono ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Barott ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) Re: 50 year reunion planning meeting for the class of 1960 WHERE: Round Table Pizza, Next to the Clarion Hotel, 1435 GWWay WHEN: Thursday August 20th at 6:00 PM. WHO: Class of 1960 members, spouses and guests. -Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: 40 years and a bottle of rum... Try as I might I cannot avoid writing about the 40th Reunion of the Class of '69. As the sage said, "The more things change the more they are the same." Seeing people you have not seen for 40 years is always an adventure and enlightening, too. How is that for insight? Tom Albert did a great job, it was good to see that Bob Thorson refused to treat his hair like "The Donald", and Ben "Benji" Jacobs is still the guy you would want to talk to, relax over a beer with, and one of the truly "good" persons from our class. Seeing old friend John Mitchell's eyes go "green" with envy when I told him I had been at the Turf Tavern, which was John Thaw's, in Inspector Morse, favorite pub in Oxford and Maggie telling Duke Mitchell that she was at St. Andrew's too made everything worth every penny and moment. The great thing about having 500+ classmates is that you can happily remember those who could not be there and avoid some of the ones who were there. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Jan Zimmerman ('79) Entered: Tuesday 08/18/2009 6:37:52pm COMMENTS: Love the web site! Looking to hear from Lisa Lawrence Cooke ('79) who moved away just prior to senior year. Look me up! The 30-year reunion was a BLAST! What a great time! -Jan Zimmerman ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Schauer ('84) Re: Picnic planned for class of '84 in Western WA Class of '84 alumni (and any others around those years who would just like to drop by), we're planning a VERY information 25-year celebration picnic in Bellevue for those alumni living on the western side of the state (or those will to drive a little). WHEN: Sunday, 8/23 TIME: from 2-5PM WHERE: Crossroads park, Bellevue, 16000 NE 10th St - Meet at the picnic shelter Feel free to bring your families and something to slap on the BBQ. Nothing formal, just picked out a date, time, and location that would work for those interested in joining us. We are not planning a formal 25-year reunion this year, but with so many people jumping on facebook from our class and seeing a few others around the Sound, I thought this may be a good alternative. Hope you can join us. Email me with questions... I'll be out of town up until the gathering. -Gary Schauer ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Keith Maupin ('47) ~ 4/17/30 - 8/14/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51) Burt Pierard ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta Ostboe ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jean Mattson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Choate ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Jackson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Barr ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerie Ehinger ('69wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margaret Surplus ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that the Easy Swing Band will play for the Richland Seniors Association's All-Ages Dance on Friday, August 21st from 1pm to 4pm at the Richland Community Center. Pre-packaged finger foods are welcome. Cost is $5 at the door and the music is great! This weekend I am putting on an Army reunion for my husband's friends of Battery "C", 94th Antiaircraft Artillery, A.W.BN (SP), 2nd Armored Division. These guys went in the Army in December 1950, almost 59 years ago! This is the 3rd one I have put on here in Richland, but needless to say there are not many in good enough health to travel here anymore, so this will be the last one. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Keith Maupin ('47) - RIP Well, folks. We've lost the last authority on the TRUE origin of our proud BOMBERS name. Unfortunately, his work was never formally recognized and accepted by the School Administration Historical Revisionists, actually Historical Fabricators, of the totally false "Day's Pay" origin. In his later years, he was forced to stand idly by as his grandchildren were yelled at, humiliated, and called "Stupid" in class by members of the Gang of Four, so as not to risk retribution against younger kids still coming along. If those of you who so flippantly thought his campaign was just a meaningless, academic exercise, could have seen the pain in his face, I'm sure you would have thought otherwise. He used to frequently say how ironic it was that the Administration was so impatient to trot out the Big Lie, because they could have just waited a few years and all the people who knew the truth would be gone and nobody would have challenged them. So long 'ol Buddy. I hope you are finally at peace. Bomber Tears, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Keith's book: "THE BOMBER, THE BOMB, AND THE BOMBERS: Myth, History, and Traditions" -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/21/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), "Em" DeVine ('52) Marguerite Groff ('54), Michael Waggoner ('60) Tom Hemphill ('62), Bob Thorson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Larry & LaVerne Osterman ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 BOMBER) To: Burt Pierard ('59) That was a very nice tribute to Keith Maupin ('47-RIP) in your 8/20 Sandstorm entry. The class of '47 lost 3 fine men this year and we are reeling with sadness. I always knew Keith was a fine artist but he could also did some great writing about our Richland/HEW, etc. history. Some idiots will always try to reinvent the wheel, I guess, even though proven wrong! -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 BOMBER and full of Bomber pride - not planes, but atom bomb pride and for so many of our ancestors who contributed to that project. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thank you for sending in the nice tribute to Keith Maupin ('47-RIP). To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: "THE BOMBER, THE BOMB, AND THE BOMBERS: Myth, History, and Traditions" A special thank you for inserting Keith's book about the fable of the "origin" of the Richland Bombers mascot. Technically, Columbia High School Bombers. I don't mind so much "them" wanting to change the mascot, but for God's sake, keep the story behind the name "Bombers" accurate. And, unless they change the mascot altogether, keep the bomb and mushroom cloud. The significance is a bold and precise reminder to people what war does. It is also a true reminder of the origin of the Hanford project. I've said before and I'll say again that WE are the same people whether or not they change the mascot... but, unless they change it altogether, they darn well better get the story straight. There were both a Hanford and a Richland, as well as a White Bluffs, before the Government took over the area because of its strategic location: abundant river water to cool the Reactors and vast "empty" acres of sand to buffer the project from on-lookers or saboteurs and agents of the enemy. I was surprised that nothing was mentioned of the farm/orchard families who were removed from this area in the name of National Security. They should have been paid well for their property, but it is my understanding that they were given a mere pittance. It was, no doubt, seen as their patriotic duty... On December 6, 1943, my family moved from Ellensburg to a farm house about 10 miles northwest of Hanford. It was a pretty sad house... no running water, a wood stove in the kitchen as well as 1 electric light, a small utility room off the kitchen, no bathroom, 1 bedroom, 2 equal-size rooms which may have been used as a dining room and living room. (Mere speculation on my part... they could just as well have been used as a living room and parlor, or even a 2nd bedroom.) Along the East side, there was a long screened porch which is where my sister Sharleen ('50-RIP), brother Terry ('52) and I slept. The door to it was in the "dining room", Baby Richard ('57-RIP) had a crib in mom and dad's bedroom, as I recall, but it may have been in the living room, in which was the door to the bedroom and maybe a door to the outside. The barn was situated down a hill from the house and out house. There was a well which provided laundry and bath water, hauled in buckets on a "Flyer" wagon Terry got for a Christmas before. I remember lots of exploring going on between our house and the Columbia River. One little tiny cabin yielded German coins which inspired all kinds of speculation about the person who had lived there. Maybe... ? But who really knows? Thank you again, Maren and Burt, for bringing this to our attention. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ in sunny and hot Richland... which has changed immeasurably in the 60+ years since it all began. (And, I might add: "Proud to be a Bomber.") **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: '54 Gathering 'Tiz that time of the month! Granny's restaurant [Kennewick] awaits our arrival today [8/21] for the gathering of '54 classmates. We arrive any time from eleven thirty to noon or later. The food is good, and the company even better. That is if YOU join us! We can be found near the back windows (close to the desserts). Of course our 55 year reunion will be discussed. Looking forward to seeing YOU!! -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) Re: Keith Maupin ('47-RIP) I agree with Keith Maupin ('47) and Burt Pierard ('59) that we must work to keep our history accurate, resisting the pull of later groups and later times to rewrite it, and then to rewrite it again, and again. The atomic bomb was a terrible weapon, but it ended World War II, saving more Japanese lives than U.S. lives by avoiding an invasion. Creation of the atomic bomb was a major event in world history; Richland was one of only a very few cities (also Los Alamos, NM and Oak Ridge, TN) that played major roles in building the atomic bomb. Heavy bombers like B-17s were major historical developments, but not in the same class as the atomic bomb; lots of cities were involved with B-17s and other heavy bombers. The people who worked to pay for the B-17 and to build the atomic bomb (both worthy accomplishments) surely appreciated after August 1945 which was more important to history and as a product of their work. With hindsight we appreciate more the problems of nuclear fission, but that concern should not cause us to rewrite history. Common sense agrees with Keith Maupin's careful historical work: We are the Bombers because of the atomic bomb, not because of a B-17. We should remember that far more people were killed by heavy bombers creating fire storms in German and Japanese cities than were killed by atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We should also remember that since the use of atomic bombs, the world has been relatively peaceful; before the atomic bombs there was World War II, before that World War I, before that the Russo-Japanese War, before that the Franco-Prussian War, before that the U.S. Civil War, etc., each war inflicting terrible human suffering. The point is not that atomic bombs are clearly good but that they are not so clearly bad that we should be ashamed of them and try to rewrite history. -Michael Waggoner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Picnic We had a great picnic with several new Bombers participating. It's always nice to hear a few new stories and meet new people and see some old friends that we have not seen for decades. Last year it was 100 and not very pleasant, but this year the weather was mild and comfortable. Here is the list of attendees: Tom "Tommy" Hemphill ('62) and Linda Hemphill ('63-NAB) hosted the Picnic / BBQ at their little farm in Vancouver, WA. We had beef and pork ribs, and sausage on the BBQ plus a lot of great food from everyone. Jan Rucker Meyer ('55), Vancouver, WA, who is getting tired of Tommy introducing her as his baby sitter. That was 62 years ago. Tommy says that she makes the best potato salad, just like Mom made. Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), our grand coordinator for all of our events, and her Bomber Mom, Mary Heidlebaugh enjoyed looking through the many old yearbooks and other photos. Ron Crawford ('59) & Lynn Crawford (NAB), drove all the way down the street, about 1.5 miles, to join us. Ron and Lynn have a Christmas Tree Farm just down the road from the Hemphill Farm. Now we know where to get our tree for Christmas. Janice Varvel VanDomelen ('64) joined us from Oregon City. She saw what Tommy was doing for work and had to rub it in that SHE is retired now. Becky LaFollette Taylor ('64), also from Oregon City, is a delight to have at any event. We can appropriately call her the "Life of the Party." Jim Bobo ('56) and Darvis Bergam Bobo ('57) emailed a few days before the picnic to warn us that they would be here as well. All of the way from Surprise, Arizona, where retirement has treated them well. Bill Johnson ('57) and Joyce Green Johnson ('57) joined us from Spokane. Bill and Linda had some great conversations about roses and he took some clippings home with him to get a new one started in their garden. Peggy Wellman Johnson ('66) joined us from Portland. She and Linda also had some gardening stories to tell each other. Of course, we live on a farm and Peggy lives on a floating home at Hayden Island. So their gardening activities are a bit different. See photos... -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Thorson ('69) A little suprised and disappointed as to the lack of sandstorm entries regarding the class of 1969 40th reunion. Perhaps Tom Albert and Duke Mitchell, along with the balance of the committee, are getting their much deserved accolades via emails and phone calls. Most people do not realize the time, effort and energy involved in putting a reunion together. That being said, if attendees have not forwarded thanks to those involved, please, do so. Now, to address the reunion... There was a line in "the princess bride" about the best kiss in the history of kisses. The same could be said for this reunion. If you did not enjoy yourselves, check your joy factor. More later. -Bob Thorson ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/22/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick Pierard ('52), "Em" DeVine ('52) John Browne ('61), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER MOM BIRTHDAY Today: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) Re: Day's Pay myth I am grateful to my esteemed brother Burt Pierard ('59) for calling attention to the trenchant literary piece by Keith Maupin ('47-RIP). I downloaded the link and read it with great interest. Our late and deeply lamented classmate effectively demolished the myth that I have always known was just that, a myth, i.e., the origins of our team name lay in a 1944 B-17 bomber paid for by donations from the workers at the Hanford construction camp. As one who lived through our early history, there has never been any doubt in my mind where the name BOMBERS came from. Unfortunately, there are always those driven by some form of "political correctness" who try to re-write history to make it fit what they think the past should be like, and they are the bane of all RESPONSIBLE historians. I would encourage Burt and others interested in historical truth to see that this document is reprinted and made available as widely as possible. The Day's Pay canard needs to be laid to rest once and for all. Unfortunately, as we see even today in controversies with strong ideological overtones, such as health care reform, abortion, or World War 2 revisionism, people quite readily circulate lies and half-truths to buttress their own preconceptions, and no amount of facts or marshaling of solid data will induce them to cease doing so. However, that is no reason for those of us who know better to give up on trying. After all, those who fabricate lies will sooner or later be caught in a web of their own making. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Re: Bev Smith Jochen ('52) I went to see Bev at the Richland Rehab Center. She has been there about a week and a half and expects to stay for a few more weeks. She is feeling so much better, she would appreciate company. The Center is on Pike (off of McMurray) and she is in room 202. She said she might make it to the Friday Lunch, 12:00, at Sterlings, next week. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: a little reprise A big Thanks to Joe Ford ('63) for remembering Sky River... and sorry I missed you there, Joe. It WAS a blast, and a year before Woodstock; and it didn't rain. Lots of memorable moments- including some I won't expand upon (beyond that they involved creative public nudity)- but I won't forget the James Cotton Blues Band's rendition of "Don't Start Me Talkin'". Mike Brady ('61) brought back a memory of my own discomfiture at receiving redundant advice. My first day out on a commercial dory (as a 'puller') my skipper barked at me about keeping a good grip on the fish (the 4th or 5th one that I'd cleaned, over the side), which caused me to startle, and let go of a 6 pound silver... and I'm glad I didn't drop the knife, as well. My thanks to Burt Pierard ('59)- and especially to Maren ('63 & '64)- for bringing Keith Maupin's ('47-RIP) treatise to light, here. I was not aware of it... and it's always a pleasure to see thoughtful analysis applied in the interest of discovering historical verities. The willingness of bureaucrats- public & private- to "massage" the truth in the interest of appearing to be in tune with the popular mood on an issue is nothing new (there's an 18th century English folk song, "The Vicar of Bray". which chronicles similar behavior). It's heartening (& occasionally heart-breaking) to know of the efforts of those to whom the pursuit of tangible & relevant data is of the utmost importance in an effort to delineate as much truth as can be discovered. Keith, and those like him, are the role models that I'd recommend to anyone. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) son of a B-17 jockey who was once "afraid that the war would be over before I had a chance to go"... and is the oldest contributor I know to Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now"... on Vashon, with the marine air aloft & a cup of hot tea for comfort. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Burt Pierard ('59) I haven't read the Keith Maupin's ('47-RIP) book as yet, but plan to this week if I have time. Look forward to it. Thank you for including it Burt and Maren. To: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) I could just picture the house where you lived and the area surrounding it. Thank you for letting us 'see' into the past through your eyes. I think we should all start adding "Proud to be a Bomber" from now on, as we are. I enjoyed your input. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We've had a great 2 weeks of warmth and sun. It's becoming cooler and the fog is staying around longer with each day. Fall is in the air, that's for sure :( Proud to be a Bomber!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Spotted the following on The Spudnut Shop page by Jenny Page [aka Jenny Smart Page ('87)] ...the following entry by Dominick Ghirardo "The Spudnut Shop will be on the show "Unwrapped" on the Food Network on September 7th." -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: She's just the best Nuther birthday... only known this girl since oh maybe 1990... so only about 19 years... that seems impossible... seems I've known her as long as I've known the Doc... he and I been pals since we wuz 15 when we first swapped cars from each other... she's got juice as they say in Vegas... been able to get me into every ride at Disneyland without waiting in line... When ever I've needed a favor, she's been there for me just like the Doc and that whole famblie... She and the Doc are almost always the last stop I make outa town when I head back to Vegas after a visit... that's love, man... not like "I love you, man"... but the love that comes through being close... Gawd it almost makes me cry with joy at the friendships I enjoy... (almost but then again big boyz don't cry... I'm a Marine... got it... a manly man if ever there wuz one... arrrrrrrr)... But I am so proud to be her friend... like when I hear "Proud to be an American" I can forgive Lee Greenwood for writing all those Nancy Sinatra songs... or when I hear Hendrix play the Star Spangled Banner, I can forgive Garfield for beating the '63 Bombers... so anyway... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathie Moore Adair ('69)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) I want to thank Tom Albert, Duke Mitchell, Bob Thorson and the rest of the '69 Planning Committee for a fantastic Reunion. It was fun to see all the familiar faces and to talk to all friends and making new ones. I really enjoyed talking to the ones that I didn't mingle with in high school. Age does improve ones self. I suffered a couple of days after the reunion when I got home. But was well worth it. Thank you again Committee and hope to see you all again real soon. If ever up in the Colville, Chewelah area be sure to look me up and let me know. We will do something fun. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Darlene Wilson McElroy ('50) ~ 6/21/32 - 8/12/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/23/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Dan Haggard ('57) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), David Rivers ('65) Bob Thorson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Spears ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Horne ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donni Clark ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Monasmith ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) I just got back from a trip to the ocean and discovered Keith Maupin ('47) has passed. A great guy, a good supporter of Club 40 and a long time friend. One of his jobs was a ticket taker at the old Richland theater back in the very long ago... We knew him well then. Later, good guy -Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dan Haggard ('57) It is with great sadness that I convey to the Bomber community that Norman Florence ('57) passed away on Thursday, 8/20/2009. Norm died of heart complications. There will be a grave side service in Lodi, CA, on Tuesday, 8/25/2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna ('57) and family. RIP, old friend. -Dan Haggard ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Pay attention... there's gonna be a test Today, August 23, 2009, I have been off nicotine for one year. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Go Karts and boy stuff I marvel at what kids have today... the Birthday boy and I met in 6th grade or maybe the summer before... I moved from Spalding to Jason Lee... he lived down the street so we soon hooked up... our big summer project was to build a go kart... we never really even got started but boy did we plan that sucker... now I go in the chain parts stores (you know... the ones where you go and ask for part X and they can't find it unless you can answer a few questions first: Q: what year and make? A: 1929 Ford Q: Huh? A look... I just need a fuel pump for a small block chevy Q: What year? A: Hell I don't know... it's just a small block chevy Q: does it have Air? A: NO it's in a model A Ford Q: we can only go back to '68 A: fine... make it a '68: Q does it have power brakes? A: nevermind... ) and they have every kind of go kart or little motor bike you can imagine... but back then, there we were the birthday boy and I trying to find an old power mower motor to make our go kart... think we got wheels and maybe a couple of axles and probably lots of other stuff but never did build our go kart... so now the boy is having a birthday on August 23, 2009 and I sure hope it's a good one... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chuck Monasmith ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Thorson ('69) Be it noted... I was not part of the reunion committee. Tom Albert ('69) and I were chatting one day prior to the reunion and he mentioned he was not sure why some people had not yet responded. All I did was to get their numbers and then called them to gently nudge/persuade them to show up. More than likely, most of them saw my name on caller id and did not pick the phone up. Smart. More later. -Bob Thorson ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/24/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Grace DeVincentis ('50wb), Pat Leibel ('54) Tom Hughes ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Mike Brady ('61), Paula Beardsley ('62) John Taylor ('63wb), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Jean Armstrong ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Nancy Mallory ('64) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancie Millius ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Case ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Wade ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50wb) Re: Nicotine Congratulations Maren!! Good for you. I hope you'll feel better and save lots of money! Can't get over how much cigarettes have gone up. I quit in '83 and was up to 3 packs a day. Now if I could just get my daughter to quit. -Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Leibel Collins ('54) I salute my husband, Frank D. "F.D." Collins ('51wb - University of Washington '60), who celebrated his 77th birthday 8/15. He still plays racquetball 3-4 hours, three times a week, and is an inspiration to family, friends, and team mates because of his integrity, decency, and endurance. We live in Del Web, Sun City Lincoln Hills, Lincoln, CA, and remember our roots and our days in Richland with pride and nostalgia. -Pat Leibel Collins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Nicotine Good for you, Maren. I quit on January 2, 1985. I had been in the hospital for a week and they would not let me smoke. When I got out I decided that if I could go a week I could just quit, so I did. Best thing I ever did. -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Nicotine Congratulations to Maren on your first nicotine free anniversary. I am proud of you. I can attest to what an accomplishment it is. I can't remember how many times I quit before I finally made it after 20 years of really enjoying a smoke. But 8-8-80 was one of the best days of my life. I am quite sure I would be a respiratory cripple by now. I have buried way too many close friends, and my daughter, from lung cancer. And seeing the cost of a pack of cigarettes now... wow, how can anybody afford it? Re: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) I subscribe to the LIGO/h newsletter. I find it fascinating to read about what they are doing. I have been there a couple of times and was able to take the tour. I have some small experience with lasers at the research level, but the LIGO facility is far more complex then I could imagine. Yesterday, (Saturday) I had finished my "to do" list for the day and at 3pm I jumped in the van with a cooler of bottled water and in less then 4 hours was at LIGO. They have a nice auditorium there and had a lecture on stars last night. They also showed a nice film on astronomy. After the film and lecture we wandered out following the red light rope to a back parking lot with 10-12 telescopes set up. They were all aimed at different objects in the night sky. Jupiter is big in the low eastern sky. And there were several nebulae and star clusters in focus. Great stuff and very interesting to see. I bought a 6-inch reflector telescope a few years back but did not use it much as you have to get 30-50 miles from the metro area to avoid the sky shine of civilization, to be able to see much. I did watch an eclipse of the moon with it, and saw the rings of Saturn. But I gave it to my grandson in AZ and he goes out to the desert and spends hours gazing at various objects in the night sky. These LIGO programs are on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The LIGO tour is at 1:30 in the afternoon. One interesting thing happened about 10:30 last night. We got to see an "iridium flash". While they do happen frequently, you have to be in the exact spot at the right time to see it. The iridium satellites have a large aluminized antenna surface and when the sun angle is low to them, there is a very bright momentary flash reflected to earth. It starts dim, gets rapidly brighter and suddenly winks out. Last night by happenstance Hanford was in the "spot". The location of the flash visibility spot is apparently predictable. I need to google it and find out more about it. I left right after the flash and rolled into bed right after 2am. Seems like a long way to go for a short time, but I drive so much it is kind of a mindless exercise. The only problem with cold bottled water is finding a place to get rid of it. Re: Fireworks & Club 40 I will miss Club 40 this year as I will be in Fon du Lac, WI for the annual meeting and trade show of the National Fireworks Association (NFA). They meet the same weekend as Club 40. Last year NFA was in Billings, MT and I took off right after the fireworks display Friday night and drove straight through to the Tri-Cities and made it for Saturday night. Too far for that this year. Besides, I am flying to O'Hare and driving up from there. I had a couple of personal notes from Bombers about my post about isotope reactors. They both felt I was overly critical of the government for shutting down FFTF. They both felt it was a waste of money to try to keep it going. I had no particular axe to grind in my posting. I just thought it was an article of interest to alumni in the Tri-Cities. And the fact remains that some in the TCs had the foresight to point out the potential need, which may become a serious reality. The Tri-City area was a place that was predicted by some to dry up and blow away with the tumble weeds after the war. Now we can look back at the stellar efforts and intelligence of some good citizens in years past and say, see what they have wrought. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home south of Tacoma on another dry hot sunny day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Class of 1960's 50th reunion The class of 1960 met on August 20, 2009 for the first meeting to prepare for our 50th year reunion in 2010. Our reunion will be during Club 40 weekend. September 10, 11, 2010. I and several others have volunteered to update our class address and contact list. Please let us know if you have recently moved, changed your mailing address, or your email address since our last reunion. Also, please let us know about any classmate that you know that has recently moved, etc. The following is a list of classmates that we know their address has changed because the 2009 Spring Club 40 DustStorm mailing was returned undeliverable. If you know the emails, addresses and any information that would help our class find these classmates please email me at: Perry BALDRIDGE, Barbara BARRETT Longworth, William BECKER, Bernard BROWNING, Jean CORREY, Virginia CRAWFORD Pruden, Virginia (Karen) CROWNOVER Martin, Irene EVANSON Durbin, Dennis JENSEN, Benjamin KLINE, Jack KNAUER, Ron MAGUFFEE, Dan MANSFIELD, Patricia MATHIS Wheeler, Patrick MURRAY, Norine NICHOLSON Bell, Alvin PIPPITT, JoAnn RASMUSSEN Jensen, Dorothy ROGERS, Keith ST. JOHN, Sandra SHAVER Hildner, Robert SHEEHY, Don SMITH, Richard WILSON. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Re: Information If you live in the Seattle area, ARID LANDS is coming soon to a theater near you. The film is about the landscape in which we lived as Richland Bombers. The film plays for one week, August 28 through September 3, at the Northwest Film Forum in Capitol Hill, with two shows nightly at 7 pm and 9 pm. Arid Lands won Best Feature at the Northwest Film Forum's 2008 Local Sightings Film Festival, so they're bringing it back for this theatrical run. It's a theatrical premiere in Seattle, and the film should look great up there on the big screen. Spread the word to friends in Seattle, and let's help get a good crowd out there. The fact that the content of the film has raised some controversy makes it even more interesting to those of us who lived there. Enjoy! -Irene de la Bretonne ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I purchased the DVD from -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Nicotine Congratulations, Maren. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Yeah Maren--Proud of you... July 4th it was 9 years for me and some days it's still a struggle... -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Nicotine Free for 1 year (and 1 day) I wasn't surprised at the overwhelming response. Some responses in this Sandstorm... many more not as a Sandstorm entry. What I did NOT say yesterday was: IF I could get my hands on JUST ONE menthol cigarette, I'd smoke it in a heart beat... couldn't go buy a whole pack, tho, cuz I know I'd smoke the entire pack in one sitting... that's why I want ONLY ONE... somehow, I suspect I'll carry THAT the rest of my life... Also want to tell everyone that I had help from "my new best friend", John Taylor ('63wb). John suggested a mind set, the "4 Ds", and the patch. He went to Spalding for Kindergarten (when I did, but not in my class) and again for 5th grade (but, again, not in my class). He identified himself in this picture for us (Front #5): This is an introduction of John to 'Stormers. He asked me a question about a book the other day that I couldn't answer... I told him to write to the Sandstorm... somebody would respond and help him figure out what he's looking for. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Taylor ('63wb) Congratulations, Maren, on your smoke free year! As you know, you don't need those nasty things anyway. Way to go! With that said, I would like to ask all who read here if you or your family have pictures that may show my dad, Irving Taylor, at work at Hanford. He was 6' 8-!/2" tall and lanky. Would probably be in a hard hat and overalls or bib-overalls and boots, size 16, same size as I wear today. I will try to find a good picture of him and offer a link to that picture in the Sandstorm. And, I would like to find a copy of a hard cover book my dad had and the family somehow lost, which showed a drawing of a male worker on the cover, I think in a hard hat and I think, too, it had the atomic energy symbol pictured. If you can't part with the book, I would like to know the title of it. It is not a booklet but an 8" x 11" (approx) hard cover book. I think they were common in most households in the '50's, and I think the subject the book covered was related to rigging at Hanford, but I'm only guessing. Sorry I can't be more specific. Many thanks in advance of your response. jt -John Taylor ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) CONGRATULATIONS MAREN!!!! I know how hard it is... Keep up the good work... It has been about 31 years for me... That is one thing I do not miss... Now, on the other hand, it has been 29 years that I have been alcohol free... That I still miss... An addiction is just that... But to be able to control it is the key... The only addiction that I have now is chocolate... I try to pick my battles and that is one I choose not to fight... After all dark chocolate is good for you, right?? I received my class picture from our 45th reunion... Thanks to Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64)... Can't wait for the 50th.. [Picture's online: -Maren] -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ where it is not only hot, but humid this time of year **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: "there's gonna be a test" Maren, Congratulations! That first year is the hardest. My first year off nicotine started in Sep. 1979, 30 years ago. Looking back, it was right up there with one of the best days/years of my life. Keep up the good work, although I think you're over the worst. Now, its just a conscious decision to not light up (I have assumed you meant nicotine from cigarettes - grin). I guess I was thinking for a brief moment that perhaps you might chew. I think I had made a naive assumption about the possible cultural distinctions about New Orleans folks. Shame on me. I was laughing though as I type it if that makes any difference. *grin... still am*. Though still pretty young when I quit, I sucked 3 packs a day down loving every drag. Even when I had bronchitis I smoked them using the hot smoke to scratch the throat as I inhaled. Egad... go figure. Even at this age, you'll be glad you quit, and no... you can't have even one!! Re: Tree Squirrels Now speaking of "there's gonna be a test", my wife Donna Young Bowls ('64) and I completed our Northwest visit this past week. Traveling with our daughter Lori (now 39 years old) and her family, we visited our old neighborhood in the 500 block of Cottonwood Dr. Walking, the six of us traced Lori's route to Marcus Whitman school past her favorite aunt and uncle's house and her grandparents house on Humphreys. Coincidentally the same route took us past the homes of our own '64 classmates that included Joe Keefe, Shairyl Austin, Thairyl Austin and Anita Kolb. On side streets were numerous others I am sure, but I digress. Now here is the test and question: "Where did the tree squirrels come from?" Were they introduced at some point? I am not a squirrel expert by any means, but we saw numerous ones in our old neighborhood and other places in town like Columbia Point. I would be willing to bet a one months' wages delivering the "Columbia Basin News" or the "Tri-City Herald" that they were not there when I was a kid. Am I wrong? Perhaps this is from being a "southender". I hear things were different up in the "north end". -Larry Bowls ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Maren Smyth('63 and '64) re:smoking WAY TO GO, MAREN! I quit over 30 years ago----good for you!!!! when I quit, a pack of smokes cost 50 cents---can't imagine paying over $5 for a pack, now!!!! -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA ---temps are lower, but we have had high humidity, so still feels HOT! am sooooo ready for cooler temps, but that won't happen til end of October, middle of November. PROUD TO BE A BOMBER(the Bomb, NOT the plane) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Re: '64 Reunion Booklet and Picture I got my reunion booklet and picture in the mail a couple of days ago. I am looking forward to reading it! (couldn't over the weekend as my baby grandson stayed over -- 10 yr old sister had the flu). Don't think I paid for it -- need to know how many $$ to send, to whom, and where. I know my brother David ('64) took pictures -- if he still hasn't given them to someone, I can call him (he does not have e-mail). ['64 Group reunion picture is at: -Maren] Congrats Maren! Take a deep breath! -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 8 To All Bombers, These are images of the mail room, D area lunch room, hallway in Redox and what looks like a 100 area badge house. Again Thanks to all those who supply names with faces. I was fortunate to receive a call from Charlie Kline's daughter on Saturday informing me her dad was in the photo of Korten's Music. I do apologize for not remembering your name at the writing of this email. I could after awhile, but my email times out after 10 minutes or so of inactivity. To: Jean Albaugh ('72) Could you please contact me by at To: Charlie Kline's Daughter If you could please contact me at so I can start your request? -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/25/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Marilynn Working ('54), Steve Carson ('58) "Pappy" Swan ('59), John Browne ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Swain ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Stone ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: '54 class reunion A friendly reminder! I am still receiving short stories from classmates for our mini booklet. If you haven't sent anything yet... you still have time. Please include current address, phone and spouse info. I sent out notices to about 80 email addresses I had from the 50th booklet and have received about 40 of them back. So sad to see how many have not kept in touch. I also have the list from the Club 40 treasurer, Ann and even her list of current addresses is slim. Please, please... any classmates who read the Sandstorm, please write to me and let us keep in touch. We will have a fun time on the 12th of September visiting with those who can make it. Re: Planning meeting We will be meeting for the last time to plan our reunion on Tuesday, August 25th... 1pm at Round Table Pizza on GWWay in Richland. Those of you who can... please come. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where the weather is very comfortable. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) Maren, congratulations on kicking smoking. Please tell me you didn't also give up adult beverages. [No, I did not give up adult beverages... I never drink very much. -Maren] -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pappy's Unfinished Business for Our 50th Reunion Is there a Class of 1959 Classmate out there who will be attending our reunion, and who has a van or pickup, who would be willing to support our "Great Bicycle Ride Along The Columbia River" on Sunday morning, 6, September? The ride will begin at 9:00 am, leaving the Richland Community Center and going north (upstream) on the bike/hike trail along the Columbia River to the 300 Area in North Richland and return to the community center. It will probably take about 3 hours, including a break at a location near the turnaround point. If one takes note at class reunions of higher numbers, i.e., 40th type and higher, there are a lot of older (well, better make that "seasoned") folks in attendance. However, a few of us (9 or 10 to be somewhat precise, so far) seasoned folks of the Class of '59 will do this bike ride in an effort to declare and demonstrate that we, at least still think young, and can still wobble a bicycle along a bike path, with the best of them (Lance Armstrong, eat your heart out, your day is coming, but you have done well in racing and by overcoming many physical and medical obstacles, early in life). The bike riding participants, so far are: Bonnie Allen, Bill Byrd, Pattie CRIGLER Cole, Billy Cole (spouse), Rich Greenalgh, David Mansfield, Nonie Mansfield (spouse), Helen Clark Reihl, George "Pappy" Swan, and a possible for Julien "Cap" Phillips. We keep working on Cap to join us, as he and David Mansfield (and probably Nonie) are like racing rabbits on these two-wheeled devices. However, being more or less realistic, we would like to have a volunteer who would be willing to follow us along on adjacent streets or wait ahead at predetermined locations, in case anyone develops a problem with bike or body. If there is anyone willing to volunteer support of our anti-aging endeavor, please email me. My old hunting and fishing buddy from Col High days, Bill Byrd, lives in Colorado, near where Lance Armstrong recently raced and won the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. It starts at 10,000' elev. and goes to 14,000' and back. Bill asked, but Lance declined to join us, due to prior commitments. Bummer that Lance won't make it for "The Great Columbia River Bike Ride of '09." But alas, we have the prestigious peddler, David Mansfield, in our midst, to lead us onward through sun, possible wind, and potential seagull droppings. And, don't forget that we are still hoping that Cap Phillips will break down and join us. I on the other hand, feel compelled to "ride drag" like an old cowboy, bringing up the rear, to watch out for the rest of the riders. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. We began talking about this endeavor some time back, and I had seriously planned to be 20 lb lighter in weight and in superb Olympic Racing Class condition, but I had a few other things to do. But, hold on to your hats and bonnets folks. I actually did mount up yesterday on my "sturdy steed" of a mountain bike, "Burford," in a self-contained conditioning commitment. Rather than running or walking, I preserved my personal podiatry by peddling my pants stretching posterior down a nearby country road for an ice breaking grand total of about 4 miles (assuming that my odometer is set correctly and reading properly). If it is low, then I need to adjust it -- if it is high, that works for me, and I will accept it as the gospel, and loudly exclaim, "Hallelujah!" As I began that ride, I quickly realized that it had been a while since Burford and I had functioned as a unit, when I immediately got myself confused as to how the gear levers worked (senior memory lapse combined with faded muscle memory), as my feet frantically tried to keep up with the spinning pedals one second, but straining hard to pump my aging bulk down said road, the next. Eventually, and just short of total exhaustion, I began to refigure how to make Burford do his stuff, when I passed two slender, gorgeous, young neighborhood housewives out for their morning conditioning walk (Ha, as if they needed it). Now, I knew that there was a very high likelihood that they might snicker at the old guy, still missing an occasional gear, as he labored past them, so I cleverly induced humor into the situation for the comfort relief of all, by ringing my little handlebar dingle bell, followed by squeezing the big rubber bulb, thereby tooting my very loud oooga oooga horn. I left them laughing ... in a cloud of dust (in my mind anyway) and rode off into the rising sun. Eventually ... I made it back (without falling over like the guy on the tricycle in "Laugh In"), and coasted into my driveway, past the puddle, flanked by cheering elves, and feeling rather smug ... I had survived and I was back in the game! Ok, so maybe I do have a sore muscle or two or three or more in strategic locations, and I tend to walk in a bit of a bent over, lurching manner, this morning. I have got to find a very wide used John Deere tractor seat, and similarly-shaped thick pillow to install on Burford. The important thing is that I finally said to myself, ..."Self, just do it!" And, I did it, and now I'm on a roll (as long as I manage to keep Burford right-side up). Its a lot like getting started on an undesirable bit of yard work in hot weather. I find that the hardest part is just lighting a fire under my bulbous butt and getting started. Once, I am into it, its always remarkable as to how ... "it ain't so bad." Now, my "best laid plan of mice and old men" is to ride every other morning, increasing my distance on each ride, until the reunion. So, I will either be ready or ... extremely stiff and sore by the morning of Sunday, September 6, '09. Your Bodacious Biking Buddy, -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, the "un-capitol" of the bike riding world, where the roadsides are fraught with an abundance of those nasty little, tire punching "tack weeds" aka "goat heads." P S Lance Armstrong ... You'll never know what you missed, which probably makes absolutely no difference to you, but ... well, oh whatever... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Iridium! What a Flash! Larry Mattingly's ('60) description of the "flash" from the iridium satellite may have cleared up a mystery. I had a similar experience while camping at Shi Shi Beach last September, a couple of hours after sundown. It was (by the "guess & gosh" method of scientific calibration) about 30 W of true North, and in the low 20 of elevation... and behaved just as he described. (So I guess it WASN'T an extra-terrestrial ship experiencing a 'terminal' short-circuit to its power system because of Van Allen Belt interference, after all... *sigh*) Thanks for the "Arid Lands" info. Placed my order for the DVD today (& still consider myself an Aridian, despite my present address. Multiple socio-eco-emotional citizenship is my reality... & I'm not gonna get over that, I don't think...) ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ on a green & sunny day, with a fall-crop raspberry/peach cobbler breakfast ingested, & lunchtime approaching... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Arid Lands I watched YouTube's video about Arid Lands. It was really good for what it had. I can't believe just how expensive it is to purchase though. Too bad, as I would love to have a copy. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Fall is in the air **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) Re: 1969 40 year reunion It takes a lot of work and a lot of time to organize all of this so here is a big THANK YOU to Tom, Duke and all of the committee helpers. They are a wonderful bunch of dedicated individuals. We had a great time, very nice. Thanks again. -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Norman Florence ('57) ~ 2/21/39 - 8/20/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/26/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Black ('48), "Em" DeVine ('52) Helen Cross ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Deedee Willox ('64), David Rivers ('65) Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Keller ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Twedt ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Hopkins ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sasser ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joyce Soehnlein ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merle Huesties ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gauin Moore ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) Re: Nicotine Egad Maren, you just quit smoking by yourself? I ended up having to go to the Schick Center years ago and pay a lot of money, get shocked and tortured (in my opinion) plus other stuff for a week. However, it was worth it as I never smoked again. Talk about addictions, that one is tough. (I even had a hard time giving up coffee but Starbucks ruined me for that one.) I would love to see Arid Lands but don't think I could find Capital Hill by myself. If anyone from Bellevue is going and could stand a passenger, call me (425-882-3352) -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Good news today: my squamous cell carcinoma was successfully removed in total!! No sign of it metastasizing. It is wonderful news for me and for my family and friends. A heavy burden of anguish, fear and stress is lifted off my mind. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings. Congratulations Maren on giving up nicotine and making the conscious choice to do something good for your health... To: Larry Bowls ('64) I don't remember any squirrels in Richland when I was a kid either. We live in a squirrel inhabited area now, including white squirrels with black eyes, so not albinos. I've never lived in an area so inhabited by squirrels before and I enjoy them. They somehow have co-existed with lots of cats too. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandivew, IN where we are having cooler weather than normal with low humidity & loving it **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: '64's Class reunion picture I received my 45th class reunion picture yesterday in the mail. Turned out really good. I'll be anxious just to see all the pictures so far together to see just how small our group this year. I think for our 50th, we should all try to make it. We know way in advance when it will be for all of us to make arrangements. Year 2014. [Yeah, but WHEN in 2014? -Maren] Once again, congrats to Maren for quitting those awful cigs!! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA I'm double layered for the time being today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Arid Lands DVD To: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Go to: A DVD for home use is only $24.95 plus shipping. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Our resident artist Nuther day of celebration kids... today, August 26, 2009 is the day on which one of those fabulous Bomber success stories began... no no not the Fabulous Wailers... a nuther kinda artist... this one was in the making all the time but as with so many of us it was somewhere hidden in art class while other factors rose to the surface... I have told this story before but it deserves repeating... I think the creativeness in all of us can produce some really amazing things that rise to the surface while the glory that is in us remains less obvious... I was a perfect example... the last thing I ever wanted to do was sit still... the birthday boy was always an enigma to me and I'll bet to every teacher and parent around... from as early as I can remember I was convinced that this kid and Number 10 ('64) were either half of the same kid or twins separated at birth... I thought Number 10 was Dr. Jekel while this kid had some of the other fellow in him... funny how we see things isn't it... Not that I didn't think this kid was not cool... Oh heck yeah he was cool... Fast forward a few years and you'd never recognize the wonderful artist we now see as the kid we knew then... this is a compliment... I will always cherish the kid I knew and I will be in awe of the talent and style of the guy I know today... so Richard Twedt ('64), HAPPY BIRTHDAY and enjoy "retirement"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Tri-City Herald now online! For all of you who don't receive the Tri-City Herald but would like to keep up with the local news, you can now view it online just as it appears in print. You can get the paper 24-hours a day anywhere you have a computer and internet access. You will have the ability to email or print articles to share with others. You read the paper exactly as it appears in print. You can enlarge articles and photos, as well as download the entire paper for reading offline. You can search headlines by topic of interest to you. You can also access all past issues from the previous week. Go online to Then click on E-Edition on the homepage top right corner tab. Enjoy! [Uhhh... ya have to SUBSCRIBE. $52/yr. (I think)!!!!!! and they wouldn't let me read ONE for free!!! -Maren] -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where we are now out of the 100's. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/27/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51) Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey Henjum ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Saucier ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) & Leslie Swanson ('59) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) and Jan Nussbaum ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: "Em" DeVine ('52) Wonderful news, Em! VERY glad to hear it! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) Many thanks to Frank Stratton ('64), who hosted five of the "girls of '64" for lunch last week. He surprised each of us with a beautiful cutting board that he made in his shop, and each board was personally engraved. The craftsmanship and beauty of his work are unbelievable. Hats off to another artist from the Class of '64 -- Frank is not only a great artist, but he's a great guy too. Love ya, man. -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/28/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Phil Belcher ('51) John Browne ( '61), Tommy Hemphill ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Henderson ('60wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronnie Cowgill ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Dodson ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Felder ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Flaherty ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Easy Swing Band will play for the Richland Seniors Association's All-Ages Summertime Ball Saturday, August 29 from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Richland Community Center. Lots of great donated food by senior services providers!! On these special dances the Easy Swing Band consists of 5 members - a great sound! Price is still $5 at the door. Dress can be casual or as fancy as you want to be! Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Delightful weather in Richland! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Tri-City Herald Maren, I frequently read the Google News. On their web site they have a section for local news and ask for the zip code. After typing it in I get the most recent news from TCH, however at the top of their web site they have listed all the departments of the paper and seem to give all news without charge. (It may not be downloadable, however.) [When you get to the TCH page, you can read LOTS without charge... but scroll way over to the far right side and see a "new dark blue tab that says E-EDITION. That's what costs $$$. -Maren] Re: Nicotine I've been off of smokes for over six years. Tried to quit for forty years, finally made it after a serious bout in hospital for a chest cold. But wound up using O2 for the past three years. I always said that John Wayne taught me well!! Ive set goals like, I'll quit after I run out of smokes... after the lighter runs dry... on my next BD... for the New Year and on and on. They say its harder to quit than heroin so you can be proud that you have made it. [I had serious help/support from John Taylor ('63wb) -Maren] Bomber Cheers, -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. (Class of 61) Re: Board chairman Wow... is that picture in yesterday's Sandstorm what is technically known as "a bevy of babes"? Frank Stratton (64) is a generous soul, all right... and I benefited, myself, long ago, on the banks of the Columbia just over the dike & down the hill from the Stratton's place on the edge of Hunt Point. Frank was a friend & classmate of my brother, Mark (64-RIP)... and my friend, too... and proved it- Big-time- that afternoon when we were watching fish jumping in the river. Frank had a spinning reel (& appropriate rod to match)... gear with which I wasn't familiar; and he offered to let me try it out. Based on "research" that I'd performed earlier that Summer, I hunted down a big locust in the circle of Tokay grapes that was just uphill from us... where some earlier Richlander had kept vines, in the days before McNary... and I hooked the big bug onto Frank's gear, after he had showed me how the open-faced reel worked... & the proper way to cast. He was pretty savvy for a 4th grader!.. but then, his dad was, too (he had a radio station in the basement!). Anyway, we had watched SOME kind of fish jumping, about 40 feet away... and my first cast went right into the circle that the fish had made. I don't even think that the 'hopper touched the water. There was a splash, & a big fish-head, and the line went tight, and all my muscles did, too. It was an incredible fight! I was reeling this thing in (upside-down & backwards, because I favored my 'leftitude') but it wasn't working, until perceptive Frank realized that the drag was set too loose, and showed me how to cinch it down a little. It still took Minutes to get this fish into the shallow water , where I backed up and dragged it into/through the plants along the edge & then pounced on it. I probably hit it in the head with a piece of driftwood... don't remember... but I got the hook out & gave Frank his rod back, and Thanked him... and found a stick with a branch on it to carry my fish home to the Chief Joe apartments, where I weighed it on the old "De-Liar" scale my grandfather had given me when I was 9 or 10. It was just shy of 4 pounds... and probably lost those 3 ounces on the way home, on that nice warm day... & is still the biggest small mouth bass I've ever caught. I got to practice the filleting skills my godfather, Uncle Matt, showed me when I'd been in Tacoma and had caught a salmon the year before... and we had "Fish! Fish! Beautiful Fish!" for dinner, that night... courtesy of the generosity of one Frankie Stratton. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. (Class of 61) ~ (turn your monitor over- see? Still says "1961"... even if the 1 looks like it has a foot, instead of a nose) Vashon, 64 & sunny, this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy Hemphill ('62) My good old friend, Ronnie Cowgill ('62), will have a Happy Birthday today (August 28). Hopefully he will spend it on the golf course. Happy birthday, My Friend. -Tommy Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Frank Stratton ('64) & the cutting boards... Ok Frank... here's the finalization of 'the plan'. I'm requesting a 'cutting board' for Susan. I will meet up with John Fletcher ('64) sometime in the future... whereas we will take it to said individual with a request of attendance at our 50th reunion 5 years from now! IF any other 1964 'boys' would like to go with us please feel free to speak up now. Re: Facebook Class of 1964 point of interest. There are at least 62 of our class members on . It's a great place to post photos of 'Then & Now'. If you should decide to 'come out and play' please let me know! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ somewhere in downtown Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: World Class Collector has Birthday... Film at eleven Ok... since the birthday boy comes from the class of '64, I can say it just ain't fair! First Carol Converse ('64) hadda go and post the Official '64 Reunion photo reminding me of all the '64 Bomber babes we've loved before (to Willie and Julio's version of the song)... and how it would be really great to have been a member of that class (be still my beating heart)... corse I couldn't help seeing Mills ('64) aka Jo Jo Poo Baby, aka Jo Miles still doing his best Robert Redford Chick Magnet thing (another thing that's not fair... I just look older... Mills always looks better)... then my special angel Kathie Roe ('64) hasta send a close up of the five heart throbs and I fall to pieces... so I just gotta give the birthday boy credit... you picked a winner son... I remember Heidlebaugh ('65) telling me about sitting and talking to the Birthday Boy's dad one time... called him by his first name! For those of us who left Richland at a young age... .we still don't even know that parents had first names!!!!!!!! But lemme get back to the task at hand... wishing Mr Big City hisself, Gary Behymer ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on August 28, 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) Re: Cutting Boards HI Kathie!! Do you think Frank Stratton ('64) would be willing to make them for a price? I would love to get one for my self and my Momma and sisters, and daughter! LOL!! I'm sure there are others out there that can do the same! If Frank reads this he can write to me too! I would love to know how to get one of those BEAUTIFUL cutting boards!! Bombers Rule! -Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/29/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Floyd Melton ('57), John Worrell ('59wb) Mike Brady ('61), John Adkins ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Crose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Webb ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Gilbert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brenda Belcher ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kristi Strege ('00) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Gerken ('01) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Howard Chappelle ('57) For those of you that know and remember Howard, he is in the process of fighting another round of cancer. He has been through some chemo and is heading to Seattle for a stem cell treatment. You can keep up on his progress by logging in to: You can leave him a message. He appreciates all the support he can get and I am sure would love to hear from old friends. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Worrell ('59wab) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) picture #399 of 8-24-09 Don: I believe the man on the right of pic 399 (with the scales and cigar ) is Pete Todish. He was a Hanford fire fighter that... as I recall... spent several years as president of HAMTC. -John Worrell ('59wab) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Disneyland Half Marathon My youngest son and I are running the Disneyland Half Marathon Sunday, September 6. This will our third half marathon in the past 13 months. In a few years, we're hoping to make them three generation runs. They are more than runs. They are also family reunions. This year fifteen of the Bradys are taking a five day cruise from L.A. to Catalina Island to Ensenada and back to L.A. My wife made it abundantly clear we HAD to be home by September 12. That's the night of the Keith Urban concert at the Tacoma Dome! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Happy Birthday to Ron Cowgill I spent some of the day with "the birthday boy" (Ron Cowgill ('62)) at the golf course. Happy Birthday Ron - he took my money and most everyone else's to boot, so I'm thinkin' his day was a success. It was good for me too, I'm not nearly as much older than him now. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/30/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Joe Ford ('63), Kathy Rathvon ('63) David Rivers ('65), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hoff ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty O'Neil ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Barber ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe Ford ('63) Thanks back to John Browne ('61); Sky River 1968 was an interlude for me, and a homecoming for Jack Keeney ('65) I suspect. He was just back from Vietnam, and not eager to talk about it. I was on leave and reporting to the Oakland Army Base for transport to Cam Ranh in 5 days. John doesn't remember it raining, but my girlfriend and I (she sent me a letter next spring that ended that relationship) went to camp up on the Skykomish Saturday night and got rained on. Six days later, I saw an infantry platoon unloading at Cam Ranh, with what I called "the thousand yard stare." It was just about this time of year, late August and then early September. Some of that time still seems very immediate with clear details that just won't go away, and some of it is ephemeral, half-recognized, full of nearly forgotten memory. If Sky River started a 12-month period of surreality, then Woodstock was approximately the closing bookend for that year. What an odd time it was. Rock festivals and AK47s. Light shows and tracer rounds. Going home to the "world." Very best to all. -Joe Ford ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Photo #395 The man on the far left looks like Jim Stoakes, father of Peggy ('60) & Mary Jane's ('63). -Kathy Rathvon ('63) ~ in rainy , cool Bellevue. I hope the sun comes out and it warms up for the Diana Krall concert at Ste. Michelle this evening **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber-babes forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeah... you guessed it... Bomber-babe birthday time... This time it is one who is always out front in Bomberdom... not just for her class but for all classes (hint hint)... One of the first "older" girls Warford ('65) introduced me to the first day of class our first year at Col-Hi... the place looked a little different then of course... which reminds me... In June, Beej ('65 the Architect of Record and NOT responsible for replacing names with numbers) gave us a neat tour of the new school and "we" took a ton of pictures... NONE of which I've seen yet... and "we" took pictures at Brian's on Sunday with the Gym sign which I also haven't seen... the ONLY picture I've seen of the school in fact is the one of Mary Lou ('63) from a few weeks ago... so the kids who were manning the cameras in June need to fess up... now back to Bomber-babe birthdays... I have a very fond place in my heart for this girl and I sure hope her day is very special... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) on the 30th and Thanks from all of us for all you do and have done, sweets!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I will be celebrating my 25th Comedy Anniversary on September 3-5th at The Comedy Underground in Seattle... the club where I first got up the nerve and stepped on stage. I hope to see a familiar face or two. I'll be in Waterbury, CT on September 24th with Johnny Mathis if there are any Bombers in that area. How 'bout Australia? I'll be in Sydney October 1-3rd and 10th. Darwin on the 5th and 6th and Noosa on the 9th. I'll be in Owing Mills, MD (Baltimore) on October 17th and Home for The Holidays at the 3 Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick on November 27 and 28th! -Brad Upton ('74) ~ I've also got jury duty on the week of September 14th ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/31/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Mike Clowes ('54) Derrith Persons ('60), John Taylor ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Lattin ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Hanson ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Webb ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Kirz ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Valentine ('68) 08/31/02 - Shelley McCoy ('63-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) Last Friday we were at the Kennewick Costco store. I saw this young man wearing a Bomber shirt. Saw him again in the eating area and couldn't help myself, as his shirt said "Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber" and I told him I was one from waaay back in 1947. He smiled and said he would graduate in 2012. Also told me that his shirt could be purchased at any of the games - gotta get one of those, but can't figure out how to get one before the next Club 40 bash. Just wanted to spread the word to all Bombers about that cool shirt! Hope to see a lot of you at Club 40, -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Strange "bomber" In today's Salem Statesman Journal was an article about "green bomber" worms. They are a new species. The article can be found at: or if you want to follow this up. Personally, I don't think it worth of AS, but I'm not the boss. By the way, when ya gonna give up ciggies? [As usual, Bob, you're right on top of things. -Maren] BCs, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Class of '60 lunch A time to get together is almost here... If your in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! WHEN: Saturday, September 5th! TIME: 11:30 am WHERE: Sterling's 890 GWWay Come on lets have some fun!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Taylor ('63wb) Hi, Questions: 1) Does anyone have a relative who worked in Area 200E, 200W, or Area 300 in Hanford from 1948 to just after 1952 and who knows anything about who exactly worked in those areas and what work was mainly done? 2) Where can I go to get this kind of information? 3) What did a "Rigger" do out in those areas? 4) Does anyone have any information that may be helpful in applying for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) Act? 5) Is there a "support group" website for people of the EEOICPA? If you have any questions or answers, or if you would like to chat about this program or about anything related to the EEOICPA, please feel free to write to me at Thanks. -John Taylor ('63wb) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` July, 2009 ~ September, 2009