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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/01/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), John Adkins ('62) Deedee Willox ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Rice ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelly Lynch ('78 - Drill Team Mascot in '65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Lukins ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Club 40 weekend! Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2009 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Can you imagine? Next year (2010) it will have been ten years since R2K. IT MUST BE TIME FOR - R2K'nX! There will be an organizing meeting next week to kick off the planning for the next GREAT be All Bomber Reunion. As soon as we have a place and date picked out - we will post it on the Sandstorm - in the mean time - if you are interested in "getting after it" send me a message. -John Adkins ('62), R2K'nX organizing committee **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Just got back from a trip to Colorado with my sister ('61) for a family reunion (dad's side). We had a great time, reconnected with family and met new members of our family. Took lots of pictures, especially of Willox Lane and Willox Court in Fort Collins, CO. Re: Back to School It's hard to believe that it is time for school to start again. Had my Hannah (granddaughter, age 11) here a lot this summer. She is going into 6th grade at Finley, which is Middle School. By the way, she says that Mike Davis ('74) was the best teacher she ever had! Sooooo, Mike, keep up the good work. Re: Club 40 I have not signed up to go to Club 40 this year, as we paid for last year and got NOTHING to eat. I would go this year if they would give me my money back for last year, but I don't think that will happen. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Jim Albaugh...a 1968 Richland Bomber Here's the Wikipedia background on him... -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/02/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Lester ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordon Mumford ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: R2K+10 meeting Maren, In reference to John Adkins' ('62) message regarding a planning meeting for R2K+10: I talked to Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) about a meeting time and place. I went down to see Karen (who schedules for the district) and set a time and place of 6:30 on the Tuesday the 8th of September at the cafeteria at RHS with all things going as set up. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/03/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO ENTRIES TODAY NO BIRTHDAYS TODAY ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/04/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), Gary Behymer ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Johnson ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Kelly ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelley Hankins ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Southam ('80) FOUND ON THE INTERNET: Re: Unspoiled Nature in Shadow of a Nuclear Site **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Club 40 To all those attending Club 40 activities this weekend, enjoy the time spent with long-time friends and tip one for me. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Yesterday's Sandstorm - No Entries and No Birthdays The End? -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) WOW! No one was BORN yesterday? Not One Bomber? Dang! I'm sure with Summer ending and school starting, things do get hectic!! I'm just glad my kids are way past that age! But my granddaughter Ava did start kindergarten!! My daughter wrote saying how she always laughed at those women who cried when their child left for their first day of school... BUT now she understands!! Yes we all went through that very first time sending our baby off into the big bad world!! So Good Luck to all those kindergartners on their first day at School!! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/05/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Marlene Maness ('57wb) Kathy Rathvon ('63), Jamie Worley ('64) Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Halstead ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Hutchins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54 - 55 year reunion Last call!!!....... please, any classmate who reads this and has not sent in their story of the last 5 years, do so now! I will try and finish this booklet by Tuesday, so I can get it printed and put together. There is a little more work to it than I thought. It has been fun contacting classmates who did not know of the reunion and getting them excited about coming. A lot of them are not on the list on the website, so some people will be surprised! I think everyone will be excited to get a copy of the booklet at our reunion and maybe you could just take it around and get autographs! After all, these people are VIP! It is not too late... so e-mail me with a short comment or a long one and I will be sure to get you listed. We have lost 24 classmates in the last 5 years and we want to make contact with everyone now, as we just don't know what the next 5 years will bring! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA where it is really cooling down to the low 80s and feeling good! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57wb) Re: Unspoiled Nature in Shadow of Hanford Nuclear Site This article appeared in the New York Times today: Along with this slide show -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57wb) ~ Prescott, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) I did have a chance to see "Arid Lands" last Monday. I definitely would recommend the film. I went with my husband and a neighbor and, clearly, I enjoyed it more than they. My husband slept through a good part of it. It was very different than I thought it would be. It did start with the government's coming to the area in the early '40s and interviewed children of families in White Bluffs and Hanford who were told to vacate. Ecologists, geologists, economists and biologists were interviewed. They discussed the pollution from the waste from the plutonium, the disturbance and destruction of the land due to the massive development and the concerns over the economy once the clean-up is completed. I found it fascinating. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) ~ from cool & cloudy Bellevue and I hope it doesn't rain all week end, because I am going to Camano **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley (The Magic Class of '64) Re: A Special Bomber Lunch I am a little late on commenting on Kathie Roe's ('64) note of August 27th, however I am one of those who was fortunate enough to be a part of Frank Stratton's ('64) gift of both a lunch and his beautiful cutting board. Kathie is right, Frank is not only one of the best friends that any one of could ever hope to have (we started kindergarten together at Sacajawea), he is a incredible craftsman. I am blessed to own one of his handcrafted bowls. The cutting board is engraved with each of our names with our Richland Bomber logo at the other end. It is so beautiful one wonders if you really want to use it or frame it and put it on the wall. I'd like to thank my friends who attended, Kathie Roe Truax of course, Kathy Hoff Conrad, Dawn Bern, Darlene Huesties Bern and the divine Mr. Stratton. It is a privilege to call you my friends. Most of the above were part of putting on our 45th class reunion which was sheer delight. For those of you who live in Richland and choose not to attend, you absolutely do not know what you are missing. The best thing about getting old is that no one cares any more what you look like, what you wear, or how much money you have made. We only want you to come to share our same memories of growing up in a time and place that will never again exist. Please do not forget 2014. -Jamie Worley (The Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:kindergarten when my youngest started kindergarten, I walked her to school--- when we got to her classroom, she turned to me and said, "You don't need to stay, Mom, I am a big girl, you can go home, now". I cried all the way home! *grin* when my grandkids started kindergarten, they all did the same things to their moms("pay- back time"), but they had already been in pre-school so going to school was "no big deal" to them. can't figure where the time goes---youngest grandchild is now in 3rd grade, two are in middle school, two are in high school, and two are on their own. dang! I don't feel "old enough" to have grandkids "that" old! *grin* NO Sandstorm [entries] on Wednesday was definitely a shock. think that has only happened one other time. we all get busy, but I would "die" if the Sandstorm "died". we can't let that happen. it's our link to Bombers and Richland and growing up in the BEST little town in the Northwest!!!!! guess we will have to make sure we send in entries, even if they are just to say "HI" and keep Maren busy putting things in order. *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......still having heat in Bakersfield, CA, but they keep saying we are going to cool down. am soooo ready for winter. just hope we really get a cold, wet one this year. the fires are horrific and we are getting the smoke from them! ugh ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/06/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: John Adkins ('62), John Taylor ('63wb) Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernon "Bud" Van Dusen ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Stull ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Hann ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janell Johns ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John Heffner ('66) & Melanie Dukes ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: R2k'nX Planning Meeting Reminder The first meeting to plan the Reunion 2010 All Bomber Reunion will be Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30pm at the Richland High Cafeteria. If you are interested but can not make the meeting send me a message, and I will get your name on the list. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - little bit of rain coming down tonight (Sept. 5th), and earlier I saw some lightning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Taylor ('63wb) Re: Thanks This is to thank all those folks who responded to my August 31 post in which I asked questions relating to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Thanks Larry, Mike and Ginger, Grace, John, Deedee, Bill, and Gloria, and the rest of you. You are all a big help in answering many of my most pressing questions. Thanks, thanks, thanks! Great to find support when tackling this problem. I also want to thank Maren, who has also been very supportive. Thank you Maren... you're absolutely great! With that said, I'm still looking to contact anyone who might have in their old family photos from the late '40's to early '50's pictures of my dad, Irving Taylor (RIP). You may have seen him and not known it, but he'll be the tallest guy in any bunch of guys. He was 6' 8-1/2" tall and often wore a silver hard hat. He died when I was only 7 years old and most of our pictures of him were misplaced somehow, so any you may find and share of him would be greatly welcomed. Thanks again! -John Taylor ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) well, my journey has begun, am not exactly sure why I have to make this journey, but with help from family, friends and God, I am bound and determined to make it! I have been diagnosed with cancer--it's official name is "Sqaumos Cell Carcinoma"--started as a mass on the left side of my neck, about the size of a nickel, by the time I saw the doctor, it was the size of a quarter--now, it's the size of a half dollar! started out with an ultrasound, didn't "show" enough; had a CT scan--that showed cancer---but, they were thinking lymphoma; had a biopsy---ain't gonna lie---that hurt like hell---small, needle biopsy didn't hurt, but the pathologist said she needed more tissue, so they had to use a larger needle(thought he was going all the way into my throat!), and, yes, I cried like a baby! just don't "do" well with pain of any kind--give me something to knock me out and I do just fine!!!!!!!!! got the results of the biopsy last Friday-- will see the oncologist on Tuesday to get more details. have also had a scope down my nose and another one down my throat/esophagus into my stomach--that showed a benign polyp on my stomach---will get more details when I see the oncologist and will find out when I start chemo and radiation. not looking forward to that, but it's a necessary evil. have had lots of people tell me to get some marijuana for the nausea from the chemo, but I don't think I will do that---can't very well tell my grandkids NOT to do drugs IF I am going to take them!!!!!! there is just something "wrong" in grandma "smoking a joint". *grin* am prepared to lose my hair--youngest grandchild(he's 8)wants to get some horse hair(we have no idea why he thinks horse hair), dye it blonde(the color I am, now, to hide the grey)and glue it to my head; 14-yr old grandson wants to paint rabbits on my head; and 15-yr old granddaughter wants to buy me a green wig(green is my favorite color). I already have a pink one from Halloween a few years ago, so I'll be "stylin". *grin* have also ordered some of those scarves for women who lose their hair to chemo---just not brave enough to go outside with my bald head, painted or not, shining in the sun for all to see. *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA---still too hot for my liking--am sooooo ready for cold weather! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/07/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Steve Carson ('58), Missy Keeney ('59) Tom Hemphill ('62), Donni Clark ('63) John Campbell ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Jean Armstrong ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Nancy Nelson ('69), Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Al Parker ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Peterson ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, so sorry to hear about another Bomber struck with cancer, we have been through it and many can be cured as was my wife's. Your comments on your grandkids' comments shows a lot of love and support there. We have added you to our prayer list. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Linda Reining ('64) I will be thinking positive, healing thoughts for you as you are on this "journey." My sister, Patricia ('63) set up a Caring Bridge site where she could journal her progress and all of us could go to the site and find out and she didn't have to worry about keeping everyone informed. It really was a wonderful thing and I highly recommend it. By the way, Patricia has been cancer free for 2 years after a year of treatment and feeling great (she looks great, too, but then she always has)! Re: Class of '59 50th Reunion There are no words to describe how amazing this week-end was. I absolutely loved reconnecting with so many of my classmates (and meeting some of their spouses or partners). We really are "The Last Great Class of the Fifties!" I'm pretty sure there will be some photos posted on the Sandstorm. It was hard to say good-bye this morning and know it was ending. I completely agree with what Jamie Worley ('64) wrote in yesterday's Sandstorm that people who live in the area and don't attend don't know what they're missing. The things that divided us when we were in high school just don't matter any more. Anyway, I was proud to be part of such a successful reunion! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Diving Adventures I've been writing my new book, "The Water Made Me Do It," and I'm having a lot of fun recalling the many diving adventures in my life. I'm also scanning a ton of old photos, mostly slides, and getting them organized. I'm throwing away a lot of photos in process because I can't remember the names and places, and there are many that are simply insignificant or out of focus. The photography is another story for later. Today I thought that I would share some of my commercial diving experiences. My very first commercial dive occurred in the summer of 1966. I was working as a welder at the Vancouver, WA shipyards where we were building offshore oil rigs for Alaska. They were made to float and would be towed by big ocean-going tugs to Cook Inlet in Alaska and then secured to the bottom. We made three rigs, the first was the Monopod, which had two pontoons, 32 feet in diameter and 90 feet long. We built that one upright and it was more than 150 feet tall. The Monopod was ready for launch into the Columbia River, and we were all watching the daily progress as it was pushed down the old shipyard ways. Arrangements had been made for tugs to be on- site and ready to take control of the huge structure when it went into the river. The rig was 150 feet tall and the pontoons would draft 16 feet, so water level was a big issue. They had the timing set so that a few hours before high tide the Army Corps of Engineers would open up Bonneville Dam to assist with a high water level for the launch. After the launch they would close the dam so that at low tide the rig would be able to make it under the I-5 Bridge on it's way north to Alaska. During the pre-launch phase they were moving the rig slowly down the launch ways to get it close to floating, but still secured to shore. However, the rig stopped sliding. They put pressure on it but it would not budge. I overheard a conversation regarding getting a diver to go down and see what was blocking the launch. They were in a panic because all of the commercial diving companies in the area were on jobs and there was no one available for a few days, and they didn't have a few days. So I told my boss that I was a diver and I could take a look underwater. They had very few choices, so I went home and got my gear and came back to the shipyard ready to launch my commercial diving debut. I went down under each cradle that was sliding on the old WWII shipyard ways and cleaned off sand and other debris. Then they sent me back with a bucket of thick grease to coat the Ways. I'm sure that was EPA approved! I finished the cleaning and greasing and came out of the water. I felt that I was going to either be a hero or fired. But it worked just as planned and the launch went off right on schedule. I did get a little bonus, but knowing what I know now, I should have received a lot more for my efforts. But it was a good learning experience and a good story to tell the grandkids. That got me started with commercial diving and when the word got out that I was available, I got a few calls and did a few jobs. There was nothing real spectacular, but I did learn a lot in the process. One job that was a bit interesting was the recovery of a chainsaw bar for VanPly (Vancouver Plywood). The bar was stainless steel and eight foot long, and very expensive. This large chainsaw was used to cut floating logs to a specific length and then they were taken into the mill and pealed to make sheets for plywood. The crew was in the process of changing out the old bar and installing the new one, when the new bar slipped off of the dock and went to the bottom. I went on the job to assist another diver who had actually gotten the job and he called me to help him out. This was a bit tricky because the millpond was full of logs and there was only one way in and out between the logs. Also, it was in the Columbia River in March and the river was brown = zero visibility. The other diver entered the water and I tended the line from the dock. He went down for about 2 minutes and came back up and said that he just could not dive under those conditions. So I said that I would go. I tried a powerful dive light, but the water was so dirty that the light did no good at all. So, I left the light on the dock and went down into total darkness. I got to the bottom, about 30 feet deep, and began feeling around to find the bar. I moved out one direction and then back to the piling that I had descended on. I kept doing that routine and rotating around the piling. Then I moved farther out and around, and finally I found the bar. I could not see it, but I could feel it and I knew that I had what I was looking for. I tied the rope through a hole in the bar and began working my way back to the only piling with an exit hole. Unfortunately, my topside tender did not understand that he needed to keep the line tight so that I could follow it home. When I pulled to follow the line, he gave more line. So I began coming up each piling that I found, only to run into the bottom of the logs. Finally I found the right piling and made it to the surface. The crew pulled the bar up and I was a hero, again. After we were away from the dive site, I had a long talk with my buddy about the procedures for a line tender. My commercial diving career in the 1970s focused more on underwater photo inspection and a few salvage dives. In 1983 I was hired by The Ocean Corporation in Houston, Texas as the Director of Special Projects. The Ocean Corporation was the world's largest privately owned commercial diving vocational school. At that time they also had a diving services division. My first project was to develop a training program for divers who were already certified and wanted to have a different experience, commercial hard hat and full face mask diving with voice communication. The program was called "Commercial Scuba Diver (CSD)," but a few years later we changed it to "Commercial Diving Specialist (CDS)." That whole program really opened my eyes up to a lot of new diving techniques and technologies. It turned out to be a great adventure. Later I'll want to tell a few more stories about what I've done with that program over the past 25 years. Well, that's good enough for today. I'll share some more diving stories with ya'll later. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, You have been such a support to Sandstorm and your family. I wish and pray for you god's peace and comfort during this time and the journey you will be on. I know our Bomber community will lend it's prayers and well wishes too. God bless you for your courage and sense of humor as you travel this road. You are an inspiration to many. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Brad Upton ('74) - 25 years! My wife, Marilyn (NAB) and I caught Brad's comedy act last night at the Comedy Underground in Pioneer Square. Great show! This is 25th anniversary of doing stand up comedy. We attended with fellow Bombers, Don and Lila Jenne Brackenbush (both '63). Bought his new album, "Smart Man, Stupid World". I hope Brad has fun down under. I'm sure the Australians will laugh as hard as we did. -John Campbell (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) I was sorry to read that you have been diagnosed with cancer. Hang in there, girl. You are and will be in my thoughts and prayers. Is it OK if I put you on our church prayer chain? -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) My thoughts and prayers are with you on your journey. I volunteer at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in Goodyear, AZ with my therapy dog, Nelli. I have seen many patients win their battle. Keep a positive attitude and your faith. My dear friend that lives here has stage 4 lung cancer. She has kept her weight, but lost her hair and is still as beautiful as ever. She runs every day and her spirits are high. (they said she would never run again) If your treatment sends you to the CTCA in Goodyear, AZ, please let me know and I will come visit you every time you are here. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Bombers are wonderful!!!!!! thanks to all who have personally responded to my post of 9-6-09. your offers of prayers and words of concern and comfort are very much appreciated! I will take all the prayers I can get! and, all the advice for treatment I can get, too. thanks to: Louise Moyers('65); Anna-Margaret Bell('64); Larry and Donna Young Bowls(both '64); Maren Smyth('63 & '64); and Peggy Adair('72) for personal e mails. Bombers are wonderful! I am sooooooo glad to be part of the Bomber family! my e mail has been flooded with entries from Bombers all day long!! some I know, others I don't---although I do "know" you cause we are all related through being Bombers!!!!!! I just want all of you to know that your thoughts, prayers, and advice are very appreciated! I have always known that the Bombers were a caring group, but it is so nice to be on the receiving end of that caring group!!!!! THANK YOU ALL, so much!!!!! VERY PROUD TO BE A BOMBER!!!!! -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson ('69) To: Linda Reining ('64) Chemo is a scary thing but if you have the support of family and friends, you can make it thru anything. I have been there 6 times now and I am still going. I thought the same way about the pot smoking but have been doing it for about 2 years now. It really helps with the nausea and pain. I don't do it very often but at least I have the doctor's prescription for it. If you need to talk or anything just give me a note and I will call you. -Nancy Nelson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Columbians Does anyone have a '70 and '71 Columbian that you no longer cherish or need anymore? I would love to have them if you do. Please email me if you can help me out. -Peggy Adair ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/08/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Armstrong ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Adele Paulsen ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Class of 1951 Photo There comes a time in life when cleaning out files is required -- the time is now, and I've come across two extra copies of the photograph from the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1951, taken in July of 1976. If there are two classmates who would like a print, just drop me an e-mail. First come, first served. I'll be glad to snail-mail one to you. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Trap Shooting -- Class of '59 -- 50th Reunion Well, ... uh, well ... Oh, yah, I was going to add my thoughts to Missy Keeny's ('59), about the Class of 1959's 50th Reunion. I'm still recovering. It wound down yesterday (Sunday) for me, after our bike ride (which I will cover on another day when some pictures taken by my fellow riders, reach me). But, right now, they are probably still making their way home or recovering, like Bill Byrd and I did over a long night of blessed sleep ... and Ibuprofin. We compared notes by phone this morning, after both of us rose from the land of the very tired, aching a_ _'_ and sore butts club, finding out that both of us had put in about 12 hours of sack time, which almost matched the number of miles that our group of "diehards" rode on our bikes (with those sadistic skinny little seats). It was almost like having survived several hacks, spats, whacks, patty whacks ... or I can feel it to the bone... (whatever they were called, back in the days of real schools). But, more on the reason for that later, when I have the pictures collected of the Class of '59's, Great Columbia River Bike Ride, in observance of our 50th Reunion ... And, just to prove that "We ain't dead yet!" Anyway, Jeanne and I are joining Bill tonight for dinner, on his last night here, before he flies back to his great home on the Arkansas River in Colorado, where he can just about fly fish out of his front door or off of his deck. Jeeeeez, I envy him! So, we will see how well each of us is walking now. Note: We had dinner and Bill and I have miraculousy recovered, so ... we "ain't over the hill" yet! Being somewhat of a nut, I made extra work for myself by organizing not only the above said bike ride on Sunday morning of the Reunion, but I also took a small group of shooting enthusiast, classmates on a trap shoot at my gun club on Saturday morning. We met more or less sharply at 9:00 or 10:00 or whenever, for a Spudnut Fix on Saturday morning, along with other fellow Spudee enthusiasts at our long treasured Spudnut Shop. Once on a significant sugar high, we then drove out to my gun club at the foot of Rattlesnake Mountain, north of Benton City. The trap shoot was enjoyed by all, and we mostly punched holes in the sky, but we managed to hit a few clay pigeons. My excuse was the sugar high! The trap shooters were Bill Byrd, Bonnie Allen, Pattie CRIGLER Cole, her Husband, Billy, and myself. Fellow Spudee enthusiasts were David and Renee Mclenegan, Rich and Stella Greenhalgh, and Ruth SOLOMON Ellsworth. On the way out, we ran into Dennis Hoff ('59) and family, including his lovely sister, Kathie HOFF Conrad ('64), who gave me one of her special hugs, that she reserves for old Marines. Thank you Ma'am and Semper Fi! Before anyone else can tell the story differently, I will admit to the slippage of my seasoned mind (and the body ... on occasions, but those are other stories). All the time that we were trap shooting, Bill and I had our cameras in our pockets. Neither one of us remembered to take any pictures of infamous senior shooters in action, and further more, it wasn't until we were driving to our next exciting destination that we realized both of us had failed to flip a shutter. From the gun range, we raced to the JD Diner in West Richland ... for the "All Bomber Luncheon." When we arrived, we were puzzled at how few Bombers had shown up for the usually gala event ... only to find out that we were one week early. Well, never let it be said that we were late ... for that particular luncheon, but since we were on time, anyway ... We held our own Bomber lunch. No offense Patty Jones Ahrens ('60) ... but if you laugh, just remember I'm a trap shooter and I can hit my target ... sometimes. I'm sorry that I have no pictures of the shooting action, but I did get a few of the Spudee Fix and our mini-all Bomber Luncheon, which are provided for your viewing enjoyment ... if I don't forget to send them along with this, and ... ummm, well... Hey, I'm still tired, my hind end hurts, and I've just celebrated my 50th Reunion, so I am definitely ... seasoned (Bonnie won't let me say the O_ _ word. -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA ... Site of the Rest Home for Seasoned Bike Riders of the peddle pumper persuasion. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Club 40 weekend! Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 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: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) Just in case you don't know, or haven't figured it out yet, Don Sorensen may not be a Bomber, but he has submitted a LOT of pictures for all of us to look at. I made a page with links to all the stuff Don has sent for us: Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Linda Reining ('64) I am just catching up on my Sandstorms from being gone a past few days. I was shocked to read your entry on 9/6/09. You are in my prayers!!!! God is good and he knows what's best for us. We will see you through this thing through the Sandstorm. Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We got a big dose of heat and sun down in Oakhurst, CA these past few days while visiting relatives of my husband's. Now I can prepare for the coolness that really never leaves us here in good ol' Eureka, haha ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/09/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Harris ('49), Linda Reining ('64) Vicki Steichen ('67), Vanda Southey ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Clancy ('51-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erlynn Belliston ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Ann Vosse ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Bazemore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Harris ('49) Re: This coming week end Reunion! I'm looking forward to seeing lots of older friends this week end. If any of you have a good idea for reconciling my wife and my 56th anniversary being on September 12th, let me know! -Dick Harris ('49) ~ Wenatchee **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I have always been proud of being a Bomber and I always knew we were a special group of people, but to be on the receiving end of all the outpouring of support, prayers, comfort, advice, and words of hope, has been overwhelming. I just want all of you to know how much I have appreciated all the personal emails and the public ones, too. really means a lot. according to the oncologist(who I met with this morning), this is going to be a long, hard journey. he did say that this type of cancer is usually in the head and/or neck area, so they are still doing more tests---having an MRI and PET Scan on Monday---will have to be sedated as I am highly claustrophobic and I just can't "handle" being in that blasted tube!!!!! he is also ordering a bronchial scope(I have a lesion on my left lung, so they want to scope inside my lung and check that out)--they are still trying to find the primary source of this blasted cancer!!!!!! he did say they may never find it. he also said that this cancer is in "stage 4", which brought out a bucket of tears, but then he explained that "stage 4" in this type cancer is not the same as "stage 4" in breast cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, or other types of cancer. in this cancer, it just means that it has grown fast. once all the tests are done, then radiation and chemo will start. he did finally say what can cause this type cancer--are ya ready????? being exposed to radiation---growing up in Richland and "glowing" might have something to do with it; being exposed to pesticides---geez, how many summers did I run behind the mosquito trucks??????? also being exposed to tanning beds--who needed those??? practically lived outside my entire childhood and got tanned without any artificial means! oh, and it is also caused by smoking!!!!!!!! I quit smoking 34 years ago, which he said didn't really make that big a difference, cause I lived with a smoker(ex-husband), was around friends and family who smoked, so it didn't really matter that I no longer smoked!!!!!! hell, IF I had known that I was gonna get cancer anyway, I could have just kept smoking!!!! I had sent an email to my brother, Tim,('71WB) telling him that the doctor had said that the treatments would make me sick and I would probably lose my appetite and also lose my hair--he wrote back and said, "well, you can get back your "girlish figure" and get a Dolly Parton wig". he always was a smart-a**. *grin* thanks, again, Bombers!!!!! you are very special people and I am very PROUD TO BE A BOMBER and a part of this wonderful group!!!!! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....triple digits are coming back to Bakersfield, CA, next week! I was soooooo hoping that they were gone for this year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Steichen Bricker ('67) Could you please place this notice in the sandstorm for all the previous football players and friends of JD Covington. It is short notice. They just got it going today. J.D. Covington Night at Fran Rish Stadium September 11, 2009, 7:00pm Prior to the Football game, Richland High School will honoring JD Covington. Coach Covington was the head coach from 1971 to 1985. His overall record was a stellar 110 wins and 43 losses. Included in his wins was the State Championship in 1981 over the Kentridge Chargers. Coach Covingtons teams made the state playoffs seven times. We are asking that all players and coaches during his Richland career join us in a celebration of his work. Players will need to arrive early as we would like them on the sideline with Coach Covington. Please plan on joining the festivities before the game versus Eastmont High School. -Vicki Steichen Bricker ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Vanda Southey ('75) Entered: Tuesday 09/08/2009 10:56:29pm COMMENTS: Hello, I'd love to hear from some old friends! -Vanda Southey ('75) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/10/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Norma Myrick ('54), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Tom Verellen ('60), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Dean ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Devine ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Doug Sansom & Betty Conner ('52) Larry Bowls & Donna Young ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) Hi Maren, I would appreciate your putting this on the Sandstorm. I am involved in having a 9/11 Memorial Friday, September 11. I know a lot of our classmates will be in Richland for Club 40 and reunions. We would be honored to have Bombers attend this very special event. Thank you, Norma You are cordially invited to attend the Tri-Cities 911 Memorial This tribute is dedicated to the men, women and Children who lost their lives; All those who sacrificed their lives; And to all the Heroes that responded to the Emergency This event will also honor our Veterans, Armed Forces, Firemen, Police, EMTs who currently serve or have served this Great land of Freedom we call America. Please join us September 11, 2009 At 9:00 am - 10:00 am at the Fingernail in Howard Amon Park -Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Class of '59's 50th Reunion Great Columbia River Bike Ride I'm still thinking that the Class of '59's 50th Reunion was the best one that our class has had yet. The evening gatherings were wonderful, with somewhere around 150 attendees. The food was great and the visiting with old classmates was even better. More pictures of the reunion evenings later. But, you know, when I first arrived at the door, I almost turned around and looked for the correct room. I was sure that I was in the wrong place, because there were a lot of old people there. But, I must admit ... I had looked in the mirror that morning. It used to be that I would wonder what my dad was doing in that mirror? But, in more recent years, my gramps seems to be peering back at me, so I shrugged it off and went in, anyway. My thanks to the 50th Reunion Organizing Committee for all of their hard work (with great accolades to Mary Lou DeMEYER Gnoza for her guiding hand and dealing with the Clarion Hotel). And, I thank the committee for asking me to join them in helping to pull it together. It was a lot of work, but it definitely paid off, resulting in a very memorable weekend. And, I applaud my friend and fellow, long time ago, Pea Canning Buddy, Burt Pierard for putting together the tour "to and through" the B Reactor on Friday afternoon. Burt is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Hanford and Richland. Without a doubt, I learned a lot, and it was a great kickoff for the reunion. During the "badging" and the bus ride, those of us on the tour got a head start in reuniting with old friends. Well done Burt! I have already described our visit to the Spudnut Shop, trap shooting, our own inadvertent Mini-All Bomber Luncheon, and briefly alluded to the bike ride. However, there are more yarns to spin. On the reunion bike ride, we peddled along the Columbia River on the bike/hike trail from the Richland Community Center in Howard Amon Park to the 300 Area and back. Joining me on the bicycle ride were Bill Byrd, David Mansfield and his wife, Nonie, Bonnie Allen, Rich Greenhalgh, and Helen CLARK Riehl. We rode a total of 14-15 miles, depending on who's odometer you want to believe. Mine read 15 miles so I believe it. If it had read lower than those of other folks' obviously, I would have to re-adjust mine, as I need all the help that I can get. Judy Jo EHLERS Evanoff and her husband, Dick, drove their Van, paralleling us on the ride (in and out of side streets) and showing up at convenient spots along the way, to check on we aging peddle pumpers. And, they performed superbly as our Support/Aid Car Unit, with Stella Greenhalgh, Rich's wife, riding with them. Stella was a real treat, too, as she is originally from Denmark and joined right in the fun conversations with her delightful accent. Dick and Judy Jo seemed to have a good time and added greatly to the enjoyment of all. It was terrific to see their vehicle appear up ahead, just when a break was welcome, with the cold water and some of the nicest, big plump seedless grapes, enjoyed by all. And, we thank you for your support! The ride went very well. The weather was just right, somewhat sunny and cool after the previous night's dusty windstorm (Which I had cleverly arranged for reminiscing purposes about dust storms -- I used to work for NOAA, you know!). It was followed by a decent amount of rain overnight, which left everything fresh and pleasant (like a breath of fresh air) on Sunday morning. There were some minor incidents, but no major injuries, when Helen rounded off a corner curb and went down, Nonie ran down an offending trash can, Bonnie did a flip into the bushes, and Pappy's tired legs caused him and Burford to do their rendition of the "Bunny Hop," together as a single unit, when he tried to dismount, but his legs just didn't want to straighten up and support his tired butt. That was right after he was totally intimidated by a very little kid who breezed by, pumping the hill and Pappy ... almost made it. Reminds me of those little kids on the ski slopes that used make fun of me. Ehh, that's another story. After completing the ride, Bill and Bonnie made a Deli run, and we all had a picnic lunch in the park, on the community center's patio. We were joined for lunch by Carol HIRSCH Chartrand (one of my fellow Marines) and Lucille Knutson (Paul Knutson's mother), who brought her wonderful homemade chocolate chip cookies and an absolutely delightful rice pudding to go with our deli delights. A good time was enjoyed there also, with further reconnecting, telling stories, a lot of laughter, and brief entertainment was provided by that "Wacko," Pappy. I have included some pictures along with some provided by Nonie Mansfield, of the bike ride and the following recovery period, and there may be more yet to come, from the other riders. Approaching the end of this posting, I can't help but comment on the condition of my own end, after making it back to the food (I mean the center). My posterior was really aching after that ride. My ol' buddy, Bill Byrd and I discussed, throughout the entire ride, a very sore subject ... the skinny little seats that come on these modern bicycles. We concluded that whoever designed these seats was an expert, majoring in intensive, sadistic torture. I think that my prostate has all but disappeared, as I'm sure that it was suppressed and squashed into screaming submission, and I will defy my doctor to ever find it again, come time for my next exam. Forget it Doc! It's gone, disappeared, and completely KAPUT. I'm still considering replacing the seat (which distinctly resembles an unpadded 2 X 4, mounted skinny side up) on "Burford," my mountain bike, with a seat off of a John Deere Tractor or even a cushy padded office chair (with legs removed). My recliner is just too big! Now, it wasn't that I was not prepared for this situation. I had finally relocated all of the padding accessories that I had acquired previously (but seemed to have misplaced back when I was attempting to train for this two-wheeled, geriatric gymkhana). So, for this ride, I had a cushy sheepskin cover stretched over my jell-filled "skinny excuse of a seat," and I was wearing biker's brief style underpinnings (complete with jell-filled insert), and bulbous butt-looking, bike rider's shorts, also equipped with a generous jell-filled liner. When I rode, I sat about three inches higher than normal (but, you know that I ain't normal). When I walked, I'm sure that I looked just like an old, exceptionally bow-legged cowboy or a stumbling tiny tot with a full load in his diapers. Well, friends and neighbors, despite all of that padding ... my butt still hurt. But, that's enough on that subject. However, I still remain on a personal quest for the ultimate, seasoned citizen's, comfy bike riding seat. And, I am reminded of some strange experiences when I was attempting to train up for this bike riding rendezvous. I have described some of my training efforts in earlier postings. But looking back, when I first proposed organizing this ride to the committee, back in June or so (seems like years ago, now), I was certain that I had all of the time in the world to get in shape. However, a few other things got in the way, so finally with only two weeks left, I forced myself to dig out Burford, blew the dust off of him, aired up his tires, and figured that if I really got into it ... I could easily do a few hundred miles or more before the reunion. So, my training began with earnest. But, Earnest was no help at all. In fact, I never saw him. Well ... on separate days, I did complete a four mile weave and wobble, a seven mile patient peddling, and a 12 mile huff and pump, and the next thing I knew ... the reunion was upon me. Where did the time go? But, it was not all bad. I found my training rides to be fun ... somewhat torturous, but actually fun. Neighborhood dogs seemingly recognized that I was in distress from the narrow gauge railing, masquerading as my bike seat, so they tried to help me by joyously barking and running out and grabbing my feet in an apparent effort to help me peddle. The driver's of passing farm trucks, pickups, cars, and the occasional motorcycle celebrated my endeavor by whizzing by me in very close proximity, obviously in an effort to create a strong tailwind to help pull me on my way. And best of all, a shapely young lady once overtook me, flashing by on her speedy racer bike, giving me a one fingered salute (no, it was her index finger), offering her wobbling hind end for my viewing inspiration and motivation ... if I could just keep up with her. But, before I knew it, she was a mile ahead of me. Now when she zipped by me, I was clipping along at an erratic, heart pumping speed ... ranging between, oh, maybe two or three miles per hour (according to my speedometer), just as we passed a 35 mph speed limit sign. So, I was really tempted to report her ... because I am sure that she must have been hitting speeds close to 100 mph! I know, 'cause that shapely hinny became soooo tiny in the far distance, in no time at all, and then completely disappeared. Dang it! Oh well, I think that now that I'm kinda in the groove, I will keep up this riding, as long as Burford can keep dragging me out on road and trail, and maintain himself in the upright position, and continue to flounder along. After the ride, I finally got caught up on my sleep (a little bit) Sunday night (actually about 12 hours worth of not just sleep, but "blessed sleep") and my sit upon felt better, so Jeanne and I joined Bill Byrd, for dinner on Monday evening, his last night in town, as he was leaving early on the next morning (Tuesday) to go back to his home in Colorado. But, that next morning, Bill called to say that Delta Airlines had overbooked his flight, so he was in town for another day and night. I couldn't let an old friend just sit around with nothing to do, so I picked him up and we spent a few hours at the CREHST Museum (Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology), where we ran into John Corder, the '59er classmate, who used to have red hair. I reminded him that mine used to be very dark brown. So, we mutually agreed that it must have been something released into the air or water, when we were kids. The three of us reviewed pictures and displays of Hanford, Richland, and Alphabet Houses and completed more Bomber talk. Bill, Jeanne, and I finished off the day with a late lunch and I dropped Bill off at the Pasco Red Lion, but I have not heard from him this morning (Wednesday), so he must have been able to fly out ok. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ For the first time in a few weeks, lounging peacefully, back home on the range in Burbank, WA, where today the skies "are" cloudy all day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Did you ever have that feeling when you are barefooted walking in the middle of the night and no lights are on and you step on some raisins and you're not sure if you should even turn on the lights to identify the goo squeezing between your toes? Photos that remind me of red skeleton. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ from again soggy near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 'Nuther Bomber Babe Birthday ok... it's that time again on September 10th... I must apologize to my email partners in crime study group for being outa the loop... been (still) in trial and it is a bit time consuming so I haven't had time to read or respond to anything lately... Also I learned that the legislature has made appropriations for 7 new judges down here... I guess several people have already made it known they are running for at least 4-5 of the slots... the judge I'm in front of told me today I need to stake out my spot... I told most people several months ago I won't be running... with this economy I can't even pay back the moola I spent on my last bid... besides... I've never had a hole lotta respect for people who run and run and run soooooooooooooo... life's a something and then ya die... or something like that... also... every night for the last several nights when I hang up my suit there is an extra wooden hanger in my closet... I mean every night... tonight when I got home... sure enough... two hangers there... one for my suit... one extra... after I hung up my suit tonight I looked to make sure all hangers were occupied and wham... another empty hanger... I am not going to watch any more horror stories on TV no matter how good they seem... so if any of you learn I've been absorbed by a closet full of empty hangers just remember this little message... ok? And for all you Beatles fans... get out there and buy buy buy... number nine... number nine... number nine... now... confession time... as seems to happen more and more these days... I find myself wishing Happy Birthday to one of those fine Bomber Babes that I regret never asking out... it is pretty funny to find out what a slacker I was... I mean there's just a ton of those girls out there... but then again... thinking of how rocky some of my romances were... as a result of me asking someone else out... maybe I saved myself a whole lot of agony (one girl actually slipped a sympathy card into my car when she saw it parked outside another girl's house... luckily no anthrax powder was in it)... so let me introduce to you... a girl I've dug for all these years HAPPY BIRTHDAY Donna Fredette ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/11/09 ~ WE REMEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mike Clowes ('54) David Rivers ('65), Dwight Carey ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy Lomon ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Wingfield ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ingram ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnn Malley ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heidi Davis ('00) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Stan McDonald & Dorothy McDonald ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: 39th birthdays To: Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! The Golden years are great, huh? Anyway it beats the alternative. Haven't seen you in a number of years, come on up one of these Club 40s. Love, -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Reunions Today, I will be on the road toward Bomberville and my class's 55th reunion. I can only wish that more class members could be there. but who knows who will show up for the Saturday afternoon event, let alone the club 40 evenings. Rumors have filtered down this way, that a certain member of the Class of '59 may have "cheated" during the river bike ride. Some say that his "bike" was motorized and had either training wheels or three wheels. It is hard to dispute these claims, when the person in question offered no photographic evidence of himself on a bicycle. Sure, there were pictures of him in cycling "togs", and hanging about with a group that had bikes. But, alas, not one picture of him or his "trusty steed." If this continues, he may be banned from Saturday matinees at the Village Theater. See some of you soon, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from sunny and pleasant Mount Angel, OR, where the countdown to Octoberfest has begun **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Wolverines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 9/11/2009 We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. God Bless America! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: Pappy Swan ('59) Your story of the bike ride during your reunion was great!! That was a good idea for the reunion. The John Deere tractor seat doesn't sound bad! I have the same trouble riding my own bike! Re: Hand Drug Store post card on eBay Question: Does anybody know where the Hand Drug Store was in North Richland?? I don't remember this store? -Dwight Carey ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/12/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Conner ('52), Kenny Gardner ('54) Mike Clowes ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Dave Sowden ('62 & 63wb) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Baird ('46) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) To: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: Hands Drug Store on eBay yesterday's Sandstorm Hand's Drug was on the same street as the Post Office and Hermans - only on the corner of the next block. We used to go in and order five cent cokes. With cherry flavoring, sometimes. We were given the same service as if we had ordered the twenty cent milk shake, or the ten cent coke. Sometimes not all that met with us had the five cents, and they didn't mind us sitting around and talking for long stretches. They also sponsored our "cool" red satin uniforms for Softball and Basketball. Big writing on the back, "HANDS DRUG STORE".... I'd love the picture, and would gladly pay the $6 or whatever fee, but I don't have Pay Pal access. So what ELSE could I do? -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kenny Gardner ('54) Re: Happy Belated Anniversary To Harold (Long John) Gibson & Baret Ann McIntyre ('53) on 6/25/09 Hi to my old friend Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) -Kenny Gardner ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: North Richland Drug Store on eBay yesterday's Sandstorm The Drug Store was located on the north side of 6th. To the north of it was the grocery store, and to the west was the North Richland Tavern. One block south was the North Star Theater. There was also a park close by. Loved the caption. Didn't realize North Richland was there in the 1900's. It came into being when the workers were moved out of Hanford. Off to the big party, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ reporting from Mount Angel, OR, where the weather guessers promise a warm week-end **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: David Rivers ('65) Well said, David and A Great Quote!! AAAAMEN on that one!!!! Semper Fi Gus HEELS TO THE WIND!!!!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Reunions My fellow, humor loving Bomber, Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), please keep in mind that Burford (my now infamous mountain bike), and I are both really bashful, so no pictures ... please! Damn paparazzi! And, alright I confess, Burford is motorized ... with playing cards, fastened with clothespins, to make that "blatttttah" sound as I pump along ... I could not afford a real motor, because I spent all of my money registering for reunions. I had planned to strip myself and Burford to the bare essentials and streak the park, but my fellow '59ers firmly reminded me that I am ... bashful, so they super glued my riding togs onto me. Ehhh, ok that's probably for the better, but an old guy's gotta have a little fun, once-in-a-while, doesn't he? And, I have a correction, Bob/Mike ... Burford was center, rear stage in one picture, proving that at least he was there and that he is a bigger ham than I. But, I do miss those Saturday matinees at the Village Theater. And, Bill Byrd ('59) and I were just reminiscing about those, a couple of days ago when looking at the pictures in the CREHST Museum. Also, my recent trials and tribulations with that abusive seat on Burford, whom, I really do ride (with training wheels, when no one is around, since it effectively reduces Burford's tendency to wobble) have prompted me to consider forming yet another organization, to be known as "TSSBSSS" (The Skinny Sadistic Bicycle Seat Survivors Society." Is that too much? And, tell me the truth, do those bike riding shorts really make my butt look big? And now for a "little" bit of more seriousness. I have included some more pictures relating to the Class of '59's 50th Reunion, including a historical picture of the Marines of our class, Elsa DeLaPUENTE Osborne, Carol HIRSCH Chartrand, Pat HARRISON Turner, and yours truly, George Swan. Being the ranking member of the group, I attempted to conduct the ladies to a picture taking position, with a session of close order drill. However, they just blew it off, and took the situation well in hand, straggling along deep, in lady talk. So much for any surviving Marine Corps Discipline. Semper Fi Lady Marines! Not present for the picture was John Worrel ('59) also served in the Marine Corps. And, I have sent a couple of pictures of the B Reactor tour, that I remembered to snap, when not caught up in reuniting with classmates. There is a picture of the last meeting of the reunion committee (for stuffing envelopes with pictures and memory books), which does not include all members, by any means. I just happened to remember to bring a camera that day. I have another batch of actual reunion pictures, which I will send ... as soon as I feel reasonably confident that I have accurately identified all classmates/spouses. And finally, for those who have asked about my, not so little pups (8 months old on 9/9), I have included a picture of Pappy and Bella/Me'a, taken on the morning of the B Reactor Tour, hence Pappy's reunion attire. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Dateline: Burbank, WA, September 11, 2009, where it is a nice sunny day and it is now time to get ready to go to the Club 40 Annual Meeting (not reunion ... meeting). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62 & 63wb) To: Dave Rivers ('65) I learned that back Bomber land many years ago but I'm sure they stopped using it sometime back. Wolverines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Might be the only option left. -Dave Sowden (WB '62-'63) ~ Forest City, NC where we are witnessing the death of something beautiful. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Thank Jack Gilchrist ('65) Peter Joe Carrol ('65), as he is fond of doing, sent me a wonderful article from the TCH about our '65er bro, Jack Gilchrist and a Viet-vet monument Jack had done at his home in BC. By the way... Jack is listed as missing at our class web page... he ain't missin no more kids he's livin on 7th street in BC so let's get that fixed... Jack, Thank you and Welcome Home, Bro. Please, show up next time the '65ers get together... I mean that from the bottom of my heart. -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/13/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Pat Leibel ('54), Burt Pierard ('59), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Janet Wilgus ('59) and Tom Beaulieu ('59) Mike Brady ('61), David Rivers ('65) Mike Hogan ('70) and Lori Simpson ('70) Gary Schauer ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Howard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Clugston ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Standefer ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Hodson ('05) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven Adair ('08) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Leibel Collins ('54) Re: Class Of '51 - Pictures of 25 Year and 50 Year Class Reunions Thanks to Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) who so graciously provided subject pictures to my husband, Frank Collins (also known as "F.D."). Both Frank, who joined the Navy before graduating H.S. (he later graduated from U.W.), and my sister, Joyce Leibel Adrian (RIP), belonged to Class of 1951; therefore, the pictures were doubly meaningful. While Frank did not attend his class reunions, we both finally made it to our first class reunion in 2004--my Class of 1954's 50th Class Reunion. There were many familiar names/faces who also represented other classes as well to feed into our fading memory banks in attempting recollections. Boy, how time flies when you are having fun--and how the years roll by! Thanks again, Doreen. -Pat Leibel Collins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: '59er 50th I believe that the "Last Great Class of the Fifties" (Credit to John Northover ['59 - RIP]) has set a new standard in Bomberland - our Foreign Exchange student, Goran Hultkrantz, came all the way from Sweden to attend our 50th [emphasis on 50th] Reunion. I haven't researched it but I don't believe any other Class can match that! To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Slight correction to your presumably excellent recollections of North Richland - North Richland was developed for the HEW Phase II Construction which started in 1947 (same with the Ranch House development and also the year when they changed from Richland Days to Atomic Frontier Days). Hanford Camp closed in February 1945. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George"Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Class of '59 House Keeping Details There must be an axiom, postulate, unwritten Rule, rule of thumb, theory, Murphy's-like Law, or just down-right chance, or fact that if one writes to a public forum enough, sooner or later, and more likely than unlikely, mistakes, misnomers, and just plain goofs will be made. In an effort to clear up some of my own recent ones I offer the following: 1. My ol' buddy Burt Pierard ('59), the Walking Wikipedia of Hanford and Richland Information, tells me that I labeled the old school remains on the Hanford Project incorrectly. Rather than being the "Old White Bluffs High School Building," it is actually the "Old Hanford High School Building." Thanks Burt. 2. So many names -- So little time! In listing names of classmates in postings and picture captions, I have checked and rechecked the spelling of each, each time, before submitting a write up to Alumni Sandstorm. So, if I misspell anyone's name, please let me know and I will get it right. 3. There "are" indeed, five Marines in the Class of '59 (of whom we are aware): Elsa DeLaPUENTE Osborne, Carol HIRSCH Chartrand, Pat HARRISON Turner, and yours truly, George Swan, and John Worrell (who did not attend the reunion). If anyone knows of any other Marines in our class, please let me know. Please note: There is no such thing as an EX-Marine. Once a Marine ... you know the drill. And, a final note: John Adkins ('62), is compiling a list of all Bombers, from all classes, who served in the military. This is for the All Bomber Reunion to be held in 2010. I am attempting to put a list together for him of those '59ers who served. Soon, I will submit, it and ask Maren to run it in Alumni Sandstorm, and in turn, ask the classmates of '59 to help me get it correct. This list would also include our deceased, "unable to find," and "just simply don't wanna be found" classmates whom we know served in our military forces. And, John will probably be asking some in the other classes to help him, by doing the same. And, we thank you for your support! Semper Fi (Always Faithful) and that motto could also apply to Richland Bombers. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the sun's up and I'm getting ready for the Club 40 tour of our Alma Mater, the Club 40 Business Meeting, Patty Jones Ahrens' ('60) All Bomber Luncheon, and then a much looked forward to ... nap. In my younger days, if I tried to take a nap, it never worked. Now, all I have to do is start reading or watching TV and ... I immediately nod off. I guess maybe its just about time for a park bench and pigeons. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) and Tom Beaulieu ('59) Re: Reunion Memories Ah, the 50th Reunion of Class of 1959: The reunion was a success and it was great touching base with those we had not seen in 50 yrs. I fully expected those same faces not to have changed!!! I can truly say that David Macy looked exactly like he did in 1959 only "hunkier!!" It was fun to hear Alan Waggoner's wife inquire of Tom and Alan, "Which of you was the most nerdy???" I had an answer for that one!!! They were both in the Rocket Society!! The Reunion Booklet: The editors had fun with our entry. We sent one entry in to serve for both of us, thus, it was written in 3rd person; i.e., Tom did this, Janet does that, etc., with a note saying "please do not edit." Well, as soon as the editor changed 3rd person to 1st, (I instead of Tom, for instance) it went downhill quickly. I don't mind taking credit for Tom's illustrious career, but I think we all know that it is quite a promotion from secretary and counselor to IBM Scientist/Manager!!! I just knew we were in trouble when the first words were: "Mostly lived in CA." We never wrote that!!! (Wonder what state of altered consciousness we were in when we were NOT "mostly living" there?) And the editing, unnecessarily, went on but no changes so egregious as previously mentioned. We are looking forward to the 75th and 100th reunions!! However, an intense "fear of editing" will prevent us from sending an entry into the handbook! Never mind that it is quite probable that we won't be "mostly living" anywhere then??!! -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) and Tom Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Disneyland Half-Marathon I finished 13th in my age group (65-69) at the Disneyland Half Marathon last Sunday. My son finished in the top third of his age group. The highlights of the race included running through Disneyland, Anaheim Stadium and finishing at California Adventure. Along the route there were bands, musical groups and cheerleaders rooting for us. I plan on running with my son in the Phoenix Rock & Roll Half Marathon in January. He lives in Phoenix. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: "Doc", Jr. It's a great day on the 13th for one of our own... haven't known this guy all his life but a good part of it... a really special friend and known his dad for a very long time... this one can brag about having gone faster than his father (and I) ever went in the driver's seat in a short space... (I have gone as fast but only on the freeway... long story... did it once and not since... I don't think anyway) this kid can do the quarter in nuthin' flat and come out the other side grinnin' from ear to ear... if he plays his card right and listens carefully he may well be a great motor builder like his dad... the ol man has gear oil runnin' thru his veins... 140 weight I think... so have a really HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Steven Adair ('08)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Hogan ('70) and Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Re: '70 in '10 PLANNING Meeting Hi, the class of '70 is having their initial 40th reunion [planning] meeting. If you are interested in helping it will be at 7pm at the Richland Community Center's North Room. We hope to see you there.. [When Lori and Mike let us know, I'll pass along the DATE. -Maren] -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Schauer ('84) Re: JD Covington's recognition celebration To: Vicki Steichen Bricker ('67) Thank you very much for posting the information about JD Covington's recognition celebration for Friday night. It was pulled together in only 5 short days (Covy's family was contacted on Monday asked if they could get him to the game) and they did a good job of getting the word out. I rallied for the cause and drove over Friday afternoon from Redmond and was glad I did as there was a good turnout of ~ 50 past players from just about every year that JD coached and many of his assistant coaches over the years (Bob Elsensohn, Lonnie Peirson, Jim Qualheim, Steve Potter, Ken Olson). We all had a chance to re- introduce ourselves to JD and express how much he meant to us as a coach. He battling some health problems, but took as much of it in as he could and was truly touched by the entire experience as they brought him out onto the track in front of the home stands before the game and said a few great words while he was surrounded by his family, friends, former players and coaches. They dedicated the first play of the game to him, striking an old formation and running his favorite play the 44 dive. It gained 5 yards (maybe they need to keep that in the play book as it was a long night for the Bombers, otherwise). The season will be dedicate to JD and the players will get the old Longhorns recognitions stickers on their helmets as the season progresses. A great event and it was nice to see the home stands well populated for a beautiful, warm, fall night. They should consider doing more of these recognition events for past great Bomber coaches, while they're still around. I'm thinking that basketball coach Phil Neill ('66) should be getting one soon for all the successful years he has put into the Richland basketball program. This night was for JD Covington and it meant a lot to everyone involved. Especially JD and his family. I don't know who was all responsible for organizing the event, but great job pulling it together. And thanks for the great memories, Coach Covington! -Gary Schauer ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>"Pat" Norton Horne ('46) ~ 6/26/28 - 9/4/09 >>Lonnie Cook ('82) ~ 6/8/64 - 9/5/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/14/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike Brady ('61), Helen Cross ('62) John Adkins ('62), Susan Nussbaum ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Ramerman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa Holmes ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Went to see Keith Urban Saturday night.. that guy puts on a show! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Exchange Students attending Reunions Agneta Bjorklund Strand ('62-RIP), one of our 2 exchange students that year, attended our 40th class reunion with her host sister, Carole Johnston Berg ('62) and their husbands. Sadly, Agneta passed away in 2007 in Sweden, and in fact, her husband had even died suddenly since the reunion, also. So I wasn't sure if Burt Pierard ('59) was referring to an exchange student attending a reunion, or that the exchange student attended the 50 class reunion for their class. If that is the case, I hope that Vivian Gericke Horak ('62), our other exchange student, who is from and still lives in South Africa, will be able to attend our 50th in 2012, not that far in the future... [Class of '59 JUST had their 50 year reunion... that's what Burt was talking about. -Maren] I am currently enjoying lovely weather in Roseburg, OR, after a whirlwind week of seeing family and friends across Washington. It was a great few days, even if the Cougs did lose yesterday in Seattle. We did have fabulous weather in Seattle for the game. We were at Lake Pend Orielle briefly with some non-Bomber friends, and our youngest son has finally got a change to see the beauty that is Washington. He still prefers cities, and I'm afraid, only Seattle really qualified for that to him... (but he's young and may well become educated about the value of small towns yet.) We are really enjoying this wonderful weather as we are cruising down through Oregon, stopping only for the Bengals opening football game, as we journey on to our oldest son's wedding tomorrow just south of S. Lake Tahoe... Went to a really spirit-filled church service in Roseburg this morning. It does us both good to attend services we aren't in charge of. I always love being in the west again, especially the Pacific Northwest, one of God's greatest gifts to us, and it has also been a special blessing to get to spend these l0 days with our youngest son, now 29, who is taking his first vacation in years, since he did finally finish his college degree at Claumet-Purdue. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: A Bomber Project worth your Time I have started a project to identify as many and all, or however it works out, Bombers who have served in the Military. I will enlist any and all sources of information. If you served in the Military, let me know what branch, when, your rank, as much or as little information you might care to share. Let me know also, other Bombers that you know served. My goal is to have this accomplished by next summer - and I need the help of all of you. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland (Sgt, US Army - 1965 - 1968) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Area Bomber Luncheon There will be a Boise area Bomber luncheon on Saturday, September 26, at 11:30 a.m., at Goodwood Barbecue off the connector near Costco and the Edwards Theaters. I know that several are already planning to attend. If others of you are able to join us, please email me to let me know. Then I'll make the appropriate arrangements with the restaurant. It's been about a year since we've gotten together, so I hope many of you will attend. It will be fun to catch up after so many months... -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ Boise, ID where we had another beautiful, sunny day with temps in the 80s. Aren't we fortunate to live in the great Northwest?! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Angela RHODES Parker ('88) ~ 8/22/70 - 9/4/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/15/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Harris ('49), Mary Rose ('60) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Shirley Collings ('66), Rick Valentine ('68) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Forrest GOODENOW Terry ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Derrith PERSONS ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Great to see all the Bombers and share some lies! We're off to Tasmania tomorrow, so I have more to lie about! Actually, we need to see a dear friend, who has cancer, before we are unable to do so! Our son, Scott, is going with us and we'll stop to see some friends in New South Wales, in the Lower Blue Mountain Area before heading home on the 30th of this month! I apologize for accepting the two raffle prizes, but I needed something to give to Bonnie for our 56th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday night! Catch ya later, mate! Dick and Bonnie -Dick Harris ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) I am so proud of my daughter that I just have to share with others. She completed the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure for Cancer yesterday in the Seattle area. They walked 20 miles per day for 3 days. She raised $2,300 in contributions and said the blisters and sore muscles and joints were all worth it. Then, this morning I had a call from her 2 1/2 year old son and he informed me that Mommy and Daddy are having a little sister for him. Of course they don't know yet what it will be but he wants a little sister. This being a grandma has come late in my life but has brought more joy than I thought was possible. -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT where it is starting to turn cold and a little rainy and I still want summer!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) had the PET scan this morning--Monday--9-14-09---had to be there at 7:15---scan didn't actually start til 8 and was done by 9:30. BUT, I scared the tech and his assistant cause the minute I saw that "donut" I KNEW I wasn't getting inside that blasted thing!!!!! immediately stared crying and was shaking like a leaf and just not able to calm down at all!!!!!! he finally let me lay down on the table, showed me just how close the top would come over my face---gave me a towel to put over my eyes---- finally calmed down a little, took the pill, got the IV, waited about half an hour for the pill to take effect, then crawled into that tube! cancer ain't for wimps, so I keep wondering what the heck I am doing with this blasted disease!!!!!!!! *grin* I am the BIGGEST wimp to ever come down the road!!!!!!!!! the IV with the sugar-radioactive solution didn't bother me one blasted bit, but going in that skinny tube, with my face "thisclose" to the top just freaks me out!!!! took the Antivan(very mild sedative), but still was nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof!!!!!!!!! they strapped my hands down, which freaked me out, too. the tech did play a Patsy Cline CD the entire time, so that helped, but I wasn't allowed to talk or make noise, of which I am pretty sure he was very happy, since I can't carry a tune in a bucket and singing in that tube would have probably given him a headache!!!!!! *grin* tomorrow, is the "open" MRI and will take another Antivan for that one. that isn't so bad, cause it's more open and my head isn't enclosed in a skinny little opening! *grin* now am ready to take a nap, since I was awake, half the night, worrying about this blasted scan!!!!! thanks, again, Bombers for all your support, prayers, and advice. I am hearing from a lot of you and it really does help with all this. think the worst part is the unknown, cause am going places and into territory that I have never done before. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......we actually got a few drops of rain this morning---we have a slight wind blowing and it's still cool outside. this is MY Kind of weather, so maybe God figured my day was gonna be stressful, He'd give me some nice weather. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: facebook and stuff I am so dull when it comes to computers. I keep getting messages that so and so has done such and such on facebook. Ok I joined facebook because of an organization I belong to and for the life of me can't remember the why or wherefore beyond that... but I did... so when I try and find these things that are spozed ta be posted there half the time I can't find them... I gots lotsa friends on facebook but have no clue how to really keep in touch with them... isn't email easier... prolly not... but if you have posted something on my facebook page and I have not responded it's just cuz I only go there if an email suggests I should... That said, Our own Mr. Simpson ('65) finally got ONE of the pictures from our summer gathering sent off... still haven't seen any from the school, but he did send the one from the scavenger hung when Cliff Nelson, Beaver, Lyman and I (all '65ers) found the Art Dewald sign in the School Architect's garage... he claimed to have been keeping it there to protect it... sure... I'll protect the crown jewels too if I ever run across them... We called 911 and they sent SWAT out right away... we were told that the sign would be back up on the gym the next day... sure sure... -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Prayers are needed for Swine Flu victim Please pray for Jowed Hadeed (pronounced Joe Ed Ha deed) a HHS '01 graduate who is on life support in a Seattle hospital due to having contacted Swine Flu after his band played at WSU the weekend of September 5-6. A week ago he was given a 50% chance of survival. He has been in a doctor-induced coma for a week plus being on the life support. He has a blood clot in his arm. He will be removed this week from the life support system. Please pray for his full recovery. WSU has been in the news for having over 2,000 students contacting the Swine Flu, more than any other college or university in the country. This is the link to a letter from WSU President Elson Floyd called "Coping with the Flu:" President Floyd kind of down plays the number of actual Swine Flu victims. Your prayers are truly appreciated ~ -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) The September Spokane Bomber Lunch will be next Sunday, September 20th. Lunch will be held at the The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wall Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Resraurant serves Breakfast and Lunch anytime, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out of towners welcome... see you there... Any Questions or need directions contact me... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: JD Just want to say that the salute to JD Covington Friday night at Fran Rish Stadium was pretty nice. A good crowd on hand. If there would have been a good football game it would have been better. JD was our town's version of Friday Night Lights and Texas football in the '70s and the '80s. Not sure how old he is but I had him for geometry at age 16 in 1971, so add up the years from there. It was a great experience playing for him. Our '73 classmate Steve Hamblin was the head ref for the game. On another note last Saturday there was a concert in Columbia Park at the south end near the old lagoon. Some young promoters want to start a concert series there and it went well for a first effort. The headliner was the Robert Cray Band and also Lee Ritenour and 2 opening acts. It was great weather and food, beer, and wine, and a real good atmosphere. I hope it continues for the area and they can book some good entertainment. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In warm Richland where the temps are under 90 for now and the mornings a little cooler for the trek to work. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/16/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Betty Bell ('51), John Adkins ('62) Marie Ruppert ('63), Lynn Dodson ('66) Robert Avant ('69) Mike Hogan ('70) and Lori Simpson ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen KLEINPETER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy MOORE ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Easy Swing Band will play for the Richland Seniors Association's All-Ages dance on Friday, September 18 from 1pm to 4pm at the Richland Community Center. Cost is $5 at the door and pre-packaged finger foods are always welcome. Hope to see you there! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: A Bomber Project worth your Time There has been just a great response to my request for information regarding military service of Bombers. But I need more, if you served in the military let me know (Branch of Service, years of service, highest rank, also, if you can, identify others you know about, and let anyone who does not read the Sandstorm know about this project, I really want to identify all Bombers who served in the Military. I have started a project to identify as many and all, or however it works out, Bombers who have served in the Military. I will enlist any and all sources of information. If you served in the Military, let me know what branch, when, your rank, as much or as little information you might care to share. Let me know also, other Bombers that you know served. My goal is to have this accomplished by next summer - and I need the help of all of you. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland (Sgt, US Army - 1965 - 1968) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) We need Bombers' prayers for my sister, Joanne Ruppert Crook ('66wb). She is living in Ocean Shores, WA. She and her husband, Dick, own the $2.00 Only store there. She came home from the hospital last Tues. 9/8 and has been set up with Hospice care. Her daughter, Connie, came down from Healy, AK to care for her. As usual, she is in great spirits and doing very well considering the battle she is fighting with this breast cancer. Anyone who would like to send her a card or e-mail may contact me for her addresses. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) Re: Hip Replacement Surgery For anyone facing hip replacement surgery, I now have the inside scoop on what this entails (I am 3 weeks post surgery). It was not exactly a "spa" experience, but relatively atraumatic -- especially since the Bomber network is alive and well and through it I received a get well visit from Ken Fortune ('66) during my hospital stay (he works at Swedish and found out I was having surgery and looked me up to say "Hello"). So let me know if I can be a resource for any of you facing replacement parts of this nature. -Lynn DODSON Stedman ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: North Sound Lunch Is there some enthusiasm for a North Puget Sound Bomber Lunch in Lynnwood.. Everett..?? on an ongoing basis? I will once more attempt to get it organized, as herding cats is less stressful than organizing lunches for expatriate "Bombers". Please send notes of interest to my email or send a note to my email and I shall condescend to sending you my 24 hour phone number. -Robert AVANT ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Hogan ('70) and Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Re: '70 in '10 PLANNING Meeting Oops! The date for the class of '70 planning meeting at the Community Center will be Thursday, Sept. 17th @ 7pm, North Room. -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) and Mike HOGAN ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jack McCLEARY ('58) ~ 2/10/40 - 9/8/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/17/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jay Siegel ('61), Linda Reining ('64) Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BELT ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marvin McDONALD ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dena EVANS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jody WHEELER ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) Re: 50th Reunion information The time has come to start updating the class roster getting ready for our 50th - its only 2 years away. I will be handling the information as long as I am able but the job will be going to another later on. Send any changes or confirmations to I will try to acknowledge all emails. If you have information about friends send that also, let us try to make this a true reunion, a rejoining of all our classmates possible. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay SIEGEL (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Marie Ruppert Hartman('63) re:prayers/comfort for your sister, Joanne Ruppert Crook('66WB) will keep her in my prayers and thoughts. since I am also dealing with that "c" word, I can tell you from experience that the Bomber network is GREAT and the prayers, words of support and comfort that I have received from Bombers has been wonderful and they really do mean a lot!!!!! your sister is part of a huge "family" and it still amazes me just how wonderful this group is. tell her she will have many, many hugs, thoughts, words of comfort, and prayers coming her way from all of us. Bombers really are a unique bunch!!!!!! -Linda REINING(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....triple digits are returning to Bakersfield, CA!!!!! darnitt **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Area Bomber Lunch 'n' Slots Reminder The September Spokane Bomber Lunch will be next Sunday September, 20th. Lunch will be held at the The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wall*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch anytime, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers and their families and friends are welcome... the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/18/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tony Duran ('55), John Adkins ('62) Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie SHEARD ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: Bomber Illness Just wanted to let everyone know that a fellow classmate and alumni is battling some colon and stomach cancer. Jack MORRIS ('55) has been traveling all over this great country of ours in his motor home since he retired and sold his Seattle business. His wife Carol (nab) called me yesterday to tell me that after leaving the Canadian and Colorado Rockies traveling south to southern Colorado, they got to Delta, CO where Jack became quite ill. They went to the ER there where it was determined that he needed surgery. Colon surgery was needed and he is now on chemo. Please keep him in your prayers that he will be able to cope and handle his problems. -Tony DURAN ('55) ~ Wichita/Derby, KS where it has cooled down to a comfortable 72 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Bomber Military Service Project The response has been terrific so far. I have a stack of about 100 responses here on my desk. That doesn't cover it though - If you served in the military send me your information. Most everyone is giving me their name, year of graduation, branch of service and highest rank attained. If you want to share more, I'd be happy to have it. But - let us know - the whole idea is to identify all Bombers who served - so if you have friends, brothers - sisters - whatever - let me know. And thanks in advance. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland - good weather and Sausage Fest starts tomorrow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) met with the lung specialist on Wednesday, 9-16, and the lesion on the left lung is still the same, no changes, still a complete circle, still 1.6cm. he had the results of the PET scan and the MRI---the PET scan shows nothing with the lung, so I told him I was NOT going to have the bronchial scope--he agreed that it wasn't necessary, but he had to offer to do it cause it was ordered by the oncologist, who is now in charge of my care. well, I don't see the need to have it, so am not going to do it!!!!! besides, that's just one less time having to be under anesthesia, one less expense, and it felt damn good to tell a doctor "NO". *grin* he did say that the PET scan showed "something" on the inside wall of my left cheek, so have to have another scope, down my nose, for that!!!!!!! arrrrrrrgh BUT, no other cancer anywhere else in my body, other than the neck area, so that was a relief. he also had the MRI results---I need to "make a trip to see the wizard to get a new brain". *grin* have small, age-related changes in my brain, but NO cancers there, either. whew!!!!! speaking of the MRI----they LIED---that "open" MRI wasn't any bigger than the damn tube I was in for the PET scan!!!!!!! and, yes, I freaked out, cried, and then took the damn pill and got in the damn thing!!!!!!! they put headphones over my ears, cause that thing is LOUD, but I could still hear it---in there for 9 minutes, then out, IV with some sort of "contrast", then back in for 21 minutes!!!!!! when I saw the lung doctor, he also said that he wasn't worried about the lesion, cause I will have MANY CT scans during my treatments, so IF any changes, it will show up on that!!!!! good grief---had NO idea I'd have to be having those blasted things--am gonna have to "dig deep, pull up some Norwegian and Bomber grit" and make up my mind that I can handle that blasted tube--can't keep taking pills to get through or am gonna become a "walking zombie". *grin* thanks, again, Bombers for all your support, advice, and prayers---they are helping and very welcome. -Linda REINING(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....triple digits are returning to Bakersfield, CA--supposed to be through the weekend and into next week. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/19/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Steve Carson ('58) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny GARDNER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike LONERGAN ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris BOLKAN ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of 1954's 55 Year Reunion What a wonderful time we had last weekend seeing classmates who came to our 55th class reunion and to Club 40. Some came for the first time in 55 years and some for the first time since our 50th. Entertainment, hosted by Jim Watts ('54) and Dona McCleary Belt ('54) was a big hit! I completed a mini memory book and we had a group picture taken which were all passed out to the classmates who made it back to the Saturday night Club 40. We have extras for any classmates who would like me to send them one. Please send me an e-mail with your address and I will see that you get a copy. Both items are at "no cost"! Look forward to planning our 60th in a few years!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Still feeling a little like summer in the 80s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, it sounds like you have no shortage of activities. :) Our prayers are still with you -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ed Day ('59) Ed, if you read this, please drop me an email. I tried to get in touch with you via email, but the email address that we have for you in the memory book, did not work. Thanks. -George SWAN ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Nina Jones Rowe ('65) Re: Passing of Bomber mom, Norma Jones Our mom Norma Jones passed away at the age of 89 September 17, 2009. Her Bomber children: Joe Jones Winterhawk ('58-RIP), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Nina Jones Rowe ('65). She was a great Bomber mother who attended all Basketball games with our dad Harold Jones (RIP) in the '50s and '60s. Her 49 years in Richland gave her lots of joy before she moved to Milwaukie, OR to be near Nina. While visiting with her one time she said to me "I wonder if there is Government Housing in Heaven". She will now know. Obituary will be in the Tri-City Herald. To all of you who knew her through the years, thank you for the love you gave to her. She asked through the years about different people she knew here in Richland. Stayed in contact with many and visited a few times. One of her greatest visits was R2K. Bomber Tears -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland weather is turning into a gorgeous fall. Hoping the weather will stay the same for the funeral. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re: Bomber prayers for Jack Morris ('55) he will be getting a lot of them. they really do help. I have been on the receiving end of them, lately, and they do make a difference. had another biopsy this afternoon---they found a spot at the back of my throat, where my tonsils would be IF I still had them, so the ENT said he could do it right there in his office---told him, "okay", as long as he could numb it! yeah right!!! he sprayed something and put some sort of gel on a cotton swab and then put that on the spot, then used the "knife" and cut out a piece!!!!!! hurt like hell!!!! my oldest daughter was with and I think I squeezed all the blood out of her hands! he said there is a possibility that I will have to have further biopsy of that spot---if so, I will be "out", cause he said it would be more involved!!!! was glad I hadn't eaten anything at all today, but he said NO eating or drinking for two hours after the biopsy and I am about to starve to death!!!!!!! course, looking in the mirror, I could stand to starve a bit. *grin* should have the results of this by next Thursday or Friday. -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ Bakersfield, CA PROUD TO BE A BOMBER--this "family" is the BEST. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: MRI To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, I know what you mean about the nosiness of an MRI. I had one on my knee at the end of July and the guy put headphones on me to "drown out the noise". He said they had any kind of radio station I'd like and I almost told him '50 - '60s music but I knew I'd be moving around to the music too much so I said it didn't matter. He put on some rock station out of Seattle that was playing I assume "modern music". It was Seafair weekend so most of the time the deejay was talking or they were doing commercials. When his assistant (I'm assuming a student) came to help me up I said the headphones didn't really help and they were almost too loud for my ears. I mentioned I would have preferred oldie music but knew I'd be moving around. He said "Like who?" and I told him Elvis or singers of that time. He said, "Oh you mean the big band era?" This guy was probably young enough to be my son if not grandson and I probably rolled my eyes at that moment. By the way the headphones didn't drown out the noise and the only part of my body that was in the scanner was from the lower chest down. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we may have some more summer days but then we really haven't had much summer ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/20/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Susan Erickson ('59) and Donna Nelson ('63) Susan Nussbaum ('63), Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce KILLAND ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) & Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) Re: Wenatchee Area Bomber Lunch WHEN: Saturday, October 17th TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Applewood Grill in Wenatchee, 29 N. Columbia St. one block off Wenatchee Ave. behind Arlberg's Sports Everyone Welcome! -Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59) and Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Area Bomber Luncheon Just a reminder that Boise Area Bombers will be meeting for lunch WHEN: next Saturday, September 26 TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Goodwood Barbecue off the connector near Costco and Edwards Theaters. Nine Bombers are planning to join us so far, and we hope that more of you will decide to come. Out-of-town visitors are welcome, too! -Susan NUSSBAUM Reeb ('63) ~ Boise, ID home of the No. 10 ranked (at least at the time of this writing) BSU Broncos! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Update for Jowed Hadeed HHS '01 Swine Flu Victim in Seattle On Friday Jowed was breathing on his own for one hour, and the x-rays showed his lungs to be clear. Things are definitely looking much better for him. Thank you for your prayers. They do work! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/21/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Carol Carson ('60), Jim Hamilton ('63) David Rivers ('65), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike WAGGONER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dean HEILING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob McCOULLOGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy GEIER ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: North Sound Luncheon To: Robert Avant ('69) I live in Lynnwood and enjoyed the last luncheon you organized at the Maddox Grille. I (for one) would love to continue the lunches. Let me know if you need any help organizing. Re: My Sympathies To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a really classy lady - I worked with her at Hanford many years ago... she and my Mom (Shirley Carson) were friends. Please pass my sympathy on to Nina as well. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63), So Dean Heiling ('63) is having another birthday today, Well La-De-Dah. Now this is the guy who has everything, a "Trophy Wife", a lovely home (with zero yard), Chateaunuf-du-Pape abs (no six pack for the birthday boy), at least a 50 handicap and is now apparently is trying to reinvent his self. When last I saw him at Bomberpalooza in August he was sporting a goatee. It's too early to tell but it's a lot more Phil Jackson than Al "Jazbo" Collins. And that reminds me of his most obvious shortcoming. He's only got one chin, what a Wus or is that Wos or Whus. Regardless, he's a good guy who has overcome his High School addiction to Lucky Tiger and a subsequent affection for Lucky Lager and now he's the same age as Anita. I've said mostly nice things, I wonder when we are going to be invited over for dinner? jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays Ok... more birthdays on the 21st of September comin atcha... now the first kid is a big kid... one a them wayward kids who ended up going to law school of all things... (his mama woulda been soooooooo proud... but noooooooo he hadda be a lawyer)... He grageated from Col-Hi the year the Washington air waives were flooded with the new version of the song "Charlie Brown" as Charlie Browning when he was so successful in replacing injured Junior Downing as a Huskie halfback and then took up his own slot when Jr. healed up... now for those of you who know I know absolutely NOTHING about sports, you must be thinking (where did he pull that from)... well I was just out in the garage trying to do a better job of getting a Frankland Quickchange to breath but not throw gear oil all over my lil Phantom 1930 Studebaker Shore Patrol Paddy Wagon than was previously done at the rear end's last home... I accomplished the task and was sitting having a ciggy butt and drinking part of my daily intake of water (trying to drink more water and less coffee these days) and Charlie Brown came on Channel 5 of the trusty serius... I joined in with "Charlie Browning" as I often do and as music Hot Rods and girls have always been my weakness... the result is in this post... the other birthday boy was a little kid with me in my class and I just don't get to see enough of him... every now and then he'll stop by Brian's ('65 the architect that was hiding the Gym sign) while we are there having our blueberry pancakes and wonderful bacon on Sunday after the '65er run to Richland every year but not often enough... so please join me in wishing Dean Heiling ('63) and Bob McCoullogh ('65) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 8 To All Bombers, A BIG THANKS!!!!!!!!!! TOOOOOO MAREN!!!!!!! for putting the entries in one convenient spot!!!! Pictures from Reproduction, Girl Scouts, 305 Test Reactor Control Room with Marchant Calculators kachunk kachunk, Presentation at __________ Park across the street from the now Federal Building location (do know, just not at this time BAHH), CUP Singers???, Unknown, Reproduction again, Repo again. This past week I had the express opportunity to be a Tour Guide for the B Reactor tours. Can't wait to do it again! Perhaps some Bombers can make the trip?? Still waiting to hear from Charlie Kline's daughter (first name still stuck in brain cell cobwebs). -Don Sorensen (NAB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Picture #403 Looks more like BlueBirds than Girl Scouts. Can anybody confirm? -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/22/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Karen Cole ('55), Tom Tracy ('55) Larry Mattingly ('60), John Adkins ('62) Linda Reining ('64), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy COPPINGER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnne BUCHOLZ ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bert HAMMILL ('70wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) And this my friends is the way it should be sung... -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Picture #404 What a great picture of "Dub" Davidson, a family friend who attended our church. "Dub" arrived in Richland with the friendliest set of Southern Hospitality and manners... as ever arrived in the Nazarene Church and the City of Richland. I am eternally indebted to him and his wife, Joyce, for loaning me one of their typewriters during my senior year at RHS. It was an Underwood and worked flawlessly... although it did misspell now and again. Dub (he never used his real name... and never needed to) with friends and neighbors. He was loved and respected by all who met him. The calculator he is using in the picture, was the top-of-the- ling and state-of-the-art calculator for scientific and financial institutions... up until the late '60s... We remember the astronauts who made it back from the moon were still asking for a "reliable computer"... That machine is notorious for its sturdy attempts to solve complicated mathematical calculations... It did have one flaw, however. A couple of bankers in Boise, Idaho - during the '70s, noticed how it never gave up trying to divide zero by zero. They wondered how long it would try to find and report the answer. So, they entered the problem; started the calculation and left the bank... wondering how long the machine would try to solve it. The machine reported itself to the fire alarm sometime in the early morning hours. The two bankers turned themselves in to their boss the next morning. The machine was retired. Not sure about the two inquiring-minded bankers. Ahh, computers. in 1970, our Boston University labs were still using them. They were everywhere. At Harvard, MIT, Stanford and even Hanford. If, even the meager Commodore 64 and its software had been available to a few of us when the first astronauts returned from the moon... we could have ruled the world! I'm grateful to Mr. Sorensen (NAB) and Maren for the memorable picture of a true friendly, giant of a man... Dub Davidson. His son, Charley Davidson ('53), was the most energetic, fun-loving friend and a riot at our summer camps at Deer Lake... North of Spokane. I hope all is well in Bomberland and wherever Bombers find themselves... (I'll always remember the wonderful story Ginger Rose Reed ('55) told of her meeting an old classmate in the elevator of a Portland building)... "It's always good to know there's more than just one BOMBER in our building". Salutations to Ginger for her wonderful story... I'm sure she could have heard a pin drop as she left the elevator that day. (You have to expect exceptional greetings like that from our 1954 RHS Prom Queen... Congratulations again, Ginger ... and Sharon Templeman Watts ('55)!! (We had so many beautiful young ladies... the annual carry-forward of beauty just had to be spread around.. from the class of '55. It's nice to know there's someone out there to remind us of our good friends' friends and thoughts. Remember Richland's Golden Rule... Take good care of the Bombers (the RHS kind)... wherever you may find them. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Girl Scouts To: Don Sorensen NAB Small correction.... While I did not recognize any of the girls in the picture I did note that they were Blue Birds and if they attend the "FlyUp" they would become CampFire Girls. Both of my older girls went through it and came close one year to setting a record for selling Campfire Mints. If they were to be Girl Scouts they would have been Brownies. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [That's what I thought. Check out my Brownie uniform - it was brown. BlueBirds had blue uniforms, right everyone? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Bombers with Military Service There has been excellent response to the call for Bombers with Military Service, I must admit it is keeping me quite busy. That is what I asked for and I am pleased to be "on the job". Now I even have a couple of others working their magic. But we need more - Let me know your Branch of Service, your highest rank, and of course your name. Please give me the names of others you know were in the service, if you don't have those three items of information, give me what you have and I will try and track them down. If you have military service information on deceased Bombers, let me know that too. This really should be a remembrance of Bomber service, and all who served deserve to be remembered. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland - fall is in the air. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Time to build a web page with all you have listed... so people can look/see if they need to add themselves or others. Both class of '63 and '64 have a "military" page on their website. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Pictures from Don Sorensen #403 It's a picture of a Blue Bird troop - don't recognize any of the girls in the picture, but I was a Blue Bird(and a Camp Fire Girl) - if you look close enough, you can see the "blue bird" on the left flap/pocket of their vests. it's also on their hats. -Linda REINING(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) Re: Sorensen's pictures #404 is C.W. "Dub" Davison. #406 has a few familiar faces. Second from the left is Trueline Latting ('60) and on the far right I believe is her sister Jan Latting ('61). Some of the other faces are familiar but I can't quite place them. Fun to see. -Patricia DE LA BRETONNE ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Sorensen's Picture #403 Yes, Maren, they are Blue Birds. I was a Brownie/Girl Scout and that was not the uniform we wore. If you look closely you can see the little bird on vest of one of the girls on the floor. Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Me in my (brown) Brownie uniform. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/23/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Lora Homme ('60), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Jim Hamilton ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George ZIELINSKI ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve SIMPSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen STRAND ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert POSENAUER ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Phillips ('60) Re: Sorensen's picture #406 Starting from left to right, I believe that the singers are Nancy Jones ('60), Trueline Latting ('60), the third girl may be Janet Osborne ('61), the fourth may be Pam Shine ('60), fifth is Peggy Gagnebin ('60), sixth is Glenda Dixon ('60), seventh, Judy Coppinger ('60), eighth, Delores Nelson ('60), and the ninth and last is Judy Drotts ('59). I don't know what the occasion was but a U.S. Army insignia is above the crosses on the scarves on the podium. If any of the ladies in the picture reads the Sandstorm, maybe you can tell us. -Lora HOMME Phillips ('60) ~ in that other town across the river and down the road from home **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Sorensen Picture #406 I know that Trueline Latting ('60) is the second from the left, Peggy Gagnebin ('60) is 5th from the left, and Delores Nelson ('60) is 8th from the left, and I think Sharon Otey ('60-RIP) is 3rd from the left. To: Tom Tracy ('55) I just could not put a name to picture 404, and you came to the rescue. I remembered his face but couldn't bring up his name. My sisters and I were always "taken care of" by the members of the Nazarene Church, and Dub & Joyce were the kindest of people. Thank you for putting a name to a face I will never forget. -Suzie GUNDERSON Chiles ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To my Birthday Buddy Steve Simpson ('65) life in Kirkland isn't the same since you chogied back to Richland, albeit there is one more parking space. Right when I got the speeder back on the road, you split. I'd say that life isn't fair, except tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my last chemo. I do miss the free coffee, free Seven Up and free parking but we don't miss the drive over to Virginia Mason and the needles every other Wednesday. So Birthday Buddy, let's celebrate our health and looking forward to seeing the Fabulous Wailers next time there's a chance. Semper Bomberous jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: I must say Thank You... it's been along time since I've heard the National Anthem done that well. Great........ Thanks again -Roy BALLARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays Birthdays Birthdays That time again... three birthdays and I'm kinda stuck for time so this may be shorter than I'd like. Two of these birthdays are guys who have come thru the big C or a similar problem and are there for others going thru similar illnesses... they are both great guys (oh geeeeeeeez did I say that?!) tho the younger one may or may not be entirely sure that his birthday is on September 23rd... it is... trust me and don't believe anything he may say or email to the contrary... The third guy is a guy from my class that I don't think I've seen since graduation... he has a different name than he did back then but he's a good guy, too (hope the name change isn't due to any wanted posters)... I sure would like this kid to join us at our 45th reunion next summer... which brings me to another point... in 2000 we held our 35th at a date other than that of the All Class R2K. The turn out for R2K was great but the turn out for our 35th was a bit thin... If anybody cares... I'd sure like to see our 45th held at the same time as the All Class and I'd like them both to be the same time as Cool Desert Nights (CDNs)... I know I know... Richland does not have a ton of motels... so the answer to that is getcher reservations in early... I go to the L.A. Roadster Show, the Grand Nationals and the Hot Rod Reunion every year in small towns... I make my next year's reservation as I check out from the current year... ...nuff on that... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jimbeaux HAMILTON ('63), Steve SIMPSON ('65) and George Horne ('65 fka ZIELINSKI)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: John Adkins ('62) Re: RHS Veterans There is a list of all the class of '68 Veterans on the class website, located at There is a Memorial Page for George Rodriguez ('68-RIP) who died in Vietnam, located at There is also a page for James Mattis ('68), 4 Star General of the Marine Corps (active), located at This should be a near complete list of all the class of 1968 Veterans. Rank and Branch of service are not included (sorry) Hope this helps.... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/24/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Ruth Miles ('59), Jim Hamilton ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy CROSS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron FRYMIER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan WADE ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) My thanks to Karen COLE Correll ('55) and Roy BALLARD ('63) for their information on the remarkable rendition of the National Anthem before the Patriots-Eagles game. I found it so inspiring that I passed the URL on to the music lovers in my church. -Dick PIERARD ('52) ~ From rain-soaked Western North Carolina, where we had 9 inches at our house over the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Some more pics of Class of '59's 50th Reunion The link will take you to some more pictures of the Class of 1959's 50th Reunion. My wife, Jeanne, really did attend, but she is not in any of these pictures, because she was behind the camera. Perhaps that explains why I am in so many of them... My thanks to all of those who helped me check, double check, and make sure that I did not misidentify anyone. Hopefully, the captions are all correct (IDs, spelling, and such). If not please let me know. I was uncertain about whether a couple of spouses were bombers and, if so, their class years. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank,WA where life has once again settled down to a dull rumble... but for how long... "Oh I wonder, wonder, who, ouhhh, Bagoouh, ouhhh," or whatever the words were to that song, when I was in Chief Jo **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Sorensen's picture #406 We're making real progress on the choir singers... I am pretty confident that #3 is Barbara BROWNE ('59) and #4 is Erlynn BELLISTON (59), and I agree that last on the right is Judy DROTTS (59). Numbers 7 and 8 are making small jingles in my mind, but no names are coming up. -Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) ~ beautiful downtown Goldendale, WA where I hope the rest of the tomatoes will ripen before the first frost **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Me thinks it was Jimmy Rodgers who said, "When I was a young man never been kissed I got to thinkin' it over how much I had missed". This has nothing to do with my wishing the Birthday Girl a Happy Birthday, but the song is stuck in my head. This is the gospel or is it Gospel truth, but as a seventh grader at Fred English, I honestly thought she and Pat Murphy were sisters. Would have been a Mutt & Jeff deal but they both had white bathing suits as I recall. Maybe it was Jerry Taylor who told me, but as we all know Chico was a veritable cornucopia of misinformation. Mostly brought about from countless hours perusing the "medical books" at the Public Library and Johnny's Delicatessen. Regardless, Happy Birthday to Sister Mary Elizabeth Parker, we've only got one more year to wait before we qualify for all the Senior Specials and Mary Lou hosts another birthday party. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/25/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Lora Homme ('60) Roy Ballard ('63), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Beth PARKER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hector ALVAREZ ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy NELSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard McALLISTER ('69) BOMBER/BULLDOG ANNIVERSARY Today: Deedee WILLOX ('64) Armand Loiseau ('53 Bulldog) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) I just finished talking with John MANOR ('47). I finally got hold of his sister Lou Ann ('50) who provided me with his phone #. He couldn't talk long, as he has emphysema. He has lost a lot of weight, but he answered the phone himself. This wonderful guy went thru the WW II Pacific campaign as a Navy corpsman with the Marines. He is a genuine hero who came back to finish school in Richland. Then he did it all over again in Korea. He didn't get a scratch in either war, but now the cigs have got him. He is one of us, and deserves our prayers. One tribute, folks, would be to please stop smoking. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Phillips ('60) Re: Sorensen's picture #406 To: Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) You're right! It occurred to me that since you thought they were from the class of '59 I might find them in the 1959 Columbian and sure enough, there they all are in the 1959 Col-Hi Radio Choir. Starting from left to right, the singers are Nancy JONES ('60), Trueline LATTING ('60), Barbara BROWNE ('59), Erlynn BELLISTON ('59), Peggy GAGNEBIN ('60), Glenda DIXON ('60), Judy COPPINGER ('60), Delores NELSON ('60), and Judy DROTTS ('59). -Lora HOMME Phillips ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: R2K+10 PLANNING Meeting There will be a planning meeting of all interested people for the R2K+10 (planned for the weekend of June 25 and 26, 2010). WHEN: Tuesday, September 29 TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 PM WHERE: RHS Cafeteria We would like to see representation from all classes if possible. All are welcome. -Roy BALLARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: HB on the correct day Jimbeaux ('63) started his post on the 24th with a quote from the Camas Kid (actually the Washougal kid, he just went to Camas Hi)... But... I have it from the source that he got the date wrong (I checked it out last year because we only had a 3 day window rather than the date)... now I am always willing to be corrected to if I'm wrong... tuff beans... and speaking of tuff, the birthday girl comes from one of those dynasties of tuff as we meant it back in the '60s... oh yes yes yes... one of the best things that happened to me was moving to 1002 VanGeisen after the 5th grade... well it also got me outa some hot water I was in with the Principal at Spalding... a little something about a gang fight between the West Richland JD's and the Townie Red Devils... each of which I was the Honcho ... now I still don't know why I was blamed... I was on school patrol when it all came down... but that's another story... but when I moved across the street from the Birthday Girl and her family, my social capital increased greatly... nothing like a bunch of adolescent boys sitting at my house staring dreamily across the street... my favorite story involving the birthday girl was my father's inability to understand that ya gotta speak to the right girl to get the right response... My Pop hated duck tails and the like... he liked buzz cuts... he would shave the sides of our heads leaving this stupid top knot that was just awful... my 7th grade picture memorialized that haircut forever... so sometime around 6th grade he called over to the house across the street hoping to speak to the girl I ran around with and got one two years older instead... he suggested that it was worth a couple of bucks to him if the birthday girl would mention to me that she thought buzz haircuts with stupid top knots were dreamy... what the heck... she said sure and took the moola... her sis, my age ('65) told me all about it and we had a good laugh. Anyway, I'm told that her birthday is September 25, 2009 so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beth "Bethie" PARKER ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/26/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60), John Adkins ('62) Tom Hemphill ('62), Dennis Hammer ('64) John Fletcher ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Dwight Carey ('68), Annie Peterson ('69) Dan Laybourn ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Helen & Carol EVANS ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Larry HARROLD ('56) & Lois WEYERTS ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) At the last reunion, several asked me if I knew how to get info on Barbara MEYERS Grantham ('52). I finally contacted Artie Schell (wife of Whitey SCHELL ('51) and she told me that Barbara had died earlier this year (RIP). She joins her husband, Bobby Joe (NAB-RIP). They were close fends of Ida's and mine, but after Bob died, we just lost contact. I am feeling down about that. Later, Barb -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Can we ever really go home again? Recent events like my Class of 1959's 50th Reunion, and the annual Club 40 Meeting, both bringing Bombers together once again, have stimulated my thinking. As I have mentioned before, at my age now, sometimes I sit and think, but mostly I just sit. So, hopefully this sudden outburst of spontaneous thinking will be worthwhile to share with all. So, there I was... thinking that... they say, "You can never really go home again." Well, I like the idea of going home, to revisit people and things, as remembered after all of these years. But, "they" say that I cannot. But, who are "they?" "They" seem to be often quoted, but they are elusive entities whom one can never find, to ask about some of these things... that they are supposed to have said. In other words, "they" say stuff, but never stick around to back it up or explain themselves. Therefore, since "they" are once more, unavailable for comment, let's see if we can analyze this "Home Boy" thing for ourselves. It seems to me that there are several concepts of this "going home" thing. Here are a few that come to my mind. Perhaps you can think of others. "Home" can describe the physical dwelling where we reside, at various stages of our lives, like where we were born, where we lived while growing up, where we live after leaving the nest, where we live throughout our lives, and where we retire or settle down for our final years. So, "home," in this sense, can change, possibly a number of times, and perhaps in a number of locations, throughout our lives. "Home" can also describe an area, like a house and yard, a farm, a neighborhood, a town or city, a mountain top or a valley, a state, or even a region. And, that list can expand, based upon what each of us regard as our own personal "home range." "Home" can also represent a state of mind, as in an awareness of our surroundings and influences while growing up, you know... that place "back there" (in time and distance), remembered especially later in life, when we are geographically and chronologically removed from it. In one sense, "going home" to the home that we once knew, is never really fully possible, because nothing in life is ever static. Life is dynamic. Life and all that encompasses and affects it, are constantly changing. People in our lives, come and go. And, we and those we know, change... physically and behaviorally, sometimes subtly, and sometimes greatly. And, our home range setting and surroundings change. When growing up, we often heard, "Progress is our most important product." However, progress brings with it, inherent change. As said (more or less) in some of the old songs, " the grass don't grow, and the river don't flow, like they did in my childhood days." And, another song claimed that "they" did something, " a parking lot and put in a super mart..." These changes are fairly well taken in stride by those of us who remain within the home range, but they are always more readily evident to those who move away for a while, and then return. But, along with that, those who do move away, will also experience somewhat, this same progression at their new locations. This desire (inner or expressed) to "go back" home as we once knew it, stems from the happier, more carefree times of our youth and growing up there. To be sure, there are some, who have no interest or desire to "go home" and so we leave them to their own reasoning. But, by an large, most of us look back on those "Happy days," with fond memories, and wish, even if for only a brief moment, that we could once again experience what we had back then. And so to find, even briefly, a bit of that old feeling, we occasionally return "home," for a gathering, a rendezvous, a homecoming for reunion of older souls who were once young and lived, laughed, loved, and cried... together. We join one another, knowing all along that much is different now, but we are still the same classmates, just a little farther down the road of life's natural progression. And, we meet, greet, and renew old friendships. In our minds, and in between reunions, we tend to remember our fellow classmates, as how we saw each other during those years of our daily school routine, sports, and activities, only to be pleasantly surprised, when we come together again. For, like ourselves, most of the others have changed on the outside, but are still pretty much the same, inwardly. For a while, what we have accomplished in life seems less important, than who we are. And, almost wondrously, after all of the years, new friendships are formed between those who hardly noticed each other, or were too bashful to speak to one another, as kids. The old cliques are a thing of the distant past, and now we are all... just Richland Bombers. And at these homecomings, along with the change we see in ourselves, we also find a certain amount of change all around us. And most, especially those who now make their home elsewhere, will tend to wander about the "old digs," looking for the old home, old buildings, conjuring up memories, and pondering these changes. There are almost obligatory visits to the "Spudnut Shop," the Uptown and Downtown areas, churches, the parks along the river, and of course at least a "drive-by" of the swimming pool, grade schools (if still existing), junior high schools, and old Col-Hi. Now, in Richland, many things seem smaller and some distances seem shorter, but Col-Hi, itself, is indeed bigger! The footprints of most of the old buildings are still there, such as the original main structure and Mac Hall. However, some structures have been replaced, altered, and/or expanded. At the Club 40 weekend, this year, those of us who took advantage of it, enjoyed a tour of Old Col-Hi, aka Richland High School, provided by Jim QUALHEIM ('70), now the Activities Director, Track Coach, Teacher of Leadership, and Summer School Principal (yet, another Bomber who wears many hats). One of the most impressive of the many facts and figures tossed out by Jim was that, the student body at Richland High School (today a four- year school), now numbers about 2,000. He led us throughout the school, highlighting the tour with interesting anecdotes and information about the current students, alumni, faculty, coaches, and athletes (past and present), along with the history of the physical expansion of old Col-Hi to what is today, as Richland High School. Thus, we are all Richland Bombers, born of the history of our families coming together to serve a common cause, vesting us with a common heritage. So, can we ever really go home again? No... and yes. Physically. No! Too much has changed and will never really be the same, as we experienced and remember from growing up in Richland and attending old Col-Hi. But, many of us will continue to pass this way again... until we too, are gone. And so, yes! We can still go home again, not in the physical sense, but in our minds, memories, and through our continuing association and reuniting with one another. GO BOMBERS! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I live in the land of the Coyotes, but I will always be a Bomber. P.S. A few pictures of Friday evening at the Club 40 weekend and the tour of Richland High School accompany this posting. And, the cool bird houses in the picture with Fred KLUTE ('58) were made from wine corks and donated as raffle prizes by craftsman, Pete Overdahl ('60). Pete claims that he did not drink all of that wine to come up with all of those corks, as they were given to him by a "wine judge." So, how did you rate all of those wines, Pete? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Nina Jones Rowe ('65) Re: Our Mom's passing The words Thank You do not seem enough some times for the outpouring from the Bomber family, at a time of major changes in Bomber lives. My sister, Nina Jones Rowe ('65), and I are so thankful for the beautiful messages by email and cards. The show of Bombers at Mom's funeral from both of our classes was overwhelming. Each statement had it's own caring message that went straight to the heart. Some brought tears, and some brought laughter. The following from Maren said it all, "So sorry to hear, Patti... Now she's got all her ducks in a row and is up there in Richland Heaven where the streets are paved green and gold and your dad (and my parents) have been waiting for her... Bomber tears, Maren" Mom now knows whether there is Government Housing in Heaven. See Mom's obit on the Einan's website at: -Patti JONES Ahrens ~ West Richland, WA the weather was perfect for Mom's day, which included a picnic at my home. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Bomber Military service This list is getting bigger every day - however, I know there is a lot more information out there in all year, particularly - we are short of information for the Post Viet Nam Years. But if you have information on any years - for yourself or your classmates and friends - send me the information. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland - cool nights and warm days, fall has arrived. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Portland / Vancouver Lunch Please plan to join us for the October, Portland/Vancouver area Bomber lunch. DATE: Saturday, October 17 TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Red Lion Inn at the Quay Restaurant - Vancouver, WA next to the I-5 bridge. For information and RSVP: -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) or **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Graduation ticket for 1964 I have been to a number of graduations, and I don't remember ever needing a ticket to be admitted. It become obvious months ago that my Mother will never be able to live alone again so her apartment has just become an expensive storage shed. My daughter is packing up my Mother's apartment and going through her stuff in great detail, organizing everything as she packs it. She came across this ticket and put it in a little picture book, probably not thinking much about it until I saw it. I don't remember there ever being tickets for the graduation ceremony. We probably have this ticket because my Mother did not go to the graduation, thinking she would not be up to it for health reasons. My Mother has thought that she was not going to live much longer for at least the last 50 years. She is now 95. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Peggy Stull Johnson ('64) had major surgery September 24th for a treatable condition. Please pray for her recovery. I visited with Peggy at the 45th reunion and she reconnected me with her brother Ron STULL ('66). Ron has spent most of career as a golf pro and is out of the business now. We played a round at The Home Course in Dupont, WA yesterday. Ron is mentoring a couple young guns preparing for competitive pro golf. One is heading off to the Asian Tour and the other is on the road to great things. (Ron and Peggy's younger brother Steve ('69) still plays the European and US senior tour). I can still move the ball around the course and when I hit a good drive these kids were 50 yards ahead of me! Why go to the stupid reunions? Well, I went and ended up playing golf with an old friend and two accomplished players on a sunny day on the Puget Sound. -John FLETCHER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re: John MANOR('47) prayers will be "going up" for him----I can tell you, Bomber prayers really do work! never thought I'd ever get on the "soapbox" against smoking, but since being diagnosed with this blasted cancer, that can be caused by smoking (and, I quit over 30 years ago), I am not a very good fan of smoking at all, anymore!!!! I used to think it was the smoker's business IF they wanted to put their health in jeopardy. even though I quit, I lived with a smoker and was around others who smoked, and my quitting didn't make one bit of a difference in my NOT getting cancer! now, I really do believe there is something to "second hand" smoke---never believed in that, before, just figured it was a way for government to justify raising prices of cigarettes!!!!! To: David RIVERS('65) Re: haircut had to laugh when I read about your buzz cut. can just "see" it. *grin* -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64)....triple digits in Bakersfield, CA and they claim we will have them next week, too! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) To: John MANOR ('47) As I read the article from Dick McCOY ('45 & '46); You are truly a real hero in my book. God Bless, and thank you for your service. Particularly, being here in Washington D.C. today and tomorrow, seeing all the memorials, Vietnam, WWII, and Korean - all the people were really appreciative of our service - I'm here for a reunion with my Recon team from the 101st - and everyone we talked to seemed honest and sincere. So, Dick McCOY's story hit a soft spot. My prayers are with you. -Dwight CAREY ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annie Peterson Shiffer ('69) Hi Everyone--My Dad, Roy Peterson, is trying to remember what leader of what famous band donated a grand piano to Columbia High School in the '40s. There may be a plaque on the piano with the donor's name. The story is that he was tired of hauling it around the country and decided to donate it to the school. Anybody out there know? Thank you! -Annie PETERSON Shiffer ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dan Laybourn ('70) Re: Col-Hi70 40 Year Reunion Planning Meeting Our first 40th Reunion meeting was held on Sept 17th, 7pm - 8pm at the Richland Community Center. Present was Lori SIMPSON Hogan, Mike HOGAN, Bob GUSTAVSON, Dan LAYBOURN, Duane SHULTS, Pete TURPING, Becky STOCKER, Gloria STEEL and Sophie VALDEZ. We discussed dates and places for our reunion, the summer of 2010. We are tentatively picking August 20th/21st. The following people have volunteered for these duties: Dan - Name tags & computer stuff Dan/Gus - Music Mike - call Obie re: Yacht Club rental Pete - Golf Tourney at Columbia Point Lori - contact Hanford House, Rick REIL (photos), Tom ALBERT, and Terry STEVENS Broussard Gloria - treasurer...when we get some money! We are going to need lots of ideas and lots of help, so those of you who are interested in helping out, please come to the next meeting. WHEN: Thursday, October 15th TIME: 7pm WHERE: North Room of the Richland Community Center Stay tuned... -Dan LAYBOURN ('70) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/27/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Al Parker ('53), "Martie" Wade ('57) Dennis Hammer ('64), John Fletcher ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CROSE ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Al Parker ('53) Re: Night Fall In Hong Kong Place your cursor at the top of the photo. You will notice it is 6:10 PM... Bring the mouse down slowly over the photo without pressing the button on the mouse. Do not right or left click. Night time appears, the lights come on, and at 7:40 PM, it's dark! Photo Technology at its best! PLEASE TAKE ABOUT 10 TO 15 FULL SECONDS TO REALLY SEE THIS. -Al PARKER ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) I remember that we could only have a certain number of guests to our graduation which I believe was 6. There were tickets because if you had more coming you had to try to find someone who wasn't using all their tickets. -Marian "Martie" WADE Jenkins ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) There was a little trouble with the URL for yesterday's picture of the '64 Graduation ticket. If you couldn't see it yesterday, try this: Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Peggy STULL Johnson ('64) I was so pleased to receive this message from Peggy on Saturday: "Just spent one night in the hospital, came home today with my daughter, can't keep a cowgirl down, I will be fine, don't feel real well, but the doctor says I am amazing! all that hard work I have done all my life with the horses...." I agree that you can't keep a cowgirl down, and you can't keep a Bomber down! -John FLETCHER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/28/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dwain Mefford ('56), "Pappy" Swan ('59) John Campbell ('63), Dave Wilson ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim JENSEN ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene NAPORA ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni HAUSENBUILLER ('98) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike HOGAN and Lori SIMPSON ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwain Mefford ('56) To: The Class of '56 Our friend and classmate Shirley DAVIS Lawrence-Berrey ('56) will be at the Ohio State University hospital complex in Columbus on Thursday, September 30. She will undergo lung cancer surgery and be in the hospital for several days. She will then return home to Parkerburg, WV, where her sister Gloria DAVIS Tinder ('61) will join her to assist in the recovery process. Please remember Shirley in your thoughts and prayers. -Dwain Mefford ('56) ~ Portland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Graduation ticket for 1964 "...My Mother has thought that she was not going to live much longer for at least the last 50 years. She is now 95..." Dennis, once more I am struck by the similarities in our lives. We are both loyal Bombers and "Richlandites" but, we both live just outside of the physical realm of Bomberdom. We are both veterans, and still maintain a fierce spirit of patriotism. And, for years, on top of trying to live our own lives, we have both looked after the well being of our aging mothers, a task fit only for those with steadfast determination and will power to see it through. Staying with this sort of task is not so much a matter of being noble, loving sons, but it is done primarily out of necessity, when there is no one else to share the primary load. The option is always there to "cut and run," and let someone else worry about it. But, there is also the ever present sense of family responsibility. And, along with that is something that we obviously gained from our military training, which dictated that when you take on a job, you see it through to the end, for better or worse. But, at the same time, it doesn't seem to get any easier, as it is readily apparent that neither one of us is a "spring chicken," anymore. And so, we hang in there and keep on keepin' on. But, ultimately, we share the similarity of a love for humor, subtle or openly, to help carry us forward and maintain some form of sanity. The following is not meant to make fun of my mother, but is offered for the value I see in it from observing her and other elders engaging in the acts of leading up to and living as elders. There are lessons to be learned, if we take note. My Mother too, has thought, over the years, that she had every malady imaginable, and would tell all about it ... whether they wanted to hear of it or not. Consequently, she was always on the lookout for the magic pill or elixir, for an exercise device (bought and maybe used once) which, just owning it, would cause weight to melt away, or any home remedy that could eliminate all pain and discomfort, and prolong life, without having to work at it. She always read the information sheet that comes along with a prescription refill and insisted that she had every side effect and symptom listed. At least twice per month, she insisted on seeing her doctor (about a new ache or pain), who invariably, would tell her that she was quite healthy for her age, but she just needed to be more active, in order to maintain that health. She always seemed to disregard that last bit of information. But, she is now 91. So, in one sense, one could say that it must have worked for her ... but, I don't think so. From about age 60 (which doesn't seem so old anymore) on, my mother was not an active person. It was about that time that she had both kneed joints replaced, expecting new found mobility. But, she never complied with doctors orders to walk, walk, and walk some more. It hurt to do so ... so she sat. Her recliner became her throne, surrounded by exercise devices that supposedly could be operated from the comfort of said chair (again ordered, and invariably used once, and then subsequently ignored). Briefly, she used a cane, but quickly discarded that when, next came the walker, with wheels up front only, which she never learned to use properly, as she would lean on it with all of her upper weight (and then complain of sore shoulders), expecting the walker to carry her along. She never accepted that she should use it only for balance, as intended while walking. Entering any restaurant or business establishment with a throw rug at the door meant total disruption and instant trip hazards for all others present, as she dragged the rear legs along. So, next came the Cadillac of Walkers with wheels all around (four on the floor), hand brakes, and even a seat to sit upon ... for frequent breaks. She had to have it, so she could take walks on the grass. After about two treks across the lawn, I never saw her on grass again. It was too much work. Soon after that, my aunt, who was a certified, licensed, long- haul, powered wheelchair operator (but she always managed to clip walls and run into fellow care facility residents with it), passed away. Almost gleefully, my mother demanded her inheritance of my aunt's powered wheelchair. As with the walker, her doctor, the staff at the care facility, and I tried to keep her out of it for as long as possible, in order to encourage her to walk, thereby maintaining at least some form of physical activity. At first, she said that she would only use it part of the time, which very quickly became ... all of the time. I knew that I was failing to convince her of the importance of being active, when she snapped at me that she was being active ... she walked from her recliner to and from her bathroom! And, let's not even go to the subject of maintaining some form of mental activity, beyond the Mariner's Games and Animal Planet on television. And, I still puzzle at her reading of the Tri-City Herald daily, yet never knowing anything of current events or having any desire to vote in elections. And, she ceased to write letters or even cards, because her hands hurt. This was also a puzzle, as my aunt had horrendous rheumatoid arthritis in her misshapen hands, but managed to write copious letters to all, spreading the gospel of her over-zealous, one true, self-styled religious convictions. But, that's another story. So, how important is this "activity" thing throughout life, but especially from mid-age on? Well, as a non-medical person, but as a retired biologist who knows just enough to confuse himself, I have a theory. On one hand, after reaching retirement age, we can rationalize that we have finally earned a rest, so why not kick back and enjoy life. But, on the other hand, by enjoying life too much, we run the risk of shortening that very life that we now (should) have time to enjoy. Obviously, all of us are up against the odds of being hit by the onset of some physical ailment, that just seems to come upon us. And, there is something to be said about our personal "genes," but unless it is during the hot months of summer, when you will see me in shorts, I'm always in my Jeans. However, those of us seasoned folks, lucky enough (so far) to be enjoying reasonably good health, can enhance our chances of living longer with a higher quality of life. But, like freedom, it doesn't come free. To hedge our bet in getting it, we have to pay for it, in the form of staying active and of course, eating properly. Among Bombers, we have many successful heroes in the fields of sports, academics, military, financial, and professional areas, among other accomplishments. But, as a rapidly seasoning "Old Fart," today, my real heroes are my upper classmen and women who are living examples of "staying active." To name a few, off the top of my head, Dick McCOY ('45, '46, and '02), Rex DAVIS ('49), Betty Lou HISER Gully ('49), and Anna May WANN Thompson ('49), come to mind. As the kids of today say, "They Rock!" And, when I grow up, I want to be like them, still going strong. So, how does all of this relate to me and my mother? Well, for years, I tried to encourage her to be more physically and mentally active, when she lived alone after my father's passing (about 1986), right up to and after, she moved into an assisted care living facility, in 2002. I attempted to impress upon her that by staying active, it could keep her out of the nursing facility, next door, to which other residents gradually relocated, as she duly noted. She had a lot going for her. Her heart was strong and her general health, was good. But, she persisted in leading a sedentary life, with a lot of sitting and very little activity, other than motoring her newly inherited chair outside of the care facility and feeding peanuts to the squirrels. Ironically, feeding the squirrels, as much as she loved it, may have led to the onset of her physical downslide. I tried to encourage her to toss the peanuts to the little buggers, to avoid being bitten. But, last Fall, she received a bite on the finger, when she allowed them to get on her lap, and take a peanut from her hands. But then, she ran out of peanuts, and a fight ensued between two squirrels (on her lap), who fought over ... her finger, which they thought ... was a peanut. Her finger was not cracked like a peanut, but it was the big loser from rodent incisors. After a visit to the emergency room, she later developed problems from a newly acquired allergy to penicillin and related antibiotics, which stretched out over time and resulted in a couple of overnight stays in the hospital. Then, about late May or early June, she developed an open sore on her ankle, which may or may not have been somehow related to the original squirrel bite, as she is also diabetic. More likely, it came from bruising her ankle on her wheel chair. She kept this sore hidden by her stocking and attempted to treat it herself, until it became severely infected, and she finally told the care staff nurse about it. This resulted in a long chain of numerous doctor and medical facility visits, on what soon became virtually a daily routine. But still, the infection moved to her bones, resulting in hospital stays and a transfer to the nursing home for an intense administration of antibiotics by IV, for about a month or more. Eventually, the antibiotic treatment seemed to have eliminated the infection, so she was taken off of it, and seemed to be improving. But then, within a week, she had a small stroke (possibly two). The intense IV treatment had brought on several side effects such as kidney failure, pneumonia, blood clots in her lungs, etc. The doctors said that she had probably two or three days to live and she was placed into a "hospice situation." However, within three to five days, she had rallied to a point somewhere between living and a faint reality. Her condition gradually improved, but leveled off at the point of barely any mobility, and she can say a few words. She does recognize us with some effort, but aides have to dress, bathe, and feed her, and move her about, via a special wheel chair. But, in my discussions with the doctors and nurses, I have learned that a great many of the residents at the nursing home have similar histories. They had a major event, like a stroke, and survived, but now continue on in somewhat of a state of limbo, some for a short time, but many have been there for a few years. So, I find myself wondering, if my mother would have maintained a more active lifestyle, could she have avoided what happened to her, at least for a while longer? I don't know if that can even be answered, one way or the other. However, I choose to believe that for me, I am going to learn from this. I will attempt to remain as active (physically and mentally) as possible, until someone can prove to me that I'm wasting my time, and that I should resort to just sitting there and feeding the pigeons or squirrels. But, my own activity program is temporarily in low gear right now, as I am still trying to get caught up after my mother's event and the reunions. But, I am beginning to see a faint light on the horizon. Jeanne and I had just finished a week or more of sorting and clearing out my mother's apartment the day before the beginning of my 50th Class Reunion, for which I had made a number of commitments last spring, not knowing of course, what was to come about. Then came Club 40. And of course, the job is never done until the paper work is finished, along with all of the dealing with doctors, medical staff, facilities, insurance companies, and health agencies, etc. So, Dennis, my friend, hang on to that ticket. Maybe it means more than just an old unique graduation ticket. Perhaps it represents your eventual "ticket to ride," on your own, once again. We do what we have to, as long as we are needed to do it, with hopes that there will still be some quality time left for us. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I look out of the window and watch our squirrels come for peanuts, but not "out of my hand." No sir, you can take it out of your own feeder there, Mr. Bushy tail. No bites for Pappy! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: The Fabulous Wailers My wife, Marilyn, and I met up with fellow Bomber, Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) last night in Tacoma to see The Fabulous Wailers (most know for "Tall Cool One" in 1959). I had never seen the band although friends used to talk about them, so I was glad to finally see and hear them in person. Jim is very knowledgeable about northwest music and gave me some interesting background. Kent Morill the singer and keyboards was terrific. Considering 50 years after the start of the band, his voice is great - kind of like Roy Orbison. The other members were top notch as well. The Stonegate was having a grand opening, but their liquor license was delayed, but we had fun with pop and pizza just like the old days. The band will be at the Snoqualmie Casino on October 8th. -John CAMPBELL ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Dave Wilson ('81) Entered: Sunday 09/27/2009 3:19:10pm COMMENTS: None -Dave Wilson ('81) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/29/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Roy Ballard ('63), Carol Converse ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay MITCHELL ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Maren, Could you put in another reminder about the R2K+10 meeting for tomorrow: WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 PM WHERE: RHS cafeteria We would like to have more class representation. Should be fun. -Roy BALLARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I'm sorry that I didn't realize that your mother had a stroke a while back. You've kept us up on the goings on with her in your delightful way of humor in your writings. Thank you for your insightful writing in today's Sandstorm. I'm sure that more than a few of us will be taking heart and becoming more active, both physically and mentally. It's so easy to say (I'm a good one at this) that I really need to start walking again. But, I find myself at the computer more and more. A sedentary life is becoming more of a norm than not. I do go to Curves 5 times a week, but it's more a social thing than a "get your heart rate up and maintain" sort of thing. You've given me something to think about that's for sure. -Carol converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We're still in our 'summer' mode, but for how much longer, I'm not sure. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Well Finally got off my duff and took the pixs of my two latest tattoos... dunno why it took me so long. --David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` August, 2009 ~ October, 2009