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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/01/2010 5 days till the start of Iditarod XXXVIII ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tom TRACY ('55), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Steve CARSON ('58), Dave HANTHORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elwin "Gene" BOYLE ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna DURBIN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia INGHRAM ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheri LUKINS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deana SHIPMAN ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Ray STEIN ('64) You're right about the skater. If we run the finish lap in slow motion, Ohno appeared to have had his hand on the skater as the latter slipped into the wall. However, the Canadian also had a hand on the chest of the front-runner and when he pushed the leading skater slightly, sending him into the wall. A bit too touchy-feely, but at least they didn't get any participants eaten by a relative of Shamu during the last two weeks in B.C. The Hockey event was good for the Canadians who have loaned us so many college and professional players over the years. When they sing Oh Canada!, it always stirs a bit of loyalty from me. While returning from Alaska to Seattle a few years back, a Canadian Jet pulled up on our wing to identify our plane as it was about to enter U.S. air space. Our pilot piped the Canadian Jet's radio message into the cabin as he stated, "Welcome Home from your Canadian friends"!..."We Stand On Guard for You Too"...It was a well received message from our Northern neighbors who remain our best trading partners. So, congratulations Canada and thanks for the wonderful Winter Olympics. An avid hunter friend was discussing his concern for vanishing game in parts of the Northwest. I hoped to quell his thoughts of concern and encouraged him to believe that the animals are doing just fine. In fact, I reported to him that the Canadian Grizzlies mother bears are now holding job-training for their cubs to help them distinguish between a Big-Mac and a Granola-Fed Hiker. The events were a good warm-up for Maren's upcoming reports on the husky mushers. ------- On another athletic front, I submit another note: Sometimes we aren't sure how to treat athletes who often choose a 'distant drummer'... and follow strange paths... here's how some might feel about one of our erstwhile athletic heroes... most golfers will recognize Whose Woods these are I think I know... The Irons are not familiar though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his car fill up with snow... It gave the tree a mighty shake Admittedly, twas some mistake... The only other sound's the strake Of a sturdy Nine-Iron window break... Before laws say what shall be done Sports media make a trial run Recalling how one just might track An attack upon a Cadillac The woods were lovely, quiet, deep One has new promises to keep, And miles to go before he'll sleep, And miles to go before he'll sleep... While media, preachers, bishops, monks Examining scriptures' ancient trunks; Remind us with or without suture That all the saints possess a past And every sinner has a future... --with apologies to our Poet Laureate -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Bomber basketball Hardly a word was said this year about Bomber basketball. I'm surprised at that since they made the regionals and had a shot at state. Any comments from those of you who watched this team? -Ray LOESCHER ('57) ~ Sky Valley, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Ray STEIN ('64) WHAT????? -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN ('63) Sawadeekup, Okay, this dispatch from Thailand is going out to just you Bombers on my address list (the rest of them wouldn't "get it" anyway, no matter how much 'splainin' I tried to do, we all know that). So here's the story. A few days ago Jimbeaux ('63), knowin' that I'm in Thailand, forwards an email to me that he got from Bill WILSON ('63) where Bill is 'splainin' that he is in Thailand volunteering at this orphanage near the town of Ongsarak. I look up Ongsarak in the ol' travel guide and find out it is less than an hour's drive from Bangkok. So I quick-like whip off an email to Bill sayin' let's try to get together for our own little Bomber mini-reunion right here in the "Land of Smiles". Bill writes back with all the dope on how to find him, and this afternoon my wife, Noi and I hire a taxi for the rest of the day (still reasonable in Thailand, though not the super-bargain it was a few years ago), and with our niece Bee along for the ride, we set off to find Bill. After a little adventure on some back roads in rural Thailand and some hurried cell phone calls for "course corrections" (Bill's directions made perfect sense to me, but apparently not so much to the Thai folks) we finally pull into the driveway of the children's home to find Bill standing in the yard with a big welcoming grin for us. Bill shows us around the place and introduces us to the kids (great kids!) and a couple of the Thai teachers, and then we retire to his quarters for a nice chat for a couple of hours. Bill tells us that he he has come to the orphanage several times from his ministry in Germany to help out and teach the kids English and German. All of his time is completely voluntary, he will accept no payment. He lives a very simple life there, cut off from the outside world except for when he rides an old bike into town and goes to an Internet cafe to send and receive emails and a borrowed cell phone he can use occasionally. It only takes a few seconds to see that the kids love Bill, and he loves them. Noi, having been a school teacher in Thailand herself before coming to America, was right at home and was quickly in the middle of a group of kids working with them on their Thai school work. What fun. Soon we retired to Bill's quarters for some talk and "catching up", and a couple of hours slipped by in no time and it was time to take Bill out to dinner as I had promised him I would. 'Course he wanted to help pay, but I insisted that I wasn't gonna let him and he would have to accept it as my gift to the orphanage. It took a little more "adventure" driving around in the cab, but we finally found a nice restaurant where we had a couple of Sing Ha beers, some great Thai food, and plenty of "sabai" (the Thai word for "a good time"). We talked about the ol' days in Richland, and about many of you folks on this list, and some Bombers that aren't with us anymore, in other words, all the usual, wonderful stuff we Bombers talk about at each and every Bomber reunion. Now as you have probably already figured out, Noi brought Bee along so she would have somebody to talk Thai to while Bill and I were jawin' away about all things "Richland". And that worked out real well for all concerned. Bill and I are now claimin' the world record for "the Bomber mini-reunion farthest away from Richland". Anybody wanta try and beat it? Maybe if you went to New Zealand or Australia. We had a great time and all too soon it was time to drop Bill off at the orphanage (where he had to get up early in the morning for another English class with the kids) and head back "home" to Bangkok (where Noi and I have to get up early for our trip to Pattaya with our dear friends Toom and Air). I will be writing about that to everybody on Monday when we are back in Bangkok. Until then: Sawadeekup, -Dave HANTHORN ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [As I understand it (Dave will correct me) the Thai word "Sawadeekup" is kinda like aloha... both hello and goodbye. Dave will be sending pictures once he gets somewhere with a fast internet connection... or maybe when he gets home. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/02/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat McCOY ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ADKINS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monica THORNTON ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Road trips and memories This is kind of a rambling discourse about rambling through familiar places of our youth..... Since leaving home the 5th of February Jackie and I have been almost continuously "on the road". Driving home from WinterBlast I made copious notes for sales trips into the cities and hinterlands of the NW. This is only 2 of about 6 I will make. No sooner did we get home and have time to wash clothes and repack the car, but we were off down the Oregon coast. Remember trips to Seaside and Haystak Rocks? I made over a dozen sales calls in 3 days and picked up some leads and requests for proposals. Because of the extreme competition in those areas I will hold the results until we have a signed contract. Not that I don't trust my Bomber friends, it is just good business practice in that particular area. Home again we worked a day in the yard washed clothes and car, repacked things and were off again. This time Tri Cities, Walla Walla, Pendleton and back up through Yakima Valley. It is always nostalgic for me to drive into Richland. I always seem to see changes. New holes being dug at Hanford on the central plateau. They are digging up hot garbage and packing it for shipment. And I see less when I look at the reactor areas along the river. Some areas have little more then the reactor mass left. I always laughed to myself when they said reactor activities were secret when you could see the steam plumes for 40 miles if they were "up". Richland is still an ever-changing landscape. Old buildings gone and new ones in place or under construction. I drove Jackie around to some of the old places where we grew up. Can you imagine? They didn't have submarine races in Anchorage... And most of the water was way too cold for a swim night or day. The playfield at Barth and Comstock seemed larger when we played basketball there by the hour. The two huge apricot trees next door are gone now. They were delicious. So many of the schools have been replaced with modern buildings. Seems like they lack some of the character the old buildings had. And the old buildings were not near as bad as I see in some of my travels. Chasing down persistent rumors of fireworks for the 100 celebration in Richland I ended up talking to Burt PIERARD ('59) the real "know it all" of the Atomic City. He is encyclopedic about our town. No fireworks planned. Oh well... We wandered about in the general direction of Walla Walla visiting some of the spots I fished and hunted. Jackie got as big chuckle out of the rather pointed mound with rose colored rocks alongside the highway halfway to Walla Walla. It is not well maintained as it used to be. Young people have different kinds of interests nowadays. Walla Walla has grown and expanded well out from my high school years. I did see the old house I lived in for the year I managed the theaters before I got transferred. The Skyline drive-in is gone. The Liberty theatre (built in 190? something) has been converted to retail space. The front is still there without the marque. But the gargoyles are gone. The old Capital is the only one left. We laughed a bit about the old stairways up to the Waldorf, the Astoria, and other places of prostitution. Interesting how folks turned a blind eye to those places and had a fit when an R rated movie was shown. Do I dare admit I went upstairs with a couple of buddies one evening, but lost my nerve and waited in the car for them? We were over there deer hunting in the Blues and left camp to have a couple of beers in town. They were closed up shortly after that time. Much of the older areas of the city have changed little in probably 75 years but the rest has grown up considerably. But I left town with an order for 3 displays for the new "Walla Walla Sweets" baseball team. (yep, the mascot is an "onion") They will play in the baseball field next to the old "Borlesky Stadium" next to Desales High School. We wended our way through what were once vast fields of peas down the back roads to Pendleton. I passed the time describing to Jackie the process of the pea harvest and how many of Richland's young people worked in the "peas". We also passed the wheat ranches where I worked in the harvests driving truck by day and greasing the combines and caterpillar tractors they pulled them with in the evening. I paid calls at several large wineries and arrived in Pendleton again to chase rumors of a fireworks display. I did locate the prospect and spent time explaining the program. They are thinking about it. If they do fireworks for the event, I will get the sale. It is 50/50 at this point. Then off again on the road... through Stanfield past the old bar that used to have the female impersonators on Saturday nights. Into Hermiston for a quick stop with a client and off to McNary Dam so Jackie could take some pictures. Then off to Richland for the night. We stayed at the old BaliHi. What a disappointment. Neither heater worked and the little space heater they brought rattled all night to keep the room tolerable. The towels were small and thin and only one each. The TV remote only worked half the time. The pillows were poor. The room was generally "run down". The only good thing was the WiFi did work. The whole thing was a far cry from years ago. I won't stay there again. But, we had dinner at one of my most favorite places for Italian food. Casa Mia. As usual it was impeccable. Great service, crisp salad, excellent sauce, and small but delicious meat balls. And they have real Spumoni ice cream. All at a fair price. Looking at the old Richland theater I was glad to see the Players got it. I was lost in thoughts for several minutes staring at it thinking of the time I spent working on the Village to install lights and sound wiring with John Orr and George Wopat, and then several years working the booth for various plays. "Teahouse of the August Moon", "The Man who Came to Dinner" are two that came to mind. What fun we had. Ahh well...... The next morning we were off to the Yakima Valley and spending the day visiting several of the larger wineries to suggest fireworks for some of their events like weddings and gold medal celebrations. Found some interest. Time will say where it goes. And I chased down 2 more rumors of fireworks and spoke with the principles. Got one "maybe". Also visited with several Chambers of Commerce and was well received by 3 of them. Again it is a time thing. But you cannot develop accounts without making the calls. And again we visited several areas where I hunted and fished in years gone by. And we may have looked for submarines from some of the places overlooking the Yakima river. Had a burger at Minor's in Yakima. Wow has that place grown over the years. Remember how crowded it was after a football or basketball game? Sometimes a bit rowdy? It is now several times larger and in mid-afternoon it was jammed with customers. Made one more call at a golf club about fireworks for a wedding. Gave them all the info and they are thinking about it. Big wedding with 350 guests. Then off to home in the dark over Snoqualmie I-90. I ran about 5 MPH over the limit on cruise control and was passed by all but few cars. Saw about 6 get stopped. Anyone remember driving over that pass going to the State Tournament? Bad weather and bad road under construction? They are still working on it, but it is way better now. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From home resting a sore knee that has given me considerable pain the last week. Have doctor's appointment at 8 AM tomorrow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Thanks to a very special birthday boy! Today's birthday boy is one of those fellas who is kind of in the background of almost every function Bombers have in Richland... He doesn't stand up and say "looky me looky me" as I tend to do... (yes... I know some of my character defects all too well... and those to which I remain ignorant to not remain a mystery for long as my friends are quick to point them out... thank goodness for good friends)... I will tell on myself here by saying that Saturday was a hectic day for me... I had to run out to my shop for tires and the day was already quite full... since I had a conference call to attend and then get ready and head for a Lincoln Day Dinner (black tie) I carried my clothes with me so I could change during the conference call (a story in itself)... I was very careful to carry stuff to the car in shifts so I wouldn't forget anything... the two main characters for the conference call failed to show and things were getting way off topic so I put everything on speaker and began to change... shirt... no dang shirt... how could that happen? Raced down the hill to get a shirt listening intently to the discussion... then came the challenge... all those funny little buttons on formal shirts cuff links (Eagle Globe and Anchor)... dang... buttons are always a challenge for me as I have no feeling in my fingers... wow those funny little studs are really a challenge... Terry DAVIS ('65) called the other day as I was trying to leave for work... he couldn't understand why I had to put the phone down so I could get the little key in the lock ("I'm trying to lock the door Terry"... he just couldn't figure out why I couldn't do both at the same time) so finally made it to the dinner in plenty of time... about midway through things one of my table mates turned to me and asked "Do you know everyone here?!")... then when virtually every candidate for every office in Nevada came by and hugged me, grabbed my hand or my shoulders as they passed by in the "parade of candidates" he suggested that the answer was in the affirmative... so the point is... I just gotta be right in the middle of stuff... but the guys I admire are the ones who are always there and take almost no recognition for all they do... Like when Roy BALLARD ('63), his Buddha Buddy Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) and Jim STULL ('62) worked their tails off to produce that big beautiful bomb the School District unceremoniously ripped out of the gym building... Like Ms. HOFF ('64) and her gang (Linda BELLISTON Boehning ('63), Darlene HUESTIES ('64) and on and on)... work work work... well the birthday boy is one of those same kind of kids... from music CDs to videos of different class reunions he is always there to help in anyway he can... I am very proud to have him as a friend... this latest effort of gathering military names has been a huge job but what a wonderful product... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY John ADKINS ('62) on March 2, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) To: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Bomber basketball It was a torture weekend for Bomber basketball. It sure makes you appreciate the great home court advantage we have at Art Dawald gym as when we go to the Toyota Center its a different game. On Friday we played the Gonzaga Prep squad and they are quite good. You have to make free throws though. If the Bombers could make them it would have been a good game but alas, the best team probably won. The next night they beat the team from Ray STEIN`s ('64) neighborhood: Mead, WA. So G-Prep and Mead go 1 and 2 seeds to state. The Bombers played Davis at 1 o`clock Saturday and I could not make it as I had a previous commitment so I heard the radio call. Ya gotta make free throws. They got beat at the buzzer by 2 points so Davis and Walla Walla get to go to Seattle. The Bombers were a fun team to watch this year as they played some real good team basketball. Back to the free throws. I may be off on the stats but I think it was 14 for 28 Friday and 10 for 18 Saturday and throw in about 9 or 10 front end of a one and one free throw and you can add up the lost points. Its tourney time and they just didn't do it. I could see them going to Seattle and bringing back a trophy as they did have a good team but they will be sitting this one out. Life goes on and maybe the Bomber baseball team can defend their state title. -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ It's a warm March day as the sun is shining and its been a great winter for the no show snow. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/03/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Patti JONES ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Buzz VICKERY ('87) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monique MANGOLD ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven PIIPPO ('09) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trevor HAY ('09) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jon BOISONEAU ('67) & Vicki GILL ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon DATE: March 13, 2010 WHERE: JD Diner - West Richland Heading west from Richland JD diner is just over the Yakima River bridge on the right. TIME: 1:00 P.M. (Many start coming about 12:30pm} Family, friends are invited. -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60)~ West Richland -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Road trips and memories What a great piece you wrote in the Sandstorm yesterday! Very easy to visualize all the places where you went and the conditions of some of them. Makes me homesick for Richland and surrounding areas! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Rain rain rain without much sun **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Buzz VICKERY ('87) My Aunt, Susan VICKERY Webb ('58), passed away at her home in Bellevue on Saturday February 27, 2010. There will be a service on Friday March 5, 2010 at 5:30pm at the Sunset Hills Funeral home, 1215 145th PL SE, Bellevue. -Buzz VICKERY ('87) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Susan VICKERY Webb('58) ~ 5/10/40 - 2/27/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/04/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Burt PIERARD ('59), Derrith PERSONS ('60) Patti JONES ('60), Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth PATTY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki GILL ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy BISHOP ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WINGFIELD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: 100 celebration in Richland The Richland Centennial is a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the original Incorporation of the Town of Richland on April 28, 1910. The Celebration is a 6 month affair with Traveling School Presentations and Pictorial Displays going on as we speak. The 1st Main Event will be a Day-long Cultural Fair on May 8 (our own Betty BELL Norton ('51) is the Chief Organizer of that event) and we will wrap-up with a Good Old 4th of July Free Picnic and Band Concert (in period uniforms), culminating with the Dedication of a full-size, historically correct, replica of the old Amon Park Arch (the original was demolished by the Feds in early 1943). The BIG Social Event of the town in the early 1900s was the Town Picnic on the 4th. We are striving to maintain the Period Environment for our version of that Picnic (I'll be playing John W. Randall, the first Mayor). As to fireworks at the Picnic, I doubt that they had anything more than firecrackers and maybe sparklers. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD, aka John W. Randall, ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) It's that time again!! Class of '60 lunch... It's time to get together .. If your in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, March 6th! Time? - 11:30 am Where? - Sterling's, 890 G. W. Way, Richland! Come on everyone! Lets have some fun!! -Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Reunion for the class of 1960 lost students The following is a list of the lost. 13 out of 24 have been found. A couple have been added to the lost list. Goal is to find 100%. Bombers have helped so please if you know the where about of any of these students your help will be appreciated. LOST: Perry BALDRIDGE, William BECKER, Bernard BROWNING, Virginia CRAWFORD Pruden, Virginia (Karen) CROWNOVER Martin, Jeffrey DUKES, Irene EVANSON Durbin, Dennis JENSEN, Valanee JOHNSON Erickson, Benjamin KLINE, Jack KNAUER, Ron MaGUFFEE, JoAnn RASMUSSEN, Dorothy ROGERS, Sandra SHAVER Hildner, Robert SHEEHY. Bombers Have Fun -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland So hard to believe 60 weather for the 1st part of March. Enjoying every bit of it. Watching the buds on the trees unfurl to their beautiful leaves and all the green returning to the desert. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) My sister, Virginia BRINKERHOFF Sweetland ('54) passed away on February 13, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: travels Enjoyed reading about your traveling around the NW... we really did have some great places to visit and play in when we were kids. My family always went to Hat Rock State Park at least once during the summer. My brother, Tim ('71wb) and male cousins, Mike DeMERS ('67), and Gene NORBERG ('69) would jump off the rock into the water below, but we girl cousins: Cheri DeMERS ('66); Mary NORBERG ('67); Joni DeMERS ('73); and myself were too chicken... we'd just get in the water from the shore. *grin* We always got there early in the morning and left late at night. Parents, aunts, uncles, and grandmother figured if we were going that far, we were going to "make a day of it". Didn't bother us kids... we just had a blast being in the water and eating fried chicken, potato salad, desserts, watermelon, and drinking gallons of lemonade and ice tea. Don't ever remember taking sodas on any of those outings... now, everyone takes sodas and beer! *grin* cancer treatments are still going... radiation is giving me one heck of a sore throat and swallowing is becoming difficult, so am making sure that I get the 80 grams of protein drink, daily, and eating lots of soups. Missed one entire week of radiation as the chemo made me so nauseated, I couldn't lay down on the table for the radiation, so I'm behind, but the doctor said they'd just add it to the end. Should be all done by the end of March... then another CAT scan (can hardly wait) and possibly a scope down my nose to make sure that the cancer at the back of my tongue is gone... not looking forward to that either but it's a necessary evil! I'm just so thankful that the tumor on my neck is GONE... absolutely NO cancer there at all! Thought the blasted chemo would "do me in", but am so glad it "did" the cancer instead! *grin* Hair has started to grow back... mostly "peach fuzz" all over my head, but you can see the color... dark brown with LOTS of white, so figure I might end up looking like Jamie Lee Curtis instead of Dolly Parton!!!!!! *GRIN* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA we did get lots of rain, finally, but now it looks like our wet weather is leaving for this year... trees, shrubs, and flowers are blooming and hay fever is making its yearly round! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/05/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill BERLIN ('56), Patti JONES ('60) Donna BOWERS ('63), Rebecca Tucker (NAB) NO Bomber Birthdays Today: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) Great Travelog I should have been looking over my Bomber shoulder to see if Larry was following me. I did a lot of that trip when I was at Col-Hi and Linfield College. He missed Lucher's Pool Hall, a real hangout for those at Whitman and those working "the peas." Now it is grapes, grapes and more grapes but Walla Walla is a much more civilized town now than back in the mid-'50s. If WW was not bad enough, one would travel to Orfino, ID, which was a couple of steps down from the centre and west end of WW. Larry is sooo correct, especially in this market, that you have to go out and hunt up the business if you want to stay in business and even then it doesn't always work out well. Re: Rancho Mirage We are now in Rancho Mirage for two weeks after spending ten days driving down from Anacortes and visiting kids and Grand- kids. That is fun but moving around that much, in and out of motels, different beds and the like really takes it out of you, not to mention something like 1100 miles driving. Next time we are doing I-5 over a couple of nights or fly. I love the Northwest and the seasons but it is nice to spend two or three weeks a couple of times in the winter in the warm and sunny weather. Good for the old (emphasis on "old") bones and I must admit we do get out more and do a lot of walking and that is a good thing. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Rancho Mirage, CA Playing golf and yelling "fore" a lot. Not to the golfers ahead of me but to those sunning themselves on their decks along the fairway. Can't wait for the Iditarod to start. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Kaylene HENJUM Livingston ('60) and husband Herman (NAB) 50th Anniversary (Herman is from Finley) After receiving Kaylene and Herman's 50th Anniversary announcement I emailed Kaylene and asked if it was ok if I put it in the Sandstorm. Many many Bombers know the large Henjum and Hexum family. Kaylene and Herman have had their health challenges in the last couple of years and are in one right now. They deserve the celebration to come. Their sons have done a great job in putting together the website and the party to come. Kleenex in hand I have looked at the site a couple of times. Bombers Have Fun -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60)~ West Richland where the Quail are bountiful and scurrying to ready for new babies. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Linda REINING ('64) Girl, you are incredible!!! I am so glad you write in and tell us how things are going!! Your strength and sense of humor are priceless. I wish and pray for your continued complete recovery. Sincerely. -Donna BOWERS Rice (GMC '63) in sunny Chesterfield, MO where the 1st crocuses have just begun to bloom and boy, am I ready for Spring!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rebecca Tucker, spouse of Jeff Tucker ('84-RIP) My husband, Jeff Tucker (84) passed away at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Jeff had been leading a valiant battle against a glioblastoma (brain tumor) for over 2 years. His journey can be followed at Jeff is survived by his wife, Rebecca Tucker, two daughters Caitlin (15) and Ciara (7) and son, Christopher (9). He is also survived by his sister Jennifer Tucker Thompson (87) and his parents, Roger and Pat Tucker. A Memorial service is being planned for late March but details are still being organized. -Becca Tucker **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Virginia BRINKERHOFF Sweetland ('54) ~ 3/25/36 - 2/13/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45 '46 '02), Mike CLOWES ('54) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray WELLS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan NUSSBAUM ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BROWNE, Jr. ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deirdre JOHNSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul TUNNELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bobbie GILSTRAP ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45 '46 '02) Re: Rancho Mirage To: Bill BERLIN ('56), John HUGHES ('47) lives in RM.. I'll get his telephone # and post it, He would probably like to play a little golf. Also, when you last invited me over to Anacortes for coffee, I was out of town. When you get back, let me know and we will get together. -Dick McCOY ('45 '46 '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Time to say goodbye to a fellow classmate and friend Virginia BRINKERHOFF ('54-RIP). Also time to give a tip of the old birthday helicopter beanie to fellow classmate Ray WELLS ('54). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where it is almost like spring **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: 2010 Iditarod XXXVIII (38) - Official Iditarod Site 72 teams start today... times 16 dogs/team... that's a MINIMUM of 1,152 dogs. Most mushers arrive in Anchorage with more than 16 and they choose the 16 they will take to Nome after they arrive in Anchorage. I'm watching 19 in 2010 only 4 of whom I'd really like to see win: DeeDee Jonrowe (bib #31) - she's never won before - this is her 28th race, 15 times she finished in the top ten... her best finish: 2nd in both '93 and '98... she's a breast cancer survivor and she's one tough 55 year old... I'd love to see her win. Martin Buser (bib #37) - I just like Martin... he's a 4-time winner... he was Swiss... in 2002, he did half the American citizenship oath in Anchorage and the last half of it after arriving in Nome with a HUGE American flag waving from his sled... his 2002 fastest race record still stands: O8:22:46:02 2005 was banner year: he cut off his finger with a table saw about a week before the race started... AND RACED ANYWAY... Martin is 51 years old and I'd love to see him win for the 5th time. Lance Mackey (bib #49) - If Lance wins, he will be the ONLY musher to have won 4 years IN A ROW. Lance at 39 is the youngster of my favs... lost his index finger (I forget which one) to cancer... and survived... I'd love to see Lance make it 4 years in a row... and he can ONLY do it THIS YEAR. Rick Swenson (bib #57) - '77 '79 '81, '82, & '91 - HE WAS ROBBED in '78!! He accepted the decision that first SLED over the finish line was 2nd place... DESPITE THE FACT that when the teams LEAVE Anchorage, all the dogs are ahead of the start line... it's the SLED departure time that counts. Rick should have had three years IN A ROW... AND he would have a total of 6 wins... even with 5 he is "the winningest" musher of all time... in '91 he harnessed himself to the sled and led his team to victory thru a blizzard. This guy is 59 and is the oldest of my favs... he's one tough guy. He was 4th in '85 when the first woman (Libby Riddles) won the race. Rick was 2nd or 3rd behind Susan Butcher (RIP) more times that he'd like to count. I'd LOVE to see him put #6 under his belt. Bomber Cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA 44 now (high 65 today) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Spotted this in the Tri-City Herald obits but did not find it (yet) in the Einan's listings. "Martha Holland Blanton, 91, of Richland, died Feb. 28 at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland. She was born in Tulsa, OK and lived in the Tri-City area since 1944. She was a homemaker. Was she Ruth Ann BLANTON'S Mom? Ruth was a member of the Bomber Class of 1963. The Blantons lived in a 'B' house behind us. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Happy B-day to Brad UPTON ('74). As one of my most reliable clients back in my Pusher Man days I have followed your career with... interest. I will never forget how much you and Doug POTTER ('74) helped launch my career in business. You taught me much about the entrepreneurial spirit that drives this country and ensures reliable sources to facilitate underage drinking in America. You are a credit to your... whatever you are. God bless you, my son!!!! -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/07/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Stephanie DAWSON ('60), Donna NELSON ('63) Kathy RATHVON ('63), Charlotte NUGENT ('64) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie LAWSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray FISHER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod JOCHEN ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Obit in TC Herald for Martha Holland Blanton, I know that she was the mother of Bill BLANTON ('60). Is Ruth Ann BLANTON ('63-RIP) his sister? I'm betting that the Einan's entry won't appear until the family arrives from wherever all they live to make arrangements and do the honors. I've been checking the Einan's website--maybe this weekend. Probably won't see anything on the Herald website until Monday; they don't usually put up weekend notices on their website on Saturday or Sunday but I think Einan's does. -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Yes, Martha Blanton was Ruth's mother and Bill's (60). I visited her once a few years ago and she recognized me after so many years had passed since I'd seen her. She said "I know you". Ruth was a childhood friend and died from Hodgkins disease when we were juniors. I'll never forget her beautiful long red braids to her waist in grade school and one day the rubber band broke on one and everyone chased her on the playground to touch her hair. Mrs. Blanton worked at Kadlec Hospital from what I remember. -Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy RATHVON ('63) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) The age of Martha Blanton would be right. Ruth would have graduated in '63. I must have known her in junior high at Chief Jo. We were friends and she was the first person I ever knew to die. I remember visiting her towards the end. -Kathy RATHVON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) Thanks to you, Maren, for giving me some insight into the Iditarod mushers and the updates you give us each year. Talk about an "amazing race", I think this one is the best. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) sure made me think about our visit to the area a couple of years ago when we visited Lind and Othello. Our front yard looked like a football field when I was 5 and 6 years old and the apricot tree we planted from a seed is now huge. Although it was not the same place as it was so many years ago, I could still see us playing cops and robbers and walking on top of the snow in the winter when the snow was just right. I love the Sandstorm so I can get updates on such valiant people as Linda REINING ('64). I am glad for good reports and am so sorry for the struggles. I am among the many people who care deeply. -Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike FRANCO ('70) I am honored to have helped create your entrepreneurial spirit! You were like a great closer coming out of the bullpen: Make the call, watch the closer get up and get ready, then go out and do you job. You were the best. You are in my personal Hall of Fame. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/08/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63), Lynn JOHNSON ('63) Peg SHEERAN ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Rick MADDY ('67), Peg ADAIR ('72) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan ANDERSON ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed CHARETTE ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim ADAIR ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) The new Ebbets Field Flannels catalog has a pretty cool Tri-City Atoms t-shirt I kinda dont recall the Atoms, but must have gone to games with Dave PUGH ('62) and his pop George. George had great box seats that he shared with a couple of other Richland guys. I've lots of memories of going to Tri-City Braves games with my dad. Edo Vanni in center field, Milt Martin behind the plate (help me here HOFF), Nick Pasouit and "Fire Ball" Steve Dalkowsi These guys were bigger than life to me and going to Griggs to get a autograph was akin to a Cooperstown trip. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn JOHNSON Andrews ('63) Re: Ruth Blanton ('63wb-RIP) To: Kathy RATHVON ('63) and Donna NELSON ('63) Kathy and Donna, I have slightly different memories of her and her death. In the spring of 1960, I was volunteering in the library at Chief Jo in the mornings before classes started, something about earning "service points." (Little did I know then that I would become a librarian!) Ruth was already quite sick and weak then, and I remember one morning that one of her parents brought Ruth into the library and asked if she could rest there until classes started. It seems to me that she was starting to lose some of her beautiful red hair then. I believe that she was receiving radiation therapy. I heard that Ruth's parents told her that she would be able to go back to school in the fall of '60, probably as an encouragement to keep up her spirits. She didn't start though at Col-Hi. One day Kathy RATHVON ('63), Dianne KORNBERG ('63), Karen KLEINPETER ('63) and I were walking home from school and realized that we were passing in front of her house. We knocked on the door and asked if we could visit with Ruth. She was quite weak. A short while later, we heard that she had died, so this was the fall of '60, our sophomore year. Since then, I have thought that our visit might have cheered her, but it also pointed out that we were attending high school and she wasn't. -Lynn JOHNSON Andrews ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Re: Ruth Ann Blanton ('63wb-RIP) was the first person I knew to die, also (Kathy RATHVON ('63) said the same thing yesterday)... remember going to her birthday party on Stevens Drive in grade school. I loved her long red braids, too. Re: My Son Don't know if this is appropriate, but my son - nearly 20 years in the USAF, sang HIS version of our National Anthem at a large gathering of veterans in Santa Fe, NM Friday night. His 12 year old son, Conner, videoed him - in an interview at home first, and then the performance itself. I LIKE the version, and I'm proud of my son. -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: best buds iz the goodest What a guy... the birthday boy and I have been buds forever... he is my total hero for many reasons... he can build a motor with his eyes closed; weld clean as glass and diagnose just about any car problem over the phone... long distance... so there's a bunch of stuff I admire this guy for... but there is one thing that I think he pulled off that puts him way up there... I've often told you that for me High School was a place to meet girls and socialize... I spent my days walking Bomber- babes from class to class and locker to locker... weekends were the best but without school days the weekends mighta been a tad less eventful... I never did figure out the "school" part of school until after Vietnam... as I've said before... the last day of school my Senior year I spent with Ricky WARFORD ('65) sitting on the curb in front of Mac Hall sobbing into my hands with Rick and me taking turns muttering "we blew it... we really blew it"... well things weren't like that on that day for the birthday boy cuz he was gonna spend two more years in the Halls of Col-Hi... if Ida only paid more attention to his crafty scheme I too might have been saved from the "world" for a little longer... as it was, on the morning after grageashun I got a real wake up call: "Where the heck are you" the angry voice said on the phone as I was trying to figure a way to get over a huge hang-over... yup, didn't occur to me that for Richland Bell Furniture, the morning after grageashun was just another morning... and that's my tale of woe my Bomber friends... in a few short months I would be standing on those yellow footprints at MCRD... and the rest they say is history... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my very good buddy (no not Dobie or Maynard), Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67)... You da man Jimmie! I love you! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Bomber Mom I am posting this for those that knew my mother, Doris Maddy. Mom passed away last evening March 6. She had been a resident of the St. Joseph's Long Term Care in Chewelah, WA for about two years after suffering a mild stroke that put her in a wheelchair. She was very strong-minded up to the end; cognitive. Mom was admitted to the hospital in Chewelah on February 28 with pneumonia and in serious condition. She had kidney failure the next day, fell into a sleep and never woke up. My sister, Sheila MADDY Kelly ('66), was at her side. Mom was 83. Mom came to Yakima, WA at the age of ten in 1937 from southwest MO Ozarks where the family had lived since the 1830's. During WWII, the family moved to Bainbridge Island. During the war at age 16 she was a sandwich girl for the NSO in Seattle. At the beginning of 1945 when production of war materials was in full swing, she crossed the ferry every day into Seattle and worked in a shipbuilding-blueprinting office off of 1st Ave. War ended and the family was soon back in Yakima. 1946, Mom was working in an apple warehouse when she met my dad. The family of five moved to Richland in December, 1954 and in short order settled at 707 Downing Street. Maddy, as her friends called her, is survived by two brothers and three sisters. She is also survived by her daughter, Sheila, sons Rick and Roger, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. One sister and three brothers preceded her in death. My father died in 1989. Mother will be buried in the family cemetery off Ahtanum outside Yakima. She was a wonderful mother. She will be dearly missed by us all. Doris Jane Maddy ~ February 9, 1927 - March 6, 2010 -Rick MADDY ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg ADAIR ('72) Re: Happy Birthday Jim ADAIR I want to wish my Big Brother, Jim "DOC" ADAIR a very Happy Birthday. So, all you folks in Bomber Land wish him well too. Love you, Jimmie. -Peg ADAIR ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 8 To All Bombers, Well, took the last 7 or so weeks off. So its time to get busy. Here are 8 images to view. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/09/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Dale ENNOR ('59) Michael WAGGONER ('60), Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61), John ADKINS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George HAMMONS ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam PANTHER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet OLSON ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ALBAUGH ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Petra GIANGRANDE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob PEUTZ ('73) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Leonard PETERS & MaryMike HARTNETT ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY (the Tin Can Class of '45) To: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Your son takes after his Uncle Pat and his Grandfather (the Meistersingers). Very impressive. Did you know your brother Pat ('48-RIP) composed the words to the Bomber fight song? He picked the wrong music, but oh well. -Dick McCOY From the tin can class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale ENNOR ('59) Re: Sorenson picture #38 "Symons and Goethalslooking west." Hmmmmm. I don't recall the noonday sun ever being low enough to create such long shadows. While I don't recognize the intersection, could the road be running either north or south to accommodate a late afternoon or early morning sun? Given the lack of human activity I'd opt for the latter. [The camera is on Symons which runs east/west... the cross street is Goethals which runs north/south. Symons is the street on the north side of Uptown. It starts at Haines and runs west till just past Wright when it turns north and runs into Tinkle. The old cemetery is about 2 blocks south of the intersection. -Maren] -Dale ENNOR ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael WAGGONER ('60) Re: Sorenson Picture #37 Looks like might be Kadlec Hospital. -Michael WAGGONER ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie GUNDERSON Chiles ('60) To: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Your son's rendition of the National Anthem is beautiful... and what a great voice! A proud moment for him, and you, to be able to honor his fellow veterans in that way. To: Rick MADDY ('67) So sorry to hear of your Mom's death. -Suzie GUNDERSON Chiles ('60) ~ Omak, WA where it is a blustery day in the neighborhood. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Thanks to all the great Bombers who sent their love, memories and prayers regarding the passing of Virginia BRINKERHOFF Sweetland ('54). -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Tri City Braves After a quick exchange with my brother, Richard ('56), this is our memory of the Tri City Braves. 1st base - Vic Bucola 2nd base - Al Spater SS - Buddy Peterson 3rd base - Neal Bryant Right field - Clint Cameron Center field - Jim Warner Left field - Dick Faber Catcher - Nick Passuitt (backup catcher - Jim McKegon) Pitchers - Lou McCullom, Cy Greenlaw, Joe Nichels, Jo Orval, Bob Greenwood, George New -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland -Dick ADKINS ('56) ~ Houston **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Love them bomber-babes Wow how could a year pass so quickly! It seems like yesterday I was telling on myself about this birthday girl... I was mad for her in Jr Hi and High School. She was a babe then and hasn't lost any of her babeness over the years. So I shore do hope that her birthday is a good one. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Pam Panther ('65) on March 9, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Re: Jim "DOC" ADAIR ('66) Happy Birthday Dang. I missed my brothers birthday............ Sorry Dood! Wishing Jim ADAIR ('66), a very belated Happy Birthday, on Monday the 8th. I love you brother. -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/10/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Mike CLOWES ('54) Steve CARSON ('58), George SWAN ('59) Dave HANTHORN ('63), Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane DAVENPORT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb O'MALLEY ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Sorenson's pic, Symons (#38) The picture includes some interesting old buildings. The nearest building [on the right] is the former Jerry Pleiss service station, the building across Goethals is the former Garmo grocery store, and the one behind that is a drug store, I don't remember who had the franchise, but it might have been Garmo. A platoon of my classmates worked at those three businesses, and even I worked at Garmo's for a few weeks. The vegetable man and I had our disagreements. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: NAB Sorensen's photo #31: Many of you have probably thought that this is a picture of a Jeep spraying mosquitos. Wrong, my Bomber friends. If you will take time to note that there is no parade of the youths of Richland following in the cloud of smoke. This leads me to believe the person driving it has purchased at Cactus Jack's War Surplus Emporium out at the "Y". He hasn't quite got all the cosmoline cleaned off, and it really does need a ring and valve job. Of course Cactus Jack told the new owner that the Jeep was previously owned by a "little old" WAC General from Pasadena who only drove it for Saturday morning inspections. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in slightly chilly Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers predicted snow, but the hawthorne trees are still in bloom, and the daffodils and tulips are starting to bloom. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Sorenson Picture 35 This looks like it was taken on GWWay looking North. The Community Center is across the street and it looks like the Richland Theatre further North on GWWay. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago where it is above freezing for the first time in nearly 90 days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) To: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) (and all other Bombers) Re: Your son's rendition of the National Anthem Hi Peg, I finally had a chance to watch your son's rendition of the National Anthem. Yours is surely a talented family group. As we Marines say ... Outstanding! And, I really liked what your son had to say before the footage of his performance. I felt the meaning of his message strongly, as I thought back to when your niece came through here for her book signing. I was standing in line on Jadwin Avenue, when a murmur began running through the crowd and grew to a level of excitement. Suddenly, I heard someone say, "Sarah is coming!" From the aging revelry of my near geriatric mind, I muttered, "Where?" And another said, "She's right there!" I turned and looked right into her smiling eyes, as she stepped toward me, with Trig in her arms, grasped my hand, and said, "Thank you for your service." Now, she did not know me from "Adam and his "soon to be" wife's apple tree," but I was wearing one of my many "Marine" hats. Well, for a moment, I was speechless, probably exhibiting a distinct "Duh" expression, but I managed to smile back and say, "Thank you," and then, as she started to move on, I blurted out, "I'm a friend of Peg and Katie!" She turned back, as she walked on, smiled over her shoulder, and nodded. Well ... it seemed appropriate at the time, and besides that, it was all that came to my stunned, but seasoned mind. Like myself nowadays, my place in line moved slowly, and it did not get close enough to have her sign my book before the signing was over. But ... the next day, I went back to the bookstore and traded my book for one with a sticker in it, that she had signed. So, when all was said and done, I got a copy of her book with her signature in it, she shook my hand, and made an aging Bomber Veteran feel, once again ... worthwhile. Your son's words and performance gave me cause for reflection on the subject of our current military personnel and our veterans. Through the efforts by many, in recent years, to once again, reach out, recognize, and support our troops and veterans in the manner contained in Sarah's recognition of my service, and your son's message, and his rendering of our National Anthem, we can offer a major morale boost to those who gave, and those who are currently giving of themselves. Today, as in the past, they give of their youth, time, and sometimes their lives, in their effort to "make things right," by looking after the down-trodden, over there, and "keeping it" away from our doors, back here. And, we "Cold War" vets filled in the spaces in between. In addition to those who have served, those who now serve, and those who will serve, will all someday, be veterans. All will have given some, and some will have given all. America has not had a draft since The Vietnam War, so all who have served since, were or are volunteers, and did not have to go. And, many keep going back when they could get out, but perhaps by then, not so much for us, but for those who stand beside them. Regardless of why our young men and women choose to serve, their choosing to do so, means that someone else does not have to put it out there. In my book, at the very least, that rates a "Thank you for your service!" Every one of them will probably respond that they were just doing their job, but believe me ... deep down, it will mean a lot to them, that someone cared, and was paying attention to what they gave. Peggy, please tell your son, for me, "Thank you for your service," and his inspiration!" And, as I recall yours was pretty much of an "Air Force" family, with your brother and you, and now your son, serving. "Thank you for your service," my fellow Bomber Veterans, and that of your sons and daughters. Semper Fi -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA where I am enjoying the occasional sunshine and warmer weather, after a fairly rough winter (on a personal basis). I am finally getting back to the tasks at hand, on my little home front. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN ('63) Re: Mini Bomber reunion in Thailand Hi Maren, Here are the pix of Bill WILSON ('63), myself, my wife Noi, and niece Bee at Bill's and my "mini-reunion" in Thailand. [Look for the story in the 3/1 Sandstorm. -Maren[ -Dave HANTHORN ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Here's a fantastic website for anyone that enjoys minor league baseball: You'll find all your Tri-City minor league baseball history and rosters here. -Brad UPTON ('74), Clubhouse boy 1971, 1972 Tri-City Padres ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/11/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48), Mike CLOWES ('54) Tom TRACY ('55), Bonnie STEEBER ('57) Steve CARSON ('58), Helen CROSS ('62) Joe FORD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay McCUE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HERIFORD ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mandy HOLMES ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike AUSTEN ('99) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48) To: Dick McCOY ('45/'46) Re: Sorenson's pic, Symons (#38) The drug store was Castleberry's and I spent September '45 till June '48 at Garmo's along with Bill EARP ('47) and he stayed on with Garmo, went Spokane, and at a reunion he told he retired from the stone organization which owned Garmo's. -Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Sorenson's pic #35 You've located the position of the camera person correctly. However, the Richland Theater would be to the left and out of sight. The Village Theater is to the north from this location. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it is still cool in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Sorenson's pic, Symons (#38) Thanks for verifying Maren's accurate intersection I.D. , showing that we always got "long shadows" at noon during the cold winter months at Symons and Goethals. The '36 Ford got my attention... reminds me of one I had for a couple of years. The "purple peril" liked to park here and there throughout R-town... whenever it felt like it. It was a special Model WTBP (Waiting-to-be-Pushed); a unit engineered only to get tired and rest. The one pictured had more accoutrements... dual rear-view mirrors, fender skirts... and probably a functional engine. About Garmo's. I wonder if your veggie manager couldn't deal with all the tomatoes inspected thoroughly and technically marked with individual "OK by Dick" labels? Someone with an accurate stamp needs to contact google and get their "satellite" map corrected. The parking lot of a church between Kadlec Hospital and the Cemetery has a label, "Kennewick Fire Department". It may be a subtle way for our downstream neighbors to collect taxes from our community or find a way to slip over a few blocks and illegally lay claim to our Spudnut Shop. I loved the Spudnut Shop... It was the only place where I could win a slam dunk contest. Any action taken to mis-identify something near our Spudnut Shop should be reported to Homeland Security. Bomber cheers, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Re: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Welcome back to the Sandstorm. I know that you've had a few months of rough times but you and your entries to the Sandstorm have been missed! It's good to have you back! Re: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Thanks for sharing your Thailand story. I have a special interest since my oldest daughter and her family have lived in Thailand for the past 10 years, near the International School of Bangkok. I've been fortunate to have spent a couple of vacations visiting them and being a tourist in an interesting country. Re: Linda REINING ('64) Linda has been my encouragement and inspiration in my personal battle with cancer. She seems so upbeat that I've felt ashamed of the few times my chemo sessions have gotten me down. What courage! Thanks, Linda, for all your emails. You go, girl!!!! -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) ~ Our cool, wet winter is still hanging around but we're enjoying it. When Tucson gets hot, it stays hot for a long time! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Iditarod Maren, Fox and Friends this morning had a block on the race. Bib 12 [that would be Matt Hayashida who is a Martin Buser protege. -Maren] was shown mushing off with a second sled tied to the back? They also showed some mushers pulling a sled with a dog riding and spent some time wondering about the drug testing for the dogs. {Re: 2nd sled: the entire contraption is called an "old man sled"... it holds supplies 'n such and it's got a place where the musher can SIT when he wants to. Re: Dog Riding: sometimes to give a partidular dog a break.. sometimes an injured dog will be carried in the sled to the next checkpoint. Re: Drug testing dogs: They drug test ALL the dogs for every race. There is a volunteer vet at every major Checkpoint... each dog is inspected often. -Maren]. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday to fellow classmate, Diane DAVENPORT ('62). I think the last time we actually ran into each other was at the Tower of London in the late '90s!! Hope you have a happy one. When John ADKINS ('62), also from our great class, mentioned the Tri-City Braves, it makes me wish my dad were still alive. He attended many of their games, if not most, and I'm sure he could have told you the roster any year!! from our house by the little lake near Cincinnati, Ohio, where it's been 66 and sunny and breezy, and my tulips and daffodils are just peeking out from the ground, as there is still some of the 20 some inches of snow they had here not even a month ago... just lovely spring weather now. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63) Re: Sorenson's pic, Symons (#38) Folks; Our neighbor from Thayer, Dick McCOY ('45), nailed the location exactly, and I do believe that the pharmacy was a Garmo franchise. The "H" house showing behind the pharmacy, facing south on Symons, was the home of Ed and Marge Gates, friends of our family. Ed was one of those many highly skilled Hanford workers, who could have constructed anything. In his case, he was a glassblower, and had worked in upstate New York before coming to Hanford. He still had a New York accent, and drove a Hudson. He and Marge had no children (none that I knew of) and had interesting cultural artifacts in their home. This is another of those photos that take me back. Thanks to Messrs Sorenson and McCOY. -Joe FORD ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/12/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46), Tim SMYTH ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) Lance WILLIS ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray LOESCHER ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John RICHARDSON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph KEPPEON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie WALSH ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46) To: Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48) How could I forget Castleberry's? Old age, I guess. Yes Bill EARP ('47) worked there but I didn't know he retired from that business. -Dick McCOY ('45/'46) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) On our cross-country trip yesterday (March 10th), Debby and I spent a very enjoyable few hours with Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) and her husband Dave in their summer hometown of Quartzite, AZ. Off to Yuma today to get warmer. -Tim SMYTH ('62) ~ glad he's not home in upstate NY **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber World "Don't know if this is appropriate"... Peggy ('63)... the day you can't share your son singing our National Anthem is the day I stop being a Bomber and there will never be such a day... I sent it to my "Bomber Patriots", who probably all saw it through Sandstorm... but it was worth a second mailing. Thank you. And for all our vets: Welcome Home and Thank you for your service! The other night at my monthly Con Law class, one of my Viet-vet buddies who is also my table-mate at a men's club we belong to (peopled by far more women than men often) had to share what a small world it was... at the last meeting we had "kids" my age from all three Manhattan Project "secret cities"... well this week, Ed approached me with an email. He has been corresponding with a lady friend and apparently has mentioned my name a few times... the lady friend informed him that her sister and I went to High School together... Hey Nancy CRUZ ('65)... How ya been? Hope to see you in June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, the DeJONGs ('63) have got to be one of the most fun loving couples I know. They just couldn't resist letting me know they are having a ball in their favorite place on earth (other than Richland of course) And now... for the special event of the day... (I just love it when Bomber-babes have birthdays!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend and individual of like mind Jeanie WALSH ('63) and any other assorted aliases you may be using) on March 12, 2010!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: Class of '65 Reunion Hey, classmates of '65! Your 45th reunion committee is trying to fix a date for our get together. Please indicate your preference. June 25-27, July 16-18, August 13-15, August 20-22, September 10-12. Thank you! -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lance WILLIS ('70) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) and John ADKINS ('62) Re: Tri-City Braves I had the benefit of living next door to Mr. Jacobs who was the GM or President of the organization, I think. He got me a job being the bat boy for the team for 2 years back in the mid '60s. Then I was moved up in the organization to the visitors' club house boy. Shined shoes, cleaned up the locker room, got the waiting pitchers food, etc. After every home game we would end up at this little caf where Mr. Jacobs had coffee and I had a piece of pie. Some of the players would end up there after the game also for food. On my birthday I received an autographed baseball from the team and a pair of Tri-City A's cuff links. As I remember it the team had several names over the years. Tri-City A's, Tri-City Atoms and Tri-City Braves. My birthday baseball was signed by Duke Snyder, Ron Cey and others. The ball park was Sanders Jacobs Field. I would carry a pocket full of snow cone coupons around and one of my jobs was to trade a coupon for a foul ball. Didn't have a big budget for balls back then. Always tried to take my buddies Bill WEDBERG ('70) and Vic MARSHALL ('71) to the games but all they wanted to do was to hang out under the bleachers? -Lance WILLIS ('70) ~ Sunny Santa Clarita, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/13/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), John ADKINS ('62) Joe FORD (63), Steve GALLOWAY (74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HINKLE ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Lance WILLIS ('70) Re: Tri-City Braves If you were giving free Sno-cones for foul balls, then the Braves increased the budget. Back in the beginning, they were giving free tickets (which were cheaper than shaved ice, but not as cool). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ yet another monsoon has struck Mount Angel, OR, but the weekend promises to be nice **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bombers in the Military On Monday, March 15th the list of Bombers who have served in the Military will be going to the Graphics Company to be transformed into a display. The display will be presented at the All Bomber reunion in June. I think we're gonna "knock yer socks off." This is your last opportunity to review the names and make additions and corrections. View the list at: -John ADKINS ('62) -Roy BALLARD ('63) -Pappy SWAN ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD (63) Re: Tri-Cities baseball Folks; My father (also Joe Ford, RIP) was a big baseball fan, and we got our first television set in the early 1950s so he could watch the World Series. He had seen the Dean brothers (Dizzy and Paul?) play in St. Louis in the 1930s, and when organized ball came to Kennewick, he went to the games. My memory was that the local team were the Braves then, about 1953. Dad claimed he once saw Edo Vanni fake being hit in the head by a fly ball that went over the low fence (actually a homer), since it would be a ground rule double if it bounced over. Vanni was in center field, saw that the ball was going over, and dropped to the grass, rubbing his head. The umpire apparently took his word for it. Vanni also played for the Seattle Rainiers, unless Im mistaken, and when we went to Seattle to visit relatives, dad and my uncle Cliff would go to Sicks Stadium to watch them. Thanks to all for bringing these wonderful old memories back. -Joe FORD (63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve GALLOWAY (74) Re: Richland Historical Street Names After reading a book called "Richland Streets" from the Richland Library, I've been doing a little research on two of the streets, Wordrop and Tinkle. As many of you know, the streets in "old" Richland are often named after Army Corps of Engineer personnel to honor their service to our country. There's a copy of a 1955 memo in the book that gives a different spelling than currently appears on the street signs, Tinkel for Tinkle Street and Wardrop for Wordrop Street. The memo states that there was to be a street named after Captain Starr C. Wardrop, an Army Corps of Engineer officer. Indeed there was a Captain Starr C. Wardrop of the Army Corp of Engineers. He was born on October 29, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Utah. His name can be found in the prestigious West Point register of graduates. He is number 5750 and graduated August 30, 1917. He graduated #11 out of a class of 152. He served his county in various capacities in the United States. His last assignment was at Corozal at the Panama Canal. One day he went fishing in row boat with one or two other men. When the only oar on the boat fell overboard, he drowned while attempting to retrieve it. The date was April 3, 1920. He was a young man whose life was cut short at the beginning of his military career. I'm sure a lot of people have wondered about the peculiar street name, Tinkle. Most have heard the joke about Richland being the only city in world where you can stand on the corner of Wright and Tinkle, and not get arrested. Tinkle Street usually evokes a grin or muffled laughter whenever I give my address. Since I live on Tinkle Street, I have a special interest in uncovering the history behind the name. As it turns out, the story behind the Tinkle Street name is as tragic as the one behind Wardrop Street. The street was to be named after 1st Lieutenant Otto S. Tinkel. The book at the Richland Library shows his named spelled correctly in the 1955 memo regarding Richland street names. However, another list in the same book has his typed name misspelled and then corrected with the stroke of a pen. Otto Spaulding Tinkel was born May 5th, 1900, in Kalispell, MT. He was educated in the public schools of Idaho and Washington. His name can also be found in the West Point register of graduates. He is number 6330 and graduated June 13, 1922. He graduated number three in a class of 102 cadets. He was scheduled to serve in World War I, but the war ended before he could be deployed. Lt. Tinkel acquired a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1925 and took post graduate study at Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served at several different locations in the United States and also in Panama. His final assignment was as an instructor at West Point in the Department of Chemistry and Electricity. His death has never been fully explained. This much is known. He left West Point to stay at the home of a friend in Greenwich Village on a Thursday afternoon. He left his friend's home that night and did not return until Friday morning. When he returned, his face was bloody and bruised, and his shirt was stained with blood. He only wanted to rest and fell asleep. His friend thought it best to let him sleep and did not check on him until late that afternoon. When he did check on him, an ambulance was summoned and Lt. Tinkel was taken to the hospital, where he died that night. His autopsy shows that he died of a fractured skull. The cause of the injury was never determined, though there is a hand written note on the medical examiner's report that says "probably assault." He died on August 24, 1934. These streets were to be named after young military men who died tragically. These were bright young men with careers of service to our country ahead of them. Somehow in all the hurry and secrecy of the Hanford Project, the names weren't spelled correctly. I'd like to them corrected. Since Wardrop is part of Richland's Gold Coast Historic District, there may be some interest in at least correcting one of them. -Steve GALLOWAY ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/14/2010 ~ SPRING FORWARD at 2am ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Carol CARSON ('60), Jim HAMILTON ('63), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane DVORAK ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia WADE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary HORTON ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim MILLBAUER ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: General Mattis ('68) Hi Maren - spotted this in the on-line Tri-City Herald yesterday: [24 pictures] -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) The comments of Joe B. FORD ('63) concerning Edo Vanni brought back many memories. 15 or so years ago I went to a Baseball card deal to get an autograph of Edo Vanni for Dave PUGH's ('62) 50th birthday. Can't recall who else was there but I had plenty of time to chat up Edo. I told him about my memories, not limited to: The Sunday afternoon that he called time and ran up into the stands and bought a pop to cool off During a rain delay he went out on the pitcher's mound with a rod and reel and pretended to fish The aforementioned claim that the batted ball had hit him on the head (ala Jose Conseco) and bounced over the fence for a ground rule double. A similar event where he jumped at the fence and pretended to catch a third out ball that was actually a home run, only to be xx by the umpire when asked for the ball, after the team had run off the field Giving chewing tobacco to some little kid who was hanging out in the vicinity of his dugout (actually this occurred in Spokane when he was managing the Spokane Indians), for which he made the Channel 6 news at 10:30pm. Edo laughed at my memories and didn't contradict me at all. He did mention that if he had a dime for every one that was true, he wouldn't be spending his Sunday at a card show. Edo passed away three or four years ago, big write up in the Seattle papers (there were two back then). On another note, for those of you who never had the privilege of knowing Joe's pop, he was a real piece of work. I mean that in only the most honorable way. I can remember him telling us stories about Arkansas, Camp Polk, the Depression and Hickey Freeman suits. A great memory and with a certain twinkle in his eye he kept us entertained for many evenings -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: baseball memories Ah, the memories of Tri-City minor league baseball. I was not even in school when I started going to some games in the '50s. The early teams the Braves were the first ones I watched. I remember when Rick Monday signed with Oakland as a "bonus baby" and got quite a signing bonus. I'm thinking the last time I saw any games was the summer of my graduation year ('69). My late father had his first heart attack following a night put on by his employer-BNW. I remember people handing out coupons for something at the concession stand for foul balls, too. My brothers were both lucky on occasion to get one but I never did and I went to more games than they did I think. Thanks for those memories. It makes me a little sad now when I look at the place where Sanders-Jacobs field stood, nothing but fast food places and stores. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today I may need my snorkel and floaties **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jeff Tucker ('84) ~ 11/24/65 - 2/24/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/15/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill BERLIN ('56), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Mike BRADY ('61), David RIVERS ('65) Dwight CAREY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron HOLEMAN ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy BALLARD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Theartis WALLACE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara SMITH ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry GANZ ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessica AVANT ('95) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Iditarod Many thanks to Maren for these reports. Better than ESPN, ESPN2 or FSN. You would think that Gretna was right on the trail. Re: Tri-City Braves and Edo Vanni It was Sanders Field when I got to be a bat boy and my buddy was Dez Charous (sp?) and Edo was my mentor. Great guy. R. J. Skewes Furniture and Interiors was arguably the most upscale furniture store in the Tri-Cities and a major sponsor and advertiser at the old ball park. Skewes decided to have a "Skewes Night" with lots of give away and free stuff and a big raffle at the stretch (bottom of the seventh inning for you tennis players). When Edo pulled the ticket and announced "...and the winner of the R. J. Skeewee's ..." and nobody heard who the winner was because they were laughing so hard. Didn't phase old "banana nose'a" and he just kept butchering the good Skewes name. As bat boy I got to go to Vancouver (Capilanos), B.C, Yakima (Bears), Portland (Beavers) and Spokane (Indians). Great road trips by bus and an old bus at that. The life of any minor league player is nothing like getting into "the Big Show", the major leagues. Food, accommodations, mode of transportation all sucked. I was promoted to one of two (league rules) score board operators. No fancy replay job, the score board at Sanders Field was manual. Manual changing of the scores and innings and flipping the light switches for the "count" (balls and strikes for you hockey fans). On those hot Tri-City nights it could get real warm, sweaty might be a better term, but we had all the cold Coke we could drink. Getting rid of all that Coke was... that is another story but let's say that is why there were no weeds on the back side of the score board. Later in life Edo Vanni, Jr. was assigned to my department and we traveled to Alaska a number of times. He told me that Edo, Senior had moved, or was still living, on Queen Anne hill in Seattle so I would go up and see him quite often, even go out to lunch at Vito's. He knew all of the Seattle sports heroes of those days and those gone by, especially the Seattle baseball icon Freddie Hutchinson. Most had gone to Franklin High down in "Garlic Gulch" as Edo called it and lunch at Vito's was long and wet. Edo was a great guy and a huge baseball fan. -Bill BERLIN ('56) Rancho Mirage, CA getting ready to "transition" (PC for travel) home tomorrow. Trading sun and 75 for rain, wind and cold I am told. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) I have been reading about the Tri-City Braves baseball team in the Sandstorm lately and that brought to mind when our family used to go in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I remember one man who had a cowbell that he rang whenever one of the Braves did something great. Does anyone else remember him? -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Spring training I just returned from Phoenix. My wife and I went to three spring training games. We got to see Ken Griffey ,Jr. and Ichiro up close. I'm convinced this is our year! But. doesn't everyone at this time of the year? It was special seeing Griffey as this may be his last year. While I was down there we went skiing near Flagstaff. I was impressed by the ski runs, the snow and the staff at Snow Bowl. Who would think of skiing in Arizona! Over the past 4 months, I have been doing a lot of traveling. I visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with my oldest son in November/December. I loved the people and the environment. I learned the true meaning of the "strength of the heart." In February, I went on a Western Caribbean cruise with my wife and sister, Mary Jane ('63). When we returned we went to Phoenix for a week. My youngest son and his wife and children live there. I think my next trip will be to Russia. A young lady who worked on the cruise ship convinced me that that is the place to go. I'm not sure when I will go. Does anyone want to join me? -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I have two baseball cards...can I play? Well, kids, today's lesson isn't really about baseball cards... sorry Jimbeaux ('63), I know you'd like to snatch some of them great keepers I got... I got two Gene CONLEY ('48)... not sure if they are the Top's 28 on the Bomber page... they are different I think and a couple a Bo Belinsky along with at least one of his poker chips... I got lotsa balls tho that Bo gave me... one from a guy named "Nomo"?... it was famous at the time only two signed in English and Japanese... Bo gave me his but I had no clue of course... my partner almost fainted... somehow Bo talked Gene Autry outa his for my partner... guess he could get another... but today is about Buddha Buddies and B-ball stars (yes... I'm well aware Gene C was a B-ball guy remember, I'm the kid who got him to sign a baseball for R2K and was gonna get a B-ball but thought it was overkill... ) so now where was this story going... oh yes... The Buddha buddy is very much responsible for picking up and transporting the big bomb we have for reunions from the Salt Lake area to Richland after leaving his other Buddha buddy in the Hospital with me in Vegas... wow... that was a story and a half... and the B-ball star is a guy who turned every game into a huge event... I still remember Joe Carroll talking to my Dad about "the Artist" my Dad was as big a sports fan as I was... I played just good enough football in Jr Hi to stay on first string but not good enough to get hurt... I lasted long enough till my mom said I couldn't play any more till my grades improved... that was my first year at Col-Hi... freedom at last... no more practice and all that stuff... no more getting yelled at for not making my block... Terry ('65) remembers me being a natural born athlete... I remember Mr. Olson telling me in the 2nd grade that I was the slowest human being on earth... he was very accurate... Terry's memory sucks... that's the nicest thing Mr. Olson would say to me... after that it was: "turn around... you can come back when you haven't been drinking... "... rats... no Hi Spot for me again... I'm beginning to wonder if the Last Dance at Hi-Spot in 2001 was actually the only time I made it into the room!... so today we got two big kids having birthdays and I feel so lucky to be able to know them and have this chance to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roy BALLARD ('63) and Thea WALLACE ('63) on March 15, 2010 (yipes corporate tax day!!!) -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight CAREY ('68) Re: General Jim MATTIS ('68) I want to thank our classmate Jim Mattis ('68) for an inspirational appearance at RHS This week. I was not present, but he no doubt had a certain degree of influence on the students. I'd wager on how many of them will remember that day for many, many years. I just thought it was a great thing to do at this stage of his career - which has been a very honorable, courageous career, I might add. -Dwight CAREY ('68) ~ ready for a cruise on the river in sunny Richland today. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/16/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Joe FORD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hazel MORGAN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Anne CRANE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami LYONS ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rhonda MILLER ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63) Re: Thanks, Jimbeaux Folks; Thanks to James Norris "Jimbeaux" Hamilton ('63), for his kind words about my father, who was a raconteur of the best kind. He had a fund of stories, and could spin them well. He and my mother, Chris (RIP), arrived early at Hanford, and lived the remainder of their lives in Richland. Don Sorenson's (NAB) photos have evoked a lot of memories. Thanks to him, Dick McCOY ('45 & '46), and the other writers who've added their own narratives. Regards, -Joe FORD ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/2010 ~ HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50) Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard ROBERTS ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon TEMPLEMAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LANG ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa LYSHER ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) A happy St. Patrick's Day to all Bombers and a happy birthday celebration to one of Richland's loveliest daughters ever to grace its halls - Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55). -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch It's that time again, Next Sunday March 21st is the next scheduled Spokane lunch. WHEN: Sunday March 21st TIME: Coffee at 11:30 Lunch around Noon WHERE: Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights Woodlands Restaurant In the Family section of the Casino. Join us for Lunch and 'Slot Machines! The Casino is about 1 mile north of Wal*Mart See You Then... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/18/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Betty BELL ('51), Steve CARSON ('58) John Adkins ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol BRADY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Just a reminder that the EASY SWING BAND will play for the Richland Seniors Association's All-Ages Dance Friday, March 19 at the Richland Community Center from 1:00 - 4:00. Only $5 at the door for great music and good friends! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Thank for your annual Iditarod coverage. I paid more attention to this than the Daytona 500 or the Olympics. Real challenge, real people and great stories. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: R2K + 10 silent auction We are planning a silent auction of Bomber and other items of interest at R2K +10. If you have items of Arts, crafts, wood projects, sewing projects any items that you might like to donate to a silent action, please contact me or Jane WALKER Hill ('62). -John ADKINS ('62) -Jane WALKER Hill ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/19/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Steve CARSON ('58) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don PANTHER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl RAEKES ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Maren, Is Susan Butcher the only woman to win? Has to be a story there. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago in the Sun. No more snow until Sunday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Actually, no, Steve. Susan wasn't the first woman to win. Libby Riddles won in 1985... Susan followed the next years ('86, '87, '88, & then again in 1990). Libby and Susan are the only women to win. I remember all the "back and forth" in the "Susan Years" between Susan and Rick Swenson. I lived in Alaska then and the news coverage is GREAT. Rick was 3rd in '86, 2nd in '87 and '88. By then Rick had already won in '77, '79, '81, and '82... and IN MY OPINION, Rick was ripped off in '78, he was 2nd by ONE SECOND because Dick Mackey's lead dog crossed the finish line first. Rick's SLED crossed the finish line first. The Iditarod Committee made the decision as to who won in 1978, but I think they FORGOT about the fact that when the teams DEPART in Anchorage, all the dogs are AHEAD of the start line... it's the SLED that starts... seems WRONG that the dogs finish... ANYWAY... Rick is still the "winningest" musher with 5 wins. In '91 Rick harnessed himself as the lead dog and pushed thru a blizzard to take first place. This guy is tough... hadda be to take all those losses from Susan. After Libby won and in the years when Susan won, there were bumper stickers and t-shirts and signs that said "ALASKA... where men are men and women win the Iditarod". You know Rick Swenson had to have taken a lot of ribbing over that. Here's Libby's history: rookie 18th in '80, 20th in '81, 1st in '85, scratched in '87, 16th in '89, 33rd in '95. The first woman to FINISH was Mary Shields in 1974. You can go to: and pick any musher or any year you want to find stats... I met a woman once who had finished the Iditarod. She's married to my ex brother-in-law's brother (My Mom would call that a shirt tail relative). Lotsa women have raced. How's that for a story? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavinger ('65), Re: Another loss Very sad news to report. Bryce Linville ('64) has died. He battled a brain tumor for a few years, died March 16th shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His mother Grace, widow Nancy Lee ('67), son and daughter-in-law have been robbed of many "golden years." -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavinger ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/20/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Steve CARSON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leah COLLINS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanna FAULKNER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri DAUGHERTY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Women in the Iditarod Awesome story Maren, really entertaining and I think more so than the NFL and NASCAR. Thanks -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Jerry MOLNAA ('52) ~ 2/10/34 - 3/17/2010 >>Bryce LINVILLE ('64) ~ 9/18/46 - 3/16/2010 >>Shay DICKSON ('87) ~ 9/26/69 - 3/13/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/21/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), John ADKINS ('62) Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gini MILLER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna McGREGOR ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marji BREWDER ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: March Madness Don't know if any Bombers are playing in the tournament; but just gotta say: "How about them Dawg!" (Huskies and Lady Bulldogs). Today we'll find out how the other half of Gonzaga does against the Orange. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Spring is a comin' in here in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: The Animal I just finished reading a book written by a Bomber friend of ours. It's all about surviving the mid to late '50s in Richland. The author - his relatives - friends and others spend their time doing something close to what most of us did. If you want to know how we survived those teen years - there's no help here. But if you want a fun and funny read, join author Jim Watt's ('54) and stalwart and generally put upon friends as the slog though lack of things to do - and not enough funds to do them. If you are privileged to have been from that era, you will know who he is telling his stories about, though he has changed names to protect the guilty. I am sure if you contact Jim (his e address is on the class of '54 website) he would be pleased to help you get a copy - at $20.00 it's a good investment in a few hours of "Oh my Gods" and "Did they really do that's". -John ADKINS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Re: Tacoma Hi Folks; My wife and I will be in Tacoma near Browns Point house sitting for my brother in law's family while they go on a cruise. We will arrive there Friday 3/26 and come home to San Jose, CA 4/7. We will be cruising around the Tacoma/Seattle area for about 8 days. Just have to feed and walk the dog and tolerate the cat. Anyone want to get together for brunch or something during that time let me know. My wife is a knitter so of course we will be stopping at any yarn shops along the way. -Dave MILLER ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/22/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean KIRBY ('55), Patti JONES ('60) Roy BALLARD ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luana IVERS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike RICE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie CRIGLER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina JONES ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordie McMASTER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet ELL ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Re: The Animal I too just finished the book by Jim WATTS (54), "The Animal". I had no idea all this was going on while I was in school. It is a great tale of some of our thinly disguised friends, especially the lead character and friend of Jim's. Find a copy and have a good time reading. -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) To: Nina JONES Rowe ('65) No matter what we do the time of year will happen whether we want it to or not. That being your time today of another Birthday. After the years of care giving with Mom you deserve an extra day so make this time a good couple of days of celebrating. Making the two days all about you. Something extra special you haven't thought of. Dream beyond your wildest dreams. Maybe buy something that you always say you can't afford or would rather not spend the money on now. Dream some more, you will figure it out. Your imagination is the greatest as we were taught to do growing up. We will celebrate some more when you are here in June. I Will always remember the fun birthdays the family had for each of us every year. Always our special day and got to be choosy about what we wanted for dinner and gift. Mine was always the back yard picnic and Hazel forgetting not to go in the house. Bet you stop and think now when having a backyard get together to get it all when you are taking it out? To clue the Bombers in Nina would go back in the house and someone would think of two or three things for her to bring out so we started calling her Hazel. Whoops....maybe you have forgotten about it Nina. So little Sis have a great day even though it is a work day and you have celebrated with children and grand children celebrate some more. HAPPY.....Happy Birthday! Little Sis From Big Sis! Yes, I concede that I am older than you. Bombers Have Fun -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA Gorgeous spring weather. Birds swooping in for food and the buds on the trees are getting bigger each day. Wind has come in tonight while I am writing this and rain expected. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: R2K+10 Maren, I'd like to get the information out that the next meeting of the R2K+10 committee will be on the 24th of this month at 6:30pm at the Spudnut Shop. The meeting should be over by about 8pm. We would like to see more people come. Thanks -Roy BALLARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The way back machine It's almost time for the '65ers' 45th Reunion... just the other day I was talking about the last day of school my senior year so I won't go in to that one again... I was Very impressed with '63's reunion but I missed '64 by just one week... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... today brings to mind my Spalding years... from the middle of the 2nd grade thru the 5th... the 5th was great... what a bunch of thugs... we all thought we looked like Brando/Presley... collars up, skinny belts, duck tails... ah we thought we were just cooler than could be... Kenny ('64) and Keith Peterson ('65) and I had a bike gang... the "red devils"... cards in the spokes oh yeah... we were bad... we were nationwide... just down the street from me was the birthday girl... if we were Elvis then she was Dolores Heart... Acacia was the street we lived on and those years are so special to me... I hope to see the Bomber-babe birthday girl in June so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nina Jones ('65) on March 22nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch - March 21st Well, another Spokane Bomber Lunch is now in the history books... While this was supposed to be the first weekend of Spring, 10 Bombers and Spouses turned out in the cool rainy weather for lunch. The lunch group was, Denny McDANIEL ('60) and his wife Cathy, Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52) and spouse Dick COATES ('52), Karen COLE Correll ('55) and her husband Gary Correll, Gloria FALLS Evans ('58) and her husband Jim Evans, Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) and Rick VALENTINE ('68). Thanks to Derrith for driving up from Richland to attend. And It was great to see Dick Coates out and about again, he looked really good! Bomber Cheers... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/23/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Lois WEYERTS ('56), Patti JONES ('60) Joe FORD ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65), Bill DIDWAY ('66) Dave MILLER ('67), Lori SIMPSON ('70) Kim MOLNAA ('75), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WADE ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: The Animal I have an autographed copy of Jim Watts' ('54) first published book, THE ANIMAL. It's a hilarious book. Each chapter tells a new story about what happened when certain friends and acquaintances set loose their teen-age wild sides. If you want to tickle your sense of humor, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Bomber cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Jerry Molnaa ('52-RIP) Was so sad to hear of Jerry's passing on March 17th in Richland. What a wonderful family. They lived down the street on Kimball from us going to high school. Jackie Molnaa Hunt ('54) has made it to some of our '54 gals lunches at Granny's. Will see her at the memorial on Tuesday, March 23rd, and will give her a big hug from all you friends who remember her and Jerry and the family. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where we are getting a little rain and big wind! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) Re: Update information on classmates of '56 Dear classmates of 1956, Karol BRIMHALL Smith and Lois WEYERTS Harrold are in the process of calling or e-mailing classmates to update the information we have about you so that we can contact you about Club 40 and also about our upcoming 55th reunion in 2011. We have contacted a few of you but have many more to go. You could help us out greatly if you read this letter and contact Lois at the e-mail address above or call Lois at 509-946-0923. If you have already responded to us you don't need to again. I am enclosing the letter that I send by e-mail so that you know the information we are looking for. Please respond ASAP and if you know of a classmate that does not have e-mail then call them and pass this information on to them. It will save Karol and me lots of time if you contact us first. Thanks again for helping us out. We look forward to seeing many of you at the 55th reunion in 2011. Dear My name is Lois WEYERTS Harrold of the Col-Hi class of '56. I am a 1956 class representative of Club 40 which is the alumni organization of Richland High School for those classes who have been out of high school for 40 years or more. I am contacting you to confirm that the information we have about you is correct so we can contact you about Club 40 activities and also our plans for our 55th class reunion in September of 2011. This is the information we have on record. Please correct any discrepancies and return the information to me as soon as possible. If there are no corrections, I would still like you to e-mail me to say the information is correct. That way I know you have received and read my request. In the future, if any of this information should change, please contact me. Lois Harrold (When I contact you personally we include the information we have on you but we ask that you provide all that we ask for if you respond to this request on the Sandstorm.) The following is the information that we are asking for: Last Name: Maiden Name: First Name: Spouse Name: Spouse Maiden: Spouse Year: Street: City: State: Zip Code: Tel Number: e-mail address: -Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) ~ in sunny and spring-like Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Nina JONES Rowe ('65) Birthday Sandstorm Entry Here I am being Big sis protecting little sis Nina again as I have done since she was born. Hovering until she is ready to say "Back off, Big sis." I know your memory is excellent and your times, dates of the early years are rarely off. A surprise Whoops... in Nina's birthday entry from you yesterday in the Sandstorm. You wrote she lived on Acacia. Actually we lived at 1307 Birch. Want the archives to be right. We walked out the West door of Spalding in the Fifth grade wing... we passed the play ground and the side of your house to walk home. You're allowed a whoops once in a while and I get to tease you about it!! The Elvis Presley Bicyclers ride again. Re: Bomber entries Sandstorm I'm missing all the entries that make my morning in the Sandstorm. Hope more will be writing in. Always a big thank you to Richard and Maren for the great work but it also takes all of us to keep the Sandstorm Fun. Every writing entails some good story of past, present or future and jogs me into memories or things to discover. Thank you. Re: Reunions It is a year of quite a few reunions. Can't wait to meet up with the Bombers I know and the ones I haven't seen for years. Bombers Have Fun -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA Spring has sprung today. Delightful sunshine and the birds singing away. Thanks to my sixth grade teacher Mr, Coehlo birds are in my life every day. Always watching them fly and feed. The quail and dove babies keep this area hopping in the spring. Even the seagulls fascinate me especially when they fly in the wind. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63) Re: John Browne in the news? Folks; An article in the Seattle Times recently cited a John Browne who is involved with horticultural matters. Is that our distinguished fellow alum from the class of 61? John, if thats you, say hello. And if its not you, deny everything. Greetings to everyone. BTW, what happened to the Class of 1961 website? -Joe FORD ('63) ~ Olympia **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavinger ('65) Re: Bryce Linville ('64-rIP) Correction! Bryce did not have a brain tumor. He had pancreatic cancer. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding. -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavinger ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill DIDWAY ('66) Re: Rosie VALENZUELA Preston ('69-RIP) At 4am Saturday, March 20th, 2010 Rosie passed away after an extended illness, in Ephrata, WA. She chose cremation and a memorial will be held this coming Sunday in Ephrata. I don't know the exact time or place at this time. Her, husband Bob Preston, passed away last fall after a long illness. I went over this past Thursday to give support to our two daughters, Lavisa and Carmen. -Bill DIDWAY ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Re: History Since people are talking books, I thought I would mention a couple. Images of America-Richland Washington by Elizabeth Gibson 2002 and Land of Giants by Dave Lavender. The drive to the pacific northwest 1750-1950, 1979. Since I started reading a lot in the fourth grade when I was putting books away at Jason E. Lee I have never stopped. Now I read about three books a week all from the public library which is free. I will request that book by Jim Watts-The Animal as soon as I get back from Tacoma. 1967 rocked except for being in boot camp five months after I graduated along with many others. -Dave MILLER ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Hi, Does anyone remember who the person was that wrote into the Alumni Sandstorm last year, telling us how to get more information on a parent that worked on the Hanford project? It pertained to the areas they worked in, the hours they worked, etc. I have misplaced the copy that I made of that Sandstorm. I want to pass the information on to my mom, to add to her research for the DOE claims. Thank you, -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kim MOLNAA Privette ('75) Re: Jerry MOLNAA ('52-RIP) Please visit and sign my Dad's guest book at on the Einan's website at he passed on March 17. He was a huge fan of The Sandstorm... read it faithfully every single day. He and Mom lived in Richland from the time they were 10 years old and were '52 Bombers. I am a '75 Bomber. My dad was the coolest guy ever and any of you who knew him, especially in his post retirement years, know what an absolute treat he was. We miss him like crazy and can't believe he's gone. Love you, Dad... see ya one of these days.. -Kim MOLNAA Privette ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Another installment of 8 Someone asked about the fellow who rang a cow bell during a baseball game? I think that might have been Charles Delsing. He was a huge fan of the club. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/24/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marlene LARSEN ('56wb), Marj OUALHEIM ('60) John BROWNE ('61), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom McKEOWN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy LUST ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick DAHLIN ('72wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Man who rang the cow bell at the Tri-City Braves' baseball games in the late '40s and early '50s Thanks, Don Sorenson (NAB), for the info. on the name of the man who rang the cow bell during the Tri City Braves games. -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marj OUALHEIM Haggard ('60) Re: Class of 1960 50th Reunion Committee Meeting The class of 1960 will have a reunion committee meeting today, March 24th at 6pm at Rosie's Diner (next to the Hampton Inn in Richland). Classmates and spouses are welcome. Hope to see you there. -Marj OUALHEIM Haggard ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John BROWNE ('61) Re: plausible deniability? In response to Joe FORD's ('63) question, I confess that I am the hort-dork mentioned in the Times article... and was guilty of running behind the DDT sprayer as a youth-- probably because my prescient nature warned me of the impending ban on this chemical marvel, and encouraged me to inhale as much as possible, in hopes of becoming permanently lethal to the mosquito populations of the future. (By the same token, it may have been the impetus to partake of Other, more Powerful chemicals, later in life... and to strenuously avoid some others.) Native plants & their habitats & peculiarities have been an abiding interest for about 40 years, now... from the days when I just wanted to be out of the way of falling doug-firs to these years of propagating & selling various grasses, ferns, bulbs & berry bushes to anyone interested. It gave me an opportunity to exercise some of my early training, too, with regard to scientific names of things (& I'm sure that Hazel Latta would be pleased). Maren, I noticed that the Iditarod is gravitating toward an "equal opportunity" status. It looks like about half the rookies this year were women. Maybe we'll also see them showing up as winners of the "special awards" after a few seasons of competition. Anyway, I found that to be a promising statistic... and want to thank you for your thorough coverage of this latter- day marvel of competition & cooperation... and endurance. ^..^ -John BROWNE ('61) ~ from the sun-drenched Puget Sound basin, where we had our first "official"(NOAA) freezing temp OF THE YEAR on March 9... followed by a high 60s on 3/15. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Being Published My family and I are still deeply in the throes of grief over Harlan's (Foote - '61 - RIP) passing on 2/18. Plus I am overwhelmed with the "beautiful intricacies" of probate law. And Harlan, bless him, was a true genius and a wonderful man --- who left behind a HUGE mess in terms of work to be done on the house, plus paperwork everywhere. Ugh! So it's going to take me a long time to climb out from under. (Much more going on than I have listed here ... but you get the idea.) Having said all that, I am doing some future thinking about the book that I will write based around his CaringBridge website. It will be called "Harlan's Healing." I hope to have it out in about a year. I wonder who can talk/write to me about ghost writing -- I may need some help - and publishing. So I turn to my Bomber friends. Please write to me if you have any info. Blessings, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Back in Boise -- but not for much longer ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/25/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim WATTS ('54), Ed WOOD ('62) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy BEARDSLEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan GUNTER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen DAVIS ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim WATTS ('54) Re: The Animal A number of people have asked about where they could get the book called "The Animal" due to some entries in the Sandstorm. The books are available at Hastings in Richland and the Bookworm in Kennewick. All the proceeds for the book are going to the Columbia Basin College Foundation for scholarships. Thanks for your interest. -Jim WATTS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) To: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) I have no experience with ghost writing, but you should consider writing your book yourself. It's a difficult but wonderful experience. It might even be considered a therapeutic exercise in some cases. There are a number of self-publishing houses around that you can consider when the time is right. Many are fairly expensive, designed to help the publisher, rather than the author. One exception is Lulu Enterprises, Inc. ( You've no doubt seen photo book publishers that can economically publish a single copy of a photo book for you. Today's publishing technology makes that possible and there are a number of good companies that publish such photo books. Lulu publishes photo books like that but they also publish written books using the same low-cost technology. They make the books that you publish available on their web site. There may be other publishers that provide similar service, but that's the one I had experience with when I wrote my career memoirs "Intrapreneuring" for our two sons. Best wishes for success in your writing. -Ed WOOD ('62) ~ admiring a fresh blanket of snow in Keystone, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Update: Kennewick soldier out of coma after N. Carolina crash Tri-City Herald article about my grand nephew with the 10th Mountain division just back from Afghanistan who was involved in the car crash. I posted about it in the 2-18-2010 Sandstorm. At first the doctors did not expect him to live, but he has come a long way. They say he is out of the coma, but has not awakened yet. Not sure I understand that, but today (yesterday when you read this) he was moved to a hospital that specializes in coming out of a coma and rehab. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ from a Bomber outpost in Kennewick Lion Country **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: John BROWNE ('61) - DDT Comments from Wednesday Last night we were watching an episode of 'Cash Cab' that had aired on Saturday, Dec 05, 2009 at 02:00 AM (Discovery Channel). Here is the question and 1st comment. Cabbie: "In the summer of 1972, the EPA banned what toxic insecticide in the United States?" Contestant: "Oh, the one that they used to spray out of trucks." Gary to daughter Sarah & grandkids: "In most cases it wasn't trucks but jeeps plus we used to ride our bikes behind them or did so until grandma called me in with comments like, "You're gonna die!" -Gary BEHYMER ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We got Babe birthdays Today we have two... two girls that have made my life so much better in oh so many ways... the upper class person was my baby sitter when I was REALLY a baby... not like the Vonnie REED ('60) days when I was almost old enough to shout "hubba hubba!" (old enough to shout but not really old enough to know what I was thinking... or trying to think)... and the '65er babe is one I have known since my Spalding days (when I lived on Acacia and some other people lived on Birch)... I hope both of these girls have lovely birthdays on March 25th... they sure are tops in my book! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lenora HUGHES ('55) and Nancy BEARDSLEY ('65) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Some day I may get up the guts to tell a Nancy Beardsley story that happened I think around out 25th reunion... but not today!) -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Thanks to those who responded to my question about past Hanford workers' info. I thought it was entered last year and found out it was back in 2007! -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/26/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Lois WEYERTS ('56), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Pam EHINGER ('67) Betti AVANT ('69), Steve CARRIGAN ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim MILLER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon McDOUGAL ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Dale and Gale GUNTER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey SUCHLAND ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) picture 046 (3-23-10) This is of Richland Lutheran Church at the corner of Van Giesen and Stevens Drive. They were adding a new foyer and bell tower to the church. -Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) ~ in WINDY Richland that reminds me of the old days, but with less dirt and sand where I live. It must be bad out where there is new construction. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: book publishing Thanks Ed Wood ('62) for the tip on publishing a book. I looked up the site and got a lot of great information. I am in the process of writing a fiction story that is a political thriller (I sure hope that it's thrilling) with a few off-the- wall twists. Of course I have a lot of underwater stuff included, because that is what I know best and I think I can make it thrilling. Anyway, thanks Ed for the tip. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2010 Iditarod XXXVIII (38) - Official Iditarod Site Re: Drug test results from the Anchorage Daily News website Iditarod mushers test clean of illegal drugs The first 40 finishers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have tested clean of any illegal substances, including winner Lance Mackey, who has acknowledged using medical marijuana in past Iditarods. Lance said with or without pot, the results of the race would not change. In other words, he used pot in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and did NOT use it in 2010 and guess what? NO CHANGE. He still won. Bomber Cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA 60 at 12:45am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Yes it was a jeep not a truck and all the kids on Wilson use to run right behind it playing Tag! When I tell people what we did as kids they all think we should glow in the dark! LOL But the thing is the Mosquitoes don't bite me! I guess I have enough DDT in me to last a life time! We Bombers and the Non Bombers grew up in one very SPECIAL Town/City!! Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Edinger The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Military Records Are there any veterans out there who could help me out? I had a procedure done just prior to discharge and never got the pathology report of the findings. Last week while seeing a Dermatology PA she noticed the scar and asked me about it. I told her I had had it biopsied while in the Army but was discharged without having it removed as the one Dermatologist at the base had a horrible schedule and I couldn't get in to see him before leaving. Where does one go to contact someone to get a copy of their medical records while in the service? Do I just call my local veteran's affair office as I'm sure there is one locally since I live in very close proximity to Joint Lewis- McCord. Thanks for any help anyone can give me. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it was spring on Wednesday and today well, let's just say it's not spring **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARRIGAN ('70) class of '70 reunion? -Steve CARRIGAN ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/27/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley SHERWOOD ('62), Linda REINING ('64) Don ANDREWS ('67), Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Char DOSSETT ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lenora HUGHES ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George BARNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Georgia RUSHWORTH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark McCLANAHAN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayla ARMSTRONG ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) To: Pam EHINGER Edinger ('67) Pam, I lived on Wilson, too. We ran behind the mosquito jeep in the summer and we hookybobbed on any cars that happened to go by in the winter. I'm not sure how you spell hookybobb, but it involved putting on rubber boots so you would slide really well, watching for a car going by, jumping out behind it and squatting down and hanging on to the rear bumper and being pulled down the street (breathing exhaust). What fun! And how stupid! -Shirley SHERWOOD Mllani ('62), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: mosquito jeeps I can remember all us kids on Elm Street coming outside when we'd hear that jeep coming and we'd run in that "fog"... it was so thick, I don't even know how we managed to breathe, but I don't remember any of us ever getting sick from it, either! How weird is that? 100% DDT... you would have thought it would have made us all deathly ill. I can remember my mom going all through the house, closing all the windows, cause she didn't want that stuff coming into the house, but I don't ever recall her telling us NOT to run behind the jeep that was spewing out 100% DDT!!!!! I agree with Pam EHINGER Edinger ('67)... being exposed to all that DDT has kept the mosquitoes from biting me, too. *grin* I will have my last chemo treatment this Tuesday (woohoo)... then 3 more weeks of radiation, then I should be all done with cancer treatments... will have CAT Scan and MRI to make sure the tumor on my throat is all gone... doctor said it should take about 2-3 months for my throat to heal, then I can start eating, normal, again. Living on liquid protein drinks and potato soup is getting a bit boring! *grin* Can't wait to be able to eat fish tacos, with rice and beans and chips and salsa. OR a "bloomin onion" from Outback OR a Cobb Salad from Marie Callendar's OR even a bbq'd hamburger or hotdog!!!!!!! *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don ANDREWS ('67) To: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Boy, it sounds a lot like the book you are working on could have been an episode or series of "SEA HUNT" starring Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson. Bomber Cheers -Don ANDREWS ('67) ~ Weekends is Horn Rapids, weekdays and work in Vancouver, WA; 4 years +/- until moving to Horn Rapids permanently. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) The other day I was reading an article about John Edwards wife, you know, the one he abandoned because she has breast cancer. I was thinking of the day in California at the Optimal Health Institute (OHI) when I was sitting on a couch with my wife Maxine on my right and a very pretty 34 year old woman on my left. Both were crying because of the breast cancer they each had and the fact that the young woman's husband had abandoned her the minute he found out she had the cancer. It was heartbreaking for me. Maxine was crying because the woman had no backing or help and the young woman was crying because she saw me there with Maxine every minute. I felt guilty for being there yet guilty if not there. It was a hard time for me. We met dozens of women of all ages who had their husbands abandoned them. Out of nine women including Maxine who we talked with at length at OHI, today only one is alive. She and Maxine were the only ones of the nine who's husbands stayed with them and supported them. I still get a call from the one survivor every once in a while. I don't understand it! What's wrong with the men today? How can they walk out like that? God help them! That's why I wrote my book. Maybe just maybe I could get a few of these guys to stay with their wives and give them the support they need in the worst time of their lives then I will have done what I wanted to do. Sorry to go on about this but I get very upset when I keep seeing this same thing happen over and over. I hope any and all Bomber Men are real men and never leave if something like this comes up. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/28/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: George SWAN ('59), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Helen CROSS ('62), Rick MADDY ('67) Alan LOBDELL ('69), Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay SIEGEL ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) To: ALL Bombers ... Everywhere, God Bless Us, One and All! Re: R2K+10 (All Bomber Alumni Reunion) It is still a ways off, but time has a way of passing quickly, especially as I become more seasoned. Heck, when in school, I waited and waited to reach driving and drinking ages, but the day I graduated, time shifted gears on me, and it has been accelerating ever since. So, this is to serve as a reminder, and another call to your attention of the R2K+10 (All Bomber Alumni Reunion), scheduled for June 25, 26 & 27, 2010. It will take place at Richland High School (formerly known and still fondly remembered by we older Bombers, as "Col-Hi"). So, "what's happenin?" Friday (June 25) R2K+10 will kick off on Friday afternoon (June 25) beginning at 2:00 PM with registration pick up in the Gym Lobby. At 5:00 PM there will be a chili feed in the cafeteria. The All Bomber Military Tribute will take place in the Gym Lobby at 7:30 PM. Now, for those who can still "Get up ... and boogie," the evening will close out with a "Sock Hop" dance in the Bomber Gym from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Can't dance anymore, like me, (due to a bum knee that makes me just commit creaky circles ... somewhat on left center), well come anyway. It'll be like an "old time social" and we can sit, spin yarns, and watch the "younguns" wear holes in their socks. So, "everybody ah polka!" "Getta down and ah getta funky!" "Ah one an' ah two an' ah..." And, that all takes place on Friday, just the first day. Saturday (June 26) For those who nowadays, get up with the chickens, the nostalgic sounds of recorded military reveille, or can manage to blow themselves out of bed with a very loud alarm clock, the day will begin at 6:00 AM with a Pancake Breakfast at Jefferson Park (not sure myself, more on that location ... later). And right here, I shall offer "Pappy's Hunting Hint for getting up, at or before the 'crack of dawn' and getting with the program": Put a very loud, wind up alarm clock (something like a "Baby Ben," set to the proper wake up time, and thoroughly wound ... of course) in a big metal sauce pan, along with a couple of lose spoons, and confidently go to bed, and let the good dreams roll! I guarantee that it will wake you up ... the rest (like getting out of bed) ... is up to you. And, at 9:00 AM, registration pick up will take place, again in the Gym Lobby. At 11:00 AM, the All Bomber Picture will be taken in the Bomber Gym. And then, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, the All Bomber Basketball Game will take place in the Bomber Gym (for those who can still run or hobble ... dribbling is optional). However, this is a "get in the game and take an active Part" or "sit and spectate." At 5:00 PM, dinner, catered by Tony Roma's Restaurant (Ribs ... as I understand), will be served in the Cafeteria. After that, you will have plenty of free time to visit, renew old (and make new) acquaintances. And, this could provide adequate time to do "neat Bomber-type stuff" on your own, like "simulated hooky bobbing" (thick soled shoes, "heavy oderalls," hard hats, and leather gloves are highly recommended, this time of year), water tower climbing and painting (possibly led by a Bomber with vast first hand experience, our own Dick McCoy (of multiple Bomber years ... last mid-century, renowned), submarine races, cemetery sneaks, driving round and round Zip's Drive In, trick or treating (well, tell 'em you weren't here in October), a group gathering in the parking lot in front of the site of the old Uptown Theater ... for further argument over whether there really was a balcony ... or not, looking for a "skeeter fogger" to run behind, etc., etc., etc. Bombers can be so creative ... when it comes to activity planning and filling open time slots. Sunday (June 27) To finish out the weekend, before everyone heads back home (in all of the different directions), at 11:00 AM there will be a "No Host" Picnic for "Rest & Recuperation" at Howard Amon Park -- No charge -- BYOF&D (Bring your own food and drink). For more information, go to the Richland Bomber - Alumni Links, listed at the bottom of each day's Alumni Sandstorm and click on "R2K+10 (ALL Bomber Alumni Reunion) Website - Mid June". There, you can download and print your R2K+10 Registration Form. Registration fees (per person) are quite reasonable: $5 each, if not attending any dinners, $10.00 each for the Friday chili Feed, $5.00 each for the Saturday morning Pancake Feed, and $15.00 each for the Rib Dinner (catered by Tony Roma's) on Saturday evening. In addition, there are Bomber Items available to order, such as: shirts, caps, and ornaments. See the registration form for more detailed registration and ordering information. And, you will also find there, a schedule of the activities and times, and hotel information. Rooms have been set aside for The R2K+10 ALL Bomber Reunion, but will be released around the end of May, if not filled by then. There are many other events and activities going on in the area over that weekend, so you should get your reservations in early. Prices and contact information for lodging are provided on the site. For any questions, contact Kathy HOFF Conrad ('64). Her contact information can be found on the registration form. It'll be a good time, since, "Bombers always have fun!" Y'all come! -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where "the sun also shines." And BTW, last year at our Class of '59's 50th Reunion, we made a bike ride (as with pedal bikes, where your feet go round and round ... and you're the motor) from the Senior Center in Howard Amon Park to the 300 Area and back (about 12 miles). It was great comradery and an enjoyable ride along the river. So, if any of you are interested in fitting such a ride in during the R2K+10 weekend (maybe on Saturday or Sunday morning), and would like to join me on a very informal "Ridin' On the River." get together, send me an email, and we'll figure it out. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Alan maybe they really weren't "keepers"; after all "they are just a man." (Thank you Tammy W.) -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ springtime near Lacey, WA thangs are a bloomin', ad I'm stuft up. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) and Linda REINING ('64), I too ran behind the spray jeep every chance I got, and I have also noticed I don't seem to get bit much by mosquitoes. It is funny that we don't glow in the dark.... To: Alan LOBDELL ('69) As a woman who has survived breast ca since 2004, I applaude your support of your wife through her ordeal. Early detection seems to be the best means of insuring survival... prayer and the support of others was most important to me... as I try to walk and force myself to do other exercise, I am reminded that my mother got and survived breast ca twice, once in about l980 and again in the '90s. And now new research supports what we already knew that exercise and weight loss are the best weapons we have against this and other dreaded diseases. Tomorrow starts Holy Week when we remember what Jesus endured to become our Savior. A busy time for pastors and their wives... but a wonderful time of year. Happy Easter to all. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ a pastor's wife for real come June 13th when my husband will be ordained. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Military Records Betti, The Veterans Administration has nothing to do with your military records. Your military documents can be procured at the following website. This is known as a Standard Form 180 (SF180). Fill out all the information and then include... in Section II #1 OTHER -- Write the following: a. Write/fill in you want your DD215, which is an updated DD214. There are possibly awards/ribbons you are entitled to that were not put on your DD214 at the time of separation. b. Write/fill in you want ALL military medical information and documents, i.e., shot record, dental, hospital JUST MAKE SURE YOU SEND THIS SF180 to the correct address (last page): Address for you would be #14, I believe. This process takes a bit of time. I received my medical records in 4 months. Updated DD215 took 14 months. -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Betti The military will give you copies of all medical records during the time you were in the service and have to do it once free. Don't waste your time calling the VA, they will try but you will do much better calling the VFW or any other service organization. If you could do it, you should drive up to the VA hospital in Seattle between 9am and noon on Tuesday or Wednesday any week and go to the service officer's office. The man to talk to is Terry Newby, PHD. He is a volunteer and knows more about the system then any person I have ever met. He has helped thousands of vets over the last twenty years. He is also the kindest man I've ever met. You will get your records! If you have any problems with this, contact me and I will help you with it. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Col-Hi class of 1970 your 40th reunion will be August 20/21, 2010. It will be held at the Hanford House/Red Lion. For us natives, that's the location of the old Desert Inn! -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/29/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: David RIVERS ('65), Dwight CAREY ('68) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pattie CRIGLER ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne JOCHEN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary CARPENTER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie BRISTOL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian JOHNSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary CROW ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Three '65ers at once! Three kids I've known for ever are having birthdays on the 29th! I don't think they all were in the same room the way HARRAH ('65) and DAVIS ('65) were... in fact, I know they weren't but who cares... right? Speaking of Terry, he did an audition for another Soap... haven't heard how it went... but it was a fun one... of course I heard the whole thing over the phone... had a fun weekend... went over to Searchlight to see Sally SHEERAN Heath's ('58) daughter... the set up was different that we've had in the past... we got there in our hot rods at 9 and waited in a line to park... when we finally got parked we fired up the ol BBQ for breakfast and leisurely ate... then eventually sauntered over to the stage area... oh my... everyone had lawn chairs and we were about 100 yards from the stage... usually, we could easily walk up to the stage... I had a sign that said "Aunt Katie says Hay!" ('61)... it would have had to be 50 feet tall for it to be seen from that distance... a couple of us sat in my Bomber chairs and we got lots of comments from Washington and Oregon folks... later we went back to the cars and ate a nice lunch... then just sat and chatted waiting for the thousands of cars and RVs to leave... when we figured most had left we headed back for Vegas... oooooooooops too soon... 3/4 of the way back we hit a parking lot... took so long that we had to run into Boulder City to refuel... we weren't alone... many had the same problem... spent some of the time chatting with Kenny DAME ('58)... called Cecilia BENNETT ('65) from searchlight but the reception was pretty bad... So this is about birthdays... .the two guys have been celebrated over and over in these pages year after year and I've told many of their stories time and again. One gets to draw (he was great at mechanical drawing in school) and build stuff... as was shown last summer... he even has perks like "finding" the Dawald sign in his garage!!!!!!! The other guy has the coolest job next to being a rock n roll singer... a hot jock with stacks a wax and pounds a sounds... On the 24th when Johnny Maestro died (Mastrangelo was his real name... never understood why he changed such a cool name)... I figured this kid was playing Crests and Brooklyn Bridge songs all day... I've been listening to them all weekend but not quite the same... and finally, the Bomber-babe is a girl I feel I've known forever... but maybe only since 6th grade... hard to tell... anyway it's time to wish Brian Lee JOHNSON ('65), Gary CROW ('65) and Bonnie BRISTOL ('65) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! '65ers at once! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight CAREY ('68) Re: Mosquito Trucks I too ran behind the mosquito trucks with the neighborhoods kids Olympia, Elm, Pullen, Swift, etc. I have not been bitten by mosquitoes much either, and I spend a lot of time outdoors and around campfires!! I always thought it was because I take B1 stress tab vitamins forgot all about all those nights behind the little jeep!! Amazing how many similarities are discovered in the Sandstorm. Thanks for the memories! -Dwight CAREY ('68) ~ Thinking of crashing the '0 reunion, and attending the R2K +10. EVEN joining Pappy on his bike ride! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Thanks for the numerous responses both personally and on the Sandstorm site about my question regarding my military health records. I have requested them and will see if I get them. I did find out the biopsy done a week ago was negative but I still want to find out what the original biopsy showed while I was in the Army. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the weather can't make up its mind **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Gary AVERY ('69) ~ 1/3/51 - 3/25/2010 >>Rosie VALENZUELA Preston ('69) ~ 4/20/50 - 3/20/2010 >>Ernie BENSCH ('64) ~ 8/9/45 - 6/23/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/30/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim RUSSELL ('58) Derrith PERSONS ('60wb), Donna NELSON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Gary CROW ('65) Pam EHINGER ('67), Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne KILLAND ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy McGREGOR ('54wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda BELLISTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BIXLER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig PERKINS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) A tip of the old Bomber Birthday Ball Cap to fellow classmate Patsy McGREGOR ('54wb). You can now subtly hint to your husband that he can now legally take you to the Tahitian Lounge. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the monsoons have returned for the week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim RUSSELL ('58) Re: mosquito spray "trucks" and immunity OK, I'm becoming real curious about everyone who spent a lot of time running behind DDT spraying jeeps. I'm another one of those who did it (didn't we all?) and seem to be "immune" to mosquito bites. It's not for the lack of mosquitoes; my wife is under frequent attack. I want to hear from anyone who spent much time in the DDT fog and STILL gets bitten by those nasty little critters. I think we may have a scientific breakthrough here! Cheers, -Jim RUSSELL ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA where we just had a humongous downfall of rain an hour ago and now the sun is out, looking around, and asking what the heck was that? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) Re: Class of '60 lunch It's time to get together. If you're in town or from out of town, come on... we'll have a good time!! WHEN: Saturday, April 3rd TIME: 11:30 am WHERE: Sterling's, 890 GWWay Come on everyone! Let's have some fun!! -Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) Was I the only kid in Richland who hid under the bed and tried not to breathe the "white cloud" that the jeep spewed on those Friday night summers because our Dad warned us not to breathe the DDT!!!!! -Donna NELSON ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Thanks, Donna... When we heard the DDT truck, ALL Smyth kids headed for home... FAST... and once inside the house all the windows would be closed by whoever was closest. I'm sure I ran behind it once, though. They spray something down here in Gretna, LA occasionally... it sounds like the DDT trucks I remember, but I know it can't be DDT... it takes some time to kill the buggers... the spray truck makes them mad and they come after me. I hide in the house and think of Richland. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: 'Nuther Bomber babe... wooooooooo hooooooooo We got another one a them great Bomber babes... gotta kinda watch my words here cuz she's always in the company of her Bomber football guy so I just say really nice little kid stuff for this girl... I liketa keep the ol' head on the ol' shoulders and besides... I might hafta sit next to him at the big kids' table so... you know... finally got the dust outa my ears from the Searchlight trip... the photos I've seen make me wonder how I ever got my car outa there... Talked to Beej ('65) and CROW ('65) on the 29th... one was headed fishing and the other claimed he hadda bad back (Poke Salad Annie)... Sunday spent the day checkin' out the rides for next weekend... got three Bombers comin' in for the "Rat City Rukkus"... we're doing that instead of Viva Las Vegas... the latter show has become very 'spensive and way outa hand... the promoter is a dear friend of mine from Riverside... he'll let me and my boyz do as we please and even offered a discount... but he's become VERY heavy handed with others and has turned a bunch of cars away as "not fitting the era"... since one of the Donut Bunch has been sponsoring the Rukkus, we've been going to it instead... so for SIMPSON ('65) BEYER ('65) and HEMPHILL ('66) we got a '55 Chevy gasser, a '53 Henry J Gasser, the Milner car and the Shelley-Mobile... we gonna have some fun. But hey... this is about a Bomber babe birthday and I'm just babbling on about this and that... it's birthday time boyz n girls... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Linda BELLISTON Boehning ('63)!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary CROW ('65) Re: Three '65ers at once! To: David RIVERS ('65) David, it was great to chat this morning! I've been blessed to have a gig that is never been work but pure fun everyday. To everyone my love, looking forward to June 25th in the Tri- Cities. I will have the 63 Split Window back from a ground up restoration, for another ride with The Immortals. Peace, -Gary CROW ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Baby Boomer Anthem! Thought all you Baby Boomers would get a kick out of this! Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Mosquito Trucks Had to chuckle about the DDT discussion... Several years ago I had a Sinus Infection and when I went to the doctor, he wanted a blood test done. The next week I got a phone call from the doctor's office... the doctor wanted to discus the results from the blood test. Needless to say he was concerned about the levels of DDT in my blood. I too have noticed that I have less problems with mosquitoes than most of my non Bomber friends. Whether or not this is a plus or a minus of growing up in Richland... it is what it is. -Rick VALENTINE ('68) P.S. The Doctor said there is no reason for concern about the DDT... it was just unusual to find DDT in anyone, since DDT is no longer used. I hope that means Bombers are Special! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Marilyn SYLVESTER Wulf ('49) ~ 9/11/30 - 2/8/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/31/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Gail JASCHEK ('50wb), Phil GROFF ('58) Steve CARSON ('58), Jim THOMAS ('60) Margo COMPTON ('60), Mac QUINLAN ('62) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Nancy MALLORY ('64), Robert SHIPP ('64) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tonya DAY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita KOLB ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Byrne HASKINS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary HASKINS ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kellie WALSH ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gail JASCHEK Davis ('50wb) Re: Mosquito Spray We lived at 1507 Marshall and I always was out in the spray even though I was told not too follow the truck and should come in when they were out. I can sit in a group of people that are being eaten alive by mosquitos and they ignore me. However I do take vitamin B-12 beginning in the spring. The doctor told me the little devils don't like the odor of the B that extrudes on the skin. -Gail JASCHEK Davis ('50wb) ~ I moved at the end of 1949. Since I didn't do the graduation thing at Col-Hi doubt if anyone remembers that far back. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil GROFF ('58) Re: DDT Trucks I too remember running behind DDT trucks and have never been bothered by mosquitos. Jim RUSSELL ('58) you may be right. A scientific break through, it would be interesting. -Phil GROFF ('58) ~ Port Orchard, WA where winter is finally upon us. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Jim RUSSELL ('58) I find this very interesting and had not made the connection until this week. I have always been the least bothered by mosquitos (except in the fishing camps in Canada) and did spend my time chasing the jeep. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim THOMAS ('60) I am sending you the first kiss of spring, Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. -Jim THOMAS ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) Re: DDT jeeps Did my share of riding behind those mosquito jeeps. Great fun. But I still get bit a lot by mosquitos. Of course it may just be Texas mosquitos will bite anything and if you are not careful, they will pick you up and carry you off. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank (Mac) QUINLAN ('62) Re: Mosquito Spraying There must be something to this DDT in your blood thing. We were always told to round up the cats and dogs and get in the house when the DDT jeep came by. Nowadays I (almost) wish I had followed the jeep. From a mosquito's point of view, I am delicious! Re: Hookybobb (I used Shirley Sherwood's ('62) spelling) The best, the fastest, the most scary and exciting hookybobb ride I ever had was behind Carolyn ('63) and Kathie (64) ROE's Ford station wagon. We were probably going 35 mph down Davison for almost a mile when I saw a dry manhole cover fly by. I got thinking - this is stupid and I let go. I stood up and skated for what felt like another 30 yards! What a ride, but that's the last time I remember trying something that dumb. Re: Man-A-Fre Manifold Everyone has read about David RIVERS ('65) and his Man-A-Fre manifold, but I'll bet not many people know what one looks like. I know, there was one on Milliner's '32 in American Graffiti, but they never did show a real good picture of the motor. We don't get a motor like this in our shop very often but we are tuning one right now so I thought I'd take a couple of pictures so you could see what it looks like. When in the right car, the motor really compliments the rest of the car making a nice looking combination. We've got another big block Man-A-Fre combination coming in this July. I don't ever remember seeing two in one year, they're pretty rare. -Frank (Mac) QUINLAN ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Lunch/Social PLEASE JOIN US!!! WHEN: Saturday - April 17, 2010 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 IN THE SUN ROOM Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. Its very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are Welcome. Please bring photos & yearbooks to show, and some stories to tell. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. PLEASE RSVP to: Tom Hemphill 360-574-1963, 360-609-5477 -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Re: Spray "Trucks" and Immunity OK. There has to be the odd one. Like all the rest of you, I loved running behind the DDT spaying jeeps, however, mosquitoes find me delicious. If there's one mosquito within a mile it will find me. I'm itching from multiple bites before my wife hears her first mosquito whine - and they only hover over her without biting. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, where there were no spraying jeeps I remember a day we were walking a Mount Hood trail when my arm appeared to have a big gray spot. It was about 30 mosquitoes at once sucking on 2 inches of bare skin. There are 200 varieties of mosquitoes in Brazil and I'd swear that all 200 bit me every day we were there. One night my wife and I counted more than 100 bites on my left leg. One of our daughters inherited my good taste (good to mosquitoes) and the other daughter inherited my wife's flavor/scent - whatever it is they key on. People have told me it depends on blood type. Supposedly, the little pests prefer type A (or maybe it's B) over O. But I'm type O so that doesn't hold for me. What have other Bombers heard about what mosquitoes like and don't like? -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) Re: DDT My Mom always made us come inside when the DDT trucks came down the street. I'm sure windows were closed right away too. Mosquitoes have always loved me. Their bites last and last, big knots. I seem to have passed this trait on to my granddaughter too. Surely I must have breathed some of the spray! Oh well, guess I'll just stay inside when it's evening and the only time of day in summer that's bearable to be outside! -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Nancy -- 3 words: Screened In Porch. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert SHIPP ('64) Put me down as another Bomber who used to run/bike behind the DDT jeep (or the "Fogger" as the Hodges Court gang called it) and is seldom bothered by mosquitos. My wife and kids are so envious. -Robert SHIPP ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Mosquito Sprayer I for one remember running behind the mosquito sprayers and mosquitoes seem to like me now. It seems the older I get the more the bites really bother me with intense itching, that and fleas I've had in my apartments. The fleas have come in through my morning walks I'm guessing since I don't have any pets but several residents do. I try to avoid the grass but my walking path is lined with grass and I don't walk directly in it. Well, I'm the run literally this morning as I have a 5-year follow up colonoscopy in about 4 hours. Have a great day. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it is WET, what else is new for western Washington? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` February, 2010 ~ April, 2010