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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/01/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Patti JONES ('60) Mike BRADY ('61), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Joe FORD ('63), Charlotte NUGENT ('64) Alan LOBDELL ('69), Mike FRANCO ('70) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy RICE ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelly LYNCH ('78) - Drill Team Mascot '65 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric LUKINS ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Retirement Perhaps I should have written this yesterday and sent it in for today, the 31st. Today is my last day officially as the Division Microbiologist for Ventura Foods, a large food manufacturing company. I am retiring after 18 years with the company, and it is a bitter-sweet feeling in leaving the company, as I am sure many of my friends and fellow classmates know when they retired. I transitioned while working at this company and the loving support of many here as well as from the many plants we have across the U.S., has made this time incredible beyond my wildest dreams and deepest expectation. As many who read this do not know, I am medically labeled as a male to female, post-op, transsexual woman. I am a better person today for it and in a much better place with myself and my relationship with those I love and care for and with my God. At my 50th HS class reunion in 2006, though fearful when I went, I was greeted with kindness, caring and respect and for that I am thankful to the wonderful people there who greeted me and made me feel glad to be part of the class of '56. At age 72, the reality of the aging years makes itself known with the aches and pains, etc. but, life is good! Thank you everyone for your love, care and support. -Diane R. AVEDOVECH, PH.D. ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: September All Bomber Luncheon - Richland Re: Club 40 and all the reunions is the weekend of the next luncheon. I will be attending all of the events for the class of '60'S, 50th reunion. The All Bomber Luncheon will still go on. The Bomber group that was there in August, any who can attend, will be hosting. Plenty of room for any Bombers who want to come. Any questions please email me. WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2010 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland weather has gotten cold. But seeing promises of it to warm back up by this weekend. Hopefully it will stay for Club 40 weekend. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Sergeant T.S. Stout Richland Police 1965 + Richland Gunning Laws That .22 rifle that Sgt. Stout is must be the one Jim HAMILTON ('63) used to shoot out all those street lights in Richland. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Picnic THANKS Todd ('62) and Cindy (beautiful spouse) O'MEALY for hosting our Portland/Vancouver Area summer picnic on Saturday, August 21 What a great little piece of heaven that you have on the Washougal River. We had a great time and our granddaughters loved the special attention they got from Cindy. Linda (Hemphill - spouse) and I are truly grateful. Pat McLAUGHLIN Newell ('58) brought her grandson and he enjoyed the party as well. Thanks Pat for joining us for another Bomber event. Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) and Mom, Mary Heidlebaugh, had a good time. Lola, as usual, brought along several yearbooks so that we could settle our arguments over which teacher taught what, way back when. Roger YOUNG ('59) joined us for the first time. We have been emailing for a couple of years and finally he was able to connect with us. I especially enjoyed hearing some of the inside scoop on Hanford from Roger and John CRIGLER ('64). Jan RUCKER Meyer ('55), my good friend and next door neighbor in our "A" house on Duane Street in 1948, really enjoyed just sitting on the lower deck overlooking the crystal clear river below. She had a few stories to tell as well. Dean ANSON ('62) came all of the way down from Edmonds, WA to visit again. Dean had lots of stories to tell about the good old days. He also needed to stop by our house after the picnic to get his bed frame that I had modified for Holley and him. Mike TAYLOR ('62) and John CRIGLER ('64) rode in on their Harleys. Mike and I had to share a few stories of the old days and he also was delighted to see Todd again. We all grew up in the same neighborhood at the south end, Kathy LAMB Brown ('62) was also part of that Lewis & Clark, south end gang. As always, we were delighted that Larry Brown (spouse) joined the party. THANKS ALL for joining us for another successful Bomber Picnic. A SPECIAL THANKS again to Todd and Cindy for hosting the picnic. Our next Portland/Vancouver lunch will be at Beaches Restaurant on the river in Vancouver on Saturday October 16th. - 11:30 AM Our Christmas Party will be at Beaches as well on Saturday, December 4th at 11:30 AM. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63) Re: Sonja Harmon (RIP) Hello, everyone; Hearing the news of Sonja Harmon's passing brought out an emotional response. Sonja was a wonderful teacher and a very strong influence in my life. I'll be grateful forever for her skills and her insistence that we do a good job of learning French. One brief story may help illustrate what Sonja did for me; I needed a foreign language credit to finish an MA in English, and went to a French professor and asked to challenge the language requirement. He gave me an article from a French magazine, which was about the recent (circa 1974) award of the Goncourt Prize for Literature. I translated it (as if Sonja were sitting at my elbow) and the challenge concluded successfully. She also inspired my interest in travel, which took me to Europe in the 1960s and '70s as a backpacking student, and changed my life in important ways. A few years ago, several of us who had been Sonja's students made what were for me pilgrimages to see her at Exeter House in Seattle. She was absolutely terrific to visit with; as quick and animated and lovely in her 90s as she had been more than 50 years earlier. On one occasion, her daughter Sasha ('62) joined us, the us being Rob WILSON ('63), Kathy RATHVON ('63), Eddie THOMPSON Baird ('63), Connie FOSTER McLean ('63), and Joe FORD ('63), and really rounded out the whole experience of being with Sonja. I wept when I read Sasha's thoughtful and informative obituary of her wonderful mother, and reflected on a life lived well. -Joe FORD ('63) ~ from rainy Olympia, where I will not ride my bicycle today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) I have just been trying to update myself on all the entries from the last few weeks and keep seeing opinions about Richland. Since we live 2500 miles away, it is always a pleasure to return even if it is just for a weekend. So a week ago, we were able to see the Columbia River, drive past the high school, and even drive past our first home in Richland. For me, it is nostalgic and a distance part of my life, but an important part of my life. It was so nice to have lunch with Susan BAKER ('64), and I am looking forward to spending a few more days next year and maybe see some more of our graduates. I do like Richland as much as San Diego, Houston and our little city in the "Enchanted Mountains" of New York. I also feel fortunate to have graduated with such a nice group as the class of '64 and truly appreciate the effort put into this Sandstorm. (By the way, Ice Harbor Dam is a fun place to take grandchildren ... they loved watching the fish going through the area where they count them.) -Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: Pitfalls of life I don't know if any of you out there have ever had to endure the fun time of having to file bankruptcy but for those who never have, it leaves you with no bills but really beat and feeling somewhat like a loser, but relieved. For the last 7 plus years since my wife died I have been trying to pay off $550,000 in breast cancer bills and even managed to get it down to about $350,000. Due to the economy I have been out of work for nine months and could no longer keep up with the payments on the bills. I felt miserable having to file simply because I was taught to pay all debts, however I was left with no other choice. Bankruptcy is not something I would normally recommend to someone however if you are backed against a wall it could be your only choice. Now that mine is almost complete I have felt a huge weight off my back. Many times we get into situations that are not of our creating and end up deep in debt. Things such as divorce, catastrophic illness, major injury etc. These can be devastating to a person or family if you have insurance or not. We had insurance for most of the time Maxine was fighting cancer however even with that the extra costs can add up into the hundreds of thousands before you can blink your eye. At the end of September it will be the first time in twelve years I will be free of the load of bills that came from our battle with breast cancer. It has been a huge burden and the relief is welcome. I know some may think this is the easy way out and I even thought that for a long time. It took friends and family over seven years to convince me to do it. I want to say this to anyone out there with a burden such as I have had, don't wait any longer. No matter what anyone else thinks, get relief. Am I embarrassed about it? Yes! Am I sorry I filed? No! I was unable to hire an attorney so I filed and completed the entire bankruptcy myself. (Along with being an engineer I also have a paralegal). I would highly recommend you get an attorney if you can afford one. If not, muddle through it yourself as I did. Everything you need is on line. If you are careful you can do it. I know there are others in the same boat I have been in and I want to say good luck to them. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Tuesday, August 31st our Mom, Ilene B. Franco, passed away. She had been ill for some time and her time had come. Mom will be missed by all of six of us. She and Dad (Dr. Robert Franco) had 62 years of marriage together. How could Mom not say yes when Dad asked her to marry him in 1947 at Fenway Park in Boston! Early north-enders, Mom was a patron of Kaisers Market and Wascher's Mobile (yes Vic MARSHALL ('71) used to actually wipe windshields!) while managing the Franco contribution to the Davison Street gang. Many of us have had to say goodbye to parents and loved ones over the years. One thing we can all remember, great Bombers and our great community have been the result of even greater Bomber moms and dads. Mom loved our town and all our friends and neighbors. We will think about her often. We will all continue to remember all great Bomber parents. -Mike FRANCO ('70) PS in 1947 the Sox finished third in the AL at 83-71 Ted Williams hit .343, 32 HR , 114 RBI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Another Batch To All Bombers, A few more for your enjoyment. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/02/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: David MANSFIELD ('59), David DOUGLAS ('62) Larry BOWLS ('64), Pam EHINGER ('67) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LESTER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordon MUMFORD ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David MANSFIELD ('59) Re: Picture 100901-034 To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Thanks for today's picture group. I can Identify no. 034. The kit flyer on the right is Robert SHOGREN a '59 Bomber. Bob was a classmate at Spalding, Jason Lee, Chief Jo and of course Col-Hi. We visited a bit a year ago at our 50th Reunion. Bob currently lives in Newman Lake, WA. The interesting thing about this photo is that Bob is not hiding face from the camera. I think it was George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) who pointed out on previous photos of Bob, that he was a bit camera shy and always covered his face with his hands when the shutter clicked. -David MANSFIELD ('59) ~ Eugene, OR where the war is escalating with the moles, skunks and raccoons. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: News from Hawaii I've been away from the Sandstorm for quite a while, but I'm trying to get back into the habit. I retired from the State of Arizona in February with nine years of service as a data analyst, for the Departments of Juvenile Corrections, Economic Security, and Health Services. The last was with the Office of Child Care Licensing. How many data analysts do you know who have also taught and directed a preschool? It was a wonderful job (they all were), but my age was starting to take its toll. My son and I went to watch the space shuttle Endeavor launch which was originally set for 4:39 am February 7, fulfilling one of my decades-long dreams. Night launches are supposed to be very spectacular. However, due to passing clouds the launch was scrubbed at 4:22 am and rescheduled for the next morning. That turned out to be fortuitous; the space center was jammed with the largest crowd up to that time that had turned out to see a launch. Our bus arrived rather late, and we had no time to see the center and did not have a very good vantage point to view the launch. I'd planned to stay in Florida for a week in case the launch was postponed, and the next morning there was only about one-tenth the crowd. We had an excellent view directly across from the launch pad. Everything went according to schedule, and it was indeed spectacular. It was my first visit to Florida, so we also went to Epcot Center, Gatorland, Universal Studios, Boggy Creek Airboats, and tried out indoor sky-diving at a facility a few steps from our hotel. I only managed the last one because our group included an eight-year-old girl who went before me. My son was much better at it than I was. In fact, the eight-year-old girl was much better. My wife and I spent the rest of February packing up our belongings and putting them in storage at our daughter's home in Gilbert, AZ. Then we drove to Oakland, CA, and shipped our van to Honolulu March 11. We flew back to our home in Kaneohe, HI on March 15. We came back to sell our house here (we have to live in it two years to avoid capital gains taxes). We've been away for ten years, so I am busy doing all the maintenance that accumulated during that time. We're also having a carport built, which will make the house easier to sell. After 35 years at desk jobs, the physical exercise leaves me with a lot of aches and pains at the end of the day, but I did lose ten pounds in just the first month. Once we sell the house we'll be moving back to Arizona. My wife was born and raised in Hawaii and I didn't think she'd ever want to give up this house. We lived here for 32 years before moving to Arizona in 2000. However, she decided she'd like to be near our only grandchildren while they are growing up. If all goes well we should be back in Arizona in time for me to go to the Class of '62's 50th reunion, which will be my first. If anyone who remembers me (if anyone does remember me) visits Hawaii in the next couple of years, please give me a call and we can arrange to have lunch. My phone (yes, its an Arizona number) is 480-243-9950. Oh, yes - it's great to get to read the Sandstorm a day before the subject date... -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry BOWLS ('64) Re: Don Sorenson's picture #026-bb I believe this is a picture of various dads preparing the new fence for the Pony League field below Carmichael Jr. High School. My dad, Lester "Major" Bowls is the first gentleman on the far right. Second from the right may be Bill Seaborg?? I also believe the gentleman on the far left is Hal Smith father of David "Pook" Smith ('63-RIP). With a little help I could probably remember some of the other gentlemen. -Larry BOWLS ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Special Needs kids Dear Bombers, My cousin has just moved to West Richland or will be moving into their new home soon. They have a special needs son. Mike was adoptive, his mother was an alcoholic drug user so Mike has several mental problems, some of them almost act like he is hyperactive and some peculiar actions. He's very pleasant and fun to talk with. He is 15 years old and will be a sophomore this year. They were hoping to get him into Col-Hi, aka Richland High. But they found out that he will have to go to Hanford High. What I'm trying to ask are there any programs for special needs kids? His parents are trying to main stream him with the help of an aid. Is this possible at Hanford High? If any one has any ideas on how to help I would love to hear from them. Thank You all so very much! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Hey Bombers, I've had people emailing me and asking where they can see me... sorry for the commercial announcement. Here are some dates and places: Sept. 15th Sioux Falls, SD with Pam Tillis Sept. 16th Aberdeen, SD with Pam Tillis Sept. 17th Bismarck, ND with Pam Tillis Sept. 19th Casper, WY with Pam Tillis Sept. 20th Evanston, WY with Pam Tillis Sept. 22nd Missoula, Mt with Pam Tillis Sept. 29th-Oct. 6th on Royal Caribbean from Honolulu to Tahiti (it's a tough gig, but someone has to do it) Oct. 9th Kenai, AK with Pam Tillis (notice that I go from Tahiti to Alaska) Oct. 10th Anchorage, AK with Pam Tillis Oct. 11th Fairbanks, AK with Pam Tillis Oct. 13th Juneau, AK with Pam Tillis Oct. 15th Ketchikan, AK with Pam Tillis Oct. 22-23rd Bergen, NJ with Johnny Mathis Nov. 10-14th RiverCenter Comedy Club, San Antonio, TX Nov. 18-20th Jack Didley's Comedy Club in a place called Kennewick, WA Nov. 25th (YES, Thanksgiving night), Laugh's in Kirkland, WA Nov. 27th Harrah's Casino with Johnny Mathis, Windsor, ONT Dec. 4th Fresno, CA with Johnny Mathis Whew, there you go! Hope to see a Bomber or two somewhere! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/03/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Mike BRADY ('61) Sonny DAVIS ('62), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Anita FRAVALA ('73) Jerry SIONS ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: NO BOMBER BIRTHDAYS TODAY **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: No place like home After 18 days in Alaska I am home again. I love to travel and meet people and especially to entertain people with fire. But there is "no place like home". I even had ripe tomatoes to pick. In the midst of a long "to do" list for my show for the State Fair, I helped Jackie do her display for the City of Houston [AK] Founders Day. It went well after they solved a couple of mysterious problems with the firing system. But folks cheered at the end and there were nice comments about the show. My show at Alaska State Fair/Palmer started a couple of minutes late because of a defective cable but went well and continuous for 19 minutes. I did a few trick things and presented an all gold finale literally filling the sky with fine gold fire with firefly and crackles. The cheering was long and loud. Fair management was happy and said see you next year. I came home very tired but satisfied. I will go back up in late October after I get back from the Intl Symposium on Fireworks in Portugal. I will be meeting with the Fur Rendezvous management and will be bidding for that event for February, 2011. I have long been fascinated with Red Crown Cranes and their migrations between Alaska and Japan. At long last we caught a flock of about 15 in a field close to the road and got some great pictures. I will post a couple as soon as I get them in the computer. I had seen them a number of times in several fields up near the State Experimental Farm west of the Mat-Su Medical Center. But they were always too far or the conditions were poor for pictures. Catching up on the Sandstorm I noted some special people wrote some rather personal notes. I consider those messages an example of the very special and unique bonding between especially the early generations of Bombers. To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) and Alan LOBDELL ('69) You have my admiration for "letting it all hang out". This net is a place of good will and friendship among both friends and some alums we have never met. I still re-read the many notes of good will received after the loss of my oldest daughter. While it is still hard for me, they are some comfort even from those I have never met personally. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From my office south of Sunny Olympia **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Statue of Sacajawea Does anyone know the history of the statue of Sacajawea that was located in front of the administrative office at Sacajawea Elementary School? The last time i saw it was at Sacajawea State Park over 20 years ago. I wonder who sculpted it and when it was done. I remember Chuck WITTABORT ('61) was dribbling a basketball in the hall and got to close to Sacajawea and broke her arm. She was out of commission for several months. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sonny DAVIS ('62) Re: Sorenson's Picture #33 Re: Sorenson's Picture #34 #33 on the right is Carolyn MOUTON('60) #34 is Carolyn and her sister Kathy MOUTON ('65) -Sonny DAVIS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Looking forward to the possibility of joining the Bomber luncheon after we move back up to WA. We actually will be a couple hours closer to Portland than we are now in Eureka, CA. To: Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) Let's hope that we will be moved up to WA before your next trip out from NY next summer. I, too, am looking forward to seeing Bombers of all years. Have had a great time getting to know you again in Facebook. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We had been having some sunny days FINALLY. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: John Gill Class of 1964 with photo -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) To: Brad UPTON ('74) I noticed that you'll be on Royal Caribbean's "Rhapsody of the Seas" as she heads back to Australia from her Seattle to Alaska summer cruise schedule. In 2009, my husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on the Rhapsody - from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu - and had a wonderful 17 day cruise through the South Pacific. Too bad you can't stay on her the entire trip - it was awesome! If you are lucky enough to stop in Bora Bora, plan ahead and contact Patrick Tairua at his website. Patrick has an all day excursion on his outrigger canoes that can't be beat: (1) snorkeling the reef; (2) feeding the sting rays; (3) swimming with the sharks (yep, I did it and lived to tell about it - it was actually kinda cool but still a little on the scary side especially as you're right in the thick of them); and finally an authentic Polynesian lunch at Patrick's private lagoon. Maybe one of these times we'll be on the same cruise ship (we only cruise with Royal Caribbean) and I'll get to enjoy your comedy! -Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry SIONS ('74) Re: Steve SEMMERN ('74-RIP) & me We walked the edge, enjoying each day, each new experience and the shear thrill that one can only get from taking the less traveled route. Through recent introspection, I've determined that Steve and I only traveled around the Sun together 10 times. Since then, I have taken 30 more trips around the Sun, without Steve and have came to the conclusion that circumnavigating our universe with Steve during the 1970s, was some of the best adventures of my entire life. To name a few, there was the time we "hopped a freight" or the time we found a suitcase filled with treasure or the ever popular cold Michelob keg, that Steve's Dad Don, kept in the basement. There was no better travel partner than Steve SEMMERN. As Steve and I got older, we charted separate courses. Steve didn't journey too far from home and stayed primarily in the Northwestern part of the US, while I cruised the Southeast. Although we never discussed it, it seems that we individually came to the same conclusion ......... the best way to make this journey we call life, is still to take the route less traveled. The most important thing along the way, the most enjoyable, the most fulfilling and really, the only thing that matters ... is to keep your eyes on the Son. I am more than a little proud, honored and thrilled to know that Steve had it figured it out. Not only did Steve keep his eyes on the Son as he traveled around the Sun but, during his last trip around, he took that all important 90 degree turn. Steve no longer has to travel around and peer up toward the Sun. Today Steve sits right next to the Son, the very Son of the living GOD. I look forward to my last trip, when at last I will make that 90 degree turn and go all the way to the real Son. One of the first things I want to do is to see my old friend again. Now that will be an adventure. Steve SEMMERN until we meet again, YOU WILL BE MISSED! -Jerry SIONS ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Whitey SCHELL ('51) ~ 1933 - 8/26/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/04/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Mike CLOWES ('54) David HANTHORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard JOHNSON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray KELLY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelley HANKINS ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick SOUTHAM ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re Alton K Whitey Schell ('51-RIP) Well, there goes another close friend. We first met in Seattle in 1952 when Charlie CLAUSSEN, ('49-RIP) Al and I were bumming around. I had quit the UW and Al Dropped out of SU. and Charlie just dropped out. Then Al went in the Coast Guard and got a cush assignment to a recruitment center in Florida. I went back to Richland to work for Blaw Knox, and married Ida. In 1956, after some lame jobs I returned to Seattle and the UW. Meanwhile, Al married Artie and also ended up a the U. He, in lower campus in Engineering, me in the upper in Accounting. We then began many years with the four of us as seatmates at Husky football. In the real world after University, I went to work with a CPA firm in downtown Seattle, and Al to Boeing, but we stayed close. For a short while Al joined the College Club downtown along with a bunch of Bombers, Mel THOMPSON ('48-RIP) John HUGHES ('47), Dick SEARS ('47-RIP), Bill McQUEEN ('49), and myself. Al, Artie, Ida and I joined a College Club trip to Korea and Hong Kong. We looked up John HUGHES, who was managing a chain of restaurants and the Water World. He sent a limo to our hotel, and took us out to the Territories. We visited a small Chinese Village, and who could forget big old Al making friends with an aged, toothless, tiny woman. they couldn't speak either language, but they became immediate friends. They somehow hugged, typical Whitey 1991 Al was on loan to Lockheed and lived in Glendale. My son Joe lived in neighboring Burbank, so we got together for a couple of games down there, including the great Rose Bowl with Michigan being clobbered by the Dogs, who became national champs. After that we sort of drifted on our different ways, living on a couple of Islands, we on Camano they on Lumni. We visited , but not often. Then they built a cabaa on the Baca, and took up the soft life. Gosh, what fun we had, football, Husky - Cougar biannual parties at Mel and Ann's house, kids, boating, Arizona, New year parties, the good life. Now he is gone... I wish I had gone down to Bothell to see them in his last few months. Regrets regrets. Later, A.K. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Brad UPTON ('74) So? When we gonna see ya on "Chelsey Lately"? Or on one of her tours? And can you be sure Johnny Mathis is still alive, and not just some look-alike lip-syncing? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it promises to be a cool Labor Day Weekend in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Sacajawea statue The last picture (of the plaque by the statue) shows the artist's name to be "McMahan". Now I don't know for sure, but I would be willing to bet that would be Boone McMahan (RIP), a very talented sculptor and artist that was a friend of my father's (Howard Hanthorn, RIP) for many years in the forties and fifties in Richland, and even into the sixties after Boone moved to Wenatchee. -David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/05/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Larry OSTERMAN ('51), Tom TRACY ('55) Keith ARNDT ('60), Maryanne GRENINGER ('67wb) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68), Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn HALSTEAD ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie HUTCHINS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Re: Dick McCOY's ('45) remembrance of Whitey SCHELL ('51-RIP) Dick, What a nice remembrance you wrote about Whitey and your long term friendship with him and his family. I am sorry about his passing. I was his classmate, class of '51. We renewed our friendship at the U of W in 1958 and 1959 when I got my engineering degree there. -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Dick McCOY ('45) I appreciate your good thoughts and history our heroes, Alton "Whitey" SCHELL ('51-RIP). He was a friend of my brother and we often saw him at our pre-fab (one of those Richland mansions) near Carmichael. Whitey was always kind to everyone. No wonder he was chosen to be a Coast Guard Recruiter. The little kids who played basketball knew him well. He was an early-day Pete Maravich, Michael Jordan type. He could always find his way to the hoop. His ability to be completely under the backboard on a baseline drive and reach under to the rim with a backspin shot was classic. I remember Whitey recalling the flood at Vanport, WA that washed away many homes and jobs. His Mom got a job at Richland and the class of '51 picked up one of Richland's best-ever Bomber basketball players and treasured classmates. Best thought and prayers to his family. Whitey's getting to run fast breaks at warp speed in another dimension. Take a "Holiday" break... in his memory and listen to the U.S. Coast Guard Band play "Bugler's Holiday"... (A Leroy Anderson composition) They play almost well as the RHS Bands from the '50s. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith ARNDT ('60) With our 50th Reunion to be held in less than a week, I've been thinking about what good fortune it was to grow up in Richland. I started listing people, places and things that were a part of Richland during our younger years. Some are unique to Richland, some are not. I'm sure each of you can add numerous other items. I'll plant the seeds.... ~ Floating in the Irrigation canals (and the flume at the "Y") ~ Hunting jack rabbits with .22 caliber rifles ~ Looking for Indian arrowheads ~ North Richland ~ John Ball School (ah, the Quonset huts) ~ The house trailers ~ The bath houses ~ The Army presence ~ The Civil Defense ditch & old treatment plant behind the school ~ Great schools and teachers ~ Mr. Galati's 6th grade class at Jason Lee (you had to be there) ~ Chief Joe ~ Coach Piippo's Health classes ~ "Spats" for misbehaving ~ Our 1st sock-hop (girls on one side, boys on the other-staring at each other) ~ Coach Dawald's Government classes ~ Study Hall ~ Fishing and swimming in the rivers ~ Duck Tail haircuts ~ The shelter-belt ~ "The Area" ~ The community pool and "The Boss", Coach Rish ~ Night time "kick the can" and Nighthawks ~ Picnics at Riverside Park ~ The Riding Academy out towards West Richland ~ The buses taking our dads to work ~ Night softball at the field behind the bus station ~ The Army Navy surplus store at the "Y" ~ Hi Spot ~ Water skiing on the river ~ "The Pit" in West Richland ~ "Submarine races" by the river ~ Skiing at Tollgate ~ Making grass "bubbles" with irrigation hoses ~ "Sleeping out" with friends ~ sometimes raiding neighborhood cherry trees ~ Great Little League fields, sponsors and organizations ~ Great Scouting organizations and volunteer parents ~ Hooky - Bobbing ~ Bomber basketball ~ State basketball tournaments, Camlin Hotel, etc. ~ Tolo (I've never found another school who had "Tolo" maybe Sadie Hawkins, but not Tolo) ~ Drag races in Columbia Park ~ Atomic Frontier Days ~ remember the lipstick initiations? ~ Fireworks at the Bomber Bowl ~ Fishing at Lake Wellsian ~ By's Burgers, Zip's, Tastee Freeze, A&W, ~ Arctic Circle (secret sauce) ~ Fake I.D. cards ~ Saturday movie matinees ~ Cinnamon oil toothpicks ~ Saying "Hey, Hey, Hey" to Sonny (or Muscles) ~ 3-D movies at the Richland Theater ~ Black & white TV, rabbit ears, "snowy pictures", test pattern ~ Uncle Jimmy, George Gobel, Wrestling, Ed Sullivan ~ "If you need coal or oil, call Boyle" ~ Taps on your shoes ~ Drive-in movies ~ High school cars ~ Lowered, leaded, raked, lakes plugs, spinner and moon hubcaps, pin stiping, etc. ~ White Stag jackets, leather jackets ~ Pedal pushers ~ Pegged jeans ~ Desert boots, saddle shoes, etc. ~ The Proms ~ The Desert Inn ~ Summer jobs in the pea harvest, canneries, wheat harvest and potatoes ~ The "Rose Bowl" ~ KORD, KALE ~ Listening to 45s in the booths at Korten's Music Store ~ Walking and cruising around Uptown ~ The Spudnut Shop ~ And now, the daily Alumni Sandstorm (others can't believe it) -- thanks Maren and Richard -Keith ARNDT ('60) ~ Bel Air, MD (Will be heading for Richland in a few days) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) Re: Ilene Franco (RIP) I want to express my sadness upon losing a very good friend in Richland. I had known Ilene Franco for most of my 61 years and both she and Bob had been good friends of our family in Richland. Upon moving back to the NW, I was able to introduce my husband and children to the Francos and they welcomed us into their home for a visit. The world is just not as joyful, humorous, inquisitive and just plain fun as it was before we lost Ilene. My sincere condolences to her entire family from our family. -Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Regrets & other thoughts In the Sandstorms of the past few days, Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) and Jerry SIONS ('74) eloquently brought to life for those of us who did not know their friends, Alton K Whitey SCHELL ('51-RIP) and Steve SEMMERN ('74-RIP), respectively. I want to express thanks to both Dick and Jerry for writing as they did. And what a reminder, Dick, that if we don't want to have "regrets, regrets", we DO make those last trips to see old friends, family members, etc. But we all have regrets by now, I am afraid. Dick and Jerry, may you both be comforted in your losses, and find continuing joy in your memories. Larry MATTINGLY ('60 ), I join you in your kudos to Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) and Alan LOBDELL ('69) for (as you said) "letting it all hang out." Diane, since you brought up the subject, I hope it's okay with you if I make an observation. Using the higher mathematics skills that I learned at Col-Hi, I calculated that, since you are now 72, and you worked for your last company for 18 years - during which you went through your transition - you must have been 54 at the youngest when you undertook that journey. I am certain it must have been physically arduous. In fact (since I am turning 60 next month I can say this!), I'll bet it's arduous for someone who is in her 30s or 40s -- much less 50s. I am glad you were surrounded by the support and caring that you found in your work family! Alan, you and your wife began battling her cancer when you were both still SO young. And she died when you were both still quite young. And now, you have spent most of a decade since then under the weight of those incredible medical bills. I am not glad you lost your job. But if that is what it took for your family to prevail in getting you to file bankruptcy, for that part I am glad! Congratulations to you for being meticulous enough to be able to do it on your own. I pray that you are finally able to breathe some. Perhaps you even still have some grieving to do that you had to "put off" because of the worries and work required to pay those medical bills. Please know that you are no less a man for filing bankruptcy. Those who ABUSE the bankruptcy system have reason for shame. You did not abuse it. Your type of situation was precisely the REAL reason that bankruptcy laws were established. Please feel not an iota of guilt. Best regards to all my Bomber friends - most of whom I have never met, but know through the Sandstorm -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) You probably won't see me on Chelsey Lately... it's real hard for a guy my age to get on television. They don't put a lot of comics over 35 on too many shows. It's that whole youth demographic thing--although all the best comics are the older ones. As far as Johnny Mathis--he is amazing. He'll be 75 in 3 weeks and still sounds like he's 35. Anyone should go see him if you get the chance! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/06/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Elizabeth CHURMAN ('45), Mike CLOWES ('54) Bill BERLIN ('56), Steve CARSON ('58) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Patti JONES ('60) Ed WOOD ('62), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernon "Bud" VAN DUSEN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy STULL ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas HANN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol VON OLNHAUSEN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janell JOHNS ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John HEFFNER ('66) & Melanie DUKES ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Elizabeth CHURMAN ('45) Entered: Sunday 09/05/2010 3:58:08pm COMMENTS: none -Elizabeth CHURMAN ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Brad UPTON ('74) Thanks for the up-date on Johnny [Mathis]. I think the Sklar Brothers are over 35, and maybe Greg Proops, and they show up on Chelsea quite often. But if not that, maybe you can come up with 20 minutes of material for one of the 1/2 hour Comedy Central Presents (it beats the Style Network). One of these days, when you are closer to Portland, I just might drum up the courage to catch your act. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ the weather guessers are thinking rain for the close of the Oregon State Fair. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Keith ARNDT ('60) 9/5 entry Boy, did Keith really hit the nostalgia button with me. I did most of that stuff on the list in my young and foolish days of growing in the south Richland and whilst Keith is four years younger than me and did all of those things, I was not a trailblazer when it came to those activities. The Bomber grads before me really started a lot of that stuff and as "little kids" we picked up on it. Remember when the railroad cleaned the rubber-like insulation out of their freezer cars and piled it up along the tracks just below the Highlands? 1954 or '55 I would think. Anyway we would all go down there and jump off the bank and into this huge pile of insulation. I remember going down there will Kevin and Bill ("Billbo") ('55-RIP) BURKE several times and just had a ball. Guys and gals from Pasco and Kennewick were there too. Strong challenges but no gang-type stuff in those days. We all came out of the event with nothing more than our shorts filled with this red, rubbery insulation. Add that to the list. Another was the huge ropes at the of old Navy pool at the Pasco airport. You could swing for miles it seemed because the pool was so big. Fairly cold water as I recall but the ambient temperature of the building was the killer. We would just turn blue before we could get to the car to go home. Those were the days. Re: Bankruptcy It is nothing to be ashamed about and it is a legal and legitimate way to recover your finances and life. I have been faced with it twice in my life but managed to resolve the issues at hand before it got to the point of filing. It seems to me that Alan LOBDELL ('69) did the right thing to unburden himself at this time. It was not like he had not addressed the debt issue whilst he was working, and that is the right thing to do, but given the circumstances he was in, it was the right decision and it will not screw himself up all that much in the future. What is bothersome to me is to have people take BK when they really don't have to and just want to relieve themselves of debt. There is a lot of that lately and how the Bankruptcy Court lets them get away with it blatantly is beyond me. In case you don't know there are several kinds of BK, two or so for personal and as many for corporations. If company goes BK 11 they are in "reorganization" and have presented the Court the method they have for paying their debt and still remaining in business. During their BK 11 term, the old debts are held in abeyance but they do have to address their current obligations. If that works, they are free to get out of the filing and go back to being normal again but if not they will then go into BK 7 and that is "kaput" for the company. The same holds true with personal BK so there is some margin to file for BK and do a reorganization but it would seem that in Alan's case, that was not possible or probable. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we are heading to our condo in the Palm Springs area to buy more furniture and to get some badly needed warmth. Our Northwest summer has been lacking sun and heat this year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Keith ARNDT ('60) Re: Your 9/5 entry Wow, what a trip down memory lane, thanks for that. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Reunion class of 60/Club 40 I have received several notes asking if I will be attending the 50th reunion. I have looked forward to it for the last couple of years. Sorry, but I will miss it. I had contracts to fulfil in Alaska and was faced with potential weather postponements and cleaning up and restowing the equipment in storage can take 2-4 days. So I had no real time set to fly home and thus did not buy tickets. When I did get home it was well after the deadline for buying a ticket. And it has been made clear that no walk-ins will be allowed. So I will miss it. It isn't the end of the world and I have plenty to do both at home and the office. -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Build old/new friendships. Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2010 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Our loss Irresponsible drivers taking the lives of innocent victims are nothing new. That seems to happen daily. But when the victim is your own son, it takes a terrible toll on one's life. Our son Brian was killed in a head on collision on Whidbey Island Friday night. He and his wife Erin were driving to the south end of the island to enjoy the weekend in a home owned by Erin's parents when they met up with an SUV filled with four youths, drugs and stupidity. He took evasive action to successfully protect Erin's life, costing him his own. Brian and Erin made a wonderful home in Vancouver, BC where he had a successful career as a video game designer. Brian was delightfully looking forward to becoming a father this November. Since Erin's life was saved, Janice and I now hope for a grandchild in a couple of months to continue some of what we've loved for 33 years. Criminal charges against the SUV driver and passenger are pending, which is not only just but could protect others from people like this. But that does nothing for the hole in our hearts. -Ed WOOD ('62) ~ Morrison, CP **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Notable Happenings Labor Day may mean a break from the everyday for most of us but those Bomber special events keep on "keeping on". Today, September 6th is the birthday of a couple of great ladies... Carol VON OLNHAUSEN Welch ('71) and Janell JOHNS ('71). On Wednesday the 7th, Lisa PETERSON Horton ('71) celebrates her Birthday. Carol was certainly proof that good things come in small packages. Although somewhat diminutive, she was a spark plug and always had a little mischievous twinkle in her eye. Janell was quiet but a real classy lady and Lisa was about the most graceful creature you could ever hope to watch. Her ballet skills and dance interpretations were some of the best to ever come out of the Tri-Cities. I must admit, I am not the most inclined to the classical dance end of the cultural spectrum but it seems to me that Richland spawned a number of world class dancers... including Lisa and Nora PARKHURST. Maybe someone can enlighten us as to some of the accomplishments of dancers from our area. I also would like to pass on my condolences to the entire Franco family for the recent loss of matriarch Ilene Franco (RIP). She was a very classy lady and always nice to everyone she dealt with... even lowly Gas Pump Jockeys like myself. The Francos were regular customers at Waschers Mobil when I worked there in High School and I think Ilene taught Mike how to say... "Put it on Account". Hers was a long a full life and she will be missed but not forgotten. And Tuesday is also the 7th Anniversary of the passing of one of my best friends... George DANA ('70-RIP). Not a day passes without thinking of him at some point. He touched a lot of people in the Tri Cities... his sense of humor, great personality and love of life naturally drew people. I can honestly say I dont know a single person who George did not like and vice versa. I am hoping by now that he is a scratch golfer on the heavenly courses and that he is keeping his foursome suitably entertained. I would imagine he has a regular threesome with JFK and Elvis... and they probably invite a rotating group of lovely ladies as the 4th. You are in our thoughts, G. All for today... counting the days to Sausage Fest (12) and Friday night festivities. Look forward to seeing lots of people!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/07/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Dick WIGHT ('52) Curt DONAHUE ('53), Dona McCLEARY ('54) Gus KEENEY ('57), Helen CROSS ('62) Shirley SHERWOOD ('62), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Brad WEAR ('71), Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Al PARKER ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) To: Larry OSTERMAN ('51), Tom TRACY ('55), & Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) Thanks to you for your kind words. I left off Al's basketball skills because I wanted to comment on him as a great guy. I would include him on my list of the ten best BB Bombers. Before I met him I saw him often in his Hi School days. I played a few pick-up games with him and no matter which side I was on I could never tell where the ball was. He was the best in assists, a magician with the ball. I tried to talk him into a walk-on with the Huskies. He said he was too old. No way, he was only in his middle twenties, and I bet he could have made it. -Dick McCOY from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Johnny Mathis I saw some chatter on Johnny Mathis the last couple SANDSTORM issues. Mathis is performing in Branson, MO at the Mansion America Theater on 11-12 November, prices a reasonable $55-$77. I think I'll go see him! And speaking of "ole time singers", night before last my wife Ruth and I went to the Andy Williams Variety Show here... we got good tickets for TEN BUCKS (for local folks only at that price!). Andy, at age 82, can still belt out a good tune. We had an enjoyable two hours of entertainment! Andy has his own theater and restaurant here... is listed in the phone book like regular folks! He still plays golf! So come on out and visit! Branson remains a good vacation area, reasonable, lots of golf, fishing, entertainment of all kind. -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ residing on an Ozarks ridge 14 miles from the "Branson Strip". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Your Loss To: Ed WOOD ('62) It is a terrible loss to lose a child or grandchild no matter how old they were. We lost our oldest grandson at age 24 as the result of a car accident. You know the dreams they had for their life and suddenly that is not going to happen and you are forever wondering what might have been. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen you and your family through this tragic event. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) Re: My Friend "Whitey" Schell ('51-RIP) Maren, When I was in Junior High,I had the biggest "CRUSH" on Whitey Schell! He was a Senior at Columbia High School and I was at Carmichael. I just idolized him... so much so that I cut up my sister, Anna's ('51) annuals to get my hands on every picture I could get of him. Boy, did I ever get into trouble! The last time he came to Club 40, I confessed my secret love for him. He said "Thank You". That was so sweet of him! What an awesome person he was, he will be sorely missed. Thanks to McCOY ('45) and TRACY ('55) for sharing how he touched their lives. Warmly, -Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Brian Wood (RIP) To: Ed WOOD ('62) and Family My heart and prayers go out to you for your tragic loss. I hope the baby is going to be OK. May God bless you all. -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Oh Ed, I was so sorry to read of your son Brian's untimely death due to a drunk driver... that is a parent's worse nightmare, to lose a child needlessly. I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your wife and family. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry about your son. I can't imagine what these two young women were thinking, but hopefully they will have years in jail to think about it. I only hope that the birth of this grandchild will help to erase the experience of this senseless act. -Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Keith ARNDT ('60) I'm sure that most of us did 99% of your list. If we could have a list of all the things that people have mentioned over the years, it would be pages long. We did grow up in such a special time with no worries. It is so sad that the youth of today and recent past could not have experienced these things as well. Too much danger out there now. To: Alan LOBDELL ('69) You did the right thing to file for bankruptcy. You tried and tried for a very long time to settle everything yourself. That's the most important thing. You didn't just take the easy way out. I'm sure that as time goes on now, you'll feel better and better about the situation. To: Ed WOOD ('62) I'm so sorry about the loss of your son! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We've had nice weather these past couple days. Wonder just how long it will last. Hopefully, into November. I will be outside "laboring" away on this Labor Day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Happy B-Day Lisa PETERSON Horton ('71) HAPPY B-DAY LISA!!!!!!!!!!! Now is it a coincidence that the book "People of WalMart - Shop and Awe" is released on your birthday or what? I have to admit, WalMart is a target rich environment. Hope you have a good one, and a signed copy is on the way. -Brad WEAR ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Comedy Central Presents.... See if I can come up with 20 minutes of material?!? I've been doing this for 26 years! Most of the people you see on Comedy Central Presents are people that open for me in various comedy clubs around the country... they are also young. In yesterday's entry I said that it is very hard for a 54-year old comedian to get on TV. It's the same frustrating conversation I have with my teenagers. When I point out that the guy they're watching on Comedy Central opened for me 2 months ago, they then ask why I'm not on Comedy Central? The guy that books the comedians on Letterman told me last spring, "Brad, I think you're a great comic. You're terrific. I've always thought you were good and I'm a fan of yours... but you're too old for the show. I can't put a guy on the show for the first time that's your age." Maybe someday I'll write more of my comedy story... but I don't think anyone cares. I can't feel too sorry for myself. I'm doing exactly what I want to do. I travel around the world, work with a lot of famous people and when I finish my shift at work everyone tells me how great I was! That's a pretty good job for a kid from the 1300 block of Perkins! [Missed it by "that much"!! (1200 block of Perkins). -Maren] -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/08/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Phil BELCHER ('51) Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Janet FORBY ('60), Ed WOOD ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley ARMSTRONG ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Adele PAULSEN ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Small World I went to the doctor here in Mt. Vernon, and after the visit I walked out into the waiting room and someone said "Hey Dick, I'm Ron SNOW ('52)." Geez, I couldn't believe it. He overheard the nurse say my name, and then he recognized me. We had a nice chat. He told me to say hello to the Class of '52 attendees at club 40, and I will, including this missle. What happened to that dark hair, Ron. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) I thought this was interesting. I've received e-mails about the year of my birth before... This one is different. Give it a try by clicking on the link below: -Phil BELCHER ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Brad UPTON ('74) Sorry to hear that you have reached that awkward age. Too young to have been on Carson and too old to be on Letterman. But, what the hey... you can now recycle Berle's jokes and everyone will think they're new. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain comes down in gentle drops. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Brad UPTON ('74) Brad, you don't need to worry about your maturity. When you opened for Joan Rivers, we enjoyed your opening more than Joan. We bought your CD and have played it often and loaned it to family members who are now in your fan base. To: Bill BERLIN ('56) - Keith ARNDT ('60) I had forgotten about the Kennewick Jump into the insulation. My Mom never accepted my explanation for the rubber stuff in my pants. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet FORBY Padgett ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Reunion Saturday Morning Walk-In-The-Park Hi Maren, Please add this announcement in the Sandstorm so that other alumni will know what the Class of 1960 will be doing in the morning of our Reunion weekend. Others may like to join us in the park for a visit. -Janet FORBY Padgett ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Media matters Thanks to all who sent in notes of condolence on the loss of our son Brian Friday night. We've been amazed at the outpouring of support. Support from friends shouldn't be too surprising, but we have been surprised at the support from the media, many of whom seem to be mounting a campaign to stiffen sentencing laws for problem drivers such as the ones who killed our son. But as expected from the media, so far only one has asked us for our story, most have simply rewritten what they've been given by the law enforcement officials. The one who reached out to us was from The Province, a paper in Vancouver, BC. The following will be published in the print version today: -Ed WOOD ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Hi David, We all remember you!! Sometimes I have felt like writing the same comment, as I've gotten little response to so many of my comments. I understand your wife's position on wanting to live near her grandchildren... I feel that way too, and am trying to persuade my husband, that we should also relocate to the west, preferably near or in Northern Nevada to be near our one and only grandchild... I am only sorry that we couldn't take you up on your offer to exchange houses that you made years ago in the Sandstorm. As far as real estate goes, I hope and think that perhaps Hawaii is not so hard hit as much of the rest of the US of A.. I had to laugh at your describing yourself and indoor skydiving!! At least you attempted and did it... that is saying a lot for someone of our age. I still can't believe how old I am. But everything is relative as I try to walk more... and think about playing tennis again... I did swim in Kennewick and Sacramento, CA when I was out west for almost 2 months this summer, and I enjoyed walking in Columbia Park along the river as I always do for only one day, but that is better than nothing. Happy Birthday to Jeanie HUTCHINS and Linda LESTER both also of the class of "62. And I do hope to see you all at our 50th reunion in 2 years!!! Again my sympathy to our fellow classmate, Ed WOOD, in this time of sadness at the needless loss of his son... As long as I am writing to classmates of our class, 1962, Jane, I never did make it to Oregon this summer. It took longer than I expected with my mother-in-law in Wenatchee and I ended up flying to Nevada to see my son and his family and friends in the Sacramento area... see you at our 50th if not before... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ back at the parsonage in SW Indiana where we desperately need rain. It got up to almost 100 degrees today and we had about 10 minutes of a downpour, but we could use more... and we are gearing up for our fall programs running into Christmas... As was said at the Restoring Honor event, we all just need to stand up and live the principles we believe in. Blessings... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Prayers for my Friend To: Ed WOOD ('62) I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I can not imagine the emotions that you and your family are going through at this time. You are in our prayers, my friend. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Help! Is this the old Sacajawea statue from Sacajawea Grade School? It's at Sacajawea State Park. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/09/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Tom TRACY ('55) Mike BRADY ('61), Cliff CUNNINGHAM ('62) Bob BUNDRANT and Annette HALL ('62) Gail CYPHERS ('62), Helen CROSS ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erlynn BELLISTON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Ann VOSSE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BAZEMORE ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Gang of Sixty Jean WILLIAMSON Dreher ('49)and I Will be hosting a no host luncheon (cheapskates) from 1 to 2 PM Saturday September 11 at the Red Lion Restaurant in Richland. Yes, in conjunction with the annual Club 40 bash. This is for all those Bombers who have gotten out of Old Col-Hi more than sixty years ago. I have named this bunch the Gang of Sixty. I was going for the O. F. Club, but Ida thought that rather vulgar. Just like the Club 40 except 60. No, we are not going to form another Club, we are too old and smart for that. Just a group. A warning: the restaurant will not take orders after 2 PM. they will not kick us out but will let us eat and gab till we fall asleep, I guess. Remember this is not 2 AM but they would probably kick us out then too. BE THERE -Dick McCOY ('45, '46,and, of course '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: The Kennewick Jump In the early rail car "ice age", refrigerator cars required effective insulation to protect their contents from temperature extremes. "Hairfelt" derived from compressed cattle hair, sandwiched into the floor and walls of the car, was inexpensive but flawed over its three- to four- year service life it would decay, rotting out the car's wooden partitions and tainting the cargo with a foul odor. The higher cost of other materials such as "Linofelt" (woven from flax fibers) or cork prevented their widespread adoption. Synthetic materials such as fiberglass and polystyrene foam, both introduced after World War II, offered the most cost-effective and practical solution. Re: the Kennewick Jumping place. The "coffee ground" appearance rubberized material was another experiment in rail car insulation. A large amount of it was later brought to Bomber Bowl and placed in the High Jump Pit to see if it was better than sand or sawdust. It didn't seem to work well. but It made a perfect amusement ride. Someone emptied a load of the stuff under a cliff, next to the tracks in the Kennewick Highlands. First time I saw it, I watched some very young kids leaping off the cliff and was astonished at their new amusement park attitude and altitude. The leaps were breathtaking and exhilarating. My last jump was a few evenings later when I was out for a ride with one of RHS' wonderful young ladies. I invited her to the edge of the cliff... She stopped 30 feet short of the cliff and refused to come an inch closer. She knew nothing about the large cushion of rubberized stuff below. I told her if she couldn't be a good sport and at least come over with me and take a look... I'd just take a Lover's leap off the cliff! She said, "You wouldn't dare do such a stupid thing". So I did. It was a sort of double-dog dare. Irresistible, but I thought it not dangerous at the time. In today's world I'd probably be identified by her as a Sasquatch-Type Kennewick Man... a Prehistoric Discovery. The leap always buried you up to your waist or deeper... but was an easy climb out. I hurried back up the pathway. She was still standing thirty feet or so away from the cliff; speechless, pale and still holding her breath. The quick apology and explanation that it was just a joke, was not well received. It's the only time I was ever slugged in the chest by a gentle, sweet RHS lady or anyone on a date. It was certainly well deserved, however. The hamburger, fries and coke at By's Burgers did little to compensate for her experience. Her well placed right hook probably compensated her most. She didn't smile when she softly said, "I should hit you again". She didn't. I was glad. I raised my hand and vowed never to do anything frightening again. "Use your right hand when you vow", she insisted. I told her I was left-handed. "That may be part of your problem", she said firmly. "Maybe", I said. I told her I would really work on all of those problems and even try to be a little more "right- handed"; but the only thing I can really do right-handed is use scissors". She almost smiled at my seriousness. "I think you may have broken my heart", I said. "You deserved it", she said, smiling slightly. We listened to "Uncle Ben" playing "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and other requests. When he played "I'll see you in my dreams" I made more vows, promises and pledges with my right hand. She made me promise I'd never jump off the stupid cliff again. I kept the promise after I heard someone had bulldozed the big pile of cushioned stuff away. I remember that evening well. I hope she mostly remembered the great hamburger, fries, coke, the sincere vows... along with the wonderful '50s music that was still playing when I turned on the little green Arvin radio in my bedroom on Barth Street in that memorable city. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Sacajawea Statue What a beautiful statue. It belongs in Sacajawea Middle School. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob BUNDRANT and Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) and Family Bob and I want to express our sadness in hearing of your son's death. We cannot imagine this loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. -Bob BUNDRANT and Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cliff CUNNINGHAM ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) I am so sorry for your loss, Ed. I can't imagine the pain and loss you must feel. My heart and prayers go out to your and your family. I hope your daughter-in-law and the future grandchild are healthy. Re: A Good Book On another note: For those of you who are hunters and fishers or perhaps just like a good book; I just finished reading "A Listening Walk... and other stories" by Gene Hill. I must have found it when I cleaned out 1211 Mahan after my folks passed in 2003 & I just found it again while doing some cleaning of my own. No doubt one of dad's books. Gene Hill wrote articles for Field and Stream and other publications along with 5 other books, all still in print. The book brought back many fond memories of my experiences in hunting & fishing with dad and other friends. -Cliff CUNNINGHAM ('62) ~ Napa, CA where the weather has finally warmed up and the grape harvest (sparkling wine only) has begun one month late. So late that we may get some Ice Wine if not all harvesting is complete by the first hard frost. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gail CYPHERS ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Ed, our heartfelt condolences go to you and your family for your loss. There is nothing that can replace a child regardless of age. Your son acted bravely. Your grandchild will be special as all grandchildren are and will carry on with your son's timeless qualities. -Gail CYPHERS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Ed, I remember you from Kindergarten at Spalding. I was so glad to see Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) identify you with our '62 class. As to the article, it made me cry to read it... it is so sad that senseless things like that have to happen, and that young 21 year old girl suddenly has to deal with 3 deaths she has caused, as your family has to deal with the loss of Brian. Becoming a grandparent will help some in that it is hard not to feel joy when you deal with a child, especially your grandchild... again, my sympathy and prayers, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Bomber Mom Mrs. Robert Anicetti, Mom to Class of 1964 member John (aka Jack) Anicetti, died Sunday morning in Richland. Mrs. Anicetti was a "treasure" and I remember her putting up with both her husband (Bob) and son Jack's shenanigans. She would spend hours making spaghetti sauce & lasagna for "the boys". I last saw her in June of 2004... my last visit to Richland. There will be no funeral and no obituary according to Einan's Funeral Home. Re: GE - Hanford 9/1/1946 thru 12/31/1970 The following scan is from the Hanford Project News dated December 23, 1970. "GE finishes closeout" -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/10/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58), Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Bill WINGFIELD ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doreen HALLENBECK ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie DEAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna FREDETTE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet DEVINE ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Larry BOWLS & Donna YOUNG ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Re: Kennewick Jump I remember Karen BAILEY ('58) hit her nose with her knees and both eyes were black... her parents never were told the real reason. Does anyone know who and how they cleaned up? and who discovered that you could jump into/off it? -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) Re: Gary BEHYMER's ('64) post Re: "Bomber Mom" Hello, I saw the notice for the passing of Mrs. Anicetti; I don't have any contact info for Jack ('64), so I'll put this here in case he reads the Alumni Sandstorm. Thinking of you today, Jack. Your mom always took good care of us guys when we were running around over there driving her a little crazy. Your Buddy, -Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber-babes RULE Wow... we got a real live wire for a b-day girl today... and a '65er too! I been havin' some fun with facebook... making picture albums... mosta the pictures are not yer 8 by 10 color fotos suitable fer framin' but they are fun... drove the Milner coupe today (sans man-a-fre)... it always reminds me of "car pooling" with Tommy PLANKERS ('65) in his '57 Vette... he picked it up in Yakima where the fad was to run 2.5-3" exhaust... as Tommy would go thru the gears the pipes would resonate and the sound would go up the sides of the top till it met in the middle and became deafening... the Milner coupe does the same thing without those huge pipes... I have to laugh every time it does it remembering Col-Hi dayz... Well I shore do hope the birthday girl has a wonderful day so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Donna FREDETTE ('65) on September 10, 2010!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill WINGFIELD (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: The book, "The Help" by Katheryn Stockett Wow what a great book. I'm so glad I read it. It was a page turner. It is a must read. I don't normally like fiction, preferring true stories, but... -Bill WINGFIELD (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ sunny Santa Fe, NM ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/11/2010 ~ WE REMEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Terri ROYCE ('56) Mike BRADY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Walt MORGAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy LOMON ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan WINGFIELD ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John INGRAM ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnn MALLEY ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heidi DAVIS ('00) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Stan McDONALD & Dorothy McDONALD ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri ROYCE Weiner ('56) Re: Kennewick Pit During my senior year, Margaret LYNEIS ('56), Arlene WALLACE ('56) and I skipped church fellowship and took my '48 Chevy convertible (the Black Charger) to see what everyone was talking about. I parked the car at the top of the cliff while we got out to look. Within a minute the Charger was charging down the hill toward the pit until it bounced to a stop on a little rise at the lip of disaster. We then climbed back up the hill, across the railroad tracks to a little shack where a man (with no thumbs) called a tow truck. The driver agreed to send his bill to my parents and, after it arrived, the Charger sat in front of our house for about a month. -Terri ROYCE Weiner ('56) ~ where yesterday's birdie made golf fun again after a long drought. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War Speaking of books... Bill WINGFIELD's ('67) comment in yesterday's Sandstorm about "The Help" by Katheryn Stockett... I just finished reading The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War by James David Robenalt. From 1905 to 1920, President Harding wrote hundreds of letters to a women believed to become a German spy. The letters go into great detail about their love affair and political thinking and actions during this era. The letters were suppose to be kept confidential until 2020, but were recently released to the public. Re: Horse Riding In yesterday's outdoor section of the Seattle Times there is an article about horse riding vacations. It brought back fond memories of the West Richland Riding Academy. We paid $1 to ride a horse for an hour. Even as young as 8 or 9, I was able to gallup horses throughout the countryside alone or with friends. With the smell of the barn and the sight of "cowboys," horses, saddles and bridles, I felt like real cowboy. A couple of years ago my family was visiting in Mexico. With thoughts of Bo Derek riding a beautiful horse on a Mexican beach, we rented horses. Our horses looked like they hadn't been fed in months, and we were slowly led by a "guide" for about 300 yards. If the horses got too close, they would bite each other. So much for dreams of Bo Derek and the Richland Riding Academy. -Mike BRADY ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/12/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Duane HELGESON ('54) Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BAIRD ('46) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Duane HELGESON ('54) Entered: Saturday 09/11/2010 12:38:57am COMMENTS: Trying to get back in touch with the old Green and Gold. -Duane HELGESON ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Mike BRADY ('61) Maybe 10 years ago we went on a horseback ride in Mexico, and I still remember how poor and ill fed the horses looked... Mexico must not have any strong animal rights groups yet... while I am not a horse rider, I remembered that the stables in W. Richland used to charge $1 an hour, too... it took almost 3 hours of babysitting to earn that $1, 2 hours if it was after midnight... back in the good ole' days. Re: Cheer My cousin, Allan CROSS ('59) could use some cheery notes, he's in a lot of pain and has been in a lot of pain for it seems months with one health problem after another. Is your flag flying in memory of 9/11/01? Hope so. Bomber cheers, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ from a rainy overcast Grandview, IN but I'll take this any day to too much humidity and heat. Next week we will have our annual community church service down by the river (as in Ohio) as the end of our Grandview Fall Festival. Wish you could all join us. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Judie WORCESTER Kolts ('59) ~ 9/3/41 - 8/15/2010 >>Sue LUNA St. Mary ('56) ~ 9/9/37 - 9/6/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/13/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53), John BROWNE, Jr. ('61) Ed QUIGLEY ('62), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon HOWARD ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy CLUGSTON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy STANDEFER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul HODSON ('05) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven ADAIR ('08) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Club 40 I just returned from another great weekend of Club 40 activities and visits with former classmates. A great big thank you to the committee for all their hard work putting it together and pulling it off! -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John BROWNE, Jr. ('61) Re: Sonja P. Harmon (RIP) My humble thanks to Sasha HARMON ('62) for the gracious celebration of her mother's life, and the opportunity she provided for any & all to attend. I was neither a friend of the family nor a former student, but a mere admirer... whose opinion of Mrs. Harmon grew, over the years, as I overheard the anecdotes of her students in classes that we shared. It became obvious, even before I was immersed in the routines of high school, that she commanded the true affection of many, along with their utmost respect. I opted to study Latin, rather than French, early on, (as a Catholic schoolboy might do)... and, later, German (with which my father had become fascinated, following WWII). I was really fascinated by the idea of taking Russian (in those post-Sputnik days of the late 1950s) but was put off by the Cyrillic alphabet, and the eventual scheduling conflicts of classes in my Senior year. Oh, well... Later, Friday, while visiting a friend- a retired librarian- after the gathering at Exeter House, we talked about issues of mortality & what value may accrue to an individual- &/or a culture- by virtue of pursuing an education in more-or-less extraneous subject matter, beyond a certain age. The upshot was that I left his home carrying copies of Rosetta Stone software disks... and these will be the physical proxies for the apology that I want to convey to the spirit of Sonja P for failing to follow my curiosity (and instinct) in bygone days. (And, if my new pursuits should eat into the time I'd otherwise spend following the antics of friends & family on Facebook, I can only say "Talk amongst yourselves... I'm busy with the conjugation & intonation of the verb 'to be'...") ^..^ -John BROWNE ('61) ~ in a gray Western WA in the 9th consecutive day of Summer with official high temps in the 60s (don't get me wrong -- I Loved the 60s... just not in this context!) Peace... the affordable alternative **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: The Riding Academy There WAS no such thing as "animal rights" back in those days, Helen, and if you remember, Ray Moller didn't have ANY skinny or ill-kept horses at "The Riding Academy". They were not only a means of income for his family, but he really cared for them, and god help you if you brought one of the horses back, hot and sweaty; he'd make you take them back out and walk them around until they were cooled down (AFTER a good talking to), and was liable to "ban" you for a while before you could take one out again. He was a great guy, and the deal of the century, for those of us who owned horses, was the $12 a month that he charged us to board our horses. I think that I started riding and renting from him when I was about 9 or 10 years old, but it wasn't until the summer before the 8th grade that I was able to save enough money to buy my first horse, and those years, until the summer following our graduation are still times that I hold close in my memory. -Ed QUIGLEY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber-dude Today's birthday boy was a Bomber at birth... oh yeah he gots one a them growed up names already even tho he's a fairly recent gragiate... even tho his big brother always ended his name in "y" and his Pop, Doc 40 has ended his name in "ie" as long as I've knowed him and that's been a good while (tho one of our other Jimmy's has dropped the "my" from his name but big fat liars don't count)... the b-day boy has been hangin with the Sorry 7 for a very long time... in fact, this summer when a bunch of us went over to the Shilo for breakfast on Sunday after the all class reunion, something weird was nagging at me about the back room where they have the brunch... I couldn't shake it and then I remembered that for the period of time that Brian's ('65) kids were involved in sports and we didn't go to Beej's place for breakfast cuz he was always at some terneymint... for a while we went to the Shilo till one morning, the lady said the birthday boy couldn't join us because licker "can" be served in the back room and he wasn't 21 so he couldn't eat back there... duh... it was freaking breakfast... we left and I've never been back till this summer... come to think of it the lady looked like she might have been related to the guy at the Surplus store in H-wood, the b-day boy's dad had a bit of an altercation with a few years back... kinda like a reenactment of Hill 881 as I recall... not a pretty sight... fun tho... Hmmmm where was I... for a while it looked like the b-day boy would not be following in his Pop's footsteps as one of the best mechanics in the whole wide woild... but time has had its way and the boy is a racer just like his big bro... never forget the day his brother, Toby, mentioned he might like to sell his racer... B-day boy had his heart set on being the next owner of that car... so I said ok... let's load it on the truck right here and now... that kid ran into the house and told his mom on me faster than anything I've ever seen! I must say that I have really enjoyed watching this guy turn into a guy I can be proud to call a friend just like his mom, pop and brother... he's one of the gang and always will be... so join me in wishing Stevie... oooops I mean Steven ADAIR ('08) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on September 13, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/14/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Carol PURKHISER ('56), Carol CARSON ('60) Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila RAMERMAN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa HOLMES ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol PURKHISER Fleming ('56) Hello All! My big news is that my book has finally been published "It's the Way You Say It: Becoming Articulate, Well-spoken and Clear". You can find it on Amazon. Now wouldn't Mr. Barton be proud of me?! If any of you have seen it, I would love to hear what you have to say. Best wishes! -Carol PURKHISER Fleming ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: 1960 Reunion What a wonderful weekend it was reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. The committee did a fabulous job. I give my deepest thanks to all of them. Danny HAGGARD ('57) did such a great job with the Wine Tour - yum! To the dear friends I reconnected with, please keep in touch - let's don't wait another 20 years to talk or visit. To the new friends I made, I hope to keep in touch with you also. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ from Cloudy, cool Lynnwood, WA where I am taking it easy today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Hi Maren! I'm attaching a file containing a write up on the death of Ed WOOD's ('62) son, Brian Wood, and a link to the video that accompanied the write up on the AOL web site this morning. The 8-minute video is an interview with Brian's widow, Erin. It's heart-wrenching! My thoughts and prayers go out to Ed and his family, especially Erin and her unborn baby! [The file that Pat attached was a .docx file that would have been unreadable to many. Instead I have included the URL for the Today show interview with Erin that Ed sent to me. -Maren] -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Willa June GARDNER Shea ('56) ~ 6/20/38 - 8/21/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/15/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Mike CLOWES ('54) Gus KEENEY ('57), Margo COMPTON ('60) Donni CLARK ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Brad WEAR ('71), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Forrest GOODENOW Terry ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Derrith PERSONS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peter TURPING ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ranee BURCH ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Founders Thanks to all for the great attendance at the Gang of Sixty lunch at the Red Lion Saturday, Club 40. Due to the confusion with the Class of 1960, we will our rename our group to the Founders (that is what you are) classes '44 to '49. Lots of fun and good gab. We'll do it again next year. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) A tip of the old propeller beanie to those twin boys Bill and Forrest GOODENOW Terry ('54) on the auspicious occasion of their birth. And may you both have many more. To: Duane HELGESON ('54) Another county heard from as they say when reporting election results. And now, you cannot be counted among the missing. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the countdown to Octoberfest is really into single digits (like it opens Thursday). The weather guessers are predicting rain (spoil sports). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Wine Tour I would like to add my thanks to Dan HAGGARD ('57) for the great job that was done for the wine tour. The wineries were great choices and the box lunches were great, although I saw that some of the women were having a bit of difficulty with the really thick sandwiches!!! As it was, I had to gnaw the top first and then the bottom on the next bite!!! I got to buy Dan the Beer from Tony TELLIER ('57) Saturday evening, but he had to leave before I could buy him the one from me!!!!! Maybe later on this September before I Leave for the winter!! Otherwise, I'll owe him two next year... Oh Darn, eh Dan????? Thanks again, Dan. -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60)\ Re: Reunion What a wonderful reunion (especially the class of 1960). Thanks to all who put so much effort into making this the best ever. So glad I decided to come. Great to see so many high school friends. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Hi fellow Bombers! We are moved and settled at last. The last 3 months have been hard, packing up our old home (45 years in one place), moving, unpacking and settling in. We had barely put our furniture in place when our children and grandchildren started arriving. We dropped what we were doing and just had fun for 2 and 1/2 weeks. Yes, that long! We picked blackberries and my granddaughters and I made pies! The best, the men folk in our family said "Ever!" I said it must be the fresh blackberries. We took a ride on the stern wheel on the Columbia, visited several wonderful museums in the area, including the amazing car and airplane museum in Hood River, took hikes to waterfalls, caves, a day trip to Mt. St. Helen's and tried every ice cream place in the Gorge that we could find, just to name a few things. Needless to say, when everyone left I slept for almost 2 days straight. We finally sold our home which was a blessing as it was on the market for almost 4 months. It is great to be back in Washington. And I hope if you are passing through Stevenson, in the Columbia Gorge that you will stop and say hello, have a cup of coffee or come stay awhile. We are within walking distance of the Skamania Lodge and I am loving this area more and more. There is so much to do. We have already worked the car show at the Columbia Center, and this week I am working at the Quilt Show. The Skamania fair grounds are just down the road from us and there is always something going on there. We spent two nights at the fair this year and they put on a spectacular fireworks show that we could see from our home. We also have a beautiful indoor pool here and I already started swimming. Today I finished painting the patio furniture and we are going to be doing a little landscaping before the winter sets in. Please e-mail if you are coming this way and see if we are home. I would love to see you, old friends and new! I'm also looking forward to going to the local get togethers in the Portland/Vancouver area. -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ~ Stevenson, WA where it was a "Sunshine on my Shoulders" kind of day! Beautiful!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Check out the Tri-City Herald's Gallery: Columbia High School 50th Reunion Re: Goethals & Symons, waiting to cross in about 1954 -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Interview on Today Show with Erin Wood (Ed WOOD's ('62) daughter-in-law) Watched the interview... it was so sad... Brian's life was taken way too soon by a careless driver. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ed, Janice, Erin and her unborn baby. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The next Spokane Bomber Lunch WHEN: Sunday, September 19th TIME: 11: 30am Coffee -- Lunch around 12:00 Noon WHERE: The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wal*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch any time... good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There. Any Questions or need directions contact Me. -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Happy Birthday Debbie Hoff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have a great one. [Is Debbie a Bomber? What's her class year? What day is her birthday? -Maren] -Brad WEAR ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Birthday Greetings Warmest Birthday wishes on the 15th to Ranee BURCH Harmala ('71) and Mr. Peter TURPING ('70). I use the term Mr. loosely with Pete BUT he is my elder and I am ALWAYS respectful of my elders. Pete is a darn nice guy and I do enjoy seeing him when I get home and hope to run into him this weekend. Miss Ranee was always a lot of fun to be around and she has a great sense of humor. Seems to me that another Class of '70 guy (Rup BLEDSOE ('70)) monopolized her time and affections for most of our high school days. Anyway, Ranee is a great lady and I look forward to seeing her next year at the reunion. Since I will be out of town for almost a week, I also want to take this opportunity to wish a very special Birthday to my good friend and the prettiest Winemaker I have ever known... Cheryl BARBER Jones ('71) this Saturday the 18th. I am sure Cheryl will be tied up somewhere with Crush this weekend but try and take a little time for yourself this year... same lecture I have been giving her since about 1978 when she started at Ste Michelle. I will also look forward to the annual Birthday call. Have a great day. And next Tuesday the 20th is Bruce KILLAND ('71) birthday. Hope you have a great day, Bruce. Bruce's Uncle... former RHS shop teacher and Scholl District Administrator Elwood "Woody" Killand (RIP) was a great friend and mentor of mine. Other than the fact that I had to "share" him with Little Billy WEDBERG ('70), I had a lot of great times with Woody and he helped me to find my way growing up. Hard to believe he has been gone for 14 years now. I still keep in touch with his lovely wife Dotty and look forward to seeing her this weekend. Just a friendly reminder to all class of 71 folks... you can go to our website... and update your profile information so we make sure we have your info correct. I am also ALWAYS looking for old yearbook or other pictures for the website. I have scanned in our Sophomore pictures and will post them soon but could really use the pictures from our Junior year. 2 days to liftoff to the A City... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ NOT ~ 09/16/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen KLEINPETER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy MOORE ('80) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ NOT ~ 09/17/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BELT ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marvin McDONALD ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dena EVANS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jody WHEELER ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/18/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Linda SEATON ('60), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Rick VALENTINE ('68) Bill Dunton (Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie SHEARD ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl BARBER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Books At one time there was a fair amount of discourse on books, pamphlets, et.c regarding Richland and the Tri-City area. Since the volume of postings is sparse right now I'll toss in my experience. Prepared to meet problems on availability. condition, cost, etc. I contacted my third choice of potential sources concerning "Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford 1805-1943 Before the Atomic Reserve," by Martha Berry Parker. An outlet named "Alibris" stated it had availability of two copies, both hard bound. One copy described in fair condition, the other near mint. I wanted "mint" and paid $59.95 last June. It is worth every cent. In my view it is in "as new" condition. I thumbed through it for about three hours the day I received it. My curiosity was satisfied on many issues and I became acquainted with many more which I had never suspected. As an isolated example, on page 318, I saw the smiling face of the coach of the 1936 Richland Girls basketball team, one Lois Dighton. When I attended RHS (aka Col-Hi) Lois Dighton was the sweetest, most gentle and helpful study hall teacher imaginable. That gray- haired, bespectaled lady was a friend to those in need whether to deal with an academic problem, a behavioral issue or even an "affair of the heart." She was a communicator who cared. Even as an insensitive teen-ager I loved her. In addition I recognized many of the scenes and structures which were still in existence during my time. If anyone is interested in Alibris as a potential source of information you might contact them directly at or through Easton's Books at Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Close your eyes and go back in time! A little something to bring back those early times in Richland when it was owned by the government. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda SEATON MacKay ('60) Hey Class of 60! The 50th Reunion, what a blast... 110 attendees must be an all time high for a 50th Reunion! It was a perfect event from beginning to end (minus the hassle of getting the rooms requested.) Thanks to ALL of you who worked so hard! Really, THANK YOU! It was a Herculean effort on your part... hauling picture boards from site to site, arranging all the functions, memorials, pictures, setting up tables, video taping and then having to clean up after the rest of us. It did NOT go unnoticed nor unappreciated. I can't imagine a more successful event. I'm so grateful to have been a member of the Class of 1960. What a terrific class we had... remarkable in so many respects... A huge thank you for welcoming Ayla OZER Unal ('60) so warmly... she was thrilled from beginning the end... and is now home in Istanbul sharing this awesome event with her family! As her daughter, Ebru says, "You Bombers Rock!" Great memories! Thanks again... -Linda SEATON MacKay ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) So the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I are back home after 11 magical days in Alaska. It got better and better every day and Mt. McKinley [aka Denali (Athabaskan for "The High One")] showed it's face every day (sans clouds). We were so surprised to have an unexpected Bomber moment, when we found Mary Lou's ('63) gum under our table in the Bordeaux dining room of the Coral Princess. It seems she and her trophy husband, Van, were on the same ship a couple of weeks back. It was one of our best trips ever, and no disappointments at all. Does anyone want our Power Ball number? -Jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ~ In cloudy, crappy Kirkland, WA where we are waiting Trick or Treaters. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The next Spokane Bomber Lunch WHEN: TOMORROW - Sunday, September 19th TIME: 11: 30am Coffee -- Lunch around 12:00 Noon WHERE: The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wal*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch any time... good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There. Any Questions or need directions contact Me. -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton, Teacher Maren -- Would you add my name to the birthday list? November 4, 1928, the stork dropped me off at my folks home in Paynesville, MN. No hospital deliveries in those days. I am still hale and hearty and am finishing my 18th year on the Fullerton Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees. Still relish my days teaching at Carmichael Junior High. Heard somebody at our back door the other day and it was one of my former La Habra High School students who was checking up on me because another one of my "formers" heard from another "former" that I had died. Figured I'd better spread the word that I am fine, although lonely since Lynn died. Thanks for all you do to keep the Richland Bombers together! -Bill Dunton, Teacher, Carmichael Junior High School ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/19/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Falcon Jennifer sent stuff: Carol BLACK ('48), Alan LOBDELL ('69) Jennifer (Falcon) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rafael ALCAZAR ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike LONERGAN ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris BOLKAN ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol BLACK Foster ('48) To: Bill Dunton, Carmichael Teacher I seem to remember my mother Leola Black (RIP), another Carmichael teacher, mentioning your name somewhere around 100 years ago. Could this be true?? Since I am approximately 3 years younger than you, this is confusing me. You must have been a very young teacher or I am misremembering. Anyway, if you have time, please update me. Thanks, -Carol BLACK Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Close your eyes and go back in time! What a great entry you sent in. I found myself almost in tears remembering each and every one of the items listed on the youtube short. The real memory was that I could almost see and hear all my old friends that I played with and shared those years with. Some of which I have not seen in 50 years and of course many of which are no longer with us. Just think, we never wore anything like a helmet while riding a bike yet we all lived. We played ball in the street in front of the house. At 6 and 7 years old we walked across town to visit a friend and no one was worried. When two guys got into a fight they just punched it out and then normally became friends. Sex education was unheard of in school, rumors were the best. I never saw a seat belt in a car until I was about 15, Dinner was a sit down affair where kids were to be seen but not heard. The words "I don't like it would bring swift justice and more of what you don't like". Kids with one parent were because the other parent died somehow. A nickel at the candy store (5 and 10 cent store) remember those, was a big deal. It goes on and on. I feel somewhat sorry for the kids now who will never experience these things and now the simple joys they use to bring us. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jennifer While I am not an alumni from Richland High School (Hanford - Sorry), one of my best friends graduated from Richland in 1988. He LOVES his high school sweatshirt from that year, so much so, that he has practically worn it to shreds. His wife contacted me some time ago to see if I could find one like it. I have looked and searched to see if I can find one to no avail. It is unique. I am hoping someone might be able to help me find out where the screen print was made or provide some input to have one recreated if nothing else. I do have pictures of it if needed. The front had the big R with mushroom cloud behind it. Richland was above the R and Bombers below it. On the back of the sweatshirt was the phrase, "Nuke Em". I really would appreciate any help anyone can give me. Please feel free to e-mail me at Thank you so much!! Jennifer ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/20/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: Karen COLE ('55), Susan ERICKSON ('59) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Linda SEATON ('60) Mary ROSE ('60), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Rick MADDY ('67), Bruce STRAND ('69) Mike FRANCO ('70) Bill Dunton (Carmichael Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce KILLAND ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) I want to thank our class of '55 reunion organizers. It was so well organized and so much fun to see our classmates. Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56): I'm so sorry our visit was so short... I thought I would see you Saturday! Again, thank you Billie and Ted, Sharon and Jim, and Laura Dean. [Ted NETH ('55) and Billie LAWELL Neth ('55), Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) and Jim WATTS ('54), and Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55)]. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA where we have rain! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59) Re: Bill and Lynn (RIP) Dunton To: Bill Dunton I, like Carol BLACK Foster ('48), remember my mother talking about Bill Dunton. I was lucky to have had him for choir in 9th grade, I think. I, also, have fond memories of Bill and Lynn sitting at the door, checking us out as we entered Hi Spot. Maybe Bill can fill in as to where and when this picture was taken. This picture was part of the Carmichael memorabilia kept by my mother, Dorothe Erickson, who was a secretary, there, for several years. Leola Black made English fun, and was another of the great teachers at Carmichael. Thanks for the memories! -Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Class of '60 reunion Last Saturday AM I decided at the last minute to drive to Richland and at least see a few people. The afternoon gathering was well done, thanks to all who worked so hard on it. I got into the picture and paid for a copy. Marj QUALHEIM Haggard ('60) has it and I will pick it up next time down. But a Bomber friend emailed me a copy and I was surprised at the clarity. Someone give the photographer a "well done". I did get a few minutes with Ayla OZER Unal ('60) and after she looked my picture up in the book she remembered me as the boy who took her to the movies a couple of times. I was pleased to see her and find she had done well in life. On the way home I was driving straight into the setting sun along the orchards near Desert Aire. Good thing I had my very dark Polaroid sunglasses on, as an old beater pickup suddenly bounded out of the orchard and onto the road and stalled very close in front of me. I jerked the wheel to the right and missed a "t-bone" by a few inches and went into the roadside dirt putting about a cubic yard of it into the air. The guy behind me clipped the back corner and spun it around a full revolution. There were 6 Mexicans in the back and 4 in the front. Unbelievably no one was hurt. Not one of them had a green card or any ID, and none of them had more then a few words of English. Obviously they were working in the apple harvest. They got the truck started by pushing it, jumped in, and drove off with an expired NM license plate. I took a deep breath, brushed the dirt off of the windshield and the headlights, and drove on home with visions of what would have happened if my 4200 pound Windstar had t-boned that truck at 60 MPH. I have written this before but here it is again just in case: One of our employees has an electric scooter-chair. It is in excellent condition with a new battery. He said he will accept a "best offer". If anyone is interested email me and I will put you in contact with him. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From a very wet Tacoma. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda SEATON MacKay ('60) Question: Why did they change the name of Columbia High School to Richland High School? My "little" brother, John SEATON ('68), claims it's always been Richland High School ... we just called it Col-Hi! Anybody know??? -Linda SEATON MacKay ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) Re: Close your eyes and go back in time! and entries from Alan LOBDELL ('69) and Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) I do not think our childhood can ever be matched. Just attended my 50th class reunion which brought back many of these memories. So thankful I am from such a wonderful area and period in time. And had such wonderful parents, family and friends. -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Alan LOBDELL ('69) To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Close your eyes and go back in time! I guess I will have to weigh in on some of my memories of growing up in the '50s (OK, some people think I haven't grown up yet) living in a podunk farming community. We never locked our doors unless we were going out of town. Remember the big Davy Crockett fad. I think of all the fads I have seen in my life, that was the biggest one. Getting together with other kids with our sleeping bags and sleep out in the yard, sometimes in a tent, a homemade tent, or a shelter we rigged up over the clothes lines, but usually out in the open. We used to build and fly real model airplanes, not just sit in front a computer screen with a joy stick. We used to climb up on the roof and jump off onto the yard, sometimes I think we pretended we were bailing out of an airplane, but most of the time we just did it for fun of doing it. Talk about kids playing with matches, how about playing with flaming arrows. We would tie rags around the front of the arrow, pour lighter fluid on it, light it and shoot it, and we knew enough to go to a plowed field to do it in. After Sputnik was launched in 1957 we used the same field to launch rockets. You couldn't buy the kits back then, but through trial and error we figured out how to do it. We had access to some small glass bottles about 1" diameter and 4" long. Tape the glass so it won't shatter, drill a hole in the plastic cap, and stuff it with match heads, then build the rocket around that. We launched them into that same plowed field and our first successful one went a little over 250 feet. We measured it with a 100 foot steel tape. Can't do that no more, they built houses on that section of the field. Not too far out of town there was an little area where a bunch of trees grew. We called them willows, but I don't know what they really are. They grew tall, straight, and thin. I think my dad was the first to go out and cut some, which he used for bean poles in our garden. After seeing the 1954 movie "Ivanhoe" a neighbor kid and I spent the whole day jousting, making shields out of his grandfather's left over roofing shingles and using my dad's bean poles for lances. We never did jousting again after that day, I think we broke up all the bean poles. Later we would go out and harvest those poles quite often, cut them down, tie one end to the bicycle seat and drag them back. We used those poles for all sorts of things. They made good quarter staffs for playing Robin Hood and Little John, and of course for sword fights when we played pirates. They were very good tent poles for making tepees, and they could be used for spears. One kid who especially liked using them for spears moved to a larger town where he set the High School record for the javelin throw. Can't do that no more; they took all those trees out. One kid's father put a rope swing way up in a tree and we could play Tarzan. Eventually we learned how to swing from one tree to another, then back to the first. If you pushed off in the right direction you would swing out over the gravel road. We would gather up the dust by the side of the road, tie it up in newspaper, and dust bomb the road. Can't do that no more, they paved the road. All the boys had BB guns and no one "shot their eye out." I still have mine, but it hasn't been used in 40 some years, I don't know if it still works. And all the boys carried pocket knives to school and wherever they went. Now days a teacher will go ballistic, so to speak, if a kid brings a squirt gun to school. I remember every spring it was almost required to bring one to school for self defense. Everyone had one, and if you didn't bring yours you really got soaked at recess. Every year the grade school had a Halloween parade through downtown, (which was what, two blocks?). I remember one year two kids dressed as cowboys and as props had two actual old octagon barreled lever action rifles. I don't think any teacher even asked if they were loaded, much less called the cops. If they had called the town constable, much like Andy Taylor of Mayberry, he didn't carry a gun, he just had a set of handcuffs hanging on the gearshift of his pickup. Being constable was only a part-time job, he had another full-time job. Not like that anymore, they actually have a police car and someone who actually wears a uniform. I remember 5 and 10 cent ice cream cones; you got more ice cream with two 5 cent cones than one 10 cent cone, but then you were stuck with eating two cones. I actually remember seeing Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan show. I know I have posted this before, but the first time I heard the name Elvis Presley the teacher asked the students if they wanted to study or talk about Elvis Presley. I remember thinking "what's an elvis presley?" I didn't even know Elvis was a who, not a what. Of course just after that everyone in the whole country knew about Elvis Presley. It was a big deal when the next years automobiles were the public. People would make a night's entertainment out of it, going to the dealers and seeing the new cars. I remember some men looking at the '55 Chevrolet with it's new V8 and M shaped exhaust manifolds with the spark plugs under the manifolds and wondering how you would change the spark plugs. I wish I could show them these new cars. Some of them you have to take the motor loose and pull it foreword to get to the spark plugs, and I still don't see how they can get to them. Can't fix your car no more, now days if something goes wrong with your car all you can do is take it to a mechanic and say, "the car is broke." Unless you own an older collector car, but then you can't drive it for general use. Too bad, you can't even find a good car in a junk yard anymore. Christmas, after seeing what we got, we had to go to all the other kids houses and see what they got. The '50s were big for playing "Cowboys & Indians" with all the western movies and TV shows (both channels until they added a third one), but my group of friends usually just left off the cowboys and we would just play Indians. Can't do than no more, it's "Cowboys & Native-Americans." I used to like playing pirates. Playing cowboys all you did was ride your stick horse, shoot your cap gun, and maybe try to rope something. But pirates were cool. If your mother had a sheet on the clothes line you could drive a stake in the ground and tie down the bottom of the sheet making a sail for your pirate ship. You got to wear an eye patch, shoot cannons, swing on your rope swing to the other ship, have sword fights, walk the plank, make treasure maps, hunt for buried treasure, try to act like you have a peg leg, pirates were cool. I really liked watching those pirate movies, and at the end our hero usually got to sail off into the sunset with that Irish redhead, not that we cared about that mushy stuff when we were kids. I still like to watch pirate movies... Hey!... I just realized, maybe those people are right... maybe I haven't grown up yet! Oh. well, who wants go grow up, I think when I retire I will just move to Never Never Land and I can still play pirates with Captain Hook. (For those who don't remember those pirate movies, it seems that Maureen O'Hara was a star in a lot of them which was my reference to the "Irish redhead"). -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ I know, they say "You can't go back," but sometimes I wish that just wasn't true. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Ed WOOD ('62) I was surfing the net a few days ago and came across this article on the tragic death of Ed Wood's ('62) son, Brian. I had no idea at the time this young man belonged to a Bomber. I was taken back by the fact that many young gamers were also going to be very much saddened by the news over this loss of Brian Wood. Not sure if one can get to this as it is a blog off Yahoo. Makes one reflect at times how many have been lost in senseless manners that had something huge and possibly important to give to all of us in ways we cannot nor ever will know, or maybe just a small gift to an eclectic group of our society... but we all lose in the end. blog off Yahoo My condolence to the Wood family. -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce STRAND ('69) Reply sent to Jennifer who was inquiring about Bomber gear: Jennifer, Is your friend still in greater Richland? If so, have them go to Sunwest Productions at 292 Wellsian Way, Richland, down the street from the Fred Meyer. They have all kinds of Bomber gear (and a bunch of WSU Cougar stuff - boo! I'm a Husky). I picked up a cool Bomber T-shirt and coach-type wind-breaker jacket when I was in Richland last year for my 40th reunion. Yes, I know, getting old - but it happens. I thought the pricing was great too. They may have a web-site for on-line ordering as they make the gear and have a retail storefront there on Wellsian Way. Have your friend check it out... -Bruce STRAND ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) To: Alan LOBDELL ('69) I agree many of us lived well growing up in Richland. But, at risk of getting political, do NOT feel sorry for "today's kids". My daughter now 24 and the majority of her peers and friends have lived a somewhat different and very fulfilling childhood. I too loved the Richland of our childhood. But please, I encourage all to NOT assume the youth of America are deprived and have missed out on all that is good. Contact me if you want to hear more. For all our troubles the best of today's youth are better than ever. My daughter and her friends gather often and spend hours talking about good times together from junior hi, high school and college. I will now put my soapbox away... sorry folks but do not despair. -Mike FRANCO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (Carmichael Teacher) To: Carol BLACK Foster ('48) When I arrived to teach at Carmichael I had just graduated from the University of Minnesota (Class of 1949) and was not yet 21 years old (remember that November 4, 1928 birth date). Chris Anderson was the principal and Cynthia Huckstep taught band and orchestra in the room under the stage. I taught my one class of vocal music on the stage, and went from classroom to classroom teaching music to 7th and 8th graders -- pushing my piano and my books and my record player! Chris told me that Cynthia would be my mentor (and she was a good one). I hadn't been there too long when she came flying up the stairs from the band room to announce to me that I was a success -- the kids had just come down to the band room grousing about "old man Dunton" and I had just turned 21! Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) lived in La Mirada, CA (a stone's throw from Fullerton, CA) and she had invited Lynn and me to drive with her to a Bomber Reunion at the Ronald Reagan Library. But that happened on one of Lynn's "bad days" and we couldn't make the trip. Have noticed that Donni has moved back to Washington and I hope she is happy in her new digs. She is, as my mother would say, a lady -- and there is no higher compliment in this world! And that leads me to your mother. She too was indeed a lady. Starting teaching as young as I was I went from classroom to faculty meetings to athletic contests, etc., with all the rest of the Carmichael faculty, and I watched very carefully and literally stole from each of my peers those things that I thought would work to make me a teacher. It was a great experience and your mom was one of my idols. In retrospect I think I picked the right ones because I spent 41 years in a classroom and loved the last day as much as I was apprehensive that first day! I'm glad I was one that your mom remembered from Carmichael. You have a rich heritage! -Bill Dunton (Carmichael Teacher) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/21/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Phil BELCHER ('51), Luana IVERS ('52) Bill CHAPMAN ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) John RICHARDSON ('58), George SWAN ('59) Earl BENNETT ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Linda REINING ('64), Robert SHIPP ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treasure ELDER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike WAGGONER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dean HEILING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob McCOULLOGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy GEIER ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) My wife and I, along with our son, Scott BELCHER ('82) just returned from a week's cruise to Alaska where we had sunny skies until we returned to Victoria, B.C. where we had rain. Great trip. I had 234 emails to go through and finally finished this afternoon. Received one from a friend who mentioned he had seen a site where the Bombers were listed as one of strange mascots, in fact #11! I think we might consider going on a year long cruise instead of checking into a nursing home!! Might be cheaper. -Phil BELCHER ('51) ~ Pasco where we returned to fall weather with rain! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana IVERS Portch ('52) Re: Linda SEATON MacKay's ('60) question about Col-Hi When I was in school it was called Columbia High. I think that's what it says on my diploma. The story I heard about the change was that Columbia High School in Burbank, WA had the name before we did and they complained so it was changed. Don't remember the exact year though. -Luana IVERS Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) I have just returned from the Northwest for the first time since my son graduated from Central in 2005. We spent a week in Leavenworth where I have a timeshare. A resort called Blackbird which overlooks the Wynatchee River and Blackbird Island. Three days hiking the shops and one day hiking the island. It rained. We then went to Spokane to visit a friend who had cancer surgery and four chemo sessions. She was very weak and wore a hat all the time. She was on a rebuilding program with nutrition. We also visited the River Park over the Holiday and it was packed. It rained. Then it was on to the Tri-Cities where my parents are buried at almost the exact spot where we once observed the submarine races. We visited friends of my parents and some cousins. Did I mention that it rained. Every time my wife and I visit the Northwest, it rains. That is because I would like to relocate to the Northwest and She does not like rain. So back to Southern California (two long driving days) where the sports page is all Bruins and Trojans. I'm looking forward to my next reunion and pray that the class of '53 is a hardy bunch. -Bill CHAPMAN ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) The ol' propeller beanie gets a workout today in honoring two lovely ladies of The Class of '54: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts- Hogshead and Treasure ELDER Barfuss. By my calculations you both may be old enough to escort into the Uptown Tavern. I'm not too sure about the Tahitian Room though. Re: Col-Hi It was Richland High School in the "dark ages" [1911 to 1942]; the gummint changed it to Columbia High when they built the new school on top of the hill [1943 or so]. It was later changed back to Richland High to avoid getting it confused with a school in Burbank, WA (as if). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ a graduate of Columbia High School, Richland, WA, and currently a resident of Mount Angel, OR, where Oktoberfest has come to a damp but successful run. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John RICHARDSON ('58) To: Linda SEATON MacKay ('60) Re: Columbia High vs Richland High I recently attended your 50th reunion with my wife, Katie RIGGINS Richardson ('60). One of the things that I brought with me was the program for my graduation ceremony and my class of 1958 graduation announcement. For the record and I have proof of this, we were called Columbia High School which was printed on the graduation program. And my high school graduation announcement had our high School mascot or emblem printed on the front and it was an "Atomic Bomb Blast" not a B-17 Bomber. The Atomic Bomb Blast had two banners, one on each side that said COL -- HI. Then there was a long banner across the bottom that said RICHLAND. As I remember - and I am not over the hill yet - we always went to Columbia High but when it came to sports we were always known as the Richland Bombers. I do not know when they officially changed the name to Richland High but it may have something to do with there being a Columbia High in Burbank, WA so I have been told. One thing that I am sure of and that is I am so tired of people trying to rewrite history just for the sake of being politically correct. We did go to Columbia High and our mascot was an atomic bomb and not an airplane. Burt PIERARD ('59) Scanned both the program and the announcement that I am talking about and perhaps he would be kind enough to send them through to the Sandstorm for all to see. One last thing, I would like to thank Danny HAGGARD ('57), Janet FORBY Padgett ('60), Pete OVERDAHL ('60), and all of the Club 40 staff for all their efforts in making this years program so great. It truly was a great time and last of all, Who were those guys in that Band? -John RICHARDSON ('58) ~ From sunny Longwood, FL where it is finally getting down into the 70s at night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: The passing of Duane Azure ('59wb-RIP) Maren, I was not sure of the format to present this information to you for posting in Alumni Sandstorm, so I have combined it here. Below is the obituary for my old friend, Duane AZURE ('59 WB). Growing up in Richland, we lived across the street from each other, and we were pals while attending Spalding Grade school, Chief Joseph Junior High, and Columbia High, until he moved to Pasco, and graduated as a Bull Dog. About a year ago, Duane entered into a home hospice situation, suffering from the increased effects of a long, on-going battle with lung cancer. Shortly after that, his wife Dawn, set up a site for Duane's journal and guest book through Caring Bridge which may be accessed at: Read from the beginning to the latest update and show your support at: Duane lost his final fight on June 25, 2010, but Dawn is keeping the site open and has suggested that those who wish, could go to the Caring Bridge Site for more information on Duane's life, and she emphasized that it would be nice for Duane's family to hear more memories of his growing up years in Richland. I apologize to those who knew Duane, for being so late in getting this information out to the Bombers. I got sidetracked for a while. However, I wanted to make sure that my old friend is always remembered as a "would have been" Class of 1959 Bomber. -George "Pappy" SWAN ~ Burbank, WA ************************************** Duane Azure May 12th 1941 - June 25th 2010 Duane Azure, 69, died at home in Seattle, WA and went to be with the Great Spirit, Wakan Tanka on June 25th 2010. He was born May 12th 1941 to Leo and Thelma Azure in Miles City, Montana and grew up in the Tri-Cities. Duane graduated from Pasco High in 1958. He married Dawn Mylerberg in 1961 and raised three sons. Duane served in the U.S. Navy and received an Honorable Discharge after 2 years on the Island of Guam. He loved being outdoors and spearheaded the planning of many hunting and fishing trips. One of his favorite destinations was Blue Lake in Eastern Washington. He would sit on the front porch of his cabin to watch the activity and make sure everyone who passed by was sufficiently fed. His love of good company and good conversation were unparalleled. Duane had a link to his heritage that was quite spiritual and a special bond to bears and eagles, two very sacred beings in the Sioux culture. He is preceded in death by his brother Michael [Mickey ('62)], and his parents Leo and Thelma. Duane is survived by his loving wife, Dawn, sons Dana, Dirk, and Drew, brothers Leo Jr. "Larry" ('57) (Judy), Greg (Carol), Tony (Debbie), Marc, and sisters Almeda Giles (Jerry), Cecille Russell (Vern) and sister-in-law Vicky Azure (Mike). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Dennis HAMMER ('64): "All the boys had BB guns and no one 'shot their eye out'." Sorry to burst the idyllic bubble, but Marc ?LEACH? ('63) lost an eye in a BB gun "war," I believe while we were in Junior High. He lived a block down Potter from me, across the street from David ('61) and Ray ('64) STEIN (and younger sister Judy ('71) and I think another, younger brother, Gerald ('66)). Regards, ecb3 - from a beautiful September day in central VA - home from work with a cough - where we could stand a few days of soaking rain, the sooner the better, or those on town water systems face water restrictions in the near future (and our well can't handle more than about 20 minutes of watering the new-sown grass}. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) While to a lot of people, today isn't memorable for much more than Sergei G Netsjajev, Pirro Conte d' Albergati Capacelli and Bruno Fitoussi's birthdays, and the 230th anniversary of Benedict Arnold's "misunderstanding". It should be noted that today is the anniversary of the founding of My Weekly Reader, behind which the birthday boy hid biographies of Melvin Belli, Johnny Cochran and F. Lee Bailey. Regardless, Happy Birthday to Dean HEILING ('63), May you take pride and comfort in the fact that while they are producing fine wines faster than you can drink them, you've got them building new vineyards and working nights. -Nancy & Jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Close your eyes and go back in time! Loved reading all the entries... brought back lots of memories... we had the BEST childhood... no worries, could roam all over town, no "boogey-men" to be worried about snatching us off the street or worse, and, as long as we were home by the time street lights came on, we could be outside forever! I relish all those memories, but, I will admit that my daughters had a good childhood, too. they grew up in CA, had a good neighborhood to grow up in and they were outside, til street lights came on, too. Although they did NOT roam the town... Santa Ana was too big to let them to do that, but they did roam their neighborhood and knew everyone up and down the street, so they were safe and didn't have to worry about "boogey-men", either. To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Whew! Glad you weren't hurt in your "near crash"! Nice to know it isn't only CA that has to worry about truck loads of Mexican laborers driving without licenses, insurance, and speaking English!!!!!!! *grin* Re: The picture of Bill and Lynn Dunton This is so so cool! Lynn was always dressing up and I'll bet this was for a Halloween dance or party that was probably part of Hi-Spot. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert SHIPP ('64) Re: Bomber Mom It is with sorrow that I report that our mother, Grethe Shipp, mother of Kathleen SHIPP Davies ('60), Robert SHIPP ('64) and Deborah SHIPP Rhoades ('68), passed away last week after a brief illness. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family. Her obituary is posted and comments can be left at -Robert SHIPP ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber Days Gotta couple of guys having birthdays on September 21, 2010, a '65er and a '63er (trips nicely off the tongue doesn't it... maybe it's a '63ee... nah not much better) now for those of you who think you guessed the identity of these two guys... you may be wrong... two others of like identity have birthdays on the 23rd and in fact I can almost bet that one of them (the Big kid) will be wishing this b-day boy an HB in the Sandstorm right along with this one... If he can get ML's ('63) gum off his hands, that is... remind me to watch where I sit if I use that cruise line... and by now I'd think a big kid like that would know better than to put has hands under any table any where! Geeeeeeeeeez now I'm grossed out all over again... should never have read that post... tho he did say it was ML's gum... wonder if there is a way of making sure of that... (dang I am giving this subject way more time than it deserves)... so anyway let's let out a huge Bomber HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dean HEILING ('63) and Bob McCOULLOUGH ('65)!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/22/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim WATTS ('54) Sylvia PLUMB ('56), Burt PIERARD ('59) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Marc LEACH ('63) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlotte NUGENT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy COPPINGER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni SHEPARD ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnne BUCHOLZ ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bert HAMMILL ('70wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: The School Name: I should like to enter a correction to the parenthetical dates that were put into my previous entry. [OOPS! That was SUPPOSED to say 1942 -- not '52... and now it sounds like it should have been '43... I was close... so next time you'll put any date(s) in yourself, right? -Maren] It was Richland High School from it's founding in 1911 to the end of the school year in 1944. The doors of the new and improved high school on the bluff opened in September of 1944 (not to say that there might have been classes held in the new building during construction) as Columbia High School. From what I can gather from previous entries by others, the name was changed back to Richland High School in the mid to late 1970s. This move may be been instigated by dissidents from Finley, as they are easily confused and find it hard to differentiate between Richland and Burbank. [See later entry in today's edition from Pete BEAULIEU ('62) with Wikipedia information. -Maren] -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in Mount Angel, OR where it promises to be a pleasant ending to summer and the beginning of fall. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim WATTS ('54) Re: The picture of Bill and Lynn Dunton I loved the picture of Bill and Lynn Dunton. That was so like them to be a part of everything. I'm glad to see that Bill is still active. I used to visit them when they first moved to Richland. They were really something and Bill still is. I used to visit their house often and always got a laugh when Lynn would call Bill "Her little cream cheese from the dairy of heaven." I bet he still fondly remembers that. I remember taking them and Alton Klucas on a hike to the back of the Twin Sisters to look at Indian rock pictures. It was quite a trip bet they took it in good natured way. -Jim WATTS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) To: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Karen, I am also sorry that we were not able to visit on Saturday, September 11th, at the '55th Reunion. Maybe next year! We enjoyed both nights (10th and 11th). Tony ('55) and I were able to get together with so many people that we hadn't seen in many years. I loved seeing the ladies that I used to have monthly lunches with before Tony and I moved to Kansas. We have had a busy summer, but so thankful that we made it to the reunion. -Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) ~ Derby, KS when we arrived back in Wichita, the sirens were blaring, but we lucked out and didn't have any hail storm or wind damage. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: John RICHARDSON ('58) Re: Class of 1958 Commencement Announcement Here is my scanned copy showing the "Mushroom Cloud" bug and the reference to Columbia High School. As to other discussion items, the old Richland High School name did not follow the students when they moved in to the new Columbia High School in April 1944. The name was changed from Columbia High to Richland High in about 1985 (I'll pull out my files and get a more definite date and report tomorrow). Another item of interest is the claim that Burbank had the Columbia High School name before we did. I worked with another engineer in Seattle who had graduated from Burbank's Columbia High and he told me that their school was actually constructed AFTER ours. I'll check it out and include that in my report tomorrow. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Name Change to Richland High School My vague memory is that the name change happened about the time that Hanford High School was built. (It might be interesting, also, to know exactly when Columbia High in Burbank was actually built...maybe after 1943?) Here's an extract from Wikipedia: "The school was named Columbia High School, or, as the students called it, Col Hi (pronounced 'cole high'), until the early 1980s. The official name was then changed to Richland High School starting with the 1982-1983 school year. Popular sentiment at the time was to preserve the association between the name of the city and the high school basketball and football teams due to other schools in Washington State having the same or very similar names to Columbia High School. Prior to planning and construction of Hanford School, Columbia High School was also referred to as "RHS" in cheers chanted at athletic competitions. Some say that the name was changed so that the smaller high-school component of the Hanford K-12 complex then under construction would not claim to be "Richland High School". Regardless, there was very strong feeling about the Col-Hi basketball team which fueled some of the popular opposition to the bond issue which paid for construction of Hanford School through the proceeds of Col cat house. This opposition was most intense in the North end of town whose students would be enrolled in the new school and not at Col Hi. Some of the students who at the time voted against the change claim that the name was changed to avoid confusion with the nearby, and much smaller, Columbia High School in Burbank, Washington. Given the fact that Col Hi had been known as Columbia High School for a long time and played in a different division than the Burbank school, they believed that there was little reason to believe this argument and thus voted against the change. Many alumni from the era still refer to the school as Col Hi." What's this..."Col cat house"? -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marc LEACH ('63) Re: BB Guns To: Earl BENNETT ('63) Hello Earl: You are partially correct. Roger GRESS ('61) attempted to shoot my eye out but did not succeed. I still have two functional eyes altho the one he bulls-eyed is a tad worse for wear. The whole incident did net me enough $ to pay for part of a college education thanks to Roger's parents' insurance provider. Today with a halfway decent attorney I would have done a little better. I was lucky, it was a common accident among our contemporaries and many were not so fortunate. -Marc LEACH ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: RHS vs. Columbia High Columbia High School did not change its name to stop confusion with the Burbank School. When I was still in high school (mid- '60s), we voted to KEEP the name Columbia rather than change to Richland although we did have cheers that used RHS is the Best. The name was changed when Hanford High School was being built. The Bombers did not want that new school getting the Richland High School name. -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/23/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Burt PIERARD ('59) Roger GRESS ('61), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Earl BENNETT ('63), Gary WEBB ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shannon WEIL ('82) Susan LUNDGREN ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George ZIELINSKI ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve SIMPSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen STRAND ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert POSENAUER ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: The Name During my years at high school (Fall of 1946 to Spring of 1950) at least one of the songs sung at athletic events included the phrase, in part: "... loyal to you Richland High..." The official name of our school during that time frame was Columbia High School. As one posting indicated most students called it Col-Hi. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: RHS to Col-Hi to RHS The original RHS name probably, officially remained until its demolition in the summer of 1961 although I remember it as just the Old High School. In any event, the students moved to Col-Hi in the first week of April, 1944, and finished the 1944 School Year there. As an aside, I agree with Dick McCOY ('46) that the transition was the primary reason for no 1944 Columbian being published (that would have been the critical time for sending the mock-ups to the publisher). Note: Club 40 published the original mock-ups in 1990. As far as a date for the Col-Hi to RHS switch, I think Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) source ('82-'83 School Year) is correct. It was mentioned in some Sandstorm exchanges and I thought I had kept copies but I was wrong. As I recall a Lady Bomber wrote in and said her brother had been ASB President that year. Maybe she will see this and write in again to give us more info on the reason claimed for the change. As far as the which came first, Burbank or Richland, I was unable to contact my friend in Seattle today - I'll keep trying. In the mean time, the curator of the East Benton County Historical Society Museum and a Columbia School District official are both doing research to determine a date for the establishment of the Columbia High School at Burbank. By the way, they sure are making sure that they have the Columbia name locked up in Burbank. They have 3 schools in the district, Columbia Elementary School, Columbia Middle School and Columbia High School. Stay tuned. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS ('61) I would like to set things straight about what Marc LEACH ('63) said about me. Marc made it sound like I stepped right up and shot him in the eye and he knows that is not true. In the last comment Marc makes he says it was a common accident, so I would like an apology from him for the untrue things he said about me. -Roger GRESS ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland / Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch/Social WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010 TIME: 11:30 AM - 3:00 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, & some stories to tell. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. PLEASE RSVP to: me -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) To: Marc LEACH ('63) Sorry about the erroneous entry - as near as we lived to each other, we weren't close, though I vaguely recall that you might have joined our group occasionally for evening hide-'n'-seek games at the corner of Potter and Turner - Pat MURPHY ('63), John COONS ('63), Glenda BURDSALL ('63), Tomi (?McKinnon?) ('63), many others. I'm glad you've had both eyes all along. The memory of the bandage over your eye has always contributed to my better attention to all kinds of safety since then. Regards, ecb3 - from our 33rd anniversary trip to Bedford, PA, and tourist attractions (like Gravity Hill and covered bridges) in perfect fall weather. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary WEBB ('64) Re: Golf Going to play WineValley today. Played it last week and it was beautiful. Go to this site and take a look. -Gary WEBB ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Guess we never did chant "CHS...CHS...CHS" Rumor has it on this fine birthday day, that our own Number 10 ('64) (tho he has appeared in at least one of my face book pix as Number 12) refused to buy any of the memorabilia made from the old Col-Hi gym floor because it said "Richland High"... what that has to do with anything is anybody's call I shore don't remember being asked to vote on changing the name of our school... but then I remember very little other than walking ms. whatserface from one class to another and getting sympathy cards from another girl when we broke up and my car was parked outside another girl's house and taunting some teacher with another girl he was in lust over by walking past him at dances with her hanging all over me and my hand planted firmly on her rear end... and and and (all in the same general category of memories)... none of which seem to relate to the topic of school name changes... but to me it'll always be Col-Hi whether we sang "RHS" or whatever... we were and always will be the Bombers and that's what matters! I can prove we are the Bombers cuz I gots me this cool plaque on my car that says so that one of our b-day boyz and I cooked up a few years back... I had always wanted to do something like that but never got off my lazy rear till he made a suggestion (he wanted Chevrolet lettering)... (see attached photo as proof of us being the Bombers... mighty, mighty Bombers)... so we gots at least three b-dayz going on here today on this fine September 23, 2010... one of the '65ers I've known since prolly kinnygarden tho I ain't seen hide nor hair of him in years... he even changed his name... not just to a big kid name... I mean his whole freaking name! I hear Doug STRASSER ('66) and Donna PARDEE Strasser ('65) are grandparents again... holy mackerel... two of the b-day boyz have come thru some serious illness over the years and share that along with their birthday... they are very dear to me even tho one of them still has gum all over his hands (I didn't mention your name Mary Lou ('63) so don't have a hissy)... I've told a ton of stories on these guys over the years so I won't bore you with the same old jabber again... I must have been doing this for a while now cuz it seems I've told most of the stories I have at least 5 times on each... Just gotta wish them a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY: George ZIELINSKI ('65), Steve SIMPSON ('65) and Jimbeaux HAMILTON ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) Re: RHS vs. Columbia High The name change had nothing to do with the building of Hanford High. Class of 1982 ASB president, Kent "Wig" DAVIS initiated the change which took place the following year (Hanford was built in 1972), and our class was the last one to graduate from "Col Hi". Not sure about how all that came about, but I do know Wig is responsible for getting the ball rolling on that. -Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan LUNDGREN ('82) Re: RHS vs. Columbia High As someone from the class of '82, I can attest we were the last class to graduate from "Columbia High School". It has always bothered me that I now have to select "Richland High School" from pull downs about my educational history for things like grad school applications or alumni surveys and the like. Thank-you Bombers for the history in this newsletter. Most of us slightly younger Bombers had no idea the school was ever named Richland High School in the past. I do not remember this fact coming up during all the discussions and controversy about the name change during the '81-'82 school year. Regards, -Susan LUNDGREN ('82) ~ Anchorage, AK where the fall foliage is gorgeous ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/24/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 Lion sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Karen COLE ('55), Burt PIERARD ('59) Dee WALLACE ('60), Fred PHILLIPS ('60) Marc LEACH ('63), Judy JENSVOLD ('65) Gary Brehm (KHS-64) and Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack MORRIS ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy CROSS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron FRYMIER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan WADE ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Do you mean to say that "Cole" High wasn't named after my famous sisters and brother? They were in attendance from 1948 to 1966. What a bummer. I do remember our cheers that had "Richland" in them. I think Norma MYRICK ('54) could still do the cartwheels that we did, spelling out "Richland." [AND Norma did the splits at R2K... did everybody see that? -Maren] -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Sunny, Nine Mile Falls, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: RHS to Col-Hi to RHS (continuing) Thanks to Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) and Susan LUNDGREN ('82) for nailing the exact time period for the Col-Hi to RHS change as the end of the 1981-1982 school year. The beauty of this is two, independent memory sources. I always consider a single account from "one of those who was there" as potentially one of the worst sources available due to the fragility of memory but no problem here. Now why was the name really changed? I don't believe Kent "Wig" DAVIS ('82) is on the Sandstorm but maybe one of you who are acquainted with him could pass this on in hopes of getting his memories of the true cause for the change. I might be wrong here but I believe this time period is suspiciously close to the time when a "Politically Correct" campaign was launched to get rid of the R-cloud. Were they trying to erase any Traditions as what could be more traditional to a High School kid than the name of his school? Just wondering. My Burbank grad friend responded with his story of moving to town shortly after the new high school was built in 1977 and named Columbia High School. He said the old High School had been converted to a Middle School by the time he arrived and he didn't know if the old School was originally named Columbia High or not. Still waiting for other precincts to report. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chester "Dee" WALLACE ('60) Re: 50 year reunion Now that I am home I have had some time to reflect on the 50 year reunion. I had a wonderful time and would like to congratulate those who organized the event. I can't say that I was happy to see all the changes to my home town ("you can't go home again"), but everything keeps moving forward and there is no way to stop it. One of the most interesting things to me was that most of the people there I have not seen in 50 years, so I remembered them from 1960. They looked so OLD!! Then I thought if they look old to me, how do I look to them? Richland is a beautiful and dynamic little city and has a bright future. I plan to visit more often. Thank you everyone. -Dee WALLACE ('60) ~ Sierra City, CA 42 this morning & beautiful **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred PHILLIPS ('60) Re: Speeding up Hanford EEOICPA claims Several Bombers who applied for benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) have complained that the Department of Labor has delayed processing their claims, or simply rejected them for unknown or incomprehensible reasons. Recently, I assisted a relative with a claim for survivor's benefits and sure enough, after the paperwork was submitted to the Seattle Department of Labor (DOL) office, the process quickly ground to a halt. Although we correctly completed and submitted everything we could, including the deceased employee's complete medical records from Kadlec Hospital, the claim stalled when the Department of Energy simply didn't bother to provide the required employment records. Fortunately, another Bomber referred me to Anne Block, an attorney who used to work for the Department of Labor, knows the people involved in the process, and now specializes in EEOICPA claims. He had retained her himself and also referred other friends to Ms. Block, who got their claims promptly approved and paid. I talked to Anne and learned that her fees in these cases are limited by law to 2% of any lump sum received for work on the initial claim, plus 10% of any lump sum paid if the claim is denied and an appeal is successful. That is far less that the customary 20% - 40% contingent fees attorneys charge in other types of cases. My relative hired Ms. Block, who immediately got the required employment records by filing a Freedom of Information Act request. Then, when the DOL's claims examiner tried to slow thing down, Anne emailed the supervisor and got things moving again. Result: About two months after Anne became involved, the previously stalled claim was approved and paid. Anne's contingent fee was 2% of the substantial amount my relative received. No other costs were involved. I've never met Anne Block in person and have only spoken with her a couple of times on the phone. Throughout the claim process, she always kept us informed by email. As a lawyer myself, I understand that attorneys should be avoided if possible. But in this case I was impressed. Although past results provide no guarantee of future success, if you have, or plan to file, an EEOICPA claim, you might want to contact Anne Block. You can reach her at (206) 326-9933 or -Fred PHILLIPS ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marc LEACH ('63) Re: Potter Avenue To: Earl BENNETT ('63) No problem Earl, I am glad my incident proved of some use through the force of example. After the shooting it took many surgeries to provide some useful vision in my eye, and took me out of the rotation for those wonderful midsummer night activities for some time. I think we called the game "ditch-em" rather than hide and seek but it was the same idea. There was a dichotomy between upper and lower Potter groups, and I thank you for including me in occasionally. At my end of the block it was the Stein boys, Chuck STADE ('62) and Bill REDMOND ('63) - an outsider from Perkins - that roamed the streets. -Marc LEACH ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Brehm (KHS-64) and Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) We have a condo for sale in Kennewick located at 4214 W. Klamath #A6. Built in 1974, 1790 sq.ft, 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, 2 car garage, updated kitchen, newer heat pump, windows, and carpeting, pool outside of living room windows. Price $123,900. MLS #168702. Must be owner occupied/no renters. HOA dues $170/month (landscaping, pool and tennis court maintenance, snow removal, and includes insurance on structure). Please contact realtor Dan Bruchman at 509-551-1880 or See at: -Gary Brehm (KHS-64) and Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy JENSVOLD ('65) Re: Some memories of Sonja Harmon (RIP) Fifty years ago I walked into my first French class at Chief Joe and read on the blackboard, "The vappy koubs desacked the satire molently." I was intrigued. And I so continued to be in Mrs. Harmon's classes at Chief Joe and Col-Hi. Each class seemed well thought out, and she knew how to vary classes. We might have a couple of days of sheer drill and repetition with the tape, but then we'd have a class devoted to singing French folk songs, "La Vie en Rose," and "La Marseillaise." In 1962 when I went to Seattle to the World's Fair I saw a Watteau in the French Pavilion and I knew what I was seeing, thanks to Sonja Harmon. I had that same great experience when I saw the amazing "Winged Victory of Samothrace" this summer at the Louvre. I meant to write her about that, but didn't get it done. I wish I had. She was a remarkable teacher and person, and I feel very fortunate to have been in her classes. -Judy JENSVOLD ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Patricia GREENFIELD Sullivan ('52) ~ 2/9/34 - 9/19/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/25/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Maribeth Smith sent stuff: Dick HARRIS ('49), Tony DURAN ('55) Burt PIERARD ('59), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Maribeth Smith (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Beth PARKER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hector ALVAREZ ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy NELSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard McALLISTER ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick HARRIS ('49) Re: High School Name Jim JENSEN ('50) was right, the Richland High School song that we sung had lines referring to Richland High, as in We're loyal to you, Richland High. We're green and we're gold Richland High---. I was rustling through some files on Richland High School and found a couple of things. One was a copy of the miniature (approx. 4 1/4" x 2 1/2") "Green and Gold Handbook of Columbia High School, Richland, Washington, 1946". This contains much advice for students attending the school, regulations, school song, and school cheers. These are word of the school song: We're loyal to you, Richland High We're green and we're gold Richland High We'll back you to stand 'Gainst the best in the land, For we know you have sand, Richland High Rah!! Rah!! So, onward we go Richland High, Go speeding ahead, Richland High, Our team is our best asset, It has never failed us yet, Hurrah! for you Richland High! Rah!! Rah!! I also found a copy of the following letter that appeared in Bomber Alumni Sandstorm, Re: Renaming of Columbia High School to Richland High School: >>From "Wig" Davis ('82) Re: Columbia High School name change This letter from 1982 might shed some light to why Columbia High was changed to Richland High May 23, 1982 Richland Public Schools Board of Directors Dear Mr. Watrous and Board Members As the school year of 1981-1982 draws to a close, we have one more major item of business to cover. On May 19, 1982, the Student Council of Columbia High School passed the following motion: "I move that the Executive Council propose Richland School Board that the name of Columbia High School be changed to Richland High School" The passing of this motion is the culmination in a yearlong project to research and pursue the change in the name of Columbia High School. For the following reasons the students of Columbia High School believe the time has come to change it name to Richland High School. First the alleviation of confusion is desired, there being at least six schools in the Pacific Northwest with the name Columbia High, one of them within the Tri-City area. If mail intended for Columbia High School is not addressed to Richland High, it often ends up at Burbank or Columbia River. Administrators will attest to their frustration at receiving mail meant for these schools. Secondly, identity must be established, it being the case that when the name "Bombers" is thought of anywhere in the state or even in the Northwest, it is affiliated with the name, "Richland." The much deserved credit for the achievements of musicians, athletes, and occupational groups who compete statewide should go to an actual Richland High rather than a mythological Richland High. Lastly, the resultant convenience obvious owing to the fact that everywhere one looks on the campus of Columbia High, an "R" or a "Richland" can be seen. (e.g. RHS on top of the gym entrance, R's on the floors of both gyms, athletic letters not C's, but R's". Recently, the school board members were interviewed by students of a delegation established by the A.S.B. officers. These interviews were of a dual purpose, to educate the board with respect to our reasons and research and to learn, ourselves, how the members felt toward such a change. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the board for taking the time to listen to our cause and input their own feelings. We now believe that the time has come, and we propose to the Richland School Board of Directors that he name of Columbia High School be changed to Richland High School. Respectfully, Kent "Wig" Davis, Student Body President Guy P. Glazier, Vice President Sandra Janus, Treasurer Theresa Schneider, Secretary Cc: Dr. Robert W. Iller Carl Volmer Mary Guay Pauli Budd John Fox John G. Nash -"Wig" Davis ('82) I hope this is helpful in the quest for facts on the renaming of Richland High School! -Dick HARRIS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Jack MORRIS ('55) birthday Happy Birthday [on the 24th] to an old.. old guy! It seems just like yesterday we were out shooting rabbits out of the old Model "A" Ford I had when were in high school. Always a blast driving through the desert sands and frozen ponds shooting at anything that moved in our path. Too bad that the car burned up during a fireworks fun day at the house on Hartford Street. I'll never forget that. My old dad was madder than hell at both my brother Geno ('56) and I because we were not watching at what the other kids on the block were doing. The fire chief determined that a sparkler had been thrown in the air and landed inside the old Model "A" and it smoldered until it started on fire later that evening. I can still see you and Dick GUYMAN ('55) sitting on the front fenders waiting to take shots at rabbits. What a blast. And I'll always remember you riding high on your bike. I pray that your health gets better. I know that Carol will always be there for you. Again... HAPPY BIRTHDAY and lots more of them. -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: All Re: RHS to Col-Hi to RHS (Final Word) Well, the final precinct (curator of EBCHS Museum, in collaboration with the Columbia School District) has reported in and the results are mighty interesting. The original Columbia High at Burbank School was constructed in 1954. So any spin that the RHS administrators put out that we needed to change Col-Hi to RHS because of our conflict with Burbank was pure Bull S___!!! We had the name for 10 years before they did (probably why they took the name Columbia High at Burbank). This brings up the question I mentioned yesterday - Why DID they push for the name change? Col-Hi Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Sea Hunt I was honored and pleased to be able to organize, and be the MC at a 50th Birthday Party for the Northwest NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) organization in Portland, Oregon last Saturday (Sept. 18). This was one of several NAUI Celebrations throughout the world this year. The first party was held at the NAUI Headquarters facility in Tampa, Florida in February. At our party, we looked back more than 50 years to honor the special people who started NAUI. We honored a few NAUI Instructors that have been mentors over the years. We paid a tribute to Albert Tillman (NAUI #1) (RIP). Al was the driving force behind the development of Scuba diving education and he was the technical advisor for the Sea Hunt TV series staring Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson. Al was also my personal friend. Zale Parry presented the tribute to Al Tillman. When I introduced Zale to the group, I stated that she was my first Scuba Instructor. If you watched Sea Hunt from 1957 - 1961, you may recall Zale. She was the co-star with Lloyd Bridges and she is a very accomplished diver. At the end of each episode, Zale would provide a Scuba diving safety tip. That is why I call her my first diving instructor. We had NAUI Instructors from Canada, Washington, Oregon, Florida and Louisiana. If you are a diver in the Tri Cities, I'm sure that you will know Gene Bruns. Gene is the owner of UnderSea Adventures in Kennewick. Gene received his honors for being a Diving Mentor for 33 years. Gene and I met when he became a NAUI Instructor and we have been good friends since. Sorry for the shameless plug, but if you are interested in diving, and you live near the Tri Cities, UnderSea Adventures at 6855 W Clearwater Ave. is the place to go. Gene and his crew will take good care of you. Just tell him that Tom Hemphill sent you. You can see the photos of the event on my facebook page at -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Don't know your Order, but ours is still in some mondo considerable terminal disorder. Happy Birthday to Sister Mary Elizabeth Parker... you put the "Bee in Beehive" Sixtyfive and still breakin' hearts, & in ten years it will be... -Jimbeaux and the entire Southend Posse p.s. Back to your card table in the kitchen Rivers, you know she's ours. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: missed a few... but hey... nobody is perfect For Roy CROSS ('65), Joanne BUCHOLZ ('65) and Guy LOBDELL ('69) I goofed... sorry... but hey... I know you had fun dayz... right? But I am getting this "best dancer" Bomber-babe's b-day right for sure cuz her little sis ('65) gave me the right skinny last year or the year before... remember that picture in the '63 Columbian as if it were yesterday... in fact... some dayz I'm pretty sure it was yesterday... there they were Pook ('63-RIP) and my next door Bomber-babe right there in black and white (copy enclosed for your enjoyment)... It was great to see this girl, her lil sis, Laura and big sis Judy ('65) at the R-2K+10 this June... what a fun thing to have all three of them together... Their house (basement) was the place to be before we could drive... that and the park on the other corner across from my house... we spent hours upon hours... that's where most of my gang learned to perfect kissing... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dang... well maybe perfecting "making out" would be a better description... (I may need to see a cardiologist if I keep this story going much longer)... The summer before 7th grade... the year Terry ('65) and I died our hair... errrrrrr bright orange... trying to look more like Skip ('65) and ended up having Brian JOHNSON ('65) shave our heads is the same summer my mother decided she was going to force me to read at least one book... I was shut in my room looking over the Bomber-Babes' house till noon with Tom Sawyer and Ivanho... I spent the morning watching the kids enter the house and just listened to the radio and read the first page of Tom Sawyer but only the first page... never have read either book but at 21 finally caught the bug and began reading everything I could get my hands on... at noon I'd join the gang in the Parkers' basement... so for you "Bethie"... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beth PARKER ('63) on September 25, 2010!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maribeth Smith (NAB) I enjoy reading the entries about Carmichael. I am starting my 39th year (yikes!) at Carmichael and know a lot of the alumni names from the mid-seventies on. Plus when I started at Carmichael (in the same room I am in today) I worked with Leola Black, Barbara Linn, Howard Chitty, Glenn Arnold, Lenore Bern and so many more. My husband Pook SMITH ('63-RIP) used to go around the house singing "101 pounds of fun, she's my little honey bun" from his "musical" days on Carmichael stage under Mr. Dunton's direction. I think he was recruited for South Pacific and actually sang and maybe danced a little. He had only the best things to say about Mr. Dunton. So if you are out there reading this, Mr. Dunton, know the ripples of your work continue. I'll picture you pushing that piano from room to room down these long halls. From room 707 (339 before the 2000 remodel) where the kids are still just kids making memories here. -Maribeth Weide Smith ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/26/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Marcia Plows sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Mike CLOWES ('54) Bill BERLIN ('56), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Steve CARSON ('58), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Marcia Plows (Bomber Spouse) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Helen & Carol EVANS ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Larry HARROLD ('56) & Lois WEYERTS ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) To: Dick HARRIS ('49) Re: Your posting of 9/25/10. Great research!!! Thou art a resourceful and thorough rascal... must have been a graduate of Richland High School. Bombers (and Richard) Rule, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Renaming the School Well, I'm satisfied. The Post Office is to blame for the second name change of the high school. Just couldn't get their Columbia schools straight. Oh, the agony of opening mail addressed to you, but finding it was intended for someone else. Just glad FEMA isn't involved in this. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where summer has momentarily returned **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Col-Hi to RHS Looks like the Bomber historians have pretty well nailed the date of the change down to May, 1982. I really didn't know about it for three or four years but when the changed happened in May '82 I was up in Tuktoyuktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada buying a small ship, to far away for Bomber news. I did go to some of the Tuk-Hi basketball games and the cheer leaders would start in the first period with "...give me a 'T'..." and by the time they had gotten all the way through Tuktoyuktuk it was half time. I also remember that when the Bombers basketball teams of my era ('54-'56) went to the State Tournament, the program listed them as Richland High School "Bombers" with Columbia High School in parenthesis some of the time. Oh well, Richland High School is fine with me. Good work by the Bomber "sharpies" who figured this all out. Now if they could only figure out a cure for cancer.... [See many programs from State tournaments at: The only years that do NOT show "Columbia High School" are '62, '67, and '78. Our three Bomber championship years: '58, '72, '79. No program online for '58, but both '72 and '79 show Col-Hi. -Maren] -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Rancho Mirage, CA No we didn't move from Anacortes but came down to finish furnishing our condo in the desert. In four weeks here I have had to fly to New York, San Francisco and Denver on business. No vacation with that and 105 to 110 temps too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Small world It was slow at the Prostate Cancer "US TOO" booth at the Puyallup Fair when a fella walked up wearing a WAZU cap. I asked him if he knew his PSA. He did. I asked him if he was a WAZU grad. He was. He told me he graduated from Centralia in '57. I said I was a '57 Bomber. Then he said, "Do you know Fred SEGREST, Tony TELLIER, Wes HAYWARD and Fred LATENDRESSE?" (all RHS '57 classmates). Louie then proceeded to tell stories about these guys back in their days at McAllister Hall at WSC. He kept me entertained for quite some time and it was great fun. I love these small world experiences. -Ray LOESCHER ('57) ~ From sunny Tumwater - at least for a day! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Dick HARRIS ('49) That should clear it up. Thanks for the letter, it sets forth logical reasons and the students proposing the action is impressive. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Burt PIERARD ('59) Dick HARRIS ('49) PIERARD asks again, correctly, why did the Columbia High School name change, really? Maybe after ten years, the new Hanford High School (constructed in 1972) was considering upgrading with the same change and had to be trumped? (In any event, having been born in Hanford and raised in Richland, I appreciate having two schools named to celebrate my narrative!) Dick HARRIS recounts an early "Richland" fight song, but what then of the Columbia High Alma Mater? In 1962, at least, the entire student section stuck together after every game to sing it, win or lose. As they left the floor, even opposing and winning teams were heard to mutter: "I wish we had that". O' we love our fair Columbia As we see her in our dreams, Looking o'er the infant city To her namesake's loyal stream. As its might tide resistless, Surges onward to the sea, So may our own Columbia's course Forever onward be. And as the years go by We'll sing her praises high Remembering once again her pride and fame. And though we may depart, A corner of each heart Will cherish ever more the hallowed name, Of Columbia, fair Columbia Where we learned of loyalty, And we shall not forget that lesson Through eternity. If Burbank is the issue, the feisty Class of '62 would have retained the name "Columbia" if only because it caused incoming office mail to be misdirected. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marcia Plows (Bomber Spouse of Dick ('63-RIP)) Hi Southenders, I found these photos in a small box in Dick's closet. They were not with any other pictures, but in a metal box. Must have been real special to him. Is this the famous Church camp? Who are the guys and are the girls the "Chief Joe hotties" that I have heard about? I thought this might garner some comments. -Marcia Plows (Bomber Spouse) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/27/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Mary Ann VOSSE ('63), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CROSE ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andy MILLER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: New Address to all good email friends, including Maren and Sandstorm. Check your inbox, I am supposed to have sent out notice of a change in my email address. It was sent out automatically, sort of, I think. Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: The Pictures from Marcia Plows (Bomber Spouse) The pictures were taken at Ross Point Church Camp in Post Falls, ID Picture #1 - unk, unk, Beth Childs, Joan Funderburk, Judy Shibley, unk, Kathy Phillips (NAB), Andrea Simchuck (NAB) Picture #2 - BACK ROW: ? MIDDLE ROW: Gaylor Bolton (?), Pook Smith FRONT ROW: Bill Hyatt, Bob Hyatt, Kurt Johnson, Bob Irwin Picture #3 - Bruce Berlin (KHS 62), unk (might be Wally Cleaver [or Eddie Haskel]), Bob Hyatt, Gaylor Bolton (?) Many of us made repeated pilgrimages to Post Falls to knock back some suds at "The Rock" when the age for beer was only 20 in Idaho. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) Re: Church Camp Photos I'm sure there are some Southenders who can identify all the kids in Dick Plows' ('63-RIP) photos that Marcia sent in to the Sandstorm. But in photo 1 I recognize Judy Shibley and Joan Funderburk, and in photo 2 Pook Smith, Kurt Johnson and the Hyatt twins. Others look familiar but, since I wasn't in the Southend during grade school and part of Jr. Hi, I can't quite put names to the faces. -Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) ~ in rainy Lacey, WA, where I'm relaxing after many weeks of rehearsals and two performances Friday and Saturday with my community chorus **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Gary Brehm ('64 KHS) and Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) I enjoyed seeing the photos of your condo that is for sale. Very very nice. We were in the Tri-Cities for about 3 days looking around for homes. We really liked the subdivision off 10th and Kellogg. Coldcreek is the name of it I think. Very close to where we lived previously. After looking around, I think we've decided on Kennewick as the city we want to retire to. We had previously thought of Pasco, but the taxes are higher over there. We're looking to move in the Spring or early summer. Keeping our fingers crossed that all will work out. Of course so many changes have occurred over the years out by Columbia Center Blvd that will be a challenge to get to know. To: Marcia Plows Re: Wow! I'm not remembering most of the names of the kids, but all look very familiar. Were they Southside UPC kids? -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The weather was rainy most of our trip up to WA until we arrived in the Tri-Cities on Wednesday Of course, the fog greeted us on our return to CA. What can I say. The wedding of my son and now wife was just perfect!! Enjoyed meeting Laura's family as well. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Stuff A very happy Birthday wish goes out to Andy MILLER, Esq. ('71) on Monday the 27th. Andy has been the Benton County District Attorney "forever" it seems... although I doubt it has been thhaat long. I imagine he has his hands full... word I get is that crime keeps getting worse and more violent all the time in the Tri-Cities area... although I think it is centered more in Kennewick and Pasco than Richland. Take a few moments from your busy schedule and enjoy your Birthday, Andy. I returned home from Richland on Wednesday and should have taken some "Airborne" before leaving. Some guy sitting in front of me on the Pasco-Salt Lake City leg was sniffling and complaining about his sinuses. Sure enough, come Thursday afternoon, I came down with some bug that kept me down until this morning. I did have a wonderful visit to Richland... although it was too short and I didn't see nearly as many people as I would have liked. Not much free time as I had something scheduled every night I was home. We had a great 40th reunion planning meeting on Tuesday night. Pete HEDGES ('71) and Jane BROWN Hedges ('71) hosted at the winery. Brad WEAR (71) brought absolutely delicious appetizers to go along with the fine Hedges wine and we even got a little work done. I will get the minutes out this week and am looking forward to working with the Program Sub-Committee. This should be a great few days August 12-14, 2011 with something for everyone to participate in. We are hoping that people will go to the class website... and click the button to "Update your Profile", so we have updated info to keep them informed as planning progresses. Finally, I have been following the rhetoric in the changing of the Col-Hi name to Richland High. Could this somehow be linked to the suspicious silence of Mike DAVIS ('74) on the subject?? All this controversy around the changing of the name of Col-Hi to Richland High in 1982 was under the leadership of younger brother Wig DAVIS ('82). Why has Mike remained silent in this matter?? The explanation is that Mike was deeply involved in this change and it is totally logical... if you connect the dots. Burbank wanted the Col-Hi designation to itself and we all know, these things don't just "happen". I can't exactly remember if Mike teaches at Finley or Burbank but they both play in the same league and wouldn't it be interesting if the timing of this change was coincidental to some pivotal moment in Mike's career?? Even if Mike was not at Burbank, I'm sure that there could have been SIGNIFICANT rewards for the person that could persuade the Bombers to give up the Columbia High name in favor of Burbank. Coincidence or Conspiracy? Not making any accusations here but, if you are reading this Andy Miller, you may want to launch some sort of inquiry into the matter. I understand that Oliver Stone has recently been sighted in the Tri-Cities making inquiries... and Michael Moore lives just up the road from me and I might just drop him a line. Gives a whole new meaning to "Day's Pay"... eh, Mike?? It should also be noted that Mike's good friend Brad UPTON ('74) has also been notably quiet in this matter... and I believe there could be timing issues involved about 1982 with Brad leaving HIS teaching career and "suddenly" becoming a big time movie star type guy. Again, coincidence?? The plot thickens... I'm sure the whole sinister plot probably can be traced back to the Master Manipulator himself... Mike "Goldfinger" FRANCO ('70). How many others have profited from this seemingly innocent event? Who knows??? Who will break the silence? Stay tuned next week... same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel... I need to get back to my book on McCarthyism... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI where we have a beautiful fall day and just because I am paranoid does not mean they are not out to get me ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/28/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Gus KEENEY ('57), Burt PIERARD ('59) Kaylene HENJUM ('60), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Ray STEIN ('64), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim JENSEN ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene NAPORA ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni HAUSENBUILLER ('98) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike HOGAN and Lori SIMPSON ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Made it Back to Yuma I got in last evening (Sunday)... left Saturday from West Richland around 1pm... no problems other than some construction waits. I always stop in Ely, NV as a "Halfway Point"... just wanted everyone to know that I made it all safe and "sound"... the latter is a relative term!!!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) ~ From Sunny Yuma, AZ where it was 105 today here in the foothills **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Dick HARRIS ('49), Jim JENSEN ('50), Pete BEAULIEU ('62), & Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Col-Hi to RHS name change (Rebuttal) Many thanks to Dick for producing the "Wig" DAVIS ('82) letter. I did not know of the existence of the letter but second hand accounts of the controversy had filled me in on the gist of his argument. It's always nice to have the real thing as it's hard to poke holes in oral arguments without the written word. I have reproduced it below, in its entirety, as I intend to refer directly to several parts of the epistle. I might also add that it is refreshing that this whole episode appears to be the students doing, as opposed to the adult's (?) later abortive attempt to get rid of the R-cloud and the fabrication of the Day's Pay basis for the Bombers Name, although I suspect a sinister hand in the background pushing the student leaders. Wouldn't you think that something of this magnitude would have been put to an all-school vote? Now to the letter. As we read along together, our main Study Question is "What problem existed that justified this radical, incredibly expensive solution and required a full year of study?" The second question is "Was this the best solution to the perceived problem?" "Wig" gives three reasons for wanting the name change but only describes one as a potential problem, namely, "...the alleviation of confusion is desired..." He then goes on to describe an incredible problem of supposed mis-delivered mail. If any of you believe that the Post Office would attempt to deliver a piece of mail simply addressed as "Columbia High School," without City State & Zip, I would like to join in the offer of the Beautiful, Blue Bridge for sale. He also claims that "Administrators will attest to their frustration at receiving mail meant for these schools." I admit that the Post Office does mis-sort mail on occasion, but how often could that be? Once or twice a year, maybe -- what a huge problem!!! In any event, a simpler solution than the wholesale name change was available (unless somebody here had an agenda). I know we consider Bombers as superior to those folks out in the back country at Burbank but in this case, they one-upped us when they named their new 1954 school as Columbia High at Burbank. What would have been wrong with Columbia High at Richland? A pretty simple change that would have allowed the continued use of stationery, envelopes, etc. until re-ordered, instead of the presumably dumping of all the Col-Hi stuff. This would also address the fluff reasons "Wig" continued on with which were pretty weak and appeared to be added to try and bulk up the request. All of his historical examples of the use of "Richland" are exactly the point. That had been the case for 38 years!!! Why the sudden need to change? As Pete BEAULIEU ('62) mentioned, what did they do about the Alma Mater song? Has it been secretly discarded and no longer exists? Finally, I would like to give Vic MARSHALL ('71) credit for his hilarious, satirical Conspiracy Theory. I laughed until I cried when I read it even though I suspect it was a back-handed slap at me. I admit to being a gung ho Conspiracy Theorist about anything that even smacks of involvement with the School Administration from this time period on and suspect the same here (note my "sinister hand" reference earlier). Their proven track record of fabricating history and intimidating students to accept it, is remarkable. I have a call in to John Fox, member of the 1982 School Board, to get his recollections of this episode. It appears that it wasn't a "Done Deal" since "Wig" mentioned the preemptive strike of his committee with each Board Member before his letter was sent to them. "WIG'S" LETTER May 23, 1982 Richland Public Schools Board of Directors Dear Mr. Watrous and Board Members As the school year of 1981-1982 draws to a close, we have one more major item of business to cover. On May 19, 1982, the Student Council of Columbia High School passed the following motion: "I move that the Executive Council propose Richland School Board that the name of Columbia High School be changed to Richland High School" The passing of this motion is the culmination in a yearlong project to research and pursue the change in the name of Columbia High School. For the following reasons the students of Columbia High School believe the time has come to change it name to Richland High School. First the alleviation of confusion is desired, there being at least six schools in the Pacific Northwest with the name Columbia High, one of them within the Tri-City area. If mail intended for Columbia High School is not addressed to Richland High, it often ends up at Burbank or Columbia River. Administrators will attest to their frustration at receiving mail meant for these schools. Secondly, identity must be established, it being the case that when the name "Bombers" is thought of anywhere in the state or even in the Northwest, it is affiliated with the name, "Richland." The much deserved credit for the achievements of musicians, athletes, and occupational groups who compete statewide should go to an actual Richland High rather than a mythological Richland High. Lastly, the resultant convenience obvious owing to the fact that everywhere one looks on the campus of Columbia High, an "R" or a "Richland" can be seen. (e.g. RHS on top of the gym entrance, R's on the floors of both gyms, athletic letters not C's, but R's". Recently, the school board members were interviewed by students of a delegation established by the A.S.B. officers. These interviews were of a dual purpose, to educate the board with respect to our reasons and research and to learn, ourselves, how the members felt toward such a change. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the board for taking the time to listen to our cause and input their own feelings. We now believe that the time has come, and we propose to the Richland School Board of Directors that he name of Columbia High School be changed to Richland High School. Respectfully, Kent "Wig" Davis, Student Body President Guy P. Glazier, Vice President Sandra Janus, Treasurer Theresa Schneider, Secretary Cc: Dr. Robert W. Iller Carl Volmer Mary Guay Pauli Budd John Fox John G. Nash Col-Hi Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene HENJUM Livingston ('60) Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) is in the hospital and when I went to see her today, her one concern was the luncheon entry. She is not going to be able to post it and I told her I would put in a reminder. WHEN: Saturday, October the 9th WHERE: in West Richland at JD diner TIME: 12:30 p.m. This is not entered in the way that she would do it, but the information is there for anyone that would like to attend. An abundance of prayers and good thoughts for a speedy recovery would be welcomed by her, I know. Patti is - and always will be - a true Bomber... -Kaylene HENJUM Livingston ('60) ~ Sitting here and actually wishing we had not put the pool to bed for the winter. I could have used it the last few days. Winter can keep its ugly head buried for a long time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Camp Pictures from Marcia Plows (Bomber Spouse) Photo 3 - second from left - Barry Dahl -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Alumni Sandstorm 9/23/10 "Rumor has it . . that our own Number 10 ('64) . . refused to buy any of the memorabilia made from the old Col-Hi gym floor because it said Richland High" David, if you are talking about me, you have it exactly backwards. The only old gym floor that I DID PAY FOR has Richland High on it. I made a donation to the "Get Floored" campaign and received an engraved piece of "Art Dawald Gym" flooring shown in this picture with my other Richland gym mementos. The wooden pen, which says, "RHS Original Floor" and the "R" cloud medallion came from Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64). The Col-Hi Gym slats that I had framed and engraved were courtesy of Jim HOUSE ('63) via Roger FISHBACK ('62). The Bomber patch was given to my Mom in 1963 when she sold "Bomber Bonds" to help pay for the new "super-sized" gym. -Ray STEIN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Drinking age in Idaho To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Having put down a few brewskies at 'The Rock' in Post Falls, ID myself I can relate... When I was going to school in Pullman we put down a few (actually more than a few) at 'Snoops' in Moscow... The drinking age in Idaho at that time was 19, until the FED forced all the states to raise their drinking age to 21. I also remember going to Idaho to get Coors... at that time Washington was a 3.2% State and 'Coors' was not sold in Washington. Washington also still had 'Sunday Blue Laws' at that time and the Bars and Taverns in Washington had to quit serving at Midnight on Saturday night... about 11:45 they would do last call and you could have up to 4 more drinks delivered before midnight. You could drink until 2am, you just couldn't buy after Midnight, if their were 6 or 8 people at your table their could be up to 24 or 32 beers at your table. The 'Blue Laws' were supposed to cut down on consumption, but as I remember it only managed to cause us to drink a lot of 'warm beer'. Remember when we had to have a 'Washington State Liquor Card' to drink in Washington, they were either green or pink depending on when you turned 21. Don't know exactly when the change from green to pink was, must have been in the mid '60s sometime. Those were also the days when Montana had no Daylight speed limit... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) To: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: conspiracies - Last week while in Dallas I took time out to visit Daley Plaza and the "Sixth Floor Museum" sight of the Kennedy assassination. After revisiting the site, and all the evidence gathered the following is irrefutable (I love that word!): 1) Oswald did NOT act alone. There had to be another shooter. I suspect it was Oliver Stone 2) Kennedy did indeed shake Mike Franco's hand during his visit to Richland (Hanford actually). Go to this link you will clearly see me as an 11 year old in the crowd - I was extremely upset that apparently the Pasco band was allowed to perform at the ceremony. 3) While our High School may have been known as Columbia High School or Col-Hi over the years NEVER EVER EVER were we known as the Columbia Bombers! That conspiracy was somehow tied up in the Kennedy shooting. You can also see this all in the Richland display at The Smithsonian. I am sure Boo Boo Davis can confirm all of this as a leading educator. -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/29/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Richard ROBERTS (49), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Barbara SESLAR ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Mike RICE ('60) and Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Phyllis CUNNINGHAM ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Brad UPTON ('74) Shannon WEIL ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay MITCHELL ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Col-Hi I would like to add my bit to the dustup on the hi school name change. I have lived in Western Washington most of my life, and have never referred to my hi school as Col-Hi, Columbia High or any other such. I have never listed on a request anything other than Richland High School. I have never answered a query as to where I went to school as any other than RHS. I have always considered the name CHS as a dumb Army engineer idea. No one over here ever heard of CHS, but they know plenty of RHS sports legends. . So There. In addition, some pronounce it "Cole" Hi. I have always thought it to be as in college, as if it really matters. -Dick McCOY, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS (49) Re: Columbia High vs Richland High Interesting debate but what's the point? I graduated in 1949 and even then it seemed to be common practice to say you attended Richland High, not Columbia High. I guess only the purists identified themselves as being from Columbia High. Later in life, we continue to be proud to say that we are Richland High Bombers, not Columbia High Bombers. Columbia High sort of faded into oblivion. Being a fellow cheerleader, Dick HARRIS ('49) well knows that, as far as I can recall, none of our cheers ever mentioned Columbia High. Well, you folks continue to discuss the issue and I will continue to be entertained when I read it. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS (49) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Do the kids today still sing our Alma Mater? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54 - Plans for Club 40 in 2011 Attention classmates of 1954!! As one of your representatives to the board of Club 40, I need to pass on your ideas and suggestions at our next meeting on October 9, 2010 regarding the Friday and Saturday night parties. Please e-mail me any ideas you have regarding the food, timing, pricing and entertainment (on Saturday night) and whatever your comments are to change or improve what we have been doing. Your input is very important to Club 40 and you all deserve a chance to speak. I will take all of your comments to the meeting and voice them. So... don't be afraid to tell it like you want it, as it is your party and we need to make plans so we can all have fun. We need to strive to bring more classmates together each year. Look forward to hearing from you all and your great ideas. Thanks, -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it is in the 80s today. Hopefully we will continue to have warm weather that was cut short in the summer!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon First Saturday of each month DATE: Saturday, October 2 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Jacksons in Richland (formerly The Gas Light). Spouses and friends are welcome. Please join us. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: Col-Hi Name Change Regarding the name change letter, I wonder if the Class of '82 performed better than many of us think... Maybe they gamed the School Board. Imagine a possible mock concern over misdirected mail (to "Columbia High School"), while all along the totally concealed motive might have been to upstage uppity students at Hanford High School. The Board might have been flattered and receptive to organized and formal student sympathy for their own uncelebrated pre-occupation with administrative details. In addition to former Richland High students, who do we know from the Hanford High School class of '82? Might they recall and admit that a name change was in the works in 1982(?) at the north end of town -- and then squelched in style by their peers? Reminds me of Paul Newman in "The Sting." Might a cheer be in order for the unblinking Col-Hi class officers of 1982? -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike RICE ('60) and Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) Re: Looking for Jim WILLIAMS ('57) We have old friends on Bainbridge Island: Tom and Susan Thatcher who are about to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. As luck will have it, we found out that one of the people in their wedding was a Bomber named Jim Williams ('57). They would love to have him come celebrate with them but have lost contact with him through the years and so we volunteered to try to reach him for them. We first tried Ken Ryan who was also their fraternity brother at the U, with no response, so we are asking if anyone out there in Bomberland knows where he is. They thought he was an instructor at the U of Penn. There is no e-mail for him on the '57 page. Any help would be appreciated. This couple were our son's BF parents (their son Chris was Mac's best friend when we lived in Bellevue). We would love to make their celebration complete, so anyone with any info please, e-mail me. Sincerely, -Mike RICE ('60) and Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) ~ back home in sunny St. Louis after a wonderful trip to the great PNW. P.S. The '60 celebration was so much fun and Mike enjoyed it immensely. Thank you to all who organized it!!! Would have loved a "1950s - 1960s" style band on Saturday night, but everyone was visiting so much we\ really didn't have time to dance. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Tommy HEMPHILL's ('62) identification of the Happy Camper with the waterfall is incorrect. The tonsorial challenged cabin mate was from Yakima as I recall, definitely not Barry DAHL ('62), or Chuck Berry. I was also the Kool Aid runner for table IV -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) My husband, Ted Coates, graduated from Columbia High School in Burbank. According to his scrapbooks the current Middle School that housed the school district was opened February 15, 1955. I quote from the TCH, "the new one-story building is the first one constructed in the district since 1921. The building will take the place of the present Columbia High School at Two Rivers which has been condemned by Army engineers because of the high level of McNary reservior." -Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates, Columbia High School (RHS) 1964 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Heroes and friends Nice to be knocked back to reality now and again... just when I thought it was safe to go in the water again, Jimbeaux ('63) hasta remind me that I never will ride shotgun and am lucky to get a ride with the big kids in the first place... This from a guy who always trolled the younger waters I might add... but it turns out he made a wise choice so we'll forgive him for raiding the little kid's pool rather than the big pool... and speaking of big kids... our birthday boy today was one of the Spalding Heroes when I was there... A name that just made ya proud of living on the "tree" streets... he was just one of those guys you looked up to most of your life and always remember from the Neighborhood... I might add that he serves up a mean bowl a chili too... but that's more recent history... at least he wasn't implicated in the Roger GRESS ('61) B B gun episode... or at least not yet, anyway... course memories are being refreshed every day... I'm proud to call this guy a true bud and wish Jack GARDINER ('61) a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on September 28, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: Public Apology to Number 10 in your program OK... I don't recall who did it, but somebody gave me very bad information about our own Ray STEIN ('64). They said that he got his own Boards to put "Col-Hi" on rather than "Richland High" Turns our Ray did all the things I did in the flooring department and then some... I'm gonna find the dirty rat who left out the "rest of the story" if it's the last thing I do and then we're gonna have a public hanging off the Dawald sign that Brian JOHNSON ('65) "found" in his garage last summer... all Bombers are invited to watch and maybe it will be televised so that people will understand ya don't mess with a Bomber Legend... Ray actually published his Bomber stuff in yesterday's post lest there be any more questions... (where's the plaque, Son?) All I can say is I am sorry for believing anything so silly as the Number 10 rumor... Also I'm sorry Gus KEENEY ('57) for forgetting to turn my phone on last Sunday... I owe you big time next summer on your birthday... I'll getcha a really awful card this time! -David RIVERS ('65) ~ red faced in Vegas! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) I agreed with Vic MARSHALL's ('71) conspiracy theory completely until he threw my name into it... up until then, I thought his ideas were completely valid. The stuff about Mike DAVIS ('74)... probably all true. -Brad UPTON ('74) ~ Tomorrow night I'll be sailing out of Honolulu for Tahiti... I then fly back to L.A. (and eventually Seattle) via Auckland, New Zealand!!! The following day I fly to Alaska. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) Re: RHS name change Can you stand one more entry about this subject? I spoke to Kent "Wig" DAVIS and Guy GLAZIER (1982 ASB Pres and VP) who had the following recollections: Shannon, When we presented the idea to change the name to the Richland School Board we based it on, I believe, 5 to 6 "reasons" the change should be made. The primary reason was eliminating the confusion between Richland and Col-Hi. We were know all over the state as the Richland Bombers in sporting events not the Col-Hi Bombers (there was an "R" on the side of the hill at the football stadium not a "C"). Part of the presentation addressed the Burbank High School. It was Columbia High School and there was some confusion between Col-Hi and Columbia High. The other "reasons" are not exactly clear anymore (it's been close to 30 years), but our presentation was clear and persuasive--as it passed the school board and was supported by superintendent Iller. Guy GLAZIER (vice president) would I'm sure have a better memory of events. Incidentally, our class was also responsible for renaming the "Bomber Bowl" football stadium after Fran Rish--long time Richland teacher and coach. It never had anything to do with the R-cloud or any "PC" movement--that came later after I moved away from Richland. My brothers and sisters graduated from Col-Hi. We were not unhappy with the Col-Hi tradition. We lived in Richland (not Columbia). We were just wanting to change the name of the high school to the name that everyone around the state knew it as--the Richland Bombers. The first graduating class of Richland High School (and first diploma to say so) was 1982. -Kent DAVIS - still known as "Wig" to half my friends RHS 1982 My recollection of our rationale is identical to Wig's. I do remember personally visiting with the individual school board members prior to their voting meeting. The discussions were detailed and serious. One of our primary arguments was that we, as the High School, wanted to be associated, in name, with the City of Richland and, conversely, allow the City of Richland to be associated, in name, with the High School and all of its successes. Of course, those board members who felt that their constituency derived from Hanford H.S. voters were opposed to any such association and voted against the name change. My recollection is that the final vote was 3-2 in favor of the name change. -Guy P. GLAZIER -Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) ~ Detroit, MI via Seattle where I am shooting a video this week. Hoping for good weather for our outdoor shots!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Peter Gregory SULLIVAN ('08) ~ 2/22/89 - 7/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/30/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers & 1 "WB" sent stuff and 1 Colt funeral notice today: Betty CONNER ('52), Rex Hunt ('53wb) Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Gus KEENEY ('57), Ken RYAN ('58) Burt PIERARD ('59), Jack GARDINER ('61) Maggie GILSTRAP ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy HUDSON ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami SCHUCHART ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty CONNER Sansom ('52) Re: Columbia/Richland/Columbia - ? I moved to Richland for my Freshman year in 1948 - having spent one year in Sunnyside at Lincoln Jr. High. I had gone to Boones Creek Grade School for 7 years, in East Tennessee. I thought it 'normal' to be going to Columbia High School in Richland, and quickly realized we never used the "Columbia" especially during the "Fight Song"... "Fight Fight Fight for old Richland High. Win that victory. (It gets muddled here. If I had the School Band and a few dozen people to accompany us, it would all come right back to me/us!!! _Let it be known we are the Green and the Gold, and we are the (?Bold? best in the West, we'll (?all pass the test....?) (Memory fails me here... Patti COLE Pierce ('52) - HELP!) For the four years I attended RHS, we sang that song during Pep Assemblies, and games, and as we rode buses to and from games... Those were the "Good Old Days..." - where we didn't CARE which was the REAL name. I bought a Journal at the Buck Private Store at the Richland "Y", and inked it up to have my name and "Columbia High School" across the cover at the top. I was clued in that "....nobody uses that name...." very quickly, and used the journal to keep a spotty diary and practice artwork... and finally tossed it out. I think it was tossed by the end of our Freshman year. It was NO BIG DEAL, people. We all knew it was going to go. "Hail Columbia" was never sang, for obvious reasons. Love all your comments - and boy, do I wish I had your memories in Mr. Kelly's History classes!!!! Wasn't he something???!!! We were the last Freshman class to enter Richland High - Carmichael was being built at the time!! They astounded me with news in the Herald that that school was going to cost some ONE AND A HALF MILLION dollars to build!!! A small expansion/repair job now costs more than that!! Such memories!!! When my husband moved to Richland from Salt Lake City, in his 3rd grade, I think, the old auditorium at the high school housed church meetings - being used for United Protestant, Catholic, Latter Day Saints (Mormon), and a few others. (He went to school across from the new Uptown Richland.) They gathered together - in different areas of the auditorium, and at the time they were there, there were about SEVEN regular LDS attendees. As the numbers grew, they had to branch out. The building on Jadwin, across the street from the new Uptown Richland, was built by members (as were all buildings in those days) - and I believe it was dedicated in about 1949-'50. I went to the North Richland United Protestant Church for the 2 years we lived in North Richland. That church sponsored us in a City League Baseball team.... and we got Hand's Drug to buy us red satin with white trim suits. We played C.U.P (Central United Protestant - 2 teams), and Richland Laundry (with the scary and spectacular Marilyn RICHEY ('53-RIP), and a lady, who became the grandmother of Matt Damon of the movies, I forget her name. She had a daughter, and a son who was George Brunstad. There were two LDS teams - with names of "LDS 1" and "LDS 2", which I didn't get until later, when I found there were 2 Wards in the LDS Church in Richland. (Last I heard, there were at least 7 Wards of the Church in Richland.) We didn't have much luck against Richland Laundry, but we did pretty well against the others, and a couple of other Church teams. That fall, we kept the Hand's uniforms, and were part of the city women's basketball teams. Marilyn was great in both baseball (Softball) and basketball. In 1951, they brought in semi-pro basketball players, and the Church teams were history. I was asked to play for that league, and found myself out classed by those women! Wow! I quietly went back to reading and flying kites, and riding my bike. We moved to Richland the summer before my Junior year. Walked to school every day, rain or snow or WIND, or whatever! (We weren't allowed to wear pants or jeans - and the full skirts were heck in windstorms. I remember getting to (or from) school with sand-blasted legs. Hair all asunder. I walked each day with Reta SHAFFNER ('52), and we went to all home games, and most of the Away games, courtesy her brothers, Bill and Sam and a few other friends that could fit into the Shaffner Hudson. What fun!!! The best part of our time there was that we were mostly all new to the area, and we melded, and had a blast. Keep up with the memories!! Written with a smile on my face! -Betty CONNER Sansom ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Gall Bladder 2 weeks ago I had an emergency gall bladder surgery. Upon removal it was full of sepsis, which immediately flooded my body. (damn near killed me). After a 12 and half day hospital stay, yesterday [9/28] I was released. My body is so bloated with all the fluids they pumped into me, that my shoes won't go on. Breathing is difficult, as I am trying to move all this excess fluids and weight. My question is, how do I rid my self of excess fluids without the use of lasix... or is there no other way. My fingers are so swollen that it is hard to type... so live with any mistakes I may have made. I thank you -Rex Hunt ('53wb) PS just received an oxygen tank to relieve breathing problem. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) Re: Gordon Pappas & Karl Bucholz Hi, This is a picture of Gordon Pappas, Columbia HS band director for my class of 1954. He lives in Castro Valley, CA where he has been since about 1962. Earlier this year he lost his wife, Ruby, after about sixty years of marriage. Gordon is doing well and has nice memories of his time in Richland. He is often in contact with Bob JOHNSON ('54), who lives in New York. I am living in the Sacramento area and like escaping the winters of Wisconsin, where I lived for twelve years. -Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) First up, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie in celebration of Kathy HUDSON's ('54) 21st Birthday today. Way to go girl! So, it wasn't the Post Office after all who is responsible for overturning a decision rendered by the Corps of Engineers. Do the members of the 1982 ASB Council realize just what sort of trouble they could be in? Once the Corps has ruled, nothing, not even a Presidential order can make any changes. So to "Wig" Davis, and his cohorts; if the guys in the black suits and black SUVs haven't paid a call yet, don't worry, they will when you least expect it. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Sandra Spivy (NAB) Got a Call from Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52)... Sandra is doing well at this point. She is still in ICU but Doctors say she has a couple more procedures to go through, but is doing well. Em says she is having trouble with her computer at the hotel and asked me to let you all know the prayers and positive thoughts are working!!!! Keep it up!!!! She will contact you when she can with updates -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken RYAN ('58) This email was originally sent to Mike RICE ('60) in response to an item in your 09/29/2010 issue. I was alerted to it by my wife, Judy REES ('59), who heard about it from her sister, Sally REES Dall ('63). It was kicked back I suspect because the address ( I got from the '60 Bomber web site is not current. The original message is below. Ken Dear Mike, I heard through my wife Judy REES' ('59) sister Sally REES Dall ('63) that you were trying to contact Jim WILLIAMS ('57) on behalf of Tom Thatcher. Both Jim and Tom were fraternity brothers with me at UW. I have not seen Jim since college but know his engineering career has moved back and forth between industry and academic positions. Triggered by another Fiji who ran into him at a UW/Ohio State football game, Jim and I had an email exchange in 2003 but have not been in contact since. At that time he was Dean of Engineering at OSU but may have moved on to something else by now. The contact information from his email signature block is below. If that does not work I would try the dean's office number listed below. I am sure they will at least have an address. Good luck! -Ken RYAN ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: All who give a rip Re: Col-Hi to RHS name change Well, the whole episode is finally wrapped up. It turns out that the ones who recalled some sort of involvement from Hanford High Administrators were correct although their reasons were not exactly right on. It also turns out that those of us who were trying to trace out the Col-Hi connection were just whistling in the wind (and sadly, there goes my Conspiracy Theory). But I'm getting ahead of myself - here's the gist of an interview I had today. When I read "Wig's" letter, I noticed the cc:'s to the School Board members and saw the name John Fox. I wondered if that could be the same person who is now the Mayor of Richland. I left a call back for John (who was out of town) and he called this morning. Note: I am not always directly quoting either John or myself since I had to rush out to a meeting and didn't get a chance to jot down any notes until later. Anyhow, I started with asking him if he was on the School Board in 1982 and, indeed, he agreed that he was. I then said that even though it was almost 30 years ago, how was his memory of the Col-Hi to RHS name change. He said that he remembered it very well - what did I want to know. I said, to start with, who initiated or pushed for the change. He said, "I did." I then asked, wasn't there a letter from the ASB Prez and meetings between his committee and the Board members? He said that he vaguely recalled some sort of involvement and that they had done some sort of research but it didn't really matter - the Board initiated and the Board approved the change. I asked him why. He said it all started when the Bomber Bowl (common Home Field for both Col-Hi and Hanford) was refurbished and renamed Fran Rish Stadium. Somebody had included the big green & gold "R" on the hillside leading up to Col-Hi. Hanford High students & Administrators came completely unglued and stormed the School Board, stating that they were also a Richland High School and demanded the removal, or placing another "R" in their school colors (purple & gold, I believe), or placing a "C" and an "H." They felt that they had been treated as "2nd Class" citizens long enough. Another complaint was the Tri-City Herald's continuous use of the "Richland Bombers." John said he then contacted the TCH and asked them to refer to the school as Columbia High at Richland, similar to their treatment of Burbank but the TCH essentially told him to Kiss Off - they were going to call the school whatever they wanted. That set John off and he got 2 others on the Board to join him and they just changed it to settle all the controversies. He admitted that he did not consider any effects on anything at the school, like the Alma Mater - he just wanted it over. So now you know the rest of the story. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) I would like to thank two guys who called me yesterday to wish me Happy Birthday... Walt MORGAN ('60) and David RIVERS ('65). They are the only two that did out of the tens of thousands of Bomber graduates. Thanks again. -Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie GILSTRAP O'Hara ('74) To: Brad UPTON ('74) Brad, I have purchased tickets for your show in Anchorage. Not sure if you know it or not but it is a benefit for the Alaska State Troopers, is being held at the Egan Center, and all tickets are general admission. With that said? Know I am only going to show you Bomber support and of course to laugh a lot! Both of which I told the Alaska State Trooper I bought the tickets from. I am not sure how long you plan on staying in Anchorage but if you would like a tour and need a tour guide let me know. I am told I make the best smoked salmon around and would love to bring you some to either eat on the road or take home... that is if you like smoked salmon. Bombers near or around Anchorage: If any of you are going to the show as well maybe we can all sit together? Perhaps wearing "green & gold" would make it easier for Brad to spot us. -Maggie GILSTRAP O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mary WEIDLE Rasmussen (1935 Colt) ~ 11/1/16 - 9/23/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` August, 2010 ~ October, 2010