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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 ~ 11/01/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ann ENGEL ('63), Donna NELSON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy WILLOX ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Micki LUND ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat THRAPP ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) Re: Happy Birthday Micki This is for the very first friend I knew in Richland when we were just little. Can you believe we are 65, what a ride it's been. I hope you have the best birthday ever, Micki. Love Ya, -Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) ~ Right now the sun is shining and all the trees and bushes are beautiful with reds, yellows and oranges. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) Watch "Dancing With The Stars" Monday and Tuesday night and you might see the SHEERAN sisters in the audience, Peg ('63) and Katie ('61). I put Peg on the plane at 6am yesterday morning for L.A. They're going to both Monday and Tuesday shows. Peg will be wearing a red scarf around her neck so she can be recognized. She'll be so embarrassed that I sent this to the Sandstorm but thought it would be fun to tell all who know them to watch -Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: How do I do it?????????? Well, Thanks, Jimbeaux ('63) for the compliment and for exposing the secret yellow stickies... tho I guess I've admitted to that one a time or two... but I still managed to miss Rex DAVIS' ('49) birthday... Sorry Rex... you know I mean well... at least I don't tell how old people are when I do my HB's... I'm slashed to the bone right now from trying to cut off a piece of rotten fuel line in a very awkward position... hadda little leak in my '34 5-window... HRTATAK Named for my good Buddy Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) checked all the lines that I had run and they were all good... so got under and stuck my head up around the rear end and saw the little devil peaking out at me... no way to get to it but I did... we all do... even when we can't we do... but I was VERY disturbed by some line way above where I was working... it was flopping... now flopping ain't what I would call a good sign... so much as I didn't want to I pulled the battery box from the trunk... where it is no longer screwed in place from having to remove it so often... and sure enough... the pick up tube held in by not much more than a rubber cork in the "Tanks" tank was out of its little home... now I know why I saw air in the lines... duh... korse the little "cork" is a mess so after much work I decided silicone (a good thing like duct tape... when in doubt... ) the dang thing back in (no... not where the gas will get to it)... forgot I have to get finger printed tomorrow... at least it's not a public appearance... you may wish to know that silicone is not easy to remove from a deep wound... I'm not telling Brian JOHNSON ('65) about it cuz he is always telling me not to get this or that on my hands (stuff we never worried about as kids)... he doesn't even want me using white deodorant... if I tell him I have silicone in a wound he'll tell me to get to ER! Because I started this little project a bit late I had the Doo op stop on the radio... don't usually listen to it... but I was VERY pleased when the guy played "Over the Rainbow" one of my very favorite songs from around 1960... "Image of a girl" was my other favorite from the same year... I was in laa laa land... heard "Peggy Sue" on my way to my Mom's and I could see Keith PETERSON ('65), Craig DAVIS ('65) and me up in front of the class in 5th grade singing it to the kids... we wuz bad... or so we thought... so the reason I'm writing is not to tell you about my cuts and bruises... but to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Judy WILLOX ('61) on November 1, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: 2 Bad Dudes This week, we see birthdays for a couple of cool dudes. In addition to being All Saints Day, Monday, November 1st is also Pat THRAPP ('71) Birthday. One of my first "adult" experiences was going with Pat to visit his Dad in Seattle. His Dad would bring us loggers specials, from the North Lake Tavern, and let us eat all the pizza we wanted and wash it down with cold Rainier beer... as long as we did not leave the house and go driving afterward. Just being in the hustle and bustle of Seattle at that time in life was pretty cool and Pat's Dad (Giltner... now there's a cool name) lived about 1/2 way up Queen Ann hill... facing out toward Lake Union. I think this was probably the summer after we graduated from Col-Hi. Pretty cool stuff for a someone used to doing his beer drinking out in the desert or along the river somewhere, And those loggers specials... my all time favorite is still the Gaslight Jerry's special but. for sheer weight, volume and amount of stuff on the pizza... pretty hard to find anything that could top the logger. Other than the fact that Pat has now turned into the biggest Huskie fan in the universe... he's still one of the good ones. Have a great Birthday, Pat. Tuesday is All Souls day and also the birthday of Dr. Rich JACOBS ('75). He returned to Richland this past summer so make sure you say "Hi" to him if you see him. I think he is now with Northwest Orthopedic Clinic, practicing voodoo sports medicine just across from Kadlec Medical Center. Notre Dame's loss is Richland's gain. And the football team has certainly fallen considerably since he departed the sidelines this year. Coincidence? I think not. Have a great birthday, cousin Rich. All for this week, need to start working on next week... I show a whole bunch of Class of '71 birthdays in November and a few other special events to recognize, -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ From Michigan, where football reality finally settled in and the MSU Spartans took a 38-6 whipping by Iowa yesterday. Those Ducks sure are looking better every week!!! Looks like Apple Cup this year will ONLY be of interest to Cougar and Huskie fans. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/02/2010 ~ VOTE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Betty BELL ('51), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Mike CLOWES ('54), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Mac QUINLAN ('62), Gay EDWARDS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma LOESCHER ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom BEAULIEU ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich JACOBS ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) and Nadine ROBERTS Hackney ('51) A while back I asked if anyone from the class of 1951 was interested in a 60th anniversary celebrations next year. The only person I heard from was Doreen HOLLENBECK Waldkoetter, when she told me to check with John Irl FRENCH for names. Neither Nadine nor I heard from anyone else - so have decided that if anyone wants to attend Club 40 we will organize a table or two for our group for our big 60th. If someone wants to do more we will help them. Irl FRENCH, if you read this please send me as up-to-date list as you have and we will see what we can accomplish. -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) To: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) A very happy birthday to one of the great ladies of the class of 1953, Norma Boswell!! Enjoy each treasured minute of your special day. With love, -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Just want to take a moment to give a tip of the ol' propeller beanie to today's birthday girl Norma LOESCHER ('53). Have a happy one even if it is election day and "Clean Gene" didn't win again. But, hey, you straightened Charlie out a bit! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in Mount Angel, OR. Any one want a yard full of used walnut leaves? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon First Saturday of each month DATE: Saturday, November 6 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: Frank Quinlan, aka Mac QUINLAN ('62) Nostalgia Buffs and Bench Racers; I've been working on a couple of engines that will bring back memories. One is a 1963 409 Chevy (340HP) and the other is a 1958 348 Tri-Power Chevy (280HP). Both of these engines were rebuilt as close to stock as reasonable cost would allow. Some of the hard-to-find parts are priced to the moon, at least everything that shows is bone stock. The owner of the 409 is a Boise State professor who is retiring soon and wants a car just like he had back in high school. He found one in pretty rough condition and is having it completely restored, a 1963 Impala convertible. He originally sold his white on red Impala convertible car for $3800 in 1970! We spent a lot of time on the dyno with the 348 engine. It's the first 348 Tri-Power combination I've worked on. The 348 intake manifold was made very low and flat so those big oil bath air cleaners would fit under the wide flat hoods of that era. By doing this they created a problem of very poor air/fuel distribution within the manifold that clobbered the horse power. On the dyno we had some cylinders running very lean, others running very rich. To increase the plenum volume we quickly made some carburetor spacers out of wood (see picture). Increasing the plenum volume acts like a damper and helps cut down the cross- talk between intake runners and evens out the air/fuel distribution. The spacers worked great, even better than I thought they would. Using the small air cleaners, he still should be able to close the hood. Since this picture was taken we've made some phenolic spacers to replace the wooden spacers. The sheet metal box over the carburetors is so we can mount an air turbine to measure air flow into the engine. On a side note, in the pictures you will see the exhaust duct on the left side of the engine has been welded up. Almost two years ago we had a big blown alcohol engine on the dyno. It eventually made a little over 1800 horse power, but before it did, we were a little lean on the tune up. Blown alcohol engines don't like lean!!! This one let us know by three rapid backfires in a row, sort of like machine gun fire. After the backfires the exhaust duct looked just like a pop can that had a cherry bomb dropped in it. It split the seam and peeled it back on itself the whole length of the duct! I patched it up so we could finish, but since then it's become such a conversation piece I've decided not to replace it. -Mac QUINLAN ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gay EDWARDS ('64) To: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Hi Laura Dean, I surely do remember that you babysat for Rick and me when we were young. You were very good to us, and let us have some fun while the folks were away. Mom always had a soft spot in her heart for you, and for your Mom. They were good friends. So, you lived in the trailer camps at N. Richland, as well. I hope it's okay if I pick your brain just a bit about those early days. How did you find your address on "U" street? Are there archives with this info listed for each family? And, Laura Dean, did you live in the Phase One or Phase Two of the Trailer Camps at Hanford? Do you have any idea where John Ball was located in relation to the trailer camps? Was the school near your home? Do you have any idea what the address for John Ball was at that time? I'm really full of questions these days. Maren has shipped me lots of good pics and info. I'm becoming more and more educated on this topic. Still, yours is the first address of any sort that I have seen. And that is very intriguing. I welcome any and all info about North Richland, Hanford Trailer Camps, and John Ball, from any of our Hanford Buddies. I'm glad to hear from you LD, and wish you well and the very best of health for many years to come. Blessings and a big thank you, -Gay EDWARDS ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/03/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), Lorraine POWELL ('52wb) Jim McKEOWN ('53), Patti JONES ('60) Gary BEHYMER (64), Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jesse MALLORY ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) To: Norma LOESCHER ('53) Happy 39th again plus one Roses to ya, babe!! And a couple late ones to Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) and Rex DAVIS ('49) -Dick McCoy (from the Grand Old Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lorraine "Rainy" POWELL Earp-Tanner ('52wb) To: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Betty, I sent a copy of the Sandstorm article with the phone numbers and names of persons to call in regards to the reunion, to my brother-in-law, Jim EARP ('51). He was very interested in attending and wanted to know if I knew anything about it. Reason for mailing a copy of it to him. He doesn't have a computer at this time, but said he was going to call you or Doreen. Hope more of your class of '51 notifies you. -Lorraine "Rainy" POWELL Earp-Tanner ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) A big Happy Belated Birthday, to a classy '53 Bomber lady... Norma LOESCHER. My wife Edna and I leave for Europe tomorrow, but wanted to be sure we sent our love. We hope you and Charlie did something very special on your day... besides vote that is. Time for you guys to head to Sacramento for a Bomber luncheon, Napa wine, and the great Sierras for frolicking in the snow. Are we too old....? Nah!! -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from very sunny and warm Sacramento **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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... OK if you don't. WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2010 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Heading west from Richland on Van Giesen JD's is on the right side just two buildings from the river. Building with Maroon lettering says "JD Diner". TIME: Lots come around 12:30 p.m. Luncheon time: 1pm. This helps the restaurant if they are crowded. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Invite family and friends. Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. We are almost at 5-1/2 years of gathering. Started June 2005. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA Today felt like summer with all the beautiful trees in all the multi- colors, sun shining and temperature were great. No rain. which we have had a lot of late. I enjoy the rain but would not like being in Western Washington gain where the gray skies are so dark. At least when they are gray here it is lighter and does not last as long. Enjoyed Bristol Palin. Camera was quick when it was on Aunts Peg ('63) and Katie SHEERAN ('61). I saw Sally SHEERAN ('58) last week. Easy to spot as she stood up clapping. Go Bristol you're doing great. Bristol is a joy to watch dancing. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Bill VOILAND ('66) -Gary BEHYMER (64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [These Herald pictures... wanted to look at more pictures than JUST the one of Bill, vut couldn't see ALL the text. No matter WHAT I did with my browser screen, too much text at the end was missing... I finally gave up. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Hi Maren, I am wondering if there wasn't Sandstorms for 10/30, 10/31, and 11/1 or if I have something wrong? -Dave MILLER ('67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [There's a problem with your ISP... we're working on it... looks like maybe it's fixed? -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/04/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen HALLENBECK ('51), Jack EVANS ('62) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul WEICHEL ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karyn GROB ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Betti & Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darren McINTYRE ('82) TEACHER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Dunton **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) To: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Re: 1951's 60-year Reunion Betty, I too have sent a note to Irl FRENCH ('51), so hopefully one of us will hear back from him. One possibility of getting a mailing list would be to contact Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49), who handles the listings for the Duststorm. Her list would most likely be only those who pay dues to Club 40, but it's a start. I can only make tentative plans to attend in Sept. 2011. Will definitely know more in a few months. Best wishes, friend! To: Lorraine "Rainy" POWELL Earp-Tanner ('52wb) Hope the phone number you sent your brother-in-law, Jim was my number here in Green Valley, AZ. Since I'm sure Maren won't publish it in the Alumni Sandstorm for privacy reasons, you could find it on the internet. -Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ where the snowbirds have returned in force to share our sunshine. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack EVANS ('62) Re: Mr.Gentle (RIP) Sad news in today's paper. I developed a casual friendship with Mr. Gentle over the years. He lived just down the street from our house and I would run into him at the library or the coin store quite often. I will miss him. [Keep checking Einan's... maybe something will show up: Einan's web site -Maren] -Jack EVANS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: BD wishes To: Robert AVANT ('69) Happy #60 "wombmate"... I hope it's a good one. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we're having a few days of dryness before the rains come back again ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/05/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Carol CARSON ('60), Patti JONES ('60) Ann ENGEL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles COX ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy CAMERON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curtis GUNTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gerald STEIN ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Michael PETERSON ('77) Saw this YouTube post. Wonderful tribute I thought you might like to share on the Sandstorm. [See Michael's website: -Maren] -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Mr. Gentle (RIP) Recently I met a courtesy clerk at Yolks market. She took my groceries out. We got started talking about Bombers. Asked if she went there, she immediately responded with her Grandpa had taught math there. I asked her if she was good at math? She said, not really but her Grandpa helped her at times. I didn't have Mr. Gentle (RIP) for a teacher. Remember knowing him and how kind he was. Sad to see he is gone now. I had forgotten the situation with his granddaughter who was also very kind and gentle. She is very blonde and did not look a lot like Mr. Gentle. Short like he was. Sad time with the elderly of Richland dieing... mothers, fathers, teachers, who have made a mark on Richland High school through the years. Students parents who also left us. Left a lot of love in the years we knew them. Some I knew and always visited when I came to Richland every year back in the '60s and '70s to take a vacation and be with my parents and relatives. I Have visited many since I moved back here. Re: My health Doctors have released me, except for one. My main doctor. THey are amazed at my recovery. Can't keep me down. Much to do. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland temps dropping after a couple of warm days. Two days ago it was a gorgeous warm day. The fall colors shone with the sunshine and it felt like summer. Time for winter clothes and another season **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Mr. Gentle (RIP) I saw Mr. Gentle and his wife this summer at the 2010 all class reunion. They were my husband Fred's ('63-RIP) neighbors and they were very sad to hear that Fred had died. They both looked great and were happy to see and talk to all the kids he had taught in his math classes. He will be missed. -Ann ENGEL Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** 11/6/2010 - NO SANDSTORM TODAY ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/07/2010 OK... this is AWFUL... my external hard drive crashed and it had all my files for doing the Sandstorm. is in the process of restoring my I-drive right now, but it's gonna take DAYS... Just thought I'd update everyone so you know what's going on... Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/08/2010 ~ Combined issue: 11/06,07,08/2010 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Norma LOESCHER ('53), Tony DURAN ('55) Marvin McDONALD Jr. ('60), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Jim YOUNT ('61), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dona McCLEARY ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Spencer HOUCK ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 7: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 7: Dan HAGGARD ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 7: Jim WEAVER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 7: Julie Smyth ('69wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 6: Ron SHELBY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 6: Becky RULON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY November 6: Jim SCHILDKNECHT ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Happy birthday, couple days late [6/9], Patti JONES ('60) and nice going with your health. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) A very happy birthday to another great lady Bomber, Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54)!!!! -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Federal Way **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: hard disk crash I'm so sorry to hear of your hard drive crash, Maren. All the best as you work out getting it restored. BC's, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Remember Veterans Day A little nastalgia and history of another Victory Day in our history! Take a look at this video .... absolutely fabulous! Notice the cars and jeeps, youth, etc.; the guys in khaki or gray shirts and black ties are Navy officers or chiefs .... the rest are Army or Marine. How young they all were to do what they did. This guy really captured a moment in history! (You can listen to Jimmy Durante singing in the background, too.) This is a super video of a time past -- we need to remember and be THANKFUL. We have all seen the Sailor kiss on Broadway in New York, but how many have seen this? And check out the color fidelity. It's not bad for 1945 -- nothing will ever compare with Kodachrome film. <> -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marvin McDONALD Jr. ('60) Re: hard disk crash Maren, You do a fantastic job EVERY DAY. Very sorry about the crash but glad that you have a back-up that can restore your files. Have a great day ALL YOU BOMBERS!!! Sincere Blessings to all, -Marvin McDONALD Jr. ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Mike BRADY ('61) I found the time machine, courtesy of the Olympia Fire Department. A few days ago they invited us old guys to check out their new ladder truck and let each of us steer the tiller. Since we all suffer from Peter Pan syndrome we reverted to the lost boys from days gone by. Check it out. So if you want to feel young again, just get yourself one of these and let the magic happen. Makes you feel like being in drivers training all over again, because it is almost the opposite of regular driving. I'm glad to not have to drive it under working conditions like in traffic, after dark, and in the rain. I shudder imagining icy roads. Hats off to those current lost boys that steer either end of one of these things. <> -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ from near Lacey, WA where beautiful autumn days are changing to regular wet autumn days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim YOUNT ('61) Hi Maren! Mary Anne ('73) and I have finally settled a bit into our new house, and I've been able to get the '61 web site a bit more completed. There is still a LOT of content to come, but it's far enough along that I'm not embarrassed to have folks visit. Please change your links for the Class of 1961 to <>. Reunion information is starting to collect for our 50th; I'd welcome any constructive comments, and any submitted content. Thanks! -Jim YOUNT ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I guess it's a good thing that Bob IRWIN ('62) never watched this when we were in Junior High! <> -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gerald STEIN ('66) [November 5] OK... I've had this guy's name and b-day on my list for a whole month... my cheat sheet says he was born on November 6, a couple of years ago... well ok more than a couple... I have always sent his b-day wish in for the 6th... now ya tellin' me I been wrong for these last few years? Well late or not HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Gerald STEIN ('66)... I hope you have a great birthday no matter what day it's on... but hey... let us know who is right and who is wrong so I don't goof this up again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: more birthdays Yup, that time again... before I wish the HB's I want to thank all of you who know her and all of you who don't for all the prayers, calls and emails about my right hand "person" Michelle, about the only community out there as loyal as Bombers are cancer survivors... the ones in the hot rod community kicked in right away and turned me on to some alternatives that have worked for them when all else failed... I got her started on some of those things and her kidneys seem to be functioning again... she was moved to Hospice earlier this week and remains as cheerful and upbeat as she has always been... Oath Keepers National sent her a wonderful plaque, Oath Keeper of the year and the NC chapter sent her a beautiful hand loomed tapestry... all officers and directors hold life memberships but she was given "Eternal Oath Keeper " membership with member number one. This afternoon Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's wife came down from Utah to visit her and brought her a little muscle stimulator to help with the swelling in her legs. She hasn't been able to walk in some time but after taking the alternative supplements can lift her legs again... again... thanks to everyone! Now it's birthday time... two wonderful Bombers, one I met thru Gus KEENEY ('57) and one who I've known since the second grade and played little league with back at Spalding... I hope their day is special for them and wish Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) and Jim "Jimmy" WEAVER ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on November 7, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/09/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike BRADY ('61), KC HAMMILL ('63) Rod PETERSON ('63), Michael HUSKE ('64) Ray STEIN ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou DeMEYER ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick BOEHNING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kandy SMITH ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick PIERCE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom SCHILDKNECHT ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill SCOTT & Cherrie TEMPERO ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Fire Truck Pretty cool! How much do they cost? My stepson is a firefighter with the Woodinville Fire Department. When I see one of those large fire trucks it reminds me of a Seinfeld episode when Kramer was in the back trying to steer. In one way or another, everything in life is connected to a Seinfeld episode! :) Thanks for the post... -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: KC HAMMILL ('63) Re: Da Truck Bought it in Missouri 2008 as a 1939, All Steel no fiberglass had less than honest title, SOooooooooooooooooooooooooo I waited 6 weeks with every digit I could cross/crossed (hoping the bogus VIN did not come back stolen) State Police finally titled it as a 1939, but it is actually a 1940 (Top Grill Bar and parking lights separate on the fenders are a one year unique to the 1940) Spent 2008/2009 putting interior and wiring (had nothing when I got it) put about 700 miles on it in 2009. Began body work 1st of May finally started shooting paint end of August. Because of all the compound curves only the cab (without doors) and radiator support were the only body panels left on the frame. New panels include front bed panel & cross member, splash shields between running boards and bed. custom bed cross members (2x1 square tubing) custom rolled rear pan under tailgate, reworked exhaust to exit through rolled rear pan, (Bed is actually from a 1947 --- 50" one year unique bed width) custom bed wood (Aged Birch stained "Tawny Teak") custom diamond plate bed sides attached to 1/2" square tubing welded to the bed sides, new glass and windshield frame, new 14 gallon gas tank and plumbing. Hidden tail gate latches and brackets (replaces chains that just beat up the paint) Replaced driver's door with one I bought out of Oregon (Bottom of door that came with the truck was rusted beyond repair). Auto Meter gauges in a billet panel, Blazer black leather power bucket seats. Paint is 2010 Camero Black and 2010 Corvette Switch blade silver metallic. Currently has a Mopar 318 and 904 tranny original brakes and steering (power steering by "ARMSTRONG") Next year looking at a Mustang II power rack and pinion power steering, front disc brakes, new steering column (Tilt) and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ permitting a built up small block Chevy. Haven't had the guts to add up all the receipts but it has been a blast... Nut'n cooler than to be driving down the street and getting "thumbs up" from other drivers and passer-bys -KC HAMMILL ('63) ~ Bangor, Maine **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rod PETERSON ('63) Throughout the years, while attending my wife Denise McGEE's ('64) Class of 1964 Reunions, we became acquainted with classmate Connie HANSON Lincoln ('64) and her husband, Ed (NAB). While Denise and Connie talked to their fellow classmates, Ed and I stood on the sidelines with a few other husbands. Ed is an accomplished story-teller so it was fun passing the evenings with him listening to his anecdotes. Being the owner of Lincoln Towing, famous for Seattle's iconic Pink Toe Truck, as well as Corvette and Mustang wrecking yards, we found ourselves absorbed by his true stories. Over the years, we have become good friends with the Lincolns. After his retirement, Ed began a writing course and used his life experiences as his topics. He has became an excellent writer and just completed his autobiography, "Life Through The Rearview Mirror", which details his life adventures (and misadventures) in a very enjoyable and entertaining manner. His love of family, life, friends, and his continual optimism and faith shine through. Along the way, he also gives great insights on how he became an entrepreneur and successful businessman and reminds us all what it was like growing up during the 1950/'60s. Also apparent is his devotion to the love of his life, Connie, and their children and grandchildren. It was wonderful, but not surprising, how Connie's insights and hard work also had a great influence on their successes in life. His book proves that nice guys (and women) can and do finish first. So it is with great pride that I highly recommend Ed's memoir, "Life Through The Rearview Mirror", which is currently available through and the book's website: -Rod PETERSON ('63) ~ Yakima, WA where we are experiencing a beautiful fall **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael HUSKE ('64) Maren - I just learned that Mike BYRD passed away. Thought it would be something that could be up-dated on the site. GRANDVIEW -- Michael Joe Byrd, 64, of Richland, died November 3 at Grandview Health Care Center. He was born in Richland and lived in the Tri-Cities for 64 years. He retired as an accounting manager at Fluor Daniel. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements. -Michael HUSKE ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Service will be Saturday, 10am at Einan's. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: Mike BYRD ('64-RIP) We lost our Quarterback, Mike BYRD ('64-RIP). I was glad that several of us visited him this past June during R2K10. I found this tribute to Mike written by Mike's son, Matt. Rest in Peace my friend, -Ray STEIN ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Service will be Saturday, 10am at Einan's. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: 'Nuther big kid birthday Oh where oh where has my little mind gone... For the last several years I've been wishing Gerald STEIN ('66) an HB on November 6th... Now I find it is the 5th and I even goofed up by saying October... do our minds go where the "other sock" goes when we get older? I sure hope not cuz there are an awful lot of those socks I've never found... I'm pretty sure I've got the today big kid's date right... and if I don't I'm pulling the washing machine and dryer out from the wall and start searching... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dick BOEHNING ('63) on November 9, 2010 (at least I set the clocks back)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Asleep at the Wheel Well... Since Maren was able to "take the weekend off"... some of the rest of us got a little lazy/complacent also. Spencer HOUCK ('71) birthday kind of snuck up on me yesterday... Monday, November 8th. Sorry I missed you yesterday Spence but you are still one of the good guys from our class. I also need to thank you for your service in the Air Force and will add it to our website next time I get a chance. Looking forward to seeing you at our 40th in August. So as NOT to be guilty of the same infraction, I will get the rest of this weeks recognitions in right now: Thursday, 11/11 Dee SHIPMAN Jones ('72) and Marlene HAWK ('71) Friday, 11/12 Arlene HORNE Cotner ('71) and Rick MORRELL ('71) Sunday, 11/14 Terry DELSING ('71) I hope to re-recognize you on our special day but at least this way we get you SOME recognition. And I certainly do not want to forget the MARINE CORP recognition on Wednesday, November 10th. Im sure that maybe Pappy SWAN ('59) or David RIVERS ('65) will be able to provide a heck of a lot more detail and input on this day but it is interesting to me, as a civilian, that the Marines are the only service branch that so publicly celebrates its founding. So, special wishes go out to my Class of 1971 peers who served all of us in the Marines... Brad WEAR ('71), Darrell DABLING ('71), Darrell SPARKS ('71) and Rick ROLLINS ('70/'71). Thank you for serving your country and helping protect our freedom. And of course Thursday, November 11th is the date when we honor ALL of our veterans. This date was originally observed as the anniversary of the armistice that ended the war to end all wars... WWI. I did a little research and found the original armistice was effective the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. President Wilson proclaimed the first celebration a year later (1919. Congress issued a resolution in 1928 continuing the tradition but it did not become an "official" holiday until 1938. The date continued to honor ONLY veterans of World War One until 1954 when Congress changed the name from Armistice to Veterans Day and declared it to be a day when we honored ALL who served our country. My comments about the Marine Corps birthday got me to wondering about the specifics of when the other branches of the service were founded. A brief search of the internet resulted in the following dates as being recognized as the founding dates: US Army... June 14, 1775 US Navy... October 13, 1775 US Marines... November 10, 1775 US Coast Guard... August 4, 1790 US Air Force... September 18, 1947 There seems to be a lot qualifiers to any of the dates... like when were they founded versus when did they gain recognition as a separate Military branch but these seem to me to be the somewhat "official" dates... I will let the military historians out there jump in and correct me but, at least for now, these are the dates I will put on my calendar to remember those who served in each branch. Finally, I have to say that Maren has been unusually reserved in not telling all of us how brilliant the LSU Tigers are with their victory over Alabama [24-21. How's that, Vic? -Maren]. But then, when you have DUCKS as the top team in the country, I guess it puts everything else into a different perspective!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ SUNNY Beverly Hills, MI where we will be experiencing highs in the upper 60s this week... probably something we will not see again until well into 2012... And we NOW have the dubious honor of having the a winning Powerball ticket ($128 MILLION) sold in a local "Bookstore" - that just happens to specialize in ADULT ENTERTAINMENT. To date, no one has come forward to collect the money... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jim JENSEN ('50), Mike CLOWES ('54) George SWAN ('59), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Jo MILES ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('64 & '65), Brad WEAR ('71) Mike DALEN ('72) 11/10 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill JOHNSON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl DVORAK ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike ROWE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dee SHIPMAN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred MEEKS ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: The Books of Judges AKA Our Very Own Columbians In the midst of reminiscing the thought of law arose. A classmate, one Tom MERRYMAN ('50) sought the law profession from several angles before settling upon the practice of law. I had heard that he was indeed a practicing attorney, but wasn't aware until Club 40 circa 1996 that he had become a judge. Later I learned that Phil RAEKES ('49) was a judge officiating in the Tri-Cities area. He retired in 2000. It was reported that he once described one of his classmates, Rembert RYALS ('49), as one of the toughest defense attorneys a judge had to face. If I remember correctly, R.J. PEDERSON ('48), who associated with Phil and Rem, was also engaged in the practice of law. All of these distinguished gentlemen were my contemporaries and I recall their being extremely active in leadership roles in student affairs. I was not an accomplished student, but it was interesting to know something of this group. Tom and I were friends and neighbors. Last time I saw him was when he was on leave from the Navy. Do any Bombers have memories of lawyers in their circles? BOMBERS RULE!!! -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) A belated tip of the ol' propeller beanie to fellow classmate Dona McCLEARY ('54) on the occasion of her birthday [11/8]. Dona, I tried to set you those greetings on that date, but the address I have for you doesn't seem to be the right one. And for some reason, another tip of that same hat to those "unfortunate" members of the Bomber community who happened to be taken in by John Wayne and the movie "Battle Cry" and rushed pell-mell to the Marine recruiting office. And you really believed every word the recruiter said, right? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ just a retired old squid living in Mount Angel, OR, trying to sell a yard full of used walnut leaves. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: Happy Birthday Marines Re: We Are Few, But Our Corps Is 235 Years Old Today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES! To those who have served before and to those serving now. I am most proud to be one of you. For having been born in a bar, Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, on November 10, 1775, we have turned out to be a pretty good outfit. Ours is the most exclusive fraternity on the face of the earth, and the dues are not cheap. Becoming a Marine did not come easy. There is something about a Marine that only we can grasp, because only we know what it took just to step up, and stand on the yellow footprints in the middle of the night, see it through, pull our own weight, and have each other's back. And, from those who have gone on before, and forever after, there lives a personal and collective pride built upon a history of Marines that only the few can really share. Perhaps, this is central to what permanently bonds Marines together, no matter where, when, or how a Marine served. And, we shall not forget our Corpsmen ... our "field medics." Happy Birthday too, to all of our "Docs!" And, within the Class of 1959, John WORRELL and I share our distinction of being Marines with three lovely ladies who also earned the right to call themselves United States Marines, Elsa DE LA PUENTE' Osborne, Pat HARRISON Turner, and Carol HIRSCH Chartrand. Each of us as Richland Bombers had our own reasons for the post-high school route we chose in life. Mine was to join the Marines, immediately upon graduation. To this day, I believe that decision to be the best one that I ever made for myself. Below is a birthday message from our new Commandant, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. There are two different links to the same video just in case folks have problem opening one or the other: Happy 235th, and Semper Fidelis, Marines! -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Home in Burbank, WA, where one would be surprised at how many old Marines have dug in, around here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: USMC Birthday A salute to the United States Marine Corps on their 235th Birthday. I thought I would take this occasion to post some USMC historical tidbits. On August 19, 1812, early in the War of 1812, there was a battle between the United States Frigate Constitution, "Old Ironsides," and the HMS Guerriere. During the battle the British ship's bow became fouled with the Constitution's stern. Marine Lieutenant William Sharp Bush was preparing to lead a boarding party to the British ship when he was shot through the head, becoming the first United States Marine Corps officer to die in combat. As a side note, the Constitution's 1st Lieutenant, Charles Morris, (now days we would call him the executive officer), took over for Lt. Bush and was shot through the stomach. In the days when a stomach wound was almost always fatal, he made an amazing recovery and was promoted to captain. The two ships broke free and there was no hand-to-hand combat. U. S. Navy destroyers and destroyer escorts are named after naval heroes, which includes Marines, even those who may have never served on board a ship. Lt. Bush has had two ships named after him. The first was the USS Bush DD-166 commissioned Feb 19, 1919 and decommissioned June 21 1922. The second was a Fletcher class destroyer USS Bush DD-529 commissioned May 10, 1943 and sunk April 6, 1945 off Okinawa after being hit by three Kamikaze aircraft with the loss of 87 of her crew. A friend of mine served on the USS Daly DD-519, also a Fletcher class destroyer, named after Marine Sergeant Major Daniel J. Daly, (1873-1937), one of the very few people to be awarded the Medal of Honor twice. The first for single-handedly defending his position and fighting off about 200 Boxers during the siege of Piking, China in 1900. The second for action on October 24, 1915 when he and a group of 35 Marines were ambushed by about 400 Haitian insurgents. Have you ever seen a WWI movie when just as the men go "over the top" someone yells "Do you want to live forever?" Sgt. Daly is credited with yelling that at the Battle of Belleau Wood. One of the Navy's new ships is the USS Jason Dunham DDG-109 named after Corporal Jason L. Dunham and christened by his mother, Debra Dunham Aug 1, 2009. Corporal Jason Dunham, age 22, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for action on April 14, 2004 manning a checkpoint in Karabilah, Iraq. Part of his citation reads: "Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As the approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service." More information on Jason Dunham can be found on the "Ship's namesake" page of the USS Dunham's website: Also at the Find a Grave site: -Dennis HAMMER ('64)~ USN (1969-1972) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jo MILES ('64) Re: Mike BYRD ('64-RIP) I would like to repeat a post from a couple years ago. "For those wondering what class reunions are all about, imagine one of the toughest athletes in Bomber history, Mike BYRD ('64-RIP) slowly shuffling into the room aided by an aluminum walker. When big Mike HUSKE ('64) stepped up and wrapped his burly arms around his old pal, it was the best place to be on the planet." -Jo MILES ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: November 10, 1775 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES! Semper Fi David Rivers S/Sgt. USMC -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('64 & '65) Re: Marine Corps birthday Happy Birthday MARINES!!! Get off those yellow footprints and go eat cake! Best Regards, -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('64 & '65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Marine Corps Birthday Happy Birthday to all my Marine Brothers and Sisters out there in Bomberland. 235 years of tradition unhampered by progress, the most destructive fighting force known to man. We make medicine sick. Semper Fi. Brad Wear '71, Captain USMC, 0302 (1) each. -Brad WEAR ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike DALEN ('72) OK Bombers, I got some true voodoo weirdness for you. Just got back to my home in Huntsville, Alabama, after spending a week at the big national Realtor show in New Orleans. My company sponsored a party Sunday night for about 100 of our customers, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel right on Bourbon Street. Somehow the bartender found out I was from Washington. He asked where. I said "Richland, which no one east of Idaho has ever heard of before." He said he was from Richland. Went to Col-Hi. Went to Chief Jo. Went to Jefferson. Grew up on freakin' Horn, about 4 blocks from my house on Park Street! Name was Steve JOHNSON. Graduated 1967. His dad worked for GE, just like mine. When Battelle came in and replaced GE, his dad took an offer to move to Nawleans. Too freakin weird. Even for Bourbon Street. [I knew Steve was there. His sister, Peggy ('63) told me a couple of years back... we tried to hook up for a Bomber gathering, but it never happened. -Maren] -Mike DALEN ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>John HUSKE ('58) ~ 11/22/39 - 11/7/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/2010 - VETERANS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) George SWAN ('59), Pete OVERDAHL ('60) Ed QUIGLEY ('62), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev COATES ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack SINDERSON ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted NETH ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don BRACKENBUSH ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don ECKERT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene HAWK ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry BOYD ('52) & Patsy McGREGOR ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) To: Jim JENSEN ('50) Howdee Jim. Other lawyers from that era, Dick QUIGLEY ('47) still puts his oar in the water now and then, John SULLIVAN ('46-RIP) Judge, mayor of Richland, Pat SHEERAN ('48-RIP), Judge Richland (Uncle of the notorious Sarah Palin), Paul CROWDER ('46-RIP) former retired General US Army. Curt LUDWIG ('47) former prosecuting attorney for Benton County. There may be more, but that's the length of my memory. To: Pappy SWAN ('59) It surprises me not that the Marine Corps was born in a tavern. Happy birthday a day late, Marines. -Dick McCOY From the Tin Can Class of 1945 And also U.S. Army ('47) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) To: Mike DALEN ('72) Re: Some more Voodoo Here is some more "voodoo" to consider. I lived on 1726 Howell street (the next street over from Horn) and the family of Francis and Maynard Johnson were back yard neighbors. Their oldest son, Perry ('61) was one of my best friends. I remember Peggy ('63) and Steven ('67) was just a baby then. I was older so we didn't have classes together, but we spent a good amount of time playing in the orchard and down by the river as we grew up. I also went to Jefferson School, Chief Joseph Jr. High, and Col-Hi and graduated in 1956. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: : Veteran's Day Thanks to Vic MARSHALL ('71) for the rundown on the history of Veteran's Day, the day that, as he said, "... we honor ALL of our veterans." And, thanks to my buddy Dennis Hammer for his briefing on ships named after Marines. Yesterday was a day for Marines. Today is a day to remember All veterans! Those who gave it all, those who served before, and those serving now. And, we thank them all for their service! I would like to suggest that we especially remember those veterans who served in WW II and the Korean War. Many of these veterans are leaving us at a rapid pace now. Thus, the time is upon us when, if nothing else, we particularly owe it to the veterans of those eras to, at the very least, pause and give thanks for their service to them from all of the rest of us. Had the outcome of the warfare in any of the major WW II theaters and Korean War conflicts gone "the other way," we might not be here now, nor enjoying American life (even with all of its problems) as we know it today. Yet, unless it touches us directly, through personal contact, past or present with a WW II or Korean War Vet, it tends to get less and less of our attention, as the years go by. And, therein lies a "BIG" concern. The years pass by, so obviously, our older vets are aging and ... passing. What a sad thing it would be for the rest of America, if even one of them passes on without hearing from someone ... that their service and sacrifice was "most appreciated." This is especially pertinent for me. I served for a few years, but I was most fortunate, and I never saw combat. I served before Vietnam. Later, I again served in between "Nam" and Desert Storm. Thus, nothing serious ever happened "on my watch." Thank God, I will never know what it was like to experience, first hand, the horrors of war. Even the most well made of realistic war movies can never fully make us aware of what it was like for the many who went through it, protecting us and our futures. Below is a link to a song/video about thanking older veterans before their passing on. There are different versions on the site, in respect to the pictorial accompaniment (i.e. different wars). While on the site, click on "The story behind the song" for more information. A lot of this type of email comes to us nowadays. Indeed, we know that the message is true, and that we should pay more attention to it, but all of us have other worries and concerns in coping with the living of our own lives. However, in recent years, I have had the privilege to attend a special annual observance of the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps, in Walla Walla. This year was the 235th anniversary of the birth of the Marines. The luncheon, in Walla Walla is a gathering that I would not miss and feel honored to be among living Marines of all ages, "Once a Marine -- Always a Marine!" This year (last Saturday), I attended with Brad WEAR ('71), and our friend and hunting buddy, Tom MATTIS ('66), older brother of our well-known still active duty Marine General James MATTIS ('68), all Richland Bomber Marines. Tom did a great job as the Emcee. Interestingly, a rather large number of Marines who served in the Pacific, during WW II and the Korean War, were from the surrounding vicinity, and/or resided here, afterwards. I have had the good fortune to come to know many of these older Marines. But sadly, in those few years that I have been attending the lunch (held a few days early to avoid other conflicts), the numbers of survivors and their physical conditions are diminishing. This year, the luncheon meal at the Walla Walla VFW Post, was a replication of the Christmas Dinner served to Marines in 1943 on Guadalcanal Island (turkey with most of the trimmings and "go withs"). No, it was not leftovers from WW II, just a replication, but very tasty. The only thing that I missed was a Marine staple of chipped beef or burger and gravy over toast fondly referred to, by Marines, as "SOS" or s**t on a shingle. Afterwards, the traditional cake cutting ceremony took place. The first piece of cake always goes to the oldest Marine in attendance (92 this year), and the second piece to the youngest (a young Iraq War, Marine Veteran in his twenties). Some wives in attendance have said about their Marines, words to the effect "All these years, he seldom talks of his time in the war ... until he is back among his Marine buddies, young and old, a special breed of men. This means so much to him!" And so, today, being Veteran's Day, once again, I encourage all to thank ALL veterans for their service, but especially, if you know a WW II or Korean War Veteran, I encourage you to take the time to thank them ... before they go! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ... Semper Fi Veterans! ********************************** From: Lowiq, Lowkey, and Bogart ('????), Pappy's Elves mailto: (secretly from Pappy's computer) Re: We'rrrrr baaack! I am Lowkey, as in "low key" since I am the quiet and more or less ... level headed elf. My other buddy is, Lowiq, as in "low I.Q." who gets us in trouble ... often. Well need I say more? Oh, and my other buddy is Bogart who is often stuck on saying, "Here's looking at you kid!" and stuff like that. Ok, the truth be known, we are all pretty good at causing mischief, I'm just a little more ... well, low key about it, while Lowiq is usually more like a Marine on shore leave after a long, long cruise ... according to Pappy. Anyway, we have finally completed our "round the country" barnstorming tour in our little Stearman Biplane. It has been a lot of fun, disrupting radio-controlled model airplane events, "borrowing" gas out of lawn mowers to keep going, harassing the occasional duck hunter, visiting memorial and veterans events with fly overs, etc., etc. etc. We shut off our engine, glided in, and touched down last night, well after dark, and camouflaged the airplane. So Pappy has no idea that we are back. In fact he is getting his beauty sleep (well, make that resting comfortably) as we write this on his computer, if Lowiq and Bogart will just shut up and quit giggling in their reunion with Pappy's critters. We are glad to be back home with the old goofy guy, Mrs. Pappy, Lance Corporal Murphy and Puddy cats, and Corporal Bella and Pfc. Me'a, the two big yellow dogs. We just wanted to say to all Veterans, "Thank you for your service!" And we are sending a few pictures that Bogart snapped with his tiny digital camera on some of our flybys, over the past year. As Pappy always says, "Semper Fi" to all veterans! -Lowkey, Lowiq, and Bogart (No last names and can't remember where or when we graduated from Elf school ... er, hey you guys ... did we ever graduate?) ~ Burbank, WA on the old Gabby hayes, Foster Brooks, maybe Sean Connery when he wears a cap ... somewhat-look alike's computer.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) Re: Veterans' Day To: US Veterans Thanks To All That Served I feel honored to have served in the USAF and met so many wonderful people. My 3 years in Germany didn't see any action but all the fond memories are there. I have met members of all branches of the military and all are proud of there time served. It isn't always easy but those you work with kept you together. I have been privileged to attend three reunions, the first being a 40-year and we are planning our 4th one, a 45th in 2011. We have had 18 states represented and 2 from Germany. What a trip it is. I thought I knew what spirit was like getting together. I had the wonderful occasion to attend a lunch with a bunch of Marines and other branches of the armed forces. General Jim MATTIS ('68) and a bunch of other USMC members spoke. You talk about Esprit De Corps, it was attending this wonderful gathering. I told Pappy ('59), Brad ('71) and several others my chest grew by 10 inches by the time I left. What a wonderful feeling of pride and honor. God Bless All Of You On This Special Day. -Pete OVERDAHL ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) Re: Veterans' Day To all the guys and ladies that have served our great country over the years, thank you so much for your service on (in?) our behalf; you have no idea how much it is appreciated. God bless, -Ed QUIGLEY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) To all of you Bomber Gals and Guys who raised your right hand and wore the suit. Get out the Brasso and Kiwi, there's gonna be a stand by inspection. Today is Veteran's Day, once Armistice Day, celebrating the end of "The War To End All Wars". It's so much more than a mattress sale, closed banks, no mail and free on street parking. Remember those who fell, never to rise again. I do every damn day. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: All Veterans, past and present Thank you for your service. Freedom isn't free, it comes with a price, and sometimes, that price is a life, but I am thankful for your service and keeping America free! Also a big thank you to the men in my family who served: Norman John Reining, Sr., USMC (SGT) -- grandfather Norman John Reining, Jr., USMC (SGT) -- father Tim Reining (USNavy) -- brother Adrian Reining (USAF) -- nephew -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA cooler temps have finally arrived **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) As there are so many, I am expressing a big THANK YOU to all the Bomber Vets out there on Veterans' Day 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) S/Sgt USMC; RVN '67-'68 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: NAB Husband on Caring Bridge Maren and several other Bombers suggested that I use CaringBridge.Org beginning in January of this year, during the time I (with help from family and friends) was providing end-of-life care for Harlan FOOTE ('61-RIP). The experience of CaringBridge.Org made it possible for me to get through those hard days, and through many days since. The value of the journaling, posting messages from Harlan, letting everyone know how they could best help, and sharing the guestbook messages with Harlan several times each day --- well, the value was immeasurable. And since Harlan's death, that journal and those messages are a treasure I could never put a price tag on. And CaringBridge.Org is FREE and easy to use. Marcia DONAHUE Topping ('68) is the friend I have known the longest in this whole world... literally since we were babies. I suggested CaringBridge.Org to her and she has now set up a site for her husband, Chuck (NAB), that she and their four children are maintaining. The site can be found at I thought I would put this note in the Sandstorm, so that any Bombers who wish to do so could share their support. Below is a quote from their background story. "As many of you know, Chuck was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma) in July 2009. Since then, he has been involved in an aggressive treatment program: surgery to remove a stage IV tumor, radiation therapy, and ongoing chemotherapy to shrink and/or prevent growth of other stage I brain tumors present. He has an MRI and oncologist visit at Swedish in Seattle every two months. We have heard from so many of you, asking about Chuck and offering assistance. To help with the communication, we (Marcia, Sarah, Mary, Matt & Abby) will be posting updates on "Caring Bridge". This provides information about his progress and gives us a chance to stay in touch. We would like to thank all of you for your incredible response of love, prayers and good wishes. We are on quite a journey here, and we realize that the medical care received combined with the outpouring of positive support from our friends and family will help us through this time." -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Thursday Birthdays Today. Thursday the 11th is the birthday of a couple of special Bomber ladies. Marlene HAWK ('71) was a bit in the diminutive side but she was a spark plug in everything she did. As I recall, the easiest way to get Marlene to do something was to tell her she COULDN'T!!! I presume that character trait has followed her through life and look forward to hearing about it at our 40th reunion next August 12-14th. Speaking of our reunion, we had a full committee meeting last night and have come up with a preliminary agenda: Thursday 8-11-2011 - No Host get together probably at Dag (sp?) in Richland (the old Sandpiper). A special treat will be an appearance by some classmates who will entertain us musically. More on that later Friday 8-12-2011 - Golf Outing at West Richland Elks (is it still the Elks??) from 10AM to 3pm or so - Tour of Col-Hi - Time to be determined - Meet, Greet and Socialize at the Red Lion Richland (old Hanford House/Desert Inn) from 6pm until "whenever" Saturday 8-13-2011 - Group Hike around Badger Mountain - 8am - 10am - led by local "expert", George LAST - Wine Tasting Tour - 11am 3pm - visit local wineries with Pete HEDGES and Kelvin SOLDAT as your guides - Dinner and 40th Anniversary Program - 7pm until whenever at the Red Lion Richland. Again, we will have a number of surprises to entertain and keep you on your toes Sunday 8-14-2011 - No Host Brunch at Anthony's in Richland 10am until it's over - for those who just don't quite want the weekend to end... We continue to ask classmates to go to and click the "Update your Profile" link. If you talk to other Class of '71 folks... please encourage them to do the same. Finally, Maren and I have a special Bomber Lady... Dee SHIPMAN Jones ('72) birthday down as either yesterday or today. Dee, please let us know who is correct. Dee's dad, Joe was Mayor of Richland while we were in High School and also oversaw that sprawling Richland Development... the Richland Village. By the late '60s. I'm not really sure how many properties they managed but they had crews out on a regular basis on the Village area. Dee and her sister Sue ('73) drove Daddy's Cool Blue Mustang and what I heard from Dee most often was "Fill it up" and "Charge it" at Waschers Mobil. Made my day. I think Dee ended back in her "native" Spokane but she will always be a Richlander in my book. Have a wonderful day, Dee. All for now- -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Jim JENSEN ('50) Betty BELL ('51), Dick WIGHT ('52) Tom TRACY ('55), Tony DURAN ('55) Bill BERLIN ('56), Patti JONES ('60) Bob CROSS ('62), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Arlene HORNE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick MORRELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane CROSS ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Bomber Lawyers/Rufus PEDERSON ('48-RIP) Jim JENSEN ('50) lumped Rufus PEDERSON ('48-RIP) into the Bomber lawyer group. Actually, Rufus was a very successful and loved TV director for KGO, San Francisco. He mostly did news casts but was also recognized for his fine work on special features. After retirement, he was called back on several occasions to help the station out. He was known for his mentoring of new hires; and on a personal note, my son, Rick, was interested in TV work and Rufus invited him up for a day and night to show him the ropes and how the TV industry all worked. My son is now a very successful senior editor in the TV business in the L.A. area. Rufus attended WSC and majored in theater arts and was on stage for many shows on campus. His warm and outgoing comedic personality attracted many of us to be his best Bomber friends. He loved to go into a bar and do a prat fall, like fall off of the bar stool, expecting us to surround him with pity and pick him up off of the floor. We played along with it, except for on one occasion, we decided to just leave him there and walked out leaving him to figure it out; and he did, he was good at improvisation. God bless you, Rufe! I know you're up there entertaining the minions as we speak. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) To: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Your recollection of legal eagles brought back some memories. Dick QUIGLEY ('47) was a cheer leader way back there. When I interviewed for a position with WPPS (sp), circa 1980-81, I saw a posted document in the lobby which was signed by corporate attorney Quigley. Forgot about that until I saw your posting. Pat SHEERAN ('48-RIP) was a Bomber football player and third baseman on the baseball team, a position he held on the American Legion baseball team in 1947. Pat's father, Clem (RIP), was a pitcher for the Stores softball team. Thanks for helping me re-visit those less stressful times. -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Friday, November 12th the Richland Seniors Association is holding their Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Richland Community Center from 9am to 3pm. There are 36 vendors with a great variety of things to look at, buy and eat. Hope you can join us! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Hey there, Dick McCOY ('45)! "Notorius" definition: "Known widely and regarded unfavorably; infamous." That was YOUR comment on 11-11 about Sarah Palin, not necessarily shared by all folk! Tsk! Tsk! Smacks of a politically charged comment to me! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ hangin' out in the Ozarks, where Palin's influence evokes another definition! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Jim JENSEN ('50) Thanks for your comments on lawyers and especially Tom MERRYMAN ('50) and Gonzaga law student. Didn't know he had become a judge. I worked him in Richland during the summer of '58 with my brother, Bill TRACY ('51) for Wayne & Jess Petty's House Moving and Construction Company. We dismantled or moved many of Richland's dormitories, in town and most of the remaining original North Richland offices, dining halls and other structures. It was an extraordinarily hot summer and working on the roofs was "Spartan Training" for all of us. Saving every shingle, plywood panel and 2 x 4 kept us busy and warm. Moving some of the buildings across the Columbia on a ferry was an experience indeed. The Petty's were hard working men and great to work with. Good coaches, patient and adventurers. Jess Petty had just purchased one of the new, adventuresome cars; a model that cost the Ford Motor Company more money to develop than any other in the history of the company... an Edsel. Saw one auctioned off recently in Arizona for several hundred thou. (Pretty good return on a car someone at GM characterized as "four wheels pushing a toilet seat down the highway" One of our '55 contemporaries, Wayne CAMPBELL ('55), also a lawyer and active classmate as well as those you mention. He was additionally one of the best writers, news reporters, and sports radio commentators in the Tri-Cities. He served the Sandstorm and one of the Tri-City radio stations, interviewing athletes and reporting on high school teams. Wayne was also Pasco's City Attorney in the 1960s. His voice, diction and articulation at RHS were better than most of today's sports analysts and commentators. Lawyers are great when you need legal help. After working with patent lawyers and corporate counsel from Seattle, Boise, D.C., L.A. and San Francisco... for a few decades, I think I was lucky. Shopping for the right ones is always important. I've been fortunate... better off than Mark Twain who once said. "When you look for a lawyer, watch for one standing around with his hands in his own pockets... and then choose him." He was not lucky in his choices. He should have taken more time and waited for Campbell, Merryman, or another of our unsurpassed classmates from RHS. Thanks for reminding us of some of our timeless friends and heroes. Bomber cheers, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Incredible Train Set This is the world's biggest train set. Covers 1,150 square meters/12,380 square feet... Features almost six miles of track and is still not complete... Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the 'Miniatur Wunderland' in 2000. The set covers six regions including America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany, and the Austrian Alps. The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand-Canyon etc... and Mount Rushmore. The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn. The Scandinavian part has a 4 foot long passenger ship floating in a 'fjord'. It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover more than 1,800 square meters/(19,376 sq ft) and feature almost 13 miles of track, by which time detailed models of parts of France, Italy and the UK will have been added... It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons. The longest train is 46 feet long. The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights... and 160,000 individually designed figures, thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery... The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system that mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off. The whole system is controlled from a massive high-tech nerve centre. In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than 8 million euro to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales. Gerrit said: "Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in." Frederik added: "Whether gambling in Las Vegas, hiking in the Alps or paddling in Norwegian fjords - in Wunderland everything is possible. This 4-minute video is worth watching for this amazing stuff." wunderland/ -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Veterans' Day I attended two Veterans' Day remembrance gatherings yesterday. One was held here in Anacortes and ironically it was dedicated to War II (the Greatest Generation) and Korean War vets. Quite a few uniforms and lots of hats, I wore my US Coast Guard Veteran hat (the only one at the event) but lots of Army and Marine caps. After the ceremony was over and we were leaving, a young guy in his late 20s came over and said to me, "...if it were not for you guys (USCG) I probably would not be here..." It seems he was doing his The Most Dangerous Catch thing in real life two years ago in Alaska when his crab boat capsized and he was thrown into the "chuck", fortunately with his survival suit on. The USCG came out and plucked five of seven crewmen out of the water and he was one of the lucky guys. Two others went down with the ship. I reminded him that all of the other guys in attendance here also made sure that he was here, safe and free but it was just the USCG that had saved his bacon in real life. In the afternoon I went to White Rock, B.C. and attended their Remembrance Day gathering. They still sell and wear poppies in Canada so I got one going into the gathering, still wearing my USCG hat. I did serve two years in the Canadian Coast Guard but that is another story and I could not find my CCG cap before I left. The Canadians are very big on wearing regimental uniforms and several of the older guys wore replications of War I uniforms of the British Commonwealth Forces, Pith helmet, wrapped leggings, and Royal Enfield rifles. Several more recent Canadian Forces troopers with their formal dress tunics were there too, most just back from Afghanistan. "God save our noble queen..." and "Oh Canada" were played by the Canadian Forces Maritime Band from Esquimalt (Victoria) Naval Base, HMCS Naden and HMCS Dockyard Esquimalt. Afterwards, the Canadian Legion hosted an open bar of hot tea, "veddy British, what?" and beer "very Canadian, eh." Half a pint, and no more, later and I was on my way home. In years past I have noted that of those working on Vets' Day are usually Vets for some reason and those with full day off are usually not Vets. Did not have time yesterday to check that out for this year but in years past the percentage of Vets working and non-Vets not working on Veterans' Day has been out of ratio. What is wrong with this picture? -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA running up my Old Glory and Coast Guard flags as usual, a daily routine here at USCG Base Berlin. Down the hill ex-Marine neighbor is raising Old Glory and the USMC standard, too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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... OK if you don't. WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2010 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Heading west from Richland on Van Giesen JD's is on the right side just two buildings from the river. Building with Maroon lettering says "JD Diner". TIME: Lots come around 12:30 p.m. Luncheon time: 1pm. This helps the restaurant if they are crowded. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Invite family and friends. Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. We are almost at 5-1/2 years of gathering. Started June 2005. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA The temperatures have dipped so quickly that Glen ROSE ('58) was complaining when I saw him and wife, Carol (NAB) today that he was cold. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob CROSS ('62) Re: Happy birthday to Duane CROSS ('79) I want to extend a very happy birthday to my brother Duane on November 11th. Happy birthday from your siblings: Allan ('59), Bobby ('62) and Carol ('64) and I sure [cuz] Helen ('62) will also chime in soon. -Bob CROSS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Salute Veterans Spotted these in todays Tri-City Herald Online Toivo Piippo Chief Jo Teacher & Coach Fred GRAY ('64) Duke MITCHELL ('69) John ADKINS ('62) Phil Raekes ('49), Homer Raekes ('47) Re: Hoops IF you are in Pullman on Tuesday (November 16th) at 7pm to watch WSU basketball make sure you keep your eyes open for former Bomber players Raymond STEIN (64) and James HOUSE (63). Diehards they are... -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: Elves I'm so happy that the elves have returned... missed them and hearing about their travels and adventures! Re: tribute to military from WWII and Korea Thanks for the link to that song... Was so good and moving. That song says so much about what we owe to those men and women who fought for our freedoms and also for those that "gave all". It is sad that so many of our "boys" who came home from Viet Nam were treated so hatefully! That is the only time, in my life, that I wished I had been a man, for I would have liked to have "knocked their blocks off" for the way they treated those "boys"! None of them wanted to be in that "war" (conflict), but they went, did their job, and then came home to being called horrible names, spat on, and worse! That was a "black spot" on America and one that I wished I had never witnessed! I am so glad that the "boys" that went to fight in the Gulf war and Desert Storm and, now Iraq and Afghanistan, have been treated so much better! Learned our lesson, After Viet Nam, and it is great that the majority of the country is "behind" our "boys" fighting "over there"! Re: On "another note" Saw the cancer doctor yesterday... Everything looks good... no swollen nodules, but will have a cat scan (can hardly wait) on my throat and chest (still have "that spot" on my left lung that they can't figure out what it is, but it hasn't "grown" in two years, so they know it's benign) and also have a routine mammogram. Had the "port" flushed, yesterday, too and will continue having that done, every 5 weeks, til they remove it, which won't be for at least a year. I also get to have a scope (just "love" those things... NOT), in December. Oh well, at least they are staying "on top of things" and I have confidence in my doctors, so that's the main thing. My hair has grown back, although it came in grey and I didn't get the "curly" that so many say they get... Came in just as straight and thin as it was before, but am just glad it came in! Was looking like I was only going to have the top and my ears covered, as the back took forever to grow back! Also saw the heart doctor... chemo didn't "hurt" my heart or affect my congestive heart failure, so that's another good thing. In fact, my "rejection factor" went from 35% to 45-50%, which is a very good thing, so things are great! But, he did say no elective surgery for at least a year, so that means no hip replacement or knee replacement, anytime soon. I didn't get to do any holiday baking last year, so this year, I have already made lefse, for Thanksgiving... It's in the freezer... Will make another batch for Christmas and freeze that, too. Then, when Thanksgiving is over, I will start my cookie baking. I am so thankful that I am still here and the cancer is in remission... life is good! -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA finally had to turn the a/c off and turn on the heater. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Welcome back to Pappy's elves, I knew you couldn't be held down forever. I hope to see more stories of your exploits and whatever you do stay out of trouble and Pappy's doghouse. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the nights are getting mighty nippy and the days not much better **************************************************************** **************************************************************** 2 Class of '64 Funeral Notices >>Mike BYRD ('64) ~ 5/4/46 - 11/4/2010 >>John BURNETT ('64) ~ 5/1/46 - 11/8/2010 born 3 days apart - died 4 days apart ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Jim JENSEN ('50) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Helen CROSS ('62) John ADKINS ('62), Dwight CAREY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CARSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc FRANCO ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue DIX ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Adjectives To: Dick WIGHT ('52) I am truly sorry that you did not like my descriptive word for S.P. I'll try a new one: Supercallafridgelisticsuperaledocious Sarah Palin. No one knows what that means, including me, much less how to spell it, including me. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) To: Dick ROBERTS ('49) Thank you for clearing up my mental miscue concerning R.J. ('48-RIP). You must have known him quite well to be able to share some of the vignettes from his life - which I found interesting and funny. One of your classmates, Rex DAVIS ('49) also pointed out my errant memory. I'm glad you guys are available to clear things up. For some reason I placed the three I mentioned as social associates and thought they had chosen the same career path. To: Tom TRACY ('55) Thank you for sharing that story of your summer labors in 1958. When you met Tom MERRYMAN ('50) he had long since finished his tour with the Navy. I'm glad you got to know him. He is a very special guy. Was he staying with his folks at their home on Long, just down the street from the high school? When we were teenagers Tom used to talk of his interest in becoming a private investigator. Somewhere along the line he must have discovered that the legal profession could be more rewarding. We were friends in the seventh grade at Sacajawea Grade School. During our high school years I learned what an excellent student he was.. He was well and thoroughly prepared for every class. His memory was incredible. Your comments about Wayne CAMPBELL ('55) were interesting and informative. Bombers truly rule!!! (perhaps not all of us... myself included) -Jim JENSEN ('50) ~ from Maren's favorite city, Katy, Texas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [You're such a riot, Jim. Has it been that long ago? SOME of you may recall that I was "stuck" in Katy, TX (and didn't know Jim lived there or I'd have called) for several days... on my way back to Washington state after my first granddaughter was born: 2/26/2003 - -- and here's the whole trip: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Memorial salutes I have a question for you ex military Bomber alums. We are frequently asked to fire salutes for various memorials and funerals. I generally fire what the customer asks for and space them out 8-10-12 seconds apart and have never had a complaint except some women feel they are a bit too loud. I cannot always get 3-400 feet away and/or fire in an off direction. Some ask for 18, some 19 and some 21. 18-21 salutes fired in a measured pace can be a bit stark for some as we toll the salutes in precise time. At pyro conventions we often do a memorial for our members who have passed on. Then the arguments begin... some say "21 guns is only for head of state" But most people asking for the service want 21. Some say no more then 18 for funerals... it goes on to the point of absurd. Our standard salute shell is the one you hear at most fireworks displays. They are 3 inch canisters fired from a mortar and rise about 275 feet. We do have some extra heavy 5-inchers but they are a bit much fired near a crowd. They can be heard 15-20 miles depending on the lay of the land. We also have some 2-inch salutes but they have sharp "bang" rather then the deep boom. We use a lot of them in displays but not in memorials. The 3-inch "deep boom" is much better. So... I ask you what is the correct number for funerals? And for memorials? Another part of the arguments is the timing for a gun salute? 10, 15, or how many seconds apart? I will appreciate your advice. -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from my office south of Olympia on a chilly, foggy day. We had our first hard frost last night. My van was solid ice this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Yes, I want to extend a belated best birthday wishes to my cousin Duane, class of (no help from you, Maren, you didn't put his class year down, *Confused smile* '88 I think) Don't tell anyone smile on today I thought, not yesterday, but as only the cousin, sorry I get confused.. We are very hassled at the moment dealing with the fallout still with my mother-in-law and legal issues. Warren is out there for a few days visiting his mother and meeting with the lawyers involved... and it is not nearly over yet... sadly, but she remains in good spirits in the memory impaired unit, Blossom Creek in Wenatchee, where I placed her before I left... back in early August... Re: "Dancing With The Stars Tried to look for Katy Sheeran ('61) who I knew a little due to the swim pool, and her sister Sally ('58) and looked for the red scarf on "Dancing With the Stars" a little, but I never saw them, when I was looking... We are praying for your daughter-in-law, Ed Wood ('62) as you had said she was due with your first grandchild in November. We pray it will be a good delivery and a healthy baby... Grandchildren are great, I am planning how to be able to spend more time with my first and only one in Nevada... Man, time speeds up more each year, as it is now almost Thanksgiving and Advent and Christmas are not far behind. Where did 2010 go? Cheers to all Bombers, I remember the Bomb and I remember it as Col-Hi...never heard of the Pay Day plane until it was in this newsletter.... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Tri-City Herald Salute to Veterans I am sure most Tri-City folks have seen the Tri-City Herald Salute to Veterans. For those of you outside the Tri-Cities, that might like to go through the Galleries of pictures. You can find them at: I think there are more pictures in the galleries than appeared in the paper - though I didn't do a count or a picture by picture compare. Hope our veterans had a pleasant experience on Veterans Day. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland - It's a little rainy here tonight - I'm hoping for a good day tomorrow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I found more Bombers as I looked thru the pictures: Jim CHOATE ('58) Randy DYKEMAN ('69) Raymond R. Brodaczynski ('41 in Wisconsin) (siblings' class years: '46, '50, '51, & '56} Robert 'Bob' E. Watts (a WB? '51? '52?) Robert WELCH ('55) Jay Varvel ('4?wb) Mike TESKY ('67) -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight CAREY ('68) Re: Mike BYRD ('64RIP) I met Mike when he and I put together the new version of the Hanford Pension system in 1987 - when several companies consolidated, and all their Pension systems had to be included in the calculations. We did that project, with help from our respective teams, in 3 months, and had the computer system up and running, processing the retirees. That version of the Pension for Hanford is still in effect, although the system was upgraded after some 10 years. I came to respect Mike tremendously for his concern for perfection and quality. Did not know he was a Combat Infantry Officer, and did not know the details of his Bomber heritage  both close to my heart!! To: Pappy's Elves Welcome back!! Re: Veterans' Day: To all the Veterans out there, Thank You for your service!! This was the first time I have participated in some of the activities going on for this day. One included a free entree at Applebee's Restaurant here in Richland. I went in, and when I sat down, they gave me a special Veterans' menu to order from. Being wary or whatever you want to call it I'm thinking, "Well, it must be some kind of short version being free and all..." So, I ordered the Crunchy Shrimp and a beer. They brought me back a full basket of butterfly Shrimp 18 of them, to be exact!! Cole slaw, fries, etc... I was full by the time I got up to leave. I ended up tipping the waitress about what the normal meal would have cost... Hats Off and a Salute To Applebee's I am a good customer anyway love their ribs but I was surprised at their generosity and real caring for the Veterans in there. I'll be back often!! Marines Happy Birthday!! -Dwight CAREY ('68) ~ Not liking the short days and cooler weather in Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Dick WIGHT ('52) Karen COLE ('55), Jim THOMAS ('60) Mary ROSE ('60), Ed WOOD ('62) David HANTHORN ('63), Donna BOWERS ('63) Jim BLACKWOOD ('64), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) Jean ALBAUGH ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken NEAL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorraine WARD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael West Rivers ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jo GARRISON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DELSING ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Traveling....or is that Travailing? To: Maren Smyth ('63 and '64) To be honest I had forgotten some of the details of the Katy, TX saga. Your 11/13 posting refreshed. After having your Grandmotherly spirits sent soaring the anguish of the Katy incident must have really troubled you. In again seeing those pictures of a sweet and captivating baby I think it's possible the Katy memories faded. I hope so. Thanks for sharing once more. Sandstorm Editors Rule, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Adjectives To: Dick McCOY ('45) Touche', Dick! I THINK your word is "supercalafragalisticexpialadocious! (loosely translated to mean "wonderful"!) (with apologies to Mary Poppins!) But then, I am NOTORIUS for my gaffs in using the English language! Re: Funeral (and other) military gun and rifle salutes To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Larry...perhaps the attached info will help clear things up for you. In general gun (cannon) salutes are not appropriate for funerals, but three volleys of rifle salutes are, regardless of rank or "station". The so-called 21-gun salute is supposed to be for heads of state (presidents et al), and not rendered for us "rank and file" folks below the rank of admiral (or general). There is a description in the article of the number of gun salutes appropriate for the various officials. But I don't suppose anyone is offended much if surviving families call for pyrotechnic volleys of up to 21! Sempere Paratus! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ out here in the Ozarks ware the whether has turned danged cold! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dick, You attached something that wouldn't open... can't even tell what kind of file it's supposed to be... sorry. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Dick McCoy Ho, Ho Dick, you slipped one by Maren. An article on the Pentagon daily honoring the war and 9-11 heroes, was rejected as too political. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim THOMAS ('60) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Larry, funerals are a 21 gun salute fired 2 to 3 seconds apart. it takes less time and seems to be more effective. God Bless you, -Jim THOMAS ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) Isn't that Joe (Josef) Choate ('60) in #37. If it is, it is Jim Choate's (#27) younger brother and he was at our 50th reunion recently looking very spiffy! Not even close to almost 70 years old! -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT where it is cold and snow off an on. Winter is here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Granddaughter! Yes, my son Brian's (RIP) daughter is here at last. Erin delivered a healthy Sierra Grace October 28. Erin is struggling as you might imagine, since she had hoped to share this bundle of joy with her husband. The youngsters who killed him are in jail now, awaiting trial that may occur in January unless schedules shift. Janice and I will go to Vancouver in a couple of weeks and stay until early December. After the light dusting of snow this week I'm hoping the rest of the leaves will fall so I can finish that chore before we take off on our trip. I put out 80 bags of leaves this week! -Ed WOOD ('62) ~ Morrison, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: 21 gun salutes You can find more than anyone probably wants to know about gun salutes at funerals here: Hope this helps. Bomber "salutes", -David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from sunny but cool Mercer Island, where my rose bush out front is still blooming (sign of a mild winter???) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) So proud of how Veterens' Day is celebrated now vs. a few years back. This year my grandaughter's school had a Veterens' Day celebration unlike any before it, complete with many patriotic songs, many thank-yous a with computer generated program second to none. Each grandchild/child presented their respective relative with a poppy and it was so neat to see those Viet Nam Vets honored. Something they never did before. Just did my heart good to see this!! The South has done these things for years and we were lucky one year to go to our grandson's Grandparents' Day celebration that is held every year around Veterens' Day in Birmingham, AL. Going to Grandparents' Day means everyone who adores their grandchild doesn't miss attending, so the crowd is very large, and they drive for miles to attend. Churches there are gigantic w/3000 members being very normal. They do a wonderful presentation in the very large sanctuary. They start with WWII, then call all the veterens down by the order of the different wars/skirmishes and by their particular service. It is a very moving sight to see the aged and the infirm struggle to go to the stage and to see the numbers come forward. They even honor the wives and parents of those who had loved ones serve, and especially those that lost their lives. By the time they add all the children to go to stand beside their family member who served and we sing all those wonderful patriotic songs, you truly do sense the honor and sacrifice of so many. I am so glad, no matter what you think of war, that this occurs. We need this kind of celebration of selflessness that this entails particularly now, when things are so divisive. Makes you proud to be an American!!! Thank you to all that have served and are serving!! -Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) Re: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) "Memorial Salutes" Hi Larry, everyone, High school I was on the VFW list and got called to vets' funerals to play taps. I recall two types of salute: the more common was to fire 3 rounds (we're talking rifles here, not a mortar-like round) and then taps would sound; at least once there were 7 rounds fired before taps (or was it 5?). I don't recall how may rifles were fired each round, but 3 a couple of times. The timing was no more than a few seconds apart, maybe 10-12. It was very emotional. Rules aside, fewer is better in my opinion. best to everyone! -Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Gun Salute When my dad, Norman "Sarge" Reining, Sgt. USMC, died in '92, he had a military funeral... my stepmother had arranged all the details, and since they both belonged to the American Legion, she had them do the 21-gun salute. I don't know how many seconds were between rounds, just remember that it was loud and unexpected, as I had no idea they were going to do that. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ we had frost overnight in Bakersfield, CA I'm loving this kind of weather! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Birthday boyz are kool 'Nuther Bomber birthday... known this kid for 61 years! Might even say I've known him his whole life. Korse we've always been reeeeel close... like the time on a trip to Portland... this kid wandered outa the car... as he was prone to wander... wandered in front of a car one time then tried to say Gramma Libke, next door pushed him into the street... but this time he just sorta wandered... well, not to want to interfere with his fun I kept it under my hat... tho I doubt I was wearing a hat... now in those dayz Portland wuz a fer piece from Richland... and about half way home... the driver of the vehicle noticed it had been rather quiet... he looked back and asked where the birthday boy wuz... dunno I said... WRONG ANSWER! So Dad hadda turn the car around and retrace his steps... can't say he was any too pleased with me... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Brother, Michael River ('68wb)!!!!!!!!!! Mom always liked you best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Sunday Birthday Had to make sure I got out a very happy birthday wish to one of my oldest and coolest friends... Terry DELSING ('71) on Sunday November 14th. Terry and I go way back to Christ the King and share memories and idiosyncrasies from those carefree and joyful days of Nuns and Fun, Terry is a prime example of knowing what you want to do in life and making things happen. As long as I can recall, Terry always had a fascination with music and, in particular, the technical side of sound, He was the one that always set up the P.A. and handled all the production details for assemblies at CKS. And like any good techie... he was always looking for ways and experimenting to get the MAX out of the paltry equipment we had to work with. I think that scene from Spinal Tap where the guy is talking about his amp going to "11"... somehow originated with Terry. Anyway. Terry was always in and around the music scene and has made a career of matching sound to action in Hollywood. He is now a music editor (or at least I think that is what he is called) and has been instrumental in working on such movies as "Apocalypse Now" and "Walk the Line" and has won numerous awards for his work. I look forward to getting together with him whenever I get to L.A. I'm still waiting for him to visit Detroit. Come on Terry... don't you want to see Motown?? Anyway, have a great Birthday Terry and remember that your Dad was Charlie, mine is Rodney and Broderick must be Doug Crawford's if that is what you mean when you 10/4 me... J J All for today. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Time to get outside and enjoy the mid 60 sunshine today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean ALBAUGH McKnight ('72) Re: Mike DALEN's ('72) Voodoo Weirdness Here's another one... I'm a student at Oregon State University, walking down the street to the OSU / Cal Berkley football game. A group of guys from Cal Berkley are walking beside us and start asking us where we are from. When I said, "Richland, Washington" (fully expecting blank stares) one of the guys said, "I lived in Richland when I was little... went to Jefferson grade school... lived at the corner of McMurrey and Howell". I couldn't believe it. I looked at him and said, "My first grade boyfriend, Bret Wilson, lived in that house. Are you Bret Wilson?" That's exactly who it was!!! Small world. What are the odds I would be walking next to him, let alone get on the subject of where we are from? -Jean ALBAUGH McKnight ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48), Mike CLOWES ('54) Tommy HEMPHILL ('62), Myrna BOLIN ('62 & '63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Mike FRANCO ('70), Vic MARSHALL ('71) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet TYLER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John CAMPBELL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Owen PERKINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris STADE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maureen BARBER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick HEMPHILL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara MAFFEI ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg McELROY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg ALLEY ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48) To: Dick McCOY ('45) I like your word and I like S.P. She is easy to look at. -Tom HOFFMAN ('47/'48) P.S. I always read your mail and I have learned from your knowledge of Richland and the project **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Gun (rifle) salutes Had at least on more than one occasion to be a part of the saluting squad at a funeral for a veteran. There were usually seven of us, and we fired 3 timed volleys on the "ready - aim - fire" pace. Hope this helps. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ still trying to sell a yard of used walnut leaves in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Happy Birthday Brother Mick November 15, 1947 was a great day when our Mother delivered my baby brother. Happy Birthday Micky HEMPHILL ('66). -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Myrna BOLIN Turner ('62 & '63) What a fun time with classmates Saturday at the Diner in West Richland... a mini class reunion with the sharing of food. I'm always excited about reunions and fearful... It's like the first day of kindergarten... till you're in your seat and say your name... then it's show time... Mary JUDD Hinz ('60) looked as beautiful as a Prom Queen... Missy KEENEY ('59).. passion filled like Liza... Broadway would have embraced you. Thanks to Micki LUND Anderson ('63) for giving me a soft place to fall... Judy ('61) for sugar and spice... Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) for showing grace in offering up her seat to a classmate... Glen ROSE ('58) and his charming wife who is the rose in his lapel... and meeting Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) who in spite of medical set-backs has displayed such courage... how to walk in the darkness as well as the light... Fondly, -Myrna Audyne BOLIN Turner ('62 & '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: GMC63MCCS Christmas Gala With the Gold Medal Class of '63 Marching, Caroling and Chowder Society Christmas Gala and Red Sweater Cotillion being just around the corner, we need a head count to insure an adequate number of clean forks and chairs are available. At last year's Four Dotter Had, Pitts was hiding chairs and offering his lap with some considerable success. Mary Ann and Rosann have been given a hall pass, due to their preferring to "buffet" their way around the Mediterranean Ocean for the holidays. Mary Lou will again attend with her interminable So-Cal cheerfulness, lobbying for another "Came the Furthest" award. In that she now knows which fork to scratch with, eats her peas with a different fork and not lined up on her knife and no longer tucks her napkin under her collar, I personally think she has come a long ways and is a shoe in for another blue ribbon. Reed has moved to Benton City and will hopefully keep his perfect attendance for this the 22nd annual event. Ellen and Mary Margaret will again be acting as custos morum (another of those wonderful Wordsmith offerings). So here's the deal, we'll again muster at 10:00am on Saturday December 11th. Rivers Edge ( at the Tumwater Golf Course. Let me know your intentions so that Brother Leo can do his thing. -jimbeaux p.s. It is not my intention to compare Mary Lou's deportment to what one would normally find In a Ma & Pa Kettle movie, it's just something in her Oklahoma DNA. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: But I just did this! It seems like yesterday I was saying HB to this Bomber... I have to wonder if he isn't just slipping in his name to my stickie notes... and by the way, I swear he and some of the Sorry 7 just left my place from going to Patrick the Pirate's Hot Rod show at the Hard Rock... well I know he hasn't been slipping in so I guess time just flies... I always enjoy calling this guy on his special day and am sure I'll enjoy it just as much this year... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Pal, Mick HEMPHILL ('66) on November 15, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Re: Jean ALBAUGH McKnight ('72) while in college running into a CAL student who lived in Richland, who she knew and was her first grade boyfriend, Questions: 1) What were you doing with a boy friend in first grade and how would your brothers allow such a thing??? 2) Was that first grade fling the last time you were foolish enough to have a Richland guy boyfriend??? 3) Being a true Beaver Believer, have you recovered from actually losing to the Cougs??? I remember going to a college game with you along with Paul FELTS ('69) back in the mid '70s. I think you were in Portland and the game was in Eugene. I know it was a long time ago because the Huskies won! We all had such a great time that my date foolishly agreed to marry me. Even more foolishly after 30 years we are still together! Fortunately I have been able to manage her expectations... Hope you are doing well, great to hear from one of the original Davison Street gang! -Mike FRANCO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Monday Birthdays Well, according to the old (actually it is pretty new) birthday calendar, today I need to recognize 3 Bomber birthdays. Youngest of this crowd is Greg ALLEY ('73). Greg has lived in Richland all his life with the exception of time away at college... or at least it SEEMS he has always been there. If there is a Bomber or other sports statistic, Greg can probably cite it for you. I seem to run into Greg just about every trip to Richland and it is always good to see him. In addition to being an all around good guy, Greg is also married to one of the sweetest Bomber ladies I know... Kathy FEASTER ('75). All the Feasters are good people but Kathy is certainly the best looking of the kids. Have a great Birthday, Boog... I'm sure it might just start at the Spudnut shop. We also need to note that Monday is also Barbara MAFFEI Walker's ('71) birthday. Another classmate of mine at Christ the King, Barbara is a real classy lady, I do think I crashed her wedding reception many years ago. My buddy, George DANA ('70-RIP) was invited and did not want to go alone... so he wrangled me into going. Actually, I think it went more like... "Want to go to a party out at the Knights"?? Kind of hard to pass up any opportunity to attend a function at the KC Hall. We had a great time and I think that may actually have been the last time I saw Barb. Probably at least 25 years ago and... my vision is of a lovely lady in bridal attire. We may just have been in our "formal" Hawaiian attire. Finally, Monday is also Greg McELROY's ('71) Birthday. Come to think of it... both Greg and Barb were red heads... is there some kind of karma thing going on here? Greg was a hoot to hang with in high school and was always up for a practical joke or some sort of mischief, He now practices Environmental law and I hear from him from time to time. Sounds like he is doing fine and I do hope he makes it down to the reunion next August. Get to take a day off before the next birthday on Wednesday. I need to warn everyone though... this next honoree is a real OLD & cantankerous old fart. Need to rack my brain to see if I can come up with anything positive to say about him... we'll see. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI where the weather has turned cold and they are saying possible snow showers by weeks end. Great for all the deer hunters, I guess, Sure us weird having hunting season START in late November. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Do you live in a Bob & Tom Show radio market, or get WGN? I'll be on the show this Tuesday. Why am I on the show? I'll be plugging my November 18-20th dates at Jack Didley's in Kennewick. Also of note... I'll be with the legendary Johnny Mathis on November 27th in Windsor, ONT and on December 5th in Fresno, CA. I believe I'm going to see Vic Marshall ('71) on the 27th! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Marilynn WORKING ('54), Bill BERLIN ('56) Mary ROSE ('60), Joe FORD ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wally ERICKSON ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LARSEN ('60wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Duane LEE ('67) and Valerie NIELSEN ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Spelling class Pete BEAULIEU ('62) and Dick WIGHT ('52) both corrected my spelling of that word (I ain't spelling it again) in that I had one too many "Supers", and the second should have been EXPialledocious. You guys are right, but I bet you had to look it up. I feel it is odd that my WORD SPELLER didn't put a red line under it. Now that we have all the adjectives right or wrong, John ADKINS ('62) let me know that I had all the big letters correct. Of course they were, as I am a upper-case kinda guy. To: Karen COLE Correll ('55). No way, I wouldn't do that. Besides, from my house I can see Louisiana. -Dick McCOY ('45) ~ Big Lake, WA where Mt. Cultus across the lake was blanketed with a fair amount of snow last week. I am so excited I got out my skiis, gave them to Goodwill, and went back to bed. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Happy Birthday to a great '53 guy, Wally ERICKSON!! -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Brad UPTON's ('74) performance Can't wait to see Brad again this week at Jack Diddily's in downtown Kennewick!! I have been calling the lounge to see how to buy the tickets but they don't answer until after 6pm. And then I forget!! As you all know (I hope) he will be performing Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. Opens at 7:30 p.m. $12 prepaid and $15 at the door. Hoping a lot of Bombers will be there. We should try to sit together and be a big cheering section!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ in a windy, windy Pasco. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: One last Vets' Day comment There was a very poignant front page picture in the Wall Street Journal on Friday last. We are all familiar with the military service memorials presented by the male sector, the boots, upended rifle with bayonet fixed, helmet on the rifle butt and dog tags displayed, a fitting memorial. The picture depicted the female side of a memorial. On her knees, hands in a prayer clasp, obviously in tears was Jill Leyden, Captain, USMC still in her Marine issue uniform blouse, blue uniform pants with the Marine red stripe and hair pulled back in regulation bun, obviously in distress in front of a particular grave on Veterans' Day at Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The grave belonged to Megan McClung, Major, USMC killed in Iraq in December, 2006. Capt. Leyden and Major McClung had formed a very close relationship whilst in the Corps and she was obviously deeply missing her friend and fellow Marine. My point is this, no matter how tough we think the Marines, or Special Forces or SEALS are, losing a comrade is difficult and deeply personal but this picture depicted the soul and depth that a female member of our military forces handle these issues. My guess is that Capt. Leyden is all Marine at all other times but missing her friend and Marine comrade was almost more than she could handle. I have looked at that picture many times and Capt. Leyden is probably the age of my youngest daughter so I have some knowledge of the difference of the female heart and soul and this was a pretty graphic example. Semper Fi to Capt. Leyden, Major McClung and all other Marines, Army, Navy, Air force and Coast Guard who have paid the ultimate price or who have been left behind not whole. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in rainy Anacortes, WA where I am very reflective. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) Josef (Joe, and I think we also called him JB) Choate ('60) is # 37 on the following site showing our Tri-City Herald Salute to Veterans which was submitted by John ADKINS ('62). It says Joe was in the Navy/Marines from 1959 - 1981, that is a long career of protecting our country. He, along with all of our other Vets, should be very proud. -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63) Re: Too late for Veterans' Day Hello Sandstormers; I haven't seen the TV show that Terry DAVIS Knox ('65) starred in, but do appreciate hearing that the 196th Light Infantry Brigade was Terry's outfit in the show. While I didn't serve in the 196th, a close friend did, and I had contact with the brigade since my outfit (a helicopter unit) flew support for the brigade, and for the other brigades that collectively were the infantry units for the 23rd Infantry Division, also known as the Americal Division. The 23rd had an area of operations in the northern section of South Vietnam. The real stories belong to other men, particularly buddy and fellow medic, Ron. As a Conscientious Objector (CO "CO" is often how Seventh Day Adventists like Ron served in the military), Ron had been called a coward when he was drafted. At the age of 19, he wound up as a medic in Germany. He submitted Army form 1049 seeking re-assignment to Vietnam. Orders came through and he found himself in a fairly safe post in Chu Lai, south of Danang. He 1049ed to the infantry, and found himself in a battalion aid station, so he 1049ed again for an infantry "leg" unit. The Third Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment (3/21), or just 321, accepted Ron's request for transfer, and he went to C (Charlie) Company, 321, of the 196th. Charlie Company was a line infantry outfit, and Ron became a medic accompanying a platoon of men, varying from 15 to 25 "grunts", as they patrolled the jungle west of Chu Lai. When he'd been with them about 4 months, I saw him on stand- down, a rest period. He wanted to talk about having had to begin eating the meat dishes in his C-Rations, since he could not physically keep up in the field just eating the vegetables in the "C-Rats". As a devout Adventist, it bothered him to behave in opposition to his vegetarian beliefs, but the guy was just skin and bones. I told him no-one, certainly not his God, would ever think badly of him. Three months later, Ron was on a patrol with Charlie Company and the point man in his platoon (the first soldier in a line moving through the jungle) walked up on a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) concealed defensive position and was shot at close range. The call "medic" went down the line, and Ron ran forward to the wounded man' position to render aid, and was himself shot at essentially point blank range. Every time he attempted to aid his comrade, the NVA soldier shot Ron again, until he'd been hit four times. Other Charlie Company soldiers moved up and dispatched the NVA solder, and called for a helicopter evacuation. Ron was badly wounded, but he survived (as did the man he treated), and was sent home from the 91st Evacuation Hospital (another place I had worked and where Ron had a chance to describe being wounded). His tour of duty was over. Now begin the coincidences that have moved me to commit these tales to the Sandstorm. Fast forward from 1969 to 2007. My wife and I are at a dinner party in Seattle, and one of the other guests, Scotty, is a Vietnam vet. We talk a bit. Chu Lai comes up. "Americal?" I ask. Yes. 196th? Yes. 3/21? Yes. Long shot: Charlie Company? Yes. Scotty was an infantryman with the outfit that had taken Ron, the CO medic. Scotty, moreover, knew a CO medic, "incredibly brave." But Scotty was with the 3/21 after Ron had been wounded and evacuated. Ron had a successor, and a predecessor as well, as I learned on Veterans' Day, 2010. The final coincidence occurred the morning of November 11. Standing in a boarding line at an airport, I joined a conversation with two other mature guys talking about their Vietnam experiences. One of them had been a platoon leader in the 3/21, a first lieutenant, the year before Ron and I were there. I mentioned my buddy Ron, the CO. This man, who made the Army a career and retired as a colonel, said he'd had the same kind of medic in his platoon. An Adventist man, who, like Ron, refused to carry a weapon, and who had "six or seven times, carried wounded men or treated wounded men while he was under direct fire." He used exactly the same words as Scotty, describing his CO platoon medic as "incredibly brave." Turns out the 3/21 of the 196th didn't just accept COs, they welcomed them. Ron was one of a line of brave men who served the 196th, unarmed, in a very violent setting. So this is a salute to Ron, and to some other Americal veterans, including Mike QUANE ('63 - Purple Heart at Duc Pho, a dangerous place), and Art NELSON ('64). There may be others, too. For the record, I despised the war and the death and destruction, and yet admire and honor the courage soldiers displayed. Some of the soldiers were women, generally nurses, and they were very special in my eyes. Ron, after his recovery, went back to school and eventually became a doctor, a real doctor, not the GI medic that soldiers referred to as "Doc." Terry DAVIS Knox, thanks for making a 196th show. Blessings on you all. -Joe FORD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Kennewick Veteran's Recovery Stuns Doctors About nine months ago I put a post in the Sandstorm about a grand nephew who and done two tours in Afghanistan and was just about be discharged from the Army when involved in an auto accident. He was not expected to live, but is making an amazing recovery. He still has a long way to go. Yesterday's Tri-City Herald had a front page story about him. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: For What It's Worth... Noticing on that they have "copies" of yearbooks for sale. IF they have a Columbian from 1964, one can get a black & white copy for $39.95 or a color Copy for $59.95. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Burt PIERARD ('59) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Betti AVANT ('69), Vic MARSHALL ('71) Peggy ADAIR ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim MOORE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb HOGAN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian HOGAN ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron HOGLEN & Pam BUCKNER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Adjectives... Supercalifragilisticexpilalidocious To: Dick McCOY ('45) Nah, Dick - I DID NOT have to look up that super adjective! (Although I think I had an "A " in one syllable where it should have been an "I". My kids/grandkids always loved that song and the cast's flawless singing of it in the Mary Poppins movie. They'd try to sing it too - ad nauseum!!!!! Kept ringing in my head like that danged song "It's a Small World" I had to endure over and over in Disney Land! Still, it was a happy tune... we could use a few more like it these days! Happy Thanksgiving, all! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ In the Ozarks where the wild turkeys often roam through the neighborhood (but are maintaining a low profile these days!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: WARNING!!! Missy KEENEY Baker's ('59) Computer was hit by a virus (see below) Hi Everybody in Missy's Address Book - Missy's computer was hit by a virus that sent out a pornographic email at 7:37 AM [yesterday] morning (according to the date-time stamp on the one I received) when she wasn't even home. The subject line was "my girlfriend's video." She is totally mortified and embarrassed and apologizes for this incident. Regards, -Burt PIERARD ('59) PS - it took me awhile to send this notice out since not all the addresses in her book were current and AOL made me delete the bum AOL ones before it would send. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Memorials Questions I want to say a big "Thank you" to all the alums who answered my questions. Especially Dick WIGHT ('52) who sent me a printed article outlining the protocols. On another subject, Any alum who has had season tickets to the Tri-City Americans for the last couple of years please contact me off this net. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From my home in a windblown house. I am waiting for the insurance company to look at my 1 year old roof badly damaged in last night's storm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Picasso Exhibit Last week I took my seven year old grandson, Michael, to the Picasso exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum We both greatly enjoyed the exhibit, and it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, without going over the pond to the Muse National Picasso, Paris. The exhibit is well worth making a special trip, even in rainy November. You do know that November and March were created so that people who don't drink would know what a hangover is like? -Jimbeaux p.s. Michael is 3/4 Bomber, his two grandmothers being the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and Mary WINSTON Wymer ('55) -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Honors to them NOT just on Veterans' Day I have been reading with great interest and pride and respect all of the postings here that were prompted by Veterans' Day. Yesterday's post from Joe FORD ('63) about his medic-friend, Ron, prompted me to finally write in to encourage all Bombers to rent, get from Netflix or buy the HBO mini-series from 2001 -- "Band of Brothers". It is the all too true story of Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne Division (Army), during WWII. There is brief and moving commentary from some of the actual members of the Easy Company before each episode, and then a last "episode" that is just powerful, moving, great interviews with these living members. They were a bunch of kids, really, who trained long and hard, then made 5 jumps, and earned their paratrooper wings. Many of them joined because of an article in Life Magazine on paratroopers and their training. Really appealed to the passion of those young men. Dropped into Normandy on D-Day, and things just got tougher from there. How they held the line at Bastogne (Battle of the Bulge) during the winter without enough ammo, not much food, and virtually no cold weather gear is absolutely incredible. They were surrounded by enemy troops with heavy artillery, and were spread so thin that rather frequently the enemy would wander through Easy's line of defense. Still, unbelievably, they held that line. And the story goes on ... so powerful. Wow. Having just finished watching this series for the 2nd time, I could write here for pages. Better, however, is for you to just watch it yourself. And although it is about a specific group of patriots, it really brings up nearly overwhelming thoughts and feelings of respect for all who have and will serve our country. Honoring them is NOT just for Veterans' Day! So, for your own sake, watch "Band of Brothers". Great piece of work. -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID PS - I remember thinking when I was a kid that WWII happened "a long time ago". I was born in October, 1950. Just 5 years after the war ended. Five years is sure a much shorter (and faster moving) time in my life now than I perceived it to be when I was young!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch The final Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2010 WHEN: next Sunday November, 21st WHERE: The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. TIMES: Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. LOCATION: Casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wall 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: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: earthquake I was reading my morning paper when I thought I heard a sonic boom. I mean after all I live on a flight path between Seattle and Portland and the Army/Air Force base is just up the interstate. This was different though as right after that my recliner felt like it was shaking. The DJ immediately confirmed we had just had an earthquake. At first they said it was a 2.8, went up to a 3.2, and the last I heard a 3.9 centered around the Mossy Rock area. To top it off several areas lost power last night with the gusty winds and tree limbs down over power lines. I'm not sure how long mine was off, I'm thinking not very long but some areas may be without power until Thursday. I can now say I've experienced an earthquake albeit a mild one thank goodness. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Thursday Birthday First of all... I have enjoyed reading all the posts about our veterans but the post yesterday from Joe FORD ('63) was especially impressive... it reminded me somehow of the serviceman who is downplaying his receipt of the Medal of Honor today. Everyone serves in their own way and it seems that those who are most brave and valiant are the ones who don't particularly think they are doing anything special... that there are many other people more deserving. I would imagine Joe's friend Ron was cut from that same cloth. Today, we celebrate the birthday of Tommy STORMS ('69). I know Tom served in Vietnam but most of the stories I have heard from him involve activities that cannot be disclosed here (and NOT for national security reasons). Tom retired a couple of years back and relocated from Seattle to the bustling, vibrant community of Chewelah, WA. One of his first activities after moving was to take up woodworking... and he almost needed to use the skill to make himself a new hand... after skillfully trimming his a bit by ignoring all the safety rules about working with table saws. He has since recovered and now rules his wintry wonderland (as resident expert on just about any subject) from Florida during the wintry wonderland months. Anyway, there are a whole group of '69ers celebrating their 60th birthdays this month and Tom is one of the first. IF you read the Sandstorm, have a good one Tom!! I AM planning on going to see Brad UPTON ('74) next Saturday, Hey Brad, how come you are only $15 in Kennewick but $75 when you go to Canada... or could that Johnny Mathis guy have anything to do with the inflated price? Don't get me wrong... seeing Brad is PRICELESS but cheaper is always better. And now that I have classified you as PRICELESS... I expect some of those Canadian Loonies and Toonies to come my way. Finally, I really enjoyed Jean ALBAUGH McKnight's ('72) account of 1st grade love revisited but she neglects to reveal if the romance rekindled that day or if she blew this guy off. What was the outcome, Jean??? We're dying... or at least I am... FRANCO ('70) cares more about the "influence" of your brothers in your guarded youth and I suspect is still intimidated... Not sure about your brothers but I KNOW I was never going to cross your Dad. All for now, -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ From Beverly Hills, MI where today's local homicides include a 17 year old who had her boyfriend stab her parents because they were forbidding her to see him.. and this was in a small, rural community significantly removed from the inner city. It never ceases to amaze me how little human life seems to be valued by many today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy ADAIR ('72) Re: Brad UPTON ('74) Show Ticket Here's a website that keeps popping up on my Facebook page. It has ticket and show info: -Peggy ADAIR ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Myrna BOLIN ('62 & '63), Betsy FOX ('63) Mary Ann VOSSE ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy RIGGS ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara CROWDER ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy HARTNETT ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn SCHILDKNECHT ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Myrna BOLIN Turner ('62 & '63) I'm still in the Tri-Cities... painting the town red... still trying to figure out my sister's young son's computer... as soon as I return home I must catch up on all my credit card bills from my holiday jaunt... and check in FACEBOOK re-hab... how sweet it is... -Myrna BOLIN Turner ('62 & '63) ~ Boonsboro, MD **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Photo Albums A question... As one approaches their mid-sixties, what does one do with over 50 photo albums of pictures of distant relatives, great grandparents, etc. I am mindful after the death of both of my parents of the tremendous amount of stuff that one has to sort through and dispose of... and wonder, do I just keep passing stuff on down to my children... or what? Also... big framed old photos of people taken in the early 1900s? I have always been a traveler... go to Russia, pick up some babushka dolls for the kids, Hawaii... some coconut shell drums, etc. etc. I now see these vestiges of travel mostly in boxes in the garage... and find that I am having a huge dislike of 'stuff' and... loving open spaces with no clutter. (I continue to travel... but no more ebony elephants for me... or anyone else!) Any thoughts on what we weigh our kids down with... or just get rid of, esp. w/regards to photo albums (not ones with photos of them in them... but ones passed on down to me from parents, grandparents, etc.) would be appreciated. Oh yes... And where has the time gone? Thanks ahead of time for any help on this. -Betsy FOX Vance ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) Re: Picasso Exhibit Have to agree with Jimbeaux ('63) that the Picasso exhibit in Seattle is a must see. The exhibit runs until January 12, the first stop on its American tour. Quite impressive. I even sprang for the exhibit book containing all the artwork in the exhibit, with my favorite Picasso on the cover, Portrait of Dora Maar. So if you are going to be anywhere near Seattle in the next couple of months you should definitely plan on seeing the show. The tickets are timed, so you must buy in advance. -Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) ~ Lacey, WA where I was without power for 15 hours Tuesday/Wednesday, which brought back anxious memories of the storm three years ago. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Hanford X-Files -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Rats! Well talk about a wet blanket. The other day I got a message from Missy KEENEY ('59), as I do now and then and opened it to find a nudie cutie porno message with video and all... tho no 8x10 color fotograf suitable fer framin' and my heart jumped into my throat... woooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I said "Missy is becoming a porno madam... I'll bet she'll be moving to one of the counties in Nevada that allows prostitution next"... Dang... I was all set to call Gus ('57) and Jackson ('65) to ask them what kinda vitamins Missy was taking so I could get me a year's supply... I mean normally Missy's emails are pretty tame but darn... Now Uncle Burt ('59) goes and puts it in the Sandstorm that I ain't so special after all, That Missy wasn't hitting on me and trying to get my attention and that it wuz just some stupid virus... well humpfff is what I say... .guess I'll just hafta settle in to my normal borin' emails and wait for the next virus to strike! Last one I got was from PJ LYONS ('64) but it wuzn't nuthin' like this one!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Confusin' I'm soooooo confused. On Tuesday, November 16th I sent in an email titled "Thursday Birthdays" which recognized little Tommy STORMS ('69) on his 60th Birthday. This appeared today, Wednesday, November 17, 2010... except that you will not be reading this on Wednesday but rather on Thursday, November 18th. Maren also sent me an email to find out what date EXACTLY I meant in my posting, since I had merely wished Tom a happy Birthday. I responded to Maren's inquiry that I ALWAYS intend for the birthday to be on the date that the entry will be in the Sandstorm... and she should be bright enough to follow that line of reasoning. Very self satisfied, I was. Following this logic, the entry I submitted on Tuesday was for inclusion in the Wednesday edition... which is where Maren posted it. The only apparent problem is that I titled it "Thursday Birthday" and this apparently caused some confusion. I CERTAINLY KNEW WHAT I MEANT!!! Anyway, Tom Storms Birthday is actually on Wednesday, November 17th but this correction will not appear until Thursday November 18th and I missed actually congratulating Tom on his actual Birthday... sooooo... Happy BELATED Birthday wishes to Tom STORMS ('69) yesterday!!! Just to let everyone know how confused I ACTUALLY am, I telephoned Tom on TUESDAY, November 16th at his palatial estate in beautiful Chewelah, WA to wish him a happy birthday. He seemed a bit confused and asked me if I had the date correct (and, of course, my response was that I certainly had the date right and inferred that perhaps he had been hitting the Birthday cordials a little early) but he apparently was glad that I made some sort of effort to remember him and we had a very nice visit. I think he may just have been humoring me. The bottom line in all this is... I just don't understand why I seem to be the ONLY one who can get things right... That's my story and I'm sticking to it... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI where apparently the 3 hour time difference continues to cause all kinds of issues with the time-space continuum Maren... This is where you put in the editorial reminder of how we are SUPPOSED to cite birthdays in the Sandstorm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Huh? What the heck does THAT mean, Vic?? IF you put the actual DATE of the birthday, it doesn't matter WHEN it appears in the Sandstorm... people will know the right date. And this kind of thing is EXACTLY why I send the Sandstorm after midnight... seems like every time I try to send it early, I manage to screw up the date... -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Larry OSTERMAN ('51), Lois WEYERTS ('56) Ernie TRUJILLO ('59), Margo COMPTON ('60) Stephanie DAWSON ('60), Donna NELSON ('63) Frank WHITESIDE ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Peggy ADAIR ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don EHINGER ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary ROSE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard TRUJILLO ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WILSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike LAHRMAN ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene BARFUSS ('53) & Treasure ELDER ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Old Photographs What to do about all of our accumulated pictures? I have about 15 albums organized by dates and other albums that I inherited from relatives. Also I have a couple of cardboard boxes of pictures and negatives. My two kids have not indicated much interest in them. I'm recommending to my kids that after I die that they spend a day having a bonfire with the pictures. Take a quick look and keep a few and throw the others in the bonfire. -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) Re: Preliminary info for class of 1956 - 55-year reunion Hello to all of the classmates of the class of 1956! We are in the process of planning our 55-year reunion which will occur on September 9 -11, 2011. Please go to the Club 40 website to view our information: The website information will be up-dated as more details are decided. Please put these dates on your calendar for next year so that you can plan to attend. We hope to see many of you then. Also, if you have not yet been contacted by Karol BRIMHALL Smith or Lois WEYERTS Harrold about your current address, phone and email information since we had our 50-year reunion in 2006, it would be a great help to us if you would send that information via email to me if any of your information has changed. A new email address would be especially helpful so we could contact you easily and quickly. If you know of classmates that do not have a computer or access to the Club 40 website, please pass this information on to them about the up-coming reunion so that they can save the date and plan to attend. Happy Thanksgiving to ALL BOMBERS out there. -Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) ~ in windy, but sunny Richland. It rained most of the night - that's better than most of the day! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ernie TRUJILLO ('59) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Photo Albums I agree with you about the clutter we accumulate over the years of travel. We have the same clutter that the children don't really want either but the photos... what a treasure! I started work on our family genealogy and if you're looking for a hobby that's addictive... this is one. I picked up a couple boxes of photos from my brother a couple years ago when I took over the family history from him. Hopefully, you have names, dates and some info on the relatives, then you just have to organize them using a software package like Legacy or Family Tree. This would be a really nice gift for the family. -Ernie TRUJILLO ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Photo Albums I have started going through photo albums. There are a lot of old pictures that even I don't know who the people are. These go. Also pictures of places that I have no idea where it is (even though I am sure I had a good time there). These also go. My other rule is, if it has to be dusted, I don't want it. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Family Photo Albums and other good stuff Betsy, my mom started a really good idea for things around her house. For every item large or small that my brothers and I or our kids gave her or indicated that we wanted someday, she taped our names on the bottom. Dispersing those items after she was gone was really easy. I have not done the same yet but have started asking my kids and grandkids what they want; have received some interesting answers. I wish my grandparents had done this in their time, although most of them were long gone by the time I began to relish old family "stuff." We have a lot of items from our travels, living abroad, and collecting "stuff" we just had to have. We have not begun downsizing yet (still want all that "stuff"), but I'm starting to think in those terms. So I've been warning the kids, especially whenever they come to town, that they need to look things over and identify anything of interest. Further, I'm about to start writing down the history of some items that are from before their time, whether ours or from someone farther back in the family. This will help them to decide if they are interested in the Afghan carpets, Pakistani copper, Indian woods and silks and stone jewelry, Polish wooden dolls, and a myriad other items all over our house, in the basement and garage, and in the large outbuilding we had constructed for the overflow! I will let them know that anything of ours that has no meaning/ interest for them, they are free to put in a gigantic estate sale if we haven't managed to sufficiently downsize before we are gone. Photo albums are a different challenge. I have albums and loose photos from my mom and dad and their relatives that I cannot identify. Some are really old but neat family treasures. In my very amateurish wanderings through the Internet to explore the family tree, I've found a fair amount of communication about photos of old or gone family members that people either have and are willing to share or are looking for. So this might be an idea for you to pursue (my favorite is a FREE chat forum called GenForum; they have a page for Fox and a larger one for Vance). Additionally, anything about old Richland and/or Hanford (or wherever they were taken) may be of interest to local museums, historical societies, and maybe college/university collections. You never know until you make some effort to identify the time, place, or subject. You also can check with any remaining family or friends from that time who might be able to identify some of the mystery photos. And if all else fails, I see old pictures in antique stores and malls all the time. Lots of people like to frame and display such things, even if they don't know who the people are. You won't make a fortune selling them, but it's someplace to put them besides the landfill. I'm sure that having no one to pass photos and other things on to makes the question a lot tougher. Some branches of my husband's family had no children and so have no one to even ask about who wants what. They sort of indiscriminately send things off to nieces and nephews (like my kids). I'm guessing that other Bombers may have additional ideas on what to do with the family "treasures." Good luck! -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Photo Albums My sisters (Jan ('60), Suz ('67) and Deb ('77)) and I sat in the basement of the "F" house on Judson and had to decide what to keep and what to toss after we moved our mother out of it. We had both laughs and tears. I don't think we had as many albums as your talking about but my sister, Jan, has taken some old pictures, cuts them up and makes them into cards. Sounds like your albums are still in one piece so start asking the kids now whether they want them. Pass them on while your thinking about it. One of my first "retirement jobs" and it was the most fun was to sort all my own pictures and I gave each of my boys a birth to now album of their life, just gave my 20 year old granddaughter hers and am working on two more. I figure at least most my old pictures will be already in the right hands. Jan and I just finished watching old 8mm film she had taken of my kids and spliced out what we didn't want, had it made into a DVD and just gave to my boys on their 40th birthdays. They loved them. We didn't have the big framed oil paintings of great grandmas, etc. but I've been at the back door of Goodwill a lot donating my stuff. It does make me wonder when I'm shopping there who owned a picture that was still framed. I'd check with family first and then maybe antique dealers if no one is interested... Craigs list?? It's hard to get rid of "stuff" that meant so much at the time but I know exactly what you mean. -Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Old family stuff and "clutter" My wife and I have been involved with the same problem. I have to admit that I have been gathering family stuff since I was 10 years old and that every time someone in the family died off, I continued I to gather more stuff that I didn't have room for. Luckily, my son is interested in carrying on my tradition. However, he doesn't have room for anything else in his house, so I just told him he would have to hang on to our house to store our stuff! I have every kind of family "heirloom" possible dating back to the early 1800s and am still getting more from an elderly relative who is ill and has to pass on more stuff. We have been weeding down non-family stuff for several years by giving it to Goodwill and other charities, selling what we can outright, having garage sales and even throwing away anything that has no real use. We can put stuff on the curb and someone will usually take it. I have even put signs that say "free." I have located a type of estate center that will take things on consignment or will auction off your belongings. Usually people don't get the price they want and the place charges a fee/ commission. But they will even send a big truck to pick up your stuff. Antique dealers will rip you off and antiques just aren't selling. The younger generations don't want them everything has to be "retro." They all want NEW stuff. Luckily, the guy who owns the estate place is a fraternity brother and may give me a break. If you have several kids, make them divide stuff you don't want, and they can even have their own garage sales. There are no fun solutions, but just keep pitching NOW until you get down to a reasonable amount of stuff. Down here [Louisiana], it's miserable because every time we have to evacuate, I have to haul a lot of stuff with us... not fun!! In the end, it will be someone else who will have to deal with what is left. Estate sale places will even come to your house and value and tag everything and people come in and handle the money. Just make sure you check everything they do and check out their reputation in advance. As a last resort, you can always call in the "Hoarders" program! *LOL* -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Der Kaiser's Birthday Over time much has been made about the Birthday Boy's involvement in various and sundry South End adventures. By physical proximity alone, living just up the street from Pook ('63-RIP) and a block or so from Kenny WRIGHT ('63) and Francis KENDALL ('63), he was bound to be sucked into the block hole of our misadventures. He could always be counted on to lend a flyspeck of dignity to our malefactions du jour. Usually separating himself unbloodied a millisecond before our inaptitude hit the fan. Becoming a man of the cloth and leaving the country until the statute of limitations expired, has even made him more of an icon. Happy Birthday to one of the really good guys. Bill WILSON ('63). We're all looking forward to you joining us in the Pacific Time Zone, so we can start working on your German Okie accent. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Photo Albums I know what you mean about all the "stuff" in boxes that you don't have out any longer and really don't know what to do with. Over the past 2 or 3 years, I've hardly put out things that I had out before Christmas. I've always put everything away to make room for all my Christmas stuff. Like you, I'm liking the "non clutter" look. You can imagine with having a good size Victorian house, all the "stuff" all over the place. I mean, I've tried to decorate like the Victorians did, haha. With moving back up to WA next year, we are in the process of selling ALL our Victorian furniture, glassware, etc., etc. Hey, anyone looking for Victorian stuff? With this economy like it is, it's hard to sell it. We belong to an "old house" group and each year, we have a yard sale. If I haven't put certain things back out after Christmas, then it does into the yard sale that summer. I don't keep any of that any longer and I wouldn't want my kids to have to go through it all just to be thrown away in the end. Do your kids a favor and sell or give away your boxes "stuff" that you don't want any longer if they don't want them. As for the family photos that you've been given. Wow! over 50 albums! Are the relatives named and dated? If you don't know the person at all and nobody else can identify them, I'd sell the albums or at least the pictures to an antique dealer. I am the historian in our family it seems. My love of family history goes right along with the Victorian house, etc. I have spent many years going way way back to complete both sides of my family. My mother's sister gave me her father's side of the family complete also. I have mementos that go way back in time from the family as well. All those and family albums will go to my granddaughter probably. She is the only one who has a love for that sort of thing in the family. IF any of your kids want that sort of thing, then by all means give them to them. And give them now why don't you and let them enjoy. I hope that helps. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where it's raining and tomorrow we are to get hit with the first 'Alaskan express' storm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Photo Albums For what it's worth, my experience is pass along the framed pictures, I have a family tree wall and one of my nieces wants them. (about 30 or so) Make sure you write names and any other pertinent information you know on the back of the pictures. Other family members have looked at old photo albums, once, and have no interest in owning them. Unless you have a person in the family who is interested in 'Climbing Your Family Tree', the interest in the photo albums will probably end with you. Unless one of your traveling treasures is the 'Hope Diamond' kids seem to have no interest in stuff that had an interest to you. I have been the executor of 2 estates, it always amazes me the amount of stuff in an estate that nobody wants... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy ADAIR ('72) Re: Jeff GODWIN ('69-RIP) Yesterday, Jeff's niece FaceBooked me to tell me the news of Jeff passing on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. My heart goes out to the family, Susan GODWIN Gaul ('62) and Wayne GODWIN ('64). Jeff lived in Kennewick. -Peggy ADAIR ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Phil BELCHER ('51), Norma LOESCHER ('53) Tom TRACY ('55), Dee WALLACE ('60) Pete OVERDAHL ('60), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike McKEOWN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernona CHAPPELLE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie FRASER ('79) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron SHELBY ('59) & Lorraine WARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Just returned home from watching Brad UPTON ('74) at the Jack Didley comedy club. He presented a good show but the crowd was sparse to say the least. Perhaps it was because it was on Thursday. I hope the week end is better. Its supposed to snow this coming week. I don' think I'm ready for this yet. -Phil BELCHER ('51) ~ Pasco **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) To: Pat BADGER Keller ('53) Barbara KELLER Patterson told me you had serious back surgery and moved to a care facility for recovery, but she didn't have your address or phone number with her (We met at the garden clubs' State Holiday Show at the Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel). She said Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) reads the Alumni Sandstorm and will email me your snail mail address, email and phone number. Please do that, Gene, and give that precious classmate a big hug and my fondest, most sincere get-well wishes. Bomber Cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ Richland: cold, sunny and clear, with snow predicted for the weekend **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) Since serving on SAE Aerospace Safety Committees, it becomes interesting to watch the challenge facing TSA Officials wrestle with the Shakespeare Safety Problem: To touch or Not to Touch... that is the question... but not the only one... Some of our SAE Safety Committees included how to get OUT of the aircraft in emergencies... but this one involves getting them onboard, disarmed, unharmed and unoffended. A big task for the TSA. In order to help them, I've attached a set of passenger selected options that might be helpful. Or not. On the first day TSA officially came on duty, I was heading back home from Omaha, Nebraska. I arrived early at the Omaha airport. Down a long hallway, I noticed 24 personnel at the check point. The room was complete with all kinds of signs, posters and directions. Foot prints on the floor showed me where to step. The order was issued. "empty your pockets." "Leave your wallet on the conveyor belt". "Remove your computer from the bag and turn it on". "Take off your belt." "Step forward", (They waved a couple of scanners over my body-they screeched). I removed my cell phone. Then I walked through another big whole-body scanner. Now follow the footprints across the room and be seated. When I arrived, I was patted-down quite thoroughly; under my arms, inside and outside my legs. I was not permitted to sit down. The large TSA agent looked familiar. She was serious and seemed in a hurry. After she patted me down, I asked her, "Wow, does this mean that you like me a lot?" She was not amused. "What happens now?" I asked. No answer. Something slid off the table across the room. It was my computer. Several parts of it slid under the table. A group rushed over to try reassembling it. The pat-down attendant reminded me of a guard in a war movie, named Grunhilda and a bit like the nurse on "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". She came toward me again. Before she reached me, I asked, "Shall I undress further?" as I reached for the top button of my trousers. "NO!", she exclaimed. She was a take-charge TSA Agent and seemed to enjoy being empowered. She actually took my arm, pointed to a chair and said, "Sit down there. I'll get back to you." "Is that a promise?", I asked. She stopped, but didn't turn around and then continued across the room. I thought I'd be a bit more careful now. Her supervisor arrived and walked over to me. "Hi", she said. "This is our first day on the job." I nodded, "Yes, I noticed". "How do you think we're doing? Are you comfortable with the procedures?" I wanted to give her honest feedback. "I'm a bit uncomfortable being here, with my wallet and money across the room". "I'm wondering if my computer that just dropped onto the floor still works". "Oh, my goodness", she whispered. Brunhilda was carrying my computer case, my belt, money, wallet, jacket, shoes and bag. She put them beside me on another chair. "Okay", she said. "You mean I'm free to get onto the plane? No more tests, exams? Any forms to fill out". I asked very politely. "You've done quite enough", she said. "I'm pleased to know that", I Her supervisor introduced her by name. I've forgotten her name. But I'll never forget her breath. I put on my shoes, belt and coat; examined my computer. The supervisor noticed two pieces of the computer housing had been broken. I turned it on. "It's working", she said. I leaned forward and asked, "Did your inspector ever work at auschwitz?" i heard her gasp as I winked and walked toward my airplane. I used to like being in front of the line. Always a better view. Chance to select the biggest dessert or get to the drinking fountain first. Now I seldom ever want to be first in line for anything at airports, especially if I see a large TSA security lady nearby. I like planes. So I still fly. But only when I have to. It used to be more fun. More leg room. Real food. I love working with airline people. Most of them. Someday, when I haven't written so much, I'll tell you about the time a beautiful flight attendant beat me up... in Oklahoma City... right in front of my Boeing, NTSB and FAA friends. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chester "Dee" WALLACE ('60) Re: Old Pictures For the past several years I have made a business of old photo restoration and teach a class in digital restoration. My advice to those with unwanted old family photos is to go through them and decide which ones are important to you and have them scanned and put on CDs or DVDs. If you want to keep the originals some where, find a place where they can be archived and kept safe. Another way is to donate them to your local historical society or contact the historical society of where they were taken. There are also some very creative ideas using old photo copies for interior decoration. A few years ago I took about 5,000 slides and old negatives to the dump and never thought of them since. -Dee WALLACE ('60) ~ Sierra City, CA waiting for our first snow **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) To: RHS Alumni Re: Columbians For Sale The Holidays are rapidly approaching. The RHS Club 40 Scholarship Committee are selling new yearbooks (Columbians) from the years 1980 through 2006. Excluding the years '82, '83, '84, '85, '91, '94, '95, '96, '97 & '98. The cost is $20.00 per book and if mailed it is $25.00. This money is tax deductible in the Scholarship Fund. Make checks payable to the "RHS Club 40 Scholarship Fund" We are awarding two one thousand dollar scholarships each year to RHS graduates. -Pete OVERDAHL ('60), Club 40 V.P., Scholarship Committeeman **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Vic MARSHALL ('71) I don't believe anyone our ages worries about when a birthday congratulations greeting comes, we are just grateful that that person took the time and cared enough to send a greeting... as you say, with time and space considerations, things can get a little mixed up... Now if you were coming to deliver personal greetings, I'd like to know when you are planning to arrive, so I could be sure to be there and welcome you properly without a church meeting scheduled for that night on finances or something, but actually any birthday greeting is welcome whenever it arrives... So may I wish Nancy RIGGS Lawrence ('51) Happy Birthday late!! Hope you were able to relax and really enjoy your birthday... To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) I understand and can chime in on what to do with all that is passed down to you... we are so in a holding pattern as to what to do with so much. I wish I had some big photos of old relatives, so I'd say put those up and enjoy them, but we are antiques loving persons, so maybe they wouldn't fit in your decor... if not, an antiques shop would love to have them to sell, but I'm not sure if they'd be willing to pay you much to get them... I often wish I were a "pitcher" rather than a "saver", but I'm really not... I also buy little souvenirs now for me and anyone. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ where we are enjoying a day almost into the 70s after a few days of some needed rain, but we still are having a burn ban in our drought plagued county... I still have geraniums on my porch, but they've been covered for maybe 5 nights as we are having an unusually warm fall,Happy Thanksgiving next week, hope everyone can be with some of their family at least. God Bless, **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Heroes and Famblie Hairy Looms It's Spalding Hero time again... I know I go on and on about people in the neighborhood who prolly never even knew I was around back then but I sure took notice of them... One of them has a birthday today, November 20, 2010... Don't got no pichers of him... fact... ain't got many pichers of anything... I read Betsy FOX's ('63) post about all the pictures and stuff and all the comments resulting from her dilemma... I have found that several marriages and divorces took care of most of that stuff with no trouble at all... but I can say that I have almost every single record album I ever had so I guess we know what was important to me... Only ones I don't have are my Righteous Brothers albums I left with Nancy MIDDLETON ('67) when I left for the Marine Corps... they were shared memories so I couldn't walk off with those... never did replace them... had every album they cut at the time (may have only been 4-5 back then)... I think my first wife may have got the ones she liked but not sure about that... would hafta go back and see... tho 4 and 8 tracks were popular then and I know I still have several of those... remember my buddy told me they were gonna give way to cassettes and I thought he was crazy... well unlike rock n roll... 8 tracks went the same way at beta tapes only earlier (I was wrong on that one too)... but what I'm here for today is a Spalding hero's birthday... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike McKEOWN ('60)... Have a good one! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch The final Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2010 WHEN: next Sunday November, 21st WHERE: The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. TIMES: Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. LOCATION: Casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wall 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: Vicki OWENS ('72) To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Old Photographs When we lost our last parent and had to sell our family home of 45 years in Richland, my brother rented a van to haul a handful of heirlooms and the old family photos and slides back to his home in Las Vegas. Then for his birthday I found a scanner that could also handle slides, and he went on a scanning spree. It's been fun to watch what he's done with those old photos. Sure, he scanned them. But he also reconnected with quite a number of cousins and old family friends (Schooleys, Rod Peterson, and Bob Bush come to mind) by emailing the photos from the '60s and '70s to them. The nice thing about scanning is that you can declutter without losing anything. If you ever want to print a photo, it's easy enough. You can get an external hard drive with a terabyte(!) at Costco for something ~$100, and that can hold a lot of photos! My bane has been books. With Kindle and the other e-readers now available, the time is coming to think about doing something similar with my reading materials. Build more bookshelves, or start buying ebooks. Hmmm... seems pretty obvious to me! -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ NOT ~ 11/21/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosemary QUALHIEM ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John CRIGLER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna FULCHER ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/2010 ~ JFK Assassination 1963 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Doreen HALLENBECK ('51), Paula BEARDSLEY ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen SPITALERI ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi CHERRINGTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn BELL ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo CLARK ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brent CHRISTIE ('71) 12/6/63 Sandstorm: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Ann DEWANE Hollick ('51-RIP) On the Einan's website: -Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Just sitting here watching the first snow come down and thinking about my Dad, Paul Beardsley (RIP), who would have been celebrating his 98th birthday today (11/22). Amazing how often he pops into my head still after 4 years. I'm pretty sure he is upstairs watching and waiting to see how long it will take me to get the snow shoveled off the walk (if it actually sticks). He was one of those responsible for the Richland city ordinance that says you have 24 hours to remove snow from your sidewalks. Needless to say, he was usually out shoveling before the snow quit. Happy birthday Dad... I miss you. -Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) ~ Richland .. watching the snow **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: time do fly That's fer sher fer sher (prolly only funny if you were a teen in the mid '60s... dunno why we said that... but we all did) kinda like saying something was tuff I guess... I missed Johnny (John) CRIGLER's ('64) birthday yesterday... duh... I used to have it on the wrong day then just gave up I guess... HB tho... today we gotta Bomber-babe and a guy from the VanGiesen neighborhood... I always thunk he was in my brother's class ('68) but a was off by a couple a years... it's ok... he can take the heat... he's a Marine... well it is almost Thanksgiving already and I'm just learning to write "10" on my checks... better start practicing the ol "11"... it's very cold here (for here anyway) and I'm tired of winter and how dark it gets so fast... guess I'd better get used to it for a while... but right now I gotta wish these kids an HB so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sandi CHERRINGTON ('66) and my good buddy Brad WEAR ('71) on November 22, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Monday [11/22] Birthdays Ok... I am going to try and make sure to get these Birthdays noted properly... as they involve a couple poof Chief Jo heavyweights. Being a Carmichael guy for my transition year for Christ the King to Col-Hi, I did not meet these guys until we made the Big Show in 1968. Both these guys were "cool" and I really got to know one pretty well and the other not so much... but I pretty much remember him having a gorgeous babe on his arm most of the time. He didn't hang with the guys that much... seemed to prefer the company of his lady a bit more... and I certainly don't blame him for that. It has been great re-connecting with Brad WEAR ('71) the past couple of years and I look forward to seeing him whenever I get to Richland. I know that Pappy SWAN ('59) keeps pretty close tabs on him and will hopefully keep Brad out of mischief. And I do kind of keep tabs on Brent CHRISTIE ('71) through Bobby DANA ('71), Kelvin SOLDAT ('71), Jim SIMPSON ('71) and Pat HARTY ('71) who join Brent every year for his boys week outing up in the San Juans in July. The stories coming out of that week seem to get a little more subdued every year... So Happy Birthday to both of you on Monday, November 22, 2010. I also need to pause and remember JFK in Dallas that fateful day in 1963. I remember we had a substitute teacher that day in Mrs. Murphy's 5th grade class. Many of the girls cried... most of us just sat there... stunned and shocked. At 10 years of age... we were old enough to comprehend what had happened but were still young enough not to quite understand the why. Heck, 50 years later and I still wonder about the why. Interesting that Betsy FOX Vance ('63) wrote in about old photos and such... I remember becoming consumed with the assassination and Kennedy... collected newspapers, magazine articles... anything I could get my hands on for the next few years. My mom stored that stuff for me for years and people who knew me would send me articles over the next 6 or 7 years. After that I moved on to other things... "grownup things" and put Kennedy behind me. My good friend George DANA ('70-RIP) stayed absorbed with Kennedy and the assassination for decades to come. I just came into possession of 50 or so books George collected through the years on Kennedy. I am in the process of seeing if the Library at Eastern Washington University wants all or part of the collection. And I wonder whatever became of all that "stuff" I collected on Kennedy... somehow it disappeared sometime after I quit caring about it and before I realized what a big part of my young life it represented. Don't know what I would do with it today... just wish I had the option to do or not do something with it. All for now. Have a few other Birthdays this week... including a BIG Turkey on Thursday. Need to go see who the Lions will lose to this week... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ breezy and cool Michigan... where we have one more week before they close the Cider Mill for the season and it's time to haul out the Christmas lights... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ann DEWANE Hollick ('51) ~ 1/4/34 ... 11/17/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: David HANTHORN ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Marie RUPPERT ('63), Donna FREDETTE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry JONES ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle DAWSON ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Seasons A while back someone sent in a photo they labeled "last rose of the season" or something similar. This is my entry for that category. -David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from snowy and cold Mercer Island, WA where my "prediction" of a mild winter lies buried in snow in my front yard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Entry was from Tom Verellen ('60)... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) A couple of years back, when I was in my bi-weekly chemo mode, every Saturday morning as regular as cartoons, pancakes and third cups of coffee, I received a call from one of the truly South End good guys. It wasn't the "whatchadoin" from 50 years ago, but I knew it was never far from his lips. He's a life-long friend, a great father (and now a grandfather), was a great team mate and someone you always could count on. Happy Birthday to Terry JONES ('64), Hit 'em Straight! -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) David RIVERS' ('65) entry in the 11/20 Sandstorm struck a cord with me. I, too, have nearly every LP album I ever purchased or was given. I kept my old Pioneer stereo system with a turntable (once a rarity, but recently available again) and my now 13 year old grandson loves to play 'those great big CDs' especially my Aerosmith Greatest Hits one. I rarely bought 45s saved my money for the LP albums. I've thought of transferring the LPs to discs, but I really like the authentic sound of them played on my turntable. Many of mine are now available on CD and I buy the ones I want to play in my car used to tape them for that reason, but this car only has a CD player. I will hang on to them as long as I have the storage space and when I'm gone my daughter can worry about my 'clutter'! -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in cold and getting colder Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [GREAT song: "Vinyl Records" by Todd Snider. Take a listen. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) To: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) My Dad would have been 100 years old last month!! I miss him so much. He loved life and of course the snow!! So many childhood memories... My Mom would have been 87 last July and there is a hole in my heart still. Blessings that we had while they were with us for so long... Celebrate your families on Thanksgiving! Blessings that we have now in the form of our children and grandchildren. I have two new grandsons Alexander who just turned one and Sebastian who was born right before my Mom's birthday! Of course I also have two beautiful granddaughters Gabriella and Sofia, ten and six. God Bless all Bombers and their families everywhere. Bomber Cheers! -Donna FREDETTE ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tony DURAN ('55), Anita CLEAVER ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Dan THORNTON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nola DAVEY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darla WISE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary CHRISTIAN ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy MIDDLETON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Terry & Linda HUTSON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Happy Thanksgiving to y'all This is one of the most clever ever Thanksgiving cards. Enjoy. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!! -Tony DURAN ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sorry, Tony... with all the viruses out there these days, there's NO WAY I'd click on the link you sent.. let alone put it in the Sandstorm... your Thanksgiving wishes will just have to do. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita CLEAVER Heiling ('63) Re: Wine Spectator Just opened our latest issue of "Wine Spectator" magazine and there is a picture of Jim Holmes, owner of Ciel du Cheval winery. Is this THE Jim Holmes from class of '63? Thanks, -Anita CLEAVER Heiling ('63) ~ Portland, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Wally ERICKSON ('53) Re: Your Sandstorm post of December 24, 2008 or, "Dolly Parton" snow woman Well, now that we have snow in the Tri-Cities I thought I would be a good time to send these pictures of the snow woman you mentioned in your Sandstorm post for 12/24/2008. As it has been two years, I will quote part of your post so fellow Bombers will not have to look it up. "Ann CLATWORTHY's ('54) Dad made a 'Snow woman' every year with a hat and jewelry... and she really looked like 'Dolly Parton' pretty impressive." I found some pictures of Jim Clatworthy's snow woman at the Hanford Declassified Document Retrieval System site [DDRS]. I believe the one of the young woman next to the snow woman is the earlier photo based of the style of the house numbers: "1018." Could that be Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) that you mentioned? -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Big horn sheep doing what they do best -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Old Flames and Hot Music For those of you who remember... The Real Don Steele, being a local DJ in the Tri-Cities, you will also remember that during his stint here, before he moved to Yakima, then KISN in Portland only to become the biggest thing in L.A. and later syndication, you will also remember that he played second fiddle to Lynn BRYSON ('57) who was the Boss Jock back in the day... I even have his theme song on my Facebook... Straight Flush by the Frantics... well, along the way in my travels, I have not only kept all my vinyl, but have also acquired a ton of those big records that radio shows used to come on... each one contains several episodes of "Live from the '60s" with the Real Don hisself... he didn't do a live from the '50s show or I'd have that too... got these from some DJ in Pasco several years back... anyway, the point of this (yes, Jimbeaux ('63) there is a point...) that Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) can transfer her vinyl to CD and since you are playing it on the record player to make the copy... it will sound just like you are playing it on the record player... way too cool... but let's all remember that am, mono radio and scratchy records brought us some of the most misunderstood words of our lives... I mean how many of our cars had "the Big Slipped Eddie" instead of "the pink slip Daddy"... or as my daughter thought... how many of us drove a "little blue scoop"?... so just remember, all the words you couldn't understand before all that music was Digitalie remastered... ya still can't unnderstan... but I digress... It's birthday time for an old flame that will always be young in my heart... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nancy MIDDLETON ('67) on November 24, 2010!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dan THORNTON ('67) Re: Rick SLATER ('67-RIP) Another class member gone too soon. -Dan THORNTON ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Rick SLATER ('67) ~ 10/15/49 - 11/21/2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/2010 ~ HAPPY THANKSIVING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), David RIVERS ('65) Rick MADDY ('67), Betti AVANT ('69) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles SOLOMON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran TEEPLE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim CANTRELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary TURNER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie NELSON ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon RICE ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly STREGE ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: snogirl To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Yes, the pic of the snowgirl does include Ann CLATWORTHY ('54). Also the guy pictured is not Jim CLATWORTHY ('46) who would never build a snogirl like that, but Daddy Jim Clatworthy, who would. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can Class of 1945) ~ Where Cultus Mt. at Big Lake, WA is deep with snow, and we have a couple of inches, too in 14 weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: It just occurred to me This afternoon, as I prepare to head home thru the wind and the sleet I pause to recall all of my blessings, counting each of you among them. I know you too are preparing for a day of Thanks as I polish my shoes and my buckles, my belt and it's buckle, my little stove top hat and its buckle I say to myself: Hey, this is a Pilgrim suit... I get the buckskin and the feather and the high Mocks and the bear robe and the loin cloth for good measure... bag all them stupid buckles! Happy Thanksgiving! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Gene Burrill ('67wb) I found this obit page for one of my south-end childhood friends and classmate (L&C, Carmichael JHS), Gene Burrill ('67wb). Gene died of lung cancer. He was an x-ray tech in a hospital in Alaska and during a routine x-ray on Gene, trying to see what was causing a back strain, I believe, they instead found an unrelated mass in his lung. He put up a grand fight in a Texas hospital and things sounded like he just might beat it... and then more draining news came. Gene and his wife, Kelly, packed their bags and went back home to Alaska where Gene passed October 13, 2010. Only in the Sandstorm have I ever been around to witness, from a distance, granted, the discovery of a deadly health issue to the death of an old friend. We were friends as children. Gene lived over by the Southside Protestant Church and I on the corner of Casey and Downing. His interest was music, a drummer. Mine was marbles. Interests split up friends early on, particularly in grade school, but the respect remained a lifetime. In ninth grade Carmichael we had a school assembly in the theater. On stage was Gene and his band. They played one song I recall - the theme from the TV show, Peter Gunn. The very first live performance of a band I ever saw that I can recall. A classy performance in front of peers. No chicken wire. Unforgettable. I believe it was the summer between ninth and tenth grade Gene and family moved to Alaska. I never saw or heard from him again for near forty years... until the Online Sandstorm. 1999, I was living in Kihei, Maui County, HI at the time and received a phone call from Gene Burrill. He and his wife were coming to Maui. Gene and I had lunch, couple bottles of suds and a few laughs. And again in 2000 or '01, we had lunch again on Maui. Great guy. Life was good. Happy. I enjoyed his company both times and really enjoyed seeing an old friend from long, long... long... ago. I don't know how it is with girls/women, but with boys/men, we can not see each other for forty years and just start the conversation where we left off. It was a beautiful day... twice. ...with a very belated condolence to Gene's wife, Kelly, and the family. click for Gene's online obit -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Good Wishes Gobble, gobble to all Columbia (Richland) High School alumni everywhere. We are in the deep freeze here in western Washington but "Turkey Day is supposed to be warmer with rain in the forecast. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where school was canceled after school on Monday due to ice, but not much snow **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Happy Thanksgiving All reports I am getting are that Richland and Seattle are both much colder than normal. Lucky today is mainly an indoor holiday. I am truly thankful for all my Bomber family and friends and wish all of you the true joy of this special holiday. It is amazing to see the outpouring of generosity here in the Detroit area. I did here an interesting comment today... "If everyone made an attempt to feed just one other person each day... there would be no one left hungry in the entire country"... an interesting proposition and one to strive toward. A special Birthday wish goes out on Thursday, November 25th to my golf buddy... Mr. Gary TURNER ('71). I addition to being a menace on the links, Gary is also one my main compass correctors when I get off course with some of my recollections... especially when it comes to who played what in the bands in school. Have a great Birthday, Gary!!! I also missed a couple of Bomber birthdays on Tuesday the 23rd. Belated wishes go out to my "baby" sister Karen Elaine MARSHALL ('82) and Mr. John KENITZER ('71). I don't think I have seen John since the summer after we graduated but the Kenitzer family was one of the nicest in Richland and I remember his Mom and Dad were pretty cool to hang with in our late teens... good people. Anyway, I hope both of you had good Birthdays. All for today. Just finished watching Michigan State steal 3rd place at the Maui Invitational from the Huskies. Sorry Pat THRAPP ('71) but it does look like the Huskies are going to have a great Basketball team this year. I guess now that Leon RICE ('82) is now head coach at Boise State, I'll have to start rooting for them in something besides football... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Cold in Michigan but downright balmy compared to "home" ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/26/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Don LYALL ('52), Patti JONES ('60) Ron RICHARDS ('63), Cindy KENITZER ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta ADKINS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BERLIN ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John FLETCHER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eleanor ATTWOOD ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: CB LIH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill WALSER ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don LYALL ('52) Re: Go Hogs Maren you do such a great with the Sandstorm, we all really appreciate it, BUT living here in Fayetteville (home of the Hogs) for the past 18 years, we have been converted to support our team. Saturday (the 27th), the two meet, know it will be a fun and exciting game, always is, if years past is any indication. SO all I can say is GO HOGS. Who ever wins will get the better bowl game. -Don LYALL ('52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Happy Birthday Big Moose. I know it is hard to get a hard to get time with you. I was fortunate to live a block away from you and got to know you before high school and junior high so didn't have to fight the crowd. With all the cold going on in the Richland area there are lots of Bombers who need to be warmed right now. At this time it is it is 8. 11:25pm on 11/25. Happy Thanksgiving all Bombers and families. Have Fun. I'm excited my daughter and her twins and son Joshua are here from Australia for two weeks. My daughter is a twin also. This is the first time they have seen snow. They are going from house to house of the family. That they will get time with everyone. Happy Birthday David RIVERS ('65) tomorrow (the 27th). -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron RICHARDS ('63) To: Anita CLEAVER Heiling ('63) Anita, I don't believe it's "our" Jim Holmes ('63). The following from a google search. The last I knew of Jim, he was a banker somewhere in Oregon. -Ron RICHARDS ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy KENITZER Raynor ('72) Wishing all our friends and family from the Tri Cities a very Happy Holiday Season. Love The Kenitzer family (John, Jim and Cindy) -Cindy KENITZER Raynor ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora HUGHES ('55) Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) & Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) Louise HARTCORN ('63), Linda REINING ('64) Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('64 & '65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andrew ECKERT, Jr. ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat FUNK ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Happy Birthday to my dear friend, David RIVERS ('65). Hope you have a great day today. I have known you since you were a baby. Lost track of you for awhile there, but time just seems to pick up there we left off and I still consider you one of my dearest friends. Many hugs!!!! -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ellen WEIHERMILLER Anderson ('63) & Mary Lou WATKINS Rhebeck ('63) Re: David RIVERS' ('65) Birthday Neither one of us had a little brother... and we didn't really care... for years... however, beginning with the all Richland High School Reunion in 2000, we started thinking there was a guy from the class of '65 (do they have a name???) who might fit the bill. As the years and reunions rolled by, he became the "little bro" of many of the girls of '63. He is the first one to wish his friends Happy Birthday... he always remembers... well, he is younger... and he always makes us feel special. He entertains... he compliments... and makes us all feel good when we read his Sandstorm entries or when we get to be with him at reunions. In fact, he became such a favorite, we forced him to accept green flannel jammies, that we all wear so proudly at Ellen's slumber party in December... the night before the Annual Chowdering, Caroling or whatever party we have in Olympia... (usually in an ice storm and power outage... another story). (Jimbeaux ('63) wears his proudly with all the women...) The Birthday Boy has yet to make it up to the frigid northwest for the party... he gets cold... the big sissy... but maybe some year. For now, he can wear his jammies in Vegas... hopefully not in public. We wish him the happiest of birthdays and wish we could celebrate with him. But from icy Olympia and sunny Laguna Hills (in looney toons California)... HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID! We love you! -Ellen WEIHERMILLER Anderson ('63) & Mary Lou WATKINS Rhebeck ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Louise HARTCORN Graversen ('63) Re: Cinnamon Bear As a kid I LOVED listening to the Cinnamon Bear. I would like to share it with my granddaughter. How do I find it on the radio? -Louise HARTCORN Graversen ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) There is a guy in "Bombers-land" that is always "johnny-on-the- spot" for remembering birthdays. NO way do I want to forget the birthday of this wonderful "kid", who I am glad I got to know... don't remember knowing him in high school, but met him in Vegas, at a Bomber lunch, and he has been a friend since. I'm pretty sure with this guy, "once a friend, always a friend". So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVID RIVERS('65). -Linda REINING ('64) ~ we finally got COLD weather in Bakersfield, CA and I am lovin' it! Even have snow in Tehachapi, which is only 35 miles East of us... woohoo! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('64 & '65) Re: Birthday Here's to the birthday greeter: Happy Birthday David RIVERS ('65)! (no more discounts at the movies) -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Happy Birthday Before he leaves for his BIG sailing adventure, I need to make sure to wish Pat FUNK ('69) a very happy birthday on Saturday, November 27th. Pat has been a good friend for many years and he is planning on taking the wife and spending some time doing his Jimmy BuffetT thing. He sold his house in Bend, OR and is now looking to buy a BIG boat that is already moored in the Caribbean somewhere. Pretty much, that would be enough for me... go to the boat, make some margaritas and sit on the deck... but Pat actually plans to do some heavy duty sailing. Should be a lot of fun and I wish he and Colleen the best. Since this post will appear in the Saturday Sandstorm, I should also mention that I am getting excited about going to see Brad UPTON ('74) tonight at Caesars in Windsor, Canada. I should have a posting with some pictures from the event to send in for the Monday Sandstorm. We plan to spend the night over in Windsor, so it will be Sunday before I can get a posting out. Hope Brad does not get delayed with weather issues flying out... I heard it snowed yesterday in Tri-Cities... hopefully Seattle just got rain... And I think someone mentioned yesterday that David RIVERS ('65) had a birthday coming up. David... you do a great job of remembering everyone else's birthday... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY from that silent majority of well wishers and hope you have a wonderful birthday. Actually... great legal mind, cool cars and lives in Las Vegas... sounds like every day should be like a birthday for you!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Black Friday here in Detroit and nice and snug here at home today... might venture out to string some Christmas lights but somehow seems too early for that... I will probably wait until it is REALLY cold and miserable so as to get the full effect ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ NOT ~ 11/28/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm and no Bomber birthday today either ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tony DURAN ('55), Margaret EHRIG ('61) Louise HARTCORN ('63), Vic MARSHALL ('71) Anon BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis ERVIN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny DUNCAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe CAMPBELL ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike HOWELL ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Blaine HOPKINS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick POLK ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan VACH ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger MEADER ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Sarah Palin visited Wichita, KS for the second time in 5 months. The first time, May 2nd, was for a fund raiser for the Bethel Life School Association and today, November 28th to promote her book. Didn't get to see her either time. Maybe the next time, December 2, 2011. We would have liked to let her know there some Bombers who went to school with her Aunt Colleen ('56) who lived here and who graduated with Colleen. -Tony DURAN ('55) and Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) ~ where its windy and cool and we're getting ready for winter **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Re: Cinnamon Bear It is available on 5 CDs from Radio Transcriptions Co. of America Ltd. My niece Gave us a set last year. We had it for many years on tape. if you start it the night after Thanksgiving and listen to one episode each day it will finish on Christmas Eve just in time for the children to get back with the Star for the top of the tree. it is just as good as it ever was all those years ago. -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Louise HARTCORN Graversen ('63) Re: Cinnamon Bear Thanks for all the interest in the Cinnamon Bear radio tapes. I heard that it can be purchased at the big box book stores or at but I also found it available for online FREE. I think I will listen to it on my computer -- daily just like the old days. -Louise HARTCORN Graversen ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I found a "listen daily" website at: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Monday [11/29] Birthdays A whole slew of Birthdays on Monday, November 29, 2010. Let's start with my '71 classmate and fellow CKS alumni... Mr. Dan VACH ('71). Dan was one of those West Richland kids who car pooled into Christ the King every day... along with the Pauls and the Nicklasons, if I recall correctly. I remember the Vachs Black "Country Squire" station wagon with the wood trim on the side. I want to say it was a late '50s early '60s full size Mercury station wagon. It was pretty cool and would be a collector car today. We used to get to have a semi-slumber party whenever the parents got together to play Pinochle. The Vachs were real great people!!! Dan went on to some notoriety on the Bomber Cinders and I think he also dabbled in Cross Country but he was always more of a sprinter type runner. Hope you have a great day, Dan. Next are a couple of Bomber stalwarts... I am sure Denny DUNCAN ('66) will get all kinds of attention today but I remember Denny being one of my first Bomber basketball heroes. It didn't hurt that his mother was a teacher at Christ the King and so all the nuns were always bragging on Denny. How's that for hero worship, Denny... the nuns were pushing you big time!!! Years later, I got to know Denny a little better and on more realistic terms... but he will always be a Bomber hero in my book!!! I first got to know our other Basketball dude... Rick POLK ('70) because he was one of those RARE Richlanders who had a LARGE basketball court in his back yard. Actually, I would be willing to bet that Richland in the '60s and '70s had more half court and larger back yard basketball courts per capita than any other city in America. I think the Polk's court was about half-court regulation but it was also cement... which was a big improvement (for some reason that escapes me) on the asphalt we usually played on. And one of the other advantages of these "private" courts was that they had nets that were in good condition... so I got to see the twine "caress" my ball whenever I shot an "air ball"... which was pretty frequently. Anyway Rick, thanks for sharing your court and showing the younger kids a thing or two from time to time. Finally, I have to mention my brother-in-law, Blaine HOPKINS('69). It seems like only yesterday we were plastering "Blaine Hopkins is 30" bumper stickers on the cars of every one he knew. You would end up seeing those around town for years to come and almost everyone wanted to know... "Who the heck is Blaine Hopkins"? Well Blaine stuck it out in Richland and out at Hanford and I would venture to say he knows a heck of a lot of people in the Tri-Cities today, I know he does not like to use the computer so I have no doubt he will NOT see this... but for those of you who know Blaine... make it a point to let him know he is getting OLD... 60 years old today. I need to report on my outing to see Brad UPTON ('74) on Saturday night but I think I will do that tomorrow... after I get time to download a couple of pictures I took. Suffice it say... we had a GREAT time!!! More tomorrow. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Bright Blue skies and a nice day to finish up my fall clean-up today. Hard to believe the long holiday weekend is coming to an end. But, then again, when you live in Detroit... EVERY DAY is a holiday!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anon To: David RIVERS ('65) [on the 27th] Hope you had a day... the card is in the mail. -Anonymous ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanne TURNER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan KLUSMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy CLARK ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon First Saturday of each month DATE: Saturday, December 4 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: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Birthdays I want to make sure to remember some Birthdays. I just found out I need to be in Toronto for the rest of the week and doubt I will have much time to get postings in every day... so will make sure to honor these folks today: Tuesday, November 30, 20210: Sandy CLARK Chamberlin ('71) Wednesday, December 1, 2010: Randy MARSHALL ('73) Thursday, December 2, 2010: Randy RICE ('73) Friday, December 3, 2010: Rick VINCENT ('71) Saturday, December 4, 2010: Michelle KAFENTZIS Hinkle ('71) Happy Birthday to all!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Still need to give the full update on the Johnny Mathis concert... worth waiting for but IF you have a chance to see him (or Brad UPTON ('74)) make sure to attend. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` October, 2010 ~ December, 2010