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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/2011 - HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Leoma COLES ('63) **************************************************************** 63 Days until Iditarod XXXVIX (#39 begins March 5, 2011) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark PERKINS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FITZPATRICK ('80) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) & Shannon CRAIG ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Whale Watching A while back someone [I think it was Helen Cross ('62). -Maren] mentioned in a Sandstorm post that she liked whale watching. Linda (my wife) and I lived in Friday Harbor, WA for almost 14 years and we spent a lot of time watching whales, bald eagles, dolphins, seals, sea lions and enjoying cruising around the islands. The Orca whales are amazing. Here are a few of my personal stories. (a) - In the photo you can see an Orca Whale cruising along the shoreline and one "breaching" out of the water in front of several observers on land. The observers are on the west side of San Juan Island at Whale Watch Park. The resident pods (J - K & L) travel north and south along this coastline throughout the summer. They are primarily there to feed on the salmon runs that follow their underwater trail leading to the rivers to the north in Canada. We have friends who live about a 1/2 mile south of the park and they can see the whales as they swim by the park. They have noticed that when there is nobody at the park, the whales just move on through and follow their meals. However, when there are people on the rocks and the park benches, the whales like to stick around for an hour or so and entertain. We have observed these huge whales swim right up near the shore and splash the people on shore. (b) - I was a Captain of charter vessels for more than ten years, and I spent a lot of time on the water, an average of more than 200 days/yr. Most of the charter trips that I ran were for divers, but I also captained a whale watch vessel for a couple of summers, the Western Prince II. One day I was operating at the south end of Lopez Island, trying to locate a pod of whales for the passengers. I was at the south end of Rosario Straight and I could see whales up north and down south. They appeared to be traveling right toward us, so I just sat in the mid channel and waited. Then we spotted a third pod coming toward us from the west around the south end of San Juan Island. You should note that it is illegal to purposely pilot your vessel directly into a pod of whales. However, if you are not under power and not making way, and a pod comes to you, it is acceptable. I positioned the vessel where we thought the pods might come close to us and I turned off the engines. I dropped a hydrophone over the side that was connected to speakers around the vessel. From inside of the pilot house I could hear the sounds from the hydrophone, but it was very low volume inside. However, outside on the aft deck the speakers were blaring and when the three pods converged into one huge party right around and under our vessel, the sounds were way too loud for the passengers. One of my crew came to the pilot house and turned the volume down. We had more than 50 whales around us on all sides for more than an hour. We could see them swim right under the vessel and look right up at us. They spy hopped, breached and rolled over to expose their bellies as they played around us. The passengers were screaming with joy and the whales appeared to like entertaining us. That's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it. (c) - One day I was taking some divers north of San Juan Island to dive the Cactus Island Group. As we were cruising across the east end of Spieden Channel, we were looking west and watching a large ferry that was coming from Canada. The ferry stopped in the mid channel and healed over to one side. My passengers, one couple from Kentucky and another couple from Oklahoma, thought the ferry was in trouble. I told them that the ferry was fine, but there must be a pod of whales off to one side and all of the passengers were going to that side to see. My passengers got excited and wanted to see the whales, so we changed course and got in position where the whales would come by. We got another good show. (d) - One day I had four divers in the water on the west side of Shaw Island. While the divers were underwater, I was looking around and listening to some of the chatter on the marine radio from the local whale watch vessels. It was very unusual for the Orcas to come through San Juan Channel, so this got my attention. I was positioned to follow along with the diver's bubbles and I was only 30 or 40 yards from the shore. The timing could have not been better. The divers surfaced and were swimming out to the vessel. I finally got their attention and they looked back under the water behind them just in time to see two whales swim right under them from less than 20 feet away. I'm sure that these divers will be telling that story often. It would be fun to hear their version today. I bet it has gotten better over the years. What do you think? I would encourage you to go out on a whale watch and wildlife cruise sometime. It's worth it. I wish everyone who wants to see a whale up close would do so in the wild. It breaks my heart the see these magnificent creatures entertaining people in small tanks. Perhaps someday the marine mammal parks will all close up. Happy New Year Bomber Friends. Check out the following web page link and you can see the vessel that I captained for a couple of years. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Happy New Year to all Bombers out there. May the new year bring prosperity and a good life to you! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ Salem, OR where it's a chilly 29 out this morning... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bev SMITH Jochen ('52) ~ 1934 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Jim RUSSELL ('58) David DOUGLAS ('62), Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PIIPPO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Whales I too have been fascinated with whales and porpoises over the years, and during my Coast Guard career had the opportunity to see a lot of them. One particularly interesting encounter occurred in 1973, I think. I was commanding a ship homeported in Kodiak, AK and we were on a fisheries enforcement patrol in the Gulf of Alaska. We were cruising east at perhaps 15 knots on a rather nice, calm day, about 40 miles offshore. I was in the cabin (my quarters) below the bridge, and I felt the ship suddenly jar as though we had collided with something. I sprinted to the bridge, got onto the bridge wing and looked aft, at the same time asking the young OOD (an ensign) what we had hit. He was wide-eyed and concerned, but said he saw nothing! I could see that he ship's wake had a "jog" in it, so I took the "conn", turned the ship around and approached the area. I looked north, and saw a large whale swimming away from us. I maneuvered the ship toward it, easing up alongside, and then saw three whales - two adults and a calf - swimming together headed toward the mainland. The largest maneuvered himself between the ship and the calf and female in what appeared to be a protective move. None of he whales appeared injured. My theory is that we interdicted their track line by accident and the male rammed us intentionally to protect his family. Since my ship displaced about 1000 tons, and the whale perhaps 60 tons, it seemed a brave move on his part! We observed the whales for a few minutes to be sure they were unharmed before we "broke off" and resumed our original course. I later looked in a book I had about sea mammals, and think we had encountered a fin whale, perhaps the second largest of the species after the blue whale. I had a close encounter with a blue whale once as well, though not a collision! But that's another story... -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson. MO (where yesterday's tornadoes missed us by about 40 miles) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim RUSSELL ('58) Re: Whale Watching To: Tommy Hemphill's ('62) I read with interest your accounts of whale watching when you were captain-ing the Western Prince II. I'm sure there must be days when those trips don't encounter whales - luck of the draw - so what is your observation for the time to most likely encounter the whales? I think I would like to take my wife on one of those trips. How long would we be out on the water? Bomber Cheers, -Jim RUSSELL ('58) ~ finally once again a proud Husky from Mountlake Terrace, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) It's almost midnight here in the last state [Hawaii] to welcome the new year. It's actually rather quiet. It used to sound like WWIII, but this year it's more like just a border skirmish. It has rained for the past two weeks, so that may have dampened the enthusiasm a little. We had a flash flood watch from Christmas Eve to last Tuesday. (I think the west coast has gotten a lot of our weather there.) It was raining cats and dogs in Kaneohe Christmas Eve our yard was under five inches of water. My son and I drove over the mountains into Honolulu for a family dinner, and coming out the other side of the tunnel was like being on a different island the sun was shining and the sky was blue with a few scattered clouds. Every year the County Council (there is no city government in Hawaii, only State and County) talks about banning fireworks, but it's too much a part of the Chinese and Japanese cultures to get it passed. Aerial rockets are prohibited, but you see them anyway. It's quiet for me here in Hawaii. My wife and I went to our daughter's home in Gilbert, AZ, for Thanksgiving with our three grandsons. We celebrated my birthday in Kingman, AZ, with a steak dinner. I came back to Hawaii on December 8 I'm a non- shopper so there wasn't much for me to do there. My wife's birthday is today, New Year's Eve we'll go out to dinner to celebrate when she gets back. Well, midnight has come and gone here, too, so Happy New Year. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ from soggy Kaneohe, HI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Tommy Hemphill ('62) Re: Whale Watching Your article in today's (1-1-11) Sandstorm was really interesting and made me excited to think that perhaps Frank and I can go up to the San Juan Islands to see the whales. The one time that we were in Victoria and came through the Islands was really nice. Did not realize there were that many islands. One more reason to get excited about moving back up to WA! I'm hoping that all of you out in Bomberville and beyond had a great New Year's Eve and will have a very nice 2011. Stay healthy and safe. We did NOT stay up to see the New Year in and there was absolutely no sound at mid night in our neighborhood. Of course, the rain and wind really helped out. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA the sun is shinning right now and I'm just about through taking down my Christmas decorations. Am having to really pack everything well for our move. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/2011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Bill BERLIN ('56) Tommy HEMPHILL ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick LOHDEFINCK ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe ROBERTS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Another whale story... In 1958 I was serving aboard a small ship homeported at Monterey, CA. One evening we were outbound from Monterey Bay heading south to Morro Bay to do aids to navigation work. We found Point Pinos buoy - a large lighted buoy at the southern point of land at the bay's entrance - extinguished. The CO directed me to take the items needed to restore the buoy's light - battery pack, light bulbs, automatic bulb changer, flasher mechanism - and go fix it. We launched a small boat (me onboard with a guy to assist me) and a boat crew of 5. Keep in mind this was 1958. The boat was a "pulling" boat - no motor - 4 oarsmen and a coxswain who manned the sweep oar to steer the boat. It was a pretty night - starry, moon shining, calm seas. As we "pulled" toward the buoy, we heard a series of hissing noises, then spotted a number of dorsal fins all around us! We were surrounded by a pod of Orcas, perhaps curious, sometimes a scant 15-20 feet from us! When we got to the buoy, I was less than eager to jump from the boat to the buoy - but because I was in charge (and not long out of OCS - a newly minted ensign) I felt the need to "carry on". I jumped to the buoy - my helper said "no way, Mr. Wight!". So they handed me my bag of repair stuff, and the boat rowed swiftly back to the ship! I got the buoy lighted and flashing in about 15-20 minutes, though it seemed like hours! The boat came back and got me - no more Orca sightings - and we were hauled aboard the ship. But I can tell you that an Orca (so-called killer whale) sure looks big from 15 feet away! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO where the weather is now cold and sunny. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Whale watching I gotta get into this subject but it is odd that I did not run into Tom HEMPHILL ('62) during his 14 years in Friday Harbor. We lived on the West side for three years and two of my daughters went to FH schools before we moved back to Seattle (bad mistake). At the time I was traveling a lot and flying my own airplane back and forth got real expensive so we moved but have kept the "cabin" on a thousand feet of westside waterfront ever since. We have seen whales just a few feet off our rock wall crashing through the kelp beds. What a show and all the time we were doing Smores and hot dogs over a beach fire. This is high bank stuff so it is pretty deep there and I must say that this past summer was one of the best whale watching seasons we have seen in years. I know the M/V Western Prince pretty well and we sent out some friends with them a couple of years ago. They saw a lot of whales and were treated very well. I now live in Anacortes, WA and there are a couple of good operators here too. The advantage of that is that you don't have to take the ferry (very expensive now) to Friday Harbor, they have free parking and our new Anthony's Restaurant is about to open. The disadvantage is that you don't get to go to Friday Harbor, a place where I could live in a blink of an eye, but the wife doesn't want to fight the ferries. Bummer!! Let me suggest that if you do go from either Friday Harbor or Anacortes, or Victoria for that matter, take a vessel with a heated cabin like the Western Prince. I have done both and my adventure out of Victoria with the firm Prince of Whales in a RIBBY (Rigid Inflated Boat) was a hoot but too cold for my liking, heavy weather suits and all. Warm food, hot coffee and out of the cold and wind, especially on the afternoon trips is a good thing.. When I had my boat, which I lent to the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor for various counting and identification purposes, we would see whales all over the place. Even went to Robinson Bite in Canada, the most sacred grounds for whales. Pregnant whale mums swim over the pebbled bite rubbing their stomachs on them as some kind of relief prior to giving birth. It is incredible to see. Last spring we came out of Anacortes on the Washington State Ferries and a resident pod was just at the intersection of Guemes Channel and Rosario Strait and then later a lot more critters in San Juan Channel between Friday Harbor and Sidney, B.C. The next afternoon we were taking B.C. Ferries back to the mainland and the ship had to stop in Active Pass for a large pod, so they are all over the place. This past summer three pods came together for a very long time. I saw them out of my house windows just below in Rosario Strait and there must have been forty or more cruising up the channel. We had a huge run of red salmon (Sockeye) through the San Juan's going to Canada's Fraser River and there is speculation that the whales organized together to up their catch capability. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA/Rancho Mirage, CA/Dalian, China Damn it is cold here in northern China but back to the desert in a week. Still sad at the passing of my good cousin Bev SMITH Jochen ('52-RIP). Lots of stories there too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Whale Watching It's nice to share some stories and then get a favorable response. Thanks to all who have commented. The most common question is when is the best time to visit the San Juan Islands and see the whales. Keeping in mind that these are wild animals and they do not follow a predictable schedule. The resident pods (J - K & L) follow the salmon runs and are in the San Juan Islands from April through September. June, July and August are the best months and you will have perhaps a 90 percent chance of seeing whales then, especially if you spend a few days there. You can spend a day or two at the Whale Watch Park and take your chances. When the whales show up there, they usually put on a great show. There is no time of day that is better. Sometimes they are in the area early in the morning and sometimes mid day and sometimes at dusk. Pack a picnic, take a book and a good soft folding chair and enjoy a day by the water. The whale watch vessels are part of a network of spotters and they will usually know where the whales are going each day. The usual trip is four to five hours. In addition to seeing whales, you will see dolphins, bald eagles, seals and lots of other birds. Enjoy the cruise. Now I just made myself homesick for the islands. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Hey Jack As we move in to the new year we seem to have so many memories rush over us of times past and things to come. This year is no different... at this time of year I am always reminded of a horrible "far out" poem I wrote on January 4, 1968 while in Viet nam... we were getting the real music of the times from guys coming in country and other guys returning from their 30 day leaves for doing another tour... I remember participating an a bit of nonsense with the company clerk for which he probably spent a bit of time in the brig... he printed a "free press" on his mimeograph machine and I am sure I wrote some of the stuff... he wouldn't give any of the rest of us up and off he went... just young men confused about where they were and what they were doing and getting only snippets of real world news and only the tamest of music on Chris Noel's "groovy" armed forces radio show... but today I want to just say "we miss him too" to Jack GARDINER ('61)... it's been 28 years since we lost his brother Chuck ('63) but I know there are still guys out there... when no one is looking... practicing "the walk"! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Spam Dear Bombers! I need your help! There is virus or something that has been sending out spam stuff under [my old email] names of penassen/ tuff67. I've asked everyone to block them. But now what ever it is has not glommed on to my peedinger address!! I was told it was Facebook or hotmail that is causing this. I was wondering has anybody had this problem? If so how did you fix it? I've changed my password so many times I have to write it down as I can not remember what it is any more! I am ready to delete Facebook but Maren says no not to do that. So does any one in Bombers Ville have any idea as to what I can do or try? Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) P.S. This is not a harmful virus... just a pain in the Puttity!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Grace DeVINCENTIS ('50wb) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** NOTE: Bomber's last name in high school is now in ALL CAPS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill LYONS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina BERLAND ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Whales Great stories from WIGHT ('52), BERLIN ('56) and HEMPHILL ('62) I've got one, too. A buddy bought a used 20' open inboard from a guy on Whidbey so I went with him over to get it. On the way back to the Marina at Golden Gardens and about at the lower point of Whidbey (Point no Point?) we suddenly found ourselves surrounded with fins. It was a bit scary at first, but we soon found the episode to be quite exciting. I am a landlubber so it was a little special for me. My friend, owner of the boat was a native of Bellevue, and a boater most of his life, had never seen anything like it. They would go by, flash us and circle around. Soon they were... just... gone. This last weekend was a sight for the eyes of an old Husky. A sweep of the L.A. schools in BB and a 47 point turnaround in the crazy defeat of Nebraska in FB. Fun Fun. -Dick McCoy (From the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grace DeVINCENTIS Spice ('50wb) Re: Man Dies At 102, Owns Same Car 82 Years I thought all you car lovers might get a kick out of this. -Grace DeVINCENTIS Spice ('50wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Whale Stories Have really enjoyed the whale stories, and am quite relieved that none are about a Jimbeaux sighting of me catching some rays on a beach. I had the opportunity to see Orca chasing their dinner into the cliffs below Bill BERLIN's ('56) home overlooking the Haro Straight on San Juan Island and it was an incredible experience. This past September the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I took a whale watching cruise out of Juneau, AK and the attached photo of three Humpback Whales was the 'best' that we could do. Miss Nancy's positive karma overcame my deficit karma and the balance was sufficient to get the gods smiling. No Photoshop, no jacking around with images and we pretty much have our breath back. -Jimbeaux P.S. Back in balmy and sun drenched Kirkland, WA (+32F) after welcoming in the new year at the cabin in sunny and not so balmy Leavenworth, WA (+5F). And after 30 some years, the Lovely Miss Nancy is taping her ankles for her last couple of days at Mrs. Cook's in University Village. Then a well deserved retirement. My only hope is that she doesn't decide to start playing the accordion again. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Some Thoughts on Turning 65 I turned 65 today [1/3/11]. Unlike so many previous birthdays, there was something very different about this one. When I was a child, turning 65 was a watershed event. People traditionally retired at 65. It marked a transition from the working phase of your life into retirement. You were officially a senior citizen then. When my dad was 65, he was an old man. But he was born in 1900, a much different era. People lived shorter, harder lives. Mentally, I'm not anywhere near 65, and it's hard to accept. But physically, my body reminds me frequently that I am. Funny, then, that at this age I find myself more restless and driven than ever. I've become an adherent of Theodore Roosevelt's dictum: "I would rather wear out than rust out". I mark the success of my weekends anymore by how much I got done, how productive I was. I can't stand laying around relaxing any more. There is a sense of urgency now in what I accomplish, a feeling that, unlike when I was younger, there is a finite amount of time to accomplish what I want do. Despite my father's early appearance of being an old man, he lived to 90, so hopefully I will inherit more time on this earth to get things done. I've already decided that when the trumpet sounds, I want to be at my keyboard working on my next novel. My father retired at 65, but kept working because he had to. Alas, with our youngest child still in school, retirement is still two years away for me. Two years from today, as a matter of fact. So, clinging to the notion that 65 is the new 55, I press on. I've got to go now; there's so much I need to get done. -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Virus You asked if anyone else was having problems with Facebook and this virus. For me, I'm not having any problems, but then again, I'm not on very much anymore. Are you involved in any of the games? -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We had sunny skies yesterday and then again today. Guess it's suppose to be nice all week until the rains hit again this next weekend. So nice to see the sun at last. Was outside yesterday for just a short bit and the sun was really quite warm. Nice! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) To: A Really Cool Girl I know everybody says so but I really mean it... it was really good getting to know you in third period... I hope next year we have study hall together so maybe we can sneak out and go to Zip's and stuff... I know yer not that kinda girl but a bunch a fries and tartar sauce between us wouldn't really be like a date or anything so think about it and until then maybe you could have a really HAPPY BIRTHDAY Paula Jill LYONS ('64) on January 4, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/11 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have ONE BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam EHINGER ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora HOMME ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia REDISKE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allyson SMITH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon STRATTON ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Thanks to Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) for bringing up my favorite past time of watching whales... I did make my first real whale watching experience in maybe 2002 near Cabo at the bay Ed WOOD (also from the great class of '62) touted as being a great place to see young and old whales. Sorry, I can't think of the name of the bay at this minute... well, we went in January, supposedly a good month and in 3 hours in a very old wooden boat only saw about 3 whales... and no babies. (I had had another friend tell me they sat and watched whales from the beach of their hotel near Cabo, but that was in l998 or something. Then in 2005 I was on a cruise to Mexico and again in port in Cabo we say a cute baby whale perform for us for about a half hour, but I was afraid something might be wrong with her/him? as he kept rolling over in the water... I have made a trip to see the Orcas on the back side of Friday Harbor out of somewhere in Seattle I really believe. We did see a neat pod, but I'm sorry, I can't remember their number or letter... then this last summer, we too took the Inland Passage (actually my roommate was my friend, Mary Eldridge from Seattle (not a Bomber but from Everett, born and bred,); anyway, I took the whale watching cruise out of Juneau too. I did see a whale breach really closely to me on the little boat, but the gal from the boat was between me and the whale, so I never have gotten a good close picture of a whale breaching... (I guess I should explain my husband and I had planned this to make the cruise together and he had a meeting date change about the day after we had booked the trip, so he joined us for the land part of our Alaska adventure this past summer.) I loved being in Alaska, I've wanted to return since we first visited there in l976... In September, 2006 we went out on a cabin cruiser for a week in the San Juans with 2 other couples. We saw not one whale the entire time... but I did love being in the San Juans. I had actually thought some year we would go island hopping on the ferries with a back pack, and staying in motels (not camping I an assure you) until these friends asked us to join them on this fun trip... However, I love trying to get that photo... not that I have any whale watching trips planned yet for 2011... To: Bill SCOTT ('64) A few people like you and my husband, and Robert E. Lee, according to the History Channel last night, seem to be blessed with a lot of energy despite your age... Warren, (NAB, but a Bear from Brewster, WA will turn 66 this May) keeps going like the energizer bunny, day in and day out. He just got home from another long day, and it's 9:30 pm here. I'd say count your blessings. I too have a lot of things I'd like to do but I'm not driven like you and my husband seem to be at times... I'm trying to stop and smell the roses more, as I keep reminding my husband... (and myself, as I may not pass this way again, to quote someone more famous than I) -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where it is about 35 during the day and around 20 at night. They say we may get our 2nd snowfall of the year this Sunday night. We will make a quick trip to Wenatchee to see Warren's mother in her assisted living facility next week,and then go spend a week with our son, his wife,and our GRANDSON. We are exhausted, but glad we had such a nice Christmas Eve service, while our first services of the New Year were light... However, we are planning our church calendar for this year... and send late Happy New Year wishes for blessings for 2011. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Cobian Backup So, after my external hard drive crashed a while back, advised me to back up my C drive to the External Hard Drive every day. Download/use the FREE Cobian Backup. After the daily back up is completed, what shows up on my task bar is their mushroom that looks for the world like a mushroom cloud!! Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 55 at 1am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Question from the 1950s Curious if anybody knew a man by the name of Stan Myers. The first mention of him in the phone books has him in the men's barracks, He then moved to a one-bedroom prefab at 96 Cullum, then a two- bedroom pre-fab at 422 Duane (now 422 Goethals). He left town sometime in 1957-1958. If you did, I'd like to talk off-line. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Roger SHARP ('59) Ed WOOD ('62), Tedd CADD ('66) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SCHAUER ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Football and Fire Football: I finally discovered a Washington - Katy, TX linkup. The 1/5/11 issue of USA Today carried an article about the Football Championship Subdivision title game which matches Eastern Washington against Delaware. Eastern's key win was a 41- 31 victory over Villanova. Eastern's star quarterback, Bo Levi Mitchell, transferred from SMU to play at Cheney replacing All- American Matt Nichols. Mitchell hails from Katy, TX (my home town of 20 years). Mitchell graduated from Texas high school power house Katy High School, a campus in what is called "Old Katy." Of the four other high schools in Katy (all in the unincorporated part): James E. Taylor (near my home), Cinco Ranch, Morton Ranch and Seven Lakes, only Cinco Ranch has finished in the state's top ten rankings Another Katy HS football grad, Andy Dalton, TCU's quarterback, completed an outstanding season by leading TCU over Wisconsin 21-19. Andy tossed one touchdown pass and ran for another. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 219 yards, with no interceptions. Fire: While going through some old Tri-City Herald keepsakes I re-read accounts and looked at pictures of the dreadful "range fire" which began June 29, 2000. It encompassed over 100,000 acres and caused evacuations in West Richland, Benton City, etc. The reports indicated a number of homes were destroyed, but the papers I kept didn't go into much detail about that aspect of the tragedy. I don't recall seeing anything about the cause. Do any of you Bombers remember how it started and were any of you affected by the fire? Happy New Year and best wishes from Katy, TX -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger SHARP ('59) Re: New Toy So I decided that I might as well treat myself to the newest technology. I have been watching advertisements for the Benelli Vinci shotgun on the Internet and the sports channels, and decided, yup, I need one of those. I use the term "need" very loosely here. To my favorite sports store, Ranch and Home, talked to Rick, and traded in the current shot gun, a Benelli Super Black Eagle II for the all new, latest state-of-the-art, all black Benelli Vinci. To justify the expense, (they are not cheap) and typically only going through 1 or 2 boxes of shells per year hunting, I decided that I should go to the shotgun trap range at the Rattle Snake Mountain Shooting Facility, ran by Tri-City Shooters Association and get some use out of it. New to the range, I asked the on duty Range Officer how to use the range. He was extremely helpful and guided me through Gun Safety first, no loading until on the line, one round only loaded at a time, eye glass protection, hearing protection, etc. Speak into the microphone on the line, (yell "PULL") and a clay pigeon comes flying out of the trap house traveling in any of 3 directions. No, there is no one in the trap house, it is all automatic. How cool is that! OK, walk to the line, no one else on the line, but several shooters in the back ground watching. I noticed I was a little shaky when I first stepped up to the line. Could it be nerves? Am I going to look like a complete idiot? OK, one shell dropped into the chamber, hit the release lever and I was ready. I yelled "PULL!" Nothing happened. What did I do wrong? OK try again, Real loud, "PULL!" This little orange clay pigeon comes screaming out of the cement block trap house directly in front of me at a right to left angel. There was no time to think. Years of hunting kicked in and the front sight was on the pigeon, pull trigger. Puff. A direct hit. Who would have thought? OK, so far, I like this shot gun. Again, "PULL!" Pigeon straight out, front sight on pigeon, pull trigger, Puff. OK I am really beginning to like this. "Pull", puff, "Pull" puff. "Pull", puff. The first 5 pigeons went down in smoke or pieces. If I didn't hit any more at the next 4 stations, five shots at each station, all at different angels to the trap house, I would not feel too bad. I don't recall how many I hit or missed at the next stations, but I do remember I was busting more than were let flying off into the sun set intact. They must have been the hens. The new shot gun gets attention out at that range. First comments generally are, what kind of shot gun is that? and wow, it is really light. Several have tried it and the general comment is, it is not a real Trap gun, but it can shoot. Guess I will keep this one for awhile. -Roger SHARP ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Whales To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Yes Helen, that was Magdelena Bay that you visited in Baja. Im sorry you didnt see much, but we did when we went there. See attached. I remember two other things about that trip that were pretty special. Since the fishing was so good in the Bay we had the freshest cerviche I've ever had. And almost better than the cerviche was the homemade tortillas made in camp with lard! I've had lots of homemade tortillas before, but using lard really made a difference. Two treats on our trip in the Inside Passage. While our boat was drifting in the water at one point we saw a ring of cantaloupe- sized bubbles forming just a few yards off the bow. A humpback whale was bubble netting right in front of us. Sure enough within less than a minute a humpback whale came up in the center of the bubbles, gobbling down a mouthful of fish that he (she?) had trapped with the bubbles. The other was smelling the broccoli- scented whale breath as they spouted right next to our boat. The smell isn't too surprising when you consider the amount of algae they consume. -Ed WOOD ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Whales... A friend had chartered a fishing boat in Alaskan waters a while back. The skipper got radio word that there were some whales sighted nearby so they went to see. A little after they got there, a whale (I don't remember what kind) breached and came down on the bow of the whale-watchers' boat. It threw some of the people into the water and damaged the boat. My friend's whale watching expedition became a rescue mission as they helped people out of the water and helped the other boat back to the dock. -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Eastern Football Given the apparently lofty levels they have reached this year, I am surprised that no one has been talking Screaming Eagle football. When I was there, we pretty much had to make our own fun... which we managed to do quite well, thank you and football was kind of a joke... I used to go to games only because the Quarterback was dating my girlfriend's roommate. I do distinctly recall that our band had an extensive repertoire of 2 songs... the fight song (which I could never quite get to replace the WSU/Bomber song in my head) and 'One Tin Soldier'... and they played those songs at all the major sporting events... Football, Basketball, Wrestling and the opening of 8th of May festivities. Eastern's claim to fame was Lanny Davidson taking the NAIA National Wrestling Championship in his weight class and the Native American club managing to shame the college into abandoning the 'Savage' moniker as their mascot and, in the process, helping themselves to ALL the old uniforms in every sport. They were the envy of every other Native American organization they competed against. Never could quite understand the hypocrisy of that position. Anyway... the Screaming Eagles battle the mighty Delaware Blue Hens for the Division 1 National Title in someplace called Frisco, TX (help me out here Brad WEAR ('71)) beginning at 4PM PST on ESPN2 [today, January 7, 2011]. I was kind of hoping that Mike FRANCO ('70) would be sending the Boeing corporate jet out to whisk me off to the game but it looks like I am going to be here in Michigan and will personally try and recreate the atmosphere of Showalter's Tavern on game day by having a whole group of people over who don't know who Eastern is (Eastern would be Eastern Michigan here) and are mainly interested in drinking a lot of free beer and will watch the game if that is what they have to do to get the free beer. It will be just like college... especially if we can kick things off early in the afternoon. Too bad they aren't playing at Inferno field... would be nice to see some Blue Hens get toasted on that new red field. Off all the Washington schools to be rooting for... it's absolutely GREAT it's the boys from Cheney. Go Eastern!!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Jim JENSEN ('50) Phil BELCHER ('51), Mike CLOWES ('54) David DOUGLAS ('62), Shirley SHERWOOD ('62) Gary BEHYMER (64), David RIVERS ('65) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath CARLSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SINCLAIR ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Football, football A very long time ago, and a decade before I became a UW alumnus, I was, for a couple of years, a Savage from EWCE. We were about 1800 students who knew everyone else. There were dozens of Bombers enrolled, and some played football including Dale GIER ('48), QB. Today, Ewecie Tech is known as Eastern Washington University. The politically incorrect Savages are gone, replaced by the mundane Eagles. Anyway, most of you should know they are now the National Champions of Division 1 Football. What a week. Three wins to open up the Pac Ten Conference for the Huskies, The UW with a knarly wind over Nebraska, and the Seahawks are in the playoffs, at least for a while. When I heard that the EWU QB was from Katy, TX, I thought of Jim JENSEN ('50). He confirmed that in the Sandstorm yesterday. Incidentally I believe Katy was named after a RR Line, the Kansas and Texas. A little minutea there. I am beyond amazed. I am giddy. and fear for my old heart, this is almost too much. Hip Hip Hooray. It might snow again tomorrow, and I could care less. -Dick McCOY From the Grand Old Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Whoa! Eastern Wins 20-19 Best of two worlds. Eastern takes the championship from favored Delaware and Katy's Bo Mitchell connected on 29 of 43 passes for 302 yards and three straight touchdowns to come back from a 19- point downer. A-l-l r-i-g-h-t!!! Bombers rule, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Re: Reflections upon growing old. This is a site with a number of interesting items to look at, maybe its even been listed on here before. It struck home several times. -Phil BELCHER ('51) ~ Pasco where it looks like we may get some more winter weather next week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, how about them Screamin' Eagles from Cheney???? And it didn't take a red field to do it. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ the monsoons have returned to Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Whales are fairly common in Hawaii. Lahaina, Maui, was a whaling village back in the 1800s. Whales come there to have their calves. But I've only seen whales once in the 32 years I've lived here. I taught Head Start in Hauula, on the North Shore, back in 1971. I was taking one of my children home after school one day. He lived just off Kamehameha Hiway, which runs along the shore. After dropping him off I drove back to the hiway and was waiting for traffic to pass to make the right turn onto the hiway to go back to Kaneohe. Then, just off shore, I saw a mother whale and her calf breach out of the water right in front of me. I would never have believed the water was deep enough that close to shore. It took me about five minutes to get my breath back. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, Hawaii ('kane' is the Hawaiian word for 'man', 'ohe' is 'bamboo', so the name means 'bamboo man'; in a storm bamboo bends but does not break, so a 'bamboo man' is a person who can withstand the storms of life, or so I've been told) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) Re: Check this kid out Maren, maybe this kid will decide on Richland since he's at least in the state already. -Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Help! Yep, need some help on a group of 9 employees health insurance coverage. Our cost will go up 47.46% come March 1st of this year. That works out to $9.44/hour for an employee that is married and has one child. ($19,626.72/year) Any Washington State insurance brokers in the alumni group who may be able to provide some help to lessen the financial burden? Please feel free to contact me. -Gary BEHYMER (64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Thank you for all your support and love Well, I tried to keep you informed without sounding like I was whining on the progress of my dear friend, Michelle, during her battle with cancer. It was swift and deadly as I understand pancreatic cancer is. I've probably read more about the subject than I ever wanted to know. I had been giving her some homeopathic remedies from a doctor in Texas from the time she was diagnosed. She immediately perked up and was released from Hospice after a couple of weeks and allowed to go home. Home is where she wanted to be and she grew stronger each and every day to the point where we made an appointment with her Oncologist to see what was going on. The Doc was very nice about it and explained that the prognosis was the same but was extremely happy with her quality of life. We even were able to practice walking and she was able to take sit down showers and feel like a real person again. Before the Firm Christmas party I asked her if she was strong enough to go... she was delighted. I had picked up some satiny black jammies so she could feel elegant in bed but she had yet to wear them. They were the ticket for a wonderful "outfit". Her Mom took pictures before we left and she was the Bell of the Ball. I'm sending a copy of one of the pictures with this post. Christmas Eve day she busied herself with making bread, etc. for Christmas dinner and ate very well on Christmas. That was the peak and she returned to bed after that. She had a stroke and eventually went into a coma and on January 3, 2011 it snowed in Vegas. I told her parents she had been waiting for the snow and went outside the window where her bed was and made the snow angel she made every year... I told her of the angel. I read her Bible to her and just tried to talk to her. At 4 am the next morning she passed. She looked like an angel and we dressed her in her black jammies to be picked up by the funeral home. Click to see Michelle Ketrow's Obituary Your love and strength made all the difference in the world to me and I love being a Bomber. She loved to hear about all the kids I grew up with and was always interested in the news from the gang. She and the Big Fat liar ('65) were dear friends as well. Special thanks to Cecilia ('65), Ellen ('63), Jimbeaux ('63), Mary Lou ('63), Kenny ('68) and all the rest of you who helped me through this. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Alright, I ready to talk a little smack about the EWU Screamin' Eagles Football! They are 12-2 and playing for the National Championship! I'm going to say right here that this is the BEST college football team in the state of Washington this year! Huskies stink, Cougars stink, Eastern is playing for the National Championship!!! Guess who the Lockerless Huskies open against next year? That's right--EWU is on UW's schedule. Imagine all the whining and hand wringing that is going to take place next September when EWU comes in to Husky Stadium and gets the UW off to an 0-1 start!!! Changing subjects. I'll be getting on a cruise ship on Sunday morning in Barbados. We stop at Devil's Island, French Guiana and then sail all the way up the Amazon River to Manaus, where I will disembark. Any Bombers have Amazon River stories? -Brad UPTON ('74) P.S. I'll be in Tulsa, OK with Johnny Mathis on January 20th. Any Tulsa Bombers? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Lenora HUGHES ('55), Larry HARROLD ('56) Dee WALLACE ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan ECKERT ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John TAYLOR ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl DROTTS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FUNDERBURG ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edna SMYTH ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stefan SCHERPEREL ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Re: Linda REINING ('64) Happy Birthday to my dear friend, Linda REINING ('64). One of the nicest people in the world as far as I am concerned. Linda, have a wonderful day, my friend! Hugs, -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry HARROLD ('56) Re: Tribute to Dale GIER ('48) - Bomber, Athlete, Leader, Scholar, Educator, Coach, and Administrator With all the happiness and joy brought to us by Eastern Washington University's national football championship, I thought that it would be appropriate to pass on a nice tribute to Dale GIER ('48) that was presented by Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) at Richland Club 40's annual event last September, and published in the fall issue of Richland Club 40's semi-annual news letter, The DustStorm. The honors bestowed upon Dale by Columbia Basin College and Eastern Washington University in 2010 were not widely publicized. The significance is that after 50 years, Dale and his accomplishments were not forgotten by the institutions he honored and served. The following is the article that appeared in the fall issue of Club 40's DustStorm. CLUB 40 SALUTES FORMER PRESIDENT, DALE GIER A highlight of the evening at the recent Club 40 annual meeting was Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) announcement of the two honors bestowed on Dale GIER ('48) in 2010 by the Columbia Basin College and Eastern Washington University. On January 21, 2010, the Columbia Basin College Athletic Department inducted Dr. Dale GIER and three others into the CBC Wall of Fame. CBC honored Dale for his 28 years of service as instructor, coach and administrator. During the six years that Dale coached athletics, CBC accounted for 12 league championships. In 1969, Dale took a two-year leave of absence to earn his Doctorate of Education from Washington State University. He then returned to establish CBC's new Adult Basic Education program. Dale served as Dean for Community and Continuing Education for 18 years. He was active in the community and volunteered as coach for youth AAU and Junior Olympics and organized the Kiwanis track program. On June 21, 2010, the 1950 Eastern Washington College football team that Dale played on was selected to be inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame along with the head coach, Abe Poffenroth (posthumously). The induction ceremoney was scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2010, in Cheney, during halftime of the football game. Dale was the quarterback and punter on the 1950 team that finished 8-2 overall and won their last four games by a collective 71-0 score. Besides winning the conference title, Dale was an outstanding passer, quarterback, and punter averaging over 39 yards per punt. Dale was no slouch in baseball either. Against Central Washington College he pitched a 4 hitter while leading the team in hitting with a home run, double, and a single, while winning the game 15 to 6. Following his recognition by Club 40, Dale summarized that "Attitude" has everything to do with success and that Club 40 has flourished for 23 years for that very reason. -Larry HARROLD ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chester "Dee" WALLACE ('60) Maren, the last issue I received was 1-5-2011. Is there a problem? Thanks. -Dee Wallace ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dee, Yes! The problem (again) is with (your provider). They (again) think that the Alumni Sandstorm is spam and have been blocking it. PLEASE adivise your ISP that you WANT your Alumni Sandstorm delivered to your inbox EVERY day. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: You've been such a friend I gotta say that I'm sorry I'm so late on this post. Had a rather exhausting and emotional day. But we gotta Bomber-babe having a birthday on January 9, 2011, and I just gotta thank her for (a) still being with us; and (b) for being such a wonderful friend all these years (well I don't mean it to sound like it's been 100 or so)... So Linda REINING ('64) I am honored and privileged to call you friend and to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just too dang cool, girl! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) To: Brad UPTON ('74) Brad, I have been to Manaus twice, once for about 5 days. I have taken boat and air tours of the Amazon basin and it is all incredible. BUT... if you like sweat you will LOVE Manaus. It is the only place I have ever been where you actually start perspiring in the middle of your shower. During your ride up the river you will enjoy 87-90 degrees and rain type weather. For most of us it is just an endles string of bad hair days. Oh yeah, you won't have that issue. Anyway, enjoy the ride, it is incredible. Go visit the opera house there. Way back when it was built the rubber barons coated all the cobblestone streets surrounding the building with rubber so the noise of the horses hooves would not disturb the operas. It is all worth seeing. Manaus actually has more historical buildings than Richland. And yes that opera house is more historically significant than the old Ernie's Printing building in Richland. Have fun. -Mike FRANCO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Michael MASHBURN ('77) ~ 1959 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCOY ('45), Pete OVERDAHL ('60) David RIVERS ('65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy STEIN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: game on Who dat? Lynch is dat. (Sorry Maren) -Dick McCOY (Happily astounded from the Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) Re: Larry HARROLD ('56) Tribute to Dale GIER ('48) Larry spoke of the wonderful man, Dale GIER ('48) and his accomplishments in education and sports both at CBC and Eastern Washington. If you were at Club 40 in September and Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) introduced Dale you would have known how well Larry HARROLD ('56) covered this real tribute to Dale GIER ('48). Dale talked that evening and only spoke of the achievements of others and not his. He is a real fine gentleman and we are so lucky to have him as a former President of Club 40 and a true friend of Columbia (RHS) High School Alumni. -Pete OVERDAHL ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Michelle Ketrow, Lifetime Member/Oath Keeper Corporate Secty Check out the Blog Archive... Rest in Peace, Michelle -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Remiss Once again, I have been caught asleep at the switch. That saying was one of my favorites under the caps of Rainier bottles 'way back when'... or was it Lucky Lager? I do remember them somehow getting easier the more beer we drank. Anyway. Maybe that will jog a few memories to share some good beer related stories from growing up. I have been tied up the past few days recovering from EWU's big win. I was just about recovered from the shock of that stunning performance (I wonder if Joe Biden congratulated the Eagles on their victory?) and then I watched the Seahawks win their playoff game last night. Pretty good weekend for local football ans. It turns out that Mike FRANCO ('70) was not able to get us the Boeing corporate jet because he was already using it for his annual hiatus to Puerto Vallarta and apparently was too busy partying with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to break away but Bill WEDBERG ('70) DID score use of the Les Schwab Blimp for us. Unfortunately, the Secret Service (for some bizarre reason) determined that a gaggle of partying EWU oldies were a potential threat to our Delaware Blue Hen alumni Vice President Biden and refused permission to come within 1,000 miles of the air space over Frisco, Texas. Nice try, guys. Because of all of the excitement, I kind of lost track of two important Birthdays on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Even though she terminated her Bomber education after 5th grade, Edna SMYTH ('71wb) continues to shine on as a Bomber babe... primarily thanks to the efforts of sister Maren ('63 & '64) and the fact that I had a tremendous crush on her in 4th and 5th grades... even though I officially still hated all girls (except for my 6 sisters and the Ellis girls who lived next door to us). Anyway... it's now been close to 50 years since I saw Edna last but presume she still is cute as ever. She can sign my PeeChee any time. The other birthday I missed was Kristi MAGULA Privette ('71), also on Sunday. It seems hard to remember a time when Kristi and Rob PRIVETTE ('71) were not an item BUT I do remember when Jane QUALHEIM ('71) dumped me for a brief romance with the future Dr. Privette. I am pretty sure Rob then dumped Jane for Kristi and they have been together for over 40 years now. Happy Birthday to both of you. Today (Monday the 10th) is a also a big day for the class of 1971. If my calendar is correct, today is the birthday of the lovely Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71). Judy was a great athlete (I wonder where that came from), a cheerleader par excellence (for both the Bombers and WSU) but, most of all, one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. She is now retired from the Walla Walla School District and is in the process of completing her dream home. All the best to you, Judy!!! And I need to put in a plug for Brad 'I never have a bad hair day' UPTON ('74) and Johnny 'Forever Young' Mathis. IF you have not had the opportunity to see these two together, make an effort to get out and see them. If I can get to Tulsa on the 20th, I will be there. Mike... send the corporate jet for me, OK? All for today... special Birthday to remember tomorrow, though and not even class of '71. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ from frigid Michigan where the North American Auto Show opens with some major announcement from Porsche at 6:30 Monday morning, This is definitely NOT the week to try and get a limo or a decent dinner reservation in Detroit... over 5,000 press from 60 countries here in the Motor City this week. Pretty amazing confab. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To: All PRTR Bombers Found some PRTR pics for you to enjoy. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mike HARRIS ('64) ~ 1946 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim YOUNT ('61), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Rick VALENTINE ('68), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim RUSSELL ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara SMYTH ('73wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob LYSHER ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark GERKEN ('02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim YOUNT ('61) Re: Message from John BROWNE ('61) For those following John's recovery, he has written an interesting couple of paragraphs on the 61 Bomber site here: You'll need to scroll down the page to read the remarks. Great to hear about the recovery. -Jim YOUNT ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) A Special South End Birthday Shout Out to one of the really good guys who made the 200 block of GWWay a great place to be, as none of us really matured or grew up. Along with his brother Jack ('60-RIP), Bill ('56) and Bruce ('62-Lion) BERLIN the fodder for neighborhood stories is always in long, long supply. Happy Birthday to Jim RUSSELL ('58), the Bowie Kuhn of the Tri- City Dogs Baseball League. -Jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The first Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2011 WHEN: Sunday January, 16th TIME: 11:30 coffee 12:00 lunch WHERE: The Northern Quest Casino Woodlands Restaurant family section of the Casino The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wal*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch any time, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch... all Bombers their families and friends are welcome... the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Remembering George Tuesday, January 11, 2011 will be a bittersweet day. If he were still physically present, my good friend George DANA, Jr ('70-RIP) would be celebrating his 59th birthday with family and friends. Although he left us behind over seven years ago, his legacy and spirit live on. George was one of those people that come along very rarely in life. He was a guy that TRULY enjoyed life. Even when he was complaining about the peculiarities of life at Hanford, he did it with relish and gusto. Whether it was on the golf course or on the dance floor, George did everything with his special flair and gusto. And when he and Mike FRANCO ('70) got any kind of an audience... you could bet there would be memorable comedic moments to enjoy. Heck, they were a constant source of amusement to each other-even if there were NO audience. I know Mike misses 'Big G' as much as anyone around. I'll be tipping a few tonight, G. I kind of wanted to wait until today to add my condolences to the guy who seems to have always wanted to sit at the big kids table. I followed David RIVERS' ('65) sojourn with his good friend Michelle with interest and empathy. Until you go through the particular pain of losing a loved one to cancer, it is impossible to understand the sense of helplessness that goes with the journey. I know there are many fellow Bombers out there who have had similar losses or are in the process of experiencing the loss of a loved one but David's loss was a little more 'personal' to me. I have never met David but follow his Sandstorm entries with interest/enjoyment and was even prompted to 'copy' his birthday greetings because I thought it was a particularly cool thing for him to do. And the fact that one of his best friends is a BIG FAT LIAR is kind of what friendship is all about. I hope sharing your pain with us, somehow helped you, David. Michelle was truly lucky to have you there for her. All for now. Have a great week everybody!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ from even 'frigider' Michigan (ZERO degrees right now) where the auto show is now open and the BIG 3 are winning all sorts of car of the year prizes and making a big splash after a couple of real downer years. Interesting statistic mentioned today... for every new auto job, there are 7 new jobs created elsewhere in the local economy. Explains how we hit such a low bottom but also why many feel that Michigan could be ahead of the curve in getting back to 'fuller' employment. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom HUNT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl BENNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn RIESE ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Now that the kerfluffle over the BCS has settled down (except in Eugene), are we in the Northwest ready for the next possible thing? That's right, boys and girls, the possibility exists that the NFC Championship game might be played in Seattle. The Sea Slugs vs the Packers is a little long on the odds, but the fact that the Slugs are still in the hunt makes a wild dream possible. After all if Ducks can play against Tigers, why not? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it's chilly in Mount Angel, OR and it might snow, if the weather guessers have their way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Some years back at our probably 40th class reunion. Someone organized a bike ride that visited some of our old drinking haunts in North Richland and the tuileries in what I guess would now be called North West Richland. During the Tour d'Keggers, there was one cat riding right along with us who had a brand new hip. No bitchin' or moanin' came from his mouth the whole ride and he neither asked for nor required a change in our pace. He's gotta be one of the toughest guys we've got and today is his birthday. Happy Birthday to Earl BENNETT III ('63), and yes your sister represented you well at the GMC63MCCS Christmas gig last year. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Big Daddy turns... uhhhhhhhhhh Please accept my thanks for all the emails and cards I've received. I always know my Bomber friends and loved ones (and you are all my loved ones even if we haven't met) are right there in my corner whenever I need them and I've needed you so much lately. Once Michelle's house is vacant (her folks couldn't take the strain and pain of dealing with her personal stuff and headed back for Indy as soon as the removal of her stuff commenced) I will be able to rest easier. I've never had to do this but know many of you have and it is not something I wish to do again and do not want anyone to have to do for me so I am busy selling all my cars and car stuff so that part will be out of the way when I go. One of those wonderful friends is having a Birthday today January 12, 2010 and it's my self appointed job to see to it that he gets a huge Bomber HB. I was very touched by his thoughts but certainly not surprised by his knowledge of the Bible when he consoled me the other day. I have never read the Bible and started from page one a little over a year ago or so. I read a few passages every morning along with my other meditation books. I haven't got very far... Sampson was just born and it appears he is headed for great things... I am using the Bible that was given to me by Richland Lutheran Church in '59 when sister Cecilia ('65) and I were confirmed (I mean there were a ton of other '65ers confirmed at the same time but since Cecilia is the BD boyz sis I thought it fit in very well here). So rat here rat now lemme say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Earl BENNETT ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: More PRTR Pictures To: All PRTR Bombers Another round of PRTR Pics. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Earl BENNETT ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Chuck CRAWLEY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda STAMBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins Sharon and Karen POLK ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat RUANE ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Hate I watched the memorial on TV to the victims of the horrible events of last Saturday. It was well done without morbidity, even with its tearful moments. As I watched, I could not help but think of that terrible time, almost 50 years ago, when JFK was shot. I was at work in the Uptown District for a CPA firm, when a woman burst in and exclaimed that Kennedy had been shot. I imediately got up, left, and went down tthe block to the Golden Lion. I was soon joined by friends Dick SEARS ('47) and Dick QUIGLEY ('47) and with shock watched the enfolding story. Then Cronkite came on and announced the President's death. Through tears and too much booze, we decided that the only good thing about this awful incident was that it would put and end to the constant atmosphere of hate then present... well, it didn't. I hear much of the same tonight.. We must all avoid the hateful discourse to one another, and become more civil in our differences. Will it work this time? We'll see... we'll see. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Thanks, Jimbeaux and David! Jim, my performance on the occasion you mention was just over six months after the hip replacement - not an amazing level of recovery, really, based on my increased awareness from having become the unofficial hip replacement counselor where I work. In fact, I had the other hip replaced back in June, and my recovery this time was so much faster they almost kicked me out of outpatient therapy. I prepared this time, remembering how much muscle tone and overall fitness I had lost prior to the first one eight years ago without realizing it. I maintained better general fitness this time, and for about three months before the surgery I did the therapy I remembered from the first recovery. I was able to give up the walker at or before two weeks, and hung up the cane at three weeks. I was off the pain beds much faster, though the deep bruises needed over four weeks to stop bothering me in the muscles just above the knee, which is apparently where they hold onto the leg as they hammer (literally) the prosthesis into place. I heard the pounding when I awoke briefly, about 20 seconds or so, during the procedure - didn't feel a thing, though, and they must have noticed me stirring and hit me with more sedative. David, I've read through the Bible at least once a year for the last 20 years or so; what will astound you the second time through will be how much you didn't really catch the first time - and that will be true every time after that, as well. Since you've reached Samson, you've already seen just how fallible and human all those earlier giants of the faith were (Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Jacob, Leah, Rebekah, Sarah, Cain, Adam, etc.), each in his or her own way. Samson's escapades will have you shaking your head: "Why can't he get it?" Oh yes, he was destined for some great things, but his detours ... and the ones that come after will have similar failings, but many of them kept returning to God. I've used a variety of reading plans and a couple of different translations. The plan I'm using this year is chronological, so it skips around some and at various times there are excerpts from several different books on the same day's reading. Reminds me of a Bible teacher who was presenting an overview of the Bible in a neighborhood-based study group. After the first session one participant, an attorney, was so fascinated that he figured out before the second meeting a week later what the chronological order of the Old Testament books should be. That's not a trivial accomplishment, as they are deeply interwoven. Your intention to divest yourself of excess baggage before you pass out of this world inspires me - my wife and I have wanted to simplify our possessions, too, but we've made only moderate progress. Anyway, I continue to pray for you, and I appreciated the materials about Michelle's lasting impact that you made available. Regards, ecb3, from quite cold central Virginia where the contractor continues to make progress on the addition to the house in spite of low temperatures (for here), and some light snow this morning. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Can you spot the 1964 Richland Bomber in this 1966-1967 photo from the 1967 WSU Chinook yearbook? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chuck CRAWLEY ('67) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) What year were the PRTR pix taken? -Chuck CRAWLEY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47), Phil BELCHER ('51) Tom TRACY ('55), Mac QUINLAN ('62) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan BAKER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane ARMSTRONG ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) Re: London fireworks Maren: I don't know if this is proper or not, but I have just watched the attached video sent to me by our Canadian friends. Immediately I thought of our own "happiness is the sky in bloom" man [Larry MATTINGLY ('60)] and thought you could send it on to him. Fantastic! -Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Re: Laughter I was visiting a care giver web site and saw this short video clip and thought that the Club 40 members might get a chuckle out of it. -Phil BELCHER ('51) ~ from 'sunny' Pasco where we saw the sun and the temps went up into the high 50s today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) Re: Remembering better ways and expecting better days "The safety of good men is very much owing to the hold God has on the consciences of bad men, and the access God has to them"... through consciences, manners, and kindness passed forward... by good Moms and/or Dads, parents, grandparents, good teachers, good friends on school playgrounds and in classrooms, good writers, good fellow-employees, good bosses, good business associates, good TV shows, good news reporters, good Hollywood films, good musical lyrics, good humorists, good legislators, good leaders, good coaches, good neighbors... consciences- exposed to men and women who might behave badly... have correctly changed the bad behaviors and transformed lives of many for the good of everyone. Perhaps the positive side of the reality news story should be... "Today 308 million people in America acted respectfully... the other two million are either desperately trying to find a job, sleeping under a bridge, in the ground, jailed, selling drugs, robbing a store, terrorizing someone, trying to join a gang, or wandering around somewhere not knowing what to do next". The quote from Genesis 24:50 and our current events remind us we all that we have a job to do on ourselves and our nation. Some days make us feel like saying... "Theres got to be a pony in here among all this bad stuff somewhere". I may have a hole in my shoe today, but being an American means, with Gods help, I shall be back on my feet again real soon! Cheers and an RHS thumbs up to all. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Quinlan, aka Mac QUINLAN ('62) To: Gary BEHYMER ('65) Re: Can you spot the Bomber? It sure looks like Susan KNOX ('64). -Mac QUINLAN ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Gary BEHYMER ('65) Re: 1964 Richland Bomber in photo from '67 WSU Chinook yearbook "Our own" Susan KNOX ('64). *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ cold in Bakersfield, CA and am loving it! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) Carol CARSON ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron RICHARDS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CROSS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FREEMAN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED Today: Wendy CARLBERG ('64-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: The way forward I wish to thank you, Tom TRACY ('55), for your thoughtful comments of the 14th. You showed how so many people should and do the right things by those they affect. Let us all believe they will overcome the wrong road, and the wrong thoughts, and the wrong actions, and bring us to forward toward sanity. You are a good friend to all of us, Tom. -Dick McCOY, From the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Well said Tom... you should run for office. I would gladly vote for you. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Bundled up in COLD Northern Virginia (in the 20s for days and days) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Thank you Tom for your eloquent post. Makes us stop and think. It is better to think of the good than the bad. I loved your analogy of "there's got to be a pony in here somewhere" since I have heard that joke many times and it always makes me laugh. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ from cloudy, damp Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) and Phil BELCHER ('51) Thank you thank you for the entertaining YouTube videos. What a wonderful way to start this Friday off. I hope that every one of us has a great weekend! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) To: Frank Quinlan, aka Mac QUINLAN ('62) Re: 1967 WSU Chinook yearbook? ... and it was Susan KNOX ('64) in a random photo from the 1967 Chinook from WSC (WSU). Susan was a cheerleader for the Cougar BUT I cannot identify the event where this photo and one other was taken where it is obvious that the photographer had her in mind as a subject. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I coulda guessed Susan KNOX ('64)... In fact, I did... but that ain't the point of this here post... this is about a Bomber-babe I first came to know just before 6th grade. I've never really figured out how all my buds knew all the Christ the King kids but I didn't until Jr Hi... guess it doesn't really matter after all these years now that I've known them so long and all but it has always puzzled me... anyway... I met this girl kinda thru Laura PARKER's ('65) dog, Whitey. That's because I met Laura just after we moved across the street from her in the summer of '58 or '59, when I chased him up on the Parker's lawn and threw a rock into the yard where the family was having a picnic. So, the BD girl was great friends with Laura and her cousin, Marion PERKINS ('65), so naturally I got to know her too. She has long been a great pal of mine and I must admit that over the years I have probably been quite smitten with her once or twice. Alas, I never made that known and we have remained good buds. I think, in the long run it has been a good thing that I haven't made my "LUV" known to many girls or I don't think I'd be as friendly with so many to this day... I've noticed that some... not all... but some kids who went together in school have not remained real close... me of course I say live and let live... (ain't I swell)... So for Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) I shore hope you have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on January 15, 2011!!!!!!!!! And may I say that you are to be commended on not sending out mass emails to people reminding them you have a birthday this month like some girls I know!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Better Ways - Better Days I thank Tom TRACY ('55) for posting (1/14/11) some powerful (and true!) things about the impact & influence that people who do good may have on people who, without that influence, might do bad. I believe that this in part addresses the question "How can just one person make a difference?" One answer is that a person may never know what influence a simple act of goodness or kindness may have toward preventing an act or decision 'toward the dark side', if you will. However, I must take exception to Tom's lumping together of people "desperately trying to find a job, sleeping under a bridge", with those who are "selling drugs, robbing a store, terrorizing someone, etc." i.e., NOT as a part of the "308 million people in America (who) acted respectfully (today)..." Most of us who post to the Sandstorm (and I am guessing most readers) are baby boomers. That means that our parents lived through the Great Depression, we've been through a number of recessions/depression ourselves, and many of us (along with our kids) are dealing anxiously with the impact of recent and current national and global economic problems. So I think we would be hard put to find many of us who have not had family members (parents, ourselves, and/or our kids) "desperately trying to find a job". I don't think that falls under the category of behaving disrespectfully. I have a son (36 years old) with health problems who has a wife with health problems, and they have two small sons. HE is desperately seeking steady work, and has been for quite some time. The constant anxiety and worry are aging him and his wife quickly, and before their time. My own father was often desperately seeking work, even riding box cars to get from one place to another to find work. Going to work for DuPont in Salt Lake City, then transferring to Richland with DuPont (1944) was a god-send that changed his (and my whole family's) life. Is that not true for many of the workers who flocked to Hanford when the plant was being built?? As for those "sleeping under a bridge" -- in my extensive experience in working with the homeless I have found that a big percentage of those sleeping under bridges are doing so for one of two reasons: (1) Lack of success at finding a job (see above); (2) mental illness. So I have to take exception to categorically classifying that population as behaving disrespectfully, too. Those things being said, I thank you for your excellent post, Tom. I just had the need to clarify these points. Keep looking up! -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Saturday Birthday Today, Saturday the 15th, I want to send out birthday greetings to Mike FREEMAN ('71). Mike was a hoot to hang with during high school and his Mom and Dad were tops in my book!! Pappy Freeman was a real cool dad who knew how to keep us in check without stepping on our toes too much. And, I must admit, Mike was the only guy I ever knew who had a dog (Judy) that "coincidentally" had the same name as his girlfriend... the lovely Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71) whose birthday we celebrated last Monday. And I think Mike's favorite song was (what else)... "Judy in Disguise". And he could do a mean Cary Grant "Judy. Judy. Judy." Those were the days my friends!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen HALLENBECK ('51), Earl BENNETT ('63) Bill SCOTT ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie DAWSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry BYRON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary TELFER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda BARR ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Walter LePage (RIP) Col-Hi Teacher '45 to '51. '50 and '51 he taught Aeronautics and Science. Spotted on the Einan's website: -Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) All the whale stories recently remind me of my one "adventure" with whales, sadly not in their habitat. I may have related this before, when whales came up during the early years of the Alumni Sandstorm. I visited Marineland of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, but I'm not sure whether it was in '64 or '69 - more likely the former, but both of those years I was in that area for the College Briefing Conference at Forest Home, a Christian conference center in the mountains east of Santa Barbara attended by a group of young adults from Richland called the Seekers (West Side United Protestant Church, but open to many who grew up in other churches). At Marineland there were three or four levels of observation windows that stretched abut 2/3 of the way around the largest whale tank; I was watching at the 2nd level from the top. There were three orcas in there, a breeding pair and their baby. The name Shamu comes to mind, but that may be a faulty memory. Anyway, as I was watching the mother, she appeared to see me and check me out, so I started walking around the tank, tapping on each window as I went. She started following me, and did a couple of things that seemed like playful acknowledgement of my presence, but suddenly the baby squeezed in between his mother and the windows as I moved. I walked faster, reached the end, turned around and started jogging back the other direction. The baby stayed with me until I reached the other end, turned with me, then lost interest. The mother stayed close enough to keep an eye on things the whole time. They are impressive and obviously intelligent. Regards, ecb3, from seasonal central Virginia where the sun is shining, we have a break from recent colder weather, and the dining/sun room addition to the house is now almost weather tight, but not yet insulated. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: 1967 Chinook photo of Susan KNOX ('64) Judging from the coats evident in the photo, it was almost certainly taken at a WSU football game. It's a reminder of her great natural beauty. And also a reminder of how sad her adamant refusal to attend class reunions has been. Alas, a mystery that may never be solved. Look on page 43 of the '67 Chinook for a photo of Susan in her cheerleader outfit. -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Winners Galore - 1967 Chinook Photo Yes... the beautiful young lady is Susan KNOX ('64). I don't believe it was at a football game because Susan was a WSU cheerleader at the time. Ken DALL ('64) says that the blonde haired 'gal' to the right of Susan is her sister Kathy KNOX ('69). Attached is Kathy's Warrior picture from 1966 (;-) -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) Earl BENNETT ('63), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty ELY ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Check MEYER ('63) '45 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa HOLMES ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Any one want to buy a pair of tickets to the NFC Championship game in Seattle? Cheap, and they're right on the 50 yard line and only 10 rows up. Oh well, the SeaSlugs gave it a shot. And how about them Jets? Wonder how many fines they're gonna get for "trashtalkin'"? Seems there's a new rule in the No Fun League. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it has been raining in Mount Angel, OR and the creeks are rising (along with the snow levels). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) Re: Writers I read so many great stories in the Sandstorm from alumni who are very talented writers. The "Sagebrush Writers", a group of locals here in the Tri-City area, is looking to expand membership. If there are any of you out there who can meet twice a month on Tuesday afternoons to share your work, we would love to welcome you to the group. This is a bunch of people who love to read and write in all genres. We discuss and offer suggestions and compliments. Some members are published, however, most of us write just for pleasure. If you are interested, please contact Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) or me, for more information. Re: Birthdays Also, I want to give a birthday shout out to my old friends, Billie LAWELL Neth ('55), Tony DURAN ('55) and Tom TRACY ('55) who all have birthdays this month. You are not getting older... only better! -Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) ~ In warm and windy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Missing Sandstorm No Sandstorm today [1/16] - is Comcast misbehaving again? -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Kathy KNOX ('69) Kathy was a cheerleader at Chief Jo in both the 8th and 9th grades. I don't think I've ever seen her at any of our reunions either. Is Susan KNOX ('64) the one who went on to medical school or am I thinking of another sibling? -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it continues to rain but the temps are warmer (if that's any consolation) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anna May WANN ('49), Dick WIGHT ('52) Gus KEENEY ('57), Steve CARSON ('58) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy KEENEY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie SHANKS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'NEIL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila DAVIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie MARSHALL ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric HOLMES ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: B-29 Cockpit of Enola Gay Maren, dont know if you can use this in the Sandstorm or not. It was sent to me by my son. You can manipulate the camera up, down and around. This gives you an HD 360 view from the cockpit of the Enola Gay; the plane that dropped the 1st Atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This plane was built at the Martin Bomber manufacturing plant in Omaha in Building D. (now Offutt AFB) Be sure and drag the pointer (cursor) in all directions. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Walt LePage (Former Teacher - RIP) Mr LePage was many things - a real gentleman being among them. Columbia High had a whole bunch of kids in Civil Air Patrol cadet program in the years starting around 1948 or so and going forward quite some time. He was one of several who taught many of us to fly - and he had the patience of Job in doing so! His science classes at school were interesting and enjoyable as well... particularly his meteorology course. Fond memories! -Dick WIGHT ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Happy Birthday to my OLD sister, Missy KEENEY ('59)!!!!!! Keep trying... you might catch up with me yet!!!!!!!!! Big Bro, Gus -Gus KEENEY ('57) ~ from sunny Yuma, AZ where it might reach 85 today!!!!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) We in Chicago have great respect for the SeaHawks and after they beat us in the regular season, spent a lot of time and energy correcting our game. The two injuries were unfortunate but clean hits. We all wish the players a rapid recovery. Concussions are truly an issue. Don't have the slightest idea how it can be prevented. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago where it is still winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: E-mail Problems I fought endless e-mail problems with Comcast at home, and Integra at the office even with our T-1 line at the office. I was fed up and losing my temper over it. Then I got a G-mail account about 18 months ago and ALL problems in e-mail stopped. I average over 90 e-mail a week from the several fireworks and safety networks and private direct mail. G-mail is simple and free. Go to your browser and type in Click on "open an account". Fill in the blanks and your account is open in a couple of minutes. You do have to give your gmail account a name and password. Then open your gmail account, go into settings and fill in your regular email address. Gmail will pick up all of your email accounts for you. You can send and receive all of your email right from your gmail account. You can even change the "from" account name when sending out an email from gmail to any other account name you have. And, there is a way to copy all your contacts to the gmail files. And they will still be in your other email program. And, it is all online and doesn't take up room on your computer. gmail will store 700 mb on your gmail account at no charge. Lastly.. send your gmail address to the Lady Maren and no more problems. :) In all the years I have had email I have NEVER been as happy with the service as I am with Gmail. Try it. You can always get off of it if you don't like. -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ Still pounding on my keyboard at 1am on a rainy night in Tacoma. Trying to work my normal 20 some training seminars I give each year into my already busy calendar for this year of our Lord 2011. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Moron Whales Does anyone remember the TV series "Strange but True" (or something like that) from the early '60s? One episode dealt with Washington's premonition that his new nation would someday stretch to the Pacific. Another about President Lincoln's premonition of his own death (his dream about descending the staircase and looking into his own occupied coffin). Another on a novel called the "Titan," about an ocean liner that sinks in the North Atlantic, but written twenty years before the Titanic tragedy. And one episode reported on a whaling incident in 1890... It seems this whaler was flipped out of the boat and disappeared in all the froth and was thought lost at sea. A day or two later the harpooned whale was nearly finished being de-blubbered into barrels on the ship. Discovered inside the rib cage and in its stomach was the body of the lost seaman Berkeley. Berkeley, bleached as white as snow by diluted stomach acid, but otherwise intact, was laid out on the captain's table until the decision could be made to bring him home or toss him overboard in a canvas bag. Then according to the account--surprise!--Berkeley was found to be still breathing. He revived and survived, and London newspapers were said to have reported how we walked the streets as an albino for yet another ten years. A whale's throat can be about 18 inches in diameter, and elastic, quite sufficient to swallow a man whole, especially judging from what gets coughed up during a successful whale hunt (so I've read). As mammals they also can gulp air into the stomach--enough for an engested man to stay barely alive on even if overcome by the stench (???). The date and name for this story have stuck in my mind, and I have sometimes wondered whether a search through some London archives might verify all this. Makes you wonder, too, if this sort of thing could actually happen more than once... -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Missy sings bass Really? Hmmm, I'll hafta pay more attention next time... but anyway, what a wonderful Bomber-babe we have havin' a b-day here on this January 18, 2011! This is one of them there famblies that I just revel in... they are all just as cool and kind as they can be... and fun... oh my are they fun people. I love it in June cuz I get to see most a them out at Gus' ('57) place and give him his latest most offensive b-day card tho usually not on the right date... and we sit and listen to Jackson ('65) play the banjo... this past year he got the one he's always wanted... and if we are lucky Patti ('63) shows up as well... so here we go lil' bass singer HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Missy KEENEY ('59)!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) See obituary for Eileen BRADY Chatfield ('68-RIP) -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Eileen BRADY Chatfield ('68) ~ 1949 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick PIERARD ('52), Jim WATTS ('54) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Rosalie LANSING ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom TRACY ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BROOKS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ARMSTRONG ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) Happy birthday, Missy KEENEY ('59), and a big black bear hug from North Carolina. She is one whale of a great bass singer, and her quartet stole the show at Burt PIERARD's ('59) 70th birthday extravaganza last month. They would be a great addition at someone's event and/or party, so sign them up. Just think, 30 more and you'll get a personal letter from the President. I want be there to help you read it! Cheers from a non-secret admirer. -Dick PIERARD ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim WATTS ('54) I noticed that Walt LePage passed away recently. He was a grand old man. When I got booted out of Columbia High, he hired me to dig spuds for him on his farm in Pasco. While I was there he kept urging me to get back in school. He finally gave me a raise and let me drive a spud truck. He paid me 75 cents an hour and a buck a load. That was big money in those days. Every time I'd come in from delivering a load he'd start in on me again. He finally convinced me to take a GED test and go on from there. After I graduated from CBC, he sent me an "I told you so" card. He was a great guy and he did a lot of good for a lot of folks. -Jim WATTS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) While on rare occasions, I have been known to bring up the Senior Most awards for which every Senior Class votes. I've recently been thinking about the GMC63 winners and losers. Being that we had amongst our luminaries, a US President (Woodrow Wilson) and a famous song writer (Jerome Kern), I'm not certain why we didn't include: Most Likely to marry well Most likely to marry well more than once Most likely to be hit by a car (The possum award) Most likely to be a Level III Most likely to be called before the Pep Club standards board (a personal favorite of mine) Worst German/Okie accent by a person named after a US President One award winner from our class was recognized for being the "Friendliest", but should have been acknowledged for her smile and laugh. Not sure when I last heard her laugh, but as I recall she could laugh and talk at the same time. If she were at a soccer game in Rio's Maracana Stadium, with some 200,000 plus fans cheering Brazil against Argentina, she could silence the crowd with that smile and her giggle, and we would all know it was her. One used to be able to see her tonsils when she really wound it up, and it was infectious. Happy Birthday to Donna BOWERS ('63), may you continue to win the hearts of all them folks in the "Show Me" state. Keep your eyes peeled for when The Forever Young Always Lovely and Recently Retired Miss Nancy ('65) and I pull up out front in Cousin Eddy. You and Mike are on the list. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Re: Central Florida wildlife We live in Weekie Wachee, FL and the wild life preserve backs-up to the back of property about 3500 acres of it there is another housing project between us. I hate the critters around here. First month I had a snake greet me in my living room, and I was here alone and I went crazy... I had to kill him. I beat him to death with one of my husband's big size 13 shoes. I have not been in total peace since. Then we started seeing armadillos. We have caught 3 so far. They dig in under your foundation, and can cause all kinds of havoc. I have two west highland white terriers, and they are not too afraid of anything. Just a few minutes ago they went crazy barking at the back sliding door and that leads onto the lanai and the enclosed swimming pool. All not that strong for a westie in pursuit. I thought they were barking at the ever persistent squirrels. So I let them out to exercise their curiosity. However they were going really crazy and I thought they were going to break through the fencing, so out I go and here is another big ole armadillo digging his way under the patio of the pool area. Do you think I could get them to come in? No, not on your life. You should have seen me chasing them around the pool with a broom and my oldest one, Angus, biting at the broom and running as fast as he could to stay away from me. Not typical. Finally I got them both in and now will have to call in the exterminator. Every trip from him costs $75.00... so Geez what to do. Otherwise the weather has been rainy and warm. Which I do enjoy. My father-in-law lives with us... we moved down here to finish raising him after he and mom could not were unable to handle things alone. Mom died in May, before we could get them both moved down from New Jersey. Well dad is 87 years and is 6'4" and 200#. He can't hardly walk around but was doing OK, until he fell yesterday. I layed behind and around him... holding up his dislocated shoulder. The medics came in and my dear husband spent 12 hours in emergency room. Dad also broke his hip and started having difficulty breathing. So we are on hold. No surgery until they can make sure he can he can withstand surgery. It looks as if we are falling fast. All we can do now is wait and see. Otherwise we are doing fine except we want to move back home where there are no armadillos and I can see my grandkids grow into big teenagers. -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: More from that 1967 Chinook Yearbook from WSC aka WSU 1967 Basketball - #14 ('64) 1967 Golf - John PERKINS ('63). Pat Welch (Kennewick golf great) Craig Lee (Structural engineer that I meet with each year to inspect our grain facilities. 1967 Gymnastics - Coach Rex DAVIS ('49), Aaron HOLLOWAY ('64), Larry AMOS ('64) & Toby ELLIOTT ('64). 1967 Tennis - Jeff BOSTON ('64), Rik WILLIAMS ('65) + Coach Rex DAVIS ('49) 1967 Wrestling - Harold SURPLUS ('64) -Gary BEHYMER ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Big sisters rule Well, since I don't have one of my own I hafta rely on others' and I gotta say that there are some '63 girls that have really come through for me lately... not as if they don't have their own challenges to deal with either... but that's what Bombers are for isn't it... love and caring and just flat being there for each other... The big sis having a BD on January 19, 2011 is that kinda girl too. I was in school with her lil' bro, Dale ('65), but as things happen I see way more of her than I do of him... don't get me wrong... I never leave him out... but he's just one of those kids ya never hear from except thru his sis... so I just wanna yell a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Donna BOWERS('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Are there any Tulsa Bombers? I'll be with Johnny Mathis this Thursday night in Tulsa, OK. Johnny will be performing with the Portland Symphony on Valentine's Day, February 14th. He doesn't use a comedian when performing with the symphony but I'm highly recommending to you Portland/Vancouver Bombers to go see a true American treasure! -Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jay SIEGEL ('61) ~ 1943 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene MANESS ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack EVANS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey CHAMBERS ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) To: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Re: Armadillos Yumm... Possum in a half shell. That's what we called armadillos in Texas. I bet some of our Louisiana friends will have a good recipe for you. Get your own trap or a gun. You can do anything. You're a Bomber. Snake soup is good as well. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) This is a big thank-you to David RIVERS ('65) (who knows the way to everyone's heart is to remember them). You are "way" thoughtful and to Jim HAMILTON ('63), the mayor and emcee extraordinaire of the GMC class of '63. You darn betcha I'd love to see you here. There is a reason why we have lived here for over 25 years. I want to thank the many people who wished me "Happy Birthday" (esp. Susan NUSSBAUM Reeb ('63) - my songleader bud) because we are all turning 66 this year... not just me!! And I am grateful for your presence in my life and the Sandstorm that reminds me of all of you every morning and what an absolutely great time we had growing up in Richland!! Bombers are special!!! As we age and all go through our individual trials in life, its funny how when we see each other in our minds eye... we still see each other as eternally young and lovely!! Probably, a good thing my eyes are going, would rather remember you all that way anyway!! -Donna BOWERS Rice (from the best darn GMC class of '63) from beautiful downtown Chesterfield, MO where we are about to get 6" of snow ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim YOUNT ('61), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Pam EHINGER ('67), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris VAN DUSEN ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony DURAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judi WILSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari ECKERT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janey ZWICKER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim YOUNT ('61) Re: '61 Bomber Reunion The class website has been updated These additional pages added: ~ "list of the lost" Please read this, and send any information for those we cant find ~ a very early indication of folks who are coming ~ a small note from Lys FOUTS Leitner ~ a very nice writeup from Gloria DAVIS Tinder The reunion is really coming together. Its amazing how many of us that Judy KEPLINGER and her crew have been able to find. -Jim YOUNT ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Terry LIECHTY ('64) - 35th Reunion Photos I must have lost track of this one (;-) -Gary BEHYMER ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Who Is Generation "Y " Thought you all needed the explanation. I know I did, now I completely understand! The Silent Generation are people born before 1946. The Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1965. Generation X are people born between 1965 and 1979. Generation Y are people born between 1980 and 1996. Why do we call the last one Generation Y? I did not know until now, but this cartoon explains it... -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Birthdays Well... another week has flown by (flew by? flowed by?)... well it's the end of the week already any way you spell it. I AGAIN missed a couple of significant birthdays. On Tuesday, January 18, 2011 my younger sister Connie MARSHALL Riggs ('74) celebrated her birthday by helping my Dad get through some tough surgery on his back up in Seattle. Although she "technically" lives in Knoxville, TN... she spends a lot of time on the road... helping my parents and spending time with her children and grandchildren in Spokane and Long Island, NY. I have trouble remembering the people I went to school with (600 plus in our graduating class)... even harder to remember I have nieces and nephews who are Bombers from the '90s and into the early 2000s. I will try and get a handle on that and include them at some point. Also on Tuesday was the birthday of Sheila DAVIS Galloway ('71). The oldest of the Davis clan... she had her work cut out for her trying to ride herd on Steve ("Bear" '72-RIP), Mike ("Boo" '74), Karen ('76) and Wig and Jumbo (Who I always knew only as Wig and Jum and we didn't expect EITHER of them to ever live to see High School, let alone survive it) I think they are class of 1982 but Maren or someone can correct me on that. The Davis' house was a pretty popular place and I don't know how Norm and BJ could hack all the in and out and flurry around the house. I think Sheila was an oasis of serenity and a big help to her folks and I truly hope you had a good day. Bear and Boo did not mess with her!!! Today's Birthday girl is one of the prettiest and nicest to come out of West Richland (and West Richland produced more babes per capita than any on the other burgs around Richland) Happy Birthday on Friday, January 21, 2011 to Janey ZWICKER Thomas ('71). A lot of us hung out with her older brother Jeff ('69) hoping to impress her with our worldliness and coolness but she must have known a thing or two we didn't... because it never worked. I actually considered joining FBLA because she was the QUEEN of FBLA and I think even one some National attention and honors . Anyway, Janey is one nice lady and we wish her all the best on her birthday. For you class of '71ers (got to come up with some equivalent of Tin Can/Gold Medal nickname for our class)... we are getting pretty close to finalizing the agenda for the class reunion August 11-14th. Look for registration links soon at We will be doing a snail mail blitz to our land locked brethren after we get the list as clean as possible. Based on what I hear about the committee "meetings"... they may start monthly meetings to plan our 50th [40th? -Maren]. If that happens, between Brad WEAR's ('71) culinary skills and the fine wines of Pete Hedges ('71) and Jane BROWN Hedges ('71), the meetings are turning into quite the event. If they make them a regular event, I may just have to move back to Richland (plus I think all those arrest warrants are probably expired by now). BTW... Haven't heard anything about Bomber Basketball this year... someone needs to update the out of towners. District must be coming up soon. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI... where I am slated to see the Beatles review... "Rain" this Saturday night. Won't be any rain in the forecast... not with highs of 15 but I'm looking forward to closing my eyes and imagining those tangerine trees and marmalade skies... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) David DOUGLAS ('62), Gary BEHYMER (64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SCHODT ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul BOEHNING ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah AVANT ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: The Boom Boom Generation, er Baby Boomers, or whatever its called... To: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Thank you, Pam, for the "cutoff years for generations" info. I have often wondered about this, but was afraid to show my ignorance, so I didn't ask, or more likely, I was just too lazy to look up the correct defining info. Here I am almost 70 and I was still sort of wondering if I was a Baby Boomer ... or not. Now, I know that I belong to the "Silent Generation," and I now have an explanation for my having been pretty much of ... a quiet kid, when growing up in Bomberville. Each generation seems to have its own identifier. Perhaps mine had the Duck-butt or Princeton-styles haircuts and the low-slung pants (maybe an antiqued precursor to the "Y" Generation). But, I have agonized (well not really, but to say so places greater emphasis on the question) over the Generation Y thing. Up until now, I had assumed that it related to the act of that generation's initiating the wearing of a baseball cap ... backwards, as if to say, "Y do I do dis?" Let's see ... sun in front, bill of cap in back ... I never have quite gotten that one... But, moving on, after some serious meditation, here is, "My Personal Prayer for 2011": Dear Lord, For 2011, all I pray for is a big, fat bank account and a slim body. Please help me to make sure that we do not mix up the two ... like we did last year, and the year before, and... In Jesus name, Amen Ol' Pappy -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather has changed a good bit, toward warmer! Which really translates to, "Yea, Spring fishing is on its way!" And that change arouses fond memories of the peace and tranquility that comes with the shooting flicker and rollover of my fly line. Especially, when lit up against the rising morning, or setting evening sun, as my fly settles onto the rippling rings from a rising trout, and is followed by the joyful jolt of a sudden tight line! But then of course, its pretty relaxing to just bait up, cast out, and snooze until a fish interrupts my slumber with the bounce of a bobber or a jerk on the line. No matter the fishing method, its always more fun when the fish are biting, so then, well sometimes, I even tie on a hook. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Jay Siegel ('61-RIP) Bomber friends... I received a note from Beth Siegel this last week that Jay had passed away in December. No details. I did let Maren know, and that I was meeting with his wife later. I knew he had been fighting lung cancer for nearly 2 years. He was a smoker for as long as I have known him. We go back to the late '50s when we hunted and fished together and were generally good friends. Jay was a retired USMC Gunnery Sargent. He had several relatives who served in the Corps. If memory serves me it was a brother, father, uncle, and maybe grandfather. I had not seen him for 20 some years and ran into him at a Bomber lunch in Federal Way, WA. Time escapes me but it was like 10-12 years ago. At that time he was doing computer service work. He attended my classes in pyrotechnics and obtained a Washington Pyrotechnic Operators License and worked on (and later and was in charge of) fireworks displays for our company. His hobby was growing Fuchsias. They were incredible. It had been several months since I had last seen him. We did trade e-mails. It is always sad and a bit shocking to see a big guy and good friend go down with cancer. I will see his wife Beth Saturday morning probably as you read this) and if she agrees I will get some details and send in an Obit for him. Semper Fi, Jay. RIP. Re: Newest Great Granddaughter Several months ago I announced the birth of my 7th great grand Child, Kaitlyn. I have sent in a couple of pictures and they should be here. I am told she is just like the pictures all the time. Hopefully when I make my annual trip south I will be able to take a day and get over to Mesa, AZ and see her. Re: WinterBlast, the pyros version of "spring break" WinterBlast is in mid-February at Lake Havasu, AZ. Jackie and I always go on down to Yuma to see Gus KEENEY ('57) and hop over to Algadonnes, Mexico for new glasses and dental work for less then 20 cents on the US dollar. Glasses that cost me $450 per pair in Olympia are about $75 - $80 for both pair and frames in Algadonnes. An additional pair for computer work was $22 last year. Root canals in Tacoma WA are $850 to $950 and the 4 I have had in Mexico were $75 to $80. First class technology, excellent technical work, and the dentist I go to is a genuinely nice guy. The line to get back into the US can be 5-600 feet long but is not unpleasant as everybody is my age or older and are there for the same things. Lots of folks are getting their supply of various meds for "cents on the dollar" also. There are people from all over the US and Canada. Virtually everybody is in a good mood and there is lots of fun conversation to pass the time. Lots of comparing of how much money they saved. WinterBlast is February 17-20 this year with the giant displays on Saturday and Sunday. Non-members can sit in the bleachers IF they arrive hours early. There is always a mob to see the really great creations in fire. This year there is also a nearby Moto- Cross event that same weekend that is expected to attract 1500 vehicles so traffic will be worse then usual. I am not teaching or shooting anything this year. I am just going to meet with friends from all over and relax and watch others do their thing. I will work member security at the gate one evening but that is always fun. All members have to volunteer for something as the event has grown large. I did my usual pyro duty at Dutch Harbor, AK on New Years Eve. The 900 mile flight out was a little rough but tolerable. That flight can be the stuff that nightmares are made of. Winter in the Aleutians is said to be some of the worst flying weather in the world. I noted they replaced the giant container crane on the dock. Get this... a 180 MPH wind blew the old crane over last year and broke it. $15 million in damages. The old one is still lying there on the ground. All good parts have been stripped for salvage and they were cutting up the frame. When I expressed doubts about 180 mph winds the Director of Public Utilities for the City (who is the leader of my pyro crew up there) showed me data where the winds have actually been recorded at 205 mph. It was a bit higher then that but at that point it wrecked the tower into a pretzel. They have installed a new weather tower way more substantial then the old one. The anomalies of weather in the Bering Sea are legend. But the night of New Years Eve was like a fantasy. I shoot at midnight and folks are gathered all around the harbor and there are 40 or more beach fires of old pallets. At 6 PM the national weather map showed Dutch Harbor was one of the warmest places in the US! 57! We were walking around on the snow and ice in shirt sleeves. The winds died at 11 PM and the sky was almost totally clear. My show was 18 minutes of continuous multiple effects stacked in layers from 50 to 700 feet high. 100% fired and all function perfectly. I got hugs a-plenty from the city officials and my crew that are city employees. When I got up at 10 AM New Years day everything was frozen and it was high winds and dense blowing snow with viability less then 40 feet. Welcome to the Bering Sea. But the trailer was inside the warm High Bay building and tearing down the display equipment was almost fun. We set the display up on a 50 foot trailer inside the High Bay or it would be impossible to accomplish what we do there. A couple of hours before show time we back a tractor under the trailer and tow it 1/4 mile to the shoot site. After doing the 2 displays a year (4th of July and New Years Eve) for 7 years, I am fairly well known in town and this year I got lots of nice comments everywhere I went. I stopped in Amialia's cafe for lunch and Amialia herself came out and gave me a hug. Lunch was on the house. Folks at Dutch Harbor are all pretty nice people. The guys that work the boats can be very rugged and tough dudes, but all I met were complimentary about the show. One "long liner" boat delayed sailing to allow the crew to watch the show and then sailed out north before the smoke cleared. Probably the nicest comment I got was from the oriental chef at the Grand Aleutian hotel. He personally served me breakfast and sat with me a few minutes telling me of all the fireworks shows he had seen in Japan and that none were as good as my show. That one humbled me a bit. And of course I did my usual pig-out on king crab at the Sunday "all you can eat" buffet. I did start with a plate of veggies, and then got into the crab. There was huge platter stacked a foot high with red king crab at the end of the table. And a good supply of cold Bud. (burp) So now it is back to work on the more normal. I have 2 challenges coming up. One is how to make the Dutch show bigger, (they have another trailer). And, we are putting some gas flame projector units into service and I need to develop a training program for operators and figure out how much to charge for flames at an event. And I am working on designing a large display for a bridge dedication months from now. My arthritis is starting to get a little serious in places. My doctor got me handicap plates for my car. That will help some. But I am going to keep going as long as I can. Ok, enough of this rambling. I wish you all well and take care in these tough times. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from home near Tacoma on a clear night. Supposed to be sunny tomorrow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Having finally retired, I'm beginning to work on a few things I've been waiting for time to do. One was watching a shuttle launch, which I did last February with my son for the Endeavor STS-130 launch. It wasn't on my list, but I also went indoor sky-diving as well (my son's idea, not mine). I need some help for the next item on my list. Many years ago I wrote a children's story about one of my experiences teaching Head Start. I've always wanted to try to have it published. I've authored two magazine articles, one about teaching young children, another for a home computer magazine (I wrote a program to tally surveys, since I was a data analyst by then it paid more than teaching), and co-authored (with the dean of the UH School of Nursing and one of the professors) a third article for the nursing profession magazine (based on a survey the School of Nursing did for which I used my computer program to analyze). Since I have a rule about not doing the same type of article twice, I thought I'd work on the children's story. Anyway, I'm a writer, not an artist (I always got M's in art in elementary school), and I'm looking for someone to illustrate the story. Does anyone know of a children's artist to recommend? -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, Hawaii where we actually had sunshine two days in a row; I'm going to mow the lawn as soon as I find the lawn mower **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: JoAnne POWERS ('64) ~ Where Are You? 13 or so years ago I built 100+ individual web sites in search for 'lost' 1964 Richland Bombers. Many have been found. However, the search is still on for Ms. JoAnne POWERS. Several years ago I received a report of her Mother being spotted in Utah (late 1960s?). Just yesterday I received another note that a fellow 1964 Bomber chatted with her in Spokane 1970- 1972 or so. At that time she worked at Deaconess or Sacred Heart Hospital. Bottom Line: Does anyone in the Alumni Sandstorm Group know the whereabouts of JoAnne POWERS? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Update on "the Star" OK... forgive the excitement I exude in this post... you know I can get a little over dramatic especially when I am writing with a passion! First I thunk it was soooooooo cool to learn I am a total Boomer... born in '46 and grageated in '65... now that is kinda cool... not sure why... with that, my Vietnam Ribbons and $3.15 I can get a gallon of gas... but anyway I thought is was pretty spiffy. Now fer the news... Our Boy Terry DAVIS Knox ('65) is headed to Paris Wednesday for the premier of his movie the Hunters. He called and asked me to go with him but alas, I had allowed my passport to expire and am unable to make the trip... he'll lemme know when it premiers in H-wood so I can pop over. Now this is a huge event so I hope you are VERY impressed... say you are... thank you. I am particularly aiming this post at a young lady from the class of '64 who will remain nameless for her own sake. And if ANYBODY mentions to anyone named Terry that I wrote that last line I will deny it! So there! Hey... it's almost the 27th! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Irene DE LA BRETONNE ('61), Ed WOOD ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) Susan LUNDGREN ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie LAWELL ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCUE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie TEMPERO ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank STRATTON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra HARDING ('77wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt HASKINS ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) (You will notice this letter was written Dec 11th. I have made a couple of changes to the original. My beautiful daughter is still with us and getting very impatient to move on.) I am writing to let you know our sad news. Sandra and Bobby found out Monday (Dec 6th) that her cancer is back. Not only that, it is back virulently. So, instead of joyously looking forward to a possible 6 years, we are now looking at 1 to 3 months. She told Janet and me on Wednesday. It is such a shock, we all are reeling from the blow. Janet and I took on the task of calling family because it was such a strain on S and B's emotions to do it. Today I went over there to meet the Hospice people, Bonnie the RN and Tim the Chaplain. We had a good talk and got a few questions answered and fears out in the open. Bobby's best friend (after Sandra) came down from AK on Wednesday and went back this evening. He shared some of his personal experiences with the death of his dad and grandpa that are very valuable for Sandra and, especially, Bobby who is having a terribly hard time with this. (He has) had since the beginning of the 2nd go-round of chemo 2 1/2 years ago, (but this is so much worse). He and Sandra have been together since she was 16 and he was 17. (Actually 15 and 16 in an alternative school.) They don't want this mentioned or even alluded to on facebook so I am writing individual letters to let a few of my friends kind of know where my head is. There is nothing anyone can do except pray (for those who are so inclined) or send other Powerful Positive Thoughts out to the Universe for us. This is a bitch and that's all there is to it. However, she is not feeling any worse than she has the past 1 1/2 months since the "Miracle surgery" which turned out to not be a miracle after all. She is up, dressed, out occasionally, and tries to eat. She is about 35 pounds down, and skinny as a survivor of a concentration camp, but has gained 5 pounds in the past 3 weeks. Yesterday, her doctor doubled the pain med and she is doing better not being in constant pain. She feels like if she can just start sleeping better, she & Bobby will be able to do some fun things together like in the old days. ie: her "bucket list". He will very likely not go back to work until this is over. Sandra is at peace with it. She knows she did everything available and has no fear. She hates it, as do we all, but is "okay" and because she is, I am. (But it is still a bitch!) (Saturday, 1/22/11 Sandra does not eat now but does drink water from a straw. She is comfortable (good pain management) in spite of being incredibly ill and is becoming very impatient at God for making this go on and on and on. On most days she is assisted out to the couch and one day she told us, "there is a strand... I don't know what it is... a strand that is keeping me here" and she motioned toward the ceiling. One day that was very sunny, they had a garage/beach party!! When Keri and I arrived, the garage door was up, sun shining in, boom box playing and traffic on the highway sounding like ocean waves on a beach. About 10 family members were there to enjoy it with her! She loves hot sandy beaches and Bobby is just sick that he did not get to take her back to Maui 2 weeks ago. She is, and has been, planning her funeral... "write it down"... she told Keri and me one day when she was telling us which poems and prayers, quotes, etc, and the sequence!!! Last year she chose a rock from my rock-garden to be her headstone. On the 11th, she said, "I think today is the day." When that didn't happen, she aimed for her 51st birthday, the 13th. When that day came and went she said, "How come it took so long to get to Thursday and now it is already Friday?" This is just about killing all of us and I'm thinking maybe I need to get in touch with Lynn-Marie. We can't leave her alone for even a moment. She has gotten herself out of bed and fallen--no injuries, luckily, but traumatic.) -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ with a heavy heart. Life can be awful tough... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Pictures of Great Granddaughter Hi Maren, I noted the URL to the pictures would not open.... message was the address was incorrect. Don't know if it was just my computer or not. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [NOT your computer, Larry... Bomber apologies... it was me... I goofed and had the wrong URL... the one above works... maybe Alzheimer's is beginning to set in? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene DE LA BRETONNE Hays ('61) To: David DOUGLAS ('62) I enjoy hearing your comments about living in Hawaii. I lived in Kaneohe for six years (1968-1974), taught school at King Intermediate School, Castle High School, and Kailua Community School. I miss the warm breezes and soft iridescent air. I love best the profile of the Koolau Mountains soaring above Kaneohe and Kailua, waterfalls threading their way among the rainbows. I've made my home in many beautiful places -- Golden, CO; Seattle, Santa Barbara, Idaho, and yes, the endless shrub-steppe grassland of eastern Washington (beautiful!) -- but still miss living in Hawaii. The Valley of the Temples was constructed when I lived there. I lived near by. It felt like my back yard. I've visited a few times, but it's not like living there year by year. Enjoy. Aloha, -Irene DE LA BRETONNE Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: My granddaughter NBC's Today Show did a follow up Tuesday on my daughter-in-law and our newest addition: -Ed WOOD ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: David DOUGLAS (also from the great class of '62) David, I don't know if they classify themselves as children's illustrators, but Sue ELLIOTT Homan ('62), and Peggy LEWIS Johnson ('62), are very talented artists. I don't know if they'd be interested, but I have their emails, as does the Bomber website, and I'm sure there are tons of other great Bomber artists. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: John BROWNE ('61) Does anyone have an undated report on John BROWNE's recovery? Also, PLEASE I need the address to which I can send a snail mail letter --and e-mail, too, if anyone has it. John wrote several times supporting me and Harlan FOOTE ('61-RIP) during Harlan's last months at the beginning of 2010, and I would like to be supportive of John, now, in return. Thanks to whoever can help me. -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID where we just came through a flooding of the big creek that borders the property ... hope to post it to YouTube soon. Scary stuff! All is well now, though :-) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan LUNDGREN ('82) Re: Who is Generation "Y" I have found the generations question interesting as someone of age to sit on the cusp of Baby Boomers and Generation X. I grew up assuming my parents were Baby Boomers given the press about them. Was surprised in later years to find they are considered "Silents" and I was supposed to be a "Boomer". Howe and Strauss (13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? and other generational studies) offer this breakdown; Note the Gen X goes back a few more years from 1965 to 1961. # Silent Generation (19251942) [Your link says 1925-1945 -Maren] # (Baby) Boom Generation (19431960) [Your link says 1946-1964 -Maren] # 13th Generation (Gen X) (19611981) # Millennial Generation (Gen Y) (19822004) # Homeland Generation (Gen Z) (2005-?) As someone born in 1964, I identify strongly with Gen X, not Boomers. In that 1961-1964 birth range, one finds people identifying themselves both ways. Similarly, my parents were both born on the cusp of Silents and Boomers, they both identify much more with Boomers than Silents. Regards, -Susan LUNDGREN ('82) ~ Anchorage at a balmy (relatively) 25 with snow ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Susan, I think you missed the whole point of generation "Y". Did you check out the cartoon? -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn DeVINE ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLENEGAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy LEY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Re: To go with yesterday's Sandstorm entry -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Generation "Y" Hard to keep silent about this; but I didn't realize that generation "Y"ers had plumbers in the family tree, or that they were (are) all related to Larry the Cable Guy. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in cool but sunny Mount Angel, OR just waiting for Wurstfest. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Interesting advanced effects I figured I had said enough for a while but when I saw the attached Sunday AM I felt most of you would enjoy it. It's not fireworks... But very high intensity projection enhanced with full color lasers. It is from Portugal. I think I recognized the building in Porto, but I did not see this when I was there for a week last October. Re: Jay SIEGEL ('61-RIP) Bomber Alums and Class of '61 I spoke with Beth Siegel tonight (Sunday). I don't have much to add to what I already wrote. Jay passed away on the 15th of December He had been fighting lung cancer and was at the point where his doctor said (some weeks previously) that the cancer was beaten down to the point he would likely die of something else before it grew back enough to cause his demise. However his heart pump volume was very low and it could cause problems. And that was what failed the morning of his passing. Beth has gone back to work and their son is living there for a while and getting things cleaned up and sorting through boxes of Jay's accumulations over the years. Even way back Jay had a penchant for tinkering with technology. Leftovers fill the garage and attic. For now she will stay in the NW but I could tell the SE US is calling. Both of their daughters live back there. But other then missing him, she is OK and doing as well as can be expected. If anyone wants to write her, drop me an e-mail. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From home where I have been on my arthritic knees for hours installing pull-out shelving on all my lower kitchen cabinets. A bit pricey but way less then a contractor wanted and wow, do I love them! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Dear Em - In your agonized and eloquent post to the Sandstorm of 1/23/11 regarding what your family is experiencing as Sandra is readying herself to leave this world, you said (kind of out of the blue) "This is just about killing all of us and I'm thinking maybe I need to get in touch with Lynn-Marie." Well, here I am -- and although it is not clear to me how you would like me to assist, I will do whatever I can to help any and/or all of you in this time of transition. I am sending you this note in a private e-mail, as well as posting to the Sandstorm, because I want to do the best I can to make sure you read these words ASAP. If you would like me to call, please e-mail me with your phone number. If you would rather call me when the moment feels right, let me know that, and I will e-mail my phone number(s) to you. I am on FaceBook as well, so you can private message me there, without the whole world seeing it, which you mentioned that Sandra specifically did NOT want. There is SOME reason you thought of me -- so please tell me why, and then let me help in whatever way I can. You encouraged me through the dying months with Harlan FOOTE ('61-RIP)... and afterward. The grief remains very real with me 11 months after his death, but I would not have recovered even as far as I have without the loving support of people like you (who I have never even met!) With prayers for blessings of peace for you and all of Sandra's loved ones - -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ NOT ~ 01/25/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack ARMSTRONG ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott FULCHER ('81) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tim SMYTH ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Vic MARSHALL ('71), Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris VAN REENEN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron HOGLEN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treva BOLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben JACOBS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert MILLER ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) YUK! I just woke up and it's 22 below here in South Glen Falls, NY. The good news is that on Sunday [1/30] my girlfriend and I are leaving the ice box and driving south to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Pencacola, and then down to Florida. I need to find Frank WHITESIDE ('63) in Louisiana. We'll be on the road till the end of March. -Tim SMYTH ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We love you, Treva! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my very favorite Bomber-babes, Treva BOLIN ('65) on January 26, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you, girl!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Birthday Wishes Special Birthday wishes go out today, Wednesday 1-26-2011 to my OLDER relation... Mr. Ben JACOBS ('69). IF I'm not mistaken, Benjamin is 60 years young today. Ben was a major influence in my younger days (I can hear the groaning out there). Ben's dad, Lawrence Jacobs (RIP), talked my Dad into moving to Richland in 1961... "for a couple of months" to re-tool old coal burning furnaces for the Gas Company. Larry knew the Sheet Metal end of the business and my Dad was a sprinkler fitter (NOT a pipe fitter). We all moved up from Portland to this strange place where all the houses looked the same and there was a big smoke stack in the middle of town and it had a whistle you could hear everywhere. It was Labor Day weekend and, after what seemed like the drive from hell, arrived on a hot September night and had one day to relax before school started. Richland is home now but it took a few years before we realized we were NOT moving back to Portland. And for a kid... who could ask for a better place to live... weather was always within kid tolerances and just not having all that rain to deal with. Like I say, it took a few years to understand we had it pretty good and if we had stayed in Portland, I know I would not have gotten to hang out with Ben and Bob... I think part of the deal between my Dad and Lawrence was that Ben and Bob Jacobs HAD to hang out with me... or rather, I was allowed to hang out with them, And so... I spent a lot of time at the Jacobs' home and with Ben and Bob. We had many an adventure and, for those of you who know Ben and Bob, it usually involved something we were not supposed to do. Come to think of it, maybe it was not so bad having me around... as I was usually the one caught holding the bag or rock or stick or hammer or whatever piece of evidence that would connect someone to the crime. We used to ride our bikes EVERYWHERE and we were always up to something. I remember going "asparagus hunting" in the spring time. We would take our bikes and go down to Columbia Point and look for the wild asparagus spears growing up. We would go our separate ways and then meet and compare our harvests. For some reason, I could only find the really small, delicate spears but Ben could hunt out and cut down the HUGE asparagus that was better suited as firewood than as a meal. Ben would graciously offer to exchange ALL of my dinky, delectable asparagus spears for his mammoth spear... and, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to get the better of my Tom Sawyer-ish cousin, I remember how proud I was of getting the better of the deal but when I brought my trophy asparagus home and showed it to my Mom... she looked at me like I was nuts. I wish I could say that I learned my lesson that day and things like that never happened again... but you know THAT is not true. I think we continued to "run" together until Ben got to 7th grade or so... and then we each kind of went our separate ways. We rarely speak of those days but they were a big part of my life growing up and, in spite of usually being on the short end of the stick, we had a heck of a lot of fun. Thanks, Ben, for being a great surrogate big brother and watching out for your young cousin. If you see Ben today... Buy him a beer and wish him the best!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Hey L.A. Bombers, I'll be headlining this Friday and Saturday night at Flapper's Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. Show times are at 8 and 10. Also, this is a first alert: I'm doing a benefit for the RHS Senior Class Party on Sunday, March 6th at The Battelle Auditorium in Richland. -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty CONNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary WILGUS ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura PARKER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob TURPING ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay SCHAFER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norm ENGLUND ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darcy FORSYTHE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin PERKINS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Tim SMYTH ('62) and Ron HOGLEN ('62) Holy Cow, 22 below zero with global warming!! And Happy Birthday to a fellow can-you-believe-how-old-we-are senior citizen. Florida sounds nice this time of year, without the excessive humidity.... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ in the midwest where it was 32 (at zero) today,and we are looking for more in that temperature range this week... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) So I'm checking the calendar and see where today is Jerry Kern's 125th birthday. I've known him since we were in grade school together at Lewis & Clark. He always seemed older than the rest of us and I never could... Oops, different Jerome Kern. But as long as we're talking birthdays, today is Mary Lou WATKINS' ('63) birthday, which is the same as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (with or without a silent "T"). WAM was also a blonde or so he is portrayed in the plaster of paris bust on display at Korten's Music, which is no longer there. Mary Lou, or so Ellen tells us, should have been red carded at every GMC63 soiree for Excessive Cheerfulness. Can't wait to see you this season on PBS, in "Wives of Orange County". -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh what a beeeeeeuuuuuuuteeeeeeful morning.... It's here... it's here... the day we've all been waiting for... oh goodie goodie goodie... it is January 27, 2011... Now just think about this for a minute... back in '63, when many of us were sittin' in those hard little seats at Col-Hi, did it ever occur to us that the year 2011 was just around the corner? I know I was just waiting for Friday night and the next sock hop or maybe walkin' that cute lil girlfriend to her next class... that is just about as far as my little pea brain could fly into the future... Never would I have thought about being a Marine, in Vietnam, school teacher, a school administrator, and certainly not a lawyer... the hot rodder stuff I could have imagined... the music lover (wouldn't have known that the music would change for me for ever in '67) and the girl watcher were about as far as my mind's eye could see... It would NEVER occur to me that the lovely "lady" who lived over by Beej ('65) would become a close and dear friend and that her running mate who lived where the street curved would also become so dear to me... I watched those two from afar and never even had the nerve to say "hi" to them. Funny, because Brian and Ricky ('65), Tony ('65), Lyman ('65) and the rest of my crew had no fear of this dynamic duo... I was great friends with the other Bomber-babe who shares this birthday and her sisters ('60, '63) so what was wrong with me when it came to this B-day girl??????? I guess ya might just call it love from afar... it can be mighty frightening to a kid who was almost as insecure as his best bud ('65... heading for Paris today)... but the wonderful day did come and I became good buds with a girl who has been there for me thru thick and thin... so along with that little girl across the street who I met by throwing a rock at her dog... I can now call this b-day babe a true friend... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) and Laura PARKER ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Lance WILLIS ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty NEAL ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DURBIN ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CRADDOCK ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth MEYER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy STALEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy GOBLE ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Wailers News Letter Volume 16 Hi Everyone! It's time to bring you all up on what's going on with the Fabulous Wailers. So here is the latest: Snoqualmie Casino on February 3rd: The boys will be back at the Snoqualmie Casino on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. Show starts at 7pm. Be sure to reserve your spot as it is always a packed house when the Wailers play there. We'll be featuring the full show with Gail Harris, background singers, extra horn section and boogie piano man, Arlin Harmon. Mark Christopher from KVI classic radio will MC the come early for a good seat and we'll see you there. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: CW ('58) & Norris ('57) Brown's Mom dies... -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ain't it da trute Yes yes yes... as I was writing about Dear ML ('63) and Laura ('65) on the 26th... I wrote "26" instead of "27" as their birth dates... korse we ALL know it is the 27th... but something also was said that came out to be true... Terry ('65) told me he was leaving for France ("we are from france") on Wednesday and what appeared in the Sandstorm on the 27th was that he was leaving "today"... well I'm clearly not the only one who messes dates up now and again... our dear boy just called me from the airport to make sure my passport hadn't been renewed by Divine intervention as he was getting ready to go into the waiting area (You know... the place we used to be able to go to meet our friends and see them off)... We had a good laugh and he sounded excited even tho I know he hates to go to stuff like that without me as his blankie or whatever... he knows that if he gets frightened I will step up and do the talking till he can compose himself... korse once he gets composed I become more of a wet blankie... I remember when Bo Belinsky, T and I used to go to the fights... people would recognize Terry and it would be hours of photos and autographs... but he was always shaken at the beginning... after that it was more like... "why don't you two go find something to do"... so the point is... I love you two girls and I'll try not to goof up the date next year!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lance WILLIS ('70) To: Brad UPTON ('74) My nephew Nick Cedergren will be seeing you in Burbank, CA this weekend. His mother is Lisa WILLIS Cedergren ('79). He currently works at the Laugh Factor in Hollywood. -Lance WILLIS ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Don LYALL ('52), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda STEWART ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia ECKERT ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin FRISTER ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Several Bombers provided this link to a story about the Spudnut Shop: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don LYALL ('52) What a great ending to the football season for me. Went to the Sugar Bowl, so much fun... what a great city for a bowl game even though my team lost. Then this past Sunday, I have a daughter who lives in Chicago with Bears tickets who asked me to come up and go to the Bears/Packers game. Cold (-15 wind chill) but what an experience. Her tickets permitted entrance to the Stadium Club which let us warm up at halftime. The NFL plays on a level so much above college. Again our team lost, but so much fun. Reminded my of a game Don Pierce (Patti COLE's ('52), husband) and I played in college at Central in Ellensburg, also 15 below. -Don LYALL ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Betty NEAL Brinkman ('62) Happy Birthday wherever you and George are in the land of the retired. Hope to see you and lots of other kids from our great class of '62. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Let's Hear It For Val I can't help myself. Whenever I think of home... I think of Spudnuts. Terry ('65) and I were going to go to the one on Figeuroa in L.A. but never did because it just wouldn't be the same. Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) named his hot rod the "Spudnut Racer" Spudnuts are a way of life for any kid from Richland worth his/her salt. Before my dad died I used to send him a dozen every time I was home. So let's all say "Hail to Barlo" and have a Spudnut Moment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/11 - NOT Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave RHODES ('52wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred SEGREST ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki LYTLE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April MILLER ('92) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Several Bombers provided this link to a story about the Spudnut Shop: ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Phil BELCHER ('51) Dona McCLEARY ('54), Lenora HUGHES ('55) Pam EHINGER ('67), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene BARFUSS ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sonny DAVIS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ina FRASER ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Several Bombers provided this link to a story about the Spudnut Shop: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: SPUDNUTS seem to be the topic of the week. Thought I would add my brief story. In 1954, when I returned to the U.S. from my first overseas duty, I was assigned to Clovis Air Force Base (later Cannon AFB), New Mexico. During one of my earlier explorations of the city of Clovis I found a music store on 7th near Main Street. It sported a surprising selection of records and I soon became a regular patron. One afternoon after making a purchase I noticed that the building next door was a Spudnut hop. I sampled the wares and found them very appealing. I made two-stop visits on a regular basis after that. Some time later I met a young lady who later on consented to be Mrs. Jensen. When we dropped by the Spudnut shop the first time I remarked about how I regularly enjoyed a snack there. She told me she and the daughter of the owner were fairly well acquainted and that the family had been a Clovis fixture around town for some time. Since I had visited the shop in Richland and now the one in Clovis I thought there must be some sort of chain. My family and I were assigned to Manila, RPI in 1971. We used the facilities of the US embassy compound almost daily. One day at the pool my wife recognized a fellow Clovisite and we chatted with the woman and her husband. Later my wife told me the woman was the daughter of the family who owned the Spudnut shop in Clovis. 'Tis a small world. -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Several weeks ago someone wrote in asking a question about the time frame concerning pictures about PRTR that Dan Sorenson (NAB) has posted. I believe that they were taken in either late 1958 or early 1959. TJ O'Brien (NAB) and I were the first two electricians assigned to the building to more or less follow construction and become familiar with the layout of the building. It was probably one of the best jobs I ever had on the project. Everyone was young, full of energy, and proud of the Company and their jobs. It's rather sad to see the buildings where I spent so much time being removed. -Phil BELCHER ('51) ~ from Pasco where it's been grey and rainy for the past week with indications of more cold weather coming our way next week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) Re: Susana Brown Sendoff My husband and I had the privilege of attending a Home Going Celebration for Susana Brown, the mother of Norris ('57) and CW ('58) BROWN. She was fondly remembered for her Special Mother Love to all that knew her. What a tribute to a life well lived! Expressed thanks, over and over, for the wonderful faithful care that Norris and CW took of their mother in her time of need. Their LOVE for their mother IS to be applauded. Warmly, -Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) & Larry BELT ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Bomber luncheon Hello my Bomber friends. It is time for us to have another luncheon in Las Vegas, NV. DATE: February 5, 2011 TIME: 12:00 Noon PLACE: Marie Callender's -- 8175 West Sahara Please come and join us. -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger ('67) Dear Bombers, I have read many stories of people who worked at Hanford and then contracted cancer or any other life threatening disease. If you were turned down by the Powers That Be for any kind of treatment or any help please email me. I have a person who can possibly help you. So please write to me. Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: John BROWNE ('61) Hi Bombers, Still hoping someone will be able to provide me with a snail mail and/or e-mail address for John BROWNE ('61) ... and maybe update the info as to how his recovery is coming along. (He was the Good Samaritan in an accident that nearly killed him in November, 2010, for those of you who may have missed that series of Sandstorm postings.) As I mentioned before, John wrote to Harlan FOOTE ('61-RIP) and me at length several times during Harlan's dying months a year ago, and his writing was a joy, providing an uplift for both of us. So I would like to respond in kind toward him. Hope someone out there has a way to help me contact John. Thanks -- and hang in there. Spring WILL come! -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID - where it was in the mid-50s four days ago, preceded and succeeded by several days in the high 40s, and now it is going to a high of only 28 on the day this publishes (1/31) with a low of 13!!!!! Guess no more sleeping with the windows open for a while again :-( ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2010 ~ February, 2011