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15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/01/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60) Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol TYNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maggie GILSTRAP ('74) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, February 5 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Jackson's in Richland (formerly The Gas Light). Spouses and friends are welcome. Please join us. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) PLEASE JOIN US!!! Bomber Lunch Social Portland/Vancouver Area Saturday -- February 19, 2011 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Beaches Restaurant -- on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 -- Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It's very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are welcome. Please bring photos and yearbooks to show, and some stories to tell. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. PLEASE RSVP to: -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Anne J BANGERT Sharp ('68 RIP) To: The classmates of Anne BANGERT. Anne J BANGERT Sharp ('68), passed away January 25, 2011. The link to her obit in the TCH: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tricityherald/obituary.aspx?n=anne-j-sharp&pid=148264661 -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/02/11 - GROUND HOG DAY 31 Days until Iditarod begins ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tim SMYTH ('62), Gary TURNER ('71) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob ECKERT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len REDISKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia BERLAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norman WOODLEY ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) Re: Jimmer Fredette - BYU Basketball Player Jimmer hails from here in Glens Falls, NY and is the nation's leading scorer. He just scored 43 against #2 San Diego State. My daughter Shannon teaches 8th grade Spanish and had Jimmer as a student. He was a great student and is just as nice of a person and role model. He stopped back in to see her when was here in December for a game against Vermont. He hasn't changed, just as humble as he was when he was in her class. He will probably end up in the NBA. Watch for him in the March tournament. -Tim SMYTH ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: Half Time Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuKQ5aUopYs This is for anyone who ever marched in a half-time show. -Gary TURNER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: More PRTR http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2011/Xtra/Sor/110202-prtr-00.htm To All Bombers, Another installment of PRTR. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Anne BANGERT Sharp('68) ~ 1950 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/03/11 - THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 1959 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64) Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda LATTIN ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: The Day the music died We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance! -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: The Day the Music Died http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died THE ANNOTATED AMERICAN PIE http://www.fiftiesweb.com/amerpie-1.htm The Plane Crash of 1959 - Richie - Buddy - Big Bopper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzgSFJEsg1I Salute! -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The Day the Music Died February 3rd 1959... Bye Bye Miss American Pie, Drove My Chevy To The Levy But The Levy Was Dry... Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens J.P. Richardson February Made Me Shiver... 52 years ago today... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/04/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn DeVINE ('52), Marie RUPPERT ('63) David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy BUCHANAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom CRIGLER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) With a sad heart I write to let my friends know that my beautiful daughter, and my best friend, Sandra Lynn Hubbard Spivey, died February 2, 2011. Her daughter, Jill, had trouble with their computer and may not have gotten the obituary sent to the paper in time for Friday's edition. Services will be Saturday, February 5th at 3 pm at Mueller's Funeral Home in Kennewick, Union and 10th, with a Reception following at the same location. At Sandra's request, the family is asking that there be no flowers sent, please. The obituary will contain information for any one wanting to make a contribution in Sandra's name. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Lunch Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) meant to say our next All Bomber Lunch is on February 12th, 2011. All other info is the same. See you there! -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [TOTALLY my error, Marie...I used a pre-prepared Sandstorm entry and neglected to change the date. Bomber apologies. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ain't it funny How time slips away.......... Gotta couple of comments on missing the Day the Music Died... I woke up this morning singing American Pie... When there was no music in the cars and we'd be modivatin' to some hot rod or pin striping event, Michelle would always sing American Pie at the top of her lungs... the only way to be heard in some of those cars... remember one trip to L.A. in a little blue 1927 Ford Gasser dragster... some of you may have seen the picture this December... I usually wear a little leather USMC WWII leather helmet when driving my roadsters around town... but on the L.A. Freeway I figured we needed something a little more substantial so I took my drag helmet she had pinstriped and picked up some Darth Vader looking motor cycle helmet for her and off we went... since the car runs with a magneto there's no tach and certainly no speedo... they made us go first because it was the first real road trip for the car and I couldn't see anything except what was in front and to the sides... the boyz said we were doing 90 most of the way... people were just gawking and taking pictures for 300 miles... so this morning I dressed in black since my Buddy Holly sweatshirt has finally worn out... pulled the CD holder from the truck ('52 F-1) and loaded ten different CDs in it... with the one exception of the "Last Dance at Hi-Spot"... left that in there and reminisced on how hard it was to get up to meet Janine ('65) to get to the dance... first day they let flights out after 9-11... then thought that was the weekend I really got to know Freddie SCHAFER ('63-RIP)... we were there to set up and take down... I remember how much fun the dance was and talking to Pook ('63-RIP), who wouldn't come in and just hung around outside... Jimbeaux ('63) and I had some nice talks out there with him and then some more insightful talks between us inside... and many more on the same subject since... My beautiful picture of Buddy's grave is on my wall as usual along with my autographed picture of him and the Crickets... My "Crickets" jersey on the wall from the Lubbock baseball team... I also hung the little sign I hang every year with Buddy's grave stone and "The day the Music Died"... Thought about the way that plane crash hit Keith PETERSON ('65) and me back in '59... we were pretty torn up... so, yes... I did forget to write in... but I am sitting here thinking of all the music and how I love listening to my '50s station on Sirius radio... I know I'm stuck there... I like it there... find it kinda cozy to remember the Pink and Black days... for me the music went right on playing but finally came to an abrupt halt in '67-'68... I don't mean I don't like post '67 music... some of my almost favorites are post '67... but life changed then for many of us after that... I tried doing the hippie thing after returning... was the first long haired teacher hired in Clark County Nevada with hair down to my waist... but I was never really a part of, as those of my ilk were kinda old in mind and body for that kind of thing... some got past it with drugs and I got past it for a while with booze... but we just weren't as care free as the real deal... at least I wasn't. So I'm glad we all remember the day the three stars passed and "gee we're gonna miss ya everybody sends his love"! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/05/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Marie RUPPERT ('63) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary DAVIS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Travis STREGE ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Re: Sandra Dear Em, My heart goes out to you. I lost my son to this horrible disease (cancer) almost 12 years ago. The hole in my heart will never heal, but I can now bear the pain. We are not supposed to outlive our kids! Take strength in the memories you shared and hold your remaining family close. You are in my thoughts and prayers. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Help a Kid!!! My good friend Lance Willis' ('70) son, Sam is a senior in high school. Sam and some friends entered a competition encouraging Water Conservation in California. Out of thousands of entries, they made the top 10. Now they need YouTube views to win scholarship money being awarded. Not sure about the overall tenor but these kids had the gumption to get out and do something. Please watch the video and pass this message along to others to help these kids. By the way, Sam is the kid in the shower... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v6lqB-WVp4 Thanks for your support!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ivie SORRELLS ('49) ~ 1931 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/06/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John COLE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary BENNETT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa RICCOBUONO ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori RAEKES ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Attention Officer on deck... yup... birthday time in the Occifers' Mess. This time it's one of my favorite guys and one that I have admired for years... used to see him and the Greer's ('65 & '66) here in Vegas at least once a year but things have been more lean lately. This summer he was the ranking Officer in our tribute to Bomber Vets. I'm always glad to see him and his lovely wife. Just realized he and Ricky WARFORD are relatives- in-law... well didn't just realize it... I mean my Mom Sent the wedding announcement for Charles and Dana ('61, '62) when I was in Vietnam so I guess I shoulda thunk of it sooner... but anyway... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to John COLE ('66) on February 6, 2011... yeah I know... I'm sure the other Cole kids beat me to the punch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Mo Birthdays Today, Sunday, February 6th is a red letter day in Bomber history... in fact this birthday falls smack dab in the middle of 3 memorable Richland character's special days. A special North Richland shout-out goes out today to Mike FRANCO ('70). Although quiet and shy, Mike is well known for his exploits while in uniform... protecting President Kennedy at the "N" Reactor dedication, squiring Merilee Rush around the Rollarena, and that special kiss from Marilyn Monroe (legends have to start somewhere). Rumor has it the Boy Scouts will be recognizing Mike in the BS Hall of Fame and awarding a new BS Merit Badge in his honor... it will literally be a "BS" merit badge. In all seriousness, Mike is probably the greatest ad hoc comic (Brad UPTON ('74) is still the greatest Stand Up) to come out of Richland. No one comes close to Mike for caustic one liners and come-backs... trust me, I have been on the receiving end of them for years now. Hope you have a great birthday Mike. Rumor has it that Jim ALBAUGH ('68) gave you the keys to the corporate jet (again) to get you and your entourage to the Super Bowl as his birthday present to you. Sorry I was not available to join you. Is it true that Cary "Cat" RANDOW ('70) is doing a duet with Taylor Swift for the half time show?? If I am not mistaken, I missed the birthday of one of the Tri- Cities transportation barons yesterday (2/5/11). According to my calendar, Saturday was s special day for Gary DAVIS ('75). Gary has worked hard the past few years to grow his limo service empire from one car when he started to, well, more than one car today. Besides being my ex-brother-in-law, Gary is a class guy and I always enjoy seeing him tooling around in one of his limos. When do I get my FREE wine tour, Gary?? And to round out the super star weekend... we have Jerry RICE ('71) celebrating his birthday on Monday (2/7/11). Most of you remember Jerry as one of the best cross country runners to come out of Col-Hi. I believe he ran varsity cross country all 3 years in high school and has 3 State Cross Country championships to show for it. What else can I say about Jerry? Well, lots of things but most of them would not be for publication. Jerry and I were a constant source of irritation for the nuns all through grade school. I'm sure Jerry had more than one comment on his progress reports... "Jerry is a bright and capable student who is NOT living up to his potential"... or something like that. We were always hatching some sort of plot that we thought was innocent fun but, in the eyes of the nuns, bordered on some sort of hedonistic paganism. We continued a lot of our antics through our year together at Carmichael (where Jerry introduced me to the finer points of chasing girls). High school kind of brought a parting of sorts as Jerry dominated the sports world and I did not. There is never any shortage of fun when Jerry is around and his wit and photo recall still amaze me. I am looking forward to making the Zip's run with you in August, Jerry. And I don't mean run as in cross country run. We will drive in our rental car, park and waddle in and out like we did last time. And I promise NOT to tell your wife about the cardio-friendly diet we stick to when we are together. All for today... enjoy the Super Bowl tonight... should be interesting with the weather issues they have been having in Dallas. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ It's supposed to be a balmy 30 tomorrow here in Michigan... then back into the teens for another week. I am beginning to understand why snowbirds leave here every year... apparently I am on the verge of becoming one myself. Not so stoic about freezing my tail off anymore. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/07/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dennis HAMMER ('64), John FLETCHER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Linda McKNIGHT ('65), Vicki OWENS ('72) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry RICE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: JFK speech at N Reactor September 26, 1963 The John F. Kennedy Library website has an audio recording his speech a the N Reactor. It is 13 minutes long. www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHA-225-001.aspx It is audio only so most people (not Bombers of the time) will not understand the end when he moved the wand with the uranium tip that activated the crane with the bucket for the groundbreaking. There is a shortened YouTube video (3.42 minutes long) which does show this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvVHn7Mphv4 -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John FLETCHER ('64) Re: Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) http://alumnisandstorm.com/Obits/pics11/RIP66MiltonFred11.htm Freds obituary was in The Oregonian February 6, 2011. -John FLETCHER ('64) and Becky WERSEN Fletcher ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) I have a small request from a Bomber spouse Richard GREENHALGH ('59) is turning 70 the 18th of this month and his wife, Stella (NAB) asked me if I know of any "funny"/ interesting stories about Richard. Since I never met him til we started having Bomber luncheons in Bakersfield, she asked if I'd write to the Sandstorm and see if any Bombers have any stories that she could use for his birthday celebration. Any help will be appreciated... you can send the stories to my email and I will pass them onto Stella. Thanks for your help. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA still having cool temps and am loving it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What a guy http://alumnisandstorm.com/Obits/pics11/RIP66MiltonFred11.htm I was working my little tukus off this afternoon when I got a call from my boy Jackson KEENEY ('65)... getting more cars ready for eBay, but I always got time for Jackson a korse... he called to let me know that Fred MILTON's ('66-RIP) Obituary was in the Oregonian for Sunday the 6th... Fred and I first got acquainted on the football field back in Jr Hi... it was NOT as I would have liked to meet him... he was "my man" to block... now in my best days in Jr Hi I was 6 foot tall and about 160 pounds... so my initial... and every other thought I ever had about Fred being "my man" was along the lines of "yeah right"... ya see... I hated playing football... I only played because all the guys in my gang played... so I played just good enough to stay first string but not good enough to end up like WARFORD ('65) with a life long knee injury... I love it because DAVIS ('65 "Knox") remembers me as a "natural" athlete... he says the first time he saw me loping along on the Jason Lee playground he knew I would be trouble for him... in fact... I disliked all sports... in second grade Mr. Olson said I was the slowest human being he had ever witnessed in his life... later he would limit his comments to me to "Out!" when I would try and go to Hi-Spot... said he could smell me drivin' down Lee Blvd. Hey... Hi-Spot implies levity right? I was about as levitated as a kid could get and still walk. So back to the subject at hand... I did everything I could to appear to be blocking Fred without making any serious contact... My one big catch in my entire sports career was, of course when I was Fred's "man"... I caught that thing on the run and could see Milton gaining on me rapidly... I knew there would be no score for me... he was as fast as he was big... At the end of my 9th grade year, My Mom announced that I would not be able to play football any more until my grades improved... talk about the most wonderful gift a parent could give a kid... "Gee guys, mom says I can't play any more and will just hafta sit in the stands, drink beer, smoke cigs and pick up on girls... poor me poor me!" When I grageated and Fred had another year to go, I learned what a dear friend he was. I had a job at Richland Bell delivering furniture, but I wanted one of them high paying back breaking jobs WARFORD, DAVIS and the guys were getting over in Pasco. Every morning I'd pick Fred up and we would go job hunting. Every night we would come home without a job tho all the other kids were getting hired... Wednesday evening when we got home, Fred said "I can't go with you tomorrow, David." I asked why and he looked at me as tho I was the dumbest kid he'd ever met. He then explained that as long I as went looking for a job with him, I would never get hired... that hit me harder than any quick lesson I've ever had. I was devastated... and I never forgot what he said to me. Rest in Peace, my friend. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Re: Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) http://alumnisandstorm.com/Obits/pics11/RIP66MiltonFred11.htm Today's Oregonian obits - Our very own Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) passed away on January 11th of this year. He was such a great guy in high school. Sounds like he was a great guy all of his life, and taken from the world way too soon. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) Vic MARSHALL's ('71) comment in the 2/6/11 Sandstorm about Jerry RICE ('71) disappointing the good sisters at Christ the King made me wonder... How many future Bombers ever carried a report card home with a "U" (Unsatisfactory) in Deportment (the category for behavioral anomalies at Christ the King) or an "F" in Citizenship (Carmichael and, I presume, Chief Joe's equivalent)? Come on, you naughty children. It's time to 'fess up! -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda where the only "noise" in my village home on this Sunday afternoon is birds chattering, crickets chirping, and the wind rustling the leaves on the trees. You gotta love it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) Re: Bomber hoops Since Vic MARSHALL ('71) is moving up the ladder as the top birthday guy, second only to David RIVERS ('65), I will fill a request to fill him in on Bomber basketball. The team is 15-5 and will continue the post season tradition with a district game next Friday against Wenatchee. They are a good team and may advance in the tourney, including maybe a trip to regionals. Standing in their way is Davis who are 5th ranked in the state and have beaten the Bombers twice and they will face them again if they win Friday. The last 3 games I went to one was a hot contest with the Chiawanna Rivercats with a packed house and a victory. The last 2 against Moses Lake and Wenatchee it was a ghost town in the gym and you could hear the echo of the dribbling. Oh well, cheap entertainment for me. Nothing much else going on around town. Another attempt by the Little Ceasers pizza chain to move into Richland. Taking over the old Kentucky Fried chicken building on Symons. Not sure why we will need another place for pizza as we have enough in town and the Tri-Cities. -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ In cold gray Richland where the wind and rain have come around and myself along with many others are waiting impatiently for spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Fred MILTON ('66) ~ 1948 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tom TRACY ('55) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice PIERCE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnne GRENINGER ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy LEMLER ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) It was a hot humid day as I entered the Oregon grocery store to pick up a few items. The long line ahead of me meant that Id be some time getting to the checker. In front of me was a woman who put her heavily worn, re-usable, fabric grocery shopping bag... the dream bag intended to outlaw the illegitimate plastic "pretender", that had invaded landfill legitimacy across America. I was only visiting the Oregon community. Ladies ahead and behind me whispered words of disdain at my reluctance to use the preferred bag. I asked for plastic. There were astonished gasps when I asked, "You mean you don't even offer plastic bags?" More gasps and looks of disapproval appeared when I dared utter, "I like plastic; it's so pristine clean-untouched by human hands". Stares of anguish accumulated from several check-stands as I attempted to maintain a cool, calm closure to my purchasing transaction and directed my question specifically at the checker who maintained professional objectivity. "Yes sir, I understand your preference", he said, softly and apologetically continued, "We don't carry any plastic grocery bags, sir". Two ladies behind me shifted to another check stand. I remarked as sincerely as possible, "You know, I've noticed a lot of worn, heavily-used cloth bags in your store that appear a bit soiled". The clerk didn't even look up. He just stared at my groceries in front of him and scanned them as with haste. "Sir, I have to charge you 5 cents for each paper bag you use", he said graciously. "I appreciate that", I said. "But I don't intend to use any paper bags". Do you have any plastic bags for sale in the store?" I was firm and polite. Clerks and shoppers on both side of mine halted all operations and silently awaited his reply. "We have some large plastic bags in the canning aisle", he said. "Thank you", I replied. "I'll be right back". He never offered to have someone get them for me. Probably didn't want to be accused of pandering to plasticity. On my way back with the refrigerator storage bags, I noticed no one had entered the line in spite of the crowded store. Every other grocery line had at least five or more in line. The clerk had set my stuff aside and was prepared to help other shoppers. But no one remained in my line. "Good thing I'm not an over-sensitive guy", I whispered. "One might think other shoppers didn't want to be in line with me", I remarked. "I've been in other Oregon towns, South of here". I continued, as he put my groceries in the large plastic bags. "They had some really filthy bags brought into their store. A few looked like they had never been washed." It got really quiet again. I slowly checked my wallet. "Do you take any Albertson's Discount Coupons here?" I asked. He slowly shook his head. I smiled and continued. "That one store had a dozen or so bags that shouldn't have been allowed inside. And some of them didn't smell too good". He nodded and gave me my change. There was no one entering our line, so I finished with, "That does not even count those I noticed with the sometimes- unwashed women who like to recycle bacteria, dysentery, whooping cough, influenza and other toxics in their Oregon-istic carry-on Calamity Jane "Grocery" Shopping Bags often placed on the oiled, chewing gum laden parking lots, frequently gliding across the Fred Meyer conveyor belts... and re-touched by unsuspecting cashiers and innocent bag filler-persons... not to mention the careless men who use the guys room... placing the bag on the floor beside the urinal (60% of whom do not wash their hands before leaving-(Sanitary Survey says: men in lavs at grocery stores and airports are - equally - not very careful after they leave the airplane lavatory... and re-touch all of the seat backs on his way back to your shared arm rest and magazines!)." The scowling ladies who had gathered over by the "Red-Box" Video vending machine, were appalled, mortified by an unapologetic Idaho alien who dared enter their store with peripatetic plastic on his mind. It might be reported that "there's an old, out-of-town guy near the beach, carrying a couple of plastic bags of groceries - harmless, unless roused up." So, be sure to sing to yourself, softly while you wash your hands with hot water and soap... like Charles Gerba, the world's guru of bacteriology, suggests, The Happy Birthday Song'... and you'll be safe to enter my store... oh, yes... but hold on to that paper towel until you get to the door... hold the door open with your elbow or foot while you slam-dunk the towel into the wastebasket. If you live in Oregon, you can thank the little lady in earth- shoes who protests against the placid, plastic bags when you get your next case of toxic shock influenza, some type of "amoebic grocericidal" complex or an obsessive, compulsive, disposal dysfunction. At least think about it... "You Never Know Where That "Re- cycled" Bag and the Bag carrying fem-fatale' has been. Some will refer to those "dirty old bags"... and no one will know which they're talking about. You can also be contented even though you are not the inventor... you may be one of The Proud Carriers, or a West Coast Distributors of an exclusive new Generation of Grocery-Genre Viruses. Even George Carlin (the bright-minded, literate comedian who had one of the best memories and vocabularies and too often reached for the Dictionary of Slang and Profanity) knew when he said, "God Made the World and Plastic". I won't argue with those two. Bomber best thoughts from Boise where it's time to put away childish plastic bags for Thursday's garbage... -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Interesting sight This last Friday morning was in the normal, half crazy, and heavy traffic on I-5 So headed to my office. I was in lane 2 of three lanes. The lady in front of me was holding a cell up to her ear with her right hand, and having quite a conversation gesturing with her left hand about half the time, and wondering all over. Lane three was full of trucks so I squeezed into lane 1 and as I moved ahead of traffic, I spotted a semi tractor in Lane 3 painted a solid bright green pulling a 53 ft trailer. As I passed it I noted the name "Sandstorm Trucking", in bright yellow letters on the driver's door. Traffic was insane and no way could I get a picture with my iPhone or read the location. When I got off at my exit, 95, I pulled over and waited for him to go by to get a picture. But he must have gotten off at an exit North of me. Anybody believe in coincidences? With the exact colors and name? It has to be...? "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From home on a rainy Sunday. I am nibbling on a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies I made with walnuts, raisins, craisins, and a few pieces of candied citrus. I will take the cookie jar to work tomorrow or end up eating all 55 of them. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Dolores TRUJILLO Garcia('53) ~ 1934 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/09/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 20 Bombers including Cole Kids sent stuff: Marilyn DeVINE ('52), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Mike CLOWES ('54), Tony DURAN ('55) Gus KEENEY ('57), Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Ed WOOD ('62), Donni CLARK ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Donna FREDETTE ('65), Linda McKNIGHT ('65) Rick MADDY ('67), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Vic MARSHALL ('71) Cole Sisters (50, '52, '55, '63, & '63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle DUNN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim STECKLINE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane BRADY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jamie PATTON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen MOORE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Yvonne LING ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob HAUSENBUILLER ('93) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY: Carl DVORAK ('58) & Shirley ARMSTRONG ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) To the many of you who have written condolences here, in my private email and in snail-mail form: Your loving thoughts and prayers are most welcomed by all the family. I thank you sincerely for your kindness. As so many of you know, the loss is awful... but we will get through it with the help of God, Family and Friends. To: Tom TRACY ('55) Oh my gosh! What a great piece of creative writing!!! Very clever and I got to chuckle out loud! (Laughter is good for the soul, as I am sure you know!) You pretty much made my day, today! I hope you will send more, or better yet, put it in a book (if you haven't already) and let us know the title so we can go out and buy it! Your subject matter is hilariously too true... I do wash my shopping bags but probably not often enough. I am presently reading Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson of Canada. It was in a bag of other books that had belonged to [my daughter] Sandra (RIP), so I am getting double enjoyment reading it: it was hers and it is delightfully written in vignette form. Recommended light reading! To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Coincidence? Doesn't seem likely, does it! (Better luck next time if you see it again.) Would be fun to track down... in fact, there is a real possibility that you will get the info right here in a future Sandstorm. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in almost sunny Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Dolores TRUJILLO Garcia ('53-RIP) Sorry to see another 53 Bomber is no longer with us. As I remember her from school, she was a very likable, quiet and studious person. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Re: Plastic Grocery Bags Don't know if the "No More Plastic Bags" is a good thing or not. One store I go to offers a choice between paper or plastic, or bring your own dirty cloth bag and get a nickel back for using it. But this does not mean the end of plastic garbage bags which will hold a lot more than the grocery version. And where does one get a bag that fits a smaller waste container? Besides, in Oregon one is supposed to bundle up all the used plastic bags one has faithfully toted home for what ever store and return them to recycle bin that is supposed to be in grocery stores and other places that do plastic bags in large quantities. What happens after that I have no idea. And, in conclusion, Tom, have you been cutting up the plastic holder that your six-packs come in. Wouldn't some dumb bird getting one stuck around its neck. [Huh? -Maren] Maybe the gummint will let us recycle the cloth bags as they become dirty and worn out. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where Wurstfest will be this weekend. It will be the last event in the Octoberfest Biergartern. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Family Reunion Our family is planning a reunion this August in Richland and we would like to know if anyone in Bomberville can let me know if Sight and Sound would be a good business to set up a photo booth with. Maybe a Bomber alumni or Bomber might have a business that can do this. And maybe there is also an alumni or Bomber there in the Tri-Cities who has a DJ business. I would like any input that anyone that can help me with this. We have the Red Lion booked for August 11-13th for about 100 family members. I'll need names, emails or phone contacts to make arrangements. -Tony DURAN ('55) and Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) ~ From snowy Wichita, Kansas where it's -2 right now **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Tom TRACY ('55) on Plastic Bags AAAAAMen on That one!!!! I'm sure that my sister, Missy ('59) has almost single handedly saved the planet 4 or 5 times on this issue!!!!!! There are Green cloth bags in every vehicle she drives including mine!!!!! Plus a couple in my breakfast nook kitchen area in my West Richland house... admittedly they all look new... I think she doesn't remember (because she is so OLD now) that she didn't bring one into the store, so she buys a new one!!!!! i still love her because she is my sister!!!!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) ~ from sunny Yuma, AZ where it is going to be in the high 70s today for our Jeep run. Supposed to be a little breezy this afternoon to blow the dust off the trails!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) I couldn't help being curious about the green truck with "Sandstorm Trucking" in yellow that Larry MATTINGLY ('60) reported in the 2/8/11 Sandstorm. Google found Sandstorm Trucking, LLC in Forney, TX, but I couldn't find anything about the company owner or history. Does anybody know of a Bomber who ended up in Forney, TX? Out of curiosity, I searched for all US companies with "Sandstorm" in their names. 26 companies popped up in 15 states. Some are obvious semantic derivations, like "Sandstorm Sandblasting Service" but I couldn't see any logical connection between "Sandstorm" and where or what most of these companies were about. I wonder how many Bombers are out there with companies waving the "Sandstorm" banner? There are also 20 businesses with "Bomber" in their names. Some are clearly ours, for example, Bombers Tastee Freeze, 895 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA. But any business with a Bomber or Bombers name must have some interesting story. I can't help being curious. -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) To: Tom TRACY ('55) I enjoyed your comments on trying to make sense of reusable vs disposable bags. It brings to mind the reusable disposable bags I saw in use in Germany decades ago, made of polypropylene netting. Being made of plastic netting they didn't stain or hold dirt and when they got dirty or torn they were cheap enough to be discarded. Makes sense to me. Although they can be wastefully over-used, plastics products can have extraordinarily high utility. Usually far more utility than fossil fuel made from the equivalent amount of crude. -Ed WOOD ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Good-morning Bombers! Well after reading Tom TRACY's ('55) entry... something to think about. I thought fabric bags were a good idea... now I am not so sure. One thing Tom, you can rest assured of is that my bags will always be washed! And Larry MATTINGLY ('60)... that sounds like a good left-over Christmas cookie. Yum! Now, I have a neat little idea for some Bombers. As a member and volunteer at our beautiful Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center here in Stevenson... I wanted to let you, who might be interested, know about our up-coming fund-raiser on March 12th. The Museum is located right below Skamania Lodge. "A Night on Gilligan's Island" will be catered by Skamania Lodge with music and the silent auction. If ANY of you Washington (or nearby Oregon) Bombers make anything or sell anything and are wanting to get a little more business this would be a great way to do it. Do you make wine, write books, make candlesticks, jewelry, candy etc. etc.? If you would like to make a donation, contact me and I will get you all the information you need. This is a great opportunity to get your business cards, product history, information etc. out there. If you are interested in coming and donating, you can get in two people for the price of one. Skamania Lodge and the Bonnieville Hot Springs are beautiful, close spaces to stay. And we could even have a little Bomber get-together the day before or after at my house if there were enough of us. Let me know if you are interested. The sun is shining here today and I am off to my Zumba class! Have a great day Bombers and don't eat too many cookies! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Was it just me or back in the 4th grade or so, did everyone want to: Need Crutches Wear Glasses Have one's arm in a cast Now I'm about ready to letter in all three and am hard pressed to remember what was the deal. -Jimbeaux p.s. The Chipmunks both had Ringworm, and I even thought that was kinda cool. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I love a challenge Ok... this is how it is... If I manage to wish HB to all four girls in this famblie, I get a gold star... now that may not sound like much to you but I have goofed up on at least one of their birthdays now and again so maybe it won't be as easy as it sounds... in fact... one year I voiced a suggestion that I just do them all at once and that should suffice... but that would be cheating so... I'm gonna do my best... plus, at least on this day (February 9, 2011) I have a special Mommy to wish HB to as well so I guess if I wuz gonna cheat it wouldn't be today... The girl havin' a special day today is the first in a line a Bomber- babes that kept us boyz tied in knots over at the ol Col-Hi... in fact, I'm pretty sure that most of us are still feeling the ol' pangs a fatchewashun now and again... ya know that's when ya see a girl and yer heart starts pounding and yer knees get weak... then ye mouth goes dry and if yer like me ya can't even speak... then there's the Mom of a girl that has kept me feeling like that since 7th grade so I guess that feelin' just ain't gonna leave... so before I drool all over this key board... lemme say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) and Mom WATKINS, Mary Lou's ('63) Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Even though I don't agree wholeheartedly with your story in the Sandstorm last night I think it was very well written. In just goes to prove that Richland Bomber graduates are among the best writers not to mention the most thought provoking writers on the planet! We really had an awesome English Department in the Richland schools. I won't say the same for the math department. I really got a kick out of your entry and you really have a point about the unwashed bags. I use my old ones to carry my shoes in and buy new ones for my groceries. Many of them can be washed or sanitized. It really is amazing how things that we used to take for granted like opening doors etc. etc. with our hands and never gave it a thought now cause me constant anxiety especially during flu season and when I am with my six month old grandson. I use so many paper towels to open doors and keep from touching things especially in the public bathrooms I could start a recyclable plant of my own. Thanks for the thought provoking article on plastic bags which I really do believe should not be allowed anymore!! "Mental note to self, STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS FOR GARBAGE"!!!!!!!!! Bomber Cheers! -Donna FREDETTE ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Wow!! Really believe Tom TRACY's ('55) rant about Oregon and our disdain of plastic bags should have been a Sandbox issue. Oops, forgot, we don't have the Sandbox anymore. I am not sure where in Oregon Tom shopped, but I haven't run into paper bags costing 5-cents. I for one, often forget my very clean cloth bags when I shop, and hate throwing out the plastic bags, so I save them and take 'em to Safeway, where they are recycled into other stuff. Haven't been to Idaho in a long time, not sure why Idahoans don't like Oregonians, oh well. Someday this country is going to have no place left to bury garbage, and I do think we should all try to recycle as much as we can. Not sure what Tom's whole post has to do with our years in Richland, being a Bomber, or anything else regarding our growing up years. Just my humble opinion. -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: A Ramble A few days before Christmas, Rick WARFORD ('65) calls me and says he does not want to sit at home alone and wanted to know what I was doing. I told him I was sitting at home alone and having a nervous breakdown over turkey or ham. Long story short, he gets in his car and drives to Huntington Beach (HB) during a record-breaking southern California rainstorm... from Seattle... repeat... SoCal record-breaking rainstorm. Don't get to witness that very often. Never ask why. Never say never. And once again proving WARFORD is insane and the reason I love this guy like a brother. Impromptu. Spur of the moment. What do you do in SoCal during Christmas with WARFORD? You go to Hollyweird and visit DAVIS ('65) for one. Terry looked great and was in good spirits, by the way. I know for a fact that seeing longtime friends, i.e., WARFORD and RIVERS, really brightens his day. Not an easy thing in that town. The place chews people up and spits them out before breakfast is even mentioned. Not that I know Terry, because I really don't, but I give him a lot of kudos for surviving there. Then San Diego to look at "The Kiss." I know that sounds odd, but I will toss in a photo and you will understand. And, of course, Palm Springs to visit a visiting Carl BEYER ('65) and wife, Jane. I forgot my camera when going to Palm Springs. I imagine the Beyer's are grateful. These are wonderful folks. I went to school with Carl's brother, Scott ('67), since kindergarten. This wasn't like a first meeting. One would be hard pressed to find nicer folks than the BEYER brothers imho. I told WARFORD I was in HB for the weather and couldn't really think of a number two... then I tossed in bikinis as an afterthought. And left one fact out which really could be classified as a reason; I now live four blocks from downtown HB and the pier, granted, not everybody's cup of tea, and can now crawl home. Took me only sixty years to get here. Finally, the sun comes out for a couple days, WARFORD takes a walk to downtown Main Street comes back to my place, and tells me I live in a nice town. At 4:30 in the morning without goodbye or fanfare, he drives off headed home via Kennewick. WARFORD does not like goodbyes. I had told him to come back in July. It picks up a bit. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2011/Xtra/Mad/110209-00.htm Another year has gone by. I just returned from another first of February reunion with Marines I was in Vietnam with. The First Marine Division has a get together every year at Pendleton (the Camp, not Oregon), so Kilo-3-5 gets together too. And every year we, around twenty or so, including wives and girlfriends, go up to the colonel's home and hang out in his basement affectionately known as "The Tiger Den." Have dinner and drinks. One of the former grunts was personally involved in saving my life. Some I love as much as a brother, and some I don't have the time of day for, but so goes the Marine Corps. And so goes life. I would not write this for any reason other than this... one of the women that showed up in the Tiger Den has a husband in Afghanistan as I speak. Matt Peterson. He is the company commander of Lima-3-5. Got there in Sept. And they will probably have to fly a chopper out there, hog tie him and throw him in the helicopter to make him leave his men and go home when that time comes. Without specifics, he was supposed to be the CO of Kilo-3-5, but something happened where he wound up with Lima instead. Not only the wife, Michele, showed up, but also their children; six year old daughter and three year old son. I don't know about you other MC Vietnam vets, but I prefer the jungle over this place. And I also enjoyed getting letters from home, particularly from my soon-to-be the mother of my children, Mary HOUGHAN ('69), who had to endure being my wife, then ex- wife, then wife and now ex-wife again vs. having the internet and talking to her ten minutes after coming out of the jungle off some suicide mission; they all looked like a suicide missions. Every other night rotating three squads, one in two out, off bridge protection duty and going out and setting up an ambush, or walking around fixing to be in one, was not fun. I was always looking for a building where a Private could resign his commission... no such thing unfortunately. My Vietnam experience affected me greatly and is the sole reason today, if it ain't fun, I don't do it. There are times around these Marine Corps folks you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Somebody got on the internet and opened this up for us to check out. I don't know how this Marine wife can sit there and watch this with her children. "Look, there's daddy." Sad. Mind-boggling. Depressing. Thankful for men and women like this. All those things. So, since it is sort of close to home for me, I figured it is sort of close to home for Marine Corps Bombers and anyone else interested in what a small slice of Afghanistan looks like. Semper Fidelis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A6AJteEwdg&feature=player_embedded -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Re: Plastic shopping Bags I read your article with great interest, I can relate. The 'beloved' Washington Governor Christine Gregoire is pushing for the same 'plastic punishment' here. We already have to go to Idaho to get dish washing detergent that will get your dishes clean... Gotta Love it!!! -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Wednesday Birthday Almost let another birthday slip by... Wednesday, February 9, 2011 we recognize a guy I always knew as Jim but who is now known as Jamie PATTON ('71). Jim was pretty darn avant garde by Richland standards and I remember him bombing around town in his green Studebaker with a bright orange peace sign painted on the door. I think he had a mattress for a back seat. He kind of out- Lennoned John Lennon in his day. You can see a picture of Jim in his glory at the Senior annual section of our class website... www.71bombers.com http://www.71bombers.com/hs_senior.php or http://www.71bombers.com/hs_studentlife.php Somewhere, somehow after high school Jim ended up in the Navy. If you could have ever picked a "most unlikely guy to be in the service" out of the Class of 1971... Jim PATTON would certainly have made the short list... but then again, I would never have picked Brad WEIR ('71) to end up an officer in the USMC nor for John MOSELY ('71) to not only serve in the Army but also to have a distinguished 2nd career in the Coast Guard. Jamie PATTON served his country well and last time I saw him, he was ram rod straight and finishing up his career. I think he is now in Northern California somewhere and, hopefully, kicked back and enjoying life. I look forward to seeing Jamie at our 40th Reunion this coming August 11-14th. Have a great Birthday, Mr. Patton. To: Vicki OWENS ('72) I must admit to getting more than one "U" in Deportment at CKS and the fact that my Great Aunt was a Sister of the Holy Names (SNJM) only made things worse. But I DID manage to stick it out through 8th grade... we had more than one kid who was pushed out by the nuns for needing "help beyond what they could provide"... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Kind of feeling like the Uncle Jimmy of our class. Now if I can just get some of those Darigold treats... and to drive the Darigold truck... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cole Sisters (50, '52, '55, '63, & '63) No, we didn't forget our brother's birthday, John COLE ('66) on the 6th. He and Vicki have been spending time in the Seattle area with their son John Carl and family. John Carl is leaving this week for his second deployment as a Blackhawk pilot. Anyway, here's an early birthday wish on the 14th for our dear sister-in-law Vicki MOSLEY Cole ('66). Ha ha David RIVERS ('65), beat you! The Cole sisters: Barb ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55) Judie ('63), and Jackie ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/10/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Patti JONES ('60) Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda WOODS ('61wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) For Maren and perhaps other confused Bombers Re: Plastic six-pack rings Way back in the previous century the wife and I went to one of the first Oregon beach clean-ups. One item that was mentioned quite frequently were the plastic ring thingies that held six packs (of whatever beverage) together. Seems the ones left on the beach would somehow get stuck on necks of birds or sea otters and do bad things. The word was that if one cut the individual rings, they wouldn't choke any birds, otters or environmentalists. [I knew that... been cutting 6-pack ring thingies for years... -Maren] Hope that clears things up. Now, what do I do with all those paper grocery bags? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, still laughing over the proposed legislation. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Build old/new friendships. Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish... OK if you don't. WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2011 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Heading west from Richland on Van Giesen JD's is on the right side just two buildings from the river. Building with Maroon lettering says "JD Diner". TIME: Lots come around 12:30pm Luncheon time: 1pm. This helps the restaurant if they are crowded. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Invite family and friends. Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. We are almost at 5-1/2 years of gathering. Started June 2005. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX ('64) To: Vicki OWENS ('72) Re: Christ the King "U" marks in deportment I got such a big "U" in seventh grade that they asked my mother not to bring me back for eighth grade, which is why I went to Carmichael for eighth. Personally, I was delighted not to have to go to good old Christ the King anymore. The only nun I liked was Sister Martin Francis, and I only had her for fifth grade. I had the same teacher for third and fourth grade, and she was a real witch. Some of you out there in Bomberville might remember her name, but I don't. I was a rebellious brat in those days; OK, I'm still a rebellious brat, but not so in-your-face. Actually, when I was 34 years old (January of 1980), I met Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and Lord. I've never regretted my decision to follow Him; it is the only way to live. My husband and I are both active in our church. We attend The Living Room Community Church on Vineyard in Kennewick. The building we are in used to be a casino, attached to the bowling alley, which used to be Vineyard Lanes; I don't know what they call it now. Our ministers (Monte Ingersoll and Mel Haug) are both very musical, so our music is always good. Monte is a very tender- hearted person who loves his people. My husband and I renewed our wedding vows there in December 2009. Any Tri-City Bombers attending there? -Deedee WILLOX ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where the temps are hovering around the mid forties, which works for me. I don't put a coat on until it's below forty. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Kay MITCHELL ('52), Tom TRACY ('55) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda CARTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Drew COUGHREN ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52) Re: Bucket List I just returned from the Gem & Mineral Show in Tucson, AZ where I was able to satisfy my hunger for agates, petrified wood, jasper, awesome crystals and every other kind of rock known to mankind. It all started in that other desert town known as Richland many, many yeas ago, Rock hounding was always near the top of my list growing up, right along with riding horses from the riding academy, and swimming in the irrigation ditches, As an adult, I introduced my kids to the art of finding agates, mostly on the Bombing Range road or along the banks of the Columbia. We collected and polished them, each kid remembering where their rock had been found - and competing with each other for who could find the biggest one. For many years I have kept a large basket of rocks that we love and cherish. It sits on my coffee table, calling to all who come for a visit to pick them up and play with them, My great granddaughter visited not long ago and was totally entertained by these magical creations of nature. I am sure it is in her DNA! Being able to immerse myself in an entire city of rocks has fulfilled a bucket list wish for me. I was in heaven for a week and of course have new stones old now to add to my basket of rocks, -Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52) ~ Valley, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Maren and Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Commandments against plastic six-pak ring things Thanks for cleaning up the Oregon Beaches. You are a tribute to Bomber Beach Defenders everywhere, and, deserving of merit. You should be given at least a green and gold Oregon Beach-Blanket Bingo Banner. "Bombers Saving Beaches"! Clipping the 6-pak plastic whatchamacallits was a desperate, daring, endeavor- promoted (and almost mandated) by earlier, faithful Sin & Suffer Saints and today's bevy of the beach bird watchers. Perhaps saving the "purple-crested thorble-snatchers" and feeble fauna from extinction or from being tacked on Post Office peg boards as Most Endangered? Just think, if we'd only gotten there earlier, to push petroleum away, the Pterodactyls might still be with us... saved from plastic path to perdition. Those well-meaning ladies, undoubtedly help us as we browse among the kelp cluttered crevices, to sort the wheat from the petroleum-ridden chaff. The Oregon Beaches' beauty is second to no other space on the earth... One of my most favored places on the planet. It's one place you can go... and feel good on the way... while you're there... and when you think about it after returning home. (with the exception of grocery shopping). The two of you give new meaning to "beach combers" and at least made efforts to care for fowl-without-fingers, to extricate themselves from the plastic peril that could have swept species away to who knows what fate? I shall remember each time I revisit that wonderful beach area and open the hotel window. I always love the ocean air and view of the beach. I'm warned when I open the window... "You're not going to feed the seagulls again, are you?", she shakes her head as she asks. "Well, dear, one of them looks a lot like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"... He probably needs refueling. (I like pretending I'm an air traffic controller), as I flip a "cheese puff" out the window... watching the searching seagulls swoop in a line and pass uniformly by... to receive the benefit of observing wings in the wind... near the window. If the wind is just right, they hover and take on a re-fueling moment say goodbye and away they go (I can forego their deposits tho). I answer her, "Well, I just have to check and see if they will do a "fly-by" like those in Australia, Hamburg, or Dublin. You know, sometimes the Aussies and we Irish have different habits, mores, values, and such." The experience of confirming a theory, almost gives one a chance to "generalize by declaration"... You, know... like, "All aborigines walk in single file... because the one I saw did." Seagulls and pigeons are not universally loved. Thousands of them have to be put down, because they insist on taking routes near airports, like geese do. Pilots don't like them. Ted Williams used to despise them when he played at Boston's Fenway Park. (we used to call them the Boston Air Force). "generous bankers"... leaving unwanted deposits everywhere. Ted would sometimes take a shotgun out and gun down a couple of garbage cans full... to preserve the pitcher's "beach", and of course, his hat from the pigeon's reach. Nothing sinister. It reminds me of when my International Distributor of Oil field Drilling Escape Systems called in 1980, just a year after the price of oil dropped to $14 a barrel (from $30)... oil drilling companies were going out of business by the dozens My friends owned 88 major companies... and were a wonderful group to do business with... I miss them. Clarence Myers, a good friend of Tom Landry (who introduced me to Tom at the Ft. Worth Petroleum Club, "Tom I'd like you to meet my Sunday School Teacher". Landry smiled. I was impressed-he taught Sunday School in the off-season). Clarence said, we're closing down and all 88 companies are out of business". Then he chuckled sort of philosophically and said, "You know what they ask down here now...? What's the difference between a Texas Oilman and a pigeon?... A pigeon can still make a large deposit on a Mercedes". I always thought the airports should capture seagulls and pigeons and FEDEX them to Africa, the Middle East, or where locusts and grasshoppers were eating up all the crops... and they didn't have Richland's DDT spray jeeps to protect themselves. We protected ourselves. A misty immunization, running through the fog machine's cloud... guess we could have sung, "There ain't no bugs on me"... We knew weren't supposed to do that, especially when our Mom's used all three of our legal names in a "shout out". ... Still wonder why there hasn't been a class action lawsuit against Canada. Every one of those geese that flew into U.S. Air's A320 engines were Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). Canada should be more responsible than to let them fly around our airports. Litigation is probably in the offing... they should have trained their goslings better. Someone may contact RHS legal counsel (Wayne CAMPBELL ('55), David RIVERS ('65), and other Bomber Professional Litigators). Uh Ohhhhh Canadaaaaaaa. They should call Captain Sully Sullenberger... Canada put a good pilot, passengers and crew at risk. Hope all's well with our classmates in (and from) Richland, where everyone was a lot more equal than any other town in America... even with our diverse ideas, opinions, and heritage. Let's have more projects where everyone gets together to win, instead of just scrimmaging continuously. Either win or don't get in. No continuous overtimes. Spruce up America, dust it, polish it, put it in showroom condition... then take on the rest of the rest of planet's plastic problems... learn about Richland, where thinking occurred-deep inside and outside the box. It may not have been perfect, but mistakes at least proved that at someplace, good people stopped talking long enough to get something unsurpassed, unmatched and unequaled done. How could anyone work with something they couldn't even see?! Still amazing... tinkering inside the atom-the basics. Even now we can barely see a molecule... and we think that's amazing. Adjusting the most energetic item ever... that was a "hottie" for sure. Still is. Sun's up. Looks good here in Boise. Congratulations again to you two purveyors of plastic purity Plutoniumed, Uraniumed, Hydrogenated and even Plasticized Cheers, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Spectators for fireworks at Lake Havasu Just about every year I get a call or email from 1 or more Bomber who is in the SW US and would like to see the fireworks at WinterBlast. They ARE worth seeing if you like fireworks. However, this year there are several other functions in the Lake Havasu City area that will pretty much wipe out all hotel rooms. Additionally there is a series of Moto Cross races going on at the Moto Cross track near Sara Park (So end of LHC) where we do the fireworks. SO... they are expecting an additional 1500 cars in the Sara Park area Saturday and Sunday. As much as I enjoy meeting a Bomber alum or two, I DO NOT recommend any of you to try to attend. The scramble for non- member parking within a mile of SARA (Southern Arizona Racing Association) will be close to insane. Several law enforcement agencies have banded together and vowed to keep the hiways clear of parked cars. So... honestly folks I don't think it is worth even trying. If I was not already going down for dental work and glasses in Mexico, I would not go at all. It will be a zoo gone wild. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from my office So of Olympia in bright and warm sunshine. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Monte Ingersoll's name sounds very familiar. I wonder if he used to go to Cathedral of the Desert (can't remember is that's the right name or not). What denomination is the Living Room Community Church? How large is it? We will be moving back to Kennewick, most likely, in the near future and will be looking for a church. We don't want to attend a huge one again. Our church here in Eureka is quite small, as most of the churches are here and we really enjoy it. I am involved in quite a few things and love it. Our house is now on the market and hopefully will sell soon. We have been selling quite a bit of our antique furniture, which is a very good thing! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we've had sun for the past 3 weeks. Of course, the wind has been bitterly cold, but stopped night before last so I had a chance of get some sun and warmth while weeding yesterday. Will plant some flowers today. It is suppose to start raining again tomorrow :( **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Help I'm a Rock Sooooo Maren, did this ever get shared with the Alumni Sandstorm group? It fits in with the Oregon green comments (;-) Portlandia: Is it Local? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2LBICPEK6w -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Tom TRACY ('55) and Travels with MADDY ('67) I'm glad Tom TRACY's ('55) post made it into the sandstorm. I told him so in an email. I'm glad we don't have the sand pit any more. Ya know... back in the old days, we lawyers knew who all the snakes were in this town and we dealt with them accordingly. Everyone else we dealt with on a phone call or a hand shake. Then the California crowd made it's way over here when there work was gone and Vegas was hopping. It was much harder to know who not to trust. Trust is very important to a person and if one cannot be trusted there isn't much left. There is no good reason for a Sand Pit between Bombers. All we gotta do is remember what Thumper said and we're just fine. We all know those VERY few people who cannot respond to a controversy without calling people names... we don't need them hanging around our turf. Didn't then and don't now. (Actually I kinda stole that line from Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65)) I know I'm just a little kid that gets to hang with the big kids now and then but that's how I feel. By the way, was sorry to hear from the DeJONG's ('63/'63) that the Eddie Aikau got washed out this year... but I'm glad they enjoyed their winter stay... I love hearing from my big kid friends that way... they so dang cool. Loved the little tale MADDY ('67) had to tell. The pix were great. Reminded me of so many things. Ricky WARFORD ('65) has always loved those sweatshirts that have hoods and zip all the way. They used to be pretty hard to find and whenever I would (often while visiting Maddy in HB) I'd mail them off to him. In his usual fashion, Rick would always want to pay me for them... nah... but thanks... Rick was the kid I picked up to drive around the Uptown at night in the snow the day I got my driver's license and the kid that joined me on the steps of Mac Hall to cry over foolishly grageating from Col-Hi... met him when we were really little and we been buds ever since... Kinda like KEENEY ('65) (oh crap... I think I'm gonna get the weepies)... hadda laugh over Jimbeaux ('63) going thru the list of 4th grade wants that we have certainly grown out of over the years... the story of Rick driving in the coastal rain reminded me of the time when Terry ('65) and Erin were still together and Erin's grandpa gave them a very nice little Mercedes... I picked Terry up in the middle of "El Nino" and we drove from L.A. to Riverside to pick it up... Terry kept saying he was a "car guy"... T's never been a car guy but he was having fun... when we were putting the car on the trailer ALL he hadda do was steer... he kept looking everywhere but at where the car was going yelling "I'm helping... I'm helping"... hadda call a wrecker to undo what he did... it was awful... he kept standing in the garage bringing me pieces of bread with huge hunks of cheese in them and I was wet and filthy trying to stuff the cheese in my mouth... When the road was washed out on the way back and we hadda take a detour, he kept crying we were lost and how hungry he was... I told him something like "L.A. is a great big city... we'll hit it" (sung to "Do You Know the Way to San Jose")... I'll tell ya... I am so very glad to have been born a Bomber... bet you are too! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Plastic six-pack ring thingies I spent 27 years in the grocery business, one of the things I learned is the "plastic six-pack ring thingies" actually have a name. They are Hi-Cones... http://www.hi-cone.com/ Just a little trivia I thought I would pass along... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/12/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Elva McGHAN ('50) Donna NELSON ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Maryanne GRENINGER ('67wb) Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol HAYNES ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat CALDWELL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shanon LAYBOURN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Hodge ('71NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janeen THORNTON ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Bucket List - Agates Well, Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52), I am not as near passionate about semi precious stones as you seem to be but I do recall some favorite memories of walking the hill tops and flat tops of the Horse Heaven Hills with my head bent to the ground searching for those little precious gems. I have a bag of those agates around somewhere; maybe I should find someone to polish them up for me. I still cannot resist when passing the polished rock dispenser in the gift shops, to push as many of them into a $3.99 bag and carry it off for later delight; or buy a polished thin slab and marvel at nature's best when you hold it up to the light. We were in the Tucson area last week but missed the show; but we did stop in Quartzite, another rock hound mecca, for lunch. Bomber cheers, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) ~ From the heartland of paradise, Grover Beach, CA; temps in the high sixties, low seventies. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Elva McGHAN Wallace ('50) Re: Plastic Bits and Pieces I wash and remove the label from see through plastic jars like JIF Peanut Butter. After I've cut the plastic rings all apart I stuff them into the jar. You'd be surprised to see how many you can stuff in the jar. Then when its full trash collectors can see what it is. I do this with another jar for all kinds of little bits of plastic. Little strips from the top of milk containers and other jars or bottles, keepers on the bread wrappers, pull out stoppers on half and half containers and any other small pieces. It's amazing how fast you accumulate all this stuff. Thanks to everyone who cares. -Wayne WALLACE ('50) and Elva McGHAN Wallace ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) To: Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52) I read your entry about finding agates and wondered what your "art of finding" them is. It brought memories of our grandfather, AR Bolke, who took us to West Richland by the Twin Bridges(?) on a gravel road after it had rained and we walked towards the sun to find them because the rain had washed the dust off and the sun shining into them would make 'em pop... if it hadn't rained, we'd find what we thought were agates and spit on them to see if they actually were and hold them up toward the sun. Good childhood memories. I just had one of our grandfather's rocks cut into 4 pieces for paper weights for each of us I thought it looked like an agate but turns out is was petrified coral according to the Ellensburg Bead and Rock Shop. -Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) There seems to be a Hall of Fame for everything, or almost everything. When they decide to put up the Huggers Hall of Fame, the birthday boy will me a shoe-in on the first ballot. They might just name the building after him and put him on the statue out front. He had more variations than any known human, and the uncanny ability to keep getting back in line. Happy Birthday to Freddie SCHAFER ('63-RIP) and his Santa hat. We all miss you, but the just the thought of you and your antics makes us smile, smile, smile. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Memories and '65ers Special times, these... gotta birthday to my favorite T-shirt brother who has since left the building but remains strong in my heart... also got two '65ers... one I see every year at least once and one I hardly ever see but never miss his brother, which is cool because I've come to be good friends with him and his wife... uh his wife thru him... ya know? Don't want no misunderstandings here or anything! Gotta get on a conference call then take a cat to the vet... shoulda timed this better so fond memories and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Freddie SCHAFER ('63-RIP) and to Pat CALDWELL ('65) and Shanon LAYBOURN ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) To the person who asked what to do with all the paper bags: I use them to fill my recyclables for garbage day. Here in California, paper bags are the only bags that are OK to use for recyclables. -Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Trivia... Bread Clips The little plastic clip that re-closes a bread bag is called a 'Bread Clip'. The bread clip was invented by Yakima, WA native Floyd G. Paxton and manufactured by the Kwik Lok Corporation based in Yakima, WA with manufacturing plants in Yakima, WA and New Haven, Indiana. Who knew? -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/13/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Lois WEYERTS ('56) Jim HAMILTON ('63) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff CURTIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny WRIGHT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Wayne WALLACE & Elva McGHAN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) Re: Alice SEATON ('56) I am trying to contact Alice SEATON '56. I believe her sister has sent in comments to the Sandstorm before and I would like her to contact me as soon as possible with an email address and/or a phone number so I can contact Alice, The class of 1956 is celebrating their 55th reunion this September in connection with the Club 40 reunion and general meeting. The dates are September 9, 10, and 11. The class of '56 will have our own celebration on Saturday, September 10, at the Hampton Inn from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. We are trying to confirm all the information we have on our classmates so that we can send them the March mailing of the DustStorm from Club 40 which will include the registration form and more specific particulars about the Class of '56 celebration. If we have not yet emailed or called you, please get in touch with Lois WEYERTS Harrold immediately. The Club 40 data base needs a correct address from each classmate before a Dust Storm can be sent to you. Others we are searching for: Jerry MARTIN, James NICHOLLS, Bobby Joe NICHOLSON, Sara Ann OUSLEY Bishop, Bill POLLARD, Jim TEMPLEMAN, JW VANCE, Jon VEIGEL, Elaine BRUNO Welp, Bill WESTON, Nancy WHEELER, Ted WOOD, Linda HEWETT Koegel, Sandra PEDERSEN Keylei, Don YALE. If anyone out there has information on these people, please contact me ASAP. Thanks ahead of time for any help you can give. -Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) ~ in Richland where spring is soon to be here! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Birthday Class - 2nd Grade http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2011/Xtra/Ham/110213-BDayClass.jpg So I'm digging around trying to find something and this picture appears. Now I'm not in the picture, so it must have come when I inherited Billy Chipmunk's ('63-RIP) (cub scout in the front row) photo album. At least four of the guys have passed away, and one is doing some serious time in Walla Walla. The Birthday Boy's musical career as a flutist came to a halt when he Pete Rosed into an irrigation spigot at the Craighill playground, trying to stretch a bang-bang play at first into a double. Once he got his feet going, he was a blur, but that might take a while. Regardless, the guy with the goofy look in the back row is non-other than Der Kaiser, Bundes Billy WILSON ('63), but it's not his birthday. The birthday boy is right there betwixt Bill Purcell and Carol Moore. Happy Birthday "Feet". -Jimbeaux p.s. I have not found what I was looking for, but that teacher I think is Miss Dish, is she not? -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Death of Bomber Spouse Last fall I posted about Chuck Topping (NAB), husband (since July, 1976) of Marcia DONAHUE Topping ('68). He was diagnosed with brain cancer in July, 2009, and given one year to live. They chose a very aggressive treatment protocol, which "bought" him about 19 months of life after diagnosis. A devout Christian, Chuck crossed over very peacefully on the morning of 2/11/2011, at home with his family in Bellingham, where he and Marcia moved from Kennewick last summer/fall to be closer to his treatment center (Swedish in Seattle) and two of their four kids. All of their children and grandchildren (spread from Alaska to California) were able to gather together for this past Christmas with Marcia and Chuck, and able to spend many meaningful hours with him and Marcia in January and February, before his passing. Chuck will be buried on March 11th at the Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA, as a Navy veteran. A memorial service is planned for March 12th at Faith Assembly in Pasco -- their church home for many years. (They are delaying the services in order that their out-of-state kids, kids-in-law, and grandkids can all come back to Washington - again - to attend. Their children have been wonderful through all of this - probably because Chuck and Marcia did such a great job of raising them!) The introduction to CaringBridge is a gift that was passed along to me by several Bombers (I particularly remember Maren's strong encouragement to me that I use it) when I was providing end of life care for Harlan FOOTE ('61-RIP) one year ago right now. (He died 2/18/10.) I will forever be grateful, and was glad to introduce Marcia to it last November, at which time she established www.caringbridge.org/visit/chucktopping You can read about Chuck and their great family there. You can also go to the guestbook section, and post your thoughts, prayers, condolences. Also posted to Chuck's CaringBridge site will be the time of the March 12th memorial service. (I will also post the information here when I know it.) I am certain Marcia would be uplifted and blessed to see familiar (and even unfamiliar) Bomber faces at the memorial service. Blessings, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/14/11 ~ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Leoma COLES ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Peter TURPING ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dore TYLER ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill ROE ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki MOSLEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val GHIRARDO ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane CARPENTER ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Clarence FULCHER ('51) & Gloria ADAMS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) First of all, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie for Clarence FULCHER ('51) & Gloria "Skippy" ADAMS Fulcher ('54) on the happy occasion of yet another anniversary. There were some who said it wouldn't last through spring. How little did they know. Secondly, another tip of the ol' beanie for Dore TYLER ('53), who somehow got himself borned on Valentine's Day. Don't think it had any influence on his life. I would like to thank Rick VALENTINE ('68) for clarifying the proper name for the six pack thingy. And now, for all the environmentalists out there, do you think we could get the recycling businesses to accept the cardboard that comes with pizza? Especially that which is under a Papa Murphy's. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ between monsoons in Mount Angel, OR, where the 3rd annual Wurstfest has come to a conclusion. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Happy Valentine's day to all... went to HooDoo ski area today for the first time, with the grandkids and we were sledding. No new snow, but the weather was fine and we had a great time!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ Salem, OR where the weather is about 40 and lightly raining... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The more things change....................... HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK... couple a real Bomber-babes havin' b-days but I really gotta comment on how much I love those grade school pictures... I am always amazed at how very little most of us really have changed... some of us right down to the Birkenstocks (they ain't caught on here in Vegas... or at least I don't see them)... But then Jimbeaux ('63) was always stylin'... so what we got here is the girl made famous by "Sarah"... nah... not really... she's famous in all our books and I try never to miss checking in with her when I'm home... the other girl is one I commented on just the other day when her "other half" had his birthday... and I say, anybody related to my man Ricky WARFORD ('65) in any way is famous in my book too... so here we go kids it's a mighty mighty Bomber HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vicki MOSLEY ('66) and Val GHIRARDO ('72) on Valentine's day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey speaking of 2nd grade... this is my Valentine story from one a them Spalding years for me... Valentine's day was fast approaching and in those days I was a little slow on the uptake... so at the last minute, having missed out on the little packages of 50 for a buck I went to Newberry's lookin' for my valentines for the next day... yup... all sold out... but they were having a great sale on some of the kind that actually folded like a real card and I could get just enough for about the same price... without bothering to read them, I bought 30 of whatever class size was in the day... took them home and got ready to sign them... dang they all said "Happy Valentine's Day to my TEACHER"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well Mom... always good in a crisis cut out 30 little hearts and pasted them over the teacher part and wrote "Valentine"... problem was... everybody had already put theirs in those little heart shaped folders we made to get our cards in and people were busy peeking... I didn't have the clear chance to sneak these puppies in the folders without getting seen... so I held on to them and pitched them after school (don't scold me, girls... I felt crappy enough already)... naturally some goofball always signs the cards "secret admirer" or something more sappy yet... so I just smiled when I was asked if that was me... saved! Has anybody seen an old movie (old as in '95) called "Telling Lies in America"? I saw it on TV last night... great music!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter TURPING ('70) Re: Death of Bomber Spouse from Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) I had the pleasure of working with Chuck Topping (NAB-RIP) husband of Marcia DONAHUE Topping ('68). for many years at Lockheed Martin. He was very smart, witty and one of the best examples of what a Christian man should be. His knowledge and insight of the bible was staggering. He fought the hard fight with cancer for the last few years with such courage and optimism. He will be missed. -Peter TURPING ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15-16/2011 ~ Combined Issue Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Betty BELL ('51) Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Missy KEENEY ('59) Patti JONES ('60), Rosann BENEDICT ('63) Mary Ann VOSSE ('63), Linda REINING ('64) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) For Tuesday, February 15: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Jo ROSE ('64) For Wednesday, February 16: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James CLATWORTHY ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toby HUFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther DAWSON ('73wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) As I write this, I have learned of the passing of my dear old friend, Johnny MANOR ('47), of Mesa, AZ. His daughter Sandra told me he passed away January 24, at the age of 83. I have been in touch with him for the last couple of years, and he was, till the end, the sweet and loving guy as always. Sandra, bless her, has taken care of him for several years during his infirmity. John was a true hero of World War II and Korea. He fibbed about his age and joined the Navy when he was 16. He was trained as a corpsman (medic) and was assigned to the Marines. He went through several of the Pacific island landings. After the war, he came home, and finished his High School at RHS, his parents having moved to Richland in his absence. He, along with about a dozen of us veterans, flocked together like ducks; ruptured ducks, that is. We assembled each Thursday at the unemployment agency on Lee Blvd, and collected our 20 bucks from Uncle, and pretty much managed to spend it by the following Monday. We went to the Pasco Legion on Saturday nights, and sometimes to Hermiston on Sunday to buy beer. But the many evenings we could be found at the Richland Legion in the old High School. The Wagonweheel club was in the basement there, and we would have a few in the very room where I took Spanish in 1943. They were halcyon, if wastrel, times; and all of us became very close. Then a few got married, and others went on to university. Johnny told us he was bored and rejoined the Navy. Then the Korean War broke out. Back into the Marines went John, and he did the war up and down from Inchon to the border and back. Two wars, many battles, and John never got a scratch. Then, finally, the cigarettes killed him. (Quit, good friends, now.) Johnny's wife, Del, the love of his life, died about six months ago. He leaves a son from his first marriage, and a son and two daughters, including Sandra, with Del. Of the dozen guys mentioned above, I am the last left to mourn, but we all loved ye Johnny, and wish ye a good journey. Dick McCoy, From The Tin Can Class of 1945. Later, Johnny. -Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) This is a reminder that the Richland Seniors Association will be holding our Third Friday Dance at the Richland Community Center on Friday, February 18 from 1:00 to 4:00. Great music with the EASY SWING BAND, and the cost -- as always -- is only $5 at the door. Pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Hope to see you there! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Question: Can anyone tell me why and when did the St. of St. Valentine's Day was dropped? -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where today was like a day in Spring -- 68 degrees!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy KEENEY ('59) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), The problem with recycling pizza boxes/cardboard is that it is usally dirty and cardboard needs to be clean for recycling. Now if people would just recycle all their clean cardboard we would all be a step ahead of the game -Missy KEENEY ('59) ~ Wintering in exotic West Richland ~ "If we all sang the same note, there would be no harmony." -Stephanie Pearl-McPhee **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Tom TRACY ('55) and plasic bags. When I first started reading Tom's post last week I didn't think I was interested. The more I read I began flashing back to my plastic bags. Since the first recycling I set out to be a Queen of doing it. Remember, in about 1956, Richland did a campaign, "Don't be a Litterbug, be a Jitterbug". Posters were everywhere. Through the years the amount of litter aggravated me. I was glad to see when I lived in California all the campaigns and garbage pick-up for recycling. Moved To Federal Way to find the same in place. THEN I moved to West Richland and no recycling. I was determined at first to keep it up. There are bins by the fire station off Bombing Range Road. Drove there three or four times, when I got a nail in my tire. That did it. Thanks, Tom. I have gotten a lot of laughs out of this. Then I drove into Richland where the bins are at Uptown. Makes that end look crappy as far as I am concerned. They were always full and I couldn't reach them to put stuff in. I kept it up for a while. Even thought about getting another campaign for recycling in West Richland. By then I wasn't laughing some. I quit all. I don't have a lot. I learned to get down to one small garbage can years ago. I have now quit the newspaper. I can get it on line. Sunday paper. Now the plastic bag has been the subject. I have bought the bags, got to remember to take them. I haven't driven for a year so have to put them in/near my purse so whoever is driving I will have them with me. Carol Rose, wife of Glen ROSE's ('58). takes me to most doctor appointments which has been a great help. My daughter asked me a year ago to quit driving because of the amount of medications I was on. Medications have become like drunk driving. Which brings up another subject. Doctors and prescription medications. Are they helping or making our health worse? Good debate? And I am sure lots of good opinions and I would like to hear others. I have a client in Hazard, KY who is a judge. She handles lots of cases to do with Oxycontin. She has written into the newspaper that the doctors give out medications like candy. Re: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) I was quite anxious for "EM" to come to the luncheon on Saturday; I could give her a huge hug. She didn't show. When Carol and Glen were leaving from driving me home a car I didn't recognize was parking out front. None of us knew who it was until "EM" rolled down the window. Her son lives around the corner from me and down the street. It felt great to give her a big hug. She was wearing her usual great smile. She said she forgot about the luncheon until she drove by,,, I thought she looked great after what she has been through. Re: February luncheon The group seemed more chattery than usual. Following were in attendance: Fred KLUTE ('58), Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63). Dave RHODES ('52), Lorin St. JOHN ('55), Phyllis St. JOHN (NAB), Nancy STULL Jewell ('59), Patricia JONES DeBatissta ('59), Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61), Margaret and her husband Greg DUNN ('60) just recently moved back to Richland. So good to have her close again. Margaret and I put on Bomber gatherings 20 years ago in Seattle area. Great times. Jon HUDSPETH ('52), Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57), Burt PIERARD ('59), Missy KEENEY ('59), Glen ROSE ('58) and wife Carol ('62 - Sunnyvale, CA). Because of the rheumatoid arthritis it is very hard to type. I make lots of mistakes which I am sure Maren catches. Thank you Maren. This is hard for me because I use to be an 80 wpm typist on a manual typewriter. Always good speller. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, Bombers. Have a great day. -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA. Nice to see sunshine again. Still cold but lots of signs of spring. Lots of birds flying. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosann BENEDICT ('63) Re: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES' ('54) pizza boxes Living in the City of Seattle (and undoubtedly some surrounding areas), we recycle soiled pizza boxes in the yard waste and compost bin. The boxes are shredded and combined with yard waste; they come back as Garden Grove compost, available at local nurseries and garden stores. -Rosann BENEDICT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) To: Bob CARLSON, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Recycled Pizza Boxes And here I thought Oregon was way ahead of the game on recycling along with other environmental issues. You just don't live in the right part of the country. In King, Pierce, Thurston, and Gray's Harbor counties in Washington you can put pizza boxes in your yard waste recycling bin. Also all food; tea bags; paper towels, napkins, cups, plates; food wraps from fast food; milk cartons; paper bags, waxed paper and shredded paper. Oh, and if you want, you can put yard waste in the bin, too! -Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) ~ in Lacey, WA where the rains have come again, along with wind the last couple of days, and I'm dying to get out in the yard to clean up the gardens. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) No Sandstorm in my mail box and none on the site either. Weird. I know there are times when there aren't enough entries, but it's rare for nothing to be posted for the day at all. Nothing on the site for February 15, 2011. -Linda REINING ('64). ~ weathermen predicting a Winter storm for Bakersfield, CA ... supposed to bring lots of rain and possibly 13" of snow in the mountain areas -- keeping fingers crossed -- am not ready for Winter to be over just yet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer ('64) Re: Monte Ingersoll Yes, that is the same Monte Ingersoll. He was several years at Cathedral of the Desert (which has been changed to Cathedral of Joy). The Living Room Community Church is non-denominational. We are running about 700 right now, have outgrown our facility and are in the process of purchasing another, larger,building. When you get moved up here, give it a try. The worst that can happen is that you won't like it. The best thing that can happen is you will find a new church family. Services are currently at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 5 PM. Hope you get your house sold soon. Mercedes Loiseau -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) [for Tuesday's -- 15th -- issue] Celebration of Life for Chuck Topping (NAB-RIP), husband of Marcia DONAHUE Topping ('68), will be on March 12th at 2pm at Faith Assembly Christian Center in Pasco. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Chuck's name to either of the following: Royal Family Kids Camp at Faith Assembly: <http://pasco.rfkc.org> Chris Elliott Fund for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research: <http://www.chriselliottfund.org> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [for Wednesday's -- 16th -- issue] Hi, No Sandstorm and no notice today. Nothing on the website. Not in my junk mail, either. Is everything okay???? Thanks, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15-16/2011 ~ Combined Issue Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Betty BELL ('51) Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Missy KEENEY ('59) Patti JONES ('60), Rosann BENEDICT ('63) Mary Ann VOSSE ('63), Linda REINING ('64) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) For Tuesday, February 15: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Jo ROSE ('64) For Wednesday, February 16: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James CLATWORTHY ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toby HUFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther DAWSON ('73wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) As I write this, I have learned of the passing of my dear old friend, Johnny MANOR ('47), of Mesa, AZ. His daughter Sandra told me he passed away January 24, at the age of 83. I have been in touch with him for the last couple of years, and he was, till the end, the sweet and loving guy as always. Sandra, bless her, has taken care of him for several years during his infirmity. John was a true hero of World War II and Korea. He fibbed about his age and joined the Navy when he was 16. He was trained as a corpsman (medic) and was assigned to the Marines. He went through several of the Pacific island landings. After the war, he came home, and finished his High School at RHS, his parents having moved to Richland in his absence. He, along with about a dozen of us veterans, flocked together like ducks; ruptured ducks, that is. We assembled each Thursday at the unemployment agency on Lee Blvd, and collected our 20 bucks from Uncle, and pretty much managed to spend it by the following Monday. We went to the Pasco Legion on Saturday nights, and sometimes to Hermiston on Sunday to buy beer. But the many evenings we could be found at the Richland Legion in the old High School. The Wagonweheel club was in the basement there, and we would have a few in the very room where I took Spanish in 1943. They were halcyon, if wastrel, times; and all of us became very close. Then a few got married, and others went on to university. Johnny told us he was bored and rejoined the Navy. Then the Korean War broke out. Back into the Marines went John, and he did the war up and down from Inchon to the border and back. Two wars, many battles, and John never got a scratch. Then, finally, the cigarettes killed him. (Quit, good friends, now.) Johnny's wife, Del, the love of his life, died about six months ago. He leaves a son from his first marriage, and a son and two daughters, including Sandra, with Del. Of the dozen guys mentioned above, I am the last left to mourn, but we all loved ye Johnny, and wish ye a good journey. Dick McCoy, From The Tin Can Class of 1945. Later, Johnny. -Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) This is a reminder that the Richland Seniors Association will be holding our Third Friday Dance at the Richland Community Center on Friday, February 18 from 1:00 to 4:00. Great music with the EASY SWING BAND, and the cost -- as always -- is only $5 at the door. Pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Hope to see you there! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Question: Can anyone tell me why and when did the St. of St. Valentine's Day was dropped? -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where today was like a day in Spring -- 68 degrees!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy KEENEY ('59) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), The problem with recycling pizza boxes/cardboard is that it is usally dirty and cardboard needs to be clean for recycling. Now if people would just recycle all their clean cardboard we would all be a step ahead of the game -Missy KEENEY ('59) ~ Wintering in exotic West Richland ~ "If we all sang the same note, there would be no harmony." -Stephanie Pearl-McPhee **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Tom TRACY ('55) and plasic bags. When I first started reading Tom's post last week I didn't think I was interested. The more I read I began flashing back to my plastic bags. Since the first recycling I set out to be a Queen of doing it. Remember, in about 1956, Richland did a campaign, "Don't be a Litterbug, be a Jitterbug". Posters were everywhere. Through the years the amount of litter aggravated me. I was glad to see when I lived in California all the campaigns and garbage pick-up for recycling. Moved To Federal Way to find the same in place. THEN I moved to West Richland and no recycling. I was determined at first to keep it up. There are bins by the fire station off Bombing Range Road. Drove there three or four times, when I got a nail in my tire. That did it. Thanks, Tom. I have gotten a lot of laughs out of this. Then I drove into Richland where the bins are at Uptown. Makes that end look crappy as far as I am concerned. They were always full and I couldn't reach them to put stuff in. I kept it up for a while. Even thought about getting another campaign for recycling in West Richland. By then I wasn't laughing some. I quit all. I don't have a lot. I learned to get down to one small garbage can years ago. I have now quit the newspaper. I can get it on line. Sunday paper. Now the plastic bag has been the subject. I have bought the bags, got to remember to take them. I haven't driven for a year so have to put them in/near my purse so whoever is driving I will have them with me. Carol Rose, wife of Glen ROSE's ('58). takes me to most doctor appointments which has been a great help. My daughter asked me a year ago to quit driving because of the amount of medications I was on. Medications have become like drunk driving. Which brings up another subject. Doctors and prescription medications. Are they helping or making our health worse? Good debate? And I am sure lots of good opinions and I would like to hear others. I have a client in Hazard, KY who is a judge. She handles lots of cases to do with Oxycontin. She has written into the newspaper that the doctors give out medications like candy. Re: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) I was quite anxious for "EM" to come to the luncheon on Saturday; I could give her a huge hug. She didn't show. When Carol and Glen were leaving from driving me home a car I didn't recognize was parking out front. None of us knew who it was until "EM" rolled down the window. Her son lives around the corner from me and down the street. It felt great to give her a big hug. She was wearing her usual great smile. She said she forgot about the luncheon until she drove by,,, I thought she looked great after what she has been through. Re: February luncheon The group seemed more chattery than usual. Following were in attendance: Fred KLUTE ('58), Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63). Dave RHODES ('52), Lorin St. JOHN ('55), Phyllis St. JOHN (NAB), Nancy STULL Jewell ('59), Patricia JONES DeBatissta ('59), Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61), Margaret and her husband Greg DUNN ('60) just recently moved back to Richland. So good to have her close again. Margaret and I put on Bomber gatherings 20 years ago in Seattle area. Great times. Jon HUDSPETH ('52), Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57), Burt PIERARD ('59), Missy KEENEY ('59), Glen ROSE ('58) and wife Carol ('62 - Sunnyvale, CA). Because of the rheumatoid arthritis it is very hard to type. I make lots of mistakes which I am sure Maren catches. Thank you Maren. This is hard for me because I use to be an 80 wpm typist on a manual typewriter. Always good speller. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, Bombers. Have a great day. -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA. Nice to see sunshine again. Still cold but lots of signs of spring. Lots of birds flying. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosann BENEDICT ('63) Re: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES' ('54) pizza boxes Living in the City of Seattle (and undoubtedly some surrounding areas), we recycle soiled pizza boxes in the yard waste and compost bin. The boxes are shredded and combined with yard waste; they come back as Garden Grove compost, available at local nurseries and garden stores. -Rosann BENEDICT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) To: Bob CARLSON, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Recycled Pizza Boxes And here I thought Oregon was way ahead of the game on recycling along with other environmental issues. You just don't live in the right part of the country. In King, Pierce, Thurston, and Gray's Harbor counties in Washington you can put pizza boxes in your yard waste recycling bin. Also all food; tea bags; paper towels, napkins, cups, plates; food wraps from fast food; milk cartons; paper bags, waxed paper and shredded paper. Oh, and if you want, you can put yard waste in the bin, too! -Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) ~ in Lacey, WA where the rains have come again, along with wind the last couple of days, and I'm dying to get out in the yard to clean up the gardens. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) No Sandstorm in my mail box and none on the site either. Weird. I know there are times when there aren't enough entries, but it's rare for nothing to be posted for the day at all. Nothing on the site for February 15, 2011. -Linda REINING ('64). ~ weathermen predicting a Winter storm for Bakersfield, CA ... supposed to bring lots of rain and possibly 13" of snow in the mountain areas -- keeping fingers crossed -- am not ready for Winter to be over just yet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer ('64) Re: Monte Ingersoll Yes, that is the same Monte Ingersoll. He was several years at Cathedral of the Desert (which has been changed to Cathedral of Joy). The Living Room Community Church is non-denominational. We are running about 700 right now, have outgrown our facility and are in the process of purchasing another, larger,building. When you get moved up here, give it a try. The worst that can happen is that you won't like it. The best thing that can happen is you will find a new church family. Services are currently at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 5 PM. Hope you get your house sold soon. Mercedes Loiseau -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) [for Tuesday's -- 15th -- issue] Celebration of Life for Chuck Topping (NAB-RIP), husband of Marcia DONAHUE Topping ('68), will be on March 12th at 2pm at Faith Assembly Christian Center in Pasco. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Chuck's name to either of the following: Royal Family Kids Camp at Faith Assembly: <http://pasco.rfkc.org> Chris Elliott Fund for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research: <http://www.chriselliottfund.org> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [for Wednesday's -- 16th -- issue] Hi, No Sandstorm and no notice today. Nothing on the website. Not in my junk mail, either. Is everything okay???? Thanks, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/17/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers & 1 Bomber Spouse sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Mike CLOWES ('54) Sara Ann BISHOP ('56), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Marcia Plows ('63 spouse), Bruce STRAND ('69) Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curt DONAHUE ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Floyd MELTON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Holley ANDERSON ('64) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Olio [an X-word puzzle word; on my shift it goes in (look it up, kids). -Richard] Richard: Thank you for putting the Sandstorm online. I believe we appreciative Bombers have become happily addicted to our daily ration of news, information, and - most importantly - sharing. Plastics: I am one of the legion who enjoys the wit and language of Tom TRACY ('55). There may be some disagreement about the use of plastics in our lives, but that shouldn't alienate us from one another. I use plastic bags for disposing of certain things and have avoided having neighborhood animals and passing garbage pickers disseminate my trash on the curb, in the street, etc. The local government has negotiated contracts for some years with waste management entities to collect materials for recycling. This includes plastic and glass containers and newspapers among other things. The collection occurs once a week using rigid plastic containers provided by the company for customer use. Sure cuts down the quantity of my trash. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Pizza cardboard To those who responded to my query, Thank you for the ideas. It would be nice if the recycle people would take those thoughts into consideration. Unfortunately they are picky, picky, picky. And segregationists too; don't want the colors of wine bottles mixed. They do take yard debris, and I have given my share. So far, no complaints about tree limbs. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in Mount Angel, OR, where the weather guessers aren't too sure if there will be snow on the valley floor. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sara Ann BISHOP Ousley ('56) Any of the '80, '81 Bombers remember Doug Moon and his girlfriend Chris? -Sara Ann BISHOP Ousley ('56)~ in Texarkana, AR where it has been in the 70s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Dick writes of the passing of Johnny MANOR ('47-RIP). At Lewis and Clark Elementary School my first grade teacher (1950-51) was "Mrs. Manor". I remember her vividly and would guess she was about 45 or so at the time. A little on the heavy side and dark wavy hair, fairly short and combed back. Was Johnny's mother (or maybe an aunt) a local school teacher? -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marcia Plows ('63 spouse) Re: Dick PLOWS ('63-RIP) Bench Dedication in Richland Hello to all, March 10th marks Dick's 66th birthday and I would like to invite all of you to help celebrate the gift of his life, by dedicating a bench along the Columbia River in Richland with his family and friends on March 12th at 11am. It will be as he would have wanted ... short, fun, and casual. The bench and the gathering will be along the Richland walkway around the Marina, by the Marriot Hotel. Actually, for those that are from Col-Hi 1963, it will be right next to Pook SMITH's ('63-RIP) bench. As I said it will be casual and a time to share 'Plows' stories. So if you have a good story bring it to share. Afterward we will meet for some social time and refreshments at 6 Jasmine Lane in Pasco (directions below). I hope to see many of you that were such an important part of Dick's life, and were so supportive while we were doing battle with his cancer. If you cannot come and have a story or some input on his life, please send it to me and I will make sure it is shared on this special day. Please let me know if you plan on attending. Thank you again for being a part of our life. -Marcia Plows ('63 spouse) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce STRAND ('69) Arizona Bombers! We need to have a gathering. It has been a while since we've met. How, when, and where can we do this? -Bruce STRAND ('69) ~ Sunshine! you don't have to shovel it... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Hey Bombers! I'm doing a benefit show in Richland on Sunday, March 6th. What's it benefiting? The Richland High Class of 2011's Senior Party! Here are the details: the event is at the Battelle auditorium Sunday March 6th. Doors open at 3 for silent auction. My show starts at 4:30. Local wine and hors d'oeuvres are included in the ticket price of $30.00. People can contact Annette at 308-0301 or Winston at 392-2367, or buy tickets at the door. This is for the Bombers! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/18/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Obituary Link: Dick McCOY ('45), Jim JENSEN ('50) Marilyn 'Em' De VINE ('52), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Jim WHEELER ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich GREENHALGH ('59wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BELLISTON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen THORNTON ('74) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) To Pete BEAULIEU ('62): Yes, the teacher you mentioned was indeed Johnny MANOR's ('47) mother. She was a great lady. I forgot to include John's sister, Lou Ann Crass ('50) as a survivor. Sorry Lou, and I hope to see you this fall. Dick McCoy From The Tin Can Class of 1945 -Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) To: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) I was sorry to learn of the passing of your old friend, Johnny MANOR ('47-RIP). Losing old, special friends is a process which inflicts a heavy toll on the joy of our choice memories. As I read about your thoughts I wondered whether Johnny might have been the older brother of the lovely Lou Ann MANOR ('50), a classmate. Bomber cheers, Dick. -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn 'Em' De VINE ('52) This is, uh, kind of, uh ... well, short notice ... but I'm wondering if any Bombers live in Albuquerque? I will be there Saturday evening and over night, before flying to Silver City and the Working Guest Ranch I'll be at for 5 days to help heal from the loss of my daughter, Sandra. If anyone is available for me to have a visit with (whether or not overnight) I would appreciate you contacting me, asap. This is very rude, I know, but if there is a Bomber out there who wants to/is willing to meet up with me, I'd like that. I was in Albuquerque once before, maybe in 2005 or 2006, but that time is lost in one of my brain's black-holes. I only know about it because Sandra flew there to meet me and we went to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and she told me about it. Since then, I have seen photos of us there. She told me we parked the RV in Laura and Donny's driveway. But I don't remember their last name. Laura is a friend from my years in Alaska, a fellow RN. Soooo ... here I am! Bomber regards, -Marilyn 'Em' De VINE ('52) ~ in coolish Richland where we didn't get the snow they thought might be coming. Yay!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Jim JENSEN ('50) I received this forward from my sister-in-law this morning. Very interesting on what Japan is trying to do with plastics. I thought you would enjoy this: <http://www.flixxy.com/convert-plastic-to-oil.htm> -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We've really been cold (for here) these past few days. Tons of snow in the hills around us! Lots of hail here in town. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) I too thought of the kindly Mrs. Manor, my first grade teacher at Lewis and Clark. We actually moved from 1613 Judson in Feb of that year. Regardless of the privilege, my mother hated that Q house and we moved to a B on Benham in the south end. I had a very bad start in first grade at Jefferson. Mrs. Pitts and I did not get along well at all. I hated her. She put me in the back of the room and I could not read the blackboard. To avoid a long story here I will flash forward to Mrs. Manor. She immediately recognized my vision problems and moved me to the front (I am skipping a long story about my early vision problems). And, bless her, she recognized I could already read way above the first grade level and got me books at the 5th and 6th grade levels from the library. So I did not have to go through watching Spot run and jump. Unfortunately my arithmetic/math and penmanship skills were rather poor all the way through school. I never did understand it. I was surprised to get A's in Trig and the other surveying courses I took in college. While I had several teachers I have nice memories of, kindly Mrs. Manor has always topped the list. -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From my motel room in Lake Havasu City, AZ where Jackie and I are attending the pyro version of "Spring Break", the Western WinterBlast. Four days and nights of fireworks. We just got here from Yuma, AZ where we visited with Gus KEENEY ('57) and had dental work done and got new glasses at Algodones Mexico. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim WHEELER ('81) To: Sara Ann BISHOP Ousley ('56) Re: Doug Moon and his girlfriend Chris? Sara, Yes, I remember the two. I believe Chris was Chris JACKSON of the '81 Bomber class. -Jim WHEELER ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Obituary Link ROBERT H. "BOB" BRUNELLE ('59) <http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tricityherald/obituary.aspx?n=robert-h-brunelle-bob&pid=148687926> ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/19/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joretta "Sue" GARRISON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn NOBLE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill WEDBERG & Barb O'MALLEY ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Will be leaving this afternoon right after my radio show to drive a Uhaul for my lil Sarah up to Northern California... she's wanted to get back to California ever since she got back here or nearly. Hope she knows it ain't no Huntington Beach up there and there ain't no MADDY ('67) there and Dad won't be stopping in during his trips to the Pomona car shows for dinner and a movie... but she's made up her mind so I'm with her alla way... She's going back with Changs and they made her a deal she couldn't refuse... had nice offer here with Pucks but the economy in this town is so bad fine eating establishments are closing their stores left and right... Gotta do my b-day greetings for one a them fine girls of the class of '66 a little early since I'll be away from the ol keyboard when it's time to send hers in... got two girls I've known just about all their lives having b-days on the 19th so I'll just send them all together (all together now... all together now... all together now... all together now... all together NOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW) so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) on the 19th and to Ann COFFMAN ('66) on the 20th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ NOT ~ 02/20/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy PIERCE ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann COFFMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda GRAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn HERIFORD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BISHOP ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don DASCENZO ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/21/2011 Dateline: Richland I do not know just what is wrong with the TCH. The link to the obit for Mrs. Cottrill (I would no more call her Ora today than I would have when I was in her classroom at Chief Jo oh so many years ago) is not on the TCH site. She was the best teacher I ever had. She taught me to love language, to be precise in using words, to become infuriated when others did not care about their use of language; in retrospect, she is the reason I signed on to be Deputy Editor of this rag. She taught me how to be a copy editor (which is what I do here). I love doing it and I love her for teaching me that insisting on being correct is not a crime. (She did not teach me how to swear; I learned that on my own.) -Richard ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49), Larry HARROLD ('56) David RIVERS ('65), Mick HEMPHILL ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wm Lane "Bill" JOHNSON ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue SHIPMAN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Eugene KELLER ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Question from Class of 1949: Jerry JERNIGAN has a question, I can't answer it. Can anyone out there give us an answer? Re: Class question Hello Anna. Which class buried the new automobile to be dug up in what? 50 yrs? Did this happen and what condition was it in? jj -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry HARROLD ('56) Re: Ora Cottrill, another teacher is gone but not forgotten I saw in the TCH that Ora Cottrill had passed away on February 8, 2011, in Richland. Ora was a school teacher, and the obituary said she taught at Chief Joseph Junior High. I am certain that she also taught at Spalding grade school and was my 5th grade teacher. I also believe that she filled in for part of the year as an eighth grade teacher at Carmichael while Tom Sullivan was recovering from all the broken bones and injuries he received from his entanglement with the gears that turn the big mixer on a cement truck that he operated on his summer job. I am sure that I had her as a teacher twice. I remember her as one of the many good teachers I had in the Richland school system. She was kind and caring and motivated me to be a good student and to not let her down or disappoint her with poor or disrespectful performance. I believe that most of the students in our room felt that way. Many of my old teachers have since gone. I still see my 8th grade health teacher at Carmichael, Bob Fletcher, occasionally. He was my wife's principal at Vista School in Kennewick for many years where she taught school. Bob actually was born in Richland in 1922, three miles north of Richland on what is called today, Spengler Road, where he grew up. Bob graduated from Richland High School in 1940. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty McKenzie, four years later before leaving for England and the war in Europe on the Queen Mary. He returned from the war on a freighter and on that voyage the soldiers were told of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan and that the war was over. I wish I had known what he had been through at the time I was his student. I think we all have had this thought in our life at one time or another. Proud to be a Bomber -Larry HARROLD ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I hafta wonder about myself Daaaaaaaaaaaaaang what a trip... this is one of those tell on yourself (they say confession is good for the soul) posts... I have to check every single reservation I've made for myself in the last few weeks (and I think it was only the other day I was bragging to some of the girls out there that when my wonderful secretary couldn't find the rather large and obvious file Michelle kept for my reservations I had to seek out all the places I stay during the year and confirm or make reservations... even made it for the trip to Richland in June!!!) Well I hope so anyway... So my daughter called me early last week and asked if I could drive a U-Haul for her move to the San Francisco area on Saturday... of course I said... I immediately went to one of those sites where you make plane reservations and tried to make a reservation for the latest available non-stop flight from Oakland for Saturday, February 19, 2011... gosh... no non-stop flights and the latest was a flight thru phoenix that didn't get me to Vegas till almost midnight... OK... I'm big boy... I can take it after that long drive and "helping" unload... so I booked the flight... taaa daa... my daughter called and said she thought we should leave at midnight so I could get some sleep Saturday during the day for the long drive (Linda REINING ('64) said it was supposed to storm)... "sleep Saturday???????? my flight home is for 7:20 from Oakland" uh oh... "what we got here is a failure to communicate"... .(do I have to eat 100 hard boiled eggs?)... ok... she will rearrange everything so I don't have to waste my money on a non-refundable flight... .what a wonderful kid (I did offer to make a new flight)... so Friday right after my radio show I was off and running... her car and the U-haul needed gas ( ever so slight grumble grumble)... fill up and off we go....uh oh... there's Linda's storm... (eatcher hearts out Warford ('65) and Maddy ('67) I can drive in storms too)... dang... almost like El Nino with Terry ('65) a few years back... rain so bad I couldn't see the exit in Tahachapi where I had planned to eat... that's ok... I had a Quarter pounder before the show... this 90 pound weakling with the toothpick and all the sand in his face who has been trying since early January to find a lost 15 pounds will fill up later... oh... with her dogs in the car it will be fast food all the way... no problem... nuther quarter pounder in Bakersfield and off we went again... .storm storm storm... stop for the dogs every 100 miles... about a 100 miles out of SF/Oakland it was about 2 AM and the office lady where she's moving is meeting us at 10 AM AND the parking is all underground... crap... what to do... ah there's a rest stop... pull over for the night and she'll sleep in the car with the dogs and I'll sleep in the truck with the bucket seats only one of which is available... smile... this is an adventure (what I always told Sarah when she was little)... at 6:45 I couldn't take the pain any longer... oh goodie... she was up too (her dogs are old and boy do they snore)... off we go again around 6 AM... pull in around 8:00 AM... two hours to kill... find a McDonalds... two sausage Mc's and two hash browns... at 10 the boys from Chang's show up... (young men) and the lady (young woman... why do we call girls we don't know "ladies"?) from the office shows up (still pouring rain)... the boys were great and I lifted what I could but they were kinda protective of me (I think Sarah musta mentioned the broken neck and back)... when we were finished they even took the U-haul back for us!!!!! 4:00 and off to the Airport (I allotted an hour to get there) 10 minutes later I'm at the counter of the airline... plenty of time to eat... "this is really weird" one girl says to the other... his flight numbers aren't correct... oooooooooops... "Who made your reservation?" "uh... uh... .I did" Your reservation is for March 19th! Don't fly with us... run to Southwest... it'll cost you a ton with our airline to fix this... .off to SW... .next flight 5:10!!!!!!!!!! woooo hoooo... .grab a "pretzel hot dog" and scarf it down... uh oh... flight late... 45 minutes later off I go... hungry, tired but headed for home... Now this ain't the first time I have done this... before Allegiant... I always flew Alaska... .I showed up for my flight to Richland early inna morning for my all day trip for what should be a two hour flight... .Thank goodness the guy at the counter was a friend of mine (oh goodie... I'll get upgraded to first class)... he broke out laughing... "David, your flight is at 6:30 tonight!"... korse he got me on but they were outa first class... so the moral of this story is: I'm screwed! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mick HEMPHILL ('66) Re: Class of '66 reunion The Class of 1966 is planning its 45 year reunion for the weekend of the 24th and 25th of June. We have reserved the Clarion Hotel's (1515 G W Way -- phone 1-800-635-3980) ballroom and courtyard for both evenings. They have set aside 10 rooms for us so reserve your rooms early (prior to June 1st), as this is also the weekend of the Cool Desert Nights in the Tri-Cities. A golf tournament and tour of RHS are planned for Saturday. This will be a great reunion. Keep this weekend open and plan to attend. We hope to see all of our classmates there. Planning committee: Dennis HASKING & Shirley COLLINGS Haskins, John COLE & Vicki Mosley Cole, Donna THORSON Whiteside, Becky RULON, Bill Voiland, Dick STEPHENS, Dori BATES, Lloyd SWAIN, and Mick HEMPHILL. Please contact any of us if you have questions. -Mick HEMPHILL ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/22/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff plus 1 teacher's obituary notice: Jim JENSEN ('50) Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan NOBLE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe CHOATE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve GALLOWAY ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis LYNCH ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) The recent postings concerning Mrs. Cotrill have scratched my sometimes slow and/or faulty memory board. Does anyone know whether she taught English at Hanford Jr. High circa 1944/45? The English teacher I had there was a marvelous communicator who treated the language with care and respect. During one period each week she would read aloud from a classic novel and always had the rapt attention of the class. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) Here's the site [see link below] and notice for Mrs. Cottrill -- she will always be Mrs. Cottrill to me -- though the notice lists her as Ora Margaret Kitt. -Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Teacher's obituary link: Ora Margaret Tate Cottrill Kitt (Mrs. Cottrill to all of us) <http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com/sitemaker/sites/daneka0/obit.cgi?user=318269Kitt#> ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/23/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff plus 1 Teacher's Obituary Notice: Dick McCOY ('45), Jim JENSEN ('50) Larry OSTERMAN ('51), John ADKINS ('62) Earl BENNETT ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna BRANUM ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas PEASHKA ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb COLLINGS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jil LYTLE ('82) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack MORROW ('52) & Pat ACKLEY ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) To: Jim JENSEN ('50) The teacher you describe sounds a lot like Charlotte Peterson, who taught at RHS, 1944-45. There was a shortage of teachers then, and she might have filled in at Hanford. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Thanks to the lovely obituary posted yesterday I stand corrected on the spelling of this special teacher's name; i.e., COTTRILL, not Cotrill. My apologies to her memory and my fellow Bombers. -Jim JENSEN ('50) [Jim, mea culpa. I read every word of every submission (well, except for two people) and normally would have corrected the typo. I blame POTUS for the lapse -- it was Presidents' Day. My normal routine is to prepare the Sandstorm during the evening hours, publish the on-line version, send out the email version, read it a short little story as I tuck it into bed, turn out the lights, and head for Two Bits and a Bite for beers and pool. This time my friend Jimmmy CARTER ('75) called about 7:00pm asking if I wanted to go early. Mais oui, said I. Anyway, by the time I got home a bit past midnight I could not find my computer; it was all I could do to set my alarm for 7:00am; I was none too chipper when I put the two entries together -- I flat out missed the typo. As I said, mea culpa. --Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) To: Jim JENSEN ('50), Please fill in some Richland history for me. My family moved to Richland in 1944. My twin sister Vernie ('51) and I were in Miss Marietta's class at Marcus Whitman. In remembering Mrs. Cottrill, you mentioned Hanford Jr. High school. I don't remember a Hanford Jr. High School. Was it in Hanford? Did the town of Hanford still exist then? Does it exist now? -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: On the passing of Jimmie SHIPMAN ('51-RIP) I know his many friends and associates would like to know that Jimmie SHIPMAN, Class of 1951, passed away February 22 in Richland. No arrangements have been made yet, and when the obituary is printed I will forward it to the Sandstorm. -John ADKINS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Here is the entry I made in the memory book for Ora Cottrill Kitt: Mrs. Cottrill was among the best teachers I remember. I was in her English class at Chief Joseph Junior High School, and we shared a love of English grammar, including sentence diagramming. One of my best memories was the time she had to discipline me for reading a library book hidden in my lap while she was teaching something else -- she said she hated to punish anyone for reading, but ... I also remember that she and her son Bob ('63), who was in my class, handled the sticky business of mother-teacher/son-student very well; it was never an issue with the rest of the class. I liked her outgoing and fun relationship with the entire student body. One time at a soc hop she showed us her superb forearm strength by out-wrist wrestling the best athletes in the school and explained she achieved that by picking melons in the summers when she was young. When I learned a couple of years ago that she was at the Guardian Angel Homes while I was visiting Richland, I visited her and had a great time. She was her usual upbeat self, and I'm pretty sure she remembered me, but of course she was a bit cognitively impaired by then. Her favorite phrase during that visit was "Isn't that rich?" She enriched my life as she obviously did for many students at many schools -- her light shines on. I pray that her family is accepting the comfort that Jesus promised as He prepared His disciples for the crucifixion. Regards, ecb3 -Earl BENNETT ('63) ~ from central Virginia, where winter returned with a vengeance today after several false- hope-raising days of 50-60-70 temps -- all three of our cars were frozen shut by 1/8 inch of ice that required a hair dryer to undo. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: June will be here soon '65ers Hey kids... I mean all you kids I usually email directly and used to send snail mail to... yes you... it's not just for the class of '65 any more... '65ers will be having their usual bash on the Weekend of Cool Desert Nights... I am not sending a direct email because with all of the changes that don't go thru and all the old AOL's asking me to remove them it is a huge chore... someday I will figure an easier way to do it but I'm just too damn old and iggerant to spend much time on it... so let WARFORD, SIMPSON, Beej, KEENEY (all '65) and all the kids who don't use the sandstorm know that it is the weekend of June 24th... as usual I'll be there Thursday at the DQ a little earlier this year as Allegiant gets in earlier now thank goodness... that is assuming I made my reservation for the right month date and year... big assumption I'm afraid... We'll work out the plans later... just get your rooms lined up and guys (well maybe the gals too) get ready to raid the '66ers reunion... as we have done every 5th year for quite some time now... remember, those girls still think we are their private property... well maybe they've gotten over that by now... nothing like a buncha bald, wrinkled, gray headed old men to change yer mind right quick... Please, everybody show up... we just don't have enough time in this life to miss any of it... Ricky was right when he said we needed to get together every year oh so long ago and I'm certainly glad he made the suggestion. I remember when I told Charles ('61) that it was Ricky's idea and he almost fainted... it hadn't been Rick's way to show a lot of emotion up to then... So call, email or snail mail all yer pals and tell them: "The boyz are back in town!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) I don't know what was in the water 57 years and 9 or so months ago BUT we have a number of special Class of 1971 birthdays this week and a few notable "other Bombers" here in the 2nd half of February. But first I need to comment on my alter ego/hero's (David RIVERS ('65)) comments on his travel reservation skills. David -- GET A TRAVEL AGENT!!! Amazing how a guy as squared away on special occasions and with as good a memory as David has could be so bad with his travel plans. It would seem he almost does better winging it anyway -- so why not ditch that reservation thing and just wing it all the time? Good luck David. Just so you don't feel too alone -- I'll share one of my travel miscues. I used to do a lot of work with IBM offices around the state of California. If an IBM rep had a contractor looking for a new computer system, many times they would call me in to work with them. Or they would do a seminar on improving business information flow or something like that and I would be the guest speaker. Back then you ALWAYS wore a White Shirt and Tie at IBM. I lived just north of San Francisco but would go all over the state doing stuff for IBM. Many times I would drive because of the flexibility it gave my schedule, or airfares on short notice were just too darn high, Anyway, I had an appointment at IBM in Fresno one summer day and decided to drive instead of fly. Now, rather than sit for 4 or 5 hours in the car in a suit, I would often take my suit and change from my "civvies" just before I got to my destination. And for those of you who have spent any time in the Central Valley of California in the middle of summer -- well a suit is the LAST thing you want to be wearing. This particular day I was wearing my Steve Martin "Wild and Crazy Guy" tee shirt, RED PE shorts and a pair of flip flops. I departed real early in the morning and was within 30 miles of Fresno by 9:30 AM or so. I stopped at a rest area and took my suit bag to the bathroom to change. OK -- time to inventory: White Shirt -- Check IBM Approved Striped Tie -- Check Dark Suit Coat -- Check Dark Dress Shoes -- Check Dark Dress Socks -- Check Dark Suit Pants ... ... Dark Suit Pants? ... ... hmmm. NO dark suit pants. I run back out to the car somehow hoping they had decided to fall from the hangar and were there; but, NO DARK SUIT PANTS!!! So, now I have a dilemma. Do I put what I have on that is IBM approved and wear the RED PE shorts or go all chivvy? Either way, I look like a schmuck. Well, I ended up going all chivvy and it ended up making a great ice breaker. Luckily, contractors are pretty casual folks and they absolutely loved my story. Which recalls another story I will save for another time: Vic and the woodchipper. If I see things getting slow at the Sandstorm, I'll polish that one off and submit it. Well -- now to the birthdays. First of all, last week were some great Class of 1972 birthdays: Val GHIRARDO Driver ('72) on Monday (14th), Alastair COCHRANE ('72 Exchange Student) on Wednesday (16th) and Lynn NOBLE ('72) on Saturday (19th). I manage to see Val just about every trip home but have to force myself to go to that damn Spudnut shop to do it. A dozen or so Spuddies later, I'm on my way. I have remained best of friends with Al since high school and keep in touch with him if anyone ever wants an update. I USED to get e-mails from Lynn but I think she lost my e-mail address (see below or above or wherever it is) and I also need to award some fresh milk from the Uncle Jimmy's Clubhouse Darigold Milk truck to the MASTER of the Richland Anecdote -- Jeff CURTIS ('69) and the original Bomber delinquent -- Kenny WRIGHT ('63), both on the 13th. I have known Jeff for years (but didn't know he wrote so well) and I got to know Kenny years after he graduated and left Richland but can assure you he still has that mischievous twinkle in his eye and some grand scheme waiting to be hatched. Birthday wishes to all of you. So we finally arrive at the 1st of this week's birthdays. On Monday, February 21st, we honor Debbie VINING Dejska ('71). I do not believe I have seen Debbie since high school but she had the nicest smile and beautiful, long, light brown hair (there is probably a nicer term like auburn; but, light brown is what I remember). Hope to see you at our 40th this summer, Debbie. Wednesday, February 23rd, marks the special day for 3 Bomber Babes. In alphabetical order they are Jane BROWN Hedges ('71), Barbara COLLINGS ('71), and Sandy STANFIELD Sheeley ('71). Kind of the Charlie's Angels of our class. Barb and her (then) young son Dustin stayed with me when Barb first moved to Seattle in the early '80s. She ended up in Seattle for about 20 years but is now back in the Tri-Cities, helping care for her dad. I get to see Jane more often than the other two and she always has that great smile and a friendly word. Truly one of the classiest ladies I know. And finally there is Sandy -- the beach babe. Sandy moved to Hawaii years ago but sneaks in and out of Richland a couple of times a year. Last I heard, she was into open water swimming and is a pretty talented athlete. Of course, the Hawaii thing came from her Bomber Songleader days -- too many times spinning around to the theme song from Hawaii Five-O. She wandered off path early on -- stayed Pac10 but was a Duck long before it was the cool thing to be -- or was she a Beaver?? Happy Birthday, ladies!!! More birthdays tomorrow. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ sunny but cold Beverly Hills MI - 56 a week ago and 11 with 11 inches of new snow today with another 2-3 forecast for late this week. HELP!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Richland Teacher Obituary Link: ORA MARGARET TATE COTTRILL KITT (Mrs. Cottrill to all of us) <http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com/sitemaker/sites/daneka0/obit.cgi?user=318269Kitt#> ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/24/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Patti JONES ('60) David RIVERS ('65), Robert AVANT ('69) Vic MARSHALL ('71) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank HAGGARD ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy WICK ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan MORRIS ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Mrs. Cottrill To: Deputy Editor Richard, Dick McCOY ('45), Larry OSTERMAN ('51). Earl BENNETT ('63), and Larry HARROLD ('56) (no omissions intended) I truly enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. To: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Hanford Jr. High and Hanford High School were housed in the same building when I attended. The Principal was none other than Mr. Charles L. Loos, who later became the Boys' Counselor at Col-Hi. When my dad pulled our trailer into the temporary trailer camp at Hanford, on New Year's Eve of 1943, it had been transformed from a small farming community of 400-500 souls into an area that encompassed thousands of "trailer homes" and women's and men's barracks. Then, or soon afterward, it was estimated about 75,000 people lived there, nearly all associated with construction and services. Not many years later, nobody lived there. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Mrs. Cottrill I had her as a teacher at Chief Jo. Only other teacher I had that was that pretty, soft and gentle, and taught well was Mrs Faust Borroughs, my fourth grade teacher at Spalding. They both dressed well every day. Between 4th grade and junior high my teachers were 6th grade Mr. Chitty and Mr. Gallati. All well spoken and caring about their teaching. What a mix. Something great for students to take away to the world. English was well taught and spoken. When I moved here an advertisement came on TV; I was awed by the couple. The advertisement was about cremation. I knew the woman was Mrs. Cottrill. I wanted to find her. Didn't know where to begin. Never did until she passed away. Didn't think to ask Mrs. Faust, who belonged to a group of teachers who got together for lunch monthly, where Mrs. Cottrill was. Where Mrs. Faust lived I took magazines (recycling) that I was done with. Knew some of the names of who lived there like George BRINKMAN's ('60) dad and mother. Miss Hood from Spalding was another. Bless these teachers and parents who left the students with such good memories. Bombers have fun -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland ~ Winter weather has come up on us again. Wind howling away. Snow expected. Trees budding away. Birds flying, which shows Spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: and away we go Well, heading outa town again in the morning... take a little time off for the boy and get some rest and relaxashun so looks like I gotta do a little multi tasking birthday stuff again... Thanks Vic MARSHALL ('71) for the advise on getting a service to book my stuff... I thought I left that act back in the 70's... I mean this is the new age man... just cuz I'm a screw up doesn't mean I can't learn..uh does it? Nevermind... don't wanna know so I ain't reading any answers to that question no matter what so Ha Ha Ha... So anyway, got three Bomber-babes and a Bomber Dude having B-days between now and the 28th so since I won't get back in town in time to remember to send in the ones for the 28th I'm a gonna do em now... We got a couple a "more mature" chicks an "ever lovely" and a guy that drove a cool '49 or '50 Merc to Chief Jo and was the envy of us all... One a the girls was the "more mature" (I mean if I can't use the letters o l d or o l d e r what am I spozed ta say?????) sister of the Big Fat Liar ('65) and has always been a favorite... We gotta girl snagged early on in our Col-Hi careers by the best snagger out there and we got one a them hot chicks from the class of '64 so what else can ya ask for in birthdays anyway... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Carol CONVERSE Mauer ('64) and the Ever Lovely Nancy WICK ('65 OK Hamilton) on February 24 and Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) and Larry GROSS ('65) on February 28!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) Re: Research I need some help from western Washington crimnal justice vets when it comes to drug "gang"s and their interaction or exclusion of each other. I confess to be writing a book and your contribution, except in a fictional way, will not be revealed or acknowledged. Merci beau coups! -Robert AVANT ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Thursday Birthdays Well, today we are recognizing (more or less) the Beauty and the Beast in the Class of 1971; not really, but the allusion works for me. Little Ronny BRUNKE ('71) would be the beastly side of the equation. Of course, little Ronny does not necessarily intimidate you much, does it? Well how about Mr. Ron BRUNKE who controls environmental permitting at Hanford? Now THAT'S scary!!! Actually, like most Hanford workers, I am not EXACTLY sure what Ron does, but I know he is at Hanford and I know he has something to do with permits so my description is just as good as anything. Of course, Ron is free to refute me. Back growing up I would have been in FBI hands right now; explaining why I was divulging state secrets. Ron is one of my oldest and dearest friends. So, happy Birthday Ron and see if you can get us a noise permit for August 12th and 13th; centered around the Hanford House. The Beauty is quite another story. This Bomber Babe entered my life in 4th grade at Christ the King and I had the "privilege" of sitting either next to, in front of, or behind her for the next 5 years (through 8th grade) depending on how the nuns arranged you; but my last name always seemed to be close to hers and so there I was: with a beauty that was so near and yet so far away. It was pretty much 5 years of feeling I was both the luckiest and most accursed guy in the world. As non-pretentious as she was good looking, I am sure she was the focus of many a young man's forbidden fantasies. I kept tabs on her for quite a few years, including her stint as a deli owner in the Eastlake area of Seattle in the 1980s but eventually lost touch. She eventually moved to Vashon to raise her family and is still there (I think). Anyway, here's to Ann Marie NICKLASON ('71) on Thursday. Always at the top of my hit parade, Cybil!! Enjoy -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Hanford Jr. High To: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) The town of Hanford started to fade away in March of 1943 when the Government had White Bluffs & Hanford condemned. Hanford's high school was used for the residents who would come later. Split shifts were the norm for Camp children. If I'm not mistaken Hanford High Seniors could not graduate from their school. There wasn't a Hanford Jr. High to my knowledge except in the minds of a few Richland / Columbia High students when they built the current Hanford High. (hey, that's what I heard) What's left of the original Hanford High is its shell and a few red bricks left over from the old grade school behind it. Sometime before February 1945 all children who lived in the Construction Camp were attending school in Richland or elsewhere. I just noticed that Dick McCOY ('45) mentioned Charlotte Peterson might have filled in at Hanford. That would have been the old town of Hanford. Larry, did you live in the Construction Camp prior to Richland? I've attached a photo of Richland grade school "swing shifters". <http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2011/Xtra/Sor/110224-swingshiftkids.jpg> -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/25/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Gene BARFUSS ('53), Larry HARROLD ('56) George BARNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rochelle SEHOLM ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Hanford Days Interesting days, indeed. I am writing my life story, "As Time Goes By", and I just finished Vol I that includes a segment of my life in Hanford. For those interested, that segment is attached. Dick Roberts' History Excerpt Jim JENSEN ('50) said his dad dragged a trailer to Hanford on New Years Eve, 1943. Jim, did you mean 1944 as according to my account, construction didn't start until April of 1943? [Dick, I am certain that Jim meant "New Year's Eve, 1943" to refer to December 31, 1943. --Richard] -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Re: More about Hanford and me I guess we got to Richland after almost everybody in Hanford had already moved. My dad worked on construction of the project. At that time there were five children and my parents. My oldest brother, Deane (NAB), was in the Navy and didn't contribute to the crowd. I don't think we would have fit in a trailer house. We moved from northern Minnesota to Spokane during the fall of 1944 and then to Richland in the spring of 1945. We lived then in a 3-bedroom prefab at 805 Winslow. Incidentally, Gene CONLEY ('48), the Richland sports hero, lived on Wright across the back yard from us. My mother hated the prefab so we moved back to Spokane until my dad got a job on production and we moved back into an A-house on Perkins. We didn't have a car to drive to Hanford but maybe by then it was part of the area and you couldn't go there. I googled Hanford after reading the responses of Jim JENSEN ('50) and Don Sorenson. Thanks guys. There is a map showing where it was/is and shows pictures of the high school building when it was new and when it was a wreckage. -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene BARFUSS ('53) Re: Mrs. Cottrill I remember Mrs Cottrill as my English and Social Studies teacher when I was a freshman at Col-Hi. I was in the last class of freshman to attend Col-Hi. I remember her as a very kind and dedicated teacher. We had her for a 2-hour class. One hour of English and one hour of Social Studies. So you have to know she must have been good to keep us interestd for two hours straight. -Gene BARFUSS ('53) ~ in Concord CA where we were waiting for a cold storm to arrive yesterday afternoon and bring snow to the San Francisco Bay area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry HARROLD ('56) Re: Don Sorenson entry "Swing Shift Kids" Swing Shift Students I thought that picture of those three young students was great since I immediately recognized Don YALE ('56). This coming September Don will be celebrating his 55th Bomber reunion along with the rest of the Class of '56. I have enclosed a picture taken of 5 Yale siblings who all graduated from Columbia High School. This picture was taken two years ago at the annual Richland Club-40 meeting. From left to right they are Doris ('46), Bob ('47), Sonny ('49), Jack ('51), and Don ('56) ..... and, they are all still alive. Can any other Bomber family top that accomplishment? Yale family siblings (2009) It was mentioned a couple of days ago that in 1944 Bob FLETCHER ('40) married Betty McKENZIE ('42) in New York before Bob boarded the Queen Mary on his way to Europe to fight in the war. The Yales later occupied Betty's home place on present day Davison street off Newcomer. A footnote to Bobs departure was that the day he left was also the day his parents had to leave their home on Spengler. Proud to be a Bomber, -Larry HARROLD ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George BARNETT ('63) Re: Bearin' it all Memories of Mrs. Cottrill All right, gotta speak up and snitch myself off or for ever hold----- Yeah. I had to do a penance class in my junior year at good ol' Col- Hi. Seems I needed another English credit in order to graduate. Mrs. Cottrill taught the summer class, coming over from Chief Jo, and she was VERY GOOD. Oh we worked alright but she kept us interested and the class moving. Leo WEBB ('63) also was required to do his penance. Now I should have known better than to sit anywhere near the little rat, as he had a tendency to lead me astray. The class was very quiet, everyone busy making a composition fitting the required subject, when a loud SLAP resounded throughout the classroom and I sat watching Leo, who had just clapped his hands causing the clamor and now grasping the back of his head and howling "OH GEORGE WHAT DID YOU DO THAT FOR?" No amount of whining and protesting of the "not guilty" pleas would work. If nothing else I soon found there is also GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. Mrs. Cottrill found a nice location out in the hallway straight outside the door so ONLY she could see me and set my mind straight as to the importance of passing that English composition class. We won't write about any further improprieties that occurred during that era; it would only lead to the woodshed. Bye Geo. -George BARNETT ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/26/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Jim JENSEN ('50) Grover SHEGRUD ('56), George BARNETT ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie LUKINS ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Hanford school building Here are then-and-now pics of the Hanford HS that served as a junior high during those Hanford days: Everything about Hanford [click on each pic to see the (dinky) full size version --ed (Richard)] -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Hanford To: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) Sandstorm Deputy Editor Richard hit ye olde nail on the head. We did set up our trailer in the temporary camp on December 31, 1943. I enjoyed reading your account concerning Hanford days and the "Y". When we lived in Hanford, even living in the luxurious accommodations of the "Permanent Camp" -- bath houses instead of skid mounted toilets, inside drinking water (my dad installed the piping), a lean-to that Dad built for storage, and a canopy erected over the trailer by government workers -- my mother was still disturbed about the crime issue. I was oblivious to the problem. We returned to Salt Lake City for a few weeks when my grandfather passed away and during the drive back to Hanford my mom announced she would no longer live there. Dad found an apartment in Grandview and we lived there until an A-house opened up in Richland. Them wuz the days. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) We came out from Grand Rapids, MN. in the summer of 1944. My dad came out in 1943, I think. He lived in the dorms at Hanford till we came. We moved in to the A-house at 1320 Stevens Drive as the first occupants. Pop said while he was in the dorms someone was stabbed just outside his door. That was too long ago for me to remember the details. There were several families from around the Grand Rapids area at Hanford and Richland: the Skellys; the Bues; and, I think, the Larges (sp?); and us (Shegruds). Were the Ostermans part of that group? -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ from frozen cold Lynnwood, Martha Lake, Bothell, and Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George BARNETT ('63) Re: one upsmanship Re: The five YALE family kids graduating from Col-Hi. If this keeps up I could become a regular contributor to the Sandstorm. I much prefer to just read, not write. HOWEVER, the BARNETT clan can surpass the five graduates by ONE. Yep! Six of us: Beverly ('58), George ('63), Beth ('65), Bob ('67), Charlie ('69), and Jim ('80). Now I'm sure that SOME family was larger than this. Come on! Let's just see who can top SIX. Bye Geo. -George BARNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Remembering Bomber great Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) -- with mention of Ray STEIN ('64) & Leslie JACOBSON's ('64) husband Byron Beck (;-): http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/02/11/1540350/remembering-bomber-great-fred.html http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindbeaversbeat/2011/02/former_oregon_state_teammate_s.html http://www.buildingthedam.com/2011/2/12/1990040/fred-milton-the-death-of-a-giant-killer [this is world class S-L-O-W ..... Toivo Piippo knew what he was talking about when he condemned Oregon State University --Richard] Re: Spudnuts Noticing that several vintage 'Meet Mr. Spudnut Coffee Cup & Saucer' sets have sold for $124.00 to $178.50 + postage on eBay. I don't have any myself (Nevertowed Rivers ('65) probably has been buying them all up?) ... but I do have a box of Topps bubblegum that came out of Series 2 Topps baseball cards from 1958 or so. Suppose there is value there? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/27/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Patti ('52) and Karen ('55) COLE Mike CLOWES ('54), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Earl BENNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shannon CRAIG ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant RICHARDSON ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick ROBERTS ('49) & Carol TYNER ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) To: Deputy Editor Richard ANDERSON ('60) Re: Then-and-now pictures of Hanford, WA high school Hi, Richard. Been in the Uptown Tavern lately? I think you doubled down on the Hanford Site and missed the Hanford HS pics. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) D.E. Richard replies: Dick, I suspect you meant this to be no more than a note to me; but, if I make it a reguler entry I can kill more than one bird with one stone. 1) HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and Carol! May you enjoy many more! 2) I don't go to the Uptown very often. It is a bit too young, too "NASCAR Nation", and has way too many tattoos (I simply loath tattoos!). I prefer Two Bits and a Bite ... much better pool tables. 3) I posted the Wikipedia Hanford Site link twice on purpose: the pictures you sent were from the site and there is explanatory text concerning the town in the article; I added the link to the permanent header section as well. At first I was all ready to combine the two pictures into a single image -- I'm a fair dinkum Photoshopper -- then thought better of it. -Deputy Editor Richard ANDERSON ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) To: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Re: Ostermans from Minnesota My family came to Richland from Tamarack, Minnesota. Tamarack is about 50 miles west of Duluth and probably about 50 miles south of Grand Rapids. My older brother confirmed that we are distantly related to the Ostermans from Grand Rapids. I think he said that we share the same great grandfather. -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti COLE Pierce ('52) We can't beat the Barnett family but we can tie them for 6 graduates from Col-Hi, Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie ('63), Jackie ('63) & Bill BAILEY ('64), and John ('66) & Vicki MOSELY ('66). Yes, we are all still alive and kicking and all are still married to our original spouses! -Patti COLE Pierce ('52) ~ from beautiful, sunny Richland where the wind chill is so cold that it is perfect staying indoors with a hot cup of tea and a good book! and ..... >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) There are six Cole kids too: Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie and Jackie ('63), and John ('66). -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, it is time to get out the ol' propeller beanie and give it a tip to fellow classmate and all around nice person, Marilyn WORKING ('54). If I don't her husband may come after me. Happy Birthday, Marilyn! To: Gary BEHMEYER ('64) Think the cards may have some small value, but the gum has, in all probability, gone past its sell-by date. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it was cold in Mount Angel, OR when I wrote this on Saturday morning, but promising to be warmer and rainy. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) A Masonic Temple was built on Thayer Drive in Richland's early years. Does anyone know when it opened? -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Six Barnett grads George, the Bennetts only tied you, but though you started before we did (in '58, while I was first for us in '63), we did get to six sooner than you did: Earl ('63), Diana ('64), Cecilia ('65), Susan ('68), Sally ('71), and Beth ('74). Think about it; Mom with six of us in tow from when I was in fifth grade ('55- '56) until I left for WSU ('63) -- no wonder she's worn out! My sister Sally says she thinks the Barbers have us beat, but she's not sure. It seems I was aware of other families as well with more children than us, but the memories are not clear. Regards, ecb3 -Earl BENNETT ('63) ~ from seasonable central Virginia, where it was warm enough to do most of the work of moving my wife's parents to a closer place without real winter coats on, until the wind picked up later in the afternoon. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/28/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff plus 1 Bomber Obit today: Bill BERLIN ('56), Floyd MELTON ('57) Peg SHEERAN ('63), Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Pam EHINGER ('67), Nancy NELSON ('69) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry GROSS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) For all Bomber Marines Semper Fi and "ten hut". I don't think there has ever been a Marine, ground or air, that has not enjoyed that lovely desert resort called USMC Twenty Nine Palms. With a landscape a little like the moon, scorpions almost as large as the rattlesnakes, temperatures a balmy 115F (and that was at night), the place is a virtual paradise, or so I am told. "I spent six months one night at Twenty Nine Palms," my close Marine buddies tell me. Well, man and boy, no more. The "Palms USMC Country Club" had snow the other night and temps at night down into the low 20's. "Sir, yes Sir," where are my winter whites and Bunny boots? "Go talk to the Army at Ft. Richardson or Fort Wainwright in Alaska private ... and that's an order." You Marines get the picture. When I was Semper Paradus and pulled a log trip to USCG Air Station San Diego -- you know, the one overlooking the bay -- I used to go up to Camp P (Pendleton) and go out on the firing range to stay qualified. In those days the Coasties had a few weapons but nothing like today so I enjoyed going out and competing with the Marines. One Gunny asked me one day if I would be interested in a trip to USMC Twenty Nine Palms for some "real shooting" and that night I told a bunch of the guys at the Captain Kid Club about my invitation and one guy said that was like "getting invited to hell" and regaled me for about two hours and many libations on USMC Twenty Nine Palms and all of the guys who had "disappeared" there for months at a time. Just thought you Marines would like to know there is another life at "The Palms CC". -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Still in Rancho Mirage dodging the NW snows; 15" in my yard in Anacortes, none in my yard here. Snow in the mountains all around the valley though. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Col-Hi Family Graduates The Melton family has 8 that graduated from Col-Hi: Floyd ('57), Joyce ('59), Wayne ('84), Mark ('87), Debra ('90), Greg ('97), Teresa ('99), and Kirk ('01). Joyce and I attended 40 consecutive back-to-school nights from Wayne in kindergarten to Kirk's senior year. I think the Volmer family has even more graduates than we do and in a shorter time frame. What a great feeling to know that you graduated from the best high school and town in the country. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) I can think of several other families, but ours -- the Sheerans -- was one with 6 RHS grads, too: Pat ('48-RIP), Colleen ('56), Sally ('58), Kate ('61), Peg ('63), and Mike ('66). Doesn't the Brunelle family have several more than that? -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: Grand Opening Just thought I'd put in a pitch for my brother, Al ('60) who is going on his 9th life after 3 major health problems. He is back on his feet and opening a new antique store in the tourist area of Richmond, Virginia. It's taken him (and his wife, Cary) a while to get the new business set up, but he hopes to open sometime next week. People are knocking on the door already before he is even open, so he is anxious to open the doors as soon as possible. He should be well-stocked and have a variety of goodies in all price ranges. So those of you in the Richmond or surrounding areas drop in and say hi and take a look around. Be sure to tell him about your Richland roots. The store is named "Cary on Cary Street" at 3629 Cary Street in Richmond. He's had a lot of great businesses over about the last 45 years, and this one should be equally as well set up. He's the more creative and artistic one in the family. I've made some strides in the last 15 years or so and especially since I retired, but I'm not up to par with him in that area yet. He's working on a website, but that may take a little while longer to set up. There are a lot of good restaurants around his store, so if you happen to be in the area, grab a bite to eat and check out the stores in the area. It's supposed to be a top draw for locals and tourists alike. Good Luck, Bro!! -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ still in the swamps and enjoying temperatures in the 70's. The turtles are out and the gators should be waking up in large numbers soon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 Ok. How many Brunelles graduated from Col-Hi? I know there were 8 boys in that family!! I believe there were maybe two more families with 8 or more kids in them, like the Vandenburges and the Volins. I'm sure I misspelled their names; don't have an annual to look them up; sorry! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy NELSON Wyatt ('69) To: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Masonic Temple The temple started down by the river in 1946. They moved it to Thayer Drive in 1950 and opened with their first meeting September 1950. -Nancy NELSON Wyatt ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To all Bombers, I clicked the link provided by Richard "The Deputy" ANDERSON ('60)* and found a few things that, in my simple opinion, need clarification. True, Teflon was used as gasket material; however, it proved to be a failure. Teflon would squeeze out of the flanges when the bolts were tightened. This was discovered during 221 T trial runs. They were replaced with "KOROSEAL". The Wikipedia article states: "This first batch of plutonium was refined in the 221-T plant from December 26, 1944, to February 2, 1945." This statement is a little misleading. The Pu was not refined until it was processed in 231 W or Isolation Building. 224 T sent 8-gallon sized containers containing LaF Pu (can't remember what valence it was). It was in 231 a "peroxide process" was used to convert it into Pu No3 or plutonium nitrate. On Feb 2 1945 a little ceremony was held in Vault "B" with an official turnover to the Army official, Major Oswald Greagor. It contained about 80 grams of Plutonium. The container was stainless steel and looked like a bomb of sorts (in fact, that's what Los Alamos called it); and in turn was placed inside a wood container about 18"x18"x ~25". Rather heavy package to take on the train. Back to B Reactor. The slugs were 8" long -- the article makes it sound like they were only a roll of quarters long. Small point, I suppose. The Wikipedia article states: "DuPont recommended that it [Pu processing] be located far away from the existing uranium production facility at Oak Ridge." The uranium facility did not exist at the time. Peak workforce in the Construction Camp was 45,096 as of June 1944. The 50,000 number in Wikipedia is off a little. The 52,000 number was a DuPont number reported to the Camp Residents. I am assuming that number included family members. Well I've rambled a little here but I hope I've clarified some points the Wikipedia article had made. Thanks for your patience. -Don Sorenson (NAB) [* -- actually, Don, my formal title is "Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary)". Therefore, if you need to be really really formal you need to write "Richard ANDERSON ('60), Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary), Alumni Sandstorm". --Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Obituary Notice: Jimmie Allen SHIPMAN ('51) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` January, 2011 ~ March, 2011