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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/01/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Neil GOFF ('50), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Larry BOWLS ('64), John FLETCHER ('64) Tedd CADD ('66), Debbie LUKINS ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elwin "Gene" BOYLE ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna DURBIN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia INGHRAM ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheri LUKINS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deana SHIPMAN ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil GOFF ('50) To: Bill BERLIN ('56) and all interested Bombers Re: USMC Twenty Nine Palms Bill, I really enjoyed your very accurate, albeit amusing description of "that lovely desert resort called USMC Twenty Nine Palms". It was part of my destiny while in the USN to be sent there on temporary assignment to fly target drones for Marine ground-to air gunnery practice. The assignment to this "virtual paradise" has been indelibly stamped into my memory as a memorable one for a number of reasons, notable of which include: 1) Experiencing at first hand the "hell-like" temps there during the summer. 2} Witnessing the accuracy of USMC gunnery against aerial attack run under less than desirable conditions. 3) Gained higher respect for USMC personnel, in the field and at leisure -- already had respect received from the USMC drill sergeants during my ground school training days at Pensacola, FL and from USMC WW2 exploits, particularly in the Pacific Theater. 4) Introduction to "The Stein Room" following gunnery exercises. This was the life-saving haven offering the frostiest beer, served with the largest green olives to be found on the planet ... in a stein. My stein from 29 Palms has a treasured place next to my green & gold Bomber cup here in my office. 5) Finally, an encounter while enroute to USMC Twenty Nine Palms provides the balm for my enduring a visit there. Enroute from San Diego I stopped at a lounge in Palm Springs. It was my good fortune to find a place at the piano bar with the legendary Nat King Cole. What an experience to hear his fabulous voice so close and personal. Bill, as Bob Hope used to say in song, "Thanks for the Memories". -Neil GOFF ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, March 5 TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Jackson's in Richland (formerly The Gas Light) Spouses and friends are welcome. Please join us. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) It was 16 years ago today that Bobby Chipmunk passed away. In one of those unexplainable connections, Bill passed away two days later. They weren't our first friends to leave us with nothing but their spirit and memories, and they won't be the last. To this day I'm haunted by the fact that having not seen one another for twenty some odd years, they would again be rejoined over the course of 48 hours. One of my favorite songs has the lyrics, "But with the passing of John Henry, then the loss of Stevie Ray, I see the light of our own time get dimmer every day". Never more true than today. We miss you guys, we still tell the stories and they still make us smile. Say hey to all the guys. jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Bobby & the A-Bomb Factory -- on line Bobby_and_the_A_Bomb_Factory -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry BOWLS ('64) To: "Richard ANDERSON ('60), Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary), Alumni Sandstorm" Re: Your Formal Title Your response to Don Sorenson (NAB) and the clarification of your formal title brings this comment. Being only in the top 10% of the bottom 1/3 of my class, I actually had to look up the word "plenipotentiary" used in your formal title. Now, with the memory of prior skirmishes with the "Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary)" having faded, your "editorial" comment explains so much. I even grinned reading it. In fact I think I was smiling broadly with my head turning side to side. Thanks for the humor. -Larry BOWLS ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [My pleasure, Larry. I neglected to mention that in less formal situations I respond instantly, and cheerfully, to "Ricky". -- Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John FLETCHER ('64) Duke Snider passed. I knew the Brooklyn Dodgers from my baseball cards. Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer" is a great read, bringing those Topps cards to life. Kahn's update several years ago talked of what happened later in life to the Dodger stars. Though not mentioned in the book, I recall Duke Snider being a manager of the Tri-City Braves (or subsequent version) in the 60's. Am I dreaming? I remember teachers playing the World Series games over the intercom at Spalding. Also for you baseball fans, there is a wonderful Showtime DVD documentary by Bud Greenspan: "Pride Against Prejudice - Larry Doby" about the racial integration of the big leagues. Roger Kahn also brings light to this subject in "Boys of Summer". -John FLETCHER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: RHS Grads in the family Don't know about others but here's our list: Tedd CADD ('66), Pam HUNT Cadd ('66), Pam's brother Tom HUNT (60), my brother Bob CADD ('70), my brother Gary CADD ('71), son Tom CADD ('90), daughter Amy CADD Milne ('91). (Is it OK to include both families since we are both RHS grads?) [Uh, nope. If allowed, we would surely devolve into an Adam & Eve situation; i.e., EVERYBODY who is a Bomber is related to every other Bomber. --Richard] And somebody mentioned being married to their High School Sweetheart: Pam and I will celebrate 42 years tomorrow! There are 5 grandkids and one great-granddaughter. (We cheated: our daughter married a man with four children and a granddaughter! Instant family tree.) [A bit later Tedd added:] My earlier note mistakenly named our 42nd anniversary as the 1st -- forgetting that this was February and the next first was March. We were married on February 1, 1969 (engaged on February 2, 1968 and committed to each other on May 5, 1967). Maybe some of you remember the winter of 1968-1969. I was in Pullman at WSU and spent the winter break and was supposed to be working on the then-new Compton Student Union Building. When I got up that first morning of Christmas break, I went into the living room and noticed that the door was frosted over ..... on the inside. I looked at the little alcohol thermometer in the apartment window and the bulb was half-full. The news was telling us that the temperature was -42F. I walked to work wearing everything I could put on. It was a beautiful, sunny day (thankfully, there was no wind) and the air literally sparkled: the moisture in the air was floating crystals and each reflected the sunlight as they turned. The work on the CUB was at a halt because of the cold and frozen and broken pipes. 42 years ago on Jan 31st, Pam and I and our best man (Gary BUSH ('66)) and maid of honor (Peg WELLMAN ('66)) headed out of town for the wedding in Richland. All the roads were closed across the entire eastern part of the state. We finally made it into Richland at about 3am. Instead of a rehearsal at 7pm on Friday, we held it at noon on Saturday and married at 7 that evening. Recently, Pam and I have started a new game: describe an event in your life in 6 words. For example, at the end of his life King Solomon could have said, "Should have practiced what I preached." For our wedding day, I chose: "Perfect day, right woman, wrong weather." I had to laugh, though. Describing either of us as a Man or Woman ... we were just kids. -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Debbie LUKINS Lee ('78) Happy Birthday to my much older sister, Sheri LUKINS ('75). Love ya sis! -Debbie LUKINS Lee ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/02/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De VINE ('52), Jim YOUNT ('61) David RIVERS ('65), Rick MADDY ('67) Lynn-Marie HATCHER {'68), Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat McCOY ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ADKINS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monica THORNTON ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) We hear about the "Great Bomber Family" but we don't really *know it* until we experience it. About 2 weeks ago, I put a note in the Sandstorm that I would be in Albuquerque on the 19th and 20th [of February] and did any Bombers live there who would want to get together? The next day I got an email from Bill WINGFIELD ('67) saying he'd be glad to have me visit. He and Patty (NAB) and their 2 dogs picked me up at the airport and THAT is when my "get-away" trip really started! Oh, my goodness ... such friendly, fine people who took me under wing (although Bill is 15 years my junior, he seemed to understand what this old lady needed in order to work on the healing process after losing my beloved Sandra). I cannot thank you enough, Bill and Patty. Driving all the way from Santa Fe, entertaining me, yet giving me space to cry ... walking along the Arroyo, meeting Patty's Gamoh and sisters, helping me find my Great Lakes flight to Silver City ... taking me back to Albuquerque the next day ... everything was exactly as I needed it to be. Even the dog-smooches!!! And a great pancakes and eggs and bacon breakfast, courtesy of Patty. Thank you, Bill, for being part of the Bomber Family and helping me feel the connection that only Family can give. Bombers are wonderful! -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ back home in rainy, sometimes windy, Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim YOUNT ('61) Re: Updates on http://61Bombers.com web site March 1st, 2011. These additional pages added to the Class of '61 website: http://61bombers.com/ Judy Fatur Baston's page. Judy and Grant have been all over the world, and have some great photos to prove it. Sandy Carpenter Lee's great words and photos; Sandy's smile is what most of us remember best, and she has plenty to smile about. It's great to connect again. Please get your words and pictures in soon for the reunion! Your humble webmaster foresees being swamped this summer, and is concerned about getting your writeups on-line, should they all come in at the last minute. -Jim YOUNT ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Wish I could be there Wuz up in Central California this weekend... fighting the blizzard... I mean how often does that happen? Somebody on the radio said it had happened in '62... reminded me of picking WARFORD up in '62 when I got my license and tooling the uptown in the dark and in the snow... What possess kids huh?... Wuz kinda hopin' to make the Bench dedication for Dick PLOWS ('63-RIP) next to the Pookers ('63-RIP) but I can see I ain't gonna make it... wuz hopin' Jimbeaux ('63) would say some words for me but his new hip is gonna get in the way... anyway I'll be there in sprit... I remember thinking Dick was one of the best lookin' guys and how I just held that whole class in reverence... I always wanted to be able to wear my hair short like that but my head looks like a pin with no hair... also as I learned in boot camp the back of my head looks like a zebra so kinda glad I didn't try that style too hard... 'cept when Davis ('65) and I shaved our heads after bleaching our hair to try and look more like our hero Skip ('65)... I remember in the ducktail dayz when my Dad thought he was calling Laura ('65) and got Bethie Parker ('63) on the phone and offered her a dollar to tell me I looked great in short hair... she did and got the dollar... he never knew he had the wrong Parker... but today (March 2, 2011) is a special day for a special Bomber... this guy is always there when needed and works harder on Bomber events than most of us can say we do... so for my special friend, John ADKINS ('62), it's a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Tedd CADD ('66): Describe an event in your life in 6 words I have been asked many times "if I had it all to do again?" A silly notion to even ponder, but still do now and then for fun. Basically, after high school and in the political and economic tone of the summer of 1967 I had four choices: military, Canada, higher education, or a job that more than likely included a broom, but that took skill. I chose military and still ran into the broom. Nevertheless, an answer in six words I always use, with a small cheat, I suppose: "Should've been a Canadian divorce lawyer." -Rick MADDY ('67) ~ Never owned a draft card; therefore, never burned one. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: The Stall in Basketball Came across this link on Yahoo. Had to share. These people obviously never attended a game coached by our own Art Dawald :-) Tennessee High School Basketball Game -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) To: Bill BERLIN ('56) Oh yes! What a wonderful place to vacation was Marine Corps Base 29 Palms, CA in 1971 to '73. I never saw any snow but the heat was something else. We had four groups on the base at that time. The black panthers, the brown burays, the skinheads, and a number of us who refused to join any group. Those of us who would not join would go in groups of at least three if we wanted to walk around base or go to the EM club after dark. The officers on base either did not know what was going on or simply ignored it. It erupted in our barracks on several occasions. One of the joys of the base was our annual 25-mile hike. We always worked up to it with shorter five, ten, and fifteen mile ones to get used to the heat. The summer of '72 we had a group from Camp Lejeune show up for desert training. These poor guys were not used to the heat at all. They came two weeks before our battalion was going to do the 25 miles. The commanding officer of the guys from Lejeune thought he would show how tough his men were and made them hike with us. They were almost dead before half way. Our officers went against their commander's orders and radioed the base general about the situation. By the time the fleet of trucks got to us we were each carrying one of the guys. They were in bad shape and we were mad because we had our hike cut short and would have to do it again. Well, it didn't happen. Our base general kicked their commander off the base (sent him back to Lejeune with a bad report) and told us that because of what we went through helping these guys it counted as our 25- mile hike. It would be a good place to train for the middle east I guess. I drove through Twentynine Palms two years ago and could not recognize anything anymore. From Twentynine Palms to Yucca Valley to Palm Springs I hardly was able to find my way with all the new developments. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/03/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Richard ANDERSON ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Tedd CADD ('66), Clif EDWARDS ('68) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monique MANGOLD ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trevor HAY ('09) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven PIIPPO ('09) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jon BOISONEAU ('67) & Vicki GILL ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) To: Deputy Editor Richard ANDERSON ('60) Thank you for sharing Wikipedia's Hanford Site with the Bomber crew. I really enjoyed re-visiting that unusual place. The photos were great. -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard ANDERSON ('60) Today is the birthday of two of my favorite people from the Class of '09. I've known Steven PIIPPO pretty much since I returned to Richland in 2000. I fell into going to coffee every day at McDonalds with his grampa Toivo-RIP (one of the great people it has been my pleasure to have known) among others; Stevie and his gang would show up from time to time when Chief Jo had early release. Toivo would immediately grab a couple of them and demonstrate some principle of basketball. Great stuff. Trevor HAY was one of those strange creatures who arrived from Carmichael. But he played hoops and I got to know him over four years of Bomber basketball. He is a year older than Steven. Yikes!!! .... the next time I run into him I'll have to gift him a legal beer. Twenty-one is brutal: every bartender in the world hates you. -Richard ANDERSON ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Alan LOBDELL's ('69) entry about his long walk in the sunshine brought to mind the Pete Seeger song, "Waist Deep In The Big Muddy". When they hang them railroad tracks [Captain's insignia, except for Navy and Coast Guard --Richard] on your shirt, it doesn't always make a man a genius. jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: just stuff Was reading what my boy MADDY ('67) wrote as well as my pal Alan LOBDELL ('69) and others about the green crotch and memories flooded in. I have talked to HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) about this at times and he didn't seem to have had the same experience ... but then he's a big fat liar. Racial times were not good in My Marine Corps, at least not here in the States and at least while I was going thru Staging in March of 1977 at Camp Pendleton. We did not have the three groups, as Alan described but we did have the first group that took over the heads after dark. It was not a good idea to visit the head after dark for most of us and we avoided it like the plague or went in packs. I have a vague memory of one such visit that is filled with broom handles and other such weapons of convenience. It was very odd for a Richland kid to find himself in that kind of situation since I didn't experience anything like that before joining the Corps (pronounced "core")... I do recall when some of the kids started running with Pasco kids that the visits to Pasco weren't something I enjoyed so I stopped going after the first or second trip ... they had a whole different idea of life than I did ... funny too because later I lived in a Boarding House in East Pasco and had great friends there ... not sure what I'm saying here except maybe that I hope the Corps is a friendlier place among fellow Marines than it was when I was in... Six words? Hell, I can't say anything in six words! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: the draft (Rick MADDY ('67)) I guess I had those same choices, Rick. I choose higher education. But that didn't work. I was majoring in Math and Computer Science starting at CBC. It didn't take long to realize that 2 years at CBC (in those days, at least) wasn't going to help me much. So I switched to WSU after my first quarter at CBC (1966). The folks who were looking for cannon fodder (Draft Board) in 1969 (junior year) decided that I wasn't a full-time student in my freshman year. They calculated that my full-time load at the quarter school [CBC] was translated into 2/3rds of a semester credit [WSU] shy of full-time. I got my draft notice and the US Army wanted my body. I joined the USAF and went to the war anyway. There is a longitudinal survey that many of us participate in that started in 1966; and, we just recently filled out the third installment. One question was about what events impacted you most. There were two large answers for me: one was the abuse I experienced as a child. The other was the war. I was newly married and we got pregnant pretty quickly after that. The draft ended my college career (for a few years) and put my family on a salary of $180 per month to begin with. We moved a lot. Some of those moves were forced by military assignments. Others were because we could afford a better place to live as I rose in rank. I missed most of my daughter's first year while overseas. In the long run, though, the military was good to us. After 6.5 years in the USAF (E-5), I joined the US Coast Guard Reserve. I retired after 25 total years. If I had really realized what the USCG was all about, I would have joined that to begin with, I think. I have never seen another organization that is asked to do so much with so little and it does it well. -Tedd CADD ('66) LCDR, USCGR Retired **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Clif EDWARDS ('68) Re: Rick MADDY ('67) ~ "Never owned a draft card; therefore, never burned one." I too, had to make a choice when I graduated from Col-Hi. It was military (Dad's choice), college (my & Mom's choice), or Canada (my sister's first choice, much to the dismay of Dad). I chose college and was there for the winter of '68 [actually, Clif, you mean "winter of '69"; winter is at the beginning of the year (only the last 10 or so days of December belong to the following year's winter) -- during the winter of '68 you were still a senior at Col-Hi --Richard]. Colder than, well, you know. Remember the first drawing of draft numbers? I sat with my three roomies and we wrote down every one. One roommate who was thinking of going into the Army got a number over 325. Another who we had just found out was born with one kidney got 300 exactly. My third friend was a severe diabetic and also got s number in the 300 range. It sounds like I roomed with a bunch of sickies but we really weren't. Anyway, when they got to April 4th, my birthday, they drew 79! As was the prevailing thought of the day, I about messed my drawers. I figured I would stay in school and hope the war would be over when I graduated. That, over the next three years or so, was a futile thought. That spring I was the recipient of a shattered leg from another poor soccer player. Three operations and a cast from my toes to you-know-where for eight months and I was good as new ... almost. My ankle had been patially fused and the leg was crooked (my grandsons really like that), which led to me being declared 4-F by the draft. 4-F!!!! At the time that was the classification we all thought was used for homosexuals, physically or mentally handicapped, and mentally unstasble people. Remember in those days your draft classification was a question on all job applications. I had to explain on several job interviews that my 4-F was for a broken leg; I got a lot of raised eyebrows and, "Sure it is, kid" comments. At any rate I never burned my draft card because they didn't want me! Looking back on it now there are times I regret not having experienced military life in that I have never traveled to Asia, Thailand, Cambodia, etc. I would really like to see those countries now but it isn't in the cards. My wife was an Air Force brat and I am constantly haranged with "When we lived in Japan (or Germany, or Uraguay) I chime in with "Well, I lived in Richland!" -Clif EDWARDS ('68) ~ Vancouver, WA where we are in the midst of breaking a 180 year record for the most rain in a year. What a great place to live! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Here's another last minute plug.... I'm doing a benefit this Sunday at The Battelle Auditorium for the RHS Class of '11 Senior Party. Showtime is 4:30pm. Must be age 21 and older to attend. For tickets, call Julia Leitner at 628-3953. Tickets are $30 and that includes snacks and a silent auction. Duke Snider: I know that the Tri-City Atoms last year as a Dodger farm club was 1968. My dad drove the bus for the Atoms that summer and I was a pop/candy/popcorn/ice cream vendor at the tender age of 12. I believe Duke Snider spent a few days in Kennewick working with the Dodger outfielders as a roving instructor. In the summers of '71 and '72, I had advanced to the coveted position of home clubhouse boy for the Tri-City Padres. The manager of those teams, Cliff Ditto, was married to Duke Snider's sister, Elaine. He visited once butjust spent his time seeing family and didn't do any coaching at that time. At the age of 15 and 16, I spent 2 summers in the company of professional baseball players that were 18-22 years of age .... I have lots of stories .... I don't think any of them are fit for the Sandstorm. -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/04/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty BELL ('51), Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) Dave HANTHORN ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Don ANDREWS ('67) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth PATTY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki GILL ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy BISHOP ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WINGFIELD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) To the Class of 1951: I will try this one more time. Is anyone in the Class of 1951 (60 YEARS AGO!) interested in having a table or two at Club-40 this year? Not one person responded that they would like to be here for it when I wrote a few months back, so unless we have some response Nadine ROBERTS Hackney and I will forget about this. (Sorry, Nadine, I don't have your e-mail here when I thought about this again.) -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Praise for Desert Knights (1956) Letter to TCH praising Desert Knights (1956) I found this old clipping in my late husband's, Ray WEYERTS ('53), box of goodies. Perhaps some of you will remember the Desert Knights in the early 1950s. We had an official drag race with official lights, etc. on one occasion on that road leading to Thayer Drive and the Bypass. I remember Ray racing his 1932 Ford Roadster with a '52 Chrysler dual carb engine that day. He did not win, but the rod screamed! We drove off to college that fall (1956) in the souped up Ford where later that year I roomed with Jeanette DUNCAN Medford ('54). We drove together to archery class at CWCE in Jim MEDFORD's ('54) old car. That old car had the starter on the floor and Jeanette had a great deal of trouble getting the starter, clutch, and gas coordinated enough to proceed. Great times and great days they were, huh? -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('56) ~ in Fort Valley, VA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN (GMC '63) Re: military daze Since we are "baring our souls" about our military service days, I have decided to chime in with my story, as it has some similarities and some differences to those already told. I set off to WSU in the fall of 1963 at the tender age of 17, so when I turned eighteen in October and registered for the draft, I was already safely enrolled in school and received my exemption without a problem. Of course I promptly flunked out my freshmen year; too much beer, girls, beer, hi-jinks with the guys in the dorm (Rogers Hall), beer, girls, and beer, not to mention the ADD that I didn't even know I had until much later in life. But that was okay, 'cause I enrolled at CBC the next year and so once again received the good ol' exemption when the draft board came a-knockin'. I dropped out of CBC spring quarter to go "work the peas" in Walla Walla, but was safely enrolled back at WSU the next fall (or so I thought at first). Now, it seemed that all the guys in the dorm (Orton Hall this time) were either getting' their draft notices or their exemptions, except me and my buddy (NAB). We weren't gettin' nothin' but scared. So when he suggested that we take off and hitchhike up to Spokane from Pullman to talk to the Air Force recruiter, I was all in. After my buddy and I took all the Air Force recruitment tests and aced them all, the Air Force recruiter got real friendly and was ready to promise us anything if we would sign up with him. What did I know, I was just a dumb kid. I went back to Pullman and dropped out of my classes and was hangin' out in the dorm waitin' for my "swearing in" date. Well, you can probably see this coming, but at the time I didn't. What should come in the mail but my exemption. Damn. Here I was, already dropped out of school, and the only prospect in sight was the good ol' Air Force. Course my buddy hadn't dropped out of school, so when he got his exemption, it was "to hell with the Air Force" for him. So when the fateful day in December of 1965 came, I hitchhiked back to Spokane by myself and raised my right hand with the rest of them, and was off to Lackland AFB in San Antonio for "boot camp" before I even knew what was happenin'. Goin' into the military just before Christmas and New Years was not the smartest thing I ever did. So I got to see "exotic" San Antonio, Denver, Victorville, Tacoma, Osan (Korea) (right after the spy ship Pueblo got snatched), and Tacoma in three years and two months time. I finally got lucky and got a ten month "early out" on the luck of the draw when the Air Force was doing some "down-sizing" in 1969. Course that meant my first wife and I missed out on the free medical care at a military hospital when my first son was born, but it was still worth it to me to have my military "career" in my rear view mirror. As I have said many times, I was glad to have had my time in the Air Force, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to do it again. I just wasn't cut out to be a military man, but I have nothin' but admiration for those that are. And I finally did get to visit a truly "exotic" place many years later, when I was lucky enough to win the heart of a beautiful Thai woman here in Seattle and have visited exotic Thailand with her some ten times in the last 17 years of happily married bliss. I highly recommend a vacation in Thailand, it is a wonderful place. So that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. -Dave HANTHORN (GMC '63) ~ from rainy and WINDY Mercer Island, where I'm hangin' on for dear life to keep from blowin' away. (Never wanted to burn my draft card, I just didn't want to get drafted). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65), Deputy Editor Richard ANDERSON ('60) Re: The Head Why is it called the "head" I was in the Navy for four years and never thought to ask, but I bet 95 per cent of those in the Navy/USMC/USCG have no idea why we call the bathroom the head. The term comes from the old sailing ship days; it was located at "the head" of the ship. Sometimes this would be not much more than a board with holes cut in it built out over the bow. I think on older ships they didn't even have that. The way ships were built back then, underneath "the head" there was the structure of the ship. One of the worst shipboard jobs was to clean up this area while in port. At sea this was not a problem as waves would take care of it; and maybe get a little bidet action going on too. Later on a little structure looking a lot like an old outhouse might be built forward with an opening at the bottom and to the side of the ship with a bucket of water nearby to "flush" with. Re: The smoking lamp Today the term "the smoking lamp is lit," or the "smoking lamp is out" are used to tell personnel when smoking is allowed. It is always "out" when taking on fuel or ammunition. In the old sailing ship days it was an actual lamp hung up and lit from which sailors could light their pipes. Of course, in the days before matches, there was no way to light your pipe if the smoking light was out. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Funny man My class had Gary CROW ('65) or the Crowster as he was called by himself back then (everybody was something "ster" except me... I was always "Mooner" and when I'd walk in a room the chant was "I'm a friend of David Rivers... Rivers" from the Hamms beer commercial)... now I think he's Crowski... not sure of why the change... (Richard quit changing my stuff... if I wanted punctuation I'd use it!)... Anyway the class of '74 had the birthday boy... a very nice guy even if he is a Caddy freak... I've been enjoying some of the comments on "choices" and six words... I did recall 6 words in the shower this morning... "On your faces you slimy maggots"... that one always got my attention because it meant pain... Especially since I had learned my lesson the first night before we even hit the yellow footprints... When KELLY ('64) and I got to Seattle heading for MCRD, the Gunny gave me the orders... I thunk it was cuz I was so cool... actually it was cuz I had long hair (by Tri-city standards)... When we got off the bus some DI said something about orders... I smiled and walked right up to hand him my groups'... As his fist hit my face I heard something about not having permission to break formation (how did I know that gaggle was a "formation"?)... I got up off the cold side walk and decided I would be the MOST average recruit they ever saw at MCRD... no mistakes and no outstanding accomplishments... just Private Average... when we got to hair cuts the Marines started talking about the "little girl" my face got red and I waited for another fist in the face... instead some guy from California had shoulder length hair behind me... they shaved the top of his head and left the rest for a few days... lemme think... where was I going with this? Oh yeah... choices... I don't remember having to make a choice except which branch I would go in... Army and Air Force were not an option for me (the reasons don't matter so don't ask because some of you guys were Doggies and some were fly-boyz so my thought process is not material) So it was Marines or Navy... the decision was made at Terry Webb's ('63-RIP) house as Terry and I sat one day, with him swilling Pepsi and shooting himself with insulin in the thigh and me trying to decide Navy or Marines... I was pretty scared of the water and not a good swimmer (Water as in deep ocean with "vicious pumas" swimming around)... Terry said if I got killed the Marines would bring my body home... dun deal... Marines it was! Funny because I remember Terry's house as the Jancovic's ('66; '65) house but I don't think I was ever in the Jancovic's house... I know that I stood outside under the big willow tree (I hated willow trees because they were infested with these little prehistoric bugs) When Ricky WARFORD ('65) and I hadda go with the Beav ('65) and Sandi after they got back from the "Hitchin' Post" in Ideeho... man was there a ton of yelling... scared the crap outa Ricky and me... but anyway... that's what my choice wuz and how it wuz made... nuff said... don't wanna go on and on like some kid in the class of '67... So the point today (March 4, 2011) is to wish my good friend Brad UPTON ('74) a very Bomber HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don ANDREWS ('67) Re: the DRAFT by Rick MADDY ('67) I didn't burn my draft card(s) either. I started my college career with a major in civil engineering but quickly changed that major to draft evasion. So my draft status began it's metamorphosis. 1) 2S in fall of '67 while at Everett Junior College, 2) winter quarter dropped a class rather than fail thus below full time student 1A, 3) Enrolled at CBC in '68 got my 2S back, when the DRAFT Lottery took place my number was 65 (NOT GOOD) 4) after second year of my illustrious college career I decided to take my chances with Uncle Sam (1A), I lost, I thought. In January of 1970 I got my induction notice. I went to Seattle for induction after a visit with the doctor he came across a letter from my family doctor that said I was borderline Diabetic and I had been treated for an ulcer, signed Col. Arnold C. Tait US Army Ret. The draft doctor said "I see here you are unfit for military service". I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Party at Dave McDaniel's dorm that night at U of W. 5) 1Y came in the mail about 2 months later. I went back to the service but it was the U.S. Forest Service. 6) About 4 months later my golden ticket came in the mail "4F". I also in later life wondered what it would have been like in the service but that feeling passed and I lived happily ever after. Don't get me wrong, I respect and honor our military personnel; there is no finer in the world. I just didn't want to be a name on "THE WALL". To Rick, David, Pappy, and all who have served I thank you from the bottom of my heart. -Don ANDREWS ('67) ~ from Vancouver USA where we get 7" inches of rain in a weekend, and from our home in Horn Rapids where we get 7" of rain a year. Where do you think Jane & I are going to retire? See You Soon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) To: Brad UPTON ('74) Interesting entry in yesterday's Sandstorm. Lance WILLIS ('70) spent time as both the visiting (I know) and home (I think) clubhouse boy for the Atoms/Angels in the mid-late '60s. Mr. Jacobs was his next door neighbor (and the other Mr. Jacobs -- of Ben ('69), Bob ('70), Scott ('74), and Rich ('75) fame -- lived across the street on Stevens) so Lance had an in. The exact years escape me -- I think it was '66-'68. I do remember he convinced me to come and hawk sodas a couple of times -- I HATED it. I also think we spent some time picking weeds out of the outfield. Hated that too. Give me my TCH paper route any time--and in the summer I would sometimes sub on as many as 3 other routes plus mine. I doubt many of the girls in our class realized how affluent I really was in 7th and 8th grades :) :) Anyway, I do remember sitting out in the bull pen and listening in on the conversations. You're right -- pretty talkative were those 18-22 year old kids -- but we thought they were SOOO old. Amazing. And, of course we believed ALL of it!!! I also remember going by the bar that was at the ballpark. Doubt it was much but I do remember it being loud and smoky -- and we were told to stay clear of it. Thanks for the memory. Also today, Friday March 4, 2011, we celebrate the birthdays of a couple of Bomber classmates from 1971: Jim WINGFIELD ('71) and Linda DEVINE Tisdale ('71). Jim was a BIG guy with a heart of gold and (I think) played trombone in the band and Linda was a tall, dark haired beauty that I remember as ALWAYS being in her gold Bomber Pep Club coat at least I think that is what it was called. The best of birthdays to both of you. Finally, we are continuing our efforts to find 1971 classmates and to make sure they are aware of our reunion August 11-14th. We have about 90 people we have no address information on. I will dish the list out in groups of about 30. Please take a look and if you have ANY idea how to reach any of these folks, please let us know: Linda ADRIAN McFarland, Matthew AIRHART, Kristine BEMENT Clayton John BOASON, Pat BOLGER, Scott BRITTAIN, Darrell BRODHEAD, Janet BROWN Dudra, Janice BROWN Ward, Leslie BUNTIN, Paola CALANCA, Patricia CARTER, Betty CHILDRESS, Maxine CHILDRESS, Jen CLODIUS, Tim COBB, Mike COOK, Roger COOK, Michael CROUCH, Susan ELLWEIN, Becki FERANTI, Ken GABLE, Sam GARMAN, Loria (Norma) GATES, Deborah GEAR, Vickie GORDON, Brad GUENTHER, Kathy HALE Brooks, Stuart HANNEMAN, Kathy HANSEN Send info to 1971 Reunion Committee (re: Classmate) Thanks for your help!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/05/2011 - IDITAROD BEGINS Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Floyd MELTON ('57) Patti JONES ('60), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Jim DAUGHERTY ('70) Jim GEIER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: June PERKINS ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) Interesting to note you have youthed by two years. And here I thought we walked together in the graduation parade; or was that your "evil twin"? [Ah, Bobby ... the culpa is entirely mea. Ann and I were tracking down the date of the Desert Knights letter and somehow '56 got firmly planted in my mind. --Richard] Re: 29 Palms After reading the horror stories about duty at "29 Stumps", I am certainly glad I didn't get my dream assignment there as a member of the quality control staff of the 8093rd Undergroung Messkit Repair Battalion. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ (or maybe it was '56) currently between monsoons in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) To: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) Re: Desert Knights Ann, I participated in that drag race and was doing good in my folks' '53 Olds until I came up against Chuck BIGELOW ('54). He beat me handily. It was great fun and wonderful memories from back in the good old Richland days. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, March 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: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: TV and Computer I have a 24 inch Akai TV that is older but works perfectly and has places to plug in all kinds of audio and video equipment. I finally broke down and bought a new flat screen LED HD. I have 3 other TVs in the house (the two in the living room and the shop have not been turned on to two years at least) and so the Akai is free to anyone in need. If it did not work perfectly I would toss it in the dumpster at the office. And I have a laptop. Dell, works fine, has large HD and lots of Ram. Has MS Windows XP, Office XP Pro, and a new Netgear wireless PC card 54 MBPS speed. Again it is free ... preferably to someone in need. I bought it new and used it a couple of years and when I got the new one last year I gave it to my daughter but she only used it a few months and her company bought her a new one. So she sent it back. I even have a spare battery if I can find it. So if anyone has the need or knows someone who does, contact me directly and I/we can figure out a way to get them to you. Western WA, Tri-Cities, NW Oregon ... no sweat. Other places we can work something out ... meet half way or something. If someone does not want the TV I will give it to Value Village or St Vinnies as it is too good to throw out. I won't have trouble getting rid of either one but thought to try the Bomber family first. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from home, south of Tacoma. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Official Iditarod Site There are 62 teams for the official start in Anchorage first Saturday in March -- this year March 5th at 10am AST... That's 62 x 16 dogs per team = 992 dogs will start the race. Many mushers bring MORE than 16 dogs to Anchorage so they have a choice of dogs to start the race... bare MINIMUM is 992 pooping dogs in Anchorage right now. WHEW! Official start is Sunday and the race order remains the same from Saturday to Sunday which is when the race "really" starts. Bib number tells us at which position the team starts the race and is determined by random draw. Teams I'm watching this year: DeeDee Jonrowe/Bib #2 Ray Redington Jr/Bib #3 Newton Marshall/Bib #6 Martin Buser/Bib #11 Lance Mackey/Bib #17 Dallas Seavey/Bib #21 Hans Gatt/Bib #23 Mitch Seavey/Bib #28 Ramey Smyth/Bib #30 Sebastian Schnuelle/Bib #31 Paul Gebhardt/Bib #34 Hugh Neff/Bib #35 G.B.Jones/Bib #40 Ken Anderson/Bib #43 Rick Swenson/Bib #49 Sonny Lindner/Bib #52 John Baker/Bib #53 Jessie Royer/Bib #58 Cim Smyth/Bib #59 Matt Hayashida/Bib #61 Gerald Sousa/Bib #62 Already withdrawn are two that I watched last year: Fiedler Linwood Willow AK USA Vet Lanier Jim Chugiak AK USA Vet Noticably missing this year is race favorite 4-time winner, Jeff King, who came in 3rd last year. Stay tuned... Bomber Cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ your favorite Iditarod reporter **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim DAUGHERTY ('70) Re: DRAFT CARDS I never had a draft card. Always thought about burning it if they gave me one, but never happened. Graduated from Col-Hi in 1970 and had no thoughts about going to college, I was tired of school. I did ok in school, but wanted a break. I knew if I did nothing I would get drafted and I had always liked the old World War II/Korean War Navy movies with aircraft carriers. So after some prodding from my dad and getting tired of driving/riding a bus to Lamb Weston in Connell to make French fries (was hard for a 17 year old to find a good job) I left for boot camp in San Diego, CA in mid-September 1970. My eighteenth birthday was in October and that was my big mistake at boot camp. I didn't know any better and asked my company commander (he was talking to his buddy) what I had to do to sign up for the draft. Well after being called multiple names (not good ones) and being called stupid multiple times, I found out I didn't have to register for the draft. After boot camp I was assigned to a gasoline tanker in Pearl Harbor, HI. Nine months later it was decommissioned and I received orders to an aircraft carrier, the USS MIDWAY. Four months later we were off for Vietnam and didn't return to the Bay area till 11 months later. Saw a lot of bombs on the carrier, but the closest we ever got to land was 35 miles one time to help rescue a downed pilot (we got him back). Most of the time we were 100-150 miles off the coast. I enlisted in the Navy for four years and planned to save enough money to either buy a new car with cash or use the money to go to college. I met that goal, but then I got married, had two kids (graduated Richland Hi '95, '97) and returned to Richland after 20 years in the Navy. My two kids still give me a hard time. It is Col-Hi to me, not Richland High. It is Bomber Bowl and boys gym/girls gym (not big and small as they say). Two of my ships are now museums. So if you are in sunny San Diego, visit the USS MIDWAY (CV 41) or in not so sunny Portland, visit the USS BLUEBACK (SS 581), the Navy's last diesel electric submarine. -Jim DAUGHERTY ('70) YNC(SS), USN (Retired) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim GEIER ('71) Re: Dave HANTHORN ('63) and visiting Thailand I have visited Thailand as a tourist twice, and IMHO there is no more beautiful place to visit with truly wonderful people. If you consider visiting Thailand, go in December or January, when in central Thailand (Bangkok) it is about 85-95 degrees and 85- 95% humidity, the "hot" season. Why the "hot" season? The other two seasons are hotter and hottest. I second your statement and also highly recommend a vacation in Thailand -- it truly is a wonderful place. I'm looking forward to returning to Thailand. -Jim GEIER ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Dave HANTHORN ('63), David RIVERS ('65), Brad UPTON ('74), Kevin LINN ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray WELLS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BROWNE ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne GODWIN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deirdre JOHNSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul TUNNELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bobbie GILSTRAP ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: drag races and draft cards Chatter about drag races brings back a vague memory. I was home on leave (either summer '55 or '56 I'd guess) and remember a sanctioned drag race on the bypass. I had a '55 Chev I bought new there in Richland, decided it was a hot drag vehicle, entered the race. I recall being told to take off the hub caps and putting "100 mile-an-hour" (duct) tape on some of the window glass. Ran one heat. Got beat! Some guy in a souped up coupe! He was way out front before I ever got the pedal to the metal! Thus ended my racing career!!!! Jim DAUGHERTY ('70) mentioned not registering for the draft. I'd been in the Coast Guard for maybe 8-10 years (joined when I was 17) (retired as a Captain in '86) when my father forwarded me a notice from the Selective Service folks that I had failed to register for the draft. Ha! I ignored it, I think! Never heard from them again. I wonder if there is an arrest warrant floating around somewhere???? -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO where the entertainers are gearing up for a new season .... and the danged grass is beginning to grow again! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Thailand To: Dave HANTHORN ('63), and Jim GEIER ('71) My wife, during her "travel days", had visited Hong Kong, and many of the far east countries, several times, and when I retired she encouraged me to think about making a trip with her there. Our daughter and her husband suggested that if we were going to Hong Kong and Thailand, we should visit Viet Nam and Cambodia. I thought she had flipped her lid, but agreed only if she and her husband would go with us. Also, it was intriguing since Edna, my wife, had not been to the Viet Nam. What a surprise. We found Viet Nam beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable, both the scenery, the food (mostly French), and the people. (I can hear our Marine Bombers who fought in the war, screaming "are you crazy?") Cambodia was not that great, with the exception of Angor Wat. From there we entered Thailand and what a wonderful place. We stayed in the area north of Bangkok called Chiang Mai ... and I have never stayed in such luxurious accomodations ... Four Seasons in a working rice paddy. Later on to Bangkok, which is the new Hong Kong ... if you want a Rolex (knock off) this is the place to go ... but the beauty of the temples and the very beautiful people made the trip great. I concur, and would urge anyone to visit these places. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from very sunny and warm Sacramento, but this will change for us, since we are heading to Portland, Seattle, Richland, and Walla Walla, next week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN (GMC '63) To: Jim GEIER ('71) Re: visiting Thailand Thanks for seconding my high opinion of the "Land of Smiles" (Thailand), the vacation wonderland of the far East. Many of my Bomber friends are well aware of my love for Thailand and its people from being the recipients of my "travelogues" that I have sent by email during my travels there. I always describe the three seasons in Thailand as "the hot season, the hot and wet season (monsoons), and the really, really hot season". The "really, really hot season" runs from March through June, the "hot and wet season" runs from July through October, and the merely "hot season" runs from November through February, which is a nice time to take a much needed break from the "cold and wet season" in Western Washington and go enjoy the beautiful resorts with great white sand beaches found in so many places in Thailand. Another thing that makes Thailand such a great vacation spot is that everything there is very inexpensive by American standards. You can stay in four and five star hotels and eat at four and five star restaurants at a small fraction of the cost they would be in the states. Clothing, electronics, gifts, and everything else you can think of (even haircuts) are also much less expensive in Thailand. And the Thai people love foreigners, especially Americans, which is something you won't find on your European vacation, where Americans are mostly held in contempt (at best). -Dave HANTHORN (GMC '63) ~ from cool and wet Mercer Island, where at least the wind has calmed down, and I am dreaming of my next Thai vacation, which probably won't come until sometime next year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We got the best! Ahhhhhhhhhhh... if only we had known how lucky we were... ya know... we Bomber guys are about the luckiest guys I know... ta think... we grew up with the coolest and best looking babes that ever walked the face of the earth... and all that time we thunk it was just the way it was everywhere... Bomber-babes really do rule and we gotta very cool/hot Bomber-babe having her special day on March 6, 2011... right here in River City... I just noticed I have a note on this little yellow sticky reminding me I got the Lincoln Day Dinner tonight at the Venetian... I would love to have the birthday girl on my arm tonight... even if it just gave me the courage to find my way outa their maze of a parking garage... to the "Lando Ballroom" and back again without looking like a dottering old lost guy... I'd be so dang cool nobody would see the bewildered look on my face... I can't say the Venetian is one of my favorite places... it is impossible to find your way around... Plus I ain't that fond of the owner... tho he is good to do this dinner and other things... he has been a real destroyer of contractors in this town... how a little meat salesman became such a tycoon is beyond me... but hey... this isn't about him or his palace... it's about saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Deirdre JOHNSON ('65)!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Man, talk about getting to sit at the big kids' table!!! I got birthday wishes yesterday from David RIVERS ('65)! Made my day! -Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin LINN, Class of '81 Re: Class of 1981 Reunion notice The Col-Hi Class of 1981 will be holding its 30th reunion this summer, July 14-16, 2011, at the Red Lion Hotel Richland (formerly the Hanford House). Events include: Thursday July 14, 2011, 7:00pm Informal social at Uncle Sam's Saloon at 8378 W. Gage Blvd in Kennewick Friday July 15, 2011, 6:30pm to 10:00pm Social with no-host bar in the Courtyard at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland Saturday July 16, 2011, 10:00am 4-person scambler Golf Tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland Saturday July 16, 2011 10:00am Guided tour of Richland High School led by Mr. Jim Qualheim Saturday July 16, 2011 6:30pm to Midnight Main Event: Dinner Buffet and Entertainment at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland Tickets for all of the events are $90 for couples, or $50 for individuals. Golf is a separate ticket for $55. If you want to golf, please contact Joe PAYNE with your team members. For more information, check out our new Class of 1981 website [NB- This site requires a broadband connection. It is unusable if you have dialup. --Richard]. You can also purchase tickets online at <http://1981bombers.eventbrite.com/>. Also feel free to contact Kevin LINN or Vicki DEVINE Stephens. We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer! Thank you! -Kevin LINN, Class of '81 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/07/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tedd CADD ('66), Dave MILLER ('67), Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie LAWSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray FISHER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod JOCHEN ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) I visited Thailand for 10 months courtesy of the United States Air Force: Feb to Dec '73. I loved the country and had opportunities to spend time in a couple remote villages in the north along the Mekong River. The dry season was hot (125 F) and the rainy season was nice (70s). The Thais were accustomed to the heat and wore gloves in the cooler weather. I was delighted at the modesty of the people and their gentleness. And because of that understanding, I was disgusted at what the US military had created in and around Udon Thani (Udorn Royal Thai AFB). The water festival (a celebration of the monsoon and food growing season) was turned into little more than a huge water fight. That contrasted with the one time I experienced the Thai version: a woman came up to me and asked permission to bless me. She spoke a blessing over me as she poured a small dish of water down the back of my neck. It was beautiful. I suppose prostitution is inevitable. But because of the kinds of things that happened around the base, the women would line up along the road outside the base and make sure you knew they were women - all parts. As I came to understand the beautiful modesty of the people, that sight was even more profoundly disturbing. The country was fantastic. I experienced the danger of riding in the back of a baht bus (small Nissan pickup with no restraints) as we negotiated the two-lane major highway with four lanes of traffic running at normal highway speeds. The skyline was beautiful -? the huge stands of bamboo were like feathers at the top. At the base, the trunks were so close together and so thick you couldn't get you hand in more than a couple inches. There were stands of poinsettias taller than I was. The rice paddies were beautiful. I was able to attend a Buddhist funeral and see the open pyre as done in the countryside. A group of us visited a crematorium. One friend asked if it was OK to photograph the doorway leading into the actual place. The monk misunderstood the request, took him by the hand and led him right up to the vault where they were cremating a person. The monk opened the door of the vault and stood back smiling. I don't remember if my friend managed to take any pictures of the event. I was challenged by the simple Christian faith of the village chief in one place on the Mekong River. My missionary friend (Jim) and I were overnight guests at the chief's hut and during one conversation, we learned that a Laotian communist patrol had been through there the night before and had burned down a couple of huts. Jim asked if the chief thought it was safe to be outside. He replied, "God is here. We are safe." I think the word is chagrin. Jim had been raised in Laos and Thailand and spoke both languages fluently. He took me to a jeweler's store to do some shopping. Apparently the owners didn't know him. After we'd been there a few minutes, Jim said, "We're leaving. They're bad- mouthing the US." Then he turned to the owner and clerk and let them know he had heard them and that their attitude didn't deserve our business. You should have seen their eyes as a dressing down came perfect Thai came from the lips of that "gringo"! It has been a source of sorrow, recently, to realize the extent of the sex tourism that is happening there now. I have two friends who are working in Thailand (separate organizations) specifically to rescue children but also others. The Thai government has been taking some steps to help curb this evil but there is more to be done. I love that country. It was a great time there. -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Hi Folks, Just finished a good book by Robert Leckie called, "Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific". Rick MADDY ('67) might have already read this since it's about the First Marine Division. How's the no smoking going? Its been six months for me and I don't miss it. My father, Robert Miller, was in the South Pacific in the army and saw quite a bit of fighting, but he never talked about it and we never found his Presidential Unit Citation till after he passed away in 1997. On another note, does anyone know the history of Johnny's Deli in the Uptown? Every time I make pizza and add pepperoni I think of the pepperoni sticks we used to get from there and think of all the interesting items he had in his deli. I finally gave up on the job search and since I turned 62 at Christmas it's the Social Security Club for me, oh boy. That's it folks. -Dave MILLER ('67) For additional info: "Helmet for My Pillow" (Wikipedia) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Re: Vic MARSHALL's ('71) missing '71 Bombers: Linda ADRIAN McFarland is my age and was at our Class of '70 reunion last summer. We went through grade school, jr. high, and high school together. John BOASEN was also our class, although I don't know if he graduated in '70 with us. Later, -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/08/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Carol BISHOP ('57), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Mike WAGGONER ('60), Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) David RIVERS ('65), Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan ANDERSON ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed CHARETTE ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim ADAIR ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) To: Dave MILLER ('67) My husband, Gene HORNE ('57), worked in the '50s at a deli that was McGee's next to the liquor store in Uptown .... he worked with Mr. McGrath -- art teacher at the high school -- and Tom (can't remember his last name), also a teacher at the high school (Gene thinks he was the drama teacher). Wonder if this is the same deli? He has lots of stories from there. -Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: TV and Computer Dear Bomber friends: Wow! A super response to my offer. Over 25 alums asked for them. Some for themselves and about a third for someone else. I printed out all the responses and read through them twice. Not to minimize anyone's request, I found one Bomber alum who I felt was truly in need from what I read. I had the person send me his phone number, called him, and discussed it with him. I believe I have made good judgement and that alum will get both. The computer is older rather then newer and the software was not quite as I remembered, but MS Office all works and it will serve for word processing and e-mail and keeping financial records. I took it out to work today and we got the wireless card set up and working and cleaned out all the non-admin files. I threw in a wireless nano mouse. Unfortunately the battery is dead but it works fine plugged into the wall. The alum can order a battery from Dell if they need portability. Thanks to all who responded and for accepting my judgement in this situation. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" ... and doing things for others sometimes. -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike WAGGONER ('60) I just returned from Morocco. I am not an expert (I visited Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt briefly in 1968), but it seemed to me that Morocco is a great and safe place to visit now. We all hope for better conditions in the Arab nations, encouraged by the transformations in Tunisia and Egypt, concerned about Libya and Yemen and others, but we should recognize that these nations are quite varied. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy, where the others are military dictatorships. Morocco's population is 60% Berber and has ties to the Iberian Peninsula from the many centuries of Moorish nations there. Each nation has its own history and traditions and ethnicities and religions. We were a little nervous about our trip because of the great changes in other Arab nations (watching a revolution up close would be exciting, but being beaten or kidnapped or raped or shot would be terrible), but found Morocco beautiful and exciting and not disrupted. The main health hazards we encountered were smoke from cooking over charcoal fires and people riding motor scooters too fast through narrow and crowded alleyways. Like many developing countries, Morocco is heavily dependent on the tourist industry. For us to stay away because of excessive safety concerns could set back a country that is trying herd to make it. I do not mean to paint too rosy a picture. As in early Richland, much of Morocco is a desert with dust always present despite best efforts to sweep and water down. Like many (most? all?) developing nations Morocco is poor, the government is often corrupt, women and children and animals are routinely mistreated, and one must eat and drink with care. But the hustle and bustle is exciting, and the gardens and riads provide an oasis of calm. -Mike WAGGONER ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Happy Birthday to my brother Jimmie ADAIR ('66) ... eat cake and enjoy! -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: A '40 Ford is a terrible thing to waste Now it's that time again... time to wish one of the great Car Guys in the whole wide world an HB... yeah I know... he got off track for a little while... but ya know the name "Honda Boy" just didn't fit him very well... Since I'm gonna be seeing him in less than a month I think I'll let this subject drop right now cuz he can still beat me up and this ain't a good subject ta dwell on... Let's get to a subject less controversial... like this kid being one of my heroes... He is sprucing up already for his second (that's right... his second) 45th reunion which will take place during CDN's [Cool Desert Nights] which of korse is the same time as the '65ers come to town for their yearly Romp in Richland... we gotta crash the class of '66 party but this kid is a member... just like he was a member of our class... then he gets ta be an invitee of the next reunion for the class of '67... talk about a smooooooooooth operator... He got to troll for sophs three years inna row... dang... it just don't get no better than that... eatcherheartout Jimbeaux ('63)... I already reminisced a buncha times about meeting this kid for the first time when we wuz both 15 and on our way to being car dealers (well not really... it's just that we have since bought and sold a whole lotta cars)... we made a swap... me thinking I got the best of that 20 year old kid with the Buddy Holly curl... and him thinking he got the best (which he prolly did) of that punk kid... korse he wasn't 20 but I was a punk kid... I can always count on this guy for a favor at the drop of a hat and he knows he can count on me for the same... We are lucky not to be doing time for re-fighting the Vietnam war on Hollywood Blvd... but that's an old story too... I just can't believe my luck sometimes to have this kid as a friend... I'm one lucky sunofabuck... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) ON MARCH 8, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) (But WARFORD ('65) and I recognized our mistake that grageashun morning on the front curb of Mac Hall) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) Re: Dave MILLER's ('67) inquiry regarding Johnny's Delicatessen Was surprised to see any recognition about Johnny's Delicatessen. Our family lived on Haupt, across the Uptown parking lot and GWWay from that little store. I had a job there, Johnny paid me a nickel a shelf to dust the cans or other goods and "face" the shelf. I think that was around 1966 or so. I remember my thinking was that about 40 or shelves and I could buy a new hardball and about 60 would pay for a new bat at BB&M. But I don't think there were more than about 30 shelves in the whole place. Since the stuff needed dusting, it obviously wasn't moving too fast. Don't think the store lasted all that long. I had the joy of trying chocolate covered spiders and pickled pigs feet during my few months of employment. Guess that's what makes it a deli. -Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/09/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), David DOUGLAS ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Alan LOBDELL ('69), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George HAMMONS ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim STECKLINE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam PANTHER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob JACOBS ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ALBAUGH ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Petra GIANGRANDE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet OLSON ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob PEUTZ ('73) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Leonard PETERS & MaryMike HARTNETT ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Pappy's Elves To: George "Pappy" Swan ('69) Haven't read a word about your elves for awhile. Have you granted them a sabbatical or have they skipped town until the weather stabilizes? I always enjoyed reading about their exploits. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Greetings from soggy Kaneohe, Hawaii. We had four flash flood warnings for Oahu in the past eight days, and it poured again today. It's been so long since I mowed the lawn that if we don't have a couple of sunny days soon I won't be able to find the lawnmower. I painted the steps of our front porch on one of the rare sunny days, and the air was so humid that the paint wouldn't dry. Quite a change from Mesa, Arizona. We grew rocks in our lawn in Mesa. Well, actually, they didn't grow; I don't know if I killed them or what. We returned to Hawaii when I retired from the State of Arizona last year to get our house ready to sell. It is a 3-bedroom 2-bath house with an attached 1-bedroom apartment. My wife and I live in the apartment and rent out the house. So far we had a carport built last year and remodeled the house kitchen this year, along with painting inside and out. There was some good news about Kaneohe in the Sunday real estate section of the newspaper. While housing prices have been dropping in other areas of Oahu, Kaneohe's prices have risen slightly. There seems to be a great demand by people who want to live in Kaneohe, on the north (windward) side of Oahu, and only half the usual number of houses on the market. Houses have been selling in one to two weeks. Unimproved but maintained homes have been selling from $550,000 to $630,000 (median prices), while remodeled homes have been going from $700,000 to $900,000, depending on lot size and location. Our house is near the main intersection of Kaneohe, in a quiet cul-de-sac behind houses on the street. I've been hoping to get at least $600,000 for it when we sell it. The house itself is very plain -- most of the cost is for the land. We plan to put it up for sale in January 2012. We have to live in it for two of the past five years to avoid paying capital gains taxes. Housing is so expensive in Hawaii that young couples are forced to live with parents. Many families have built extensions to older homes to make room for their children's families. Some areas of Oahu are zoned for "Ohana" (family) housing. Kaneohe is not, so technically our apartment cannot have a full kitchen (we can have only two of sink, refrigerator or range). Our neighbors (retired university math professors) who have a house identical to ours rent out their apartment, and did put in a full kitchen. While the contractor was remodeling our kitchen we did move the range temporarily into the apartment, but normally we get by with just a microwave and electric frying pan. The traffic in Hawaii was bad when we moved to Arizona in 2000, and now it is terrible. The streets are narrow and twisting, parking places are very narrow (and there's never enough of them) and Hawaii drivers have no idea how to drive on a highway. Our Sienna van was great in Arizona, but something a bit smaller would be great right now. I installed a back-up camera in the van, but I still hate backing it up. I only parallel parked it once in Arizona (took me over five minutes), which fortunately had plenty of parking lots with nice wide spaces. I finally got a handicapped parking placard, due to neuropathy in my feet from Type 2 Diabetes, which helps provided I can find an open handicapped stall. None of the shopping centers have enough parking, and houses in older sections of town don't have sufficient parking, so there are many cars parked on the narrow streets. The City and County of Honolulu (there are no city governments in Hawaii) is more like a small town. To illustrate, the contractor who built our carport and remodeled the kitchen mentioned that his next job was putting in a new sewer line for his neighbor. My wife's brother mentioned at a family dinner that he was having a new sewer line installed by his contractor neighbor who'd just finished remodeling a kitchen in Kaneohe. Government in Hawaii is run by Democrats and unions. Both the new governor and new mayor are trying to raise taxes to avoid laying off public workers. The Hawaiian Electric workers are on strike right now. Management can keep things going as long as there's not a big storm. I never thought I'd be looking forward to getting back to Arizona, where the police shoot people several times a week and where my wife was tied up and blindfolded by two intruders while she was babysitting our grandchildren back in 2002... -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ from cloudy Kaneohe, where at least it's only 80 degrees. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) One list keeps getting longer and the other just keeps getting shorter and shorter. Today is Dick PLOWS' ('63-RIP) birthday. He was the friend you always wanted and the friend you always wanted to be. He's up there with Chuck, Shelly, Dobie, Ralph, Pook, Freddie, Bobbie & Billie Chipmunk, MAULSBY and all the others. They're stacking the deck, loading the dice and making up games of chance for when the rest of us arrive. I hope they'll all be tired of Cappy and his home brew. I remember him thinking you could "energize" some that Near Beer they sold at Johnny's Delicatessen by just massaging it with a little sugar and yeast. I'm not certain if he ever tried before he went on to making bombs. Happy Birthday Dick and as Pook used to say, "Wave the flag boys, the Southend is gonna rise again." jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bet he says that about all the girls I know I know... I fawn over all the Bomber-babes... it's true can't deny it... it's just that we got sucha wonderful bunch what can a guy do? But this is the special day for a girl I was madly in love with back in the day... I was so gaa gaa over this girl I could barely stammer a simple "hello" to her... It's funny how I reacted that way to some of the girls... I'll never forget a certain filed trip we were on in Jr Hi... musta been an "Early Science" class field trip... or was that "Earth Science"? I just know it was before normal school when the class met... Mr. Bernard (Not Barnard) taught it... guess it didn't matter which one taught it they were both members of the "I can give great swats" club... anyway, Johnny CROWDER ('65-RIP) and I were sitting in the long back seat in the back of the bus and the birthday girl was sitting to my left on the same seat... she was wearing one of those fuzzy pink Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) sweaters that Jimbeaux ('63) loves to recall... The bus had just stopped at some point of interest tho my point of interest was sitting to my left and it was all I could do to breath... I couldn't believe my good fortune at sitting where I was sitting... I knew I'd get up the courage to ask her to the next sock hop or maybe start a conversation that might lead to a bit of noon dancing... just then Johnny whispered something in my ear... have no clue what it was because I was lost in laa laa land... I awoke to his whispering and asked him what he said... I could see he was talking about the b-day girl and I turned my head to see when all heck erupted... the b-day girl started yelling at Johnny and me... dunno what she was yelling my face was burning and my ears ringing so much I couldn't understand a word... the teacher was at the front of the bus (a woman not Mr. B) and started yelling at Johnny and me for whatever we did... which I never learned... I was mortified... don't remember another minute of that trip... boy... I sure know how ta have a fun date! But we're long past that and have become great friends tho I have never learned just what took place on that trip... she is every bit as lovely as she was then so I always take great joy in wishing a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Pam PANTHER ('65) on March 9, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) I just read what Dave MILLER ('67) wrote about his dad and the lack of knowledge of what he had done. About five years ago I decided to request any medals or awards my dad ever got in the three different times he was in the Marine Corps. He had told all us kids (there are five of us) that he had only been a truck driver during the landings on South Pacific Islands. Not even my oldest brother, who is 14 years older than me, ever heard any different. To my great surprise, when the box came I was in shock. First I took out a Purple Heart and then a second Purple Heart, next came out a Bronze Star, next another Bronze Star with combat V, the last box contained the Silver Star along with a single sheet of paper stating that he had earned all of these in the South Pacific. I e-mailed a picture of these to my brothers and sisters and asked if they had ever seen or heard anything about them. They were as shocked as I was. I've now spent several hundreds of dollars and a lot of time trying to find out what he did. I have over five hundred pages of his records but nothing yet. In fact, from all the records I now have I still don't even know where he was at and absolutely no clue as to what he did in the Corps the three times he was in. Very frustrating! I don't have a clue where to search now. I have exhausted every source my vets group and a couple military organizations have said to try. Although I know it may have been hard for him to do, I believe my dad was wrong in not telling us of what he had done. It's part of our heritage that we now may never know, but is of great interest to all of us kids. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Mo Birthdays No Class of '71 birthdays this time around but a couple of significant "other class" Birthdays to recognize. Today, Wednesday, March 9th we recognize one of my mentors and the Minister of Silly Walks for the Class of 1970. Happy Birthday Bob JACOBS ('70). Bob and his business partners did a great job of keeping the Gaslight Tavern legacy going during the '80s before turning to the difficult task of keeping cars clean(er) in the Tri-Cities. Bob was also the coach that led the Richland Little League All-Stars to their only appearance in the Little League World Series back in the early 2000s. Have a great day, Bob!!! Also on Wednesday, the lovely Jean ALBAUGH McKnight ('72) celebrates her birthday. I think she is still in Alaska and hope to see her my next fishing trip up that way. Not sure if she hangs with that Sarah Palin gal or not but pretty sure she can see Russia from her front porch, too... On Thursday the 10th, Barb O'MALLEY ('70) Wedberg will be celebrating another of those age reversal celebrations. While Barb continues to look as lovely and youthful as she did in high school, husband Billy ('70) is looking more Grandfather-ish every day. Have a great day, Barb ... even if you have to spend it with the old fart!! Finally, here is the 2nd "batch" of Class of 1971 classmates we are looking for some sort of contact info for: Patty HARRIS Kennedy, Randy HENDRICKS, Edna HENDRICKSON Sherry HULL, Charles HUMRICKHOUSE, Steven HUNTLEY Jeanne JASKE, Steve JIMENEZ, Carol KENDALL Peg KESTELL Hume, Michael KILGORE, Evelyn KNIGHT, Kathlene KOEHLER, LuWanna KOONTZ Airhart, John LEE Jacqueline LEVINE, Roxi MAHER, Rick MARRELL Michael MAYOUSKI, David McCULLUGH, David McGEE Duane MERRILL, Mark MISHIMA, Kevin MOORE David MOSS, Richard MULLER, Andy NEWCOMB Martha O'CONNELL, Tom PATIN, Eric PHINNEY If you have any ideas or leads, please forward them to 1971 Reunion Committee (re: Classmate). Thanks all!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI ~ where spring is starting to move forward in fits and starts ~ I'll know it's here when I see the ducks on the pond left in my backyard when all the snow melts... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/10/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff plus 1 Bomber Obit: Mike BRADY ('61) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane DAVENPORT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb O'MALLEY ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Hospital Corpsmen I was looking at a web site today dedicated to Navy Hospital Corpsmen. I was a Corpsman with the Marine Corps between 1962- 65. Are there other Bombers within reading distance who were Corpsmen? I would find it interesting to know who you are and when you served. Maybe we could swap stories. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: just stuff Rats... missed Jim STECKLINE's ('63) b-day yesterday (9th)... talk about pictures in the memory... his sticks in my mind from the yearbook after all these years... Just like the picture of Bethie PARKER and Pook ('63 & '63-RIP) as best dancers... (wow... a whole waive of bests is coming thru... woooooo hooooooo)... when I was talking about the fuzzy sweaters yesterday I could actually see girl's yearbook photos wearing those sweaters... how come I can remember stuff like that but if I put my car keys or glasses down in a place I don't usually put them they are lost for hours? As Peter Joe CARROLL ('65) used to say: "just don't make no good sense"... see... I can remember that... and WARFORD saying "Darn straights" for damn straight... where does this trivia come from??????????? I thought long and hard about Allan LOBDELL's ('69) feelings about his Dad's not telling him about his war experience... I know many of my friends can't even think about our war without nearly becoming comatose... My dad never said anything either... 'cept one time when he asked me if I'd ever killed anyone... have no freaking clue why he asked... it was a creepy question but it musta hadda reason behind it... anyway he never talked about any of that stuff with me... but in our house, if he didn't initiate the conversation it didn't get initiated... I think a lot of our Dads were like that... I do know that he did impress some of the neighbor kids when he was in uniform... One became a Marine Corps Captain... right Brad ('71)? ('Hell he impressed me... the man had ribbons almost up to the shoulder seam of his uniform jacket... purple hearts with clusters and bronze stars with Vs and clusters... dang... but I NEVER once dared ask him and he never once volunteered. Some of us are luckier than others... some of us will always be "on meds" others won't... but I gotta respect the silence from our parents and our peers... not chiding here Alan... just saying I unnerstan... I know Allan is a boat guy... one a them crazies who ran those dang boats up the waterways of Vietnam... I respect the crap out of him... so I ain't getting on this case if anyone thinks I am... so there! David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Obituary Notice: Dominic R. TAFOYA ('88) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/11/2011 Dateline: Richland Note: Alan LOBDELL ('69) sent in an entry but did not respond to a Sandstorm Query as of my publishing this issue. Perhaps tomorrow? --Richard ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Alan STEPHENS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay McCUE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HERIFORD ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mandy HOLMES ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike AUSTEN ('99) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - XXXIX (#39) Official Iditarod Site Most teams have taken their mandatory 24 hour rest ... the race is on now!! I've seen reports that the trail ahead is NOT "hard and fast" as it has been ... that's NOT a good thing for Buser's team as they like to run on hard pack... it's starting to get exciting now... As of 3/10/2011: Departed Iditarod (532 miles from Nome): 1. Sebastian Schnuelle/#31/took "24" w/14 dogs 2. Hugh Neff/#35/took "24" w/13 dogs 3. Martin Buser/#11/took "24" w/14 dogs 4. John Baker/#53/took "24" w/13 dogs 5. Hans Gatt/#23/took "24" w/14 dogs 6. Lance Mackey/#17/took "24" w/10 dogs In Iditarod: 7. Cim Smyth/#59 (pronounced Smith) w/14 dogs 8. Mike Williams Jr/#41/took "24" w/13 dogs 11. Ray Redington Jr/#3/took "24" w/12 dogs 12. Sonny Lindner/#52/took "24" w/13 dogs 13. Ramey Smyth(Smith)/#30/took "24" w/16 dogs 14. Dallas Seavey/#21/took "24" w/12 dogs 15. Rick Swenson/#49/took "24" w/12 dogs 17. DeeDee Jonrowe/#2/took "24" w/13 dogs Departed Ophir (597 miles from Nome): 18. Jessie Royer/#58/took "24" w/12 dogs 25. Ken Anderson/#43/took "24" w/14 dogs 28. Matt Hayashida/#61/took "24" w/13 dogs 31. Newton Marshall/#6/took "24" w/12 dogs In Ophir: 38. Cain Carter/#48/took "24" w/14 dogs In McGrath check point 46. Wattie McDonald/#38 w/13 dogs 49. G.B.Jones/#40 w/14 dogs Departed Nikoli check point (730 miles from Nome): 55. Red Lantern (LAST team) -- James Bardoner/#57 A 65-year-old rookie, Bob Story (the oldest musher this year), scratched in Rainy Pass (859 miles from Nome). He was still running 16 dogs, but said that he didn't think his team was up for the entire 1,000-mile journey to Nome ... that leaves James Bardoner at the tail end of the pack. A 62-year-old rookie from Tennessee. A total of 7 are out of the race. Six have scratched and race marshal Mark Nordman withdrew Mitch Seavey/#28 because of a seriously injured hand. Mitch's knife closed on his hand as he was opening a bale of hay. Stay tuned... Bomber Cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ your favorite Iditarod reporter **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan STEPHENS ('66) To: David RIVERS ('65) A tip of the hat to you, David. I feel like I'm at the big table now. I too, had the silence. When Dad passed away I got his Ike Jacket. Mom had told me he had been in the infantry. The jacket had a patch with an eight and had wings on the eight. I searched all his paper work. Army Air Corps! An uncle and aunt from North Dakota came out to Pearl Harbor when I was a Chief on the cruiser Worden. Took them up to Schofield Barracks and then across to the leeward side. As we crossed the pass in the mountains he said that he remembered in the war that he had been here before. They had gotten up at 0 dark 30, got on trucks, were taken across this pass to a train at Waianae. Were taken to Barbers Point. Got on transport ships to Guadalcanal. I about ran off the road! No one had ever told me that before. We lost a lot of history with them not passing anything on to us. We have done the same thing with our history in Nam. My wife and kids knew that I was a Chief in the Navy and that I had been in country. It wasn't till '07 that they found I had run river gun boats and had been in Cambodia in '69 & '70. Total change in attitude to the old man. We need to talk about what we did and get it off our chests. Showing this PBR off has brought a lot of guys out that have big problems. They will not talk and it is festering inside of them. I was a drunk after Nam to kill the memories. I thank God he gave me Nina because she has stood by and worked with me all these years. She now knows where the problems started. Anyone going to Tahoma today for Chuck Topping [(NAB-RIP), husband of Marcia DONAHUE Topping ('68)]? I will see you just after ten o'clock. I am part of the Navy Honor Guard. I will escort Marcia and present the flag to her. We are looking for any retirees that what to help out there. -Alan STEPHENS ('66), CPO USN Retired ~ from Kent, WA V.P., NW Chapter, Gamewardens of Vietnam ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/12/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59), Helen CROSS ('62) David DOUGLAS ('62), Carla BOSHER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray LOESCHER ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John RICHARDSON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph KEPPEON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie WALSH ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Happy Fisher Person Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: "Where the hell Is Pappy Swan?" or "Just what the doctor ordered!" I have had a few inquiries as to where and what "Pappy" and his elves are up to nowadays? Contrary to popular suspicion, I am still among the warm and breathing, although that condition could be interpreted to varying degrees, depending upon the observer and his or her assessment. The past year, for me, was, well ... intense! So, I backed off a bit, but I'm still here, taking a hiatus, and participating in some much needed R&R, and lurking in the bushes with my elves, while plotting our future exploits. Beginning about October, last year, I rediscovered fishing. You say, "Whoa, Pappy can't be, you're a retired fishery research biologist?" Well, the truth is that my career was indeed in fisheries research. And, although I always loved to fish; because I was always working with fish, I was much more attracted to hunting in my free time. You know, going fishing for me was sort of like a bus driver or long-haul trucker going for a pleasant drive, on their day off. Lately, my ability to leap tall buildings, conquer steep mountains, or even little hills, seems to be slipping a bit. Thus, after careful contemplation, I have renewed my interest in the aquatic challenges made popular by one Izaak Walton. And, I must admit, to my efforts to seek "belaxation", as one of my grandsons used to say, when he was just a tyke (about knee high to a Caddis Fly), as his pronunciation of "relaxing". So, I have ... yet again, developed an obsession ... fishing! In late October, 2010, I sought solitude at some mountain lakes, prior to their closing for the season. The joy derived from my success then, in trout fishing (in all ways of taking them ... like with bait, but especially with lures, flies, etc.) grabbed me deep within. Then the winter seemed to drag by, as I pored through catalogs, books, magazines, Internet, and became a "TV Fishing Show" junkie. Finally, on January 27, I got my first "fishing fix" of 2011. Fortunately, I live next door to a fishing guide, Bruce, who occasionally invites me along on a "freebie fishing trip" to help him try out different techniques and areas. I have caught steelhead with him, but all wild, thus I had to let 'em go! But that day, we fished for sturgeon below McNary Dam and I boated my first "keeper" sturgeon in probably 50 years (45 inches and about 30 pounds of the biggest fish ever, for me, on hook and line). I once speared a very large Ling, many years ago, but that's another "Sea Hunt-type" story. Mrs. "Pappy", my much better half, and I cooperatively prepared and cooked some of the sturgeon. In one word ... "YUM!" After that, it was consumed within a few days. I was then an avowed fan of the big fish (in both catching and eating). Fast forward to the day before yesterday, March 10, 2011. Bruce again invited me to accompany him and two clients, a grandpa (an old gentleman, ... well, about my age), who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease and his 17 year-old grandson, on a sturgeon fishing trip, again in the same spot. Even though it rained and blew, we had a great day of fishing. The boy caught a keeper (also about 45"). Once he hooked his keeper and began reeling it in, I began winding in lines and clearing away the other rods. One of the poles apparently had a big fish sucking on the bait, like a pacifier, because when I did a "set the hook ... just in case," it yanked back! And, just for a bit, I thought that I had set my hook solidly into the bottom. Then the "bottom" began moving away, very fast! I fought it for about 20 minutes, and during that time, it jumped once, straight out of the water like a Tarpon or Marlin, and somehow the barbless hook stayed in. After the boy got his first fish in, and Bruce had measured and determined that it was indeed a keeper, I suggested that we turn my rod over to the boy, and let him fight it to the boat. That took about 20 more minutes, with me steadying him by hanging on to his belt. He was a tired kid after that, but a happy one! Once it was to the boat (can't take an over the "size limit" fish out of the water), we took pictures and released it as it was definitely too big (about 8 - 8 1/2 feet, estimated 300+ pounds). We can only keep sturgeons that are between 43 and 54 inches. We baited up and tried again. Almost immediately, another one hit, so we got the grandpa on the rod and he fought that fish for about 35-40 minutes, with his grandson helping him to hold up the rod, against the pulling fish, and me holding the back of the fighting belt (a belt that provides a cup in front, in which to rest the butt of the fishing rod), and help him maintain his balance in a pitching boat. Grandpa was whipped, but he got the fish to the boat, for pictures and a release. That fish was about 7 -7 1/2 feet long with an estimated weight of about 250 (roughly), as it was much more slender than the first one. The kid and grandpa were happy, the guide was happy, and I was happy. What a rare experience to share! By a quirk of fate, I got to set the hook and play that first big fish for a good period of time. To have it jump almost all the way out of the water, and not lose it on a barbless hook (now required) is an image (as good as a photo), that will be stuck in my seasoning mind, the rest of my life. No one else saw the jump, because they were all intent on measuring the kid's keeper. I yelled, "Whoa, it jumped," and the guide looked up just in time to see the big splash. Knowing that I could have "probably" (as "stuff" does happen), patiently fought the fish from then on to the side of the boat, but letting the kid have the glory, was doubly pleasing! So, I can secretly claim a shared victory for the biggest fish of my life (so far), and that is a quiet contentment, since one cannot keep them that big, anyway. My friend, Jim COYNE ('64) told me today that he and fishing buddies have recently brought some successfully to the side of the boat, on the Lower Columbia River, for pictures and release, that made these two look like very healthy minnows. My friend and classmate, "David Earl" MANSFIELD ('59), said that it was just as well that we can't keep the big ones, as Mrs. Pappy probably did not have a skillet big enough to handle them. However, thinking really, really "BIG", I could probably have handled the cooking thing with those gigantic fish by borrowing that giant skillet that hangs along the street in Long Beach, Washington, once used for community razor clam fries, eh? I "coulda" broken up all of Jeanne's furniture, built a bonfire in the driveway (with elves dancing all around, celebrating by singing and drinking hot noggins of Nog)! And, Ya'll "coulda" come on down, up, and from all around, and we "coulda" cooked sturgeon slabs! Dang fishin' laws ... anyway!!! And yes, "Daver" MCLENEGAN ('59) (a way better fisherman than I), it was definitely a "foul weather gear" day! And, did I mention how sore my hands, lower back, the fronts of my thighs, hips, etc., are? I guess it is from fighting a big fish, hanging on to the "fighting belt on kid and grandpa to keep them from being pulled out of the boat, making sure that I did not fall out myself, all in a pitching boat, and some other efforts, that I can't remember now. Oh hell, I'm sore all over, but I slept good last night. And, to my Non-Sturgeon-Fisher friend, Bonnie ALLEN ('59): you asked, "Why are you not allowed to keep the huge ones, but rather only the smaller ones?" It has to do with establishing an "age window" of those "keepers" when the fish are big enough to be worthwhile to be kept for eating, but once older and larger, they become sexually mature for reproducing more little sturgeons to swim about, the opposite of us humans (?) ... or most of us ... and besides, if legal, and we could keep the really big ones, we would need David Earl's new tractor to help pull them out of the river ... to the big frying pan. However, I still like my trout fishing. Like small game hunting, compared to big game hunting, it's all good, but there is usually more action, more of the time (well make that "sometimes") when fishing for trout or other "smaller fishies". We -- Harry, my grandson, Brad WEAR ('71), and I -- have taken a few trout now (10-12"), mostly on lures, but the water and weather remain cold so the fishing is still sort of off and on, thus we had mixed success, but it should be getting better as the weather improves. We have fished local waters, Dalton Lake, Quarry Pond, and Hood Park Pond (near the Snake River Bridge between Burbank and Pasco). Bruce said that friends of his fished some of the Tucannon lakes about three days ago, and caught fish, but the edges and portions of the lakes were still rimmed with ice. The weather here, but especially up there, in the Blue Mountains, still presents a grim forecast. But, soon it will be "mo' bettah"! Right now, its hard to dampen my fishing spirit! Some pictures accompany this posting: "Pappy" Swan Goes Fishing Not to brag (well maybe!), but mostly to illustrate part of the answer to the question of what Pappy has been up to, and why so quiet in Sandstorm, as he does enjoy any kind of fishing and ... his solitude. Fishing is good for the soul! -George, "Happy Fisher Person Pappy", SWAN ('59) ~ In Beautiful Downtown Burbank (the smaller version of the one in California), WA, where once again I hobbled out (on sore legs) into yesterday's break of wonderful sunshine (totally opposite from the day before yesterday, but more rain coming), in pursuit of wily trout, with fellow adventurer, Brad WEAR ('71), and we caught four monster trout, well, depending on which frying pan we choose to cook them in. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday to Diane DAVENPORT ('62)!! Please mark your calendar to be sure to make our 50th coming up next summer!! I don't know when it will be, what I want to make it ... hope many of us can come and be there!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN ~ where the Ohio is rising, and flooding all the flood plains, but daffodils are blooming and it should be in the 60's today and the sun is shining ~ Thank you Lord, after several days of gray and rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: Earthquake in Japan (sent Thursday, at 9:28pm Hawaiian time) As if we didn't have enough water from the skies, Hawaii is now under a tsunami watch following a magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan. According to the TV news, there's a good likelihood it will turn into a tsunami warning, which will trigger the evacuation sirens. They test the sirens the first of each month at 11:45am -- always reminds me of the air raid warning sirens in Richland. Another advantage to living in Kaneohe -- it is not in an evacuation zone. If it arrives it will be about 2:59am. There is a network of ocean buoys to detect tsunamis out at sea before they reach the islands. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, Hawaii **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carla BOSHER Viken ('64) On March 10, 2011, my friend Janie MORAN Nerpel Snodie ('64-RIP) unexpectedly passed away. There will be a memorial service in Edmonds later in the month. -Carla BOSHER Viken ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Just watched "Unwrapped" on the Food Channel tonight (Friday, March 10th) and they did a feature on the Spudnut Shop in Richland ... interviewed Val and talked to some customers, didn't recognize any Bombers, although, I am sure theye were there, cause "oldies" were eating spudnuts. *grin* Pappy (George Swan ('59), what have the elves been up to? time for them to come out of hibernation ... been missing their adventures. *grin* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ still having cool temps in Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Say it ain't so Ohhhhhhhhhhhh crapolla... do I have Alan STEPHENS ('66) and Alan LOBDELL ('69) mixed up? I have a nagging feeling I do... oh boy after reading Alan STEPHENS' post today (yesterday) I am getting VERY sure I was confused and I apologize to you both if I did. A. STEPHANS' post was fer sher what I was talking about in my post to A. LOBDELL... unless you both ran gun boats and are both members of the game wardens of V-nam... which of course you could be and then I wouldn't feel quite as stupid... geeeeeez... OK... I am admitting I got totally lost on the strip this past Saturday going to the black tie affair at the Venetian... I got so lost I almost turned and went home... it was awful... the tourists loved it cuz I was in a '37 Plymouth custom... and the flashes were going off every three seconds but I was mortified... realized I hadn't been on the strip without a guide since 1969!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was nearly as bad as writing to the wrong guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am such a goofball! Mary Lou ('63) tell 'em I'm not as stupid as I sound... OK? OK... now watch me screw up this Bomber-babe's birthday... One of my email comrades from quite a while back, this is one of the big kids' that let me sit at the table even if my feet don't touch the ground... well I mean we talk in person when we're together... it would be kinda silly to sit at a table and email each other, but then I've been known for dumber things... So for my Semi Valley girl with the great smile and sexy... I mean... uhhh... crap here I go again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Save me Mr. Wizarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeanie WALSH ('63) on March 12, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) To: David RIVERS ('65) I read what you said about our dads not talking and you are right! That area the veteran simply did not talk about it. I do know my dad was a sergeant and that after he got home he would not accept any job with any type of responsibility of leading personnel. I have brought this up to Veteran Counselors I know and they have told me that many of the older NCOs were like that once they got home. I would like to make sure one thing is clear. I was in the Marine Corps back then; however, never left the states. In the last four years my sons have come across five different people who told them they saw me in Nam but in fact they must have been talking about my older brother Guy ('66-RIP). At a luncheon with General Jim MATTIS ('68) a couple years ago I even had three guys I have known all my life tell me to my face that they saw me there. For a while my sons thought I had been lying to them. My brother spent three years going back and forth from Nam between getting blown up or shot. He kept volunteering to go back. The last time he was too injured for them to allow it. I'm sure they are mistaking my brother for me. His injuries were what prompted me to take a 2 year hitch. I was mad and wanted revenge on those who hurt him. I asked the recruiters of all services what was the fastest way over there. I was told a two year USMC hitch. They said boot camp, ITR, Nam. So I signed up. Anyway, I went boot camp, ITR, Artillery, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Supply, Stuck at 29 Palms the entire time. Made no sense for a two-year guy. They spent a lot of money training me and I never had any intention of staying in. I was actually mad that I was not allowed to do what I had wanted. In '72 I was given orders for Okinawa and beyond but was called into the CO's office a week before I was to leave and told my orders were canceled. I asked why and the Captain said, "You don't need to know." So much for my time in the Corps! -Alan LOBDELL ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/13/2011 ~ DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS Dateline: Richland Time to find out how many clocks you have: "Spring Ahead" -- set your clocks ahead one hour. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim JENSEN ('50), Bill BERLIN ('56) Jack GARDINER ('61), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HINKLE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol SLEDGE ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) To: Linda REINING ('64) Belated, but best wishes on your 39-1/2 birth anniversary. As David RIVERS ('65) would say, you are definitely one of the Bomber Babes (just check her yearbook graduation picture!!!). To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Truly enjoyed your narrative (can't call it a fish story cuz you showed the proof) of fishing expeditions. Thanks for sharing. Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: The Iditarod Great work, Maren. Your reports remind me of when I volunteered to fly the trail to pick up injured dogs many years ago. The Super Cub on skis did the job and was the right airplane but the pilot was rugged up* just as heavily as the mushers. DeeDee is still my favorite as she has been doing this a long time and through a lot of odds plus she is a customer of our adult libation dispensary in ANCAK. Re: Dads and the military I talked a lot about my dad's military service during and after his return. I know a lot of guys, myself included, who don't want to go into details any more than they have to; but, I lived some of his active service, thus I knew something about the perils of war at a pretty young age. Dad was the Commander of an artillery unit in War II at Camp Roberts, CA and then was elevated to Base Commander before he was deployed to the South Pacific. Whilst at Camp Roberts -- at the age of six -- I got to go out to the base and do all kinds of cool things: like fly in a Aeronca L-5 spotter plane, ride in a Field Tank Recovery Vehicle, aka "Dragon Wagon". Got to fire some light weapons too and pull the lanyard on a 155 mm howitzer ... boom!!! Loved to go down to the NCO Mess for lunch and maybe get a turkey leg to eat. Camp Roberts also had two POW camps, one German and one Italian, and I could go down and visit a German tailor by the name of Dieter Schmoltz and he made me an Eisenhower jacket. When Dad came back after the war I initiated the talk about what he experienced and I think that he knew that I knew what I was talking about. When he was called up for Korea we were back at Camp Roberts and I was large enough to fire a Garand M-1, and M-1 Carbine (my favorite to this day), a Colt .45 side arm, and a B.A.R. I almost got to fire a bazooka but got turned down at the firing line. After Korea there were more questions and more answers from Dad but I can also understand why some dads did not want to talk about it. I guess I was just more involved as a kid and had a little better understanding that all of this stuff was designed to kill people ... plain and simple. Re: Alan LOBDELL ('69) and two years at USMC Twentynine Palms Dude, that should qualify you for the Silver Star and a good case for Post War Traumatic Syndrome help Re: Patrol Boat River (PBR) I had to get used to the Navy nomenclature in Nam. The Game Warden's boats were the same as mine but in the Coast Guard it was a River Patrol Boat (RPB). I guess the Navy, with its huge fleet, needs to have Patrol Boat River as opposed to Patrol Boat Mountain. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA in the wind and rain. After ten weeks in the Palm Springs area what the hell am I doing back here so early? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [(*)-- "rugged up": dressed in warm clothing (Australian slang)] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) My God!!!! Whose idea was it to wake "Pappy" up? I guess the Groundhog didn't see his shadow. -Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Correction on myself: I don't mean to hurry our senior citizen status, we are already in Club-40, right? Anyway, the Class of '62's 50th reunion will be the summer of 2012, not 2011, which is officially next summer to me, this summer already being pretty well planned. We just need a date for this? I hope to make it to see the Iditarod myself some year, along with the Northern Lights. Even though we finally made our 2nd trip to Alaska last summer, doing the great Inland Passage cruise, and had great weather and beautiful scenery, I am already thinking of my next trip there!! David Douglas, also Class of '62, I'm glad to hear you are not in a tsunami area, I wondered with the 11 foot-high waves reported in Hawaii, if about all but the few mountains were in a tsunami area. FYI: our friends in Dallas, not Bombers, just finally sold a rather large house in McKinney, TX (in the greater Dallas area), and because they have decided they really want to move closer to their grandchildren, they came down almost 25% in their asking price. I wish you luck, but just wish I'd known you were renting out your house all these years ... it sounds like a great age-70 idea celebration to me!! Sunshine again and in 60s yesterday here in Grandview, IN, but the Ohio River continues to rise and a large part of this little town of 700 is a flood plain and under maybe 5 feet of water; fortunately the parsonage where we live has never flooded, but the river isn't to crest for another week ... already our main road in is only open to local traffic. Prayers to all the people affected by the major earthquake in Japan and its aftermath and all the flooding. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Back on track... I hope yahooooooooooo... gotta b-day right yesterday... I'm cookin now... (assuming I get all the rest of the "W" sisters ('63, '66, & '67) next month)... got one for March 13th too... nuther big sis that lets me hang out with my adopted class... now there ain't nuthin wrong with my class ya see... I mean we do tons of stuff and love each other like brothers and sisters... for some reason (prolly cuz they wuz Seniors and the definition of cool when I wuz a Soph) I have always loved hangin with this bunch... plus they always have some function going just like my class does... in fact... the b-day girl's brother was a good bud of mine from my class (not that he's not still a bud... just don't see him much any more) last time I saw her bro was when he was still living in Henderson, NV... guy pulls up next to one of my rods and gives me the cool look and a thumbs up... I knew I knew this guy and didn't realize it was Ron ('65... see I said Ron... not Ronnie) till he pulled away in traffic... anyway, this girl is another hot Bomber-babe that never escaped my side long glance when we wuz in school (if ya stare they know you think they're hot ya know) and has remained a babe as our Bomber-babes do... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carol SLEDGE ('63)!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/14/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane DVORAK ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia WADE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary HORTON ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim MILLBAUER ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: On the other hand, never take your fishing "tooooo" seriously! Up for some good laughs? I watch a lot of outdoor TV shows, and lately, a lot of fishing shows. I find them entertaining and informative, in regard to various techniques. Most of the stars (or hosts) make their fishing efforts look so smooth and professionally accomplished. But, there is another side to them that is seldom seen, unless they show some goofs, at the end of the show, but those are usually of them blowing their lines. Over the years, one of the best at admitting to his "goofs" in the taping of his show, is Bill Dance, who has produced a series of his "bloopers". I feel like I have grown more "seasoned" with him through the years, as we're both aging. Two video clip links (below) of "Bill Dance Bloopers" will make you laugh out loud, especially if you are a "fisher person" and don't mind laughing at yourself. Because if you do outdoor stuff ... long enough, especially fishing, as I can personally attest, you or your fishing buddies will experience similar episodes. These two clips contain some duplication, but each presents some different footage, too. Some of Dance's bloopers may even be staged, but who cares, as laughing is good for us. After my previous report on my fishing adventures, I received the following, which have been around before, but always entertaining: Suzie GUNDERSON Chiles ('60) sent: Classic Bloopers Pete OVERDAHL ('60) sent: http://www.snotr.com/video/5987 After watching these, many of you can probably recall some similar experiences of your own or those whom you fish with. I know I can. I vividly recall once placing one foot on the boat, when the other was still on the dock, and being distracted, until I realized that I was past the point of no return, in doing the splits. So, I just shrugged ... and fell in. I remember arriving by boat at a fishing hole, and turning off the engine, when one of my young grandsons, excited about going fishing, and eager to help, picked up my new anchor, and tossed it in ... before I had tied off the rope. Gone, and forgiven, but not forgotten. Many years ago, I worked with a fellow fishery research biologist, also named George, "Big George" (so, I was "Little George"). Let's refer to him, as "BG", because the story goes on for a bit. BG has journeyed on to better fishing holes in the great beyond, but in no way can I forget him. I'm still wishing you "tight lines" Big George! BG was big, as in "tall", and his facial features resembled those of the movie actor, Richard Boone (you know "Have Gun -- Will Travel", thus BG had a big nose... a really, really big nose. But, he had a magnetic personality, and the ladies loved him, but I digress. One day, BG was fishing on a coastal river for steelhead, salmon, or some big fish. A small kid was fishing nearby, using a "cherry bobber" spinner (a bulbous bright orange lure with a flashy metal blade and a very large treble hook). The kid wound up, and with all his might, cast his very large lure straight into ... BG's equally big nose. There stood BG, with tears streaming down his cheeks from the pain, but striving, very hard, to control himself. After BG got the kid to stop trying to yank his lure back, and had cut the kid's line, he determined that the hook was into his large proboscis deep enough that the emergency room was a necessary call. As he left, the kid was screaming that he wanted his cherry bobber back! Sitting in pain, awaiting much desired relief, in the ER waiting room, BG was aware that everyone was staring at him and his predicament (large bright orange with large silver blade lure, dangling from his large facial protuberance). Especially intent on observing BG was ... yet another little kid, sitting beside him. The little kid could not take his eyes off of BG. As it usually goes in any medical waiting room, the time dragged on and on and ..., well, we have all experienced that phenomenon. Meanwhile, BG was striving valiantly to remain motionless, as any movement set the lure to swinging like a pendulum, evoking more pain. Finally, frustrated with the pain, the long wait, and the staring eyes, BG suddenly turned and looked down at the little kid, whose eyes suddenly became about the size of teacups, and he reacted by screaming and running out of the room! Later, large lure removed from large nose, and medical treatment received, BG apologized to little kid #2 and mother, and was soon back out fishing on the river, where he returned said cherry bobber to little kid #1, and all was back to normal. BG even caught a keeper fish, although from a safe distance ... away from little kid #1. Well, I made a list, and have more stories, but this posting is long enough for today, thus I shall save the rest for later. And, I still need to try to conjure up some diving memories (sea stories), and put them into print, as promised to Tommy HEMPHILL ('62). But I'll stop here for now, and I throw the ball (or lure) out into the rest of your courts (or ponds) by asking, "Got any good fishing or outdoor blooper-type stories that you care to tell or admit too?" I know, I'm making waves or ripples, here! To: Jack GARDINER ('61) It's all my ol' email buddy, Jim JENSEN's ('50) fault! He asked the right (or wrong) question, at the right (or wrong) time. "Coulda been the right time or coulda been the wrong song! Or, something like that." And, now, I'm on a roll, and excited about fishing, and ready to confess with some true stories, and some that, well ... "Hey, when it comes to fishin', it's all about stories, bloopers, fibs, and the first liar don't stand a chance!" However, PAPPY'S PISCES-TYPE POSTULATE "Number somethin' or other" states that "When ya find a good fishin' hole, and your sittin' on it, ya hide yer catch, and always tell 'em that, ya ain't catchin' anything, and that it's much better, and the big ones are ... over there, on the other side!" -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where at mid-morning the sun tried to shine through thin clouds, but it's chilly out there, and oh heck, now it's raining! Okay, I'm gonna go have a talk with that groundhog. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/15/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Nadine REYNOLDS ('61), Deedee WILLOX ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron HOLEMAN ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy BALLARD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thea WALLACE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara SMITH ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry GANZ ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessica AVANT ('95) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dave COCHRAN ('61) & Nadine REYNOLDS ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine REYNOLDS Cochran ('61) Re: 50 Years of Wedded Bliss Hard to believe that it was 50 years ago, March 15, that the love of my life picked me up to "drive me to Col-Hi for classes." We dropped our other Col-Hi commuters off at school and continued on to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to get married. Many did not think it would last but it has. I wouldn't trade the past 50 years for anything. Happy 50th Anniversary my sweetheart and best friend, Dave COCHRAN ('61). -Nadine REYNOLDS Cochran ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To George "Pappy" SWAN ('59), I watched those two videos and laughed myself silly. Thanks for sharing. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ~ where I just bought a 2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited with all the bells and whistles. Unfortunately, not good mpg, but I love this rig! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Two Kool Kats I don't wanna take away from the B-day Boyz' birthdays but I just viewed some satellite pix of Japan before and after... they are awfully sobering: Japan Photos Before & After In Bomber news today (geez no pun intended)... We got two of my favorite people (if you are saying I say that a lot... you are analyzing too much... just read the Sandstorm for enjoyment)... one has remained a close bud and the other I haven't seen but think of often... Korse, they are big kids so that may explain some of the awe I feel for them (Don't let Adair ('65-'67) give you any crap cuz I said that RB ('63)... I thunk of one of them this weekend as I wuz doin some car stuff... yeah I'm always doing car stuff but this stuff got particularly frustrating... for some reason my mind wandered to this guy's foot... no I ain't got a fetish for his foot... but it was injured and I wuz thinkin' how frustrating it is not to be able to do some things... without feeling in my hands working on cars can be a bit of a challenge will the little stuff... just like all the buttons on button down shirts and worse yet all the little studs and cuff links for a black tie... but that's not even relevant here... geez I can get lost sometimes... so I wuz busy doing some things that for some reason took a back burner over the last few years instead of getting more cars ready for eBay, which is what I had planned on doing... Like putting an electric sender in a car I'm driving a lot lately for the speedo... simple enough job even tho the car sits lower than the nose of Adair's '40 Ford... Well not so... ya see the give you a little metal piece with a square end (which is what goes into the transmission of EVERY single car I own and a "tang" end which fits no car I've ever heard of... not will it fit into the sender... made a few calls and finally decided to just get it wired and come back later when I figger it out... BUT while I'm doin it I'll just change the oil so I'm ready to go to Roth's in June... grab a drain pan outa the drain pan stack... let out the oil and do a great imitation of James Dean in Giant... of all those pans this one has a hole in it... ALL the oil on the driveway... swim back into the mess (too much to clean up... just finish the job)... move the car outa the way and do a GREAT Jackson Pollack on my driveway... If I could fake his signature I could sell it for a fortune... clean up... run the wiring... now I'm a little tired... go over... get some stuff outa storage to give to some of the boyz and get a car ready... well not completely... gotta bring a car back to replace it... will finish tomorrow... well tomorrow was just about as bad as "today" when it became "today" so will try and get those cars ready "tomorrow"... (I'll spare you the events of the day which included frying a battery in public because I didn't take the metal cooler outa the trunk that Sarah dropped off three weeks ago when I took her to N-Cal... musta looked at that thing ten times before driving over to a little car show... korse it slid right into the battery (I am ALWAYS so careful not to put anything near the battery... ..but it never ends does it)... ok now that I've done my Pappy ('59)/Maddy ('67) thesis for the day let's wish Roy BALLARD ('63) and Thea WALLACE ('63) and rounding HAPPY BIRTHDAY on March 15, 2011 (and H St. P's day to Y'all... or is that the 17th??)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: fishing Between 1978 and 1986 I was working for the City of Pasco as an associate engineer. During that time I would go out to Ringold a couple mornings a week very early and get some steelhead fishing in before work. One week I was telling my nephew Dave about this and he asked me to take him out there on the next Saturday. He had never been steelhead fishing and would like to try. That Saturday at 5:30am we were on the bank with about ten others and I was showing him how to rig for and work his line for drift fishing from the bank. Every so often someone would yell, "fish on!" We would all pull our lines in and allow him to catch his fish. Well, Dave yells, "fish on!" and starts to fight but to his surprise his line started coming out of the water. As the bird that took his bait started flying away with his line he yelled "BIRD ON!" As he fought to get his line back from this bird that was not happy to be hooked, everyone was almost hysterical with laughter. He did manage to land his bird! It bit three of us as we tried to unhook it. About a year later in Westport on a fishing charter with Dave and my three sons he did the same thing and landed another bird. I've never seen anyone else do that. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Johnny MANOR ~ Class of 1947 ~ 1927 - 2011 >>Bob BRUNELLE ~ Class of 1959 ~ 1941 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/16/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Carl McBEE ('51), Keith CROWNOVER ('62) Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hazel MORGAN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Anne CRANE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami LYONS ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rhonda MILLER ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carl McBEE ('51) I would like information on the 60th reunion of Class of '51. -Carl McBEE ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith CROWNOVER ('62) From the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. Entered: Tuesday 03/15/2011 12:07:16am COMMENTS: Started another career with my family running a developmentally disabilities agency in Meridian, Idaho. That was after 40 years as an educator in public schools. Looking forward to 2012 and the 50th Reunion. -Keith CROWNOVER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) Re: BOMBER BIRTHDAY March 15: Jessica AVANT ('95) It still amazes me to see a daughter's birthday shown in the Alumni Sandstorm. Happy Day, Jess! -Robert AVANT ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Harold CLARK ~ Class of 1952 ~ 1934 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/2011 ~ HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCOY ('45), Jim JENSEN ('50) Walt MORGAN ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Anita FRAVALA ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard ROBERTS ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat BADGER ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon TEMPLEMAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LANG ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa LYSHER ('79) BOMBER ANNIVERSDARY Today: Thomas PEASHKA ('68) & Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: I'm not kidding I am proposing something that I have pondered over for a very long time. Henceforth, I will no longer give my tacit approval for either the Bomb or the logo of a mushroom cloud. Events in the world haven driven me to believe that we cannot ignore the horror of the Bomb or its cousin, the escape of deadly radioactivity. I know, I know, the Bomb probably saved a million lives (and likely mine) in quickly ending WW-II. However, consider the dread it has held since. Yes, many of our parents were part of the building of the Bomb. Heck, as a sixteen-year-old, I even worked in the construction of 100F in the summer of 1944. I don't hold with the B-17 of Ray STEIN ('64), either. It killed even more kids than the Big One. The only bomb I holler for is the sixty-yard touchdown pass or the thirty-foot three pointer. We alumni and alumnae (don't you love diphthongs?) fight the school administrators over any attempt to change the above. We have to encourage them, it is their school now, not ours. What should be the alternative? Well, we're Green and Gold, and this is the day of St. Patrick. What could be better than the Richland Paddys for boys (don't go into an Irish bar and say that is sissy), and Pattys for girls. Classy. Failte!! -Dick McCOY from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim JENSEN ('50) Re: Celebrations Happy St. Patrick's Day to all Bombers and happy birthday wishes to one of the lovliest ladies ever to grace the halls of Richland High School, Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55). Bomber cheers, -Jim JENSEN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Walt MORGAN ('60) Yesterday (March 16) was my beloved sister Hazel MORGAN's ('52) birthday. Tho we are far from each other these days, I think of you everyday, Sis. I love you very much. Enjoy that walk along the river for me; I sure do miss walking along the dike and enjoying the piece of the beautiful Columbia River. Always, Your brother, Walter Lee -Walt MORGAN ('60) ~ Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Tell every one you see, "Hi from your brother Walt." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Another Passing At the ripe age of 93 and after 66 years in Richland, on March 8, our mother, Johanna Pauline Hattstaedt Beaulieu, moved on. She will be missed especially on the River Trail where over the past several decades her daily walks in all weather conditions brought a flock of fellow birdwatchers and close conversation friends. A neighbor comments that with her passing "this is the end of an era." Friends include several like-minded Bombers, mostly a generation younger or more, who also do the River Trail. We hear that in her final day or two the sole mature bald eagle showed up in Leslie Groves Park to fly almost at eye level along the river's edge. When it reached the bench with Mom's dedication plaque it broke course and circled several times before moving on. Nice touch. Mom was blessed especially at the end. Independent living until the last three months, and even then no confusion, no anxiety, and no pain. For Bombers who might be interested, her obituary may be read at Johanna Pauline Hattstaedt Beaulieu Obituary. -Tom BEAULIEU ('59) -John BEAULIEU ('62) -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS ('62) To: Keith CROWNOVER (also the great Class of '62) Hey, Keith, I, too am excited about our 50th reunion in 2012, so I will see you there, as I did see you in kindergarten on up!! Best wishes for your new career!! It's exciting isn't it? My husband began a new career 6 months after he'd retired from 34 years with Procter and Gamble. This will be his 5th Easter as an active pastor in the Methodist church, and we are planning to keep on serving in some capacity as long as we can. So with Easter not that far off, blessings of the season to all, especially those in Japan facing all that devastation and the uncertainty of the exposure to radiation. As I swam a lot in the Columbia River as a teenager, I am surprised I didn't glow in the dark, and I do thank the Lord for my good health, as I also ran behind the mosquito spray trucks as much as I could, and I visit a dermatologist regularly to deal with precancerous skin as the result of being a "sun worshiper" until I was 39. My girlfriend, Kazuko, who came to our 45th reunion with me has written that while they are OK in Tokyo, they are fearful of the radiation. So I close with prayers for all the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami and resulting devastation in Japan. -Helen CROSS ('62) ~ from a warmer McKinney, Texas where we are visiting friends for a day and a half before heading back to the danger of flooding, but I'll get to see the trees bloom twice this way, as many are out here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) Re: Dick CARTMELL ('73) Christian Caple P-I Blog Post As I was reading the Seattle P-I on-line this morning, I happened to read an article titled "NBA official sues AP writer over in-game tweet" written by Christian Caple. Apparently the AP writer didn't like a call made by the official and tweeted about it during the game. The NBA official says the writer defamed him. But, imagine my surprise when I get to the very last sentence and this is what I read: "Now I?ve just got to hope that Dick Cartmell doesn?t read my Twitter page." Well, I don't have a Twitter page so I don't tweet and can't read Christian's Twitter page. But I can post this on the Sandstorm and maybe word will get back to Dick. I'd be very curious to see what Christian Caple has been saying about my fellow classmate! [Here is another story in which Dick is mentioned prominently. --Richard]: NCAA Basketball Officiating -Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) - in downtown Seattle where it's been very stormy the past few days and is still raining. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/18/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCOY ('45), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Rex HUNT ('53wb), Tom TRACY ('55) Mary ROSE Tansy ('60), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Irene DE LA BRETONNE ('61), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Barbara LYSHER ('62), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Robert SHIPP ('64) Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol BRADY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) To: Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) and Dick ROBERTS ('49) You guys were born on St. Paddy's day? Wow! Hoop de doo! -Dick McCOY From the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: JAPAN: Amazing photos before and after devastation Don't know if these have been published in the Sandstorm or not, but they are fantastic pictures of the devastation. Japan Destruction -- Before and After Grab the black bar at the right and slide it over. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT ('53wb) Re: The BOMB I take exception to Dick McCOY's ('45) rant about the A-bomb and his leaning toward the "St. Patrick's" nick. So then next week we can all rant against all the church bombings, the car bombings, the school bombings, the bar bombings, as performed by the ever so pleasant and peaceful Irish ... and celebrate their soberness. SORRY DICK I think the bomb is a lot more peaceful and it does represent what our parents did and even a few us. Have a nice day; -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from beautiful downtown Hanford, California. Home of TOXIC sludge for breathable air. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Dick McCOY ('45) If we decide to no longer give tacit approval for either the Bomb or the logo of a mushroom cloud -- how about semi-tacit or even quasi-tacit, or even intractably adoptable support for such symbiotic symbology? The most frustrating times I recall were in the late 50's when we latched onto the Pullus Parvus Syndrome like Chicken-Little-the-sky-is-falling ... and had to fill out reports and wake up in the night walking around in circles when required to write a report about, "What will you do with the 800 children in your school in case of attack by a Russian missile?" I believed the Russian people finally displayed an excellent response ... "If the Americans ever attack us with nuclear weapons ... simply put a sheet over your head and walk slowly to the cemetery." Seems like something we all understand, but began to overlook quite well over the next few decades. The world has done pretty well, considering it now has 448 nuclear reactors. I'm not worried about Iran ... I keep warning that Ach-demean- and-bad, "You'll shoot your eye out." I'm especially proud of America's nuclear fleet and the fact that the U.S. Navy should demand the world pay up the $159 quadrillion dollars worth of carbon credits it has earned while protecting the world's trade routes during the past 50 yrs ... just be sure to tax the right people ... and refund Social Security while we're at it. Who would have ever thought the Japanese would have nuclear reactors in their country ... or have one of the most popular, mannerly, and well respected baseball players on a U.S. Major League Baseball team right in our most beautiful of cities -- Seattle? I remain unabashedly thankful for nuclear techniques available for industrial, environmental, medical, and research applications. Radiation and isotopic technology such as gamma irradiation, electron beam or ion beam, as well as nucleonic gauges, radio tracers, and sealed sources. One of those "radiators" put a bit more sand in my hourglass. Thanks to all of you, your parents, friends, neighbors, and follow-on researchers, like my dear mom, and ... to the sixteen year-olds and all the others. Thanks for giving some of us more time with the RHS Nuclear people we love ... and remember ... all the good times ... and speaking of bombs ... thanks to Dave Forrest for helping throw the 55 foot 'bomb' in Hec Edmundson Pavilion in '55 ... It's good ta be a ... Beaver or Bronc too. By the way, Dick, those of us in Boise are Broncs and Bombers ... logos, symbols, and all. I often retell the Proud Bomber Portland elevator story of Ginger ROSE Reed ('55) when she recognized a RHS classmate and exclaimed to her as the elevator door closed behind her ... "It's good to know There's More Than One Bomber in Our Building!" ... it tops anything else nuclear I can think of ... so Bomber Cheers, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) To: Walter MORGAN ('60) Walt, I miss those walks along the Columbia too ... more than anything. Every time I go home that is where my brother, sister- in-law, and I head. And Happy Birthday to your dear sister Hazel. You always had such a wonderful family. -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT ~ where our "river" that runs thru town is smaller than an irrigation ditch in Richland and hardly ever has water in it but they built a beautiful walk/bike path along it. They even covered the bridge that goes over it with a beautiful mosiac and planted trees and flowers. We pretend there is water in there!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) For a laugh. Are you addicted to your cell phone? "Cell Phone Intervention" ... My son Brian THOMAS, Class of '85, has written and directed a short clip that can be viewed at: Brian THOMAS ('85) Video -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene DE LA BRETONNE Hays ('61) To: Dick McCOY ('45) There are many of us who graduated from Richland High School, and even taught there as I did, who support your perspective, Dick. Thank you for showing the courage it takes to speak out against an outworn logo and mentality. Hundreds who feel the same lurk in the background and may be encouraged to speak their minds now that you have opened the door. Thank you. -Irene DE LA BRETONNE Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Dick McCOY ('45) and the "R-Cloud" logo It is possible that your second thoughts on the bomb and the Bomber logo will stir up some rebuttal. Fellow Bombers of whatever opinion should know about a key writer on one side of the debate. I happened across his book in a used book store last summer. Gar Alperovitz (previously Legislative Director in the U.S. Senate, and Special Assistant to the Department of State, etc. etc.) gives us "The Decision to Use the Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth" (Harper Collins, 1995) -- some 800+ well-documented pages based on interviews, correspondence, and especially recently declassified material from the period of decision. Example: General Spaatz, responsible for B-29 missions, was opposed and refused to drop the bomb on verbal orders. He insisted on something in writing (p. 345). General Eisenhower and Admiral Leahy were also opposed. According to Alperovitz it is hard to still argue that a million lives were saved by the bomb -- that invasion was even necessary as the only alternative action -- or that the war was expected at the time to continue for more than a few months. So, how did the decision actually get made or happen? Better read the book. A sad sidenote (not in the book) is the fate of the U.S.S. Indianapolis which delivered the first atomic warhead to Tinian Island for final bomb assembly. The mission was so secret that when the ship was sunk a few days later, its SOS was dismissed as an enemy decoy. Three hundred were killed and 800 ended up in shark infested water. Only 300 were rescued. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Sharp LYSHER Porter ('62) Re: Happy birthday, Lisa LYSHER Fuller ('79) Lisa, it can't be you're 50 years old today, March 17. I remember all the green jello I ate in the maternity ward on St. Pats day waiting for you, never want to see any of that again, although I do like margaritas .... sorry for the green cakes on all your birthdays. Love you sweetheart. -"Mom" -Barbara Sharp LYSHER Porter ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) "I am Richland" featuring John Clement ('66) on YouTube.com Video of John Clement -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert SHIPP ('64) Re: Jo Beaulieu (RIP) To Pete, John, and Tom Beaulieu: I grew up just down the street from your family and it has been my privilege to live across the street from your mom for the past 21 years. I never saw her when she didn't have a friendly greeting and a kind word or two. I would often run into her during her walks along the river (she was usually on her way back as I was just heading out). Jo was one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever known. My wife and I will miss her greatly. Please accept our sincere sympathy on your loss. -Robert SHIPP ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) At the risk of this being banished to the "sandbox", which we no longer have, or "banished to cyberspace", I am going to reply to the post by Dick McCOY('45), regarding changing the name of our mascot... I do NOT agree one bit! Having the bomb as our mascot and having the cloud as part of our logo, has nothing to do with the catastrophe in Japan... I feel for those people and the risk from radiation that they are experiencing, but changing our mascot has nothing to do with that... it was caused by an earthquake, NOT our having the bomb as our mascot. as for saying, "it is their school now, not ours", is not fair... we are alumni, it will always be "our school". I am proud of the job that my father, mother, aunts, uncles, and grandfather did to help end the war, I am proud to be a Bomber and I am proud of the cloud. -Linda Reining('64 ~ Bakersfield, CA woke up to fog and cold temps. 70 weather at the beginning of the week, then 40s and rain the middle of the week, which is MY kind of weather... not at all anxious for the heat, which is gonna be here sooner than I like. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) To: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Bomber Logo Sorry Dick, but I must respectfully disagree with your wish to forego the mushroom cloud logo for RHS. As horrific as the situation MAY become at Fukushima Daiichi, it, along with Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Three Mile Island, and yes, even Chernobyl, pale before the many other causes of death and destruction that can and have been visited upon people and civilizations. The Spanish Flu pandemic was less than 100 years ago and it lurketh still somewhere in the mutability of virus capability. The Black Death wiped out 1/3 of a very prosperous Europe and caused untold deaths across Asia as well. In Dresden, during WW-II, at least 25,000 people were killed in one night. Yes, all but one of those disasters described above were "natural", for what ever difference that should make to the dead; WW-II cost the lives, before it ended, of 50 MILLION persons across the globe. If what our parents wrought saved a million+ lives (and it undoubtedly did) and has kept relative peace in Europe for 50+ years then I, for one, say that is a very good thing. Maybe, one of the great things in human history. IMHO. -Robert AVANT ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/19/2011 Dateline: Richland Editors' Note (IMPORTANT): A VSM (Very Seriously Miffed) Editor in Chief, Maren, has told me, Lowly Deputy Editor Richard, that this rehashing of the Bomber Mascot/Logo topic is to cease soonest. Therefore, after publishing whatever posts come in for Sunday's edition of the rag, no more posts on the topic will be considered. --Richard ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Tom TRACY ('55), Ellen FOLEY ('59) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Carla BOSHER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Rick MADDY ('67) Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don PANTHER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl RAEKES ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To Mascots, logos and symbols, opinions, and decisions Seems we're always confronted with lots of decisions, choices, and judgments to make among thousands of opinions -- especially about religions. I have just discovered that there are more Christian religions than there mascots, logos, and coats-of-arms combined. Over-choice for almost everyone, indeed. Kind of puts mascots in their place. Shows us that mascots are not gods to worship, nor dragons to slay ... but "horses" to ride, groom ... or if we're a bit strict -- to discipline harshly. Well, you'd better not get caught spanking a horse. I recall an event that ended one set of competitive mascot intimidations. It intensified between The University of Idaho "Vandals" and Boise State College "Broncos" (before it became a university). I remember the Vandal mascot doing a vicious "Take-Down" of the "Bronco", spanking "Buster Bronco" with the long Viking sword and posing with a boot on Buster's backside. Several people helped Buster walk to the stadium tunnel where the humiliated Bronco's head was removed, leaving a woman's face exposed-full of tears. Few noticed it as she was behind the stadium seats. It was surprising to see Buster skipping back onto the field a few minutes later, slipping slyly over to extend a hand of friendship toward the Vandal. Pulling the sword, to administer a second swatting, the Viking sword swung and was wrested away. Buster snapped it over a knee, picked the Vandal up overhead and slammed him down to the turf. To ensure compliance, Buster hog tied the Vandal, removed its head and walked back under the stadium -- Vandal head in hand ... once under the stadium, Buster lifted off the Bronco head, exposing a muscular man. He slipped out of the horse uniform and helped the young lady back into costume. She smiled at him -- the former National Wrestling Champion and Boise Bronco's Wrestling Coach. He winked at her as she carried her Bronco head and the Vandal head back onto the field ... rolled the Viking head to her opponent, who was still being untied -- as she slipped on Buster's head. It was such a memorable event ... I've even forgotten who won the game ... but I think she did. Never saw a mascot feud since. We get to hold thousands of different opinions, since there are so many religions, mascots, and logos. Here's another reason ... "As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified *20,800* Christian denominations worldwide. The 2001 edition, successor to his 1982 first edition, which took a decade to compile, identifies 10,000 distinct religions, of which 150 have 1 million or more followers. Within Christianity, he counts 33,820 denominations. Now that must represent a tidy sum of opinions. It's an amazing thing we aren't at war. So somewhere in the midst of it all, runs a message or two that keeps us tolerating one another ... so we smile and understand what mascot fans must have understood about Broncos and Vandals keeping the peace ... not sure what might be hiding beneath that mask or fur or fleece. Someone less opinionated than me once said, "Persons convinced against their will ... are of the same opinion still." Cheers of all kinds; biased, apathetic, neutral, diplomatic, contradictory, humanitarian, and Bomberistic. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) I have to agree with Linda REINING ('64) .... wholeheartedly! It's unfortunate that these events had to occur to end WW-II. That does not mean that we should not be proud of what our parents tried to do to make the world better for us. What about the killing in Europe or the Stalin mess that we had to deal with? The sad truth is that in the WW-I and WW-II era over 100 million humans perished on this earth. Nothing can change that. To do away with the history and memory is like banishing all the books from a library, trying to overlook what really happened. All of these events are sad ... but our memories and symbols should not disappear just because it's not politically correct in this day and age. Many cities have even had abridged copies of Mark Twain's writings put in libraries instead of how he really wrote his marvelous tales. Enough said. -Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) ~ From Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Bomber Logo Thank You Linda REINING ('64) and Robert AVANT ('69) for your posts supporting our Mascot and Bomber Logo. You are right in every respect. Dick McCOY ('45), I am a proud Richland Bomber and I am proud of our history. Please leave it alone. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carla BOSHER Viken ('64) Re: Janie MORAN Nerpel Snodie ('64-RIP) memorial Jane Moran Nerpel Snodie's Memorial will be on March 26 at 2:00. It will be at The Kingdom Hall, 2960 NE 200th Street, Shoreline, WA. -Carla BOSHER Viken ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Just stuff Thanks GB ('64) for sharing the video of John Clement ('66) and his work. I am firmly addicted to the Eastern Washington Landscape and when I left in '66 couldn't understand why all the places I lived didn't have a Big River... I have also become enamored with the desert around Las Vegas and find it to be some of the most beautiful landscape there is... second only to Richland of course... I am always surprised to hear people opine that it is nothing but rocks... how sad for them not to see the awesome beauty of it all... God has a wonderful pallet and he has used it for us all to enjoy! I will not prolong the Atomic discussion with my views here except to say thanks to those who supported us as BOMBERS! We are what we are. I am not a fan of re-written history no matter how offensive some find the facts as they evolved. I will not apologize for my or my town's past. It is what it is. I will try and be a better individual each day of my life and do my best to harm no one intentionally. One of the reasons I believe that we as a species continue to make the same mistakes over and over is that we refuse to see the past for what it is and learn from what has gone before us. As an individual, if I continue to do the same thing expecting different results I am bound to fail to change.The world has evolved as it has and opinions will vary as to the right and wrong of things. As the old saying goes: "Opinions are like... (uh... well you know) everyone has one." Second guessing the past or being ashamed of it accomplishes very little constructive. When I learned that Chief Jo's symbol of the Warriors was changed to the Eagles I was disgusted and dumbfounded. How on earth could the fitting name "Warriors" be offensive to anyone! Chief Joseph was a leader but he was also a magnificent warrior. My Dad, an Apache, would have been shocked and dismayed over such a change. He would also, along with many of our folks and "older" (gotta be careful with that word) Bombers would recoil in horror to learn that some are ashamed of their accomplishments. The war ended as it did and the events that transpired happened. War IS horrific for crimany sake. No matter how it is accomplished and I agree it is not something to admire. But for those who must participate, we must admire their courage and honor in what they must do. We took a course of action which some now regret. Fine, live in regret but please let's not denigrate our past. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: The Mascot Just as the last WW-I veteran passed away these past few days and the American taxpayers can finally say they have made their last payment on that war, when the last of the Classes of the '80s passes, being my guess, will the school board in Richland change the mascot into something resembling political correctness. No idea what the logo will look like ... a jackrabbit with three eyes and four ears that stand up like two peace symbols or ... what? Whatever logo/mascot the Granolas choose, it will probably be something that does not kill, bite, eat, or pursue you with evil ... like a Lion, a Bulldog, a Blue Devil, a B-17G ... but most certainly never again to mention a bomb, nor anything else so incredibly devastating that humans do to one another, or worse, a nuke cloud with an R stuck in the middle of it ... the epitome of horror. And then transfer that thought onto a football field or basketball court. Leave the logo/mascot alone. We won't be nuking Walla Walla, those devils from the depths of hell, during the playoffs anytime soon, or any other high school for that matter. Isn't this about the fifth time we have covered this? -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Alperovitz's book Pete, I believe that the book you cited is, in fact, a fine book as are many others that wish to rewrite, second guess, or deconstruct historical decisions. However, I wonder why Eisenhower's opinion would have been of any value in the face of the Pacific experience that included the unbelievable casualty counts, based on days and area, that were going on in the Pacific that included Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and other battles, including the ego stroking "liberation" of the Philippines. Was there a possibility that Japan would have quit, been a far easier target than their previous resistance would have led us to believe and the "bomb" would have been a horrible decision? Sure. But, I would believe that right after we found out Elvis is still alive. IMHO -Robert AVANT ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/20/2011 ~ SPRING!!! Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Anna May WANN ('49) Dick WIGHT ('52), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David DOUGLAS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leah COLLINS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanna FAULKNER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri DAUGHERTY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard ROBERTS ('49) Re: Bomber Mascot God Bless Maren! -Richard ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Doris PALMER Overla ('49-RIP) After a lovely day over in Richland at the Club-40 Board meeting I came home to open an e-mail from Phyllis BENJAMIN McElheney ('49) that she had received a call from Don Overla that Doris PALMER Overla ('49) had passed away. Doris hasn't been well for several years and on oxygen almost 24/7. But Don wanted Club-40 members to know and he didn't know whom to contact. I doubt if an obit has been printed yet so I will get the info to Maren or Richard so they can research. Maren is real good at that stuff; when I can't find something she goes right to it and there it is. Love those people with computer expertise. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Bombers Very Miffed Editor or not, I gotta have my say. I am a COLUMBIA High Bomber alumnus ...... gonna be that till I die. Didn't like it much when they changed the school's name. Won't like it much if they change the school's logo and mascot. But the kids who go to Richland High today have the "hammer". If they want to change the logo and the mascot, I guess that is their privilege. Having us "ol' timers" participate in revisionist history exercises based on guilt, religious factors, "political correctness", et. al. will not likely influence today's kids all that much! Once a Bomber, always a Bomber, methinks! I, for one, am proud to be one! -Dick WIGHT ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Robert AVANT ('69) I fully agree with you on the abuses so easily posed by revisionist historians who would "rewrite, second guess, or deconstruct" historical decisions. But, based on his evidence, the point of Alperovitz's book is that a good dose of historical revisionism actually began in 1945. So, is the shoe on the other foot? Documents released after the mandatory 50-year waiting period (1995) contribute to his view. In my earlier entry I declined to ramble on that his book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the decision to use the bomb, and the second part covers what today we would call a bit of useful public disinformation immediately following the war. Further, there is a difference between the Hanford story, about which we are all so defensive, and the separate and controversial decision to actually use the bomb at a certain time and on certain targets. Even Roosevelt and Churchill, for example, saw clearly this distinction between making the bomb (the Manhattan Project), originally to outrun Hitler's nuclear program, and then actually using it in the particular and rapidly changing circumstances in the Pacific. In the Hyde Park Agreement of Sept. 18, 1944 (over two years into the bomb effort, and a full year [well, almost --Richard] before its use), they wrote, "When a 'bomb' is finally available, it might perhaps, after mature consideration, be used against the Japanese, who should be warned that this bombardment will be repeated until they surrender." In the end, was this "consideration" as mature under Truman as it might have been under Roosevelt? Specialists differ, but newly declassified information should have a place at the table, even with us Bomber fans. As early as 1946, but arguably in retrospect, the Strategic Bombing Survey Report laid out its case and then concluded: "Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945 and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated." In summary, and as a Veteran, I simply cannot accept your view that General Eisenhower was unaware of the costs of the Pacific War. Not all generals are idiots. Also, nothing in my earlier comment (or in the book) addresses or discredits the historic Hanford wartime effort to build the weapon prior to a separate decision on its use. And there is nothing that later discredits the ongoing Hanford (and Oak Ridge) programs to ensure for fifty years a deterrent during the Cold War. And, as you suggest, Elvis is toast; but, his wife's maiden name was Beaulieu. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) To put things in some perspective, Fox News mentioned that 56 people have died in the US in wind turbine related accidents. In the history of nuclear power generation in the US, there have been no deaths. While touring the Titan Missile Site outside Tucson, AZ, I saw a T-shirt in the gift shop that I just had to have. It pictured a mushroom cloud with the inscription, "It seemed like a good idea at the time." It still does, to me. I wear the shirt proudly. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, Hawaii **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Phillip LOVE - Class of 1961 ~ 1943 - 2011 >>Jimmie SHIPMAN - Class of 1951 ~ 1933 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/21/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCOY ('45), Tony DURAN ('55) Missy KEENEY ('59), Patti JONES ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gini MILLER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna McGREGOR ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marji BREWDER ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 Re: finality Regarding my statements re the mascot and logo of the 17th, I found the rebuttals to be thoughtful and without much rancor, which surprised me. Tom TRACY ('55), I agreed with most of your comment that we are blessed with the many good things that have come from atomic energy. Today's Richland Civic and High School logos should celebrate that with one that features the atom. Tom, you were a very good ball player, but you are now an even better writer. Pete BEAULIEU ('62), I really liked your presentation on the debate against the original drop. I don't agree with that premise but someday those views will prevail. Irene De La BRETONNE Hays ('61), I welcome your insight as a RHS student, teacher, and alumna. Thank you for your kind words. As for the rest of the comments, I meant no political correctness; two of my old schools have been victims of it. I know the Bomb will remain long after I am gone, but I can only hope to see the end of the Cloud. That is not for flaunting. -Dick McCOY, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Classmate's death Jack MORRIS ('55) called me Sunday and informed me that one of our classmates, Lowell HANSON ('55), passed away Saturday morning at 3:00am. He lived in the Seattle area. More info on services will follow. -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy KEENEY ('59) Re: Respect To my awesome Bomber Family: "If we all sang the same note, there would be no harmony." --Stephanie Pearl-McPhee -Missy KEENEY ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: March -- All Bomber Luncheon The following attended the luncheon on March 12, 2011: Sue McELHANEY Stewart ('54), Jon HUDSPETH ('52), Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57), Lorin ST. JOHN ('55) and Phyllis St. John (spouse), Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54), Dave RHODES ('52) and Alice Rhodes (spouse), Pat JONES DeBattista ('59) and Gene DeBattista (spouse), Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63), Marilyn "Em" DEVINE ('52), Nancy STULL Jewell ('59), Earl BENNETT ('63), Barb ISAKSON Rau ('58), Celia BENNETT MCartney ('65), Diana BENNETT Ground ('64), Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and Jackie Whedbee (Larry's friend), Glen ROSE ('58) and Carol Rose (spouse), Judy WILLOX ('61), Dena EVANS Harr ('64) Bombers Have Fun -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA ~ Signs of spring and then the wind comes in. Weatherbug shows 58 by Tuesday, 38 at night. Hurrah, spring is getting stronger. Had eight quail in the yard a couple of days ago. Chicks will show up soon. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/22/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Steve CARSON ('58) Rosalie LANSING ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luana IVERS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike RICE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie CRIGLER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina JONES ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordie McMASTER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet ELL ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Classs of '58) My brother-in-law taught me about NASCAR, and Maren has taught me about dog racing. Thank you both. Missy KEENEY ('59), GREAT QUOTE, and timely in so many areas. -Steve CARSON (Championship Classs of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Re: I had visiters here Saturday Hi, my family. I think you my know that my hubby and I moved down here to Weekie Wachee, FL last February. So we have been here one year. I don't like it at all. Especially the reptiles. But it has been so lonely. However, this last Saturday we had lunch with Mike RICE ('60) and Donna BOWERS ('63) RICE, who came through on their way back to Missouri. We had a great lunch overlooking the Gulf from an outdoor veranda at a restaurant in Tarpon Springs. We were able to spend about four hours together and catch up on our kids, grand-kids, and all the good and the bad things that have happened over the few years. I can't tell you how much it meant to me. Donna lived in the same "A" duplex on Perkins. So it's like seeing your sister again after many years. What a joy to have such great and awesome friends and family. I am coming home to visit family on May 20th. I plan on spending about a month if the kids can put up with me. It will be so good to be home for a while. It may be another move in the near future. This time will be to Chesapeake, VA. We would hope to stay there until we retire, then back to the Northwest. Also feel good that Jim HAMILTON ('63) has made it through hip replacement surgery. Congratulations my dearest friend. -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Singin the same song Missy ('59) is soo cool... it ain't her birthday... today (3/22/11) is one a them cute Spalding girls who got stuck livin' on the non-Chief Jo side a Salem... My Man Jack ('61), his brother Chuck ('63-RIP) and a bunch a others and I were on the Chief Jo side... I ended up moving to Jason Lee anyway after the little gang fight on the playground incident... so I was locked in to Chief Jo no matter what... we sure had a great gang there at Spalding tho... shore was a blast living there... what great memories... spent alotta time at this girl's house back in those days... her's and another Bomber-babe who will be having her special day in a couple a days... today we get to wish a big BOMBER HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nina JONES ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) PS: Thanks to CMOORE ('65) for sending the great Prom picture of her, Pierre ('65), me ('65) and Nancy ('67)... glad someone kept the old pix around... fun stuff! I still marvel at the fact that I carried CMOORE's picture with me all thru Viet Nam... (Don't tell Pierre). ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/23/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 query answered today: Donna BOWERS ('63), Deedee WILLOX ('64) Vic MARSHALL ('71) query from Norm Macdonald (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete HEDGES ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WADE ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Metal Class of '63) To: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Thanks,Rosalie! But it was entirely our pleasure to see and get caught up with you and Chuck. We were glad just to "see" you, with all your operations and illnesses, you just simply amaze us!!! When I "see" you, I see both our parents and all the times passing each other on the porch as we married, had babies, etc., and just generally got caught up down through the years. What precious moments and this one was another one -- we loved every moment and savored all the conversations and just "being" with you. We were in the Sponge Capitol of the World (Tarpon Springs, FL), busy soaking up some good "Bomber Memories" -- too precious, as we are scattered all over the world!! Sincerely, -Donna BOWERS Rice (GMC'63) ~ where we came back to all the spring flowers and trees in bloom in St. Louis and we are celebrating Mike's ('60) 69th birthday today [3/22] As I told Rosalie: wish I could clone this "good" guy and make all men just like him!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Pix from the latest Bomber lunch in Richland (March 12) http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-ALL/00.html -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Birthday Wishes Today, Wednesday, March 23rd is Pete HEDGES' ('71) birthday. Thanks to Pete, the Beer Drinkers loss is the wine aficionado's gain. After graduating from college, Pete and Jane moved to Tumwater where Pete worked for Olympia Beer for quite a few years, eventually rising to the position of Brewmaster. Eventually brother Tom ('69) called and coaxed Pete into "moving home" and getting involved with Hedges Family Estates. Pete hunkered down and learned the business and then applied his skills to making the wines better. As far as I know, Olympia Beer went out of business and Hedges is thriving. Need I say more? I have known Pete since our days together in Leonard Anderson's Mechanical Drawing class at Carmichael. Pete was a natural at that too, while I struggled a LOT with doing isometric drawings and all that stuff. Now, I get to work with Pete and his lovely bride Jane BROWN Hedges ('71) planning our 40th reunion. Speaking of the reunion, here is the final 30 or so names of classmates we have NO address information on. Please take a look at the list and if you recognize someone direct them to me or to our Class of '71 Website. Steven PIERCE, Judith PORTER, Cindy QUANE Dingman Jim RASSMUSSEN, Donald RECTOR, Deborah REYNOLDS, Louis REYNOLDS, Mark RICHMAN, Barbara RIDGEWAY, Mary Ellen ROWE, Dave SEARS, Barbara SHAFER, Ed SHANETT, William SICKLES, Rodney SLAGLE, Robert SMITH, Janice STARR, Stephen STEVER, Elias SUAZO, Darlene SWANSON Merrill, Gary SWANSON, Rebecca SWINNEY, Debra THOMAS Lanz, Kurt THOMPSON, Lee THOMPSON, Tim THOMPSON, Norma THURSTON Crain, Harley TUCK, James TURNER, Dan WALLER, Roy WALSTON, Roger WARE, Mary WELLINGTON Harris, Carl WILSON, Vetta WORKMAN, Richard WYCOFF Thanks!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norm Macdonald (NAB) [Note: a bit of background. A few days ago Norm asked our help in finding a Viet Nam era Marine, Dick MUMPER ('62). As we are wont to do, we sent the query to John, who is the go-to guy in all matters of RHS veterans. After a bit of sleuthing, John and Maren got Norm connected with Dick. --Richard] To: Sandstorm Editor Maren SMYTH ('63 & 64) and John ADKINS ('62) Re: Dick MUMPER ('62) Maren and John, Thank you ever so much for your help in locating Dick. I had a great talk with him, and he may join his buddies for our reunion in May. Enjoy this Picture of 1st Division Marine Band (our unit) departing for Okinawa/Viet Nam in 1965. Dick is in the back row; 7th from left. I'm front row; 7th from left. Best wishes, -Norm Macdonald (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/24/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom McKEOWN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy LUST ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick DAHLIN ('72wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) A while back, we had quite a discussion stream going on about plastic bags in stores in Oregon (as I recall). This came across to me this morning and I found it interesting and a refreshing. I am sharing it -- if it is not too radical..... San Leandro Times: "It's All About the Green Thing" But, of course, back in her day -- consider how difficult, time consuming, and expensive it would have been to get this gem before as many people as it is in front of right now ..... but then again, back in her day -- who the heck would have even cared about these things? Bomber Cheers!!! Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ From Beautiful Beverly Hills, MI where yesterday we learned that the 2010 census numbers for Detroit were in and its population is now pegged at 710,000 -- the lowest level since 1910!! And, of course, instead of using this as a rallying point for some sort of renewal, the City Council President is calling foul and demanding a recount. And they wonder why the flight continues? Two of the suburban "communities" of Detroit are now the 3rd and 4th largest cities in the state -- continuing to grow while Detroit keeps getting cheated by everyone. Amazing!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/25/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Dave HANTHORN ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy BEARDSLEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan GUNTER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen DAVIS ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To all Bombers who happen to also be Cougars (but not of the Carmichael specie), how about them Cougs'! On their way to NYC to play at MSG for the NIT. Heck of a game Wednesday night, taken into the agony of overtime. Gotta say the Dawgs did alright against NC; but, what happened to the Bulldogs against BYU? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ the weather guessers are hinting at drier weather for Mount Angel, OR. In the meantime, the grass keeps growing. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) Way to go, Cougs!! The WSU Cougars win an exciting overtime victory (69-66) over Northwestern and are headed to Madison Square Garden in New York City for a semi-final match-up against Wichita State in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Meanwhile, back in Seattle, poooor Huskies. -Dave HANTHORN (GMC '63) ~ from warm and sunny Mercer Island where Spring has started to sprung (at least for a little while). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Babes n b-dayz O got a note today that Thea Wallace ('63) is quite ill. If others have more info maybe you could share it. I know our prayers are with him. Gotta call from DAVIS ('65) today after visiting his mom and sis up in Seattle. Seems he's still chasing that cute girl from the class of '64 (no not his former brother-in-law's sis)... but I ain't releasing any names and you don't either Darlene ('64)! He did say that he spent some time with WARFORD ('65) and that Ricky listens to the same 50's channel I do on the radidio... I called Rick to congratulate him on his good taste and we hadda nice chat about this and that... don't talk to Rick as much as I should... email is so convenient but the phone I just don't often use... So now we gots us a wonderful Bomber-babe having her special day on March 25, 2011. I've often commented when wishing her or one of her sisters an HB, that I spent a buncha time at their house in my Spalding dayz... some houses just attract kids (and some don't as well will all recall) so I remember the b-day girl, Gretchen GRIFFIN ('65-RIP) and Cheryl WEAVER ('65) and me spending much time over there... geeeeeeez, I don't remember any other guys... surely Keith PETERSON ('65), WERNER ('65) or Craig DAVIS ('65) woulda made it over there now and again... surely... geez... ya think maybe I wuz trying to start my own Harem? Lemme think... I had those girls on the North side of Salem and then Patty WATERS ('65wb) and April ('65) on the South side... Why on earth would we have left such a wonderful situation for Jason Lee???????????? Oh well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nancy BEARDSLEY ('65)!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) San Leandro Times: "It's All About the Green Thing" Loved that "Green Thing" link Vic MARSHALL ('71) sent! Made me remember the fun of looking at the bottom of the Coke bottles to see what city they came from. Now all that's on the bottom is a small projection from the residue of the plastic molding process. -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>George AASAL - Class of 1965 ~ 1947 - 2011 >>Dominic TAFOYA - Class of 1988 ~ 1970 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/26/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 Bomber sister-in-law sent stuff today: Dave HANTHORN ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Maribeth Smith (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim MILLER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hal SMITH ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon McDOUGAL ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Dale & Gale GUNTER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey SUCHLAND ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Another classmate gone I've been thinking about Thea WALLACE (GMC'63-RIP) a lot today. I knew Thea just a little at Carmichael and then became friends with him in "mechanical drawing" class during our sophomore year at RHS. We used to help each other with our drawings, trying to figure out the intricacies of "isometric perspective" and all that fun stuff. Like so many others I became a big fan of Thea's basketball career as a Bomber, and I still remember his sweet "jumper" from the top of the key. It was sheer poetry. Can you imagine what a super-star he would have been if they would have had a three-point line back then? Thea was always a class act, and I will always keep fond memories of him. He has gone to join Pook and Freddy and Paul and Shelly and Jay and Jon and our other classmates who have already gone to get the party started for the rest of us when it is time for us to join them. We will miss you till then Thea. Rest in peace, ol' buddy. -Dave HANTHORN (GMC'63) ~ from sunny and warm Mercer Island, where the day didn't seem quite as bright as it might have as thoughts of our fallen classmates swirled through my head. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Not much fun in this email I was saddened to hear of my old Pal Georgie AASAL's ('65-RIP) passing in February. He was really a wonderful guy and I knew him since grade school ... when I sent the funeral notice to Brian JOHNSON ('65) yesterday (day before now) I told him that he and WARFORD ('65) had better be careful while they are working up on Brian's cabin roof up in the Blues this weekend. I have known those two almost longer than any of my buds and I let him know I NEED them around for a long time! I have notified as many of you as I had emails for of Thea WALLACE's ('63-RIP) passing on March 24, 2011 from liver cancer. I never met Thea's wife, Robin Boasen ('77); but, I am sure many of you know her and I hope she knows that our prayers are with her. I have the address on where to send donations but not sure if it is OK to put it in this email [entirely acceptable, David --Richard]. You may send checks in the name of Robin Boasen to: Suzanne D. Young Construction and Commissioning Document Control Washington River Protection Solutions P.O. Box 850 MSIN: S7-68 Richland, WA 99352 Stay well my dear friends ... please! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maribeth Smith (NAB) Happy birthday to my brother-in-law Hal SMITH ('56) with best wishes that the Florida humidity and heat won't be too horrible this summer, that hurricanes will by-pass Orlando, that the lightning storms won't knock out the TV and computer this year, and that the next crazy "ax killer/mass-murderer/terrorist" won't be from a nearby town. -Maribeth Smith (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/27/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Tom HUGHES ('56), Leoma COLES ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Rosalie LANSING ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Char DOSSETT ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lenora HUGHES ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George BARNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy MALLORY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Georgia RUSHWORTH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark McCLANAHAN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayla ARMSTRONG ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HUGHES ('56) Happy birthday to my sister, Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55), on the 27th. -Tom HUGHES ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) What weather we have had! Left Salem, OR last Sat night ... got into California about 5:00am to find heavy snow around Yreka. Stayed for a few hours there and headed south about 8:00am and got as far as Bakersfield where the roads were closed due to snow 17 miles south. Then we backtracked north to Hwy 46 so we could head to the coast and go down 101 ... got into Anaheim at 5:00am and checked in early at our motel ... lots of rain and snow heading down, and went to Disneyland Monday morning, where we in turn got soaked during the first couple of hours! Went to our motel, dried off and went back for the afternoon ... it cleared up and then Tuesday was great ... another decent day on Wednesday ... had my daughter, 8 year old granddaughter and her little 7 year old friend with her. Wednesday we went to Knotts Berry Farm and with cloudy skies we had a good day as well! Heading home this evening ... the best weather of all was in Pismo Beach, CA where we drove on the beach, the weather was in the 70s and had a picnic lunch! Hoping to make it home tomorrow ... what crazy weather ... I guess you never know ... continuing up Hwy 101 ... may have to check out a few wineries! Hope to be retired this time next year ... then I can travel anytime!! -Leoma COLES ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Happy Birthday to one of the really, really GMC'63 good guys and a fellow handicap parking permit holder for a bad leg. At our next reunion, we're gonna kick some serious butt in the three legged race. Me on the left and George BARNETT ('63) on the right. -jimbeaux p.s. It is your left leg that's bum isn't it? Otherwise we'll be running in circles. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Re: Thea Wallace ('63-RIP) My heart is also broken. Thea was a great guy. He sat next to me in study hall. I learned to respect and admire him for who he was and not just for this basketball prowess. I saw him and talked to him just before we moved here to Florida. I ran into him at the Richland Health Food store. We had a nice visit. I was just so glad to have had that chance meeting. Good-bye my dear friend and rest in peace. We shall meet again at that big Bomber gathering in heaven one day soon. Loved you, my friend. -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays... one was... heh heh... was a secret So like a lemme ask ya... where is Cuz Judy CAMPBELL ('64) when one needs her? I would certainly like to know the answer to that question... wouldn't you guys? I mean this guy has hadda few birthdays and we hafta get the info from a "NAB" cuz?????? That is simply unacceptable... but it ain't gonna happen again... Next year, My pal Hal SMITH ('56) is gonna get the full treatment on March 26th! But we also gotta nuther Bomber... a Babe having her special day on the 27th. Now I can honestly say this babe was crazy about me back in the day... just like the Reed girls were... they used to fall all over themselves to be around me... this particular girl lemme sit on her lap lotsa times... I even got pichers and everything so she can't deny it... since she's almost the same class as Hal, I went out and took a picture of just the kinda car I can see her (and her sweetie... yipes I think I mighta sat on his lap too... don't tell anybody) and Hal and his lady prolly went cruzin' in back in the day... but I gotta send it to that picture email so ya can't see it till tomorrow... but then ya won't see this till then either... never mind... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to My best gal (not bestex you'll note) Lenora HUGHES ('55)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lenora's Excellent "Ride" -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/28/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Helen CROSS ('62), Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Rosalie LANSING ('63), David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS ('62) Happy Birthday to my former neighbor on Olympia Street, Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55). I will always be able to remember your birthday now, as my it is also my only grandson's birthdate. He was 7 yesterday[3/27]!! Love and blessings to you and Bob, your great husband, who I always felt was a great guy from the moment I met him. xox, Helen. -Helen CROSS ('62) ~ here in little Grandview, IN ~ we've had 2 cold days again, which were hard to take after so many sunny days in the 70s. But it is to be in the 40s most days next week, which beats the 30s everytime. The mighty Ohio has receded again and we are left with all the rubbish and muck. Hopefully we'll get some rain that will clean things up before we are to have Easter Sunrise Service at the boatdock ... on 4/24. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Theartis WALLACE ('63-RIP) Goodbye and God Bless my friend. I have scores of great memories of growing up in the south end of Richland. Many of those memories include our good friends Theartis ('63) and Maurice ('62) WALLACE. I recall that when the Wallace family came to town (1955) and the kids were introduced to us at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, we were pretty excited to have our first black kids as playmates. Maurice sat beside me in class and we instantly became good friends. The Wallace family lived right across the street from Bobby Card ('62) on Casey Street. We played baseball, basketball, and many other games throughout the neighborhood. Theartis and Maurice were always part of the neighborhood games and parties. Maurice and I played on the same Little League team and we remained friends throughout school. However, Thea was the real athlete. He ran circles around his big brother and me, and the rest of the gang in the neighborhood as well. I know that Thea and Pook (SMITH ('63-RIP)) loved to team up and embarrass the rest of us shooting hoop. Good Memories!!! -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Re: what a group we have become! Reading yesterday's letters I can't get over how we overlap and meld into this one glorious band of brothers and sisters. It is Hal SMITH ('56) and our "Pooker", David SMITH ('63-RIP), and my brother (and best friend since it seems like forever). Then Judy CAMPBELL ('64) who was right there one small year between us -- both as Chief Jo Cheerleaders and as Bomber Cheerleaders; and I always considered her to be such a beautiful girl then, and now, and still the most beautiful of women. Also my dear classmate George BARNETT ('63) (who I remember as a somewhat smaller young man) who had grown so tall and handsome I could barely believe my older eyes. And once again the loss of my friend Thea WALLACE ('63-RIP). All in one week. I ask, "Ain't we so blessed to be Bombers once and for always?" Thank you David RIVERS ('65), the most wonderful storyteller (and story himself) and friend to everyone I know, plus having the best memory, and funniest, smartest one of us all. Isn't life a kick in the butt? Especially if you're an aging Bomber!!!!! -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I'm sweating for more reasons than one Oh gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd... I got my post yesterday right next to that beautiful LANSING ('63) girl... I'm still flippin' over that wonderful dress and those ruby slippers from a couple a years ago... pant pant... ok settle down now... there is a reason for this post... focus focus focus... I'm also getting a little antsy cuz it's almost April and I kin feel my chances at the gold star Ellen ('63) promised me if I don't miss any of the W girls' b-days this year... April is a huge month... I'm beginning to think this yellow sticky thing ain't the best way ta member stuff... first I missed Hal SMITH's ('56) then I missed George BARNETT's ('63) but I did sent em both an email and that's gotta count fer sumthin... yeah I know... it won't get me no gold star... shiver shake..........! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Carol June WOODS Gangewer ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1937 - 2011 >>Raymond Duane "Bud" WHITING ~ Class of 1950 ~ 1931 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/29/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: George BARNETT ('63), Rosalie LANSING ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pattie CRIGLER ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne JOCHEN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary CARPENTER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie BRISTOL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian JOHNSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary CROW ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George BARNETT ('63) Re: I'm overwhelmed OMG, Not only did I get birthday remembrances in the Storm; but, some number of messages via direct email. THEN the write-up by Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) in today's Storm (now yesterday's). I think I'll still be grinnin' for at least a week. I thought people had to smoke that green leafy substance to get this HIGH. THANK YOU ALL, and I'm gittin' a check in the mail soon for that one, Rosalie. Bye Geo. -George BARNETT ('63) ~ from the hills above Tucson where the sun has never shined so bright. Supposed to be over 90 by this Friday. What ever happened to our Spring? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Mentioned in this item: Jim HAMILTON ('63) and Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: David RIVERS ('65) David, David, my lovely, dear, over-the-moon, big boy. How I do love you and your memory. But your memory still blows me away. Just like my bustiest friend in the world: that big wonderful guy Jimmy Hamilton. Like I said, "Ain't we blessed to be in this huge, wonderful, beautiful bomber world?" Hey, my dear ol' boy friend Tommy Hemphill, I feel the same way, my friend. -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) ~ from Weekie Wachee, FL, where today [yesterday --Richard] it is thunder and lighting so loud and strong it rips you right off the floor. Plus last week ... we have been in the 85 degree area. Hot enough to swim, and wear any old thing outside that I would dare to wear. Not shorts, or belly showing tops!!! No way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers (1965) Re: Our Gang Here we go again... seems like just yesterday I was calling the two guys having birthdays to wish them HB and it's that time again... time does fly... just ain't enough of it... I also gotta say that two times havin' my post next to Rosalie's ('63) is way cool... maybe not as good as being in study hall sittin' next to her a korse but right up there as far as I'm concerned... think maybe I should frame the last two days of the Sandstorm and put it up on my wall... yesiree... that's just what I should do... now as I said... we got some Bombers from the class a '65 (yes I know I put '63 yesterday)... trubel with doing these birthdays is that ya run outa stories eventually and since it was only yesterday I wished this bunch an HB I guess I should just say it... I do believe one of these guys is one of my gang that I've known longer n anybody... He and WARFORD ('65) and I go back to before school... well WARFORD and I do and he and I do, but not all three... ya know? Oh well... let's go with the Bomber-babe first since these two guys are always trying to get in the front row... trubel with one of them is that ever since he shot up like a weed during the summer before 7th grade he's hadda be in the back row everytime! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bonnie BRISTOL ('65), Brian JOHNSON ('65) and Gary CROW ('65) on March 29,2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers (1965) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/30/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne KILLAND ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy McGREGOR ('54wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda BELLISTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BIXLER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig PERKINS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, it's time for another tip of the ol' propeller beanie. This one is in favor of Patsy McGREGGOR ('54), a lovely lady then and now. Hang on, and one of these years you will be old enough not to get carded at the Uptown Tavern. On a sort of down-side, the Lady Bulldogs from Gonzaga played Stanford close in the opening minutes; but they, too, fell to a buzzsaw just like the men's team did. Guess our only Washington hope in hoops now are the Cougs. Interesting how this year's basketball (college variety) is going. No sure shot on the men's side, unless Kentucky runs away with it. And on the women's side Connecticut is not the shoo-in they have been in past tournaments, and Tennessee is gone. Which leaves the Cardinal as top gun. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ the weather guessers keep promising dry weather and 60 temps, but it is still raining (off and on) and lucky to reach 45 here in Mount Angel, OR, but the daffodils bloomed and the walnut tree is beginning to bud. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Ain't she sweet Well, the '63 birthdays are coming faster than I can count. March is almost over and I gotta be ready for April so I get my gold star... I am sweating bullets... I knew I shoulda just done all the W girls at one time like I said I would a few years ago. The pressure is almost more than I can stand... take me away Mary Lou ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK not gonna mess up today worrying about tomorrow... but if I don't who will? Gads! Enough... we got one a my favorite Bomber-babes having her birthday on March 30, 2011 and it's her special day so I am concentrating on that. I wonder if she'll react the way George BARNETT ('63) did... woo hoo... could get lucky... no no... not that way oh no... not getting myself in trubel with a bad choice a words... no way no how! Dick ('63)... that is not what I meant... I meant she might gimme one a them cute smiles a hers or say something nice to the little kid at the big kids' table (is this too thick?) Ah gee I'm just getting deeper and deeper... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Linda BELLISTON Boehning ('63)!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/31/2011 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 4 Bomber memorials today: Tony DURAN ('55), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Pam EHINGER ('67) Re: Jim ALBAUGH ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tonya DAY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri BOYER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita KOLB ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Byrne HASKINS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary HASKINS ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kellie WALSH ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: WSC vs.WSU *No! No! Say it isn't so.. Oh well...* Being a Bomber transplant to Wichita, I had mixed emotions about the game played on Tuesday in New York for the final four NIT basketball championship. Since my daughter is a graduate of Wichita State, I had to at least root for her home team. With great remorse it did not turn out well for the Cougars. I was embarrassed by the rout of my Cougars. I was hoping they would win it all. -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, April 2 TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Jackson's in Richland (formerly The Gas Light) Spouses and friends are welcome. Please join us. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Theartis WALLACE ('63-RIP) I should have mentioned it yesterday. Theartis Wallace obit was posted about 1 PM on the Einans site. http://einansfuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10780.php -Gary BEHYMER ('64) P.S. The first person to sign his guest book was Glenn Smick who farms here in the Colfax area. I knew that he had played with Thea at CWSU. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: no nastygrams yet Well I am hoping I escaped Dick BOEHNING's ('63) wrath from my little fo paw yesterday... seems I did and I did get a nice invite from ML ('63) but I think she wants me to clean the guest house or something so not sure how good a deal it is... But what I noticed in today's SS (now yesterday's) is that the '63-'64 girls are having lunch over at Barlo's at 11:30... oh it would be so nice to hop a quick flight for that one... I could wear my To Wong Fo Julie Newmar costume and fit right in... well not right in... well maybe get thrown out... ok bad idea... but it did (that and havin' tons a time to ponder my naval with the ekonamee the way it is) get me thinking about "all the girls I've loved before"... that I never even spoke to... so how did we meet girls back then? Yeah we would see them in the halls but ya gotta have something to say to them... I know there were masters of the game like Jimbeaux ('63) and guys of his style and sav wa fare... but what about us normal guys... I recall that often, we met them in class... at least it gave us the opening line "did you understand a word Dr. Meecum said today?" But lotsa girls I never had in class... As I look back thru year books I say: "oh gawd" alot... why didn't I ask her or her or her out... .why? Cuz I wuz a chicken that's why... rejection... that was it huh... what if she says "why on earth would I ever want to venture into Zips with you, you silly toad?!"... yup that was it... I mean, today is Anita KOLB's ('64) birthday... yup it is... I see her picture and a gasp escapes... why didn't I... well, cuz I never had the opportunity to trip over her in the hall and say studder studder something or other... besides, she prolly had some handsome guy on her arm and I woulda looked darn silly tripping over her as he mopped up the floor with me... (by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Anita!) but this little vignette goes with all them Bomber-babes I was afraid ta ask... It makes me think a my old friend Bo Belinsky... now Bo wuzn't afraid a nuttin'... yesterday some young reporter did a piece on Bo called "the coolest guy I ever met" That was Bo... Jo Collins? no problem... Ann Margaret... same thing... Connie Stevens... yeperroo... I remember Jimbeaux one time recalling the song where the guy sang "I wish I was Bo Belinksy... " Now I don't wanna be Bo... planted over on Eastern near Sonny Liston... I kinda like it where I am... but wow... what a guy... hey... did I ever show ya the Memorial Dean Chance put together from Men's Boxing for Bo? I'm even in it... yup... got black hair and everything... there's a picture of Bo, me and the Angel's old bat boy (and of course I can't remember his name)... There's also one of Bo sitting at a table with a phone... In fact, he was calling Terry DAVIS Knox ('65) to razz him about not being able to go to the fights with us that night (true story)... check it out if yer just sitting around with not much to do sometime: http://www.ibamensboxing.com/belinsky.htm Well, I hope the girls have a great lunch and Anita has a great birthday! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 Re: Looking for Nurses Dear Bombers Here I go again asking for nurses. Professional Case Management is looking for nurses; there has been a great influx in clients. We take care of people that have worked at Hanford and now have cancer or a life-threatening disease from their job. The shifts are usually 12hr or could be 6hr. The pay is very good, the only drawback is that there are no benefits with this job. You get paid mileage too. So if you are interested you may contact http://www.procasemanagement.com/ Please mention my name: Pam E. Edinger as if some one does sign on I will get a finders fee. It's a great job! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Re: Jim ALBAUGH ('68) TCH article: "Boeing executive returns home to receive award." TCH article about Jim ALBAUGH ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Doris PALMER Overla - Class of 1949 ~ 1931 - 2011 >>Theartis WALLACE - Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2011 >>Jerry AUGIER - Class of 1957 ~ 1939 - 2011 >>Don STONER - Class of 1953 ~ 1935 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` February, 2011 ~ April, 2011