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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ October, 2011
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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 ~ 10/01/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick PIERARD ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Lois WEYERTS ('56), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Donni CLARK ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. -A. Einstein. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann BISHOP ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane LEE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis MAFFEI ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra ELLIOTT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John MOSLEY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen FULCHER ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) The Pierard bros continue our atomic odyssey. On day 2 we looked around Santa Fe, an interesting old and artsy city with a remarkably unique state capitol building. Then we spent the rest of the day at Los Alamos. The city has two museums and we went to the one run by the Los Alamos Historical Society. They had a nice collection of artifacts. We met with the society's director and Burt did a great deal of liaison work to establish ties between them and the BRMA (B Reactor Museum Association). Unlike Richland, there is very little structural remains from 1943-45 era. There are some buildings remaining from the older Boys' School that was taken over as the center of the project, but the original nuclear assembly buildings were torn down after the war and the downtown of the new city built there. The modern Los Alamos laboratories are scattered over a wide range of mesas and separate areas covering many square miles. -Dick PIERARD ('52) PS We have no way of downloading pictures now but Burt will send some when he gets back to Richland Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Think I'm getting a minor case of David's ('65) forgetfulness, either that or the old eyeball is not seeing what it should. Because, pardon me, I forgot to break out the ol' propeller beanie on the momentous occasion of Kathy HUDSON's ('54) birthday [9/30]. I will hold my head in shame because of this faux pas and trust she will give me at least a pardon. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers have the rain clouds forming. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) Re: 1956 Classmate, Sandy HOWERTER Roddy (RIP) The class of '56 experienced both joy and sorrow during and following our 55 year high school reunion. The sadness was the loss of our classmate, Sandy HOWERTER Roddy ('56) shortly after our reunion on September 9 and 10. Sandy passed away on September 26th following a 5 artery heart by-pass operation on September 11 at Kadlec. Her heart stopped on September 12 and was successfully restarted. On September 26 Sandy took a turn for the worse and passed away shortly thereafter. Our hearts go out to her family who rallied to support Sandy and her husband, Russell RODDY ('55), during her recovery period. Their daughter, Sherryl, and their son, Rusty, were at their father's side caring for their beloved mother every single day at the hospital. Sandy and Russell attended the Friday evening session of the reunion and then they didn't show up at the Saturday special afternoon '56 class get-together at the Hampton Inn. Saturday evening we found out that Sandy's low energy level was a concern and she was taken to Kadlec Emergency where a stress-test was ordered. Shortly after the test was started, it was aborted and Sandy was examined, hospitalized, and scheduled for the multi-by- pass operation the following morning. Sandy and Russell never missed a reunion over the years. Faithfully they would return from their home in Enterprise, AL and the last 8 years from Weatherford, TX, to celebrate reunions with both the class of '55 and the class of '56. They were high school sweethearts. Sandy will be remembered and missed by both Col-Hi classes. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Southside United Protestant Church, 517 Jadwin Avenue, Richland. Sandy's obituary is in the Tri-City Herald on Friday, September 30th. Express your thoughts and memories on the online Guestbook at On another subject, the class of '56 has three Rosters of our classmates available for sale at $5 each and six class photos with names from our 55 year reunion celebration at the Hampton Inn selling for $12 each. A Roster and photo sells for $15. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items contact me by email. Items will go to those who contact me first. Once we know that the item(s) are still available I'll have you write a check written out to Lois M. Harrold and include your mailing address when you contact me. -Lois WEYERTS Harrold ('56) ~ In beautiful Richland, WA with perfect fall weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Doug STILES ('57) Memorial Service I spoke with Sally today (Friday) about noon. There will be a memorial service for Doug Thursday, October 6th at 11am. It will be at the LDS Church on Thayer. There will be a gathering afterwards, at the church. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Now, you know, Bombers, the first pizza we probably all had came in a can. It was Chef Boyardee . At least that was the first pizza I ever had. I can remember making it at home from the packaged mix, the crust, the sauce and the cheese. We made it at all the slumber parties I went to and all night I recall at Ann ENGEL Schafer's ('63) slumber party. It was great for dinner, all night and breakfast! The first real pizza that did not come in a can I had when I was 15 at some place in the Kennewick Highlands with Ronnie MILLER ('61) and his friends. But ahhhhh, my favorite pizza was at Gaslight! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ~ where we are busy hunting down the best Pizza places in the gorge. We have located at least 4 good ones and have more to choose from. One of the very best is Twilight Pizza in Camas, WA. Yummmmmm **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) This is a picture of: a. Organizational meeting of the Blue Whale Club b. Participants in some Witness Protection Program c. Members of the "They're making it faster that we can drink it, but we've got them working nights Club". d. Rush function for the Spare Parts Club (Hips 2pts, Knees 1 pt) e. All of the above And a good time was had by all. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: The Dutch Rub by Charlie Van Sickel "End of the Line" ~ January 5th, 1968 ...with mention of Gene CONLEY ('48), Chuck CURTIS ('55-RIP) and other Bomber greats. Re: "...they couldn't blow the house down." Jim HOUSE ('63) with some kind of fancy wrestling move. Tri-City Herald February 10, 1963 -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/02/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick ('52) & Burt ('59) PIERARD Mike CLOWES ('54), Bill BERLIN ('56) Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay CONRAD ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick ('52) & Burt ('59) PIERARD Day 3 of the Pierard bros. atomic tour. We spent the day in Los Alamos. First we went to the Bradbury Science Museum, a nice small and modern of nuclear history and related scientific developments sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. We had lunch with an up and coming physicist at LANL, Dr. Jason Cooley, a college classmate of Dick's daughter Cindy, and he gave us a really informative hour long tour of the Los Alamos labs and other facilities. After some further museum stops, we finally arrived at Soccoro, NM where we had a leisurely dinner with Dick's family and rested up for the main objective of our journey, the visit to the Trinity Site, where the nuclear age began. -Dick & Burt -Dick ('52) & Burt ('59) PIERARD **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Think I saw those photos in the Post Office yesterday. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ waiting for the rain to begin in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Doug STILES ('57-RIP) I was saddened to hear that Doug had passed away. I remember him well from my Richland days as being a "really good guy." He, like me, liked to ride bikes so I knew that I could always count on Doug to take a long ride, even in the hot weather of summer. Neither of us had very good rides, probably used equipment three or four times over but we knew how to keep them running and always carried an extra chain, a spare inner tube, a "knuckle buster" and maybe a little duct tape. What we learned from those bike repairs sure helped us when we had cars of a similar vintage. I was in Boy Scouts with Ronnie PAGE ('56) at the LDS troop and Doug would be on our camping trips and later when I changed to a south end troop, he and Ronnie would come over to our site and join in on the festivities there too. I will be interested in reading his obit but my condolences go out to his family and many thanks to Larry Mattingly for the report. Re: Sandy HOWERTER Roddy ('56-=RIP) Two of my buddies passing so soon and close together. Sandy and I were high school buddies and shared a number of classes together. I always liked her never ending challenges of anything that seemed to be a blockade to our learning or study needs. I always thought she would have been a good Marine because she would never leave anyone behind but she was very much in love with Russ RODDY ('55) and I think they married soon after she graduated. I read where she, at one time, took lessons and became an EMT (hopefully that was correct) but it just sounded like her... forever challenged and showing no fear. I guess it was only fitting that she died in Richland with family surrounding her. She was a great lady and good friend and I just wish that I had known more about where she and Russ were in TX as I do a lot of business down there. My condolences to Russ and Sandy's family because she will really be missed. Re: My Pacemaker It is pumping along like 60 beats per minute. It is surprising how much more energy I have after only ten days of operation. The first checkup proved to be 100% great so now it will be another month then every three months. Battery good for between five and seven years too. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where Fall is setting in, especially at night. Will be relocating to our condo in Rancho Mirage, CA around the first of December for five months. You know the saying of those of us in Western Washington, "...this is not tan, it is rust..." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) To: Mark SAUCIER ('70) Re: Jerry's Special Pizza at the old Gaslight Tavern! Can't remember either but it was always my favorite! -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/03/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Dick ('52) & Burt ('59) PIERARD Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat McLAUGHLIN ('58wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George BRINKMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie RIGGINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly HILTY ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick ('52) & Burt ('59) PIERARD Today was the fourth and last day of our atomic odyssey. We rolled out at 5:30 am, got a bite to eat at our motel in Soccoro, and then were picked up by Dick's kids (they live in Las Cruces, NM) in their station wagon for the 43 mile drive to the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945. The site is located 17 miles inside the White Sands Missile Range and is opened to visitors only 2 days a year, the first Saturday in April and October. Anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 people came that day from all over to this desolate spot to stand where history was made. We walked a quarter-mile from the parking lot to Ground Zero, a depression about 800 feet in diameter surrounded by a fence to keep visitors from wandering off into the desert looking for souvenirs. At the exact spot where the bomb was exploded stands an obelisk made of pieces of lava and a plaque describing its importance. Nearby was a surviving footing of the 100 foot tower on which the bomb was exploded. Standing there was truly awe-inspiring Several people from the National Park Service and nearby communities gave interpretive presentations to small groups of people standing around them. Removing pieces of "trinitite," the sand that had been transformed by the explosion, is strictly forbidden and is a federal offense. Dick's grandson Henry found a small, colorful stone which he showed to the man talking about trinitite who identified it as the real thing. Unfortunately he could not take it with him. We were wearing our Richland Bomber shirts and BRMA hats and attracted considerable attention from other bystanders. We had a nice chat with the CRESHT director and her husband who had come for the event. We greatly enjoyed describing our connection with the Manhattan Project to people who asked us about our shirts. After all, it was the plutonium made at Hanford that provided the atomic material for the bomb. The test had occurred at dawn and one writer described it as the day in which the sun rose twice. A social service group at the army missile test center set up a facility to sell souvenirs, sandwiches, hamburgers, and drinks to the visitors gathered in the desert on that warm, sunny day, and there was an ample number of porta-potties. Bus transportation was provided to take visitors to the George McDonald ranch house, where the Manhattan project support personnel assembled and armed the bomb. Although it is two miles from Ground Zero, it was not seriously damaged, and considerable restoration work was done in 1982-84 to make it look like it did in July, 1945. We were there for good 3 1/2 hours, and felt it was one of the most meaningful experiences of our lives. But we were not finished. We finished off the day with a visit to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory on the high plains a hour's drive west of Soccoro. It is financed by the National Science Foundation and is capable of receiving electromagnetic signals from as far as 12 billion light years away. Known as the Very Large Array (VLA), it is in comprised of 27 radio telescopes that are arranged in a Y shape. A transporter utilizing railroad tracks can move them several miles apart depending on the nature of the experiment/ observation. We were given an absolutely mind-boggling tour of the facility and saw computers that were beyond belief. Even a person like Burt with his competence in physics and mathematics was left shaking his head at the information given us. After that, we went our way to our respective parts of the country, Washington and North Carolina. We have a lot of information to process, but we are certainly better informed about the history that shaped our lives. -Burt and Dick -Dick ('52) & Burt ('59) PIERARD **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Prohibition With the Ken Burns documentary "Prohibition" [on PBS] starting tonight [10/2], (yesterday by the time you read this) I was reminded that I have an item related to the prohibition era. I have always liked going to old book stores. In one of the books I bought I found this note, (or flier, or whatever it would be called) put out by The Anti-Saloon League of America. It is 6" by 3.5" and says "Congratulations" and goes on to say that prohibition is now the law and that now it needs to be enforced and spread throughout the world. Just thought some fellow Bombers might get as big a kick out of seeing it as I did. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Behind enemy lines (Kennewick Lion Country). I don't know if it is just my imagination or not, but it seems to be cooling off a lot faster this year than usual. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Doug STILES - Class of 1957 ~ 1939 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/04/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Patti JONES ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria DAVIS ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, October 8, 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. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) So now let me see: A. Walgreens has their Valentine candy marked down B. The Mariners are mathematically out of it for 2012 and pretty much thru the millennium. C. Mary Lou is leaving the country to spread the Bomber message thru out the Southern Mediterranean and to all those lucky Greeks and Turks D. Elvis is still dead E. Its time for everyone to mark their calendars for the GMC63MCCS Gala and Red Sweater Cotillion which will again be held in Olympia on December 10th. Brother Leo has rented a hall, the same place as last year, for 10am. More details will be sent later. F. All of the above -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/05/11 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi WARD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis COOK ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/06/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Denny McDANIEL ('60) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary COLLINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harvey IRBY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Willie MITCHELL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam PYLE ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denny McDANIEL ('60) Did you hear anything on Kenny Owens ('53) death? Kenny went to school with my oldest brother, Art ('51). -Denny McDANIEL ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night Hope SOLO ('99) maintained 24 points in a 4-way tie. Chaz Bono (Sonny & Cher's daughter-turned-son) is still hanging in there with 18 points. J. R. Martinez (disabled vet from the war in Afghanistan. He was involved in a land mine accident which disfigured his face and his left ear and is now on a soap opera) has 26 points. He and his partner danced to a song that a soldier wrote home. It was very touching! Be sure to watch next Monday and Tuesday on ABC. A surprise guest appeared, Chubby Checker! As he sang "The Twist" a lot of couples did the dance. "Yeah round 'n around 'n up 'n down we go again. Let's twist again!" It was GREAT! I even danced along. What memories! Peace to all ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ We have a rainy day with a high of 63 today in Richland. It will warm back up to the 70s by this weekend with clear skies, though. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Re: Just Hi Just got back from our annual trip to Maui. There I was just sitting and looking at the waves and people and my wife says, "This young lady went to Chief Joseph". We have been going to Maui and Napili Bay for 29 years and stayed at two different places and never met someone from Richland before. There names were Tom and Verna Letourneau and she was a graduate of 1973. They were only there for three days and we only got to talk for a bit. He was from Moses Lake if my memory is still working. The people we have met there have become really good friends that we see every year. We told them to come back next year from September 6th on and we will be there for three weeks. I will show them all the good snorkle spots in Napili Bay and we just walk to Kapalua bay for a change of pace. We also were in Astoria in August visiting my brother Ron and his wife who are leasing a house with a great view up on Harrison St. they finally got tired of living in the little town of Marble, CO at 10,000 plus feet and decided to lease out their house there and try the coast for a year. When we left we drove down the coast of Oregon and stopped at every pull-out and lighthouse there was. Amazingly it was sunny the whole time we were there and we saw a great parade in Astoria for their 200th birthday. Until I was nine we lived in Longview, WA so I remember Long Beach and the other beautiful beaches of Washington and Oregon. The ship traffic was unreal and all the lumber going overseas was hard to take. The Maritime museum was also great. Peace to all, -Dave MILLER ('67) ~ San Jose where I've only got 5 tomato plants and can't up with this many tomatoes. My neighbors won't answer the door anymore. Between 35 big red, 60 yellow little pear shaped and 40 cherry picked in one day but we eat the yellow ones like candy. Rain here so winter is on its way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Bryan SMITH - ('71) ~ 1953 - 2011 >>Jack STROMQUIST ('66) ~ 1948 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/07/11 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. WE have recently moved and some are having difficulty getting to the website. If you have any trouble and you the address box at the top of your browser (that's the box that usually starts with http://)... if you see it's time to clear your cache so you can see ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessie WILLOUGHBY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon BOISONEAU ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cristy CONE ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/08/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Tony DURAN ('55) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan SHERWOOD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Bomber death In sadness I have to inform the Bomber Nation of the passing of another of our Bomber family. Eugene DURAN ('56-RIP) passed away in his sleep on the 7th after a year long illness. I'll have more info about this later. -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: CREHST museum in Richland faces risk of closing Published Friday, Oct. 07, 2011 RICHLAND -- Black shrouds were hung over Hanford exhibits at the CREHST museum in Richland on Thursday, hiding them from visitors. CRESHST Woes Paul T. Erickson/Herald Ellen Low, CREHST executive director, walks past Hanford displays shrouded in black cloth following a cut in federal money from the Department of Energy which sponsored some exhibits at the Richland museum. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Lumber There was a long article a few days ago in The Olympian regarding lumber. It seems they are harvesting it here in Washington and then shipping it through the port of Olympia going to Japan. It showed the route the ships take between Olympia and Japan and back again. They basically go along the Alaska coastline in open waters. Weyerhauser is the big supplier of it. -Betti AVANT ('69) - from rainy Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Jerry MANESS - Class of 1960 ~ 1941 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/09/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69), Nancy NELSON ('69) Shannon WEIL ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki SMITH ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill MEINKE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug MARTIN ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Lumber exports Today's Sandstorm had a short entry about lumber exports to Japan. Interesting topic. The U.S. lumber/timber business basically bottomed out in 2009, showed some improvement in 2010, and even more improvement expected this year. However, there is a serious downside to foreign exports. Both Japan and China are heavy importers of timber products from the U.S., Canada and even Russia. The big problem is raw log exports. Those countries prefer importing raw logs and then producing their own lumber, plywood etc. Meanwhile, our domestic building products industries that produce wood products are "in the tubes" due to very low domestic demand - not many new houses etc. being built. The higher proportion of logs we ship overseas, the more domestic jobs are lost from idle sawmills and related businesses. It isn't anything new. I lived in Port Angeles, WA most of the time between 1980 and 1994 - and watched MANY large ships piled high with raw logs sailing out of Puget Sound for the Orient. At one point, the timber industry was virtually shut down by closures to protect the spotted owl and other environmental issues. Clallam County unemployment hit 20%. Raw logs being harvested and shipped overseas was the big business there, and it virtually dried up for a while. There were follow-on attempts to derive more value-added exports of timber products, of modest success. Most foreign importers use metric lumber - we just didn't cut metric lumber in the U.S. in those days, so some efforts were made to generate exports of metric lumber. Still, foreign importers aren't dumb - they want to keep those lumber mill jobs at home, and just buy our logs! I guess not much has changed in the past 20 years... Where are the answers? Export taxes and other restrictions on shipping raw logs???? Then maybe Canada and Russia get more raw log export business, perhaps. Exports ARE important to our economy, Complex problem. Any thoughts on this issue? -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO - enjoying superb fall weather! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: fun stuff Ahhhhhhhh Bomber-babes... I luv em! But then you knew that didn't you! By-the-way, if you haven't visited Richard TWEDT's ('64) web site you need to do that. For any of you kids that have never seen his art work you will be blown away... go to his name as one word, dot com and click on the picture that comes up... Since his retirement (I really don't know what the word means... I think it is French or Greek... I need to look it up some day... I'd like to become much more familiar with the term) he has not lost his touch and seems to be as busy as ever, trying new things all the time... the light boxes are outa sight... Got an e-mail from Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) from her international Smart Phone... she was having lunch with Princess Grace or something... and saying bone jer a lot... like retirement... I couldn't figure it out... but of course I didn't let on... Gotta little note from CMOORE ('65) telling me she had retired, as well, and letting me know she has a new email address... I told her to contact our '65 page and get it changed... if that doesn't work I have it for any one who wants it... I see I missed Susan SHERWOOD's ('63) b-day on October 8th, I hate it when I do stuff like that... ya see, though I spent my entire Col-Hi career (prolly Chief Jo too) madly head over heels over ML, that picture in the cut offs and sweatshirt in the Columbian was etched into my memory from the moment I saw it and it has never been far from easy grasp since... siiiiiiiiigh... but a course, we all know we got the best babes in all of high schooldom so there is no surprise... the Bday girl is no exception... a grade A dyed in the wool Bomber-babe if ever there was one... and I sure hope she has a wonderful time on her special day so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vicki SMITH ('63) on October 9, 2011!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: lumber Something I forgot about those lumber shipments to Japan, they were going there long before the earthquake and tsunami. They say we're going to have another La Nina weather pattern this winter here in western Washington. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it was pretty foggy early this morning **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy NELSON Wyatt ('69) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Lumber Betti, They have been shipping lumber to Japan for about 30 years. The first lumber mill that started it was Barbee Mills in Renton on Lake Washington. I know this for a fact as my ex husband was a sawyer [someone who saws wood] there for 35 years. -Nancy NELSON Wyatt ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) Re: Class of '82 reunion news Mark your calendars! Class of '82 30 year reunion has been scheduled for July 20-22, 2012. Details forthcoming on our "Richland Bombers Class of 1982" Facebook page and the class website that is linked to the Sandstorm. -Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) ~ from sunny, beautiful, 80 Detroit where we are experiencing a rare Indian Summer ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/10/11 ~ COLUMBUS DAY (celebrated) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Steve CARSON ('58) Carol CONVERSE ('64) Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette HABERMAN ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: lumber exports Dick, thanks for the info. When we look at the details the picture gets complicated. Tax policy does matter and if corporate taxes were lowered it would just make US logs less expensive and would not do anything for processing jobs. Isn't this two issues, the crop vs. Finished goods? -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Lumber We've been in Eureka, CA going on 15 years now I believe. All that time they have been shipping out Redwoods to Japan from a small town called Fields Landing next to us. My husband thinks perhaps they are shipping from Eureka now. Can't believe the very high pile of logs just waiting to go out. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) Re: Free trade and "One Eyed Jacks" If country A (Japan) or B (China) or East/West anywhere is willing to extort (tax) citizens to supply us with cheap finished wood products; what have we "lost"? -Robert AVANT ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/11/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick PIERARD ('52), Bill BERLIN ('56) Carol CARSON ('60), David DOUGLAS ('62) John ADKINS ('62), Leoma COLES ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George VALDEZ ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley SCOTT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jefferson SAUNDERS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) To me the log issue is a no brainer. We should export to these countries only finished wood products--processed by American workers in American mills. Otherwise, we are just selling off our patrimoney with precious little in return. I was in Sumatra, Indonesia a few years and was appalled to see trucks hauling huge logs out of the mountains to be shipped to Japan and China. They were doing the same thing to them that they are doing to us. When are those wimps in Congress going to stand up and say no to the practice of stripping our forests, just as these countries have been stripping to our manufacturing base? -Dick PIERARD ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Lumber exports I have been a Longshoreman off and on for a number of years and after getting my MBA at the U of Washington I went back to longshoring because I could make about three times the money I could in an office job, that in 1962. Because I held a Dangerous Cargo license I would get a lot of dicey jobs with dynamite, black power, plastiques, etc., really fun stuff. I also did some Load Master jobs for guys who had been assigned but could not make the shift and I recall that down in Grays Harbor we were loading "cants" for export to Japan. They were square cut and in metric dimensional lengths depending on the length of the tree they came out of but they were square and so much easier to load. They also rode in the ship a lot better, being square, but from what I am seeing, I don't think that they are doing this now. With cants the US mills got some work, not dimensional lumber but they did get some sawyer work but I could never figure out why we were sending cants and now logs when we could cut dimensional in metric just as well as they can. Neither Japan or China has any lumber supply domestically, logging is basically illegal in China, thus in a demand market why don't we "demand" dimensional lumber exports and not logs? I know they are hot about this issue in Canada too so maybe there could be some pressure put on Congress to limit lumber exports to just that, dimensional lumber products. All of that could go in 40-foot ocean cargo containers too. Re: Astoria's 200th Anniversary I went to Linfield College in McMinnville, OR and we were not that far from Astoria. In fact, some of my fraternity brothers were from Astoria High or Star of the Sea HS so I would go up there on weekends now and again. One brother, Jim Kahliinnen, was from a Finnish family in Astoria and Clatskanie so Jim and I would go to the steam baths in Finn town part of Astoria. Man, was that nice. Good Finnish food too. Lots of fish, especially white fish, with great egg cream sauces, terrific breads, etc. Jim taught at the University of Malmo and Upsala in Sweden and just retired from home construction in Finland and is living in Astoria. Saw him over this past weekend at the Linfield Homecoming (Linfield 73, U of Puget Sound 7) and we formed a group to start in on building a new Theta Chi Fraternity house. Life is good. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where the wildlife took over my home over the weekend. Dead cat in the courtyard, second best to a coyote, and a huge hornet's nest in the basement. All of those critters are dead too from the cold weather but it is going to be a mess cleaning up. Life is pretty good. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) and Steve CARSON ('58) Re: Lumber The issue of shipping raw logs to Japan bothered me much. I thought why don't we send them finished product, thus employing our own people. Reason is, as I was told, that the American lumber processors cannot afford to retrofit to metric processing which is what the lumber is machined to in Japan. Hmmm... -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Columbus Day is "Discoverers' Day" in Hawaii. Christopher didn't make it this far. David Douglas did though (not me - the Scottish botanist who named the Douglas Fir he died here in Hawaii and was buried in Honolulu. I'm looking forward to the '62 reunion next year. I'm planning to be there, since I haven't been to one before. No one will probably recognize me my hair is white (what little is left) and I weigh about 50% more than I did in high school. I weighed 108 pounds when I graduated from Whitman College in '66. I'll never see those days again. I did lose 30 pounds the first three months after we moved back to Hawaii, catching up on 10 years worth of maintenance on the house. We're getting our house in Kaneohe ready to sell new roof and rain gutters, new paint, new carport, new kitchen, new bath and kitchen floors, and (in January) new carpeting. It's a 2-story 3-bedroom 1 1/2 bath house with attached 1-bedroom apartment. You can use the entire house for one family, or rent out one side or the other for income. My wife and I live in the apartment and rent out the 3 bedrooms, while our neighbors (retired university teachers) with an identical house live in the house and rent out the apartment. If anyone is interested in buying a house, let me know we're asking $700,000. Note that most of that value is in the land; they sell it by the square foot over here. Once we sell the house we will settle permanently (I hope) in Arizona. Summers in Richland were good preparation for Arizona, but I certainly don't miss the Richland snow in winter. Spring and fall are nice in Arizona though. Fall in 2009 was especially good it came on a weekend. I belong to a Toastmasters club. There is a humorous speech contest each year in the fall. If you know me, you don't think of me as a humorous person, but I won both the Area and Division contests and will be competing in the State contest next month. My speech was titled "Your First Formal Date Things NOT To Do." I have to thank Patty BEZZIO ('63, unfortunately deceased) for the material. She was my date (more or less) for our German class's Christmas banquet at the Army Officers' Club. It was her very first date ever. She spent most of the time in the bathroom being sick. I'm not sure if that reflected on me or on her... -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI (average temp is 83, usually damp on this side of the island) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: '62 in 12 Planning Meeting There will be a planning meeting for our 50 year reunion on Wednesday, October 12 at 6pm at Rosie's Diner and Ice Cream Parlor, 404 Bradley Blvd Suite 106 in Richland. If you have any questions please contact me by e-mail or phone. Hope to see you there. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Looking to carpool to Portland/Vancouver Bomber Lunch social... It is on Saturday, October 15th at 11:30 am at Beaches Restaurant. I am in Salem, OR and could meet near I-5 if someone wants to share a ride. This is the first time in "forever" that I have that Saturday off and I will be in town. Just drop me an e-mail or call my cell... -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ in Gleneden Beach, OR enjoying a quiet day with light rain outside! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/12/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim CLANCY ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley SHERWOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric SCHMIDHEISER ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Log and lumber exports Good discussion going on about this ongoing problem. Dick PIERARD ('52) suggests congress should act to curb unfinished log exports. Bill BERLIN ('56) suggests "cants" and metric cut lumber should be sent. Carol CARSON Renaud suggests lumber mills can't afford to shift to metric cutting equipment. Likely all these viewpoints have merit, but the reality may be that if we stopped shipping raw logs we'd just lose out with international market share, unless nations also curb log exports. We know Canada, Russia, others export longs. There is a lot of pine timber in the U -Dick WIGHT ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Lunch Reminder This is a reminder of our lunch social this next Saturday and also some photos from our August Picnic PLEASE JOIN US!!! WHAT: Bomber Lunch Social - Portland/Vancouver Area WHEN: Saturday October 15, 2011 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It's very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are Welcome. Please bring photos & yearbooks to show, and some stories to tell. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We meet in the Sun Room. PLEASE RSVP to: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Here are a few photos of some of the people who enjoyed a hot day in August at Todd O'MEALY ('62) and Cindy O'Mealy's great place on the Washougal River. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) I had my defibrialltor/pacemaker check-up this morning (Tuesday, October 11th) and my heart is beating at 50, which is better than it was before the implant. The tech also said that I have relied on the pacemaker 24% of the time, but the defibrillator hasn't "kicked in" so that's a good thing. I will have another check-up in January... they check every 3 months. Since the heart doctor kept telling me I needed to do exercises, I joined a gym and have been doing water aerobics... doesn't feel like I am doing much, in the water, but by the time the hour is up, I am exhausted and ready for a nap! *grin* and, being in the water, I don't feel the pressure on my hip or my knee, so it's all good. *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ blasted weather can't make up its mind IF it wants to be Autumn or stay Summer... am so ready for cooler temps in Bakersfield, CA!!!!! Halloween can't come soon enoughby then, we usually see kids come "trick- treating" with jackets on over their costumes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Still got it Oh yeah... the boyz are back in town the boyz are back in town... well, not zakly in this town or that town... in St. George, Utah, which is just a bit up the road from Vegas (yes, Jimbeaux ('63) you told me they were gonna be there and I promptly forgot)... Anyway... Denny NALDER ('65) just called Terry DAVIS ('65) who called me to let you know I can really shake em down... Do you loooooooove me... do you love me... ooops... not on topic... sorry... I think it's all those racy pictures Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) keeps sending from all those places she claims to be visiting... in all honesty I think she's been tipping a little vino cuz half the pictures seem to have been taken lying down... they are all sideways... one was clearly a picture of the hills around San Diego and she tried to pass it off as Milan or some such place... then one from the Vegas licker store "the leaning tower" saying she was in Pisa... what a card that girl is... but that's not the story... the story is that Our own Number 32 ('63), Number 10 ('64) and Denny NALDER ('65... Denny and his sister Sandy moved to Richland in 6th grade and went to Jason Lee where they unfortunately met DAVIS ('65), WARFORD ('65), HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and me and the rest is criminal history... they then moved to Alaska where Denny became a national HS B-ball star) won their first game at the Over 65 Tournament! Congrats to our three star Bombers (even if Denny never got to go to Col-Hi... he never misses our '65er gatherings)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Did I already plug this date? If I'm repeating myself, I apologize! I'm opening for Joan Rivers in Tacoma on November 4th. I'm also on the Board of Directors for Gilda's Club here in Seattle. Joan has agreed to do a meet and greet after the show as a fund raiser for Gilda's Club... basically, for an extra $100 you can meet Joan. Go to and you'll find it. Also, December 23rd in Cupertino, CA I'll be with the legendary Johnny Mathis. If that won't put you in the Christmas spirit-- nothing will! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/13/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Dick WIGHT ('52) Tom HEMPHILL ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wanda WITTEBORT ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David EDGAR ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie ALEXANDER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry GILSTRAP ('83) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** We missed about half of Dick's entry yesterday. Here's what should have appeared yesterday... -Maren ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Log and lumber exports Good discussion going on about this ongoing problem. Dick PIERARD ('52) suggests congress should act to curb unfinished log exports. Bill BERLIN ('56) suggests "cants" and metric cut lumber should be sent. Carol CARSON Renaud suggests lumber mills can't afford to shift to metric cutting equipment. Likely all these viewpoints have merit, but the reality may be that if we stopped shipping raw logs we'd just lose out with international market share, unless nations also curb log exports. We know Canada, Russia, others export longs. There is a lot of pine timber in the U.S. southeast, but apparently little of it gets exported to Asia. Too expensive to ship, perhaps. With regard to export taxes or other action by Congress: It seems likely this might result in the U.S. losing international market share, and just make things worse. Russia, Canada and Central American would reap the benefits, probably. There have been tries in the past to produce metric lumber in the U.S. I recall a small mill starting up in Clallam County perhaps 20 years ago, but I think it failed. Perhaps Carol is correct. We as a nation have had real trouble with trade imbalance for many years. When is the last time you bought a shirt or a pair of tennis shoes "made in the U.S.A."? Or a baseball cap? We export lots of wheat and corn, but not much cereal, flour, pasta. About all we do real well at is selling airplanes, weapons systems, hi tech devices and sophisticated medical equipment. There seems to be a small trend toward U.S. companies moving operations back to the U.S. as the dollar weakens on the international market, and our high wage rates are not so significant. Maybe there is hope.... Complicated world, huh? -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO where we export entertainment (but our consumers come to us!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Jack RUCKER ('59-RIP) It's always sad to say goodbye to an old friend. Jack RUCKER passed away at home this week. He was my friend for 63 years. We first met when our family moved to Richland in 1948. We moved into an "A" house and the Rucker family lived in the other side. We became lifelong friends. Even though I was a few years younger than Jack, he always let me tag along. He took me hunting, fishing, swimming and he was my first Scuba diving buddy in 1959 when I was just 14 years old. We had some pretty cool adventures together. Jack and Larry MOSS ('58) went to Alaska to seek their fame and fortune. Soon after the big earthquake in March 1964, Jack and Larry decided to head back home. Jack came to Portland and lived with Ronnie COWGILL ('62) and me for a few months. That's when we mastered the art of tavern shuffleboard. According to us, we were pretty good. Then in October we all decided to head for California. Jack and Ronnie came back home after a few weeks and I stayed for more than a year. In 1966 I went to work at the Vancouver Shipyards building oil rigs. Jack was living in Winslow on Bainbridge Island and working in a bakery. I went to visit him in Winslow and talked him into coming to work at the shipyards in Vancouver. Jack moved in with me again and we had a great bachelor's pad, an old tool shed. Mike TAYLOR ('62) lived and worked with us for a few months as well. We did finally move into a larger house. We were making a lot of money working seven days a week, 12 hours a day for a few months. After my brother Mick ('66) graduated, he came to work with us as well. We had a great summer and Jack and I bought a lot of Scuba gear and made our first saltwater dives in Puget Sound. After the overtime jobs were gone, Jack ended up back in Richland where he spent the rest of his life. Our friend, Jack RUCKER, was always a happy person and willing to try almost anything. He won a free hang glider and launched himself off of the top of Flattop Mt in West Richland. He had a great first flight, but a not-so-great first landing. He only flew that glider once. Jack loved to hunt and fish, and he was very involved for several years in rock hounding. He enjoyed playing cards and he loved his frequent trips to Reno. Goodbye My Old Friend. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Happy Happy Had a very nice surprise today. Larry GROSS ('65) stopped by the office and took me to lunch at the Golden Nugget! Pretty cool and it wasn't even my birthday or anything! Thanks, Larry! From the strange but somewhat readable "text" I got from Terry DAVIS ('65) this afternoon, it may be that our over '65ers lost a game today. The message was something like "they are 1for1" or something similar. I guess he could have meant something else entirely but since Machete don't text I wasn't gonna put my big fingers on those little keys and try and figger the message out any further... today is a very special day for one of our '65er Bomber-babes and you know I like to make points with Bomber-babes by remembering their special days so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Julie ALEXANDER ('65) on October 13, 2011!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Ethelyn HARRIS Crowe - Class of 1947 ~ 1930 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/14/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) David RIVERS ('65) NO BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) Re: Missing Link I would like to get ahold of Chuck McElroy ('60). He played the trumpet. Anybody know to contact him??? -Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: EXTRY EXTRY REED ALLA BOUTIT As you kids who attended the basketball game at R2Klast may recall... what I know about sports you can put in a thimble... my sports announcing is pretty sad and I think that's why Denny NALDER ('65) is reporting to DAVIS ('65) and not me... oh he calls me but just says they're having a ball... he gives all the play by play to Terry... anyway I am told that yesterday (day before for you) Numbers 32 ('63) and 10 ('64) had some fantastic moves... tho he is not a braggart, I guess Denny kicked some major butt himself... anyway, today (10/13) the Boyz won the game that puts them in the running for the gold. So be sending good thoughts on the 14th that they win and take home the GOLD!!!!!!!!!!! (Not to be confused with the Gold star I won this year for WEIHERMILLER birthdays)!!!!!!!!!!! Gooooooooooooo old Bombers!!! uh... lemme rephrase that... .Goooooooo over 65 Bombers!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Geno DURAN - Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2011 >>Dave BORUP - Class of 1975 ~ 1957 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/15/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Karen COLE ('55) Bill BERLIN ('56), Jim HAMILTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie McGRATH ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl EVANS ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrill WIATER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla BIERLEIN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today or tomorrow: Rob FRENCH ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Timber This discussion re timber to China reminds me of the '70s. The exporters got rich while the mills shut down. I knew a few of both. Deja vu all over again. The money is in the lumber not the timber, except for the exporters. Oh yeah, China wants to do the lumber, naturally. Why deplete our forests for their gain. Ship two by fours, not logs. Canada would go along with us if we talked nice. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) To: Tony DURAN ('55) Our hearts are with you and your family Tony... a spark in your life has gone on to become a shining star. God bless. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Gene "Gino" DURAN ('56 RIP) I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend and classmate Gene "Gino" DURAN. I just did a lot of stuff with Gene, as I knew him, over the Richland years. He was a heady kind of guy who could sort things out pretty fast, a real observer, and that is what I liked about him. In fact I think I learned from him how to make observations reasonably fast and accurately. It is no wonder that is what he did at Boeing. He was, as I recall, from a pretty large family and I got to know brother Tony ('55) too but one of the things that Gene and I did was that if one of our churches, he being Catholic and me Baptist (Southside United Protestant), was having something cool, we would both go. I did some CYO things and he did BYF events so we were what is known now as "ecumenical" and we never knew it. As I look back at it, that too was a real learning even for me and has proven to be a real asset to me over the years and many thanks to Gene for it. After high school we would have gone different paths, Gene into the union business and me into the global market business but I would have liked to have talked to him about his life and direction after Col-Hi. Bet it would have been interesting. My Baptist prayers, and he would have understood that statement, go out to Gene's family at this sad time but I want to tell them what a great friend and classmate he was to me. We got so much more education together than we ever did in the classroom. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where it is gray and overcast and getting colder. Just one day closer to heading to the Palm Springs area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Even though we live in a world based on probabilities, what are the chances of a Bomber connection from across the Atlantic? My old Italian friends Romeo Cerazanni, Gino Verrani and the Pietrentorno brothers Mario and Flavio each sent me an e-mail on the same day. It seems the hottest thing on the Italian equivalent of Americas Funniest Videos (which in this country is limited to "unlimited" variations of Dads taking one in the zipper with a whiffleball), is a video of two Americans ordering a cappuccino with their lunch. Granted that ordering a "cappuccino" after 10am is a hugely greater "equivoco sociale" than the faux pas/social indiscretion perpetrated by Frank Osgard on the Columbia Queen the evening of June 7th, 1963, but the most visited site in Italy? They sent a picture of the "due belle raggazi", thinking that I knew everyone in the US. I had to humbly reply that I didn't know "everyone", but I knew a Litigator in Lost Wages who possibly might? All that being said, do any of the Bomberistas recognize these two. They look so dang familiar. jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/16/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim WATTS ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Jeff DeMEYER ('62), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judith PORTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave HANTHORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila ZANGAR ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Carol & Claire REDISKE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck FELDER ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian BELLISTON ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim WATTS ('54) To: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Eugene DURAN ('56-RIP) I was so sorry to hear about your brother. I hope your grief can be tempered by all the good memories you shared. Sorry Tony. -Jim WATTS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Lumber is a CROP. The discussion is a little like saying we will only export bread, but not grain. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Re: Missing 1962 classmates - Update 6-23-11 David BELL, Herbert E. BELVINS, Doug BURNS, Barry DAHL, Lesie Lang DALTON, Ron Dykes, Ken ELLIOT, Roger FARBER, Margert GIBSON Tucker, Patrica HAHN, Clark HALL, Linda HANSON Toth, Tom HARMON, Richard HENDERSON, Mike HOLCOMB, Gearld HOOPER, Freddie LENHART, Margert LEWIS Helberg, Jerry LIDDEL, Richard LLOYD, Ben MILES, Drudeane NICHOLSON Martin, Carole PETTERSON Graham, Steven SCHELL, Norman SEYMOUR, Rod SHANKS, Margert SMITH, Rick Smolen, Bill STAINKIN, Loyd TAYLOR, Pat TRUILLO Hunter, Fred VanPATTEN, Laurel VLACIL Murry, Mary WAMSLEY, Walter WEBB, Linda WHITTAKER, Dave WILSON, Cathy WILSON Ward, Valeree WORKMAN Offerman, Carolyn WRIGHT Kellmans, Yvonne WRIGHT. Please email me. Thank You, -Jeff DeMEYER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: two points Well, I got the news late so some of you already got it. The Boyz took silver. The score was 72-74. Numbers 32 ('63) and 10 ('64) scored 8 points each and NALDER ('65) scored 9. They played hard and dun reel good!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today we got one a my favorite "big brothers" havin' his special day. This guy always keeps me honest in my little emails... He is the Scopes Kid. Always there when I got a question that seems impossible and just always there! Lately he's been keeping us up on the floods in Thailand. Sounds pretty bad. I just hope he knows I'm wishing him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dave HANTHORN ('63) on October 16, 2011!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/17/11 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have 1 birthday today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug CRAWFORD ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/18/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Gary HAWKINS ('60) Pam ROBINSON ('61) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack LOWREY ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob CHILES ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith HUNTER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert HINKLE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelly GAINES-FRANKLIN ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Gary HAWKINS ('60) Entered: Sunday 10/16/2011 8:39:42pm COMMENTS: Seems like a lot of the pages are just like us... they don't work or have passed away. Anyone know what happened to the main site? -Gary HAWKINS ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam ROBINSON Torborg ('61) My sister, Debbie ROBINSON Svardal ('64wb) is looking for a friend, Shirley SCOTT ('64). If anyone can give me information re: her whereabouts, please contact me offline. -Pam ROBINSON Torborg ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Thoughts on turning 61 Today (10/18/2011) I am turning 61 years old. I remember thinking as a child how convenient it was to have been born in 1950, because I could always easily calculate how old I would be by a certain future date. Like the fact that I would turn 34 in 1984. And 50 in 2000. But when I was a kid, I didn't get much past the 50-year-old mark computation. My mother died of encephalitis when she was only 50 -- and, of course since I was barely 18 at the time, 50 seemed pretty far out there. (As in OLD!!) However, my eldest son, Shane (had he lived past infancy) would be turning 40 at the end of this month ... so 50 certainly seems middle-aged to me now! A long way from old!! (Old is now 85+ in my book!) I don't think it is self-delusional - I think it is entirely real to recognize that "60 is the new 50". In any case for me that is and has to be true! I begin a new job on 10/31 - one that appears to be the apex of my psychiatric practice career. I hope to continue in this position until I decide I have had enough of it all -- and hope that day coincides with have earned enough to pay for completion of the infrastructure on the farm, and also having attained the goal of producing 85% of our food needs (veggie, fruit, dairy products, eggs, and meat) right here at Haven Farm -- plus having set aside a bit of money for "retirement." "Retirement" around here (sometime between 4 and 9 years from now) will mean finally being in maintenance mode. That will mean not having to make large $$ outlays to build things (like the re- fencing of the entire perimeter, now in process), and not have to expend large amounts of energy DOING those projects. Then it will be planting, weeding (etc.), harvesting, preserving (canning, et al), taking care of the animals -- plus maintaining the structures which will all finally be in place. God-willing, I will be doing all that, plus training therapy dogs, and doing volunteer work either in Hospice and/or psychiatry. It will not be a laid-back time ... but certainly (God-willing) more laid-back than life has ever been. Living in rhythm with the land and the seasons. That will be a good thing, and I am looking forward to it. I was working on the budget yesterday, and recognizing that it is SO cool and really such an INCREDIBLE blessing to be able to plan to live 'poor' in terms of income & savings, and still plan to live well in terms of eating, life experience, etc. The lifelong dream of wanting to move to the country and "grow my own" is proving to have been more than just a romantic notion. It's hard, hard work to pull it together. And it will remain hard work (although less so) to keep it going, once it's in maintenance mode. BUT beyond a possible (although not probable) trip to Ireland & Italy someday, everything I want and need I can find right here on this little farm ... or within an hour's drive of it. So being poor will work out just fine! In the meantime when so many people are losing their jobs and/ or can't find work, I am so thankful for this new position only 22 miles from the farm, practicing outpatient and inpatient psychiatry at a regional medical center. It's a great hospital, and I am blessed to have this job 'find me'!! In such insecure financial times, being able to pay-as-we-go to finish the work at the farm, plus set aside a little for retirement -- well, I truly am giving thanks! I do have to say that at 61, I find myself WAY too prepared for famine. A nice way of same I am, er, VERY plump. I think that most of the movement-slowing but not life-threatening physical stuff I deal with is exacerbated by being, um, extra-round. On the other hand, having fibromyalgia really does cause deconditioning ... makes it hard to do the very thing one needs to do (i.e. exercise more). Sort of catch-22, and REALLY annoying. Gets in the way of life!! But I am thankful that fibro and a touch of arthritis seem to be the most serious of my problems. Neither one will kill me, that's for sure! I will spend my birthday buying and planting new bulbs for next spring, buying and watching the DVD/Blu-Ray movie of my choice, while having the birthday dinner of my choice ... ribs, mashed taters, and salad. Cherry pie for dessert. I am thankful for my life thus far -- which has been "a long, strange trip" (quote borrowed from Jerry Garcia) in many ways. Certainly not what I would have predicted back in the '50s and '60s growing up in Richland! But I am thankful for it. There has been lots of fodder for personal growth over the years -- continuing right up to the present. And since I believe a person is either growing or dying -- well, guess I am still growing! Happy Day to all my fellow Bombers. And Blessings of Peace, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID where the first batch of homemade Haven Farm plum wine is happily fermenting! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Jack RUCKER - Class of 1959 ~ 1940 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/19/11 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie TURNER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray RICHARDSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry DAVIS ('80) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/20/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Karen COLE ('55), Mike BRADY ('61) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul KNUTSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolynn HAMILTON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn BAIRD ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy RATHVON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo WEBB ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred BREEDLOVE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg LAWSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue OBERG ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Re: Tinian - Not just an Island in the Pacific I thought this might be of interest to our fellow Bombers. This is where the loaded both Little Boy and Fat Man. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Back surgery On October 10th I had Microdiskectomy surgery for a herniated nucleus pulposus L3-4. Since then my entire leg has been ultra sensitive to touch to the point of sleeping without covers over the leg. I talked to my nurse and got a little encouragement, but this seems over the top. Is there anyone else in Bomber land who had the same experience? Can you tell me about it? Re: '61 in 2011 On a lighter note, I really enjoyed our 50th Reunion. Since I was only there for the Saturday night dinner, I missed the opportunity to talk to all the folks I would have liked to. I appreciate the people who spotted me and came over to visit. I may have been distracted (which is not unusual) when someone was talking about our class picture. Is there a class member reading this who can tell me how I can purchase one? Best wishes, -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Got a full house of birthdays on the 20th. Happy birthday to my sister Carolynn ('60), to my un-brother, Brother Leo ('63) and Kath Rath ('63). A veritable plethora of Libras. Libra characteristics deem them often good looking and Librans are among the most civilized of all the zodiac. They exhibit good taste, charm and elegance. They are naturally kind, gentle and love the pleasures which harmony and beauty can bring. They also beat up their little brother, made him wear dresses and subjected him to all kinds of heinous humiliation while bare foot and blindfolded in the back yard. That's not all she did, I'm saving the best/worst stuff for next year when she will be SEVENTY. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: So many b-days so little time Well, I'm headed for my yearly trip to Bakersfield for the California Hot Rod Reunion... I will think fondly of Linda REINING ('64) while I'm there but as usual will be busy sniffing nitro fumes at the track and won't touch base (I'm a bad boy)... but wait, it gets better... I have three b-day kids and will be gone on their special dayz so I gotsta send my wishes today (not their b-days of course)... we got a set of twins that are very near and dear to my heart. I must say that before this post, I just did not realize the twin in my class musta spent as much time in school as my ol' Pal Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67)! I just never realized it... how could I have missed it? The other twin is in my adopted class of '63. Well, I for one do not hold it against any Bomber for hanging around Col-Hi as long as possible. The other B-day person is my hero on Rock 'n' Roll stuff. As far as I'm concerned, this guy could and maybe should write a book on several Rock 'n' Roll stars as well as the entire subject. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the twins Connie and Lucy FOSTER ('63 & '65 respectively) on October 21, and Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) on October 24, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Huh? Not twins? Nevermind! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Does anyone know if Brady Lester Bruns graduated from Col-Hi? He was born 10/4/55 at Kadlec to Beverly Arlene Wells Bruns and Lester Everett Bruns. He played on the high school tennis team, excelled at playing the trumpet and always had good friends. He passed away 5/22/11. A brief service will be held Saturday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Desert Lawn Cemetery in Kennewick. Thank you for your help. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/21/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Kathy RATHVON ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandra WITHERUP ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie FOSTER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucy FOSTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha JEPSEN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jenny ANGUIANO ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: 1954 Gal's lunch Come join us for lunch at Rosy's Ice Cream & Diner, today, Friday, October 21st at 11:30 am. This is going to be a permanent change from Granny's in Kennewick. Rosy's is at 404 Bradley Blvd in Richland. Their phone number is 943-0102. Bring a classmate who hasn't been with us for a while. We love catching up on everyone's life!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Carolyn HAMILTON ('60) I see from your brother's missive yesterday was your birthday. I hope it was a fun day for you. While we were not close friends I remember you through the many years and shame on your brother for accusing you of such things. While I did not pay any attention to, and still mostly ignore astrology, I remember you as what might be described as a true Libra. Quiet, intelligent, kind, and very genteel. While our ranks are thinning a bit it is always nice to hear someone you have known for many years is still with us. "May Health and Happiness be the stepping stones on your path through life." Many years ago I went for a walk in the Himalayas in Nepal and met a ancient Buddist monk who invited me to his stone hut for tea. The above quote was from him when I started back down the mountain trail. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I'm not sure how this all plays out, but first there was Banana's Foster. Then I think there was Stephen Foster who lived somewhere down upon the Swanee River dreaming of Jeannie with the light brown hair. Then I think Preston Foster was next followed in no particular order by Foster Brooks, and George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds. There was that nasty, nasty but effective Fostex skin soap (no relation) prescribed by Dr. Corrado back in the seventh grade. There are those tasty Foster Farm chickens that keep us entertained and have no artificial flavor enhancers. There's always Jodie Foster, who might be very engaging over an ice cold Foster's (which is Australian for beer}. There's Meg Foster who'll get your heart started in a nano second. I also found that there is some gal named Sara Foster who would look fine behind some Foster Grants. Eddie Foster played for the St. Louis Browns, David Foster "The Hitman" hits us up for money on PBS, Greg Foster was one Hell of a hurdler and John Foster Dulles was a very stern looking fellow. I think he was the straight man for Ike. All that being said, Happy, Happy Birthday to the Sisters Foster, Connie Mac of '63 and Lucy from the Card Table Class of '65. Sharing birthdays with no less than Kim Kardashian and Judge Judy. October 21st is also the date back in 1652 that Louis XIV returned to Paris, which all by itself is enough to make our class Francophile Kath Rath "verklempt". -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy RATHVON ('63) To Jimbeaux Thank-you, Jim for the lovely birthday wishes. Luckily, I don't feel another year older. -Kathy RATHVON ('63) ~ from cool Bellevue **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Doug WOOTEN ('64-RIP) See the Bomber Memorial at the end of this Sandstorm. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: High School Leagues I am hoping someone can explain to some of us ignorant outsiders what the heck is going on with High School Sports in the Columbia Basin? I followed a link just now for the Washington State Football Poll and ended up on the Tri-City Herald site looking at season records for teams. Besides only having statistics through Friday September 16th (the TCH was always right on top of things) - I see there is now something called a CBBN 4A and a CBBN 3A- Richland is in the CBBN 4A with most of the traditional rivals we knew in high school- Davis, Wa-Hi, Moses Lake, etc. MISSING are Pasco and Kennewick (and Kamiakin) who are now apparently in the CBBN 3A with Hanford and Sunnyside and Yakima West Valley. Have things really changed that much in the Tri-Cities??? Someone- please tell me it just ain't so...... next you'll be telling me that they closed the A&W on Lee Boulevard -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Doug WOOTEN - Class of 1964 ~ 1946 - 2008 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/22/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike BRADY ('61) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leoma COLES ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trisha SAUCIER ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Hey Jimbo, After reading your Foster entry today, Ginger is wondering when you're going to write a book. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Department of Energy Releases Hanford Documentary Online New Employee Directed Documentary RICHLAND, WA The U.S. Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office is releasing a documentary about the Hanford Site: "The Area: A Journey through the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The documentary is available at The video is produced from the perspective of a new Department of Energy (DOE) employee, Cameron Salony. In the documentary, Salony explores the history and issues of Hanford by interviewing local tribal members, a representative of the Hanford Advisory Board, former and current workers, Hanford management and representatives of regulatory agencies. The video includes a tour of the B Reactor, a National Historic Landmark, as well as footage of environmental cleanup activities. "This is history that took place in our back yard. Workers used cutting-edge technology to build the site in the '40s, and now we're using today's technology to take it down, said Salony, who also directed the video. "It's a story that needs to be told, and I'm just happy that I get to be a part of it." Salony produced the film in 2010. To date, the documentary has been shown to audiences in the Tri-Cities, WA; Portland, OR; and Logan, UT. Today's release marks the first time the documentary has been posted on the Internet for public viewing. There are other related documentaries to view, also. You will see them when you view this one. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/23/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Donni CLARK ('63), Nancy MALLORY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie RICHMOND ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ECKERT ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark O'TOOLE ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim O'NEIL ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Hanford Video Thanks for the video reference, Shirley COLLINS Haskins ('66); it brought back memories and gave me confidence that the clean up is going well. Proud to be a Bomber, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Lunch Report THANKS AGAIN to all who attended our October 15 lunch social at Beaches Restaurant in Vancouver. As always, the food and service was great. Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) brought her yearbooks for us to all review as we discussed different people and the "good old days." This time she really blessed us by bringing her granddaughter N'diyo Moore. Thanks Lola for your contributions to our socials. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) joined us again with his friend, Jackie Whedbee from Alaska. This time Larry was prepared and he was able to show us some great photos of his experiences in China. The most interesting were the photos and stories about the fireworks manufacturing industry. He had photos and details of how and where the fireworks are made and the precautions that are taken to avoid and survive an unexpected explosion. He also took us through the city that had hundreds of stores that sold every type of fireworks that you can imagine. They saw some fireworks that we will never see in America because there is no way to ship them here. Larry and Jackie were there to see, evaluate and purchase large supplies of fireworks for their business. He explained that around the main town (he will need to tell us again the name and location) that was the center of the fireworks manufacturing, there were several hilltops where the plants were located and each evening there was a fireworks display all around the area as the manufacturers tested their new ideas. It was very interesting. Jean TURNER Anderson ('61) and her husband Gary Anderson joined us for the first time. THANKS Jeanie for the great photos. Jeanie stated "We enjoyed our first Bomber luncheon. The slides were wonderful. We had a great time getting to know Kathy LAMB Brown ('62) and her husband. Lola H. was a fount of information. We are looking forward to time to visit more with other Bombers. Should be fun at the December luncheon." Dean ANSON ('62) blessed us with his participation and great stories. Dean has always been a welcome party person. After the lunch, Dean and I went to my shop and fired up the forge, torch and welder, and made legs for his old rusty sheet pile base and 28" diameter rusty saw blade. We got enough done so that Dean could take the table home with him and get it set up. HEY DEAN - got any photos to share of the finished product? Dean also brought a bunch (I mean a bunch = truck load) of plants from Holly ANDERSON Anson ('64). Thanks Holly. Linda planted what she wanted to keep, gave some to Todd & Cindy O'Mealy, some to my brother Mick HEMPHILL ('66) and she has some for our daughter as well. Kathy LAMB Brown ('62) and her husband Larry Brown really blessed us that day because it was their anniversary and we were a part of their "ALL DAY" celebration. Kathy and I grew up together in the south end and were classmates at Lewis & Clark, Carmichael and Col-Hi. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Todd O'MEALY ('62) and Cindy O'Mealy (spouse) had a great lunch and visit. We still want to THANK them again for hosting our summer picnic at their house. Becky LA FOLLETTE Taylor ('64) and Janice VARVEL VanDomelen ('64) joined us again. It's always a pleasure having you both at our socials. THANKS for participating. John ZIMMER ('66) made it to our social again. John is very involved with the Club 40 events and we sincerely appreciated him coming to visit with us. Thanks John. Linda (spouse) and I (Tommy HEMPHILL ('62)) sincerely appreciate our BOMBER friends. Linda has become an honorary Bomber and feels like she is back home with we visit Richland. Thanks again Larry MATTINGLY for sharing your China experience with us. Our next Portland / Vancouver Area gathering will be at Beaches again in Vancouver on Saturday, December 3 at 11:30. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Hi Bomber family! Does anyone in the Tri-City area go to the Richland Baptist church on GWWay? A young couple from the church I am going to in Stevenson, WA is moving back to Richland. They are James and Storm Hughes. James went to Hanford High (he's still a nice guy) and his father is the minister there, Stanley Hughes. They are a darling couple and have 3 adorable children. I will miss Ellie in the nursery. Thought it would be nice to introduce them to some Bombers. Also, someone wrote in from Goldendale, WA one time and said that some of the Bomber girls in that area and Hood River got together for lunch sometime. Where are you? I will be singing at my Sweet Adeline show in Hood River all day (2 shows) this Saturday, October 29th and thought we might meet for coffee. Let me know if you read this so I can connect with you some time. My husband's hip surgery went exceptionally well and he has had little if any pain! Great news! It is a beautiful fall in the gorge. A little wetter then I would like, since I still had some gardening I wanted to finish but it isn't cold yet. Wanted to share that Tom HEMHILL ('62) is making us an iron wheel railing for our outside side steps and just happened to have some wagon wheel brackets he had made that we got to put a shelf up. It looks awesome Tom! Who would have thought almost 50 years ago (I hate to say that) that I would have a shelf hanging in my home with brackets made by a Bomber. So fun to connect again with Bombers and get to know them better and at this time in life. Have a wonderful day whatever you are doing, wherever you are! -Donni CLARK Dunphy, the golden class of '63 in the Columbia Gorge, looking at the Columbia River flowing by. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) To: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Just watched the Hanford video. Enjoyed it very much. It's a lot of fun to tell folks who have never been to the "evergreen" state that there is a desert. Then I tell them I didn't know exactly what my Dad did - just where he worked! I hope one day to be able to take the reactor tour. -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) ~ in just a bit cooler West TN ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Carolynn HAMILTON ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Jim ADAIR ('66) and Kathie MOORE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve RECTOR ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jimmy NACKE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul CHARETTE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carolynn HAMILTON Leach ('60) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Thank you for your nice birthday comments. You were right to doubt some of my brothers messagehe "remembers" a lot of things that never happened. -Carolynn HAMILTON Leach ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Long before there was O.J, Oprah, Cher, Angelina, Michael and all the various and sundry one name luminaries whose faces greet us in the checkout line, there was "Pitts". Wouldn't have been my first choice for a "nom de guerre", but it's stuck like juicy fruit under the table at the Spudnut Shop. On another note, his is plural and everyone else is only singular. There are probably dozens of people who can list off Northwest Bands like The Flames, The Sonics, Big George and the Corvettes, Tiny Tony and the Statics, The Chessmen, Joe Banana and his Bunch, Kit Kat and the Kasuals, Don & the Goodtimes, The Esquires, Little Bill and the Bluenotes, the Frantics and about six hundred other combos named after cars. Last, but not least is his all-time favorite, The Fabulous Wailers, who legend says, gave him a 1040 a couple of times. He'd seen them so many times, they thought he was part of the band. Pitts not only knows all the bands, but how the DNA from one has been morphed into another and another. He's done the Gator to them all at the Social Club, Hi-Spot, Plumbers and Steam Fitters Hall and the Roller Rink and at 65 can still do a very respectable Land of a 1000 Dances and scream like James Brown. Happy Birthday to Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), you are one very special cat and we all love you Brother. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Tombstone Tales Presented by CREHST Museum Tours available October 28 and 29, 2011 at Historic Resthaven Cemetery. Please contact CREHST Museum for this year's date and time. Advance tickets will available at CREHST Museum: 95 Lee Blvd. Richland, WA 509-943-9000 The CREHST Museum is dedicated to researching, preserving and encouraging the appreciation of Richland's Pioneer Cemetery through Tombstone Tales. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim ADAIR ('66) and Kathie MOORE Adair ('69) Need Your Prayers Please ~ Nancy DUTTON ('69)... her daughter-in- law has a brain tumor... they have done testing and are coming up with a plan for surgery... this young mother and family needs our Prayers, we can do this. Thank You... -Jim ADAIR ('66) and Kathie MOORE Adair ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/25/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Phil BELCHER ('51) Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) John FLETCHER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara FRANCO ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Re: Asking for help! My wife, Terri (NAB) has been house bound for several weeks and I have been looking for a handicapped van without any luck. Most of the ones I find on the net are back East and it would cost from $1800 to $2,000 or more to ship it plus I hate to buy anything without seeing it first. I wonder if any of the vast number of Bombers would know of a van in the local or Washington area that is for sale. I would like one that has a slide on the side although I would consider any type. Thanks in advance. -Phil BELCHER ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) To: David RIVERS ('65) and Jim HAMILTON ('63) Thanks for the accolades, guys. Think I'll go listen to "Live at the Spanish Castle" to celebrate! -Pitts ('63) -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John FLETCHER ('64) Re: Happy Birthday Pitts [yesterday, 10/24] He used to be my brother-in-law... he sent me Johnny Winter / Second Winter for my birthday when I was stationed in Belgium, he is the Dad to my beautiful twin nieces and talented nephew, he is listed as the 5th definition in the Oxford Dictionary for GENEROUS, he is my best friend and he still thinks Beta is better than VHS. Happy Birthday Jim "Pitts" Armstrong. -John FLETCHER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/26/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Richard HARRIS ('49), Van VanDUSEN ('52) Jack GARDINER ('61), Peg SHEERAN ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), David RIVERS ('65) Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally SHEERAN ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran BARKER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" HARRIS ('49) To: Phil BELCHER ('51) Re: Your Request for Help! I recently had occasion to be in a collision-repair shop, here in Wenatchee. While my car was in the shop, I learned of a Program called "Recycled Rides," a nationwide awareness project whereby members of the national Auto Body Council (NABC) repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need in their communities. In watching the effort of just one Auto Body repair firm to repair and make available to a needy family, I was very impressed. In this case, the vehicle being repaired and made safe, was a vehicle that "totaled" by the insurance company. However, I understand that it was one that was just on the verge of being determined repairable. Anyway, the vehicle was donated to the program by the insurance company. Others in the partnership of this program, which includes insurance companies, auto body repair shops, parts distributors, recycle firms, etc. contributed to the project car repair. The recipient was determined by a local charitable agency, with which the repair facility collaborates. In other cases, cars are donated for this program by individuals, rather than their having been traded-in on a newer vehicle. 1-800-Charity Cars, is a 501-(C)(3) nonprofit organization and the first and only national car donation charity of its kind. If this interests you, I'd suggest that you inquire from a local charitable organization coordinator or call the 1-800 number and see what you can learn. These vehicles, if formerly totaled, must be inspected by the Washington State Patrol and declared eligible for a new title, before they are allowed on the road. The vehicle, that I saw being repaired for the program, was a recent model and certainly looked like it could meet the needs of the lady in our community, identified to be a worthy person. For what it is worth! -Dick HARRIS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Van VanDUSEN ('52) To: Phil BELCHER ('51) Phil, I used to work with Paul Parish limited and he has vans that you are looking for he has new ones and use once. He is at 6400 W. Okanogan Ave. In Kennewick. Phone number is 735-8920. He doesn't have what you are looking for maybe he can give you some other places in the state of Washington. -Van VanDUSEN ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) Re: Movies With the World Series being played this time of year TCM, showed the original Angels In The Outfield. I can remember going to the Richland Theater and seeing it, about 1952. I can also remember going to the theater at Camp Hanford in 1951 and watching another baseball movie. It was called Rhubarb, about a cat that brought good luck to a baseball team. A young Leonard Nimoy played a baseball player in the movie. -Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Re: Happy Birthday, Sister Sal! To: Sally SHEERAN Heath ('58) Hope your day is a Special One, and I wish we were all up North to help you celebrate. Love you much, -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Jawbone found in Columbia River probably historic from 10/25/11 TCHerald by Annette Cary -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: no gold stars but hey Well, in my haste to get off to the Hot Rod Reunion; sit in the dirt (actually fine dust... very fine dust) for three days; smell Nitro fumes; have my ears blasted out; see all the old guys who are still alive that I haven't seen in 6 months or so; go to the swap meet and handle all kinds of greasy parts in an attempt to identify them and determine I already have 6; watch old time racers drive their race cars down the return lane and have them blow nitro fumes in your face and face the trip up and back to find out which cars were actually ready for the trip and which were not, I managed to miss Kathy RATHVON's ('63) and Leo WEBB's birthdays on the 20th so no gold stars from them this year... Sorry... honest! The trip up was good tho I did lose a '57 Dodge Lancer going up (I had already lost one of my coveted '59 Lancers coming back from Manti in June)... turned out one of my neighbors on my street found the '57 so I'm ok there... One of the cars making its maiden run had some brake issues... tightened that bar just as tight as he could and ran with the brakes on most of the way... nuther maiden voyager had lug nut problems but they would be the least of his worries as the trip home three days later would show... told him to throw those tires away up in Ely several weeks ago... we also suggested he set up his steering differently... he listened to neither suggestion and ended up flying off the freeway, thru a fence and on to a service road... he was fine but the car was a mess... had to be towed back to Vegas, luckily my AAA has 200 mile service on it... but aside from those little mishaps (oh yeah... I lost my reading glasses so couldn't read menus and left my house keys in the room... hadda jump many hoops to get them sent back to me)... but all in all we were filthy, deaf and full of smiles... Today, we got one a my favs in Bomber-babes... she was a year behind my two favorite car owners Charlie RAFFETY ('57) '56 Olds... droool and Stuart ZIEGE ('57) '58 Impala... they both painted them black and hadda be the two coolest cars in town at the time (Charlie if yours was a '57 please forgive my fading memory)... Lynn(ster) the Spinster BRYSON ('57) was my favorite DJ and overshadowed the Real Don Steele, during Don's tenure in the Tri-Cities. Straight Flush by the Frantics was Lynn's theme song... One of my favorite memories of all time is a bunch of us sitting in the park across from my house, Parker's house and Richland Lutheran church and Stuart coming in from the north on Stevens, turning right on Van Geisen and winding out his pipes and letting them back off in each gear with Hank Ballard screaming "Finger Poppin' Time" from the speakers in the car... ahhh, the good ol' dayz... the B-day girl is among a string (4) of Bomber- babes who never fail to catch my attention... yeah, the brother ('66) is a bud too... I mean any kid who grew up with 4 sisters and has been married as many times as I have has gotta be a bud... The b-day girl is Mom to a famous daughter... unlike the Moms of most of my friends who are Moms to infamous boyz (Yeah Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63)... I lied... I didn't run only with the brave clean and reverent... I was the only kid in my gang with those traits... you are buyin' this right?)... ah I just don't know how it gets any better than to have grown up in our home town with the kids we did... well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sally SHEERAN ('58) on October 26, 2011, your very special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) Re: Van To: Phil BELCHER ('51) Phil, Look up "Mobility Vans" on the web. I believe they have location in Seattle and there is a company in Woodinville. -Robert AVANT ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Hope LIGGETT Caprye-Boos ~ Class of 1948 ~ 1931 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/27/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49), Betty BELL ('51) Darvis BERGAM ('57), Robert AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shawn SCHUCHART ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) As I turn 80 today I wish to send this prayer to all the others who are already 80 or will soon be: Today, dear Lord, I'm 80 and there's much I haven't done. I hope dear Lord you'll let me live until I'm 81. But then, if I haven't finished all I want to do, Would you let me stay awhileUntil I'm 82? So many places I want to go, so very much to see; Do you think you could manage to make it 83? The world is changing very fast; there is so much in store. I'd like it very much to live until I'm 84. And if by then I'm still alive I'd like to stay 'till 85. More planes will be in the air, so I'd really like to stick And see what happens to the world when I'm 86. I know dear Lord it's much to ask (and it must be nice in Heaven) But I would really like to stay until I'm 87. I know by then I won't be fast, and sometimes will be late; But it would be so pleasant to be around at 88. I will have seen so many things, and have had a wonderful time. So, I'm sure that I'll be willing to leave at 89(MAYBE!!!) Just thought you would like to know ..Amen -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ from sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny Bothell **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) On Sunday, October 30th the Richland Seniors Association and the EASY SWING BAND (with five members) will play for our 5th Sunday dance at the Richland Community Center.. Being close to Halloween it will be our Halloween Dance. While costumes are not required there will be prizes for the best costumes at the dance. This is always a really special dance - from 1:00 to 4:00pm, and the cost is always only $5. Pre-packaged foods are always welcome, but never required. Hope to see you there! -Betty BELL Norton ('51), President - Richland Seniors Association **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darvis BERGAM Bobo ('57) Re: Jim BOBO ('56) Jim had open heart surgery yesterday to replace an aorta valve. He surprised himself -- he woke up!! He's doing great and hopes to be home by the weekend. -Darvis BERGAM Bobo ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert AVANT ('69) Re: More Vans To: Phil BELCHER ('51) Phil, Completely forgot about Kersey Mobility in Spokane. They are new and used. -Robert AVANT ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/28/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Terri sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Anna May WANN ('49) Richard ROBERTS ('49), Leoma COLES ('63) Daughter of Mary BEIERS Glendinning ('56-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna May WANN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul PHILLIPS ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula BERGAM ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Happy Birthday plus one. I certainly hope you make it to 89, and that I will be there to greet you. Of course I'll be a cranky old 92. -Dick McCOY ~ from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) As I turn 80 today [10/28/11] I wish to send this prayer to all the others who are already 80 or will soon be: Today, dear Lord, I'm 80 and there's much I haven't done. I hope dear Lord you'll let me live until I'm 81. But then, if I haven't finished all I want to do, Would you let me stay awhileUntil I'm 82? So many places I want to go, so very much to see; Do you think you could manage to make it 83? The world is changing very fast; there is so much in store. I'd like it very much to live until I'm 84. And if by then I'm still alive I'd like to stay 'till 85. More planes will be in the air, so I'd really like to stick And see what happens to the world when I'm 86. I know dear Lord it's much to ask (and it must be nice in Heaven) But I would really like to stay until I'm 87. I know by then I won't be fast, and sometimes will be late; But it would be so pleasant to be around at 88. I will have seen so many things, and have had a wonderful time. So, I'm sure that I'll be willing to leave at 89(MAYBE!!!) Just thought you would like to know ..Amen -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ from sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny Bothell **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Anna May WANN ('40) - Being 80 I wholeheartedly concur with your comments; more and more mature folks are now reaching the hundred mark. We could do that, Anna May! Love, Richard -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Your poem about turning 80 was just delightful! I just turned 66 and I feel the same way... I had planned on retiring at 66, but I have so many things to do at my house at the coast first, that I am staying at Lowe's until March so I can get my discount! I am taking some time in the near future to do a bit of traveling... going to San Francisco in a week! Sounds like fun... I even have a layover in Las Vegas and will get to spend some time with my sweet granddaughter! Heading to Portland today to visit the Pittock Mansion... should be interesting! Take care all!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ in chilly Salem, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Daughter of Mary BEIERS Glendinning ('56-RIP) Hi Richland Bombers, Just wanted to let you know that Mary passed away this week on Tuesday the 25th. She had complications from cancer treatment. Finis does not read email so this account will soon be shut down. Thank you, Her daughter, Terri ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/29/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tom TRACY ('55), Bonnie STEEBER ('57) David DOUGLAS ('62), Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James DAUGHERTY ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) TAKING THE RANCOR OUT OF THE HEISMAN RANKING When someone tells you "I hope you don't mind my saying this," it is quite likely that you will. Rank has its privileges and sometimes its unique odor as well. Looking through the Heisman updates on ESPN recently, rank also seemed a bit puzzling. The candidates from metropolitan centers and prestigious universities appeared to have privileges well beyond their athletic achievements. Miles of yardage achieved by candidates from small town USA did not rank well with the experts, although miles clicked well on the NCAA "Turf Odometers". One of the candidates has nearly 10 miles of yardage, yet 20 ESPN "Experts" ranked Case Keenum, University of Houston 7th with 9.548 miles of yardage. On October 27, 2011 Case Keenum of Houston, became the all-time leader in total touchdowns by an FBS quarterback. I just watched him throw for nine touchdowns and 534 yards last night. Boise's own Prosser-Grown, Kellen Moore, quarterback at Boise State has 7.3 miles; or 12,877 career yards, but is from Prosser, WA. I know it's no metropolis because I lived L.A. before we moved to Prosser, WA right after WWII. I enjoyed two wonderful years and pull up good memories of that friendly farm town often. It's where I fell in love with football and basketball. Been trying to determine why the "experts", voting coaches, and media microphone moguls have been hiding and squishing high performing QBs under their collective bushel. Here are some of the things that appear: Some are obvious, others subtle. 1. Houston and Boise hometowns may be two of the "Rodney Dangerfield" schools and should not expect respect from Heisman Voters, reporters, commentators, bloggers, or voting athletic directors. 2. UH and BSU are feared among the traditionally winning schools. Keep them out of the loop. 3. Big school coaches and older alumni prefer a strong arm over an accurate arm. As long as you can throw hard, nothing else matters. Some of these thinkers actually get to vote. 4. Smaller Players often dominate with the "Smart Arm". They govern Football Air Traffic Control. Viewers love these guys-- " Chairmen of Turf Travel" The "Traffic Generals", who know how to avoid congestion are supposed to have a "Strong Arm"...which is a poor substitute for a good arm. 5. Yardage achievers with skill, precision, technique and analytical know-how are not properly sought by the Big School Recruiters. However they remain at the top of the true data list. 6. Large, prestigious university officials, athletic directors, and coaches have more parties. a. If commentators and reporters rank their players high, they get invited. b. Sportscasters have editors and sponsors who also go to the parties. i. Editors, Sponsors and Producers like to be invited to the parties 7. Bloggers and alumni from prominent historic schools have more cell phone and free time to call sports writers, other coaches, and the ranking Heisman Hierarchy. 8. Big School coaches, voting athletic directors, and college presidents appreciate lower ranks for the "overachievers" in smaller, less affluent schools... and they help writers and commentators keep that in mind. a. It keeps the aggressive alumni from asking; "How did you miss grabbing that QB? b. And how did we miss those coaches?" 9. University Presidents, ADs, and highly paid coaches like to skip answering those questions at parties where the big money and nagging alumni gather. I never enjoy upsetting those who buy their ink by the barrel. However, it was important to readjust the list and deodorize the Pageant Presentation of Heisman hyped underachievers - Cinderella's not-so-attractive sisters. I asked one voting official why they drop the high performers out of the ranks. He smiled as he walked away and looked back over his shoulder, and said, "Because we can". So, I've attached the readjusted, sanitized, and deodorized the rancorous ranking of rank and file - proletariat football players. The little guys, with big minds, and smart arms. They are the extraordinary set of commonly uncommon high achievers. The select few who love the game, capitalize on their talent, technique, timing, and dedication to outperform competitors on the big green rectangle. They are (as attached) ranked according to the most clearly understood data-career yardage. Whether they receive a trophy, plaque, certificate, or other award may not matter to those few who have obtained Turf Mileage. They remain the true winners. See for yourself. Actually, I only sent this mid-course correction ... "because I can"... for those too intimidated, who cannot. Best regards, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Maren, The following is part of an email that I received from my daughter this morning [10/28/11]. She and her family have lived in Thailand for over 10 years and Thailand is experiencing some horrendous flooding that has not had wide coverage by the news media (my opinion). I think we have some Bombers who have either had connections to Thailand or know of others who have. I thought her email may be interesting to some. Also the website at the end includes some very good photos of what is happening there. Please include this entry in the next Sandstorm if you agree. We are still dry... except that it is raining right now... Well, as you can imagine, nothing occupies our minds more than the flood and the suffering of the people and animals around us... it is a constant worry and the nagging ache in my stomach never goes away. We try to go about as normal but it is hard to do when it is the topic on everyone's mind. We can usually find what we need at the store, but it is unsettling to see so many bare shelves... people facebook message or text each other when they find toilet paper or dog food or rice or eggs or water... those are the things in very short supply. I have enough in our house to last us for about 2 weeks. But the worry when you see the empty shelves is what if I don't find it again... we have five 5 gallon jugs of water at this point... I think we will be ok with what we have plus we can go out and find what we need-unless the dreaded flood actually hits us... for the mean time we are still dry though and we can still move around easily. We are very fortunate. The high tides and the large quantities of river water are supposed to peak at 6 pm Saturday Bangkok time. We have been told that if the flood waters start to enter Nichada we will hear a loud siren... so just imagine how jumpy everyone is when a car alarm goes off... at one point we were told that the Thai neighborhood behind us would light 5 fire crackers in a row if the water came to them... well, today is Divali, the Indian Festival of Lights, so there have been many firecrackers going off... :-S worried Today, I spent about 6 hours with about 8 other women purchasing and packing hundreds of plastic bags of supplies and food for the people living just over the river from us... they will be delivered by truck tomorrow to the village head who will disburse them to whoever needs them... I saw a picture of one of the people from this village sitting in his makeshift boat... it was made out of styrofoam and looked like a large cube... he had named his "boat" and the sign was carved into the styrofoam... it said "Dream Boat". Gotta love the sense of humor and cheerfulness of the Thai people... Anyway, rather than sit around anxiously checking the news for the condition of the dams and dykes, we figured it was time to mobilize... so tomorrow is Saturday and Ed, Kayla and I will go to one of the evacuation centers and volunteer for a few hours... I heard they need help packing supplies and food there... I also checked into helping the abandoned animals... will probably do more with that next week..if you want to donate to the cause go to The people I worked with today are other women in my neighborhood who collected donations... if you want to help the local area around me, you can donate to me and I can give the money to them or use it on the next shopping trip to buy the supplies for them... I will say again that although the tsunami killed over 5,000 people in Thailand and was devastating to many tourists, this disaster is far worse than that one and we are getting very little attention here. The areas that are flooded will probably stay flooded for another month... the potential for disease is huge. Add that to the people stranded and living in flood waters, the displaced people living in evacuation centers, and the people now out of work and it is a huge crisis for Thailand. The article below has some great photographs..thought you might be interested in case the news hasn't shown much... Re: Darvis BERGAM Bobo ('57) Thanks, Darvis, for letting us know that Jim BOBO ('56) underwent open heart surgery and is doing fine. I hope he has a speedy recovery. Re: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Recently I was visiting a friend in Silverton, OR, and while she was showing me around her area, I "discovered" Mount Angel! On a whim, I called Bob's (Mike's?) home, talked to his wife and explained I was a fellow Bomber (although I had never met him) and just wanted to say "hello." I just wanted to explain in case you were wondering who that strange person was! Re: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Always enjoy reading your entries in the Sandstorm regarding your life in the Stevenson area. I have some happy memories of the Stevenson/Carson area. When I fly into Portland, I usually drive the Washington side on my way to Richland, making a stopover to see a few relatives who live in Carson. I agree, it's beautiful there and so many things to see and do. I just returned home from the Tri-Cities but if I make it there next year, I'll let you know in advance and maybe we can meet for coffee. Re: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Pappy, we miss your entries in the Sandstorm. I hope all is well with you and you can give us all an update on your latest adventures and how Bella and Mia are doing. Thanks Maren, for all you do. -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49), I'm a regular visitor to Lowe's. They have a nice new store in Honolulu. I'm redoing all the floors in our house 12 cases of vinyl tile and 28 cases of laminate flooring. My math must be off, because after doing the 3 bathrooms and both kitchens I had 2 cases of tile left over, which I returned. I'm still trying to get up the courage to start on the laminate flooring. I may have Lowe's do the carpeting in the bedrooms, hall and stairs. The only thing I haven't been able to find there is a replacement for the old metal inset medicine cabinets in the bathrooms; none that Lowe's had fit the 15 3/4 by 19 3/4 opening in the wall. At least I haven't had time to wonder what I'm going to do when I retire. Working on the house has been a full-time occupation! But it is looking nice. Hope you're also successful! -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI (it's cooled off some the past week; it rained this evening when we went out to dinner in Hawaii Kai) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) Re: Jim BOBO ('56) Glad to hear Lefty is doing well. Wish a quick recovery to get that softball swing back on the golf course. -Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/30/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen COLE ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty PYLE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray STEIN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) At last the mystery is solved. Thank you for calling, and I hope you enjoyed your time in both Silverton and Mount Angel. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it is a foggy morning in Mount Angel, OR, as I write this with promise of clearing later, but rain on Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We ain't never far from home Got up this morning for the donut run... had gathered together all the parts and SEMA tickets had promised to some of the guys while we were at the Hot Rod Reunion... not sure how Saturday got here again so quickly... I just got home and unloaded the car a few hours ago I swear... but I do seem to recall some of the events of the week so I guess the week did happen... as I was backing the car out of the garage I was listening to "50s on Five" as usual on the ol' sirius... best thing I ever did was to put that system in the ol' hot rods... true sometimes I can barely hear the music, but I know it's there... so anyway... as I'm backing out I hear the familiar da dum chu chu chu chu chu chu chu chu chu da dum... cranked that sucker up (it's five am folks time to wakey wakey anyway!) There were those magnificent boyz from Tacoma playing Tall Cool One... no matter that it didn't leave the northwest till the second time around... it was just as cool the second time as it was on the first release... just like the REAL Louie Louie... (Yes I know it was the second Louie Louie if we count Richard Berry's... people don't often know that he was quite prolific in his work beyond penning the Rock 'n' Roll national anthem... he made a few other records and sang with the Robbins before they broke up and spun in to the Coasters... great voice... Like Missy ('59) he sang bass)... anyway, the point is that here I was at 5 am and here were our very own Kings a the Castle (literally) for my listening pleasure... ahhhhhhhhhhhh it just don't get no better than that... and thank goodness for "replay" on sirius... don't wear out the grooves in your records and can replay all day long if ya wanna! Now speaking of home town heroes (ok Tacoma ain't Richland) it's called a segway, ya know (eacher heart out Mr. BENNETT ('63) I got such literarie class it just shines all over my booooooody)... so... a couple of weeks ago I was giving you the run down on the over 65 B-ball games and how well our boyz did... heck they wuz playin' just over the hill in Utah and I forgot that Jimbeaux ('63) had told me they were gonna be there or Ida taken a little time off... anyway our own Number 10 played some mean b-ball as did the other two Richland kids ('63 and '65) (Notice how I call it b-ball... I am so very sports literate it just makes me so dang proud... I mean me... the kid who only played football cuz his buds did and only played well enough to stay first string but not hard enough to get hurt... sorry kids... I hated that game... my best moment in HS was when Mommy Dearest said I couldn't play any more till I improved my grades... waaaaaaaahooooooo... I'm free... I'm free... hey guys... mom said... I don't argue with mom... three years of fun fun fun and no pain... well some pain but not from blocking guys 10 times my size)... well I'd best sign off cuz I am getting very lost in the mynusha here... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ray STEIN ('64) on October 30, 2011... almost Nevada Day!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) To: Tom TRACY ('55) The reason Kellen Moore is not ranked higher in the Heisman watch has nothing to do with being from Prosser. After all it's not like he is from Pasco or Walla Walla! The reason he (and Boise St. for that matter) is not rated at the top is because 80+% of their "contests " are less battles and more pillow fights. The last three seasons they have played in the lousiest "conference" in the country. Beating decent teams the one or two games they play anybody does not change the fact that most of these wins and numbers get rolled up against Carmichael J.V. quality teams. The last four QBs to win the Heisman (Cam Newton, Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Troy Smith) came from high schools in places like College Park, GA, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Ponte Vedre Beach, FL. Some of those are nothing towns, some we have never heard of... kind of like Prosser if you are a voter. But these four played football at Ohio state, Florida, Oklahoma and Auburn. You will find no New Mexico State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt on that list. For that matter you won't find WSU or Boise State there either. Moore will get votes, even invited to NY for the award ceremony, but he won't win. Don't blame Prosser. As far as I am concerned Bucky Bruns is still the greatest Prosser Mustang ever! A guy from Prosser could win the Heisman easy, but NEVER will a guy from Boise State win it. Boog ALLEY ('73) and Stats CASSIDY ('73) can weigh in on this... -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/31/11 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick HARRIS ('49), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Judy STEIN ('71) Mike DAVIS ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex DAVIS ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob MATTSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol HARSHMAN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick HARRIS ('49) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49), Happy Belated Birthday! I'm convinced you'll enjoy being 80! I've been enjoying it for several months, now! Just this week, we had friends from Germany, with whom we stayed for a week (A year and a half ago), suggest that we come for a Rotary District Conference in the Black Forest area of southern Germany in the spring of 2013 and then accompany them to Lisbon for the International Convention of Rotary. So, that is probably what we will do! When we were last there, we visited 7 families in Germany, before heading home. So, you see, you can't keep an old couple down! To: Paul PHILLIPS ('49) Happy Birthday to you, too! Enjoy your 80s! -Dick HARRIS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Them Southend Scorpios, theyre everywhere, and Birthday greetings are in order. Rex DAVIS ('49) is a Southend guy by association, what with him being our PE teacher and the Scout Master of Troop 38. Jim MAULSBY ('63-RIP), who was taken from us way too soon. And two of the fairest of them all Judy WILLOX ('61wb) and Marcia (not Micki) LUND ('63) Happy Birthday on (place appropriate day here), you've made all our memories just that much better. -Jimbeaux p.s. As much as Marcia has kept my heart a'flutter all these years, it was those white bat wing glasses back in the 6th grade that put me over the top. Oh yeah, and the bangs too, that combination was deadly back in 1957. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: My heroes haven't always been cowboys Most have... 'cept maybe Buddy, but I guess in his own way the boy from Lubbock hadda be a cowboy... as Chris Ledoux said "Even Cowboys like a little Rock n Roll"... today I'm thinkin' of a more local Hero... a guy we all know and love... but I gotta nuther b-day ta do too so don't wanna leave him out... both are dear dear friends (do you kids unerstan that when I say that I truly mean it?)... but as I sat down and wuz thinkin' a heroes, I realized that my earliest heroes were all cowboys (even the one you don't normally think of that way... e.g. "Giant")... Started out with Gene Autry, Audie Murphy (said he made the same movie a twenty- five times with a twenty-five different horses) and James Dean. As 1955 rolled around, I found some new heroes in Buddy and some others... In the mid '60s I found a few more... some not so much heroes but guys and gals I really dug... I found Waylon Jennings pretty early on and many more... I remember when I found Bob Dylan... there was only one other kid at Col-Hi I could get to listen to those records with me... later, I would end up walking out of his show... other than Hank, Jr., Dylan is the only concert I've ever walked out on... had some reggae band playing so loud and such different tunes that I couldn't hear Dylan and couldn't figure out what they were singing... my friend Glen Glenn toured with Dylan and I always wonder how he made it thru the tour... At least Merle was his same cool self as the opening act before I left... I remember years ago they threw a b-day party for Merle at the International (or maybe it was the Hilton by then)... Dick Clark was the youngest looking guy there... what a great show that was... hmmm where is this going? Not sure... just kinda got off track thinkin' a people I have dug in the past... The "older B-day boy has the honor of being known by not only his own classmates but most of the kids in some way or other that came after him... he also has the rep of being the biggest reunion crasher in the history of Col-Hi... flat puts me to shame... I don't think there are many reunions he has missed and it is always just wonderful to see him... I mean that from the bottom of my heart... the "younger" b-day boy was always a pal during our school dayz. Gotta sense of humor like nobodies' business and just a joy to be around whenever I get the chance to see his smiling face... I sure hope it will be a HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Rex DAVIS ('49) and Bobbie "Tuna" MATTSON ('64) on October 31, 2011... Happy Nevada Day, guys!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71) To: Mike FRANCO ('70) I think this comes from a bit of a "Cougar Born and Bred" standpoint, but you are quite mistaken dissing the Cougars in your Kellen Moore discussion. As the Cougars have had two QBs up for the big award -- Ryan Leaf and Drew Bledsoe in a time frame that I can at least remember : ) Even if you are an upperclassman, I had to bring this oversight to your attention : ) Cougaringly, -Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike DAVIS ('74) Re: FRANCO ('70) Entry - Kellen Moore I would have to disagree with my prestigious colleague from Seattle, Mike "I know the Kennedys" FRANCO ('70) in his nonsense about Kellen Moore and the Boise State football program. First and foremost, Kellen Moore will NOT win the Heisman because he isn't the best College Football Player of 2011. That's a no brainer - Andrew Luck is head and shoulders above Moore. Secondly, the rap on Boise that they are not as good as the rankings may indicate is hogwash. Granted, they play a lot of puppies and establish great Win-Loss records every year. I would be willing to bet that Boise's record against RANKED teams is as successful as anyone in the nation. And, yes, I understand they have not played as many ranked teams as the "big boys," but when they do, they seem to win most of the time. The "big boys' of college football won't play them - the 'Bamas, the LSUs, the Ohio States, the USC', etc., etc., because they have NOTHING to gain. They are suppose to beat Boise, but why schedule them and take the chance. The debate will continue until Boise gets their chance. This may be the year. If Oklahoma can beat Oklahoma State then Boise should play the winner of 'Bama/LSU for all the marbles. I, too, would like to hear the response from "Stats" and "Boog" as it is apparent that FRANCO has been hitting the margaritas a little too hard at Hyannis Port with Ethel and the gang. -Mike DAVIS ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` September, 2011 ~ November, 2011