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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 ~ 12/01/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ann BISHOP ('56), Margo COMPTON ('60) Jack EVANS ('62), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley PITTMAN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris WILLIAMSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy MARSHALL ('73) Cinnamon Bear - Audio CD: Cinnamon Bear - Listen online daily: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) Re: Bombers in the south I've been in Texarkana, AR since 1999. -Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) Re: Bombers in the South San Antonio, TX. no winter yet. Love it here. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack EVANS ('62) Class of '62 50 Year Reunion... August 24 to 26, 2012 Hey Classmate, We have started "organizing" for our 50 year reunion in 2012. We would like to display early class pictures like Kindergarten '49-'50 or First or Second Grade from the early '50s. The schools do not have records back that far so if you have class pictures from the early grades and would be willing to share it would be great. Let me know which class picture(s) you have and we will try to put together a complete set. If you can scan your pictures and send jpeg files to me at my email address below that would be easy. If you do not have access to sending scanned files and would be willing to send your pictures by mail I will scan/copy and either return to you by regular mail or hold and give to you at the reunion. The 20 and 50 year reunions are said to be the best attended so it should be a memorable event. Mark your calendar for August 24-25-26 next year and let me know if you have any class photos from the early years. You will be receiving emails from time to time with more information regarding cost and planned activities. Friday and Saturday evenings will be at the Hanford House. -Jack (JD) EVANS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland High Faces Fourth Death since May from 11/30/11 TC Herald "Richland High School was devastated by the loss of one of its students this week -- the fourth student death the school has experienced in the past six months. John Patrick HAYES, 15, of Richland, died Saturday after collapsing on a school bus this past week. Sierra MURRAY, 16, a junior was hit and killed while crossing Thayer Drive to attend an event at the school October 20. She died at the hospital October 28. Senior Austin KATAYMA, 18, of West Richland, died October 15 after falling from a grain elevator. And in May, teachers and students mourned sophomore Rybeca CONNER. The 16-year old died in a Benton City House fire." Bomber tears, -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SNIDER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy RICE ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Greenwood Maternity Hospital ~ Seattle I've quizzed "the group" several times over the past few years to see if any of you had been birthed at Greenwood Maternity Hospital in Seattle. No replies BUT with the help of a researcher at the Main Branch of the Seattle Library I did find out that the above mentioned "hospital" was in fact a 6 bed, 2 nurse and almost 1 doctor "baby mill" located in the "almost" doctor's home. Bottom Line: At age 65 I find that I was adopted at birth. Yesterday, through the State of Washington Department of Health Center for Health Statistics I have been given my "sealed file number" and will be contacting a "confidential intermediary" to view the file to see if I am able to contact any family members that may be alive. Have any of you ever gone through this process and if so have you any words of wisdom for me at this time? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemrieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees Wow, seeing the site for the Cimumumum bear sure brings back memries... I have it on cassette somewhere in my stash... I loved the visions I had of the various players in that story... the crazy quilt dragon was the most vivid in my mind and now I realize I visualized some kinda plaid or madras crocagator... but who cares... (I know we didn't know nuthin' bout madras back then... cept maybe Jimbeaux ('63) and LaMont ('63))... Anyway, I loved those evenings of lying in front of the radio listening to that story at Christmas time... you know when Christmas was Christmas and not just a Holiday... Today I refuse to put Happy Holidays on anything... It's MERRY CHRISTMAS fer me... but that's really not the purpose of this post... or "jabberwaky" as Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) refers to them... we gots a '65er Bomber-babe havin' her special day on December 2, 2011 and I just gotta get this puppy out before I get stuck doing something else... ya know how that can be... For anyone interested, Terry DAVIS ('65) headed out to Franklin, Indiana today to start shooting "Return of the Gila Monster"... why Indiana is way beyond me... I was hoping to hook up for a few dayz but it came up so quickly (I thought it was spozed ta be in January) I don't think I'm gonna be able to make it... he didn't sound like his feelings wuz too hurt yesterday when I sent him my schedule in a very agonizing text message (yeah I know... Machete don't text... ) and then he called to just say whatever time I could do it was fine with him and if I couldn't he understood (I'm thinking I should be worried... somebody may have been holding a gun to his head for him to be that understanding)... but anyway I need to let this chickie baby know we all love her and say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Patty SNIDER ('65) ON HER SPECIAL DAY!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Learning German in Harmony 12/1/11 TC Herald Richland High students sing songs in German band: Re: All-Area Volleyball team 12/1/11 TC Herald First team All-Area Volleyball selections from Richland are Lauren JOSEPH ('12) and Alisha BETTINSON ('13). Deserea ESTAVILLO ('13) made second team: Congratulations! Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Theresa Hammer sent stuff: Janet TYLER ('61) Helen CROSS ('62) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Theresa Hammer (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick VINCENT ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet TYLER ('61) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Gary, what a dramatic discovery! I wish you well in your follow- up. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday and may the New Year bring you all that you hope for. -Janet TYLER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Jack EVANS ('62) Hi Jack, I am very excited about our 50 year reunion, although I can hardly believe that we are that old, or were that young that many years ago. I do have some class photos, esp. from Spalding Elementary School. They are at the other house, and I will try to find them. I think I have Kindergarten, and maybe 5th grade for sure... Can't imagine why I don't have all of them, but I don't remember seeing them... I won't be able to scan them?? or send them until after Christmas, as being a pastor's wife, we are already in the Christmas rush until the big day... it is a great day for Christians, truly the reason for the season!! Hope to see lots of friends from the past there!! I hope to hear that others from our class will also be making it to this reunion!! Like wouldn't it be great if our class officers could all attend!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where we will have our Christmas Parade tomorrow and it is suppose to be 60 outside!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland Streets Honor Veterans 12/2/11 TC Herald Re: Two Vigils planned for Richland High teens 12/2/11 TC Herald Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Theresa Hammer, Assistant Mgr, Hanford Resource Ctr Please put the following Article in the next Sandstorm: We sure get lots of emails and calls - GREAT! (Happy December by the way!) Re: EEOICPA Law Changes for Hanford workers! Did YOU work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR PARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR GRANDPARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Do you KNOW SOMEONE who worked at Hanford/PNNL? As of December 1st over $830,000,000 has been awarded in monetary and medical compensation to employees or families of workers connected to Hanford or PNNL On January 9, 2010 Congress allowed for the Hanford Site to have Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) status under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Claimant's meeting SEC requirements (one of 22 specific cancers and employment during certain timeframes at Hanford) are awarded Part B compensation without the further analysis of a dose reconstruction. The law covers other illnesses as well as cancers. If you or one of your family members worked at Hanford or PNNL, please contact us for more information. EEOICPA is a federal law passed by Congress in July 2001. The intent of the law is to award medical and/or monetary compensation to workers in the Atomic Weapons Industry in the event the worker developed an occupational illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. If the worker is deceased, survivors can be awarded the compensation. Survivors include (in order of eligibility): ~ Surviving spouse ~ Children of the worker ~ Parents of the worker ~ Grandchildren of the worker ~ Grandparents of the worker CONTACT: The Hanford Resource Center toll-free at 888-654-0014 email: -Theresa Hammer, Assistant Manager, Hanford Resource Center 888-654-0014 509-946-3333 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/04/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Ruth MILES ('59) Patti JONES ('60) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michelle KAFENTZIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda DANIEL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) Re: Richland streets named after ... ... It was good to see news of another effort (and by someone named Miles -- no relation) to publicize some Richland history and recognition. Thanks, Karen, and Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) for posting. For as long as I can remember, I've been told that the streets were named after Army Engineers (including George Washington). They were, of course, veterans, but I'd like to see the Army Engineer connection publicized as well. -Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Ruth, Check out this site and let me know if you're looking for more information than this: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, December 10, 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: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Remembering Sierra 12/3/11 TC Herald Students mourn friend, lobby for safer conditions near Richland High School: Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David DOUGLAS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SNYDER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff FULCHER ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) and Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) Re: Richland Street Names Most informative and interesting, the site you provided for Ruth MILES Bruns (12/4/11 Sandstorm) on Richland street names pointing to famous army personnel. As it turns out, Ruth and her brother lived on Howell Avenue about a stone's throw from our house on "Hodges" Court. Hodges is listed as an unknown on the site you give, so here from Google is a supplement: Hodges is surely named after General Courtney Hodges (1887-1966), who succeeded General Omar Bradley in command of the First Army in Europe during World War II - of which General Patton's Third Armored Division was a part. History buffs say that in his famous sprint toward Berlin, division commander Patton probably should have shared more media attention with Hodges and the larger Third Army unit to which he was attached. A much less likely name origin is a Captain Hodges who headed the 8th company of the 3rd regiment of the Tryon County militia (New York) during the American Revolution. His name shows up on a register for August 1775. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Agin so soon????????????????????? Yow... one of my favorite birthdays... Bomber-babe a course... duh... this is the time of year I getta tell the story how boy meets girl... boy teases girl all thru Jr Hi but never dates her... boy gets girl... boy is a jerk and loses girl somebody else gets girl but boy gets the scale most all of us were weighed on at least once in our lives and most of our parents were weighed on before we were... so how's that for an intro! I gotta say I watched a movie on TV last night that I have passed on several times and was soooooooo glad I finally watched it... it was kinda the story of my life but without the ending... called "Flipped" a little girl and boy have a love/hate relationship from the second grade thru Jr Hi and finally get together... just a fun fun movie... the music is fantastic and in the end Phil Everly sings "Let It Be Me" by himself... it shocked me to hear his voice without Don singing it with him... kind of chilling... kind of sad... like listening to "Free Bird" live today... But is was such a fun look at our younger dayz... specially with the b-day girl in and out of my life... In Jr. Hi I flipped for her but never asked her out... instead, I would do things like make her almost fall over in her chair... you know real romantic stuff... if we'da had ink wells and she had pig tails... well you know... In Jr hi I had several different girl friends and one weird relationship with Myrna MELLING ('65)... we stayed close close bud always... we would go to the movies and dances together and try and escape from her full time boy friends (Myrna always went with older guys) we'd always hold hands and after the movie or dance we'd hafta sneak home to her house (gotta walk a girl home even if it means some "teen-ager" is gonna catch you in his car and beat the crap outa ya)... her house was on the total opposite side of the school and quite a ways from my house which was maybe two blocks from Chief Jo... In High School we continued... some History teacher was mad for her and would have her sit in the front row where he could drool over her... one day our classes were going to watcha movie together so naturally Myrna and I sat together so we could hold hands (siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh)... I finally realized who he reminded me of... "Ichobod Crane" I yelled out just before the movie started... nuther trip to see Uncle Tom and another continuation of the only conversation I ever had with that man... "Turn in your Books, Rivers"... I don't believe he ever said another word to me the whole time I was at Col. Hi. Not that I was really looking for a conversation with him or any other teacher for that matter (Sorry, Rex ('49), you know I dig you the most now)... Myrna and I loved to make this teacher sweat... we'd go to sock hops and he would be monitoring or whatever they did... Myrna would hug me really tight and I would grab her cheek (and what a nice cheek it was... but not as nice as Connie DAME ('65) or Cathy MOUTON ('65) of course... tho Cathy wouldn't grow her's till sometime post High School)... and we would kind of slither past this poor man with sweat running down his face... Still don't know the guy's name... but if you remember a guy who looked like Ichabod Crane would look (As I had never read a book at that time in my life it is kind of amazing I even came up with the name) that's him... so where is this going... Oh yes... the b-day girl... well it's an old story I've told a thousand December 5ths before (Didja know Freddie Boom Boom Cannon turned 72 on December 4th and Little Richard will be 79 this week!!!!!!!!!!!!)... I finally asked the girl out and it was a wonderful romantic time in our lives... till some kid talked me in to asking out some knock out blonde girl from the class of '66 so his girlfriend could go out with him on a double date... my downfall came shortly thereafter... But there is a silver lining... We've always remained very close and on my 60th b-day 5 years ago she and her husband ('64) presented me with Dr. Corrado's scale that he weighed most of us and our parents during his practice... so I did get second prize... (OK a way distant second... but this is my story so I can tell it the way I wanna... ) It's been mighty cold here lately so I guess I'll be ready for the '63 Clambake in Olympia next weekend... yesterday at the donut shop it was so very cold we all decided we wouldn't go to a car show benefiting a buddy of ours who survived cancer and was putting on for the "kause"... then I started feeling guilty so we all went... I was huddled with the boyz when a familiar sight came walking across the lot toward me with a huge smile and a big wave... It was Big Daddy Roth's widow... we gave big hugs and I caught up on her Dad's health (he fell and had a bad break in his leg a couple of months ago)... he's 92 but she said he is doing pretty well... we made plans for the day I would come up to the house in June and I said I'd bring a bigger gang than I did last year... I wanted to buy an "Atomic Rat Fink" T-shirt but she hadn't brought any... wanted to wear it to Olympia... but I did get this year's Christmas Rat Fink Shirt... (Maybe ADAIR ('65-'67) will let me borrow the Atomic one I got for him last year)... she had one of her younger boys with her and when I was leaving to go back to the car I gave her a big hug... I looked at her 13 year old, Wiley, and tried to decide if he was still up for hugs from old people or if I was now supposed to shake his hand... I made the wrong choice and held out my hand... he jumped up and hugged me just like he always has in the past... almost made me cry........... OK sorry... I get carried away... time to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Janine RIGHTMIRE Corrado ('65) on December 5, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Vigil shines light on suicide 12/4/11 TC Herald "Friends of West Richland teen form foundation to get out word about where to find assistance after the passing of Austin KATAYAMA ('11). Austin was a joy to be around. He was one of those people that, when he walked into the room, he lighted it up." Re: Bob Mars Wrestling Tournament 12/3/11 TC Herald 12/4/11 Richland senior Josh ANDREW won his third Bob Mars title at 120, matching the crowns he won at 103 as a freshman and sophomore. Re: Funeral notice for John Patrick HAYES, 15, of Richland and a sophomore at RHS: Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Donna FREDETTE ('65) George P. MOORE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil GOFF ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVINE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha LAWELL ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn MASON ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Just a minor correction, Pete, George S. Patton commanded the US 3rd Army under Omar Bradley who commanded the First US Army Group. Courtney Hodges commanded the 1st US Army, also under General Bradley. "Gerogie" may have commanded an armored division, but that would have been before the war. Following the debacle at Kasserine Pass in Africa, he took over II Corps where General Bradley served under him. Later he commanded the 7th US Army during the Scilian campaign, with General Bradley commanding the II Corps Hope this sets the record straighter. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the sun has broken through the fog and is melting the frost. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Sometimes I just like to take my hearing aids out, roll up the windows and crank up the jiver to an oldies station. Sunday morning on a "Breakfast of Champions" (Maple Bars and Chocolate Milk) run for my 75% Bomber grand cherubim, I heard a song that played right into todays 6-7-8 Club birthday greeting. The song was "Spawning on the stage to Sagittarius". So Happy Birthday to some of the GMC63's finest Sagittariusonians: Lamont (I've got a REALLY GREAT idea that we should try) DeJONG on the 6th of December Jim (The Conscience of '63) HOUSE on the 7th of December Anita (Cradle Robber) HEILING on the 8th of December Looking forward to hugs and kisses at the GMC63MCCS Christmas Gala in Olympia on Saturday. We're over 30 on Brother Leo's head count. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Too cold for Surfing for me Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, that's all I can say... it is downright cold here in Sin City... at least cold for us... I'm sure the people from Wisconsin are out on the strip in their t-shirts and shorts... Me I'm all huddled trying to keep warm... This time of year I always think of the North Shore and wonder if the Birthday Boy is getting ready to head for the Eddie Aikau... suspect he'll be at the '63 Clambake with his beautiful Bomber-babe wife ('63) so I can find out then... got my green and gold jambos Ellen and ML gave me last summer all ready... they gots my name on em sos I don't lose them... Hmmmmm that sounded a bit... well a bit... well I'm not about to get into any sitcheashuns where I might lose my jambos so I'll just leave it at that... the point is I'll be warm in those puppies at night... they kinda resemble the bunnie outfit the kid got just before he shot his eye out in "The Christmas Story" but without the ears... they do have feets and a flap inna back tho... I remember one year Terry DAVIS ('65), his sweetie Erin and I were going out on a boat to look at the boat Christmas lights in Huntington Beach... I ran out and got us all a set of red long johns... these Jambos make those heavy long johns look like summer wear... I put them on for 5 minutes after I got them and about died of heat stroke... I guess I should mention we also gots us a '65er Bomber-babe having a birthday on the same day... so here's a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LaMont DeJONG ('63) and Linda McKNIGHT on their special day, December 6, 2011!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) To: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) This message is to wish a wonderful 65th Happy Birthday [12/6] wish to my best friend Linda McKNIGHT Hoban!! Can't believe it's the big 65 already!! Time flies whether you're having fun or not!! Wish I was there to celebrate with you and Denny!! I know Denny will cook a wonderful Birthday Dinner for you!! Much love to you tomorrow on your Birthday. xoxoxoxo Bomber Cheers, -Donna FREDETTE ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: George P. MOORE ('67) Entered: Monday 12/05/2011 4:51:00pm COMMENTS: None -George P. MOORE ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Heber THOMPSON - Class of 1953 ~ 1935 - 2011 >>Mary Ellen BEIERS Glendinning - Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/11 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Paul SHEPARD ('57), Patti JONES ('60) Jack GARDINER ('61), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOFF ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed BORASKY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOUSE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry SPEARS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma KING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy HARVILLE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike DAVIS ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Paul SHEPARD ('57) Entered: Tuesday 12/06/2011 9:03:16pm COMMENTS: None -Paul SHEPARD ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: Holiday Eating Tips -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) I know it is a day late, but being somewhat of a Rock & Roll buff. On December 6, 1988 we lost one the great ones... Roy Orbison... I don't think anyone had the range in his voice that he did. Even the performers during that era say no one could hold a candle to him. Boise State got the shaft again!!!! -Jack GARDINER ('61) ~ It is pretty cold at night in the Tri-Cities... In the teens. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: That time a year Yup, it's NFR [National Finals Rodeo]season. The streets of downtown are filled with guys in hats and boots, big bellies, huge buckles and no butts with girls with boots, big hair, big butts and big buckles... the Clubs on the strip are filled with guys and gals with bodies of models in their designer jeans, phoney big buckles $300.00 hats pretending to be cowboys and girls... downtown they are driving their 20 year old GMCs with horse trailers and on the strip are the Hummers... it's a strange season... I've been trying to decide whether I need a new toothpick before I leave for Olympia... ya see much to Jimbeaux's ('63) surprise... this toothpick ain't just any tooth pick (kinda like the Chris LeDoux song about the guy's cowboy hat)... I start out with a brand I picked up in Visaila, CA years ago when I wore nothing but an old pair of mule skin boots (still my favorites), Lee Riders, denim shirts, NFR buckles and maybe an old John Deer hat or something like it... they are made of plastic and have a crook at one end... the company changed the formula for the plastic several years ago so I bought up as many boxes of the old formula that I could find... also years ago... then, as I replace one, I take it to my small belt sander (the big one is too course) and whittle them down to the right width and finish them off with wet sand paper... they gotta have just the right porousness so I can really suck on them... the sound which I can't hear annoys some folks... bummer... I hadda get a new "fanny pack" holster cuz mine had a bad zipper... I like them for the airport cuz I can check my gun and ammo in my luggage and put all my junk in the fanny pack going thru security... works out real well... with any other kinda holster I gotta put all my junk in one of those little bins and then forget to pick it up as I pass thru... (don't laugh... I called my pal Chuck LOLLIS ('64) "Doug" this morning so I'm easily confused)... so since it is NFR time, it's gotta be birthday time for some Big kids... Saturday will be the last night of the finals so I gave my tickets to our new runner who has never been... great kid... I'm sure he and his mom will enjoy... she reminds me of one of the women I described in the first few lines of this Jabberwoky... anyway, today (as you read this) is a special day for some special people so lemme wish Ed BORASKY ('59), Jim HOUSE ('63... number 32 in your program) and Jerry SPEARS ('64) a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on my Pal Bo's special day too, December 7, 2011... a date which will live in fame not infamy for these Birthday Bomber Guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bernie QUALHEIM ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita CLEAVER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol FORSYTHE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni SHADE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bethany HAGAN ('00) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re:Greenwood Maternity Hospital ~ Adoption My thanks to all of you who personally replied to me in the past week in regards to adoption. Many sent in their own experiences. A spouse of one other 1964 Richland Bomber was an adoptee from the same hospital and is now starting a search for her birth parents and/or any siblings. ~ Salute! -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: short but sweet... Though Jimbeaux ('63) covered nearly the entire month of December in his shotgun HB the other day, I myself prefer the "personal touch"... Thanks to Maren for letting the uninitiated know what NFR stood for in my post yesterday. Thanks to Jack GARDINER ('61) for reminding us of the music of another of my R&R heroes, Roy Orbison (NAB RIP)... Roy was one of the VERY few R&R heroes of mine I never saw in person... there are very few on that list... my walls are covered with autographed pix of so many... I've enjoyed meeting and being lucky enough to actually know several of them... I've got a drum head Sandy Nelson gave me that has an inscription that is very funny but perhaps inappropriate for publication... no nasty words but one a them double on ton drays... that includes the word "head"... Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) would not approve so I won't go any further with that subject... gotta stay in her good graces at least until I'm outa striking distance after this weekend... gotta remember to take my gold star crown to wear with me so I'll remove it from its display and take it home and pack it tonight so I don't forget... No shows I'll be seeing this NFR... since Chris LeDoux died I don't have much interest... his show at the "joint" was always full of young Tuff Hedaman, Lane Frost types... even tho Chris was a bronc rider the bull riders packed his shows... standing with their long neck beer bottles (the bottles almost taller than they were)... them bull riders are about 5' tall and their shoulders are nearly as wide as their height... I remember one of my bull ridin' friends going to buy a sport coat one time... he described the size coat he needed and the lady at the counter said "Mr. you don't need a coat... you need a cage"... not a pretty sight... reminded me of the time I hadda pull Mr. ADAIR ('65-'67) outa my favorite Army surplus store on H-wood Blvd. after it changed hands and was run my some Vietnamese... good thing that little man's chicken neck was so scrawny and Jimmie's hands are so big... couldn't quite close off the wind pipe before I dragged him outa the store... but lemme get to the purpose at hand... we gotta wonderful Bomber-babe turning 16 on us so let's wish Anita CLEAVER ('63) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on December 8, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Carl DVORAK ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth MILES ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carl DVORAK (Championship Class of '58) Re: David RIVERS ('65) Sandstorm entry - 12/7/11 Hey David, Reading your entries every day are usually a hoot. I specially got a chuckle (at myself) cause I got so intent reading your story about your toothpick and your John Deere hat that I didn't realize you had changed subjects. I was readin' along and you were talking about your John Deere hat and it being made out of plastic and you sanding the end down so you could suck on it and I had visions of ole Rivers sitting in a chair sucking on the bill of his hat when I realized right after the John Deere part you had gone back to your toothpick story. Sorry for the misunderstanding but is really easy to keep us old folk confused and also amused - even at ourselves. Keep up the good work - I'll try to pay more attention. -Carl DVORAK (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Kent BONHAM - Class of 1984 ~ 1966 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry WERSEN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff MICHAEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta JENSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary VALLELY ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark BOLME ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch/Christmas Party Saturday, December 3rd was a beautiful day at Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River and we had a great group of Bombers and family and friends gathered for a lunch social. As ALWAYS, the staff at Beaches took great care of us, and the food was wonderful as well. Our group of 23 included Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) & Karyl Carlson (spouse). Bob is a regular perticipant and always has some great stories. It was especially nice to have Karyl join us again. Jan RUCKER Meyer ('55) always enjoys our socials. Jan and I are more like brother & sister. We met in 1947 when we became neighbors in an "A" house on Duane Street (now Goethals). Our families have been close ever since. Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) brought her mom, Mary HEIDLEBAUGH (Bomber Mom) and brother Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and his beautiful daughter Jamie Barron (Bomber Daughter). We always enjoy Lola's stories and it was very special this time to have her family with her. Several years ago at a Bomber Christmas Party, Jim donated a piece of art that he had drawn and we were honored to be the recipients. This was the first time that Linda and I have had the opportunity to thank Jim in person. THANKS AGAIN, JIM!! Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) and Gary Anderson (spouse) were most enjoyable again and helpful as well. We learned that Jeanie is a "Master Organizer" and loves to take charge. Right Gary? Jeanie and Gary brought name tags, which I always forget, and they made certain that everyone got their photo taken in front of the fireplace that was all decorated for Christmas. THANKS Jeanie and Gary. I especially enjoy visiting with my old "South Ender" friends, Kathy LAMB Brown ('62) and Larry Brown (spouse), and Marcia MILLER Neff ('62) and Doug Neff (Spouse). We were neighborhood friends and classmates at Lewis & Clark Elementary through the 1950s. We remained friends and neighbors at Lewis & Clark, Carmichael, and Col-Hi, and we are still good friends and neighbors today. Bob BERGDAHL ('62) joined us again and he enjoyed visiting with several Bombers. Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) introduced us to Tony Siegmund (Friend). Of course, we all gave Tony a warm welcome to the group. Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) and Gary Dunphy (Spouse) had a fun visit. Thanks Donni for the special "sweet treats." We were happy to see Gary getting around pretty well with his new hip joint. Lamont DeJONG ('63) and Carolyn ROE DeJong ('63) joined us and we had a good visit with them. The Class of '63 was well represented again and we certainly enjoyed Lamont and Carolyn. Becky LA FOLLETTE Taylor ('64) enjoyed her visits and we always enjoy her great smile and enthusiasm. The final gang members were Tom HEMPHILL ('62) and Linda Hemphill (spouse). Linda has become an Adopted Bomber, but she also likes to share some of her experiences at high school in Santa Barbara, CA. Thanks all for joining us to celebrate our Richland Roots and the Christmas Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) My sincere thanks to Charlotte for stopping by my office today! All the way from New York... to see her son graduate with a PhD from WSU tomorrow... and to visit me (;-) -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: dumer n I thought OK... I wrote a nice HB to Loretta JENSEN ('65), Larry WERSEN ('63), Jeff MICHAEL ('65) and Mike BOTU ('65-RIP) at work and put it in "send later" thinking I could click the button and send it in this morning... duh... different computer... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all of you on your special day, December 10, 2011!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll send it when I get back to the office on Monday! -David RIVERS ('65), computer master ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/11 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WILLIAMSON ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim QUALHEIM ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: John BRUNTLETT ('54), Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) Charlotte NUGENT ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet MARTIN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Burt PIERARD ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick MORRELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky ALEXANDER ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanette POWELL ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John BRUNTLETT ('54) Re: Clay Jorgensen ('55-RIP) I was saddened to learn of the passing of Clay Jorgensen ('55), a current neighbor in Cheney. He and I were both fortunate to have played trombone in the the band under the direction of Gordon Pappas. -John BRUNTLETT ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) Hey! Great to see everyone at the '63 get together on Saturday. Thanks for the friendly reception afforded to my son, Richard. -Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) P.S. Sorry if I flubbed some of the introductions! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) My visit to Richland has been wonderful. I was able to see my son graduate, spend time with my grandchildren, see Gary BEHYMER ('64), and I even had a Spudnut. The first couple of days I was here the trees were all white and glistening... looked so beautiful. Richland will always have a special place in my heart. I feel fortunate to have my son and his family living here and someday my grandchildren will be Richland graduates too!! -Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS (the card table class of '65) Re: We ain't crazy father we'ze Bombers Well what can I say... just back from Olympia and the '63 Clambake and gotta Tattoo Bomber b-day ta boot... what more can one ask... Ok... now I've avoided heading up to the "north country" for a while now on the excuse that I hate the cold... but when Vegas is almost colder than Washington ya just can't weasel out any more... now before we begin... I have it on good authority that Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) will pay a pretty penny to the first Bomber who can tell her what movie the following line comes from (without looking it up or asking someone else): "It rubs the lotion on it's skin or else it gets the hose again"... I can tell you I won't be forgetting soon... now I gotta say that line kinda sums up the weekend... I mean this girl (cheered on by Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63)) has got one twisted mind... I mean check this... I landed at Sea-Tac on Friday morning and Cecilia BENNETT ('65) was sweet enough to pick me up on the way to Ellen's (though I kinda doubt it was on the way)... now Cecilia couldn't leave Richland until the Sputnut opened up AND finished making cimumumum rolls, as Jimbeaux ('63) insisted that they be brought for the Chile cook-off... so that meant she couldn't leave extra early... then... what do we get accused of by the dynamic duo of ML and Ellen when we get to Ellen's? Of pulling off the road... climbing in the back seat and eating half the rolls... the nerve of some people... not sure what time we arrived, but we figured Jim and the ever lovely Miss Nancy (WICK '65) would be there at any moment and Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) would be close behind so out came the 24 pounds of crab claws (shelled!), 35 pounds of "white trash" and other assorted snacks to hold everyone over till dinner time (the girls made a wonderful dip as well that looked amazingly like the "white trash"... it felt, however like "rubbing the lotion on its skin" when you dug your fingers in it... I'm sure some day all the sour cream will come off my hands)... Well, the HAMILTONs didn't arrive for quite some time... by now the huge red platter on which the crab claws had been displayed looked just flat empty so rush rush to rearranged them on an espresso saucer... those five crab claws looked ravishing on that little dish... Jimbeaux duct taped the white trash bowl to one of his hands and kept saying "somebody take this away from me!"... uh huh... finally Kippy Lou arrived... with Casey... now Casey is a 6 month old Golden Retriever that may or may not have been ordered through the LL Bean catalog (we never did figure that one out)... Kippy and her honey were ready for dinner (the rest of us were ready for a nap... crab legs have that effect in large quantities)... ML and Ellen and laid out a most beautiful table and Cecilia had picked up about 95 little wind up "people" to put at each place setting according to which wind up matched the personality of the occupant... I gotta tall skinny green glow- in-the-dark skeleton with a teeny tiny toothpick... you get the picture... we all kinda hoped it would take several hours to prepare the din din but Kippy Lou made short work of everything including the pomegranate for the salad... warning: do not pull apart pomegranates wearing white... just a word to the wise... now all this time, Casey was checking out all the tables and anything not nailed to the floor... each of those items wound up in Casey's mouth at some time during the evening... in exchange, not to be an ungrateful guest, Casey left something for us, which I don't think I am allowed to divulge (what happens in Olympia stays in Olympia and I was warned over and over that there were certain parts of this little story that were High School confidential!) Dinner was lovely and we hadda ball trying to remember where certain parts of Cheer Leader/Songleader outfits had gone on sweaters and skirts... we never did learn what songs song leaders sing... we did I'm ashamed to admit hafta resort to year books in the end to solve all of the mysteries... (well, not "all the time", as ML might say)... at 1:30 AM, after playing many rounds of "Would you rather" (be incredibly good looking and have a foul odor or be hideously unattractive and have a smell that made you irresistible...) it was time for beddy-bye or so some of us thought... I headed for my bed in the basement... thank God, ML and Ellen for those footie Jambos they got me last year... also for my forethought in bringing one of those things skiers put over their ears (I don't ski but I do get cold)... those are the tricks to sleeping in Ellen's basement in the winter... of course when I learned I was in the basement I knew ML was punishing me for some past wrong I had committed... you see the stairs to the basement are at a 90 degree angle to the upstairs floor... ok maybe not 90... maybe 85! My first thought was "sure... put the crippled kid downstairs... but I was a trooper... but I really got insight into the workings of ML's mind when she made me sleep with (1) a blonde Barbie doll; and (2) Jiminy Cricket... think about it... "oh Barbie... you know what I like"... "no no no... I'm your conscience... be a good boy"... that went on all night till I made those two sleep together on the window sill... "work it out" I told them sternly... Also, as it turns out... it was not really nighty night time... ML, Ellen and Cecilia decided to re-enact the last five seasons of American Bandstand... (well Dick, I give it an 85 cuz it has a great beat and is easy to dance to") Every song must have been a 'stomp"... surfer, Bristol... whatever... certainly no slow dances all night long... The next day was the Big '63 breakfast... what a great time... over 30 members of the Gold Medal Class showed up and Leo WEBB ('63) had everything well in hand... the food was good... even Ellen's "breakfast buddy" (think $14.00 egg McMuffin)... afterward we went out for the yearly '63 Clambake picture... Ann's ('63) guy, being one of the few NB's got stuck taking most of the pictures so we all were extra nice to him... not that we're not extra nice anyway... We learned what "church toys" are (thank you LaMont and Carolyn ('63)) and found that we had been playing with church toys when we played with those windups Cecilia brought... I could try and name everybody who was at breakfast but you know I'd forget someone and besides I only have twenty fingers and toes (unlike one of the pictures of Ellen that upon close inspection reveals she plays " pull my figure" to keep herself occupied and has a little tiny finger growing out of the palm of her hand...) Several kids headed back to Ellen's after breakfast and as some of us wanted to pull out before dark, we again ate right after eating... the Chile and Cimumumum rolls were excellant... I have every confidence that this week the picture of the entire group will be on the SS... hint hint... by the way, Dave HANTHORN call the lost and found... Jimbeaux has your camera... Thank you Class of '63 for letting this little kid continue to sit at the Big Kid's table (even tho Leo did think for a moment about bringing in a teeny tiny card table). (signal for changing lanes) I have been told that my little notes can be hard to follow so I will (when I am aware of it) signal before changing lanes from now on or at least today... The weekend was so very full of wonderful moments I can't begin to capture them all... I have been forbidden from recounting the more risque ones and as I cherish my friendship with ML and Ellen (oh that's a big fat lie... I fear for my life)... I will just act as tho none occurred (I could of course just say expletive deleted, but that's been used before and besides... they aren't really expletives... just uh... just... not to be told in public)... OK... here's the lane change... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my good friend and adopted uncle Burt PIERARD ('59) on December 12, 2011, his special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS (the card table class of '65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Tuesday is the big day for 'Biggest Loser' 12/11/11 Tri-City Herald Kennewick native, John Rhode, thinks he has a good shot at reality TV show title. His wife is Jill CHRISTENSEN Rhode, RHS (86) graduate. The 6'4" Rhode, who grew up in Kennewick and now lives in Mesa, AZ describes his weight loss journey from 445 pounds in September to 267 pounds this week as a living miracle. What a fantastic job!!! Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Clay JORGENSEN - Class of 1955 ~ 1937 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick PIERARD ('52), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Mike WAGGONER ('60), Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Deedee WILLOX ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie DAME ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HYLBAK ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HEDGES ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave COURSON ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) Re: 12/12 Birthday Happy birthday to my esteemed brother Burt PIERARD ('59). We owe him a real debt of gratitude for his efforts in preserving and telling our history. If you have not yet taken the B reactor tour, you should by all means do so. We also had a fun time visiting the Trinity Site in New Mexico a couple months ago. So congrats and many more happy years!! -Dick PIERARD ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Sandy FINNEY Harvego ('60) Last night Pete HOLLICK ('55), myself and our spouses, attended a surprise 70th Birthday party for Sandy FINNEY Harvego ('60), at the wondrous Firehouse restaurant in Old Town Sacramento... what a gig that was! She was totally blown away... and there were over a 100 folks there to celebrate with her, including her kids, grandkids, brother and sister, folks she has known for sometime, and of course, Bombers. Since the Harvegos own the Firehouse, it was as fine a party as you could ever wish... I mean, appetizers so different and so many, I lost count....and the wine (silver oak) was exquisite... oh, yeah, there was Baron of Beef also. But the highlite of the evening was just listening to the folks talk about what a great lady Sandy is. We Bombers knew that, but it was nice hearing it from other folks. Sandy is a great representative of Bomberville, and everyone couldn't believe that we still keep in touch. They don't know the half of it, do they? Happy Big day Sandy, and enjoy!!!! -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ sunny Sacramento, CA where we need snow badly in the Sierras. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike WAGGONER ('60) Re: lunar eclipse; retirement The lunar eclipse Saturday morning was spectacular here. The full moon reflecting off snowy fields made the outdoors very bright, then things gradually got darker and darker as the moon moved into the earth's penumbra. Finally the moon began to disappear as the earth's shadow cut down from the top. By now dawn was starting, and the darkness of the earth's-penumbra- dimmed moon was pushed back by the coming day. There was a race, as the earth's shadow slid down the moon but the moon hurried to hide behind the Rockies. The moon won, its bright little happy face disappearing behind our mountains. I retired at the end of August. I didn't feel retired, because I am still writing (I presented a paper in October in Madrid on carbon taxes that I would be happy to share, and I will be talking to the staff of the Senate Finance Committee in January), but now I do feel retired: This is the first Christmas time since 1972 during which I have had no papers or exams to grade. Hallelujah! Merry Christmas and best wishes! -Mike WAGGONER ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Dec 3 Portland/Vancouver Lunch photos A special thanks to Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) and Gary Anderson for organizing (herding) our Bomber Gang around to ensure that everyone got his & her photos taken. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Holidays Christmas is my favorite holiday and I hope you all have a great Christ-centered Christmas. But bear in mind that many people are hurting this time of year. There are more suicides during the holiday season than the whole rest of the year. We have a friend who is a chaplain for the police department who told us that there have been many suicides in the Tri-Cities already this year. Although I love Christmas, my dad was always sad during the season, as his father passed away at that time of year. My mom's birthday was December 25; for years after she died, I cried at Christmas, even though I love the whole season. We lost our 45-year-old son, Loren, on November 5th this year in Las Vegas. We made a quick trip down there to be with his wife and daughter and attend his memorial service. No one should ever have to bury a child, at any age, though I think losing a very young child would be even worse. So our Christmas is a little quieter this year, and perhaps that's a blessing in disguise. We are totally relying on each other and on God, who knows all about losing a son. However, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We know he is with Jesus now and we will see him again when we go to be with Jesus also. What a wonderful promise! So Merry Christmas to all of you. And remember to love them while you have them. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where it has been COLD! I'm actually wearing a coat these days; I don't usually put one on until it's under 40. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: yes sir that's my baby OK... I know... she's Ray's baby... but as Elvis said: "While I can dream... " and of course Bobby Darin... "Dream lover where are you... " and then there's Don and Phil... "Dreeeeeeam dream dream dream" and as the kids say: "in yer dreams"... ah but this Bomber-babe b-day girl has always had "it"... no kidding... her hair is always perfect and with the exception of Cathy MOUTON ('65) she is one of the only girls I can identify from a mile away from the back (to be very honest, not sure I could ID Cathy from that far away)... I was lucky enough to meet her at Jason Lee and she's been a close bud ever since... her brother ('68) is also a very close friend and not just cuz I enjoy being around his beautiful girl friend either... we wuz buds way before I met Jennifer so there... The b-day girl's sweetie, Ray is always a good sport and has never taken any one of us back behind the barn for a whoopin' even when we drool all over ourselves just being around her... she is also one of those among us that can still fit in to her majorette outfit without a struggle (I know I sure can't fit into mine)... AND she doesn't look any different in it today than she did... uh... hmmmm... a couple a years ago in school... so... as Johnny Burnette said "Well I'll a keep on dreamin'"... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Connie DAME ('65) on her special day, December 13, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCOY ('45, '46, '02) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole NOVOTNY ('58) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick COATES & Kay MITCHELL ('52) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike RICE ('60) & Donna BOWERS ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Had me confused, yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm listed me as having contributed something; but I didn't see what it was that I wrote. Now, I can read writing when it's writ, but kinda hard to read it when it's wrote. Beside the point. And, what is the point, you may well ask? Well, today we celebrate the birth on one of our older Bombers. I say older, because he claims to be 40 which is older than Jack Benny's claim to be 39. He also claims to be a member of at least three (count 'em 3) graduating classes. I know some have been "set back" a grade during their school years; but a forty- seven year set back? No wonder the no child left behind law was passed. On the other hand, since he claims 3 (count 'em three) graduating classes, do we really need to celebrate his birthday? Is he really going to go the Class of '02's tenth next year? Who know what evil lurks... sorry wrong program. At any rate, have a Happy Birthday, Dick McCOY (of all those classes) and don't eat all of the cake Ida baked for you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in sunny and cool Mount Angel, OR where I wonder if I really look that old, and the weather guessers keep promising rain in the valley and snow in the mountains (they may get it right someday). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: All-Area Football Team 12/13/11 TC Herald Dennis CHRISTENSEN ('12) made the 1st team on the All-Area Football Team. Jarrett SNOWHITE ('12), Jarrett WOLF ('12), Ethan WHITBY ('12), Sawyer POWELL ('12), Elijah GARDAYA ('12), and Q. TAYCHAK ('12) made 2nd team. B. K. ROBINSON ('12) made 3rd team. Congratulations to all!! Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/11 ~ BILL OF RIGHTS DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy STAMPER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SMITH ('58wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha GOSLIN ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) & Linda BAROTT ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Dick McCOY ('45) Keep on having them birthdays, old buddy! -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Time to break out the ol' propeller beanie again. This time I tip it in celebration of the birthday of fellow classmate, Dorothy STAMPER ('54). Some may ask her age, but that is inappropriate. Let's just say that she's old enough to be able to go to the Village Theater on her own. Have a fun day, Dorothy. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ it's still cold here in Mount Angel, OR and the weather guessers are still going for the valley rain/mountain snow bit in this very dry (so far) December. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ho Ho Ho Oh my... it is almost that time again... got a wonderful Bomber- babe having her special day and I always enjoy my HB to her. Poor Terry DAVIS ('65) is still filming in Indiana and there is just no way I can get back there... he got sick right after he arrived and hadda head home for a day or two to heal up... when he got back, my schedule just didn't allow for me to meet him... besides he said the set where they are is no real fun and while on the set it would just be cold and boring... he did have a couple of days off but since it takes a day over and a day back it would be kinda like driving to Richland for a weekend... I just don't do it any more... I have learned that his movie, "The Hunters", is out on DVD for any of you who are interested and I will try and put the Amazon site for the purchase below... if I forget, Dear Maren (my bestex) will remind me I'm sure. Weather here is just about what it was like in Olympia last weekend so I'm homesick for the Slumber party Bomber-babes already... Oh poop... you know I was missing them when I got on the plane back to Vegas... who am I trying to kid... who in their right mind would want to leave those yummy girls! Not me (tho I've never been accused of being in my right mind)... Now you know that I am a Christmas nut... I wish everybody a Merry Christmas... but... I must say that I would like to put Christmas into perspective... I hum Christmas songs most all year long but am not too fond of them on the radio beginning the day after Thanksgiving. I can take about two full days of traditional Christmas music... I noticed when I was driving back from the airport Sunday that there are one or two exceptions to that rule... On the way back, the Ronettes were singing one of their Christmas songs... I realized that I could listen to Ronnie Spector sing the New York phone book and enjoy it... gotta wonderful email from Ed QUIGLEY ('62) just before I started this and wanna say, Thanks... that made my day! OK lane change... time to wish an HB to a girl I've known nearly all my life and someone who has just been a total delight to know... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marsh GOSLIN ('65) on December 15, 2011, her special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) site for "The Hunters" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Kennewick native earns title of 'Biggest Loser' 12/14/11 TC Herald Re: Leading the Pack, Richland senior Connors hopes to inspire teammates 12/14/11 TC Herald Re: Mid-Columbia Wrestling Rankings 12/14/11 TC Herald Josh ANDREW ('12) ranks 1st in the 120 pounds, and Cameron SIMPSON ('13) ranks 5th in the 182 pounds. Congratulations everyone!! Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan CAMPBELL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack KEYS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim SMYTH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie HANSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DAVIS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billy DIDWAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth RUSSELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary RAEKES ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54 lunch Hey, ladies, please join us at Rosy's Ice Cream Diner in Richland today, at 11:30 am!!! Sounds like we will have a large group!! Come and wish all of our classmates and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Feel free to call me if you need directions or information! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) We almost missed our chance to wish a very happy birthday to one of the classiest of the Class of '64, Connie HANSON Lincoln. She puts the capital "F" in Friend, there just ain't none better. -The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy (WICK ('65)) and Jimbeaux. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Chief Joseph Belt Buckle What era might this Chief Joe belt buckle come from? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: It's been a great ride I managed to miss mentioning Bill of Rights Day in my post yesterday [12/15]. Kind of amazing, too because Oath Keepers had planned on issuing a rather scathing indictment to Congress, the White house and the Military regarding the Senate and House Bills that allow the President to determine, unilaterally, the status of American Citizens as Enemy Combatants, to be held in Military Prisons and tried in military Courts (if and when tried), notwithstanding specific provisions in the Body of the Constitution regarding Treason and the protections of several of those very Amendments... but not wishing to sound partisan or risk getting sent to the Sandbox I avoided my civic duty to mention same. In any event, because of the gravity of the subject matter, we did not issue the statement on Bill of Rights Day, as we had planned. Lane Change. Today is the special day of a kid I've known for about 55 years. Not all our lives... but dang close. He has been called by several names, including my "iluugitumutt Son"... changed his name in the course of his career but he'll always just be "DAVIS" to me... I remember it created some confusion around my office on more than one occasion... since I have always called him by his maiden name, my Paralegal, Michelle, often made reservations in his maiden name rather than his stage name... I didn't meet him till my 6th grade move to Jason Lee but from that time on we were joined at the hip, till I dropped out during my Sr. year... I say dropped out in that I did not understand the changes in our circle of tight knit friends as many of them expanded their horizons in preparation for College... as I had no immediate plans I was totally confused by the changes and with the exception of a Bomber-dude who will have his special day on the 19th just stopped hanging with my normal circle and spent most of my time with some guys from the classes of '64 and '62. It was a very weird time for me but I did grow out of it eventually... The b-day boy and I would have little communication for the next 20 years or so until we finally touched base again... from then on we were inseparable and tho we lived 300 miles apart, saw each other once or twice a month for many years... that closeness also came to an end after some rather painful circumstances and some very sound advise from my dear (sigh) friend Kathie ROE ('64)... I am happy to say that we have made peace, but the relationship is on a somewhat different level... I don't go to his place any more and don't invite him to mine but we do go to other places together fairly often and still act as silly as ever... Our relationship is far more truth based these days and he has even got the gumption to tell me "sometimes I think I liked you better when you were stupid"... hey can't get much more truthful than that... We've sure had some good times... He gave the eulogy at my Dad's funeral... it was pretty funny... He, the big fat liar, Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and I were standing in the funeral home when the Governor of Nevada approached us... Now I had known him for years thru my Pop, but the boyz had never met him... he walked up to us with his arms outstretched and said "It's always good to see that Bombers stick together"... The b-day boy and Jimmy about fainted... The Gov had been a construction worker at Hanford when most of our families arrived... through all the ups and downs I still love this guy as a brother and hope that will remain true between us. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Terence Paul Angel DAVIS Knox ('65) on his special day, December 16, 2011!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Happy birthday Terry DAVIS Knox ('65). Dust off those six- shooters, and have a great day! -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda RISLOV ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna YOUNG ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim GEIER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Corey BOEHNING ('87) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) Re: Don Sorenson (NAB) Actually this entry is for all the Bombers who write in to the Sandstorm. We all know what fantastic historians we have in Mr. Sorenson and Mr. Burt PIERARD ('59). Last Thursday evening, we had a surprise visit from Don. He had with him a picture taken around 1957 of a machine out on the Hanford site which included my beloved mother's (RIP) face as she was one of the operators of that particular machine. I was so impressed with his generosity in giving it to me that I almost cried. Our family will treasure this and thanks again to Don for his thoughtfulness. -Mary TRIEM Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: '66 gathering Classmates are welcome to attend a gathering of our 66 classmates at 4:30pm on Thursday, December 22nd, at the Ripples Bar at the Red Lion in Richland. Stop by and say hello to everyone! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! Re: Best Christmas Lights Display Merry Christmas to all you amateur electricians! This is cool, it looks like the house is jumping. As the story goes, the guy who owns his house lives north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Police were constantly being called for traffic jams and accidents in the neighborhood so they asked him to shut it down during certain hours. Instead he started charging by car load to pay off duty police to be there. The guy is supposedly a real computer GEEK. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole CLARK ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan NELSON ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Once again the ol' propeller beanie gets to do the ceremonial birthday tip in honor of a fellow classmate. Not only did we graduate in the same year, we also suffered the first two years of high school in Mr. Wheeler's homeroom class (English was the subject). She did graduate higher up the list than I, but it makes no difference at this stage. A lovely lady, but far too young and refined to ever haunt the nether regions of the Uptown Tavern, let alone the Frontier or the bowling alley. So, without the help of post-it notes, here's a great big Happy Birthday to Carole CLARK ('54). May you have many more. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in foggy and damp Mount Angel, OR. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Re: Missing 1962 classmates - Update 6-23-11 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, 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 contact me Thank You, -Jeff DeMEYER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) More Sagitariusonian birthdays today and tomorrow, stretching all the ways from what was then the 200 block of Goethals to the 1900 block of Harris. I think Pook's ('63-RIP) birthday is the 18th and Monday we'll take out our Zippos and fire up the heaters for Bob MATHIS ('63) and Kaiser Wilhelm Wilson LXIII ('63). Their personality traits are expect them to be free spirits and up for most anything. Nothing else need be said. Another search revealed them as being frank. I alway thought that "His Frankness" was Frank Osgard, however Frank (no show) WHITESIDE ('63) has also been known to claim said mantle. On an entirely other note, the head Parapazzi of the GMC63, David "Luigi" HANTHORN ('63) has not yet posted pictures from last week's Olympia clambake so I'll take the liberty of submitting the group shot. Mary Lou was aced out of coming the farthest by Herr WILSON. See you all at our next gathering on December 8th, 2012. Brother Leo, Im sure, is already looking to rent us a hall. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Hal SMITH ('56), Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn BUBNAR ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony HARRAH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie BUSHNELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa McCURDY ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Hal SMITH ('56) To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Hey Jimbeaux, Pook ('63-RIP) would never let you live it down. His birthday is today [12/19] not yesterday. Either way we all miss him very much. Happy birthday to my beloved brother on the 19th of December. I'm sure he has everybody laughing in heaven. We miss ya bro. -Hal SMITH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Hi Spot Music Merry Christmas! Music courtesy of Bill REDMOND ('63). Round sounds to pound the ground by. Regards, -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: It doesn't get any better We have two very special birthdays today... One big kid who touched all the kids in his class and many of us little kids as well; and one little kid who brightened my life as no one else ever has and to whom I will always be grateful for always being my friend... I know that sounds as though I don't appreciate my other friends as much, but that isn't correct... I could never put into words what this kid meant to me and continues to mean to me... I know that sounds kinda mushy and all but at this time in our lives we need to take every chance we have to tell others how much we love them and I truly love this guy... I'll never quite understand why I didn't meet him earlier when all the other kids I ran with knew him for several years longer... but now I guess it's just one of those mysteries I'll just accept... He'll get a kick out of the call I just got from Terry DAVIS ('65) (The b-day boy and Terry actually shared a room when they were born)... Terry is still on the set of the Epic production "Return of the Gila Monster" in Indiana... I managed to miss the filming because Terry got sick and actually admitted to me that the set was boring and I probably wouldn't have much fun (I've always had fun on Terry's sets and been treated like one of the gang... except by one snooty little starlet who Terry made his immediate life's work to destroy any confidence she would ever have in her life because of some snotty comment she made to me... As Terry has said most of our lives... "Nobody messes with David RIVERS" [except Terry of course])... anyway yesterday, they made the mistake of having T drive a 52' motor home on a muddy road between two corn fields... yup... the result was much the same as the time I made the mistake of asking him to do the simple act of steering a car on to a trailer... when Terry left the set, they were still trying to get the motor home (almost on its side) out of the muddy corn field... took three tow truck drivers several hours to help me get the car (sitting sideways on the trailer) the way it should have been if he hadn't turned to the side while steering yelling "look at me look at me I'm helping"... I tell this because the younger b-day boy will recognize that story as so very typical of our growing up years in Richland... nothing has changed much in some ways... I have always been grateful for the way he did his best to keep me from making huge mistakes and tried to guide me along a path from point A to point B... He was the one who insisted I take second semester geometry so I could apply for college... I lasted one day before I went back to my 2nd or 3rd PE... He also advised me that I needed to take a standardized test (SAT? ACT?)... unfortunately I didn't hear him say I hadda sign up for it and prolly pay a fee... I sat outside on the steps while the rest of the kids took the test (what is really weird is that I would be working hand in hand with the guys that write those tests later on when I was heading up the competency exams for kids to grageate here in Clark County and would actually have a full ride to Harvard to do my PhD work that would allow me to be hired by those same companies... I passed and got a JD instead) The world is strange ain't it! I continue to admire him and am so grateful that the smartest kid in the class (actually the entire State of Washington if ya ask me but since some will have their own choices I'll avoid debate) would take the time and energy to be pals with a kid like me... for any of you who doubt my total lack of any semblance of ambition in those days, ask him... he can confirm what I say is true... The big kid is one who also touched the hearts of all who knew him... Oh I'm not saying he didn't try the patience of a few... but when I listen to Jimbeaux ('63) and others talk, they seldom speak for very long before the subject turns to this b-day boy... I'm so happy to be able to wish them both HBs but I wanna stress that I want the younger kid to know I want to be able to wish him HBs for many, many years to come... so be careful! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tony HARRAH ('65) and Dave Pook SMITH ('63-RIP) on December 19, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays December 19th the day two of my favorite people have their birthdays. The first is my oldest son Matthew, a whopping 30 years old, and the second is Bonnie BUSHNELL, Cool Class of '71. I've been fortunate enough to have known Bonnie since 7th grade. I hope you have a great birthday and check your facebook wall. It'll be full no doubt. -Brad WEAR ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Ed QUIGLEY ('62) Judy CAMPBELL ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Mike DAVIS ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne COLLINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyle HAWK ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Tri-Cities New Years Eve Fireworks As promised in my last missive to this noble net, here is the information on the Tri-Cities New Years Eve/"First Night" fireworks. There are 2 displays. The first will be fired at 6 PM so families can take their small children to see the fireworks, and the adults can still go out and celebrate later. The second display will be at midnight. Both displays will be fired at Columbia Basin College. Rich, our Spokane and Eastern Manager, tells me the shoot site is on the S East side of the college. "First Night" is an organization promoting a "sober" New Years celebration. So fair warning... booze may not be acceptable at whatever function is happening at the site. As I have for the last 8 years, I will be a Dutch Harbor Alaska 800 miles west of Anchorage. Weather permitting we do a large display (over 600 shells) at midnight. Last couple of years the Gods of weather have been nice to us with the wind staying low and the ceiling staying high. I will fly up Thursday AM the 22nd and spend Christmas in Anchorage flying out the next day to Dutch. Temps being well below zero is normal but the winds, deep snow drifts, and low ceiling has caused a couple of 1-3 day postponements over the years. There is no point shooting with a 2-300 foot ceiling as all the shells would be bursting unseen in the clouds. As bad as it gets up there I really enjoy doing it. Along with all the king crab (yum yum) I can eat with a cold beer. (I never drink alcohol on the day of a display. Well... maybe a beer after the clean-up is done. :) I have put together and trained a great crew... we set the show up on a 55 foot trailer working in a heated high bay building. A couple of hours before show time we back a tractor under the trailer and tow it out to the shoot site 1/4 of a mile away. The Police Dept. blocks the road on both sides, and I hook up the firing cables and sit in a chair at a table 50 feet away and direct the firing, starting at exactly midnight AK time. No matter what the weather, if the local TV channel says the show is on, most of the 4000 residents gather around huge bonfires of old wood pallets across the small bay from us and really enjoy a nice display. Lots of great product and exquisitely choreographed (if I may say that) to provide a suitably exciting display. Glitz, glitter, and noise, and 10 and 12 inch shells putting out huge canopies of pyro effects hundreds of feet wide and dripping to the water. The winds take care of the clean-up and all I have to do the next day is tear down the racks of mortars and dismantle the special floor we build to protect the trailer bed. Protect from what, you ask? They are "only fireworks". A couple of years ago a puny little 5 inch shell exploded in the mortar and snapped a 4x4 timber under it like a match stick. It is, after all, a dangerous business, and with all the advances made of the last 30 years, it is still not a perfect science. I will return to the southern part of the US on the 7th, the day after my 70th birthday. "I may age but I refuse to grow old" has been a favorite saying of mine. But arthritis is taking its toll. My visits per year to a chiropractor keeps increasing. My DC who has been wonderful for the last 21 years has just retired. I am interviewing 3 in the Tacoma area this week. May I close with the wish for all alums and their families, to have a joyful and blessed Christmas, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) Re: Class of '60 webpage? Hey guys, I just tried to link to the class of '60's web page, and got a "page not found" message; can anyone provide me a link, or tell me what happened to their web site? Thanks, -Ed QUIGLEY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy CAMPBELL ('64) I too want to wish happy birthday to my cuz David George "Pook" SMITH ('63-RIP). I always had a crush on my cuz when we were growing up and wondered if it was "legal" since I think we were only 3rd cousins. Holidays were so special when the Smiths came to our house for a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner... the highlight for me was spending time with Pooker... he was always so darn cute, funny, and cool and very gracious about hanging out with his younger not-so-cool cuz. He is truly missed. -Judy CAMPBELL ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Party crashers I remember one of our Card Table Class of '65 early reunions, when we got the group picture there was a girl who looked several years younger than we did in the picture... the girl was in a fairly obvious state of intoxication and seemed to have just stumbled into the picture... I don't think any of us has ever figured out who she was. I found it interesting when Jimbeaux HAMILTON ('63) attached a copy of the VERY unofficial photo of the Olympia Clambake to his post on the 18th that it appears that one of the waiters from breakfast managed to sneak in between Leo WEBB ('63) and Joe FORD ('63) and appears to be holding a former mascot of Col-Hi over the head of our Dear Mary Lou ('63). I recall seeing the little beaver and a replica of the Bomb on ML's table and can only assume that the scoundrel (his face cannot be clearly seen or I'd send it to Interpol to try and discover his identity) found ML's beaver... no that's not what I meant to say... I mean the cute little furry thing ML brought with her to the clam bake... no that doesn't work either... I mean the former mascot... that sounds much better... I can only assume he found it on the table and was trying to return it to its rightful owner... it would be natural for him to hold it up in the unofficial photo in order to alert the owner that it was not lost after all and could be retrieved at the lost and found... I have it on good authority that the fellow would never knowingly intend to besmirch ML's rep with any double on ton dray as to the meaning of the cute little former mascot... We all know that ML maintains a perfect rep and will continue to be the symbol of virtue for all of Col-Hi... I'm serious you guys... if she doesn't buy this I could be in big time trubel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Here is a link to a neat patriotic Christmas display lighting: Let us remember those troops serving and pray for their safe return. Here is a link to "A Soldier's Silent Night:" "Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born." Merry Christmas again everyone! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike DAVIS ('74) Re: Frank Teverbaugh and the 40th Anniversary of 1972 State Championship I have been asked by Mike Edwards, RHS Athletic Director to inform the Sandstorm community about an upcoming event. On January 6 at the Bomber game vs. Chiawana we will be honoring former Bomber head coach Frank Teverbaugh and his 1972 State Championship team. There will be a pre-game social before the game in the cafeteria around 6:30. Game is at 7:30 and we will be honoring the '72 team and coach at halftime. Afterwards all are invited to gather at the Hanford House lounge to relive basketball memories. Hoping all members of the 1972 championship team will be able to attend as well as all players who were coached by Coach Teverbaugh. -Mike DAVIS ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/11 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE - SHORTEST DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Gary BEHYMER ('64 David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent Hamrick ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanne ROLPH ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan WARD (65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane LEE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon ANDERSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff OSBORN ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Searching for Souply Family By chance does anyone remember the Souply Family? Patricia aka Pat Souply who attended Jefferson Grade School & Chief Joe Junior High School... would have graduated with the Class of 1964. Anyone know the whereabouts of Pat or any family members? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Pleeeeeeeeeeeeez Mr. Custard I don't wanna go... Please accept this as a puplick polugy to Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) for my indiscriminate and uncalled for post of December 20, 2011. In my futile attempt to explain the little critter which appeared in Jimbeaux HAMILTON's ('63) Unofficial Photo which was posted on December 18, 2011 (wow did you guys see that Judy CAMPBELL ('64) wrote a post on December 20th which appeared right next to mine... swooooooooooooon... just to be that close to her even in virtual space made my heart turn flip flops)... no wait... I know I'm easily distracted... just proof of my immaturity and why I need big kids like ML to take me under their wings and teach me the ways of civility... I think I must have ADD or what ever it's called too... guess I need drugs like they give kinegarduners these days to make them veg out and behave... I just wanna say that I meant no disrespect to my elders in trying to protect ML from any misconceptions some less than normal kids might get from seeing that unofficial picture... I mean after all it was Jim's fault for posting that picture inna first place but I'm not trying to run from my obligations to straighten this fiasco out I take full responsibility for my acts and words even if I am a rather troubled soul and should be seeking understanding rather than groveling but hey when a Bomber-babe like ML tells ya yer dead and her best friend says you broke a promise no amount of groveling its too much... I know I promised not to reveal any secrets of the Clam bake cult and I had every intention of keeping my promise till that Hamilton kid made me... I'll tell ya how serious this is for me... when I opened ML's first email this morning my toothpick went flying outa my mouth... now that may seem like a small thing but for kids like Linus (the kid with the blankie) and me... our security items are very very important... I looked everywhere and finally hadda pull an Emergency one from my wallet (you laugh... you don't know just how sick I am)... I don't wanna hafta sit at a card table on the 11th green... I've seen what those golfers do with those little balls and it looks VERY dangerous to be sitting on any green or even within miles of a golf course... When we were at the clam bake we were trying to think of great movie lines... well how's this: "I must be stupid stupid stupid" to make such a fox pot (that's French for screw up to you non French speaking kids)... and even if that Hamilton is really the one at fault I just wanna say... oh wait this is good... Ellen ('63) sent me a really cute email about how to define love by little (littler than I) kids... one of them was: "When someone says they love you, the way they say your name is different -- you just know your name is safe in their mouth" Mary Lou Mary Lou Mary Lou... or maybe... "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on cologne and they go out and smell each other"... OK I admit that one is kinda creepy... forget that one... so pleeeeeeeeeeez Mr. Custard... don't throw me in that briar patch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: '72 BB championship To: Mike DAVIS ('74) My late brother Howard AVANT ('72-RIP) was one of the managers of that championship team. It was the only year he managed basketball as he did wrestling team his sophomore and junior years. Coach Frank came to him in the fall of his senior year and asked him to manage his basketball team which he gladly did. It was the highlight of his high school managing career (my opinion anyway). He went on to C.B.C. where he managed football, wrestling, and basketball and transferred to the University of New Mexico when C.B.C.'s football coach Bob McCray went there as an assistant. He pretty much was a member of the Lobo equipment room from '74 through his passing in '95. He did come back to C.B.C. for 2 years ('77-'79) after they gave his job to a Ceta (sp) employee and they won the national championship in football. He returned to Albuquerque in '79 and was there until his untimely passing in June of '95. Know he is smiling down on that team and glad you and the rest of the team are throwing a celebration of the 40-year championship and honoring coach Frank. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it will probably be the driest December on record ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Annette HALL ('62) David HANTHORN ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Kerry FORSYTHE ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Pam EHINGER ('67), Michael FURNER ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob CHILES ('58) & Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Painful ordeal Yesterday, (Tuesday 2 AM) I woke up with a hot wisdom tooth hurting like hell. I dug out a couple of pain pills I had left from some malady a while back and cut one in half and took it. 30 minutes later it still hurt some, but I could at least be rational. Got dressed and went on out to the office as I had 2 items to take care of before leaving for Alaska, Thurs at 5AM. Home to my office is 39 miles. Then I called over 50 Dentists', and Oral Surgeons' offices. Welcome to the cold world of Dentistry! I have heard people talk about the real hate for dentists. For the last 8 years or so I have been getting my work down by great technician with a wall full of degrees in Mexico. Best DDS. ever to put his hands in my mouth. So I have been a bit immune to how cold some local dentists can be. Only a few even offered some excuse, most just said NO not today or whatever. Not ONE of the over 50 offices I called in Olympia and Tacoma, had any sympathy nor did any of them make any recommendation on where I should turn. By 3 PM I was totally wrapped in pain and out of pills. So drove over to and was walking in the hall toward the emergency room of the hospital in Olympia and ran into a young doctor who pointed out an Oral Surgery on the top floor of a building down the street. I must have looked pretty bad as the lady at the counter there said "Oh My God... here... sit down." and pushed a chair around to me. I explained what I had been through and pleaded for help. With no food since 5 PM Monday night I was pretty weak and shaky on top of it all. After a few minutes a doctor came out and took me to a back room and we talked and he said if I could wait an hour or so he would look at it but would make no promise to extract it. He also could not give me anything until they had all the paperwork completed and signed. Before she laid the paperwork on the counter she asked how was I going to pay for this? I laid 3 credit cards, a debit card and the $400 cash travel money I had on me on the counter and said "The choice is yours." She did not take the payment at that time, but helped me fill out all the blanks. To be truthful I have no idea what I filled out and signed. I was nearly incoherent, and I was a mess with tears all over my face. Long story short... I will draw a curtain of charity over the gory details, but It took the doctor and 2 assistants over 1 1/2 hours to chisel that tooth out piece by piece. He had to spilt the jaw bone to get the last of the roots. He told me afterwards that it was one of the worst he could remember. They did tell me before doing it, what the cost would be, and I was really glad to pay it. Now 24 hours later I look like walking death, totally white faced, all swollen on one side and black and blue around the jaw. But I just got a letter for the airline that I am OK to fly to Alaska tomorrow. I was afraid one look and they might not let me on the plane. Not looking for sympathy here, as I was told last summer I should have it out in the near future. But I decided to wait until I was in Dr. Alfredo's chair in Algadonnes in February I go to Arizona every February for Winter Blast. Conclusions are obvious: Don't wait on dental problems as they WILL get worse and can hit you at the worst of times. And if you do not have dental insurance (most of which is useless in this kind of problem) or the wherewith all, the world of dentistry can be a VERY cold place. Yes I know we have a fair number of alums with DDS after their name. I can also believe they have some feeling toward their colleagues, that's ok but the other side of this can be pretty bleak. Hope you all have a great holiday season. "Happiness is a missing tooth" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) All should now by now that Ron Hays passed away. -Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: 2011 GMC63CMCS Well, I guess these are what Jimbeaux ('63) would call the "official" photos of the GMC '63's annual clambake in Olympia. Sorry for getting them in so late, but I had a little difficulty getting them downloaded from the camera and uploaded to the Sandstorm. Seems like my computer skills are declining as my age is advancing. I am pretty sure that the turnout this year was the biggest in the twenty something year history of this event, and it was great to see everyone there. We even had a few kids from the "card table class" that were invited to come sit at the "big kids' table" which always adds to the festivities. So here is wishing my fellow Bombers everywhere a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Joyous New Year. -David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from grey and dreary Mercer Island, WA where I am hoping for a sunny Christmas rather than a white Christmas (but probably will get neither) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Here's an interesting "Richland site" Don't remember seeing this one before? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) Re: Searching contact information Does anyone have contact information for Ken SHAFFER ('63) or Dean ALLEN ('65). These are neighborhood pals that I lost contact with over the years. -Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "Wambach earns AP Female Athlete of Year honor" 12/21/11 TC Herald Abby Wambach's clutch performance at this summer's World Cup made her the clear choice for the Associated Press 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. The U.S. forward received 65 of the 214 votes cast, while teammate Hope SOLO ('99) was a distant second. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Duane LEE ('67) Happy Belated Birthday Duane [on the 21st]! I had to laugh when I saw your name as you terrorized me every day when we went to Chief Joe! You were a BIG Pain in my side! But I remember it all fondly and chuckle at the good Ole Days! Hope you had a Great Birthday! Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael FURNER ('68) Hello, ya all. I hope this reaches as many as possible and that they get published. I've been cutting and collecting precious Opal for up to forty two years now. Check out my images on Facebook at!/mfurner2 Rooster ANDERSON, Happy Birthday!!!! Back in the early '70s what would the odds have been we would both be alive in 2011? Rooster? Hello Rooster... you still there??? Take care everyone, A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. -Michael FURNER ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck HOLTZ ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig LANSING ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila STAMBAUGH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy RIGGINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny KUYKENDALL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat HARTY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff O'MEALY ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: More big kids Time for me to wish two big kids a very happy special day. One of them I pretty much know only through his sister ('63), though the way she speaks of him makes me feel as though I've known him all my life... In some ways I have as have all kids around my age or slightly younger or slightly more mature (can't say old or I have problems with some Bomber-babes... I mean I can't use the word in any context) he is one of those local heroes that we have all admired through the years... Every Vet's day I think of him pecifically and am very grateful for all he gave to all of us... The other guy is a guy I know and really enjoy knowing... corse he's a car guy and I always look for him when I am home during the '65er gathering and CDNs... I must say that he can try my patience a little as he has a habit of sneaking into Vegas for oh say the SEMA auto show... he doesn't call he doesn't write, but he should know by now that I have eyes and ears on the pulse of Vegas... thunk you pulled it off didn't you, buddy! Not so! So lemme wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on December 23, 2011 to Craig LANSING ('62) and Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) PS sorry if yer getting tired of my reports on my ilugitamutt son, but he just pulls stuff that cracks me up... On Monday, he was sitting in the Chicago Airport and they were running a piece on Angela Lansbury... they were showing still photos of her in different works and up popped a photo Of Ms L and our own Terry DAVIS ('65) from an episode of "Murder She Wrote"... naturally our boy let out a huge: HEY THAT'S ME!"... guess the people around him looked at him like he was a bit daffed... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Checking In Season's Greetings to my fellow Bombers. I have been asked by a number of people if everything is "all right" because I have not been making regular entries to the Sandstorm. (calling these contributions might be pushing it a bit). Nothing wrong on my end... been busy but not necessarily any busier than normal... just not quite getting around to doing it. These things DO require a certain level of time and effort... in my case there is very little skill involved but spell check makes the whole thing possible. So I will prattle on for a bit and then get down to business... David RIVERS ('65), in particular, continues to amaze me... how he finds the time and the memories and is able to always blend them into missives that are entertaining and educational and just downright fun to read... don't know how you do it but we sure all appreciate it. You have to do a few of these to truly appreciate David's talent. Not sure how great a Barrister he is but he gets my vote for top tall tale teller..... make that historian/ contributor. Speaking of tall tales, Brad UPTON ('74) may be one of the funniest guys around... but his contributions generally sound like public service announcements for the Hungry Comedians Fund. Brad is truly one of the funniest guys you will ever have the opportunity to see (and I enjoy seeing his act whenever possible) BUT I guess you have to PAY to get the good stuff. Throw us a morsel now and then, Brad. Come to think of it... all we get from Mike DAVIS ('74) these days is Public Service announcements... I don't even think he HAS an act anymore. Must be something about that class year??? Finally... always good to have George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) surface from time to time and regale us with tales of his hunting and fishing prowess and the exploits of his pups and elfin friends. I am waiting for him to compile the lot and release it for the rest of the world to enjoy. I had to correct myself as I reviewed my submission... David RIVERS gets my vote for top overall contributor to the Sandstorm but it would pretty much be a "no- brainer" who the top tall tale teller would be, isn't it?? I know we all enjoy the Sandstorm but it does a get a bit on the skimpy side from time to time. If everyone out there would reach back and grab a memory to share a couple of times a year... Maren would be swamped with copy to compile and edit. I think we owe it to Maren to make her job as burdensome as possible... and to continue to do so as long as we keep having to hear her go on about that dang LSU football team. Maren... you are a jewel and we all appreciate your efforts to keep us on the straight and narrow. [NOTE: speaking of LSU: 2011 National Championship game is January 9, 2012 - Sugar Bowl, New Orleans. -Maren] Now that I have insulted and berated some of the nicest people around... let's get down to some Bomber business from the Most Fun Class of '71. Today, Friday December 23rd, we celebrate a couple of the nicest guys you could ever know... Pat HARTY ('71) and Jeff O'MEALY ('71). Jeff is kind of a gentle giant of a man and Pat has the biggest heart I have ever known. Don't get to see Jeff except at our reunions but we do keep in touch with e-mail and don't get the opportunity to hang with Pat nearly as often as I would like. Pat is kind of an institution in the Tri-Cities and has helped so many people throughout the years. An interesting Party Harty story is involved with one of those helping moments. After our good friend and key member of that 1972 State Basketball Championship team-Steve "Bear" Davis ('72-RIP) passed away in 1987... Pat helped spearhead an annual party and charity auction to benefit his daughters. Pat usually served as the "auctioneer" and would work the crowd to get the bidding going. I happened to be in town one year and went to the affair with some of my family members. My sister. Chris MARSHALL Hopkins ('69) was really into Western art at the time and a piece came up for auction that I thought she would like. Pat opened the bidding and we quickly got down to 2 people bidding on the piece. The room was kind of set up in an "L" pattern and I could not see who I was bidding against. We quickly reached & exceeded what I thought was a "reasonable" price for the piece but, I figured, heck, it's for a good cause and I was CERTAIN my sister would LOVE the piece. Well, I eventually out bid the other person and secured this prize piece of art for my sister. It was only AFTER the final gavel that Pat shared with me (and the rest of our collective "friends") that I had been bidding against my sister the ENTIRE time!!! Probably ended up paying 2 or 3 times what I needed for the picture but Pat sure had a good time playing us off against each other. I hope you both have great days today. I also missed one of my oldest and closest friend's birthday on Wednesday... Jon "Rooster" ANDERSON ('71). but noticed that Michael FURNER ('68) did not. Michael, I am here to tell you that Jon' s activities became even more precarious after he moved beyond the relative safety of Richie Court. Jon was one of my college roommates (along with George DANA ('70-RIP) and John MOSLEY ('71)) and, believe me, we were ALL lucky to have survived our college experience. I think the only thing that saved us was that Mike FRANCO ('70), Bobby JACOBS ('70) and Brian GLADSTONE ('71) were only at Eastern for a year over-lap with us. Richland guys had a pretty unsavory reputations when I arrived on campus and I can tell you that it did not get any better while we were there (but it was already about as low as it could get). I have many interesting stories from that period but they are best told over a cold one and certainly not in the presence of decent company. Jon went on to a long and illustrious career in corrugated containers (that would be cardboard boxes to most of you). One of my prized possessions is the cardboard suitcase that Jon gave me on one of the tours of the plant that I had, I mean got, to take on one of my visits to beautiful Moses Lake to see Jon and his family. Michael... you will also be pleasantly surprised to know that Jon has a lovely wife, Tina and 2 absolutely super kids who are no longer kids. Not bad considering his past. Jon can keep people in awe and wonder on the intricacies of paper products for hours on end. One of life's more important lessons I learned (the hard way) was to NEVER ask Jon... "How do they do that?" when it comes to Cardboard anything. In all seriousness... if everyone had the enthusiasm and interest in what they did as Jon does... the business world would be a better place. Not necessarily the rational world, mind you. but he has excelled in his chosen profession. Let me finish out the month while I am on a roll. On Tuesday, December 27th, we celebrate Shirley LUTZ Requard ('71) arrival as well as one of my bestest non-Bomber but still from the Tri- Cities buddies... Clark Stolle (Kamiakin '74). Clark work out at Hanford somewhere and has something to do with making sure that the heat and lights stay on. For any of you who know Clark... call him and rattle his cage on Tuesday and let him know that Vic sent you. Heck... call him even if you don't know him... I'm sure he is in the Hanford directory somewhere. Finally, I want to wish all my friends and extended Bomber family the happiest and best Christmas ever... that includes Mike "I'll eat the Ham" FRANCO ('70) and Doug CAHN ('71) who I also wish the happiest Hanukkah possible. Wish I would have known about the 8 days of presents thing when I was a kid... FRANCO kept that little secret to himself... And to all a good night!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI where we will NOT be having a White Christmas this year ... not with daytime highs in the 40s and 50s ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/11 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Dave RHODES ('52wb), Bill BERLIN ('56) Diane DAVENPORT ('62), Marsha GOSLIN ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn GROFF ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry LYNCH ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SCHAFER ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Merry Christmas Another year has slipped by. I am 84 this month, and Ida is 6- 1/2 years behind. Five kids and a couple of them are just about eligible for AARP. The Grandkids are scattered around nearby, and are healthy and very active. This is my 85th Christmas, and I remember some of them by melodies, which equal memories. For instance in my earliest years in St. Louis, "Babes in Toyland" soothed me, thus: Toyland, Toyland, dear little girl and boy land; Once you pass its portals, you Can never return again. (Alas, very true) Meanwhile, Ida was born in a far away in Beaver Crossing, NE. It was quiet on the farm there, as in "Silent Night". Then in 1936 I was "Walking in the Winter Wonder Land" of Loring Park, in Minneapolis. In 1940 Der Bingle was crooning "White Christmas" to us in Mound, MN. Then in St. Paul, 1942, a black fellow at Marshall High sang "O Holy Night." For me no one since has sung it better. We moved to Richland in 1943 and the GIs were singing "I'll be Home for Christmas"... Not yet, not yet... In Seattle the kids started to arrive along with Rock, such as "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree." I went deaf in one ear. To this day. Later in that City, I sang in a Glee Club. Most years we included "A Visit from St. Nick". What about today, up here in Big Lake? A combo of all the above, led by "The Christmas Song". Thanks, Mel. God Bless all with a Christmas present wealthy with love -Dick McCOY ('45) *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Re: Neale Osterman ('??-RIP) I'm sorry to report that my youngest brother Neale died this morning [12/23] at the Hospice ward of the Veterans' Hospital in Spokane. -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave RHODES ('52wb) Merry Christmas to all including those are away protecting us. -Dave RHODES ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) I am wishing all Bombers everywhere a very Merry Christmas, a safe and sane New Years holiday (go Oregon) and a prosperous, or more prosperous, year in 2012. I am going into the new year with my new Pacemaker and what a difference it makes, 60 beats a minute, more energy and oddly enough, some better eyesight. Now if I could only find a similar device for my brain.... My good long-time buddy and former next door neighbor on GWWay, Jim RUSSELL ('58) tells me he just became a Great Grandfather in the past day or two. Okay, I got to figure this out. I am older than him by X years, his oldest daughter has a daughter aged 27 who just had a baby so I took off my shoes so I would have twenty digits to work with and I figure he had to be twelve or thirteen when he got married to beat me to that honour of GGrandfather. Congratulations to him and his. My oldest and his used to play together in the old days in Seattle. I like ecumenical and boy did we get a dose this year. We are now down at our winter condo at Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area) until April and our good friends and neighbors from Anacortes also live close. Ron is Jewish so he invited us (Baptist), another couple (Catholic) and his son, who is a Lieutenant in the Salvation Army here to the first night of Hanukkah and the lighting of the candles. What I didn't know, because I went to SSUP in Richland and Linfield College (Baptist) in McMinnville, OR, was the origin of the eight days of Hanukkah. It seems that way back in something like 25 AD the Jews fought and won back their most sacred temple, yet to be called a synagogue. They lit a lamp in celebration but only had enough oil for one night but it burned eight, thus the eight days/nights of Hanukkah. Afterwards we all went to Manhattan of the Desert for tongue sandwiches and Dr. Brown's Celary Soda. Man were the Jewish guys surprised when this Gentile ordered almost the holiest of Jewish deli food, but that is another story. With the troops coming home from Iran, please remember those in Afghanistan and all others who pull duty so far away from home on Christmas. I remember pulling duty in the US Coast Guard in Juneau (Station Auke Bay) on Christmas eve on a 44-foot patrol/rescue vessel at the ready. I let the other three of the crew go home because they all lived under three miles away and I stood watch. I was in no real danger, but could have been if we got a call, but it was clear, cold and very lonely. The first two I could handle but the last one was tough, very tough. And it is not just the military. We also have our police officers and firemen who pull Christmas Eve and Christmas duty. My Jewish buddy here fills in on Christmas day as a dispatcher for the local police/fire department so someone can be home with family and friends. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Rancho Mirage, CA where it is warming up during the day and golfing is just perfect. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane DAVENPORT ('62) A belated Happy Birthday to my Bomber Buddy, Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62)! See you in August, Bill. -Diane DAVENPORT ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) Looking for some info from Seattle area Bombers who are in real estate. Our daughter has accepted a job with Seattle City Light! Negotiating the start date of January 18 or 25, and they will be moving from Georgia. She and their 10 year old will arrive first and will be staying with a girlfriend in Ballard. Her husband and 16 year old will come a month or two later hopefully after securing a nursing position. He has a Master's in Nurse Leadership and is an RN with 3 years orthopedic nursing experience. He'll be looking at Virginia Mason, Swedish, Harborview, etc. They also have a small, well-behaved dog. She will be able to stay with her friend for a month or two until they can find a house to rent. Looking for a 3 bedroom, small modest house vs an apt. They would also like to keep the monthly rent below $1800. Hopefully this is feasible. They would be looking at Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, Greenwood areas. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who can provide info on the rental market in those areas; they do not want to buy now, although Seattle will be their forever home. Thanks for any insight from Seattle Bombers! -Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) The class of 66 had a mini reunion last night at the Ripple Bar at the Red Lion in Richland. It was sooo great to see everyone! We look forward to another get together in the spring. Hopefully more people will be able to attend! These are the people who were there (sorry no pictures): John COLE and Vicki MOSLEY Cole, Doug STRASSER; Chris STADE; Ken FORTUNE; Dick STEPHENS; Carole FATUR Blair and husband, Lester; Jim NEWTON ('65); Jim ADAIR and wife, Kathie MOORE Adair ('69); Linda NORWOOD; Mick Hemphill, Sandee MILLIUS Gors and husband, Gary; Caroline STANFIELD Boetes; Jerry SMITH; Frank BOLSON; Pat MITCHELL and Gloria KENNEDY Mitchell; Jon LINDBERG; Bill VOILAND; Jim SCHILDKNECHT and wife, Jan; Gail DAWSON Howe; Donna THORSON Whiteside; Dennis HASKINS AND and me. Happy holidays everyone! Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/2011 ~ CHRISTMAS Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Ann BISHOP ('56), Floyd MELTON ('57) Jeanie WALSH ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BOWLS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay COATES ('72wb) Happy Birthday, JIMMY BUFFETT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann BISHOP Ousley ('56) To: Bill BERLIN ('56) Ya musta got a slow start. I have 18 GGrands!!! -Ann BISHOP Ousley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Merry Christmas Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and may you have a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie WALSH ('63) Re: Christmas Here I sit in Flanders, New Jersey with my sister Kellie WALSH Patterson ('77) sharing the holiday. The entire family flew in to share the holiday. Was hoping for snow..... But if it's coming, well, it hasn't happened yet. Merry Christmas to Bombers everywhere and God Bless our military and veterans everywhere too. Bomber cheers, -Jeanie WALSH ('63) ~ Reporting from Flanders, New Jersey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Christmas and Birthdays Didja ever think about those kids who have their b-days on, just before or just after Christmas... didja wonder what the present sitcheashun wuz? Wow... I guess it could either be really great or a bit of a let down (yes I understand it is better to give than to receive... but ya see, that's a growed up sentiment... doesn't work on kids... least it wouldn't have worked on this kid... gotta remember, I'm still getting over the year all I wanted was a transistor sister... Oooops I mean radio... and got gloves, a shaving kit and English Leather that every kid I knew borrowed) No I'm not gonna tell that old story about not getting the radio and walking with Beej (Brian JOHNSON ('65)) over to HEIDLEBAUGH's ('65) and Terry DAVIS' ('65) to see what they got (a Brian tradition that my mom didn't like... people wanna spend their time with famblie ya know... says who Ma?... kids wanna see everybody else's' haul)... and hearing "It's Now or Never" on Brian's transistor radio on the corner across of the Big Fat Liar's (OK now Ellen and ML ('63; '63) the Big Fat Liar is Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH... remember that... there will be a test)... you've all heard it before and it makes me sound petty and small... so I'm skipping it this year... so as I was saying somewhere above... I wanna know just what it's like to have your b-day fall on or about Christmas (no not Lawyer talk... just wanna know)... I know several kids and why I haven't asked them straight up is a mystery to me... maybe it is one of those questions that is better as a take home quiz so if it was awful you can compose yerself and if it was great... you can compose yerself too... (Kinda a lane change here but not really it is more of a sage way (a smart transition))... When I was a kid... or more of a kid... more kidder?... There were two things a guy wanted but would prolly never ask for for Christmas (I'da never ask for them at any time but that's a way nuther story)... One was a Clem shifter... oh them shifters wuz just too cool... never did get one... I wanna say they were between $15-$25... locally made and just about as cool a deal as you could get except maybe... and only maybe a Hurst with that cool flat shift lever... drool drool (I know I usually save my drooling for Bomber-babes)... the other thing... the one I was lucky enough to purchase for myself was a "Bowls" paint job... mine was $50.00 and where I came up with that kinda money is beyond me... hope it was either legal or the statute has run... Mine was metalic cocoa brown... I loved that color on that car... still have thought of redoing a car just like it only doing all the stuff I woulda if I coulda back then... even picked up a beautiful little coupe (ok not beautiful... but a no-rust straight body job) to do but ran into a custom built in 1958 in its original condition along with all the "little pages" it was in... George Barris did a full feature on it back then and I showed it to him and he about dropped his false toofs and remembered the article and the car almost word for word... it was a radically chopped and sectioned sedan rather than a coupe but after picking it up it seemed silly to do the other one... now both ideas seem silly... oh well... so as I said... I am actually leading up to something here... the birthday kid's older brother made me one happy camper with that paint job... so lemme wish my pal, Larry BOWLS ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS on his special day, December 25, 2011!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Seasons Greetings May you each have a blessed holiday season and a prosperous 2012. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's supposed to be a wet and not white Christmas. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/2011 ~ BOXING DAY Dateline: Richland Reflections from Deputy Editor Richard (or Ricky, if you prefer): Today is Boxing Day, one of my all-time favorite days. Why? Because the Xmas "music" I have endured for the seventieth (70th!) time goes away. Gold Star for this Xmas day: Uptown Tavern -- for being open so I could use its wi-fi -- and, well, and. Lump of Coal for this Xmas: TCH (worthless, pathetic "newspaper") for abandoning coverage of high school hoops -- it no longer sends reporters to cover games. Cheap weasels! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Larry BOWLS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera SMITH ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Here's hoping that all of you had a very Merry Christmas; and that Santa filled your stockings with things you wanted or needed. And hoping that David didn't get too many lumps of coal in his for all the "mean" things he's said about certain Bomber Babes (they know who they are). -Bob (Mike CLOWES) Carlson '54 ~ in Mount Angel, OR, where the rains have finally returned if the weather guessers are anything to go by. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: White Christmas I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. Jackie and I spent a very pleasant day with friends and relatives. I can only remember one or two white Christmas's whilst growing up in Richland. But I had no problems having a white Christmas in Anchorage. I cleaned 8 inches of snow off of the car once and 6 inches of snow off of the car twice. This doesn't include that snow that blew off in the wind 60 miles North. In the front yard in Anchorage I measured 23 inches, but in other places it looks deeper but I didn't see any point in wading out there. Suffice to say I made it up here sore jaw and all. I didn't laugh when I saw the big bottle of pain pills I got with the prescription. But now, three days later, I am hoping it will be enough. Yes it is getting better but recovery is obviously going to be very slow. I got a nice surprise on check-in at Sea-Tac. I got an MVP bump to first class. Nice comfy chair and lots of leg room. After breakfast was served I slept the next two hours till the wheels hit the runway. I am not looking forward to the flight out to Dutch as the winter winds over the Bering Sea can bounce the little twin-turbo Saab 340 all over the sky. I got a note from my crew in Dutch and they have the show all set up per the sketches I sent up. All we have to do is load the explosives and hook up the ignition wires. The shells for the display just got there 4-5 days ago. We send them up by barge in late November and it takes 18 to 20 (or more) days depending on the weather. Attention all of you within reasonable driving distance of Wasilla Lake Alaska. Jackie is doing a huge display on the ice on Wasilla Lake New Years Eve. They will be serving Hot Chocolate near the Mickey D's end of the lake. That will be the best viewing area. When I say huge I believe from all I have heard, nothing anything like it, has ever been done in that area. There are 7 firing positions nearly 300 feet across. The display is facing the west end, but if you cannot get there the east end will give you the same view a bit further away, You will see effects going off at low-level, mid-level, and high aerial all the way up to 800 feet. If you go, be there in place to watch before 8PM. Showtime is 8PM sharp. Jackie is doing three displays that night: Wasilla at 8, Thunderbird Falls Homeowners at 10, and a private party at 12, off the highway halfway between Palmer and Wasilla. Have a great, safe, New Years. "Happiness is a missing wisdom tooth" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from Anchorage, AK where it is snowing again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry BOWLS ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Christmas Birthdays Wow! First, I have to say that this birthday rates up there as number one, two, or three of my "best of" birthdays ever. To garner HB recognition from Mr. Bomber himself puts the year 2011 forever memorialized in the history books. Seriously though, it's been a fun and interesting journey getting to know the David RIVERS ('65) that so many have come to respect and admire. Through your Sandstorm and Facebook posts and the several exchanged emails over time, it is refreshing to find a truly real and genuine person I will call the HB man of the year. Thank you David for the friendship and HB well wishes. By the way, that paint job you received from my brother David BOWLS ('58) I can almost remember. I used to sand and prep a few cars for him back in the day. I am almost sure you got a "one of a kind" color from him. Today, brother David still lives in Richland but is a slum lord ... just kidding; he owns and rents storage units in West Richland and Richland. To your question though about Christmas birthdays. Of course everyone will have his or her own personal take on such things, but as a kid (6 to 12, say) it pretty much sucked! To be sure there was a lot of competition for any recognition on that day as I was the youngest of seven kids. I am sure that could explain a lot about me today, but I will find a shrink someday to deal with that issue .... lol. All that I remember, or fabricated in my head, was that I seem to only get the crumbs and left-overs. I never got the good stuff like the cap gun set with two guns and holsters or a real cowboy hat. The one pistol I did have misfired every other shot. My boots were hand-me- downs that never really fit, which always feel at a disadvantage playing cowboy and Indians. In the midst of all this torment I did get a new bicycle. That aside, my mom always gave me a serious gift, like a new plaid flannel shirt, socks, or briefs. In my older kid years I actually did get that transistor radio. About half the size of a cigar box, if you remember them, and it went everywhere with me. Still though, Christmas was not about my birthday too much, but Mom always came to the rescue with something designated "birthday". It wasn't that I didn't exactly know about the reason for the season, I just struggled a little with the lack of recognition. It may have happened, but I can't remember ever having a birthday party, not that I care now. Hmmm, that shrink thought is sounding better all the time .... just kidding. Re-reading this paragraph I have to say, I really didn't suffer. I was most likely better off than so many others. As an adult, I am humbled and blessed to be being able to share this very special day in history with my Lord and Savior. The day could pass without any particular attention directed toward me as that doesn't matter anymore. But the story gets better. In marriage, my wife of 46 years has always set aside separate ?birthday? presents and a special time, usually in the evening of the 25th, to have good friends and family present to do the birthday thing for me. It has always been made special by my high school sweet heart and best friend Donna YOUNG ('64). That?s how we make a Christmas birthday the good time that it is. -Larry BOWLS ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Ray HALL ('57), Steve CARSON ('58) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SCHULTZ ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannine HUGHES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon CHAPMAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti ECKERT ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray NELSON ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [Ray sent this to my personal email... dunno what the problem was... -Maren] *********** >>From: Ray HALL ('57) How do I get a message for the daily email from the Sandstorm? I put one on for Christmas and it wasn't on; help me please. Still out of work. -Ray HALL ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) I always enjoy your narratives and think of you as our own Peter Pan. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Writing from our Christmas vacation in Puerta Vallarta. :-))))))) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Beautiful Scenery A few years ago, someone who lives in Lacey, WA, sent some pictures in to the Alumni Sandstorm of their house and yard in the snow. I loved the pictures and am enjoying on of them on my desktop this winter. Just thought whoever sent them would like to know that they are appreciated. Thanks for sharing them with us. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Deedee - Pictures sent by Betti Avant ('69)... see them at: Merry Christmas... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Merry Christmas To All Bombers, Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope everyone will enjoy the Christmas pics. One of the few times you'll see Christmas celebrated on a Government Project. I'll send the rest New Years Eve. And a special Thanks to Maren (and Richard) who make all of this possible. The best to you and all of your family. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley SEGREST ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Judy REES ('59) and Ken RYAN ('58) Ken CARLSON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron STEPHENS ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy STEACH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robyn RICHARDSON ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley SEGREST Telford ('52) Maren, I sent the following message to be placed in the Sandstorm but I'm not sure it went through. Also, how do I go about putting the obit in the Memorials section of the Sandstorm? "I have some very sad news for those of you who knew my brother, Fred SEGREST ('57-RIP). Fred passed away yesterday, December 26th, in Salem, OR, where he had lived for many years. Notices of his death will be placed in the Salem and Oregonian newspapers and will also be entered in the Memorials section of the Sandstorm within the next few days." -Shirley SEGREST Telford ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Looks like I get a lump of coal in my Christmas stocking for failing to tip the ol' propeller beanie on Jeannine HUGHES' ('54) birthday yesterday. I will do so now in fond memory of her. And, how about those pictures Mr. NAB Sorensen sent. Bet they bring back memories for some. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in windy and rainy Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy REES Ryan ('59) and Ken RYAN ('58) Re: Happy New Year! I have started checking the Bomber website more frequently, and it is fun to get news from many classmates. I was in Richland for a couple of weeks in November, as my mom (Sally Rees) fell down the stairs, broke her hip, had surgery and was moved to Richland Rehab. At age 93 she had been living alone at my childhood home on Hains, and until her fall she was doing great. She still has her wonderful mind, so that keeps her going. Recently my brother Max, sister Sally ('63), and I moved her to an assisted living place in Vancouver, WA. I guess this has made me very sentimental, as I always had a link to Richland, and with her move it won't be the same. Made me want to wish all of you a Happy New Year! I still see Bonnie WEBB Roe ('59) and Bill ROE ('59) when I come to town, and of course, I loved seeing many of you a couple of years ago at our BIG reunion. We will be putting the house on Hains on the Columbia River on the market in the spring, so I will be there again. We will need a realtor who understands the history of the "alphabet houses" and also knows what a great deal it is to be on the river with the walking/bike path right there. We have friends who are going to stay there starting the end of January until we sell the house. If you have any suggestions about real estate brokers, buyers, etc. let me know. Best wishes to all Bombers out there from -Judy REES Ryan ('59) and Ken RYAN ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken CARLSON ('63) Please note that June Carlson, long-time resident of Richland and mother of Wally CARLSON ('61) and Ken CARLSON ('63) and mother-in-law of Claudia McBRIDE Carlson ('62), passed away here in Sacramento, CA on December 22, 2011 at the age of 92. There will be a memorial service for her at 10:00 Friday, December 30, at Redeemer Lutheran Church and a private graveside service that afternoon at Sunset Memorial Gardens, where she will be laid to rest next to our father, Roy Carlson, who passed away in 2008. -Ken CARLSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bombers... a connection Thanks to Mike CLOWES ('54) for the concern about my health (with wiminz about to behead me... funny... we were discussing William Wallace at our Christmas Firm Lunch... appropriate maybe) and to Larry BOWLS ('64) for the kind words... afterward, Larry and I hadda bit of a conversation on the "Bomber Connection" and came to a conclusion on one of the main stays of that connection... As we all know Our town has done its best to turn its collective back on the history we all know and hold so very dear. A few of us have taken small stands to thwart that movement... Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67), Roy BALLARD ('63) and Jim STULL ('62) worked very hard to put together the beautiful giant Bomb and have it installed outside the girls' gym, only to have it ripped out... a few of us designed an alumni ring to keep the bomb and the cloud alive (history is history... hindsight is only good if you learn from it... but revising history has no good purpose)... but there are a couple of Bombers who have done more for the unity of our little "Cult" as ML's ('63) sweetie calls it, than most of us put together. Maren ('63-'64) works tirelessly to put this little paper out every day there are sufficient entries... She has been doing this pretty darned thankless job for a whole long time now... I hope each of you recognizes this and have taken the time to thank her and send along a little cash now and again (Maren if you take this out I will NOT ever kiss and lick your Bomber tattoo again... the only way ta treat a bestex is with tuff luv sometimes)... I KNOW that I would never have met half of you had it not been for the Sandstorm... my circle of friends has grown by leaps and bounds since the Sandstorm started and without it... even with all the other social networks out there, many of us would not stay in touch nearly as much... think about it... I must also thank the Divine Ms. HOFF ('64) and her gang of hard working girls (no not working girls... hard working girls) who put on two all class reunions that allowed each of us to meet kids we never met before and to find kids we had been hoping to see again... I'm not saying there is no connection between Bombers... I always say we are more like siblings than friends... I tell people when one of us gets cut we all bleed. But these two events... Sandstorm and the R2 events have brought us together in a way that is hard to imagine. So the next time you see these girls or have a moment to email, write or call... do it and say "Thank you for being you!" I am sorry for not mentioning all the girls who have helped Ms. HOFF (siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh) but I know I'll miss somebody if I try... I know Linda ('63) and Darlene ('64) would forgive me... but I can't be sure about the rest and man... trying to stay two jumps ahead of Ellen ('63) and ML ('63) the last couple of weeks has just flat wore me out and I don't want them getting reinforcements!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Thanks, Deedee... I'm glad you enjoyed those pictures of a few years ago. We haven't had any like that since. I love taking pictures of nature and since I'm not working I try to get out and get some done when something strikes my fancy. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where all we had for Christmas was rain and wind ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62) Carol CONVERSE ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck LANGE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dot EGELAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hannah LEE ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Ken CARLSON ('63) and Wally CARLSON ('61) Dear Kenny and Wally, My sympathies to you both, and also to my fellow classmate Claudia McBRIDE Carlson ('62) on the passing of your mother, mother-in-law... I hope to see you, at least Claudia, at our reunion in August, our big 50 year reunion... I never realized you lived in Sacramento. I have lived in Sacramento and Roseville off and on since '74. In fact, now that my only grandson and my oldest son and his wife live in Nevada, I pass through there at least 2 times a year... I have fond memories of our days working at Densow's Drug store, especially with Wally. Wayne, the camera man who was my immediate boss at Densow's is buried near to where my parents are buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Bombers... a connection I agree whole heartedly with David RIVERS ('65) about the great connection that we all have had these past several years with the Sandstorm and the R2 event. THANK YOU, Maren ('63 & '64)and Cathy HOFF ('64) plus all the others who help out!! To: Maren ('63 & '64) Sounds as though more people are stating that they are not seeing their entries into the Sandstorm either. Glad I'm not the only one now. I did wish all Bombers a very Merry Christmas and now I'm wishing all of you of very happy New Year!!!! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where our sun left and rain returned on Christmas. At least the temps are up considerably now. But, I would much rather have the sun. Only 57% of total rain fall this year so far and that's not a good thing for the redwoods. Just hope that we don't make up for it all at once, haha! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber-babes Rule Lemme first correct a statement I made yesterday... I said something about "Wiminz"... I was of course speaking generically... I would NEVER refer to any Bomber-babe as a "woman" that would be like saying the word old or any variation thereof... or "elder"... simply unacceptable when speaking of Bomber-babes. In this day and age one can be beaten to within an inch of one's life for calling any female human being over the age of... say 14 a "girl"... that is unless yer in Bomberville.. In Bomberville the girls are always girls and the guys are always boyz... even if some went to war and did all kinds of stuff ordinarily thunk to be growed up in nature... back home we iz all kids no matter what our age and in Bomberville we remain 16 forever... we tool Zip's or GWWay, the Uptown or whatever the cool spot to cruz was in our respective dayz... we drive down Lee in second gear to hear those pipes spit fire as we roll on down... Oh don't try and deny it... I've been to way too many CDNs for you to try and convince me that sound doesn't getcha all goose bumpy! So today we got two Bomber-babes havin' birthdays in Bomberville! I must admit that when I (a red blooded American kid and private sector employer) realized that Monday was a holiday I got all nervous and shaky thinking I had forgotten to bring home a yellow sticky for the 27th... I remember checking my list and thinking I'll be able to write an HB to these girls when I get back to work... I remembered the b-day number was an odd one and feared it was the 27th... natch I zoomed to the Bomber calendar but it was no help... I was very very frade... imagine my relief when I got in here and saw the special day for these two wuz December 29, 2011! One girl I've known since the second (Mine) grade... the other I swooned over during my Col-Hi years (my face is getting red... tho I was going with her younger sister... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh)... she didn't know I was alive, but we would get together in later years and had some very wonderful times... She was every bit the Bomber-babe I remembered from school... It is so good to be able to wish these two an HB as I have wonderful memories of spending a lotta time at both their houses tho I was there to see younger sisters (a year or two means a great deal when yer 8 or even 16)... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Janice BEARDSLEY ('64-RIP) and Kathy WERSEN ('64-RIP) on their special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Deedee WILLOX ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil GANT ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Scenery To: Betti AVANT ('69) Yes, those are the pictures. I especially like the one with the house in it. You can see someone in the doorway, but not enough to identify. I love winter pictures, autumn pictures, ocean pictures, tiger pictures, and elephant pictures. Got one of my first grandson and me riding an elephant... long time ago... I'm sure I could NOT get on one now. Anyway, thanks for the pictures. I am truly enjoying them. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where the last two days have been in the 50s which is an improvement over the 20s and 30s we've been having. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Tri-Cities experiences record setting day 12/29/11 TC Herald Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year! Happy New Year everyone! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/11 ~ NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Ray HALL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grace DeVINCENTIS ('50wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne WALLACE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HILDEBRANT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ALLEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary GRIGG ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mikel BOATMAN ('99) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Phil GANT's ('54) birthday on 12/30 Boy! Is my face red. Slipped another birthday, sorry Phil. Should have known better. At any rate, here's a belated tip of the ol' propeller beanie in honor of fellow classmate Phil GANT's ('54) birthday. Maybe you'll get to Club 40 this year and we can tell each other more stretches of truth. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ the monsoons have returned to Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray HALL ('57) Re: Wishing the Best for New Year I am wishing all the Bombers a very awesome 2012. Hope you're in good health and all your desires are met. I guess I will ask for prayers to help me obtain employment... thanks... -Ray HALL ('57) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the YEAR. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2011 ~ January, 2012