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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/12 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dave RHODES ('52wb) Rex HUNT ('53wb) Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna PARDEE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark PERKINS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FITZPATRICK ('80) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) & Shannon CRAIG ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave RHODES ('52wb) I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and I pray for all of our troops everywhere . -Dave RHODES ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT ('53wb) Re: New Year WHAT AMAZING GIFTS THE NEW YEAR BRINGS. An entire year worth of wonderful opportunities, given to us one sunrise at a time. Many of the moments ahead will be disguised as ordinary days. But of us has the chance to make something extraordinary out of them. Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning diary into the best story you can. Have pages of understanding, tales of hardship and how you overcame them. Pages of joyous happiness to balance the tragedies and sorrows. Fill your story with enthusiasm, adventure, learning and laughter. Make each chapter reflect time accomplishing these things. Follow your dreams. Do what you can to make the door open on each day, as a day filled with inspiration in some special way. Remember goodness and friendship is its own reward. Smiles will pay you back. So have fun, find strength, be truthful. Don't focus on what you lack. Realized that people are the real treasures in life. And Happiness the real wealth. Do your best, the rest will take care of itself. Let's all rock this year. REMEMBER LIFE IS LIKE A SEWER, WHAT YOU GET OUT OF IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ in lovely Downtown Hanford, CA where it is so dry from lack of rain we are watering our lawns with light beer, which isn't real beer, **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Re: New Year and Such To: Ray HALL ('57) Hey Ray I have been out of work for over 2-1/2 years and have sent in over 1,000 resumes with only 2 responses. Out of the blue last week I received a job offer through an old friend so in about two weeks I should be gainfully employed again. So the point is don't give up the ship yet! Sometimes it does comes in. Any way happy new Year to everybody. -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ From dry and cold Mill Creek, Bothell, Martha lake, Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: 2012 Here's to a prosperous new year, 2012. Blessings on you all every where. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Ray LOESCHER ('57) David DOUGLAS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PIIPPO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Emma Kleinknecht ('36) As we know, the Bomber families have the power to help the alumni when needed. Emma Kleinknecht ('36) was in a car accident on December 31st in Kennewick and was sent to Harborview Hospital in Seattle. She suffered several broken ribs, broken pelvis and vertabrae. I am I touch with her son, Gary and will find out more as the days go on this week. The doctors will decide Monday whether or not they will operate. We all need to keep this sweetheart of a lady in our prayers and thoughts. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it has been a very mild winter. Will get cooler this week, but still no snow!! That is just fine for me!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [There is only one "Emma" listed on the '36 class roster, so I suspect this is Emma LARSON Kleinknecht ('36) -- that's not yet been confirmed. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Two Freds How do you remember good friends? No, I can't remember most of the good times from junior high and beyond, but I do know how I felt about these 'Freds'. They both, Fred LATENDRESSE ('57-RIP)and Fred SEGREST ('57-RIP), were quick witted and had lots of friends. Both had careers of responsibility and authority in high levels of state government in Washington and Oregon respectively. I seriously doubt that anyone of the class of '57 didn't like them. Well maybe a girl or two, but beyond that they were well known and well liked. There was never a dull moment when they were around. Fred L. left us in May 2009 and Fred S. in the past several weeks. I miss them both and wish we had kept in better touch over the years. After all, as one wise man said, "There comes a time in life when the things that matter most are relationships." -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) One of the things Im most looking forward to when we move back to Arizona in 2012 is going to see one of your fireworks programs. I've enjoyed the many articles you've written about your work. We hope to sell our house in Hawaii in March next year. My wife will be returning to Arizona in March to look for a house to buy there, in the Mesa-Gilbert area east of Phoenix. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Donni CLARK ('63), Roy BALLARD ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Peggy ADAIR ('72) Brad UPTON ('74), Mike DAVIS ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick LOHDEFINCK ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe ROBERTS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Re: Happy New Year to All! Hello to all those out there in Bomberville and a very "Happy New Year" to all!!!!! I am sitting here getting ready to take down Christmas decorations. I usually leave them until after Epiphany but this year my husband has his next hip surgery coming soon so I need to get the Christmas things all out of the way. It is always a nostalgic time for me. I just finished watching the Rose Parade and I have to say we were really spoiled down in L.A. with the KTLA, channel 5, viewing with Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks. They have been such a great team and with no commercials and all of their added input it is a terrific show. I watched the whole thing on the computer, the 2nd time, and realized how much the other channels cut out. So if you can find them on your local channels, do try. I especially loved this year the tribute to Roy Rodgers as I am sure most of you did. The biggest equestrian group made up of all palominos to lead the float, ever, they said. And did you catch that the really Trigger and Bullet were on the float (preserved of course). The December 27th entry by Don Sorenson brought back nostalgic memories also. Did any of you ever make a snowman out of sagebrush? We had a lot of it out in West Richland... so a couple of years when we didn't have snow we made a sagebrush one outside. And one year in California to show the kids what we did... I found some sagebrush out in the desert and made one for a centerpiece just like the pictures show by spraying it with the canned snow and decorating it. And did you see all the things they had planned for the kids as well as the adults? It looked like they had parties and get-togethers every night. Well, we have found a wonderful little community here in Stevenson. WA with many people of like mindedness. It was so fun going to many Christmas gatherings this year,(including the Portland get-together and the Class of '63 Clambake) doing things for those in need in the community with our Sweet Adeline and church groups. We really had a wonderful Christmas. We only missed two things this year, our grandkids and snow! I hope you are all blessed with a Happy and good new year! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ~ in the Columbia Gorge where the sun is shining, it is pouring rain and the river is flowing West this morning and the clouds are blowing Northeast. It is a beautiful day in the Gorge! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Emma Maren, Emma is up on the Wall O' Fame with the 1938 State Basketball Team ... -Roy BALLARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The walk A little birdie told me yesterday that one of our own delightful Bomber-babes had slipped under the radar on the ol' b-day scanner... I guess she thinks she's safe... ha ha ha... she and her Bomber-guy are two people I search out every time I'm in town... I spent a bunch a time at her guy's house back in the day when his Bro, Dave ('65), was one of my close buds... haven't seen hide nor hair of him since but I see alotta Doug ('66)... So Donna PARDEE Strasser ('65), yer now on the "list"! Happy birthday on the 1st! Hope yer special day wuz a goodun!! Me 'n' the donut delinquents (hey Earl ('63), if it's good enuff fer the President's wife, I can say it too... woooooooooooo hooooooooooo mom would give me the ol' willow switch fer sayin it tho) made our yearly run to Stateline... the weather was great for a change... I took my little F-1 Pickup, as I had never taken it on the run... because it's a pickup, there's no trunk so I didn't carry halfacar in the emergency bag I always carry... just tools and a gallon of water... After all the prizes were given away we packed up and headed home... about 2/3s of the way home I smelled ani-freeze... checked my six and it didn't look wet... then poof... now ya see about 4-5 weeks ago I was putting in a new fan and figured I should replace all the hoses... aw heck... they look fine... duh... a teeny tiny little crossover hose blew and I had egg all over my face... clamped the hose ends and headed home with one of the boyz on my tail... got home fine and spent Monday morning replacing all those hoses that looked just fine 5 weeks ago! I am sure I've learned a lesson from this... uh huh... sure I have... get ready fer 'nuther lane change (fergotta signal the last one)... today, January 3, 2012, marks 29 years since one of my neighborhood heroes left Bomberville. It warms my heart to know that we live on regardless of what our body does or doesn't do... I can't say I always KNEW that... I can say that I believed it... but it has only been in the past year that I can say I know that which is eternal in us remains always... and with that thought in mind I'll Let Jack ('61) and Pat ('63) know that Chuck GARDINER ('63-RIP) is in my heart and remains my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy ADAIR ('72) Re: 1972 Class Reunion Can anybody in the planning group tell us when our reunion will be this year? -Peggy ADAIR ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Happy New Year to all my Bombers everywhere-even Mike Davis ('74)! I start all my mornings with my Sandstorm. I feel guilty using it to plug my dates, but then again... I get people asking me to plug my dates on here. I don't plug 'em all, just the decent venues, or when I'm in an area I don't get to very often. Okay, here we go: Jan. 14th The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima Jan. 19th The Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA with the legendary, still handsome and can hit all the notes, Johnny Mathis. Feb. 10th Valentine's Day Show Clover Island Inn in Kennewick (you guys can find Kennewick). Feb. 16-18th Laugh's in Kirkland Feb. 29th Benaroya Hall in Seattle with Joan Rivers (buckle up and beware). March 2nd West Palm, FL with Johnny Mathis March 4th Daytona Beach, FL with Johnny Mathis Hope to see some of you in '12--even Mike. -Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike DAVIS ('74) Re: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Entry Apparently, I am being called out by Mr. Vic Marshall. Vic claims that the Sandstorm community doesn't hear from me much lately. This is true for a number of reasons. First of all, reading all of UPTON's ('74) free advertising on the Sandstorm takes up a big portion of my day. I still think Brad should look into that Rogaine spokesman position that is tailored to him. It could turn in to a gold mine and it would free up some reading time for all of us. Secondly, much of my time is consumed with worry and stress about my friend in Seattle, Mike FRANCO ('70). I occasionally will bring up the Sandstorm and just about every time I'll run across some of FRANCO's meaningless gibberish. Years ago when I was a regular Sandstormer I recall FRANCO stating the same pointless arguments and outlandish points of view. Summering in Hyannis Port will do that to you! Lastly, part of my recent depression is being overlook by the Weight Watcher people and losing out to Charles Barkley for the spokesman position. This is the one time that my granite physique and drop-dead gorgeous good looks worked against me. Anyway, Vic, other than what is stated above things are fine here. Good to hear from you and take care. -Mike DAVIS ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora HUGHES ('55), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill LYONS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina BERLAND ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Hello my Bomber friends! We have gone quite some time without a luncheon here in Las Vegas due to the fact that I have been so busy, but we need to have another one and I am ready. Let's all meet: WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2012 WHERE: MACAYO VEGAS, 8245 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV TIME: 12:00 noon CONTACT Maren for my e-mail address if you need more information. HOPE WE HAVE A BIG TURNOUT!!!!! BOMBER HUGS!! -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, January 7 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 margaritas in Richland Spouses and friends are welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Re: Rose Parade I love watching that! watch it every year... and, always watch KTLA so that I can enjoy the tidbits of Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks... I love his knowledge of horses, too. It was so nice to see the tribute to Roy Rogers... they had family members on the float, which was a nice touch. Trigger and Bullet on the float was a nice tribute, too. I remember Winters in the Gorge... lots of times we'd have so much snow, we couldn't get up the hill from the little railroad town of Wishram (if you didn't know it was down below the highway, you would not know it existed) to go to Goldendale, The Dalles, Hood River, Tri-Cities or any of the other areas in the Gorge... narrow roads down into the town and when they'd get icy, we'd be stuck, cause we couldn't get up the hill... county didn't sand those, just the main roads in the Gorge... glad you are enjoying the Gorge... I never liked it... the wind blew 24/7, 365 days a year and would set my "teeth on edge", was so glad when I finally moved away from there... was there almost 2 years. Re: Sagebrush Snowmen One Christmas, my mom made snowmen out of sagebrush and put them all over the front yard; she also spray painted some of the sagebrush silver and hung red, Christmas balls on them... not too sure my dad was thrilled with her decorations... his idea of sagebrush was that it was "tumbleweed" and didn't deserve to be any place but in the dump! *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA weather can't make up its mind if it wants to be Winter or Summer. Monday, January 2nd we had temps in the 80s!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, today, Tuesday, January 3rd, it is only going to be 60-something. Guess it's typical for a "La Nina" year, although that and "El Nino" confuse the heck out of me. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Oh my Darlin'... My heart is already pounding for this B-day Bomber-babe... not cuz her computer gotta virus and kept sending me porno sites either... Actually, her computer is now crashed and she's been limited to the Public Library where they have limited her access, just in case she brung the virus with her... Hope she gets a new computer soon tho as I shore do miss talkin' to her on a regular basis... but as of my birthday she was emailin' from the library... now I know this girl is darned popular with the boyz and I was mighty afraid when she stopped emailin' that she had dumped me... I shoulda had faith... she's my sweetie and I shoulda knowed it was just a computer thing... wow, I know we do have phones and snail mail but I am one a those guys who thinks a long phone call is somewhere just under a minute... (1) say hi and the obligatory how ya been (please don't tell me); (2) tell em whatcha need; (3) they tell ya if they got it; (4) say thanks-throw in "stay well" and (5) hang up... that is a good call for me... and writing!!!!!!!! Have you ever seen my writing???????? It would involve another phone call to ask "What in the world did yer letter say?"... so fer me this email stuff is really wonderful. Oh yeah, I answer things I get on Face Book... comments and such that pop up in my email saying somebody commented on something... but that's the extent of my Face Book stuff other than to post music and photos... have no idea how to "chat" or poke or any of the other stuff I see in there... tried to Chat with one of our '65er Bomber-babes in the Netherlands since she tried to chat with me but nothing went thru... so I gave up... easily frustrated... that's me... So anyway, Here's to my sweetie and "her little dog too" HAPPY BIRTHDAY Paula Jill LYONS ('64) on your special day, January 4, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Happy New Year to all Bombers everywhere, even really disappointing ones like Mike DAVIS ('74). I always appreciate hearing anything from Mike... Thanks for referring to "meaningless gibberish" in your note. When you have time maybe you can share examples of meaningful gibberish. Anyway, as my former best customer Brad UPTON ('74) (cash only, along with Doug Potter) I am sure can support... there is one thing we REALLY like about Mike DAVIS; If anyone can think of what that one thing is please remind us. -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Patti JONES ('60) Brad UPTON ('74) Barb BELCHER ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Louise HARTCORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam EHINGER ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Emma Kleinknecht ('36) Great news... there is a CaringBridge site set up now for anyone who wants to write to Emma. This is a wonderful way for Emma to know that all of her friends and people who love her can send her good wishes. Sounds like she is able to sit up and may be moved from ICU Thursday. Let's keep her in our prayers. Thanks... -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco with 53 temp today!!! Yah! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) HAPPY NEW YEAR 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, January 14,2012 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: Brad UPTON ('74) To: Mike FRANCO ('70) Franco, this could be a long wait! -Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb BELCHER Valinske ('72 Re: Class of '72 40th reunion The Class of '72 will be having their 40th reunion this summer. We are looking for people to volunteer for the Reunion Committee, especially chairperson(s) and webpage designer. The previous web master may or may not be available. The committee will set the date, location, events, etc. I have the addresses used for the 30th - of course, a lot of these will need to be updated. For now, please feel free to contact me with updated info and to put your name on the committee list. As soon as the committee is formed, they can put things in motion. Thanks, -Barb BELCHER Valinske ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Jim BLAKE ('52), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Mike DALEN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora HOMME ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia REDISKE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allyson SMITH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon STRATTON ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim BLAKE ('52) Re: Hello from Texas Don LYALL ('52) is visiting at Jim BLAKE's ('52) home in Ft. Worth, TX. LYALLs are down for the Cotton Bowl and enjoying the Dallas area. My health is improving so this visit has been fun for both of us. Remembering old times. LYALL plans on being at our 60 year reunion, BLAKEs will try, depending on my health. Our best to all Bombers. One last note from Don, GO HOGS. Maren, I will cheer for the TIGERS also [Good deal, Jim... FYI, I went to LSU... Smyths left Richland the summer of '64 after I graduated from Col-Hi. -Maren] -Jim BLAKE ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: A brush with disaster New Year's Eve at Dutch Harbor, AK. The huge, complex display was ready to fire yesterday about 3PM. All we had to do was tow the 2 trailers out 1/4 mile to the shoot site. We had agreed to move the shoot site a few hundred feet to get out from under the potential for avalanche from hanging rims of snow several hundred feet up the mountain. I was on the way back from checking visibility at the shoot site when the storm cell blizzard struck. High winds and heavy snow suddenly dropped visibility to 40 feet at most. I was driving carefully and doing OK when suddenly I felt very bad and started to pass out. I grabbed snow from the outside of the truck and washed it over my face. Feeling better I drove on and the attack struck again, worse. I stopped and washed my face with snow again. Weak and barely conscious I realized I was at the turn into the Medical Center. I struggled to get to the door half walking, half crawling, and very scared. They were closed but a worker was laying carpet, and in response to me banging on the door, he responded, helped me in, and called 911. By the time the doctor, nurse, and lab tech arrived I was feeling slightly better. But they put a medi-port in a vein, and got a EKG started, Stat. The EKG panicked them until I remembered to tell them I had WPW syndrome. (it is a false signal that causes some irregularities to appear on the EKG). (It was discovered during an employment physical at Hanford). The lab report showed heart stress enzymes. After speaking with a Cardio doctor in Anchorage they ordered an evac by Life Flight. I was told I would spend the night wired and sleeping in the clinic under observation. And that is when the trouble began. When I said I had to fire the display at midnight, they had a small fit and said no way, So I said I would go no mater what, get me a release to sign. The lady doctor said "You could die out there". I explained I had a legal responsibility for the 1/2 ton of explosives, and as an entertainer, the show must go on. They shook their heads NO! So I said "I have a solid will, my estate is in order, I am at peace with God, and if I die shooting that display I will die happy doing what I love". Now, you figure out how we can get it done or give me the release paper". Doctor says "My god, you're serious". I am not being dramatic, that is what was said. Then the nurse agreed to take me out there, stay with me and bring me back. By this time the weather had cleared and the crew had checked in and said they would position the trailers per my previous notes. 2 More EKGs and Labs later the results were actually better and they agreed I could be the overnight guest of the family of my crew chief, (I could not be alone) but still had to evac to Providence Hospital in Anchorage the next morning. Interesting thing here... I have had numerous opportunities to buy emergency evac insurance over the years and have dropped them in the garbage. Early in this past December I got an offer as a Life Member of NRA and supporter of several of their efforts, an offer for this same kind of insurance and could include Jackie. It was $128 per year. Knowing where we are going in April I felt it might be handy. So I bought it. With only 2 questions they covered that $19,000 Life Flight. Or, if Medicare pays part of it they will pick up the rest. But what was nice is that they called Life Flight that night and said he's covered, pick him up. After I fired the display the nurse had tears in her eye and hugged me saying "Now I understand your passion". All I heard while waiting for the evac plane was how fabulous the display was. Some people said there were comments on FaceBook. Trying to keep this long story short... I got to Providence Hospital bouncing around in a small plane until I was sea sick, at about 5pm. Jackie was there waiting for me. That did wonders for my low morale and level of fear. For 2-1/2 days they worked me over in a battery of tests and near torture. I had 21 needle sticks, over 40 BPs, 8 EKGs and countless contact tabs stuck on and ripped off (ouch), 3 different sonograms, 2 CT scans, 2 sessions of x-rays, constant questions by doctors, nurses, and techs. Finally when I said NO MORE, the cardio doctor said "Ok let's talk". I actually liked him. He was said to be the best in Alaska. I was impressed with his candor. He pointed out the small dead spot in the heart muscle I had seen in one of the sonograms and said I could live with it. After all the tests and results, he felt what I had was a "Transient Incident.". Yes, the very thing discussed on this net a couple of weeks ago! Also, my BP was jumping up and down all over the scale. He felt that was caused by a combination of my anxiety, the rigors of the testing, lack of rest, and moderately elevated cholesterol. He also concluded the lab tests did not definitively identify a heart attack. But he would not rule a minor one. So I said "So where do we go now? I am tired of being stuck, prodded, grammed, and x-rayed". He laughed and said "You took it better then I expected" and hugged me. Then he said let's do one more tomorrow morning. If it is ok you will be released with some advice and meds. If it is not good, you and I will decide how much more you want to go through. The Nuclear Stress Test. At 10am I was injected with Technetium99 and my heart was scanned twice, face down for 8 minutes, and up for 15 minutes. The scanner was new last spring and cost $700K. Then I got hooked up to a 12 lead EKG and constant BP cuff. I got on the treadmill at 1.4 mph for 5 minutes. 2.1 mph for 5 minutes, and 3.3 mph for 5 minutes but I went 6 to be sure they got good data. Then 2 glasses of water and I was back on the scanner for another round. 2 hours later, I was overly emotional when doctor said they found nothing they did not already know about, and I was released. Other then about 12% occlusion in my neck blood vessels there were no indicated blockages of any kind. "Take an aspirin every morning and the Statin (to lower and maintain low cholesterol) every night, watch your diet and you could live many years yet". I walked out the door at 4pm. Jackie and I celebrated at our favorite Chinese buffet. I had 2 rounds of several kinds of veggies and sesame chicken, with Jello for desert. What an ordeal, but how can I criticize the results? You gotta be ready... you never know. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ Totally elated and looking forward to birthday Friday when I can gratefully celebrate 70 years on God's green earth. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Carmen Baby Park Y Drive-In Theater ~ Richland ~ Visits U.S. Supreme Court RABE v. WASHINGTON, 405 U.S. 313 (1972) Re: Doctors going broke "recent steep 35% to 40% cuts in Medicare reimbursements for key cardiovascular services, such as stress tests and echocardiograms, have taken a substantial toll on revenue." Pentz is thinking about an out. "If this continues, I might seriously consider leaving medicine," he said. "I can't keep working this way." "The times they are changing." ~ Dylan -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike DALEN ('72) Re: Barb BELCHER Valinske '72 email link bounces Hey Maren, Tried to send emails to Barb BELCHER Valinske who posted today [1/5/12] about 40th reunion this summer. My emails are bouncing; maybe a typo in the address? Oh, and ROLL TIDE!!! [Sure! Maybe your typo.... which email did you use? The one at the top of her entry (below her name: valinske at or the one at the bottom? The one at the top should work... the one at the bottom is one that Barb typed herself so I can't verify that one. Oh, and GEAUX TIGERS!! -Maren] -Mike DALEN ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Fred SEGREST - Class of 1957 ~ 1939 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 Bomber spouse sent stuff: Wife of Fred Segrest ('57-RIP), Dick WIGHT ('52), Alice HANTHORN ('59) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Linda REINING ('64) Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SCHAUER ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wife of Fred Segrest ('57-RIP) Fred enjoyed his years as a subscriber to the Sandstorm. He often shared photos and stories from your mailing list with his family and friends about Richland and Hanford in the "old days." Our standing joke, from the time we first met in 1959 was that we never needed a night light because Fred glowed in the dark, being a downwinder of the first order. He was very pleased to be able to re-connect with classmates and old friends on Sandstorm. He was proud to be a Bomber and really enjoyed reminding his "uberliberal" friends that the liberties they cherished and sought came in no small part because of the scientific achievements that came from Hanford and the dusty little town in South-Central Washington called Richland, with the mushroom- shaped cloud as its lasting symbol. Ann Segrest **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Class of '52 reunion I saw Jim BLAKE's ('52) entry today... I sure hoped we do have a 60 year reunion for Class of '52! No chatter about it yet, and typically we "lean" on those who live in or near Tri-Cities. Anyone out there "working the problem" yet? In the past we often "went our own way" instead of dovetailing with Club 40. I surely don't have a strong preference, but combining with Club 40 seems o.k. to me... as long as we have our own banquet seating and activities on Saturday night. As for Ruth and I, "dancing until dawn" no longer seems quite as important as it did in earlier years! Ha! What say, '52-ers???? Get well, Jim! Be there! And "GO, HOGS!" (with apologies to our editor! Not!) -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ escaping northern Arkansas winter and wandering in the southwest (currently in Corpus Christi, TX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yer a riot, Wight!!! GEAUX TIGERS!! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice HANTHORN Johnson ('59) Re: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) WHEW!!! Thank you God!! I would surly miss "Sky in Bloom" stories and videos on your web site. So from an elder Bomber sister WATCH WHAT YOU EAT (good advice for me too) luv ya -Alice HANTHORN Johnson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: "1972 title team to be honored" Tri-City Herald (1-6-12) -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Health Problems Wow! You really did have the "scare", but so glad to read (although, I admit, I was a bit afraid to keep reading) that all is okay and you don't require any further "probes" or "pricks" or "pokes" or whatever else doctors can "dream up". *grin* I have never seen any of your fireworks, but I enjoy reading about them and the many places that you go to "shoot them, off". Take care, fellow Bomber. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ weird weather in Bakersfield, CA... can't make up its mind if it wants to be Spring or Winter... we have had 80s, 70s, and 60s, all since Christmas. I'd prefer it to stay down in the 50s, but not sure Mother Nature is willing to co-operate with me. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) Re: Class of '72 40 Year Reunion I was delighted to see that Barb BELCHER Valinske ('72) is recruiting committee members for the Class of '72 reunion. With Barb on it, it will be great! Ok, I can't lick stamps from here, but if you guys can put it together, I'll come! Consider this your first RSVP. Just let me know when and where. And, since we qualify for Club 40 this year, I know there's sometimes lobbying to get the incoming Club 40 class on the same page of the calendar with that reunion. Can anybody shed light on when that might be held in 2012? July? August? I think I just marked my strangest Christmas ever. I spent two hours in the office (shame on me) trying to book a ticket into Somalia. Yes, Somalia. Not a primary tourist location, but one that I sometimes visit on duty travel. I've been full time with World Food Programme for the past two years (as "Regional Staff Counsellor") and two of our staff members were shot on a field mission there on 23 December. I arrived at our office in Galkayo on 27 December, right on the border between Somalia and Puntland, before I got the full story. Some gatekeeper with a gun got trigger happy and killed three people before he turned and handed over his weapon and himself to another guard. Here's hoping that 2012 will be much happier. -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda where it's warm and sunny, as ever! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Luana IVERS ('52) Bill BERLIN ('56), Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath CARLSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SINCLAIR ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: LSU Tigers... Maren, I misspoke! The confusion of old age, I think... Go Tigers!!!! -Dick WIGHT ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana IVERS Portch ('52) Re: Class of '52 Reunion To: Jim BLAKE ('52), Don LYALL ('52), & Dick WIGHT ('52) FEAR NOT Jim, Don, and Dick!! We are absolutely going to get to work on the planning now that the Holidays are over. We are planning to have it with Club 40 on Friday [9/7/12] and go off on our own on Saturday [9/8/12], like we did 5 years ago. Soooo, if anyone of the Class of '52 is reading this and they have moved in the last 5 years, please let me know. You all should be hearing from us before too long. -Luana IVERS Portch (Class of '52 - The Best Class Ever!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Dude, I am sure glad you are on the rebound but it sounded like a real ordeal at the time. There is, however, an upside. When I was flying regularly out to Dutch (Harbor), AK from King Salmon, AK or Anchorage, AK I can't tell you how many flights I had when there was an injured or ill patient strapped down in the back of the aircraft attended (hopefully) by a nurse. We were not supposed to fly without one but I did a couple of times from Dutch to Kodiak, AK and listed the nurse as Sally Bazooka, a famous stripper in Anchorage (a/k/a Bazooka Sally). I just could not let someone in big trouble sit and wait for a nurse to get to Dutch. My point is this. Fortunately for you, and a lot of us, Dutch Harbor now has pretty decent M*A*S*H facilities and a good clinic. Ever since then I have been a member of MedJet but so far have never used it. We have a company plan for all the travelers in my companies too. Glad to hear you are on the rebound. Between that and the tooth, this was a tough trip to the great 49th State. Let's hope 2012 is a much better year for us both physically, medically and business-wise. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA and the weather report is the same as Bakersfield... confused. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) I'm so happy that you are ok!!! What a scare you had! I was scared for you as I read your entry. I know that Jackie must have been out of her mind, as she wasn't with you at the time. Things like this can come on so suddenly and we don't even think about it when we are well and nothing seems to be going on. We just go on our daily lives. A wake up call for all of us to take one day at a time and live it to the fullest for the time that God is giving us. Take care, my friend and "old neighbor". (Not that I'm saying you are old, haha)... and, of course, you were not living at home during the time that I babysat your brothers. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your grand fireworks sometime when we move back to the TC. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA still having sunshiny days only misty moisture during the night time. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria ADAMS ('54) Deedee WILLOX ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan ECKERT ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John TAYLOR ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl DROTTS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FUNDERBURG ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edna SMYTH ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Joe and Kristi MAGULA ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stefan SCHERPEREL ('97) COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY - BCS Championship ~ ESPN ~ 7:30 Central Superdome in New Orleans, LA ~ LSU vs Alabama GEAUX TIGERS **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) Re: Safe Message I received 2 calls tonight [1/8/12] asking if I had sent an e-mail to them. I have NOT sent any messages. Someone has hacked my e-mail addresses. Beginning tonight I will put the word "SAFE" in the subject line of any mail I send to anyone. Please be very careful of any message you receive, supposedly from me. -Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Praise God! You ended up on the right side of the grass! Lol -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bowing Bomber-babe Oh goooooooooodie... it's time for my sexy, Bomber-babe Bowling partner to have her special day... This girl 'n' me has been bowling partners fer a real long time now... and you know how fun it can be to watch one a them hot Bomber-babes make that approach and then letter fly down the ol' alley... woooo hooo... nuthin' quite like it... now I must admit that she does most of the bowling... in fact, I should prolly admit that I only been bowling once in my life... it was some field trip or maybe a church outing... I've long forgotten... around 6th or 7th grade as I recall... everything woulda been fine except I think it is kinda important to have a firm grip on the ball... no I think it is VERY portant... in my case, I musta had less than a firm grip cuz as I approached for my first strike in what promised to be a very long and prosperous career in professional bowling, the ball slipped outa my hand on the ol' back swing and flew at no slight velocity into the next lane where Linda MONTOMERY ('65) was making her approach... now If I'da had any sense at all I woulda spent the day watching the girls from behind making their approaches... but I didn't and Linda almost got a broken leg from my flying ball... that was the very last time I ever touched a bowling ball in my life! So Ok... it's not zackly true that me 'n' the B-day girl was bowling "partners"... but she did come to Vegas a lot for tournaments... she has also made a few trips for the Vegas Bomber lunches... but alas, I was not her "partner" in the true sense of the word... but then there wuz this time... I recall it clearly... as if it was yesterday... Me 'n' the b-day girl wuz out fer a little movie madness and we headed for the Park Y Drive-in to see this movie, "Carmen Baby" We figgered it was one a them Disney films... like Bambi with a name like that... Just as the movie started the screen went blank... for the next two hours there wuz nothin' on the screen 'cept some little candy bars and scantily clad pieces of popcorn dancing and singing "Let's go out to the lobby" We agreed driving home it was the worst movie we'd ever seen... then whatdya know... years later ol' BEHYMER ('64) solves the mystery in the Sandstorm for January 6th and says that some policeman watched that movie for two nights inna row and decided to shut the place down fer showin' ubseene movies... heck... we didn't even know you could get in truble fer showin' nekud popcorn puffs! Huh? that happened in '72 when I lived in Vegas? I coulda sworn it wuz '63... well the first thing to go and all that... or iz that the second thing to go... no matter... OK so I didn't really go to the Y with the birthday girl either... but it coulda happened... it coulda... it coulda... (I'm finding no way outa this with my normal grace and style... I don't make this stuff up y'know!)... Well, since I'm not setting myself up again in this post I'll just hafta wish one of my favorite Bomber-babes, Linda REINING ('64), a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on her special day, January 9, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) David HANTHORN ('63) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy STEIN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Sorry, Maren, but the tide done rolled over the Tigers. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [They did, indeed... and in no uncertain terms!!! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) Re: email hijacking I had the same (bad) experience as you just a few days ago. To the best of my understanding, this is what has happened to you and what you can do about it. Your computer has been infected by the kind of a "virus" program known as a "bot" which is short for "robot" because it turns your computer into a robot under the "command" of the "bad guys" that wrote the "bot" software to begin with. These "bot" programs will spread themselves to thousands of computers, and then they will send out "advertising" emails to some, many, or all of the email addresses on each of the computers they have "infected" thus potentially spreading the advertising to millions of computers. As you might imagine, there are some less than "morally upstanding" companies that are willing to pay for a service that will get their advertising message in front of millions of people. If you do nothing, the "bot" program will continue to "live" in your computer and will send out more advertising whenever the "bad guys" tell it to. The best thing to do is to get some "anti- virus" software for your computer (I use one called "AVG Free") that will scan for "virus" programs of all kinds and remove them from your computer. My "anti-virus" program is set to run every 24 hours, so I guess the "bot" that "infected" my computer snuck in and accomplished its "dirty work" sometime between scans. For all of us email users, whenever we receive an email from someone we know that is not what we normally expect to get from them, we should notify them immediately that we received it, and tell them if they didn't knowingly send it, they should run a virus checking scan on their computer right away. If everyone would do this, it would probably bring an end to the "bot" software fairly soon as it would make it a much less effective way to spread advertising. -David HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from wet and grey Mercer Island, WA where I am more than ready for spring even though it is probably months away. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: This Week's Birthdays Saw in this morning's [1/9/12] Sandstorm that I have already missed a couple of Fun-Fun class of '71 birthdays this week. Maren noted that Monday was her younger sister, Edna's, birthday. Edna would have been class of '71 if her Dad had not hauled her off to the bayous at an impressionable age and tried to make a cajun of her. Last time I saw her was about 4th grade but she will always be part of our shared CKS/Bomber heritage. The Sandstorm also noted that Kristi MAGULA Privette ('71) celebrated her Birthday on Monday. What the Sandstorm failed to note was that it was also her twin brother Kevin "Joe" MAGULA's ('71) birthday. I remember as a kid knowing that the guy we all knew as Joe actually had a given name of Kevin... but heaven help you if you called him Kevin. Not sure exactly why he was Joe... guess it went with older brother Pat ('70-RIP) and younger brother Willie ('72) better. Hope all 3 of you had a great day (it is actually Monday morning as I write this so also hoping you have a great day today...) Tuesday [1/10/12] we get to do a shout out to our favorite Bomber... Devil in a Blue Dress... CougBabe... Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71). Judy was probably one of the most talented athletes to ever grace the halls of Col-Hi... unfortunately she was there well before Title IX opened the doors to women in sports other than Tennis. I'm sure if they had swimming or track or any of a number of other sports that Judy would still hold some of the school best records. And other than those delusional years when she rooted for her kids at Wa Hi... she has led an exemplary life. She also gets extra credit for persistently rooting the Cougs through thick and thin. Come to think of it... that delusional thing started about her 2nd year in Pullman. Have a great day, Judy!!! I cannot let Wednesday [1/11/12] pass without a nod to two NON class of '71 guys who, nevertheless, have strong and deep connections to our class. Pretty amazing that these 2 guys share the same birthday... one of my bestest friends ever and a guy I miss every day... George "Big G" Dana ('70-RIP) and Little Lenny PARIS ('69). Both are LEGENDS in Richland and kept (and in Len's case, still keep) legions of Bomber Buddies laughing and entertained. Lenny has now added another reason to stay close and in his good graces... for those of you who have never been to his winery... Chandler Reach... it is a "must do" thing next time you are driving from Richland to Yakima. His winery is just outside Benton City and he does some pretty awesome wines and the Winery itself has a real Tuscan feel to it. If you are lucky... Len might just be there and can tell you how he PERSONALLY plants all the grapes, waters them by hand, does all the harvesting and then stomps the darn things and turns them into wine. Where does he find the time? Finally on Thursday [1/12/12], need to tip the ole Bomber Bowler to Roger McColley ('71). Roger was one of the true brains in our class and a great guy to sit next to... he was not beyond letting you take a peek at his answers... not that I ever would but nice to know you could. We have no one from our class that is a Friday the 13th baby... that honor goes to Pat RUANE ('75). I think. Not sure what is going to happen in the big LSU 'Bama game tonite but, based on the Saints performance Sunday... I am predicting a pretty major win by LSU. Even should they NOT win... I am still racking up some bonus points with Maren simply by siding with her Tigers. If only they could have hung on to that Sabin guy... [See entry from "AKA" earlier in this edition. Maren] I'm out of here... -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ from Balmy Beverly Hills, MI... where the foreign press is getting the surprise of their lives at the North American Auto Show... which starts today. Normally they need to bundle up and fight the snow and cold... it's supposed to be 45 today and going to stay that way until Friday. Might just be a run in convertibles this year... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and one 2010 Bomber Memorial today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Patti JONES ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Mike DALEN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim RUSSELL ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kurt JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len Paris ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara SMYTH ('73wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob LYSHER ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark GERKEN ('02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: In The Aftermath I am at home south of Tacoma in Pierce County, WA. I love to travel, almost as much as "entertaining with fire". But it is always nice to come home. Especially from a long trip, or one ending in a crisis. A BIG humble THANK YOU to all who wrote with good wishes both to here, and my personal email. I will get back to all of you personally, as I have time in the near future. In the final analysis, the good cardio doctor decided it was very unlikely that is was a heart attack. Rather, he felt it was a "Transient Incident". Not to make lite of it, they can be serious in their own way. It was interesting that he said that at first after talking with me for 5 minutes on arrival. But... if anything good can come from such an event... I at least know from all the tests, that in the concerted opinion of 3 doctors and their learned assistants, there were NO indications of any blockage in any of my cardio vascular system. I have only an estimated 12% occlusion of the arteries in my neck. That should not present any problems in the foreseeable future provided I keep control of my cholesterol. So baring some other malady getting me, I should have a fair number of years left. Looking back on that night, taking the stand I did was not likely the smartest thing I ever did. But... it seemed right at the time. Flying to Anchorage the next day I kept hearing 2 lines in my head from the movie "Patton". He said "It is not important for others to know when I am bluffing. It is only important for me to know". And: "God help me, I do love it so". (Referring to war of course). Gen. George Patton is near the top of my personal "Hero List". Got an email note today from the Assistant to the City Manager, Unalaska, "The fireworks were tremendous, gobs of folks from all over the city have had nothing but great things to say about them". So I will consider my efforts, and my trip a success in spite of myself. My next adventure is in April... Rome and Malta! I have been to Rome once about 40 years ago. But I have wanted to see Malta since I was about 8-9 years old. Malta has nearly 6000 years of history. I will be a featured speaker to the International Symposium on Fireworks (ISF) on Malta. I have a technical paper on electrical firing of fireworks. But I am going early and staying later. A couple of days after ISF is the annual Malta Fireworks Festival. Jackie and I will be in the front row with our cameras for that very famous event. Live long and prosper.... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, January 14, 2012 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. -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Happy Birthday to the Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis of the Tri- City Dogs Baseball League. A different time and different place might have fielded different results. Heaven knows that the combination of Sooty to Quivers to Spud was destined to the Hall of Gaines, and Doogan was not exactly all bark and no bat. He, Gus and Brownie just couldn't field without first sniffin'. Upon further review, they also sniffed first. Happy Birthday to Jim RUSSELL ('58), who I hear is now a Great Grandfather. -Jimmy (from 213) -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Where were you Thanks to Dave HANTHORN ('63) for explaining the "bot" fiasco... with his good advise, I guess I'll not be getting any more of those "fun" emails from PJ LYONS ('64)... gotta take the good with the bad... This morning on '50s on 5, Sammy Turner (NAB) was singing "Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly"... my mind went at light speed to a morning riding to the dump with my Dad... to the best of my knowledge, it was the first time he ever let me listen to an entire "rock n roll" (I know... not quite like Jailhouse Rock, but you get the idea) song without changing the station... I am amazed at the way my mind reacts to songs on the radio... I don't just kinda "recall" where I was, I return to the moment... the first time I heard "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto, I was walking or driving past the Cemetery on Williams going to the school for something or other... with Mau Mau by the Fabulous Wailers, and Roadrunner, it was my very first visit to "Jr Hi-Spot"... which ended rather awkwardly by meeting Gary WEBB ('64) and Terry JONES ('64)... for the very first time... well not exactly a formal introduction... Terry picked me up so I could see him better... and Gary introduced his fist to my face... (ahhh the joys of boy girl relationships in our teen years)... hard to forget those songs with such great memories attached (come on guys... you know it's just a memory... not anything more)... "Last Kiss" by J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers plays and I'm in Zip's and a guy is playing the song over and over... it would be 6 months before the record would hit the national charts and we would make fun of him for playing that "shi-t kicker music" for the full 6 months... I always remember it being Bobby CUMMINGS ('65) but since many other people forget such nonsense after only a few months or years I've never been able to confirm it... Then their was Butch MANTHEI ('65), who wore out the grooves on "Pretty Woman" on the Zip's Juke Box... "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling" by Bill and Bobby puts me in some diner when Pierre REMILLARD ('65) and I were visiting his Grama in Walla Walla and some guy kept playing Buck Owens' "Tiger by the tail"... I noticed the last time I was in Bakersfield for the Hot Rod Reunion (last October) it looks like Buck's ranch may have been sold... the initials have been removed from the gates and some other changes look like someone else may own it now... "Don't Worry Baby" by the Beach Boys (the ring tone on my phone for Bombers) takes me to Camas, during my short but memorable stay there, Vicki Platt, the second most voluptuous girlfriend of my young life and the one my Mom liked the least, and I would be heading out to the woods to the lunch time drags... corse "Theme from a Summer Place" takes me to noon dancing at Chief Jo... swoooooooooooooon... I've mentioned Hank Ballard and "Finger Poppin' Time" many times with Stuart ZIEGE ('57) drivin' past the park where we '65ers hung out across from PARKERS' ('60); ('63); ('65)... dunno the brother's year) and my house... my all time favorite slow song "Image of a Girl" finds me in 1960 lying on my bed listening to Lynn BRYSON ('57) or the Real Don Steele and dreaming impossible dreams... and a corse there is the summer of '63 or '64, when I was driving in the dark to visit some 20 year old chick while working in Walla Walla, I heard Waylon sing an Ian Tyson song... "Four Strong Winds" and I became a fan for life... funny, most times these time travel visitations hit me I am usually under some car with my hands all greasy and can't take the time to make a note of the song... I always mean to record them all and do a Sandstorm entry... so I've only listed a few today because I did manage to remember this morning and "Dilly Dilly" when I got to work... I'm sure my music hero "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) can outdo me on many of these... but I've decided that until I can manage a smile as big, as cool and as genuine as his... I'll be happy to take second place! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike DALEN ('72) Hi Maren! LSU is reportedly stuck in New Orleans; a 50-yard line was painted in front of the team bus. The last time I saw a Tiger beat that bad, his wife was using a golf club! I'll be here [in Huntsville, AL] all week. Try the veal and don't forget to tip the waitress. Roll Tide! -Mike DALEN ('72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [LSU Tigers accomplished much in the 2011 season: 13 wins (8 against ranked opponents) and the SEC championship. Be proud, Tigers. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** 2010 Bomber Memorial >>Carol Sue KEENAN - Class of 1951 ~ 1933 - 2010 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff abd 2 Bomber Memorials today: Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Annie PARKER ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom HUNT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl BENNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn RIESE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger McCOLLEY ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Bob Keplinger ('64-RIP) ~ Arlington National Cemetery -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Big Kid Birthday ... first off... lemme say... that this... big kid is one I would normally say wuz one a the luckiest ducks around... that is... he grew up as one boy with a buncha sisters... I've always said that to grow up with a buncha big sisters... would be one a the coolest things I can... imagine... ah but alas... I'm pretty sire this kid had all younger sisters... ya see older sisters attract a ton of older girls and guys with cool cars... but younger sisters just attract Barbi and Ken... bummer, dude... And then there's livin' inna house fulla younger girls AND the neighbor of Terry DAVIS ('65)... so there ya have it... so now I gotta say that this guy still made his way thru notwithstanding alla them disadvantages and came out on the other end one heckofa guy... so... without belaboring the point... any further... lemme wish Earl BENNETT... ('63)... A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on his special day... January 12, 2012...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Ronnie HAYS - Class of 1958 ~ 1939 - 2011 >>Austin KATAYAMA - Class of 2010 ~ 1993 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/12 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda STAMBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Sharon and Karen POLK ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat RUANE ('75) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan BAKER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane ARMSTRONG ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Making good on a new year's resolution I have started sorting out some old photographs. I felt I had better share this one with some urgency as one of the subjects is checking out AMA from medical attention to go set off a bunch of explosives. Small price to pay for art? Enjoy a much younger Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and Pat MURRAY ('60) in a almost treeless Richland probably in the mid fifties. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ in a cool nearly sunny and dry near Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Jace Michael WATTS ('07? WB) Jace Michael WATTS was born November 15, 1989 and passed away January 9, 2012. He attended West Side Preschool, Marcus Whitman and Jason Lee Elementary Schools, Chief Joseph Middle School, Richland High School and graduating one full year early from Jubilee Christian. Bomber tears ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The First Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2012 I sort of lost track of time, I apologize for the short notice WHEN: Sunday, January, 15th TIME: 11:30 coffee 12:00 lunch WHERE: The Northern Quest Casino Woodlands Restaurant family section of the Casino The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wal*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch any time, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch... all Bombers their families and friends are welcome... the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bob CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron RICHARDS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CROSS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FREEMAN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy SCHILDNECHT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED Today: Wendy CARLBERG ('64-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob CROSS ('62) Re: Carol CROSS Llewellyn's ('64) birthday On behalf of the Cross brothers: (Allan ('59), Bob ('62), and Duane ('65), we want to wish our sister Carol a very Happy Birthday! -Bob CROSS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber-babe birthday time How does this happen? I am sure that I just wished this Bomber- babe an HB and here it is again... January 15th... what a day to celebrate... When I think of this girl I think of... well... to be honest I think of kisses and hugs and oooooooooooo la la... but that's hardly appropriate inna Sandstorm post I mean really.. this is a G rated news paper and all... (do they still have G ratings?)... but back to the wish post here... I mean not a "wish" like we normally think of "wishes"... I mean if we were gonna have whishes we'd be able to flash back in time and do things just a tad differently wouldn't we... but I always wonder if we could change things just what would we change and what would it do to the here and now... so I guess I won't wish that the B-day girl and I had dated and all cuz who knows if she'd even be speaking to me now... where wuz I... Oh yeah... anyway, this B-day girl reminds me of alla kids who were "bad influences" on alla other kids they knew... come on... admit it... there are at least a few of us out there that at some point or another were banned from the block so to speak... I know where I wuz banned and I'm sure you recall too... usually, though it wuz some mom or dad's misconception of who and what we were fer reals and all... OK, OK I admit it... sometimes they wuz right... but how many of us were told this kid or that kid wuz a baaaaaaaaaaad influence on us... lots, huh... for the most part it just wuz kids bein' kids... Well, I recall how I met the b-day girl... met her around 6th grade through her "bad influence" girl friend Laura PARKER ('65)... now I gotta say... Parker's a lotta things but I don't recall her ever being a bad influence... but somehow the b-day girl's mom got it into her head that Laura wuz a bad influence on the b-day girl... if the truth be known... I would say it wuz Laura introducing the b-day girl to a buncha us '65ers that wuz the bad influence... but hey... we all survived... right... so I sure am glad that Laura brought her around cuz I sure woulda hated to wait one more day to meet the b-day girl cuz she has been ever so dear to me all these years... so before I admit to something here for which the statute may not have run... lemme say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) on January 15, 2012, her very special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ~ PS: I put on my facebook a note about Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) aka the big fat liar having a heart attack... thanks to everyone for the calls to him and the emails to the hospital... I'm fairly certain he is back home now just being the big fat liar he is! (I love you, Jimmy!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: This Week's Birthdays Well... a new week, another batch of Bomber birthdays to recognize. Beginning today, Sunday, January 15th... we honor 2 of the cool kids from the class... Nancy SCHILDKNECHT Pickett ('71) and Mike FREEMAN ('71). Nancy is still one of the sweetest ladies out there and I think she is still making going to HAPO worthwhile. I have been trying to track down a current address for the birthday boy since before our class reunion last summer. The last address I have for him is in Mission Viejo but no luck at that address. If anyone out there knows how to reach Mike FREEMAN, I would appreciate a heads up. I will do a quick nod to Jon ('71) and Tiena (NAB) Anderson, who celebrate their 31st anniversary on Tuesday [1/17]. I remember the wedding as if it were yesterday... in Spokane on a cold and blustery day. Kind of surprised Tiena has managed to put up with Jon all these years but they are a couple of my favorite people and I hope they have a great day. On Wednesday [1/18], my sister, Connie MARSHALL Riggs ('74) celebrates her birthday. Even though she is in that class with Brad UPTON ('74) and Mike DAVIS ('74), she turned out just fine. And speaking of DAVIS. Wednesday is also the birthday of the oldest of the DAVIS kids... Sheila DAVIS Galloway ('71). I don't know how Sheila did it with the brothers she had to put up with but I know she could be pretty darn tough when she needed to be. BJ and Norm (RIP) had quite the clan to ride herd on. Hope BJ is doing well and, if you read this Mike... please pass along my regards. Finally, Saturday [1/21] is Janey ZWICKER Thomas' ('71) birthday. One of those darned West Richland girls... Janey was, and still is, a wonderful lady. She and her husband Graig THOMAS ('69) have had more than their share of challenges and adjustments to make in their lives but are there every day for their family and back in the Tri-Cities now, I think. I will be thinking of you on Saturday, Janey. That's all the birthdays. I had hoped someone would send in a narrative on the reunion of the 1972 State Champion Bomber Basketball team on January 6th but all I heard was that there was a pretty good party at the Hanford House bar after the game. Any additional info would be appreciated by us out-of-towners. All for today... have to go out and contend with the massive 3/4" snowdrifts around my house. It has finally turned cold here but the snow is still pretty much holding back. Remember when we couldn't wait for snow? I am happy to wait until next year, thank you. Have a wonderful week every one!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Deanna CASE ('55) and Vicki CASE ('69) Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie DAWSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry BYRON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary TELFER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda BARR ('69 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) and Vicki CASE Wellenbrock ('69) Re: Col-Hi grad obit Our brother, E. Max CASE ('57), passed away January 9, 2012, at his home in Carmel, Indiana. He attended Sacajawea Elementary, Carmichael Jr. High and Columbia High School in Richland. His career as a pastor, educator and administrator was spent in Indianapolis, Indiana. -Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) and Vicki CASE Wellenbrock ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) Re: a Bomber's passing.. A'Lisa Dawn ANDERSEN ('88-RIP) January 14, 1969 - January 6, 2012 A'Lisa's 'Celebration of Life' service was on her birthday.. this past Saturday. I had only met A'Lisa this past fall ... very nice young lady... all will miss her. -Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber memorials today: Ken ELY ('49) Bill BERLIN ('56), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Rod PETERSON ('63) and Denise McGEE ('64) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty ELY ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Check MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa HOLMES ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken ELY ('49) Happy birthday to my older and wiser sister, Betty ELY King ('47). May you have many more. -Ken ELY ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA where we are finally going to get some rain this week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [Bomber apologies to Bill... this came in 3 days ago and got "lost" in my inbox... oops! -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: The picture of Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and Pat MURRAY ('60) was probably around 1956 or so. Pat was my next door neighbor and though we were four years apart in age, we did a lot of stuff together and seeing his size in this picture tells me it was probably around 1956. I graduated in June of 1956 so I am thinking that was about the time of this picture. It must have been taken around J. Larry's house because Pat MURRAY ('60), Bill BERLIN ('56) and Bruce BERLIN (KHS '60), Jim RUSSELL ('58) and Jack RUSSELL ('60-RIP) and Caroline HAMILTON ('60) and Jimbeaux HAMILTON ('63) lived in "F" Houses in a row along GWWay and the houses in the pictures were not "F" Houses. Pat went on to become a CPA, as I recall, in Bellevue, WA but I have not heard from him in years. Pat, if you read this send me an e-mail. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA where we just had a small dust storm and I am helping the wife clean up and dust using my replica LSU football jersey as a dust rag. Fitting don't you think? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Not funny, Bill!! hehehe -Maren) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Max CASE ('57-RIP) Yesterday, we learned about the death of another good guy. I'm sure everyone of the class of '57 admired and respected Max. He was our senior class president. A smart fella too. He loved people and he loved a good joke. I can't remember how far back this was, but he called me from Washington D.C. He said I would forever remember a call from the President. Max moved to the Midwest after high school and the only contact I had with him was via telephone. That may not seem to be much, but those contacts can keep and nurture friendships. What friend have you been thinking of lately? Who would appreciate hearing from you? Make someone's day before it's too late. Life is like a vapor. The Psalmist said something like this; As for man, his days are like grass. He blossoms like a flower in the field; the wind passes over it and it is gone, with not a sign it was ever there. (103) -Ray LOESCHER ('57) ~ From Desert Hot Springs, CA where it's cool (60) and windy, but better than the snow back home in Tumwater. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rod PETERSON ('63) and Denise McGEE Peterson ('64) Re: Brad UPTON ('74) Thanks, Brad, for giving us such a fun-filled evening during your appearance in Yakima. Everybody had a great time. We highly recommend Brad's comedy show and hope to see his show, in Kennewick, in February. -Rod PETERSON ('63) and Denise McGEE Peterson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Heart Attack Thursday (1/19/12) started out like any ordinary day. I belong to a stamp club (making cards with rubber stamps) and our monthly meeting was that day. About an hour after I got up, had my shower, etc., I began to have chest pain. I thought, 'man, I feel like I'm having a heart attack.' Then I thought it was probably just indigestion, so I took some Alka Seltzer, which did not help. I was a little nauseous and a little dizzy, so Dena EVANS Harr ('64) drove us to stamp club (some things are important!). When we got there I continued to have chest pain and high pulse rate. There was a nurse's assistant there who took my pulse a couple of times. The first was 127, and the second was 142. At this point everyone in our club was saying I needed to go to the emergency room or at least call my doctor. I am not stubborn, I am firm and resolute. I wanted to make that last card (got the first two done in spite of it all). I used the bathroom, but couldn't make it back to the dining room, so I sat on the sofa in the living room. Dena and Mary MASSEY Holloway ('64), my very dear friends, both said that I was white as a sheet and at that point was perspiring and short of breath. I called my doctor who said go to emergency room. Dena loaded me into the car and drove to Kennewick General. Well, dang, they did all the stuff I knew they would do... EKG, blood work, chest x-ray pulse ox, etc. What a waste of time and money I can ill afford! I just wanted to go home. Then my doctor came in and told me that it was a heart attack and they were sending me over to Kadlec by ambulance for an angiogram. 'Oh', I thought, 'it's not very serious, as the EKG was fine, although enzymes in the blood were slightly elevated. At Kadlec, they did several more EKGs and drew blood several times more. If you saw my arms, you would think I was a drug addict. The had to poke me twice to place the first IV line; then at Kadlec, they had to poke me twice again to place the second IV line. They did an angioplasty, inserting a stent into my heart. Guess it wasn't waste of time after all. Well I entered Kennewick General on Thursday around 11:30 AM and was released about the same time from Kadlec on Saturday. I am home, recuperating well. So, the point is, if you're having chest pains and you don't know why, CALL YOUR DOCTOR! Praise the Lord, I woke up on the right side of the grass. lol -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where it has been COLD **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Cameron Mitchell (77) - 2012 MLK Jr. Spirit Award winner Tri-City Herald 01/16/12 Anyone who knows him will agree that Cameron is an AWESOME guy! Congratulations, Cameron!!!! Re: Mr. Richard Ydstie, former Richland School District teacher Tri-City Herald 1/15/12 Im sorry to report that Mr. Richard Ydstie who taught in the Richland School District for 28 years passed away 1/4/12. He was born 12/4/17. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>A'Lisa ANDERSEN - Class of 1988 ~ 1969 - 2012 >>E. Max CASE - Class of 1957 ~ 1939 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty BELL ('51) Ellen FOLEY ('59), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Annie PETERSON ('69) and Lisa PETERSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy KEENEY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie SHANKS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'NEIL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila DAVIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie MARSHALL ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric HOLMES ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Re: Max CASE ('57-RIP) Max and Deanna were very good friends of my parents (Cecil & Geneva Bell) during years at Central United Protestant Church. Max visited them a few times when he came back to Richland, and has also visited me a couple of times here (I live in the same house I moved into October, 1949). He loved history of anyone - and especially his family and of ours. I sent him a bunch of history about the C.U.P. Church and our family last year, and enjoyed a few calls from him. I immediately sent an e-mail to Deanna when I read about him in the Sandstorm, and she replied. She said it was a real shock. He had been on high blood pressure medication for about 8 months and evidently had a heart attack. Other than that he had seemed to be fine. His older son, Marcus, found him when he (Marcus) could not contact him. "He appeared to be at peace, sitting in a chair watching TV" according to Deanna. He was a very special person! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) Re: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Rarely do I write into the Sandstorm... but... Like Deedee if you have chest pains... shortness of breath and elevated pulse... go immediately... if not sooner (do not pass GO or collect $200) to the ER. Forget calling the doctor... the hospital will do that. In the Tri-Cities... go immediately to Kadlec ER (they have the heart institute). When these things happen we should be aware that in many cases... we don't have a whole lot of time! The sooner the attack is stopped... or the blood clot taken care of... the less damage to the heart. If ignored you risk a 60% of death. I unfortunately went thru this scenario. -Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) ~ From Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Heart Attack Sorry to hear about your heart attack, but glad to know that you are home and doing okay. You are lucky that you listened to your friends and got to the ER as quickly as you did... not something to take chances with. Take care. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ cold has returned to Bakersfield, CA... yippee *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Hey Mr. Bassman Hey Mr. Bassman... you've got that certain somthin'... Hey Mr. Bassman you set the music thumpin'... huh? This b-day ain't fer a bassman? It's fer a bassperson (eatcher heart out, Juan, that's as PC as it gets)... oh heck... I get soooooooooooooo confused... but there is no doubt this is one a my very favorite Bomber-babes who, as it happens, claims to sing bass... she is a famblie member a one a my favorite famblies too... wow... doesn't get much better than that... I sure hope she has forgiven her brother Jackson ('65) fer his intolerable behavior last summer... dunno what got inta the boy but I hope it's patched up by now... anyway, I know that this girl has a whole lotta fans out there and I sure do hope she has a most wonderful day... I just can't believe she's turning... uh uh uh... oh my uh uh uh 21... yeah 21... but just cuz yer 21 doesn't mean ya gotta hang out at the state store buyin' booze fer kids like yer little bro and me... We got WARFORD ('61) and CHRISTENSEN ('61)... ooooooops... sorry Terry, hope that doesn't hurt yer campaign... so anywho... yer little brother is calling me on the phone and I'm trying to type so I'll just wish a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to My dear friend Missy (sings bass) KEENEY ('59) on January 18, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Hope SOLO ('99) named to U.S. roster for Olympic qualifying 1/17/12 Tri-City Herald Re: Heavy Snow expected Tuesday 1/17/12 Tri-City Herald Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annie PETERSON Shiffer ('69) and Lisa PETERSON ('71) Re: Marjorie Peterson (Bomber Mom-RIP) Just wanted to let our Bomber friends know that our Mom, passed away Sunday, January 15th. She was 87, had enjoyed 65 years with our Dad and was a great Mom to us. -Annie PETERSON Shiffer ('69) and Lisa PETERSON ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Tom VERELLEN ('60) John ADKINS ('62), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom TRACY ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BROOKS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ARMSTRONG ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: A watch 30 years ago I gave myself a birthday present of a stainless steel Seiko Quartz watch. I have had it totally reconditioned 3 times as a preventive, not because it stopped. The last rebuild was 2 years ago. It should be good for 8-10 years. I have been looking for another one, to last me probably the rest of my days. (Either Seiko Quartz or Accutron.) Last Saturday I spotted exactly what I was looking for. And it was on sale. So for my 70th birthday I have a new stainless steel Seiko Quartz with a matching "flex" band. So what I am getting to here is that I have the old, but rebuilt quality Seiko Quartz watch with Flex style band. I will give it to any person with genuine need for a good working watch. It takes a new battery about every 15-18 months. Please contact me off this net at my g-mail address. "Happiness is a new watch" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from home **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: 911 If I might add to Ellen FOLEY Pope's ('59) most excellent message, don't hesitate to call 911 and let your local paramedics know you really appreciate them by employing their services. After all most of you have been paying to have these services available for some time. If you are worried about "really needing" the services, the 911 operator (the most under praised, mega stressed occupation) are trained to screen calls and will assist you in that regard. Re: Snow To you snow birds/desert rats: a little photo from the 17th, see what you are missing up here in the northwest. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ in more snow covered near Lacey, WA by about 6-8 inches it appears. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: A Snow Event So here we have it, a January Snow event. Snow started falling about 4am Wednesday [1/18/12] and continued (on and off) into the afternoon. I just had to make a trip to the store (8:30 pm) and guess what? Carmichael Hill is loaded. Of course it is. That brings up a lot of memories (mostly good) of my trips to "The Hill". How about the rest of you? -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Where would we be without big sisters I guess... no, I know... I've been way lucky to have a bunch of friends with really cool big sisters... we got one of them Bomber- babes having her special day on January 19, 2012! Spent a buncha time at this girl's house with her little bro, Dale ('65). We wuz total buds back in the day and spent lots and lotsa time together. Visiting guys with big sisters always pays big dividends in having alla them Bomber-babes hangin' around the sister... not that this babe isn't dividend enough just to be around her. I certainly hope her day is great and please tell Dale to come outa his shell and start cumunakatin' with his old pals! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Donna BOWERS ('63) on her special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Meg Davis (NAB) sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial Today: Rex HUNT ('53wb), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) John ADKINS ('62), Rosalie LANSING ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Meg Davis (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene MANESS ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack EVANS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey CHAMBERS ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT ('53wb) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) How generous of you to offer a tried and true watch. I personally have no use for a watch. The day I retired, some 11 or 12 years ago, I removed my watch and have not worn one since. I don't make dates and I don't take pills, so I figured I didn't need one. There are still plenty of people who tell me where to go, and what time the bus leaves. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from lovely downtown Hanford, CA The weather is so messed up that the fruit trees are budding... if we should get a sudden freeze in late January/early February you could be paying a lot more for stone fruits. Maybe I don't need a watch but the weather needs a Calendar **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Picture of Pat MURRAY ('60) and me Thanks for the picture... I don't have it in my collection, but you have me stumped. I printed it out and hung it above my computer screen. I have been looking at it for 2 days. I cannot pick up the curved sidewalk at the location. I am thinking 1953- '54 at 11-12 years old. I have pictures of me working on fireworks at 13 and 14 and my face and hair are different. Looking at the trees and street, I would say south end. Maybe Pat will see it and know. I had an email from him a couple of years ago and tried to start a dialog with him but no answer. I don't know if he reads this net. I googled him but could not find him. I tried the CPA title but only found a couple in the east. Neither were him. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From home in snowy Pierce County 8-inches in yard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Tri City Herald "Snow Event" gallery -John ADKINS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) Re: Snow on Carmichael Hill To: John ADKINS ('62) Oh how much fun would it be to go back just one afternoon and spend a few hours On Carmichael Hill. What joy and happiness we had. To: Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) A late happy birthday. My dear friend and old neighbor. I sure hope you had a great day. You are the greatest. Re: Bi-Coastal We moved here to Chesapeake, VA, this last August. It is quite beautiful. History everywhere you go. Military is in full force and the patriotic atmosphere is awesome. However I miss the west coast. So I will go home (Richland) in March. Will spend a month with the kids and grandkids and of course hang-out with the girls. Can hardly wait. Will also be spending my time finding a house to buy. Will be bi-coastal. After having moved so many, many times it is time to think of the days ahead and we sure want to finish up in Richland. Can hardly wait to get there. Hope the snows gone. -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Guest book for Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) Fred's family is keeping his guest book on line until 2/6/12 if any of you want to send a message. Fred was born 3/30/48 and passed away 1/11/11. Here is the link to his memorial page. Go to the Guest Book at the bottom of the notice to leave your message. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Meg Davis (NAB) Looking for: Jan WINGFIELD McCollum ('68wb) Hello and a question I'm trying to find the email address of an old friend, Jan Wingfield McCollum. I know her brother Bill (haven't seen him for decades), but I see he posts here occasionally. From what I see he lives in Santa Fe; I didn't want to bother him by a call though... I'd rather email if possible to ask him for Jan's current email address. Is there any way you pass his email address on to me? If Bill remembers, he'd know me by Peggy Chalk (once married to his friend, Steve Chalk, who, by the way, is doing fine and still living in Richland, WA, where we all left him back in the mid '70s... still has a Harley too; and I bet Bill does also. Thank you, -Meg Davis (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Carol McKENZIE Lane - Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Peg SHEERAN ('63) Linda REINING ('64) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris VAN DUSEN ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony DURAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judi WILSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari ECKERT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janey ZWICKER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Re: North Central WA April Gathering? I've made reservations (kind of) for those RHS alumni living in North Central Washington who are interested in a 12 noon to 2-ish lunch - reunion in Chelan, at the Campbell House on Thursday, April 12th. It's early enough to put it on your calendar and be thinking about it. The "reservation lady" said we can each pay for our own lunches, and there will be an 18% gratuity automatically added to the bill for each of us... (gulp). If any are interested, and THINK they could make it, I'd appreciate an RSVP to my email address, as I told the lady there would probably be 10 - 12, based on previous gatherings in Wenatchee. Chelan is a beautiful place, I think, and the Campbell House is a historical place by the lake. And of course, anyone - regardless of where they live - is welcome (errr, are you seeing this... sister, Kate and Tom in Richland?). Hope it can happen. Life's getting shorter... -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Snow Pictures And Sledding Down Carmichael Hill Brought back so many memories of sledding down Carmichael. We used to get a group together, then sled, till we were frozen, then walk to a friends house for hot cocoa and "thaw out". *grin* Loved the pictures from the Tri-City Herald. I miss the snow, but am glad I dont have to drive in it, or shovel it, but would love to be able to "play in it", again. My cousin sent me a picture of her place in Pasco... entire yard was covered in snow and she and her granddaughter made a snow fort and had a snowball fight... made me wish I was there. *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ cold weather has returned to Bakersfield, CA and they are saying we might get rain over the weekend. sure hope so, cause we need it. We need snow in the mountains, too. Way down this year for both snow and rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Snow Here in the Lacey, WA area we got about 12" of the white stuff Wednesday night and some freezing rain on top of it Thursday. The apartment complex is full of broken off tree branches and in some instances entire trees. So far one carport has collapsed and the one I'm under could go if the tree leaning down on it decides to come down totally. The tree always has leaned towards it anyway without touching it but not only is quite a lot of it touching it but the tree beside has dropped a couple of branches on it. Thursday morning just after stepping out of the shower the power went off and was off for almost 12 hours. Today it's bumped several times but not stayed off. Right now they are calling for rain and possible high winds into tonight, oh joy. I did get to the grocery store yesterday by bus as I live right on a major route and the stop is right outside my complex and stops right across the street from the store with a stop on the store's side for coming back. Here's to a good weekend and a safe one for those of you dealing with weather issues. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA a winter wonderland at the moment ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/2012 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff today: Rex HUNT ('53wb), Tom VERELLEN ('60) John ADKINS ('62), Helen CROSS ('62) David DOUGLAS ('62), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helga BLANKINGSHIP ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SCHODT ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul BOEHNING ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah AVANT ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT ('53wb) Re: Snow I have seen the pictures of all that snow you Washington folks had to endure. Just another reminder to me why I don't care for snow in any of its many forms or usages. I have slid in it, skidded in it, hiked in it, even biked in it. Shoveled it, groveled in it. Worked in it, shirked in it. Been snowbound twice. I don't even like snow on Christmas cards. Fog I hate, rain I tolerate, and now with skin cancer I am not so sure about sunshine. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Picture of Bill BERLIN ('57) and Larry MATTINGLY ('60) I really don't have a clue when that photo was taken but it is in my front yard on Bernard looking North. I am assuming that it was sometime when we were attending Carmichael. Pat and I hung around together in those days. And I am guessing either '56 or '57, personally I consider it a triumphant success that I remembered your names and didn't file it under those two guys. I can't help but think about there has to be some way to average it all out: I am sure that we all were wanting to be a little older back then (at least 16 so we could drive) and now I could sure use a little fountain of youth (so I had some drive). Pause ... remember to age gracefully, I tell myself. Keep your powder dry. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ Near-Lacey is warming up, still have power; so far, so good. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: The Snow Event First it was the snow -- then the cold -- then the ice and snow -- and today? ... The gates at Carmichael hill are closed and yellow taped -- the temperature is in the 40s the wind -- out of the south at 20 to 25 mph -- it is ... A full-on Chinook. The cycle is complete. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Max CASE ('57-RIP) I am scanning the Sandstorms I missed while we were out West, and I just ran across the notice of Max Case's ('57) death on January 9th, just as we were leaving. I briefly got reacquainted with Max when we tried to put together an Indiana Bomber get- together some years ago. I remember him from Central United Protestant Church as a kid. My sympathies to all his family. I'm sure he will be sorely missed, but we can rest knowing he is in a better place, after all his dedication to our Lord over the years. Re: Sliding down Carmichael Hill I too remember the fun of sliding down Carmichael Hill, except for the one time I somehow slid into a tree and knocked myself out so when I tried to stand up my body kicked me flat again. Of course as I lived in the ranch houses just past Swift and almost to Cottonwood, I was in good shape from so much walking, now if I did that, I'd end up in the hospital. Anyway, Carol RICE Forister (also from '62) and Billie Cummings (NAB), decided I could ride home with a strange man who offered to take me home (before cell phones) and he was there with his kids. I even got to stay home from school for at least a day because I couldn't walk ... but if I lived in Richland I'd take my grandson to sled there. Doubt I'd try it at my age ... unless they've taken down all trees. Re: the North Central gathering My husband (NAB, a Brewster Bear) and I were just in Wenatchee to see his mother briefly between 2 harrowing trips over Stevens Pass, but we did manage to fly out of Seattle in the big snow on January l9th, and even visited a friend in West Seattle the early evening of January 18th, all without incident thanks to the great service National Car Rental at SeaTac did, as they found us an Endeavor which made it through all that snow without a slide. Anyhow, I'd love to make it to the Campbell House for that gathering, but I doubt I will be able to make it. I knew your sister lived in North Central Wash., but didn't remember you did. It was beautiful coming over the pass, as long as our car performed well and it did, even in the 2-hour wait we had on top of Stevens coming over, but we made it... We've just returned to Grandview, near Evansville, IN where there is no snow, and we missed the snow in Cincinnati by hours, but got caught in a little of it last night coming out of Indianapolis late, but our Prius did well in its snow indoctrination trip ... Thank the Lord. It's cold here, but easy to drive or walk, as I've started my lose weight after Christmas and traveling, as before we hit Seattle, we had a fun 6 days with my son, his wife, and our grandson, age 7, in Garnerville, Nevada, another place without snow, as my husband hoped to ski and he only got some man-made skiing in a few days in the Sierras. He wanted to ski on Stevens, but I said we didn't have time... I know it's late in the year, but I've happily heard from a few more of the Class of '62 who are planning to make our 50th reunion on the last weekend of August. Looking forward to it... Blessings of the New Year to all. With my love and prayers, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: Snow We had high winds a day ago, but no snow here in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The yards were covered in leaves -- I've raked up the front yard but not the back one. The last time I can recall going down Carmichael Hill on a sled was December 1969 while my wife and I were spending Christmas with my parents. I almost got killed. Well, not from going down the hill, though. My wife was expecting our first son (born in January), and I let her sled down the hill. She fell off the sled about half-way down. My dad really got after me for letting her do that. Say, maybe that's what's wrong with my son... To tell the truth, I don't miss snow that much. While in Arizona we would go to Sedona in December to see the Red Rock Christmas Fantasy, or to Flagstaff to let the grandkids play in the snow. It's fine for a couple of hours, but after that it's just cold. My last job in Arizona was with the Department of Health Services. We had an office in Flagstaff and we went up there once a month for staff meetings. I began working for the Department in November 2004, and my first trip up there I had to drive. It was pouring rain in Phoenix, and half-way to Flagstaff it turned to snow. Yeah -- let's let the guy who lived in Hawaii for 32 years drive in the snow! My birthday is in December, and I took Driver's Ed and got my driver's license just before Christmas, so I had some experience driving in snow, but that was almost 50 years ago. We had a very adventuresome staff. Try riding a bicycle on snow and ice, which I did only once in China. After that I walked. Fortunately, the ice and snow melted within hours. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI bright and sunny, about 78 today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: snow n Bomber-babe birthdays Wow... lotsa talk about snow... brrrrrrrrrrrrr... it's fairly nice here... just cold... news keeps saying we are gonna get a storm coming down from the North... gonna run over and help a friend for the Grand national Roadster show so I'll be outa touch for a few dayz... gotta kick outa Uncle Burt ('59) a few dayz back when he called about making a video for Missy's ('59) b-day on my phone... hadda tell him the cow goes moo... the sheep goes baaaa and my phone just goes ring ring... but did find someone inna office to help me out with a "smart phone"... I just keep my phone dumb in case it tries to get a mind of its own like the computers do in the sci-fi movies... "Hello Dave... ." No thanks and it's David not Dave, Hal! Thinking about Carmichael hill and flat top and all sure does bring back memories... remember we used to take car hoods up flat top and slide down... those old hoods usually had a nice big rusty seam down the slice and dice as we slid down... lucky any of us lived to see another snow... then when we could drive we weren't content with sliding down and would tie them to a car and play roundy round... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... as bad as drinking gutter water but again... we lived thru it... didja know we gotta Bomber-babe birthday today? Well we do... I have such a fondness for this girl it just ain't funny... wuz so good to get to spend some time with her at her class reunion... I see her brother ('62) most every year but don't usually getta chance to spend time with her... but this time I was able to and catch up... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Helga BLANKINGSHIP ('66) on her special day, January 22, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62), Jamie WORLEY ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Bill WINGFIELD ('67) Christina WEBB ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie LAWELL ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCUE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie TEMPERO ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank STRATTON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra HARDING ('77wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt HASKINS ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Driving In Snow Sorry friends. But I must tell my Richland winter driving experience. It was at night, heading west on Lee Boulevard, approaching Wright Ave. I was alone on my '49 Ford. My driver's license was less than six months old. It was icy. I was going very slow. There was a car stopped at the intersection, a Sudebaker with a very large (whatever it was) part protruding from the center of the trunk. I pumped the breaks, but my Ford would not slow down. I turned the wheel, but my Ford kept sliding straight ahead. I was barely moving when I ran into the back of the Stude. I recall thinking - I'm going to loose my license now because I hit someone in the rear end. My car stopped. I opened the door. The guy in the Stude rolled his window down and yelled, "Thanks for the bump," and he drove off. I don't recall how I got back home, but for a long time my friends accused me of hitting a steel beam support at Zip's Drive Inn and denting the front of my pretty '49. Sure wish I had that car now. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie WORLEY (Magic Class of '64) Ok Maren, this is a little embarrassing since this is not from Jamie WORLEY Hills (Magic Class of '64), but now writing as "MOM". As many of you have no clue, my son Justin (dad: Rob HILLS (Gold Medal Class of '63) is a musician. So he is a legitimate first generation Richland Bomber grand child. Of that fact, I am glad to say he is quite proud. After 20 years and millions of dollars, his first CD has been released. The group is "Urban Seeds" and their album is called "Grow". It is not Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Stones, Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting or anyone else. If you graduated before 1990 you probably will not understand the music - I had to listen about 10 time before I recognized how good the music really sounded. Anyway, your grand kids might love it! The group has asked all their friends to put out as much publicity as we can - so what a better way than through the most fabulous group of people on the earth, Richland Bombers. If you like a bit funk, rap, reggae, R&B, soul, this is just for you. As I said, your grand kids might really go for it. Kathie ROE Truax ('64) was nice enough to put it on her Facebook page. Facebook is something not only do I not understand, but plan to go to my grave without ever having been on. Email is tough enough. So, let's hear it for There is a video of them doing one of their songs, "All In A Day" on You Tube(?) some kind of tube, and it is pretty cute. Justin is the drummer and the sound/recording engineer. After living through this process, you have no idea how much I respect those of you who make your living through the arts. Congratulations! Putting a band together, keeping it together, and finally getting a CD out in not easy, believe me. That is from someone who has no musical ability and my only artistic ability is that I can make a turkey out of tracing my hand. I think I learned that at Sacajawea. Thanks gang. Jamie **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) This is an interesting site. Enter your address, and up comes a map of your area... and a list of all neighbors and their phone numbers! Look up your neighbors' addresses and phone numbers just by entering your address. You can spend hours looking up homes. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill WINGFIELD (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: 1/20/12 Inquiry from Meg Davis (NAB) looking for my sister Thanks Maren, I got this and called my sister and ended up emailing Meg with Jan's email address and phone number. This Sandstorm is so cool. We would have had no way to connect without the Sandstorm. Thanks again, -Bill WINGFIELD (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Christina WEBB Kline ('77) Re: 1977 Class Reunion Hello, I do not know if youre the person who posts on the Alumni Site or if I need to contact someone else? We are trying to get the word out that we are going to have a 35 Year Reunion for the Class of 1977... could we have this posted on your site? Thank you WHAT: Class of 1977's 35 year class reunion WHEN: June 15, 7pm at Town Crier, in Richland WHEN: June 16, 1pm north end of Howard Amon Park by the old boat ramp I'm in! Hope to see you all there. Help spread the word ok. -Christina WEBB Kline ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Carol CARSON ('60) Dean ANSON ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLENEGAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy LEY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) To: Jamie WORLEY (Magic Class of '64) Thank you for posting the link to the Urban Seeds website. I listened to the song ["All In A Day" ] and, while I am not a Hip Hop or Rap fan, I loved this. You are right, the music is wonderful and I could actually understand the very timely lyrics. I am posting to my FB. Good luck to them. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ from thawing Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dean ANSON ('62) Re: Tommy's retirement I recently asked my "old" buddy Tom HEMPHILL ('62) "How you doing and what are you up to that you can talk about?" and he replied: "I have lots of projects going on, so I am staying out of the taverns. Pretty sad. I've always dreamed of retirement and hanging out in some sleazy bar, shooting shuffleboard with old friends, telling funny stories, some true, looking at cleavage, reminiscing the good old days, washing down heart pills with light beer, and solving all of the world's problems. But, NOOOO - I get to work instead. Boat? Who needs a boat? I have my son, my brother, three old friends, a nephew, and a neighbor who all keep asking me to go fishing in their boats. Some of them will even bait my hook. But NOOOO - I get to work instead. Thanks to my brilliant retirement investment strategies, I get to work for life. It's a good thing that I love what I am doing." -Dean ANSON ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Ken FREE ('59) Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack ARMSTRONG ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott FULCHER ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken FREE ('59) Re: Brad UPTON ('74) Performance Recently we stopped in the Castle Bridge Winery in Kent, WA. I noticed on the events board that Brad UPTON was performing there on Friday, January 27th. My wife Judy POWELL Free ('61) and I made reservations for the performance. We hope to see and visit with any Richland Bombers who will be there. If you live in or near the Kent Valley come and join us. After last week's snow storm and power outages it will be good to get out. Sounds like a fun evening. You can still make reservations by calling the Castlel Bridge Winery 425-251-0983 or visit their web site: Thanks, -Ken FREE ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Hanford, WA (108 Photos) and Others -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris VAN REENEN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron HOGLEN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon MARKEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treva BOLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben JACOBS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert MILLER ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Red headed Bomber-babes Gotta very special lady havin' her special day today, on January 26, 2012. This is a girl I've known for many years and funny thing is I met her through a girl who no longer speaks to me and as Dylan would say, "when she hears my name she pretends to barf"... but the b-day girl and I stayed friends all these years... I feel awful saying that I haven't seen her face to face in a number of years and for that I am sorry. She has been in a care facility for several years and though I have always had the best intentions I have never made it over. Maybe it's fear... maybe I just want to remember her as a beautiful young girl. One thing, her sis ('63) and I have become friends over the years and that's a big plus. Ya know the Big Fat Liar (Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65)) is headed back to the ol' Hospital for more shock treatment on his heart... Cecilia BENNETT ('65) can explain it... I mean I would but I wouldn't wanna confuse ya with all the technical terms and all... but my point is I NEVER talk to Jimmy without saying "I love you"... same with KEENEY ('65) and ADAIR ('65-'67) and many others (yeah a course.. mostly Bomber-babes).. some guys get very squeamish at hugs and I love you's so I try and understand... but I don't ever want to feel that I missed a chance to tell someone I love you... I have not done a good job with the b-day girl but I do tell her in my Christmas cards at least... like when Kathy WERSEN ('64-RIP) got sick... I have saved her letters though she could barely write... I just wanted to say I love you 100 times to make up for every time I didn't and figured she just knew... so I want to tell this girl I love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Treva BOLIN ('65), you are a cherished and dear friend. -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62), Ann ENGEL ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Larry GROSS ('65) Barb BELCHER ('72) THE MOST BOMBER BIRTHDAYS (10) TODAY (1/27) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty CONNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary WILGUS ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura PARKER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob TURPING ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay SCHAFER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norm ENGLUND ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darcy FORSYTHE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin PERKINS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Our Class of '62 Reunion scheduled for the last weekend of August, 2012 I have been encouraged to hear from some of our class who will be attending, but I am hoping to hear from more. Dean ANSON ('62) hope you can take time out from your job that you fortunately love to attend. David DOUGLAS, also from our great class of '62, believe me you won't be the only one who has changed. I won't go into detail about the changes in me, but just to get an idea, I am on a serious diet. Looking forward to seeing absolutely everyone in our class you can make it... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ from Grandview, IN on the Ohio River where we are still blessed with a very mild winter with almost no snow and very few nights below freezing. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) To: Kay SCHAFER Reed ('66) Happy Happy birthday, Kay. Hope you have a great day, Go out and do something crazy. Tony and I are leaving Saturday on our cruise. Love Ya, Ann -Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) On the 4th of December each year we Red Leg Artillery types, celebrate St. Barbara Day, she being the Goddess of Fire and Patron Saint of the Artillery. Every Friday the 13th, South End boys celebrate St. Felonyous, our Patron. Today, the 27th of January is the day we celebrate the feast day for Saint Maria Louisa, the Patron Saint of girls who are interminably cheerful, did fuzzy sweaters right proud, and spent an inordinate amount of time in front of sorority standards boards trying to rationalize a litany of "social indiscretions". I guess it's only by coincidence that it is also the birthday of Mary Lou WATKINS ('63), Happy Birthday to one of them fine, fine Seis Amigas. -jimbeaux p.s. One might also note the kinder and gentler Jim HAMILTON ('63) did not take a cheap shot at the Big Frank members of the Class of '62, whose Patron Saint Polly Esther is celebrated when they sup at the Early Bird Special by wearing HushPuppy slip ons, pastel Ban-Lon shirts, Sansabelt slacks and their signature Members Only Jackets. Nope, that would have been the "old" jimbeaux. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Sign of the Times ~ RICHLAND: Police close Carmichael sledding hill -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Big trubel in little Richland Oh boy do we have a pair to draw to today (I have no freaking idea what that means... but they always said it every time WARFORD ('65) and I came around the police station)... and by the way... I blew it... my little Netherlands Bomber-babe, Sharon MARKEL ('65) had her special day on January 26, 2012 and I missed it... "Well I'm a travelin' man... made a lotta stops... all over the world... " I made up for it with an email... but no gold star this year... So we got two Bomber-babes havin' special days on January 27, 2012 that have made a huge impression on me mosta my life... One stole my heart in Jr. Hi and ain't never give it back... she is gentle with it most a the time but she knows she's gotta hold on me just the same... The other stole the hearts of most of the class of '65 and then some... almost caused Davis ('65) to have a heart attack in like 7th grade when I took her to a party... he was beside himself... "She's way outa yer league"... dang it wuz a stupud party... I didn't take her to Ideeho ta get hitched or anything (I think he took that little sicheashun worse than when I knocked his front teeth out earlier that year... the press was certainly meaner to him about the tooth thing... "Snaggle tooth Knox" one tabloid called him)... One almost beat me up this past December for a teeny tiny infraction of da rules (not like I wrote "for a good time call..." on the boyz bathroom wall... oh wait... maybe I did do that... never mind)... the other one almost beat me up the day I met her when I threw a rock at her dog, Whitey. Both can beat me up on any given day with one hand tied behind their backs... (Oh my... whip me... beat me... tie me up and whisper things in my ear... oh no no... I didn't mean that)... These two girls know very well they are dear to my heart and that I love them like there is no tomorrow... Can't get enough of either one of them and I just can't wait to see them again five minutes after I leave them... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) and Laura PARKER ('65) on your special day... by the way, ML tell my smoking partner that he would really enjoy the Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend (Friday-Sunday)... I am not steering him wrong... he will love it... fer reals! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry GROSS ('65) Re: Lost '65 Classmates I'm is trying to locate Charlie Coffin ('65) and Randy SIMMONS ('65). Does anyone have any information on these two chaps? Thanks, -Larry GROSS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb BELCHER Valinske ('72) The Class of '72 will be having our 40 year reunion this summer. The dates are September 7 and 8, 2012, and will be held at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Please pass the info to the classmates you've kept in touch with. We're looking for people to volunteer for the Reunion Committee, especially chairperson(s) and webpage designer. The previous webmaster may or may not be available. We'd like to have your ideas! I have the addresses used for the 30th - of course, a lot of these will need to be updated. Please contact me with updated info and/or to put your name on the committee list. With your help, it will be the best reunion yet! Thanks, -Barb BELCHER Valinske ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52) Linda REINING ('64) Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty NEAL ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CRADDOCK ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DURBIN ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe FORD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth MEYER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy STALEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy GOBLE ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Civil Air Patrol cadets Quite a few of us Bombers (male and female) were CAP cadets whilst attending COL-HI. As I understand it, the CAP squadron was formed in the mid or late 1940s. The "cadet" program was apparently started soon thereafter. I know there were class of '48 and '49 Bombers in the cadet squadron. I joined the cadet squadron summer of '49 when I joined my folks in Richland after a year of military school. Quite a few of us learned to fly, many taught by Bomber teacher Walt Lepage (RIP). What I'm leading up to: Is there any interest in a gathering of ex CAP cadets at Club 40 this September? Maybe at the Friday night event or Sunday breakfast???? Some the CAP Bombers I recall well are Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52), Richard "Dick" Meyer ('51), Ken ELY ('49), "Mick" MICKULECK ('50), Ken PAYNE ('52), "Buck" WEICHEL ('51), Vera ???, Mary Ann Conklin ('52?), Jane ROLLISON Hightower ('52), Bill HIGHTOWER ('49), May Campbell ('52 or '53?)... others will come to mind. Also.. .it would be nice to get some effort going to put together sone sort of history of the cadet squadron, including the bios of the members. Quite a few became career USAF people. Me, I bolted the traces (somehow!) and was career USCG. Any interest out there???? -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ RVing out in the south trying to stay warm... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Richland PD closing Carmichael Hill Glad to read that it is only temporary. Good grief! Kids are going to sled down that hill or any other place they can find and they are going to get hurt... that's part of life! I am not saying that it is okay that kids got seriously hurt, but closing down the hill is NOT going to prevent accidents to kids! IF they are so worried about the benches/dugout at the bottom, why not put up hay bales as barriers? Put them along the fencing, the kids would have "soft landing" and would prevent hitting the benches/dugout. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA we had rain earlier in the week and we might just get some more, this weekend. keeping fingers crossed. Gonna be a long, dry summer IF we don't get enough rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Carmichael Hill Gee only 2 accidents? I think that's pretty good! So why close it? Someone is afraid of being sued is my guess! The same thing happened here in Yakima... they closed a favorite hill the kids love to sled on! Dang grown ups any way!! Let the kids have fun! So there are few bumps & bruises, they will live! In the '60s I don't think we knew the meaning of sued!! Or to be sued! Don't be such kill joys! Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda STEWART ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia ECKERT ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin FRISTER ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Carmichael Hill Have to say that such actions are now par for the course. Don't you think our grandchildren or even great-grandchildren wonder about us when we tell tales of sledding on Carmichael or hills in other towns; or chasing the mosquito spraying jeeps; or water skiing in irrigation ditches? If not, why do some people worry about germs on the disinfectant soap dispenser? Looks like we spawned a generation or two of wusses. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ It's foggy and cool in Mount Angel, OR with the threat of rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: CAP gathering [at Club40 time] Count me in I missed the last gathering. Here's my list based on my failing memory! Joe POLSON ('53), Pat O'CONNER ('54), Marv MOELLER ('55-RIP), Vern VAN DUSEN ('52), the WEICHEL brothers (Willis ('49-RIP) & Paul ('51)), The CARSON kids (Steve ('58) & Carol ('60)), Loretta OSTBOE ('55), Harriet MOORE ('55), Ken HEMMINGER ('56wb), the LINKOUS brothers (Rod ('53) & Gary ('55-RIP)) and Jon VIEGEL ('56). -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ Just started my new job and lived through the first full week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Castlebridge Winery evening Friday AM I decided to go to the winery tonight and see Brad UPTON ('74). I have seen him several times and he is genuinely funny. When he is on the stage he is a natural comedian. You would think he was relaxing at home talking with friends. When I called in my reservation I mentioned I knew Brad and we were both from Richland. The fellow then asked me if I knew Ken FREE ('59) and Judy POWELL Free ('61) and I said "Yes." and he said "OK I will seat you with them." We had a table all to ourselves. Nice to be with friends. I'm glad I called as it was crowded with about 40-45 people in a smallish room. Larry Davis was there also. There was another comedian before Brad but with my bad hearing I missed his name. But he was good in his own way. Brad is off to San Diego to join a 7 day trip on a cruise ship to Mexico. Any time you get a chance to see Brad, don't hesitate, he is well worth it. It has been a long, miserable week. We had several hundred trees and branches broken and/or leaning, or down at our 30 acre fireworks facility. It was a wet tangled mess on top of about 6 inches of heavy wet snow. It took nearly 3 full cold, rainy, windy days to get the road to 16 of our 24 magazines clear enough to drive on. Federal and state laws require the access road to be kept clear at all times. Riiiiiiiight. But... when we get done we will have cords of mostly alder firewood for sale. We were 9 days without power. Our offices (just off of I-5 at exit 95) upstairs and down were cold soaked. It came back on Wednesday evening and Thursday AM we got the heat pump going and by Friday PM it was not up to 65 yet. But I am glad I am not in Anchorage. Jackie has about 4 more inches till her mailbox disappears. She has about 45 inches in her yard. We have been on the cells about 2 hours each evening planning the Rome-Malta trip. We normally Skype but we are both using our computers to look up stuff every couple of minutes. It is nice to have some international travel experience as we know where to look and what to look for in planes, trains, and convenient, and affordable hotels. We use the Hop-on/Hop-off buses as much as possible. Not expensive, and very convenient. In Rome you can buy 2 and 3 day passes good for both red and blue lines. And... we have found a Rome "City Pass". Good for ALL buses and a long list of attractions and lots of discount meals and merchandise. And way cool... you can bypass all lines and go directly in just by swiping your pass. We are going to buy the plane tickets Saturday AM. But it appears we will have 4-5 full days in Rome and then on to Malta. I don't know what day I am scheduled to present my tech-paper to the Symposium but we will be there 10 days with attending both the International Symposium and the annual Malta Fireworks Festival. Malta is a hotbed of quality fireworks. Long story short here... family groups make fireworks from scratch all year long to celebrate their Patron Saints "Feast Day". Malta is VERY Catholic. And of course as all good pyros do they try to outdo each other. The festival is based soley on "one-up-man-ship. The results are said to be fantastic. I have 10 SD cards for my camera and will pick up 2-3 more. I took just over 1000 pictures last time I was sightseeing in Europe (1989), on Fuji film no less. This trip I will have 4 batteries and enough cards for 2500, 9 mg pictures. About 35 years ago when I was in Rome (unplanned with airplane engine problem) I had parts of 2 days and pretty much just ran by things and looked and took very few pictures. This time I will slow down and enjoy. And take lots of pictures and vids. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47) Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) and Shannon CRAIG ('50) Kay MITCHELL ('52), Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) John ADKINS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave RHODES ('52wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki LYTLE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April MILLER ('92) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: George BRINKMAN ('60) and Betty NEAL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Class of '47 It seems like yesterday, but it was 65 years ago this May that this group marched to the strains of the graduation song (no, I cannot remember the name of that tune). In addition our gang's "invention", Club 40 will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. I am not planning anything special for our anniversary, but would so like to have as many of '47 folks who can possibly make it to do their best to be there. Our current Club 40 pres. told me last year that they are planning special stuff for their 25th year. PS: one of our current officers is not quite correct when he posted names of the original [Club 40] members in 1987 - the folks who started this wonderful group were the class of 1947. Unfortunately, we have lost a great many of our members who were "in on" the work for starting up [Club 40] 25 years ago, but they are all well remembered by those of us lucky to be planting one foot in front of the other these days. Club 40 is always the first weekend after Labor Day, so please try to come and join the rest of us. -Mary TRIEM Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) and Shannon CRAIG Hightower ('50) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: CAP get-to-gether during Club 40 Shannon and I attended the last CAP get-to-gether 10 years ago and would be pleased to do it again. Regards, -Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) and Shannon CRAIG Hightower ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: CAP Gathering/Club 40 What a coincidence - Vera RODDA ('52wb) called me a couple days ago and suggested we contact as many of the CAP Cadets as we would round up and have a mini gathering at the time of Club 40. We thought a Saturday AM breakfast might work but any suggestions would be welcome. I still have the email, phone and snail mail addresses of those that were contacted for the last reunion so that would be a place to start. Lets see what happens!! -Kay MITCHELL Coates ('52) ~ Valley, WA where we are still snowed in with more on the way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Hogshead ('54) Re: Civil Air Patrol Cadets I remember four More Civil Air Patrol Cadets: Ken BRANDT ('53), Ray WEYERTS ('53-RIP), Ken PAYNE ('52), Bill CHAPMAN ('53) and Ann CLATWORTHY ('54). -Ann CLATWORTHY Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where we have been blessed with mostly 40 - 70 F weather this winter. Just one or two days of below freezing so far. Had snow in October... go figure. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: 50 year reunion information for the class of '62 The registration form for the Class of '62 reunion is now available on the '62 Class Reunion Activities web page. The registration form is linked at the bottom of the Reunion activities/information page. Re: Carmichael Hill I'll just say that there was a very think crust of frozen snow - the hill was extremely fast and there were two very serious injuries sustained by sledders. It was the emts, the fire department, and the police that shut the hill down until conditions improved. There was never any dialog about permanently closing Carmichael hill to sledders. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland - the snow is but a memory ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/12 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene BARFUSS ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sonny DAVIS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina FRASER ('89) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2011 ~ February, 2012