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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/01/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** 31 Days until the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol TYNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maggie GILSTRAP ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Tedd CADD & Pam HUNT ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I hate that Man... no thuseasm in Bomberville on the 31st... can't believe it... Then I learn that I missed Joe FORD's ('63) B-day on the 28th... I almost sent a message for the 30th because of a call I got from WARFORD ('65) on the 29th... pretty funny even for '65ers... A cute Bomber-babe from the Class of '64 (is there any other kind?) called or talked to Ricky about some dog... he copied her number wrong and since he is convinced I know everything Bomber, he called to get her number... by the time I got home from the Grand National Roadster Show it was late so I called... a voice exactly like Beaver BEYER ('65) answered "Rick's phone" not presuming the Beav was answering Ricky's phone I asked for Rick... then everything got very noisy and I could hardly hear anything... Rick explained that he had got the number elsewhere and said they were in a Limo for Beav's b-day... he asked what I'd been up to and I said I was just back from the show... he said "Wow... did ya see David Rivers there?"... then hadda go pee so handed the phone to the Beav... "Hi Eric"... No Beaver this is David... I forget the town they traveled to for the B-day dinner but it was certainly far enough that none of them were much aware of why they were there any longer... I finally talked to Lyman POWELL ('65) who said he had many questions to ask me but not enough time... now some folks would consider such a phone call to be strange to say the least... I considered in just a fairly normal "Sorry 7/'65er" call and went back to whatever I was doing after we hung up. But I figured I oughta at least acknowledge Joe and the Beav in an HB wish so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joe on the 28th and Carl Beaver BEYER on the 29th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/02/12 ~ GROUND HOG DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) Barbara SESLAR ('60), Patti JONES ('60) Tedd CADD & Pam HUNT Cadd ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob ECKERT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri WARD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len REDISKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia BERLAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norman WOODLEY ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Apropo of absolutely nothing, except to keep David RIVERS ('65) from having withdrawals, I offer this tidbit. It would seem the postal carriers union is so desirous of not loosing jobs, and possibly keeping Saturday deliveries, they are willing to have "sleet and snow" removed from their motto. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ the weather guessers promise dry weather for the next week in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) Re: CAP Gathering Ahhh yes... I remember being a CAP Cadet very well. I remember the hours spent practicing to march in the Frontiers' Day parade. And there was the link trainer that usually didn't work, but when it did I got a shot once at being in it... didn't last long though, after a minute or so, I crashed and was told to get out. Then there was the old Stearman biplane that was on display at the field. I remember sitting in it and day dreaming as a hot pilot. As I recall when the Frontier Day parade was over, we all collected at the field and I was lucky enough to catch a ride with someone who had a Stinson Voyager. I'm not sure about his name anymore, but looking at pictures from that era, it was probably Norman Warren as he had one. Anyway, he made a couple passes over where I lived, but we couldn't get anyone to come outside for me to wave at. I'm hoping to make it to the reunion in September and hooking up with a few old friends. Talking to old cadets will be great, so count me in.. -Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, February 4 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas in Richland Spouses and friends are welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. No reservation needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('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, February 11, 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: Tedd CADD & Pam HUNT Cadd ('66) Just wanted to wish my bride of 43 years a happy anniversary on 2/1/12. It's been a wonderful trip... looking forward to many more. We were married in one of the worst snow storms the state has seen. Virtually all the roads were closed. (Our honeymoon in Spokane started in the Red Lion in Pasco.) We almost didn't make it to the wedding driving from Pullman due to the snow. We arrived at about 3am the morning of the wedding, rehearsal at noon, wedding at 7 and loved every minute of it. Gary BUSH ('66) was my Best Man and Peg WELLMAN Johnson ('66) was Pam's Maid of Honor. Some of you remember that winter ('68-'69). I was working (supposed to be working) on the Student Union Building that Christmas break. I got up the first morning and went out into the living room of the apartment I shared with a couple of guys. The door was frosted over on the inside. I went to the little alcohol thermometer and the liquid was about halfway up the bulb. I turned the radio on and it was -52 F. It was really beautiful. There was no breeze and the air literally sparkled--there were frozen ice crystals suspended in the air and as you looked up, the sun was reflected off those crystals all over. -Tedd CADD & Pam HUNT Cadd ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/03/12 ~ THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 1959 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Bill CHAPMAN ('53), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Patti JONES ('60), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda LATTIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne COWAN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) A few months ago there were some pictures of Richland in the '48 flood. That was the first time I saw Richland. It brought back several memories, one of which I will relate now. I joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadets with the hope of experiencing flight. As a member of the drill team I experienced a lot of marching. We did get to ride to Pasco in an Army truck to stand honor guard for President Truman (to serve as sandbags for insufficient Secret Service Agents) We did get a ride in a C-47 from Pasco International to Ellensburg Rural to march in a competition, which we won. The team then went on to compete in the nationals in DC. I think they took second. While in my last quarter at Swecyteck, (C.W.C.E. a University now with a flight training program) with a few bucks left in my bank account, I took flying lessons and qualified for my student license in 3.5 hours. I was a member of the Naval Reserve waiting to go to Pensacola. Two more names: John KOHL ('53) and Ann Salmon (I don't know if she finished at Col-Hi). -Bill CHAPMAN ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Prison Camp question As a history buff, I am nearly finished reading a book "On Hitler's Mountain" by Irmgard Hunt. It is about a girl who lived as a small child in the shadow of Hitler's lair in Berchesgarden. She has a picture of herself at about 5 sitting in Hitler's lap during a children's party. She was in 4th grade in 1943. It is an interesting read about a German childhood before and during the war. One of her classmates was Albert Speer's son. And an occasional playmate was one of Bohrman's children. But to my question... She mentions a cousin who was wounded and captured, being sent to a Prison Camp in "Washington State way over west by the Pacific ocean". Of course I know it was not the "Columbia Camp" on the Yakima river. But as well read and traveled as I am about our State I cannot recall ever reading or hearing about a prisoner of war establishment in Washington. I know there were prisoners held in camps in BC and Alberta, Canada. Or maybe my brain has slipped a cog and I don't remember. This has bugged me for several days and I decided to see what I could find out about it. Any of you alums know what/where she is referring to? Not a biggie, mostly just curious. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) Re: I forgot to change my calendar [yesterday's Sandstorm] Bomber lunch this month is NOT on the 14th --- it's on the 11th... -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon [Yesterday] Patti JONES ('60) had the incorrect date for the all Bomber lunch this month. Saturday is the 11th, not the 14th. Valentines Day is Tuesday the 14th. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Flashback ~ 1968 USS Pueblo ~ Mike ALEXANDER (64) 25th Pueblo Reunion July 1993 ~ Mike Alexander -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: AKA, FKA, etc. Thanks to Bob fka Mike ('54) for keeping my Sandstorm addiction in check... them "NOT" days really get me itchin' fer my fix... Corse today is a Huge AKA day this being "the day the music died" and all... got me thinkin' tho... how many other AKAs and FKAs do we know out there... I mean there's Terence Paul Angel DAVIS Knox ('65)... I fully unnerstan that name change tho it may not be totally obvious less ya knew my illagitamutt son for a real long time... then there's George ZIELINSKI Horn ('65) who has a new name (well dunno how new... coulda had it just after grageashun fer all I knows) and a corse my ol' pal, Bobby-Mike (makes it sound kinda cuntry don't it)... so how many others we got out there? When I ran for Judge there was an article inna local rag that said I'd changed my name three times... my birth certificate convinced a Judge otherwise... so I guess that don't count... crap... I coulda been a condendah... well it wuz just a thought... So taday we got three... count 'em three AKAs that we celebrate every year on this day... We gots Buddy... who dropped a letter in his name (plus callin' hisself Buddy steada Charles)... man glad he did... can you hear Ed Sullivan saying "and here are those young men from Lubbock Chuckie Holley and the Crickets"... nah... then Ritchie dropped a whole lotta letters outa his last name and his first name too... Then JP Richardson went and just changed the whole dang thing... pretty interesting when ya think of it all... I always felt sorry fer Waylon (NAB) havin' ta live with the "what if's" alla his life. But right now, as you read this I'll be sitting inna detist's chair gettin' my toofs cleaned... then back to the office where a picture of Buddy's gravestone will be posted on my door (there's one on my wall too under his autograph and a picture of him 'n' the Crickets)... my Buddy Holly Days sweatshirt has finally worn out so I don't wear it any more and I'll be thinkin': "Gee we're gonna miss ya everybody sends their love"!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Scott CLARK - Class of 1965 ~ 1947 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/04/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers, 1 spouse, and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Elva McGHAN (50), Tom TRACY ('55) Steve CARSON ('58), Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Tony HARRAH ('65) Dale Brunson, Husband of Glenda LATTIN ('66) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy BUCHANAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom CRIGLER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail DAWSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CROUCH ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Elva McGHAN Wallace (50) Re: J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Prison Camp question. This probably refers to McNeil Island Prison (west of Steilacoom in Puget Sound). That's where the POWs came from that were brought to Horn Rapids Camp. They were brought here to harvest the crops of the Richland residents who had to move off their property with short notices and not allowed to harvest their crops. It was very sad for the farmers and their families who had worked these fields for years to just walk off and leave them. -Elva McGHAN Wallace (50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) Re: German POWs in Washington State It seems that Fort Lewis, Tacoma, WA, served as a POW camp to about 4,000 German prisoners between the years of 1942 and 1946. They were better off than those who were captured and sent to Russia or the ones captured in New York after being sent ashore from a submarine. Pres. Roosevelt dispatched them without even considering Guantanamo... One of the lads was an American, traveling in Germany who was reportedly forced to serve as interpreter to several others who were sent into NY to sabotage infrastructure, etc. There may have been other sites in WA, but haven't located any evidence... maybe Sasquatch knows? Cheers, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: CAP I joined the Cadets in 1956 and our Senior Advisor was Major (Captain at the time) Florence Moeller. Loretta OSTEBOE ('55) "recruited" me at the skating rink and I finished in 1959 while at UW and the Wing was trying to put together a Wing Cadet Command. When I was Cadet Commander we also won the drill team competition and placed 2nd to Hawaii (hula style) in the Regionals. The AF sent a C-46 that took us to Mccellan AFB in Sacramento for the competition. The Senior Squadron was generous with flight time and several of us qualified for the Observer Wings and participated in Search And Rescue (SAR) missions. Summer encampments were at McCord AFB in Tacoma area or Geiger in Spokane. We had a LINK trainer at base and spent many late nights trying to learn to fly a profile. Rodney PAYTON ('58) and I both won seats in the International Aviation Cadet Exchange program, Rodney went to Great Britian and I spent my exchange in The Netherlands and Belgium. We marched in the Lilac Parade in Spokane every year that was always a fun trip and included a visit to the amusement park. Ben MOYERS ('61), Jeb Magrudder, Fred KLUTE ('58) my sister Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) and many others (that I will recall in the middle of my Senior night) were good friends and we learned a lot. I feel that I was blessed to have the CAP during my formative years. Then add in the pea harvest, football, State Tournaments, choir, thespians, Teen Time, sock hops, jitterbug and Saturday nite at the Uptown, We had it great. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) Re: Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) mention of Berchesgaden, Germany... It is a absolute pleasure to visit this small town in German Bavaria (5,000). Out of every window is a picture postcard of the snowcapped German Alps. Going up to the Hitler compound The Eagle's Nest is an adventure! You drive up into the mountains... up.. and up and up.. You finally reach a parking lot. There you pay a fee to go to the Eagle's Nest in a shuttle bus... hang onto your hat with this one! You go up and up and up... again. After a breath taking ride... don't look down the 1,000 ft. drops as the bus appears to barely make the corners. You then get off the bus and walk about 1/4 mile to a cave entrance. Into the cave you go for a block or two into the heart of the mountain. The original elevators built in 1938 by the Third Reich are still there and running. They are amazing and very beautiful. At that point you go up another 2,000 ft. to the top. The chalet at the top is very nice and the walled patio is in front of it... is about all their is at the top of the mountain. You are at the top of the world in the Alps. The clear day when we were there... you can see Munich, Germany and Salzburg, Austria... an amazing sight. We walked out to the Adelweiss for a picture... slipping in the snow. Some people make the mistake of going up there in shorts and flip-flops... big mistake! Burrrrrr... Hope this isn't too long as I just wanted to share a wonderful experience. -Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) ~ Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Tri-City Herald Photo from 1980 ~ Two (2) Christ the King 8th graders Sharon OClaire & Cathy SINCLAIR from the RHS Class of 1984 -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony HARRAH ('65) Re: POW camp in WA Larry MATTINGLY ('60) asked about a camp for German prisoners in Washington. Fort Lawton (now Discovery Park) in the Magnolia section of Seattle was used as a prisoner of war camp during WWII. There is a small cemetery with POW graves on the grounds, including those of two Italians killed in a melee with guards - African American soldiers - who resented the prisoners being given better living conditions than they had. Strange, the details of conflicts that history books never touch on. Re: Scott CLARK ('65-RIP) I was sorry to see the notice of Scott CLARK's ('65-RIP) death. Though I hadn't seen him in over forty years, I've always remembered him as one of the nicest guys (and smartest) guys I've known. I spent a lot of time with him (and Terry Davis) during the memorable summer of 1967 when they shared a place on Capitol Hill, and we all shared the atmosphere of the time. For Scott, and all the friends and classmates who are gone. Notice This evening, the sturdy Levis I wore every day for over a year & which seemed to me the end in perfect condition suddenly tore. How or why I don't know, but there it was - a big rip at the crotch. A month ago my friend Nick walked off a racquet ball court, showered, got into his street clothes, & halfway home collapsed and died. Take heed, you who read this & drop to your knees now & again like the poet Christopher Smart & kiss the earth and be joyful & make much of your time & be kindly to everyone, even to those who don't deserve it. For although you may not believe it will happen, you too will one day be gone. I, whose Levis ripped at the crotch for no reason, assure you that such is the case. Pass it on. -Steve Kowit -Tony HARRAH ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Brunson, Husband of Glenda LATTIN Brunson ('66) Answer to Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Fort Lewis also had a camp. Go to: -Dale Brunson, Husband of Glenda LATTIN Brunson ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Prison Camp To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) There might have been one somewhere in WA State. I am aware of the Italian POW Camp in Pasco. Apparently many of the prisoners were allowed to leave the Camp. One story related to me about folks lining up to see a movie in Pasco and some of our soldiers were in line and discovered Italian POWs were ahead of them in line. That didn't last long. POWs were "politely" asked to take their place at the back of the line. One funny complaint to report single men asked if they leave work earlier because all of the single women were taken up by the Italians. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/05/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Bill BERLIN ('56) Tom VERELLEN ('60), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary DAVIS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Travis STREGE ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Civil Air Patrol cadets I've watched a number of entries re the Richland squadron of CAP cadets with great interest. For sure membership had significant influences on many of us. Kay MITCHELL ('52) suggested a breakfast gathering on Saturday of Club 40 weekend. Sounds good to me! Do we have a Richland person who could seek out a venue???? My membership in the cadet squadron was from summer '49 until just before I joined the Coast Guard in January '52. When I joined the cadets, I think Willis "Red" WEICHEL ('49-RIP) was cadet commander, but transitioned to the senior squadron that fall, since he had graduated from Col-Hi. I can't recall who replaced him. I was on the drill team 3 years running. We went to regional competition in San Francisco in '50 (I think) and to national competition in Washington, DC in '51 where we finished second. Both years, we had cadets from Richland, Yakima and Ellensburg on the team... as I recall, we needed 34 cadets to form the team. I too went to McChord AFB for summer encampment. A neat experience. I remember firing a variety of small arms -- M2 carbine, Thompson submachine gun, etc. Thrilling stuff! My last year at McChord I was platoon leader of the remnants of the drill team, and we could "out march" those Air Force guys hands down! Ha! I was cadet commander for a year or so... cadet 1st LT... don't recall who I relieved, but when I resigned (too many activities plus school farm work plus after school job), Mae Campbell ('53?) replaced me. A curious aside... only male members served on the drill team! Kinda a sexist thing common to those times, I suppose... I am gathering the comments sent in to Sandstorm and will try to put together these notes as a partial history of the cadets. Seems I have no photos I can find. But I DO remember a newspaper photo taken in Pasco when President Truman visited. Shows Truman mounting the steps of an outdoor stage. Jane Rollison ('52) and I are saluting him, each of us at attention on each side of the stairway. Was it 1950????? -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO mild winter so far! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: POW Camps on the West Coast We did not get to Richland until early 1947 so I am not familiar with what in the way of POW camps were in Eastern, or for that matter, Western Washington. Some stories of POWs at Horn Rapids Camp but not sure of Pasco, either at airport or at Big Pasco. I spent a lot of time with my Dad at Big Pasco and never got the idea it had been a POW camp at any time. It was mostly resupply and motor pool stuff from what I could see. What I do know was that there were over 4,000 German and 2,500 Italian POWs at Camp Roberts just north of Paso Robles, CA. My Dad was Base Commander there and I can remember the meetings that he held with the German and Italian Commanders. Since there were no SS POWs here the gates to both compounds were both open during daylight hours with only a couple of MPs on guard. I remember my Dad trying to line up some soccer balls so the POWs could play each other, a very big deal on Sunday afternoon. I actually spent a lot of time at both compounds, mostly the German camp, and a tailor by the name of Jurgen Heifels made me an Eisenhower Field Jacket, just like the one Ike wore with a little less brass. I don't remember any attempts at escape what with cigarettes to smoke, three square meals a day and nobody shooting at you. The Italian community in San Francisco even rounded up a bunch of books in Italian and sent them down to their POWs to read. The difference in the two camps? Let's just say the Italians were better lovers than warriors. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA until the end of April soaking up the sun. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) All the talk around WW2 POW camps brought to mind recent PBS show. An interview of Seattle author Jack Hamann about book "On American Soil" and the circumstances involved in the research. The subject is a conflict which resulted in a lynching between the German prisoners and the black guards and the legal proceedings that followed. The off shoot of the book was the exoneration of a wrongly tried and convicted guard that was still alive. All a result of the Freedom of Information Act and the herculean efforts of the author and his wife digging out the information, or it would have been buried forever, probably. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ in sunny near Lacey, WA cleaning up the ice/snow damage. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Boy Happy Birthday [on 2/4] to Larry CROUCH ('71). I hope it's a Kimber, Glock, H&K, Remington, Winchester, Bennelli, Wilson kinda birthday for ya. Have someone else shovel the snow instead of you doing it on your birthday. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in foggy Tri-Cities ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/06/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers & the Cole Girls sent stuff & 3 Bomber Memorials today: Anna May WANN ('49), Carole CLARK ('54) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Dennis HAMMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Vic MARSHALL ('71) The COLE Girls BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John COLE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary BENNETT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa RICCOBUONO ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori RAEKES ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Another death in class of 1949 Just talked to Sue CONNOLLY Heeren ('48), sister-in-law of Julia GILES Connolly ('49) and she informed me that Julia passed away on the 27th of January. Julia had leukemia and didn't want any of us to know. We had a steady conversation going since hubby Tom CONNOLLY ('48-RIP) passed away and when she didn't answer my e-mails I called Sue to find out how things were. Julia was one elegant lady and we will all miss her. Re: Brad UPTON ('74) Sorry I can't see Brad UPTON ('74) when he comes to Kirkland this month I will be at meetings at the Red Lion at Sea-Tac believe me I would rather join Sue HURST ('65) and the others and go see Brad. The weather was beautiful today - even turned the heat off Bothell/Seattle area does have good weather once in a while!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carole CLARK Oien ('54) Re: My recollection of POWs at White Bluffs We lived in an old farm house at White Bluffs in the summer of 1944 when we first came out from Kansas City to join our father, who had worked at Hanford during the previous year. I was only 7 years old but I remember that Mother was really scared of the prisoners who were working in the fields nearby. She thought they were POWs but, of course, after all this time I don't really know. I just know that living in the country was fun, and especially having all the plowed fire roads to walk on. -Carole CLARK Oien ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: POW Camps Along with all that has appeared here, I received 6 postings directly. There WERE POW Camps in WA State. There were 4 seperate camps on the Ft. Lewis reservation. Each camp was independant with it's own kitchens, and guard staff, and were well seperated from the other camps. I do remember seeing "old camp" printed on blue prints I saw at Ft. Lewis. I have been on the reservation numerous times. I have taken part in some explosives disposal training and helped dispose of some really ugly experimental powders some guy made in his basement. I was tipped off when some relative of a deceased person asked me if I would get rid of the stuff so they could sell the house. It was genuinely wicked and very hazardous. I wisely called in the ATF and Bomb Squad guys. In return they invited me to help "dispose" of it. When I was in high-tech sales I sold and serviced the surveying instruments used by the Ft. Lewis and McCord Civil Engineering staffs. At one point I helped them lay out the new sniper range and trained them on the new computerized "total stations". They measured distance, vertical, and horizontal angles all at the same time in about 2 seconds, and stored them in a computer automatically. In one area I saw some foundations and signs of old buildings that I now suspect were part of one of the camps. And I should have known there were POWS at Ft. Lawton (now City of Seattle's Discovery Park). I used to take my girls there for picnics. The view of Puget sound with it's ships and boats was great. There were signs saying what was there years ago. I just presumed it was a punishment jail for soldiers. So a big "Thank You" to all who responded. Some of us have learned a few things. Re: Malta Jackie and I bought our plane tickets this week for our trip to Malta in April. We know it is a long ways in advance but the prices were well below what we had seen just a couple of months ago. In talking with others who are attending the Symposium, most are paying way more then we did. The only problem is, coming back it takes us 3 days to change airlines and planes in Rome to get the low fare we were looking for. But I suspect we can amuse oursleves for that period of time. There are essentially no direct flights to Malta. Malta Air flies from Rome. Athens, Frankfort, Paris and a couple of other places. But with a couple of rare and expensive exceptions other airlines don't fly to Malta. So we change to Malta Air in Rome for the 440 mile flight. Malta is a hot bed of old history. Some of the oldest known buildings on earth are on Malta. Lots of historical places older then 3500 BC. I have spent many hours reading and marking maps and I cannot see it all in the 5 days I have set for exploring Malta and the small island of Gozo. And we have world class fireworks every night we are there in the 2 festivals of fireworks. so we will be busy. Malta is mostly serious Catholic, and the many churchs are incredible inside. I will be taking 4 batteries and 12 SD data cards for my camera. I can download stills but not the video, as my laptop will not support 64 bit transfers. There is a device that will do it but it takes hours to tranfer a few minutes of video. So I will confine my brief videos to a couple of SD cards and do it when I get home. My camera takes 9mg pictures that are OK for me. But Jackie's camera takes 40 mg pictures and coupled with her talent as a superb photographer should produce a solid record of your trip. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From South of Tacoma on what was a perfect day. Warm and not a cloud in the sky. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Civil Air Patrol cadets This might be the picture you mentioned in the Tri-City Hearld, although it only shows one cadet, and Truman is coming down the stairs instead of up. Maybe the photo you remember was in the Columbia Basin News. If you move your cursor to the area just under the "Tri-City Herald" masthead it will turn blue. Click on that and you will get a larger view of the front page: Truman in the Tri-City Herald I tried to save just the picture and submit it to the Sandstorm. I'm sure I could have, but my computer had problems January 21. Tried to fix it myself, but it is just too old to pay someone else to do it, so I bought a new laptop last week. Haven't got all my software installed, or even located, and most of my old files are still on a portable hard drive. Also I am still trying to learn Windows 7 and trying to get used to typing on a flat keyboard. I couldn't stand that touchpad so I plugged my mouse into it. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ From my lonely Bomber outpost in Lion Country--two blocks from Kennewick High **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: dislecksea I figgered it out... I didn't really miss Sharon MARKEL's ('65) birthday last month... instead, I had it listed with today's B-day boy... I misread my writing and read "26" "2/6"... I feel better since I seem to be in pretty good company... Bill BERLIN ('56) turned his numbers around in his e-mail address and made it my class year "65"... wheeeeeeeeew so it ain't just me... I'm sittin here waiting for the clock to tick and get to about 2:30... gotta make a COSTCO run... don't make many of them any more since my mom passed... when she was still living in her house it was weekly for her groceries... then when she moved to Assisted Living (sounds so special doesn't it) it was just for her basics so not nearly as often... now I hardly go at all... but taday's the day... and a course Stuper Bole Sunday morning ain't no time ta go ta COSTCO... Kinda like going just before Thanksgiving or Christmas... but in the middle of the big game is often the perfect time to go... last time I was there was prolly in say September so the Christmas stuff was already out and I needed (I know it wasn't September) an OPTIMA battery... all I could find in the tire store part were Interstate... since it was going in the trunk of a little roadster I didn't want nuthin' with water in it... hope they still sell OPTIMAs... they always had them for about 25 bucks less... (boy... I'm sure you are all interested in this!) So I'm sitting here on the Group W bench... wudn't doin' nuttin' Mr. Dunahey and I realize for the first time that though I have said much about my admiration for the b-day boy... I never mentioned a fact that usually makes me envy the crap outa some of my friends... that fact is growin' up inna house with big sisters... yeeeeeeeee ha... in this case... not just big sisters but twins ('63)! I'm sorry but I can't in my wildest imagination think of anything more wonderful than that! Can you imagine the Bomber-babes hangin' around that house... and the cars... the cool cars... I mean we all know that there ain't no girls inna whole wild world more desirable than Bomber-babes... you can have yer east coast girls and yer northern girls and yer southern girls and yer California girls... but gimme Bomber-babes any day a the week... (Wonder if Brian Wilson is accepting song ideas?)... oh my... I just recalled a TV show I saw the other night after work... there were these triplets and one was married to this guy (the guy who was murdered in the show... this show always has someone murdered)... but she couldn't have children so her sister had a baby and prolly the other one killed him... I dunno cuz I got bored and changed channels... I think I got lost somewhere on the subject of this message... Oh yea... it's an HB... well this Bomber knows how much I think of him cuz I said so right here many times... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to John COLE ('66) on February 6, 2012... His special day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: More Birthdays Well... getting caught up on my Sandstorms this Super Bowl Sunday morning and realize I did not get a couple of shout outs in last week and there are a number of special Bomber Birthdays this week. Thank goodness that Maren stays on top of EVERYONE'S birthday... I seem to have great difficulty in tracking the Class of 1971 and the few others that I know from the general vicinity of that year. Effort (and Deportment) was an area I generally got poor marks in all through school. I don't know if they graded you in those two areas in "Public School" but the Nuns seemed to believe they were in the position to grade us on intangibles like effort and conduct. Not saying they were far from the mark but hard to believe you had to explain yourself in those areas and, of course, our parents took the word of ANY nun as gospel. Just as in grade school, my intentions are great but the follow through still leaves something to be desired, I guess. In that spirit, so sorry to have missed the birthday of one of the sharpest ladies around last Friday (the 3rd). Of course I am referring to Suzanne COWAN ('71) [AND my old next door neighbor, too!!! -Maren]. The first thing I noticed about Suzanne was her striking good looks. As a freshman who was just discovering that there was more to life than hunting, fishing and making obscene noises with assorted body parts, of course the very 1st thing I noticed about Suzanne was what a knockout she was. As the year progressed, I came to realize that the reason she was in honors classes was NOT because she was the source of many a Carmichael males youthful fantasies. By the time we were sophomores she was WAY too mature to hang out with a bunch of dorks like us. One of the truly unfortunate things about adolescence is that the women quickly seem to outdistance the boys in so many areas. I know it was true in our day and suspect it will probably always be that way but it kind of sucked to see most of the primo babes being scooped up my older guys. Understandable in retrospect, but it still sucked. Of course, we got our turn in a few years (there were a lot of senior guys chasing sophomore girls, as I recall). Anyway, Suzanne was always a great and gracious lady and remains one of the classiest chicks around. Then Saturday (the 4th) was Larry CROUCH's ('71) day. He was a leader in the group of guys that were part of the "Outdoor Sportsman" set. Larry was a good athlete (I remember him being a hell of a wrestler) but hunting and fishing were his passions. Back then, you could actually hunt within the city limits of Richland and many of the guys ran into each other down at the "Y" during duck season. I ran with a different crowd of outdoorsmen but always enjoyed comparing notes with Larry. It was a fairly small window of time that you could hunt the "Y" but it sure was convenient while it lasted and I have some great memories and stories from those days. I do seem to recall that, if the birds were not flying, we would sometimes turn to mischief. I had a set of "DEEKS"... kind of balloon type things you used as decoys. For those of you who ever saw them... you will remember. The ONLY redeeming value of them was that you could carry about 4 dozen of them in the pocket of your hunting vest. You kind of dropped them in the water and they would kind of inflate and float. I say kind of... because as often as not the head would droop to one side and you ended up with a whole flock of what looked like really sick ducks. I had a dozen of these that my grandfather had given me and used them in addition to the 3 or 4 dozen GOOD decoys I had purchased with paper route earnings. Anyway, we were out one day at the "Y" and the ducks were simply not flying. I was with Steve DAUENHAUER ('71). Lance WILLIS ('70) and Dave McCULLOUGH ('71). One of the qualities that a 15 year old boy does not possess is patience... so we were all getting pretty desperate to shoot SOMETHING. After a couple of hours sitting around basically doing nothing... Steve and Dave went on a little walkabout to see if they could find some ducks that were bedded down... either in the weeds or on the water.. About a half hour later, Lance and I were startled by shouts of "Get 'em!" and a hail of gunfire. Our hunting buddies had gotten the great idea during the course of their little walk that it would be great fun to put my hapless "DEEKS" out of their misery. We were kind of in shock for a few seconds but quickly got in the spirit and all took turns making sure our Deeks were no more. One of those... "you had to be there" type events but very spontaneous and probably more fun in retrospect than it was at the time. I seem to recall that, for a period of time, this became a fairly regular practice at the "Y". Of course, part of the fun was running out and then being "shocked" that what you thought were ducks were someone else's private property. If you tried something like that today... you would end up dead or in jail. Of course, back then we thought nothing of taking a new gun to school in the trunk of your car and taking guys out to the parking lot (including teachers) to see your new Remington 870 or Browning Automatic. We were no angels but things were a heck of a lot less complicated. Sorry to have gotten side tracked with that story but we sure had some great times in the outdoors as kids. How many remember tromping through those dang sugar beets trying to root out a rooster? For some reason, my dad and uncle swore that unless you hunted the most forbidding terrain available, that somehow you were offending the honor of the sport. What I wouldn't give today to be able to be back out in the "Blocks", working my way through a sugar beet field in late October, with that brilliant blue sky and shedding clothes as the chill of an Autumn morning gradually became the heat of an Indian Summer afternoon. Good memories. I also have a parcel of good memories of time spent with yesterday's Birthday boy... Gary DAVIS ('75). Gary was my brother- in-law for about 10 years and still remains a brother in my heart. Don't see him much but it is always nice when I do. And next time home, I want to hire one of his limo drivers to take us on a tour of some of the local wineries... maybe even hire put that new motor home I heard he added to his fleet. And so we come to today... the birthday of a distinguished Col-Hi grad... Mr. Michael FRANCO ('70). Thank goodness that when God made you, he broke the mold. Probably THE funniest guy to come out of Richland-Period. Brad UPTON ('74) has probably enjoyed more success and crafted a career out of his humor but Mike was just plain. downright funny - naturally. It was pretty darn difficult to try and keep up with Mike. Mike started the whole idea of the Mobil Answer Man in 1970. It was based on the Shell Answer Man commercials of that era and was a pretty big hit at the pep assemblies. I "inherited" the gig the following year... mainly because I already had the uniform. That's about where any resemblance or comparison to Mike's character ended. When I realized this morning that I had missed a number of important birthdays and had damn near missed Mike's too, a phrase came to me from the past. Now since I already had Mike in my thoughts, it was not much of a stretch to move on too illicit forays in the desert involving liquid refreshments and to a topic near and dear to Mike's heart... PUZZLE BEER. I remember many a night out knocking back a few Lucky Lagers (or Renier Light-Light, Light or Not so Lights) and trying to figure out those dang puzzles under the cap. For all I know, Mike did these as part of some Eagle Scout project he started on after he met President Kennedy. Here is the one I thought of today: [cid:image003.jpg@01CCE3FF.600E5760] If you can still figure these out in your old age... a free beer if you can come up with the caption, Mike. Well that's about enough for one day. Other Birthdays this week are Jerry RICE ('71) on Tuesday [2/7], Jim PATTON ('71) on Thursday [2/9] and Jim HAUN ('71) on Saturday [2/11]. Jerry and Jim both deserve more attention than I have energy to muster today. So I will try and do a follow-up later this week. Have a great week everyone!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI... where I have YET to use my snowblower this season and looks like I am safe for another week... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The COLE Girls: Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie & Jackie ('63) Happy birthday to our brother John. We still tell stories of you skipping first grade and giving your curly haired friend a crewcut (in patches) or dragging a dead cat home by the tail. The stories go on and on. We won't talk about the teenage years. Ha. Growing up with five older sisters to smother and mother you must have been difficult, but you turned out to be the most compassionate, kind, thoughtful, caring BIG brother ever born. We are so proud of you and love you. Have a wonderful day. -The COLE Girls: Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie & Jackie ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Gene ALTENA - Class of 1965 ~ 1947 - 2012 >>David James SIMPSON - Class of 1990 ~ 1972 - 2012 >>Julie GILES Connolly - Class of 1949 ~ 1931 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/07/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry RICE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Gene ALTENA ('65) Photo ~ Deceased Bomber Memorial at: -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: wow... double wow OK... Imagine my surprise and total shock this morning when the Cole Girls ('50, '52, '55 and '63x2) wished John ('66) an HB this morning... FIVE big sisters... gaaaaaaaaaaaasp... Ya see whatcha miss when ya don't crash every single class reunion... my envy for Rex DAVIS ('49) grows stronger with each passing day... If I just had his energy... but it brings the importance of staying in touch to the foreground. I read that Gene ALTENA ('65-RIP) passed and it really brought all of this home. Gene made his FIRST class reunion at our 40th. I don't know if he made the 45th because I had a scheduling problem and didn't make it... but I remember being glad and somewhat surprised when he stood up at the 40th. Now I'm no one to talk. I left home while still in school and left Richland when I joined the Marine Corps ("P" and "s" are silent)... KELLY ('64) and I came home on leave and I hung with the boyz... went up to WSU to visit Terry ('65) and Skip ('65) and never came back home till my 20th. Now I understand that at the 10th old wounds had yet to heal and it wasn't the greatest... at the 20th people were still trying to prove they were "Somebody" and my behavior was less than admirable... during all that time the only ones I spoke to or wrote to were Brian JOHNSON ('65) and Jo Marie ROBERTS ('65)... Jo Marie wrote me in v-nam as did Beej... Beej and I kept up the calls and stuff right up to the 20th... why I can't explain... but I can tell you that beginning with the 25th reunion, it became magic. It was as though all the years had faded away and we were back in second grade... I say second because after second I think we begin to form our little groups and some kids begin to feel left out. It just gets more and more that way thru HS. I "dropped out" not from school but kind of from my friends during my Sr. year because I didn't understand why the dynamic was changing... I was comfortable with my group of friends and as many of them made plans for college they began expanding their social circles... I wanted everything to stay the same and never change... if there was a Milner (tho I picked Johnny POYNOR ('63) for that role when I saw the movie... I knew all of the characters) I guess it was me... I just didn't want anything to change... I wanted to go to school, walk girls to and from class and go to dances... period! But of course the world did change and many of us went to Viet Nam, others went to college and I still get references to college life among Bombers all the time... Sure, I went to college later... with a vengeance... but I was totally inna fog about the college life my buds all enjoyed... So after the 25th was so great and they just kept getting better, WARFORD ('65) much to the surprise of his brother ('61) suggested we needed to get together every year... it was unanimously seconded and passed and we have been doing it for years now... sure it hasn't always been the same... We stopped going to Beej's for breakfast on Sunday while his kids were playing sports... but even that is back to normal again... it's not that we "do" anything... it's just that we "are" together... we tried to jazz it up for a while by doing parties at different places but we normally drift back to the most comfortable... Sure it's just Spuddies, car show, party, hang out... run the River, but its old friends just being together and being friends... Oh being way more than friends... being brothers and sisters... If any of you have avoided joining those brothers and sisters for a get together or a reunion I hope you can get past it and relive second grade... It's a wonderful place... -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Ronnie Allen HAYS ('58) ~ 8/17/39 12/18/11 Ronnie's Bomber Memorial page has been up-dated with the funeral notice that appeared in the Tri-City Herald February 5, 2012. "A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, February 17th, 2012, at his home away from home Andy's Restaurant in Pasco from 6-8 p.m. Please stop in and share your memories with us!" Bomber tears ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Tuesday the 7th of February is the birthday of one of my major cohorts in crime... Mr. Jerry RICE ('71). Whenever you saw someone in trouble during our Christ the King (CKS) grade school days... it was usually either Jerry or myself and most probably both of us. Nothing we did was ever that BAD but we always seemed to be in trouble for one reason or another. I DID miss out on a couple of the major scandals of the day... the great MILK theft scandal and the Clay throwing incident in 8th grade but did manage to get implicated in the Great Ring Scandal of 1965. This happened in 6th grade when the boys and girls in our class began to exchange Friendship Rings. I can assure you... this was VERY innocent but the nuns seemed to think it was going to lead to that most famous of Catholic guilt transgressions... IMMORAL THOUGHTS. And if you started having immoral thoughts, it was not much of a stretch to have those thoughts become IMMORAL ACTS. Now, you have to remember, at this stage in our development there was still major confusion as to whether or not "French Kissing" resulted in babies. Sex was still a major mystery to most of us (that's my story and I am sticking to it). Anyway, the nuns were determined to root out this evil (the rings) before it spread into some kind of venial/mortal sin epidemic. They lined the boys up on one side of the classroom and the girls on the other. We had to hold our hands out in front of us so the nuns could proceed down the line and look for people wearing these idol images or whatever sinful symbol they were supposed to be. Since the nuns had already been poking around for a few days trying to gather some intelligence on the matter, some of the sharper kids in the class figured out some sort of inquisition was imminent and warned everyone against wearing their rings to school. Theoretically, this should have cleared all of us... right? The fact that there were absolutely NO rings to be found did not deter our dear sweet Sisters of the Holy Names. NO, you were singled out as a "bad influence" based on the apparently telltale "mark" that the ring left on your finger. After years of wearing my wedding ring, I can easily see the indentation left if I take my ring off (of course by now it is more or less a permanent appendage but you know what I mean). Well... this whole ring thing had been going on for about a week so not sure how much of a mark there should have been, but nevertheless, our nuns were very astute at ferreting out the guilty parties... and of course Jerry and I were part of the "evil ones". Now, I was no more guilty of this "offense" than any of the victims of the Salem Witch Hunt but nevertheless, I was sent home with a note and made to stay after and clean the blackboards. Another interesting thing that I did not connect until years later was that ALL the kids who got in trouble at school and had to stay after and do some kind of menial chore for the nuns ALL lived within walking distance of the school. The kids whose parent picked them up were never kept after... hmmm... do I detect a pattern here?? Anyway that is a typical example of what passed for "bad behavior" back then... and Jerry and I were inevitably in the middle of it somehow. I also vividly remember to this day, Jerry going down to Korton's after the big fire in 1967 (?) and buying a smoke damaged electric guitar and trying to play it upside down because he was left handed. For some reason, the smell of that guitar stays with me... but not necessarily any of Jerry's hot licks (I think he had that HUGE hit from the Nightcrawlers "Little Black Egg" down pretty good). Amazing all the garbage I remember from those days but don't ask me anything meaningful. More Jerry stories later. Happy Birthday on Tuesday, Jerry. Thursday (2/9) is Jim "Jamie" PATTON's Birthday. I pretty much lost touch with Jim after high school because he ended up with a long and illustrious career serving our country in the Navy. Jim was the LAST person you would have considered as a candidate for the military back in 1970 or '71. Jim had let his hair grow long but he has very tight curly hair... almost an afro except his hair was very blond... almost white. He pretty much lived in some type of military attire that you saw John Lennon dressed in during that period... kind of a silent protest against the military. I don't remember Jim as being necessarily anti-military. Nearly everyone our age was against the war in Vietnam and NONE of us were too gung ho to join up... don't know the numbers but there was a reason they had the draft and not an all-volunteer army like today. This was in 1971 and as Vietnam was really starting to weigh heavily on the country. Anyway. We considered Anti-Vietnam as Anti-Establishment NOT Anti-Military. What I DO remember about Jim was that he was a BIG proponent of the PEACE Movement. Now the anti-war movement and the Peace movement were pretty much two different things (as I recall). Keep in mind that we were a bunch of idealistic teenagers at the time and truly believed that ALL the answers were pretty simplistic and (more importantly) that we had it right and everyone else was wrong. The basic precept of the Peace movement was that it was more or less based on the FACT that we were ALL equal... not in any kind of legal, civil rights kind of way but truly every person was a brother and we should all be able to live together and love each other for our differences (or something like that). Somewhere in the not too distant future, reality would hit you in the face... but for a brief period we had our late '60s... early '70s version of Camelot. Jim was pretty much a poster child for that era of innocence and tolerance. Jim got along with everyone and everyone was certainly welcome in Jim's world. Jim was one the brightest kids I ever knew but he never lorded that over anyone... IF you wanted to be intellectual (or deep or whatever passed as "visionary" at that time)... Jim was more than up to the challenge... but if you just wanted to lay back and hang out... he was cool with that too. The last vivid memory I have of Jim was his car. Of course, we still had "Heap of the Week" in the Sandstorm and we had guys like Kenny GOODENOW ('71) and his souped up Mustang and Gary O'ROURKE ('66) was still a local car god with his car collection (topped by that hot Nomad Root Beer Wagon) but we also had guys like the Rathvon twins: Richard and William ('71) who had an old ('??) Chevy Panel Truck that was their pride and joy. Well Jim had an old '57 or '58 Studebaker Hawk... the paint was all faded and Jim painted a huge peace sign on each door with orange florescent paint. Not sure if I remember correctly but I think he had taken out the driver's seat and replaced it with some kind of Futon/Mattress set-up. I can't see the Richland Police letting a kid get away with something like that but, if nothing else it makes the description a bit more interesting. Not sure whatever became of that classic but it was cool at the time. I do know that Jim is now living in Northern California and, I think, is semi-retired. Anyway... Happy Birthday Jim/James/Jamie!!!! Finally, Saturday [2/11] is the Birthday of Jim HAUN ('71). I do remember Jim as a classmate but must confess we never hung together and all I really know is that he still lives in the Tri- Cities. Hey... nearly 700 kids in our graduating class... I can't have stories on ALL of them. Anyway... have a great Birthday. Jim. Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Trying to figure out how best to celebrate Mike FRANCO's ('70) Birthday today [2/6] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Burt PIERARD ('59), Patti JONES ('60) Tom VERELLEN ('60), Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice PIERCE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnne GRENINGER ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy LEMLER ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: POW Camps Thanks for the question about POW Camps in WA - I certainly learned some stuff. I noticed that you didn't explain how you knew that the Camp in question could not be Columbia Camp by Horn Rapids and thus a couple of respondents wrongly referred to POWs there. I thought everyone knew by now that Columbia Camp was essentially the McNeil Island Honor Farm - no POWs but some Italian/German American Conscientious Objectors - but I was apparently mistaken. To: Don Sorenson (Honorary Bomber) Re: Italian POW Camp at Pasco Thanks for the memory tickler, but I don't think that Camp was set up until late in the War, perhaps early 1945. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Build old/new friendships. Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish... OK if you don't. WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 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: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Between trips to the landfill composting dump my mind tends to wander and I was thinking about "Carter's Little Liver Pills". As I remember they were to treat ailments (real or imagined) of the liver, not actual little livers. And exactly who is this Carter? Then I was thinking about the end slices on a loaf of bread, we used to call them the "heel". At least that is what I was thinking, but now I am thinking did that make the other end the "toe"? Or were others referring to the end slice as a "heal"? Like covering the raw bread inside which would make both ends "heals", and no need for toes or for that matter tows. If anyone encounters my mind out there wandering around please send it home COD. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ still sunny here in near Lacey, WA I think we should call this an Indian Spring; you know there is going to be some real nasty weather before the real spring arrives. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Salute! Gene ALTENA ('65-RIP) The Altena Family lived in an "F" house on Haupt in Richland. Gene ('65) was a low key quiet fellow but intense once you got to know him. Our Moms used to chat at the fence line in the back yards. (We lived on Hains). My Mom raised vegetables and the Altenas had fruit trees and vegetables. Gene & I shared several things in common: (1) a dislike for a German class we shared for 2 years (2) a love of Studebakers (Altenas owned two identical blue/gray 1950-1952) plus we shared an interest in comic book collecting when Marvel introduced Spiderman in March of 1963. I sold my collection many years ago. I'd guess that Gene still had his when he passed away. I did not see or chat with Gene from June 1964 until just 2 or 3 years ago when I came across his email address and we were able to share a few stories. ~ Salute to you Gene! -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Arlene HARDEN Lilly - Class of 1966 ~ 1947 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/09/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle DUNN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim STECKLINE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane BRADY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jamie PATTON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen MOORE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Yvonne LING ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob HAUSENBUILLER ('93) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY: Carl DVORAK ('58) & Shirley ARMSTRONG ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: POWs and pills I have always known Columbia Camp was not a POW Camp. First, because a former guard was a friend of my father's and I heard them discussing it many years ago. And secondly because it has been well discussed several times [in the Sandstorm.]. There were several good fishing "holes" near the old camp that always yielded a bass or two. To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Carter's Little Liver Pills I remember Carter's Little Liver Pills in my childhood. I cannot now remember where, but someone had them sitting on a bathroom counter. Small glass vial with a red label and a cork stopper in it. The pills the size of BBs and were white. I can laugh now because I wondered as a child how they "torpedoed" a liver. But what the advertisement really said was that it was good for "Torpid" liver, whatever that was. I think that term must have come from the snake oil salesmen back in the '20s and '30s. [I googled and found: Picture 1961 Commercial Radio Commercial That radio commercial is a hoot. -Maren] Re: Bread Heels And, regarding bread heels, my children taught me a lesson about them. When I was growing up, we never ate the heels. They always went in the trash. But my girls liked them, and at times would fight to get them for a sandwich. I have been eating them ever since. And they are great to put in the cookie jar to keep the cookies from drying out. Especially oatmeal cookies with so many walnuts and raisins in the mix you can hardly stir it. Yum yum. I had to quit making them as I am on this weight loss kick right now and I would never be able to resist that jar every time I passed it. Another kitchen malady is disappearing pickle juice. I used to buy the Vlasic pickles that you had to keep in the refer. Both my girls and I loved them. But as soon as I opened a new jar the juice would evaporate into thin air. For months I tried to figure out how it could evaporate from a tight lid. Then I caught my youngest daughter drinking it, right out of the jar. The pedo doctor said it would not hurt her in small amounts so I got her to agree to at least wait until we ate the pickles. Since then I have met more the one person that drinks a small amount of vinegar every day. They claim it is good for the GI tract. Yeeck! A bit of history trivia here... a staple of the diet of every Roman soldier was vinegar to drink. I will drink cold milk, beer, OJ, a nice wine with dinner, water, good KY Bourbon, and of course Diet Coke... but vinegar? Nah... The only vinegar I have in my kitchen is "Seasoned Rice Vinegar". I buy it at the Asian food market by the gallon. I make my own vinegar and oil dressing and the mild slightly sweet rice vinegar is so good you can rub it in your hair. (just kidding of course). Speaking of Bourbon... remember Four Roses? At last, it is coming back on the market in the US. A Canadian company, McNaughton's bought the brand and the distillery a few miles from the KY town I was born in. The Mac folks sold it only overseas to protect their US market from the stiff competition by Four Roses. They tired of it and sold it to a Japanese firm who decided it was not selling enough in foreign countries. I got this story when I was at the distillery a couple of years back. As we were driving from one of my relatives to another, Jackie said what is that awful sour smell? So I turned into the parking lot and took her through the distillery. To be "Kentucky", Bourbon must rest in the charred oak barrels for 7 years. So it was not back on the US market yet, but I think it is now. But I bought a bottle of Four Roses "Single Barrel". I opened the bottle on an EFI anniversary and everybody had a "touch". All agreed it was yummy stuff. Another bit of trivia: Oak Bourbon barrels (most are made in my home town, Lebanon KY) are charred inside and used only once. Unlike wine barrels they cannot be reused and are cut in half to prevent it.. Hence you buy the half barrels from the garden stores for planters. OK nuff for today.... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ Spring is coming... really. My rose bushes have buds breaking on the stems. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Lunch Social PLEASE JOIN US!!! WHEN: Saturday February 18, 2012 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. Its very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are Welcome. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We meet in the Sun Room. PLEASE RSVP to me -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Tom VERNELLEN ('60) I have always called the first and last slices of bread "heels". For some reason, I don't like them except homemade right from the oven bread! I just assumed everybody called them 'heels'. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Been having more like summer weather lately. The rains are trying to come back though, but so far not in force. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Location? Does anyone know this location? 1974 I'm sure some Bombers out there know the answer, but if no one sends in an answer, I will come back in a couple days and post the answer. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Thanks for the laugh... my mom and I always fought over the "heels" of the bread... I still "fight" over them with my son-in- law... even on French bread, garlic bread, and especially homemade bread. We have 3 bread makers and whenever bread is made, the "heels" are the first pieces that get eaten... to me, that's the best part of the loaf. *grin* and, I remember "Carter's Little Liver Pills"... not sure they still make them, but I think they were laxatives. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ we finally got a few drops of much-needed rain in Bakersfield, CA and they say we might get some more... sure hope so, cause we are way down on our moisture for this year... shudder to think what summer will be IF we continue to be this dry. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Gold Star Marathon It starts again... the years just seem to be flashing past... I am starting the first leg (swoooooooooon... prolly shoulda picked a different word) of the WEIHERMILLER sister birthday wishes... now it may not sound like much to you... but last year I managed to get all 4 BD wishes out on the correct day and everything. A course I was working for a Gold Star from Ellen ('63) which made it even more exciting (I know I'm more easily excited in my current years than I mighta been at say 16)... but when I pulled it off... I not only got a gold star... but a gold star crown and an 8x10 Color portrait of all four sisters suitable for framin'... now that ain't chicken feed my friends... (chicken feed? where does that fit in?)... so That crown was so cool I even wore it to Ellen's for dinner before the '63 Christmas clambake... Ok... soooo before I make myself look even more silly that I have already lemme say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) (hey weren't Judy PARKER, Vonnie REED and Lola HEIDLEBAUGH in that class too?... oh it just gets better alla time!) on her special day, February 9, 2012... (the suspense mounts... ) and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mary Lou WATKINS' dear and wonderful Mom, too! (thunk I'd forget, huh, ML!) -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/10/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) George SWAN ('59), Stephanie DAWSON ('60) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda WOODS ('61wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: POW /AT LAST To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Hey Burt! Yes we agreed, in my case to disagree, about Horn Rapids! You never mentioned that there were Italian Americans Conscientious Objectors there. Maybe that is why the Italian part... All my hi school buddies who lived out there are RIP. Orville MARCUM ('48-RIP), Sunshine ALLEN ('57-RIP). etc. would have given me some answers. At any rate you mention that 1945 was the opening of the Camp. Then who was there when Pinky BLOOMER ('46-RIP), Ed JOHNSON ('46-RIP) and I were delivering milk there in 1943?? Also, there has been a lot of talk at Etta Jane's death that she made the tune "At Last" famous. Not so fast. We had that great song on the juke box at the American legion in the old High School in 1947 and we thought it was famous then. It was a favorite dance tune... still is. It was sung by another great songstress, Ella Fitzgerald. -Dick McCOY, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Bread Heels: I have always loved bread heels and I got my grand daughter to start eating them as well by telling her that when we opened the bread wrap, I get the heel because it was the best part of the bread. It got so she would sneak it out and put it on her own plate and now we both have to be sneaky which is fun! About the charred oak barrels for making whiskey: I had an introduction to cooperage of these barrels at the Tabasco plant on Avery Island in Louisiana. I was the division head microbiologist of a large food manufacturing company for 18 years and during that time I gave a number of presentations to different corporate meetings. After one such meeting our group had a tour of the tabasco plant and a man in his eighties showed how they used to prepare used whiskey barrels for fermenting the chili peppers used in making tabasco sauce. They used barrels that originally came from the Jack Daniels plant. He took one apart manually and then proceeded to reassemble it by hand. Now it is done by machine but the same barrels are still used. The oak stays are of course charred before they are assembled into barrels before being used for whiskey, but the tabasco plant steam cleans and then uses them. The chili peppers are then ground and put into the barrels with spices, etc. sealed and layered with salt on top of the barrel along with a gas release. They allow fermentation in a large room for several years before the chili peppers are removed and made into the sauce and bottled. No whiskey at this point sorry. However I had some friends who got hold of some used whiskey barrels, took them apart and gently steamed the stays, extracting a small amount of whiskey. I dont know if it was really worth all the effort, but it was fun just the same! One other note, I worked in the wine industry for several years and charred oak is often used to ferment and store both red and white wines. Wine enthusiasts often express that the French oak imparts better flavors than American oak and of course the cost is much greater for a French oak barrel. I've not heard anyone using used whiskey barrels for this. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Location ? Dennis, I'm thinking it is a view of the early days of the Columbia Center Mall (looking southward). -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Drinking pickle juice One of my favorite drinks is the juice in Banquet Baby Dills. I haven't found them for awhile but think that they evolved into Nalley's Dill Pickles, so I buy that and drink the juice, one slow swallow at a time! Also, a shot of it is VERY GOOD in a Bloody Mary. I learned this trick at Doc Pierce's Saloon (now Restaurant) in Mishawaka, Indiana, just down the road from South Bend and my hubby's alma mater Notre Dame. Another great drink is the juice from ANY olive can or jar. But my real go-to drinks are the two I acquired a taste for from my Daddy: Olympia Beer (RIP, what they put out now is nothing like the original) and ANY scotch (I like 'em all). For a real thirst quencher, splash a half shot of scotch into a TALL glass of ice water. Tastes great and you don't feel a thing. -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Re: Location ? I'm going to say, in reply to Dennis HAMMER's ('64) photo in yesterday's Sandstorm, that we are looking at Columbia Center and I'd say it's before 1974! I'm looking forward to seeing many Bomber faces tonight. My show at the Clover Island is sold out! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Dick WIGHT ('52) Mike CLOWES ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Jeff DeMEYER ('62), Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda CARTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HAUN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Drew COUGHREN ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Dick McCOY ('45) I'm so glad we have some old timers, like Dick McCOY, around to keep the young folks on the straight and narrow. Thanks, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: POWs in the Tri-City area Well, memory is an odd thing... no one knows for sure what is REALLY accurate, me included. I was born in Pasco (1934)... My paternal grandfather had a small farm north of Pasco somewhere. My father was fire chief at Pendleton, OR Army Air Corps Base during most of WW II. I sometimes visited by grandfather during the war... At the Naval Air Station in Pasco, he daily picked up mess hall leftover food and food garbage to feed his hogs. I remember SEEING P.O.W.s more than once, and one vague memory is of them riding in on a slow moving train. They seemed a pretty happy lot - waving and gesturing - I think they were Italians. Where exactly did I see them???? Can't recall... but I SAW them! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ freezing my you know what off in Branson, MO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02), The Etta James version of "At Last" is probably the most soulful rendition of the song, but as you pointed out in the '40s it was sung by others. Ella did not have exclusive rights to it, I also remember hearing Ray Eberle and Dick Haymes singing it, along with several lesser known baritones of the day. To: Stephanie DAWSON ('60) My gawd, woman, you are killing the nectar by using ice water. Cool water, yes, but you don't want to kill the whiskey. Re: Pickle juice It will do if one is real thirsty. I've always favored the juice from canned fruits (pears or peaches in particular). In keeping with that thought (fruits), my wife informed me that wisdom is knowing that tomatoes are fruit not veggies; and that intelligence is not putting them in a fruit salad. Re: Mystery Photo Would have to go along with identifying the mystery photo as very early Columbia Center construction. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in damp Mount Angel, OR where Wurstfest is just a weekend away. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Sorry... I need to correct myself. When I said the barrels cannot be used again, I should have added not for aging whiskey. I am aware that more then one "Hot Sauce" and "hot pepper" company utilize used whisky barrels. I got a tour of the cooperage in Lebanon, KY (Several Mattinglys and Wheatleys (Mother's maiden name) worked there). During that tour they said "we supply over 60% of the whiskey barrels used in the Kentucky Bourbon Industry". The barrels are assembled with one open end and then they are charred using a propane torch and then the final end is installed. The aging of the oak, and shaping and bending of the stave's turned out to be quite a process. But the coopers work fast and make good money. In some parts of that area in KY the Mattinglys and Wheatleys outnumber the Smiths and the Browns in the phone books. Most are not directly related to us. It is my understanding that the charring of the oak for wine is much lighter then for Bourbon. And yes there is some whiskey left in the pores of the oak barrels. But it is a lot of work to recover it. As one travels the secondary highways in the hinterlands of Kentucky you will see very large grey slab-sided barn like buildings with no windows. They are often 4 stories high. These are the "barrel barns". They are chock full of barrels of aging bourbon sitting there undisturbed and well guarded. Some of them hold 5000 barrels or more. Along with the Tobacco barns, they dot the landscape. My mother's brother was a farmer and had one section of tobacco. "Kentucky Burly". Absolutely no trespassing in a tobacco field. Many years ago it was at times a "shooting offense". I remember him cleaning his boots before going in to the field. Just for fun I went to a tobacco auction years ago. They have their own very fast language and their own signs. It is nearly impossible for an outsider to understand what is said or bid. Tobacco auctioneers are a special breed and even in their everyday conversation, it is so fast you have to have quick ears. To: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) The only thing I ever did with dill pickle juice was to add a splash to potato salad, and deviled eggs. Speaking of Nalley's they have moved all of their pickle operations to Canada. They still grow the pickles in the river bottom lands and truck them up to Canada. I use to love the smell of the vats at pickle time when I drove through Nalley Valley. They had about 150 large open vats. It really was a valley... full of industrial plants and Nalley's, right in the heart of Tacoma. It is still called "Nalley Valley". They are rebuilding the whole interchange of I-5 and State Route 16 west to Bremerton and the Olympic Peninsula crossing the new Tacoma Narrows Suspension bridge. You can't see much of the old valley with all the 60 foot tall support pillars under the interchange. Something near 3/4 billion $ when they get done in a couple of years. I have heard folks say to use a bit of pickle juice in Bloody Mary mix. But I have never even tasted a bloody Mary. My hard stuff drinking was confined to Gin and Tonic, (got that from Gus KEENEY ('57), and good scotch. I liked it straight over one ice cube. I am sure there are at least a dozen bottles of booze in my bar cupboard and at least 9 of them are unopened and 10 years old. I just drifted away from the hard stuff years ago. I did open one bottle. I make a great to-die-for "from scratch" chocolate mousse (takes about 4 bowls)... and just before putting it in the refer to chill, I mix in a splash of Grand Marnier. It really gives it a WOW taste! I do enjoy a cold "Bud" or "Bud Lite" or Coors lite. But Olympia taste died when they closed the brewery in Olympia. It really was "the water". There was a huge political Brew--ha ha... lasting for months/ years between several Indian tribes, the City of Olympia, a group of environmentalists, WA State Fish and Game Department and 3-4 other factions I cannot now recall. It had to do about the amount of waste water from flushing the vats that they could add to the river less then 1/4 mile from the ocean (salt water Puget Sound). Miller Brewing finally threw up their hands and said GOODBYE WA STATE! They closed it all up and walked away from it. 200 people out of a job overnight. The old brewery is still sitting there empty and falling apart. I actually did a fireworks display on the bank of the river right next to the brew house, years ago. It was a large display with hundreds of shells. The sponsor wanted lots of NOISE... so I gave them stinking noise... Blew out 4 letters of that long white sign on top of the building. They were celebrating the "Artesian" New Year. You know the little guys in the well... I made a 40 foot tall pyro picture of a well for the show. But the display shook up the neighbors and the birds for a mile or so, so bad that they only did it one year. Long SIGH... what a blast. Glitz, glitter and NOISE! Oops, I got wound up again... enough! "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ On a rainy night in Tacoma **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Re: Missing 1962 classmates Herbert E. BELVINS, Doug BURNS, Barry DAHL, Lesie Lang DALTON, Ron DYKES, Ken ELLIOT, Roger FARBER, Bill FINNEY, Sandra GENOWAY, Margert GIBSON Tucker, Patrica HAHN, Clark HALL, Linda HANSON Toth, Tom HARMON, Richard HENDERSON, Mike HOLCOMB, Gearld HOOPER, Freddie LENHART, Margaret LEWIS Helberg, Jerry LIDDEL, Richard LLOYD, Ben MILES, Drudeane NICHOLSON Martin, Carole PETTERSON Graham, Susan ROTAN Warren, Steven SCHELL, Rod SHANKS, Margaret SMITH, Rick SMOLEN, Bill STAINKIN, Loyd TAYLOR, Pat TRUILLO Hunter, Fred VanPATTEN, Laurel VLACIL Murry, Mary WAMSLEY, Walter WEBB, Linda WHITTAKER, Dave WILSON, Cathy WILSON Ward, Valeree WORKMAN Offerman, Carolyn WRIGHT Kellmans, Yvonne WRIGHT. Please contact me Thank You, -Jeff DeMEYER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Location ? It is Columbia Center Mall. Two Bombers posted a reply in the Sandstorm and eight sent me emails. If you look in the upper right area (South side) you will see the European Health Spa. I was never in it, but it seemed to be quite popular. Don't know why it closed, but the building stood vacant for many years before it was torn down. In the bottom right (North side) you can see the Columbia Center Cinema or Columbia Center Triplex. After building some new theaters it closed and remained vacant for years until it was torn down. To: Brad UPTON ('74) I was wondering why you thought it was before 1974. You could well be right. I was just relying on my source. Checking Google maps satellite view I found a view of the Columbia Center Triplex (so they took that photo from space before it was torn down). Anyway, it shows the theater after it was expanded to a triplex. I checked Google's archive of newspapers and found the September 25, 1975 issue of the Tri-City Herald had an article saying construction had already begun, and would make it "one of the first indoor three-plex theaters in Washington." As there is no construction adjacent to the theater in this photo, we know it was taken before that date. If you or any one else has any ideas, let me know. It might me an interesting project for Bombers to try to nail down the date closer. Comparing Google satellite view to the photo, it looks like you should be able to see K-Kart. I haven't been able to find out yet when K-Mart was built, just that it was there by October, 1976, but no sooner than 1973. BTW, by checking the movie schedules in the Tri-City Herald I was able to determine that the Columbia Center Theater became the Columbia Center Triplex somewhere between April 12, and June 13, 1976. There are no issues available between those dates so I would have to go to the Library and look at microfilm to get closer. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/12/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Carol BLACK ('48), Wally WHEADON ('49) Betty BELL ('51), Dick WIGHT ('52) Burt PIERARD ('59), David RIVERS ('65) Dwight CAREY ('68) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol HAYNES ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Freddie SCHAFER ('63-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat CALDWELL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shanon LAYBOURN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Hodge ('71NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janeen THORNTON ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol BLACK Foster ('48) Re: KY and TN To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Larry, I keep seeing your mention of Kentucky and it sure takes me back as I was born and raised in Robbins, TN (Population maybe 700!!) which is very near the KY border in East TN. I didn't see any mention of Boot Leggers in your entries and am wondering what all those barrels were for??? Where I lived, it so poor that bootlegging was common. I am pretty sure the Sheriff knew about who was doing it but everybody was so poor that there wasn't too much choice. One of my good friends' father was a bootlegger and we were both in the same (only) school where my mother taught and it was no big deal. That's what you call a DEPRESSION! Thanks again for the info on the Mexican dentist. Nobody has gone yet but it's not over yet also. Good luck on your trip. -Carol BLACK Foster ('48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally WHEADON ('49) Re: WWII POWs There was a POW camp on the Yakima river during WWII. The prisoners were Italian and could be seen almost every Sunday at Sacajawea park guarded by a couple of Army MPs and having a good time with the local female population. In 1949 - '50 I worked for GE and was assigned to remove most if not all of the equipment remaining at the camp. Definitely Italian. -Wally WHEADON ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Guess I will join in the "whiskey"' debate. As a member of the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) I recently presented a program on my 6th great-grandmother & 5th great- grandfather, Mary (Polly) Hawkins and Talifaro (Toliver) Craig. He was born in 1704, she was born in 1716 and they married in 1730. He was 26 and she was 14; they had 11 children and, as near as I could count, 100 grandchildren. Elijah Craig (1743 - 1808) was their 6th child, born in Spotsylvaniam VA. In 1781, because of religious persecution, they moved into KY near Lexington, fighting Indians (with Daniel Boone). In 1782 Elijah, a business man & former preacher, purchased 1,000 acres where he planned and laid out a nearby town called Lebanon, incorporated in 1784. In 1790 the town was renamed as Georgetown in honor of General George Washington. In approximately 1789, Elijah Craig founded a distillery which likely led to his subsequent dubious reputation as the inventor of corn-based bourbon whiskey, as he has been claimed to have been the first to age the distillation in charred oak casks. It is claimed some of his barrels burned somewhat and he was too cheap to buy new ones! This is the process that gives the bourbon its reddish color and unique taste. He also built a paper mill, saw mill, grist mill and more. It is said the whiskey industry likes being tied with a Baptist minister! His distillery burned down some years ago and it is now produced by Heaven Hill Distillery. I have a bottle (unopened!) from many years ago. Charles K. Cowdery, a wine expert, casts doubt on the notion that Elijah Craig should be credited with the invention of Bourbon whiskey. OK - I'm through! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: pickle juice The juice from GOOD refrigerator dill pickles (and I make some nearly as good as Clausen's) seems to taste particularly good once in awhile... especially in hot weather. I have a friend who eats a big dill pickle each day (and drinks the juice), swearing that it helps ease his arthritis symptoms! Whatever works! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO gonna be 10 F tonight! Shoulda' retired further south! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: Columbia Camp Misc. I did, indeed, previously mention the COs (a little tidbit from East Benton County Historical Society's research). As to the 1945 Date, go back and read my submittal (to Don Sorenson)... you will see that I was referring to the Italian POW Camp in Pasco. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Well no wonder Well I didn't guess the Columbia Center Mall... I mean I thought it was built last week... well maybe the week before... geeeez... I coulda been a contenduh if I'da only been younger or lived in Richland longer... kinda like when I flew into Pasco for my 20th reunion... now before you go scolding me... I haven't driven in that shape for over 25 years... I musta just followed the signs cuz I never got to the bridge (old or new)... but within only a few minutes I was in Richland without ever knowing I crossed the River!!!!!! Also reminds me of when my daughter became a Duck... I thought we'd take the "new" freeway up to Oreegon... now when I was in boot camp... seems like only yesterday... they were building the "new" freeway... well when I go up North I usually take the 99 cuz it's close and I run right thru Bakersfield... but just a few miles west would take us to the "new" freeway... now I've never had any complaints about the 99... smooth as glass for the most part... so can you imagine how nice (and wide) the "new" freeway would be... sometimes I shouldn't be the Dad... now Sarah was a Duck quite some time ago so the "new" freeway was even newer then... what an awful ride... well, next time don't ask me ta be the navagater... geeeeeez... Well I guess I should just stick to b-day greetings... so here we go for February 12, 2012, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Freddie SCHAFER ('63 RIP), Pat CALDWELL ('65) and Shanon LAYBOURN ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight CAREY ('68) Re: Columbia Center I recognized the Columbia Center picture right off the bat... it was prime stomping ground for young Richland kids if we could ever get across the long Yakima river stretch of highway. We loved the area where Leslie Road is now, and all along Amon Creek up to Beer Falls... Now that should entice some memories for some of the Bomber crowd!! I didn't know why they called it Beer Falls. I believe that Columbia Center was built sometime before 1970- 1971 because my Mom began her only job at House of Fabrics around that time to keep her mind off me when I was overseas, and that was around August 1970. She actually worked into a retirement from them, and bought a bunch of their stock over the years. She loved her job, and enjoyed working with the people. She used my old bedroom for sewing patterns. When House of Fabrics left the mall - probably 1990-1993 era, I bought some of their fabric tables, which I still use as workbenches today. It doesn't seem people sew as much as they used to ... Haven't heard much talk about that. Hope all you Bombers are well and looking for the sunshine and warm days ahead! -Dwight CAREY ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Prison Camps Columbia Center To: Dick McCOY ('45), Carol CLARK Oien ('54), Burt PIERARD ('59), Dennis HAMMER ('64) & Brad UPTON ('74) The camp Burt is referring to is the POW Camp in Pasco, or at least nearby. Columbia Camp Dick speaks to was there in '43. Some inmates could have been Italian but American by birth, however there seems to be no connection with the POWs seen in Pasco. The '74 extension of the Columbia Center photo refers to picture number 74 not the date taken. Hanford photography kept track of photo shoot requests by serial number or job number. Example 100738-10CN. (See attached photo) Now I can't remember when they started incorporating the date in the job or serial number but I seem to think it was the late '70s or early '80s. Dick WIGHT ('52) mentions seeing what he thinks was Italian POW' waving from a train. Seems very plausible since all sightings by folks who visited Pasco including a former Navy Vet and Baker, OR resident Chet Smith saw them at dances in Pasco. And some women from that time period reported these guys were quite appealing. So the '45 date, in my mind, Burt mentions is in question. Carol your father must have been one of the first to arrive at Hanford. Not many construction folks can say they lived in one of the former resident homes. I would hazard a guess and say it was located quite south of downtown White Bluffs. There were quite few scary folks your mother saw. Other moms have said when they walked around Hanford would draw their children a little closer when seeing a few rough characters. Question for Carol "are you local?" If so I would like to get your signature on a montage of Hanford Camp pictures mounted on a white board with other former residents signatures. I've attached two items one of a 1948 note from the CAP commander and an article from a St. Louis paper with a Behymer name attached to it. Both of these items are courtesy of Julie Whitney. Back to Columbia Center, who owned the property prior to and when was it purchased? Hope my post adds to the soup and not just "stirring the pot" Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/13/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Carole CLARK ('54) Burt PIERARD ('59), Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff CURTIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny WRIGHT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Wayne WALLACE & Elva McGHAN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: prisoners again A final note on POW. When I entered the Army at the end of WWII, while awaiting assignment I was in a clean up detail in front of the PX at Ft. Lewis. While picking up the cigarette butts we were accosted verbally by a half dozen German POWs sitting on the porch with a guard. they were hooting and carrying on much to our chagrin. Who won the war, anyway? Some of the jargon was in German, which I half understehensie, having taken German in hi school. Hund, asse, pferdhalse etc. Such was the low life of the new yardbird. To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Yes you mentioned COs but not that they were Italian-American. They spoke Italian to one another at that Camp. -Dick McCOY from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carole CLARK Oien ('54) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) No, I'm not local. We live in Sun City West, AZ and after my Dad died a few years ago I haven't been back to the Tri-Cities. Dad was a guard at Hanford his first years there. I guess it was like the police force. He didn't do construction. I've often wondered whose home we lived in those few months of 1944. My sister and I hoped we would recognize the house when we took a riverboat trip to Hanford and White Bluffs at my 50th class reunion because we thought it was close to the Columbia River. But since we were only 7 and 5 years old at the time we lived there the chances of recognizing it (and the chances of it still standing) are pretty remote. -Carole CLARK Oien ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: All - Re: Columbia Camp OK Folks, here's the whole story on Columbia Camp, constructed in July 1943. Ray STEIN ('64) is always asking for the Contemporary Documentation so I have copied and attached the complete section on The Federal Prison Industries (FPI) Camp from the Du Pont HEW Final Construction Report, dated August 9, 1945, HEW Document No. HAN-10970, Vol. IV, pages 1348 and 1349. The full 4 Volume Report is available from the Declassified Document Retrieval System (DDRS) at (If the link doesn't work, copy & paste it into your browser.) The copy is a bit hard to read but I doubt that many of my critics will take the time to read it carefully anyway since they haven't treated my posts that way. I might point out the "Smoking Gun" section that proves that there were no POWs at the camp. POWs are, by definition, non-US Citizens and you will see that all people who resided at the Camp (Administrators, guards, inmates, etc.) were Security Cleared. To my knowledge, the only Aliens at the Project that were Cleared were Scientist types. As to the Italian and German accents from some of the inmates, I turn to "The Courier," East Benton County Historical Society, Vol. 15, Number 1, February 1993. The complete article is available in the Gallery (Copy and paste into your browser.) An excerpt reads "It was commonly believed that most of the inmates were conscientious objectors but Bureau of Prisons statistics show that they made up less than 30 percent of the total who were there." Now to the discussion about the Italian POW Camp in Pasco. Here, I have to plead guilty to committing the unpardonable sin of Historians, namely counting on my own fragile memory to refer to a 3rd Party SS Post a year or two ago. In that post, somebody (name forgotten) had checked with the Tri-City Herald in an attempt to identify Columbia Camp as a POW Camp. The Herald person said that the only Tri-City POW Camp that they knew of was the Italian Camp in Pasco. There were also some other posts referring to disbursing Italian POWs to various parts of the country for Service Work (like remodeling the Walla Walla Veteran's Hospital, by the way, a project strongly protested by Leslie Groves because it was only 60 miles from Hanford) after the Italian Surrender. Not being a student of the Italian involvement in WWII, I assumed that surrender must have coincided with driving the Nazis from Italy and thus my 1945 reference. Boy, was I wrong there. A little research on the subject reveals that the Italians surrendered Sept. 8, 1943 (nearly coinciding with the start of the German Occupation of Italy). Don Sorenson (Honorary Bomber) certainly nailed me on that one. As an aside, this also explains the POWs at Sacajawea Park - they came from Pasco. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chuck MEYER ('63) Hi out there. I'm Chuck Meyer class of 1963. I'm trying to get hold of John COONS ('63) and Ginny MAXWELL Coons ('64). Ginny was a close friend of my wife, Gale AGER ('63) during their school years. If any of you keep in contact with them it would be great if you could pass along our email address to them. Thanks! -Chuck MEYER ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/14/12 ~ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Larry OSTERMAN ('51), Mike CLOWES ('54) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dore TYLER ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill ROE ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki MOSLEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther "Deon" HOLLIS ('71) '52 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val GHIRARDO ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane CARPENTER ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Clarence FULCHER ('51) & Gloria ADAMS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry OSTERMAN ('51) Re: Pickle Juice Pickle juice? I never in all my 78 years thought of drinking it. Well, today I tasted some of the juice in a Vlasic pickle jar. It is okay, I guess, but I like bourbon better. I wonder if you people who relish it do because your body needs certain nutrients that are in the juice. -Larry OSTERMAN ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, I dusted off the ol' propeller beanie and readied it for another double tip, and on Valentine's Day no less. The first tip is in honor of an event which some said would never last, a very few who hoped it wouldn't take hold, and the romantics who were in on the "secret" gave it thumbs up. Following the event, some time was spent in a trailer in North Richland; but, hey!, these folks are not "trailer park trash." They are, instead, a couple who have weathered more than one storm in their lives together. Way to go "Skippy" and Clarence on this anniversary. The second tip goes to a slightly older than I buddy (like 3 months older) who has to share this date with all sorts of jibes and other indignities. Think about it, kids born on leap days or Christmas don't have it as bad. At any rate, I sorry you didn't get a dozen roses and a box of candy, but at our age, do we really need them any more. So a big shout out to Dore Earle TYLER, Jr. ('53) on his birthday. And no snide remarks from the peanut gallery. To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Were the "Cleared Aliens" later taken to Area 51 or dumped in the desert near Roswell, NM? Members of MUFON would like to know the full particulars. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ hanging out in Mount Angel, OR, where Wurstfest goes down this Friday and Saturday at the new community center/Festhalle/Biergarten. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Moonshine and Ham To: Carol BLACK Foster ('48) As far as I know none of my Mattinglys or Wheatleys (mom's maiden name) ancestors were involved in making 'shine (moonshine). On one of my trips back there, or passing through, (probably 20+ years ago) I asked every relative I met about making 'shine. While they admitted to some consumption, nobody knew of any of our family on either side with a still. Lebanon, KY in the '20s, '30s and '40s, was a small close-knit town. In 1963 the population was 4213 on a sign coming into town. Everybody knew everybody and what they were into or raised on their farms. The only dirt about "the families that I could get info about was some Mattingly cousins back in the '20s or thereabouts were involved in some kind of mule rustling operation in Missouri, and did some jail time over it. Both families were solid Catholic ruled by the iron hand of Father Gettlefinger. I am told he was not above whipping both girls and boys in the Catholic School. I don't remember ever meeting the man even when he baptized me at a week old. :) But I have seen pictures... what a curmudgeon. To: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Re: D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) While doing my family genealogy Jackie "ran the numbers" and found my 2 girls to be eligible D.A.R. I offered to do it for them as a present but they were not particularly interested. Several my family groups had the religious persecution problem. Being Catholic, first in England, so they fled to Baltimore in America about 1628 or so to where the problem came up again all over, in the Maryland colonies. So the Mattinglys, Wheatleys, Spauldings, and Abels family groups fled west through the Cumberland Gap behind Daniel Boone to the Breckenridge, KY area. Parts of those groups migrated south to the Louisville, Lebanon, Springfield, Bardstown, area, where many still reside. Lexington is east of Louisville about 125 miles. As an aside, I got a note today from Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) who has a grandmother from the Breckenridge, KY area named Wheatley. Thus a small chance we may be related a couple of times removed. As soon as she gets more info from Marie, Jackie will run a search of the records she has access to from doing my family. She will know pretty quick. In 1963 I drove my father to Lebanon, KY for a visit. They pronounced it "Lebnin" by the way. Anyway I wanted to take back some 'shine to WA. So I started asking around. I was told the best shine was available from a priest at a small church way back in the hills. Took me half a day to find that church and it was WAY back in the hills. As I drove up the road everybody stopped what they were doing a stared at me, a stranger. As I parked (Dad's shiny new Impala) at the church an elderly man with an old double barrel shot gun broke open over his arm came over and asked me "What y'all a doin here"? When I told him I was looking to buy some 'shine to take back to WA he said "Where's that"? Long story short I got a couple of Qt. jars of 'shine and left. I had to give him the money and wait a bit and then go to a shelf on the fence down the road and pick it up. It was real rocket fuel, that burned all the way to the bottom of the tummy. I later saw guys drinking it straight out of a mason jar in gulps. Gave me chills. A couple of Tablespoons of that stuff would light up a glass of soda pop. Might as well tell the rest of that trip... I decided I should take the time to locate a source and buy a couple of old fashioned "KY Country Smoke House Cured Hams". Of course I would not settle for the ones sold in the stores that were not all that good and way over priced. So I started asking around and finally got directed to ask at a store out in the hinterlands at a crossroads. I did find the crossroads and the store with a single gas pump in front of it. It was one of those with the glass tube you filled with a hand pump before dispensing. The gauge was on the glass. Anyway after the guy inside asked me a bunch of questions about who I was and where I was from and then said he reckoned old Sammy had some hams still hanging from killing time. I was told to drive up the old narrow road (his words as best I can remember) "a fur piece ta the old barn whats missing the winders. But go past it and cross the crick and follar the track up the crick till you git to the mountain. But don't go to the mountain, Go off to the left a bit and find the dirt road and follar it up to the bottom of the hallar. Stop there and honk your horn an few times and then gwaun on up the road till ya run cross a little crick and follar it to the house. Wait in the car and Sammy ill be out directly. Thays a passel a kids there but don't pay them no nevermind." So I followed the directions laughing as I went. He was right there was a passel of about a dozen children all in shorts, no shirt, and barefoot. That included a girl about 14 that should have had at least a shirt on. So Sammy comes out and told me to come up ta the smokehouse. Don't ask me how he knew I was coming but he said "I was spectin yuall". So I picked out 2 huge hams from the 6-8 he hooked with along pole from where they were hanging in the rafters. The smoke smell was so thick you almost could not breathe. I had been told to stick a screw driver up alongside of the bone and see if it smelled ok and not bad. They smelled like country ham. They were both close to 25 pounds and were $40 cash money each. Last part of this tale is that on the way home Dad wanted to go through Monahans, TX. A childhood friend, Pereson Cooper was Publisher of the newspaper there and they hadn't seen each other for some time. This part is only relative here to say that we crossed into New Mexico and Arizona headed for my aunt and uncle's house in the L.A. area for a quick visit. The inspector at the AZ Agriculture station told me we could not take the country hams into AZ. He would have to confiscate them. I asked him if he was armed, and he said no, inspectors are not armed. I said, "then there is no way in hell you are going to get me to leave those hams for some Inspector's dinner tables". And with that I slammed the trunk, got behind the wheel, and drove off with him standing there. As he watched to see if they came after us, my Dad shook his head and said something I never heard from him before or since. It referred to the size of two parts of my anatomy being rather large. Yes we did get the hams home. If you have not seen a KY "Country Ham" you would say it looked ugly and not worth trying to eat. But after you scrub them down with a hose and wire brush to get the crust of spices off and then cut off the rind, they are some kind of fabulous eating. My girls parceled ours out a little at a time to make it last. It was worth the effort. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ on an average day for late winter in Tacoma, drerry. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Boy can I be dense I'm not sure how long I've been wishing these two Bomber-babes a Happy Birthday but it's been more than a couple of years... in all this time, I don't recall ever recognizing that they are Valentine babies. Now ya'd think a guy who enjoys the subject of Bomber-babism as much as I would have noticed that these two girls had something even more special about their special days??????? Well, I guess it's never too late to teach an old Bomber new tricks. Kinda like this morning... I realized I hadn't ordered the obligatory flowers for my secretary (I realize that about every February 13th) and called the florist I use for such things... the number was busy... and busy... and busy... when I got someone on the line I said You're probably booked on deliveries tomorrow so how bout you deliver these today... "Oh no... we're not booked up"... great... so I placed my order... then she asked me for an alternative address in case they couldn't get them here by 5 PM... geeeeeeeeeeez... didn't we just have this conversation???? "Can we leave them outside if we can't get there by 5?" Uh no... this is downtown... I don't even go outside downtown after dark... makes me wanna just get some fake flowers and dust them off each year!... Wow... didn't realize the lady (lady... she was prolly about 25) had got on my nerves quite that much... well one thing's for sure... it is never ever a chore to wish Bomber-babes an HB... and since it is V-day, I should prolly wish a HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY to alla Bomber- babes... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vicky MOSLEY ('66) and to Val GHIRARDO ('72) on February 14, 2012, their extra special, special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Manhattan Project guide now available 2/13/12 TC Herald Happy Valentines Day everyone ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: More POW stories To: Carole CLARK Oien ('54) and Burt PIERARD ('59) I don't know about nailing you. I think all discussion of historical items deserve to be aired. Memory is a fickle part of your body. I always tell my wife there is no reason for two people to remember the same thing. To add to the story of German POWs at Columbia Camp. I spoke with a former Olympic Commissary waitress who said the Italians were news to her but she remembers going west of Richland to visit the old German POW camp after the war. By the by she also worked in the 231 W lab during the war and analyzed the first plutonium made at Hanford. Carol, I might have a photo of the home you lived in. I'd bet it was just north of the camp and a little bit from the 101 building where they fabricated the graphite for B D & F Piles. As soon as I can scan it in I'll post it. I also believe I have a Patrol Roster with his name listed. I'll scan that too. If you have any remembrances I would like to have them for my information. I'm always looking for new material to relate during the Hanford tour season. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ POW camps in WA state - links from Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Very interesting... one in both Okanogan and Malott, WA -- I was out in "the sticks" when I lived in Okanogan county, but I had a post office box in Malott, so I was close.. and never heard about this. -Maren ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Carole CLARK ('54), Karen COLE ('55) Burt PIERARD ('59), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Jo ROSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alastair COCHRANE ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carole CLARK Oien ('54) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Id love to see what you have regarding a possible picture of the house at White Bluffs where we lived and also a roster with our Dad's name on it. Thank you. -Carole CLARK Oien ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) My lovely sister-in-law Vicki MOSLEY Cole ('66), received the best birthday gift ever this weekend. Her son John Carl Cole, Blackhawk pilot, returned from his second tour on Sunday. Watching the reunion of these families of the brave men and women serving our country, was very emotional. It was especially joyful to see John's small children and wife Rachel hugging and smiling. When John Carl drove into his neighborhood, the street was lined with neighbors and firemen friends. (John Carl is a Captain with the Sea Tac Airport.) The flags were waving and people were cheering. John's house was covered with yellow ribbons on the fences, trees and even the dog. What a reception! Quite a different story when brother John returned severely wounded from Viet Nam. I am so glad our country has matured enough to appreciate the fact that these courageous men and women put their lives on hold and face these dangerous situations so we can enjoy the gift of freedom. Welcome home. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Don Sorenson (Honorary Bomber) Re: Memories Thank you, Father Don, for absolving my sin but it was rather unprofessional of me to so lackadaisically rely on my own, fragile memory. At least I kinda qualified it with "I think ..." I have learned a lot about "memory" over the last 15 years of conducting interviews (and studying taped Oral Histories) of Manhattan Project veterans and Col-Hi Alumni. The first thing I learned was how fragile our memories are, even in the relatively short term (observe the recent evidence of the unreliability of Eye Witness Testimony in criminal cases), but even worse, how insidious our minds can be in developing "False Memories." In the latter case, I have had personal experience with my mind taking a small amount of "truth" and, entirely on its own, expanding the memory into a glorious, graphically detailed, story that not only never happened, was totally impossible to have ever occurred! A few years back, when Ray STEIN ('64) and I were doing some off- Sandstorm exchanges, Ray made a comment that we were entering into a phase of determining "who to believe." As an aspiring, amateur Historian, I took offense at that statement. I told him that anybody who makes a statement from memory, oral or written, is telling the truth as "they remember it." Unless the Historian can find someone else with roughly the same memory (two or more is even better), he (or she) is left with the responsibility of evaluating the memory on plausibility and credibility. In no case of my interviews, have I ever directly challenged anybody's memory, although I have asked follow-up questions if there appears to be a conflict. If I cannot resolve the question on the two tests, I will not use it or mention "that others have said." Now all this roundabout rambling brings us to the Commissary waitress who said "the Italians were news to her but she remembers going west of Richland to visit the old German POW camp after the war." Granted, she does not say whether the Camp was still open when she visited, but I am more interested in her use of the term "the old German POW camp." How could she have used that term since we know the Official Government Documentation belies that reference. One could assume that that was what she was told but who knows? I can not discover any use of "POW" in referring to Columbia Camp that is not founded in gossip or rumor. Remember that nobody was allowed to directly question anything about any jobs or facilities at the Project, so rumors abounded. I can remember when I first heard about "a Prison Camp" when I was just a grade-schooler, probably circa 1950. We kids were trying to figure out what Prison Camp was there during the War and somebody suggested it had to be a POW Camp and that sounded good to us so we accepted it and I never thought about it again until Paul Beardsley clued me in about 1999. Another popular rumor amongst the grown-ups was that the old Richland High School had been condemned as a school when the takeover in the Spring of 1943 was completed and never used as a school again. Paul Beardsley still believed that when our aforementioned conversations occurred. Of course, we now know (thanks to Dick McCOY ('45) and Club 40's printing of the 1944 Columbian in 1987), that the old RHS was open from Sept. 1943 to April 1, 1944 when they moved into the brand new Col-Hi. Well, enough of this stuff. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Pickle Juice... I love the taste of black olive juice, but as far as pickle juice goes, I dump it down the kitchen drain for a nice clean shiny affect. I don't mind a bit of pickle juice in my potato salad though. Now, I'm talking 'sweet' not 'dill' juice. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Vintage Wellsville China Mr. Spudnut Restaurant Ware Advertising Cup & Saucer I noticed that a Vintage Wellsville China Mr. Spudnut Restaurant Ware Advertising Cup & Saucer sold on eBay this past week for $255.00 + S&H. 3 or 4 years ago those were going for $50 to $65. Spotted Carol HODGSON Neupert (66) on KSPS the other night ~ Here's what she does -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Steve SIMPSON ('65) So I been running a little minute by minute account on Steve SIMPSON ('65) updates on Face book and just got off the phone with him after a 15 minute call (I know Ellen ('63) I said I couldn't stay on the phone more that 3 minutes)... He sounded so good! He was over visiting with Chris JANOS ('65) and his mom and hadda tell me alla news that was fit to print. I was so excited I decided I should do a quick SS entry and let alla Steve's friends know first hand that the boy sounds grand. There is a new tumor where the old one was removed and the same surgeon who did the procedure last time is doing this one. He doesn't have a date yet but since he and his bride are heading for the Mexican Riviera, he has other things on his mind... I'm just sorry DAVIS ('65) and I won't be along to short sheet the bed, put shaving cream on the toilet seat and leave alla lights on with the windows open (and lick the electronic key card so his doesn't work when Ruth hasta pee really bad and watch her do the hokey pokey in the hallway)... in fact remembering that night almost makes me hafta run to the lil boyz room myself... We did that right after we first met Ruth... Our first meeting consisted of Terry jumping outa the car and mooning her... then after we were sure they had headed over to Lyman's ('65) for a Toga party (I may have pictures on face book... if not I'll try and locate them and post them)... we "fixed" their room... then headed for POWELL's where we "hummed" Mission Impossible at the top of our lungs and played like we were shooting each other... Simpson knew "something" was going on but wouldn't find out till Ruth was in the second round of the hokey pokey... I'll bet you think this sounds like we were in 6th grade or so... NOT... was maybe 10 years ago or so (which means it was longer than that since it's my memory we are relying on here)... Ok so I'm acting a little silly... it's cuz I just love the crap outa Simpson and am just not ready to have him leave us... In fact... he can't leave now... we already had his "Oh Crap don't die before we have your party-party" over at HARRAH's ('65) a few years ago when we figured he only hadda few months left... (should be several pix on my face book page, plus I just commented on the "Sorry 7" picture we took at that party on Steve's Face book page the other day)... So sue me if I sound happy... I am! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/16/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Ed WOOD ('62), Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James CLATWORTHY ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toby HUFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther DAWSON ('73wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Class of '54 gal's lunch Please join us at Rosy's Ice Cream in Richland on Friday at 11:30 am for a fun get together with the lady classmates of 1954 for lunch. You'll be surprised at who has joined us and we love sharing all of the memories of the school years. See you there!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it was 50 today and hopefully getting warmer... only about 4 weeks until spring!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Cont. saga of memory To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Thank you Burt for your comments on memory. I think that memory is also dependent on perspective. We remember what we want to remember or have been led to believe. I have always enjoyed my history courses thanks to my first adventure in European History at Columbia Basin College in 1957. The man teaching that course had us buy a large history text which was put together by people of the Catholic Church, and he lectured from a history text that was composed by a Protestant group so that we would have both perspectives with the idea that reality may be somewhere in between. And of course perspective is usually dependent on memories initially and some literary license thereafter. Now I think we have muddied up that discussion significantly. The moral of all this, I suppose, is to be wary of what you read or hear, especially on the Internet as truthful gospel and relish your memories of the things that brought you joy in your life. Good memories to all! -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Memories Mark Twain bemoaned getting older. When he was younger, he could remember everything, even things that never happened. As he became older, he only remembered those things that really happened, which was really boring. -Ed WOOD ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) Re: Carol HODGSON Neupert ('66) & KSPS I was surprised to see this name come up on the Sandstorm (2/15/12 post from Gary BEYHMER ('64)). Carol was what I consider my first love. She will alway have a warm place in my heart. Sounds like she is doing well. -Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) ~ Camarillo, CA where the wind is cool and brisk today, but the partly cloudy sky is beautiful. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Memories Welcome home John Carl COLE and Thank you for your service. Yesterday, when I was talking about SIMPSON ('65) so many memories came rushing in... some may never have actually have happened at all but they are so real... who knows... I do remember that in 6th grade Steve was making a balsa wood airplane and cutting a part with an exacto knife... of course you know where this will end up... don't cut balsa wood on your leg! Sure ruined a good pair of jeans. I think of it every time I manage to take my eyes off what I'm doing and find myself inna pool of blood... I mean there are some advantages to having no feeling in your hands and arms... "it don't hurt when ya hurtcherself"... but I have really made some deep cuts and if it weren't for the bleeding... well... One of my fondest and most vivid memories of our senior year, Steve says never happened... I mentioned it a few years back and he just shook his head... well I sure had fun anyway... This morning I was listening to Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners singing "This I Swear Is True" and remembering that though I had heard the song since '58, for years I thought "Since I Don't Have You" was made about the same time as Johnny Mastrangelo (aka Maestro) formed the Brooklyn Bridge in '68... now a corse he was with the Crests back in the '50s but the sound is so... oh I dunno... so "modern" I brought it into the next decade where it would have fit perfectly... but I guess I must admit that my perfect memory is anything BUT perfect. Like I was convinced that except for the ANDERSON brothers ('64, '65, '66), Ricky WARFORD ('65) and I were the last to ditch our ducktails in Jr. Hi... but looking back at our yearbook, I can see Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) was still wearing his our senior year... so go figure... the memory is a wonderful but less than reliable thing... I hope yer not waiting for the point of this little blurb... cuz they just ain't one. Ta Ta! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "Solo Headed Back To Seattle" 2/15/12 TC Herald "Hope SOLO ('99) has found a way to keep busy as the U.S. women's soccer team waits for its chance at Olympic gold in London. The Seattle Sounders women's soccer club announced Tuesday it has signed Solo and forward Sydney Leroux for the 2012 season." Congratulations, Hope! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/17/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Donovan MILLS ('58wb), Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Donni CLARK ('63), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curt DONAHUE ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Floyd MELTON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Holley ANDERSON ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donovan MILLS ('58wb) Hi Sandstorm. I have a Richland Bomber letterman's sweater with the big letter R along with a cheer leader megaphone on the front side and a large Bomber emblem on the back side that I would like to sell. I purchased the sweater during the summer between my junior and senior years ('57/'58) but never got to wear it as I moved to Bellingham, WA for my senior year. It is a size 38 and in excellent condition. I can send pictures if anyone is interested in purchasing it and I would like to get a price of $85.00 as it will cost me about $15.00 for packing and shipping. Please let me know if you can enter this in the Sandstorm or have any idea of how might advertise in some other media. Thanx.......dlm -Donovan MILLS ('58wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Re: Missing Classmate To all The following 1962 classmate is missing: Martha SHIPMAN Reed If anybody knows her whereabouts,please contact me. All help will be helpful. -Jeff DeMEYER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) To: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) Gee Whiz, Kerry, and here I thought it was always me!!!!!! But didn't we have fun!!!!!! Summer days especially in West Richland, found Kerry and I, and the other neighborhood kids having so much fun! Behind Kerry's house were some tall old Elms. One of them had a tire swing... but we didn't just swing. We climbed up high in the tree and somehow got the tire swing up to the person who had climbed up high. From there we flew down and out from those high branches. It scares me to think of it now. We rode our bikes down the hill with our feet on the handle bars and no hands, played cowboys and Indians, pirates, and any other game I could think of with a damsel in distress. The trees in our neighborhood became our look out towers and forts. We played Hide and Seek on those late, warm summer nights... Truth or Dare and Olly Olly Oxen. We made tents, ran through sprinklers and played board games on Kerry's screened in porch on rainy days. One day as I was walking up the hill from the school bus drop off, Kerry greeted me with a huge bottle of pollywogs that he had found in the swamp. I can still remember the sun glinting off that bottle, I was so jealous! I couldn't wait to get home, change my clothes, and head down to the swamp to see if I could catch more than he did. That day turned into a disaster as a drug my sister with me thinking we would be home before my parents got home. I cut my foot in the swamp (can you believe I was in there barefoot) and ran home and left my sister there. I was screaming bloody murder because my sister wouldn't come with me and I thought I was going to bleed to death! We had to make an emergency run to the hospital that day after my parents found my sister. I don't know what happened to my pollywogs, and I think I blamed Kerry for a long time because I got in trouble! Oh, but those were fun days, when we made lasting memories! It was years later that Kerry found me right here in the Sandstorm, contacted me and we had several visits with our families. How cool is that!!! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ~ here in the Columbia Gorge where every day is beautiful, even when it's raining!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Newspaper Article To: Gary BEYHMER ('64) Did you get a chance to see the St. Louis newspaper article I sent in on the 12th? I am wondering if the reporter is any relation to you. By the by does anyone know who the CAP comander who signed the 1948 order? -Don L. Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Mike LAHRMAN - Class of 1963 ~ 1944 - 2012 >>Betty MOSTELLER Blackburn - Class of 1953 ~ 1935 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/18/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Gary BEHYMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich GREENHALGH ('59wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BELLISTON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen THORNTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Congrats and Boo Hoo Congratulations, one day late, to a great classmate with a wonderful singing voice... Curt DONAHUE ('53)... many happy returns, Curtis, and I hope you did something special on this either your 77th or your 76th birthday. Also, the black arm band is on, with the loss of a great '53 grad and buddy, Betty Ann MOSTELLER Blackburn ('53-RIP). She was born a generation too soon, because she was one of the best jocks we had in our class, (yes including you Brother, Tom), and a very nice lady. Later, she was one hell of a softball pitcher, and I can remember umpiring one of her games in Spokane... she wasn't quite in the league with Marilyn RICHEY ('53-RIP), but close. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. What a bummer! -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from too sunny Sacramento... we need rain and snow in the Sierras. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Flashbacks from the Tri-City Herald Trailer sweet trailer in 1948 -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Mike LAHRMAN ('63-RIP) Mikes sister, Judi ('68), had contacted me and let me know that Mike had been suffering from a brain tumor and that he had passed away. I got to know Mike when he came from his home, in Clovis, to our Bomber Luncheon in Bakersfield, CA... neat guy and a good friend. Mike, you will be missed, but glad to know you are no longer suffering. Rest in the arms of Jesus and we will see each other, again, someday. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ we finally got some rain in Bakersfield, CA and we even got snow in the mountain areas around us. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Sadie Nadine BRAKKE Kunkler - Class of 1949 ~ 1930 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/19/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 Bomber spouse sent stuff: Dick ROBERTS ('49), Spouse of Larry CHRISTENSON ('54) Marilynn WORKING ('54), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) David RIVERS ('65), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joretta "Sue" GARRISON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn NOBLE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill WEDBERG & Barb O'MALLEY ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike HUSKE & Carol HARSHMAN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Trailer Sweet Trailer in 1948 My parents both worked at Hanford during the plant construction phase. I went to school, the 8th grade, in the old Hanford High School, for a half year before we all moved away to Richland or other destinations. The summer before, I visited my folks and slept in my Dad's barracks room; his room mate worked the night shift so I had a bed; my day time was spent playing ping pong at the rec center, going to movies and drinking chocolate malts. My dad took me to those block square cafeterias to eat, let me go to those huge beer halls and let me watch dice games going on under the corner street lights. Later in the year, they rented a trailer in the largest trailer park in the world at Hanford, a home made job, wood shingle siding, with a very small bedroom in the back, no toilet, I slept on the couch, the rest was a tiny living/kitchen/dining area with a pot bellied stove that was either too hot or freezing. I went to the utility building to read or play where it was warm. We moved from there to that trailer park at the "Y", the one that was described as having only one filthy utility room. It was on top of the hill, smelly, wind blowing through the cracks and freezing cold; I hated to go to the toilet there but there was no other choice. One day the wind blew so hard that my mother was frightened that the trailer would keel over. Finally, we got a house in Richland, a "B" house on the corner of Goethals and Van Giesen where I lived until I went to college, got married and moved to California in 1954. Those high school days were a lot of fun but that's another story. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Spouse of Larry CHRISTENSON ('54) Could you put on the Alumni Sandstorm that Larry CHRISTENSON died at 5am [2/18/12] in Sun City, AZ. He fell & broke his hip on Tuesday. After surgery he developed acute lung and heart problems. He has battle a long time with COPD. He died peacefully in his sleep & will be missed by his family & friends. If you want to respond to this message contact Nanette Christenson. Maren I don't know how you do this but Larry had listed you as someone he wanted contacted. Thanks -Nanette Christenson, spouse of Larry CHRISTENSON ('54-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: 1954 classmate It is so sad to bring this news to our Sandstorm Alumni. Larry CHRISTENSON ('54) passed away this morning in Sun City, AZ. Larry had fallen and broke his hip and had surgery, which went well, but something else happened. More details will come as time goes by and we just need to keep his wife Nanette (NaB) in our thoughts and prayers. Re: Emma Would like to give an update on my friend and our honorary Club 40 member, Emma Kleinknecht '36, as she recovers from the car accident that happened on New Year's eve day. Emma has been in Canyon Lakes Rehab in Kennewick for some weeks now and is doing great. After having broken ribs, pelvic and vertabraes, they have her up and walking. She still wears a body brace. On February 2nd some of us from the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Guild took a cake and celebrated her 94th birthday with her. She welcomes visitors and loves hearing from friends. We wish her well!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA resting after just having a "surprise" 30th birthday party at my house for a special granddaughter!! Boy am I getting old or WHAT? Sent them off in a limo to Jack Diddly's in Kennewick to finish off the night!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Flashbacks from the Tri-City Herald Trailer sweet trailer in 1948 I was interested in the rent they paid back in those days for the trailer space in the trailer park at North Richland and also the rent they paid for the trailers. We lived in one of the duplexes on "B" Street in North Richland for several years. I believe dad said the rent was around $30.00 a month and that included heating oil and electricity. Pretty reasonable I would say. We had two bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, dining area, kitchen and storage room or pantry. Water and garbage pickup was also included in the monthly rent. The Richfield oil man would come and fill up the barrel on the side of the house with oil for the heater. We had friends who lived in a trailer at the Richland Y. Us kids would go outside to the Drive In Theatre next door and watch the movie (some kid would go under the fence and turn the sound up so we could hear the movie). P.S. My dad also worked for the Atkinson-Jones Construction Company. -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: kids of kids While many of us have taken a solemn vow never to do this particular thing... I think we can all agree it is a fun and wonderful thing to see our kids and those of our buds "grow up"... now naturally, we expect them to do just that... but when it comes to us... well... uh... uh... "A Louie Louie me gotta go... fine little girl she waits for me... ." well you get the idea... but of course watching our kids grow up does tend to create a feeling of growing... "old" (It's ok for me to say that generically, girls)... these girls have grown in to fine young ladies against all odds, given their Pop. I mean he's a cool guy... one a my bestest friends inna whole wide world... but then that kinda proves my point for me doesn't it... but I'm glad to say that just as my "little" Sarah did, these two girls conquered the odds... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) on their special day February 19, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Dear Bombers Every Where: I've been noticing a lot a of deaths to cancer and brain tumors, lately. I work for a company called Professional Case Management (PCM). We care for workers who have worked at a nuclear plant. If your loved one has passed there still might be some form of compensation. They must qualify for the compensation. To find out if you or your loved one qualify please call Ann Block Att at 206-326-9933. She can help figure out if you meet the standards. Please have the information of the person and where they worked & what they did. What kind of illness they have or had. The main thing, too, did you have a White Card from DOL? This card is very important to have if you have it. Don't worry if you don't Ann can help get on, if you qualify. Please tell Ann that Pam Edinger gave you this information. If you do qualify please tell PCM that Pam Edinger helped you to get on board with PCM. I hope I've helped some of you out in Bomber Land! If you have any questions please feel free to call me. My cell number is 509-322-3052. I have it on at all times!! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/20/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy PIERCE ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann COFFMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda GRAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn HERIFORD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BISHOP ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don DASCENZO ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) I forgot to send this picture of the Hanford Trailer Camp Camp.jpg [VERY COOL web page I had fun putting together about the Hanford Camp in 1944. -Maren] -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Want to take this time to doff the ol' propeller beanie in honor of the memory of a fellow classmate and home-room inmate, Larry CHRISTENSON ('54-RIP). One of the good guys and, like me, avoided the camera in our senior year. It was a fun run while it lasted, but it didn't last long enough. Gonna miss you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ in cloudy Mount Angel, OR where Wurstfest has come to a close. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Long time friends is so good I was careful not to say old since this is a post for a Bomber- babe a dear, dear, long term friend... ya hadda be there for the "dear dear"... she once chided me (a nicer word than scolded) on one word emails... hence my use of "dear dear" whenever I email her... she finally agreed that sometimes only one word is appropriate... Thinking of her on her b-day makes me think of the "what if" game it's fun to play with Bomber-babes... in fact just the other day I was envying a dog for licking a Bomber babe's legs... she wrote back and said "now he's eating a rock"... guess I scored no points with my leg licking envy... but the b-day girl was my Mentor's ('65) girl back in the day so "what if" doesn't work quite as well... While I don't recall it happening... at least that I heard of... hitting on a friend's girl would have been a major Fo Paw I'm sure back inna day... I think it was ok to go out with someone once the other guy wasn't dating her any more... I know DAVIS ('65) took out half the girls I ever dated after I stopped dating them... in fact KEENEY ('65) did too and I did with him so I'm sure that was acceptable Eddie Cate (did any one ever really know Eddie Cate?)... but what if is usually a pretty fun game for me... there are just so many what ifs... I'd better get off this subject before I lose my train of thought completely... today I had a quick radiator change in mind for a little roadster to get it ready for summer... quick is never a word to use when working on a car unless you are talking about a quick change rear end... the new radiator was the right size except for width... the suicide front end is way too short to be playing with extra width... so off to the radiator shop tomorry... they recently got a huge order from all the mines reopening and my last radiator took 3 months... I'll ask this time... hate to use anyone else tho since they are the best in town... trips back and forth to storage in my little F-1 took me away from '50s on 5 to a bunch of CDs my friend Michelle made for me over the years... Obbie Doobie reminded me of Ricky WARFORD's ('65) alledged introduction to Rock-a-Billy a few years back at Viva Las Vegas #10 (I know the number because it is one of my favorite Viva CDs)... Rick flipped over the rock-a-billy music and said he'd never heard anything like it... I asked if he'd ever heard of Roy Orbison... Carl Perkins... Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley... he had... I played Obbie Doobie for him and told him that was Roy's first record with Sun Records... it was all called rock-a-billy before it was called rock n roll... Michelle would send him CDs now and then and he'd play them for his classes... I also heard George Jones sing "There's 50,00 names carved in the wall"... always brings chills... I played it several times... one of the things I really enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays is listening to Nom N. Nite's show... he always has birthday boyz n girls on his show... fun to listen to the "old" rock n rollers still kickin' ass! (can you say ass in a post? I know you can say a whole lotta things on TV these days)... one thing stuck me as very weird the other day tho... I enjoy watching "Cold Case" in syndication... they bleeped out the words "fag" and "queer"... I have to wonder what they do with old news reports... or pictures of Houston Control with everybody smoking in the room... I have to say... the world was what it was and is what it is... bleeping doesn't change the way things were or are... ok nuff on that... best get back to the subject at hand... this Babe knows that Dear Dear is more than a smart aleck remark from me... she is very dear to me... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Dear, dear Ann COFFMAN ('66) on her special day, February 20, 2012!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Win worth the wait for Conners 2/19/12 TC Herald Richland senior, Nick CONNERS ('12), earns first 500 free state title in four attempts. Nick was in my kindergarten class at Christ the King School when I worked there as an EA [Educational Assistant]. He was very outgoing, smart and fun to be around. I've been following his swimming accomplishments and am very proud of him. He's a GREAT guy! Congratulations, Nick! See a picture of Nick from [the 2/19] TC Herald -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Hi All: Saw this obituary last week in the San Jose Mercury 2/16/12. Elizabeth Nan Herlinger Groot, born 1/22/22 in Java Dutch East Indies, grew up in Kentucky and graduated from U of Chicago in 1939 and married Cornelius (Kees) Groot in Berkeley, CA in 1942. They were both chemists and moved to Richland where they had four children. She helped write Richland's city charter and after went east to New York. There were really no dates but the city charter was 1958 or 1959 I think which was about a year or two after we moved there from Longview. That's all folks. Got fava beans coming up and just planted garlic a week ago, now if it would just rain some more. Jeez all the bulbs are up already. Real good [book] by E.B. Sledge called "With the Old Breed" WW2 and "The Imperial Cruise" by James Bradley. Went to the Recycle book store again because the library is just too slow when they have to buy the darn book. Peace All, -Dave MILLER ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/21/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ken HEMINGER ('56wb), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Kerry FORSYTHE ('64), Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wm. Lane "Bill" JOHNSON ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue SHIPMAN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie VINING ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David KELLER ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) Question about John Ball School: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) and I were classmates at John Ball in North Richland, and we have been looking at maps, etc. trying to determine just where the school was located. Not having any success, I got to thinking that maybe someone in Bomber land would know the exact location and point it out on a current map. It's not imperative to know, it's just to satisfy a lingering curiosity. Also where was the North Star Theater..? That was where I applied for my first real job and ended up being in the first bunch to work at the Star View Drive-In theater which was located in what is now known as West Richland. I don't remember the name of the first movie shown at the time, but the first cartoon was the Road Runner. Marlene mentioned in a prior post, She lived on B street there in N. Richland. If "B" street is still there under a different name, I'm sure she would enjoy knowing that too... Anyway, we would appreciate any help that may be out there... -Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) ~ T-shirt weather at 45 Great Falls, MT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: 1958 State College of Washington Grads Here is a listing of 1958 folk who listed Richland as their home town. That does NOT necessarily indicate they graduated from Richland but they do have a connection with Richland. (Information from the 1958 Chinook yearbook) 1958 WSC ~ WSU Grads John BRUNTLETT ('54) ~ Electrical Engineering Robert CLEM ('50) ~ Mechanical Engineering William Coheely ~ Business Administration Arthur Cutler ~ Electrical Engineering Edgar Goakey ~ Civil Engineering Kenneth Leinweber ~ Fine Arts Clifford Nopp ~ Forestry Glenn Rodemen ~ Electrical Engineering Jerry SWAIN ('54) ~ Fine Arts Rex Wood ~ Pre-Dentistry -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) To: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Well, you got me. Donni and I did have plenty of good times growing up in West Richland. I do remember her cutting her foot while we were chasing polliwogs in a swampy area. We were wading barefoot and I guess Donni stepped a piece of glass. I remember being pretty horrified as her foot was really bleeding. I always have felt badly about it as I was the one who suggested that we go to that location to catch polliwogs. Our friendship did survive the years and I consider us very good friends. There is also the added bonus of being a friend with Donni's husband Gary. Gary and I had a bonding experience when during a visit by the Dunphys, Gary and I went... Do I dare say it... Metal detecting at the beach. Our wife's went shopping not wanting to identified as having husbands who metal detect. We did not find a lot, but the fun is as much in the searching as the finding. Gary did find the biggest tractor tow pin that I had ever seen. I think it must have been lost during recent pier reconstruction. "Good times on Ventura County." -Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) ~ From Camarillo. CA where the view of the ocean is a little hazy today. Santa Ana winds forecast tomorrow so the view (and the temperature) should be great. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Busy Week Busy week for Bombers from the Fun, Fun class of '71. Need to start out with some sad news, however. Classmate Ed FOSS ('71-RIP) passed away on February 15th. The death notice was in the Tri- City Herald today [2/21]. Ed had fought a long and courageous battle with renal cancer and it's complications since 2008. This is the same disease that took our good friend George DANA ('70-RIP). I made much of the journey with George and know what a long and painful journey it can be. I had heard Ed was doing OK but renal is one of those cancers that there is very little hope of surviving more than a couple of years. That he made it over 3 years is a testament to his strength and will to live. I should have known something was up when Ed missed our 40th reunion... not like him to miss out on a chance to get together with friends and have a good time. Ed was one of the truly nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. He was also a heck of a bowler but what I remember most about Ed was his infectious laugh. When he got going with that laugh... it was IMPOSSIBLE not to join in. Our prayers and best wishes go out to brother Don ('70) and the rest of Ed's family. I missed Lynn NOBLE's ('72) birthday on Sunday [2/10]. Hope you had a good one, Lynn. Today, Tuesday, February 21st is the birthday of Debbie VINING Dejska ('71). To be honest, I don't think I have seen Debbie since graduation but still remember her engaging smile and quick wit. On Thursday, February 23rd we have a trifecta of Bomber Babes... two Chief Jo'ers and one from the right side of Williams Boulevard. In alphabetical order: Jane BROWN Hedges ('71) Barbara COLLINGS ('71) Sandi STANFIELD Sheeley ('71) Jane is one of the smartest and nicest ladies around... was when I first met her at Carmichael and is still pretty much the same all these years later. She and husband Pete HEDGES ('71) hosted quite a number of our reunion planning get-togethers and so I stay in reasonably consistent communication with Jane. It is always my lucky day when I run into Jane during one of my Richland visits. I SHOULD stay in closer contact with Barb COLLINGS ('71). After all, we lived together for a few months way back in '80 something. Technically, not really lived together... Barb and her son Dustin stayed with me at my house in Seattle for a few months when Barb moved over from HAPO and kind of began a new career in IT... a credit union software firm in the big city. She is a great friend and we had some great times while I lived in Seattle. Kind of lost touch over the years but hoping to see her more often now that she is back in the Tri-Cities. Also have lost touch with Sandi. Sandi moved to Hawaii about a gazillion years ago and kind of sneaks in and out of town. She was in Richland on a pretty regular basis when her Mom was still alive and I think she gets over here a bit more often these days, since her daughter is going to college on the mainland but heck, I don't even have her email address (hint, hint). Anyway... hope you have a wonderful Birthday... no matter where you are. Jumping ahead to Friday the 24th... we get Beauty and the Beast. The beauty being Ann NICKLASON ('71) and Ron BRUNKE ('71) as the Beast. I sat behind Ann all the way through Christ the King... lucky I was not in front of her... I would have been in constant trouble for turning around and talking to her. It was sweet torture to be that close to such a babe all those years. Apparently Ann did not realize the effect she had on young boys because she remained the nicest, most down-to-earth person you could hope to meet... and still is. Ron BRUNKE ('71) is one of my oldest and dearest friends. When I first met Ron, we were both sophomores... it must have been right around this time of year because Ron was driving to school. It was pretty common place to book your drivers' license test on your birthday and I am sure that Ron followed that tradition. Anyway, Ron was driving his dad's old green USFS excess Dodge pickup. It had a HUGE steering wheel and I think Ron was struggling to look over it at that point in his growth. Ron was pretty darn short at that point in life... really took off his junior year but he was definitely a Ronny when I first met him. We have enjoyed a lot of good times through the years... Wascher's Mobil, trips to visit Ron at WSU, trips WITH Ron back to WSU, and a lot of good times in the Tri-Cities. I hope both you and Ann have the bestest birthdays ever this year!!! All for today. If anyone out there has Sandi's email... please forward it to me. Thanks -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Presidents' Day in Beverly Hills, MI missing those old Hatchet Day sales at the Uptown... do they even have anything like that anymore?? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/22/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Mike CLOWES ('54) Pete OVERDAHL ('60), David DOUGLAS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan NOBLE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe CHOATE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave SIMPSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve GALLOWAY ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis LYNCH ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45/'46/'02) Re: trailer bums Reading Richard ROBERTS' ('49) trailer experience, stirred me to write my own. I arrived in Pasco in July, 1943, and met my Dad, who had been working with the Army Engineers since March. We moved him out of the Pasco Hotel, (I think it's still there,) and into a govt trailer park down by the Pasco-Kennewick bridge. the trailer was Army Brown, and was hot enuff at midday to fry eggs. At night I slept out on the ground. Dad wished he was back in the Hotel, but his room was taken. Shortly Mom and bother Pat ('55) joined us, and we were packed in like the Marx brothers on that liner. The only good part was the Pasco swimming hole which was under the bridge. As you know, the water in that river was very cold, running swift. I have often wondered how many Pascoites had been swept out into the river and drowned over the years. Poor devils. In August we got relief when we moved into a "B" house at 10R "A" street (Thayer drive.) To us, a mansion. We were one of the first to move into Richland, and I found just one buddy there. Today I have well over three. -Dick McCOY from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) The John Ball School was located in the 600 block between the river bluff on the east and "C" (or possibly "D") Street on the west. "B" Street was the first north-south street west of the river bluff (there was no "A" Street.) The North Star Theater was on 5th approximately 4 or 5 blocks west of George Washington Way. Numbered streets ran east to west with 1st being the most southerly. Lettered streets ran north to south. They were interrupted by GWWay about 6 blocks west of "B". Think the streets have all been re-named and all are not there. The only one I can be sure of is GWWay, which will still get you to Stevens Drive near the main or sourh gate to the Area. To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Edgar GOAKEY and Rex WOOD are both from The Class of '54. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ now in Mount Angel, OR but once upon a time lived in a two-bedroom house on "B" Street in North Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) Re: Club 40 Conley - Richey Scholarship Applications It is time again to reward two RHS Bomber graduates with a $1,000.00 scholarship. The applications are at the office of Mary Kaye Hergert, Vocational Counselor Career Center, RHS. If you are having a member of your home, grandson or granddaughter, friend who will be graduating from RHS this spring and plans on furthering their education, we encourage their applying for this scholarship. The criteria is based upon (1) Need (2) Extracurricular Activities (3) Academic Achievement and (4) Service or work activities outside the school environment Due date for applicants is May 7, 2012. Each of the four criteria is given equal weight. If there is any questions please contact me at Richland Club 40, PO Box 1832, Richland, Wa. 99352 Go Bombers -Pete OVERDAHL ('60), Club 40 Scholarship Committee Chairman **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) My wife and I are one big step closer to getting an Arizona address. Our Hawaii house went up for sale, and we had an offer on the fourth day for our asking price. The house inspector will be here tomorrow to look the house over and discuss it with the buyer. The surveyors were here Friday but could only locate two of the seven boundary markers, so they'll be back some time this week to either locate the others or place new markers. Then there's the termite inspection, and who knows what else. It's been 25 years since we sold our first house and bought this one, so I can't remember what we had to go through back then. We've rented a Pod to transport our things to Arizona. It's already half full, and most of that is my son's junk; we haven't even started putting in the furniture yet. The driver who delivered the Pod said it will hold a 3-bedroom house if it's packed well, and the only furniture we're taking is what my father-in-law made for us (he was a finish carpenter). I'm sure this is pure coincidence, but the two girls I dated the most (one in high school, one in college) and the girl I married were all daughters of carpenters. Perhaps subliminally I knew that a carpenter father-in-law would be a nice asset. My wife left last Thursday to watch our daughter, son-in-law and #2 grandson participate in a dance contest (they're all taking lessons). Then she'll start looking for a house for us, in the Gilbert, AZ area. Selling a house and moving across the ocean is very stressful! The good thing is, I lose weight, especially when my wife is gone. I have trouble remembering to eat. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI mostly sunny & 77 today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: He didn't say much... kinda quiet and shy... That quote from "Big Bad John" kinda describes the b-day boy for today, at least to me. The rest of the song doesn't much have any bearing on my thoughts about this Bomber-dude. I mean there were always those in HS that just looked like bad guys but he certainly was not in that category. To me he always seemed the kind of a guy you'd want as a friend. Thinking of that song, however, does remind me that there were two versions of the song... much like "Wouldn't it be nice" by the Beach Boys... I remember buying the Big Bad John record when it came out... the end line was "at the bottom of this mine lies a hellofa man"... It was whisked off the shelves and a new line: "at the bottom of this mine lies a big big man" replaced the original line... how silly was that? The Beach Boys hadda take out "sleep together"... now I gotta say that just the other night I was watching a show that was on a channel that has advertising (with the exception of "Supernatural" and "Criminal Minds" I normally just watch movies) and in one several couples were walking goo goo eyed talking about some kind of "marital aid" (my words) that made the couples much happier in their relationships and two rather phallic looking tubes... one for him and one for her... and Jimmy Dean couldn't say "hell"????????? Yes folks the times they are a changing... Hmmmmmm... sorry to the B-day boy... that hardly fits in an HB greeting... ... so I'll just get right to it and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dave SIMPSON ('63) on his special day, February 22, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Happy Birthday, George! 2/21/22 TC Herald I thought this information was pretty interesting: Even though we celebrated Presidents' Day on Monday, George Washington actually was born February 22, 1732. [Presidents' Day, celebrated each year on the third Monday in February, is a day when Americans honor the legacies of the U.S. presidents. The holiday was established in 1800, when Congress declared February 22 George Washington's birthday a federal holiday. Still legally known as Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day has become a day to honor not only Washington, but Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president who was born on February 12, 1809 and the lives and accomplishments of all U.S. presidents. -Maren] And technically, George Washington was not the first president of the United States. Eight men served as president of the Congress between the adoption of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789. John Hanson, a Maryland congressman, was the first, chosen unanimously by Congress after the Articles were adopted; he served one year, from November 5, 1781, to November 3, 1782. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/23/2012 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Tom TRACY ('55), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Gary BEHYMER (?64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna BRANUM ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas PEASHKA ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane BROWN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb COLLINGS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy STANFIELD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jil LYTLE ('82) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack MORROW ('52) & Pat ACKLEY ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Richland Bombers 2011-2012 Boys Basketball Team, Richland fans, and Coach Streufert: Congratulations on winning your way to the State Tournament by defeating Gonzaga Prep. From those of us who played for and supported early Bomber teams -- long ago (almost before they put air in the ball) -- here's hoping you make it all the way! Good Luck in Spokane. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES' ('54) 2/22/12 post Thanks for the information regarding the location of John Ball School in North Richland, WA. He said he lived in a two-bedroom house on "B" Street in North Richland. We lived in a duplex at 901 "B" Street. -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) ~ from spring-like Modesto, CA where the almond trees are in full bloom and the bees are real happy. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: John SANTANGELO ('65) Here?s a web site with John SANTANGELO ('650. He was on the missing list... councilman-john-santangelo Re: Question of the Day? On what side will the former 1964 Richland Bomber basketball great -- former great Central Valley High School math teacher -- sit at Friday's BOYS 4A Regional playoffs at Spokane Falls CC -- Richland (15-9) vs. Central Valley (19-3), 6 p.m.? -Gary BEHYMER (?64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [He's as smart as I know he is... he'll EITHER be in an end zone OR half the game on one side and half the game on the other side... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins (?66) Re: The Bombers defeated Gonzaga Prep 57-50 to earn the No. 3 seed to the Regional Round of the State Tournament beginning Friday. 02/22/12 TC Herald richland-boys-drop-gonzaga-prep Picture Gallery: gallery-richland-boys-advance [Here are the player IDs for the photos: 1) Colter QUICK (#30) Sr. Guard 2) Tyler FULLER (#4) Sr. Guard 3) Casey MALONE (#32) Sr. Forward (far right) 4) Nathan STREUFERT (#24) Soph. Forward bumps Jr. Forward Spencer WHEELER (background: Payton RADLIFF & Adam BAKER) 5) Tyrell TURNER (#5) Sr. Guard 7) Nathan STREUFERT 8) Nathan STREUFERT, Payton RADLIFF, Colter QUICK 9) Tyrell TURNER 10) Nathan STREUFERT 12) Spencer WHEELER (#34) Jr. Forward 14) Tyrell TURNER 17) Adam BAKER (#12) Sr. Guard 18) Nathan STREUFERT 21) Nathan STREUFERT -Richard] Congratulations and good luck! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins (?66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays Vic Marshall ('71) already nailed the Trifecta for the 23rd, with the B-day girls of '71. I have to admit they are three of my fav's, but Barb COLLINGS is on my S-list for not showing up at the annual Halloween Party. All sins forgiven. However, I wanted to wish Sandi STANFIELD, Jane BROWN Hedges, and Barb COLLINGS a very Happy Birthday on the 23rd. My twin nephews who would have been '95 Bombers, sons of Gay WEAR Miller ('69) also have a birthday on the 23rd. So happy B-Day to all. -Brad WEAR ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/24/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) David DOUGLAS ('62), Helen CROSS ('62) Lyndy WHEELER ('62), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Peggy ADAIR ('72) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy CAMERON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank HAGGARD ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy WICK ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan MORRIS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Marie NICKLASON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron BRUNKE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Marlene Rose LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) The house I lived in in North Richland was in the 400 block, three houses in from 5th. I may have mentioned in previous entries that the houses in North Richland were also pre-fabricated, but not like the ones in Richland. These not only leaked sand and dust around the windows but also where the exterior wall units came together. To me the scariest thing about them was the oil stove in the living room. I could take the electric heaters in the "real" pre-fabs. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ still in Mount Angel, OR waiting for the next batch of inclement weather to arrive; and wishing the Bomber team well in the state tournament, but Spokane is a long way from Hec Ed. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) Re: John Ball School A little late, been like a one armed paper hanger the last few days... Just want to give a special thanks to Maren, and those who answered my query about the actual location of John Ball....I haven't had time to do a real study yet, but now that I have what Maren sent, Hopefully I'll be able to figure out just, or about where it would of been on one of today's maps. I was thinking it would be fun during the next reunion I would like to roam around that area and see what's there, knowing I won't recognize anything. Of course the price of gas will dictate that. During the last reunion, which I didn't get to attend, I took the time to check out the old stomping grounds of what's now West Richland. I was really surprised to find houses on top of old Flat Top. I would have never dreamed that would happen. Then there were all the housing back where the old bombing range was, paved roads and everything... We used to go up there and look for agates. It was all gravel back then. We had a big box of agates... Never did know what happened to them after I left in 1955, me and a few buddies joined the Air Force. -Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I received an email the other day that my credit card statement was ready to download. I reviewed all the charges (I do that all the time after I found a restaurant had billed me twice for a dinner) and all were okay. Then I happened to notice that where my name, address and phone number were printed, the address was somewhere in Massachusetts. I called the customer service number on the back of the card and was unable to get through the automated security questions for some reason, so I kept pressing 0 until I was transferred to a live person. It seems someone called and was able to answer the security questions, changed the address, added another person as an authorized user, and ordered a card for that person. Fortunately, that was done the morning I downloaded the statement. The account was closed and referred to the card's fraud investigation department. I went to my Facebook profile and removed the years I graduated from high school and college (one of the security questions one of my financial sites ask). I thought about removing Columbia High School as well (another security question), but I didn't have the heart to do that. Bomber pride runs deep. (Someone who locates our alumni website could probably find my graduation year.) I also went to all my financial sites and changed my passwords and checked all my addresses. It was pure chance I noticed the change in address; otherwise I wouldn't have caught it. I have good peripheral vision! I always thought something like this would probably never happen to me... -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ from balmy Kaneohe, HI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: David DOUGLAS ('62) David, that is wonderful news that your house seems to be selling so quickly. I can't imagine forgetting to eat, I've never had that problem... Bring photos of the new place to our 50th. Coming up fast. Not so many days left to diet... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lyndy WHEELER Myers ('62) Re: Richland Lutheran Church Just a little note for all of you Bombers who attended Richland Lutheran Church, our great leader, Erv Johnson is 80 years old this month, if you would like to send him a card email me and I will send you the address. I know he would be thrilled to hear from his "kids" on this momentous occasion. Hope to see you all this summer -Lyndy WHEELER Myers ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch We had a great time again last Saturday at Beaches Restaurant on the river in Vancouver, WA. Betty CONNER Sansom ('52) joined us again. Thanks Betty. It was very nice to see you again. Thanks to Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) & Gary Anderson (spouse) for assisting with name tags and photos. Jeanie reports: "We really enjoy our Bomber Lunches. It is so great to retrieve memories from long ago. We spent most of our time getting to know Betty CONNER Sansom ('52). What an interesting lady and life she has had. Kathy LAMB Brown ('62) shared class and staff pictures from her mom, Mrs. Lamb, my fourth grade teacher. Now I will go through my "stuff" and see if I can find any class pictures to take next time. Everyone who has an opportunity to go to a Bomber Lunch should do it. It is great fun and great people." Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and Jackie Whedbee (friend) had more good stories to tell. They are off to Rome and then to Malta next month. Larry is speaking at the Int'l Fireworks Festival in Malta. We will be looking forward to their stories and photos at a future Bomber lunch. Doug GUINN ('62) and Linda Guinn (spouse) enjoyed sitting by the fireplace and visiting with several Bombers. Kathy LAMB Brown ('62) and Larry Brown (spouse) brought a bunch of class photos and photos of several teachers from Lewis and Clark in the 50s. We tried to identify who's who and we did make a little progress. Ann ENGEL Shafer ('63) and Tony Siegmund (friend) had some great conversations with Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) and Denny Hoban (spouse). This was Tony's second Bomber gathering, and we all agreed that he has been adopted into the gang. Thanks from -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) and Linda Hemphill (spouse) to everyone who participated. We always enjoy our Bomber visits. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Pasco Flumes Here's some information from the Pasco side of the river about "The Flumes" Re: "Older" Richland Bombers ~ Here & Gone Re: Paul ANDERSON ('63) Re: Dennis WALTMAN ('60) Re: Michael FOSS ('66) Re: Dianne KORNBERG ('63) Re: Arly HOGLEN ('68) Re: Buck MABBUTT ('66-RIP) ~ Obituary Re: William WILEY ('56) Re: Debora GREGER ('67) Re: Kathy KRAEMER ('67) Re: John DUNN ('58) Re: Pamela CROWNOVER Jensen ('64-RIP) ~ Pam died in a train/auto accident Click here to see story Googled News mentions Pam's name Does anybody out there happen to have an obit for Pam? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Who do I root for when CV plays Richland? "I'm Bomber born and Bomber bred, and I'll be a Bomber when I'm dead." Which side do I sit on? I'll sit next to Roger FISHBACK ('62) wherever that happens to be. -Ray STEIN ('64) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: sniff sniff cough Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, I have watering eyes, a scratchy frote and just feel downright outa sorts... po me po me... but neither rain, nor sleet nor doing my Jimbeaux ('63) impersonation by using my sleeve as a hanky will keep me from my appointed rounds... for today is a date which is cooler than all get out (to paraphrase a former President)... it is the date on which two very cool Bomber-babes wuz borned... so forgive me if I ain't feelin very witty today but I just gotta say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carol CONVERSE ('64) and Nancy WICK ('65) on February 24, 2012, their special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ~ (I'll make it up to ya next year, girls!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy ADAIR ('72) Re: In search of We, the class of '72, are in the planning stage of our 40th reunion. Does anyone local still have the CD of the 1966 reunion titled "Class of 1966 Memorial" that I could borrow? I'd like to share it with the planning committee for our tribute to the classmates no longer with us. Thank you -Peggy ADAIR ('72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [CD might have been made by John ADKINS ('62)... check w/him. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Its been a fun ride to watch the Bomber boys basketball team. I don't know if they can beat Central Valley and Davis has beat them twice. They play hard, play good defense, and stay in games with clutch shooting. It's been fun to see the tradition continued of post season play. No telling what could happen with the new format of 8 teams going to the state tourney. Re: Old buildings There has been a couple of old buildings come down that have been a part of Richland my whole life. The building across from Bombers, the old Tastee Freeze. It's been a part of the old Tastee Freeze, and a coffee shop, and other things. It's just something you always saw. Part of the old medical arts buildings were torn down, on the corner of Gilmore and Swift. Lots of doctor visits, and dental appointments in those rooms. Re: Sharon TATE ('61wb-RIP) In today's, February 23rd edition of the USA Today paper is an article with pictures about a new book about Sharon. It's written by 2 people, her sister Patti's domestic partner and Patti's daughter. I may have to read that one and there is a great picture of her at her wedding to Roman Polanski. She was a very pretty lady and died way too young. -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ In sunny Richland where the hurricane winds have died down and spring is close, less than a month away **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Tom REILLY - Class of 1961 ~ 1943 - 2012 >>Ed FOSS - Class of 1971 ~ 1952 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/25/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Carol CONVERSE ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rochelle SEHOLM ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Thanks for the information from Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) about where he lived on "B" Street in North Richland. Was your house north or south of John Ball School? I lived at 901 "B" Street which was north of John Ball School. Also, I made an error in my posting of February 19 where I mentioned us having an oil barrel on the side of our house that the Richfield oil man came and filled. The posting is posted below. I was remembering the house we lived in before we moved to North Richland. It was in Electric City, WA where my dad worked on the Grand Coulee Dam that had the oil barrel on the side of the house and the barrel was filled by the Richfield Oil man (who was my uncle from Coulee City, WA). -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) ~ Modesto, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Thank you so much for the birthday greeting. It's so special as you made that extra effort even though you don't feel good. Means a lot. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Drive-In Theaters ~ Sorry but I just couldn't pass these up. Re: Star Vue Drive-In aerial photo 1964 Re: Skyline Drive-In aerial photo 1973 Re: Hi-Land Drive-In aerial photo 1948 Re: Park n Y Drive-In aerial photo 1952 -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/26/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie LUKINS ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) The house was south of John Ball. The oil tank was on the back side of the house. Not sure which gas company had the contract for filling them. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we await the next wintry monsoon (but no snow on the valley floor so the weather guessers say). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: 2/24/12 TC Herald Here are the results of our local boys basketball games from Friday night, unfortunately, Richland lost and is out for the season: Class 4A Regional Central Valley, 76 ~ Richland, 63 Davis, 69 ~ Evergreen (Vancouver), 46 Class 3A Regional Kamiakin, 58 ~ Foss, 54 University, 95 ~ Kennewick, 81 Click here to read more Good try, guys! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/27/12 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays & 1 anniversary today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shannon CRAIG ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant RICHARDSON ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick ROBERTS ('49) & Carol TYNER ('52) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/28/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Rex HUNT ('53wb), Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry GROSS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT ('53wb) Re: heart Woke Thursday morning and could not breathe. Most frightened I have ever been. Have a neighbor that uses Oxygen and she brought over one of her small tanks... which helped till I got to the doctor's office. Seems my lungs had filled with fluid and therefore could not function. By 11am I was able to breathe on my own so I drove to San Luis Obispo and went to their emergency room where they went to work on me and got me some what sorted out. Laying in bed is not an option... I have to sit up at least for now. The bad news is I will no longer be able to enjoy an occasional beer... even iced tea is extremely limited. I also wont be able to eat as much due to the enormous pile of pills I now have to take daily. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from somewhat lovely downtown Hanford, CA where the Hospital is a running Joke **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) No, I'm not trying to "hog" the musings of Bombers, but I do have one important duty to perform. Believe me, it has nothing to do with North Richland (as it then was). Instead, it is time to give a tip of the ol' propeller beanie on account of the fact that today is Marilyn WORKING's ('54) birthday [on 2/27]. She is by all accounts a true Bomber Babe. So, let us take this time to wish her a Happy 21st Birthday. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where some parts of the valley floor got a light dusting despite the weather guessers best attempts. But it was gone before I got up. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: NOT NOT GOOD 'Nuther "NOT" day... I like lots days better than not days... wuz a kick having the BEHYMER ('64) giving info on the Flume and drive-ins... two of may favorite places... I remember going to see the DDays of Wine and Roses" 7 days inna row with 7 different girls... guess it was kind of a prelude of things to come in my life... wouldn't it be nice if we could just get the messages younger in life... tho I gotta say I have never been able to sit thru "Reefer Madness"... but then I wuz a runathemill drunk and only smoked dope in Vietnam cuz I couldn't get no booze... well I mean we could and we couldn't... when we got it, it was often Korean beer... not my favorite stuff... but then the ROK Marines could get American beer so I loved hangin' with those boyz... plus they loved American Marines and thunk we walked on water... I never really got used to the kissing tho and the dried squid in their pockets was really bad in close quarters... and NASTY tasting... hmmmmmm, I thunk I wuz talking about drive-ins... I remember watching "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" under a blanket with some girl... the one time we stuck our heads out was when a skull came rolling down a hill... zap back under the blanket for the rest of the show... I think there is only one drive in left here in Vegas... and they got no flumes at all that I know of... now that was fun... but today when we pass by and watch those kids jumping (sliding) all of us agree they are crazy and so I guess we all agree we were crazy... but we just couldn't see the danger back then... Even when Joe CASTLEBERRY ('63) got hurt, I think we all just thought... "as long as I don't get caught in the back-wash I'm fine"... famous last words... Hey, did I mention we gotta 'nuther big sister Bomber-babe having a birthday and a Bomber dude too? We do We do... and I'm always so glad to wish them an HB on their special day... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60... not to be confused with the big fat liar... but related... I think my marriage... hardy har har... ) and Larry GROSS ('65) on their special day, February 28, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Congratulations to David BOWLS ('58) & Ofelia PEDRAZA Bowls ('57) on their 53rd wedding anniversary February 20th! See picture from the Tri-City Herald February 26, 2012. Peace ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) To: Class of 72 DOE Hanford has graciously agreed to provide a special B Reactor site tour for those attending our upcoming 40 year class reunion. An approximately five-hour tour of this National Historic Landmark will begin late morning on Saturday, 8 September. Unfortunately we're limited to 43 participants, so write me if you're interested and I'll start a list--first come, first served. Email me directly. Numbers 44 upwards will be wait listed to include if anyone's plans change. More information will be provided to the first 43 as the day approaches. B Reactor was built by many of our parents. It's what brought them from the four corners of the U.S. to the desert we called home. Even though we were born after their Top Secret mission had become public knowledge, most of us still grew up knowing only that our parents worked in the area. Here's our opportunity to see a slice of our own history. -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/29/12 - Leap Year ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon CHAMBERS ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, March 3 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas in Richland Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us in the corner. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Rex HUNT ('53wb) Sorry to hear about your recent encounter with the medical establishment. I would like to offer a few observations that might serve you well in the future. It sounds like you had congestive heart failure (CFH) with pulmonary edema (a fluid build up for any number of causes that eventually fills the lungs). I checked on the Internet and it appears that there is an ems system that covers several counties around Hanford CA. I am assuming that those systems are up to some kind of national/state standard and they should be qualified to handle the acute care for your problem. The medic system that I worked in carried the drugs and equipment that would have completely reversed your acute symptoms en route to the hospital (the ER docs complained that they never got to treat CHF because of Medic One). I suggest that you contact your local fire department and ask them about their advanced life support services. I also suggest that you write out a list of your medications names and dosage; a brief recent medical history to provide ems people as the need arises (it is difficult to speak when your breathing is impaired, eh?). I have had to avail myself of the services of our Medic One system more than once and have been guilty of waiting longer than I should to call for help. I should know better because these things don't resolve themselves and progressively get worse no matter how hard we "Man Up". DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE HOSPITAL, I may be in California visiting and don't want to run into you driving with impaired oxygenation to your brain. Good luck. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ in near Lacey, WA cool and dry for a couple of days, still cleaning up the storm debris before the free compost dumping ends tomorrow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Ray Brum ~ CBC Football There were a number of Richland Bombers that made the move from Richland to Pasco following graduation ~ CBC ~ Pasco that is. If you were there in 1964-1965 or so you may have come across Ray Brum who guided the CBC Hawks to the Junior Rose Bowl. Click for Rays story ~ more -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Rats! I checked the Bomber Calendar hoping to find Bomber B-days on the 29th but no luck... so on the suggestion from a friend and because I realized that I had made a big fo paw not remembering a Bomber-babe Celebrity birthday and just cuz, I thunk I'd do a post anyway... now I know that sometimes I sound like I'm lost in the '50s... no... most of the time I sound like that... but after receiving two e-mails yesterday from Dean HOFF ('62) and Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) about "growing up" in that time-frame, I decided it's really not such a bad place to be stuck... then I gotta call from DAVIS ('65) telling me about his 84 year old Uncle in Oklahoma with his new rich wife and his new "implant" and I realized we Bombers are just one lucky bunch... so today I wanna wish two Babes, One Bomber and one NAB an HB. The older one is either in her teens (she was born on 2/29) or 72 on the 29th and the other one turned... uh nevermind... on the 21st... Of course it all started in a little 40 watt station in Fresno.. no I mean it all started while I was listening to Norm Nite on '50s on 5 this weekend. He was interviewing the babe who is having her birthday on the 29th. Now she happens to come from and live in the town where Ellen now lives. In fact... they used to go to dance class together and have shared other neighborly times over the years... on her "16th" birthday, she came up with the idea of releasing a new CD, with 16 of her own songs, recorded in studio 16. She has called it "Sweet Sixteen"... now I ain't heard it so I can't vouch for it, but as she was talking to Norm about it, I remembered when she was my favorite member of this certain group back in '59 because she had the same name as my then true love Gretchen GRIFFEN ('65 RIP)... ahhhhhhhhhh those afternoons in PARKER's ('60, '63, '65) basement... they were also one of if not the first Washington group (no I don't count Bing) to make it big on the top 10 charts... anyway I decided to order the autographed album if for no other reason than I never got Kent (remember he was my girl friend's brother's best man) to sign any of my CDs and not to be out done by Pitts ('63), Jimbeaux ('63) or Cecilia BENNETT ('65) I figured I'd at least get her autograph... then when I realized we have no Bombers listed as having b-days on the 29th, I figured I'd just wish her and another famous Bomber-babe HB's tho one is late... now I must mention, that this Bomber-babe also has an album and I can proudly say I have a copy... corse this one is not a CD but an LP... sits right up there with my "Fabulous Wailers"... this one is called "An evening with... " Truth is I spent several evenings watching her here in Vegas at a place that used to be at the used to be Dunes... an upscale eatery called the Dome of the Sea... hadda wear a jacket to get in but if you forgot they would supply you with one donated by some linebacker from some pro team... now some of you may not have seen this Bomber-babe for a while but she is alive and well in Olympia... In fact to prove it, I'll send a picture to be run with this post... so anyway lemme wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gretchen Cristopher (NAB) of the Fleetwoods on her something teen b-day and a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our own Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) on February 29 and 21, respectively!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Re: Obits Hi Folks. Came upon another passing. William H. Reas passed away 2/21/12, 90 years old. Married to Dorothy Mcguire and father of Susan, Steve, and John. Phd from U of Berkeley in 1948 and had a 37 year career with GE. Worked in Richland as a Nuclear research chemist. He helped in the development of the first atomic bomb under the auspices of the Manhattan Project. Had hobbies of Ham Radio, photography and wood woodworking. The family moved to the Bay area and Saratoga in 1964. I remember when we lived in Richie court which was 1960 to 1966 we had three different families live next to us in the rented A house. The Ogelthorpes, the Gays and the Vincents, so many people were in Richland for a short time. Darn two of my three younger brothers have had Thyroid problems and now the myself and my other brother are on medicine too. Oh well such is life. -Dave MILLER ('67) ~ San Jose, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` January, 2012 ~ March, 2012