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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/01/12 ~ MAY DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65) Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ginger ROSE ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sylvia PLUMB ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug CARLSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim REINING ('71wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I debated for a bit on this entry, because, back in the day, we ran in different circles. But, like RIVERS ('65), I am addicted to Bomber Babes, and this certainly qualifies in that respect. So, without further ado, I tip the ol' propeller beanie in honor of Ginger ROSE's ('55) birthday. Just think, Ginger, in another year or two you'll be old enough to sit in the cocktail lounge at the Desert Inn. And, if one of the bartenders or waitresses should happen to card you; you'll qualify (at long last). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are in a snit over lowering snow levels and dry weekends. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [This arrived 8 minutes after the 4/30 Sandstorm was sent. -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh crap I just finished watching Captain America and was going to bed way past my bed time... there was the yellow stickie... I hope I didn't blow wishing Louise MOYERS ('65) and Stave HAGGARD ('65) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on their special day, April 30, 2012!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can be sooooooooooooooo stupid! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/02/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Lenora HUGHES ('55) Barbara SESLAR ('60), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene RICHTER ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan PHILLIPS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merradyth TRUNNELL ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Wow! Two in a row. Be still my beating heart (on second thought keep beating). Yes, another Bomber Babe from The Class of '54 celebrates her birthday today. Well, time to tip the ol' propeller beanie on this auspicious occasion. Happy Birthday Joan PHILLIPS ('54)! Keep on having them. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR with yet another day of promised rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas, Nevada luncheon The Las Vegas luncheon scheduled for the 5th of May has been cancelled. That is Cinco de Mayo and since it was scheduled for a Mexican restaurant that posed a problem. I decided to reschedule it and will let everyone know the new date. I am sorry if this has inconvenienced anyone. Bomber Cheers! -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, May 5 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) Re: Procession of the Species So last Saturday the annual Procession of the Species was "the" place to be. It truly is a unique celebration which began as an "Earth Day" offshoot and every year it has become larger and more colorful. It has become more a celebration of the arts with displays throughout the downtown area, quite a few bands scattered around, lots of musicians on street corners, a mini film/video showing, I took photographs around the downtown area and in the procession staging area. There were several Samba dancer and drumming groups. They each do a warm up rehearsal of music and dancing each attempting to better the group before. It's one of those things to be experienced, recordings and video just can't capture the atmosphere; the sound, dancing, and a lot of happy up beat people. The newspaper estimated the gathered crowd to be around 30 K. There are a few You Tube offerings of the parade but like most they really don't do the event justice, which neither do a few still shots but it's all I got. Some are around town, street performers, maybe a celebrity in the crowd. I hope you enjoy these and are enticed to visit the Procession next year. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ from near Lacey, WA thankfully the rain held off until Monday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Thanks to Rick MADDY ('67) Thank you for sharing that site with us about the War of 1812. Very interesting indeed. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We've still got lots of rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: It's NEVER too late Well, in my case, you can be 8 minutes too late. And, in the case of an 8 second ride, I guess you can be too early, but that's not what I'm talkin' 'bout here... I just gotta comment my two name pal, Mike CLOWES ('54) on his takin' a chance and wishin' the Bomber-babe an HB! If'n ya don't take the chance it'll never happen. As far as my tardiness goes, Maren is a trooper and I didn't mean to take advantage. It was my fault for not getting that post in on time. All day I knew I hadda do it but I kept on doin' whatever I was doin'... "One more tree, Joe"... then when I finished I forgot about that yellow stickie on the bathroom mirror... never entered that bathroom till I finished watching that movie and had shut down the computer... I ran back in, turned on the computer and took a chance with a short message... but that's what bein' a Bomber is all about... takin' the chance (I just made that up... I never heard that about bein' a Bomber... but it sounded good)... Got a call from the guy who runs the reunion for the 196th Light Brigade, that Terry ('65) and crew played in Tour of Duty... I know T and I are spozed ta go to Dallas in August for their reunion and I figured T had turned of his phone again so I called to scold and there was a message from T saying he'd already talked to the guy while I was at a funeral and was trying to schedule our flights... I guess I'll fly to LA and then we'll fly to Dallas together... Have a friend in Dallas right this minute... she emailed as she was leaving OK for Dallas, something about whips and luggage... not sure what she was talkin' about but the word "whips" woke me up... She's been visiting in OK and doing all kindsa cow related stuff so I hope she scraped her boots before she got on the plane... nah, I'm sure nobody else did so why should she... besides... every place I been where cows is involved they call that smell "the smell of money"... well, as you can see, I ran outa stuff to say about 50 words ago! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/03/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Mary Ann VOSSE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy ELY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Our class of '54 lost another friend!! Kathryn M. HUDSON Williamson ('54) passed away April 29th in Richland. Her obituary is in the Herald on May 2nd. Bomber tears! Many will remember Kathy as a very caring person. Best to her family and her pets!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it has really cooled down and insists on blowing that wind!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Praises be to the Lord!! Carol RICE Forister ('62) felt well enough to send a short email during her 2nd day of stem cell treatment, that all is going well, and she appreciates the prayers being sent in her behalf. Maren, I just tried to access the calendar to find out more about registering for my 50th reunion on August 25th and found I don't know the password to get into the calendar, any help for me? [Not sure what calendar you mean, Helen... This is the link for your '62 in '12 Reunion: At the very bottom/left of that page there is a link to a .pdf file... I needed no password to get to the .pdf file.. -Maren] Thanks, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where it is reaching 90 today, but with low humidity today, after some much needed rain on Monday... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) Re: 2012 Procession of the Species I thought I would respond to Tom VERELLEN's ('60) post about the Procession of the Species in Olympia, and add a few of my photos. My kids and I attended for the first time this year. It truly is a unique experience, and the people watching is almost as entertaining as the parade. -Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/04/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial Today: Carol TYNER ('52) Gus KEENEY ('57) Tom VERELLEN ('60) NO BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today!!!!!!!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol TYNER Roberts ('52) Re: '52 in '12 ~ 60 Year Reunion I'm excited about the upcoming 60 year reunion for the class of 1952 but I'm not seeing any action about the arrangements as of now. We will be attending in our RV and have made reservations, but want to know what other activities are planned and where. -Carol TYNER Roberts ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: I'm coming North. Hi All You Bombers. I will be in West Richland next week. I sadly have to sell my place there on Angel Lake Ct. I can't sell my home in Yuma, AZ because of the Slump in the Market there and can't afford to keep them both. The home in West Richland is on 1.1 acres... house is 1400 sq. ft.... the 3 bay shop/garage is huge and high enough to park two cars in one bay using the 4 post hoist!!!! on the south side of the home is an rv garage that is large enough to park my 22 ft boat and trailer with my F150 super crew hooked up to it the front is easy maint, gravel and black top with an old farm wagon with 3 barrel halves for flowers, the rear yard has a large deck with privacy fence and a large basalt column water feature... the back yard is almost 1/2 acre in grass with watering system and fence on three sides. I'll be there next week to clean out the water feature and start the watering system... if anyone wants to drive by and look, it is at 4410 Angel Lake Ct 99353 just 2 houses off Kennedy Road!!!!! My broker is Bob Heckman at 509-521-3331 if you need to see it before I get there... I plan on having a huge garage sale within two or three weeks after I get there. Anyway, I hope it will sell fast... it will be sold furnished if possible. I am sorry to have bored everyone else, but I thought this might get to someone (Bomber preferred) that might be moving back to the area!!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst ('63) Re: 2012 Procession of the Species Since I spent my time photographing the Procession in the staging area I couldn't find a place to shoot the actual parade. Your choice of location for viewing I think is probably the best of the entire route. I am liking your shots very much. The person in the mosquito (?) costume [picture #40? -Maren] spent at least a half hour practicing in a mirrored window before the parade. I don't know exactly how one would capture the essence of mosquitoness but she/he did. Thanks for sharing. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ near Lacey, WA where it did stop raining long enough to mow part of the lawn yesterday, today not so much. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Kathy HUDSON Williamson - Class of 1954 ~ 1936 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/05/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Luana IVERS ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Larry BELT and Dan HAGGARD ('57) Ray HALL ('57), Bill MOYERS ('60) Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti COLE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janni WISE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana IVERS Portch ('52) Re: '52 in '12 - 60 Year Reunion Class of '52 is going to be with Club 40 for Friday night but, we're going to be on our own at the M Hotel (formerly The Clarion Hotel) on Saturday night. I put a bit in the Club 40 DustStorm but should probably put one in the Sandstorm, too. This is what I put in the DustStorm: The Class of 1952 is having their 60 Year Reunion on the 7th and 8th of September. We will be with Club 40 on Friday the 7th and be on our own Saturday the 8th at the M Hotel (formerly the Clarion Hotel). They are saving a block of rooms for us so if you are interested in reserving a room you can call 1-509-946-4121 Be sure to tell them you are with the Class of 1952 Bombers. The rooms are $89.99. I will be getting a letter with costs and a schedule out as soon as they are finalized. If you have any questions before then you can call me or email me Thanks, -Luana IVERS Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Time once more to tip the ol' propeller beanie in honor of the birthday of another Bomber Babe. No long, sand, or funny stories to tell here, except to note that she is the senior of a group of Bomber Babes (including twins). They, and her brother had best sent personal greetings on this important day. I know I won't, but I will publicly wish a very Happy Birthday to Patti Cole ('52). I do hope you have many more. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are now promising a whole week of warm, dry weather (as if). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry BELT and Dan HAGGARD ('57) Re: '57 in '12 55 Year Reunion The class of 1957 will celebrate their 55 year class reunion during the Silver Anniversary of Club 40. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Club 40 and will be held at the Richland Red Lion Hotel on September 7th and 8th. Friday night at Club 40 will include the social time together with all classes as well as having heavy hors devours. Saturday evening promises entertainment, raffle, a wonderful dinner, and social time together. Tables will be setup for our class. Please plan on coming to your reunion this year!!! Sign up forms will come soon in the Club 40 DustStorm. Sincerely, -Larry BELT and Dan HAGGARD, Class of '57 representatives Go Bombers!!!!!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray HALL ('57) Class of 1957, Any plans for a reunion? -Ray HALL ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill MOYERS ('60) With sadness I write that our sister, Louise MOYERS ('65), slipped away peacefully Thursday, May 3rd, after a lingering battle with liver and kidney disease. She will be missed by brothers Bill ('60), Ben ('61), and sisters Glenda ('63), and Judy MOYERS Lash ('67). Funeral services will be at Christ the King Catholic Church on Saturday morning, May 12th. May she rest in peace with the Lord. -Bill MOYERS ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Gus KEENEY ('57) How many bedrooms are there in your home in West Richland? Funny, we are trying to sell our house and move back to the TC. In negotiations as I write this. When was the house built? -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/06/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers (including 5 Cole Kids) sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Lenora HUGHES ('55), Stephanie DAWSON ('60) David DOUGLAS ('62), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68), The Cole Kids BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwight BURKE ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna BOLIN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo BUSTAD ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad PUGH ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Re: New date for Las Vegas, NV luncheon Hello once more my friends!!! I have rescheduled the luncheon and here is the information for those who might be interested. DATE: May 12, 2012 TIME: 12 NOON PLACE: Macayo Vegas Restaurant ADDRESS: 8245 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV If you have any questions please let me know. Bomber Cheers!!! -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) Re: Bomber Mom obit Barbara Kennedy was a fervent Bomber supporter long after her boys (John ('57) and Robert ('60))graduated. She passed away on Wednesday, May 2. See her obit on the Einan's website: . -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) It's taken quite a while, but we finally have a buyer for our house in Kaneohe (our second buyer the first didn't qualify for the loan), for our asking price even. This buyer is "well motivated" as they've already sold their condominium and do need a place to live... We still have to pass the house inspection, but we've done that once already so it shouldn't be a problem. Then there's the appraisal, termite inspection and cleaning, although there's not much to clean most of our furniture is in storage and the house has been completely painted inside and out and new flooring installed. We're living out of suitcases at the moment. We'll be departing Hawaii on June 14, pick up our car in Long Beach on the 15th, and drive to a resort in San Diego for some vacation time with my daughter and her family. Then it's on to Arizona to begin hunting for a house there. It'll be nice to be able to pay cash for it; whatever is left over (that my wife hasn't spent) will be added to my retirement fund. I noted with interest that Gus KEENEY (57) says Yuma has houses for sale, but my wife says that's too close to the Mexican border. I'm considering Apache Junction at the moment; close, but not too close, to my daughter's home in Gilbert. It'll be nice to get back to decent highways and parking spaces that can accommodate a van! Summers in Richland were good preparation for the Arizona heat, and I don't miss the snow in winter at all. I'm participating in the Toastmasters District (state of Hawaii) International Speech Contest Saturday morning (it's Friday evening as I write this). I won the District contest in 1998, but the competition is pretty formidable! My speech is "Change You Can Believe In" (not a political speech, although the political theme last Presidential election did give me the motivation to write it). I placed second in the previous Division contest, but I also placed second in that one in 1998. So we'll see if history repeats itself. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Kaneohe, HI where it was a damp 78 today; years ago when I worked in an office with a view of Ala Moana Beach I used to love to talk to people on the Mainland in the wintertime: "It's 78 here, but with the wind-chill factor it feels more like 76.") **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver Lunch Report We had another great lunch social at Beaches Restaurant in Vancouver, WA last Saturday, April 28. The following Bombers and spouses enjoyed lots of discussions about a variety of subjects, even politics: Betty CONNER Sansom ('52), Jan RUCKER Meyer ('55), Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61), Gary Anderson (Husband), Kathy LAMB Brown ('62), Larry Brown (Husband), Todd O'MEALY ('62), Cindy O'Mealy (Wife), Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Linda Hemphill (Wife), Terry WERNER ('65), and Joanna Werner (Wife). It's always fun to get together with old Bomber friends and visit about the old days, and get caught up on what everyone is doing now. It was extra special this time to have Terry & Joanne Werner join us for the first time. Terry and I got caught up on some stories about a few mutual friends. However, we have more to talk about and we plan to get together again soon. As always, Beaches Restaurant took very good care of us - AGAIN!! Thanks all for joining us. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Hope I'm not 8 minutes late I was so very saddened to learn of Louise MOYERS' ('65) passing. I had no idea she was ill when I blew making the SS on time with her b-day wish last week. I really hate losing our loved ones... I send my love to the family, you guys had a wonderful sister... but you don't need me to tell you. Have been getting my Shore Patrol paddy wagon ready for the trip to Speed Week... we had planned on hitting the Ely show and then heading to the Salt Flats... taking sleeping bags... I was gonna sleep in the back of the shore Patrol and Big Mike in the back of his truck that he's towing his speedster with... I knew I hadda go with Terry DAVIS ('65) some time in August to Dallas where he will be getting an award from the Vietnam Veterans of America (I stupidly said we were going to the 196th reunion again) for the show "Tour of Duty"... he is getting quite excited... I thought we were going later in August... wrong... going the weekend of the Ely show... I said I'd drive up to Wendover by myself on Monday and Mike looked at me like I was crazy this morning at the Donut Delinquents... He reminded me (not sure I ever knew) that there is no cell service most of the way and there is NOTHING along the way... (that part I remembered)... so if anything happened I'd be stuck out there with the coyotes, gila monsters... werewolves, vampires, lions, tigers and bears... OH MY... just scared myself silly all over again... so we are skipping speed week again this year... we have only been saying we were going for about 10 years at least... and it's aaaaaalllll my fault... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... I feel awful... in fact I think I'd better do my b-day wishes before I start blubbering... sniff sniff... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Brad PUGH ('66), Leo BUSTAD ('64) and Myrna BOLIN ('63) on their special day, May 6, 2012!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Sandra Gail "Sandi" LASATER Sleater (66) I'm sorry to say that the class of 1966 has lost our 54th classmate. Sandi was born 2/8/48 and passed away on 5/2/12. A public viewing will be at the Einan's Funeral Home, Richland on Sunday May 6th, 2012, from 12-3. Funeral service will be held at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road in Richland on Monday May, 7, 2012, at 3:30 pm. There will be a grave side service and celebration of Sandi's life immediately following at Einan's in Richland. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the Tri-City Cancer Center in her memory. Her notice may be found at the Einan's site: Bomber tears ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Joining Club 40 How do I join Club 40? How do I start getting the Club 40 DustStorm? Still $5 bucks... Payable to: Richland High School Club 40 Mail to: Club Forty Treasurer. PO Box 1832, Richland, WA 99352 Thanks, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, Id where it is still really cool and damp, but no more night freezes at least. FINALLY can start planting! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The Cole Kids OK, I'm a terrible sister, got your gift from your siblings to you early, and got this greeting in too late (Birthday 5/5]!! Anyway, sister Patti ('52), we love you. You are a sweet, thoughtful person that still awes us with your ability to instantly make friends. There are no strangers in your world. Case in point: The waitress that brought us our diet Cokes when the five of us sisters were in Reno (All five playing one slot machine, big gamblers) By the time we left you knew that she had two children, their ages, where she was from originally etc., etc., etc. Or the time you and I were in an elevator with some Hispanic construction workers and you talked to them in Spanish and learned their personal histories. In that same elevator going back down was a German gentleman that you spoke to in German. How you knew he was German still bewilders me! Anyway, I know your day today will be filled with sunshine, and good wishes from us and all your ten million friends. Love, Barbara ('50) Karen ('55) Judie and Jackie ('63), and John('66) -The Cole Kids **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Sandi LASATER Sleater ('66) ~ 1948 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/07/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Marian "Martie" WADE ('57) Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff HARTMAN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy CLARK ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laverne VANDENBERG ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marian "Martie" WADE Jenkins ('57) To: David RIVERS ('65) I see you're wanting to attend the races here in Ely "sometime". Our Lions Club serves breakfast at the September races on Saturday morning. I'm usually taking the money. So, if you ever do come, be sure to enjoy our All-You-Can-Eat breakfast and say hi to a fellow Bomber. Also, don't worry about the critters - it's the aliens you have to watch out for. Especially at night :-) -Marian "Martie" WADE Jenkins ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: "Big flood of 1948 displaced a thousand" Tri-City Herald May 2nd Re: Adoption Update... If you've forgotten ~ I found out in November of 2011 that I was adopted at birth. Through my Confidential Intermediary (C.I.) (State of Washington requirement), I have been informed that my birth Mother passed away several years ago. I do have several 1/2 brothers and/or sisters. They have been informed through my C.I. that they have a 1/2 brother (Me). It is up to them to make contact with me through the C.I. IF you were born at Greenwood Maternity Hospital in Seattle, WA, there is an 80% chance you were adopted at birth. Please feel free to contact me for more information about hiring a C.I. & the cost. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Rhonda HAUGEN Matheny - Class of 1975 ~ 1957 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jerry MARTIN ('57) Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59), Irene DE LA BRETONNE ('61) David RIVERS ('65), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty BELL ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick COATES ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKEOWN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McFALL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis BARR ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug RATHBUN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty DE LA BRETONNE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike HOGAN ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Not quite sure of the provenance for tipping the ol' propeller beanie for today's birthday boy. But, then, I thought, he's the brother-in-law of a Bomber Babe from The Class of '54. And, back in the day, we were fellow thespians. You doubt that? Well, just look at the group photo in the '52 Columbian, there we are, in the back row, between Gene BARFUSS ('53) and Piet SMITH ('53). So, Happy Birthday to Jim McKEOWN ('53). I'd suggest that we hoist a few in the Uptown Tavern, but I've heard he's too cheap to buy a round. On top of that neither of us is currently close to the Uptown Tavern. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ at sunny Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are predicting dry weather until the 18th of this month. And, they are having a sale price on a certain bridge in NYC. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry MARTIN ('57) Re: Looking for Kay KLAUSER ('58) If anyone knows her whereabouts, please contact me. Thanks. -Jerry MARTIN ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) Re: Gary BEHYMER's ('64) post of 1948 Flood Boy... 1948... I was only 7 years old and we were living on the Columbia close to the original road down by the pits in my great uncles' farm house. The river rose almost up to the front door. My uncle Gene Wade (lives on Rd. 52) picked up my dad in his boat and they motored down the river to work in Richland. What a moment in time. We all went down to the County Courthouse and were give Typhoid shots. Everyone had to boil their water for 20 minutes. It was really an event for 7 year old. P.S. If it wasn't bad enough our outhouse sorta flooded. My great uncles were from the old school and only put running water in the house for my mom for the year or two we were waiting for our house to be completed in Richland and the Shelter Belt planted on the upper by-pass highway. -Ellen FOLEY Pope ('59) ~ from Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene DE LA BRETONNE Hays ('61) ATTENTION Columbia high school alumni and Sandstorm members: If you are a fan of smokin' hot rockin' blues music and excellent micro brews, you will not want to miss the 16th annual UNTAPPED BLUES AND BREWS FESTIVAL. Award winning music includes Columbia High School class of '79 graduate, Michael HAYS, a member of Sammy Eubanks' really hot super tight Spokane based trio (Michael's multi-awards include Inland Empire IEBS winning Drummer/Vocalist.) You won't want to miss a minute!!! This Weekend, May 11th & 12th, the music and fun starts Friday at 3:00 pm at Clover Island w/The International Blues Challenge (IBC) regional qualifying competition. 7:00 pm Roberson BZ and Flores Smokin hot Spokane based trio 8:45 pm Lionel Young band Blues on the electric Violin The fun then moves inside to the ball and crows nest: 10:45 pm The Kenny James Miller band high energy rockin' Montana based trio; 12:30 am, open jam host by Local favorites Vaughn Jensen $15 cover gets you in Friday Saturday the party moves to the Benton County Fair grounds $25 advance $30 at the gate. Enjoy the music of local, regional and national blues acts, and brews from 35 breweries from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Noon: Millionares club (Local Tri-City favorite) 1:30 pm Mia Vermillion( Killer female vocalist) 2:15 pm Coyote Kings (Barn #2 Hometown stage)(Regional favorites) 3:00 pm Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the switch masters (This man has been around!) 3:45 pm Coyote Kings (barn # 2 hometown stage) (Regional Favorites) 4:30 pm The forty-fours L.A. based Rising stars of American blues roots scheme 6:00 pm Kenny (blues boss) Wayne,with Russel Jackson (Boogie woogie: Piano based national act.) 7:45 pm Tommy Castro Band (Memphis soul-drenched R&B national act) **** 9:30 pm Sammy Eubanks Live!!!! w/Col-Hi grad Michael HAYS ('79) on drums and vocals. Sammy Eubanks: "The Best Blues Voice in the Northwest" Go to: -Irene DE LA BRETONNE Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Almost that time agin Here it is May already... not sure how that happens... but everything is fast now... well not everything... like replacing the compressor on my Air conditioner was NOT fast... but since the guy took so much time he did find a split wire that was blowing the compressor so he's charging the manufacturer so that's cool... and the new wire wheels I ordered are taking 8 weeks... and it took me a few hours to hook up the new printer to my new computer and was a totally painfully slow process till I finally just hit "trouble shoot"... so OK, I'm wrong... not everything is fast... but the passage of time sure can be... so if it's May already that means June is fast approaching, which means Rat Fink Reunion, L.A. Roadster Show and Richland!!!!!!!!!! (the !!s are for the latter)... In fact our Fearless Leader, SIMPSON ('65) has already sent out his e-flyer so I should prolly do a face book "event" if I can remember how... he has also changed the name for the '65er gathering aka Sorry 7 Gathering to the "Bombers Annual Gathering"... hey he's the boss... meet the new boss... same as the old boss... I guess I'll hafta pull the "Alpha Male" symbol offa the key chain and give it to Simps... It is actually a stolen artifact, lifted many years ago by the Big Fat Liar... (I was perfectly innocent) and thrown to me to shift the blame from him to me... I must admit, that my baby girl Sarah also lifted Zeta one time (actually both are in Arabic numerals and besides since the 6th letter of the Greek alphabet isn't "F" 6 doesn't carry with it quite the fun as it might but since she lifted it... it has sentimental value... HEIDLEBAUGH's is just incriminating... but his finger prints have long worn off)... so anyway, if you are in Richland and from any class during Cool Desert Nights, join us. Thursday nite is the normal DQ, Friday start gathering at Cecilia BENNETT's ('65) when they start closing the street for the parade and watch from right on GWWay just south of Haines... and Saturday nite a party at Simpsons'... but now lemme get to the business of birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY Patty de la BRETONNE ('65) and Pete OVERDAHL ('60) on their special day, May 8, 2012!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Kathy CLARK ('67) Happy Birthday, Kathy! Was looking at old photos of us as kids camping! We had a lot of fun in those days! Mom & Dad are doing great! Married 64 years now. Hope you had a GREAT Birthday! I didn't forget just late writing into the Sandstorm! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/09/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry LUKINS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim STULL ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Mary BAILEY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom TEEPLE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val TRENT ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Time marches on Birthdays... I mean they just keep coming! Did you see how many we had on May 8th!!!!! Dang... somebody was busy... and here we are again... one a my very good buds from the class of '62 is havin' another one (that's a good thing kids) I missed him during the Laughlin, NV run the other day but know he's been occupied with other things so I'll just look for him in June... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jim STULL ('62) on your special day, May 9, 2012!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/10/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck LOLLIS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don ANDREWS ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne CHRISTENSEN ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne BUSSMAN ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Cousin Eddy Does New Orleans We drove into New Orleans in Cousin Eddy to attend the long planned Who Dat Bomber Reunion. Feckless Frank WHITESIDE ('63), who we hoped to see, was on the Red Carpet in Colorado receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Council for Seriously Lame Excuses and presenting a paper on "Disposing of recreational properties in a tanked economy". In his absence, Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), as she always does, rose to the occasion and it was game on in the Big Easy. We took the Algiers Ferry across the Big Muddy and walked into the French Quarter, all peckish for a Muffaletta at the Central Grocery. As luck would have it, the Central is closed on Monday, so after much research, heated (it was hot out) deliberation, angst, and anguish, we potatoed and decided to have one next door. The girls opted for Shrimp Po'boys and I for a Muffaletta and cup of gumbo. Great people watching inside the restaurant, especially the guy locked out on the balcony who appeared to have been out there since Fat Tuesday. We walked across the street to the Caf du Monde for some beignets, get our fingers stuck together and wait out a rain squall that never came. We took the trolley back to the ferry, paying way too much in the process. It probably is a good idea to at least read the options before you buy the tickets, any way we made a $2.40 donation to the reconstruction of New Orleans and feel all the better for it. Back at Maren's we said our good byes, performed a couple of secret "Bomberoodoo" rituals and headed back out on the highway, or else we would have missed the evening traffic all the way to Biloxi. It was great seeing Maren and missing Frank, oops that didn't come out right. Can't wait for Frank's excuse when he begs out of the GMC63MCCS Christmas Gala and Red Sweater Cotillion in Olympia on the 8th of December. Trip is winding down and we'll be flying home in two weeks, trading windshield time for a spot on the chain gang getting the yard under control. "Shaking it here Boss" -Jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: One SS entry yesterday! Hmmmmmmm... where is everyone? Well, I hope the BD boy is somewhere havin' a buncha fun. Last year he acted surprised when I did his post... I think this is at least the 3d year I've sent him an HB maybe the 4th... oh well, always nice to be appreciated... I sent off a note to Mike SHEERAN ('66) this morning by snail mail... if'n you need the address it's on my face book... he's havin' some big time spinal problems so prayers, cards n letters iz presheated I'm sher... so back to the B-day boy... he's one of those Music/Car guys that I really enjoy... some people iz car guys some iz music guys but he's both... he has enriched my music collection over the years and I hope he knows how much I appreciate it... hope to see him in June fer sher (wonder how many classes said "fer sher fer sher"... one of those silly ways kids have of speaking that know one seems to know how they originated or where or why... we also said "magine"... silly stuff) so here's to you: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chuck LOLLIS ('64) on your special day, May 10, 2012... wooooooooooooops... time to put a new yellow stickie up... Chuck, you were the last name on the one on the ol' computer right now... last but certainly NOT least!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/11/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial and 1 RHS Memorial today: Tony DURAN ('55) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill McCUE ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob DANA ('71) '53 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave DORAN ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Jack MORRIS ('55) Just want to let all Bombers that Jack has been having surgery done to both his feet in San Diego. He is still talkative and funny, but in a lot of pain. Keep him in your prayers. -Tony DURAN ('55) ~ in balmy warm Wichita, KS No tornado forecast for today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: No place like home Nice to be home and back to work..... I really enjoy traveling, seeing new places, meeting old friends, and making new ones. But the Malta/Rome trip was tough on my arthritis. We got home yesterday early AM. What a day. Up at 4:30am to pack and repack suitcases to meet weight requirement. Off to the airport at 6:40am, Rome Time. I finally collapsed in my own bed at 2:30am. 11 hours Rome to Atlanta, 6 hour layover and 6 hours Atlanta to SEA. Throw in long lines for Immigration, then baggage claim, then Customs. It would have been OK except in an effort to keep hydrated I drank a couple of bottles of water the last three hours of the flight and there are no restrooms available (deliberately I am told) until you get through Customs. Whew! I have to say Delta and AlaskaAir have to be among the best way to go. Jackie and I are both 8 year MVPs at AlaskaAir. Delta and Alaska are code share partners and the Delta staff totally recognized our status and went out of their way to make the trip as pleasant as 26 hours getting home as could be expected. We each got a free second bag checked Rome to Seattle and all 4 were close to max weight. Add to that choice seats, priority boarding and great service. We had three bags going over with a collapsible bag for coming home as we always buy too much stuff. Along with books, hand-made Malta lace and gifts for business partners and relatives, we also picked up stuff in Rome. Additionally, the book "Proceedings of The Int'l Symposium on Fireworks" is nearly 5 lbs. by itself, and I received two very nice pieces of Malta glass art for the two papers I presented. I got great response from my peers around the world for both papers, and made several new friends along the way. We found the Malta sun shining, the food excellent, and the people extraordinarily nice. (Got the worst sunburned nose in my life, and Jackie is still peeling). Because of my penchant for historical places we flew to Malta early, with 5 days to explore the rich 6000 year old history of Malta. It should be called "Fortress Malta". Everywhere you look there are forts with thick, high walls, with old cannon embrasures. I overheard one guide say to his group that there were over 10,000 cannons on Malta during one critical phase in defense. The streets are narrow and the steps plentiful and the hills are steep. My knees and ankles still ache from the miles of walking. (but I gained less then a pound eating all that good food). From our lessor but very adequate hotel for the first 5 days we looked down about 200 ft. to nearly all of the Grand Harbor and the nearly constant marine activity. Tankers, cargo and container ships, and 1200 ft long 18 story cruise ships with 3000 people aboard, and a great variety of all kinds of other craft large and small. One Maersk container ship was specially loaded and docked in our view directly across the harbor. Turns out it is for the latest Tom Hanks movie and will be there for several weeks of film shooting. Tom flies in from his villa in Sicily for each day of shooting in a private aircraft. Nobody seemed to know what the name of the movie is. During the actual Symposium period we were in the 5 star Grand Excelsior Hotel. It was impressive, mostly in price. We moved back to the Grand Harbor hotel on the last day of the 5 day symposium for 3 more days of the additional, annual, Malta Int'l Fireworks Festival. On our first day wandering in Valletta we discovered they were setting up FIREWORKS at Floriania in a church square, in the middle of busy Valletta, one block from the transit center. We were able to make friends and get inside the exclusion area and get great pictures of the totally unique "Catherine Wheels". Locally known as "Irridian", these giant wheels (some 45 ft in dia) are mounted on 6 and 8-inch pipe and hoisted by large cranes to the vertical position, and the pipe is set in holes 6 foot deep in the concrete walkway. In virtually every church courtyard (340 churches for 400,00 pop. by the way), you can see the holes in positions for the pipes and covered with steel plates. These irridian are incredible, and hard to describe. They are full of gears looking like giant clockworks. As they spin, propelled by pyrotechnic "driver" fountains the gear trains cause parts of them to spin, or flip over, or move back and fourth, and the net effects are fantastic for the viewer. When I get more time to look thru my hundreds of pictures and hours of vids I will post some showing these wonderful hand- made, "labor of love" effects. Nobody on Malta is allowed to be paid anything, and no fireworks are allowed to be "sold". It is purely all volunteer and a donation for celebrations of church and "feast days" purposes for patron saints. It took 2 days for each team of 8-10 volunteers to put together and set-up these 10 "irridian". There were no aerial shells fired, only these giant wheels. Jackie and I were given passes and the invitation to be 25 feet from them with the crew members during the firing. Jackie shot countless 40 mg pictures, and I video recorded them from close enough to feel the heat. It was one of the top 4-5 most incredible experiences in my 54 years of shooting fireworks. Side story here: I met two fellows from the deep South US. During our chat they told me they were in Malta to set-up a bible study society so the Maltese people could be more religious. I asked them if they realized Malta was the most Catholic country in the world? 98% of Maltese are Catholic with over 70% solid practising. They did not have an answer, just looked at me with dropped jaws. I then said I respected their efforts but it seemed to me there must be places needing their efforts more then Malta. They agreed but wandered off to continue Gods work. In the next few days we traveled the island visiting catacomb burial chambers, incredible churches, 5,400 year old temples still standing, 5-800 year old watch towers, fortifications, villages, small cities, harbors, and small groups of vendors of tourist items. The largest church in the city of Mosta is often referred to as the miracle church. During the German assault in WW2 there were 450 people in the church several miles from Grand Harbor where the daily battle was centered. A 1000 lb bomb came through the dome and hit the floor bouncing several times to stop in front of the altar. It failed to explode... After removing all the explosives it was put on exhibit in the church and I have a picture of it sitting in an ante room. I need to digress a bit to repeat what I have said before that I am a participant in several restricted membership nets on the internet. They mostly cover explosives safety, bomb tech info, and pyrotechnic information. The Pyro Mailing List (PML) has about 800 pyro professionals as members located in many countries around the world. For many years I have fomented discussions on safety, style, firing systems and "entertainment value" using pyrotechnic materials. So, if I may say it, I am somewhat well known and respected by many in locations in the far corners of mother earth. Some of these folks I know and have met at various times and in various places. But on the 3rd day on Malta a man in working clothing walked up to me read my name on the ISF badge on my shirt and hugged me and shook my hand. Turns out he is the leader of one of the 45 licensed Fireworks Factories. He says he has printed out and has a file of everything I have written on the PML. And then, (against Malta law) he took Jackie and I to the fireworks factory and gave us a tour of all the buildings. Very impressive. I have lots of pictures. Some of me, holding monster shells 3 feet long and 10 inches in dia. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. We met all the workers and had detailed discussions of techniques of all kinds. Really grand fun for both of us. I presented my papers at the ISF and we had fabulous fireworks every night. Some on water, some on land, some behind and over forts, castles and churches, but all were excellent and many were the monster size shell I had held. I could write several more pages on Malta, as we had a wonderful time... but enough for now. We flew off to Rome for 5 days of history... A few words about Rome... We loved the historical sites. We did the Vatican, saw and photographed the Pope, and gazed on, and took many pictures of the Peita. We found the people generally rude and aloof. Police were nice when asked directions. Jackie was pick pocketed twice. Once at the Coliseum and once unknown. The first time they got her small pocket book containing all of the data cards for her camera containing most of the pictures she had taken of Malta and the first 2 days in Rome. The second time they got her week long Transit Pass. Both of these were in her zippered belt pouches. The data cards were worth over $500, not to mention losing all the pictures. While I was getting off of the crowded metro train in less then one minute they got my billfold. I had it in a covered pocket closed with velcro. They are very good at "dipping" and passing off. We filed a report and the State Police Col. told us there are an average of 115 reported PPs a day on the Metro. The problem is rampant, and out of control. Fortunately I had removed most of my stuff out of the billfold. Explosive licenses, insurance cards, and all but one credit card and US reserve $. These and our passports were in the safe in our room at the hotel. I forgot to take out one pyro license and my License to Carry Concealed Weapons. I had near 600 Euros from both of us, in my billfold as most eateries and History sites would not take credit cards. So they were gone also. On the last night Jackie and I were to meet at the Tivoli fountain to take pictures in daylight, eat dinner nearby, and take more pictures after dark with the lights on. We had separated to catch a couple of last minute places, and when I got on the Metro I felt a hand in my pocket! Gottcha! Screaming PICK POCKET I grabbed his hand and visibly removed my Euro bills from it and with my camera monopod, thrashed him soundly about the head and shoulders and threw him bleeding, off at the next stop, to the applause of all 50 or so in the car. In closing, I would not likely go back to Rome for ANYTHING. My next trip to Italy (if ever) would be Tuscany and Florence. I have been to Florence and Napoli, 15 years ago. -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From home with a yard full of 15" high grass. I have an all day class on Special Effects to teach Saturday, so it will have to wait til Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Stuff 'n' Things Okay David RIVERS ('65), I hear ya loud and clear. Not many entries of late but those that have appeared have been "choice". I especially enjoyed Mr. Jim HAMILTON ('63) missive on the joys of visiting the Crescent City. Jimbeaux would be the appropriate name in Cajun country, I would imagine but Maren can set the record straight on that. [No, I can't... I was raised in Richland!! -Maren] I have visited the Central Grocery a few times myself but always get my sandwich to go and let it "marinate" for a few hours before I get to eat the darn thing. Apparently, this is part of the storied history of the Muffaletta... the workers would pick them up in the morning and the olives and juices worked their magic between breakfast and lunch time... so it is "just right" when lunch time arrives. Of course, I end up somewhere close eating oysters or BBQ Shrimp to stave off starvation while I wait out the marinating process. Thanks for the good memories. I missed a shout out to good buddy Mike HOGAN ('70) on Tuesday for his (I think) 61st Birthday. Not sure if this was 60 or 61 but am pretty confident that Lori SIMPSON ('70) will correct me if I am wrong. Also needed to pass on condolences to Bombers Gary ('75) and Larry ('80) DAVIS for the loss of their Mom Kathy HUDSON Williamson ('54) on April 29. 2012. Your Mom was a real nice lady and will be missed. I also have this tendency to forget that most of my nieces and nephews are also Bombers. Last Saturday, I missed wishing my niece Allison ALTMAN ('00) a happy Birthday. Hope you had a fun day, Allison. Kathy HUDSON Williamson was also grandmother (technically her step grandmother but I don't think that really mattered to either of them) to Allison and I know she shares the loss with Gary. Finally, I need to wish a very happy Birthday today, Friday May 11th to my Brother From Another Mother, Bob DANA ('71). A lot of good memories of hanging with Bob through the years... going all the way back to hanging in the basement at the Gowen house. Bob gets to start the countdown today to the big 60 when he will be eligible to retire after 30 plus years with the Railroad. You're on the downhill side now, Bobby!!! All for today... headed for the driving range this afternoon to see if I can improve on my 3 handicap. Long story for another time but you just need to know that my 3 handicaps are my chipping, my putting and my driving!!! I'm not very good but I sure like the game. -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ In 60 Beverly Hills, MI today... headed for 80 Orlando for 10 days starting Monday. Oh boy!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Louise MOYERS - Class of 1965 ~ 1947 - 2012 >>Martha WEIDEL Nelson - Class of 1920 ~ 1922 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/12/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52) Rex HUNT ('53wb) Jim HAMILTON ('63) No Bomber Birthdays today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) Med trip I read with interest Larry's account of the trip to Malta, Rome et al. Much of it sounded like more of an ordeal than fun! THREE pick pocket episodes!! Times sure change. I was sent to The Med in 1961 to build and commission a Loran C Station at Estartit, Spain (north of Barcelona about 100 km, as I recall... not far from the French border). My superiors were headquartered in Naples, Italy. I flew military air to Frankfort, Germany and then Lufthansa and Al Italia (msp?) to Rome/Naples. Spent about 2 weeks in Naples. No discernible crime at all... I had an official passport - travelled in civilian clothes - never had luggage looked at anywhere. I then flew commercial air to Madrid, later rode a train across to Barcelona. Spent a year in Spain and before I headed back to the U.S. motored all around the Iberian peninsula - Spain, Portugal, Gibralter, Tangier, etc. Never had hotel reservations... stayed in all kinds of places including hostels, pensiones etc. NEVER had a luggage search anywhere at any border. At that time Spain was still ruled by Franco, but my observation was that it was a pretty benevolent dictatorship. People spoke openly about either liking him or not... the "feared" federal police (Guardia Civil) were mostly anti-smuggling enforcement folks. I (and my men) all did wear civilian clothes all the time... an agreed-upon policy with the Spanish government. But a nearby early-warning radar station was manned by uniformed USAF people. Never quite understood why, except that our loran C station was supposed to be classified as it was built and operated to provide tactical navigation assistance to our nukie subs and perhaps USAF aircraft. I just HATE to travel commercial air any more... I'd just about as soon walk, if I had the time! I did extensive commercial air travel around the U.S. (mostly) in the mid/late '60s when I was in USCG headquarters. It was actually fun much of the time! Not so any more... cattle car seating (packed in), no food service to speak of, really burdensome security requirements... Oh, well... times change! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ near Branson, MO enjoying a wonderful spring.. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT ('53wb) Re: Golf In response to Vic MARSHALL ('71) My golf handicap is so bad, I can park in the blue spaces. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) To my Southend brother Larry MATTINGLY ('60) I do take some considerable exception to your statement regarding Italians. While I have lived in Italy, traveled widely throughout the republic and have many treasured Italian friends, I too have encountered my share of rude and aloof people. On the other hand, I'm not certain the last time you spent any time in Bellevue Square and environs, but let me bet you found more than your share in 98004. Italians are Italians, they are not Americans who speak Italian. As to having been visited by the fleas, you are not unique. I think of the advice of my good friend, Rick Steves (he of PBS fame). Don't put it in your pocket, if you aren't willing to lose it, We've always kept our valuables inside our clothes and while we've "rubbed up against", we've not lost a thing. There are probably more pick pockets per square meter at the entrance to the Vatican Museum than anywhere on the planet since Fagin and the Artful Dodgers were in action. The Gypseys are indeed in a league all by themselves. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/13/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Dwain MEFFORD ('56) Jeff DeMEYER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy STULL ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwain MEFFORD ('56) Hi Maren, After reading about Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) experiences with pickpockets I thought I would share one that happened to me. A few years ago I was in a bus tour of Romania and Bulgaria. On the second day of the tour we left Bucharest and stopped for a visit to a Monastery and lunch in a small town. After lunch I walked to the bus and noticed some Gypsy women at the back door of the bus bothering people as they tried to board. The women appeared to be a grandmother, mother and grown daughter. The grandmother was holding a baby. I approached the group and after helping others get on board I got on the bus. We drove off. About 30 minutes later I discovered that my small digital camera was missing. I knew immediately what had happened. I have travelled enough to know about pickpockets and to be particularly aware of Gypsies. I was mad but more than that I was embarrassed for being so stupid. I decided not to say anything about it to hide my stupidity. I thought I would just buy another camera as soon as I could. My wife was setting across the aisle from me. I decided I should at least let her know what had happened. So I leaned across the aisle and whispered to her what had happened. Before I could ask her not to say anything she yelled out "those Gypsies stole your camera." All 22 of our fellow tourists, our two tour guides and the bus driver heard her. There was no hiding it now. Both tour guides came to my seat and did a through search. I told them not to worry about it because it was my own fault. Radu, our Romanian guide, told me he would get my camera back. As we went along our way Radu was in the front of the bus busily talking on his cell phone. After a short time he came back to my seat and told me my camera was safe and we could pick it up when we back near that town in four days. Sure enough in four days my camera was returned to me by a young man who wouldn't accept a tip. I kept after Radu to tell me how he did it but all he said was that he knew people. -Dwain MEFFORD ('56) ~ Portland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMEYER ('62) Re: Missing 1962 classmates as of 4/6/12 Herbert E. BELVINS, Doug BURNS, Barry DAHL, Lesie Lang DALTON, Ron DYKES, Ken ELLIOT, Roger FARBER, Sandra GENOWAY Jeneaue, Vivan GERICKE Horak, Margert GIBSON Tucker, Patrica HAHN, Clark HALL, Linda HANSON Toth, Tom HARMON, Gearld HOOPER, Freddie LENHART, Jerry LIDDEL, Richard LLOYD, Ben MILES, Drudeane NICHOLSON Martin, Carole PETTERSON Graham, Steven SCHELL, Margaret SMITH, Rick SMOLEN, Bill STAINKIN, Loyd TAYLOR, Fred VanPATTEN, Laurel VLACIL Murry, Mary WAMSLEY, Walter WEBB, Dave WILSON, Cathy WILSON Ward, Valeree WORKMAN Offerman, Carolyn WRIGHT Kellmans, Yvonne WRIGHT. Please contact me Thank You, -Jeff DeMEYER ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Colin BLEILER - Class of 1955 ~ 1935 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/14/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claudia STOFFEL ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randal SOUTHAM ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! To all the Bomber Babes who are Moms (and those who aren't). Each and every one of you deserved a GREAT DAY! Sorry it's a day late but every day is a Special Day when you're a Bomber! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/15/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill BERLIN ('56), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) David RIVERS ('65), Darlene NAPORA ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SWAN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven McCOLLEY ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Maren, I have gone blank (again) and need to know the name and winery over in Benton City that is owned by a Bomber grad? I have been there and talked to him but can't remember his name. Think he was in the class of '57. The deal is that one of my more sophisticated Chinese associates wants to start a Wine and Spirits Bar in Beijing and we are looking for some good Eastern Washington red wines, mostly, but some whites too and I might be able to do some business with him if he has some quantities. I was in the wine business in Oregon and keeping the wine for several years is not a problem but having all that money tied up in inventory is bad news so it is better to sell overages that are a couple of years old, especially in a market that has no clue about what is good and what is not. Many thanks, -Bill BERLIN ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: hallmark holidays Just a quick note about Hallmark holidays: I have personally found both Mother's day and Father's day a bit troublesome because there are lots of single parents with children who have to be both mom and dad for all their child's needs, love, comfort and personal education. To be sure, most moms and dads deserve much accolades for all their love, energy and efforts as parents, (though some don't), and deserve to be recognized in celebration However I would opt for a "Parent's day" instead where we as a culture and nation recognize all parents who have sacrificed for their children in love and for being there as a parent as best they can. [Parents' Day: -Maren] -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber babes... yes! Yup, you guessed it, nuther Bomber-babe with a birthday... I gotta hit a HS grageashun in Colorado so hadda follow strict strucshuns on doing this on the right day... hope I didn't goof it up (we can always hope)... last time I went to a grageashun was in '98 in Richland and I had a new suit made from almost the same material as my own grageashun suit ... now, I don't recall where I purchased my suit but I'm figgering it was Dawson Richards... not sure if Robinson's sold suits... but if so guess I coulda got it there... the material changed with direction... brown or blue... I know there's a picture of it on my face book with REMILLARD ('65) C-MOORE ('65), MIDDLETON ('67) and me going to prom so maybe that means I got the suit early(?)... got my shoes at David's a korse... so had the same thing made but with two buttons steda three... have only worn it a few times since... maybe it just ain't my style any more... so getting packed and trying to figger out the weather... no matter what the weather says... it will not be that way when I get there... seems they don't wear suits in small towns in Colorado for grageashun so don't hafta fret over that... wouldn't wanna be overdressed... but I guess I'll take my rolled up cut-offs and some long jeans for the rest a the time so I can fool Mr. weatherman... but we all know I can't win that one... hope the weather is good for the Birthday-babe's special day and I hope she has a wonderful time of it so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marilyn SWAN ('63) on her special day, may 15, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene NAPORA Shuley ('69) Re: Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) Italian experience Larry's adventures in Italy reminded me of an incident we had in Rome many years ago. My husband, Keith, & I were walking toward the Vatican when three small children (a boy about 8 years and two little girls about 5 years & 3 years) came up and practically hung on our legs. Keith had all of our valuables locked in a backpack which he held over his head. The kids blatantly went through our pockets and luckily only got Kleenex & gum. We saw a church on the corner and went inside. The kids stayed right with us into the church and the little boy kept jumping and trying to get the backpack. I asked my husband what we were going to do and he said that the kid would get tired sooner or later. Anyway, just a few seconds later, an Italian man came into the church with a rolled up newspaper and started hitting the kids and shooed them outside. He didn't speak much English, but managed to convey that these were Rumanian Gypsies and not Italian children and I believe was trying to say that they were the Devil's children? We never did see any adult anywhere around, but obviously someone was telling the kids what to do. Even though they were trying to rob us, I just didn't have it in me to hit them as they were really cute little kids. The parents, however, deserved jail time.` -Darlene NAPORA Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, TX where it is 81 & we are eagerly awaiting the predicted rain! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/16/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Sean LEWIS ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy JONES ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave McDANIELS ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy KLEINPETER ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I thought I had sent a note to someone commiserating then on conversion of bowling and golf scores, but I guess that got lost in the maze of electrons that populate the internet these days. That can happen because people insist on using re-cycled electrons. On another note in the May 15th issue, I noted that Pappy SWAN ('59) did not wish is considerably younger sister a Happy Birthday, but left that chore to RIVERS ('65) (who finally got to the point). Which really begs the question; are we all loosing it in our later years? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are hoping that Monday next will be a dry day. Because if it is a record will have been broken for consecutive dry days (16 would be the new record). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Wooden Boat Festival Here in Oly it seems like one big festival after another, not counting the legislature. Last week end the Wooden Boat Festival, in years past there were more boats and now more festival. Pretty good crowd and excellent weather. Some photos to share. Attention motorheads: What year/model of boss car/rod cruising downtown for chicks (in the middle of the day)? -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ sunny it don't get no better than this, near Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Adopted at Birth Behymer IF you remember I've put out a call several times for those Richland Bombers who may have been born at Greenwood Maternity Hospital in Seattle, WA. I did receive two emails from Bomber wives who were born there. Through the State of Washington and my $15.00 check, Olympia told me in November 2011 that I was adopted. I went to Washington Adoption Reunion Movement (WARM) for help. "WARM is a non-profit organization, dedicated to reuniting families separated by adoption." WARM's confidential intermediaries (CIs) do the legwork. Mine happens to live in Spangle, WA about 55 miles from Colfax. I found out that my birth Mother died 7 or 8 years ago BUT my 2 brothers and 1 sister have responded to the C.I. and we will be meeting face to face come July sometime. I will continue the search for my birth father who was a second year law student in August of 1946. I'd guess at the U of W. HELP! Anyone in this group have connections with the Law School there? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Outlaws and renegades What a revoltin' experience that was. The first run-in I ever had with TSA, was before TSA took over (I think)... I was returning from a "Sorry 7" gathering the next June after 9-11. The boyz 'n' me used to always head up the reach and we did the same that year... I love collecting stuff I'm not spozed ta have so I saw a beautiful sign at the top of the hill I wanted to make the third in my collection of contraband... Terry ('65... last name not included to protect the guilty) is always accommodating in any event that involves theft so he ran up the hill and yanked the sign (pole and all) but of course hadda stop and moon any drones in the air... we disassembled the sign and headed off... when I was going through the airport security I was a little shaky about the sign but it went thu just fine... unfortunately I can't say the same for the AK-47 empty round on my key chain since '68... "mail it home or throw it away" I responded I wished to speak to a supervisor... I was ushered into an area where I was thoroughly searched... I again asked for a supervisor at which time I was greeted by two linebackers from the NFL who picked me up and deposited me on the sidewalk outside the airport... as this was pre-shoe bomber... I stuck the thing in my shoe and shuffled thru the metal detector with no trouble... My second experience was a little more involved... I arrived for my flight to Colorado Springs two hours early last week... gun check took the normal 10 minutes and I was on my way to security... now I am sure (tho clearly incorrect) that the last time I flew I never bothered to put the 20 extra rounds I carry in my fanny pack holster back in the pack... the very short TSA Barney one bullet musta thought he had busted Dillinger when he got in my face and questioned me... every one else was quite nice and understanding and the Woman in charge even mentioned that her sister had done the same thing the day before... they held me for an hour taking my life history and of course confiscated the offending ammo... I almost missed my flight but they did hold the plane long enough to get on... I checked in on my way back early knowing that I was tagged... yup, I was and check in took a little longer... I now get an extra special sticker on my luggage that says I have been carefully inspected and cleared my Uncle Sam's finest... arrrrrrrrrrrrgh... But I guess our birthday Bomber-babe would NEVER do anything like that... not sure I can say the same for Roger ('62)... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sandy JONES ('65) on her special day, May 16, 2011!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sean LEWIS ('77) Just an FYI here that I'll be playing on Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 10pm at the Bookwalter Winery in Richland (as well as in Cashmere on Friday and Leavenworth on Saturday). I do solo acoustic guitar & vocals, playing old stuff, new stuff and in-between stuff too. Bomber alums are more than welcome, and if you come out -- especially if you're from the '76/'77/'78 era -- please say hi! (More info at or Go, Bombers! -Sean LEWIS ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/17/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim RUSSELL ('58), Babette PETTY ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Rick MADDY ('67) Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike BRADY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betsy FOX ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim RUSSELL ('58) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: "I will continue the search for my birth father who was a second year law student in August of 1946. I'd guess at the U of W. HELP! Anyone in this group have connections with the Law School there?" Gary, dont forget that Seattle University also is well known for its law school. I dont know about the law school status in 1946, but it was quite prominent when I was going to the UW 1958-63. Cheers -Jim RUSSELL ('58) ~ from downtown sunny Mountlake Terrace, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Babette PETTY Nelson ('62) Hi, I've lost my email contacts so am lost as to whom to contact: Is there a 50th Reunion scheduled for the Class of 1962? Or who can I contact? Thanks, -Babette PETTY Nelson ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: our '62 50 Year Reunion To: Jack EVANS ('62) I finally looked up my old pictures,and I did find some. Can I still send them to you snail mail, as I don't know how to download them. If so please send me the address where to send them to my personal email...there aren't that many, but I have a lot from l956 or '57 when we were in 7th grade I think... I have a really cute one of Denne LARGE' ('62) from that era... Re: Early HB Sending an early Happy Birthday to my cousin, Bob CROSS ('62) for May the l9th. Have a good one... we who reach this age deserve to appreciate and make the most of our days... Looking forward to the Reunion!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ya mean there's spozed ta be a point? Geej kids... I didn't know there was spozed ta be a point to these posts... I thunk it was just all in fun... well if ya were disgusted by my post on the 15th, yesterday musta really got to you and I suggest you simply scroll to the bottom of this one... since our Bomber-babe B-day gal has recently become a star of stage, screen and television, I thunk I'd give ya a little Nevada history on some guys here that are gettin' famous, one... a guy from the Gorman HS class of '61, just won his class in the Mexico 1000 race at the age of 69! He owned all of the Coast Hotel/Casinos with another buddy of mine from the Gorman class of '62 but they sold them all to Bill Boyd with the caveat that Michael (69 year old) could take the SouthCoast (NKA Southpoint) if he got bored in the corporate maze... he did... now the Southcoast has a reality show on TV... Michael always hosts his reunions... puts everyone up in a suite and charges 25 smackers for everything... just after R2K, he decided to combine 3 years together... by neighbor was really bummed, I told him that I had more fun at R2K that I'd had in a long time and he would too... he did and they've done it that way ever since... (funny note... when ever I was representing Michael in a court matter or other law matter, he would tell me to put my hands in my pockets cuz I work on cars every morning and he said they made me look like his gardner)... Nuther old running buddy of mine is 85 year old former Sheriff Ralph Lamb... I've got more stories about that old cowboy than I could share in a fairly lengthy book... in his day there was very little crime (street crime)... undesirables were given one chance to leave town... if they didn't... it was boots up in the desert... one time an old buddy of mine who was then the top sportscaster in the town (grew up in the Pick-fair Mansion next to Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky) called me in the middle of the night to tell me "Larry just killed a guy"... Larry was a pal of mine and Ralph's younger brother... I asked Ron Vitto (sportscaster) why call me? Larry asked me to... so off I went... yup the guy was D E A D... I asked Larry why call us instead of your brother... cuz we wouldn't get mad like Ralph would (it did make a little sense that Ralph might take it better from one of us)... So I called Ralph and one of my old Law Partners got Larry off... anyway, a Pilot that was spozed ta be called "Ralph Lamb" which will now be called "Vegas" (how original can ya be... the original Vegas was about Dan Tana who was taken from an old friend of mine Private Eye, Eddie LaRue) has been picked up and may turn into a series... that'll be fun... so if you are sufficiently bored by now, I'll get on with it... One a my very special Bomber-babes is having her special day on May 17, 2012, so let's all wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Betsy FOX ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Mr. Gerard Labrecque (Teacher) PIcture from the TCHerald Mr. Labrecque, former teacher at Col-Hi, passed away May 14th at his home in Richland. He was born April 4, 1925. Smart Cremation, Spokane, is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 19th, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Click here to view his funeral notice. Re: Susan Marie FURNER Felch ('70) Susan passed away May 8th of an apparent heart attack at her home in West Richland. She was born September 20, 1953. Her funeral will be held May 18th at the Paradise LDS Chapel in West Richland. There will be a closed casket viewing beginning at 10 am, with the funeral at 11 am. You may view her funeral notice at the Einan's site: Bomber tears, -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Car Parade I'm thinking a 1947 Ford Coupe. Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA is an every day parade of cars of every make and model. I never get tired of looking at the older model American classics, particularly if they have not been molested. Stock, unmolested fav is the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Molested fav; a punched out 1962-'64 Chevy Nova. Sports car fav would have to be 1964-1967 Sunbeam Tiger. I'm stuck in the '60s. Cheap gas and big motors; a frightening combination. My least favorite autos are these new, non-classic, whining Lamborghini and Ferrari sports cars, which need roads like the one from Richland to Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier and starting with the Moxee Highway. Or maybe the state of Utah. Not Orange county, CA. Nevertheless, if someone wants to give me one... I'm not sure what it is about those new fancy sports cars. I know they look fabulous, are nasty fast, a lot of fun, very much like many of the HB women I know, but like the today's Atomic Cup Hydro boats, they obviously had some enhancement work done to attract, possibly distract since I am 62 and sound like a really loud and annoying sewing machine that overdosed on anabolic roids. Just my opinion. Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Re: Class of 70 gathering The inevitable 60 mark is upon us. We, the locals in town, decided to celebrate another milestone. Our attitude has been "it's just another day", but we want our fellow classmates of 1970 to enjoy this celebration of the year 60 at the Hanford House/Red Lion Hotel lounge on Saturday 6/16/12 - 7pm. This is a no host, casual gathering. Spread the word to anyone in our class, all are welcome, the more the merrier! It would also be great to have your updated email addresses for future gatherings. Just go to our class website and post it. Hope to see you in June... -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/18/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Anna DURBIN ('69), Betti AVANT ('69) Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alice HANTHORN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack KEENEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyman POWELL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline STANFIELD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Gary, I look forward to hearing that you have found your bio father and about the meeting next month with your siblings!! Re: Emma LARSON Kleinknecht ('36) Wanted to let you know that Emma has moved into the Riverton Apartments at 1800 Bellerive Street, #227, Richland, WA 99352. She welcomes any visits and of course, cards and letters. Some of us gals from the TC Cancer Center Guild are going to go there to see a movie with her. They have a movie theatre that seats about 30 people!! Should be fun!! Emma would much rather have gone to her home, but we need to encourage her to be happy and show her all of our love. She is still healing. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it has cooled down from 90 to high 70s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Shinny Red Car Thanks for the ID read on the shinny red car. Really nice paint job, the whole package looked good. The only models and years that I can identify are the big fin cars of the late fifties. Getting good photos of cars has a lot of problems connected, like this one driving by at just 25 it was 3 or 4 snaps and gone. Or they are located in un photogenic places and the lighting is bad. I have seen studios that specialize in photographing cars etc. I guess I will keep on getting them on the street when the occasion arises. I have another one I will post soon and see what you think of it. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ near Lacey, WA has cooled a bit but still nice we are getting spoiled with all of these nice days **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Supposed to be a point Not sure if there is supposed to be a point to what we write into the Sandstorm, but, I for one, enjoy reading your posts... they are fun and amusing... I envy your memory (mine is almost non-existent), and love your stories about your friends, adventures, and life... brings a smile every time I read something that you have written... for the most part, I can "see" what you write about and makes me wish I had been there, done that. *grin* Now, if Pappy SWAN ('59) would just write in about the elves and their adventures, Id be a "happy camper". *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ blasted heat has returned to Bakersfield, CA and I am getting ready to hibernate. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: More b-days Though I am repeating myself, we got three of my favorites coming up... One I've known since before we started school, one I should have known when I was in diapers but was too young to cross the street and pal around with him and JoMarie ROBERTS ('65) in the crib so I didn't meet him till 7th grade like with HARRAH ('65) and the other Christ the King kids (with the exception of the PARKERS ('60; '63; '65), Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) and Cecilia BENNETT ('65) who was a crossover to Richland Lutheran), the third, a Bomber-babe, was my first date. Gotta call from the first guy yesterday leaving me a phone message that "this is my new number" For some reason, Verizon doesn't give you a number when someone leaves a phone mail so I had no idea what "this number" was and was concerned that I might miss calling him on his b-day for the first time in years... Brother Gus ('57) came to my rescue, however... I don't worry about the other guy cuz he never answers the phone anyway... besides, he and WARFORD ('65) will most likely be out on the river running outa gas again after using Cecilia's car to tow the boat, leaving her stranded at work... again! Dunno if she hadda call a cab or maybe Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) popped over to give her a ride home... oh the perils of living in Richland and having to walk miles in the snow... oh wait... that's the BS I told my daughter... nevermind... I assume Cecilia just ran across the street to her house... well, I sure hope these kids have a wonderful time on their special day, May 18, 2012, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jack KEENEY ('65), Lyman POWELL ('65) and Caroline STANFIELD ('66)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anna DURBIN ('69) Sorry to report that I heard Gerry Labrecque, a favorite French teacher of the class of '69, and father of our classmate, Pierrette LABRECQUE Wing, died on May 14. -Anna DURBIN ('69) ~ Ardmore, PA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Mr. Labrecque (RIP) attended my 40th high school reunion in '09, his daughter Pierrette graduated with me. I never had him for a teacher but know those who did and said he was one great teacher. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the weather has been pretty decent lately **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Here's a recent article in Forbes that I thought you might appreciate as an adopted child: All the best in your search, -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda (though presently on duty in Naivasha, Kenya ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/19/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula FRISTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan THORNTON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy THORNTON ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Red Car Okay, maybe I missed it. What was the make and model of the Red Car? [Ann, See 51712 entry from Rick MADDY ('67). -Maren] -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: "Point No Point" When I made that comment about getting to the point, I must have forgotten that David RIVERS ('65) is a lawyer and given to circumlocutions (look that up in your Funk & Wagnall's!). Therefore, his tale about his contacts in the sheriff's department were pleasantly amusing. Fortunately for us all, David is friends with the "good" sheriff, as opposed to the one on "CSI" that goes around killing and kidnapping just to keep the story moving along. And sometimes, David's ramblings sound more like a plot for a Muppet Movie. D'ya think Terry would want to star in it? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are awaiting the eclipse this Sunday. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/20/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Bill BERLIN ('56), Mike CLOWES ('54) Tom VERELLEN ('60), Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John KENNEDY ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron ARMSTRONG ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carmen MAFFEO ('71) '53 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Many thanks Many thanks to all of the Bombers who helped me out getting John WILLIAMS ('56) address and telephone number for our China wine project and for all of the other contacts too. I got a bunch of replies, great contacts and all sorts of good information from my little request on Bomberpedia. I will enclose what I sent out to most in reply to all Sandstorm readers so they get a better idea of what our plan is: Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it. I have been going to China since 1981 and go between four and eight times a year now and the development in that country, despite the government, is amazing. Back in the late '80s or early '90s I started a Western style coffee shop in Tokyo with a range of foreign coffees, no coffee is grown in Japan, and it was such a success that we had people lined up around the block. I built four of them in the Tokyo area and then sold them out to Meiji Corp (Japan) for a very nice profit. One of the things that provided us with a great profit centre was that the people who were drinking (say) Jamaica Blue Hills or Panama Highlands coffees usually bought a pound or more to take home. Our on-site sales were as good as our shop sales. Back to my story. The same element is now true in China. There have been two or three Chinese wines,usually mentored by the French, that are pretty good but they have opened the market for wine tasting, drinking and purchasing and thus the Wine Shop concept. We would take it one step further and offer spirits too, high end stuff, but the wine would be directed at men and women (couples), just women, just men, etc. in a very relaxing setting. We are going to call them, "The Good Life." Bad as it sounds, we might even have a Cigar Lounge with some of Uncle Fidel's best. Foodstuffs that go good with wines in a matching kind of relevance but not get into the usual wine thing of "white with fish and red with meat" because that is just not true anymore. I have heavy weight Chinese backers and my partner lived in New Jersey for almost ten years so he is a "Joisey boy" to the core but is also all things Chinese. My scheme, as we say in Canada, is to look for good value wines, probably overages, that we can get at a good price, put together a thousand or two cases and send them over to Beijing. The idea is to teach the Chinese buyer the routine of buying wine, good wine and wine they like, by vintage, year, location and winery, just what we do here. The big thing we have going for us is that we are "Western" or "Foreign" in our products and that is a huge attraction in China. At issue here is getting the general population better informed about wine, both domestic and imported, and the way to do that is with efforts like this. Getting to know everything from "two buck Chuck" to higher end stuff and all there is in between. So if you have friends in the wine business or winery contacts, let me know. We might be able to do some business with them. Did you hear about the young wealthy Texan who got married and was going to honeymoon in Europe? His Daddy took him aside and said "... Son, when y'all are in Europe show them that you have class and only buy imported wine... " So he did... all from California. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where, like good wine, I am getting better with age. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Mystery Car The lovely looking red car is of Ford heritage. It could be either a '46 - '48 Ford or a Mercury of the same vintage (they shared the same body shape in those years). About the only way one could tell from a side view was the chrome trim. But, this car has had it stripped off. We can be sure of one thing, it is NOT a Studebaker Starlight coupe. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are predicting clouds possibly getting in the way of the eclipse - starts around 5pm - ends after 7pm **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Rick MADDY ('67) A couple of more cars driving around town. The orange convertible I know to be a late forties plus Ford, the black one looks like a take off on the batmobile or one of those green (lantern/hornet) mobiles. It would probably be a let down to see the real driver exit the vehicle expecting to see a super hero and hearing some kind of theme music and a ZONK POW. Re: Two More Old Cars -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ from near Lacey, WA where seldom is heard, its still sunny all day **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Here's a 'Spudnut moment'... -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Linda GRANQUIST Lamb - Class of 1966 ~ 1947 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/21/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Grover SHEGRUD ('56), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom GRAHAM ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Mystery Car Good for you Mike! I hesitated to guess publicly that the red mystery car was a Ford product. I thought it might be a Mercury but was not sure enough to guess. Bob or Bill (?) Tormy(sp) from C.W.C.E. days had one customized (chopped, channeled and upholstered) I believe by Gaylord and Taylor which was one of the best on the West Coast in those days. The Merc had been lowered to the point that he tore the pan on the Ellensburg pass one weekend. He dated Bernice Cusworth a former Richland resident, who was once a dance student either of Jane Johnston's or Jean Smiset's School of Dance (memory is vague these days). She later moved and was never a grad from Col-Hi. Funny how all those things were sorta connected in my mind. Also wanted to say something to the former CAP members who are gathering this year: Ray WEYERTS ('53-RIP) and I were members of those wanta-be-pilots in the early-fifties. Ray went on to get his pilots license and constructed two planes in the '80s. One was an ultra-light B1RD and the other an experimental acrobatic RANS-S10. Unfortunately the RANS-S10 crashed and Ray died of injuries seven days later in August of 1991. We were officers in the CAP and Ray was their drill-master. Paul Linkus, Paul Wichael and Bill Chapman are a few of the names I remember but there were many more who took advantage of the wonderful training offered by the Civil Air Patrol adult members. Many of the adult members had fought in WWII and were well trained not only in flying but weather, search and rescue and leadership. It was a wonderful time in a wonderful home town. We were blessed. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ I'm here in Fort Valley, VA where my husband Carl and I (in our 70s) ride our Honda Goldwings on Skyland Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way from Front Royal, VA to Cherokee, SC. Breath-taking scenery and the speed limit of 35 mph allows the time to take it all in. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: New Mystery cars The convertible is a '49 or '50 Ford. The other car may be of Chrysler or Packard vintage (mid thirties). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the clouds really threaten the view of the eclipse. By the way, that large blot on the landscape south of Vancouver USA didn't get to 15 days without rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: New Mystery cars Orange 1949 ford (could be 1950) Black 1939 Packard (or close to it) -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ in good old Lynnwood, Millcreek, Bothell, Martha Lake, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Old Cars Great photos of vintage cars. The Ford convertible is a 1950. The license plate gives that away - "JACKS50" The other distinction between the '49 and '50 Fords is the door handle. The '49s have a pull handle and the '50s have a thumb push button. There are other subtle differences, but the door handles are easy to spot. It's kinda funny that we can tell the year and model of the vintage cars, but not the new ones. We rented a silver car a few years ago while on a business trip. We were stuck in the hotel for a couple of days before we had a chance to go for a drive. We went to the parking lot and there were three silver cars parked close together. Had it not been for the remote door lock, I would have not been able to tell which car was the one we rented. They were all different brands and all looked the same to me. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: cool cars Maren reminded me that I have not been participating in Tom VERELLEN's ('60) pop quizzes so I thought I'd stick my nose in... Mike CLOWES ('54) pretty much covered the water front on the "skinny red car"... it is a '46-'48 Ford Merc... Club coupe... the business coupe kept the nice top line of the '40... the more "expensive" one destroyed the look completely by extending the top... OR it could be a '41, but since we can't see the grill can't tell... For some unknown reason in '41 (the last year fer us civillians) Ford decided to change one of the most beautiful lined cars they only made for two years ('39-'40) into a more boxy looking thing... oh well nobody asked my opinion so... the next group shows a '49-'50 Ford convertible... not a '50 as they changed the grill and hood quite drastically along with some minor taillight work that doesn't do it for me... the one on the right has been customized quite a bit... nice chop on the top... grill is very likely an addition and I WANT ONE (I tried using a LaSalle grill on mine but it was too long and I was NOT going to cut it)... looks like a '35-'37 Plymouth but like my '37, it has been changed quite a bit... I moved my headlites to be molded into the fenders using '40 Chevy lites and have duel '59 Caddy tail lights deeply frenched into the rear fenders... my chop is about the same as that one and similar skirts... I run Dodge Lancers in the front with wide whites front and rear... I alternate between '57 and '59 Lancers as I loved them both in my yute... I don't run the hood sides as the heat here dictates as much air as I can get into the motor... Lane change... Mike CLOWES and I have firmed up many of our negotiations for the new Muppet Movie in which Terry DAVIS ('65 Knox) has been offered a part... he demanded that we not cast him as Miss Piggy, but told me if push comes to shove he'll take it... I will only get credit for the screen play, Mike has grabbed up all the other big shot spots... hey he's an "upper- classman" as Doug HAWKINS ('62) says. Great to see Steve DENLER ('64) making an appearance on face book. He was always a class act in my book! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/22/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber Memorials today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Karen COLE ('55) Tom TRACY ('55), Gus KEENEY ('57) Barbara SESLAR ('60), Dennis McGRATH ('63wb) Leoma COLES ('63), David RIVERS ('65) NO BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Muppet Movie Not all the top spots, David RIVERS ('65). I have share the "Co-Executive Produced" credit with Stephen and Tom (who are not Bombers so Maren won't be putting numbers behind their names). Re: Eclipse Other than a barely noticeable change in ambient lighting, cloud cover prevented any viewing in this neck of the woods. Perhaps those Bombers living on the same plane as Medford, OR, got good views. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ at rainy Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Re: What The Space Shuttle Booster Saw I thought this might be of interest to some of the air and space Bombers. This is what it what the Space Shuttle Booster cameras captured after separation during launch - Good views from boosters cameras This is a very interesting video with sound. After the Columbia disaster, which was caused by a chunk of External Tank (sprayed-on) insulation coming off during launch and penetrating the wings leading edge, NASA made aggressive plans to install cameras on the two Solid Rocket Boosters. What you will see here is video taken from these cameras, all the way from just before launch, till splash down in the Atlantic. Take note: upon ignition of the Space Shuttle Main Engines, 6.6 seconds before liftoff, the asymmetrical thrust causes a phenomenon called the "twang". The tip of the External Tank actually displaces 23 inches (away from the thrust) as the entire Shuttle stack bends. If you look carefully, you can see the entire stack bend when the SSME's are lit off. Also pay particular attention to the debris coming off the stack forward of the orbiter's wings. There is an appreciable amount of it. Turn your sound up. This is very impressive video. You've likely seen other videos taken from cameras attached to the Space Shuttle and its boosters, but this is one is exceptional in two regards: it's in HD and the sound has been premastered by Skywalker Sound. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA cool & rainy? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) Re: Cars Cars, ages, and models Not sure, but the Ford Convertible looks like a '50 or '51... ask Dorothy CAMPBELL ('55)... she had one. The Packard looks suspiciously like it was made from an old unused Helmet belonging to "Darth Vadar"... maybe. The Packard looks like a '39, but again not certain. Remember when the '39 Packard and the '55 Mercurys came out with the optional automatic lubrication system? Push the special button on the dash, and it squirted grease at everyone of the "'zerks" (joint lube fittings) needing ... or not needing lubrication?. Problem was the owners were so proud of the new accessory, they never failed to show it off to their friends. It lubed their garage floors, highways, used car lots, and impressed friends everywhere... and suddenly it vanished. "zerks" and "jerks" were way back then... Nerds came along later and used the grease to replace Wildroot Cream Oil... you know... Charley's ... (or so the ad said.) Cheers, -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Mystery cars The Ford on the left is a '50 Ford. The '49 had F O R D letters over the center hump in the grill. The '50 has the Ford Shield Emblem in that place... The '50 had the push button door latch on the outside and the '49 had the lever handle... the trunk had similar treatments to the hood... and the trunk opener had a twist lever on the '49 and a latch hidden in the license light like the '51!!!!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, June 2 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: Dennis McGRATH ('63wb) Re: "Cool Cars" The convertible Ford is a 1950. It does however, have 1949 bumper guards installed. Just another one of the subtle changes between the '49 and the '50. Other changes included: The Ford "crest" badging on the front of the hood instead of the F-O-R-D script, front fender parking light/grill extensions, push button door handles, rear license plate shroud, hood center piece extension has different plastic insert, integrity stamping in the center portion of rear bumper, trunk hinges were lengthened and the fuel fill pipe was recessed into fender and a "gas door" was installed. The major changes to the hood, grill and tail lights that were referenced yesterday in the SS didn't happen until production year 1951. -Dennis McGRATH ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) This entry may not be about old cars, but it's just as exciting for me! Today is the first day of retirement for me... after working 50 years, most of it in the retail business. I put in 25 years with Sears, starting at the big First Avenue store in Seattle, and then opening the Aurora store (later changed to the Shoreline store) in North Seattle. Also worked at stores in Medford, OR and Roseburg, OR. Moved back to Washington and then worked at the Mt Vernon store, then opened the Burlington store. Raised our two kids in Anacortes from 1976 to 1991 and then moved around some more and ended up in the motel business in Reno, NV and in Vancouver, WA working for Shilo Inns. After moving to the Oregon Coast in 1994 and managing Oshgosh B'gosh at the Outlet Mall in Lincoln City, I went thru a divorce after 31 years and ended up back at Sears in Everett, WA. Then transferred to the Shoreline store (where I had been 30 years prior)... wanted to move back to Oregon so got a transfer to the Salem, OR store...then got laid off a year later in a downsize! So I went to work at the new Lowe's store and just retired after 10 years there!! Now I am relaxing at the coast, in Gleneden Beach, OR just south of Lincoln City, OR... Love it here... leaving Friday on a cruise to Alaska (first time cruise) and so excited!! Sorry to babble on, but now I actually have time to write... looking forward to next year and hope to see old friends at our '63 50 Year class reunion!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ Gleneden Beach< OR where it's raining and I don't care! :) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: car stuff OK, Mike ('54), I agree the black car is sporting a Packard grill, which is why I want one, don't think the body is that high dollar. Sam Barris (RIP NAB) used to use a lot of Packard grills in his work as did many of the guys he copied (too strong a word) Westergard did a whole bunch with those and LaSalle grills. Of course if that car was built by either of them it would be worth a boatload. My buddy Kurt McCormick, collects Barris cars and has some of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen in his stable. Though he is only a collector/restorer he is in the hot rod hall of fame. We don't see each other much as he is in St. Louis and I am in Vegas but we keep in touch a great deal. When I did my '34 Ford tow truck (the Shelley-mobile) Kurt sent me two Barris badges to put on it. he said "park real close to the high dollar boys and freak them out" I do. We both bought '27 ford roadsters from Indy and we called them our "Indy cars" Mine has been redone several times since I first did it... just finished the latest make over... his had some old lettering on it from its racing days and the longer he had it the less he wanted to touch it... I sent him several parts for restoring that didn't involve touching the body and he finally decided to sell it cuz he couldn't bring himself to remove the old lettering... yeah I know... no point but hey, I felt like writing! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Susan FURNER Felch - Class of 1970 ~ 1953 - 2012 >>Lyle HAWK - Class of 1962 ~ 1943 - 2012 >>Nick PEMBER - Class of 2002 ~ 1983 - 2009 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/23/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Luana IVERS ('52) Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Tony DURAN ('55) Carol CARSON ('60), Derrith PERSONS ('60wb) Donna NELSON ('63), John CAMPBELL ('63) Kerry FORSYTHE ('64), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terri ROYCE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry MATTHEWS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul FELTS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: '49 ford I should know the '49 Ford when I see it, but I can't tell the difference with the '50. I drove one all over the East U.S. in 1949. It belonged to my hosts in VA, where I lived and worked on a farm on the Shenandoah River. I was there with the Snapps, ex of Richland, one summer. It was very fun, but hard work at times. We lived in an old plantation house, which was new after the Union boys burnt the old one down. The barn did survive tho and was over 100 years old at the time. The Packard was easy, even to one who is not an expert. That front end was always there until they all but eliminated it, then the company went broke. The next best front end was a ? which name I forget. It had swoopy headlights on the fenders, and was very powerful, which made it past its time as a tow truck. Maybe AKA or others can remember the name of that beautiful old car which went out of business early on. -Dick McCOY from the Tin Can Class of 1945 (readers should go to our web site and look up the logo Maren made for our old class. It's great.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana IVERS Portch ('52) Re: Missing 1952 Classmates Hope someone out there can help us find these classmates - some near found and some found and lost again! Deon BELCHER Williams, Betty BENEFIEL, Beverly BRIGLIN Martinez, Gene BROWN, Gerand CARRIERE, Jeanne CARTER Johnson, James DARDEN, Betty GAMMILL Tullock, Thomas GARNER, Donald HALSTEAD, Ron HARDY, Esther HAWTHORNE, Betty HENDRICK Dew, Ralph HERMAN, O'Freida HUNTER Chastagner, Kaylid JORDAN, Ginger KEIMSmith, Joan KENDALL Gard, Gillian LANGLEY Tracy, Bobbie McCLOUD, Andra McCRINDLE Klein, Lynn McDOUGAL, Joan MARTIN Felts, Richard MARTIN, Margie MEEHAN, Bonnie MILLS Trimble, Dealva MORRIS, Dean MORRIS, William O'BRYAN, Pat PARKINSON, Betty POWELL Brickajlik, Lynn SAPPER Needham, Beverly SARGENT Loman, Rose SCHNEIDER, Leonard SHOUSE, Ron SNOW, Esther STUMPH Willard, Dana Bruce TAYLOR, Shirley THOMPSON Krajack, James YAEHRLING. Thanks Much! -Luana IVERS Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Barris Badges To: David RIVERS ('65) It was good to hear from David RIVERS ('65) yesterday. In an earlier entry I mentioned Gaylord and Taylor as the ultimate California companies for customizing automobiles in the '50s. When David mentioned Barris Badges, I immediately remembered that it was Barris and Gaylord not Gaylord and Taylor. One thing I do remember correctly: There is no such thing as "muffler bearings". -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where the sun is shining brightly. Hopefully our new roof gets finished today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: German app for Apple's iPad Thought our Bomber friends would enjoy! The latest at the Munich Beer Fest! No, I don't know how he does it! -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Solar Eclipse Several comments have been made about the solar eclipse. I'm sending in the picture as seen from Seattle. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ Lynnwood, WA where it is cool & rainy **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) Re: Space Shuttle film Thanks, Karen COLE Correll ('55) - WOW!! that was wonderful... My cat watched this with me... even tried to take hold of it... Thank you again for sending this one in... -Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) To: Leoma COLES ('63) Leoma, CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement. Yup, who cares if it rains or shines... you can just stay home in your jammies if you want and "order tomato soup cuz you don't want to wear shoes!!!". I found after a year of "owning my own time" I wanted to substitute teach because that's what I retired from but I'm 3 years out from teaching pressures the state has inflicted on teachers and now I can decide when the phone rings if I want to work. My blood pressure has even dropped to a normal range. I'm happy for you -Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: "Cool Cars" Many of us from the Gold Medal Class of '63 are car guys, so I really enjoyed reading about the entries explaining the differences between '49 and '50 Fords. I often get to explain the subtle differences between my '50 Chevy and a '49. One clue used to be looking at the Guide numbers on the tail lights (difficult on a photo). Sometimes it is easier. Did anyone else catch the vanity license plate on the Ford convertible... "JACKS50"? Rode up to the Old Bike show back now in Snohomish last Sunday. A bit wet, but fun to see a good variety of older motorcycles. They had the perfect "Bomber" motorcycle and side car. This link to my Facebook albums may get to this photo [I tried to go to that link and got an error message that said: This content is currently unavailable. The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page." -- so I won't publish the link here. -Maren] -John CAMPBELL ('63) ~ in wet Seattle **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) Re: Thank you Karen COLE Correll ('55) for sharing the video on what the space shuttle booster saw. That was jaw-dropping awesome. I can't wait until tonight to view it on my I-Pad. -Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) ~ Camarillo, CA where it is a pleasant 70 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) To: Darlene NAPORA Shuley ('69) Congrats to your daughter, Jen graduates from Medical School in Houston, TX on Tuesday the 22nd of May 2012. It's on to Denver and her residency program in Pediatrics. I have never met this fine young lady but know from what her proud Momma tells me she is a terrific daughter. I know some tears will be shed as Jen and hubby Steve move to Denver but they are still an airplane flight away. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the rains are back after a nice last week ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/24/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber Memorials today: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Pete OVERDAHL ('60), John CAMPBELL ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Betti AVANT ('69) Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Daniel LAYBOURN ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Jocks 50 To: John CAMPBELL ('63) I clicked on the license plate and read the Jacks50 you talked about. You were right on. Thanks. BTW we used to belong to the Desert Knights Hot Rod Club in the mid-fifties. Ray WEYERTS ('53-RIP) was the club photographer (I have film of a Maryhill Hill Climb) on 8mm film. We were precursors to your time. We held a legal drag race on the by- pass road one year. I ran my dad's old '50 Chrysler in one of the races against another girl (can't remember her name). Ray ran his '32 Ford hot rod with dual carbs and a '52 Chrysler 3/4 race engine. He rented a garage in West Richland where he had all the tools he needed to work on his cars. He built an engine holder (floor model) that allowed him to work on the '52 engine at eye level on a 380 degree rotation. Later he majored in Industrial Design at UW and worked for Westin Hotels as a senior designer with architects on many of their International Hotels. His last project was on the Raffles City Hotel in Singapore before he passed away. That was a lifetime ago. To: Dick McCOY (Tin Can Class of '45) Hey Dick, what town was close to the farm you worked on in 1949? You said it was on the Shenandoah River. We live in the Massenutten Mountains which surround Fort Valley. The Shenandoah River splits and goes to the north and south of the Massenutten Mountains. Perhaps you worked nearby. Winchester, Woodstock and Harrisonburg are near us on Interstate 81. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ From Fort Valley, VA This Saturday, May 26th, we'll ride our GoldWings to a dinner ride at McGaheysville, VA... anyone in VA living near Romano's Restaurant in McGaheysville? Join us for dinner at 5pm. On an up-to-date note: Hopefully the roofers will finish today and we can sleep in late tomorrow morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Golden Gate Bridge fireworks This is just a note for Bomber Alums in San Francisco and surrounding areas. Sunday night May 27th there will be a massive world class fireworks display celebrating the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. The display will be fired partly from under the bridge and from several barges in front of the bridge on the east/harbor side. I believe firing time is about 9PM. This is a somewhat rare opportunity to see a "World Class" display. I suspect if you are not in a chair at a point of view by mid afternoon you may have trouble finding a spot. Take a coat, a bucket of chicken, and liquid refreshment and enjoy. A bit of trivia... the bridge opened with fireworks fired by a man of Portuguese decent, named Souza. The 50th anniversary fireworks were fired by his son Robert (Bob) Souza. Now... the 75 anniversary display will be fired by Bob's son James (Jim). I have worked for and with both of these very talented pyrotechnicians and owners of Pyro Spectaculars. I bought their NW assets and named it Entertainment Fireworks. Yes, I will be there and will video record the display. Jackie and I will have several cameras set up for this event. I put Jackie on a plane last night and she is in Sacramento visiting her brother today. I will fly down on the first AlaskaAir flight Saturday AM. Besides wanting just to see the display, I will have a bridge to dedicate with fireworks some many moons from now. I already know much of what I am going to do but I am always looking for inspiration and ideas. And it never hurts to have the sponsor know we are constantly keeping up with, this industry and a bit ahead of the competition. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From my office in the Metropolis of Maytown ,WA. Well... at least there is a tavern with great burgers. Hard rain is roaring on the roof. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) Re. Scholarship Winners The awards were given this morning to our two finalists of the Conley-Richey Memorial Scholarship, RHS Club 40. Susan Bengtson and Jason Sevigny were our winners. I want to thank all our generous donors who give to our Scholarship Fund. -Pete OVERDAHL ('60) ~ Bomber Country **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: from yesterday's Sandstorm... Rode up to the Old Bike show back now in Snohomish last Sunday. A bit wet, but fun to see a good variety of older motorcycles. They had the perfect "Bomber" motorcycle and side car. This link to my Facebook albums may get to this photo [Facebook link didn't work, but John sent pictures to the Sandstorm and here they are: } -John CAMPBELL ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Swooppy headlinghts The car you are referring to with the "swoopy headlights on the fenders" has to be a Pierce-Arrow. Instead of mounting the headlights on a bar between the fenders Pierce-Arrow mounted them in the fenders looking like frog eyes. It made the headlights far apart for the time and it has been said, although I don't think I believe it, that they were so far apart some people tried to drive between them. They were known mainly for building luxury cars and limousines for the "rich and famous." President Taft bought one for the first White House car. It would probably make a good tow truck conversion. Some fire departments bought used ones and converted them to fire trucks. I spotted the Packard grill right off. Packard is easy, the radiator shell from the very early ones on always had those little shoulders on the top of it. This continued even in the '50s when they no longer used the vertical grill, it still had those shoulders on the ends of the top bar. Packard's motto, "Ask a man who owns one." There have been some concept cars, including one by Packard, with a vertical grill made, but, I think, because Edsel did it and it turned out to be such a big failure, no one has tried again. Edsel's "horse collar" was not very good looking and a famous auto designer (maybe not famous enough for me to remember his name right now) said it looked "like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon." Now that might just be a funny line to most of us today, but if you look at the then current '56 and '57 Oldsmobiles; they both had a big oval-shaped horizontal grill which incorporated the front bumper. I think something like this unusual because they kept that same styling feature even though the '57 was on a new body. I used to have a '57 Olds S-88 convertible with the J-2 (factory 3 2-bbl carb set-up so I can keep up with these kids and their Chevys). Mine was mostly original, all I did was rebuild the engine, new top, new paint, new carpet, and re-do the padded dash. Got some blue ribbons at the Puget Sound Olds club meets. I recognized the Ford as a '49 of '50 because of the round center piece in the grill; '51 had two smaller ones more to the sides. Someone locally had one with an after market headlight that went into that centerpiece with linkage to the steering and turned with the wheels. A lot of people think Tucker is the only ones that did that. In the early '70s there was someone driving around Tri-Cities who had a mid '30s Buick which a Street Rodder I worked with at the time told me that when that person bought it, it had the headlights rigged up to turn with the front wheels. Once I was looking through a book someone had compiled of ads for after marked accessories for the Ford Model T and saw an ad for the same type of setup. Since I don't know my Packards all that well, I was not sure I wanted to call that one just because it had a Packard grill. About 20+ years ago at a car show I saw a '49-'51 Ford with an Oldsmoblie grill from about '47, '48, or '49 non-Futurematic. It looked good, was perfect, I always thought it looked ugly a Olds, but looked great of the Ford. I walked over and asked, "Did this Oldsmobile grill just bolt right on here?" I got an answer something like, "Yeah... after hundreds of hours of hard work!" The aforementioned Olds Futurematic was an interesting car because it is something I don't know ever being done before or since. It was the top of the line and was the body of the car that was going to be used next year while all other models kept the old body, but you still had to wait 'till next year if you wanted to get the V-8 Oldsmobile would become famous for." -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) By the way, I forgot to mention that Darlene NAPORA Shuley ('69) has 2 terrific sons, too. I'm sure the graduation ceremony was very touching. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Hello Bombers, Anyone out there have the correct email address for Jerry Coffee ('66) and Doris DAY Coffee ('71). Weather here at MAMC JBLM is good to go. Gil GILSTRAP ('79) PICU Madigan Army Hospital JBLM Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Ellie PENCE Beatty - Class of 1960 ~ 1941 - 2012 >>Bruce McMANN - Class of 1966 ~ 1947 - 2012 >>Diane VOLKMAN Johnsen - Class of 1958 ~ 1940 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Tom VERELLEN ('60) John CAMPBELL ('63), Darlene NAPORA ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly BELCHER ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vic MARSHALL ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene HORNE and Carol BISHOP ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Old Cars To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) You mentioned some uses of Pierce Arrow's as wrecking trucks or fire engines. Well, the Rio Grande Southern Railroad used Pierce Arrow car bodies in their original fleet of "Galloping Geese." Rather than run a train with just a few passengers, the railroad would put one of these contraptions to work. It had the car body with a large box attached to either the extended frame or as separate trailer. Surprisingly the Geese were powered by Buick straight eights. In this configuration they lasted into the 1940s. In the late '40s the railroad again converted the Geese using Wayne bus bodies instead of the Pierce Arrow. A vile desecration in the eyes of many. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ rainy Mount Angel, OR where the old car with the big grill may not be a Packard but a Chrysler product with a Packard grill. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) So I am getting photos organized and such, I am impressed that in almost every shot there is some person who just doesn't appear to be very happy. Solution a clown face. Right? Clowns are happy, especially the last one to get out of that little car. So with the help of the magic of photoshop here is the solution I devised. I'm not sure it works in most instances, as it appears the grumpy just shines thru. Thoughts? Questions? Discuss among yourselves. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ from a back to normal near Lacey, WA "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" is running through my mind **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: Richland Car Shows With all the discussion about cars lately in the Sandstorm, I thought I'd pass on these 2 events which Marilyn and I plan on attending in Richland. Re: Pacific Northwest Mustang Club's 32nd Annual Spring Show & Shine; Memorial Day Weekend - May 26-27, 2012 Dairy Queen in Richland, Saturday at 5:30 and all day show at Howard Amon Park on Sunday (9-3:30). Re: Cool Desert Nights June 21st through 23rd with cruise Friday night (7-9pm) and show on Saturday (9-4). Hopefully the '50 will make it down. -John CAMPBELL ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene NAPORA Shuley ('69) To: Betti AVANT ('69) It was nice of you to remember my daughter Jen on her graduation from Baylor College of Medicine. The tenor of the actual graduation was a surprise for me? The MC for the Commencement started out by saying that there were many occasions in the practice of medicine that called for responsibility, dignity and solemnity. This was NOT one of them. He invited all to express their joy and pride in their new doctors and to bid a loud and fond farewell to all the money that they'd spent on Med School. This was a time that I really missed my Dad, Matt Napora (RIP 2004). My Dad tried to make every grandchild's graduation and when his grandchild walked across the stage, he would stand up and bellow loudly like a wounded elephant. Jen recalled that at her High School graduation, as she tottered across the stage in her new high heels, she heard her grandpa and was laughing so hard that she almost did a face plant! Although we did our best, the nine of us that attended this Med school graduation could not equal one bellowing grandpa! -Darlene NAPORA Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, TX where it is supposed to reach 90 again today and I still feel like it is too early for this summer heat!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/26/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), David RIVERS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole WICKSTROM ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dolores MOODY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cecilia BENNETT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul McNEILL ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: farm work To: John CAMPBELL ('63) We were on a farm nearest to Elkton, slightly south, and the closest big town was Harristonburg. In the mountains to the East lived some very strange people. I love Virginia. In those days we made many trips around to Richmond, Jamestown, Monticello, NYC, DC, I got a ticket in Arlington to match one in Arlington, OR. We have made several trips to VA in our travels and went by the farm once... it's still there but not the same people. We later went to DC in our travels (when the shooter was there, and we were all alone to explore the monuments.) That was the year we took the Skyline, but it was late in October and the leaves were all gone. Then we got stuck in Pigeon Hole, TN. What a Mob just cruisin'. To: dim reading eyes I apologize to John CAMPBELL ('63) and Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54). I got the wrong resident of VA. Heck, Ann I know you. In fact, I knew you in 1949, the subject of the message. You can read the other message and get the drift. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Spouse of Millie FINCH Gregg ('54-RIP) For all of Millie's friends and classmates I want to get word out that her husband, Glynn (NAB) passed away yesterday, May 25th. He has been living near his two daughters in Antioch, CA in a nursing home and has suffered with heart and dementia problems. There will be a memorial in Richland where his ashes will be buried with Millie, but the date has not been set yet. Today would have been Millie's 76th birthday and it just doesn't seem possible that she has been gone since 2008. I am hoping the daughters will put an obit in the Herald as they lived in the Tri-Cities for many years and have tons of friends and family here. Re: Bombers - final 4 for state in baseball Went to GESA stadium today and watched the very talented baseball team from Richland High School play in the semifinals. Unfortunately, Puyallup won in 7 innings with a score of 1-0. Richland will play the loser of tonight's game on Saturday afternoon. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ In windy, windy Pasco **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Car to identify To you knowledgeable auto enthusiasts: Here is a picture taken in 1939 of my parents' car in the background of the picture. Anyone have any idea what kind of car this is? Of course that adorable child in the foreground is me. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Dance dance dance Who's the sexy Kadlec Nurse who's the dancin' machine with all the Kats... Lady Shaft... yer damn right... that Lady Shaft is a bad... shut yo mouth... but I'm only talkin' bout Lady Shaft... Ok... even bad for me... I admit it... does remind me of a time when Terry DAVIS ('65) was doing a series with Richard Roundtree and a wonderful time the female stand in (gasp... double gasp), Richard and I had with some young AD who was too young to remember Shaft... we had Richard rolling on the floor and the young kid stupefied... but hey... this Bomber-babe is "bad" enough to have earned the nick-name "Real Wild Child" with some of her closer buds... she is one of those kids who could still pose for her Sr. Picture and you would have a hard time telling the difference... I remember giving her a lot of guff about it during R2K... I mean most of us have aged at least a little bit (of course I'm pretty sure I could still do 21 Jump Street... don't ask me anymore about that cuz I just remember it as one of my daughter's favorite shows... besides... we all know I could only play an ancient perpetrator in the show anyway... dream dream dream)... This Bomber-babe grew up across the street from Terry and I'm sure could tell a bunch of funny stories that some of his best buds don't even know... by-the-way, Terry just called from the airport leaving Texas, where he just finished narrating a documentary about Vietnam. They sent me the first 10 minutes of the rough and as much as I hate to admit it, he was superb. The thing said it downloaded to some "temporary" file in this stupid machine but try as I might I can't find the danged file! Anyway, this ain't about Davis and it ain't about me and my youthful looks (more dreamin'... I'm always dreamin')... it's about one of the most fun Sorry 7 babes around. Loved by all and always ready to lend her car to other Sorry 7s only to be left stranded at work when they run outa gas on the river after using her hot red jeep to tow the boat. She's another of those adopted by the class of '63, though her brother is a true grad of that year. I sure hope she doesn't hafta work on her birthday... on second thought I think she doesn't because she will be returning from a fambly thing in Seattle... or some town near there I think starts with an "A". (I'm a true Richland kid... outside of the city limits I'm lost). So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cecilia "CeCi" BENNETT ('65) on her special day, May 26, 2012!!!! ML ('63), e ('63), Leo ('63) and I woulda sentcha a green cake but we knew you wuz outa town. (the check's in the mail too)! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays & stuff Happy Birthday to Cecilia BENNETT McCartney ('65) on the 26th. Party tonight at Bookwalters Winery with The Shades. Sorry I missed Danny LAYBOURN's ('70) B-Day announcement. Sounds like a good reason for a party at my place. Happy one day after your Birthday Vic MARSHALL ('71). Pappy SWAN ('59) has healed up and haired over with a new knee just in time for Tom MATTIS ('66) to come back into town and do some fishing down on the Tucannon. Mark June 2nd for the Andy Miller sponsored pancake breakfast in the park across from uptown starting at 07:00. Always a great event and a great place to see old school mates. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Kennewick where someone turned off the heat and turned on the wind and rain this week. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/27/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Grover SHEGRUD ('56), Tom VERELLEN ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Vic MARSHALL ('71) Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim BOYD ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas PERL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) 1938 Oldsmobile -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Another car and 1 distraction shot Another car, this one however has a name on it without which I would have never known. At first I thought it was a joke looking at the hub caps but no joke. Now I am smarter than I was yesterday although it is probably a wash, who knows what I have forgotten. So three car photos and one distraction shot. One of these things is not like the others. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ another beautyfull day as part of a festive and happy Memorial Day weekend for everyone **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) So the Eagle has officially landed. 69 Days, 6525+ miles, 16 states, 34 RV Parks, 36 stops for gas, 2 flat tires and one close call, zero movies watched from the twenty something we brought, 3 half racks each of Shiner and Red Stripe, maybe six trucks passed, countless gallons of McDonalds' sweet tea, one meltdown in New Orleans when I found out the Central Grocery was closed on Monday and I was going to have to get my Muffaletta someplace else and the list goes on. Looking forward to re-commencing the adventure in September from Chattanooga Heres a picture with my sister Carolynn (60), Nancy ('65) and I as we headed for home. -Jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Couple Things Hard to believe but it has been 25 years today (which is actually yesterday... Saturday, May 26, 2012 as you read this) since we lost one of the all-time Bomber greats... Steve "Bear" DAVIS ('72). Truly one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to know... a true "Gentle Giant". He was also a heck of a Basketball player (State Champs in 1972), a veteran of the US Navy (how did they find a boat big enough?) and a devoted husband and father. But I will remember Bear mostly as a good friend. He had a very even temperament and pretty much kept his cool. As a "big guy" (6'6") he was always the guy in the bar that the little drunk guy would decide should be brought down. He was always very patient and nice but could certainly take care of himself when he needed to. I believe the fact that he was some sort of Fleet Boxing champ did not hurt his chances. Those who knew him had a mantra we constantly reinforced with him... "it's NICE to be BIG... but BIGGER to be NICE". Rest in Peace, old friend. Also. Saturday was my Mom's (Leona Marshall mother of 8 Bomber kids) 80th birthday. She is recovering from knee surgery in Arizona and does not get e-mail but wanted to recognize her anyway. Today (May27th) is Tom PERL's ('71) birthday and hope he has a great one. Monday, May 28th is birthday for our very own Gandalf... Paul HOWARD ('71). Speaking of gentle giants... Paul also fits in that category, About as mellow and easy going a guy as you could hope to meet... he was also a Black Belt (or higher) in a couple of different martial arts. I never really bothered to find out exactly what they were because I figured getting you're A*! kicked was pretty much a painful and degrading experience no matter what the pedigree of the guy doing it. I ALWAYS stayed on Paul's good side... which was very easy to do. Not sure if he still does it but he also used to turn out some of the nicest and most unique jewelry you ever saw. Hope you have a wonderful day. Paul. Also on Monday is Tracy WRIGHT's ('76) Birthday. She and I kind of bookended the Memorial Day weekend in terms of birthdays and hope she has a good one today... I think she is at the "cottage" on Whidbey (or Bainbridge... whichever one you get to on the Mukilteo ferry). Cheers!! Although NOT a Bomber babe... a babe nevertheless is my cousin Lisa JACOBS, wife of Dr. Rich JACOBS ('75) and one the nicest people you could ever hope to meet... hope you have a great day on Monday. Finally... congratulations to the 2012 Bomber Baseball team... in the State Finals for the 6th straight year and 10th showing by coach Ben JACOBS ('69), Lost to Puyallup on Friday in the 1st semi-final game (1-0). Really great job and I think either Baseball or Cross Country is now probably the winningest sport in Bomber History but will let Greg ALLEY ('73) or Roger FISHBACK ('62) or one of the other noted Bomber scholars weigh in on that. Just know that the Bomber Men are strong and consistent teams every year, it seems. As I recall. this was the case during the Fran RIsh coached teams of the '60s and '70s. Actually, finally, finally... please take time tomorrow to remember the TRUE reason for your holiday. Thanks to all of the people who sacrificed so we enjoy the freedoms we take for granted. I sometimes wonder what many of those from earlier wars would think of the country today but none of it would be possible if not for their sacrifices. Happy Memorial day to all!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI where we set a record (90) yesterday and looking at a hot, dry summer me thinks... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) Does anyone in Bomber land know the correct email address for Jerry COFFEE ('66) and Doris DAY Coffee ('71). Gil GILSTRAP ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/28/12 ~ MEMORIAL DAY (celebrated) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Derrith PERSONS ('60), Marie RUPPERT ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Bruce STRAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bob & Roberta GROUT ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul HOWARD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tracy WRIGHT ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) To all Veterans and Family members... Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our nation. Freedom isn't free and we must always remember that important truth. Thank you! Happy Memorial Day to all with God's richest blessings of joy and favor.Thankfulness is the memory of the heart.. -Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) My flag is out, the graves at the cemetery are decorated and my thoughts are with the families of the veterans who cannot celebrate this holiday. Take a moment today to reflect on all the freedoms that we hold dear because of the sacrifice of the people serving our country in the military. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Welcome home and Thank you for your service Sure glad to hear Jimbeaux ('63) and the ever young and lovely Miss Nancy ('65) made it back from the trip in Couzin Eddie... since they flew home he wasn't able to get my wire wheels in his carry on from Corky, but that's ok... Wheel Vintiques assures me they are "almost" in the mail... If I buy from them again someone shoot me. One time HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and I ordered wheels from them... his were fine... mine had some other guy's name on them... I'm sitting here eating two of my very favorite things... deviled eggs and cheese curds... Every now and then I get caught up in those thoughts of "how could I be so lucky to have been born in this country and in Richland on top of that?" I can eat cheese curds any time I want... well, it used to be I could only get them if I happened to be in a town that made cheese like Bandon, Oregon AND they had curds ready that day AND I got there early enough... these I got at COSTCO and, as with so many of their cheeses, they are yummy! Yesterday I was talking to my Pal, Frank "Magoo" Roberts. Frank was in the First Navy SEAL class. He's been having some heart trouble since he had his first attack while pin striping the dash of a '55 Chevy at the Rat Fink Reunion a few years back... the guys came running to me for his aspirin, as if I carried them in my back pocket... As I was trying to get him to take the pills I ground up in a tiny cup of water I told him this wasn't gonna work this time. Since the Ambulance was being striped by one of the other guys I told the Medics to get him to the Hospital... the next year they made him stripe his gurney... he was supposed to be over last night but pulled a David Rivers while buffing a car and hadda spend hours fixing it... this morning I called to make sure he was OK... he was. As we were hanging up he stopped me... we both thanked each other for our service and welcomed each other home. Few of you have ever seen the large tattoo on my left arm. Back in the day, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth wanted to do a Marine looking stencil for a t-shirt and Frank had just finished his SEAL training so Frank hadda pose for the drawing.. they tried to call is USMC, gubmint said no... how 'bout Navy Seals... "hell no" so they called it "Gung Ho"... Ed eventually used the "USMC" on many of his shirts including that one... but I always liked this particular one... so that's on my arm... funny to have a guy buddy tattooed on your arm! Thanks to Marsha GOSLIN ('65) mine says "Da Judge" above it... What I'm sayin here boyz n girls is to all of you who served, even for a day, Thank you and Welcome home... so didja know we gots us an upper classman (nice way a saying... no I won't say the "O" word) havin' his b-day? We does. I was talkin' to one a his class mate Bomber-babes the other day (you KNOW I can't stick to just Bomber-babes from my own class), Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), and she was mentioning how nice it was for guys not to have to change their names when they get hitched... my mind went right to out b-day boy... maybe he didn't get the memo... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) on his special day, May 28, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) With today being Memorial Day, I want to thank all of those people who served in the military, especially our 66 classmates. This is a link to our Military class page: This is a nice Blue Mountain Memorial Day card: God bless America ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce STRAND ('69) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Where were the photos of the Hupmobile taken? The locale looks vaguely familiar. Thanks, -Bruce STRAND ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/29/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45) Dick HARRIS ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Tony DURAN ('55) and Sylvia PLUMB ('56) Bill BERLIN ('56), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Shirley ATWOOD ('58), Burt PIERARD ('59) Gary SPANNER (72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick PIERARD ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry HARROLD ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon SHERWOOD ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce BROWN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha HOPFINGER ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Birthday To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), Cheez, AKA! I thot you kept this day secret. (yesterday) Many more.. -Dick McCOY ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick HARRIS ('49) To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) 1938 Oldsmobile I think Grover SHEGRUD ('56) is correct and that your family's automobile was a 1938 Oldsmobile. I looked at lots of photos of Olds, Pontiacs, and Buicks online from the '30s and had a difficult time seeing enough car details on your photo, except for the good looking baby in the foreground! I'm glad Grover came up with what appears to be the correct identification! -Dick HARRIS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: David RIVERS ('65) Alas, it is no longer possible to get cheese or cheese curds in Bandon, OR. The factory has been closed for several years now. However, fans of Bandon cheddar cheese can still get it as long as the Tillamook Cheese Factory stays in business. They make a pretty good ice cream, too. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers can't make up their minds on weather for the middle of the week (yet). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) and Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) Re: Angel Flight Please! Let's not allow ourselves to forget what Memorial Day is all about. I hope we all paused in reverence on Monday to show our respect and gratitude for all those who served and for all our friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Enjoy and celebrate our freedoms. -Tony DURAN ('55) and Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Memorial Day I spend a very quiet and reflective day on Memorial Day. In the morning I go to our little Memorial Day parade, this years was better and bigger because they have reactivated the local National Guard base here, wear my U.S. Coast Guard Veteran hat and then just shoot the breeze with some of the older and younger guys there. I usually have coffee with some of them but this year it was a beer, free on the house. After that I go up to our two cemeteries and walk through them reading the head stones, but I know what Vets are buried there anyway. I take along a few little American flags in case one of the fallen has been missed but the Boy Scouts are so diligent that they did not miss a single one. After that I go home and contemplate war and what it is and what it means and how this country is where it is today in terms of freedom and not economics. But this year is a bit different. I was going through some of my Mom's stuff and found a whole file that my late brother Bruce ('63wb-RIP) had rat holed away in his stuff and in it was a lot of stuff on my Dad and his stint in the U.S. Army, WW II and Korea. As a young man he went to Colorado A & M, now Colorado State University, and there he played on the university polo team, as well as a private club in Denver. Upon graduation, and because he had been in ROTC for three years, he joined the Army and after basic training he was assigned to... the Army Polo Team. In that capacity he took two trips to Argentina and one to England representing the U.S.A. and the U.S. Army, no easy thing in those days. The team and horses traveled by ship so getting there and back was quite an ordeal but it was probably better than peeling spuds or pulling guard duty. Also in this file were six Camp Roberts (CA) news papers from the first one in 1942 to the last one nearly five years later in 1946. There were also four copies of the Camp Roberts "Cannoneer," a newspaper for the Artillery units training there, nine in total. My Dad was a "Gunner" and was the overall unit commander of these nine training units firing mostly 155 mm howitzers but some smaller field pieces too. We lived in Paso Robles, CA, just south of the Camp and from time to time my Dad would take me up there, get me a jeep and driver and let me go all over the place, both east and west garrisons. I got to ride several times in a Dragon Wagon, a field tank recovery vehicle, a Piper (I tink) L-5 observation plane, fire some small weapons, go to the German POW camp and see my buddy Jurgen but the best of all were the USO shows. I remember Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey Band, Herald Heicht Band, Bing Crosby and many more, all at the Soldiers Bowl on the side of a hill. Might be 3500 to 5000 troops there for each show and I got to sit in the middle of them all. What memories on this just past Memorial Day. My Dad was a good man, really a true gentleman and that is what he told us to be... gentlemen. To the day he died he always held the car door open for my Mom or any woman. The other side of him was, however, all military so brother Bruce and I got a lot of "marching orders" growing up, so much so that neither of us joined the Army. What struck me the most about these long ago newspapers was the fact that not a lot has changed over the years when it comes to the military and being "on base." The stories these 1942 to 1946 GIs told are pretty much what young men, and now women too, feel about going into battle. The disciplines are the same too, that never changes no matter what military you are in, and the routines are pretty much the same too. Training, training, training and then it is Taps and all too soon Revelry and so it goes. In 1942 and 2012 there are a lot of changes in how we fight wars but not many when it comes to dying or being wounded. Personally I am glad that the U.S. Coast Guard is getting more press along with the other service branches. It has not always been that way but it seems now that we have Homeland security and the USCG has a big role in that, there is more attention to the men and women of the USCG and the dangers they face every day. I remember a few years back a son of a friend of mine was the Base Commander at CG Base Kodiak (AK) and a guy who had been in the 82nd Airborne Division wanted to go on a Search and Rescue (SAR) flight in a CG chopper. As luck would have it they found a fisherman adrift in the ocean and they deployed a "leaper," a guy who jumps from the chopper into the water to enable a rescue. When they got back to CGB Kodiak the CO asked this tough 82nd Airborne guy what he thought and he said "...there is no freaking way I would do what that guy did jumping out of a chopper into an ocean with ten foot seas, with or without a parachute..." Semper Paradus -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where our Sound of Freedom is only four miles away at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and their new AG-18s. A lot of people complain about the noise but I just tell them "its just the sound of your freedom" in a very non-PC way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Memorial day of remembrance and support of our troops To: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) and Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) I too fly the flag from my apartment to honor those who have fought for the principles of peace and freedom and have given up their own on this day of remembrance. My flag also flies every Friday unit we can bring home all those who are facing harm's way and sacrificing their time and energy to preserve these principles. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley ATWOOD Sun ('58) To: Bruce STRAND ('69) Re: Tom VERELLEN's ('60) Hupmobile Pictures I think that is the Orca Book Store in Olympia, WA. -Shirley ATWOOD Sun ('58) ~ in Sunny Chatsworth, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: All Re: Two major announcements The first is to send my heartiest well wishes to my illustrious Big Brother Dick PIERARD ('52) on the Anniversary of his Birth. Due to the vast difference in our ages (he is 6 - 1/2 years older than I), I grew up as essentially an only child (like I was just completing 5th grade at Sacy when he graduated from Col-Hi). By the time I graduated, he was long gone doing his Army, College, Marriage, & Professorial things. We kind of existed in parallel universes. Dick also took the responsibility of caring for our Mother back in Indiana during her declining years thus relieving his shiftless [younger] brother of any duties. In 1991, we decided to have a big 80th Birthday Bash for Mom and I went back there to help organize the affair. Every night I was there, we would go down to the local Indiana State Campus Pub to tip a few brews and just get to know each other. I found that I had a true jewel of a brother and only regretted that it took 50 years of my life to discover it. OK, Bro, this brew's for you on your day and hopefully many more to follow. The second is to bring your attention to the Following Casting Call. Anybody interested in joining the fun must be Pre- Registered for the Club 40 Reunion (acceptance may be limited; so register ASAP). A link to the Registration Form is available on the Website. Then contact one of the members of the Production Committee below. OPEN CASTING CALL SAGEBRUSH FOLLIES (UPDATED) The Classes of the 1940s are presenting a special performance to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Club 40 Celebration. The production will consist of a 1-hour, 5-scene, Musical Revue, loosely based on the Jaycees' "Sagebrush Follies of 1946" which was entirely cast from Hi-Spot members. This show will portray "Col-Hi After-School Life" from the '40s through 1972 and be cast entirely from Club 40 Members. The show will consist of skits, musical numbers, and "Black-Out" segues, script by Missy KEENEY ('59) and Directed by Bill Allen of The Richland Players (Col-Hi teacher from '63 '87). It is anticipated that the core cast will consist of "semi- locals" who will be available for rehearsals throughout the month of August but any Pre-Registered Club 40 Member who can at least come to town for the Thursday night, Sept. 6, Dress Rehearsal, will be incorporated into the show. No Talent or Experience is required we will find a place for you. We do have a special need for Cheerleaders, Pep Band members (with instruments), and Sandmen guys all from any Class. We also anticipate that there will be some "sharing" of cast members throughout the various Class groups. This will be a "no pressure - just for fun" show. Anyone interested in joining the fun should contact any of the people listed below as soon as possible. Producer: Burt PIERARD ('59) (509) 943-3400 Asst. Producer: Karol BRIMHALL Smith ('56) (509) 545-4647 Writer: Missy KEENEY ('59) (509) 943-2890 '40s Group Pat PARKER Green ('47) (509) 783-2067 or Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) (509) 946-8663 '50s Group Dona McCLEARY Belt ('54) (509) 967-2612 '60s-'70s Group Kathy HOFF Conrad ('64) (509) 946-6318 -Burt PIERARD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary SPANNER ('72) As part of our 40-year reunion late this summer, the class of 72 plans to float part of the Columbia River as in our school days. Many of us think it would be cool to get some custom-made bomb-shaped air mattresses made with the "R" logo on them to use in the float and to sell to alumni as souvenirs. I have found a source for the air mattresses, somebody with whom I've done promotional business for a decade; and the mattresses can be had for less than $20 each. They would be generously sized for adult use, about 78 X 30 X 6, with three tail fins (two horizontal and one vertical). The hurdle to this idea is that the minimum quantity is 500 mattresses. I estimate that it would take about two years to sell that many, at reunions, at the school, and at the hydro races. I imagine that subsequent class reunions will include a Bomber float in their activities as well. I have started discussions with the Bomber Boosters, but they share our concerns about the minimum quantity. The Boosters suggested that I post something in the Sandstorm to gauge interest. I do not intend to sell the air mattresses at a profit. In fact, I hope that the Boosters will take this on after we get them designed and then sell them as a fundraiser. With summer and our reunion rapidly approaching, we need to decide to design and order the mattresses or not. My question to Sandstorm readers in this post: how many of you think you'd like to buy an bomb-shaped air mattress as described above? Thank you. -Gary SPANNER ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/30/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) John CAMPBELL ('63), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri SCHUCHART ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Dick McCOY ('45) Nope, it's been on the Bomber calendar for some time now. However, I do have a few years to go before I reach your exalted 39 years. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are going for nice weather during the week and rain on the weekends, at least until school is out **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: I want to thank those of you who helped identify my folks' car. I know it wasn't the easiest car to recognize with only a side view in the background of the picture. I suppose in those days I was propped up in my mother's lap while my dad did the honors of driving. I can remember my mother telling me that when I was little I would stand in the front seat between my mom and dad on a trip and fall asleep while standing up. Now, anyone doing that would get arrested by the gendarmes! -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Shirley ATWOOD Sun ('58) and Bruce STRAND ('69) What she said. Downtown Olympia, corner of Fourth Ave. East and Jefferson St. SE, southwest corner. The Orca book store is celebrating it's 35th year in the same location, a former automotive parts and machine shop that went out of business after a pretty big fire, make that a conflagration. It was fortunate that any of the structure was saved, any of the block for that matter. In spite in a change of fire fighting tactics (from the good ol days) the OFD has done an most excellent job of preventing fire from spreading into adjoining structures two excellent examples downtown (both on the opposite side of Fourth Ave). Downtown businesses are hanging on by the tips of their nails and spit, I think. Maybe we could have a memorial day for down towns across the country. Some of you "organizer" people get on that, after all, I am just an "idea" person. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ in dry again near Lacey, WA but I can smell marine air on the move, I mean ocean air, I have found it counter productive to smell marines. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: Mustang Car Show Had a nice time at Pacific NW Mustang Club's Spring Show at Howard Amon Park on Sunday. Visited with some Bombers including Roger GRESS ('61) who was showing his custom rod, Perry MOORE ('63), Tony ('63) and Jan (NAB) SHARPE, and nephew Bob HINKLE ('75). The local club always put on a good show. [I couldn't see any pictures at your link. -Maren] Looking forward to Cool Desert Nights (June 21-23). Maybe Tony will have his car ready then. -John CAMPBELL ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Marsha HOPFINGER Sork ('67) Happy belated birthday Marsha, seems like time is moving way to fast theses days! I hope you had a great celebration of your birthday! You and Kathi CLARK ('67) were my two BEST friends. There was so much fun with both of you. Going water skiing. My Dad teaching everyone... well maybe almost everyone... to ski! To ride the inner tubes or air mattresses. Those were the days of our youth!! Life has moved as we have grown and gone our separate ways. But I think of you & Kathi often! Happy Birthday! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Jack LOWREY - Class of 1949 ~ 1930 - 2012 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/31/12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ken ELY ('49), Richard ROBERTS ('49) David RIVERS ('65), Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim ALBAUGH ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken ELY ('49) Re: Jack LOWREY ('49-RIP) I was really surprised to learn of the death of Jack and waited until the obit was published. Jack and I were good friends throughout high school and beyond. Along with Dick SCHULTZ ('49) we walked to school together until Dick bought his first car, a '28 Chev Coupe. Then, we rode together. Dick later got a '36 Ford sedan so he didn't have to carry 2 passengers in the trunk. We were CAP cadets for three years and Jack was one of the first cadets to solo and get a pilot's license. He did that on his 16th birthday so he could fly before he could drive a car. The 3 of us enlisted in the AF together in November, 1950. Jack went through pilot training and achieved his dream, to be a fighter pilot. We corresponded with one another through the years since separating after Basic Training until very recently. I visited him in Ogden and he visited me in Orangevale, CA, the last time I actually saw him. He will be greatly missed and the class of '49 has lost another good one. -Ken ELY ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA where it is starting to warm up after unseasonably cool weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Jack LOWREY ('49-RIP) Dear Lucile and Lowrey Family, Jack and his early family lived across the street from us on Goethals Dr. in Richland. He was a '49er Bomber classmate. Sometimes we would walk or ride our bikes to high school together. I really didn't know him that well but thought of him as a bright, intense, sort of quiet guy with a sense of humor and I respected him. I lost track of him over the years and was pleased to read about his many military and personal achievements. I was totally impressed with his military achievements, a real warrior! What a story he would tell. I join in your sorrow and know he will be missed. Cheers, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) ~ "Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain" Sent from an RV Resort in Salem, OR. Lunch at the Glockenspiel in Mt. Angel, OR Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) territory **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: GRESS ('61) at a car show? Wow, I gotta say I was way surprised to hear Roger was at a car show... next thing ya know he'll be walking around singin' "Shaboom"... nah too far fetched... well this is one of those weekends when I'll be away and I got two of the most... ohhhhhhhhhhhh the words escape me... I mean these Bomber-Babes have been top ten on my hit parade for almost as long as I can remember... One I dated but... in all honesty for some of you who have hinted that if I EVER even hinted that I dated alla girls I was madly in love with, you'd never believe another word I said, the other I just swooned over from afar...... but then as Jimbeaux ('63) reminds me often... it is hard sometimes to sift fact from fiction in our story telling... Be heading up to Big Daddy Roth's early g morning for a wild weekend of paint, music and cars... got my little '27 roadster crammed as full as can be with spare parts and mergency stuff... hadda strap my spare on the trunk cuz there was no room for it... looks pretty danged cool... remember heading for the L.A. Roadster show in my '27 gasser that has no trunk with everything strapped on the back end... got some really curious looks that run... no speedo and the first time it was on the freeway so the boyz put me in front... first time we stopped for gas they said we were doing 90 alla way............... yeeeeeeee ha... so anyway back to the subject at hand... I have admired the upper-classperson and her Big Kahuna for years and as I got to know them better over the years came to love them more and more... Just can't wait to see them every chance I get which is hard because they are often enjoying the waves of one of the islands of our 50th state... The underclassperson was my dream girl during my soph. year... well at least part of it... I was sooooooo excited with mixers and cars and girls it was very hard for me to concentrate and keep focused... But she is still as lovely as ever and it's always a treat to see her... so to these two Beautiful Bomber- babes... please forgive me for sending my wishes early... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carolyn ROE ('63) on June 1, 2012 and to Sue VANDENBERG ('65) on June 3, 2012!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) To: Gary SPANNER ('72) Re: 5/29 Sandstorm entry - Float the Columbia with custom-made bomb-shaped air mattresses w/"R" logo I will buy a six pack of those bomb shaped air mattresses. Class of 73 reunion is just a year away. Will give one to Bucky to use, Jodie HUFF ('73) will lose his, Bubba HUGHES ('73) will steal one, need one to carry all the beer, and if Im lucky I will get Karen DAHL ('73) or Nyla to ride along on the one next to me. -Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` April, 2012 ~ June, 2012