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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/01/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Betty McELHANEY ('57) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon DAHL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed MITCHELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WEDBERG ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve MINOR ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) Re: "Furlough Song" I don't know if you would allow this or not but thought it was pretty neat. You probably have already heard it, but go to the bottom of the page and click on Hanford "Furlough Song". -Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Avon Calling Attention Avon collectors: Anywhere from 2-4 times a month Jackie and I get together either Friday or Saturday night with long time friends of mine for pinochle. Over the last year she and Ann have become best friends. Jackie's brother and wife showed up on our doorstep on Friday we so quickly canceled Friday and played on Saturday. Jackie is deep into a genealogy project for both his and her families. So last Saturday evening while she and Ann sat working on the latest information, Don and I walked around house and shop/office talking. They live on the lake at Deer Island Lake Tapps. I noticed a large stack of boxes and inquired. It is all Avon collectibles from years back into the '50s. They have decided to dispose of it in some fashion. I asked them to wait until I could put the word out on the Alumni Net. There are 25 large boxes of Avon Collectibles! We did not discuss price. We did look in a couple of boxes and found many items in the original boxes and no zip code on address labels indicating they came from prior to Zip Postal codes. Note sure when zip started but it goes back to the early '60s if I remember right. I found 2 "Meerschaum Pipes" in good condition in the one box I opened. So... If any alumn, or a relative, or friend, is interested in acquiring part or all of the collections please contact me OFF this net and I will put you in touch with them. I wish you all a Happy Easter and all the blessings of the day. Jackie and I decided we needed a little culture and so we are going to attend a performance of Shen Yun, Ancient Chinese Dancers Sunday afternoon. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ From home after a warm and sunny Saturday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) Happy Birthday to Byrne HASKINS ('65) on 3/31. Another baby boomer CKer celebrates a birthday. Chip 'em close and Putt 'em straight & soft. At our age, the driver is just the club to get us to the fairway. I know you critique the officials doing the NCAA Bball tourney, but unlike you, some officials miss some calls. Hope all is well. -Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) ~ From sunny Concord, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers Kerry Corcoran sent stuff: Jeanie TURNER ('61), Roger GRESS ('61) Helen CROSS ('62), Dave MILLER ('67) Betti AVANT ('69) Kerry Corcoran, niece of Brian ('64-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CORYELL ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail FRANZ ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) PLEASE JOIN US!!! Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2013 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant ? on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 ? Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It?s very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are welcome. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We meet in the Sun Room. -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday to Larry CORYELL ('61) today. -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Greetings!! I'm all packed up to go out and see my grandson, who just turned 9 in beautiful Gardnerville, NV. I hope to stay 6 weeks, as I have a one way ticket out, but no firm return date.. there was a good deal I couldn't resist, but I think I should have tried for a good deal going the other way too... If things work out I will also fly up for Elsie Walker's 100th birthday!! And I hope to finally get to meet Bill FINNEY's ('62) sister in Sacramento, as I expect to go to Sacramento and Roseville to visit friends for a few days every week or so to give my daughter-in-law and me some space, as my son thinks it will work fine for me to live with them for maybe 6 weeks. A few friends have already said I can stay with them if it doesn't work out... and there are always motels... I hope everyone had a blessed Easter with their family and church family... we had a full but nice Holy week, culminating with a Sunrise and regular time Easter service... Belated Easter Blessings, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave MILLER ('67) Re: Vietnam 40 years Well I guess nobody noticed that it was 40 years ago last Friday (3/29/73) that the last combat troops left Vietnam. Military personnel flying home were advised to change into civilian clothes before landing, to avoid being hassled in the airport. Just read a good book called "Embers of War" by Fredrik Logevall, covering Vietnam from about 1945 till 1959. God bless all Vets now and then. -Dave MILLER ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Week Ahead I have a busy week ahead. Tuesday morning I go to the hospital to have a port installed for my treatments but have to have some blood drawn first. Next Monday I go to the oncology clinic for one long day. I have to be there at 7:45 for a blood draw and make sure the port is working properly. While waiting for the lab results I have a meeting with the oncologist. If my lab comes back OK then they will start the chemotherapy drip. They say the first infusion could take 4.5 hours as they drip it in slowly so the nurse can keep an eye on you and make sure there are no reactions to anything. I have a couple of good books and a puzzle one, too, so at least I won't get bored *GRIN*. I have to return to the clinic on Tuesday for a shot that helps boost white blood cells. I am still looking to move back to Richland, just not sure when at this point. The oncologist originally told me my chemo would consist of a treatment every 3 weeks for 4-6 cycles so it could be sometime during the summer (sure hope so anyway). Thanks for the good thoughts from all of you Bombers out there, it's appreciated more than you will ever know. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we had a gorgeous Easter Sunday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry Corcoran Re: Memorial planned for Brian CORCORAN ('64-RIP) The memorial for Uncle Brian is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, in Anacortes from 2-5pm at the Majestic Inn, 419 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA 98221. If there is anyone who would like to come, they can email me, so I can keep a head count. -Kerry Corcoran ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/03/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and one Beaver Memorial today: Barbara SESLAR ('60), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Leoma COLES ('63), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garry O'ROURKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marleen WALTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat GOBLE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, April 6 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: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Donation to Scholarship fund I recently ran across an item I have forgotten about. 20 some years ago when I was still in High Tech Instrumentation Sales one of our suppliers of Technical Office Supplies also handled MontBlanc Pens. At the time these extraordinarily fine writing instruments were retailed for about $150 to well over $300. But if we bought a dozen or more our wholesale discount made them very reasonable. So one year I bought a dozen and gave all but 1 for Xmas presents. Last week in going through a box of "stuff" gathered over the years and left to mature, I found the left over pen. Wrapped in a cloth, unused and in perfect condition. It is a MontBlanc "Meisterstuck" top-of-the-line fine writing instrument. Today, according to the MontBlanc Internet site, the equivalent "top- of-the-line" Meisterstuck pens sell for $633 to $800. The ink reservoir is filled by turning a knob and sucking the ink up into the barrel. Only the highest quality inks should be used. So today I am mailing that pen (Burgundy in color, with gold rings and pocket clip, Gold Nib, and the signature MontBlanc embedded White Cap) to Pete OVERDAHL ('60) who will turn it over to the Alumni Scholarship Fund to be used to raise $$$. I have suggested some kind of auction but I will leave it totally up to them on how to do whatever they decide. I am in hopes this fine instrument will raise significant funds for a worthy cause. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) To: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch I was so looking forward to joining the luncheon once I retired. .. and now I am working part-time and do not have week-ends off. I thought I would be able to make it on a small pension and social security, but between house payments and car payments and all my other expenses it leaves little for my extra spending! So I have been working at Wyndham resorts in Depoe Bay as a housekeeper and really love it! The hours are perfect... I go in at 10am and off by 4pm... I get vacation and sick pay and the people are all great to work with!! I am going to California this summer to visit my son and his family, and planning to come to the class of '63's 50 year class reunion, so all is still well... To: Betti AVANT ('69) Just a note to Betti and all the treatments: I spent the last year with a good friend and helped her make it through a lot of tough days!! Lots of prayers to you... Thinking of all my friends who keep touch through the Sandstorm. -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ in Gleneden Beach, OR where the sun is trying to come out, and the daffodils are in full bloom. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Port Hi all, I'm home from having my port installed. The procedure itself went fine but from the time I came in until I left my blood pressure wouldn't come down. The only time it did was when they were actually doing the procedure and with my blood pressure medication taken earlier along with the sedative it did come down some. We couldn't get the upper number out of the mid 190s to low 200s. They ended up giving me the blood pressure medication I normally take at night. I stopped at my regular doctor's office on the way home as they wanted me to make an appointment to see her tomorrow as she wasn't in today. I talked with her nurse and she told me to monitor it like I normally do (at bedtime and when I get up in the morning) and let her know how it is tomorrow morning. At the moment I'm having no pain whatsoever and hope I don't. I know the nurses were all very concerned about it and talked with the radiologist before I went in for it. He had them contact my ordering doctor who is the oncologist and she told them to contact my regular doctor and like I said she was out of the office today. I don't need my blood pressure being an issue along with everything else I have going on right now. I have an orientation class tomorrow at the oncology center but it's not until early afternoon so hope and pray it comes down. Thanks for listening to me. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Lyle MINEER ~ Class of 1945 ~ 1927 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/04/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Earl BENNETT ('63), Jo MILES ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Fran TEEPLE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan NELSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda HOLDEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clif EDWARDS ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) To: Leoma COLES ('63) Leoma: My wife and I own at Wyndham Kingsgate (Williamsburg, VA) ? only timeshare organization we ever found appealing, and in our case it's deeded ownership (which, of course, also comes with property taxes). We just spent four days last week in Atlantic City at the Wyndham Skyline Tower, a five minute walk from the Trump Taj Mahal and other casino resorts; we decided to try the 1 cent slots, wound up winning $2.70. See you in September! I remember the song, but not who sang it; maybe Frankie Avalon, or some group of guys?. The lyrics don't really apply in this case... I'm guessing it might have come from a Gidget movie. Regards, ecb3 - from a nice, early spring day in central Virginia - we get two grandkids for the rest of the day shortly! -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jo MILES ('64) Re: Columbia Camp Hey Maren, Do you know where I could get a copy of the explanation about the details of the Horn Rapids/Yakima River so-called "POW" detention camp that was written awhile back by, I think, by Burt PIERARD ('59)? There was a similar camp southwest of Toppenish in 1942, and I wanted to do a little research about what was going on at both Richland and Toppenish sites. Thanks, -Jo MILES ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Columbia Camp was NOT a POW camp!!!! Ths question comes up every now and then... read all the stuff about the camp... and even click that link at the top of the page from the Children of the Manhattan Project... AND take a look at where Columbia Camp actually was located: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I could screw up a W dream I don't know what happened... I have all the names and dates on my stickie note... the last two days have been a bit "stressful" to say the least... My dear friend and Law Partner passed away this morning from pancreatic cancer and ... well I really have no excuses for missing the birthdays today, (their special day, April 3, 2013) for Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63) and Garry O'ROURKE ('66)... so belated HBs, kids, and forgive me... I'll do better next year... I will! For today-today (post day) I want to wish Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on your special day, April 4, 2013 and tell that Buddha Buddy ('63) ol' man of yours to take you out for a really nice dinner for putting up with him all these years... and I ain't talkin Zip's! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran TEEPLE Wolf ('68) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Keep writing in and letting us know how you are doing. There's lots of people who read the Sandstorm but don't write in often (or never). We are all listening and keeping you in our prayers. -Fran TEEPLE Wolf ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/05/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff & 2 Bomber Memorials today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Helen CROSS ('62) Linda REINING ('64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Lesley WOOD ('66wb) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary MASSEY ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Missing and Changing things A while back I had a near 6 hour drive from Olympia to Coeur d'Alene ID. Other then classical, I am not big on music while driving. So Unless I can get an interesting talk show I simply leave the radio off and turn on the creative side of my brain. Sometimes I rehearse a sales presentation. Sometimes I use my long experience and imagination to create new ways to use pyrotechnics to entertain people with fire, or make notes on the many training lectures I do. I sometimes tie a small tablet to my leg so I can scribble notes of one or two words that are always hard to read that evening. But the recent tragic downfall of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, (sounds like a movie of the Three Stooges in an asylum), got me to thinking about things we have lost during my lifetime. Some things are obvious like 25 cents a gallon gas, nickel Cokes in a glass bottle with the location of the bottler molded into the glass bottom, A "service station" where you really got service, and of course Burma Shave signs. Looking in the box where I keep them the other day, I realized I'm nearly out of 35 mm film cans. Remember when we were children we always had some little things we kept in a film can. For the guys it might have been fishing hooks and weights, or small nuts and bolts or a part that had to be saved. For the ladies it might have been a piece of jewelry, some buttons or perhaps some flower seeds? For children it could have been most anything. An agate, marbles, tiny sea shells, colored beads, or who knows what. I have a clear plastic can I keep some aspirin in, in my car. And I know I have several with flower seeds in them. I also have one that I filled with sand from the beach at the exact point near Barrow Alaska that is the northern most point on the North American continent. The problem is that with the advent of the digital camera, our supply of these handy little cans is drying up. Remember women's hosiery? When I worked at CC Anderson's 2-3 hours a day after school, at least twice a week I would have to price label 3-400 boxes (1 pair each) in the freight room and take them out to the counter and stock the shelves by size and color. Then along came panty hose! While they do still sell some fashion hose, panty hose rapidly captured the market. But not to every women's delight. My daughter Sandra is the Corporate Controller for Mountain Apple Music, touted as the world's largest music company. She told the lady that hired her that she would NOT wear panty hose just to look good for the boardroom. She got a serious "eye roll" and was told that when she goes to Board meetings she has to wear slacks. It is not a big thing with me either way, but times have changed. Many old reliable small, mom and pop businesses are gone from the scene. Independent auto parts stores are nearly a rare thing anymore. O'Rielly's, Auto Zone, and Baxter, are buying them up or causing them to close as they cannot compete... although NAPA is still hanging in there. Remember walking into a parts house and sitting a part on the counter... an older guy with dirty hands says something like "looks like the hootchy that holds the frammus on a series 75... what's the engine size 216 or 232?" as he opens the page on 4 feet of catalogs and finds it instantly. Now if they can't find it in the computer, "It isn't available anymore". I have noted that the neighborhood pawn shops are either gone or have the name of one or another nation-wide pawn organization. Gone are most of the dirty little shops where you could find great deals on tools and household goods. But at least the new look stores are clean and well lit. While I have never pawned anything, I frequently shop several pawn shops for tools, electronics, household items such as the "like new" vacuum cleaner I recently purchased for 1/3 of the shelf price at Costco. And of course if you are looking for some "little bobble" for someone you care about, Pawn shops have loads of them. Jackie and I traditionally spend Christmas Eve Day making the rounds of a dozen or so pawn shops in the Anchorage-Wasilla area. Jewelry is 60% off and buying any 3 items from a shop will get you at least another 10% on all of the items. Last year she bought me a ring with a mystic topaz stone surrounded by small diamond chips. This year I found a nice ladies ring with an identical stone matching the one in my ring. With the discount both of these rings were, in my penurious view, very inexpensive. Have you tried to find a "Watch Maker" lately? There are only 2 that I could find in Tacoma. One (the best of the two) is going out of business. I heard this fellow say that several of the watch maker schools in the US have closed. I have my grandfather's RR watch. I wanted it restored. My mother was throwing out a whole drawer full of stuff from dad's dresser and one of my aunts grabbed the watch and gave it to me a few months later, saying she knew I would want it. Some large jewelry stores still have a "watch repair" sign up but they only work on what they sell. To get a battery replaced in your watch, you go to the kiosk in the center of a mall and find the guy selling watch bands. The last battery I bought was $24.95. I gave myself a solar powered Seiko last year for my birthday. I love it. Baring the unforeseen, that watch should not have to be opened for maybe 20 years. Shortly after moving to Seattle (the "turn the lights out" sign was up) I bought a small equipment rental store. That kind of operation was touted in the financial magazines as being one of the best businesses to own as an independent. In 5 years I had paid the SBA loan off and owned half of each of 3 other stores. After serving two terms as President of the WA State Rental Equipment Assoc., I sold my interests and moved on to other ventures. But... now look around you, and see not all (but the majority) of rental operations are one of 3-4 national combines. Sun Belt and United come to mind but there are a couple of others. Remember when Beer was available in Idaho at what 18 or 19? And they had Coors! You gotta wonder how many "beer runs" were made from the Tri-Cities to Lewiston? "Brewed in Washington" were Heidelberg, Rainier, and Olympia, (how many dots on your label?) I am a Bud Lite guy for what little beer I drink. But any of the 3 still available, is brewed out of state. And I have to ask what happened to the individual "look" of the various brands of automobiles. Even though they were all made by GM, you could nearly always tell a Chevy from an Olds or Caddy. While some years Buick and Pontiac had some features alike you could always tell the difference. My favorite car that I had in the '60s was a '56 Olds 98 with all the bells and whistles. I bought from a neighbor with about 70K mileage on it and drove it for years. Quiet and comfortable, and all the room my 2 girls needed in the back seat. Now you can't tell what it is till your about to run it over. And then, you don't know where it was made. I had a half dozen other items in my notes but this is enough to set folks to thinking. Tacoma weather has been glorious for a week. I even broke off pyro work and did some yard work. Too many things to plant, trim, mow and weed. But there is something about getting things to grow and bloom that puts a bit of peace in a man's mind. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Rest Assured a lot of Bombers have you in their prayers. Please do keep us apprised of how you are doing. You are brave to share this experience so openly with us... I have just spent a delightful day with my 9 year old (and only) grandson. He is on spring break this week, so grandma had to hurry on out [to Nevada] after a very uplifting Easter season at our new church in Hope, IN. But back to being with my grandson.. we went swimming this afternoon and we actually swam outside and it was great as the pool was heated, but it must have been 75 at the heat of the day... and seeing the beautiful snow-capped mountains all around Gardnerville is also wonderful. I think not seeing any real mountains is what I miss most about not living in the northwest or at least the west. I'd even take Montana or Idaho... maybe Colorado or Wyoming... If I am ever going to get more fit it will be here. We started the day and ended the day with good walks... I am lucky if I can talk myself into one 1/2 hour walk a day at home... I am exhausted, he says he isn't even tired... I've just purchased my tickets to fly up and see Elsie Walker for her 100th birthday party her kids are giving her... I'm looking forward to it... and I will be staying with Carole and Russ Berg. Carole is Carole JOHNSTON ('62), my friend since we met at CUP in junior high. We figure the reason we didn't meet earlier is my family went to the 9am church service and she attended the llam... as we both grew up going to church there since our earliest memory... Bomber best wishes, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ from not Indiana, but sunny, beautiful Gardnerville, NV with my son and daughter-in-law, and my grandson... I'm planning to stay 7 weeks. My son thinks he has lots of room, so he didn't want me to stay in a hotel. I am visiting friends in Sacramento and Roseville on my daughter-in-law's days off to give us a little space... but I do have offers of places to go if the plan doesn't work... we're all praying for it to work... I figure after 45 years my husband can make it on his own, he knows the way to the restaurants with or without me. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: "See You in September" FYI: first recorded in '59 by The Tempos; gained more popularity when it was re-recorded by The Happenings in '66; but probably had its best success when the original recording of it, by The Tempos, was included in the movie, "American Graffiti" in '73. *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: "See You in September" "See You in September" was recorded by a number of artists, but first by The Tempos in 1959, however, it did not make much of a hit. The version most people remember, including me, was by The Happenings in 1966 which reached #3. The Tempos' version did make a come back when it was part of the "American Graffiti" two record sound track, which, of course, I had to buy. They had to use the earlier version because the movie was set in 1962. A lot of people think that the TV program "Happy Days" came about because of the success of "American Graffiti," but really "Happy Days" was earlier. As producer Gerry Marshall tells it, he came up with the idea of a TV show set in the '50s so it would not look dated in syndication. He made a pilot but the network did not want it; "the '50s are over, who cares?" Instead of wasting the pilot, they cut it up and included it as a story in "Love American Style." Then, after "American Graffiti" became a big hit, the network came back and asked, "Don't we have something about the '50s?" That move and TV show did seem to usher in about a 10 year period of a lot of radio stations playing "oldies," the music I loved--mainly from about 1954 to about 1966. Even from about a year before the release of American Graffiti, while still in the Navy, I had become dis-satisfied with the way music was going and had begun to collect oldies. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Where is my DeLorian time machine? I want to go back to the '50s! Furthermore, in the '50s there were all these articles about the flying cars we were going to be having. Where is my flying car??? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Who knew? Well, as can be predicted, if a birthday can be missed, I'll miss it... this one wasn't my fault... I just didn't know... I mean nobody tole me, man... so another belated b-day to dear, sweet Marleen WALTON ('66) on your special day, April 3, 2013... it is now on my cheat sheet... but... I'm not missing another birthday today... so ha ha ha (and for you kids betting I'll miss one of the W girls on the 9th & the 14th... guess again... ain't a gonna happen (crap... now the pressure is on)... In fact, I pulled out my 8X10 color photo, suitable for framin' that I got along with my gold stars and crown, the first time I managed to wish all 4 an HB on the right day for the first time, a while back... got a note a few minutes ago from Ilene Roth (NAB) reminding me that 12 years ago she and Big Daddy shared their last cup of coffee together... told her how much I loved her (even tho she ain't a Bomber-babe)... but fer now HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mary MASSEY ('64) on your special day, April 5, 2013!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lesley WOOD Nelson (WB'66) To: Betti AVANT ('69) I want to echo Fran TEEPLE's ('68) recent entry. Thank you for letting us know how you're doing throughout this process. I am one of those she mentions who doesn't write in, but I turn healing thoughts your way whenever I think about you and when I read what you write. -Lesley WOOD Nelson ('66wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Blood Pressure Well, my blood pressure hasn't been any where near the numbers they exhibited while at the hospital on Tuesday. I contacted my doctor's office and told them it was OK now and I wouldn't come in to see the doctor unless something changes. It wasn't even that high when I was admitted for my surgery in February so must have been something odd going on, probably nerves I'm sure. I did bring up an area where I could look at my numbers and they did drop while they were doing the actual procedure, at least I'm guessing that's the time frame they were lower. The blood pressure medicine I take in the morning has a tendency to do that and that's why I couldn't take it prior to surgery as with anesthesia it can lower it too much. I only had some conscious sedation and pain medication for this and perhaps that's why they said I could take it before hand. It will interesting to see what it is come Monday and I did let them know about it so they can keep an eye on it while the infusion is going in. I can take all my medications. I normally take before going in so should be OK, at least I hope so. I go in tomorrow and get fitted for my prosthesis and make sure the bra I tried on 3 weeks ago will not rub on the port, if so I'll have to look at something else. Thanks for the continued good vibes, they are appreciated. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's raining again but hey it's spring in western Washington **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Laura BERRY Boyd - Class of 1948 ~ 1930 - 2012 >>John BEGIN ~ Class of 1969 ~ 1950 - 2009 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/06/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Darlene TRETHEWEY ('56wb), Earl BENNETT ('63) Linda REINING ('64), Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: TWINS: Barbara and Kathy BERKELEY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy DYKEMAN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacqueline TALLANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve KING ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy RAEKES ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene TRETHEWEY Dunning ('56wb) I haven't written for sometime!! Just to say that I had one of the best Easter week-ends in many years. Started on Thursday shopping & Dinner with family and friends, Friday to the Zoo with some of my grandchildren & then to Good Friday service, Saturday came shopping & to see the Easter Bunny & then on Sunday Church & then off to one of my daughters for a family potluck & Easter egg hunt for the children. No I didn't join in... just watched. My daughter is concerned that I do too much. But it was an enjoyable time. I couldn't have asked for more!!! -Darlene TRETHEWEY Dunning ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) and Linda REINING ('64) Thanks! Your mention of The Happenings reminded me of the Anthony Quinn/Faye Dunaway flick called The Happening. It featured the Supremes song of the same name. The movie was a little strange, sad in a way, I doubt I'd bother to watch it again, even if I had nothing to do and it came on TV. To: Betti AVANT ('69) I have enlisted a serious prayer warrior from our church, Betty Buchanan, and keep her posted on your entries and notes to you from others in the Alumni Sandstorm through her husband (she doesn't do anything on computers). It is a privilege to pray for you. Regards, ecb3 - from continuing good spring weather in central Virginia; garden's too wet to plow this morning so I'll focus on church treasurer tasks (still have a lot to learn from Charlotte, who was Treasurer for 29 years). -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Missing and Changing Things To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) You brought up so many memories with your entry... we used to play "car bingo" when we'd go on long trips and we could tell the make of the cars, from a distance... now they all look the same and unless I can identify their logo, on the rear of their cars, I can't tell one from another. My first car was a '55 Chevy Bel-Air, that I bought for $500 right after I graduated in '64 and had that car til '68, when hubby came home from Viet Nam and we sold it for $250 and bought a brand new 1968 Dodge Monaco, with all the "bells and whistles"... wish I had that car now. *grin* No air conditioning... no power windows or power anything but I loved that car and it took me everywhere I wanted to go, and, if I remember right, gas was 35 cents a gallon and I could go "forever" on $5 worth of gas! I remember the boxes of hosiery, too. and the garter belts or girdles to "hold them up". Seemed that they got "runs" in them faster than I could get them out of the boxes! *grin* To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) I want to "go back to the '50s", too. and the years from '54-'66 were my favorite years for music, too. I miss "the oldies", so when "Malt Shop Memories" came out, I bought the entire set... keep the CDs in my van and when we go on "road trips", they are put into the CD player and we "rock out"... even my grandkids like that music and know most of the words to all of the songs. their favorite is: "Big Girls Don't Cry", by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons... both my grandsons can "hit the high notes". *grin* Thanks, Larry and Dennis, for the memories. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: Time Capsule Did any of you read the article in the Herald about the "time capsule" found while demolishing a building at the D reactor? They are trying to locate anyone who can tell them something about K. Edward Thomas, Monte D. Dickinson, or Henry L. Matear. -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/07/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Stephanie DAWSON ('60) Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Anne LAUBY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda PHILLIPS ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott CROSS ('88) '70 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa DYKEMAN ('98) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack Alexander ('55) & Ginger Rose ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) To: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons We spent two weeks in New York in February, right after the big snow storm. One of the Broadway shows that we saw was "Jersey Boys," the story of Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons. The show was wonderful and the actors/singers playing the parts of the guys were really terrific. They sang a great many of their old hits. I remember that when these songs came out I didn't know anything about Frankie and the "Seasons" and didn't even realize that all those songs were sung by the same group (I was sort of clueless about popular music in those days... still am clueless about today's popular music). I actually thought that some of the songs were by some group that had one or more girl singers. So the show held a great many surprises for me. Sure took me back to those good ol' bad ol' days! At the same time in New York, there was a live show by the real Frankie and the Four Seasons (all but the one who passed away, I guess). We talked about going to see the "real" guys, but decided that, like so many performances by groups who were great some 50 years or so ago, they wouldn't look the same and certainly wouldn't sing quite the same. We thought that seeing the real thing so many years later might spoil the terrific time we had seeing Jersey Boys, so we didn't go to see the "real" guys. Wanted to preserve the memories, I guess. -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) ~ West Richland, where the rain and wind and temps seem more like March than April. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Just wanted to note that Dorothy Gillmore Brinkerhoff ('74NAB), the wife of my brother Richard BRINKERHOFF ('74) lost her battle with cancer and passed away in Seattle last Monday, April 1. -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Tony DURAN ('55) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Mike BRADY ('61) Frank WHITESIDE ('63), Linda REINING ('64) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathleen KINNEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WINGFIELD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori BROWN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) If you want to take a look at popular groups of the '50s and '60s all you have to do is watch a Public Broadcasting Pledge Drive. Sometime they feature clips from Ed Sullivan or Dick Clark. Mostly they do staged things with some members of the original group. If the latter is the case, listening to old records or even "remastered" CDs is better. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the wind has died down but rain remains in the forecast. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) We are about to lose another Bomber family member. Jack MORRIS ('55) is in Hospice in Palm Springs, CA. I talked to him this AM [4/7] and he told me he is just holding on hour to hour. May the good Lord be with him. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: A journey through inexpensive surgery. The journey begins...... This message is a bit long, and somewhat personal, but my purpose in writing this is to give a first hand report on a way for folks to get needed AND/OR elective surgery of all kinds, at very reasonable prices, in a very pleasant situation with people who care and in a clean and efficiently run hospital. Despite crowded halls and waiting areas all day long that hospital was kept spotless. We were very impressed. The patient care areas had hand washing sinks all up and down the hall and every staff member could be seen washing hands frequently. And Yes, Jackie and I agreed I should write this. For years Jackie has been plagued with gall bladder problems and increasing levels of debilitating pain. A few weeks ago it became obvious that it needed to be removed. Sonograms showed she had what looked like a "bag of marbles" that had to come out. Local hospitals in Tacoma and Puyallup were difficult to get information from. Jackie does not have insurance. But while the surgeon gave her a firm quote on his services the hospital refused to give her any kind of a quote even for an estimated minimum charge. They demanded she sign a paper agreeing to pay whatever the charge ended up being. Finally a supervisor of finance was called in and she was very short with Jackie saying it was impossible to say what it might cost. She was obviously disgusted at being asked, and said "You should know you cannot get any surgery done for less then $30,000 and probably $50,000 or more". So we drove back to my house and got on the Internet. The results of that were that we flew to San Jose, Costa Rica (CR). It was all arranged by an agent and checked out by Jackie. They met us at the airport and drove us to a nice hotel for the night. The van picked us up the next morning and delivered us to the "Clinica Biblica Hospital". Jackie had fasted since 11 PM the night before. A lady named Glorianna met us at the door and was our guide through the entire process. The language in CR is close to Castilian Spanish. But the doctors and nurses spoke good English. Jackie had made it clear I was to be included in all that happened. So everybody we saw spoke with both of us. First to the lab for blood draw. Then to an internist doctor for interview. He was of Chinese decent. We liked him and his pleasant demeanor. A quick exam and we were escorted to meet the surgeon. He was one of those people you can instinctively like immediately. The surgeon had an I-Pad and read the internist?s notes. He made some more notes and said "See you in 3-4 hours." Glorianna then took us up to our room where we dropped our luggage unpacked a bit, and put valuables in the safe provided. Seemed like no sooner we got settled then Glorianna came and took us to pre-op. Doctor's previous surgery went better then expected so we were 2 hours earlier then expected. The surgeon and I talked while the nurses prepped Jackie and after a hug and quick kiss they were off through "the doors". An hour later the doctor sat down beside me and gave me a rundown that it all went well. And he had a good look all around her abdomen and all looked just fine. He also gave me a pill bottle with one of the 4 large (3/4") stones he removed along with lots of little ones. He is the department head at the hospital for all laparoscopic surgery and does not do any "cut and sew" surgery. They glued her incisions back together. He does up to 3-4 a day depending on case load. Orderlies had taken Jackie?s hospital bed up to surgery and with minimal muss and fuss just rolled her back to the room on it. The room was large with a full bathroom and shower. And it had a second bed for me. All for less then $160 a day including MY meals. The food was good. We got her up and walking that afternoon and evening. After breakfast the next day and meeting the surgeon we were back in the van and off to the recovery resort. CheTika Recovery Resort is about 20 miles out of the city and on the gentle side slope of a mountain. San Jose is about 3000 ft elevation and the resort was about 4000 ft. The air was clear and smelled fresh. The resort was started in 1988 by the present owners Rubin and Lorena Martin. They have built the place from scratch themselves. We could not have asked for nicer folks. We were met by the nurse who is there 24/7. The view was excellent with jungle, meadows, and mountains; the jungle on the resort's 88 acres of land was on the lower slopes and contained white faced monkeys and toucans. We had 2 golden retrievers and 2 nice cats to pet and walk with. The cabins were all different and modeled after places seen on TV. Oddly enough Jackie and I were in "Ketchikan" which looked like a cabin in the Alaska wilderness, complete with a well-done carved totem pole. "Taos" was like New Mexico, "Bonanza" like the TV show, "Greek on The Hill" should be next to the Acropolis. And so on. All cabins were spotless and were totally cleaned and sanitized every day. Each had a full electric, modern hospital bed, and a flat screen TV with a stereo and video player. They had a large video library. All had a small refrigerator and microwave, and a phone to office, and nurse. Meals were served in the dinning room or brought to your room at no extra charge. But here is the best part: there were, at any given time, about a dozen men and women recovering from surgery of all kinds. We made some great friends as all were in the same condition. Face lifts, eye lifts, complete dental jaw rebuild, knees rebuilt, a whole body lift (cut all the way around and a section removed) she was a veterinary surgeon from MI and carried a drain container on a tube. Nice lady. A young gay man had a complete face makeover and kept everybody laughing. This made everyone feel quite at ease. They were from all walks in life. Any scheduled visits to the doctor or hospital were given free passage to and from and they were always on time. Extra trips anywhere had a nominal charge. Although we hitched a ride to the city a couple of times when someone else was going to doctor and so did not have to pay. They dropped us in front of Teatro Nationale (National Theatre) and met us again at agreed times. They stopped at a market for us to buy some fresh fruit and popcorn for the microwave. We did some shopping for my great grand children (they love tee shirts from far away places). And we found a great pre-Columbian museum underneath the city square. Jackie and I have been in lots of museums in major cities in the several countries in Asia and Europe. This one was probably the best of any. Not expensive, and cameras allowed (no flash or tripods). The entry was a bank vault door. WOW... we have never seen so many solid gold artifacts anywhere. The exhibits were for more well done than the Egyptian museum in Berlin DDR. We were totally impressed and took many pictures. I bought Jackie a replica gold artifact for her "world travels" charm bracelet. Late one night Jackie woke up with some pain developing and I called the nurse and within 15 minutes she had examined her, and called the doctor, and given her a shot for relief. We made a couple of trips to the hospital for checkups. Interesting side item. Jackie had a lot of nausea during the periods when she was in pain. Internist says "You have an ulcer as gall bladders do not give nausea". So she had an endoscopy and I watched it on a big screen TV. Interesting. 5 minutes, and NO ulcer. Charge for this was $125 and they gave her a disc of the entire procedure. ($1500 or more, at Good Sam Hospital Puyallup). (Note: After the operation she has not had ANY nausea.) She was on twilight medications and does not remember a thing. Sat down in a chair, got comfy and a shot in the IV and she was walking again in 10 minutes. She also had a mammogram and has that on a disc. $95 charge. ($700 to $900 in Tacoma area). On about the 7th day Jackie found a sore on her gum and thinking it might be splinters from an old extraction, asked Lorena if she could help. Lorena made one call and loaded Jackie in a car and dropped her at a dentist who took 4 x-rays and decided it was small infection on a spot rubbed by a denture. A little smoothing and done deal for $50. But all good things have to have an ending. Ours was in 9 days. We had a 6:20 AM Delta flight to Atlanta, and Alaska Air to Seattle. So the usual round of hugs from all at dinner and trading of email addresses. Rubin himself was in the car and off to the airport with us at 4 AM. Rubin flagged down a porter he knew to get Jackie a wheelchair. That terminal was jammed with long lines. But the porter bypassed all lines with us and wheeled her right through exit visa ($28), passport control, and bag check, and.. through security for a quick check and we were at our gate in less then 10 minutes from the car. Yes, the man received a nice tip. Delta honored our AK Air MVP status for free bags and priority boarding, but needed our favorite seats to fill the plane. So Jackie was bumped to First Class and I was bumped to "comfort". They only had one seat open in first. I told Jackie to take it and be comfortable. I still had an aisle seat and a book to read. In closing, I have to say this was a pleasure for me to be able to participate in Jackie's care both at the hospital and at CheTika. I sat up with her the first night and read my book and helped her up a couple of times. The next day I walked her per the doctor's instructions and did the follow up walking with her during the next few days. And I did a lot of other things that don't need to be discussed here. This trip for major surgery was enough to scare anyone. Going to a foreign country to have a strange doctor poke three holes in your tummy and then going off to a "resort" in the middle of the jungle? But... the recovery process was almost easy with all of the help of the resort staff and especially Rubin and Lorena Martin. No request was too large to do or too small to ignore. They made the trip and the recovery look and feel comfortable and safe. The total expense for the ENTIRE TRIP, ALL inclusive, was less then $13,000. We could not have asked for a better Hospital, or doctors or nurses, and above all a better or more pleasant recovery. That total is 20% of the best estimate we could make out of what we found locally. If any of you or your families or friends are considering any kind of surgery... check it out. If Medicare will not fix my knees, I know where I am going. You can go through an agent found on the internet, but they take a percentage. But if you contact Lorena at CheTika she can make the same arrangements and has been doing this since 1990. But she does not charge you for this. Only the cost of the room for the recovery period. The guide at the hospital has some small cost but is well worth it. We don't remember the cost of a colonasscopy but they were very inexpensive. Take advantage of that if you go down. You can contact Lorena and Rubin Martin at: and on the web at Please let them know we told you to call and convey our kindest regards. Neither Jackie or I will get anything out of anyone making contact down there. They are just very nice folks doing a good job. Jackie has pictures of the resort and staff and doctors. Email Jackie: --- ID yourself as a Bomber Alum (so she will know where your name came from) and she will add your address to her travel blog and you will get email when pictures are up. She is sorting and prepping them now. She takes great pictures. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Vince Scully Vince Scully begins his 64th year announcing Dodger games. I was in Mrs. Remaley's kindergarten class at Sacajawea when he began... amazing. I love hearing the voice of the Dodgers. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: FEMA and New Flood Zone Fiasco I was just wondering if any of the rest of you, especially along coastal areas, are being hammered by FEMA with new flood zone designations and unbelievable new proposed flood insurance rates. In the last few weeks, residents of the West Bank of St. Charles Parish (county in Yankee and outside of Louisiana) have attended meetings with FEMA and Parish officials in which they announced that they are proposing changing our flood zone from "X" (non-flood) to "AE" (flood) and intend to raise our flood insurance from $375 a year (for the maximum amount offered) to as much as $20,000 a year over the next few years as a result of the insane Biggert-Waters Act of 2012!! When this was passed, an online insurance site wrote, "Agents and insurers cheer" the new act. The really crazy thing about this is that the area where we live (Bayou Gauche) has a locally-built levee, and we have NEVER FLOODED in about 113 years since the levee was built!! When we built in 1999, the "X" zone was a major reason we built in the area as it was with most everybody else. Our levee (dike in Yankee) has held every tropical storm and hurricane since it was built, including Katrina when the winds in our area reached 135 mph. Yet FEMA refuses to recognize our levee and pretends that it doesn't exist on maps. While New Orleans and other areas to our east received huge new levees and tons of money, we were the only area that got nothing!! They flooded and we didn't; they will get lower flood insurance rates and we get no levees and get higher rates to redistribute to help pay for the huge losses in Katrina and Sandy and everywhere else. Now when Gulf water hits levees to the east, it will be pushed to the west where no levees are built. The areas that flooded for the first time in Isaac were in the same position that we are. FEMA has created a huge firestorm here and set off what is becoming an "uncivil war." I have written every politician at local, state and federal levels as well as every possible media source and even the local award-winning investigative reporter. So far, I have heard from all 3 local level officials but as for state and federal officials/media... absolutely NOTHING!! The FEDS intend to MANDATE flood insurance on most people with mortgages and will fine lenders thousands if they don't comply. If this goes through, we may end up with "ghost towns", seriously devalued and unsalable homes, families may be forced to desert their homes, businesses may close and many would have to give up their jobs. In other words, our wonderful government, instead of governing in a proper manner, is attempting to destroy entire communities because they decided to pass an "ex- post-facto" law and try to take away our "grandfather clauses." In our case, we will just refuse to buy flood insurance when it gets too unaffordable. Now we will REALLY have to be concerned about hurricanes. Because a family member has a major health problem that my wife and I must deal with and September being (along with August) by far the most active hurricane month, I may now not be able to attend the 50th Reunion of the Class of '63, as I had planned. My wife can't be expected to handle both situations a the same time. (NO, Jimbeaux, it's not just another excuse). If things change for the better somehow (not likely), I may still try to attend. If the FEDS hadn't totally mishandled $700 million on Katrina, the situation might be different. Just a word to the wise. If FEMA, as it has all around the county, comes to your area to discuss flood zones and rates, be ready for a knock-down drag-out battle for your financial lives. As President Reagan said, "the most horrifying words that could be said are, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) Re: Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons/Jersey Boys Las Vegas also has a "Jersey Boys" show, but the times we go to 'Vegas, it hasn't been playing... would love to see it, but I did hear a rumor that it was being made into a movie... if and when, I will definitely see it. I loved all the music from the late '50s to early '60s... those are the years I was in junior high and high school... by '66, I had "turned" to Country Music. *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Big Day Monday [4/8/13] will definitely be a big day for me, my first chemotherapy treatment. It will also be on long day as they say the infusion itself will probably take 4.5 hours and that's not counting the 45 minutes or so having blood drawn, making sure the port is working properly, and meeting with my oncologist first. I have a book to read and some crossword puzzles to work along with a lunch to take with me. The nurses that I have come in contact with so far are very nice; only 1 male nurse and I guess he does all the shots so will see him on Tuesday for a shot to boost white blood cell production. One of the nurses taught the "newbie chemo" class last week and she also took my dressing off covering the incisions from the port install as it was getting really irritated and had been on long enough. I'm still "raw" in a couple of spots and one area on my neck looks like someone put a ligature around me and tightened it. I was told what I could put on the areas to promote healing and they are looking better. If all goes according to plan after I have my shot on Tuesday I'll head to almost downtown Olympia and pick up my compression sleeve and gauntlet that the occupational therapist recommended and then stop by the shop where I got my bras and prosthesis on Friday and get a couple of more bras + a sports bra for my exercising. My doctor's prescription only said 1 prosthesis and 2 bras and I feel I need more than 2. So instead of contacting her office for another script saying "due to medical necessity" I'll just buy them myself along with the sports bra. I have read all kinds of material regarding the "drugs" they'll be giving me (unless the oncologist changed her mind since talking with her after surgery) just to see what may or may not occur. The nice volunteers in the resource center in the front of the clinic had me fill out some paperwork and arranged for drivers from the local cancer society (also volunteers) for my first appointment so I can see how I do. I've been told I should be able to drive myself home but I'm not taking any chances for the first one anyway. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's pouring down rain once again ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/09/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 2 OLD Bomber Memorials: Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Donna BOWERS ('63), Deedee WILLOX ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SETBACKEN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tere SMYTH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Just read some bad news that may affect some of you. Annette Funicello has passed on. Many may remember her from the original Mickey Mouse Club. Most will remember the "Beach" movies in which she co-starred with Frankie "Hair Helmet" Avalon. She was a bright spot during life's journey. I forgot to add on my last entry about PBS pledge programs the usual spiel about pledging $100 and getting a CD of the program you are watching. For a $250 you can get the DVD and for $500 you get both the CD and the DVD. They do not say how much the Blu-Ray version is. If you are really into oldies, you might want to think about investing in "The Original Artist's" recordings. There really was a group called "The Original Artist's" and they did some amazing covers of popular songs of the day at about half the cost of the real thing. I think Pat Boone may have started this with his covers of Little Richard. Not even close, and definitely no cigar there. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the wet weather continues; the tulips have bloomed and soon the walnut tree will start leafing out. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Wow Larry, great post. My wife spent 5 days in the hospital and the bill was $125,000. Thanks for sharing. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Costa Rica Surgery To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Thanks for your wonderful story, Larry. The savings you described obviously can't be attributed to simply the lower cost of living in Costa Rica, because Costa Rica's average cost of living is only about 27% lower than ours. -Ed WOOD ('62) join-chorus-voices-speaking-out-against-drugged-driving **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) Re: Chuck VEVERKA ('54-RIP) I have sad news that Chuck VEVERKA ('54) passed away Sunday morning, April 7, 2013. Chuck, my brother-in-law for almost 50 years (along with my husband Mike ('60) and son MacGregor) is one of the 3 men that I think should be cloned to make "ALL" men just like them!!! They are Godly, kind, thoughtful, always do the "right thing", raise children that are smart and hard- working, and always "fix" everyone else's problems without a hint of ego (and without drama). Maybe you have one of these guys in your life... if you do, you are the luckiest woman in the world! A true Richland "GOOD GUY"!!! Memories of Chuck are just too numerous to mention, but even though we have lived in St. Louis for almost 30 years, his and Kathy's (Mike's sister) home was our "home" in Richland. We shall miss all the beach vacations, trips, dinners, weddings, card games, and 2am Volleyball games with you, Chuck. I do not know when I first started calling you "Chuckie-poo", or when it morphed into my favorite nickname for you, "Pucky-chew"!! It probably was the time we played volleyball in our backyard long ago in Spokane, the time where you bounced the ball off my head so many times that my hair piece/fall was bouncing right along with it, right off my head. Oh, the laughs, and the fun, and the MEMORIES!!! Pucky-chew, we love you from the "bottom of our hearts: Mike RICE ('60) and Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) -Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Betti AVANT ('69) So today begins your chemo journey. Thanks for keeping us updated. I continue to pray for you. You have a great attitude towards all this, which will aid in your healing and dealing with everything involved. Hang in there... you?re doing great! -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: On my way to a 4 bagger That didn't quite come out right... "bagger" just doesn't get the emotion of the situation plus somebody may think I'm being descriptive and I am NOT! Specially when we got two great Bomber-babes and "the Bod" havin' their b-days today... I could say we got three "Bods" havin' birthdays but that would only land me in trouble and I am perfectly capable of stumbling into trouble without outright askin' for it! So with this post I only have two more (all this month) for my (second or third) grand slam... I should look on the post mark of the crown and gold stars from my first... yup April 19, 2011... dang... that means Ellen ('63) actually sent it before I posted her HB that year... now that's trust... it's so good to be trusted... actually for a guy with a memory such as I am getting it is very frightening because if it can get goofed up... we know I'm the one to goof it up... anyway that means if I don't goof up this month, I'll have three years inna row... cross your fingers, folks... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gary SETBACKEN ('64), Tere SMYTH ('65) and Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) on your special day, April 9, 2013!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Hi--I'm home from my first treatment and for the most part all went well. The first chemo drug gave me a hot flash so she turned it down some and it went away about as fast as it had come on. One of the volunteers came by with 3 different blankets and I got to choose one to cover up with and take home. One side is a light pink and the other side has pink ribbons on it, I'll have to remember to take it each time as the area was a little chilly today. I took some snacks and my lunch and so far (knock on wood) no nausea but they gave me a triple dose of one of the meds. they had me fill last week. After they accessed the port and drew blood I was taken to see my doctor so she could go over the labs and answer any questions I had. Once the OK was given the gals in the mixing area mixed up my bags. They started with just a regular saline solution, gave me the anti nausea meds, had a steroid (normally by pill but they gave it to me IV), and then started the first drug, when it was done they ran the second drug, and followed that with more saline to flush the port of any remaining drugs. The nurse assigned to me has been doing this type of work for 20 years and was really easy to talk to. By the time I left all 4 chairs had someone in them. I know I made several trips to the bathroom and wore a path to and from it pushing my pump with me. I took a book along but never got to it but did get one crossword puzzle worked. I talked quite a bit with a gal across the way who has had cancer in the past and now it's back and in other areas. Another lady was doing her last treatment today, she said it had been a long 5 months and was glad that part was over for now. I got my schedule for the next time; 29Apr with the same sequence; access the port and draw blood, visit with doctor, and then treatment. I have to return tomorrow for a shot to boost the white blood cell production. Thanks for caring, -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Glenna KELLY Gandenberger - Class of 1955 ~ 1936 - 2011 >>Lois KEYS Earp - Class of 1955 ~ 1936 - 1973 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Tony DURAN ('55), Judy WILLOX ('61) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Linda REINING ('64) Pat DORISS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma CULVERHOUSE ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BENEDICT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug PAYNE ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) I'm sorry to have to report that Jack MORRIS ('55) passed away this morning 4/9/13 at 3:20 am in Palm Springs, CA. More information later. -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy WILLOX ('61) >>From: Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: All Bomber Lunch ~ aka Patti's All Bomber Lunch To: All Richland/Col-Hi Bombers No matter when you attended Richland/Col-Hi school; or even if you left before graduation, you are welcome! You're invited to join us at the All Bomber Lunch! Bring your spouse, classmate, or a friend and join us to celebrate Bomber Pride, friendship and memories. You can even make new friends along the way! Re: April April showers bring May flowers and hopefully it will bring a lot of you to the All-Bomber Lunch. WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2013 TIME: 1pm - 3pm (Some show up around 12:30 PM) WHERE: JD DINER, 3790 West Van Giesen, West Richland (Second building on the right after crossing the Yakima River Bridge.) -Judy WILLOX (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Moving FINALLY after more than a year we are moving back to Kennewick. More than a year ago, we put our house on the market, but didn't get very far. Market, at the time, was lousy. Lots of interest, but no takers except the one that low balled us so badly. About 6 weeks ago we put the house back on the market. It's now a sellers market, which made all the difference in the world for us. April 19 we will be closing on our home here in Eureka, CA. Hope to be in Kennewick on Saturday the 20th. We found a house that we really like in the Creekstone Estates subdivision. Unfortunately, the husband of the sellers was in a terrible car accident last Friday. We haven't heard as yet how he is doing or even if the sale will go through. We may just have to look for another home, but won't take long, as there were several homes that we liked in the same area. We are sooooo excited about this move!! Get me to warmer and sunnier weather soon! Yay! To: Betti Avant ('69) I've been reading along about what you've been going through these past weeks and months. I've sent up several prayers as well. I just don't write in that often. I'm so happy that you are doing so well. Keep up the great fight. God is so gracious! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ last entry for being in Eureka, CA. Gotta get back to packing. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Annette Funnicello To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I grew up watching her on the Mickey Mouse Club... loved watching the serials that they built around her, too... and, of course, all the ... "beach movies" with Frankie Avalon... I still watch them, when they come on TCM. She will be missed. of course, all the Bakersfield stations are doing "news" stories on her, since she is/was a local celebrity and passed away in the local Catholic hospital. To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Chemo Treatments Good luck with your treatments. My... "port" isn't the type they can draw blood from, so I always had to have the "stick" in the vein in my arm... hope the meds help with the nausea. I think the nausea and being so tired, were the worst parts of the chemo for me. Did they tell you what type chemo you are having? Mine was... "Cisplatin"... which they said was one of the harshest ones, since it contains platinum. Take care and keep us informed of your progress. Bomber prayers. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA we had rain and wind gusts, up to 50 MPH all day, today(Monday)... figured it would rain, since I had the van washed, Saturday. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) >>From: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 Lunch Calling all Ladies from the Class of 1965: Mark your calendar and plan on joining us for lunch WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2013 TIME: 1pm WHERE: Isla Bonita Restaurant, 1524 Jadwin Ave, Richland Bring a fiend or fellow classmate and join us! If you have any questions, let us know! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Enjoy this photo taken last month at the special reception honoring Roy Fowler. It is a current picture of maybe some of the best ever baseball players from the Tri-City area. Roy passed away this last December. Back row....l to r 1. David SONDERLAND ('66), 2. Mike SHEERAN ('66), 3. Ken FORTUNE ('66), 4. Doug STRASSER ('66), 5. John BAALMAN ('67), 6. Mick HEMPHILL ('66). Front row...l to r 1. Gregor HANSON ('65), 2. Ken DEERY ('66), 3. Jim SCHILDKNECHT ('66), 4. Dan GREGORY ('66), 5. Mike FOWLER ('67), 6. Lyle LAUGHERY ('66), 7. Bill VOILAND ('66). Peace to all ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very sunny and warm Richland! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Chuck Veverka ~ Class of 1954 ~ 1935 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/11/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha FELTS ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I did enjoy the photo of some of the best baseball players ever. To be honest I only recognized Gregor HANSON ('65), even though Bill VOILAND ('66) used to be my Olympia St. neighbor along time ago. I remember babysitting at his house, and what great teamwork I thought their family had To: Betti AVANT ('69) Betti, we continue to keep you in our prayers. Bomber Cheers from sunny Gardnerville, NV, where I am happily spending time with my grandson. He has me improving on the local fitness course. I hope to leave here much more fit than I came.. and I am glad for you, Carol CONVERSE Maurer ('64), that you will be moving back to the Tri-Cities so soon... I will be visiting my friends in Sacramento and Roseville when Holly, my daughter-in-law has off, and I am planning on visiting the local Firehouse restaurant owned by our own Sandy FINNEY Harvego ('60). -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/12/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: McGregor FOX ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monita McCLELLAN ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aaron HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan BELLISTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrie SMITHWICK ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) To: The Ladies of Class of 1954 Just a friendly reminder that we will be getting together for our monthly lunch at Rosy's Ice Cream Parlor in Richland at 11:30 am today, Friday!!! Help remind all of our gals who love to come join us, but sometimes forget!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Kevin BYERS ~ Class of 2000 ~ 1982 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/13/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Valarie Peery (NAB) sent stuff & 1 Bomber Memorial today. BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave BURNHAM ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave FOWLER ('76) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harvey CHAPMAN & Sally FOLEY ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Valarie Peery (NAB) Re: Bomberopoly Hello Maren- can we get more space in the SandStorm?? The Richland Bomberopoly game is expected the first week of May! They are available for pre-order! Visit us at We are now taking pre-paid orders... PayPal is available, too! The game is also listed on Craigslist as: Richland Bomber memorabilia $35 Thank you Bomber Alumni!! Please contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information. -Valarie Peery (NAB), RHS IMB Membership Chair **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Teddie WOOD ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1939 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/14/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin CORLEY ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete OVERDAHL ('60) Re: Club40 Scholarship Fund - Silent Auction Larry MATTINGLY ('60) donated a new "Montblanc" (Meisterstuck) Fountain Pen Burgundy in Color Pen Wrapped in a 14K Gold Band, engraved Montblanc-Meisterstuck Writing Tip 14K Gold Pen DB 172000 Use only the highest quality ink Can go online to see the Top of the Line, Montblanc-Meisterstuck Fountain Pens - New $300.00 to $800.00 Value I had a Jeweler verify this is a high quality pen and the gold is 14K. Please Send Me Your Silent Bid. Help Our "Conley-Richey" Scholarship Fund. Cut Off Date - April 25th, 2013. -Pete OVERDAHL ('60), Scholarship Committee Member **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Not even magic is gonna get me this time... before leaving work Friday I wrote a yellow stickie and put it in my pocket... had the b-day bomber-babe's name on it... when I got home I emptied my pockets, as usual... no yellow stickie... when I was getting ready for the donut shop this morning I realized that I hadn't seen the yellow stickie and wrote a new one and put it on the mirror... so ha ha ha... now I know that the world doesn't revolve around me or my HB's... if my HB's disappeared tomorrow they would soon be forgotten and nobody is gonna have a bad day just because they don't get an HB from me... ahhhhhhhhhhhh but they are important to me, because each of you is important to me... besides, there are two girls from the class of '63 that would never let me live it down if I didn't hit my home run this year... so here's the triple and I shore do hope this Bomber- babe has a great day, as she is very, very special to me... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67), on your special day, April 14, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/15/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Jeanie TURNER ('61) Roger GRESS ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy CARPENTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mickey LYNCH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy DeHART ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) It's been a long time... I read the SS every day (when I miss, I go back to find them) and enjoy so many of the entries! I always think of things to write but then, don't. Still in the process of selling my house here in Richland and finding a place in the Tri-Cities where I can have a horse, again, before I'm totally too old! Some people think I already AM, but I don't and that is what matters. ("I'm in good shape for the shape I'm in"... haha) My tax form 1098 (mortgage interest) is missing so guess I'll have to file an extension and get that info from Wells Fargo tomorrow. Shucks. Life is good... I continue Friday Pinochle (afternoon and evening) and usually go to the Bomber lunches at Sterlings. Sorry to have missed the Patti's All-Bomber lunch Saturday in West Richland, but had unexpected company, then 2 year old great-grandson, Jude, came over for a nap while his mama got other stuff done. Bomber regards, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ from Richland where flowers and trees are blooming and I send powerful healing thoughts and love to those who are battling that bugger, cancer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch 4/13/13 WOW, did we have a fabulous lunch yesterday. We were a small group but that allowed us to have some very interesting conversations. Our next get together is WHAT: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Picnic WHERE: Lewisville Park in Battleground, WA DATE: August 10 Wait for more information later this summer. Pictures from yesterday's lunch to be posted soon. -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday to Sandy CARPENTER Lee ('61) -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Bill BERLIN ('56) Carol CARSON ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken ELY ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara COLE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony SHARPE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg JOCHEN ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: '54 lunch Boy, did I ever have a "senior" moment last week! I said we were meeting for lunch at Rosy's last Friday at 11:30am and was only a WEEK early!! I was there... and Norma MYRICK Nunamaker ('54) was there... (she believed me).. so we had lunch anyway!!!! NOW, let me announce we will be meeting this coming Friday at Rosy's at 11:30 am for our lunch group!!! WHAT: "REAL" '54 Lunch information DATE: Friday, April 19th TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Rosy's Hope I didn't confuse anyone. Also, I had mentioned we lost another classmate on April 7th: Charles VERVERKA ('54-RIP)!!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Junk in the Trunk It is that time of the year when we Rain birds start to "relocate" or "transition," to be Politically Correct, back to our home in Anacortes, WA. I have to say that from my reports, we have not missed a lot up there this winter. It was a weird year here too in the Palm Springs area this winter. Quite cold nights, which the desert is known for, and more than usual high wind, the latter due to all of the pressure systems that moved into the Pacific NW this winter and worked their way down the coast. Mind you, when it blows here it is still in the 80s so there is no wind chill factor. The winter was good for us. Business was very good, nice margins too, and we had the extreme Bomber pleasure of (1) meeting the one-and-only David RIVERS ('65) in Las Vegas and (2) Jimbeaux and Nancy WICK Hamilton ('65), along with Cuz Eddie, were here for three days. Had to sweet talk them into staying another day but having a three hour Happy Hour on the patio in 80 weather at 7pm with lots of good "appies" (appetizers) did the trick. I mean Jimbeaux is a walking encyclopedia of our old Bomber neighborhood. Jack "Sindy" SINDERSON ('53) was my hero growing up in the GWWay hood but Jimbeaux mentioned Kenny CHUBB ('53) and the Lynch kids along with Pat MURRAY ('60), Jim RUSSELL ('58) and Jack RUSSELL ('60-RIP) and the brains of the whole outfit was Caroline "Sissie" HAMILTON ('60). Roll on Bombers. Re: Mexicali, Mexico I went down there to visit a factory and was blown away by the city and the industrial zone. Mexicali is 2.0 million people and we came in on a four-lane avenue and past a K Mart, a Walmart and a Home Depot and they say they are getting a Costco in three months. The plant was amazing too and I shot a few hoops with the workers after having a great lunch in their cafeteria. Really nice, hard working people that really like their jobs. Average tenure there was 6.5 years. Re: Misc. Glad Carol CONVERSE Maurer ('64) is getting out of Eureka, CA and "coming home" to the Tri-Cities. My wife and I are thinking of downsizing from our house in Anacortes but are not sure if we will move out of the area or not. Sounds like Betti AVANT ('69) is getting started with her chemo and I hope that goes well for her. We talked with Jimbeaux about his adventure with it whilst he was here so I hope her results are as good as his. He was so inhibited and shy before chemo and look at him now. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA where the winds hit 50+ mph last evening. The Palm trees are so amazing and a real study of "bending but not breaking." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) I have not seen this posted but wanted to let you know that Fred KLUTE ('58) passed away in Kennewick, WA on April 11. Graveside services at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 20th with a gathering after at JD's Diner in West Richland. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Big kid b-day Yup... 'nuther one a my favorites today... I'm sitting here looking at the grease under my nails that i somehow missed this morning. I hate it when I do that... One of my client/friends owned a ton of Hotel/Casinos until he sold them all to Bill Boyd, with the understanding that he could take one back if he hated Corporate life... he did and he did... when we would go to meetings or court, he used to tell me to: "put your hands in your pockets... you look like my gardener!" I don't think I ever had grease under my nails but my hands are a bit rough and do look more like a mechanic's hands than a lawyer's... life's tough I know... trying to close up shop is more work than trying to go on vacation... We had a young runner who was a real go- getter and then he seemed to lose interest... he ran for Office so one of his friends took over... her work was great and I was able to trust her with more and more "paralegal" type work... she was on a sensitive project on Friday and was half way through, when he decided to come back to work... so now I have to take over where she left off as I just can't trust him to accomplish the task (poor me poor me... don'tcha feel my pain?) Korse it means way more cost to the client to have me do it than someone else we can bill out at a small fee... well before I got this news I had a really fun topic for today but it's long gone now... so I'll stop moaning and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a great friend, Tony SHARPE ('63) on your special day, April 16, 2013!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Sierra MURRAY ('13wb-RIP) from the April 15, 2013 Tri City Herald The family of Sierra MURRAY ('13wb) of Richland will be one of six families honored with a Gift of Life award by Gov. Jay Inslee in a ceremony at 11am Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Legislative Building in Olympia. Headline: Family of Richland teen whose organs were donated to be honored. Peace to all -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/17/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKEOWN ('53), Norma LOESCHER ('53) Tom VERELLEN ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary JONES ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob THOMAS ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim VACH ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shari NAPORA ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane SMITH ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim JOCHEN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" DAVIS ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff JANICEK ('88) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Anniversary Maren... Edna and I want to thank everyone for the anniversary wishes, but they are 2 months too early... to the day. The memorable day is JUNE 16th, not April 16th. I'm sure that I screwed up when I sent you the date a year or so ago for the Sandstorm. This will be our 57th... the year was 1956. Thanks, -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from very sunny, windy and warm (80s tomorrow), Sacramento, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Happy Anniversary, Jim McKEOWN ('53) & Edna (NAB) Happy 54th Anniversary [OOPS.. see entry from Jim - above -NOT 4/16], Jim and Edna, from your '53 Bomber classmates and friends! You've both been loyal and supportive over the years to our class at its annual Club 40 reunions, traveling to the Tri- Cities from California. We regard you as one of our shining lights and strongest leaders. This year is Class of '53's 60 year reunion and, as always, we're planning our big celebration in conjunction with Club 40. It won't be the same without brother Tom McKEOWN ('53-RIP) and his wife Darlene CARD McKeown ('54), but one of the great things about Club 40 is that we can share reunion moments with youngest brother Mike McKEOWN ('60 and on the '58 state championship basketball team) and his wife Judi MAKI McKeown (one of my very own students ? forgive me for forgetting Bomber graduation year). Jim and Edna are at the pinnacle of happily wed couples, entirely devoted to each other, that I have the deep pleasure of knowing. Love and Bomber Cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ Richland, where it's cloudy, partly sunny, and showering lightly on me as I work in my rose garden. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) The "Procession of the Species" will reoccur in beautiful downtown Olympia, WA on April 27th starting at 4:30. I advise getting a spot along the parade route early because it fills up quickly, or be a participant in the parade to see all of the people watching the parade. For those of you who have never experienced this event it is something unique. There are events on Friday the 26th also street fairs and Art Walk among others. Google "Olympia procession of the species" and get all of the information. Really a super good relaxed fun time to begin the rest of the year. Some of these photos from parade preparations last year may be repeats: See pictures from last year: Tom VERELLEN ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Moving Well, we got word last Friday late afternoon that perspective buyers of our house cancelled their contract with us. We were soooo close this time in selling the house. They used the excuse of the neighborhood. Eureka doesn't have "good" nor "bad" neighborhoods. They are totally mixed up. Our neighborhood has seen very positive changes over the years that we've been here, but there is this one house right across the street from us... Ugh! You know what they say "3rd time is a charm". We'll see about that. I would love to get a peek of the TOTAL plan that God has in store for us :). Til then, we'll keep on praying that the right buyer will come along very soon. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/18/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Valarie Peery sent stuff & 1 Bomber Memorial today: Karen COLE ('55), Jeanie TURNER ('61), Betti AVANT ('69), Valarie Peery (Bomberopoly Lady) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane WALKER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie CONE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene SWIFT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gilbert BLANKENSHIP ('81) 04/18 TODAY IN HISTORY: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the EIGHTEENTH OF APRIL, in '75; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.... Paul Revere's Ride -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) My computer is well after being "hacked" as Maren well knows. Anyway, we want to wish a belated birthday to sister Barbara ('50) on the 16th. We couldn't ask for a better big sister, always sweet and quiet even when being mediator. (It was always Patti's fault, she started it! Ha) It sounds like your day was special, and know that we all love you. Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Jackie & Judie ('63), Johnny ('66) -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Vancouver/Portland area luncheon Our luncheon this past Saturday was so much fun. A small but interesting group. The conversation was delightful and the food delicious. Our next planned get together is NEXT: Bomber Picnic WHERE: Lewisville Park in Battleground, WA. DATE: August 10 More information to come later. -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: One Burden Lifted Hi everyone, I have one burden lifted off my shoulders with all that is going on. I have not only met my deductible but my out of pocket expenses so unless I stray out of my insurance network the rest of my medical bills will be paid at 100% for the rest of the year. I have several items I need to take out to Aflac and get scanned as I should get some money for parts of most if not all of them; like the prosthesis, the port installation, the occupational therapy treatments, the chemo. drugs, etc. I know it's not 100% of the total for them but every little bit helps. I also will have no more co-pays for doctors' visits as I've used up my 4 and lab will be paid too since I maxed that out at $400./year. You will never know how much it means to me that I have insurance as I'd probably not have done everything I've done up to this point or would have had to apply for Medicaid. Here's to a great week for each of you. By the way my blood pressure has come down due to the doctor changing one of my meds from 1-5mg pill to 2-10mg pills. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Valarie Peery (Bomberopoly Lady) Re: Richland Bomberopoly board game is on its way! Bomber Alumni- Thank you all for your interest and support in Richland Bomberopoly. The Bomberopoly game is expected to deliver the first week of May. As a reminder, there are only 1500 copies available. We need your payment to ensure you get your copies of the game. We have Paypal available on our website - - or you can mail a check made out to: RHS IMB c/o Valarie Peery 4914 Blue Heron Blvd. West Richland, WA 99353 If you have any questions, please send an email to Thank you again for supporting Bomber music programming- -Valarie Peery (NAB) Bomberopoly Coordinator **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Fred KLUTE ~ Class of 1958 ~ 1940 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/19/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Deedee WILLOX ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurel NIELSEN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lila JENNE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Lloyd & Linda SWAIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark ROHRBACHER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg WELLMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deb BOSHER ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jeff LARSEN & Barbara GILE ('67) 04/19 TODAY IN HISTORY 1775 American Revolution began w/ shot "heard round the world" 1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life 1993 Waco ended 1995 Oklahoma City **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) The quote of Longfellow in the 4/18/13 Sandstorm reminded me of a slightly different version: "Now, listen my children, "and you shall hear "of the midnight ride "of Paul for beer; "which lead to a "warmer hemisphere! "Burma Shave!" -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where it may or may not rain between now and the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Fred KLUTE ('58-RIP) Fred was a good friend during our years in the CAP and visited us in Chicago and Seattle. I was looking forward to seeing him at Club 40 in September. He will be missed. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Wow! I never even thought about the financial end of cancer. Thank God you have Aflac, as that will help, as you know. Keep us updated; I continue to pray for you, as I am sure many Bombers are. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Who's the sexy Bomber-babe Chick with the Bomber tattoo and daily SS that keeps us all together... Bomber-babe chick... ya damn right... that Bomber- babe chick is a bad mutha... shut yo mouth... I'm just talkin' bout Bomber-babe Chick... I know... don't give up my day job... hey I am giving up my day job... Dang... guess I'm just SOL... let's see... maybe I could write the ultimate guide to '50s Rock 'n' Roll... dang... think that's been tried a few times... oh wow... I could become a DJ... hmmm... most a that stuff is canned these dayz... Ahhhhhhh right you groovy guys and groovy chicks we got stacks a wax and pounds a sounds... (I've never figured out where I got the "groovy" in my DJ pitch... we didn't say groovy inna day)... well Cris Noel did on AFR in the "nam"... "oh that song was soooooooo grovy, boyz... and you know that 'yummy yummy yummy' really is the number one song in the States" "I wouldn't lie to you guys... honest... nobody is playing "White Rabbit" or Sgt Pepper or any of those subversive songs in the US... honest guys... it's all fun and happy bubble gum music.................. " Well ya can't say that about our Bomber-babe B-day chick... she gives us just what we want when we want it... Bomber news... all the news that's fit to print and mine too... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) on your special day, April 19, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65;yerbestex) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: BD Wishes Today, April 19th, I'd like to wish happy birthday to 2 wonderful individuals. First of all the "Queen of the Alumni Sandstorm" Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), may your day be wonderful. Second my great niece Idaly Hernandez, daughter of Sarah AVANT ('94) who turns 11. Idaly hopefully you will be a Bomber, class of 2020, I love you. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA but I'm still planning -- but not sure when -- to return to Richland to make my home (treatments will dictate that but hopefully sometime come later summer) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Sue SIMPSON ~ Class of 1973 ~ 1955 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/20/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike WAGGONER ('60) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck SHIPMAN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike WAGGONER ('60) I don't know whether this idea might be helpful in thinking about what happened in Boston recently: To be killed by a terrorist would be awful. Ditto being eaten by a shark. But almost no one is killed by a terrorist or eaten by a shark. I wouldn't be surprised if more people were killed or injured in Boston on Monday by auto accidents than by the bombers, and this would certainly be true over a few days. Far more people are killed or injured in traffic accidents driving to the beach than are bitten by sharks. Unfortunately, terrorism is not limited to the U.S. There have been bombings and/or shootings and/or poisonings in Bali, Japan, London, Madrid, the former Soviet Union, etc. Terrible as each of these events is, it does not make any significant increase in the risk of death from all causes. A healthier diet, better exercise, a fulfilling career, community involvement, and more time with loved ones are far more important in the length and quality of life than are terrorists. We are fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated first responders from our local, state, and federal governments, and to have such helpful citizens to comfort and care for the injured and to help with information regarding the fugitives. We need to be careful out there. But we should not let terrorists disrupt our lives and our communities. -Mike WAGGONER ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Teenager Least I forget, today April 20th I want to wish great nephew Anand Hernandez, son of Sarah AVANT ('94), on this day of his birth a good #13. I can't believe you're a teenager, oh my. I love you. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/21/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Don LYALL ('52), Roger GRESS ('61) Earl BENNETT ('63), Marie RUPPERT ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie ALLEN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie SHEERAN ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don LYALL ('52) Re: Jim BLAKE ('52-RIP) We lost a dear friend and classmate. He and his wife, Helen, lived in Ft Worth, TX. Helen called to let me know. Do not have any details at this time. -Don LYALL ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday to Katie SHEERAN ('61) -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Betti: In your comment "I can't believe you're a teenager. Oh my" I hear an echo of my mother when I was on the phone with her on my fortieth birthday: "It's not nice for one's children to turn 40!" Prayer warriors still engaged. Regards, ecb3 - from perfect spring weather in central Virginia where my wife and I brought home a pretty, wild flower plant we found along the road; here's a picture. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: Fred KLUTE ('58-RIP) I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Fred. He was always an interesting man to talk with at our Bomber lunches. I will miss making raspberry jam for him each year. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by everyone lucky enough to have known him. My condolences to his family. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: How Long Does It Take Does anybody know when birthdays started happening say every six months? When Taxes came due every three months (and I ain't talkin about big people talk like quarterly taxes)... When Christmas came every other month? I mean I clearly remember when the three DAYS before Christmas took 3 months and when Christmas eve lasted 4 days... It took forever to finally be old enough to start kinnygarden and who knows how long to become a big time 7th grader (only to realize you were at the bottom of the food chain)... Oh man... then Col-Hi... but even then it took about 4.5 years to move from 15 to 16... and 18?... fergetaboutit... If you'd asked me in 10th grade how long it was gonna take to get outa Col-Hi I'da said many years, but then there WARFORD ('65) and I were with our heads in our hands saying: "We blew it"... Oh I got one... boot camp... now there's a few months that took at least a year... then the 4 years (some only two some 6) after that... 13 months in the "Nam" took way longer than forever... the college (I mean I did that in 3 years but it still took 6)... how 'bout any special school or training you undertook to become what you wanted to be when you grew up... so how did all that go by so darned quickly?????? Well, I know one thing... I'm sure glad it came time to wish this Bomber-babe, B-day girl an HB... ."oooooooooooooooonce I hadda secret loooooooooooove..." OK OK I'll stop... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Katie SHEERAN ('61) on your special day, April 21, 2013!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/22/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Julie SMYTH ('69wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim COYNE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy METZ ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Meg CONE ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I'm not exactly sure how to do this. I don't know this person, so I can't do a rambling anecdote on a non-related subject. About the only thing I can do is tip the ol' propeller beanie in honor of Ellen WEIHERMILLER's ('63) 17th birthday. I will give her some advice to not mis-behave or "daddy's gonna take her T-Bird away." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where weather guessers are all over the place about this coming week's temps. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Have you ever taken a minute or twelve to peruse a list of the people who were your birthday buddies. Amongst other Taurus' blowing out candles today, the Birthday girl is in good company with: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Jack Nicholson John Waters Glen Campbell The only noteworthy woman on the list is Marilyn Chambers, who probably wouldn't be invited to her monthly South Puget Sound Song Leader Picnic and Fudge Fest. Also on this date in 1500, Pedro Cabal "discovered" Brazil. I wonder how he found out it was missing, possibly on the side of a Portuguese wine bottle? When the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I ran away with the circus 13 months ago, it was the Birthday Girl who blessed Cousin Eddy on our first day. When we returned last week, she not only allowed us to park in her cul de sac, but gave us an inside bunk for our last night on the road. She's a treasured friend and that is a huge understatement. I'm certain that the Las Vegas Lucubrator will have more to say, but Happy Birthday to Ellen WEIHERMILLER Anderson ('63), you'll always be our Song Queen. and I hope you and Ronald MacNaughton have a great day. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I am blessed Some people feel they are lucky... I may have even used the term myself a time or two... I've never really tested it... I don't gamble (OK in the summer of 1969 I put 10 cents inna slot machine and won two dimes... but that was the first and last time I "gambled" with money anyway)... I am blessed to have been born in a great country in a fantastic town full of really special people... during and following R2K I have made so many friends I'm not sure I can count high enough to count them all (and all the friends I made growing up makes the number even larger!)... I have had time stop and go in slow motion three times in my life... two were certain death situations that aren't important here... one was in 9th grade... after practice we were passing the football around and when I caught it I threw it to Richard BRUNELLE ('65) who just happened to pick that moment to bend over and untie his shoe... some of you, younger than I, will remember the wooden bars on the coach's big window... yup my perfect pass went right thru the glass... just before the ball hit the window time slowed to an agonizing pace... I watched that ball as it approached the glass... as it touched the glass... as the glass began to crack... as the shards began to fly in to the office... after most of the glass had started moving time returned to normal and the ball bounced unceremoniously on the ground a few times... boy did my stomach ache... so that particular situation was not what I would term lucky... but I am blessed with the friendship of so many... the two birthday kids are two of my blessings... I hear from the guy now and then and talk to the Bomber-babe nearly every day... I say nearly because sometimes I lose track of time on the weekends... I am blessed to have seen nearly every Rock n Roller I've ever wanted to see... I am particularly glad to have seen Del Shannon before he died... Saw Elvis twice a year on opening night for many years... I have owned virtually every car I've ever wanted to own... tho I would have preferred my '50 Merc custom had been a '51... but hey... so even tho some of those things are hardly necessities I am certainly glad to have done them... I have a wonderful daughter who digs RnR as much as I do and don't treat me mean and cruel... but today I am especially grateful for the two birthday kids... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) and Jim COYNE ('64) on your special day, April 22, 2013... and in the immortal words of Rick MADDY ('67) last summer: "I've kissed a WEIHERMILLER!!!!!!!!!" (ok ok I've prolly kissed them all more than once... but in a brotherly way! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julie SMYTH Moss ('69wb) I wonder... does anyone else LOVE reading David RIVERS' ('65) birthday posts? We are reading glimpses of genius! Thanks, David... what a guy! -Julie SMYTH Moss ('69wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Jim BLAKE ~ Class of 1952 ~ 1934 - 2013 >>Beth SMITH Duncan - Class of 1953 ~ 1934 - 1988 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/23/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Phil BELCHER ('51), Dick WIGHT ('52) Roger GRESS ('61), Diane DAVENPORT ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike BRADLEY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita ECKERT ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken DAME ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) I attended another meeting today concerning the Hanford Workers. The Cold War Patriots [] will help anyone that worked at Hanford and now have some sort of sickness related to the work site. They are sending a nurse twice a week as well as a CNA [Certified Nurse Assistant] to help with the work around the house to help me. Simply put, they will help you stay in your own home without having to go to a nursing home in the later years. The nursing care is great and they will go up to 24/7 if needed. has the list of meetings. Richland this Tuesday [23rd], Yakima on Wednesday [24th] and Prosser {25th]. Click on the day to get more information about that meeting... (They conduct meetings all over the country.) Free to join, no cost ever. It's well worth it to check it out. I have COPD [Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease] and they have purchased equipment and supplies for me. Its a good deal!! -Phil BELCHER ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: David RIVERS' ('65) posts Julie SMYTH Moss ('69wb) asked if anyone enjoys David's posts. Yeah, I do from time to time, though lately my attention span seems shorter, and I kinda' nod off......................What was I typing about???? Oh, well....... -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ RVing somewhere in the southwest - just a sec, I'll ask my wife... Oh, yeah in El Mirage, AZ 93 today! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday to Rita ECKERT ('61) -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane DAVENPORT ('62) Re: Iditarod Maren, There is an interesting article about the Iditarod in this week?s New Yorker (April 22, 2013 page 80). Enjoy. -Diane DAVENPORT ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Entangled deer on Facebook - thank you Donna WOODS Schmidt ('64) THREE antlers entangled (11 pointer, 10 pointer and 7 pointer w/8th broken tine) First in the water Out of the water first in then out of the water Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: He ain't got the hair but he's still my pal... that's today's b-day guy... been pals for a very long time now and I'm always glad to see him either in Vegas or Richland... long as he's got Jennifer with him... oh crap... did I put that in the final version... meant to pull it out before I pushed "send" Oh well... life goes on... I've known his sis ('65) since the 6th grade but it does seem longer... I've said before that I can recognize her from the front or the back from way more than 100 paces... in fact, during R2K, Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and I discovered that as she and Ray were walking to the school... we both exclaimed: "There's Connie!" Then we hadda laugh because we only looked at one spot... don't think it was the hair... tho if we'd taken the time that would have given her away too... now I gotta say that the b-day boy just "ain't got the hair for it"... the way he wears it... there just ain't much at all... I tried that for a while a few years back and then the stuff just growed back... who knew? (eatcher heart out HEIDLEBAUGH)... the b-day boy hasn't sent me any pix of his coupe since he got the trunk skin on it so I'm spectin' some soon. Since it's almost June, I suspect I'll see it in person before I get the pix... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kenny DAME ('68) on your special day, April 23, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, Julie SMYTH Moss ('69wb) you sure know howta put the pressure on a guy... I may hafta hire a professional writer............. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Hanford museum CREHST faces difficult time as it merges with Reach interpretive center A drive down Richland's George Washington Way about a year from now no longer will provide a glimpse of the vintage cream and maroon Hanford buses parked outside the CREHST museum. The museum, after about 18 years in the Tri-Cities, will close about the time the new Hanford Reach Interpretive Center opens. The museum already is entering a final year of change. Ellen Low, the executive director, has resigned to move back to her home in England. Tri-City Herald link -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Drats Hi to Bombers everywhere-- Drats--it started in last night. What you say? I'm starting to shed my nice thick hair, knew it would happen just not sure when. The breast patient navigator told me 2-3 weeks after my first treatment and that was 2 weeks ago today with my next round on Monday next week. They say it will come back in different when I'm done from anything to color to texture, etc. Of course right now it's basically gray, has been for several years but it has remained thick none the less. So what will come back in, only God knows I guess and I haven't a choice. It's just one of those things that happen with chemotherapy and I'm prepared for it (hope it includes my armpits and legs so I won't have to shave for a while). I'll try to get a picture if I go totally bald, hey at least I'll save on shampoo and conditioner. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we may hit 70 this week oh joy ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/24/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and one 2005 Bomber Memorial: Suzie GUNDERSON ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie SWANSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny CASTO ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben HAUSENBUILLER ('98) Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie GUNDERSON Chiles ('60) To: Betti AVANT ('69) With your wonderful attitude, and great outlook on life, you are going to sail through these rough waters with grace and aplomb. When your cruise is finished, your new head of hair will be an inspiration to all who are forced to sail the same seas. God bless you! -Suzie GUNDERSON Chiles ('60) ~ under grey clouds in Omak, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: David RIVERS '65 Keep up the good work on all those birthdays. We learn so much about the 'birthday boys and girls' that we perhaps didn't know. We never do know what stories you will be telling next about what or who. Love it! To: Betti AVANT ('69) Keep up your humor!! It'll carry you a long ways in this journey that you are presently on. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA It's trying to be spring this week. Sunny and in the low 60s at least until Thursday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Hair Loss Betti, I lost my hair when I went through chemo, too, and I lost it EVERYWHERE... even my eyebrows and eyelashes... think that bothered me more than losing my hair... could wear a wig and/or scarves/hats, and I could "draw" on eyebrows, but having no eyelashes was harder to handle... your eyes define your face and it was hard to not have eyelashes, but they did grow back, as did my eyebrows... hair on my legs did NOT grow back (liked that), and neither did armpit hair... like both of those. *grin* my hair was always thin, "fine" and brown with reddish highlights, but, after turning 40, the reddish highlights had been replaced with grey highlights *grin*... after losing my hair to chemo, when it grew back, it came in thick and salt ?n' pepper... the color didn't bother me... thought about dyeing it, but decided I really like this color... I was really enjoying the thick texture, but, it didn't last long... the texture went back to thin, once it got longer and all treatments were over. so, you may notice a difference in the texture and color, when yours starts to come back, but it may also go back to the texture it was before losing it to chemo. It took a full year for my hair to get to the length where I felt comfortable to go without wearing a scarf or hat... I tried wearing a wig, but it was too hot and too itchy, so found it was easier and more comfortable to wear scarves... if you have a cancer society near you, they have scarves, hats, and wigs for little or no cost... we have an organization here called, "Links for Life" and they have a huge assortment of wigs, scarves, and hats... they are all at no cost to the cancer patient... I got my wig from them, but took it back and got an assortment of scarves, instead... I did pay for them, but that is strictly voluntary... they do not require payment of any kind. take care and keep up your strength... Bomber hugs. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA temps are rising... we have been in the mid-80's the past few days... liked it much better when our "high" for the day was in the 60's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: Chief Jo Warrior Home attracts Bluebirds I thought this photo might interest some old Chief Jo Warriors. The birdhouse is courtesy of Frank STRATTON ('64) and the photo was taken by my patient daughter, Kristin. -Ray STEIN ('64) - Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) I look forward to reading David RIVERS' ('65) posts! Just for the record. -Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Martha LUNA Worby ~ Class of 1949 ~ 1931 - 2005 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/25/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Roy BALLARD ('63) and Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul RATSCH ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don WINSTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carla BOSHER ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry SPEARS & Cathy CLUGSTON ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Bluebirds To: Ray STEIN ('64) I enjoyed the picture of the bluebird nesting in the little house. For many years I worked weekends and parts of summers building fireworks and apparatus in a shop in the hills South of Spokane. Not sure I could find it now but we went south on the Mica- Dishman road up next to Mica Peak with all the antennas on it. John had a large acreage and we had made many bird houses scattered around the property for the bluebirds. There were about a dozen occupied houses every spring. It was great fun watching the "flying lessons" for the babies. We had feeders out right next to the shop and the birds knew they were safe and we could walk within a few feet of them. John had one house on his front porch and the mated pair would return each year to that house. They would eat out of John's hand. I slept many a night on that screened porch in a sleeping bag on an old couch. The twittering of the bluebirds was the nicest alarm clock I ever had. Thanks for the revival of a great memory. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) and Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) Re: David RIVERS' ('65) Posts We love reading David's columns, the fact that he takes the time to keep track of everyone's birthday and with such humor is really great!!! We look forward to this memories and humor. Keep up the good work, David. -Roy BALLARD ('63) and Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/26/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike BRADY ('61), David RIVERS ('65) Don ANDREWS ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lou Ann BINNS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosalie LANSING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie DUKES ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: "Cry Me A River" While listening to a young lady sing "Cry Me A River" this evening 4/24], it took me back 50 years when I heard Beth PETERSON ('61) sing that song. Beth blew me away with that one. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: just in the nicka time I wuz gettin' all set to change my style to nuthin' but the facts... just the facts (This is the City... Los Angeles California, My name's Friday, I'm a cop... I was werkin' the Bunko squad with my partner Joe Gannon, when I heard some fellers out there... senior to me in the peckin' order was fallin' asleep readin' my B-day posts... ) and then from outa nowhere came a buncha masked Bomber-dudes 'n' Bomber-babes carryin' silver bullets and riding white horses and suggesting maybe... just maybe I oughta keep doin' what I'm doin'... now I gotta say since I'm movin most of my heavy furniture outa my 0office on Saturday, keeping up with all this is gonna get rougher... I cleaned off 27 years of 'portant papers from all the surfaces of said furniture... almost started ballin' at all the memories in those stacks... even found a tidy refund check from something I bought prolly on ebay... but it was dated 2004... rats! Coulda built me a nice bird house to rival the one our own Number 10 ('64) sent in the other day. Now I would never want any one to fall asleep reading my ramblings and tho they may be just a tad lucubrationey (don't look it up... I just added the suffix of my own) I has me a very good time with them... today is no different... the Bomber-babe up for B-day wishes today is forgiven for copping my beeeeuuuuteeeful necklace and sticking me with a pair of size 2 sparkly flip flops at Christmas, since I've been gaa gaa over her for forever... she sure didn't make things any easier at the 45th reunion wearing that slinky dress and those wonderful ruby red pumps... I can't wait till September just to see what she's gonna wear to the 50th! Now I know, there's a buncha you Bomber- babes who are lucky enough to have had songs written over the years using your names... and I am sure that the authors who penned those ditties had you and only you in mind when they wrote them... "Oh, Donna ('63; '65)" and "Hello Mary Lou ('63)" come to mind... then there are those less fortunate... but I mean who would ever take it upon themselves to write a song about "the Queen ('63)"... But I want you guys and gals to tune in to the one written and sung by our own Kent Morrill of the Fabulous Wailers for the b-day girl and I'll put it at the end a this... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rosalie LANSING ('63) on your special day, April 26, 2013... here's yer song: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don ANDREWS ('67wb) I,too, am a fan of David RIVERS ('65) entries. David allows us to get to know fellow Bombers and Bomber babes without ever meeting them. Thank You, David. -Don ANDREWS ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Dave STAPLES ~ Class of 1982 ~ 1964 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/27/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Carol CONVERSE ('64) Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim TADLOCK ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve UPSON ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: David RIVERS ('65) You rock, David. Keep it up. Loved the song "Rosalie". -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: Treatments To: Betti AVANT ('69) I haven't written to the Sandstorm for a long time but reading about your battle brings back a flood of memories. Hang in there, never give up, and know there are a lot of prayers out here for you! -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Jim STIFTER ~ Class of 1967 ~ 1949 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/28/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick WIGHT ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SIMMONS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale HOSACK ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Abbey ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) To: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) Happy Birthday, Bill on 4/27. To: Phil RAEKES ('49) Re: Homer RAEKES ('47-RIP) I was so sorry to hear of the passing of a good neighbor and friend on Thayer Drive, Homer RAEKES ('47-RIP). Phil, I send my condolences... he was a good neighbor and a good brother to you. I will always remember your mother, Muriel, who was responsible for my loving to read and travel. I count my blessings every day having lived in Richland in such a special community. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Congratulations to Abby PERRYMAN ("15) who was named Girl Athlete of the Week in the 4/27/13 Tri-City Herald. Abby is the daughter of Erin HASKINS Perryman ('86) and Jimmy PERRYMAN ('86). She is the granddaughter of Byrne HASKINS ('65) and Andi BISCHOFF Perkins ('66). Of course, that would make her our grand niece!!! WAY TO GO, ABBY!!!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) & Dennis HASKINS ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/29/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber Memorials (two are old) today: Anna May WANN ('49), Phil BELCHER ('51) Rosalie LANSING ('63), Irene WALDNER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis BENJAMIN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nora SZULINSKI ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Petra ODMAN Jerzerick ('49-RIP) Just heard from Jean WILLIAMSON Dreher ('49) that Petra passed away last night [4/27/13]. Petra and her husband were out here visiting a couple years ago and I'm so glad we have good pictures from that trip. A wonderful couple and "Petie" (as we called her) will be missed by many. Have no details of services at this time Louis just wanted us all to be informed. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Re: Strolling Down Memories Lane I have gotten into playing music from Andre Rieu's orchestra for the past several months and have really enjoyed it. Reminds me of Gordan Pappas and Harley Stell. I took several classes from Mr. Pappas: band, orchestra, music appreciation, and radio broad casting. In fact its a wonder that I didn't go further with it since I enjoy music so much. Instead I became an electrician in the Navy and carried it on through out my life. I did enjoy life Col-Hi. It was a much kinder part of my life. Four of us would take the tape of the radio broadcast to Finley (?) once a week using Mr. Stell's '48 Merc for transportation. That would be unheard of in this day and age. We grew up in a great time and age. I have told my children many times about how Bill Hartley would let me ride to the end of the line at Twin Bridges and then often let me drive from the second bridge up to the irrigation ditch where the last rider would get off. I was in seventh heaven driving that big yellow bus along the road. (Never any traffic.) That would never happen now. Bill was a great guy and a lot of fun to be around. -Phil BELCHER ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) To: David RIVERS ('65) What can a girl say? If I could come close to my dear, sweet friend with words, or memory, wow would I be joyous. However I truly look forward to my B-Day greeting each year but this year he just took it up a BiG notch with my own song. What a lucky girl I am!! Will be so glad to see him in September for 1963's big 50th. You will get a big one from this one grateful girl. To: Rex DAVIS ('49) and Alice Davis What a joy it is to get your special greeting each year. That you were my favorite P.E. Teacher and one of all of us who have been blessed with your friendship all these years. Wow! Aren't we all so very lucky and yes truly blessed. See you two in September for 1963's big 50!! Love,hugs To John ADKINS ('62) You know what, my friend? I could not open up your B-Day card because my I pad can't handle them. What a crock. However I do appreciate your big effort. Will be so glad to you in September. too. Love you To everyone who called and sang to me happy birthday. It is such a lovely life to have so many cherished friends. The getting older is only tempered by the fact that "thank you GOD"' I am Still here to enjoy my Bomber family. -Rosalie LANSING Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene WALDNER Russell ('69) To: Betti AVANT ('69) For Betti and to cheer anyone else in similar circumstances: I heard this little story, and I don?t tell jokes or stories... well, forgive me. I?m rather famous for it really. But here it is. NO MORE BAD HAIR DAYS I woke up today, and looked in the mirror. Whoa ? only 3 hairs on my head. Oh well, I guess I'll wear my hair in a braid today. I woke up today, and looked in the mirror. My, my, only 2 hairs on my head. I think I'll wear my hair in pigtails today. I woke up today, and saw only one hair on my head today. Mmm, I think a pony tail today! I woke up today, with no hairs on my head. Yay, no more bad hair days! Hi to all my '69 classmates who read here and do not write in. Betti ? trust in God. And many blessings to you. -Irene WALDNER Russell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Jack MORRIS ~ Class of 1955 ~ 1937 - 2013 >>Gina WARD - Class of 1972 ~ 1954 - 1974 >>Patty WATSON - Class of 1968 ~ 1950 - 1972 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/30/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Bob Shannon sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Barbara SESLAR ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) Bob Shannon (Bomberopoly) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve HAGGARD ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill JOHNS ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013 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: David RIVERS ('65) Re: gaaaaaaaaaaarsh it's nice ta be pershiated Well I'm very happy some others enjoyed Rosalie's ('63) song... I've always dug it and have always forgotten to send it to our Bomber-babe on her day... glad I remembered... I have a Wailers album in my F-1 pickup and think of it every time I listen... ok ok it's not an album... it's a CD... Thanks to Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) for letting me know that my FaceBook time line must be Claire Buoyant (don't think she's a Bomber)... she pointed out that it says I am a "former Partner" of my law firm... I have no idea why it says that but it will be true shortly so no big deal... in fact, after deciding it is roadster weather and trading the Shelley Mobile for my little black roadster last weekend, I realized that I had planned on having all my big furniture outa my office by the enda the month... so I let the delinquents know that this past weekend was the time and after breakfast we caravanned a bunch trucks to the office... well, we tried anyway... has anyone ever heard of the "Bubble Marathon"? Well, I hadn't... it's a 5K run to help you get in touch with your "inner self"... without any notice to business owners, on Saturday, the entire downtown was closed for this run... since I've been downtown for over 30 years I was able to snake (hear that, Ellen ('63)... "Snake") us thru all the barriers and many larger than I would have expected runners (ok NOT runners... barely walkers) and got all of us who took the freeway into the lot. The front of our office was the starting/finish line so we were stuck there after we loaded up the trucks... now we only got a couple a guys in the gang under 65 so we were all very grateful to have them given the size and weight of most of my furniture... some 200 year old pieces in that stuff... very heavy... we all remembered out back pills and stuff for after so sitting and recouping wasn't so bad... we finally got everything to storage without breaking anything... yet... one of the under 65ers managed to squeeze a glass curio cabinet so hard he cracked the front glass... oh well... my office is now just a small table with a couple of chairs left and dirt and dust everywhere! I'm typing on my lap and hafta use the library for some work since I have no place to sit and edit It's kinda cool tho cuz I can go: "ooow ahhh" like you do inna new house and get an echo... yes I am easily amused... now that half of you are asleep waiting for something fun about this post I'll get to the point... today we got a couple of good friends, both 65ers (in more way than one... actually they are now 66ers... I know confusing)... the Babe is now with Johnny CROWDER, Tommy HAMMER, Bill DOWD, Steve SIMPSON and other '65ers who have left our presence... I can just see Shelley ('63-RIP) and Terry WEBB ('63-RIP) chasing her around up there... always chasing the younger Bomber-babes... the guy is one I have known forever and have even got to know his older Brother ('57)... if we got anything Bomber going on this kid is there so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Louise MOYERS ('65-RIP) and Steve HAGGARD ('65) on your special day, April 29, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: 2 down I'm home from my 2nd treatment and other than my blood pressure, all is well. The oncologist prescribed a med. for me to take the day before and day after treatments and they'll give it to me through the IV on treatment days. I guess it's a steroid and she originally had opted not to prescribe it due to the blood pressure but decided it would be best to do it. I'm glad the breast patient navigator was there as she came up with a question I hadn't even thought of. Originally the oncologist said my treatments would be once every 3 weeks for 4-6 cycles depending on how things are going. She asked for me how many treatments is she looking at and the oncologist said she can get by with 4 so as of today I'm half-way done, yippee. I can then plan on looking at moving back to Richland sooner rather than later. They will even get me a referral over there for a consult with a radiation specialist to see if I need radiation or not. I know Kennewick has a cancer center so that will be great. It seems the infusion went faster today; guess the first one is an hour and the second one 30 minutes. I didn't even get my lunch finished. A gal who lives in Puyallap and a breast cancer survivor came down and spent part of the morning with me; we had met on the Nutrisystem website but never in person. She wants to come down again but will be out of town for my next one but possibly my last one in June. I've lost most of my head hair but that's OK with me. I did drive myself to and from the clinic today and stopped at the pharmacy to pick up my script and didn't have any troubles. Thanks for the good vibes. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the sun is brightly shining both in the sky and on me **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Shannon Dear Editor, The Richland High School Instrumental Music Boosters (RHSIMB) would like to know if this article could be included in your next issue? Thanks. The RHSIMB are holding an important fund raiser. We are selling "Bomberopoly" game boards. The game, similar to the popular game Monopoly, features local businesses and is designed in the colors and patterns of the Richland Bombers. It is a perfect gift for the departing Senior students as they venture into the next phase of their lives. This first edition "Bomberopoly" game board is available for only $35.00. We have setup a PayPal account to make the ordering easy. Please go to our website: and find the link to order your board. Other options for payment are also available on the webpage. We are limited to only 1500 boards this time around. DON'T DELAY, ORDER TODAY!!!! For more information regarding the RHSIMB and all we do for the RHS music program, visit our website at -Bob Shannon, President, RHSIMB **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Petra ODMAN Jerzerick ~ Class of 1949 ~ 1931 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` March, 2013 ~ May, 2013