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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/01/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 older Bomber Memorial today: Dick McCOY ('45), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Mike BRADY ('61), Helen CROSS ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen FOLEY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don LLEWELLYN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn ROE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon LINDBERG ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta LAWRENCE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael FURNER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry STEICHEN ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) To: Mike CLOWES ('54), AKA I hope you had a nice birthday... beanie and all. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Great Fireworks Saturday This is just a note to say that one of the larger fireworks displays in Washington this year will be at Shelton, WA Saturday night, June 1. If you go take the Wallace-Kneeland off of (I think it is hiway 3) and it will come out next to Wal*Mart and we are between Wal*Mart and the High school. We go all out for this one. There is some of virtually everything we have in the magazines and it takes two days to set up with a large crew. There is always a big crowd as the show is always a big hit. The size and grandeur of the show is a not very well kept secret among the locals as the crowd keeps growing every year. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: My favorite time of the year... It's cherry eatin' time... my favorite season of the year. I've been buying a bag a day at our local fruit stand. On a less important note, Ginger and I are leaving on a Mediterranean cruise in two weeks. We are boarding in Venice, then to Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, Mykonas, Naples, Rome, Florence, Toulon and Barcelona. We are staying in Barcelona for a few days after our cruise to tour the city. We've done the touristy things in most of these countries already. Does anyone have any ideas of places to go in these cities that most tourists miss? -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Pictures from recent trip to my beloved Washington state (and beyond) -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Every year about this time I feel obliged to find something nicer to say about the birthday girl than I did the year before. Now this is not a real easy chore as I set the bar pretty high at the start and need to pace myself since she's only eighteen or at least she has the same energy she had 50 some years ago. I long ago conceded the fact that she's cooler than silver teeth, more fun than an "A Ticket" ride at Disneyland and the perfect hostess who keeps you up waaaaay tooooo laaaate 'cause she has another card game she wants to play. Happy Birthday to Carolyn ROE DeJong ('63), ain't no bigger fan than us except A.J., but he's family. Love you, girl. The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) & jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I sure enjoy this HB! I remember as a Soph, back just a couple of years ago, I was totally enamored with the Bomber-babe environment I had stumbled in to that first morning at Col-Hi... Ricky WARFORD ('65) had me by the collar and was introducing a bunch of us to the upper- classperson Bomber-babes... I've told the story many time as still don't understand why I didn't know the babes from Chief Jo... it may very well be that I did but was just so caught up in all the glory it seems different over time... The b-day Bomber-babe's sis ('64) was one of those... as time has gone by I've become close to the B-day babe and her Big Kahuna ('63) and enjoy receiving email and cards from their numerous trips to the Islands... He and I knew we were on the same wave-length when we both knew "Eddie Would Go"... I remember blowing MADDY ('67) away one time in Huntington... when he showed me a plaque of a surfer on the street and wanted to know if I had any idea who the Kat was... I simply said: "Eddie would go"... Many of you may recall at R-2K when the old DI messed up half the reservations for the weekend... I always hit town on Thursday so I had been through the "your reservation is for next week... month... year" or whatever they were telling everyone... the day before... I was picking up my illugitumutt son's key for him so I'd have it when I picked him up... I'm afraid I was not any too kind to the girl at the desk to have to go through the BS again... I let her know in no uncertain terms that I had made the reservations at the same time and they were for THAT weekend... the B-day babe and her Kahuna were behind me... he looked the girl in the eye and said "What he said"... went quite smoothly for them as I recall... I have so many wonderful memories of those two and I'm always just thrilled to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Carolyn ROE ('63) on your special day, June 1, 2013!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm up in Manti, Utah at the Rat Fink Reunion on your day and thinking special thoughts of you! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: '65 Ladies June Lunch Consider bringing a friend, relative, or another Lady Bomber! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. WHAT: Class of '65 Ladies Lunch WHEN: Friday, June 7th, 2013 TIME: 1pm - 3pm WHERE: Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar, 1321 N Columbia Center Blvd Kennewick, WA CONTACT: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Diane SCHILLE Lutes ~ Class of 1953 ~ 1935 - 2009 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/02/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Nancy STULL ('59) Mike WAGGONER ('60), Mike SAMS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick REED ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil McCARTNEY ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry FELDER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria MINARD ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori SIMPSON ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) re: Visiting Barcelona I haven't been there in 50 years, but really enjoyed the area north of Barcelona. There is a museum and remains of a Roman villa and Greek village north of Estartit, as I recall. Julius Caeser's nephew was supposed to have been the "head dude" there at one point. Should be roughly 100 km north of Barcelona, so it would be pretty much a day long trip to go there. I lived in Estartit for a year "way back when"... Regards, -Dick WIGHT ('52) p.s. try the Spanish version of boullebase (map?) seafood stew..... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy STULL Jewell ('59) Somewhere I read that Duncan Pryce (the great musician) was a Bomber. Does anyone out there know what year he graduated or how I can get in touch with him? -Nancy STULL Jewell ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike WAGGONER ('60) Re: Place to visit near Rome (on your cruise) Rome's old port, Ostia, was an interesting archeological site when I visited fifty years ago, with few other tourists. Here is a link: Sounds like a great cruise! A word to the wise: Our daughter recently developed an eye infection after swimming in the sea by Malta. There is a serious pollution problem in many of those waters, so be careful. -Mike WAGGONER ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike SAMS ('65) Re: Bomber Motorcycle Gang Our group rides quite often and we are always looking for more people to join us for our "luncheons". Thursday was a trip to Yakima for a Miner's burger and last Tuesday was a ride to Walla Walla for lunch. This coming Tuesday we are going to Packwood for lunch and then up to Ohanepecosh campground for a nap. Recently we visited Dave CHASE ('64) in Ronald. The Harley gang consists of John CRIGLER ('64), Mike TAYLOR ('62), Dan STRASSER ('67), Mike SAMS ('65)and Russ, our Bomber wannabe. -Mike SAMS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/03/13 It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47), Steve CARSON ('58) Stephanie DAWSON ('60), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick MIKULECKY ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan VANDENBERG ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) TO ALL BOMBERS FAITHFUL TO THE BOMB AS OUR SYMBOL/MASCOT: I was proud to attend the graduation ceremonies for our youngest family Bomber on Friday evening, the 31st of May. I was totally surprised, pleased, etc. to see that in the front of the speakers' podium was "the Bomb". I am totally confused now as at last Club 40's reunion we had been told that the bomb was no longer to be recognized and dutifully retired it. Now I have new hopes that this is not the case and we can return to our roots and let the latecomers forget the Day's Pay Bomber as a symbol (which came way later). If any of you teachers, students, alumni or anyone can tell me what is happening , I would be most happy to know. -Mary TRIEM Mowery, a '47 Bomber and founding mother of Club 40 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Mike WAGGONER ('60) Re: Thanks for the link to the Ostia. Very interesting. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) Re: Sydney Australia Traveling Bombers, We have booked a 14-day cruise around New Zealand, beginning and ending in Sydney, Australia. We expect to have MAYBE one day each in Sydney before and after the cruise. The dates are December 7 and December 22. Does anyone have suggestions about where to visit in one day? So far, we have heard about the zoo and opera house and something about the penal colony. I'd love to tour the Blue Mountains area, but doubt that we want to spend the extra day before the cruise, and after we will be eager to get home for Christmas. Thanks, -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Pitts started it OK... I've voiced my opinion many times and have been rebuffed by some Bombers who do not share my love for the one and only version of Louie Louie for the airwaves... (tho I give PR and the Raiders a high runner up... first met those guys when I lived in Camas for 15 minutes of my Jr year... crammed more fun into that 15 minutes than I can describe... nothing more fun than being a mystery kid from a "big" school in a little school and running with other mystery kids from big schools... we did and got away with more than we could ever have got away with in our own schools... my girlfriend was a rather well endowed young beach bunny from one of the beach cities (have long forgotten which one)... she drove my mother crazy!... reunited with them while Mark was still with them in Vegas, they always opened for the Righteous Brothers and I never missed Bill and Bobby so Paul would look and if Sarah was with me he'd march up to her and plop a three cornered hat on her head... she would just beam!), I really enjoyed the article Pitts ('63) shared the other day... that's what happens when the garage band from the wrong sida the river records a song without learning the rather simple words... they coulda asked Richard Berry with the Robins, Rockin' Robin or any number of others before pushing "record"... oh well... I won't get started on that again... honest... besides... I'm smarting just a tad from what I believe they call a sun burn... now I've only had one sun burn that I recall and I can't even remember the event so I guess it was pretty minor... I've never used sun screen so Thursday morning when I jumped into a little '27 Ford roadster for a trip to Manti, Utah for the yearly Rat Fink Reunion, I didn't even consider it... I've driven this car all over the west coast with no problem... But I've never driven an open car from 2000 feet to 7200 feet in the summer... luckily I had my leather helmet (WWI USMC flying helmet... I say USMC cuz I got it unused and since it says "USN"... and I'm the only one who ever wore it... it must be a Marine helmet rather than a squid helmet... makes sense to me), large goggles and one of those things skiers use to keep their ears warm sitting next to me... around here I just wear my rat fink wayfarers (one of the stripers in Manti puts a teeny tiny rat fink on each side of them for me)... well, when I hit 5000 feet I learned the meaning of cold and "wind burn"... tho I was able to put on my gear without stopping, when I went to bed my face, lips and hands were still tingling... I'm sure Mike SAM's ('65) Biker gang knows better than to do what I did... Hot Rodders may be stupid... but we're... stupid... it was in the 100's on the ride back and the sun block, chap stick, gloves, helmet and rat fink bandana didn't keep me totally out of harm's way, but they helped... I'll bet by now that kid from the class of '52 is rattling the windows with his snoring... Ok... OK... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sue VANDENBERG ('65) on your special day, June 3, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/04/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe WOOD ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally REES ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heather RYANNE ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Hey Bomber, I'll be opening for the legendary Johnny Mathis this coming Friday night in Louisville, KY and Sunday night in Carmel (Indianapolis), IN. I'll be on The Bob & Tom Show next Monday morning and Erie, PA the following weekend. I'm embarking on a ship in Barcelona on July 6th. My 3 days off between Indianapolis and Erie I'm just going to take my time across Ohio and watch minor league baseball in a different park each night... summer nights, cold beer, minor league game... sweet! -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bombers sent stuff: Sean LEWIS ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb GORE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard RUSHWORTH ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sean LEWIS ('77) Re: Peggy Jann LEWIS Johnson ('62-RIP) It is with great sadness that I report the passing of my sister, Peggy ('62) who I know has been fondly remembered by many of you. She passed away peacefully, early Saturday morning, June 1st, with her husband, Dr. Gary Johnson, by her side as well as her daughters Pam and Jennifer. The final obituary has not yet been finalized, but I will post it here when it has been completed. She is the first of our siblings to pass on; her brothers Mike ('60) (Seattle) and Steve ('69wb) ("Kelly" -- Richland) and myself ('77) (Puyallup) could never forget what an incredible sister she has been to us. A celebration of her life is planned for Tuesday, June 25th, from 4 to 7 pm at Hillcrest park Lodge in Mt. Vernon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the National Alzheimer's Association or to the Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon, WA. A personal thank-you to the many old friends and classmates who passed on their thoughts and good wishes to us since last year's class reunion, which Peg was unable to attend. And a special thank you to Grenada McCOY ('62), who made and sent to Peggy a very nice horse-pattern comforter last fall. She did indeed appreciate it and had it with her constantly. That touched us all more than you can imagine, Grenada, and she was wrapped in it when she passed. Thank you so much. Again, more details on the official obituary will be posted here soon. Thank you. -Sean LEWIS ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/6/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45) Helen CROSS ('62) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas FRASER ('78) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dave TAFF ('56) & Sharon PANTHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Happy Birthday on 6/4 To you Joe WOOD ('48) good old buddy from way back. Stay sober or careful. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Peggy Jan LEWIS Johnson ('62-RIP) It is with tears in my eyes that I send my condolences to the Lewis family at Peggy's passing from this life. I have so many fond memories of being with Peggy over the years, from the pajama party sleepovers Jan NELSON ('62) used to arrange for us at her sister's house in Pasco... to her bleaching my hair silver for Carol RICE Forister's ('62) wedding in l964 (silver hair looked good on a 20 year old, now I dye it back to what I used to frost it to get away from)... to her driving me from Seattle for our 20 year reunion, which doesn't seem like it could of been so long ago, could it?... To more recent memories when I was able to finally get to see the tulips in bloom in Mt. Vernon, and visit Peggy's remarkable B&B cottage that faced the sound. (One time I drove over from Brewster, WA and ended up helping her clean the cottage for guests who were due to arrive.) and with Peggy, every get-together has a fun story to relate... I will miss her so much. I applaud you too, Grenada McCOY ('62), for making the quilt, while I've been wondering how to connect with her... I knew we were losing her to that awful disease, but it shocked me that we lost her so soon, but then sadly, it is best, as she didn't have a good prognosis... I'm so sorry, I won't be able to come to the services on June 25th, I will be there in my mind... Again my sympathies to the family, especially her husband who took such good care of her the years they have been together and appreciated Peggy, for the kind and loving person she was. With sincerity and prayers, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Another Almost Worry My regular doctor called me last week with the official report of my right arm ultrasound from the week before. The oncology office never did and I was glad she took the time to call me. It seems they found an incidental finding; a nodule on the right lobe of my thyroid. I had an ultrasound study of it on Tuesday. There is a very small nodule, think she said 9 mm and I need another study in 6-12 months. I was praying they wouldn't recommend a biopsy as that is all I would need. On another note; I've made Amtrak reservations for the end of the month to get over to Richland and look at possible places to live so I can get moved over there sooner rather than later. I'm sure my oncologist will release me after my last chemotherapy treatment next Monday as she knows I want to move. She will get me a referral with the clinic in Kennewick as it's in my insurance network. Anyone in the Tri-Cities know if Comcast is available there? If not I'll be changing companies again and I'll have to think of a clever new email address *grin*. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we're finally getting some sunshine and warmer temperatures ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/07/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Jim HAMILTON ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) Betti AVANT ('69), Sean LEWIS ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marguerite GROFF ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keva VAUGHN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike MANLEY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie HUTTON ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY today: Roy BALLARD ('63) & Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Through out history, there have been many famous ocean going vessels that made and left their mark on history. The list would include but are be limited to the Ark, the Lusitania, the Titanic, Kon-Tiki, the Black Pearl and whatever relic Mike "Bing" BRADY ('61) is currently aboard exploring the Mediterranean. The list could go on forever, but none can even approach the memories generated fifty years ago tonight, when the Gold Medal Class of '63 boarded the Columbia Queen for Bacchenalia 101. From what I remember, and from what I've been told, it was truly epic, except for Frank Osgard's social indiscretion. I'm assuming everyone has paid their library fines, competed the penance assigned by the Pep Club standards board and got Lyda to sign off on their detention slips, so there is nothing holding anyone back from making our 50 Year Reunion this fall See you all in September. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Well, after 45 years in the work force, this old Bomber finally hung it up May 31st. As the Grateful Dead once sang, "What a long strange trip it?s been" - full of countless twists and turns, surprises, a few triumphs, and, probably like most of us, more disappointments and rejections than anyone should encounter. At the risk of being terribly self-indulgent, I would like to offer a reminiscence on these long years - the things I learned - most of them too late - and the things I never wanted to know. Perhaps you will see some of your own experiences here. Because this grew so lengthy, I have divided it into two parts. Today is Part I, and tomorrow, if I have not worn out my welcome and it doesn't slip my mind, I will submit Part II. PART I CAREER I never had a career. I've always envied, and still do, those lucky people who discovered a passion early on, made it their major in college, and went on to establish rewarding, happy careers as doctors, or scientists, or artists or whatever. I never had this. That didn't worry me when I graduated from WSU because military service - join or be drafted - was staring me in the face, and I knew I wouldn't be dealing with the civilian world any time soon (for four years, as it turned out). I figured that by the time I got out of the Air Force (as an E-5 Staff Sergeant, I'm proud to say), I would have my life's direction nailed down. Wrong. My career consisted of trying to survive in the work place, as I drifted from one temporary thing to another, seeking where I could fit in, searching desperately for a passion of my own. As the years went by, periodically I would look in the mirror and see a man who was older but no wiser. There was one particularly bad stretch where I felt the only reason I was still alive was that God wasn't through tormenting me yet; that perhaps I should look in the obituary to see if my name was there. Who was it that talked about men leading "lives of quiet desperation" (John Donne?). That was me. Life had become a sentence to be endured rather than a thrill to be lived. There were times I was on the verge of panic as I grew in years and saw my chances to reinvent myself diminishing. The primary reason? Like a lot of writers, I suffered from depression. Most of my adult life it was severe and untreated. I kept searching for a work environment that I would find fulfilling and make me happy, not realizing I wouldn't feel happy anywhere. It took me until age 55, with a lot of Rx drugs and a lot of counseling (highly recommended) to shake the depression and consciously come to grips with the fact that, for better or worse, I was born to write, and would never fit into those niches and cubicles I kept trying. To this day I wish I had used my GI Bill to pursue an MFA in creative writing. I knew I had a flair for writing from early childhood, but at that time couldn't never figure out how I to make a living at it. In that I was more prescient than I knew. Instead I spent my GI Bill returning to college for yet another degree, this time in professional portrait photography, a skill I learned well but didn't have a natural flair for. I didn't realize that in returning to school, I was also hiding out from the work place as long as I could. It was something I really didn't want to face. I was a professional wedding and portrait photographer off and on for about 18 years (and was very good at it), and then I let it go, for reasons space prohibits here. By this time I had about given up on achieving fulfillment in the work place, and was just trying to find a place I could hang on to and ride out the rest of my working life. My refuge in the end turned out to be working for the state. God bless government; they'll hire you when no one else will. That's where I've spent most of the last 33 years of my life. So I retire with a modest pension, but given all the turmoil depression laid on my working life, it's a miracle I have any pension at all. WORKING LIFE It has surprised me throughout my working life how rare good managers are. It's the old Peter Principle at work: people are promoted to their level of incompetence. Managers often seem to be former underlings who always followed the book; a toady to the system. For this they are rewarded with promotion to manager. But they too often don't seem to be evaluated for the ability to manage people, and that skill doesn't seem to be taught in managerial training. Quite the opposite; in Department of Motor Vehicles (my last job) first-level management training, they're taught to crack the whip. I've always wondered how it would feel to have one eye on your work and simultaneously the other eye on your workers. Is it painful? It has been amazing to me how many managers choose intimidation as a management style. Fear is never a good motivator. You might get people to tow the line, but they'll never respect you, and the good job they do will never be for you. It should be every manager's holy grail to earn the respect and admiration of their staff, so that when staff gives the job their all, when they go the extra mile, they're doing it in part for you. You have to earn that. How? Below are my 5 laws for good managers: 1. THOU SHALT NOT MICRO MANAGE. Of all the management sins, I hate this the most. There seems to be an assumption among some managers that their workers are errant children, prone to go astray without constant guidance, and incapable of performing properly without a manager's constant observation, or hand in every last detail. There is magic in allowing workers, to some extent, a free hand to do what they were hired to do. They are not children. Or if they are, your hiring screening needs work. 2 THOU SHALT NOT REGARD STAFF AS INCOMPETENT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE. Your first assumption should not be that a new worker is no good. It should be the opposite. Assume competence until one proves otherwise with his or her performance. The good ones will respect you for it. 3. THOU SHALT NOT BE MORE CONCERNED FOR THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING OF YOUR CUSTOMERS THAN YOU ARE FOR THAT OF YOUR WORKERS. Scenario: A customer is angry and combative and your staffer is having a hard time coping, so you go to great lengths to comfort the customer: Yes, Mr. Smith, please allow me to fix this; Right away Mr. Smith, I'm sorry for the problem; and on and on. Then you take your worker in the back room and yell at them for their incompetence. Worker goes home that night distraught and wound up like a clock spring. NO MANAGER HAS THE RIGHT TO SEND A WORKER HOME WITH A KNOT IN THEIR STOMACH, OR IN TEARS. EVER. YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT! THAT OLD LINE, "THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT" IS CRAP! IF THE CUSTOMER IS AN ABUSIVE JERK, SCREW 'EM! If I get a little carried away on this, it's because I experienced that knot a few times. I've always wanted a boss who had my back. Didn't always get them. 4. THOU SHALT NOT TREAT YOUR STAFF AS ROBOTS. If possible, allow them to personalize their work space; to create an environment that is pleasing to them. Give them freedom to perform their tasks in a manner that is most efficient for them. Consult with them as to how a new performance requirement or procedure affects them and their ability to perform at maximum capacity. People are not machines. Treating them as such will not yield good results. 5. THOU SHALT NOT WRITE A WORKER UP FOR EVERY INFRACTION. Some companies or government entities seem fond of this write-'em- up-for-everything system. The DMV does it. It is so wrong I find it hard to know where to start. For one thing, it fosters resentment among staff and creates a staff-versus-management furrow. Not writing people up at times but merely taking them aside in private and discussing their errors and how to correct them (in other words treating them like adults capable of acting on a word to the wise) will produce amazing returns down the road in terms of attitude and performance. The one manager who did that for me earned my undying loyalty. You can't buy that kind of loyalty, or demand it. Write-ups do little good to improve performance. Again, fear is a poor motivator. One manager admitted to me that write-ups are really for the purpose of laying a foundation for future punitive action by management if "necessary". Criticism should be constructive in nature; not a written punitive recitation of how you screwed up. In summary: managers, treat your workers as the human beings they are: flawed, but capable of great things in a supportive environment. Assume the best about them until they prove otherwise. Don't treat them like errant children. Choose your criticisms carefully, and make your remarks constructive. And if all of the above still doesn't produce results, examine your hiring processes, because you're hiring the wrong people. You screen for experience, but do you screen for evidence of maturity, responsibility, stability? I think you should. Earn the respect and admiration of your staff, foster a team spirit, and give workers some rein to do their best for you, and you'll have something very special. Bill Scott (writing as B J Scott) -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Hi Maren, I guess Comcast was left out of my post in today's Sandstorm (but that's OK). Betti [Not sure how it happened, but you are right... and here's what SHOULD have appeared in the 6/6/13 Sandstorm. -Maren] Anyone in the Tri-Cities know if Comcast is available there? If not I'll be changing companies again and I'll have to think of a clever new email address *grin*. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sean LEWIS ('77) Re: Peggy LEWIS Johnson ('62-RIP) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Thank you so much, Helen, for your thoughts and sharing of memories of Peggy in yesterday's Sandstorm. I have a feeling that there are many more just like yours out there in the world! -Sean LEWIS ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Peggy LEWIS Johnson ~ Class of 1962 ~ 1944 - 2013 >>Ron BLASEWITZ ~ Class of 1968 ~ 1949 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/08/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Mike BRADY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darvis BERGAM ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane SIMMONS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WINGFIELD ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dyanna COOK ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gaylinn WRIGHT ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia EHINGER ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita LANE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert EVANS ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Boy am I in deep doo-doo. I thought I was being ever so diligent, keeping track of things and such. And here I find I let an important date slip by with out acknowledgment. Yesterday, the 6th of June is an important date in Bomber history. No, I'm not talking about the Invasion of the European Continent by the Allied Forces in 1944. This event occurred a few years before that. With all this weight of history loading us down, I heartily tip the ol' propeller beanie in honor of Marguerite GROFF's ('54) birthday. Sorry I didn't get this in the mail yesterday. Just hope you had a good one. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where temps have been in the mid-eighties for a few days; that may all change as the Portland Rose Festival has started (I think), so it may soon rain on someone's parade **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: My favorite Christmas present I told my family that when I die bury me under a cherry tree with a box of Cheez-its, a bottle of beer and a jar of peanut butter. It doesn't get much better. -Mike BRADY ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/09/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Lenora HUGHES ('55) Bill SCOTT ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Pat DORISS ('65), Maryanne GRENINGER ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol BISHOP ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat MURPHY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally BENNETT ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dennis HASKINS & Shirley COLLINGS ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Leaving this morning [6/8/13] from Albuquerque, NM. This has been a wonderful Diamond Tours bus trip! I joined Rambling Rovers (a group of seniors who enjoy travel) about 2 years ago. This is my 2nd trip and I am enjoying it SO much! Nadine STEVENS Johnson ('52) and I are roommates and there are several other Bombers, as well. Oops... she just came in and said they are starting to load up so I will close for now and maybe send more later. Best regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ from sunny, pleasant Albuquerque **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Sacramento luncheon We are planning a Bomber luncheon, here in Sacramento WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2013 TIME: start at 11:30 am till we have exhausted all subjects concerning Bombers. WHERE: the Firehouse in old Sacramento, which is owned by our very own Sandy FINNEY Harvego ('60) and her husband... It's the classiest place in town and the patio with the trees and flowers, where Sandy sets us up, is to die for... not to mention the outstanding cuisine. Also, the Firehouse has the largest supply of Silver Oak Cabernet in the world in their wine cellar, which is at the bottom of the spiral firemans' stairs... tours available. The building dates back to the 1860s... check out the beautiful 100 year old nude painting in the main dining room. We are setting up for 20, but please email me if you plan to attend. Looking forward to seeing everyone. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ planning our BIG 60th this year, in Sunny and very, very hot (108 today) Sacramento **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: This and that for the Alumni Sandstorm To: Mike BRADY ('61) Hey Mike, thanks for the great picture! I love your recipe for Cheez-its and peanut butter. To: Marguerite GROFF ('54) A late but sincere Happy Birthday! ...a big thanks for all you do for keeping our class of ?54 in the grove. Re: I was saddened by the report of Clead KARREN's ('54-RIP) death... he was a good friend. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ keepin' on dancing in VA in Zumba Gold classes at the Shenandoah County Parks Department **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Happy Birthday wishes to Carol BISHOP Horne ('57), Kay SITTIG Wolf ('63) [on 6/11] and Gus KEENEY ('57) [on 6/14]. You each deserve the best of days. I will think of each of you on your special day. Hugs, -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Retirement Part II Sorry for the delay, folks. Here is the promised Part II of my Retirement reflections: It is going to be so strange to receive a pay check each month and not have to go to work to get it. Since I was old enough to push a lawnmower and mow the neighbors? yards, I've been working for money. Later it was a morning newspaper route (remember the Columbia Basin News? Lousy paper). Then on to the pea harvest in Dayton for a couple of summers in high school. And after that... a long and winding road. But you know, I think I'll catch onto this pension stuff real quick. So, looking back from so far now, what have I learned? There is the matter of... stuff, and what to do with it all. Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64) and I were about 20 years behind our peers in most everything, and it took us a long time to catch up. Marriage at 39, children at 43, a house (finally) at about 58. The house thing went south when the housing market collapsed some years back, and we had to bail. We'll never be homeowners again, and as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing. But we did manage to acquire a lot of stuff over the years, to the point that I finally one day said, "maybe there's too much of it." It took me a long time to learn that stuff doesn't bring happiness, because it took so long to acquire it. But there was a time when everything I owned in the world would fit inside my Dodge van. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of those days, the ability to pack up all I owned and hit the road if I had to. There is wisdom in simplicity. Another thing I've learned is that it doesn't pay to get mad at people. On the very few occasions I was ticked off and forgot that other people are just like me at heart?maybe having a bad day, or beset with personal problems, or not feeling well?I've regretted telling them just what I thought of their incompetence. It didn't make me feel better or vindicated; instead I felt like a jerk. I painfully learned my lesson there. It has become evident to me that we boomers grew up in a Golden Age in American history. We are so fortunate. At the end of WWII, America was the only significant world economy left standing. From 1946 to about 1973, American industry had no serious competition from abroad, provoking a long period of growth. A golden age of the economy ruled, with endless expansion, and with it all the prosperity that followed for most. We may never see its like again. Now we fear that our children will live less well than we. The future for them is full of apprehension and unpredictability. I hope I haven't seemed too self-indulgent in writing this and taking up all of this space on the Sandstorm pages. It is my wish that perhaps some of this might strike a familiar chord with your own experiences. Perhaps you shall be moved to comment on it. It's been a great pleasure to journey through life with my fellow Bombers, and I'm excited at the prospect of seeing some of you at the 50th reunion (OMG!) next year. Now, it's time to get started on those retirement projects?if I can remember where I put them. In the film version of Hermann Hesse's great novel Siddhartha, the title character at last comes to the final years of his life, whereupon he and his life-long friend Govinda have become two aged, poverty-stricken ferrymen pulling rope ferries across a small muddy river. Govinda says to him one day (I'm paraphrasing): "Siddartha, in search of happiness in your life, you've tried pleasures of the flesh, you've tried asceticism, you've tried wealth, you've tried poverty. What have you learned?" Siddhartha looks at him and says merely, "Be at peace, Govinda. Be at peace." May it be so for all of us. -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The joke was on me The b-day Bomber-babe has left the building. Last year on this day I mentioned that I had played a joke on her that had bothered me ever since... well, she got the last laugh... As El said "she read her lines so cleverly and never missed a cue..." Several years ago I was goofing with the b-day babe and I remembered what kids did now and then... "I know a secret but I can't tell you... ok if you give me a dime I'll tell" Of course there was no secret... anyway... we were being very silly and I said: I know a secret and if you give me lotsa money I'll tell you... I then forgot all about it... the next thing I knew... a little red piggy bank with no way to open it came in the mail... quite heavy... I shook it and it was full of money... I felt awful and told her there was no secret and I was just playing... she acted VERY hurt and I felt awful until just the other day... the bank sat next to my desk for years... as I was moving my stuff of almost 30 years out of the office I finally peeked in the little hole at the top of the bank... with the help of a pen light I could see it was, indeed, filled with money... teeny tiny bills and plastic coins... looked like they musta come from the dollar store... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patti JONES ('60-RIP), ya got me good! Miss you on your special day, June 9, 2013!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 Lunch The June Ladies of '65 Lunch was held Friday, June 7th, at Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar at Columbia Center in Kennewick. Attendees included: Cecilia BENNETT McCartney; Connie DAME Bell; Pat DORISS Trimble; Sandy JONES Fishback; Patti KING Douglas; Bonnie LARSON Scofield; Judy MANNING Moore and her granddaughter Laura Moore; Carole METCALF Rummel; Karen MEYER Neal; and Pam PANTHER (visiting from California). Good food and conversation were enjoyed by everyone. -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) Here is an interesting article from the Oregonian for all Richlanders. -Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/10/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) Bruce STRAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie STEEBER ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lee LESTER ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) First of all Happy Birthday to Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) [6/9], and belated Happy Anniversary [on 5/25] wishes to you and Gene ('57) also!! I want to add a few photos and explain them. One is of Mrs. Elsie Walker and me at her 100th Birthday party that her kids (Susan ('64), Harry ('67), Jim ('71), and Ed ('76)) gave for her in Issaquah in April of this year!! Elsie and her family lived across the street from us on Olympia Street from about l950 as long as my folks lived there, until '99 when my dad died and my mom gave up the house. I continued to visit Elsie on Olympia Street for years until she moved over to the west side of the mountains in 2009 to be near her children. Back to the fun birthday party; Ed was the MC for the day complete in his pic Bomber shirt, which he saves for very special occasions and that was one to be sure... I wish I could come to your next birthday party, Elsie, I will try!! and I'm so glad I got to attend this one. The second photograph is one of me and my cousin, Carol CROSS Llewellyn ('64) and Delila GROUT Brochon ('64), when we got together in Reno, NV!! It was the first time Carol and I have been together in 4 years, which is sad, as we often used to have hardly a month go by that our families weren't together when we were kids... long, long ago... ABCs, and blessings, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ back home in Indiana (home to some, but to be honest, not to me, I always think of the west as home. Looking forward to another visit to the most beautiful home state when we come out for Warren's 50 year High School reunion in Brewster in late July!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber Dudes rule Before I wish the Birthday bomber-dude his HB, I must mention that it is also Shirley Owens' of the Shirelles 72nd Birthday for Jimbeaux ('63)... of late he has been scolding me for missing the birthdays of various dignitaries now and then... I think he misses his trips in Cuzin Eddie big time and has to pass the time some other way... (Pop Quiz: How many think Duane Eddie played the guitar on "Soldier Boy"? I do but haven't been able to confirm it)... I was surprised last month to learn that Gladys Knight was the same age as the Queen ('63)... my Daughter used to spend a lotta time at "Aunt Gladys'" house when she was in High School... by the way, I noticed that my first baby- sitter, Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55), has taken up Jimbeaux's practice of hitting a month's worth of birthdays in one post... I had the very brief and passing thought that such a practice for certain families might keep those gold stars coming with much less stress, but quickly dismissed it as a very bad idea... I am sure the Queen would NOT approve... also, I see that I missed a whole bevy of Bomber-babes (or is it a gaggle... nah bevy sounds almost tasteful) at the recent '65er Bomber-babe luncheon... just reading the names made my head spin and my heart pound (not the exorcist kinda spin)... I am sure the B-day Dude would have loved to have been there too! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) on your special day, June 10, 2013!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce STRAND ('69) Re: Bomber BD I almost forgot... Happy Bomber Birthday to our brother Doug ('74), last Friday! -The Strand-sibs: Bruce ('69), Karen ('68) & Marlene ('76) -Bruce STRAND ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/11/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay BUTLER ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene MINARD ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay SITTIG ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Those magnificent Bomber-babes and... Well that did work... I don't see no flying machines in the '65er Bomber-babe picture... when did the '65er Bomb-babes become "ladies"? How come Cecilia BENNETT ('65) allays takes the pictures? How com Pam PANTHER ('65) looks just like she did in Jr Hi when she yelled at me for something Johnny CROWDER ('65-RIP) did or said on the field trip... how come Connie DAME ('65) has so many names? One of my favorite Reunion memories is still the time we were standing in line or something watching the '65ers come in and trying to guess who everyone was and Carol DuBOIS ('66) said: "David... who is that 'lady' over there?"... I doubled over with laughter and said: "I don't know but I'll bet that 'lady' is younger than we are!" I thought it was so funny... if she had known her she'da called her a girl but since she didn't she was a "lady"! Well I thought it was funny... I still do... I sure hope none of those Bomber-babes takes offense because I still don't call them "ladies". It will be a long time before I'm ready to call our babes ladies... and Speaking of Bomber-babes... this is one who has been missing at the last few Vegas Bomber Lunches and I shore do miss her... hope to see her in Richland in September if not before... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kay SITTIG ('63) on your special day, June 11, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Santino FONTANA (?00) Richland High grad doesn't win Tony: Peace to all ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Purple Heart Award Today at the conclusion of my infusion a group of nurses presented me with a Purple Heart Award for completing chemotherapy, sang a song, and blew bubbles. It was very touching and I can now say this part of my journey is complete. My oncologist is sending a referral for a Radiation Specialist in Kennewick who is in my insurance network. I will start taking pills on 1July since my tumor was Estrogen+. I have plans to get to Richland at the end of next week to scope out housing and temporarily have plans to move by mid July. Thanks for all the prayers as they are greatly appreciated. The Radiation office in Kennewick just called and I have an appointment set up with them when I'm in Richland looking for housing. Boy are things moving along. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/12/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Mike RICE ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave SHEELEY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) When does a "Bomber Babe" become a lady? One of the younger kids posed this question in yesterday's edition. He then rambled on in some quasi- explanation of his thesis but never quite got to the point. I think the answer to that question is so obvious that it need not be answered. They are born that way. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather has turned cooler and the Silverton Strawberry Festival is coming on Father's Day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike RICE ('60) To: Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) Hope you had a great birthday [on 6/11], Larry. -Mike RICE ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Got an e-mail from "Front Row Judy" SHIBLY Cozad ('63) that she had Chemo #6 today and got the long awaited, "SEE YA" from the Oncology peeps. Check ups in the future, but so happy for her and all the other survivors. And a big shout out and thank you to all the researchers and doctors who make days like today possible. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Ladies of '66 June Lunch WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 TIME: 12:30pm WHERE: Pacific Pasta & Grill, 7911 W. Grandridge, Kennewick (It used to be called Nothing But Noodles.) Please let me know if you will be able to join us. Thanks so much ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/13/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Linda McKNIGHT ('65), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verne HUSKE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris MARSHALL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Club 40 and stuff Aw Shucks! In reading my Club 40 bulletin [The DustStorm] and checking my calendar I see Jackie and I will be in Sioux Falls (yes, for fireworks and meetings) and not able to attend Club 40 this year. However... if I can make contact with someone from the west side to carry them, I will raid my wine cellar for a couple of bottles for auction/door prizes or whatever goes on. Actually it is not a cellar but racks installed in a closet. But I have room for more then 120 bottles or so, that I have in there. I love to prowl the wine shops and even some grocery stores for the odd bottle or two overlooked at bargain prices. So I will donate at least one properly aged bottle from either France or Italy and another from the US. Jackie and I spent last weekend wandering about Mt. Baker in the North Cascades. Much conversation came to the conclusion that after 11 years off and on, we will be married before the end of the year. Probably in August. We both love fireworks (She has her own display company in Alaska) we travel both national and international, we have investments together and will probably start an import business together in the near future. Based on an idea we had some time back I have 2 binders full of a complete business plan for another business we may also start. And most importantly, we have finally made our peace with each other. Our lives together will be full. Alaska Airlines should love us as we are up and down Seattle/Anchorage frequently. As I write this she is packing to go north this afternoon as she has a 4th of July display for Wasilla. Our last 40 ft. container of fireworks from China will be at our warehouse tomorrow so we are fully stocked for this 4th of July. I will be doing the Umatilla "Landing Days" fireworks on the 22 of June. They are celebrating the landing of Lewis and Clark during their famous "Voyage of Discovery". Entertainment Fireworks will be presenting about 140 displays in the 5 NW states over the 4th. As previously mentioned we will welcome crew member Chuck LOLLIS ('64) to our Legends Casino and Yakima city displays. Chuck has already said he would not miss Umatilla. I will make my usual sojourn to Dutch Harbor, AK for the 4th. Each year when I leave "Dutch" and fly to Anchorage, Jackie and I take a couple of days to fly somewhere in Alaska. This year it is Nome. I have been a Elk for 37 years now at Tacoma lodge #174, and look forward to the opening of the new "Allenmore Event Center". It is so called as it will have the Pro Shop for Allenmore Golf Course (owned by Elks 174) and a fancy new restaurant overlooking the course in the building, It is a beautiful building of classic NW design with a great blend of stone and wood. The Elks will have a private area downstairs. There is also a very nice Pavilion close by that will great for a variety of events including weddings. It is mostly all glass walls and will hold 100 or more at tables. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: growed ups and other sech nonsense I'm afraid the Senior Chief ('54) missed my point. Ya see... there is a huge difference between the honor and respectability of Bomber-babes and "ladies". I admire and respect Bomber-babes to the fullest. But in the vernacular of the young at heart and spechally when we was kids, a "lady" was someone older than we were that we didn't know. It was not so much a sign of respect as a a word chosen cuz we wuzn't sure what else to call her. She coulda been Clyde's Bonnie and we'da still called her a lady. Bomber-babe is a term of endearment which passes all understanding save in our tight knit little Bomber-group. Jest like getting growed up. Many of us were forced to "grow up" due to circumstances beyond our control. That don't mean we wuz growed up... just meant we hadda face real life on life's terms. I just finished driving a roadster 600 some miles in the middle of the summer. Ain't no grown up in his right mind would do that. My Pop sure wouldn't have done it. I can't wait to do it again and after almost two weeks I still can't get my lower lip to heal! I've made some very bad choices in life for which I will continue to pay the consequences for my choices. I drank my way outa the largest Law firm in Arizona and did the same from the largest in Nevada... the guys in Nevada actually paid me not to come to work. I hadda live with that shame or admit I was powerless over alcohol and that my life had become unmanageable. I don't think I've ever admitted that to any of you. But that is part growth and healing. I mean, hell, I want you guys to like me and think I'm an OK guy. I want some of you to be proud of me. Just something one must do in order to grow and mature. But if you think I'm a growd up ya gotta nuther think comin'! If anyone thinks that I don't have the greatest admiration for our Bomber-babes, I'm sorry to have given the wrong impression. Now that don't mean I don't get that itchy twitchy feelin' bout them... they got me rockin' and a reelin' (apologies to Bobby Hendricks fer stealin' his line)... I love the feeling of being among friends... Bomber friends regardless of age. Why I even like the Senior Squid and have never known him to really be a growed up... yeah he's raised kids and been a Dad and done all those grown up things we've all hadda do at some point in our lives... there are responsibilities we just can't shirk... but way down deep inside... let's remember "Even Cowboys Like A Little Bitta Rock 'N' Roll!" (Thanks Chris LeDoux RIP). -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Don't write much, but always read the entries. To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Thank you, Bob, for thinking we are all ladies since birth. You are a gentleman extraordinaire, and do hope you and your lovely wife will make the {Portland/Vancouver] Bomber Picnic in August. Should be lots of fun. To: Betti AVANT ('69) Bless your heart for making it through chemo. I hope your journey to Richland is fruitful. To: The '65ers Gatherers Won't make it to Cool Desert Nights this year. Had to make a choice, take my beautiful 6-year-old granddaughter, Victoria Rose, to the Tigard Balloon Festival or go to Cool Desert Nights? Well, the answer is obvious. Wouldn't miss a minute I could spend with any of my grandchildren. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! A day late Dave SHEELEY ('67). Hope you had a Great Day Bombers Rule Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/14/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Connie MADRON ('60), Ed QUIGLEY ('62) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gus KEENEY ('57) '39 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave SOWDEN ('62 & '63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James PEDERSEN ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: David RIVERS ('65) Nice rebuttal, Counselor, and I hope not far more information than you wanted to divulge. Remember this, not all ladies are Bomber Babes; but all Bomber Babes are ladies. At least until undeniable, irrefutable evidence is presented to the contrary. The Scottish verdict of "not proven" may apply here. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rains are slackening and the forecast for the week end is looking good. Might even see someone I know at the Strawberry Festival in Silverton this Father's Day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) & Jackie Congrats to Larry & Jackie. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie MADRON Hall ('60) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) So happy to hear of your upcoming wedding to Jackie, and we wish you much happiness and a long time of togetherness. If you (or any Bombers) are traveling through Port Ludlow, WA, come see us. We're in the book. -Connie MADRON Hall ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) To: David RIVERS ('65) Not to worry 'bout the past, David; ya lived through it and learned from it (even if you haven't grown up), and turned into a guy who makes people feel good about themselves dang near every day. The first thing I do (and I wonder how many others do the same thing) when I "open" the Sandstorm each day, is to look at the birthday kids' names, and then try to guess whether or not I'm going to have the pleasure of reading one of your "discourses" on your shared pasts. How could anyone not be proud of a classmate who graduated, having read all the classics, "Classics Illustrated" (you did use them for your book reports, didn't you? :) ) that is, by the time he graduated from high school, served his country, and then returned to not only get through college, and get a law degree, get into politics and raise a kid, but launch a "literary career", all between bouts of wrenching and hangin' with the donut delinquents? Pretty sure you're one of the most loved classmates, ever! -Ed QUIGLEY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Congratulations upon you and Jackie getting married. I've often wondered over the years if you two would ever tie the knot. Well, once again, our house here in Eureka is looking for ANOTHER prospective buyer. For the 3rd time in a short period of time, the contract has been broken. My husband jokes and says "what happened to that house that used to be across the street? It's not there any longer." -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The sun is shining, but it's not hot out. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) Hey! Re: Bill SCOTT's ('64) entries from a few days back. Bill: Thanks for taking the time to write it up and post it. I don't have to tell you, so I won't mention it, that if you live a different sort of life you won't get much from pre-programmed responses. Now in the late summer/early autumn of our years here you'll understand what a privilege it is not to have a track laid out and waiting for you right at the starting gate. Responding to your reference to Siddhartha, I picked up a book of essays about/by Gurdjieff that had the DVD of "Meetings with Remarkable Men" in a pocket in the back of the book. Really fun movie! The landscapes are great and when they cross the desert using stilts? Anyway early in the movie a young Gurdjieff is with his dad and asks, "is there such a thing as evil?" Dad takes a moment and answers, "When you have yourself you are not concerned with god or the devil." Take care, jb -Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Group Hug OK... I usually don't do this but I really hate imposing on Richland's version of Ben Bradlee (NAB) and my best-ex... I figure some day I may need a big favor and so will save a few up just in case... I mean think of it... we could be out parking and hear the Sandman coming and I may need fitty cints for gas to make a quick exit... woops that won't work... If I'm already outa gas... we'll be sandman food but you get the idea... so it'll be group hug day as I'm heading for the L.A. Roadster show as you read this... should hook up with John FOSTER ('65) and his group of hooligans... always fun... this day is a perfect day to underscore what I said yesterday about being growed up... ain't a growed up inna bunch... I mean we got Bike (varoom kind) riders, Jeep riders and at least one hell on wheels with the best rear end in the class tied with Connie DAME ('65)... that babe hooks up with her partner in crime, Diane MURPHY ('65) starting mid June and they party for a whole month... at least one of these guys (well maybe two) make me look like a middle of the roader stead of the right wing extremist Homeland Security says I am! (no comments required I am leaving mine at that... different strokes and all that)... I know I bared my soul a little deeply yesterday... I hope you unnerstan... everything happens for a reason... every time I visit my old buds in the white shoed law firms I am reminded how out of place I would be had I stayed around... while some of those guys and gals have been friends for ages, I just don't fit in with guys who went on to be US Senators etc., etc., etc... I mean I knew most of them when they wuz po and now they ain't so I've seen both sides... One (the only other Viet-vet in the firm) used to string fake claymore mines thru the hallways of the office... now he's a Federal Judge... same with one who worked for Spakletts with hair to his bottom when we wuz in law school... I've hadda grand life and have loved most of it and what didn't kill me made me stronger (Mr. Cliches today) and every time I wonder how I would have been if I was still on the umpteenth floor at some firm like Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (the firm my crazy law school drinking buddy/law professor/dean started out at), I think of kids such as those having birthdays while I'll be at the Roadster Show goofing with the Godfather of low brow art, Robert Williams and his wife Suzanne and scream: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gus KEENEY ('57) and Dave SOWDEN ('63) (6/14); Cathy MOUTON ('65) and Jo HEIDLEBAUGH ('74) (6/15); Jan BELL ('64) (6/16); and Gail GHIRARDO ('65) and Mike SAMS ('65) (6/17) on your special day(s) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/15/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Gus KEENEY ('57), Dolores MOODY ('60) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nadine SMITH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy MOUTON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie LIEN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eileen O'NEIL ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo HEIDLEBAUGH ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: David RIVERS ('65) as per Mr. QUIGLEY ('62) David, I am proud of you!!!!! Semper Fi... Fair Winds and Following Seas from an Old Squid!!!! Also Many thanks to the rest of you for all the Cards and letters on my Birthday!!!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dolores MOODY Stewart ('60) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Larry and Jackie Congratulations! -Dolores MOODY Stewart ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Connie MADRON Hall ('60) Re: Port Ludlow, WA There is a small fireworks display at Port Ludlow for some celebration on July 27. I will be there in charge of the display... Hopefully Jackie will be down and will be with me. She may have another display to do in Alaska It is a barge show, on an oyster barge, so you know it is not a very big show. But I will try to make it worth watching. So far I cannot even get the permit folks to call us back. Jefferson County Planning and Permits. We don't know where the loading dock is or anything else for that matter. So I may have to drive up there and get some details ironed out. If I do I will give you a call, maybe we can do lunch or something. Are you located right in the condos? This is all kind of interesting, as about 12-14 years ago I was driving around up there making some sales calls and stopped at Port Ludlow. They directed me to the "lady in charge" at the time and she assured me I need never call on Port Ludlow as all the old folks living there would not tolerate having fireworks. So I have steered clear of there when in the area. I heard some one in our office say we needed a pyro for a show in Port Ludlow and I said I'll do it. When asked why I would do a little show like that I said, "I have Bomber friends up there". The next question was "How can you have so many Bomber friends in so many places? How can you even know where they are?" When I explained the Alumni Sandstorm, Bomber Lunches, The Bomb, Club 40, and the like, Everybody just kind of shook their heads. In my business I meet and know a lot of people, some I get to know quite well. But I have never been acquainted with anyone who has anything like the Alumni 'Storm. Seems like most people may only know 1-3 people they knew while growing up. How fortunate we are to be Bombers! "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Re: Birthday Wishes Sending Birthday wishes to my sister Jo HEIDLEBAUGH ('74). Happy Birthday, Weeser... don't throw the darts. Love, -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/16/13 ~ FATHERS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Marie RUPPERT ('63) Paula Jill LYONS ('64) Toby WHEELER ('65/'66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia MILLER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon LOVINGER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan BELL ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Congratulations to Jackie and Larry! I'm going to make an effort to locate the family connection that I'm sure we have. It will take some digging into the archives, but in the meantime I'll just continue to say we are cousins. Larry's mother's maiden name is Wheatley and so was my father's mother. They both hail from the same region in Kentucky and a sister of my father's father married a Mattingly. His ancestor line bears a similar story to the one I was told growing up. Anyway, I can now call Jackie my cousin, too. How lucky am I? -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Jill LYONS ('64) Re: 1951 Dancers -Paula Jill LYONS ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Toby WHEELER Davis ('65/'66) Written for my dad, Bob Wheeler: Father's Day - 1988, Who passed away 9/13/1991 Happy Father's Day to all fathers out there... good ones are always remembered Rarely in life does one take the time to reflect on events or incidents in the past that make up the fiber of soul, or are pieces to the jigsaw of one's being. Bob, these are some of the pieces of you that are pieces of me forever? --Making me your daughter, when you already had a family --Playing with your crew cut and letting it tickle me --Believing for years and years that crew-cuts and dads always went together --Teaching me to stay out of the street on Birch --Building us a whole houseful of doll furniture and the blue games table, which I thought was one of the cleverest things I had ever seen. Being my Santa Claus? --Hiking with me up the mighty FLAT TOP and the nearly insurmountable RATTLESNAKE --Watching you open the brown plastic wallet with the horsehead surrounded with "shiny diamonds" and saying in a totally sincere voice that "it was beautiful, a most special Christmas gift" and finding it several years later wrapped in tissue paper (still special) in the oak buffet. I bought it at Newberry's for $1.99 after deliberating for two hours. --Staring as you sharpened your straight razor with a two-foot leather strap and being amazed you never cut yourself. You let me sit on the edge of the pool for over a year until I was ready. --Teaching me to swim --Swimming miles and miles of breaststroke with me at the pool and in the Columbia River --Building the 'Doghouse' (his sailboat) and understanding much later why you couldn't call it the Cathouse (even though our cat Snooper, slept there all of the time) --Teaching me to sail, to lower the centerboard, to let out the jib, to tack and of course to "HEEL Toby! HEEL NOW"! --Feeling joy and freedom running with the wind and never wanting to go in, even when we were soaking wet and shivering. --Hot summer vacations in the 'a/c-less' Studebaker and '53 Oldsmobile, driving always to visit a mother who was never my mother --Yellowstone Park-Old Faithful, feeding the bears gingersnaps (surreptitiously) through the window while you were driving. I learned 'how to iron', on your handkerchiefs--always ready when we needed one, whether for magic tricks or wiping tears from bicycle scraped knees. --Your kindness to Gramma when she needed you --Lost car keys, forgotten suitcases, Cannon Beach and Uncle Ruben --Camping, fishing, building campfires, Lake Chelan, Mount Rainier, American River, Friday Harbor, the San Juan's. --Carrying me on your shoulders and not worrying about the blood covering you after a tree and I butted heads sledding on Col-Hi Hill --Asparagus picking, buckeye collecting and sharing your ice skates (stuffed in the toes with tissues) on frozen muddy ponds --Teaching me that I could be whatever I wanted to be, and that being a girl was not a limitation in life --Reading Scientific American with me, and helping me with the really long words. --Eating my one-inch high, 'scratch' Angelfood cake and saying it was delicious, as well as plasticized macaroons cooked on waxed paper instead of parchment paper, explaining to me why parchment and waxed paper are 'not the same'; --Father-Daughter banquets year after year --Dinner at the Desert Inn with Paige and me for our straight As You made me proud to be your daughter. --Spending hundreds of weekends on the islands --Hours of helping me with Algebra, Geometry and Trig. --Teaching me creative ways to look at things and solve problems --Helping me with science fair projects year after year --Teaching me to ski --Teaching me to drive and NEVER yelling even when the temptation must have been insurmountable --Telling me my 'natural' father was a nice, friendly, extroverted man that everyone liked --Offering to 'find him' for me if I ever needed to... I never did. --Hugging me, and saying, "Is that all?" after I told you I was pregnant. --Being proud of me and not disappointed --Visiting us in Bangkok, klong exploring, temple hopping and Pattaya --Laying flowers and lighting incense in front of the Erawan Buddha for you year after year to 'cover your bases', --Working on world population control and discovering all three of your daughters pregnant at the same time! --Having my daughter on your 58th birthday --Whidbey Island, building 257, impossible steps to the water, a typical 'Bob' thing to do... showing your creativity, the spark that makes you special and different, and always will. These are just a few of the pieces I have of you Bob, and I know you have pieces of me too. Our jigsaws will never be finished, one more piece is always missing?to be found perhaps tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or in the sunrise on the sand. You are part of me. I love you too. Happy Father's Day! -Toby WHEELER Davis ('65/'66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Larry "Fig" NEWTON - Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 1986 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/17/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Peggy NELSON ('55) Earl BENNETT ('63), Peg SHEERAN ('63) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John EHLERS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail GHIRARDO ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike SAMS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie MARSHALL ('75) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick BOEHNING & Linda BELLISTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Wow! In all the excitement of working up to Father's Day, I forgot to wish Jim McKEOWN ('53) and Edna a Happy Anniversary. Jim, you are one lucky guy in landing Edna. Keep on keepin' on. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where thunder storms loom in the Cascades and may spill into the valley. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy NELSON ('55) Re: John Ball Lunch A few Richland Bombers/North Richland John Ball friends are meeting for lunch WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 TIME: NOON WHERE: Sterlings, 2500 Queensgate in Richland We plan to continue meeting on the first and third Tuesday of every month. So far, we are 1952- 1956, but all Bomber/John Ball persons are invited to come and share memories with us. See you there! For any questions, call Sharon or me. -Peggy NELSON ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Happy Fathers' Day to all the fathers and Dads out there! May God our Father give you the strength and wisdom to care for, love and protect your own. I know I couldn't have done it right without His guidance, and the wonderful example I received from my Dad. A day late for y'all, but timely as I type. Regards, ecb3 - from a beautiful late spring morning in central Virginia with three grandchildren chattering in the background and my "Mrs. Wonderful" (her words) wishing me a Happy Fathers' Day. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) To: Toby WHEELER Davis ('65/'66) Your Father's Day entry made me cry. I loved your dad (RIP), too, and I remember several of those same special times and memories of him. He was always so kind to me, - and what a brilliant man he was. I took pictures of his 200+ stairs down to the ocean on Whidby - (wonder where they are)... And I remember - I THINK - watching him sail with a pipe in his mouth. His "captain chairs" he made out of half-barrels - his rock collection in the dining room, that he let me take some to school? for a show-and-tell? His condom-blowing-up machine (to test their safety) -as he worked on family planning devices in his shop on Whidby. So many fond snippets of memories. -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) ~ Omak, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Old G.E. News Clippings To All Bombers, I have recently acquired a big box of G.E. News. For the past month articles with pictures have been scanned and saved. I was planning on doing this for Fathers Day but alas it did not come to pass. So here are a few you might find interesting. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Julie AUNGST Kawabata ~ Class of 1961 ~ 1943 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/18/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia DONAHUE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: 1951 Dancers To: Paula Jill LYONS ('64) Paula Jill, #2 in the picture is D'Ova Wallace. I'll have to save this picture, as I'm not sure if I have one. I still have my costume though. Such fun we all had. To: Toby WHEELER Davis ('65/'66) That was such a great tribute to your dad!!! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/19/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom BROWN ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David ANGUIANO ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: 50 years Mike and I have been married almost 50 years this coming December, but have been together 52. What can I say? He was the most fun, crazy guy that I could find and never let go AND he was a Bomber. That number just blows me away, as does the fact that we are going to my 50 year class Reunion in September. I do not feel THAT OLD!! In celebration we will be going on a 50th trip, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland in October. Am really looking forward to this, but am not very familiar with the latter 3 countries. I am asking any Bombers who have been to these areas what foods to order/not miss when we are there, or any suggestions thereof (or even suggestions of books to read prior). Mike has always wanted to go to St. Petersburg, so we are wiping this off his bucket list. I look at our grey hair and older bodies and I am deeply grateful for the place we grew up, for the wonderful memories there, and the life-long friends who are Bombers. Any hints/ helps would be appreciated!! -Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from rainy, flooding St. Louis... what a difference a year makes. Extreme drought last yea and extreme rain this year. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/20/13 ~ 20-21 SUMMER SOLSTICE - LONGEST DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Phil BELCHER ('51), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Helen CROSS ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Annie PETERSON ('69), Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy KEYS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan BARNARD ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil BELCHER ('51) Re: Don Sorenson (NAB) I was surprised to run across a photo of Paul Smith and myself getting ready to donate blood in 1959. I can remember where my picture was taken a number of times but I had forgotten about this one. Some where in my many boxes I have a certificate showing I've donated over one gallon of blood. Thanks Don, brought back memories of PRTR, one of the job sites where I enjoyed working. -Phil BELCHER ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) I want to thank everyone who sent a note on our Anniversary... can?t believe it has been 57 years... I would like to correct the date for Edna?s graduation. The correct year was '54... from Clover Park in Tacoma... otherwise, she was 13 when we married, and when I think of all the trouble it took to convince her Dad that I was a good guy (reasonably so), when she was 20... that would have been a very tough sell... anyway, it?s been a ride... 4 kids in the first 5 years... Classmate George ANDERSON ('53) told me last month when I told him that, that I was either a Mormon, which he is, or a Catholic. I plead guilty to the latter... but a not a very smart Catholic. Oh well, we grew up with our kids, and they were gone when we were relatively still young... so we travelled.. -Jim McKEOWN ('53 celebrating big number 60 this year) [That '56 was just the year you two were married. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Mike RICE ('60) & Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) What a wonderful way to celebrate your 50th!! I'd say maybe try to catch some of the Rich Steves or other travel programs which are usually available on public television stations on Sunday afternoons or can probably be checked out from the library. My husband and I were in St. Petersburg in 2004 and we attended a ballet at the castle that is also a museum that was built by Catherine the Great. I'd say be sure to attend a ballet, we went to a state ballet company of Swan Lake and it was beautiful. Also the art museum there was good. And we loved walking in Red Square in Moscow. We took an overnight train twice in Russia which was really an experience, but I don't know if you will have that kind of time... I'm sure many of the fellow Bomber travelers can give you lots of tips. I'd say go to the castle and the wonderful gardens in Copenhagen, which were closed when we were there in the dead of winter. Seeing the castles along the Rhine River which were all lit up at night when we were there is something I will always remember. If you are going to Austria, I'd also recommend going to the village of Stams for a wonderful tour of the monastery there where the Hapsburgs are buried... But remember there are wonderful and interesting things in all the countries you will be visiting. Oh, and my number 1 tip is to wear comfortable shoes that won't get stuck in the cobblestones and to pack lightly so you can pick up little remembrances. I'm down to collecting magnets from where I go now... Smile and Enjoy, you'll have a great time.. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ in Hope, IN where it is beautiful today, no humidity. Someone asked me where I was raised and I told her Washington State but I've been in the midwest for about 30 years. She then asked me if I still missed it, and I couldn't lie, I had to tell her, yes, I did!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Group Hug Heading home inna morning (yesterday... time travel ya know) and will run out and pick up my '55 Chebby Gasser from Adairs' and run it over to the DQ. It is for sale for $18,500 if any one is interested... I'll leave it in the uptown Friday/Saturday so you can check it out... data sheet will be on the window... can't miss it... it's bright (competition) orrrrrrrrrrrrrnge with "ADDICTED" on the side. For anybody who hasn't been informed the '65ers are having the Party of the Year with the Friday parade party at Cecilia's on the little strip of grass just South of Haines on GWWay. Saturday evening party at Simpson and hopefully a bench dedication sometime Saturday afternoon on the river. That's ails I knows on the bench... sorry... Beaver's ('65) wife, Jane has been handling the details. I'll be at the Marriott beginning Thursday (today as you read this)... Lyman ('65) is refling a game at some school I've never heard of Friday around 1:00 so I expect a bunch of us will go over and check out the boy's skills and yell: "Are you blind, ref... kill the ref... who the HE double toothpick taught you to ref??????" and other kind words of to show our appreciation... yes, girls, my illugitumutt son will be there for the weekend in case you need autographs (for your children of course)... dunno if he's bringing any 8x10 color photos suitable fer framin'... but he'll be there... gotta catch him between naps tho... hey what else is new... he's fine, he's just only hadda "on" and "off" switch all his life... ... Congrats to Donna BOWERS ('63) on almost 50 years (plus two) with the same guy... I been married a few years but not to the same chick... prolly cuz none wuz Bomber-babes... but I am looking forward to the '63 50th in September... got my fake ID ready to go... I put Jimbeaux's ('63) picture on it from the '63 year book... since nobody in attendance is gonna look like that I figured nobody would know... they'd just figure it was a bad face lift when they checked me out and compared with the picture... I mean who would recognize Kenny Rogers or Phyllis McGuire... right? Sorry again to the B-day kids for doing a nuther group hug... funny I hadda do one a the Bomber- babe's running mate the same way... She'll be fine with it since she's been celebrating since 6/15 already... Oh by the way, after next Friday, my Bridger Ave. address will no longer be any good along with my old phone number but my 702 375-6961 cell is still good for anybody who needs to find us this weekend and will continue to be good after that unless "retirement" is not kind to me and Verizon shuts it off... Sure hope to run in to a whole bunch of you this weekend... Roger GRESS ('61), if Terry and I miss you on Friday we'll catch you Saturday... I can't tell you how excited I get when I come home and I'm sure it doesn't show... so you'll hafta take my word for it... now where wuz I... oh yeah... b-days... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Rob HILLS ('63) (6/21/13), Peg SHEERAN ('63) and Diane MURPHY ('65) (6/23/13) on your special days -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annie PETERSON Shiffer ('69) Re: Yearbooks Hi All -- I have the recently dusted annuals of 1964-1965-1966 Chief Jo Warrior 1967-1968-1969 Columbian 1970-1971-1972-1973 WSU Chinook I would love to give them to anyone who wants them. Email me. -Annie PETERSON Shiffer ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) Re: 50 years A very happy 50th anniversary to Mike RICE ('60) and Donna BOWERS Rice ('63)! It sounds like you've had a great life, and I wish you many, many more good years together. I haven't been to any of the intriguing stops on your upcoming tour and am a little jealous! But I do travel in nations further south and have found the internet to be a wealth of travel information, and consistently more up to date than all but the newest travel books. One site worth consulting when you travel to a new location is (or, in your case,,, and There are usually sections toward the end of sometimes lengthy entries entitled See, Do, Buy, Eat and so on that are usually brief, helpful and accurate. Also, you'll also meet fellow travelers along the way who will share their recommendations. Just beware of those well- intentioned folks who insist you must go to Restaurant X because it had the best food ever during their last visit in 1967! Just like in the U.S., owners, managers and chefs come and go, so places change. But that's part of the adventure! Do have fun and make some new and wonderful memories... -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda, where the morning is a bit chilly at 73. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Doug FARRIS ~ Class of 1965 ~ 1946 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/21/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan RUSHWORTH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob HILLS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HAMES ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Since way back when there's been Roy and Gabby, peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkle, Sodom and Gomorrah, Rin and Tin Tin, scotch and soda, Buster Brown and Tag, Tarzan and Cheetah, A and W, Dobie and Maynard, Alfa and Romeo and Wally and Eddie. I like to think that the Birthday Boy and I are on some list, some where. Now days he'd be called my "Wing Man" or vice vera, but i think of him as my Homie. Here's to Rob HILLS ('63) on his 68th birthday, You da' Man, "Buzz". -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: '66 Gals June Lunch -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/22/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) John CAMPBELL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ZIMMER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul DUNIGAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stu OSBORN ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gordie McMASTER('69) & Chris MARSHALL ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Club 40 Yearly September I am going to be in or near the Tri Cities and so I am delivering the wines I promised for the Club 40 Gathering in September. As I said, I cannot attend. I will give them to Chuck LOLLIS ('64) and trust he will pass them on to the right person. To give everybody time to think about having one of them, here is the write up I did about them. To: Club 40 Committee, for the annual gathering From: J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) As promised I am donating 4 bottles of wine from my "cellar". I like to prowl the wine shops and even some grocery stores for the odd bottle or two and close out prices. I don't drink the heavy red wines as I don't get along well with the tannins. But I buy reds when I see a bargain and give them as gifts. So any info below about reds, is what I heard from those I gave bottles to. I store all my wines on their side. It might be a good idea to open the reds and let them breathe a bit before serving. COLUMBIA VALLEY CABERNET FROM FRENCH CREEK CELLARS 1993 VINTAGE I bought a case of this wine at a close out sale from the winery in 1993. I put it down and did not open the case until Christmas 2003. While it might have been an unknown average wine when it was young, I am told it has aged well. My brother Mark ('77) said it was quite good, I had given Mark and Stacey a bottle for Christmas. As of now I have only one bottle left. A TASTY MERLOT FROM REDWOOD CREEK WINERY 2004 VINTAGE I found 3 of these in a wine shop in San Francisco 5-6 years ago. I am told it is "a rather tasty Merlot". I thought they were priced too high and told the owner of the shop I would offer less and the amount and he said "sold". He admitted he knew nothing about the wine as he bought a dozen bottles at an estate sale. This is the last bottle. ORVIETO CLASSICO FROM FONTANA CANDIDA IN ITALY 2009 VINTAGE This one I spotted in my local grocery store several months ago. There were 12-14 bottles so I bought 2 and opened one with my dinner. Yum Yum! Not fancy, but VERY drinkable. I immediately drove back to the store and bought the 4 remaining bottles. Then I drove across the city to another of the same small chain and found 3 more bottles. I gave one to my kindly neighbor who takes in my mail when I am on the road. No, I will not part with the remaining 2 bottles. Serve this one chilled. A RED WINE, CRIANZA, >FROM THE LA MANCHA REGION IN SPAIN 2005 VINTAGE I was served a glass of this wine many years ago in Spain. For a red it was OK. But I switched to Chardonnay to the rest of the evening. I spotted it in my local grocery store and bought a couple of bottles. I gave one to my kindly neighbor (they are the kind of neighbor you always wished you had, so I try to take good care of them.) They said it was very good and seemed a little expensive to be giving away. So I took that as a compliment to the wine and next time in the store bought the remaining 2 bottles. I put them down for a year or so to see what age will do for them. I hope this helps a very good cause. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: Cool Desert Nights Good to see some RHS Alums last night [6/20/13] at the DQ including Perry MOORE ('63), Terry KLUTE ('63), Tony SHARPE ('63), Lyman POWELL ('65), David RIVERS ('65), Terry DAVIS ('65), Roger GRESS ('61), and Bill Blankingship ('62) and his beautiful new car. Hopefully the sun will come out for the cruise tonight. I'm not toweling off the green' '50 until I see the sun. Saturday should be nice so come on down to the show uptown and say Hi. -John CAMPBELL ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/23/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronnie Lewis ARMSTRONG ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve CARSON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg SHEERAN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane MURPHY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan MOULTHROP ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Petra ILLIG ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Richland lunch crowd My wife Ruth and I will be RV'ing into Richland next Tuesday [6/25/13] for a week, staying at Horn Rapids RV Park. Is there still a Bomber lunch gathering a Sterling's Restaurant (on GWWay) on Friday June 28th? We'd sure enjoy "smoozing" with some other Bombers! -Dick WIGHT ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) To: Class of '62 Re: YOUR 50 Year Reunion Picture I want to type a name below EVERY face in this picture. ALL you '62ers need to help!! There are MANY names below the picture, but are they all correct? I want to be SURE they are correct before I add a name below EACH PICTURE. Tom HEMPHILL and Jack EVANS have already done more than their part... the rest of you need to pitch in now.. Click the links (towards the top of the page) that say "BIG". When you get there you may see a small plus sign. Click that so you can see the faces better. HELP! -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/24/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Luana IVERS ('52) Jim WATTS ('54), Ken STALEY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig KING ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) To All Those Old Enuf to Remember: This Eric Snowden (leaker fugitive) looks just like hi schooler, Bud ROW ('47-RIP)... LOOKS LIKE... not IS like. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana IVERS Portch ('52) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Yes Dick there will be a lunch on Friday the 28th at Sterling's on GWWay and we look forward to you and Ruth attending at noon! Bomber Cheers! -Luana IVERS Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim WATTS ('54) Re: Bomber Lunch To: Dick WIGHT ('52) A bunch of Bombers get together at noon on Friday at Sterling's on GWWay. I'm sure everyone would enjoy seeing you. -Jim WATTS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken STALEY ('68) Over the past 4 years I've been privileged to see more than 20 of my short stories published. Most appear in small press anthologies around the country, but three appear on line. I thought I'd share those links with fellow Bombers. -Ken STALEY ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/25/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65) Alan STEPHENS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil BELCHER ('51) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harold GIBSON & BaretAnn McINTYRE ('53) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Randy DYKEMAN ('69) & Kim RICHEY ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I'm always wrong about these things, but I'm seldom incorrect. I checked the Bomber calendar and found that today, June 25th, is the date listed for a momentous event, not Monday as was shown in yesterday's publication [Yes, I goofed yesterday. Sorry about that, folks. -Maren]. The momentous event is one that was prophesied in the 1953 Columbian. Yes, they were a chosen couple. Little did the editors or choosers know what they were predicting. So, let's have three rousing Bomber Cheers on this, the anniversary of Harold GIBSON & BaretAnn McINTYRE's ('53) wedding. And they are still together, which speaks volumes. Keep on keepin' on. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we could not see the super moon because of the cloud cover, which also brought rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Fantastic weekend Lemme say a big sorry to Ceci BENNETT ('65) after she wrote down alla names of ever body we seed this weekend... ain't no way I could even begin to list the folks without putting that kid from the class of '52 and alla rest of ya's a sleep... but CDN's was a faaaaaaaaaaantastic weekend and even the weather cooperated after all... Landed Thursday after flyin' in with Ronnie (Big boy name "Ron") SLEDGE ('65) and his better half and ran over to Jimmie ADAIR's ('65-'67) ta pick up the '55 Chebby Gasser... ran it over to the DQ where I put fer sale signs and a list of the goodies which make it up on the windows... John CAMPBELL ('63) (and his better half... much better) pulled in along with Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) in his coupe sans wipers... the rain came and went... ran in to Roger GRESS ('61) and half of Richland... DAVIS ('65) finally pulled in from Seattle and we all began to wander... Ceci's new hip began to bother her so she sat in the Gasser and got many offers IF but only if she came with the car... I couldn't talk her in to it so no sales... I told her I'd be right back... David RIVERS ('65) saying he'll be right back when there are so many friends to see is not something one should bank on... outa sight outa mind as they say... someone finally reminded me I had left her inna car without telling her how ta work the doors... Ran into Bobby IRWIN ('62) and learned that he had just turned 70!... I think is was on the 18th but I need someone to confirm that. Talked to Jerry ('58) the next day and found he'll be 73 inna couple of months... how is this happening????... it finally got just a tad chilly for cut offs and t-shirts so off we went... Friday started with Spudnuts... how else does a Friday start off in Richland... now it was beginning to get nice and chilly with a great rain... started the Chebby and the gas pedal decided to go out so hadda get with Doc 40 (now Doc '54 with the San Antonio Rose in his possession) to save my bacon as he has so many times in our lives since we began as pals at 15 years of age (I finally figured out why I didn't know him before... he was in Ideeho before...) and went to some underground parts house and picked me up a new foot feed... varoom... he also decided to change the plugs... I think I have only put fresh plugs in that '55 once since I had the new exhaust run... after pulling the headers on the driver's side things got much easier... pretty soon a good bunch began to show up for the parade and we set up alla chairs so we could oooo and aaaah like we used to at the Bomber Bowl on the 4th of July... CAMPBELL soon got a little uneasy about being the only Senior inna buncha underclass people... I told him the DeJONGs ('63) would be along soon, but they got stuck in traffic... I think alla "young stuff" made him feel a little like being at a sock hop in '63... wait... there were all guys and only one or two girls... oh well whatever... after the parade we all headed to the back yard where Jack KEENEY ('65), Dick STEVENS ('66) and Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) jammed about a possum inna head lights (ain't gonna hafta kill no chickens nor open no cans)... we finally broke up near midnight which was way late for this poor boy... Saturday more Spuddies and meeting a greeting friends... Chuck LOLLIS ('64) headed to do some fireworks but left me a little care package at my hotel... was sorry to miss him but enjoyed the care package as I always do! Tho Friday morning had been freezing, Saturday was cut off weather alla way. Louis HOGAN ('65) and Lyman ('65) hosted a BBQ... I made the mistake of sitting in Ceci's recliner at about 1:00 after all that sun (Alex CLARK ('65) showed me how ta make the foot rest go up) and woke up about 4:30 or so... time enough for showers and head over to Ruth Simpson's for the Saturday nite party which was another great get together... her daughter made some little pastries that were mouth watering... I ate them and ate them and they kept filling the plate so I ate some more! SIMPSON's ('65-RIP) plaque was not ready so no dedication. As his plaque is going to be larger than the others and as they hafta cut a round hole for the square plaques, a special vote must be taken on Steve's plaque... duh... it's for SIMPSON, nuff said... the ayes have it! Sunday it was breakfast with HEIDLEBAUGH and Ceci and then off to meet Ron and his wife for the trip back to Vegas... I'm sure I've forgotten about half of what took place and like I said... if I even mentioned half the kids we saw this would not be the great literary work I'm sure you will find it to be in its current form. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES EVERYONE! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan STEPHENS ('66) This is for my few Bomber River Rats and Navy brothers. The rest of you Bomber Vets, LISTEN UP!! Chehalis, WA has a large Veterans' Museum and the Northwest Chapter of GameWardens has moved our operation of the Navy's last operational Viet Nam PBR to this location. For those of you who do not know what a PBR is, just think of the movie Apocalypse Now. Also in '08 I and the Chapter brought the Gun Boat to the Water Follies for display. It was a big draw for the Navy. I and the Gun Boat where in the Tri-City Herald that Friday. Second section front page. So to the point. Saturday, August 3rd the Museum will have a Viet Nam Veterans day. The Gun Boat will be on display. I and the rest of the Chapter will be in full combat dress. (greens, camouflage, tiger greens, the whole nine yards). I invite and challenge all Bomber Vets to make the drive that day and have a real reunion. Uniform of the day will be any you have left from the time and ribbons. Also the Museum is working on a Huey for display later this year. If any of you airdales with Helo background needs a hobby or you just want to work on one, here is your chance. Chief has given a lawful order. At ease and carry on. -Alan STEPHENS ('66), CPO USN Retired NW Chapter Gamewardens Assn. Inc. Vietnam to Present ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/26/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Paul WEBSTER ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty HISER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cyndy BROOKS ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roxanne SOUTHARD ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Anniversary/Luncheon I want to congratulate that great '53 pair, Baret Ann McINTYRE and Hal (Long John) GIBSON on their umpteenth Anniversary... a day late, of course. Other than being Huskies, The two seem to have gotten it right all these years. Looking forward to seeing you two in September, at our big number 60!! Also, wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow [Thursday, 6/27/13] is our own Bomber Luncheon, here in Sacramento, at the Firehouse in old town... We have 17 folks coming, so it should be a grand get-together. Lots of room so let me know if you plan to attend. Our very own Sandy FINNEY Harvego ('60), always rolls out the red carpet at her gorgeous restaurant... -Jim McKEOWN (from the great class of '53) ~ in very rainy Sacramento, which we NEVER get rain in June... we got a half inch over night... we average .1 for the month... weather will be in the mid to high 90s for the luncheon on Thursday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul WEBSTER ('56) Re: James Clyde Badger ('56-RIP) ~ 06/27/37 - 6/23/02 As I grow older I find the happiness of yesterday is really just a sweet memory for tomorrow. As I write this e-mail I see Jim, once again, as the same 16 year old, climbing out the window with his shot gun in hand or selling rabbits to those infamous night spots in East Pasco. Happy Birthday my friend and yes I will again celebrate this day with a toast to our friendship. Rest in peace and IF GOD PERMITS HUNTING he better have a heavy lock on his gun cabinet. -Paul WEBSTER ('56) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/27/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Paul WEBSTER ('56) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Betti AVANT ('69) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruthann HUTCHINS ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian THOMPSON ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul WEBSTER ('56) Re: James Clyde Badger ('56-RIP) ~ 06/27/37 - 6/23/02 As I grow older I find the happiness of yesterday is really just a sweet memory for tomorrow. As I write this e-mail I see Jim, once again, as the same 16 year old, climbing out the window with his shot gun in hand or selling rabbits to those infamous night spots in East Pasco. Happy Birthday my friend and yes I will again celebrate this day with a toast to our friendship. Rest in peace and IF GOD PERMITS HUNTING he better have a heavy lock on his gun cabinet. -Paul WEBSTER ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: North to Alaska As I have for the last 8 years I am off on Alaska Airlines (and PenAir) to Dutch Harbor, Alaska to do their 4th of July fireworks. It is a large and complex display but I have an exquisite crew up there that make my work easy. I design the display and send them the set-up notes and diagrams and all that is left is to fuse and load the shells. I fire the show electrically. I hope to get a good video of it this year. I have a wide angle lens that I finally have the adapter ring for. We are always in hopes for cooperation from the rather fractious Bering Sea weather. The display is always a big hit with the folks living in the middle of nowhere with little enough for entertainment. When I get back off island to Anchorage, Jackie and I are going to continue our exploration of Alaska. She is not going out to Dutch with me as she has her own J4 display to fire for Wasilla. Each year we fly to some place in Alaska for 2-3 days. We rent a car (or pickup if available) and take as many pictures as possible. This year it is Nome. We still have not decided exactly when, where, or how, but we are looking forward to our wedding. Probably in August. Jackie and I wish all Bombers and families a safe celebration of our nation's birthday. Since I never drink the day of a show I will just have hot dogs and diet coke at the "Picnic in the Park" after the annual J4 parade. Anybody or anything can be in the parade as long as it is wrapped in Red White and Blue. From toddlers on trikes to a concrete tuck. Old fashioned great fun. OK I will admit I stash a couple of cans of Bud Lite in a sink full of ice in my room at the hotel. But, by 1:30 - 2am when we get things secured, it's pretty quiet on the island. So I usually just put my tired feet up and watch the bald eagles looking for scraps in the hotel dumpster outside the window. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Trip Hello Richland Bombers, I've been in Richland since late Saturday night [6/22]. I had found a possible place to live online for my planned move. I went and looked at it on Monday and it is what I was looking for. I filled out an application and included a deposit check and should hear back today [6/26] if I got it or not. I had a consultation with a radiation specialist on 6/25 in Kennewick and with all the factors added in I need to have radiation treatments. They happened to have a couple of openings today [6/26] for a simulation where they make an individualized mold for me for when I'm doing treatments. I plan on being back in Richland no later than 15July and start getting settled in. I'll start treatments on 17July as he told me they try to get them going as soon as possible after completing chemo which I did on 10June. I'll need a total of 28 treatments so I'll do 3 that first week and then daily for the next 5 weeks. This has been heck of a year for me and know I'll have to be checked every so often for I don't know how many years, assuming 5 from what I've heard from others who have done this. Thanks for the prayers through all this... they are appreciated. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland for now and in a few weeks forever **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: 100 Area Workers Here are a few picture of 100 Area workers from the '50s and '60s. Perhaps you'll find someone you know. R. G.E. News - 1962 A question: Are there any scholars or Richland Beauty Queens reading the Sandstorm?? -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/28/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette DUNCAN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vickie BIGELOW ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, another momentous day has arrived. The ol' propeller beanie gives a well deserved tip to today's honoree. I won't dabble about anymore. I will just tip the beanie and wish Jeanette DUNCAN ('54, and a Bomber Babe) a very happy birthday. Do convince that tightwad you married to take somewhere other than Taco Bell or McDonald's for your dinner tonight. To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Nice trip to the past. I just wonder if that back door to a pre-fab was an approved modification. As I recall, that was usually the first thing the new homeowners did when the pre-fabs were sold. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where preparations are underway for the 4th of July Parade. And the weather guessers are saying the temperature will reach 98 on Monday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Re: Don Sorenson (NAB) asked yesterday "Are there any scholars or Richland Beauty Queens reading the Sandstorm??" Dumb Question! Aren't we all either one or the other or both! -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Betti, You absolutely amaze me! All this miserable medical stuff you're going through and you're going to move at the same time. Lady, you've got COURAGE! -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: '69 Stuff Maren: I picked up a '69 Columbian today and in it was a '69 Commencement program. If you don't have one I would be happy to scan it and send it to you. Another thing I have is 13 Sandstorms from class of '67. If anybody would like them (like maybe the class of '67 webmaster) I would be happy to send them to whomever. -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/29/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph MYRICK ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy McDONALD ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HUNT ('57) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Fred PHILLIPS & Lora HOMME ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver area 2013 Picnic WHEN: Saturday - August 10, 2013 WHERE: Lewisville Park - North of Vancouver on Highway 503 TIME: 12:00 noon - until we get tired or run out of stories Plan to join us - bring annuals or reunion pictures to share. More information will be sent out later - just please be sure to Mark your Calendars!!! Thanks! -Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: '62 in '12 - 50 Year Reunion Picture O.K. I finally looked at the blow ups of the photo and I can add the following: #14 Dean ANSON, #64 Sue ELLIOTT, #116 Jane WALKER, #101 Charlene GOODENOW, #56 Bob RECTOR, #81 Linda LESTER, #76 Cathy WOOD, #90 Nora LIH, #92 Judy Hays (? is that the right last name. I went to school with her from Spalding all the way... and #70 Elaine WYSS Also Ed WOOD ('62) can you help us out? At least can you tell us who was next to you in the photo? I will email Carole JOHNSTON Berg who doesn't read the Sandstorm, as she knows and sees the BOSSO twins all the time and can tell us which is which... I'll also ask her who was next to her in the photo. I just can't put a name to some of these faces... If I could find my old yearbooks it might help... I think they are at our house,not here in our parsonage... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Happy 4th of July next week from Hope, IN where we have had a cool Spring with lots of rain... so our lawns are still green... and the humidity has been slow in coming, yea!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/30/13 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol WILEY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: KC HAMMILL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan KINNEY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri RAY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori KILLAND ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris ECKERT ('80) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` May, 2013 ~ July, 2013