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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 ~ 12/01/13 24 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mel STRATTON ('49), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Vic MARSHALL ('71), Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley PITTMAN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris WILLIAMSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PANTHER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy MARSHALL ('73) 12/01 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Crazy Quilt Dragon" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mel STRATTON ('49) Re: Potato chips out of Pasco I remember this person stocking shelves in Campbell's #1 on Goethals in the early fifties. I believe his name was Powers. -Mel STRATTON ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Sandstorm Stymied The Sandstorm is stymied due to problem with my address book I've been spoiling everybody who doesn't "sign" their entry. IN THE PAST I have been able to search my address book by using email address or last name, find the person's name (including MAIDEN name, ladies) and class year. So today, I go to my Mozilla Thunderbird address book -- and the search box is just GONE... I spent HOURS trying to get that search box back. SO, if you sent in an entry without the information needed, your entry won't appear in the Sandstorm till I get my search box back OR until you answer my inquiry... Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 48 at 2:45am (CST) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Re: Jackson's Potato Chips & other stuff To: Brad UPTON ('74) Brad, Brad, Brad, just when me thinks you are ready for the big kids' table (to paraphrase Mr. David RIVERS ('65)) your youth and inexperience come shining through. Jacksons was indeed the name of the Potato Chip company you are thinking of. They were located out on 4th Avenue... across from the train hump-yard. My Dad used to stop by from time to time and bring us home a Big Paper Shopping bag of the culls. I think he paid about 50 cents for these back in the mid '60s. I do remember the grease soaking through the bag but, boy were they good. They were actually better than the packaged ones they sold in the store. Probably because you got them straight from the cookers. They were still warm. Wash them down with a Pop Shoppe pop and you were ready to finish up with a Ho-Ho or a Ding-Dong from the Hostess outlet in Pasco. Prompted a couple of other Pasco memories. Anyone remember getting their hair cut at the Barber College in Pasco? It was on the East end of Lewis, just before you went through the underpass into East Pasco. Kind of by the Top Hat caf. I think my brother and I got our hair cut there until we could afford to pay for our own haircuts. Then I started going to the Barber up on Thayer next to the Pennywise Drug Store and the 24 hour Mayfair. Up pretty close to your house, Brad. I think he was about as bad a Barber as the Barber College. Finally, I started going to Lee Nelson, down on the Parkade in Downtown Richland. He was not much of a Barber either but he was a heck of an outdoorsman and had a little sporting goods shop attached to the Barber Shop. Did a little hunting and fishing with Lee over the years. One heck of a nice guy. Finally, I remember when Griggs was about the largest and most happening store in the Tri-Cities. This was before Columbia Center mall went in. I remember going there for deals on Converse tennis shoes and Levi's jeans. But the big event every year was their "Christmas madness" sale. It was kind of the pre-cursor to Black Friday. It was closer to Christmas than Black Friday but the store was open ALL night and they had some really good deals at the odd hours in the late night/early morning. I remember driving over in the dead of night so we could help my Mom multi-task by going after multiple specials at the same time. One of the advantages of having 8 kids back then, I guess. And for those of you counting, my sister, Chris MARSHALL ('69), and brother-in-law Blaine HOPKINS ('69) are celebrating 40 years of wedded bliss today. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Happy Anniversary!!! -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the Ronald E. Casillas that passed away per the Tri-City Herald was a Class of '79er. If so, it would be nice to get some info into what happened to him if possible. I grew up with Ronny just around the corner from his house, and spent many a day playing with matches in his basement. Also, on a happier note, I introduced my son to a Spudnut, then another one, then another, after the fourth one he told me they were horrible. It was nice to come home to the ever changing Richland landscape. My son has grown up in the Mason County area of Shelton, WA his whole life, and when we first got into Richland the first words out of his mouth were, "Good Lord it 93 out here". When I said "So what", he replied, "but it's 1030 at night!!" What a wimp. All night long I heard him swatting at himself, and I asked him what the heck he was doing. He said he couldn't tell if he had sweat beads running down his sides, or if they were ticks crawling on him. Hope all is well with you and yours, -Gil GILSTRAP ('79) ~ Working the night shift in the PICU at Madigan Army Hospital ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/13 23 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58), Jack GARDINER ('61) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent MADSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SNIDER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy RICE ('73) 12/02 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "The Ikaboos" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Re: Potato Chips When our kids were in grade school two other moms and I would go to the Pasco potato chip factory. They let us buy a box (we brought our own cardboard boxes) full for $1.00. They were the dark ones which are my favorites. It was great for the kids' lunches. Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch I enjoyed my lunch visit at The Beaches here in Vancouver, WA. Looking forward to the next one. -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) Re: Potato Chips If I can remember correctly, going to the Jackson plant and buying about a 5 gallon bag of burnt chips for 50 cents.. Yum Yum!! -Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Sandstorm NOT Stymied now My Mozilla Thunderbird address book IS FIXED... Thank you, Richard ANDERSON ('60)!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: Auburn Game Winning Missed Field Goal TD Return vs Alabama Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) OK, Vic MARSHALL ('71) got me thinking... scary thought. Hanson's Barber Shop a few doors from The Spuddy in Uptown Richland was the haircut spot for north enders. Always wondered why my dad had to pay full price. Re: Christmas memories from this Jewish guy... (Franco family represented about 20% of the Richland Jewish population!) 1) ALWAYS hitting Midnight Mass with Paul SINCLAIR ('70) and George DANA ('70-RIP), because that is where the babes were (+ CYO dances) 2) Anyone remember Santa across from Uptown Richland? I think one year he dropped ping pong balls from a helicopter and they contained gifts or money or something or other. Anyone remember that? 3) Also Santa used to walk around Uptown handing out candy canes. I think JJ Newberry had a Santa upstairs where the toys were. Vic, hope you are warm back there! -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/13 22 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60), Earl BENNETT ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick VINCENT ('71) 12/03 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Weasley Wailing Whale" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, December 7 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Maren/Auburn Our daughter Kris and granddaughter Ariel are ecstatic, too - they're Auburn fans because Kris attended AUM [Auburn University ? Montgomery] to get her teaching degree: 5-6 years of night school from Selma (1.5 hours drive each way) then final year full time, instantly tripled her teacher's aide salary and had a job one month before she graduated while classmates were building resumes and filling out applications. Regards, ecb3 - from seasonably comfortable central Virginia with way too many leaves left to collect. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Ron CASTILLAS ('79wb?-RIP) From 11/27/13 Tri-City Herald Please join his family and friends for a celebration of Ron's life, at Ray's Golden Lion, Richland from 4-6pm, Saturday, December 7, 2013. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) Re: Santa There was a Santa in the Thrifty Drug store upstairs in their Toyland. My uncle Bill Porter was manager and my aunt Marion worked there also. -Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) To: Mike FRANCO ('70) There was a Santa every year I can remember in JJ Newberry's. The upstairs was a great place to go to look and hope you received a present you really wanted for Christmas. To: Vic MARSHALL ('71) Whenever there was a trip to Jackson's in Pasco our large family usually got a cardboard box full of chips. It was maybe a buck or two for that. To: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) I"m pretty sure it is the Ron CASILLAS ('79) you grew up with. He battled cancer for a couple years and he fought it right to the end, trying new and experimental treatments. There will be a celebration of life this Saturday [12/7] at Ray"s Golden Lion, from 4-6 pm. -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ In windy Richland and soon it will be 10 at night. Winter starts in 19 days. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/04/13 21 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michelle KAFENTZIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda DANIEL ('71) 12/04 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Samuel Seal" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Massive group hug Rush rush rush... and not for Christmas shopping! Trying to head out to L.A. for a class I need for the American Arbitration Association... two days but starts early inna AM so I gotta leave here this after noon and as usual will be tech-less... my phone says ring ring and my computer will be at home... don't have no note pad... people keep bugging me to get a smarter phone or a note pad... why? Ain't got no good answer yet! When Brad UPTON ('74) emailed me about the chips, my stomach immediately did a double back flip... anyone who has seen me around the potato chip bowl knows I can eat maybe three atta time. In Cub Scouts, we stopped by the factory and they brought out bowl after bowl of hot greasy chips... they brought 'em and I ate 'em as fast as they did! I was one sick puppy and have never been able to eat more than a few since... there is a concept of too much of a good thing... I learned it the hard way! After my class, on Thursday I'll run home change clothes in the ol' suitcase and head for Oly Friday morning for the Red sweater shindig... seems only a couple of us have worn red sweaters lately tho... spending the morning making sure I got airport shuttle booked in L.A. after looking at the expected cab fares... plus, Terry DAVIS ('65) warned me about the scenic drives and watching freeway signs to keep 'em honest didn't sound like much fun... with the shuttle it seemed more cut and dried... we'll see... there's a whole buncha Bomber dudes and Bomber babes havin' b-days while I'm gone and since I won't be back here till Sunday the 8th I figured I'd get em all now... hope to see at least two of them in Oly... so here goes: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patti SNIDER ('65) on 12/2 (YES I missed it); Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) 12/5; Lamont DeJONG ('63) and Linda McKNIGT ('65) 12/6; Ed BORASKY ('59), Number 32 Jim HOUSE ('63); Jerry SPEARS ('64) and Bo Belinsky (NAB-RIP) on 12/7; Anita CLEAVER ('63) on 12/8 and Margi MAY ('66)on 12/9 on your special days!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/13 20 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Jeanie TURNER ('61), Pat DORISS ('65), John ZIMMER ('66), Patty THOMPSON ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David DOUGLAS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna THORSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SNYDER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff FULCHER ('76) 12/05 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Presto the Magician" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch Can hardly wait to see who shows up for this fun time. We hope to see YOU on Dec. 14!! PLEASE JOIN US!!! If you are in the Vancouver / Portland area, we would love to see you at our Christmas luncheon. It is always a great time and lots of interesting conversation. WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant - on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 - Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It's very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are welcome. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We meet in the Sun Room. -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 Monthly Lunch WHEN: Friday, December 13th, 2013 TIME: 12:30--2:30 PM WHERE: Anthony's Restaurant, 560 Columbia Park Dr., Richland Attention all Ladies of the Class of '65: Mark your Calendar for next Friday (the 13th!), then plan on joining join us for our final 2013 Lunch at Anthony's Restaurant in Richland! If you live outside the Tri-Cities but plan to be in the area next Friday and would like to join us, you're welcome to do so! Please email me so I can add your name and update our reservation! If you have any questions, please let me know! Happy Holidays to everyone! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ZIMMER ('66) Re: Happy Birthday She always tried to keep Lonnie, Ron, and me out of trouble (and succeeded most of the time). Here's wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the best friends anyone could ask for and a very special person who is always there for you, whether asked or not. Birthday wishes to Donna THORSON Whiteside ('66). May your special day be extra special my dear friend. -John ZIMMER ('66), Club 40 President **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Trisha Pritikin, aka Patty THOMPSON ('68wb) Hi All, New here, alum of Sacajawea Elementary :) I am enjoying the shared memories of Richland! I grew up in an "F" on Stevens, Dad was an engineer at Hanford 1947-60. Attended the Manhattan Project 70th, including Richard Rhodes (author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb") in the Richland Players Theatre. I think I recall attending several productions of South Pacific there in the 1950s. Is this an accurate recollection? -Trisha Pritikin, aka Patty THOMPSON ('68wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Cheryl POLLARD Simons ~ Class of 1966 ~ 1947 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/13 19 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Kathy JENSEN ('53wb), Mike CLOWES ('54) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Pat DORISS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil GOFF ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVINE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha LAWELL ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn MASON ('71) 12/06 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Candy Pirates" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy JENSEN Collins ('53wb) Re: 1953 District Track Meet -Kathy JENSEN Collins ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) It is time once more to break out the ol' propeller beanie. A couple of tips this time, one for a Bomber and one for a Bomber Babe. Knew him slightly back in the day; her I met at one of the early Portland Bomber Lunches. In fact I just might see her at the next Portland lunch (if we aren't knee deep in snow). So let' s have a rousing "Happy Birthday!" for Terry DeVINE ('52) and Linda McKNIGHT ('65). To: Trisha Pritikin, aka Patty THOMPSON ('68wb) Re: "South Pacific" The movie version of this Rodgers and Hammerstein show would have been at the Uptown (wide screen); the stage production more than likely would have been at Chief Joseph (favored stage of Richland Light Opera). The Richland Players were using the Village Theater in 1958 (not sure when they moved to the Richland). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ at a cold Mount Angel, OR, where weather guessers aren't sure if we are going to get a dusting of snow this weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Every year about this time the Gold Medal Class of '63 breaks out the balloons, kazoos and whoopee cushions to celebrate the birthdays of the 6-7-8 Club. Happy Birthday to a couple of the finest, some finer than others, but all luminaries in our history. Best wishes to LaMont DeJONG ('63) on the 6th, Jim (Number 32 on your program and number 1 in your heart) HOUSE ('63) on the 7th and Anita CLEAVER Heiling ('63) on the 8th. Hope all your wishes come true on this "Very Special Birthday". Saturday the Gold Medal Class of '63 Marching, Caroling and Chowder Society will again muster for their something somethingth annual Christmas Galas and Red Sweater Cotillion. Breaking (no pun intended) news and pictures at eleven. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: '65 Ladies Lunch on December 13, 2013 Location Address Correction!: The correct address for Anthony's Restaurant in Richland is 550 Columbia Point Drive [NOT 560]! The December Ladies of '65 Lunch will be held there at 12:30 PM next Friday [the 13th]! If you'd like to join us, please contact me! Thanks, Carole, for catching my little boo-boo! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Cheryl Jean POLLARD Simons ('66-RIP) Our class of '66 has lost 61 classmates with the passing of Cheryl Jean POLLARD Simons who departed on December 1, 2013, at her home in Richland. A funeral service will be held Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11am at Memories at Sunset Event Center, 915 By-Pass Hwy in Richland. A graveside service is to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Below are the links to her Marcus Whitman Grade School pictures and Carmichael Junior High School pictures. Kindergarten 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade Cheryl's Bomber Memorial Bomber tears ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a VERY COLD Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/13 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY 18 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60), Patti JONES ('60-RIP) Mike BRADY ('61), Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOFF ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed BORASKY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOUSE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry SPEARS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma KING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy HARVILLE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike DAVIS ('74) 12/07 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Rolly Polly Policeman" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) A very Happy Birthday to Marsha LAWELL Hathcox ('60) [on 12/6]... one of the best!!! -Larry AESCHLIMAN ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) Re: Christmas Tips (from 2010) -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Mrs. Ina Meade ~ 3rd Grade Teacher I noticed in the class pictures posted yesterday in the Sandstorm that the third grade teacher was Ina Meade. She was also my 3rd grade teacher at Sacajawea. My sister had her two years later. Are there any Sandstorm readers out there with background information on her? -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I just wanted to add a belated "Happy Birthday" [on 12/5] to David DOUGLAS (fellow member of the plutonium class of '62)! -Helen CROSS Kirk (The plutonium class of '62) ~ in the frozen, but pretty snow-struck midwest little town of Hope, IN where the wind blew down my outside tree on my porch last night, but at 36 outside now, we can't complain!! Others have it much worse in this storm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Clem POWELL ~ Class of 1946 ~ 1929 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/13 17 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bernie QUALHEIM ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita CLEAVER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol FORSYTHE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni SHADE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bethany HAGAN ('00) 12/08 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Professor Whiz" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Before and After Pink Highlights I had my gal add pink highlights to my hair today [12/7]. The first is before with all my new curl and other is afterwards. She happens to be a Bomber, Candi McLERRAN Eatmon ('70). I had my yearly mammogram on Monday but haven't heard anything yet but I see both doctors this week. Re: "Hair" series 2/14/13 to 11/3/13 -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland where it has been frigid ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/13 16 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Helen CROSS ('62) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth MILES ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy FINNEY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John MARSHALL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda OTT ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margi MAY ('66) 12/09 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Fee Foot the Gentle Giant" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Betti AVANT ('69) You go girl!! I admire your courage at sharing this difficult journey with us!! -Helen CROSS Kirk (The plutonium class of '62) ~ in snow-covered Hope, IN where we feel so blessed that we are having above 0 temperatures and no more snow, have maybe 8" now from Friday... It looks very Christmasy here. Planning a big Christmas Eve candlelight service on 12-24-13 to end at 12-25-13 in the first hour of Christmas!! Christmas love to all!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Martin L. ?Marty? KOLEBER ~ 4/12/46 ? 12/3/13 Marty attended grade school in Richland, junior high in Kennewick and high school in Pasco. He was probably a ?64 Honorary. Re: Chiawana High School of Pasco beat Camas High School 27-26 4A State Football Championship What an exciting game Saturday night!!!! After being down 13-26 with only 1:55 left in the game Dre Dorton caught a 57-yard scoring bomb with 55 seconds left, and Nlake Bishop hauled in a 4- yard touchdown pass on the game?s final play as the Riverhawks pulled off a miraculous rally in the final minute to take the win over the Camas Papermakers. Read more at: Re: Book tells rest of Sam Volpentest?s story from 12/8/13 Tri-City Herald C. Mark Smith?s book ?Community Godfather: How Sam Volpentest shaped the history of Hanford and The Tri-Cities? is much more than the story of Sam. It is an absorbing 500-page book on sale for $24.95 at There will be a book-release party at Bookwalter Winery from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 15. Read more at: -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Betti's new hair Betti your hair is very pretty! God did good when He gave you new hair! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Denise WEBB Morris ~ Class of 1980 ~ 1962 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/13 15 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62), Dave HANTHORN ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry WERSEN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff MICHAEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta JENSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Angie GUNTER ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary VALLELY ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark BOLME ('71) 12/10 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Rhyming Rabbit" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Thank You Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) for your reference to our "Plutonium class of '62." You triggered some thoughts regarding conversations that I have sometimes with people when I tell them that I grew up down wind from a nuclear reactor. I like to tell stories about NOT being able to play hide & seek at night because we all glowed in the dark like a bunch of green Cyalume glow sticks running around the neighborhood. People ask if we ever got too much radiation being a downwinder. Easy answer; Well DUH, do you think I would behave this way if I hadn't been nuked a few times? I knew that our class had a couple of nicknames, but I really like this one. Thanks Helen. -Tommy HEMPHILL (Plutonium class of '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: My classmates of the GMC '63 Re: photos ? I'm sorry There was a time when I was pretty good with the tech stuff, but that time has apparently passed. Although I did take a fair amount of photos at the Olympia "clambake", for some reason I am NOT able to upload them to Facebook OR email them to the Sandstorm. Since about the time I turned 65, it seems like I can't get anything to work right anymore. Stuff that I used to do with relative ease now just doesn't work. I have no idea why that is, but I can tell you that it is damn frustrating. At this point all I can say is "I'm sorry". -Dave HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from sunny and cold Mercer Island, where we are even MORE frustrated by the Seattle Seahawks loss today [12/8] *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The good, the sad and the strange Several Bomber b-days today, some sad news and a report of the festivities in Oly... my my my where to start... well, to begin with, I'm sorry to report a dear friend passed on November 29th in Sumner, WA. Mack BRAND ('64-RIP) was a good friend back in the day. He served his country above and beyond and left more of himself "in country" than many of us did. As some may know, Patty KEENEY ('63) was a close friend and kept many of us in the loop on some of Mack's illnesses over the years. He was one of the bravest men I've ever known. In 2000, Number 32 ('63) and I had planned on grabbing all of the Marines before we left from the group picture in the Bomber Bowl (Sorry Fran) and having another picture taken... well who better to try and remember than a couple of Jar Heads... needless to say, by the time I remembered there were only a handful of us lingering, but I'm glad to say Mack was one of them. I am sending the picture with this post. The red sweater, Chowder whatever for the Gold Medal Class of '63 was memorable this year to say the least. The night before, a few of us gathered at Ellen WEIHERMILLER's ('63) for imported Spudnuts, "white trash" and other delectable treats including a wonderful spaghetti sauce over which Mary Ann WEILAND ('63) slaved for 72 hours (at least that's what I'm told)... since Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) was absent there was no one to supervise the rest of us cooking those long skinny noodles and it was interesting... what the hell is a colander anyway? Jimbeaux ('63) taught us all how to use the "iPad" whenever someone had a question that couldn't be answered in two seconds or less... the grab bag game was a great treat this year... the ever young and lovely Miss Nancy ('65) pulled a greatly coveted Bomber water bottle (not the bottled water, a bottle to put water in)... I DID NOT give up a beautiful frame of a picture of Mary Lou to get the water bottle and if any one says I did he/she is a big fat liar... that's all I gotta say... since Rosalie LANSING ('63) wasn't able to make it this year, she couldn't swipe the bottle from me, but Mary Ann came sneaking in from behind in the misguided belief that I really needed the "great" prize she got... just as with the diamond studded flip flops of last year, tho it said "GREAT" it was way too small for me (what? grape? oh grape not great... well it was still too small) so I left it for next year... Poor Kippy BRINKMAN ('62) ended up with two lumps of coal but Cecilia BENNETT ('65) got a cool Bomber scarf that Kippy's, Gary lusted after but decided to keep his Harry Potter beans (he left them too after he read the disgusting flavors)... Jimbeaux got a wonderful trivia game all from the year '63... after about the 20th question we had to explain to Gary that all the questions were from '63... VERY funny, but one of those "hadda be there moments... the party really got exciting even before we all donned our gay apparel... (Jammies)... when a left over bunch of fake moustaches were discovered... I am sending another picture with this post... I have not laughed that hard inna while... and Mary Ann, If I hurt your feelings... I am sorry! I will make it up to you... but then you already know that don't ya, sweets... tho I was only drinking water, I recall nothing after Nancy announced it was "10:10 PM"... that is except ML's Beaver staring at me all night long across the table... The red sweater gang met at the golf club house at 10 AM as planned. A great group tho we were all afraid the cold and the snow might deter a few. Joe FORD ('63) was dashing in all black coat and beret... Pitts ('63) showed up in shorts and a Bomber T (but no Caddy) while the rest of us were wearing as many layers as the paint we found on the handball court earlier this year. Susan HOKENSON's new knees were to die for and I thought she was going to break out in the schottische at any minute (congrats on a wonderful recovery!)... I went out for a smoke and found Mike HUSKE ('64) who had stopped by to say Hi to the gang. It was a wonderful group and just makes me even more happy to have been allowed to sit at the big kids' table one more time! Thanks you guys for showing me how it's done!!!!!!!!!!!!! And now for the main event. Yes, for you kids who are bored easily, there is more to come! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Larry WERSEN ('63), Jeff MICHAEL ('65), Loretta JESNSEN ('65) and Mike BOTU ('65-RIP) on your special day, December 10, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Santino FONTANA ('00) Richland Grad to have new Broadway Role this Spring From 12/9/13 Tri-City Herald "NEW YORK ? Santino FONTANA, a 2000 Richland High grad, and Tony Shalhoub will be sharing a Broadway role this spring ? both will play legendary writer and director Moss Hart." Re: Help with Internet Explorer Do any of you using Internet Explorer know how I can keep as my homepage? I keep using my Internet options and set it to CNN, however, almost every time I reopen my homepage it is gone, and I have to reset it. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very cold Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Thanks Thanks for the notes regarding my "new" hair. It has never grown this fast and was never curly for that matter. I hope I don't lose my "chemo. curl", cheaper than a permanent. My hairdresser, before we buzzed it all off didn't think I'd lose any more of what I already had but it was a major nuisance, hence the temporary "bald-look". -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/13 14 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jeanie TURNER ('61), Margaret EHRIG ('61) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Tim SMYTH ('62) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WILLIAMSON ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim QUALHEIM ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer JANICEK ('90) 12/11 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "The Wintergreen Witch" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch Can hardly wait to see who shows up for this fun time. We hope to see YOU on December 14!! PLEASE JOIN US!!! If you are in the Vancouver/ Portland area, we would love to see you at our Christmas luncheon. It is always a great time, good food, and lots of interesting conversation. WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant - on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 - Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It's very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are welcome. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We meet in the Sun Room. -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy WILLOX ('61) Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: All Bomber Lunch ~ aka Patti's All Bomber Lunch To: All Richland/Col-Hi Bombers Come join us at the regular monthly All Bomber Lunch. Share your shopping trials and tribulations and your cooking successes or failures while you are getting ready for the upcoming holiday festivities. No matter when you attended Richland/Col-Hi school; or even if you left before graduation, you are welcome! You're invited to join us at the All Bomber Lunch! Bring your spouse, classmate, or a friend and join us to celebrate Bomber Pride, friendship and memories. You can even make new friends along the way! WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 TIME: 1pm - 3pm (Some show up around 12:30 PM) WHERE: JD DINER, 3790 West Van Giesen, West Richland (Second building on the right after crossing the Yakima River Bridge.) -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) ~ Richland Where the Yakima River is now frozen as it approaches the bridge near the Columbia!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Class labels Hey Tom (and Helen CROSS), if the Class of '62 is to be the "plutonium class", then what becomes of all the other high school classes in our shared history of the atomic city? Second class? Un-plutonium? What's the class warfare fallout from our one- upsmanship? Just wondering. Seems like Dick McCOY's first-in-line plutonium production class of '45 would have first claim on the plutonium label. A possible less-exclusive distinction for the class of '62 might be that our year graduation was also the year that the Hanford electrical energy reactor was commissioned on a very hot and dusty summer day. Maybe the "wired class of '62"! Or, surely we all recall our voted class motto: "we build the steps by which we climb." For a magic moment we had this sunrise thing about setting a goal and having the mettle to make it happen. So to match the inoffensive chutzpah of the "Gold Medal Class of '63" maybe this: the Goaled Mettle Class of '62. (Sorry 'bout that.) I'll stick with simple "class of '62". Said Shakespeare: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet". -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) To: Dave HANTHORN ('63) Re: Your post about trouble uploading pictures Grab one of your grandchildren, preferably one about seven or eight, He or she could probably help. Has worked for me. -Tim SMYTH ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Radiation Doctor Appointment I had my 3-month appointment following completion of radiation treatments. I thought I was doing fine and he asked me about any swelling. I thought he meant my arm and I said I didn't think so. He was meaning my lower legs and I knew my pants were getting tight in that area but figured I'd gained some weight. He feels I may be retaining water and need to see my internist to see if I may need to have a diuretic added to my pills. I'll see him come Thursday and the oncologist on Friday. My mammogram was normal, thank goodness... won't need another for a year. Here's to a great rest of the week. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/13 13 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick PIERARD ('52) David RIVERS ('65) Toby WHEELER ('65/'66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet MARTIN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Burt PIERARD ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paige WHEELER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick MORRELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky ALEXANDER ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanette POWELL ('79) 12/12 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Queen Melissa" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) Re: Birthday Greetings Allow me as a bona fide old timer to send my sincerest birthday greetings to one who is slightly less of an old timer than I, my esteemed brother Burt PIERARD ('59). Sock it to them, Bro! By the way, that was a great picture of him in the Club 40 DustStorm [Page 13]. My best wishes for many more. -Dick PIERARD ('52) - Hendersonville, NC Unfortunately, I haven't figured out where the local moonshiners are, but I will keep looking. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Best Bomber tattoo I still think the rusty nuts class of '65 sounds pretty darned cool... and nobody could ever call us pretentious... but hey I'm only one vote... I remember back a few years, before Terry WERNER ('65) dumped his jet boat for big wheeled jeeps, we used to do the Reach every year... I must say, the older we got the more frightening it became for me... driving skills seemed to deteriorate over time... or maybe it was something else... I think it was something else... the first year we didn't go, Jimmy HEIDLEBAUH ('65) and I were unaware that the car show didn't start on Friday... after Spuddies, Jimmy asked me what I wanted to do... I had no clue... neither did he so he suggested: "let's got get tattooed"... now we knew what we wanted... the R and the cloud... now being in Richland there were only about 100 places we coulda found a good picture... but kinda like when we joined the Marine Corps, we just headed out half assed to the tattoo shop... when we got there, Jimmy kinda scribbled a rough idea... I think we both thought the guy would clean it up... we were wrong... so I ended up with one on my right calf and Jimmy got one on his forearm... his lost all it's yellow color right away and he was always gonna get it fixed... I have since seen some great ones and have considered having mine covered with one of those, but have not been able to bring myself to cover the art work of some one I cherish so dearly (yeah I said it)... now I remember the first time I ever ran in to the b-day guy... he was up in the Bomber Bowl trying to herd cats for the big group picture at R2K... gotta say he got the job done and has become a great pal... between Maren ('63 & '64) and the birthday guy it may be a toss up on who has the best Bomber tattoo... [Burt's is best. We need to add Heidlebaugh's! -Maren] I lean toward the b-day guy's (except gotta say Maren's placement was... gasp... great), but hey... different strokes and all that... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my uncle from another muncle (that really doesn't work well does it), Burt PIERARD ('59) on your special day, December 12, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Toby WHEELER Davis ('65/'66) Re: Birthday Wishes for My Sister Paige -Toby WHEELER Davis ('65/'66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/13 12 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM ('64) David RIVERS ('65) Cat JOHNSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie DAME ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HYLBAK ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HEDGES ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave COURSON ('71) 12/13 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Snaper Stick Crocodile" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) Re: '64 in '14 - 50 Year Reunion The class of 1964 will be having our 50 year class reunion on August 22, 23, and 24, 2014. It will be held at The Red Lion in Richland. Friday night will be a meet and greet. Saturday night will be a dinner and a program. Sunday will be a breakfast for those who want to get together one last time. A block of rooms have been saved for us but it would probably be wise to book a room early. We are having a planning meeting this Saturday, December 14, 2013, Noon at the hotel. Any ideas would be welcomed. -Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: More bests Before I wish this Bomber-babe an HB, I'd like to let you all know that Ginny BRAND Dangerfield ('61), Mack's ('64-RIP) sister, is putting together a list of pre-Veitnam stories for Mack's children. As you can imagine, Mack came home in very bad shape and his children never knew the wonderful kid/man we all knew before the war. I have sent her one of my favorite Col-Hi memories and I would hope that the rest of you out there that knew and loved Mack would like to do the same. Also, I am including the site for Mack's guest book. Please send your stories to me and I will pass them on. Please share! This GuestBook will be kept online until 1/2/2015. Today's b-day Bomber-babe does not have a tattoo, Bomber or otherwise that she has shared with me... she did model her Chief Jo Majorette outfit for Terry DAVIS ('65) and me tho not too long ago... oh man... what more can I say... I can't even wear the gloves I wore in Jr. Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and that's not just some cop-out for the District Attorney I can assure you! I have shared time and time again that this babe still holds two awards from our school days and is not likely to give them up soon. If only we had awards in the "mosts" in the Columbian for these two attributes they would be shown on those pages for posterity... alas we did not... So for the girl with the best hair and... uh... uh... uh best "behind" HAPPY BIRTHDAY Connie DAME ('65) on your special day, December 13, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cat JOHNSON Pearsall ('70) Re: William Lane "Bill" JOHNSON ('61) Just wanted to let those who know Bill or stayed in touch with him, that he has been in the hospital the past few days in Houston. He is being moved to hospice care this afternoon [12/12]. He is suffering from complications from COPD. Just wanted to let his friends know, as I know he use to write on here from time to time. Thank you, -Cat JOHNSON Pearsall ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/13 11 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Mike RICE ('60) Donna BOWERS ('63), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Cat JOHNSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCOY ('45, '46, '02) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole NOVOTNY ('58) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick COATES & Kay MITCHELL ('52) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike RICE ('60) & Donna BOWERS ('63) 12/14 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Oliver Ostrich" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Today we celebrate the birthday of a very senior Bomber. He is so senior, that he is accredited to three (count 'em 3) graduating classes. He is also one of the "founding fathers" of Club 40. He is so senior that he no longer sits at the big kids' table, but at the adults table. He is so senior that the ol' propeller beanie is awed in his presence. Oh, by the way, he is one of the instigators of Club 40's scholarship fund. Guess it is time to wish Dick McCOY ('44, '45 and '02) a Happy Birthday! Hope the heat from the candles on the cake melts the snow from your front door. We also celebrate the anniversary of two nice people. I even had a class with her back in the day. To Dick COATES ('52) and Kay MITCHELL ('52), way to go, and keep on going. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the Chinook wind rapidly warmed us up Thursday afternoon, and also brought rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike RICE ('60) Re: 50th Anniversary TODAY I would like to thank each one of you who sent the anniversary card. It made Donna smile and a tear for such a wonderful present we received from our classmates. As you probably know Donna has a great love for all of you. We wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and thank you for the best present we could have received. -Mike RICE ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) As Mike and I celebrate our 50th wedding Anniversary, I want to thank all of the people in the GMC Class of '63 for all the beautiful cards and letters sent. I had never heard of a Card Shower before and for many weeks as we got cards, I did not know, so every time I got a card, I was astounded and surprised to be remembered. Finally, my son told me was the instigator (Card Showers must be a mid-west thing). It just solidified in my mind that my class truly is "GOLD" in their thoughtfulness and careing. I can tell you after living several places in the US, that growing up a Bomber represents truth, and goodness and beauty to me and I hold a special place in my heart for you all. Thanks for making our 50th so special!!! I am also quite aware that in our friends and family, we are the 1st to reach 50 years, many did not live long enough to reach 50 and so we celebrate all of those good marriages and people that were not able to make it, but would have had they lived. God bless you all! -Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from cold, cold St. Louis, MO and wishing every Bomber a loving and special Christmas season. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Found 1964 Class Member Found... Alfred GRAF ('64)... A life application is again learned... the actual "find" is anticlimactic to the "search". -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Big big kid and a day early Gotta call from my buddy, Magoo (NAB)... first class of Navy Seals and the "model" for an old silk screen Ed Big Daddy Roth did back inna early '60s he called "Gung Ho" right after seal training... they wanted to call it "USMC", but back in those days the Marine Corps said "no"... why they bothered to ask is beyond me... I have the same tattoo on my left arm (weird ta have yer buddy... a guy... tattooed on yer arm... could be worse... a VERY close friend of mine recently had a girl's name tattooed on his arm... the artist misspelled the babe's name... since she wasn't a Bomber-babe, I say BFD... I didn't like her from the minute I met her anyway... they didn't last long... funny, the b-day girl encouraged me to have "Da Judge" done over the main tattoo)... so anyway, Magoo called and it seems I've been missed from the pin stripers' brush off for the last few years since I haven't been... a little history... When Ed was alive, they held the rat fink reunion in So-Cal at Moon's shop... which was mainly the striper's Christmas Party... it got pretty big and when Ed passed, Chico at moon kinda took it over and the stripers got left inna dust... now I don't blame Chico at all and I like him a lot... but what to do... well Ilene, "Trixy Rat", aka Mrs. Roth, decided to move the Reunion to Manti, Utah, where nobody what don't live there is gonna venture to inna winter and we've been doing it there in June for about 11 years... but since it wasn't at Christmas, the stripers still wanted a Christmas party and the "Brush -off" was born... anyway, Magoo was given instructions to kid nap me this year if he hadda, so I'll be headin' out inna morning with him and several of my other striping buddies... dunno why cuz I can't make a straight line letalone them fancy designs them kats do... this is an invite only deal and I feel kinda weird being the only civilian but it's always been fun and they treat me like one a the gang so I guess I should just take it as a compliment that they think I'm as weird as they are... soooooooooooo, today I'll be doing the b-day guy on the correct day and the B-day Bomber-babe a day early... so here we go with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dick McCOY ('45, '46, '02) on 12/14 and Marsha GOSLIN ('65) on her special day, December 15, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cat JOHNSON Pearsall ('70) Re: William Lane "Bill" JOHNSON ('61-RIP) Just an update, Bill passed away last night (12th) in Houston, TX. -Cat JOHNSON Pearsall ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Lou Ann BINNS Duvall ~ Class of 1952 ~ 1934 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/13 10 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: V.E. Van DUSEN ('52), Roger GRESS ('61) John ADKINS ('62), Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Anita FRAVALA ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy STAMPER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SMITH ('58wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha GOSLIN ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) & Linda BAROTT ('71) 12/15 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Muddlers" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: V.E. Van DUSEN ('52) We lost another beautiful lady, in Lou Ann BINNS Duvall ('52-RIP). I knew her little better than other classmates at Col-Hi. Anyway when we were seniors she was homecoming queen, and I got to drive her in the Atomic Frontier Days. I enjoyed that. -V.E. Van DUSEN **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) To: Jim SMITH ('58) Happy Birthday, Jim... and many more. -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bill JOHNSON ('61-RIP) I had a good many adventures with Bill JOHNSON in our younger days - camping (in a cabin) on the American River - "cruizin" the world in his black "Olds" and later in his '55 Buick. Over the years, our lives have gone separate ways, but I think we were always happy to run across each other on some odd occasions. I will miss Bill, I seem to be saying that more and more about my old friends these days. We should all take more time to enjoy each other while we can. Farewell, my friend. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland... It got into the 30s yesterday a veritable heat wave **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) Re: Question for David RIVERS ('65) Dave, what is Ginny's email address? Thanks. [Ginny's address in today;s entry from David's. -Maren] -Jim BLACKWOOD ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: For Mack's Kids I'd like to let you all know that Ginny BRAND Dangerfield ('61), Mack's ('64-RIP) sister, is putting together a list of pre-Veitnam stories for Mack's children. As you can imagine, Mack came home in very bad shape and his children never knew the wonderful kid/man we all knew before the war. I have sent her one of my favorite Col-Hi memories and I would hope that the rest of you out there who knew and loved Mack would like to do the same. Also, I am including the site for Mack's guest book. Please send your stories to me and I will pass them on. Please share! GuestBook will be kept online until 1/2/2015. Ginny's email: -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: '66 Ladies Lunch Re: Richland runners top area Cross Country Team Richland?s Michael WILLIAMS ('14) and Lindsey BRADLEY ('15) are Tri-City Herald's all-area male and female runners of the year: -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a warmer Richland with highs to be in the mid-40s for a few days **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) Re: Picture in New Orleans I was finally able to get a picture of the Atomic Burger on Richland Avenue in New Orleans, LA! I'm sure it doesn't mean anything to the people down here, but it does to me! And the place was jammin' with people! I'll have to drop in one day during the week when it's not so busy! -Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Christy ELLIOTT-JOHNSON Twiggs ~ Class of 1989 ~ 1971 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/13 9 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Roger GRESS ('61) Tommy HEMPHILL ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan CAMPBELL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack KEYS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim SMYTH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie HANSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DAVIS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billy DIDWAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth RUSSELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary RAEKES ('79) 12/16 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Cocklebur Cowboys" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Boy, am I in trouble now. I will beg that my lapse of memory is due to an aging memory bank (hey, if it works for Rivers...). Yesterday was the birthday of a Bomber Babe, and I didn't get the best wishes, etc. in on time. So, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie in honor of Dorothy STAMPER ('54) a day late. Ya know, pretty soon she's gonna be 21. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the weather guessers tell us that we are having a dry winter and the snow pack at Timberline is 47% below normal. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) To: Terry DAVIS ('65) Happy Birthday, Terry... and many more -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Bomber Anniversary Congratulations David RODRIGUEZ ('69) & Linda BAROTT ('71) for your many years of wedded bliss. David, I was very pleased to get to know you a little bit at the Bomber Lunch in Vancouver, WA, on Saturday. We will stay in touch, my friend. THANKS Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) and Gary Anderson (Spouse) for organizing the Portland/Vancouver lunches. The 12/14/13 gathering was lots of fun visiting with my long-time friend from about 1948, Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58), and getting to meet and visit with David RODRIGUEZ. -Tommy HEMPHILL (Plutonium class of '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Dr. Peter White turns 67! Pop quiz... who was Tolo King for the Class of '65? What was the episode of Dukes of Hazzard in which the B-day kid made his first TV appearance? "New Deputy in Town" ('81) in which he played Rafe Logan... who was a guest on Hollywood Squares in 1983? Who was shown on National TV along with Angela Lansbury this year from his role as Steve Pascal in Murder she wrote? Who fell asleep while in a "coma" on Sea Quest as Commander VanCamp and disrupted filming with his snoring? Who had a big fight with "Walker Texas Ranger and never faced Chuck Norris during the whole fight? Who was a naughty boy in St. Elsewhere and got shot in the _____ as a result? Ah, but who returned as an Angel in the same series? Who starred as John Garrett as Children of the Corn II, which premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood? Who played Sgt. Zeke Anderson in the first TV series to portray a real life Army Outfit in Vietnam, got to meet the real soldiers in that outfit and got an award for the series, along with Tony Becker and Stephan Caffrey from the National Vietnam Veterans of America? Who did I have more fun with confiscating wardrobe t-shirts and goofin' with Richard Roundtree on the set of Rescue 77 where he played Griffith and made some little self proclaimed "star" cry everyday on the set as payback because she was snotty to me one day? Who took Ricky WARFORD ('65) and Lyman POWELL ('65) to France while shooting the movie "The Hunters" in the middle of winter, where he played Sheriff Bernard and where Tony Becker tried to smash him in the face with a pie, but tripped over his own big feet and fell face first in the pie himself? And now I can't find the clip Tony sent me... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... Who watched the Hunters at 1:00 AM inna morning??? (Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63), Mary Lou WATKINS ('63), Cecilia BENNETT ('65) and me!!!!!!!!!!!) OK... I ain't goanna go through all of this kid's credits; it would take me all night... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Terry DAVIS Knox ('65) on your special day, December 16, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) P.S. if I goofed up on some of these... get over it... if ya want something done right... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Lunch for Ladies of '66 Thanks to the generosity of Gail DAWSON Howe, 17 ladies from the class of '66 had a wonderful luncheon at a beautiful home last Thursday. This is the second year in a row that Gail has hosted our December luncheon. The following classmates were there, and I have attached pictures taken by Sandy MILLER Burden for your viewing: Gail DAWSON Howe, Shirley COLLINGS Haskins, Dianne TERRY Potter, Marilyn HERIFORD Perkins, Ann COFFMAN, Cheryl MORAN Fleming, Sandee MILLIUS Gors, Donna THORSON Whiteside, Sandy MILLER Burden, Penny ZBYSZEWSKI Williams, Marleen WALTON Lechelt, Mary JACKSON Rickard, Jan MOULTHROP Newcomb, Cathy WEIHERMILLER Miller, Linda McCLELLAND Montgomery, Dori BATES Clark and Gloria STEWART Ewing. Enjoy the pictures, and again a very "BIG Thank You" to Gail DAWSON Howe!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/13 8 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Janet TYLER ('61), Jeanie TURNER ('61) Helen CROSS ('62), Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda RISLOV ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna YOUNG ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim GEIER ('71) '52 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Corey BOEHNING ('87) 12/17 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Wooden Indian" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet TYLER ('61) Re: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) 12/16/13 entry Shirley mentioned Penny ZBYSZEWSKI Williams ('66). Was her mother a teacher at Marcus Whitman Elementary? If so, I want her to know Mrs. Zbyszewski was the very best teacher I had during my years in the Richland School District. She was awesome, she didn't have favorites and everything she taught us was presented in interesting ways that made learning 'fun'. Fourth grade was a highlight of my public school years! I still enjoy plenty of memories of that year. Our first week of school, our major assignment was to learn to spell her last name. All my teachers were great but she was the best! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. -Janet TYLER ('61) ~ in Pasco, a little warmer than last week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch 12/14/13 Here is the one picture that was taken at our luncheon. Clockwise (starting at bottom left): Gary Anderson (spouse), Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61), Jan RUCKER Meyer ('55), Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58), Tom Hemphill ('62), Linda Hemphill (spouse), David Rodriguez ('69), Mary Heidlebaugh (Bomber Mom), Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60). -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Tim SMYTH ('62 -- the Plutonium Class) Happy Birthday and snowy greetings from the Christmasy looking Midwest. Know you are used to lots of this cold stuff, rarely get it before Christmas here. Happy Blessed Holidays to you, Tim, and all Bombers and your loved ones!! Appreciate every minute... it goes by so fast!! -Helen CROSS Kirk (The plutonium class of ('62) -- What can I say, Peter B., also from the class of ('62, known as the Plutonium Class to some!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: 1950s Richland Police Recognize anyone from the 1950s Richland Police photo? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/13 7 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Tami BOND ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathryn JENSEN (53wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole CLARK ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn O'NEAL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan NELSON ('67) 12/18 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Flying Hat" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) This time I remembered! Wouldn't due to forget the Birthday of a Bomber Babe who is not only a fellow classmate, but who also suffered through two years of Mr. Wheeler's home room class. On top of all that, she managed to wind in the top six when we graduated. The only fly in this ointment is that I think she lives too far away to make this month's ice-cream social on Friday. A big tip of the ol' propeller beanie in honor of Carole CLARK's ('54) birthday. Best wishes for many more, and hope that you will make the 60th next year. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ at a cool and slightly damp Mount Angel, OR, where who knows what the future weather will be (don't tell me weather guessers, they haven't a clue). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tami BOND Trudell ('63) Happy birthday on 12/17 to Linda RISLOV ('63)! We missed you at the last class reunion. I would love to hear from you. -Tami BOND Trudell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) To: Janet TYLER ('61) Re: Janet's 12/17/13 Alumni Sandstorm entry Yes, Penny ZBYSZEWSKI Williams' ('66) mother was a teacher at Marcus Whitman Elementary. Penny doesn't have email, but I did call and leave your very nice message with her. May everyone be blessed with a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/13 6 days till Christmas ~ 2 days till Winter Solstice ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Hal SMITH ('56), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Jamie WORLEY ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn BUBNAR ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony HARRAH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie BUSHNELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa McCURDY ('86) 12/19: CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Snowman" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Hal SMITH ('56) 12/19 is my brother, David "The Pookster" SMITH's ('63-RIP) birthday. You are greatly missed by many, my bro. I'm sure everybody in heaven is constantly laughing. See you before too much longer. -Hal SMITH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Helen CROSS ("Plutonium Class" of '62) "What can I say," you ask, regarding the labeling (proposed by some) of the Class of '62 as the "Plutonium Class of '62". Here's a combined class picture of the plutonium (and later more uranium) graduates from Richland (aka Columbia High School): B-Reactor start-up Sept. 1944 and shutdown 1968 D-Reactor Dec. 1944 and June 1967 F-Reactor Feb. 1945 and June 1965 H-Reactor Oct. 1949 and April 1965 DR-Reactor Oct. 1950 and Dec. 1964 C-Reactor Nov. 1952 and April 1969 KW-Reactor Jan. 1955 and Feb. 1970 KE-Reactor April 1955 and Jan. 1971 N-Reactor Dec. 1963 and Jan. 1987 Columbia Generating Station 1984 and ongoing This picky but congenial classmate might go along with a singular "Putative Plutonium Class of '62"... but humbly proposes that Richland High School overall has more class than it has classes. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I'd be remiss not to acknowledge that December 19th would have been Pook's 69th birthday. His good ideas weren't all that great. You who never knew him can only imagine how epic his bad ideas were. How many of us had a day ruined when Pook said, "You know what we ought do?" -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie WORLEY ('64) Re: Toys In Babeland Another fabulous luncheon with the Magic Class of '64 Bomber Babes (to borrow from David RIVERS ('65)). All present: Barb MILLER, Kathie ROE, Jamie WORLEY, June PERKINS, Claire-Ann MIDDEL, and Connie HANSON. Barb's home was filled with Christmas and good cheer for all. So many memories of Christmas in Richland long ago. Wishing everyone in and from Bomberland a very special holiday season. I am so thankful that I am still vertical. Hoping to see many of you in August, 2014. Much love to all, -Jamie WORLEY ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Cops in Santy Outfits Oh ye of little faith, Hal SMITH ('56), as if I'd ferget! Years ago, Thrifty used to have a Santa Claus in its store. Now I think my memory must be failing because I have always remembered Santy being upstairs... when I look at that building today, I can't see how there could be an upstairs... but anyway, a bunch of us were carousing in Thrifty and Santy was sitting there still as could be. At first we thought maybe he was a fake. Butch MANTHAI ('65) hadda go check it out and put his face right up to Santa's... Santy opened his eyes and Butch jumped a mile... Santy then said: "Well, well, it never rains but it pours Rivers." Someone yelled: "Sh_t, Santa knows you, David!" We took off like nobody's business... The picture BEHYMER ('64) posted the other day reminded me of that episode... It was Officer Stout... I tried to pick him out in the picture but couldn't... I suppose he hadda first name but "Officer" was all I ever knew... all the memories of growing up... one time one of the b-day boyz sent me a card of two young very unattractive hoods... Our receptionist, asked me if it was really a picture of the two of us... I never trusted her very much in the way of thinking tasks after that... I could tell story after story about this b-day kid. I've praised him as my mentor time and time again and still think of him in that way... He was certainly the brains of that duo when we were together... As Terry DAVIS ('65) once said to me when I pulled his covers over something he tried to pull: "Sometimes I think I liked you better when you were stupid." I'll never forget the b-day boy, Jim COX ('64) and me sitting in Jim's basement waiting for the cops to come arrest us for something we honestly didn't do... I owe this kid so much and am so very happy we are such great friends... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tony HARRAH ('65) and Pook SMITH ('63-RIP) on your special day, December 19, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!! Pook, Jim HOUSE ('63), Ray STEIN ('64), Mary Lou WATKINS, Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) Cecilia BENNETT ('65) and Leo WEBB ('63) and I came by and visited your bench earlier this year... but then you already know that don'tcha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to two of my favorite people: Matt (my oldest son) and Bonnie Bushnell ('71). Both are super and are lucky to share the same birthday date. Besides they're both Sag's. Bonnie B cruising in her gold mustang. Happy, happy, happy, Birthday! -Brad WEAR ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [The following is the 3rd "report" to the Sandstorm... Others from Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) and Lance WILLIS ('70).] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Spencer HOUCK ('71) Re: Passing of a Good Friend It is with heavy heart that I found out we lost a good friend from the class of '71, Victor MARSHALL. We will miss you and will have to find someone to make the birthday announcements similar to what David RIVERS ('65) and Mike CLOWES ('54) do. Prayers go out to Vic's family and enjoyed being able to see him this past summer at our 60th birthday party. -Spencer HOUCK ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/13 5 days till Christmas ~ Tomorrow is Winter Solstice ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mac QUINLAN ('62), Susan NUSSBAUM ('63) Bill SCOTT ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Lori SIMPSON ('70), Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne COLLINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) 12/20 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Santa Claus" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mac QUINLAN ('62) Re: Class Labels I am not a pacifist, not by any means, probably just the opposite but I feel uncomfortable labeling our class after something as deadly as Plutonium. Only a milligram or so is a lethal dose. Do we want to be known for that? I know we made the bomb to stop the war and reduce the number of lives lost. But the "main intent" of the plutonium was to make a weapon that would kill as many people as possible all at once. Do we want to be known for that? I know, I know, it stopped the war and I agree it's very important to remember the conditions throughout the world at the time that made us feel compelled to use such a weapon. Reluctantly I have to agree using the bomb was probably the right thing to do. Personally I feel naming our class after this element is like gloating over the destruction it caused. Obviously others think about the production and use of plutonium differently than I do and that's their right. Whenever I find someone criticizing something I always want to know if they have a recommendation as to what it should be or how to make things better. My answer is, no, in this case I don't. I like the idea of class labels, just not plutonium but at the same time I worry about a class so adverse to the idea of plutonium or anything like that they would name themselves after flour. -Mac QUINLAN ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan NUSSBAUM Reeb ('63) Re: Upstairs at Thrifty Drugstore Uptown Thrifty Drugstore DID have a small upstairs area, which served as Toyland at Christmas time. During our high school years, Connie HANSON ('64) and I worked up there at holiday time showing the toys to customers and wrapping Christmas packages. I don't remember whether there was a Santa. -Susan NUSSBAUM Reeb ('63) ~ Boise, ID where it's currently snowing and looking like we'll have a white Christmas. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: My Son I am proud to say that today, December 20th, is my oldest son's birthday. Tom will be 27. He is adopted, and had a very rough early childhood with his deranged birth mother. He has had a life filled with many struggles and challenges and failures. But getting away from home proved to be a magic elixir. He is enrolled in Job Corps in Los Angeles and is one of the outstanding students in his class. He is studying Business Administration and Computer Technology. The day before Thanksgiving he was certified in Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, and certified to type 56 wpm. He is a leader in his dormitory, and was chosen to go a half-day to a K-12 school to help the administration and counsel students with attendance problems. Even though the family counselor we used to take him to gave up on him and said he would never finish school, never hold a job, and be on public relief the rest of his life, we DID NOT give up believing in him. So congratulations, my son, we are so proud of you for showing the intelligence and determination we always knew you had. When you graduate from Job Corps, that counselor is going to get a copy of the graduation notice. -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) All-Area Football team All-Area Girls Soccer Team All-State Football: Chiawana Places Five on First Team -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Sad news... Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) passed away unexpectedly. RIP, good buddy. -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Geeeeeeez!!!!!!! Way too soon to be saying goodbye to the great Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP). Just a fun, great guy. Vic joins George DANA ('70-RIP) and others on my list of "most Bomber kinda guys". Legendary gas pumper at the Mobile Station on McMurray & GWWay. This was after Don took it over from Pete Washer. I remember as senior at Richland making a skit appearance as "The Shell Answer man" in one of Vic's gas station shirts. No one in the always aware class of 1970 seemed to notice the Shell Answer Man was wearing a Mobile shirt. As Pete TURPING ('70) noted to me yesterday we hope Vic is enjoying a cold one or two with George. Like a lot of great Bombers, Vic was a walking, talking good time always. I only saw him every year and a half or so but I miss him already. -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/13 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE - SHORTEST DAY 4 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Delores GEIGER ('59wb), Annette HALL ('62) Ed QUIGLEY ('62), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Tony HARRAH ('65) Bob DANA ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent HAMRICK ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanne ROLPH ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan WARD (65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane LEE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon ANDERSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff OSBORN ('82) 12/21 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "The Bad Dolls" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Delores GEIGER Glass ('59wb) Re: Rosalie GEIGER Hughes ('57-RIP) This is to notify the class of 1957 and all other interested persons, of the passing of my sister, Rosalie. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1957 and was still is touch with some of her classmates from that time period. Rosalie passed away on September 28, 2013, after a two year battle with liver cancer. She was buried along side other members of her family in Williams, OR. Her obit was printed in the Tri City Herald on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Email me if you would like further information. Thank You, -Delores GEIGER Glass ('59wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) To: Sue NUSSBAUM Reeb ('63) Re: Santa at Thrifty There was a Santa at the Thrifty. I took my niece there to see him. I just remember that was hotter than .... Santa was a member of the Richland police force. I can't remember his name now. -Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) To: Bill SCOTT ('64) And "Congratulations!" to you, Bill, for both the courage to adopt your son, and the love and dedication you invested in him; you have every right to be proud of his accomplishments, and so does he. I hate hearing about both educators and counselors that give up on their "wards" because of their difficulties. -Ed QUIGLEY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Mac QUINLAN (also the class of '62) When you point out the chemistry involved in plutonium, I guess no, I don't want that as the icon of our class. I was thinking of Hanford's part in ending the war. So I guess we go back to searching for an appropriate nickname!! Christmas greetings and Blessings from a not Christmasy looking Midwest town, the rain has taken all our snow away, but our grass is greener than usual!! -Helen CROSS Kirk (The un-nicknamed class of '62) What do you think, David DOUGLAS (also from the class of '62)!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: It wasn't a dream First may I say I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP). Tho I didn't know him personally, we did email a few times and I enjoyed his posts. I was happy to find out there was, in fact, a second story to Thrifty Drug. Thanks Chuck LOLLIS ('64) for letting me know Officer Stout's name was Ted and that I was correct on the second story. That was confirmed by Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) who is just finishing celebrating her anniversary and took the time to let me know I wasn't dreaming... I know I'm not much of a sports fan, tho a couple of Gold Medal Bomber-babes have worked very hard to get me to get me interested in following Cougars... I gotta say, Cougar watching is mighty interesting... in fact I must say I really enjoy it... but today I just finished watching "Glory Road" and am now watching "Remember the Titans". When that movie came out I was sure Denzel was out for another Academy Award (Sorry Terry ('65), but some a them St. Elsewhere guys really got it)... So other than my interest in Cougars, I guess I do enjoy some sports movies (the one about the Texas HS team... Friday Night Lights or something like that is a favorite too)... and How 'bout them Cubbies... prolly take the super bowl this year... huh? But today, I gotta send a b-day wish to one of my favorite Bomber- babes... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Susan WARD ('65) on your special day, December 21, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony HARRAH ('65) Re: Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) I never met Vic... by the time he was at Columbia High I was long gone. Having followed him in the Sandstorm, however, as he recalled old friends, birthdays and memories of growing up in the Atomic City, it was obvious that he was a great guy who cared a lot about other people. He will be greatly missed, I?m sure, by friends and family, and I will miss his presence in the Sandstorm. -Tony HARRAH ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob DANA ('71) Re: Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) I feel very fortunate that Vic and I were able to spend a lot of time together this past year. His job brought him to Portland once a month. We always made time to get together and fun was had by all. I will miss you, Vicki. You were my brother from another mother. Have a crown with "G" on me. Love you, Bobby D '71 -Bob DANA ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/13 3 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today Tom VERELLEN ('60), David DOUGLAS ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Leoma COLES ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Gary TURNER ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob CHILES ('58) & Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) 54 years (and counting!) 12/22 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "The Parade" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Another day in the recent past I was driving from North of Seattle to near Lacey. I had begun my journey mid afternoon and typical traffic insured that I was able to enjoy "the Christmas" sunset sitting nearly motionless on I-5 listening to favorite carols on the radio station which plays them exclusively this time of year, like "Who put the 'L' in Noel" and "Mistletoe Smoking By An Open Fire". The "Christmas Sunset" which is unlike a EOD (end of daylight) when the sky goes from light gray to progressively darker gray, and distinguished from a clear sky of blue which ends with a sliver of orange of the western horizon to dark (technically a sunset but not a "Sunset") the Christmas Sunset is a sky full of lots of clouds of differing sizes and shapes that in the last hours of light blaze pink, red, orange, yellow with just enough clear sky to make it interesting; whenever that happens near the actual holiday is the "Christmas Sunset" (look it up, it's on the Internet). All of this prompted me to tell a grandson about the legend of Randell the Christmas Penguin. A shame how Randell has been overshadowed by other seasonal stories and song. How Randell appears after Christmas morning and takes all of the discarded wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, name tags, and invisible tape, and returns it to the South Pole until next year's holiday season begins in mid August. My grand children doubt my stories as others have forgotten also. Happy Holidays to all, believe in Randell the Christmas Penguin or else... -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ dreaming of a drizzling Christmas in near Lacey; a Christmas photo from the parade this year a vegan Santa and suspicious looking "elves?" didn't seem to faze the kids. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) In response to Helen CROSS Kirk?s ('62) question to me, the first part of my original proposal was true: I am a bit envious of classes that have a designation. My suggestion for "Plutonium Class of '62", however, was tongue-in-cheek. I thought my rationale, "slightly radioactive but harmless" (which I learned from the tour of B Reactor at our 50th class reunion), would indicate that. I was hoping that someone would suggest something more reasonable. I'm still open. It got up to 82 here in Mesa on December 15th (I think it was) ? the average high for this time of year is 65. It's colder now with a rain storm moving through. The swimming pool is 53, so we aren't swimming. I Miss the exercise. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Not sure if it's the cold meds, my newly assigned low purine diet or some confabulation I conjured up for the grandchilins. Back in let's say 1957, didn't our City Fathers load us up into the back of stake and platform trailers with hay on the bed and drive us around our quaint little village caroling? Afterwards we off loaded at Ernie Curtis' ping pong parlour for lukewarm brown spit "Hot Cocoa", peppermint sticks, Tony the Atomic Clown and a chance to eyeball future Chief Joe girls. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) So last Saturday night a friend called and invited me to a comedy show at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR. I was so surprised when the last act of the evening was Brad UPTON ('74) of Richland Bomber fame! I did get to talk to him for a minute after the show and told him it was really great! Then on Monday when I took my daughter to the doctor in Lincoln City, OR a gentleman came up to me and asked if the "Richland Bomber" plates on my car were mine? Turns out he graduated from Col-Hi in the early '50s! Carl McBEE ('51). SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL! LOL. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ from a misty Gleneden Beach, Oregon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "All-area swimming: Richland's Bratton wins MVP" Re: Lisa BRATTON ('14) named MVP of the Tri-City Herald's All-Area Girls Swim Team for the second consecutive year Re: "Snow Snarls Mid-Columbia Traffic" -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where we had our first snowfall for this winter **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) Vic showed up at Carmichael as a 9th grader after his 8 year stint at Christ the King and quickly became the go-to guy for anyone in need of a laugh. Vic was a casual friend through high school (hanging out a lot in the band room... he was a decent bass player) but we really connected after graduation as email buddies with him in Michigan and me in Portland... occasional discussions on the issues of the day but mostly a constant stream of internet humor. Every five years Vic would be in Richland for a class reunion and we often managed to get in a round of golf (I was always grateful to know there was at least one person on the planet who was a worse golfer than me!) Two years ago after being involved, as always, in the planning of our 40th reunion, Vic missed the reunion due to illness. Last Spring I got an email from him wondering about the viability of another gathering, ostensibly to have a mass 60th birthday party, but mainly because Vic was still disappointed at having missed the 2011 gathering. Of course, I gave Vic all the reasons it wouldn't work... only two years since the last, busy summer weekend, too far to travel, sun is in my eyes, etc. I wasn't a bit surprised to find myself at a Riverside Park picnic on an August Saturday with about 100 classmates celebrating what we dubbed Vicapalooza. Pete HEDGES ('71) had better get started on a couple of extra casks of wine for the next reunion... we are going to need it for all the toasts that we will be raising to Vic. We will miss you, big guy. -Gary TURNER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Dru NICHOLSON Martin ~ Class of 1962 ~ 1944 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/13 2 days till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Ed QUIGLEY ('62), Earl BENNETT ('63) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck HOLTZ ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig LANSING ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila STAMBAUGH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy RIGGINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny KUYKENDALL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat HARTY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff O'MEALY ('71) 12/23 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Captain Tintop" Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) Re: The word, "So. . ." Has anyone else noticed that the word, "So. . ." is starting to be used at the start of a whole lot of sentences, on radio, TV, and now in the Sandstorm? Kind of like, "like" back in the late ?60s ("Like, wow, man!"), or "whatever", and "Dude!", lately? I have found myself doing it in emails, over the last couple of years, and am now making a concerted effort to NOT do it. But what really brought this into focus for me, was hearing Harlen Ellison on the radio a couple of nights ago. It was a hilarious hour with this very talented man, but he was constantly correcting the language usage of his old friend, who was the talk show host. After the 3rd time, the host laughingly said something like, "Harlen, you?re ALWAYS correcting my language.", and Harlen replied, "Well, you know that I do that to everyone, because language is what I DO!" "Just sayin?. . ." :) -Ed QUIGLEY ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Jimbeaux ('63) Don't know about the caged hayride, but the reference to 'lukewarm brown spit "Hot Cocoa"' reminds me of crossing guard duty at Jason Lee in the winter: The principal had rich, delicious hot cocoa for us before we proceeded to our lessons. She did have to be somewhat forceful to get me moving toward class in a timely manner. Re: Leoma COLES' ('63) "small world" Makes some sense there in Oregon, nearer to Bomberville, but doesn't happen much here in Virginia. Only time I recall, I was actually intentionally visiting a known Bomber. [There's no point in wearing a Bomber sweatshirt here in Louisiana cuz nobody gets it, but when I lived in Okanogan County, WA, I wore one -- and got comments -- all the time. -Maren] Regards, ecb3, from unseasonably warm central Virginia, where the low was 60 last night (normal is mid-30s), but colder and wetter is starting today (same storm that caused those accidents in the Tri-Cities a couple of days ago). -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: My Last Drunk It was 29 years ago today when I was last puking drunk. HADDA stop doing that to myself!! I only had three shots!! Granted, it was on an empty stomach... AND it was 100 proof Rumplemintz Peppermint Schnapps, but still... It wasn't till that day that I realized how little alcohol it took for me to be drunk. I love Rumplemintz, BUT... only ONE shot. Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Re: Randell the Christmas Penguin I must admit to being a bit confused about why Randell the Christmas Penguin would return all the Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, etc. to the South Pole. Now I know that penguins are indigenous to the Antarctic, not the Arctic, but all of my research lo these 68 years has led me to believe that Santa has his workshop at the North Pole. Has Santa relocated his base of operations to the South Pole and not informed me of his new address? Is that why I did not get the RV I asked for last year? It can't be that I am not on his nice list, after-all, I am a Bomber! I know an RV will not fit in my stocking hung with care, but surely the keys and title will. To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: Swimming Pools I must admit being envious of you people who live in some of the warmer areas of the US. Your pool was 53. Last week I bet if I took the safety cover loose from my cement pond I would have seen some ice in it. Every year we have to open the pool and close the pool, and it is closed 2/3rds of the year. Opening is not too bad, but it sure is a lot of work to close it. This year I worked five hours thinking, having to lower the water level, I had to at least get the safety cover on before quitting for the day. As soon as I got in the door I laid down on the floor for a while and didn't feel like doing anything the next whole day. I guess I'm getting too old for this stuff. Maybe next year I need to pay someone else to do it. Re: Bombs, Indians, and Rebels Just read where they are changing the name of another school that was named after a Confederate general. Again (as with Randell the Christmas Penguin) I am confused, (this seems to be happening a lot lately.) It seems that if we name a school, team, or maybe even a class after general or the Atomic bomb it is an honor, but if named after a Native-American, it is an insult--and the result being negative in each case. Maybe it is just me, but maybe we should decide if naming something is an honor or an insult before we move on to the next step. My own thought is that if it is something good, it is an honor. If it is something bad, like say an outhouse, then it would be an insult. Although (confusion again) I think an outhouse might be a pretty good thing when you need one. Re: Unfinished business from 50 years ago French class in the year 1963-1964 we had to read a book about something French and give a report. I read a book by one of Napoleon's generals who was with him on his invasion and retreat from Russia in 1815. Think of this, Napoleon invaded and sacked Moscow the 600,000 Frenchman, then had to retreat in the extreme cold where all but about 10,000 died from the cold and starvation. That is a loss in just a few months of about the same number of Americans killed in four years of Civil War, which itself is about 1/2 of all Americans lost in all wars since the Revolution. The author told of throwing the huge Ivan the Great cross and a giant cannon they had pillaged into a lake being unable to take them any further. After my report another student asked me if those items were ever recovered. I had to say that I did not know, that I had tried to research it and could not find out. Whoever that was, and if you are reading this, and if you even remember it: I have wondered about that from time to time over the years. Well now we have this thing called google, so I thought it was time to find out. Turns out that Napoleon had another General with him who also wrote about this invasion and retreat from Russia. He wrote they threw the entire Moscow pillage into the Semley lake, also including many cannons, ancient guns and Kremlin jewelry. The Russians have made attempts to recover the treasure including draining the lake in the 1800s. Two other attempts were made 1910 to 1912 and 1958 to 1960 with no success. The thinking now is that the Semley lake is too small for all of the loot (supposed to be 80 tons of gold alone). There are many lakes along the route bigger and deeper and with good roads to them. The thought is Napoleon miss-identified the lake and left a bunch of empty gun carriages at the wrong place to throw anyone but himself off the trail to recover the treasure. So the answer is: Not yet. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Wondering what it will do to the price of gold if the Russians ever do recover that 80 tons of it **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Jim HAMILTON (?63) Re: caroling I remember that... think I was in 6th grade, the one and only time I went... I remember we girls were bundled up in gloves/mittens, jackets, jeans and/or snow pants, boots, and scarves around our necks, trying to keep from freezing while standing/sitting amongst bales of hay, singing carols. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA no snow, no rain, but we are in the 50s, so it "feels" like Christmas **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We are the Bombers......... Well there, Mr. TURNER ('71) it's nice to see someone else has discovered there's no time like the present for Bombers to get together. I am forever grateful to Ricky WARFORD ('65) who suggested years ago that the '65ers meet every year. And to our own Maren ('63 & '64) for expanding my world of Bomber friends far beyond my wildest dreams! That little group a Bomber-babes ('64 & '63) what put on R2K and R2K+10 did all of us a world of good as well!!!!!!!!! I cannot imagine not having "grown up" in Richland. I cannot imagine having not grown up in Richland at the time so many of us did. That time frame spans many years as each of us can attest. Our memories are not just of growing up on our block, but of the entire Richland experience. Our name, Bombers, holds more emotion that those not having had that experience can possibly fathom. I am constantly being told by others (It's amazing how often it actually comes up in conversation) how lucky we are to have been and to continue to be so close to others from our home town. Many have never been or only attended one or two reunions and say they really weren't that interested. That sure ain't the Bomber way. The two B-day guys today are the perfect example of the friendship and love we share. In fact, it is amazing that their b-day came up when it did and just when I was feeling this feeling! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two life long friends, Craig LANSING ('62) and Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) on your special day, December 23, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/13 1 day till Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Bud BARTLETT ('51), Bill BERLIN ('56) Dolores MOODY ('60), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Tom VERELLEN ('60), Helen CROSS ('62) Donna BOWERS ('63), Donni CLARK ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Donna FREDETTE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn GROFF ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry LYNCH ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SCHAFER ('70) 12/24 CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to the last one for 2013 ("North Pole") Today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Evan "Bud" BARTLETT ('51) Re: Merry Christmas from Our Troops!! Please, click on link and enjoy this poem, and as you hold your families close this Holiday Season, remember those who help keep us safe! Holiday Cheers to All -Evan "Bud" BARTLETT ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year I want to wish all Bombers of all classes a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year in 2014. I guess I am not very PC because I used "Merry Christmas" and "Prosperous" in the same sustenance. I always thought that Christmas Day was the centre of the Christmas holiday, and not the "Evergreen holiday, or Mid-Winter holiday." If I offended you, I am sorry. I am pretty much old (very old) school. [Ummmmm, Bill, IF we Bombers were PC, we wouldn't be Bombers!!! --Maren] We are all very fortunate because we get a daily Christmas present in the form of the Sandstorm delivered by Santa Maren. What a job she does!!! Special wishes to her and her family too and don't forget to pay your Sandstorm subscription on time. What the heck. Let's save a bit of time. Happy Easter, Happy 4th of July, Happy Club 40 of 2014, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday's, Happy Sandstorm Renewal Day. Now I don't have to write in again until 2015. Re: Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) I didn't know Vic but he sounded and wrote like a true Bomber and genuinely nice guy. I think he lived in Michigan if my ever fading memory serves me right, and one of the neat bonuses of the Sandstorm is getting the different perspectives of Bombers living all over the country and overseas. It is just a mini-travelogue. Vic was good at that, the stuff he was doing, going to Chicago (or wherever) to a stage play or entertainer, or just happenings in his neck of the world was interesting and highly informative. I hate losing any Bomber, and always read the Sandstorm obits first. So many people I would have liked to have known and Vic was high on that list. My most sincere thoughts and prayers to his wife and family. RIP, Bomber Dude. Re: Jackson's Potato Chips Larry ANDERSON ('56) (dude, were are you?) got me a job at Campbell's #1 store in south Richland and I remember the Jackson's Chips guy very well. Whilst at our store the Manager, a weight lifter with two sons (Lonnie and ????), also weight lifters, would ask us to go out and help the guy transfer his products from a truck just in from the Pasco plant. I was not a weight lifter but moving boxes of potato chips 12 feet would not have made me a Mr. America by any stretch of the imagination. He would leave us three or four giant grocery bags of chips to eat or take home. The Manager and sons were great guys and really shared the wealth with us all the time. Kit Campbell got in on the act as well as he just loved those chips and they were a big seller. Re: The Desert We are now at our condo in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area) and not far from Vegas, Phoenix and Yuma Bombers. Christmas time in the desert is weird. We have a nice sized condo but my lovely wife (Franklin/Seattle '58) has enough seating in the front room to host a Seahawks game so we have no space for a proper tree. Because we do like some green around the joint, we have a giant fake tree in one corner so she decorates it Christmas style. One of my good Jewish buddies came over and exclaimed to his wife "...look Esther, a giant Hanukkah bush..." So be it. I am ecumenical. It has been fairly cold down here for "down here" lately. Hit 33F the other night and when the temps go below 60, the locals rug up something fierce. Carhart gear, wool pants, hoodies, down coats, the whole bit. You can, however, tell folks from Calgary and Winnipeg as they still have on their golf shirts and shorts and prefer to eat outside and go swimming. It is all relative.. Re: The Cougs I am not a big Coug fan but I like the Pac 12 and I like the way Mike Leach smiles. He is getting things turned around in Pullman but the program had a flashback when they "Couged it" against Colorado State. I even had them on my board by 7. Speaking of football, I like what the Huskies have done and you will see a different kind of team under Chris Peterson. My college Alma Mater Linfield College (NCAA Division III) with a school population of 2,000 lost 24-21 in the national semi-finals to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (12,500 kids), the eventual national champ.. We are mounting a drive to get Whitewater moved up to Division II (Central WA, Western OR, etc.) where they belong but the geniuses at NCAA tell us that Whitewater has opted for Division III so they can't, or don't have to, give athletic scholarships. Only Grants-In-Aid in Division III. There are three such schools in Division III and they are all state universities in Wisconsin. I found out, because their student fees from 12,500 kids, provide an athletic fund for football that is greater than Linfield, Puget Sound and Pacific U combined. Linfield has won the Division III national baseball championship the past two years, under former Yankee and Linfield grad Scott Brosius (7 Golden Gloves and World Series MVP) but I am told that Wisconsin- Whitewater goes Division II for that sport and several woman's sports. I always knew the NCAA was on the take at all levels. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Rancho Mirage, CA where we will only have a white Christmas if we get a big blow and a ton of sand in on my driveway. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dolores MOODY Stewart ('60) Re: Bomber License Plate Frames I would like to have another plate frame. Are they still available and if so how do I get one? A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Bomber Alumni and readers of the Sandstorm. -Dolores MOODY Stewart ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Seasons Greetings Finally got my fingers warm enough to type. I am in Alaska helping Jackie prepping for her 2 New Years eve displays. City of Wasilla at 8pm and a private display in a housing development at 10. Icy winds and blowing snow make it pretty miserable even behind a little shelter. In the last 2 days I have seen at least 30 moose. They are pretty docile in this weather. The one that sleeps in Jackie's driveway sees us coming and gets up and ambles off down the street. But in the morning that cow moose is back in her favorite spot. Out of the wind and under an evergreen tree. I have wacked her with a stick a couple of times to get her to move, but I would not do that in the spring when she has a calf. They can get mean and surprisingly fast. There is nearly 2 feet of snow in her yard in Anchorage. and is it snowing as I write this. We parked the van in the street and the driveway plow will be here some time tonight and he does a great job of cleaning it up. Jackie and I will spend Christmas together and then I fly out to Dutch Harbor, AK for the 19th time for their huge New Years display fired right at Midnight. This is our first married Christmas and yes it is better as man and wife. So it is time to say Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and friends. and we wish and hope for all of you and yours to have a safe,happy, healthy and prosperous New Years. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and Jackie **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) The reason Randell takes the large load of wrapping paper, tape and gift tags to the South Pole is the same reason Santa carries his large load of toys from the North Pole: they are both going down hill which is much easier as we all know. eh? Location location location. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) ~ lots of rain in near Lacey, WA today looks like a regular Christmas this year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday late to all those almost Christmas babies listed yesterday [12/23], especially those from our great class of '62, the unnicknamed class: Craig LANSING, Bill BLANKINGSHIP, and Sheila STAMBAUGH Especially my old was it Bluebirds or Brownies buddy... we were in, and I remember celebrating your almost Christmas birthday! Well, come on, all you chemistry buffs, is plutonium almost harmless, as David DOUGLAS ('62), stated he learned at the reactor tour we took during our 50th reunion? (I was on that same tour and don't remember a word about it, but I am not -- nor ever have been -- as my chemistry teacher (Mr. Hubbard, I believe it was) can tell you. I remember one day asking him why I got a reaction no one else did during a lab experiment, and him saying, "I'm not sure why you got that reaction", and I knew I wasn't destined to be a chemist. True, I had other clues. But perhaps after Christmas, we can decide if plutonium is "lethal" or "almost harmless" and get on with nicknaming (albeit a little late, seeing we have celebrated our 50th reunion, plus), our great class of '62. Christmas greetings to all from dry, at the moment, green Hope, IN, where with the cold weather we are having about in the 30s, I'm hoping for a few flakes of snow as we walk out of church just past midnight on Christmas morning after our candlelight service.... -Helen CROSS Kirk (The Un-nicknamed Class of '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) This is for Dennis HAMMER ('64) I have done no research, but, just having been to Russia and to the Kremlin, I think they may have recovered a good part of the loot from that lake. I have never seen more gold/jewels in my entire life as at the Kremlin in the Armory. We only spent 1/2 day there on our tour, but it wasn't enough. I was told that only one more site in the world has more gold/jewels and that is the collection of the Shah of Iran. Think diamonds and rubies on their coaches and sleighs, along w/incredible Fabrege Eggs and clothing dripping w/jewels and pearls. You cannot take pictures, so go slow to try and absorb what you are seeing. We saw many of the canons recovered from Napolean's Retreat across from the Duma, but did not get enough time to really inspect their artistry as there are many important Russian Orthodox Cathedrals inside the Kremlin. The largest cannon ever built (never fired) and the largest bell ever forged (never rung) gives you a perspective about the Russian people that you cannot fathom until you see their penchant for having the "biggest and the best". Seeing the monument to the Napoleonic War, where so many French as well as Russians died on that retreat, made me wonder if that amount who died can possibly be exact. As does the Hall of Tears in their WWII Memorial - 27,000 crystal tears hanging in this huge hall representing the 27 million who died in Russia fighting the Germans. But, no matter, war kills more than people and we hope that money spent on wars can now be spent on the Russian people and development which needs to happen here in the US as well. By the way, Napolean was said to have said, that one of the reasons he lost, was the roads, he famously said, "there are no roads in Russia, only directions." This is true today and was part of the problem in WWII for the Germans. You will never appreciate all the auxiliary paved roads we have across our country till you sit in a 3 hour traffic jam that should have taken 45 minutes. With all the oil wealth in Russia, one hopes this will be a priority for Putin. Thanks, Dennis, for letting me share, some of what we learned there. It was an amazing learning experience with not enough time spent prior, reading the history, but I plan to remedy that this winter. Would recommend a trip to Russia, just to see all the differences. -Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from cold St. Louis, MO wishing all Bombers Merry Christmas and especially my wonderful classmates... you truly are the best and "We are not finished, just begun." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Re: Merry Christmas A Very Merry Christmas to all Bombers out in Bomberville! My Sweet Adeline group performed at the Skamania Lodge last night to a crowd full. And we had so much fun with our audience. We had such a beautiful Christmas setting with the tree, the roaring fire and the gingerbread house village on display. It reminded me of all those wonderful Christmas, magical moments when we sang as children in our plays at school, our church programs and especially with Mr. Stell's chorus at different places around town and for different occasions. I can still hear the guys deep voices on "Little Drummer Boy" which was a new song that came out in the early '60s. I can't sing "Jingle Bells" without putting in all the "Ho-hos", "Ha-has", "Hee-hees" and "Ding-dings" we put in that song. And is there any girl especially who doesn't remember being an angel with a sheet costume, cardboard wings with gold tinsel trim and tie around our waists and halos in our hair? And I also did Christmas caroling in trucks filled with bales of hay. I think it was with the square dancers at the Community Hall. They took us all over the Tri-Cities it seemed and then we had cocoa and cookies afterward. I have so many wonderful memories of star-filled nights walking in the snow. The stars were not only brilliant in the sky but made the snow look like it was sprinkled with glitter. How much fun it was to sled on those nights down Bomber Road with all the Christmas lights glowing as well. May you all have a wonderful Holiday time full of wonderful, cherished memories as well. God's blessings and love, -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Class Nicknames There seems to be some considerable urgency being put forth on the part of some classes to assign themselves a unique moniker before the end of the year and the implementation of the ACA. Now in my unjaudiced eye several names are already in place based on certain values and attributes that include: ~ The Members Only jacketed, Hush Puppy, Ban Lon, Sans-a-Belt wearing, Dodge mini-van driving class of '62 ~ The Gold Medal Class of '63 ~ The White Socks Class of '64 ~ The Card Table Class of '65 As we advance in age I think that some particular attention should also be directed toward an appropriate class Patron Saint. The aforementioned Gold Medal Class of '63, is currently and always has been protected by Saint Punetis Quatuor, who' s done a pretty damn good job considering what he's had to work with and has left the seat down and the light on. Just sayin'. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) Re: Merry Christmas To all you wonderful amazing Bombers out there everywhere on this planet earth and beyond, Happy happy Christmas to you! To: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) My daughters have been calling each other "Dude" since the '80s! They say "whatever" all the time and I have heard "So" it seems forever. I'm trying to think of the new phrases they are saying today and cannot remember right now. I will write in and tell you when I remember!! To" Earl BENNETT ('63) I would love to wear a Bomber sweatshirt around but here in Seattle and the East side I would be followed by the police and Homeland Security and probably thrown into jail. These policemen around here are all really young... in fact they weren't born when we were going to high school! To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) You should be a stand up comedian, I laughed and laughed when I read your entry. I think we had the same French teacher (Mr. Madden) and I remember the report we had to write and talk about in front of the class!! Mr. Madden was very bored with my report and I could hear him sighing all the way through it and he did not look well. He always left class mad because the class laughed at him. To: Maren SMYTH ('63 and '64) I know what you mean. My limit is one glass of wine and I don't mean a full glass. I can't drive anymore if I have two like they serve in restaurants. To: David RIVERS ('65) I love your entries, keep them coming. Much love and blessings to everyone this beautiful holiday season. Bomber Cheers! -Donna FREDETTE ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/13 q ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora HUGHES ('55), Tony DURAN ('55) Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61), David DOUGLAS ('62) John ADKINS ('62),David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BOWLS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Irene WALDNER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay COATES ('72wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Merry Christmas and a wonderful, bright, healthy and Happy New Year to all Richland Bombers - past and present! -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Wishing all are Bomber family A Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!! -Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Just want to wish all Bombers Feliz Navidad from Sarch, Costa Rica, where we're renting a cabin on an organic farm. We overlook a valley where the locals shoot fireworks every night. During the day we get to watch bananas, pineapples and other tasty stuff grow. The coffee harvest completed a few days ago. It was light because the rainy season was less rainy than usual. Every day is 80F and sunny. Nights are cool in the mid to upper 60s. We're up in the mountains at about 3,000 feet. There are no mosquitoes and people tell us the only poisonous things are coral snakes but they're shy and don't let you get close enough to see them. People are warm and friendly. Lovely place to be for Christmas or any other time too. -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) What the guide said during the B Reactor tour was, a courier carried the processed plutonium in a brief case by train from Portland to San Francisco (I think), and handed off to another courier who took it on to Oak Ridge. The plutonium was slightly radioactive, but it was alpha radiation, not the deadly gamma radiation, so it was mostly harmless (which I believe was also the revised description of Earth in Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy). I liked Jim HAMILTON?s ('63) suggestion for '62, except I drive a Toyota Sienna mini van, not a Dodge. But I'm probably the only class member who has a Japanese wife, too. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Class Nicknames Some time ago, after I commented on the "Gold Medal Flour" class of '63, Jimbeaux attached the "nom de plum" "Class of Lost Causes" to the class of '62. Having worked for at least 4 contractors at the Hanford Site - I really did have a true grasp of that nickname and have come to cherish it. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland Merry Christmas and Good Will to all. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: HB and MERRY CHRISTMAS I think Dennis HAMMER's ('64) great post the other day put a buncha Bombers in the posting spirit judging from the posts yesterday! Way to go, Dude (Sorry Q ('62)...couldn't help myself)... Ecb3 ('63) and Jimbeaux ('63) even got in the act... Bill BERLIN ('56) woke up from a long winter's nap inna desert... and that cute little Happy Piano Bomber-babe, Donna FREDETTE ('65) really letter fly... Go Bombers!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooooo it's Christmas and it will soon be a new year, as well. I am wishing all of you a blessed and Merry Christmas. I hope the b-day kid has completely healed from his misguided belief that he is still 20 years old and he mends quickly when he falls down and goes boom! Harleys are for kids just like colored puffy cereals... oh by the way... for Bomber license frames, I would contact Kathy HOFF Conrad ('64)... she beez the go to Bomber-babe in my opinion... korse I would go to the divine Ms HOFF for directions to Zips just as an excuse for a hug... Now lemme say to the general public and his famblie in pertickaler... you give that boy two sets of presents cuz it ain't just Christmas fer him... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Larry BOWLS ('64) on your and all our special day, December 25, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Happy Holidays May you all have a blessed holiday season. Last year at this time I was awaiting my biopsy that totally changed 2013 forever for me. I am most thankful I got the chance to be as a friend told me, "on the right side of the grass". Also have a wonderful 2014. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Helen CROSS ('62) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera SMITH ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Trust all have had a merry, and are getting ready to have a happy. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where we were cool and dry; but certainly not in the "Banana Belt" that Glenn Lee proclaimed the Tri-Cities to be. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I am confused, John ADKINS ('62) also, which nickname did you come to cherish? plutonium class, or Gold Metal Flour class? sorry, I've somehow missed the connection to G.M.Flour?? [Helen... that's Gold Medal Class of '63 -- no flour and "d" (not a "t") in Medal. -Maren] If the plutonium isn't toxic until it interacts with something else that has my vote. After all, almost everything is toxic, if mixed with the right something to make it so. Thank you all for the Christmas greetings!! And may I add my greetings while it is still December 25th. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62),the plutonium class (in it's nontoxic state). to all you chemistry majors, is that an inert state? A question from someone who almost flunked chemistry. In Hope, IN where it was cold, but we didn't get any snow on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so now we really don't want any more. we'll be happy with days that get above freezing til spring!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Yes, the "suitcase" was sent by courier from Hanford, but it was sent to Alamogordo, New Mexico, not Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The suitcase contained the 13 1/2 pounds of Plutonium that produced the first nuclear explosion in the solar system outside of the sun, sending up a fireball on July 16, 1945, that was still seen more than 200 miles away and heard at a distance of 40 miles. Equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT (but still barely a speck of the destructive power found in the later hydrogen bomb). The curious public was told that a munitions storage facility had suffered an accident. Technically this is still "chemistry" but precisely it is atomic physics, categorically much more than the chemistry of composite molecules or munitions. The code name for the Alamogordo test, Trinity, was drawn perhaps penitently from English poet John Donne "batter my heart, three person'd God, for you as yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend." Immediately after the blast the same Manhattan Project manager, Robert Oppenheimer, was heard to quote from the Hindu Bhagavad Gita: "Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds." Hanford and Oak Ridge were two different parts of the Manhattan Project. Hanford irradiated uranium (U-235) to produce plutonium (Pu-239) as the material for the atomic bomb used on Nagasaki; the parallel program at Oak Ridge produced enriched uranium as the fuel for the different atomic bomb used three days earlier on Hiroshima. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Randell the Christmas Penguin That makes perfect sense that both Santa and Randell would be heading South because it is down hill. I remember early in grade school, like in first or second grade, maybe even third, thinking how weird it must be when you are "down under" to be walking around up-side-down. I knew you would not fall off, but it must look like what a fly would see walking on the ceiling. I did have a classmate born in Australia at the time. To: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Russia Treasure Very interesting, sounds like quite a sight to see. I do remember seeing something on TV about the Russian treasure and they showed something mounted way up near the ceiling. They showed how elaborate the decoration was on top of it and where it was mounted no one would ever be able to see it. A good deal of the research I did was on an English language Russian site which had a lot of information on what they call the Patriot's War of 1812. Not to be confused with our War of 1812 with the English. I did just now look up the "Tsar Cannon" and the "Tsar Bell" on Wikipedia. Tsar Cannon Tsar Bell It says that Napoleon wanted to take the giant cannon back, but could not because its wooden carriage destroyed was in the fire when they burned Moscow. The metal carriage on it now was built in 1835. Maybe the French General told of the giant cannon, then later when he wrote about throwing the giant Cross and cannon in the lake I assumed it was the giant cannon and reported it to the class that way. Wikipedia says he also wanted to take that bell back to France too, but it was just too heavy. To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Class Nicknames Don't know about the "The Members Only jacketed, Hush Puppy, Ban Lon, Sans-a-Belt wearing, Dodge mini-van driving class of '62." Might consider changing that to ". . . . Dodge Dart . . ." as they did not build a mini-van in 1962, but they did build a Dart. To: Donna FREDETTE ('65) Oui, Monsieur Madden was my French teacher. I would have written that whole sentence in French, but I wanted everyone to be able to read it. (Well that's my story and I am stickin' to it.) Me, being a stand up comedian, I don't think so. They say peoples biggest fear is standing in front of people and talking. Well, that was never a problem for me. I remember so many kids would, if given a choice, write their book reports so they would not have to get up in front of the class and talk. I thought that was just extra work when all you had to do was just get up there and talk about the book. So (oops, there goess starting a sentence with "So") I guess in that respect I could either be a politician or a stand up comedian. However, I think I am too smart to become a politician and too dumb to be a comedian. I do however have something in common with Jan Leno. That would be hair color. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Santa missed putting the keys and title to that RV in my stocking again. I think his elves must be messing with his GPS. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), David DOUGLAS ('62) John ADKINS ('62), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SCHULTZ ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannine HUGHES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon CHAPMAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti ECKERT ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray NELSON ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) The time has come, once again, to break out the ol' propeller beanie in honor of the birthday of a fellow classmate. Who, by the way, qualifies as a Bomber Babe. From The Class of '54 lets hear a hearty "Happy Birthday" for Jeannine HUGHES Shaffer ('54) on this, her special day. Just a reminder, Jeannine, that our 60 year will be held sometime next year and we all hope to see you there. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the dry spell continues. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Thank you, Pete BEAULIEU ('62), for correcting my information on the plutonium matter. The reason I carry my driver's license all the time is to look up my name if I forget it. At least I spelled Pete's name correctly. I copied and pasted it from the Alumni Sandstorm. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Clearing up Helen CROSS Kirk;s ('62)' Confusion - maybe If I recall (and it was two days ago now) the nickname I have come to love is: "1962 - THE CLASS OF LOST CAUSES" (and thanks again Jimbeaux) -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland We have a new pressure inversion going on here - so it's ground fog and cold... hoping for a round of golf this morning is today's "lost cause" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Rollarena 60th Anniversary Party "The Rollarena is having an open house celebration either to skate or share memories on January 2 from 6 to 10." I hope everyone had a very joyful Christmas!!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where it is cold and foggy ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff, one 1998 & 2 current Bomber Memorials today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Gary BEHYMER ('64) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron STEPHENS ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy STEACH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robyn RICHARDSON ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I was always taught to respect my elders, but in this case, if I agreed with John ATKINS ('62) we'd both be wrong. It was "The No Hope, Lost Cause Class of '62". Which should probably now be amended to "The No Hope, Lost Cause, Comb Over Class of '62". Re: Roller Rink Read the article about the Roller Rink. At our house it was a den of iniquity, a haven of sin, Las Vegas on Stevens or just simply a place synonymous with the word hickey. That is unless it was a Church Youth Group or Blue Bird troop skate, then it was OK. I on occasion ducked in to cup a heater on my way to and from Indian Country. What with the Rec Hall and the Bus Depot having gone the way of the George Prout Swim & Pee, it just might be one of the last places for our youth to commence learning how to fritter their lives away. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Rollarena 60th Anniversary Party Note to the Bomber Boomer Class of 1964... Do NOT put your skates on until after our 50 Year Reunion (August 22nd - 24th, 2014)! I say again... do NOT put your skates on!! Re: Wanted 1964 Columbian Yearbooks I have Columbians from 1965 & 1966 that I would trade for 1964 Columbians. IF you have lost your senior year Columbian you might consider trading your '64 for a '65 or '66? Just a thought... -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Christ the King students Does anybody know where I can find a list of Christ the King graduates for 1966-1972 (or thereabouts)? -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Fred GEIGER - Class of 1964 ~ 1945 - 1998 >>Rosalie GEIGER Hughes ~ Class of 1957 ~ 1939 - 2013 >>Kurt SCHADE ~ Class of 1981 ~ 1963 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Helen CROSS ('62), John ADKINS ('62) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Donna FREDETTE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck LANGE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dot EGELAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hannah LEE ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Roller rinks For some reason roller rinks and pool halls seemed to have triggered something in the minds of parents to label them as dens of (your pick) and should be avoided at all costs. Bus depots were on the edge of immorality (or whatever). Worse, they were possible places where the youths could buy cigarettes or beer. Pool halls, yes, but roller rinks? I suppose that it was because some young ladies were given to wearing short skirts while skating. In this vein, I do remember irate letters to the editor of either local paper about the scandalous behavior of the baton twirlers at football game half-times. These "hussies" were marching up and down the field not only twirling batons, but also flipping their skirts. Oh, the shame, the immorality! What could their parents be thinking. The funny thing about it was that the "wrath" was directed only at Bomber baton twirlers. I guess the Pasco and Kennewick counterparts still wore long skirts and bloomers. And, wouldn't you know it, Hi-Spot was located in the rec hall during my youth. How could they put children in close proximity of a pool hall and bowling alley? What was the government thinking? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the fog and the drought continue. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: First bomb Plutonium The recent discussion of plutonium and the means of transport has raised questions in my mind. First, there were two plutonium bombs, Trinity Test, and Nagasaki. Secondly, was the hand-carried shipment for both bombs? or was there more than one shipment? Third, there is the question of critical mass. Presumably there was enough to create a critical mass when properly configured (imploded). It must also be presumed that if 13.5 lbs would make a critical mass, then either it was "safe by geometry" or some quantity was carried separately in some fashion. Some time back I remember reading that the latest weapons technology had significantly reduced the amount of PU 239 needed for various sizes of nuclear weapons. I am a long way from nuclear physics, but I have done a good bit of reading and it is my understanding that achieving the proper critical mass for a pure bomb explosion is well more than slapping up a pile of Pu239. The purity of the Pu239 as well as its density have to reach some correct proportions or you get something between a small excursion and a weak bomb. Whoever the guy was carrying the briefcase had to have some big cahjones. Personally, I cannot believe he did not have at least some idea of what was in the case and how important it was. I also believe there had to be some security agents somewhere nearby. Small side story about transporting nuclear weapons... Some of you will remember that during the activation of Sub Base Bangor in Puget Sound they had a "White Train" running from Utah to the Sub Base. It was literally painted white. Hundreds of people threw themselves on the tracks holding up the transport of the new Trident weapons. My oldest daughter was watching the news with me and saw the fuss going on and said "What a waste, don't they know they can't really stop those bombs from reaching the base no matter what they do?" I said "I think it is a sham and they have shipped them in trucks with maybe... food company labels on them and the warheads are already at the Base". Debbie laughed and said "Do you really think they would do that?". I said "It wouldn't surprise me". Several months later I came home and Debbie met me at the door with the newspaper, all excited. The article said the RR was a sham and the warheads were shipped to Bangor in freight trucks with food company labels on them. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ Anchorage, AK where I have near frozen at 10-12 below zero 60 miles north of Anchorage in an old deep rock quarry where our Alaska magazines are. I cannot believe that I used to lay in the snow goose hunting in these temps. What a difference 50 years makes. We are prepping for 2 displays Jackie has on N Y Eve. I fly to Dutch Harbor, AK, on the 28th where it is a warm 36. My crew has the 700+ mortars all set up and half of them loaded. We will be ready fire AM on the 30th. Showtime is midnight N Y Eve. Sunday afternoon buffet is all the King Crab you can eat. Yum. Yum. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) After Jim HAMILTON ('63) explained his nickname for our class further, no way am I endorsing it. I didn't like it or understand it before this enlightenment, but now I vote against this slam on our class. And I ask "Why", "What has the class of '62 ever done to you,Jim?"; and remind you to let bygones be bygones!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where it is over 50 and sunny outside, and we will take it and enjoy it, as we hear that temperatures are due to fall again by Monday... where I am still seeking a valid nickname for our great class!! (If anything we were a class of hope, after all we'd heard JFK at Hanford (many of us in person) and were inspired by his onward and upward speeches of the day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Jimbeaux said... "I was always taught to respect my elders" As well you should, but (like me) you are surely finding it more difficult to find your elders. (Didn't mean to call you surely.) -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland frost everywhere this morning **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I've certainly enjoyed all the discussions on the different class nicknames. Where have you come up with them? A couple weeks ago, you stated several different class nicknames and one of them was for class '64, I don't remember what the name was that you gave us, but I had never heard of it before now. That's OK though, as I never did know we had a class nickname, haha. I looked at my 1964 Columbian but nothing was said. Several years ago, Jamie WORLEY ('64), used our class nickname as "Magic Class". First and last time that it was used, except by me. I really liked it so I used it, thinking that it was that name.... funny thing is that if I DON'T use it now, Maren adds it in for me. So, is there anyone in the class of '64 who really knows our class nickname? I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and was lucky enough to spend it with family. After 16 years of living in Eureka, CA, I was blessed with being with my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just about 4 months ago, we moved back to Kennewick. So glad we did!!! We're much better off. 2014 will be with us in a few short days. Is everyone ready for a new beginning? I, myself, am so excited! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick where it is to be socked in all day with freezing fog. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: a new career Wow... Dennis HAMMER's ('64) onna roll! His little bit about bein' too smart to be a polutishun but not smart unuff ta be a comedian got me thinkin' I was sure he had a song there... I figured I'd help him out a bit and man have I come up with sumthin... try this: "When I first saw New York City I was Green down to the Corps (it's a Marine thing)... da dee da da da da... dum dee dada... refrain... I'm too dumb fer New york City and too ugly fer L.A... " Huh? I know it needs a little work but I mean Waylon coulda done a song like that, don'tcha think? Huh? He did? Well see if I ever help with lyrics agin... that's fer sher... Geez... try and give a guy a little boost and whatcha get... Oh wait here's a nuther one... "A nuther day older and deeper in debt... " Wow this is just way too fun... ok back to my day job... wait... this is my day job these days... dang... well, today is one of those days when two Bomber-babes who have gone on were born. But I will always remember them as they were so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kathy WERSEN ('64-RIP) and Janice BEARDSLEY ('64-RIP) on the special day we remember them. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) Re: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I have such great memories of the roller skating rink!!!!! I listened to music as loud as kids today drive around to listening to their tunes in their cars (including me) at that wonderful place to skate and meet friends. Of course I was as young as the ever lovely Miss Nancy (two years younger than Jimbeaux!) and probably started going with my youth group from church but hey! no that's not it! I started skating much younger than that!!!!!! I wish we would have had an ice skating rink in Richland because I would have spent all my time there and probably would have qualified for the Olympics!!!!! Oh to run barefoot through that old town of the '50s again, I would never again complain that it was boring in the summer!! HA Love to all of you wonderful Bombers the world over and Happy happy New Year! Bomber Cheers! -Donna FREDETTE ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/13 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) John ADKINS ('62) Donna NELSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil GANT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HAWKINS ('62) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Lance HARTMAN ('60) & Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) & Nancy WICK ('65) '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Time once again to break out the ol' propeller beanie. There is a story behind this particular birthday event. It seems that this honoree's older brother insisted that he not be born on Christmas Day (something about getting double presents) nor born on New Year's Day (notoriety in the local papers as possibly the "first baby born"). I would hazard a guess that somehow the older brother prevailed (as if...). Thus Phil Robert GANT ('54) was born on the 30th of December. Take a moment to wish him a very "Happy Birthday!"; he is, after all a member of The Class of '54. Re: Plutonium A portion of the first 13.5 lbs. of plutonium was used in providing the "punch" for the "gadget" (as the warhead was called). It was formed as a sphere and implanted inside a sphere of specially shaped explosive charges. The remainder, plus what was manufactured later was similarly formed as the "active ingredient" for "Fat Man". The amount of plutonium used in both the Trinity test and the Nagasaki bomb was considerably less than the uranium used in the "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The yield of the Hiroshima bomb was between 12 and 13 kilotons. Both the "gadget" and "Fat Man" had yields of approximately 20 KT each, thus providing a "bigger bang for the buck." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where weather guessers are hoping for rain by the end of the week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: On the importance of a class nickname As Abner Doubleday said to Charles Wrigley - "You just can't take the World serious." -John ADKINS (The No Hope, Lost Cause Class of '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) I remember having fun skating at the roller rink in grade school close to Tastee Freeze. Did it have a name? Atomic Roll or something and it cost a quarter or dime to get in and dime to rent skates with 4 wood wheels! My sister Jan ('60) got shoe skates one Christmas. Atomic Bowl was the bowling alley? Also remembering my parents not wanting me to go late on Fridays or Saturdays because it was a "soldier hangout". I think there were young men in fatigues standing around outside the front door... some smoking? I totally respect young men and women now in our military and they deserve it but somehow it wasn't where my parents wanted me to be. The Army base must have been at North Richland and it was a place to hangout. Funny because my dad retired from the Army Reserve with a Lt Col rank. Maybe he was remembering what he did stationed in Europe!!! -Donna NELSON ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/13 ~ NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Peg SHEERAN ('63) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Donna FREDETTE ('65) Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grace DeVINCENTIS ('50wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne WALLACE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HILDEBRANT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ALLEN ('66) '47 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary GRIGG ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mikel BOATMAN ('99) Happy New Year from Tony DURAN ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Good websites on Hanford and the plutonium bomb are and It seems that there was more than one plutonium shipment from Hanford to Los Alamos (and then assembled together for the "Trinity" test of "the Gadget" on July 16, 1945, at the nearby Alamogordo site) and that these shipments began on February 5, 1945, from reactors B, D and F. By April there was a shipment every 5 days, which means that there was more than one suitcase and more than one courier (for the total of 13.5 pounds). Or else the famous suitcase shipment was unique in some way. The Hanford plutonium bomb ("Fat Man") and the Oak Ridge uranium bomb ("Thin Man") were different animals. Fat Man was imploded inward by nearly 2,000 perfectly timed and shaped detonators packed spherically around the nuclear core, something like the wedges of an orange, causing the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. As for the "bang for the buck", there is this little detail about nuclear cleanup. The total nationwide cost of the Manhattan Project was two billion (1945 dollars). The estimated national cost for cleanup/disposal/reuse of some sort for all nuclear waste from the World War II and later Cold War era is over 200 billion (current dollars). The half-life deterioration rate of plutonium is 24,000 years, which means a theoretical risk (if internalized) extending out 240,000 years (using the conservative "10-half lives maxim"). Meanwhile federal budget negotiation on needed long-term funding for nuclear cleanup at Hanford and elsewhere has a half-life of days and so deteriorates after hours at most. (And all of this is not to mention the Soviet nuclear waste sites, and the goal of eventually and verifiably eliminating tens of thousands of really powerful nuclear warheads.) By comparison, the pyramids of Egypt are less than 5,000 years old, while the carefully preserved cave paintings at Lascaux, France, do go back some 29,000 years. Their knuckle-dragging grafitti on the surface of this planet is better than ours. . . -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Re: Roller Rink Remember having to hold on to that railing the whole way around... seems forever! Sure was fun, though. And remember the "roller rink police", with the whistle they'd blow if someone tried going the wrong way - clockwise -, or was otherwise acting out. The "police" were wonderful skaters, and I loved watching them... skating backwards, etc. I think I had to choose between a chocolate dip soft vanilla ice cream cone from Tastee Freeze, or to skate... couldn't afford both, I don't think. -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Roller Rink I remember going to the roller rink most weekends during high school. That was the place to hang out when there wasn't any other school function going on. I'm sure, now that people are talking about it, things were going on and not so likeable people were there, but the girls that I ran around with were there for skating. Of course, it was fun to see which boys were there as well. Always hoped to see the boy you liked at the time there. It's so nice that the roller rink is still there and running as so many of the places that we grew up with are now gone. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick No new frost this morning so must be a bit warmer out there. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Roller Rink My mom let me go on Friday nights when I was in grade school... she even made me a skating outfit and I remember the soldiers being there... I was about 7-8 years old, and one of the wheels on my skate fell off, and a soldier picked me up and carried me to where my mom was sitting. I remember going in junior high and high school, too. I was never allowed to go to "Hi-Spot". Mom didn't like that it was next to the pool hall. Guess she figured being around servicemen was safer than being around whoever would be hanging out at the pool hall. *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: oh my goodness So I'm gonna maybe wish ever body a Happy New Year a day early cuz I made such a big foe paw on the 30th. I missed Doug HAWKINS' ('62) Birthday (you might wanna make a note of that, Maren) on the 30th mainly cuz a little birdy ('63)... forgot to mention it to me BEFORE the 30th... but I am loath to mention HER name cuz it'll get me thrown inna river or I'll hafta sleep inna back yard next December or something so HER identity will remain a secret... But anyway, Doug, HAPPY BIRTHDAY a day late cuz Ellen blew it... and then to make matters worse, that guy, Jimbeaux ('63) forgot to wish the ever young and lovely Miss Nancy ('65) a happy anniversary (I think it should be "an" Happy... but since ecb3 ('63) isn't lookin' who cares)... so I forgot, too... and the guy claims to be "the" Oracle... brother! So I'm sittin' around this morning paying bills and trying to remember what other crappy little jobs need to be done when the guy from the tire store called me and told me that the tires I ordered for the Shelley- Mobile and my little '27 roadster were in a whole week early... (I owe you, Corky Coker!) so I sat inna tire store from noon to 4 getting tires and tubes on those two beasts... bout time... I won't confess how old the tires were but I was getting a little nervous about long trips tho I did go out to El Marage in the roadster a few weeks ago (after staying awake all night hoping I'd make it home from Manti in June)... I figured just one more trip would be ok... didn't Carly Simon sing a song about that? P r o c r a s t i n a t i o n... or something like that... do you know how cool it is to hear "Tall Cool One" played on '50s on 5? and since the "wrong" version of "Louie Louie" wasn't released till around '64, they don't play that on my station so I don't hafta listen to it... ahhhhhhhh but I love the button that lets you repeat a song when ever my 3 favorite songs from 1960 come on... "Over the Rainbow"... "Image of a Girl" and "Theme from a Summer Place"... oh yeah... and I do the same when "Where or When" comes on... well then I guess I do it when "Smokey Joe's Cafe" comes on too... so maybe I overreacted on the three 1960 songs... but here we are just a day away from the yearly "run to the boarder" when the donut boyz 'n' me head for Primm Nevada and freeze our little fannies off AGAIN... One year the Vagos got in my face because our club jackets didn't have "CC" on them. Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) had painted our club logo on several of our leather jackets... so to avoid any more confrontation with those bone heads I asked Jimmy to paint "CC" on my jacket... when he gave it back... it had snakes wrapped around the entire surface, evil looking clowns (but then aren't all clowns evil? I mean I've seen enough horror movies to answer that... just like those icky little dolls with teeth), pin stripes of every description... but NO "CC"... what a guy... so to answer the ever pending question; "Are you lonesome tonight?" I say heck no... I got alla you to keep me company! HAPPY NEW YEAR BOMBERS!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) and Nancy WICK ('65) Happy Anniversary. OMG you guys are the best! Much happiness to you in the coming year!! To: Donna NELSON ('63) It was the best skating there wasn't it?!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not remember the soldiers, probably because I was in love with a boy younger than me by two or three years!!!!! I had no eyes for soldiers. Good thing huh?! I was still a child and I am glad for that!!!! My parents kept a tight rein on me considering how I acted out later in high school. Good thing there was no pot or drinking in those days at least for me!!!!!!! It would be so hard being a parent today. I am so glad I am the gramma now really the Memaw and I can have wonderful relationships with my grandchildren. It's amazing how you see everything when you can stand back and watch. It makes it all worth it doesn't it?!!!! Bomber Cheers -Donna FREDETTE ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Re: Skating Rink All I remember about the skating rink was that my dad would never let me go there. I remember being invited to go by lots of different kids and the answer was always "No". I always wondered what the big mystery was about and how did he know what went on there, I don't think he ever went skating there. When I got older, high school or maybe college, they had bands there and I remember dancing there a lot, and by that time, I was fully aware of what was going on in places like that. I was older, but not very much wiser, HA. Oh and when the Army came to town to do some war practice out in the desert, my dad (I was a sophomore in high school) sternly told me that I couldn't even go out in the yard... all the mystery... Yeah, one of those green jeeps was going to screech to a halt and drive off with me... I was still living at home when I went to CBC and one time a bunch of us tried to see how many people we could stuff in a 1960s hatchback... don't remember who was driving, but I was in the way back, and trying to get out of the car (we lived on Harrington Road in West Richland), and there is my dad out in the driveway in his pajamas and bathrobe... hollering out, "What is going on?" He did apologize to me the next day for showing up in his pajamas... he was embarrassed. He was overly strict... he was the wild one in his day, so he knew all the tricks. Bless him, miss him so much. Bomber hugs, -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Vic MARSHALL ~ Class of 1971 ~ 1953 - 2013 >>KC HAMMILL ~ Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2013 ~ January, 2014