Bomber Mascot Crisis
Issue # 3 ~ 07/26/01
Editor's Note:

Two photos of our bomb at its current (temporary)

Richard Anderson (60) -- Editor, Mascot Crisis
Today's comments submitted by:

Missy Keeney (59), Irene de la Bretonne (61)
Judy Willox (61), Hector Alvarez (64)
Paul Casey (70), Darcy Doyle (77)
Mandy Holmes (97)
>>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59)

To Ed Borasky (59):  I couldn't have said it better

To those of you rabid "Bombers" out there, please try to
remember that there are intelligent thoughtful people on
the other side of the issue.  I am happy to be a
"Bomber" by tradition but I am not "Proud" that we
dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The school board is dealing with a sensitive issue and
even though you don't agree with them, they do need to
have proper channels for this kind of thing.  I don't
think we should come down too hard on them for trying to
do the right thing.

-Missy Keeney Baker (59)
>>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61)

Oh, for heaven's sake!!!  Why see demons where there are
none??!  RSD has a gift policy which must be honored.
Superintendent Semler is simply doing his job!!!

-Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61)
>>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61)

I was on my way to pick up my grandson yesterday at
summer school and all of a sudden I realized that I was
behind a big pickup (I have a little Dodge Dakota ya see,
so this pickup looked BIG!) that was cradling in its bed
like a baby our beloved mascot, the green and gold bomb!!
Since I was just coming off Stevens Drive onto Long Ave.,
I realized that the pickup with that beautiful sight of
our mascot was now turning into Richland High School!  I
was ecstatic; I just knew that our mascot was coming home
at last!!  Or so I thought!

I pulled into the high school behind that pickup and
after he got parked, I rolled down my window (well okay,
I pushed a button and it went down!) and said to who I
now knew was Roy Ballard (63), "Is she coming home?"  He
then commenced to burst my bubble (you are forgiven Roy
-- wasn't your fault!) and told me that, "No, not yet.  I
just went down and picked her up; I didn't want to leave
her down where she was.  I am just going in here to talk
to somebody."  He said that someone (I didn't catch who
it was) took a bunch of pictures of her.

Well, after I got over the deflation of my ecstatic mood
when I realized that she was NOT going home yet, I then
realized that I was happy for another reason.  Our
beloved green and gold mascot was back into the hands of
those who loved her the most and would take the best care
of her!!  Yes, she was back in the hands of those proud
Bomber Alumni who lovingly made her and proudly placed
her in the RHS foyer where I know that she will be again
someday!!  We will prevail, dear Bombers!!

Now I see by an entry made by Bob Rector (62) that we can
go and see our mascot, but definitely NOT where she
belongs!!  At least she is in good hands until we can get
her BACK where she belongs!!  "Fight, fight, fight for
our green and gold, and victory!!"  See a few of ya on
Snow Ave. on the 14th of August!!

Bomber Cheers To All,
-Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ~ AKA Bomberville!!
>>From: Hector Alvarez (64)

I can`t explain the profound impact that this news had on
me; why anyone would want to mess with our name?.  I
think maybe it is a cultural thing with me; I just can`t
understand; don`t they have better things to do?  If not,
send them to Miami on the same job and they will not have
time to blow their nose, much less mess with the name of
a school like ours which has given the Richland community
many reasons to be proud.

I`m a Marine and a Bomber and always will be one!!!

-Hector Alvarez (64)

Note: Anyone with more information is asked to call Crime
>>From: Paul Casey (70)

To Bob Rector:

I saw the bomb on the way home from work tonight
(Wednesday 7/25/01).  It looked GREAT -- Green and Gold
and proud -- next to the green and gold Bomber Band

-Paul Casey (70)
>>From: Darcy Doyle-Hupf (77)

I have read, with great interest and pride, the many
letters and entries from so many generations of Bombers.
As I said to the [school] board in my letter to them, I
am sitting here at my work desk looking at my Bomber "R"
and mushroom cloud hat as I do every day.  I am proud of
where I came from and the sacrifices of those who came
before me.  You can't hide an entire city's history by
putting it in the back of a school bus!  I applaud all of
you for your voice and your efforts to "educate" the
current Richland school board.  Keep it up!  Wouldn't it
be great if there was a reunion of all the classes ... at
the board meeting?  :)

-Darcy Doyle-Hupf (77)
>>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97)

Greetings to all Bombers from sunny Southern California.

I wanted to let my Bomber family know that I've been
reading with interest the happenings with the Bomb and
such.  I too will be sending my thoughts to the school
board.  I was a student member of the committee that
initially set the "standards" for the new superintendent
before Dr. Semler was chosen.  I watch with interest and
support those who will be at the meeting.

Thanks and keep the Bomber spirit alive!

Green and gold veined,
-Mandy Holmes Taylor (97)
That's it for today.  Keep the faith!  Nuke 'em!
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