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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 NOTE: Bomber's last name in high school is now in ALL CAPS NOTE: NAB means Not A Bomber *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/01/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Theresa Hammer sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Linda REINING ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Theresa Hammer (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane LEE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis MAFFEI ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen FULCHER ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Electric Scooter I know a lot of alumns are taking part or all of the care of ageing relatives. Mark, our warehouse technician, lost his mother a while back. He has one of the electric scooters like you see advertised on TV . I believe it is an M-11 model. New cost was over $9,000. It is a little over a year old and in excellent condition. Mark and his brother would like to sell it for $4500 OBO. That is what the Scooter Store would give him for it. It is in the Olympia, WA area. If anyone is interested in this chair please contact me: larrymat@pyrotech.com and I will put you in touch with Mark. -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: George "Pappy" SWAN (Last Great Class of the '50's .. '59) Re: Maintaining Activity Thank you for your very inspirational message once again. I love these pep talks! You've got me revved up and going. I'm going to be taking a walk around the block in just a bit. Like you said "self launch". You just have to get started and "do it"! I bet that the "pups" really enjoyed their first hunting experience and some "alone time" with dad. You'll have to take your camera with you and take a picture or two and send them into the Sandstorm. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The sky is once again blue, but it got cold last night. Have the heat on and I'm pretty sure it will stay on til next summer. We've been by passed with the rain I think, but the cold front is definitely with us. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: The Controversy Continues... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland_Bombers -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) as for keeping active, am sure babysitting grandkids qualifies. *grin* they keep me hopping, although not as much as when they were very little. youngest one is now 8, so doesn't need as much "sitting" as when he was smaller. have 9 of those critters, so they have been my reason for getting up each and everyday and, with this blasted cancer, they are even more my reason for getting up and out of that bed and doing things---gotta be around to "bug" them like they have "bugged" me over the years. *grin* Re: Jack MORRIS ('55) glad to hear that the PET scan showed no new cancers and that he is getting better. Bomber prayers really do work. To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: escaping the home love that idea---go out kicking and screaming. *grin* I try to keep my mind active, even if I can't keep my body all that active---arthritis prevents a lot of activities---hurts my hip too much to do much walking---quit bowling for this "go-round" to see if that will help ease some of the pain and discomfort. also do a lot of crossword puzzles---keep that "old-timer's" disease at bay for as long as possible. *grin* To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: "Curves" and socializing hey, that works, too! keeps you active, cause even though you are visiting, you are still working out----been there and it is a good work-out for 30 minutes, 3 times a day. like that "trampoline" thing----can't do some of those machines---hurts my hip and knee too much, but do like bouncing on the trampoline--- the one I go to plays "oldies from the '50s and '60s, so we groove to good music. *grin* -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64).. according to our weather people, we are NOT going to have anymore triple digits for this year! woohoo!!!!! now, IF we just get a long, cold winter I will be one "happy camper". *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Jowed Hadeed (HHS'01), Swine Flu Victim When Jowed was first admitted to the hospital with swine flu the doctors did not think he would survive. However, he earned the name "Miracle Boy" by the staff when he was healed and was released to go home. Thank all of you for your prayers. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Theresa Hammer (NAB) Did YOU work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR PARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR GRANDPARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Do you KNOW SOMEONE who worked at Hanford/PNNL? Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a federal law passed by Congress in July, 2001. The intent of the law is to award medical and/or monetary compensation to workers in the Atomic Weapons Industry in the event the worker developed an occupational illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. There are over 370 DOE sites around the country covered by this law including Hanford and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - and the law is retroactive to 1942. If the worker is deceased, survivors can be awarded the compensation. Survivors include (in order of eligibility): o Surviving spouse o Children of the worker o Parents of the worker o Grandchildren of the worker o Grandparents of the worker The Hanford Resource Center was established by Congress to assist the Department of Labor with the claim process. CONTACT: The Hanford Resource Center toll-free at 888-654-0014 or email hanford.center@rrohio.com -Theresa Hammer (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/02/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: "Pappy" SWAN ('59), Carol CONVERSE ('64) David RIVERS ('65), The COLE family Bill Dunton (former teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay CONRAD ('60) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN (Last Great Class of the '50's - '59) Re: Staying in the Game To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) It just so happens that I did take my camera, so you asked for it, and here are some pup pics of their first grouse hunts. My girls are still pups, big pups, but still pups (nine months old on October 9). I took each pup separately, on her own, very first hunt ever, so that each could have her personal, first hunt experience with Dad. Bella and Me'a are both taking to their retrieving duties well, despite my frequently interrupted training efforts, over the past four months. Each has her own quirks to work out, but we are making progress. They said that Dad has his own quirks ... too. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Swa/091002-00.htm The last picture is for Ron HOLEMAN ('56), who worked on the first test wind generators, near Goldendale, WA. These things look like big, three pedaled posies, whirling away, when the almost constant wind blows over the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Only when up close to them, does one get a sense of how large they are. They are also, now common, along the Walla Walla River, and south of Finley and Kennewick, WA. Some folks don't like them, citing "aesthetic view pollution," but we need power, and someone complains, no matter what the method of power generation. To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: The Controversy Continues... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland_Bombers Gary, thanks for the link! There is a lot there, and I'm still studying it. To: Linda REINING ('64) You go girl! Anything that keeps us from ... just sitting, "vegging," or "watchin' tube" ... as Martha Stewart always said, "Is a good thing!" -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the days are cooling (in the 60s) and the nights are around 40 or less, and ... Quail season opens on 3 October, but the girls will have to wait for a day or two, because we have a 13 year- old granddaughter riding in the state barrel racing championships at Walla Walla this weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Linda REINING ('64) Re: "Curves" and socializing You mentioned "a good work-out for 30 minutes, 3 times per day"... I truly hope you meant 3 times per week :). I go each week day. We have in our "7 am group" a lady that has arthritis in her hip, at least, very badly and she goes on Saturdays as well. I watch her in amazement do all the machines. On the jogging pads, she is constantly rubbing her hip as the pain is great. I really admire those who "just keep on going" regardless of what ails them. To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) By the way, Pappy, I went for a walk yesterday. Felt pretty good too. I used to walk daily for quite awhile, but just got out of the habit. Boy, can I tell! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Hope the temps stay down for you, Linda for the rest of the year. It has really cooled down here during the nights and mornings, even with the sun out. Afternoons are still great though. Still have our bedroom windows opened 24/7 though. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Attention '65ers OK kids... you snooze you lose. The time has come the Walrus said (koo koo kutcho)... we gotta make some plans... our 45th is in 2010. Gregor ('65) is having a very hard time getting any consensuses... we need to make up our minds on a date. I understand that some of our members would prefer NOT to share with the All Class [R2K+10], CDN's [cool Desert Nights] or Club 40. Fine... what would you prefer? I will be at CDN's and I will be at the All Class which as near as I can tell will both be June 25-26, 2010. But that's just me. I've been teaching a constitutional Law Class for "Everyday People" (different strokes for different folks and so on and so on...)... I immediately explain that I do not want to interject my beliefs in to the class... I just want them to see and hear the words... as written... we can discuss it more in depth in another session... that's what I'm trying to do here... Our 35th did not have the kind of turn out I would have liked. It was held on a date other than R2K. Yes, Richland will be crowded and GWWay will be blocked off at times... so it is up to you but if we are going to have one we need to set the date NOW! Jeanie WALSH ('63): Hair? Honey those little wisps around the Rat Fink tat are all we Indians can muster... if you mean around his lil bod... that's just the way the ol' Master Ed Big Daddy Roth made him... He was Ed's answer to Mickey Mouse... Ed and his buddy's had a thing goin' with Disney... Listen to Tony SHARPE ('63) he won't steer ya wrong... I get together with a bunch of Ed's Buddies every year at the Wrong House up in Utah every year for the Rat Fink Reunion... most of them left Disney long ago like Ed... course Ed has left the building all together... so that's my story and I'm sticken too it... -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The COLE family, Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie and Jackie ('63), and John('66) Our condolences to Carolyn ('72) and Greg of the Fran RISH family, on the death of their mother Bet. She was a wonderful lady, and will be missed. http://obit.einansfuneralhome.com/obitdisplay.html?id=711160&listing=Current -The COLE family, Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie and Jackie ('63), and John('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (former teacher) This is Bill Dunton, a voice out of the past! I taught at Carmichael from the fall of 1949 until the spring of 1958. First of all I want to thank all of you Bombers who remembered my wife, Lynn, who passed away May 9, 2009. Linda REINING ('64) and Bill CHAPMAN ('60) made the trip down to Fullerton to be a part of the "Celebration of Lynn's Life," the middle of July. And then the bells went off when all the hoopla started about Roman Polanski being held in jail in Switzerland because of his having sex with Samantha Geimer when she was only 13. I'm not going to get caught up in the rights and wrongs of what he did, but an article in this weeks People Magazine did refer to his marriage to Sharon Tate ('61wb-RIP), who along with her unborn child was murdered by Sharon Atkins, a member of the Manson gang. It just so happens that Sharon Tate attended Spalding Elementary School in Richland. Her dad was in the army and based in North Richland. If memory serves, the elementary school in North Richland was shut because there was no more need for workers building the Hanford Works. I think Vera Edwards came from that grade school to teach Drama at Carmichael. And why do I remember Sharon TATE? One of my college friends, Bob Galati, was her 5th grade homeroom teacher at Spalding, and although Bob died some years ago, he remembered Sharon very well. And speaking of Carmichael, I went there when the "special" group of picked kids (maybe two classrooms were chosen) were starting 8th grade, a full 7th grade group from all the schools arrived (Carmichael was the only junior high then -- Chief Joseph was not even a gleam in an architects eye), and then the next year Carmichael finally was a "real" junior high -- grades 7, 8 and 9. I started the Annual "Cougar" at Carmichael, and sent all copies of each annual that was published until I left in 1958. Imagine my astonishment to discover (as I did on Google) that Carmichael was now a Middle School (grades 6, 7, 8) with the 9th grade going to Columbia High School. I sent the books to the Principal at Carmichael and haven't heard word one from him/her as to what happened to the books, but I have to imagine that if any of the alumni from the high school has a repository for the books that now, at least you know where they are! Life has been very different without Lynn. We were married in 1948, and if my math is correct, that made our last anniversary in January number 60. I do have a long dissertation about our life from high school until her death, and I'll get that sent to the Sandstorm and you can ask for it to be sent as an attachment if you want to read it. We grew up together -- which was a good thing -- she was marrying an only child brat, and I was marrying a multitude of in-laws so we both had a "little" bit of adjusting to do. When asked how we stayed married so long she shot back immediately (and I think this one comment summed up our entire married life), "We did it for spite." She was indeed a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a loving and caring friend to a multitude of people. Thanks for listening -Bill Dunton (former teacher) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/03/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: "Dick" ROBERTS ('49), Phil RAEKES ('49) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Donna NELSON ('63) Linda REINING ('64) **************************************************************** NOTE: Bomber's last name in high school is now in ALL CAPS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George BRINKMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie RIGGINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly HILTY ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Class of 1949's 60 Year Reunion It was a typical '49er event: enthusiastic, fun-filled, friendly, youthful, rollicking and moderately boisterous with a trace of nostalgia weaving throughout. Phil RAEKES and Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) led the planning group including Norma CULVERHOUSE King, Jean WILLIAMSON Dreher, Rose WEAVER Kron and Bev KELLER McMullan. Their good work produced a delightful outcome. Phil was our master of ceremonies, told a few great stories, some poking fun at the mature folks and some a little on the risqu side. Great laughs! For entertainment -- at great effort and expense *LOL* -- the Sandstorm Strummers, Richard ROBERTS, Carol TYNER Roberts ('52), led the crowd of almost seventy in a rousing ukulele sing-a-long of good old tunes from the past. Dick HARRIS, a three year cheerleader, the greatest Bomber cheerleader ever, led the group in the Bombers fight song. That's Bombers with a "B", not a "P" as in plane. Another high light was bringing back seven of the original members of the "Pair-A-Dice" Club, Phil RAEKES, Rem RYALS, Rex DAVIS, Mel STRATTON, Royal WEST, Richard ROBERTS and Gary NIELD to sing one of their earlier famous tunes, "Blue Skies"; no practice for over sixty years but still well received by the appreciative crowd. "OK By Dick McCOY" ('45) made a surprise visit to our affair and declared that it was a great party and the best 60th that he had ever seen. Some pictures attached. [Want to get all names on the pictures... I'll get them in another Sandstorm -- SOON. -Maren] Cheers, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil RAEKES ('49) Re: '49er 60th Reunion To: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Excellent write-up. Couldn't have done better myself, so that's saying something. I think you captured the spirit of the reunion. -Phil RAEKES ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Love Reunions Last week, [my wife] Linda and I took our RV trailer to San Juan Island, north of Seattle, for a long overdue visit with some good friends. One of the true highlights of the trip was having lunch and a great visit with Dick PLOWS ('63) and Marcia Plows (Pasco '66). Dick and I grew up together in the south end and have known each other since grade school at Lewis & Clark. Dick and Marcia have a little piece of heaven on Henry Island, just across the bay from Roche Harbor. We learned that some of their good friends on the island were also friends of ours when we lived there. We had our diving business in Friday Harbor from 1989 - 1999 and our ornamental iron business from 1999 - 2003. During those years we met a lot of really super people and made some great friends. This remote island community is very magical and special. We camped at the San Juan County Park with the intentions of sitting in our lounge chairs, reading some books, watching beautiful view of Haro Straight and the great sunsets as the lights of Victoria BC, Canada come on in the evening. However, there were so many people that we needed to see, that we never got a chance to read one paragraph. On Sunday afternoon we got our camp set up and just sat down to relax, when we had visitors who came with food, lots of hugs and so many stories. Monday we were able to get together with Dick and Marcia Plows for lunch and then dinner with our 16 year old granddaughter. Tuesday we thought this was our chance to relax at the park, but we had more visitors. Wednesday, Linda went to a Soroptimist lunch and met up with a lot of her female friends. I, of course, had to go to the dive store and visit with the new owners and discuss the dive business. It was nice to see that someone was determined to make the diving business a success (again) in Friday Harbor. When Linda and I sold the business in 1999, it was thriving and profitable, but it was also a lot of work. The people who bought the business from us did not want to work that hard, so they walked away after just 18 months. There were a couple other owners who tried to make a go of it for about 4 years, but it was too hard for them. Now Curt and Peggy Long own the business and we are confident that they will do a great job. Wednesday evening we had a group of friends at the park for a BBQ and visit that lasted till 11:00 PM. Our little reunion was a great success and we do miss the islands, and the people a lot. We will be back for more visits and we will not wait 6 years this time. We Love Reunions and we are blessed with many friends and endless memories. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) I'm a week out of surgery because of basal cell carcinoma. I'm writing to say please get your skin checked by a dermatologist if you have anything you think looks suspicious. Mine was on the bridge of my nose and the dermatologist had been watching it and finally did a biopsy. The rough spot never went totally away and I had it for years. The procedure is done in Bellevue or Spokane and is called Mohs (named after the doctor) and it's a local anesthetic while you're sitting in a chair, the surgeon only takes a little skin at a time and analyzes it while you wait in the waiting room with other patients going through the same thing, bandaged of course. Since a lot of us grew up pre-sunscreen and used a lot of baby oil, iodine, and cocoa butter while water skiing on the Columbia and blistered too, that's when the damage was done. -Donna NELSON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: Wind Energy We have those wind turbines all along the freeway in Tehachapi, CA (about 40 miles East of Bakersfield) - think, if I am correct, they go from Tehachapi to Mohave - they have talked about putting them along the "grapevine" (the route on highway 99 from Bakersfield to Los Angeles) but the public doesn't want the sight of them deterring from the view - what view????? It's nothing but freeway and trees!!!!! good grief - IF it will help with the cost of utilities, what difference would it make?????? To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer ('64) Re: Curves Yep, meant 3 days a week. *grin* Had my first "round" of chemo, yesterday (Thursday, 10/01) - wow, what an exhausting day. Was there for over 7 hours. 7 different bags of stuff going into the "port". Then, they hooked me up to the "pump" and I will have chemo for 4 days - 2 milliliters each hour, pumping all day and night. Can't crimp the line or a buzzer goes off and then it has to be reset - the pump is about the size of the old transistor radios that came out in the '60s.(??) will go back on Monday, they will remove the pump, "flush the port" with saline, then will be done til the 29th of October, when we start this all over, again. The nurse said I will have 4 "rounds" of chemo on a 28-day cycle, then start chemo and radiation, then two more rounds of chemo, alone. Figure this will take me through April. They say they will leave the "port" in for a year, just to make sure I am cancer-free, then it will be removed, if no more traces of cancer at that time. Possibility that the radiation and chemo won't get rid of the mass, so they will "shave it off" in layers, til they get a clean sample. Fun, fun, fun. Said my hair should fall out in about two weeks - have already bought scarves - might go wig shopping, too. He said I will lose hair, everywhere - didn't even think about my eyebrows and eyelashes!!!!! Will be drawing on my eyebrows, so I will be experimenting with those forms that Avon sells - can be different everyday! *grin* and, guess I'll have to buy "falsies" (no, not those), so that I can have eyelashes! *grin* he said it will all grow back, but I told him if the hair on my legs grows back, I am gonna be pissed, cause I haven't had to shave my legs since I turned 40--meds I started taking back then, "retarded" the growth of hair on my legs and I don't relish having to shave again!!!!!! To: Bill Dunton (former teacher) Re: Lynn Dunton (former Richland teacher - RIP)) The tribute to "Aunt Lynn" was wonderful - many laughs, many tears, and many memories were remembered on "her" day. She was indeed a wonderful lady and I am so glad that I had her as a part of my life, my daughters' and grandchildrens' lives. The dissertation that you wrote about your life from high school to her death was a wonderful tribute. we cried and we laughed reading it. -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ cooler temps have arrived in Bakersfield, CA!!!!! woohoo am a "happy camper". ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/04/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: "Dick" ROBERTS ('49), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Willo Dean EDENS ('56), Bill CHAPMAN ('60) John ADKINS ('62), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Nolan JOHNSON ('82) **************************************************************** NOTE: Bomber's last name in high school is now in ALL CAPS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria DAVIS ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: '49er's 60 year Reunion Pictures Maren, do you need some help with the names? I don't know all of those in the class picture but maybe Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN can help. [She can, and she did... here they are .Maren] RichlandBombers.1949.tripod.com/ReunionPics/49in09-00.htm -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) To: Bill Dunton (Former Teacher) Who could ever forget the teaching, artsy, and singing duo at Carmichael, Bill and Lynn. My brother Tom ('53) and I ('53) were in that first class, which in those days about half of us were the upper classmen at Carmichael (9th grade), and the other half were at the High school as lowly freshman. I can remember being in a Holiday play, I was Artemus, that Bill directed, and I can remember Tom in the Wizard of Oz....he played the Tin Man I think, also, I believe directed by Bill. Tom still talks about how Bill Dunton saved his life before we left Carmichael... Tom had gotten into a few scrapes at Carmichael, and Bill took the time to sit him down and tell him he better shape up, that his reputation will precede him to the high school, and that he will be a marked man. Tom took it to heart, and to my knowledge, never had a major problem at Col-Hi. The two were a great influence on a lot of us just starting to mature. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from a very nice Sacramento, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Willo Dean EDENS Wilkerson ('56) Entered: Thursday 10/01/2009 3:05:30pm COMMENTS: Homes in Richland, Yuma, AZ, and MotorHome. Catch me where you can! Grew up on Duane Ave, now called Geothals. -Willo Dean EDENS Wilkerson ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Bill CHAPMAN ('60) Entered: Saturday 10/03/2009 6:57:09pm COMMENTS: From what I can tell, RHS has one of the most active alumni websites around. Even though I now live in Southern California and don't have family any more in the Tri-Cities, I still hit the website to try to keep "connected." -Bill CHAPMAN ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bombers in the Military Put on your thinking caps - what Bombers do you know who were in the Military - neighbors - classmates - boy friends - girl friends - Aunt Lizzy's second cousin? Send me their names and whatever information about their service you might know. Particularly, but not limited to, the years - Post Viet Nam. My list keeps getting bigger, and encourages me, more and more that, with your help, this is a do-able project. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - Rain tonight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) They pictures of the girls were very good. I think you've got a couple of retrievers there with a little more practice. I'm sure all of you are enjoying the hunt. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Sun still shining, but getting cooler out all the time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Nolan JOHNSON ('82) Entered: Thursday 10/01/2009 12:57:36am COMMENTS: Still alive... working as a Sergeant with the Yakima Sheriff's Office in crime free Yakima (NOT). Would be great to hear from anyone from the class of '82. PEACE -Nolan JOHNSON ('82) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/05/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: "Dick" ROBERTS ('49), Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) Patricia DE LA BRETONNE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi WARD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis COOK ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Morris MASSEY ('54) & Carol HORSTMAN ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: '49er's 60 year Reunion Pictures RichlandBombers.1949.tripod.com/ReunionPics/49in09-00.htm Great job, Maren. It's all over but the shouting. Go Bombers. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) All this talk about the Duntons and Carmichael has jarred my memory and got me to thinking. I went to Carmichael in 1949/'50 and 1950/'51 and shared cheerleading duties with Patty Badger and Gene Wooley ('53). I know I had Mrs. Latta for homeroom. She was a wonderful teacher. And I loved Vera Edwards who taught speech. I remember being in a play in eighth grade and I think she was the director, but I can't remember the play. I thought I had Cynthia Huckstep for music. Did the Duntons come after that? I am a little hazy (old age) but think the Duntons lived close to us on Sanford in a pre-cut and I remember going to their house for art lessons from Mrs. Dunton. Someone please straighten me out on this. I'm curious. I thought the art teacher was Mrs. Pearson that first year, before a lot of us moved over to Chief Jo for ninth grade. One teacher I would like to forget, but can't, is Roland Jantz. I swear his passion was to see how many girls he could make cry in class. Lots of memories coming now, but they are not to be confused with facts. Please set me straight. -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia DE LA BRETONNE ('65) Loved the pictures from the '49 reunion! And there's our beloved Rex Davis (Mr. Davis to me) smiling sweet as ever. Ahhh, the trampoline... -Patricia DE LA BRETONNE ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Barbara PIERCE Edens ('56) ~ 10/1/38 - 10/2/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/06/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKEOWN ('53), John CAMPBELL ('63) Karen KLEINPETER ('63), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary COLLINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harvey IRBY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Willie MITCHELL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam PYLE ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Duntons To: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Laura, the school year that you were cheerleading with Gene WOOLEY ('53) and Patti BADGER ('53) was '49/'50... they, along with me and about half the '53 graduating class were freshman at Carmichael that year, and you must have been in the 7th grade... the Dunton's were there... at least Bill was that year... also I remember the other teachers you mentioned. Mr. Anderson was the principal, and it was the first year for a complete sports program... football, basketball, and baseball, so you were kept busy. I'm sure Bill Dunton could verify this. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from very fall-like Sacramento, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: Dust Storms Marilyn and I spent the weekend in Prosser and Paterson for the Mustang show at the Columbia Crest Winery. We stayed at the historical Red Barn. I think our family at there when I was preschool. Saturday night was pretty nice, but you ought to have seen all the folks in the morning looking at the cars with dust in every crevice of their cars - with a car show to go to. Well some cleaned their cars and headed to Paterson and by the time they got there the cars were covered again. Once they got there, they were covered again and again. I heard they closed the highway by Moses Lake because of the dust storms. This took me back to when we moved into our ranch house on Birch street back in about '47 or '48 I think. Anyway, my Mom was fanatical about cleanliness (not like me). There were no lawns in the beginning and the dust storms would blow quite often and cover her nice shiny floors with dust. The ranch houses had aluminum windows and I remember Mom would wet towels and put them on the window sills to keep the dust down. I thought with all the irrigation that those storms were a thing of the past, but I guess not, at least not in Prosser and Paterson. By the way, my hats off the Richland Mustang club and the winery. They were hospitable through the whole ordeal. -John CAMPBELL ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen KLEINPETER Kroger ('63) To: Annie PETERSON Shiffer ('69) My dad, Jack Kleinpeter, told us the story about the band leader who left his piano in Richland, too. The band leader in his story was Kay Kyser. See if that rings any bells with your dad. -Karen KLEINPETER Kroger ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) I also had Mrs. Latta for Homeroom in the 9th grade only I went to Chief Jo. Did she teach at both schools? The Mrs. Latta I remember was... well to this 9th grader... was... or seemed... very old. I was in her class when we found out that President Kennedy was shot. We were all sent home that day. School was closed the day of his funeral also. So I was just wondering if Mrs. Latta had taught at both Jr. Highs during her time as a teacher. Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/07/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Patricia Brown sent stuff: Doreen HALLENBECK ('51), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Lora HOMME ('60), Patti JONES ('60) Helen CROSS ('62), John ADKINS ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Rick MADDY ('67), Patricia Brown, CREHST (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessie WILLOUGHBY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon BOISONEAU ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cristy CONE ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) To: Dick ROBERTS ('49) Re: '49er's 60 year Reunion Pictures RichlandBombers.1949.tripod.com/ReunionPics/49in09-00.htm I would like to say "thank you very much" for posting the pictures of the Class of '49 60th reunion. The photos were great, and brought back lots of memories for me. My sister Janet (RIP) was a part of that great class, and being just two years behind her I also knew several great '49rs. Wish I could have been there. -Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: John Campbells ('63) entry about dust storms In the early '50s (don't remember the exact year any more) I borrowed my mother's relatively new Pontiac convertible to go rabbit hunting towards West Richland. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm and I had the top down of course. I drove on a dirt road for a couple of miles into the desert and parked next to some sage brush, got my .22 out and started walking, looking for jack rabbits, etc. About an hour out I noticed big, rolling, dirt-brown clouds coming my way, and turned around and started back to the car, but the dust storm went faster than me and beat me back to the car. About the time I got back there was about 1/4" of dust covering the entire inside of my mother's car. It took me a week to get most of the dirt and dust out of that car with some lost privileges as well. Of course I had pretty much forgot the dust storms when I returned to Richland for the 50th class reunion in 2006, even though we had moved into our house in Richland in 1944 during one of those memorable storms. However, even though vegetation has covered much of the moving earth, I was quickly reminded upon arriving for the reunion, that once again, Richland was in the midst of another one of those wind storms with the blowing dust that we had become so familiar long ago. Even though I have occasionally entertained the idea of returning to the Tri-Cities when I retire (if I ever do) because of the drier and warmer climate, I doubt that will become a reality. The "Sandstorm" is truly an appropriate name with which we can all identify. By the way, John, I was at Columbia Crest Winery last month with a friend from California, introducing him to some of the wonderful wines we have in the North West. He's talking about coming back next year to try some more of the wineries in Western Washington which is a delight for me as well. Re: A friend emailed this to me today, Origin of Jack OLanterns People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years. Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern." In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o'lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o'lanterns. Information taken from the following sources: http://www.pumpkingrowingtips.com/history.htm http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/history.html -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora HOMME Phillips ('60) Re: Dust Storms To: John CAMPBELL (63) My family also moved into a ranch house when they were first built in the middle of my first grade year. Ours was on Sacramento Blvd. across the street from the Spalding School playground which was a huge Sahara with a few forlorn looking swings and monkey bars. Every time the wind blew, not only were the Horse Heaven Hills on the move toward pre-shelter belt Richland, but half the playground moved across the street into our houses. If we had a Termination Wind on a school day, our mothers had to walk us to school even though it was just across the street because visibility was about a foot in front of you. My parents planted grass in the spring but the school did not. I remember my folks out in our front yard with shovels, uncovering the grass which was literally buried under the sand. We kids loved it. While our parents were desperately trying to save the lawns, we were building houses and roads for our toy cars or making mud pies in what was just a huge neighborhood sandbox in the street gutters to us. My mom was also a clean freak who spent most of her time futilely trying to beat back the relentless sand that seeped through the myriad of cracks and crevices in ranch houses. We were having company for Christmas dinner that year so Mom stayed up into the wee hours on Christmas Eve cleaning the house. When we got up Christmas morning, everything was again covered with a thick, gray/beige blanket of sand, the tree, gifts, everything. The next day Mom went to the housing office and went back every day until they found us a house in an older part of Richland where the lawns were already planted and we moved in the middle of my second grade year. The wind still blew and we got our fair share of Horse Heaven Hills topsoil, but it was manageable. My mom could relax a little and I was happy, there were lots kids in the new neighborhood too and I was back in Sacajawea where I already knew a fair number of kids. It was a great place to grow up. -Lora HOMME Phillips ('60) ~ In that other town, across the river and down the road from home. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 2009 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right. heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: Dust Storms I would have thought that the dust storms like we grew up with were a thing of the past too, because of the irrigation and all the growth of towns in the area. Also I would think that the wind break of trees helps, at least around the ranch house area. I can remember having to lie on the ground if we got caught in a dust storm outside... we girls wore dresses back then, and the dust and sand hurt as it hit [bare legs]... I got some in my eye one time and I scratched my eye trying to get it out and the doctor came and gave me some salve for my eye. Just part of the memories of the good ole days of growing up in Richland. Prayers to all in need, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where cooler fall weather has come and the trees are starting to turn, but the flowers are still in bloom. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: coming to R2K'nX [R2K +10] R2K'nX committee would like you to start thinking about attending the All School Reunion to be held June 25th through the 27th of 2010. That will be a busy weekend in Richland, as the dates coincide with Cool Desert Nights. The following Hotels are holding blocks of rooms for R2K'nX attendees, now is the time to make reservations. Hampton- - - - - (509)943-4400 Marriott - - - - (509)942-9400 Clarion- - - - - - (509)946-4121 Shilo - - - - - - -(509)946-4661 Days Inn - - - - (509)943-4611 Economy Inn - - - (509)943-9899 Bali Hi - - - - - - (509)943-3101 Red Lion - - - - - (509)946-1611 -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland R2K'nX committee **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Problems fixed OK, I gotta say this... Richard Anderson ('60) "saved my life"... my computer life... again... I had a little problem with NoteTab text editor software that I use EVERY day -- ALL day long as I put the Sandstorm together. I'm not sure how I did it, but I managed to loose all my settings and hadda put everything back the way I had it... NOT easy. HINT: When you rest your mouse over different icons and all sorts of stuff on your computer, the little bits of text that show up in a box next to the icon is called a "tool tip". I did not know that and found myself missing those tips. Richard knew what they were called and that saved me. THANK YOU, RICHARD. Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA - 85 at Midnight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: Dust Storms NASA took a picture of that dust storm: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40590 I remember years ago at the Portland Swap meet trying to sell my '57 Olds convertible. Just as it was about to close up a wind storm came up and started blowing dirt and sand, probably most coming from the fairground itself. I was talking to someone about taking his '64 Rivera in trade (never did happen) and I said it was like back at home. He asked, "Is there any place like this?" -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Road Tripping http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Mad/091007-00.htm I took off on another summer road trip. Alone. I prefer being on my own. I am at my happiest when out in the middle of nowhere and alone. Brings on all sorts of phobia and deja vu. 10,300 miles. I was gone eight weeks one day. Twenty-one states. I've been home about ten days now. And I saw some Bombers along the way. Really grand to have friends on trips. Couch surfing is certainly one of my favorite pastimes and Fred has a widescreen. Nevertheless, I still prefer my bedroom in the back of my Ford Ranger PU with canopy when it comes to sleep. First stop was at Rick WARFORD's ('65). I thought Rick should retire after some forty years in education so he could hang out with me more. I know he is getting close. Some people love their job so much they will almost do it for free... well, maybe at least $3 an hour like Warford because he just won't retire... period. I know he has a bad knee from playing ratball sometime around his junior year in high school. I can't believe he can teach P.E. with that knee. Maybe he won't. While I was at Warford's on Alki, Steve SIMPSON ('65) came by and we all headed to some waterfront lunchtime restaurant in Redmond. I think it was Redmond. Very nice to see Steve. I had not seen him for a good five years and considering the harrowing experiences he has been enduring with one traumatic illness and then a couple more serious ones during those five years, Steve looked great and was in very good spirits. Well, considering none (okay, most) of us don't look that great any more. Steve drove. Warford and I were white knuckle all the way. Steve was driving a new Jeep. Just kidding Steve. I was in the back seat and not white knuckled. I believe Steve should be living in Richland again by now. He was talking strongly towards that goal. Warford and I had a small world moment when we passed Susan SHEPARD ('67) at Northgate while I was on a Chatham smoked salmon strips mission and Warford was looking for P.E. shorts. Susan looked great. She always has. That is why I had to add "(okay, most)" in last paragraph... because of Susan. I had to miss the class of '67's sixtieth birthday party because of this road trip. Last year I had a small world thang go down with meeting Susan Shepard and Barb GORE McCleary ('67) in Post Falls, ID... of all places; considering Susan is in Seattle, Barb north of Denver and I'm in Huntington Beach, CA. We had lunch. I then headed for Lewiston, ID to see my granddaughter, Anna. She will be fourteen in January. My only grandchild. I had to pass through Richland first with the route I chose. I emailed ahead of arrival to get some of the old gang in the same place. I stayed with Fred MORSE ('63). Some of you knew him as 'Dink' and others as 'Fast Freddy', maybe still do. I've known Fred since I was eleven. We met one day at the front door of Dick CHOATE's ('63) parent's house. He said something like, "Get outta here kid!" So, I did. Then we met again when I was twenty-three and we have been good friends for thirty-seven years now. Time was against me. So, for one day, Gary NELSON ('67), wife, Mary DEAN Nelson ('72), Phil COLLINS ('67), wife, Lois (KHS I believe), Tim CURD ('67), Penny CORNELISON Williams ('67), husband, Craig (North of Seattle guy), Fred MORSE ('63) and I visited for the day. Penny's husband, Craig, and I met in 1968 in the Bremerton Navy Hospital (BNH). He was well into his second Vietnam tour when he sliced his hand open running wire, I believe. Didn't heal, so back to the world and next to me in the infected ward of BNH. Introduced him to Penny... the rest is history. Many of you might recall that Craig was once the Chief of the Richland Fire Department. Spent around 30 years there and retired. Ken WEBB ('67) and wife Chris were in Vegas. Rex FLAUCHER ('69) is difficult to get out of his house. Although I did talk on the horn with Rex's wife, Sharon (Davis HS Yakima). Sharon has been very ill for the past year and it was good to talk with her. Rex is doing well. And Fred and I went over to Ron HANSEN's ('67) home to stir the pot. Ron is only older, if you know what I mean, had a fairly bad accident at work that has him hobbled and using a cane. Not a good scene. Still the eccentric love-bunny I have always known. Really a thrill too see my old friends that gave me so many fond memories of my youth. CURD left before I remembered I had a camera. They are all my brothers and sisters in my heart. I love them all. Other than WEBB ('67), who had a brain when we were young, all these men are Vietnam era veterans along with probably half or more of the classes between 1964-1972. Nelson (Army), Flaucher (Army), Hansen (Army), Morse (Navy), Collins, Curd, Williamson, and I (USMC). I joined the Marine Corps with Phil Collins. We went through boot-camp together starting July 31, 1967 on the buddy system, graduated boot, and then never saw each other again until the smoke settled in the early '70s. And then I visited my family in Bothell (son), Wenatchee (daughter), Chewelah (mother, sister) and headed East. This time doing my genealogy project in Gage county, NE; Lucas county, IA; Adams county, OH; Coffee county, TN; Jackson county, GA. Then headed for St. Augustine, FL looking for the Fountain of Youth. I stayed about 200 yards from the fountain for three nights. I used to feel sorry for Lewis and Clark. Now I sort of feel sorry for the Ponce and his men (1513)... even if he really did land a bit further south. Sometimes pay back for being a creep is justified. They had to feel they were just this side of hell in that place. The oldest town (Inc. 1565) in America is a great place to visit. Interesting!! ...across the South on the Gulf... Biloxi... Pensacola... blasted by NO [DAMN! Ya could have taken me to lunch, pal! -Maren], been there... San Antonio, TX The Alamo; couldn't the Texans give us a bit more field of fire here? The Alamo is choked to death with no parking and skyscrapers - non-thinking America is a drag sometimes... like people that own beach... absolutely absurd!!... Fort Stockton, TX took a right... Roswell, NM for a probing... Flagstaff, AZ at 7000 feet and 32... brrrr... and home. A real hoot. I will spare you of all the hootness. Awesome trip. Too long. Loved every minute of it. I love America!! -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia Brown Re: Tombstone Tales - October 23 & 24, 2009 Tombstone Tales is a living history tour of Richland's Resthaven Pioneer Cemetery. Step back in time as tour groups are lead by the Grim Reaper to individual gravesites where actors in period costume will give a brief monologue of their life as an early Columbia Valley pioneer. These unique cemetery tours offer a look back to an era when women hand washed clothes outdoors and spent much of their day in the kitchen, men and horses plowed thousands of acres in the relentless summer heat of Eastern Washington, children walked to their one-room schoolhouses, and people's main source of transportation was by foot or horseback. Tombstone Tales returns October 23 & 24, 2009. Tickets are available now. Get your tickets early, the 2008 performances sold out weeks before the event! Patricia Brown Administrative Assistant Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology 95 Lee BLVD, Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/08/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers & Bill Dunton sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Judi PEARSON ('54) Connie MADRON ('60), Gary LANGE ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Rick MADDY ('67) Kevin QUANE ('77), Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan SHERWOOD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene BURRILL ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard ROBERTS ('49) To: Doreen HALLENBECK Waldkoetter ('51) Thank you, Doreen. The '49ers are still a great class and your sister, Janet ('49-RIP), was a major contribution to our greatness. I liked her and I miss her. -Richard ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judi PEARSON Parker ('54) Re: Carmichael Jr. Hi To: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) & Jim McKEOWN ('53) I agree with Jim. I was an 8th grader that first year that Carmichael opened. I remember Jim and others as being 9th graders that same year '49-'50, but I don't remember that there were 7th graders. My mother, Thelma Pearson, was the art teacher at Carmichael until Chief Joseph opened then she taught there. Mary Esther ANDERSON's ('54) dad was the principal. The school yard was dirt so that had to be the first year the school opened. I remember Bill Dunton also. There was a wonderful Algebra teacher in 9th grade that turned me on to math. I think his name was Mr. Klaus. -Judi PEARSON Parker ('54) ~ In always sunny Phoenix where fall is here it's 90 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie MADRON Hall ('60) To: John ADKINS ('62) Re: R2K+10 John, have you or anyone else coordinated with the Class of '60's fifty year reunion for next summer? It is difficult for some of us to come to both R2K+10 and our own reunion if they are at different times. The Class of '60 ran into this problem at the first R2K. It split our class apart. If anyone is beginning to plan for the '60 Reunion, I would like to hear from them and the date next summer they have chosen. If I can be of help from a distance, I would be happy to do so. -Connie MADRON Hall ('60) ~ Port Ludlow, WA for another week or so **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary LANGE ('60) Re: Class of '60's 50 year reunion (2010) Could you tell me when the reunion is for next summer? Thank you -Gary LANGE ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Me thinks it was either Snuffy Smith or His Eloquence David RIVERS, Esq., who referred to people who had "Done 'em wrong", as "Shiftless Skunks". Well them Shiftless Skunks (Robert McNamara, Ho Chi Minh and General Giap) have got me again, and I'm really ticked off. The first time was cancer caused by their necessitated use of Agent Orange. Now I've been told I need a hearing aid, precipitated I suppose from spending too much time in Officer's Clubs listening to Filipino bands playing Credence Clearwater songs. Isn't this a disability worthy of a Purple Heart and maybe 33%? How can I get even with them? Roaring, Roaring, Roaring on the Ribber. -jimbeaux p.s. Do any of you Vietnam vets remember "The Thad Swift Show"? He was an Aussie who did bull whip tricks with his cast of "entertainers", and wasn't exactly "endorsed" by the USO, if you receive my drift. He played a lot of aircraft maintenance hangers up in Military Region I. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: A record? Not sure... but I think MADDY ('67) set a record with his post yesterday... yup... it was something... I know I'm way late on this but for all you fans... the Fabulous Wailers are playing tonight (October 8, 2009) at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom.. hosted by Pat O'Day ("KJR Seattle Channel 95!").. the theme is 50 years since the Castle!!!!! Be there or be square! I think getting older is cool... you can do all kinds a things... drool... leave crumbs on your chin... and best of all... you can admit all those crushes you had on girls back in school without looking like a stalker... or even if you come off like a stalker they just say... "ahhhhhhhh so cute... and at his age..." For me... the birthday girl was like having Juliet Prowse or Julie Newmar right there at Col-Hi... I mean... I will always consider the picture of Beth ('63) and Pook ('63 RIP) as Best Dancers a really cool shot... but the picture of the birthday girl and Joe KAVEKIS ('63) as best dressed was a real keeper for me (well her half anyway).. so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Susan SHERWOOD ('63) on the 8th of October!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: 10/07/09 TC Herald "Richland Teen Trying to Tame Twitter" "Richland's Joe LANGEVIN ('08) is trying to take Twitter to a new level. The ultra popular microblogging and social networking service that allows people to send out short messages generates mounds of information. And the 2008 Richland High grad plans to help marketers and consumers make sense of it by customizing the data in simple categories." tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/744995.html Joe is also a graduate of Christ the King School in Richland. Way to go, Joe! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Apology Maren, I was expecting that from you and it certainly has warrant. I was seriously burned out by the time I came into Louisiana. I was going to spend three days and two nights in New Orleans as I was in San Antonio. Plans to have lunch with you were certainly on top of the "A" list of my itinerary. By the time I got there, and I had been in both places before... it was late evening in New Orleans and I just blew by. Did the same in San Antonio except it was 6:30 AM after driving all night. I had had enough. I was in serious condition. I had been arguing with myself the day before. The one with the squeaky voice, an unnerving din for sure, won. I needed to go home. My apologies my dear chief-editor-in-charge-of- everything. Won't happen again. I'll be Bach. -Rick MADDY ('67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [You're forgiven... Looking forward to your next trip -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin QUANE ('77) Re: Tombstone Tales, October 23 & 24, 2009 The concept sounds wonderful, I wish I could go. My first job was a grave digger/grounds maintenance at Resthaven and Sunset Memorial Gardens. Five of the most fun years of my youth. -Kevin QUANE ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) The comments about the dust storm that Central Washington just endured triggered a few remembrances. One of our high school grads (Class of 1946) took a school librarian's position in Washington, just before the mountains -- I've forgotten the town but it was all done in classic Bavarian style [Leavenworth?. -Maren]. At any rate, he was in Spokane when the earthquake devastated all that forest, etc., sending walls of mud traveling into the Columbia River. He said driving in that storm of volcanic ash was the scariest thing he had ever done. And sometime back one of the RHS grads wrote that he/she found graduation tickets for Columbia High School in a relative's collection of stuff and couldn't remember anyone ever using graduation tickets. [That was Dennis HAMMER ('64) AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Ham/090926-GradTicket64.jpg] Graduation in "the" days was always scheduled for the [Bomber Bowl] (and I'm so glad it was renamed Fran Rish Stadium) but just to be sure Plan B was in operation, the school issued a specific number of tickets to grads so if a sand storm came in the day of graduation, those tickets would be good for entry into the gym and the holder(s) would be guaranteed seats. True to form, it usually blew up a storm on graduation day. Fran Rish is yet another story. He asked me one time if I would teach him piano lessons. Offhandedly I said I would, and then, thinking he was just putting me on I forgot all about it. One day, years later, I was at Col-Hi and we were looking around and went into Fran's office in the Gym -- it had a huge picture window with one-way glass so he could be in his office and still check on the gym goings on. (Side-bar: It was a really unsettling experience to be standing there nose-to-nose with kids on the gym floor side who were busy fixing their hair and they didn't even know we were there at all!) There in the corner of his office was a Spinet piano Fran had somebody move into his office, and he had taught himself to play! And he played very well -- good classical music to boot! Remarkable man! I have a hunch he is one of those people who would always succeed at anything they really wanted to do. Would that this country was filled with many more of his caliber. Sorry to bore you with yet another story of "days gone bye" -- but living those 10 years in Richland was such a novel experience -- remember all the kids running after the machines that were smogging the mosquitos? -- think that was some witch's brew of DDT, et al -- kept down the flying biting critters, but I have a hunch too many kids got a present then that grew into something they didn't want or need when they reached senior status! -Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Sara POLSTER ('06) ~ 2/25/88 - 9/19/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/09/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Theresa Hammer sent stuff: Bill BERLIN ('56), Dee WALLACE ('60) Jack GARDINER ('61), Betsy FOX ('63) Earl BENNETT ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Pam EHINGER ('67) Theresa Hammer (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki SMITH ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug MARTIN ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Mattingly Greetings from Dalian, China where I have been for a week. The National Holiday, the Communist Party's 60th Anniversary and the Moon Cake Festival all fell in the same week. Get this. It is estimated that 516,000,000 people traveled during the holiday week. In China now is a very good time to get married and to get things started off for the lucky couple they shoot off fireworks, thus the Bloom in the Sky guy... old Lar. I guess there were half a dozen great shots last night when we walked to dinner, a couple very memorable. Not long in duration but impressive just the same. Good to be back in China after 2 1/2 years absence. Great weather (75F in the day and 55-57F at night) and boy, did I miss the food. Business has been very good and the recession, albeit somewhat obvious, is not as bad here as it is at home. Two or three building projects, one at 40 stories, are stopped but the business activity is very good and the business climate very positive. Back to the USA on October 16. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Dalian, China where we are going to the Gibson Guitar factory today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dee WALLACE ('60) R: Class of '60's 50 year Reunion I am planning on coming to the 50 year reunion, but I want to make sure I see as many classmates as possible. It sounds like the other event (R2k+10) might be a conflict. Could someone let me know which one would be the best bet. -Dee WALLACE ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) Like to wish my brother Chuck ('63-RIP) Happy Birthday... he would have been 65 today. He was a good brother, husband, father and soldier. Several of his friends passed away way too early also: Pooker David SMITH, Ralph LEE, Freddie SCHAFER, Terry WEBB, Shelley McCOY, Bill and Bob HYATT... seems like the class of '63 has lost a lot of classmates. -Jack GARDINER ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) Re: Blooms in the Desert Dusty windstorms... searing heatsagebrush... Treeless plain... our new home. Bloom where you are planted. I never fully appreciated what that meant until I witnessed the great spirit in what all of those newly transplanted construction workers, scientists, engineers, doctors and their wives and children created and accomplished over 60 years ago along the shores of the majestic Columbia River. It was here that thousands of people descended upon this little piece of ground in the '40s and '50s yanked up from their communities all across the country New York, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee. DuPont, A.E.C. and General Electric were the operative words. Secrecy abounded. No one could talk about their jobs. Wives were left to raise children and fix lunches for their husbands as they boarded the buses out to ---- "THE AREA" --- said in hushed tones lest a stray FBI agent be nearby and overhear any mention of ANYthing. Being the strong, determined, brilliant, positive types that these early pioneers of "THE AREA" were, they made the best of the situation. In the middle of this desert, in the middle of loneliness, isolation, secrecy and uprootedness... They began creating. They created music, plays and theaters. They built parks and swimming pools and stores that even had escalators in them. They created long-lasting connections with each other and made friends with the desert, the river, the sun and their new life and community. Out of this mix of places, people, life styles, foods and accents that these early people brought came one of the largest musical groups that continues today The Mid Columbia Symphony. It is one of the flowers that bloomed from these amazing newly planted people. Other flowers bloomed The Community Concert Richland Players Treble Clef all with their assorted casts, fragrances, flavors and delights that soon became a part of our lives and new culture. I was 5 when our family came from New York. My dad was a metallurgical engineer hired to work at Hanford. We were lucky enough to draw a house right on the river - and that river (and our subsequent boat and dock and our neighbors) became the centerpiece of our lives for the next 20 years. If any of us is to achieve immortality, then we must write our own song. This is what this diverse group of people did. To carry on what these people so nobly started so long ago, in the middle of a little, hot, dusty desert is an honor and a privilege. Many are gone now but their music continues on. To my parents, Marge and John Fox, to Karl and Wanda Diettrich, to Jack and Virginia Heffner, to Rhoda and Milton Lewis, to Dr. Phil and Alice Fuqua and to Diana and Van Van Wyck and all the others who stayed and molded this community into what it is -- who brought their music and gave it to us, I give thanks. I am so grateful to have been shaped by all of these wonderful people and by that whole generation. As I sit in the Richland High School Auditorium, listening to the Symphony and Mozart making it's way to my heart, and muse what a great, green, alive place this has become today, I am reminded of a simpler time in life. Before cell phones, computers, passwords, fax machines, DVD+Rs, DVDRs (!!!), CDs, Bluetooths (Blueteeth?), ipods, iphones, twitter, tweet, 20 microwaves, gigantic hi-def TVs that take a post-doc Physicist to figure out the zillions of cords and remotes that make it run. And I think of those people who created such beauty, fun, music and joy on a small patch of arid desert. I hope to offer some of our families wealth to this city and it's wonderful groups, so that I can now water those plants that were so carefully planted many long years ago. -Betsy FOX Vance ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Mr. Dunton, in addition to the probable, but as yet not analyzed or quantified so far as I have heard, damage we incurred from bicycling after the mosquito foggers, I have heard that it is nearly certain the disappearance of the nighthawks - those beautiful flying machines that bring to mind Jonathan Livingston Seagull - from Richland can be attributed to their nightly intake of hundreds of mosquitoes not yet dead from ingesting the DDT. I loved the dusk ballet of nighthawks swooping, jerking, veering and darting, almost within reach of our hands at times, to feed on whatever insects were there, mostly invisible to us in the last light of day. Regards, ecb3, -Earl BENNETT ('63) ~ from the end of a beautiful fall day in central Virginia. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://allgallery.tripod.com/0000s/DDTtruck.html **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) So this Mornings Seattle Times says that the Wailers are playing the smoke filled Snoqualmie Casino. The article went on to say that the gate was only $10.00. Now Im pretty sure thats a bargain, even with inflation. I think it was 1965 or so that Dick PLOWS ('63) and I paid about that amount to see them at the Social Club, even if one factors in the buck for gas, the half rack of warm Oly and the pack of heaters. I think I might treat the Forever Young and always Lovely Miss Nancy ('65) to a night on the town. Need to bring ones M-17 Protective Mask, if not for the ciggy smoke, but to protect oneself from Husky Fever. Dun-dun-dun-dunnnhhhhhh, dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: how time flies Sorry to HEAR JIMBEAUX ('63) CAN"T HEAR! Join the crowd, Dad. My right eardrum has a huge "Effing" hole in it" at least that's the way my Doctor put it... course he is also the one that told me: "Oh gawd, David you're Effed" when I was paralyzed by the broken bones shoving my spinal chord... I need to find a Doc that didn't go to the George Carlin School of Medicine... he has such a way with words... We have such fond remembrances of our little trip to Southeast Asia don't we, Gang... I must say that I missed the guy that cracked the whip and the girls singing roaring on the ribber... Marines are so left out of the fun stuff... I see Maddy ('67) hadda do his latest post in two volumes so I am now sure he holds the record. But he types pretty darned well for a guy whose elbows (well their not really elbows) were set for the specific purposes of accepting change and driving... ("Eddie would go!"). But I gotta get to the heart of this matter... gotta Bomber-babe just waiting to see her name in lights on her special day, October 9, 2009... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vicki SMITH ('63)... Hope it's a great day!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Bill Dunton In regards to the DDT Foggers! Yes I was one of them thar kids that ran behind it!! We on Wilson St... use to play tag in it! Well I'm 60 and going strong! The best thing is Mosquitoes don't like me! They might land but they don't bite me! So maybe I've got DDT in my blood or something! I really have not heard of anybody that I know who ran through the fog state they got cancer or any other really bad stuff! So maybe it really wasn't all that bad! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Edinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://allgallery.tripod.com/0000s/DDTtruck.html **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Theresa Hammer (NAB) Did YOU work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR PARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR GRANDPARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Do you KNOW SOMEONE who worked at Hanford/PNNL? Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a federal law passed by Congress in July, 2001. The intent of the law is to award medical and/or monetary compensation to workers in the Atomic Weapons Industry in the event the worker developed an occupational illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. There are over 370 DOE sites around the country covered by this law including Hanford and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - and the law is retroactive to 1942. If the worker is deceased, survivors can be awarded the compensation. Survivors include (in order of eligibility): o Surviving spouse o Children of the worker o Parents of the worker o Grandchildren of the worker o Grandparents of the worker The Hanford Resource Center was established by Congress to assist the Department of Labor with the claim process. CONTACT: The Hanford Resource Center toll-free at 888-654-0014 or email hanford.center@rrohio.com -Theresa Hammer (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/10/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Mary Esther ANDERSON ('54) David MANSFIELD ('59), Helen CROSS ('62) Joe FORD ('63), John CAMPBELL ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Rick MADDY ('67), Connie McCULLUGH ('74) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette HABERMAN ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Rivers of Ink Event Today I'm counting my blessings in a community like ours that values the arts. Sculptures and paintings already exist and are still being planned along the waterfront and in public and privately- owned buildings. I can go to plays, musicals and other fine performance arts. For years CBC and WSU Tri-Cities have presented literary artists to inspire me. Today, October 10, the Richland Arts Commission, in Cooperation with Richland Parks and Recreation, is offering a brand new literary event. "Rivers of Ink - Readers and Writers Connect" will feature local authors. It's free, offers free refreshments and will be held in the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, from 1-5 p.m. today. Local authors will read from their books. Adventures Underground will sell these books, and authors will sign any you choose to buy. You can talk to individual authors and participate in panel discussions on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, stories for childhood, or books for young adults. This event will be fun for anyone who enjoys the printed word. Bomber cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Esther ANDERSON Lippold ('54) My brother, Roger ANDERSON ('57), just alerted me to the letters about Carmichael and the ones from Mr. Dunton. Roger is up at Pullman for the ball game tomorrow [10/10] and it's 43 and windy - here in Kennewick it's 55 and perfectly still even though high winds and dirt were predicted. During last Sunday's dirt we were down at the Paterson Winery at a car show (Mustangs) where all the cars were light brown. Now, to get into the Carmichael thing, where I had the stigma of being the principal's daughter, I agree with Jim McKEOWN ('53) and Judi PEARSON Parker ('54) - the first year there were 8th graders and ninth graders. I don't think that Carmichael had opened when I was in 7th grade at Lewis and Clark. You might think I would know but I don't remember. I just remember how much my dad (Chris Anderson) loved that school, the faculty and the students. I think he knew everybody in Richland by name. Roger used to say that going downtown with Dad was like being with President Eisenhower. Hi Mr. Dunton - I remember falling off the top riser during a choir concert - back then I could just climb back up, probably was missing for only a few seconds. Jack LIPPOLD ('54) and I didn't make it to this year's reunion-- there was a reason but don't ask me what. I do enjoy reading the alumni Sandstorm. I read it in fits and starts and backwards starting with the current date. Thanks Maren for all the work you do. I'm going to hurry and send this before my laptop sends it into cyberspace never to be seen again. -Mary Esther ANDERSON Lippold ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David MANSFIELD ('59) To: Jeanne Swan [Mrs. "Pappy"] Thanks for the pictures of the Coles and Pappy shooting out at The Rattlesnake Quicksdraw Compound. Looks like it was a good day to shoot. Oh my God! Pappy, is that a dress you're wearing?? David Earl -David MANSFIELD ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) and Pam EHINGER Edinger ('67) I too was one of those kids who grew up running behind the DDT foggers, and sadly, I don't think it helped me escape lots of future mosquito bites. I am sad and not surprised to learn that it led to the death of lots of birds. I don't know exactly why, but it seems to me that there are fewer mosquitoes in most places across the U.S.A. that I've been to in the last several years, be in Lake Pend Oreille where we ate dinner outside to here in Grandview, IN, we just are not faced with as many mosquitoes as we were when we were growing up. (Now I haven't been to Rosseau, MM since the '80s, but they had lots of mosquitoes the summer we were there for about 3 weeks, but we did have cans of bug spray we used to fight them off then.) I can still remember getting the car ready to go to the drive in movie out in the Richland "Y", which we did fairly often as a family. It consisted of rolling up the windows and killing all the mosquitoes that were in the car, and maybe we then sprayed the interior of the car??? I don't remember doing that, but as we had no air conditioning in the car or the house, and no screens on the car windows, it seems like my killing all the mosquitoes in the car before we started out to the drive-inn was a pretty senseless thing to do... I guess we liked going to the movies more than we minded the mosquito bites, which were just a (large) part of growing up... Re: Bill BERLIN ('56) on China Interesting report on how China is fairing economically, as I understand that we are now borrowing money from there. I just wonder did all these countries ever repay all the money we have loaned to them over the years before we started getting on the down side of this international loan business.... How do you feel about being excluded from the list of people who need the HINI vaccine if you are over 49 years of age? The first recommendations I read covered people up to age 64, but what I just read in our weekly newspaper said up to age 49.... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63) Re: The USO shows and other thoughts Folks; Jimbeaux HAMILTON ('63) asked in a recent Sandstorm if any of us in I Corps (northern part of South Vietnam) remembered Thad Swift, a USO entertainer. The answer from this corner is no. I did see Ann Margaret, along with Bob Hope, in Chu Lai around Christmas of 1969. It was at a gathering of approximately 8,000 GIs who collectively appreciated the young woman and endured the old man. Even from a distance, she looked very nice. In regard to the hearing problems Mr. HAMILTON reports, I suggest the UH-1 (the workhorse Huey helicopter) as a source of hearing problems for thousands of us who served our country in uniform. Don't blame McNamara for your hearing, or General Giap, or bar bands, Jimbeaux. As David RIVERS ('65) might have noted, it's the "effing" Huey! Best to all. -Joe FORD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John CAMPBELL ('63) Re: The Wailers Marilyn and I joined a couple of friends and drove out to see the Wailers last night at the Snoqualmie Casino (North Bend). I had seen them for the first time a couple of weeks ago in Tacoma with Jim ARMSTRONG ('63). Jim H. was right, it was a great deal - I looked for him and "Pitts", but we didn't connect. Anyway, the band was in great form. I had remarked to a friend of mine how much Kent Morill sounded like Roy Orbison on some songs. It turns out that Kent does a tribute show in Vegas and was named performer of the year, twice. He will do his Orbison show sometime in the future at the Casino. Pat O'Day served as MC and was entertaining. Most folks know Pat as the spokesperson for Schick Shadel Hospital and the voice of the Hydros during Seafair. Some of us older folks also remember him as a DJ from KJR in Seattle. He was instrumental in starting concerts in the Northwest beginning with the Spanish Castle - hence the link with the Wailers. He recalled some stories including one about a kid who offered to loan his amp when the bands lost their power - the kid was Jimi Hendrix. Pat went on to form Concerts West. He signed his book "It Was All Just Rock And Roll". He's going strong considering he was born in 1934! -John CAMPBELL ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Yer a dirty Roooooooooobber Life is good... This morning I got up BEFORE the alarm... I needed to work on a car and get it ready for the Bakersfield Hot Rod Reunion Run next weekend... little '55 Gasser... got most everything done last Sunday before running to do the Momster chores... in trial this week so couldn't do anything in the mornings but Judge gave us today off so I was at it early... carefully drilled a hole next to another one with a small cable in it... drill slipped... yup... cut the cable... found more cable in the trunk... work like mad to fix mistake then do what I was doing... button it up... nope ain't workin'... tear it apart again... now I'm late... dang I'm late... call my car pool buddy... ok she's late too... Message on phone... no time... shower... apologize to the bunny... sorry can't play "watch the bunny run around with his toy" this morning... bunny's ears drooped... feel awful... but really late... button my braces and find a loose button... should I fix it?... If I do I'll be really late... just be VERY careful slipping the ol' holster inside the waste band and I'll be fine... carefully position the holster where it has to pop the button... pop... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... thread the needle... (NOT an easy task)... fix the button... better listen to the message... lotsa noise... sounds like a concert... Know the song that's gonna come on... only three guys savvy enough to call during "Dirty Robber"... Kent's best vocal ever... Pook's ('63 RIP) not around so rules him out... SIMPSON ('65) was silly enough to put together a reunion music sound track with some Portland garage band's version of Louie Louie so he's for sure ruled out... Pitts ('63) probably doesn't have my cell number so now we've narrowed it down to an old deaf guy whose wife ('65) would be kind enough to float him the ten bucks admission fee... Thanks, Jimbeaux ('63), for thinking of me! You made my morning! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Joe LANGEVIN ('08) Richland teen trying to tame Twitter The link I used for my entry a few days ago [10/8] did not work for me, so I printed the article from the TCHerald just in case you had a hard time viewing it. Maren said that you would have had to copy and paste the link into your browser instead of just clicking on the link in the Sandstorm. However, if you attempt to do so now, the article is no longer available. [We're not gonna publish the whole article in the Sandstorm, Shirley... the link still works... just tried it: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/744995.html -Maren] -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) To: David RIVERS ('65) The elbow story is really one of my favs, as you well know. The Navy doctor asking me what I wanted to do with that left arm; play golf, change light bulbs, scratch my butt, unzip my trousers... only girls wear pants, as the Gunny used to say... and my answer was drive a car. The surgeons whipped out the old protractor and like magic I have an almost perfect left arm for holding a steering wheel, a can of beer and... okay, I could get crazy here, so I will tone it down a bit... write really long posts in the Alumni Sandstorm that nobody reads except Maren... she needs to make sure it is family friendly, of course. But that's okay. An exercise in futility from a guy who has not touched his face with his left hand in over 40 years, eats hamburgers with one hand and typing this with my pointer finger on right hand. I have found taking one for the Corps has been a better deal than complete deafness... or a lot of things for that matter. Thank gawd the hearing goes first my dad would say. No complaints, my friend. Semper Fidelis -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie McCULLUGH Brown ('74) Hey Cristy CONE Penny ('74) Say it was your birthday yesterday [10/7]. How about giving me a shout. Haven't heard from you in ages. -Connie McCULLUGH Brown ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 6 http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091010-410-415.htm G.E. Road Sign advertising the areas attributes, Penny Drive, 222-S Lab Room woman working in open faced hood with a Hanford made "Poppy" alpha probe, sign above walkway to 100-KW, Woman holding G.E. Pins? To: Betsy FOX Vance ('63) That is so true. Richland was the ultimate melting pot. Every original resident I've spoken to can tell you where all their friends arrived from. What powder plant, part of the country, which Manhattan Project city, and something they never told anyone outside of work, what they did. Many of them worked side by side before coming to Hanford to start up the plant or build it. Simply amazing. Much of their early work is carried on site today and affected the other atomic operations that followed. In some cases those operations neglected lessons learned at Hanford and suffered the consequences. Great piece of writing Betsy, we owe a debt to those who stayed and helped the desert bloom. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/11/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers, Don Sorensen, and Jeanne Swan sent stuff: Shirley Rae DRURY ('51), Tom TRACY ('55) Dee WALLACE('60), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Don Sorensen (NAB), Jeanne Swan [Mrs. "Pappy"] (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jefferson SAUNDERS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae DRURY Crume ('51) To: Rick MADDY ('67) I'm impelled to reassure you, Rick, that a read-a-holic like me, does read your long posts, marveling at your ability to put words together in such admirable fashion. (David RIVER's ('65), Pappy SWAN's (59), Larry MATTINGLY's ('60), and others whose names escape me now, too). Thanks! In the 60 year class photo of the '49ers, I was delighted to see sitting in the front row Phyllis BENJAMIN McElheney ('49). Our mothers were best friends. Through the years I've wondered about Phyllis who was very kind to me when she was a popular, knowledgeable teen, and I a naive, gawky girl-child. Through her Email address in the Columbian classmate entries, I've now been in contact with her, so now know that she lives and where. So, it's a good thing to keep our Email addresses in there up to date. Writing from a mostly cloudy Kennewick, with present temperature of 38F, wind N at 8 mph and humidity at 48%. It's supposed to get down to 22 tonight. Cheers to all, -Shirley Rae DRURY Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Judi PEARSON Parker ('54), Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Mary Esther ANDERSON Lippold ('54) & Jim McKEOWN ('53) Judy: Our 7th Grade Homeroom Classes were at the South Hall of Carmichael. Mrs. Pearson, the Art teacher at Carmichael and Chief Jo was a talented and treasured educator. I was in Mrs. Latta's homeroom class and agree with Laura Dean about the considerate teacher Mrs. Latta, who shared her love for gold-mining hometown, Cripple Creek, CO; similarly to how we recall the richness of Richland's and its products. Although, gold is certainly a valuable commodity; have you priced an ounce of Plutonium or Uranium recently? It's so valuable... it's not even listed on the stock exchanges. Just pretending you have some can bring dramatic attention from the rest of the world. If one doesn't think so, just ask the Iranians. The best WWII stories in Carmichael were from Mr. Clayton's Math Class. Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55), Mary Lou FOELKER ('55), Pete HOLLICK ('55) and I especially enjoyed Mr. Clayton's recollection of when he was on the sinking aircraft carrier, USS Lexington. Once the sailors knew the ship was going down, someone hauled up all of the priceless "ice cream" from the officers' freezer and they shared it on deck. The Lexington managed to travel 200 miles before it finally sank. That Battle of The Coral Sea (Just North of Aussieland) was the worst one in the history of the Pacific. Australian friends still credit our winning that victory as the battle that saved their nation. Mr. Clayton reiterated our thoughts... there never was nor will ever be a good war. But once you're in, it's well worth winning. Another Veteran, Wallace Warwick, 8th Grade homeroom/history teacher encouraged us to join a paperback book club... we ordered classics, non-fiction versions for $.25 ea. The guys class favorites were "Kon Tiki", "Sands of Iwo Jima", and lots of others. During homeroom, we got a break (recess). Ron SNOWDEN, Denny OLSON, Chuck CURTIS and others from circa '55 stepped out on the South porch and shared jokes we heard on "Can You Top This Radio Show"... a weekly radio hour of constant jokes were shared & Later at RHS George Gobel became our favorite. While bragging a bit about M. Whitman, Chief Jo, RHS, my Granddaughter asked if we had any kids who were caught using drugs. I had to admit to her that we only had one incident at Carmichael. It wasn't drugs, but during our 8th grade year, one kid was disciplined for eating library paste. Not sure if he made it through rehab., but we all had high hopes that he did. The Carmichael experience had some "blurry" spots... some valued teachers are not remembered. Vera Edwards' upbeat attitude made speech classes a joy to behold. Same for Tom Sullivan and Bill Dunton. Mrs. Olney was our Health Teacher and offered that safe, but separate-and-unequal portion of boy/girl curriculum on human reproduction. It was a carefully crafted birds and bees sex-ed project that ensured that your daughter or son would never, ever be compromised by a grasshopper, bee or bug of any kind. (Mr. Dunton reminded us that the street DDT sprays followed-up with another dose of protection. It could have promoted todays jingle, "There Ain't No Bugs On Me".). Some of the guys, however, tried to get Mrs. Kleinsorge - our diligent science teacher - to enlarge on the birds/bees subject. She referred us to other sources... our parents. Well, no one wanted to ask such questions at home in the '50s. Some of us remember the 4 years old who asked his Dad about reproduction... the awkwardly, embarrassed Dad said, "Why don't you go ask your Mom"? "Gee Dad, I don't want to know THAT much about it".... or so the story goes. The most innovative and highly desired component of Carmichael was the rumored "Indoor Swimming Pool" under the gym floor. Maybe cost overruns eliminated that. Seems like a $3.5M cost created havoc for the contractor and government auditors. We did benefit from a magnificent Jr. High facility. Principal Christopher Anderson kept it that way. I think he was an administrator at RHS before he took the Carmichael job. Other teachers recalled were Earling Oakland (former All State Basketball player-in the Seattle area), was P.E. Teacher and coach at both Carmichael & RHS. One innovation installed, 60 years ahead of its time, was the Ultraviolet Lights used inside the Carmichael heating/ventilation systems. You could see the reflection of the UV light, but few asked about it. It is used now in advanced water and air cleaning systems worldwide. Some things in our town were ahead of the curve. Smart engineers and caring parents made a big difference. The UV bacteria killers probably contributed to high attendance records at Carmichael (My patent attorneys in D.C. helped me protect some of this technology for use in commercial and corporate jet aircraft water treatment systems a few years ago.) I don't remember the UV air treatment systems at Chief Joseph or RHS, but their applications are valued and coming into greater use today. Living on Iry St. just across from Carmichael; Bill GRIFFIN ('54), Loren CLAUNCH ('55), Joe VALDEZ, Kenny PLUM, Ralph MYRICK ('51), and others in the neighborhood, enjoyed the large, abandoned (Pre- Carmichael) cherry orchard loaded with the most delicious Bing Cherries during its last season before it was bulldozed away for Carmichael Jr. High. The orchard was available before and after our frequent swims in the adjacent irrigation canal that headed South to the Yakima River. Attempts by our Mom to deny swims in the canal were made by hanging our swimming suits on the clothes line just outside the prefab's kitchen window... it sometimes took an hour for my Levis to dry before I could go back home. The swimming remained dry on the line and provided some confidence that we were safely pursuing other recreational events. During that season, we could dry out duds our while sitting in one of the trees enjoying the dark purple-red, mouth-watering, cherries. Those were the days... with good thoughts to all the great Moms, classmates and teachers of Carmichael scholars. Bomber Bests to all -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dee WALLACE('60) It is great reading the Sandstorm every morning, but I am having trouble putting faces with names, it will be great to see who you are at pour] big 50 [year reunion] next year. I have been living in Northern California the last 30 years. I live in a small little hamlet called Sierra City (pop 250) on highway 49 about 60 miles from Nevada City. Right now we are getting our wood in for the winter and honing up our cross-country skis. When I retired (6 years ago) I started going to a gym two days a week in Grass Valley. The gym offered a tai-chi class and I have been a student of tai-chi for the last 6 years and it has made all the difference in the world to my well being. I have added a spinning class I do before the tai-chi class a couple of years ago. It feels almost like a job sometimes, but it has made a big difference in my life. Don't get me wrong; I am ALWAYS chasing that 20 pound bulge in front of me and once in a while I gain on it, but then i relax and BOOM! -------- there it is again. Well, I am starting to ramble. Talk to you soon. -Dee WALLACE('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) The Fabulous Wailers concert was just that. I hadn't seen that any "Members Only" jackets since the No Hope, Lost Cause Class of '62's last reunion. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-416-420.htm Looks like a G.E. NEWS employee May 195?, Safety Case located in front lobby of REDOX Separations Building 202-S, self explanatory, ? , 327 Building Fuel Examination Facility & typical Richland kitchen. -Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanne Swan [Mrs. "Pappy"] (NAB) Re: Pappy's Shooting Attire at Rattlesnake Mountain Gun Club http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Swa/091011-00.htm To: David MANSFIELD ('59) Dear David Earl, you wrote in The Alumni Sandstorm: "Thanks for the pictures of the Coles and Pappy shooting out at The Rattlesnake Quicksdraw Compound. Looks like it was a good day to shoot. Oh my God! Pappy, is that a dress you're wearing??" So that the other readers know what you were referring to, last Wednesday, Billy and Pattie CRIGLER Cole ('59), were over from their home at Port Ludlow, WA, and met Pappy, aka George SWAN ('59) and I for lunch at the Shadow Mountain Grill in Benton City. And, then we went to the Rattlesnake Mountain Shotgun Club for some trap shooting. Pappy told me that the club facilities were built, and are maintained and operated by the all volunteer membership. A new club house is in the planning stages, and will be constructed once they get a grant to help build it (with indoor plumbing and all). One can also shoot skeet and, at certain times of the year, "sporting clays." And, there are other ranges for rifle and pistol shooting. We killed a lot of clay "pigeons," but they're still boiling. Pappy says that the "dang things" just don't seem to get past being tough (in that thick black gruel, that I'm not touching). A link to the pictures that you referred to, is included. Anyway... a good time was had by all. You have already acknowledged, by personal email, our common aging problems of mental sorting and filing, that you meant to respond to the '59er email group, rather than Alumni Sandstorm, a mistake due to your "big thumbs," so ... let's move on to the bigger question. "Does Pappy wear a dress, when trap shooting?" Well David Earl, the answer is, "No ... but sort of..." There is just no other way to say it, except that Pappy got ... "FAT" over the last few years. And, being the "Incredible Shrinking Senior Citizen" that he has become, he is also ... short. SIDE NOTE: One of Pappy's other nicknames while growing up in "Bomberville" was "Shorty." Years later, when I found this out, I had difficulty remembering it correctly, so I developed a bad habit of always calling him "Stubby." Well, throughout our years together (now going on 27), it has become apparent that he likes my cooking, and his cooking, in fact, he likes anyone's cooking! Consequently, as Pappy grew older, he began not only shrinking, but gaining weight, thus he was growing shorter and wider. During the winters, with all of the good holiday food, the side seams of his clothing often split out. Last winter, he reached the astounding weight of 224 pounds, in conjunction with his shrinking from an original height of 5'9-1/2" to a mere 5'7" at the last tape stretching. He said that he was just "settling into old age." That was about the time that he felt the need to get on this "activity" kick of his. His first effort was by doing "push aways" (somewhat like horizontal push ups) where he would push away from the table, prior to second helpings. His next effort was to purchase any new clothing in sizes, one or two larger than he actually wore. He said that this gave him "freedom of movement" for his "being more active." But, I know that he did this, at least partially, as an effort to hide the "puddling" or gravitational pull of his whole being ... toward his belly. And, you know about his bike riding effort. He had to back off on oversized clothing there, after it kept getting caught and winding him up in the chain, and the neighbors got tired of carrying him and the whole tangle back to deposit on my doorstep. Consequently, when he bought his new shooting vest for the shotgun range, he got a size XL, overlooking the fact that larger-sized clothing is also longer-sized clothing. So, now his arms are almost, not quite long enough to reach the shotgun shells in his pockets. And, as he shrinks, his pockets keep moving farther away... toward the ground. So yes, "Stubby" the shotgun shooter, appears to be wearing a "shooting dress." But, after all of these years, I just humor him, as his "activity" thing seems to be working, because he now steadily weighs in at about 205 pounds. And, I am married to a short, stubby, outdoorsy guy who wears a shooting dress. And his pups just roll their eyes and accept him for what he is. -Jeanne Swan [Mrs. "Pappy"] (NAB) ~ Burbank, WA where life is never dull with Pappy, two pups, two cats, and a whole bunch of peanut loving squirrels, who sit in the trees, throwing walnuts at Stubby, as he waddles about below, trying to catch up on long overdue yard work ... in between frequent trips afield with his two favorite girls (Bella and Me'a). No, he only wears the dress at the shotgun range. When he goes hunting, he wears an XXL blaze orange "smock." He says that is so it will fit over his jacket. P.S. Pappy put these words in my mouth. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/12/09 ~ FEDERAL HOLIDAY ~ COLUMBUS DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Grover SHEGRUD ('56) David MANSFIELD ('59), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Donna NELSON ('63) and Susan ERICKSON ('59) John TAYLOR ('63wb), Kathy KRAEMER ('67) Marjo VINTHER ('77), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim CLANCY ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roma HARROLD ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley SHERWOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric SCHMIDHEISER ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Peaches To: Tom TRACY ('55) I remember those cherries on Lee and Thayer. I also worked construction on Carmichael. If you lived in that neighborhood, you must have enjoyed the Hale peaches that existed in there. There were many such fruit farms in the Richland of old. The soft fruit was the earliest ripened in the valley, thus being the best priced. The government really ripped off those early farmers. -Dick McCOY (the Tin Can Class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Re: Thoughts From Long Ago It was distressing to hear of Barbara PIERCE Edens ('56-RIP) passing. Her family came to Richland about the same time we did and lived just across the open space from us. We lived at 1320 Stevens Drive. One of the first things I remember in Richland was going outside and meeting the first girl I knew who spoke a foreign language it was Barbara with her intact Texas drawl. We were in most of the same classes in Sacajawea and some in Chief Joe, and graduated the same time from Columbia High School. I have a memory of a challenge game of soft ball in that field between the Girls and us macho boys about 1946-'48... it would have included the DeGood boys, Larry Lee, Billy EVERT ('56), me and my brother Terry ('55-'56) and possibly our little brother Allen ('60) among others. The rowdy girls would have included Barbara ('56), Deloris PIERCE ('5?), possibly Sandra PIERCE and the MOORMAN girls Scooter (Bobby Jean) ('53), Shirley and possibly Sue ('60). Also Lou Ann LEE ('51) and Billys sister or sisters (cant remember how many he had) and of course my sisters Marjorie ('49) and Beverly ('50). Ok the boys lost and had to provide a treat. I remember this well but have found no one else who does. Wm. P. Evert; Billys dad and Barbaras dad were probably involved. A most embarrassing afternoon for us boys. Notice how many times I use "I cant remember". Re: Class reunion (;49) pictures http://richlandbombers.1949.tripod.com/ReunionPics/49in09-00.htm There are two more well remembered name from my youth Pat MONROE ('49) and Betty lou HISER ('49) they were household names at our place as friends of Sisters Beverly and Marjorie. -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ From warm and sunny Martha lake, Millcreek, Bothell, Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David MANSFIELD ('59) To: Jeanne Swan (Mrs. "Pappy") (NAB) Bless your heart for covering up for me and my big thumbs. The pictures you posted and your explanation was very good. I think I now know where "Pappy's" writing talents originate. -David MANSFIELD ('59) ~ We had a good freeze last night here in Eugene Towne and a promise of lower temperatures tonight. So Nonie and I are going to strip the garden this PM as soon as it warms a bit more. The gleaned tomatoes get put in the garage and should last till Thanksgiving as in past years. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) To: ALL BOMBERS A REMINDER From Tom HEMPHILL ('62) and the rest of the local committee. Hello Bomber Friends, PLEASE plan to join us and bring some other Bombers with you to our October Fest Bomber Lunch!! You'll Be Glad You Did!! WHEN: Saturday, October 17 TIME: 11:30 AM - till whenever WHERE: Red Lion Inn at the Quay Restaurant 100 Columbia Street - Vancouver, WA Right under the I-5 Bridge Please RSVP to: Tomh2491@comcast.net -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) and Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59) Re: Wenatchee Bomber Lunch Reminder WHEN: Next Saturday, October 17th TIME: noonish WHERE: the Applewood Grill, 29 N. Columbia. one blk off Wenatchee Ave behind Arlberg Sports Come early and follow the signs to the Farmers Market not far from the restaurant for what else... apples!!! No reservations needed -Donna NELSON ('63) and Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John TAYLOR ('63wb) Re: Doctor DeNicola... know him? If so, please write http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091012-Tay-Sig.jpg Hi... does anyone recognize this doctor's signature? Maren thinks it could be DeNicola, but she doesn't remember his first and middle names. He practiced medicine in the '40s and early '50s, and possibly longer. If you know the family or his relatives or know anything about this good doctor, please let me know via email. Thanks so much. Apart from the rest of my life, this is actually important. Your info is greatly appreciated. -John TAYLOR ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) Re: Sorensen's picture #419-WHO http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-416-420.htm This is the Kraemer family ... that's my dad (Phil) holding Marlene ('75) with Susi ('72) standing. Me ('67), brothers Ken ('68) and Mike ('69) in the car with sister, Cindy ('71). We all graduated from Columbia High ... I'll get the exact dates and where/when/why the picture was taken from my family and let you know. My Dad called and said the picture was from a "human interest story" in the GE plant (Hanford) newsletter... we were living on Perkins and heading out on a family vacation... Dad couldn't remember why they took the picture or the year (we figured 1958-'59)... and yes, that was our old Oldsmobile. -Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marjo VINTHER Burt ('77) Re: Don Sorensen's photo #414 (from 10/10 Sandstorm) http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-416-420.htm Yay! I recognize someone! My dad, Paul Vinther, is the 3rd from the right in the dark/striped shirt. He says the woman beside him is his secretary Pat Rettinghouse and the man next to her in the suit is Elmer Filip. Dad thinks the picture was taken at H Reactor where he was the Processing (Operations) Manager and Mr. Filip was the Plant Manager. -Marjo VINTHER Burt ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 6 http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-422-427.htm G.E. Payroll?, Time Clock w/workers "punching in", Typical Richland family room, Bantam Colt League Champions, PRTR Fuel bundle handled by G.E.'s Reactor Folks & TV Antenna adjustment device? To: Tom TRACY ('55) Loved your 10/11/09 entry about Richland teachers. What a great opportunity to learn from those who experienced WWII. Wished I'd had the wisdom in my youth to ask more questions of those men and women. Thanks. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/13/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Deanna CASE ('55), Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Gus KEENEY ('57), Tom MATTHEWS ('57) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Patti JONES ('60) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Roy BALLARD ('63) Dave HANTHORN ('63), Carol CONVERSE ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Kathy KRAEMER ('67) Vic MARSHALL ('71), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wanda WITTEBORT ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David EDGAR ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie ALEXANDER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry GILSTRAP ('83) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) After reading some of the discussions of the first years at Carmichael Jr. High, I thought I'd offer my recollections. In 1949-'50, I was in 7th grade at Carmichael, which I believe was the year it opened. It was a 3-year school, with part of the 9th graders at Columbia High and part at Carmichael. I still have the "yearbooks" produced in '50-'51 and '51-'52, with blue construction paper covers and, of course, typed on typewriters of the period and mimeographed in the school office. Bill Dunton was listed as the Advisor both years. The '50-'51 yearbook sold for 25 cents. -Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) Re: Sorensen's picture #419-WHO http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-416-420.htm Oldsmobile? I dont think so, More like '57-'58 Desoto. But I rely on my not so good memory! -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ Still nice here in Bothell, Mill Creek, Martha Lake, Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Sorensen Photo 423 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-422-427.htm Sure looks like Dennis BARR ('58) second from left and maybe George MULLIGAN ('57) behind him. I recognize the face but am unsure about the name. It almost has to be Darrell COWGILL ('57). I don't think George MULLIGAN was as tall as Dennis BARR!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) ~ Sunny Yuma where it is going to be in the low 90s today!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom MATTHEWS ('57) Re: Sorensen's Picture #424 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-422-427.htm That's classmate and friend Tom MOORE ('57) with his first wife Priscilla and their two children. -Tom MATTHEWS ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Don Sorensen's Picture #427 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-422-427.htm This is of 3 Ham Radio Operators setting up a beam antenna. The man on the right is Bill Shanks father of Jeannie ('60), Carol Ann ('56) also brothers Rod and Tom but I don't know their class years. I knew the other 2 men but cannot bring them out of my memory. Jackie and I visited the LIGO complex Saturday, and got the tour including the control room. Afterwards we had a long conversation with Senior Scientist Richard Savage. He has been with LIGO since it's inception. LIGO is the worlds largest science project at present. There is a matching complex in Louisiana and Japan and Italy are building similar complexes. They are looking for gravity waves moving through the galaxy. It is very base science work having to do with Einstein's theories about space and time. This was my 4th trip to LIGO. I find their programs very interesting. Jackie has a blog at: http://www.travelpod.com/z/jackies-world/58/1255300950 She has posted pictures LIGO and a short video sweep I did of the control room. They have tours the 2nd Saturday of the month. If you like science at all, and can get there, it is worth the couple of hours. This is a rare chance to see basic science at work. It is 212 miles each way from my house but worth the trip to me. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from home south of Tacoma. Fall is here and the colors in Snoqualmie pass were at their peak and perfect in the noonday sun. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) To: The class of '60 Re: 50 Year Class reunion Two months ago the class committee formed for making the Class of 1960 50 year reunion happen. It was decided at the first meeting that our reunion date would be September 10 and 11, 2010. This is in conjunction with Club 40. The reunion will be held at the Clarion Hotel. Anyone who wants to join the committee it is announced in the Sandstorm, Date, time and place, just before the meeting. -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Sorensen's picture #419-WHO http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-416-420.htm That's not your Father's Oldsmobile... more like a '57 Plymouth. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Role Model, John Wooden -Roy BALLARD ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave HANTHORN ('63) Re: Previous entry with link to Role Model Roy, John Wooden has long been a man I deeply respected. Another basketball coach of the same mold (in my opinion) was a guy named Art Dawald. Both were always a model of decorum and respect on the bench and anywhere in public. I have heard about both that they were tough as nails on their players during practice. I can't think of any better formula for a successful coach. Thanks for the article, -Dave HANTHORN ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Tom TRACY ('55) Thank you for your very inspirational writing in 10/11's Sandstorm. It's been quite awhile since you've given us such a read. Thanks again. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA It's suppose to rain starting this afternoon and go most of the week. I'm guessing that our "summer" fall is done for for another year. Sure hope that the rainy season isn't upon us quite yet. But, by the Midwest's snowy conditions already, I'm thinking we're in for an early winter here as well. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber babes are the best All the chatter on the Fabulous Wailers concert has me jazzed... I've got a Live album... well CD in my little F-1 and was running around yesterday getting spare parts to take on the Bakersfield run... did a major garage clean a few months back and trying to remember where stuff went is kind of a pain... made a list... kinda... has been helpful... Have a noise I can't identify and called one of the boyz to see what it could be... have had the car on the drag strip with the noise but just wanted to make sure... Big Mike thought it was either the torque converter or a water pump... so I pulled a new pump (thought I had one of everything in the garage and the rest in storage... no way I was that organized)... all bolts on the converter seem tight so just not sure... seem to have the gas and timing right but starting in the mornings just to make sure... Saturday went to take it to the donut shop... hate to start an open header car early in the morning... dang thing was flooding so just bagged it and rode with Heidlebaugh... (this story was going somewhere)... Oh yeah... so anyway yesterday was driving around with the CD going from Dirty Robber to Rosalie Rosalie to Louie Louie ... then got home and blared Lynrd Skynyrd's latest, "God n Guns"... especially the "That Ain't my America"... but that Wailers' album kept me pumped all day long... hadda put street tires to replace the big M&H's... dang that stuff is heavier as we get older... But the real portant info for today is that our own Julie ALEXANDER ('65) is celebrating sweet 16 on October 13, 2009, so please join me in a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From:Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) Re: Kraemer Family Picture - Newspaper clipping http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091013-Kra-419.jpg Well, thank you all for getting my family to talking and remembering about that family picture. My sister, Susi ('72) even had the original newspaper clipping (she found it when she was putting together birthday things for the folks), with caption (attached) ... nobody is sure of the date, but 1959 seems to be the most likely (we moved from Perkins to Long in late summer 1959). Thanks again ... be well -Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic MARSHALL ('71) To: Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) Re: Sorensen's picture #419-WHO http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-416-420.htm I really got s kick out of the picture of your family. 6 kids and 2 adults in a 2 door coupe. I always knew your family was close... now I can understand why. Hard to say how many kids were "mentored" by your Mom and Dad in CYO but they were a big part of our lives as teens in Richland. Who out there remembers how we looked forward to those CYO dances? -Vic MARSHALL ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091013-428-433.htm Looks like 100 Area photo, Girl Scouts Employee Good Neighbor Fund (precurser to United Way), Looks like a Fishermans Club, Air Car, quitting time 300 area photo used in F P D Booklet, Taken from top of 3705 (?) Building. To: Marjo VINTHER Burt ('77) I should have recognized your Dad... I've seen his picture many times. Glad you found him! To: Kathy KRAEMER Fisher ('67) I always loved that photo! But are you sure its an Oldsmobile? From the fins and wheel covers looks a lot like a Plymouth. Beautiful family. Does your husband work in the Area?? -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/14/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: "Dick" ROBERTS ('49), Betty BELL ('51) Floyd MELTON ('57), Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) When Carol TYNER Roberts ('52) and I were in Richland last month, we made a visit to RHS to buy a t shirt. The halls were filled with youngsters that stirred a memory or two. I noticed a couple of nice looking girls dressed in Bomber garb. I stopped them and asked if they were cheerleaders. Yes, they said, so I told them that I had been a cheerleader back in 1948. They went gaga gaga over that. We talked a few minutes more before they went along their way to stir the imaginations and enthusiasm of their fellow Bombers to win that victory. They were so cute that I couldn't resist sending the picture along to fellow Bombers. The second picture is a visit to our 60th reunion by the Bomb, brought to us by someone in Club 40. Thanks for sharing whoever that was. Bombers rule! http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091014-Rob-00.htm -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) The Easy Swing Band will play for the Richland Seniors Association's Friday Dance on Friday, October 16 from 1pm to 4pm at the Richland Community Center. $5 at the door and all are welcome. Pre packaged finger foods are always welcome. -Betty BELL Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Carmichael I have the Carmichael Cougar year books for the years '51-'52, '52-'53, and '53-'54 if anyone needs any information from them. I have kept all the year books from my first year in Carmichael through graduation in '57 at Col-Hi... they are fun to go through and see the faces of friends long forgotten. Also, I am glad the make of the Kraemer family car was corrected it was the first time I ever heard a Chrysler product called a GM product, HA. I had the privilege of working at times with Phil Kraemer during my early years at Hanford. He was a straight shooter and a really good person. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) Maren, Before I do anything else I want to thank you for the name of that "Bavarian" style town north of Wenatchee -- it was indeed Leavenworth. We (Lynn and I) spent several weeks there with one of the kids who graduated with us from high school. Seems the town was rapidly being divested of people, kids leaving because there was no industry, etc. to keep them there, so the City Council contacted the University of Washington and the suggestion came back that the city should pick some kind of urban environment that was "different." The city fathers picked Bavaria and when we were there, the buses were filled to the brim each and every day with visitors from Seattle. Wonder how things are going now in this economic recession. Several of your correspondents have written wondering about things, so I decided to answer what I know about some of their questions. Somehow this being a sage is not my style, because I have a problem with looking in the mirror and seeing a man of 81 (next month) rather than the man of 30 I think I am! To: Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) When I got to Carmichael in the fall of 1949 for the '49-'50 school year, all the 7th graders in Richland were in attendance (no Chief Joe yet), and the 8th graders were a picked group that had, as 7th graders, opened Carmichael just after Christmas, 1949, in a shake down cruise for this brand new edifice. No 9th graders yet! In 1950-'51 all the 7th and 8th graders in Richland were at Carmichael, the 9th grade was that special group of 8th graders from the year before. After that all the 7th, 8th and 9th graders in Richland came to Carmichael until Chief Joseph was built. And yes, I was the advisor for all the Cougars from the date of that first edition until the day we left Washington. Sent my copy of each book to Carmichael and asked the principal there to put them in the library, or if he/she knew of an place were alumni groups put that kind of thing, maybe they could be sent there. (Found out, to my absolute amazement, that Carmichael was now a middle school, for grades 6, 7 and 8, and that ninth graders apparently went to the high school.) By the way, I sent a batch of my old high school annuals back to my high school and received a letter from the Superintendent thanking me because I had sent several they didn't have in their archives; he sent the rest of them to the Historical Society Museum. That sounds like I was in high school for 20 years, but when one graduates with a class of only 34, you have to figure we had a yearbook that had pictures of all the classes from first grade through graduating seniors. Compare that Superintendent's consideration to Carmichael -- haven't heard word one from them! I've always thought that every campus, and every district is in the image of the person in charge -- Richland is a different place now! To: Tom TRACY ('55) One day I went to Chris Anderson and was wondering why I didn't have a choir room -- using a room with no risers was not a good thing. It was the first day of class in my first classroom that was to be a music room - the first one in the math wing - with windows out onto Thayer Drive. I had the kids sign in when they came in the room and then sat down behind my desk and called each name separately. Asked the kid to stand up so I could attempt to be a name with a face. Everything was going according to hoyle when I called one name and nobody stood up. I called the name again, and still nobody stood up. After the third call, my hand slammed down on my desk and I'm shouting, "Somebody out there is being clever -- when I call your name I expect you to stand up!" And then from the back of the room comes this tiny unchanged male voice, "I am standing up." He was but I couldn't see him for the big kids who were sitting in front of him. So being properly chagrined over that episode I went to Chris. He let me rave on, and then pulled out a set of blueprints and showed me a school with a choir room, swimming pool under the gym floor that was to be opened and closed as the coaches determined the need, and an auditorium with a balcony. I asked him what school that was (I think he said Robert Gray Junior High School) and then told me I was standing in it! Originally the plan for the school district was to have just one junior high period, over and out. But a group of educators from Washington State University came to town and convinced the Atomic Energy Commission who ran the district that it would be more educationally sound to have two junior high schools and thus give more kids the opportunity to be in sports, leadership roles, etc. So the AEC determined with the stroke of a pen and no input from anybody in the educational world that Robert Gray Junior High School was to be re-designed for a smaller student body. The problem was the government had spent so much money on planning for the RGJHS that the feds couldn't stand the thought of throwing all those plans out -- and besides, they had already determined the new JHS would be built on a hill and that necessitated much moving of dirt which had already been finished. So, they named the new JHS "Carmichael" after the people who owned the orchard that was leveled for the new building, and cut the size down. All the schools in the rest of the district were named for historical figures of that early era of exploration. I had always wondered why in the world the auditorium was in the shape it was -- big windows on one side which let in dust and noise, and long and narrow like a telescope, with NO balcony. Then I checked out the original plans again and discovered the auditorium was supposed to be again as wide as it exists today, and the balcony went the way of all flesh! And you were right -- Iowa senator Bert Hickinlooper (sic) was screaming about the $4 million dollar cost (and those in 1946 dollars) for a school of 700 students! Part of that total dollar cost was the fact that a lot of the things charged to the Carmichael building account were, for reasons of easy ordering charged to Carmichael although they never were intended nor delivered to the school. For those of you who remember, there was a Steinway on the auditorium stage that I swear was the biggest grand piano I had ever seen. Used to kid that it was long enough so I could sleep on it. We used it for rehearsals, etc., and cursed its size when we were putting on a show. All of a sudden an auditor appeared and wanted to know where the 7 grand pianos were! I told him the one he was looking at was "the" one for Carmichael, and then found out that all the United Protestant churches and the building downtown where the teen club was each had a Steinway grand! Amazing how the federal government can foul things up! I well remember going down to the Industrial Arts shop one year at the end of school, and there the two IA teachers were actually counting one by one the number of nails and bolts that were going to be part of next year's inventory. For those of you who don't purchase nails in any great quantity, the usual practice is to ask for X number of pounds of a given nail size. But no -- Leonard and Woody couldn't weigh what was left over -- it was count EACH name and bolt! Talk about red tape! To: Mary Esther ANDERSON Lippold ('54) Now that you mention it, you were the principal's daughter. And I can just imagine the digs and slurs you received from classmates who didn't have your savvy about how to act in a class. We had five kids -- and all but one went to La Habra High School where I taught from 1958 until 1989. At that time we had a strict rule that you had to attend the high school in your area -- a rule to avoid having all the athletes go to a school with a winning record, etc. The four of our kids who went to LHHS asked to go, so I did the paper work and had to promise to provide transportation to and from school, and that none of them would be in competitive sports for a year or two. I thought things were going well for each of them, until one day in our faculty cafeteria one of the science teachers asked me if I had a son at LHHS. I didn't immediately answer him, and he went on to tell me that he had asked this kid whose name was Michael Dunton if I was Mike's dad. It seems that Mike told him, "No, our last names look alike but we pronounce them differently." And I remember your parents very well. They arrived in Pasco to pick us up from the train when we first came to Washington. Had a terrible time with the railroad tickets -- they had NO record of any such place as Richland. After your folks dropped us off at our new home (a precut instead of a prefab -- a much larger house than we were entitled to but we had sent our furniture out by van and they had no place to put it except that precut -- and 405 Robert was our home until we left town! And the next day your folks came back to get us (we had no car) and took us to Kennewick to one of the Carmichael teacher's fruit ranch -- and for the very first time in my life I picked ripe pears and ripe peaches off the tree -- after all those years of enduring what was called a "fresh peach" -- little hard things that were picked green so they wouldn't rot before delivery to the wilds of Minnesota. And we used to see you dad every summer he came to Long Beach to do his Navy stint -- a grand man, a lovely wife -- and two kids that were a joy to know as well! To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Yes, living in Richland starting in 1949 was an experience that had to be experienced to believe. Nobody was born there (the original inhabitants had been dispossessed and their ranches, et al, taken by the government to provide a space for the HEW (Hanford Engineering Works) to be built. One time I was sent to the District Warehouse to pick up some tempera paint for Thelma Pearson. I called over to make sure it would be opened, and asked the "proprietor" what his name was -- he told me "Tilman Tweet" and I laughed. It really was his name. At any rate, I hoped he forgot about our original introduction, and he acted the perfect gentleman! He opened the back door from that office and I stepped into the hugest quonset hut I had ever seen -- age does weird things to memories I know, but I swear that place was at last a football field in length. And it was filled almost to the brim with old desks and chairs all stamped "HEW." When I asked him why that stuff was stored when it was no good for anything, and surely some district somewhere would like to have it, or that was no a possibility then destroying it would be a good thing -- only to be told that "HEW" meant it was owned by the government and couldn't be destroyed, or given away without approval from the AEC. There was no US Department of Education then. And I just bet he had to inventory that vast pile of junk just as the IA teachers at Carmichael had to count nails! When we first hit Richland there was ONE telephone in each block! It would be a year or so before we had a phone. GTE was the phone company that had the franchise for old Richland, and the franchise went with the territory so when Richland went from 150 people to 15,000 GTE still had the franchise, but equipment for a town of maybe 1000! At any rate, we were told who had the telephone in our block, so we went the two doors down from our house and knocked on the door. This great couple introduced themselves as "Art and Jessie" and welcomed us into their home. We called collect to my folks, and after the phone call was over the four of us sat down and talked. Of course, out came the coffee pot -- that's a Midwestern mark of welcome! Believe it or not, they were the aunt and uncle of two of my very good friends! It is indeed a small world! Richland was also lily-white in those days. When the first black couple was issued a rental house in Richland they ended up two houses away from us. Our oldest son had never seen anyone of any color except Caucasian. Each summer we would go to Minnesota, but in my home town there was just one family color -- a Japanese couple who worked for the local hatchery sexing chickens -- rooster chicks were usually drowned -- the hen checks were valuable as egg layers. Our son was not happy with the new neighbors, and they were so damned nice Lynn and I couldn't figure out what his problem was. Finally he allowed as how we were always telling him to wash his hands because they were dirty, and "those" people were dirty -- why didn't they wash? Fortunately it was in late summer, so Lynn pulled down his shorts and showed him the white color of his skin where he was protected from the sun, and the deep brown where he wasn't. He got the message immediately, but just think of the poor kids who still are happily bigoted because their parents don't come to grips with reality. To: Maren One of my favorite stories is about the "Wise Men and the Elephant." Remember? Each of them was asked to describe the beast, and depending on where they touched it they thought it was a wall, or a tree, or a snake or a pedestal -- AND they were all correct. When one doesn't have the full picture you have to live with perceptions and perception is truth! So, all of us in Richland had our own perceptions of what was happening, and what I try to do is to be honest about what my perceptions were! Richland was a time in our lives that was very special -- and I wouldn't have given up the privilege of teaching there, knowing the kids, knowing my peers, and knowing that we were doing what we thought was the best for all the students in our classrooms. Thanks to all our former students who have contacted us, and answering your questions over this domain is fine with me -- IF Maren can find the space and the time. Bye until next time. -Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/15/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Anna May WANN ('49), Kenny GARDNER ('54) Deanna CASE ('55), Tom TRACY ('55) Ruth PATTY ('56), Steve CARSON ('58) Brad UPTON ('74), Kellie WALSH ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie McGRATH ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl EVANS ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrill WIATER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla BIERLEIN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob FRENCH ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) It has been a while since I have sent in a couple of words, but couldn't resist when Richard ROBERTS ('49) commented about the two guys who brought in the "Bomb" at our 60th reunion. Richard, the guy who brought in the Bomb and welcomed us was our Club 40 President, John ZIMMER ('66). The big fellow who was taking our picture with the Bomb was Pete OVERDAHL ('66) the Vice-President of Club 40. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091014-Rob-00.htm As for those cheer leaders they were dolls!!!! Can't believe we were ever that young. Then I have to go back to Pappy's comments about his mother and the trials he has gone through with her illnesses. When he mentioned her exercise equipment, I had to laugh. Cause there in my living room sits my "air stairs". What you need to understand, our intentions are good, when we order this equipment and we do get our exercise Walking around it!!! At one of our conventions each person there was given a block of wood about 2 inches square. We were told to put it on the floor and walk around it at least 3 times. Then we could tell people we walked around the block 3 times today. But reading about you young folks and what you are having to go through with your ageing parents, scares the "h-e double toothpicks" out of me. Hoping that my kids won't have to take care of me when I get old. Right now I'm not ready to get old, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Anyway it makes me realize I need to get things more in order and take better care of myself and hope that God protects my kids from having to take care of me! That's one heck of a statement!! But I was so pleased at the number we had at our 60th reunion and how most of us are still in fairly good health for a bunch of "old" people. We set a good example for the rest of the Bombers. It is starting to be winter on the West side of the State. The rain came back tonight!! Frankly I liked summer better. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ from wet Bothell, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kenny GARDNER ('54) gators did it again, but not by much... good thing Tebow is ok... he took some heavy blows and is ok... To: Tom TRACY ('55) Do you think the gators will go all the way this year? I lived on Cedar Ave, but I spent a lot of time on Barth with Lloyd KENT ('54)... to this day I still talk to Lloyd and Betty... they are still good friends after all these years. Lloyd should have made All State in football---your Barth buddy. Thank you for your kind words about me. Your '55 classmates were good sports guys... to be proud of. Tom, I have a sheet on all state football players for RHS. If you would like a copy please email me at kenjgardner@bellsouth.net - send me your address and I will send you a copy. Bombers---Bombers---Bombers -Kenny GARDNER ('54) ~ Orlando, FL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) I wanted to thank Bill Dunton for his 10/14/09 entry and setting the record straight on Carmichael Junior High's first years. You provided a wealth of fascinating, historical information. I hadn't realized that the school actually opened mid-school-year with 7th and 8th graders. Thank you for responding. -Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) ~ Roseville, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Dick McCOY (Beaver, Bronc, Bomber ('45-2009) and Beyond) The peaches on the Carmichael property were great. The downside of getting to them was the sand burs were thicker than a hop vine and made peaches somewhat forbidden fruit. Whenever our Springer Spaniel got out and dashed over to the orchard, it took an hour to get the burrs out of his paws and ears. Picking peaches and cherries on the Carmichael plot, was a bit like my Grandfather used to say..."Just like Lickin' Honey off of a Thorn"... Glad to know someone who worked on the Carmichael project. What kind of work did you do? During the time I was Facilities Chairman of The Boise Schools, I got to fly around the country looking at all kinds of schools... from the inner city to the best funded private facilities, but never saw any as well built, staffed and equipped as Carmichael and Chief Joseph. Even Richland's elementary schools had the most comprehensive facilities... separate lunch rooms from gymnasiums... some even had shower facilities... nowadays people think that providing a gym- lunchroom-auditorium "multi-purpose" facility is cool... but it provides more educational interference... especially during bad weather. Carmichael had it all. We chartered a small plane and flew into Richland the year that the Hanford K-12 School was planned to open. It was a great idea... that someone changed. The facility was elegant... but we later heard it had been vandalized by students who didn't want to be excluded from Richland High. Does anyone know why they decided to cancel K-12 at Hanford? I appreciate not wanting to be separated from your friends. They did that twice to some of us in Richland. I was supposed to leave Marcus Whitman for 6th grade. Spalding was two blocks from my house, but I'd had enough of being pushed around and slipped back to Marcus Whitman for my 6th year. I just didn't tell anyone we'd moved. It was easier than I thought. But it didn't work when they told us to go to Chief Joseph for 9th Grade and leave all our pals and team mates at Carmichael. I don't know of any classmates that made it across that boundary line. To some it was like being forced to leave their native land. Getting back with all of our classmates at RHS for our sophomore year was like old home week. Wish they could have kept us all at Carmichael and merged the kids from Hanford & RHS later as well. RHS had more clubs, groups and activities than any high school I've ever seen. Seems like we had nearly 40 different clubs, events, activities. You Broncs and Beavers should have pushed the city leaders to merely double the size of Carmichael. Just think of it... Water skiing on Wellsian Pond... Your group should have paved the way for our under-the- gym floor swimming pool in any event. Your classes from '46-'49 were our biggest heroes. There was something magnetic... maybe it was the radiance of the water surrounding Richland... The most famous swim was made by one of our most notable peripatetic scientists-in-residence, Enrico Fermi... who was with a group down by the Yakima River and decided to simply drop his trousers and take a swim across the Yakima River and back. When General Groves found out about it he really hit the ceiling and severely reprimanded Colonel Matthias who was responsible for all of the happenings at Hanford/Richland sites. He couldn't have been too severe about it, because Col. Matthias was the guy who got things done, kept the secrets and the faith! At times we may have grumbled, but I remain grateful for the brilliant men and women, the hard-working families from everywhere who came together and made our excellent traditions, spirit and epoch making school and community events as well as those who planned our facilities, curriculum, parties, proms, parades, musical presentations and church picnics. I love them all. If we had only known what was being accomplished North of town, we'd have been even more proud at the time. Thanks to all of those who are sharing their history and memories. Especially to Deanna CASE Ackerman ('55) for keeping a Carmichael Annual from '49 and '50. Hope they can be scanned and included in our Bomber records. I never knew we had them. Thanks again. (most of us were too busy moving around to keep up with all the good stuff that was going on in our schools.) P.S. Dick: Only a few of us are Broncs and Beavers... but lots of us are Cougars, Warriors (now converted to Eagles) and Bombers. Best to all who still enjoy Bing Cherries, Peaches and the spirit of Richland's Schools. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) Re: Carmichael and Chief Jo The school year of '50 to '51 I was in 7th grade. Carmichael didn't have room for all the 7th grade classes. I stayed at Sacajawea for my 7th grade. We had only one 7th grade class and it was my understanding that all of the grade schools had one too. Chief Jo was completed in 1951 and I went there for 8th and 9th grade. -Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Thanks to Bill Dunton for the history. Very interesting. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) Sorry Bombers, I'm plugging dates again. I hope you don't mind this commercial interruption! I'll be in Owing Mills, (Baltimore) MD this weekend with The Masters of Stand Up on Saturday night. This is a show that you can take anyone to--ages 18 to 80 will love it! I'm opening for Joan Rivers on the following dates: Nov. 4th St. Paul, MN Nov. 5th Sioux Falls, SD Nov. 6th Dubuque, IA Nov. 7th Crystal Lake, IL Nov. 8th Kansas City, MO Joan's shows AREN'T for everyone. She's a great stand up, but she's very blue. I'll also be at The Tri-City Convention Center on Nov. 27th and 28th. That's Thanksgiving weekend. I have upcoming dates in 2010 with Johnny Mathis as well. I do about half the dates with him. You need to go see Johnny Mathis if he's performing near you. He's the last of that generation. It's money well spent. He looks great (just turned 74) and can still really, really sing! You won't regret going! Check his website for dates! I've got to pack. -Brad UPTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kellie WALSH Patterson ('77) Re: installment - pic # 426 http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-422-427.htm On the far left is Monty Stratton. Monty and Laura still live on Hunt Point, I think. -Kellie WALSH Patterson ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Carol Harris Tolmie ('57wb) ~ 3/9/38 - 9/1/09 >>Carletta Cristman ('68) ~ 5/28/50 - 9/11/09 >>Daniel Reynolds ('61) ~ 2/9/43 - 10/10/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/16/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45, '46, & '02), Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) Marilynn WORKING ('54), Tom TRACY ('55) Burt PIERARD ('59), Helen CROSS ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judith PORTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave HANTHORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Carol & Claire REDISKE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck FELDER ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian BELLISTON ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY (the Tin Can Class of '45... & '46 & '02 too.) To: Tom TRACY ('55) There are a few thorns amongst the roses in all out endeavors. However, those hale peaches extended well out to the West beyond Thayer. Last I looked there were a few trees still left in those prefab yards. they are pretty old by now, maybe they don't produce much. Yes I worked on a survey gang at Carmichael. One fun thing we did was give the painters lines on the basketball court. We used a rules book and laid them out, squared them up with a transit. We used a template made up in the yard to put in the circles at the head of the key. I am sure you trampled those lines many times, Tom. We also laid out that swimming pool, but, without foresight, neglected to put an entry to it. I was a Mohawk and Greyhound back in Minnesota, and a Bronc, Beaver and Bomber at CHS. I lettered in the last three. To: The Class of 1960 We are happy to have you aboard at Club 40 for your 50th reunion next year. Also we will celebrate '45, both of us; '50, is someone out there? Just kidding. '55, my brother's wow Class; '60, of course, and '65, I don't know you. It was nice to see Richland put Hanford and that new Pasco school in their place. -Dick McCOY (the Tin Can Class of '45... and '46 and '02 too.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) It has been almost 60 years (June 1950) since our class graduated from RHS. Hopefully, we will have our 60 year class reunion with Club 40 this fall. I say that because we seem to take our time about getting ourselves motivated or something. We are a great class and I hope a lot of our class show up in September 2010. I have talked to Art MARTIN ('50) who still lives in Richland and we will be getting together to do some planning, Boy, that class of 1949 sure looks good. Of course I remember all of them because my sister Beverly ('49) always talked about them. To: Tom TRACY ('55) I really like to read what you write to the Alumni Sandstorm about those early years in Richland. You write about things that I remember and was a part of in many ways but I think what you really tell is the spirit of those early days when we all loved our school, teachers, and community whether we came from Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma or any place else in the country. We had a spirit that grew and is still there today. I still look at the newspaper to see how the Bombers are doing in all the different areas of school. It's great to have this web site and our thanks to Maren. -Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) ~ from cloudy Tacoma **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: '54 ladies lunch Just a reminder for all of our lady classmates to come to Granny's in Kennewick today, Friday, October 16th around 11:30 am for lunch. We will have an out of town classmate join us. All of us love this gathering and have fun exchanging memories. This month we will share pictures from our 55th reunion and even some we haven't seen from our 50th!! I am asking all of you to keep Norma MYRICK Nunamaker ('54) in your thoughts and prayers as she had surgery yesterday to have her spleen removed. She should be home today. Norma is the head (and tail) of OTY (Operation Thank You) and feels bad she will miss, for the first time, a soldier's welcome home at the Pasco airport tonight. Her group sends hundreds of boxes and items to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the wounded at Walter Reed Hospital and never takes time for herself. All of our booklets and pictures of our 55th class reunion went out to those who wanted them and I even received notes and cards from classmates from NY and Indiana anxious to get started on plans for our 60th in 2014!! Now that is positive thinking!! One of these days I will get the pictures I took of the reunion in the Sandstorm as soon as I figure out how to put the text on them of the names. Would appreciate some help! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it feels a little like spring in the 60s for a couple days. Am so happy to be over the cold last week as I was looking over my granddaughter and her two sons next door who had the swine flu. Never did see them, but did their shopping for juices and prescriptions. They are all well now!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Dick McCOY ('45) How about Bill Dunton, our former Music Teacher?! He answers questions before we finish asking them. You should have picked up the Original Plans and built that school twice as large after all. Looks like the powers that be had to hide the cost by cutting downsizing and splitting it into two schools, hiding pianos around town, etc. It was a small price to pay for what they got in return. Whether congress liked it or not... those who came and landed on the desert beach heads along the Columbias Beach heads, camped out and lived in small trailers deserved some good thingswe got it in our well-built schools, unsurpassed faculties, unity of spirit and a few extra pianos to boot. Be sure to give some fired-up chili flavored biscuits to the UW huskies. To: Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) Special thanks for clearing the deck on Carmichael's rumors and extraordinary facts. Very interesting that seven Steinway concert pianos were stashed around the community. The story is a classic. Guess someone thought we had to hide them somewhere. Let's see, if we had seven "stretch" Steinways in 1950, how many cars could we have traded them in for? The Steinway Model D Concert Piano is now worth $79,000... so in 1950 its price would have been $9,000 (per CPI). That would have given us a dozen stretch Cadillac Limos for music contest trips, athletic events, state tournament transportation and varied luxury excursions. The vocal music, school concerts, marching bands, special music, school musical productions, parades were unsurpassed in Richland's schools. It was well worth it. I admired our many talented musicians... would that I could have been teachable... but alas, I only mastered the Hi-Fi record player... after two or three years of intensive practice in sound proof booths at Korten's Music Store in Uptown Richland. Someone probably forgot to put the HEW AEC metallic labels on the pianos. We had them on everything else. (if we look closely, we might even find a Hanford Engineering Works tattoo on David RIVERS ('65), one our loyal and famous RHS contributors and legal scholars.) Our great music instructors could always testify to congressional critics: "You only gave us 7 Steinways... We gave you One Giant VJ Day!" David could help adjudicate that with a single Tatt. (Who could argue with that, once he rolled up his sleeve in court? Did you see his tattoos?) Robert Gray would have been an excellent name for Carmichael, since he captained the 3 masted-ship (privately owned) Columbia, the first U.S. vessel to circumnavigate the globe. He sailed a ways up the mouth of the river and named it after his ship. I'll wager Mr. Kelly, our history teacher knew about all of this. At Marcus Whitman, we used to sing, "Columbia The Gem of The Ocean"... but I never knew the history of the ship, the lady "Columbia" or witnessed the pictures of the beautiful woman. She would have made a great cheerleader in one of her WW I costumes. Thanks Bill . You honor us with facts to support some of our memories... even though sometimes our beautiful theories and rumors are destroyed by brutal gangs of facts. We appreciate knowing. To: Kenny GARDNER ('54) Re: Florida... They look invincible. Glad your QB is back. He's up for the best- off-the field-community contributor as well. It's nice to see that Nice Guys Finish... and Nice Guys Last. (regardless of what some say). Tim Tebow is one of the best. I agree with you about our next door neighbor, Lloyd KENT ('54), being an All State Football Quality Player. He was one of RHS' greatest... and an even nicer neighbor than he was a football player. Hey, we lived on Cedar Ave. for a couple of years before Barth. Yes, I remember Lloyd and Betty very well. She looked exactly like Jane Russell... are you sure she wasn't? I think Florida should win it... but some think our BSU Broncos might be a contender before its all over... . Bomber bests to all. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Mr. Dunton (it wasn't until High School that I figured out teachers had first names) I waited a day before responding in the hope that you won't think my "nit-picky" comments are a challenge to your memory, which is actually incredible!!! I originally was just going to comment on a subject you brought up (the Project Telephone System, one of my favorite historical research projects) but what the heck, I might just as well comment on a few other items while I'm here. I have always heard that the Robert Gray to Carmichael name change was decided about half way through construction (August 1948 - February 28, 1949). Anyhow, I have the original roll of mylar drawings and the Title Block referred to Robert Gray - apparently they never felt the need to change the name even up to the recent remodel, 4 or 5 years ago when they pitched the drawings. Any how, there was no swimming pool or balcony although there is an 8-12-48 note on the plot plan that said it replaced any previous plans. I have the Carmichael Cougars [yearbooks] from 1953 - 1957. Floyd Melton ['57] is sending me the 1952 issue for scanning). I'm not sure if they were born in old Richland but there were certainly many original residents around, most notably: John Dam (of Nelson & Dam grocery fame), Ed Peddicord continued on as Postmaster, Lester FISHBACK ('34-RIP) & Kay WEIR Fishback ('37-RIP) were still around until their deaths a few years ago, etc. Now to the phone stuff. GTE was not involved in Richland until the Govt.'s sale of its entire phone system along with the houses and other properties in the late '50s. GE, as prime contractor since 1946, was running the system at its sale. I'm not sure why there was only one phone in your block in 1949 - that certainly was not the case for most of the rest of the Village, except for the new '48-'49 Ranch House development which had one phone box at each intersection for local use. As far as the original phone system takeover, in March 1943, the Government condemned all the lines from Kennewick through Richland, Hanford, and White Bluffs including all their associated switchboards and other lines & equipment and turned them over to the Army Signal Corps to design all the temporary and permanent installation for Construction and Operations. Ironically, DuPont then turned around and contracted with the 3 local independents to install Construction services from their previous systems and also add temporary switches at Richland and Hanford to increase the capacities. In Nov. 1943, the 702 Bldg. was completed in the 700 Area which took over all the Richland Load. This is when my Dad entered the picture. When he arrived in Jan. 1944, one of his first jobs was the allocation of the residential phones but we have talked about that before. Bomber Cheers, Burt Pierard (59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Dates for Reunions As a person who has always had to travel lots of miles to attend reunions, I wish we could just set a date for all of them. I really liked being with Club 40 one night of our last reunion in 2007, I guess it was my 45th. I don't like the idea that sometimes the reunions are in one month to coincide with this or that. I really liked the chance to get to see a few friends in other classes. I met Richard Anderson ('60) of Maren's back up fame at Club 40, and had a great visit with Ken FREE ('59) and Judy POWELL Free ('61), that I otherwise would have missed had we not spent one night with Club 40. It's just a thought, but it would also help to plan out in the future, if I knew when our next reunion might be... Prayers for our nation as we approach this nationalized health care. Re: Sorensen's photos [Helen is responding to the 8/12 Sandstorm here. I don't know which of these pictures she is talking about. -Maren http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-422-427.htm ] I think I know more than one of the men in this photo, but I'm not coming up with all the names. I think the 3rd man from the left is Herbert Parker. I used to date Henry PARKER ('62) and I'm pretty sure that is his dad... the man next to him on the right looks like the man who used to be Robert Young in Father Knows Best, one of my favorite T.V. shows... I always thought his assistant, Dr. Kiley (I believe) was so good-looking. He is now Barbara Streisand's husband... [His name is James Brolin. -Maren] I had to go back to see my favorite dentist to get a new front tooth, one more saga of this aging thing... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Don Sorensen's Photo http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-426-Who.html I believe that the gentleman on the far right is I.D. Behymer (Payroll). Several other Dads look very familiar in that photo but 'time' is not on my side. [My Wife] Janis ('65 Lion) & I just returned from Sandpoint, ID, where we spent 4 days reading, walking and yes gentlemen dare I say TALKING? My read for the long weekend was a second time thru "Stolen Valor". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Valor -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Birthdays OK... I do not want to diminish the first birthday boy's day in any way but am heading outa town for a week and don't wanna miss any birthdays while I'm gone. I also don't want to confuse my best ex with a buncha birthday greetings with "please hold till" on them... well it's not so much her I'm worried about confusing as it is me... I'd mess it up I know... I ordered some items on eBay I never got and finally did a complaint... naturally I got the two mixed up so if those naughty sellers actually respond they may be as confused as I was... kinda like the time I had a receptionist in our office send out my bills/checks years ago... all the checks went into the wrong envelopes... never did that again! Sooooooooooo I just gotta wish the following Bombers a total HAPPY BIRTHDAY on their respective special days and hope they understand this mass mailing: Dave HANTHORN ('63 10/16); Connie FOSTER McLean ('63) and Lucy FOSTER Smith ('65) on 10/21); Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63 Wailers Rule on 10/24) and Sally SHEERAN Heath ('58 on 10/26 - good to see you, Chuck, Colleen ('56) and Rob ('55) the other day... That's Sarah with an H!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/17/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Bill Dunton & Theresa Hammer sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Shirley ARMSTRONG ('61) John ADKINS ('62), Sonny DAVIS ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Linda REINING ('64) Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) Theresa Hammer (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Pool I am surprised that Burt PIERARD ('59) still doesn't know about the swimming pool at Robert Gray... er Carmichael. -Dick McCOY ('45) ~ Lotsa gray here at Big Lake, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley ARMSTRONG Dvorak ('61) Re: Sorensen's Picture #426 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-426-Who.html To: Don Sorensen (NAB) and Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I believe the man in picture 426 (4th from the left) is Mr. Ken Rucker (Larry MOSS ('59) or Tom HEMPHILL ('62) might verify this) father of Janice ('55), Jack ('59) and Roberta or Bobbie ('60). We used to live near them when we lived on Duane. A very nice man, he passed away very young. Mrs. Rucker still lives in the same house, when I am in town I try to go by a visit with her. -Shirley ARMSTRONG Dvorak ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bombers in the Military More and more names are being added the "Bombers in the Military" list. I continue to contact people who might give me more names, and I know there are some on the Sandstorm roles who have some information I could use. Take a minute and think of your friends that served, and that they deserve our tribute. Send me an e-mail and let me know that you or your friends served, the year of graduation, the branch of service and their rank if you know it. We should all get behind this - it is a worthwhile venture. The unveiling of this tribute will be at the R2K'X [R2K +10] next June - don't miss it. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland - my autumn blaze maple is living up to it's name this year **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sonny DAVIS ('62) Re: Don Sorensen's Picture #431 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091013-431-Who.html The gentleman with the Air Cushioned Vehicle (ACV) is Bob Smithers. He built it in his garage. He lived with his wife Corinne and son or step son Bill. They lived at 1629 Horn? (the street between Davison & GWWay) This was taken in '55-'57. I think I was there when the picture was taken. A lot of kids in the neighborhood came over to gawk. P.S. It never worked very well... he got it off the ground but couldn't guide it well enough to leave his driveway. I occasionally held one of the many ropes attached to keep him from going out of control. Pleasant memory. -Sonny DAVIS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Santa Clause is coming to town... http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091017-Smy-Gpa.jpg Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 57 at midnight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) All the information from Bill Dunton (former Carmichael teacher) has been so interesting to read. My journey is still on-going. this chemo has been tougher than I ever thought possible---not exactly sure what I thought it was going to be, but this has been rough! Told the doctor I know WHY they don't tell anyone just how tough chemo will be, cause IF they did, nobody would take the blasted cure!!! The mouth sores, inside and out, have been difficult---can't chew, so eating lots of puddings and mashed potatoes!!!!! Have another round of chemo at the end of this month, then one at the end of November, then radiation and chemo, then I don't know what happens after all that. Good thing--- have lost weight and am wearing sizes I haven't worn in years! This isn't a diet I'd wish on anyone, but, "good things come in the least expected places". Am just glad I had the excess weight to lose or I might have ended up in the hospital, cause 20# in less than 2 weeks is quite a lot to lose! Oh, and by the way, bald might be beautiful on Yul Brynner, Telly Savalas, and/or Sean Connery, BUT on this 63 year old broad, it AIN'T!!!!!!! Lost my hair today, so now, I'm wearing scarves... just can't handle looking in the mirror and seeing that shiny pate! *grin* -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ cooler temps are in Bakersfield, CA but we are still using the a/c. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) Maren -- Received an email from somebody whose first name was Peter (I think), RHS grad in the '70s, asking about some historical data I might have re when the District went from AEC control to local/state control. I had a phone call I had to answer so I punched the button on my computer that says "keep as new", and instead hit the delete button! It's grand to be almost 81 so I can blame the damned machine for making an error! Would you print this in the Sandstorm and if Peter still wants to contact me, I'm ready, willing and able! -Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Theresa Hammer (NAB) Did YOU work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR PARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR GRANDPARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Do you KNOW SOMEONE who worked at Hanford/PNNL? Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a federal law passed by Congress in July, 2001. The intent of the law is to award medical and/or monetary compensation to workers in the Atomic Weapons Industry in the event the worker developed an occupational illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. There are over 370 DOE sites around the country covered by this law including Hanford and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - and the law is retroactive to 1942. If the worker is deceased, survivors can be awarded the compensation. Survivors include (in order of eligibility): o Surviving spouse o Children of the worker o Parents of the worker o Grandchildren of the worker o Grandparents of the worker The Hanford Resource Center was established by Congress to assist the Department of Labor with the claim process. CONTACT: The Hanford Resource Center toll-free at 888-654-0014 or email hanford.center@rrohio.com -Theresa Hammer (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/18/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: Carol BISHOP ('57), Floyd MELTON ('57) Ken FREE ('59), Margo COMPTON ('60) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Cindy PAYTON ('65), Peter TURPING ('70) Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack LOWREY ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob CHILES ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith HUNTER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert HINKLE ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) Re: Don Sorensen's picture #430 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091013-430-Who.html That is Chuck Crowder ('49-RIP)... Thank you. -Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Which one, Carol? There are SEVEN men in that picture. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) I just learned that we lost another bomber to cancer; Daniel A Reynolds passed on October 10, 2009 in Richland and as I looked back I do not see any mention of his passing. One can see the obituary on the Einan's website or by going to the Bomber memorial for him at: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Obits/pics09/RIP61ReynoldsDaniel09.htm -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken FREE ('59) Re: Don Sorensen's Picture #419 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091011-419-Who.html According to one of favorite books in my library (Monstrous American Car Spotter's Guide - Tad Burness), the car is a 1958 Plymouth Savoy Two Door Hardtop Sports Coupe. Limited Production only 16,000 built. Sweet! -Ken FREE ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) Re: Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) Just to let you know this works. It took about five years of trying and being turned down once before it was approved, but we kept at it and got the money. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Sorensen's Picture #426 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091012-426-Who.html To: Shirley ARMSTRONG Dvorak ('61) I looked that the photo #426 and I think that you might be right about Ken Rucker. I've printed the photo and I'll show it to Jan RUCKER Meyer ('55) and get her input. Jan lives close to us in Vancouver, WA and we see her often. I'll also see Helen Rucker (Mom) this Thanksgiving. You are right, Kenny was a wonderful man. He taught us kids a lot and there are many stories that I could tell about living next door to the Rucker family for several years. My brother Mick ('66) may recognize Ken in this photo. It sure looks like Ken, but I do not recall ever seeing him in a suit and tie when going to work. -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Linda Reining ('64) Keep the faith girl... you can do this difficult journey!! We are all behind you. You are in my prayers! Not withstanding the way you are losing weight, just think you can be a skinny minnie afterwards and we'll all be jealous of you. Think of it this way, God planned for you to go through the majority of this during the cooler weather. You won't be as miserable as you would be in 100+ degrees. God is with you! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where the last couple days have been very warm and sunny. Today, we are back in the rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy PAYTON Hoffman ('65) To: Linda Reining ('64) Bald or not, you are still beautiful to all of us. Keep up the fight and a stiff upper lip. We are all thinking and praying for you. Bomber friend, -Cindy PAYTON Hoffman ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter TURPING ('70) To: Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) Bill - Yes that was me and that was the question: if you knew when the school district went from AEC to local control. Thanks again for all the interesting info in your submission to the Sandstorm. -Peter TURPING ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) I need to reply to some of the Sandstorm letters from 10/16/09. Sometimes I read something over and it says exactly what I meant it to convey, but then discover when somebody else parses my writing, they have found the flaws that turn my writing from history into fairy tales because I have missed dotting an "i" or crossing a "t." When Lynn was alive I always had her read what I wrote, and she immediately would find those goofs and by the time my writing got to the publication part of the journey it was a real deal and not a "Huck Finn raft trip." The decision not to build Robert Grey JHS had nothing at all to do with the eventual cost of building Carmichael. The original architectural plans had been drawn for RGJHS because (1) even the AEC recognized that there would have to be a junior high school to take care of an expected influx of students of that age group. And the mantra of those days included the premise that a junior high school would be the way to go. Then the AEC asked WSU to send down a panel of educational experts to do a survey of any possible future school campuses so the kids attending district schools would get the best education. That committee recommended that it would be a better move educationally to build two junior highs, and (2) what could be a better geographical location for one junior high school that that area that the Carmichael family had owned? After all, the football stadium and baseball fields were just across the street from the planned junior high school. There was some dirt moving on the Carmichael site because the decision was made to build Carmichael on the top of the hill, and that required leveling that pad and adding soil to the lower story where the gym was going to be built. The plans Chris Anderson showed to me were the "original" ones... period, over and out. I have no knowledge of when the name was changed from RGJHS to CJHS, but it was done while the actual construction of Carmichael was taking place. Somehow I gave the opinion that our Steinway grand didn't have the HEW tag on it. Please! Everything in our district had that label somewhere on it. I'm still amazed they didn't tattoo the district staff too. The warehouse had an office at the front and a long quonset hut behind it full to the brim of old broken desks and chairs, and all of them with that HEW brand! Which meant they couldn't be given away, or sold, OR destroyed in the days! And the AEC was using what was the accepted practice in those days -- getting a bill through congress was just as tough then as it is now. And things had to be purchased ASAP to keep things in gear. If I recall some of the bills now being disputed in congress, the "black box" appropriations are the most contentious and the most secretive. And so it was with "stuff" being ordered for the HEW. No one ran off with any of the Steinways. I bet I could go there right now and probably find most of them, still being used by the churches or civic groups as was intended all along. Hickenlooper started his investigation of the cost of building Carmichael AFTER the building was completed. He was a Republican, and the GOP had a majority in the US Senate at the time, Harry S. Truman (love the fact the "S" stood for nothing) was the Democrat President, and politics were just as difficult and bitter then as they are now. Maybe not as public a scene, but I do remember when Harry had that balcony built on the White House, some wag suggested he make it portable so he could take it back to Missouri because Dewey was going to defeat HST at the next presidential election. Ever hear of a President Dewey? The inference of malfeasance of office went right out the window, and after a mea culpa or two or three, that "scandal" amounted to no more than a hill of beans. And as to the cost of Carmichael -- it, and most every other edifice, location, army base, etc., etc., etc., done in WWII at US government in expense was built on a "cost-plus" basis. In other words, contractor(s) would bid on a project, the government would chose them to do the building, and if the contractor found out later he had underestimated his costs of building, he would just bill the government for the higher cost and the payment was automatic. I think we all forget that both Hanford and Oak Ridge were built on the basis of a teaspoon of material that was created under the closed football stadium at the University of Chicago (by the way Lila Hildreth who was Chris Anderson's secretary when I first went to Carmichael worked as a secretary on that project which is yet another story should anybody want to hear it), so the top governmental honchos knew that fission would work. But they weren't quite sure which kind of fission would work so they build HEW as one way of creating fissionable material, and Oak Ridge as the other and gambled on the fact one of them would work and work well. And, heavens to Betsy, they both worked! And you don't think that was all done under wraps? Neighbors of ours in Richland told us they could never figure out why train after train of hundreds of cars were hauling something to the "area" but nothing ever was hauled out. Keeping what was doing at HEW as a secret was a necessary and completely unbelievable job. We moved to Richland before there were any water meters... period. Every yard had a pipe somewhere near the street that issued irrigation water for yards and of course we had a separate water system for household use. Somebody decided that Richlanditers should pay for the water we were using, so they came to our precut and started digging down where the water entered the house, followed the entry pipe until just outside the front foundation, and put a meter box in the only garden we had. When I suggested to one of the inspectors that it seemed to me very strange that they didn't continue with their digging down to where the curb would have been (we didn't have a sidewalk or a curb) put the meter out there and save my garden. The inspector took me down to the area around Lewis & Clark and showed me that the original contractor had run the water pipe from the street in concentric squares all the way up to the place the pipe disappeared under the home. He said they had to put the meter next to the houses because they knew where the water pipe was. And yes, there were plans showing how the water pipes were supposed to run from the street to the house, but they had been ignored by the contractor. Another case of "cost-plus" governmental contracts. Somebody mentioned Korten's Music Store. Bet you didn't know Mr. Korten played a wicked musical saw -- and played it very well too! He also asked me (and four other piano players) to form a piano quintet. He gave us the music to learn and we played at civic club meetings. He would transport a Spinit piano for each one of us to the meeting place and then return them to his store after the gig was over. I do have fond memories of him -- and of Robley Johnson and Mickey McQuire who had the only shoe repair store in Richland. Bye for now. The weather today is in the 90s without a cloud in the sky! Now I know why people from the Middle West came to California in droves after WWII. I mean, Minnesota does have four seasons -- fall, winter, spring and the Fourth of July! We finally had some rain last Wednesday, and one would think that was THE news of the day -- removing almost everything else from the front pages of our newspapers and the talking heads of the TV group. The rain we received was something under and inch and it took a day and a half to get that much on the ground. I keep getting E-Mails from our Minnesota relatives and friends, asking us how we are doing with all the brush fires and the mud slides that were going to follow the fires. My only comment is, "We're not rich enough to worry about those problems -- living on the flat lands (and far enough away from the ocean to be able to shrug our shoulders about tidal wave warnings) is great! -Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/19/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Lou CONNER ('52), Carol BISHOP ('57) Mary Lee LESTER ('58), Jean ARMSTRONG ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie TURNER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray RICHARDSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry DAVIS ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Lou CONNER Sansom ('52) Re: Sorensen's Photo 430 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091013-430-Who.html Far left, back row, is my husband Doug SANSOM's ('52) father, Ralph Sansom. I don't know the others - and Doug has a bit of a problem with remembering anything. I have contacted Doug's brother, Gary SANSOM ('56) who lives in Grandview. They are dealing right now with the death and funeral of his wife's (Gayle REYNOLDS Sansom ('57)) brother, Daniel REYNOLDS ('61-RIP). So - I'll get back with listing of whomever Gary can remember. I'd like to know myself, as there is somewhere in our many moving boxes, an identical photo. Dad was a real sweetheart, and we miss him all the time. He died in June, 2000. If anyone else can identify any members of the group, let us know. I do know that Dad loved going Salmon Fishing, and went nearly every year. That fish he is holding is his real prize. He was very excited about it. I imagine a lot of those men in the photo were regulars on his fishing trips. All our children, and grandchildren are fishing fanatics. My youngest son, Troy, worked as a Fishing Guide at a Fish Camp in Sterling, AK. He returns every year and renews his friendship with the "ones that got away" and the ones he turned loose on purpose. I suspect he has photos of every fish he every hooked. I've accused him of naming them. How else would he have that many pictures of fish?! Oh - by the way, Doug had his 75th Birthday on the 15th of October. Past years, he has been listed in the Sandstorm Birthday listing. Thanks for our daily Sandstorm, and all the photographs, and other memories. -Betty Lou CONNER Sansom ('52) ~ Now living in Vancouver, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Betty, See the next entry. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) Re: Don Sorensen's picture #430 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091013-430-Who.html I thought about that last nite... that I forgot to say which one was Chuck Crowder ('49-RIP). He is on the top row and in the middle... 3rd from the right and 3rd from the left... Thanks for putting it in [yesterday] anyway... -Carol BISHOP Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Lee LESTER Yarborough ('58) Re: Carmichael Don't know when name was changed. However, I seem to remember Robert Gray stamped on our lockers at the gym. -Mary Lee LESTER Yarborough ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean ARMSTRONG Reynolds ('64) Didn't see my daughter's birthday on the Sandstorm, so thought I would send it in. Happy Birthday Kelly GAINES-FRANKLIN Nicholson ('84) yesterday. October 18th. I'll write more later. Been busy, busy, busy. -Jean ARMSTRONG Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ still waiting for it to get cooler... high was 99 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: cooler weather You know, I hadn't even thought about the weather... but you are right... will be much easier in temps of 60s than temps of 100+!! *grin* When my brother, Tim ('71wb), found out I had lost my hair, he asked me to send him a picture... wants to put it in his shop... 'spose it will become a dart board. He always was a smart a** and hasn't changed one bit with age! *grin* Thanks to you, Carol, and all the other Bombers who send me good wishes, thoughts, and prayers, in private and through the Sandstorm... your prayers really mean a lot, they are working/helping, and I am so glad to be a part of this huge "family"... we really did grow up in a different place and time than anyone else and we can be very proud of the heritage that has given us and the feeling of belonging to a great group of "kids", no matter what year we graduated. Bombers are a group that just cannot be explained... "we just are". I am PROUD TO BE A BOMBER -Linda Reining (Boomber Bomber class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: This date (Oct. 19th) in Bomber History Some sixty-four years ago, Col-Hi students were trying to decide between "Richland Atoms" and "Richland Bombers". The October 19, 1945 issue of the Sandstorm gave each competing moniker it's own article. One headline said, "Atoms Disintegrated by Blue Devils" and another said, "Pasco Bulldogs Gain Victory over Richland Bombers". see: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot/BvB/1945-10-19-SS-P3.jpg In the same issue, Pat ALLEN ('47) and Dee BERGGREN ('46) both suggested that the Sandstorm be changed to an Atom-type name. see: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot/BvB/1945-10-19-SS-P4.jpg I'm not sure why "Atoms" wasn't chosen, but I think it faded from memory because atom words never got paired with bombers in our sports lexicon. Nobody ever wrote "the atom bombers", or "the atomic bombers", or even "the A-bombers". Our mascot was called simply "the bomb", not "the atom bomb". In a way, the first part of that old Sandstorm headline was prophetic, "Atoms Disintegrated . . . ", 64 years ago today. -Ray STEIN ('64) ~ Proud to be a Bomber! (I would have been proud to be an Atom or an Atomic Bomber, but that's not how things worked out.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Jowed Hadeed (HHS '01) Swine Flu Victim "An ordeal that nearly claimed Jowed Hadeed's life began with a simple cough" is covered in the following 10/17/09 TCHerald article: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/945/story/757222.html -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Roland Lawrence ('62) ~ 1/11/44 - 6/27/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/20/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Bill Dunton sent stuff: Ray LOESCHER ('57), Burt PIERARD ('59) Helen CROSS ('62), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul KNUTSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolynn HAMILTON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn BAIRD ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy RATHVON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo WEBB ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue OBERG ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Memories I'm glad someone mentioned Korten's music store. I'd forgotten its name. It was upstairs in the same building that housed Uptown Furniture. I had a janitor's job there during my junior and senior years of high school. Jobs for kids were scarce in those days too but I almost didn't take it because the offer coincided with try outs for Bomber basketball. Basketball was my first love and I had wanted to play for the Bomber varsity ever since grade school. I played on the junior varsity during my sophomore year ('55). But those varsity teams of '56 and '57 were loaded. If I had a chance to make it at all, it would have been as last man. So, since the job was a sure thing, I took it. My only claim to fame was when Art Dawald came and asked me why I wasn't trying out. The job provided some funds for college, but I think I missed what might have been one of the great experiences of my life. If I had it all to do over again, who knows, maybe I could have beaten out Pete L. for that last spot? What do you think brother? Fifty plus years later I still look for Richland to be the power they once were. What a thrill that would be! -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: Bombers' Name Change I thought I had conclusively proved that the name change occurred at the Pep Assembly on Friday, October 12, 1945 but apparently, some seem to have forgotten (or ignored) that so I'll repeat it again. According to Keith MAUPIN ('47-RIP) and every other old Alum I interviewed (who remembered anything about it, except Dale GIER ('48)), the name change was voted upon at a Friday Pep Assembly in the Auditorium and was a straight up or down vote on whether to change to the Bombers. It wasn't unanimous but obviously, the Bombers won. I, too, was intrigued by the two different references in the October issue of the Sandstorm as the students were tossing around the "Atomic" theme but I suspected that the only significant one was the reference to the October 12 Pasco game, where the student sportswriter first used the Bombers name. To test this thesis, I checked out the Pasco Herald for a contemporary, adult sportswriter and non-Richland account. It turns out that the Pasco Herald was a Thursday only paper (like the Villager) and their Thursday, Oct. 11 issue carried an account of the upcoming game (the next day) against Richland in which they referred to us as the Richland Beavers. The Thursday, Oct. 18 issue carried the recap of the previous Friday's game and referred to us as the Richland Bombers. Thus, when the Oct. 19 issue of the Sandstorm came out, the Bombers name had been in place for a full week. As to your statement that "...atom words never got paired with bombers in our sports lexicon..." has led to them fading from memory, what planet have you been on for the last 8 years? What do you think this whole battle about the "Day's Pay Fraud" has been all about? The Atomic Bomb connection was documented in the Foreword of the '45-'46 Columbian and has existed ever since, most notably, the last 38 years in the official Trademark of the school, the "R-cloud." Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: John ADKINS ('62) John, Do you want people who were called up for 6 months in the Reserves or just those who went on active duty? -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Happy Birthday to Carolynn Hamilton ('60), where ever you might be. Something about again not wanting to spend her birthday at home (Chattanooga, TN), possibly precipitated by my sending her a prosthetic leg (left, one each) a few years back. I think she's in Spain, or that's from where my last e-mail was sent. She has her husband do her bidding, something about saving he nails for tickling my feet. For those of you who haven't talked to her in a while, she still thinks she is Auntie Mame, and she is. They'll send her back when she shows them her toes. -Jimbeaux p.s. She responded the next year with sending me the plaster cast of someone's dental work mounted on a board, with little tiny twinkle lights. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Harry S Truman Trivia Although oft repeated, it is not entirely true that the "S" in Harry Truman stands for nothing. I remember reading (I believe in The Reader's Digest of the '70s) an article about this subject. The author had written a paper about Harry Truman and was graded down because he did not put a period after the "S". He argued to no avail that a period was not needed because it was not an initial. After this he wrote a letter to Harry Truman and asked which was proper. Unfortunately the reply did not come until after the school year was over. The letter was printed in the article and Truman said that both of his grandfathers had a name that started with an S, and not wanting to slight either one of them, his parents used "S" for his middle name to represent the names of both grandfathers. Therefore it was proper to not put a period after the "S". I don't remember, but I think he said it was acceptable either way. Re: On confirming something you know, but too late This does remind me of something that happened to me at WSU. We had a speaker who was supposed to be an "expert" on Alaskan politics. In the '50s I had watched and really enjoyed a movie on TV made by Lowell Thomas Sr. & Jr. about their trip to Tibet just before it was invaded by the Red Chinese. (I sure would like to see it. I have tried to find it from time to time, but as far as I have been able to find out, it is not available anywhere.) After that, for a number of years, I kept an eye out for anything done by them. I knew that only a year or so before that Lowell Thomas Jr. had run for Congress from Alaska and lost, so when it was time for questions I asked if he thought Lowell Thomas Jr. would try running again. I still remember exactly what he said, "Well I don't think so . . . . I think he died." The entire classroom erupted in laughter and I got the distinct feeling they were not laughing with me; they were laughing at me. Well I didn't think that was right, but who knows, could have happened. Soon after I was able to confirm that not only was Lowell Thomas Jr. still alive, but at that time, Lowell Thomas Sr. was still alive. I don't know if Lowell Thomas Jr. ever ran for Congress again or not, but in the '70s he was Alaska's Lt. governor; and is if fact still alive. I always wished I could somehow re-assemble all the people in that room and inform them that maybe I knew something the "expert" didn't know. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ from a lonely Bomber outpost in Kennewick Lion Country **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) Maren -- Did it again! Pushed the wrong damn button and was just about to answer an Email asking me about Lila Hildreth. Sorry to be such a clutz -- would you ask again in the Sandstorm who it might have been and ask her to write to me and this time I'll make sure I take my time and check everything out BEFORE I push any buttons at all! Do remember she said she came to Carmichael as an eighth grader and stayed through her ninth grade year there as well. -Bill Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bill, did you look in your "Deleted Email" folder? -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/21/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ken ELY ('49), Marlene Larsen ('56wb) Dee WALLACE ('60), Helen CROSS ('62) Ray STEIN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandra WITHERUP ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie FOSTER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucy FOSTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha JEPSEN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jenny ANGUIANO ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken ELY ('49) To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Liked your article re: The Bombers but I have one "nitpicking" comment. As I recall, the Pep Assembly where we voted for the name "Bombers", was held in the gymnasium. -Ken ELY ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Larsen Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Memories of North Richland & John Ball School 11/13/02 Article by John Hebert 12/15/02 Article by John Hebert To: John Hebert Hi John: I lived in North Richland from 1948 through 1952 and went to John Ball School. We, also, lived in the houses and/or duplexes in North Richland. I guess we were lucky that we didn't have to live in the trailer park which I understand now was the largest trailer park in the world. I have been e-mailing Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) regarding some classroom pictures taken at John Ball School. I was in the graduating class of '56 (however, we left North Richland in 1952 and moved to Citrus Heights which is near Sacramento, CA.) My dad went to work on Folsom Dam and we have lived in California ever since. I now live in Modesto, CA. Do you still live in the Richland, WA area? What was your address in North Richland? We lived at 901 "B" Street. Have you heard anything about the possible health problems that children who lived near Hanford may get in their later years? My sister, Linda ('60wb) has thyroid problems and ovarian problems. She had trouble getting pregnant. I am 4 years older than my sister and have never had the same problems she has had. Maren has added some new class pictures to the John Ball School website. Have you seen them? Hope to hear from you. My e-mail address is mrogers@thevision.net -Marlene Larsen Hegseth ('56wb) ~ Modesto, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dee WALLACE ('60) Re: Korten's I worked all summer in the pea cannery in Milton-Freewater just to buy my first tunable bongo drums at Korten's music. I bought all of my music at Korten's... I remember buying Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" on a 45 RPM record. Korten's also had a very good guitar teacher who was one of Larry Coryell's ('61) teachers. On Saturday afternoons when we were not old enough to drive, but too old for bikes we would "cruise" UPTOWN on foot and always stop in Korten's and check out the latest records. Now, those were "good old days". -Dee WALLACE ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Hey Burt, I was on the same planet Ray STEIN ('64) was on, and I was on it a year earlier than he was. I also don't remember being called the Atomic Bombers when I was attending RHS, every day of high school until I graduated... I remember Atomic Frontier Days which was the city-wide celebration, but I agree with Ray... we were the Bombers, not the atomic Bombers... I never even heard about the Day's Pay plane until I read it in the Alumni Sandstorm.... Even if you proved all you proved, there are a lot of interesting trivia in the proving, and some people have gotten off on some of the trivia points along the way, since l945 did you say... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where it got up to the low 70s and we had such a nice fall day for driving over to St. Louis, MO, where we had lunch with Carol RICE Forister ('62) and her husband, Gary (NAB). And I got my mom's clock from them, as they had driven out to Washington last summer, and stored it until we were able to match schedules and meet today. As it was, they had to hurry back to make a grandson's soccer game in Kansas City... But it was great to see them if only for a little while. We hope to go to Nashville, TN later together. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) To: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: Bomber name change Thanks for your quick response to my October 19th post. I was disappointed that you didn't come up with some obscure sports report that used a term like "the atomic bombers". After all, if Bombers was derived from Atom Bomb as you claim, shouldn't we be able to find an atom adjective in front of Bombers? If not, an unbiased observer would think the word bombers stands for a type of military airplane. Maybe I missed it, but I have never seen either "atom bomber" or "atomic bomber" used in any sports report. I have however, seen our teams called "The Fly Boys" in newspaper accounts and also in two different yearbooks '47 and '48. But, "Richland Atoms" (or Atomizers) was clearly a name to honor our atomic heritage. It was talked about in the September 1945 Richland Villager http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot/BvB/1945-09-13VillagerCritPara.jpg Note the comma after Bombers. Ordinarily, two similar items connected by a conjunction like "or" would not have a comma, but here "bombers or atomizers" are not similar. The author puts a comma after Bombers because Atomizers is the only name being considered because of "the nation-wide publicity the village has received as the home of the Atom Bomb". The fact that "Richland Atoms" also appeared in the October Sandstorm shows that the Student Body could have picked the name "Atoms" and forever made a connection to the great work that went on at Hanford to make the bomb that effectively ended WWII. Why, how, or when did they reject "Atoms" and instead pick the name "Bombers"? Burt guesses that they voted at an assembly on Oct. 12th. The old Sandstorms talk about lots of specific assemblies, but there is no mention anywhere of an Oct. 12th assembly and vote. The '45-'46 yearbook is no help. It's theme is the Atom Bomb, but is doesn't even hint that "Bombers" is derived from the Atom Bomb. I challenge anyone to find a Col-Hi publication from that era that says bombers came from either "Day's Pay" or "the Atom Bomb". Maren, let me get in a few more jabs. I know you're about to cut me off, but in the past you've given Burt a free ride to disparage Day's Pay. I've always looked at this debate like the old song line, " . . . there ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's just you and me and we just disagree . . .". So, if everything I've seen logically leads me to believe the genesis of "Bombers" is "Day's Pay", does that mean I'm an A-Bomb critic? No, it means that everything I've seen logically leads me to believe that "Bombers" can be traced back to "Day's Pay". I've heard all the he said, she said, and yes, I find Dale GIER ('48) the most credible source. He was an elected representative in '45-'46 and a person who was in a position to know how the name change was made http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot/BvB/2001-FinalDuststormGier.jpg Burt, I agree that the mushroom cloud has been our mascot since 1971, but not before. My sister Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71) thinks her class was the last one to have an airplane on the backs of their cheerleader jackets. Peace, -Ray STEIN ('64) - Mead, WA, USA, planet Earth PS - Maren, please tell Burt that you can verify that I paid $5 for a mushroom cloud name tag holder ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Verified. See the Bomber name timeline at: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot.html See the "debate" (Bomber Nickname Research Project) between Burt and Ray at: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot/BvB/00index.html -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jenny PARCHEN Gabel ('64) ~ 3/24/45 - 10/11/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/22/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Karen COLE ('55), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Michael RAGLAND ('57), Gloria FALLS ('58) Burt PIERARD ('59), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Marsha LAWELL ('60), Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leoma COLES ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trisha SAUCIER ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY (Tin Can Class of '45, and a Bronc, Beaver, Bomb) Re: Good Grief I hope we are not going to get into that Bomb-Bomber argument again. It just doesn't matter. I DO know that Dale GEIR ('48) is the only person from those days who insists on the Day's Pay. I was back for my ninth semester of hi school when the matter was voted on. I was miffed that they changed from Beaver to Bomber. Still am. Now reading the debate, the word "or" is introduced. Sounds a bit like what "is" is. Burt PIERARD ('59), relax. Most of the old gang that made this mascot is fading into the past. As for you, Ray STEIN ('64), wouldn't it have been dumb to use the term Richland Bombs? We are wasting ink here. Oh, I was back in school to get past Washington state history. Didn't make it past Margaret Thompson. Did learn to type, tho. Cheers, Margaret, Dale, Ray, and Burt. -Dick McCOY (Tin Can Class of '45, and a Bronc, Beaver, Bomb) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [McCOY has spoken... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) To: Ken ELY ('49), my good old '49er buddy Are you sure it was in the gymnasium? I thought it was in the auditorium; I can almost picture where I was sitting. Now, how's that for a memory? -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) My '55 class ring has a mushroom cloud. My cheer leading sweater has an airplane on the back. I didn't realize my possessions were subject to controversy! I had never heard of "Days Pay" until reading it in the Alumni Sandstorm, and had always considered "The Bomb" as our representative mascot. The saga continues... -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Beautiful colors and crisp football weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Hanford Construction Camp website http://richlandbombers.1944.tripod.com/44HCC/1944HCC.htm Hi Maren, Your website about the Hanford Construction Camp was very interesting. The figures of how much food was prepared for each meal was hard to believe. These must have been the men who were working there who were single with no families. Is that right? Is there any record of what the average hourly pay was during this time frame which is the late 1940s and the early 1950s? I know the monthly rental for the houses in North Richland were around $40.00 a month, depending on the size of the home. My sister told me that she remembers the monthly rent for our duplex was $40.00 a month. I wonder what the monthly space rent for the trailer park was? We lived in North Richland from 1948 through 1952 and I remember that all the trailer spaces had wooden awnings but I read that in the early days that there were no awnings of any kind. I didn't know that. How much did each of the meals in the mess hall cost? It was interesting to see the meal ticket card and how it was punched. If any of the people reading this can answer my questions, I'd love to hear from you. My e-mail address is mrogers@thevision.net Thanks in advance. -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael RAGLAND ('57) Re: Bomber name Like many of you, my family moved to Richland somewhat late in the game. We did not arrive until the flood of 1948, even though my Dad had been working there for a year or more prior to his being able to obtain a pre-fab on Wilson street for the family to move into. We backed up to the bus area at the time, then later moved to Wright street in a ranch house. In any event, try as I might I cannot remember a plane being on the backs of the cheerleader uniforms, even though I attended nearly every sporting event. Perhaps that was because I never concentrated on the back of the cheerleaders. I never heard of "Days Pay" until I read of it in the Alumni Sandstorm controversy. I do remember that we were always proud Bombers and even though we were acutely aware of the atomic bomb (remember the bomb drills in grade school where you got beneath your desk and crouched with your head covered), never once in high school did we worry about the source of the name. Of course, I didn't get there until fall of 1954 and the Bomber tradition was well established. Never even heard of the Beavers in the context of a school mascot. I guess the bottom line is this; Burt and Ray, I really don't care where the name came from. The industry created materials that were used to build atomic bombs. Somewhere along the line, everybody gave a day's pay to build a bomber that was sent to Europe. Nothing changes the unique community that is the Bomber nation, regardless of some minute fact about the origin of the Bomber name. While the debate is entertaining, we will never really know for sure (except for the two of you) and nothing will change our heritage as Bombers. I will never forget my youth in Richland nor my experiences (both joyful and painful) growing up in this community. We are Bombers forever no matter how far we wander from our homeland. There can never be another Bomber Nation, as it was the creation of a unique set of experiences only facilitated by a top secret, controlled population, where the secrecy masked for the most part all class distinctions. Our dads got on a bus every morning and got off a bus every night. I did have one classmate, whose father was high in management and drove downtown to work, tell me that he felt inferior because his dad did not ride the bus like everyone else. -Michael RAGLAND ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria FALLS Evans ('58) To: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Memories Of N. Richland And John Ball School That was the neatest school ever. I have many memories of the area... lived there from '48 to '59. We lived in a trailer. It was the biggest park in the world. I hope everyone of my classes remember it too. My dad took care of the roads and grounds there. There will never be a place like it ever. I am still in touch with some of my friends who lived there. -Gloria FALLS Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: Ken ELY ('49) Sorry Ken. You had a perfectly understandable, slight memory jog. I believe your Senior year was the first year in the new Boys' gym thus that was where the '48-'49 Pep Assemblies were held. Prior to that (specifically Oct. 12, 1945), the gym was what became the old Girls' gym, with the half-seating on just the South side. That's why all assemblies were held in the Auditorium. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Bombers in Michigan? I am off to The Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI area for 4 days. Any Bomber alums thereabouts? Will be there Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Will be doing some Special Effects for Kalamazoo Wings Hockey Saturday night. Since I am using the Firelinx Omni wireless firing system, we will be taking some video and stills for publicity use later. My main reason for going is family business. But I can't resist the opportunity to light something. :) "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha LAWELL Hathcox ('60) Maren, Billie LAWELL Neth ('55) called and asked that I submit this meeting notice for her as her email is not working. Please add to the meeting notices: Club 40 Board Meeting - Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 PM at the Richland Red Lion Hotel. Folding party for the DustStorm to follow the meeting. Contact: Billie LAWELL Neth ('55), Club 40 Publicity Committee Thank you -Marsha LAWELL Hathcox ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth Lyrics Re: Richland??? Reading the entries of two of the most dedicated Richland people I know took me to the lyrics of Stephen Stills song "For What It's Worth" (You can look them up) That leads me to a 'grass roots' movement' to change the Mascot name to... what else? S P U D N U T S! I know that I more closely resemble a Spudnut these days than a B-17 bomber (Days Pay) or an atomic bomb. We are the S P U D N U T S.. The Mighty Mighty S P U D N U T S.. The connotations of '...my high school could blow your high school up' would be gone. Cheerleaders WOULD have a different look & the 'fast break' would be gone from the game as the 'water boy' would bring spudnuts to the floor each time-out. (...with apologies to Ray & Bert) -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [BEHYMER has spoken... -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/23/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and Theresa Hammer sent stuff: Tom TRACY ('55), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Ray LOESCHER ('57), Ferna GAROUTTE ('58) Susan ERICKSON ('59), Linda LARSEN ('60wb) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Deedee WILLOX ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) Alan LOBDELL ('69), Shannon WEIL ('82) Theresa Hammer (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie RICHMOND ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ECKERT ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark O'TOOLE ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim O'NEIL ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom TRACY ('55) To: Mr. Dunton (former Carmichael Teacher) About spelling, grammar and sentence structureplease remind those concerned about such that your comments are much in demand from all of us; and that you have permission to tell them what I sometimes do"I kin rede ritin, but I caint rite redin". We treasure your comments, history and remembrances. Everyone, including the vocal, instrumental and drama students at Carmichael, Chief Joseph and RHS who attended Carmichael during your era will always remember the excellent performances, the songs, the talent and experience we enjoyed during the early '50s... even in our cars, circling Cousin Ben's Request Show By's Drive-In to Korten's sound proof listening booths in uptown Richland, and finally TV, where we could enjoy the latest hit parade tunes. Harley Stell's comments were always "music has a therapeutic value and have a positive effect on everyone. and Gordon Pappas', "Our music students help everyone share a deeper appreciation of the traditions of Columbia High School and our nation." I remember buying a ukulele at Korten's. My success with it matched my piano playing capabilities. Mrs. Beardsley, one of Richland's most patient and kind teachers tolerated my lesson performances from Book 1. They seemed to be okay, until she realized I was using the finger positioning numbers instead of learning the notes. Well, hey; as I reminded my Mom, the notes were a foreign language and I already knew the numbers and that many famous painters had many works copied by the number. Mom was not amused. Mrs. Beardsley realized that basketball practice was a better option. I reminded Tony DURAN ('55) about my ability with numbers and capability of dismissing piano lessons. He continued through his lessons with Mrs. Beardsley, to become a talented musician and one of RHS' finest trumpeters. I was grateful to the dear Mrs. Beardsley for her patience, understanding and helping me with support an acceptable option to piano lessons. The music world will never know, nor long appreciate the value of what it was able to avoid. I always enjoy the great performances of others and highly respect the dedication and effort required for vocal and instrumental events. Favorites are the performances I was able to witness in Boston by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Symphony . His group was almost as good as our RHS orchestras during the '50s. I never told him so, because he was noted for not talking to admiring people after performances. Someone once entered his dressing room after a concert and remarked, "I'm one of your best fans"... He replied, "Then why aren't you still out there clapping and cheering"? He also reminded us that most audiences are usually applauding themselves... for recognizing the songs. I loved Fiedler, a lover of all kinds of music. He was a fire chaser... and for one of his birthdays, the City of Boston gave him a Fire Engine... He drove it to work on several occasions. Fiedler would have been pleased if he could have seen our music programs in Richland. Vive la Bomber Musicians. To: Ray Stein, Burt Pierard and others:. Thanks for the inserted articles and references about icon preferences, loyalties and traditions. It's interesting to learn about all of them and the snippets of history, archival, near-apocryphal, personal memory, preferences, declarations, condemnations, and sometimes embellished recollections of various loyal contributors. It takes decades to build traditions. Lots of them are worth keeping. In the Sandstorm article someone attached, was the notable comment about RHS football and Famous Club 40 pioneer, Dick McCOY, ('40s) Beaver, Bronc, Bomber, "inserted into the lineup, who helped slow the Pasco offense". Dick is still one of our heroes-being a 3B makes him a "triple threat". My first view of the Bomb and the team was as a 3rd grade student in Prosser's Elementary School. That year RHS coach Barker's (father of Jan BARKER ('55)) team came to Prosser's gym. Gene CONLEY ('48) performed the first "dunk shot" I ever saw. The gold warm-ups and classy team were a compelling attraction along with the Bomb-on-wheels that carried a towel rack and basketballs. It had a special meaning when Dad said, "Remember when we lived in Los Angeles and we drove down to San Diego to watch your Uncle John's ship come home? Well that "blockbuster bomb" was the thing that kept him from having to help land more troops on Japanese beaches, like he did in the Iwo Jima and other places." "The explosive stuff was made in Richland". The next year we moved to Richland... and I had already "bonded to the Bomber name, The Bomber basketball rack, The Bomb, the team, The Fission symbol, Day's Pay, the Cloud, and any new symbol that represented Richland and RHS. You name it and I'll add it to my box of collectibles. So, take your pick or combination, whether you're an Atom, Atomizer, Beaver, Bomb, Bronc, Cloud, Bomber, Day's Pay fan or an RHS Wannabe, it's Richland's unsurpassed spirit of the students, educators, parents, government, private industry, and community unity that remains paramount IMHO. What a composite opportunity to grab off a couple of new icons for the famous Bomber Community. Why "ration" the "Bomber Nation?" Our finest hours are when we support loyalty to some aspect of Bomber Tradition, whether large or small. Our alumni are passionate about maintaining the 1st, 2nd and all the rest of the amendments to the Constitution. We could probably add another one as well... that reads: "Here in America Richland Alumni can say whatever they think... and even if they aren't thinking... they get to say it anyway"! (excuse me while I dust off my RHS icons, arrange my mascots, annuals, emblems and memorabilia.) Oh, and I forgot the amendment that allows RHS cheerleaders, song leaders, majorettes, and pep club the special right to bare arms. As long as you're an alumni, RHS friend, or a wannabe... even if you're wrong, speak up and exercise your RHS rights. Keep the faith. Bomber bests to all. -Tom TRACY ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: New Grade School Pictures on the '56 website http://richlandbombers.1956.tripod.com/gs/56JB5th-Daugherty.html http://richlandbombers.1956.tripod.com/gs/56JB6th-Hensley.html -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: More Memories I went to the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, DC about 7 or 8 years ago. There, in an area dedicated to important happenings of the '40s, was a display case containing our high school flag with the mushroom cloud. Kinda made you proud to be a Bomber. How many other high schools have their flag in the Smithsonian? http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/smithsonian.html -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Re: North Richland I remember living in the little trailer for about a year... The table made into one bed and the couch was the second bed. I do not know how my mother kept her sanity. All of us kids in the neighborhood decided to make our own swimming pool. We dug a big hole under the clothes lines and then tried to carry water from the bath house. But of course the water just soaked into the sand... So we covered the hole with cardboard and covered that with sand. It was suppose to be our club house but that ended with the first mother falling through. Great memories. -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59) Re: Wenatchee/East Wenatchee Bomber Lunch http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-NCW/00.htm Donna NELSON ('63), and I hosted a fun, but small lunch Saturday, the 17th, at Applewood Grill in Wenatchee. Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) and Gene HALL ('48) joined us for some lively conversation. I shared the fun I had at my 50th reunion, Gene talked about being active with Club 40, Peg talked about her family and some of the goings on this past year, and Donna is so happy to be retired, she is planning the rest of her life. :) Respectfully submitted by... -Susan ERICKSON Kuntz ('59)... Forever a Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda LARSEN Wheaton ('60wb) Re: 2 New Grade School Pictures on the '60 website http://richlandbombers.com/class1960/gs/60JB1st-Pugh.html http://richlandbombers.com/class1960/gs/60JB2nd-xx.html -Linda LARSEN Wheaton ('60wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Current Portland/Vancouver Bomber Lunch http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-PDX/00.htm Our October 17 lunch in Vancouver was fun. We had a good visit and got caught up on a few stories. We also made the decision to have our Portland/Vancouver Area Christmas Party: WHEN: Saturday, December 5 WHERE: Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River - in the Sun Room 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. TIME: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM XMAS FUN: Bring a gift for the White Elephant exchange event ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are Welcome. We will be in the Sun Room, which is set up well for socializing. Please bring photos & yearbooks to show, and some stories to tell. Bring a gift for the White Elephant exchange event. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We need a confirmed count for the restaurant, so PLEASE RSVP to: Tom Hemphill 360-574-1963 / 360-609-5477 - tom@hemphillironworks.com -Tom HEMPHILL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Harry S Truman Trivia My husband, who is a great guy (except for being a bulldog instead of a Bomber), has the middle name of D. His grandfather's name was Daniel and they think that's what he intended, but he was drunk and didn't fill out the forms correctly. He later snuck mom and baby out of the hospital without paying the bill. Just a little bulldog trivia... but a good story for the family genealogists. To: Linda REINING ('64) Hang in there, girl! Or as Kay Arthur (an awesome Bible teacher) would say, "Hangeth thou in there, oh baby!" You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I am praying for God's hand to heal your body and that He will carry you through this awful time. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where the days have been cool, but not really cold yet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Atomic Frontier Days in '50s Richland (76 Photos) Re: It's a Small Small World... (3) members of a WSU business class came to the office today to work on a class project. One of the college seniors was a 2005 Richland Bomber. She was able to confirm 'Spudnuts' to fellow office workers. We swapped stories along with sharing 'family' names of those families we both knew. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: Jenny PARCHEN Gable ('64 - RIP) I was saddened to read about the passing of Jenny PARCHEN Gable ('64-RIP). It kind of jolts you back to realize the important things in life when you see that another classmate is gone. We weren't close friends, but she was a part of those school years from Jason Lee to Chief Jo to Col-Hi. I felt bad when I saw she lived the last part of her life in Richland. I know some don't want to be visited under those circumstances, but I do think they enjoy a call or a card. I wish I had made contact. On another subject, Burt PIERARD ('59) and I are back to shouting insults at each other only via private email. My apologies to anyone who might have been offended, especially to those whose scroll keys weren't working. -Ray STEIN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: Military Service To: John ADKINS ('62) Is there somewhere a person can check on who you already have on the military list so we don't send duplicates? -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) Re: Larry's Special Effects To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) You might find a new aspect to your business in the film industry here in Michigan, Larry. The remake of "Red Dawn" has been blowing up various parts of Detroit for over a month now. I am currently producing a feature film based on the book and true story "Child P.O.W." by A.L. Finch, who is from Tacoma. If you're interested, stay in touch with me - at some point in the next year or so, we'll be blowing stuff up, too! -Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Theresa Hammer (NAB) Did YOU work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR PARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR GRANDPARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Do you KNOW SOMEONE who worked at Hanford/PNNL? Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a federal law passed by Congress in July, 2001. The intent of the law is to award medical and/or monetary compensation to workers in the Atomic Weapons Industry in the event the worker developed an occupational illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. There are over 370 DOE sites around the country covered by this law including Hanford and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - and the law is retroactive to 1942. If the worker is deceased, survivors can be awarded the compensation. Survivors include (in order of eligibility): o Surviving spouse o Children of the worker o Parents of the worker o Grandchildren of the worker o Grandparents of the worker The Hanford Resource Center was established by Congress to assist the Department of Labor with the claim process. CONTACT: The Hanford Resource Center toll-free at 888-654-0014 or email hanford.center@rrohio.com -Theresa Hammer (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45, '46, '01), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Bonnie STEEBER ('57), Steve CARSON ('58) Janet FORBY ('60), John ADKINS ('62) Peggy JOHNSON ('63), Charlotte NUGENT ('64) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve RECTOR ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45, '46, '02 Loving Bronc, Beaver, Bomber, Husky, old guy) Re: Heroes To: Tom TRACY ('55) I alwaze rede yur ritin. It is so gude ya shude rite fur the DustStorm. Do as I and get a keyboard, it is much easy. To: Ray STEIN ('64) and Burt PIERARD ('59) Stop shouting at each other. No one should shout at "Air Ray", athlete, educator, Cougar, (Cougar??) oh well, no one is perfect. Aside, why do the cougs still have that WSC logo? It's supposedly WSU These days. Anyway, no one should shout at Burt either, historian, avid Bomber, web site genius, past prez of Club 40. To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Tireless worker, all-around genius Why oh why do we continue with those parens around the grad (year). That is hunt and peck stuff. See below. [Parenthesis are for consistency. The apostrophe before each class year - it replaces "19"/"20" in the class year - is that so people don't think the class year is the person's age. -Maren] -Dick McCOY '45, '46, '02 Loving Bronc, Beaver, Bomber, Husky, old guy. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Future Class of '60 - Mrs. Bern's 5th Grade Class Picture http://richlandbombers.com/class1960/gs/60JB5th-Bern.html I found a boy, Dan McKEE ('60) front row #9. Dan was the son of some friends of my mom and dad. We have lost contact with the family and were wondering whether it is possible to find an e-mail address for Dan. His parents were Hazel and Virgil McKee. -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57), I'm a late bloomer but really wanted to add my 2 cents worth to older columns. Re: Pappy SWAN ('59) 9/26 entry "Gong Home" I was all set to read you the riot act but re-read your 9/26 entry again and enjoyed it more the second time 'round. Are you a Gemini? Seems so since you seem to see all the different sides to a picture! I just wanted to say, "You can ALWAYS go home!" Sure, there will be changes, the people won't be the same that you grew up with, but that's part of life. Home is always home, though, no matter how you find it. It's a feeling! I left Richland over fifty years ago and all it takes is to get within a few miles of the Tri-Cities and I feel that I've "arrived!" After living on both coasts and Europe, my visits "home" were limited while raising kids. Once they were through school, marriages, etc., I found that it was now time for me to do the traveling since my parents were beginning to slow down and it was easier for me to visit them. So started the annual trips back to "home" territory. Eventually the class reunions and Club 40 weekends were my excuse to "go home" since my parents and brother had passed away. Unfortunately, I'm not a real outgoing personality and I hadn't kept in touch with school friends, but still enjoyed going and sitting with a few friends even though I didn't know many others. I always had my sister-in-law, Janice LUDLOW Steeber ('57-RIP) until this past April, and she and I were each other's "dates." After attending a few Bomber lunches in the Tucson and Phoenix areas, I've renewed or made acquaintances with other Bombers. "Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber!" Each year, I've looked forward to my Club 40 weekend, seeing Gus Keeney ('57), "M" DeVine ('52), even meeting you and your Missus, making my excursions to my favorite place (the park by the river) and just soaking up that good old Richland air. After a few days, I always want more but console myself by saying there's always next year. To: Linda REINING ('64) Linda I have never had the fortune to meet you but feel that I know you a little from your entries in the Sandstorm. You are my inspiration. You have such a sense of humor and such a fighting spirit. On September 22nd I was diagnosed with colon cancer, had surgery on October 8, and I'm now back home waiting to see what my schedule with an oncologist will be. My husband has been my anchor (but I'm ready to send him out to the golf course!!!) Everything has happened so fast. Keep up the fighting spirit! I can relate to all you're going through. Please share some of those Bomber prayers with me! Re: Danny REYNOLDS ('61-RIP) Very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. My family and the Reynolds family were neighbors for many years. Gayle Reynolds ('57) and I were friends for several years, but like other friends, we drifted apart and went our separate ways. But the parents, Grant and Edna Reynolds, and the whole family were special people. My condolences. -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) ` from sunny Oro Valley, AZ, just north of Tucson. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship class of '58) Re: North Richland When we arrived in '52 we went on a housing waiting list like so many others. While waiting we lived in a 27' trailer. My sister Carol ('60) got the bed created when the "kitchen" table was converted. I slept on the couch and it was not unusual for me to wake up with my feet sticking out the door. When we moved to a ranch on Cedar, the first day we all sat down on the couch until we realized that we could really spread out a little. I remember pitching pennies while waiting for the bus to Chief Jo. Many great experiences that remain with me today. -Steve CARSON (Championship class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet FORBY Padgett ('60) Re: Mr. Dunton's Annuals Hi All, I am a former student and neighbor and babysitter for Bill Dunton and family, just to let Bill know who I am. Yesterday I was made custodian of Mr. Dunton's annuals from Carmichael Jr. High, (1948 - 1958) in addition of other artifacts important from that time in our school history. The Class of 1960 will celebrate 50 years in 2010 and our planning committee is putting in place what we want to celebrate. I stopped in at Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology (CREHST) to ask about access to city building photos and to get other ideas to use in decorations, etc. It was just a casual conversation about resources available, when Ellen Low, Executive Director, mentioned that the museum had annuals from Richland schools in their archives. I asked if there were any from Carmichael Jr. Hi and she did not recall seeing any. So... after this brief visit I promptly drove up the Carmichael, introduced myself to three gentlemen, as a member of the Class of 1960 Reunion Committee and asked to talk to the Principal. All three identified themselves as a Principal and I asked if anyone of them had received a package of annuals from Mr. Dunton. It turned out I was talking to the right guys, and Mr. Tim Praino knew all about these books. They were sitting on the work shelf in his office, just waiting for a home. In addition, he had other artifacts that may be of interest to CREHST. I have arranged to meet with the Curator, Connie Estep and Registrar Rene Legler on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM. I will send an update after the meeting. Keep those memories of Richland life alive in our fading minds. I want to have a history to pass on to my children and grandchildren. I can not remember it by myself. Thank you. -Janet FORBY Padgett ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bombers in the military To: Alan LOBDELL ('69) and others who have asked. Here is the list (as of 10/23/09) of Bombers that have served in the Military. Please have a look and if you notice some missing names let me know who they are. Every day I get more, so every day the list grows longer. [John, The list is WAY too long to put in a Sandstorm entry. When you get it online somewhere, let us know where it is. -Maren] Thank You, -John ADKINS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy JOHNSON Tadlock ('63) Re: New Orleans trip http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091024-Joh-NOLA.jpg Photo taken November, 2008 when we [Johnson siblings] were all in New Orleans for Steve's 60th birthday. We found out that Larry CORYELL ('61) was playing at a local club so we purchased tickets and surprised him. It was a wonderful evening and we enjoyed Larry's performance. We had a nice visit with him when his show was over. Re: Boise Area Bomber Lunch http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-Boise/00.htm The Boise Richland Bomber's Alumni had a wonderful visit at their luncheon September 26th. We missed all those who couldn't make it and hope more can attend next time. The lunch was at the Goodwood BBQ again and as usual the food was great. It is nice to be able to have these luncheons and catch up with old friends. -Peggy JOHNSON Tadlock ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) Gary BEHYMER's ('64) Spudnut thoughts were soooooooo cute! Thank you for helping me start my day out so happy. I am helping my friend with her packing so she can move from New York to Utah in a couple of days and it has been exhausting so that was refreshing. I'll be in Richland for two days the first of November. I am so glad my son and his family are back there again so I can return and soak up some memories. Thanks again, Gary. -Charlotte NUGENT Hardy ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) To: Ray STEIN ('64) Just a note about your sister Judy STEIN Mitchell ('71) and the plane on her cheerleader outfit. My wife Kathy FEASTER Alley ('75) was a cheerleader in 1974 and 1975 and she has the rally squad jacket to prove that the plane was on the back of it. I can`t vouch for anything beyond 1975 but actually have proof in our closet. To: Tom TRACY ('55) Thanks for the great post about just being a Bomber or Beaver, or Bronc or whatever. I was born in Richland and will probably live out my life here and still think the name Bombers is unique. I go to as many sporting events as I can and even though its not quite the same as it was, cheering for your home town is still fun. I hate to still use the term bandwagon but the fans usually come out for a winning team as in many levels of sports. The Bomber football team is finishing strong but will not make the playoffs unless they beat Walla Walla on the road, a tough task. My last subject is the Bomber campus. The first football game I went to I walked through campus but now it is in lock down. It's all gated. I can see it for security reasons and the many events that have happened at schools across the country. Maybe someone can shed a light on that. I am just wondering what I need to do to get to Dawald gym for a hoops game. ASB card, password, retina scan? -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ In rainy Richland and it sure is fall time ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/25/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Bill Dunton * Don Sorensen sent stuff: Bill BERLIN ('56), Darlene TRETHEWEY ('56wb) Marlene LARSEN ('56wb), Mike BRADY ('61) John ADKINS ('62), Earl BENNETT ('63) Linda REINING ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) Don Sorensen (NAB), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Franco ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Back from China I have been going to China since 1981 and man and boy, every time I go back there are more changes. This is the first trip in over two years and the changes every time, two years or six months later are amazing. We visited two of my favorite Chinese cities of Dalian and Qingdao, home of Tsingtao Beer. Qingdao was the venue for sailing and some rowing for the 2008 Olympics so we visited the location for those events and they were first class. Think there is not money in China? We saw six marinas, or Yacht Clubs, with all kinds of 50 to 75 foot yachts in them, all owned by Chinese people. As always the food is outstanding and very wholesome and if it were not for the copious quantities of beer, a guy could sure lose some weight eating this way. The annual Qingdao Beer Festival, a total copy of Munich, beer tents and ohm-pah music to boot, just finished and more than a million people attended. The Chinese have a great sense of humor so when they asked my why I had come to China, I replied, "...just bringing my clothes back home..." and they loved it. The also wanted to know if I had a Chinese name and I said I did... Yao Ming... also a hit with them. It was good to get back and see old friends and meet new ones. I gave an hour economics lecture at a friend's class at the University of Shanghai, all in English. Half an hour of topic and the balance of the hour, actually an hour and a quarter, for Q & A. It was great and when we were through, the students took the Professor and me to lunch. My friend is a Canadian, former Air Canada pilot and former Economics professor at the University of British Columbia that just loves Shanghai. Enough geography lesson for now. Re: Cool guy from Lynden going to WSU A good student, fine receiver of football and probably an All- Conference player from Lynden, WA is going to WSU. So what you say? A lot of guys from Lynden have gone Cougar on us so what is the big deal with this guy? His name is Brian Bomber!!! He just went to the wrong high school Re: My Heroes I have always had heroes ever since I was a little guy and the list grows ever so slowly over 70+ years. My first heroes were the military as my Dad was in the Army and during War II I was based with him at Camp Roberts, CA and got the run of the camp, fired some light weapons, flew in a T-5, which challenged me to learn to fly, and all kinds of neat stuff. I subsequently added the U.S. Coast Guard, which is what I joined, the U.S. Navy, which brother Bruce (Kennewick '61) joined and the U.S. Marines because of a lot of close association with them over the years, especially in Nam. Big, big, big on my heroes list are the men and women of the U.S. military. Later in life I added to my hero list the police and fire fighters given their laying their lives on the line for us every day. The latest addition to my heroes list are cancer patients and those going through chemo. Four years ago I had to take Vancomiocyn via IV and at $400 per session at home or zero cost at the local Infusion Center, guess what I took? There were probably a dozen or more reclining chairs in the room and for most of the time I was the only non-chemo patient there. I was mighty impressed with the sense of humor I got there, so being kind of a card, I shared a number of jokes that I have in my portfolio and they shared back. We had fashion shows with hats or caps only, a skit or two and a lot of talk, coffee and cookies. The whole time there I was blessed not to have cancer but those there became my new hero group. Linda REINING ('64), keep up the humor because if you lose that in times like this, you lose it all. Best of luck because you have made my heroes List. Re: Sandstorm perspective from a Blanchet grad Recently whilst in China my traveling associate needed to use my laptop and one afternoon I left the Sandstorm on the screen for him to see. Actually with the time difference, the Sandstorm came to me in the afternoon, which was kind of weird but appreciated just the same. He was amazed because I guess that Blanchet sends out an alumni e-news once a month but to get a daily just blew him away. He even said that "...it really seems like a lot of these Richland people actually have a life too..." -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA "East, west, home is best." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene TRETHEWEY Dunning ('56wb) I haven't written to the Sandstorm in quite some time, but I always like to read & reminisce!! Talk about going to Carmichael... no mention of the 7th graders that had to go the first year I believe to Marcus Whitman as Carmichael wasn't big enough for all. I had been going to Spalding in the 6th grade, which had two 6th grade classes, one of which went to Carmichael & the other to Marcus Whitman. The class that went to Marcus Whitman was not happy as we felt we were big kids too & had to stay with the little kids & miss out on some of the fun that the rest of the 7th graders were going to enjoy. Oh to bring back some of those memories. -Darlene TRETHEWEY Dunning ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: John Ball School Crossing Guard http://richlandbombers.tripod.com/1940s/48/1948-49JB-CrossingGrd.htm -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Mrs. Bern's class I counted 34 kids in Mrs. Bern's 5th grade class. That's a lot of kids for one teacher. I wonder if most classes were that large in those days. We did have art, music, physical education teachers and librarians to assist them. Regardless of class size, we got an excellent education. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bombers In the Military I have placed the file "Bombers in the Military" in an HTM file on a web server. http://richlandbombers.1962.tripod.com/bombersinthemilitary.htm Have a look at it - see if it jogs your memory and you think of others that should be added. The list is by class so you should have a reasonably easy time finding what you want. Because this file is an ongoing "work in progress" it will be way out of date within a few days. So I will very likely remove it within a week or two. If you changes, additions or just want to make comments, feel free. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: WSU logo To: Dick McCOY ('45) With some imagination, by focusing on the lower jaw you can almost see a U in the WSU Cougar logo. At least, that was the rationale extended to me when I attended in 1963-'64-'65, shortly after that change occurred. No one wanted to expend the emotional energy it would have required to foist a new logo upon the alumni, not to mention the hard cash for thousands of cases of paper products and all the clothing, cougar paraphernalia and mementos that would have had to be replaced, and the untold person-years of time and arguing involved in designing a new logo. To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) While it is easier for me to pray for something/someone when I am emotionally invested - Linda REINING ('64) was a next door neighbor for a couple of years before we moved to Jason Lee territory - I will now include you in my prayers so that Linda doesn't have to pass those to you. If you want to increase my emotional investment, just send me some more information about yourself and your needs, whether illness or other. Regards, ecb3, from a nice, but wet, fall day in central Virginia with ridiculous numbers of leaves being plastered to the ground by the rain; 2.5 acres of oaks/poplars/maples/etc. generate over 25 loads per year in my 32-bushel leaf collector. -Earl BENNETT ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Re: cancer/prayers You will definitely be in prayers and many Bombers will be adding to them. I have been very lucky - have received many more prayers than I ever thought possible - Bombers are a wonderful group - we can't be explained - we just are! We are unique and came from a unique time and place. Sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but you will make it - Jim Hamilton ('63)has been a great source of inspiration for me - he has already walked this journey and his input on chemo and the side effects were a great help to me - you will go to a place you never thought possible, but you will come out, stronger than you ever thought possible, too. Keep close contact with your oncologisit - I have two of them and call them constantly. My daughters have been with me through this and I don't think I could get through it without them - I live with my oldest daughter and her family, so she has really been "put through the wringer", but she keeps telling me it's just "pay back" for raising her and her sister. Take care, Bonnie, you will come through this. -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ cooler temps have arrived in Bakersfield, CA - woohoo, am a "happy camper". *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) To: Dick McCOY ('46) Relax Dick, I'm not hollering at Burt PIERARD ('59). As my wife said awhile ago and again yesterday, "Ray, you and that Burt fellow must be the only people in the world that argue about this stuff". See, I need Burt. I just like a puzzle. For example, when I look at page 4 of that Oct. 19, 1945 Sandstorm, my eyes immediately go to the "I Hear.." column. There towards the end it says, "Dick McCoy alias Daniel Cooper . .". http://alumnisandstorm.com/Mascot/BvB/1945-10-19-SS-P4.jpg Most of you know that famous alias as D. B. Cooper. The "B" of course came from Bronc, Beaver, or Bomber, your choice. Now, some may jump to the conclusion that our McCOY might be that 1971 plane hijacker that presented himself as Dan Cooper and parachuted out a plane with $200,000. But, you're too late, there's already a book out on the subject. see: D. B. Cooper: The Real McCoy also see: http://www.ldsfilm.com/movies/DBCooper.html -Ray STEIN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) To: Janet FORBY Padgett ('60) Janet, I knew I was doing the right thing by giving Maren the information about those annuals. And I am so pleased that they are going to get a home where they are really wanted. Have often thanked whatever controls my destiny for aiming me at Richland way back in 1949, and giving me the opportunity to start my teaching career in a place as marvelous as Richland. Went to a dinner last evening at Disneyland honoring "Teachers of the Year, Orange County," and was relating my excitement about going to Richland and another of my board peers told me he had visited Richland to try to sell General Electric one of the products his company was manufacturing. Long story short -- he in turn raved on and on and about being in Richland was like being in a small town again because everybody was so helpful and friendly. It really is a small world. I've been on the Board with him since 1992, and until last night never knew about his Richland trip! At any rate, Janet, thanks for telling me about what happened to the Cougars I sent back to Carmichael. I was afraid they would be recycled! -Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091025-434-438.htm To: All Bombers Model Shop 700 Area(?), scale model of reactor pump houses, criticality model, new patrol suits, ?, Patrol Firing range South end of Gable MTN. (Maren I know the pic numbers are not in order. I realized the first three I had already sent) To: Bill Dunton (Former Carmichael Teacher) The black family that moved in do you remember their names? Did you live on Smith Street? Also Lila Hildreth used to be Enrico Fermi's secretary when she worked in Chicago. She was Lila Krug then. I would guess Norton met her there. To: Betty Lou CONNER Sansom ('52) Nice to hear from you. Ever remember the woman who told the story of her time in the Japanese Prison Camp? To: Janet FORBY Padgett ('60) Would you please send me an e:mail. I have some stuff you might find interesting. We have talked about this before. To: both Ray STEIN ('64) & Burt PIERARD ('59) I have found the debate very informative!! I am not a Bomber as you well know. But I understand tradition and have a strong fondness for it. The R Cloud should not go away. In the future folks will try to change it, that's inevitable. A solid foundation has to be maintained to keep that erosion at bay. As far as Home of the Atomic Bomb well I think Los Alamos and Oak Ridge might have a word or two concerning that. But it is the Home of the BOMBERS that is a fact no one can dispute. Respectfully, -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/26/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Betty McELHANEY ('57), "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Myrna BOLIN ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Shannon WEIL ('82), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally SHEERAN ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY (Tin Can Class of '45) To: John ADKINS ('62) I do have a couple of adds to your military. Merle D. LA GROW ('44) was in the Army and killed in WWII. Also, Hilbert ASKEW ('45) was in the Army and MIA in Korea. After this much time, it is realistic to assume he is dead. However, I do not know if that is official. I am going to put my American Legion on the case and see if he has been declared dead. That could have happened and we wouldn't know if his family lives elsewhere. To: Earl BENNETT ('63) I don't there was concern for the jackets etc. or the money (tho maybe), the WSU logo wasn't changed because it is so cool. Everyone recognizes it. To: Ray STEIN ('64) you detective, you. I am found out. Yes, Daneil Cooper was my alias in those days. When the D. B. Cooper story came out I read that a certain McCoy guy was a suspect. I was worried that the old Richland Cops would put the coincidence together, and I would be in deep trouble. That never happened. However a few old friends called. Maren SMYTH ('64) I never asked that the apostrophe be removed, that item is necessary. I was after the parens. You presume the year is parenthetical, I feel it is a add to the name. I checked the UW and EWU newsletters neither of which use parens. But you are the boss. However, when describing a year of class, no parens should be added, (as below). -Dick McCOY from the Tin Can Class of '45 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: John Ball Elementary School - North Richland http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/0gspicsJBt.html Smilin Jack, aka Jack SMITH ('55wb), forwarded a picture to me of John Ball School. I don't know where he got it from. [He found it online -- it was submitted to the Alumni Sandstorm in 2005 by Gary BEHYMER ('64). I added it to the John Ball website. -Maren] I was happy to see this picture because it always seemed to me to be bigger than this (I thought it had more than 12 Quonset huts but this picture proves me wrong.) If you notice, the two quonset huts on the far right of the picture are larger than the others. I don't remember that. [Can anyone tell us which direction the camera is pointed in the picture? I looked for John Ball School here: http://richlandbombers.1944.tripod.com/44HCC/1944HCC.htm but don't see it. Maybe somebody can help us. -Maren] Re: Another Question I think I went to Chief Joseph for my 8th grade but am not sure. Do you know if John Ball only went to the 7th grade? I know I took a Spanish Class in my 7th grade year and had to take a bus somewhere else. But, I can't remember where I went during my 8th grade. Isn't that strange? -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) Re: Don Sorensen picture #237 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091025-437-Who.html Thank you so much for picture # 437. I was hoping that one would come up someday. That's my Dad, Allen S. McElhaney, Sr. He was the model for the new uniforms. The picture was in the Hanford News and I have a copy some where and will have to try and find it. He was the father of Allen Steve McELHANEY, Jr. ('53), Sue McELHANEY Stewart ('54), and me, Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57). The picture was on the wall at 200 East Patrol Headquarters and was hoping that someday I could get it. The other men in the picture look familiar but can't put a name to the faces. -Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Re: Pappy SWAN ('59) 9/26 entry "Going Home" Bonnie, you wrote: "I was all set to read you the riot act but re-read your 9/26 entry again and enjoyed it more the second time 'round. Are you a Gemini? ..." According to someone, who once did one of those astrology reading things for me, "they" said that with a birth date of 1 July (3 days short of being born a firecracker), I was a Cancer, but also something about "Gemini rising," and I am married to a Gemini. So apparently, some of that Gemini "stuff" may have rubbed off on me. And you said: "Seems so since you seem to see all the different sides to a picture!" Well, I do try to see the different sides, ... but, at times, pictures do come with some distortion, and thus, understanding may become ... somewhat trying. But, I certainly agree with you, "You can ALWAYS go home!" Some may not want to, some may remain indifferent, but I think for many of us, as we grow older, "going home," for us, becomes more of a brief visit to a special place in our own personal "memory bank," regardless of the reality of the changes in physical place and people, we may find when we get there. One can think of many concepts of "Home." For example, living near "Bomberville," I can "go home," physically, within a few minutes of driving. However, "Home" in that sense, while still right there, has changed ... greatly. But, I like you, have found that, "Eventually the class reunions and Club 40 weekends were my excuse to "go home"..." And so, through "Alumni Sandstorm," class reunions, and the annual Club 40 gatherings, I can periodically find my own special place, in my own mind, where I can reunite and recall the things that mean a lot to me. "Semper Bomberus" and, "Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber!" And, Bonnie STEEBER Frasca, you are a good lady! I knew that, when you sought me out ... to share the story of "Ginny, the little dog who saved cats," with me. So, always believe that there is always ... a next year, for going home! I am not overtly religious, but there has to be a higher power, since, even as a schooled Zoologist, I cannot accept that this great natural world just kept progressively reinventing itself after it POOFED out of a cloud of gas, once upon a time, without some divine help. And, so, in my own way, I too, will say some of those Bomber prayers for you and some of our fellow Bombers! Get well soon Bonnie! R2K+10 and club 40, 2010 are not really that far off, since time seems to now accelerate, as the years add up. There must be some "Murphy's- like" rule about, "The older one gets, the faster time flies," or something... Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing you again, on the next round of "Going Home" again. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, where hunting season has begun, I'm finding fewer birds, but missing even them, and my "big" pups look at me like they're thinking, "After all that work, how about you doing your part?" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Myrna BOLIN Turner ('63) Re: 1960 Cougar Yearbook I asked my '63 classmates for a 11960 Carmichael year book and got this response from Carole SLEDGE Jones ('63): Myrna, the yearbook you asked about is the year 1960 and it has a cartoon cougar on the front in a hula skirt and a lei. Picture a big Z; the top says 1960, the line zigzagging down has the dancing Hawaiian cougar in the middle of it (he's turned sideways), and the bottom of the Z says COUGAR. On the inside it says.... The 1960 Cougar greets Hawaii Carmichael Junior High School Richland, Washington Carole Sledge, Editor -Myrna BOLIN Turner ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Dick McCOY ('45), Earl BENNETT ('63), and fellow Cougars everywhere Re: WZZU logo While attending WSU ('66-'68) I was in a room with a few other guys one evening. One of them was in ROTC and apparently they were told to sand down their white helmets so that they could be repainted. He was sanding away and started noticing something underneath the paint. He kept working on it and was able to sand off the last layer of paint without disturbing the image. Apparently the top layer of paint was much softer because it didn't take him long and it did not disturb the decal. It was the same Cougar head logo but WSC instead of WSU. We all knew it had been WSC, but did not know that they had modified the logo. The mouth of the Cougar was formed by the "C," which was then reshaped into "U" and turned it up. So there was a modification to the logo, it just was not a very big one. However, I do believe there has been another modification since them. It seems to me the "U" was shaped different and had the seirf on it like the "W" still does. Needs some more research, guess have the check my junk in storage or go to a WSU Library. Online search shows only what is in use now. To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Patrol Firing range http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091025-439-Who.html Ah yes, the good old Thompson submachine gun. (looks like a see an ejected shell in the air) I got to fire one once in the Navy. That was a kick!!! Sure would like an opportunity to do that again. Too bad the only thing I had for a target was the Pacific Ocean, but hey, I hit it every time. Which reminds me of this: I had a suit make in Hong Kong on that last cruise. Double breasted had come back in style so I had one made of dark blue cloth with pin stripes, double breasted, wide lapels and had the buttons covered in the same material as the suit was made of. Not that I am a "dedicated follower of fashion," but double breasted soon went out of style again. I had in mind using it as a Halloween costume. Getting a wide tie, a big flower to pin on the lapel, an appropriate hat, scrounge up a violin case to carry, and go as a 1920's gangster. One should avoid having clothes made in Hong Kong because they use material that shrinks over time. Every year that suit kept getting smaller and smaller until before long I could no longer get into it. Same thing happened to my old Navy uniforms. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick, where there was frost on the pumpkins at the store last night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Heroes Thanks for including me in your list of heroes, but am not at all sure I qualify. I am just walking a journey that lots of others have walked and for whatever reason we have to walk it. As for humor at the cancer center. I go, once a month, for my initial infusion of chemo (then, I come home with a pump that pumps chemo into my "port", 24 hours a day, for 4 days--pumping 2 milliliters, every hour), you are right - there are lots of laughs, joking, and "eats". We are very lucky in that we have a male nurse there who keeps us laughing and takes excellent care of us. -Linda REINING (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ higher temps have returned to Bakersfield, CA - mid 80s predicted for today (Sunday) and most of next week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: Don Sorenson (NAB) Photo #439 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091025-439-Who.html While I do not recognize any one in the photo, I just wanted to comment on the firepower that these guards are training with. The Guard in the foreground is shooting a 1927 A-1 Thompson Submachine Gun, While the 3 Guards in the background appear to be holding M3 Submaachine Guns. This is some pretty serious Military Ordnance for guards to be toting around! -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) Re: Bomber Annuals All this talk of annuals made me think of something. If anyone knows where I can get an extra 1980, '81 and '82 Columbian yearbook, I know a soldier from my class who would really appreciate them. I figured if anyone knew it would be my fellow Bombers! -Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 6 http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091026-440-445.htm Office pool?, Same area different direction, 1000th G E Pensioner (if anybody know who this is maybe the pocket sign is still around??), looks to me like someone in Accounting. Billing perhaps??, ?, this ones pretty new late '60s??. Getting to some numbers about the Hanford Construction Camp. The number of 51,000 workers has seemed to be a common understanding. After reading some 1944 Construction Progress Reports the number is around 44 to 45,000. With family members 51,000 could have been the camp's population. The biggest trailer camp in North Richland?? My bet is Hanford Camp June 1944. After looking up some data this is what I found. Approximately 145,000 workers have been employed. On October 1944 the work force was 17,420. 27,676 less from a peak of 45,096 on June 21, 1944. I would wonder out loud if half of the 100,000 who left had stayed would it have made a difference?? Hmmm??? -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/27/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers & Don Sorensen sent stuff and 1 Bomber and 1 honorary Bomber funeral notices today: Mary JUDD ('60), Duke CAMPBELL ('61) Helen CROSS ('62), Mary Ann VOSSE ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Ray STEIN ('64), Julia ALEXANDER ('65) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shawn SCHUCHART ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary JUDD Hinz ('60) Re: Sorensen's Pictures #440 and #441 To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Your pictures 440 and 441 were taken very early in the '60s. My first job at G.E. was working as a Buyer's "Girl" in the 1166 Bldg., the big warehouse known as Stores. Picture 440 was taken in the "Flexowriter" room. Those ladies typed all the multiple copied bids that were mailed out to vendors. The 3rd lady in the row of machines on the left, I believe is Sandy Rowley. The 2nd lady in the row on the right is Flora Muse, and the lady standing at the back of the room looks like my sister-in-law, Nola LOHDEFINCK ('58). She was secretary to the manager of these two groups. Picture 441 was taken in the adjacent room where the "key punch" operators worked. The lady in the back of the row on the right is Millie Lawrence. I recognize a couple of the other ladies, but I can't remember their names. -Mary JUDD Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Duke CAMPBELL ('61) Re: Sorensen's Pictures #437 & #442 To: Don Sorenson (NAB) In picture #442, the person on the left is Paul Allen (father of Bombers Paula ALLEN ('60) and John ALLEN ('66), a close friend of our family. My recollection is that Paul was head of employee relations or possibly public relations for the Project. In picture #437, the person on the right (holding the shirt and tie) is Sam Campbell. Sam was father of Bombers Duke and Judy Campbell. Sam was Chief of the Hanford Security from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Sam came to Hanford in 1943. My mother and I joined him in late 1943 or early 1944 (I was nine months old!). -Duke CAMPBELL ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: John ADKINS ('62) Allen CROSS ('59) Washington State National Guard Robert CROSS ('62) Washington State National Guard To: Linda REINING ('64) Please add my prayers for support for you during your cancer battle. I recently supported a friend of ours who walks in a 3 day 60 mile event yearly to raise funds to defeat breast cancer... cancer is so prevalent now, but treatment is getting better, I believe... Love and prayers, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where we just celebrated 50 years of worshipping in our building by adding a steeple, which was in the original plans, but omitted due to funds... (It was 70 and sunny today around here with lots of leaves in the yards.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: John Ball School http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/0gspicsJBt.html Maren, The photo of John Ball was taken from a plane from above the river. We lived in North Richland, across the street from John Ball, in the latter part 1952 while waiting to get a house in Richland. We left North Richland right before Christmas to a house on Goethals. Our house in North Richland would have been just to the right of the school in the picture. There was a section of VERY small houses in North Richland; I'm sure they were some sort of prefabs, but seemed very small to me and I was seven. John Ball was right next to the river. Our house was on the corner of B Street and (?) Street, and our backyard (if you could call it a backyard) backed up against the house that faced A Street which was river-front. The school was across (?) Street from us. I remember playing after school in the sand bank that went down from the school toward the river. In the second photo down that you tried to locate John Ball, it might possibly be about one inch down on the right side of the photo. Of course these are the memories of a then seven-year-old. -Mary Ann VOSSE Hirst (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from cloudy, rainy Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: Going Home again You're "Murphy's-like" rule about, "The older one gets, the faster time flies" was put very well in the current issue of "Tidbits." Not sure this is the exact quote, but it is close: "Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes." Speaking of Murphy's like rule; would that Pvt. Murphy's rule? -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Aquarius ~ Just dumped some water on the Tri-Cities yesterday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: High School Yearbooks... To: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) I have a 1981 Columbian that I would donate. Please let me know his address & I will be happy to mail it from Colfax. Here is part of my collection (;-) http://krookmcsmile.tripod.com/UsedHighSchoolYearbook.html -Gary BEHYMER ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: WSU Logo This website shows the old and modified logos and includes a history on the logo's creation: http://wsucougars.cstv.com/genrel/070507aad.html On a related note, is there something similar for our mushroom cloud coming out of the "R" (the R blast if you will). Someone wrote that it was designed in, or about 1972 in J. D. Covington's math class. But I never heard if it was a group effort or the work of one individual. -Ray STEIN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julia ALEXANDER ('65) Re: John Ball School http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/0gspicsJBt.html Maren, I am getting confused... am I correct in remembering John Ball School was in North Richland (sort of where Battelle is now)? [I have no idea where Bettelle is now. -Maren] The picture you have in Marlene LARSEN Hegseth's ('56wb) entry is of Camp Hanford (many miles away from North Richland). I think there are some other entries that have confused those two also. If I remember correctly North Richland became the "home" of the military that ran and protected the missile silos. Please correct me if I am not remembering right. After the trailers left the roads were where a bunch of us learned how to drive. [I'm hoping Burt PIERARD ('59) will submit a map showing where everything is in relation to everything else. -Maren] Bombers Cheers! -Julia ALEXANDER ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment of 6 http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-446-451.htm To: All Bombers Mid Columbia Symphony?, Federal Building Employee's, seen this one before K Power Jess Brinkerhoff, Federal Building, ?, Science Center. To: Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) Glad you found your father. Question are you related to the Pasco Hudspeths? There was a Hudspeth featured in a Hanford Construction Camp documentary film from 1945. -Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jeanne Horton Clement ('66) ~ 10/13/48 - 10/21/09 >>Jeanne Henry Olson - ('?? honorary?) ~ 3/31/55 - 10/6/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/28/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and Theresa Hammer sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Nancy RIGGS ('51), Mike CLOWES ('54) Kenny GARDNER ('54), Marlene LARSEN ('56wb) Willo Dean EDENS ('56), Donna McGREGOR ('57) Floyd MELTON ('57), Steve CARSON ('58) "Pappy" SWAN ('59), John ADKINS ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Tony SHARPE ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Theresa Hammer (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna May WANN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul PHILLIPS ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula BERGAM ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy RIGGS Lawrence ('51) Re: Sorensen's pic #441 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091026-441-Who.html With help from my sister in law, Millie BRESINA Lawrence ('54), we came up with all but one name: starting on the left, Ruthie Winchester Shook, Nancy RIGGS Lawrence ('51), Carol Schmidt, Millie in back and Esther Emmer, the lady on the far right is a mystery to my memory. Probably taken about 1963, don't remember anyone ever coming in and taking our picture, so was a big surprise. Thanks for the memory. -Nancy RIGGS Lawrence ('51) ~ in rainy Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: John Ball School http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/0gspicsJBt.html The school grounds, if memory serves, were bounded on the east by the river bluff, on the north by 7th Street, on the west by "C" Street and on the south by 6th Street. Putting the school as a buffer between the two sets of pre-fab houses that were on both sides of "B" and the east side of "C". It is quite possible that the west boundary of the school extended to "D". I do know that "B" did not go all the way to the north, and I'm not sure if "C" did or not. By the way, just to confuse the issue, there was no "A" Street. East/West streets in North Richland were numbered starting at the south end. The North/South streets were lettered starting with "B" on the east. I cannot remember how far numerically or alphabetically they went. I would hazard a guess that the north "city limits" was about where George Washington Way turns toward Stevens Drive and the main gate. All of the houses, and most of the trailer facilities were east of GWWay. The steam plant, barracks and commercial facilities were on the west side of GWWay. There were some trailer facilities north of the "commercial district, with a buffer of warehouses on the west side along Stevens Drive. The picture in which Maren was trying to find the school was actually the even larger trailer camp at Hanford. Not having been a resident of that community, I couldn't tell you if there was a school out there. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ trying to keep dry in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kenny GARDNER ('54) For those who sent me emails lately... could not answer... was in hospital for 10 days -Kenny GARDNER ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Check out this picture on the Declassification site http://www5.hanford.gov/ddrs/common/findpage.cfm?AKey=N1D0034442 It is a picture of some kids riding their bikes on a road (one side has the little white houses and duplexes and the other side is the trailer court.) This must be the road that goes past the front of John Ball School. How do we find out what the name of that street was? Was it George Washington Way? I keep hearing people refer to that street. -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) P.S. I know John Ball School was straight south of our duplex at 901 "B" Street in North Richland. One winter there was a blizzard and our father walked to school to bring my sister, Linda ('60wb)and me home from school. I remember it as if it were yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dee Wilkerson, aka Willo Dean EDENS ('56) Re: Sorensen picture #449 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-449-Who.html The Federal Officer (as they are now called) was my husband; Noah Lee Wilkerson ("Wilkie"). He was in charge of collecting Classified Scrap; which was kept under lock, to be taken to be burned at a special incinerator at Hanford. He was also well known for the excellent traffic control at the WPPSS intersection during peek hours. Also well known for the numerous traffic citations written while on traffic duty. He was raised in Pasco and survived two wars and passed away this last July, three days after our 54th year anniversary. -Dee Wilkerson, aka Willo Dean EDENS ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna McGREGOR Salazar ('57) Re: John Ball School http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/0gspicsJBt.html We moved to North Richland in 1948. We had our name on the list for a house (a ranch house) in Richland. (They were just being built.) John Ball School was made up of Quonset Huts with a hallway running down the middle. The pictures submitted to the Sandstorm: one was of the Quonset Huts - the other was of non- Quonset huts (pitched roofs) but arranged in the same way as John Ball School. Maybe the pitched roof assemblage was something out at Hanford??? but it was not John Ball School in North Richland. Bomber Cheers from Espanola, NM where this high desert, a couple feet higher than Denver, is getting colder by the minute. Brrrrr. -Donna McGREGOR Salazar ('57) PS. We moved into our brand new Ranch House in January of 1949, and we just sold it to the 2nd family to ever live in it this year. Is that 60 years?? oosh. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Sorensen Picture #449 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-449-Who.html The security guard in picture #449 is Noah Lee Wilkerson a Pasco graduate I think. He was married to Willo Dean EDENS ('56). Lee passed on earlier this spring and was living in AZ at the time. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: '58ers Graduation Week Pictures http://richlandbombers.1958.tripod.com/images/GradWeek-Who00.htm -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Going Home again You wrote: "You're "Murphy's-like" rule about, "The older one gets, the faster time flies" was put very well in the current issue of "Tidbits." Not sure this is the exact quote, but it is close: "Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes." I couldn't have said it better. Okay Dennis, we're on a "roll" here. So then, if "TP" squares represented "the days of our lives" (I know, we're talking a lot of rolls here, but life rolls on and besides, I buy those big packages at Costco), this could help to explain this acceleration of the "older life" thing, since some jobs just seem to require more days than others, and we all know that "the job is never done, until the paperwork is finished." And, "Speaking of Murphy's-like rule; would that (be) Pvt. Murphy's rule?" Yes, except that my cat, Murphy (who BTW is also aging), is once again "Pfc. Murphy." I know ... he has been up and down the rank ladder between Pvt. and L/Cpl. so many times that I had to sew zippers onto his chevrons. You know we Irish! I think its a "full o' the blarney" thing. However, Murphy has been doing much better, by keeping my "Big Girls" in line, and they answer to him with respect, as if he has become more like the legendary old "First Shirt" (of the movies, anyway), who constantly loses and gains stripes, but is still a leader. Bella/Me'a are coming along in their training, with Bella showing a little more progress than Me'a in the live-fire field exercises. She is more serious and constantly reminds me, in so many ways, of Darby, and will probably be the first to make Pfc. But, Me'a is my lovable little (Big Chunk) who seems to be still trying to figure it all out. Both pups now weigh about 70-75 lb, with Bella being a bit more lanky and Me'a, with shorter legs, is one of those who will probably fight a weight problem, her whole life. She takes after dad. Yesterday, amidst the pouring rain, both girls did an admirable job of patrolling the yard (with a lot of horse (or big puppy) play thrown in when Murphy or dad weren't looking) while I sang hummed "Aquarius" and sang "Rain drops are falling (actually blowing horizontally) on my head..." while struggling to get my irrigation line blown ... free of water. Ah, water, water ... everywhere! This rain keeps coming. I'm really beginning to feel like a "Coastie," here in eastern Washington. -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where, miraculously, today "the sun also shines (at least for a while)" and "I can see clearly now" to catch up on my "pooper scooper" duties. With two dogs, it can get like a cow pasture out there ... real quick. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Bombers in the Military I want to remind you all again to check out the web site: http://richlandbombers.1962.tripod.com/bombersinthemilitary.htm to view the current (that is current as of last week end) status of the list of Bombers in the Military. I have received a good bit of input based on this file, and sure hope some of you can recognize more of our Bomber family that should be added. The list is by class - with the exception that the 1st page contains the names of Bombers who lost their lives in combat, you should be able to "scroll" around and find what you want. Thank to everyone who has responded to date and to those of you who will shortly. -John ADKINS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I'm not sure if this has the wisdom one would find in a Dan Brown Novel, but yesterday I found the attached on a bulletin board at an ice rink here in West Bend, WI. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091028-Ham-WBBombers.jpg This was an Epiphany for me, as I had kinda always hoped we were named after the Charlie O'Connell lead Bay Area Bombers. If I'm wrong, I'm on Raymond STEIN's ('64) side, I always wanted to be able to say that I'd played on the same team as Ray STEIN. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony SHARPE ('63) Re: Sorensen Picture #449 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-449-Who.html The lady on the left Luda Castleberry, mother of Jim CASTLEBERRY ('58) and Joe CASTLEBERRY ('63). Re: John Ball Student Council Pictures http://richlandbombers.tripod.com/1950s/1952-53JB-SC.html The girl in Middle row, #2, of John Ball Student Council looks to be Karen BREEDLOVE ('63) as in Mrs. Grosenbacher's 4th Grade future class of 1963 pic. -Tony SHARPE ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Sorensen's Pictures #451 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-451-Who.html I don't know who is in the picture, but I do know something about the equipment shown. The object on the right with the hex-head nut and the three clamps is a connector for a remotely installed piping jumper. In the PUREX and other buildings there was a canyon with tanks and pipe nozzles on the walls and on top of the tanks. A prefabricated pipe with connectors on each end could be lowered by an overhead gantry crane into onto these nozzles. Then the crane would lower an impact wrench onto the connectors. The reason for the conical shape on top of the hex-head is to help guide socket of the impact wrench in place. The item in front of his left hand is the impact wrench that would be used. I had never actually [seen] the impact wrench, or even a picture of one, but I recognize it from drawings illustrating how it is done. This allowed the piping system to be changed as needed; too much radiation down there to send a pipe fitter to do it. It seems like for six months to a year I worked nothing but on designing and drawing plans for jumpers. Each one was different. We had to calculate the center of gravity of each jumper so it wouldn't tip while being lowered by the crane. Sometimes we would have to add a weight, usually made from a section of pipe filled with lead shot. I heard later that lead could no longer be used. I guess that lead was more of a environmental concern than the fact that the whole thing was going to be radioactive when it no longer used and taken out. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Don Sorensen's Photo #450 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-450-Who.html That is Sacajawea/Chief Jo/Columbia High's Toni Shepard ('64). For you FaceBookers she can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/people/Toni-Shepard-Davis/1459392981 Re: Don Sorensen's Photo #451 http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091027-451-Who.html That is Calvin Welsch who taught at Col-Hi from 1948 to 1970 then made a move to Hanford High School in 1971. His obituary can be found at: http://obit.einansfuneralhome.com/listcurrent search for Welsch -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bombers everywhere... film at eleven Couple a things... first... Ray ('64) and Burt ('59) please never change... you keep me in stitches. While I was over in Moro Bay, CA last week I was hitting the antique stores... I walked into one in a town just to the south and thought I was at a '63 function... two girls, not nearly as sexy or beautiful or or or (well how could they... they weren't Bomber Babes) as our lovely dynamic duo, Ellen and Mary Lou, but they played off each other to the point where I could have been with the DD's (that sounds funny... not sure why)... those two girls acted as if they'd been raised on Johnston in Richland I swear... but I gotta admit... being at functions with our own two is always more fun... Got some news for you Terry DAVIS (Knox "65) fans... I told Jeanie WALSH ('63) that Terry is making a couple of movies... on the 4th he'll be in Yuma Arizona making "Renovation" a slasher film in which he has small role as a newspaper editor. Then on the 24th he heads for Luxembourg where he will be filming the "Hunters" in which he plays a Police Chief who helps kidnap people to be hunted in castles by wealthy "hunters". I understand that Ricky WARFORD ('65) and Lyman POWELL ('65) have agreed to accompany Terry over for the film. Silly Rabbits... how's it feel to be the hunted!!!!! Finally, Terry collects and reads old New Yorkers from cover to cover... he called all excited to tell me to look up the New Yorker magazine for February 7-16, 2009. At page 56, there is an article under Personal History Checkpoints by John McPhee, that discusses life in Richland during WWII. Should make good reading. He also had to tell me a Kim Delaney story in response to a show Jeanie had seen him on... I can't really repeat that story here... but it involved make-up and a headband and tickling... lots of tickling... nuff said! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Theresa Hammer (NAB) Did YOU work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR PARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Did YOUR GRANDPARENTS work at Hanford/PNNL? Do you KNOW SOMEONE who worked at Hanford/PNNL? Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) is a federal law passed by Congress in July, 2001. The intent of the law is to award medical and/or monetary compensation to workers in the Atomic Weapons Industry in the event the worker developed an occupational illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. There are over 370 DOE sites around the country covered by this law including Hanford and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) - and the law is retroactive to 1942. If the worker is deceased, survivors can be awarded the compensation. Survivors include (in order of eligibility): o Surviving spouse o Children of the worker o Parents of the worker o Grandchildren of the worker o Grandparents of the worker The Hanford Resource Center was established by Congress to assist the Department of Labor with the claim process. CONTACT: The Hanford Resource Center toll-free at 888-654-0014 or email hanford.center@rrohio.com -Theresa Hammer (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Margene Mallow ('58) ~ 7/3/39 - 10/17/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/29/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Betty McELHANEY ('57), Donna McGREGOR ('57) "Pappy" SWAN ('59), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Robert SHIPP ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James DAUGHERTY ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) The Hudspeth you are asking about was probably A.P. Hudspeth. Jon's Father and A.P. got together in the early '50s but couldn't find any relation. They have to be somewhere along the lines as there isn't that many Hudspeth's around. -Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna McGREGOR Salazar ('57) Re: Trailer camp at North Richland I hadn't realized that there actually wasn't an "A Street". Assumed it was there somewhere but don't recall seeing it. So if that is the case, the lettered streets went from "B Street" to at least "W Street" and the numbered went from 1-12. Our Grandmother lived On "W Street". We lived at 808 F Street. I don't recall for sure, but I think the lots were 40' x 40'. Much earlier than the advent of the 80 footers. Ours was 22 feet long. We previously had a little Crosley refrigerator that we put in the trailer and we used the ice box for a cupboard. I say "we" - of course I had nothing to do with - just hanging on to the parents' shirt tails. Very memorable. Bomber cheers, still cold here in the high desert of Espanola, NM. -Donna McGREGOR Salazar ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) Re: Class of 1959 Veterans To: Class of 1959 Veterans, and/or those friends and relatives who can help provide information. I have accepted the task of compiling a list of all Class of 1959 Veterans with military service. When completed, as well as possible, this list will be posted, permanently, on our class website by Burt Pierard, our class webmaster. I will also provide the list to John Adkins ('62) for use in his project to compile a list of "All Bomber Veterans" which will be on display at the All Bomber (R2K+X) Reunion, to be held over the weekend of June 25 & 26, 2010. I have sent out two emails to those classmate veterans, for whom I had an email address, appealing for name, branch of service, years of active duty and reserve time served (from/to), and highest rank obtained. And, any additional information regarding the veteran's service is most welcome and appreciated To date, I believe that I have identified, with the help of others, about 45 of our classmates who served. However, I have received only some full and a lot of partial information from '59 veterans themselves and/or others. Several have not responded. To those of you who have responded, we thank you, but if you have not responded to John Adkins' or my emails, or if I did not have your email address and you or any of your friends or relatives should read this, PLEASE HELP by contacting me via my email address (above). We also wish to acquire the same information for any of our deceased veteran classmates, and we have reviewed the obituaries listed on Maren's obituary link through Sandstorm. Often, these provide only a brief mention of their service, if any. Therefore, if any of their friends or relatives should read this, please help us out with what information you can provide. It is our goal to provide recognition for all who served. I will be most grateful for any and all responses to this request. Until then, and forever, I remain, "Semper Fi," -George "Pappy" SWAN ('59) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Chisholm's Chariot http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Ham/091029-Heap10-20-61.jpg Heap of the Weak ~ Sandstorm October 20, 1961 -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert SHIPP ('64) Just got back from an long road trip and am slowly catching up on my Sandstorm back log, so this comment may be a little late. To: Ray STEIN ('64) Ray, the mushroom cloud may not have been the "official" mascot before 1971, but it was definitely associated with the Bombers when you and I were in school. I, too, remember the plane on the cheerleaders' (or maybe it was the ) uniforms, but I'm pretty sure the new band uniforms we got in 1962 had a mushroom cloud on the back, and my 1964 RHS class ring DEFINITELY includes the cloud. (I just dug it out and looked at it to make sure my memory wasn't playing tricks on me again.) -Robert SHIPP ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/30/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and Don Sorensen & Andy Purdue sent stuff: Laura Dean KIRBY ('55), Willo Dean EDENS ('56) Bill CHAPMAN ('60), James JOHNSON ('60) Al COFFMAN ('62), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Andy Perdue (Bomber Dad) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen COLE ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty PYLE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray STEIN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John THOMPSON ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) I looked for my old Song leader sweater and found only the name tag and the notes from the front. No Bomb or plane. My class ring has only an "R" and my initials and a 1955. However, I definitely remember that the green and gold bomb shell was placed in the middle of the gym floor prior to every pep assembly. I don't remember ever hearing anything about "Days Pay" or any other airplane relating to us as a mascot or team name. I will always think of us as "Bombers"... mighty mighty proud! I stand by the cloud. If you think about how some people want to remove the bomb, cloud and all in order to be politically correct, and it angers you, consider the following: When I was in Illinois, I went into an office for a breathing evaluation. The therapist there had a picture of a B-17 framed and hanging on his wall. By this time (2002) I had heard about the bomber and I asked him if he knew about Day's Pay. This opened a long conversation about how some people were trying to rid Richland of that perceived stigma and eliminate the bomb and cloud from school paraphernalia. He sympathized with me and told me about the high school where he graduated. It was in Pekin, IL and because of the similarity, they became sister cities with Peking, China. The school team name was "The Chinks". At prom and homecoming dances the royalty would dress in Chinese garb and proudly walk around the dance floor. By the 1980s the idea of such a display irritated those who play the correctness game, and Pekin "Chinks" were forced to become someone else. I believe it was the "Pups" or similar animal. This doctor didn't like it any better than I would like it if the "Bombers" were expunged from our great school history. The discussion of John Ball was interesting to me. I went there in 1948/'49 school year for my sixth grade. The pictures show the way it looked at that time. After that the larger Quonset hut was added to connect the two sets of hallways. It was used as gym, cafeteria and auditorium. My mother taught first grade at the far south end and my classroom was the last Quonset on the north east side. In 1988 I attended the all school John Ball Reunion. My dad made a mock up of the school and the guests placed statements and predictions in a "time capsule" which was buried somewhere, I don't recall. Any information about the school could be verified by Irene Johnson, whose husband attended class with me in 1948. He has since passed away, but she could be helpful about dates, etc. At that time we lived at 807 "U" street and had to wait about two or three weeks while they cleared the street and formed lots in the sand. We were one of the luckier families who had a lot close to the wash house. For those of us who were children at that time, it was a great exciting adventure unlike anywhere we had ever lived before. It may have been a hardship on the parents, but the kids loved it. We lived there less than a year before we rose to the top of the housing list and took a 3 bedroom pre-fab at 503 Sanford. My mother talked my dad out of selecting a ranch house because they had no yards and the dust was everywhere. Our yard on Sanford had two of the original peach trees and still produced delicious fruit. I was in Carmichael for the seventh and eighth grades 1949-'51 and because we moved to the other side of town, I finished Jr. High at Chief Jo the first year it existed. We were the class that selected the school colors and name. We chose Warriors because of the school's Indian name. I hear they have abandoned that moniker now. Time marches on, things change and they call it progress. Sometimes I wonder! -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Willo Dean EDENS Wilkerson ('56) Entered: Thursday 10/01/2009 12:57:36am COMMENTS: Homes in Richland, Yuma, and Motorhome. Catch me where you can! Grew up on Duane Ave. now called Geothals. -Willo Dean EDENS Wilkerson ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Bill CHAPMAN ('60) Entered: Saturday 10/03/2009 6:57:09pm COMMENTS: From what I can tell, RHS has one of the most active alumni websites around. Even though I now live in Southern California and don't have family any more in the Tri-Cities, I still hit the website to try to keep "connected." -Bill CHAPMAN ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: James JOHNSON ('60) Re: Richland National Little League All-Stars (1955) http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Any/091030-Joh-Base.jpg -James JOHNSON ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Al COFFMAN ('62) Re: Hanford Declassified Document Retrieval System (DDRS) http://www2.hanford.gov/declass/ Maren, Folks who are interested In North Richland may find this [information helpful] Use the ADVANCED SEARCH - Search for North Richland, North Richland Construction Camp, anything you want to check out... It is not a real good copy but it is readable. There are maps of the camp in pages 40 through 50 which may help the memories for bombers who lived there. If they down load it to their computer they can open in its native form with microsoft office document imaging. Good Luck! -Al COFFMAN ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Richland Spudnuts Continued... I received the following in reference to the thought of our mascot being the SPUDNUTS... "Gary, I think your suggestion to have Spudnuts as our High school mascot has some worth, maybe we could have an honorary Mascot. In fact this new Mascot would have no question to it's genesis and in fact is a descendent of Atomic lore! (Gary now rolling his eyes a bit) If you follow my logic you will agree and this might start a ground swell of acceptance... First of all Spudnuts would never be on any list of approved food to lose weight... And we all know that the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki had Plutonium made at Hanford... and some of us know that the name of this bomb was... drum roll... "Fat Man." Now if that isn't a direct link to our atomic roots, I don't know what is! ha!" Signed, 'Beard' from the Class of 1964 ******* -Gary BEHYMER ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: He's a Bomber thru and thru And the battle continues... what's the difference between a B-17 and a Fat Man? Not a darn thing as long as that B-17 is slamming balls thru that basket... We are the Bombers Mighty Mighty Bombers... dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun... daaaaaaaaaaaa dun... da duh duh... (Peter Gun in case you can't hear it in your lil Bomber head)... State... the Camlin... he took us there and we loved it and we love him for it... I don't care who wins this little debate... because we are all green and gold (or curbside yellow as Jimbeaux ('63) calls it) underneath... I was in Cambria the other day... little town in mid-California... one of Mary Lou's ('63) favorite places... there is a little Amish shop there and I have to peek in to see what's new... well a few years back when my neck rolled off my shoulders I found a beautiful cane there made kind of the way the guys all made bowls in wood shop (all but me... I was an art guy... never made it in shop...) with different colored wood laminated together... it was just wonderful... used it till I decided I liked falling down better than the cumbersome cane (hard to smoke, carry a cane and a briefcase all at the same time)... I mean I don't really like falling down... I'm just very careful when I walk unless I'm not and then... kerplunk... so anyway, I walked in last week and there it was... oh my... now I've sworn myself not to spending money on nonessentials these days... but oh my... I mean words cannot describe... so I splurged and purchased the most wonderful green and gold (curb yellow) swirly two tone cane I've ever seen... plan to put two of the Bomber coins on it (each side of the handle)... luckily I still have two left in my stash... (I give them to Bombers who come to Vegas who don't seem to show up in Richland as an incentive to come home)... so... as I was saying... this guy has given us so much of himself over the years... now I ain't sayin' his Pal Number 32 ('63) isn't a fantastic Bomber... or any of the rest of you... but as Jimbeaux put it the other day... we all wanted to say we were on the same team as the Birthday Boy... Now I will admit that when DAVIS (Knox '65) and I bleached our hair back in '59 it was in honor of our boy Skipper NUSSBAUM('65). but as Mary Lou reminded me this morning (oh my that does sound risque doesn't it... oh yes it does... I LIKE it!)... the Birthday boy is also a blonde... and as far as DAVIS is concerned... one of the greatest comments ever made was at R2K when KEENEY ('65) yelled out... "Hey, Davis, if you were gonna change yer name why didn't you change it to somebody famous like [Birthday Boy]!"... so for me... he can be a Days Pay or a Fat Man (well... not really fat... after all... he is Number 10!)... But he's our home town hero so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ray STEIN ('64) on October 30, 2009!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Andy Perdue (Bomber Dad) Maren, On Friday, we will publish a section in the Tri-City Herald that is a tribute to Hanford's Cold War era. The online version is at: http://www.coldwarhanford.com The online version includes hundreds of additional declassified photos from the Department of Energy. I suspect many Bombers will enjoy this look at Richland's unique place in history. Sincerely, -Andy Perdue, Tri-City Herald (And father of a future Bomber, class of 2022) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment of 6 http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2009/Xtra/Sor/091030-452-457.htm To: All Bombers Another installment of 6 -- ?, ?, ?, 300 Area Fuel Manufacture, ?, 100 Areas perhaps D. To: Duke CAMPBELL ('61) Thanks for the info. Question when you came to Hanford did you live in the Construction Camp? Also did your father keep anything from that time frame? I would love to see anything you have and perhaps copy it. If I remember correctly he worked for Frances McHale. To: Mary JUDD Hinz ('60) I can't believe I missed Millie Lawrence. She was our receptionist at 234-5 for years. We could always count on a friendly smile and hello every morning. Thanks for your time. To: Nancy RIGGS Lawrence ('51) I had no idea you were related to Millie. Perhaps I should have asked. To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) There was a school at Hanford during the war. They had split shifts to accommodate all the children living in the Camp. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/31/09 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt funeral notice today: Dick McCOY ('45), Bonnie STEEBER ('57) Donni CLARK ('63), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex DAVIS ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob MATTSON ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Monikers The old debate over mascots lives on, and now I see that the Chief Joe Warriors has been tampered with. The Chief was a superb warrior, so what is the problem? There are still grumps about the mushroom cloud. I speak as one from a Class that would have been fodder to storm the beaches of Japan had the bomb not been developed. I might not have been around to write this, and my kids would never have existed, etc. So, I have no problem with the bomb, and the Bombers, but maybe we should start taking it easy with the Cloud. The Japanese are offended by it, and it is time we stopped saying "who cares?" Sorry, Burt PIERARD ('59) et al. I've lived thru much of this stuff. I went to EWCE in 1950 '51 and we were called the Savages. Politically correctly they now are the EWU Eagles, which is mostly a scavenger. Why not B. Franklin's turkey, an honorable bird, and good to eat. In 1995 I went back to Minnesota for my old high school's 50th. I was chagrined to learn that they had torn down the old school, moved it out in the country, changed it's name to West Minnetonka, flipped the mascot from Mohawk to some bird, and also changed the school song. Oddly, they even changed the name of the Annual from Mohian, which sounded too Indian. Actually the name was derived from MOund HIgh ANual. The ultimate in sublime action, throwing the old out with the bathwater. I told my former classmates to forget the celebration of the 50th, they should be mourning the passing of their old school. Maybe I suffer from old geezerism. speaking of which, happy birthday to "Airplane" Ray Stein ('64) [on the 30th]. -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 There is lots of snow up on Cultus today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Many thanks to all the Bombers who added me to their prayer list regarding my fight with cancer. Curt DONAHUE ('53) started it off with a first and fast response. Harvey IRBY ('64), another respondent, also shares one of those "it's a small world" stories with me. Some years back, he and my youngest daughter had business dealings in Las Vegas. During conversation, they discovered that Harvey graduated from high school in Richland and my daughter informed him that that was where I was from. He asked her if I was aware of the Sandstorm website. So it was through him that I signed on to the Sandstorm. One of these days, maybe I will finally meet him and his wife, Carolyn (NAB), and be able to thank him personally. Re: Earl BENNETT ('63) Sandstorm entry dated 10/25 Earl, you wrote: "While it is easier for me to pray for something/someone when I am emotionally invested - Linda REINING ('64) was a next door neighbor a couple of years before we moved to Jason Lee territory - I will now include you in my prayers so that Linda doesn't have to pass those to you." Earl, I didn't mean to ask Linda to share your prayers for her. She needs your prayers and I would never even think to ask her to share. You go on to say: If you want to increase my emotional investment, just send me some more information about yourself and your needs, whether illness or other." Well, I've been very fortunate and have rec'd many blessings in my life so really have no special needs (outside of this present fight). My personal info is that I share many memories of Richland just like most Bombers do. My family moved to Richland in the winter of 1945/1946, right after my father came home from WWII. I attended Sacajawea, Carmichael, and Col-Hi and can relate to most of the things that fellow Bombers have mentioned. I left Richland in 1958 but try to get back for my "Richland fix" at least once a year, usually for Club 40 weekend. Thank you for thinking of me in your Sandstorm posting. Re: Linda REINING ('64) Thanks for your encouragement and support. I look forward to hearing of your progress. I have my first appointment with an oncologist on Tuesday so hope to find out more about my prognosis. Re: Pappy SWAN ('59) Pappy, I think you could write a full-page description of the daily weather report and we would find it amusing! Some people have a way with the words and can certainly keep us entertained. Your "words of wisdom" (?) and Tom TRACY's ('55) memories of what used to be, are among the best and most entertaining entries to the Sandstorm. -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) ~ from sunny Tucson **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Entered: Friday 10/30/2009 10:34:39am COMMENTS: I loved my school, my hometown, the people I grew up with and the friends... I still call my good friends today. Nothing can take away the memory of the fun childhood and Bomber days we shared together. It was great growing up in Richland, small town, USA! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 8 Steinway Pianos I mentioned the 8 Steinways to George Caruthers (blind piano tuner back in "the day" for Korten's). George said "NO WAY. I tuned all the pianos in Richland and out in the area. There was only ONE Steinway -- it was at Carmichael." He did say that later the district bought another one from some guy names Scott, but NEVER were there eight. Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA 60 at midnight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Cold War Hanford: Large Richland Family http://www.tri-cityherald.com/1566/gallery/771463-a771279-t3.html -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What a pal I'm sorry this will be short... been swamped all morning... intellectual property dispute of all things and now I have to run off and not sure I'll be back... so I gotta apologize to the Birthday boy for October 31, 2009 (Nevada Day)... but it don't mean I don't love him to pieces... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bobby "Tuna" MATTSON ('63 & '64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) I hope everyone has a spooktacular Halloween -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we've had rain, wind, and temps in the 50s this week (warmer during the night than all day Thursday) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mabel Deranleau Hackney ('31 Colt) ~ 4/30/13 - 10/23/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` September, 2009 ~ November, 2009