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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/14 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Lenora HUGHES ('55), Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56wb) Barbara SESLAR ('60), Annette HALL ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Donna FREDETTE ('65) Betti AVANT ('69), Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larson GRENINGER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna PARDEE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken DEERY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark PERKINS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FITZPATRICK ('80) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) & Shannon CRAIG ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Skating Rink I have to weigh on the skating rink too. I was one of the "police" who tried to maintain some sort of order so people could enjoy the skating and go home in one piece. In the early 1950s there were a lot of soldiers around and I helped several of them learn to skate. There were always a few of them whose intentions were not the greatest for the young girls at the rink or anywhere else in town, for that matter. That was nothing unique to that time or place. When I was around 50 years old our church in Federal Way had a skating party for the youth group. My wife and I went along as chaperones. Those kids were amazed when I donned my skates and whizzed around the rink. Like bicycling, you never forget. But as you get older you fear falling and damaging yourself beyond repair. At almost 79, I don't think I'll put skates on again. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Now living in Pasco and loving every minute of being back in the Tri-Cities! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) A very Happy New Year to all Bombers! an Historical Note: According to some sources, the plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki was nick-named "Fat Man" in honor of Winston Churchill. The Hiroshima bomb was called "Little Boy' because it was smaller than "Fat Man." There are several histories of "The Project" written from varying political points of view. Some are even close to the "truth". -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are still waiting for valley rain and mountain snow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Re: Richland skating rink The Richland skating rink was owned by Howard and Grace Bacon. I was good friends with them and with their daughter, Nancy. I would go to my job at Hanford and evenings and week-ends I would help out at the skating rink, renting out skates and working in the snack bar. Of course, I skated for free. I went to Chicago with the Bacons in 1956. We went to the Chicago skate company and I bought a pair of skates from them. It was a great time. I met my husband there. He was one of the cute soldier boys who came in often. We have been married for 56 years so it was a great place for me. As for the crowd that hung out there, they were all great people. I never met anyone there who wasn't nice. There were several families that came in and skated together. There were many small children whose parents dropped them off to skate. There were many older people who came in and skated. I never found the environment bad. My memories of the skating rink are all wonderful. I long to return to those "golden days". Can't do it so must keep the memories intact. -Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56wb) Re: Grace's birthday (12/31) Well I missed sending this birthday wish by a day, but I did call my sister, Grace, and sang Happy Birthday to her over the phone. I can say that we both miss Richland and all the great memories of the experiences that we didn't have in earlier years spent in and around Boston. Richland is a special place and the Sandstorm is such a great site to keep in touch with old friends. Much love and happiness to you, Gracie. -Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, January 4, 2014 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) Re: Roller Rink Does anyone remember when Fats Domino was there? -Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Happy New Year Now I imagine last night some of you were watching the fireworks in Las Vegas, reruns of twilight zone all day and night or listening to Dizzy Gillespie while you watched the glittery wrecking ball bash the Old Endicott building in times square (craaaaaaaaaaaaaash... craaaaaaaaaaaash... craaaaaaaaaaaash), but I was in my kerchief and cap settling down for a long winter's nap so from alla me to alla you: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna FREDETTE ('65) To everyone in the Bomber family and their beautiful families: Happy happy New Year!! 2014 seems so strange doesn't it?! Only one year until the class of '65 celebrates fifty years. OMG To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Your entries are so interesting and so enlightening. I, myself, love your entries. We have so much to be thankful for and owe so much to our wonderful hard working parents who loved us beyond belief. To: Peg SHEERAN FINCH ('63) As for Tastee Freeze, the chocolate dipped cones were to die for. I would get one and gobble it down and watch my sister eat hers wanting to grab it while she slowly savored it! There was nothing like growing up in Richland and going to the skating rink and skating to loud music and having fun with friends. I don't remember anything negative about it. I am happy it is still there. My plan is to get in shape so that I can skate when I visit Richland in 2015! Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) and I went to Tastee Freeze with our children after our 20th reunion and had a blast!! To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) You are so totally right about having fun skating and looking for the boy that you hoped would be skating there at the same time. It is a wonderful memory in my mind that all I can remember are good times there. Just like the good times all over town running around barefoot. Of course there are the times when Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) and I dressed up in boots and with her long black hair and my long blonde hair walked all around Uptown thinking we were the coolest ever! It makes me sad to think of the places that will be gone when I finally arrive back in Richland after so many years! When I was there for my daughter's drill team competition in the '80s I did think everything looked so different but at the same time the same, and I was not really looking; I was a chaperone and riding the drill team bus to Kennewick!!! To: Linda REINING ('64) You know, I don't think I was allowed to go to Hi-Spot either come to think of it so now I know why after all these years. I did get to go when I was a senior, though. Or maybe that was after I graduated. I did get to go out in cars with boys though but always had a curfew with my Mom blinking the light off and on! Really cute memories, Linda, about being 7 or 8 years old. I think I was only allowed to go during the day just like Uptown theatre. I think I went at night when we were in Jr. High a few times, probably on a sleep over or something. My Dad was always around somewhere! To: David RIVERS ('65) You are so right, David! Jimbeaux ('63) didn't wish the ever young and lovely Miss Nancy ('65) a Happy Anniversary because he was probably taking her out and buying her something wonderful to celebrate! Nancy is such a special person and really she is ever young and lovely! Hi Nancy! By the way it isn't an, it is a. ha To: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) I laughed and laughed when I read your entry tonight! Your Dad was not overly strict, he let you spend the night with me and go to the downtown movie theatre and walk home in the middle of the street waiting for my Dad to pick us up!! He probably didn't know, not that it mattered. The town was so great and safe with all of our Dads watching out for us from afar! Well maybe more close than afar, we just didn't know. Your Dad was so nice and we had so much fun didn't we. The memories we all have are so very special and no one can take them away from us. It was a childhood so special that it seems a dream but only just day before yesterday! Happy New Year!! Much happiness this year to everyone. It will be a good one. God Bless! Bomber Cheers! -Donna FREDETTE ('65) P.S. Thank you, Maren! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Roller Rink I skated at the roller rink several times over the years growing up. I went with church youth groups and others and always had a great time. I remember in 5th grade a bunch of us were playing "crack the whip" and a friend fell coming around the corner and broke her wrist. One church group I went with got a laugh at the most inopportune of times. The pastor had gathered us around for a prayer and one gal was coming back from the snack bar with candy in hand. She was a little on the "large" side and fell onto her butt just as he was speaking, everything stopped at that point and then the place erupted into laughter. I went skating with some gals from work when I was in my 30s and I hadn't been in years; thankfully I never fell and thought gee I should be doing this for exercise. I bought some indoor-outdoor skates and did just that for awhile until one of the wheels came off right in the middle of the jogging trail. We also used the sidewalks along Thayer to use our shoeskates on as they were smooth enough to skate on (not all sidewalks were as some were asphalt covered with small rocks). -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) If I am to believe what I heard growing up... the couriers traveled with a briefcase handcuffed to their wrist, carrying a firearm and traveled in cabooses on freight trains. Just what I heard... -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Floyd MELTON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PIIPPO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Tastee Freeze There have been many posts on the Roller Rink and Tastee Freeze so I thought I would throw in my two cents. I tried roller skating and even bought a pair of skates but I was no good and my butt got tired of meeting the floor so that was a waste of money for the skates. The Tastee Freeze on the other hand was a favorite of mine, I loved the Brown Cows they congered up but on one occasion the girl I was dating at the time spilled hers on the seat of my cool ride and that was the end of her. HA. On my way home to Eugene, OR this past Monday I stopped at the Spudnut Shop for a dozen Spudies and tried to consume them before I got home. HA. I felt like a stranger in the Tri-Cities with all the growth and West Richland... that is just insane with all the changes and growth. Happy New Year to all the Bombers around the world. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Jody HAM ~ Class of 1974 ~ 1955 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), David DOUGLAS ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Phyllis CUNNINGHAM ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick LOHDEFINCK ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe ROBERTS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Roller rink trivia When I was a senior in Col-Hi, I worked for Mr. Bacon at the Richland Roller Rink and as I write this, songs like "Rose, Rose, I Love You", and "Mona Lisa" play in my mind. My job was to man the snack bar. I had professional style "Chicago" roller skates (stored in the attic today) which I purchased with my tax return money of 1953. I remember skating in a short skirt with dancing tights while serving cokes, candy and whatever was the special of the day. When not working at the snack bar, I was allowed to skate during the sessions, which included; all skate, hokey pokey, couples, etc. Those with skating talents skated in the center of the floor, practicing spins, turns, etc. while the other skaters raced madly around and around the rink or, if beginners, skirted the edges holding on to rails and walls. It was so much fun! I remember "Sonny" a frequent customer who didn't skate but would come in for a coke after a bicycle ride around town. He was loved by all who knew him for his wonderful sunny outlook on life, despite his special challenges. Richland was a wonderful place to live giving opportunities for all children to discover their special talents. I loved living there. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ In Northern VA where we are being spared the snow but not the cold. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I have one memory of the roller rink. It wasn't my fault, though. The whole fiasco started when Ed WOOD ('62) and I volunteered to show a movie ("Daddy Long Legs" if my memory is still intact) for the 7th grade party at Carmichael. We were 9th graders at the time and on the projection crew. After the movie one of the 7th grade girls accosted me and asked if I'd walk her home. She was wearing her very first high heels, and the asphalt that substituted for sidewalks in her neighborhood wasn't designed for those. My mom tried to raise me to be a gentleman, so I gallantly consented. She hung on to my arm all the way home, which I found ... interesting. My parents neglected to provide me with a sister and I wasn't used to being that close to a female. When we got to her house she told me she was having problems with an English assignment. Could I come tomorrow morning and help her with it? My mind being somewhat clouded at the moment, I agreed. However, when I arrived the next morning, it wasn't English she had on her mind. She wanted to go skating. We went. It did not help my ego any. She could skate gracefully, backwards even. All I could do was barely keep from falling down skating frontwards. The only enjoyable part of the excursion was her skating outfit. That was the only time we went skating, since I'm uncomfortable around girls who can do something better than I can. (I never played chess again after a girl beat me on the third move.) We had a couple more dates, but then my fellow 9th graders accused me of robbing the cradle. It was hard to find someone in my own class, as one of my requirements was, she had to be shorter than I was. I did find one - she was my date for the 9th grade banquet - but she moved to Pasco a month later. Well, that's my memory and I'm sticking to it. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ (sunshine with temperature in the low 70s today) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Roller Rink ~ Tri-City Herald -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) Re: Class of '64 in '14 - 50 Year Reunion Our reunion committee is meeting on January 11th at the Red Lion at noon. Everyone is welcome to attend and your ideas and suggestions are always appreciated. -Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: great start Well, I guess I was so wrapped up with the Big wrecking ball at the old Endicott building with visions of the Monster that devoured Cleveland dancing in my head, that it didn't occur to me that another way of saying new year's day is January 1st... now sitting right there on my trusty yellow stickie was the reminder that on January 1st I was spozed ta wish Donna PARDEE ('65) and HB... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... I caught her on face book but well it just ain't the same... Floyd MELTON's observation of West Richland was the way I felt the first time I saw all that growth... I think it's Jimmy ADAIR's ('65-'67) fault... But at least Floyd got some Spuddies... I remember I used to get one of those boxes full and Fed Ex them to my diabetic Pop... eventually my mom told me he'd lock himself in his room and eat as many as he could in one sitting... I stopped sending them... Well, today I want to remember a guy I met and knew since second grade... His older brother ('61) and I have become good pals, even tho Jack began for me as one of those neighborhood heros... Nice to become pals with e heros... those who knew him will always remember "the Walk". It's been 30 years since we lost Chuck GARDINER ('63-RIP). God bless you, Chuck, and smoke 'em if ya gottem! What are they gonna do... kick ya off the b-ball team? -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) HEY EVERYONE!!!! Tastee Freeze, The Roller RInk... don't forget that great late '60s institution of intellect in the same neighborhood... Ernie's Rack & Cue! What a great place to go (specially during lunch) to relax, share great philosophies... smoke, hear where were the sources for recreational treats (beer and other). I am not sure Ernie's ever developed any high quality billiards players but it certainly contributed to a segment of RHS male (mostly) recreation. And yes there was actually an Ernie who owned/ran the place. Any class of 1969-1971 types remember the place? I may have been running a high fog factor during that time! Happy New Year to all Bombers... actually to everyone I will continue to think about George DANA ('70-RIP) constantly during 2014. Please remember this POST holiday season to carve out a little time on January 11. Pour yourself a beverage of your choice and toast my very best friend and a truly great Bomber/ Richland guy, George Dana. January 11 would have been George's 62nd birthday. This year many of us add Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) to our list of wonderful Bombers now gone but ALWAYS remembered. -Mike FRANCO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Herrell HALL ~ Class of 1971 ~ 1953 - 2013 >>Jim HALL ~ Class of 1968 ~ 1949 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Rex HUNT (53wb) Dale ENNOR ('59), Donni CLARK ('63) Peg SHEERAN ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Pat DORISS ('65) Chris MARSHALL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill LYONS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria KENNEDY ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina BERLAND ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Skating Rinks We hung out at the Pasco Skating Rink, big place, lots of folks. One night, Ray SNYDER ('49) was there skating with a few beers in his belly; he skated all over the floor, arms and legs flailing, always close to tipping over, but never did. Amazing athleticism. When I was about 11-12, I worked as a "skate boy" at a rink in Boise, ID. My job was to install and adjust the clamp on skates and lace up the shoe skates for the local young ladies, mostly dates of airmen from Mountain Home Army Air Force base. A great job, pretty girls and the airmen were heavy tippers. Ann CLATWORTHY's ('54) description of life at the roller rink was awesome and so typical. After I somewhat mastered the art, I skated with those pretties, like Ann; it was a funny sight with them being about twice my size, the two of us gliding, skate dancing, around the floor. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) ~ Grover Beach, CA enjoying a very sunny, warm morning. Please send us some water! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex HUNT (53wb) Re: Roller Rink Guess my Memory has gone to hell, I could have sworn that the Roller Rink had been put together by The Brinkerhoff Family and divested to The Bacon Family, Shortly after opening. The Brinkerhoffs operated that small carnival ride operation there for many years. I dated Virginia BRINKERHOFF ('54-RIP) for a short period of time in the 1953-1954 time period and for some reason that roller rink is stuck in that memory frame. -Rex HUNT (53wb) ~ From Lovely Downtown Hanford, CA (also known as North Hell). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale ENNOR ('59) To: Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) Re: Fats Domino My recollection has Fats Domino performing at the roller rink in July of 1957. In any event, I was out WAY past my curfew and nothing was said the next morning. I still don't know how I got by with that one. To: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Re: Richland Skating Rink Not everything happening at the rink resulted in good memories: I recall earning a huge blister on the same spot on my right foot every Friday night! Try as I might - extra think socks or various tape combinations - I still came away with that damned blister. This paled, however, compared to the rare occasion when some idiot would find the junction box and douse the lights. PANIC! The only hope was to run into someone softer than you, or in most cases hunker down and roll under the pipe railing and into the wall and lie there hoping no one was following right behind. -Dale ENNOR ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63), Re: Roller Rink Ahhhhhh.......... I love all the Rollar Rink stories. Being a West Richland gal I so missed some of the things you guys had in town. Like sidewalks to roller skate on, etc. But I did get to go to the Rollar Rink when I went with my Richland Lutheran Youth group. We had a blast! I was always wobbly at first but caught on fast and by the end of the evening was whizzing around so fast it scared me but thrilled me also. I so wished I could have done it more often. My visits there were always positive. Of course I don't remember much negativity about much or have any memories of gangs of bad activity. Did I live in another world? Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) mentioned Sonny. I think he was the same boy who lived next to Jason Lee and often rode around West Richland also. [I believe that's the same person I knew as "Muscles"... rode his bike all over Richland and waved and hollered at anyone and everyone. -Maren] Thanks for the memories all of you and a Happy New Year to all Bombers out there! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Re: Projection Crew David DOUGLAS' ('62) entry of today made me laugh out loud. I was asked at Carmichael - by ?Mr. Clayton - if I would be on the projection crew. I had absolutely NO idea what that was, and I was not going to ask, as just to be asked to be a part of any "crew" boosted my ego. I don't think I lasted long. One film I was showing to a class came off the reel and ended up on the floor. Now THAT was humiliating! But not as bad as the time sister, Kate ('61), was on the swim team, but refused to go to a Yakima swim meet - I think because she had a date. Because the name "Sheeran" was already on the program, I - (a synchronized swimmer) - was asked to take her place. I was not competitive - and not the beautiful swimmer that Kate was, but I went. It was a relay, and when the first swimmer touched my side of the pool - (the deep end) - I dove in - but not one of those sleek skimming dives, but a down-to-the-bottom- of-the-12-foot dive. AND my swim-suit strap broke! I came up from the bottom - while all the other racers had reached the other end - holding on to my suit, and crying? I swam with one arm to the side of the pool, climbed out somehow, and ran into the dressing room. Wrote in my diary that I lost the race for the team - hated Kate - and I "haven't eaten anything for a week". Ah, the traumas of the teen years! -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Phil Everly (RIP) Another of my favorites is gone. Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died Friday, January 3, 2014, at the age of 74. I seem to remember them performing on the Ed Sullivan show in their USMC dress blues. They played at the Benton Franklin Fair I would guess around the mid '80s. They did something I had never seen any other fair performer do. Between the two shows they went out and did the fair. I saw them coming out of one of the exhibit buildings while I was going by--still in costume. I did see someone go up and talk to them; I didn't because I thought they would like to have some time to do something other than talk to fans. Re: West Richland The growth of West Richland is mentioned a couple times lately. That sure is right. I remember, in probably 1962, I and a couple of Bombers - one was Dan HOOPER ('64-RIP) - took 22s to, I think somewhere off of Bombing Range road to go shooting. It seems like at the top of the hill where Yoke's is now, or maybe a little further you turn left (coming from Van Giesen) and there was a gravel pit there. At that time Bombing Range road was just dirt and gravel. Climbing that hill the road had the wash-board effect and in that old '52 or '53 Mercury it seemed like it was going to shake the doors off the car. That was the only time I have been to that gravel pit and I have wondered--it is still there? Did they fill it in and build houses over it? Did they build houses up to the side of it? I have looked on Google satellite maps but have been unable to find any trace of it. I am not sure I am even looking in the right place. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: what a year Well, that year sure whizzed past... remember how long it took to get to 16? How 'bout 21?! There have been some "major" changes for me... yeah sure, I "retired"... but I mean big stuff... this was the year I admitted that 75% of the graybeards out there are younger than I am... I bought my second pair of wide toed shoes only this time they were loafers... I mean it's not like I shopped at HEIDLEBAUGH's ('65) pointy toed shoe store (tho my cowboy boots have always had pointed toes)... but I would not buy those duck shoes... found out they are pretty darned comfortable (still wouldn't give up my Weejuns inna suit tho)... I continued on my promise to my partner not to wear Dockers (we promised when we were 40 and extended every 5 years... we are still bound till 70 and in 3 years will have to extend to 75)... I gave up my fannie pack holster so WARFORD ('65) can't call me a "hippie" anymore and went to a little job that just tucks into the waste band so you can tuck your shirt in over it... all my life I have tucked my shirts in... I'm the only guy I know that wears Aloha shirts tucked in... dunno if it was a personal choice or parentally imposed at an early age (like 3... most impositions after that were ignored)... my friends all wore them out... Terry DAVIS' ('65) mom used to hound him about being more clean cut like that nice David RIVERS ('65)... mine wanted me to be more like Terry... kids cannot win that battle so just go with the flow... as in married life, "Yes Mrs. Cleaver" is the equivalent of "yes Dear"... I pierced my ear about 15 minutes out of the Marine Corps (actually, my Pop had both ears pierced)... back then it was like asking for a fist in the face... Ex-wife number one and I wore hoops (small) instead of wedding bands... I stopped wearing them when every Banker, Lawyer and business man wanted to be Sonny Crockett... when I retired I pulled out my stash and bought a new rat fink earring from Mrs. Roth (that's kinda like the graybeard thing... Ilene/Trixy is a good bit younger than I) and have been wearing it ever since... because it was a bit large to sleep in I gotta skull post that I can keep in alla time and am about to get an Eagle Globe and Anchor... oh and when I finally found a holster I could use with my shirts tucked in... I started wearing my shirts out ("He's a rebel and he'll never ever be any good.." )... but the one thing I have not been able to do is to get the beeeeeeeeeuuuuteeeful b-day Bomber-babe to accept one teeny tiny little challenge no matter how often I've asked... OK begged, pleaded and groveled... but I know some day she will come around... she loves me madly and she knows it... I can even get her to admit it sometimes (not in the indoor show of course... only at the drive in... she wouldn't be caught with me at the indoor show... what would people think!!!!)... but today I pledge my undying love and wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Paula Jill LYONS ('64) on her special day, January 4, 2014... Love you, PJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 Bomber Lunch WHEN: Friday, January 10th, 2014 TIME: 12:30 to 2:30 PM WHERE: Tony Roma's Restaurant, 8551 West Gage Blvd, Kennewick The Classy Ladies of the Class of '65 First Monthly Lunch of 2014 will be next Friday (the 10th) at Tony Roma's Restaurant in Kennewick! If you live outside the Tri-Cities, but would like to join us, please do so! Call or email me to let me know you'll be coming or if you have any questions! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chris MARSHALL Hopkins ('69) Victor "Vic" M. MARSHALL ('71-RIP) is my brother. John MOSLEY ('71) has organized a rosary: WHAT: Rosary for Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) DATE: Saturday, January 11, 2014 TIME: 11am WHERE: Christ the King Chapel. Christ the King is located at 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland. Could you please publish an announcement in the Sandstorm for anyone interested in attending? Thank you, -Chris MARSHALL Hopkins ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Steve CARSON ('58), Mike BRADY ('61) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Louise HARTCORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam EHINGER ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Skating was a Friday Night must when I was 15-16 and nothing but fond memories. I met Loretta OSTBOE ('55) at the rink and she invited me to check out the Civil Air Patrol Cadets which was a strong influence in my development. Who could forget Sonny. He always had a smile for everyone and was embraced by all. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Roller Rink Somewhere around 1955 my mother chaperoned a group of Girl Scouts at the Roller Rink, After finishing skating, she started to sit on a bench, slipped and broke her ankle. My dad dismissed it as a mild sprain. He didn't take her to the hospital that night. Empathy was not his middle name. The next morning her ankle was swollen as large as a grapefruit. She was in a cast for about four months. The family story was the bench was not bolted down. It is more likely that it was bolted and she just slipped. My question to Mr. Rivers, Esq.: When does the statute of limitations run out? :) P.S. I loved those Root Beer Freezes at Tastee Freeze. -Mike BRADY ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Robert "Bob" Francis FLORES ('67) On New Year's Eve, 2013, after a heroic battle with cancer, Bob FLORES passed away. In 1963, Bob moved with his mother and sister to Richland, where he graduated from Columbia High School on June 8, 1967. Visitation will be held at Memories at Sunset Event Center on Sunday, January 5, 2014, from 5 - 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Christ the King Church at 10am on Monday, January 6, 2014. An interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland. A reception will follow the interment at Bob's home at 371 Driftwood Court in Richland. View Bob's notice, see his recent picture and sign the guest book at the Einan's website: Bomber Tears, -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: new name I've been driving by the roller rink and Tastee Freeze quite often since moving back. I had noticed the name change but didn't really pay attention to it until all the talk of the 60th anniversary. The Tastee Freeze is still there, pretty much the same building but is now called "Bomber's Drive Thru". They do have a website with their menu included. I'll have to go there some time but I started a diet this week so it will have to wait. I'm still trying to lose my chemo. weight and hear it may be difficult, but hey I'm working on it. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland where we hit 52 yesterday (Friday) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Mack BRAND ~ Class of 1964 ~ 1945 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Margaret EHRIG ('61) Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora HOMME ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia REDISKE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allyson SMITH ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy WILLOX ('61) Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: All Bomber Lunch ~ aka Patti's All Bomber Lunch To: All Richland/Col-Hi Bombers We hope you have all survived the Christmas and New Years holidays. Here's hoping we don't have a winter like the rest of the country with ice, snow and negative wind chills. Come enjoy a warm time with good friends. WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014 TIME: 1pm - 3pm (Some show up around 12:30 PM) WHERE: JD DINER, 3790 West Van Giesen, West Richland (Second building on the right after crossing the Yakima River Bridge.) -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Tastee Freeze After one wintertime wet snow and at the age of ten or so (1954-ish), my twin brother John and I found ourselves drawn to the four-foot high concrete block wall that bordered the entire southern edge of the Tastee Freeze drive-through. The wall was painted white and was very visible for the southbound lane of traffic. On its full length was the blue lettering: "Tastee Freeze--Customer Parking Only." With white snow balls we selectively blocked the lettering into a new advertising message: "Taste... Free... Custom.................... Only." We then made good our escape on foot, but seem to recall tasteless noises coming from this customer-friendly roadside attraction. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Two days ago our online Sandstorm barrister noted that 75% of the graybeards were younger than him. I have noticed that about 66% of the obituaries I am reading these days are for people younger than me. So I took a sample from the Bomber Memorial page and yes, that is just about what it turned out to be, right at 2/3. I used to tell people that the first thing I would do in the morning is open the paper to the obituary page and if my name wasn't there it was going to be a good day. Maybe I should stop saying that, or maybe it is even more true. Mr. RIVERS ('65) also mentioned getting his ear pierced which "back then it was like asking for a fist in the face." I remember in those days; if you were a guy wearing an earring you better either be a Gypsy or a Pirate. Never have worn one myself, I think I will probably save that for when I buy and start wearing a cutlass. But somehow I don't think anyone is ever going to call me Blackbeard! -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ In chilly Kennewick. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Nancy MALLORY ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SCHAUER ('84) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Weather Amazing how things change when they get renamed. Currently the mid-west and north-east are suffering through an "artic vortex"; not your usual "storm of the century" or "I remember the winter of...". Not even a "Canadian cold front". Guess it must be like the currently popular "event" as in "wind...", "snow...". At least, we here in the Pacific Northwest are somewhat immune to the "vortex", although the BCS Championship Game was played "semi-tropical" conditions in Los Angeles. Re: Phil Everly (RIP) I am somewhat surprised that our resident legal-eagle has not commented on the passing of Phil Everly. No more wake up calls for "Little Suzie." Damn shame, I liked their music. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the cold weather is supposed to be replaced by rainy weather (as if). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Tastee Freeze I know I'm slipping, but I can't remember Tastee Freeze. Am I getting this mixed up with Dairy Queen? If they both existed, I guess I seldom went to Tastee Freeze since the Dairy Queen was on the route I took home after working evenings in Uptown Richland at the furniture store. I was usually hungry after putting in around 3 hours of work and I had money in my pocket. Often I would stop and order a "nutty fuddy" which most people call a Peanut Buster Parfait. If I was really hungry, I'd order a "Boston Shake." That was a milk shake of your choice topped with a sundae of your choice. You ate the sundae and washed it down with the milk shake. Is it any wonder I went from 165 early in my junior year to 183 at graduation? I still like Dairy Queen but no one seems to know what a "nutty fuddy" is. -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) Re: Brrrrrrrrr!!!!!! We are in the midst of a freeze! Last night (and tonight) was single digits. Will be in the teens (maybe) today and slightly (20s) tomorrow. Wednesday will get above freezing. Good news -- the snow missed us, although they have freezing rain predicted for Thursday. This is the south -- Western Tennessee!!. We are not equipped for cold and a dusting of snow or ice will close everything down. As it is many schools are closed today due to the cold. Spring, where are you?! Glad not to be farther north. Prayers for all who are even colder than we are in TN. Stay warm, everyone. -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) ~ in frigid Tennessee **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: some sad news I learned last night that Margaret Carraher died Thursday night (1/2/14) after being struck by a car in Richland the same evening. She was the sister of Mike ('64), Kathleen ('67), Kerry ('72), and Terrance ('78). My heart goes out to Mike and the rest of her family. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Roller Rink All the Roller Rink talk has brought a lot of old memories. The first nationally known band I ever saw was at the Roller Rink. The Sir Douglas Quintet - "She's About A Mover", and "Mendocino" were two of their big hits. It was probably Summer of '66, and the only reason I was there was my much, much older sister Gay ('69) wanted to go to the dance but my parents wouldn't let her. So she talked them into having me go along as a quasi chaperone. Only problem was I had to be invisible when she was around. I didn't dance then, at least not a good dancer, so I sat in one place and watched all the local band guys walk around. Greg RIETAN ('69), John BIERLEIN ('69), Frank HAMES ('69), Lynn STANFIELD (? '68), all the local rock royalty! The Isle of Phyve, Lenore, The Pastels. And then there were the Carmichael women. Being a Chief Jo guy, I was there with my Maltese Cross on looking studley, or at least I thought so, and being wow'd by the Carmichael women. Chief Jo had some good looking women, but the Carmichael babes were exotic. Lots of make up and short dresses. A noreltney in the making for sure. Nothing like the first real dance, not a sock hop in the gym in the daytime after school, but a real dark, smoke filled room filled with strobe lights and loud music. What a memory! Sad to hear fellow classmate and brother Marine Herrell HALL ('71-RIP) passed away. Another good one fades away. -Brad WEAR ('71), USMC, one each ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ed QUIGLEY ('62), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath CARLSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SINCLAIR ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62 Re: The Skating Rink A lot of skating there, for this "kid", when I was younger, but my favorite memory, and the one that stands out in my mind the most, is seeing "Them", with Van Morrison, sometime in the summer of '65 (probably!) with one of my favorite dance partners, Anita WRIGHT ('64). When Van was done singing a lyric, he'd turn around and face the back of the stage (not a "jumpin' around" front guy!), and at one point, in the middle of a song, the bass player was sitting on the front of the stage and Van was facing backwards, and somebody set off a firecracker. I'm not sure if it was a cherry bomb (I think, back then, that was as big as they came), or just a big cracker, but the whole audience jumped, and the guys in the band had absolutely NO reaction; never missed a beat! I think that it was just about then that I realized that maybe these guys were "somewhere else"! :) I sometimes wonder how many chocolate covered ice cream cones from Tastee Freeze I consumed over the years. . . -Ed QUIGLEY ('62 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: the article vortex Here we are in the bottom of the eye of the storm... we only got a few inches of snow after a Sunday afternoon of rain (thank goodness) and it only got down to 12 below Sunday night and not quite that cold last night. Yesterday our thermometer showed about 2 above zero as the high, but we feel blessed as we have extricating heat, but we are not among the thousands who have lost their power!! We cancelled church on Sunday due to the threat of falling temperatures, which didn't occur here until after dark. But an hour north in Indianapolis it was a disaster in cold, snow, and poor visibility!! This is the coldest weather I've ever been in, and to be honest, I'm glad to have been able to stay indoors. We were skiing once years ago in Winter Park, CO new year's week, 1988, and I think it got down to 7 below and I knew then I wasn't a skier at heart, because I didn't enjoy it at all!! Funny, we are experiencing this during this period of global warming!! Sure wish I could send some of our snow and rain to my friends in California who are in such a horrid drought!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Best wishes from the imitation Alaska, where it is suppose to warm up later today, and we pray they are right!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Rock n Roll The Chief Squid ('54) asked why I didn't mention Phil Everly's passing inna SS... well, I can tell you, I spent Sunday playing their music on you tube and posting it on my face book... I have no real clue how face book actually works as some may have noticed... the only time I use it is to post pictures or music... today at lunch my Buddy, Magoo, thought I was PO'd at him because I didn't respond to a message he sent me Saturday... he gave me a lecture on messages which went into one ear and out the other... the other day I asked Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) to email me something... for some reason I went on face book and there it was... When Rock n Roll started hitting the air waves it was almost impossible to find... Keith PETERSON ('65), Craig DAVIS ('65) and I used to sit at my little (well not really little) short wave radio going from station to station to find RnR songs... doesn't make for a very relaxing evening... I remember in '57 my famblie took a trip to Chicago to see some of my dad's famblie (we also went to Iowa to see my Mom's) and along the way the two songs I remember playing most were "Freight Train" and "Bye Bye Love" I perked up when door number two opened... couldn't believe my dad actually let it play alla way through... This Sunday I played a ton of their music and put a ton on face book. For those of you who would like to see the concert where they got back together I'll send the site with this post it's about an hour long and totally well worth it... when I first came to Vegas, I ran with Glen Campbell's cousin... he was just a gofer for Glen but Glen was good buds with Don and Phil... Glen would be at the International and the boys would be across the street at the Landmark where Dobie Gillis' brother was the PR man... running with a gofer has its perks and we'd just wander over and get in free... ah the good ol' days... not like searching stations for A SINGLE song... I became friends with a guy from Lubbock who wrote a magazine called "Reminiscing" from right after Buddy Holly's death until Buddy's Mom died. He would send me all kinds of fun stuff. I have a piece of the Lubbock High School stage from when Buddy would play there (I also have a piece of the Spanish Castle stage, thanks to Jimbeaux ('63))... I've pretty much been a rocker all my life... in 6th grade, Mrs. Stevenson at Spalding called me a "notorious time waster"... what she meant was I was the laziest kid she'd ever met. I tried drums, guitar and the sax... for about 20 minutes each... but when I couldn't play like Gene Krupa, Duane Eddy or the sax player in the Viscounts over night I dropped them all... I've just never had any drive to "work" at anything... if it didn't come easy I didn't do it... I've often questioned myself about that... what could make a person refuse to work... maybe I was just a Maynard clone... who knows... but anyway, I was doing my thing for Phil's death and hope some of you enjoyed the stuff I put on face book. It turned in to an overall RnR day for me so I didn't stop at Don and Phil that day... I covered the playing field. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Margaret Eileen CARRAHER (not a Bomber - RIP) 1/2/14 article in the Herald 1/3/14 article in the Herald In reference to the entry in yesterday?s Sandstorm from David RIVERS ('65), I have provided the link to the Einan's website with the funeral notice and picture for Margaret Eileen Carraher (not a Bomber.) A Memorial Mass will be held at 11am on Friday, January 10, at Christ the King Catholic Church. A graveside inurnment will follow the memorial service at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland. There will be a reception after the graveside service at the church from 12:30-1:30pm. Prayers to Eileen and her family ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger ('67) Dear Kathy CARRAHER ('67) I am so very sorry to hear about your sister. My Prayers are with you & your family. God Bless you Pam EHINGER Edinger ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Betty McELHANEY ('57), Judy REES ('59) Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Rick MADDY ('67), Betti AVANT ('69) Brad WEAR ('71), Gary TURNER ('71) Brad UPTON ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan ECKERT ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John TAYLOR ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl DROTTS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FUNDERBURG ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edna SMYTH ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Joe and Kristi MAGULA ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HARLESS ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stefan SCHERPEREL ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) Re: David Eskenazi's Wayback Machine: Two-Sport Ace Gene Conley My son Jon HUDSPETH, Jr. ('83) sent this to me. Thought you fans of Gene CONLEY ('48) would enjoy it. I thought it was a very good article, He is quite a guy. Happy New Year to All, -Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy REES Ryan ('59) Earlier this week Irene Maxfield passed away in Richland after a long illness. She was the mother of Dennis ('57), Richard ('61), and Ken DALL ('64), mother of Mark Maxfield ('75), and stepmother to Tom ('58), Phil ('62), and Linda Maxfield ('67-RIP). Hope I haven't left any of her children out. My sister, Sally REES Dall ('63), is married to Richard Dall and called to let me know. Irene was a very active member of the Richland Mormon church and had been a school secretary at Chief Joseph Junior High earlier in her life. Watch for her obituary in the Tri-City Herald, as I don't have all the dates, family members, etc. to report. I just know she was a lovely lady and will be missed. -Judy REES Ryan ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Another day the music died. Love The Everlys. Saw them three times. Especially good when my son Richard and I saw them in Tacoma. And the band! Albert Lee, Pete Drake, etc. The best duo ever!! Regards, -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Check out Roy "Mack" BRAND ('64-RIP) Here is Mack's Obit. His sister, Ginny ('61) wrote it. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Happy Happy YouTube is kinda fun. I play around with the music now and then for GPs (general purposes). I also now carry a dictionary for RIVERS' ('65) posts and add to it. Thanks for the Everly Brother's concert, David. And welcome to the land of laid backness, better known as 'do your own thing.' Some call it retirement. Although, I truly believe you been doing your own thing since June of '65, possibly before. This is legal as far as I can possibly tell, if anyone is interested. 1. You go to this website: and DL the program 2. You go to YouTube, find a song - highlight the address, paste address into the Flvto and turn it into a whatever (mp3, avi, etc. etc.)... my players all play MP3s, so I turn them into MP3s. 3. I save the MP3 song into my Music Folder on the C drive and now play the songs on my computer. 4. Furthermore, I then take the MP3 into Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio (I bought this program), a very simple program, and make all the MP3 songs the same loudness, cut both ends to 1 second and SAVE. I can now add my totally wired up Sienna van, which during my yearly summer trips, usually two, a five star mattress in a one star hotel, and any home cd disk player I own plays the songs. I take four disks on the road and that is all I listen to other than the weather reports. I DL very few songs that I have not purchased once or twice along the way. Vinyl 45 or 33 and a third, tape, beta, 8 track, cd, iTunes, so it isn't like it is free. I paid. Depending on where I am going and during the initial planning stage I have to organize four disks, for example, this last trip from HB to Myrtle Beach on the 10 and 20 and home on the 10, 12 and 10... I left September 27 and got home four days before Halloween. Music... Pecos, Sweetwater, Abilene, Kerrville, TX (country); Shreveport, LA, Jackson, MS, Baton Rouge, LA (Motown or anything with a clarinet), Savannah, GA (love this town! Anything with a banjo), Myrtle Beach, SC and Jacksonville, FL ( and back home in SoCal and Orange county (Beach Boys and Sublime). Re: More stuff Very sad seeing the loss of Randy BROWN ('74), Vic MARSHALL ('71) and Mack BRAND ('64). I had known Randy since I was five and he was one. We were neighbors. I was renting a room from his brother, Russell ('66-RIP) when we were in our early to mid twenties and got reacquainted. Great guys. Loved both of these brothers. Lotta fun drinking, hunting, drinking, fishing, drinking, chasing girls and just being full of youth and life and drinking. I would add smoking, but this was long before medical marijuana. I always enjoyed Vic MARSHALL's posts. We talked email style awhile back about a classmate of his, my former sister-in-law, Teresa HOUGHAN ('71wb). I was married twice to Teresa's sister, Mary HOUGHAN ('69wb)... therefore, former. It wasn't good news about Teresa and he was clearly saddened by that news. My condolence to Vic's family and friends. Mack BRAND ('64-RIP) was someone I knew about because of the Vietnam War. Gary NELSON ('67), also a Vietnam veteran (Army) and I were running amok one summer night when we ran into Mack, and I believe, Wayne GODWIN ('64). Mack had just purchased this serious muscle car, Plymouth or Dodge, with a large engine that had a flushing toilet for a carburetor. Bad news and way too much fun. He eventually crashed that auto if I recall correctly between Richland and the Y. The connection for this evening was Gary knew Wayne, although we all had seen each other around town since time began... in Richland, anyway. Mack, and there have been several since, being honest, that always made me feel... let me say it this way... combat vets have this tightly strung sense of survival. One was known as 'better him than me.' Doesn't sound good. Nevertheless, it was a saying that was never said out loud or in conversation, but we all knew it, felt it and understood the meaning of it. The thought wasn't malicious. Later, I know for a fact, the thought became a large portion of what we call PTSD in combat vets. A survival mechanism at the time that became a large piece of survival guilt when we came home. How was it that we could think like that about one of our own? The loss of use of most of my motor skills of both hands to a booby-trap paled to Mack's loss of a hand and a leg on his last week of combat. How sad is that? How good does 'better him than me' sound? I will never forget Mack BRAND and his psychological affect on my well being at a very early period of my life as a disabled veteran. A one time blessed meeting. My condolence to his family. I have wondered why the Class of '67 wasn't named/called The Summer of Love Class other than being in Richland and not around the Haight-Ashbury area. Maybe that's why not. Oh well, as long as it's not late for dinner, I suppose. Hope we all have a better new year than last. -Rick MADDY (The... I cannot recall... Class of... I forget) Huntington Beach, CA; needing rain. Lots of rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: 1 Year 1 year ago on the 7th of January I had my first biopsy and boy did my life change. It was 1 heck of a year but it's now past me and I'm going to work on some things that were put on hold while I had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. The main thing is trying to lose some weight which I had started when I got that initial diagnosis. They say I may have trouble with it but I'm giving it my all. Here's to a good 2014 everyone, enjoy it to your fullest. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Wishes Happy Birthday to Joe MAGULA ('71) and therefore his twin sister Christy MAGULA Privette ('71), and Jim HARLESS ('73) of Retread Band fame a Happy Birthday on the 9th. Hope it's a good one. -Brad WEAR ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: Gene CONLEY ('48) Click for a very interesting article on Gene. -Gary TURNER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad UPTON ('74) I had the pleasure of working with The Smothers Brothers on a number of occasions and spending many a late night evening with Tommy after a show, "winding down." Dick always said a quick good night and then headed back to his room--Tommy usually said, "Wanna have a drink?" Anyway, he told me a great Everly Brothers story one night. The Everly Brothers were at the height of their fame in the late '50s/early '60s when the Smothers Brothers were just starting to become famous and they asked the Smothers Brothers to open for them in Las Vegas on a number of occasions and they became good friends. As fate would have it, in the late '60s when the Smothers Brothers were at their peak and the Everly Brothers star had faded a bit, the SmoBros had the Everly Brothers opening for them in Las Vegas. The Everly Brothers famously didn't get along. One day about noon, Tommy gets a phone call in his room from one of the Everly Brothers telling him that they'd just had a big fight and they weren't going on that night. Tommy told them they had to, it was in the contract with the casino. Tommy called Dick and explained what had happened and the two Smothers Brothers called the two Everly Brothers and quickly arranged to meet in the coffee shop so they could hash out their differences and come up with a solution and try to find some peace. Phil starts bitching about Don and Don starts bitching about Phil. Dick starts to defend Phil and Tommy starts to defend Don... which leads to Tommy and Dick fighting and as Tommy told me, "Pretty soon, all four of us are in each other's face and fingers in each other's chest and it's, f*** y**! f*** y**! f*** y**! f*** y**! and me and Don Everly walk one way and Dick and Phil storm out the other way and we don't see each other again until about 10 minutes before showtime!" Classic. -Brad UPTON ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl DeMERS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy STEIN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Trudy SPILMAN ('66) would like to contact Joan CATES ('65). Are any of you able to provide information which I will forward to Trudy? Thanks so much ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Richland Trip I was in the Tri-Cities last July and took these pics. Driving around town I saw these signs around the neighborhoods. Not sure how many there are, but I thought they were quite fantastic. Tastee Freeze, roller rink, and city street signs which reminded me of signs along the highways all over the eastern states showing a historical happening from the days of old. Although, the Richland signs are much smaller. I forgot to mention in yesterday's post Teresa HOUGHAN ('71wb-RIP) died in Seattle in 2003 at the age of 52. Pic of me in Chewelah, WA visiting my sister Sheila MADDY Kelly ('66) and Jerry (KHS '64). Semper Fidelis. -Rick MADDY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Roger GRESS ('61), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Dwight CAREY ('68) Anita FRAVALA ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim RUSSELL ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kurt JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len PARIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara SMYTH ('73wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob LYSHER ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark GERKEN ('02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) Calling on all Richland Bombers and Hanford High Alumni. The Richland School Board is having the R & H cement letters removed from Carmichael and Fran Rish stadium removed, because they are a safety hazard. The next meeting of the school board is January 14th 6:30 at 614 Snow. We need to let them know how we feel about not having a say. This was done behind closed doors. [See entry from Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) today -- her last paragraph for status of this. -Maren] -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) So the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I supped at the newly remodeled Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville last week. Great menu and nothing goes better with the Kimchi Cheese Fries than a cold draft Olympia Beer. Wait a minute. Olympia on tap for only three bucks, which would make it twenty four bits in cheerleader money? Don't think I'd had an Oly since I was in maybe the eighth grade. It was not too bad, kind of a hoppy version of Absinthe, conjured up a whole bunch of old memories of Pook ('63-RIP), Plows ('63-RIP), Bob & Bill Chipmunk ('63-RIP) and Norman Hill ('63). Didn't grab me around the throat like I was going a couple rounds with Shag Thomas L or the Moscow Mauler, must have been because it was cold. Worth the trip, and do order the Kimchi Cheese Fries. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Concrete letters removed at Richland schools 1/10/14 Tri-City Herald The three concrete letters representing Richland and Hanford High Schools and Carmichael Middle School are being removed from Carmichael Hill and Fran Rish Stadium. Safety issues are the main reason for the removal, officials told the Herald. There were kids playing on them and getting hurt,? said Steve Aagaard, the district's spokesman. The letters, painted in each school's color and about 30 to 40 feet tall, have been in place for decades. Students and coaches at Richland High said they didn't know until Thursday that the letters were being removed. I called the Richland School District (RSD) superintendent's office to find out what was going on, and spoke with the Assistant Superintendent. He said that the visitor's side of Fran Rish is being remodeled (the old home side when we were in high school). The turf is also being replaced, so the letters had to be removed. The students at both RHS and HHS will be voting to see what they would like to have put back to recognize the schools. I was told that the Tri-City Herald "jumped the gun." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a VERY windy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight CAREY ('68) This has got Facebook pages being overwhelmed today - Bombers are HOT!! Class of '68 installed the 'R' as a class project!!! [See entry from Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) today -- her last paragraph for status of this. -Maren] -Dwight CAREY ('68) ~ in Windy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) Re: New Orleans Seahawks Now that the regular season is over, I finally get to see the Seahawks on TV down here (unless, of course, the Seahawks were playing a Monday, Sunday or Thursday night game). Apparently, the Saints games are more important than the Seahawks games (I don't get that at all)! *LOL* Anyway, I'm ready for the Seahawks to take down the Saints once again! And yes, while I snuck onto the Saints practice field/headquarters to take this picture, they were back there practicing - with the Seahawks logo on their field. Their coach wanted them to think they were in Seattle practicing this week! Really? *LOL* -Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SHARP ('61 & '62), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Phyllis CUNNINGHAM ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Rick VALENTINE ('68) Irene WALDNER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Annie PARKER ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom HUNT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl BENNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn RIESE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug STRASSER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim CORREY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger McCOLLEY ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SHARP Lysher Porter ('61 & '62) Happy Birthday to my son Bob LYSHER ('81) [on 1/11]. You surely can't be that old cause I'm not that old!?... My favorite son (well, I only have one son!) hope you had a great day. Now that your sister Lisa has moved to Oklahoma, you are sure to follow???? Love from mom. -Barbara SHARP Lysher Porter ('61 & '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: 1967 Columbians I've a used copy of a 1967 Columbian yearbook that I would trade for a 1964, 1965, or 1966 Columbian. Anyone interested? Please feel free to contact me. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) Re: '64 in '14 - 50 Year Reunion We have our contact lists for addresses and e-mail verification. If you don't hear from us in about 10 days, please contact: Kathy HOFF Conrad ('64) at: -Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: jumpin' the gun Well that was weird... I rushed home yesterday to get this post out and just before I pushed "send" realized I was a day early. I must say, that when Kenny DAME ('68) sent me an angry text on the school letters, I was a tad confused... but after reading comments inna SS, I realized that I had never even seen the letters as they were constructed after I left Richland. Interesting what little Boards with a little "power" think they can ram rod... School Boards remind me of Home Owners' Associations... people with their own ideas of how things should work rather than doing the will of those who voted them in... oh well... Those pix MADDY ('67) sent confused me too... only ONE Marine inna whole bunch... Brad WEAR's ('71) use of Military nomenclature the other day reminded me of a guy I ran with my last couple of years inna Corps. He called himself: "Smith, T.S., 1 ea" always! I can never think of him as just Tom Smith... yes, Marines are easily entertained... I hadda send a picture of my Shore patrol paddy wagon to Brad which has EVERYTHING labeled that way... right down to the "Board, surf, 1 ea"... The board also has the "gun ho" Ed Roth Character on it as I have on my left arm... Crack's my buddy Magoo up as at 19 right outa SEAL training, he's was Ed's model for the drawing... When Ilene Roth's oldest, Rusty, went off to what ever Desert War he went to, Magoo redid and updated the silk screen for Rusty's Artillery outfit and every kid in the outfit got a t-shirt before they went. When Rusty came home the girls had made a beautiful quilt, using the shirts and we presented it to Rusty... it was a touching event... Magoo and I really got Terry DAVIS ('65) today... I sent Terry a couple of cartoons of Magoo that just appeared in some Art Magazines so Terry called him right after he got them... when the call came in Frank (Magoo) handed me the phone and I answered... Terry got all flustered and then I handed it back to Magoo... Terry was convinced Frank was doing an imitation of my voice... he called us a very bad name when he figured it out... even used the "F" word... I finally broke down and took my 928 in to have a new radio put in it... broke about a year ago and drives me crazy not to have '50s on 5 when I drive it... I got the name of a place from the tech guy I deal with at the dealership... last time he gave me a referral for some minor body work after some poo poo face dinged me, the people acted like my poor old 928 was beneath them... I felt like telling them I know some of the best painters in the country and that their poo poo smelled just like everybody else's, but I was a good boy... When I got to the audio place I was thrilled that they were just normal guys... told the guy the story about the body work story and he called the name of the place... he said the high dollar people get referred to him and raise their eyebrows and he tells them to go to the fancy store and pay more if it makes them feel better... my kinda guy... when he quoted me the price I 'bout fell over... I couldn't have done it for that!!!!!! I gotta go to Laguna next month so I need some tunes... When they stopped making the 928 I didn't jump because they had pulled the same stunt in '93 but kept making them. When they actually did stop, my buddy who has the dealership called me and said I had first choice on one of the last three left in America... so I got the last year's GTS and said I'd not buy another new car till I found one I liked as well... been 19 years now (dang... I wrote 16 then counted... geeeeeeez time flies)... had 4 of them puppies over the years since '83 and loved 'em all... I've gotten to where I am kind of hesitant to take a hot rod on a trip by myself (tho I made the very same Laguna trip a couple of years ago in one)... dunno if it's old age creeping in or I'm just not as adventurous as I was a few years back... But I prefer to drive rather than take an hour's plane trip that ends up taking twice as long as the drive... I used to make it from my house to Terry DAVIS' in 3 hours... that's averaging at 100 mph... no clue why I didn't get a few tickets each time... I remember coming back from Terry's Christmas day one year, '98 or so... I had the whole slow lane to myself and the fast lane was all cars doing 55 mph... I decided I was going to do 180... got to 170 and some lady pulled in front of me... never found a nice enough piece of road to try again on that trip and don't intend to try it again... maybe that's growth! Kinda like going to the time trials at the dry lakes or the salt flats... I no longer wanna be in the car trying to break a record... I just want that damned "200 MPH Club" jacket! I think the Birthday Bomber-guy could do a pretty good clip on his bicycle... those guys in the Joe FORD ('63) crowd can really zoom along... think I'll hafta see what he can do next time I see him... Been able to catch some quality time with him the last few time's I've seen him and was even his "guest" at the '63 Reunion... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Earl "ecb3" BENNETT ('63) on your special day, January 12, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "Removal of school letters sparks local outrage" "R" Stands for Rubble "A story in the Herald about the Richland School District's removal of concrete letters at Carmichael Hill and Fran Rish Stadium sparked a storm of online criticism Friday. Hundreds of comments left on the Herald's website and on social media criticized the district for not being "upfront" about the letters' removal and the rational for the decision" 1/11/14 Tri-City Herald -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where our winds are about 65 mph **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The "R" in Fran Rish Stadium Or should I say the "R" that used to be in Fran Rish stadium. I am sending you 2 photos from the class of '68 installing the "R" on the hill in Fran Rish stadium. The captioned photo is from the 1968 Columbian, the second photo is from the October 13, 1967, Sandstorm. -Rick VALENTINE ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene WALDNER Russell ('69) I got such a kick at all of you who remember going to the RollerRena for SKATING! I went there for the bands and dances! starting about when I was 14 or 15 we went to see and listen (and DANCE) to Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Kingsmen (I think), probably the Isle of Phyve and others. Merrilee and the Turnabouts were northwest, they probably were there too. I was a good girl, and quiet, through high school, and was active in my church youth group. And although I dated a couple guys from church, and a few from RHS but not church, I liked Pasco boys - a little edgy and dangerous - and good dancers. (They shall remain unnamed here...) Well, there were a lot of local bands we saw that I can't remember - and later bands and dances were at the Pasco Armory, too. But seriously, I did learn to roller skate, and that must have been at the RollerRena! Probably with our church youth (Richland Lutheran). I remember ice cream at Tasty Freeze, but we ate the "5 for a dollar" burgers from Arctic Circle on Williams, and our French fries from Zip's. Ah - the '60s! Good to take the mind trip back. I'm glad this website is here.Thanks to those who keep it up and running. -Irene WALDNER Russell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54), Bill BERLIN ('56) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda STAMBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat RUANE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Sharon and Karen POLK ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) I was delighted to see in the TCH this morning that the "Board" acknowledges their error in taking away the large concrete letters at Carmichael, Richland and Hanford schools. One excuse they gave (not a reason, in my view) was safely... a disgusting mind-set of the day. Have to interrupt myself for a moment and remark on the National Anthem at the 49ers vs Panthers--a resounding rendition played by an extremely talented Trumpet player! Absolutely remarkable!) So... back to the topic at hand: taking away "hazards" is the best way in the world to make our youths soft and unthinking. They have to learn to think before they leap, and I mean that in a very literal way, to consider side effects/results before they do something. Anything, really, other than random acts of kindness. I'm as sorry as anyone else is when someone gets hurt-- but getting hurt is part of learning and growing. Let's keep at them (the Board) to be sure they don't "forget" to right this stupid wrong. I have compassion for the kids who installed the letters. Their hard work cannot be replaced. It was fun/interesting to find out one of the ladies in the Spanish class I'm taking is a former classmate! Joahn BonDURANT ('52). Seems like I had a number of other things to remark on, but having a "senior moment". Loving regards -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ sending my best to each and all from a very windy but warmer Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Removal of Letters Beginning to think the School Board is over reactive. The comment about the hill (or was it fill) liquefying as the result of an earthquake. I wonder what magnitude it would take to liquefy that portion of the land? Reminds me of comments made by an "informed" member of the audience during hearing on the incinerator at the Umatilla Army Depot. This person wanted to know what would happen to the incinerator during a magnitude 10 earthquake. The Corps of Engineers representative replied that there would be "a helluva lot more to worry about during a quake of that magnitude." Maybe the current generation of "leaders" are turning into "'fraidy-cats". -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the wind and rain are tapering off, just hope the snow in the mountains doesn't melt too fast **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) Re: Gordon Pappas The attachment is a photo of me and Gordon Pappas in his new home in Pleasanton, CA. Gordon is in good health and enjoying his new home. -Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Roller Rink There is an old Canadian saying that "...the hardest thing about learning to play hockey is the ice..." In the case of the Roller Rink in Richland it was the floor to my experience. I was up there one time doing my usual "prat falls" when a nice looking young lady took me by the arm and gave me a couple of skating tips and a couple of turns around the rink arm-in-arm and I was good, or pretty good, from there on. The young lady, you ask? OMG she was from Walla Walla visiting a relative and as all good Bombers know, you never, never, ever go out with a lady Blue Devil. Now RIVERS ('65) and Gary BATES ('56) might have but I was not a regional stud and pretty well followed what the general practice was at Col-Hi... no damn Blue Devils. So what is the story line here? Roller skating and the Richland Roller Rink lead me into a life filled with violence... I became a hockey player. It started in Alaska one winter when I strapped on the ice skates for the first time and compared to roller skating, ice skating is a snap. The blades are thinner than the wheels, thus less resistance and skating backward was amazing so I was hooked when I got a stick in my hands. Even taped it myself. On every Saturday morning, and sometimes on Sunday, I would get up at 4:30 AM (yes Virginia, there are two 4:30s in each day), grab a bite and take the hour plus drive up to Portland just to practice from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM when the Midgets and Kids Juniors came in. We even coached them a little. Linfield College did not have a hockey team so I played on a "Club" team, the Portland Outlaws, and we were matched up with teams from Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Tacoma and the odd Calgary/Edmonton team. We also practiced against the Western Hockey League Portland Winterhawks and gave the professionals a good run for their money. Later in life I would strap on the skates, pull on the sweater (uniform in other sports) and skate for the Darwin's Theory Bar "Pigs on Ice" team for 50 and older guys in ANCAK (Anchorage, AK). Lots of toothless smiles in that league. At that age and older, one guy was in his mid 70s, just "dropping the gloves" would stop the fight. Even now I go to the Canucks games when I am in Anacortes but the real hoot is climbing on a bus here in the Palm Springs area for a "kegger" trip to see the L.A. Kings or Anaheim Ducks. 75 bucks round trip with decent seats, "dogs and beer on the way over" and a delightful time with my Canadian buddies. Easy for me to travel with them because I speak the language, eh. All this started at the Richland Roller Rink and a lovely piece of forbidden fruit from Walla Walla *grin* Re: Palm Canyon Resort and RV Park in Borrego Springs, CA Why not a shameless ad for my son-in-law. Last June he bought the property out of bankruptcy and then put in $2.3 million renewing, refurbishing and adding to the place. Done in a old Western town theme, the rooms are great and then they enlarged the lodge for meals, a Saloon, small store for the RV folks, two pools, laundry or two, etc. Because Borrego Springs is listed as one of just two perfect destinations to watch the stars, he put in a little outdoor atrium with seats and offers astrological talks by a guy who has been an astrologer for over 30 years and lives there just for the clarity of the stars. Fantastic and he brings a portable scope and laser lights to help with the presentation. Borrego Springs is in the middle of the high desert "badlands" and they have found all kinds of dinosaur bones and related stuff there. Another guy gives great tours there too. If you are an RVer, the RV park is blue ribbon, each site with its own water supply, sewage outlet, plenty of electricity, a fire pit and table outside. Easy fit too for Class C motor homes up to 45 feet. Easy access and egress as well. As you come into town from the east, one can turn off to the right or left and get into a series of, they say, 125 sculptures of prehistoric critters, and BIG ones too, that were sponsored by the Avery family of Avery sticker and office supplies fame. Very interesting and just out in the open to view. I thought I would mention this to any Bombers in SoCal, or with so many Canadians down here, SoCan or any Bomber RVers, it is a good and interesting stop. About half way from San Diego east to Palm Springs and the facilities are great. Did I mention two pools? Oh yes, my Grandson (aged 15) helped rebuild 5 Airstream trailers that are permanently spotted there and you can rent those by the night too. They are so popular that they are sold out from January through April, 2014 but are a hoot to stay in. Not for everybody but for those looking for a new experience it is the deal. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA where California only has 20% of the snow pack they need this year. Not good for water supplies or fire danger. Waiting with baited breath for the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and Jimbeaux ('63) to stop by for a night or two this week. I have put the National Guard on "ready alert.". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: cars I think I know how you feel about not wanting to buy a new car until they make one you like. The last car I owned that I liked was a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado. About 3 years ago I missed two chances to buy a 1963 Thunderbird. I always liked the style of the "bullet birds" and especially the '63. One of them was a bit too high priced for what it was I thought. The other looked brand new inside and out from the pictures on the internet, advertised as needed mechanical work but ran. I called him up and it had sold the first day to someone from Vancouver. The mechanical work it needed was a power steering pump. That's no big deal. It had 64,000 miles on it and he only was asking $3400; at the same time there was one in Seattle for the same price that was in primer and the interior was trashed. Maybe I should say super-trashed. What I was looking for was not a show car, I wanted a car that I liked that I could drive every day. That is the way it was with my '57 Olds Super-88 J-2 convertible was until I restored it, then I could only drive it to car shows. My first car. My dad wanted a "little gas saving car" for me to drive to college. He bought a 1959 Rambler, the Ford Pinto of the day. Remember the Rambler, the car where the seats folded down and make into a bed? The perfect car for a young college man... right?... WRONG! That was a very plain looking car, in fact you could call it plain ugly, powered by a lawn mower motor. No girl, self respecting or not, would even get in that car, not even just to take a ride... er... maybe I could have phrased that better. The only thing that car was good for was to get you from point A to point B. (Sometimes) "little gas saving car" Yeah, for every dollar it saved on gas it cost $10 in repairs. After three years my dad got tired of towing the thing home for repairs (once half way between Richland and Pullman). He bought an Oldsmobile and gave me the '62 Chevrolet. There was this guy at WSU who didn't have a car and I drove him around quite a bit. He didn't seem to appreciate my Chevy at all. He was a sports car fan and a 4-Dr Chevy was not cool, even if it was an Impala hardtop. He was always complaining about my car. I had no problem with the car; after that Rambler it was like driving a Corvette. He had a brother in the Army who had just completed OCS and bought a new MGB. His brother was headed to Vietnam and HE was going to get to drive the MGB while his brother was gone. He went home to Wetter Washington, I mean Western Washington, to see his brother off and drive back the new MGB. Well, he ended up riding back to Pullman on the bus and his brother's girlfriend was going to be driving the car. I noticed he never again said an unkind word about my Chevy. In hindsight I should have really rubbed that in, but I didn't. School year was over and three of us were moving back to Richland in the Chevy. I had an apartment so I has more stuff. I packed my stuff in the car and there wasn't much room left. I didn't know how this was going to work but went over to pick up Tedd CADD ('66) at his dorm and managed to find room for his stuff. Then to a girls dorm for his girlfriend. The first thing she said was, "I've got more stuff than I thought." Oh no! We did a packing job! We moved the front seat forward to where we had our faces in the windshield. We had the trunk full, the back seat full, side to side, top to bottom and front to back. We even put some things under the seat. We had stuff in the front seat with us. It took us so long to pack that it was dark before we got home and extra weight had tilted the headlights up to where oncoming cars were flashing their brights at me. We should have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics because we disproved that law of physics that says that "No two forms of matter can occupy the same place at the same time." Now the three of us need to get together and start working on building a perpetual motion machine. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "Richland school leaders apologize for letter removal" - Tri-City Herald "Removal of concrete letters at Richland?s Fran Rish Stadium and Carmichael Hill was handled poorly, and the Richland School District will take community input on how to replace the symbols officials said [Saturday]. [A] letter, signed by Richland School Board Chairman Rick Jansons and Superintendent Nick Schulte," [was posted to the district?s website at and went to the Herald]. Re: Note in message posted on the school district site: "As we move forward and try to remedy this mistake, it will be important that the District involve interested stakeholders in determining how we might replace these symbols. If you have feedback or want to be involved in that process, we encourage you to contact Superintendent Schulte directly at 967-6001 or" -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a still windy Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bob MATTSON ('63 & '64), David RIVERS ('65) John ALLEN ('66), Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan BAKER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane ARMSTRONG ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob MATTSON ('63 & '64) Re: hard letters So, what's next? Concrete sidewalks deemed hazards to public. Fast action is needed to saves lives, splashes across national headlines. 1945 private back hoes hired to rip out the really hard stuff all through this atomic city. Hanford risks shadowed due to miles of really hard stuff throughout doomed SW Washington hamlet. Children of all ages seen by this reporter in utter disregard for their own safety playing on all the hard stuff. Parents reported to child protection for utter disregard to plain and simple safety. And if their wearing roller skates weren't enough! The roller rink, a great place, if you weren't pigeon toed as I am. And, blisters the size of marshmallows. But next door, if one had the 75 cents, was the cherry Boston. A headache- in-a-cup if you chugged it. With the reunion this summer, I broke out my junior year Columbian. Mostly, "Bob, what a nut"... there was a lot of that. "Odd and different"... cool. "Hope we have some classes next year because I can use a good laugh in class"... A lot of that too. And this is how I turned out... Great, hurray for me. Hope to see and be seen this summer. Bombs away. -Bob "Tuna" MATTSON ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: aw gee...I'm sorry As did some of you, I'm sure, I got a good laugh out of the School Super's "heart-felt" reliance on the 2nd Rule we all learned around kinnygarden: "It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission"... korse Rule number one (no Vets... not "numba one" or "numba ten" or as I once heard from a very angry ROK Marine as he bit a huge chunk outa his own arm: "numba F-ing 10,000!:... I do hope he didn't make a habit of that) is: "Hey, Dad, Mom said it's OK with her if it's ok with you..." Damage is done... whater we gonna do about it... typical Bureaucrat... So now I learn that Bombers are not supposed to date Blue Devils... guess I didn't get the word... I was 16 workin' in Walla Walla and she was a 19 year old grad... nuff said... it's easier to ask forgiveness and all that... All this talk about Ramblers makes me recall that my Pop always wanted me to get a Metropolitan... I could never properly explain the concept of Cool to poor ol' dad... I did have a run in with one in the Sr Parking lot after a sock hop, tho... some kid that lived on Haines came roaring down the lot as I was just backing out... his front fender caught the bumper guard on my car and slammed me against the concrete stop thingies... I mean turned my car 45... he then told his dad it was my fault as he was driving 2 miles an hour and I was screaming outa my parking spot (I had moved outa my spot just enough for his car to catch my bumper)... Naturally, if there was blame to be given, I knew where it was gonna land and my Dad made me pay for his demolished front clip... whoever ya were, buddy... I ain't fergot... Oh before I forget, Terry DAVIS' ('65) movie, "Gila" is now available: If anyone is interested... I know one Bomber-babe has already ordered it and she invited me to a private screening... Hey, is anyone familiar with the show called "Justified" As I understand it, it's about some guy who leaves his badge and gun on girl's nightstands and his boots under their beds... I haven't seen it to confirm... but I did watch "True Detective" last night... I was so impressed I watched it again just to make sure I didn't miss anything... dang! Well, I'll be interested in the next episode of Bust the School symbols as it comes out. -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John ALLEN ('66) Re: Letters at Rish Stadium It appears that Richland politicians (school administrators count) have not been asleep at the wheel when it comes to learning the old lesson that: "It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission." Does anyone truly believe that even if they had asked for community input prior to removing the letters from the hillside, it would have made the slightest difference in the final decision. -John ALLEN ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Who are those guys "...Richland School District will take community input on how to replace the symbols officials said..." My first question is how many of those board members are Richland Bombers and lived there longer than ten years? Second Q -- if you razed the Spudnut Shop for being a hazard to health, what would suggestions on how to replace the shop sound like when talking about the end of the existence of a Richland food group? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: "Who are those guys?" I had my foot slip off my bicycle pedal half way down Carmichael Hill, came off the seat and rode the bar the rest of the way. Later in life I was surprised I had children. One other time coming off Carmichael Hill on a five person toboggan with David HILL ('66), Rudy RUIZ ('66), a couple of girls whom I cannot recall along for the ride and we hit the weeping willow near the left field area. Nobody was hurt, but somebody could have easily been killed. Maybe "The Board" should come up with a plan for leveling that hazardous hill. They must also know a roof is a hazard for children if you jump off of it, particularly without a helmet. I was told in college that a five member dynamic was best for making decisions. You know... three has two gang up on one; seven is just too much arguing with little to no progress forward. Now, I'm beginning to wonder if there is such a thing as a best of dynamics for any decision making what-so-ever. I could be wrong. I've been wrong before. Anyway, so much for my input. -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: letter removal What I got thinking about what has been said about the letter removal; why didn't they do some research as to how the letters came to be? I mean the "R" was a gift from the '68 senior class, not sure about the "H" and "C" though. I imagine none of those who made the decision were around when they were put in. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Peggy Jo SHANNON ('55) Ed QUIGLEY ('62), Roy BALLARD ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron RICHARDS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Les TADLOCK ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FREEMAN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy SCHILDNECHT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED Today: Wendy CARLBERG ('64-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Bob MATTSON ('63 & 64) Re: Concrete Sidewalks You must be one of the newer fellows. We never had no stinkin' concrete sidewalks. Sure, Uptown was surrounded by one. Carmichael had one on Thayer and down Lee past the tennis courts. There was one in front of the Community Center; and some through Downtown. But there were very few elsewhere. And before the Junior Gyrene ('65) jumps my case, yes there was one around the other Junior High School. If there were sidewalks elsewhere, they weren't of concrete but more likely left-over asphalt from the street. But in general, we never had no stinkin' concrete sidewalks. Which is probably for the good, as there may well be plans afoot in city council chambers to remove them and replace them with the rubberized stuff they make running tracks of. Can't quite see kids drawing jumping jacks diagrams on rubber, but who knows. Yet, here in Mount Angel, OR, we do have concrete sidewalks. Most installed by an N.J.Kehoe in 1924. Some have been recently improved in the past two years or so. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the morning fog has returned. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Jo SHANNON Brown ('55) Re: John Ball Kids / Bomber Lunch Come join us for lunch at Sterling's on Queensgate in Richland every first and third Tuesday. Next get together will be 1/21/2014, at noon. -Peggy Jo SHANNON Brown ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) Re: Gila Ya know, I think that if I were Terry DAVIS ('65), I?d be bummed to be referred to as, "One Big Monster", although they did capitalize it... -Ed QUIGLEY ('62), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Letters and To: Miss Betti ('69) As for the H being put on the hill, Hanford didn't like it that Richland had an R and they had no H, so guess what? The district put an H there, because Rish Stadium is their home stadium also. There was also a short bit in the Herald about the trees being removed by BPA, this came from the district's head man, that BPA had cut them down, because it is their easement. That is correct, BUT, they (BPA) paid to have them put there. The Bomber Boosters hauled them all from Jobs nursery in Pasco to the BOMBER BOWL at the time. Then the great team of BOOSTERS planted all of them. The reason that they went in along the hill was it was causing traffic problems along Lee when people pulled out and didn't look. A lot of people wanted to watch the game and not have to pay. Hope all this isn't too long. -Roy BALLARD ('63 and at the time president of the Great Bomber Boosters) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber-babe b-day Seems like I've known the b-day Bomber-babe forever but I know I've only known her since 6th grade... I'm glad that we've been keeping in touch for a good long time cuz I'd hate to miss knowing each other all this time and here we are celebrating another birthday as tho it was just yesterday... but like Bomber- babes the birthdays may come and go but the babes stay darling year after year... noticed the other day this babe changed her face book picture and set me swooning like crazy... I sure hope she has a great day so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ronna Jo ("RJ") LYNCH on your special day, January 15, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Re: Letters Removed I am sure you are going to get this letter always, but, I wanted to throw in my two cents (about all I got). So the writers of this letter, Superintendent of schools and president of the school board had no knowledge of removing the letters beforehand, and did not okay the removal, my question is: Who did??? Wow, although they take full responsibility for the removal, they didn't order the removal. Don't you just love politics? I am wondering if the next school board meeting will be as feisty as the one last night in Portland, Oregon? The crowd shut down the board meeting. Bomber cheers and hugs. -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber Memorials today: Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54), Betty McELHANEY ('57) Helen CROSS ('62), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie DAWSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry BYRON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary TELFER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda BARR ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [OOPS! I goofed.. Karl sent a picture and I thought it was the same picture he had sent last year, so that's the one I posted. Here are BOTH pictures. I'm loosing it! Bomber apologies, Karl! -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) Re: Gordon Pappas '13 '14 -Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) Re: Bomber Bowl Shrubs Reading in today's Herald, two articles across from each other, one is an apology from the school board, the other is an announcement for a class the Richland School District is having, inviting parents to attend, about how to better communicate with their child's school. I wonder if the members of the school board will be attending? Communication, hmmm! You all have a good one, -Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Concrete Sidewalks in Richland I grew up in the ranch houses, 1948-1962 when I graduated, and we did have concrete sidewalks in our part of the city. I had cousins on McPherson: Allan ('59), Bob ('62), Carol(64-RIP), Mary Jane ('72-RIP) and they did not have concrete sidewalks. Duane CROSS ('82), my youngest cousin came after. They, too, moved to the ranch houses, homes with concrete sidewalks. Helen CROSS Kirk (62). -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ On the way to Florida and warmer weather **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) You are most nostalgically correct about the sidewalks of "left- over asphalt" in early Richland. So it was. When I was too young to remember, maybe three, I tripped over a randomly protruding pebble and landed hand-first on a broken beer bottle. To this day my self-identity includes a jagged one-inch scar design on my right palm. Much worse yet, on the other end of the same block the sweetest little blond girl you would ever hope to meet (my same age) also took an early tumble, face down. Lost her eye. I distinctly remember noticing still at an early age that some of us randomly get off easy while others don't. On a lighter note, as modern air travel got real, I was maybe four or five by then, my mother announced that "the world is getting smaller." Twin brother John and I reasoned that c racks would begin showing up in the pavement sidewalks. We systematically inspected the neighborhood. Returning home in scientific triumph we announced "it's not happening too fast, so things are probably okay." (John went on to head the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries in Oregon where he often attempted to actually communicate with cranial rock formations in the legislative hearing rooms.) -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Bill BERLIN's ('56) entree to the Sandstorm brought home a lot of hockey memories. I was fortunate to have coached six years in high school hockey, three years at the college level and five years at the AAA level. I also played for several years. Bill's comment about playing in the senior leagues brought back a lot of memories. We had an over 40 league for several years, but due to economics we merged the over 30 with the over 40 leagues. The problem was the testosterone loaded over 30 guys wanted to make their bones and targeted the over 40 guys. The old adage that age trumps youth came into play. The "seasoned" players knew all the tricks and signs of what the younger players were up to, so we brawled on the ice every week. The older guys always won the brawls. So my bet is I'd hate to be an opponent to Bill BERLIN on the ice even at this point in our lives. -WEAR, Brad '71, 1 each. I did get it right this time, right, RIVERS? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Wes GATES ~ Class of 1968 ~ 1949 - 2013 >>Mike McGRATH ~ Class of 1959 ~ 1941 - 2013 >>Tom SKELLY ~ Class of 1954 ~ 1934 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Maryanne GRENINGER ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty ELY ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Check MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa HOLMES ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Sidewalks, et al There sure weren't many sidewalks "back when". In '51, I was driving my father's new (almost) Pontiac - it had slick satin- like seat covers. I Dick MEYER ('51) was onboard as a passenger. We stopped at a stop sign at Van Giesen (at Goethals? - memory fails). I "peeled out" making a left turn onto Van Giesen, and Dick reached over to lock his door - he lifted the handle as he would have on his family's Plymouth - but unlatched the door instead. As I peeled around the corner, he was ejected and rolled into the front lawn of the house on the corner! A lady with a hose was in the yard watering flowers - and as I recall she sprayed him with the hose, probably a startled reflex. I skidded to a halt. Dick jumped up, laughing, ran back and slid back into the car. He had hardly a scratch. I hastily drove away. Would probably have been a different outcome had there been curb, gutter and sidewalk! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ RVing and in Austin, TX - coincidently visiting ole friend Brig. Gen. Richard Meyer USAF (Ret) and his charming wife JoAnn - and definitely NOT peeling out around corners any more **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Ladies of '54 lunch Please plan to be at Rosy's Ice Cream Parlor Friday for lunch with friends!! It's been great to see new faces from time to time!! 11:30 am -?? Bring another classmate!! Re: '54 in '14 - 60 Year class reunion Plans are being made to get as many local classmates (or far away classmates) as want to help plan our celebration in September. Jim MEFFORD ('54) and I have set a date for our first meeting at my home in Pasco. WHERE: My house WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014 TIME: 1:30 PM RSVP: Call me at 544-0393 or e-mail me for my address. Anyone who can, please send your suggestions or wants for a fun time as we get together the 6th of September, during Club 40 weekend. We will need someone to step up for entertainment, food, decor, location for Saturday afternoon and any other things you will want to do. I will check with the Community Center just in case places are scarce!! We met there for our 50 Year. I also will put a booklet together with anyone who wants their address, phone, e-mail, etc. listed for classmates to contact you. A lot have lost track of their buddies!! Thanks, for your help, and look forward to hearing from you!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, where it has been in the 50s weather wise and feeling like spring!! Hope it lasts since we are half way through winter!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: For Trade, etc. To: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) The 1955 commencement program was found and mailed today. Re: Commencement Programs I have (2) commencement programs from 1969 and (1) from 2005. They're yours for the asking. Re: Reunion Booklets I also have (2) different reunion books from the Class of 1969. (30th & 40?) Re: Class of '67 Stuff I've got a 1967 Columbian with 12 different issues of The Sandstorm, from that school year, for trade... for a 1954 or 1966 Columbian! Any takers? I would also trade a Spudnut cup (1950s) for a 1964, 1965 or 1966 yearbook (;-) Life just doesn't get any better. Re: Just for Thought... When one moves from a 5 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom apartment, do you take all 3 yearbooks with you (Sophomore, Junior & Senior)? When moving from a 2 bedroom apartment to a nursing home, which yearbooks will you take? ... and the next move? Which yearbook/ yearbooks will your children keep? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) Re: Question Is the Bergdahl soldier we hear about in the news ,who is a Pakistan POW, part of the Richland Bergdahl family? -Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt ('67wb) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Gus KEENEY ('57), Steve CARSON ('58) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy KEENEY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie SHANKS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'NEIL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila DAVIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie MARSHALL ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric HOLMES ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) To My "Almost as old as me" sister that is having a "Birthday Saturday" ....... Have a great Day and try to make it through another year!!! May you have Fair Winds and Following Seas!!!!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54) Re: Gordon Pappas '13 '14 Great to see Mr. Pappas and the smiles. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: peeling out I am just shocked and disgusted at those hoods from the class of '52... peeling out, indeed... I ALWAYS looked both ways and then proceeded cautiously across the intersection... in fact on Saturday mornings when the donut gang (picture of 4 of us enclosed) get together and some guy sees our cars and tries to impress us with those famous last words "watch this" I shake my fist and yell "teen-ager... hot rodder!" (I really do)... once at a show the lowrider gang came in and some kid bounced his car behind us... we shouted "do it again" and shouted again each time he made a pass... after about the 5th pass we heard a huge "slam" behind us... ball joints flew thru the air... we laughed figuring he was finished... not so... he jacked up the car and pulled spare parts out of the trunk... I stopped abusing my cars after a wonderful open headers contest... I was in my '34 Ford 5-window with the BIG nailhead... several other cars and two dragsters were entered... I won... but did a great job of floating the valves doing it... I try to resist "Watch this" these days... now if we are talking about the Bomber-babe b-day girl I'm happy to watch her any ol' time... she pretends she doesn't know she's one a my favorite sweeties and always pretends to be surprised when I smooch her... of korse I've always been partial to Bomber-babes what sings bass and I just love it when we can get together... in fact I'm fond of her whole dang famblie, '57, '59, '63, and '65! HAPPY BIRTHDAY you sweet thang, Missy KEENEY ('59) on your special day, January 18, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: HUGE TCH Obit List file Gerald STEIN ('66) provided an Excel file in alphabetical order, by last name, showing a listing of all the obituaries from the Tri-City Herald. It shows the date of death, when it was published in the paper and on what page. Some entries provide the name of the person's spouse. However, 1968 was lost so it doesn't appear. This might prove beneficial for a lot of our classmates and their families searching the Mid-Columbia and Richland libraries micro-film records. As the file is really big, I can't attach it. If anyone is interested in viewing it, please email me. [Yes, Shirley COULD have attached it, but when she tried to FORWARD it to the Sandstorm the entire file didn't get here, so if you want it, send Shirley an email and ask her to send it to you. -Maren] Re: Downton Abbey? series on PBS? Also, have any of you been watching the "Downton Abbey" series on PBS? Season 4 began a few weeks ago, but we hadn't seen the prior three seasons. So we watched Season 1 and 2 on rented DVDs and will rent Season 3 next to catch up prior to watching the new season. It is a great show, and we are really enjoying it! To: Maryanne GRENINGER Merritt?s ('67wb) Re: Your question in yesterday?s Sandstorm The Bergdahl soldier who is being held as a Pakistan POW is not part of the Richland BERGDAHL family. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where our warm weather of the past days has changed back to cold and fog ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom TRACY ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BROOKS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ARMSTRONG ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne WILSON ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I was wrong... oh my Now it has been almost 53 years since this memory occurred and all these years I have been convinced it happened in either 1959 or 1960... nope didn't happen that way... the b-day Bomber-babe's lil bro ('65) and I were sitting in his room listening to the top 100 hits of the year... we were pretty torked off as "all" of our friends were attending a New Year's eve party we had attended the year before, but were not invited to this particular year... we were convinced that the fickle finger of fate (we wouldn't know the finger even existed for 6 more years) had dealt us the lowest hand a teen-ager could have and were now outcasts never again be able to associate with the buds we'd hung around with and the babes (Other than the B-day babe and her friends we hadn't rubbed elbows with many Bomber-babes at that time... just Chief- Jo Babes) we had dated would never speak to us again... oh what sad little guys we were... I don't think we shed a tear but we may have plotted some early demises... ... little did we know that the host of the party was limited by his parents on the number of kids he could invite each year and so half one year and the other... well almost half, the next (my illugitumutt son confessed one day he was never invited... he was also not invited to the first party of 7th grade, which was a real eye opener to me)... anyway, we sat there boppin' to the tunes... now the way I have discovered the actual year of this event is that "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was recorded on my Pop's b-day, November 17, 1961... the number one hit of 1961, according to the count down we were listening to was the same Lion sleeps tonight... mystery solved... six years later, I was sitting in a hooch in Vietnam, Republic of... listening to "the countdown" on Armed Forces radio and some knucklehead like Cris Noel (tho I'm sure it wasn't her) was trying to convince us that they were playing the top 100 hits of 1967... now as you will recall, for those of you in the Big PX, 1967 was the "Summer of Love" and music was experiencing some major changes... but we weren't hearing that stuff except on our own reel to reels and on vinyl... as guys would come over, go on R&R or come back from the 30 days ya got for extending your summer vacation in the Nam, we'd get the new stuff... I can confidently say that what we heard that night on the "countdown" was NOT what we had on those records and reel to reels... not even close... If "Yummy yummy yummy I've got love in my tummy" took the top ten spots that year (yes I am exaggerating) I'm a monkey's uncle... but I can let by-gones be by-gones... so I sure hope the b-day Bomber-babe gets at least as many presents as she did last month (wow anniversary and Christmas!!!) so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Donna BOWERS ('63) on your special day, January 19, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Classes of '65 & '66 - 5th & 6th grades Jason Lee Patrol Boys 1958-1959 School Year - from Mike WATTS (?66) Below is the link to the above picture that I need help with the rest of the names: Thanks so much ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a cold and rainy Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene MANESS ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack EVANS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey CHAMBERS ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Jason Lee Patrol Picture You parents of Jason Lee children can rest easy in the knowledge that these sterling young men are guarding the crossing. And breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that the future Junior Gyrene ('65) is not among them. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the fog has lifted for the moment, but the clouds have yet to part **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) Re: High school letters As you drive up Lee in Richland you see the dug-up concrete or whatever it was, and just an "R" hole and of course the "H". Maybe we should start a contest to see what they fill up the holes with. Something soft so the kids don't get injured having fun at Bomber games. Re: Bomber boy hoops The boys' team is quite good this year and are rated 3rd in the state right now. For Washington west siders they play Monday against Mt. Rainier in some kind of Martin Luther King tournament. Not sure of the venue they play at. -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ In stagnant air and cold Richland looking forward to spring ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris VAN DUSEN ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony DURAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judi WILSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari ECKERT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janey ZWICKER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Last week a voter's pamphlet from the Richland School District arrived with the mail. The information is about a levy and does not include board members. Re: "R" removal ~ Tri-City Herald article However, I wonder if there is a way to find out WHICH ONE/S is/are responsible for suggesting removing the concrete letters? (As well as how many voted to approve it.) If there is, I think the LEAST we can do is shame them publicly. (My son's suggestion.) The BEST we can do, in my opinion, is try to be sure they don't get re-elected. The Sunday Paper was full of letters protesting the action. Elected officials are supposed to work for their communities--not abuse their power by doing things which they probably suspected would be met with a stern "NO". I'm not sure which one of the board members said they'd have a dialogue to find the best way to "fix" it. That person needs to know that it CAN'T BE "FIXED". I'm sure the students of the class of '68 put that letter in place with considerable effort. And money. Usually I am not so vindictive, but this abuse of power by elected officials (which we are seeing more and more of at all levels) totally rankles me. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in cool, drizzly, foggy Richland, where I am SO ready to see the sun shining into my bay windows **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Geiger Counter I was wondering if anyone knows of a small version Geiger counter that a 'civvie' could purchase for the purpose of reading all the bad vibes in my surroundings? I hear these horror stories of being nuked by the fish (tuna or anything else swimming by) in the meat section of my favorite grocery store in Little Saigon (Westminster, CA) because of what happened at the Fukushima nuke plant after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. I would tell you the name of my fav grocery store, but I cannot spell or pronounce the name, which is in Vietnamese. Although, I do go to the donut shop nearby because there is a big word 'DONUT' above the shop, and Skinner like, I think of a mouth-watering Spudnut... I do not think the Vietnamese language has a word for donut... I'm just saying in case you are ever lost in Little Saigon pining for a donut. I mentioned this once, I mention again. Any Geiger information would be interesting and very educational. Well, at least to me. I believe there is a lot of hyperbole going on amongst the educated I sit with while enjoying my morning coffee and donut. I would like to prove to myself that believing nothing I hear is the baseline... and go find the illusive truth myself, the one with the big T, before spreading the fear around town. If there is such a Geiger animal, small enough to not look like Hazmat has arrived, one knowing all those various types of little bad boy atoms floating around, having a price tag I cannot refuse, I want one. I realize that I could start with eBay, Amazon, the trunk of El Toro's low-rider Chevy in east L.A., Vinnie's shed in Little Italy or possibly the old Hippy Vietnam vet's bomb shelter six blocks north ... what's with L.A.? ...but, I am much more interested in what the Alumni Sandstorm (AS) Hanford experts have to say before I buy. There are just certain benies one has that are off the beaten path being from Richland, WA and asking the nuke experts declassified questions are by far my favorites (I'm not kidding). Thanks very much for any input posted or private (my email address). I am serious about the Geiger. Disregard all other statements. There is little to no truth, the little t, in them. -Rick MADDY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Roger GRESS ('61), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helga BLANKINGSHIP ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SCHODT ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul BOEHNING ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah AVANT ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) I looked up the Richland School Board members and there are two I believe their terms are up: Richard Jansons, President Heather Cleary, Vice President -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Visiting Florida We have spent the last week in beautiful, if cool, Florida. It's been very relaxing, if not as warm as we hoped, it's much warmer than in Hope, IN!! we went to St. mark's Wildlife Refuge, which we enjoyed at 44, at least it was 44 sunny degrees!! we saw wonderful birds, including a bald eagle . and we saw manatees at Wikula Springs. We've been to S. Daytona Beach, (again sunny, but barely above 65), but a great place. and we've spent a few fun days in the greater Tampa area. Got to see more manatees, and birds, and I got to dip my toes in the ocean (bay?) at beautiful Anna Maria Island, and we've had great seafood. Don't know if any of you remember Joy Hendrix visiting her sister, Colleen, but we met in 1961? or so when she was visiting from her home in Louisiana... we've kept in touch ever since with a few actual visits over the years. I just missed seeing her, when we were in Seminole... we hope to actually get together one day... sadly we do have to head back to the frigid midwest and get out the boots and snow shovels again!! We are hoping to connect with some "old friends" in Atlanta on our way home... haven't seen them in about 40 years or so!! greetings from sunny, if cold, Florida!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Florida **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: School Boy Patrol and Bomber-Babe Birthday Again, I find myself responding to the Senior Squid ('54)... now I recall that Tony HARRAH ('65) used to say that most good stories begin with: "Well, we wuz all lickered up..." This one takes place a bit before my first experience with that phrase at State in the back of Charlie WARFORD's ('61) '56 chevy, but the thought process is much the same... "what was I thinking"... now there is a very good reason I was not in that picture of the Jason Lee Patrol... during the year preceding the photo I was a member in good standing... ok I was a member of the Spalding school boy patrol... it seems, however that a rather large gang fight broke out on the playground while I was properly attending my post on patrol... yes, I was the leader of both gangs... and yes I had an inkling that the fight might occur... but gee whizz officer Krumpky, how could I be involved when I was wearing my little red jacket with the white belt thingy????? Huh? Riddle me that, Batman... well, as soon as I came off post I was called in the principal's office... all he would say was: "I know you did it"... and he just kept saying it no matter how innocent I professed myself to be... he just wasn't buying it... next thing I know... we are moving to Jason Lee and no more school boy patrol for me... ahhhhhhh but I was strategically placed in a nice little "F" house right across from the ladies, PARKER ('60, '63 and '65)... now that's a happy ending to what could have been a very miserable story... and... as they say... the rest is history... and speaking of history, it's time for one of my favorite Bomber-babes to celebrate... haven't seen her since her 45 year reunion but did get a chance to have a nice little chat that night... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Helga BLANKINGSHIP ('66) on your special day, January 22, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "Richland boys impress with big win at MLK Showcase" 1/20/14 Tri-City Herald "The Richland boys basketball team made a strong impression on its first trip to the west side in 2014, recording a 95-62 win Monday over Mount Rainier in the Martin Luther King Showcase at ShoWare Center in Kent. Richland (15-0) is off to the third-best start in school history." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a dreary Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Bill JOHNSON ~ Class of 1961 ~ 1943 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Roger GRESS ('61) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie LAWELL ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCUE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie TEMPERO ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank STRATTON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra HARDING ('77wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt HASKINS ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Bomber Basketball We on the west side don't hear much about high school sports these days, let alone happenings throughout the state. I have the Sandstorm to thank for letting me know the Bombers are off to a 15 - 0 start. If memory serves me correct, the 1957 team did that as well and more. That team should have won it all with Norris BROWN ('57) leading the way. They were so much fun to watch. Richland did win it all for the first time in 1958 [which is why they call themselves "The Championship Class of 1958"]. Dynasty is a term aptly applied to Richland basketball in those days. Go Bombers! -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) I received an election ballot from the Richland School District wanting more money. Proposition 14-1 to replace a Levy that is expiring. I guess maybe they should have waited after the voting to remove the Letters? -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Tri-City Herald funeral notices Excel file Several days ago I posted a notice that Gerald STEIN ('66) had been able to locate a listing of the funeral notices posted in the Tri- City Herald. The alphabetical list provides the date of death, which [date] paper the notice was published in and the page number. Some of the names have the date of birth and the name of the spouse. You then go to the local library and look the information up on micro-film. I tried to send the Excel file to Maren, but the file was too large. Several people did ask me to send the Excel file to them, and they were able to view it. If any of you would like me to look up a name and provide the information, I will be glad to do so. [Shirley says she "tried to send [the .xlsx] file to Maren, but the file was too large". Well, Shirley DID send the file, BUT only "most" of it arrived. I saved the .xlsx file... and when I click the file, a "conversion" process begins... and then it pops up in Excel. The names that show up only goes thru the last name of Raine.. so, of course, I couldn't look up Smyth. Shirley tried everything, too... she tried forwarding..., replying... starting a new message. Maybe it's a Weaselsoft thing... -Maren] -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a still cold Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Ruth MILES ('59), Earl BENNETT ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Tedd CADD ('66) Pam EHINGER ('67), Kathie MOORE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLENEGAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy LEY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) Note to Roger GRESS ('61) Roger, don't be grumpy about the school levy. It supports the schools that are educating the kids, and doesn't affect the board members. Please vote for the levy, and keep letting the board know what you think of their work. -Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) ~ from socked-in Goldendale, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re:Haskins Re: Tri-City Herald funeral notices Excel file Same thing happened to me at work a few years ago. The Iran Gazetteer published by the National Geospatial Intelligence Office was an Excel file too large to send intact, problem stated as something like "over 63,000 lines" (but actually a more precise number of about that size). They claimed there was a way to get it in pieces, but following their instructions I never was able to access more than the first two-thirds of it. Irritating. And the version of MS Excel we were using at that time (probably Office 2003) was unbelievably slow to load that large file. I went and found someone's old printed gazetteer from decades ago to do my work. Object lesson - don't throw away your favorite hardcopy reference works. Regards, ecb3 - from bitter cold central Virginia (6 at 8:00 this morning), should be down there again tonight, high tomorrow around 27, maintaining our remaining 1 inch of snow from two days ago: "Warming trend" this weekend will get us up to the mid-30s, then more bitter cold forecast next week. True, not Minnesota or Alaska cold, but not common here. -Earl BENNETT ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I think the problem here is that I'm currently running Microsoft Excel 2000... that would be 14 years old... it's a small wonder it works at all. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Letter removal: Richland school officials won't be disciplined 1/23/14 Tri-City Herald "The seven Richland School District administrators involved in the decision to remove the concrete letters at Fran Rish Stadium and Carmichael Middle School will not be disciplined, district officials said. The officials included the principals of Richland and Hanford High Schools and Carmichael Middle School, Richland High's athletic director, the assistant superintendent for secondary instruction and the executive director of support services, according to a memo from Superintendent Rick Schulte to the Richland School Board following a district investigation." Re: The USGenWeb archives for Washington If any of you would like to search for a information in the state of Washington, use this link then search by county: Re: Sunset Memorial Cemetery link Re: Resthaven Cemetery link -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) If you want to send the .xlsx file to me, I can translate it without loss and send you the .xls file. Alternatively to email, you can use a site called Transfer Big Files. If the file is under a certain size (100 Mb), you can send for free: -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Bomber Cookbook I tried to find the "Bombers' Best Recipes" cookbook, but was unable to find it on the Sandstorms web site. Do you know where I might go to find it? Bombers Rule Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie MOORE Adair ('69) For all of You Bombers that are Seattle Seahawk fans: There is a Seahawk rally ... We walked up Badger Mtn last game Re: For the Super Bowl .... Due to the overwhelming support of the community in our last outing, we have decided to put on another event! WHEN: Saturday, February 1st TIME: Meet at noon... start at 2pm We will be doing a march from Columbia Point Marina to the finger nail at Howard Amon Park. Why not hike badger again you ask?? We want this to be an event that people of all ages (any fitness level) can participate in. The plan is to meet and rally at Columbia Point at noon that Saturday and the march will begin at 2pm. We don't have all the details just yet, so keep your eye on the page and event for updates. This is about the community getting together to show support for our Seattle Seahawks as the 12th man. This will be a family event so let's keep everything PG13 and no drugs or alcohol. Please take the time to share this with everyone and let's make this event even bigger than the last. Go 'HAWKS!!! Come and Join Us. Thank You. -Kathie MOORE Adair ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/14 q ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not enough entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack ARMSTRONG ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott FULCHER ('81) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris VAN REENEN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron HOGLEN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon MARKEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben JACOBS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert MILLER ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: love them "foreign" Bomber-babes Well, I see Maren ('63 & '64) is off and running again so this will go in the "Q" not you, Q ('62)... it's some kinda techie talk... heard it again this morning... Nevada DMV seems to be having trouble keeping track of what vehicles have insurance... now I make sure I keep track of such things... but if I might suggest, all they need to do is look on any street in Vegas and they will see a large number of cars that don't even have license plates... should be enough to keep them busy for a long time... but instead, they send little post cards to those of us who do have insurance to fill out saying we have insurance... I went on line to renew the registration for my little roadster and I couldn't because it said I don't have insurance... please fill in the blanks to tell them I do... so I filled in the blanks and hit "next" and it said: "we are sorry we cannot update your insurance information at this time"... so I emailed them and a very nice lady emailed back that they could not confirm my insurance... sooooooooooooooo this morning I called my insurance company and was told I was the "first caller in the Q"... apparently my insurer has had several calls from Nevada... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... bet they don't have that problem in the Netherlands... that's called a segway... ya see the b-day Bomber- babe lives there and is a girl I didn't get to know well enough in school... of course "well enough" is a relative term. In this case, she has been such a fun Bomber-babe to get to know, I'm just a little sorry I didn't get to know her better while we were in school... since I'm still pretty good friends with almost all the girls I dated back in the day... I think I coulda taken this babe to the movie and Zips and we'd still be speaking (by the way... if I dated you, please back me up here... if you hate my guts let's just let that be our little secret... funny... I email my daughter that I love her every morning and she emails me back a similar message... we have a running disagreement over who loves whom the most... the other day she responded: "miss yer face; love yer guts"... glad I didn't have a mouth full of coffee when I read it)... so I guess I should get down to it and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sharon MARKEL ('65) on your special day, January 26, 2014!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Jeanie TURNER ('61), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66) Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty CONNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura PARKER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob TURPING ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay SCHAFER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norm ENGLUND ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darcy FORSYTHE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin PERKINS ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Bomb vs. Bomber It appears that they are at it again! Last week there was a "Bomber Cheerleader Camp" to which my cousin?s granddaughter went. She - along with other young girls - came home with a t-shirt that reads: "Bomber Cheerleader" and has a picture of, you guessed it, a bomber. No cloud---no bomb. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco where it remains cold and cloudy. I didn't leave Federal Way for this! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Marguerite GROFF Tompkins ('54-RIP) It is with sad tears that all you Bomber friends are notified that we lost a dear friend this afternoon [1/25/14]. Marguerite has been suffering for a few years with a dreadful illness and in the last few months, progressively got worse. She was kept free of pain, and now is in peace!! There won't be a service right away, but when her children decide, they will announce a memorial. If anyone wants to contact her daughter, Pam, you can e-mail me and I will give you her number. Marguerite will be so missed!!! Re: '54 in '14 - Our 60 Year Class Reunion Reminder that anyone who wants, please show up at my house at 1:30pm On Monday, January 27th. E-mail me for my address if you don't have it! Let's get some more suggestions out there!! Thank you, Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), for your input long distance! Also, Harold KENITZER ('54) for sending an e-mail. Time will pass pretty fast as we get older, so need to make our plans when we can!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where we are still under a blanket of fog **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Since Maren publishes this in "seniority" order, I will be able to tip the ol' propeller beanie in honor of a younger Bomber Babe's birthday before the Junior Gyrene ('65) puts his foot in his mouth (again?). Like I said previously, I am not acquainted with this young person except through these pages. In any event, I do wish her the best of birthdays knowing that it will be a very long time before she is old enough to frequent the Uptown Tavern (not that she would). On this special day: Happy Birthday Mary Lou WATKINS ('63)! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the weather for the moment is pleasant, but dry [written on 1/22/14]. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Thanks Ray LOESCHER ('57) for Bomber memories. Our trips to the State tournaments were some of the best times. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Portland/Vancouver, WA Bomber Lunch Can hardly wait to see who shows up for this fun time. We hope to see YOU on Saturday, February 15. PLEASE JOIN US!!! If you are in the Vancouver/Portland area, we would love to see you at our Bomber luncheon. It is always a great time, good food, and lots of interesting conversation. WHAT: Portland/Vancouver, WA Bomber Lunch WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant - on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 - Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It's very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are welcome. Lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We meet in the Sun Room. -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Ricky Nelson sang a song about the Birthday Girl, with whom I had a courtship that lasted some place between the lifespan of a fly or a Costco hot dog, which ever was shorter. Lots of words have been utilized to describe her such as Pollyanna, Goody Two Shoes and Daddy's Little Girl. All of which she has endorsed and actively promoted by e-mail, text, letter, conversation, phone call, and signs along I-5.. Recently I saw an advertisement for, I believe, a hotel in Las Vegas. The tag line was, "Just bad enough to be good". That might work. Happy Birthday to Mary Lou WATKINS ('63)... we love you and wish you a "very special day". -Nancy & jimbeaux p.s. Thanks for the bunk last week, it made the 3 1/2 hour drive across L.A. worth it. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Richland Cemeteries Find A Grave has two web pages for the Richland Cemeteries. Re: Sunset Memorial Gardens link Re: Resthaven Cemetery link I noted that for Resthaven they said because space was limited, Sunset Memorial was built in the 1970s. I know that date is off; it was well established in 1967 when my sister was buried there. They say that Resthaven is 98% photographed and Sunset Memorial Gardens is 49% photographed. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Starting FindAGrave Searches Gary L. ADRIAN Michael W. ALEXANDER Janice BEARDSLEY Detrick Missing class member Gerald BOSCH's gravestone ~ appears that his wife has passed away but there is no date of death for him. Virgil A. BISHOP (Great photo of him here) Connie BOEHNING Nicholson Rey Lee "Teddy Bear" CALL Karen Elizabeth CROWLEY Sandra K. HAGEN Floyd E. HUNTER James G. JUDD FindAGrave -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: When I say love.... I mean luv LUV! Seventh grade... the start of a new life... how cool can it be... sure yer at the bottom of the totem pole... but man what a pole... I must say, that it never occurred to me to eat frozen candy like Mello Mints and Snickers... but hey... candy at school inna school store... must be cool... Noon Dancing... oh man... a guy could fall in love every day slow dancing! That first trip to Jr, Hi-Spot and seeing the girls you "went" with in grade school... kourse getting slammed up against the telephone pole outside the door for dancing with one of them girls and then getting smashed in the mouth for not dancing with another... just in case you were thinking about it... maybe a little extreme but this was almost the big time, man! And the babes... so many from so many different schools... all in one place... well, ok... half of them in one place but the other half would be at Jr Hi-spot... so long as you could figger which ones were safe... plus there's the "One"... I found myself singing: "I'm so young and you're so old........... "... but right along with it were Old Blue eyes and Eddie Hodges singing: "Once there was a silly old ram... High Hopes................" She lives over by Beej ('65) and she's soooooooo pretty... yes... High Hopes................... such a supple spine... and it ain't like she's really old... just a bit more sophisticated... and Ricky even has a song about her... but there is a down side... I mean she took Ronnie Hawkins' watch and chain and then jumped in his Kitty and drove afar...... and that fight she got in with Short Fat Fannie... hmmm better think this over... korse there's the girl across the street... I could ask her out and have Terry DAVIS ('65) throw a fit for dating "out of my league"... but when ya fall for a girl like that, ya end up driving yer car to the racing grounds, being the youngest driver there... just ta buy her a ring... A ring? I just was gonna ask her to a party... geez what's this ring stuff and crashing yer car and getting pulled from the twisted wreck and with yer dying breath saying "Tell the b-day girl I love her....." Oh my... this is all a little much for 7th grade... maybe I'd best just stick to sending posts and wishing HBs inna SS for a while... well it's "that" year for the Girl Ricky sang about... (giggle giggle... you know what "that" means... oh I'm just sooooooo naughty!)... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) and Laura PARKER ('65) on your special day, January 27, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) PS ML, if I'm in trubel lemme know right away and I'll stay at the Holiday Inn next month! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Tri-City Herald Obit file .xls and .xlsx files Earl BENNETT ('63) is right about the line limit. .xls files have a limit of 65,536 rows and A-IV columns. .xlsx files have a limit of 1,048,576 rows and A-XFD columns. The Herald file had 90,573 rows. So translating it directly into an XLS version loses a little over 25,000 rows. So I took the original file and broke it into two tabs so that all the data was available. Not a perfect solution since one cannot sort the file in meaningful ways in the .xls version. I'm not sure how Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) is going to make the information available, but I know they have the original file available. The original .xlsx file is 4.65 Mb and the revised .xls file is 9.92 Mb. If anybody wants a copy of either, I can send it to you via a site called TransferBigFiles. -Tedd CADD ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: Schools I have three sons who attended Richland schools until the oldest was in 6th grade and then we moved to Kent, WA where they all ended up graduating from Kentwood High. During the entire time they were in school I never voted for a levy for any reason and have not even to this day. Money is not the problem in schools! In the last 50 years, national wide, trillions of dollars have been given to schools and yet we have fallen from the number one school system to the 17th world wide. The state court is wrong thinking more money will solve the problems, it won't. BTW the Legislature makes the laws not the supreme court. The Legislature can ignore the court and do the budget as they please. Thomas Jefferson wrote about his fear that Federal and State Supreme Courts may start trying to make laws instead of following the law and Constitution. I now have grand kids who don't seem to be even getting taught the basics anymore and they are in the Kennewick system. There seems to be too much emphasis on Political Correctness, trying to get the boys to act more like girls, (no fighting, rough sports, competitiveness, etc), and kicking kids out of school for defending themselves. My grandson was kicked out for a week for fighting back when an older. larger boy attacked him from behind. We didn't have the best system back in the '50s and '60s but I believe it was far better then today and we ranked much higher world wide. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Bill BERLIN ('56), Roger GRESS ('61) David RIVERS ('65), Gary TURNER ('71) Greg ALLEY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CRADDOCK ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty NEAL ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DURBIN ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe FORD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth MEYER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy STALEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy GOBLE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer HASKINS ('91) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Josh JANICEK ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Jimbeaux and Nancy Hamilton Jimbeaux ('63) and the always lovely and forever informative Miss Nancy ('64) stopped by for a night here in the desert on their way to Tucson. Always great to see them but ironically we see them more 1400 miles from Seattle than we do 65 between Redmond, WA and Anacortes, WA. Go figure. Sandra and I will probably go over to Tucson in March to visit them and go to the Pima Air Museum and see all of the "boy toys" there. Might even be some junk that I have flown in the past. Re: Richland south end curbs and sidewalks. I vaguely remember some concrete gutters and maybe sidewalks over around the Laundry and up by Ganzel's Barber Shop but in the south end we had raised appendages that went up at an angle from the street, were asphalt the same as the street and managed to catch some of the lawn water runoff. Unlike a proper curb, you could ride your bike from the street, up the incline to the sidewalk and back down to the street, something of a slalom pattern and that was cool. The good Lord help you if you fell on the sidewalk because you were going to lose a couple of feet of skin and a quart or two of blood as they had mixed number 8 grade rock in the asphalt to make it go further and they stuck up through the surface like little diamond knives. It was deadly and ugly, a fall on this stuff. That road/sidewalk pattern was all over the south end and was still pretty much that way when I graduated high school. I know because I rode my bike to Lewis and Clark nearly every day from grade 3 through 6. No spills but did get hit by a car once. I landed in the grass on my head so it did not hurt anything. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA where it has been unseasonably warm. We have had three days in January already where it has hit 84F-85F and all kinds of days in the 75F-80F range. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) To: Bill CRADDOCK (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday, Bill... and many more -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: one a the good guys Funny how friendships grow... this was one a them great guys who always let me sit and the big kids' table right from the start and always made me feel totally at home. I would never challenge him inna bicycle race... but then I think my head's too big for the helmet and I've got no clue what I would do with the pants and shirt after the race... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Joe FORD ('63) on your special day, January 28, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) To: 1971 RHS Classmates and friends of Vic MARSHALL ('71-RIP) I imagine that by now that most of you have heard that fellow classmate Vic Marshall passed away December 17, 2013. Vic was a steady force in planning our reunions and a true ambassador of the Class of '71. He was instrumental in the organization of our most recent Class of '71 gathering this past summer in Howard Amon Park as we celebrated our "60th" birthdays. He will be greatly missed by many of us. See Vic's Bomber Memorial here His wife Maureen and Vic's family had wonderful funeral service for him back in his home town near Detroit, MI. There was a Rosary for Vic at Christ the King on January 19, 2014, and per Vic and his family's wishes there will be a celebration of Life for Vic in Richland to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (near the Intersection of Bypass Highway and Van Geisen) on March 15, 2014, (St. Pat's day) from Noon to 3pm. Food will be provided (we have employed the Services of Pat Harty's Fine Food Catering Company). Non alcoholic beverages will also be provided. The Knights have a liquor bar that will be open which is a cash bar. There will be an opportunity to provide donations at the door if you want to help defray costs. We realize that most of you will not be able to attend but we wanted you to know about the event and of course about Vic's passing away if you had not heard. Here is what we need help with. 1) Please spread the word, March 15 is not far away. 2) Pat Harty will need some help in getting set up for cooking and we may need some help on clean up afterwards. 3) We need a reasonable estimate of how much food to prepare so please indicate if you plan to attend. RSVP: Kelvin Soldat at That's it for now. We will send out at least one update between now and March 15. Thanks! -Gary TURNER ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg ALLEY ('73) Re: Everly Brothers The recent postings about the Everly Brothers came as the result of the death of Phil Everly (RIP). I am a fan and I only saw them once at the Benton Franklin County Fair. Seeing them in the early years like David RIVERS ('65) in Vegas would have been top notch. On the Grammy awards there was a salute with Miranda Lambert (country singer), and Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day singing "When Will I be Loved". It was really good and the Everly family members were in the audience. A new CD out called "ForEverly" from Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones is quite good. They sing the 1958-59 album "Songs our Daddy Taught Us" straight through. They sound pretty close to the real thing. -Greg ALLEY ('73) ~ in cold, gray Richland hoping for a Seahawk victory Sunday in Cold New York **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Roberta BABCOCK Myers ~ Class of 1953 ~ 1935 - 2014 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60) Carol CONVERSE ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda STEWART ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia ECKERT ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl BEYER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin FRISTER ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheryl ROMSOS ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, February 1 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: South end sidewalks, etc. I really don't remember how the curbs and gutters were, but I do remember the sidewalks. The sidewalks were very rough and one did not want to fall, but then, I don't remember if I fell or not. Can't imagine living there and NOT falling a time or two. Before being old enough to go to the roller rink, I roller skated on those sidewalks. Remember those skates that attached to your shoes and had to be tightened up with those huge keys? We moved from the south end to the north end after 6th grade. Lived on Cedar next door to the Beardsleys. As I recall, the sidewalks were of concrete. Anybody really remember? Paula? -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Looking forward to getting out from under the inversion this week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Boy could I get in trubel This post puts me between a rock and a hard place... ya see, I'm not allowed to say some words on the Sandstorm or a Bomber-babe gets a little upset. For example if I mention the youngest Cleaver kid I gotta call him "Wally's little brother" and if he was blonde... oh my, she'd rant and rave for weeks... Blonde Wally's little brothers are really taboo... so I'm gonna do my best... known the b-day kid since we were prolly 8 or so... when everybody was talking about concrete sidewalks and the lack thereof, I thought of this kid's street which didn't even have pavement... just gravel... I always wondered why the Southside had so many gravel streets... maybe the school board was worried kids'd hurt themselves... but it seems to me that it would hurt a whole bunch more to fall on gravel than pavement... maybe we should ask Susan NUSSBAUM ('63)... I remember her taking quite a fall out in front of my house around '61 or '62... we had pavement... I would rather have fallen where she did rather than say in front of Peter Joe CARROLL's ('65) house... but maybe it's just me... and given that the b-day kid is totally accident prone... I really think they should have put pavement in front of his house if nowhere else... he also should have been issued a permanent injunction from using gasoline or ever sliding around with any kind of sticks on his feet... ahhhhhhh hind sight... 20-20, of course! Well I'm gonna just throw caution to the wind and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carl "Beaver" BEYER ('65) on your special day, January 29. 2014!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Linda REINING ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Gary CHRISTIAN ('67), Gary ELL ('67) Matt CROWLEY ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave RHODES ('52wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki LYTLE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April MILLER ('92) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: George BRINKMAN ('60) & Betty NEAL ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Sidewalks When I was little and lived on Rossell, I don?t remember any sidewalks... not sure we had them. Then, when we moved to Elm, we had cement sidewalks... remember skating on them, and there were cracks in them, so had to be careful, cause the skate wheels would "catch" on the cracks and "down" I'd go. Course, that might also have been since I wasn't the most coordinated person on the block. my skates seemed to "fit" better on my Keds tennis shoes than they did on my saddle oxfords, or maybe I just hated wearing those so much, that I convinced my mother that they fit, better. *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland letters to be replaced eventually 1/29/14 Tri-City Herald "One of the concrete letters representing three Richland schools could soon be replaced, but it will be at least a year before the others return permanently. School district officials and staff at Carmichael Middle School plan to replace the 'C' this school year, though it may be in a different location and have new safety features, Superintendent Rick Schulte told the Richland School Board on Tuesday. The 'R' and the 'H' representing Richland and Hanford High Schools at Fran Rish Stadium, however, will have to wait until safety improvements are made to the visitor bleachers. That work won't be done until next winter, Schulte said. Temporary solutions are being considered." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a rainy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary CHRISTIAN ('67) Re: Seen on Gary's Facebook Bombers are 17-0 and rated No. 4 in the state of Wash. -Gary CHRISTIAN ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary ELL ('67) Go Seakawks... now the rest of the story. Re: The fingernail as of today Last year I contacted the mayor and was assured repair work would be done on this historic feature... what a fine park... but the fingernail is in such distress... you would never find something like this in another city. I say if Richland refuses to fix it up, and can't find the cash to destroy it , why not just deed it to the Richland Hi School board and tell them it's a safety hazard .. -Gary ELL ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Matt CROWLEY ('75) As I've skimmed daily Sandstorm entries recently I've noticed a lot of talk about sidewalks. My family lived in the 1400 block of Marshall in the '60s and '70s. Most of the time there were only rudimentary sidewalks with no real curb. Concrete sidewalks were installed in the late '70s or '80s, after my family had moved elsewhere. I was walking around the old neighborhood at Christmas time last month. The 1400 block of McPherson, just one street over, still doesn't have concrete sidewalks or curbs. I wonder: Did homeowners on each block have to pay for the new sidewalks? If not, why did the city install nice sidewalks on some streets and not on others? -Matt CROWLEY ('75) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Helen CROSS ('62), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Bill SCOTT ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Nancy MALLORY ('64) Pam EHINGER ('67), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene BARFUSS ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina FRASER ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) It is, once more, time to tip the ol' propeller beanie. This time it is in honor of a slightly older Bomber. I even knew him and was twice on the stage with him. To top it off, he even married a Bomber Babe from my class. It has been some time since I've seen them both. I would like to see them at The Class of '54's 60 year reunion; only Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) hasn't told us yet when and where that will be. In the meantime, let's all send "Happy Birthday!" wishes to Gene BARFUSS ('53), who did know the way to the Uptown Tavern. Re: Sidewalks Perhaps the hodge-podge arrangement of new sidewalks and curbs had the backing of the School Board. On the other hand it may be some massive conspiracy to deprive some kids from playing hop-scotch. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rains have returned but are supposed to be gone by today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Prostate Cancer I've been fighting aggressive prostate cancer since 2003. Early on someone suggested I attend a prostate cancer support group called Us TOO. There I met men with all stages of prostate cancer and their stories. You also learn what's "state of the art." If you want to learn more about Us Too go to The mission of Us TOO is to help men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection and treatment through support, education and advocacy. I recently received the following email from state leaders of Us TOO. "The Washington State Prostate Cancer Task Force has a goal of starting prostate cancer support groups in the state of Washington. Our state wide survey found these geographic area NEEDING a support group: Tri Cities, Wenatchee, Vancouver If you know anyone in these areas that we can contact to help get a group going we would really appreciate it. We will set up time to train them and provide materials from US TOO for a new chapter and training materials to use. We will also be available to help/coach them all year. We have commitment from the Executive Secretary of the Washington Urology Society to help us get support from local urologists. Please contact either Jim Kiefert at or John Ross at if you want to know about starting an Us TOO support group in your area. If you want to learn more about Us TOO go to the parent organization at: -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: George BRINKMAN ('60) & Betty NEAL Brinkman ('62) Happy anniversary late!! You must be getting close to the big 50 celebration!! Love and blessings from -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) and Warren, aka the Rev (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: Sidewalks Response to Matt CROWLEY's ('75) question in the 1/30 Sandstorm: Yes, the property owners pay for the installation of sidewalks. A majority of the residents on a block or street must agree to pay for the project. It is considered an improvement to the property. Since it adds value to the property, the property taxes are increased. This may be why some blocks still have the old asphalt paths or no sidewalks at all. I'm amazed that large portions of Harris Avenue along the river don't have sidewalks. You'd think that the owners of the waterfront properties would want that type of improvement. But then again it may be an issue of tax increase. Luckily, our area in north Richland has concrete sidewalks that were installed by the builder when the area was built in the late '70s & early '80s. There are only a few stretches of streets that only have a sidewalk on one side of the street. The city can decide to redo a complete street (right of emanate domain) for the greater good (like happened on Thayer Drive) and in that case the property owners are billed for the improvements to their property and the city funds the rest of the project. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in finally sunny Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: What's wrong with DIRT? I remember when "they" decided to put black top (or whatever) under the play ground equipment in the little park across the street from our house... now Roberdeau Park (I think) at the Perkins/Roberdeau corner. Our house was the "first aid station" for every kid who fell off the swings and cracked their head open on that black top... never happened in the dirt... head wounds REALLY bleed!!!! I was "always" the "nurse". Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Sidewalks Guess I was lucky. I grew up on Jadwin, near the corner with Symons (think it was Symons), cattycorner across the street from Newberry's. We had fine concrete sidewalks from as long ago as I can recall. I remember playing hopscotch, roller skating with those clamp-on skates with the big key, and learning to ride a bike on them. Good times. -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: 1964 Columbian Yearbooks My sincere thanks to the 6 members of the great Class of 1966 who gave up their 1964 (sophomore) Columbians to members of the Class of 1964! Salute! There is still a need for at least one (1) more to fill an immediate need. Please feel free to contact me IF you are willing to sell, trade, or give up your 1964 annual... -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) Re: Sidewalks I lived on Stanton -- half a block from Marcus Whitman. We had blacktop sidewalks. They were very rough and lumpy and uneven (tree roots and what not). Also remember the puncture weed (at least that's what we called it) that grew around there. It was death to our bike tires. Then my brother, David, would take the tires off, get the tubes out, test them in the deep laundry sink (wish I had one now) and put patches on. I think Lee street just down from us had concrete sidewalks - yes with seams (which you didn't step on or you would "break your mother's back". We went over to Marcus Whitman to skate (with our sidewalk skates complete with key and worn with your oxfords) on the tennis courts. Our street was also blacktop with a gravel parking strip on either side -- that is now gone, not sure about the kind of sidewalks now or if homeowners paid for them or not. I do remember when they put a streetlight on our street my Mom had to argue with the installers as they were going to put it in the center of our (already existing) driveway! As for sidewalks in some parts of town and not others -- it seems many towns have a "favored" section. Here in Jackson, TN it is the north side. All new stores and eateries, etc. are built there. I live on the south side. -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) ~ in frigid east TN -- dry, but that is about to change to (hopefully) rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Sidewalks! I grew up on the corner Thayer & Wilson. We had no sidewalks, but I believe they were put in around the late '50s or early '60s. I remember tearing all the skin off my left foot when I skate boarded bare footed!! I learned never to go bare footed when you go skate boarding! Bombers Rule, Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Sidewalks Perhaps it depended on the if the street was "major" one or not. The block I lived in on Torbett had the asphalt with rocks and one side of the street but Thayer, right around the corner had all concrete ones. I remember one summer my girlfriend and I walked from Torbett and Thayer along Thayer to Pennywise Drugstore. We decided to do it barefoot and had to constantly try to find some "cool" grass for our hot feet. I'm surprised we didn't get blisters. Talking about the cracks in the sidewalks. When skate boards became popular the first time in the mid '60s I had a classmate who was riding one when a gust of wind hit her. She hit a crack in the sidewalk and broke her ankle pretty severely. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from good ole Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2013 ~ February, 2014