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15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/01/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Mina Jo GERRY ('68), Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol TYNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maggie GILSTRAP ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Tedd CADD & Pam HUNT ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) I'll be watching the Super Bowl at TUMBLEWEEDS. (Kind of a Burger- King-style Mexican place.) Aside from the pleasant atmosphere, they'll have big TVs, prizes, half-price Nachos, free desserts, etc. I'm thinking it would be fun if some other Bombers go there, too. Today, I'm off to the Community Center to man the Seniors' Gift Shop from 11-3. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in once-again overcast Richland after some beautiful sunshine yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Resources Concerning Prostate Cancer To: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Ray, I'm sorry to hear of your challenge with prostate cancer but glad you are involved with organizations that help others dealing with that challenge. I'd like to suggest an excellent resource that if you don't have already in your library, it would make a wonderful addition. The book by Bob Marckini is titled: "You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don't Need Surgery To Do it." I know a number of people who have been treated for prostate cancer as well as other forms of cancer at Loma Linda University Medical Center using Proton radiation. Bob explains the difference between conventional ionizing radiation and proton radiation which is also explained at the website: http://www.protonbob.com/proton-treatment-homepage.asp Perhaps you could share this with others in the organizations you are involved with. Best wishes, -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Matt CROWLEY ('75) Re: 1400 block of McPherson sidewalk I lived in the 1400 block of McPherson from the late '70s to the early '90s. I remember Les FISHBACK ('34-RIP) going to the houses on the block trying to get signatures on a petition to have sidewalks put in. His house was on the corner facing Symons so he had very little property facing McPherson. He couldn't find enough people willing to pay for it. I think I heard that he and/or others had tried a couple of other times. Would have been fine with me, but I was in the rented half of a "B" house and didn't have any say in it. The asphalt sidewalk was on the other side of the street and the water drained on my side to right where I parked, creating a big area of mud, especially when the snow melted. A couple of times I ran a hose from the mud puddle into the basement to the deep sink, hooked it to the faucet and filled the hose with water, then disconnected it forming a siphon which drained most to the water to the sink. To: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: "head wounds REALLY Bleed!!!!" I became painfully aware of that when I was a kid. We lived in Athena, OR next to a field. Across the field on the top of a small hill is the cemetery. As kids, sometimes those of us who lived in that area of town would go out to the cemetery to play. Well Hey, it was closer than the park. The cemetery had (still has) revolving gates. You could stand on the lower bar and hold onto the upper bar, get another kid to spin it, and ride it like a merry-go-round. One time I must have stuck my head out too far and hit it on the fence post. I was on the ground holding my forehead with my hand. When I took my hand off I was surprised to see the palm of my hand was covered with blood. I ran home across the field and my mother cleaned it up. I was amazed to find that all that blood came from one little itty bitty cut. I was told then that head wounds bleed a lot. I never rode those gates again, but every time I go to that cemetery and see them, I think about what happened. Having lived a lot in small towns, I love small town jokes. Years ago I even made one up; although I would not be surprised if someone else has also thought of it. "You know you are in a small town if there are more people lying in the cemetery than there are living in the town." Thing is, it really is not a joke, it is an observation. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Mildred Lauretta McWaters Bell, age 99, teacher at Sacajawea in Richland for 16 years, retiring in 1975 Although I don?t find any grade school pictures with Mrs. Bell as a teacher at Sacajawea she taught there from 1959 to 1975. Some of you might remember her. Below is the link to her funeral notice at Mueller's Funeral Home. Note that her memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Central United Protestant Church. Mrs. Bell's obit on Mueller's Funeral Home website [Mother of Bombers Norman, Jr. ('61), Anna Margaret ('64), and Jerry ('70)] Bomber tears, -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mina Jo GERRY Payson ('68) Re: Sidewalks We lived on the corner of Willard and McClellan from '51 to '56. I remember the sidewalks as asphalt and not really welcoming to this new roller skater. I used to dream of the concrete sidewalks across Swift from us, but I wasn't allowed to cross that busy street alone. When we moved to Cottonwood, with its concrete sidewalks, it was dream come true! I remember risking life and limb coasting down "dead man's hill" at the corner of Cottonwood and Duportail on my clamp-on skates. I think I still have them and the key around here somewhere. -Mina Jo GERRY Payson ('68) ~ in Richland, where the sun is trying to shine through the clouds before it goes down behind Badger Mt. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: Sidewalks From 1978 to 1986 one of my jobs as an engineer working for the City of Pasco was designing streets, curbs and sidewalks for large areas of town and getting them constructed. We were always able to get grants to pay for some of the storm drainage and sewers needed but not for the curbs and sidewalks. We completed these large scale projects by the Local Improvement system, (LID). Which means the property owner pay for everything except what little we could get grants for. They had ten years to pay off the cost of their improvements. We managed to re-construct and build over 70% of the city residential streets and walks that way. In the last fifteen or so years some cities have put aside money and there have been grants to construct sidewalks that were considered school routes. Anyway, whether a developer installed the sidewalks or it is done later by LID the property owner will almost always have to pay for them. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/02/14 ~ GROUND HOG DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Karen COLE ('55), Ray LOESCHER ('57) Steve CARSON ('58), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) COLT BIRTHDAY Today: Emma LARSON ('36) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob ECKERT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri WARD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn BRASFIELD ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len REDISKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia BERLAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norman WOODLEY ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Kaye WHEELER Curran ('55) is facing some serious health challenges. Friends and classmates that would like to send a cheery note or fond memory, can do so at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kayecurran. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray LOESCHER ('57) Re: Prostate Cancer To: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Resources Concerning Prostate Cancer In a sense, I took a risk letting people know where I was with my prostate cancer. Why is that? Because sincere people will respond saying this or that treatment is the best. But prostate cancer varies. There simply isn't one treatment option that works for everyone. For example, you mentioned Proton Beam Therapy. This treatment appears to work very well for some men with mild to moderate prostate cancer. But there is no research to date I'm aware of that has demonstrated any better benefit than that achieved by standard radiation therapy. Some insurance companies no longer reimburse proton therapy for that reason and also its cost. The treatment of prostate cancer is rapidly changing. In spite of what I just said about proton therapy, it is certainly an option IF your prostate cancer is at the right stage for that treatment. But there are so many options to consider. New drugs like Zytiga and Xtandi and others are changing the way this disease is treated. Immunotherapy is also new on the scene. For those with bone cancer, the recent FDA approval of Alpharadin, a radioisotope, holds hope. Clinical trials are ongoing for other promising treatments. What I'm trying to say is there are many ways to treat prostate cancer today. What a man needs depends on where he is with his cancer. Through support groups such as Us TOO, they can meet other men who share their unique battles with prostate cancer. There, they also can learn about the choices they have. Once again, I urge anyone in the Tri-Cities who might be interested in starting an Us Too support Group to contact Jim Kiefert jimkiefert@aol.com or John Ross jross@sunmont.com. To find out more about the Us TOO organization, go to http://www.ustoo.org -Ray LOESCHER ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Brad UPTON ('74) My Sister, Carolyn CARSON Renaud ('60) and I caught Brad's headliner performance at the Edmunds Comedy Night. Really enjoyed the show. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Sidewalks When we moved into 1613 Judson the streets were mud and there were no sidewalks. But I had fun watching the WPA workers slowly (very slowly) turn the streets into gravel and lay the forms and pour concrete for gutters and side walks. This took seemingly forever. I remember my aunt saying WPA meant "We Piddle Around" and for several years I thought that was the right answer. But after the gutters were in, the streets were quickly paved. Alas my mother hated that house and so after a couple of years we moved to 310 Benham. The street in front of that house faded into gravel and that faded into some really rough asphalt. It was difficult to walk on without stumbling. It did not take long to remove patches of skin from my nose, knees, and elbows. I finally learned you could not walk, run, or play on the "sidewalk". Everybody just parked on it and we walked in the street or on the lawns. Re: Head Wounds... I was about 4 years old when we moved into the 1613 house, and yes I was curious to see how the workers accomplished their tasks and I was often in the way. They had to keep telling me to stay back. Then one day I was right behind a big fellow driving steel form stakes into the ground with a big claw hammer. I did not see it coming when he reared back to beat that stake into the hard ground and the claw hit my head, split the skin, dented the skull, and it quickly spouted large quantities of blood. I ran screaming to the house and instilled total panic in my aunt who was looking after me. She wrapped my head in a towel, threw me in the car, and sped off to the first aid room. The nurse removed the towel and started yelling for help. I don't remember much about what they did but it took a lot longer to clean me up then it did to repair the damage. I was covered with blood. Even now I can find that dent in my skull. I have seen a number of head wounds over the years and they all bled profusely. Sometimes even direct pressure won't stop it completely. Re: As for the Super bowl... I am a 38 year member of the ELKS. Tacoma Lodge 174. They are almost finished with our new building, said to be one of the finest in the US. They are setting up a 16 foot screen in the beautiful lodge room and have at last got the bar installed, licensed, and opened, and hot dogs are at bargain prices. Our tickets and shirts are waiting the day. My company provided the crew for the pyrotechnic effects fired for the Seahawks players introductions and on each score, this past season. So I am loyal to the Seahawks and we are looking foreword to a great game. I believe the Hawks can do it but... it is... after all... the SUPER BOWL!! Note to Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) For Christmas, Jackie had my DNA run by Ancestry.com and so we have some good linage history. Have you had your's done? "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Two Headed Person Spotted this Morning! I remember, and that's hard to do these days, when I saw my first two-headed person. It did catch me off guard and as I grew into my teens I started spotting more & more of them. You remember... think hard... without the restraints of seat belts and 'bucket seats' up front, there was opportunity for a young lady to sit 'close... closer... or closest' to the gentleman who was driving. Not knowing the particular etiquette, though I believe David RIVERS ('65) might, it has the appearance that IF the young lady always enters the automobile on the passenger side, she will be a 'close'. If she enters on the passenger's side and leaves on the driver's side she is a 'closer'... Enters driver's & exits driver's = 'closest'? Thanking those 'closest sweet faces' now... because I failed to do so many years ago. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Diving: Richland High's Piper sets school record 2/1/14 Tri-City Herald "Moses Lake 11-Dive Meet: Richland's Mitchell PIPER ('14) set a school record with 308.10 points at the Moses Lake 11-dive meet." Re: Women's soccer "Solo's save keys victory" 2/1/14 Tri-City Herald "Frisco, Texas? Sydney Leroux scored in the 78th minute, and the U.S. women's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory Friday night . The Americans extended their home unbeaten streak to 78 games (67-0-10). Canada has not defeated the U. S. since 2001. Leroux, a Canadian born U.S. citizen, broke the deadlock with a left-footed finish 3 yards out after a Becky Sauberbrunn pass got through two defenders and goalkeeper, Erin McLeod, inside the 6-yard box. Richland native Hope SOLO ('99) preserved the U.S. win the in 87th minute with a diving save of a Jonelle Filigno shot. The U.S. ranked No. 1 in the world, also remains undefeated under second-year coach, Tom Sermanni (14-0-3) and is a perfect 11-0 in Texas. Moments after U.S. defender Whitney Engen had a goal disallowed for an offside call in the 39th minute, Canadian mid-fielder Josie Bilanger took possession and sent the ball through two American defenders to Diana Matheson. Hope SOLO, who did not handle the ball in the first half, cut down the angle and Matheson's cross- body chip from about 6 yards trickled past the far post to preserve the scoreless half." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a cold Richland with temperatures only in the 30s during the day and will drop down to the teens during the night. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/03/14 ~ THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 1959 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail DAWSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda LATTIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne COWAN ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: WPA That must have been universal across the USA. My mother told me that in Missouri they would see the WPA guys standing around the roads leaning on their shovels and would say they were the WPA, "We Piddle Around." I was surprised to learn that the WPA lasted until 1943. The WPA was created to make jobs during the Great Depression. By the time you are talking about one would think that the WPA would be no more because government had other jobs programs. Like the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, USMC, USCG, and if one didn't mind living dangerously, there was the Merchant Marine. Not to mention defense contractors making everything from aircraft carriers to the handy dandy tool that is not a slicer, not a dicer, not a chopper or a hopper, it's not even a sledge-o-matic. What is it? It is the smallest ubiquitous invaluable piece of military equipment; the P-38 can opener. Then of course there was food production, including the mysterious substance, the formula of which is a more closely guarded secret than the formula for Coke-Cola. What is it? Why or course, it is SPAM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_can_opener To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Convertibles Somewhat along your observation of the young girls sitting close to guys driving the car in the days when we had cars where one could do that. I have said I wished I had my 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible back in High School days, then I could put the top down and drive around Richland trolling for girls. Seems to me the girls always favored the guys who had convertibles, but as soon as they get married she says, "this thing is ruining my hair," and the convertible has to go. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Wishing I had my Olds convertible back. I put a lot of time, money, and work into restoring that car. It even had the factory 3 2bbl carburetor setup so I could keep up with those kids in their Chevys. Nearly 25 years ago had to sell it when I was unemployed for a long period of time trying to support a family by delivering pizza. As luck would have it, soon after the car was gone I found another job. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Martha "Aileen" Hemphill Green ~ 3/15/30 - 1/30/14 http://www.einansfuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10851.php Martha passed away on January 30, 2014. She was the sister of Tom ('62)(Linda) HEMPHILL and Mick ('66)(Linda) HEMPHILL; and mother of Judy ('68) (Dan '66) GREGORY, Lonny ('71) (Nancy) GREEN, Daniel (Carol) GREEN, Nancy GREEN (?75) (Steve) Harris, Peggy GREEN ('77) (Jim) Duvall and Randy GREEN. Graveside services were held on February 1, at Sunset Event Center. Re: Passing of Martha Wylder Williamson ~ 3/15/24 - 1/16/14 http://www.einansfuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10851.php Martha passed away on January 16, 2014. She was the mother of Donna THORSON Whiteside ('66), Karen THORSON ('67)(Steve) Behnam, Bob ('69)(Nanci) THORSON, Kevin (Tery) THORSON, Jon Tate, and Jeff (Lori) Tate. She was also the aunt of Jake TATE ('66 Honorary). Memorial services will be at 11am on Saturday, February 8, at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland. Re: RHS boys' basketball The Bombers won their 19th consecutive game, moving into second place among Richland basketball teams for best start to a season by beating Southridge Saturday night 94 to 53. The 1956-57 Bombers squad started out 22-0 before finishing seventh at state. Jacob DEVRIES and Payton RADLIFF combined for 45 points, and Nathan STRUEFERT added 18 points and seven rebounds as the Richland defense forced Southridge into 21 turnovers. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Where we have light snow on Groundhog's Day and enjoyed watching Seattle beat Denver in the Super Bowl 43-8! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Bob FLORES ~ Class of 1967 ~ 1948 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/04/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Roger GRESS ('61) Margaret EHRIG ('61) Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) and Micky HEMPHILL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon ANDERSON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy BUCHANAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BAILEY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom CRIGLER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CROUCH ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Emma LARSON Kleinknecht's ('36 Colt) birthday http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Wor/140204-Emma.jpg Had a nice visit with dear friend, Emma, on her 96th birthday on Sunday, 2/2/14 before Super Bowl. She was going to watch it, too. Emma lives at the Riverton Senior Center, 1800 Bellerive Ave. Apt. 227, Richland, WA 99352, and would love to hear from any of you. As you know, she is an honorary member of Club 40!! She loves chocolate!!! Re: Our 60 Year Class Reunion Update Plans and meetings have started and I have been receiving e-mail comments from classmates. We will be celebrating our reunion the weekend of Club 40, which is September 5th and 6th. Let us know what your desires are and if you want an entertainment plan or should we just be able to visit. We will make arrangements for a class picture. Also, I will do a booklet again, with your contact information and if you want to write a comment, it would be great. Send to my e-mail as soon as you want. We are planning on finding a place to get together on Saturday the 6th, in the afternoon so we can have more privacy and visit. Then we will have dinner with Club 40 at 7 PM. Depending on cost, there will probably be a little charge for some things. Dinner charges will be through Club 40. Red Lion Hotel is discounting rooms for Club 40, so that information will be in the Club40 DustStorm newsletter which you will receive for joining Club 40. Sounds like I am rambling, and hopefully not confusing anyone, but let me know!!! *LOL* Those of you who do not belong to Club 40, you can send your $10 yearly dues to Ann Thompson If you have any questions, e-mail Ann -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it is overcast again. Wind chill is 6 degrees today!! Wish it would snow!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) To: John BAILEY & Tom CRIGLER (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday, John & Tom... and many more. -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Judy WILLOX ('61) Re: All Bomber Lunch ~ aka Patti's All Bomber Lunch To: All Richland/Col-Hi Bombers No matter when you attended Richland/Col-Hi school; or even if you left before graduation, you are welcome! You're invited to join us at the All Bomber Lunch! Bring your spouse, classmate, or a friend and join us to celebrate Bomber Pride, friendship and memories. You can even make new friends along the way! WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 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.) Come celebrate Valentine's Day a little early. It should be warm and inviting inside even if it still too cold outside. The skies may have been gray but it will be all green and gold whenever we get together. -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Last week we said our final goodbyes to our sister Aileen. We shared a lot of crazy memories with our friends, nieces and nephews. Sis became the family matriarch 19 years ago when our Mom passed away. She leaves us with a new generation of wonderful family to carry on the tradition of love and family values. Sis had six children that evolved to 12 grandchildren and on to 21 great grandkids, so far. Tom's memories of Aileen begin in Yakima in 1944 and Mick's begin in Richland three years later. Our big sister did a lot of babysitting of her two little brothers early in their lives. We remember that she was a wonderful cook and spoiled us even more than our Mom did, if that were possible. She made the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for us. They were often imitated, but never duplicated. We remember the little pre-fab house on Potter that we visited often, the 1940 Ford coupe that we got to ride in, and how much fun we had playing with the neighbor kids. She was even so lucky that she sometimes got to watch cousin Jimmy, along with Tommy and Micky. We are surprised that she survived those episodes. Had she been Catholic she would be nominated for Sainthood. John and Aileen's home on Davenport street was around the corner from ours beginning in the late '50s. We made frequent visits there for all occasions, or for no reason other than to talk with our big sister. It was our second home and we were always welcome. We had several Christmas parties at their home over the years. These parties included all the good neighbors and friends. Those are some wonderful memories!! We could go on and on, but we really want to thank you, Aileen, for your love and kindness throughout these many years. We have a lot of very fond memories of our big Sis and her constant, infectious smile. She put up with us and always made us feel special. We have been blessed. You are the best big sister anyone could have wanted. We take this opportunity to also think about, and thank all of our Bomber Moms that kept us fed and gave us a friendly place to be at any given time. Sis was a Super Bomber Mom for many boys and girls around the neighborhood for decades. Thanks to our vast network of Bomber Moms, we never went hungry. We Love You Sis, Tommy and Micky http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Hemp/140204-Hemphills.jpg -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) and Micky HEMPHILL ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/05/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Ray HALL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary DAVIS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Travis STREGE ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Marguerite GROFF Tompkins ('54-RIP) A member of Marguerite's family asked me to put a notice in the Sandstorm regarding her memorial. The obituary will be in the TC Herald in a day or two. A memorial for Marguerite DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2014 WHERE: Bethel Church ADDRESS: 600 Shackley Rd, Richland TIME: 5pm Please pass the word to friends who may not receive the Sandstorm and in case the obituary is not published in time. We miss you so much, Marguerite!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray HALL ('57) Re: Help Me With My History Studies I am doing a history study of the area prior to the government take over. I am in search of a book: "Tales Of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford" written by Martha Berry Parker. If anybody can provide me that book it will be much appreciated. Amazon wants $750.00 for a new one and $250.00 for a used one. Thanks -Ray HALL ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>BettyJo WOODS Gimarell ~ Class of 1951 ~ 1932 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/06/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today: Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) Sarah St. Haire (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John COLE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary BENNETT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa RICCOBUONO ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori RAEKES ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erin HASKINS ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Searching for a bit of your past that has been lost or thrown away? Mom 'ditch' your yearbook after stepping over it for a year or so after graduation? Lost in a house fire? Damaged in a basement flood? Misplaced in a family move? Perhaps it was thrown out by an ex-spouse? Well, if that be the case perhaps another Richland Bomber can help. Here is what I am asking for?I want your sophomore year Columbian yearbook! You heard me right?I would like for YOU to give to me your annual. NOT your senior year book BUT your sophomore annual so that I might give it to someone from THAT graduating class. I've donated my 1962 sophomore annual so that someone from the graduating Class of 1962 might receive a yearbook to replace a lost or never received book. It's that time in our lives that we "pay it forward"! I will provide you with a name and address to mail the book OR you can mail it in the mail to me & I will forward to someone who is missing their senior yearbook. The following yearbooks are in inventory: 1950 Columbian Yearbook...Columbia High School...Richland WA 1952 Columbian Yearbook...Columbia High School...Richland WA 1962 Columbian Yearbook...Columbia High School...Richland WA 1962 Columbian Yearbook...Columbia High School...Richland WA 1967 Columbian Yearbook...Columbia High School...Richland WA 1967 Columbian Yearbook...Columbia High School...Richland WA Please email me IF you are missing your senior yearbook! IF you have the willingness to give up your sophomore annual, please email me & I will provide you with a name and address of someone would that annual. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Honor Roll Birthday Dang, Ray HALL ('57), I will do my best to find my copy of the White Bluffs book... as I recall there was a stack of them at R2K and I am sure I bought one... started to read it and and and ... IF I can locate it I'll send you mine... clearly you will enjoy it and I just shelved it... now finding it... the other day I was looking for three of my flathead motor books and couldn't find them any where... I was particularly interested in Tex Smith's... Tex and his girlfriend took off for Australia and then supposedly Hawaii so he's busy with her now... they were going for between $109. and $600... called my buddy to see if he had Tex's new phone number... apparently nobody gots it... arrrrrrrrrrrrgh... then I checked with Jim at Red's Headers... it is back in print for 25 smackers... boy will those people looking for big bucks be surprised when nobody buys... IN FACT it was just delivered while I am writing this! So much for my memory... I was sure he did a chapter on the French motors... WRONG... must be one of the other two missing books... arrrrrrrrgh... putting one in my '32 Roadster... since it has been sitting at the shop for well over three years waiting to be finished and since the like-new GTO motor hasn't been completely installed, the French motor is going in the car backed by the '39 toploader I yanked outa my '40 Ford with a nice new Halibrand V8 Quickchange that's been looking for a home for years and the side bells from the '40... I love it when a plan comes together (but I'm gonna need to find that article) by-the-way, if anyone is looking for a '53 Flatty that has NEVER been in a car, one of my buddy Magoo's friends just passed and Frank will be selling it for the family... I assume it has been started on a stand but 0 miles on it. I gave him the price of $2000.00 at least. So all this talk and I've not even got to the B-Day guy... I just finished my new yellow stickie and find that on the 9th I need to do an HB to the first "W" girl... I'll be on my way back from spending the weekend with this "W" girl's "little" sister and Mary Lou WATKINS ('63 both) for a memorial for ML's Mom, who would have had a b-day on the W girl's b-day, as well so I'm gonna hafta send it in tomorrow if Maren ('63-'64) allows so it can be posted on the 9th... I hope the W girls don't call it cheating, cuz I'm looking forward to another gold star this year... OK OK, I know when I've bored that kid from '52... the B-day guy is one I've enjoyed knowing since we wuz all little kids and as he has grown to a man to be revered and admired I am very proud to know him and call him a good friend... HAPPY BIRTHDAY John COLE ('66) on your special day, February 6, 2014!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sarah St. Haire I am looking for members of Sandstorm who would be good candidates for oral history interviews with Hanford History Partnership. We currently have ZERO interviews scheduled and would love to find some great candidates. We are interested in those who lived in Richland, Hanford, or White Bluffs prior to 1943, children and wives who lived in the Hanford Trailer Camp, and Hanford employees who worked in the Area from 1943-1963. I'm not a[n Alumni Sandstorm] member, but perhaps you could post a message about this on the message board. Our phone number is 509- 372-7225 or you can submit info at http://ourhanfordhistory.org/ Thanks, -Sarah St. Haire **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Marguerite GROFF Tompkins ~ Class of 1954 ~ 1936 - 2014 >>Bill EVERT ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/07/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry RICE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Martha Berry Parker's book To: Ray HALL ('57) I have that book but am loath to give it up or send it. If you live in Richland, I will be there for the Club 40 meeting in April(date not set yet). I could bring it to you. I treasure that book, and nearly lost it once. I knew quite a few of those old timers from Richland. [A Bomber checked with Barnes and Noble... they didn't have the book, but told her it could be ordered online for $22.95... which Ray did. Thanks to all. -Maren] -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Prayers Just a note to let you all know that Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55), who used to bounce me on her knee, has suffered a stroke. She was going in for surgery on her heart when it happened and they were unable to perform the surgery. Since then she has had two more episodes back to back and is at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas where they are attempting to get her heart stronger by slowing it down to allow it to rest. Please remember this wonderful friend and her husband, Bob, in your prayers. -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62), Linda REINING ('64) Duncan SINCLAIR ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice PIERCE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Christy WATSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnne GRENINGER ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy LEMLER ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Lenora was my neighbor when we grew up on little Olympia Street (where we did have sidewalks from the get go). We loved her whole family... her mom was so nice, and her dad seemed such a quiet proper gentleman... and silent Howard ('59), along with my teenage idol, Tom ('56). as all of them were in High school, way older than me, I really don't know the years they graduated. {I added class years for youo, Helen. -Maren] Anyway, I will never forget when Tommy and the whole Bomber trampoline team practiced in their back yard. Wow... it was like having the Olympics right next door. I want Lenora and her family I will be praying for her during her physical difficulties, Love, prayers, and Bomber Cheers to you, Lenora. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55) Lenora's husband, Bob, called me yesterday morning to let me know that Lenora was in the hospital and about her stroke... so sad to hear of this. Met Lenora and Bob at a 'Vegas Bomber Luncheon and we instantly became friends... she and Bob even traveled to Bakersfield, CA for a Bomber Luncheon, and we met at South Point, when I have gone to 'Vegas with the bowling league,,, neat lady and lots of fun, too. I'm sending prayers that God keeps His arms around both her and Bob and gives her the strength she needs to bounce back from this. Bomber hugs. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA we finally got some much-needed rain and snow in the mountain areas around us, but need a lot more, before Summer arrives. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) To: John COLE ('66) Must wish my old trampoline buddy a warm Happy Birthday [on 2/6]. We hid out in the corner of the gym on our tramp while the real gymnasts learned from Rex DAVIS ('49). We had to catch each other when we missed the tramp bed. John had the tough job to stop my not-so-svelte body when I screamed for help. The Hyatt twins ('63- RIP) taught us spotters to always be ready, especially the last stunt. We survived... & had fun. Re: Mike FRANCO ('70) Thought Mike was my 7th brother, he was at the house for all Holidays. Knew Mike was different, cause he was always playing up to Flo. He brought Dunc's brand of beer, so that worked. It's great to see Mike contribute to Sandstorm to remind me of his off beat mind. He succeeded, so it worked. Happy Birthday [on 2/6] to the #1 couch visitor. -Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Sweethearts Comedy Soiree Ex-Tri-City teacher, Brad UPTON (?74), V-Day Show 2/7/14 Tri-City Herald "Comedian Brad UPTON bah-humbugs Valentine?s Day as a corny holiday. But does he really hate it? You can find out February 14 when UPTON co-headlines the Sweethearts Comedy Soiree at the Red Lion Hotel next to Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. See article and picture." http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Col/140208-Upton.jpg Re: Boys Basketball Undefeated Richland moves to the top of 4A poll at 19-0 2/7/14 Tri-City Herald "The Richland Bombers are having the kind of season that gets noticed by coaches, players and fans, starting off 19-0 and beating teams by an average margin of 30.2 points a game. Richland, the defending Mid-Columbia Conference champion, has just one regular season game remaining?a tough road test at Kamiakin?and a chance to break the school record for best start. The 1956-57 Richland team started the season 22-0 before its first loss. The Bombers also have a shot at the school?s top winning streak of 26 games, set by the 1978-79 squad that won the Class AAA state title. Re: Boys Basketball Playoff breakdown for area leagues 2/7/14 Tri-City Herald "The basketball postseason is nearly upon us, and there is much to be decided with the regular season winding down. Here is a league-by-league breakdown of what is left to be decided:" Re: District Swimming Richland High opens district meet today 2/7/14 Tri-City Herald "It?s not going to take much to make Kathy Piper a happy woman this weekend at the District 5/6/7 boys meet at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Piper?s Richland boys will be competing today and Saturday in the 4A meet. Among those Bombers who are favorites heading into this weekend?s meet are senior Ashton POLLICK in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Meanwhile, Piper?s son, Mitch, is the favorite in 1- meter diving. He enters this meet already qualified for state and with a best score of 335.10 points in an 11- dive meet. Senior Patrick GIEDEMAN, who transferred from Walla Walla last May is the favorite heading into the 500 freestyle." Re: Weather We had about two inches of snow overnight with about two to three inches more expected over the next 24 hours. Winter has finally arrived! The normal temperature for yesterday is 46, but our actual temperature was only 19. With the chill factor it was elowv0!!!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/09/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Karen COLE ('55), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) David RIVERS ('65), Mike FRANCO ('70) Gary SCHAUER ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle DUNN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim STECKLINE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane BRADY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jamie PATTON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen MOORE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Yvonne LING ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob HAUSENBUILLER ('93) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY: Carl DVORAK ('58) & Shirley ARMSTRONG ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Thanks David RIVERS ('65) for the birthday entry [on 2/6] for brother John COLE ('66). I was indisposed for awhile, but doing great now. Also thank you for letting us know about Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55). She will be in my prayers. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: DNA Testing Wow... I received numerous inquiries about the DNA testing Jackie and I had done. Too many to answer each one. Jackie is a serious and well experienced Genealogy Researcher and as such is a member of Ancestry.com She is relentless in her searching traveling all over the US tromping through graveyards and spending many hours in libraries making notes and copying pages of some obscure book. I am sure I have taken her to at least 50 graveyards in countless states and several foreign countries. If the grave stone/metal/ marker/monument is not clear enough for a good photo, she does a rubbing. We even found the small cemetery her great-great grand father is buried in. It is in a small village in a remote corner of Ireland. There were no markers left, mostly a patch of weeds with a fence and a rusty gate with the name on it. In Rome we spent 2 days in application and got her a clearance and a pass to the National Archives/ High Security Section where she actually handled (without escort) the only known copy of a book on Mathematics written in the late 1500s. It was written by the ancestor of a good friend of ours... just so she could have a picture of it in the extensive book of his family history. They did not permit cameras but did not take her cell phone. I have had little interest in all of this but I go along and help in appreciation of her diligence and expertise. Her dedication to a search is tireless. Several years ago she traveled alone for weeks though Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland locating virtually every grave of my male ancestors in America. All the way back to Thomas Mattingly who was probably from the village of Mattingly (I have pictures of it) in England and at least among the first Mattinglyapps in America (1630 approx). In looking for his grave in Maryland someone gave her directions to the "Mattingly Cemetery". The place is full of Mattingly graves. There are others but most are Mattingly. One final note... We were in Western KY well into the hinterlands at St. Mary's Church , and cemetery looking for the last grave to complete my Mattingly family book. My Great Great Grandfather. The burial was registered, but the caretaker told us a priest had gotten drunk one night back in the '30s and bulldozed many of the grave markers. He did not know the full details, only that it had happened. You could still see the dirt pile in a corner with some markers still sticking out of it. We searched for hours with no luck. As we were giving it up I looked at the last marker in an obscure corner. It was carved out of Sugar Dolomite which is a pretty white stone with surface like a lump of sugar. But it does not stand up well in the years against weather. I could not read it but felt the letters Matt.... Long story short we got a piece of butcher paper from a small market down the road and borrowed a black crayon from the ladies daughter and did a rubbing. It was him. Jackie is also a graphics artist with near 40 years experience and an expert at PhotoShop on her computer. So she superimposed pictures of the marker and the rubbing and recreated the marker as it probably looked when it was new. So after my rambling, to get to the point... Jackie is a full member of ancestry.com and they had a sale on DNA tracing over Christmas and she had both of ours done. So after you order and pay for whatever level of search you want, they send out a bottle that you deposit saliva in and seal and send it in the package provided. It takes 2-4 weeks to get answers. We have been so busy we have not had time to study ours except mine has quite a bit of Irish in it. But, below is the URL for DNA testing at Ancestry. Interested parties should find all the information needed there. http://help.ancestry.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2920 -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from home in Tacoma on a cold clear sunny Saturday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: longer than I thought I was trying to remember how long I have been writing HBs the other day. I started out with just a few kids I was close to all thru school (the ones I knew their b-days anyway) and wrote them on the back of my check book ledger... the oldest one I could find was 2001. The rest are in storage so I won't be looking for them real soon! In 2003, I asked Maren ('63 & '64) to share the names and dates she had and put together my "cheat sheet" I have added to it over the years and it is quite a mess... sometimes I can hardly read what I have written... it is full of arrows from dates to hand written names and you'd think I would try and organize it better... you would think that until you saw the space in which I work and then you would just shake your head in disbelief! What a treat it has been to get to know more and more Bombers over the years and enjoy friendship, tho many I have never met face to face... so here I is getting ready as I write to hit the trail to Laguna... the weather shows it to be the same cold weather we are having here in Vegas... no cruzin' with the top down I guess... Well today is the first "leg" so to speak of the W girls' birthdays. I'm hoping that this will count cuz our darling, wonderful, sweet, beautiful, sexy publisher has agreed to hold it till the 9th so it will be on the correct day... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) on the special day you shared with Mary Lou WATKINS' mom, Alice ("Shorty"), February 9, 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Thanks to Dunc SINCLAIR ('65) for noting my B-Day. Pretty meaningless date but WTH, counting nieces, nephews, grand kids, etc. Dunc only has about 90 birthdays to track. I guess as the only Jewish brother the Sinclairs had, I was somewhat memorable. I also attended Midnight Mass more than any Richland Jewish person (I went for the chicks!) so I had that going for me. Always great to hear from the legends (like Dunc) although his gymnastics prowess was eclipsed by his fast pitch skills. Stuff of legends! And speaking of Rex DAVIS ('49), I also received my annual birthday wishes from form Coach Rex, the guy who introduced me to tennis. I still play two times weekly... still don't keep my eyes on the ball, bend my knees less and am REALLY slow on my feet. Other than that my game is almost perfect! Cheers to all! -Mike FRANCO ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary SCHAUER ('84) Re: Boys Basketball Thank you Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) for the update on the amazing run the boys basketball team is having this year. I was fortunate enough to watch them play a few weeks ago when they came to the west side to play in an MLK tourney game. Very impressive and fun to watch. Their defense is stellar and they push the ball up the floor like no high school team I've ever seen - even after a made basket. Do yourself a favor and catch one of their playoff games while you can in the coming weeks. I wanted to also point out an oversight in the "best start in school history" part of the column Shirley pasted as it's the 2nd time in the past week I've seen only the 22-0 record of the '56-'57 team declared as the school record. The '83-'84 team also went 22-0 to start their season before losing their first game at regionals. So those two year's teams are co-owners of the current best start in school history. Wanted to make sure my classmates and good friends were recognized for their great season that year too. Neither will hold that record for much longer, however, as this year's team is going to be awful hard to beat. Go Bombers! -Gary SCHAUER ('84) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/10/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: David RIVERS ('65), Pat DORISS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Alan LOBDELL ('69) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda WOODS ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy FOSTER ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The rest of the story Remember when "MR" Robinson gave Dustin Hoffman the bit of advice in "one word... Plastics"? Well I've gotta bone to pick with that dude... and did anybody's friends ever have a mom like Mrs. Robinson? None of my friends did... not a big deal at this stage of the game I guess... but I never heard of Cougars back then either and I'm just sooooo grateful to those cute girls from '63 for introducing me to Cougar hunting... what a great sport... might have been more fun at say 40 but hey... back to plastics, as the late great Kenny Howard, aka Von Dutch, aka J.L. Bachs (Joe Lunchbox) used to say when he couldn't lay smooth lines ona car: "I'm gonna kill the guy who invented silicone!" So as we are all aware, in modern times, auto manufacturers love to put plastic parts on high stress areas and in places where heat will get at them... Now I had my 928 (see picture for those unfamiliar) http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Riv/140210-928-car.jpg serviced to a farethy well before leaving for Laguna... one thing he made sure to change out was a stupid PLASTIC heater valve that he says tend to go bad at just the wrong time... dunno if mine had ever been changed in 67,000 miles and nearly 20 years... so I'm tooling along at a constant 74 MPH (don't wanna get stopped in Kalafornya cuz there's a lump in the waist band of my hip and I've been reading about the FEDs giving out CCW info to HP so they can look for out-a-state plates of people who might be packin')... at 150 miles I smell coolant and the light goes on... nice place to pull over so I jump out and fill the reservoir... coulda just been over looked... right? 30 miles later light goes on again and thank goodness have another nice pullout so check again... fill fill fill (in the 50 MPH wind... what fun)... now I'm concerned... if I can only go 30 miles a pop... and I gotta go thu Cajon Pass, I gots a problem. The pass can be VERY weird in weather and traffic... I've entered it in the summer at 110 in a roadster to find it 40 at the bottom... traffic, depending on the timidity/stupidity factor of the drivers ranges from 40 MPH to 95 plus MPH with NO turn out until you have traversed about 2/3s of the way thru... Ain't no way I can risk having to stop in that pass... sooooooooooooo I called Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) and said I'm just not going to be able to make it... now I know that she and Ms. WEIHERMILLER ('63) are gonna be the only Bombers at the house... a house full of very envious non-Bombers... plus tho she puts up a good front, the only male occupying the house year round is a Grizzly... no offense... but we all know Bomber-babes prefer the manly presence of Bomber men to feel safe... but alas, I was stuck... so I turned around, bought 11 gallons of water in Barstow and headed for home... when I got to the shop I called again. It was the stupid NEW plastic valve... the owner (my mechanic for years) kept yelling: "Cheap Crap!"... by the time they got the part and installed it, I knew better than to try again or I'd be one very tired puppy... so I talked to the Ms Ws and explained... the one with the Theodore Cleaver fetish was VERY understanding... the other, however copped a bit of an attitude and asked: "1. Don't you have any normal cars? and 2. Don't they have any Porsche mechanics in So-Cal?" I thought I was driving a normal car... and can you imagine how far away any Porsche dealer could have seen me coming??????????? "Hey Ralph, don't worry about rent for the next 6 months... we'll pull this new radiator, water pump and hoses and sell them to the next customer... in the meantime we can stick this guy with new new ones and charge twice the price............ "so that is my tale of woe... I hear from the Bomber-babes that they were in fact ridiculed as cultists by the Grizzly and Company... all without me to defend them... and that, my friends is the rest of the story! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 Valentine's Day Lunch WHEN: Friday, February 14th, 2013 TIME: 12:30--2:30 PM WHERE: Isla Bonita Restaurant, 1524 Jadwin Avenue, Richland The February Ladies of the Class of '65 Lunch will be this held this Friday (Valentine's Day!) at Isla Bonita Restaurant in Richland! If you live outside the Tri-City area and would like to join us, I'd appreciate it if you'd send me an email so I can give the restaurant a correct headcount! Consider bringing your husband, sweetheart or a special friend with you to celebrate this special day! Okay??! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Boys swimming: Bombers cruise to district title 2/9/14 Tri-City Herald "The Richland High boys swimming team had a nearly flawless day Saturday, winning the Class 4A district title with 505 points crushing the competition. The Bombers advanced nine individuals to state and two relays from the district meet at Central Washington University." Re: State bowling: Richland High girls grab third-place trophy 2/9/14 Tri-City Herald "In just the second year of the program, the Richland High girls? bowling team won third place at the Class 4A state tournament Saturday in the team competition at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place. The Bombers finished with 7,325 pins to lock up the trophy. Battle Ground won its third consecutive state title, rolling an 8,224. Wenatchee was second at 7,638." Re: Weather We had another heavy snowfall early Sunday morning with about a 20% chance of more snow on Monday. There are 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) Re: Natural Health As many of you know I lost my wife to breast cancer in 2003. Back in 1999 when we found the cancer doctors did not give her even one year to live. We fought it by all natural means and she did well for three and a half years. We used organic food, juicing, exercise, organic supplements and other natural means. However, we were never able to find good non-corrosive alkaline water. After all these years I have now been introduced to a system the Japanese have had for a long time. Kangen water system. We are trying it for a couple months. Have any of you heard of it or tried it? It's suppose to keep the body alkaline as we are suppose to be. I seem to be getting benefits from it but would like to hear from others who may have tried it or know something about it. Being a civil engineer and having been in charge of a number of city water systems I've always been upset about the idea of the state making us keep residual chlorine in our water. I won't drink any tap water. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Hanford Couriers To All, It's been a while since I've read Sandstone installments. I was intrigued by an entry by Brad UPTON ('74) on January 1st or 2nd mentioning the couriers who would leave home with a brief case handcuffed to the wrist and a 38 under their coat. Well its true. Hanford's classified materials have been under guard during transport since 1943. After Colonel Matthias's transport of a small portion of plutonium nitrate by rail the plutonium began leaving Hanford in old trucks. I think 3 or 4 vehicles were used. Under heavy guard thru Oregon, Idaho to Fort Douglas in Utah where it was transferred to another convoy from Los Alamos who finished the trek. This went on until sometime in 1946 when an old Army hospital car was converted with a vault and living quarters for the men who would guard the shipments. Complete with a kitchen the men would take turns cooking during the journey. Not much is recorded about this more clandestine portion of Hanford history. For good reason. I've heard many an interesting story from Bomber dads who carried out those missions. I can tell you this all of the important men and women involved with the Manhattan Project were escorted by couriers to and from destinations around the country. It's also probable there might have been a shadow courier. I do not have any knowledge of that of course... but. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Marilyn HALTEMAN Mensinger ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2013 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bomber and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Mike CLOWES ('54) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda CARTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HAUN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Drew COUGHREN ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Re: Meals on Wheels are canceled Our local Meals on Wheels are canceled at present due to the weather. A local TV station has suggested that we check on our elderly neighbors to be sure they are okay. This makes sense to me. I drove my 1st solo Meals on Wheels route last Tuesday. The transmission went out on my car, Thursday. I may be shopping for a newer car... haven't gotten a quote on repair/replacement costs, yet. Daughter, Janet, loaned me her car Saturday so I could go to the All-Bomber Lunch and to Hanford High School's "42nd Street". As usual, the production was marvelous. It's hard to believe those kids are in High School! Such talent!!!! Wow. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in beautifully snowy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I note in yesterday's edition the Junior Gyrene ('65) has taken to maligning the young ladies of Carmichael Jr. High. Just because he matriculated from the other junior high school in town, there is no reason to pick on Carmichael Cougar Babes the way he did. But then, he spends money on a Porsche as opposed to spending it on a good Amuricun car like a Nash Metropolitan. No two-bit plastic thing-a- ma-bob on that car! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the snow is melting and rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week (what else is new?) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Correction for Feb 10th Entry To All, I need to clarify something for my Feb 10th entry. It's hospital rail car not hospital car. Sorry. And additional information. After the car was loaded the Hanford locomotives brought the car to a place called Riverland Rail Yards to await attachment (I'm sure there is a railroad term for it) to a commercial train. Sometimes the wait took several hours or a couple of days. You couldn't leave the rail car and you can only play so many card games. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Sor/140211-00.htm -Don Sorenson (NAB) p.s. Randy Buchannon ,if you read this post call me when you can. Thanks!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/12/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol HAYNES ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat CALDWELL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shanon LAYBOURN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Hodge ('71NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janeen THORNTON ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Your pictures in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm look like it is somewhere north of the project on the Milwaukie Road's track to Vantage. This spur came to the Hanford/White Bluffs area before the Manhattan Project arrived. It served as a supply line for construction materials in the beginning of the Project. The other rail interchange was in the vicinity of the bus lot with the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. This was the line that parallels the by-pass and goes toward Kennewick. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the snow is gone (except in sheltered areas) and the rain is here for a while. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: it's birthday time inna city Well we got one dearly departed and two '65ers having their birthdays, today. I've spent the last few days splanin' to a non- Bomber -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Pays To Be The Same I was out at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club this morning [2/11] after swimming some laps. A gal came around the corner of the lockers and said my voice sounded familiar to her but she couldn't put a name to it. It seems we went to school together at Jason Lee through high school and both graduated in '69. I hadn't seen her since grade school as we never had any classes together [at Col- Hi]. Her name is Diane ORTON Jacks. She moved back to Richland several years ago. One never knows who they will meet and where. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland where the snow is still piled up but now it's raining ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/13/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Floyd MELTON ('57), Jeanie TURNER ('61) Mary RAY ('61), Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff CURTIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny WRIGHT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Wayne WALLACE & Elva McGHAN ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: N Reactor Belt buckles Back in 1984 UNC Nuclear Industries produced two belt buckles for N reactors twenty years of production one had a Red N the other had a Blue N on the face. There were only a few of the Red or Blue and I am trying to find out which color was the rarest or the one least produced and handed out to elite employees. There must be someone with some information on this, the Hanford Historical center does not have that information. -Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) Re: Postponement of Portland/Vancouver Lunch Hello Bombers in the Portland/Vancouver area, We are going to have to reschedule this Saturday, February 15th lunch as people have let me know that they are out of town, going out of town or have other commitments. I hope this doesn't mess anyone up too much. We will plan another lunch soon. Bomber Hugs, -Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) To: Maren and All Sandstorm Readers I appreciate having this opportunity to bring my book entitled "The Path to Moral Values: A Complete Guide for Kids of All Ages" to your attention. I think that we can agree on the importance of its subject matter. This is a nonfiction book that will benefit young people beginning in grade school, all the way through high school. Once you read the book?s description and the sample chapters (click on the book cover for sample) posted on Amazon.com, you will be able to determine what parents and kids can expect from the book and why its format lends itself to different age groups, including those not yet at the book?s reading level. I hope that you will consider my book if at any time you find yourself looking for a book that promotes values and social/life skills in young people. Even if you don?t anticipate such an occasion ever arising, you may want to consider the book for its 160 famous quotes as they touch on topics of important consequence to everyone?s life and personal growth. Note: My book can be read on any brand computer, tablet, or phone. It can also be read on the Amazon cloud for those who prefer not to download it to a device. Thanks to each of you for your time and consideration. -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Bomber tears. Bob Bejarano called me this evening... his wife, Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55), passed away this afternoon [2/12/14]. She had been in the hospital for over a week... she had a heart attack, then a stroke, and they were trying to get her stable enough for carotid artery surgery. So sad to hear of her passing... she was a neat lady... we?d always get together, when I'd go to Las Vegas with the bowling league. She will be missed. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/14/14 ~ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Helen CROSS ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill ROE ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki MOSLEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther "Deon" HOLLIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val GHIRARDO ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane CARPENTER ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Clarence FULCHER ('51) & Gloria ADAMS ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Today is Valentine's Day; in the minds of some a "Hallmark Holiday". But in reality it is the anniversary of Skippy and Clarence's wedding. That is a very good thing and I wish them all the best. I also hope to see them at the Club 40 annual meeting this year, especially since Skippy is a fellow classmate and The Class of '54 will be celebrating its 60-year reunion. Speaking of that, I understand that The Class of '54 will be doing something somewhere on the Saturday afternoon of that meeting weekend. For you class members who do not want to get involved with the Club 40 thing, I would hope that you might see to making the afternoon event. I'm sure that Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) will tell us when and where soon. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the wind and rain continue in the valley and the snow stays above the 3,000-ft. level. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55-RIP) my sincere sympathy to Tom ('56) and Howard ('59) on the loss of your sister,Lenora. She has taught me a lot about not putting things off. She will be sorely missed, but heaven has gained a real angel! your former neighbor on Olympia Street, -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race #42 www.iditarod.com/ - Official Iditarod Site 15 days till Ceremonial Start Date - March 1, 2014 RACE PLANNING UPDATE: Date Posted: February 8, 2014 11:11 am "The Ceremonial Start of Iditarod XLII will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 10am as planned. At this time we are planning to stage the Restart in Willow on Sunday, March 2 beginning at 2pm, also as planned. We do have trail concerns, particularly from the top of Rainy Pass to Nikolai. If conditions are not deemed acceptable by February 17, we will stage the Restart in Fairbanks on Monday, March 3, time yet to be determined." Maybe Bill BERLIN ('56) - former "Iditarod Air Force" pilot - can/will tell us about the logistics of getting over 1000 dogs from Willow to Fairbanks if that becomes necessary. Bomber Cheers and Peace... the affordable alternative, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: sad and glad As Linda REINING ('64) reported yesterday, we lost a dear, dear friend on February 12, 2014. Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55-RIP) baby-sat me when we first lived with another family in Richland, before my folks got a house... I believe it was when we lived by Lyman POWELL ('65) and Jo Marie ROBERTS ('65). We have kept touch all these years and other than Terry DAVIS ('65), I think she was the closest to my mom of any kid from Richland (including yours truly... Mom always like Terry best). I know we are supposed to see this as another step in the great plan, but it doesn't make us miss her less. Husband, Bob, said no service. She will be cremated and kept at home until his time when they will be buried together. She said she did not want people crying over her! Got that kids?? Well, it's that day... HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY to all the Bomber- babes! This was always Jimbeaux's ('63) buddy Frank OSGARD's ('63 WB) favorite day of the year... a day he could get a hug and maybe a kiss from... well... from... oh my... well from some girls... I think they were Pasco girls... but we also got two VERY cool and lovely Bomber-babes sharing this day for their Birthdays and I'm hoping they have a great double holiday! Hope it's better than the year I forgot to buy cards till the last minute and couldn't get to the little envelopes at school so just bagged it... luckily, there were so many from "your secret admirer" in those envelopes nobody noticed... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vicki MOSLEY ('66) and Val GHIRARDO ('72) on your special day, February 14, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland High cheerleaders win state championship 2/13/14 Tri-City Herald http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Col/140214-cheerleaders.jpg Congratulations to the Richland High School Cheer Squad who are state champions. The girls made history by being the first Bomber Cheer Team to compete. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very warm Richland where our snow has disappeared **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To all Bomber Babes & Guys HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I wish one & all a very Blessed Valentines Day!! May the Love of Your Honey be with You Always! Bombers Rule! -Pam EHINGER Edinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47), Bill BERLIN ('56) Ferna GAROUTTE ('58), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Pat DORISS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Abby PERRYMAN ('15) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Jo ROSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alastair COCHRANE ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Are you speaking of Clarence FULCHER ('51) & Gloria ADAMS ('54) in your 1/13 post? I thin so, and want to add my congrats to the others. My, how time does fly!! -Mary TRIEM Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill BERLIN ('56) Re: Flying the Iditarod to Fairbanks Good question and let me give you some thoughts on how that might happen but far from sure. Western Alaska is dotted with all kinds of reasonably long and stable airports, usually gravel based, so that they can get some larger aircraft in for emergencies such as fires. They are probably frozen this time of year and that can be a good and bad thing if there is a lot of snow on them but given reported conditions, maybe that is not the case in 2014. Then too there is the tarmac situation where a large aircraft lands, stops, turns around at the end of the runway and loads or unloads at that point, thus room for just one at a time. If there are some auxiliary runways like this close to where they have to end the normal race and fly out, I would suspect that the Alaska Air National Guard might get involved and "log some time" in their Hercules aircraft. This aircraft has drop-down rear door making loading and unloading really a snap, especially with all fitted out sleds. It might be a bit traumatic for the mutts since a lot of them would be cooped up together and the flight noise these rigs make is quite loud. That might tune up the Huskies and the report might be in Fairbanks (FAI), "we can hear them before we can see them" kind of thing. It will be interesting how this plays out, if it does at all, but if I hear anything, I will let Maren know. -Bill BERLIN ('56) ~ in Rancho Mirage, CA where we have had four days in the low 90s and it is just the middle of February. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Re: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55-RIP) I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Lenora. The Las Vegas lunches will never be the same... was so good to have lunch with your nice lady good luck to Tom ('56). -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Cold work in Alaska Jackie and I have each spent much of our lives setting up fireworks. Normally we totally enjoy entertaining people with fire. But the last 2 1/2 days have almost been enough to make us start thinking about retirement. Zero temps, icy winds, and blowing and drifting snow have rendered it nearly impossible to do the fine technical work required to prepare for 2 displays for this Saturday night. Despite my Arctic clothing, snow caked on my glasses and the cold soaked into my arthritic hand joints to the point that any gripping action was painful. Yes I have fur lined gloves. But the cold soaks in anyway. Finally one of our helpers got his brother to bring down his large, totally enclosed box trailer and park it where the wind did not blow into the doorway. So today I made some real progress in connecting hundreds of lead wires to the connector blocks of the electric firing system. And a couple of crew members showed up to work in wind shadow side of the trailer. So if all show up tomorrow and we can keep a shield from the wind we will be OK and by Saturday noon be ready to move onto the firing sites. At least tonight the big bull moose was not sleeping in the driveway. He has been there off and on for a week. We hope he has moved on. He is a big one, the neighbor estimated him at 1800 to 2000 pounds. Not something you whack with a stick to get him to move so you can park your car. The cows that sleep in the side yard sheltered by the house and balcony are generally smaller 1200 to 1500 pounds. Jackie is a gardener and has lots of plantings that they feed on so they sleep close by. It may sound cool but they have ruined her beautiful landscape. An incredible number of hours work not to mention the $ spent on plantings... and nothing can be done about it. There is a heavy fine for harassing them. An estimated 5000 moose live within the city limits of Anchorage. Jackie's display is at 7:16 PM at the Palmer City Library parking lot. Hers is a big show with lots of aerials and combinations. This display is the one that got blown off and canceled on Black Friday by high winds My display is on the ice on Big Lake. The ice is 30 to 35 inches thick so that is the least of our worries. They are going to sand the surface at the firing site for me. My display is a bit smaller but still electrically fired. I start at 7 PM. This display is for a party. The Big Lake Winter Fest. It is held on the ice. This party is also for the start of the Iron Dog snowmobile race on Sunday. http://www.irondog.org/ 2,031 Miles, 38 Two-Person Teams, Starts Feb 16 The Iron Dog race is [roughly] over the Iditarod course and it helps to break and pack the trail for the dogs. However... because of low snow and treacherous fields of ice from frozen melt water they may cut the dog race and start it at Fairbanks. That decision will be made sometime Sunday. That was the last word we heard today on the radio. Sarah Palin's husband Todd Palin is a 4-time Iron Dog Champion and will be racing once again in 2014. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ from Anchorage, AK **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 Valentine's Day Lunch The February "Ladies of '65" Lunch was held on Friday the 14th (Valentine's Day!) at Isla Bonita Restaurant in Richland! Attendees included: Joanne BUCHOLZ Dimond; Ann Louise COWAN; Connie DAME Bell; Diann DAVIS Strassburger; Pat DORISS Trimble and her husband Bill; Jeanene HOFF Lee; Bonnie LARSON Scofield; Shanon LAYBOURN Smith; and Ronna Jo LYNCH and her guest, Miss Toni Luongo. We plan to get together again on March 14th! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Mid-Columbia Conference basketball all-league teams http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Col/140215-BBall.jpg Richland's Nathan Streufert was named player of the year and defensive player of the year for the boys. Earl Streufert was named coach of the year. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: 1 Year Ago 1 year ago (15Feb) I had my surgery. It was quite the year to say the least. I am doing very well if I may say so myself. I am really enjoying my workouts at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club; mixing it up with walking, swimming, and resistance machines. Thanks to everyone who prayed for me last year as I know it really helped. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from rainy Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/16/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Helen CROSS ('62) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim CLATWORTHY ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toby HUFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther DAWSON ('73wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) You know of another Clarence and Skippy who got married on Valentine's Day? And her being of The Class of '54? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the wet and soggy season is in full swing and the creeks are rising. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Betti AVANT ('69) The year has gone by quickly. Thanks for sharing your painful experience with breast cancer, and helping us all to be more aware of what we need to do to stay healthy. It will be 10 years ago for me this summer that I had my much less aggressive treatment for stage 1 encapsulated breast cancer. Hang in there, brave girl. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) PS: I will think of you at 6am as I haul myself out of bed to walk an hour at the Hope H S with a faithful bunch of walkers as I need to increase my weekly exercise totals. Hjk **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Blast from the Past http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Col/130216-AdairHeap.jpg Read the [original] Sandstorm article showing Jim ADAIR's ('66) 4-speed '55 Chevy which was chosen as the final "Heap of the Week" for the class of '66. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very rainy Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/17/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Don Sorenson (NAB) sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curt DONAHUE ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Floyd MELTON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Holley ANDERSON ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) There couldn't be another Clancy and Gloria, as I have known them - they were truly a Col-Hi couple - even if I was out of the door before they were! Gloria worked at Seafirst bank with me a long time ago! -Mary TRIEM Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Bomber Fathers' Belt Buckles & stuff To: Floyd MELTON ('57) N reactor belt buckles I've seen are red. The blue buckles I've heard about but have never seen. So my simple take is the blue "N" is the rarer of the two. These belt buckles remind me of a different time at Hanford. As far as who received what, I don't know. Any former UNC employee's out there? To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), Yes, Riverland Rail Yards are North of the Project. And the Milwaukee Rail Road did run a spur to Hanford for shipping fruit and such. White Bluffs town folks asked for a connecting line for their goods. Milwaukee officials declined to do so. I had heard that's the reason White Bluffs was moved from it's second location on the river to it's current location to be next to the rail line. About Bomber Fathers, Marilyn HALTEMAN Mensinger's ('56-RIP) dad Whitney had made films to describe safety practices in the REDOX processing building (Operation Sample), 222-S REDOX support Laboratory, (No Comedy in Errors), and a film titled Working in Radiation Zones. While I have never seen Radiation Zones the other two that are available are quite fascinating. Obie Amaker Jr's father is in the 222-S film. The first two films mentioned provide an interesting insight into formerly classified operations. K. C. Hammill's ('63-RIP) father Ken was a research chemist in the 300 area and was the brain child behind the Gilmont sampler used in the PUREX sample gallery. For the uninitiated the sample gallery is where process samples are taken for laboratory analysis to ensure safe plutonium separations. The first time I saw Ken Hammill he was in a photo working a mini version of the PUREX process that was built with a lot of lead bricks and lead glass windows. Took a lot of asking around to find out who he was. I also found a '60 or '63 G.E. News article on Lt. C.H. Overdahl, Hanford Patrol, and his quick actions to keep Central Stores fire from spreading. I believe that is Pete's father. Attached are the G.E. News article, Riverland and Ken Hammill. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Sor/140217-00.htm p.s Ken Hammill is the person with his hands on the small manipulator and I'm still waiting on a call from Randy Buchannon, former 234-5 lab manager. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/18/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Memorials today Dick PIERARD ('52), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Rick MADDY ('67), Elaine TESKY ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich GREENHALGH ('59wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BELLISTON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen THORNTON ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) Brother Burt ('59) can readily testify that Whitney Halteman, father of Marilyn ('56-RIP), was one of our dad's, Jack P. Pierard (RIP), closest friends and I remember seeing him around often. Burt probably knows but I had not been aware he was a film maker. My thanks to Don Sorenson (NAB) for this tidbit of information. I hope the films have been preserved and made readily available to viewers. -Dick PIERARD ('52) ~ I am in India right now working on a project, and the weather here is sure a lot better than back home in North Carolina, as the pictures my wife, Charlene, just sent me painfully reveal. Ugh! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race #42 www.iditarod.com/ - Official Iditarod Site 11 days (or so) till Ceremonial Start Date - March 1, 2014 IT'S OFFICIAL, IT'S WILLOW. Iditarod officials have decided to keep Iditarod XLII Restart in Willow. Bomber Cheers and Peace... the affordable alternative, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Hanford Trains Probably better off not writing this, but for general purposes (GP) and nothing around here to stop me; my father, Frank Maddy (1919- 1989), worked in the 300 Area. I do not recall my age at the time, but know I was young (i.e., age 10 in '59) when my father was taken into (Idaho?) after a Hanford train derailed and dumped radioactive whatever around the place. They suited up and went looking for whatever with Geiger counters - and I could still use one for shopping at the fish market. I recall my mother being very upset. Dad was gone for an unknown amount of time, but not long, if I recall correctly. Any history on the Hanford trains dumping radiation accidently? -Rick MADDY ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Elaine TESKY Hawkins ('70) This is just to let everyone know that Gary Hawkins ('60) passed away in Turner Falls, MA on February 13, 2014, at the age of 70. Bomber Memorial at: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Obits/pics14/RIP60HawkinsGary14.htm he is survived by his wife, daughter, grandson and his brother Donald "Butch" Hawkins ('65) and wife Elaine TESKY Hawkins ('70). Services are 2/20/2014 in Mass. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or to the Franklin County (Mass) Sheriff?s Office Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turner Falls, MA 01376? -Elaine TESKY Hawkins ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorials >>Clint WORCESTER ~ Class of 1957 ~ 1937 - 2014 >>Gary HAWKINS ~ Class of 1960 ~ 1943 - 2014 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/19/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45) David RIVERS ('65) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joretta "Sue" GARRISON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peter CROWLEY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn NOBLE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill WEDBERG & Barb O'MALLEY ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike HUSKE & Carol HARSHMAN ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) A belated happy birthday to you Jim CLATWORTHY ('46) [on 2/16]. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Oh my achin back! Days like this make me appreciate age... not appreciate in a friendly way, but more like respect. After lunch with the delinquents (we have a geezers' lunch every Tuesday), I made myself come home and sit at the computer. My Hot Rod Shop partner and I are trying to get the shop going again, now that I have "retired"... Because we have never had a decent web site, before I retired I traded some fairly simple (could have been a night mare as it was with a common carrier and anyone who has done any work in that area knows that for the most part when someone sends stuff by common carrier and it gets messed up, the customer is limited in its recovery... VERY limited... but my nasty gram managed to scare this one enough to recover the lost items) work for a fairly simple web page that I could work with as I learned "how to"... today I have been learning... the guy on the tutorial keeps saying this is the really "fun part"... when dealing in a new area on a computer, NOTHING is the "fun part" for me. My nice cushie office chair is in storage and I am sitting in a wooden straight back chair. My office chair is a beautiful oak and nickel barber chair I changed into an office swivel chair... soooooooooo... not only am I not having fun... my back is killing me... Terry DAVIS ('65) wrote me today about aching knees and other "non-functioning" body parts that he claims take some of the fun outa life... gotta gree with the boy today... but I must say that Spring is making its way into the valley... all kinds of things are blooming in my yard... including my fruitless plumb trees that got pregnant a couple of years ago and have been leaving their squishy little plumbs all over the place... when I catch the kid that got by trees "in truble"... "Too the moon, Alice!" The weather is so nice I drove a roadster across town to lunch. YES! Oh... sorry I missed Floyd MELTON's ('57) b-day on the 17th... very un-cool of me... Gus ('57) shoulda reminded me... bad Gus... bad, bad Gus! I must say that the Bomber-babes (dang... wouldn't a called em that a couple of years ago... their daddy ('65) woulda whooped my behind!) having their b-day today make me feel even older... I remember bouncing them on my knee... well maybe that's still not a good thing to say... sorry Lyman... I meant it in a Uncleish sorta way... you know... Uncle Davie... oh crap I'd best just get on with it... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) on your special day, February 19, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To: Rick MADDY ('67) Interesting you mention that. Without going into too many details you're correct. A few years ago I ran across an eBay ad for an article from the '50s detailing an incident. Fast forward a few years later a document surfaces giving thanks for their "contribution". Two or so years after that I learn more details. Since I still work I am unable to divulge further. So what did your father do in the 300 area? By the by it wasn't classified as a Hanford train more like a "Hanford" attachment involved in a commercial accident. To: Dick PIERARD ('52) I have some stills from those films it will take me a little time to find them. The film "Working in Radiation Zones" seems to be lost in the cavernous dwellings of D O E archives or perhaps the film never survived storage. Silly acetate films you know. The other two are available but since the D O E has become less open about what they have, the possibility of getting copies is cloudy. Whitney felt films were the best way to get the point across and he found some interesting ways to accomplish his goal. The film "No Comedy in Errors" features an ethereal mouse that wandered the halls of 222-S Laboratory watching over the lab denizens. Accidental contamination scenarios were played out and the consequences of inattention followed. What is interesting is the mouse used in that film. I've heard stories from folks like Marge DeGooyer (RIP) and others who told me mice were in cages above the work benches where radioactive materials were handled in the open and bare handed. The women wore cheese cloth on their heads to help keep the mouse droppings out of their hair. They were not told why the mice were next to the ceiling. (This was during the war in the old 222-T and B labs). The mouse in No Comedy was called Phantom Mouse. So I'm left to wonder hmmm... Click the link below to see a few pics of the inside and outside of the 222 Labs. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Sor/140219-00.htm. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/20/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy PIERCE ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann COFFMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda GRAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn HERIFORD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BISHOP ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don DASCENZO ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Got a phone message from a gal at the CREST museum down below e bus station advising me that they were closing and asking what I wanted done with items I had donated. She went on to say that I could donate them to the Hanford Reach Museum which will be opening soon. I have not called her back, 'cause I didn't save her number. Anyone able to help fill in the blanks? -jimbeaux p.s. I guess I could have written her number down on a Post-a-note, but the last week has been in the 80s here in Tucson, and the stick'em probably wouldn't. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Real friends are ferever One of my favorite memories took place not too very long ago. Well, ok it was nearly 25 years ago but still fresh in my memory. I arrived early in Richland for our 25th reunion and just drove around town picking out houses... in a day or two Tony HARRAH ('65) showed up and we tooled around reacquainting ourselves with all the old haunts... the shortcuts taken and the old hangouts and especially where everybody lived back then... as we were over by Spalding, near LeRoy JACKSON's ('65) two young girls asked us if we knew "Terry Knox"... we copped to it and they said he was at the DI waiting for us... it was as if we'd gone back in time... as the weekend progressed it only got better... gone were the resentments of years past... the attempts to impress one another... as we would both comment on the phone after we returned to our current quarters, "It was magic"... and as the years have passed it continues to get better... the Bomber-babe celebrating today is one I've known for a very long time and one that is so very dear dear to me (inside joke on the double dears)... it just reminds me of how close we all are. I think of how nasty work places can be even when one tries to make them pleasant... I have never understood why a group of people in an office must snipe and back bite the way they do... pretty much applies about any where one goes. Social groups, clubs and on and on... they call it politics in some circles but I just find it darned nasty and was so very glad when that little Class of mine seemed to outgrow it... and then to find more and more the same feeling across classes. I am so very happy and proud to know all of you and wish to take a moment to thank you for just being out there, Bombers thru and thru. And to this lil' Chickie-babie havin' a b-day: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ann COFFMAN ('66) on your special day... luv 'n' kisses, baby-cakes on February 20, 2014 and each and every day after!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: HHS girls' basketball Even though this isn't about RHS, I thought you might enjoy knowing that Colette Gail, a senior at Hanford, recently set the school record for points in a career (1,429) breaking Tori Baker's record set in 1986-1987. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins (?66) ~ from a warmer but windy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Don, to tell you the truth, I have no idea what my dad was doing in the 300 Area other than he was a laborer (General Electric comes to mind?). And if I did know I could not tell you, because... you know. My mother (RIP) didn't even know. My dad died and I asked her again what he did out there and she said she really did not know. Nevertheless, Dad, sometime around late Fall 1966, was giving something an acid bath, something went wrong, causing him to get splashed with the acid. The acid burned through his protective clothing. He was removed to the hospital for a check. He had second degree burns on his chest and shoulder, but not anything massive. Don't believe Dad was even scarred by the incident other than psychologically. I do not recall how long after that incident, but not long, Dad came home from work and told Mother to start packing because we were leaving. My mother never blinked an eye when Dad said things like that. He handed her the check every Friday his entire working life and knew the money was there. He quit Hanford and we moved to Poulsbo. He dyed his hair dark brown and secured himself a clearance job as a handyman at the Bangor Trident Base on north end of Hood Canal. We called it the Keyport. Dad retired from that government job and stayed home with his beloved plants. He left the family Iowa farm at seventeen, the only boy in the family, and then worked for the government almost his entire working life, starting with the CCCs outside Yakima, WA doing all sorts of jobs on the two Pass areas above Natchez. Joined the Marine Corps in 1940. Apple industry in Yakima where he met my mother. Boeing in Wichita picking up parachutes off experimental jets, pilots and jet parts a couple times; I was two and we lived in Mulvane, KS. Therefore, clearance papers. Then Hanford. The sub base. Not bad for a man that had a sixth grade education. He said he only went to school for that long to make sure he could read and sign a check. I never missed a meal. No man stands before my father and I miss my parents every day still. Thanks for your posts and input, Don. I really enjoy them all. -Rick MADDY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/21/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Roger GRESS ('61), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue SHIPMAN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie VINING ('71) '53 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David KELLER ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) To: Doug LONGMORE (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday, Doug... and many more. -Roger GRESS (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) I'm still in the search for Joanne Powers ~ Sacajawea, Chief Jo & Col-Hi (1964). Her mother's first name was 'Luese'! Once seen in Spokane in the mid-1960s and later in Salt Lake City early-'70s... No further information. http://krookmcsmile.tripod.com/joannepowers.html -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What would we do without stickie notes? That is the question... whether it is nobler to forget a phone number or to have it on a yellow stickie and slings and arrows be damned... oh no... in my enthusiasm I cussed! Forgive me Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!... I think I just get so excited about this Bomber-babe and her b-day that I just can't seem to help myself. I suppose I've mentioned before that I'm just not sure how long I've known this Bomber-babe... I know our folks were friends in Richland and I do recall being in Vegas one time and having brunch with the then wife, my folks and the b-day babe and her folks... I would bet it would have been at Caesars because that was the most fun brunch back in the day... back when my good buddy Ralph Lamb was sheriff and Vegas was Vegas... small town with lots to do and LIVE bands behind all of the big names... the b-day babe's husband, Gary can and will tell you all about those great days if you just ask... or maybe even if ya don't ask... Those really were fun days... the b-day girl had the longest running show of any single entertainer... 18 years if I recall correctly... you could actually talk to the stars as they would walk around the Casinos... and often, for those who lived here, you might stand in line with them at Vegas Village or even McDonalds... what a time... it seems like only yesterday that I was wishing this babe an HB and here it is again... As each year passes it seems she has such sparkling personality that it actually rubs off on me... hey I don't make this stuff up... I have pictures to prove it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kippy Lou BRINKMAN on your special day, February 21, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Riv/140221-00.htm -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Hoops on 2 Wheels: Richland High junior puts together tourney this weekend 2/20/14 Tri-City Herald "It's the basketball postseason, but one Richland High School junior has to drive to Spokane every two weeks just to play the game. Asuanti FONNER, 17, (RHS '15), says there are plenty of kids in the Tri-Cities who could play wheelchair basketball with him. Whenever he tries to recruit them, though, they shy away from it. Asuanti helped arrange a wheelchair basketball tournament at RHS this Saturday to educate people about the sport." Re: State Swimming: Piper's Last Lap; Longtime Richland coach stepping down after state 2/20/14 Tri-City Herald "When the state high school boys swim meet ends Saturday night in Federal Way, so will an era. The 20- year coaching relationship between Kathy Piper and Randy Willis also will be over. The two have coached high school swimming together at Richland and Hanford High Schools since 1993. But Piper is calling it quits after this weekend's state boys meet. Willis will continue on one more girls season in the fall then retire after that. 'What I will miss most is all the great relationships we have created over the past 20 years.' Piper said. 'We have developed a young beginning program to a state contending team for the last 10 years.'" -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a sunny but very windy Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/22/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan NOBLE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe CHOATE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave SIMPSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn BERRY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve GALLOWAY ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis LYNCH ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Riding Trains I love riding trains. In all the times and countries I have been in Europe, I have never rented a car. Except in Ireland a couple of years ago when we had only a couple of days to locate a couple of ancestors' graves and all of the cemeteries were miles from the trains. At about age 5, and again about 7, I road the Empire Builder to Chicago with my mother. It was a cool experience. Seeing the country and, being able to get to a restroom any time without the trial of getting Dad to get off the highway and "loose time" when I would have gladly done a whiz at the roadside. At Chicago we got on the L & N south to Louisville, KY and spent time with relatives. Dad would drive to Grand Rapids, MI and pick up a new Chevy from his brother-in-law and drive on down to Louisville and we would all take the Chevy home. We made that trip every other year by driving long hours. I never heard why he stopped buying from Uncle Jim. We bought Fords or Chevys in the TCs. But I still can drive US 30 to the east without a map. But I never lost that great feeling of riding a train. We rode the SP&S to the "State Tourney" a couple of times. But it was a night train and you could not see much. As I got older and in a position to travel a bit, ostensibly "for business" so I could write it off... I went to China and rode trains from the coast cities to the interior where the fireworks factories are. It was primitive, and take your own food. But I totally enjoyed it. They confiscated my camera as no pictures were allowed. But I can still remember many scenes in my mind's eye. It was incredibly noisy with children and women chattering, chickens in cages clucking, dogs barking and the overriding constant track noise. There were 4 of us Gwielos traveling together and we slept in shifts with someone always watching our bags. I still meet with one of the guys at various fireworks conventions. Then I got a trip to Germany, Austria, and France to visit factories that were also display companies. The knowledge I picked up on that trip about real pyrotechnic entertainment have played a big role in what I am now. But... to the European trains... They are impressive! It is rare that they are not spot on time leaving and arriving. Don't be standing in the door when the departure whistle blows. The train is moving as the door slams shut. The schedules and track numbers are easy to figure out and the cars have a big 1 or 2 on them to tell what class they are. Big city train stations have several hundred trains a day with 4-6 arriving and leaving at any given moment. The Hop-Bahn- Hoff (sp?) is the main station in a given city and some have 2-4 stations. I remember an Assistant Station Master from Zurich telling me they move over 4 million people every day on 600 trains in the main station. (We shared a compartment between Kolne GDR, and Amsterdam). Also in that compartment was the VP of the Dutch Railways system in charge of all their computers. It was a very interesting ride. I learned early to buy a Eur Rail pass. First class is best as it will get you on trams and subways in many cities and the cars and compartments are much nicer. I bought a sleeping berth one part of the trip and found I was on the top of the 3 stack. 2 women were below me. You can get just about anywhere in Europe by train. The Pass is good for however many days you buy and the time starts when you get on the first train. I have probably ridden trains in Europe over 30 times in most of the countries. The year before the Berlin wall came down I was traveling from Nuremberg to Berlin through the rail corridor in communist country. The scenes of the countryside went from the best, to the worst in appearance. Very sad. The armed guard must have told me at least 10 times "NO PITCHER"! very firmly with pointed finger. I opened my jacket to show him no camera... but he said only "NO PITCHER"! I was privileged to be in Berlin again the day after the wall was breached. Lot of emotions that day But capitalism was already thriving... several young men would rent you a hammer and chisel for 5 DM, to chip your own souvenirs off the wall. I brought home a bag full. But that was some hard concrete. I ended up with a large blister on my hand. On one of my trips I passed through 7 countries and took 35 rolls of film with my then new Minolta totally automatic SLR. Even from a moving train many of them could go on a post card. I flew into Gatwick near London and met some pyro friends who took me to Stone Henge. Incredibly I had forgotten my camera and the local shops were all out of the one time use models. We kicked around a bit visiting 2 fireworks factories and worked on a display for a company. Then they had to go back to work and I hopped a British train. It was one you see in the movies with each compartment in First having it's own door. Off I went to the North to a stop near Hadrian's Wall. Some parts of the wall have been taken down by locals over the years to build houses, barns, and sheds. I was able to make friends with a young fellow and he offered to drive me 20-25 Ks east, and west, if I would pay for the petrol. So I got a good view of that ancient structure. I went to Japan to present a technical paper at the Intl Symposium on Fireworks. We had a bit of a problem getting tickets for trains until we figured out you can do it by the color of the train, the track on the map, and the ticket. The 3 trains from the airport to Lake Biwah in the southern Provence were locals and as such did not go very fast. We did ride a bullet train from one city to another about 400 miles in a bit less then 2 hours. It was pricey. I was about half sick for a couple of days and don't remember much of that trip. All 4 of us in our party took a turn at some kind of malady that week. The big problem with the bullet train was don't blink or you missed it. Photography was virtually impossible. But it was fast and smooth. Two years ago when I was invited to be the featured speaker at a Russian explosives conference in Moscow Jackie went with me but we bought her air ticket. The Russians paid all the rest. We deliberately allowed ourselves 4 more days after the conference. We were not about to travel all the way to Russia without seeing the Peter Hoff and the Winter Palace. So we got on the internet and bought R T tickets on the night train to St. Petersburg as it is the best and cheapest. It turned out a nightmare trying to find the correct train, and car, and compartment. We still agree that it was more luck then anything else. A train was leaving every 5 minutes. A man and a women were sharing our compartment. She was the Editor of the National Geographic in Russia. Every body had to make up their own bunk with fresh clean ironed linens. I stayed up over half the night watching the dark landscape go by. The train left a midnight and arrived at 8 AM in St. Petersburg. We totally enjoyed St. Pete... ridding the subways and crazy taxis, and the hydrofoil to the Winter Palace and back... free of the business of trying to make the Fireworks world safer we totally immersed ourselves in the city of St. Pete. Then back on another night train (getting the right car the first try) and back to Moscow. On arrival we ran to the subway across the street and down to flights of escalators and triple checking we were getting on the right train, going the right direction. Arriving at another stations we met the folks who had our luggage and ran to catch the special train to the airport. we were on different flights to New York and together from there to Seattle. If you don't read Russian it can be tricky to get the right train and car and compartment. But it seemed a little easier the 2nd time. Russian trains have a lot of old equipment with a lot of wear from long use. But they seem to work OK, run on time and if you smile at the grouchy attendant and tip her a bit, she can make your day. This is getting overlong, so I won't relate the 2 dozen or so short trip trains around the US. Old coal or oil fired steam engines and a couple of well worn cars... 3 to maybe 25 miles... just because it was there and irresistible. My love for riding trains is not over... I am kind of thinking maybe retirement but don't be too hasty... couple more years maybe... just cause I really love what I do... Jackie and I have on a shelf full of info on train trips for our bucket list. Canadian Trans-Continental coast to coast. Am-rail circle tour of the US. The Orient Express Trans-Siberian Railway all 6800 miles through 7 time zones. If you have not done so, take some time out and climb aboard a train and enjoy the sounds and sights of this most important part of the history of mankind. Have some fun in life! Bomber Cheers! "Happiness is riding a train" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ On a calm night in Tacoma at last. Between here and our fireworks facility 35 miles to the South, we have seen just about every kind of weather extreme this past week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Spotted this on Facebook.com ...this from Linnea GATES ('66) may be of interest to you & me! "For my Tri-cities friends. As you know, the CHREST museum is closed as of the end of January. Some of the exhibits will be incorporated in the new Interpretive Center which is under construction. In the meantime, they have listed pictures taken at the Northlight Studio and the closed Marlin's Photography business (where I had my pictures taken for the Bomber annuals). When I asked what they were going to do with the... old proofs, they thought if none were claimed, they would be destroyed." The curator told me to then contact the CHREST (Connie Estep, 943-9000), and give them names, they will try to find and send to you. I urge you to just look and maybe give it a try. Some of these are very old... (if the link doesn't work, the address is Tri-City genealogical society, then choose DCGS digital collection)... http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:search2 -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Tall tale Didja know that it's right now right here and it's right now where our publisher ('63 & '64) is but it's a different right now... it's true... right now isn't the same everwhere... now ordinarily I wouldn't be concerned butcha see I took a little nap this afternoon and then went to dinner before I writ my BD post for this cool Bomber bday guy and so now I'm worried that while it is early here it's not so early there... ya know? I knew you did... well I still haven't mastered the web page thing, nor have I figured out how to do alla things I wanna do with "photoshop"... dang... I look up how to... then try it on mine and find it does something other than what the tutorial said it would... then I find out it only works that way if I have the same version as the guy writing about it... and you guessed it... I don't, so off I go again looking for how to on my version... change change change... good thing I'm not a spy trying to phoney up some pictures cuz I'm afraid I wouldn't be much of a success... oh well, the B-day guy is a huge success and one of the "mosts" in the well liked department... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dave SIMPSON ('63) on your special day, February 22. 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/23/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Carol CONVERSE ('64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Matt FILIP ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna BRANUM ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas PEASHKA ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb COLLINGS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane BROWN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy STANFIELD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jil LYTLE ('82) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack MORROW ('52) & Pat ACKLEY ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Your adventures on board trains were really fascinating. I also love riding trains. While in junior high and some of high school, every other year I would ride the train to Seattle to see my girlfriend who moved to the west side in either 5th or 6th grade. I always went by myself. I didn't even think about it and so glad my folks didn't either. There was once in Brownies that my troupe went to Seattle by train. Of course, we had some of the mothers going with us. We went to see The Ten Commandments when it came out. I remember when I was 4 years old, my mom and I rode the train to New York. Of course all trains going back east stopped in Chicago. You transferred from there. I don't know where in New York we got off the train. Probably in Syracuse. I remember putting down the partition in the front seat so that I could lay down to sleep at night. The conductor was black, like most conductors at that time. He was so nice to me. I just really had the time of my life. We also went by train when I was 18 months old, but of course, I don't remember that trip, haha. My husband and I rode a small train down in Senora, CA or some place close by a few years ago. It was a tour train. Two cars. Steam engine. I loved it. That was my husband's first time ever on a train. I would love to go ride the coast to coast train in Canada. I've seen pictures of it. Very beautiful country. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick We're really gearing up for our 50 year class reunion next summer. Hope everyone has filled out a registration form and gotten it back to Kathy HOFF Conrad ('64). We are trying to get the form to everyone, but there are some new phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses that we can't find to contact you. You can get the form via Facebook. If you haven't received a form yet or are not on FB, please let me know via e-mail. Subject line: 50 Year class reunion. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: My old phone number My wife, her twin, and her mother had a picture taken by Marlin's Photography, but nothing looks like it on the index. Maybe we will call to make sure. One thing is sure, I won't have to write down the telephone number; 943-9000 was our home phone number from 1973 to 1992 on Barth and later McPherson. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Now in Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland High boys lock up regional berth/Playoff Basketball from 2/22/14 Tri-City Herald "Nathan Streufert was one assist away from a triple- double, and the Richland boys basketball team rolled past host Ferris 81-64 in the 4A District championship Friday night in Spokane. With the victory, the Bombers advance to the State Regionals, set for next Friday at a site to be determined, although it likely could be either Chiawana High School or Southridge High. They will play the Big Nine's No. 2 team, either Moses Lake or Wenatchee in next week's regionals." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Matt FILIP ('77) Re: Dear Maren Smyth Hello. Rick MADDY ('67)and David RIVERS ('65) are two beyond wonderful people who know life, realize tomorrow is not guaranteed, love hot rods, idolize Richland H.S. Babes (no surprise) while keeping the rest of us safe and together in a world that begs otherwise. Just ask them (all over the world) if you are ever fortunate enough to get the chance to be in the presence of these two gentlemen who are simply incredible. Ask them who they are but never what happened and simply say "Hello" and that you love them. True Bombers and Spuddies, V/R [Very Respectfully] -Matt FILIP ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/24/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy CAMERON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank HAGGARD ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy WICK ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan MORRIS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Marie NICKLASON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron BRUNKE ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) My first train rides I recall were from Portland, OR to Pasco and back - day trips to and from home when I was attending a military school in Portland circa 1949. The trains were segments of the Empire Builder that "joined" at Pasco, I think. One section came from Seattle and the second from Portland. The Portland segment was a scenic ride in the Columbia River Gorge. Next significant train ride was in Jan. 1952, from Seattle to Oakland, CA (I think!) I was on my way to Coast Guard "boot camp" in Alameda, CA and the train was full of recruits. We were in a "sleeper car", an overnight run south. As I remember, none of us slept much! In the early '60s I also rode a train across Spain, from Barcelona to Madrid. Quite a "fancy" train. My boss and I had a compartment, had cocktails and meals in an ornate dining car with a bar. I DO remember thinking the train had "square wheels" as it was something of a bumpy, noisy ride. The train pulled into Madrid in the "wee hours", but they just unhooked the sleeper and compartment cars and then woke us up about 8am, as I recall. Still, a pleasant memory! I've always been intrigued by the idea of taking Canadian Rail across Canada. I've had some folks tell me it was a great experience. Anyone done that in recent years??? -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ basking in the sun in Tucson, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Trains I love trains... my first train ride was the Summer between 7th and 8th grades... I had ridden with my grandmother and great-uncle from Richland to visit relatives in Minnesota; then, my grandmother and I took the train from there to Chicago... Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were visiting Chicago... we stood in line to see them, and IF I had been brave enough, I could have touched their hands, as we were standing right next to their car... they rode in a convertible. we stayed in Chicago for a couple days, then took the train from Chicago to Pasco... it was the Great Northern and had an observation car... loved riding up in there... you could see for miles and had very comfortable chairs to sit in, too. We had a "sleeper car", so we didn't have to sleep in the coach seats. I have since taken the train numerous times from Bakersfield to Spokane... my mom lived in Priest River, ID and I would take the train during the Winter to visit... love being able to not worry about finding rest stops or gas stations, and being able to get up and walk around when the body starts to stiffen from sitting too long. The first time I took the train from Bakersfield to Spokane, I took my two oldest grandkids... they were 5 and 3 at the time... had never been on a train... they loved it... it was Winter, so they got their first sight of snow, too... we sat in the dining car for breakfast and they were more interested in the snow outside than eating. We had to change trains in Martinez (an hour wait for the next train, to Portland where we also had to change trains and that wait was almost 2 hours... coming back to Bakersfield the wait in Portland is 4 hours) in the night, which was fun (NOT) with two little toddlers and all our luggage... they each carried a backpack, I had two suitcases and there are no longer any porters, so nobody around to help with anything. oh well, it was fun and I still prefer traveling on the train. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Famuss Bombers For a small town and a fairly small school, We've sure had our share of famuss Bombers don'tcha think? Well I do... now that I think of it, this Bomber-babe managed to keep her fame pretty well down-played... as I look back on it, I think it was pretty strange that it took so long for those shoes to hit as a big fad... I should say huge since their popularity has never really faded... I think they are still one of the biggest sellers and from what I see on younger people and most half the hot rodders inna world, she must be doin' sumthin' right... I member when Tony HARRAH ('65), first returned from his little stint in Portland wearing black lo- cuts... man what a hit. I member the first pair I ever had... right before our 25th reunion... stood and stared at those puppies for about an hour before I bought them... I mean I have walked into Alan Edmund's and paid five times as much but for some reason it was difficult for me to get my first paid of "the" shoes... as tho I had gone back in time to my school dayz... now I've got many pair and several on the shelf waiting to be worn... my daughter even hadda pair of "Bomber" ones made for me in green and gold... well of course you have guessed the identity of this b-day Bomber- babe so... huh? what? She's not? but... I mean but... oh jeez... well I'm NOT starting this thing over! Dang... well at least I'm not wrong about the other B-day Babe... She is Jimbeaux's ('63) pride and joy... even tho he managed to snag her early in his trollin' dayz and has continued to hang on to her all this time... she's a gas to be around and I'd give her my umbrella any ol' time, that's fer sher... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Carol CONVERSE ('64) and the ever young and beautiful Mz Nancy WICK ('65) on your special day, February 24, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Hanford High gets top honors at science bowl from 2/23/14 Tri-City Herald "Hanford High School kept the winning streak alive by nabbing top honors Saturday at the Department of Energy?s Regional Science Bowl." Re: Mid-Columbia Replay from 2/23/14 Tri-City Herald "1982: Junior Dave Masten scored 27 points to lead Walla Walla to a 75-63 win over the Richland Bombers in the Class AAA district playoffs, giving Blue Devils coach Jim Thacker his first win at Art Dawald Gym in seven seasons. Suiting up for that Wa-Hi team was Earl Streufert, who would go on to coach for the Bombers." Re: Swimming: Hanford?s Wertz and Richland?s GEIDEMAN win titles from 2/23/14 Tri-City Herald "Richland?s Patrick GEIDEMAN (?14) and Hanford?s Will Wertz each earned state swimming titles Saturday night in Federal Way. GEIDEMAN rolled to victory in the Class 4A 500 freestyle event, finishing in 4 minutes, 36.13 seconds - a school record for Richland High. He will swim next fall at the Colorado School of the Mines. GEIDEMAN?S teammate, Ashton POLLICK, pulled out a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke. And the 200 medley relay team of POLLICK, Ryan SHIPLET, GEIDEMAN and Corey BRADSHAW set a Richland school-record time of 1:38:79 for a seventh-place finish." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/25/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Ann BISHOP ('56) Bonnie STEEBER ('57), Mary RAY ('61) Bob CROSS ('62), Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy MITCHELL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rochelle SEHOLM ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Train rides. I don't want to burst anyone's bubble on remembrances of things past; the Great Northern (GN) never operated through Pasco. That would have been either the Northern Pacific (NP) or the Spokane, Portland and Seattle (SP&S). The latter, also known as the "North Bank Road" or the "Northwest's Own", came up the Columbia from Portland after crossing the river first between Portland and Vancouver and then between Kennewick and Pasco. It went to Spokane up the Snake River for some distance before striking north. They handled GN and NP passenger cars between Portland and Spokane, setting out or picking up NP cars at Pasco. The NP came from Seattle over Stampede Pass to Ellensburg then to Yakima, Toppenish, Mabton, Prosser and Kennewick. They crossed the Columbia on the same bridge to Pasco. From Pasco the NP went north through Connell and Ritzville. The NP picked and setout Portland cars at Pasco for the SP&S to handle. The Great Northern went north from Seattle to Everett, then east through Skykomish, the Cascade Tunnel, Wenatchee and Ephrata to Spokane. The other railroad in the area, the Union Pacific, had a line from Spokane to Hinkle that entered the Tri-Cities area at Wallula. They also had a branch from Yakima that went through Kennewick and crossed the Columbia downriver from the NP/SP&S bridge joining the Spokane line at Wallula. Now all that's left is the Amtrak train between Portland and Spokane where it joins the Seattle - Chicago train. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather is slowly changing, and the daffodils are beginning to bloom. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) Re: Trains All this talk about trains has reminded me of an incident that occurred when I was possibly 3 or 4. My mom and I were going to Washington to be with my dad. It was probably mostly a "troop train". Our car was full G.I.s, some had been wounded and were returning to their homes after being released from the hospital. The conductor was really quite rude and mean to the troops for some reason... maybe they were drinking, I don't remember that part, but the guys decided to get even. This was when the luggage storage was at the front of each car. One fella had artificial legs, both of them, and they were encased in uniform trousers. They put his legs into the baggage area, legs out, like he was sleeping. When the conductor came through, he saw the legs and stood there shaking them yelling "hey fella, hey fella, you can't sleep in there. Get out of there!" The car roared. When he realized that they were artificial legs he left the car and never returned. We had a different conductor after that! I really like trains even now. I took the train from here (Texarkana, AR) to Pasco a couple years ago to one of our reunions. They sure have changed from that first trip! -Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Re: Trains I've really enjoyed the entries from several of you about train rides, especially Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) European train info. I lived in Belgium on two different occasions and enjoyed being a tourist in several countries. Although I mostly drove, I did take a few trains and found them to be very efficient for even day trips. Two weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to make another trip to Europe. A friend wanted a companion to share a cabin on a 7-day cruise out of Venice and when I said I would like to go but I'd really like to spend some time in Europe, she readily agreed to extend our trip. We will be mostly in the Munich area (although we're looking into other places, cities, etc.) and have elected to do the Euro-rail thing. So Larry MATTINGLY, your info on European trains is very encouraging. My husband would prefer that she and I did the train thing instead of renting a car and driving (although that is still a possibility). Living in the Tucson area, I've wanted to take the train to Pasco and hope to do that some day. Reading Linda REINING's ('64) entry, I've become interested again! And speaking of Linda REINING, I was glad to see her support of Betti AVANT ('69) in her battle with cancer. Linda was very encouraging to me, even while she was having her own battle. Always glad to read her SS entries! Re: Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55-RIP) I met Lenora only once, at one of the Las Vegas lunches that she organized over the years, but traded emails occasionally and had a couple of phone conversations with her when I was in the Vegas area. I was there when I heard of her passing. (A perfect example of why we shouldn't put off doing things... I had planned on calling her when I first went to the Vegas area in January and knowing that I was going to be over there for a few weeks, I delayed.) She will be greatly missed. -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) To: Maren and All Sandstorm Readers Re: The Path to Moral Values: A Complete Guide for Kids of All Ages I"m writing this to let you know about my removal of the DoGood Kids from the mix after my last post. After discussing my book with an Alumni retired teacher friend, I decided that removing them would be for the better. I had originally used them as a lead-in for each lesson, but decided that they might confuse some parents and kids. I didn't want teenagers to feel like the book might be beneath them, when in fact there is a lot of information in the book that they can use. The note to parents in the Preface explains how the book can be applicable to many ages. Long story short. I merely changed the subtitle on that section from "The DoGood Kids" to "Doing the Right Thing" and changed the pronouns from "they" to "you" and rearranged a few words where necessary in that section. Voila! With that change, I decided that ?Think About It? might be a better subtitle for the Questions section. When I uploaded the book this time, Amazon ended up adding three and a half more lessons to the sample. I?m happy about that because it will give parents and kids a better idea about what to expect from the book. I hope you will take a few minutes to follow the link {below] to my book page and click on the book cover where it says Look Inside to see what the book has to offer if you haven?t already and if you have already, to see the changes. Amazon link. Thanks and have a great day! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob CROSS ('62) My older brother Allan CROSS ('59) is in very serious condition at Kadlec Hospital in Richland. Allan has been having a number of medical problems over the last few years and it has all caught up with him. I am not sure how alert he is at any time as his mind has problems concentrating sometimes and he speaks with a very soft voice. The family asks for Bomber prayers for Allan! -Bob CROSS ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Trains... In the 1950s, there was a mail train that went down the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Sometimes they had a passenger car on the end. My Grandma Cadd lived in Camus at that time. I got to go down to see her all by myself riding that train. The rear of the passenger had a semicircular platform where you could go out and watch the tracks come out beneath you. You could also lean over the rail and watch the mail bags being caught by the mechanism on the side of the mail cars. The bags were suspended in some sort of frame and there was an arm that reached out and grabbed them as the train passed by without stopping. While I visited her, I was left fairly free to wander around the river and the blackberry bushes. Those trips were the next best thing to heaven for me as a young boy. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/26/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Helen CROSS ('62) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Linda REINING ('64) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betsy COFFMAN ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie LUKINS ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: Comparing Train Trips 1944 and 2012 We left Charleston, WV headed for Richland on Christmas Eve, 1944. We arrived in Chicago on Christmas Day where my mother spent the layover time in the ladies restroom not feeling well. Taking advantage of our "freedom" my two brothers, Jim ('46) & Bobby ('51), and I roamed the train station which swirled with a mixture smoke, soldiers on leave, and civilians on Holiday. I remember it was very windy and cold, but that did not keep my brothers from pushing me outside and holding the door closed. I was nine years old, my brothers 16 and 15. Kids! Our accommodations aboard the train leaving Chicago were plush and the dining car tables were elegantly set with silver and crystal. We arrived in Pasco late at night and were driven to 1018 Thayer Drive in some sort of military limousine on New Years Day 1945. My mother, expecting all of Washington State to be covered with evergreen trees, cried out the next morning "There must have been a terrible fire out there!" She was pointing to the sagebrush. My father had failed to tell mother "the rest of the story" that our home was located in Eastern Washington, the desert part of the state. Mom compensated for forty plus years by planting and tending, each spring, one of the most productive gardens around. I made that trip again two years ago, this time from Washington D.C. to Seattle for my granddaughter?s wedding. What a difference! The dining car was more like a fast food diner, only smaller, with three persons seated at each side of a butcher-paper-covered narrow table. No silver, fine linen, or crystal, as a matter of fact there was a shortage of food when the train was delayed several hours! This Amtrak train is still called "The Empire Builder" but that is the only remaining likeness. Oh yes one improvement, NO SMOKING allowed. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where it continues to snow and temps in the low 30s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) With all this talk of trains, I thought I'd add my happy memories of train rides... I have several: I had a wonderful train ride from WSU to Seattle one Christmas, I believe it would have been Christmas, '65. Our route was all snow- covered,and it reminded me of Dr. Zhivago land of the movie... Also I can't remember for sure the names of the trains I rode, but I took my kids out from Chicago to Seattle or Wenatchee, I believe 2 times in the early '80s, back when a child under 2 could ride without a ticket... and we paid by zones. By my husband taking us to Chicago we got into the middle zone and saved, about $500 I believe. But I loved those train rides as did my toddler kids. I also took the train into Pasco, but I can't remember if it was from Portland or from Seattle, maybe both as I did it so often... and I had quite a trip back on the train from California, catching it in Sacramento, and getting stopped with flood water blocking the tracks of the Great Salt Lake, so we were going through beautiful Colorado at night and Iowa in the daytime... I also rode the train quite a bit when I lived in Europe. My most wonderful train trip was from Amsterdam to Vienna, Aust. in l973. I rode along the Rhine River and all the castles were lit up, it was like a long tour of Disneyland and dream land... It was beautiful... I used the train for several short trips in both Holland and England. In fact, I believe Carole JOHNSTON Berg ('62) and her husband also used the train in England when they visited us in England in l998 or l999... Trains in Europe are punctual and safe, clean and widely used... and often very modern. I also remember my brother and I had a great train trip in Norway in l998 from Oslo to Bergen. It was coupled with a boat ride and a bus ride, it was called Norway in a Nutschell, I believe and as our mother was Norwegian, we wanted to experience Norway, and really enjoyed that week in Norway with his 7 year old daughter who graduated from Western Washington U. this past summer... As I write this I also remember my husband and I rode the speed trains (bullet trains) in Japan in 2002. A more modern train I can't imagine... I enjoyed all the train trips I've ever taken and hope to enjoy the short train trip from Sacramento to the inner Bay area next month when a friend and I go down there for a performance of Les Miserables... I close this with prayers for my cousin, Allan CROSS ('59) and all his family during this difficult time... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we are still getting snow and cold,but at least we seem to be out of the -zero temperatures, so we are thankful for that... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: 1969 Tolo ~ King of Hearts Dance The 1969 Tolo dance, King of Hearts. featured a group named "Lenore". Anyone know where that band was from and what kind of music did they play? -Gary BEHYMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Trains I don't know about the trains that came in and out of Pasco, but I know I rode the Great Northern from Minnesota to Chicago and back to Minnesota... what I rode from Minnesota to Pasco, I have no idea... just thought it was the same train outfit. I do remember, that when we were on the train from Chicago to Minnesota, it was full of a lot of Cuban refugees... this was in the Summer of '59... I was very impressed by the way those girls were dressed... hadn't seen anything like them in Richland... short, tight skirts, LOTS of dark eye make-up, and they smoked cigarettes... they would occupy the observation car... I loved going up there and just watching them and listening to them... didn't understand a word they were saying, but it was fun just to watch their actions and listen to them. as for AMTRAK, it no way compares to the trains of past... their service isn't that great, they have no porters, but I still prefer taking it as to car and planes... even though it takes longer and there are the occasional break-downs, where you have to switch to an AMTRAK bus, which is the worst way to travel, as far as I am concerned... cramped seats, stuffy, bathroom facilities are a joke, no leg room, and they are hotter than heck, even in Winter!!!!!! Last time I rode the train, it broke down in Klamath Falls, OR... had to get on a bus, took that to Portland, missed the train, since we were so late... had to get on another bus from Portland to Pasco, then got on AMTRAK from there to Spokane... it was HOT in Portland, we were not allowed to get off the bus, because they were afraid they'd lose some of us, since it was a 2 hour wait, and they wouldn't turn on the bus, so we could have the "air" on, either. even after all that, I still love train traveling. *grin* To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Good to see you writing into the Sandstorm again. When you take your trip through Europe, hope you take lots of pictures to post to the Sandstorm. Have a great time. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA we are so dry, they are encouraging water rationing, and the farmers have been told they will get NO water from Northern CA... shudder to think what that will do food prices, let alone how damaging it will be to the farmers... this keeps happening, our farms, vineyards and orchards will all go bankrupt, and be turned into more housing tracts!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Trains Last June when I came to Richland to look for housing and have my consultation to see if I needed radiation treatments I decided I didn't want to drive twice in a short time frame. I elected to catch Amtrak in Lacey, WA and take it to Pasco. I had a short layover in Portland going down, enough time to grab some lunch and hit the restroom. There must have been more than one train arriving around the same time as there a lot of women heading to the restroom. I didn't have to go as bad as most of them so waited till it cleared out. The train then headed back to Vancouver, WA (the last stop before Portland and the first stop going north) and on up the gorge. It was a lovely evening ride up the gorge. The train was going onto Spokane where it met up with the one coming from Seattle then onto Chicago. I got talking with several ladies who were going different places and some still had another day at least after I got off in Pasco. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from rainy Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/27/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49), Richard ROBERTS ('49) Mike CLOWES ('54), Floyd MELTON ('57) Barbara SESLAR ('60), Bill SCOTT ('64) Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65), Vicki OWENS ('72) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shannon CRAIG ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant RICHARDSON ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick ROBERTS ('49) & Carol TYNER ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Trains This train talk fascinates me. I have always loved trains (don't know why). We moved from Indiana to Washington in 1944 by train. I just remember our car was full of servicemen and I was young enough to be disgusted with my older sister [Peggy ('46-RIP)] for flirting with them. I do know it was a long trip and we headed to Spokane and then transferred to Pasco where my Dad met us. When Mel [Thompson ('48-RIP)] was in the service at Colorado Springs, our son was about 11 months old and just learning to walk. He and I traveled by train from Pasco to Colorado Springs. Since he was just a toddler the movement of the train went along with his trying to keep his balance and walk the isles. The train and his coordination were perfect. He handled the motion of the train better than all of the Adults. I have had a love of trains for a long time, I have most of the Hallmark Christmas train cars. Several Franklin Mint treasures of trains, I had the whole collection of train miniatures from Franklin Mint that fit in a wooden show case - all the literature on each car, when it was built, what train line, etc. When I moved to my mobile home I had no wall space to hang it up and none of my kids wanted it so I gave it to my neighbor who had turned his garage into a train yard. He LOVED it!! When I was State President of Emblem club my theme was trains "Keep on track with Emblem". My pin was a jeweled train. When I visited each club in the State they had wonderful imaginations and came up with great train themes to greet the State Marshal and myself. (A lot of the little blue train  "You know you can, You know you can" That was one fun year!!! After that year I had some engineer hats and the red scarves left over, so when my granddaughter, her husband and I used Amtrak to travel to Vancouver, WA that year for Thanksgiving I took the hats and scarves along and told the conductor I wanted to pass them out to kids on the train. Because of that he moved us up to first class and we had our own private room with fruit, champagne, etc. The kids enjoyed their train hats and scarves too!! We took the Amtrak this past year too to Vancouver for Thanksgiving (my daughter lives in Battle Ground) had breakfast on the train, both coming and going. A lot better than driving that 2-1/2 hours in bumper to bumper traffic. And, it cost no more than filling up my van for the round trip. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ from soon-to-be-dry for 3 days (according to the weather report) Bothell, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Carol TYNER Roberts ('52) and I have been married 60 years. Some of you may want to send Carol a sympathy card. *LOL* We have had a wonderful marriage and somehow, we managed to create a marvelous, successful and talented family. We had our party at the Elk's Club; attending were all of our family and spouses, all 31 of them, and a dozen close friends or so. We have six professional musicians in the family and a whole bunch of wannabes, all of whom entertained us with their music, creativity and anecdotes down to the very youngest of our great grand children. We are blessed. Our band, the Flaming Ukuleles also played. This enduring romance started in the fall of 1950 at an RHS sock hop where Carol said "Yes" when I asked her to dance. She was 15, I was 19. I just had to share this with everyone. Love ya, Carol! -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) It be that time again to break out the ol' propeller beanie. This is for a Bomber Babe of my acquaintance. Not only is she a fellow member of The Class of '54, she's also a friend. I do have it on good authority that she knows where the Uptown Tavern is, but her current husband won't let her frequent the joint. No problem with that. Let us now take the time to wish Marilyn WORKING ('54) a "Happy Birthday!" Keep on keepin' on. This is also the time to commemorate the anniversary of Dick ROBERTS ('49) and Carol TYNER ('52). Two very nice people who have proven that even playing the ukulele can be a link in a happy marriage. If that doesn't work there's always the accordion. Have a good one, guys. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where Wurstfest begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday at the Festhalle. This year they are including a hint of Fasching. And the weather guessers are hinting there may be snow in the valley for the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Bomber Baseball Cap Bomber fans Here is a picture of one of my prizes and I thought I would share. Seems that the only Bombers who ever got their hands on one of these was a Bomber baseball player but I happened on one via service to the Bomber Cross Country team for a number of years during the late '70s and '80s. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Mel/140227-hat.jpg Floyd MELTON ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, March 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: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Trains When I was in Switzerland in 1985, I couldn't read the languages on the station signs, but I learned to know which train was which by the time it pulled into the station and then prepared to depart. They were that punctual. I bought a Eurail pass in advance and it was one of the best things I did. Rode all over Switzerland at no additional charge, any time I wanted to. Highly recommended. My freshman year of college I was at the U. of Puget Sound in Tacoma, and I used to ride the train home for the holidays. Even though it was always at night, the snow-laden scenery was beautiful. One more old Tri-Cities train story: when Dad, who was working at Hanford for Du Pont, and mom got married in 1945, he brought her down from Yakima on the train. She'd never been there. She got off the train in Pasco, took a quick look around, and said, "You've got one year to find another job". Like so many, I expect, she never left, and was still there 60 years later when she passed away in 2005. -Bill SCOTT ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) [written 2/26/14] When Tomorrow Comes Today is my last day knowing my body as it is. Yes, bodies change with every passing day but not as drastically when tomorrow comes. There are worse things, such as losing a limb or more, being a child with a terminal disease, suffering a debilitating stroke, or a severe heart attack. Any or all of these things can be fatal. Indeed, compared to my situation, there are worse things. However, this is my body and I'm very fond of it. It has served me well in my 67 years. It has taken me to many beautiful places to meet many wonderful people, provided me with great pleasure, as well as helped me overcome great emotional and even physical pain for various reasons. Through this life, this body has mostly complied with all that I've requested of it. But like all earthly forms, it carries it's own secrets. Most of the time when these secrets are revealed, it creates great comfort and satisfaction. But as in life, not all truths are pleasant. It is then we call upon our emotional and spiritual strengths to get us to the other side of the pain, fear, and disappointment we must face from time to time. Our bodies are temporary dwellings that sometimes fail us as a way to test our true selves. For those who have never prayed before, these may be the times they fall on their knees. For those who don't have a faith, they may seek to discover one. For those who feel alone, they will be pleasantly surprised how they are surrounded in many different ways by love, compassion, and understanding. I have been blessed in many ways and many times. I cannot complain. I have few regrets and those are for the people I have hurt in any way. I've always had an undying faith and an extremely strong spiritual belief in the greater plan and in the Creator of all things. I also have a wonderful intimate relationship with Jesus Christ in whom I entrust my soul. Knowing all this I have been able to live my life with certainty and joy. And yet, saying good bye to a part of my body is still difficult as I've always thought it was permanent in its own aging way. But its secret has taken me to a crossroads which has tested me beyond compare. When tomorrow comes, Thursday, February 27, 2014, I will have a double mastectomy in order to preserve my life as well as serve as a preventive measure to avoid additional treatments. I plan to hail this alteration as a badge of honor and a reminder of my spiritual strength and belief in my authentic self; namely that my soul is who I am and my body is a reflection of my warrior spirit of unwavering perseverance and survival. I will stand tall and am willing to face the roller coaster ride of emotional and physical challenges that lay ahead of me. I will continue to appreciate life and be grateful for all that I have. And, I will not be ashamed of my scarred body as it will still serve its purpose as my soul's dwelling until Christ calls me home. -Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) In response to Gary BEHYMER's question about Lenore, my brother shared the following information: Lenore was a successful band that played all over the Tri-Cities. The name came from a reference in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven". Three of the band members were 1969 Col-Hi graduates: Greg REITEN (RIP), Alan SMITH, and John BIERLIEN. Dave Lewis was a very talented guitarist from Kennewick. He died a number of years ago. I believe Jim Keller was from Pasco. They rehearsed in the REITEN's basement. All of the Tri-City bands "back in the day" were primarily cover bands. They performed material recorded by other popular, well- known groups. Lenore was no exception. Lenore played a lot of school functions, proms, etc. Although it was primarily a rock band, it played a lot of pop and more commercial tunes at formal school dances. Attached is a photo from Lenore in 1968. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Owe/140227-Lenore-68.jpg -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Khartoum, Sudan where winter is ending and the temperatures are creeping into the 90s **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: More Trains To All Bombers, In the past trains have played a integral role in Hanford operations. Coal for the power houses, transportation of irradiated fuel, transportation of failed process equipment from canyon buildings and dignitaries of all sizes and shapes. Here are a few for you to enjoy. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Sor/140227-00.htm -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/28/14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Helen CROSS ('62) Paula BEARDSLEY ('62), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), Nancy MALLORY ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry GROSS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY the 29th: Sharon CHAMBERS ('70) - celebrates 2/28 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Anna May WANN ('49) - Trains What a great story, Anna May; you are one very clever lady. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I really enjoyed reading yesterday's Sandstorm. I want to add prayers to Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) with her mastectomy surgery yesterday [27th], and as a fellow cancer survivor (breast cancer not as severe as yours, in 2004) tell her God is with her, and there is much life after surgery and hope her bravery and faith continue... and tell Bill SCOTT ('64) I really enjoyed his short story about his mother's reaction upon reaching the Tri-Cities back then... as a kid who grew up before the green belt around Richland in a new ranch house when the sand storms coming home from school could be so strong we'd have to lie down to protect our legs, because as girls we weren't wearing pants, we were wearing dresses back in the '50s... I remember how it was back then,and I wasn't responsible for keeping the house clean back then... and finally to Carol TYNER ('52) and Dick ROBERTS ('49) congratulations on your 50th. Even though I didn't end up marrying a fellow Bomber, who doesn't have wonderful memories about the sock hops and what was it called? The "Hi Spot" dances of our youth.... Bomber Cheers, Prayers and Blessings to you all from -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ in Hope, IN where it is sunny but freezin' cold wind outside, and more snow and cold is expected before spring appears... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Re: Trains I am enjoying all the train memories and I have a couple myself. Like many of us in Richland, we arrived on the train in Pasco in November of 1944. I was all of three months old and traveled with my Mom and big brother Charlie ('56-RIP) from Oklahoma City and obviously don't remember the trip. As we know, stories are shared as we grow up and I was told over and over about how Dad was working when our train came in to Pasco, so Al Reil (Scherion, Saralyn and Rick's Dad) picked us up at the depot and drove over the old Pasco-Kennewick bridge and brought us to our first home in Richland on the corner of Wright and Williams, where we waited for Dad to get off work. Another train memory was when I took our 6 year old son on the train to Denver to my Uncle's to pick up a car he was selling us. That was when you could still sit in the dining car and eat a nice meal, we sat up in the dome and watched deer and cattle out the big windows. He thought it was very cool to sleep on the train too which he did well but I didn't since we didn't get a sleeper so had to scrunch down in the seats. We left from Hinkle early one morning and arrived in Denver late the next afternoon so it was a long trip. Three years ago I drove to Portland with my son, Danny (2000), his wife and our 4 year old grandson and had Danny drop grandson Zeke and I off at the train station in Vancouver for a surprise "adventure" while Mom and Dad stayed in Portland for the weekend. Zeke and I rode the train home to Pasco and his eyes were so huge when he saw that train pull into the station and we told him we were getting on it. I had packed a meal for us so we ate, walked around the train, visited with some people from Virginia who thought he was pretty cute and then he took a little nap after it got dark. He got really excited when we arrived in Pasco and Poppa was waiting for us. What an awesome memory we made and he still talks about it. He asked me recently if I was going to take his baby brother, Amos, now 15 months old, on a train ride too. I told him maybe when he is a little older. -Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Family and Friends are everything... treasure them. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Moron Trains Living on the south edge of town in the late '40s and '50s meant that the first morning sound I heard was often the distant moaning of a train whistle on the tracks paralleling the Yakima River, about half mile to the south. This came at 7:15 a.m. (or was it 6:45?) and introduced into my fledgling world a sense of mystery and unknown places far away. Later as a high school junior, in the spring of 1961, I enrolled in an early morning two-week summer art course under the tutelage of the diminutive Mr. Tom Knudsen (the much beloved "Knutee," all four feet and ten inches). On one sun-streaked morning the class ventured forth to do field sketches. Midway across the Yakima River railroad bridge there came the unexpected sound of a whistle from the Richland side. As the engine hit the bridge from the north the last of us scrambled off the railroad ties to safety on the opposite side. Very exciting stuff, especially for Knutee as he contemplated the near-miss issue of legal liability. Rejoicing at our good fortune and the adrenaline rush, we headed back across the bridge, now wiser by far and convinced of our immediate safety. It would be another week before the next train. Not so fast! Half way across the bridge, here comes another engine from around the same corner. Stumbling even faster this time, we again spilled off the bridge in all directions with the second engine already well onto the bridge. Sketch pads could be seen scattered across the river below, and one student was not in sight. A stunned silence, but then a clump of weeds discharged the lad from his face-down position. Chaos theory might explain much of that morning, especially the random and singular event of two Hanford trains in as many minutes, and the only time in history when a dozen witless students are congregated on the same track at the center of a railroad bridge. But an artful morning too, and a memorable lesson on the beauty of the fleeting moment. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race XLI (#42) http://www.iditarod.com/ - Official Iditarod Site Ceremonial Start Date - March 1, 2014 70 mushers x 16 dogs/team = 1,120 dogs pooping in Anchorage now. /#__ = starting position... 16 I'm watching (for now) Martin Buser/#36 - 4-time winner Jeff King/#17 - 4-time winner Ramey Smyth/#49 - (no relation - pronounces their name Smith) Cim Smyth/#28 - (Cim & Ramey are brothers) Mitch Seavey/#6 (dad) - 2-time Winner - oldest winner Dallas Seavey/#14 - (Mitch's son) - youngest winner Danny Seavey/#62 - (Mitch's son) DeeDee Jonrowe/#16 - consistent top 10 finisher Jim Lanier/#36 - known as the singing musher Newton Marshall/#9 - GOTTA watch this black guy from Jamaica Joar Lefseth Ulsom/#47 - 2013 R.O.Y. (from Norway) Robert Sorlie/#22 (from Norway) - 2-time winner Aily Zirkle/#10 - this lady may just do it this year... The lovely Berington twins/#52/#56... GOT to watch them... Jason Mackey/#39 - Helped Lance train dogs... Lance helps him now Noticeably (to me) missing this year: 5-time winner Rick Swenson and 4-time winner Lance Mackey Bomber Cheers and Peace (the affordable alternative), -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Trains When my daughter was in 1st or 2nd grade we decided we should take her on a train trip while there were still trains running to Portland and back. I asked her today if she remembered it and she said, "Not really." She said she remembered seeing the pictures more than the trip. When she went to WSU there was a website that she had access to and I used her name and password download some old pictures of WSU and Pullman. These three pictures were taken of the Pullman train station. Looks like, in the day, a lot of people traveled back to school by train. The first picture appears to be the oldest judging by the cars and the fashions. My daughter lived just a little further up the hill from that house on the right. The next house up the hill was an old house cut up into apartments and next to that a newer place built as apartments, both owned by the same people. I had lived in the house for six months, and 30 years later we rented an apartment for her in the newer building. You could go out in the back yard (right by that dark house by the telephone pole) and look down on the train station. The building is still there, but no longer used as a train station; I think it has some shops and offices and maybe a restaurant in it. The second picture says it was taken circa 1929. The third picture was taken much later. I car in the lower right corner looks like a 1959 Ford, and it was taken further down the tracks than the other two. You can see the same grain elevator in all three photos, but in the first two it is painted white and by the time the third was taken the paint has worn off. By the time I went to WSU 1966-1968 I do not believe there were any passenger trains running to Pullman. Imagine, a city named after George Pullman of the Pullman Car Company with no passenger trains running to it. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2014/Xtra/Ham/140228-00.htm -Dennis HAMMER ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) Sending prayers and Bomber hugs... read your posting on Facebook, too. You are a strong gal. You'll get through this... take care. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) To: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) My prayers will be with you. May you have a speedy recovery. I had a single mastectomy three years ago this March. This was totally unexpected... I really didn't have time to give it much thought. I agree with you that faith in Jesus Christ is a rock in every part of life. I had no idea what to expect about how it would look, etc., but it really is no problem. It is now part of me. My doc. gave me an Rx for a fake boob (my daughter calls it a foobie) and it works quite well. Treat recovery like any other surgery,,, no lifting, driving, heavy cleaning, etc. Just take your time. -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We are the Bombers ...and together we stand no matter what... I thought when Jimbeaux ('63) went thru his health problems we passed a rule about staying healthy no if's and's or but's (I know you thought I would add a t to the last one... you think I'm sooooooo predictable) but it seems that there is a power greater even than we that makes those determinations... I was so very saddened to hear that my sweet RJ LYNCH ('65) was going in for surgery and my prayers as with all of yours I am sure are with her. She has been my pal since I moved from Spalding to Jason Lee and I love her dearly... I know she is stronger than many and will make it thru this challenge as she has others in the past... I've known the two b-day kids about as long as I have RJ. The more mature one is the Bomber-babe, big sis of one of my bestest buds inna world... he and I have been thru about as much together as any two people can who aren't married and she has done a great job of trying to keep us on the straight and narrow... unfortunately, she wasn't given much to work with in the first place and we have never reached the maturity level she hoped we would... the other kid was the only kid in our class to drive a '50 (coulda been a '49... can't remember the dash) Merc to Chief Jo. Drooooool is about all the rest of us could say... he was prolly the reason I got my '50 Merc several years ago... it's since been sold but dang I dug that car... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) and Larry GROSS ('65) on your special day, February 28, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Shaun MAESTAS ~ Class of 1998 ~ 1978 - 2014 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` January, 2014 ~ March, 2014