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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/01/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Sharon TEMPLEMAN ('55), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Carol CARSON ('60), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Frank STRATTON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon DAHL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HOFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed MITCHELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WEDBERG ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve MINOR ('73) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) To: All '55 Grads Re: '55 in '15 ~ 60 YEAR REUNION We are planning a get-together for our 60 year reunion on Saturday afternoon, September 12. 2015 We have a couple of good places in mind for this party. However, we need an estimated head count of who is coming. Please call, write, or e-mail one of us and let us know if you plan to attend. This party is in conjunction with the Club 40 meeting/party on September 11 and 12 at the Red Lion (old Hanford House/Desert Inn) on GWWay. More information and registration for the Club 40 will be in the next Club40 DustStorm. We will also have more details for our reunion by that time. Contact: Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts OR Billie LAWELL Neth -Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, April 4 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) and Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Puget Sound area Bomber luncheon for anyone in the area: DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015 TIME: 11:30am PLACE: Scott's Bar and Grill, LOCATION: 8115 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, WA 98026 SCOTT'S WEBSITE: Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough space. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Shades of Sonny [aka "Muscles"] We all remember Sonny on his bike ridding around and spreading goodwill. Flash forward to Saturday, March 28, 2015, on the front page of he Tacoma News Tribune. There is an article by the TNT Human Interest writer, Larry Larue. I am paraphrasing his lengthy article. In the town or Orting, WA about 60 miles ESE of Seattle there is a lady that will bring back memories to many of you. Stephanie Clemet, a 39 year old learning Impaired lady averages about 50 miles a week on her bright red adult tricycle. She always seems to be going to, or coming back from what is going on in Orting. No one she sees in her travels is ignored. "I just like to ride my bike wave and smile at people-make their day go a little better". She rode that bike every day, all day, regardless of the weather. Then, about 2 weeks ago her bike broke and was not repairable. Several people planned to get it replaced. They never had a chance. Stephanie has 273 friends on Facebook and wrote about the bike being broken. The $1000 replacement cost showed up in less than an hour. She was taken to a bike shop to pick out the replacement. It was blue and she named it "Bluebell". When she thought they were going to dinner, she ended up in the City Council Meeting and the first item on the agenda was presentation of the bike. Stephanie said "I bawled my eyes out." She has ridden that bike twice a day ever since. Ruth Clement, her mother, believes there was a reason they landed in Orting. "It was a town that needed her and where she needed to be". In Seattle they would see this strange girl. In Orting she is unique but accepted. If she is riding and her favorite song comes on she will get off and dance and others will dance too. I think we were led to Orting. (Interesting how God has a place for all: J L M) Larry Larue can be contacted at: Re: New Knee On personal note, The doctor unwrapped my knee this PM [3/30] and liked what he saw. It is healing well and I can take showers and not hurt it. He glued the incision together. He wrote a prescription for more meds. Still a lot of pain from trauma in knee. I am still faced with 6-8 weeks for full recovery. Physical therapy probably 3 days a week for 4-6 weeks and less after that. Thank God for my wife, Jackie. She has cared for me days and nights with good cheer. Laying out the meds and waking up to be sure I take them, replacing my drinking water with bottles from the refer, and dumping the other bottle and rinsing it out. And of course getting me dressed and fixing food, not to mention driving me to various appointments. It is a one hour drive to doctor's office in Shelton, WA. But he is worth every minute of it. I am keeping a list of things to do for my wife as I think of them. It will take some doing, but she is worth well beyond any list. Happiness is a little less pain each day. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Frank STRATTON ('64) Re: My 100 year old Dad Article was in the Herald... there were a few '64 Bombers who knew my dad and attended his party: Richard CHARETTE, Kathy HOFF Conrad, Teresa DEVINE Knirck and Ray STEIN. -Frank STRATTON ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Death Notice today Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lloyd KENT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CORYELL ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail FRANZ ('64) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) What with yesterday being the 1st of April and all that that date entails; it is indeed fortunate that no one who maybe included in the Junior Gyrene's "circle" of friends was born on that date. He might go so far to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about them just as a joke. Which brings me to the main order of business; another birthday celebration. Hopefully someone will not burst into singing "You gotta be a football hero..." although it would be appropriate. Needless to say, this Bomber was (back in the day) and he is also a member of The Class of '54. Without further ado, I will now tip the ol' propeller beanie in his honor and let the folks who know him up in the Idaho Panhandle shout "Happy Birthday!" to Lloyd KENT. Take Betty to someplace other than the Coronel's for your celebratory dinner. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we have a brief brake in the rain waves. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Death Notice from Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Lloyd SWAIN ('66-RIP) It is with deep sadness that I let you know that Lloyd passed away March 30, 2015. Services will be next week sometime... Einan's is handling the arrangements. RIP, Lloyd. Click for a Tri-City Herald article about Lloyd . Bomber tears and prayers, Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/03/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Gus KEENEY ('57) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanene HOFF ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garry O'ROURKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marleen WALTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat GOBLE ('71) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Gus KEENEY ('57) Re: Thank You, Dan HAGGARD ('57) Your note about Sandra DENBERGER Koontz ('57-RIP) was a sad one for me... I was looking forward to seeing here her and hubby, Roger ('55) at our next reunion in 2017. God Speed, Fair Lady!! -Gus KEENEY ('57) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Thanks for the memories I was glad to see that the Class of '55 is having its 60 year reunion this year. Not that there would be any reason they wouldn't... but it makes me laugh at myself... ya see, when we ('65ers) were having our 25 year, my best "lawyer" friend was getting ready for his 50 year. All I could think was that he and all his buds were older than dirt. As I knew most of the guys from the class of '40 at Vegas High, I could confirm they were just that old! I was reminded of George (the friend) using his older, older brother's name (a federal judge) to hit some of the hot spots in Vegas (and getting comped) with his favorite drinking buddy, wearing his next older brother's grageashun suit (which had yet to be worn at grageashun)... naturally there was a brawl and the new suit was destroyed... ahhhhhhhh yute... well, that same year, the class of '55 was having its 35 year. As I recall... and I could be wrong, because we had the DI booked up the class of '55 used the Senior center for their reunion (this is the way I remember it). Several of my friends and I were walking thru the park and we saw a number of the '55ers at the Center with some type of banner announcing the reunion... without a single thought that I have many dear friends in the class of '55, I believe it was I who commented on the age of the participants... ahhhh yute... silly me... hey is it just me or are TV commercials really getting more and more silly? Imagine a man or lady hawking some kind of prescription drug that is supposed to alleviate constipation (if it doesn't kill you with side effects first)... they then draw a picture of what this constipation is supposed to look like on the person's tummy and viola... the miracle drug erases all traces of the drawing... that's supposed to convince me to call my doc and insist that he call the pharmacy ASAP????????? Arrrrrrrrrrgh... and that brings me to self diagnosis... what on earth are all these commercials for prescription drugs? My Doc is pretty up to date on what I should be trying for my latest symptoms... I guess it's just me... well we got Bomber b-days so lemme get to them... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63) and Garry "Stump" O'ROURKE ('66) on your special day, April 3, 2015!!!!!! See First Grade picture from Jefferson ... see if you can ID the kid in the front row 3rd from the left next to Kandie Grubb.. . -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Nancy DANA Foreman ~ Class of 1976 ~ 1957 - 2014 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/04/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and Memorial INFO today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Steve CARSON ('58) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice BOOTH ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan NELSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda HOLDEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clif EDWARDS ('68) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I certainly hope that "Mostly '52ers" didn't over indulge in their luncheon yesterday. That is beside the point. The point being that this is the birthday of a member of "The Class of '54". Let there be no mistake about that. She is a Bomber Babe, and currently residing in Yakima (I'd say living, but once you've lived in Richland..). Without further ado, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout is in store for Janice BOOTH. Have a good one and don't over do it at Miner's in celebration. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain comes and goes as it sees fit. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Jerry IRWIN ('58) info Maren and I have been doing some research to be sure that Jerry gets the Sandstorm with no success yet. [If anybody can help us get the Sandstorm going to Jerry, give me a shout. -Maren] Re: Bomber Memorial vs. "Death Notice" I put in a post asking Maren if we could use Memorial instead of "death notice."... In our last email Maren explained that a "death notice" is when a Bomber provides the information in a post before she is able to do the research to put together the Bomber Memorial entry. I hadn't given the process much thought and sways appreciate the pictures and life story. That doesn't just happen and is the result of Maren's work. In addition she maintains the website that tracks all Bombers when they pass. Thank you Maren you are AWESOME! Re: Puget Sound Lunch on 4/18 We have a dozen commitments for the Puget Sound Bomber Lunch happening on the 18th of April. It is not too late to plan to attend. If you can make it please let me or my sister, Carol ('60) know. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I love it when a plan comes together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now it is no secret that I am very good at screwing up birthdates... just the other day I missed Linda BELLISTON ('63) just because I couldn't count from 29 to 30... Oh she was on the list... I just forgot that to hit 30 ya gotta push "send" on 29... so on the morning on the 3rd, when I read today's B- day Bomber-babe name I freaked... even went wildly to face book to plead for mercy... ahhhhhhhhhhh but I was right... today is her special day... news at 11... so last night I did something I don't do often these days... I ventured out to a concert for St. Jude's and was ever so happy I did... now I dunno how many of you have spent any time in Nashville... for me, there is no pleasure (OK that's a bit of exaggeration) like walking up and down Broadway and listening to the most amazing talent gathered on one place... knowing that many of these voices and instruments will never hit the airwaves is heartbreaking, but man, you want entertainment... there it is... Oh sure I like the Ryman and the Opry, but except for the debut star at the Opry, you know what you are in for... it is the variety on Broadway that has its appeal for me... I used to have the same feeling for Beale Street in Memphis... the last time I was there, I passed up Kris at the Ryman to try and capture that old feeling of 50 years ago... what a miserable disappointment that was... it was like Fremont Street in Vegas on steroids... no young BBs and the like (you do know that BB stands for Beale Street Boy, don't you)... just trash and hawking souvenirs, made in China and crap... I didn't even make it a block before I headed back to the Peabody and thought about tryin' to make it back to Nashville in time for Kris... at least the ducks didn't disappoint me... I recall a night so many years ago when the Beatles were playing and the Peabody was "the" place to be... so last night I knew that Josh Turner and Montgomery Gentry were the big acts and that A thousand Horses, Jana Kramer, Austin Webb and Mo Pitney would be the new kids on the block. I was familiar with Jana's song, I got the boy, she got the man... a modern version of the Patsy Cline theme "She's Got you"... but I didn't know the others... well the Horses were fantastic... but when the other three came on, they had them each sing songs in turn... Now Austin was good... a polished veteran of 26 with a little bravado going on... deserved but still there... but when Mo Pitney came on the house and the other two kids on the stage were blown away... I see why he got a standing ovation when he first played the Opry earlier this year... .I came home, turned on the computer and played every one of his songs I could find on YouTube... then posted them to face book... He told the story of meeting the Hag... lasted all of about 30 seconds (the meeting)... he went right home and wrote a song about it... great song... maybe I'll plug it into this post... Reminded me of years ago when I went to Mere's b-day party on the strip... what thrill it was... Tho Dwight Yoakom was pretty young back then, Dick Clark was the youngest face in the room... great times... so now I getta brag about a Bomber-babe I've known for a long time and she has always been a delight to me... she and her sis never age... just amazing... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marlene WALTON ('66) on your special day, April 4, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) I met Merle Haggard today *************************************************************** *************************************************************** NOT a Bomber Memorial - INFO from John CLEMENT ('66) >>Re: Lloyd SWAIN ('66-RIP) Service: Monday, 4/6/15, 1pm The Eastlake Church (the old Uptown Theater) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/05/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Tom VERELLEN ('60), Duane LEE ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Jim GEIER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary MASSEY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam RUST ('66) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Tom VERELLEN ('60) Just a note about a newly found interest, with the coming Spring weather it brings the return of the "bats of near Lacey". As with all such occurrences there are the miscellaneous accidents such as the rare abandoned baby bats. These smaller species of insect eating bats require special care until they are able to begin hunting on their own. Not unlike birds of prey in the sport of falconry there are many similarities in the sport of (wait for it) "battery". Having to operate during nocturnal hours the little hunters are kept calm by shining a light in their eyes akin to the hood covering the raptor's head and eyes. They are released into the night to hunt down prey getting them to return to the perch is difficult using an ultra high frequency (unhearable to the human ear) sounds that call them back to the crib. "Bat rap" seems to be the most effective to lure the little guys back home. And then with the return of winter they must be taught to follow the time honored migratory habits and head south returning to the wild. So all set for another summer with the bugs and bats. -Tom VERELLEN ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Duane LEE ('63) On Easter Sunday, 1944, Los Alamos received the first sample of Hanford-produced plutonium. Sure glad we beat Hitler to it. Proud of how many lives the two Bombs saved and the part that Hanford had in it. PEACE... and Happy Easter to everyone. -Duane LEE ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: A new age I've said a million times that I am always glad to see my morning Sandstorm... even if AOL doesn't always cooperate on the morning part... but sometimes we can go a very long time without hearing from some Bombers out there so I often get a good bit of news from kids on Facebook... for people who don't just babble on like I do in the SS, I get a great deal of pleasure from communicating with kids I didn't get to know as well as I prolly should have in school... Tho he's not actively on facebook or SS, Terry DAVIS ('65) has spent the winter in Richland and it has been great fun for me to have him call and tell me all about this person or that person that I always assumed he knew as well as I did when we were kids... it's like he has entered a new world of new faces and new friendships... OK we all know I'm a sap for this stuff... I love my home town and the kids in it and from it... Today's Bomber-babe is one I've come to know much better as a result of Facebook... now the words "high tech" will never be linked to my name and I get very confused when I find out three months later that someone has sent me a message and I didn't figure it out till it was old history... but hey I do my bestest to keep up... I just got home from the Rat City Rukus here in Vegas and I must say summer is making a very good start... seems no matter where I moved my chair, my right arm was in the sun... the reason I mention it, is that it just dawned on me that I was up for the "red moon" this morning and was totally awed by it... it seems like a week ago I saw it and I just realized it was only a few hours ago... so before I totally get lost in this little post I'd better say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mary MASSEY ('64) on your special day, April 5, 2015... also, I want Katie SHEERAN ('61) to scold Kippy ('62) and Ellen ('63) for not waiting till I could be there to go see the cows... bad form ladies... bad form!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Jim GEIER ('71) Re: The Camino de Santiago When I was about to depart home in southern California for a yoga workshop in Thailand three years ago, I saw the movie "The Way" starring Martin Sheen, written and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez about a man who walked the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) in northern Spain, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of St. James the Great are believed to be buried. A film about a man making a journey was fitting as I was embarking on a journey myself the next day, albeit a different kind. On subsequent journeys to northern Thailand, the memory of that film has stayed with me, and I have watched it a few more times. My parents named me after St. James, and now that both my parents have passed, I am thinking I will walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago next year, starting in April 2016. Have other Bombers walked the Camino de Santiago? Thoughts? Comments? -Jim GEIER ('71) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Brian FITZPATRICK ~ Class of 1958 ~ 1940 - 2014 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/06/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara BERKELEY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy DYKEMAN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve KING ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy RAEKES ('82) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Plutonium and Easter We read on these pages that the first delivery of plutonium to Los Alamos was on Easter, 1944. I didn't know that. But in the end the bomb had nothing to do with either Easter or actually beating Hitler. The first successful detonation at Alamagordo, NM was on July 16, 1945. Germany surrendered two months earlier in May 1945. An interesting conversation took place in the bunker on that historic moment on the New Mexico desert. Oppenheimer, the scientific brain behind the entire Manhattan Project, blurted a probably rehearsed and staged line from the Hindu Scripture, the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds." That he also had given the code name "Trinity" to the project is regarded by some as blasphemy. His colleague, Kenneth Bainbridge, the physicist in charge of the actual bomb test, also realized the nearly boundless power of atomic energy for evil as well as good. He turned back to Oppenheimer and said: "Well, Oppie, now we're all sons of bitches!" (Michael B. Stoff, Jonathan F. Fanton, R. Hal Williams, The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age [New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1991], 5. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Rick POLK ~ Class of 1970 ~ 1951 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/07/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Pat DORISS ('65) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Abe DUNNING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harry MANOLOPOULOS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Anne LAUBY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda PHILLIPS ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott CROSS ('88) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa DYKEMAN ('98) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack ALEXANDER & Ginger ROSE ('55) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: '65 Ladies Lunch WHEN: Friday, April 10, 2015 TIME: Noon - 2pm WHERE: That Place Pub & Eatery, 760 Dalton Street, Richland The April '65 Ladies' Lunch will be this Friday, April 10th, at the That Place Pub & Eatery in North Richland. That Place shares a parking lot with the new GESA at the intersection of Stevens Drive and Dalton, just before the University Avenue intersection. So, if you're a Lady Bomber who graduated in 1965, we hope you'll join us! If you have any questions, please contact me! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: Correction Re: Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) report from yesterday [4/6] Plutonium from the B-Reactor was not delivered to Los Alamos until 1945. The reactor did not achieve criticality until September 1944. -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Eric WILDENBORG ~ Class of 1982 ~ 1963 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Judy WILLOX ('61) Duane LEE ('63) Ginger BAIRD ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorna SHAW ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathleen KINNEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WINGFIELD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori BROWN ('71) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Judy WILLOX ('61) Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) 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! April showers bring May flowers and hopefully it will bring a lot of you to the All-Bomber Lunch. We made it through April Fools Day and the Final Four so now it is time for the monthly All Bomber Lunch. Anyone who is a Bomber, anyone who is or was married to a Bomber, or anyone who would like to be a Bomber is invited to join us for a couple hours of talk, memories and a good time during a no-host lunch. WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2015 (always 2nd Saturday) TIME: We gather about noon or 12:30 WHERE: JD DINER, 3790 West Van Giesen, West Richland (Second building on the right after crossing the Yakima River Bridge.) -Judy WILLOX (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ been a bit chilly here, but I like it. -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) ~ Richland -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ Richland -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Duane LEE ('63) Well, shiver me timbers, apparently that plutonium mini fact is wrong. I have a History of Hanford Calendar and it stated that (quote) "On Easter Sunday, 1944, the first sample of Plutonium was delivered to Los Alamos from the Hanford Project" (end quote). I just looked it up and Los Alamos did receive a first shipment of Plutonium in April, 1944 but it was from Oak Ridge. STUPID CALENDAR!! I should get David RIVERS ('65) to sue them. -Duane LEE ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Ginger BAIRD Wireman ('82) Re: Hanford update? I work for the WA State Dept. of Ecology in Richland, doing public outreach and education. Hanford cleanup has been underway since about 1989, but we're still a long way from 'clean'. Our kids and grandkids are going to inherit Hanford. It is important for the public to understand the successes and stumbling blocks. Looking in the Bomber Calendar I see some groups have regular luncheons and I wondered if anyone would like an update on Hanford cleanup? We are happy to come pretty much anywhere in the PacNW with a 20-30 minute presentation. We've been as far away as Willamette U. and WWU to talk to college students, and spoken to service groups across the region. If you belong to Kiwanis, Rotary, Soroptimist, etc., and have speakers at your club meetings, please keep our presentation in mind! If you are a teacher please consider inviting us to speak to US History, AP Environmental Science and Contemporary World Problems classes, we have several lesson plans available. Have a super day! -Ginger BAIRD Wireman ('82) Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist Nuclear Waste Program - WA State Dept. of Ecology *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Janny MULROY Wick ~ Class of 1958 ~ 1940 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/09/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SETBACKEN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tere SMYTH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Duane LEE ('63) and Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) The plot thickens. Duane writes that the Hanford Calendar says: "On Easter Sunday, 1944, the first sample of Plutonium was delivered to Los Alamos from the Hanford Project." And Patti writes that this cannot possibly be since the Hanford production reactor (B-Reactor) did not become critical until after Easter, later in September 1944. But, the first shipment of Plutonium could not have come from Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge did Uranium (the Hiroshima bomb). Hanford did Plutonium (the Nagasaki bomb). Ergo, what we have here is a simple typo. The Hanford Calendar should read "On Easter Sunday, 1945 ..." (not 1944). -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: efforts/results Sue... did Duane LEE ('63) say "sue"... bring 'em on... put up yer dukes put up yer dukes... I'll fight 'em with one paw behind my back... uhhh... wow... that usually doesn't happen... so lately there has been a lotta talk about solar in the valley... I mean great place for it... so the door to door hawkers have been coming in droves to set up solar for a metering agreement with the local energy company... I've done my best to check it out and looks like a number of hoops have to be cleared before it is worth the moola and effort..sooooo I set up an appointment with one of the companies to give me the full pitch, with a written proposal and the whole 9 yards... 10am this morning was the time... now it is the beginning of hot rod season so I am in the middle of making sure all cars are safe and sound for the long drives at various times this summer... the Shore Patrol sold yesterday to a guy from Alberta so one down... I couldn't bring myself to sell the Shelley- mobile so I had it ready to tear down the brakes and get the process started... at 10:20 the guy was a no show so I began pulling the brakes off the front of that car as the phone rang... hands full of axle grease, I slimily answered the phone and it was this kid running late... life's a bitch I told him and told him not to contact me again... What do they teach people today? No concept of the difference between efforts and results. As he protested I hung up... reminded me of when my daughter Sarah was little and in a bowling league... she was awful (well not as bad as my sole and only experience in PE when I let go of the ball in mid back swing and almost broke Linda MONGOMERY's ('65) leg... never picked up a ball again)... at the end of the season I picked up Sarah from one of the bowling allies Michael Gaughan had in all his Casinos and she was carrying a trophy... wow I thought... I misjudged this kid... I asked what it was for... "showing up" she said disgustedly... "they're afraid our little feelings will be hurt if we don't get something." That's my kid alright... I stopped hiring associates long before I retired because no matter where they finished in law school (1 or 2) they wanted the same thing... 9-5 with no responsibilities... "I can't find it" or "it isn't out there" was an acceptable answer to them when I would send them to find a case similar to the one I was working on... DAMN, had I EVER said that to my mentors when I clerked or when I was an associate... I'da been out on the street... which is not to say they weren't after they gave me that answer... but I mean it didn't cross their minds NOT to give up and quit looking... efforts... without results... My law Partner's dad was a very good surveyor in the valley back inna day... When Mike would come home with a 98 on his paper, his father would tell him, people don't pay for 2% error... I can just see some kid in the military saying "Sir, we almost hit the target but they got away... I'll do better next time"... OK so I'm onna rant today... what else is new... maybe it is because after today I have only one more "W" birthday and it's gold star time again!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tere SMYTH ('65), Gary SETBACKEN ('64) and Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) on your special day, April 9, 2015!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Carol RICE Forister ~ Class of 1962 ~ 1944 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mary RAY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma CULVERHOUSE ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BENEDICT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug PAYNE ('73) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: Plutonium vs. Uranium I did some research on the subject for a book that I've been working on so I hope that I'm right in stating that Hanford was built to produce plutonium and the plant at Oak Ridge to produce uranium. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I had decided to stop writing and move on to something else, but then I came up with an idea so I'm at it again. What I lack in talent, I make up for in determination. From reading some of the recently posted bios, it sounds like determination is part of many Bomber's DNA. Maybe there was something in the water or the soil. I remember making lots of mud cakes at age 5 when we first moved to Richland and lived on Craig street (or was it hill) with no grass. Looking back, I always think of the soil as having a unique feel and smell about it when wet. What does plutonium smell like? -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Janice TAYLOR Underwood ~ Class of 1950 ~ 1932 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/11/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and Memorial INFO today: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha FELTS ('66) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Re: FBI I am wondering if anyone remembers the FBI in Richland. I mostly heard about them, and only saw them in my neighborhood once. Or am I just imagining their presence. -Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - Official Iditarod Site 2015 total Prize money: $725,100. Re: 2015 - 66 IDITAROD FINISHERS with all awards 01 Dallas Seavey/#46 w/10 dogs ~ $70,000 and a new Dodge truck - Golden Harness Award for outstanding lead dog, "Reef" Embroidered gold colored harness chosen by the mushers - Joe Redington, Sr. Award 02 Mitch Seavey/#18 w/10 dogs ~ $58,600 - 1st to Ruby $500 credit on PenAir - Spirit of Alaska Award - an original "Spirit Mask," created by artist, Orville Lind, towards travel or freight shipments. 03 Aaron Burmeister/#63 w/9 dogs ~ $53,900 - Half Way (1st to Huslia) $3,000 in gold nuggets and a trophy. This year Huslia residents made/gave fur hat, mittens, collar. - Fish First Award $2,000 and 25 poundss of salmon - 1st to Kaltag $2,500 in gold nuggets and a trophy - 1st Gold Coast (Unalakleet) - Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award: chosen by checkers along the coast which most closely mimics "The Shishmaref Cannon Ball" Herbie) in his/her attitude on the trail. Northern Air Cargo NAC) free freight allotment and a trophy, plus $1049 in "pocket change" inside of an NAC jacket. 04 Jessie Royer/#3 w/12 dogs ~ $48,400 05 Aliy Zirkle/#32 w/13 dogs ~ $44,300 06 Joar Leifseth Ulso/#16 w/8 dogs ~ $37,500 07 Jeff King/#59 w/13 dogs ~ $35,300 - 1st to the Yukon (Galena $$3,500 and a 5 course meal) 08 Wade Marrs/#65 w/8 dogs ~ $33,100 - Fastest Time From Safety to Nome Award $500 2h:30m 09 Ken Anderson/#36 w/13 dogs ~ $31,000 10 Nicolas Petit/#12 w/14 dogs ~ $29,000 - Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award to a top 20 finisher for outstanding dog care during the race while remaining competitive. Lead crystal cup on illuminated wooden base. 11 Travis Beals/#56 w/8 dogs ~ $27,000 - Most Improved Musher award $2000 and a trophy 12 Paul Gebhardt/#28 w/11 dogs ~ $25,200 13 Kelly Maixner/#9 w/10 dogs ~ $23,400 14 Peter Kaiser/#54 w/11 dogs ~ $21,700 15 Christian Turner/#73 w/11 dogs ~ $20,000 16 Ray Redington, Jr./#34 w/10 dogs ~ $18,400 17 Thomas Waerner/#8 w/11 dogs ~ $16,900 18 Jason Campeau/#70 w11 dogs ~ $15,500 19 Hugh Neff/#24 w/10 dogs ~ $14,100 20 Michelle Phillips/#6 w/12 dogs ~ $12,700 21 John Baker /#78 w/12 dogs ~ $11,400 22 Martin Buser/#4 w/11 dogs ~ $10,200 23 Richie Diehl/#42 w/10 dogs ~ $9,000 24 Nathan Schroeder/#26 w/8 dogs ~ $7,900 - 2015 Snow mmachine Random Drawing for mushers 25 Mats Pettersson/#55 w/12 dogs ~ $6,800 26 Scott Smith/#69 w/10 dogs ~ $5,700 27 Paige Drobny/#58 w/12 dogs ~ $4,700 28 Anna Berington/#39 w/12 dogs ~ $3,700 29 Kristy Berington/#11 w/11 dogs ~ $2,800 30 Jodi Bailey/#22 w/11 dogs ~ $1,900 31 DeeDee Jonrowe/#29 w/15 dogs ~ $1,049 32 Curt Perano/#21 w/13 dogs ~ $1,049 33 Justin Savidis/#19 w/11 dogs ~ $1,049 34 Charley Bejna/#38 w/9 dogs ~ $1,049 35 Seth Barnes/#23 w/11 dogs ~ $1,049 36 Benjamin Harper/#37 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 37 Linwood Fiedler/#27 w/12 dogs ~ $1,049 36 Allen Moore/#57 w/14 dogs ~ $1,049 39 Mike Santos/#61 w/12 dogs ~ $1,049 40 Rohn Buser/#31 w/11 dogs ~ $1,049 41 Matt Failor/#15 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 42 Jason Mackey/#72 w/11 dogs ~ $1,049 - Mushers' Choice Award - Finishers vote on who was the most inspirational on the trail. Iditarod Limited Edition Gold Coin is valued at $3,990 and it's surrounded by a gold chain rope 43 Lance Mackey/#30 w/8 dogs ~ $1,049 - Sportsmanship Award - Commemorative trophy and check for $3,500. Chosen by mushers. Lance safely drove two teams off the sea ice after musher, Scott Janssen went missing. Standing ovation at the Finishers' Banquet. 44 Rick Casillo/#52 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 45 Timothy Hunt/#68 w/12 dogs ~ $1,049 46 Laura Allaway/#49 w/14 dogs ~ $1,049 47 Monica Zappa/#53 w/12 dogs ~ $1,049 48 Heidi Sutter/#76 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 49 Lisbet Norris/#41 w/14 dogs ~ $1,049 50 Rob Cooke/#2 w/12 dogs ~ $1,049 51 Chuck Schaeffer/#67 w/7 dogs ~ $1,049 52 Brian Wilmshurst/#50 w/11 dogs ~ $1,049 53 Yvonne Dabakk/#33 w/8 dogs ~ $1,049 54 Lev Shvarts/#40 w/9 dogs ~ $1,049 55 Yuka Honda/#60 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 56 Alan Stevens/#77 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 57 Becca Moore/#47 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 58 Steve Watkins/#66 w/11 dogs ~ $1,049 59 Mark Selland/#17 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 60 Alan Eischens/#7 w/14 dogs ~ $1,049 61 Isabelle Travadon/#43 w/13 dogs ~ $1,049 62 Marcelle Fressineau/#25 w/9 dogs ~ $1,049 63 Lachlan Clarke/#5 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 64 Cindy Gallea/#64 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 65 Trent Herbst/#75 w/10 dogs ~ $1,049 66 Cindy Abbott/#10 w/13 dogs ~ $1,049 - Red Lantern Award for Perseverance ===================== 12 DISQUALIFIED / SCRATCHED 01 Brent Sass/#71 02 Zoya DeNure/#79 03 Gwenn Bogart/#14 04 Christine Roalofs/#62 05 Gerald Sousa/#44 06 Philip Walters/#51 07 Ellen Halverson/#35 08 Jan Steves/#45 09 Katherine Keith/#74 10 Jim Lanier/#13 11 Bryan Bearss/#48 12 Scott Janssen/#20 Bomber Cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 72 at midnight *************************************************************** *************************************************************** NOT a Bomber Memorial - only INFO today Re: Services for Jennifer RODRIQUEZ Praino ('92-RIP) VIEWING: Monday, April 13, 2015 ~ 5pm - 7pm WHERE: Einan's at Sunset ROSARY FOLLOWS: 7pm MASS: Tuesday April 14, 2015 ~ 4pm - WHERE: Christ the King Catholic Church INTERNMENT FOLLOWS RECEPTION TO FOLLOWS: Knights of Columbus Hall Jennifer's request: please wear white or pearl in memory of and in support of all those battling lung cancer. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/12/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Shannon CRAIG ('50), Mike CLOWES ('54) Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Judy WILLOX ('61) Helen CROSS ('62), Jeanie WALSH ('63) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: McGregor FOX ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monita McCLELLAN ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia HUTCHINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aaron HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David MASON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan BELLISTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrie SMITHWICK ('68) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Shannon CRAIG Hightower ('50) Re: FBI in Richland. I started work 8-7-51 for GE and was stationed in the central mail room for a year and then to the duplicating shop (a union job). As a mail carrier I went to all the areas and buildings on the plant. Even after transferring to the printing I was still under the same management and with all the same crew so I assisted with the mail and training of the new kids. When delivering the mail in the 700 area my run included a building in the 700 square with the entrance facing Swift, on the corner of Swift and Jadwin. That building was where the FBI was stationed. I had to enter the front and walk (with the mail) thru to the far end to the secretary who received the mail. That area was one big room with desks for men who all wore a gun on their hip and everyone there stopped talking and watched me take that walk. That was a little scary for a shy country girl. All those men were charged with the security investigations required of the Hanford workers to have a security clearance. I don't know where they were after that (1952). When the new federal building was built those 700 area (703-760) buildings were torn down and/or moved to the outer areas. -Shannon CRAIG Hightower ('50) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Re: FBI They were more of a presence in the '40s and '50s than in later years. Remember that if you got hired to work for the Prime Contractor or any sub-contractor and that work was in the area, you got a background check from the Feds. You probably got checked out if you worked in any establishment in town, especially the bars. Sometimes the drunk sleeping it off in the corner may have been an agent. However, none of the agents looked like Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain comes (occasionally) and goes (frequently lately). *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: FBI presence in early Richland To: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) I think it was 1946 when we moved from a B-house to an H-house only bout 1/2 block away. The house next door was reserved for FBI families and there were several during the time we lived in that H-house. I remember one incidence in particular on a fourth of July, after my brother and I were put to bed and asleep, my parents went next door for a little neighborhood get together and the wife of the FBI agent went out to shoot off her gun at midnight to celebrate the 4th. Of course it woke and scared me and I ran out looking for my parents, screaming. I guess I sort of broke up the party. Apparently she was considered a marksman (markswoman) with the 45 automatic. We did get to know at least 3 different FBI families during that time in that house next door. None of them had children which at the time was my interest. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Judy WILLOX ('61) To: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: Graighill Yes Mary, it was Craighill. I lived on that street until I left home with marriage. What block did you live in? I was in the 300 block. And there was something to be said about the soil in that area. It did make good mud pies, dirt roads for Tonka trucks, great tunnels and grew massive pretty flowers! Ones that came back year after year. Also lilac bushes and apricot trees grew well in that soil. Good ole Craighill! -Judy WILLOX (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland where the weather suits me just fine. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Iditarod Question Can anyone , even if not a musher -- attend the banquet? I hope to go see the Iditarod someday, and I think that sounds neat to attend the banquet once. [I don't know, Helen, but I will see if I can find out. -Maren] Re: FBI in Richland I think I remember that someone's dad worked for the FBI, but I can't remember who that was. My dad had worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. In the early '40s before he went into the Navy in '44 and for a short time after he came out of the Navy. but we didn't move to Richland until '48 and he had left the FBI by then. My dad died in '99 and I found a letter signed by J. Edger Hoover congratulating my parents on my birth in '44. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ still in Gardnerville, NV awaiting the birth of my 2nd grandchild... her original due date was April 18 and each day as she gets closer to that date, I wonder why they moved it forward to early March. After 2+ weeks of the doctor saying "any day now", hopefully it will arrive soon!! *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Barbra Williamson, aka Jeanie WALSH ('63) To: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Our next door neighbor was an FBI agent. I don't remember their name, but I remember talking with the father and him showing me his badge. We lived on Hunt and they lived on Symons. -Jeanie WALSH (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Re: FBI in Richland I remember them very well. I would see them in the neighborhood as well. They did come to our house once and asked me a bunch of questions about a person. I can't remember who now. This person was being hired for a highly confidential job at some company. Also, seems to me that when I was hired out to Battelle, they came to ask a bunch of questions. I remember my father said it was weird that they would be asking as he had a file where he worked and they should have used that. I might be way off base on this memory though. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ a cloudy day in Kennewick *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) To: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Re: FBI in Richland Oh, yeah, they were (are?) here, but I can't tell you about it! -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Yes to the FBI The answer is "Yes." to my cousin Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) to the FBI in Richland. Remember that one year when I was going to take a job with them in Washington, DC as a file clerk? I had to go to the Federal Building and meet with the local agent for a spelling test. He had kids around my age. I never knew he was FBI until my late mother told me. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Richy LAWRENCE ~ Class of 1980 ~ 1962 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/13/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Burt PIERARD ('59) Mary RAY ('61), Rick MADDY ('67) Lee BUSH ('68), Lisa PETERSON ('71) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave BURNHAM ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave FOWLER ('76) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harvey CHAPMAN & Sally FOLEY ('56) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) I worked as an Asst. Eng. with a group of engineers at 100-D spring semester, 1953. I had a Q clearance. Later in life, I visited my old neighborhood in Boise, ID where I lived from 10-13 years old. I stopped to see my friend the local corner grocer and he said the FBI came by and asked about me. They do get around. -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: Plutonium v. Uranium, Easter, and Plutonium at Los Alamos To: Mary RAY Henslee ('61), Duane LEE ('63), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) My name is Burt PIERARD ('59) and I am the B Reactor Museum Assn, (BRMA) Historian. I apologize for not keeping up with my Sandstorms so I just discovered your discussion string today. I hope I can add to it. First, to Mary, the purpose of the Hanford Plant was, indeed, to produce Plutonium but the Oak Ridge Plant was built to enrich the concentration of the fissionable isotope (U-235), which is only 0.7% in natural uranium, to a level sufficient to explode upon fissioning, called Weapons Grade. Now to the question of Oak Ridge Plutonium. Shortly after the first Chain Reaction was demonstrated in Chicago Pile - 1 (CP- 1), in Dec. 1942, the designer of CP-1 proposed a larger Pilot Reactor design to DuPont. DuPont then undertook the final design and construction of said Pilot Plant on the Oak Ridge Reservation, calling it "X-10." This graphite reactor was a much smaller, reduced version of the Hanford Reactors and only required air-cooling. The main purpose of X-10 was to test out the totally new process, like tubes through the reactor to allow loading and unloading Uranium fuel slugs, determining the reactivity as compared to calculated, etc. A side benefit was the ability to produce Plutonium, in gram amounts (the scientists at Los Alamos only had laboratory produced micrograms - not nearly enough to study the unfamiliar chemistry and metallurgy of this new element). X-10 went critical Nov. 4, 1943 and the first 5 tons of irradiated uranium slugs was discharged towards the end of that month. A crude Chemical Separation was begun in Dec. I would have to do some digging to find when the first batch arrived in Los Alamos but the cited Easter date is probably reasonable. Richard Rhodes, in "The Making Of The Atomic Bomb," only states that "By the summer of 1944 batches of plutonium nitrate containing gram quantities of plutonium had begun arriving at Los Alamos." As a footnote, the first batch of Hanford Plutonium was hand carried by Col. Matthias to Los Angeles and transferred to a courier for continuing on to Los Alamos. It arrived on Feb. 2, 1945. Hope this helps. Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) To: Judy WILLOX ('61) Thanks for chiming in ,Judy! I have wondered for years if I might not be creating memories about the soil and its special smell and qualities. Strange are some of the things that stick with you from your childhood. No accounting for it sometimes. I don't remember our address on Craighill as I was quite young and we didn't live there for very long. From there we moved to a house by Chief Joseph. Loved skating down the hill in front of Chief Joseph until I got too old for bandaged knees. One could gain quite a bit of speed coming down that hill as I recall. I'm surprised no one ever got seriously hurt, what with the kind of skates we had back then. We had grass when we moved into our "R" house so there wasn't that unique earthy smell after a downpour that I remember from Craighill. If I ever get back up that way again, smelling some wet soil will be on my to-do list. I didn't have any Tonka toys to play with in the dirt. You had better toys than I did. If I had known you were there with Tonka trucks, I would have come over to your house to play. -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: FBI I was probably eight years old. My parents had moved to Downing Street across from L&C when I was five. I was eight in 1957. Two FBI agents came to see my father. FBI was a big deal. Even at eight, I had heard of Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie & Clyde, Dillinger, etc., etc... gangsters, now known as terrorists. The Feds talked to both of my parents in the living room; a three bedroom pre-fab. Although us kids were sent to our rooms, we could hear everything. They were asking my dad about our new next-door neighbor, who had applied for a job in the area. I recall being extremely relieved they did not handcuff Dad and haul him off. Dad had a sixth grade education (Iowa farmers), a laborer at Hanford and when I was much older I was curious about why the FBI would come and talk to him. Dad had always said the only reason he went to school that long was to learn how to read and write so he could sign his check. He had only worked in the area since '54. My mother reminded me that Dad, a WWII Marine Corps veteran, had also worked for Boeing in Kansas. We left Kansas when I was two. He was one of the people who would drive out onto the runway and pick up the chute from the landing experimental aircraft. One time, it was the pilot too after he ejected the jet on a difficult landing. A person needed high clearance to be anywhere near that runway, I suppose. When we left Richland, he worked at the nuke submarine base, Keyport, outside Poulsbo, WA. He never talked about his jobs. I think the only things he talked to about his work life was probably his beloved plants. Like the FBI, they knew everything. -Rick MADDY ('67) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Lee BUSH ('68) Re: FBI in Richland To: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) Yes, the FBI has it's office in the Richland Federal Building at 825 Jadwin Ave. I know the FBI definitely had special agent(s) in Richland in 1973. I know this because I worked with them on a few Richland bank robberies between 1973 & 1989 when I was a law enforcement officer with Richland PD. -Lee BUSH ('68) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Lisa PETERSON ('71) Re: FBI Clem Parkhurst was the FBI agent that lived on Symons. Parkhurst kids are Carol ('68), Janice ('70), Allen ('71) and Nora ('72). -Lisa PETERSON ('71) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Plutonium To: All Bombers The first plutonium could have come from either Chicago / Oak Ridge (and I believe the lab in California but don't quote me. I'll have to check). I would suspect Chicago. Both sites had small scale reactors fueled with uranium. Fermi's pile CP-1 was dismantled and re-constructed in the Argonne Forest and called CP-2. CP-2 was constructed to allow the uranium to be removed for separation studies. Oak Ridge had X-10 an air cooled reactor with a separations facility that was right behind it. Plutonium was recovered and purified prior to shipment to Los Alamos. Glen Seaborg's book "The Plutonium Story" contains more information. Hanford's Pu was turned over to the Army in the Isolation Building 231-W or 231-Z as its called today. There was a small ceremony in Vault 2 when the transfer took place. Major Oswald Greagor signed for the material and it was shipped by Army ambulance to the vault at the South end of Gable Mountain. From there it made its way to Los Alamos. The quantity is probably still sensitive so it will not be reported here. Los Alamos didn't receive a lot from either site but what they did have it was recycled thru the lab for the experiments carried out there. Almost like borrowing the same cup of sugar to bake cookies. Don't loose it. The FBI had a strong presence at Hanford during construction and had a number of construction personnel in key positions that reported any suspect actions. There should have been around 25 agents during the operational phase of Hanford. Not so much now. The attached file is the Gable Mountain Vault. -Don L. Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/14/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Ruth PATTY ('56), Ferna GAROUTTE ('58) Shirley SHERWOOD ('62), Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Betti AVANT ('69), Karla SNYDER ('69) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie MOTT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin CORLEY ('69) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) Re: FBI and Craighill I remember FBI agents coming to the house to ask my Dad questions about people. My Dad bought 318 & 320 Craighill ("B" house duplex) from Judy WILLOX' ('61) parents for rental property. My four children and I lived there from 1967 to 2003. My Dad told me that area used to be a river bed. Dug a pit in the back area for a Hawaiian bar-b-que and dug up a lot of big rocks. South down to Abbot you'll find the soil is sandy. -Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Does anyone remember the FBI at Halloween? I remember they would have a few kids at a time into their home. Hot apple cider and cookies were served. Then the lady dressed up as a witch would ask questions about where our dad/mom worked, what they did at work. I remember saying my dad worked on the bus. That was all I knew, he got on the bus. I think they were checking for too much talk at home. They were staying in a house on Goethals. The hot apple cider and cookies were good. Anyone else remember this? -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) Re: FBI After I graduated I left Richland and was living in Seattle. I got called home suddenly in August, 1964 with the news that my dad had died of a heart attack. I told my mom that I would return to Richland and live with her if she wanted me to. She worked hard to discourage me, but I applied for work downtown anyway. I finally listened to her and returned to Seattle, later got married and we ended up moving to Livermore, CA. When my daughter turned three and a half I decided to go back to work so we could buy furniture for our new house. I applied at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory without even knowing what they did there. During my interview I was told they build bombs. I was hired and told I would have to sit in a "Red" area until my Q clearance came through. I knew I had been accepted for work at Richland, but had turned it down to go back to Seattle. But I was sure surprised when I was told my Q clearance had gone through almost immediately at LLNL because I had gotten a "Top Secret" clearance at Richland. My badge always had a "HA" on it rather than a "CA" that everyone I worked with had on theirs. I always assumed the "HA" stood for Hanford. After my daughter started elementary school I met a young woman who asked where I worked. She wanted to get on at LLNL also. I told her to go apply. I had no idea she was going to use me as a reference. When the FBI came to ask me about her I had to tell them I knew nothing about her at all. I don't know if she was hired or not. I ended up working at LLNL 27 years, retiring from there in Oct 1999 on my 55th birthday. Have been in Oregon since. -Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland-Vancouver Lunch PLEASE JOIN US!!! WHEN: Saturday: April 18, 2015 TIME: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive - Vancouver, WA 98661 Located just one mile east of I-5 on Highway 14. Take Exit #1 - Drive straight to the river and into the parking lot. It's very easy to find. ALL Bombers and their friends and family members are Welcome. Your lunch is your choice off of the regular menu. We have reservations in the EAST dining area that is open for minors. A fairly accurate head count is very helpful. PLEASE RSVP -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Spy Vs Spy Oh we are a gullible bunch aren't we... all this talk about the Fibbies in Richland... you guys crack me up... there were no Fibbies in Richland until they built that big Federal building back when... I remember Stanley MIDDLETON ('63-RIP) and I decided we wanted to see the inside of the building about the time they finished clean up..Something about his step dad I think but who knows maybe we were just curious... It was kinda like the time Michelle (NAB) and I were in Buffalo and thought we'd pop up to see if Hillary was in... we rode alla way up to the top of the ancient building her office was in and when we got there it was closed... so anyway, Stan and I pushed the top button (may as well start at the top)... I can only surmise it was not supposed to take us all the way... when we got there men had their guns drawn and we hadda lotta splainin' ta do... I am pretty sure we never tried that again... reminded me of the time I took my class of ghetto kids to the city hall... one little girl diligently checked every sign on every door... finally I asked what she was looking for... she said her dad was in City jail and was looking for his name... ..ahhhhhhh yute... so back to the FBI... first, I want you to go... hmmmmmm where to go... I would say the School but they have finally put the cloud on the school so that may not work... so ask all them new people who have moved into our little town... ask 'em about the Manhattan Project... blank stares... right? Now re-read day before yesterday's Sandstorm... (don't read yesterday's... of course MADDY ('67) "remembers" them... he's had imaginary friends all his life)... everyone said they knew someone who knew someone who knew about the FBI in Richland... no one remembers "who"... OK... now member when they sprayed all that radio-active iodine inna air... remember the mosquito sprayers... remember how nobody minded if we rode behind them getting a bug buzz on... well back inna day... the men in black didn't have those cool little flash-bulb pens that they have now to make people forget what they just saw... so they hadda resort to some pretty primitive methods of making us ferget... two of the ways were the iodine inna air and the sprayer machines... Of course I don't remember the other ways they had back then because they worked better than the iodine and the sprayers... so I can't remember (I mean if I could remember you think they'd let me write about it in the Sandstorm? No way!)... so that's why nobody can remember real good but they can kinda remember... but not quite... hey I don't make this stuff up... and it is of great importance, that I did not forget to send a post for today's Bomber-babe b-day babe... so now I am good for another year and out of danger of being tied up and thrown inna river by those two girls from '63 who keep me onna very short leash... oh wait... I could still "say" something I'm not spozed to say and could still get throwed inna river... like... uhhhh no I can't say that... well then... uh no... bad idea... oh man... they almost never do anything I can actually talk about... uh oh... that may have been the wrong thing to say... so I'll just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67) on your special day, April 14, 2015!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Bomber magnetic car logos being auctioned As a fund raiser for the 50-year class reunion for the class of '66 to be held August 12-14, 2016, two identical Bomber magnetic car logos are being auctioned beginning at $50. The logos had been on the door panels of the 1946 Ford Deluxe owned and driven by Lloyd SWAIN ('66-RIP) who passed away March 30, 2015. If interested, please contact me by email. Thank you so much ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: FBI agent I knew the name of the agent I met with for that spelling test but had decided not to reveal his name but see someone did and that confirms who I recall. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Karla SNYDER ('69) Yes, the FBI is alive and well. I've had 2 agents interview me since moving back here in 2002. -Karla SNYDER ('69) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Plutonium To: All Bombers After looking thru the Plutonium Story the first plutonium produced was in Berkley. The university used a 60 inch cyclotron that accelerated deuteron particles into uranium placed behind a beryllium shield (to create neutrons) to produce plutonium. As most people know that was in 1940. By 1941 100s of micro grams of plutonium had been produced. Washington University in St Louis was also using a cyclotron to produce very small quantities of Pu. Another interesting note a July 5, 1942 journal entry, Glenn Seaborg remarks about a rumor of an experimental pile was to be built in the Red Gate Woods. The area was about 20 miles west of the University of Chicago (site of CP-1 Fermi's experimental pile). I mentioned in yesterday's post CP-1 was torn down and rebuilt as CP-2 in the Red Gate Woods. Plutonium from the Berkeley and Washington (St. Louis) Universities was used for experiments in Chicago and elsewhere. Larger quantities of Pu were produced at Chicago using the irradiated fuel from CP-2 and processed, under the same Stagg Field House, with a small scale pilot plant. Homer Moulthrop worked there in 1944 and tells me how they were using the process to determine decontamination of the plutonium from fission products. Burt is correct kilogram quantities of Pu were coming to Los Alamos from Oak Ridge along with U-235 for criticality and metallurgical studies. The plutonium was processed in the D Building that was located near the center of Los Alamos. That is a different story. Back to Hanford's Pu. The meeting minutes of the 200 Area Conference dated Feb 8 1945 a review of operations was reported by L. Larson, First production batch completed 2-2-45. Excellent check obtained by final assay. Now with this being said it is my opinion a small sample from this batch put in a small glass container was taken by Colonel Matthias to Los Angles then delivered to Los Alamos. Another reason for my opinion is the "sample can" used to ship Pu Nitrate is quite heavy and not very easy to carry. When I read what Matthias had to say about the trip he didn't mention the weight but he did allude to the size of the package. In my so called mind its not possible he used the "sample can" to take the first plutonium to The Hill. This comment should be amended to; Los Alamos didn't receive a lot from either site, until other sources could come on line, but what they did have was recycled thru the lab for the experiments carried out there. -Don L. Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/15/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Burt PIERARD ('59), Mary RAY ('61) Brad WEAR ('71), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanny WILSON ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy CARPENTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mickey LYNCH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy DeHART ('67) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: FBI Yep, FBI guys were around here "way back when". I went of USCG officer candidate school summer '57, and a prerequisite to being commissioned was top secret clearance, etc. Local FBI folks were around Richland "checking me out" I'd put Dutch Haag (Col-Hi vice principal) and a couple other locals down as character witnesses - Joe Perrier who ran Diamond Variety Store was another... FBI visited both of them. In summer of '51 (I think) Pres. Harry Truman came to Pasco and gave a speech on an outdoor platform downtown. We Richland CAP cadets were an honor guard for him... there was a photo in Tri-City Herald of Jane ROLLISON ('52) and I saluting him as he walked up the stairs to the platform. There were "dark suit" guys all over the place with flowers in their lapels, on the roof tops too. Not FBI - Secret Service. They stood out like sore thumbs! Ha! I read David RIVERS' ('65) dialogue through twice - guess it was tongue in cheek - any interpreter out there? -Dick WIGHT ('52) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: FBI At least the Junior Gyrene isn't spilling the beans about the "interrogation" chamber under the old Pass and Badge Building (ooopppssss! they're knocking at the door). There are (is) more important things to bring up. One of which is the tipping of the ol' propeller beanie account today is the birthday of a fellow classmate. Some may have memories of this member of The Class of '54, his brother and Ray WELLS (also from The Class of '54) doing gymnastic things at pep rallies on the odd occasion. At any rate let's hear a hearty "Happy Birthday!" cheer for Lanny WILSON ('54). Keep on lifting. Finally, thanks to Don Sorenson (NAB) for clearing up the early Pu days. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the near by mountains are still getting snow; which they didn't get last winter. And a happy Tax Day to one and all *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) Re: Plutonium - Continuing To: Don Sorenson (Honorary Bomber) Yo Don - nice to chat again. I just noticed that you are not on the BRMA mailing list (and not privy to the 3 Part Moderator Article that I wrote on the B Reactor Startup) so I am granting you a Comp Membership and will send you the back issues in a separate email. I will be referring to some parts of my research for that article in the following reply. First, I want to be perfectly clear that I am not challenging anything you've said - only clarifying a couple points and maybe adding some more. When you referred to Seaborg's rumor about the experimental pile, he was referring to what became CP-1 later in 1942. There is a story about why they decided to build it at the Squash Court instead but I don't recall it and don't have time to dig it out. My other nitpick is that your pencil slipped a bit on the decimal point when you said I referred to "kilograms" of Pu from Oak Ridge. I said "gram amounts." The whole core for Fat Man was just a little above 6 Kg. Even the Docents at X-10 admit that the Oak Ridge Pu was barely adequate to develop the Chemical process for the Hanford Separation Plants. I am going to refer to Col. Matthias' 1992 Video Oral History to expand the Hanford to Los Alamos Pu. I do this with great trepidation as I have always contended that Oral Histories are pretty much useless for historical purposes due to fragile memories, "Senior moments," embellishment, and even false memories. But in this case, I know of no way to document the accuracy except to refer to the B Reactor Operator logs when possible. Matthias started with the statement that Los Alamos was desperate to get enough Pu to start working on the Bomb design. Therefore, they did the first fuel discharge from B Reactor, Nov. 20, 1944, when the irradiated slugs were still "green" (after a one month power run instead of the desired three months). Another discharge was done in Dec. The first batch was sent to startup the T Plant on Dec. 26. Matthias then picked up the first batch (unknown date) in a "packing box" and drove to Portland to catch the train to Los Angeles. At L.A. he handed over the package to the military courier who took it on the train to Los Alamos, arriving Feb. 2, 1945. Matthias also mentioned that a 2nd batch (the 2nd discharge?) was transported in the same manner by Harry Riley, his Administrative Officer. He said that after that, they used the ambulance method, described by Don, twice a week (D Reactor was up and running by that time). As an aside, I used to wonder why they used the ambulance relay while there was the Wartime Speed Limit of 35 MPH - how could they possibly beat the train? Then it dawned on me that the ambulances could turn on their Red Light and drive much faster! Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD ('59) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) To: Judy WILLOX ('61) and Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) Mystery of the soil on Craighill solved! Now if I can just figure out where we lived on Craighill for that short period of time. We didn't live in a "B" house. We lived in what was called a "V-Precut" house. If my memory serves me correctly, there were hardly any houses around when we moved in. It was like that section of Craighill was just getting started. I don't remember having anyone to play with until after we moved. [Mary -- I was born in Richland in '45 and my Washington birth certificate has my Symons street address on it. maybe you have younger siblings born in Richland? "V" Pre-cuts were built in '47 -Maren To: Burt PIERARD ('59) and Don Sorenson (NAB) You both have obviously done your homework. Could what you are saying be summed up to mean the Oak Ridge plant was involved with the enrichment of uranium? Perhaps there is a difference between saying the Oak Ridge plant produced uranium and saying it enriched uranium that I didn't realize when I made my post. The World Book and other sources that don't get technical, describe the Oak Ridge plant as originally being built for uranium enrichment purposes. I need to narrow things down to simple terms for my project is the reason I ask. Thanks! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) To: Lisa PETERSON ('71) You're right.. it was Clem Parkhurst who was the local SAC for the FBI with all the Parkhurst chil'ren in charge. If you only knew the stories he could tell, it would curl your hair. Clem was a mentor of mine, from his exploits as an FBI agent to a Marine Officer on Guadalcanal receiving a letter from J. Edger Hoover wanting to know why his pistol was dirty while locked up in his desk draw. An amazing man and a prime example of "The Greatest Generation" I truly enjoyed his guidance and tutelage. His experiences could fill several novels. -Brad WEAR ('71, USMC Capt, one each) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: B Reactor future To: All Bombers This Wednesday [4/15 - TODAY} at 4:30pm at the Richland Red Lion there will be a public Open House sponsored by D.O.E. and the National Parks Department to discuss the future of B Reactor. There will be a display of artifacts from early Hanford construction and operations along with several other businesses participating. The event will go to 6:30pm. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Carol CARSON ('60), Deedee WILLOX ('64) Ray STEIN ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara COLE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony SHARPE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg JOCHEN ('76) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Puget Sound Lunch - Final Reminder . Puget Sound area Bomber luncheon for anyone in the area: DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015 TIME: 11:30am PLACE: Scott's Bar and Grill, 8115 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, WA 98026 Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough space. -Steve CARSON ('58) -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: The Bomb We were in Spokane for Grandparents' day at my granddaughter's elementary school & there was a book fair going on in their library. My husband (the bulldog, poor thing) found a book called "BOMB" by Steve Sheinkin. It is published by Scholastic, Inc. and written for school age. It is very interesting reading without the technical stuff that I mostly don't understand anyway. Also there is a movie out (old) called "Fat Man & Little Boy" that is really good, too. When I look at the equipment they had to work with, I'm amazed that they managed to do what they did. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP) Last Fall I was contacted by D.O.E. and asked if I would be willing to take a free medical exam for former Hanford workers. I had worked at Hanford during the summers of 1966 and 1967. I had a Q clearance, but spent most of my time in a 300 area office. A classmate once told me that if you worked at Hanford, they knew every place you had been out there. During my employment, I remember taking a tour of the areas, but I didn't think I was in any dangerous or sensitive places. The medical exam was very comprehensive and I submitted blood, stool, and urine samples. I had a beryllium test, hearing test, chest x- rays, vision test, reflex test, etc. and was poked and prodded by guys with MD certificates on their walls. It was an all-day affair and I went to two different facilities in Spokane. They also told me that I was eligible for the same free medical exam every 3 years for the rest of my life! When I received the 20+ page medical report I noticed the following statement on the cover page: ". . . due to your work with vapors, gases, dusts, fumes, beryllium, plutonium, lead, metal cutting fluids, uranium, zirconium, and tritium, we conducted medical tests to look for possible medical problems that could be associated with this work while at Hanford." WOW! They stopped short of declaring me a toxic waste site, but you may want to keep your distance when I'm around! So, did anyone else out there take up the NSSP on their offer of a free medical exam? Since they contacted me (a lowly summer employee) I'm thinking this program must apply to ALL Hanford workers? -Ray STEIN ('64) - Mead, WA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I tried So now we all know why I never gave stand up comedy a try... too danged convoluted... Sorry to Dick WIGHT ('52) and others out there who found my explanation of the FBI quandary less than helpful... I do know, however that all Bombers can understand that I'll be spending the next few days with a chain saw in my back yard after yesterday's winds... I was almost afraid to check out the huge Acacias in the front yard, but they made it ok thru another storm... the large Palo Verde in the back yard won't need pruning this year... but right now it is way too cold for me to get out there and cut up the giant branch that, thankfully, fell away from the house... Wind is the common language all Bombers understand... I'm thinking, the more I look at that branch (it is the size of a good sized tree) it may be a bigger job than I thought at first... Jack KEENEY ('65) called yesterday looking for Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) to help him cut down a large dead Oak somewhere in Richland... I'm wondering... I mean maybe the b-day Bomber would give them a ride in his '55 Chevy to Vegas and they could help me cut this puppy... ya think? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tony SHARPE ('63) on your special day, April 16, 2015!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) P.S. HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY to Terry DAVIS' ('65) Mom on April 15, 2015!!!! *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Re: FBI Encounters When I went to work at Battelle NW, I had to fill out all these official looking papers with every address I ever lived at growing up, which amounted to more than 20 addresses as we moved around a lot when I was a kid, Montana, then California, and finally Richland in the 1950s. The FBI went to every address that I listed and interviewed the neighbors. I remember hearing from an old neighbor on Torbett who mentioned the FBI came and asked about me, and she said "Oh, she was a very nice little girl." The other FBI encounter was when I worked at Battelle and these two gigantic men in dark suits appeared in front of my desk, whipped out FBI badges and proceeded to inquire about my next door neighbors. One neighbor apparently had applied for a job at Hanford. These encounters were in the late 1960s. Watched the recent rerun on OPB of Hanford. I actually paid closer attention to the facts this time and learned a little more of our history. Still the greatest place to grow up!! Bomber cheers. -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Greg LARSON ~ Class of 1969 ~ 1950 - 2014 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/17/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Norma LOESCHER ('53), Duane LEE ('63) Earl BENNETT ('63), Joe FORD ('63) Marie RUPPERT ('63), Peg SHEERAN ('63) Susie DILL ('64), Shannon WEIL ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary JONES ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob THOMAS ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim VACH ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shari NAPORA ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane SMITH ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim JOCHEN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" DAVIS ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff JANICEK ('88) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: David RIVERS' ('65) FBI story Geez, David... I kinda' get it now. A warning: The 3rd thing you lose as you get to my age is your sense of humor, and I have trouble remembering what the first two lost things were. And worse: I gave up my chain saws 8 years ago thereby barely avoiding a maiming injury or worse. Can't even help with your downed timber. Is it here in Richland? Regards, -Dick WIGHT ('52, I THINK) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: National Medical Screening To: Ray STEIN ('64) I took the Building Trades National Medical Screening (BTNMS) Program in 2013 and was found to have COPD and Beryllium Sensitivity for which I applied to the Department of Labor for compensation. I worked in all the areas during 1954 through 1957. Subsequently it was determined through additional testing that the Beryllium Sensitivity had now become Chronic Beryllium Disease, for which I have now received a substantial compensation payment and free medical benefits for all medications, doctor's visits, oxygen supplies, etc. associated with my lungs. This disease is incurable and takes years sometimes to develop (as mine did). I encourage anyone who spent any time at all out on the Hanford Project to interview for the BTNMS Program. If approved for the medical screening, take it. If anything at all is found that qualifies for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICA} to file for compensation and I encourage doing that through an attorney. I have found one that is very successful in obtaining compensation. If you contact me directly, I will pass the name to you. In the early years there seemed to be more concern about radiation exposure than there was to chemical exposure, and, in particular, Beryllium exposure. Contractors are still having difficulties with gaseous exposures to this date. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ In sunny Pasco where the temperature is expected to reach 70 today. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Duane LEE ('63) The ever popular Howard Amon "kiddy" pool getting a fresh coat of paint from Manuel PARDINI ('70). A sure sign Spring has arrived in Bomberville. -Duane LEE ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: A Gardening Bio I just wrote a partial bio for the Rose Herald newsletter of the Tri-City Rose Society and thought I'd also send it to my Bomber friends. Local gardeners may be able to attend the 7-9 p.m. meeting on April 27 (Sandberg Event Center, West Richland). Our speaker, Norma Boswell, is a Master Rosarian, Horticulture Judge and Arrangements Judge. In her small garden space she grows 60 roses, mostly miniatures. She says, "I bought the house in 1973 before I fell in love with roses. Even now, people in my planned community are not allowed to get rid of their lawns and plant other things. Houses are too close together to permit garden expansion. Pre-installed sprinkler systems were designed to water the lawns of two neighbors at the same time." Following the suggestion of two great Tri-City Rose Society friends and mentors, Jim Campbell and Leona Mattison, Norma joined the American Rose Society in 1977. She decided to learn about every type of rose it was possible to cram into a rocky berm and tiny house-hugging, driveway-hugging strips. Out came pre-planted junipers and in went a few hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, a polyantha, an Old Garden Rose and some shrub roses, with miniatures tucked underneath and between. Year after year, some were removed and given to friends and neighbors, and new ones were added. Dorothy Campbell and Leona Mattison belonged to a local garden club called Garden Genies, and they invited Norma to join. She added dozens of "companion plants" to her crowded beds. After many years of training and experience, she recently qualified as a Master Judge. Because learning and giving back have always been important to her, she served for six years as a WSU/Extension Master Gardener and would have continued doing so, had she not been recruited to teach creative writing to senior citizens through Columbia Basin College. Norma prefers open-air gardening to exhibiting roses, because she has always enjoyed watching insects and likes to have plenty for them to eat. "Aphids feed all my insect friends," she says. "The roses that remain somewhat intact by show time won't be perfect, but my entries and arrangements will be cleaned and groomed to enchant the casual observer." Norma has judged so many shows over the years in the Pacific Northwest District of the American Rose Society that she knows exactly what judges expect to see in a blue ribbon entry, and she'll show and tell at the April meeting. She hopes you will be inspired to sniff out, spiff up and display every possible contender from your own rose garden at the combined Tri-City Rose Society / Pacific Northwest District Show. Bomber cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Dick WIGHT ('52) - If you have not been closely associated with David RIVERS ('65} for at least several decades - and in some cases for most of his life - there is no chance you will understand all, or even most, of his obscure references to people, places or events. He even creates nicknames for persons from those obscure references, so you have to know the rest of the story in order recognize even half of the cast in his posts (maybe intentional to protect the guilty?). I assume I won't understand some of it whenever I enter upon one of his protracted - but always entertaining - essays. Re: Background Investigations - while Q clearances may be entirely the province of the FBI (never had one, don't actually know), it is true that D.O.D. and many other background investigations for security clearances have not been handled by the FBI for at least the last three or four decades. Several of the investigators who have asked me about individuals who named me as a reference on their application forms stated right up front that they were not government employees, but contractors, and we know that FBI agents are government employees. And of course, no one would ever lie about that - right? I have to admit, I've never closely examined the ID that the investigators flash when they begin such interviews. Regards, ecb3 -Earl BENNETT ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Joe FORD ('63), Re: Compensation for cancer and agent who helps with filing Hello, fellow Richlanders, Any of you whose families worked at Hanford and suffered from or died of cancer may want to look into the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (EEOIC) program. Here's a link: EEOIC compensates employees and their heirs who qualify. The amounts vary by outcome, but $150,000 is the standard amount for a cancer death. My parents both succumbed to a form of cancer found eligible. Susie DILL Atlee ('64) alerted us to a specialist who helps with a very complex EEOIC registration and eligibility process. His name is Tom Purcell, and he's guided lots of folks through the EEOIC maze. I recommend Tom and his work to anyone who believes that their own illness or that of a family member may be related to Hanford employment. Tom Purcell 817-999-9226 Best wishes from Olympia, where the weather is great for rides (and my wife tells me it's also good for setting out dahlia bulbs). -Joe FORD ('63), *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: Southend memories We moved into Richland in the late '50s from our farm outside of West Richland. Daddy bought a "B" house on Casey Ave. (213 & 215) for us as my mother was battling cancer and needed to be closer to her doctors. There was a drainage ditch running through the park like area behind our house between Craighill and Benham streets. We (I'm the oldest of us six kids) used to catch polywogs in it in the spring and try to raise them into frogs in jars and buckets and even an old laundry tub. Most of them made it and we'd release them back into the small stream. I remember listening to the chorus of frogs and crickets in the summer evenings. We'd make tents with blankets and sleep in the backyard when it was too hot in the house until the mosquitoes drove us back indoors. The ditch has long been covered, but I think of those days each time I drive past that area of town. Now when you mention south Richland it isn't where we lived, but the area across the Yakima where we used to go to shoot jackrabbits. The house we live in now is in an area of north Richland where my husband used to go goose hunting. We don't see pheasants or jackrabbits when we drive around, but the place is over run with squirrels. Don't remember squirrels, or pelicans for that matter, when we were growing up here. Goodness, I'm sounding like my grandmother! Blame it on being 70! Several hours later, Marie wrote this: Oops! I meant to say Casey Ave. between Benham and Comstock, not Craighill. Craighill runs parallel to Casey. [This section of the 1949 Topal map of Richland tells the story (I can see Connie PHILLIPS' ('64) "house" on the Craighill/Benham corner. - Maren]: -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in sunny, chilly, breezy Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) Re: Ray STEIN's ('64) entry re: NSSP Ray's entry of 4/15 sure interested me about the National Supplemental Screening Program. Though I never worked at Hanford, 4 siblings did. I think when one of us develops a malady as we age, we wonder if there's a connection to exposure to Hanford's air / water, etc... I was chosen to be in the Thyroid Study years ago, (born and raised in Richland), and am aware of the various cancers for which they're compensating. But to my knowledge, no one has spoken about OTHER problems. Movement disorders have developed in 4 of us, and I'm wondering if any others have experienced this neurological condition. "Dystonia" is the diagnosis - tremors, and to our knowledge, our parents and grandparents did NOT have this,. Certainly NOT going after compensation, but would like to know if there's a connection. Any other Bombers affected this way? -Peg SHEERAN Finch ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Susie DILL Atlee ('64) To: Ray STEIN ('64), and all former Hanford employees or families of former Hanford employees& No, I didn't do the free medical exam. However, due to my work on the "reservation" I was entitled to and received EEOIC compensation for contracting breast cancer as a result of my work there. My brother and I also received EEOIC compensation for my father's death from colon cancer, resulting from his work at Hanford. I posted this information here before, but I'm posting again?for a couple of reasons. Your post, Ray, made me think of it; and I received a note that Joe FORD ('63) also recently received EEOIC compensation. I also want to mention that Tom Purcell (the gentlemen mentioned below) is the real deal! The most he is entitled to is 2% of any settlement, which is very clearly stated in a provision of the EEOICP act. And, my brother and I gain nothing, no commission, finders fees, etc., from recommending Tom. We simply want you all to understand this program is available, and is not a scam. Below is the information I posted previously regarding EEOIC compensation. "Regarding the Department of Labor's (DOL) Energy Employees' Occupational Illness Compensation (EEOIC)? This program has previously been mentioned here in the Sandstorm. Congress passed The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) to provide compensation to persons who have become ill as a result of work at atomic weapon facilities. The law became effective July 31, 2001. Part B of the EEOICP was enacted to provide compensation to workers with beryllium disease, silicosis, or cancer (almost all types of cancer are covered, as are cancer-like diseases of the bone and blood such as polycythemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and thrombocytosis). Employees, or their survivors, whose claims are approved receive a lump-sum payment of $150,000 and medical benefits for the covered illness. The medical benefits apply to worker claimants only. As long as a deceased worker has a surviving spouse and/or at least one child (biological, adopted, or step) or grandchild, claim is just as valid as any living worker claim. In vast majority of cases, only 250 days on the job is required; and worker's smoking history has no bearing at all on eligibility. In most cases, office workers are just as eligible as hands-on workers and the same adjudication rules are applicable. I wanted to let you all know this program is still in force. My brother and I recently successfully participated, and were represented through the process by a gentleman named Tom Purcell. If any of you want further information, please contact Tom via email: Or, via phone: 817-999- 9226. By the way, written into the EEOICP Act is a provision that a Rep (helping you with a claim) is entitled to no more than 2% of any settlement reached." -Susie DILL Atlee ('64) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) Re: Ray STEIN ('64) I also received the postcard from the D.O.E., so decided to take NSSP on their offer of a free medical exam. What did I have to lose? After spending 15-20 minutes on the phone answering a myriad of questions (most of which I didn't know or remember the answers to), they told me to wait a week or two for someone to call to schedule my physical at a location nearest me. That was about a week ago, so I'm still waiting. Since I was an "Inquiry into Science and Engineering" student (from '81-'82) mainly housed in an office building in the 300 area, I didn't think I was really exposed to anything except what a primitive UNIVAC computer might emit, but I do remember touring an FFTF reactor (after which, upon discovering I was only 16 years old at the time, my boss kind of freaked and told me never to tell anyone I had been at FFTF since I was under 18... how could he not know??) -Shannon WEIL Lamarche ('82) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/18/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and Memorial INFO today: Betty BELL ('51), Bonnie STEEBER ('57) Floyd MELTON ('57), Helen CROSS ('62) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane WALKER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie CONE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene SWIFT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gilbert BLANKENSHIP ('81) 04/18 TODAY IN HISTORY: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the EIGHTEENTH OF APRIL, in '75; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.... Paul Revere's Ride -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51) Re: Class of 1951 65 Year reunion in 2016 Attention: Class of 1951 Our 65 year class reunion year will be in 2016! (How can we be that old!?) What do we want to do about it? Anything? or Nothing? If you are interested in working on it, please e-mail or snail-mail me and we can start discussing it! Would we want it with Club 40 with a separate dinner perhaps? What other things would you be interested in? Contact me! Hope to hear from you! -Betty BELL Norton ('51) ~ Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Re: Bomber's Las Vegas lunch (4/9/15) Sorry I missed the luncheon. I flew into Vegas to do a MS walk with my daughter on Saturday, April 11, and just missed the luncheon. But enjoyed the pictures even though I didn't know any of the attendees! Now I'm house/cat-sitting for my daughter and son-in-law while they have been vacationing and will fly home (north of Tucson) on Tuesday. To: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) If you're still reading the Sandstorm, please send me your new (at least to me) address and phone number. I'm planning on being in Richland the second week in May and would like to at least say hello if you're around. Thanks, Maren, without the Sandstorm it would be hard to keep in touch with friends we don't see very often. I enjoy reading everyone's entries even though I rarely write in. -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: FBI I worked at Hanford for 36 years... had a Q clearance all but the last few years when they decided finance people did not need them and lived in Richland 56 years and never once saw an FBI agent that I would have recognized. I was in the Federal building 30 of those years, guess I was in a cloud or something. I have never met David RIVERS ('65) but I do enjoy his comments even though I do not connect with 99% of the people he knows or talks about. Keep up the commentary there, David ,it goes good for a morning read. -Floyd MELTON ('57) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: My grandbaby, Warren Aden Kirk, V I am happy to announce the birth of my 2nd grandson, my first grandbaby, as my first was 5 years old when he joined our family. He was big - 9 pounds - mama and baby had a bit of a hard time, and will be here in hospital a few days, but, praise the Lord, both are fine. He reminds me of my son born in '77 who was premature and hooked up to tubes, except my grandbaby is a big boy, about twice the size his dad was when he was born. Happiness is being a grandmother! (Maren, I can't figure out how to add the photo now that I addresses this to the right place - the only way I can send a photo is by messages, I guess) -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: asked but got no answers I made the comment when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2+ years ago about exposure to whatever due to being raised in Richland but never actually worked out in the area. I also was a Radiographic Technologist for over 30 years so who knows since I had no family history of cancer (or at least breast). I decided it must have been God trying to tell me something, still to this day I'm not sure what but I am doing very well. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from sunny and warmer Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** NOT a Bomber Memorial - only INFO today Re: Joe ESCHBACH ('72-RIP) A funeral mass will be held at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos, CA on Monday, April 20 at 10 am. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/19/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: David DOUGLAS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurel NIELSEN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lila JENNE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda SWAIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark ROHRBACHER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg WELLMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deb BOSHER ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jeff LARSEN & Barbara GILE ('67) 04/19 TODAY IN HISTORY 1775 American Revolution began shot "heard round the world" 1993 Waco ended 1995 Oklahoma City *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: FBI My dad moved us to Richland sometime after Iwo Jima (he served in the Marines; I was born at Parris Island in '43). I believe his first job was a watchmaker/jeweler with the C.C. Anderson Department Store - the only watchmaker in Richland for a year. Before him, people mailed their watches to Spokane for repair. He also had to be investigated by the FBI. They interviewed my Grandfather Douglas in Eudora, AR and after that Granddad always thought he worked for the FBI. Dad later went to work for GE as an instrument technician (for years I wondered what musical instruments had to do with Hanford) when every drug store got a watchmaker. Re: Medical Compensation My mother was a recipient of the $150,000 payment. She developed the film in radiation badges, and later in life contracted breast cancer. Her four sons were recipients of the payment through her estate when she passed away. The State of Washington took a little of it as Mom was on welfare her last few years when the money invested from the sale of our house on Birch Avenue ran out. My share went into my retirement investment account. Re: Me I missed the 1961 homecoming game and dance my senior year at Col-Hi. I came down with a severe sore throat that left a huge lump after the soreness went away. I was a bit confused that my parents had to take me to Seattle to have it removed, since there were surgeons in Richland. Nora LIH's ('62) surgeon father saved my life just before ninth grade when he removed my appendix, which was about to burst. After the throat surgery in Seattle, the first thing the doctor said when I came to was, "It wasn't cancerous." Nobody had told me it might be. I had a very visible scar across my neck for a while. When people asked me about it, I told them my girlfriend Diane ZELLEY ('63) had a disagreement with me. The lump turned out to be a thyro-glossal duct cyst, which I assume had nothing to do with radiation. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where I'm recovering from cataract surgery in my right eye. I'll be glad when I can get new glasses - it's hard to read like this. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Dayza wine n roses OK, so as Dick WIGHT ('52) noticed, Floyd MELTON ('57) alluded to and Earl Charles BENNETT III ('63) stated in no uncertain terms, I do get out inna ozone a little sometimes (you should see the looks the delinquents give me... the other day one of them said "you musta been a hellofa handful as a kid")... and yes, I do speak in code and nick names quite often... It's kinda like in law school... I understood the subject matter and knew the Prof did as well and would jump right in the middle with my answers (only happened once or twice till I understood the rules) instead of starting at Geneses and working my way to the end of the topic... musta figgered it out by grageashun as for years I held the record for the Bar exam (I only know that because a friend of mine who actually gave a crap was tied with me and thought it was a big deal)... As ECB3 and Floyd pointed out (ooops there I go again) I tend to forget we aren't all from the same class and didn't all run together... I have felt I have known Floyd for years and forgot till he mentioned it we've never met... I guess I could say Brian Lee JOHNSON ('65) instead of "Beej) and Terence Paul Angel DAVIS (Knox) ('65) instead of Terry or my ilugitamutt son... funny how names go... as I've said before, so many kids are still Johnny, Jimmy, Billy, Mickey, Bobby and Tommy to me because I left Richland When I joined my beloved Corps and for whatever reason didn't return for 20 years... such behavior seems entirely foreign to me now... In Richland, My Pop, Bartolo Bartholomew Rivers, was either BB or Bert... but when he moved to Vegas, he became Bart... I dunno why... I, David Joseph RIVERS, II ('65), have always been David wherever I have gone to the point that one of my secretaries once made me a T-shirt that said "It's DAVID, Damnit!" The only kid who ever called me Dave was Ricky (now Richard) WARFORD ('65) and I have known him probably longer than I have known almost any kid in town... I mentioned the giant limbs that blew off a tree the other day... I got those all cut up and was moving them from one side of the back yard to the other so I could put them inna truck and haul them to the dump... it's a bit of a fer piece to lug them damn things and I found myself doing what I so often do when I have drudgery to do... Now I have mentioned more than once that I saw The Days of Wine and Roses seven times with seven girls during the same week... I once knew whether that was a true statement or not... I think so, but... as Jimbeaux (Jim HAMILTON ('63)) often says, our BS and the truth have become so entwined, few of us know which stories are true and which are "embellishment"... I remember coming back from State after being beaten by Garfield back in '63 (or is the playoff before the end of the year?) and some of the Bomber-babes from the class of '64 mentioning they had gone to that movie a bit tipsy... one of the problems with having a memory like mine is you tend to remember the good, the bad and the ugly... before I read a book and learned I had a photographic memory, I could remember virtually all the stuff said in my presence... that of course is how I managed to grageate without reading books... of course I would never divulge the names of the babes who shared their experience, but I remember it made an impression on me. Coincidentally, it was that little trek during which I got drunk the first time and thought I had found the secret to life (Oh sweet mystery of life at last I've found you... )... so back to my little story... one of the parts of the movie that made the biggest impact on me was when Jack Lemmon was working for his father-in-law at the nursery and Charles Bickford kept saying "one more tree, Joe"... that is what I always say to myself when I think I can't take another step and it never fails to get me through whatever it is that needs getting through... now all day on the 17th I was convinced it was the 18th... I even sent an old friend of mine an HB and he informed me I was a day early... well, I made sure to check the little date at the bottom of all my computers to make sure I didn't goof this one up... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Bomber-babe Editor in chief, Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) on your special day, April 19, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: Class of '65 in 2015 65 Year Reunion We have sent out email information and registration forms for our 50 Year Reunion taking place August 21-23. But so many are bouncing back. If you did not receive said notice, please contact me with your current email address or snail mail address. If you are in touch with other '65 Bombers, or people who went through many years with us, please find out if they need the information and send me their addresses. We are also offering 2 tours of the B-Reactor on Saturday which need to be scheduled through me. Hope to see ALL of you then! -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Sandy DENBERGER Koontz ~ Class of 1957 ~ 1938 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/20/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bonnie STEEBER ('57) Floyd MELTON ('57) Steve UPSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LEE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck SHIPMAN ('71) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Re: David (not Dave) RIVERS ('65) and nicknames My mother gave me the name of Bonella and spent most of her life apologizing to me! I started using that name on legal documents after marriage for ID purposes such as passport, Driver's license, etc. when I needed to show birth certificates, but not many people were aware that that was my name. I assured her over the years that I really did get a lot of fun from friends, fellow workers, and so on with that name. (It is unique, I think.) So when my 4 children were born, my husband and I agreed: no nicknames! We stayed with the traditional David (not Dave), Laura (not Laurie), Brian, and Susan (not Sue). Plain and simple, even one of the kids accused us of choosing rather bland names. At least none of them were ever asked if that was their real name! Re: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and his new knee I hope you're recovering as scheduled. Young people look forward to vacations and some R and R (Rest and relaxation). When we become seniors we still have R and R but in our case it's Repairs and Replacements! I may as well send a belated thank you to Larry for his suggestion on using trains for day trips in Europe. This goes way back (months) and I've always felt bad that I never acknowledged his helpful hint. Re: Linda REINING ('64) As long as I'm in the thanking mood, I'd like to let Linda know how much her emails and support I appreciated. She was diagnosed with cancer just before I was and she confided all that she was going through at that time. Also, she even sent me private emails of encouragement. Over the past couple of years she's always been the first one to respond to others who could use some encouragement. I've never met Linda but she sounds like someone we could all enjoy knowing. So, a belated "Thank You" to Linda, also. Speaking of belated-ness. A belated Happy Birthday to you, Maren. And congratulations to Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) on her new grandson! I just rec'd news yesterday that "we" are expecting our first great-grandchild. Re: David DOUGLAS ('62) David, we used to have luncheons in Arizona but the last one was several years ago. I believe you had mentioned something about liking to have a lunch in the Phoenix area sometime. There is quite a group (or there used to be) of Bombers in Arizona. It's something that we will have to start up again. -Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Double Dates Now before you get interested I am not talking about boy girl dates. I am more than a bit slow and thick at the brain stem but I do not understand the double dates some Bombers use after their names like Maren so I need a bit of enlightenment if someone would do that for me. David I have run into a few that have the photographic memory, I sometimes think that would be a wonderful blessing until I remember something best forgotten then I decide I am blessed that I do not remember everything. At this age it is good just to have my drivers license in my pocket so I can remember my name... course I sometimes forget that it is in my pocket. Hope all Bombers have good thoughts and memories of the good old days in Richland. -Floyd MELTON ('57, '66 college, took me a while... HA.) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Steve UPSON ('65) Re: Sunday Tri-City Herald - about a local boy gone good . RHS grad Erik UPSON ('90) named police chief of California town -Steve UPSON ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/21/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Carol CARSON ('60), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie ALLEN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie SHEERAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane SMOLEN ('66) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Puget Sound Bomber Luncheon A luncheon for the Puget Sound Bombers was a great success. There were 15 attendees and we had a great time visiting. All agreed we should do this more often. It was agreed we should do a luncheon every couple of months. See pictures on the link above: Attendees: Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Phil GROFF ('58) and his spouse Dorothy, Larry MATTINGLY ('60) and his spouse Jackie, Reuben LINN ('58), Alina Rossano, aka Louise WELLS ('64) and her guest Page Tulloch (NAB), Kathy RATHVON ('63), John 'Irl' FRENCH ('51), Jim RUSSELL ('58), Ruthann HUTCHINS Jensen ('58) and Jeannie HUTCHINS Simon ('62), Steve CARSON ('58) and Carol CARSON ('60). -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Security clearance Your entry in Sandstorm 4-18-2015 about having your Q clearance being reduced reminded me of having my clearance reduced while in the Navy. I have worked at Hanford as a Mechanical and Piping Designer and had an L clearance. A couple of times they needed someone with a Q clearance for a certain job and I informed them that I had a Top Secret clearance in the Navy and it would probably be pretty easy to get me a Q clearance, but they never seemed to want to do that. Just out of boot camp I reported for duty on a heavy cruiser, which was also used as a flagship. The first day they said since I was going to be in radio I would need a Top Secret clearance. I was given a Confidential clearance and in a few months North Korea shot down that EC-121 radar plane and we found ourselves off Korea. There were a lot of Top Secret messages going around and I, with only a Confidential clearance, was carrying them around the ship delivering them to officers. That crises was over and my Top Secret clearance came through. They had put me in the "front room" where we only dealt with messages after they were received. I did not have anything to do with the crypto gear or the codes and I only remember seeing one Top Secret message. Then the ship was decommissioned and I was put on a replenishment ship. Actually an old oiler that had been upgraded to also carry both fuel and ammo. When Ellsberg gave away the "Pentagon Papers" the Navy decided to review everyone's need for a clearance. I guess being on this crummy old oiler they decided I did not need a Top Secret clearance so they reduced it to Secret. Later we were off Vietnam when Nixon decided to mine Hai Phong Harbor and things really heated up over there. They upgraded some of our circuits to Top Secret and I started handling Top Secret material again. So, in the end, all the Top Secret material I handled was when I had either a Confidential or a Secret clearance, and virtually none when I had a Top Secret clearance. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ I do think I have a photographic memory, but no one has ever made film for it. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Nicknames Never had one, till I became a mother... then, it was "mom" or "mommy"; then, grandmother became: "maw-maw" or "granny"... all of which I love. *grin* When my daughters were born, they were given names that couldn't be "nick-named" either... Traci and Ronda... they gave their children names that could have been "shortened", but never were... Kimberlee has always been called, "Kimberlee"; Kevin has never been anything else; and Johnathan has never been John or Johnny. To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Thank you. To: Steve UPSON ('65) Congrats on your son, Erik ('90), becoming police chief. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What's a warm blooded kid to do OK I'm sure I've said this before, but every time I say it... I mean it... I just love this birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One thing about getting older, you getta mingle with kids (specially Bomber-babes) you didn't get to mingle with before cuz they was somebody's "older" sister... seems half my life I been singin' "born too late for you to notice me... " and this is one a them times... now the one thing you can say about Bomber-babes is they get better every year... every time I see this Babe my legs get all shaky and "when I say love I mean love, LUV!" Now there's something to be said for them Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) fuzzy sweaters... I mean the memory never grows dim, but I haven't seen her wear one lately... the thing about this babe is that she still wears those blouses with just one button open and the collar turned up that makes me crazy... plus, as they say, "cowgirl butts drive me nuts" (well at least that's what they say around here at National Finals Rodeo time)... and now she's a cowgirl... now I've only seen the cows in a video since two girls named Kippy and Ellen ('62 and '63) went to Richland and saw them without me... but I can live with that for now... tho I have seen the b-day babe try and make friends with a moose while her sis ('58) and brother-in-law (NAB) yelled at her to get back in the car... she's a brave one this babe... well all I can say is it ain't long till June and I'll be in Richland swooning over her all over again... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Katie SHEERAN ('61) on your special day, April 21, 2015!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Brad KUIPER ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1936 - 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/22/15 ~ EARTH DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Carol CARSON ('60), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Margo COMPTON ('60), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Nancy MOORE ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim COYNE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy METZ ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Meg CONE ('70) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Security clearances Adding to the comments of Dennis HAMMER ('64). I was in the Coast Guard for 30-some-odd years, an enlisted radio operator in the beginning and later on an officer. As a radioman, I had secret clearance and later top secret, but did not have the "crypto" designation. That meant I wasn't authorized to operate cryptographic equipment nor access the "crypto" facilities on our ships. As an officer, my security clearance level was determined by my assignment. While on shipboard duty, I had top secret (crypto). Ashore, it depended on my "need to know" and typically was "secret" most of the time. I suppose the Navy and other DOD outfits pretty much did it the same way. The "Q" clearance stuff for Hanford workers was something distinctly special, I think. I know my father had "Q" clearance as Richland fire chief, but probably only because the Richland Fire Dept. had duties to support any "crisis" that might occur in the areas. As of now, I am not even cleared to see some of my wife's secret recipes... Oh, well. -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in balmy Richland *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) One never knows what tale the Junior Gyrene (aka Tooter) might tell about this Bomber Babe. He has told one in the past which nearly caused his exile to Kiona or Yakitat. Would that have been fair? Probably. He does have a tendency to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease (hopefully not terminal). I say all this in hopes of adverting another episode of said disease. On a happier note, this is the birthday of a younger Bomber Babe whom I do not know, but have come to be aware of her presence through the ramblings of a retired tortmeister. Therefore a tip of the ol' propeller beanie is in order for Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) along with a hearty "Happy Birthday!" cheer. Remember, the following remarks of the Tooter may take this further downhill. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the spring monsoons are now in the forecast. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Q Clearances To: Floyd MELTON ('57) I worked at Hanford for 21 years and had a Q (Secret) Clearance. In 1988 I moved to Seattle and went to work for Boeing on the Military side. Knowing I had a D.O.E. Secret clearance, I thought it would be a slam-dunk to get my clearance quickly at Boeing. Nope... evidently D.O.E. and D.o.D. don't interact at all. I spent 3 months sitting in a "white" area waiting for my D.o.D. clearance. I always thought it was a waste - I couldn't even study procedures and such to get a jump start on my training because everything was classified. Sure caught up on a lot of magazine reading though. At that time we didn't have computers to keep us busy playing solitaire while waiting. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ Lynnwood, WA where the weather is spectacular *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Knees News Family, friends, and Bombers have been inquiring about my knee So I made up the "Knees News" and try to keep all informed. To: Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) Since you asked, I decided to send out another edition of Knees News. Jackie took a I-phone picture tonight and since my knee did not look as gross as a week ago I decided to attach it. The surgeon glued the incision together and it is looking pretty good. Still having some significant pain no wonder the bottle of Oxys was so large. I have cut back on them but I was warned the pain would go on for a month or more. It still keeps me awake at night if I don't take one. I am walking with a cane but sometimes I don't use from room to room. But I cannot do yard work and only limited housekeeping. I find I cannot walk without severe pain if I am carrying anything that weighs very much. Good thing I am a reader. I loaded my Kindle with 12 books before going to surgery and I am on my last book. My physical therapy (PT) tech is great. He has a 7 year doctoral in PT. Very likable fellow and encouraging. I go three days a week for 40 minute session. I have another moth to go. Since I have adjustable pedals in my Windstar I can drive now if I have to get somewhere, but only if I am off the pills for 6 hours or more. So Jackie still drives me for now. We are anxious for the pain to subside so I can get clear off the OXYs. I am down to a couple a day. One before PT and another at bed time. If anyone needs a recommendation for ortho surgeon in NW WA I can give you the number. This doctor works for the hospital and does several knees a week. He did mine in 1 hour and 20 minutes and I was out of the hospital the next PM - 32 hours total hospital time. Re: Wool Wax Crme Something remembered? Wool Wax Crme! Great stuff! I buy a dozen or so when in Richland. I gave one to my PT tech for his wife with 3 children and it was a big hit with her. "Happiness is a new knee" -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) To: Floyd MELTON ('57) You said you were a little slow because you graduated high school in 1957 and college in 1966. You want to talk about slow, I graduated high school in 1960 and college in 2000. *LOL* To be fair, I didn't start college until 1990 and took ten years going at night because I worked during the day, but I stuck to it and finished. Never too late to do what you want. Also, are there any Bombers in the San Antonio, Austin area? -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: ...more on security clearances (Apr 1969 to Aug 1970) Security Clearances... 66th MI Group (Munich)... consisted of: Confidential Secret Top Secret Counter Intelligence Operations had their own guarded messages... I'd share that information but Tedd CADD ('66) would have to... you know the rest. Scrambling those messages... The KW-7 was the work horse for most of the military from the early sixties until the eighties. This is a nice read... All of that is probably more than you ever wanted to know about clearances. Salute to all of my friends & former co-workers at the 511th MI Company! -Gary BEHYMER ('64) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: may not get no gold star So for years now, I've been trying to find a song for this b-day Bomber-babe... the b-day guy doesn't mind that I haven't found him one... guys don't mind that stuff... but geez every girl wants ta be mentioned inna song... unless maybe it's the one where Mary Lou ('63) gets inna fight with Short Fat Fanny... but then again that may be better n nuthin... Now I've tried and tried... and it doesn't help that so many Bomber- babes have songs about them... I mean yesterday I was careful not to mention kakakaKatie ('61) and in 4 more days I'll try and refrain from singin' the Wailers' "Rosalie" ('63)... I mean it's not like her name is orange or something... Oh sure I could use "the name game" but then you can do that for any babe... or guy for that matter... but this Babe is way way special to me and I always wanna make her smile (when she is smiling she is not spending time thinking of ways to punish me for past fo paws)... I mean it would be so cool to sing "you're getting sweeter like sugar and spice, Ice cream and candy everything nice... " but that was writ fer Sandi... then there's "I hadda girl and... " nope that won't work... If she was named Denise I could do the Randy and the Rainbow song... "Oh Denise, I'm in love with you, Denise... "... or even Them's "G L O R I A... "... I mean I know she buys shoes... why couldn't Bobby Freeman sing about her getting "brand new kicks" insteada Betty Lou?... OK I mean maybe "Fannie Mae" wouldn't be the greatest... but how 'bout "Georgia on my mind"? that woulda been cool... now wait a minute... maybe Chantilly lace was really about her and we just didn't know it... "Hello Josephine how do ya do... " Or Justine, Justine, ya just don't do me right... " nah too much criticism... They coulda told her he loved her insteada Laura... ... Oh wait... I got it... "whatever Lola wants... "now that would be fantastic... crap... I mean even Mary hadda little lamb... why can't this Bomber- babe have just one song... maybe a Rose anna Baby Ruth was really about her... cheap but not too bad... I've even found songs with my daughter, Sarah's name in them and that's pretty close to orange... well maybe I can swipe somethin' from Arlo Guthrie... no no... not about the Group "W" bench, tho that does work a little... here we go... "I don't wanna felon... just wanna sit with a girl named Ellen... I don't wanna melon, just wanna be with a girl named Ellen"... OK I'll stick with my day job... well Sweet lady you know I love you to pieces... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) and Jim COYNE ('64) on your special day, April 22, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Nancy MOORE ('70) Re: Vegas Bombers had lunch recently It was great to see everyone. Certainly miss having Lenora there. We also miss you, Ferna! Hope things are great in Washougal. Thanks, Chuck Bejarano (NAB), for taking the pictures! I think this is the coolest thing that Bombers get together for lunch in various cities... such great people to know! Have a great weekend! Attendees: Pam PANTHER ('65) & Alan Dadd (NAB), David RIVERS ('65), Nancy MOORE ('70); Jim NELLIGAN ('50) and Ginny Nelligan (spouse), Harvey IRBY ('64) and Carolyn Irby (spouse), Robbi HILL Karcher ('49), Bob Bejarano (spouse of Lenora HUGHES Bejarano ('55-RIP), and our photographer: Chuck Bajarno (son of Bob and Lenora - NAB) (P.S. For some of you, I got the Vegas Lunch email list from a list Lenora had... if you live here, we hope you will join us next time or if you will be visiting Vegas, let us know?..) -Nancy MOORE ('70), Luncheon Coordinator, Vegas Bombers ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/23/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Derrith PERSONS ('60), David DOUGLAS ('62) Arlas KLUCAS ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike BRADLEY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita ECKERT ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken DAME ('68) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Your knee is looking good... Jackie must be taking good care of you... keep up the good work. -Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I can't recall who suggested the thread about life-changing decisions, but I thought I'd try my hand at relating some of mine. I joined a writers' group a year ago and have been writing memoirs about some of them. My first one happened at the beginning of eighth grade at Carmichael in 1957. My family had just returned from a vacation to visit relatives in Arkansas, just at the time Central High School in Little Rock was being integrated. While we were there I angrily walked out on a lunch with an aunt and uncle who were defending their segregationist governor. When my parents came out to the car I said, "I'm never coming back here again." (Actually, I did go back for the first time last July for a family reunion with several of my cousins and their families.) At school I tried to think of what I could do to get rid of racial prejudice. I decided to smile at the one black girl in the school. I didn't know her, but every time I saw her I smiled at her. At the end of the school year we were in the cafeteria signing yearbooks and she brought me hers to sign. I don't know what I wrote in hers, but I still treasure her words: "Thank you for your smile, Sandy." (My classmates told me later her last name was Savare.) My other idea was that the world would only be rid of racial prejudice when everyone was the same color. I decided to do my part and marry a person of another race. I always thought she'd be black, since that was the only other race I was acquainted with then, but the summer of 1964 I went to Hawaii to help with church summer camps and vacation Bible schools. One of the families I stayed with took me to a Japanese Buddhist temple one evening to watch a Bon Dance, celebrating departed ancestors. The celebrants were dressed in traditional kimonos, and I especially loved the beautiful little children. I couldn't help thinking, "It'd be nice to have a couple of kids like that some day." I met a young Japanese lady, a student at the University of Hawaii, who took me sightseeing and to dinner one evening. When I got back to Whitman College I sent her a thank you note, in which I happened to mention how much I missed guava nectar. A week later a case of guava nectar arrived in the mail. We corresponded for two years, and three months before graduating I called her and asked her to marry me. It took her 17 seconds to say yes; I had to watch the time, since calls were $10 for 3 minutes, and that was station-to-station. (Have you ever put $10 worth of quarters in a pay phone?) We were married June 18, 1966 - almost 49 years ago. After finishing graduate school in California to get my MEd degree, we moved to Hawaii, where we lived for the next 32 years. We had two beautiful children, Rodger Yoshio and Emiko Sharilyn. My decision as an 8th grader and the casual mention of guava nectar in a thank you note changed my life. There are a few other life-altering decisions, but I'll save those for later. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where I'm recovering from cataract surgery on my right eye, so now I have blurry vision with or without my glasses until I get a new lens. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Arlas KLUCAS Nemnich ('63) Re: FBI in Richland The entries on the FBI presence in Richland are very interesting. My dad, Alton Klucas, taught school and knew a lot of people. He was questioned by the FBI several times on the character of people. The agents never came into the house, but stood on the porch. We were always told that the houses on each side of the street were positioned so that the neighbors' front door was not visible, for privacy with this type of questioning. Obviously, you could see the front door across the street. But visibility was limited on each side of the street. I know from our porch we could not see anyone's front door on our side of the street. Does anyone know if this is true, or another urban myth? One of our neighbors was an FBI agent I babysat their 3 boys in the late '50s or early '60s. -Arlas KLUCAS Nemnich ('63) ~ Vancouver, USA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Dick WIGHT ('52), Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Security clearances I did leave something out. My clearance was for Top Secret with no "crypto" after it. On the next ship all radiomen had "Secret crypto." My clearance was reduced to Secret, there never was a "crypto" designation on it. I did check my service record and all they did is black out the "Top," never added the "crypto." Still I was working with the KW-7 (Orestes) plugging in the codes and the KWR-37 (Jason) putting in the code cards. The KW-7 was used in sending and receiving messages from one station/ship to another. The KWR-37 was used for broadcasting messages to the whole fleet, or whichever ships were on the particular circuit it was being used for. That is the one made famous/infamous by the Walker spies. Both pieces if equipment were captured by North Korea with the USS Pueblo and Walker was selling the code cards (looked like IBM cards) for the KWR-37 to the Soviets for years. I don't know too much about the Walkers, but those cards are all that is mentioned. I have wondered if he was also selling codes for the KW-7. The KWR-37 also has a medal card reader or something like that which the card sits on. That was changed every six months, I think; only did it once. I think that makes it double encrypted, one changed every day and one every six months. Anyway, without changing that it just prints garbage. He must have been passing those on to the Soviets, too, but it is never mentioned, probably because it would mean nothing to almost everyone hearing about it. Shortly before getting out of the Navy I did look at a list of all the radio personnel and their clearances. It had me listed as "Secret Crypto." I think that whoever was typing the list just thought that everyone else had secret crypto so I must have crypto also. If I ever had "crypto" they must have figured I did not have a "need to know" about it. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ In Kennewick. Got the cement pond open, but the water is still too cold to use... unless you are a duck. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: nuther long time bud Long time buds are so great to have... tho sometimes they can be a curse if they know everything about you cuz then ya gotta be nice to them even if you get mad or something... to tell the truth I don't recall ever being mad at this guy... wouldn't have no reason to... specially considering he has great taste in sisters and wives... I mean great taste... corse not sure how bright he is given the fact that he sent his new wife to Hawaii without him, but then I guess that just goes to show what a great guy he is... sure hope he's in town for CDNs [Cool Desert Nights] this year and the '65er's 50 year, too cuz I sure enjoy havin' him around when I'm home... but sometimes he and his sweetie head off on the ol' Harley and I miss the time together... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kenny (Ken) DAME ('68) on your special day, April 23, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/24/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and Memorial INFO today: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat "Rex" WOOD ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie SWANSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny CASTO ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben HAUSENBUILLER ('98) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Hello David, Thank you for sharing your stories of memoirs. I'd like to briefly share with you some wonderful thoughts I had as I read your article. I don't remember how my parents instilled a sense of acceptance in my brother and myself but we have always had little tolerance for bigotry and prejudice and they inspired us to accept anyone who was of another race, religion, ethnic background or what anyone might have thought as different. When I was at the U. Puget Sound in the early '60s I went to Hawaii to work for a summer in the Kokee hills of Kauai building a church camp for children. It was wonderful working with so many people of different colors, cultural experiences and backgrounds and I made many friends that I cherish today. Several of our group (13 of us, all from different states) returned after the work camp and married Hawaiians and remained in Hawaii. I also spent the following summer in Mexico working for the church again helping an orphanage build an irrigation source to water their gardens and orchard as well as spending time with the children. All these experiences have been incredible memories and experiences that have impacted my life today. I try to support all who want to end discrimination of all types. Thank you for your article. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland / Vancouver Area Lunch As always, we enjoyed another great visit and lunch at Beaches on Saturday, April 18. Brother Mick HEMPHILL ('66) joined us this time all the way from West Richland. He just had to give his pet mustang some exercise and ended up in Vancouver, WA. Thanks for joining us, Mick. Bob CARLSON, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) and Karyl Carlson (spouse) joined us from Mt Angel, OR. Ferna Sue GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) enjoyed a visit with Mick and me. Our families were friends in Richland when we became acquainted sometime around 1948. Ferna and Mick also worked together at the Satsup Nuclear plant. Ferna and Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) also had a good visit as their families were friends in the '50s. Gary Dunphy (Spouse) joined us for a short time. Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) and Gary Anderson (Spouse) were a joy to visit with, as usual. As were Ann ENGEL Shafer ('63) and Tony Siegmund (Annie's Friend). Don FUNDERBERG ('63) and Tali Funderberg (spouse) brought photo albums of their recent trip to India. Don told us that they were coached to not mix with the local population and not look like tourists. However, Don ignored the advice and mingled anyway. The results were great photos of smiling people who really did like these Americans after all. Bill SCOTT ('64) and Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64) brought more books. I purchased the latest, "Light on a Distant Hill" (Winner, 2011 WILLA Literary Award, Women Writing the West). All of Bill's novels feature strong women during the 19th century and can be found on He is a great author and we are proud to have him in the Bomber Family. {I'm currently reading "Light on a Distant Hill" and want Bill to write more books!!! I've already read all the others that he wrote: "Angel of the Gold Rush, "Angel's Daughter", "Legacy of Angels", and "The Rail Queen" (Winner, 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, Historical Fiction) -Maren] Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) and Denny Hoban (Spouse) had a few stories to share. Thanks all for joining us. The next lunch will be Saturday, June 6 at Beaches again. We already have RSVPs from Jeannie THOMAS Engelland ('62) and Joanne PFOHL Spencer ('62). We don't have a summer picnic planned yet, so if anyone has a brilliant idea for a location and date, probably in August or early September, please step up and take charge. The pay is great. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I've enjoyed reading everyone's experiences with Security clearances. When first a lieutenant, or should I say when I was first a Second Lieutenant in Italy I commanded several Special Weapons Teams. In order to pull duty, one had to possess a Top Secret Top Secret Crypto/Cosmic and Atomal clearance. All of the enlisted personel needed a Secret NAC, even the cooks. We could even got Secret clearance based on a local record check. When I was an S-2 in Vietnam, I received as a clerk a young PFC from Louisville who had been busted on a mail theft charge for stealing and fencing Record of the Month Club Mailings. The Judge told him he could go to jail or go in the Army. He went in the Army and I got him a Secret clearance. I've driven about 500 miles across Germany this week and have not seen one single USAEUR license plate. As the Kingston Trio queried, "Where have all the Soldiers gone?" -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** NOT a Bomber Memorial - only INFO today Re: Bev BRANDT Cook ('61-RIP) Memorial service to be held April 26, 2015, at 1pm at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd NE, Seattle, WA 98125. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/25/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Frank WHITESIDE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul RATSCH ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don WINSTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carla BOSHER ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry SPEARS & Cathy CLUGSTON ('64) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, I skipped over another birthday quite unintentional. Funny how those things happen. I knew this Bomber back in the day. We went to school together and even wound up in the same graduating class. Well, it just worked out that way. Yes, he is a member of The Class of '54. Therefore; a belated tip of the ol' propeller beanie is in order for Rex "Pat" WOOD ('54). Since I am a day late, I'll take this opportunity to wish him a very "merry un-birthday." Interesting reading about the types and "names" of specific clearances. I believe the "Q" was indigenous to Hanford needed by anyone who worked for DuPont, GE, Batelle or any of the many sub-contractors and necessary to get into any of the areas (700 included). Military "crypto" clearances were hyphenated depending on specific need and the holder needn't be a cryptographer. Apparently some staff "genius" decreed that one must have that clearance to either read a decrypted message or write one that had to be encrypted before sending. Guess the idea was to impress someone. Then there are the "levels" of clearance. The first level was FOUO (For Official Use Only); then came Confidential (nearly every one in the military had this one), Secret and Top Secret. In my time in service the latter two had "Restricted Data" and "Formerly Restricted Data" appended to the written words and/or pictures. If I delve into this any further the "men in black" maybe coming after me. But, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers have taken 80 degree days off the books for the moment and are forecasting alternate rainy and sunny days. Such is life in the NorthWest. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) To: David DOUGLAS ('62) David, I read your article about your early experiences with racial discrimination with interest. In Richland, I never really thought about it, because we had only a few black kids in town and I always thought about them in the same manner as everyone else in school. The Brown brothers - Norris ('57) and C.W. ('58) - always seemed very popular. It was the same for Thea Wallace ('63-RIP). He was always a nice guy, and I never heard an unkind word about him. They were all just were part of the community like everyone else. I remember Otis who shined shoes at Ganzel's Barber Shop, as well. Everyone seemed to like to visit with him. I guess I really wasn't that aware about what was going on with discrimination in other parts of the country and the world. In Richland, we lived in a very sheltered world unlike nearly anyplace else and had little experience with other races. You mentioned a "Sandy" Savare. I knew Howard "Howie" SAVARE ('63-RIP) who was in ag class with me. We rode the little school bus to the ag farm each day and got to know each other pretty well. His family lived in West Richland, so I only saw him at school. Anyway, Howie had a great personality and joked a lot. He was the first black kid that I ever knew. We worked on the ag farm together and had to put in a certain number of work hours each month. During lambing season, ag guys had to stay overnight in a shack on the farm to assist the ewes giving birth to lambs. We had to check them every hour, which was hard since we had to go to school the next day (usually). It was really cold outside, so we huddled by a space-heater and sat at a table eating snacks, drinking Cokes, playing cards and visiting. We would nod off and wake to an alarm clock to check on the sheep. Sometimes the lambs came during the night. If they were tangled up, we had to assume the role of a "sheep doctor" which was anything but fun. To make a long story short, Howie and I got "lamb duty" together one night. I don't think either of us had stayed together that long with someone of the opposite race. I think we both realized there was really nothing different between us and really got to know each other a lot better. After graduation, I never saw Howie again. Later, I heard he had joined the Marines, got shipped to Vietnam and was killed in action. That really left an emotional lump in my throat, as I felt that I had lost someone important in my life. Later, Jim HOUSE ('63) wrote that there was a type of Vietnam vet memorial site online and that people could write things to/about individuals they had known. Howie's page originally had nothing written on it until Jim wrote a fitting tribute about Howie. I immediately followed suit and wrote my own tribute to him. It wasn't much, but I wanted him to know that I enjoyed knowing him and that I was highly grateful for his noble sacrifice for his country and me, personally. In June 1965, I moved with my folks to Long Beach, Mississippi, where my dad was assigned to work on the Apollo Space Program along with other Richlanders. I really felt like I was in a foreign country. By then, I was pretty aware of the racial climate and didn't know what to expect. Things were already in the process of change racially. I barely saw any blacks and wasn't sure how I would be treated as a "Yankee" by Mississippi folks. Gas stations still had "black" and "white" bathrooms, but it didn't appear that anyone obeyed the signs. I never really heard about or saw any rampant racial problems or discrimination, so any fears I had were unfounded. That made me much more comfortable. I know there were problems in other areas, but I felt fortunate that they didn't affect me in any way. To this day, I still think about Dr. King's speech and how he stated the importance of a person's CHARACTER and realize that CHARACTER is what makes a person, not race, religion or nationality. How a person lives, raises his/her family and treats others is what really counts. -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ In gator and turtle country Bayou Gauche, LA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>LeeRoy PARCHEN ~ Class of 1959 ~ 1940 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/26/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Frank WHITESIDE ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Tony HARRAH ('65) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lou Ann BINNS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosalie LANSING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie DUKES ('67) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: Other kids I had forgotten Pitts ('63) just sent me an e-mail and reminded me about a black kid in 5th grade at Jefferson by the name of Billy Green. We all played together at recess. His dad was in the Army. He moved away and we were rather sad about it. Then I remembered Jon Shipley, who was about a year behind our grade. He lived in the "stilts" apartments across the street from my house on Jadwin. I think I recall him at the Chief Jo gym on Saturdays when they opened to let kids play basketball. He was taller than most of us and was a good player. I believe his dad was also in the Army and was transferred. One year, I actually won 2nd place in the "Hoop Shoot." My old buddy, Darrell RENZ ('63), edged me out and went on to place in the state Hoop Shoot. So much for my athletic career! Maren reminded me of some other kids I had forgotten. Princess JACKSON ('63-RIP) was in our class. Maurice "Mo" WALLACE ('62) was Thea's brother. As I recall, he was shorter than Thea and I'm pretty sure he played basketball, but didn't usually start. I remember Jerome SKINNER ('65wb-RIP) but didn't really know him very well. And then there was Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) who arrived at the school after I had left. I had read a number of stories about him and his talent in sports, although I never had the pleasure of watching him on the field. Some of the rest of you who knew him might have some stories about him. Anyway, we had a unique situation and I think we all benefitted from it. 52 years after graduation, I'm lucky if I can remember my own name and what day it is! But I can always still put a face to a lot of names after 10 years on the south side and 10 years on the north side of town. In June, I will hit my 50th year away from Richland?amazing how time flies as I get older! -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ This time in wet and stormy Bayou Gauche, LA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: My father's birthday Today, April 26th, would be my father's 115th birthday. On this day something compels me to reflect on the life of a man who came into the world in 1900 - an era so very different from ours. From the horse and buggy to the space shuttle, perhaps no other span of years in human history has encompassed so much change. Dad once told me, when he was very old, that he didn't understand the modern world, and felt he had lived too long. Maybe it is this glimpse into an era lost to us, and his remarkable childhood, that made me want to write this look back. Dad was the only surviving child of a well-to-do Chicago family. My grandmother and grandfather had met in eastern Kansas, where, starting around 1889, she was teaching in a one- room multi-grade country school in Lenexa. She had graduated from Ladies' Seminary in Minneapolis around 1888 at age 18 and gone on to teaching, one of the few professions available for women in that era. After marrying in 1894 they moved to Chicago, where Grandfather was a grain broker, and where Dad was born in 1900. They moved to Minneapolis when Dad was two. He was to be their only child that survived to adulthood. His two brothers had tragically died one week apart a little over a year earlier. The oldest, Loring Barton Scott, died Christmas Day, 1898, at age 3. The youngest, William Purcell Scott, died one week later on New Year's Day, 1899 - his father's birthday - at age 2 months. It is difficult to imagine the depth of such pain. Child mortality was still high in those days. We don't know the cause, but it may have been childhood influenza. Were it not for Grandmother's courage in trying again and giving birth to Dad a little over a year later, I would not be here today. My grandparents had money, and more than a little of it. As a grain broker, Grandfather held a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade, which I gather was a big deal. They had a large two- story house on Humboldt Street in Minneapolis, not far from today's international airport. There were servants upstairs and down, including one young Swedish girl who appears with the family on census rosters as Louisia Olsenson. Grandfather was apparently rather cold and distant (he looks so in the photos I have), and Dad referred to him as "the Colonel". Grandmother was reportedly very strict, but she showered attention on her only child. They went on lavish vacations, including a tour of the Mediterraean, probably some time before WWI broke out. This was before air travel, and undoubtedly they sailed on a steamer, while Granddad stayed home. Grandmother kept a meticulous tally on a small piece of paper of how many photographs were taken at the Mediterranean cities they visited. I still have the list, which is browned and fragile now. Ports-of-call in Spain were Burgos, Granada, Escorial, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Cadiz. Then it was on to Malta, Tangiers, Algiers, Constantinople, Tunis, Naples, Florence, Venice, and Vienna. Such a trip would have taken a great deal of money. There was also reportedly a trip to India. Dad was a well-traveled young man. They also made yearly or bi-yearly trips to the Mission Inn in San Bernardino, CA. We took Dad there for lunch when he was in his 80s, and he was so overcome with emotion that he twice had to get up and leave the table. For reasons we will never know, none of the family wealth was passed on to Dad. When Grandmother died in 1945, the big Scott house in Minneapolis quickly passed to new owners, who were so anxious to move in that Dad's family furniture was literally thrown out the windows. He managed to salvage some of it, and that was the furniture we grew up with. As a boy, I never thought it strange that we had old furniture stuffed with horsehair and held together by long hand-made nails. Didn't everyone? As a young man, Dad lived a privileged life, but one thing he was not taught was how to get things for himself. He struggled most of his life with work, stability, and providing. His life was a history of large gaps, of unknown whereabouts, and starting over (the last of these I was to repeat too often). Almost nothing is known about the period from about age twenty to age 45. Where was he? What was he doing? Even Mom never knew. His life before he married her in 1945 was a blank to us all, a period never talked about. We were to learn later that he had been married twice before, and that we had four half- siblings out there somewhere. I consider myself fortunate that Dad had stability the last 25 years of his working life at Hanford with DuPont and GE. He became very prominent in Kiwanis Club of Richland, and in various civic affairs. Practically everyone in Richland in the '50s and '60s knew Dad. Perhaps because he never saw it as a child, he never learned how to openly express love. He would give us money instead, though he couldn't afford to. He once told me, in a statement so reflective of his privileged upbringing, "I believe money is to spend." He waged a life-long battle with untreated depression (men didn't go to counseling in his era) which I inherited. Fortunately it's okay for men to get counseling now. He had an endless list of ailments throughout his life, most of which I now think were psychosomatic. As a young man, he was pushed relentlessly by his mother to become a concert pianist, but his body and mind rebelled, and that dream was never realized. But even with the many illnesses he suffered, to his dying day Dad never used a walker or even a cane. As he grew older and was in constant pain, he began to think about leaving this world. He had one goal left: to live to age 90. When he achieved that goal, he found nothing else to live for. So he simply stopped eating. Dad wasted away by his own hand in a hospice in Kennewick. When he finally died in 1990 we felt more relief than sadness. So sickly had he been, so often, we had expected him to die at any time for decades. It was a relief to see his pain finally over. To us he had lived a tragic life full of confusion, poor choices, pain, and starting over too often, with out ever understanding why. But he once told me, "I've had a wonderful life". I'm so glad he thought so, for it was his view that, in the end, counted the most. One of the last things Dad said to me, when I had come to bathe him in his last days, was, "I love you so much." It was the only time I ever heard him say it. I was 42. But even so, a hearty Happy Birthday to you, Dad. Like most parents, you did the best you knew how to do. And even though I've spent my life trying to not repeat yours, I still I want to thank you for being my dad, and for all the things you did to try to express what you could say only once. -Bill SCOTT ('64) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: hava happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yes another one of my favorite Bomber-babe birthdays... too cool... as I promised on the 22nd I will refrain from playing the Wailer's tribute to the B-day Bomber-babe but I'll prolly break down and post it to her Facebook page maybe mine too... hey may as well be daring... it is freezing cold with wind and rain as I write this... Hope this came from California... Vegas is weird about its rain... it is blowing and raining horizontally in my back yard and just raining a little in the front... My mom always said it never rained on her street but would rain a block over... that's the desert for ya... because it is raining, my cats are bored outa their minds... since I spent most of the day inside, they followed me everywhere to make sure I was doing whatever correctly... once they assured themselves I was not doing anything not up to their high standards, they decided they would climb on anything and everything... now my house is kinda like my office was... a little museum... I remember the Head of the Gaming Commission used to give tours of my office to visiting dignitaries from other states and countries studying Nevada's Gaming... ahhhhhh what an honor... but as with the office almost everything can be broken but not replaced... so I've had my hands full today with these two... speaking of the Head of the Commission... I remember when the Berlin wall came down... he was there with President Reagan... upon his return he came walking into my office with a large paper grocery bag... and a little trail of sand behind him... I asked what it was and he said "the Berlin Wall"... I jumped up and grabbed the bag from his hands and yelled "You're trailing history all over the building!" I have looked everywhere for that bag and have no idea where I put it for safe keeping... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... but this ain't about me or Berlin... this is about a Bomber-babe I have doted on for longer than I can remember... we been buds and I am so glad we have been... I love her whole bunches... A cheerleader's cheerleader, I recall at R2K she was in a wheel chair... well she recovered and she can still do the ol "We are the Bombers, mighty, mighty Bombers" (not to forget Chief Jo) with the kids today, I'm sure... I am still swooning over the outfit she wore at either '63's 40 year or 45 year reunion... she's had her ups and downs but she has a whole bunch a kids who check up on her almost daily and if we haven't received a phone call inna day or two we make sure all is well (which is not to suggest we are too lazy to pick up the phone ourselves)... by-the-way, speaking of Chief Jo, if you happen to be around my face book page, you will find a photo of a Chief Jo Majorette wearing her majorette outfit with Terry DAVIS ('65) and me looking on... she has promised me she will wear it to our 50 year (that is a big fat lie)... well now HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Rosalie LANSING ('63) on your special day, April 26, 2015!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Tony HARRAH ('65) Re: race in Tri-Cities I read with interest Frank WHITESIDE's ('63) post on his experiences with race in Richland and Mississippi as a boy and young man; the former is a subject which has interested me for a long time. During the forties, fifties and into the mid-sixties, in fact, the Tri-Cities was almost as racially segregated as any Mississippi town. Black people, for instance, were not only not allowed to live in Kennewick during much of this time, but until the late fifties were not even allowed in town after dark. This policy was enforced by the Kennewick police, and came to light in a big way for the first time (as I remember) when Richland basketball star C.W. BROWN ('58) tried to go to a dance in the Kennewick Highlands in '57 or '58 and was refused admittance. It was no accident that our high school was virtually all white - no realtor would sell a black person a house in Richland until 1967 (I believe the Mitchell family was the first), and in fact most black people were confined to substandard housing in East Pasco. Looking at old photos of these places reminds me of nothing so much as Mississippi sharecropper shacks. Many, if not most, of the white working class folks who came to the Tri-Cities during the boom years of WWII came from the deep south, Appalachia and the Midwest (like my folks) [mine came from Salt Lake City, UT. -Maren] and they brought their attitudes about race with them. "Mexicans" too, were shunted to one side. The federal government, absorbed in its main mission of building reactors and producing plutonium, went along to keep the peace. This policy included excluded black people from most of the best jobs; the trades - in the Tri-Cities and the country as a whole - were mostly segregated as well. The relative isolation of the area meant change or even the recognition that change was needed - came slowly. One of my classmates who dated [black] Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) told me of receiving death threats on the phone, and this was in 1965. I, like most of my peers, lived in complete ignorance of the way things were - they just weren't talked about, and it was hard to even think of race in a town as homogeneously white as Richland was then. Robert Bauman, who teaches history at WSU Tri-Cities, wrote an award-winning article in 2005 called "Jim Crow in the Tri-Cities, 1943-1950", which opened my eyes to a lot of these facts, and he's written more on the subject since. Another, more general history of Richland which I enjoyed is called "Atomic Frontier Days - Hanford and the American West", by John M. Findlay and Bruce Hevly. Some of that material touches on the Tri-Cities and race as well. It's interesting to dig deeper into many aspects of what my home town (Kadlec, 1946!) was and is, and, for me, the facts of the state of racial relations when we were growing up are not only fascinating, but important ones to acknowledge. -Tony HARRAH ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Security clearance stuff When I started considering my history of security clearances, I was a little surprised? At one time or another in my career(s), I've carried a USAF Top Secret clearance (while in USAF photo intelligence), a Department of the Treasury Secret clearance / Department of Transportation Secret clearance / Department of Homeland Security Secret clearance (while in the US Coast Guard as it moved from one department to another), a CIA Secret clearance, a USDA Secret clearance, an R, a Department of Energy Q clearance and I have been a COMSEC Custodian (doing Crypto stuff). And I've handled material at all those levels. I bet - if they checked - a sporting goods store wouldn't sell me a pebble. I think I learned too much at USAF Tactical Air Command HQ and in Vietnam and Thailand with the USAF. We had some rather amazing capabilities (even by today's standards). This was the era where the SR-71 was just being known. We had drones that would fly a pre-set course and return to be recovered in-flight over the ocean. Infrared passive, active and false color films. Most of this stuff was 5" and 9" wide rolls of film, 500 or 1,000 feet long. We had one kind of camera that came back with a single image up to 5,000 feet long. My iconic moment in Vietnam was being part of a crew that had to search a huge pile of garbage for classified information. It was during the Tet holiday and the garbage had built up quite a bit at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon. Somebody found a paper sack clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL Trash" in the pile somewhere. So we had to dig through the whole mess to make sure nothing else had been thrown out (the sack was empty). I was literally standing up to my knees in refuse from the dining hall and various other trash locations when evening colors sounded. As is required, we came to attention, faced the music/flag and saluted. It seems to me an appropriate visual for the US efforts in that war. We all probably have a clear memory of what we were doing on 9-11-2001. I was in Albuquerque, NM at the National Lab. We were in a classified briefing on terrorist threats to the United States. We were called out of that briefing to see the images of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City, the impact on the Pentagon and the fourth aircraft crash. We had just been reading names that included al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. -Tedd CADD ('66) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Mary MORGAN Lutz ~ Class of 1952 ~ 1935 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/27/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: David DOUGLAS ('62), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim TADLOCK ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve UPSON ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Thank you to those who connected with my past. I wasn't sure anyone would. I've sometimes wondered how my parents taught me not to be prejudiced. My mother told me a story about her childhood. Her father at the time was a southern plantation manager, and the family had a black maid and a black cook. One day mother was late getting home from school. The rest of the family had already eaten dinner. The cook fixed my mother a plate, and the two of them sat down at the kitchen table to eat their dinners. My grandmother came in, saw them, and knocked the cook's plate onto the floor. "You don't eat until the family has finished eating." That story made a big impression on me. Another event just came to mind. Our next door neighbors on Birch were selling their house. A black family made an offer. The sellers contacted all the surrounding neighbors to see if anyone objected. Only one neighbor did, the ones who lived behind the house on Basswood. My mother was disgusted with that neighbor. The neighbors sold their house to a white family. Mom told me about this, although I can't remember how old I was at the time - probably before eighth grade. My dad also told me about his time in the Marines during WWII. He was a gunnery sergeant at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He had an R&R trip to Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. There was a Japanese interpreter in the group with my dad. The other Marines were mean to him, but my dad defended him. When the war was over the man settled in Hawaii. My dad kept in touch with him over the years, and when my family came to visit my wife and me in Hawaii one summer, I took him to see his friend. They had a warm reunion. That's probably how I inherited my attitude toward other races. I had good parents. I never went through a rebellious period. Except one time. I was corresponding with my future wife, although we hadn't come to that decision yet. She sent me a Christmas card to my house, which arrived after I'd gone back to Whitman College. My mom forwarded the card to me, and then called me. "I hope you're not getting too serious with this girl." I knew my mom wasn't prejudiced against Japanese. She taught a women's Sunday School class which included several Japanese women, wives of soldiers who had been stationed in Japan during the occupation. Mom was more concerned about other people's prejudice against children of mixed races. Anyway, I told my mom, "That's my decision to make," and hung up on her. My parents didn't come to my wedding, perhaps due to that phone call. Or perhaps it was too expensive. I prefer to put the best spin possible on situations. On one of our Mainland vacations with our children through the southwest we stopped at a gift shop on one of the Native American reservations in Arizona. The clerk asked me (although my wife was standing beside me), "What tribe is your wife from?" "She's Japanese," I replied. "Oh, I thought she might be from a tribe in New Mexico." My wife thinks people sometimes stare at us because they think she's Native American or Hispanic. I don't notice people staring at us. I only remember someone staring at us once. After we married we lived in California for two years while I earned my Master of Education degree. My wife taught kindergarten in a mostly black school in Richmond. In her morning class she had one white child, in the afternoon one Japanese child - all the others were black. The Japanese child's father brought him to school the first day. My wife's class met in a portable building away from the main buildings, so the principal took him to "Mrs. Douglas's" room. The father was so surprised, and delighted, to discover Mrs. Douglas was Japanese. The father, who spoke broken English, told his son to say good afternoon to his teacher, and the boy did. Those were the last words he ever said in class. He played happily with the other children, and they liked him, but he never spoke. We went to visit him at his home, hoping that would help him feel more comfortable with her, but he still didn't speak in class, although his father said he'd come home every day and tell them, in Japanese, what happened at school that day. We got permission from his father and the mother of one of the black children to take them in to San Francisco to see the zoo and aquarium one Saturday. As we sat on a bench eating lunch a couple of women walked by and stared at us. I stared back at them and said, "Isn't science wonderful?" Her children were standing in line one day getting ready to go out to recess when one of the children complained, "Teacher, he called me black," pointing to another black child. "Yes, William. You are black. So is he." -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: Forgotten Kids When I read the name Princess JACKSON ('63-RIP) I had to stop reading the Sandstorm and immediately look up in the 1963 Yearbook and her memorial page. Yes, that's her. I had not thought of her since High School. I don't even remember how I knew her. If I was in a class with her or what. It was not that long ago she passed, I don't know how I missed that. I guess it is understandable, years ago I looked through my yearbooks and read all of the people who signed then. I had absolutely no idea who half of those people are. Told you couple days ago I had a photographic memory, just no film for it. To: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: We've come a long way baby! I very much enjoyed your post yesterday [4/26] and it brought up something I have been thinking about for over twenty years. I had thought for a couple years now of making this post and wanted to research it more and take my time writing, but after Bill's post I will just wing-it. My father was born 39 days before the RMS Titanic began her maiden voyage and he lived to 85. About 15 years ago my mother started writing about her life but think she only wrote down a couple of pages. I haven't yet found it among her stuff, but I do remember her writing of my Grandfather going into town to get the doctor because everyone in the family except him had the flu. He was the only one who didn't get sick. One of the children had died just six days before his 7th birthday and three were not yet born so there would have been six kids at the time. She did not realize until I told her how deadly the influenza epidemic of 1918 was. They all survived, the doctor's treatment was castor oil and I remember thinking, "I hope they had at least a two-holer!" (Two person outhouse for those unfamiliar with the term.) She would have been 4 years old so I don't know if she remembered that or she was told about it. She lived to age 96. My wife's grandmother was born in Athena, OR in 1878 and lived to see them land on the moon, dieing shortly after. She was saying she probably would not get to see it, but it sounds like she willed herself to hold on long enough. Her obituary and the story of the Lunar landing it in the same edition of the Columbia Basin News, which was a morning paper at that time. Over 20 years ago in talking about her my wife's twin said, "If we live that long, we will not see that much change." About the same time someone I worked with said his grandmother moved West in a covered wagon and then flew back in a jet. He said the same thing but also added, the only thing we have seen is space. February 6th was my mother-in-law's 100th birthday. I was in one room talking to someone my age and my daughter brought in our digital Nikon SLR camera to show us a movie of something happening in another room. I said to him, "You know, they are saying if we live that long, we will not see as much change as they have, but I don't know that is true. Who would have thought when we were kids you could take a movie, then watch it two minutes later. Who would have thought you could send a letter to someone across the country and then maybe get a reply within the hour." I was born in Kansas, only because the closest hospital was across the state line from my parents' Missouri farm. There was no electricity and if you are living on a farm that also means no indoor plumbing. They had a wringer washing machine which had to be used outdoors because it was powered by a gasoline motor. Story is that my dad and two uncles made a trip out West near the end of WWII. My dad liked what he saw, came home and said to my mother, "I'm moving out West, You coming?" So we moved West in a 1937 Chevy coupe when I was about eight months old. The first place I remember living was Athena, OR and turns out to be across the street and couple houses down from a house my wife's great grandparents had owned. This I learned in 1995 when we went there for a funeral. In 1958 we moved to an orchard 3 miles out of Milton-Freewater, right next to a one room schoolhouse. I was starting Jr. High that year, but had we moved one year earlier I would have had the experience of attending a one room schoolhouse. I am not sure our parents and grandparents saw more change than we will. Yes, automobiles, airplanes, electricity and indoor plumbing are highly visible. When you think about it we have seen a lot of change in our lifetimes. I will just use myself for examples as some readers are older and me and others younger. When I was a kid who would have thought one could own your own computer and one you can carry around with you. Why would you want one anyway? Who would have thought they could be watching video of the earthquake in Nepal almost as it is happening instead of weeks later. Television was out there, but so expensive virtually no one had one so we would have watched it in a movie theater before the movie started. When we got TVs we had to actually get up and walk over to the set to change the channel. Remember the cash registers they had when you checked out of stores instead of scanning a bar code. In medical we have MRI and CAT scans now, heart by-pass and organ transplants. In high school everyone went around with the latest thing, holding little transistor radios up to their ears. We went from the new 33 1/3 LP records to CDs, to now everyone seems to download their music. Who would have thought we would be walking around with our telephones, and telephones that can take pictures, surf the net, be a GPS unit be your credit card and who knows what else. My car turns my lights on and off, tells me if a tire is low, or I have left the signal light on. I carry a little thingie in my pocket that locks and unlocks it and opens the trunk. (Still I would rather be driving my old 1963 Oldsmobile I bought in 1970 for $600.) Now they have developed cars that don't even need a driver. So much of the new technology has come and gone. Yesterday I went to Ace Hardware to buy something and Goodwill is almost next door so I thought I would go in and look around. They had VHS camcorder there with case and everything. Don't know how much they wanted for it but I can't imagine anyone buying it unless they have an antique collection. This thing was huge, you had to put it on your shoulder to use it and was a lot bigger than the cameras I see the local TV stations news crew using. I bet if we put our minds to it we could write volumes about how life has changed in our lifetime. I think it is just that we see it progressing so that we don't take that much notice of it, but if we were to get us a DeLorean time machine car and travel back to 1954 like Marty McFly did, the change would be sudden, and we would notice it. My career path has not been that good. You are supposed to start out with the low paying jobs and move up. I did just the opposite. I started off as a mechanical and piping designer at Hanford. Not getting rich but made a decent living. Then when nuclear went down and design switched to CAD I could not get work. I took a temporary janitor job which lasted 20 years. Really disheartening when your paycheck is less than they used to take out in taxes. I tried for at least ten years to get back into design work before I got it into my thick scull that no one would hire me for the reason that no one would hire me. Working nights I usually was awake in the night on my days off so a lot of times I listened to Art Bell. You write, "Dad once told me, when he was very old, that he didn't understand the modern world, and felt he had lived too long." I remember years ago Art Bell saying he thought one of the reasons people die is that they don't like the way the world is changing and it is like they are saying, "That's it! I's outa here." For some reason that made sense to me and I remembered it. Just a little less than a month ago I made a trip to Portland and while there spent a few hours with someone I was in the Navy with. We had kept in touch but I had not seen him 25-30 years. I told him of what Art Bell said, and I said I think am starting to understand what he meant. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Don CRAWFORD ('64-RIP) Don died 1/1/2012 and there was almost NO information for his Bomber Memorial. Got an email from his son, "R. Don Crawford, and he had seen the lack of information on his dad's Bomber Memorial and offered to fill in the blanks. If anyone is interested, check out Don's Bomber Memorial: -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: way old memories Reading all of the posts regarding the few blacks in our town growing up really made me recall some things... WHITESIDE ('63) and HARRAH ('65) really hit home runs... which segues into little league nicely... I believe (could be very wrong) the first black kid I met was at Spalding, Jimmy ARD ('66), who would go on to play for the Celtics... He was on my team. Unfortunately, the coach was the father of a rather troubled kid from the Class of '63 (RIP) and a racist to the core... Jimmy's dad got pretty upset about the way Jimmy was treated, but that is about all I recall... I would then meet Jerome SKINNER ('65-RIP), who was always just one of the guys... Brian JOHNSON ('65) sent me a bunch of pictures of Jerome in later years... he passed away about three years ago and he and Beej were still close... my most fond memory of Jerome was a day we were all driving around in East Pasco and for some reason (that makes no sense in my memory) two of us needed to jump out... without thinking anything of it, Jerome and I jumped out and stood on the street corner... after a few minutes of awkward looks it dawned on me why we were getting the looks... bet we looked like the odd couple standing there... I then met John SHIPPY ('64) at Chief Jo... now the day I met him, he didn't say he was John Shippy... he said he was Joooohn Shippy... he introduced my bunch and me to the term "Damn Straight" only he pronounced it as he did his name... Daaaaaaaaaaaamn Straight... I immediately adopted it into my vocabulary to my Mother's chagrin... I took a trip down memory lane in my Chief Jo annuals a minute ago and saw that John (and Ray STEIN ('64)) both signed their pictures... Ricky WARFORD ('65) also adopted the phrase but for some reason always said it "darn straights" with an "s"... to this day it is one of my favorite phrases... In checking out the year book, there were some wonderful DAs in those pictures not the least of which were Richard TWEDT's ('64) and John SHIPPY's... During my short football career, I would meet another Carmichael black kid, Fred MILTON ('66-RIP). I had the distasteful honor of blocking Fred in football. Now early on, WARFORD, mangled his knee in practice... I hated sports in the first place and played only well enough to stay on first string, because all my pals were... Thankfully, at the beginning of my Col-Hi experience, my mom said I couldn't play any more till my grades improved... Thank you, Mom! As if my grades would ever improve until I started reading books and went to college... I lived in West Pasco during my Senior year in a boarding house and became much more accustomed to seeing black faces... shortly after grageashun, all the guys were getting work in Pasco and Fred and I spent Monday through Wednesday looking for work... when I took him home Wednesday, he told me he couldn't go out with me any more... I was hurt and then he told me as long as we went together I would never get a job... My worst memory is during my Junior year, a civil rights march was being held in Kennewick. Now we were all aware of the infamous sign in that town. What shocked me is that a number of my older friends said they were going to the march and I should join them... that was when they started piling shot guns and baseball bats into the cars... I opted out... Sheltered is hardly the word for our growing up years... I can only imagine Frank WHITESIDE's ('63) shock when he moved to the south. The Marine Corps was an eye opener for me and not a very pleasant one in many respects. The relations between blacks and "non-blacks" were strained to say the least... I remember in Staging Battalion, getting trained for Vietnam, the blacks ran the heads at night and one was required to carry a weapon if he expected to use the head at night and go in a gang... One fun memory is that I had to march next to a really cool and giant black guy... we were always way at the back of formation where we were well hidden... he would diddy-bob along singing "my girl" and other wonderful songs... "Off hours" in Vietnam were about as segregated as a place could get... it was like a Chief Jo sock hop with the boys on one side of the gym and the girls on the other... the blacks stayed with blacks and so on... so there are my memories... on a lighter note, I tried to post the Wailer's "Rosalie" on face book for my sweet Rosalie's ('63) b-day only to find it is no longer available... "Louie Louie" and "Tall cool One" are still available, but anything from the Wailers at the Castle album is off limits... so I called her (I mean I would have anyway) and then emailed it to her. I can only imagine that Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) failed to renew his Fabulous Wailers Fan Club subscription and we are all suffering for that omission! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/28/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Carol CARSON ('60) and Steve CARSON ('58) Helen CROSS ('62), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Linda REINING ('64), Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick WIGHT ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty WHITTEN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SIMMONS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale HOSACK ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Abbey ('71) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Here 'tis the 28th of April. An important date for a fellow member of The Class of '54. Now, to be honest about it, I don't recall this Bomber Babe; but then I don't recall a lot of things I'm told I should and recall things that nobody else does. At any rate, this is her birthday therefore a tip of the ol' propeller beanie is in order along with the happy shout of "Happy Birthday!" for Betty WHITTEN ('54). May this be a very pleasant day in your life. Memories of youth: I lived the first 13 years of my life in Centralia, WA; a pretty much white bread town. The only persons of color seen in town were the Pullman porters standing on the platform next to the train they were working on. If we drove to Seattle to visit relatives my step-father did his best to avoid Jackson Street as that was where "they" lived. In the summer between 7th and 8th grades we moved to the Tri-Cities, living first in Pasco in an apartment near the outdoor pool. I was told by my step-father that I would not be going to school in Pasco with no reason given. For the first two weeks of school or so, I somehow made it across the bridge to Kennewick. One day I brought home a note that more or less said that I would not be able to continue going to school there unless we lived in the school district. Within a few days we moved into a house near the golf course. I never gave it much thought, but a some time I remember that my step-father was raised in southern Illinois and was an extremely prejudiced man. I can only hope that he did not influence me along those lines. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Steve CARSON ('58) Re: Puget Sound Bomber Luncheon Puget Sound area Bomber luncheon for anyone in the area: DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2015 TIME: 11:30am PLACE: Scott's Bar and Grill, 8115 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds RSVP: if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough space. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: My New Grandson - 8 days old -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) When I was involved in Puget Sound regional water politics (1980s and '90s) I once found myself sitting on a panel alongside a friend and specialist in migratory salmon for the Washington state tribes (he was from the Tulalips north of Everett). Terry Williams opened by speaking of his revered father and tribal leader who had started out life in a dugout canoe harpooning whales and ended it by flying back and forth in a Boeing 747 to Congressional hearings in Washington D.C. Terry was half Tulalip, and half Irish on his mother's side: "But we won't hold that against her," he said, and got a laugh. In my turn I mentioned that I also had been born on a "reservation", and suddenly Terry turned to me in great surprise. Then I added:"the Hanford Nuclear Reservation." More laughter. Yup, things change a lot. But on the other hand, the nineteenth-century historian, Jakob Burckhardt who popularized the term "Renaissance," had this to say about olden times and our own: "If, even in bygone times, men gave their lives for each other, we have not progressed since." -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Linda REINING ('64) When I was in grade school, Jim ARD ('66) and his family lived two houses down from me... they lived on the corner of Elm and Cottonwood... my parents and his parents were great friends... his dad had an extensive collection of LPs and it was my first experience with listening to "black music"... Jim, Sr. even taught me to dance the jitterbug. I don't remember any prejudice toward them at all... all the kids in the neighborhood played together and the parents got together, played cards and visited... we even had "block parties" and fishing/camping trips, together. I never even noticed the "color of Jim's skin", he was just a friend/neighbor. I remember being sad when they moved away (Jim, Sr. said he wanted Jim and his sister, Betty, to have more opportunities for dating and they couldn't get that in Richland, so they were moving to Chicago, which is where Jim, Sr. and "Betty" (Aline) were from). I remember when Jim played for the Seattle Supersonics and the New York Nets... my mom used to get Christmas cards from Betty, but they lost contact, after my mom moved away from Richland. found this on the Internet. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID am loving the weather... 40s and 50s *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: Race in Richland The first black person I ever saw was Jimmy ARD ('66). I was 4 years, or 5 years old, not yet in school. My family lived in a ranch house on the north end of Cottonwood at the end of Tinkle. One sunny day I rode my tricycle all the way to the corner of Cottonwood and Elm (that is a long way and reflects how safe it was to grow up in Richland at that time). Jimmy - whose name I certainly never knew, but did learn about his basketball career, later - was out on his lawn - they also lived in a nice, new ranch house. We exchanged childish greetings and he offered to trade his bicycle for my tricycle. But I really liked my tricycle, so turned him down and rode home. When I came in the house, I asked my mother why that boy had black skin. She told me that God may people of many colors, white and black and brown and yellow - we were all just people. That was the only thing that was said about "race" in my childhood, and formed my attitudes. There were so few black people in our schools. I remember most of them as being well- liked - for instance, Wilma WALLACE ('65), Fred MILTON ('66-RIP) -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) Re: Dennis HAMMER ('64) What great insights on how life has changed, and is changing, and most likely will change! It reminded me of a quote from the Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1898 to 1901, Charles Holland Duell. He purportedly resigned his post after saying "Everything that can be invented has been invented." However, in confirming this, I learned that it's actually a century-old urban legend. Good thing, too, as Charles Holland Duell went on to become a federal judge. I would hate to think that someone with such cognitive impairment would fill a bench! -Vicki OWENS ('72) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Bomber Memorial >>Lloyd SWAIN ~ Class of 1966 ~ 1948 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/29/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and some INFO today: Barbara SESLAR ('60) Duane LEE ('63) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis BENJAMIN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nora SZULINSKI ('66) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, May 2, 2015 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: Duane LEE ('63) Re: Jimmy ARD ('66wb) After reading Linda REINING's ('64) Wikipedia entry about Jim: all I could think about is HOW DID WE LET HIM GET AWAY!!! Sure would have been a nice addition to Bomber basketball. -Duane LEE ('63) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) OK I keep reading of Jim Ard class of '66. He never went to Columbia High School, right? I cant find any record of him being born or attending high school in Richland. Any help? Thanks, -Mike FRANCO ('70) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [NOT Col-Hi... Jimmy ARD is a '66 WB - that's a Woulda Been Spalding: Kindergarten - Spalding 4th grade - Spalding 6th grade - Spalding Carmichael: 8th grade Carmichael 9th grade Carmichael I think I left off the "wb" when I added "('66)" after Jim's name yesterday... -Maren] *************************************************************** *************************************************************** Memorial for Mrs. Vera Edwards (former Richland teacher) WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 2 pm PLACE: Sunset Memorial Gardens Event Center, 915 By Pass Hwy ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` *************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/30/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve HAGGARD ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill JOHNS ('72) *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Puget Sound Luncheon First, my sincere apologies to Carol CARSON Ranaud ('60). Smart me, I thought I knew where I was going last Saturday, but found out the hard way Ballinger Way and Lake Ballinger Way are not the same thing. It had been a hectic morning and we sent my granddaughter on a 3 month trip of Europe (on her own). As they were out on the tarmac someone on the plane got sick and the plane turned around and went back to the terminal. Delayed her trip 2 hours and made her miss her transfer in Germany. Then the airline lost her luggage. I guess last Saturday just wasn't meant to be a nice day for my family. Will definitely be there May 30th, I really promise!! Re: Birthday Wishes Also Happy Birthday to Phyllis BENJAMIN McElheney ('49) on her big day [04/29]. I love to see these other gals in the class finally getting as old as me. Re: As to discrimination. When I was young, there was a famous Chinese movie Star by the name of Anna Mae Wong. We lived in Indiana, so going to kindergarten and 1st grade, the kids would come to school and say they couldn't play with me because I was Chinese. Even Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) thought I might be Chinese going by my name. But WANN is Pennsylvania Dutch (or German). Then when Mel THOMPSON ('48-RIP) was coaching football at Central we always had the players over for a dinner, or some kind of function and when I was welcoming the players in I heard one black player say "I've never been in a white man's house before". That was a shock to me and then how wonderful to have some of them come visit me in Redmond, after Mel had passed away, to let me know how much they enjoyed playing for him. It is an interesting world out there and such a shame people can't see beyond the color of the skin, the length of the hair, the braces, etc. We are all God's children and it's a shame we don't act like it. And that is my lecture for today. Have a good day, everybody -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ From Sunny Bothell, WA until the thunderstorms hit tonight *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: His Honor has left the building 'Nuther day on the bench... always tickles me when the bailiff says: "the Honorable David Rivers presiding"... if they only knew... in looking at the teachers at Spalding yesterday, I recognized those teachers names better than my own teachers... perhaps because none of mine from grade school thru Col-Hi ever called me "honorable"... nor should they have... I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Carl BELL ('65-RIP). As a Spalding kid I knew alotta kids who ended up at Carmichael, and many others, such as the good Dr. Bell, I would meet through Carl "Beaver" BEYER ('65). Many of those kids reminded me much of myself... headed nowhere fast but going at breakneck speed... Carl was one of the good guys... I am sure the teachers often spoke of him as "honorable"... I can only hope that my later years have made up for some of my past transgressions... Rest in Peace, Carl. Well, I've gone alla way back to the 18th and can't find the name of the Bomber who posted about turning down a music scholarship because he or she wanted no more theory [it was Don CRAWFORD ('64-RIP)]... my daughter did the same thing. She sang on the strip from the time she was in 7th grade... her choice... NO coaxing... I had to drive her across town at the beginning of HS because the best music program was in one of the roughest schools but she HAD to go there... Instead of accepting the scholarship, she said she had enough theory to last a lifetime and informed me she was going to be a Duck and major in Marine Biology... (the program is two years in Eugene at two at sea)... after taking a few of the science courses, she switched to Psychology along with half the kids of her age group... the deal, as I understood it, was the kids would all finish college before heading for L.A. to form a band... well when she finished, off she went... what I learned years later, was that she was the only one to finish college... none of the kids was willing to give up their day jobs to do the band deal but fortunately she had a great deal of restaurant experience and has managed some of the finest around the country... she sure coulda saved me a fortune taking that scholarship tho... hey, she was a kid... she tuned 40 on the 28th and I still beam proudly that she is my kid... Today we got two '65ers celebrating... one is no longer with us but my memory of her is always fond... we kept in touch over the years but as I recall, we never got to see each other again... the other shows up for the '65er gathering and it is always a pleasure to see him. One of those people who is always there to lend a hand... I guess the word honorable suits him just fine. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Louise MOYERS ('65-RIP) and Steve HAGGARD ('65) on your special day, April 30, 2015!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` March, 2015 ~ May, 2015