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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ December, 2015
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/01/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Bill WILSON ('63) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley PITTMAN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat NORDMAN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris WILLIAMSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PANTHER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy MARSHALL ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) By golly, here we are at the Oneth of December, which means Christmas isn't too far away. Have you been naughty or nice? Now to the point, this also happens to be the birthday of a Bomber Babe of my acquaintance. Yes, we went to school together, and actually graduated at the same time. Coincidence, I think not. Didn't see her again until R2K, where we had a fun time along with other Bomber Babes I knew from back then. I had best say nice things about her, or she'll sic Pete on me and that would not be a pretty sight. Enough fol-de-rol, let me now make the ceremonial tip of the ol' propeller beanie and lead the "Happy Birthday!" for Pat NORDMAN ('54). Have a very nice day. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where rain has returned to the valley and the temperatures have risen at least above freezing. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill WILSON ('63) Re: Birthday wishes and compliments To all who sent me Birthday wishes -- and actually read the entry from D. RIVERS ('65) on the 19th -- well, we were always taught not to believe all things printed or written. Thank you, though, David for your kind words. I appreciated receiving so many notes from former classmates and friends. Once again, though, I was away from home on my birthday. This year in Guangzhou, China -- where I was teaching English to university students and young adults. A few of my students showed up rather unexpectedly at my apartment, brought cake and other goodies for all to enjoy. It was a special evening with my precious students -- so eager to learn and study English AND Gods Word as the avenue of curriculum. I am now in the province of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand -- about an hour north and east of Bangkok -- at the orphanage I have been connected with for many years. Wish you, (Dave ('63) and Noi) were here to see how the kids have grown. We celebrated the 30th Anniversary on the 28th of November -- looking back on the great blessings provided the unwanted, abandoned and/or orphaned children. I had the great privilege of speaking at the event and honoring my dear Thai friends, Drs. med. Cleo and Somsak -- whom I have known since their university days in Cologne, Germany in 1970! Twenty of the former children -- now successful adults (more or less) came back "home" for the celebration. Seeing them and hearing of their success stories makes all the efforts of time, energy and money very rewarding. In just three days the entire group of children and staff at the orphanage will drive to Rayong and enjoy a couple of nights and days of R&R, swim in the ocean und relax a bit. For some of you -- freezing your tails off -- just want you to know we are still in the mid-90s here -- but at least in the dry season. Wish all of you could enjoy the delicious Thai food, mangos, etc. Friday I will be fixing pizza for all -- our tradition when I am here -- and enjoying a movie in Thai. Well, some will enjoy the movie! Thanks again for all the kind notes on my birthday! and greetings from Thailand. So sad I will not be able to be with the '63 Christmas group with Jimbeaux and the others. Bummer!! -Bill WILSON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Hip Surgery Looks like I'm headed for hip surgery. So, anyone in Bomberville know of a good hip surgeon in the Tri-Cities? I would love to have some recommendations. Thanks! -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where it has been COLD! I hate the heat, but not crazy about temps under 35 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: RHS Football - run to Tacoma stopped by G-Prep - 11/29 Herald "Bombers fall 31-17 to Gonzaga Prep in Class 4A football semifinal "The Richland Bombers finally ran out of Mondays on Saturday. "All postseason long, Bombers coach Mike NEIDHOLD ('77) was fond of telling his football team after each playoff victory that: 'We get another Monday to put the pads on.' "But the Bombers couldn't hold off a fourth-quarter Gonzaga Prep rally Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco, falling to the Bullpups 31-17 in a Class 4A state semifinal. "It ended Richland's season with an 11-2 record - with both losses coming at the hands of the Bullpups." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very cold Richland with the high only reaching 27 today and a low of 21 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Mary RAY ('61), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent MADSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SNIDER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy RICE ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) There was a couple of things I forgot to mention in yesterday's post. First, it was Pat NORDMAN's ('54)'s 21st birthday; thus making it possible for her to visit adult watering holes without fear of being caught with a fake I.D. (sort of dangerous these days). Secondly, I forgot to plug the Mount Angel Hazelnut Fest this coming weekend, December 5h and 6th from 10am to 5pm If you are in the neighborhood, please drop in, the admission and parking are free. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the last of the leaves are off the walnut tree, but there's still a bunch on the lawn, patio and driveway. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, December 5 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: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: My book, titled "American Trivia You Can Use" After you review the trivia included in the book sample and compare the book with the other American Trivia books on Amazon, you can decide for yourself how mine stacks up. The Introduction in the sample describes some of the ways in which I tried to make my trivia book a cut above the rest. If you slept through your Government and History classes or wish you could remember more, this book will definitely be of some help. I know I benefited from compiling the Q & As in those subjects. You will be happy to know that I did put Richland on the map for anyone out there who has never heard of our little neck of the woods. Richland is situated in one of the five Tri-City areas in the U.S. for one thing. Hanford is mentioned of course, and anyone who didn't know Sharon TATE ('61wb-RIP) spent time in Richland will come to learn that fact from the book. For anyone not familiar with Amazon's book pages, click on the book cover where it says "Look Inside" to review the book sample. Maren, you can shorten the long link to my book page if you want. I knew how to title links when I had a web site, but I don't know how to do it in word. Thanks! Have a great day! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh This will be short... but doesn't mean it shouldn't be sweet... this bomber-babe has always been a very special friend and if I hadn't just driven over 1000 miles to rescue a fellow hot rodder I'd make it all mushy and stuff... but I am hungry, tired and my mind ain't werkin' too good so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patti SNIDER ('65) on your special day, December 2, 2015!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) PS thank you all for your special wishes on my b-day!!!!!!!!!!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: RHS Swim and Dive MVPs - 11/1/15 Herald "When the Richland High School girls swim and dive squad gathered for its end-of-the-year awards, two Bombers were named team MVPs. Those honorees - sophomore swimmer Claire SCHAEF ('18) and senior diver Kelsea HINKLEY ('16) - top this year's Herald All-Area selections. HINKLEY won the Class 4A state diving championship in Federal Way, while SCHAEF finished third in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. HINKLEY is second Tri-Citian to win state diving title." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Re Hip surgeon in Richland To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Deedee, Not sure about your needs but growing up on the corner of Davison and Harris/Willis the best mechanical guy in town was Gary O'ROURKE. If you don't find a good surgeon, give him a call. He did very good body work. I think his prize was a '55 Nomad. YES! I am joking, but Gary was legendary. Who were some of the other legendary car guys around town in the '50s-'70s? -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: David DOUGLAS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) Alan LOBDELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick VINCENT ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) To: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: Your Book: "American Trivia You Can Use" It's in my Kindle Cloud library now. I like to support my fellow Bombers, and I also get 5% back from my credit card for Amazon orders. I enjoyed reading the preview. I'm even old enough to remember many of the references. I can't imagine how much research your book required. Best wishes for its success. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) To: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: Your Book: "American Trivia You Can Use" kidle... not paper... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Alan LOBDELL ('69) To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) I know you asked for someone in the Tri-Cities but I do want you to know the name of a very good doctor at Group Health in Tacoma. His name is Alan Woods. The reason I am letting you know is because I had my left hip done in 2009 by the Veterans' Hospital in Seattle and it was the worse mistake I've ever made. It's been six and a half years and I am still having extreme pain from the surgery. The VA refuses to take responsibility for it. Because the VA lengthened my left leg over 1 inch I had to walk lopsided for years causing problems in my back and right hip. In June of this year Doctor Woods did my right hip and managed to correct the lopsidedness at the same time. Within two weeks I had no pain whatsoever in my right hip. Today, my right hip feels like a natural hip while my left one hurts all the time. To date the VA has done nothing to help me with the blunder they did except send me pills. -Alan LOBDELL ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Richard STORDAHL ~ Class of 1977 ~ 1959 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/04/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Mary RAY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda DANIEL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michelle KAFENTZIS ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re:Club 40 newsletter... (Dust Storm) The Fall 2015 Dust Storm newsletter was folded and made ready for mailing Thursday, December 3rd by these very helpful volunteers: Terry DeVINE ('52), Billie LAWELL Neth ('55), Karol BRIMHALL Smith ('56), Connie DEAN O'Neil ('60), Pat DORISS Trimble ('65), Duke MItCHELL ('69), Richard Highstreet ('58-Sunnyvale, CA), And...of course, myself ('54)!! Karol will be taking them to the post office today, Friday and you all should be receiving yours in a day or two. If you haven't received your copy by next week, feel free to contact me. Hopefully your dues are up to date so yours will be in the mail!! Enjoy! Just to put you on notice, there are a couple pages of pictures and names are not on them. So, if you need to know who they are, Connie DEAN O'Neil ('60) has the names. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where we are watching the 2" of snow melt under the 40 weather in the Tri-Cities! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: My E-book, titled "American Trivia You Can Use" To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Thanks for your support. It means a lot. Yes, it was quite an undertaking. Was it worth it? We'll see. I sure hope so! To: David RIVERS ('65) Come on! E-books are the wave of the future. Put the book in your Amazon Account Cloud where you can access it anytime you want from any of your gadgets. If Waters stops you on the street, you'll have all the answers at your fingertips. Re: Hard copy In all seriousness, others have asked about a hard copy, too. If the book looks like it has potential, I may look into what Amazon's Create Space has to offer. I'm a little bit skeptical of hard copy self-publishers and there is cost involved. Whether or not to look for a publisher is a hard decision to make because of the downsides. It is a very long process and authors get very little in the end. Five to seven percent is average. Maybe ten percent with a big publisher if an author has name recognition. There is glory in it, but not much else unless the publisher turns the book into a big seller. E-books give writers an option they didn't have before and some readers prefer E-books. Have a great day! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ed WOOD ('62), David RIVERS ('65) John ZIMMER ('66), Brad WEAR ('71) Roy Orbison (RIP) 1988 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: 12/05 David DOUGLAS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna THORSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SNYDER ('71) '52 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff FULCHER ('76) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: E-Books E-Books may be, as Mary RAY Henslee ('61) points out, the wave of the future. And I confess to now being on my third Kindle, so I'm not immune to the convenience of E-Books. I even used to read books on my Palm Pilot (remember those?) many years ago. But books offer something almost indefinable that E-Books can never deliver, IMHO. Maybe it's the heft of a good hardback, or the comfort of a good read lying on my lap as I'm reading next to the fireplace. Or the splashy colors on the cover of my current paperback. Perhaps its the sense of progress I feel as I see the bookmark sticking out of the book on the end table. I do know that a highlight of the printed word is obvious to all in this picture, as I read to my granddaughter, Sierra. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Woo/151205-Ed-G-dau.jpg Although I'll continue to welcome the convenience and cost- effectiveness of E-Books, I'll never convert completely. Mary, don't be shy of trying Create Space. I've published three books with them. Yes, there's work involved, but the price is right, and you can't go wrong with a minimum order quantity of one book. If nothing else, you'll feel good about seeing a book on your bookshelf that displays your name as the author. -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Group Hug It's that time again... winter... now winter means I voluntarily dig out my moldy heavy coat, long johns, winter sox, cap, gloves, Bomber Jammies, MLW scarf and get onna airplane and fly to Seattle, then ride to Wickiup to the deep dark woods to a house even the owner can't find half the time to get forced to eat beets and be captive inna house full of Bomber-babes at a slumber party with one other guy... now for the uninformed, that is not all the fun and games it sounds to be... As Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) intimated in her belated birthday wish (now she wants you to believe it was unintentional... lemme tell ya 'bout "more mature" Bomber- babes and little kids... they torment little kids... make them do things they don't wanna do... make them wear moustaches and hang around in their PJs... while they wear PJs and act pretty much as they did at slumber parties when the were 13! Then they make us reach into a deep dark bag and pull out who knows what... then if they like what you pulled out... they take it from you and give you sparkly size 2 slippers... remember guys... we were warned long ago about these babes when the Shirelles sang "I met him on Sunday" and then she dumped him on Saturday... guys unite!!!!!!!)... now where was I... hmmmmmmm oh yeah... ML kinda gave you a clue in her post... she knows what Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) and Mary Ann WEILAND ('63) have planned for me... oh the shame of it... how will I ever face my mommy again... oh wait... I'm a orphan... spared from that shame anyway... and then after all is said and done I'm not even allowed to tell you guys about it... you'd think I'd learn... I shall survive! But since I hafta fly up early, I'm gonna hafta do a group hug... soooooooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65 on 12/5), Lamont DeJONG ('63 on 12/6), Linda McKNIGHT ('65 on 12/6), Jim HOUSE ('63 on 12/7) and Jerry SPEARS ('64 on 12/7) on your special days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ZIMMER ('66) Re: Bomber Birthday I do not have a beanie to tip (I don't think I'm old enough to own one) and due to injuries and other traumas in my early years a lot of high school memories are vague, fuzzy at best so no real stories to relate however a very special friend is having her special day on the 5th so here's wishing a fantastic HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Donna THORSON Whiteside ('66). So looking forward to getting together again at our 50 year reunion.. -John ZIMMER ('66), Club 40 President ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Belated and on time Birthdays Happy Birthday to Art SNYDER ('71) on the 5th, and a belated Happy Birthday Michele KAFENTZIS ('71) on he 4th. Hope they were/are good ones. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sunny Plano, TX where it was 55 today ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Rex HUNT ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Jim RUSSELL ('58), Margaret EHRIG ('61) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil GOFF ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVINE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha LAWELL ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn MASON ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Well David RIVERS ('65), as my wife use to say: "Go ahead, Beat me. Cuss me. Make me go shopping! Make me write bad checks." -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ Hanford, CA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Keeping up with the times may not be by best, but not acknowledging this Bomber Babe's birthday may cause her husband to call on the services of "friends of friends" to do grievous bodily harm. With that being said, it now time for the ceremonial tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a shout of "Happy Birthday!" for Linda McKNIGHT ('65) on this occasion. Keep working at it and soon you will be 21 and Denny won't have to sneak you into bars. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain continues for the week ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim RUSSELL ('58) To: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: E-Book "American Trivia You Can Use" Mary, I loved the teaser for your E-book and understand your reluctance to invest in a hard-copy version. I'm obviously coming from a generation that appreciates "real" books, even though most of what I buy these days are e-books. But, I'm thinking that the trivia book you've published is one that many of us would purchase in hard copy as gifts for our grandchild or special other. For that reason, you'd have to weigh in the risk factor, but I think that if you timed the publication date to a couple of months before Christmas your chances of selling a hard cover would be pretty good. It seems to me that a hard copy would sell better than an e-version, but never having ventured to try it, what do I know? Good show on your researching efforts for your latest work! Cheers -Jim RUSSELL ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA (drizzling, damp, typical December) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Judy WILLOX ('61) Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) Re: December All Bomber Lunch, aka Patti's All Bomber Lunch To: All Richland/Col-Hi Bombers Here we are less than a week away from our final All Bomber Lunch for 2015. We welcome all Bombers from any class to come and enjoy a time with old and new friends. WHEN: Saturday December 12, 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.) We look forward to seeing you. -Judy WILLOX (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) -Betti AVANT ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) All this talk about e-books brought to mind a new trend I am seeing. First - just to paint my picture: 1. I am a techno geek. I was one of the first people to own a Kindle when they first came out, and am on my 4th or 5th now. 2. I love techno gadgetry, and would own more gadgets if I didn't put the brakes on myself when it comes to out of control spending. Seriously, I am into them big time! Recently, however, I have been noticing a personal desire to go back to keeping a paper calendar/organizer in my purse/life. Yesterday I was reading some Facebook posts from friends, and was kind of surprised to see that the trend is now REALLY toward not keeping a calendar in one's phone -- but back to writing things down. (Think "Daytimer", "Franklin Covey", etc.) The latest movement seems to be toward personalized organizers, which one self designs according to one's own life-style. E.G. Fitness, Mother of Young Kids, Inspirational/Spiritual, etc. What's funny to me is that the people who are really getting into this movement quickly are mainly in their 20s and 30s -- and of course don't remember how big this was 20 years ago. (Pre-Palm Pilots and smart phones.) I'm trying not to buy one. The one I want (yes, I already looked) is about $40. Yikes! Not refillable - that's just for one year. We'll see. Blessings -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm - east of Lewiston, ID - where it's sunny and around 40 this morning ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/15 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Patti JONES ('60-RIP) Duane LEE ('63) David RIVERS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOFF ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed BORASKY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOUSE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry SPEARS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma KING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy HARVILLE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike DAVIS ('74) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) mailto: RIP Re: Annual entry from Patti first submitted 12/7/10 http://alumnisandstorm.com/Xtra/Jon/101207-XmasTips.htm -Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Duane LEE ('63) Small article in Tri-City Herald today under title "On this day"... [in 1947] http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Lee/151207-Conley.jpg -Duane LEE ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: smaller but it still don't get no better! So there I am, standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona... no wait... I wuz standing on the sidewalk at SeaTac airport, you know in the no smoking area... after having been given permission by Jimbeaux ('63) to smoke all I want (if I don't mind snotty comments and looks from the more healthy crowd... I refrained except in the hinterlands where designated) and I thunk I'd better let him know which side I was on when I heard the most angelic voice say: "David"... I just knew I had heard a voice from the heavenly spheres... I looked up and I was right... there she was... Mary Ann WIELAND ('63)... I swooned and then composed myself... not easy after falling in the wet from the swoon... but nobody seemed to notice... Oh my... a ride to Oly in the back seat with Mary Ann... I knew I had finally made the grade... that was before she climbed in the back seat with the ever Young and Lovely Miss Nancy ('65) leaving me to ride in front with Jim... so ok... I can take rejection... I mean it's only been about 55 years I've been trolling for that date... off we headed for Ellen's ('63) in Wikiup... a stop at the store for some licorice ice cream that turned into vanilla during the ride and we were on our way... once there we all greeted... you know alla mushy stuff with Ellen, Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) and Cecilia BENNETT ('65) ... I shore like that mushy stuff... I was almost ready to jump back inna car and come in the door a second time to do it all over again... some great conversation and Kippy Lou ('62) and Gary arrived... now the wait for Rosalie ('63) and Chuck who had called us 10 minutes before from VanGeisen and the By-pass or somehwere... hmmm gonna be a late dinner... but all of a sudden shazaaaaaam and there they were... ah ha... now the Bomber- babes flew into preparation time... when that happens you just get outa the way... Now as you may or may not know... I am on a short leash as far as what I am allowed to disclose about Friday dinner... the food was good (I wonder how long it will take Ellen to find the beets under the refrigerator) and we played some real fun games... very clean games with no adult overtones... I can say that Mary Ann took my grab bag gift... reminded me of the year Rosalie did the same... Oh well... I can live with that... I mean the thought of those two wearing that expensive jewelry to gala events is pretty satisfying... there was no PJ wearing this year... as a matter of fact there was nothing I could say that would get me in trouble this year except maybe... uhhhhh nevermind... Saturday morning came very early since we had only just gone to bed... I scolded Barbie and Jimminie Cricket for talking in the basement while I was trying to keep my toes warm... they gave me the raspberries and I gave up... Off we headed for the "country club" in Tumwater, for Chowder with Carol (there were no babes name Carol who showed up)... where there was a smaller gathering but still great fun... Rob HILLS ('63) shared a wonderful story about my Dad that I had never heard before... I knew it was true, because it was my Pop to a T... This is a guy who used to go to the grocery store dressed in a plaid shirt, purple satin vest, derby hat with a long feather and come home complaining that people had made what would today be called "racist" comments... yup that's my pop... We had made reservations for more people than made it so many of us ordered more food than we really wanted to make the dollar minimum... we sure didn't want poor Leo WEBB ('63) left holding the bag! I had planned to bring a picture with Bill WILSON ('63) and his English students in China, but naturally left in at Ellen's where ML left her little Beaver and miniature bomb... argh! There was tattoo sharing and we tried to get Susie SHAVER ('63) to give us a sample of her tap moves from her classes (current) with Kippy... but no go... I am enclosing two pictures because one just could not be left out... you'll see why when you see them... http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Riv/GMC63MCCS-2015-04.jpg so here we go with the gang of: http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Riv/GMC63MCCS-2015-05.jpg FRONT L-R (all '63 unless otherwise noted) Jim Pitts ARMSTRONG, Joe FORD, Susie SHAVER, Louise HARTCORN, Leo WEBB BACK ROW L-R: John CAMPBELL, Mary COLLINS, Mary Lou WATKINS, Ellen WEIHERMILLER, David RIVERS ('65), Rob HILLS, Mary Ann WEILAND, Nancy WICK ('65), Cecilia BENNETT ('65), Lila JENNE, Don BRACKENBUSH, Jim HAMILTON... another wonderful time was had by all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Happy Birthday to one of my Fav's, Nancy HARVILLE ('71). Hope you have a good one. -Brad WEAR ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara POWELL ('58) David RIVERS ('65) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bernie QUALHEIM ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita CLEAVER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol FORSYTHE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WILSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni SHADE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bethany HAGAN ('00) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara POWELL Beaudry ('58) Sacajawea grade school Carmichael Jr. High Columbia High 1958 was married 54 years then lost my husband from diabetes. Life is truly different. I spend winters in Arizone and summers in Yakima. -Barbara POWELL Beaudry ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber-babes Rule Now, now, Rex HUNT ('53), I wouldn't go quite that far... tho I am willing to go pretty far... in fact I am having major Bomber-babe withdrawal today and am wondering if June is here yet... let's see... thirty days has November... uh guess not but soon... as Kippy's ('62) husband opined at dinner the other night... time drags at 8 because a year is 1/8th of your life and speeds along at 70 because it is 1/70th of your life... good point...... oh a question... before our 50 year reunion, Cathy MOUTON ('65) suggested at dinner one night that she stopped reading the Sandstorm because of my use of the term "Bomber-babe"... now if any of you are offended by my rather sexist comment I will gladly refer to any of you as "ladies" of course ladies is the term we usually reserve for women we do not know... as they might be offended at being called girls (just as most Bomber-babes would be offended by Bomber guys if we did NOT refer to them as girls), it seems the safest thing to call them. In any event, I can take direction and my feelings are not easily hurt (unless I ask you for 50 some years for a date and you still say "no"... sniff)... just figured I'd throw that out so if you are offended go ahead and lemme know... In the meantime we gotta Bomber-babe to whom I gotta say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Anita CLEAVER ('63) on your special day, December 8, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) So glad you posted that Holiday Tips list from Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) first submitted 12/7/10 http://alumnisandstorm.com/Xtra/Jon/101207-XmasTips.htm Blessings, -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth MILES ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy FINNEY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John MARSHALL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill VOILAND ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda OTT ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margi MAY ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Teen-age dating Sometimes I wonder how we made it outa school or maybe past Jr. Hi... One of my few vivid memories of class (beyond walking babes to and from class) is during Speech class at Chief Jo... we were given the assignment to give impromptu speeches... aww geeez something ya can't get out of... all thru school I made it a point of only attending classes where I didn't hafta produce anything... therefore, with some stupid exception, I avoided any kind of shop... wood, metal, auto... or mechanical drawing and such... but here we were caught like rats inna trap... Kenny DALL ('64), however was up to the challenge when given the topic "teenage dating"... Kenny began to describe the finer points of kids climbing date palms and gathering the dates in little baskets... what a guy! As for me and dating, I wonder why any girl would go out with someone who, while driving to the drive-in, could lose the tail pipe of his car... right at the Town Pumps, Have Louis HOGAN ('65) sweep it up and hold it for us on the way back without missing a stroke... but even after that the B-day Bomber-babe remained my steady date for a good while thereafter... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Margi MAY ('66) on your special day, December 9, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jack GARDINER ('61) Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug LUKENS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry WERSEN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff MICHAEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta JENSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Angie GUNTER ('66) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY today: Linda McCLELLAND ('66) (10th) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY tomorrow: Richard McCLELLAND ('66) (11th) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary VALLELY ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark BOLME ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) Re: Christmas cheer I hope everyone enjoys this video it is kinda fun to watch. "This is really a great idea! "A little bit of happiness in another wise bleak world. If you don't enjoy this then check yourself out!! This looks like a normal grocery store, but when the lights go out? Awesome. It took a team of cashiers, 13 different hidden cameras and a whole lot Christmas spirit to pull off this epic holiday surprise! Edeka, Germany's largest supermarket chain, decided to surprise its shoppers with a seasonal treat. In an attempt to liven up the otherwise boring chore of grocery shopping, these cashiers opted to delight their patient shoppers with a choreographed orchestra that beeped the holiday classic, "Jingle Bells." http://tinyurl.com/lptgzqv -Jack GARDINER ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I want to add my late Happy Birthday greetings to Sandy FINNEY ('60)... and tell your brother, Bill ('62) hello from me; we go way back to quadruple dates in junior high, (we weren't dating each other, but we were all walking to the movies and back together). I think if my grandson wanted to quadruple date, I might be up for it; lots of logistic problem solving involved. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN Where it's in the 50s this week, so much easier to get around in than icey streets and stairs. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: lotsa b-days I try not to watch channels that have commercials but it is not always easy especially since the normal networks are putting time and effort into some pretty good mystery type shows... so I am getting even more amused by the Rooster Pill people... picture this... a couple is dancing and the guy says when a romantic mood hits you, you don't wanna look for a bathroom before... now they are dancing inna public place... I don't know about you guys but inna day when nobody needed or ever hearda rooster pills... like when we wuz young studs... the chances of us getting lucky on the dance floor was pretty slim... getting slapped for suggesting it, you bet, but not getting lucky... so they don't wanna find a bathroom... but maybe a bedroom might be nice... this is a purely rhetorical question and I need NO answers especially from some of you more adventurous Bomber-babes, but when was the last time you did "it" on jet skis... I mean come on... now that brings me to another peev... pills usta come in bottles... now many of them come in sheets, with a layer of something you gotta remove before you can punch them out... removing the layer is probably "cinchy" for kids but for those of us getting up there it can take forever to remove that "protective" layer... by the time you have the pill you don't remember what it was for and if you hafta take two... fagetaboutit!... OK maybe it's just that I hadda very long calendar today, one set of parties that were so combative they had a special Marshal assigned to them and a case where the parties only spoke Chinese... and then... maybe it's just me... so with that HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Doug LUKENS ('62), Larry WERSEN ('64), Loretta JENSEN ('65), Jeff MICHAEL ('65) and Mike BOTU ('65-RIP) on your special day, December 10, 2015 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WILLIAMSON ('53) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY today Richard McCLELLAND ('66) (11th) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY yesterday: Linda McCLELLAND ('66) (10th) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim QUALHEIM ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer JANICEK ('90) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Tooter's "Roster Pills" In order for one brand of said pills to work, the participants must own or have access to claw-foot bathtubs. Other wise they are out of luck when it comes to "getting lucky." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the creeks are risin' and the basement is getting a bit damp ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Blister Packaging I agree, those blasted pill containers that are on a sheet and you have to remove a layer, are the "pits". makes it very difficult for someone with arthritis... half the time, I have to have my daughter or one of my grandkids open the blasted thing! I was happy when the pharmacy finally gave me the option of having "easy open" lids on pill bottles, cause those child-proof caps proved very difficult for me to open. and, I wish all "those" commercials were relegated to late- late-late-night TV. There was an item on Facebook that showed kids "hooky- bobbing" behind a car and reminded me of when we'd do that... my mom even pulled us behind the car down Elm Street. How on earth did we survive our childhood??? Between running in the DDT that was sprayed out from the mosquito trucks, jumping off railroad bridges into the Yakima River, swimming in the Columbia River, going down Flat Top on sleds and/or car hoods, sledding down Carmichael, with only the fence at the bottom to stop us, and hooky-bobbing, it's a wonder we are alive. But, I wouldn't change my childhood for anything... we never were afraid of anything... that's the wonder of being a kid... you live for the moment... never worry about tomorrow... we also had the luxury of living in a town that we could go from one end to the other and never be afraid... rode our bikes all over, too, without helmets and even, sometimes, without hands or feet, in their proper places. *grin*... even slept outside, and never worried about anyone bothering us. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ raining in Kuna, ID and snow is predicted for Sunday, can't wait. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick PIERARD ('52), Grover SHEGRUD ('56) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet MARTIN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Burt PIERARD ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paige WHEELER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick MORRELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky ALEXANDER ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanette POWELL ('79) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) Re: Birthday Greeting I want to send a big Bomber happy birthday greeting to my bro, Burt PIERARD ('59) who turns a big 75 this Saturday, December 12th. -Dick PIERARD ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Hazards of Growing Up... The way we survived all those hazerds was by eating your grandma's Christmas goodies. She was the best!!! -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Baby it's cold outside OK, OK... I give... it's feeling like winter and ain't no way I'm gonna be wearing shorts again for a while... last night I was looking at one of my trees full of leaves and trying to remember when the leaves fall... this morning I fount out... today! (yesterday as you read this)... hey where is this merry-go-round in Richland? I don't recall ever seeing it... Terry DAVIS ('65) sent me a couple of pix of '65ers riding on it after a "close out" meeting from our Reunion... looked like fun... I met the B-day Bomber in 2000 as he directed a large herd of cats on the grass at the Bomber bowl trying to get a photo of the attendees at R2K... http://allreunions99352.tripod.com/ now I love all Bomber tattoos, but I gotta say his is one of the very best... http://alumnisandstorm.com/Tatts/Tatt03-050910-BEP.html HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Burt PIERARD ('59) on your special day, December 12, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Merry Christmas to all! http://soloshideawayfunpages.com/_christmas/whitechristmas/ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie DAME ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HYLBAK ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HEDGES ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave COURSON ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Belated and Early Birthday Greetings Usually I send a private email to special Birthday people but have been falling behind, and I'm afraid I'll do it again in the busy month of December. First of all, HAPPY BELATED BD GREETINGS to Jim WILLIAMSON ('55) (on 12/11] and Burt PIERARD ('59) [on 12/12]. Jim and I went to Marcus Whitman grade school together. I've lost Jim's address, so I hope his caregiver will read this, relay my message, and send me a report on how he's doing. Burt PIERARD was Club 40 President at a time when I served as Treasurer. Bad at math, I was always a penny or two over or under, but Burt was patient and seemed glad to have a volunteer who wasn't otherwise employed. That was before our excellent Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) and her successors became available. And HAPPY EARLY BD GREETINGS to Dick McCOY ('45) [on 12/14], Larry BUNCH ('66) [on 12/14], Kathy JENSEN Collins ('53) [on 12/18], and Phil GANT ('54) [on 12/30]. DICK will celebrate his 88th, which is remarkable in itself. He and his wife, Ida, have been special friends ever since he took it upon himself to welcome me to the first Club 40 function I was eligible to attend. Larry BUNCH team-taught with me at Chief Jo with good humor and thoughtfulness, and his mother, Margaret Bunch, was a special friend through garden club. Kathy JENSEN is one of my closest Bomber classmates. She and her partner Kenny CHUBB ('53) took me to dinner for my birthday, and I will take them to Fat Olive's to celebrate Kathys 80th. Phil GANT and his wife, Patti, are like a brother and sister to me. They came from California when my soulmate, Charlie GANT ('53-RIP) was on death's door, time after time, from cancer and many other complications, but he miraculously pulled through. Then after Charlie did pass away, Phil and Patti helped to plan the Memorial Service and to organize the many possessions he left behind. Finally, Phil took full responsibility for handling Charlies estate. Feeling very blessed, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ in Tri-City sunshine before rain and colder weather return ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I want to wish All Bombers A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!! I am looking forward to Christmas, because our church has a lovely Christmas Eve service ending with communion and greeting everyone on Christmas morning!! Then on Christmas afternoon I will fly to Reno, NV to get to spend the last part of my grand baby's first Christmas out there with them!! I just hated missing his first Christmas, and our bachelor son, Ryan is working on Christmas morning til noon, so he wasn't wanting a big family dinner, So my husband will be with him, as he preaches again on Christmas Sunday, the 27th!! so I'm excited about Christmas!! Re: fun and hazards of growing up in Richland When I was maybe 12 I caught my hip on a tree sledding down Carmichael hill one snowy day, and couldn't walk. A very kind father of some smaller kids there offered to bring me home. With me that day were my friends: Billie CUMMINGS ('62-NAB- her family moved to California when we were sophomores), Cathy WOOD ('62-now in Prosser), and Carol RICE ('62-RIP; this is the first Christmas without Carol; my heart goes out to her family even though we know she is with Jesus in heaven. We miss her)... So my dear friends memorized that father's license plate number in case I didn't make it home. (This was long before cell phones, and there didn't happen to be a pay phone on Carmichael hill. As I remember I was home from school at least 3 days. This is getting long... anyway I agree it was great growing up in Richland!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Greetings from Hope, IN where it will be 70 this weekend!! I'm going to be bell ringing with our youth at Wal*Mart this afternoons and I'm trying to find some Christmas thing cool enough to wear!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: ch ch ch changes I always get a kick out of trying to get directions in Richland when I go home... Now I left there in the Summer of 1966 - the night after the class of '66 grageated... I headed off for my next duty station and for whatever reason never came back home for 20 years... no further comment on my triumphant return... mostly because I can only remember bits and pieces... but I can assure you there are those who recall nearly every "proud" moment... tho I have never had another alcoholic drink in that town since, it would seem I didn't miss offending nearly every kid in my class and anyone else I met... some kids actually recall some of the moments as good ones... but for the most part... so, when I left Richland, we knew most of the streets in town, "the highway to Kennewick and Pasco" and the By-Pass... oh yes... the Road along Riverside Park... somehow we managed to get to Walla Walla, Yakima and maybe Seattle for State... that's what I knew... yesterday, I asked DAVIS ('65) where the merry-go-round is in some pix he sent me... his response was: "Carousel off of 395"... uh huh... riiiiiiiiiiiiight... now I unnerstan ya gotsta live by numbers when yer in Kalufornya... but dang... in Richland... boy am I lost... ah but one thing that doesn't change is Bomber-babes and the b-day babe in particular... I can always count on her remaining just as she was in my memories... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best hair and the best rear end (OK one of the best lest I catch flack) around, Connie DAME ('65) on your special day, December 13, 2015!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) It's all platonic, Ray! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: RHS '65 Ladies December Lunch WHEN: Friday, December 18th, 2015 TIME: 12:15pm - 2pm WHERE: Anthony's Restaurant, 550 Columbia Point Dr, Richland Can you believe it?... in just three weeks, 2015 will come to an end! On December 18th, the "Ladies of '65" will get together for the last time this year to celebrate the holidays, catch up on news, and reminisce about our fantastic 50-Year Class Reunion last August! If you're a Class of '65 Lady Bomber, and haven't come to one of our Lunches for a while, consider joining us! If you'd like to come, please contact me so I can add your name to the reservation list! Happy Holidays! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Dick PIERARD ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Stephanie DAWSON ('60), Tim SMYTH ('62) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Toby WHEELER ('65 & '66), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCOY ('45) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole NOVOTNY ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BUNCH ('66) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike RICE ('60) & Donna BOWERS ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) Re: Longevity Reflecting on Burt PIERARD's ('59) birthday, I would add that those Pierard boys have stuck around for a remarkably long time. Our dad died in 1965 at the ridiculously young age of 59. But look at this. Burt is now 75 and I am 81. Sandstorms and tumble weeds as well as a few stray plutonium particles must have had a positive effect on us venerable Richland High grads Eh? On to our 65 year ['52 in '17] and 60 year ['59 in '19] reunions! -Dick PIERARD ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) For today's edition we acknowledge one of the older Bombers still with us. Now this guy was not born during Washington's second term as many have suggested, but it might have been Cleveland's second try. He has reached an age where he might be considered "older than dirt", but not likely. He has been a Bronc (without the final "o") and a Beaver. In 2002 he officially became a Bomber with his receipt of a Richland High School diploma. I did not meet him until a Club 40 function, the outcome of which extended the life of Club 40. I did know his younger (much) brother Pat ('55-RIP) during my tenure at Col-Hi. There is no truth to the rumor that he walked up Carmichael Hill (both ways) through 6 feet of snow (that was back in Michigan or Minnesota where they don't have hills). Without further ado, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout is in order for Dick McCOY ('45, '46, and '02) on the occasion of his 88th year. May there be many more. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rains are slacking off somewhat and the snow is staying in the mountains. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) Re: RHS Diving Champ, Kelsea HINKLEY ('16) http://www.wiaa.com/results/swim/15-16/4Agirls/ See the link on the left side: #405 Women 1 mtr Diving Semis Kelsea is the daughter of Tara BELSITO ('93) and Chris HINKLEY ('85). -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) Re: Helen CROSS Kirk's ('62) 12/13/15 Sandstorm entry I always enjoy reading tidbits about growing up in such a special place as we did. We didn't really know that it was so special until later years when we discovered that no other place was like Richland. Her reference to '62 classmates Billie CUMMINGS, Carol RICE, and Cathy WOOD brought a smile to my face. Those four classmates were pretty inseparable and very nice girls who all turned out to be wonderful, productive adults. Sorry Carol is no longer with us physically, but her spirit lives with us. -Tim SMYTH ('62) ~ Moreau, NY still no snow yet - very rare ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Re: My Grandmother's Christmas Goodies I am willing to bet you like the lutefisk (YUUUK) and the flatbra (flat bread)... my Aunt Lou still makes both of those... oh, and the lefse, too. I make that for Thanksgiving and Christmas... have my mom's lefse griddle. Fun memories, thinking of all the Norwegian goodies Grandma would make, every Christmas... thx for reminding me of them. *GRIN* Hope you have a very, Merry Christmas and a great New Year. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ raining in Kuna, ID and keeping fingers crossed that we have another White Christmas, this year. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: records Yesterday I mentioned the road along "Riverside Park" I think i meant the road along "Columbia Park"... but that's what happens when ya change stuff... now maybe the "officinal" name of our little Park was always Howard Amon and maybe it got changed while I wuz away... but the change in name got me all cunfussed and so I made a mistook... Oh well... Ya know I have always given my dear and wonderful friend Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) alotta grief for having made a career outa high school. The truth is that if Ricky WARFORD ('65) and I had been using our heads (something of which neither of us has ever been accused) we too would have been checking out the Bomber-babes from several classes after ours as life-time Seniors)... but I'm thinking today's B-day Bomber may actually have beaten Jimmie... funny thing is I no longer recall the manner in which this guy set that record. I knew it once, but like most things I learned after age 60, that info has gone poof like a face book post I try to find again after I have read it... just vanishes never to be found again... but in any event, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dick McCOY ('45;'46;02), on your special day, December 14, 2015!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* I had some trouble getting Toby's poem from weaselsoft WORD into plain text without a bunch of question marks. Toby re-did this more than once.. -Maren ======================================== >>From: Toby WHEELER Davis ('65 & '66) Re: Happy Birthday wishes for Paige WHEELER ('65) [on 12/12] Happy Birthday to my 'older' sister The Sugar Plum Fairy with raven hair, the can-can dancer in the window, the accompanist to an off-key violinist, the Halloween 'Christmas Elf' with long hair tucked into her cap, the one with 'perfect pitch' and the off-key sister. To the one who liked to change clothes on dolls, the one who vacuumed her half of a shared bedroom, the flautist who played carols with two sisters, the one who wrote piano concertos and performed Rachmaninoff with the Seattle Symphony. The modest one the shy one the brilliant one the one to share secrets with, and the secrets stayed secret! The one to laugh with, to cry with, the one to hug forever. To the one with whom to remember childhood the one to love as only sisters can. Happy Birthday Paige tomorrow and tomorrow and then again after tomorrows end. Love, Toby December 12. -Toby WHEELER Davis ('65 & '66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Christmas and New Year's greetings I don't know how much I'll be able to write on the computer for a few weeks as I'm having carpal tunnel surgery on the 14th and will have sutures in my hand for 2 weeks even though it will be through a scope. I want to wish Bombers everywhere a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016. Time is really starting to fly by again for me, 3 years ago on 9Jan2013 my world came to a temporary standstill when I got that dreaded call, "the biopsy was positive for cancer". Since then after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments I've been as active as ever and feel very blessed. I continue to talk with anyone who will listen to this old broad about my experiences as it's very therapeutic for me for whatever reason. Have a great one each and everyone of you. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Bonnie HERTZ Lampe ~ Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Curt DONAHUE ('53), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Ann CLATWORTHY ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Helen CROSS ('62), Carol CONVERSE ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev KELLER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy STAMPER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SMITH ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha GOSLIN ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) & Linda BAROTT ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Holiday Greetings I, too, will be away for the holidays, so I want to wish all Bombers everywhere a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. May God bless your celebrations of the birth of Christ and your plans for the New year. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco where the weather changes from day to day. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Edna Although many of my immediate classmates are aware, I'm told, I am remiss in not letting the Bomber Nation know that on the 28th of October, my beautiful spouse of almost 60 years, had a major hemorrage on the right side of the brain, causing a coma... she was taken to emergency where the serious condition was explained to me and I called the kids... she was in ICU for 12 days, basically in a coma, and we all traded nights so that someone was with her the whole time... but they did stop the bleeding and she slowly started to gain awareness and the use of her extremities... in the main hospital for 3 days and in a rehab center for 2 1/2 weeks, where she really started to come alive... she is home now, going through rehab here twice a week plus we do all of the exercises ourselves... prognosis is good if the bleeding stays away... we are very fortunate and blessed... the wheel chair is gone and just the walker to get around, and sometimes not even that... she is doing everything herself, except I do help with the shower... two 80 year olds in the shower has to be a laugh but, she will bathe herself this week...we want to thank all the classmates who have kept up a constant flow of encouragement during this very trying time... I personally would have had a very tough time without it... life is short in the scheme of things, and this has made me realize, we need to grab the ring on this carousel of life, when it first comes around... -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ in Sacramento where the Sierras are getting the much needed snow ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Happy Birthday to Dick McCOY ('45) [on 12/14]! from Ann CLATWORTHY. I cherish with fondness the memories of the days when you and my brother Jimmy CLATWORTHY ('46) ran around together. The parties you fellows held at my parents' home were great fun for a teen to sneak a peek in the wee small hours. -Ann CLATWORTHY Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) And now, the ceremonial tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout for Dorothy STAMPER ('54) on one of the more important dates of her life. All the best to you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the temps have dropped a bit and the rain lessens, but the snow stays in the mountains. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Thanks Tim SMYTH (fellow classmate of our fun class of '62) for your kind words. At 55 outside here, I won't get to practice my sledding skills anytime soon here, but I'm not complaining. Linda REINING ('64): We made a trip to Towner, North Dakota about 10 years ago where both my parents were born. My mom was full Norwegian, and we visited one of her relatives who made lefse for us as I'd never had it before. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: David RIVERS ('65) I believe that Howard Amon Park used to be called Riverside Park. [AND it was called John Dam Park BEFORE it was Riverside Park. -Maren: http://richlandbombers.com/gallery/0000s/Amon.html -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick They're talking of snow later on this week ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: lines, lines everywhere a line Ahhhhhhhhhh December, the month of the longest lines inna world... now I avoid DMV and the Post Office like the plague... but since the guy where I had my PO box closed his store there are those times... especially if I don't happen to be home when a package that requires a signature arrives... such as today... as the package contained club car plaques we've been waiting for a llooooong time were in the package I kinda hadda beat feet over there this morning... I gritted my teeth and went in... it was unreal... finally I got the package and headed for the bank... aaaaaaaaaaaaah ha ha ha ha... silly me... just as at the Post Office... I was only third in line, but there was only one teller working and the lady at the window musta been trying to avoid the IRS as she was dealing in cash and musta hadda million bucks in ones being counted... I think I shoulda stood in bed... My other chores were pretty ordinary, but I must say I often wonder why I venture outa the house during this month... However, there is one Bomber-babe I would be glad to stand in line to wish an HB... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marsha GOSLIN ('65) on your special day, December 15, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Barbara ENGLUND Drew ~ Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Buddy Gene KELLER ('50), Mike CLOWES ('54) David RIVERS ('65), Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Arlene THRESS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack KEYS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim SMYTH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie HANSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DAVIS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billy DIDWAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth RUSSELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary RAEKES ('79) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) To: Bev KELLER Marcum-McMullen ('49) I want to wish my sister a happy birthday and wish her more to come. I think she has been going to Bomber football and basketball games for 70 years and she still works at her C&M Landscaping business. It's been a long time since we moved to Richland in May 1945. She has a story to tell but she is too busy going to Bomber games and working at 85 years old. I have been blessed to have her as my sister. -Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Before getting to the nitty-gritty, I want to wish Edna McKeown (NAB) a speedy recovery. The image of her and Jim ('55) in the shower is not for family broadcast. There are two Bomber birthdays I wish to acknowledge, one is a Bomber Babe, whom I went to school with and the other is one of the younger Bombers whom I met at his class' reunion while I was serving as Club 40's president. Besides I wanted to get this in before the Junior Gyrene gets all gushy about it. Therefore, a double tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout is in store for Arlene THRESS ('54) and Terry DAVIS ('65). Enjoy your day, both of you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are drying out (briefly) before the next monsoon ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: he ain't heavy; he's my brother He ain't my oldest friend... heck I've known Brian JOHNSON('65), Ricky WARFORD ('65), Jack KEENEY ('65), Carl BEYER ('65), Peter Joe CARROLL ('65), Marsha GOSLIN ('65), Kandi GRUBB ('65), and Vonnie REED ('60) (never slight Bomber babes)... lots longer than I've known him... there have been long gaps in our communications... there have even been times when we flat didn't speak to each other... but through thick and thin we have always had a bond... from our very first meeting... Maybe it was our fascination with Bobby Tom Farthing, maybe it was our Moms liking the other one best... who knows what it was but it has always been there... He was always there for my Mom and Dad through the ends of their lives and they loved him dearly... I know the term "best friend" sounds kinda hokey... a throw back to second grade or earlier... but it would be hard for me to come up with a more fitting term... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Terry DAVIS Knox ('65) on your special day, December 16, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Re: Birthday Greetings. Happy Birthday to the best Bing Cherry Rustler in Richland history. Happy Birthday Terence Knox, aka Terry DAVIS ('65) you the Dood. -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda RISLOV ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna YOUNG ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike CROWLEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim GEIER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Corey BOEHNING ('87) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: America: The Good Neighbor (Tribute from a Canadian) http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blamericans.htm -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Gary PIERCE ~ Class of 1968 ~ 1950 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Mike CLOWES ('54) Leoma COLES ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy JENSEN (53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole CLARK ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn O'NEAL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan NELSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay NORTON ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Edna and thanks To: Jim McKEOWN ('53) My prayers for to you and Edna that she makes a full recovery and soon. Thanks to Rex DAVIS ('49), my grand Cougar friend. The Cougs did very well this year.except for the last game. Yes, Falk was out, but he doesn't play defense. To: Wonderful Ann CLATWORTHY ('53) You're still one of my favorites... even tho much younger. Yes we (Jim, Bob, et al) did have fun at your house, but most of all with your Dad, who was always a surprise, to say the least. And to Sweet Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Thanks from the beautiful to the old F. a birthday greeting. Thank you dear, Love Rich. To old man Clowes, Mike, AKA ('54) yes, I'm as old as dirt, but still fresh. Finally a happy birthday to Beverly KELLER Marcum-McMullen ('49) and hallo to her bro, Buddy Gene KELLER ('50) with a shot like Bud ROW ('46-RIP) it's nice to read your name, and that you are still kicking. Where did the Buddy come fron? -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Gads, another birthday of a Bomber Babe whom I went to school with. As a matter of record, we were in the same home room for two years running. For some reason the administration thought it best to break up the "home room policy", I guess to prevent a coup or something similar. Now she claimed not to have remembered me until seeing an article the real Sandstorm (published near our graduation) and replicas presented to attendees at the 60 year reunion last year. Despite all that, I will still tip the ol' propeller beanie and shout "Happy Birthday!" to Carole CLARK ('54). I doubt if she will make it to Rosie's in time for the Girls of '54 Lunch, as I believe she lives in Arizona. Oh well, have a very special day. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the monsoons continue. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Busy time of year! Spent last week in California with my son, daughter-in-law and 10 year old grandson. I flew into Orange County and then we spent the next four days in San Diego. Went on the US Midway, to the zoo, and to the Safari Park! My favorite was the Safari Park. Amazing place, lots of walking and a tram ride around the acres. I missed one of the worst storms ever back here in Oregon... my fence was blown down and there were power outages and lots of rain! We I flew back into Portland... the fields by the airport looked like lakes! Good to be home tho and trying to get caught up on baking and wrapping gifts!! Happy holidays to all my friends in the Sandstorm... wishing you all the best in the new year!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ in rainy Lincoln City, OR ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: America: The Good Neighbor (Tribute from a Canadian) http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blamericans.htm That was Gorden Sinclair, released as a record in 1973 titled "The Americans." I was driving in the downtown area of Kennewick when I first heard it on the car radio. I don't think it was even over before I turned the car and headed for a record store. I bought two 45s and gave one to my parents. I now have both of them; just need to get a reliable turntable to play them. Here is one of the many places on YouTube you can hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwzHooPjZdk And I do remember hearing he donated all the proceeds of record sales to the American Red Cross. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn BUBNAR ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony HARRAH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie BUSHNELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa McCURDY ('86) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Rockin Bombers Two special Bomber b-days today... but first lemme relate my lunchtime entertainment yesterday... now it's no secret that I like football about as much as I love the nasty pinched nerve in my back... but at least I can ignore football most of the time... but there I was at one of my favorite eateries where sports is the only topic and the Badgers and Green bay reign supreme... on the screen in front of me while I munched on my Patty melt (hold the onions), were these two groups of men dressed in red and yellow right down to their little shoes... they looked like power rangers so I knew it must be a cartoon of some kind... there was no way to take them seriously as they pranced around in their little outfits... then I saw the helmets of one of the teams was a "rams" helmet... ah but it wasn't the L.A .Rams... it was the St. Louis Rams... now I knew it was fantasy... one guy was a very large girl and his jersey even said "Gurley"... even I can spell better than that... I got a chuckle out of the cartoon thinking of the Rams in St. Louis... next the Dodgers will leave Brooklyn... rrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight... so back to the 'portant stuff... these two guys have touched my life in very different ways... the oldest, from my Adopted class was an inspiration all during school and as Jimbeaux ('63) says "Everybody has a Pook Story"... the other was my mentor from the day I met him... now why I didn't meet him sooner is beyond me... I met him when he returned from living in Portland... he was sporting the only black Converse any of us had ever seen... pretty soon they were the only shoe to be worn... everyone in my class seemed to know him but me but I was sure drawn to him by his wit and his knowledge of "how the game is played"... He and I went to our first mixer together where, as we entered, "Oh Donna" was playing... I knew Col-Hi would be the experience of my life and he made sure of it... now I was aware that Col-Hi was the biggest gathering of Bomber-babes in the world but beyond that I wasn't sure of its purpose... as I said he could play the game as few could and was soon top in the class and having every bit of fun that the rest of us did but also made him self prepared for the "future" something I thought meant "next Friday"... in our senior year he drove a VW bug and one night we managed to tear one of the front fenders off going around a mid-'50s Mercury... we convinced the kids in the other car they were in the wrong and off we went... another night we got lost in Yakima and found ourselves surrounded by a gang of tuffs... just as they were about to pounce, Ed CRISTOPHERSON ('65) appeared with a tire iron to rescue us... now during my senior year I pretty much dropped out socially... something had changed in that old gang of mine and I felt about as left out as one could feel... they expanded their friendships and began to get ready for something... something I didn't understand... He tried to alert me that I needed to get ready as well and told me I hadda take a test at CBC... I went with everyone else, but as I had failed to sign up and pay the fee... I just sat outside while everyone else took the test... he and I were going to go to San Mateo Jr. College and our big worry was whether you could drive a VW in California... hey we were from Richland... When he found that the town was the home of the Cosa Nostra those plans were canceled... but the point is that he stuck with me... Terry DAVIS ('65) has often questioned where I went our senior year... nowhere... I just didn't seem to fit in any more... I ran mostly with Jim COX ('64) and Jim WODEHOUSE ('63) that year... and of course the b-day Bomber... he never treated me any differently than as his total buddy the whole time... no matter the amount of time that goes by, nor the miles between us... I don't give a rat's petutee what our political differences may be... he will always be my very dear friend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, David "Pook" SMITH ('63-RIP) and Tony HARRAH ('65) on your special day, December 19, 2015!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays Happy Birthday to two of my most favorite people! My oldest son, Matt, turns 34 today, and the ever young Bonnie BUSHNELL ('71). I still remember her racing around in her gold Mustang full of "Bomber Babes". Hope you have a great birthday, and a Merry Christmas. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sunny Plano, TX where it's going to be a chilly 55 today. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mary RAY ('61) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: 20 Anne COLLINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry LaROCK ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: My E-book, titled "American Trivia You Can Use" I'm late finishing this entry and discussions have moved on, but decided to send it anyway since some of it might be of interest. Briefly, I would like to say that I'm in total agreement about the merits of having a book that you can actually hold in your hand and flip through the pages, but there is no denying that E-books have advantages too. Maybe someday there will be a way to buy a hard copy/E-book combo so that people can enjoy the best of both worlds at one price. Doing my book was a labor of love and I learned a lot from the research involved, but it was also a labor of necessity so I appreciate what support and comments I got from in here. I'm including the link to my book page on Amazon in case anyone missed my 12/2 post. Link for my book page Re: E-books in general I find that most people who have never bought an E-book look at them as something very foreign as was the case with me before I wrote one and was forced to learn about them. In case there is any confusion about E-books in general, they can be read from computers, tablets, or phones of any brand. Amazon's don't require a Kindle and E-books from Barnes and Noble don't require a Nook. They are stored in a cloud in your Kindle Library in your account and you tell it what devices you want to be able to use. I'm technology challenged so someone else could probably explain it better than me. The one advantage of having a Kindle is that some of their models have a "Text-to- Speech" feature so that you can have the books you purchase read to you. On Amazon's book pages you will see a place that says "Text-to-Speech" with a drop down menu that tells you what Kindles provide that feature. This is a great feature for people with vision problems as is the ability to adjust font sizes, which can be done on all types or brands of devices. Highlighting is also possible on all devices, which is something else that not everyone may know. Another thing about E-books that not everyone may know is that they can be gifted where it says "Give as a gift" on Amazon's book pages. A number of the books on Amazon are E-book only books, including publisher backed books. Some of the books that our library now carries can only be borrowed in E-book form. I don't know what these things say about the book business and where it is headed? Last year some of the big publishers brought a lawsuit against Amazon for having E-book prices too low for them to compete against with hard copies. Amazon recommends that authors not go any higher than $9.99 on their E-books. One day when I was checking on the status of my book on morals values for young people, I discovered that a publisher had apparently up and decided to create E-books for many of the children's picture books in their inventory. It was immediately evident that the books all came from the same publisher because the books were all children's picture books on Islam and Amazon had them all together at the head of the pack at the time. I'm not sure how small children take to picture books in E-book form, but I would think older kids who are fortunate enough to have a tablet to carry around with them might actually be inclined to read more simply because the books are always with them. Times keep changing whether we like it or not. It would be interesting to hear what some of our younger alumni have to say on the subject. Have a great day and extra special holiday season! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Pays To Be Diligent Carpal tunnel surgery on the 14th went very well except the post op area but that's another story. I had to have a chest X-ray for part of my pre op work-up. The radiologist thought he was seeing something in my left lung, the same side as my breast cancer. I passed the films by both my cancer doctors. a few days later since I already had appointments to see them. Well, it led to a work-in appointment to have a CAT scan of my chest last Friday. I don't know if I mentioned this or not but in November of 2014 I slipped getting out of my tub and since my momentum was going forward I smacked my chest on the edge of the tub, just below where my breast had been. I went to an urgent care clinic and X-rays were negative at that time but fractured ribs don't always show up right away. Here, one year later and having that CAT scan that showed 5 healed fractured ribs... #3 - #7 but not displaced evidently. He did indicate the least likely diagnosis was a metastatic process which I am most thankful for. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/15 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE - SHORTEST DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Tony DURAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent HAMRICK ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanne ROLPH ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan WARD (65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clint KELLY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy SIEMENS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane LEE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon ANDERSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff OSBORN ('82) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Funny, Happy and Sad Maren, This a little long [10 minutes -- and worth every minute], but it is good for Christmas. Remember Bob Hope's theme song? - "Thanks For The Memories." I hope (No pun intended) this is something you might be able to use in the next update: This is some priceless footage... A compilation of Bob Hope's Christmas tours to entertain the troops. http://biggeekdad.com/2011/02/bob - Merry Christmas! -Tony DURAN ('55) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO Bomber sent anything, but we have an anniversary and 1 Bomber Memorial today: BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob CHILES ('58) & Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Walt WENDLAND ~ Class of 1955 ~ 1937 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mary TRIEM ('47) Helen CROSS ('62) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck HOLTZ ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig LANSING ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila STAMBAUGH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy RIGGINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny KUYKENDALL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat HARTY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff O'MEALY ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) Happy Holidays to a very hard working and truly appreciated Bomber... from -Mary TRIEM Mowery (a '47 Bomber) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Christmas I just received this from Simon vonHOUWELINGEN ('63 Foreign Exchange Student) - spent the '62-'63 school year as a Richland Bomber living with John EHRIG ('63-RIP) and his family in West Richland. "Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. "This Van Houwelingen family had a busy year. We were married for 45 years and because of that we toke the whole family to Lansarote, a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean. We had to babysit a lot of time and we enjoyed it very much. Davey, the oldest, is already going to school and the others are growing so fast! "Love, Marie Jos and Simon "Met vriendelijke groet," Ask me for Simon's address if you want it. I will be flying out to Nevada so as to not miss my grand baby's first Christmas entirely. I'm excited to spend some time with my grandkids again!! Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!! Helen CROSS Kirk (62) in Hope, IN where we expect a warm Christmas of 67!! Unbelievable, it's been so nice and warm all winter... our grass is so green and lush, it needs to be mowed again. We will have a beautiful midnight Christmas Eve service at our church with chimes, the organ, soloists, and Joseph and Mary and the Innkeeper's wife will all visit and share a it of their take on Christmas Eve along with the Magi and a young shepherdess. I close with Christmas Blessings!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Boys Happy Birthday to Pat HART ('71 - #40 in your football program), and Jeff O'MEALY ('71) on the 23rd. Bomber and WSU Cougar classmates. Hope you have a good one on your special day. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ Plano, TX where it was 75 today [12/22] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Kathy STALEY Berg ~ Class of 1965 ~ 1947 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/15 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Jack GARDINER ('61), Ann ENGEL ('63) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn GROFF ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry LYNCH ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SCHAFER ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) Re: Your Home in the Snow This is really cool! Enjoy. "This is pretty amazing.Type your total address in the line provided in the link below and then view your home in the window - with the falling snow!" http://pusher.com.au/clients/pusher-christmas-2012/ -Jack GARDINER ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) Re: Birthday I want to wish my favorite -- and only -- brother-in law Art SCHAFER ('70) a Happy Birthday on Christmas Eve and blessing to the whole Schafer clan for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love to all -Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) OMG!!!!!!!! I just got the best Christmas surprise ever!!!!!!! My grandson, Kevin (USMC) has been in Georgia since February and he wasn't due to come home for Christmas, but he came home Wednesday morning and surprised all of us (except for his dad who was in on the surprise!!!!!) This is by the BEST Christmas I have ever had! and, he's home for 10 days, too!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas, everyone! -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: blind as a bat I am afraid the time has come to put my cheat sheet on a legal sized piece of paper rather than yellow stickies... I managed to transpose Susan WARD's ('65) day from 21 to 24 and two guys who are probably as close as Terry DAVIS ('65) and I are: Craig LANSING ('62) and Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) I managed to read as "29" instead of "23"... now common sense would have let me know that my Christmas b-day pal coming after Craig and Bill on the sheet shoulda been a clue... but hey, Sometimes I revert back to my Col-Hi brain power... which was about as sharp as the last broken crayon inna box... now just in case The Elf in charge would rather be doing other things on Christmas Eve than posting our cherished rag, I thought I'd get a little Christmas cheer into this one... which should begin, just in case with wishing David BOWLS' ('58) little bro ('64) an HB on Christmas day... now there are those of you who have suggested that the ol' tooter can get a tad mushy in these posts and I spoze yer right in that assessment... maybe a little odd for a Chiricahua and Marine... specially at this time of year... it always brings back memories of Brian JOHNSON ('65) swinging by the house around 9:30 or so to make the rounds to check out the loot everyone got... drove my mom crazy, but she always let me go with him against her better judgment... unusual for mom... the one year that always comes to mind is the year Beej got a transistor radio, which was the ONLY thing I wanted and didn't get... DAVIS told me the other day I was sure to get it this year... I've never been shy about telling my friends I love them... the other day that subject came up between an "upperclassman" and me on Face book... I seldom get the same salutation back tho I will say that there is almost never a time that Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67), Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65), Terry DAVIS ('65), Jack KEENEY ('65) and I don't end the conversation with those words... now those words are not used in the context of the "magic words" of adolescent sex... or even the words as said between a man and a woman... they are an expression of true affection between people who are about as close as people can be... they are the underpinning of being Bombers and growing up in Richland at a time when kids were not neighbors but siblings... when moms and dads were as much ours as the kids they parented... it was a special time and one which has never left me... nearly as magic as the Cimumum Bear... no... as magical... so as you spend time with family and friends, remember you have a whole family out here in Bomberland that love you and really mean it! As I was unable to reach everyone I'm sure on face book and by email I am sending a Christmas card with this post... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Riv/151225-Xmas.jpg -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Christmas Blessings from Haven Farm. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Hat/151224-XmasEve.jpg -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Rod SHANKS ~ Class of 1962 ~ 1942 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/15 ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Mike CLOWES ('54), Ann BISHOP ('56) Margo COMPTON ('60), Mary ROSE ('60) Leoma COLES ('63), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Pat ACKLEY ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BOWLS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Irene WALDNER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay COATES ('72) AND Jimmy Buffett turns 69 today. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Merry Christmas to Family For me, there are two kinds of families, those who enjoy mental/ideological closeness and those who share a physical closeness. My Bombers/forever family is huge and constantly expanding. My biological/marriage/soulmate/physical closeness family is shrinking. A precious few in the latter group are also Bombers, and you know what a blessing that is! This greeting is for both families! Merry Christmas, and may the good Lord bless you richly in all the days to come! -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53, who realizes there is a world family too. They need constant prayers and whatever else we can give!) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) To all Bomber friends and Club 40 Members: Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Club 40 - for those who may not know: Eligible to all Bombers who have already had their 40 year class reunion. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) By golly! We all made it to Christmas Day. I trust that Santa was good to you. We all know that "Tooter", aka Junior Gyrene, aka David RIVERS ('65) received several lumps of coal in his stocking. He probably would have received them even if he had hung the stocking by the chimney with care. If some of you in the higher mountain areas would care to, the folks on the east coast are feeling slighted this year because of a lack of snow. Send any excess to them, but don't compromise next spring's runoff. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the waters are receding and the snow remains in the mountains. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) To all our Bombers, I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy, Blessed New Year, whether believers or not. -Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) Re: Christmas I want to wish a very Merry Christmas to all Richland Bombers. Still a part of my life even if I am not there. And thank you Maren for making that so. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) Re: Snow at "YOUR" house To: Jack GARDINER ('61) This really works, Jack!!! http://pusher.com.au/clients/pusher-christmas-2012/ -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Special holiday wishes to all the Sandstorm alumni... have a very merry Christmas!! I'm blessed this year with my two grandchildren here.(13 years and baby brother 7 months old)! So much fun!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ in chilly Lincoln City, OR ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: HB and Merry Christmas http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Riv/151225-Xmas.jpg I pretty well summed it up yesterday so may I just wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend, Larry BOWLS ('64), on his special day and a special day for us all... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* lumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera SMITH ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Christmas Musing As I write this it is Christmas Day,2015. I have thought back to a much les prosperous Christmas in Richland, 1943 (I was a young lad of sixteen). We lived in the first block inhabited at 10R "A" street (renamed Thayer later). By the holiday a couple more blocks had been added including one in South Richland. By then the Rec hall, Movie house, Drug store, and Randall and Doyle's grocery in the old hardware store all were open or would soon be, but they were all a couple of miles away, and us with no auto. Our neighbor (who worked with Dad) did have a government car which we took to do our meager shopping at Nelson and Dam general store on GWWay downtown. GWWay was then a two lane road, even sporting a hitching rail in front of the old cold storage. We caught our school bus at Symons and McPherson (named today), There were no Bombers nor even Beavers, but we did have a Bronc basketball team playing in the new Grade School auditorium. It had been built as a K-12 school by the former residents. It was used as a temporary Government office, but in October the grade schoolers finally got a place to go to school. We went to High school in the old Alamo-like building behind. By Christmas we were stuffed in until our move to the new Col-Hi in April. The old building became the American Legion in 1946, and many were the Bombers who belonged. Christmas in 1943 was a little dismal and barren. The radio was our only source of entertainment, and we probably listened to Barrymore in the "Christmas Carol"... A movie could be had over in Pasco at the Liberty, two bits. Another 15 cants if one was wealthy enough to catch the Twin City bus from downtown. Life was indeed a bleak existence, but it was for most an adventure, and we ended up much better for it. I made. a lot of friends, at lesat from my perspective. . However it was much worse for the prior residents; they lost their farms and businesses which the Government paid for with dimes on the dollar, and were facing the yuletide with little hope. I had become acquainted with many who attended our school for a while. I think of them often, Things did get better for many of them, yet that year of 1943 was desolate and heartbreaking for those who built their lives and fortunes in the old Richland., . Well, I am happy to report that my 89th Christmas finds me and my family in great shape considering. And I hope you, the reader, celebrate the same. "Happy New year to all", as Tiny ALLEN ('48-RIP) would say... Especially you, Maren. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Don LYALL ('52), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Mike CLOWES ('54), Nola DAVEY ('56) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SCHULTZ ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannine HUGHES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon CHAPMAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti ECKERT ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray NELSON ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Don LYALL ('52) Re: Great Sandstorm What a great entry yesterday by Dick McCOY ('45)... how a good entry should read... no "beanies" or "babes"... -Don LYALL ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: New Year's Resolutions!! Is it too early to make a New Year's resolution for 2016? I am going to do a different one this year and it has to do with the Sandstorm!! Friday, 1/1/2016, I will reveal. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I give thanks to all the Military who have served and who are serving our Country!! For those who were not able to be home for the holiday... Stay Safe and come home soon!!! To all my friends who didn't receive a Christmas card (and there are many as I didn't get in the mood this year) you were in my thoughts! So many of you are on my Facebook and see my life daily, so nothing is really new to you! Reminder to all of my 1954 Richland Bomber classmates... let's plan a get together in 2016 and celebrate our 80th birthday!! We'll wait til the weather is warm enough to travel for some of you! Some may have already come to that age this year... but that doesn't matter... you are with us, too! Had a wonderful lunch at Rosy's Ice Cream parlor a week ago with a small but charming group including myself, Ginny WEYERTS ('54), Gwen GANSE ('54), Betty RUSSELL ('54) and Lloyd KENT ('54)! A fun time remembering things and closing out the year!!! Later..... -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco with our temps in the 20s and 30s, but no snow for now!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I certainly hope you all enjoyed "Boxing Day", or as some refer to it as "Return Day". All those strange and unknown gifts that distant relatives got you and you have no idea of what to do with them. Well, you could make up a care package for the Junior Gyrene if you were feeling generous. More than likely, however, you will return them to the store for your money back. All of that is irrelevant. This is a far more important day. Yes, that's right, it is the birthday of a Bomber Babe. I know we went to school together; she was listed in the commencement program, the class will and the class prophecy, so why can't I remember her. Needless to say that she has now reached the grand age of 21 and can now indulge in the adult beverage of her choice. All that is left to do it tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Jeannine HUGHES ('54). Rock on. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the drying process may come to an end. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nola DAVEY Meichle ('56) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Maren. Thanks for all you do. -Nola DAVEY Meichle ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Helen Burns Nash (RIP) richlandbombers.1966.tripod.com/images/HelenBurns1966.jpg Helen Burns Nash, 90, of Richland, died December 22, 2015, at Life Care Center of Richland. She was born in Waco, TX, and lived in Richland since 1949. She was a physical education teacher at Col-Hi/Richland High School and an assistant principal at Hanford High School in Richland. Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel and Gardens, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike BRADY ('61) Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron STEPHENS ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy STEACH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robyn RICHARDSON ('78) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) I agree with Don LYALL ('52). It is a wonderful entry by Dick McCOY ('45) on 12/26/2015. I would like to read more about the early history of Richland and the surrounding area. -Mike BRADY ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Season's Greetings from snowy Gardnerville, Nevada where I am enjoying 10 days with my grandkids. The baby is not yet walking or talking, and is so cute at 8 months. And my 11 year old still enjoys playing games with me and we put together a gingerbread house first thing today!! Hope my photos catch up (I sent them to pics, as instructed by Maren who does such a great job as our editor!) [Pictures arrived 16 minutes ahead of your entry. -Maren] http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Cro/151228-hats.jpg Maren, Hope your granddaughter, Abby, had a fun birthday [26th], and you too. as I think of your move to be near her, I think about our move from Indiana. For now, I will be doing my best to support the airlines by making as many trips as I can west. Happy New Year's a little early. I'm sure I will post more photos of being with my grandkids. "Happiness is being with your grandkids" (my 2016 motto) -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ from Gardnerville, NV where it is really cold at night - like 10; the snow looks pretty in the sunshine. P.S. when I was in Richland in October, I drove past Helen Burns Nash's home on Swift (guess I should say former home), and wondered how she was; she was a great teacher and role model) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Carol CARSON ('60) Margo COMPTON ('60) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck LANGE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dot EGELAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hannah LEE ('94) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Bomber Death Report Hi Maren. You will probably get an obit soon but I wanted to let you know that my oldest son, Rick SOUTHAM ('80) passed away on Christmas Eve from a heart attack. I'm stunned and heartbroken. Don't know if you want to put a note in the Sandstorm before the obit comes out. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) Re: Winter Apparently someone -- won't mention names -- decided to send the cold weather south. In San Antonio, Christmas day was almost 80 and today we will be lucky if we reach 40. I am ready for more 80 weather. -Margo COMPTON Lacarde ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dec 25th .. seen on Facebook: "'Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the house The A/C was running cuz we live in the south" -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: As the saying goes You can please some of the people all of the time and you can please alla the people some of the time but you will always be your own worst critic... or something like that... and of course, many of us are "age challenged"... now we can read up on Richland history... but there is absolutely no substitute for a kid such as Dick McCOY's ('45) memories of being a Richland kid... I can only hope we can convince others from earlier days to share... "so let's thrill once again as we turn back many years to the wild and untamed Richland of old"... "Hi ho Dupus Boomer" by Dick Donnell... It's up to you guys! Naturally, each of us is limited to our own memories... Dick can recall moving from school to school in the "early" days... I on the other hand can only recall having Col-Hi demolished around us and rebuilt while we were actively attending classes... to each his own... while many remember the amazing teachers we were privileged to have as our mentors, some can recall the 1948 flood and building the dike, for others it's "4-H anda FFA onna field trip to the farm", still others have fond memories of CAP... I recall cars, music, Zip's, my buds, the Uptown and, best of all, Bomber-babes... hey I've always said I'm a shallow, two dimensional guy... or at least I was in my Richland years... prolly still am to a great extent... which is a great intro into today's B-day Bomber-babes... One I knew from second grade on and was fortunate enough to spend hours at her home and the home of her sisters... the other I was blessed enough to go with before her passing, though she never shared her malady when I would inquire... we spent wonderful times at Doheny, Laguna and all along the Orange County area; my memories are full and she will always be with me... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Janice BEARDSLEY ('64-RIP) and Kathy WERSEN ('64- RIP) on your special day, December 29, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Floyd MELTON ('57), David DOUGLAS ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Deedee WILLOX ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil GANT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HAWKINS ('62) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Lance HARTMAN ('60) & Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) & Nancy WICK ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Nostalgia... Since Dick McCOY's ('45) recent historical info submission, there have been several comments looking for more of the same - memories of the early days in the Tri-City area... I guess I go back as far as just about any Bomber alumni, at least in terms of being an early resident. I was born in Pasco in 1934... lived there until I was 4 years of age. I remember very little of those 1st 4 years. I DO remember being in a vacant lot next to the house and a dust (sand?) storm blew in. Blinded, I was sitting in the sand amidst the weeds just about on top of an ant hill - blinded, being bitten, etc! Not a happy memory. My father managed Pasco's only movie theater of the day. We were still deep into the Great Depression, but folks seemed to be able to "dig up" the 10 cents or so for a movie, and Dad's business remained brisk. He bartered a lot - got electrical and plumbing repairs, etc. in exchange for show tickets. My maternal grandfather worked as a switch engine engineer in Pasco's big railroad yard. At that time, Pasco had a population of about 4000, Kennewick perhaps 1600, Richland was little else than two or three businesses and a school building. We moved away in 1938, living in Yakima, Walla Walla, Pendleton, OR and Ellensburg - then back to Richland in 1948. My father switched careers before WW II and became a fire fighter, serving eventually as Richland's fire chief. When we moved back, Richland had swelled to over 30,000 - the largest of the Tri-Cities, but Pasco and Kennewick grew as well. I'd guess there are well over 150,000 people here in the Tri-Cities now! My high school years were really fun, as I remember them. I went to Hill Military Academy as a freshman - folks couldn't get housing here right away. So my Col-Hi years were sophomore thru senior, and at that I left mid year in 1952... so spent only 2 1/2 years as a Bomber. Good years, though. Joined CAP cadets, learned how to fly, joined the school agriculture program when it was started (1950????). The school farm was, I think, located about where Hanford High sits today. Some of my teachers whom I remember as GOOD ones were Edgar "Dutch" Haag, Walt LePage (who was a flight instructor in CAP as well), Mr Evans the agriculture teacher, Miss Scoggins (math)... others would come to mind if I thought long enuf! Ha! Anyhow, my third tenure in the Tri-Cities started last year - 2014 - after being gone for over 62 years! Thinking back to the Col-Hi days, it seems MOST of us just wanted OUT of Richland. It is surprising to see how many live here still, or left and came back. It is a good place to be! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Time to honor another Bomber birthday. This guy I did know from back in the day. Won't say we were best buds, but we did acknowledge each other now and then. Met up with him again much later at Club 40 or a class reunion or both. Despite complaints from Katy, TX still gonna tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Phil GANT ('54). Keep on keepin' on. A couple of younger Bombers are celebrating an anniversary today. Don't think I've ever met them, except through these pages. So, Jimbeaux ('63) and the forever young and beautiful Miss Nancy ('65); don't let the rain clouds dampen your celebration today. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are calling for a cooler and drier first few days of the new year. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: OK, David Here You Go Here is a couple of my memories in Richland, we moved there just before I turned 6, 1945. The first thing that comes to mind were the dirt storms. We lived at 1314 Hunt ("A" house) and could see Badger MT from our living room; we would see the storm coming toward Richland and knew that one had about 5 minutes to get things hatched down. Mom would put a damp towel at the bottom of our front door to try and stop the dirt from coming in and by the next morning the towel would be a foot or so from the door and dirt between it and the door. I have pictures of my Dad and I raking the dirt off the lawn. The next thing I remember was the coal trucks coming and dumping coal into the basement coal bin at no charge to the resident. I remember the maintenance workers coming to your home to replace counter tops that got damaged or fix anything else that needed repair. My folks refused to let me go to the Columbia River which as one knows was just a long block from our home. Daryl JOHNS ('57) and I would go there all the time (both my folks worked) to look for arrow heads and we found many over the next couple of years. That was way before McNary Dam was built so the river was about half as wide as now. In 1948 I remember watching the river rise and the dyke being built... trucks going back and forth day and night and a few drivers going to sleep and taking out telephone poles. I do not know how it was done but I remember huge planes landing at the little Richland Airport bring in sand bags full of sand. Daryl and I and probably Larry CLARK ('57), Jim HOFF ('57) and others built forts in the stacks of hay bails being used in the dyke, that was probably not a safe thing to do, HA. Watching the Uptown being built was also a fun time for me. I had changed bedrooms by then and could watch from my room. When the first tavern was built there was almost always a fight sometime during the evening out in the parking lot and that was fun. I think I have mentioned this before; we would go to the Village theater for a double feature and news, $.12 entry fee and then walk home on GWWay which was pitch black at night and try and make it without getting scared and running all the way. I do not think we ever made it without running. Playing anti anti over, baseball in the lot behind the homes, football in the field between Hunt and GWWay which is now grass, then just dirt, hide and seek and on and on. We were never in the house except at night and later on when we moved to 517 Douglass we had sleep outs that were fun, especially the gathering of things from people's gardens, what, wait was that legal. The years in Richland can never be duplicated it was a great place and time for us kids. I will add some later as a teenage Bomber. -Floyd MELTON ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: Ed WOOD ('62) Sunday afternoon my wife, son, and I went to a mariachi band concert at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, AZ. The music reminded me of my best school friend, Ed WOOD ('62). We met at Carmichael, were members of the Science Club and the Amateur Radio Club, and served together on the projection crew. We often visited each other's homes, and Ed introduced me to Mexican music on the stereo. I've enjoyed it ever since. When we were in 9th grade we volunteered to show the movie "Daddy Long Legs" (three reels - we used two projectors to show it uninterrupted) at the 7th grade party. I remember that because a young Linda BLACKARD ('64) asked me to walk her home after the party. She was wearing high heels for the first time and wasn't too steady on them, especially on asphalt sidewalks. That was the first time a girl ever clung to me - the kind of thing I'm not likely to forget. Back to Ed, He was one of the Quill and Scroll officers our senior year. We also double dated to out-of-town football and basketball games, and to at least one drive-in movie. Ed's date was Suzie, I probably had a different one most of the time. I lost track of Ed when we went to college - Ed to Harvey Mudd in California and me to Whitman in Walla Walla. I often wished we'd kept in touch. It was through the Col-Hi alumni website that we finally reconnected decades later and exchanged emails. While I was living in Phoenix sometime after 2002, Ed stopped by on a business trip and we had lunch together. I also got to see him at our Class of '62 fifty year reunion. In junior and senior high Ed was my BFF before the acronym existed. He still is. Colorado is close enough to drive to, so when winter is over I'm hoping my wife and I can go visit him while we enjoy the beautiful scenery there. Thanks, Ed. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where we're thankfully enjoying a very mild winter. I had enough of snow growing up in Richland. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) My heart felt sympathy to Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) on the loss of your son, Rick SOUTHAM ('80-RIP). It is never a right time to lose a son, but on Christmas Eve is extra hard. To: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) I had to laugh at your southern joke?? {no joke.. truth.. been running the A/C for DAYS now -Maren] Early Happy New Year wishes to all Bombers -Helen CROSS Kirk, aka "Grammy" ('62) ~ Gardnerville, NV where we have snow; days are sunny and fine, but it's getting down to 10 and 12 at night. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) I am so sorry to hear of the death of your son, Rick SOUTHAM ('80-RIP). My heart aches for you because of the pain you are going through. You will definitely be in my prayers in the days ahead! -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What A Guy I often wonder how I could have grown up in Richland and not known some kids till I got into my 60s, but that's the way it was with the B-day Bomber... Now sure he's older than I... (I am allowed to say older about guys... so ha ha ha and neener neener) but so are tons of other kids that I did know... thank goodness that has changed in the last few years and I've been able to spend some great times with him... I guess as they say, better late than never... in this case he shares his b-day with two other great friends' Anubersery... so the it's two birds... no three birds with one wish... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Doug HAWKINS ('62) and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Jimbeaux HAMITLON ('63) and the ever young and lovely Miss Nancy WICK ('65) on your special day, December 30, 2015!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/15 - NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Ed WOOD ('62) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grace DeVINCENTIS ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne WALLACE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HILDEBRANT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ALLEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary GRIGG ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mikel BOATMAN ('99) Happy New Year from Tony DURAN ('55) http://www.openmyeyeslord.net/Train%20Ride.swf [change 2013 at the end to 2016. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Reconnecting I was pleased to hear from Jack EVANS ('62) when he and his wife JoAnn came to Denver to visit grandchildren last week. We had lunch together at The Buckhorn Exchange, catching up on each others' lives in the last 50 years. There's a lot of catching up to do, but we gave it a good start. I've found personal meetings like this so much more memorable than reunions, and have enjoyed meeting other Bombers occasionally in our travels around the country. To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Let me know when you're coming this way. The welcome mat is out whenever we're in town. Right now we're enjoying the winter snow in Keystone. It's warming up a bit now. It was zero this morning when I got up. Yesterday it was four below. -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) Re: Helen Burns Nash (RIP) A service will be held later and the family will put that information in the Herald... here is a very nice article that was in the paper in 2014. -Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Jim HARLESS ~ Class of 1973 ~ 1954 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for 2015. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2015 ~ January, 2016