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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/16 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Barbara SESLAR ('60) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Matt FILIP ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larson GRENINGER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb MILLER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna PARDEE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken DEERY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark PERKINS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FITZPATRICK ('80) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) & Shannon CRAIG ('50) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, January 2, 2016 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: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) This poem seems appropriate to share as we celebrate New Year's 2016. "Pieces of time New Year's come And New Year's go, Pieces of time All in a row. As we live our life, Each second and minute, We know we are privileged to have you in it. Our appreciation never ends For our greatest blessings, our family and friends." Happy New Year -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very cold Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* [Found this and discovered that it never appeared in the 2015 Sandstorm .. figured I'd start of 2016 this way. -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Matt FILIP ('77) Happy New Year to every Richland Bomber wherever you may reside. I wish you the most perfect 2015 with good health, fortune and happiness. Go Bombers forever. -Matt FILIP ('77) ~ Arroyo Grande, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62), Lea BOLES ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PIIPPO ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: New Year's Day Sent as I hold my Grandbaby while he sleeps... -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ In Gardnerville, NV ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Lea BOLES ('63) [Re: For yesterday -- I missed it. -Maren] Happy new Year to all the friends in Bomberland! Best to everyone for a healthy and prosperous 2016. -Lea BOLES ('63) ~ in a sunny,but very chilly Lincoln City, OR ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) [Re: for yesterday's Sandstorm - Maren]] Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: battin' 1000 for 2016 Ohhhhhhh gawd save me frum myself... so I'm thinking I should do my post before I take a nap so it will get there on time this day... wuz a tad late yesterday so didn't make the press... no prob... then I looked at the birthday note for today knowing I had two Bomber-babes for today... today... today... if last night was new year's eve... uhhhhh... today is new year's day... uhhhhhh that's the first dumb-ass... you know like one... day one... first day of January... as in it will only happen one time... today is today... and I've already missed two... and not just two but two Bomber-babes... I mean I'm good buds with both their sweeties so it's not like I'm not gonna get a date er sumthin'... but it's like word gets around ya know... hey Rivers is "dissin'" Bomber-babes... spread the word... next my number will be on the bathroom wall at Hi-Spot "for a reel crappy time call... " next it will be at Zip's "call this number for beevis and butt head's best friend"... then Mike and Doug won't be talkin' to me at DQ during CDNs... then nobody will be talkin' to me... then I won't even be able to get a drink a water outa anybody's garden hose... then certain '63 Bomber-babes will be throwin' me in the river... oh crap... my life as I know it could be roooooned... Saaaaaaaave me Mr Wizard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY late BIRTHDAY, Barb MILLER ('65) and Donna PARDEE ('65) (maybe they'll think I'm early for next year... nah don't chance it) on your special day, yesterday, January 1, 2016!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Best New TV Shows from 2015 - 1/1/16 Tri-City Herald "Richland High School graduate Santino FONTANA ('00) stars in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW." "FONTANA was born in Stockton, CA, on March 21, 1982. He is of half Italian, one quarter Portuguese, and one quarter Spanish, descent. FONTANA graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington in 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, class of 2004. In 2005, as a member of the Essentials, FONTANA co- wrote the musical comedy Perfect Harmony and originated the role of Philip Fellowes V. In 2006 he starred as Matt in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks. His Broadway debut was Sunday in the Park with George in 2007. FONTANA originated the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot from October 1, 2008 to July 4, 2009. He was awarded the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He starred as Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In 2013, he provided the voice of Prince Hans in the Disney film Frozen. In 2015, FONTANA became the first guest artist to perform three times in the space of one year with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. FONTANA also joined the cast of the CW musical dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that same year, starring alongside Rachel Bloom." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where the weather feels like 12 as I post this message at 4pm on January 1 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Bill SCOTT ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick LOHDEFINCK ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe ROBERTS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: New Year's greetings I hope everyone had a great a New Year's eve as Jackie and I did. She did 2 displays - one at 8pm for the City of Wasilla, AK and another at 10pm for a private housing development. Both went very well and her sponsors were happy. I rang in the New Year at exactly midnight here in Dutch Harbor, AK with a giant fireworks display said to be the best of the 24 I have done here. The weather was clear and calm with temp at 34. Lots of compliments everywhere I went today. The new City Manager, a recently retired USAF Officer, called me and was particularly pleased. The display is set up on a semi trailer inside a high bay building. We hook a semi-tractor to the trailer and tow it the mile or so out to the shot site a couple of hours before show time. But we have to build a support floor over the open rails of the equipment moving trailer. Then we set our racks of tubes on that floor and screw them to the floor. Only my crew knew we had 3 explosives incidents during the show. It is after all, dangerous and not a perfect science. An 8 inch shell exploded in the mortar and shredded the nearly new fiberglass mortar. In another incident 3, 6-inch shells launched at once together broke the 4x4 support underneath. The shells all performed perfectly, but the launch force snapped that 4x4 like a toothpick. The last shell was a 12 inch diameter that should have gone over 1000 feet up, broke at about 750 to 800 ft. But it broke perfectly to end the finale of the show. Cheering and ships horns and whistles lasted over a minute producing big smiles of pride in my crew. During clean up we discovered that 12 had driven the mortar through 1 foot of sand contained in the 55 gal drum and forced the bottom of the drum down through the pallet it was sitting on, and on down through 3-inch thick planking deck to the ground. Everything was set up correctly and I fired the display remotely from about 75 feet away. Our established safety procedures worked well. Occasionally a shell will malfunction and sometimes destroy the mortar, but 3 incidents is unusual. I supervised the whole operation and all was done correctly. It is just not a perfect science. But the joy of the spectators put it in the lessons learned part of the brain and life goes on. May you all have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! "Happiness is thinking of retirement after 58 explosive years" -J. Larry MATTINGLY (from the "well above average" class of 1960!) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: 70 Today I turn 70. I know, I know, big whoop. So is virtually everyone in the Class of '64 in late 2015 and early 2016. It's also my great-grandmother Ellen O'Hara's birthday. Happy Birthday, great-grandmother! May the descendants of your eight children remember you today. "How terribly strange to be 70", Paul Simon wrote many years ago in his song, "Old Friends". I don't feel strange; I think grateful is a more appropriate word. I thought perhaps today I could start a new idea wherein when people hit this milestone they could share what they have learned in their 70 years on this earth. Here is what I have learned: 1. Whoever said "Youth is wasted on the young" was absolutely right. Now that I finally have an idea of how life works, now that I finally understand myself and what makes me tick and why I did the things I did, now that I've shed the terrible inferiority complex of my youth, now that I understand and appreciate the talents I was born with, now that I can finally look in the mirror and say, "you're okay" - now that I have all these things, I find myself counting the years, wondering how long the body and mind will hold out to do all the things I want to do. 2. I find myself with a drive to accomplish in my remaining years, a drive I never had as a youth when it would have mattered so much more, when it might have altered the course of my life. I want to live by Teddy Roosevelt's dictum: "I would rather wear out than rust out". I want to push the boundaries of my intellect, I want to be more than I thought I could be, do more than I thought I could do, cram into whatever years I have left every goal I can think of. 3. We are thrust into the future, for good or ill, by a tiny percentage of humanity that brings about tomorrow. Ninety-nine percent of the rest of us are just along for the ride. 4. It's a waste of time to debate or argue with others. Now, no one likes a good verbal scrap more than I, especially if it's over politics or religion. But I've come to realize that even if by some miracle you manage to change another to your way of thinking, there are millions more like him or her who won't change. Debate is more a salve to the ego than anything else. 5. The times in my life when I've been a jerk and treated others badly (even one is too many) are times when I've forgotten that the person on the other end is a human being just like me: maybe they're having a bad day, or they're tired, or there's trouble at home, or they're ill. They're human, and more often than not, deserving of respect and patience. 6. Harboring resentment over old wounds is a really bad idea, and can damage your health. I've always felt better when I've let them go. And for those who did the wounding, more often than not karma's gonna get 'em anyway. 7. My favorite quote, Part I: "Most people are buried with their best music still inside them". I don't want to leave any music, whatever form it may take, unsung; that's why I started taking piano lessons this year, and in general am so hungry to learn. 8. My favorite quote, Part II: "The greatest of all human failings is contempt without investigation." Too many automatically reject a particular idea, discipline, or discovery without the slightest inquiry into it because it threatens their worldview. Which leads me to: 9. Thing I am most proud of, Part I: That I have become an independent thinker, willing to pursue and consider new ideas. Humanity is at its finest when it engages in scientific inquiry into the world around us, without fear of the challenge it may represent to established thinking. Favorite quote, Part III: "The wonderful thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not." - Neal deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist. 10. Thing I am most proud of, Part II: Our sons. Both began life with a strike against them, but because we never gave up on either one, they have become fine young men able to make their way in the world. My advice to them as they go: Do not be a mindless skeptic, but NEVER believe something is true simply because someone says it's true. Well, that's what comes to mind on this, my 70th birthday. What have YOU learned in your seventy years? It'd be fun to read. Bill Scott (writing as B J Scott) Winner, 2011 WILLA Literary Awards Winner, 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner, Bronze Medallion, 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Awards Finalist, 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Angel of the Gold Rush Angel's Daughter Legacy of Angels Light On A Distant Hill The Rail Queen See profiles and excerpts of all these books and read my blog at "The great tragedy of life is that most people are buried with their best music still inside them." -Bill SCOTT ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I LOVED every one of Bill's books. Waitin for a new one. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Rules and Molds are made to be broken At least in this guy's case they were... Member the first time I saw him and "the walk"... went right home and practiced in my early days at Spalding... he was larger than life as some guys are... he only got better as he grew and honed his skills in all areas... smokin' in the boys' room not allowed... so if you go out on the river... when things are really quiet... I'm sure you will catch him sittin' with Pook ('63-RIP) on Pook's bench finishing a drag... we miss you Chuck GARDINER ('63-RIP) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: '65 Ladies January Lunch WHEN: Friday, January 8th, 2016 TIME: 12:00--2:00 PM WHERE: Twigs Bistro, 1321 Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick We've survived 2015, and now a whole New Year awaits us--full of adventures, challenges, mysteries and surprises! The Ladies of '65 will be starting off the New Year by getting together for lunch next Friday... we'll share our memories of the past year and begin making new ones! If you're a "Classy Lady of '65" and would like to join us to celebrate long standing friendships, memories (especially of our 50 year reunion), and the beginning of a new year, please contact me so I can add your name to our reservation list! Happy New Year!! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ed WOOD ('62), Bill SCOTT ('64) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill LYONS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria KENNEDY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda HANSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina BERLAND ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Bill SCOTT's ('64) lessons at age 70 A great read, Bill. Thank you. I particularly loved your quote from Neal deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist,"The wonderful thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not." I don't have a favorite list of ten things I've learned, but some of what I've learned differs from yours. Different schools of life will do that. But here are a few: First, a corollary to your third observation, "We are thrust into the future, for good or ill, by a tiny percentage of humanity that brings about tomorrow. Ninety-nine percent of the rest of us are just along for the ride." Mindless minions surround and enable that tiny percentage that brings about tomorrow. How else can one make sense of some of society's self-destructive actions and decisions? Debate may be a salve to the ego, but it can be so much more if your megaphone is big enough. In today's world, one needs a large megaphone to be effective. in steering the mindless minions elsewhere. Some arguments are worth having, and others are not. Knowing which is which is important for both sanity and success. Language evolves. It also deteriorates. Evolution of language can make it richer. Language deterioration reduces clarity of communication. The newly-minted word "micro-aggression" might make our language richer, but misspelling the possessive of "it" as "it's" instead of "its" reduces language clarity, since "it's" means only "it is" or "it has". Recognizing the difference between evolution and deterioration gets more difficult as one ages. If in doubt, refer to number 3. -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Wow, I have a new and deep appreciation of what you and Jackie do, and apparently do very well. I had no idea fireworks were that powerful. Really something that needs professional operation. Congratulations. Thanks to those who wrote me who were impacted by yesterday's post. A writer wants to know his words are appreciated. I should have added one more thing of which I am most proud: that my wife, Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64) and I have been together for 30 years. It's been a struggle at times, but that's what marriage is. It's easy to get married, hard to stay that way. It's easy to bail, but determination to stick it out brings rewards. Bill Scott (writing as B J Scott) Winner, 2011 WILLA Literary Awards Winner, 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner, Bronze Medallion, 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Awards Finalist, 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Angel of the Gold Rush Angel's Daughter Legacy of Angels Light On A Distant Hill The Rail Queen See profiles and excerpts of all these books and read my blog at "The great tragedy of life is that most people are buried with their best music still inside them." -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) So glad that everything went off okay. I'm sure that you are always relieved when the show is over with. Retirement? Are you actually thinking about retiring? I just can't fathom you not doing fireworks. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick Happy New Year to all those Bombers wherever you are. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: flirtation and infatuation are good things Before I begin my tale of unrequited love... lemme send a huge thanks to Bill SCOTT ('64) for his 70th birthday post... Number 1. hit very close to home for me... I was glad several years ago when buncha '65ers were in a room BSing and the subject of "feeling less than" came up... damn I finally understood I wasn't alone... now intellectually I knew that, but it was nice to be reassured... I can't say I'm totally over it even now... I shared at Christmas with my Daughter that I feel I have virtually no skills... all I do is "talk"... I remember in my drinking days telling one of my co- workers that I had been BullS'ing so long I wouldn't know what to do if I got a real job... anyway, thanks for the entire list, Bill, it was wonderful... so now for the rest of this post you guys will have to put up with my normal "see Spot run, funny, funny Spot" attempt at "literature"... I have to say that the "unrequited" part above is more of a tease to the B-day Bomber-babe than the whole truth... I know she can't live without me and swoons ever time my name is mentioned just as I do for her... we have been flirting so long I sometimes feel like we musta gone together for years, but alas, it has all been in wonderful fantasy fun... just two Bombers enjoying each other and knowing our closeness won't wear out with time... I also wanna include a Bomber-dude that I have come to know in the past year or two on the internet and can only say I would have totally enjoyed knowing him better inna day... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Paula Jill LIONS ('64) and Larry HOLLOWAY ('64) on your special day, January 4, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Justin FRICK ('11) making a name for himself ~ 1/3/16 Herald "One year at Christmas, a camcorder was under the tree. Justin FRICK ('11) was about 8 years old, and the gift was from his grandparents. It was for the whole family, but FRICK quickly figured out how to work it and began making videos. He wasn't exactly gentle. 'I eventually broke it,' he said. 'We got another one and the same thing happened. I think by the third one, (my parents) were like, 'You need to buy it yourself.' I had to save up about $250. When you're 14, that's a lot of money. But they've never bought another camera since.' They haven't needed to. FRICK, now 23, is a rising music video director, with a sizable client list and an enviable portfolio. The Richland native has worked with artists from Tommy Cassidy to The Spirit Animals. In the past couple weeks alone, he's dropped videos for songs including Cold by Night Argent and School Daze by Tino Cruze, with more on the way." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where it is 23 with a few inches of snow at 8pm on January 3, 2016. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Steve CARSON ('58), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger McCLELLAN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Louise HARTCORN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam EHINGER ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: A Dozen Lessons I've Learned in 80 Years 1. Prayer is not enough. It is only a start. Prayer must be followed by listening, looking for answers, and acting upon the evidence. 2. Make an honest effort to tolerate God's creations, even when I fear them and don't love them. God did not intend for humans to become murderers and terrorists, but He did give us free will. 3. When I swat a fly, remember that I too can be killed in an instant. Also remember that I have lived almost to the length of my life expectancy. 4. If something is getting me into trouble, change course -- no matter how much I enjoy the activity. 5. Be as generous as I can with my time, talents and money. 6. Accept help, gifts and favors graciously. 'Pay ahead' whenever possible. 7. Don't expect everyone else to think the same as I do on every issue. Listen to opposite opinions. Don't waste time trying to achieve 100% agreement. Not even my soulmate Charlie ('53) and I agreed 100%. 8. Do not swallow the line of a Christian who swears his/her sect is the only true path to salvation. Believe Jesus Christ is God's only Son, and strive to follow His example. There are hundreds of worthy paths to salvation. 9. Honor my parents, ancestors and relatives. The elders loved my brother Ray ('57-RIP) and me, and they sacrificed and worked to the utmost for us. They set good examples for us to follow. 10, Be loyal to my marriage partner. Stand with him through 44 years of challenges like alcoholism and Alzheimer's. Accept help when offered. A person is never alone. 11. Believe in second chances. If it is meant to be, someone wonderful and amazing will waltz into your life. A Club 40 reunion was the place it happened for me. 12. Even without biological children, family can grow in delightful ways. Although soulmate Charlie GANT passed away before we could marry, his brother Phil and Phil's wife Patti are now my Bro and Sis, and their offspring are mine as well. In this same way I acquired a loving daughter, granddaughter, grandson and great-grandchildren. Bomber cheers and Happy 2016 -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ from cold and snowy Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Yeah, it's a new year, and yeah, this is a birthday greeting to a fellow classmate and Bomber. When last I saw him, we both discussed life in the "Duke City" (it was named after a duke). But I won't hold that against him. Without further ado, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a shout of "Happy Birthday!" goes to Roger McCLELLAN ('54). Maybe we'll meet again in the spring at the big "birthday party". -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we have survived a wintry blast and are enjoying warmer temps ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Ed WOOD ('62) At last bill Clinton's comment about the definition of "IT" is. Thanks! -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Bill SCOTT ('64) and Ed WOOD ('62) Re: On reaching 70 and beyond First, thanks to Bill on his shared wisdom on turning 70 (posted January 1). I do propose one footnote to his lesson #9 which concludes with this quote from Neal deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist: "The wonderful thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not." The afterthought, here, is that much of science tells us only what we "can" do, but not what we "ought" to do. This also is true. Second, in his response to Bill, Ed reminds us that language can devolve as well as evolve, at the expense of clarity. Here we might imagine an unlikely conjunction between Ed's devolving language and Neal's truth of astrophysics... Looking back from the lofty vantage point of age 71, in 1962 Ed and I sat together at the back of rows five and six near the windows, in Mrs. Arlene Macy's senior English class. From the course text we were elevated to read that the brilliant playwright "Christopher Marlowe streaked like a comet across the Elizabethan sky(!)" What could be clearer than that? Even now, the Hubble telescope still searches the mere stars in vain for the likes of the Marlowe comet and maybe even the rest of us. (btw, at the young age of 29 Marlowe was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl, apparently over who would pay the tab). -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Doug DuVON ~ Class of 1976 ~ 1958 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Vicki OWENS ('72), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora HOMME ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia REDISKE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allyson SMITH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig WALTON ('75) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: My display for Dutch Harbor, AK - New Year's Eve I had several alumni inquiring about the results of the display where an unusual number of things malfunctioned. Attached is a note I received from the Assistant to the City Manager [of Unalaska, AK]. Notes like this are always nice to receive. It takes the pain out of the 70 hour in 5 days in setting things up and 12 hours of dismantling afterwards. From: Marjorie Veeder, Admin. Coordinator Date: Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 8:31 AM Subject: Unalaska Fireworks To: "Larry Mattingly" Larry - the show was FABULOUS!! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it and he commented that it's the best one yet (since we've been here anyway)! =) Our new city manager and his wife were also pleasantly surprised at the quality of the show, and thought it was GREAT! You should have heard the whooping and hollering and applause at the end of the show. You would have loved it! Thanks again for a great show Larry and have a wonderful New Year! -Marjie, Admin. Coordinator, City of Unalaska [Happy Birthday, Larry! -Maren] -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Words are cheap To: Steve CARSON ('58) Steve, you respond to Ed WOOD ('62) and his comment on language deterioration, and particularly his distinction between "it's" and "its", by writing: "At last Bill Clinton's comment about the definition of "IT" is. Thanks!" Actually, this thread exposes not only the devolution of language, but more deeply the devolution of contemporary culture. Clinton spoke not of "it", but of "is." In defense of his notorious antics in office, Billy Boy Clinton opined that "It all depends on what the meaning of IS is"--referring to the charge and fact that he had cavorted too much with one Monica Lewinski, on top of the nation's Presidential Desk in the nation's Oval Office corner of the nation's White House. (You just can't control what the tenants do in public housing!) And the timing of this cavort was allegedly at the very same moment when the nation's President was ignoring incoming urgent and direct phone calls from Afghanistan that required a command decision from the nation's Commander in Chief. (The later and failed impeachment by Congress was not for how the Chief Executive handled this desk job, so to speak, but for the later perjury of lying about it under oath - "I did not have sexual relations with that woman..." and " depends upon what he meaning of the word is is...") Our trajectory of language corruption, and worse, has not slackened in recent years. But, of such sophisticated elitism we peasants still have the wisdom of a long-ago Chinese emperor or sage (possibly Confucius). When asked what he would do first to salvage the devolution of his own once-respected and once self-respecting nation, he replied, "I would restore the meaning of words." -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) I'd like to go on record as appreciating the wisdom shared by our elders. Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53)'s entry yesterday drew from a deep well of experience and, although officially still a whippersnapper at 61, I related to much of it. I hope those so far who've offered their synopses of decades in a few lines are enjoying the writing even a fraction as much as I'm enjoying the reading. And I hope others will take the time to share. Many, many thanks, -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ in cold Khartoum, Sudan, Africa where it got down to 57 last night. (Hey, that might not seem so cold to you, but when there's no heating in the house and no coat in the closet, it's enough to make you shiver!) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Obit for Helen Kelly Burns-Nash (RIP), former teacher A memorial service will be announced at a later date. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Dick WIGHT ('52) Steve CARSON ('58), Ed WOOD ('62) Roy BALLARD ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol DuBOIS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SCHAUER ('84) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Christmas Musings (continued) I am just on time with this reply to those who commented on my Musing of 12/26, eleven days, very good for me. Anyway, to those who commented: many thanks for your kind and interesting thoughts. Some old friends and some new.... Mr. Wight, ('52) you beat me to Pasco by a 9 years, 1934 [Dick was BORN in Pasco in 1934]. I spent 3 weeks in an old olive drab Army trailer down by the old Bridge. Daytime in the swimming area, and nighttime outside sleeping under the stars. To: Mike BRADY ('61) I have the following suggestion as to history; Go to and click on 1944. Then scroll down to the Colombian and click on the gold '44 Columbian box. All the pages in diminutive will appear. # two [03.jpg] is the old "Alamo" [top] and the new Col-Hi [bottom]. # 5 [05.jpg] is a letter explaining everything. Read it. Go to the last page [36.jpg] and you will get a pic of the entire student body in late 1943 which I estimate to be about 150. At the bottom, third from the right is our estimable principal, T. A. Trowbridge. Fifth from the right is me with my face in my hands (close to T. A., who can keep watch on me). As you probably know you can blow up any of the pics buy clicking on them. [or click Ctrl + till you get the size you want. -Maren] Have a very prosperous 2016, and I will give you some more history very soon, in a couple of months. Or more.. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Words I have enjoyed the dialogue on the "deterioration" of the English language the recent Sandstorm issues. I'm not particularly well educated in the language "arts", but I do opine that my language skills are well above average compared to the last generation or two... or three. I'm concerned that the "slide" in nuanced verbal communication is escalating even further, adversely influenced by the truncated language being used in texting and various internet forums. A couple of my pet peeves from years past included the use of "I go" instead of "I said" I recall asking one of my granddaughters where she went, and drew a blank stare. Other pet peeves are the use of "no problem" instead of "you are welcome", and the phrase "put your hands together" instead of "applause". Years ago I took a speech class at Long Beach City College, and we were discussing this issue. Our "prof" observed that in the evolution of the English language, we have reached the point where the "dummies" win out and he told us to expect more of the same as the years go by.. Seems as though he was right! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in icy Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Pete, good catch. Guess my RAM needs updating. I enjoy your comments. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Words To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) You should write more often, Pete. I'm still laughing about, "You just can't control what the tenants do in public housing!" -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Cruise Returned from Hawaii on the 31st. Had a great Christmas... Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) and I and did a tour with Trilogy sailing tours, from Lahina harbor to Lanai to snorkel, eat and have a good time I saw a whale, Nancy said it was me trying to snorkel. I did get it done for about an hour or more, then came ashore and watched. then the feed, for about 100 and staff. Great food and service the crew went around the area with trays, pots and everything, making sure everyone had enough. Then we loaded back on the two cat boats and headed back, had guava ice cream and seconds, then after that they had different kinds of beer and 2 kinds of mixed drinks. I forgot to say that it started after we left the dock in the morning with Momma Coons warm fresh cinnamon rolls with Pog and a couple of other choices to drink. After that there were wraps and different drinks, then on to lanai. This tour was by far our best and we had some very good ones. Pineapple tour, tour to Hana (12 hours), Royal Lahina Luau and not to forget the Eco zip lines, 7 I believe. All the staff on all of these were the greatest, but the Trilogy cruise stood out the most, super great staff and I was fortunate enough to a staff member stay with me for most of the time I snorkeled, so I didn't drown. If anyone gets a chance to go to Maui, do the Trilogy tour. The only down side was the traffic on highway 30n from about the aquarium to Lahina one day it took about almost 2 hours to go 21 miles. -Roy ('63) and Nancy ('67) BALLARD ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Words I'm really enjoying the discussion of language corruption by Steve Carson, Ed Wood and Pete Beaulieu. I too have been annoyed for years about the decline in proper language usage in America, and particularly the increasingly frequent improper usage of the apostrophe. It's often misused to form a plural sense, such a tire store advertising that they sell "shock's" (actual example seen on the side of a building), or misused to form a possessive sense, such as "the cat is in it's bed". As far as I know, the only proper meaning of "it's" is as a contraction for "it is", so the above sentence would read, as written, "The cat is in it is bed". This isn't something to tut-tut over; it's just plain wrong, and the saddest part is that when I see its misuse in published articles, the editor, whose job it is to root out such errors, isn't educated enough to recognize them. My other pet peeve is the use of the phrase "try and" in place of "try to", as in "I'm going to try and climb the mountain". NO! The proper phrase is "I'm going to try to climb the mountain". The first example literally would mean the speaker is going to both TRY to climb the mountain, and IS going to climb the mountain. It all makes me wonder what they're teaching in college these days. I probably don't want to know. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Rex HUNT ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Karen COLE ('55), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Susie DILL ('64), Gary TURNER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath CARLSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SINCLAIR ('77) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Re: Language! Seeing the discussion regarding language, has me stumped. English, unlike Latin, is not a dead language. As a living language it is always growing, twisting, turning as it absorbs the various Local-isms and nuances not only created by the "slang" of the streets, but the rapidly changing world and science growth. Tweet, Tweeter and twerking come to mind. I recall on moving from Louisiana in the 3rd grade to California. I was frequently reprimanded for word usage that had been common back home, but was foreign in my new school. But today some of that usage has become the norm. The actual purpose of language is to convey from one person to another or others a concept or idea. so what ever works, works. That being said: some years ago I was involved thru the Masonic lodge in a READING program at a "Magnet" school for children at risk,,, those who were lagging. It was explained to me that a child had to have at least a 4000 word vocabulary by the end of the 3rd grade or would "generally" be forever behind. Way too many families lack language skills and it is passed from generation to generation. Till they themselves have evolved a language of their own. Sort of a cross of Ebonics, Street Slang and Ghetto. As that is blended into every day English it also changing language greatly. So gentlemen you will just have to learn to live with it. as "its" is "it". -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from soggy downtown Hanford, CA where at last we are getting rain. Today is bright clear and spring like sunshine ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) "Words, words, words, I'm so sick of words" to quote Eliza Doolittle from Lerhner & Lowe's "My Fair Lady" (nee Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw). Someone blamed the poor use of the English language on a college education. I don't think so. Goes further back than that. If you hadn't learnt to spell correctly by at least third grade, your hopes for further advancement in the study of the English language might be deemed hopeless. And if it wasn't for spel-chek, I probably wouldn't be able to get through this. Be that as it may, I will continue to stumble onward. What I do remember from 12 years of school was that at least one hour of every school day was devoted to the study of our "native" tongue. Remembering, of course, what Winston Churchill said; the Americans and British peoples are separated by a common language. Another person put forth the idea that English, unlike Latin, was a still living language subject to change daily. At least some of the rules may remain constant. What we as children learned was a "pound" (lbs.) sign or something indicating a number is now know as a "hash-tag", what ever that may be. Heaven knows what the exclamation point or the question mark may be in the future. Which means further abuse for the lowly apostrophe, to say nothing of the semi-colon. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we expect rain by the weekend ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Re: Language Deterioration began long, long ago. Television seems to have initiated the phrase "I've got," followed by music such as "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts." I'm certain our parents thought we were destroying the language with the use of "Hubba hubba." -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Snowy and cold Nine Mile Falls, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Susie DILL Atlee ('64) Re: Language pet peeves One of my biggest peeves is the current use of "could of" and "should of" instead of "could have" and "should have." What ARE they teaching in school these days? I also have some pronunciation pet peeves that make me cringe. The one that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard to me is the word nuclear being pronounced as nuke-you-ler. Just my two-cents' worth. -Susie DILL Atlee ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Language deterioration Like Wow man, the generation X, or whatever, won't really "get" your recent entry (January 7) complaining about the detour-ization--or was it "deterioration" (?)--whatever, it all sounds the same, of language. Like, man, where's your tolerance? Yadahadahyadah. And, like, to close your biases, or whatever, you go: "It all makes me wonder what they're teaching in college these days. I probably don't want to know." So--here's a word on what's being taught, and even worse, on what is being set aside and not being taught. In addition to PC activism, also being marketed to a paying and captive audience is the most newly-discovered human right--the new right to not be offended by anything that might have been offered as a real learning experience. I personally recall during an intermission at a major University of Washington evening lecture, one student in the lobby counseling others: "Like, the real thing is that to question any idea is the same as attacking the person who thinks it." Qualified commencement speakers are increasingly hounded by such barbarians and complicit administrators into staying away from the podium. And as for what is not being taught--now you see it, now you don't--this content is what used to be standard fare in the routinely deleted and replaced core curriculum. (After all, modern education is like a video game with delete and restart keys.) Overall, it's ("it's" not "its"!) better to fully derail higher education into a STEM work force feeder school. The "humanities", what's that, probably just another bigoted "man" thing? The new book off the shelf is not literature, but software code writing. In 2015 a national survey found that eighty percent of Americans do not even know when Abraham Lincoln lived. The same percentage (including prime time activists and anarchists) do not know the real civil rights meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation. Barely half of those surveyed even know when the Civil War took place. Like, wow, I go "what's history to the forever-now generation"?!?! For twenty years the American Council of Trustees and Alumni that made the survey (ACTA, has been working to jump start trustees into noticing who's (not whose!) usurped their responsibilities, and to awaken brain-stem alumni into being more heard and less herded when forking over their annual tax-exempt donations. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: English Use and Abuse Two great books on use and abuse of the English language... "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" and "The Great Typo Hunt." The former is about the importance of punctuation and how incorrect usage can drastically change the intended message. The latter involves two friends who gather a collection of markers, paints, and other tools and embark on a cross country journey to surreptitiously correct "apostrophe abuse" and other grammatical and punctuation errors on public signs. All goes well until they attempt to correct a National Park sign at the Grand Canyon... needless to say, hilarity ensues! Both are highly recommended, especially to anyone enjoying this string. Part of my life's work involves driving my wife crazy as I sit and constantly correct the TV sports announcers making six figure incomes who have never learned to properly use the language... I say we start by having everyone agree that unique is an absolute and can't be modified! I love getting old and making crotchety a lifestyle! -Gary TURNER ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Rex HUNT ('53), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Pam EHINGER ('67) Betti AVANT ('69), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan ECKERT ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John TAYLOR ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl DROTTS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FUNDERBURG ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lee BUSH ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edna SMYTH ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Joe and Kristi MAGULA ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stefan SCHERPEREL ('97) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Re: Language! Try teaching English to foreign students! We have too many words that sound the same and mean much different things. Chutes-shoots, rose-rows, flour-flower, bare-bear, there- their, etc. Then we have the same word with different meanings. Rows of seats-rows your boat, bound to go some place as in moon ward or homeward. Bound to the rail road tracks. Not sure how all this complication came about, but we are stuck with it. So a bit of miss use, if it still gets the message across must be forgiven. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from Beautiful downtown Hanford, CA where the sun was shinning all to day and maybe tomorrow. Now if any you have a great grill cheese receipt ??? ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I am reminded, thank you very much, that Winston Churchill may have been correct. While in college I was good friends with a man from Japan who learned his English in Japan. He was given the choice of learning American or (British) English. He chose English thinking that he would go to England for graduate school, but instead ended up in an American university with a British accent. He was studying music (voice) and had an incredible tenor voice. Which reminds me of a quote by a friend: I always wanted to be an English teacher, and now I are one. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Rex HUNT ('53) and Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Living with a "living language" First, I fully respect the wisdom of my elders, especially Rex HUNT ('53), who reminds us that English, unlike Latin, is a living language. Perhaps we're (not wier) reminded of ninth- century Charlemagne. Charlie (?) could read by never learned to write (he practiced lettering each night with a stencil that he kept under his pillow, but could never letter on his own). Even then, Charlie lamented the already-evolving language of Latin (the dead language) into localized dialects, and from on-high he tried to restore and standardize the universal tongue. No luck. Other historians suggest that later language differentiation was accelerated in part by returning Crusaders in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries who noticed the unifying effect of Arabic among the Muslims. Language differentiation and evolution/devolution is permanent, so to speak, but on the excesses, gimmee a break, man. Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) fears for the future of the "semi-colon." Too late, man. And now to elaborate why I say this, and with my apologies, I have to resort to a Navy story. Never get a Navy guy started, but here goes In early 1968, fresh out of Navy OCS, I arrived at an aircraft carrier stationed in Long Beach. Not much later inherited one of the three deck divisions where I learned much about linguistics. In informal Navy parlance the derogatory code word is "deck apes" or "knuckle-draggers." The full range includes school drop-outs or other expelled, but also still others, and in my case even an author. I was introduced quickly to Rex HUNT's appreciation for ghetto talk, ebonics and whitey talk from down south, and even Navy jargon, but how does one talk to the full spectrum? As for the "semi-colon", for example, my (enlisted) leading petty officer (Wallace, always use only the last name) informed me that this is what you have after a major operation for hemerrhoids. Now Wallace was a very no-nonsense, wiry six- foot-two sailor who had recently won the West-Pac (Navy jargon for Western Pacific) heavyweight boxing championship, and who sheepishly informed me that the only reason he passed his last grade in school-the seventh grade-was that the principal of his Mississippi school was also the basketball coach. On my first day as division officer I finally found Wallace and two others of my 60-man division in sick bay (a familiar military term). One was recovering from a knifing, and Wallace was stretched out in considerable pain on his rack (another colloquialism!). Explaining his situation, said he to me, "Sir, they done carved me a new a**hole!" My point is that I understand living languages, and soon learned more... A sailor does not simply get into serious trouble in the Navy, rather, he finds himself "in a world of s*** Now, Wallace was the kind of naturally endowed do-it-all who actually makes the Navy run smoothly. I was very fortunate to have him. And in the back of my mind and as a suburban kid and non-career, I sometimes wondered whether I was really "cutting it" with the men. From Paul Newman in the flick, "Cool Hand Luke", and the prison warden, I wondered sometimes if "what we have here is a failure to communicate!" After all, what am I doing here, a medium town transplant from Lewis & Clark Elementary School and Columbia High School from somewhere in Eastern Washington? With Wallace I was in the shadow of a rare one who was respected and depended upon by many, from the deck apes up to the three-and four-stripers in Officers' Country (another term). He also had my respect, but Wallace could not spell the same word the same way in even a single paragraph (whatever that is), so he verbally gave his personnel reviews and together we worked out the sixty written evaluations every six months. In everything except the language arts he had "command presence." As for myself, again I long had my doubts, but then was reassured. After our two years together, as the crew was disbanding to new assignments ("billets"), Wallace - always gifted in down home vernacular - approached me ramrod straight and says ("goes"): "Sir, there's somethin' I's been want'n to tell you fer a long time... [long pause]. You ain't gunna f******' court marshal me, are yuh?" Said I, "No, speak your mind, off the record." Then to my face, he "goes" (!) "You are one tough sunnuvab*****!" And, although I was now multilingual but restricting myself to the king's English, and knowing by now his actual intent, I "go": "Wallace, coming from you that is the highest commendation I have received, from anyone, in this man's Navy. And it was. Which is to say, the dialect thing is here to stay, but because of stable definitions and punctuation it's (not "its") still possible to communicate across dialect boundaries. But, as for the choice of words, some verbiage is better, and some ain't. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: words mean something I have been relishing the discussion of language. As a teacher and a lawyer, my life has been ruled in some part by language. Without the precise use of words I could not have accomplished the tasks placed before me. Now, how can a guy who butchers words and language be so concerned... well I hope you know that I am having fun with these posts... I enjoy playing with words and non-words in these pages... it is no secret that from the middle of the third grade until I was 21, I refused to read... books that is... my mother had a theory as to why, but I'm not sure that it matters at this point... I learned a huge vocabulary and grammar from my parents... they were very strict about language use and infractions were brought to my attention immediately... the one thing that haunts me to this day is I never learned to spell. In fact, in one college course we actually had to take a spelling test... if one failed that test the highest grade one could attain was a "B". I knew that would ruin my A average, but I could hardly learn to spell in one semester so I resigned myself to the B. When grades were posted I walked into the professor's office and he broke out laughing... I was sworn to secrecy, but he explained he wouldn't be able to forgive himself if he gave me the B. Not bragging just relating a fact. I began noticing that Television announcers, to whom my mother always insisted I take note (as she believed them to be the last bastion of the English language), began to butcher the language about as badly as I do in the SS during the '60s. I mean "mom said" so I became disturbed and did as many do... corrected them as they spoke. I do the same when it comes to the law, but that's another matter. In fact forget I mentioned it because I could go into an absolute tirade over it... I clearly remember one night my mother came home from a dinner with my dad, just fuming... I mean really upset. It seems the waitress addressed my mom and dad as "you guys" and it ruined her entire evening. So before I grovel for missing a Bomber-babe b-day and wish another an HB, let me just say that I share many of your pet peeves... such as the use of "of" for "have"... besides any fool knows of is spelled "uv". On the 7th Carol DuBOIS ('66) celebrated her special day and I had it on my sheet as the 8th. I called right away and was forgiven... But today I say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Linda REINING ('64) on your special day, January 9, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Meadow Springs Pro Region's Top Teacher - 1/8/16 Herald "Meadow Springs Country Club pro Jason AICHELE ('00) on Thursday was named the Pacific Northwest PGA Teacher of the Year for 2015. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Ok all this Language talk, but no one has said anything about when a person answers the phone with "This Sue. How can I help you" My reply is "I give up how can you help me!!" I actually said that to a gal & she was dumbfounded... didn't know how to answer me! When at work or where you answer the phone... "Wal*Mart... this Sue. How MAY I help you!!" OK that is my two cents!! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Kindl (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Patti's A ll Bomber lunch WHEN: TODAY - Saturday, 9 Jan 2016 WHERE: JD Diner in West Richland TIME: around noontime. The holidays are through and it's my hope you all survived. Come and meet some old friends or make some new ones and enjoy a meal and good conversation. -Judy WILLOX ('61) -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORRIS Trimble ('65) -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Duo Happy Birthday to Joe MAGULA ('71), and the same to his twin sister Kristi MAGULA ('71). Hope the two of you have a great birthday. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ Plano, TX where it's forecasted to be 25 today after being 65 on Friday. Hey it's Texas ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Rex HUNT ('53) Steve CARSON ('58), Ed WOOD ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Bill SCOTT ('64) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl FRANKLIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl DeMERS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary BUSH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy STEIN ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) To borrow from McDonald's, "I'm lovin' it!": conversations about our evolving/devolving English language. I hope to see more posts along this line. I have enjoyed RIVERS' misspellings for a long time now, and appreciate that he actually does know how to not only spell, but WRITE. Of course, he does - one can't be a successful attorney without that ability. I join the rest of you who are distressed by the various uses and misuses of English as we learned it. Best regards and a belated Happy New Year to all. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in overcast, but pleasant Richland. I always put a comma before "but", but I'm not sure this is correct. Opinions? ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Re: Language! To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Well said! -Rex HUNT ('53) ~ from Downtown Hanford, CA where the fog came in so fast and so thick I had to lay a string to the wood pile to get a starter log for the fire place. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Love the thread on language, and the humor therein. My pet peeve is when people say "no problem". I coached my employees never to use that slang and instead say "It's my pleasure." -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Foreign influence To: Rex HUNT ('53) Rex, I'm sure you know how "all this complication came about" in our language. It's not all about foreign influence, but that has a great deal to do with it. At its root, words from Latin, Greece, French and many others supplemented the paucity of Anglo-Saxon words, and some of those words were duplicates, at least initially. "Cow," for example has an old English root, but "beef" which used to mean the same thing, came from the French. We've continued to use Germanic-based words to define animals, yet French words to define their edibles, such as the French-based "pork," and Germanic-based "pig." As English has become a dominant language in the world, this acquisitiveness of words from other languages has expanded. Moreover, native English speakers would much rather communicate with say, a native Polish speaker in poor English, rather than taking the effort to learn Polish. Especially in America during its peak immigration period a century ago, we had a choice between accepting great variations in language, or becoming a Tower of Babel. Fortunately, we chose the former. In spite all the changes to English, today we can still understand Shakespeare's language of over 500 years ago (at least some can understand him). But Shakespeare would not have been able to understand the Ango-Saxon language spoken in his country 500 years before his birth. One wonders if our descendants centuries from now will be able to understand what we write about today? -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Pete BEAULIEU (also '62) Your command of the English language is superb. Also your ability with words is fascinating. I enjoyed and could follow your Navy story because you explained it so well. Please continue to write in. To: you, Bill SCOTT ('64), Rex HUNT('53), and David RIVERS ('65) (I have to admit I did read all of your entry today), my hat is off to you for your abilities to communicate in our complicated English language. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Language I continue to enjoy the discussion of language in this forum. It seems we've really touched a nerve. Enjoyable and informative input from all. However, I must respectfully disagree with Rex Hunt ('53wb), who, if I understand correctly, wants to dismiss any concern for the continued intrusion of "localisms" and street slang into English. He states, "The actual purpose of language is to convey from one person to another or others a concept or idea, so what ever works, works". His stated purpose is the very reason we as a culture need to maintain established standards of English usage, because that conveyance should serve as a common understanding across an entire culture, not just in the local neighborhood. What works on the street doesn't work in the world of business. Slang expressions or local dialect will work their way into contemporary language whether we like it or not. It is one thing to accept such words (such as twerking) and quite another to abandon widely-recognized rules of composition and sentence structure. There was a movement some years ago to have Ebonics accepted as a legitimate dialect. Fortunately it died out (I hope). If you're speaking on the level of "Where be Tony? He be workin'", you're not going to be employed on Wall Street or in any of a host of lesser positions requiring a minimum standard of commonly understood communications skills. As Hunt points out, it's difficult to teach English to foreign language speakers. The more we abandon established rules of composition in favor of slang sentence structure or punctuation use, the more impossible English becomes to teach. A common understanding of language unites people, not only across a culture, but across national boundaries as well. Language differences serve to divide. Our standards of composition, were, like it or not, established by those nefarious "old European white guys", and we would do well to emulate them. Our founding fathers, for instance, wrote with a mastery of the English language few can emulate today. We are the worse for it. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: "failure to communicate" I read not too long ago that if we were to get into our DeLorean time machine and travel back 1000 years to jolly ole England we would not be able to understand the language spoken there, but if someone from Iceland were to travel back 1000 years, their language has not changed and they would be able to understand their ancestors perfectly. English is actually a German language brought over by the Saxons after the declining Roman Empire abandoned Britain. The Saxons pushed the Celts out to Ireland and Scotland. The reason English has more words than other languages is because of William the Conqueror and the Norman Invasion in 1066. The Normans were actually Vikings who, because the French king did not want them to make war on him allowed them to make a settlement in Normandy (northman). Within a few generations the Vikings had married into the local French population, adopted the French language and lost their Norse culture. The only case I know of where appeasement actually worked. This is alluded to at the very end of the last episode of last seasons TV show "Vikings" on the History Channel. (season 4 is supposed to start Feb 18) The structure of English did not change at all, but French words were brought into the English Language. The reason we have two words for much of our food (ham and pork) is because the Norman rulers continued to speak French. King Richard and Prince John spoke French not English like in the Robin Hood movies. Saxons became their servants, so while the servants were preparing the food they referred to it in English, but when they served it to the Normans they used the French word. This old "shellback" (sailor who has crossed the equator) understood every word of Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) post perfectly, even if he had not provided the English-Navy translation. However he must have his "grammar check" turned on. Yeah, me too. Most people quote that line form "Cool Hand Luke" as "What we have here is failure to communicate," which is grammatically correct, but about 10 years ago I saw that movie again and was surprised to hear that what actor Strother Martin actually said was, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." As to the number of Americans who don't know when Abraham Lincoln lived, or when the Civil War was fought or what the Emancipation Proclamation did, or didn't do. I never watched Jay Leno that much, but I did like to watch his "Jaywalking" segments where he went out into the streets and asked people simple questions. I know they edit these things, so I wondered how many did they have to go through to find these dumb people. I got a horrible feeling it isn't many. I remember him asking one young lady who we were fighting in the Revolutionary War and she said, "The Germans." Yeah, I'm sure she was thinking of the Hessians. The old saying is, "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Trouble is, "The main thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history." -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Happy Birthday, Judy Happy, happy birthday to our globe trotting Judy STEIN (Jason Lee '65, Chief Jo '68, Col-Hi '71, WSU '75). Here's hoping you have a great birthday wherever you are. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ where it was 28 today when I was hunting Prussian Boar on the Trinity River ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Marlene LARSEN ('56wb), Steve CARSON ('58) Connie MADRON ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Bill SCOTT ('64), Jo MILES ('64) Robert SHIPP ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim RUSSELL ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kurt JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken FORTUNE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len PARIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara SMYTH ('73wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob LYSHER ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark GERKEN ('02) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: What I learned about writing and grammar in college Taking a slight right turn, here's a smidgen of what I learned about writing and grammar in college. For punch and power, use Germanic single-syllable words rather than, for instance, the genteel French. "Shit" or "poop" or "scat" are raw and down to earth, whereas "feces" or "animal droppings" are euphemistic. A college writing instructor told us to write conversation clearly enough so the reader knows who is speaking without being told. Give each speaker a character marker. "Me and her seen a ghost!" contains two markers. The speaker puts "self" first, and also has a problem with tense. "SHE and I SAW (or HAVE SEEN) a ghost!" is correct. Most people I know equate perfect punctuation, grammar and spelling with high intelligence. One engaging Alumni Sandstorm writer was so stung by criticism that he produced a lengthy entry with perfect spelling. I used to think that excellent spelling correlated with superior intelligence, but was jerked off my pedestal by a college professor who said that is simply not true. Bomber cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ from cold but slightly warmer Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) As I recall; my statement about the semi-colon, was that I asked you to say nothing about it. And what did I get in return, a sea-story about the intelligence of "deck apes". That level, I believe is slightly above that of a fresh caught Ensign. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the warmth may be returning as the snow level creeps upward ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) Re: Old words and phrases remind us of the way we word -Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Thanks for your entry. I had to ask SIRI for the definition of PAUCITY. Now challenged to use it. Re: Language complications Recently attended a birthday celebration for my 14 year old nephew. We were all shocked when he could not read his birthday cards that were written in cursive. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Connie MADRON Hall ('60) Re: Language I cannot NOT include my pet peeve to the murder of our language today. First of all, we are so lucky to have had the English teachers we did. We were very well trained. Even though chalk probably isn't used on a blackboard anymore, I cringe like I just heard it screech when a young person today begins a sentence with the word "me," as in "Me and Susie went to the store." Two or three years ago when I first heard my granddaughter say that, I let out a strange noise, wiggled and twisted and said, "Me did?" Then I said, "Never start a sentence with the word 'me'." Hoping that it would break the habit, I offered her $10.00 and every time she started with Me, she would have to pay me 25 cents back. Well, I think I cured her, but last month she told me she told her fifth grade teacher that her grandmother said that we shouldn't begin a sentence with the word Me. Her teacher said, "That depends upon the way you use it." I want an example of that sentence. -Connie MADRON Hall ('60) ~ in rainy Central California's Coast where we need it badly ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Fascinating quotes in the vernacular Helen CROSS ('62) finds my Navy story of January 9 "fascinating" and urges me to "continue to write in." This after readers were cautioned to not get a Navy guy started on sea stories. Just this one time, I will oblige, since this next story is of broad historical interest and - given our web page thread on language evolution and devolution - since it includes three or four colloquial quotations well worth immortalizing. IF NOT INTERESTED, SKIP THIS TYPICALLY LONG SEA STORY. On July 24, 1969, the astronauts of Apollo XI, the first lunar landing, splashed down at 0549 local time (9:49 p.m. West Coast time), about 950 miles south of Pearl Harbor. Minutes before, the returning 10,000 pound conical capsule and its three history-making astronauts entered the earth's atmosphere at 25,000 miles per hour generating a friction fire ball some 200 miles long. Again, on board the recovery ship (the carrier USS Hornet, to which I was assigned) history was treated to some off-the-cuff and overlooked notable quotables. Notables included the commanding officer, captain and later Rear Admiral Carl Seiberlich (of which more below), President Nixon who at the front end of a good will tour to the Far East flew in by helicopter from Johnson Island, the head of NASA plus his two top Apollo Project staff, the Huntley-Brinkley news team plus other media, Admiral John McCain (CINCPACFLT: commander-in-chief for the entire Pacific Fleet, and father of the imprisoned and later Senator John (jr.) McCain), the Secretary of State whose name escapes me, and Rear Admiral Don ("Red Dog") Davis (commander of Manned Space Flight Recovery forces; also of which more below). The Secret Service had mapped everything out months in advance, and I recall that one member of the advance team was from our own Columbia High School (a member of a late '50s class; we did not quite meet, but I do recall seeing him from behind in a chair in the Weapons Office, and noticed that this specimen and very prominent muscles even in the back of his neck.) From the point of view of day-to-day shipboard "evolutions", this whole thing makes for a fascinating story (if interested, see Scott W. Carmichael, Moon Men Return, Naval Institute Press, 2010). But now the quotes. After it was all over, and at the pier celebration in Pearl Harbor, McCain took the stand and addressed the crew by announcing that during World War II he had fibbed about his age (he was only 16) in order to get into the Navy; he encouraged the men to also look forward, not back, and that whoever they were they too could serve well and make something of themselves. At the night following the recovery, Rear Adm. Davis, without even the formality of rising from his seat, addressed the officers' team, several dozen in a low "overhead" (ceiling) and crowded pilot "ready room", with this unparalleled eloquence for the moment, if not for the ages, "Well, we got three men to the moon and back, and you can't knock that." The night before, in the same cramped space, Captain Seiberlich had summarized his expectations, noticing forcefully that if anything went sideways the Commander in Chief and President would be onboard to be publicly embarrassed in front of 500 million television viewers. Then came the unscripted pause, and in a markedly relaxed tone he just "goes", "well, if this thing [this thing!] starts to go to worms, just play it cool." Winston Churchill he was not. On the lunar surface astronaut Armstrong had fully risen to the occasion: "That's one small step for man, and a giant leap for mankind." During the recovery the astronauts landed on board by helo and seconds were sealed up for the next twenty-one days in the Mobile Quarantine Facility (on the first lunar landing mission there was this hypothetical of weird "moon germs"; just as with the first atomic bombs at Oak Ridges' Hiroshima and Richland's Nagasaki a risk of 3-in-a-million was calculated that the earth's atmosphere would be ignited by the fireball). After some pleasantries at the MQF President Nixon unsettled everybody responsible for his security. On the flight deck he broke from the Secret Service designated route back to the helicopter and chatted with the behind-the-scenes enlisted flight deck crew. Eloquence is where you find it. For decades ever since, Seiberlich (RIP 2006, Arlington National Cemetery) relished telling how Nixon complimented a large and anonymous black man in the mix whose (not who's) only distinction was that he knew his job and did it, every day, year in and year out; "this was a great team job," "goes" the President, and without missing a beat the sailor in a purple refueling vest just comes right backatcha and, of the team, he goes, "yazzuh, we duh Hoe-nutt!" (trans: "Yes sir, we're the Hornet"). Now, back to Seiberlich and his equally eloquent "if-this- thing-goes-to-worms" thing. Why did Seiberlich make a point of deflating the nerve-twitching hype? May I propose that at least one possible influence was an event the afternoon before the actual recovery. The ship had just gone through the last of six weeks and two dozen very long practice recoveries: helos, armed shark patrols, mock-up space capsule in the water, Lt. Clancy Hatleberg (now of Chippawa Falls, Minnesota) and his Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogmen in full dress rehearsal jumping from a large Sikorsky helicopter onto the mockup capsule, rather cumbersome crane operations, etc. etc. But some practices were shorter than others... So, there I was, a dry land Richland boy, with a team of probably 40 men, thirty feet above seal level and the same distance below the Flight Deck, at the stern end of the ship working the starboard side crane. Out of sight, out of mind: we were forgotten by the big time coordinators at the other end of the ship and I had a routine question... "is this a full dress practice, or now can I break and turn the men loose before the chow line closes?" If not, then four more hours without a bite. Not rocket science, but still a real question. Part of my Recovery duty was as the single walkie-talkie communication link between the bridge, the UDT team and the nearby shark patrol boat in the water, and the final crane operations. I pushed the handset button and floated my question to what I learned was a very crowded and stuffy Bridge, nearly 300 yards in front and ten levels above the crane level. Ooops! "My bad" (to use a current language devolution). Back comes a hushed response to me, "Hangar Bay #3, this is the Bridge, the captain is upset, and he's on his way down... " Now, piercing the gloom, as they say, I could barely detect new motion at the far end of the ship in Hangar Bay #1. The three hangar bays are the ship-length aircraft storage level, one level below the Flight Deck (which covers the area of three football fields). Yup, a sailor's worst nightmare; here they come - literally in marching step and shoulder to shoulder here comes the captain, plus admiral "Red Dog" Davis at his right, and the six-foot four Dr. Stullken, imposing NASA Project Manager for this Apollo mission. Tromp, tromp, tromp. Then, it happened. In my imagination there appeared a line on the deck running left to right and just a few inches in front of my toes. Remember the Alamo! The inner voice said, this is your line, don't back up even an inch... I waited. What would be said, and then what indiscretion would blurt past my own short-timer lips? Now, eyeball to eyeball, my captain instructs me that things are a bit tense, and not to tip things over with random questions from left field. "Captain", says I (I goes!), "We have not been kept informed, and if I may I intend to feed my men before the chow hall closes [then this bit]... If things are THIS wired, then WE do have a problem, and we had better fix it before morning... but I'm not IT." Now that's (not "thats") what the meaning if IT is! So, I fully expected all hell to break loose. But no, as if they had drilled their next move a dozen times, Davis and Seiberlich and Stullken, all three, suddenly and without a single word pivoted in unison to their right, and together actually marched to the nearest hatch and disappeared up a ladder and probably back to the bridge. Silence. It was then that I turned and noticed still behind me my 40 sweaty men in hard hats, some standing and some sitting on the deck, and all of them with eyes as big as dinner plates. With less than ten minutes before the chow hall closed, I cleared the deck with a hearty command decision: "Dismissed... go get something to eat." The next day things went without a hitch. Sorry about the length, above; it's (not "its") not my fault. Complain to Helen CROSS and our honorable gate keeper Maren. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Language A tardy but hearty tip of this writer's hat to Pete BEAULIEU ('62) for his entertaining post about his Navy experiences. It was very well written and just plain funny. Good job. And a nod of amazement to Dennis HAMMER's ('64) post on the history of English. It was very informative. King Richard and Prince John speaking French?! Who'd a thunk it. I was wondering if Dennis has a little more tucked away that could explain why, if English was a German language as he says, the language the Germans speak today is so radically different from modern English? -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jo MILES ('64) Re: Creative spelling Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) hilarious Navy experience shared on 01/09 was written clearly enough for this Army Reservist to understand, and it contained a priceless quote, "could not spell the same word the same way in even a single paragraph." It reminded me of Lewis and Clark when they camped on the Columbia River at the present site of Sacajawea Park in 1805. William Clark, known as a "courageous speller" explored a few miles upstream and wrote in his journal four times the name of the river we now know as Yakima - Tapetett, Tape tett, Tape- tett, and one time he forgot to cross the "t's" and the word came out Tap teel. A later corruption by an editor changed the distorted spelling even more to Tapteal which caught the eye of modern Kennewickites who named a city street after it. It turns out, the chief who pointed out the river in 1805 was telling Clark the name of a popular fishery located upstream at the falls near present day Prosser. For centuries Natives called the fishing place Tap-tat, and Yakima journalists who later came to know the Natives spelled it Toptut. So, it appears Clark came closest to the indigenous name 3 out of 4 times, but pioneers preferred to remember the accidental version instead. -Jo MILES ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Robert SHIPP ('64) Re: Language All this talk about language reminds me of the time during Ken Jennings' record run on "Jeopardy!" when the following answer (not verbatim, but the essence is there) was revealed: "The Oakland, California, school district attempted to have this form of street talk accepted as a legitimate language." Jennings rang in and immediately replied, "What be Ebonics?" -Robert SHIPP ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: How 'bout them Sea Gulls I have a question which I am a bit timid about raising as it boarders on "political". For me, however, and for the guy who originated the idea, it is pure Bomber lore... In any event, after watching a particular debate, Jack KEENEY ('65) called me with an idea... naturally being a huge fan of a particular Bomber; having been graced with his presence at my Quilt of Valor Ceremony (as was Jackson), I jumped in with both feet. Jack had several shirts made, which he gave as gifts, along with similar bumper stickers... I am sending pictures of the shirts with this post. If you love them and want one, lemme know right away... if you don't care for the idea, ignore it and never think of it again. At this time I have 5 Bombers who wish to have shirts... The cost would be $20.00 plus shipping from Jackson to you which runs nearly four smackers in today's world. I'll wait till Friday, January 15, 2016 to let Jack know and then we'll make arrangements to get the moola to Jack and the rest will be history... -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) I want to chime in on our language discussion. 1. I find this delightful and informative! 2. My late husband, Thomas PEASHKA ('68-RIP), and I proclaimed one another as "grammar Nazis". (Please don't take offense! It was a term of mutual praise.) I have been missing those language-use critique conversations that he and I often shared. 3. Em DeVINE (52), I believe your apology ("I join the rest of you who are distressed by the various uses and misuses of English as we learned it. (I know, I know: "don't end a sentence with a preposition." In my opinion, this is an old and useless rule."), was unnecessary, as "it" is an appropriate object in your sentence. Right? 4. Also Em, I use a comma before "but" & "however", especially in longer and/or more complex sentences. I offer my thanks to all participants in this discussion! -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Gunda MULLER Rider ~ Class of 1954 ~ 1936 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 former teacher sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Helen CROSS ('62), Ann ENGEL ('63) Earl BENNETT ('63), Roy BALLARD ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66) Rick MADDY ('67), Bill Dunton (former teacher), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Annie PARKER ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom HUNT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl BENNETT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn RIESE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles KNOEBER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug STRASSER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim CORREY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger McCOLLEY ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked! The kind of language the editor to this rag allows is almost beyond my ken. And to see it written by a Bomber Babe (if I may use that term) of my acquaintance. I mean, after all, what with the twists and turns of the language as perpetrated by the Junior Gyrene is bad enough. That being said, I don't think washing her mouth out with soap would do any good at this late date. She'll play the "age card" and get away with it. And, again we are regaled with another sea story. But, I don't think this one is true because it did not start with the phrase "This is no S*%#, man!" -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the monsoons have returned and the snow level in the mountains varies from day to day. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: the dynamics of the ever-changing of language, I am reminded of the time between my junior and senior year that I spent living in Hawaii and worked at Sears in the Ala Moana shopping center. When the kids got out of school and wandered into the store, you had to be privy to the Pidgin dialect they spoke so that you didn't have that stupid look on your face trying to figure out what they were saying. Later I talked with language professors and they said that over time pidgin had developed its own grammatical rules, intonation and delivery and of course was an offshoot of English and Hawaiian words. Interestingly kids were required to speak proper English in school and to keep the pidgin out. However many of the parents also used pidgin in the home as well and sometimes I encountered it in the store from adults. The point is that language is not static but dynamic and is constantly changing and developing new words, rules of use and meanings all the time. I have a lot of sympathy for those from other countries who are trying to learn English with all its idioms, connotations and subtle variations and struggle to be understood. I'm sure Hawaiians when they first encountered the English, they felt the same way trying to understand the strange language (and strange people!) -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Thanks for another interesting story, Pete. Thanks Pete and Bill SCOTT ('64) and everyone for more interesting stories and colorful use of our English language. My dad was in the Navy on a ship bound for Okinawa when WW11 ended. But he never told us any stories about his Navy experiences, except one... that he met one of his brothers (he had 6) on Okinawa while waiting for a ship back to the States. To: David RIVERS ('65) Thanks, I'll pass on a shirt. For one thing, I don't think any shirt is worth that kind of money; for another, I don't think it would be the right logo for a Methodist minister's wife to wear. I'm looking for a shirt that says I'm from Richland, but I wasn't born there, so I'm not ordering one of the current ones I've seen on the web. Re: Winter finally comes to Hope, IN -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we survived our first day of real winter yesterday; (we had to close church due to icy roads and cold temperatures); it got down to single digit temperatures last night, and the same is expected tonight. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) Re: Old Time Candies There are places you can buy the old time candies. There's Stormin Norman's and Marsh's in Long Beach, WA. There's also a big candy store in Seaside, OR. -Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Language Here is a recent email exchange with an on-line friend who regularly sends fascinating pictures (pix), videos and stories, like this clip attached to the first entry below, which was addressed to the source. ***** Carl: Blarme, Ray. That was a bit overboard. Thanksl Of course, I don't know how to spell blarme. ***** Earl: Blarme - Probably cognitive dissonance creating a cross between "blimey" (standard British expletive, roughly "oh, my goodness!" or "whaaaat?" or other, less genteel expressions) and "blarney," a cockney colloquial for "nonsense!" ***** Carl: You got it. Thanks. Have a nice weekend ***** Earl: Chalk it up to senior moments - I regularly lose a familiar word for a few minutes, up to a full day or more. ***** ***** Note the use of double-spacing after colons. -Earl BENNETT ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [There are no double spaces (after colons) in the Alumni Sandstorm. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) To: Kurt JOHNSON ('63) With all the English talk and writing, I don't know if I should write again on the Sandstorm, but I'll try to a very good and long friend I'd like to wish a Very Happy Birthday. Kurt JOHNSON on your 71st. HAPPY, HAPPY. Re: Gunda MULLER Rider ('54-RIP) I remember the butcher shop on Stevens... Ralph and Gunda would fix 4 or 5 whole racks of ribs for us and we would have some friends over and have some good times... What a wonderful lady... not to forget Ralph also a great guy... -Roy BALLARD ('63) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: English-German I don't think I can explain why today's English is so different from today's German - not without doing a lot of research and a then probably writing the world's longest Sandstorm post. However (notice I did not start a sentence with "but") I did once ask someone who had taken German if it was easier to learn than other languages because English was a Germanic language and was told that it is. There was Old English from the time of the Saxons conquest, which was then influenced by contact with the Vikings who set up colonies in England mainly in the north. "Beowulf." Then Middle English starting with the Norman Conquest in 1066 when many French words were brought into the language which caused English to have, I think, three times as many words as other languages like Spanish and French. "The Canterbury Tales." Then about 1500 there was Modern English largely characterized by something called "the great vowel shift" 1350 to 1600 in which the pronunciation of all English long vowels was changed. "Shakespeare." Even then it is not easy to read for the modern English speaking person. I almost bought a King James version Bible 1611. It had all the weird spelling that was used in the original 1611 version, and was not easy to read. When I went back to buy a copy they were out and I have not seen one since. Some of what I learned of the history of English came from the PBS 9-part documentary "The Story of English" by Robert Mac Neil. I saw three or four episodes, and knew the Kennewick library had the series of VHS, but I waited too long and they got rid of all their VHS. (I got the VHS about library cats) I have just found out that the entire series in available on YouTube. I do remember seeing episode 2 "The Mother Tongue" which started with the Saxon invasion. So if interested just go to YouTube and type in "The Story of English." I'm going to have watch the whole series now that I know it is there. Even today in England I guess not everyone speaks "the Queen's English." Last few years there has been an unofficial "talk like a pirate day;" I noted it is not really a talk like a pirate, but rather talk like Robert Newton day. He excelled at playing pirates in the '50s, especially in the Disney version of "Treasure Island" and "Blackbeard the Pirate" with Linda Darnell. Just recently read that I was right, he used a dialect of South West England where he grew up when he played those parts. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ "Arrr!" ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Steve CARSON ('58) Re: Cursive Three of my grandchildren, two in their 20s and one in his teens, can neither read NOR writ cursive! It isn't mandatory in schools anymore! So sad. My youngest daughter is a teacher in Bakersfield, CA and they are told by their school district, "IF by the time a student is in third grade and cannot grasp the ability to read or write in cursive, they no longer have to worry about it... printing is acceptable". How on earth do they expect these kids to be able to sign their names on legal documents, or even be able to read Historical documents? Boggles my mind! The school's answers to that question is: "everyone uses computers now so the written language isn't necessary"! WHAT??? That has to be the dumbest explanation I have ever heard! We just keep "dumbing down" our kids more and more! Penmanship and cursive writing should have NEVER been stopped! And spelling is no longer a concern either... the reason? "Computers have spell check so it's okay if they don't know how to spell a word". They no longer teach them how to use dictionaries, either! I remember having to learn how to use the "guide words" on the pages of the dictionary and also how to look up the spelling of a word, even if I didn't know how to spell it. I have been enjoying all the entries about Language and how we have "murdered it" with our "slanguage". Computer-speak and texting have really ruined the English language that we grew up with... I use texting, but it takes me forever, as I still use proper English instead of the shortcuts that seem so prevalent now. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ By the time this appears in print, I will be recovering from my second hip surgery... left hip was replaced last July; Tuesday, my right hip is being replaced... my birthday present for this year. *grin* ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Ah, here it is, the day for which I wait all year (notice how nicely I phrased that). The day when I can drive one person absolutely bonkers with ellipses and other aggravating bits and pieces... no use of paragraphs usually works quite well... he is convinced I have corrupted one of his younger sisters to the gates of grammatical hell... which is a far sight better than what some parents seemed to feel about my relationships with their daughters... That said my I wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Earl (ECB3) BENNETT ('63) on your special day, January 12, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Spelling and intellect Hey Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53)! You said: "I used to think that excellent spelling correlated with superior intelligence, but was jerked off my pedestal by a college professor who said that is simply not true." I think your professor is right. Here is James Whitcomb Riley's poem, "Little Orphant Annie" Brilliant (and actually I think the spelling is brilliant, as well)! -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Y'all I have been traveling America for ten years now. Two yearly trips; first is always to Washington and Idaho visiting family and friends (the last fourteen years from SoCal). Then I head East. I am on the road four to eight weeks (eight weeks once and never again), sleeping in my vehicle at the local 24 hour Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Hotels (no, there is not) parking lot and in dive hotels at least every fourth day (just when even the bugs have stopped bothering me). I have never been in Alaska. The life of genealogy. I have been out in 'the middle of nowhere' in Oglethorpe county, Georgia, Coffee county, Tennessee, Douglas county, Missouri more than once on several trips looking for, standing on, or standing by and photographing ancestor's properties and graves. I have ordered fish & chips in a fast food in Plymouth, Mass. The spoken English language is quite useless when one cannot grasp what the speaker is saying while using their local articulation. Syntax or not. My uncle, my mother's brother and oldest of ten children, born in 1914 Missouri Ozarks, did not know how to read or write until he went to night school in his early twenties after the family came to WA state in '37. He kept on with the education and became a Yakima county sheriff. Those on horses. My father had a sixth grade education. Dad wanted to know math (paycheck) and how to read, period. He was an avid reader and self educated. Mostly flora and fauna. You can take the boy from the farm, but... blah blah. And he worked at Hanford. I learned from my special (there are some) special education students they were possibly smarter than me here and there (subbed/taught severe and profound for five years and then moved to Maui). I have written several chronologically dated histories on my family. My father's father and mother and my mother's father and mother, staying as close to the tree as possible. I do not leave America. I do know where in Europe they came from and that is good enough. These genealogy compilations will be put into several libraries and historical buildings in several states. My writing skills will, of course, probably be amusing to some, but the context will not be funny. Anyway, I enjoy immensely the SS misrepresentations of my language. I thoroughly enjoy the conversations from those who actually do speak and write correctly my only language. And I have not missed a meal because of the abuse of my language... and as long as I can get to where and for what I am looking... it's all good. The if and then construct: If I was a lawyer, then all of this would not have changed. Trust me. You know who taught me this. -Rick MADDY ('67) ~ from now off and on sunny Huntington Beach, CA where Carl BEYER ('65) and Rick WARFORD ('65) showed up for lunch on Sunday. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill Dunton (former teacher) Re: Grammar errors Haven't seen anyone list my favorite hate as a teacher: "Sitting in the car the mountains looked beautiful." Really? Must have been a very large vehicle. -Bill Dunton (former teacher) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) Earl BENNETT ('63), Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WENDLAND ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda STAMBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David WILLIAMS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat RUANE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Sharon and Karen POLK ('76) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) "I can read writin' when it's wrote; but I can't read writin' when it's writ." Now on to better things. It's Birthday Time! No, I'm not going Willard Scott on you. Today's birthday boy is a fellow classmate. I have reason to believe that we may even had converse "back in the day." None the less, he's a good guy and honor should be paid to him on this day. Now, for the ceremonial tip of the ol' propeller beanie and the "Happy Birthday!" shout for Bill WENDLAND ('54) is in order. As Jean-Luc would say: "Make it so." Good going, Bill, maybe we'll talk at the up coming "Birthday Bash." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where, yeah, it's wet. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) Re: Entering into the language discussion: In 1980 I was visiting my daughter at the military base in Baumholder, Germany. I had always wanted to visit Paris, France, and because of its proximity to where I was at the time, I imagined myself travelling there. I had to reconsider when I was informed that my daughter would not be able to go along. Since I was alone, and spoke no French, I changed my plan and decided on a four day holiday in London, England. Certainly there, I would face no language barrier. How wrong I was! The first adventure into Hyde Park and I was lost. I found the "tube" (London subway) and thought I would ask the person at the gate how to get back to my hotel. Let me just say that all his English was as confusing to me as if it had been French. His dialect was so strong that I could hardly decipher two words. I showed him my key with the name of the hotel on it, and he pointed me in the right direction. It was just a straight shot a couple of blocks ahead. I wasn't really lost I guess, but as far as communication in English, I was totally at a loss. So English is not easy to understand even when visiting another country and hearing their version. I too am horrified and disappointed at what my great grandchildren are not taught in school. However, I am excited and amazed at what they are learning in the language of computer skills. Things change and they will continue to do so. At this age, I am satisfied to just watch from the sidelines, and try not to make any "old fashioned" comments or corrections. Every time I pick up the local newspaper, it astonishes me to see the many grammatical and spelling errors in print. The editors clearly did not go to school with teachers like Ms. Nadine Brown, or Mrs. Norma Boswell at Columbia High in Richland, WA. The lack of proper punctuation and use of colloquialisms proves that. Sign me up for the list of those offended when I hear "No problem" if I ask for the check, or a coffee refill. It should not be a problem. It is your job. I think the person training staff should teach a new retort. The destruction of the English language I learned in school is a disappointment to me, however I am living in a different world and time now, so I accept the change and move on. I remember that my mother, a school teacher, nearly had apoplexy when in 1953 I used the word "crud" as an expletive. Thankfully she cannot hear the words used today to express anger. -Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Mr. Dunton: Or Mrs. Davis' (?Angela?) cringing when pointing out the grammar issue in the song lyrics: "Throw Mama from the train a kiss, a kiss." Which brings up the whole problem of "understood but not expressed" prepositions, objects, subjects, etc., and how to diagram them. I loved sentence diagraming, but language is too fluid to stay neatly within those boundaries. Regards, ecb3 -Earl BENNETT ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The first Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2016 WHEN: Saturday January, 16th. Happy New Year to all! The November Lunch got lost in the Wind Storm the Tuesday before the lunch. We will be meeting at: WHERE: The Hillside Inn Restaurant 3001 N. Nevada St., North Spokane. TIME: Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers, their families, and friends are welcome... the more the merrier. (this is an all class gathering, all class years are welcome) Out of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions, contact me... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan BAKER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane ARMSTRONG ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: English is weird A timely article i received this morning. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Language This is New Orleans... An attorney sanctioned this ad? Man: "I was on my way to my daughter's first softball game and stopped for a red light the next thing I know I got plowed in the back of." He continues: "I called [deleted attorney's name] and actually axed the lady you know 'Where are y'all located?' and that's when she told me 'You don't come to us... we come to you'" When it starts, I try to get the remote so I can mute oor fast forward past the entire ad... and try to get to it BEFORE that sentence ending in a preposition!! -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 48 at 1am ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Helen CROSS ('62) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Donna BOWERS ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron RICHARDS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Les TADLOCK ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clif HOOVER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FREEMAN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy SCHILDNECHT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED Today: Wendy CARLBERG ('64-RIP) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Roger FISHBACK ('62) & Sandy JONES ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: English language and other manifestations Some time ago a friend shared with me the following which has more than some corrections to the English language: I love #2 -- #14 -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I just learned that Jackie SHEARD Cross ('61) died in Richland last night [1/13/16]... No more details now. She was my cousin-in-law for many years, and has remained in touch for all these years. Her sister, Susan SHEARD writes to the Sandstorm some, so can probably supply more details. My sympathies and prayers for the family. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we are coming out of our deep freeze today; it's suppose to get up into the 40s, but then rain and it is to be "0" here on Sunday night ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Language Hey, on rare occasions let's flex on some dangling prepositions. With his famous oratory angling toward one such dangling, Winston Churchill made a point (he "goes"!): "This is something up with which I will not put!" And as for refraining from verbal insults, especially against fellow Members of Parliament, rather than charging a colleague with a blatant lie Churchill credits him with a "terminological inexactitude." Where is such memorable artfulness to be found today? Nothing but routine character assassinations as practiced by political wannabes, and political has beens, and by their media talking heads competing for prime time market share. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Thanks to Jim HAMILTON ('63) from yesterday, I went in on his sight to read about English. While there, caught an article about who is the largest employer in each state. What an eye- opener... its Wal*Mart in 20 states (almost all Southern States are beholden to them for the most jobs). The next most prevalent are University systems, after that it's Healthcare systems. But, I must congratulate Washington State, you are one of the rare few with the majority of jobs in something we actually sell to others... Boeing is #1 and Microsoft is #2 in providing jobs. Thanks be to the creativity of the people who live in Washington State. Just sayin' we need a lot more of this kind of thinking. If you have never lived for long periods of time in other states, you never realize how open to new ideas your state is. Good job! -Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ brrrrr its cold here in St. Louis ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The light went on As I was thinking of today's Bomber B-day babe, my mind went back to when we first met... that brought up some memories that I was never really able to piece together until today when the light went on so brightly I think it blew out... I would say 7 out of 10 of us had VERY strict parents; 1 out of 10 had moderately strict parents and the rest could get away with a whole lot... now having a fairly large group of buds, it was a given that some of them were the sneak out at night ones who seemed to have a ball... sleep overs at their houses were the preferred get aways... Because my folks didn't trust me as far as they could throw me (that's wrong... my Dad proved in my 7th grade he could throw me a fer piece)... but anyway, they dolled out the sleep overs like War rationed sugar... that to their credit kept me outa jail until my Jr. year... some of my buds... not so lucky... Now the move from 1301 Acacia to 1002 Van Geisen came as kind of a surprise... several memories put it into perspective... the first was probably going into 5th grade when I burned down the Densow's orchard... I ended up telling my mom, as the Fire-Chief instructed me to do, very late at night after a drive in movie I hurriedly suggested when the fire came on the news... the next morning the fire chief pulled up to the house and he and my Dad hadda talk... (never trust anybody over 30... he promised he wouldn't)... the ol' man said nothing to me, but gave me on of those "one a these days" looks... Now at the time I was the leader of two "gangs"... the Red Devils (neighborhood guys) and the JDs (West Richland guys)... how a kid from Richland could even come up with the idea of gangs is now beyond me... "Blackboard Jungle"? "The Wild Bunch"... who knows... so anyway, I orchestrated a fight between them to occur while I was on school patrol... it came off as planned but with some semi-serious injuries (only a dolt such as I could expect no injuries)... As soon as I was off patrol I was called into the principal's office and there was no nonsense... it was my fault... next case. Next thing I knew my pop was trading the Ranch House for the "F" house across from the park at Stevens and Van Geisen (also across from Judy ('60), Beth ('63) and Laura ('65) PARKER)... That summer, my dad also announced we were changing from Lutheran to Catholic (he didn't think it through very carefully as he was no longer eligible to go back to the Catholic Church) and I was going to Christ the King... it was also that summer that I got the "lecture", which I have believed came outa the blue: 1. He would never be my friend; 2. He would never have a beer with me; and 3. He would never get me out of jail. At not yet a 6th grader, I thought the pronouncement a tad premature, but took every word to heart and did not open my mouth (to live another hour is often the better part of valor for a kid)... I did not fully understand that all those things were connected till today... I had a "feeling" about the move but not the rest of it... So that summer was when I met Laura and her good friend the B-day babe... the park across the street was our sanctuary and the only place I was allowed to stay out late till I got my driver's license. Terry DAVIS ('65) still drives by my house and the park and remembers how our lives revolved around those nights... Though others lived in the neighborhood, I have never understood how these two girls were the only CTK kids I knew till what, 8th or 9th grade? All of my friends knew everybody over there but I didn't?... I am so very glad that this babe and I have stayed close over the years... we fight like cats and dogs on face book but not when together. She is truly very dear to me! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ronna Jo LYNCH ('65) on your special day, January 15, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry BYRON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie DAWSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary TELFER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean SCHWINBERG ( ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich SNIDER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda BARR ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: '54 Gals Lunch Our lunch with '54 ladies got the year off to a good start. Here are classmates who attended. Jeanette DUNCAN, Pat BELLARTS, Sue HALE, Norma MYRICK, Joan KNIGHT, Sandra STURGIS, Dona McCLEARY, Betty RUSSELL, Judy NIELD, Gloria ADAMS and of course, Me!! Was so happy Gloria was able to join us before she moves back up to the mountains where she lived with Clarence. He is still being taken care of in Ferndale. Missed a few regulars, but they are off traveling and having fun!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco Enjoying the warmer 40s weather in Tri Cities!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: A very sick friend This is news for former RHS students about the best teacher you ever had. Miss Linda Pfenning is very seriously ill. I took her to the hospital yesterday and stayed with her through many procedures all day long. She certainly would not want me to publicize any details. But, if some of you want to share some memories of being in her class or her letters of recommendation, etc. here in the Sandstorm, I will take them to her. Believe me, she remembers every one of you. -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: '66 in '16 The 50-year Class Reunion for the class of 1966 will be held August 12-13 at the Richland Red Lion/Hanford House. The link to our reunion page is at As of 8 pm on January 15, our responses are: Yes: 195 Classmates and 120 Guests, Possible: 76 Classmates and 37 Guests, Special Guests: 3, Total: 271 Classmates and 159 Guests = 430 If you are a classmate and have not responded, please do so. Per the Red Lion staff, this will be the largest reunion they have handled. Re: Update on two sports articles from the Tri-City Herald 1) Hanford is a 4A High School "Hanford is set to become the Mid-Columbia Conference's fifth Class 4A high school for the 2016-20 classification cycle, according to enrollment figures released Thursday by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. The Falcons will join Chiawana, Pasco, Richland and Walla Walla in 4A, while fellow MCC schools Kamiakin, Kennewick and Southridge will remain 3A." 2) senior wrestler, Nic WORKMAN ('16) "Richland senior wrestler, Nic WORKMAN ('16), is among the top-ranked 185-pounders in Class 4A, with a 21-1 record and some impressive wins." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where we our weather is warming up ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty ELY ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa HOLMES ('93) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: All Good Things Must End Yesterday I met with my partners and the employees of the company I founded 20 years ago. Not without some considerable emotion I announced my retirement from active management and onsite shooting of display fireworks. The effective date is Friday, 29 April 2016. I can still clearly recall July 4, 1954, when - at 12 years old - I was allowed to dig the holes for the mortars at the park overlooking the Columbia River. Everybody knows how tough it is to dig a hole in the ground in much of the Richland area. I also clearly recall my mother crying when she saw the bleeding blisters on my hands. But I could not have been happier, as after several years of watching I was at last, "on the crew". It would take a thick book to describe all I have been through in some 5500 or more pyro events since that summer. I did not keep a diary so as best I can recall I have been to 35 states, all provinces of Canada, and 40 foreign countries in travels associated with pyrotechnics. I have gained the respect of many in the industry with my writings and teaching and presentation of technical papers at International Symposia. My monograph on pyrotechnics used on aircraft is the international standard used by the Pyrotechnics Advisory Committee to the International Airshow Commission and I am an emeritus member of that committee. My original intent was just make folks happy shooting fireworks. I could never have imagined where it would lead me to. But I cannot just walk away from it. So I am forming Pyro Consultants, LLC. I will continue to travel and teach and participate in research on safety and methodology to safely produce solid "Entertainment Value" in Fireworks and SPFX. (special effects). I already have several prospective clients lined up. And of course there are several "loose ends of pyro and personal stuff" that I need to tidy up. At present Jackie and I have houses in Tacoma and Anchorage. We are developing a plan to phase out of one of them. We have an eye toward some travels. I don't know if we will try the 48 state run or not, but we have a long list of places to visit. The City of Unalaska is willing to sign a 3 year contract with us. It is my most memorable and favorite place to shoot. The folks up there are genuine, and nice people. Jackie and I are the only Licensed Operators permitted to do Pyro at Dutch Harbor. My last display NYE was said to be my best ever. The new City Manager is a retired full bird Col, USAF. He was amazed at the quality of the goods and pronounced the display the best he had ever seen and the fact it was in the middle of "nowhere". He used the word "fabulous" several times. Then the Fire Dept presented me with a medallion and lots of compliments on 12 years and 24 flawless and entertaining displays with no incidents, no accidents, and no injuries under very difficult conditions. All in all, life has been good to me and I look forward to sharing my remaining years with Jackie in some new adventures and to reading in the Alumni Sandstorm about the lives of folks I have known all these years. And of course watching the progress of my Children, Grand Children, and Great Grand Children. May God Bless you all, and God Bless the United States of America. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy KEENEY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie SHANKS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'NEIL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob DeGRAW ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila DAVIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie MARSHALL ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric HOLMES ('90) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Congratulations on setting a date for retirement!! After 60 some years... you deserve it! It's good that you will keep busy with something to do with the fireworks, but save some energy to entertain those grandchildren and great grandchildren!! Bless you and your wife, Jackie!!! Re: Words My pet peeve is when people don't know the difference between "there" and "their", "your" and "you're", "to", "too, and two" , and so many more same sounding words. Sometimes on Facebook, I can't help myself, but to type the correct one in "comments" without ridiculing them!! These are grown adults that should know better... well, I would think!!! Re: Our 80th birthday year!! To: Class of 1954 graduates Let's hear what month and weekend would suit you to get together with us in the Tri-Cities to have a "Birthday Party"!!! Sometime in the Spring or early Summer, before our planning for Club 40! We'll have lunch or a picnic, whatever you want!! I'll get us a cake!!!! E-mail me, or send to Sandstorm. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it is warming up!! A little snow here and there! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: words and phrases This morning I was responding to an email from Dean HOFF ('62) and found myself using a phrase I do not recall using in quite some time... I answered "It sounds like straight skinny to me." Now I recall using that phrase a great deal earlier in life but have no idea how it left more frequent use... I am fairly sure that I adopted it from Tony HARRAH ('65), as I did several others... One was the word "tad" as in a small amount... Terry DAVIS ('65) recalls everyone in school wanting to look smarter than they were in school... he excepts me from that category, however. I recall Terry actually sitting and "reading" the dictionary... with Tony it seemed to come natural... I copied his terms not so much to look smarter as much as I just thought they sounded "cool". I often wonder where these words and phrases originate and am fairly certain that if I dug out some of my books from my Office library I would find out... they're in storage... 'nuff said... one that was way cool was "tuff"... for me it remains the ultimate superlative, though I never use it any more... it still finds its way on license plates in hot rod circles... some I never understood and pretty much never used... "magine" (I imagine) was one... Brian JOHNSON ('65) managed to work that in to almost every sentence he spoke in Jr. High... One which I hope I never stop using is "Damn Straight", which several of us were taught by John SHIPPY ('64wb) at Chief Jo. That night I tried it out at the dinner table and it was not well received... for some reason, Ricky WARFORD ('65) modified it into "darn straights" and still uses it today... at some point in time "fer sher" was very popular... I'll say it in an email now and then but that's about it... Marion PERKINS ('65) used it a great deal back then... and so the mystery lives on as our language evolves or deteriorates in the eye of the beholder... there is one term I recall well... "Bass"... that harmony is attributed to our B-day Bomber-babe as in "Missy sings bass"... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Missy KEENEY ('59) on your special day, January 18, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Jerry SWAIN ~ Class of 1954 ~ 1935 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Carol CARSON ('60) Stephanie DAWSON ('60), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom TRACY ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BROOKS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan LAWSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean ARMSTRONG ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne WILSON ('81) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) In his latest epistle to this post the "Tooter" ('65) mentioned a favorite phrase of his; to wit: "the straight skinny." He should have remember this a bit of Navy/Marine Corps jargon. It was used to differentiate between the "truth" and scuttlebutt (a known fabrication). Similar to letters sent to a certain "men's magazine" that start with the phrase: "I've never written anything about this before, but..." On a more solemn note, the passing of Jerry SWAIN ('54 RIP) saddens me. We were sort of buds back in the day. We even "thesped" together and once in the same play. The clarinet section of the band won't sound as good with his loss. Marilyn WORKING Highstreet's ('54) mention of the "big" birthday bash for The Class of '54 is an absolutely marvelous idea. Either a picnic or a sit-down meal works. I would think sometime late in May or early June (before Cool Desert Nights). We wouldn't want the Junior Gyrene ('65) trying to crash the "big kids table." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the tide in the basement ebbs and flows depending on the amount of rain falling. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Lost Phrases - Heavens to Murgatroyd! With all the discussion about misuse of words, there is a posting going around about lost phrases. I found it interesting and thought other "old" Bombers might enjoy it as well. -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Re: Old words and phrases remind us of the way we word This link was in the 1/11/16 Sandstorm submitted by Marlene LARSEN Hegseth ('56wb). - Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) To: Bill Dunton (former teacher) My favorite hate, which I frequently used in a grammar and writing class for Hanford Site engineers and report writers, is "the pilots flew in toilets to the construction site". The image of pilots sitting in toilets high above the ground truly boggles the mind! -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Justa buncha kids There's a great little cartoon making its rounds on facebook... it says something like "when others see us they see old people, but when we see each other we see a bunch of school kids just having fun!" That cartoon reminds me of all the time I spent at the b-day Bomber-babe's house with her younger brother, Dale ('65)... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) on your special day, January 19, 2016!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Lisa Bratton, swimmer - 1/18/16 Tri-City Herald "Former Richland High School swimmer, Lisa Bratton, was second in the "C" final and placed 18th overall in the 100-meter backstroke at the Arena Pro Swim Series event in Austin, Texas. Bratton's time of 1 minute, 2.77 seconds was a qualifying mark for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. She finished two-hundredths of a second behind "C" final winner Marie-Pier Couillard of Canada." Keep an eye on Lisa. We just might see her at the next Olympics!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where the temperatures are back in the 40s-50s during the day with lots of rain! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) To: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: your question about your date "Terry" from 11-24-15. Scroll to the bottom of the Sandstorm page and click on the Richland Bomber site. Go to the class of '67 and look through all of the names. Some of the sites even have Carmichael info available. Good Luck, -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [SEARCHING HINT: When you get to ANY page: CTRL + F... little box appears in the lower/left corner of your browser.. you can search for "Terry" or ANY word you want to find. NOT just for Bomber sites. -Maren ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Cheri BOWLIN Tabaka ~ Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff:: Mike CLOWES ('54), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Linda REINING ('64) John ALLEN ('66), Betti AVANT ('69) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don RAY ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene MANESS ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack EVANS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey CHAMBERS ('74) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) This is a happier occasion; it's another Bomber birthday. Hopefully, there will be no slip-ups in spelling and/or the use of the English language. But, I make no guarantees. To say I knew this Bomber back in the day, might be stretching it a bit. Yeah, we graduated at the same time, from the same high school and the same class. Doesn't make us "BFFs", however, as it has been said; close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and a-tom bombs. It is now time to tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Don RAY ('54). Hope to see you at the big birthday party. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the soggy weather continues for the rest of the week. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Jerry SWAIN ('54-RIP) Thank you Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) for saying something about Jerry SWAIN passing away. I also played clarinet in the band but Jerry was by far the best clarinetist there. I also worked for his dad, Mel Swain at C.C. Anderson's and bought Jerry's old '48 Chev which I loved as my first car. I think that car brought both of us a lot of fun and adventure. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Language Some years ago I read something (probably in that little "Tidbits" newspaper you see at fast food places) that there is a tribe that has two languages; one for the men and one for the women. Thing is they are not bi-lingual so that the men and women only very roughly understand each other. I don't know the name of that tribe, but, I'm pretty sure I am a member of it. Re: Self driving cars I always liked reading old articles of what the future was going to be like then comparing them to what the "future" actually became. Back when I was "knee high to a grasshopper" I saw a short subject film before the movie about the car of tomorrow. I figured out it was actually Harley Earl's 1951 Buick Le Sabre concept car and from time to time I search to see if someone has posted it on YouTube. Haven't found it yet, but did find this GM Motorama film from 1956 showing a family stuck in traffic and wondering what it might be like in 1976. We are just now starting to get the self driving cars so they were forty years too soon with their prediction, and their concept is way off from the way self driving cars actually work. The soda fountain in the glove box was kinda cool too, wonder when we will get that. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Hip Surgery I will be the first to admit that I am a BIG baby where pain is concerned and have a very, low tolerance to it. I had my right hip replaced, January 12th and IF I had done that hip first (left hip was done in July of '15), I can almost guarantee that I would NOT have had the left one replaced! I have been in so much pain, that I am "living" on pain pills, every three hours, which is not what I had to do with there first replacement! This hip had lots of bone spurs, so the surgeon says that it the reason for the pain and the immobility, but, I can tell you, this is "the pits" and I spend a lot of time, crying, in between the times I can take the pain pills! I am allergic to a lot of the pain pills, so I am only allowed to take Valium, Dilaudid and Tylenol... they help, but the Valium "wears off" in three hours and the Dilaudid can only be taken, one pill every six hours! the physical therapist came out to the house and said that my nerves were cut and will take a long time for them to "knit back together"... age also has a lot to do with my progress. so far, that's the only down side to turning 70. it has "only" been a week, so am hoping by this time next week, I will be able to get around 100% better and this pain will be a thing of the past! I hate being an invalid and really had thought my recovery would go as smoothly as the first surgery, but my body just isn't responding as well as I would have liked. I have had MANY well-wishes on Facebook and I thank each and every one of you for them... they do help... have been enjoying all the discussions on the usage of the English language and the slang words that we all used, as teenagers. I remember, in high school, living with my grandmother, talking on the phone with a girlfriend and discussing how "tuff" I thought a certain boyfriend was... my grandmother got very concerned and told my mother that she needed to have a serious discussion with me, cause I was seeing a "tough" boy... we had lots of fun trying to explain the difference between "tuff and tough" to her. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ALLEN ('66) Re: More Grammar The following is both an English and a psychology exercise. The solution(s) will appear in tomorrow's Sandstorm. This appeared years ago in an issue of Readers' Digest. Punctuate the following: Woman without her man is a savage -John ALLEN ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Relay for Life I got signed up once again for the local Relay for Life. It will be back at the track at Fran Rish Stadium the middle of May. Is anyone interested in donating to my big cause as I can totally relate as I'm now a 3-year survivor and doing well. On another note my carpal tunnel surgery went well, 5 weeks ago, and will see the surgeon next week for a follow up appointment. You can barley see the scar, he did a wonderful job and glad he's in the Tri-Cities. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from rainy Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) To: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Why would anyone care about Carmichael info??? -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Pat UPSON ('49), Steve CARSON ('58) Mary ROSE ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Patti McLAUGHLIN ('65), Tedd CADD ('66) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris VAN DUSEN ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony DURAN ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judi WILSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari ECKERT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janey ZWICKER ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) To: John ALLEN ('66) Woman: Without her~~man is a savage! It took me five seconds to figure out the obvious!! -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Savage Woman; without her, man is a savage. Re: Jerry IRWIN ('58) Does anyone have an update on Jerry IRWIN ('58)? -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) To: Linda REINING ('64) Re: 1/20/16 Sandstorm Entry I have a friend who has had two knee replacements in the last few years and just had her first hip replacement. She said the knee replacements were a breeze compared to the hip replacement. They did, however, send her to a really nice place for therapy. They exercised and worked on her five hours a day and I think she said seven days a week. When I first saw her it had been about a month since her surgery and she was practically running - showing off for me!! I was amazed. She can stand a lot of pain from what I have seen though. Re: The pain medication I can also understand your frustration. I live with a curved and twisted spine due to Scoliosis which has caused several other problems. They will not operate on me. I get Radio Frequency treatments when the pain gets severe but in the meantime cannot take anything for pain except Extra Strength Tylenol. The pain medications they tried on me caused my kidneys to have problems. I cannot hold down others that would be okay with the kidneys. Re: The "tuff" boy story It reminded me of a similar incident I had in fifth grade. My mother and older sister were in the kitchen one day when I got home from school. I was so excited and told them that I had a boyfriend (he was my first) and he was so "sexy" and the cutest boy in the whole school (Jason Lee). My mother gasped and my sister quickly told her that I had no idea what the word meant and not to worry. I didn't know what the word meant either, I had just picked it up at school. I don't think I ever used that word again to describe a boy. When I told her his name, which was Johnny JETTON ('60-RIP), we found out that my mother worked with his mother and were friends. What a small world - you couldn't get away with anything those days. Johnny married a good friend of mine many years later and they had a long and happy marriage. -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: John ALLEN ('66) Re: More Grammar Here's a guess on how to punctuate your sentence, plus another entry in need of punctuation: Woman, without her man, is a savage. Re: Word Blast But now these sentences - In the 1968 movie Cliff Robertson is lab tested with a brain enhancer and soon surpasses his mentor. He challenges her (Claire Bloom) with a word blast on the blackboard, and asks her to punctuate. THAT THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT IS THAT IT IT IS For those who don't remember, I'm sending the answer separately to Maren who might remember to post it tomorrow. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) Re: Ms. Pfenning Thank you to all the former students who sent her messages of condolence and encouragement. They gave her a great lift. She tells lots of stories of classroom experiences with you. I hope I can soon tell you of her recovery - but I am afraid that will not be very soon. Keep sending positive thoughts her way. -Patti McLAUGHLIN Cleavenger ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) To: John ALLEN ('66) John, the sentence you posed for parsing is a time bomb not just a grammatical or psychological exercise. But I'm sure you know that. Punctuate the following: Woman without her man is a savage There are two commas and two meanings. The first comma stays put following the word "Womam." The second comma decides which of the polar opposite meanings will be taken. On one side of the word "man," we have a slam on men and on the other side of that word, we have a slam on women. (I've taken the liberty of adding a period at the end.) Woman, without her, man is a savage. Woman, without her man, is a savage. Another sentence to punctuate (I've added my take on the apostrophe and period placement): Let's eat grandpa. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Girl Happy Birthday to Janey ZWICKER Thomas ('71) on her special day! Hope you have a good one. One of my Jason Lee, Chief Jo, and Col-Hi classmates. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in cold, windy Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff today: Pat UPSON ('49), Dick WIGHT ('52) Steve CARSON ('58), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Earl BENNETT ('63), Keith HUNTER ('63) Deedee WILLOX ('64), Phyllis CUNINGHAM ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helga BLANKINGSHIP ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony RHEINSCHMIDT ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SCHODT ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul BOEHNING ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah AVANT ('94) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Did not see the picture. Just a guess. "That that is is. That that is not is not. Is that it? It is." -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: "The King's English" and other variations... I have truly enjoyed the dialogue on language, its development et al. I still feel the language is being "dumbed down" in terms of the preservation and use of descriptive and nuanced words, some of which seem truly beautiful to me. Here are some samples of prose using words plagiarized from Reader's Digest mag. "Word Power" quiz. I take the little quiz whenever I see it, usually scoring in the top category (though I often examine the word and make a reasoned "guess"). Some of these words are just pulchritudinous..... While perusing the panoply of guests in the opulent bistro, she inadvertently dangled her lavaliere in her flan, then leaned back and drizzled a few drops onto her diaphanous gown. Frowning, a penumbra of pique overtook her - but she shrugged it off, sipped daintily from her chalice, and leaned back to enjoy the mellifluous sounds of the nearby piano. She turned her attention to a nearby young couple, obviously engaged in a dalliance of sorts. "May their lives stay simple and free of imbroglio,' she thought. 'Small likelihood,' she observed. "The simple, uncomplicated life seems so recherch' in these modern times.' Well, that's my input for today. I, of course, ALWAYS talk or think like that in my daily living. Now... if you believe that, can I interest you in my oceanfront real estate on the Arizona-Utah border????? Re: Another "take" on our developing language. Geez!!! I still use lots of these words/phrases! Click for another take -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in rainy Richland where the drought has ended ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Pete, THAT hurts my brain. :) :) -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: THAT THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT IS THAT IT IT IS The answer to my grammar riddle, sent a few minutes ago, is as follows. Please post tomorrow since I will not remember. That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is! -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) THAT THAT IS, IS; THAT THAT IS NOT, IS NOT. IS THAT IT? IT IS. Similar exercise from decades ago: That that is, is; that that is not, is not. Is not that it? Punctuation marks can be critical. How many of you remember Victor Borge's "Phonetic Punctuation" sketch? The Bennett household, all eight or more of us (depending on whether maternal grandfather or paternal grandmother was with us at the time) nearly rolled on the floor with laughter as we played the EP 45 rpm recording many times, and later watched him on TV. My memory holds minor differences from the Youtube version above; for instance, I recall him saying "page 2" rather than the 9 and 6 in this one, with a slightly faster pace and better comedic timing, especially during the reading. Paraphrasing from Genesis: "Woman: Without her, man is incomplete." Regards, ecb3 - from hunkering-down central Virginia where we have a forecast snow event/winter storm watch for 12-16 inches of heavy/wet snow, more at higher elevations, starting with 2-3 inches per hour at noon tomorrow and running through Sunday morning (further south and east it's a blizzard watch with wind gusting to 40): There's been no lamp oil left in town since yesterday afternoon, ditto kerosene heaters - we're prepared with a proven-excellent propane stove and full tank, lots of candles, a partial bottle of paraffin oil, and a "sparking lamp" from the glass-blowing shop at Colonial Williamsburg, which was used to time the visit of courting men to proper young women in that era - when the oil was gone he had to leave. -Earl BENNETT ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Keith HUNTER ('63) Thank you for putting that [service INFO] in [the Sandstorm] about Jackie SHEARD Cross ('61-RIP). She was a good friend! -Keith HUNTER ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [There will be a Bomber Memorial with more general information later. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Punctuation All these punctuation "doubles" reminds me of an old, old one: Gladly my cross I'd bear. We always used to say Gladly, my cross-eyed bear. Did I mention that we were ornery kids?! BTW, this is one of the reasons why there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. The original languages (Hebrew - Old Testament, Greek - New Testament) had no punctuation; sometimes it was obvious, other times not so much. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather can't make up its mind. Got friends coming for my birthday weekend and Red Hat group on Friday. Fun! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) Re: Class of '64 - 70th birthday party It's a birthday party! One giant party to celebrate the new decade for the kids who are turning "gasp" 70, There will be balloons, cake, ice cream, presents, cards and ponies. Well, ponies might be a stretch, but we will have everything else.. Mark your calendars now for August 27, 2016. The committee got their contact lists today so you should be hearing from us soon. It would really help us if you sent on this information to classmates who do not subscribe to the Alumni Sandstorm. See you August 27th! -Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What's inna name Here we are again... almost alla way through January in the year 2016! Now if yer grageating in 2017, that may not seem all that remarkable... but for many of us, we are still shocked that 1984 came and went so quickly we almost missed it... I mean we waited and waited and zooooooooooom... the reason I bring this up is that there are some kids that I love getting together with where I just seem to never have a good chance... a Bomber-b-day babe for today is one of those... now it seems like just yesterday we got to have a nice long chat and play catch up for lost years... I recall it well and she was wearing a red dress if I am not mistaken... as I think about it though it was five years ago at her 45 year reunion! Now her class is getting ready for its 50 year reunion... one I won't be able to attend. Rats! I've told the story a few times about one of my closest Lawyer buddies getting all excited over his 50th here in Vegas... I was preparing for my 2 year and all I could think was something like "50 years! George, you gotta be older than dirt!"... now here I am thinking fondly of my 50 year in the past tense and she is looking forward to her 50 year. Yipes! OK before I wish her the HB I want each of you to close your eyes and without looking say and then spell her last name. I am betting half of you will spell it "en" instead of "ing"... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Helga BLANKINGSHIP ('66) on your special day, January 22, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ken HEMINGER ('56), Jack GROUELL ('61) Cherrie TEMPERO ('64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie LAWELL ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCUE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie TEMPERO ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank STRATTON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted SMITH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra HARDING ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt HASKINS ('81) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56) Re: words Talking about words, etc. Here's a line I heard back in the days of Columbia High that was intended as a clean interpretation of a phrase commonly used back then, and maybe even today..? It turned out to be one of the few things I remember from inside the doors of that great school and times. Probably not all that profound today, but it was back then... It should be easy to figure the original saying. Here Tiz... "Up the proverbial creek without a visible means of locomotion and the vessel was vastly sinking below the surface tension of the supporting substance" The original author of that line was none other than Grover SHEGRUD ('56). We used to buddy somewhat walking the halls, etc. One other thing he may or may not remember is that his mom made some great potato salad sandwiches or at least I thought so, and at times I would talk him into trading his potato salad sandwich for whatever I had at the time.. Ahhhh... the good old days... -Ken HEMINGER ('56) ~ 44 in Great Falls, MT ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jack GROUELL ('61) Re: Word a day from Wordsmith One of the more enjoyable word sites: You can subscribe (FREE) to get a daily email giving the meaning, origin and usage of various words. Lots of reader feedback and interesting comments. -Jack GROUELL ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64) Hello everyone. BIll is the writer in the family; I'm not, but today is my 70th birthday, and, following his lead, decided to send in some birthday reflections. We passed our 30th wedding anniversary last November 9th. There have been some ups and some downs, but we are more in love than ever now, though a bit more wrinkled and not as streamlined as we used to be. But it doesn't matter; we know at age 70 what is important in life, love of God and family, and keeping in touch with our friends and wishing them well. My favorite time was being with all of our classmates at our 50 year reunion and hugging and visiting with them all, and dancing like crazy youth. We didn't care; we just loved being together and now look forward eagerly to the big 70th birthday bash. We are wishing you well and happy to be alive. -Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: THAT THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT IS THAT IT IT IS I am afraid I did not even try that one. I just looked it up. Saw the movie way back when they showed double features in the Tri-Cities and it was the second feature. So if I had sent in an answer it would be cheating; and that might have Algernon spinning in his grave. I have used Algernon and Kuryakin (as in U.N.C.L.E.) as passwords in the past, but are they good enough now days? To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Punctuation Thanks for reminding me that Greek had no punctuation. Had forgotten all about that. When I first heard that I wondered how they were able to understand it. Maybe that is the origin of the phrase "It's all Greek to me." To: Phyllis CUNNINGHAM Coates ('64) Re: Class of '64 - 70th birthday party It's a birthday party! Pony rides! "might be a stretch" Certainly would be a stretch for the pony if I were to ride it. That might be considered animal cruelty. Better get a Shire horse for me, and a ladder to use to mount it. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ in the beautiful sunny Tri-Cities; of course it probably will not be that way when you read this ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Deedee WILLOX ('64) John ALLEN ('66), Ken STALEY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLENEGAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy LEY ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Dangling Prepositions Here's an unlikely and timely discovery. It seems that the writer C.S. Lewis (Narnia, etc.) continued his correspondence with several pen pals even after his late marriage to Joy. One series of his letters is published in a small book entitled "Letters to An American Lady" (1967). The two never actually met, and her identity remained concealed by the editor. Lewis comments on her most recent letter, and in his response of Jan. 9, 1961 (incidentally, one year after Joy's passing and two years before his own death at the age of 65): "There, by the way, is a sentence ending with a preposition. The silly 'rule' against it was invented by Dryden [1631- 1700]. I think he disliked it only because you can't do it in either French or Latin which he thought more 'polite' languages than English." -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Punctuation To: Earl BENNETT ('63) I had forgotten about Victor Borge's oral punctuation. We have a video of him, which is hilarious. Thanks for the reminder! -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather has been like a yo-yo. Warm today, but rainy. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ALLEN ('66) Re: Grammar & Psychology Only Tedd CADD ('66) observed both ways to punctuate the sentence: "Woman without her man is a savage." The psychology of that exercise is that the vast majority of men given the task, punctuated it one way and the vast majority of women did it the other way. I'm sure all y'all can figure out which was which. -John ALLEN ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken STALEY ('68) As a former English teacher, I've enjoyed the word play for the last few issues. My recent favorite is this: Punctuation: Let's eat Grandma... or... Let's eat, Grandma. The difference a comma makes is crucial at times! Shortly after graduation I thought myself above and beyond such terrible language gaffs. My mentor and college adviser took me aside one afternoon and said... "They're only going to pay you to teach it, not to make an ass of yourself." I confess I made it an early study to make sure I always knew the proper use of it and it's; you, your, and you're; were and we're. While working on a Masters in Talented and Gifted students, I was more than pleased to learn that spelling is NOT a function of intelligence, but rather a function of memory. Even as an English teacher, I remained one of the world's worst spellers! -Ken STALEY ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Jerry BROWNING ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Donni CLARK ('63) Ed WOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue FARLEY ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack ARMSTRONG ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott FULCHER ('81) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Before this day goes any further, let me add my congratulations to a Bomber Babe that I graduated with. I think I have already stated that I don't remember her from days of yore (your?). I'm sure that I'll run across a reference to her that will trigger something in my mind. All that being said, let me now tip the ol' propeller beanie and give a "Happy Birthday!" shout out to Sue Farley ('54). Perhaps we'll meet at the big birthday party and can compare notes or something. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather remains as before ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Never end a sentence with a preposition. Pete BEAULIEU ('62) attributed this 'rule' to John Dryden over 300 years ago. I've often wondered where the 'rule' came from, and why it has lasted as long as it has, considering that it's frequently ignored by even the most fastidious amongst us. So thanks for the lesson in origin, Pete. One such phrase that has long annoyed me is, "Where are you at?" Not because the sentence ends in a preposition, but because of the preposition's redundancy. Far preferable to ask, "Where are you?" The popular usage can even serve to confuse, as noted by New Orleans street urchins offering to wager that they know "where you got your shoes at." Those tempted to accept the wager learn that their shoes are on the ground, and on their feet, "that's where they're at!" -Ed WOOD ('62) ~ Morrison, CO awaiting the Manning-Brady playoff game ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Hi Bomber friends! I hope the New Year is off well for all of you. For me it is always a time for putting all my Christmas things away and planning the coming year. I also try to do a little organizing, eliminating and putting some more pictures where they need to go. That said, I happened to contact the secretary at Richland Lutheran Church (RLC) to see if they had any pictures that were taken years ago of our confirmation classes, youth groups, etc. and found out that RLC is having their 100 Anniversary Celebration on May 22nd of this year. Now, wouldn't that be fun to get a group of old classmates together for that. All you have to do is go on RLC web site and keep up with the unfolding details. As of now they plan a dinner at 4:00 that day but don't know whether their service will be before of after. Please spread the word to those who might not get this information here and let's see if we can get a group together. We had such a great Youth Group back then with many great retreats, parties, hay rides, bonfires down at the river, roller skating parties, etc. Hope I will see you there! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ~ down in the gorge, where the sun is shining off and on through the raindrops. The river is still today and the train is going by on the other side of the river. It's a beautiful day! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Steve CARSON ('58), Dale ENNOR ('59) Ruth MILES ('59), David DOUGLAS ('62) Frank WHITESIDE ('63), David RIVERS ('65) John ALLEN ('66), Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris VAN REENEN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron HOGLEN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry FORSYTHE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Greg and Sharon MARKEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben JACOBS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert MILLER ('96) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Maren, the memorial for Jerry BROWNING ('56-RIP) was excellent. His story was very personal and revealing. Thanks for the efforts you expend to honor our classmates. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dale ENNOR ('59) Re: English punctuation Whew... all this discussion of English grammar is giving me an A-1 headache. I'm amazed so many can recall the names of their English teacher; I can't recall having even had an English class at Col-Hi! There was a class taught by Mr. Barton, "Comp and Lit" as I recall. In fact, I again have the booklet of weekly 500-word essays we had to prepare for that class. My parents kept the damn thing and gave it to me some years back. I still haven't mounted the courage to read my entries, fearing the spelling and punctuation would send me over the edge. I first became aware there is a correct way of using punctuation when I noticed it was being applied differently by numerous writers. The most obvious to me is the placement of commas or periods "outside" of quotation marks rather than "inside," which is almost always the correct placement. At some point I read that the "comma" is the most overused (if not misused) instance of punctuation in our language. I suspect this true, having read impossibly long paragraphs which have to be reread a number of times to get the author's drift. Only after learning the English language had one word which could be used eleven times in succession and still create a coherent thought did I give up trying to master punctuation. On a related matter of "overuse," does anyone else find the word "that" thrown in far to often when it is of no added use to the thought being presented? Don't think about it or your reading speed will slow to about 50 words per minute. Looking for that extra "that," you know. For all the Bombers who have or are teaching English as a foreign language, how successful do you think your students would be pronouncing the following sentence without any practice: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." Nine different pronunciations of four letters! The Germans have to think we're crazy. -Dale ENNOR ('59) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) Re: Prepositions We were taught that you should never end a sentence with a preposition. Some 40 years after I left Richland, I bumped into a sentence that ends with five prepositions, in the following story: Boy is upstairs... father finds a book downstairs to read to the boy as he is tucking his little boy in bed, and as usual, he reads a story to the boy. When the story is finished, the boy says to him, "Daddy, what did you read that book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?" That is all ... -Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) ~ Goldendale, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Like others, I've enjoyed following the language posts. I majored in English, am an occasional author (three magazine articles and one joke), and I belong to the Mesa (AZ) Writers Guild. I've gotten used to some of the changes in English grammar. I can now split infinitives and drop prepositions at the end of sentences with the best of them, but I refuse to budge on some things. I still use "he" as common gender, although I occasionally use "she" instead, so I'm not accused of blatant gender bias. However, I refuse to accept "s/he" or "he/she" as pandering to the ridiculous. I also miss "whom" as the objective pronoun. I was especially miffed when I read the sentence, "Who shall I contact for the meeting?" It was in a chapter of a story I'm writing. I will never give in on one modern spelling, however. Alright is all wrong unless unless it's all right. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where our swimming pool temperature is stuck at 64, and I am not a polar bear, although I did go swimming in the Columbia once. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Ed, I have to admit that I was, at best, a mediocre student in English class in junior high and high school and feared it as much as I feared math. I prefer writing in a colloquial manner because I like to feel as if I am actually speaking to whomever might be reading what I am writing. As a resident of the New Orleans metro area, I am very familiar with the "shoe" joke or con, or whatever it might be called. I understand that some of the street folks actually bet money if they (the con- artists) can answer correctly. I would suggest that anyone that is foolish enough to fall for the "con" not accept the bet since the consequences might not be in his/her best interest. As I matured during college, probably at age 21, I actually started to like grammar, composition, and literature, and English was my minor. My biggest fear was to be assigned to a particular English professor (who was also a Dean). I had heard horror stories regarding the high number of students who failed his class. He was so highly feared that students totally avoided being assigned to his classes. Somehow I managed to be assigned to his class. Failing his class would halt my graduation. I quickly found why, on the first day, that he was so feared. He was very stern and actually acted as if he was angry. We had pop-quizzes every day, so we had a lot of grades. When he assigned term papers, I started getting physically sick every day right before his class. I don't recall the exact topic I was assigned, but it was about two sentences long regarding something about which I had no clue. The library became my home frequently. Right away, he let us know his distaste for certain things that annoyed him. He hated it when someone said, "I was raised..." He let us know that, "animals are raised and humans are reared." He also hated the term, "each and every" stating that, "each IS every." To make a long story short, after many stressful days in his class, I actually received a "B" in his class. On the last day of class, he actually smiled. To this day, I probably respect him more than any other professor. I suppose I actually modeled my own teaching style, during my entire career, after him. I decided I would rather be respected and actually teach something than be "popular." When I met students many years later, they actually DID like and respect me... just like my professor! -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: neatness counts I've been trying to remember when my Pop turned the coal bin into a work shop for me... I was thinking it was while I lived on Haines next to the LIBKEs ('57)/REEDs ('55), ('57 RIP), ('60) (remainder WBs RIP) but realized that had it been at that house that the work area would have been empty... Johnny REED ('63wb) was what you might describe as a "finder"... at least that is what my mother and the other neighbors called him... there was no nicer kid than Johnny... but he did have his ways... He was always finding gifts for my mother and others, such as fully wrapped boxes of chocolates and such... I mean nice stuff that he would "find" at the Uptown... Johnny had a habit of finding my toys and when I would visit him I would tell my Mom that Johnny had this or that just like the one I had... somehow they would reappear in my toy box... I am trying to remember the last time I saw Johnny... I know for a while my mom said he lived with Jerry, but don't recall when that was... when he was in 9th grade, he showed me around Chief Jo "after hours"... that would be normal fare for Johnny... I mean why show me when it was crowded... It was with Johnny that I went to school my very first day... he walked me to Jefferson... unfortunately, just because I had turned 5 that day, was not an entry pass to class... I stayed outside till I got beat up and some nice people took me home... Johnny became "famous" for burning down the Mess Hall at the Boy Scout Camp at Wallowa... I did speak to some friends in High School who had known him at Chehalis (shiver shake)... they will remain unidentified here... I have never asked Vonnie about Johnny... I am afraid of the answer... so it must have been going in to 6th grade that I got the work area... I was so proud and drew an outline of all my tools and put up a sign: "A place for everything and everything in its place"... figured that would buy me points with the ol' man... now this week has proved to me that I did not take my little sign to heart... I have been looking in my garage all week for three items where they are "supposed to be"... long before that, however, I loaned Jimmie ADAIR ('65-'67) my dad's come- along... Jimmie used it and returned it in nicer shape than when it was loaned... I was doing something and just dropped it on the lawn at the Stevens and Van Giesen house... about 25-30 years later, When Jimmie, with a full white beard (having not seen my dad in all that time), walked into my Dad's house in Vegas, my dad looked at him and demanded: "where's my damned come-along!"... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... If anyone happens by my old house across from the park and finds the come-along... gimme a shout! Today tho I get to celebrate two of my favorite Bomber-babes' b-days... it was wonderful to see one of them at our 50 year reunion after emailing for umpteen years... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sharon MARKEL ('65) and Treva BOLIN ('65-RIP) on your special day, January 26, 2016!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ALLEN ('66) To: Ed WOOD ('62) When one is asked where someone or something is AT, the correct response is: "between the 'A' and the 'T'." -John ALLEN ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) Re: Richland Lutheran Church (RLC) The RLC is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. If you have any old pictures you want to share, scan them and send to Jenny would also be a good contact person at the church. -Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Tony DURAN ('55) Mary ROSE ('60), Tim SMYTH ('62) Ann ENGEL ('63), Donni CLARK ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) Deedee WILLOX ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Lori SIMPSON ('70), Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty CONNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura PARKER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob TURPING ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg POYNOR ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay SCHAFER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norm ENGLUND ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darcy FORSYTHE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin PERKINS ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I certainly hope this will soften the blow for what is sure to follow from the keyboard of "Tooter" ('65). Yep, you guessed it, a birthday for one of his biggest "crushes" ever. I'm certain that what will follow as you scroll down the page will be a mystery to most, including the person for whom it is intended. I don't personally know the young lady in question, although we have, on occasion, exchanged e-mails. I would then like to tip the ol' propeller beanie and give a "Happy Birthday!" shout out to Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) on the nineteenth recurrence of that event. As for the Junior Gyrene ('65): "He means well." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather never makes up my mind. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: dancing Something to lighten things up in our Sandstorm. I'm a simple guy with simple ways. But I love to dance. -Tony DURAN ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) To: Dale ENNOR ('59) Periods and commas always go inside the closing quotation mark. This is the preferred American style. (Some writers in the United States follow the British style: Place the period outside when it punctuates the whole sentence, inside when it punctuates only the quoted matter. Place the comma outside, since it always punctuates the sentence, not the quoted matter.) From my "bible" I used for 40 years, The Gregg Reference Manual. Thanks to Mr. Cole my typing teacher at Col-Hi. I worked as his secretary during study hall and he gave me this manual when I graduated. And, I do remember his name because he made an impression on me... he cared about his students. -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) Re: Grammar I seem to remember an English teacher at Carmichael who drilled the grammar and punctuation. I remember her because she was from Vermont and I had never encountered any Vermonters at that time in my life. I can't recall her name. Help please. -Tim SMYTH ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) Re: Birthday Happy, Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Kay SCHAFER Reed ('66). Hope your day is filled with fun and laughter. love ya, -Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Re: Richland Lutheran Church (RLC) Sorry Bombers, I made a mistake about the RLC celebration. It was for the 70th Anniversary (I said 100th in my 1/25 post). -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) It was some two score and seventeen or so years ago that I met the Birthday Girl on a Greyhound bus somewhere betwixt BBM and Milton Freewater. As she had became wont to do, she was holding court in the back of the ski bus with her cohort, the future Sonq Queen, speaking some strange language they were in the process of making up. I've said before that she truly put the "Fizz" in fuzzy sweaters, especially that pink cat hair model she used to wear on Tuesdays. She had a light blue edition for Thursdays. She long ago cast aside her Candy Striper apron for the overpriced purses, couture and other trappings of a "Housewife of Orange County". Today she is still the same humble, charitable, lovable and unpretentious person she's always been. If you don't believe me, just ask her. Happy Birthday to one of the absolute, absolute best, Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck ('63). You won't need to send me anymore of your thrice weekly birthday reminders, I've got my calendar "on the cloud", not relying on post-a-notes like old you know who. Jimbeaux and the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy who approved of this message -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Language, Part et many cetera Two more language pet peeves: 1. the use of the incorrect "preventative" instead of the correct "preventive". 2. the increasing use of "He graduated college" instead of "He graduated from college". I don't know if the first example is grammatically incorrect, but I find it annoying, and I'm seeing it more and more often. Anyone care to weigh in on whether the first example is grammatically incorrect or not? -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Where something is "at" My dad was a stickler for correct English. We would say "where's it at?" He would respond, "right behind the at." He was also a jokester. When he told us someone called while we were out, we'd ask him who it was. He would say he didn't know. Once I said, "Well, was it a girl or a boy or what?" He said, "Oh, it was a what." -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Home run I know I know I dunno sports and most would say this is only a triple but for me it's a homer... Three of my goodest friends, one I've lusted over since I wuz in 7th grade; the only girl I ever almost hit with a rock and one who never went to Col-Hi but is one of the best Bombers I know... now ya can't often have all three days fall on the same day but that's what happens in Bomberville once a year... oh gee oh gee where to start... guess I'll go from beginning to end... The first was just a stroke of luck for me... I have opined how and why my famblie moved from Spalding to Jason Lee in the past... Now we lived on one of the coolest corners one could hope for... Stevens and Van Giesen... On one side was "The" Park... it would become our favorite hang out for about two years... maybe longer... on the other was Richland Lutheran Church, where many fun things occurred for my buds and me and, of course, where Terry DAVIS ('65) began his acting career, by almost gunning down the Confirmation teacher with his new Have Gun Will Travel guns in his blue pajamas... and the third... gassssssssp was the home of Judy ('60), Bethie ('63). and the birthday girl ('65)... it was a teenager's dream come true... Eddie Cochran could not have come up with a better scenario for his song... "Yeah, Man, That's Heaven To Me... " Now the fact that I met the b-day girl while I was throwing a rock at her dog, Whitey, did not ruin our friendship for long... maybe a day (gee, I think anyway)... now the second b-day kid, I met in about the middle of 6th grade... we hadda teacher who might have been attractive but for the fact that she ate Oreos for lunch and then brushed her teeth in the sink in the back of the room... dunno how I came to witness the disgusting practice but I did and she was off my list from then on... The b-day guy and his sis had just moved to Richland and I was assigned to show him the ropes (having been at Jason lee myself for only a few months)... He fit right in and the fiasco at lunch time, involving spaghetti only made him more one of the guys... tho he only stayed in Richland until 9th grade, he is still and always will be one of the gang and participates in just about everything my ol' gang does to this day and more... He moved to Alaska and became a Nationally recognized b-ball star and has continued to play with numbers 10 ('64) and 32 ('63) in their "Senior" years... Now I must be VERY careful with b-day babe number three... I am forbidden many topics when speaking of her so my stories and words must be carefully chosen... She probably caught my eye around my 7th grade... either at Brian JOHNSON's ('65) house or at noon dancing... I was smitten and would remain so... well, to this day... I would be willing to bet that I even dedicated Buddy Holly's "True Love's Ways" to her thru Linner the Spinner ('57) a time or two... but alas I was "Born To Late For [her] to notice me... "... ahhhhh but as time passes, two year's age difference can melt away in an instant... not that it has... but it can... I know it can... she goes for Grizzlies, however, so I still swoon from afar pretending to be just best buds at various sleep overs and such (in the company of several other Bombers and even a Grizzly now and then)... but I sure wouldn't give up my time with her any more than I would the other two subjects of this post... HAPPY BIRTHDAY in the order introduced here, Laura PARKER ('65), Denny NALDER ('65... don't anyone try and put a WB in here!) and Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) on your special day, January 27, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Re: Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67) Re: Richland Lutheran Church (RIC)'s 70th anniversary celebration this Spring. Thanks, Nancy, for putting this on the Sandstorm. It is a great way to get the word out... -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) An old baseball story regarding ending a sentence with a preposition goes: Lou Piniella, exploding at an umpire's balls & strikes calls demanded "Where the *&^%$# was that pitch at?". The umpire responded, "Lou I am disappointed to hear a man as educated as you are end a sentence with a preposition." Lou replied, "Ok, where was that pitch at, you %$#*&^!!!." Not sure this really happened but it makes a great story. -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) David RIVERS ('65) Dwight CAREY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CRADDOCK ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty NEAL ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DURBIN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe FORD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth MEYER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy GOBLE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer HASKINS ('91) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Josh JANICEK ('93) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: To: Tony DURAN ('55) Enjoy everybody! Go Man GO! Would if I could! -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: And the hits keep on coming The image is one that I see as his trade mark... the spandex pants and top with a racing stripe or two... the swept back helmet that is replaced at times with a very cool beret... and in the winter a great looking scarf... perhaps I should amend that just a little... the first three items are only worn if there is a bicycle near by... he doesn't wear them alla time, but it does come to mind when I picture him... As a car guy he would be proud of me today as I have skinned knuckles on my skinned knuckles from a two hour job that took all day (amazing what else you find once you crawl under these beasts)... making sure the f-1 pickup is ready for Manti and the Rat Fink Reunion... the rumors are flying that this may be the last one as Ilene Roth's (NAB) back may give rise to her retirement which would be sad for us but well earned for her... I am hoping one of the kids will take it over, but I will admit that a 4 day event at one's house with hundreds of guests and friends must be a huge chore even if it is a labor of love... it's not like Big Daddy's memory will not live on... funny, my daughter, Sarah, wears a rat fink hoody all during the cooler weather and it never fails that someone will stop her and tell her how Big Daddy made their lives better... she always invites them to the Roth homestead the first week in June and tells them how to order the same shirts they wore back inna day from Ilene on line if they can't make the trip to Utah... man I do get side tracked easily... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Joe FORD, on your special day, January 28, 2016!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dwight CAREY ('68) David RIVERS' ('65) P\post yesterday [1/27/16] - was Great!! Good tribute to your buds. You broke me up about the teacher eating Oreos and then brushing her teeth in class. Only in Richland. Re: Very nice article about our loss of umpire C.J. Mitchell: -Dwight CAREY ('68) ~ Richland, Looking For Spring!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda STEWART ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia ECKERT ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl BEYER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin FRISTER ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheryl ROMSOS ('76) WEEKLY BOMBER LUNCH: Mostly '52ers, Noon, Sterling's GWWay (Fridays) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver With that intro, every kid inna class of '65 knows zachary who the b-day guy is... I've tried to remember meeting him to no avail... he is one of those many I met thru Richland Lutheran so I know it was before we started school... he lived across from Francis Coelho (RIP), probably the only teacher from whom I learned and learned and learned and continue to carry his influence to this day... In fact... the art work suspended from the ceiling of his home led me to place the art posters from almost every concert I ever attended on the ceiling of my first apartment after I got out of the Marine corps... too bad I didn't save them... some of those artists became very famous... As I think of Stanley Mouse, I am reminded of a friend of mine and his wife who were of the same "low brow" school of art... Robert Williams... in fact yesterday, my Daughter, Sarah, asked if she could go with me to storage and pick out some of the art work I had in my office over the years... I was extremely pleased at the request... I was greatly surprised at how much she loved them and how many she took... She was overwhelmed by Astrid Kirchherr's early Beatles' photos printed by Astrid for me from the original negatives... she took a huge Robert Williams painting and placed it over the couch in her living room... One of my two photos of Kenny Howard (AKA Von Dutch)... enough rock and roll autographed pix for an army and the signed Woodstock poster... and on and on... I was elated... but hey... I am forgetting the b-day guy... he's a guy with more broken bones than Ricky WARFORD ('65) and has been one of my bestest pals for as long as I can remember... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Carl "Beaver" BEYER ('65) on your special day, January 29, 2016!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO Bomber sent anything, 1 NAB and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Garrin Hertel (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave RHODES ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki LYTLE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April MILLER ('92) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: George BRINKMAN ('60) and Betty NEAL ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Garrin Hertel, Editor Hi there - Nostalgia Magazine is launching the Snake River Edition, which will cover the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Lewiston, and surrounding areas. One of the Richland High School alumni has submitted an article for publication in Nostalgia, and he reflects on the lasting foundation his education in Richland gave him as he went on to become a university professor. His name is Richard McCLELLAND - I believe he graduated in 1968 [He's actually class of '66/ -Maren]. Curious if you could provide me with some high resolution scans of images of Richland High School to accompany his article. Also, he mentions a teacher, Julia Davis, as his favorite. By chance, do you have a photo of her as well? I'm seeking photos scanned at 600dpi, although 300dpi will work in some cases. Thanks in advance - take care, -Garrin Hertel, Editor, Publisher | Nostalgia Magazine ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Gary SANSOM ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Helen CROSS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene BARFUSS ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina FRASER ('89) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Just to keep from getting an almost "Not" edition (like yesterday's); I will fill some space with another birthday greeting. This Bomber I knew, we "thesped" together in two separate plays. Don't think we did anything more than that. His other "claim to fame" is that he married a classmate of mine. Those two accomplishments will get him a birthday nod from me. Without further ado, the tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" for Gene BARFUSS ('53) is the order of the day. Perhaps he, and his lovely bride, will come north for the birthday party later in the year. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the snow level is dropping, but not so much snow to go with it. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: 1/30/16 stuff Happy Birthday to Vicki LYTLE ('69), neighbor to my cousins: Allan ('59-RIP), Bobby ('62), Carol ('64-RIP), MaryJane ('68- RIP), and Duane ('79). I remember lots of good times visiting them on Birch. Also sincere congratulations to George BRIINKMAN ('60) and Betty NEAL Brinkman ('62) on their wedding anniversary. Re: Different Stuff We are just getting organized after our return this week from 10 days in the warmer climate of Hilton Head and Florida. it's been up to 50 since we've been home and it's expected today again, that and the sunshine are helping us to get back in the groove. To: Donna BOWERS Rice ('63) Have you seen the History 2 channel's presentation on the question of Merriweather Clark's suicide death. I think he was murdered, based on the fact that there were 2 shots fired. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: zooming right along How on earth can it be the end of January already! Yesterday was amazing... in the 60s... but ML ('63) warned me that the rains are coming and it looks as tho we will get it today... of course the cats were out all day basking in the sun yesterday so I decided I would round up the weeds on Sunday... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh nothing is easy... I know I know... things could always be worse so I'll not complain and just find indoor stuff to do... hmmmmmmm I did most of that already... Well I'm hoping the weather will hold for this b-day... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dennis HAMMER ('64) on your special day, January 31, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Tanya FISHER ~ Class of 1990 ~ 1969 - 2015 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2016 ~ February, 2016