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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ April, 2016
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/01/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60) Pat DORISS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon DAHL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HOFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed MITCHELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WEDBERG ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve MINOR ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, April 2 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: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: '65 Lady Bombers' April Lunch Once again, the "Ladies of '65" will be getting together for our monthly Lunch. WHEN: Friday, April 8th, 2016 TIME: 12:00 - 2:00 PM WHERE: Applebee's Restaurant, 43 Columbia Point Dr, Richland If you're a "Lady of '65", but haven't joined us in quite a while, or if you've never attended one of our monthly lunches, please contact me and I'll add you to our mail and reservation list! Then join us for good food, beverages, and lots of conversation! If you have any questions, please contact me! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Okinawa Anniversary 1Apr45 is the 71st Anniversary of the invasion of Okinawa. April Fool's day and Easter of that year. The last major land battle of WWII. All Marines and Corpsmen who have served in the Third MarDiv are intimately familiar with the red mud of the NTA. My only experience there was a typhoon accompanied by a "Typhoon Fifth of Acadama Wine". This is also the scene of Pappy SWAN's ('59), "Soap in the sock" defense! Semper Fi! -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in hail pounded Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lloyd KENT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CORYELL ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail FRANZ ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Hey, the 1st of April is past. My condolences to all who were born on this day. Is that really a present, or are you going to prank me? Gotta be worse nor Christmas as a birthday. Fortunately for this Bomber, whom I know, the extra day was well spent. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't "slow". That came later after playing football too long without a helmet. Yeah, so he was a football hero. One has to be one to get along with the girls. So much for the fol-de-rol; a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout is in store for fellow classmate Lloyd KENT ('54). Perhaps he and his current wife (also '54) will make it to the Birthday luncheon. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the "un-natural" weather continues ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Jinnie ECKERT Stephens ~ Class of 1958 ~ 1940 - 2016 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/03/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanene HOFF ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garry O'ROURKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marleen WALTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat GOBLE ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Kids Now having been kids... we all know just how rough kids have it... I mean before they get older and know better... but while yer a kid... yer put upon from every direction... I was convinced, that I was the only kid who didn't have grandparents nearby... boy did I wana go visit grama or have her visit us and bake cookies and pies and all that... well, that was before they came to visit us... dang... these were not the people Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) talks about... now looking back I figure they couldn't a been much more than 60 or so, tho I think she lived to be around 105... they were the most crotchety people I ever met... now the last few days we have been having Richland winds (we had the same thing in Vegas before the town grew to unreasonable proportions... that would be more than say 60,000 people)... my most memorable wind day in Richland involves ol' Grampa and a "kite"... now I am pretty sure that you could buy a kite at Thrifty or Newberry's for somewhere between 5 and 15 cents back in say 1949 or '50... I guess he was trying to play Grampa, cuz this old geezer insisted on making one for me... first he got two pieces of lumber (hadda be at least 2x4s) and some of the heaviest wrapping paper on earth... looking at it I knew it would dig ridges in the ground as I dragged it while I ran trying to get it airborne... well, I was wrong about the ridges but it sure as heck never got in the air... just kinda bounced along the ground... not even sure it hadda tail... so there I was, running along the dike with my 300 pound kite while alla other guys like Butchie GREEN ('65-RIP), prolly Johnny REED ('63wb) and Harvey IRBY ('64) were happily flying their normal kites... oh the shame of it all... now as luck would have it... the sky turned black and then the air turned black and the biggest windstorm of my memory saved me from further trauma... all I can say is I sure hope our b-day Bombers never had such an experience... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63) and Garry "Stump" O'Rourke ('66) on your special day, April 3, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Barbara BAALMAN Jones ~ Class of 1956 ~ 1938 - 2016 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/04/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim HOUSE ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice BOOTH ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan SEEBURGER ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan NELSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda HOLDEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael MARTIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene WALTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rene WALTON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clif EDWARDS ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Come on, people, write something for this "rag". All you've gotten for the last two days are things from myself or the Junior Gyrene ('65). And, hey, neither of us are winners of the Nadine Brown English Composition Award. For those of you too young to have known her, Miss Brown was a long time English Composition and Favorite Teacher at dear old Col-Hi. That being said, we have the birthday of a Bomber Babe to celebrate today. To say that I knew her back in the day is probably right. She was in the band, and I knew a lot of people who were in the band. So, it stands to reason, I probably knew her even though I wasn't in the band. That's how things rolled back then. Without further ado, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout is in order for Janice Booth ('54). Hope she can make the long, arduous trek from Yakima to make it to the Birthday Luncheon some this September. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where it may or may not be raining ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HOUSE ('63) To: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: Sandstorm entry dated 3/30/16 Ray, I may have saved a guy's life, but Dave SIMPSON ('63) made two clutch free throws to beat Kennewick. You tell me who is the hero of the Class of '63. -Jim HOUSE ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: "flying kits" or Charlie Brown's "kite eating tree" Yesterdays entry from our Sandstorm Barrister ('65) brought back a lot of memories about "flying" kites. In Athena, OR we lived one house away from a large wheat/pea field. A lot of neighborhood kids flew their kites there. First kite I remember my parents bought for me was your standard diamond shaped red paper kite. Don't know where they came from but some of the kids had access to some long strips or heavy cloth or canvas about 2" wide and worked real good for tails. For some reason I came up with the idea of tieing the end of the tail in a knot holding a rock, and that really helped keep it stable. Then some kid threw a dirt clod through my kite. I took it home and my parents fixed it with scotch tape. I think it was the next time I tried to fly it some kid said he would hold it while I ran with the string to launch it. He didn't let go and It was torn to bits. Don't know if he did in on purpose or not, but it ended my kite flying for that year. Later on I discovered box kites and was more successful with them. They were simple, just stick two diagonal crossing sticks in each end lining up the notches and snapping them in; and I had better success flying them. Also I flew them alone or with one or two others not a bunch of kids. Once I had a "Stratosphere Kite." You Google "stratosphere kite" and what comes up is nothing like the one I had. It was one of those promotions where you send in a couple of box tops and a few shekels and what they sent you was basically a plastic garbage bag shaped like a doughnut with four tabs equally spaced on the outside. One tab you could use to blow it up and inflated the outside circle, making it look a doughnut and the hole filled in with a layer of plastic. Then you tied a string to each tab, each running down to a point where the kite string was attached. I guess using air to inflate it and no sticks it was supposed to be lighter and fly to the stratosphere. It worked OK, but nothing special. Then a friend a few houses away and I decided to make a big box kite. We used something like brown wrapping paper only somewhat lighter and a mixture of flour and water for glue. It was probablly about five feet high. One day just as it was starting to get dark my parents and I arrived back home and my friend and his father walked behind the car carrying the busted up kite. They had tried to fly it and the string broke. I was so disappointed that we had built it together and I didn't get a chance to see it fly, or even crash. So I started making another one by myself using brown wrapping paper and making it exactly twice the dimensions as the standard box kite you could buy at that time. That is as far as I got; never did make the sticks. I think it was because I didn't have anything to use for the kite string that I was sure wouldn't break. Kept those paper parts for years though. Lived on an orchard in Milton- Freewater when in Jr. High and I made a box kit to exactly the dimensions as the store bought ones. By then I was able to build a kite at least as good or better than the store-bought ones. A day that was too windy I went out to fly it. I had a big spool of twine that was on a cardboard cone used on sewing machine for sewing the tops of flour sacks after they were filled. I had enough string to reach the jet stream, but, it wasn't strong enough in that wind and after about 15 seconds it broke and the kite probably reached the jet stream on its own. In the basement of the "B" house I remember I had two broken box kites I was going to use the sticks and make another, but I guess I had different interests then... like cars and girls. Don't know what happened to them, guess maybe dad threw them out while I was in the Navy. In the early '80s when my daughter was probably in third or fourth grade we made a trip to the Oregon coast and I went into a kite shop and bought two kites. By then it seemed you just could not buy box kites anymore, which were the only type I seemed to have any luck with. I bought one which is the Wright brothers airplane, it is just sticks and paper which can be displayed, but can also be flown as a kite. My luck with kites I was not going to fly it and just didn't think I had a good place to display it so I still have it in the box unassembled. The other kite was a French war kite which is a three sided box kite with wings. Large ones were built by the French to carry a man into the air and observe German troop movements in the 1800s. I also bought a spool with handles of strong nylon string made for kite flying and was given some good advice; for a kite that powerful, wear gloves. I flew it at least twice. Once in a school play yard and once with daughter and a couple of her girlfriends along the river in North Richland. I think one of the front sides of the box portion of the kite is sewn two long because it wants to dive off to the right. Didn't have great success either time but the second time we ended up going through the reeds and stuff at the water's edge to recover the kite and string. Someone I worked with said put a streamer at the tip on one wing--I think it is the one opposite of the way it wants to dive. Think I broke a stick on it, but as it is nylon instead of paper, should be easy to fix if I get it out of storage after all these years. Yep, when Charlie Brown came along with his "kite eating tree," I said, "That's me!" -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65) had mentioned grandparents in his entry, yesterday (April 3rd) and I guess I never really thought about how lucky I was that my grandparents were in Richland. When my mom and her two sisters came to Hanford in '44 from Minnesota, their parents came with them... they had been working on the Al-Can Highway... my grandmother did the cooking and washing for some of the men. When the men heard that grandma's daughters were leaving the farm and going to work at Hanford, they asked them to wait. They went home, sold the farm, and they all moved to Richland. My grandfather got a job at Hanford, too... not exactly sure what he did, other than he drove a truck hauling "stuff". My memories of my grandfather aren't many, since he died when I was 5, but my grandmother lived into her 90s, so we(my brother and 5 cousins) were lucky to spend every holiday and every birthday with our grandmother... she had a two-bedroom prefab on Winslow and her house was filled with the aromas of Norwegian "goodies" every Christmas. I don't remember others talking about seeing their grandparents, on a daily or weekly basis, so we must have been "the rarity". Re: kites I remember buying kites at Densow's... probably not more than 15 cents... remember when the "box kites" came out? never could "fly" one of those. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: twinsies Well, contrary to my story of my Mom's folks yesterday, we all know that there was really good stuff about being kids... for one thing, unlike Terry DAVIS ('65) who will be returning from Michigan tomorrow, we didn't hafta deal with "unfun" snow, that according to him can't even be used for snowballs and kids refuse to play in... we had "fast" snow... snow inna morning, Chinook about noon and awwww gone! Of course we all had chores and some sort of restrictions... my chores were painting the top of the" F" house with some ungodly paint my father prolly got from the Spanish-American War Surplus... I mean not even the Buck Private woulda sold this stuff... you could smell it at the rose bowl I am sure... the fumes were so caustic I would throw up about every ten minutes... just before I would nearly fall from the 90 foot ladder... According to him, it had no smell and it was my maginashun... I don't think my Pop ever bought a liquid for use around the house that didn't smell to high heaven... then there was the rock garden... every spring I moved his rock garden from one spot to another... I felt about the rock garden much as Mr. Roberts felt for the Captain's palm tree... wait... maybe it was Ensign Pulver who hated the Palm tree... I think Roberts just the the damned thing overboard at the end of the movie... anyway, that's the idea... According to my Pop (and I have no reason to think he wasn't telling me the truth) He said Patton made them move rocks in the desert over by Yuma or somewhere to prepare them for the battle in Africa... I might have thought rifle or tank practice might serve better, but then what would he say about the rock garden... we also had certain prohibitions placed upon us... the way we acted around growed ups and toward them was very important... I wasn't allowed to hang out much at night (except at the park across the street) which I must say in my folks' favor, kept me from going to jail at a young age along with a number of my buds (names omitted to protect the guilty), but for the most part, along with so many others, the street lights told us the time... corse that all changed when we got licenses and cars but that's another story... we gots some very special Bomber-babes celebrating today... a couple a twins who, contrary to popular belief were borned a year apart on the 4th rather than the third... and one young thing who was snagged, much as the ever young and lovely Miss Nancy ('65) (coincidentally she is named Nancy too... or perhaps those guys from the Gold Medal class just liked the name)... by an "older man"... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marlene and Rene WALTON ('66;'67) and Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) on your special day, April 4, 2016!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/05/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Rex HUNT ('53), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary MASSEY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam RUST ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Re: kites Speaking of Kites! when my oldest son was about 9 and in cub scouts they had a kite contest. Some where in my travels I had gotten a WWII target kite. It had German insignias and a Swastika on it. It was about 5 feet across and maybe 8 feet tall. It had a wooden reel of twine that was about 5 inches thick. It was a bear to get in the air, but once up it flew well. So we are at the kite contest and my son had won the largest kite now he was after the highest flying award. After some struggle we got in the air but then the parents had to back away and let the kids fly the darn things. About the time The kit was maxing out a strong wind came up and my son in order to hold the kite had wrapped the twine around his wrist to anchor it. The wind drug him about 75 yards before I could catch up to him. I had to cut the twine and the kite fluttered off and I had some explaining to do when I got the scared and dirty kid home. I had more fun than the kid. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from lovely downtown Hanford, CA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Mr. Roberts trivia Actually both Mr. Roberts and Ensign Pulver threw the palm tree overboard. First Mr. Roberts throws the tree over the side, then he is transferred off the tub to a combat unit he had been trying to get. As he was leaving the crew presents him with an over-sized medal they made for him consisting of a brass palm tree hanging from a gawdy ribbon. He pins it on as he is leaving the ship. Later on, mail call brings a letter from Mr. Roberts saying how much better he likes it on his new ship is and that he is so proud of his "Order of the Palm Tree" he would rather have it than the "Medal of Honor." Then they open another letter and learn that Mr. Roberts was killed in action. This makes Ens. Pulver so mad he goes up to the bridge wing and throws over the Captain's replacement palm tree. When I was in the Navy a shipmate told us that during WWII the author of the novel "Mister Roberts" had served aboard his former ship the USS Virgo which was an attack cargo ship. He told us that because of that the USS Virgo had a palm tree painted on the bulkhead by the door going into the bridge. One day it was tied up on the other side of a pier from us and he pointed it out. Guess I should have taken a picture. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65) had mentioned chores, in yesterday's (April 4th) Sandstorm and said that we all had them... yep, and mine was keeping my room clean and my bed had to be made every day (I still make my bed, as soon as I get up) and helping clean the rest of the house... am sure all "we girls" had the same chores, along with anything else our moms could find for us to do. We had linoleum in the bedrooms (3), bathroom, kitchen and utility rooms... only room that had carpet was the living room and my mom was a "stickler" for the floors being scrubbed clean and no using a mop either... on your hands and knees, bucket of hot water filled with Spic 'n Span... then another bucket filled with clean hot water for rinsing and we waxed those blasted floors every week too! The old wax was scrubbed off with SOS pads, then that residue was "mopped up"... then you washed the floor with the Spic 'n Span, then once the floor was dry you put down another fresh coat of wax! And this was done EVERY Saturday before any "fun" time... same routine was done in the kitchen too except in there the stove would be unplugged as would the fridge, they would be moved to the center of the room so that area could be cleaned! To say my mom was a "clean freak" was putting it mildly. Did I keep that routine when I got my own home????? Uh, NO! Used a mop... left the stove and fridge right where they were... figured the "dust bunnies" could enjoy themselves; as for waxing... only did it, when it was necessary... usually stripped the wax, every month instead of every week. David also mentioned the movie, "Mr. Roberts" and the palm tree incident... it was Ensign Pulver (Jack Lemon) who threw the palm tree overboard after they had gotten word that Mr. Roberts (Henry Fonda) had been killed when the ship he was on was hit by a torpedo. One of my favorite movies and I watch it whenever it's on TCM. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: what a great place Let me say that I was so sorry to hear of Leslie HUTCHISON's ('63) passing the day before her Special Day! Once upon a time... oh no... nobody starts stories like that any more... Oh wait... first lemme bow to the prowess of Dennis HAMMER ('64) on his kite flying skills... I could NEVER get a box kite to fly!... So as I was saying... Once upon a time there was a call far and wide seeking people to come to Eastern Washington where the Columbia, the Snake, and the Yakima rivers all converged... the land of milk and honey, it sounds like to me... come and learn a trade the ads promised and they came... in fact, near whole towns from what I've been told headed west... now imagine if you will... the kids that came with those folks... specially if one was a Jr or a Sr at his old school... and even worse if he was a sports star... now that must have sucked, but there were also those who were just starting school or were maybe just a few years along... these families and their children were the beginning of something magical (a Magical mystery tour if you will)... Eventually children would be born at various facilities and finally our own Ed QUIGLEY ('62) would be the first Kadlec baby... then more would come, including the Sorry 7, only five of which were actually borned there (but that's another story)... workers would get on busses, disappear for hours and then return to pee in bottles left in canisters on the front porch... winds of unknown proportions would be common occurrence and eventually the Columbia would flood... but more importantly, the workers would learn what they had produced and a new comradery would immerge that took the whole town with it giving rise to "We are the Bombers, mighty, mighty Bombers... " A powerhouse in Basketball and just an all round great place to be... a town where no one locked their doors and keys were even left in cars without mishap... now who would ever believe such a place could exist... We could... we who grew up in that little town and became proud of it beyond belief... tho many left to go to school or find jobs elsewhere, including stints in the military... very few would stay away for long... oh sure... just like any little town... the initial reaction was "we gotta get outa this place"... but the attraction remained and remains for so very many of us... It is home and we are Bombers, Mighty, Mighty Bombers... whether we continue to live there full time or not... for the most part... we always return... today's B-day bomber-babe was one who returned to live... in fact I recall the day or close to it that she did... I think I learned of it on face book... but it coulda been in this little paper of ours... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mary MASSEY ('64) on your special day, April 5, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: MLK, Jr. I can't believe anyone, let alone me, missed the tragic anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Truly a great man. RIP 4Apr68. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sunny Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/06/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Stephanie DAWSON ('60), Margaret EHRIG ('61) Linda BELLISTON ('63), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara BERKELEY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy DYKEMAN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve KING ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy RAEKES ('82) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: More "Mr. Roberts" trivia While attending Coast Guard radio operator school in 1952, I became friends with another young guy in school - Nicholas Adamshock was his name, a guy from Pennsylvania. He joined the Coast Guard in '52 in California, having tried his hand at getting into the movies. Draft was after him. He had been in a few "B" movies. When "Mr. Roberts" was casting, Adamshock was a radioman 2nd class aboard a small USCGH ship in San Diego. He somehow got in to see the "Mr. Roberts" director - wearing his uniform - and got into the movie with a pretty good role, quite a few speaking scenes. Had the stage name "Nick Adams". The Coast Guard gave him leave for the "location" shots in Hawaii. Adams went on to a fairly successful career - "Rebel Without a Cause", etc. and a TV series he "created", a western called Johnny Yuma. His brashness got him started with the part in "Mr. Roberts", a movie he loved... Adamshock died young, supposedly from a mixture of alcohol and a drug supposed used to keep him from drinking. In his early USCG years, he hardly drank at all - maybe one beer when we went "honky tanking." He palled with James Dean, some with Elvis Presley. Nick was a "climber", I'd say - but I liked him a lot. -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0011244/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Saturday, April 9th, I'm joining lots of other people for the WalkMS/northwest here in the Tri-Cities. The Team I'm walking with/for is "Speed Bump" founded by the sister of my granddaughter-in-law, Jessica Taylor. About 2 years ago, Sarah was diagnosed with MS. It has been a tough road for her, her husband, Jack, and their 3 small girls. If any of you are interested in sponsoring me, all of us will be grateful. I've never done anything like this before and I have no idea how far I'll go!!! The site for sponsoring is: msnorthwest.org or: https://www.facebook.com/msnorthwest.org I'm hoping this great weather will hold through Saturday. Too much wind, actually, but rain would be worse. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in beautifully blossoming Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) Re: Kites There is a small but fascinating kite museum at Long Beach, WA. Has a couple of amazing stories about how kites helped the war effort against the Nazis in the Atlantic Ocean. Has info on Japanese kites and some unusual film of people in Korea (I think) capturing and using bats, which are like little living kites! At least this is what we saw in August/Sept, 2014. Bomber cheers, -Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Googled and found: http://kitefestival.com/ https://www.facebook.com/worldkitemuseum/ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) Judy WILLOX ('61) Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber Lunch ~ aka Patti's All Bomber Lunch To: All Richland/Col-Hi Bombers It's time again for us to gather and share good memories and current events. WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016 (always 2nd Saturday) TIME: We gather about noon or 12:30 WHERE: JD DINER, 3790 West Van Giesen, West Richland (Second building on the right after crossing the Yakima River Bridge.) Any Bomber from any class is invited to attend the second Saturday of every month. (If it is your birthday month you get a free piece of pie.) -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Judy WILLOX (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) -Betti AVANT ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda BELLISTON ('63) Re: '63 lUNCH Just a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday [4/6/16] is the 1st Wednesday of the Month. LUNCH TIME at Rosy's Diner: 11:30 Hope to see you there! -Linda BELLISTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: 2011 RHS grad awarded Purple Heart ~ 4/4/16 Tri-City Herald http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article69804912.html "A 2012 Richland High School graduate was recently awarded a Purple Heart after being injured while serving in Afghanistan. Army Specialist Chloe MILLIKEN [actually a 2011 grad]. an explosive ordnance technician, deployed to the country in September, said her mother, Marsha Milliken. She and several of her team members were injured when their vehicle was hit in February by an improvised explosive device, or IED." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/07/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Abe DUNNING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harry MANOLOPOULOS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Anne LAUBY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda PHILLIPS ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott CROSS ('88) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa DYKEMAN ('98) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack ALEXANDER & Ginger ROSE ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Re: MS Walk Oops... I gave the wrong address for sponsoring a participant. Should be walkms.org. Speed Bump is the group I'm walking with. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Happy Birthday to one of our class leaders. I've known him since Jason Lee days, sleep overs in grade school, locker mates at Chief Jo, classmates at Col-Hi, and WSU Cougs together. He also showed up to most of my annual Halloween parties. Happy Birthday to Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) on the 7th. And here's to many more. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sunny Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Helen CROSS ('62) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorna SHAW ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathleen KINNEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WINGFIELD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori BROWN ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Merle Haggard (RIP) April 6, 1937 to April 6, 2016 Wish to add my condolences to the many Bomber fans of Merle Haggard (NAB). While not a true fan of country music, I will miss the younger (by a year) gentleman. He was fun to watch and listen to. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are forecast to return to spring weather by the week end ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Happy belated birthday [on 4/7] to my 2nd cousin, Scott CROSS ('88) - son of Allan CROSS ('59-RIP). Hope you had a great day!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) I too want to wish a Happy [belated} B-Day to my OLD doubles partner, Dog SOLDAT ('71) [on 4/7]. Yer getting older but still much less mature than I am. Nothing better than those tennis road trips. Having ladies on the bus with us was promising... but seems nothing much ever came of it. I assume the corner booth at The Spuddy provided some extra special treatment! -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/09/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Ron HOLEMAN ('56) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SETBACKEN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tere SMYTH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) I am saddened to learn of the passing of Tim JOCHEN ('73), son of a dear classmate, Bev SMITH Jochen ('52-RIP) and upperclassman, Buzz JOCHEN ('51). Tim and I talked at Bev's funeral service and he told me he had inherited her MS. Today, as you read this, I will be joining many others in the Walk for MS here in the Tri-Cities, and I will especially be thinking of Bev and Tim. My condolences to all the family. May God bless you. walkms.org -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland experiencing record breaking heat. I may be making my yearly sojourn to Alaska earlier than usual! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ron HOLEMAN ('56) Re: 1971 and 1976 Reunion Planning Committee Members Would one of the members of each of the committees planning your 1971 Class (45 year) reunion and the 1976 Class (40 year) reunion please contact me by email. Thank you. -Ron HOLEMAN ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Derrith PERSONS Dean ('60-RIP) Cell Phone Perchance did some Bomber get hold of Derrith's cell phone, or computer? Or pass words to her accounts? I have received several e-mail messages from her in the last several weeks. I am treating them as some kind of scam moving them to garbage and then dumping the garbage. Not a big thing just curios if other are having receiving these? 22 days to retirement! Lot of emotions floating around my mind... -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ on a warm sunny day ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Did ol Hank really do it this way... So I'm a day late and a dollar short, but I gotta echo the sentiments for the loss of one heluva singer... as many will recall, in the early days of Richland, the music pickins wuz mighty slim (arf arf... get it... Slim Pickens... )... for the most part as I recall, Bob Wills wuz still the King and that wuz 'bout it... I remember when Rock 'n' Roll reared its cool head sitting at my little short wave radio with Craig DAVIS ('65) and Keith PETERSON ('65) searching the waves for that one R 'n' R song to pop up... that was way before Lynn BRYSON ('57) and the Real Don Steele (NAB) hit the air... now I guess all that hill billy stuff got kids to either love it or hate it... I thought I hated it but it stuck with me my whole life... I wuz still listening to guys like Willie when he hadda flat top, Waylon when he hadda duck tail... and ol Conway hadn't decided if he wuz country or Rock 'n' Roll... The Hag was at the toppa my list... I was fortunate enuff to be invited to his Birthday party at the Hilton close to 20 years ago (it was probably his 60th Birthday)... 60 seemed mighty old at the time... Dwight Yoakum was probably the youngest guy there... but Dick Clark looked younger than everyone else... I remember up around Coos Bay I think... I found what I decided was the "perfect" Merle Haggard hat... I bought it and plopped it on my head... grinnin' like I wuz somebody... now I musta just had a spat with the girl I wuz with cuz she gave me a look and said: "Well, you ain't no Merle Haggard"... never wore that damned hat again! One thing about losin' singers... we always got the Music... So here we go with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gary SETBACKEN ('64), Tere SMYTH ('65) and Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) on your special day, April 9, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Roy BALLARD ('63) Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma CULVERHOUSE ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BENEDICT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug PAYNE ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Recently opened LU LU Craft Bar + Kitchen Last night I had the pleasure of having dinner with my wife [Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67)] and very good friends Keith Conrad (NAB) and Kathy HOFF Conrad ('64) at LuLu's. I had a steak and Thai salad - fantastic. Also had some Pig Candy (bacon fried and cayenne pepper and brown sugar) added to it. That was to die for. The atmosphere was great, but the chairs and benches were all wood, even though I have a fat one I could have used a cushion. The desert was small, but had a couple of spoonfuls, that was very good. The fries had a taste that everyone said were the best they have eaten in a longtime. Would recommend LULU'S -- really very good. -Roy and Nancy Ballard 63 and 67 -Roy BALLARD ('63) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Facebook: LU-LU-Craft-Bar-Kitchen ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) Happy Birthday, belated, to Mike FRANCO ('70)[on 2/6]. Visited with Mike in Sun City, AZ with brothers Bill ('67) & Rich ('69) and their spouses. The BS was pretty heavy and I was amazed at the recall we all had of the silly things we tried as kids and the stupid stunts we attempted in HS and college. The wives were not impressed. I'm glad to see Mike is enjoying his new career as tycoon radio executive and NW iconic sports anchor covering his beloved Mariners and Seahawks. Mike nor I kept our girlish figures that Coach Rex DAVIS ('49) (belated HB) tried to shape. Best Wishes, Mike. -Duncan SINCLAIR ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Mr. RIVERS ('65): I'm a little perturbed at you, David [insert one exclamation point here] I went to Staples this morning and looked for some exclamation points [insert one exclamation point here] They said they were all out and even their on-line store was out of stock. So I stopped by Office Depot. No luck [insert one exclamation point here] I was going to put one at the end of those first five sentences. I developed a workaround but it is quite cumbersome [insert one exclamation point here] As you can see, I'm trying to be considerate of my fellow exclamation point users. Then I remembered you [insert one exclamation point here] I suspect you have completely cornered the market, haven't you? Don't you realize that there are a few of us who would like to put some emphasis on our sentences, too? Have some compassion, David [insert one exclamation point here] -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/11/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim RUSSELL ('58) Burt PIERARD ('59) Lori SIMPSON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha FELTS ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim RUSSELL ('58) To: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: exclamation points Tedd, I found your comments in Sunday's Sandstorm quite amusing!!!!! Here's what I do. Being a believer in re-cycling, I've gone back to a few previous David RIVERS' ('65) contribution and re-claimed several of his exclamation points. I have a number of them in a drawer that I use, and when I need more, I just wait for a RIVERS message!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Here's a few you can use, temporarily.) Cheers -Jim RUSSELL ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Burt PIERARD ('59) To: All you Richland History Buffs Re: Paul Beardsley's (RIP) "Richland" Book Extra! Extra! Hot off the presses! The B Reactor Museum Assn. (BRMA) has obtained the Publishing Rights to reprint Beardsley's book, "The Long Road to Self- Government, The History of Richland, Washington, 1943 - 1968." This 48 - 8.5"x11" page book is an exact replica of Beardsley's personal 1st Edition, including notable autographs throughout plus a few additions like the Author's credit & brief biography and an Introduction. It is available for purchase, either in-person or by credit card phone mail-order, from: Debbie NELSON Burnet ('77) WHIMZEEZES (aka the BRMA Souvenir Shop) 2000 Logston Blvd, Bay 133A (just East & North of the B Reactor Tour Office) Phone no. (509) 375-6147 (call first to verify store hours) Featured "Peek Inside" pages include: http://alumnisandstorm.com/Xtra/BRMA/00.htm Front Cover (1968 Pic looking north) Back Cover (1968 Pic looking south) Title Page Representative Page 8 (see the May 1 & June 2, 1944 entries) Autograph Page 46 (numerous other autographs throughout book) Prices: In-Person $15.00 + Tax Mail Order $15.00 + $5.00 (Tax & Shipping) USD Funds (Contact Debbie if outside the lower 48) Bomber Cheers, -Burt PIERARD, BRMA Historian ('59) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) Richland Lutheran Church (RLC) is celebrating their 70th Anniversary on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, at 4pm. Ticket sales will be between April 16th and May 16th, 2016. You can contact the church by going to 901 Van Giesen or calling 509-943-3164 to reserve your ticket or go to the church's website RichlandLutheran.org to reserve a ticket. The tickets are $5.00 per person. The entree, drinks and dessert will be provided, please bring a side dish to share, if possible. Please share this information with fellow RLC past members if they are not current Alumni Sandstorm readers. -Lori SIMPSON Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/12/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: McGregor FOX ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monita McCLELLAN ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia HUTCHINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aaron HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David MASON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan BELLISTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrie SMITHWICK ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: 50th Wedding Anniversary Bob NOLAND ('61) and Karen CROSS Noland ('63) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 19 at the Elks Lodge in Kennewick. April 10, 2016, Tri-City Herald Article: http://richlandbombers.1966.tripod.com/misc/61Nolandand63Cross.jpg Congratulations to Bob and Karen!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Exclamation Points (4/11 Sandstorm entry from Jim) Thanks, Jim RUSSELL ('58). I hadn't thought of that! Notice the use of a FRESH exclamation point... As it turns out, David RIVERS ('65) is quite generous. After reading my rant [4/10 Sandstorm], he sent me 122 brand new exclamation points from his stock! They were even bolded! I'll keep up with the recycling idea though. Probably won't need to complain again. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/13/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: LaVerne OSTERMAN ('51) Carol CARSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave BURNHAM ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave FOWLER ('76) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harvey CHAPMAN & Sally FOLEY ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: LaVerne OSTERMAN Newstrom ('51) Re: Survivors of 1951 -- How Many Are Still Among Us? After a few years of drifting I'm finally getting sort of reconnected after the death of Larry (my twin) and finding Ralph MYRICK ('51) one day on a computer... I just was wondering how alone am I? Thank you. -LaVerne OSTERMAN Newstrom ('51) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Puget Sound Bomber Luncheon Steve CARSON ('58) and Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) will host the next Puget Sound Bomber luncheon. DATE: Saturday, May 14, 2016 TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Scott's Bar and Grill A favorite Edmonds, WA neighborhood restaurant and bar. WEBSITE: http://www.scottsbarandgrill.com/ -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/14/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie MOTT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin CORLEY ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Meals on Wheels here in the Tri-Cities is asking for more volunteers to step forward and help with this valuable program. If you are available and willing to help with delivering meals or to help in the kitchen & dining rooms, please contact Heather Kriss by email at or give her a call at 735-1911 between the hours of 9am and 1:30pm, Mon - Friday. This is a very important way for those of us who are lucky enough to be in good health, to help those who are not. The people are very appreciative, the work is rewarding. Many volunteers work just one day per week and about 3 hours for the kitchen/dining room help and less than 2 hours for delivering. Check it out--you will probably be very glad you did. Bomber regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Re: Class of 1955 Ladies lunch WHERE: Three Margarita's Richland restaurant WHEN: Wednesday April 20 TIME: 11:30am Please bring a list of suggestions of what place you would like to have these lunches .All ladies who graduated in 1955 are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact: Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) or Billie LAWELL Neth ('55) We hope to see about twenty classmates. Thank you, -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: I had no idea Tedd CADD ('66) and Jim RUSSELL ('58) brought my attention to my less than frugal use of exclamation points when wishing Bombers HBs... I am sure that my failure to conserve certain punctuation has put a run on ellipses as well... tho that will be surely welcome by a certain member of the Gold Medal class, who goes by the call sign of ECB3... now I know what the newbie felt like when he took his first shower aboard ship... merrily lathering and singing his lungs out... or the new kid in an area where there is only so much hot water in a water buffalo... and he acts in a similar manner... we no longer live in times when we foolishly thought nothing of leaving the hose on all day after playing in the sprinklers... to paraphrase Smokey: "Only you can prevent a shortage of punctuation marks!"... I would promise to be better and save them for special occasions only but you and I know that a punctuatioholic means well but... .Hey... wait a minute... Bomber Birthdays are special occasions... and one of these is extra special because I am sworn not to miss a single member of the "W" famblie lest I get tied up and thrown in the river.. plus, this Bomber-babe happens to be my Championship partner in a game similar to lawn darts but played with Argentine bolos thrown to catch on a ladder thing and thereby gain points... in fact, it was she who introduced me to the "chest bump"... as the chest bump wasn't used when I tortured myself playing football to be with the gang till my mommy took the helmet away, I was unfamiliar with the procedure... Now I shall say that I in no way wish to take away from the total specialness of the other Bomber-babe celibrating today... sooooooooooo, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bonnie MOTT ('64) and Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67) on your special day, April 14, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/15/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Dennis HAMMER ('64) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanny WILSON ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy CARPENTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mickey LYNCH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy DeHART ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) All this talk about excessive use of the exclamation point (!) hides another growing excessive use; that of more than one middle name. Parents don't realize that when they a child more than one middle name it can deprive another child of a name altogether. Not only are infants starving, there are now nameless starving infants. So, please don't over use middle names. Bye the bye, today is the birthday of a Bomber of my acquaintance; in fact we even graduated the same year. A semi known fact is that he and his brother Gary WILSON ('53) and Ray WELLS ('54) used to dazzle pep assemblies with their physical prowess by putting on a lifting and tumbling act. Not men in tights, mind you, but there they were. This would mean that a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout is in order for Lanny WILSON ('54). It is not know for certain if he will show up at Rosy's for lunch with the "Girls of '54" or Bob's Burgers and Brew in Kennewick for lunch with the "Guys of '54". You have been warned. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where temps are forecast to be in the eighties (again) next Sunday and Monday. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: "Mr. Roberts" info Just noticed that the recently discussed movie "Mr. Roberts" is scheduled on Turner Classic Movies for April 22nd at 1:45 (in the Pacific Time Zone) if anyone wants to watch it. Re: pool Getting about time to open the cement pond for the summer, so I needed to get busy and fix the multiport valve on top of the sand filter. It was leaking last summer so I ran a hose back to the pool. They no longer make the model I have. I mentioned rebuilding the valve. Lady at the pool store asked if I would be able to do that and I said that if I could rebuild '50s and '60s V8 engines I should be able to rebuild a valve. I figured I would just wait until I closed the pool and do it in the winter time. Finally got a "round tuit" and ordered the parts from Amazon.com and it took almost no time to put it together. Thought I would need some help aligning the holes, pushing the spring and putting on the handle, but put it back together making sure the hole in the plug aligned with the hole in handle and the handle was in a position where it was lower before bolting the top assembly on to the lower assembly. It helped that it was designed idiot-proof. That was a term we used when I was a mechanical designer for designing things so there was only one way to put it together. Trouble is... you can't really make anything idiot-proof because idiots are just too ingenious. I have come across at least two cases where they managed to do it. I took me less time to rebuild that valve than it did to put it on the filter and hook up the pipes. If I had know it was that quick and easy I would have done it last summer. I saved some money there, but the big thing was... with a replacement valve I would have to re-plumb the three 1 1/2 PVC pipes going to the valve and I really did not want to do/or pay for that. Re: Dandelions Are we having a bumper crop of dandelions in the Tri-Cities this year? It is not just my yard, it seems to me like all over there are many more than usual. Mow the yard and within 24 hours the lawn is covered with little white snowballs. I can't believe something can grow so fast. Wish my retirement funds had grown so fast!!!!! Has anyone found something that will kill the dandelions without killing the grass? I found stuff that is supposed to kill the dandelions, but it just makes them sick. If anyone wants to make Dandelion Wine "come on-a my house, come on"... they are free for the picking!!!!! Re: Exclamation points I found a solution for the exclamation point shortage, if fact I may have found an endless supply. It was easy, I stole them from David RIVERS ('65). I wanted to use some in my dandelion post so I went to his yesterday's Sandstorm and I lifted ten of them from his post. All I had to do was copy and paste. I should be OK though because I think once they are posted in the Alumni Sandstorm they are in the public domain. I would ask our Sandstorm Barrister for a legal opinion, but I don't think I have enough exclamation points to pay his fee!!!!! -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Money talks! All mine says is "Good-bye." ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) That's OK David RIVERS ('65). I don't use ellipses very often and if Staples runs out, I'll just use three periods. I can even salvage some colons and semi-colons for extra periods and commas. And, of course, there's always the idea of recycling them if I need to. I notice that there is a super-abundance of apostrophes and commas world-wide. So many, in fact, that people have resorted to putting them in places where they have no business being. Like the sign I saw on one of the nurseries here locally: "We have pansie's." Of course, the question be becomes, "What do you have that belongs to Pansie?" If anybody would like to read a fantastic book on punctuation that is written to entertain (and does it well), try "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss. The title comes from a joke about a Panda. The Panda goes into a bar and orders a sandwich and a beer. When he is finished, he gets up, pulls out a pistol and fires a shot into the ceiling. He starts out the door and the bar tender says, "Hey! Wait a minute. What was that all about?" The panda says, "I'm a panda." "Yeah... So?" "Look it up," says the panda and throws a nature book at him. He looks up the entry on pandas and reads, "The panda eats, shoots and leaves." Of course, the joke is the comma after the word "eats" changes the meaning of the sentence. Truss's book is full of amazing real-life experiences of signs and letters and more where people said things they really didn't mean to say. Consider putting two commas in this sentence: "Woman without her man is nothing." "Woman, without her, man is nothing." "Woman, without her man, is nothing." Where should the second comma go? Or maybe there should be a comma in this sentence: "Let's eat Grampa." Ignore my lame repetition of two old saws on punctuation. Lynne is far more creative. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Mike CLOWES ('54) Laura Dean KIRBY ('55), Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara COLE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony SHARPE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg JOCHEN ('76) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Old Days Spring Musings Think spring, 1944. Ah, springtime in Richland. If you were from Minnesota, as I was, it was a delight, no snow, 75 and up. Take in the sun and enjoy. Think also about a fine new school on a hill. In that month that we moved from the dilapidated old school in that south end to that new school, Richland High, nee Columbia High or Col-Hi. There were about 300 of us, very crowded in our old digs, to rattling around in the new building meant for about 1000. The main hallway was very long from the auditorium on the north end, which was finished, back to the gym on the other end, which was not. There were a couple of wings running out to the west Looking at today's school, I don't believe an original plank still exists Our teachers were gleaned from wherever, and some were not quite adequate, while others were very good, none seemed just average. We began some traditions which exist to this day, The student council was very active. They took the imitative to ban other school letter sweaters and it was enforced. A Girls' League was formed. Also a Drama Club which actually put on a play, "Brother Goose" on a broken down stage in the old school. There was a twenty member Glee Club including only two boys. There was also a fairly large band which was loud, but managed to keep its beat, sort of. Also an annual yearbook staff, which got the info, but failed to publish. That was taken care of by Club 40 in 1990. Best of all, we had our lively newsletter, The Rocket, published right away, in August, 1943. It was the precursor of the Sandstorm and was named after that which many then believed was being built at Hanford. In sports we cheered our basketball team, which played in the Lewis and Clark Gym. They were pretty mediocre, but they did beat Pasco once, much to our delight. Without a gym, the phys ed classes were bussed down to Lewis and Clark grade school where we went through exercises led by our teach "Pop" Lehman who retired early being a little old to handle us, You folks might have seen him around the Post Office in later years .Anyway, at the end we did laps, and one day, being a little tired, I hid behind a tree. Someone ratted me out, so Pops forced me to jog back to school. While the bus was loading I jumped on the back bumper and hung on to the door. My buddies sat in the back seats so the driver, Pops, and the tattler were obscured. I watched for cops, and managed to hang on till we arrived. It was more fun than jogging. All was part of student life in those long ago days. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of nineteen and forty five) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Messers Hammer ('64) and CADD ('66) Re: Punctuation marks Staples is not thee place to go for punctuation marks, especially exclamation marks (!). You must try Office Max/Depot as they have an excellent stock in all sizes and fonts one could wish for. At least the one I went to did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I left some for others. Mr. HAMMER ('64), I believe you have over described Murphy's Law. In its most simplistic form is mere that "If nothing can go wrong, something will go wrong." There are far too many corollaries to mention here. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the snowpack in Cascades gives hope to water in Detroit Lake ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: >> Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Re: Class of 1955 Ladies lunch WHERE: Three Margarita's Richland restaurant WHEN: Wednesday April 20 TIME: 11:30am Please bring a list of suggestions of what place you would like to have these lunches .All ladies who graduated in 1955 are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact: Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) or Billie LAWELL Neth ('55) We hope to see about twenty classmates. Thank you, -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >> From: Rick MADDY ('67) I wrote to my company commander in Vietnam (The Skipper) several years ago trying to get him to sign this First Division, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment (Kilo Company, by the way) book. Fifth Regiment is the most decorated regiment in Marine Corps history. We have been around a while. Those who find themselves in this regiment at any time, find themselves at first in a very disturbing place. Then reality sets in and it gets worse. I found this important at the time. Nevertheless, as time fades, I find that notso. I have talked to Marines at Camp Pendleton who were in this outfit in Iraq. Guess who the USMC command was while there. Our General James MATTIS ('68). One of the former Marines who was in Kilo 3/5 in Vietnam before I got there had a son in the Fifth Regiment (3/5) in Fallujah during the second time in the city. I was in Pendleton for the award presentation when this young corporal was awarded a Silver Star for action in that city. During a conversation, the corporal said Marines would go anywhere with the General. True story. I would say with that note, the General ('68) should be our Commandant and would be if it were not for the fools we have running this country. 'Nuff said (I learned this from David '65 - 'nuff said !!!). I say this as a former Marine. While serving during war, Marines have no politics. Matter of fact, the only holiday we know is Nov. 10. Beyond that, we are told where we are going and who we are killing. The truth hurts. Don't believe any other thing you are told. Where was I? Oh... I already had quite a few men sign the book who I had served with during the war. Well, I had one WWII vet sign it, but it was King Company then; before they changed all the fandango lingo in the '50s to Alpha, Bravo, Charlie... R.V. Burgin. RV was our Kilo Company treasurer for years. Still kickin' it in Texas. I posted a pic of him several years ago. A survivor of Peleliu. Bronze Star. Wrote Island of the Damned. Contributor of the eight part Tom Hanks HBO movie - The Pacific. He is one of the speakers during the show. Oh... I had no idea how to really get hold of the Skipper via online, not necessarily because I'm stooped, but just uneducated within the confines of the internet proto, how to, learning curve, so I just looked up FedEx and found some person within their large list of company portals, or whatever they are called, i.e., shipping, ground, air, etc. etc. to forward the email to their boss. I then forgot about the whole escapade after days went by. Fruitless endeavor is a word that comes to mind. And then... lo and behold... about six weeks, or so, I get this email from Fred Smith at FedEx telling me to send him the book and he would be happy to sign a book for one of his men. He did not know me, but he knew of me. He had lost a platoon commander by the name of John Ruggles, III, who was my platoon commander. I was only a statistic on an H&S daily report from the Remington Raiders. I have a copy of that. My name is not on that report. The report only states 3rd platoon has three... here, you can look at it. An old document, but hey. It is what it is. Company commanders do not forget the dead and wounded for the rest of their lives. Trust me. I take the book and the email copy from the Skipper that contains a long line of numbers and give it to this young lady at the desk and tell her I have this email with a lot of numbers from her boss and I am supposed to give it to her. She looked at me like any ordinary person does talking to a normal insane person from southern California and said her boss was not there right at the moment. I said no, I'm sorry, I mean your real boss. She looked at it a little closer and said, "Oh." She put the book into a large FedEx mailer and said, thank you. I asked how much was my bill. She said it was taken care of. I said thank you. About three days later I have a FedEx delivery man with my book in hand... signed, sealed, delivered. Why did I tell you this story? Would somebody please tell Maren my address has changed. I would like somebody, anybody, to please tell whomever is in charge of address change at the front office of the Online Sandstorm to please let Maren know I need my address changed to olekukahi@yahoo.com for my daily and hopefully before Google buys them. Thank you. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Mad/160416-27Feb1968.jpg Semper Fidelis -Rick MADDY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/17/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Dick WIGHT ('52) Gloria ADAMS ('54), Carol CONVERSE ('64) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary JONES ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob THOMAS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim VACH ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shari NAPORA ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane SMITH ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" DAVIS ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff JANICEK ('88) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Middle Names To: Bob Carlson, AKA Mike CLOWES ('54) It is strange that one with an alias would woof about another using two middle names!!!. -Richard James Hugh "Dick" McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: General MATTIS ('68) Rick MADDY ('67) mentioned James MATTIS ('68), LTGEN USMC. I have met and chatted with him in our neighborhood a few times, last time about a month ago. He and his older brother Tom MATTIS ('66) own a town house in my development. Tom lives there and James visits occasionally. He is living in California, affiliated with one of the large universities (can't remember which). (Stanford?). He is a real gentleman, calls me "Coastie" and says I should call him by his first name. I told him I preferred to call him by his nickname - General. MATTIS did, I believe, relieve Gen Petreus over in the Med area at one point, and was embarked at sea for a time as the only known general ever to command a U.S. fleet at sea. Very interesting man.... -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ visiting son and family in Peoria, AZ in moderate temperatures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (got my exclamation points at Staples, on sale... but notice there are some missing, hence the spaces. you get what you pay for.....!!!!!!!!!) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) What a story! Thanks for sharing your story. All news about a Bomber is welcomed. And cared for. -Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Dandelions... Dennis, Seems to be that most houses around us have tons of dandelions! BUT, most don't even try to get rid of them. That means, whenever the wind is blowing, the seeds fly into your yard. We try to keep them sprayed whenever we see one. I often go out and pick the yellow flowers and any that I see that will be popping out. Seems to work, but boy, it can be time consuming. I wish you luck! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick Glad to see the wind is just about quit. We are wanting to hang up outside curtains on our portico. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Prior Marines To: Rick MADDY ('67) Rick, Vergie is still very much alive. I see him monthly at the Dallas Metroplex Marines monthly luncheon. In fact this month I've seen him twice, and he's still going strong. Your old CO helped a group I'm with here in Dallas: SteakTeamMission.org Several years ago. We grill steaks for the various branches of the service in combat zones, and non-combat zones. FedEx had a shipping station in Afghanistan at Camp Bastion. It was right off the runway. We usually utilized American Airlines to ship our gear over to Afghanistan or Iraq, but the 2013 trip FedEx stepped up and took all of our gear except the 1200 (originally 2000) steaks we were shipping over. AA shipped those for us as they had dry ice replenishment capabilities in London. Too bad FedEx didn't take those as 800 were confiscated in Kuwait as a "tax" by a corrupt official. We were going to grill for the Brits too, but they lost out due to the "tax". Smith was the driving force behind getting our gear there. "Make it happen"! (Stole an ! From David). Our own Jim MATTIS ('68) greased the skids for me to handle the logistics. He hooked me up with Joe Dunford, then Asst. ommandant. Amazing what two Four-Star Generals can do. Jim MATTIS also arranged for our initial trip over in 2010. Pappy Swan ('59) is also a K 3/5 alumnus. Jim and I are 1/7 alumnus. Semper Fi Rick, wear your Forigier well. There's an old series from 1965 on GetTV on Wednesday nights. The Lieutenant, a Gene Roddenberry pre Star Trek production. It centers around a "newly minted" Marine Lieutenant in B 1/5. Another highly decorated unit in Vietnam in Hue during Tet. Small world. -Brad WEAR ('71), 1st Bn. 7th Marines ~ in hail pounded Plano, TX where we are expecting rains of epic proportions over the next four days. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/18/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bob JOHNSON ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Laura Dean KIRBY ('55), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane WALKER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie CONE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene SWIFT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gilbert BLANKENSHIP ('81) 04/18 TODAY IN HISTORY: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the EIGHTEENTH OF APRIL, in '75; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.... http://www.paulreverehouse.org/ride/ Paul Revere's Ride -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob JOHNSON ('54) To: Rick MADDY ('67) My dear, Dear Fellow, Rick, I know you only write when you have something to say. You continually overwhelm me with the power and eloquence of your writing, to say nothing of the experience that informs it. Even with a very bald pate to show for it, my hat's off to you, always and in all ways. Bravo! Sempre Fi! And sing a song for Felix. Felix means "happy" and also to me, a great friend and musician. Add Froelich to the list. It also means "happy". Felix was a Jewish colleague, Ralph Froelich, a German. Both loved life, music and good life stories. They would each admire you for yours. I do. I'll send you a couple of CDs, one each featuring each of them. Would you be so kind as to provide me with your current home address? As ever, -Bob JOHNSON ('54) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To; Dick "Tincan" McCoy ('pick a year) Only the last name has been changed to protect the innocent. And it is not just two middle names, it is three or four. Re: 5th Marines This Senior Squid has heard that the 5th is referred to as the "Hollywood" 5th; any truth to that? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers promise a cool down by mid- week and maybe a drop or two of rain. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Re: Class of 1955 Ladies lunch WHERE: Three Margarita's Richland restaurant WHEN: Wednesday, April 20 TIME: 11:30am Please bring a list of suggestions of what place you would like to have these lunches. All ladies who graduated in 1955 are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact: Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts ('55) 627-3435 or Billie LAWELL Neth ('55) at 946-8655 We hope to see about twenty classmates. Thank you, -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Dandies and other weeds I use Ortho Weed B Gone Couple of times a year I fill my back pack sprayer And spot spray the 10 to 12 varieties of weeds that infest my 1/2 acre. The previous owner and several other owners in my small cul-d- sac do no weed control. I bought the house in 1995 and have battled the weeds and the moss every year. I have received lots of advice from professionals that works for maybe one year. But the next spring they are back in grand form. Last year I brought in a machine and ripped up 12 large yard trash bags of moss from my front yard alone. I am talking about bags that fit a 55 gal drum. The yard was essentially all moss. This was the third time I have done that. My fireworks company owns 32 acres of industrial zoned land and there are several large deep holes for unknown purpose. We have filled 2 of them with yard waste. Yes I have paid professionals ungodly amounts of $ to eradicate the moss. They are well less effective than I am. Years ago when I had the three Equipment Rental stores I attended several classes on "Turf Development and Maintenance". I had numerous landscape professionals who rented machines from me. One thing I learned was that good thick turf will choke out many weeds and moss. In the past I have not had the time to develop the turf. Howsomever...... I have 10 more days to work at Entertainment Fireworks. Yes I intend to concentrate on my landscape. I enjoy planting and growing and hopefully having more than a few hours a month will make some difference. And yes the rumor is true... I started another company. Pyro Consultants, LLC. I will be using my 60 years of experience teaching several class levels on fireworks, and safety, to company owners and organizations. I will also be doing incident investigations and re-creations as well as investigations, evidence preparation and reports for litigation. I am working a case now regarding an injury and after I turn the Forensic Investigation file over to my client this next week I will be working another case in the eastern US. And I have several class and speaking engagements on the calendar clear up into 2017. I just sold 2 Windstar vans and a Ranger pickup I had, and bought a Chevy TrailBlazer with 6500 lb towing capacity as Jackie and I want to spend at least some time traveling parts of the US. We are trailer shopping, but have not found "it" yet. Life is what you make of it. I thank God for giving me the health and time on earth to experience it. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Well, it's one. two .three... To: Brad WEAR ('71) Thanks for the update, Brad, on RV. Now well into his 90s. Great guy. Enjoyed him visiting Camp Pendleton and hanging out on the beach with us. I had taken a photo of him and I believe I sent it to him. Here it is again. Looking out into the Pacific, just about in the right direction of the WWII islands, and holding his book on those unfortunate memories. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Mad/160417-RV_CampPend-2010.jpg Yes, I had the pleasure of having a quick conversation with Pappy ('59) about K/3/5. A then and then (vs. now) in the Dawald gym a few years back. Actually, we both still get the scuttlebutt now and then on 3/5 when something is happening via the internet. We used to get it snail mail, but the times, they are a changed. It is a small world, indeed. Semper Fi, Pappy! I have always been impressed with Fred Smith. Particularly after the war. I really knew nothing about him while there. I avoided rubbing elbows with brass at all costs. Later finding out who he was. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, really. His father had Greyhound buses running several states in the southeastern U.S., if memory serves me. Smith's father died when he was young and I imagine he could have most likely escaped the war, but he did not. Jumped right into the middle of it. Built FedEx off money he had inherited from his father and an idea from his school days at Yale; before Vietnam. More important, he will stop working at a moment's notice when it comes to 'his men.' Smith gave Heath (one of several Marines who put me on the medevac) a job when Heath was struggling here in SoCal. Knoxville, Tennessee dedicated a little league baseball field after my platoon commander, 2Lt. Ruggles. Smith spoke at the dedication of the field. Pic of me standing on the mound in 2005. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Mad/160418-Maddy-Knox-2005.jpg To: Others Vets We had been running patrols off Anderson bridge on a every other day rotation about six miles SSW of DaNang. This meant I could sleep within the wire in my hole in the ground every third day vs. the jungle and being eaten alive by insects, among other things. I was with Third Platoon. We were small platoons at the time. I was a fresh replacement and they just could not fill a full-on Marine Corps platoon and never did while I was there. Two and three man fire teams, not four, etc. Two squad patrols out in different directions, usually night, and like the enemy, setting up ambushes. One squad on the bridge at all times. Spent a month doing that duty. People like to try and blow up bridges during war. We had a tank, and they tried blowing that up one night with 122mm rockets and mortars. Adventurous place. There ARE things on my mind both off and on that bridge I would never talk about except to Mac, Heath, Hole, Basteeen, Shu; men I served with and talk to regularly. On Feb. 6, '68 we lost seven men in Second Platoon after they had been ambushed not far from the bridge coming out of the CAP by a company of NVA; Hole and Shu are two survivors of that melee. There were less than eighteen men in the platoon (a normal amount of a large squad, not a platoon). A squad gets bigger as you add radioman, Corpsman, gunner, a-gunner, blooper (M79 40mm grenade launcher), etc. etc.; weapons platoon and such. SSGT Bagget was awarded a Navy Cross for his actions as the squad leader. Shu told me he should have gotten the MOH. Bagget was one who lost his life there. I visit Shu from time to time. Lunch in Newport Beach. I have met five of the survivors. They had actually gotten into hand-to-hand. My squad left the bridge to do a walk through of the area looking for any gear two days after. I was never the same after that day. My fear level, already at critical because of the bridge, worsened. Then Hue City started happening. We were put on Chinooks, man did I hate being on that chop (!!!). Choppers came down in bunches during this time. I did not join the Corps to be on a boat or in the air. We were taken to a place known as Phu Gia Pass about thirty-five miles SSE of Hue City off Highway 1. We were looking for Vietnamese Communists (a Marine Corps Lite term for the enemy - we had several other names, of course - Senator McCain took a hit for using one) that were blowing up trucks and snipers shooting at any targets they could muster. The job was running flanking patrols off the highway looking for these people. Well, one day they got lucky and found us first with their traps. Lots of traps everywhere around this place. Tet of 1968 was an odd time. Very little slack time during this period. Day after day of something going wrong. A different time, a different war, nevertheless, SOS, day in and day out somewhere, every damn day ... even today and tomorrow. A lot of people do not like war stories. I will never write a book on the subject. I wasn't there long enough anyway to know anything useful about war? I should write a book about Army and Navy hospitals. I spent a year in those. A week in critical care in DaNang until I could travel. Five weeks in the 239th Army General Hospital (something like that) at Camp Drake, a joint US Army/Air Force base in Saitama, just outside Tokyo, Japan. I was there because they had an infectious amputee ward. This is where I think I acquired my Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and years of sleep disorders, anger, short-fused. There were at least thirty of us in the ward. I don't even know how to describe this place. Screams in the night and wheelchair races during the day. Strung out on Demerol. Camp Drake and the old Bremerton Navy hospital have been razed. Before I go, just one reminder to combat veterans ... I was in the Spokane VA hospital in 1992 when I was asked by a doctor if I knew of PTSD. No. Out of curiosity, and because of a host of ill fitting behaviors that had been on my mind for years, I was given an appointment with a VA shrink. I show up and without any conversation I recall, gives me a 100 question PTSD test - True- False, Yes-No Q's. Back to school? Test? I did not want to take this. I found it to be stupid. Things come to mind that Maren would have to edit out. So, instead of wadding the paper up and throwing it in this shrink's face, I decided to answer all the Q's with the opposite feeling/answers. I failed the test. I did not have PTSD. Goodbye beer money. I saved the VA, Feds, taxpayers and all a big wad of cash. See Ya. I never talked to a shrink about the war, including the Bozo at Spokane. Who needs them, when I have you? Although I am 100% disabled with the loss of use of both hands, I was denied PTSD by the Veterans Administration because in 2009, during one of my 'are you un-disabled yet' meetings I refused to go see the shrinks. Things had changed drastically and the government was passing out PTSD like candy on Halloween. The VA is NOT fair and balanced. Trust me. Now they are back-stepping on these awards I hear and on some sort of witch hunt. Oh well. One thing is for sure ... you do not go, you do not receive. You will not hear anything from these people. Nothing. Need help? Walk into a VA hospital emergency room (without a gun, please) and tell the person at the desk you need help. There is still a chance you might get some. This would be worth your while vs. the alternative. Or move on as best you can. I should stop here. I walked out of the Bremerton Navy Hospital on Jan. 31, 1969. Sixteen operations. Never looked back. Thanks again, Brad. -Rick MADDY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/19/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria ADAMS ('54), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Mike CLOWES ('54), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), "JP" PANESKO ('83 and '84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lila JENNE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda SWAIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark ROHRBACHER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg WELLMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deb BOSHER ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jeff LARSEN & Barbara GILE ('67) 04/19 TODAY IN HISTORY 1775 American Revolution began "shot heard 'round the world" The Shot Heard 'Round The World 1993 Waco ended 1995 Oklahoma City ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) To: Rick MADDY ('67) Another fascinating reading story. You sure you do not want to write a book? You have the ability to tell stories clearly and create pictures that we can see. I understand the pain it would cause for you but it would also be therapeutic for you and others. There are so many like yourself who don't know where to begin the healing process. You could help them start, as so many of them felt as you did about seeing a doctor. I'm sure there are still hundreds out there as the pain is too great. I respect you for what you've been through and the service you gave to our country. Thank you, -Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Club 40 Time has come again for the Board of Directors and Officers to meet for our Spring Board meeting. This coming Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. we will meet at the Richland Red Lion in the Lounge. All class Reps who make up the Board of Directors, please plan to attend. So happy that more of the "younger" classes are being represented!! We still could use another rep for 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1970. And of course, 2 reps for the classes of the '70s, thru 1976!!! We will be setting a deadline date for any alumni to send in their articles to appear in the Spring Dust Storm. Please plan to send in your comments. Our BIG celebration is September 9th and 10th, 2016!! A casual Friday night with light dinner and a "sit down" dinner on Saturday, with a live band for dancing on Saturday night. Application will be in the Spring Dust Storm!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54), Club 40 President ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Do you know what day this is? Well, I'll tell you. It is a Bomber Babe birthday... and according to "Tooter" ('65) it is her 95th; but then he is not really known for telling the truth as he is/was a lawyer. Actually, by my count it is her 18th, so there. Consequently, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" shout are in store for the editor and publisher of this "rag". That's right, it's Maren SMYTH's ('63 & '64) birthday. Wish you a good one and hope the river doesn't come over the levee. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are waiting for cooler weather next weekend. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: yahooo and yippykiyay Now this is a birthday... in fact, without this birthday I wouldn't be writing this little post... without this birthday none of us would be writing any posts... ah but first... you knew that wuz comin' dintcha... there's always a but first... I think it was the Senior Squid who asked about the 5th Marines... H 2/5 was the Company portrayed in Full Metal Jacket... another company of 2/5 (I don't recall which) was portrayed in Battle of Los Angeles... so I guess you could call the 5th Marines "Hollywood",but I wouldn't do it within earshot of any Marine who served with the 5th Marines... now... speaking of MADDY ('67)... I am always happy when he lets the pressure valve open a little... very few of you know Rick's full story and I would not presume to tell it... I can tell you that Rick lent a hand one day when a buncha my Finkster buddies and I wuz broke down in Huntington Beach a while back... we then met Rick on the pier for brunch... now two a the guys had never seen the Pacific ocean so that kept them busy... Magoo and I sat with Rick for a long time... Magoo and Rick were like two long lost pals... Now Magoo was in the very first batch of Frogs to go by the name of SEAL... I mean the first of Team One... Magoo did 5 tours in Vietnam and even lead the raid on the Winslow AZ clotheslines for Levis they would use in Nam... Magoo's wounds shoulda sent him home for good, but he kept going back... all that to end up beating the crap outa some ossifer and getting a less than honorable... now I can fully understand his behavior as I did the same to some FNG S/Sgt in Vietnam... split his forehead wide open all over a can of beer I had hiked a fer piece to get only to arrive as beer call was ending... luckily the silly SOB didn't get up... there were no witnesses to Magoo's "crime" but he fessed up... anyway... the point of all this is that Magoo thinks that Rick walks on water... I guess I do too... from his posts and our talks I think that Rick has accepted the cards he was dealt... but it's still good to let it out now and then... I am proud to be his friend... soooooooooooo now let's get back to the main subject... a tattooed, Best ex, Christ the King, Bomber-babe who keeps us all connected... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Maren SMYTH ('63 &'64) on your special day, April 19, 2016!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: "B" Reactor To take a tour of the "B" Reactor, or to just find out more information about the Reactor use this link to the website: http://www.b-reactor.org/ Open the website and click on the section titled "What to Know Before You Go." The following videos are available: Introduction Nuclear History - a brief look at history and the developments that led to "B" Reactor Reactor Visit Preview - you are taken into the reactor to see an explanation of how it works and introduces you to several models How It Was Built - a virtual animation by Meier Engineering of how the reactor was assembled A Is for Atom - the 1952 Disney animation produced for GE to explain atoms -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: "JP" PANESKO ('83 and '84) Reading yesterday's entry from Larry MATTINGLY ('60) on fighting moss in the lawn, I will share my own experiences as a fellow Richlander who now also lives on the wet side: Once upon a time, I did the same for my front yard, spending well into the 3-figures for dozens of bags of moss killer, a drop spreader (actually several, until I finally found one that I like - a 50-year-old all-metal one from a yard sale), moss powder that you can mix into a liquid and apply with a sprayer, and lots of grass seed. I killed off all of the moss in my entire yard, and had new grass growing and I was so proud of myself. However, within one year, that moss had returned with a vengeance, and was even thicker (how this is possible, I know not) and greener than ever before. After hearing similar tales of woe from friends and coworkers, as well as from those who had successfully won the moss war, I decided to make my peace with the moss, declaring my lot a sanctuary yard, a moss safe haven, or in other terms NOT a DMZ (de-mossified zone), for the moss to happily grow in without fear. I agreed not to attempt to kill the moss off, and it in turn agreed to 1) keep me from ever touching the glacial till underneath which gets everything all kinds of muddy for 9 months of the year; 2) preventing 99% of the weed seeds blown in from the neighbors' yards from ever germinating; 3) staying lush green for most of the year; and 4) quickly returning to green after not getting watered over the sometimes-dry summer months. Of course, I could do the proper thing and add drainage to the yard. But having a half-remodeled 1977 house, I can't justify spending the time or money to fix the drainage (see below) before the front room gets flooring put in. Moss should be considered a symptom, not the root cause. And, much like medicine, if you merely treat the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause, you will be a rich pharmaceutical company (ba-da boom, I'll be here all week)! The root cause is poorly-draining soil. The solution is to improve drainage which can often involve buried trenches filled with drain rock and a collection system, along with a layer of sand or other porous material, topped with landscaping fabric, covered with topsoil, on top of which your nice, new, moss-free grass grows. So that's my inflation-adjusted $.06 on moss and what works for me. YMMV (Your Moss May Vary) -"JP" PANESKO (Hybrid class of 1983/'84) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/20/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Ken HEMINGER ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LEE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck SHIPMAN ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Ken HEMINGER ('56) Re: Wouda coulda shouda I should 'a sent this yesterday then I woulda been one of the first... Oh Well, Happy Birthday to Maren..Enjoy your day... [No biggie... thanks, Ken -Maren] -Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, Mt. temp 65 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/21/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie ALLEN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie SHEERAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane SMOLEN ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Sandstorm booboo Maren's DAY: It was my booboo when I sent in my article for 4/19 and failed to wish you a Happy Birthday!! I know from experience that years go by and it doesn't seem to be a "big deal", but you should never be forgotten!! Your hard work is so much appreciated! Anyway, hope your day was a celebration with your grandchildren and family! Re: Spinal tumor So many Bombers have had similar things happen to them and have gotten a wonderful feedback from other Bombers. Now, I have something that I would like to hear back from those Bombers who might know of someone's treatment or had this same thing happen to them. My MRI in March shows a "redemonstration of circumscribed extrameduilary/intradural mass within the spinal canal at the T-11 - T-12 level, demonstrating homogeneous intense enhancement on post contract images resulting in moderate to severe spinal evidence to suggest cord edema. Meningioma versus neurogenio turmor such as schwannorna". In other words, I have a tumor in the spinal canal. I was referred to a neurosurgeon in Richland, Dr. Fewel. He was wonderful and has left things up to me as to whether or not I want surgery or wait and see! If symptoms of weakness in legs and arms comes about later on, surgery will not reverse this. The spinal cord is being pushed aside and the tumor has taken up about 70% of the spinal column. Doctor is surprised that I don't have any symptoms now, with this happening. He said I have had this tumor for years. It is a slow growing, benign mass and they don't know how it comes about or when. I am going to Harborview in Seattle for a second opinion in May. I just want to hear what another doctor says. If surgery is the answer, I would prefer to be in the Tri-Cities. I am writing this to also hear from anyone who has experienced this sort of thing, because I do know it is a common tumor. With my research, I have found out that this tumor only appears in the brain or the spinal column. In fact, my eldest daughter had this tumor on her brain and after 10 years had to have surgery 2 years ago and is doing great. She, of course, is 20 yrs younger. Age is the question, now for me. Not knowing a person's life expectancy, do you do it now, or wait until it has done more damage. Okay, Bomber friends, what do you know about this sort of thing?? Another, thing, I have NO pain and this was found by accident when my lower back was checked by another doctor!! Same with my daughter, she had a MRI for a concussion and they found it!! Wonder how many people are running around with one?? Don't wish this on anyone!! Thanks for listening, (reading)! Hehe. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where the 80 weather is so welcomed!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: no bull Now we've always had our share of Bomber-babe cowgirls... if I tried to name some I'd miss some and then give more Bomber-babes a reason to throw me inna river so I'll not even try... it goes without saying that cowgirl butts still drive me nuts and NFR time in Vegas is a wonderful time to just stroll the boot stores (yes I caught that... it goes without saying but I said it anyway)... but I must say that I only know one who wants somebody to invent cow toilet paper... you know like the bears on TV... as no one has invented it yet, this babe has taken to hosing them off after each poop... now I ain't seed her do it but she has described it in great detail... I will refrain from visiting her during cow pooping... and stick to sitting with her at her SW booth in the Spudnut Shop, surrounded by other Bomber- babes... when I spot her wearing what should be just a normal blouse... which takes on the air of lingerie with the collar up and a single button alluringly unbuttoned my heart melts before I can even reach the booth... Kim Novak had nothin' on the b-day babe... naturally I can't actually sit IN the booth and hafta swipe a chair and eventually the whole table from whomever is sitting just east of the booth... It just makes the rest of the day worthwhile... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Katie SHEERAN ('61) on your special day, April 21, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/22/16 ~ EARTH DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Laura Dean KIRBY ('55), Helen CROSS ('62) Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim COYNE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy METZ ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Meg CONE ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) To honor another outstanding alum: Mel THOMPSON ('48-RIP) April 22, Mel would have been 87 today. A few facts about Mel that I'm sure many of you don't know: He was elected Senior Class President, named to the All Valley Football Team and was the first Richland football player to be named to the All State Football Team. Mel attended WSU (that is what it was called then) and he lettered in football and boxing and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical Education with an interruption for a year and a half while he served with the US Army engineers in Korea during the Koran War. He was awarded the DiGivonni award at WSU for outstanding Student athlete His coaching career began in Othello , then after 4 years on to Kennewick. Then he moved on to Central Wash. State College where his team was the undefeated United Evergreen Conference Champ. His team was ranked 10th nationally and he was named Coach of the Year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, AAIA District 1. Mel and the team were named to the Hall of Fame at Central. His old high school football coach, from Texas, Tom Tipps was at the U of W and while talking to Mel on the phone at Ellensburg he asked Mel if he would like to coach at the U. Of course Mel said yes and he was the Freshman football coach his first year at the U. He went on to become Defensive Coordinator on Jim Owen's team For 8 years. After the 1978 Rose Bowl he became first director of recruiting and student services. Mel was then placed on the committee to hire a replacement for Jim Owens. He always claimed Don James was his best recruit. The only sad part he could never beat Rish while he coached Kennewick. Mel was known as an inspirational and motivational speaker and spoke at many of the high school banquets throughout the state. Another interesting tidbit, while driving home from a high school reunion at Othello he said "Do you know that our lives have been nothing but a POKER game" I asked, "why" and he said "Look where we have lived Pullman, Othello, Kennewick, Ellensburg and Redmond. The first letter of each city spells POKER. I told him that was why he was a winner. Our family had 3 kings (Mel and 2 sons) and 2 queens (our daughter and me) that makes a full house - a winning hand. Next month will be 20 years since he passed away with congenital heart failure. Just thought I would like to do a little bragging about Mel, since he always told everybody he wanted to be an engineer but I wanted to be married to a football coach so he took up coaching. He most likely would have been a great engineer too. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ from nice sunny Bothell, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: 5th Marines The nickname of "Hollywood" was appended to the 5th sometime before WW 2, which was before there were Marine Divisions. Quite possibly during WW 1. The 6th Marines were dubbed "Pogeybait" after the regiment was given a French award. Go figure. Now to the business at hand, there is a Bomber Babe celebrating a birthday today. I do not know her, but I know of her. I do this in hopes to reducing the embarrassment that may follow. Sometimes the Junior Gyrene ('65) suffers from foot-in-mouth disease. Let me, therefore, tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) on the occasion of her 19th. She may now sit at the big kids table. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather is supposed to turn to normal; that is rain for the week end. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) Re:'55 Ladies' lunch The class of '55 local ladies enjoyed a lively lunch at Three Margaritas in downtown Richland Wednesday. There were fourteen beautiful women present. They all look the same as they did in high school, but were funnier and had a few more smile lines than they had back in the day. Attending were, Ginger WARFORD Rhoads, Sharon BEE Burkes, Billie Lawell Neth, Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts, Peggy SHANNON Brown, Marla LOWMAN Kenitzer visiting from California, Peggy NELSON, Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong, Marlene RICHTER Frank, Pat ACTON Jonson, Virginia WILLIAMS McKenna, Mary Jo Woodhead Mokler, Janet Oats Porter, and Janice RUCKER Myer visiting from Oregon. I'm sorry Deanna CASE Ackerman, but my picture taking skills are sadly lacking. Out of 24 shots, there was not even one worth printing. Just imagine everyone the way you remembered them from the last reunion. It was difficult to sort out the topics of discussion from my end of the table. I found out that Peggy NELSON has more children, grandchildren and great grandchildren than the rest of us and still gifts them all at Christmas. A lot of talk about ailing husbands, enduring and failed marriages, Old time Richland and new restaurants in the area. We talked about where to meet next, but made no decision. We all hope we will find any others who would like to join us next time. Watch the Sandstorm for more information, or send your email address to Billie or Sharon. I look forward to seeing all these ladies and other faces next time. Bomber cheers, -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) First of all, for some reason the Sandstorm newspaper wouldn't open up while I was out having fun with my Grandbaby and grandson in this spot of Nevada that doesn't have much wireless connection, so I am late in wishing Maren a Happy Birthday, which I'll bet it was being so close to family. I hope to have more time to spend out here in Nevada with my only grandsons starting next year when my husband retires from being a minister. However, I will be back in August after my neice's wedding in Bellingham, This is one of my 2 neices and one nephew, my brother Roy's('65) children. Happy Birthday to Katie SHEERAN ('61) [on 4/21], and I hope your cousin?-in-law Todd Palin is recovering from his accident. [Todd is son-in-law to Katie's sister, Sally SHEERAN heath ('58)]. My 12 year old grandson says we've got to go. We've been shorting hoops, but Warren and I fly back to the Midwest today, so gotta go. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Cro/160422-GrandSon2_Hoops.jpg -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Here known as grandma and lovin' it. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: Birthday Greeting for Ellen Watermeter So on the 21st there was this huge hulabaloo on the front page of the Seattle Times and all kinds of overly gratuitous gushing on all the network morning shows about some other Queen having her 90th birthday. It all pales in comparison to the festivities planned for today's birthday "Song Queen" who isn't any where near 90, but who might well have been the inspiration for none other than Chuck Berry when he mused: "Tell me who's the queen Standin' over by the record machine Looking like a model On the cover of a magazine She's too cute to be a minute over seventeen" Though she was only about 14 at the time, she still checks all the boxes. Happy Birthday to Ellen WEIHERMILLER Anderson ('63), may you continue to be able to kick higher than your head. Long Live The Queen The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and jimbeaux. -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Go Go Little Queenie There comes a time in every young man's life when a choice must be made... cars or girls... .no no who would believe that... Ok... maybe Rock 'n' Roll music or girls... oh heavens no that is almost worse... There comes a time in every young man's life when he knows there are four very important things in life: girls, rock 'n' roll music, cars and girls (notice I didn't mention gas money beer money and cigarette money... I feel so growed up)... ah but when yer a "little kid" you realize that many of those all important girls are beyond one's reach... just like the kid in Eddie Cochran's That's Somthin' else: "a hey looka there, here she comes... here comes that girl agin... wanted to date her since I don't know when but she don't notice me when I pass... she goes with other guys from outa my class... "... so as time goes on, one either just gives up or learns that some of the dearest friendships come from admiration from afar... that is so very true in the case of today's Bomber b-day babe... I wouldn't trade what we share for the world... she is the "it" girl and so much of my life revolves around the fun we share... up to last year, I could not find a song for her... just seems nobody used her name in lyrics... but the day after I pushed send for her post last year I found the perfect song and I'm sharing it with her and you today... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) on your special day, April 22, 2016... oh and not to leave out a great guy friend... Jim COYNE ('64) too!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdld0yzaQYU -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/23/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCOY ('45), Mary TRIEM ('47) Earl BENNETT ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Nancy MOORE ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike BRADLEY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita ECKERT ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken DAME ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Mel THOMPSON ('48-RIP) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Great job, Ann. There were a few things in there I didn't know, but I admired all. He was a good friend, and I miss him. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) A most eloquent tribute to your soul mate. Proud of you to be so proud of him and your family. I imagine he would have been proud of you, as well! Bomber Cheers from -Mary TRIEM Mowery (a '47 Bomber) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) It would have been WSC when Mel attended, became WSU in '59. I remember thinking they would have to modify the Cougar-head logo fashioned from the stylized WSC letters, but no, the lower jaw looked enough like both C and U that they made no change. Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament Final Four : 1. VMI vs. 13. Washington State Regards, ecb3 - from phenomenally springy central Virginia where I planted nine strawberry plants yesterday (the package said, and I paid for, 10 - wrong!) but the forecast rain did not show up last night. -Earl BENNETT ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:David RIVERS ('65) Re: I wouldn't 'zachary call it cheating It goes without saying that Bomber-babes are exempt... don't ask from what... they just are... period... they make the rules and are always exempted from following them... the same does not apply to Bomber guys... they are never exempt and the rules always apply... so when some Bomber guy starts thanking people for birthday wishes a day before hand... well... I won't say it is cheating... but... well demerits are given... big time... being related to the best hair and_____in school ('65) does not help out of this... now I've known this guy since my 6th grade and I've always thought he was a total straight shooter... well there was that one slip he posted on face book a day or two ago that almost cost him his cozy little spot in the marital bed... but I won't go into that... now he could say he's getting older and it was just a memory thing but I ain't buying it... I will be looking carefully next year to see if this practice continues... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kenny (growed up name... Ken) DAME ('68) on your special day which falls on the same date every year, April 23, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nancy MOORE ('70) Re: Vegas Bombers! http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-Vegas/00.htm Vegas had our Bomber lunch on April 15th at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant in Las Vegas. We were a small but mighty group! Always great conversation. There are 2 pictures attached. #1 - Ginny Nelligan (Spouse of Jim ('50)) and Carolyn Irby (Spouse of Harvey ('64)) - Our "Bomber Wannabees" #2 - Harvey IRBY ('64), Nancy MOORE ('70), Robbi HILL Karcher ('49) Jim NELLIGAN ('50), Guy CORRADO ('62), Ron SLEDGE ('65), David RIVERS ('65) and Ray KELLY ('63) had other commitments. Bonnie STEEBER Frasca ('57) will be visiting Vegas in the fall. Bonnie and I will meet for the first time over lunch. Looking forward to that! Life is great in Vegas!! -Nancy MOORE ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/24/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Gary BEHYMER ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat "Rex" WOOD ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie SWANSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny CASTO ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben HAUSENBUILLER ('98) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Probably way to late for this to make it into the 24th's edition, but I'll try anyway. It is only a birthday of a Bomber that I knew back then, and have seen since. One of the good guys, who should not be associating with me. But that's how it went. And let us not confuse him with another Bomber of almost the same name (well, last one anyway), Eugene "Red" WOOD ('54-RIP). So the tip of the ol' propeller beanie and "Happy Birthday!" shout is for fellow classmate Rex "Pat" WOOD ('54). Perhaps I'll seem him at the birthday luncheon where ever it may be. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain is supposed to go away for a while. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: History of the Washington State University Logo Actually there was a change in the Cougar head logo to turn the C into a U. Reference the Washingtion State University website itself which tells the story of the logo. http://trademarks.wsu.edu/LogoHistory.html I first became aware of this while I was attending WAZZU and someone who was in ROTC had to repaint his helmet. I watched while he scraped off the old paint and found the WSC logo under it. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re:WSU Logo Here's a bit of information on the WSC logo. The designer, Randall Johnson, spoke to our Chamber meeting many years ago. A most interesting individual. http://trademarks.wsu.edu/LogoHistory.html Note on WSC Goalposts... The former single support goalposts were removed after the 1991 season and replaced by a more sturdy two support posts system to eliminate the chances of them being torn down after an Apple Cup victory. There are 11 yards or so of concrete holding each goalpost in place according to designer Craig Lee, structural engineer, on the project at the time. The steel tubing is also filled with concrete. Mr. Lee once played golf on the WSC team at the same time John PERKINS ('63) played. (1965-1968?) -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: WSU Logo To: Earl BENNETT ('63) A history of the WSU logo can be found here: http://trademarks.wsu.edu/LogoHistory.html -Ray STEIN ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/25/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Rex HUNT ('53), Marilynn WORKING ('54) Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don WINSTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carla BOSHER ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry SPEARS & Cathy CLUGSTON ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Re: President! Did I read it correctly, or was I having a brain Fart? I read a b lurp yesterday (4/23/16) that General MATTIS ('68) is a potential candidate for the President? Even if he decides against running, What a hell of an honor to be considered. WAY TO GO, GENERAL! -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from downtown Hanford, CA where the weather is just too good to be true! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Club 40 Updates We had a very successful Spring Board meeting on Saturday, April 23rd and I would like to report some items for those of you who didn't make the meeting and for the general Bomber public. We will be publishing the Spring 2016 Dust Storm in May and have set the deadline for Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49), Editor at ann.thompson1@comcast.net to receive any articles from anyone who is interested in having their comments in the newsletter. Ann needs to receive the articles by MAY 10th. That will give her time to put the Dust Storm together and send it to the printer so that we can get it in the mail before the end of the month of May. Club 40 is still in need of chairpersons to head 2 committees. One is the nominating committee and one the publicity committee. Dan Haggard has agreed to assist on the nominating committee and will be available to receive anyone's name who is interested in serving on any of the four (4) elected positions in Club 40. His e-mail is d-haggard@charter.net You can also send your information to me. I announced that I will not be running for re-election of President in the 2016-17 election, which will be held on September 10, 2016. I am hoping to hear from some of the younger alumni and we are always wanting to have new people join our membership. So... If you are so inclined to be of assistance in serving on the Board as President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, please let Dan or myself know. Remember the September 9th and 10th party registration form will be included in the Dust Storm and there will be a deadline to get it in to our Treasurer. NO WALK INS will be allowed. A casual Friday night is planned and a "sit down dinner" again on Saturday night with some yummy dinner choices. And of course, a "live" band. Register as early as you can as we have a limit to how many we can bring in to the Red Lion-Richland. Fire Marshall doesn't allow us to overcrowd!! Also, Club 40 presents four, $1,000.00 scholarships to Richland High School seniors and the presentation for those awards will be at the high school auditorium on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. All scholarships are handed out that night and it is open to the public. A very interesting night to see the senior students who are being honored. In the past years more that 5 million dollars has been awarded on that night! Impressive!!! Come if you can and see how these well deserving students are rewarded. -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54), Club 40 President ~ Pasco where it has cooled down and windy. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Lonnie Mack Passes For the great "Blues Rock" guitar slinger, Stevie Ray's idol and my personal favorite. Lonnie Mack. RIP. -Pitts (63) -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: This closes the book If memory serves me correct, today qualifies the last member of the GMC63's eligibility to check the box 70 and older on those survey cards he now has time to complete. Happy Birthday to Don WINSTON, let us know when you're heading' this way, it's been too long -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Re: LA Times article Big, two full page article on Hanford on Sunday LA Times travel section. -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/26/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49) Carol CARSON ('60) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lou Ann BINNS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosalie LANSING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie DUKES ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Correction on one of the entries Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) listed a wrong e-mail for me yesterday [4/25]. If you want to send articles to the Dust Storm the correct e-mail address is: ann.thompson1@comcast.net Any other address will bounce I'm sure. But do get those articles sent in please. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Per Marilynn in the 4/25 Sandstorm: "Ann needs to receive the articles by MAY 10th." -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) Re: Puget Sound Bomber Luncheon Steve CARSON ('58) and Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) will host the next Puget Sound Bomber luncheon. DATE: Saturday, May 14, 2016 TIME: 11:30am WHERE: Scott's Bar and Grill A favorite Edmonds, WA neighborhood restaurant and bar. WEBSITE: http://www.scottsbarandgrill.com/ -Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: A Special Bomber-babe Afore I start swooning over a special lady, lemme say that I just bought a new shirt that has General/Bomber Jim MATTIS ('68) For President off of face book... great shirt... not to up-stage the ones KEENEY ('65) produced... Sad to hear of the Passing of Lonnie Mack (NAB)... we often tend (well of course Pitts ('63) doesn't) to cubbie hole artists as was often the case with Lonnie and "Memphis" which I understand was recorded in Chuck Berry's home... hey ever tall ya bout the night my wife and I was drinking with Paul Revere, Mark Lindsey and Chuck and Chuck was buying drinks for my wife thinking he had scored... prolly huh... no score... so now where wuz I... dang I get distracted easily... Just 16 years ago at R2K the Bomber B-day babe was inna wheel chair cheerleading and as time passed she grew stronger and stronger... at the Gold Medal 40th or 45th, she was all dolled up in a red slinky dress and ruby slippers and made me swooooon all night... since then her health has had its ups and downs but no matter what we call each other about every other week to check in... now I'm not a phone guy as people (speshally girls) know... more than a minute and I start sweating and looking for the door... but she and I still manage... I love this girl better than any sister I never had and just love spending time with her... sometimes I think her other half looks at me with a john-diced eye, but it is all friendly... cozy but friendly... I was able to snatch her song by the Wailers off YouTube again this year so it's included... I'm wishing her a most HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Rosalie LANSING ('63), on your special day, April 26, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_whqBheo0Gw -David RIVERS ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I googled "Mattis for President" and found two: https://teespring.com/maddogforpres http://www.warriorsoulfitness.com/products/mattis-for-president You may have trouble actually buying the 2nd one. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/27/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Rick MADDY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim TADLOCK ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve UPSON ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: MATTIS for President t-shirt http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Riv/160427-PattisForPresT.jpg only comes in black and blue... dunno why they show it in olive??????????? -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Speculations Hi Maren This is the article from April 22 on www.military.com that answers our Rex HUNT ('53) question. I do not know if you can get to the article from this link, or I would just copy/paste, which military.com does not like. So, if you can get to it, go ahead and post this. MATTIS: 'I Don't Understand' Speculation about Presidential Run -Rick MADDY ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/28/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Tedd CADD ('66), Ken STALEY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick WIGHT ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty WHITTEN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SIMMONS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale HOSACK ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda ABBEY ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) All this talk about possible presidential candidates makes me wish that Pat Paulson was still alive. He was one of the best, barely beating out Harold Stassen. All beside the point, of course. There is a Bomber Babe birthday to celebrate today. Had to look through a few Columbians to get a "recklemember" of her. We graduated the same year, but I'm not sure we knew each other. I know (I think) we didn't have classes together. All that being said, it is now time to tip the ol' propeller beanie and give the customary "Happy Birthday!" shout to Betty WHITTEN ('54) on the occasion of her 21st. Perhaps we'll meet at the Grand Birthday Bash (Lunch) where ever that may be. Sorry to hear that Marilyn WORKING ('54) is stepping down as president of Club 40. She did a good job. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where summer like weather is scheduled to return in May ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: What? Is David RIVERS ('65) now trying corner the market on question marks -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Getting to be a shortage already because I was unable to obtain one to punctuate my last sentence. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: General MATTIS ('68) Where I first saw the suggestion was in the Washington Post on April 11, 2016. Ignatius' article was quoted a couple other times in the WAPO. As one can read, the suggestion was not a run by General MATTIS but a reflection on one possible way the GOP could get itself out of the hole they've dug for themselves. By the way, there is another article in the Daily Beast. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken STALEY ('68) Re: General Jim I was fortunate enough to email Jim several times during his career. As a school boy, his dream was to be the Commandant of the Corps, not just a Marine or officer, but top dog. When he got his 4th star I asked if he was ready for the top job. His response was 3 words long... "O Hell NO!" His career was varied. His worst assignment was as a Captain serving in Wash DC. in 1983. Most will recall the terrorist blast that killed more than 200 Marines. His job, as a captain, was to deliver the bad news to families. During Desert Storm 2, he was a one star commanding the 1st Marine division as they invaded Fallujah, Iraq. I can tell you that he and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld butted heads big time. At the time I was sure he was ready to hang it up then. When I asked if he was a Short-timer... His response was, "When you put this much stuff on your shoulder, they tell you when you can go." You'll be hard pressed to find a Marine who served with him, directly or indirectly, who doesn't sing his praises. It doesn't surprise me in the least that he has no interest in running for President. I wish him well. And a quiet, comfortable retirement. Let him be...h e has more than served his time. -Ken STALEY ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/29/16 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have 2 birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis BENJAMIN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nora SZULINSKI ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/30/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52) John ADKINS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve HAGGARD ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill JOHNS ('72) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Gen, James MATTIS ('68) There was a really interesting news item on Fox News yesterday (I caught most of it) about an apparent effort to draft Gen. MATTIS as a third party presidential candidate or even a dark horse Repub. candidate, in event of an open contested convention. The "pundits" thought a third party run would be nearly impossible at this late date - probably couldn't get him on the ballot in every state. MATTIS has said he has no intention to run. But so did Eisenhower. Interesting subject, though! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ relaxing in Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Charlene GOODENOW Webb ('62), passed away April 29, 2016. She will be missed by us all. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: natural resources It's '65er time again... I must say, I don't recall hogging question marks but I read it inna Sandstorm so it's goatta be true... I mean EVERYTHING I write is straight skinny so I assume the same is true for all others... in any event I thought that punctuation was a readily available and extra- plentiful natural resource... silly me... a year or so ago (which is easily 3 or 4) AOL offered "life-lock" with subscriptions and I signed up... whenever I check I'm still enrolled... at the time I signed up, I was not asked to provide any info... I got a call from them yesterday and missed the call... I called back and was asked all kinds of questions, the answers for most of which I did not have readily at hand... because I couldn't prove I was me they would not speak to me further... I went home and opened my subscription... I needed a user name and pass word... I had no clue... I finally was able to get the user name which was just a conglomeration of unrelated letters and numbers none of which I recognized... I was able to create a pass-word, but the whole thing was pretty silly... hopefully they will speak to me next time if I can remember "dpok>Sdk7363ifkdfslk" when I answer the call... hey but 'nuff 'bout me... today we gots two of my faaaaaaaaavorite '65ers... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Steve HAGGARD ('65) and Louise MOYERS ('65-RIP) on your special day, April 30, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` March, 2016 ~ May, 2016