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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ December, 2016
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/01/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Gary BEHYMER ('64) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley PITTMAN ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat NORDMAN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris WILLIAMSON ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve PANTHER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy MARSHALL ('73) 12/01 24 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Crazy Quilt Dragon" (Episode #3) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Here it is, another payday for many. A mere coinkydinky that it just happens to be the birthday of a Bomber Babe of my acquaintance. Yup, went to school with her, graduated with her, and didn't see her again until R2K. My how the time flies. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Pat NORDMAN ('54). Hope Pete takes you somewhere nice for dinner tonight. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where snow levels may be lowering to the 1,000-foot level (but, thankfully, not to the Valley floor). ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) ... off the cuff and other things ~ Judy... Kippy & Others Re: Judy KEPLINGER ('61-RIP) While having Sunday breakfast with Peggy STULL ('64) during our 50 year reunion in 2014 we joined Judy KEPLINGER ('61) & Judy SCOTT ('64) at their table for a bit of conversation. While I did not know Judy Keplinger at that time I certainly became aware of her professionalism & sweetness. Thanks to Judy and the Keplinger Family for their generosities of the heart! Re: Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) and harp... 1996 Re: Sandra "Sue" SUTCH ('64) Re: Still searching for JoAnne POWERS ('64) Anyone help? When was the last time you saw her? While this site is a bit out-of-date, the email address is still good. -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* [I goofed.... this should have been in yesterday's Sandstorm. Bomber apologies, Brad. -Maren] **************************************** >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Happy Birthday Girl Happy Birthday to someone I went all through school with. She's someone who always helps with our class functions. She's also someone who always showed up at my parties. A big Happy Birthday to Sandy CLARK Chamberlain ('71) [on 11/30]. Hope you have many more. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sunny Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith ARNDT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent MADSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti SNIDER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy RICE ('73) 12/02 23 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "The Ikaboos" (Episode #4) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Deadliest Catch My wife Jackie was notified today that we will be firing the Crab Season Opener Fireworks Display for the TV Program "The Deadliest Catch". It will be several months before it is on the air but we shoot it January 13, 2017, at Dutch Harbor, AK as the boats race out to drop their crab pots to start the season. I will already be up here just getting back to Anchorage from NYE at Dutch Harbor. We fly back out on the 11th to start set- up. There are several hundred items so it will be a an exciting show? I am a feature writer for Pyrotechnics Publications in both the US and UK. Jack Drewes publisher of the American Fireworks News and the Fireworks Business Newsletter intended for owners and managers of all aspects of fireworks, from raw materials suppliers to operators of fireworks stores and all in between. Not sure how Jack found out about it but American Fireworks News has already commissioned me this afternoon to write an article about it. This past year I had 3 published in the UK and 7 or 8 in the US. They run 1200 to 1600 words. It is all part of the fun of being in an unusual job. Jackie and I were just discussing the different situations we get involved in with pyrotechnics at lunch when her cell phone buzzed and it was Lisa the producer from Deadliest Catch. Jackie has been in pyrotechnics for over 35 years and I am over 60 years in it. We were planning a couple of trips this year in semi retirement and the phone is ringing. Not complaining as we both love the challenges of doing pyro in a wide variety of situations. But we think we can get away a couple of times. WinterBlast is coming in Feb. So if we make the "Blast" and get away in May for 2-3 weeks and maybe something in the fall, it will be good. Re: Gen. James MATTIS ('68) I am still waiting to hear Mattis is the new Sec Defense. See this CNN article - Mattis selected but not yet confirmed -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ Anchorage House where it is cold with mild winds that are icy. There is some snow on the ground in places. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: two cool Bombers One of which is a babe are having b-days while I'll be playing Davy Crockett... ain't never seed mucha Texas 'cept Lubbock to celebrate the life and times of Buddy Holly... Terry DAVIS ('65) and I went to Dallas I think for a Viet-vet annual meeting... but I'm interested in just seein' stuff so I'll be away from my Computer for a while... that said I don't wanna miss these two and I always ask way too much of my bestex/our Bomber-babe editor so I'm doin' this before I leave... oh there is one burning question... since our Halloween candy was prolly doled out my dear ol' mom, does anyone else buy way more than you need and become addicted to certain kinds? I need to start buying even more of those huge bags of snickers and peanut butter cups while they are still available... having big time withdrawals... sooooooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patti SNIDER ('65) and Kent MADSEN ('65) on your special day, December 2, 2016!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Carol CONVERSE ('64) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick VINCENT ('71) 12/03 22 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Weasley Wailing Whale" (Episode #5) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) My wife Jackie has been posting some fun craft tutorials for turning old and new family photos into great Christmas projects. She would appreciate it if you would check them out at and please like and share the page... she has put a lot of work into the tutorials and would love to share it with as many as possible. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) General James MATTIS ~~ Congratulations to James MATTIS ('68) for becoming the next Defense Secretary! -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick where there are strong rumors of snow the beginning of next week ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) post Have never watched, "Deadliest Catch", but guess I'll have to find it and watch the fireworks display. *grin* Re: David RIVERS' ('65) post my daughter and son-in-law buy "umpteen" bags the mini bags of candy, every Halloween, then we manage to "hide" the Butterfingers, Snickers, Payday, and Milky Way for us. ;) they buy the largest bags they can find... had over 100 kids coming to the door, this year, but didn't have to dig into our "stash". *grin* -Linda REINING ('64) ~ we are getting snow flurries in Kuna, ID and I am a "happy camper". ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/04/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today:: Jim HAMILTON ('63), Leoma COLES ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda DANIEL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michelle KAFENTZIS ('71) 12/04 21 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Samuel Seal" (Episode #6) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: How kinda cool is this Probably the first Frequent Flyer program, wonder how many laps it took to earn one and put in on the back of your parents' wagon. Someone want to get to work on one for Zip? Lew Lloyd would be just one left turn short of having one with a "V" device. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) For any class of '63 Bombers that remember Judith Gilman... she sent me a message on facebook that she was in Newport, OR just south of Lincoln City, OR... she was on a road trip from Denver, CO and wanted to know if I could meet up for coffee while she was in the area. Well, we met last night in Newport, after my Girl Scout cookie leader training meeting. We had a great visit and caught up on many years of personal history. She retired from teaching school and has gone into painting. I was so glad to see her, and we promised to keep in touch.. It's always a pleasure to visit with friends from Richland when they get over to the Oregon Coast!! Well, I can't even believe it's December already... not sure where November went! Happy Holidays to all my friends out there in Bomberland... -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ Lincoln City, OR where it's a rainy day at the coast again, but I love it!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: What a day fer a day dream... I'm diggin' this post as one a them dayz you just feel warm and fuzzy all over... every night I go to bed to a set of glowing foot prints near the wall next to my bed... sounds strange? Nah for my 60th b-day the B-day Bomber babe and her husband gave me the "Hanford scale"... the one our folks and most of us were weighed on by Dr. Corrado... one of her beeeeeeeeeeaaaaauteeeful daughters (the eldest) put those feets on the scale so I wouldn't trip over my own big feets inna dark I am sure... BUT First I gotta thank everyone for the posts, calls and well wishes on my birthday... believe it or not I actually went to Luckenbach, Texas and hadda bang up time... since I don't use a smart phone I wasn't able to read alla wishes till Saturday morning... Next... As our own General James MATTIS ('68) looks to be the next Secretary of Defense, Jack KEENEY ('65) has decided to make a second run of the "Bring back Mad Dog" T's... they will run 15 smackers plus shipping if needed. Orders can be taken either through Dick STEPHENS ('66) or Bill VOILAND ('66)... I have Dick's number if'n ya don't have it... Now... taa daa daa daa... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) on your special day, December 5, 2016... Ride Happy, JE!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays Boy, oh, boy I missed Rick VINCENT's ('71) birthday yesterday, but he's in Kajecistan or Waziristan, or some "stan" so he probably is ok with it. However, today is Michelle KAFENTZIS' ('71) birthday, and I don't want to miss it. Happy Birthday, and many more. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ n cold Plano, TX where you know how you know how the hunting is ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Marie RUPPERT ('63), David RIVERS ('65) John ZIMMER ('66), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David DOUGLAS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna THORSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SNYDER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff FULCHER ('76) 12/05 20 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Presto the Magician" (Episode #7) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) There's good news and bad news. The good news is that the Huskies are in the final four with a chance for the National Champeenship. They gotta get by 'Bama first. The bad news is that the Bombers lost to the (gasp) Papermakers from Camas. The other bad news is that The Tooter ('65) eggscaped from Luckenback (or whatever) TX, which means that he is more nor likely plotting his way to Olympia to crash yet another party. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are saying there might be a few snow flakes making it to the valley floor, but not sticking. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Watched the State Championship game last night. Congratulations on an impressive season Bombers. You played well. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) I watched the 4A WA state championship on TV last night broadcast from the Tacoma Dome. The Bombers lost 14 to 24 against an amazingly strong Camas team. From what I saw the real difference in the outcome was the penalties that overwhelmed the Bombers. If not for that, the game might have had a different outcome. That said, I was glad to see the sportsmanship displayed after the game by our Bomber football team. Our young men could be seen actually congratulating the Camas players in the line as they passed each other. It made me proud to be a Bomber! They came up against a bigger team and played their hearts out. The Camas coach said the Bombers were the best team they had played all year. In the end, I would say that our young men won what really counts. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in windy and getting colder Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: 30 dayz has September er sumthin like that... I find since I turned 70 so long ago that I am totally losing my mind... yesterday (Saturday) I was convinced it was the 4th so I did my HB to Janine RIGHTMIRE ('65) with a huge smile on my face... and then this morning (Sunday) it was the 4th again... groundhog day or Deja Vu all over agin... I know you know I would never cheer for the "other" team... but the Richland Camas game reminded me of my second semester, Jr year... we moved to Camas... at the time I hardly had the idea I would end up spending my Sr year living in a boarding house in East Pasco (never occurred to me I was NOT zoned for Col- Hi... kids don't think about stuff like that)... there were three of us from "big" schools at Camas Hi... my buddy from a school in Vancouver, my girlfriend from Cal-Poly and me. We just naturally hung together and did our best to be outcasts and mysterious... when we danced, everyone would stop and watch as tho we were in some kind of movie... while I missed Richland I have to say I had the time of my life... I got to know Paul Revere and the Raiders, had a total "surfer girl" for a girl friend (my mom thought she should wear stuff that showed less cleavage... but I dug it) and pretty much just tore up the town... it was very much like a dream because we had so damned much fun and pretty much did as we pleased... had I lived there any longer I am sure consequences would have followed shortly... I cannot possibly know how the Sr Bombers felt at the loss (Sr Class not us old people)... to play your last game with such a result would be something else... Terry DAVIS ('65) and I spent some time talking about it today (Sunday)... I was the lucky one... after 9th grade Mommy dearest told me no football till my grades got better... I guess she thought I had goals and ambitions... hell all I wanted to do was drink, smoke, drive around, and chase girls... so that's what I did... Nancy MIDDLETON's ('67-RIP) mom signed my report cards my Sr year, I worked at Richland Bell and just hadda grand ol' time till grageashun when reality set in and boy did it set in! Well, I may not know what day it is but at least it ain't cuz a my drinkin'! Thank God! So another HB to JE and good going to our Bombers... we are always proud of you no matter what! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ZIMMER ('66) Re:A very Happy Birthday to Donna THORSON Whiteside I do not get to see her very often but she will always be in my thoughts. Donna caught up with me just before our 40 year reunion after she and Shirley COLLINS Haskins ('66) found out I was not "missing in action" through the Classmates website. Donna made it a point to meet me as I was coming to the lobby of the Red Lion and greeted me so warmly that it was almost like I had not missed all of those years. Donna, I wish you all of the best and on your special day, have a fantastic day. Always a friend, always a Bomber, always here for you whenever. -John ZIMMER ('66), Club 40 President ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: State Championship Football Game Richland fell to Camas 14-24 at the Tacoma Dome Saturday night, taking 2nd in the State. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where we have our first possible snow this week and temperatures dropping to 15 Tuesday night. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Linda McKNIGHT ('65), Pat DORISS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil GOFF ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVINE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha LAWELL ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKNIGHT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe ROWE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn MASON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc DOUGLAS ('77) 12/06 19 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Candy Pirates" (Episode #8) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) A quick perusal of my Mary Lou WATKINS ('63), "How Many Days To My Birthday Calendar" reflects that today is the 72nd Annual Moon Raising of the 6-7-8 Club and the much anticipated first bite out of the ceremonial Artic Circle Burger. Happy Birthday to Lamont DeJONG ('63) on the 6th, Jim HOUSE ('63) on the 7th and Anita "The Cradle Robber" HEILING ('63) on the 8th. Let the festivities commence -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: dunt da dunt da daaaaaaaaaaa 'spozed to me kinda like a fanfare... oh (you knew this was coming... admit it!) before I launch into the faaaaaaaaantastic b-days... I have promised to mention this one more time... anyone who would like a Bomber "Bring back Mad Dog" T-shirt honoring our own General Jim MATTIS ('68)... you may call Dick STEPHENS ('66) at the number on the girl's bathroom wall that says: "For a good time call 509 713-4537" or if you don't feel like fries and tarter you can just use the number in this post... 15 smackers if no mail is involved... you can also get two for the price of two... and so on... these shirts will not have pockets like the last batch so he is getting a better price... Now... I gotta Bomber-babe I've known pretty much alla my life and a Bomber dude that I've known at least since Jr Hi but at the time he was an upper classman, as Doug HAWKINS ('62) would say... come to think of it... Doug really doesn't say that... he calls me a "lower classman"... I think he means it inna nice way... .I think... so anyway... I look so very forward to seeing this guy and his bomber-babe when I am home... and they always keep me inna loop when they are off playing in the surf in Hawaii... he (and she) are the kinda people I wanna be when I grow up... sooooooooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lamont DeJONG ('63) and Linda McKNIGHT ('65) on your special day, December 6, 2016!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) Happy birthday to my friend, Lamont DeJONG ('63), who shares being left-handed and our birfday's the same day. Hope your day is awesome just like you!!. -Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) ~ from 38 Tigard, Oregon, where we had a bit of snowflakes but they didn't stick!!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: RHS '65 Ladies December Lunch The "Classy Ladies of '65" will be getting together for our monthly lunch this Friday at Anthony's Restaurant in Richland. It'll be fun to catch up on news/gossip, discuss what we're doing over the holidays, and talk about our plans and dreams for 2017. If you're a Class of '65 Lady, please contact me and I'll add your name to our reservation! WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2016 TIME: 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM WHERE: Anthony's Restaurant, 550 Columbia Point Dr, Richland If you have any questions, lets me know! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/16 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOFF ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed BORASKY ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HOUSE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry SPEARS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma KING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy HARVILLE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike DAVIS ('74) 12/07 2010 Entry from Patti JONES Ahrens ('60-RIP) 12/07 18 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Rolly Polly Policeman" (Episode #9) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Gadzooks! I dun went and forgot a Bomber Babe birthday. And to think I saw her last at the most recent gathering of Portland area Bombers. Sorry about that. So, a day late in doing so, but a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a belated "Happy Birthday!" to Linda McKNIGHT ('65). Hope you and Denny had a good party. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the promised snow flakes went unseen, but school started late ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Bomber, Marine and Friend So here we are kids... today I get to talk about one of my heroes... not that the other guy celebrating isn't cooler than cool... I have always admired guys who can be the darling of the world and maintain total humility and dignity... needless to say, I have never managed to be the darling of the world let alone be within hailing distance of humility and dignity... but it's good to have goals... How would we ever be able to express our love and devotion to our fellow Bombers without this forum... I for one am totally grateful for the opportunity to let others know how deeply they have touched my life... I am only sorry that my circle of friends has not expanded further than it has... I enjoyed "growing up" with both these guys and am only sorry that words do not come close to my feelings... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jim HOUSE (#32; '63) and Jerry SPEARS ('64) on your special day, December 7, 2016... Bo Belinsky (NAB;RIP) would be proud to share his birthday with you both!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) For those of you keeping score at home, it's 51 days until Mary Lou's birthday. Plenty of time to pick out a real nice card, a really nice card, or flowers. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch The All Bomber lunch is upon us once again. Now that winter is trying to find its way into the Tri-Cities why not join us for this great time? WHEN: Saturday, 10 December 2016 TIME: starts at 11:30 WHERE: Sterlings on Queensgate, just ask at the desk where our group is (hopefully in the more private back area of the restaurant). -Betti AVANT ('69) -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) "JP" PANESKO ('83 and '84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bernie QUALHEIM ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita CLEAVER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol FORSYTHE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WILSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni SHADE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bethany HAGAN ('00) 12/08 17 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Professor Whiz" (Episode #10) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK I know the joke...we have no clue what cold is in Las Vegas...well lemme tell you... it'll be a cold day in... dang... the thermometer lies!!!!! I don't care what anybody says... when I gotta wear long pants and a sweatshirt... then it is cold enough for me... and what's this I hear about snow in Richland... yuk... that's awful... makes me shiver just to think of it... well, even though I am not a fan of cold... normally I would be getting ready to head for Oly to have some Chowder with a girl named Carol inna red sweater... waaaaaaah this year I won't be donning my mukluks and joining the Gold Medal class... now speaking of that famous class... today's Bomber-babe is a real member and not adopted like me... sooooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Anita CLEAVER ('63) on your special day, December 8, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: "JP" PANESKO ('83 and '84) Re: Bomber Alumni and science teacher Jim HARBOUR ('55-RIP) My prayers and condolences to the family: Obit for Harbour He has such an impact on so many lives! -John Paul "JP" PANESKO ('83 and '84) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: David DOUGLAS ('62), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Deedee WILLOX ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Phil GOLDSMITH ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth MILES ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy FINNEY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John MARSHALL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill VOILAND ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda OTT ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margi MAY ('66) 12/09 16 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Fee Foe the Gentle Giant" (Episode #11) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I know how David RIVERS ('65) feels about cold weather. I had my fill of snow growing up in Richland. After living in Hawaii for 34 years, I don't think I could survive snow, which is why I live in Arizona now. While in Hawaii I worked for the hospital association and often spoke by phone to people on the mainland. Sometimes they'd say, "It's so cold - 42, but with the wind chill factor it feels like 32." I'd reply, "I know what you mean. Here it's 83 , but with the wind chill it's more like 82. Not everyone appreciated my comment. I missed out on the discussion of veterans - my son was having medical problems. Although I never served in the armed forces, I'm sort of an honorary Marine - I was born on Parris Island Marine Base. (I owe my very existence to the IRS, but that's another story.) My dad served in the Marines twice, once during the '30s as a guard at the American embassy in Peking, China. Dad was an amateur photographer and took many pictures of places in China that I never dreamed I'd get to see in person some day, when I taught at Tianjin University for a year. Dad served a second time in the Marines during WWII, when he was stationed in the South Pacific theater. Before leaving he gave my mom two pages from his small 3-ring notebook. One page was just a list of numbers, the other a list of places in the South Pacific. He had duplicate copies of the pages kept in different places in the notebook he carried with him. When he wrote letters to her, he'd always say something like, "I'm writing to you at 9:28 in the morning." The '28' meant the place that corresponded to the number 28 on the pages he gave her. That way she'd always know where he was. Only once did a suspicious censor cut out the time. Mom got a telegram informing her that Dad was missing in action during the battle for Iwo Jima. Dad was a gunnery sergeant back when gunnery sergeants worked on guns. He had a trailer with all his equipment and was scheduled to go ashore on D-day plus 3. While the crew was loading his trailer on the landing craft, the craft capsized and sent his trailer to the bottom of the bay. Dad had to wait until a supply ship could bring another trailer. However, when he didn't show up on the beach on D-day plus 3 he was listed as missing in action. While on the ship he watched fellow Marines raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi through binoculars. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where the temperature is a balmy 72, but the pool water is 59, so I don't think I'll go swimming today ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Portland/Vancouver area Bomber PotLuck Merry Christmas and Happy New Year The Portland/Vancouver area Bombers & Guests had a lot of fun visiting and story-telling. This time we met at a private clubhouse with a big screen TV, full kitchen, pool table and shuffleboard. If I counted right, we had 23 people attending. The potluck meal was a grand success with home-made chili, meatballs, bean dish, mac & cheese with salmon, chicken pot pie, deviled eggs (my favorite), salad with nuts, pie, and several other dishes. I just love potlucks. Thanks, everyone for your contributions. I'm not certain who brought what, but I dished up a little of everything and loved it all. My brother Mick ('66) has a code name for me at potlucks. The Bombers and guests who helped us celebrate this time were Bob CARLSON, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) and Karyl Carlson (spouse), Jan RUCKER Meyer ('55), Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58), Ferna's friend, Carol Risner, joined us and fit right in. She is welcome any time, Lola HEIDLEBAUGH Bowen ('60), Jeanie TURNER Anderson ('61) and Gary Anderson (Spouse), Tom HEMPHILL ('62) and Linda Hemphill (spouse), Dean ANSON ('62), Marcia MILLER Neff ('62) and Doug Neff (Spouse), Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) and Tony Siegmund (Friend), Don FUNDERBERG ('63) and Tali Funderberg (spouse), Bill Scott ('64) and Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64), John Fletcher ('64) and Becky WERSEN Fletcher ('65), Linda McKNIGHT Hoban ('65) (Happy Birthday Linda) and Denny Hoban (Spouse). We all watched a slide show featuring some new shots of some of the lunch gang and vintage shots of the olden days. We tried to find ourselves in the photo of the old pool that was packed with kids. Don Funderberg showed a great video featuring their stay at a lighthouse on the Straights of Juan de Fuca. Great photos Don. Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks brought some old photos that we will scan and add to the show for next time. We looked at old yearbooks and other memorabilia. We had fun. Merry Christmas, Bombers. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Jim MATTIS ('68) Well, I just had to prove to my husband that, yes, General Jim MATTIS is a Bomber. Had to pull up class of '68 website before he would believe it (but what do you expect from a Bulldog?!). -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where it is COLD. I don't put a coat on until it's under 40; believe me, I'm wearing my WARM coat these days! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: memories light the corners of my behind... uhhhhhh... don't think that's right... oh well it's not really that portant to the final message... I find it interesting how little things creep from what we think is lost forever back into the consciousness... I mean some things do seem to be gone forever... like my very first date... I know who I was with and where we went... I mean I know it, but I can't really vision it... what I can bring vividly to mind is the lights being out in Skip NUSSBAUM's ('65) basement... and the door to the kitchen (?) being opened... end of memory... now through discussions with the Bomber-babe I have "knowledge" of the entire story... but the memory is lost... so, as I was saying, in June of 1966 I went to my next Duty Station and didn't again return until my 20 year class reunion... don't ask why... I've got no reasonable excuse... BUT, the Bomber-babe celebrating today, was the last kid (Bomber-babe) I saw before I left... well not counting George KELLY ('64) who left with me... I also remember the day I met her... as clearly as anything I did 5 minutes ago (I say 5 minutes cuz I don't wanna push my luck on my current memory)... it was after a sock hop at Chief Jo... she walked up to my locker and stuck out her hand and said : "Hi, I'm Margi!"... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Margi MAY ('66) on your special day, December 9, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Phil GOLDSMITH ('73) Re:James HARBOUR ('55-RIP) I will emerge to say thanks to Mr. PANESKO ('83 and '84) for drawing my attention to the sad news of Mr. HARBOUR's passing. He was a good teacher and a fine gentleman who did me a couple of favors that materially affected the course of my life. Requiescat in pace. -Phil GOLDSMITH ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Rex HUNT ('53) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WOOD ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug LUKENS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry WERSEN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff MICHAEL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta JENSEN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Angie GUNTER ('66wb) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY today: Linda McCLELLAND ('66) (10th) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY tomorrow: Richard McCLELLAND ('66) (11th) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peter BRADWAY (?67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary VALLELY ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark BOLME ('71) 12/10 15 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Rhyming Rabbit" (Episode #12) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) Re: Snow! Well it may be Christmas but I prefer my lawn green! I don't even like snow on Christmas cards. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from surprisingly warm down town Hanford, CA P.S. Had a new pellet stove installed in my fire place and have yet had to use it. Might try it to roast hot dogs! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Wow whata list Wow what a great group I gots today... Two I've known since second grade and two since 6th grade... One was one a them neighborhood heroes who has become a great friend... plus he was/is a helluva baseball player... one I walked to school with every day from second grade through 5th... One is kind of a hood as he ran with a bad crowd... well no just one other kid with a '54 Chebby with split manifold and very loud pipes... but on the good side I dated two of his sisters so I gotta say nice stuff about him... plus he was a Chessman... 'nuff said... the Bomber-babe inna group stole my heart years ago and still owns a spot in there... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Doug LUKENS ('62), Larry WERSEN ('63), Jeff MICHAEL ('65) and Loretta JENSEN ('65) on your special day, December 10, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And to the kids from '63 who will be gathering in Tumwater to have chowder with a girl named Carol inna red sweater... I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Rex DAVIS ('49) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY today Richard McCLELLAND ('66) (11th) BOMBER TWIN BIRTHDAY yesterday: Linda McCLELLAND ('66) (10th) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim QUALHEIM ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer JANICEK ('90) 12/11 14 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "The Wintergreen Witch" (Episode #13) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex DAVIS ('49) Re: My Brother Maren, Don't know how you put this on the Sandstorm, so I will just give you the facts. My Brother ,Jimmy DAVIS ('52) passed away on December 9, 2016. So, the class of '52 has lost another member. Jimmy has not missed a Club 40 for the last 15 years coming all the way from Santa Monica, CA to attend. Thanks, Maren, for including this on the best web site around. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, -Rex DAVIS ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch We had our 2nd All Bomber lunch at Sterlings on Queensgate and despite the snow had a turnout of 10. The roads had been plowed so they weren't bad at all. Those in attendance were: Betti AVANT ('69), Pat DORISS Trimble ('65), Pat JONES DeBattista ('59), Gene DeBattista (NAB), Betty McELHANEY Hudspeth ('57), Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61), Glen ROSE ('58) and spouse Carol (NAB), Missy KEENEY ('59), and Burt PIERARD ('59). We didn't break out in singing but perhaps we should have *LOL*. The place was pretty busy but for those of you not knowing where the place is it right across Queensgate from the Super Wal*Mart store and other places. Next lunch will be on 14 Jan 2017... hope to see some more there (I had invited 4 others but the snow may have scared them away). -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: David RIVERS ('65) Susan STALEY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet MARTIN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Burt PIERARD ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paige WHEELER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick MORRELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky ALEXANDER ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanette POWELL ('79) 12/12 13 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Queen Melissa" (Episode #14) . ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: winter wonderland birthdays Dang December is a busy b-day month... I've known the Bomber- babe pretty much all my life and met my "uncle" in 2000... he was herding cats at the Bomber-Bowl to take the R2K photo... heading out to the Las Vegas Speedway to drive the light tour... always spectacular... but the price is getting that way too... used to be 15 smackers with a discount... now with the discount it was 26 smackers... like so many things these days... may very well reduce the number of people going... I haven't been to Disneyland in years... used to be daughter Sarah's Birthday trip of choice... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Uncle Burt PIERARD ('59) and Paige WHEELER ('65) on your special day (I thought the Wheeler girls wuz twinzies?) December 12, 2016!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Susan STALEY Mitchell ('71) Bomber Mother Died Thelma Mitchell, the mother of four Bombers, passed away this morning, December 11, 2016. Her Bomber children are/were Sharon ('62-RIP), Willie ('66), Ed ('69), and Penny ('71). Thelma was involved with more Bombers than anyone knew. For over 30 years, Thelma was the seamstress/alterations woman at Dawson-Richards. It you bought a Bomber jacket, pep club sweater and you needed the "bomb" or "R" or your class number sewn on... Thelma was the seamstress who attached it to your jacket. She was a wonderful woman and she will be missed. -Susan STALEY Mitchell ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Mary SCHNEIDER Wahlgren ~ Class of 1967 ~ 1948 - 2016 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Toby WHEELER ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie DAME ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HYLBAK ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill HEDGES ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave COURSON ('71) 12/13 12 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen: "Snaper Snick Crocodile" (Episode #15) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: swooooooooooooooon did I say swoooon?... I meant swan... no idea why I would write Swan because this Bomber-babe has always been swoon- worthy... so let's just pretend I didn't put anything up there that might gimme away I mean I gotta rep to maintain ya know... they don't call me Tooter fer nuthin'... now anyone with a good memory recalls that this time each year I talk about great hair and faaaaaaaaaaaantastic butts (well one butt)..not this year... no hair talk and nothing about butts that can be recognized from 3 blocks away so let's just get that straight right here, right now... sooooooooooooooooo... hmmmmmmmmmmm... I can certainly mention a Chief Jo Majorette "uniform" that was modeled at the age of 60 plus and fit perfectly... now I can tell you that I have witnesses for each and every statement made in this post so Ha ha et... I don't make this stuff up... In all candor, this Babe has been a very dear friend since 6th grade and I cherish her greatly... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Connie DAME ('65) on your special day, December 13, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Toby WHEELER Davis ('65) Re: '65 Wheeler Girls To: David RIVERS ('65) Nope, the Wheeler girls aren't "Twinzies" ... Paige and I are 10 months apart... She was born in December and I was born the following October, but made the October 31 deadline for Kindergarten, and my parents were elated we were both off to school in the same year! My parents managed to keep us in separate classes most of the time, at least until High School Jr year English! -Toby WHEELER Davis ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday boys Sorry I missed Rick MORRELL's ('71) birthday on the 12th. Hope it was a good one. A big Happy Birthday to Dave COURSON ('71) on the 13th. Hope it's a good one, and your hunting adventures are prosperous. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in unseasonably warm Plano, TX where we slayed geese and pheasants last week. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Donna BOWERS ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCOY ('45) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole NOVOTNY ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BUNCH ('66) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike RICE ('60) & Donna BOWERS ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Lonnie WILLIS and Eileen HASKINS ('72) 12/14 11 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Oliver Ostrich" (Episode #16) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) You know that the year is progressing towards the end when this Bomber birthday hits the calendar. To say that he is older than dirt is insulting; he's old, yes, but not that old. On the other hand, you can count him as one of the oldest, surviving Bronc/Beaver/Bomber extant. That's right, but he isn't old enough to qualify as a Colt. Fortunately. So, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a hearty "Happy Birthday!" to Richard "Dick"/"Tincan" McCOY ('44/45/02) on this particular day. I just hope I can keep doing this to/for him for many, many more years. That I have a "thing" for his lovely wife, Ida, is not necessarily a secret. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are waiting for the next winter weather "event"; and it isn't even winter yet. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Happy 53rd Anniversary to my everlivin' lovin' forever boyfriend Mikey RICE ('60). You made me laugh (2 of our 3 have your nutty sense of humor) and you continue to find humor almost every day. It's been a very wonderful journey, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Your sense of adventure has taken us all over the world... we have the same sense of trying something new, going somewhere we haven't been, trying all the new restaurants in town and going on those almost daily hour walks (which you so nicely put up with because you have already exercised at work... thank you very much!!! Love you forever... -Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Old School Today we gotta guy who kinda grageated the year before I was hatched, then again the year I was hatched and then again in '02 (tho from a different instetushun as I recall) any event he is one of those Bombers we look to for the true skinny of what being a Bomber is all about... He woulda gone to school with Gene CONLEY ('48) and might have some insight into the guy who had his shoes used as an "outhouse" by Gene on a long bus trip... I used to remember, but it is some where in my "back pages" with other great info which has been lost in what I laughingly call a brain... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dick McCOY ('45, '46, and '02) on your special day, December 14, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Paula BEARDSLEY ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev KELLER ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy STAMPER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SMITH ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha GOSLIN ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) & Linda BAROTT ('71) 12/15 10 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Muddlers" (Episode #17) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) By golly! It's time for another Bomber Babe Birthday Celebration. Yes, I think I knew this one in the past; after all we graduated the same year. How coincidental is that? I'll let some one else do the math on this one. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Dorothy STAMPER ('54) on the occasion of her 22nd. Have a good day and don't over do the cake thing. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR did the winter weather event arrive as forecasted? Tune in tomorrow and maybe you'll get an answer. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Re: 2016 - What a year! First off, I want to wish all Bombers, wherever you may be, a very Merry and Blessed Christmas season and the very best in the new year. I love being able to keep up with familiar names and learning from new ones. Thanks Maren for all your work keeping us connected. I've followed stories of health issues that seem to crop up more and more as we enter those "golden" years. Some of you may know that I have spent the last 12 months in a battle against lung cancer. I shoulda listened when Mom said smoking wasn't good for you... as she lit another Pall Mall. 42 years a smoker, raised in a home with two smokers, 25 years working in smoke filled bars... the odds weren't in my favor. I am blessed to have a awesome family around me, a wonderful group of friends and an army of prayer warriors lifting me every day. My "treatment" began on Jan. 25 at Kadlec Hemotology and Oncology with 5 1/2 months of chemo and the goal of having surgery in Seattle. Two tries to pass the test and the doc said I wasn't strong enough... so back home to Tri-City Cancer Center (TCCC) for 7 weeks of radiation. Tomorrow is my last treatment and doc thinks he got it all. Won't know for a few months but I have faith I am done. My point in telling about this is that we are blessed to have world class treatment for all kinds of cancer with amazing success stories right here at home. It is truly a blessing to be able to keep "normal" routines in familiar surroundings. Everyone I worked with this past year at Kadlec and TCCC treated me with respect, kindness, and gentle care. I would recommend them to anyone facing this type of health issue. Time to add another quilt to the bed and get some rest for my big day tomorrow... headed into the teens and more snow on the way. Richland looks mighty purty with its blanket of white. God bless Bombers everywhere. -Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Friends and family... treasure them ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: how do I love thee Today we've gotta Bomber-babe who has been a close, close friend since at least Kinneygarden and I've never lost my affection for her for one moment... but first... lemme say, I figure that an enormous number of my Bomber friends are from other than my class... to the extent that when I think of many, I automatically think of the class in which they grageated (and for a good number of them I think of their birthdays)... so I know and you know that Gene CONLEY ('48) grgeated in '48... so yesterday when I suggested that Dick McCOY ('45, etc.) went to school with Gene my mind went to Rex DAVIS ('49) (tho I wasn't actively thinking of it merely pairing guys who went to school together)... soooooo, In my mind Gene was '46 tho Maren corrected it inna SS... I'm not suggesting it makes sense, 'cept in my mind... now down to brass tacks... as I started... I am wishing this Bomber-babe a most delightful b-day... I believe she is on a fascinating trip right now and I hope it is just great... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marsha GOSLIN ('65) on your special day, December 15, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Rex HUNT ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Missy KEENEY ('59), Earl BENNETT ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Arlene THRESS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack KEYS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim SMYTH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie HANSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debora SKARSHAUG (?64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DAVIS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billy DIDWAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth RUSSELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary RAEKES ('79) 12/16 9 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen "Cocklebur Cowboys" (Episode #18) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rex HUNT ('53) I have known for some 9 months that I have lung cancer, after fighting the system and finding a local doctor who knows the difference between cutlery and a mop handle has been a chore. Now it appears I will have surgery just after Christmas. But have little faith in the meat whackers at the local cutlery shop. It's like watching chickens trying to dance on ICE. Will check in on the other side of Armageddon, let you know which doctors to avoid. -Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from downtown Hanford, CA where we have a new hospital but same Mal-functioning doctors. Putting lipstick on a pig comes to mind! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Now for the weather. Yes, it snowed here yesterday (14th) about an inch or so. Other parts of the valley got more. Portland got less, but it turned to a disaster area (so what else is new?). To the business at hand, today is the birthday of a Bomber Babe. Even though we graduated together, I did not know her back in the day. Don't even think we had any mutual friends. We met at a Club 40 Annual Meeting a while back and confessed that we did not know who we were. That being said; a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Arlene THRESS ('54) on the occasion of her 22nd. Hope that she has a good one and is not snowed in somewhere. To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: About all those McCOY graduation years They all came from the same school (Columbia/Richland). The last being was when he was finally awarded his diploma. Going back for one more year just because he neglected to take Washington State History is the best excuse he could offer. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where I am awaiting the Chinook Wind to melt the snow. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Missy KEENEY ('59) Re: Names We are freezing our noses and toes-zes off here in beautiful downtown Richland. This is and FYI for all Bombers in Sandstorm Land and beyond . . . . . . KEENEY IS SPELLED WITH 2e's and one N, not the other way around. I hope everyone has a happy holiday season and are able to be with folks you love (and dogs). -Missy KEENEY ('59) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) To: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Paula: Thanks for your entry, and I pray for your continued healing and health. Mom smoked, too, but not often to the point of a "smoke-filled house." After a first taste at about 14, I never cared to try it again; I didn't even finish the one cigar I tried when a military colleague had a baby. Smoke-filled bars were rarely my thing, fortunately. Mom tried to quit numerous times while I was a teenager with five younger sisters at home, but she never managed to stop for any length of time until Dad had to retire early at 62 with cardiac issues and continuing her smoking would have hastened his demise - that's when she quit, and he lived another 16 years. I'm going to save your entry to pass around to friends with children who need the message. It's short, pointed, and could be an effective deterrent. A few more phrases about the suffering that goes with chemo and radiation might be useful, but to keep attention, short is good. There are several cases of cancer in our church right now, some of which appear to be succeeding, but none that can be directly connected to smoking like yours. God be with you. Regards, ecb3 -Earl BENNETT ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Re: "golden" years I think I understand why you put the word "golden" in quotation marks. Couple years ago we had a get-together at wife's twin sister's house of a bunch of us that used to run around together at CBC. After awhile it dawned on me that everyone was talking about their health problems. Everyone except me, not that I haven't had some, but they seemed minor compared to everyone else's. It became depressing. I think the "golden" they are talking about is really "fool's gold." Re: Smoking Whenever the subject was brought up in the Sandstorm I have refrained from saying anything because I felt it wasn't my place to do so as I have never been a smoker. As I recall your father smoked a pipe. What you said about your mother saying cigarettes were not good for you as she lit up, brought up a memory from I think Jr. High. A teacher said to a class, or a group of assembled students--don't remember, but have always remembered what he said. "Those of you who have parents that smoke, ask them if they want you to smoke, don't ask if they mind if you smoke, ask if they want you to smoke." My grandfather (mom's side) offered my aunts and uncles $100 each if they didn't smoke or drink until they were 21. Of the eight who lived to be 21, all but one got that $100. That was probably a pretty good chunk of change for a farmer in the '20s and '30s. Oh, my grandfather did not smoke... he chewed it. I remember him carrying around a 1 lb coffee can and putting it on the floorboard of a car to use as his spittoon, so I don't really know if that $100 was for not smoking, or not using tobacco. Side note; my grandfather was the only one in the family who did not get the flu in the worldwide flu pandemic of 1918. There were seven kids at the time (my mother was one of them) she said he went into town to get the doctor; must have been with a horse and buggy. I'm told the doctor prescribed castor oil for them. My thought was, "I hope they had a two holer! Anyway, they all survived it. One thing has always puzzled me. I have known a number of people (and been related to a couple of them) who have quit smoking, then after years and years, have gone back to it. I can understand not being able to quit, but why quit for that long, then go back to it? One time I asked and did get an answer. He said, "So I would have an excuse to stand outside in the cold and talk to the redhead with the big... (well... you can finish this one). -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Kennewick where they are saying it is supposed to get so cold if you strike a match the flame will freeze and you can't blow it out ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Long long ago in a galaxy far far away, there lived a young boy named Peter White... Peter spent his hours dreaming of being a Doctor... however, one day as Peter was strapping on his Paladin six guns over his scooby do pajammy bottoms, Peter walked the several blocks to the local Lutheran Church... it was then it hit him... maybe a Doctor wasn't his true calling... perhaps there was more to life... I mean there were Children in the corn to deal with... Gila Monsters roaming in Indiana... Oh man... so many ideas swirled in Peter's mind... the image of a big blond surfer came to mind... wouldn't it be fun to stuff grass down that kid's back just at the right moment... just then an orange souped up car drove by with a Confederate flag painted on the top... the two ruffians in the car tooted a rebel tune as Peter Screamed "damned hotrodders" at the men... just then a gung fu guy twirled in the air and knocked Peter to the ground... there has to be more to life than this Peter mused... it was then Peter felt the pain deep in his groin... no he said... No Doctors for me... even if they come back as angels... Just then a helicopter picked him up and flew him off to a strange land... it looked much like Hawaii... I'd rather be freezing my ass off in France with WARFORD ('65) and POWELL ('65) Peter thought... he turned to Shaft... John Shaft... that Shaft is a bad mutha... shut yo mouth... Shaft just laughed and said "as long as I got the biggest director's chair on the set I'm cool"... at that moment... Peter woke from his dream... "damn", he said... good thing I'm safe and sound here in my Scooby do's... shoveling snow... snow! In Richland... ha... that'll be the day... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tim SMYTH ('62), Connie HANSON ('64) and Terence Paul Angel DAVIS Knox ('65) on your special day, December 16, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Re: Birthday milestone Happy Birthday to Terry DAVIS ('65). You da man. Best Wishes. -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCOY ('45), Mike CLOWES ('54) Donna BOWERS ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda RISLOV ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna YOUNG ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike CROWLEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim GEIER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Corey BOEHNING ('87) 12/17 8 days till Christmas - 2 days to Winter Solstice CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Wooden Indian" (Episode #19) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Lung Cancer I've gone thru this and have had great success at Swedish Hospital ... radiology with the cyberknife ... treatment no surgery ... they use a machine... for one hour zapping... over 5 days ... and have a great success record!! You or your doctor should call them at 206.320-7130 Good Luck questions? call me at 360.630-5414 -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) What were they thinking? Were you watching Thursday Night Football? Are the Seahawks so poorly paid they have to double as crossing guards? Those of you who watched in black and white may also have seen the fluorescent green uniforms in "living color". Too bad they play on a "turf" field instead of the real thing; maybe a little mud might have toned things down. At least they won the game; but probably lost on style points. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we may be thawed in time for Christmas. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Just a heads up... through 5 months of massive pain (like having-a-baby pain), most nights unable to sleep, unable to feel to go, progressive pain meds that dry you out causing their own ramifications and putting you out for days and 3 different doctors, simple answers are best. Thank God for female doctors, who direct you to the RIGHT answer. The physical therapist diagnosed it best... herniated disc causing tetany of muscles... for 5 months! Her simple exercises for relief were better than any pill and work even when muscles that have learned to tetany attack days later (you just have to retrain them out of tetany)... simple exercises that offer such magnificent relief! Lessons learned: 1) as you age tissue becomes more fragile so lifting kayak trailers and pool lounges is NOT SMART no matter how healthy you have been your whole life + you do yoga and lift 75 pounds regularly. 2) recuperation is not 2 days laying down + then because you can't stand lying around, if it hurts a little, it's ok, so keep going. 3) a herniated disc causes all sorts of areas to tetany not close to it, so by the time you go to the doctor finding the cause is more complicated. I share this to warn us older Bombers that I don't want anyone to have this happen to them... reality sets in and all those things you thought you could do, because you work out regularly, just are not happening when you are in your 70s. AND to share how simple the answer was, instead of pills. -Donna BOWERS Rice (GMC '63) ~ from the frigid Midwest ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) To: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) I'm sending healing thoughts and sympathies your way, Paula, as you fight lung cancer. I don't need to get on a soapbox about smoking; all I need to do is state the facts from my own family. My father smoked for 58 years, starting in his teens. He once told me, "I wish I'd never started." After all those years, it finally caught up with him. He was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, and spent the last decade or so of his life speaking with a throat vibrator after doctors removed his vocal cords. The other side effects of the disease are too unpleasant to detail here. My uncle, a life-long smoker, died of lung cancer at age 84. Hoping you are a survivor. I never smoked, but that doesn't mean I have no risk. Dad was a heavy smoker all the time we kids were growing up. No one had heard of the dangers of secondary smoke in those days. As I grow older, I wonder if the shoe is going to drop on that one. I recently had a chest x-ray and it revealed "abnormalities" throughout my lungs. I see my doctor on Tuesday. Best to you, Paula. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ~ from snowy Sherwood, OR where they say it will hang around for a few days. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Linda REINING ('64) Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy JENSEN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole CLARK ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn O'NEAL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan NELSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay NORTON ('73) 12/18 7 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Flying Hat" (Episode #20) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) With any luck, this part of the world will be thawed out sometime tomorrow (Monday). Which logically (?) gets us to today's Bomber Babe. Well, sorta, cuz she lives down there in ole Airyzony or some place like that where a cold spell is when the thermometer drops below 70. Time to get the long johns out. And to think we were fellow inmates in Mr. Wheeler's Home Room all those years ago. Enough, it is time to tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Carol CLARK ('54). We must be nice to her as she has reached the fabled age of 22. I hope she has a good time in celebrating. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where, like most places, Christmas is just around the corner. Be careful, he's still making That list of who's gonna get a lump of coal in the stocking. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Smoking and cancer I grew up with both parents smoking, also had aunts and uncles who smoked, so was always exposed to "second hand" smoke... although, growing up, we never heard that term. Both my brother (Tim, ('71-RIP)) and I smoked... I started when I was 18 and smoked for 12 years... 3+ packs a day! I married a smoker, so, even though I no longer smoked, I was constantly around cigarettes. When I was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 the oncologist told me that my type of cancer was caused by smoking... so, there is definite truth to the warnings about "second-hand" smoke. After 5 months of chemo and radiation, they determined that the cancer was gone... it's now been 6 years, so am considered "cancer-free". neither of my daughters or my grandkids smoke... they paid attention to the warnings against it, plus, my diagnosis of cancer, made them very aware of the dangers of cigarettes. I thank my wonderful doctors and God for my cancer being cured. I do think that early detection is the best answer--I found my lump, when it was the size of a nickel and by the time we started chemo, two months later, it had grown to the size of a half-dollar... tumors grow very fast. To all those going through this, trust in your doctors... find ones that you have faith in, can discuss all your options with, and have a support system that you can rely on... I would not have made it through all my treatments if it had not been for my wonderful support system... my daughters and grandkids were "my rock", as was my faith in God... couldn't have made it without all of them "in my corner". Linda Reining(class of '64)...... -Linda REINING ('64) ~ it was FIVE degrees in Kuna, Idaho, Saturday morning... we have about 3 inches of new snow, too, and more is predicted. yes, I LOVE it, but, am also thankful that, at my age, I don't have to work in it or be out in it, unless I want to. *grin* ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) Re: Niles MAYFIELD ('74-RIP) Obituary Niles was a childhood friend of mine, as our parents were friends. Our families were also neighbors, with Mayfields on the Cedar side of our block and the Owens family on the Birch side of the block. Niles' family posted his obituary on Facebook. Niles, his mom, his younger sister Diane and his sister-in-law Deb are all my Facebook friends. As you can imagine, the family is shattered as Niles' death was totally unexpected and sudden. We'll miss him. -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Facebook article is the same as what was in the Herald at: Don't think family would mind it in the Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKEOWN ('53), Helen CROSS ('62) Roy BALLARD ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn BUBNAR ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony HARRAH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie BUSHNELL ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa McCURDY ('86) 12/19 6 days till Christmas ~ Tomorrow Is Winter Solstice CINNAMON BEAR - Listen "Snowman" (Episode #20) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Happy one-day-belated birthday to my very good friend, Kathy JENSEN Collins ('53) on her.. well, we know the age. She actually is one of the young ones in our class. I hope that Kenny did you proud and took you to a very expensive restaurant. Man, these days just keep coming faster and faster. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from sunny but cold Sacramento ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Christmas Greetings to all in Bomberland, from frigid Hope, IN at 17. It warmed up today, but then plunged back into freezing temps. I took our exchange student to a Bengals professional football game this afternoon and survived it. It was pretty cold, and high up in the nosebleed section for this grandma. Greetings of the Season -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we are getting ready for our Christmas Eve service. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Antiques We have a lot of antiques for sale: High boys, dresser, kitchen queen, side boards, ice box, player piano with beveled mirror on the door with many rolls, Victrola, crystal lamp, round pedestal table or coffee table, and other stuff. If anyone is interested call at (599) 946-3255, hope this can go in the Sandstorm. -Roy BALLARD ('63) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: more than friends For each of us there are friends and then there are those who touch our lives so very deeply it is difficult, if not impossible to describe the relationship... that is what we have today... the elder, is one who touched several people I know so very much that his memorial was one of the most memorable of my life and I didn't even know him as they did... ah, but the younger... the younger was a Bomber I only came to know in the 8th or 9th grade, but he helped chart the course of my life thereafter, we don't see each other much these days... no one's fault... time and space interfere with face to face events, but you and I both know that time and space have no impact on relationships of this nature. I recall standing in front of my Parents' house in Vegas on a day I just happened to be there when we met as he was passing though Las Vegas, perhaps on his way to Richland, his appearance and mine were totally unfamiliar to each of us... his short cropped hair was down to his shoulders and he was wearing a field jacket, instead of the snappy threads he wore at Col- hi... my hair was high and tight in normal Marine fashion (now that I recall it looked much like the haircuts my Dad gave until I reached the age of rebellion), rather than the carefully combed style I had tried to maintain in school (appearances are everything some say)... we enjoyed a magic moment in time before he left... now as I write this, I recall small snippets of time here and there together over the course of our lives... sitting in a buddy's basement together with a co-conspirator waiting for the Fuzz to knock on the door for a "crime" we honestly didn't commit... playing "Revolver" by the Beatles at his house... a time we were in grave danger in Yakima only to be bailed out by another Bomber with a tire iron in his hand... of course there was the time we tore the left fender off his VW and convinced the kids we hit, it was their fault... there was the birthday card he sent me with two British "rockers" portrayed and my receptionist asking if it was, in fact, he and I at a younger age... as I said just little snap shots that remain forever imbedded in my memory... nothing monumental, but taken together they create a mosaic of a life shared and cherished untarnished by the years in between... he is my Pal, my bud, my mentor and the closest thing to a sibling one could have... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pook SMITH ('63 RIP) and Tony HARRAH ('65) on your special day, December 19, 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays Happy Birthday to two of my favorite people!!!! My oldest son Matt (NAB), and the ever lovely and talented Bonnie BUSHNELL ('71). Hope you have a great day. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in cold Plano, TX where we slayed the ducks yesterday. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/16 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE - SHORTEST DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Donni CLARK ('63) Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne COLLINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry LaROCK ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David RODRIGUEZ ('69) 12/20 5 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - Listen "Santa Claus" (Episode #22) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Re: Christmas A Very Merry Christmas Bomber family!! I was feeling very nostalgic for my mom the other day. Actually I was trying to make candy and so wishing she was here to show me how. My mother did not like to cook but everything she did cook was wonderful. She didn't let us make sugar cookies, which I always lamented... but every year she made a candy she called Panocha, the same as Penucha. It was a creamy fudge made of brown sugar, butter and cream. Mom's was the best and I have only made it like hers about 3 times in my life, I usually have trouble with it. But was it ever good! I remember the first time I ever had a Christmas wreath made out of cornflakes and marshmallows was at Mr. Yadidskis Christmas party. Now I make them with my grandkids and they love them. Gluten Free to boot! We are having a beautiful snowy Christmas in the Gorge! We have had the fun of snowy walks and making a snowman. Digging the car out of the snow and driveway don't count. My husband slipped and thank the dear Lord was OK! Singing for others with Harmony of the Gorge is a huge blessing and the drive to the Dalles and Hood River was gorgeous! Some places in the scenery you could not tell where the hills met the sky! We have even had rainbows in the snow here! Makes me think of all the fun we had as kids playing Fox and Geese, making angels in the snow, sledding, snow forts and rolling snowballs. Remember the red brick corrugated cardboard that you could get at Newberry's, drug store? We would get that some years and wrap our card table with that and make a fireplace that we hung our stockings on and put our manger on. Mom convinced us that if we did not have a real fireplace that Santa would find a way to come in. I think we left the door open just in case. The best memories of Christmas come with our singing in chorus all those wonderful Christmas songs we sang... and in church. Candlelight services, nativity plays, angel wings and baby Jesus. God bless you all this Christmas and may you all have a wonderful New Beginning this New Year! -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Quilt of Valor (QoV) Dear Bombers I would like to tell you about two very Special Bombers! Mick HEMPHILL ('66) & John Cole ('66) and their wives! On Veterans' Day I wrote in wishing my Dad, Max Ehinger, a blessed Veterans' Day! My Dad was in WWII. He was a Radioman. Long story short. Mick contacted me about the Quilt Of Valor (QOV). He explained how this QOV, went to men & women who were in Wars and fought for our country's freedom! On December 16, 2016, Mick & wife Linda & John & wife Vicki MOSLEY Cole ('66) came to Ephrata, WA. and presented Dad with the QOV! Now mind you my Dad felt like he hadn't done anything special. But he was very pleased to receive the QOV!! John and Mick did an awesome presentation of the QOV! I want to thank them both very much for a job well done! Linda did a great job on the picture taking Vicki was helping a lot too! Daddy was very happy with his QOV! Again I want to thank Mick & John and their wives for all their hard work! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Kindl (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) P.S. My Dad is 89 & will 90 in April! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Ed WOOD ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Deedee WILLOX ('64) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kent HAMRICK ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanne ROLPH ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan WARD ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clint KELLY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy SIEMENS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane LEE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon ANDERSON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff OSBORN ('82) 12/21 4 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - "The Bad Dolls" (Episode #23) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Sending sincere wishes for each to have a Merry Christmas and all good things in the coming New Year. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Christmas in New Zealand It may be the summer solstice in New Zealand, but the profusion of iconic pohutukawa trees tells us it's Christmas in Kiwi-land. This specimen in the Picton harbor on the south island. -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) sure hit every nostalgic note in her tribute of Christmases past. brought tears to my eyes as I read it. My mother didn't really like to cook either but every Christmas she made the best divinity and plates of chocolate fudge. Sadly, I never tried to make it but whenever I get it, it reminds me of Christmas back on Olympia St. My mom also made the best cherry pie year around, and I did try to learn how to make the crust from her, but I never got her knack for really good pie dough. Re: Carol Ann Powell Schwisow's ('58-RIP) passing On a sad note, my sympathy to Judy POWELL Free ('61) on the loss of her sister, Carol Ann. I know you were close, and I'm sorry for her passing. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where it is suppose to warm up to above freezing today and last through Christmas. And I wish you all a Merry Christmas weekend spent with family and friends. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: Christmas To: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Thank you for all those memories you shared about Christmas. The old folks are mostly all gone now, but we remember how special they made the holidays for us. Where do you live in the Gorge? Dena EVANS Harr ('64) lives in The Dalles. To: All Bombers & their families everywhere Merry Christmas & may you prosper in the new year. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Christmas memories Donni CLARK Dunphy's ('63) entry about the corrugated fireplace from Newberry's, reminded me of when my mom would buy one and put it in a corner of the front room and hang our stockings on... always made me wish we had an actual fireplace. Also remember all the Christmas pageants at school and also at Richland Lutheran Church... loved them. When I was in junior high (I was part of the youth choir, but I couldn't "carry a tune in a bucket" so they let me be an angel)... wore a white robe, had wings, and stood up on the altar, while the choir sang. So sad that most schools no longer have Christmas pageants. My youngest grandson plays drums in his high school band, and is also in the school choir... they did have a Christmas program... since I no longer live in Bakersfield, I didn't get to watch him perform, but my daughter posted a video on Face book, so I did get to see/hear a little snippet of his concert and got to see/hear him sing and play. Also remember all the snowball fights; making snow angels; snow forts; sledding down Carmichael hill and being "frozen" and thawing out with mugs of hot cocoa. Even doing it at night, once we were in high school and then walking to someone's home for hot cocoa and trying to "thaw out" cause, of course, being in high school, we were "too cool" to wear snowsuits, so we just wore jackets and jeans. *grin* oh, and "skating" on the icy sidewalks in our tennis shoes, cause nobody wore boots, once you were no longer in grade school. We are having a Winter Wonderland here in Kuna, Idaho... lots of snow, icy roads and sidewalks, which, at my age, are no longer fun to "skate" on, but am still loving watching the snowflakes coming down, although, I will admit that temperatures of ONE degree haven't been all that fun, but thankful I don't have to work in it or be out in it, unless I want to! Today, Tuesday, the temperature was 9 when I got up at 6:30... now, we have "warmed up" to 22 and more snow is predicted for this afternoon. I love Christmas, it has always been my favorite time of the year, but will admit that it is also a month that is filled with heartache for me... oldest grandson was killed in a car accident, seven years ago, on the 19th of December and I thought that history was going to repeat itself, on the 18th of December, this year, when his younger brother and sister were in a horrible car accident... they were driving from San Diego to Bakersfield for their family Christmas party... driving too fast, "hit" ice and slammed into a tree... car "totaled"... grandson has seven staples in his head; granddaughter has major bumps and bruises, but they survived, Thank God. I also tend to believe that their brother also had his hands around them. Hoping that this Christmas season is filled with good tidings for all. It's fun to believe in Santa, but let's remember the "reason for the season". Merry Christmas to all Bombers, everywhere. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Curt DONAHUE ('53), Annette HALL ('62) Donni CLARK ('63), Frank Osgard ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63), Roy BALLARD ('63) Bill SCOTT ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob CHILES ('58) & Suzie GUNDERSON ('60) 12/22 3 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - "The Parade" (Episode #24) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Greetings to Bombers everywhere: As we are about to celebrate the birth of our Savior on Christmas Eve, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. May 2017 bring you all the blessings you may desire. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ in snow-melting Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) Merry Christmas and a very beautiful Happy New Year to all Bombers out there. -Annette HALL Bundrant ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) Hi Bomber friends: I thought I would send this recipe since several asked for it: CHRISTMAS WREATHS Melt 1/2 cup butter with 4 cups mini marshmellows When melted add 1 tsp. green food coloring 1/2 tsp almond extract 1/2 tsp vanilla Stir in 4 cups corn flakes Butter your hands good and shape into wreaths on wax paper. I use red cut gumdrops to decorate. You can use red hots also. I also use the minimum food coloring I can..... To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Hope those were happy tears, Helen. To: Linda REINING ('64) Linda, Richland Lutheran had so many wonderful parties for us kids. They had a wonderful youth program with lots of active parents. To: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) We sing in the Dalles every year at the Discovery Center, and several nursing homes and the for the Veterans. It is so much fun and I would love the number of Dena EVANS ('64) and maybe we can make a plan to meet sometime when I up there. -Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank OSGARD ('63) Going through some boxes this week, I found a silver dollar. Might be all I brought back from a trip to Reno. Kept as a reminder of a weekend best forgotten. But then again, it might have been the only thing I ever won. Unless you want to count the my two year vacation, when that draft board in Pasco picked my name to be one of Uncle Sugar's finest. But, I'm pretty certain this is the silver dollar I won at the Patrol Boy Christmas party on a Friday, in December of '56. As I recall we marched over to the Rec Hall from Lewis and Clark, with the patrol girls who had the responsibility of keeping order in the halls. Resplendent in our red jackets, with white Sam Brown belts (there weren't enough hats to go around), we were marshaled by our Captain, Jerry KERN ('63). We mustered with all of the other Patrol Boys from all over Richland in the big games room where Ernie Curtis normally held court and passed out pool chalk and ping pong balls. There were a couple of not very memorable nor motivational speeches by Officer Lodefink (who we would all get to know better as time went by) and Captain Miller. We then had the requisite Spudnuts, peppermint candy canes, watered down, luke warm hot chocolate and visits from "Tony the Atomic Clown" and probably Santa Claus. There were some drawings for door prizes. Maybe a bike from the hardware store. An extra movie pass that all Patrol Boys in "Good Order" were given as payment for daily putting their lives on the line and raising the flag. Somehow I won a silver dollar. I showed it to everyone, dropped it several times, lost it more than once and spent the rest of the day figuring out how I was going to spend it. My choice was to buy a bottle of hand cream at the dime store by CC Anderson's for the girl who currently owned my heart. No Mary Margaret, I'm not speaking of you, that was another time. During Mrs. Brinkman's noon dances, I'd noticed her hands a little rough. A not great combination with my sweaty palms during the Virginia Reel, Schottische and all time favorite "The Grand March". Wanting to be sure that a 30 cent bottle of Evening in Paris hand lotion was the proper gift, I took my time. Bobby Chipmunk ('63) took the girl, and I've still got the silver dollar. Back to the Patrol Boy Christmas party. At the end of the afternoon, we rendered a smart "Right Hand Salute" right out of FM 22-5, marched back to school for our afternoon tour of duty. Two-oh-sixxxxx (it's a Lewis and Clark thing). I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that's someone threw up, someone wet their pants and someone cried 'cause they'd lost their candy cane. -Frank OSGARD ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) In my humble opinion, I think what precipitated the demise of Christmas programs was the advent of pastel sheets and oh yeah the demise of bathrobes as Christmas presents. Just think about it, no white sheets to cut up meant no more of those sappy white choir "shawls" with the big red plastic bows. No bathrobes meant there was nothing for the shepherds to wear while tending to their flocks at night. The dish towels on their heads could have stayed, but wouldn't match up well with the ubiquitous Star Wars PJs of later eras. Bob HYATT ('6a3-RIP) and I were "invited" to be on the stage crew at Lewis & Clark. I thought it was a promotion from the choir and was jacked about it. Bob was more perceptive than I, knew it was because we were tone deaf and cried. As I recall, what brought down the house was the kindergartners singing, "We with you a Mewwy Cwithmas" right after "All I want for Cwithmath ith my two front teeth. Absolutely Adorable. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: BIRTHDAY To a very good friend I wish Susan WARD ('65) on 12/21 a great day, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy new Year. -Roy BALLARD ('63) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Christmas memories I've been enjoying the Christmas memories from Bombers. Here are a few of my own: No child was ever more captivated by Christmas than I was. We kept our Christmas stuff in large labeled cardboard boxes in the basement. Sometimes in late summer I would be playing down in the basement and come across one of these boxes. I would read "Christmas" on the side, my heart would skip a beat, and I'd think "just five more months 'til Christmas". I started to get really excited when the Christmas catalogs came out around September. Growing up in an "E" house on the corner of Jadwin and Symons as I did, we were kittycorner across the street from Newberrys. I remember the thrill of going upstairs to the Christmas toyland they had every year. One year I was fascinated with a new item I saw there called "The Ilustrated Man", a foot-high figurine with clear plastic skin that show the musculature and organs underneath. Across the street from our house was a Hanford bus stop. On those cold dark December mornings, we'd wake up and turn on the lights on our big tree, throw open the curtains on the picture window, and turn on the floodlight on the big hula-hoop sized wreath Dad would make each year for the outside, so that the poor souls waiting for the bus in the freezing darkness would have something cheery to look at. One year Mom and Dad decided to order all the presents from the Spiegel catalog. Well, Christmas came and the presents hadn't arrived. All Mom and Dad could do was to put little cards on the Christmas tree telling us what we were going to get. I think they took it worse than we kids did. The presents finally showed up more than a week later. That was the last time they ordered anything from Spiegel. Other memories: sledding down Carmichael Hill trying to avoid the baseball backstop at the bottom, trying so hard one year to stay awake to catch Santa in the act (and failing), listening to "Cinnamon Bear" on the radio. Does anyone know how old that series is? Listening to it now, it sounds like it was made in the '30s. [it was 1937] Merry Christmas to all Bombers everywhere, young and young at heart. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Memorial today: Dick McCOY ('45), Norma LOESCHER ('53) Helen CROSS ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Pam EHINGER ('67), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck HOLTZ ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig LANSING ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila STAMBAUGH ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy RIGGINS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny KUYKENDALL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat HARTY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff O'MEALY ('71) 12/23 2 days till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - "Captain Tintop" (Episode #25) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick McCOY ('45) Re: Seahawks New Uniform color (Green/yellow) Amen Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Amen Amen -- Actually the NFL requested a different uniform for Thursday nite... it won't happen again - I've been told. -Dick McCOY (from the Tin Can class of '45) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Merry Christmas! I'm so pleased to wish my Bomber Family a Merry Christmas! Bombers are a big presence in my life, ever since I arrived in Richland with my parents and younger brother Ray ('57-RIP) in 1944. I attended Sacajawea, Marcus Whitman, Carmichael and Col-Hi, then taught English and U.S. History at Col-Hi and Hanford. Now I attend Richland Bomber sports events and serve on the Richland High School scholarship committee. May you precious ones have a happy, healthy new year, with God's blessings! Bomber Cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I too have been enjoying all the fun memories of Christmases in Bomberland, aka Richland. Thanks, Donni CLARK Dunphy ('63), for the wreath recipe. I want to try it with my grandson once I get to Nevada. Every time sledding down Carmichael Hill is mentioned, I flash back to the time I managed to sled past a tree, but somehow caught my hip on the tree. I couldn't walk and I think I got to spend 2 days at my aunt Phyl's house. Allan ('59-RIP), Bob ('62), Carol ('64-RIP), Maryjane ('68-RIP) and Duane ('79) CROSS, are her children and my cousins. I can't think of a Christmas memory in Richland that doesn't involve them, as we spent every single holiday together, didn't we Bob('62)? At least we did till all our part-time jobs made scheduling a get-together very difficult. I've always felt sort of guilty for taking my children so far away from our families, so they didn't have many family get- togethers as they grew up. Christmas Blessings to all... we are getting ready for the last Christmas Eve service Warren will lead as a full-time minister, as be will retire this coming June. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we are thankfully above freezing again. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Friends today we gots too life long buds celebrating on the same day... way cool... but first... tho I know it may be too late for this year... every day is a new day... and as we all know: "He's everywhere; he's everywhere"... ok now lets get to HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bill BLANKINGSHIP ('62) and Craig LANSING ('62) on your special day, December 23, 2016... and lemme say I blew it to Susan WARD ('65) and Duane LEE ('67 on the 21st... I been trying a new system but it only works if I LOOK at my cheat sheet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Dear Bombers, near & far, young & old I wish you all the greatest Christmas ever! That the new year is a blessed one for you & your Family. May God bless & keep you safe. Merry Christmas!! Celebrate Jesus' birthday with love & happiness! Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Kindl (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re; Birthday Boys Happy Birthday to a couple of guys I've known for a long time. Chief Jo, Col-Hi, and WSU. Happy Birthday to Jeff O'MEALY ('71), and Pat HARTY ('71). Hope you have a good one! -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ Plano, TX where the weather can't make up its mind if it's winter or spring ************************************************************* ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Bomber Memorial >>Beth PARKER ~ Class of 1963 ~ 1945 - 2016 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/16 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Ann BISHOP ('56) Paula BEARDSLEY ('62), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Cathy GEIER ('66), Betti AVANT ('69) Anita FRAVALA ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn GROFF ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave MILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry LYNCH ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art SCHAFER ('70) 12/24 1 day till Christmas CINNAMON BEAR - "North Pole" (Episode #26) (last one) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Good to hear from Mr. McCOY ('44, '45, '02). About the only good thing that could be said about the "green" uniforms was at least they did not have "wings". Guess if they did, they would be Ducks instead of Seahawks. [See entry from Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) later in this edition. -Maren] Here it is, the day before Christmas. I hope you all have your stockings hung by the chimney. Just remember that with the increased amount of daylight, Santa's visit may be shortened. Kinda think he's got a lot of coal lumps to deliver this year (Bombers excluded). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers promise a cold and dry Christmas Day. Snow will be in the mountains, where it belongs. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) I just want to wish all our Bombers everywhere a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year. May the new year bring all your dreams come true. I pray that The Father will give "our Mad Dog" MATTIS ('67) wisdom in his new job! May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Bless you -Ann BISHOP Ousley ('56) ~ Fouke, AR (near Texarkana) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Re: Merry Christmas Bombers! Maren... You can post this whenever works best for you. Wishing you an especially lovely Christmas and a huge thanks for all you do. You're the best! I want take a minute to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest 2017. It is wonderful to be a part of our Bomber family and to read and share stories of growing up in this special community. Your stories make me laugh and cry sometimes but always trigger another memory of my own. Thinking back over those early Christmases, the memories are almost overwhelming sometimes. I remember on Christmas morning, my sisters, Janice ('64-RIP) and Nancy ('65) and I had to stay in our rooms until Mom and Dad and older brother Charlie ('56-RIP)(who was 6 years older and didn't believe?!? In Santa) came to get us. We were blindfolded and led past what we knew was an amazing sight, into the kitchen, the door was shut and we HAD to eat breakfast. Mom always made cinnamon roll wreaths for special family friends which we delivered on Christmas Eve to the Reils, the Sybertz family and the Smiths, and a couple of neighbors too and one for us. We girls managed to choke down a few bites of roll and scrambled eggs then the door would be opened to reveal our wonderful Christmas surprises. My favorite Christmas ever was the year Mom made complete wardrobes for each of our "Toni" dolls...kind of like Barbies but cooler. There were shorts and tops, skirts and sweaters, dresses and even a ball gown. I remember mine was made of an iridescent aqua fabric, floor length with colorful sequins around the neck and hemline. It was beautiful. How Mom managed to make so many outfits for three dolls and they were all different! She was amazing and we didn't realize until we were older how blessed we were. Mom passed her love of sewing on to Nancy and me but Janice wasn't to be the crafty one but turned into a great Mom and Nana anyway. I hope your memories of that time of our lives is equally sweet. God bless you all! Also, thanks to those of you who sent messages after my post last week. It was great to hear from you and I certainly appreciate your good thoughts, advice and prayers. I'm feeling stronger every day. -Paula BEARDSLEY Glenn ('62) Friends and family... treasure them ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Here I am making fudge, well, my daughter is making fudge, I'm just stirring the pot. I can't boil water without burning it. First Christmas I remember we were living in Athena, OR where I went through grade school. I was on the living room floor playing with a toy truck and parents said it was time to go to bed so I parked it under the sewing machine and went to bed. I woke up first and went into the living room and saw all these new toys. I didn't know where they came from or if I should even touch them so I went back to playing with my truck. Parents woke up and thought it was so funny I had all these new toys and was playing with an old one. Then I was too embarrassed to tell them I did not know they were supposed to be for me... so I never told them. Another Christmas eve we were going to a movie, got in the car, and dad had to go back in the house for some reason. Seemed to take him a long time and I'm thinking, "come on, let's go." Finally he got in the car and we went to the movie, I think it was "Peter Pan." When we got home and went into the house, doggone, Santa had already been there! Also remember many times looking into the oil stove we had in the living room where you can see the flame and wonder how Santa got down the chimney and through that flame. I remember my dad always just drove up into the Blue Mountains and found a tree (I don't think you needed to get a permit back then to do that). I was cold and kept thinking, come on, cut one, but he had to find the perfect tree. I didn't know it then, but I turned out the same way in wanting to get the perfect tree. When we first got TV in I think '54 and I saw programs where the characters went and bought a tree... that seemed weird to me, I thought everyone cut their own tree. First Christmas after I married was a great one. I was in the Navy and we had an apartment in San Diego and no family but just the two of us. I bought a cheap tree I think at the Navy Exchange and couldn't believe I got such a great tree for such a reasonable price, but now if I go back and look at the pictures, that tree wasn't much better then Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. My daughter's first Christmas was very memorable too. She was too young to remember it of course, but I think between us, family, and Santa, she got a whole sleigh full of presents. I tried pulling that Santa Claus already came thing on her when we were at the family Christmas eve party, by sneaking out from the party and putting out the presents, but when we all left the party to go home, she was smarter than me and asked if Santa had already come. Another year after the family Christmas eve party and she had gone to bed I had to put out the presents including the Barbie motor-home. I thought I could take it out of the box, but I had to assemble it, and put stickers on it, an all the little things like tables and silverware. I was already tired and that took forever to get ready. I had always wanted to get a fake tree but wife would never hear of it. Then daughter came along and she also would not hear of it. Four years ago I had a lot of trouble getting it into the stand and balanced and standing up straight. It fell over, it was in the rec room (daughter's bedroom now) and landed right on the bar, which is the place she likes to have a whole bunch of lighted candles. Fortunately, she had no candles lit, but she did agree to try a fake tree because of that. Went out and bought one in the after-Christmas sale. Funny thing is, next year when we put it up, she liked it a lot better than she thought, and I did not like it very well. Three years ago the plugs of both strands of lights we were using the most which my parents bought back in the '50s (they got them to replace the ones where if one light went out you had to check each one until you found the right one). Don't laugh, they were higher quality, easier to hook on the tree and worked better than the ones I bought in the '70s and '80s. So instead of fixing the plugs I decided to get LED lights. I didn't know the sockets would be different, so we can't use the bubble lights, or the bell shaped "ice" light. I kept the old strings of light and this year, just bought new plugs so next year we can use both types until those lights burn out. My all-time favorite light was a Santa shaped light about four inches high from grade school days. Every year I was always afraid it would burn out and finally it did. I thought maybe I could cut off the bottom where it is glued with a moto tool and replace the bulb. Now, I was thinking use an LED and it won't burn out again, but have not found one I thought would work. When I was a kid, it took forever to get from one Christmas to the next Christmas, now I am thinking, "didn't we just pack up these decorations last month?" Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night." ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) mentioned spending all the Holidays with her cousins, growing up in Richland... I did the same and have always wished that my kids could have grown up closer to their second cousins... almost all of my cousins: Cheri ('66), Mike ('67), and Joni ('73) De Mers; Mary ('67) and Gene ('69) Norberg; along with my brother Tim ('71-RIP) stayed in Richland... I am the only "defector"... lived mainly in CA, till two years ago, when we moved to Idaho... now, am only five hours from the Tri-Cities, so closer to family, once again. Since my grandmother and great-uncle also lived in Richland, Christmas was always spent at their house... Christmas Eve we'd all gather in her two-bedroom prefab for gift opening, then back on Christmas Day for dinner... there were seven of us grandkids so that little two bedroom prefab was "filled to the rafters", but we had fun and always seemed to be able to "find a spot on the floor" to sit on. We all used to get together, take our sleds and "saucers" and go sledding down Carmichael Hill, every Winter... we'd be bundled up in snowsuits, boots, and mittens... don't even know how we walked, let alone sat down on the sleds/saucers. We'd "tumble off" the saucers, since we had no other way of stopping them, unless we wanted to let the fence be our "brakes". Fun memories. Merry Christmas to Bombers, everywhere. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ it's COLD in Kuna, ID this morning it was 15. Still have snow, but it's more ice, now than snow ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: It's beginning to look a lot like Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and here we go with almost Christmas birthdays... (take it easy Larry ('64) don't jump the gun)... I forgot to mention it was really great to hear from Frank OSGARD ('63)... as we all know Frank didn't zachary grageate I think he just kinda rolled out... but he remains a true hero to many... especially those Bomber-babes who had the opportunity to share his company now and then... I member one time Jimbeaux ('63) going through "the box" (if yer not familiar with the term... we all got one... maybe it's a drawer, a closet or whatever) cuz he promised to send me pix of Frank and him at a particular gathering that was not greatly publicized at the time and can do without specifics here... he could not find a single photo where Frank's face was clear... in fact in most, one could only see the back of his head... I always thought there were reasons for that, but had assumed he was in Witness Protection so I didn't make anything of it... anyway glad to hear from him... now we gotta Bomber-babe Celebrating... her picture appears on the same page with Jimbeaux in the Columbian along with that now famous picture of Number 32 ('63) and Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63)... I love looking at pictures from the Columbian at b-day time... none of us has changed a bit... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marilyn GROFF ('63) on your special day, December 24, 2016 (CHRISTMAS EVE)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Cathy GEIER ('66) Happy Holidays to Bomber Friends! Here in Seattle the rain has returned with its wet warmth. While the frigid cold sunny days give lovely uplifting rays of shining sun I am more comfortable with our warmer rain. We still have reports of possible snow but I am pretty sure we'll remain with rain. On 12/24 when many are shopping, celebrating and possibly running around in final preparation for Christmas I will be at Seattle's big Seahawks football game. I have a part time job for Guest Services of CenturyLink field. It's fun. As I wind up my life chapters in Seattle I am biting off huge chunks of my favorite activities Seattle holds; loved events, performances, parks - my loved Green Lake and Gasworks where I teach yoga for a meetup during summers. Reflections on Richland's Christmases: I loved the holiness and beauty of Christmas Mass at Christ the King Church. The Church was so beautiful, decorated with trees, a large manger scene. I remember looking at sun rays coming through the stained glass windows! I remember so much snow in the winters and walking to Carmichael and Col-High in snow and ice. (never will happen in Seattle!) I remember sharing celebrations with Cathy PALMER Wood ('66) and Nancy Badgett. Gary SCHULZ ('66) was my neighbor; we and other neighbors fielded snowballs and displayed snowmen in our yards. I remember beautiful Christmas trees at home and my mother's wide variety of Christmas cookies. I remember a lovely tree at Uptown Richland. During 2006-2008 when I lived in Richland I worked at Coldwater Creek and the Red Lion. The mall was full of shoppers, yet I didn't run into any classmates. The Red Lion's parties and decorations were spectacular and great fun. Next year I begin in earnst my search for my move away from Seattle proper - traffic, increased crime and busyness. Though I have gone to Costa Rica many times I will not go to be a permanent resident. I may return to Richland to finish a new life chapter, living again in our safe city after big city adventures. I'll probably take yoga every place it is offered and begin my own yoga-teaching business. Be forewarned - it will be Cathy's Kick Butt Yoga/Fitness. I am blessed with years of athletics. Many thanks to Rex DAVIS ('49) for asking his Girls' Tennis Team to be the first Girls' Gymnastics Team to keep us in shape for Spring Tennis. Happy Holidays Bombers! Wave at me at the game tomorrow! -Cathy GEIER ('66) ~ Seattle P.S. This is not a Christmas memory. however, I was hoping to see Doug CONRAD ('66) at our reunion. I remember "crashing" a Lettermen's Club meeting asserting that since I earned an athletic letter I should be able to be a member. It was Doug who was the delegate to let me know nicely that it could not happen! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Christmas wishes To Bombers everywhere- May you all have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2017. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from good old Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) Re: Seattle Seahawks Color Rush Uniforms Must respectfully disagree with Dick McCOY ('45) and Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54). I loved the Seahawks' green color rush uniforms so much I had the team store mail me a jersey (no team store in California!). -Anita FRAVALA Griffin ('73) ~ in Indio, CA we've had rain the last two days but back up into the mid 70s next week ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/16 ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Spencer HOUCK ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry BOWLS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Irene WALDNER ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay COATES ('72) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday! One chance in 365... what are the odds? Well they are one in 365, I guess... what we have here is a great Bomber who only gets presents once a year... all together "awwwwwwwwwwww"... now that we are a tad older maybe it's not sucha big deal but man when yer a little kid... well, even the threat of shootin' yer eye out, kid doesn't give way to a teeny tiny wish for a different birthday... but ya know... he's worth it... specially now that he doesn't roam the freeways onna big two wheeler any more... that last spill was not fun to live through even though I didn't feel the pain... besides this kid could always get the rake off and pride in knowing every kid in town wanted a "Bowls paint job"... that's what we called them and to have one of brother David's ('58) paint jobs was the ultimate cool... never spent 50 smackers better... well, here we are again with a very large part of the entire world celebrating his day... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Larry BOWLS ('64) on your special day, December 25, 2016 and MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Spencer HOUCK ('71) Re: Merry Christmas This may be late but you are not forgotten. I would like to wish all of you out there where ever you are a very joyous Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. As we bring this year to an end we have gone through a lot and we have created memories that we can cherish. To those who have gone on my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. For those of us who remain hold close the memories of them and keep them in our hearts. I have special feeling for this time of year as my mother pasted over twenty years ago but still seems like yesterday. Our family misses her. She was a small person but had a very big heart. So enjoy your time with family and build your own memories to share with others. Thank you to Maren and all my Bomber friends around the world. -Spencer HOUCK ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marvin McDONALD ('60) Larry BOWLS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera SMITH ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marvin McDONALD, Jr. ('60) My wife SanDee and I would like to wish everyone the very BEST Christmas and Happy New Year. May this coming year be the best every for you ALL. -Marvin McDONALD, Jr. ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry BOWLS ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Your 12/25/16 Sandstorm entry David, By a popular vote of this Bomberville guy, you will surely go down in history as one of the few greatest "Bombers", well except for Rudolf the red nose reindeer. Rudolf was the hero of my birthdays and Christmas. In my mind, he was the greatest. You see, on Christmas Eve from my sister's bedroom in a now historic "A" house, you could see Rudolf's red nose and the other reindeer start their decent into Bomberville, USA. At this point I should clarify the red nose we envisioned was the red flashing light on top of the water (tank) tower off the south end of Thayer Drive. Still, in our minds the red light was Rudolf and by the magic of Christmas it would be transformed into a sleigh full of presents, the other eight reindeer and Santa Claus. It was our warning that we had to get to sleep soon. So, with one last prayer to Santa, we would close our eyes and try to fall asleep. I was praying maybe this was the Christmas I would actually get that double holster pistol set with two six guns, several rolls of ammunition (caps) and a sheriff's badge. I remember that if I didn't get it that particular year, I would soon run out of time, and time would be closing in that I would still be playing cowboys and Indians. Little did I know that playing army was to be next. Such is the life a little kid. The pistol set I never got, but no matter. I was mostly satisfied with the new flannel shirt, socks, blue jeans, etc. But, I digress. With decades of Christmases and birthdays now behind us, I just wanted say thanks for your kind words to me and remembrances of Richland "back in the day". Many of us will agree that our growing up a "Bomber" was special in that unique place known as Richland, WA. You have become a friend to many, including me, even though we didn't connect in our youth. Thank you for that, and thank you for keeping our Bomberville memories alive in the special way you do. We are all truly blessed by your friendship. May this Holiday time be full of the joy and hope this Christmas Season offers. -Larry BOWLS ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SCHULTZ ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannine HUGHES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon CHAPMAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sabra PETERSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti ECKERT ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray NELSON ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Trust all the leftover wrappings have either been ironed out and saved; put in the re-cycle bins or just taken to the dust bins (garbage cans). And the feeling of bloat from all the grand foods, goodies and candies is passing. Who knows, you may recover in time for New Year's. All that is beside the point. 'Tis the celebration of a Bomber Babe's birthday. Sad to say it comes after Christmas and all funds are exhausted. That is no excuse for not celebrating. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to fellow classmate Jeannie HUGHES ('54) on her day of days. Hope all is well with you and yours. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are awaiting the next wintery blast. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/16 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron STEPHENS ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy STEACH ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robyn RICHARDSON ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck LANGE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dot EGELAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hannah LEE ('94) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted BLOWE ('08) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: way too soon Today I celebrate the lives of two Bomber-babes who touched my life and made it part of what it is today... no matter the age, the people in our lives make a huge difference in what we become... I came to know one of these Babes in 2nd grade and the time I spent at her house was another part of what made my Spalding years so very special... her house was a gathering spot for Spalding kids and the times there were magic... I mean plus two of the loves of my life, Gretchen GRIFFEN ('65-RIP) and Cheryl WEAVER ('65) hung out there as well... ahhhhhhh grade school love... now on the other hand, the other babe was way too sophisticated for me in school... I went with her Younger sister ('66) off and on, from time to time... but she and I did not become close until several years later... I cannot even tell you how it happened... but it did... it was one of those 250 miles away kind of relationships and I would spend many weekends around Doheny and other parts of Orange county in her company, in fact, my daughter would manage a restaurant in her town in later years... as often happens long distance relationships are hard at best... no fault on either side... I often wonder if she had let me know about and how serious her illness was if things hadn't been different, but she was a trooper and not a complainer... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Janice BEARDSLEY ('64-RIP) and Kathy WERSEN ('64-RIP) on your special day, December 29 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/16 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Marie RUPPERT ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Mike DALEN ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil GANT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HAWKINS ('62) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Lance HARTMAN ('60) & Marie RUPPERT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim HAMILTON ('63) & Nancy WICK ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) In order to keep things running in the proper direction; in other words hoping to prevent a "Not" issue, I make this submission. Perhaps someone else will also submit something of note. My basic purpose is to acknowledge the birthday of a Bomber whom I went to school with, and, yes, even knew back in the day. I think our shared interest was to "party harty". Can't think of any other reason we would hang together. At any, rate, he's a good guy who unfortunately got borned too early and did not qualify for the New Year's Baby prize (that's one where close does not count). A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Phil GANT ('54). Have a good one, buddy, and do come back for more. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather prognosticators are saying the first week of January will be clear but cold (highs in the 20s and lows in the teens or single digits). ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Milestones Gads... I am told I have to celebrate my birthday January 6th like it or not. Wife Jackie had that look in her eye as she kissed me goodbye at the airport for my flight to Dutch Harbor, AK for New Years display. So the 6th of January I will have to recognize I will be 75. I have lived a busy life and time has flown by. All my life I have been fortunate to have pyro activity to distract me from aging. I have already agreed to do the two displays a year at Dutch Harbor for 3-4 more years as long as I am able. So far my health is reasonable with the usual aches and pains of my age. My first ever Christmas Eve Display staged at the Applegate Christian Fellowship west of Medford, OR went over very well. Management said I far exceeded their expectations and that many of the 3500 in the audience were overcome by the carefully choreographed display. I was personally quite satisfied with the display considering I am my own worst critic. I even got a little emotional hearing 3000 voices singing the Christmas carols of my youth. I am a great fan and long time highly satisfied MVP customer of Alaska Airlines. But WOW Christmas Day they blew it. Not enough pilots, or planes, poor scheduling and a bad attitude on the part of some employees. I sat 6 hours at the Medford, OR Airport watching clerks fumble, and finally at noon some gal walked in rolled up her sleeves and took over. She picked up the mike and said "Everybody! Go sit down!". "You have to give me some time and I will fix as much as I can, as quick as I can." She was a whizz at her job. One by one, plane out, plane in, all day. I got to Anchorage at 2:30 am and had a flight to Dutch Harbor at 7 am. However the next day I received an e-mail letter from the VP of Airport Operations. He made no excuses just "we messed up BIG time". Enclosed was a gift certificate for $150 off of my next fight on Alaska Air. I sent him a note back thanking him and saying he needed to do something nice for the Gal who fixed things. He replied that she will be well rewarded. It was her day off and she went in without anybody asking and did not even sign in. She just went to work on it. I have yet to meet an Alaska Air employee who was not quite happy with their job. My willing crew has us ready to load the guns (mortars) 2 full days ahead of time. The set up of this display on two trailers is complex, and time consuming. The several hundred pieces of fire wire running back and forth will make you dizzy. They are City of Unalaska Employees. Firemen/EMT, Electrical Lineman, Water Dept. workers, not sure what the 4th guy does, he does not say much just quietly works fast. Anyway we are well ahead of our task. Over 500 items (incl. 8-10, and 12-inch shells) will be fired starting at exactly midnight. Firewood has already been stacked on the beaches for the warming fires. I hope all had a nice Christmas with family and friends. It was my first Christmas without Jackie in 12 years. The reaction to my display by the audience helped as they were wonderful. Many went out of their way to come over and say "Thank you". I wish all Bombers and their families have a Happy, Healthy and prosperous New Year. May the blessings of the season be upon you and your families. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: 50th Anniversary 50 years ago today (December 30, 1966) I married Lance HARTMAN ('60) at West Side Church in Richland. I had known him since my first grade year in Benton City where his mother was my first teacher. We reconnected in September, 1966 when he was home on leave after serving 3 years in Viet Nam. It has been an adventurous ride as the wife of a Submariner and I have loved every moment despite the normal ups and downs of the military life. We moved back to Richland in 2004 when Lance finally retired for the second time to be close to our daughter's family. We will celebrate with a road trip in the spring to several National Parks, a stop to watch our granddaughter play in a volleyball tournament in Las Vegas, and visit with family in the Phoenix area. Happy New Year to Bombers everywhere! -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Upper classmen Ya gotta love 'em... but first a quick story... I am sure we were all saddened by the loss of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter... In this little burg, rubbing elbows with the great and near great was just a way of life inna old days... when we got our McDonalds you could count on any number of stars standing in line just like the rest of us... during my practice I have represented most of the Hotel Casinos at some time or another... lotsa black tie affairs at any given time so owning a tux was kinda taken for granted... I still have the one I had made a while back and it still fits but these days it pretty much gathers dust... a few years back I was attending a nice affair with assigned seating... I found my seats and only two others were already seated so I could kinda maneuver where I sat... the two girls already seated were Debbie Reynolds and Phyllis McGuire... as we exchanged greetings I hadda make a quick decision... Debbie looked like a normal mid seventies girl... Phyllis, on the other hand, had had 5 too many face lifts... I swear she looked exactly like Jack Nicholson as the Joker... lip stick and all... though I don't drink, I knew if I had to face her it would be water out the nose at any moment... I managed to sit so I faced Debbie but only had to give side-long looks at Phyllis... saved by logistics!... Well it's now a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Doug HAWKINS ('62) on your special day, December 30, 2016... while I'm at it a big Happy Anniversary to the Ever young and lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and Jimbeaux ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike DALEN ('72) Re: Go Dawgs Roll Tide! Heading for the Peach Bowl in Hotlanta this weekend to witness my UW Huskies steal one from Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. I've lived in Huntsville, Alabama for 32 years now, where college football is religion. I'll be one of twelve Husky alums in the Georgia Dome, so you should be able to spot me. Should I get my tix now to the National Championship in Tampa, or wait til after the game Saturday? Go Dawgs Roll Tide -Mike DALEN ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/16 ~ NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grace DeVINCENTIS ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne WALLACE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug HILDEBRANT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John ALLEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary GRIGG ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mikel BOATMAN ('99) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Happy New Year To: Bombers Everywhere My wish for all of you is a blessed and happy New Year in 2017. I am grateful to God that I am still on the earth this late in my life. The damage to my heart and lungs which I received working in the areas at Hanford has been well controlled through medication and physical therapy. As a result of God's grace I have been able to complete my book of daily devotions and it is in the publishing process and should be in book stores early in 2017. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Bomber Help Time to give credit where it is well deserved. I did not use his name as I had not asked if it was OK. Bomber Alum Chuck LOLLIS ('64) was a tireless worker in the setting up of the Applegate display. It was a long drive down there and since Pepper and I drove the truck, Chuck was our taxi to and from the Motel 6 where they had provided each of us with a room. We had breakfast in town and then drove the 15 miles to the Applegate facility. They provided us with sumptuous lunch and dinners. So a big THANK YOU to Chuck who put aside his pursuit of a little white ball, carrying a bag full of clubs, to work on the display. For several years now he has worked fireworks displays for EFI in 3 states and has enough experience to be a very valuable helper. On top of that he is a really nice guy to be around. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Cataract surgery was a success... for all my worry, I didn't feel a thing... gave me an IV and I was in "la-la land"... procedure only took about 15 minutes... but, was there for a total of two hours. Have three different drops that I have to continue using for four weeks, three times a day. oh, and insurance doesn't "cover" one of them, since it's available as generic, but this eye doctor won't prescribe generic, as he doesn't think it does as good a job as the brand name so that little bottle, which is smaller than a thimble, costs $279! Almost had a heart attack when the pharmacist told me the price! insurance did "cover" the other two, since they are generic, but, even at that, the two of them were almost $300 and they are the same size as the other bottle! BUT, the blurriness is gone, I can actually see the street signs and be able to drive, again, so it's "all good". Now, just have to wait till the eye is completely healed, then I will get the prescription for glasses... will still need them for reading and distance, since insurance would not pay for "premium" lens... they only pay for "standard"... no big deal, wearing glasses has never bothered me... I kept my octagon-shaped frames, and I will have the lens tinted purple, since that color will "match" my purple hair. *grin* My youngest daughter and her son came up here from CA, for Christmas and they have been enjoying all the snow we've been having... we still have it and more is predicted for this coming week, along with "minus" temps, starting on Wednesday and going through the weekend. they are saying Thursday we will be MINUS SEVENTEEN (I can't even imagine how cold that is) and that's the night they are supposed to fly back to CA,so she's wondering if she'll even get off the ground. weatherman has said this has been the coldest December for this part of Idaho since 1998 and the snowiest December since 2008. And, I know I'm crazy, but I am LOVING the snow... it's so pretty and makes everything look so Wintry and Christmassy (I don't even know if that's a word). Happy New Year to Bombers everywhere. Hope 2017 is a better year for everyone and brings only good tidings. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ 3 in Kuna, ID Friday morning ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2016