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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 ~ 02/01/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Steve CARSON ('58) John ADKINS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol TYNER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy CARAWAY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maggie GILSTRAP ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Tedd CADD & Pam HUNT ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I do not share your "sense of humor." The Sandstorm is not a rag! The Sandstorm is a treasure and Maren's tireless efforts are very much appreciated. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: The Snow - the Snow On Christmas Eve, I was delivering some Christmas goodies to some of our friends, I was struck by how "Christmasy" the fairways at Horn Rapids Golf course looked under a blanket of snow. -- Today it is January 31st - we still have the snow, and we got more today. Let's move on. -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/02/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Jack GARDINER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob ECKERT ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri WARD ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn BRASFIELD ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len REDISKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia BERLAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norman WOODLEY ('72) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) On Monday January 23rd, a good friend of mine passed away. Carl STRATTON ('58-RIP). From what I've heard he died at home. Haven't seen any death notice or Obit. I just know Carl was always good to me, I will miss him. -Jack GARDINER ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/03/17 ~ THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 1959 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara SESLAR ('60), Roy BALLARD ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail DAWSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda LATTIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne COWAN ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2017 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Birthday I must tell Sherri WARD ('63) a happy birthday on your special day, 2/2/17. -Roy and Nanc -Roy BALLARD ('63) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We don't care what the people say Rock n Roll is here to stay! "It was the third of June another sleepy, dusty"... no wait... "Gee we're gonna miss you every body sends their love"... Before February 3, 1959, back in the 5th grade (it started in '55), Keith PETERSON ('65), Craig DAVIS ('65) and now and then Kenny PETERSON ('64) would join us huddling around my short wave radio trying to catch the occasional rock n roll song we could fine... I suppose but am not sure, by '59 we could even get some RnR on our local stations before Lynn BRYSON ('57) and the Real Don Steele (NAB) played full time RnR, we could find some RnR on the local stations in between Bob Wills and Hank Williams... (I ain't knockin' either one)... Our 5th grade class was, in my mom's words, the largest group of "toughs" (Tuff was not yet a cool word) in one place she had ever seen. I'd show you if my pictures hadn't got all scrambled a few years back. Our teacher carried a rubber hose and was deaf... we got whacked many times till Craig and I told a big fat lie to his mother and got the practice stopped... my mother was furious with us and always said we all had it coming for "something"! At some point The three of us in the class were gonna sing "Peggy Sue" and "Wake up Little Suzie" for a "talent" show. Most of the other guys felt left out so most every boy in the class got in on Wake Up"... while just the three of us did Peggy... I banged on a guitar that Johnny Loshapell (sp) was never able to teach me to play... not for want of trying I might say... had I known Ed QUIGLEY ('62) at the time things might have been different... nah... even Q couldn't give me the patience I needed... If I wasn't gonna be Link Wray or Duane Eddy by noon, I wasn't interested... But that day as we warbled away, we could not have known that very shortly in the scheme of things we would lose three fabulous rock n rollers... I guess I can be thankful that Waylon didn't get on that plane because in the summer of '64 I would hear his first solo release and become a huge fan for the rest of my life... my walls at my office were covered with RnR memorabilia, including Buddy's autographed picture and a beautiful picture of his tomb stone from one of my Law Partners... They now grace the walls of my daughter's home... I also have a huge curio cabinet that my daughter is not to open till I die... man will she be blown away! So for me and many others I can tell you that the Music NEVER dies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays Happy Birthday to Suzanne COWAN ('71) on the 3rd. Hope you have a good one???? We're entering into a spate of several Bombers and non-Bombers birthdays. My significant other's is the 7th. She's an Egyptian, Coptic Christian, but doesn't believe in Birthdays as a special day. I do, always have, so you'll see several others in the near future. CROUCH ('71) and FRANCO ('70) you're next. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ from Plano, TX where we're in the high 50s and going to be in the low 80s next week. Eat your heart out, Richland!!!!!!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/04/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Mike FRANCO ('70) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon ANDERSON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy BUCHANAN ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BAILEY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom CRIGLER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merilyn SMITH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CROUCH ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Denny JOHNSON ('62wb-RIP) passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV after a short illness. No service is planned at this time. -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) To: Brad WEAR ('71) I really appreciate the birthday wish, ESPECIALLY three days early. In case anything happens to me between now and Monday I will have your wishes with me (?). Finishing another perfect stay here in Puerto Vallarta. Heading for L.A. for visit with daughter's family. Whoever said grand children are the best WAY under stated that! And please do NOT forget on Monday to wish a VERY happy birthday to The Bambino: George Herman "Babe" Ruth. My favorite Ruth photo was him standing in the doorway of his hotel in New York, signing autographs for two little kids. The Babe was wearing a robe hanging open to show his undershirt and boxers. As he signed he had a huge cigar in his mouth. That picture so inspired me that years later I tried my first Swisher Sweets at Regionals in Spokane. As Paul SINCLAIR ('70), George DANA ('70-RIP) and others discovered NOTHING went well with CHERRY VODKA. Still makes me shutter! -Mike FRANCO ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Boy Happy Birthday to a guy I've known since sophomore year at Col-Hi. We've hunted, fished, built cars, chased women, and partied together for many years. Although he now lives in Kansas we still maintain a friendship. Happy Birthday to Larry CROUCH ('71)!!!! Hope you have a good one. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in cool Plano, TX but it's to be in 80s next week! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/05/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Ken HEMINGER ('56) Pat DORISS ('65) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anthony King, aka Corey MORRIS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David MERRILL ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary DAVIS ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Travis STREGE ('96) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Ken HEMINGER ('56) Re: Nostalgia I received this today and after reading it, knew there are readers in the Sandstorm who will definitely relate to this, I know I did!! No doubt this, or something like it has been around before. But... it can still serve as a poke in the ribs as a reminder of the bliss we unknowingly had back then... HOW'S THIS FOR NOSTALGIA? All the girls had gym uniforms? Nobody owned a purebred dog? When a quarter was a decent allowance? You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces? You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot? Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box? It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents? They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed... and they did it! When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car... to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked? Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a...'? Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game? Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger? And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today. When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home? Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat. well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'? I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double-Dog Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double-Dog Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care. Send this on to someone who can still remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk. Candy cigarettes. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles. Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes. Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers. Newsreels before the movie. Telephone numbers with a word prefix... (Yukon 2-601). Party lines. Peashooters. Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records. 78 RPM records! Green Stamps. Mimeograph paper. The Fort Apache Play Set. Do You Remember a Time When... Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'? Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'? 'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest? Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening? It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'? Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot? Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures? 'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense? Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles? The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team? War was a card game? Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle? Taking drugs meant orange flavored chewable aspirin? Water balloons were the ultimate weapon? If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived! Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life . . I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya! -Ken HEMINGER ('56) ~ Great Falls, MT - A balmy 14 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Ladies of '65 February 2017 Lunch The "Classy Ladies of '65" will be getting together this Friday at the Gaslight Bar & Grill in Richland to celebrate surviving the worst snowy weather we've had since 1993... Catch up on recent news and gossip, celebrate a couple of birthdays, and enjoy each others' company! If you're a Class of '65 Lady and would like to join us, contact me and I'll add you to our headcount! WHEN: Friday, February 10th, 2016 TiME: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM WHERE: Gaslight Bar & Grill, 99 Lee Blvd, Richland If you'd like to join us, please contact me! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Boy Happy Birthday to a guy who missed his calling in life. He should have been a stand up comedian. With his side kick George DANA ('70-RIP) they gave us some of the most entertaining skits at the pep rallies. A big Happy Birthday to Mike FRANCO ('70). Enjoy your grand child and I hope you have a great B day!!!!! -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in cool Plano, TX where the "light front" goose hunting is phenomenal! No limit, no plug in your gun, and recorded calls are legal!!!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/06/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Bill SCOTT ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky SKARSHAUG ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John COLE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene DUMLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary BENNETT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa RICCOBUONO ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori RAEKES ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erin HASKINS ('86) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Gloria ADAMS Fulcher ('54) Update Gloria has moved to a new retirement facility. You can send cards to her at Fieldstone, 7255 Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336 She will be going to see her son on the East coast from February 17 to 28th. Gloria has physical therapy twice a week and says her shoulder is still bothering her, but she is recovering, slowly, but surely!! When the weather warms up and the snow is gone, Gloria will be going to her home in Ferndale, WA for the summer and will return to Fieldstone in the fall. She would love to hear from you!!!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it is spitting rain and trying to melt the snow. Six more weeks of winter and probably more cold and snowy weather for us!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Nostalgia Ken HEMINGER's ('56) sharing of the nostalgia piece in yesterday's SS was one of the most perfect odes to the good 'ol days I have ever read. Thanks to Ken for sharing a warm and wonderful collection of things and events that are lost to us now in this new "sophisticated" society. How wonderful it would be if we could take a time machine trip each year and spend the summer as a kid in the Richland we knew in the '50s and '60s. Ken's piece covered a lot of bases, but here's a few I'll add about growing up in Richland: Remember.. Not locking the house when we went out because there was no reason to; watching Fury: the story of a boy and his horse, or Sky King, or Jet Jackson (crime-fighting jet pilot) on TV; Joe Doakes appearing from behind the giant 8 ball in the comedy shorts before the movies, listening to "The Shadow" and "Johnny Dollar, Private Eye"; "Gunsmoke" and "The Lone Ranger", on the radio, watching "Uncle Jimmy's Clubhouse", swimming at the old Navy pool at the Pasco Airport, or later, trying to dodge the cold showers on the way to entering George Prout Memorial Pool, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts, the giant watermelon in the Atomic Frontier Days parade, picking wild asparagus in the big field north of the Uptown shopping center, summers at the Riding Academy, the old Rose Bowl sewage treatment plant at Richland's south entrance, the old dog pound at the same site, the Columbia flooding up to the dike behind the Desert Inn, and lastly, remembering the original name of what was to become West Richland: Heminger City, and now wondering if Ken has any connection to it? [He does, Bill. I'll let Ken explain the connection. -Maren] -Bill SCOTT ('64) ~ from chilly Sherwood, OR where forecasters say more snow could be on the way. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: He ain't heavy I've said it before... just cuz a kid may be "littler" don't mean he can't be yer hero... of course back inna day 15 minutes older could be a big deal but once beyond 5 things kind of even out... korse, that didn't really do me much good as I was drooling over Senior girls my Sophomore year... If I hadda big brother I am pretty sure I'd want him to be like this guy... for those of you who are not aware of the Quilts of Valor program, this Bomber, along with his partner in honor, Mick HEMPHILL ('66) have taken it upon themselves to spearhead the Washington program to honor vets of all wars with quilts made by local quilters. A number of Bombers have been nominated and received quilts in truly amazing and tear jerking celebrations... It's ok that they now use their growed up names steada "Johnny" and "Mickey", though I seem always to call the hometown kids by the names I knew them by inna day... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, John COLE ('66) on your special day, February 6, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/07/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim WATTS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry RICE ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, the tide in the basement is slowly receding; been a lot of rain lately, but not quite 40 days/nights worth yet. Going along with the "Tooter's" ('65) premise that it is probably for the best in not calling people by their "little kid" names. Don't believe the last person who called today's Bomber birthday guy by that is among the living. I don't think anyone I knew ever called him that. You could run but you couldn't hide forever. All that being said; a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" for Jim WATTS ('54). Keep going, don't know if the first one to reach 90 wins or not, but it will be close. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where rain is still in the forecast. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56), Ken HEMINGER ('56) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice PIERCE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Christy WATSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnne GRENINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy LEMLER ('74) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56) Re: Happy belated Happy belated birthday wishes to Jim WATTS ('54) on the 7th, big brother to my good friend growing up in Richland Dave WATTS ('56-RIP). I miss he and think of all the good times we had and how I always looked forward to my trips to Richland so we could spend time together playing golf and laughing in the T Room. Hope you had a great day, Jim, with many more to come. -Frank, the old Bahstonian. -Frank DeVINCENTIS ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56) Re: Heminger City In response to Bill SCOTT's ('64) Query. Yes, I have a connection to what was once Heminger City. Carl Heminger the founder, was my father. We moved from Michigan to what's now the West Richland area in 1947 At that time only a little town called Enterprise was there, and was located on the east side of the irrigation ditch. The story is long but to keep it short, the area where my dad decided to make a town was on the west side of the irrigation ditch and absolutely barren. Nothing but sage brush, cheat grass, tumbleweeds and Jackrabbits. The irrigation ditch was a boundary between what would be Heminger City and Enterprise. His ambition was to have something lasting that would bear his name after he was gone, and he worked hard to make it happen. I'm not totally sure what happened as I was a young teenager, and building cities wasn't uppermost in my priorities.. But, from what I remember everything was going fine, businesses were being constructed and lots were being sold for housing. The way I remember it, folks in Enterprise were seeing this and decided that Heminger City should be renamed Enterprise. This didn't sit well with the residents of Heminger City and a feud started. One saying it should all be Enterprise and the other saying it should all be Heminger City. At some point the feud was settled by renaming the whole place West Richland. -Ken HEMINGER ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Heminger City In the period circa 1948 to 1955 I remember going through "Heminger City" headed either to Benton City to visit friends, or over to the Twin Bridges area to go fishing. Bass in the summer and white fish in the winter. I liked to catch them but hated the taste of fish. As I got older and learned how polluted the Yakima River was said to be, I am glad I did not eat any of the fish. Even having been in some of the finest fish restaurants in some parts of Europe and Asia I still very rarely eat fish. I think that is where I learned to like well prepared vegetable dishes, and even goat in the middle east. In Italy visiting an Italian Fireworks company I was served some broiled parsnips basted with garlic butter wine sauce. Yummy! I fix them once in a while but they are not as good as done in northern Italy. Whops, I am digressing... sorry. I also think I remember driving through an area that was called "Enterprise" but I cannot recall where it was. Perhaps on the last bit of the road going to Benton City? Now I can barely recognize anything in that area. Jackie and I are off in April to the island of Malta again. This time the trip is financed by a new partner who has obtained the North American rights to manufacture and sell some sophisticated apparatus for Display Fireworks, and Special Effects. As soon as all is up and running we will be attending conventions and meetings to sell the line in all of North America and perhaps other areas as may come up. I am semi-retired at Entertainment Fireworks but still do some events there. I have 3 on my desk right now. My health is holding reasonably well at 75 so I keep moving albiet it a bit slower now. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ~ 9 Inches of rare snow in driveway this AM south Tacoma ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Larry, Link to Heminger City pictures that Ken sent. Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Little Kid Names (Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)) Up through grade school at Lewis and Clark, I was Teddy. That is, except for a stretch in 4th grade where we had three Theodores in a class. One remained Teddy, no change. One got to be Ted (that had a nice grown up feel). And I was Theodore. It probably wouldn't have been so bad except it was the era of the Chipmunks. To the point, though: CJ Mitchell lived across the street on Adams (903) and his kids were our playmates. I was still "Teddy" when we moved from there to 808 Winslow. CJ joined Battelle some time after I was hired. One day walking past his office, I decided to stop in to say hello. Imagine my surprise when he jumped up, thrust his hand out across his desk and greeted me with a loud and enthusiastic, "Teddy!" Having left the ending "y" off the name three decades earlier, it was actually kinda refreshing. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/09/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKEOWN ('53), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim PATTON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen MOORE ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Yvonne LING ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob HAUSENBUILLER ('93) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY: Carl DVORAK ('58) & Shirley ARMSTRONG ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Happy Belated B'day Happy belated birthday to Big Jim WATTS ('54) [on 2/7]], my crazy golfing partner in the '50s... rain, sleet, nor snow could stop us from hitting the par 3 between Richland and Kennewick... man, we were not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but we did love it. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from very, very wet Sacramento... already over our annual rainfall ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The heat is on And so it begins again as it does every year on this date. Will it be another year of gold stars or will I be tied up and thrown in the Columbia river sometime in June... I think but as usual, am not totally sure that I have 3 years of gold stars so far inna row... but that can change in an instant... all I gotta do is ferget a WEIHERMILLER birthday and it's an entire year of torment and daily repercussions... I ain't sayin' that one a these girls is mean... she just don't ferget nuthin'... I mean nuthin'... come to think of it I know a couple a girls like that... Well, I finally got through alla red tape of the insurance company so that I get to make my first trip to the knife lady to get my cataracts removed... this is just the prelim... but I am closer every day... everyone I have talked to has said it was like having a veil removed... Laura PARKER ('65) said the colors were amazing... it has got to where I am very reluctant to drive at night... a few weeks ago I was judging Mock trials and we got finished after dark... now first off, I never go to the University in the first place so I was very uncomfortable... the first night I got so lost it reminded me of my first trip to Vegas back in the '60s and this was a tiny town back then... at night I couldn't see the mountains so just hadda go by hotels half of which I've never seen before... the second night was "cinchie"... The other day I was reminded of one of the most embarrassing episodes of my adult life... the year was 2010, and I was asked to announce the b-ball game with Gary WEBB ('64) and Roger FISHBACK ('62) as the time keepers... I sat through the game silent not having a clue what a sports announcer did... all I could manage was "and the Bombers score again" now and then... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh the shame of it I shall never live down (at least in my own mind)... I recalled it as I was reporting a blow by blow of an Appellate Hearing, with my co- anchor Dave HANTHORN ('63)... I had no trouble calling the fouls, the bonehead moves and the dubious questions of the Judges, one of whom was a favorite Law Professor from my school days... I think it is called knowing your limitations.. On a more somber note, I have been remiss in not letting the Sandstorm gang know that Denny JOHNSON ('62wb-RIP) passed the night of February 1, 2017. Denny left Richland I think after 6th grade but returned to live off and on and rekindled many friendships. He was living in Vegas when he passed and had been a member of the Donut Delinquents... Thanks to Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) for giving me the heads up so I could pass it on to his many friends. So now for the Big news n wishing HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cheryl WEIHERMILLER ('60) and "Shorty" WATKINS (Bomber Mom RIP) on your special day, February, 9, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber Lunch Yes, we still have snow with more expected today but will then warm up and be rain by Friday. Why not come to the All Bomber Lunch on Saturday, 11February at 11:30 at Sterlings on Queensgate. We have had some good turnouts since changing our venue and the menu is more varied. Come and meet some old friends or make new ones. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthdays Man I can't believe I missed Jerry RICE's ('71) birthday on the 7th... probably because it's the same day as my significant other's birthday as well. A little distraction for sure. Hope you had a good one. A Col-Hi and WSU buddy. Like me, can't run anymore. Now the next guy you'd never have guessed would have been a Naval officer. But he was, and a senior one at that. Happy Birthday to Jim PATTON ('71). I hope you have a good one!!!!! -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in warm, warm Plano, TX where I might plant my spring garden this week!!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/10/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harold KENITZER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda WOODS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane HUFF ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) The tide in the basement has ebbed, and is rising again. May continue through the week. Here we are on the 10th of February. My youngest great- granddaughter just celebrated her first birthday. My youngest son turns 50 on the 21st. Mere milestones that almost become as important as the celebration of a Bomber birthday. It seems he can't make up his mind to live in either the Sacramento area or a ranch house on either Cottonwood or Birch. His major claim to fame is that he kissed Pat DUFFY ('54) twice during Homecoming. I think he was chairman or something on the committee and she was Home Coming Queen. After that it has been sort of down hill. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Harold KENITZER ('54) on this momentous occasion. I would suggest to Marla ('55) that she not use real marbles in making the birthday cake. A note to the Junior Gyrene ('65) on his pending surgery: With the latest equipment, it will be over with quickly. The longest period will be waiting for the procedure and recovering afterward. And you will be awake throughout, so make the most of it. And wear the really dark shades when leaving to go home; you'd be surprised on how light it is out there. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where it is still soggy. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Cataract Surgery My husband (who, at 81, is a lot older than you & I) had cataract surgery in June. He had them on both eyes. They did the pre-lim like you talked about. Two weeks later (they have to order the new lens), he got the left eye done; he had to go back the next day for a check-up. He said that at first it felt like the lens wasn't in the right place, but the doctor assured him it was. It just took about a week for him to see as well as before he got the cataracts. Two weeks later, he had the right eye done, including the follow-up visit the next day. He is a happy camper, but he still can't read a menu without glasses. "Honey, what does this say?" "Oh, get your stupid glasses!" We celebrated our 40th anniversary last September. Someone asked me the secret to a long marriage and I said, "We fight every day!" Hahahaha -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64), in Burbank, WA where we just got another 8" of white stuff. My stamp club is cancelled for tomorrow, and that's IMPORTANT! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Curt DONAHUE ('53), Jim McKEOWN ('53) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Linda REINING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy JOHNSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda CARTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: John and Paul WAGGONER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HAUN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Drew COUGHREN ('86) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Cataract Surgery When I was going through the pre-op, I told the nurse that I was nervous about the surgery. She said, "You have had two open heart surgeries and you're nervous about this? This is a piece of cake!" And it was... both times. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Happy Birthday A big Happy Birthday to good friend Harold KENITZER ('54) on 2/10... I'm sure that Marla is planning a big fete... like Lamb, with Quiche for breakfast... NO? Darn! Anyway, stay out of the snow up there in West Point... not the one in New York, but the one in the California Sierras... Hugs and kisses from Edna. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ in very wet Sacramento ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Hemminger City Maybe wannabe Hemminger City ended up absorbed into big-time Richland, but there's still the mystery how any crossroads could be tagged as a "city." When I was six (1950) my paternal grandmother came out West for the very first time to visit Dad and his family were among all those who came to Richland six years earlier during the boomtown days of 1944. We always loved those visits, but the first one is especially fixed in memory. At first look, the desolation of the eastern Washington scablands was most startling and depressing to Grandma Dorcine from Duluth, Minnesota (author John Gunther, in his "Inside the USA," proposed that Duluth was the most beautiful name for any city in the land). So, Dad thought a short Sunday afternoon ride a few miles farther west might pick things up. Why not take a family field trip through West Richland/ Hemminger City all the way to Benton CITY. Wow, just over the horizon is a real "city" after all! Maybe even a department store. I vividly remember the sinking moans in the back seat of our cramped green Fraser as we rounded the final bend, and below us was a the city in all its glory. Another uppity cross roads. What could one say? After all, to local eyes this was a destination attraction-and "a river ran through it." And as for local sites, besides the scattered trees there was "twin bridges" which was always exciting to my identical twin brother and me. To cap things off, we angled south to the foot of the Horse Heaven Hills and then switched gears for the mile or two westward again up the long and lane-and-a-half wide back road to the top. No guard rails, not even now. Constant shrieking from the back seat which was wet long before we got to the top. What a great view of split-level and windswept desolation in all directions. After such a successful family outing Richland seemed more like the great metropolis that it is, not as beautiful "Duluth" but "Rich"-land, and an even bigger river still runs through it. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Cataract Surgery Had my right eye done the beginning of January... I was in "la-la land", so didn't feel a thing. I am the BIGGEST BABY when it comes to needles, so I was a nervous wreck, at the thought of a needle coming anywhere near my face, but they gave me a "shot in the arm" and I don't remember anything after that! The entire procedure took about 15 minutes... it was the "waiting" that was the most nerve-wracking! And I get SO nervous, that I almost didn't get it done, since my blood pressure "spiked" to 190/110 and the doctor was worried I'd "stroke out" on the table! I finally convinced him that it was "white coat" syndrome, so he did the surgery. The hardest part for me was having to wear a patch over my eye, at night so that I didn't scratch or rub my eye in my sleep. Had to wear it for ten nights. As far as "seeing bright colors" I haven't noticed any difference. I still need the glasses for reading and "close work" since my insurance would only pay for the "standard lens", but if you have better insurance, you can opt for a lens with your prescription in it and you won't even need reading glasses. take care, my friend. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ we still have snow in Kuna, ID and another storm is predicted for today(Friday). ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/12/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today:: Tim SMYTH ('62), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) David RIVERS ('65), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol HAYNES ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat CALDWELL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shanon LAYBOURN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Hodge ('71NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janeen THORNTON ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tim SMYTH ('62) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) about Benton City Pete, thanks for your post. It brought back memories of my Dad. With a pile of kids, we didn't have excess funds for vacations. Every so often, one of us would ask if we could go on a vacation. "OK, I'll take you on a vacation. Get in the car" he would say. So all would pile into the '49 Pontiac fake woodie wagon and meander to Benton City. When we got back home, he would. "Now, there's your vacation for this year". Good Memories... [I recall going out to Benton City to visit Mom & Dad's friends there... they lived in the middle of a peach orchard and we "got to" pick peaches that Mom would can in big quart Mason jars... and I remember Dad taking us on vacation to watch the Indians in Horn Rapids (?) fish. -Maren] -Tim SMYTH ('62) ~ from sunny Anna Maria Island, FL ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ~ 20 days till start - Official Iditarod Site Official start Saturday, 3/4/17, 10am (AK time) in Anchorage Official RE-start has been moved to Fairbanks, 10am (AK time) Monday 3/6/17. They will run the same trail as they did in the 2015 race... lack of snow in the Alaska Range leg of the race was a decisive factor. "We don't feel it's safe enough to run," race Marshall Nordman said. -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 68 at 1am ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: weather? OK this is becoming some kinda cosmic joke... Richland has snow snow snow and today I was talking to Jimmie ADAIR ('67) onna phone and it was sunny and 70... half an hour later, it was pouring rain and had dropped below 60! No longer unique, different or funny... Time for a move to abeeeaauuuuuuteeeful spring... But I am counting the days till I getta go visit the cataract Doc and get a date for the light!!!!!!!! yes! On a more somber note, Linda BELLISTON ('63) found an obituary for our very own Lynn (Lynner the Spinner) BRYSON ('57-RIP) my favorite Tri-cities Jock, reflecting that Lynn had passed away in 2005... I was very sorry to hear that... If Linda ever says anything... take it as gospel... Lynn's obit in the Herald nuff said. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Freddie SCHAFER ('63-RIP), Shanon LAYBOURN ('65), and Pat CALDWELL ('65) on your special day, February 12, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch Well, I guess the sunshine won out as we had a small turnout of 8 for the February All Bomber lunch. Those attending were; Betti AVANT ('69), Glen ROSE ('58) and spouse Carol Rose (NAB), Pat JONES DeBattista ('58) and spouse Gene DeBattista (NAB, Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('6l), Lorin St.JOHN ('55) and spouse Phyllis St.John (NAB). They had an extra couple of tables we could have had set up if need be as each table seats 4. This is an invite to any Bombers in the area to come by next month and visit with us. It's always the 2nd Saturday of the month at Sterlings on Queensgate at 11:30. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/13/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Marc LEACH ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff CURTIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny WRIGHT ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Wayne WALLACE & Elva McGHAN ('50) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Benton City and Beyond Tim SMYTH ('62) adds to my comments on their Benton City vacation, and his sister Maren SMYTH ('63 & 64) recalls another family vacation visiting the equally-nearby Indian fishing platforms at Horn Rapids Dam on the Yakima River. This thread on local trips can be stretched a bit farther. In April 1961 a tribe of Bombers embarked on an overland journey upriver, starting at an early morning drop-off point at Horn Rapids Dam. The agenda was to hike along the north side of the Yakima River to Prosser, the county seat. Back packs and sleeping bags were part of the ruffian costume. The back road explorers were me, brother John BEAULIEU ('62), Gaynor DAWSON ('65) and Lee MICHELS ('62). Armed with USGS contour maps we charted a westward course over hill and canyon for thirty miles in the first day, and then for the return about the same distance eastbound along the south side of the river. The great adventure included the discovery of a few dead coyotes and other episodes. One such episode has to do with a few hours in the Prosser jail... Arriving late in the day at Prosser, our suspicious-looking band moseyed up to the counter at the west side Prosser bowling alley. We hoped our pre-grown fledgling beards would not go unnoticed. One cautious Sharon Harrison served up the sarsaparilla, or whatever-and before long in ambles her ample father, Benton County Sheriff Pete Harrison, totin' a badge and sidearm. Some exploratory bantering before we pass muster, and then we're invited to roll out our sleeping bags in the city park. This is Spring break, but the temperature drops below freezing... ice forms on the sleeping bags... a full moon stares down silently from overhead... a lonely dog barks about a quarter mile away. No sleep, so at 3:00 we pack up to head east toward Richland, with the thought of grabbing some shut- eye after the sun comes up. Swish... a police car cruises within range and stops. The one local cop in this one-horse town makes inquiry. He offers his one-cell jail, if we are interested. "It's warm in there," he says. Sounds good. The tight cell measures seven feet by seven feet, with two fold-down wooden pallets chained to walls which are painted silver to hide the dirt. Says the officer, "I'll leave the jail bars locked open; if you leave before I get back at 8:00, be sure to lock the front door behind you; don't answer the phone; and don't mess with anything on my [very messy] desk." On the way out the door his holster snags on the doorknob and-repeating what must be a rehearsed habit-he just jerks loose and slams the door. Brother John observes: "one of these days that guy is gonna shoot himself in the butt." We drift into head-ache unconsciousness. At 7:30am we are on our way. About a month later we notice a short article in the Tri-City Herald opposite the funnies. The constable has been treated and discharged from the Prosser hospital. I seems that while leaving his office "he accidentally discharged his loaded weapon which fired at very close range into his right buttock." You just can't make this stuff up. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marc LEACH ('63) Re: Lynn BRYSON ('57-RIP), trials and Tribulations Lynn on youtube: -Marc LEACH ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Bomber Basketball "Mid-Columbia roundup: Richland boys top Ferris, a win away from state." Tyler Kurtz scored 22 points and Cole Northrop 17 to lead the Richland boys to a 64-57 win over the Ferris Saxons in a Mid-Columbia Conference/Greater Spokane League 4A sub- regional semifinal Saturday in Spokane. Riley Sorn added 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks for Richland, which sank 19 of 21 free throws (91 percent). The victory puts the Bombers (17-4) a win away from a state berth. They will host GSL top seed Gonzaga Prep (21-1) on Friday. Girls Basketball: Central Valley 63, Richland 35 Maysun Wellsandt scored 12 points to lead the Bombers, who didn't have much success slowing down the CV express in the MCC/GSL 4A sub- regional. Lacie Hull had a triple-double for Central Valley with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Lexie Hull scored a game-high 16 for the Bears (22-0), who have won 50 in a row. Richland (11-10) plays at Chiawana on Tuesday. CV plays GSL rival Gonzaga Prep on Friday." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where our snow is finally melting! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: "Vacations" to Benton City/Kiona First, although it's true that I seldom write in to the Sandstorm any more, reading it is an important little highlight in my day. Thank you all for your contributions --- nostalgic, delightful, tearful, funny, thoughtful. I'm truly honored to be a Bomber, & very glad to be a Sandstorm subscriber. Tim SMYTH ('62) & Maren ('63 & '64) made comments about "vacations" to Benton City. My family invariably went to Salt Lake City every summer for a week to see my Dad's side of the family. (A few years when we were more flush, we rented a travel trailer & took a 2nd vacation to the Oregon Coast.) But the "mini-vacations" to Kiona/Benton City happened maybe 2-3 times a year. And they were the best! Spontaneous, but they required ideal weather conditions (rain) coinciding with Daddy having a day off. They were heralded by "it's ride-in- the-rain-time" by Dad. Knowing that rain was pretty rare, & unlikely to last for long, we dropped everything & headed for the car. These trips always involved ice cream - usually purchased at Tastee Freeze on the way out of town. But way, way back (I was 2 or 3) it seems to me that we were able to get ice cream at a little place out in Kiona (when it still existed as a separate) "town". (Can anyone, perhaps a bit older than I am, confirm the once- existence of a little store or ice cream stand or... ????? ... out in Kiona?) It really IS the little things in life. -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka (68) ~ Haven Farm, Idaho ~~ Sunny today. Emerging from the most freakishly daunting winter of the 12 that I have lived here. Most snow on the ground in years prior - 6" for maybe a week. This year, over two months of continuous snow & ice cover -- topping out at 3 feet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lynn-Marie, We went to SLC, too!! To visit Dad's mother, but there's no way we could all go at once... it seems each summer either Mom or Dad would take one or two of us and head for SLC while the rest of us stayed home. The summer I was 13 or 14 Mom took Tim ('62 - with his brand new driver's license) and I forget who else... I was the "woman of the house"... youngest brother was not yet 2 and Dad didn't like the fact that his hair hadn't been cut to look like a little boy yet, so he took care of that probably before Mom and Tim were out of WA. Another thing that happened that summer, 3 or 4 year old little sister was watching me fry bacon in the electric skillet. When she got down, her foot caught on the cord and hot bacon grease spilled all over her little butt. Dad sure got out of bed that morning!!! I remember being so embarrassed that he used Kotex pads to dress the tiny burned butt. AND I had my first period that summer when my Mother was in SLC. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/14/17 ~ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Janet MARTIN ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Mary ROSE ('60), Jim HAMILTON ('63) Bill SCOTT ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill GRIFFIN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill ROE ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki MOSLEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther "Deon" HOLLIS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val GHIRARDO ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane CARPENTER ('72) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Janet MARTIN Erichsen ('53) Yes, there was a ice cream drive-in at Lions. It was called Bob's Stop and Go. Bob & Ruth Dunlap owned it. She ran the place & Bob worked at Hanford. He also was a brilliant artist.. -Janet MARTIN Erichsen ('53) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) The sun is still shining, but rain is in the forecast for the end of the week. So, it's Valentine's Day (or, if you prefer: Valentimes or Balentimes as some children would pronounce it. Which means cards, flowers, candy and other such things. If the cholates don't come in heart shaped box, dump the guy he has no couth. However, if you happened to have been born on this day, you got more going for you than if you were born on Christmas, but not much. Doesn't help if your fellow classmates find out either. 'Nuff said. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Bill GRIFFIN ('54) on this occasion. I just hope Carol ('56) is letting him off from snow shoveling duties long enough to have him get a pizza from the local parlor. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR See above for latest on weather. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) I have to jump in here on this discussion Lynn-Marie ('68) and Maren ('63 & '64). We made lots of trips around to West Richland, Kiona/Benton City too. We spent lots of time, after a big Sunday dinner, in North Richland where my father taught my mother to drive on the old roads where the trailers had been. I think all of us learned to drive out there eventually. One thing most enjoyed by our family and the Clem's (our aunt and uncle & cousins) was to go to Mt. Rainier. I was quite young but we have pictures of those trips. I was lucky enough to have a friend, Delores Dawson, who was my same age and her parents traveled around a lot and they always took me with them to be with Delores. We went as far away as Walla Walla, Prosser, Yakima, and of course Benton City and lots of small towns. I remember the name White Swan? Sometimes we stayed overnight as they were from that area and had relatives to visit and stay with. I remember going to Prosser with them one summer and they had booths set up in the park for each state. You would go to the booth of the state you were from and get little items. Lots of entertainment going on too. I remember lots of ice cream cones and picnics on those trips. Mr. and Mrs. Dawson were super people. I had my first grilled cheese sandwich with Mr. Dawson and Delores at Pennywise Drug Store on the corner of Thayer and Williams. He was a fireman at Hanford and worked shifts so he was home sometimes during the day. Later my mom and dad went back to see relatives in Arkansas and my older sisters and brother took care of us little ones. I did not do too well under their supervision. I remember having to go to bed hungry as I would not eat dried beef on toast that they fixed one night!!! To this day I cannot eat that stuff!! My dad and oldest brother Charles ('50-RIP) hitch hiked? back to Arkansas around that time and bought a car and drove it home. A green Pontiac. After we got the green Pontiac, we started making trips to Arkansas about every 5? years. I absolutely loved having relatives and so enjoyed those trips. One thing that really stands out in my mind is my older sister Ginger ('55) turning green as we wove thru the Ozarks (she is going to kill me if she sees this entry). The next one was a pink Pontiac and a big tank of a car. That is the one I learned to drive in and was allowed to drive my friends to school in from time to time. My dad bought a car every 10 years and they looked like brand new when he gave them up, even the engine, and as I remember he always went to Arkansas to buy them. After all the kids were gone except me, as I was the youngest, they went to the Oregon Coast for vacation. I got to take my friend Jessie WILLOUGHBY ('60) and we had lots of tun. We were at Seaside and in those days there was lots going on along the beach. Lots of salt water taffy!! Memories.... PS: I always thought the kids that got to live in West Richland and Benton City were so lucky. They had horses, animals, and farms!! [AND they got to ride the bus to school while the rest of us had to walk. Both ways,, uphill. -Maren] -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Shoebox - check Red crepe paper - check Construction paper hearts cut out - check Lacy Paper Doily - check LaPages Mucilage all crusty around the cap - check Bag full of cheesy cheap look alike valentines signed - check My name written on the box - check My heart is smokin', it's beating so fast. Can't wait for the Spudnuts at the Valentine's Party. On second thought, it could just be my A-Fib. In about the fifth grade, Pook wrote "I Love.You, Jimmy" on a fancy valentine and put it a certain someone's "Valentine box". It didn't sell well, because Pook's left handed back slanted scrawl was equally distinctive as the Statue of Liberty and I was "Jimmie" that year. He probably purloined the card from Thrifty Drug. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Today, Valentine's Day, is my mother's birthday. She would be 99. Like many of our WWII-era parents, who struggled through the Great Depression, who suffered with wartime rationing with gasoline and food coupons, who filled their car tires with sand because inner tubes weren't available, and who worked hard to provide the Mr. Rogers America we boomers grew up in, she had a rougher life than I could imagine. Born in eastern Kansas in 1918, in a town so small it likely doesn't even exist anymore, she grew up during the Great Depression on a farm. When she was very young (I don't know how old), her mother died, and her father didn't want to raise her. She was sent to live with relatives for the rest of her growing up years. The family was dirt-poor. Mom had a life-long revulsion to mice, and it's not hard to imagine where that came from. There was no money for new shoes, and when the soles of her shoes wore out, Mom would cut out a new sole from the paperboard back of writing tablets, and put it in her shoes. This worked okay until she had to cross a stretch of gravel going to and from school, which quickly chewed up the new soles. Finding her way to Seattle during WWII, she went to work for the Navy as a civilian down at the Seattle docks. Not surprisingly, she fell in love with a sailor. I have photos of the two together, and they show a couple truly in love. Sadly, he was killed in action in the Pacific during the war. Mom earned her private pilot's license around that time, and I have several photos of her with her plane, and with her girlfriends. She looked happier than I ever saw her. It was the best time of her life. That happiness would end when she married my father, but that's a story I won't go into. She once told me, long after I had become an adult, that she once lost some teeth because she didn't go to the dentist, so that there was money for my sister and I to continue our college education. I am reminded this day that our parents often made more sacrifices than we know, so that we could grow up safe and secure, and have the choices we have had for a better life. Happy Birthday, Mom. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: letters we got letters Television wuz sher different when we wuz kids... well of course that's when we got TV... We got ours in '58... shoulda been a really cool day, but for reasons I won't go into it didn't turn out that way... before getting ours we'd watch the neighbor's... big cabinet with this teeny tiny screen... ours was a Sylvania portable as I recall, I think Sears sold it... 1 or 2 channels... Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and I still laugh over the "Bosco" cartoons... nothing really entertaining about them... just Bosco munching samiches with his mouth wide open and the place where he bit would "grow" back and he'd take another bite... but eventually some good TV like Perry Como and Ed Sullivan... my mom couldn't get enough of Elvis... me neither! My very first 45 was Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes"... years later when I was working at the DI in Vegas, Perry would come up to me... stick out his hand and say: "Como, Perry Como" as if I'd been raised on a desert island... In high school Danny Kaye and Bobby Darin would be two of my favorite shows... And then there was Valentine's day at school... specially grade school... one year I got my cards way too late so I just took credit for the unsigned ones to alla beautiful future Bomber babes... which is a seg way into my wish to the "five" minus two and alla other Bomber-babes in Bomberville and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bill ROE ('59), Vicki MOSLEY ('66) and Val GHIRARDO ('72) on your special day, February 14, 2017, VALENTINE's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ~ In case ya need it... my number is BEechwood 45789, you can call me up fer a date any ol' time! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) KI-Be was a real trek! I remember when I was in Cub Scouts a few of the moms took us on a train "trip". The trip was Pasco to Ki-Be! We obviously did NOT eat in the dining car are pack a tooth brush. In those days the train sometimes stopped in Kennewick I think. Imagine the train stopping in Kiona so a dozen grade schoolers could get off! Those were the good old days... not really. That was before the Vantage highway existed and driving to Seattle took forever. Remember? Driving up the valley, through Prosser and every town between Richland and Yakima, through Yakima, then the "Yakima Canyon road (road was designed by the Dramamine company). The rest of the drive was right through Ellensburg, Cle Elum (Autorest Cafe!), North Bend, Issaqua and FINALLY into Seattle. I think it used to take 5-6 hours to drive it back then. Later I remember when I-90 was being constructed that section running by Lake Keechelus was being blasted for years, always traffic delays there. Trivia: Lake Keechelus is considered the head waters / source for the Yakima River. Obviously upstream of the dead cows and cow pies! -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Janet MARTIN ('53), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Nancy MALLORY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Jo ROSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erin OWENS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patt WELCH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alastair COCHRANE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Abby PERRYMAN ('15) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Janet MARTIN Erichsen ('53) Re: Bob's Stop & Go.. Don't know why last entry said "Lions", but it should have said Kiona. Moved to Benton City in '60 & got lots of Ice Cream at Bob's. Lived in BC on a 10 acre farm... had cows, horses, chicken (only one) a gift from a family "friend". Our favorite trip when living in the "trailer camp" at Hanford was going to Prosser to shop. Of course we had to get permission to leave and check out and in at the gate. Kinda like being in jail... But, what a great place to live & grow up Richland was. We were surely blessed. Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone [I think that Smartphone of yours didn't like the word "Kiona" and I'll bet you have something like "auto fix" clicked. It didn't like the word Kiona and changed it to Lions "FOR" you. I had to turn "auto fix" off shortly after I got my SmartPhone because it didn't like "Maren" and would automatically change it to something else. -Maren] -Janet MARTIN Erichsen ('53) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) For: Mike FRANCO ('70) In response to recent travel reports to Benton City (and maybe mine on the 1961 hike to the Prosser jail), you observe that "Ki-Be was a real trek!" My good fellow, the Prosser event was tagged at the time as the "Prosser Peregrination" or the "Prosser Plod", but not a Trek. For a "trek" we must dig back a year to the "McNary Trek" in the Spring of 1960... . After a sunrise drop-off at the Yakima River "Y" railroad trestle, the mapped path covered thirty-two miles up gullies and over the Horse Heaven Hill and finally across the Umatilla Bridge to the McNary Dam fish ladder. A venturesome interstate (!) trek into Oregon country. Backpack trekkers were Jeff DAWSON ('62) and Gaynor DAWSON ('65), Rick SMOLEN ('62), Bob COTTRILL ('63), my brother John BEAULIEU ('62) and I/me (whatever). In sum: the day was long, the reported temperature got up to 95 the miles and miles of newly plowed wheat fields slowed overall progress to less than two miles/hour, and we happened across only two farm houses to refill our too-few canteens. Would this adventure yield up a lost gold mine, or perhaps an Indian artifact? Such was our fantasy. In all those desolate and glorious miles, might there be perhaps one arrowhead, somewhere? Crawling up one really high gully wall in mid- morning, at the top we all dropped face-down under our packs. And there it was! COTTRILL had angled his dive such that a pointed treasure there to meet him and neatly stuck itself fast into the tip of his nose. Well done! Who needs earrings? There it was on mounted display-a small rabbit-hunter arrowhead, a perfectly formed equilateral triangle and base, undamaged in a century or more, translucent white. Figure the odds... But the Hills beckoned... At about noon came another magic moment worthy of Bomber lore and which, lo, after these fifty- seven years is here recounted publicly for the first time! The Hills rise up surprisingly to an elevation of possibly 1,600 feet (USGS contour map, as I remember), nearly half as high as Rattlesnake Mountain. From the final rise the view back north shows a faint scratch in the sand called Richland, and beyond this is the entire Hanford Reservation fading into the White Bluffs and then the Saddle Mountain horizon. And in this wraparound view in front of us to the south, the distant landscape drops off toward central Oregon. The Columbia (Hail Columbia!) is both north and south. What a rush! A majestic half-way point, something like Chimney Rock in western Nebraska-punctuated here by a bit of synchronized chest pounding. Sundown came slowly, and then a very dark but a not stormy night. Still five miles short of the Bridge, from across unseen sage and bunch grass came the distinct rumble of stampeding and approaching horses (mustangs, of course, in Horse Heaven Hills). Direction unclear. The six of us stand fast back to back all facing outward. Surely, the beasts are smart enough to go around a stable obstacle... Then, such wild beauty, if only for a timeless moment. The lead mustang appears first, from the east, and rises up on its hind legs pawing the air almost overhead, only a few yards away. And sure enough, the herd bolts to either side and rumbles off to the west, soon gone again into the pitch dark. What an iconic moment-mustangs on the loose, the best Western 3-D experience ever! Even today they are seen from time to time, but father west toward the Cascades. (Should I mention that this particular herd numbered only two?) About an hour before midnight cutting across our path was the road, for the first time, and on it we rounded the ridge overlooking the River, into our first glimpse of the dam, about a mile upstream. Red and blue lights, and white. The effect even from a distance was a bit like the colored-light scene near the beginning of Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (Richard Dreyfuss, 1977). Another half mile, and then after some eighteen hours, "why not just drop right here on this cleared-out flat spot and expire, enough's enough?" A stranded and darkened roadside snack joint is fifty yards away. The light goes on and we beat a path to the front door and start pounding. "Maybe we can barter a late dinner snack." The proprietor accommodates. Cheese and cracker crumbs join us in our sleeping bags. At sunrise we are awakened by occasional cars passing left and right heading north and south, and eighteen wheelers drone past east and west on SR-14 paralleling the River. We are bivouacked in our underwear in the middle of a highway intersection triangle. Might as well have been on the Col-Hi stage. We learn that our concrete slab is all that is left of a tavern that had burned to the ground only a month or two before.... So, this is the story of how some Bombers ended up one night unconscious on a bar room floor in the middle of nowhere. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA with great Bomber memories from the good ol' daze. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - Official Iditarod Site ARE YOU READY? 17 days to go! Official start: Anchorage, Saturday, 3/4/17, 10am (AK time) Official RE-start: Fairbanks, Monday, 3/6/17, 10am (AK time) Re: Dog Tags - 1200 is a lotta dog tags . For those of you who don't know, every dog that runs this race [75 teams this year times 16 dogs in each team = 1200 dogs] has to go through a pre race screening where they get an ECG (electrocardiogram), two different blood panels and have a microchip placed just under the skin. It takes a tremendous amount of time and work by veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants! They come from all over the world to work in this program. It takes about three and a half weeks to get through all the teams!! Urine Samples Typically before the start an Iditarod official will randomly chose up to eight dogs (per team) to provide a urine sample. The sample is checked for illegal drugs and supplements such as steroids in the dog's urine. Random sampling can be conducted anywhere along the race as well. It is a sight to watch the Iditarod officials, mushers and their handlers trying to obtain the urine samples. For the male dogs, a zip-lock style bag is attached with an elastic band around the dog's mid-section and covers the dog's private parts. With fingers crossed a sample is provided when the male lifts his leg to do his business. For female dogs, the Iditarod official can be seen following the dog around, cup in hand, hoping to catch a sample when she takes a "break". After collection, the samples are secured in a way very similar to the way a human U/A test is conducted and it is tracked by the dog's microchip number and tag. -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 68 at 11pm ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) Re: valentine memories and more I remember decorating shoe boxes to collect valentines. One time mine was a robot/person -- it sat on end and had folded paper legs and arms. As i remember it was placed in a display case (a contest?). Don't remember if I got to collect my valentines in it. As for Dramamine, it was very familiar. We would go over the mountains to Pendelton, Oregon, and then LaGrande and a small town I can't remember the name of (where my Grandma (s) lived. This was before there was a freeway over the mountains. There were wide spots where there were barrels of water (for when your car overheated -- if your Dad didn't have a canvas water bag hanging on the bumper horns) and runaway lanes. At the summit the "rest stop" was out there in the trees. But the killer (for Dramamine users) was the hills leading up to the mountain. Oh we always took my Grandma to a park to get spring water. -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [OK, I MAY have been a little wrapped up in myself, but as I recall, I was the ONLY Smyth Dramamine candidate and I guess my folks didn't know about Dramamine when I FIRST needed it. I "got" to ride in the back of the station wagon with the "potty chair" that was there for the youngest... and I used that slide-in bowl as a puke container. I can remember being in the back lying down and watching the mountains go by... I'd sit up, watch for a minute and then puke and try to sleep. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/16/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ken HEMINGER ('56), Helen CROSS ('62) Bill SCOTT ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim CLATWORTHY ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thurman BOWLS ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toby HUFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther DAWSON ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56) Re:Sled dog races Probably unknown to many in Bomber land, but here in Montana we have our own sled dog race. It's called "Race to the sky" and here's a picture of the finish line. It doesn't compare to the Iditarod, but its ours. More info here... -Ken HEMINGER ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT and 64 Won't be long before folks will be going North for the winter. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Yesterday's Sandstorm Great recall from my fellow '62 classmate, Pete BEAULIEU. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Misadventures Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) hilarious and highly entertaining account of his group trip to McNary Dam, and the several other articles regarding trips to Benton City or Prosser got me to thinking. I never made such a trip in high school, but it did bring to mind a little adventure I had while in the Air Force. This was one of the those ideas that sounded fun and romantic at the outset, but the reality of which turned out to be somewhat different... Because my base was right on the California coast, trips to the beach were frequent. One weekend, three of my buddies and I decided that spending a night on the beach in sleeping bags would be a lark. So we packed our bags, headed for the beach, and, as darkness fell, sacked out on the sand. We hadn't been asleep long when something awoke me. The sand was moving. Upon closer examination, it wasn't the sand, but hundreds of nickel-sized pale green bugs, which had emerged from the sand and were now all around us, crawling onto our bags as well. We couldn't sleep with that invasion, so we picked up our bags and took them down closer to the water line, where the sand was firmer-but wetter. I don't know how deep those bugs hide out during the day, but I have never seen them during the day time. Well, we went back to sleep. Later, I awoke to a different sensation. The beach was trembling. I mean, it was trembling like a shaken bowl of Jell-O. Then all of a sudden the shaking worsened and the air was filled with a terrible roar, and a brilliant light from above blinded us. We were sacked out almost directly beneath a railroad trestle. The midnight express, with a mighty ground-shaking roar, thundered past not more than thirty feet above us. It felt like it was coming right down on the beach after us, and it scared the bejeebers out of us. To this day I have no bejeebers left. Phew. Eventually we drifted off to sleep. When we stiffly arose to greet the morning sun, we decided a morning walk along the beach would be nice before we headed back to the car. Then the tide came in. After being slammed against the cliffs in waist-deep water a time or two, we decided we'd had enough of our overnight beach adventure, and headed home: tired, disillusioned, but a little wiser. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland Girls Basketball ~ 2/15/17 Tri-City Herald "Chiawana girls survive Richland in OT" "A miracle buzzer-beater and struggles at the free-throw line down the stretch couldn't keep the Chiawana High School girls basketball team from topping visiting Richland 57-54 in overtime on Tuesday to stay alive in the Mid-Columbia Conference/Greater Spokane League sub-regionals." Re: Closure Another school closure due to icy roads along with a delay for Hanford until 11:30 today (Wednesday). -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/17/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Pam ROBINSON ('61) David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curt DONAHUE ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Floyd MELTON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MEYER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Holley ANDERSON ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam ROBINSON Torborg ('61) Re: Iditarod Maren--I have been reading your race info aloud to my husband as we sit outside drinking coffee in the morning. He asks what they feed the dogs during the race. And what is the origin of the name: Iditarod? [What they feed is each musher's decision ... mushers calculate how far the dogs can go before the need more food and they send bags of food to various check points along the trail ... a MASSIVE operation when you consider 75 teams ... the Iditarod Air Force does a lot of volunteering. Mushers also send straw for dogs to sleep on ... again having calculated ahead of time where they will rest the team. Volunteers at each check point usually "park" the teams for short or long term and tell them where the food and straw is. Only another musher is allowed to help with dog care ... musher is supposed to do it ALL. Dallas Seavey is poetry in motion at every check point. No wasted motion at all ... spreads straw, removes all booties, feeds, sometimes massages paws if needed ... all before he feeds himself or sleeps ... sometimes he even talks to reporters while he works. Iditarod is the name of a checkpoint that is the half way mark between Anchorage and Nome ... on the southern route ... they won't see Iditarod this year because of the WAY northern route this year. I think it used to be an actual village but now its just a wide spot on the trail that explodes every other year for the race. -Maren] -Pam ROBINSON Torborg ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Old memories Today or yesterday I saw a post showing an "amusement park" in Richland... it tickled my memory but I couldn't quite recall it... so funny when I know I almost remember something but nooooooooooooooooooooot quite... I have been enjoying Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) stories about his adventures in nearby areas... what fun... I talked to Gaynor DAWSON ('65) about it but Gaynor kept saying a name I didn't know... of course the fault was mine... I've been pronouncing Pete's name incorrectly in my mind... duuuuuuuuh!... well now we gotta huge HB to two special Bombers... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Floyd MELTON ('57) and Holley ANDERSON ('64) on your special day, February 17, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland Boys Basketball "Riley SORN: The big man on Richland's campus" "Standing a towering 7-foot-3, Riley SORN ('18) always looked the part of a dominant high school basketball player. [There's a picture of this junior 7'3" SORN ('18) kid at the link above. -Maren] Now, Richland's junior forward is starting to play like it. "It was probably third or fourth grade I started playing rec ball," SORN said. "I was always taller, and always really uncoordinated, not good with my feet. I was horrible. 'It was freshman year I actually started to get good with my feet, and then it's just kind of been honing in my skills. It's been nice because this year it's been my chance to kind of use those on the floor; what I've been learning the past couple years.' That coordination and athleticism runs in the Sorn family. Riley's mom, Jennifer (6-foot-2), played basketball at Boise State University; his dad, Andy (6-6), played baseball at Treasure Valley Community College; and his older sister, Gia (6-2), is a freshman on the North Idaho College basketball team, and was a first team All-Mid-Columbia Conference forward for Richland last season." Richland will host Gonzaga Prep Friday night with tipoff at 6pm. The winner will make a trip to state. The loser will have another opportunity to make the trip playing an unknown team (at this point) at an unknown date and time. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/18/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Jim McKEOWN ('53), Nola DAVEY ('56) Ann ENGEL ('63), Marsha GOSLIN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich GREENHALGH ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BELLISTON ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen THORNTON ('74) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Re: Belated Birthday Happy one day belated birthday, to classmate Curt DONAHUE ('53)... there was a time when he had the singing voice of a Sinatra... probably still sings in the shower and anywhere he chooses... have a great Birthday, and glass of the red for me. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from very, very, very wet Sacramento... ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nola DAVEY Meichle ('56) Jack Zinn died January 22, 2017, at the age of 96. He was a well-known Richland photographer who took many a graduation picture, weddings, etc. -Nola DAVEY Meichle ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) To: David RIVERS ('65) David you are right. My brother George ('56) worked there. I believe that the Brinkeroffs ran it and it was next to the old roller skate building. -Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marsha GOSLIN ('65) Re: Iditarod Anyone interested in the Iditarod should read "Race Across Alaska" by Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod. We have heard Libby speak on two Alaska cruises, and her story is fascinating. You won't believe her endurance and love of her dogs to conquer blizzards, extreme cold and exhaustion for 1200 miles from Anchorage to Nome to cross that finish line - first! Wonderful book. [Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod -- in 1985. Susan Butcher MIGHT have won that '85 race but a moose stomped her team. She lost two of her leaders (Hyde and Johnny) and had to scratch. Susan won in '86, '87, & '88 with "Granite"... popular bumper sticker at the time read: "ALASKA ... where men are men and women win the Iditarod!" -Maren] -Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/19/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joretta "Sue" GARRISON ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy WARREN ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peter CROWLEY ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn NOBLE ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian BIDDLE ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Katie and Diana POWELL ('02) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill WEDBERG & Barb O'MALLEY ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike HUSKE & Carol HARSHMAN ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Re: Odds and Ends Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) ...sharing from Gary Dykes (NAB) Discussion about Adrian's in Richland 1966-1967 or so..."I cannot remember their names (The Saharas) except for Gary the Organ player. And I cannot find any further information on them (as yet). If you do, please share with me. I was with them between tours in Vietnam, what a time!! Adrians was really hopping then! Thank you for contacting me! Two of them married while in Richland, the drummer, and the tall blond haired lead singer, and trumpet. Originally they were all from Odessa, Texas." From John Campbell... If my home were in Tri-Cities, I'd be a regular. Love your R&R! Takes me back to my youth there when there would be at least 4 places each weekend with good Rock and Roll bands. (Not to mention the couple of country bands at the "Y".) Adrian's in Richland (where the Red Robin was) had a band called the Sahara's that did a lot of R&B, and Chicago and Tower of Power music that featured their horns - were there for about 3 months. making my day with some Joe Cocker music ~ 'Bye Bye Blackbird' -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Stuff Sad to see Susan RATHJEN ('71-RIP) has passed, as well as Jack Zinn, a great WWII pilot and photographer. He did my senior pic. February 19th is the 72nd anniversary of the invasion of Iwo Jima. For a long time Walla Walla had the highest concentration of Iwo survivors in the US. I have a bottle of Iwo sand, and a 50 cal casing from Iwo in my collection. Highly valued. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Plano, TX where it was 79 today ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/20/17 ~ Presidents' Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy PIERCE ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann COFFMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda GRAY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn HERIFORD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David BISHOP ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don DASCENZO ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Rw: Early Italianv Nuclear test I suspect the cook was a Richland Bomber. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) Re: Amusement Park Yes. The Brinkerhoffs ran the amusement park. Our mom and dad thought it would be a good family project. Everybody in our family worked there as did several of our friends, for example, George ENGEL (as Ann ENGEL Schafer ('63) noted). Don't know if we broke even or not but that wasn't the point. It was fun and we all did it together. For the first year or so I was too young to legally work so I wasn't official but I did everything anyway. -Ken BRINKERHOFF ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: ahhh the good ol' dayz It's nice to be assured that all of one's memories are not made up! There are just so many. Band Concerts with whole families in the park... I'm sure it would be hard to get kids to sit still for the ones we went to but we were just filled with the spirit of the evening. The little pool is a biggie for me. I remember pretending I could swim by touching my hands on the bottom and just kinda moving around... I'm sure I fooled everyone. Swimming lessons at the big pool and never being able to move my legs the way I was supposed to... of course for the "older" kids the swimming pool was a much different kind of social event than it was for the younger kids such as I... but it all folds together in shared memories for most Bombers... Hanging out with girls would come later and one of them is celebrating today... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ann COFFMAN ('66), my dear, dear friend (inside joke) on your special day, February 20, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re:Bombers lost to Gonzaga Prep. on triple OT Re: RHS boys basketball ~ 2/19/17 Tri-City Herald "Mid-Columbia roundup: Richland holds off Ferris to eke out state berth" "Perhaps the game featured a few too many specters of the previous night's triple overtime loss to Gonzaga Prep, but the Richland High School boys basketball team battled through a fairly disastrous third quarter to beat visiting Ferris 66-64 on Saturday to book a spot in the regional round of state." Re: Bombers vs Ferris Saxons final seconds At half the score was 43 - 27 in favor of Richland. Seeding to the WIAA 4A Boys Basketball State Regionals 1. Union (Camus) 19-4 2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 22-1 3. Davis (Yakima) 19-3 4. Federal Way 20-2 5. Kentwood (Covington) 23-2 6. Curtis (University Place) 19-2 7. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) 19-3 8. Enumclaw 15-10 9. Bothell 16-5 10. Kennedy (Burien) 17-7 11. Richland 17-5 12. Kamiak (Mukilteo) 18-7 13. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 16-9 14. Moses Lake 12-9 15. Kentridge (Kent) 15-7 16. Inglemoor (Kenmore) 12-11 The top eight seeds play each other in games where the winner gets a first round bye at the State Tournament and the loser advances to the State Tournament first round. The second eight seeds play each other in games where the winner advances to the State Tournament and the loser is out. The Richland Bombers (11) will be hosting the Moses Lake Chiefs (14) next weekend. Go Bombers!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ where it is warming up in Richland with my spring flowers popping up! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Jack Zinn (RIP) Family friend to Pam HUNT Cadd ('66) and family. Great guy. He did our wedding. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/21/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: David DOUGLAS ('62), Dave HANTHORN ('63) Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Gary TURNER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug Longmore ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tresha HUNTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan SCHIER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue SHIPMAN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gil GILSTRAP ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie VINING ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David KELLER ('82) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Jack Zinn (RIP) was the only photographer who was able to make me look intelligent. Or at least handsome. Maybe decent? I appreciated his skill. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where it's been wetter and cooler than normal. Last year we were swimming in the pool by the end of February, but not this year. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dave HANTHORN ('63) Re: seedings Glad to see that my FaceBook posting of the WIAA boys basketball State Regionals "seedings" made it into the Sandstorm! -Dave HANTHORN (Gold Medal Class of '63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Love Songs Can anyone name ten love songs since 1970 as great as these from 1955 thru 1969? 1 Love Me Tender 2 It's Only Make Believe 3 12th Of Never 4 Since I Met You Baby 5 Bring It On Home To Me 6 Stand By Me 7 Unchained Melody 8 The First Time Ever I saw Your Face 9 Only The Lonely 10 You've Lost That Lovn' Feeln' Bonus Wild Thing! Regards Pitts (63) -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: And the winner is... She was the longest running single act in Las Vegas... 18 years if I recall... it was clear she wasn't gonna be in a Rock 'n' Roll band... not playing the harp... kinda hard to sling one a them puppies over your shoulder... Now rumor has it that she taught Sammy Davis, Jr. to tap dance... but then it's only a rumor... however many a kid in Richland did take lessons from this Bomber-babe... She taught at a young age... she was pretty much "Miss" everything including Miss Washington! I've known her in Richland, Las Vegas and Olympia and she's one a my favorite babes... if ya ain't seen her make a pomegranate salad in a white sweater ya just ain't lived... Korse I could say the same thing about some Bomber- babes who can accomplish the same effect, shaking hands with the same hand in which they are holding a glass of red wine, but I digress and have absolutely no desire to wind up in chains at the bottom of the Columbia River in June (or any other month)... She is as sweet as they come and if she is anything like her Father we should have her around for a nice long time... I know lotsa Bomber guys who would volunteer to take her cherry picking on her birthday in the family tradition. She doesn't read the Sandstorm and pretty much avoids the Internet but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kippy Lou BRINKMAN ('62) on your special day, February 21, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland boys basketball ~ 2/20/17 Tri-City Herald "Chiawana High School will host at least three regional playoff basketball games this weekend, but the Riverhawks girls team will be on the west side of the state for its opening round matchup. The WIAA on Sunday announced all of the regional round matchups for its state basketball tournaments - with the exception of the remaining 3A berths to be determined Tuesday. The Richland boys team (given the No. 11 seed with an 18-5 record) will play No. 14 Moses Lake (13-9) at 6pm Friday, followed by the No. 9 Prosser girls (18-4) playing No. 16 Franklin Pierce (15-10) at 8pm. The No. 10 Columbia- Burbank girls (22-1) play No. 15 Seattle Christian (17-2) at 4pm Saturday. All of these games are loser-out, with the winner advancing to the round of 12 at a championship site (Tacoma Dome, Yakima SunDome or Spokane Arena), which begins March 1." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: Larry CORYELL ('61-RIP) A major loss to the world of music and a personal loss to all Bombers... -Gary TURNER ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/22/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Mike BRADY ('61) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene PICKLES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan NOBLE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe CHOATE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug LONGMORE ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave SIMPSON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn BERRY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve GALLOWAY ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis LYNCH ('75) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I trust every one has had their fill of the artificial holiday. Used to be we celebrated Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays as a day off from school; not some made-up thing from the congers just so they can take another Monday off. But that is all behind us now. We have better things to do, like celebrate a Bomber Babe's birthday. If things keep going as they have been, one of these days her birthday will be noted by either the local papers or the local television station. To say that we went to school together is correct; that we knew each other in school might be stretching the point. We moved in different circles; I thesped and she gaa'd. No big deal; but we did graduate on the same day in the same gymnasium (although it was supposed to be out doors). Enough said except to tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Darlene PICKLES ('54) with the hope that she continues to have them. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are saying that this may be the wettest February on record. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike BRADY ('61) Re: Larry CORYELL ('61-RIP) I was sad to read of the death of Larry. We had great times as sports writers for the student newspaper and annual at Chief Joseph Junior High School. Larry tried to teach me to play the guitar but gave up telling me my fingers were too large . What many people may not remember is that Larry was also a very good athlete. He was on the Chief Jo basketball team and the track team in high school. He once pole vaulted 13'3". This was quite a fete considering they vaulted with a bamboo pole in those days. Larry will be missed. -Mike BRADY ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: lemme try that one agin It's that time again, kids... Girl Scout cookie time... just when ya think yer too old ta get nailed... wham... grand children, great-grandchildren it never really stops ya know... I mean I love several of them puppies but even I know I can't just eat one... I remember selling soap to make money to do something... maybe it was to go to Philmont... I don't recall any more... but I do remember some of the receptions when I knocked on people's doors... who the hell would make kids sell soap of all things... I mean I sold my damned soap but it sure wasn't easy... Well I'm gonna give this birthday thing my best try today... Yesterday I managed to miss Doug LONGMORE ('61) and Tresha HUNTER ('65) so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dave SIMPSON ('63) and Lynn BERRY ('66) on your special day, February 22, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Pasco man wins Grammy ~ 2/21/17 Tri-City Herald "Joe Smart set a goal for himself years ago: He wanted to win a Grammy by age 40. The Pasco man celebrates the milestone birthday next month. And last week, he celebrated nabbing the coveted award as part of the O'Connor Band. The band's album, "Coming Home", nabbed Best Bluegrass Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles." Re: Neil Lowe ('95HHS-RIP) Neil was born September 11, 1973, and passed away December 20, 2016. His parents are Alan LOWE ('66) and Lynn Lowe. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 2 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Bethel Church in Richland. RIP, Neil! Prayers of peace and comfort to his family. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/23/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna BRANUM ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom SOMMER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb COLLINGS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane BROWN ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy STANFIELD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jil LYTLE ('82) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) To All: My book, "A Layman's Daily Devotional" is showing on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and I don't know if it is available in retail stores yet, though. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Mike FRANCO ('70) Speaking of Girl Scout cookies as David RIVERS ('65) did recently: Those of you who are regular listeners to the award winning (for turning the lights on every day) Franco Friday Show on KLAY 1180 AM in Tacoma are well aware of this interesting FACT: Virtually the ENTIRE western United states prefers Thin Mints. We all are well aware there are several varieties of GS cookies to choose from. Thin Mints are the GS Cookie of choice for California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. The Evergreen State? We Washingtonians prefer NOT Thin Mints but....... Samoas / Carmel de Lites!!! I am not kidding or even fake facting. I am interested in hearing any theories explaining this baffling fact. I am sure Brad WEAR ('71) has the answer. Things are always more clear in Texas, I hear. And show of hands: How many of you buy a couple of boxes of GS cookies coming out of the grocery store and bring ONE of them in the house to share with your spouse, leaving the other box hidden in your car to eat by yourself (no sharing)? -Mike FRANCO ('70) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Thin Mints have been my fave since I SOLD them door-to-door as a Brownie... perhaps my move from the Evergreen State messed up theThin Mint stats!! -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/24/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy CAMERON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank HAGGARD ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol CONVERSE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy WICK ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan MORRIS ('66) '48 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Marie NICKLASON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron BRUNKE ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Norma MYRICK Nunamaker ('54) For those of you who haven't heard, Norma had a massive heart attach last week on February 16th early in the morning. She was taken to Kadlec Hospital where they operated and had to install 2 stints in her heart. There has been some damage, but she is recovering. Norma is home now and her son, Rick, asked that we put the word out that, please, NO visitors. She has been overwhelmed with people stopping by the house and Norma is exhausted!! She needs to heal and rest!! One of her two sons is there with her all the time. Norma has been the head of Operation Thank You, taking care of the Military and not being able to help right now is very hard on her!! She loves the Military and local Police Departments and all of the K-9s and just never wanted to stop doing for them!! Please send a card or note to her to let her know you are thinking of her at home. Rick will be letting Dona McCLEARY Belt {'54} or myself when Norma is up to having visitors!! We love you, Norma and pray for your recovery!!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ in a warm Pasco and loving the sunshine!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Girl Scout cookies my oldest daughter buys the Thin Mints... usually six boxes at the time... never have liked mints... didn't even like having to sell them, as a Blue Bird/Camp Fire Girl... that's all we sold... no other type of cookie. both my daughters were in Brownies and my freezer was always full of Thin Mints, Samoas (my favorite), and the peanut butter cookies. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID and, it's snowing, AGAIN, in the Boise, Idaho area! I LOVE the snow, but it's time for it to go away til next Christmas... we've had this white stuff since Thanksgiving! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: zooooooooooooooooooooooooooom February is over half over... I'll be getting my cataracts removed on the 8th and the 15th of March... (finally) what should have been easy was silly and ridiculous, because of insurance hurdles... My Doc of over 30 years could not refer me because he was not "in system" so he hadda refer me to another guy who was in system so he could sign a paper referring me to the surgeon my real doc wanted me to go to... Helga something... her picture on the web page led me to figure she was a middle aged Doc... when I went in the other day for my eval, there was a slim sexy dressed bombshell... flitting around... I kept thinking "they let their employees dress that way?" You guessed it... it was Helga... it was a delightful visit and as we knew so many of the same people it was pretty chatty... well today we have a couple a Bomber- babes... one is known as the "Ever young and lovely" and the other has yet to get me any free Chucks But of course she remains ever young and lovely as well... sooooooooooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Carol CONVERSE ('64) and Miss Nancy WICK ('65) on your special day, February 24, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland boys basketball ~ 2/23/17 Tri-City Herald "KURTZ ('17) ready to lead Bombers into regionals" "Richland senior forward Tyler KURTZ ('17) finished second in the league in scoring (18.8 ppg) and last week was named the Mid-Columbia Conference Player of the Year. Now he has the Bombers on the cusp of a trip to Tacoma. No. 11 seed Richland (18-5) will play No. 14 Moses Lake (13-9) at 6pm. Friday at Chiawana High School in a loser-out regional game with the winner advancing to the round of 12 in Tacoma on March 1. As the MCC champs, Richland got to host all four of its sub-regional games, and its fans - with some help from their GSL counterparts - nearly packed the 4,000-seat Art Dawald gym for those contests. Chiawana's gym, which will host five regional games this weekend, is much smaller. When Richland beat Moses Lake in the regional round in 2014 - on its way to a second-place finish at state - Chiawana athletic director John Cazier said he had to turn away late- arriving fans at the door. That leaves him with a simple message to anyone who wants to see the Bombers take on the Chiefs on Friday. 'What will sometimes happen with games like Friday night's is the people that wait until game time to show up. Those are the people that get disappointed,' Cazier said. 'You need to understand: Richland travels pretty well, Moses Lake travels pretty well.' 'You show up at game time, you might not get in.' Cazier said the doors will open at 5pm for the 6pm tip. Tickets for all regional basketball games are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: So bad I am so bad!!!! I missed the Trifecta on the 23rd. Barb COLLINGS ('71), as well as Sandy STANFIELD ('71), and Jane BROWN Hedges ('71) birthdays. Barb and Sandy since Chief Jo days, and Jane since Col-Hi and WSU days. Also b day for my twin nephews Nic & Kris Miller (Col-Hi would have been '95). Also the sad anniversary of the death of Ruth Bierlein (Bomber Mom). Sad day for her, but happy for the others. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Plano, TX where we saw 90 today. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/25/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Barbara SHARP ('61 & '62), Duane LEE ('63) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Ken STALEY ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy MITCHELL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rochelle SEHOLM ('97) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SHARP Lysher-Porter ('61 & '62) I was saddened to read that Larry CORYELL ('61-RIP) has passed. What a nice guy... remembering him from the days of one of the first rock and roll groups called The Royals... Wayne LYSHER ('57-RIP), Grant Strong(?), Larry McDermott and Larry CORYELL... they played at many small town bars and grills, many small town school dances... their biggest reward was opening for Fats Domino in concert!...they finally had a song published called "Thunder Wagon" and it hit the charts in Seattle one fine year! Larry was so talented he could move from piano to guitar with ease... they were all so young and earnest... he was a smaller guy with those big black rimmed glasses hanging off his nose but rocking out like he was 7 feet tall... so polite... so talented... I never doubted he would rise swiftly in the music industry. After Wayne passed he sent condolences remembering all the good times the group had together..RIP... -Barbara SHARP Lysher-Porter ('61 & '62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Duane LEE ('63) HOLD THE PRESSES! Tonight [2/24] Bombers beat Moses Lake 84 to 58 to advance to State Tournament. Go Bombers. -Duane LEE ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) I've long thought that the Girls Scouts could tweek their business model and have home delivery after 10pm rather than the current block the entry at QFC. Who amongst us hasn't pined for Samoas or thin mints about the time "News at 11" comes on. The tips wold be gigantic. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: David RIVERS' ('65) post 2/24/17 Speaking of cataract removal surgery, I have to have it done, also. After having my annual eye check, my doctor said my left eye really needed to have the cataract removed and referred me to the cataract center in Kennewick. This surprised me as every year I had been told it would be a long time in the future if I ever had to have the surgery. My husband, Lance ('60), was always told he was getting closer every year. So what happens, Lance can wait, but I can't! I will have my left eye done March 20th and my right eye done March 30th. I opted for the standard lens instead of the prescription ones as I will still have to wear glasses because my astigmatism is too bad to completely correct. Since that's the case I couldn't justify the added expense to only partially correct my vision. Good news is I may be able to drive at night again! I will go back to my eye doctor a week after the second surgery to obtain my new prescription for my glasses. Good luck, David. Does this mean we are officially old? -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in snow-almost-gone Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken STALEY ('68) Re: published I've always disliked horror stories that devolve into little more than a blood bath. Still, I've always enjoyed a good "Twilight Zone" story... reading and writing. I've put together a collection of 15 of my previously published short stories called TALES FROM THE EDGE OF REASON. (ISBN 9781505498905) and it's available on NOOK, Apple, and other electronic outlets. Soon to be available in hard copy from Amazon. I promise, not a gallon of blood in the lot. -Ken STALEY ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/26/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betsy COFFMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie LUKINS ('78) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland boys basketball ~ 2/25/17 Tri-City Herald To add more information to Duane LEE's ('63) "Hold the Presses posting in the 2/25/17 Sandstorm, I have provided the link from the Tri-City Herald. Richland will play the loser of No. 6 Curtis vs. No. 3 Davis, at 9am Wednesday in the round of 12. Go Bombers!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/27/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Helen CROSS ('62), Duane LEE ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shannon CRAIG ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilynn WORKING ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant RICHARDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick HUMPHREYS ('76) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick ROBERTS ('49) & Carol TYNER ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) The higher hills are now covered in snow and look quite nice from the valley floor. Which is good. Snow belongs in higher hills and mountains. Does make it a little tricky if you are trying to go to the coast, but that's the way it goes. Enough of this weather talk. Sorry to hear the Gonzaga Bulldog's lost; but the Huskies women's team is really on a roll. And keep your fingers crossed for the Bombers in the state tourney. On to State! Congrats are in order for a pair of older Bombers of my acquaintance. They are celebrating another anniversary today. A big "Happy Anniversary!" to Carol TYNER ('52) and Dick ROBERTS ('49). Hang in there, you may get it right someday. Before I sign off, I'd better get this one done. A Bomber Babe is celebrating her 22nd birthday today. And in those short years, she has done quite a bit, including being the President of Club 40; and a keeper of the flame. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Marilynn WORKING ('54). I suppose Richard could take you to Applebee's, but I'd hold out for something better. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where Wurstfest is over for another year and it's only seven more months until Oktoberfest. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Need help identifying source I found in a file on my old computer a part of an old article about someone named Earl who was probably from Richland and was in World War II. Does anyone remember this article and who wrote it or the circumstances about the article?. Here is the article: Even through all these miserable acts, good things still come from most people everywhere. A long-time friend who recently passed away was a WWII Prisoner of the Japanese. His group was nearly starved to death by the guards, but said they were saved because the civilians in the neighborhood couldn't stand to see the enemy starve to death and sneaked food to them. He and a group went back to Japan three times to try to find those who helped and thank them... they returned tearfully, unable to personally think those brave Japanese men and women who had saved their lives... He spoke often of the bravery of those kind acts. He was a big fan of Richland's patriotism... "Day's Pay" and "Fat Man"... He retired as a successful cattle rancher in California and did a lot of business with his good friend and actor, Joel McCrea. At times he recalled a moment of humor that had punctuated his war zone. He flew the Hump in Burma, delivering barrels of fuel and mules to air fields. On one stop he said, "We noticed a wooden grave marker beside the runway and went over to read the inscription which noted: "Here lies Matilda the mule. In her life time she kicked 12 privates, 4 sergeants, 2 lieutenants and one land mine". I miss Earl. He was a good friend and his stories helped keep life in perspective. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) This is my first granddaughter born 2/17/17. Marlee Joan Kirk -Helen Joan CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Duane LEE ('63) Re: Basketball Playoffs Richland will play Davis Wednesday at 9am at Tacoma Dome. See YouTube footage of Bombers 7'3" center Riley SORN ('18). He is a junior and improves with every game. Super shot blocker and intimidator. Bombers had 5 total dunks in game against Moses Lake. -Duane LEE ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ {How many cheer leaders to Bombers need in 2017??? -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: challange So Pitts ('63) laid down the musical gauntlet the other day and while a couple a choices a mine would be different, most would be the same... doubt if anyone can top his list from '70 on and I'm sure not gonna try... I was talking to Larry BOWLS ('64) the other day about how screwed up my music tastes became after my summer vacation back in '67-'68... we had reel to reels and vinyl on electric/windup machines and as guy would come back for his next tour or from R&R we got the new stuff... some I liked much I couldn't understand... I was still a Buddy Holly, Clovers and Gene Vincent kinda guy and if it didn't flow from them roots I was lost... now of course I know it was all from the same roots, but a guy's mind can get kinda messed up trying to feel "at home"... Armed Forces Radio tried to convince us that Bubble gum was the "new wave" so they were no help... best thing on that radio was "Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Mooooooorning Vietnaaaaaaaaam!... always a good start! But I'm sure that every age group has what it calls "music"... well oh nevermind... I am sure that when Rock n Roll started to really get hold as this Bomber-babe was grageating, she had her thoughts as well, but no matter... Bomber-babes Rule!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marilynn WORKING ('54) on your special day, February 27, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/28/17 ~ HAPPY MARDI GRAS! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Barbara SESLAR ('60) John BROWNE ('61), Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) Valerie RHOADS ('63wb), Carol CONVERSE ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry GROSS ('65) LEAP YEAR BABIES celebrating on the 28th in 2017 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don STORMS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon CHAMBERS ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) There will be no wrong envelope here. I'm pretty sure I got this one wright. There is a Bomber Babe whom I have met fairly recently. Last time I saw her, she was in charge of cleaning up the dishes at the last Portland Bomber get together. And she certainly made sure that the dish washer got every scrap off before he could quit. No, it wasn't me! On that note, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60). If you don't get a nice note from your brother, let the Junior Gyrene ('65) handle it. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the rain continues off and on, and March may come in somewhere between a lion and a lamb. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, March 4, 2017 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John BROWNE ('61) Re: The Royals and Larry CORYELL ('61-RIP) Barb SHARP Lysher-Porter's ('61 & '62) 's memory of The Royals took me back... and far enough that I could SEE them (kinda) in my mind's eye. The "Grant" she mentioned was from our Class of '61 tribe, Grant ROSS... who played bass in that band. I was really taken aback to find out about Larry. My sister sent me the obit from the NY Times. He was still gigging actively, and had played the previous 2 nights at a club in New York. It was exactly a month ago that his long-time good buddy, John DAY ('60-RIP) passed away... and Larry had planned, at one point, to come to a memorial for John (that took place yesterday, in Seattle). This year has started off with a BANG, all right... but not a pleasing one. It's getting so that my "gotta keep it Positive" mantra has reduced its scope to "gotta stick around long enough to get up in the Morning!" Maybe I'll feel more expansive when the Real Spring weather makes an appearance. Go, Bombers!!! ^..^ -John BROWNE ('61) Peace... the affordable alternative ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Ten More and I'm Done 11 Spanish Harlem 12 Come Softly To Me 13 In Dreams 14 All I Have To Do Is Dream 15 I'm Leavn' It Up To You 16 To Know Him Is To Love Him 17 Last Kiss 18 Teen Angel 19 Hello Mary Lou 20 Any Thing That's Part Of You Bonus #2 A guilty Pleasure of mine. Ebony Eyes GO BOMBERS!! -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Valerie RHOADS Golar ('63wb) Re: Gribble Street I attended 1st thru 5th grade at Sacajawea Grade school approx 1950-1956. I lived on Gribble Street in an apartment complex. Just wondered if anyone else lived in those apartments on Gribble and Gilmore. They are gone now but not my memories of the neighborhood, and the irrigation ditch... (our favorite playground), and growing up before television and enjoying being outside all the time. Thanks -Valerie RHOADS Golar ('63wb) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Congratulations to you on your new granddaughter!! Not 2 weeks old and look at all that hair. Both my kids had heads of hair like that. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick Here's hoping that Spring will be here in a couple days. I'm changing my little flag from Winter to Spring. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: we'll never do that Cataracts, heart surgery, colonoscopies [I wanna change this word in the dictionary to colonASScopy. -Maren], bowel movements, never trusting a fart, viagra... and much much more... all things we swore we would never discuss have all of a sudden overtaken much of our conversations... I mean standing around with "donut delinquents" whose name should scream young and cool we are mostly 70s and 80s guys who are still hard core hot rodders but somehow we crossed the line which we all swore we would never even approach... funny... we hardly notice the difference... ahhhhhhhh life ya gotta love it... today I gotta big sister and a Bomber who was honored for another thing it never occurred to us we would even think of (until we approached grageashun anyway)... I ran with this Bomber-babe's brother the greater part of my life and we are still so close it would be hard to get a razor blade between us... one of my fondest memories of the b-day guy is his blue shoebox Merc, parked on Stevens when we attended Chief Jo... now that was cool... he was honored with a Quilt of Valor just before his birthday and it brings pride and tears to my eyes that so many of us ended up going to war as very young men... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lola HEIDLEBAUGH ('60) and Larry GROSS ('65) on your special day, February 28, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` January, 2017 ~ March, 2017