Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/17
4 Bombers sent stuff and memorial INFO today:
Mike CLOWES ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
Donna BOWERS ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64)

April the pregnant giraffe - is still pregnant
Her official website:

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Re: Pregnant giraffe

Rumor on the web says she isn't. Perhaps it was an April Fools
      [Have you WATCHED this poor VERY pregnant
      giraffe lie down?? She usually makes at least 2
      or 3 aborted attempts before she finally makes
      it down. I remember being that pregnant and
      trying to sit down or stand up. UGH! -Maren]

This ain't no joke. There was born on this date in history a
Bomber I went to school with. We didn't hang back then; and
haven't made up for lost ground since. But we do speak civilly
to each other when at Club 40 functions.

'nuff said. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy
Birthday!" to Lloyd KENT ('54). Even if Betty ('54) takes you
to dinner, pick up the check for a change.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR  with a 
      side note to the Junior Gyrene ('65): The wind Vegas got
      was for luring the Raiders.
>>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) 

Re: On the road again

This Monday AM Jackie and I are off to the island of Malta.
Except for a few major cities in Europe and the middle east
you can't get there via direct flight. So we are going BOAC
Seattle to London and pick up a Malta Air flight to the
island. We have a 13 hour layover and so will hire (the
English term for rent) a car and drive the 35 miles to the
village of Mattingly to see what we can learn. Time allowing
we may go another 30 miles to Stonehenge. I have been there
many years ago but Jackie is itching to take a gazillion

Since Malta is famous for it's really superior fireworks
industry, part of our reason for the trip is some Fireworks
business. We have pyro friends on the island.

And I will calling on the Water Resources Office with the
news of the Verno RainMaker. With very little rainfall Malta
has almost no natural water and must desalinate saltwater. The
R/O (Reverse Osmosis) process is inefficient and comparatively
expensive. I did speak with them last time we were on the
island, but now that the Verno RainMaker is proven and slated
to begin production, with it's high levels of production and
efficiency it merits further discussion. 

-J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
>>From: Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63)

Just had to HAIL STATE, my daughter's alma mater [Mississippi
State Bulldogs]. She was recruited in track/cross country 
and got a full ride there. Coach Al Schmidt was beginning his
career + she + gals from all over the US became his First
Class. It was also one of the few that offered a biomedical
engineering degree at the time. Watching them build the
program for women from the ground up has been amazing. Their
gals are now always in the top 5 in the SEC, and have several
individual national champions. Know this has been going on in
basketball, too. That's why this was SOOO satisfying! So HAIL
STATE, go BULLDAWGS... Final... can you believe it!!!

-Donna BOWERS Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ St. Louis, MO
>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

Re: Spring has Sprung in the Tri-Cities

Today is a bit cool, cloudy and windy, but yesterday! (That
would be Mar 31) It was sunny and I drove from Kennewick to
Richland, and back by a different route to pay two bills. Two
people at the end of my block mowed their yards. Those trees
that blossom in white and the ones in purple were full bloom.
[Lilac bushes??? I used to LOVE those... not cold enough down
here for them. -Marekn] I saw three open cars; two modern
convertibles and a Bucket T. Parked in a bank parking lot
facing the street and a beautiful 1934 Ford roadster passed in
front of me, but I don't think that counts as he had the top
up. The '34s are a lot more popular than the '33s but I don't
see why. I always thought those straight louvers on the hood
did not fit the design of the rest of the car, the curved
louvers looked more "at home" with that body style to me. As a
mechanical designer I once worked with someone who later
became editor of "Rod Action" magazine. He had a '33 Tudor and
told me that a lot '33s had been converted to '34s. I saw
signs for three yard sales, and when I got home I even heard
the music of an ice cream cart being played.

-Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Did not see my first Frisbee yet, but 
      maybe that is no longer sign of spring
not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Kenny FOSTER ('64-RIP)

 Viewing: TODAY, Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2pm
 Funeral: TODAY, Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3pm 
 Graveside service to immediately follow
That's it for today. Please send more.