Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/03/17 ~ GO ZAGS!
4 Bombers sent stuff today: 
Dennis HAMMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Mike FRANCO ('70)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanene HOFF ('65)

NCAA title game: ZAGS v NC ~ CBS ~ 6:20pm (Pacific time)
     University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ

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: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

To: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: Trees

No, not Lilac bushes, real, big trees. I am very allergic to
Lilacs. In 1962 my parents bought a little bag of what was
really dried up lilac blossoms; supposed to put it in your
drawer and makes things smell good. When we went to the
Seattle World's fair I took a handkerchief from that drawer
and the hay fever was bothering me all the way, the more it
bothered me the more I used that handkerchief and the more I
used it the more my nose would run. Think I made the
connection after we got to Seattle. 

To make matters worse on that same trip, my parents had bought
me a 3/4 sleeve shirt (like a short sleeved shirt but the
sleeve run down to about the middle of your forearm) which was
a fad and all the rage for, oh... about two weeks. It was
treated to make it fireproof and made me break out it little
bumps. It was the second time I wore that shirt, the second
time I had that reaction, and the last time I wore that shirt.
I didn't lake that shirt anyway. 

 So the first day of that trip I was kinda miserable. When we
rented that half "B" house on McPherson there was a lilac bush
and wife cut some and put them in a vase on the dining table.
I had the same reaction so I had to tell her no more lilacs in
the house. 

There were some of those purple trees on the other side of the
street and I remember carrying my daughter over there to see
them; the bees really liked them because they were crawling
the flowers. I went out and found some of those purple trees I
mentioned in yesterday's post, but this tree is a lot smaller
than the two I saw and are not blooming as much. Possibly a
Jacaranda tree?

The other picture is of the white trees I saw. The picture
does not look all that white, but the blooms are very white. I
think I need to take a class and learn how to use the settings
on my camera rather than just relying "Automatic."

-Dennis HAMMER ('64)
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: time rolls on

Terry DAVIS ('65) and I were talking today about how things
have changed in our lives over time. After leaving school we
had our own lives and problems and kind of left the past inna
past... then we would come together for reunions and learn
that someone had died... back then it was a shock... as time
passed it became less of a shock and began to be taken for
granted that we would lose friends over time... I think that's
why Ricky WARFORD ('65) suggested back when that we start
meeting at least once a year... we still pine over losses, but
at least we got to see them more often... remember when you
see your friends to let them know how much they mean to you...
I feel that way for all of you... 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Leslie HUTCHINSON ('63-RIP) and to my good
buddy Garry "Stump" O'ROURKE('66) on your special day, April
3, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: NCAA men's basketball ~ 4/2/17 Tri-City Herald 

      "Resilient Zags head to title game in first
      Final Four"

      "Gonzaga watched big man Przemek Karnowski fall
      to the floor in a heap and holding his eye as he
      headed to the locker room. The Zags saw a 14-
      point lead evaporate in a South Carolina flurry
      and traded punches with the Gamecocks over the
      tense closing minutes.

      Gonzaga absorbed the blows, counterpunched and
      now has another game to play, this one for the
      national championship. The Zags face North
      Carolina on Monday night.

      Led by the poise of point guard Nigel Williams-
      Goss and freshman center Zach Collins, Gonzaga
      turned its first trip to the Final Four into one
      big Zag party after beating South Carolina 77-73
      on Saturday."


-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland   
>>From: Mike FRANCO ('70)

In Larry MATTINGLY's ('60) post he stated... "we are going
BOAC..." in explaining how they are flying to Malta via
London. I love many things about The Sandstorm, especially
that, at 65, I am often NOT the oldest guy in the room. 

So I smiled at the mention of BOAC. I had not heard that term
in decades (and I worked at Boeing for 34+ years) That WAS
British Overseas Airways Corporation. In an act of 
Parliament, BOAC merged with BEA (British European Airways)
and became British Airways. That all happened the last day of
March 1974. Don't ask me how any of us missed that. 

Although I can't find my car keys often, I do have a
significant volume of useless information rattling around in
my head. Like an IBM 286 computer, in order for me to learn or
remember something I must first forget or erase something
already in my head. So as long as I choose to remember forever
that pitcher Al Downing surrendered Hank Aaron's 715th career
HR (breaking Ruth's career record) I will continue to operate
with a relative memory flat line.

By the way, That HR was hit exactly 9 days AFTER BOAC ceased
to exist, both in 1974. Now THAT is useful information!!! 

Weird bright globe spotted in the sky over Puget Sound this
afternoon. Reports claim it could be the sun. We are all
awaiting confirmation. Hard to believe it even when we see it!

-Mike FRANCO ('70)
That's it for today. Please send more.