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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ April, 2017
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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 ~ 04/01/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff Today: Brad WEAR ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon DAHL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HOFF ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed MITCHELL ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill WEDBERG ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve MINOR ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Anniversary April 1st, 1945, the beginning of the last major land battle of WWII. The battle for Okinawa began on April Fools Day and Easter Sunday. And yes, the Marines had to rescue the Army again. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Plano, TX where we've already seen 90 temps ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Donna BOWERS ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lloyd KENT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry CORYELL ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail FRANZ ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Pregnant giraffe Rumor on the web says she isn't. Perhaps it was an April Fools joke. [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 pictures. 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 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* 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) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garry O'ROURKE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marleen WALTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat GOBLE ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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." GOOO ZAGS!!! -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. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/04/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Marie RUPPERT ('63), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice BOOTH ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan SEEBURGER ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan NELSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda HOLDEN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael MARTIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene WALTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rene WALTON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clif EDWARDS ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) By the time you read this, the outcome will be known. I will say this, the Gonzaga's are a better breed of Bulldog than those across the Columbia and hope that they will prevail over Tarheels. Enough of "politics". There is a Bomber Babe on today's calendar that, oddly enough, I went to school with and have some memory of her back then. Don't believe we inhabited any class room at the same time, but who knows? At any rate, I will tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Janice Booth ('54). Since she lives in Yakima, perhaps "Purk" ('54) might spring a burger for her at Minors. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the daffodils are fading and the tulips beginning to bloom. Could it be that spring is here? ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: BOAC To: Mike FRANCO ('70) We went through CheapTickets and the site to print them out was on I also had not heard "BOAC" for years. Last time I flew them it was "British Airways". I had thought BOAC was long gone. This saved our sponsor for the trip several hundred dollars each. But then BOAC charged us for the meals we had to order for the 9 1/2 hr flight and they charged us $100 per seat for selecting them. That was for seats in row 35. Seats in the first 15 rows were $200 to $300 depending on where they were and when you selected them. The plane is a Boeing 777 LR. For 7 to $800 each, more we could have gotten on a different flight that was without a 13 hour layover. But we will use the layover to drive 35 miles to the village of Mattingly and see what we might find. I have pictures of the Mattingly-Greene cottage. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) I have been a North Carolina Tarheels basketball fan since the Dean Smith days. I absolutely loved how that man stood up to the UNC administration during the scandal in the '70s. He benched his best players because of poor academics despite the pressure to allow them to play. He was almost fired over it, but obviously, cooler heads prevailed. I also love to watch great basketball and the Tarheels usually put on a great show - win or loose. That said, I'm rooting for Gonzaga to not only make it a great game, but to win it all tonight. Mostly because of how the press reacted to them gaining a number one spot in the polls. It is like a David and Goliath story and how can I not love a true Cinderella team? Also, there will not be a looser in my book tonight no matter who wins. This has been an amazing tournament and I will miss college basketball as much as I miss college football. Forget the pros in either sport - college is where it's at! AFTER THE GAME ENTRY: Well, the Tarheels pulled it out. I'm glad for Roy Williams, but I really feel for Gonzaga. Hopefully, we'll see them back in the final Four next year. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in warming up and sunny Richland (I've been watering for two weeks now.) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Ya just never know I can't tell you how many times I've been out in one of my cars with the bomber plaque on it and been stopped by people who either are or their parents are Bombers... same with wearing Bomber shirts... This morning I got up and checked the skies... perfectly clear... uh huh... Well, today I had a very moving experience. So moving it stayed with me pretty much all day. During my life, I have had the honor and privilege to meet a few great men. Leroy Spotted Eagle was one of them and I had the distinct honor to call him friend. He was a great Spiritual Leader to the Paiute People. He was a fellow Marine and Viet-vet. He passed away in 2011 and his funeral was a very emotional moment for me. Today I washed all the cars parked outside... just before a huge down-pour. I had planned on running errands and by golly I did it. My first stop in the deluge was the bank. A young man behind me thanked me for my service. I asked him "what tribe?" and he answered Las Vegas Paiute. As I had been their commercial judge for about 20 years we continued our talk and he handed me his card. When I asked if he was related to Leroy (dumb question) he answered he was his son. Tears welled up in my eyes and I hugged him and told him how much his father meant to me. He is the Vice- Chair of the Las Vegas band. Had I not gone out in the rain, I would not have had the honor to meet this fine young man. So on to the portant celebrations... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nancy ERLANDSON ('67) and Marlene WALTON ('66) on your special day, April 4, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Gonzaga/North Carolina NCAA ~ 4/3/17 Tri-City Herald "Tar Heels take NCAA title, 71-65 over Gonzaga" "An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate." So sad Gonzaga lost! Re: Chris VOWELS ('71) update 6 Posting for Chris by Erin Casch "Well it's been a couple weeks since my last note and many things have changed; so we figured it was about time for an update. As many of you know I was scheduled to start chemo Friday (March 31) with admission to the hospital on Saturday (April 1). That has all been moved back to the possible dates of chemo starting on the 9th or 10th and transplant on the 14th or 15th. A couple of reasons for the change. Firstly, the donor they had planned for me was just discovered to have medical issues so was disqualified. We had been told that this could happen this late. They then started to move on to my second donor but stopped because new medical concerns were discovered about me. As part of the bunches of blood tests and other tests, one showed a new problem. Turns out I have a very high PSA score which can mean several things. For the past week & a half I've had a whole series of tests to figure it out. The result is they believe I have metastatic prostate cancer that has moved to some bone involvement. The disease is a chronic one (meaning I live with it); and the specialist we met with told me you can live many, many years with it. So Friday I received a hormone injection to start treating it - with no further need to treat for 3 months. So with all this new input the transplant team and the new doctors got together and came up with a new plan. The transplant will go forward but instead of an unrelated donor match I am now going to have a haploid match donor. This means one of my three daughters can be my donor. This change is for two reasons. One is complicated and has to do with pre and post-transplant treatment strategies and how they affect my newly discovered problem. The second reason is timeliness. If they were to work up the next unrelated donor it could take 4-6 weeks. If they use the haploid match, it will take around two weeks. So we are moving toward that. All 3 of my girls were tested on Friday and we will probably know which one is the best match by early this week. They all agreed to this and I didn't even have to strong arm them at all. As you can imagine though this has been very difficult for my wife, daughters and their families. About a month ago a good friend brought me in a song to listen to while I was in the hospital. It is "The Healer" sung by Kari Jobe. With these new revelations this song has helped remind me of what I have been saying to people since this whole thing started, "HE has me" and I'm at peace with that. I want to thank all of you who have been praying diligently & also to all of you who have helped with GoFundMe and the Meal Train. It has been truly amazing and I am very grateful. Chris Help spread the word!" Re: Jefferson Elementary School ~ 4/2/17 Tri-City Herald "Work to begin on new Jefferson Elementary School project in Richland." The new school will run north/south with its back to George Washington Way. The parking and entrance will be off Van Giesen with the new school to open in August 2018. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/05/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary MASSEY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam RUST ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Skool dayz How well I remember my very first day of school... Jefferson grade school... well perhaps I should be a little more clear... I have no memory at all of my "real" very first day of school... I think by now it should be clear to most who have read anything I have written over the last umpteen years that in my early years I was not a good listener... especially do's and don'ts... My mother always said, and I have no reason to doubt her, that before I turned 5, she explained to me time and again that I would not be going to school when I turned 5... Never the less, on my 5th birthday I awoke singing a little ditty which may have been entitled "today I go to school"... I was ready... I headed next door to Johnny REED's ('63 kinda) to walk to school... now Johnny had always considered my mother and all growed ups to be full of baloney to put it mildly... he didn't tell me I would be allowed inside the school but he did convince me that going was a good idea... We walked to school and when the bell rang, Johnny told me to sit on the teeter tater and he would be out later... it was a rather long wait and some bigger kids than I came along and knocked me around a bit... finally some nice people came along and asked where I lived... "In a pink house" was my reply... they finally found the right house on Haines and I waited till I was 6 to go back... As for the really first day... no clue... musta been anticlimactic by that time... now I had a second similar experience... in 1966 I was tapped to go to the Naval Academy... sounded good to me... eventually, during what I recall as my last interview, someone finally noticed I was half blind... as you can imagine... I did not attend... ahhhhhh but guess what... Thursday, I will have my second cataract surgery... assuming all goes well, I will have 20/20 vision... now... If I apply again or get an appointment... I could have myself a career in the Navy or Marine Corps... I figure 10 months for prep school and then 4 more years for a degree... I'll only be about 75 or 76 at graduation... ... Oh boy I'm going to Annapolis yippee kaiyey... oh boy oh boy... Some of us just never learn... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mary MASSEY ('64) on your special day, April 5, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Come one come all to the next All Bomber lunch on Saturday 8 April at 11:30 at Sterlings on Queensgate. The food is good and so is the conversations. -Betti AVANT ('69) -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/06/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara BERKELEY ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy DYKEMAN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve KING ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy RAEKES ('82) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: Spring greetings from the bayou/AZ house for sale after July 1 I just noticed that my last entry was in June 2015, and the topic was the "peas" where a lot of us worked in the canneries during the summer. I'm beginning to wonder if there is anything left to talk about since we have covered so many topics over the years. But I'm sure there must be some things we haven't covered. Anyway, nothing exciting is happening on the bayou here... flowers are blooming and gators are sun bathing with the turtles, as usual. Once again, I wanted to let fellow Bombers and their friends and relatives know about a family house that will be up for sale after July 1 that we will be selling in Gold Canyon, AZ, which is outside of Phoenix in Pinal County. I recall that there were a number of fellow classmates in Arizona and surrounding states, including Mr. Rivers in Las Vegas. It's a bit far for us to turn it into a weekend retreat or a hurricane haven, so it will be sold. It is in a 55+ community called Meadowbrook Village and is surrounded by the Superstition Mountains. It's a fantastic place for a second home with a golf course, swimming pool and numerous activities. If it were a few hundred miles away from us, we would be going there and I wouldn't be writing this... but 1400+ miles is a bit much for us at this age. We have driven and flown there over the years... flying is much easier! It belonged to my 1st cousin and a friend of hers was staying there, but he is getting up in age and has decided to return to his Colorado home full-time. It is a beige stucco home with a red tile roof with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms 1397 square feet in size on a lot 7841 square feet in size with a gravel yard and a 500 sq. foot garage. It has a huge, beautiful Spanish-style backyard fireplace, metal sculptures, custom metal birdbath and a patio with a high-quality roll-out cover. It is located in a choice cul-de-sac surrounded by much larger homes, so the location is very good. It is likely the smallest home on the street (SMALL is good when you get older and downsize). It has a really cool large tree and brush-filled gully behind it which has numerous interesting animals and birds emanating from it. The community is very popular and homes tend to move very quickly. This info will soon be going out in the local area, Phoenix and elsewhere. A number of the neighbors live there year round. It is a well-kept and managed community. We hope to sell it without a realtor if possible, which means a somewhat better price if no commission needs to be paid. It will be sold as is. So, if anyone is interested, please send me an email for details. If possible, I will send a few pictures with this (if Maren can post them somehow). [Pictures didn't come thru... looks lime maybe a Windows 10 problem... Either ask Frank for pictures and/or they will be posted on a later date when I get them. -Maren] -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/07/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Abe DUNNING ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harry MANOLOPOULOS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Anne LAUBY ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda PHILLIPS ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott CROSS ('88) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa DYKEMAN ('98) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack ALEXANDER & Ginger ROSE ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) CALLING ALL '52-ers! Not much beats a Class Reunion for getting folks together and sharing old and new stories. Class of '52 will be celebrating our SIXTY-FIFTH!!! Wow... can you believe we've made it this far??? But the movers and shakers putting this thing together are going to need a lot of help. With the passing of our dear co-alumn, Luana IVERS Portch, the one person most involved in Club 40 as a Representative of the Class of '52 and all of our Reunions, the membership list has disappeared. We want to get an information letter mailed soon so we can find out what kind of activity most of you/us are interested in, besides the Club 40 doings. Anyone who can help put together a comprehensive list, please contact us as soon as possible. For now, you can email me with any and all names and addresses. (Mailing addresses as well as emails and phone numbers would be very much appreciated. They won't be going any place except to get the Reunion organized.) Bomber Cheers, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Helen CROSS ('62), Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Pat DORISS ('65), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorna SHAW ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathleen KINNEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WINGFIELD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori BROWN ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I just want to wish my young cousin, Scott CROSS ('88), a Happy Belated Birthday [on 4/7]; hope you had a great day. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where it was 36 last night, but got up to 66 today with some pretty strong winds, the flowering trees are having a hard time holding on to their blooms!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: old TCH and Seattle P.I. Since I a weeding out some of my old collections of newspapers, I thought I would offer some of my old Tri-City Heralds from 1962-1963. They are ones that covered the 1962 World's Fair, the space program, and the Kennedy Assassination. I have no one in Louisiana who would likely care about keeping them for historical reasons. I also found some April, 1963, reprints of the P.I. that are 100th anniversary exact copies of big headlines from the newspaper from about the 1860s up to about the 1940s. If anyone wants them (free), send me an email with your address... first request gets them via Priority Mail. A few days ago, I gave most of my old Colorado newspapers (2 bags) to my 19 year old cousin who just happened to be visiting for a few hours. They go back to about the 1890s and will go to the historical society there. My son may want my Louisiana (big headlines) papers that only go back to 1965. Not sure why I collect so much old stuff & guess it's the historian in me. Re: AZ house for sale I only found 2 pictures of the Arizona house we are selling after July 1. Again, if anyone is interested in a retirement/ 2nd house, let me know. -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) Re: Col-Hi Ladies of '65 April Lunch & Get-Together WHEN: Friday, April 14th, 2017 TIME: 11:30am - 1pm WHERE: Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 6505 West Canal Dr, Kennewick Spring has finally arrived, and all around us trees, shrubs and flowers are blooming like crazy, and in just one week we'll celebrate Easter! If you're a Class of '65 Lady Bomber, please consider joining us for lunch next Friday! Don't worry if you haven't joined us for a while, you're always welcome! Let me know if you'd like to join us so I can add you to our guest list! -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ~ West Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Belated Birthday Geez, I can't believe I missed a very special birthday. I've known this guy since Jason Lee days, sleep overs, hanging out, just having fun was always easy. We were together at Chief Jo, Col-Hi, and WSU. He's someone who has truly risen to be one of the post school year leaders, and relied upon to coordinate our reunions and events. A belated Happy Birthday to Kelvin Soldat ('71) on the 7th [yesterday]. I hope it was a good one, Dog!!!! -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in warm and windy Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/09/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary SETBACKEN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tere SMYTH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: nuther river dunk or gold star Now to some of you guys who always wanted to be the first inna river, a possible dunking may not be of much portants... but when you throw in the fact that my hands would be tied and weights tied to my feet... it becomes a tad more ominous... so with that in mind I transmit the second leg (there are four total) in the "W" b-days... tho this Bomber-babe goes by an "M" now I use the Col-Hi names so it's still "W"... We also got one a my favorite Marines celebrating today... now favorite is used only because he was a fav before the Corps... all Marines and Bombers are Favs... we also celebrate the b-day of a Bomber-babe sis of our own Editor in Bomber-babe... in fact, in just a few hours (last night when you read this) she will be surprised on her 70th b-day with a surprise party... assuming Terry DAVIS ('65) does as he said he would there will be another surprise on face book... time will tell... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gary SETBACKEN ('64), Tere SMYTH ('65) and Cathy WEIHERMILLER ('66) on your special day, April 9, 2017!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch We had a small group for the All Bomber lunch on Saturday. Betti AVANT ('69), Glen ROSE ('58), and Burt PIERARD ('59) who was Glen's ride to the lunch. I'd like to welcome all Bombers to our monthly lunch, the 2nd Saturday of every month at Sterlings on Queensgate at 11:30. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Anniversary Today the 9th is the Anniversary of one of my hunting, fishing, and drinking buddies. I've known everyone in his family for a long time, and its always been good. Happy 5th anniversary to Thoa and Tom MATTIS ('66). And many, many more. You chose well Tom. And she has a mountain in Wyoming named after her. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in really warm Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Mary TRIEM ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma CULVERHOUSE ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon BENEDICT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug PAYNE ('73) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47) Re: Club 40 2017 Registration Form Maren: Cannot find forms for this year - how do I do it? I need for a classmate to get her to come in September as well as form for me. Hope all is well with you. Bomber Cheers, -Mary TRIEM Mowery (a '47 Bomber) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mary, I was told that the registration form will be available in the next Dust Storm which will come out after the April 22nd meeting. If anyone asks, tell them it will be May before Dust Storm is sent. That gives them 4 months to get it in!! -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/11/17 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have 1 birthday today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha FELTS ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/12/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Anonymous Bomber BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: McGregor FOX ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monita McCLELLAN ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia HUTCHINS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aaron HOLLOWAY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David MASON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan BELLISTON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrie SMITHWICK ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I am appalled by the lack of interest shown in this publication. Yes, that's right, another "Not" issue arrived in the inbox today. If nothing more, a reminiscence from the "Tooter" ('65) on his attraction for older Bomber Babes or semi-truths about escapades with some of the guys. I, personally, will leave all the tale telling to Jim WATTS ('54) as he can disguise and obfuscate the truth better. Someone wondered about a Club 40 dues only form. There wasn't one in the last DustStorm. But, if you went to the Club 40 web page The link is there ["Dues Only Registration"] on the opening page. You might have to scroll down to find it, but it is there. The only catch being, that your printer is compatible. So, write if you have something to say or ask. Maren won't mind (I think). It's better than her staying up all night waiting for the entries to pour in. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are saying that temps may reach 70 on Easter Sunday. They said that a week ago, and all we got was rain and a whole lotta wind on Friday. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Anonymous Bomber Re: giraffe with her baby at six weeks Maren, (not for Sandstorm) I saw a news story on TV yesterday that showed mama giraffe with her baby at six weeks old. I presume it was April. You may want to check this out further. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I really wanted to respond to this. I'm sure there are pictures of April with a six week old calf... this is her 4th or 5th pregnancy... they say that once she weans the baby (whenever that is) the calf will go to another facility to protect the species from inbreeding. "Baby daddy", Oliver, is 5 years old and April is 15 years old. They say the males are only interested in eating, fighting, and mating... which is why they send the offspring to another facility as soon as it is weaned. I googled "mama giraffe with her baby at six weeks old" and found lots of pictures... not sure if any were April, but I suppose it could have been since she's had previous pregnancies. BTW, when this calf is born it will be approximately 6 feet tall and weigh 150 pounds. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/13/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49) Mike CLOWES ('54) Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave BURNHAM ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave FOWLER ('76) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harvey CHAPMAN & Sally FOLEY ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Re: Club 40 dues application Just to let the Sandstorm audience know, that as Treasurer for Club 40, I have the dues application in my computer and I will gladly e-mail or snail mail a form at their request. The one in the computer has my address on it so we save postage going to Richland and then Connie DEAN O'Neil ('60) has to use another envelope and mail to me so I can make the bank deposit. Our Board is meeting the 22nd of this month, so get ready for news on Club 40 this year. I will also include a registration form for the September Get together in the Spring Dust Storm. Looking forward to driving to Richland and getting out of this rain in the Seattle area. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ in water soaked Bothell ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) With reference to Club 40 Dues only registration forms; the Club Treasurer informs me that they should be sent directly to her; rather than go to Richland and then have to be forwarded. You can contact her at That should be a good address. She will even be nice enough to either e- mail you one or possibly even snail-mail one (depending on how she did on the golf course) -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are still awaiting a 70 day. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) I learned here that giraffes..."They say the males are only interested in eating, fighting, and mating?" Everyone is right... men are pigs! Or sometimes giraffes... I guess? -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/14/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Roy BALLARD ('63) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie MOTT ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myra WEIHERMILLER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin CORLEY ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Roy BALLARD ('63) Re: Together!!!!!!! Together, for many years. Mmy spouse and I congratulate Harv CHAPMAN and Sal FOLEY ('56) [on the 13th] for the many years of togetherness, -Roy BALLARD ('63) and Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67)~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) Re: Question Does anyone suffer from constant itching/scratching? -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/15/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Maribeth sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Maribeth Smith (SIL) Deedee WILLOX ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanny WILSON ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy CARPENTER ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mickey LYNCH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy DeHART ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) I certainly hope all is settled with Club 40 Dues forms. Now for the real business. Today we celebrate the birthday of a Bomber whom I knew back then. Hadn't seen him since until he showed up at the 60-year reunion just in time for the group picture. I think he may be in it. So, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Lanny Wilson ('54). And please, Lanny, put Ray WELLS ('54) down gently. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers have back-pedaled from the 70 on Easter Sunday; now supposed to be in the mid-sixties. Stay tuned. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Maribeth Smith, Sister-in-Law of Hal SMITH ('56) Hal SMITH's ('56) wife Diana emailed me today (4/14] that Hal died yesterday [4/13/17] in Orlando, FL after three weeks in Hospice care. He cared a lot about his time as a Richland Bomber and followed Sandstorm entries. He has missed his brother Pook (63-RIP 2005) and can join him now. Submitted by Maribeth Smith, sister-in-law ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) Re: April, the Giraffe Her official website: To: All Moms out there in Bomberland Remember those last few week of pregnancy? All I could think about was "get this kid outta me!" The birth, as difficult as it might be, was easier than the waiting, waiting, and then... waiting. Well, that's what I am feeling for April, the giraffe. So, "have the baby, will ya?" I keep checking, but not baby. Meantime I've watched some live birth films; one in a zoo & one in the wild. It's interesting. Giraffes are pregnant for about 15 months - makes 9 months seem not so long, eh? {I know that a giraffe gives birth standing up, so when I see her in the prone position I know she won't give birth right now. I watched her lie down a little while ago... it was painful to watch. She must not have been too comfortable cuz I just checked again and now she's up again. Also, front hooves come out first... then the head... and when her tail is sticking straight out, I have to watch to see if it's gonna be hooves or poop. -Maren]. -Deedee WILLOX Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where we had rain again today. It has been a wet winter & a wet spring here ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Pat UPSON ('49), Curt DONAHUE ('53) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Bill SCOTT ('64) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara COLE ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony SHARPE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg JOCHEN ('76) IT'S A BOY! 4/15/17 8:56am CDT In March, Toys'R'Us started sponsoring the feed - right after baby boy was born the ad changed to Babies'R'Us. Cute Name-the-baby contest coming soon. April's official website: ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) Re: April I was doing some work at my desk, quite late last night --- I clicked on to April to see what she was doing. Most nights, while the entire state of New York (including Oliver) is sound asleep -- April is usually standing -- hour after hour trying to get some sleep after many aborted tries at trying to lie down!! Last night was different. She paced around her stall for an hour or more -- never stopping. It was constant. I thought that something was up. It was evident she was in a dither!! Finally I gave up and turned out the light. When I awoke, this morning, I clicked on April and she was giving birth!!!!!!!!!!! (Thank you David R. ('65) for the use of some of your exclamation marks!!) I guess, in the wild, when you are worried about hyenas catching you --- you learn to stand up quickly!! By the time an hour had passed -- this small miracle of birth was walking around it's stall and it's Mom was nuzzling it towards the milk faucet for it's first meal! It certainly was worth the looooong wait for the joy of watching this adorable little creature!. With all of the scary, horrific, and worrisome news that we are confronted with every day --- what a joy it is to watch and laugh at this tiny miracle!!!! Bomber cheers and a Happy Easter! -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Giraffe The reason the giraffe stands when giving birth is so the baby wakes up when it hits the ground. Strange, but true, I'm told. {Also, the fall breaks the amniotic sac and the umbilical cord. -Maren] Have a blessed Easter, everyone! -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Hal SMITH ('56-RIP) Lots of my 1950s south end gang have many very fond memories of Hal ('56-RIP) and Pook ('63-RIP) Smith and their Mom & Dad. They were a great community orientated family at a unique time of Richland history. Hal was one of the older kids that we all looked up too. Rest in Peace, my Hero. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Easter I see the giraffe has delivered. Here's a little rhyme to mark the occasion: So April the Giraffe//has had her calf//to those who doubted//she had the last laugh.// Hmm. Maybe I should add "Burma Shave" after that. Meanwhile, being that tomorrow is Easter, and knowing that Easter is NOT about the Easter Bunny, I still can't resist this little tale. Stop me if you've heard this one. A man was driving down a lonely country road. Lulled by the monotonous landscape, he swerved too late to avoid an animal in the road ahead. He felt the thump of something under his wheels, and, distraught, stopped and got out to see what he had hit. He saw on the road a large rabbit. Nearby were an overturned Easter basket and eggs scattered all around. "I've killed the Easter Bunny!" the man cried. "What will I tell my kids?" Saddened, he sat down beside the road and wiped away tears. Momentarily, a woman drove up and pulled over. She saw the bunny in the road and seemed to know just what to do. She went straight to her trunk, opened it, and returned with a large spray can. She pressed the plunger and sprayed the contents over the bunny. As if by magic, the bunny sprang to life, picked up the Easter basket, gathered all the spilled eggs, and hopped off down the road. About 50 yards down, he turned and waved. Enormously relieved, the man waved back. But after another fifty yards, the bunny stopped and waved again! And so it continued until the bunny was out of sight. Puzzled, the man turned to the woman. "What in the world did you spray on that rabbit?" he cried. Smiling, the woman held out the can for the man to read. It said: HARE SPRAY. RESTORES LIFE TO DEAD HARE. ADDS PERMANENT WAVE. -Bill SCOTT (with apologies) ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) BIRTH: It's happened!! April has given birth. One hundred thirty pounds of cuteness. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick sunshine today, but still windy. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Dead meat Well, no matter how hard I try and often I check the cheat sheet I will miss a few now and then... "Myra WEIHERMILLER" ('67) is prominently written on my cheat sheet along with the other "W" girls... I mean BIG freaking letters... sooooooooo I am looking forward to a dunking inna River this summer and no gold stars... .I'd eat worms but what is done is done... or rather what wasn't done wasn't done... .I'M SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh the shame of it all... so the 14th has come and gone... Hey (changing the subject out of desperation)... did anyone have pedigree dogs as kids? I mean I do remember a few... I think Brad PEW ('66) did... in fact our bull dogs may have been... but not like today... anyway, one time I heard there was a dog show down at the park... I had this cocker named Pepper and thought it would be cool to go to the dog show... now Pepper was one of those neighborhood dogs that followed you everywhere but made a pest of himself in so doing. If I went to the drug store... he would wait for the door to open and chow down on the low hanging fruit... in the for of the candy on the low shelves... can't count the times I was yelled at by the store employees... he ate well tho... So anyway, Pepper and I walked on the dike... in those days kids walked or rode bikes all over town without adult supervision... Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) says we do the same thing today tho we ride in cars... still without adult supervision... So off we went to the park... I figured it was just a buncha kids in the park with their dogs... WRONG! Dabg did we disrupt things... we hadda beat feet outa there as fast as we could... we could still hear the barking and howling for a long way away... I didn't check back to see but I am pretty sure we didn't win a trophy either! That should get some girl's minds off of my fo paw so now I can wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tony SHARPE ('63) on your special day, April 16, 2017 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/17/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ferna GAROUTTE ('58), Helen CROSS ('62) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary JONES ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob THOMAS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim VACH ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shari NAPORA ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane SMITH ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" DAVIS ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff JANICEK ('88) IT'S A BOY! 4/15/17 8:56am (CDT) ~ 129# ~ 5' 9" tall April's official website: ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Re: My friend I am so very sad today. I just learned Joan GREEN Wade Harvey ('58wb) passed away January 26, 2017. Last I knew she was living with her daughter, Lori in Vancouver, WA. I moved to this area almost 5 years ago and had tried to find her but I didn't know Lori's married name. I had tried e-mails and phone calls to her family with no response. I have many great memories of our times together. -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: April's baby boy What wonderful news to learn on Easter that April delivered her baby (calf) safely. As we live with in an hour of Indianapolis, I hope to go see them. [April and her baby are at Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, New York. -Maren] Easter blessings a little late, but we've had a very busy Holy, but blessed Holy Week. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we had a glorious Sunrise service with the sun shining through the clouds on a very warm morning, where the little rain we had held off til after our outside Easter Egg Hunt, and the predicted storms have missed us. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Easter Very funny! Loved it... had not heard that before so I was very surprised by the ending. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick Happy Easter one and all. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: A Special Day I have been blessed with some very special friends. None more special that Craig DAVIS ('65). You couldn't have got a razor blade between us at Spalding from the day I arrived till the day I was "invited" to leave. Craig was a friend's friend and Marine's Marine. I find it strangely amazing that during his last two illnesses, my special friend Terry DAVIS ('65) made it a point to be there every time Craig needed him and most times in between. Though I won't go into it here, I have come to accept the amazing as a friend as so many such things have taken place during my life time. I am no longer surprised at the coincidi (coincidence plural) that occur so often in my life. In fact I find them quite comforting. When God acts anonymously, anything can happen. It is with mixed sorrow and joy that I tell you that my friend Craig passed away early Easter evening. I will relish the grand times we had together and never be sad as I know he is out of pain. God Bless Craig Davis. -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/18/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers Alexis Stockwell and sent stuff: Alexis Stockwell (NAB) Dwain MEFFORD ('56) Dennis HAMMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane WALKER ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie CONE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene SWIFT ('71) '53 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gilbert BLANKENSHIP ('81) 04/18 TODAY IN HISTORY: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the EIGHTEENTH OF APRIL, in '75; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year... . Paul Revere's Ride -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow APRIL's Stuff Live Birth archive 3Hrs 54 min ++ While this is the footage of the entire labor process, you can skip closer to the moment of birth starting at approximately 3:10:00. IT'S A BOY! 4/15/17 8:56am (CDT) ~ 129# ~ 5' 9" tall Weighing April's baby makes her a nervous mama. Protective mama kicks at vet, Dr. Tim April's official website: ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Alexis Stockwell (NAB) Re: Carl J. ERICKSON ('33) Hello! My name is Alexis Stockwell and I am a student at Washington State University in Pullman. I am taking a military history class and I am researching Carl J. Erickson ('33) for a memorial assignment and was wondering if there is anything that you can tell me about him? Or if there is anyone you know who might know a little bit more about his life. Carl graduated in 1933 from Richland High School which were the Colts at that time. Thank you so much for your time! -Alexis Stockwell (Not A Bomber) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dwain MEFFORD ('56) Re: Hal SMITH ('56-RIP) I was saddened to learn of the passing of my class mate, Hal. He and I grew up in the south end. In the first year of little league in Richland, Hal and I were on a team coached by his dad, Hal senior. A few years ago I read an article about Mickey Mantle. I remembered that Hal senior had told the team that he had coached Mickey as an eighth grader back in Oklahoma. I wasn't sure my memories were correct so I got Hal's e-mail from the Sandstorm and wrote him to ask if my memory was correct. Hal was surprised that I remembered something from so long ago but yes his dad had coached Mickey. Hal then told that once when he was in New York he called Mickey or his agent, identified himself as Hal Smith, and asked to see him. Mickey thought it was Hal senior calling and readily agreed to meet. Hal said that Mickey was very gracious and that they had a nice time together. Hal and I exchanged e-mails bringing ourselves up to date on our lives and reliving old memories. -Dwain MEFFORD ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Income Tax Simplification Proposed new tax simplification for next year. 1. How much money did you make last year? 2. How much was withheld? 3. Subtract line 2 from line 1. 4. Send it in. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/19/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lila JENNE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda SWAIN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark ROHRBACHER ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg WELLMAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deb BOSHER ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jeff LARSEN & Barbara GILE ('67) TODAY IN HISTORY 1775 American Revolution began "shot heard 'round the world" 1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life 1993 Waco ended 1995 Oklahoma City ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: wow Only 10 days apart... well not Zakary 10 days... there wuz a couple a years in between so I guess it's not like oh say a mountain blowing up but I think it's a pretty big deal... without this Bomber-b-day babe we would not have our wonderful Sandstorm to look forward to inna mornings and I for one would not be very happy 'bout that... and mean where else can I say really dumb stuff with amumimity... I can just go on and on and just be ignored... hmmm seems like my life is not much different on here than anywhere else... well HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64 on your very special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: birthdays Here's wishing the "Queen of the Alumni Sandstorm", Maren SMYTH a very happy birthday on the 19th. Also my great niece Idaly Hernandez (HHS) a good #15 who shares Maren's BD and her brother Anand Hernandez #17 on the 20th. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ where in Richland on Wednesday we may hit 70 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/20/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pat UPSON ('49) Jack GARDINER ('61) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda LEE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck SHIPMAN ('71) April's official website: ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) Re: We should have had ten thousand salutations!!!!!! Dear Maren, I promise to paint it on one of my walls in my house!!!! I did not have your birthday written down and every person who ever reads this column -- every day, and knows how much work you put in to it -- should have it memorized!!!! One birthday salutation appeared!!! Cry SHAME ON US!!!!!!! Thank you for your dedication, Maren, we love you for it and HAPPY BIRTHDAY --YESTERDAY!!!!!! [Pat, I probably DID get a thousand salutations... ya have to count text messages, Facebook messages, email, snail mail. telephone (cell and land line), and there's always person-to-person wishes. I had a wonderful day... 72 is a good age to be!! Thank you all. -Maren] -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) '************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) I was also saddened to see that Hal SMITH ('56-RIP) had passed away. I've known the SMITH family close to 60 years. Hal graduated with my older brother Scotty ('56). Pook ('63-RIP) graduated with my younger brother Chuck ('63-RIP). If I am not mistaken Hal, Sr. was at one time president of the Pony League. -Jack GARDINER ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Andrey Sushko ('12HHS) ~ 4/19/17 Tri-City Herald "Hanford High grad is science standout at Harvard, earns $90,000 new American fellowship." "Andrey Sushko was reading about physics at age 8. By age 10, he was showing a knack for engineering and electronics, building remote- control model boats. At 12, 'I was programming things,' he said. So it's no surprise that at 23, Sushko - who graduated from Hanford High School in Richland before going onto Stanford University and now Harvard University - is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship. He's one of 30 young people chosen to be a 2017 Paul & Daisy Fellow. He'll receive up to $90,000 for his graduate studies." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ where it is a beautiful day in Richland! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/21/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) John ADKINS ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie ALLEN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie SHEERAN ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane SMOLEN ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) The class of '52 has lost another very dear member. I have been told that Marilyn NIELSEN Ragsdale passed away Sunday the 16th. I believe she was living at Royal Columbia Retirement Home in Kennewick. Shedding Bomber tears, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ADKINS ('62) Re: Class of '62's 55 Year class reunion The schedule and Registration form for our 55 year class reunion is available at: It is also posted on the class Web Page -John ADKINS ('62) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Cows n stuff Ahhhhhhhh Cowgirl butts drive me nuts... particularly I have one in mind... just saw pictures of her niece with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent and it gave me cat scratch fever while singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long... oh yeah... now if I had me a machine that would whisk me from one place to another in the blink of an eye I'd be sittin' there in the SW booth at the Spudnut just waitin' for her in her turned up Kim Novak collar and her Court to get there inna morning... ahh but dreamin' has always been one of my favorite past times... so I'll just hafta send this little message instead... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Katie SHEERAN ('61) on your special day April 21, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/22/17 ~ EARTH DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54) Jim HAMILTON ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim COYNE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy METZ ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Meg CONE ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Before I get going on this, I should remind the "Tooter" ('65) that somewhere in Sin City there is a Bomber Lunch (if the calendar is correct). Find out where it is and go. There is, according to the calendar, a Bomber Babe birthday today. I don't know her; only of her through the ramblings of the Junior Gyrene ('65). She seems like a nice enough young lady. How she ever became the school girl crush of RIVERS ('65) is beyond the ken of man. But let us not hold that against her. I'm sure she has many sterling qualities. 'Nuff said. I now tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63). In her honor, I will not over use the exclamation point. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are in a tizzy over when spring like weather will show up. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) There once was a Song Queen named Elleeeeen Whose high kicks often made her undies seen We crowded the bleachers Praying like preachers For one more kick, Long Live the Queen Happy Birthday to Ellen WEIHERMILLER Anderson ('63) -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: And "some" people thunk I'd "blow it" I got lumps in my throat When I saw her comin' down the aisle I got the wiggles in my knees When she looked at me and sweetly smiled There she is again Standin' over by the record machine Looking like a model On the cover of a magazine She's too cute to be a minute over seventeen Meanwhile I was thinkin' If she's in the mood no need to break it I got the chance and I oughta take it If she can dance we can make it C'mon queenie let's shake it Go, go, go, little queenie Now I know over the years I've neglected the Bomber guy who shares his b-day with "Queenie"... well not this year... this is one a them guys I've known at least since 6th grade and have enjoyed his friendship year in and year out. While Chuck may not have writ a song about him, he stands great in my eyes... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) and Jim COYNE ('64) on your special day, April 22, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ["Little Queenie" - Chuck Berry That's Keith Richards in guitar -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/23/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Gary LUCAS ('57), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Nancy MOORE ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike BRADLEY ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita ECKERT ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken DAME ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary LUCAS ('57) Re: 100th Birthday! My mother, Gladys Lucas, is 100 years old today, Sunday, April 23! She lives in Richland. She is in excellent health, both physically and mentally. If you knew her, you might like to call her and wish her a happy birthday. She would be thrilled to hear from you. Her number is 509.375.3322. Unfortunately, her voice mail is inoperable at the moment, so you actually have to get her. -Gary LUCAS ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: Ruminations on the 55 year Reunion for the Class of '62 By now many of us have watched the PBS rerun on the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. In my more reflective years I am struck by how the magnitude of national-scale things like this and the days of early-Richland passed right over the heads most of the people I know from western Washington and elsewhere. "Manhattan Project, what's that?" First, there's the bigger-than-life expanse of the original Richland area landscape. Before the vineyards and fruit trees there were the bleak scabland coulees carved out lava flows thousands and thousands of feet thick. The Puget Sound streams don't measure up to the dozens of Ice Age floods east of the Cascades that each suddenly released some 500 cubic miles of water (still 800 feet deep as they swept over what was to be become the Hanford Nuclear Reservation). Then there's President Roosevelt's decision to block the largest of these channels with a thread of concrete some 550 feet high and a mile long. Compare this to the much more-celebrated Seattle Space Needle of the same height, but sideways barely a beanpole. Even for us who grew up in the '40s and '50s in Richland, the McNary Dam slack water pool is the more familiar and digestible sight, so deceptively placid and diminished, backed up behind one of nine much smaller afterthought dams built on the Columbia in the years following the Grand Coulee extravaganza (the tenth, Bonneville, was completed earlier in 1933). While a graduate student at the University of Washington in the early '70s I knew a fellow Ph.D. student in regional planning. He was visiting from agricultural India with a dissertation topic to research the economic restructuring of rural eastern Washington following completion of the Dam - the drying up of smaller crossroads irrigation settlements as these were mostly replaced by the fewer and larger communities like Moses Lake, Othello and metropolitan Ephrata! A million new acres of Grand Coulee irrigation can do that. Then there's faraway, seemingly unrelated, very self sufficient (and self absorbed) Seattle where I live now. In truth, the eastern Washington Dam built much of western Washington Seattle. One third of the planes built in the United States during World War II came out of the several Boeing plants, pumping out up to sixteen bombers per day. Aluminum built the planes, and Coulee electricity produced the aluminum. (The nuclear reactors at Richland also siphoned off their share of electrons.) So, where are we going with all this? The point is the larger- than-life magnitude of events related to our growing up in seemingly small-town, cookie-cutter Richland on one domesticated corner of the desert. Even bigger than the desert, this bigger picture in human history is really overwhelming. But one didn't have to feel totally diminished by all this bigness as long as Trout Pool was filled with water and the Bombers were winning basketball games year after year. Now after the hype of World War II and after the Cold War has settled down, the cleanup of nuclear waste over several decades seems almost routine. But this is also beyond comprehension at $100 billion, compared to $2 billion ($1944) for the entire wartime Manhattan Project (Hanford, Oak Ridge, Los Alamos). And doubly incomprehensible, since the new mission is to sequester several decades of accumulated nuclear waste with a half life of 10,000 years (!), in a repository somewhere far away from the banks of the Columbia, probably in Nevada. This time horizon, too, like the period since the last Ice Age, is longer than all of recorded history. The pharaoh Cheops built his personal repository pyramid on the banks of the Nile only 5,000 years ago. All of this is just a bit hard to comprehend - and is especially beyond the radarscope of most people today who were not in the middle of the historic moment that produced Richland. We graduates of Columbia High School (aka Richland High School to historical revisionists)... do we get it? In some ways we do think at least sorta historically: I see where classmate JOHN ADKINS ('62) is advertising the 55 year Reunion for the Class of '62. Now this is at least a bit long term. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ with my feet in the politically correct sinkhole of Seattle, but my heart still in the sage brush over the mountains. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: cozy and fun Now that was fun! After the delinquents this morning I ran home putzed around then headed out for the Fiesta in Henderson for a Bomber lunch. Now I expected a larger crowd but boy did this work out! I met Nancy MOORE ('70) outside the buffet and we were soon joined by Ray KELLY ('63) and Marilyn BRASFIELD ('64)... while waiting for any others I made my yearly (well I am sure I call more than once a year... even I who hate the phone must do better than that) call to Ellen ('63) the b-day Bomber-babe of the day... from there we just sat at a teeny tiny little table and talked and talked and talked till almost 3 PM... now that was one great Bomber lunch... if you asked any of us "what" we discussed I'm not sure we could tell you... just jumped from subject to subject... about the only thing that might have added would have been today's B-day Bombers to be there and add to the conversation... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gary WEBB ('64) and Kenny DAME ('68) on your special day, April 23, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: James MATTIS ('68) ~ 4/22/17 Tri-City Herald "Richland native James MATTIS ('68) makes Time's Most Influential list" "Defense Secretary James MATTIS ('68) is one of the most influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. The Richland native and retired Marine general is one of four state newsmakers on the magazine's list of the top 100 movers and shakers. The others are state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Melinda Gates and Jeff Bezos. Time's 100-person list is a who's who of recent newsmakers. They include Donald and Ivanka Trump, drag performer RuPaul, Olympian Simone Biles, soccer star Neymar and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nancy MOORE ('70) Re: VEGAS BOMBERS Not pictured: David RIVERS ('65). The Vegas Bombers had a great time at lunch today, visiting for almost 3 hours at the Fiesta Henderson Casino Buffet. We were missing Harvey IRBY ('64) & wife, Carolyn and Jim NELLIGAN ('50) & wife, Ginny - something must have come up! Go Bombers! -Nancy MOORE ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/24/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Judi PEARSON ('54) Karen COLE ('55), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat "Rex" WOOD ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie SWANSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny CASTO ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen ROTAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben HAUSENBUILLER ('98) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) So glad the "Tooter" ('65) made it to the Vegas lunch Saturday. Could the reason he wasn't in the picture because he took the picture? Or was he avoiding being in someone else's selfie? The world will not wonder. There is a fellow classmate who celebrates a birthday today. I think I knew him back then. Name sure is familiar. I know I saw him at the last reunion, I think. Most of all, he is not the fellow classmate with the same last name; he is not Eugene "Red" WOOD ('54-RIP). Therefore a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" goes out to the one and only Rex "Pat" WOOD ('54) on this day. Have a good one, Pat, and see you around the campfire sometime. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the growing season is being postponed due to wet weather. Real strawberries will be late this year. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Judi PEARSON Parker ('54) Re: Forrest GOODENOW Terry ('54-RIP) More Bomber Tears. I've just found out that Forrest passed away March 25th. Forrest was my date for our Junior Prom. We always said it was the best Prom date because we were good friends, not dating. Forrest was a great dancer and fun to be with. We always loved seeing each other over the years and stayed in touch after meeting at our 30 year reunion. More good memories. -Judi PEARSON Parker ('54) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Re: Gary WEBB ('64) birthday Happy belated birthday to you, Gary. I understand it was Sunday the 23rd. Hope this finds you well and out in the sunshine down there in the banana belt. Instead of 300 days without precipitation, we've had 300 days with I believe! Anyway, we hope your birthday was a good one. -Love the Cole kids -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: All Summer Long To: David RIVERS ('65) Wow, for sure change the lyrics of All Summer Long (Kid Rock) to 1969 and Eastern Washington and it's a fit for me!!!! Extra!!!!! For sure. All of the lyrics are Richland for sure. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in hail pounded Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/25/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Carl DVORAK ('58) Jim HAMILTON ('63), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don WINSTON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carla BOSHER ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry SPEARS & Cathy CLUGSTON ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Yesterday's news from fellow classmate Judi PEARSON Parker ('54) brings forth the wonder of how we lasted this long. Speaking for myself (of course) as Judi is only in her early 20s. Considering "hooky-bobbing" and weaving in and out of the mosquito fog; how did we get past childhood let alone graduate. Judi also makes me wonder if the climate in Arizona, although somewhat like Richland, is not conducive to a longer life for Bombers residing there. Hey, if ya wants yer desert life think about moving to Burns, OR. It is a full half-day closer to Richland than Phoenix, Tucson or Tempe. So long, Forrest ('54-RIP). I would mention your "school" name only the witness protection people may trace me down. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carl DVORAK ('58) Re: Ronnie Lewis ARMSTRONG ('56-RIP) I am sad to say that my brother-in-law, Ronnie, lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017. Ronnie loved watching the Mariners and Seahawks and didn't miss a game on tv. A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1pm at Einan's at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Graveside services will follow at 2pm. In lieu of flowers please send your donation to the Diabetes foundation or the local Humane society. -Carl DVORAK ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) While he is younger than Ray STEIN ('64) and should have also been Red Shirted, we're glad he's one of us as he kept our collective grade point at a respectable level. Happy Birthday to Don WINSTON ('63), hope those Atlanta traffic woes stay in the news long enough to keep the locals from looking at the National League East standings. Maybe they could schedule a series with out local AA/MLB club. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Who Are These Guys? To All Bombers, The photo looks to be taken in the late '50s. These men are part of the Radiation Monitoring Unit (RMU) of Hanford. 3 names are on the back if that will help. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks. -Don L. Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/26/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Connie MADRON ('60) David RIVERS ('65), Tere SMYTH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lou Ann BINNS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosalie LANSING ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie DUKES ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) I certainly enjoyed your entry last week about the historical significance of Richland and the "east-side". It was a unique time growing up in Richland, under the shadow of Nuclear power. The kids around here now, didn't have our up-bringing and don't have the sense of wonder that we had/have for "the way things were". Best Bomber regards, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ enjoying family, friends, and the weather in Alaska for a few weeks or so. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Connie MADRON Hall ('60) Re: I See My House Down There WATCH: View the making of the Candy Mountain trail -Connie MADRON Hall ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The Twang's the thang Ahhhhhhh that time again... Ohhhhhhhhhh sweeeeet mystery of life at last I've found you... ..Oh sure sure... I always say this or that Bomber-babe is the coolest, the sweetest, the prettiest, the nicest and on and on... and I mean every single word... but hey... my heart was stolen by this babe years and years ago and we still talk on the phone alla time (yeah I know I'm not a phone guy) and can't wait to get together each year... and ya gotta admit, when the Fabulous Wailers cut her record, they broke the mold and when her folks had her they did the same... plus the fact she shares her day with the man with the twangy guitar... what more could one ask... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Rosalie LANSING ('63) and Duane Eddy (NAB) on your special day, April 26, 2017!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tere SMYTH-Wilson ('65) Maren my sister---thank you for all you do for this website. And to all who contribute. And thanks David RIVERS ('65) for your well wishes on my surprise 70th. You remember so many of us---wonderful. -Tere SMYTH-Wilson ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/27/17 ~ NOT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No entries for a REAL Alumni Sandstorm. We do, however, have 3 birthdays today: BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill CHAPMAN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim TADLOCK ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve UPSON ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/28/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick WIGHT ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty WHITTEN ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SIMMONS ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale HOSACK ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda ABBEY ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Blamn and dast!!!!! Ya done went and did it again. Another of them "NOT" issues in the inbox. Shirley some one coulda sent in something. Suppose I could have wished Bill CHAPMAN ('53) a happy birthday, but I didn't cuz I thot Norma ('53) would have. But that's all water under the bridge or over the dam. There is, however, a Bomber Babe having a birthday today. I can't honestly say I remember her from back then. We did graduate together, but she was back in the "W's" and I was in the "C's"; go figure. Without further ado, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Betty WHITTEN ('54). Congratulations on reaching your 22nd; now that smart mouth bartender at the Tahitian will be embarrassed when he cards you. Enjoy the day. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are calling for "spring like" weather beginning this weekend. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/29/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: David DOUGLAS ('62) Leoma COLES ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis BENJAMIN ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nora SZULINSKI ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I see there was another NOT issue. I feel obligated to write something, since I read it every day. I've been trying to think of something interesting. I discarded a couple of medical procedures that I'm sure no one wants to hear about. Our cat attacked our son, which sent son to the emergency room and cat to the animal control center for observation for 10 days. At least one of them is back home now. Anyway, I decided to write about The Great Whirlpool Battle. Not the whirlpool you see when you pull the plug on bathtub, although it is water related. I'm talking (or rather writing) about our new Whirlpool hot water heater. I've never been a fan of Whirlpool appliances since the time we bought a washing machine that was constantly needing repair. When it sprung a leak I replaced it with a Maytag, which never gave a moment's trouble. When we moved into our house here in Mesa, AZ in 2012, I had to have an element replaced in the Rheem hot water heater. The plumber said the heater was 7 years old, and the life expectancy of a hot water heater in Arizona was 8-10 years. It actually lasted another 5 years before it sprung a leak last December. I wanted to replace it with another Rheem from Home Depot, but the model I wanted had to be ordered, and delivery would take two weeks. I didn't want to wait that long so I ordered a Whirlpool from Lowes which would only take a week to deliver. Knowing what Whirlpool appliances are like, I got one with a 12-year warranty. It was a fancy model with electronic controls. Sure enough, it worked for about four hours before it broke down. I called the Whirlpool hotline and told them the error codes and they referred me to a technician. He came out, got it working and left. An hour later it stopped working again. A second repairman came out with similar results. Finally the hotline sent me via overnight FedEx parts to repair it. 'Overnight' took three days due to bad weather somewhere. I replaced the electronic controls and thermostats, and it worked finally. For three months. Something in the electronic control overheated and melted the insulation on the wires. The hotline sent me another electronic control and a wiring harness. In the meantime, we had no hot water. Before I took the old Rheem to the dump I removed the mechanical thermostat controls, just in case. I probably invalidated the warranty, but I pulled out the electronic stuff from the Whirlpool and replaced it with the Rheem controls. It's been working fine, thank you, for over a month now. The only advantage to the electronic controls was you could change the thermostat settings by pressing the up or down arrow on the screen. Now think - when was the last time you changed the temperature setting on your hot water heater? I thought so. The other advantage to the electronic control was the vacation setting, which also needed only a button pressed. My old Rheem also had a vacation setting - circuit breakers in the off position. So, for the time being, I'm winning the battle of the Whirlpool. If it ever attacks again, the elements and mechanical thermostat controls cost less than $20 and are easy to replace. In its defense I must say the thing does look handsomer than the old Rheem. I'll send Maren a picture of it, just so you'll trust my veracity. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ where it's nice swimming weather, most of the time. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Having our first beautiful sunny day at the Oregon Coast this year!! It was low tide this morning, so I got up early and my 14 year old granddaughter and I went to the beach to gather agates and shells. It was not even windy and was so enjoyable. After all the months of rain it is truly a joy to live here and we even saw a whale heading north off shore. Looking forward to a wonderful summer, with plans to go to New York with my granddaughter's high school class for "Explore America". Eight days in New York, Boston, and Washington DC. I'm getting my walking shoes ready to go!! In July going to be camping with the Girl Scouts, at Silver Creek Falls outside of Silverton, Or. It is one of my favorite parks with miles of beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails. Then I'm taking her again to Hawaii in August. Never been to Oahu but so excited for this trip. We will be staying in Honolulu and walking distance to the beach!! Have a great summer everyone! Hope the weather is the best ever! We all deserve a warm and enjoyable one that's for sure... -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ in sunny Lincoln City, OR ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Chris VOWELS ('71) ~ "Chris VOWELS' ('71) journey began in November 2015 as he was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. He's been married for 43 years and has 3 grown daughters & 4 grandkids. The greatest impact of this disease has been the limits it puts on his interaction with his wife Dorothy, family and friends. The disease itself shuts down all 3 major blood lines. He lives on transfusions in the hospital every 3-4 days and the lack of white blood cells puts him at risk for severe infection. With 4 grandkids under the age of 13, a simple hug from one of them can put him in the hospital, which has been happening more lately. He is a retired Richland, WA, Police Officer. However, he couldn't stay too retired; so he and Dorothy own a kayak shop (Columbia Kayak Adventures); has been inspecting and training for a ropes course/zip line company (Synergo) in Portland, OR; and has taught advanced driving skills for police officers and government agencies. He hopes to find a donor to not only return to these activities, but to get back to 'normal' with his loved ones. With the family's faith in Christ, it has been very obvious over this past year and half that God has been in the middle of all his treatments and care so far. All of the prayer, encouragement, and support by others have helped sustain his family and him. A potential bone marrow donor match has been found! Chris is now heading to Seattle to begin the 4 plus month process of prepping, receiving, and recovering. This is very costly with travel, accommodations, and help from outside sources. Please consider donating to the continued life of someone who has helped so many others lives! UPDATED 4/27/17: Hey everyone! This is Erin, Chris's niece. I have raised the goal an additional $10,000. Spoke with Chris today and due to continual obstacles, his stay in Seattle has been extended to an anticipated home return by August sometime. The amount of response to his campaign has been overwhelming in such a loving way!!! Thank you so much for all financial support and spiritual support as well! Help in spreading the word to bring in more funds that were unexpectedly needed, would be great! Once again, it's very hard for my uncle Chris to even request help, so please know he is beyond thankful continually for all that is given!" Help spread the word! Prayers of healing for Chris ~ -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/30/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Norma LOESCHER ('53), Ann BISHOP ('56) Dennis HAMMER ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve HAGGARD ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill JOHNS ('72) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Happy Birthday, Mary TRIEM Mowery ('47)! Happy Birthday, Mary! You welcomed me into Club 40 from the first moment I joined. You always treated me as a friend. You have stayed beautiful as the years passed. I hope your special day is full of wonderful memories, new joys and special blessings. I look forward to seeing you soon! Red roses and Bomber cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ Richland, where it's warming up nicely ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) Re: PTSD If any of you know any veteran suffering from PTSD and actually wants help, contact me. There is a place in Cookville, TX that helps them... free of charge. It is called Lancer Legacy Ranch. I can give the contact info, if you need it. -Sara Ousley, aka Ann BISHOP ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: David Douglas ('62) et. al. Re: Water Heaters Has anyone had experience with tankless electric water heaters? Daughter likes to watch programs like "Flip or Flop" and I guess it was said they don't put out enough hot water, or two people can't be using it at the same time. In the '70s saw them at the Benton-Franklin County Fair and was told you could over-run them. You could solve this by either having two connected together, or point of use (like one under kitchen sink and at each bathroom). Would they each need their own 220V circuit. It would however have a perfect vacation setting apparatus; just don't turn on the hot water when you are not at home. I think even I can handle that!!! My problem is space and layout. The room with the water heater also has a stacked front loading washer with dryer on top, freezer, electrical breaker panel, and cat box. If I put a washer and dryer side by side (next to the water heater) I will not have room to squeeze in between them and the freezer, which is at a right angle, to get to the breaker panel and cat box. I could put the freezer where the washer/dryer is and new washer and dryer where the freezer is and reach over to the breaker box, but, that require long hoses and power cords which would not be a good idea. Even if I can put a tankless water heater in and a washer and dryer side by side, I can't get the door going outside to quite open all the way, so might have to change it to open from the other side. Might just have to change it to a stacked model with a top loading washer sized like they make for apartments. I feel like I have been preached at since I was about 10 years old when parents bought what was then called a new "automatic washer." Before that we, and others we knew at the time had washing machines you filled and washed, emptied, filled, rinsed, and then run the clothes through a ringer. Was told front loaders used less water, less soap, etc. etc. I found mine only washes half as many clothes at a time and takes longer doing it. How does that save me anything? On top of that it doesn't do as good a job. Scum builds up around the seals in front and smells, the bearing in back have a tendency to wear out so it sounds like a jet engine trying to take off. I hear the repairman will come out and charge you $150 to tell you it cost too much to fix and you should buy a new one. It will be a job, but through and YouTube videos I'm sure I can either fix it myself or break it permanently. This one came with the house, and I put the old ones in the U-Haul and left them at the scarp yard, soon after regretting I did that. I will never, never, ever, buy another front loading wash machine. Probably, to be fair, mine is the infamous Maytag Neptune, which I learned was the subject of a class action law suit. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ This may not be a very interesting post, but at least it will keep Sandstorm readers from excitedly opening up their mail box, clicking Alumni Sandstorm and reading, "NOT" What a let-down!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [This SOUNDS too good to be true... maybe somebody will tell me it's a scam? -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Oh no not agin This morning we had a special delinquent breakfast... a girl that sometimes attends decided to make breakfast for alla guys and Sarah (my witto baby girl)... it was quite nice and the food was fantastic... One of the guys, Magoo, made an early comment on how nice it was to have nice and quiet and lots of easy conversation... One of the guys made a Birthday card for Sarah and we sang her happy birthday... the stories started flying on this and that... now Magoo is maybe 2 years older than I, and did 5 full tours in Vietnam as a member of the VERY FIRST group in Seal Team 1... first of the first... .he attempted three stories... by the time he got to the point of each story he had forgotten the main point... he looked at the group and said: "maybe it's time for shorter lead in's"... Ya think? I'm afraid this is what we are looking at for some of us from here on in... now of course that would not apply to the B-day Bomber... no way no how... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Steve HAGGARD ('65) and Louise MOYERS ('65 RIP) on your special day, April 30, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` March, 2017 ~ May, 2017