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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 ~ 05/01/17 ~ MAY DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Ed WOOD ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Charles KEISER ('63) Dave HANTHORN ('63), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Carol CONVERSE ('64), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ginger ROSE ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sylvia PLUMB ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug CARLSON ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: How life goes As a bonafide seasoned citizen Bomber alumni, I find it interesting to look back on the MANY years that rolled by since I left Columbia High. I identify with the class of '52, but I left COL HI on January 2, 1952 - no diploma in hand, but with enough credits to graduate... I received a diploma in the mail, but it seems to me it was a couple years later! I digress, though. I joined the Coast Guard on Jan. 4 '52 in Seattle. How did that happen? Beats me! Like many of my high school friends, I was a Civil Air Patrol cadet, learned how to fly, and assumed I'd do my mandatory military tour in the USAF. Long term, my goals were vague... electronics and aviation were of interest, but so was agriculture. I was a "charter member" of the COL HI Agriculture program, along with George BRUNSTAD ('52), Richard GIBSON ('51), and a few others. I think we all three figured we'd be ranchers or "gentlemen farmers". Brunstad became a career airline pilot, I think Gibson became an attorney (am not sure), I ended up being a career Coast Guard officer and "ship driver", with a specialty in electronics engineering and computer technology. I retired from the Coast Guard in 1986 at the rank of captain (O-6). Go figure! In the years since, I was never gainfully employed again, but did do a dozen years of what I characterize as community service. I served as a city planning commissioner, YMCA board member, Kiwanis board member, United Way board and at one point chairman of a county, fundraising drive, and helped raise money for Hospice. I ran for and was elected to the city council n Port Angeles, WA and did that for four years..... In all, we lived in Port Angeles for over 12 years after I left the USCG. In the mid '80s we started RV'ing, and it increasing became a major activity with us - we've owned 7 or 8 trailers over the years, travelled thru every state in the union and most of the Canadian provinces. We were "homeless" twice during the last 12-14 years, "on the road" for a year one time, and for two years another. We built a home in the mountains on Chinook Pass west of Yakima and lived three for eight years....then "dropped anchor" in northern Arkansas (14 mi. from Branson, MO) and lived there for seven years. During those years since I left the Coast Guard, I never thought of living in Richland... though my wife Ruth always favored the area. But almost 3 years ago we had been "on the road" for 2 years and decided to land somewhere. We gave Richland a "look" (along with Walla Walla, Yakima area, and even Arizona)... and chose Richland. So there we are! Been living there since fall 2014, wondering why we didn't do this before! And we were pleased to become re-acquainted with quite a few '52ers from COL HI! Life goes on... How about some memories from some of you other old timers? -Dick WIGHT ('52????) ~ RV'ing in AZ where it is getting WARM! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Washing with magnets The water liberty ad in Sunday's Sandstorm was cute. Of course, if they wanted to run a valid experiment, they would have used a valid control - water only, with no detergent, and no magnet. I would imagine that if all they put in the washing machine was a single tee shirt, as was done in the demo, it would come out clean using only water. Hooray for skepticism! -Ed WOOD ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ Magnetic Laundry System on -Maren ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Tankless Water Heaters When my husband and I lived in the London, England suburbs (1996- 1999), we had a tankless water heater. In fact we lived in 2 two-story houses and both had one tankless water heater installed in the garage. Both these houses had 4 or 5 bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms. We loved the system and never had a problem of running out of hot water and we got instant very hot water whenever we turned on the hot water faucet. And we often had overnight guests, and never ran out of hot water, even one weekend when 4 Greek teen-aged girls stayed at our house, we never had a problem with running out of hot water. My husband, the mechanical engineer (NAB) said to explain the system runs better on gas than electricity, and that the system vents somewhat differently. If you have any questions, just email to me, and he can answer you directly. One other thing, I don't remember what we paid for hot water, but I don't remember my husband ever griping about the cost we paid there for water. We are always planning to install one in our house, but they aren't cheap. Hope this helps. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we are having wonderful warm weather between bouts of thunder, lightning, and rain. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Charles KEISER ('63) Re: Tankless water heater For Dennis HAMMER's ('64) question We have had some exposure to this modern system. In the '80s we had a system for the Kitchen sink and dishwasher. It was set to 160 for the dishwasher so the sink was actually a little dangerous. Over time it developed all kinds of problems and performance anomalies. The major cause was calcium deposits on the elements and thermostats. Looking back, soft water may have helped. After scrapping the system we installed a point of use 12 gallon heater to take its place and have never regretted it. I think the electricity use is less also. -Charles KEISER ('63) ~ back in West Richland for 14 years. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dave HANTHORN ('63) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Tankless Water Heaters Out of curiosity, I did some online checking about the tankless water heaters, and it turns out that the concern about "overloading" them with more than one source of demand at a time (clothes washer and a shower at the same time) where neither one will get very hot water is a legitimate concern. The other problem is that they are more expensive than the "traditional" tank-type heater. Re: Front-Loading Clothes Washers As far as the front-loading clothes washers are concerned, when I bought my new house ten years ago, it had a brand new front loading Maytag washer. Luckily for me, I had heard that if you close the door on this type of machine immediately after use, it traps moisture around the seal that can't evaporate and becomes a breeding ground for mildew that can be pretty "stinky", but if you leave the door open for 12 to 24 hours after using the machine, the moisture will evaporate and bingo, no stinky mildew. We have always been careful to leave the door ajar after using the machine, and have never had a problem in those ten years! Hope that helps! -Dave HANTHORN (GMC '63) from Mercer Island where the weather can't seem to make up its mind to be wet or dry. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: Washing Machines - 4/30/17 entry from Dennis HAMMER ('64) I have a top loader HE [High Efficiency] washer. It works just like a front loader, but the door opens on top. I love it! It was the first one to not have an agitator and that's why I bought it. It had a recall way back and a repairman (Sears) came and replaced a software panel. I've never had a problem with it before or after the repair and it's now almost 12 years old. Because the spin cycle is so intense the clothes have much less water in them when done and they dry much faster in my dryer. I have several friends who have front loaders of different brands and all were told to leave the door open all the time except when the machine is running to avoid the mold problem. I have always kept the lid open on all of my washers and smells have never been a problem with any of them. I run the cleaning cycle with a cup of bleach every month as recommended. My sister-in-law does the same with her front loader. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in warmer Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Magnetic Laundry System Maren, Sounds too good to be true. Remember what they say. Would be great if they do work, but I don't think I would pay that much money just to see if they work. Anyone else? -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick The wind is STILL blowing!!!!! Ugh!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Searched and found some very positive reviews. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Haley Hodgins named RHS girls basketball coach 4/29/17 Tri-City Herald Not so long ago, Hayley Hodgins was draining 3- pointers for Chiawana High School on every court on the Mid-Columbia Conference. Hodgins - now Middleton after marrying high school sweetheart Matt Middleton last July - with her stellar college career at Eastern Washington University behind her, will be on the coaching side of the court after being named the head coach of the Richland High School girls basketball team. "I had heard it was open and I applied," Middleton said Thursday night, when the decision was announced. "I'm recently back in the area and I am passionate about developing basketball in our area. I think I'm qualified. I was pleasantly surprised I got it. Now, I have to prove myself." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/02/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May WANN ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Dan HAGGARD ('57), Ed WOOD ('62) Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack NICHOLS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan PHILLIPS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene RICHTER ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merradyth TRUNNELL ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kevin LINN ('81) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) Club 40, Treasurer, Database Mgr. and Dust Storm Editor Club 40 had a very good informative Board meeting on Saturday the 22nd. After Bothell and our rain I loved the sunshine!!!. We set the deadline for information for the Spring Dust Storm as May 6th - will accept news until the 10th. So if any of you good Richland High School alums would like to receive a copy of the new Dust Storm make sure that your dues are current. Dues go from January 1 through December 31st and I will gladly accept your dues so you can receive a copy. Look at the label on your last Dust Storm and see that it has the number 2017 or later. I can e-mail you a dues form. Dues are $10.00 a year per alum. I also take donations for our scholarship fund. I would like articles from you on anything you want to write about, growing up in Richland and what it meant to you, how it feels now, etc. Do you get back to Richland for visits, do you still have family living in Richland? When the treasurer's books were turned back to me last September I found a good bunch of notes that came in with the dues and I am going to publish them in this Dust Storm. I can also post pictures if you want to send them, just be sure they are labeled with names and dates. We also have a bunch of authors in our Richland High School alums and this would be a good place to push their wares! I have read 4 of Bill SCOTT's ('64) work and have sent them off to my son in Idaho who fell off a 3 story building shoveling snow off the roof? He ended up with 17 broken bones, but since there was a lot of snow on the ground it softened his fall. He is now up to driving, but no more shoveling now off of roofs or skiing for the rest of this year. He and his wife have loved all the books I have sent over there for him to read while recuperating. Is your class planning anything special this year that we should know about, or that you would like to get published and cover a large audience? In other words send me lots of info - I would love it and so would our Club 40 members. Time is short, so sit down now and send me an e-mail or snail mail and don't assume someone else is going to do it, You do it now!!! Thanks Bomber Hugs!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) On the subject of water; my wife and I have thought about the tankless heater, but given the nature of the water here in Mount Angel, gave it up. We have found that using a mold and mildew spray in the washing machine does help to keep things in check. It is a top loader by the way. We have also decided not to buy a dishwasher, as we would have to replace it every three to five years. And, unfortunately, the local water is not suitable for brewing beer. But enough of that. There are a couple of Bombers whom I went to school with. Think I knew them both, but I may be stretching things. By the way, one is a Bomber Babe whom I see quite often at Club 40. Haven't seen him since graduation. With that, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Joan PHILLIPS and Jack NICHOLS (both '54) on this occasion. Party hearty! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are threatening an 80 day on Wednesday. Stay tuned, film at eleven. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dan HAGGARD ('57) WHAT: Class of 1957 - 60 YEAR Reunion Planning Meeting WHERE: Richland Community Center (RCC) WHEN: Wednesday 5/3/17 TIME: 1:30PM WHO: Anyone from the Class of 1957 Richland/Columbia High who is interested in helping. Hope to see you there. -Dan HAGGARD ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Water heaters Many years ago (47 to be exact) Janice and I were in Scotland. In April. Not the best time of year to do that, since it can be pretty cold. We stayed in a B&B in Edinburgh that had a huge enameled cast iron bathtub. The home had no central water heater, but instead relied upon small localized heaters at sinks and bathtubs. We were looking forward to getting into a steaming tub of water to warm up, but even though the water came out fairly hot from the heater, when it hit the huge heat sink of an icy iron bathtub, it couldn't compete. The best we could generate was a tub of tepid water. And this in a country that knows how to boil water for tea! -Ed WOOD ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Stuff - and being a widowed or single Bomber I'm writing today, inspired to do so by Dick WIGHT's ('52) entry on May 1st. But first... 1. Maren, I set you up on auto-pay from my bank. So it won't matter if I keep forgetting to send a check -- it's on them now ;-) 2. I read here faithfully, but don't post much. I would be so disappointed were the Sandstorm to disappear, though. It keeps me connected with Richland-as-we-knew-it, and the Bomber family in general. So I'm going to try to contribute a bit more often. I have discovered that it's not just the "huge" stories that I appreciate; the small, whimsical and even day-to-day "mundane" ones are important to me, too. So again, I'm going to try to do my part more frequently (and hope you all feel the same about the mundane!) My life tale is going to wait for another day. But one important aspect is that I was widowed in 2015. I have come to realize that no one really "gets it" unless they have walked the path of partner loss. But, indeed, partner loss through divorce can also be a huge trauma. And just being single (particularly after a certain age) can be difficult. Another thing that's nearly impossible for anyone to "get" is what it was like to grow up in Richland, and how it has been so integral in forming who we are. (Just trying to explain it is pretty much impossible!) So I have started a Facebook page called "Richland Bombers Widowed and Single". It is a closed group, meaning the only people who will be able to see the posts are members of the group. You are able to add yourself to the group. Or you can email me and I will add you. I hope this becomes a special sharing place for we who are Bombers on our own. Email me if you have questions! And feel free to share this info with those Bombers you know who are alone, but may not read the Sandstorm. I was put mowing and pruning in the Haven Farm orchard yesterday. Finally a day without rain! -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Blessings from Haven Farm, ID where the weather is about 4-6 weeks behind -- so no guilt yet for garden not being planted! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Your laugh for the day HOW SMART IS YOUR RIGHT FOOT? I guess there are some things that the brain cannot handle. You have to try this please, it takes 2 seconds. I could not believe this!!! It is from an orthopedic surgeon. This will boggle your mind and it will keep you trying over and over Again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't. It's pre-programmed in your brain! 1). Without anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY....) And while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, Lift your right foot off the floor and make CLOCKWISE circles. 2). Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/03/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Linda REINING ('64), Nancy MALLORY ('64) Jeff CURTIS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy ELY ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: Hot Water Heaters To: Ed WOOD ('62) At the end of World War II my grandfather (who was chief engineer of Quaker Oats at the time) was sent over to England to help the Brits restore bombed out grain processing plants and mills. They stayed at a boarding house in London and their room was on the second floor. To take a bath they had a small water heater in the bathroom that you had to feed a Threepence into the machine to get a measured amount of heated water. They were there for an extended period of time and were grateful for warm water to get a bath. By the way, he scoured much of both England and Scotland for old boilers that they could recondition for the processing of grains and came up empty handed unfortunately. Not sure where they got them, maybe from the U.S. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Various Machines David DOUGLAS ('62) wrote of concern about the front load washer. A couple of years ago in Anchorage my wife bought the best Sears front load washer in the book from a couple that had it only a few weeks and got transferred. She has regretted it ever since. It just does not get the clothes clean. She has followed all instructions from the manual and the 3 repairmen who answered the complaints. Nada. If not more then a pair of pants and a shirt are in? Nope... they come out not clean. So she uses her sister's washer and brings the wet clothes home and uses her matching dryer. It works fine. Our next door neighbors (who bought the house a year ago and have become best friends) have the exact same machine with the same problems. Brand new it did not get his work clothes clean. After numerous complaint and the local Sears repair manager called to look at the machine. He wrote out special instructions and left with a smile. Nope, still does not get his work clothes clean if there are more then 2 items in the machine. We had a good time telling tales of washers one afternoon on the patio with some of Bud's finest in the cooler between us. They too have given up and are shopping washers. I gave them the address of the store where I bought my washer and dryer in '95 where I bought my present house. The owner is married to Jack Roberts' sister. Western WA alums may remember the guy who bashed the machines with a hammer in the TV commercial? Bob was a friend and tried to hire me as a salesman but I had just bought a fireworks company and so turned it down. But he sold me a GE commercial grade large capacities washer and dryer. That was 23 years ago and I have not had a service call nor complaint. I load them pretty full they wash and dry perfectly. To David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: Whirlpool brand appliances. I moved to the Seattle area in '72 thinking if things were really down I might find a business to buy. While looking around I started managing some small apartment buildings. Quickly, at one point I was over 1200 units. But I pulled back a bit as the maint, repairs, and painting were more then my 3-man crew could keep up with. I had a few new blocks of apartments and one Condo building to maintain. Most of the new units had all Whirlpool appliances. The stoves and refrigerators were fine but the washers and dryers were seemingly always troubled. Whirlpool was pretty good about sending out a Repair Tech but they often had to wait for parts and you-know-who fielded the numerous complaints. Amid the stopped up drains and leaky faucets it was a good business as there was money to be made. But despite the fact that I was making good profits I sold the company and bought an Equipment Rental Store. But that is another chapter. To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) and Dennis HAMMER ('64" Re: Tankless Water Heaters. Before I left the Tri-City area I bought into a Propane business and enjoyed that immensely. I sold lots of gas fired water heaters and most of them were the Tankless kind. Over the years I probably installed 50 or more of the tankless type. Mostly in rural areas. I was a licensed gas fitter and so did some for natural gas also. As far as I can remember I never had a service call on any of the installations. A few phone calls but none I had to go out to. They are fast, turn out endless hot water, and you did not have to pay to keep 30 to 60 gallons of water hot. Properly installed and adjusted they should be trouble-free for years. They do have to be vented to the outside with double wall vent pipe. I don't know anything about the electrically heated style. I don't think they would respond as fast as gas. I don't know what installers are charging now but you should be able to recoup the cost in a relatively short period of time. We were bought out by a large company and I moved with my 2 children to Seattle. Probably the best thing that happened to the 3 of us. ?We have a gas line in front of our house in Tacoma and in a few months we can hook onto the line for labor only and no charge for the line. We all have to wait 5 years or pay several hundred $ to the man at the end of the block. He had the line installed for his new house and was such a crab about things in the Cul d Sac agreement (we own the street and water and sewer lines) that everybody said we will just wait it out. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) I do NOT want the Sandstorm to disappear, either! I miss it, when, on occasion, it hasn't appeared in my "in box" for whatever reason. I love hearing the stories that others contribute. I miss when George "Pappy" Swan ('59 )used to write in about the escapades of his elves (you could actually "see" all the mischief those elves created) and his hunting expeditions with his dogs... can't for the life of remember their names... he wrote about training them, since they were puppies and had to get used to the noises from the gun and "scaring" the birds, at just the right moment. I always figure the things I remember about growing up in Richland, have already been told by others, so not worth repeating, but maybe that's the wrong attitude, since "we" might have readers that don't have the same memories of those of us that grew up during the '50s. I love my hometown and am proud of the heritage of being a "Bomber" and coming from a town that was responsible for developing a weapon that ended WW II. Most all of my family worked at Hanford... my mom, her two sisters, their dad, their uncle, my dad, my uncles, during the '40s, '50s and '60s. in later years, my brother (RIP, Tim) and a couple cousins also worked there. I agree with others, it is very hard to describe Richland to others...they just don't "get it". You just had to be there. As for "life tale"... I will save that for another time... not even sure it's worth mentioning since it isn't all that exciting. I have made some choices that I am not proud of, but it did "shape" who I am. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ still love living in the Boise area of Idaho ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) Re: tankless & more I am on my 2nd tankless water heater. They are supposed to save money, but it is hard to tell as all my utilities are on one bill. My tankless is gas driven, but it has to have electricity to spark it (read no electricity, no hot water). It also has to be vented to the outside. Mine is in the crawl space under the house and is vented to the outside. We need to find a way to shelter the vent while leaving it open as the first unit failed due to rain blowback into it. A plus is while it is on you will not run out of hot water (no need to mention that to any teens!) A minus is cost -- these units are expensive. While I've had some problems (the blowback issue) in general I've been pleased. To: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) I am interested in your widows' group and will look for it (I'm not a tech person, but can get my son to help). You are right that it's a road you have to walk to fully understand -- I've been on it for over 23 years. -Nancy MALLORY Johnson ('64) ~ in W TN where we are not sure what season it is! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jeff CURTIS ('69) Total Re-Call I did something revolutionary last night. I turned off my cell phone. No, I didn't put it on "silent" mode, or leave it upstairs. I powered it down and left it in a state of communication impotence all night. Since I don't have a land line anymore, not for the last ten years or so, I was officially incommunicado. Then I recalled a time, sometime just after the Bronze Age I believe, where if you were at the grocery store, or in your car, or at a ball game, bowling alley, nightclub or theater you could not be reached at the fleeting, random whim of anyone wishing to speak with or at you. There were no pagers (look it up if you're younger than thirty) or answering machines or voice mail systems. If you were not at home when the phone rang, you missed the call and the caller would just have to take a stab in the dark and call you back later. Fairly inefficient compared to the constant, unrelenting access we now have to each other. We had a wall phone in the utility room when I was growing up in the small Eastern Washington town of Richland. The "utility room" was actually the old furnace room that we had converted when we remodeled and added a family room off the back of the place. {See floor plan to refresh your memory. -Maren] There had been a coal storage area adjacent to this room where a truck from the local coal company would come out regularly and dump a load of anthracite through the square hatch outside on top. The coal furnace went away with our conversion to electricity for heating and the fuel room was demolished in the construction of the new family room. But the utility room that once housed the old furnace still survived and we put a washer and dryer in it and eventually, a freezer too. With the purchase of the freezer Mom and Dad felt compelled to purchase large quantities of frozen items including giant five-gallon tubs of ice cream. My brothers and I all hated the resulting, seemingly inexhaustible supply of frozen succotash, but nobody carped a bit about all that ice cream. There was also a closet in there that had various mops and brooms and such hanging in it and for a time, it was home to our Culligan water softener. I had always thought of water above the temperature of thirty-two degrees as generally "soft" until I learned how to water ski or belly- flopped from the high dive at the local swimming pool. Apparently there was more going on with our potable supply than was thought of in my philosophy. But hanging just inside the doorway on a wall right next to the attic ladder was our only means of communication with the outside world. Dad had gotten a very long coil-cord that hung from the bottom of the phone nearly to the floor to increase its effective mobility. While chatting on the phone you could wander out into the kitchen and check on the pot roast or into the family room to see if Beaver ever got out of that coffee cup on the billboard (what an innocent child to get in such trouble) all while tethered to the wall in the utility room. Since the room was fairly small and had doors on both ends, you could close off your conversation for a sense of privacy and the feel of a somewhat large phone booth. A phone booth with a spin cycle and tumble dry options. Our phone number was 50578. That's it. 50578. Eventually the phone company added WHiteHall (94) to it when the number of people and associated telephones grew over the years. But for many, many years five digits were all that were needed. For the first several years we were on a three-way party line as well. No, that doesn't mean you and two friends used it set up keggers in Kennewick. It meant that we shared the phone with two other households. I want you to imagine what it would be like today if you put your cell phone to your ear to make a call and you could hear someone else already taking on it. And you had to wait till they were done to place your call. That's what a party line is. "I'll be off in a few minutes" was a common rejoinder when you picked up the phone and your neighbor was already using the line. How did we ever survive? Well, somehow we made it work. It was the norm and as a result an inconvenience unrecognized at the time. Those are always the least painful kind in my experience. I sat on the floor in the utility room with my back against the wall talking for hours with prospective girlfriends (some prospects successful, some not), with guitar buddies talking chords, gear and bands, with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins regarding births or birthdays incurring expensive long distance rates, and with friends debating religion, politics, science and sex. These were all things we knew everything about while knowing very little at all. But ignorance undiscovered often poses as knowledge, I'm afraid, and we were, if pitifully under-informed, at least blissful in our conversations. The wall phone is now long gone I'm sure, though I haven't set foot in that little ranch house on the shores of Tinkle Street for many, many years now. As Ronald Reagan used to say while hosting GE Theater on television, "Progress is our most important product". And progress apparently will not be denied no matter the relevance of rueful observations from all the Monday morning quarterbacks of my generation while waxing nostalgic. Now, none can deny that the modern smart phone is certainly a thing of wonder. I use it to light the keyhole when it's too dark to get my key in it, I use it to tune my guitar and show me how far the flag is from my lie on the course. I research recipe ingredients while at the grocery store. I listen as it gives me real-time directions to a destination; it shows me the constellations and planets as I hold it toward the night sky. I've even used it to sign legal documents... while campin... at the Gorge. Take pictures; take care of email, text my friends, listen to music - any music and many, many other things. Oh, and I use it to actually send and receive telephone calls. Yet, last night, with a five-second press-and-hold procedure on my incredible cell phone, I was able to effectively return to the days of some semblance of telecommunication privacy, or inefficiency if you prefer, and it was comforting. The world would still turn on its axis and my business with it would get done, tomorrow. And tomorrow as everyone knows, is the best day for getting things done. And, for at least one night, no one tried to sell me a timeshare. -Jeff CURTIS ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/04/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53), David DOUGLAS ('62) Helen CROSS ('62), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Marsha GOSLIN ('65) Ken STALEY ('68), Karla SNYDER ('69) Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Washers and Dryers We bought the top of the line Maytag top load washer and top of the line Maytag Dryer over a year ago and have been very pleased with their performance. They are quiet and they do an excellent job of getting the clothes clean. We would recommend them to anyone. They are well worth the price. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ from sunny and warm Pasco where the prediction is for 82 today and 90 on Thursday ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I had no idea hot water was such a fascinating subject. In my Whirlpool article I didn't mention that the hot water heater in my Hawaii house lasted 25 years before it developed a leak and was replaced before we sold the house. I don't know what brand, but the reason it lasted so long was, the heating elements in it were not hooked up to electricity. The heating elements that boil water create sediment. Since the elements in this one never boiled water there was no sediment. The water was heated by a heat pump, which uses 1/3 the electricity that electric hot water heaters need. When the salesman first told me about heat pumps he said it produces instant hot water. I didn't believe him, but I bought one to save on electricity, which is very expensive in Hawaii. I installed it myself. When I was finished I turned it on and inspected all the fittings to make sure there were no leaks. That took a couple of minutes. Then I went to the kitchen sink and turned on the hot water. It was too hot to put my hand under. When we moved to our new house I took the heat pump with me. (It lasted 25 years before I had to replace it.) At times we had five adults living in the house and never ran out of hot water. If you're interested in heat pumps, visit (no WWW preceding it). The last time I checked, the home model was about $600 plus $200 shipping it to Arizona. I'd like to get one - it absorbs heat from the surrounding, so it acts as an air condition, which would be nice for our garage in the summer. I'm trying to figure out how to install it without moving my workbench. After I bought the heat pump I had solar hot water panels installed. We had the most efficient hot water system: solar heating with heat pump backup. I only had one experience with a tankless heater, and that was the hotel in Shenzhen, China, while I was on a tour with Barbara, one of my university students. It was gas. Fortunately, there were instructions in English as well as Chinese. Otherwise I would have had a cold shower. It did produce hot water quite quickly. By the way, Larry MATTINGLY ('60), I did not bring up the front- loading washers subject. We have one and my wife has never complained about it. The door is left open except when she's actually washing something. I throw my dirty clothes in it rather than the clothes hamper. She does have to check to make sure the cat isn't sleeping in it before she washes. On another subject, grandparents are often asked to do things for their grandchildren, like picking them up at school while their parents are at work and giving them nice Christmas presents. Sixteen-year-old grandson Paul is in his school's play Animal Farm. (He's a pig. If you aren't familiar with the book you're not part of my generation.) At the end of the play one of the actors tips over a windmill. During rehearsal a week before the performances, someone mentioned that it would be nice to have an actual windmill to turn over. Paul volunteered to provide one, and Grandpa was conscripted to help him make it. I'll send Maren a picture of the result. It took one weekend and is about six feet tall. It cost only $14 - most of it was made using leftovers from previous projects. I read the Alumni Sandstorm every day. Thank you, Maren. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Tankless Water heaters We too visited Scotland in cold weather (might have been in June, more than once in the 90s, and Ireland too. I don't ever remember a time we couldn't get all the hot water we wanted, baths were often steaming all over the British isles. We hope to return this next year, after Warren hangs up his preaching shingle (at least on an every week basis I hope). Hopefully, being a guest preacher won't entail so much behind the scenes work??!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Washing Machines My oldest daughter has a front-loading machine... first one was a Whirlpool... had it for almost 12 years, finally wore out the "drum", so she got a new one... this one is a Maytag... hasn't had any problems with it... she does have a cleaning powder that she "runs" through a cycle, about once a month... has never had any problems with mold... she does leave the door ajar after using, but only for about an hour or so. She also "runs" distilled vinegar through a wash cycle, which helps control any odors. Has never had any problems with clothes not getting clean, either and her son works for a roofing company, so his clothes get "skunky", but they have always been clean, after washing. Enjoyed reading entry from Jeff CURTIS ('69)... we had a "party line", too. My mom would limit my phone calls to no more than ten minutes, and usually only five minutes. It was in the front room, so very little privacy, til I became a teenager, then, I got a "princess" phone for my bedroom... it was just an extension, but I thought I was pretty special. And, since my dad worked "shift", when he would be sleeping, during the day, our phone was wrapped up in pillows to muffle ringing. We lived in a ranch and used "presto logs" as our heat source... I can remember going to Densow's and/or the grocery store, next to Densow's, to buy the logs. I don't ever remember them being delivered. Hope everyone keeps writing in with more memories and experiences... they are fun to read and bring back memories. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: how rumors get started Did you hear? Well I got it on good authority and I am sure it must be true... the poor B-day guy has had to deal with these things alla his life... like the "Lyda" Sign over Mac Hall... I'm pretty sure that the b-day guy and Frank Osgard ('63wb) were blamed for that... and when someone started throwing eggs at the clock insteada just rolling pennies and yelling "ANDYYYYYYYYY!" I think he may have been in on that too... then there's the "63" on the handball wall... yep... I'm pretty sure... also I heard it was he that bet Lew the 50 cents to take the Zip's turn at 50mph and remodeled Arlene's... I can't say for sure, but I think his finger prints were on virtually every car that got rolled down the hill for wrongfully parking in the Sr. Lot... Well as I said, things get started and they just kinda get going and next thing ya know, a perfectly innocent guy gets a "rep"! So I am here to put a stop to alla old rumors and just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Frank WHITESIDE ('63) on your special day, May 4, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) Re: Seattle Rentals Our daughter/son-in-law live in Maple Leaf area. Pay $2100/month for 2 bed, 1 bath bungalow. Rent being raised $500/month. Does anyone know of rentals in the Roosevelt school district? House, apt. condo. Mason/UW Medical Center nurse. Kristin/Seattle City Light. 15 yr old son who plays stand up base for school jazz band and rows with Pocock team. Wilson/great house-trained small sized mutt. Please email us. Thanks! -Marsha GOSLIN Brehm ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken STALEY ('68) As a writer, there occasionally comes a project that sparks interest beyond the normal curiosity. In this past year, I've published two collections of short stories; Tales From The Edge of Reason - a collection of stories with a Twilight Zone flavor. (I've always disliked the extreme bloodletting that passes for horror fiction.) The second volume is Slices of Life, a collection of coming of age stories set in a general store in rural Tennessee. Both are available on Amazon, Kindle, and other electronic outlets. Recently, I found a hope for a piece in an anthology titled ALTERNATE TRUTHS. I'm sure I don't need to explain the episode that triggered this volume. My story is one of twenty and, I'm delighted to say, the book has reached the top of Amazon's best seller list for this type (speculative) fiction. In fact, the reviews have been so positive and the interest so keen, expect another volume before the end of the year. -Ken STALEY ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Karla SNYDER ('69) Re: Densow's An old family friend asked me if I knew the original owner/ founder of Densow's Pharmacy. She and her husband went there almost from day one. I know my folks knew them, but I don't remember the name. I'm sure one of you guys can help. -Karla SNYDER ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) Thank You Jeff CURTIS ('69) for your recent submission to this esteemed publication!! {5/3/17 Sandstorm} I remember long ago when you contributed on a semi-regular basis and I always enjoyed your thoughts on growing up in "old" Richland. Jeff and I were neighbors of a sort as I lived on Torbett street, one block over from Tinkle. Jeff, so you know, Tom YESBERGER (.71) bought his parent's house and plans to live there parts of the year. Courtney KEYES ('71) is helping him do some light remodeling. My father who bought his house across from Yesbergers in 1963 still lives there. Since I live nearby I see the old neighborhood on a daily basis. Brings back wonderful memories. -Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/05/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Mike CLOWES ('54), Helen CROSS ('62) Donna NELSON ('63), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti COLE ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rance JONES ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janni WISE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allison ALTMAN ('00) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Water Heaters Good lord, so much lively activity on the subject of water heaters (and washing machines)! My entry about where life took me generated no interest! Go figure! Well, so on to my water heater story! I was on independent duty in Spain back in 1961, building a LORAN station on the Med. coast, living for awhile in a new, "modern" "villa" for which I paid 1800 pesetas ($30.00) a month... 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with showers. There was a small electric water heater that served the kitchen and the bathroom sinks... maybe 10 gal. capacity, so limited (and slow to reheat). The two showers each had a small electric "instant" water heater up on the shower stall wall... no on/off switches, just plug it in before your shower until it quit "growling and popping"... then unplug it (shock hazard to leave it plugged in)... adjust water and quickly shower before the little tank ran out of the hot stuff (2 gallons, maybe!). It was an adventure! The local electrical power was kind of at the "end of the line" and on summer evenings (when the British tourist were in town), the voltage would usually drop from 125V or so down to perhaps 70. Those little water heaters didn't work well after dark! It was a relief to get the station built, where we generated our own power! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ RVing in Tucson, AZ where they predict the first 100 day today! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Sending Happy Birthday wishes to an old, OLD! (ok, so I, like David RIVERS ('65), stretching it just a bit. I'll catch up with you in November) friend, Patti COLE Pierce ('52), from Alaska. Have a good Cinco de Mayo. Keri Hubbard (NAB) and I leave Saturday on the red-eye for Atlanta. While she is in classes, I'll scout out the city! We'll be back up here the following Friday. To: David DOUGLAS ('62) Great looking windmill! I'm sure your grandson was proud. I'm going to presume it didn't break during the play. To: Ken STALEY ('68) Congrats on publishing! Lots of Bombers have gotten into the literary scene. I'm still working on mine. Beginning to doubt if I'll live long enough to be published! Sincere Bomber regards, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in sunny and very pleasant Anchorage and The Butte. Time with family and friends is most precious and very appreciated. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Well, it did hit 80 on Wednesday; but then things returned to normal. I didn't have to kill myself putting the a/c in the window, but maybe I should have. Anyway, there's this Bomber Babe who's having a birthday today. To say I knew her back in the day would be stretching it to almost Tooter ('65) proportions. Let's just say I observed her from afar; after all, I was in the sophomore section and she was a Senior. Doesn't mean she's older, just smarter. Here's a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Patti COLE ('52). Have a good one and remember the Frontier has been closed for many years now. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather is getting back to "normal." ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) To: Karla SNYDER ('69) I worked at Densow's Drugstore '60-'64. As far as I know Evan Lytle owned it, but there was an older pharmacist named George? Who might have owned it first. Never thought about who started Densow's, Evan and Densow's were always there as far as I remember,'50-?? -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) I bought a stacked front loader Maytag washer and dryer with the promise it's the best "American-made" from salesman. The washer door could be changed to open from the left like the dryer. Surprise, when service man came and said no, can't be done but dryer door can. He even called the factory. I should have refused them and did go back to salesman. No compensation cuz they were on sale. Needless to say the way they sit in my teeny laundry room, I hope I can continue to squeeze in past the door, open it and bend over to get everything out! -Donna NELSON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Summer It's 6:30pm and it is still 90... It may... may be safe to take my hoodie off the end of my favorite love seat... of course you KNOW that as soon as I do it will be cold the next morning... nah... never trust the weather that's the way I see it... I mean when my (our) home town is snowed in for days... ya know not to trust the weather or the weather man... so I'll just leave that nice, warm sweatshirt right where it is! And now for the grand event! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patti COLE ('52) on your special day, May 5, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/06/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Karen COLE ('55) Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara KRAMER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwight BURKE ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna BOLIN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo BUSTAD ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad PUGH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam CORRADO ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim MEEKER ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Completely off the subject, but I recall the Junior Gyrene ('65) mentioning something about his eyeballs getting recalibrated. I trust that this has happened and he can see clearly now. More to the point, another Bomber Babe celebrates this day. I do recall her from our student days; and I may (or may not) have had a class with her. Sometimes these things just slip our memory banks; or, it they are in them, they're hard to find. Be that as it may, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" goes to Barbara KRAMER ('54) on the momentous occasion of your 23rd. Really have a fun day. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where it is sorta like spring. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Re: Sister Patti COLE's ('52) birthday yesterday Thank you all (Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), and David RIVERS ('65)) for picking up the slack for me on Patti's birthday. I have a good excuse, granddaughter graduating from college. Between college parties, award breakfast, out of town company, and her ceremony this morning I've been swamped. I did get a birthday text off to Patti, and will call her as soon as 20 pounds of potatoes come to a boil. Making potato salad for her party. Her brother graduates from college in June. Fun time of life. Back to you Patti, I know it's been a really difficult year for you. You've always been there for me during tough times, and I'll always be there for you. Love you Patti Patootie. Cole Kids: Barbara ('50), Karen ('55), Judie & Jackie ('63), and John ('66) -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) I enjoyed the story of you life as I do the others when they write. I am amazed at the variety of careers of the alumni who write in. I just did not think of anything to say about it at the time. However flying out to Dutch Harbor, AK a few years back we passed over a USCG a cutter that appeared to be in really BIG waves. I later that day shared my lunch table with a CG officer and he told me the cutter I saw was in 50 foot waves. You drive a boat in that kind of weather... you have my respect. However regarding your water heaters in Spain, I am reminded of a small hotel I stayed in on a tour of Spain. It had a large covered metal pan on the roof painted black. The hot sun did a good job of heating the water to almost hot. Early morning showers were a little chilly. Re: Water Heaters On my several trips to various parts of China, the hotel we stayed at in Beijing had the electric water heater mounted on the wall IN the shower stall. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: The great mystery of who owned Densow Drug To help us out, and for the 25th anniversary of our fair hamlet, in 1968 there was published "Richland: Richland, Washington from 1943 to 1968". The year-by-year and month-by-month chronology of earth-shaking milestones includes this entry for Sept. 30, 1949: "Densow Drug opened in Richland Heights on Wright Avenue managed by George P. Doran." (managed? owned?) Of equally great interest to the Class of '62, on June 28 the "City offered for sale $2,115,000 of Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds for construction of a new water treatment plant on Harris Avenue." And, on December 17 the City contracted "to purchase 2% of the total electrical energy output" of "the new 'N' Area Production Reactor." And for all of us, a century earlier, in 1863, "The first actual Richland settler arrived when John B. Nelson built a scow at Wallula and floated his covered wagon and possessions to the mouth of the Yakima, where he and his two sons built a cabin". Reading on: "July 9, 1878--The last Indian massacre occurred in the area when Nez Perce warriors murdered Blanch and Lorenzo Perkins, White Bluffs homesteaders, at Rattlesnake Springs, near the base of Rattlesnake Mountain." The first school opened in Richland in September 1905 "with seventeen pupils and one teacher." In Sept. 1965 the anticipated enrollment was 7,668. Etc. Etc. Etc. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ writing from, where, Shoreline "Heights"(!) just north of Seattle. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: I enjoyed reading about "where life took me" on your post. Thought it would have generated more to write in about "where life took me", too, but for some reason, the washer and water heater stories became more prominent. So, I will write my "where life took me" and you can be thoroughly bored and sorry you suggested it. *grin* After graduation, I worked for almost a year at "Stop 'n Go" in the Kennewick Highlands... my first adventure as a waitress... I loved it... not so much the waitressing, but the interaction with the customers... worked the night shift from 6pm til 2am (closing time). Got tired of that, so went to work in the potato plant, outside of Pasco... really hated that job... picking rotten potatoes off a conveyor belt was not my idea of fun, especially at 5 in the morning! Got tired of that very quickly, but before quitting I got married, the first time. Married a "Coastie" (who was a '58 Col-HI WB-RIP) and moved to Seattle... then, he went to Viet Nam and I moved, with our new baby girl, to Wishram(Columbia Gorge area), lived with my mom and stepdad and worked at the railroad "beanery" (diner) til he came home. Then we were stationed on Vashon Island at a Lighthouse Station... transferred from there to the Kennewick station... second daughter born in Richland... transferred to Astoria, Oregon. Then, after two years, transferred to Long Beach, CA... Two years later, divorced and working for UPS as a COD clerk (fancy name for sorting incoming invoices). Got married a second time to an "oil man" and he got transferred to Bakersfield, CA... after 20 years, that marriage ended... but by then, I had become a grandma to four kids (more were to come... eventually having 9 of them); bought a house... first one I'd ever bought... health issues forced me to sell it after four years... moved in with oldest daughter and her family. Both daughters are married and have families of their own. Oldest daughter's husband got a job offer in Payette, Idaho, so we moved to Idaho in 2014... Love living here, plus it's only five hours from the Tri-Cities... I still have family there. Youngest daughter and her family still live in Bakersfield... She and her son come up here at Christmas and during the Summer, so I am "a happy camper". I am a 7-year cancer survivor. My life is good, I am blessed and even though some of my choices in life weren't the best, they "shaped" me and I like who I have become. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Old stuff Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) will shoot me, but I gotta say having had cataract surgery was a total blessing... I know we said if we talk about old stuff when we are old someone shoot us... but I mean we gotta have something to talk about... I mean these days when we say looka that tomato, we are in the produce department and actually talking about a piece of fruit! Listening to Ellen WEIHERMILLER ('63) and Leo WEBB ('63) (by-the-way... did you know their lockers were next to each other at Col-Hi?), it sounds as tho the State Capitol may have landed in Oz, the other night... trees uprooted and 80 mph winds... now that does not sound like fun to me... Saw a photo posted on face book of Dawson Richards back inna day and it brought back so many memories... just like BB&M... there were just some places everyone shopped at one time or another... Speaking of Densow's (ok not this minute but in recent Sandstorms), my dog followed me every time I walked over there... every time he stole candy from the bottom shelf... I'm surprised they even let me inna store... well ok now to get to the b-days: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Myrna BOLIN ('63), Leo BUSTAD ('64) and Brad PUGH ('66) on your special day, May 6, 2017!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/07/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Steve CARSON ('58), Bill SCOTT ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff HARTMAN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diana BENNETT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathi CLARK ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laverne VANDENBERG ('76) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Memories To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Thanks for the Alaska memories. My 1st visit to Dutch Harbor, AK was the summer '53 onboard the icebreaker USCGC NORTHWIND... the ruins of the Navy Base was about all that was there, except for a few Navy folks running a weather station, and a refueling pier. I remember the gymnasium was still intact and in use. The only way to get to Unalaska was by boat. I was the ship's mail clerk, hauled outgoing mail over to Unalaska. I was on a shore station at Kodiak '56-'57, then later Commanding Officer (CO) of a ship home-ported at Kodiak. Spent a lot of time prowling the Aleutians, southern Bering Sea up to around the Pribilofs et al. I've been in those monstrous seas up there... I recall one patrol we'd been "out there" for a week or so, maybe half the 70-man crew was seasick and the rest just plain worn out. I finally found a smallish cove on the south side of one of the Aleutian Islands - Dead Man Cove, I think - managed to get the ship anchored in there for 15 hours or so while the crew recuperated! This as in the early '70s... My last times in Alaskan waters was in the late '70s when I commanded a somewhat larger ship... but somehow it didn't seem to matter much when those 40' heavy seas assailed us!!!!! I sure live a long way away from salt water now! Ha! To: Linda REINING ('64) Interesting story! You didn't gather much moss back in the old days! I wonder if your "ex" and I ever crossed paths? I was a "Coastie" from early 1952 until mid 1986... enlisted man until 1957, officer after that. Served all over the place, whenever I could on the Pacific Coast but almost always on ships or in district office assignments in the later years... -Dick WIGHT ('52)(I guess... ) ~ RV'ing down in Phoenix - record high of 106 yesterday. DRAT! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Eldest daughter, Keri Hubbard (NAB), and I are finishing up last minute details before flying to Atlanta, Georgia. Neither of us have ever been there so it will be an adventure. I plan to do some exploring while she is in her business meetings. I'm flying on a 'companion' ticket so have to leave from here in Alaska. Usually I don't come up this early but it has been a wonderful visit so far. Weather just fine and visits with family and friends, fantastic. There are still 2 Great-grands that I haven't seen yet, but will when we get back. At the end of the month, another Great-grand and her parents will be here from Portland. Sending best Bomber regards, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Thanks for the history, Pete. [5/6/17 Sandstorm] -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Belated hearty congrats to Ken STALEY ('68) on the success of the anthology his story is a part of. Amazon bestseller is pretty elite territory. Thanks to Linda REINING ('64) for sharing a capsule summary of your life story, and for being a 7-year cancer survivor. You go, girl! And you'd better be at the next reunion! Me, I'm not going to summarize my life on these pages because a lot of it was quite unpleasant. I made one bad decision after another. Unlike Linda, I've been blessed with relatively good physical health. My brain was another matter. Like Linda, I moved a lot, five times after getting out of the Air Force and nine more after Cherrie and I got married. It is only now, from the wiser perspective of old age, that I realize what happened. I have known since my thirties that I suffered from severe chronic depression. It wasn't until I was in my early fifties that I finally got the upper hand on it and banished it forever. What I now know is that I was also burdened with adult ADD. It explains further why life went as it did. Both these conditions tend to run in families, and I got them from my father. My life was probably a lot like his. We know almost nothing about his adult life before he married Mom (and there are reasons he never talked about it), but enough to know he wandered through life, seemingly never having a career interest or favorite occupation, always struggling just to survive, just to find stability. My life was too much like that. Adult ADD can do that to you, like an unfortunately memorable little episode in basic training where my attention wandered at the wrong time. Trust me, that's a bad place for your attention to wander. It is now, in my seventies, that I feel that I am truly coming alive at last and beginning to tap the creative potential inside me. I feel like I'm blossoming now, full of aspirations and interests. I want to cram as much living and learning as I can in my remaining years on earth. I told my piano teacher last year, "I'm in a hurry. I'm seventy years old and I'm in a hurry." And so I am. Looking back, I know now that what I experienced might have driven some people into suicidal depression, drug addiction, or alcoholism. But what sustained me through all the rejection, all the failures, all the wrong turns and dead-end roads, was that through all the times when it seemed like no one believed in me, I NEVER STOPPED BELIEVING IN MYSELF. I hope all of you do the same. It's the best cure there is for the hard times. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Richland native sports Cubs World Series ring ~5/5/17 Herald "Players and coaches receive most of the praise when a team wins a championship, but it takes a wealth of folks behind the scenes to reach the pinnacle of baseball success. Jason Cooper is one of those unsung heroes for the Chicago Cubs, and this week he was rewarded with a top prize - a World Series ring. Cubs General Manager Theo Epstein presented it to Cooper on Monday. The Richland native who graduated from Moses Lake High School is in his fourth season as a special assignment scout for the Cubs." Note: Jason is the grandson of Faustine MORGAN ('49) and the great nephew of Hazel MORGAN Latal (52). -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Pat UPSON ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty BELL ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKEOWN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McFALL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis BARR ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug RATHBUN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty DE LA BRETONNE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael R. HOGAN ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) Re: Memories from our past I only lived in Richland for three years -- 1947, 1948 and 1949. I'm finding the memories that are being sent to the Sandstorm very interesting even though I don't know any of you. Some of you write in, now and then, so I've come to recognize your names and enjoy reading what you send to Maren for all of us to enjoy. What I note, and miss, are articles not sent in by classmates from 1947, 1948 and 1949 (except from -- my very busy classmate treasurer, editor Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN). Where are you all? Where have you been... what have you been doing all of these years? As I mentioned, I still look forward to reading the Sandstorm EVERY day! May 19 is Armed Forces Day. Would LOVE to hear from our grads who served. Where, when, how long and any service tales they would care to share with us. Let us show our appreciation to you for your entries and your service. If I read anything coming in from those three classes about their lives since graduation I may get up the courage to let the world know what I have been up to -- all of these years -- and perhaps all of the later grads might feel they know ME better too. Bomber Cheers, -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) On the subject of water heaters, I think most European hotels and B&Bs have installed them to cater to those crazy Americans. For what ever reason American tourists of the late 20th century and on do not like to wander down the hall in search of a bathroom. Especially if there is a line to use it. So, to make like easier "en-suite" facilities have been added including shower stalls with coin operated water heaters. No need to maintain a boiler room and have hot water piped through out the building, just drop a Euro in the slot and "voila!" hot water for what ever time is set in the small heater. Again, off the main subject, which is the acknowledgement of yet another milestone in the life of a Bomber. I think I mentioned that we were in Thespians for at least one year. Hey! We're standing next to each other in the group picture that appears in the '52 Columbia. On the other hand, I should be more respectful to my elders. Ok, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Jim McKEOWN ('53); who was, among other things, a senior counselor (if I read the credit right in the '53 Columbian). See you around the campfire. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where "spring like" weather has set in for a few days. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: "ex" "Caste" When I married Dale (William Dale Gray, RIP) in 1966 he was stationed on the USGC Northwind... I don't know how long he'd been on it, but he was on it til he went to Viet Nam, in '67. He evidently liked the "cutters", cause that is what he was stationed on, when we transferred to Long Beach, CA (I don't remember the name of that "cutter") and it's also what he was stationed on when he transferred to San Diego, CA... he was on the USGC Midget. In '77, the Midget was in Alaska, there was a fire on board... he was the only casualty... died of smoke inhalation, in his bunk. To: Bill SCOTT ('64) I am glad you never gave up believing in yourself. I don't understand all the problems associated with ADD, but, having a granddaughter who is "special", I know how hard life is for her, at times (she's 24 and still struggles with a lot of "normal" activities that we all take for granted) and am glad that you didn't give in to the depression that so often overtakes those who struggle with not being "normal". Depression is a horrible disease and one that very few people understand. My brother suffered with chronic depression, and it's partly to blame for him deciding the only way to end his pain was to take his life. I really think that "life in our 70s" is a good thing. Glad you are still here to enjoy it and that you are "blossoming" at this stage of your life. *grin* Bomber hugs. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: culture shock All of the memories about growing up (along with washing machines and water heaters) made me think of what a shock it was to leave Richland for any period of time... Actually, Terry DAVIS ('65) brought it to mind as he has been in Louisiana for a little while and he was comparing it to Richland... I had no idea when I left Richland in the Marine Corps what a great life we had... in the South, I had a girlfriend who had a bowling alley in her house... her best friend had a wooden floor... no not hard wood like Alphabet houses... pine! Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh! On a more celebratory note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patty de la BRITONNE ('65) and Pete OVERDAHL ('60-RIP) on your special day, May 8, 2017!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch April showers definitely brought May flowers as lots of people are suffering from allergies but the flowers are simply gorgeous. Come join us for the All Bomber lunch on Saturday, 13 May at 11:30 at Sterling on Queensgate. There is always good conversation and food. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Pat UPSON ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty BELL ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKEOWN ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McFALL ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis BARR ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug RATHBUN ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty DE LA BRETONNE ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael R. HOGAN ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) Re: Memories from our past I only lived in Richland for three years -- 1947, 1948 and 1949. I'm finding the memories that are being sent to the Sandstorm very interesting even though I don't know any of you. Some of you write in, now and then, so I've come to recognize your names and enjoy reading what you send to Maren for all of us to enjoy. What I note, and miss, are articles not sent in by classmates from 1947, 1948 and 1949 (except from -- my very busy classmate treasurer, editor Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN). Where are you all? Where have you been... what have you been doing all of these years? As I mentioned, I still look forward to reading the Sandstorm EVERY day! May 19 is Armed Forces Day. Would LOVE to hear from our grads who served. Where, when, how long and any service tales they would care to share with us. Let us show our appreciation to you for your entries and your service. If I read anything coming in from those three classes about their lives since graduation I may get up the courage to let the world know what I have been up to -- all of these years -- and perhaps all of the later grads might feel they know ME better too. Bomber Cheers, -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) On the subject of water heaters, I think most European hotels and B&Bs have installed them to cater to those crazy Americans. For what ever reason American tourists of the late 20th century and on do not like to wander down the hall in search of a bathroom. Especially if there is a line to use it. So, to make like easier "en-suite" facilities have been added including shower stalls with coin operated water heaters. No need to maintain a boiler room and have hot water piped through out the building, just drop a Euro in the slot and "voila!" hot water for what ever time is set in the small heater. Again, off the main subject, which is the acknowledgement of yet another milestone in the life of a Bomber. I think I mentioned that we were in Thespians for at least one year. Hey! We're standing next to each other in the group picture that appears in the '52 Columbia. On the other hand, I should be more respectful to my elders. Ok, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Jim McKEOWN ('53); who was, among other things, a senior counselor (if I read the credit right in the '53 Columbian). See you around the campfire. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where "spring like" weather has set in for a few days. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: "ex" "Caste" When I married Dale (William Dale Gray, RIP) in 1966 he was stationed on the USGC Northwind... I don't know how long he'd been on it, but he was on it til he went to Viet Nam, in '67. He evidently liked the "cutters", cause that is what he was stationed on, when we transferred to Long Beach, CA (I don't remember the name of that "cutter") and it's also what he was stationed on when he transferred to San Diego, CA... he was on the USGC Midget. In '77, the Midget was in Alaska, there was a fire on board... he was the only casualty... died of smoke inhalation, in his bunk. To: Bill SCOTT ('64) I am glad you never gave up believing in yourself. I don't understand all the problems associated with ADD, but, having a granddaughter who is "special", I know how hard life is for her, at times (she's 24 and still struggles with a lot of "normal" activities that we all take for granted) and am glad that you didn't give in to the depression that so often overtakes those who struggle with not being "normal". Depression is a horrible disease and one that very few people understand. My brother suffered with chronic depression, and it's partly to blame for him deciding the only way to end his pain was to take his life. I really think that "life in our 70s" is a good thing. Glad you are still here to enjoy it and that you are "blossoming" at this stage of your life. *grin* Bomber hugs. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: culture shock All of the memories about growing up (along with washing machines and water heaters) made me think of what a shock it was to leave Richland for any period of time... Actually, Terry DAVIS ('65) brought it to mind as he has been in Louisiana for a little while and he was comparing it to Richland... I had no idea when I left Richland in the Marine Corps what a great life we had... in the South, I had a girlfriend who had a bowling alley in her house... her best friend had a wooden floor... no not hard wood like Alphabet houses... pine! Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh! On a more celebratory note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patty de la BRITONNE ('65) and Pete OVERDAHL ('60-RIP) on your special day, May 8, 2017!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch April showers definitely brought May flowers as lots of people are suffering from allergies but the flowers are simply gorgeous. Come join us for the All Bomber lunch on Saturday, 13 May at 11:30 at Sterling on Queensgate. There is always good conversation and food. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/09/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52) Tedd CADD ('66) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry LUKINS ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Mary BAILEY ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom TEEPLE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val TRENT ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) To: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Dale GRAY ('58wb-RIP) Linda, I recall the 1977 incident onboard MIDGETT. A tragedy... am so sorry. At that time I was CO of USCGC CAMPBELL home-ported in Port Angeles, WA and we were also doing Alaska patrols. I too served on NORTHWIND, before I went to OCS (it was in the early '50s). Thanks for the info, didn't intend to bring up painful memories. -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in Phoenix where it cooled nicely yesterday! ~ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Per Pat UPSON Tervooren's ('49) request: Enlisted in the USAF in October 1969. Did 6.5 years as a photo intelligence specialist. A tour in Vietnam (Tan Son Nhut) right at the end of the war. A time in Thailand (Udorn) followed that. State-side assignments included Denver, CO for training (twice), Langley AFB TAC HQ intel unit with Middle-East intel responsibilities. And at Bergstrom AFB in Austin, TX. Discharged as a Staff Sergeant (E-5) in 1976. In Vietnam, we covered anything being done intel-wise around the country including surreptitious images taken in Hanoi, drones flown across the north, tactical imagery around the south and north looking for targets and even some stuff in Cambodia. While in-country, I had two M-16s assigned to me: one at the barracks and one at the intel unit. I never found out who had the key. The final rocket attack was the morning of the cease-fire. It came in about 6am. In our off-duty hours, a number of us assisted the nuns at the Phu My orphanage in downtown Saigon. "Orphanage" is a little misleading. There were 1,100 people ranging from newborn to over 100. Orphans, true. But also mental and physical handicaps. Enlisted in the USCGR in 1983 as a Petty Officer (PO3 or E-4). Commissioned as an Ensign in 1984 by the first Commodore in the USCG for decades. Served as a training officer then as XO in three different units until the USCGR was folded into the active duty units. In my final assignment, I was the Senior Contingency Planning Officer for MSO Portland, OR for natural and man-made disasters for Oregon, Montana, and most of Washington. I was also a first-responder Marine Casualty Investigator for the Columbia River upstream from Bonneville Dam and up the Snake River. I investigated oil spills, collisions, allisions (a ship hitting a stationary object), and a variety of other marine accidents including one where four barges capsized in a lock on the Snake River, dumping several containers and other cargo into the lock. It was weeks before the lock could be opened again after the contents of the containers and 950 tons of wood chips were dumped into the lock (waterlogged and sank) were removed. My duties included accidents on the coast as well. One was a ship (the New Carissa) that ran aground after dragging anchor. The surf split the ship in two. The forward 2/3s were towed to sea and sunk by a USN submarine with torpedoes and 5 inch guns. The aft portion took years to remove (I'm not sure if it has actually been removed yet). I retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant Commander. I still have my jungle boots. P.S.: I didn't think to look up the status of the New Carissa. But here is a link that tells the story fairly thoroughly. The only thing that they don't say is that the surf, after breaking the ship into two pieces, moved them apart by a couple hundred yards before the final towing operation occurred. Never underestimate the power of the sea. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: whatcha seen was whatcha got He was one of those guys who looked as though he'd lived a pretty rough life. I know kids who were still afraid of him since grade school. He was a friend's friend and if you were his friend he always went the extra mile. I felt I didn't spend enough time with him while he was here. As I often do, I would only see him at Cool Desert Night's and not much more. I'm glad I made phone calls but if I had it to do over again, I'd made more. I'm glad I made a point of going out to see him before he passed. I miss him and remember so many things fondly. For those of you who used the big Bomb at your gatherings, you need to know he was one of those guys who spent hours putting it together. He was a hell of a Bomber! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jim STULL ('62-RIP) on your special day, May 9, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/10/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Pat UPSON ('49), Jim HAMILTON ('63), David RIVERS ('65), Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck LOLLIS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don ANDREWS ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: LeeAnne HARDING ('83) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne CHRISTENSEN ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne BUSSMAN ('98) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) To: Tedd CADD ('66) Tedd, Thank you so very much for answering "the call", as one of our Bombers, to let us in on your experiences serving our country. First of all--God Bless! Next--We are so glad you came home safe to spend the rest of your life enjoying this wonderful country you chose to protect! Third--thank you so much for sharing a very personal part of your life so that many of us (who were going about our daily business--with all the places you were at far from our thoughts) can now share a little of how it must have been for so many of our service men. That said, I see you even served in two branches--the USAF and then the USCG! Living in Portland, Oregon, I am well aware of the nine years of headaches trying to get that darn New Carissa off of our beach at Coos Bay, OR!! If all of you want a GOOD read on this, GOOGLE "what is the status of The New Carissa" today. If it hadn't been such a disaster, environmentally, for our beach it would almost be funny!! The Sea Victory tug finally yanked the bow off of the beach after the Navy setting it on fire (did not work) then the submarine trying to blow it up (did not work) welllll you Google and read the rest! Thanks again, Tedd, for your memory sharing and your service. Bomber Cheers, -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) P.S. Wouldn't it be great if someone (who wasn't a computer nerd--LIKE ME)!!--could print all of these service stories and put them in a folder for one of the reunions?? ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63) And now for something that will make us all so very proud. Check out number four, cooler than any hot water heater you ever read about. -jimbeaux -Jim HAMILTON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: one a them guys funny how things happen... now I know I "knew" the b-day Boomber in school but can't say I knew knew him... I always thought his name was perfect even tho not spelled as it sounds... as years went by, we became more like friend, friends... that friendship has grown to proportions like the ones one has all through growing up... In fact, I can't imagine not having him as a friend... now don't get me wrong... he has his quirks... he almost makes me seem "normal", but hey... He's a Bomber... what more do I need to say... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Chuck LOLLIS ('64) on your special day, May 10, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) Re: Kids (even grown ones) say the darndest things! If you read this, I'm pretty sure you will laugh. (SPOILER ALERT: No one was stabbed.) ************************** Seth (eldest son) was in town Monday, getting materials from Home Depot, etc, & running errands for the farm for HOURS. Noah (his 11 yr old son who REALLY likes to talk!) was with him. (Had to get his broken glasses fixed). This is the hilarious text exchange that Seth & I had --- first time I laughed all day. Had to share it: SETH: Hello my mother. This is your eldest son Seth. Though I have had a wonderful day and have been blessed numerous times with the humor and passion of my son I am done! Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun. ME: Hello my son. This is your only mother, Mom. Though I have had a miserable day due to shoulder pain that kept me awake then woke me up early, I still need you to bring my new tree over so I (we) can unwrap it & I can water it so it doesn't die. So .. sorry .. you can't be dun dun dun dun yet. PS I promise not to be talkative or humorous or passionate about anything! SETH: Please pray for the safety of everyone outdoors on my way home. If anyone delays me from returning to the farm as quickly as possible there will most likely be a stabbing incident. If I am not home within 1 hour simply check the evening news. You will probably see me on it. ME: Tell CPS to call me. In case you go to jail. You know. PS Is it legit for me to call in to work that I can't come in because my son stabbed someone? Also, if the answer is "yes", how long can I use that as an excuse to miss work? Just asking... you know, in case .. SETH: It depends. If it is the Lord's will it may be your boss that I run across and you won't have to worry about a thing regarding calling in. In fact, when I really think about it, the Lord actually may give you full confirmation regarding taking time off. It may turn out that your entire office is carpooling and happens to be the unfortunate vehicle to cut me off. I truly hope that they all know Jesus. -Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID still chuckling ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/11/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Dennis HAMMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill McCUE ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Colleen BROWNE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob DANA ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave DORAN ('72) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Jim HAMILTON ('63) Re: One mascot stands out [#4] Twenty-four weird, oddball, stupid, dumb, and ugly mascots and one great mascot which obviously does not belong on this list. Re: Mother's Day flowers Am I the only one who remembers this? When I was a kid I remember you were supposed to wear a flower on Mother's Day; red if your mother was alive and white if your mother had passed. I thought about this last year and asked my wife and a couple others. None of them remembered this. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [No bells ringing here, Dennis... Sorry. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Welcome Home Forty-nine years ago today, the Hell's Angels picked me up in LA; welcomed me home from Vietnam and gave me a place to stay and watch "Laugh In" on Monday nights! Welcome Home my Brothers and Sisters! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) To: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) Re: the New Carissa My favorite part was the cartoon in the Oregonian. The ship's bow section had been towed to sea twice and broken away to drift back to the beaches. Third time was the final. Once it was finally sunk, the Oregonian's editorial cartoon showed three panels: 1. The ship being bombarded by planes, ships and submarines-bullets, deck guns and bombs flying everywhere. 2. The surface of the sea with bubbles coming up as the ship headed for the bottom. 3. The bow coming back up with an evil grin and a thought bubble saying, "heh, heh, heh." -Tedd CADD ('66) P.S.: It was a disaster environmentally, to be sure. I can't imagine how much worse it would have been if it had been an oil carrier instead of cargo ship. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/12/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff today: Pat UPSON ('49), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Mike CLOWES ('54), Karen COLE ('55) Ferna GAROUTTE ('58), Jim RUSSELL ('58) Shirley ATWOOD ('58), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Pam EHINGER ('67), Ken STALEY ('68) NO BOMBER BIRTHDAYS today!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) To: Tedd CADD ('66) Tedd, I, too, remember that hilarious Oregonian editorial cartoon (on The New Carissa) and fortunately--it was all over and we Oregonians had finally got our sense of humor back and could finally laugh about it too!!! To: David RIVERS ('65) Feel as though I know you, David, from reading all of your entries in the Sandstorm -- they always leave us with smiles and laughs -- to start our day. Thank you so much for your service. to our country, David. Unfortunately a great majority of the America you were fighting for did not feel support for that fight -- so I for one still supported the brave men who went where they were told to go and when they came home I gave them all "welcome backs" to their homeland. So God Bless you David, thank you for your service and so glad you came home safe and sound. You should have had brass bands and didn't so " thanks" to the Hell's Angels who gave you a welcome home and a pat on the back. To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Yes, Dennis Hammer, I, for one, DO remember the white flowers or red flowers worn on Mother's Day. White, if your Mother had passed and red if she was still alive. Our church still gives out red or white carnations to all the Mothers on their special day. Bomber Cheers, -Pat UPSON Tervooren ('49) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) I do remember the thing about people wearing flowers on Mother's Day. Red if mom is still alive and white if mom is deceased. Seems it was an idea that either didn't catch on or that has seen its day. I'm enjoying a week in Atlanta, Georgia with my daughter, Keri, while she is here on business. Monday we walked to a small strip Mall about a mile from our Hotel. Then we walked to a Joe's Crab Shack for a great meal! (Actually, we are in Duluth.) Tuesday we went to the Stone Mountain Park, about 3,000 acres of trees, grass, rocks, restaurants and fun stuff. We took the tram to the top of Stone Mountain -- the largest (known) above-ground granite rock in the world. Lots of nice information -- posters explaining everything from the flora and fauna to geological facts about how the mountain formed over the past 300,000,000 years or so, from how they chiseled the bas-relief statues of 3 Confederate soldiers into the side of the mountain to the measurements of the statues. Very interesting. We walked around on top of the mountain for a while and took some pictures. I had planned to do more while she is in classes, but we couldn't get the Uber app loaded into my iPhone so I've been kind of stuck here at the Hotel yesterday and today. Her business stuff is over at 5 so we'll do something this evening. Leaving at around 4 pm tomorrow/Friday and have a non-stop flight to Anchorage. I'm grateful to have the chance to be here! Sunday when we arrived, the Uber driver took us to the Dr. and Mrs. King tomb and past some of the little houses along the street. Tuesday, the Uber driver took us on the scenic route to Stone Mountain. Interesting to see the area. Everyone is so friendly. The food is good, too! Bomber regards -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Thanks to Jimbeaux ('63) for pointing out that makers of lists on the interweb don't really have much else to do. I mean; da noive of some people to say that the "Bombers" is an unusual mascot is one thing, but to rank us where they did is tantamount to sacrilege or something. Perhaps one of our retired legal eagles could do something about this. So, why am I writing on a day with no "officially" recorded Bomber birthdays? Well, to wish a "Happy Birthday!" to those whom haven't made the list for today. And a very merry un- birthday to those who weren't. Well, it beats having a "NOT" issue in the mail box, doesn't it? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we are basking in the rain and upper 50s to mid 60s. Am I getting used to living on the wetside? ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Karen COLE Correll ('55) Re: Mother's Day / Traditions I vaguely remember the red/white flower designation. Old traditions seem to fall by the wayside as time passes. Wearing poppies for Veteran's Day, May baskets etc. On May Day, I would cut flowers from our yard and make our four boys put them on neighbor's doorsteps, ring the bell, and run. The running and hiding was the best part for them. They would come home with stories of how they were almost caught etc. Our youngest at 17 would still put flowers on our neighbor's doorstep, ring the bell, and jump the fence for home. She would cry every time and tell me what a nice young man we were raising. I think it was one of the highlights of her year for a lonely old lady. P.S. She was right, today at 51 years old he's still very thoughtful and considerate. No, I don't make him jump fences for old ladies anymore. -Karen COLE Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I did the May Basket every year, for Mrs. Williamson (RIP). I think she knew it was me. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) Re: Mothers I remember my mother saying the same thing about white roses and red roses on Mothers Day. Red rose if your mother was still living a white rose if she had passed. My mother was from Oklahoma and maybe this was the way mothers were honored there. -Ferna GAROUTTE Hicks ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim RUSSELL ('58) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Mother's Day Flowers I don't remember in general the tradition of the white or red flowers to be worn on Mother's Day, but there was and is a beautiful ceremony used in DeMolay called the "Flower Talk" that uses those very symbols. You can read it here: Cheers -Jim RUSSELL ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley ATWOOD Sun ('58) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Dennis, I remember doing that at Southside, but I don't think the congregation provided their own. When I went to church in the '80s we were provided with either red or white carnations. Perhaps some churches still retain the tradition. -Shirley ATWOOD Sun ('58) ~ in sunny Chatsworth, CA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Don't recall the Mother's Day flower thing. Re: Our Mascot Our mascot may have made the weird list, but the others are probably as loved by their alumni as ours is by us. After all, we are all quirky to some extent. How does a moose represent a baseball team (the Mariners) or an osprey, a fish eating bird, represent a football team (the Seahawks)? It's all in the eye of the beholder. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) I don't remember anything about the flowers you talked about. What I do remember is picking flowers (usually Lilacs & Tulips) & making cone baskets with handles. Going to neighbor's and placing the basket on the front porch knocking on the door and running like heck!!! Hide & watch as they found the basket! Oh what fun we had!! That was for May Day! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!?????? All Mothers!!???? [All those question marks are because the cute little hearts and flowers don't show up in this plain text publication. -Maren] Bombers Rule, -Pam EHINGER Kindl (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Re: Mom's Day flowers Tradition at our church on Mother's Day was to wear a red rose if your mom was living, and a white rose if not. -Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Brandy Sonderland KHS volleyball coach ~ 5/11/17 Herald "Brandy Sonderland takes the reins of Kennewick volleyball program" "Brandy Sonderland has decided it's time to come home. The 2006 graduate of River View High School, who spent the past 11 years as a volleyball player and assistant coach at Community Colleges of Spokane, recently was hired as the head volleyball coach at Kennewick High School. "I am a lone wolf in Spokane," Sonderland said. "Growing up, we were family centered. We are a family of teachers and coaches. Coaching is teaching, and teaching is coaching, and I love volleyball. I like having an impact on my students and players and seeing young athletes grow in the time you have them." Sonderland, 28, replaces Kelly Munson, who left after one year to take an assistant job at Columbia Basin College." Brandy is the daughter of Roger SONDERLAND ('77). -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken STALEY ('68) To: Dennis, Jim, et al Re: Our Mascot This is an item that surfaces now and then... raises a great deal of hot air... polarizes those FOR from those AGAINST... and dies a quiet death. At least, such has the history been. I recall during my stint at Bomber U the battle raged. This, of course, during the real rise of the Peace and anti-Vietnam days. If memory serves (and boy, a lot of water has passed through that pipe!) it died a quiet death within a month or two when those ANTI people realized that it wasn't going to change. Of course, at the time, our fathers were still deep in the heart of production and every reactor was up and running. I can't help but wonder, as the focus of Hanford changes from production to reclamation, whether the movement to change the logo will gather more steam than it has in the past. I suspect the current to-do, if there is such a thing, will go the same was as those in the past have gone... evaporated like so much hot air escaping a balloon. As a society we've evolved beyond traditions that needed to die swift and quiet deaths; segregation, suffrage the Blue Laws in this state. At the same time, there are certain traditions what should be left alone. While the logo/symbol once portrayed strength, it has now evolved into a reminder of our collective community heritage. There are times in our society when we over- react to things that are best left to the history books. The danger arises, in my opinion, when we allow those historical traditions and symbols to be used as an excuse to disrupt society, creating issues from the past that were laid to rest ages ago. For me, the mascot/symbol is a reminder of what made our community great - and a constant reminder of what is now the greatest environmental challenge facing the nation. We can take pride in what our fathers did, the work they performed but the mess they left behind - remnants of which must be kept out of human circulation for 25,000 years, cannot be minimized or ignored. I favor the return of nuclear power. HOWEVER, we need to solve the waste problem before the next shovel goes into the ground. This would not be an oil leak, capable of being diminished through hard work... such a spill... or leak into the river, would have consequences lasting generations. Like most who read this connection to our past, I grew up with a father who rode those old, stinky buses to and from work every day. My fondest early memories are going to the bus stop on Wright Ave early, to wait for the bus to drop him off, and putting black walnuts in the street for the traffic to crack for us... that is, when we couldn't steal dad's hammer. -Ken STALEY ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/13/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy STULL ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwight CAREY ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: This is an outrage!! -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: nuthin' like a Bomber-babe I wuz gonna say nuthin' like a Dame but decided there may be some out there that ain't fonda South Pacific so I changed my mind... all this talk about flowers and Mom's day, I got nuthin' to add cuz I just don't recall... but I can say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Peggy STULL ('64) and Dwight CAREY ('68) on your special day, May 13, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/14/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), David DOUGLAS ('62) Ed WOOD ('62), Leoma COLES ('63) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claudia STOFFEL ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randal SOUTHAM ('82) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: Mr. ARMSTRONG's ('63) entry from yesterday [5/13/17]. I wonder if these new "storm troopers" are going to replace or augment the "Politically Correct" Police that have thrived on college campuses in the past. A thought: With all this looking after our youth's, I wonder what sort of person would want to send their offspring to Arizona. It was bad enough when my oldest granddaughter opted to go to the "Ducks". "Mothers don't let your sons grow up to be 'Wildcats'". Speaking of which, Happy Mother's Day to all Bomber moms. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where misplaced Californians are waiting for the return of the sunshine. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) Re: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG's ('63) outrage link: I'm so glad I got to grow up when the world was sane and all we had to worry about was the atomic bomb. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: an outrage To: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Yes, Jim, what you posted is indeed an outrage. Colleges aren't what they used to be. After my alma mater pulled a stunt like that by sponsoring a "toxic masculinity" workshop, I complained to the college president. When she defended her insulting policy, I stopped my contributions to the college. And I had been a faithful donor for over 50 years! -Ed WOOD ('62) ~ Visiting in Washington DC ************************************************************ ************************************************************* >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Happy Mother;s Day to all those lovely moms out there!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ Lincoln City, OR where it can't decide to rain, hail, or be sunny!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Mother's Day flowers I thought my memory was correct about wearing the red or white flowers on Mother's Day. Also received two emails, one who remembered the tradition and one about DeMolay using the red and white flowers in one of their events. Re: Telephones Couple months ago while checking out at a store I mentioned to a lady I used to work with those phones you see hanging on the wall where you hold the ear piece in one hand and turn the crank to get the operator with the other hand like you see Sheriff Taylor in Mayberry use on TV. I remembered seeing them in use. She said "Aw, you never saw those in use." I told her that yes I do remember them in use, there weren't many of them left and those were mainly in farm houses. People used to take the generator out of them and use for science experiments. It had fixed magnets around it and the crank on one side. Remember Junior High science teacher had us all sit in a circle holding hands while one student turned the crank. He turned it slowly and we were supposed to feel a tingle. We never felt a thing, then after what seemed like a long time, all at once he started turning fast and everyone jumped and let loose of everyone's hands. Obviously planed by the teacher with his hand picked student turning the crank. Our first phone was a "newer style." It was a black box about a foot square mounted on the wall with a crank on the side. A wire ran down to a receiver which you was set on a table. We thought it was actually an old model when we got it. The box on the wall was made of wood and painted black. You could see it was open grain wood and it was probably originally finished with varnish or some other clear finish. The receiver was black but in an older style, the base was oval shaped and in an older style than those made at that time. This was in Athena, Oregon and when you wanted to call someone you picked up the receiver, turned the crank, and the operator asked you the number you wanted to call. We had a three digit phone number. Grade school took a field trip and saw the switchboard. The operator sit at the switchboard like a lot of businesses had at least into the mid sixties. A cord was pulled out of the horizontal part of the switchboard and plugged into the vertical part connecting your line to the number you were calling. When we moved to Milton-Freewater, OR you still had to talk to the operator, but, you didn't have a crank to turn, you just picked up the phone. The phone booths in town had dial phones installed in preparation for changing to the dial system. People who did not live there would try to use the dial which of course didn't work and were surprised by an operator coming on the line saying "number please." When they did get dial system completed our exchange name was "WEbster." So I only had to remember the second letter when we moved to Richland and it became "WHitehall." In Richland we had a party line. When I heard someone lift their receiver I knew they wanted to use the line and I tried to get off the line as soon as possible; at least one other person on that line would try to break in every 10 seconds. I got off as soon as I could, but they would not render me the same courtesy; I would wait ten minutes or more, and they are still talking, then another ten minutes, then another and so on. So when I got my own place and had a phone installed I got a private line, I didn't care if it did cost more, it was worth it. Maybe 10 years ago went to open house when someone in family was looking for a house. There was a little door in the wall about 14" by 14" about half way up the wall between the kitchen and another room. I asked "What the heck is that for?" Wife said "Telephone." and I said oh yes, I remember those long cords. We had one in the "B" house. It went into my room but only long enough to use it on the corner of my bed. When dad retired and parents moved to Walla Walla he took that cord with him. You couldn't unplug it--had to use a screwdriver. I bet I still have that cord with the stuff I moved from Walla Walla when my mother could no longer live alone. Nowadays when you make a long distance phone call it sounds just like a local call. Used to when you were on long distance line you knew it. I once wanted to describe to someone what that sounded like. There was just no way I could figure out how to describe the sound of a long distance call. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ In church Laity Sunday about 1973-74 one of the lay people speaking said the old thing "we had progressed about as far as we could" so now we should move to some kind of a socialist system. It's possible, but I don't imagine he is still alive. Would just like to show him the phones nearly everyone is carrying around today and what all they can do. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch We had a nice group on Saturday. Those attending were me, Margaret EHRIG DUNN ('61), Lorin ST.JOHN ('55) and spouse Phyllis (NAB), Glen ROSE ('58), Pat DORISS Trimble ('65), and Sandy CLARK Chamberlin ('71). -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/15/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat HARTNETT ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan BIRGE ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam ROBINSON ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn SWAN ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven McCOLLEY ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) David DOUGLAS ('62) Ed WOOD ('62) Oh, my goodness, the nostalgia for the better times of yesteryear. We read of politically correct universities, and a more sane past and such. Well, it's all true. I like hearing from "Pitts" who grew up only a few houses down from me on Hodges Court. The other two commentators I shared many a class with, finally as seniors, particularly when wings of the old high school were being torn down and new construction was emerging in the grassed interstices, so to speak. I recall sitting in Macy's senior English next to Ed (he was the last seat in the last row by the window, and I was the last seat in the next row). The vacant library windows stared unblinking at us from across the small clearing, and I can still remember one window with a rock thrown through it. We marveled at the hole which, instead of jagged, was nearly round for most of its perimeter. How can this be, a round hole in glass with no other cracks? David, no doubt, probably could have tutored us that glass is not crystaline or even a solid, but rather at normal temperature is really a "supercooled liquid". In the city of nuclear physics and atomic bombs (and disputed mascots), also the physics of smashed windows. And now we have a chorus of whiners calling for a sort of "physics" of smashed cultures. If only someone would actually write a documented book on how such things got off the rails over the past half century... May I humbly recommend a new book that hits the streets next week? A catchy title and subtitle at least: A GENERATION ABANDONED: Why "Whatever" is not Enough (New York: Rowman and Littlefield/Hamilton Books, 2017). Oh yeah, the author? That would be yours truly. The book takes a clear position on the culture wars so it's probably not for everybody. The cover photo shows a large faction of the culturally betrayed Millennial Generation milling about in a stew of other digital nonentities, disconnected narcissists one and all, flailing about with the cell-phone cameras inside what I take to be a Spanish cathedral now doubling as a tourist trap. A picture is worth a thousand words. The other 100,000 words are inside the cover. Whatever. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) To: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: telephones When we'd go to Minnesota to visit relatives, my great-aunt had a crank phone, hanging in her parlor. It was a "party-line" with about six other people "on the line". My aunt had a certain ring that would let her know the call was for her, but it also would ring for anyone else that was on her "line". She would always pick up the phone and listen to their conversations and sometimes, she'd add to their conversations. She lived on a farm, and only went to town once a week so "listening in" was how she kept track of what was happening with her neighbors. The phone we had when I was growing up, was also a "party-line". My mom always made sure that my phone calls were short - usually no more than five minutes - so that I wasn't "tieing-up" the phone from someone else using it. Seemed like I'd just start talking and the timer would go off and she'd be standing next to me, tapping her foot and telling me to hang up. When I turned 18 and got a job, I made sure my phone was private. When my daughters were teenagers, we had a wall phone in the kitchen. I bought the longest phone cord I could find (25'). They could walk from the kitchen to their bedrooms and have some privacy. Once they got jobs, they paid to have their own phones and shared a separate line. -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: The waiting game As I posted a picture [on facebook] of my folks and me for Mother's day, I began thinking of the way it was with housing inna early days of our little town... the picture I posted showed my mom, dad and me in front of a house with two mail boxes and what looked to be "1328". Now what I recall is my mom telling me we lived with the SHEGRUD family on what I thought would have been Stevens, as my mom mentioned Lyman POWELL ('65) and Jo Marie ROBERTS ('65) living across the street... of course I could be totally wrong... I remember from there we moved to Pullen by Johnny DALE ('63). From there we moved to Haines in an "F" house, then to Acacia and finally to the corner of Stevens and Van Giesen... getting the first house was a wait for many but then people traded like baseball cards till the houses finally went up for sale in '58 or so... an interesting town to say the least... so where did you guys live? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Marilyn SWAN ('63) on your special day, May 15, 2017!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/16/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53), Grover SHEGRUD ('56) Steve CARSON ('58), Helen CROSS ('62) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Gary BEHYMER ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy JONES ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave McDANIEL ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy KLEINPETER ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Housing When we moved into Richland in 1944, we lived in a house on Cullum that was directly east of the Richland Laundry and Dry Cleaners. It was one of the "tract" houses. After nearly a year, we were given a "B" house on Fitch St. where Fitch crossed Douglass. The house number is 1311. My parents bought the house and had it remodeled so that it was larger, but still had a one- bedroom apartment on the other side. They put in a fireplace and central electrical heating and cooling. I drive by it every once in a while to see if the current owners have put it on the market. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From:Grover SHEGRUD ('56) To: David RIVERS ('65) David, You did live at about 1326 or 1328 Stevens drive. We lived at 1320 Stevens drive in the north half of an "A" house, Bill Everett lived in the South half of the "A" house you were in next to us and Hertenstines lived in the next "A" house north of you. I was in Richland this last weekend and went by the old place other than minor updating and painting it looks the same... The rest of the town "not so much". Charles Libby moved in to your old house after you moved. -Grover SHEGRUD ('56) ~ Good old Martha lake, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Bothell, WA! where spring may or may not have arrived!!!!!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) Re: Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) book A GENERATION ABANDONED: Why "Whatever" is not Enough (New York: Rowman and Littlefield/Hamilton Books, 2017) I ordered Pete's book. Looking forward to receiving it. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Wow, Pete BEAULIEU ('62). I look forward to reading your new book; is it going to be in bookstores, or on Amazon. I also look forward to having time to read the book as soon as my husband retires from the ministry June 10th, until then I will be wrapping up loose ends and packing up and moving back to our house, fortunately about 60 miles from here. To David RIVERS ('65) Wow again, I don't think I ever knew anybody who moved that often all within Richland. We moved once, when we moved out of the "A" house (half) my aunt and uncle lived in on McPherson when we moved to our ranch house in Olympia Street where we lived until my brother, Roy ('65) and I ('62) graduated and moved on. Our parents lived there until dad died in 1999. I'm looking forward to coming back and visiting Richland for the 55 year reunion of the class of 1962 ~ August 18 and 19! Wow again, that's only in a few months!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where spring has really sprung and we are having a week of beautiful 80 weather. Mother's Day we had perfect weather with sunshine and a few fluffy clouds in a blue sky with soft 80+ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Telephones Yesterday's post about your aunt having a certain ring to let her know the call was for her reminded me of something my mother told me. When she was growing up their "phone number" was "two shorts on line (three?)" Sounds more like the laundry than the telephone! You had to listen for the number and order of short and long rings, sort of like Morse code, to tell you if the call was for you. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ In Kennewick where the cement pond is too cold for people, but early this morning two ducks (male and female) sure seemed to be enjoying it, while the cat sat at the sliding glass doors very interesting in watching them ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary BEHYMER ('64) ...this is from the Spokesman Review ~ Sunday, May 14, 2017 "Welcome to Nuketown USA: A look at the company town of the Hanford site" -Gary BEHYMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: We had it all It is hard to recall growing up in Richland without being swarmed with warm and wonderful memories of times gone by and the unique time we had. Now I know all small towns share some of those memories... such as group parenting... we would no more carry out some of our secret activities in front of anything resembling a parent or a "growed up" than dive in the little pool! Parents pretty much had a given right to discipline any kid and especially one they knew... I do recall some one having a problem but can't recall who it was... perhaps the discipline was physical, which may have been beyond bounds... I'm really not sure as I was never physically disciplined by another parent... now teachers, that was a whole other ball game... in 5th grade, we had a lady who used a rubber hose... we all felt that even though she probably had every possible rowdy in her class, the hose was a bit overboard... As we lived on Acacia and Salem, she would walk over to my house in the afternoons and cry on my mother's shoulder... bad form as far as I was concerned... my mom always took her side... as far as the hose was concerned my mom figured we deserved what we got either when we got whacked or at some time we weren't caught... Craig DAVIS ('65-RIP) and I got the idea of telling his mom that my mom was going to the principal and we suggested Mrs. Davis join in... Mrs Davis took the bait and the hand of justice came down on my head... I am sure the hose was taken away but the repercussion for my involvement was far worse than any rubber hose... sometimes status quo should not be tampered with and that was one of them! Well I am sure that today's b-day Bomber-babe never would have done anything like that, though I am not sure I can say the same for her other half... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sandy JONES ('65) on your special day, May 16, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/17/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Floyd MELTON ('57), Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Marie RUPPERT ('63), Bill SCOTT ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garth WHEELER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike BRADY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betsy FOX ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) May 15th I enjoyed a wonderful late-lunch date with Larry and Jackie MATTINGLY ('60), here in Anchorage! Thank you so much... I like Golden Corral and especially appreciated getting to visit with them both. We always find interesting things to talk about. This is such a fun vacation... unexpected pleasures around nearly every corner! Later this morning I'll be heading out to my old home in the Butte, about 40 miles north of Anchorage. The new care-takers are a true delight and very welcoming. And I'll be seeing long- time friends in Palmer, Wasilla and Big Lake, besides the Butte. I love being up here, drinking in the love of family and friends, the beautiful scenery and cool temperatures, but I'm sure I'll be happy to be at my home in Richland by the time I get there, about June 2nd. Lots of work coming up in making preparations for Class of '52 *SIXTY-FIVE YEAR* Reunion. (My goodness how time does fly!) Bound to be a blast! Thank goodness Terry De VINE ('52) and Helen BARTLETT Sullivan-Mowery ('52) are working on it. They may have recruited more helpers by now and won't need me to jump in again. Best Bomber regards, -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in my old home: Alaska ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) And before the hand-cranked telephone there were tin cans connected by waxed string. Why waxed string? You wouldn't want to get the lines of communication wet and saggy, would you? There may have been some advantage to the old 'phone system. In smaller communities, you didn't have to remember numbers, you just asked the operator to get you whom ever you wanted to talk to (provided the line was free). And you certainly remembered not only your "ring" but the "rings" of every one else on your party line. And now we press numbers on a screen and a machine takes care of the rest. Can't even call the operator for assistance without being charged. Progress, ain't it wunnerfull, wunnerfull. The point being, that from time to time in these pages, I make reference to fellow classmates who are normally celebrating a birthday. Sometimes I pick on those who have anniversaries. All this information is derived from the Bomber Calendar which you have access to. That being said, I will now pick on a fellow Bomber and classmate. I'm not sure if we had any classes together, but through some signs in the sky, we knew each other. What with today being his birthday, I just thought I would mention that. Now, the tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" is sent out to Garth WHEELER ('54) on this occasion. As some TV character once said: "Live long, and prosper." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where, despite the Portland weather radar being down, weather guessers are calling for summer like weather by this weekend, which may, in turn, melt all the snow that has recently fallen in the mountains. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) To: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Curt, My aunt lived in the one bedroom apartment on Fitch for a number of years. We lived at 517 Douglass. Small world. I went out with a girl who lived in the other end of that "B" house but for the life of me I can't remember her name. To: David RIVERS ('65) David, You did move a bit in Richland. I on the other hand only lived in two different homes growing up 1314 Hunt and 517 Douglass then in three homes after I got married. I bought my first home 2300 Dover a Bower Day home when I was 21 but did not live in it until I was like 27 after school etc. When I first got married Joyce and I lived in a Prefab on Smith for about 5 months before heading to BYU. Joyce and I lived in the 2300 Dover home after I graduated, bought a Ranch house at 639 Cedar in 1971 where she passed on in 2001 and I moved from Richland to Eugene in 2003. Now on the other hand my Sister has to hold a record on moves. They first lived in a track house about where the corner of GWWay and McMurray is, then in Columbia Camp where my brother- in-law was a guard, then on Perkins behind the drugstore, then on Tinkle by the irrigation canal that was there, then the corner of Williams and McPherson, then I think the 1300 block of Birch then on the corner of Mahan and Symons while their home in Pasco was being built, then in the Kennewick Highlands overlooking the river, on to Cullam in Richland and finally u which was Duane Ave. That is what I call moving. To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Gary, I thought the Welcome to nuketown was a fair summary of our town but David RIVERS ('65) and others give a much better summary of the goings on by us way wards. HA. -Floyd MELTON ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Bomber Lunch In Anchorage AK.. Monday, 5/15/17 Jackie and I met Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) at Golden Coral and had a long very pleasant lunch today. They gave us a "3for special". Family news is the my granddaughter Adina announced that she is carrying her 7th child. We knew they were discussing it. They have a very nice family of 6 beautiful, active and well mannered children. So we wish them well. Their youngest had a hole in her heart at birth. Heart surgeons fixed it by going through an artery in her arm. They had to wait until she was 6 months old and had gained some weight. But it has completely healed. We have a National Fireworks meeting in Erie, PA this fall and will be less then 2 hours from them. So we look forward to a visit with them. Adina is an active member of the Amherst, NY couponers and maintains a very large pantry packed with supplies. She turned out to be a fine strong willed women just like her mother who was taken by a rapid growing cancer. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: Welcome to Nuke Town To: Gary BEHYMER ('64) Thanks to Gary for sending the link in yesterday's Sandstorm to the story in the Spokane newspaper last Sunday. It is a very interesting read about some of Richlands history. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in chilly Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: alphabet houses The article entitled "Nuketown" that Gary BEHYMER ('64) shared with us [in yesterday's Sandstorm] was quite interesting, but the author made an error (which I have informed him of in an email) in describing the prefabs as "alphabet houses". As we all know, the prefabs didn't have a letter designation, and the alphabet houses were an entirely different animal. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: the shrinking world I remember when I first got a computer and the Internet. I was on the Board of Directors of "Space Camp" along with a bunch of former astronauts and the General who was one of the inventors of the stealth technology... I remember watching him on TV during the Gulf war and saying "wow I know him!"... One day I was supposed to have lunch with Chuck Yeager... Chuck called about an hour before I was leaving and he sounded terrible... he was in the hospital... "I was installing an antenna on my girlfriend's house and... " Yup... The PhD. that was the head person at Space Camp had been a girl I'd known for many years and on one of her trips to Vegas she went with me, got the computer, set it up for me and got me on AOL... Now at the time I probably only had a few email addresses and my Partners thought I was speeding life up way too much (I mean fax machines had already shortened communication time greatly)... anyway, I have no recollection how one discovered email addresses back then, but the very first Bomber (other than those I already had addresses for) I contacted was our b-day Bomber-babe (I'm sure she won't remember this)... I was attracted by the address she used which was far more inventive than my own and still gives me a chuckle to this day... I emailed her and we exchanged pleasantries and that was that... but I knew I was going to enjoy the Internet a great deal... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Betsy FOX ('63) on your special day, May 17, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Housing Our family (mom, dad, Jim ('62-RIP), Shirley ('66), and Barb ('71)) lived in five different homes locally. We lived in West Richland, on Catskill (Richland Village home), on Platt (precut), in Perry Court ("A") and on Johnston ("B"). We also lived in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oregon and Nevada. Dad was in the Guard Union so we moved as he was transferred. I started 1st grade in Mulvane, Kansas before we moved back to Richland permanently. 1st grade was continued at Jefferson, Jason Lee and Spalding (yes, four different schools in the 1st grade), 2nd-4th grade were at Spalding. 5th grade was at Jefferson. The school boundary was changed so 6th grade was at Sacajawea. 7th-9th were at Chief Jo Junior High School. 10th- 12th were at Columbia High School. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a rainy and chilly Tuesday in Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/18/17 ~ MT. ST. HELENS DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Laura Dean KIRBY ('55) David DOUGLAS ('62), Earl BENNETT ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66) Rick VALENTINE ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alice HANTHORN ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack KEENEY ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry PITMAN ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyman POWELL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline STANFIELD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thor CULVERHOUSE ('81) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) "Em" ('52), did you say Terry ('52) was working (?) on your class's 65 year? I don't doubt you, but I do think that Terry and working may be a contradictory thing. I do feel sorry for Helen ('52) as she really has a load to carry. Ya know, in yesterday's issue I made a goof. If it weren't for the quick eye of our illustrious editor people would be wondering who? Or I didn't know he was old enough to be in our class. There is a Bomber Babe in our class who did use the name; but in order to protect the innercent I won't divulge it at this time. [OK, now that's too cryptic for just about everyone. Yesterday "AKA" wished a happy birthday to "Garth Brooks ('54)" -- and I changed Brooks to WHEELER. -Maren] 'Gads, the class of '52 celebrates 65 years of fortune and whatever this year. That means that in two (2) years The Class of '54 will be hitting the big 65. My how the time flies. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the thought of putting the A/C in the bedroom window is becoming more a possibility. It figures as both the walnut and catalpa have leafed out. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) Re: Class of '55 Ladies Lunch Fifteen lovely ladies of the class of 1955 met at Three Margaritas in Richland on Wednesday. The waiter was very clever in calling us all "girls". We all realize we are old women now, but it was nice of him to humor us. We enjoyed catching up and talking about who had been ill, who had moved "home", and who had a new great grandchild. Some pictures were circulated, and many of us tried fumblingly to operate our cell phones to show off our growing families. I must say everyone looked happy and pleasantly chipper for a bunch of eighty year olds. We are all still willing to laugh, mostly at ourselves. It is so nice to get together and remember when we walked the halls of "Col Hi" back in the good old days. Attending this time: Sharon BEE Burkes, Jan RUCKER Meyer, Virginia WILLIAMS McKenna, Peggy SHANNON Brown, Janet OATES, Judy CLEARWATER Wood, Sherrill BENJAMIN Zilar, Janet DENNY, Mary WARREN Gruver, Sharon TEMPLEMAN Watts, Billie LAWELL Neth, Mary WOODHEAD Mokler, Ginger WARFORD Rhoads, Marlene RICHTER Frank, and Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong. Please forgive me if I missremembered your name, or misspelled it. I am just going on memory and you know how dependable that is! -Laura Dean KIRBY Armstrong ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David DOUGLAS ('62) I lived in three places in Richland, from the time we moved there until my youngest brother Marc ('77) graduated from Col- Hi. My mom's father worked on the construction of Hanford. My father had just finished watchmaker school, and Grandpa suggested he move to Richland. At the time there were no watchmakers there - people mailed their watches to Spokane when they needed repair. My very first memory was the drive from the South to Washington State, with my dad's workbench strapped to the top of our old Packard. My memory is of driving through a flood, which made quite an impression on me, although the water over the road was probably only a couple of inches deep. We lived with my grandparents in a two-story duplex (with the unfinished basement) when we first arrived. I fell down the stairs once, which may explain some things. I was too young to know what transpired, but my parents were unhappy with how my grandparents treated my older brother Walker ('57), and we moved to a trailer in North Richland for a while. My memory of that was my mom bathing me in the cement laundry sink in the communal laundry facility. Finally my dad was assigned a ranch house in the Richland heights part of town - 412 Birch, near Duportail. We were among the first people to move into the area. We went to look at the house before the streets were paved and got lost because there were no street signs. My parents and two younger brothers were still living in the house when I left for college. Our first phone was not in the house. It was a community phone on a telephone pole at the corner of Birch and Duportail. Phones were considered a luxury back then - the phone bill, when we finally got a house phone, had a charge labeled 'luxury tax.' That tax was finally eliminated a few years ago, decades after phones were no longer considered luxuries. Our phone number was 8-0568. Later WH was added as a prefix, eventually converted to 94. We originally had a party line. One evening both my dad and older brother Walker were sick, Dad with diverticulitis and brother with appendicitis. Mom needed to call an ambulance, but the other party on our line was using it. Mom didn't want to ask her to get off the line, and after waiting a while she finally went next door to call the ambulance. The EMTs said that was the first time they ever took two people from the same house to the hospital. The party-line neighbor was very apologetic when she found out. I was glad when we got a private line, since my girlfriend Patty BEZZIO ('63-RIP) and I would talk for hours. Speaking of phones: After I married and we moved to Hawaii, the company I worked for got a new phone system, as parts were no longer available for the old one. The company gave the old one to me. It could handle sixteen phones with four in-coming lines. It worked out quite well, because we had a house with a one- story apartment on one side and three bedrooms/two stories on the other. My wife and I lived in the apartment and our two kids lived upstairs. We could dial room-to-room, so when a call came for one of the kids we didn't have to go to the other side of the house and shout up the staircase. We could also put calls on hold, and even had music-on-hold. We only had one incoming line, but I wired it to line 2 - it sounded much more impressive to say, "Emiko, you have a call on line two." One day I was home alone in the apartment bathroom. When I tried to open the door, the knob came off. I tried to put it back onto the shaft, but only succeeded in pushing the shaft out the other side of the door. I had to wait until someone got home to rescue me. Since I wasn't using all the extension lines, I put a phone in the bathroom so I could call for help if it ever happened again. Throughout my life I have felt that God has watched over me in a special way, beginning even before I was born. I mentioned older brother Walker - his full name is Smith Walker Douglas III. God took pity on me and allowed me to be born number two son, for which I have always been grateful. -David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: The Houses that Hanford Built Our residence history was relatively simple: A "Y" (3-bedroom ranch on Elm) where I played a lot in the shelter belt and across the by-pass highway, and a "Z" (4-bedroom ranch) on Turner (stone's throw from Jason Lee), where we moved in '55 just before my fifth sister was born and we needed more bedrooms. Dad and Mom bought it when that became possible and my middle sister, Sue ('68), owns it now. It has grown a lot: I helped Dad add a family room extending the kitchen/living room wall outward around 1959, then a bedroom for Grandma Oyen replaced the furnace room in the early '60s. Dad added a workshop and a carport behind the kitchen/family room early on, then a den later, after I had been away for a while. In the '70s or '80s they added a free-standing carpentry shop that displaced a prolific peach tree (had to brace the branches with 2x4s to keep them from breaking under the weight of the peaches). Great memories; there is still a producing rhubarb plant next to the wood shop, from which I brought a clipping home about ten years ago and now enjoy the fruit. Regards, ecb3, from perfect spring weather in central Virginia - though today is supposed to be in the low 90s. -Earl BENNETT ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Sunshine on my shoulder "Into each life some rain must fall"... but for each drop of rain there are lotsa rays of sunshine and man have I got sunshine in my life today! Now I've always said that I've known Jackson KEENEY ('65) the longest of this bunch... but on Mother's day I posted the picture [on Facebook] of a house on Stevens where I was a teeny tiny (chubby) baby... I recall my mother saying that the house was across from Lyman POWELL's ('65) and Jo Marie ROBERTS ('65)... tho Lyman could never come out of his crib and the rumor that Jo Marie took me to tolo that year is purely false... so I guess I met Lyman way before Jr. Hi... any way, each of these b-day Bombers has brought joy and Sunshine into my life and the lives of all who know them, in fact, even though it isn't her b-day Jo Marie actually sent me at least one letter while I was in Vietnam... so ha ha ha... mo betta than tolo I'd say... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jack KEENEY ('65), Lyman POWELL ('65), Kerry PITMAN ('65), Victor DAY ('65) and Caroline STANFIELD ('66) on your special day, May 18, 2017!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) If you want to know addresses, there are old telephone directories in the library. They go back to the early '50s at least. I could look up things if you give me the year and family name. There are also Polk directories where it even lists family members and where people worked... -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68) Re: The next Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2017 WHEN: Saturday, May, 20th Sorry I am so late getting this out, I almost forgot. We will be meeting at: The Hillside Inn Restaurant, Located at 3001 N. Nevada St. in North Spokane. Coffee at 11:30 ~ Lunch around 12:00 Noon. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers, their families, and friends are welcome... the more the merrier. (this is an all class gathering, all class years are welcome) Out of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact me... -Rick VALENTINE ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/19/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3-1/2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Dan HAGGARD ('57) Fred AMES ('60wb), Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula FRISTER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam EMMONS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan THORNTON ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy THORNTON ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb BELCHER ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David CARSON ('76) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Another obscure thing to mention is/are The Class of '54 luncheons that are going on today. One for mostly '54 Guys is at Bob's Burgers and Brew somewhere in Kennewick (I don't think it is the Kennewick Inn). And the Girls are gathering at Applebee's in Richland. This would be the Applebee's in the Costco shopping complex. Try not to miss, and pictures submitted to the Alumni Sandstorm would be greatly appreciated by all us out-of-towners. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where I have installed one a/c already. One weather guesser is saying it may reach 90 by Sunday. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dan HAGGARD ('57) Last night [5/19/17) I went to the Richland High Scholarship Program. There were approximately 160 award recipients. There were 11 scholarship presentations including our own RHS Club 40 Scholarships. Club 40 gave four $1000 awards, presented by Jim MEFFORD (?54), to Darby MILLER ('17), Daniel AVILA ('17), Elizabeth HUNT ('17), and Katie SCHRODER ('17) our 2017 winners. RHS student recognition for honors, awards and scholarships presentation was conducted by Tim Praino and John Richardson. Total scholarship funds secured by RHS students this year exceeds $2.9 million. Our Bomber students, faculty, administrators continually produce exemplary results not only academically, but through extra-curricular and community activities. Makes me proud to be a Bomber. -Dan HAGGARD ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Fred AMES ('60wb) Hello! Just wanted to say that, after leaving Richland in the summer of 1957, I am finally heading back, in a couple of weeks, to see the place again! Wonder if I will recognize anything at all. -Fred AMES ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I keep learning so much from reading the Sandstorm, thanks again to your careful editing, Maren. But today I want to wish my cousin, Bob CROSS (also from the great class of 1962), a Happy Birthday!! Just think had you come 8 days later and I been born 8 days earlier, we would share a birth date; Hope you have a good day, almost twin!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where my husband will preach his last sermon this Sunday, and I am getting into a moving panic mode, except when I babysit my little granddaughter, Marlee. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/20/17 ~ ARMED FORCES DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Marie RUPPERT ('63), Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allan AVERY ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John KENNEDY ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron ARMSTRONG ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne HODGSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug CONRAD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane DeGOOYER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carmen MAFFEO ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: 1954 Lunch What a great turnout we had today at our '54 Ladies' lunch!! Fourteen (14) classmates! I am attaching pictures for you out of towner classmates as requested by AKA, Bob Carlsen '54!! Bob, you better come back to Richland and see how things are growing and what stores are around. Applebee's in Richland is in the Winco shopping area, not Costco. Costco is way over on Gage Blvd in South Richland. Hehe Yes, time will fly and in two (2) years when it is time for us to meet for our 65 year reunion, I am hoping we can have a good turnout!! Should we start planning now? I already have a suggestion from Allan AVERY for our program. I think most of you have seen that we lost one of our men's singing group, Terry BEEBE, in December. Sad to see that we also lost Forrest GOODENOW in March, 2017!! Take care all of you and do you best to join us at our Club 40 celebration, September 8th and 9th, 2017!! Still at the Red Lion in Richland!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where we will get 80 and 90 weather this coming week!! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) OK, just one more and I'll get out of your hair for a while. It's the birthday of a Bomber whom I have seemed to know since 9th grade. Don't think we were buds or anything like that. We just sorta kinda knew each other. Suffice to say he was ahead of me in the graduation processing. Which was all right considering were doing it alphabetically. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to fellow classmate Allen AVERY ('54). Trust all is well with you and yours and hope to see you around the campfire on the next grad occasion. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are getting serious about 90 temps on Monday and Tuesday. And nary a drop of rain in sight ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May) Armed Forces week begins the 2nd Saturday in May My father was a Marine stationed on Attu in 1945 when I was born. His brother, my uncle, landed on Normandy Beach in the second wave (101st Airborne) and fought in most of the major battles in the European campaign and was even a German POW for a few days (in Italy, I believe). My brother, Gene ('65) was a Marine in Viet Nam. My brother, John ('67) was in the Air Force Reserves while attending U of W. My husband, Lance ('60) is a retired Navy Master Chief serving 26-1/2 years including 3 years in Viet Nam. His brother, Jeff ('59) is a retired 30 year Coast Guard Captain helicopter pilot. My son, Mike (deceased in 1999 of cancer) received his mechanical engineering degree from The Ohio State University courtesy of the Air Force and served in Desert Storm. My son-in-law, Allen served in the Army in Panama and is now a Richland Police sergeant. I'm proud to have been the daughter and sister of a Marine, the niece and mother-in-law of Army infantrymen, the mother and sister of Air Force members, the sister-in-law of a Coast Guard pilot, and the wife of a Navy submariner. When I attended the programs honoring our veterans at my grandkids' school I stood for every military branch's song as it was played. I felt I had to honor all of my relatives who had served. Thank you to all who chose to serve our country. Maren, could you save this for the Armed Forces Day Sandstorm? -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: 2017 Relay for Life hair -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/21/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom GRAHAM ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara DeMERS ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Club 40 Scholarship presentation Thank you Dan HAGGARD ('57) for the information on the four (4) Richland High seniors who received their $1,000 scholarship from Club 40. We are so happy to do this for these deserving students. Missed the presentation this year, but WOW, 2.9 million dollars given to the students from Richland High is wonderful!!! Jim MEFFORD ('54) did a great job making the presentations to the students, I'm sure!! He can see clearly now after his cataract surgery a few weeks ago!! Re: Baseball So proud of my great nephew, Brock Hale, who we went to Spokane to see play baseball in the West Coast Conference, Friday, against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He plays for the BYU Cougars. He's a Sophomore. At home in Utah, Brock was named "Player of the Week" last week and has a batting average of 450!! They are playing 3 games in this tournament and in Thursday's game they lost 9-2, with Brock scoring the only 2 runs with 2 home runs!!! They will play their last game Saturday (5-20-17). On an exciting note... the San Diego Padres have contacted Brock and sent him paperwork to fill out and we are keeping our fingers crossed that he could join the Tri Cities Dust Devils!!! His father-in-law, (son of my sister, Zoe WORKING Fruehan ('56-RIP), said the Dust Devils were mentioned to Brock. How exciting that would be. We would be his "host family"!!!! Now that we are season ticket holders, we would cheer him on! Can't wait to hear. Our season starts June 22, 2017! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ A warm Pasco this weekend!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/22/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54) Helen CROSS ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda HESS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nicole BLOWE ('05) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re:'54 Gals Lunch on 5/19/17 ~ Pictures I'll try again to send some pictures of our 1954 classmates who attended our lunch on Friday. (Maren, hope you got them this time!) -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Well, this morning my husband preached his last sermon as a full time elder in the U. Methodist Church and started his 2nd retirement process. So we are packing up and moving back to Dearborn County closer to Cincinnati than Indianapolis and scheduled to be completely out of the parsonage by June 15. After living with my parents in the same house since I was 4-1/2, (the ranch house on Olympia St.), Warren and I have moved 12 times, so this will be our 13th move. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN We keep having tons of rain here, but today it was beautiful. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/23/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mary RAY ('61) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terri ROYCE ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry MATTHEWS ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cliff CUNNINGHAM ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul FELTS ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: My book, titled "American Trivia You Can Use" It took some effort, but I did it. My trivia book is now available in paperback. I'm very pleased with how Amazon's new service rolled it off of the press and plan to bring my other books out in paperback as time allows. A list of the past presidents and when they served, all of the state capitals, the No. 1 singles from the 1950s through the 1990s, and the Oscar winning films from the 1950s through the 1990s have been added to my book since I was last here. Things that you can find elsewhere, but I decided it would be nice to have them all in one place. I consider my book a handy quick- reference guide for all important things American. I didn't realize how much I didn't know or once knew and forgot until I started working on the book. It was truly a fascinating and inspiring journey. If you've never read my sample chapters, I hope you will take time to do so because I think that you will enjoy them. The sample provided on the paperback book page is very limited unless you sign-in, so I recommend accessing it from the Kindle eBook page where you can easily scroll through all of the sample chapters. You will find that to be the case with all books listed on Amazon. Do visit both editions though because the book cover on the paperback book page can be flipped to the back cover and more information about the book. You can access my trivia book pages as well as my other title book pages through my author page at the following web address: I found the discussion about the Mother's Day corsage tradition interesting since trivia on the subject is included in my book. I came across the tradition while doing my book and wondered at the time if I was the only one who had never heard of it. Have a great day! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Prayers Calling in all the prayers out there for Kathie MOORE Adair ('69) and her family, Jimmie ('67), Steven ('08) and Jimmie's other kids. Thanks -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/24/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Daniel LAYBOURN ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Maren, I thought this was nicely done. You can choose to include or not. I'll leave it up to you. Just a Common Soldier Blessings, -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ in HOT Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) All my love & prayers go out to Kathie MOORE Adair ('69) and Jimmie ADAIR ('67)! May God watch over you all. God Bless You! Bomber love, -Pam EHINGER Kindl (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Jamie WORLEY ('64), Kerry KELLY ('64) Aaron JOHNSON ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly BELCHER ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene HORNE & Carol BISHOP ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) To: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Just A Common Soldier Curt, Thank you for your sharing the video of The Common Soldier. It did, indeed, bring tears to my eyes. It is a beautiful tribute. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Re: A Soldier Died Today To: Curt Donahue '53 Thank you for sharing this very moving piece. Just A Common Soldier -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jamie WORLEY (The Magic Class of '64) Dear Maren, Once again I'd like to thank you for the two months you and I watched that pregnant Giraffe do absolutely nothing until April 15. It was great fun, thanks my friend. I'd like to thank Curt DONAHUE ('53) for his YouTube suggestion on an ordinary soldier. It was very poignant, well done and very appropriate for this Memorial Day. It touched me deeply as a good friend of mine has been part of a new Veteran's Park in Edmonds. Another good friend, Diane (NAB), and I bought a bench for our fathers who were both in the Navy. On Monday we will be at the dedication for the park, honoring our fathers, Lt. Worley, and Lt. Commander Higgins. I'm sure there are many Bombers who will honor their loved ones on Monday as well. The one thing that always comes through in the Sandstorm are the deep abiding friendships that were formed in our younger years. No matter anyone's political affiliation, I think we can all understand the article about Jim MATTIS ('68) and the town that shaped him. Whether or not you are secretary of defense (MATTIS), president of Boeing commercial division (Jim ALBAUGH ('68) -- way to go '68) or just Jamie WORLEY ('64) sitting on her deck with lifelong Bomber friends, Richland did shape us. For me, I cannot imagine growing up anywhere else. Last Thursday night one of my lifelong friends Ginny MAXWELL ('64) and her husband John COONS ('63) joined me for dinner at my home. I met Ginny in 1951 when we moved from Winslow to Goethals. We formed a little gang, Judy SCOTT ('64), Bob ('64-RIP) and Judy ('61-RIP) KEPLINGER, Ginny and me. We have remained friends all our lives. I so miss Judy and Bob. I thought some from '63 and '64 might enjoy. Wishing all the very best. Many hugs my fellow Bombers. -Jamie WORLEY (The Magic Class of '64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Kerry KELLY ('64) Hello friends, I was recently in Richland and I read in the Tri-City Herald that the Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on the "review of national monument" status until July 10. This "review" includes the Hanford Reach. The easiest way to leave a comment is to go to a website, which has a beautiful book of photos of all the monuments and links to the Department of Interior page where you can leave comments. No, this is not a spam e-mail. I don't have many e-mail addresses of those who might be interested in this, so feel free to put on Facebook, or send it to others, or post on Sandstorm (Maren, if appropriate). -Kerry KELLY ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Aaron JOHNSON ('82) Re: Latest attack on RHS mascot This blog was written by Samantha Mary "Sam" FROST ('15) a young graduate of RHS, arguing that the mushroom cloud and Bomb should be eliminated as our mascot. It's a tale that's old as time! But, some interesting things in the comments: The belief that the mascot adopted in 1945 was actually for the Day's Pay. I've tried to refute that by providing the excellent research paper from L. Keith Maupin ('44) "THE BOMBER, THE BOMB, AND THE BOMBERS; Myth, History, and Traditions" Questions on when the cloud was first used, etc. Here's a link to Sam's blog [It needs LOTS of corrections. -Maren]: -Aaron JOHNSON ('82) Son of Bev SULLIVAN Johnson ('54-RIP) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See also the COMPLETE Bomber Mascot timeline starting in 1910: -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* >Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/26/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jack GARDINER ('61), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Brad WEAR ('71) Sean LEWIS ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dolores MOODY ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cecilia BENNETT ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod BREWER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria STEWART ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pattie NEWELL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul KOOP ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul McNEILL ('74) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jack GARDINER ('61) I would like to wish my dad Happy Birthday. He would have been 100 May 26th. My dad died way too young, he was only 61 when he passed away. In 1978 he was playing golf at Sham Nu Pum golf course when suffered a heart attack. One of the pleasant memories I have of my dad was when I returned home from my Army tour. We went to Uptown Tavern to have a beer together for the first time. On the drive back home I realized he was a pretty neat guy!! -Jack GARDINER ('61) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: The mascot thing-what's in a name? Regarding mascots, for better or for worse, a waning sense of history is not a good thing. As for past name changes, the Richland site (incorporated in 1910) was first named "Chemna" for the Chemnapum Indians (the Horn People) who lived near the mouth of the "Tapteal" or "Narrow River," now the Yakima (or more originally the Yakama). Similarly, in 1944 the Richland basketball team was renamed from the Broncs to Beavers. As for the Broncs, in their first game in the new gym (in the 1916 High School building in south Richland, rebuilt after a 1936 fire), the Broncs lost to the Columbia High School team from Burbank, 22 to 17. This bad mark would all change when the soon-to-be legendary Art Dawald was named basketball coach for the real Columbia High School on June 17, 1947. But, alas years later in 1982, due to alleged U.S. Postal Service confusion, our school surrendered again without a whimper-this time its name-to the same Burbank school. Mascot or not (decidedly not), again back in the early days, the one-day's donation by the employees of the Hanford Engineering Works-"Days Pay"-was presented to the Army on July 23, 1944. In late 1945 after the War, The Villagers, Inc. started a drive to actually purchase the "Days Pay" B-17, but in December 1947 a former Hanford resident then living in Arizona wrote a letter to report how he had watched our plane go down the line for scrapping. Richland's First Annual Pioneer Picnic in 1938 was attended by some 200, most of the town. But a few years later the renamed Richland Day Celebration was given yet a new name, Atomic Frontier Days, sponsored by the Richland Junior Chamber of Commerce and first held on September 4-5-6 in 1948. Now a barbecue in Columbia Playfield fed some 7,000 residents. The original farming community itself, the Town of Richland, was dissolved on November 5, 1948. And on October 13 the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy proposed that "a detail plan for disengaging these towns (Richland and Oak Ridge [the other half of the Manhattan Project]) should be drawn up and a definite timetable established for executing it." Disengaging, as in erasing from the map. The A-bomb had not yet been morphed into the thousand-fold larger H-bomb and the Nuclear Arms Race of 1950 and beyond. In August 1951 an expert group convened by the Atomic Energy Commission (the Scurry Panel) instead recommended disposal and now municipal incorporation of both Richland and Oak Ridge. And in August 1952 the Wall Street Journal waded in with this: "Richland, like Great Britain, is finding that it's a lot easier to dive into socialism, than to wriggle free of it. Plans are underway, however, to turn Richland into an ordinary city. The next session of Congress is expected to finally free Richland from the federal apron strings. But meanwhile, the first steps are kicking up an awful furor... most everyone agrees that seven years of government ownership and controls have created a snafu that won't be easily untangled. The whole thing is shaping up as a $100,000,000 [assessed valuation] headache for United States planners and taxpayers." After local protest meetings and local council resolutions and such, the so-called Disposal Bill was passed by Congress in July 1955. In May 1956 a mass meeting was held at Columbia High School's Bomber Bowl to protest high housing appraisals showing a total "fair market value" of, now, $52 million, some 80 percent of which for residential. In January 1957 the appraisals for fully half of all houses were refined downward to the tune of $3.5 million. (Rentals in 1946 had ranged from $27.50/month for one-bedroom prefabs to $67.50/month for a four bedroom "D" house, with all utilities included). In a second attempt, in 1958, the local incorporation ballot finally passed and by a large margin of 2,932 yes to 724 no (in 1955 it had failed 2,414 no to 1,914 yes), and on December 10 the City of Richland (not Town) proudly incorporated as a "First Class City." This was the same year that the first class Bombers-with the well-established but controversial green-and- gold bomb mascot-won Richland's first State Basketball Championship.. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ from good ol' Shoreline, WA which incorporated in 1995 to silence annexation rumblings on the Seattle City Council. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: Just A Common Soldier I so enjoyed watching the video "Just A Common Soldier". It was well done and brought tears to my eyes. I shared in on my Facebook page. I thought others would enjoy seeing it as well. I had forgotten the name of the street that you lived on way back when in Richland. I was just thinking... we both lived on the corner of Fitch and Douglass. You on Fitch and me on Douglass. Remember, our backyards butted up to each other? Marsha and I have great fun telling others that I used to babysit her when I was in first grade a couple times. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer ('64) ~ a bit cooler in Kennewick, but in a few days will be back up to the 90s ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: "I'm a real Wild Child" As I do not to wish one of my fondest B-days in Bomberdom, to be overshadowed, I will keep this short. First, I was remiss in not thanking Curt DONAHUE ('53) for his touching post, though I did repost in on face book and gave him credit. Second, Samantha FROST ('15) has failed to understand the deep and heart-felt thanks we owe those, many of them our parents and older Bombers, for the work they performed to save the lives of Allies and Japanese as well. The lives lost from the use of the horrific weapon are not irrelevant to our continuing to proudly display our mascot to the world. They serve to remind the world, that mindless... I repeat, mindless war waged against others can and will lead to tragic consequences. The Japanese consciously chose to wage a war of conquest and for us, attacked the United States during Peace Talks! The existence of the Yasukuni Shrine, dedicated to those soldiers who waged the war as well as housing the ashes of those found guilty of War Crimes, reflects a national desire on the part of the Japanese to show sorrow only for the fact that they lost the war. Don't lecture me on the true meaning behind our mascot, young lady. Learn the true history of the war and understand that all those killed by the bombs could have been saved by a rational mind set of the people of Japan. Now, we gots us a couple a very kool Bombers, to celebrate. One, the Bomber-babe, gives the impression of being quiet and reserved to many. In High School I knew her from Richland Lutheran and because she lived across the street from our own Terence Paul Angel DAVIS ('65) aka Terence Knox. Later I got to know her better and found she had the biggest heart and was the most giving person I had known. We have had our "watch the cars" Friday '65er party at her house for years. Many of us received Quilts of Valor in her back yard and have been serenaded by Jackson KEENEY ('65) on many evenings. The fact that Jim MATTIS' ('68) mom lives just around the corner gave those of us honored with Quilts, the further honor of having Jim present. The only problem I can think of is that "Wild Child" as some of us have come to call her... still looks pretty much as she did our Senior year! As for the other Bomber, he has been a great friend since my Spalding days and none of us will ever forget watching him as a star of the Bombers' Basketball Team... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cecilia BENNETT ('65) and Rodney BREWER ('65) on your special day, May 26, 2017!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Paul Dann (RIP) Principal and Teacher ~ 5/25/17 Herald "Longtime Richland principal and teacher dies after battle with cancer." "Claire Dann wants people to remember her father's giving spirit, selflessness and humor. Paul Dann, 60, a longtime Richland School District teacher and principal, died Tuesday in Richland after a roughly six-year battle with kidney cancer. A graduate of Washington State University and the University of Washington, he began as a second-grade teacher at Sacajawea Elementary School in 1979, then moved into a fourth-grade classroom in the 1990s. In response to winning the title of Southeastern Washington Teacher of the Year in 2003, Paul said it was a privilege to work with children every day and share in their education. After earning the teaching award, he moved into administration, becoming principal of Marcus Whitman Elementary School in 2004. He earned the title of Distinguished Principal of the Year for Southeastern Washington in 2010." Note: His services will be at Christ the King Church on Tuesday, May 30, beginning at 4pm. Rest in Peace, Paul. Re: Jeffrey MARCUM ('13) ~ 5/25/17 Tri-City Herald "WWU'S MARCUM ('13) EARNS ALL-WEST REGION GOLF HONORS" Western Washington University senior Jeffrey MARCUM ('13) has been named to the Division II PING All-West Region team, announced Tuesday. That honor comes on top of being named first team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference. MARCUM ('13) had five top-10 finishes this season, placed sixth at the GNAC Championships and is playing with his WWU teammates at the D-2 championships in Kissimmee, FL. Re: Richland Softball State Tournament ~ 5/25/17 Herald "More balanced Bombers gear up for state run" "Whenever the Richland High School softball team needs a big-time performance, Brandi ANDREWS ('18) answers the call. After the Bombers came back to beat Chiawana 12- 6 on Friday in a loser-out game of the Mid- Columbia Conference/Greater Spokane League regional tournament, they still needed two wins Saturday in Spokane to extend their state tournament appearance streak to eight. Against Lewis and Clark in the morning, ANDREWS ('18)homered the first three times she came to the plate and gave up one run on five hits while striking out 10 to lead Richland (19-5) to a 6-1 win over the Tigers. She then went 3-for-5 with another home run and six RBIs, including a go- ahead, two-run single in the seven-run top of the fourth, against University in the nightcap to lift the Bombers to a 14-7 win and a state berth. Four home runs. Ten RBIs. A dominant performance in the circle. Just another day at the office for the Bombers' star. 'Her hitting has been pretty consistent all year, and that's not normal to hit four home runs in a given day," Richland coach Casey Emery said. "But it was her pitching against Lewis and Clark that really helped us, because she's been hurt this year and hasn't been able to pitch near as much, so that allowed our freshman Kaylie NORTHROP ('20) to come in and pitch against U-Hi, and she was quite effective in that game.' Richland faces Camas at 10am Friday at the Dwight-Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane in the first round of state." Good luck at State!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Girl Happy Birthday to a long time friend. Happy Birthday to Cecilia BENNETT ('65) on the 26th. I know you'll have a good one. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in hot Plano, TX ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Sean LEWIS ('77) Taking a shot here, because, well, you never know! I'm helping my older brother Michael LEWIS ('60) in somewhat urgently finding a small and inexpensive apartment, room or basement, hopefully in or near Richland and near a bus line. He's also a fellow Bomber... maybe someone recalls him -- brother of Peggy LEWIS ('62-RIP). He doesn't drive, is a bit slowed down now but perfectly ambulatory and capable. He's very quiet -- reads a lot, works on computers and is low-stress. He's a Navy vet and is now on a pretty fixed income. We have a max rental budget of about $700, which we realize isn't much. Looking ideally for a mother-in-law type of apartment but at least something with a separate entrance, private bath and basic kitchen facilities. As I said, you never know what might be out there, so if you might know of any possibility like this, please drop me an email when you can Thanks VERY much, Bombers, either way! -Sean LEWIS ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/27/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Helen CROSS ('62), Ed WOOD ('62) Tom HEMPHILL ('62), Tedd CADD ('66) Mike FRANCO ('70), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim BOYD ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas PERL ('71) The Blog by Samantha Mary "Sam" FROST ('15) She begins -- the THIRD paragraph is wrong. -Maren ************************************************************* ************************************************************* Before this gets too far out of hand, I wanted to let Bombers know that this was MY error -- NOT Pete's. -Maren] ----------------------------- >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Pete BEAULIEU (62) I read as far as his 2nd paragraph where he said, "...Similarly, in 1945, the Richland basketball team was renamed from the Broncs to Beavers." In the fall of 1945, at a general assembly, the student body voted to change the name to "Bombers". I was there. I am amazed at how often someone wants to change history. I wish they wouldn't! Bomber cheers, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) ~ In Port Angeles, WA where Carol TYNER Roberts ('52) and I are waiting to take our RV on the ferry for a week or so visit to Vancouver Is. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Soooooooooo, the Broncs to Beavers change was in the fall of 1944 (school year '44-'45). Richard is SO correct. On 10/12/45 at a general assembly, the student body voted the change to Bombers (school year '45-'46). See our COMPLETE nickname timeline at Bomber apologies to Richard and Pete. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: The Mascot Much as I hate to admit it, I am in agreement with Brother RIVERS ('65) in his admonition of a (to me) very young Bomber. I don't think it entirely her fault for not knowing the full story. It pains me to think there are some members of the Richland High School faculty who may be revisionist historians. They don't like "The Bomb" and what it entails. They want to impress on their students that it was an aeroplane not that other thing. They, like a few others, probably don't believe that The Holocaust happened. I hate to burst a few bubbles here, but those things happened. "Day's Pay" was purchased in 1944 in time for a crew to be brought on board, trained, fly to England and get in 30 combat missions over Europe before the European portion of the war ended in May of 1945. What we knew as Columbia High opened its doors in September 1944. There were possibly some children of those who participated in the "Day's Pay" activities. But most of those people had left as major construction was winding down and Dr. Fermi was about to "light off" the B Reactor for the very first time. The Hanford Trailer Camp (World's largest) was being closed down. Families who were staying on, moved to Richland or to the North Richland Trailer Camp (World's Largest). The "Gadget" hadn't even been tested when the '45 Beavers graduated. But, when school opened in September of 1945, the war had ended. I think some where gathered around their radios waiting to hear "live from Tokyo Bay" the signing of the peace treaty. And President Truman had stated publicly that the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was made with components manufactured at Hanford (near Richland). So, what were the incoming classes of '46, '47, '48 and '49 thinking of when they voted at a general assembly on 10/12/45 in favor of a Bomber mascot. I don't think it was about a B-17G that some who worked at Hanford paid for the previous year. It probably wasn't about a bomb nick-named "Fat Man" (presumably for Winston Churchill) that was dropped on Nagasaki which presumably had the Japanese Emperor say the equivalent of "no mas, no mas". Funny thing, he never once mentioned the word "surrender" when he told his people the war was over and to lay down their arms. I think the idea was more to honor what mom or dad or sis or Uncle George did when they went to work in "The Area" each day. I don't know these to be facts, but they sure do line up neatly. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR getting ready for a warm Memorial Day. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) I want to state that I second David RIVERS' ('65) rebuttal to Samantha FROST ('15) and her shallow suggestions that our mascot ,the Bomb, should be replaced. David is spot on, Samantha, you need to learn the history of WWII and the way Japan bombed us first, which is why we entered the war. You write as if the bombs dropped were just to kill Japanese people, Samantha, Nothing could be further from the truth. You do not mention how many lives were saved (both US and Japanese) when the fighting finally stopped. I have visited the Peace Park in Hiroshima, and I was troubled that in 2002, I read a typed piece of paper there that declared that the Americans dropped the bomb without warning. I have also read a first person account written by a Japanese who lived through the bombing and he states that leaflets were dropped warning people to leave the area (maybe 3 times prior to the date the bomb was dropped.) I would hope to read another blog by you, Samantha FROST ('15) after you have reviewed the history of WWII. Finally, I see the Bomb mascot as a historical piece of our history. I see our ending the war against the Japanese people as a necessary result of their attack on our country. And the Bomb is part of that history. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we had perfect spring weather today when we took our exchange student to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ed WOOD ('62) Re: Post office confusion As always, classmate Pete BEAULIEU's post today was both a pleasure to read and educational. I ran into my own bit of post office confusion last week when doing some genealogy research in Rileyville, Virginia, where Nehemiah Wood was buried in the early 1800s. I knew he was buried on farmland owned by a Mr. Huffman. So off to the Rileyville post office I go to locate the farm. Rileyville isn't much of a village, consisting of a church and a few homes. But it does have a post office, of sorts (see photo). I know, it looks like there can't possibly be room in the tiny building for indoor plumbing, and there isn't. But keeping up with the times, the PO has replaced the one-holer with a Porta- Potty adjacent to the building. The postmistress informed me she couldn't help me since she had no listing of addresses for anyone in Rileyville. That's protected information, to which even she didn't have access. What? A visit with a local resident later informed me that the Huffman farm no longer exists, and a phone book confirmed that fact. The local cemetery had over 20 Wood tombstones, however. -Ed WOOD ('62) ~ Somewhere in Virginia, checking out tombstones ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tom HEMPHILL ('62) Re: Bomb Mascot Thanks to my friend and classmate Pete BEAULIEU ('62) for the history lesson of Richland. We grew up at an interesting time in history in a unique community that very few people will ever experience nor understand. I support maintaining the BOMBER name for Richland (Columbia) High School. If for no other reason, it's a tribute to the sacrifice many Americans made, both civilian and military, to end a barbaric war. It's also a reminder that evil exists in the world and has from the beginning of mankind. I've enjoyed the conversations that I've ventured into after stating that I'm a "Bomber." I remind people of the history of evil and what has taken place to rid the world of these barbarians. I'm proud to be "BOMBER" but also sad that we need to go to such lengths to rid our world of evil. I don't believe that it will ever change, so I'll remain vigilant and prepared to protect myself and others when evil appears in my neighborhood. Changing our mascot serves no purpose, other than ignoring history and what made our community what it is today. -Tommy HEMPHILL ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Pete mentioned " the 1916 High School building in south Richland, rebuilt after a 1936 fire." Does anybody know when it was taken down? Are there any photos? I remember it on the grounds of Lewis and Clark grade school. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) A couple of items of response, like old Rainier beer, one light, one not so light. 1) To our pal David RIVERS ('65)... I am not sure what the "young lady" posted regarding the Bomber name but...for what is worth, I am not good with the "Don't lecture me on the true meaning behind our mascot, young lady" position. I have read almost everything written on the subject. I love the name and want it to never change. HOWEVER... I also don't ever want following generations of our children, students, etc. to be told (literally or figuratively) don't talk to me about XXXX. We all need to never stop listening or even arguing, regardless of topic. [Blog link was in the 5/25/17 entry from Aaron JOHNSON ('82) -Maren] One somewhat insensitive mascot name does not justify another... BUT I have always held the Orafino, Idaho (high school) Maniacs at the top of any list. Orafino is home to the Idaho state mental hospital. YIKES!!! Cool trivia but... really? I would love to hear from anyone with a little experience or background on that bit of "irony". 2) On a lighter note: to Jack GARDINER ('61) and your note regarding your dad: I never knew you or your dad... but your mention of two significant Richland institutions brought warm, smile inducing memories to me: Sham-Na-Pum Golf Course AND The Uptown Tavern. Thanks for sharing those thoughts! Other than that... hanging out in L.A. enjoying arrival of grandson #2 AND nice weather only 7 cooler than home (Seattle). -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/28/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick PIERARD ('52), Kathy JENSEN ('53wb) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Donna NELSON ('63) Bill SCOTT ('64), Ray STEIN ('64) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike CLOWES ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bob & Roberta GROUT ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul HOWARD ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tracy WRIGHT ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori LYSO ('78) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick PIERARD ('52) As a professional historian (Indiana State University, 1964- 2000), this discussion about the school mascot reminds me of the new liberalism currently sweeping the South where I now live, that is trying to remove all the Confederate monuments and war memorials and thereby drop the knowledge and trauma of the Civil War down a historical memory hole. I remember the year we kids at Richland High were stupidly refighting the Civil War with symbolic blue and gray soldiers' hats, thereby enriching the local merchants selling them to us at inflated prices. Of course with a great-grandfather who served in the Union army and was wounded in combat, I duly donned my blue hat with great pride. But let bygones be bygones and let us all learn from our histories, not just deny the past. Although I am a couple days shy of my 83rd birthday, I still remember very clearly the war and our family's journey to Hanford. I recall the "Day's Pay" B-17 event was simply a well-meaning fund- raiser for the war effort, and besides such bombers were being built by Boeing in Washington. The "bomb" made in Hanford essentially ended the war, and I still have a copy of the local newspaper heralding that very fact. Old timers who were around at the high school have repeatedly shown in the Sandstorm that the more prosaic and common Northwest mascot, "Beavers," was replaced in fall 1945 with "Bombers," the symbol that underscored our town's very reason for existence. True, the Bomber cheers we did in high school were rather bland, and it took folks in a later class to determine that it required a more dramatic expression to convey the meaning, namely, the "Mushroom Cloud." As far as I am concerned, the matter is settled. There is no need to rewrite history. If a subsequent student generation decides our name is outdated and no longer politically correct, that is a matter they will have to deal with. But please, don't falsify our history! -- Dr. Richard Pierard -Dick PIERARD ('52) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Kathy JENSEN Collins ('53wb) Tri-City Herald Guest column Richland's mushroom cloud is again getting attention -Kathy JENSEN Collins ('53wb) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Tedd CADD ('66) and Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Tedd CADD ('66) asks if there are any pictures of the old Richland High School. Maybe Maren can scan some photos from Martha Parker's book (Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford 1805-1943), pages 160, 172, and 198. [Scanned and find them here in the order Pete mentions them: -Maren] Since Tedd recalls still seeing the building (as I do through some of my years at Lewis & Clark Elementary School), perhaps the demolition was between 1956-1960 or so? I think it was maintained and claimed for some kind of civic use for awhile, maybe Kiwanis. Now, to correct a conflated factoid in my earlier entry. The Richland High School (built in 1918) did not suffer a fire in 1936 (as I misreported). The "new gym," first used in by the high school basketball team in 1938 against Burbank, was actually part of the new and adjacent Lewis and Clark Grade School (completed in 1938, photo page 346). The gym was not part of any high school renovation project. [I know I "helped" with "fixing" this mess... and screwed it up badly in the 5/26 Sandstorm... and it's still wrong. RHS was built in 1911 (see page 160) and L&C was completed in 1939 (see page 346) and I can find no record of any loss to "Columbia" at all. We're still working on this one. -Maren] Among Parker's many other high school entries we find that White Bluffs High School burned down in 1942 (photo of the fire page 370). Photos of the Hanford High School (built 1916) appear on pages 187 and 326. The hollow shell remains today. On August 5, 1943 the Richland, Vernita, Hanford and White Bluffs school districts were consolidated into Richland District 400. Helen CROSS ('62) writes of leaflet warnings over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I cannot locate my source, but recall reading that the leaflets for Nagasaki did not arrive on time, but rather a day late. We can pause to think about that.. The underground tunnels had a capacity for 100,000 people, but a total of only 400 took shelter. As a consequence fatalities numbered some 60,000 rather than the projected 20,000. Aside from destruction of the targeted industrial capacity (already operating at only a fraction of capacity due to the naval blockade and supply shortages), only 150 of the dead were military personnel (a higher ratio at Hiroshima, but here "the big plants [all] on the periphery of the city were almost completely undamaged and 94 percent of the workers were unhurt"). The constant factor throughout history of human error, when now combined with technology, tends to leverage all such numbers beyond our sensibilities. That's the horror of the twentieth century that now seems so routine. As for another such calculation, it was Edward Teller, I think (or else Enrico Fermi) who at the Los Alamos test site calculated three- chances-in-a-million that the atomic bomb would ignite the atmosphere. Ignite the atmosphere! The last time anything like that happened was that asteroid thing that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Donna NELSON ('63) Our General Jim MATTIS ('68) is going to be on Face The Nation TODAY, Sunday, May 28, 2017. -Donna NELSON ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) I have read the Samantha FROST ('15) article on our mascot. Unfortunately, the article is rather sophomoric (appropriate, in that if she's a 2015 RHS grad, she would be a sophomore at WWU, where, I assume, the article was published in the student newspaper). Some of her mistakes are embarrassing: Fat Boy and Little Man? Handford? Please! I hope she'll learn to do better research in the future. Writers should not be discouraged (well, most of them). Having said that, and knowing I'll probably catch unholy hell for it, I agree with her to a certain extent. The time is long since past that Richland should get rid of the mushroom cloud logo. Now, while you're reaching for your long knives and pitchforks, a caveat or two: I yield to no one in my love for Richland, for the Norman Rockwell surroundings we early Bombers grew up in, and for appreciation of the mission our fathers and mothers performed at Hanford during WWII. Dad worked at Hanford for 25 years, including wartime, first for Dupont, then for G.E., and Mom worked there later for Vitro Engineering. I was born in Richland at the old Kadlec Hospital, and spent my first 22 years in the town. So my right to comment on this subject is beyond question. There are a number of emotions that might justly derive from having helped produce the plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb. Pride is not one of them. One could feel satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, a renewed sense of self-worth. But seventy- two years have passed, and to still loudly proclaim "proud of the cloud" is, in my view, obscene. Historians often mention that if the bomb had not been dropped, it would have inevitably lead to a spectacularly bloody invasion of the Island of Japan, with gigantic losses of combatants on both sides. Though plans for that were in the works, it is not necessarily a given; other means might have been found to end the war. While it may have seemed the only way to bring Japan to its knees, given that the Emperor refused to surrender even after the Hiroshima bomb, the deliberate targeting of noncombatants (which Japan did NOT do at Pearl Harbor, horrific and duplicitous though it was) was in fact one of the great wartime tragedies in human history, and unworthy of the term "pride". I find the notion that murdering (there is no other word for it, since the dead were not combatants) hundreds of thousands of innocents was necessary to supposedly save the lives of hundreds of thousands of combatants in the future to be profoundly disturbing. War is hell, and soldiers expect they may encounter great danger and even be killed or injured. The citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no such expectations, nor should they have. Nonetheless, it did not save them. One writer mentioned that leaflets were dropped warning the citizens of major Japanese cities to leave. The truth? One, the Japanese city of Kokura was the original target, but clouds obscured it, so a last- minute decision was made to make a run to Nagasaki, the alternate target. Secondly, the said leaflets arrived at Nagasaki August 10th-the day after the bomb was dropped. If anyone wishes to argue these facts, take it up with Richard Rhodes, the author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", from which they are derived. That book should be considered the ultimate authority on the subject. More A-bomb drops were planned, if necessary, but by then, even Truman had had enough. He couldn't bear the idea of killing "all those kids". Some scientists who had worked on the Manhattan Project were deeply dismayed. Otto Hahn, the German radiochemist who was a notable figure in the history of the project, noted afterward, "The thought of the unspeakable misery of countless innocent women and children was something that I could scarcely bear." The students who inhabit RHS today have no connection to the Hanford Works, unless it be through grandparents who worked there during the war, and their proclamation of "Proud of the Cloud" and "Nuke 'em 'til they glow" are meaningless phrases whose origins they know little of. But for we who were there, I find the continued pride in the construction of a weapon which vaporized hundreds of thousands of innocent noncombatants and condemned countless others to a lingering death to be an obscenity. Was it necessary? Perhaps. Was it inevitable? Again, perhaps. But it would be a sign of true maturity for the descendants of those who constructed the material for the bomb to recognize Hiroshima and Nagasaki for what they were-sites of unspeakable tragedies unparalleled in human history. Seventy- two years later, "pride" is not an appropriate emotion. Keep the bomb mascot. Those who are troubled by it may choose to regard it as referring to the "Day's Pay". That would be just as appropriate. But it is time to stop being "Proud of the Cloud". Cherrie [Bill's wife Cherrie TEMPERO Scott ('64)] and I both agree: The mushroom cloud symbol should go. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ray STEIN ('64) Re: Orofino Maniacs According to an oral history recorded by my friend Darrel Olson, Ket Hanson (now deceased) recalled that in 1928 at a basketball game between Kamiah and Orofino, a Kamiah fan said that "Orofino played like a bunch of maniacs". And the nickname stuck. Maren, I don't know what "Ket" is short for, but Darrel said that's how it's spelled. Also, I'm sending you a picture of me wearing a "Maniacs" T-shirt. -Ray STEIN ('64) ~ Mead, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Wow big kid! May I say, as my entire life has been one of debate, that listening is an art to be cultivated to a fine art; informed opinions are the backbone of our society and the basis of any good debate; ignorant (uninformed) ranting is as far from debate as one can get. Today what we have is a "Senior" Bomber who has given me some fun times over the years. He enjoys getting under my skin (in a good way) so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike CLOWES('54) on your special day, May 28, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/29/17 ~ MEMORIAL DAY Memorial Day Tribute ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Richard ROBERTS ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54) Tony DURAN ('55), Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), Marie RUPPERT ('63) Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65) John ALLEN ('66), Gary TURNER ('71) Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick PIERARD ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry HARROLD ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon SHERWOOD ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce BROWN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike DALE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha HOPFINGER ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Richard ROBERTS ('49) To: Dick PIERARD ('52) Whaddya mean cheers were rather bland? How about these? Locomotive, locomotive, steam, steam Pull together, pull together, team, team; Locomotive, steam, Pull together team; Richland High School is on the beam! OR Victory, victory is our cry, V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! Are you with it? Well, I guess. Richland High School, Yes, Yes, Yes! OMG, where did that all come from? *LOL* Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49), RHS, Cheerleader, 1948, with Lois McCLEARY, Bev WILKERSON and Dick HARRIS. Yes, yes, yes! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [At least partly responsible for our first Bomb mascot: -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Although it wasn't around when I was in school, not too sure about giving up the "Cloud". As I understand it, the "Cloud" came about in the sixties when some out of town group "demanded" that we change mascots. That worked out well, didn't it. Enough of the fol-de-rol, there are more important things to acknowledge besides the "Legal Eagle's" ('65) propensity for debating. So, how come he was never on the debate team? This is the birthday of a younger Bomber whom I have had the pleasure of knowing since he hooked up with Club 40. And speaking of which, he did a bang up job of stepping in and getting the scholarship fund off the ground and running as it is today. Think the Club should spring for a free for his endeavours meal at the next Annual Meeting. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Larry HARROLD ('56) on this occasion. It might be wise to take Lois ('56) out for dinner instead of having her cook for you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where cooler weather seems to be in the offing. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) -Tony DURAN ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) Re: A Memorial Day tribute A tribute video: In honor of Memorial Day in the United States, this is a reminder of the true meaning of the holiday and is in memory of those who paid the ultimate price. -Diane AVEDOVECH ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Richland High School Suggestion for school name change. The James Mattis High School "Mad Dogs"! Bomber Regards -Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) Two articles in this morning's Tri City Herald brought up more controversy over our Bomber mascot, etc. I, for one, am damn proud to be a Richland (formerly Columbia) High School Bomber. I L-O-V-E the R Cloud symbol that was trademarked in the 1970s. It wasn't until I returned to Richland for a visit in the '70s and went to a basketball game that I first saw it. I thought it is a unique symbol for our high school and one that condenses our history in a special way. My mascot has been and always will be the bomb that appeared at every pep assembly and sports event. I was shocked when I learned that the airplane is being pushed on the student body as the real mascot. Political correctness can't change our history, nor should it! The fact that many Japanese died as a result of a bomb being dropped on a major city has no bearing on the R Cloud symbol being chosen for our trademark. I am and always will be "Proud of the Cloud" as it symbolizes, for me, the dedication and teamwork that our student body exhibits every day. -Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63 and Proud to be a BOMBER!) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Re: Tri-City Herald blog Renee Lewis is the daughter of my cousin Joni DeMERS Lewis ('73) and I do NOT agree with her at all!!!!!!! LEAVE THE CLOUD/BOMB alone... I am so tired of those who keep trying to change our mascot... I am PROUD TO BE A BOMBER! This is right up with there those who are tearing down statues and monuments of the Civil War... makes my blood pressure go "sky-high"! -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: time passes Thank you Ray STEIN ('64) for the great picture... I want I need I gotta have a shirt! Thanks also to Bill SCOTT ('64) for an extremely thoughtful and well informed argument regarding our mascot. While I do not see our endearment for the cloud as obscene, the logic in his piece makes sense. Not that I'm ready to get rid of the cloud during my time on earth, but his argument is the best I've heard. I must say that I am very sorry that our children and theirs could not be educated to understand the value and pride of our little town in the history of the United States. Two Bomber buds celebrating today. One is one of those guys I always admired and thought I should emulate, but unfortunately, I had my own story to unravel. I mean getting kicked outa grade school, I hadda rep to maintain! The other was my dearest friend at Spalding while I was allowed to grace its hallowed halls. I don't think we spent much time other than sleeping when we weren't together. I can't even begin to relate the closeness we had. I am so very grateful that we got back together in the past few years and were able to create a few more memories. Reminds me very much of Pook ('63-RIP) and Jimbeaux ('63). That kind of friendship never ends, time, space and even death cannot erase it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bruce BROWN ('64) and Craig DAVIS ('65-RIP) on your special day, May 29 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John ALLEN ('66) Re: Samantha FROST ('15) Blog As for the WWU blog written by Ms. FROST which has now appeared in the Sandstorm, let me say this: From her photo that appeared with the blog, Ms. Frost appears to be a very cute young lady and, one presumes, "good to her mother," bless her heart. -John ALLEN ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: RHS Mascot Redux Below is a letter I just sent to the TC Herald... It is long so may not be published or may be severely edited. The whole issue of mascots seems to be overblown... unless truly offensive (hello Washington Redskins!) or has a disrespectful mascot as some of the Native American mascots have been, this really is much ado about nothing. The atom bomb is a horrible weapon and I think most would agree that it would be better for mankind if we could put that genie back in the bottle... but we can't and, as I say in my letter, we must not judge decisions made in the heat of war using information we have gathered over the last 70+ years... "if we knew then what we know now" doesn't work in this case. Academicians and historians have written millions of pages debating how WWII ended and it will forever be an academic debate... I have my opinions as does everyone else, but we aren't going to change anything. Let's hope we can do everything possible to assure that this will never happen again. Now if you will excuse me, I have a number of other more important issues about which I must get incensed! Letter to the TCH Editor: I see it is time for another handwriting session over the RHS mascot... every three years seems about right! I grew up in Richland, my Dad worked nearly 30 years in the 300 area, and I am a proud '71 Col-Hi grad. I find it impossible to believe that any of my classmates ever felt that we were in some way celebrating the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese citizens any more than Iowa State University students (the Cyclones) are celebrating the death of hundreds of midwest neighbors due to horrible weather conditions or Duke University and Walla Walla HS students are celebrating a cult of cerulean satanists. Yet somehow that seems to be the perception of anyone giving this issue a cursory glance... I even had a co- worker ask me a few years ago how it felt to be from a hometown that celebrates death by naming streets Hiroshima and Nagasaki! I gently explained that we did not have streets named Hiroshima or Nagasaki or, for that matter, My Lai or Abu Graib, We, however, do have great sense of pride in coming from an area that was an historic example of a country pulling together to accomplish the impossible to help end the unimaginable horrors of war. It is very dangerous to make judgements based on a view of history through the lenses and filters of contemporary times... By the way, I believe the Bomber student body voted on this issue 10 or 15 years ago and the result was overwhelmingly no. Also, please save this letter and republish it in three years when this issue will inevitably zombie its way back to life. -Gary TURNER ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) Maren, Thanks for the blog that keeps us all connected to our home town. Sunday's picture of Maniac Ray STEIN ('64) took me back to a night in the '63/'64 season listening to a 9 volt transistor in my room while another great Bomber basketball team played Renton in the State Tournament. I guess I would have been 7 years old or so at the time. That team of Ray STEIN ('64), Dave DOWIS ('64), Gary WEBB ('64), Jim OTT ('64), Rod BREWER ('65), Bob McCLELLAN ('66), Bill COMPTON ('64, Dave STRASSER ('65), Dave SONDERLAND ('64), Phil NEILL ('66), Gerry SPEARS ('64), Joe ANS ('65), Mike TONER ('65-RIP), Ken FORTUNE ('66) and Brian JOHNSON ('65) came within a Gary WEBB jump shot of going to the finals that year if I remember the broadcast that night correctly. My dad would take me to most of the mid week and weekend games. I think he went so often in a large part to correct the calls made by referees like Robinson, Stevie Semmern's dad, and Mr. Cassidy. But I don't think he never disagreed with C.J. Mitchell on anything that happened on a basketball court. After all these years, I still see the folks that suited up and played in what became Art Dawald Gym and Fran Rish Field as home town heroes and personal role models. Richland was full of some great families, great athletes and great coaches. Too many to name here but my life and love of baseball - despite my minimal skill and knowledge - is still affected by Floyd Gates and Ray HULTMAN ('47-RIP). Those people and games constitute many of the fond memories of home that kept me grounded as I wandered around the world trying to decide what I would do when I grew up. I'm fortunate enough to still count a number of my generation's players as friends and still stay in touch with Dave EMMONS ('73), Nestor MITCHEL ('73), Fred MEEKS ('73), Spud FEASTER ('73) (not as much as I'd like), and for some unfathomable reason '71 cast off Rich Gentz. -Steve HUNTINGTON ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/30/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Martie WADE ('57), Ruth MILES ('59) Helen CROSS ('62), Earl BENNETT ('63) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Bruce STRAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy NIELD ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri SCHUCHART ('70) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: OOPS!! To: AKA Bob Carlson ('54) How could I have made the mistake of not wishing you a Happy Birthday on May 28th!!!! It happens to fall on my eldest daughter's birthday and I knew days in advance, but........ well...... since I am older by 3 months... I will call it a slip OR senior moment. Hope you got a piece of cake. Forget the ice cream... too many calories!! Grin, grin!!! Re: Club 40 Yay, we get to fold the Spring Dust Storm on Tuesday, June 6th!!!! So you can expect it in your mailbox soon after!! Re: Another Belated Birthday Joanie PHILLIPS Wile ('54), I owe you the biggest apology for not getting a card or phone call off to you on your May birthday!!! You are so sweet to remember mine in February. I think I will blame it on the fact that I am so used to wishing Facebook friends a greeting and since you nor Bob Carlson are on Facebook, I slighted you!!! Not intentionally tho. I will make it up to you!! Love you!! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco where it was 98 today!!! Will cool off to the 80s this week! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To cloud or not to cloud, that is the question. Since the school went to all the trouble to get it copy-righted, I would say keep it. I find it no more offensive than a Washington DC football team or a Cleveland and/or Atlanta baseball team. As for the Azure Satanists at Wa-Hi or Duke, if that's the way you roll. Going from Richland High School to Columbia High School back to Richland High School to James Mattis High School is not too much of a problem; "Go Mad Dogs!" But there would be a few canine lovers out there who might object to having their beloved pooches so described. Believe me, there are people who would complain about being hit over the head with a solid gold bat. Ya really can't please all the people all the time. All immaterial as today we celebrate a Bomber Babe's birthday. I really do remember her from Carmichael ("Go, Cougars!"); we were in Art Class together. Not that that signifies anything. We may have been in a class or two during our high school years, but I can't think of what the subject(s) would have been. Enough of that. The time has come to tip the ol' propeller beanie and say "Happy Birthday!" to Judy NEILD ('54). Hope the day isn't too warm and you have a pleasant time. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where (guess what) rain is back in the forecast for later in the week. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Martie WADE Jenkins ('57) Re: The Bomb and the Cloud For those who are against the Bomb or the Cloud, you need to remember the reason for the Bomb was because of what Japan did to Pearl Harbor. You need to watch the movie "Pearl Harbor" and then you may understand why we dropped the Bomb. This is Memorial Day. Let us remember those lost at Pearl Harbor, and all the wars before and since. God Bless them ALL. -Martie WADE Jenkins ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) Re: Proud to be a Bomber Thanks to Linda REINING ('64) for her post; history is what it is whether you personally like it or not, Civil War and/or the Bomb. -Ruth MILES Bruns ('59) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: the Bomb mascot saga. I feel I need to clarify I only stated leaflets were dropped before the bombing of Hiroshima as I read in the Book "Hiroshima "by John Hersey published in 1946. I had not heard that the leaflets were dropped a day late in Nagasaki until I read it in the Sandstorm. I have decided that the mascot will always be the Bomb to me, whatever current generations decide. I just happened to run across a booklet done for the class of '62's 40 year reunion and the Bomb isn't on the colored cover, to my surprise. However, I do feel it is important to understand history as it occurred. I agree, it isn't fair or logical to judge what happened over 70 years ago with the world as it is today. Interesting to me is the fact that I graduated a die-hard Richland Bombers fan in 1962, but I have no memory of the cloud. For me I remember the Bomb alone. To all who lost a loved one in one of our too many wars, you have my sympathy. To all veterans, having fought in any of our wars, thank you so much for your service to help keep our country great!! We have really gotten into the packing mode, boxes everywhere. -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ Hope, IN where we are having wonderful spring weather. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Earl BENNETT ('63) Re: Memorial Day Tributes Thank you, Tony DURAN ('55), very moving. Thank you, Diane Avedovech ('56), very moving. Regards, ecb3 -Earl BENNETT ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Paul Dann (RIP, former teacher and principal) Paul's memorial service will be held TODAY, Tuesday, May 30th, at 4pm. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland. There will be a reception to follow at the church. Memorial contributions may be sent to Richland Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1759 Richland, WA 99352 or the charity of your choice. Rest in peace, Paul. Re: Richland State Softball "The Bombers' stay at the 4A tournament in Spokane ended with a 7-0 loss to Jackson in their third game of the day on Friday (May 26). The game was scoreless until Jackson erupted for four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Earlier, Brandi ANDREWS ('18) threw a two-hit shutout, and the Bombers hung eight runs on the board in the seventh inning to finally put away Auburn-Riverside 11-0 in a loser-out game." Re: Drew McCULLOUGH ('14) Wins Washington Open "Former Richland standout Drew McCULLOUGH ('14) rallied to shoot a tournament-low 7-under 65 in the final round Wednesday (May24) to win the Washington Open golf tournament at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. McCULLOUGH ('14), currently a junior at the University of Wyoming, finished with a three day total of 6-over 210 to finish a stroke in front of Shane Prante of Lake Spanaway Golf Course. Meadow Springs Country Club teaching pro Jason AICHELE ('00) finished tied for 15th at 5 over. Other local finishers included: Sota Nozaka (Meadow Springs, T47, plus-13), Clint Ables (Tri-City CC, T109, plus-24), JT Compher (Horn Rapids, T134, plus-34) and Robert Wample II (Sun Willows, T137, plus-35)." Re: State Track Meet "Mid-Columbia athletes put up top marks at state" "Gold medals eluded Mid-Columbia athletes Friday during Day 2 of the 2A/3A/4A state track and field championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium, but there still was plenty to celebrate. Walla Walla's Mitchell Jacobson finished second in the 4A high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 7 inches, and Kamiakin's Allison Stapleton picked up her second consecutive silver medal in the 3A triple jump with a mark of 37-3 1/4. Add in Hanford's Nyenuchi Okemgbo's silver medal in the 100 hurdles, and a slew of athletes heading into Saturday's finals, and there was more than sun shining in Tacoma. Richland's Tyler KURTZ ('17), who won the 4A regional title last week in a time of 49.63, failed to make the finals after clocking a 50.85 and finishing one spot out." Re: Dave Brandt (NAB) Congratulations to Dave Brandt son of Bill BRANDT ('66) who was recently awarded a most prestigious award, Washington State "Trooper of the Year" by Governor Inslee. Re: Memorial Day Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of the more than one million Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom. It is also a time to remember our loved ones who have preceded us in death. [Memorial Day Definition: a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. -Maren] -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very warm Richland with highs approaching 100 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bruce STRAND ('69) Re: Dad's 90th BD The Strand kids, Bruce STRAND ('69), Dr. Karen STRAND Winslow ('70), Douglas STRAND ('74) and Marlene STRAND Brennan ('76), were in "Bomberville" the week of May 17 to help our Dad (Clarence A. Strand) celebrate his 90th birthday. He and his wife Shirley (formerly Szendre) are at the Brookdale Richland facility and both doing well considering their ages. Kudos to Chris of Brookdale for making the celebration arrangements at Brookdale and then picking up Dad from Anthony's after we wore him out from too much partying. Overall, a good time was had by all with a gathering of friends, family and extended family. One of the residents of Brookdale is a gentleman named Monty. He is something like 103 and came to Hanford in '44 as part of the construction crew. Someone should quiz Monty on his opinion of the Richland Bombers mascot. BTW - there are several centenarians in residence at Brookdale. Imagine the history and the changes they have experienced throughout their lifetimes. Speaking of change, how about that of Richland and the Tri- Cities. Like everywhere there is tremendous change. We all stayed at the Red Lion Richland, formerly known as the Hanford House and for us old-timers the Desert Inn. Then there is Bombing Range Road where I learned to drive a stick-shift in Dad's International Travelall (4 on the floor with 1st being the "Granny gear") and plinking with the '22 in the "craters" is now paved with subdivisions and shopping centers. Badger Mtn. area where we (Rick HERRINGTON ('70) and I) would go chukar hunting is likewise developed. However, some things do not change; there were several trips made to the Spudnut Shop! Thank goodness& -Bruce STRAND ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ where we should hit 103 today Wow, a formation of eight WWII planes just flew over our house! THANK YOU VETERANS! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Comment from Bruce's sister, Karen ('70) in a separate email: "Very cool!" ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/31/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Joretta GARRISON ('58), Barbara SESLAR ('60) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Duane LEE ('63) Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Betti AVANT ('69), Marlene STRAND ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim ALBAUGH ('68) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta GARRISON ('58) With all this talk about the "cloud," check out the picture of the Richland Bomber ornament! Sold by Richland Seniors Association, with ALL proceeds returned to the RSA Building Fund for needs at the Richland Community Center. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta GARRISON ('58) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, June 3, 2017 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: The Phone Call that made Richland The name of General MATTIS ('68) has dropped onto these pages of Sandstorm. But before him and even before Richland came a Colonel Matthias of the army engineers. So, what happened on the ground between Matthias and MATTIS? Matthias was part of the small survey team for the Manhattan Project that checked out the barren Hanford site in late 1942. On March 9, 1943 he made a 4:00 a.m. call to the home of Spokane architect G. A. Pehrson. Pehrson was a Swedish immigrant, and due to conscription had seen his architectural office reduced to a bare-bones foursome of himself and three others. Over the course of the next week he got the picture that unbeknownst to himself he already had been vetted and selected to design our home town. On March 17 in Pasco he met Colonel Kadlec (after whom Richland's later Kadlec Hospital) and was politely instructed: "What you are to do is layout a complete city to house and accommodate 15,000 people"-houses, water and sewer lines, shops, movie theaters, service stations, the works. Now, Pehrson was eminently qualified since he at least knew where Hanford was (and probably because he was obscure), and he had just finished a hardware store in Richland. With Col. Kadlec he drove 70 or 80 miles along back roads in the Hanford sage and circled back to crossroads Richland, and then remarked that "this seems the logical location for the new town." What, no public hearings or multi-volume environmental impact statement!!! Then on the back of an envelope Pehrson calculated that he needed about 16 or 18 square miles. Another quick loop across the fields in the car with an eye on the odometer and the city limits were decided. With the help of his Spokane office Pehrson guesstimated the cost for the town, only to find that six months later the army upped the size from 15,000 to 20,000 and then to 25,000. Scouting the country, and especially colleges, within two weeks Pehrson assembled a staff of 140, a number that climbed to 380 before he was through, some to work out of Spokane but most in Richland. Mrs. Pehrson got a medal for carting laundry and sketches and finished drawing back and forth to Spokane. Most of the town was built by January 1945 and the rest in the following six months. So, that's how the planned town of Richland got off the drawing board and onto the ground- alphabet-soup houses forming cluster of designed neighborhoods, each centered on a grade school, and the whole assemblage centered on a central high school and a central downtown shopping area, and a heating plant smokestack and whistle that sounded off exactly at high noon. Engulfed were a few dozen surviving "tract houses." All this was supposed to last five years. Well, that part of the plan got amended. There have been some other amendments, too. Housing developments across the Yakima River and west to the foot of Badger Mountain, and north toward the old North Richland trailer city. And here's a note about the later riverside park running all the way from Kennewick to the Washington State University graduate center north of Richland. In 1965 (General MATTIS ('68), was still in ninth grade) another planner foursome toiled away at a relatively very insignificant summer project in the office of the Ben(ton)-Franklin Regional Planning Commission, located in the old fire station immediately south of the old library site behind the city hall (uncommon names: George Plescher, Tom Pickerel (later the long-time planning director of Kittitas County), Gary TABASINSKI ('62) and BEAULIEU ('62)). The major task was to gin up the first "regional parks plan" under a new state funding program. One sunny day the director (Plescher, a horticulturist by education) finally extracted the pipe from his mouth and with his other mitt grabbed a magic marker to scrawl on a large map a green line all the way from Columbia Park westward to the "Y" and then through what is now the golf course, and all the way up past Amon Park and Richland as far as the ink lasted. There you have it. The county commissioners later gave their nod to a future linear park running for miles and miles-trees and grasslands and putting greens, paved trails and athletic fields, and gathering places forever for our annual Columbia (!)High School class reunions. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Duane LEE ('63) I get a lot of news on line but I have always enjoyed reading the Tri-City Herald for the local happenings and high school sports coverage. The sports coverage has really gone downhill now that they publish the paper in Yakima and ship it down here every morning. They go to press just after 7 P.M. so Friday night games are covered on Sunday. Booo! But final straw came today. My last year's annual bill was $271. and new bill is $395. An increase of 46%. Hmmmm, Adios home delivery Herald! -Duane LEE ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) All you Cheer leaders, Song leaders, and others who might know. What can you tell me about how our mascot was handled. Was it the cheer/song leaders' responsibility to get our mascot to and from all games? Questions: 1) How much did it weigh? 2) Was it on rollers? 3) Paint scheme for your year(s)? Please tell me what you know about this... Thanks & Bomber cheers, -Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: The Bard and the Bomb I didn't know the debate over our mascot could be so Shakespearean. Gary TURNER ('71) suggests the controversy over mascots is "much ado about nothing." While Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) says, "To cloud or not to cloud, that is the question." I see myself in the future holding a scrap of metal painted green and yellow which used to be part of a bomb mascot saying, "Alas, poor bomb, I knew it well, future Richland High School student, a bomb of infinite pride, of most excellent symbol for Col-Hi: it hath been born to the center of Art Dawald Gym a thousand times; and now so abhorred by the PC crowd." Re: James MATTIS ('68) - Sec of Defense Watched the Jim MATTIS ('68) interview on "Face the Nation" Sunday. He was asked, "What keeps you awake at night?" His answer was, "Nothing, I keep other people awake at night." I was ready to stand up and cheer! I think if the bomb/cloud is ever "dropped," then "Mad Dogs" should be the replacement and maybe even change the name of the school to "James Mattis High School" as suggested by Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63). That way there would still be a historical connection. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: Birthday Wishes I'd like to wish my cousin Jean BRUNTLETT ('62) a very happy birthday on the 31st. Don't eat too much cake and ice cream. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from hot Richland but it is supposed to cool off into the 80s the rest of the week ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marlene STRAND Brennan ('76) Re: Dad's 90th BD To: Bruce STRAND ('69) and Karen STRAND ('70) Thanks Bruce that's nice. Thanks Karen for pulling it altogether. I think it was very nice for Dad in spite of the Anthony's incident. We should go on Yelp and say nice things about Chris and the group at Brookdale. He was really good to us. Hugs, -Marlene STRAND Brennan ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` April, 2017 ~ June, 2017