Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/02/17
4 Bombers sent stuff and memorial INFO for 2 Bombers today:
Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Jim ARMSTRONG ('63)
Mike FRANCO ('70), Kelvin SOLDAT ('71)

WEEKLY BOMBER LUNCH: Mostly '52ers, Noon, Sterling's Queensgate 

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

To: David DOUGLAS ('62)

David DOUGLAS ('62) mentions the in-town mini-nuclear blast 
and his honorable mention in the Richland essay contest.
(Congratulations, but what was that wad of paper he was seen
tossing into the conflagration?)

The simulated "A" bomb blast took place in the Uptown Richland
area on December 12, l958. It was part of the three day
celebration for the incorporation of Richland as a "first 
class city" on December 10. The U. S. Army, Camp Hanford, 
built the device and the deputy general manager and director 
of production for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), E. J. 
Block, pushed the button.

The day before, on December 11, the City Council held its
first meeting, and Mrs (!) E.T. "Pat" Merrill was elected mayor
of the council. John B. Nason, father of John NASON ('62), was
appointed acting city attorney. Commencement Day Exercises 
were held in the Bomber Bowl on December 13. Governor Albert
Rossellini and U. S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson were among the
dignitaries who showed up for the ceremony.

Now, as for things atomic, here's a possibly interesting
comparative note for us Hanford downwinders...  By the numbers,
how do twelve years of Hanford stack up against, say, one day
at Chernobyl or at Three Mile Island? Hint: decimal points

An interim Seattle Times article (July 29, 1990) reports
radioactive airborne discharge levels for Hanford (mostly
accidental or unintentional). For the 12-year period 1944 to
1956 Hanford discharged 500,000 curies of radioactive iodine 
(a curie is a measure of how fast a radioactive substance
disintegrates, giving off radiation). Much more tightly
controlled emissions continued up until 1988.

By comparison, the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Russia
discharged twelve times this total amount in a single day 
(not 0.5 million, but 6.0 million curies). Fatalities were 
high (I think 15,000) and the place is still a deserted and 
off-limits ghost town.

The much dramatized (and very contained) March 1979 Three Mile
Island event in Pennsylvania discharged a total of only 15
(that's fifteen, as in 0.000015 million) curies.

The biggest single airborne radioactive iodine discharge from
Hanford was called the Green Run, on Dec. 2, 1949, and emitted
some 7,780 curies (0.00778 million). Its purpose was to
calibrate equipment needed to monitor Soviet nuclear arsenal
production levels, and was kept secret until 1986. The Green
Run airborne radioactive iodine plume spread out (and diluted)
over most of Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon. 

A 1988 report found that only "0.08 millirem is the largest
dose any member of the public received" [that year]-compared 
to the much larger 300 millirem per year we already get from
natural background sources. (millirem: one thousandth of a
roengten or X-ray unit).

Iodine is fairly short-lived and decays away in a few months,
while other radioactive residues do not-those mixed with either
ventilation air, or liquid waste (the 77 million gallons stored
the 57 much-reported underground storage tanks now subject to
long-term cleanup), or cooling water (into the Columbia). The
purified liquids not stored in the 57 tanks had 95 percent of
the total radioactivity removed, and over the years were 
spread across large tracts of Hanford sand. These skimmings of
radioactive tritium deteriorate quickly, with a radioactive
half-life of twelve years. The outer edge of the groundwater
plume has lost its kick over the past decades. The tritium
batch of 1945, for example, has lost over 98 percent (63/64ths)
of its dumpsite radioactivity by 2017. (Yes?)

Going back to the airborne iodine, the health focus has been
mostly on downwinders and the risk of eventual thyroid cancer,
the possible outcome of many repeated doses of daily new
radioactive iodine from grass-eating, local milk cows. (And,
babies accumulate ten times more iodine in their thyroids than
do adults.) But I recall declining successfully for months, in
the early 1990s, to be interviewed as a targeted Richland
downwinder. The researchers were intensely interested in sets
of Richland twins growing up in the 1940s and '50s.

I'm wondering how other Sandstorm readers responded, and any
other thoughts????

-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA  recalling the glass milk
      bottles of the 1940s with those innocent, non-tamperproof 
      cardboard, pull-tab lids.
>>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63)

Maybe Sec. MATTIS ('68) would approve if it was between 
"Mad Dogs" or "Snowflakes!"

-Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63)
>>From: Mike FRANCO ('70)

Was waiting for this predictable observation. The Bomber mascot
issue is simply a liberal thing. Hmmmmm, the issue has been
around for at least 50 years and those who think it is a
liberal thing are off target, or wrong.

And millennials don't "call themselves" that. It is another
invented label applied by us older folks in stereotyping a
demographic. As a baby boomer I never understood lumping tens
of millions of individuals together as if they were a single,
common class of people. I will never get that.

-Mike FRANCO ('70)
>>From: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71)

Great link for old photos of Richland.

-Kelvin SOLDAT ('71)
not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Chrysti ROBERTSON ('71-RIP) ~ 5/29/53 - 5/14/17

Celebration of Life: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1pm
  Einan's Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, 
Commitment to internment at her graveside will follow around
2:15 in the Trinity Garden at Sunset Memorial Cemetery
not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Berta KEEGAN Vaught ('61wb-RIP) ~ 3/10/43 - 5/22/17

Celebration of life: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
  CG Public House and Catering, 9221 W. Clearwater, Kennewick
That's it for today. Please send more.