Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/17
4 Bombers sent stuff: 
Mike CLOWES ('54), Missy KEENEY ('59)
Jack GROUELL ('61), Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

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>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Liberal, smiberal. There are them as don't like the cloud. 
Some may be dems and some may be repubs. They jest don like 
the cloud. These are prolly the same peoples whut say hatchery
salmons is evil as they will lead natural salmons into a life of
crime and drugs and rock 'n' roll and what not.

No matter what is said in opposition, and no matter how strongly
and pervasively it is said; they won't accept it. They might
believe it, but they won't accept it as it is agin their moral

Some how, some way, someone drove a wedge into the populace.
Instead of what can we do to solve the problem; we became the
problem. We have turned into a hard-core us vs. them nation. The
us being them what believes the same as us. As Molly [of Fibber
McGee and Molly radio fame] used to say: "T'aint funny, McGee."

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR that's my 
      story and I'm sticking to it.  
>>From: Missy KEENEY ('59)

To: John ALLEN ('66)

Re: Labels

Let me get your Sandstorm entry straight. Most of the people who
have a problem understanding The Cloud are "terrible, no-good,
very bad" liberals and moderates are just liberals in disguise
therefore the only OK people in this world are conservatives.
I'm sure I misunderstand what you are trying to say. If not,
there doesn't seem to be much room in your world for people to
exist as worthwhile individuals if they hold a different opinion
than you. Please tell me I'm wrong.

Maren, I know this is "political" but every time the mascot
controversy comes up people start taking shots at liberals in
the Sandstorm and it's not OK with me. Use your best judgement.
Thanks for what you do.

      {Well, I don't honestly know the difference between
      liberal and conservative... this is all BOMBER stuff...
      and that's OK for the Sandstorm.   -Maren]

-Missy KEENEY ('59) ! Richland
>>From: Jack GROUELL ('61)

Re: Atomic Bombs

For those who might be interested, Paul Allen's Flying Heritage
and Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field in Everett, WA has full
scale replicas of the Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs on
display as part of the "Causes of War" exhibit. I have been a
docent [guide] there for 9 years.

-Jack GROUELL ('61)
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Re: About clouds and "the Cloud"

Let's recall those lazy childhood days in Richland when we
sprawled on the grass trying to see patterns in the clouds. On
slow summer days in the exciting late '50s-before laws against
noise pollution-the blue sky sometimes brought a wall-rattling
sonic boom, and a glance upward revealed the linear vapor trail
clouds behind swept-wing B-52 Stratofortress bombers based up
north at Moses Lake Air Force Base.

Then there's the very different and less-noticed cloud
meditation by an unnamed fourteenth-century monk, called 
The Cloud of Unknowing. Between the '50s and even the '80s,
according to a recent translator, this cloud changed from being
"a species of foolishness" into a "mystical text [that] has a
relevant message for the modern age." Another cloud capable of
more than one meaning. And what then of the biblical "cloud of
witnesses" reported in the biblical Letter to the Hebrews
(12:1), often attributed to St. Paul. Or, today the very
different, and all-knowing and all-seeing surveillance of the
Internet cloudthat now hovers over every smartphone?

Then, there's our late 1960s bomb cloud, no longer the bomb
but now a revisionist mascot.. This blasted cloud might be
described best by the general who actually engineered it,
General Groves (after whom Richland's placid Leslie Groves Park
[was named]). In his Memorandum for the Secretary of the War
(Stimson) from the predawn test at Alamogordo, New Mexico, July
16, 1945, he said:

"The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the
intensity many times that of the midday sun [the 6,000
centigrade blast is also the surface temperature of the sun;
iron melts at 1500 degrees]. It was golden, purple, violet, gray
and blue. It lighted every peak, crevasse and ridge of the
nearby mountain range with a clarity and beauty that cannot be
described but must be seen to be imagined. It was that beauty
the great poets dream about but describe most poorly and
inadequately. Thirty seconds after the explosion, [there] came
first the air blast pressing hard against the people and things,
to be followed almost immediately by the strong, sustained,
awesome roar which warned of doomsday and made us feel that we
puny things were blasphemous to dare tamper with the forces
heretofore reserved to The Almighty."

Such imagery from the very military Commanding General of the
Manhattan District Project? Not quite. Groves and Brigadier
General Thomas F. Farrell had a policy of staying separated
whenever there was a risk of mishaps. It was from his
observation point, 10,000 yards south of the point of explosion,
that Farrell penned the above. Others noticed that as this
particular cloud rose skyward the prevailing winds twisted it
into what looked like a five-mile high question mark... .J. Robert
Oppenheimer, the inventor-scientist, blurted his possibly
rehearsed and famous line from the Hindu Scripture, the Bhagavad
Gita: "Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds." His
colleague, Kenneth Bainbridge, the on-site physicist in charge
of the actual test, responded in the more vernacular: "Well,
Oppie, now were all sons of bitches!

In the end even Truman was conflicted. First he said to the
National Council of Churches: "When you have to deal with a
beast, you have to treat him as a beast." But later, according
to the Secretary of Commerce (Wallace): "Truman said he had
given orders to stop atomic bombing. He said the thought of
wiping out another 100,000 people was too horrible. He didn't
like the idea of killing as he said, 'all those kids'" (The
Price of Vision, ed. Blum, p. 474).

-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ from cloudy Shoreline, WA
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