Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/14/17
4 Bombers sent stuff: 
Anna May WANN ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54)
Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Earl BENNETT ('63)

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

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49)

Re: General MATTIS ('68)

In Tuesday's Seattle Times, July 11th, there was an article
about a Mercer Island student who saw a picture of President
Trump's bodyguard with a stack of papers. On one of the papers
was a sticky pad with a phone number for Mattis listed. The
kid just took a chance and left a call for Mattis. Much to his
surprise Mattis called back (because he was a student!!) Over
a course of a couple of weeks it ended up with Mattis calling
the boy during school hours and the whole interview is on the
internet. You need to read the article in the newspaper first.
This is one fantastic "Bomber"

      [NOTE from Maren: Just scroll down to read the
      interview. Do NOT -- repeat do NOT -- go to that site
      and click on Jim's picture!!! I clicked on the picture
      and it put me into a FULL SCREEN covering my entire
      space... the grey box in the middle said:
      " is requesting your
      username and password. Call Microsoft Technical
      Department and claim your username and password to get
      your PC unlocked - 1-800-385-3506" -- I JUST GOOGLED
      AND THAT IS NOT A MICROSOFT NUMBER -- below that there
      is OK and CANCEL... click CANCEL and it comes right
      back... Click OK and it comes right back... I'm supposed
      to put a "user Name" and "Password" for WHAT?? Any idea
      how many of those I have?? I hadda restart my whole
      computer to get rid of it. -Maren] 

Also talked to Dick McCOY ('45) a couple of days ago and he 
is recovering from a broken shoulder and some other medical
issues, but he is planning on getting well and he and Ida
coming over for The September annual meeting. He sounded
great!! So keep him in your prayers.

-Ann Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) ~ from sunny Bothell, 
     where we haven't had rain in over 20 days. A new record!!
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Since Friday the 13th fell on a Thursday this month; I guess
we are fairly safe from bad fortune.

However; there is a Bomber Babe celebrating her 22nd birthday
today. I knew back in the day that she was Charlie's ('54-RIP)
girl. I sorta think she still is, but that is a big never no

A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to
Shirley STREGE ('54) on this occasion.

Hope it is a good one.
-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR  where, 
      despite the lack of rain, the weather is staying close
      to pleasant.
>>From:  Larry MATTINGLY ('60) 

Re: Gravel roads in the early days

While I think most of us know of some true gravel roads there
is another similar road surface that I saw used in the late
'40s and on onto the '50s and '60s.

They first blade off the dirt surface until somewhat smooth.
Then with a special truck they spray apply a coat of heavy
asphalt oil. Then they spread crushed rock over it. Traffic
packs it down and they call it paving.

We moved into 310 Benham halfway through my first grade. My
memory is thin but I think it was 2-3 days after we moved in
that they "paved Benham" as described above. The next spring
they did it again. I remember how upset my Dad was, as some of
the black oil got on his new Chevy.

In all the years we lived there, (I moved out in '60) I don't
remember that they ever truly paved that street. It was just 
a build up of several coats of what is called "Shot Coat"
paving. The parking strip was on our side and was just gravel
mostly from the shot coat paving.

Shot coat paving is still used today to re-surface streets to
preserve them at a much less cost than real paving. In some
areas they call it "seal coating". But it is a thinner asphalt
oil and the crushed rock is finer then the shot coat.

Re: Senior pass to National Parks and Monuments

I got my Senior Pass in I think, 2002. There was no charge and
I got it 3 days after applying. We were going to Mt Rainier. 
I saw someone use theirs and asked the ranger. He handed me
a form and said "Fill this out and if you have ID you get in
today free." I still have it and use it several times a year.
I used it at Crater Lake a month ago. I think it is good for
more than just National Parks. It was good for the Trinity
Site in New Mexico last October.

-J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
>>From: Earl BENNETT ('63)

Re: Hamilton's ('63) Plug for National Parks Senior Pass

Just received ours. If you apply, be patient - I think they're
mostly staffed by volunteers, so it takes a couple of months
to receive the it after you complete the application.

      Regards, ecb3 - from the beginning of serious summer in
      central Virginia with its significant humidity. Just
      helped our son move from an apartment into his first
      ever owned home (condo) in Florida: Drenched in sweat
      for two full days.

-Earl BENNETT ('63)
That's it for today. Please send more.