Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/13/17 ~ International Left Handers' Day
8 Bombers sent stuff: 
Dick WIGHT ('52), Steve CARSON ('58)
Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Carol CONVERSE ('64)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Tedd CADD ('66)
Betti AVANT ('69), Brad WEAR ('71)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Dick WIGHT ('52)

Re: Maren's comment on Saturday

Maren, it wasn't "blue shoe and brown shoe" - it was "black 
shoe and brown shoe... and the aviators were brown shoe guys.
      [In my own defense, it's been more than 36 YEARS since
      I was married to a Coastie. -Maren]

Back in the dark ages USCG aviators wore a uniform that was
kinda' a green/khaki color - perhaps similar to USMC utility
uniform. The Coasties wore aviation greens up until the 
"Bender Blues" were adopted in '71 or so... and aviation 
folks loved to wear that uniform so us lowly "black shoes" 
would recognize their "superior status". We "black shoes" 
were fairly tolerant, but lots of us DID call those aviation 
guys "Zip Zoomies" Ha.

-Dick WIGHT ('52)
>>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58)

David, I just returned from a short vacation in Chicago, home
 of the Chicago hot dog. The hot dog is to Chicago as Coffee 
is to Seattle. In 4 years since I returned I have not been
able to find a decent hot dog.

-Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58)
>>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) 


Even I have a story about the Coast Guard. :)

Back in the mid '90s there were numerous rumors that the 
USCG Admiral was going to stop all barge displays. That 
is ANY fireworks fired from ANY Floating platform.

To some of us involved in the Safety side of pyrotechnics the
reason was obvious. Way to many fires, injuries and fatalities
on floating platforms, which included steel barges pushed or
pulled by tugs. 

The national Fire Protection Association (NFPA) called a
meeting of members of the Technical Committee on Pyrotechnics.
Others such as myself were also invited.

The personal representative of the Admiral of the USCG laid it
out in spades. Establish Safety Parameters and figure out how
to enforce them, or fireworks on floating platforms will cease
to exist. 

Anger flashed and huge arguments were loud and vulgar. Bets
were laid that that old man cannot do this. The personal
representative of the Admiral read the Authority from the 
CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). Basically stating... Any
activity on, over, or affecting navigable waters shall be
governed by the USCG. 

Fortunately cooler heads got things quieted down a bit and
several of us were making statements of rules faster than the
keeper of the minutes could record them.

So we spent a couple of days making rules and formulating them
into the language of the NFPA regulations. We even came up
with a formulae for calculating the square footage of space
required for safe launching of fireworks from floating

The Captain (a female) took a printed copy, complemented us on
our proposed rules and our hard several days of getting them
written and in the correct language format. 

These rules also laid out requirements for inspection of the
platforms as may be needed by inspectors of the USCG. The NFPA
Central Committee adopted the rules and made them official.

I think it was 1998 when I contacted the 13th District office
(Seattle) and offered to put on a program to cover what we do,
how we do it, and why we do it that way. And what to look for
in inspections. They accepted and I ended up with a huge room
full of Coasties from all over the NW. I spent several hours
with projected slides, white board sketches, some inert
examples, and answered endless questions and even garnered a
couple of hugs and lots of thankyous.

The net result of all this was exactly what we needed, a solid
relationship with governing authority. And the process of
getting a permit turned smooth.

The US Coast Guard has tough job to do and they do it very
well at times, under tough conditions. I mentioned this once
before. But about 3-4 years ago I was flying out to Dutch
Harbor to prep for New Years eve. The flight was ugly,
probably the worst I have experienced. That little twin turbo
bounced all over the sky. There was screaming and crying and
all but a couple of us were using every barf bag available on
that plane. (I took 2 Dramamine before we took off.)

At one point I looked down to see a USCG cutter in mountainous
waves. I shared my table at lunch with a Coast Guard officer.
I related what I saw and he replied yes that was the Cutter so
and so, she was in 50-60 foot waves! I asked if they were ok
and he said bumps and bruises all over the ship but they did
manage to get some shelter from the wind behind an island. The
Bering Sea in anger has no mercy.

I cannot even comprehend facing a wave as high as a 5 story
building. They certainly have my respect.

-J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
>>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64)

To: David RIVERS ('65)
RE: Fried Egg Sandwiches

I haven't been on Facebook that much of late, so I missed the
talk about "Fried Egg Sandwiches". I grew up with having them.
Whenever my husband isn't home for dinner, I will fry up an
egg. He doesn't really like them, whereas I really do. I don't
know what other Bombers said about them, but I always just put
catsup on them in place of mayonnaise. [eeew!! -Maren]

We are having a good wind today, FINALLY! The smoke is
clearing out and it's trying to rain. Guess Pasco really got
some good rain for a bit this morning. Not so much here in
Kennewick, but it sure tried. I'm looking for a good soaker
later this weekend. Autumn is in the air. I'm sure it's from
not seeing the sun for a couple weeks now.

-Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick  
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Little League World Series

Walla Walla beat La Grande this afternoon [on 8/12] 4-3 
making Washington the Little League World Series NW Regional
Champion. The team is headed to Williamsport next week!!!

Good luck, Walla Walla!

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland  
>>From: Tedd CADD ('66)

Footnote to history: 
	This Day in History: The end of the Battle of Guam
	Posted on August 11, 2016 by Tara Ross

Interesting addition: On the Facebook post where I saw this,
they included the attached photo: Two marines holding up a
sign saying, "Marines salute Coast Guard for their big part in
the invasion of Guam. They put us here and we intend to stay."

-Tedd CADD ('66)
>>From: Betti AVANT ('69)

Re: August 2017 All Bomber lunch

Well, it was spitting a light rain when I left for the All
Bomber lunch today. Those in attendance were: Pat DORISS
Trimble ('65), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Ginny WILLIAMS Nash
('69), Betti AVANT ('69), Lorin St.JOHN ('55), Phyllis St.John
(spouse - '70 Glacier Hi, Seattle), Glen ROSE ('58), and 
Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA).

I had at least 3 others tell me they would be there but they
didn't show up.

-Betti AVANT ('69) ~ from good ole Richland where the next few
    days are supposed to be in the 80s  
>>From: Brad WEAR ('71)

Re: LSTs and Coast Guard

The typhoon we were in caught our "Phibron" Amphibious
Squadron, not by surprise, but the Commander of the Phibron
thought it would be good training for the crews. Go figure,
practice being miserable.

The ship that lost all the topside gear was an LST, Landing
Ship, Tank. A miserable ship in rough seas. They are a flat
bottom boat that has such a shallow draft it can usually go
right up to the beach, extend its loading ramp and equipment
can be driven off. The rear of the ship can be ballast down
flooding the tank area so the LVTs (Landing Vehicle Tracked)
can swim out and head for the beach. We had so much gear it
couldn't be stored inside the ship so it was chained to the

I have nothing but the greatest respect for the Coast Guard,
brown water is like "doggies, squids, zoomies" all friendly
inter service rivalries. I learned a lot about the Coast Guard
through one of my classmates and loooong time friend, John
MOSLEY ('71), a 30 year Coastie, retiring as a CWO 3, maybe
even a CWO 4.

The Bretton Wood agreement of 1944 solidified the Coast
Guard's role in keeping international waterways free and safe.

-Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Hot, hot, hot Plano, TX  where the 
   Marines make it safe for the Army to sleep at night
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