Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/17
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8 Bombers sent stuff and heard about a Bomber death and a 
        Bomber Dad death today: 
Curt DONAHUE ('53), Rex HUNT ('53)
Mike CLOWES ('54), Ken HEMINGER ('56)
Dennis HAMMER ('64), Ray STEIN ('64)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Betti AVANT ('69)
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BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta OSTBOE ('55)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta OSTBOE ('55)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jean MATTSON ('60)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darrell DEAN ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John CHOATE ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve JACKSON ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill BARR ('65)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerie EHINGER ('69)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margaret SURPLUS ('69)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
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>>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53)

To: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63)

You are correct about Lee Blvd being named after that great
General Robert E. Lee; and now some nut wants to have the sign
removed and the name changed. He must not have been raised in
Richland. We all grew up respecting everyone regardless of
what they looked like.

-Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco  
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>>From: Rex HUNT ('53)

Re: Solar Glasses!!!!!!

If I remember correctly, in 1947 there was a major solar
eclipse which we as students were all allowed out of class 
to watch. we were all handed a dark film negative (sic) with
which to watch it. They worked just fine. Afterwards we
turned the film back in as they had all come from the
photography club's archive. The film was not harmed nor 
were the students. Cost? Zero.

So all this ranting about needing special glasses is a great
sales gimmick. Oh try holding a standard kitchen match close
to a piece of glass and smoke it up. will also suffice!

-Rex HUNT ('53wb) ~ from lovely downtown Hanford, CA where
	 temperature range from low 90s to a comfortable 110
	 and the L.A. Dodgers are even hotter
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>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

For what ever inane reason that some people hold that certain
statues and monuments, particularly in the South, represent
evil. If we are to follow the reason that the persons
memorialized where slave holders and perpetuators of slavery,
then we should also tear down the Washington Monument and the
Jefferson Memorial. Those names should also be expunged from
the history books.

Think about the gravity of that, before making further
pronouncements. But, don't think for a moment that I condone
slavery. However, I do recognize the fact that it happened.
Just like The Bomb happened. Those are facts of history. And
as much as some people may dislike, or disapprove, they did
happen. 

This nation fought a war to eliminate slavery. It took four
years, and cost several thousand lives. In the end, slavery,
after a fashion, was eliminated and declared by Constitutional
Amendment to be illegal. Of course, slavery wasn't really
quite eliminated. Think of share croppers, miners and others
beholden to the "company store."

However, if those who want to "eliminate" The Bomb; let them
also consider changing the names of Lee Blvd. and George
Washington Way to something else. And, while they are at it,
why not change the name of the state to something meaningless
at the same time. 

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR 
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>>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56)

Re: Common Sense

Response to Floyd MELTON 's ('57) post on 
	"A different perspective?"

That was a good read and it's true in so many ways. Along
with that thought, I received this a couple days ago and even
though it's been around before in some circles, I thought it
worthy of sharing again.

   "OBITUARY: THE SAD PASSING OF COMMON SENSE Today we
   mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common
   Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one
   knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records
   were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be
   remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons
   as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the
   early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and
   maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple,
   sound financial policies (don't spend more than you
   earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are
   in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly
   when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations
   were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy
   charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate,
   teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash
   after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an
   unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common
   Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for
   doing the job they had themselves failed to do in
   disciplining their unruly children. It declined even
   further when schools were required to get parental
   consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or
   plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents
   when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an
   abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten
   Commandments became contraband, churches became
   businesses and criminals received better treatment than
   their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you
   couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own
   home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because
   you protected yourself and your own. Common Sense
   finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed
   to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She
   spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a
   huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by
   his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his
   daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is
   survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights,
   Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many
   attended his funeral because so few realized that he
   was gone."
	-Author Unknown

-Ken HEMINGER ('56) ~ Great Falls (Red Skies) MT, 68... 
	smoke from forest fires really bad here.
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>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

(Maren, Your link to photo of my Navy sox yesterday is
labeled "Solar Glasses")
   [Bomber apologies. This is embarrassing!! Just put a
   disclaimer on yesterday's picture of your Navy Sox and
   have put up the picture with the right name today. I
	wondered how yesterday's "solar glasses" worked. -Maren]
http://AlumniSandstorm.com/Xtra/Ham/170820-BootCampSoxRoll.jpg

Re: Eclipse Glasses

I heard on TV news KNDU Ch 25 that a car dealer had them for
free and went out about noon the next day. Then next day I saw
a bunch of them at Fred Meyer. That night same station then
said only place they knew that had them was Fred Meyer. Next
day they interviewed manager of Fred Meyer who said they had
sold out of 11,000 pair. News guy said they were probably on
Craig's List, so I checked and sure enough there were at least
two selling them for $20 each.

I did hear that Amazon had recalled some substandard glasses
so I found a couple pages of how to find out if yours met the
requirements. The American Astronomical Society has a web page
listing reputable vendors of the solar glasses and filters for
telescopes and cameras.

Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers 

I opened up the cellophane to my solar eclipse sunglasses and
their is no manufacture's name at all, does say "ISO" but no
number and it is "Made in China." Not inspiring a lot of
confidence, especially remembering the poison pet food they
sent over here few years ago. Plus it does say; "Disclamier:
The seller of these glasses shall not be liable..." inspiring
even less confidence. C/net.com has a page telling how you
can test them. I did look at an incandescent light bulb
although only 40W by my computer and held up an LED flashlight
to them while wearing them and no light got through, so I
guess I am OK.

How to tell if your solar eclipse glasses are safe or fake  

I think I used the pinhole projector to look at a partial
eclipse in the '50s when we were visiting relatives in
Missouri. I got a telescope for Christmas around 1960 and have
used it to project an image in the same way of the sun on
white paper. That works good enough you can even see sunspots,
but don't know if you can see the sun's corona if you are
where you are where you can see a total eclipse. In 1979 I did
set up my movie camera on a tripod, but don't remember how I
aimed the camera, may have used it to project image on white
paper, then I started the camera as the moon really started
toward total eclipse. I haven't seen that film in so long, I
have a big box of movie film, but don't feel like looking for
it. Anyway as I remember it didn't come out all that great.

I tried holding binoculars and projecting on an envelope this
morning just holding them by hand, but was awful hard to hold
them still, then get it aimed just right and projected on
white envelope. Then the light spot was really bright and too
small. Need to set it up like the two links I am attaching
next. I think I couldn't get the white paper far enough away,
When I did that in Jr. High with the telescope seems like I
held it at a distance where the sun projected about five or
six inches in diameter. If you do this, be sure to follow the
warnings about leaving it pointed at sun too long as you might
start a fire (just like using a very powerful magnifying
glass) or even build up enough heat to damage your equipment.

How to use binoculars to watch the eclipse

YouTube video

-Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ 
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>>From: Ray STEIN ('64)

Re: Lee Blvd

For me, Lee Blvd. has never been associated with Robert E. If
they meant to name the street after an historical figure they
should have used his full name (like George Washington Way).
Instead, Lee Blvd. should be a tribute to Glenn C. Lee,
founder and publisher of the Tri-City Herald. Lee was a 
civic leader and tirelessly promoted the area. He is usually
credited with coining the term "Tri-Cities". We don't need to
change the street name, just change the plaque to commemorate
the contributions of Glenn C. Lee.

Maybe we need some sort of ceremony, so we can recognize 
Mr. "Tri- Cities" and officially declare Lee Blvd. as now 
named in his honor.

-Ray STEIN ('64) ~ Mead, WA 
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[We can't change history, Ray. Just like we can't change the
reason we are Bombers from the Atomic Bomb that ended WWII to
a plane that dropped bombs. I vote the next NEW street named
in Richland should be "Glenn C. Lee Avenue." -Maren]  
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>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Little League World Series 

Congratulations to the Walla Walla team which beat SD by a
score of 4-3 on Saturday. The game was on ESPN2. Walla Walla
will play again Sunday.

Go, Walla Walla!!!

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland  
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>>From: Betti AVANT ('69)

Re: Solar Glasses

I heard a few days ago that Amazon had to quit selling their
solar glasses as they were found to be ineffective and could
cause damage to the retinas. It's supposed to be between 95%
and 98% total here in Richland so will follow it on the
Weather Channel as they are supposed to have coverage from
beginning to end.

	[GREAT IDEA!! That's what I'll do, too. -Maren]

-Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland  
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Heard about this Bomber death today:

Ellen THORNTON ('74-RIP) ~ ??/??/57 - 8/12/17 
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Heard about this Bomber Dad's death today:

Bomber Dad, Loris Benjamin Brinkman  
was 105 years old when he died on August 1, 2017

Father of Sandy ('58), George ('60), and Kippy Lou ('62)

Very nice video tribute at the end of the Einan's site:
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That's it for today. Please send more.
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