Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/22/17
13 Bombers sent stuff: 
Curt DONAHUE ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54)
Dan HAGGARD ('57), Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
Mary ROSE ('60), Helen CROSS ('62)
Pete BEAULIEU ('62), Dennis HAMMER ('64)
Ray STEIN ('64), David RIVERS ('65)
Lee BUSH ('68), Mina Jo GERRY ('68)
Mike FRANCO ('70)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie MOORE ('69) 
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nicole BJORN ('90) 
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom)

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

To: Maren

I agree with you: "Political correctness gone amok." I read
yesterday that UCLA is in trouble over this issue as well.
Their mascot, that beautiful Arabian horse is named Traveler.
That is the same name as Robert E. Lee's horse. Next will
likely come: all those named Robert or Lee will have to change
their names!

Heaven help us!

-Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco  
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Well, the eclipse is over for a while. It has been well past
an hour since the sun was briefly obliterated and I feel safe
in removing the lead shields from around my computer; unless I
need to replace them because of global warming or the dreaded
"climate change."

There is a school district somewhere in the greater Portland/
Vancouver(USA) area that is undergoing a siege of "political
correctness.” It seems that many years ago a family named
Lynch donated land to the school district so that the district
might build one or more schools.

That happened, and the schools had the name Lynch in them in
some fashion. Just recently someone had the thought that the
name Lynch might be offensive to some citizens in that it
connoted a deplorable practice that happened in many states.

I guess that since the Leland Stanford School for Over-
Privileged Youths decided that the school mascot need be a
non-offensive color, Common sense is no longer operative in
the land. It went away before its demise was noted as reported
in the Alumni Sandstorm.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where 
	the sun has returned to the sky.
>>From: Dan HAGGARD ('57)

Re: Class of 1957 60 Year Reunion

One week left to sign up for this years Club 40 annual
gathering and our 60 year reunion. Registration forms need to
be postmarked by AUGUST 26th. 

You should have gotten your registration form for our 60 year
reunion. We are having it in conjunction with Club 40 the
weekend of September 8th, 9th, and our class picnic on the

Plan on attending our Class of 1957 Reunion Saturday
afternoon, September 9th, at the Richland Community Center
from noon until 3:00PM. Cost is $25 per person.

The Club 40 activities on Friday September 8, and Saturday
September 9th are a lot of fun. You get good food, a chance 
to visit with friends from classes ranging from 1947 to 1977.
A raffle is held both evenings to support the Club 40
Scholarship program. A good time is had by all.

Plan to attend the Class of 1957 picnic on Sunday, September
10th, from 11am to 3pm at the Howard Amon South shelter
east of the Richland Community Center next to the river walk.
Hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, water, soft drinks and
chips will be provided. Cost is free. 

Sit down and fill out the registration form and make your
check payable to "Richland Club 40" and mail it to Club 40
Treasurer, c/o Ann Thompson, 17224 Woodcrest Dr. NE, Bothell,
WA 98011.

See you September 8th & 9th and at the Class of 1957 picnic on
the 10th.

-Dan HAGGARD ('57)
>>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) 

Re: Eclipse Photos

This past Saturday we did Jackie's largest fireworks display
at the City of Huston, Alaska.

During clean-up Sunday it poured rain and that evening we 
were like drowned rats but drove to Anchorage house, showered,
packed a few things in a suitcase and beat feet for the
airport festooned with camera bags, tripods, suit cases and
computers to download photos.

Our red eye flight arrived in Seattle just after 2am and we
retrieved my Blazer that I had parked nearby and drove to
Tacoma House where we grabbed a box of special filters sitting
on the front porch, Jackie had ordered, and the few things we
might need and got on I-5 South planning to go a bit south of
Salem, OR to get some pictures. Just South of Portland I-5
traffic was jam packed and creeping. So we took the next exit
to the east and headed across farm country roads. Everywhere
you looked were groups of people in any open areas near the
roads. 6 to 10 cars in a group and folks in lawn chairs

We found a good spot in a three way triangle intersection and
got set up. Jackie had ordered some special filters for her
big lens and they sent the wrong ones. She did get a series 
of pictures but because of the wrong filters the photo of the
terminal phase was less than perfect. She will try to bring 
it up with Photoshop as she is expert with that software.

We programed my phone and got a nice series of the eclipse
from start to finish. The terminal picture did not come out
well because of the lens in the cell phone.

The gray light at the terminal phase was a lifetime
experience. At that moment we had a round of hugs and shaking
of hands among strangers. But we made some new friends with
folks in the group at that remote triangle of land. One couple
from Florida and another from New York.

We are in a Salem motel room we reserved a couple of weeks ago
trying to stay awake long enough to get some dinner.

I am sure there will be lots of pictures floating around on
the internet and TV news. If ours are worthwhile I will get
some off to Maren.

I am still a bit lite-headed with the grandeur of the

-J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
>>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60)

This has been interesting and fun Maren. I have much more
respect for my street name "Symons" after reading about 
Thomas William Symons - (1849 - 1920).

   "THOMAS WILLIAM SYMONS - (1849-1920) - Army Engineer,
   born Kaeseville, Essex County, New York. Graduated at
   West Point 1874. In charge (1876) of war department
   surveys of West -Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and
   Washington. As Chief engineer, Department of Columbia,
   (1879-82) made survey of Columbia River from boundary
   line to mouth. In 1883, made U.S. Survey of Mexican
   boundary. 1885 to 89, in charge of river and harbor
   improvements in Portland district. In 1896 was promoted
   to Major."

-Mary ROSE Tansy ('60)
>>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62)

Re: Eclipse

By the time this is read the eclipse will be history. We were
given free solar glasses at a rest stop near the Oregon Trail
interpretive center yesterday when we were traveling south
trying to avoid the crowd heading to Bend/Madras, OR for this
event. Ian also worried about fake glasses, so I will read or
see safe photos of it. Sorry, Dennis, but your suggestions got
too complicated for me.

Re: Lee Blvd.

To: Ray STEIN ('64) 

My guess is that Lee Blvd. was named after the 1800s
missionary, Jason Lee. All the schools are named after them:
Marcus Whitman, Jason Lee, Henry Spalding, except Lewis and
Clark were the explorers and Sacajawea was an Indian woman who
accompanied them. I got a review of all this history at the
OregonTrIk Interpretive Center yesterday.

Renaming streets and tearing down history is sad and not wise
in my opinion, as we need to learn from history or we are
bound to repeat it.

-Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ in Reno, NV heading back to West
	Harrison, IN and our house and the little lake after 
	a great 55 year High School Reunion thanks to our
	dedicated Reunion Committee. 
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Re: Civil War monuments and such

One view, which I share, is that the current turmoil over
statues really has little to do with whether Robert E. Lee
fought against the United States. Not fully resolved in his
time, and mingled with the slavery issue, was our later
clarity as to whether the correct grammar was "the United
States is" or "the United States are." Lee did not so much
fight against the United States as he fought for his state of
Virginia. A distinction with a difference.

As for slavery, Lincoln's initial reason for the war was
narrowly over the politics of whether slavery should or should
not be extended into any of the new states ready to be formed
in the West. He was opposed. Then someone set a match to
things by firing a shot at Fort Sumter. The clean-slate
Emancipation Proclamation to actually abolish slavery
everywhere did not come until two years later.

So, the turmoil today is about compulsory amnesia--should
amnesia be imposed by the demolition or removal of reminders
of our complex past? In Taliban Afghanistan Buddhist temples
are blown up; here and now a statue of Joan of Arc has been
defaced in Louisiana and likewise another statue of a
Franciscan missionary in early California. Are we having fun
yet? Politicians and the media routinely slander living
politicians including the few remaining gentlemen statesmen,
so messing around with a few statues of dead dudes is a walk
in the park.

In a 2015 survey a prominent national watchdog of American
college education, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni
( found that 80 percent of college graduates do not
know when Abraham Lincoln lived. Nearly the same percentage
(72 percent--civil rights activists one and all!) do not know
the meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than a
third could not identify with any precision when the Civil 
War took place.

In Taliban America it's all about "save spaces," trigger
warnings, and feeling comfortable (the petition to remove the
Robert E. Lee statue was explained by the petitioner: "I do
not feel comfortable"). Overall at the college level it's
about the substitution of core courses in civics and American
history with ever more urgent vocational and job-skill 
classes (e.g., the marketable STEM menu: science, technology,
engineering, mathematics). Eisenhower's warning in the 1950s
about the "military-industrial complex" has been overtaken by
the new industrial-educational complex.

A tough balance for sure, to serve student needs in this techy
Internet and smart phone era, but social cohesion and shared
memory are a much greater casualty than the targeted war

-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA
>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) and Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: I know what is!

I also still have mine! Just before graduation a letter was
sent to all graduating seniors from a jewelry shop in Richland
to come to their store and pick up your free key. I don't
remember the name of the shop but kinda think it was somewhere
in Downtown. I think that a key like this is most often
associated with academic honor societies, fraternities, and
sororities. I don't know, I was not in the honor society, not
in a fraternity, and never in a sorority; but in today's PC
world, I probably now could join a sorority. Anyway I went
down and picked it up. I actually wore it once. There was no
actual pin on the back to pin it on a blazer lapel, so I sewed
it on. Went around that loop a few times and keep it from
flopping around sewed around that little part sticking down at
the bottom a couple times.

Just Google fraternity key, sorority key, or if you were an
Alan Sherman fan and remember the line... Google "phi beta
kappa key"

To: Gary TURNER ('71)

Re: Benedict Arnold

Actually, there are at least two memorials to Benedict Arnold
in the United States. One in New York State commemorating his
actions in the Battles of Saratoga where he was wounded in the
leg and without him would have been a British victory. It is 
a stone monument of a boot with an epaulet on top of it, the
other side is inscribed "In memory of the most brilliant
soldier of the Continental army, who was desperately wounded
on this spot, winning for his countrymen the decisive battle
of the American Revolution, and for himself the rank of Major
General." There is no name on it and it is simply known as the
Boot Monument. It was put there in 1887 by John Watts de
Peyster a Union General of the New York Militia during the
Civil War.

The other is on Lake Champlain with Valcour Island in the
distance for his leadership as an "Admiral" (He was actually
Brigadier General at the time) in the Battle of Valcour
Island. Two fleets of small ships and gunboats fought a three
day battle which was actually an American defeat, but caused a
British delay resulting in the surrender of General Burgoyne
in 1777. That helped convince the French the Colonists were
serious and could win the war, ultimately resulting in the
French entering the war on Colonists' side. This one does
mention Arnold by name and was erected in 1928 by the D.A.R
(Daughters of the American Revolution). Got to scroll down to
see two pictures of this one.

The reason the Continentals were so shocked when Benedict
Arnold turned his coat is he was such a good General.

-Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ If you had bet me a $100 I would be
	writing about Benedict Arnold in the Alumni Sandstorm,
	you would have five extra $20 bills in your pocket
>>From: Ray STEIN ('64)

Re: Lee Blvd was named after this guy:

Re: Lee Blvd.

Maren - Could you please add this to the end of my entry. Just
after let's stop this nonsense about Robert E. Lee.

If you read the Wikipedia write up on John C. H. Lee you will
find this statement: 

   "Although he may have suffered a mixed reputation as a
   strict disciplinarian, he was the first to challenge
   the army segregation policy. Lee offered all physically
   fit [black] soldiers within the Services of Supply
   Corps, providing their jobs could be filled by limited-
   duty personnel, could be allowed to volunteer for
   infantry duty and be placed in otherwise white units,
   without regard to a quota but on an as-needed basis.
   Many [blacks] in the US military were in service
   organizations and not allowed to fight. Lee wrote: 
   "... It is planned to assign you without regard to
   color or race to the units where assistance is most
   needed, and give you the opportunity of fighting
   shoulder to shoulder to bring about victory... Your
   relatives and friends everywhere have been urging that
   you be granted this privilege...."[6][7][8]"


From: RAY STEIN ('64) 
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:27 AM
Subject: RE: Lee Blvd
Lee Blvd was named after this guy:
John C. H. Lee - Wikipedia John Clifford
Hodges Lee (August 1, 1887 - August 30, 1958) was a US Army
general. He placed 12th out of 103 graduates from the United
States Military Academy in 1909. Rather than insult anyone,
let me make my case.

The only memo that connects Lee Blvd. to Robert E. Lee is from
Paul Nissen. [ ]
Paul wasn't an Engineer and It's obvious that he only went to
libraries and tried to find Army Engineers who matched the
names of the streets. I doubt that he even talked to any Corps
of Engineer people who actually named the streets. He listed
several streets where he couldn't find a "prominent" person to
match with the street name. This is further evidence that he
never went to the sources to find out why they chose certain
street names.

The 1947 memo from Norman Fuller makes it clear that the
intent was to name streets after Army Engineers from the
"recent" war (WWII). He suggests several names of WWII Army
Corp of Engineer personnel that should be used and even states
that some are known to the Engineers working on the streets.

John C. H. Lee was quite a character and I'm very sure that 
he would have been well known to anyone in the Corps of
Engineers. The street names were meant to honor Army Engineers
from WWII, so let's give John C. H. Lee his due and stop this
nonsense about Robert E. Lee.

Ray Stein ('64) - a good friend and classmate of our esteemed
	Sandstorm editor, Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: We are the Bombers...

Oh my... had plans of devoting this post to the b-day Bomber-
babe but there's so much news I dunno where to start... first
(I keep forgetting) Sorry to Roger GRESS ('61) on his b-day,
somehow his last name got deleted... then I gotta very nice
note from Rex DAVIS ('49) about the class of '62's class
reunion... he hadda ball and was able to find all the kids he
was looking for... this buncha kids were the first ones he
taught in 1955. He was thrilled and I felt the emotion in his
note... he also said he made a point of visiting Pook's ('63-RIP),
Dick PLOWS' ('63-RIP), and Steve SIMPSON's ('65-RIP) benches...
now that's a true Bomber... I was very sorry to hear of
Brink's passing and send my love to Kippy ('62)... May I
please seek your prayers for our friend and Bomber, Brian
JOHNSON ('65) who somehow collapsed and hit his head on the 
b-ball court in front of his house. Beej has been released 
from the Hospital but will have a slow recovery from the brain
injury caused by the fall... I am half tempted to mention all
the falls he suffered back in '59 when he shot up from a
3'x3' frame to about 6'4" over the summer... as you can
imagine... walking and chewing gum was a total problem for a
while there... that is alla info I have but will share as I
learn more... and of course today I wanna celebrate the
 birth of one of my very, very favorite Bomber-babes... her
friendship and that of her other half have meant the world to
me... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kathie MOORE ('69) on your special day,
August 22, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Lee BUSH ('68)

Re: "Know What This Is?" from Helen CROSS Kirk ('62)

It is your 'Class Key'. I believe I got mine from JOSTENS
along with my class ring. It was in part of the graduation 

-Lee BUSH ('68)
>>From: Mina Jo GERRY Payson ('68)

To: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62)

I think that is what we called a Senior Key. I don't know
where the tradition started or if it is still going on, but I
have one on a chain that I got about the same time we ordered
announcements, etc.

-Mina Jo GERRY Payson ('68) ~ where we watched the eclipse 
	from our back deck on a beautiful, sunny morning. Did 
	anyone else notice the change in temp as totality 
>>From: Mike FRANCO ('70)

I am with Ray STEIN ('64) regarding name "changes". With all
respect history cannot be changed, but things in general can
and do change all the time. Take a look at the naming of our
state's largest county, King County: The 1986 motion to rename
King County after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reads:

PROPOSED NO.: 86-66 

A MOTION setting forth the historical basis for "renaming"
King County after the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
instead of William Rufus DeVane King for whom King County is
currently named.

This change was made as a desire to recognize the life and
legacy of Martin Luther King. Frankly I was surprised to read
Lee Blvd. was named for the general. I always found humor in
the designation "boulevard". Such a street is defined as "a
wide usually major street often having strips with trees,
grass, or flowers planted along its center or sides". I
suppose being bordered by Zip's in it's prime provides all 
the dignity required. 

As far as the shallow over simplification of "slave owners"
all being *&^%$#@... and "what is next, George Washington, I
say get a grip and do your homework. 

Following his inauguration in April of 1789, Washington
received many letters of congratulation from religious
organizations (particularly those that had experienced
discrimination in this country) each praising his leadership
in the fight to maintain religious liberty in the new country.
Washington responded to these letters, clearly expressing his
desire to see religious freedom as the law of the land. He
wrote to the United Baptist churches in Virginia, the General
Assembly of Presbyterian churches, the Methodists, the
Congregational ministers, and in March of 1790, wrote to 
the Roman Catholics. Each letter stressed the principle of
religious liberty and, as in his address to the annual meeting
of the Quakers, pledged that the new country would preserve
the right to worship "each according to his conscious and to
his God."
American Jewish congregations were also eager to send
greetings to the new President. In a letter adressed to many
Jewish congregations Washington wrote, "May the Children of
the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to
merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants."He goes on to oppose the mere "toleration” of religious
differences and instead emphasizes religious liberty in "the
exercise of inherent natural rights,” echoing the Declaration
of Independence.

I may not get it but I do NOT equate our first president with
those white sepremcy folks or Robert E Lee. 

PS: god [sic] thing we avoid politics here

-Mike FRANCO ('70)
That's it for today. Please send more.