Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/30/17
4 Bombers sent stuff and heard about a Bomber death today: 
Mike CLOWES ('54), Gus KEENEY ('57)
David DOUGLAS ('62), David RIVERS ('65)

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

Contrary to a wild idea emanating from somewhere on the east
coast; the most recent eclipse of the moon neither caused
hurricane Harvey nor did it cause Harvey to increase. Further,
the outcome of the Mayweather-McGregor fight had absolutely
no influence on Harvey. I know we have Bombers living in Texas
near Houston and Katy. I certainly hope that they are safe and
high and dry.

I debated with myself on mentioning the fact that one of 
the younger Bomber Babes on recent acquaintance is having a
birthday today. There is another younger Bomber who will,
undoubtedly gush forth on this occasion. I'll just let him
embarrass himself.

So, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!"
are for Kathy HOFF ('64). Regardless of her youth, I think
she has been permitted to sit with the "big kids" on numerous

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR  where
	climate change indicates it will not rain during the
	run of the State Fair which ends on Labor Day. Does 
	this bode ill for Oktoberfest
>>From: Gus KEENEY ('57)

Re: Yuma, AZ Temp.

115.7 in Yuma today. That is here in the foothills. Going to
be around the same for a week or so at last nights weather
Guesser Report.

-Gus KEENEY ('57)
>>From: David DOUGLAS ('62)

My 47-year-old son was diagnosed over a year ago with liver
failure. He was in and out of the hospital several times, and
in January of this year he was placed on the waitlist for a
liver transplant. He had to be on the list for six months 
and have a blood test each month for alcohol or drug abuse, 
to make sure he hadn't misused his liver. He passed all 
the tests, and Thursday last week the social worker on the
transplant team at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix
called and said he was now eligible for a transplant. She said
it could take five months or more, but we had to be ready to
take him to Phoenix on a moment's notice. Sunday we had to
take him to the Banner hospital in east Mesa to have fluid
from his abdomen drained. While there his blood test showed he
was severely anemic, and probably had a bleeding ulcer. They
gave him two units of blood and set up an appointment with 
his GI doctor for an endoscope Monday afternoon. Then Sunday
evening the social worker called and said they might have a
liver for him. A half hour later she called again and said the
transplant procedure was schedule for 2:00AM Monday morning.
They transported him by ambulance to Phoenix. My wife and I
and our daughter spent all night at the hospital. They took
him into the operating room at exactly 2:00AM. The nurse in
pre-op said the operation could take anywhere from four to
eight hours. At eight in the morning the surgeon came to the
waiting room and said the operation was very successful. We
got to see our son for a few moments when they transferred him
to the transplant ICU, but he was still anesthetized and on 
a ventilator. My wife and I went home and tried to get a few
minutes of rest, but neither one of us could sleep. The doctor
brought him out of the anesthesia, and other than expected
pain at the incision site, he was doing quite well. He called
and asked us to bring him his laptop, so my daughter drove me
to Phoenix (my wife wouldn't let me drive after going without
sleep for over a day) and we gave it to him. My wife and I
went back this morning and spent the day with him. They have
him up and walking around for brief periods already. He's
started the many medications he has to take to prevent
rejection and other problems, but eventually he'll only 
have to take six, for the rest of his life.

We were fortunate that we were able to get him on Arizona's
Medicaid plan. The plan agreed to pay the entire cost of the
operation and medications. The doctors say he will be able to
lead a normal life, once he's healed from the surgery. He has
only one course left to finally get his BS degree in computer
science. He had been getting all A's on his classes until the
last two or three. His last class he got a D- (I'm sure that
was a gift from his professor) because he was unable to
comprehend the textbooks due to mental confusion caused by 
his liver failure. We could no longer let him drive because 
he even had difficulty remember the way home. We're looking
forward to his return to normalcy and finishing his course
work. We're all grateful for the health plan coverage and for
the great transplant team at Banner University.

-David DOUGLAS ('62) ~ Mesa, AZ   
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: She's still a mystery to me..

I dunno... song just popped into my head... Now I ain't knowed
her since kinnegarden or second grade like Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH
('65)... and my first memory of her should at least be my 7th
grade at noon dancing but just like the "train with blue
lights" my memory is in the rickety old halls of Col-Hi with
Ricky WARFORD ('65) so I guess I'm stuck with it... but if I
said I didn't fall over my own feet I'd be tellin' a big
fib... she's the "go to" girl she's the girls with the most
she's the "it" girl of Col-Hi and all of Bomberdom... HAPPY
BIRTHDAY, Kathy HOFF ('64) on your special day, August 30, 2017

-David RIVERS ('65)
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>>Bruce EDWARDS ('62-RIP) ~ 10/12/?? - ??/??/17

That's it for today. Please send more.