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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/01/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKEOWN ('53), Mike CLOWES ('54) Tony DURAN ('55), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Rick MADDY ('67) Brad WEAR ('71) ALUMNI SANDSTORM BIRTHDAY Today: 8/1/98 19 years --- Where does the time go?? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann ENGEL ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnn WEILAND ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis HASKINS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne PETERSON ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula SAUCIER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim EDGAR ('79) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim McKEOWN ('53) Happy belated Birthday to Stan McDONALD ('53), that cheerleader extraordinaire... hope the other McDONALD ('53) takes you some place nice for this event... I'm guessing you are somewhere in the 80s, and I hope to see you in September... its been a while. -Jim McKEOWN ('53) ~ from continued verra hot Sacramento ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) This is somewhat of an important date. Not only is it the birthday of one of the younger Bomber Babes of my acquaintance; it is also the anniversary of this publication. I'm not too sure which is more important. Guess it is all in how you look at it. Now, the Tooter ('65), for example, would be want to drool and stammer in the Bomber Babe's presence. It would seem older women have that effect on him. Need I say more? A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Ann ENGEL ('63) on this fortuitous occasion; and a big "Way to go!" to the founders of the Alumni Sandstorm. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where, if weather guessers are correct, we are just hours away from a scorch of triple digit temps. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tony DURAN ('55) Re: Anniversary Sylvia PLUMB Duran ('56) and I will be celebrating our 60th on August 7th at a family reunion in Salida, CO. Our family from my mother's parent's side have a reunion every three years to get family members together. For some of us it might be for the last time. One never knows. We expect family from the four corners of the country. Many from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Florida, Idaho, and even New Orleans. They tell me that they are planning a hell of a fiesta for our 60th. With all our aches and pains and broken bones, I just hope we will be up to this. Wish you could be with us. You can use all or part of this for the Sandstorm if you want. Edit it any way you want. Please rewrite it if need be.. Your Bomber Friend, -Tony DURAN ('55) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Walla Walla The teacher who died in a Walla Walla grain truck accident in 1960 (Tri-City Herald, "On this Day", 7-29-17) could well have been Mrs. Beachner. I recall her daughter sitting in an empty seat behind me in one class, and arriving a bit after the new quarter started. A bit vague, but her name was Beachner and her mother had been killed in a traffic accident of some sort near Walla Walla. Mrs. Beachner shows up in Columbian yearbooks (English teacher), but no longer in 1961. Re: Book Just finished reading a first edition of the Life and Explorations and Public Services of Col. John Charles Fremont (1856). At one point Fremont recounts how in mid-1846 he deterred a very large and mobile war party of "Wah-lah-wah- lah" warriors from carrying out a vengeance raid against Sutter's Fort (of later Sutter's Mill gold rush fame). They did have a grievance, but instead they went east for their winter hunt and awaited his justice under the flag in the spring. Then the Cayuses (still the Walla Wallas?) inflicted the Whitman Massacre in 1847 for the failure to contain the foreign small pox epidemic. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: swooooooooooooooning again Another year has passed n we gots two Bomber-babes anna guy celebrating yet once again... just seeing the one Babe's name in the sandstorm yesterday made me close my eyes and drift off to years past... not that I still don't think of her in years present... oh my how do I get myself into these sichiashuns... then there is the other Bomber-babe... I have, over the years, tried to get each of these babes to ask me to tolo ahhh but alas... I ask and wait and wait and wait... "sooooooooooooome daaaaaaaaaay my princess will come" (don't think I'm quite ready to do a Disney soundtrack... but close)... now that doesn't mean I ain't happy to send wishes to the guy... heavens no... but He has his own tolo queen and well... I just hope beyond hope that one day... oh if wishes were oreos we'd all eat ourselves sick or something like that... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ann ENGEL ('63), MaryAnn WEILAND ('63) and Dennis HASKINS ('66) on your special day August 1, 2017 and just think we been doing this Sandstorm thing for 19 years!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Rick MADDY ('67) Re: Summer of Love Oops. A day late and a dollar short. The Summer of Love. July 31, 1967. The young flocking to Haight Ashbury and many with a flower in their hair. Far out. Trial, error and experimentation with the back again for round two, roll-yer-own funny cigarettes. Tried that once right after graduation, but I was so drunk I could not tell if it did anything other than make me cough and laugh all night even though nothing was funny. Beatniks were ahead of the times. Then we stepped into the bucket with 'Turn on, tune in, drop out.' Make love, not war. Peace and Love. Love. Anyway, July 31, 1967 was Phil "Not That Phil Collins" COLLINS and my first day of boot camp at MCRD SD - Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. MCRD PI - Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Marines called it Hollywood. I never told any of them different nor did I ever wear sunglasses in Vietnam. Happy 50th Collins on surviving boot, my brother, and then that turkey shoot that came soon after. See you soon. Semper Fidelis. -Rick MADDY ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: 1 Month One month until hunting season opens in Texas!!!! Wahoo!!! -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in balmy Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/02/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Barbara SESLAR ('60) David RIVERS ('65), Gary TURNER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy SHANNON ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet WILGUS ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed QUIGLEY ('62) First Kadlec Baby BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carey BENOLIEL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick STALEY ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl HALL ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis STREGE ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Class of '52 is having its 65 year reunion.... 65 years?????... concurrent with Club 40 weekend, a lunch gathering on Saturday, September 9th. It may well be the last! This past week I prepared a current list of classmates who have "crossed the bar", and this list grew to a MUCH longer list than the one five years ago... Got me to thinking back on where the years went! There seems to be something special about Bomberland of old... I only lived in Richland a scant 3 years as a teenager, went to COL HI for my sophomore, junior and half my senior year. I left Richland on January 3rd, 1952 - joined the Coast Guard (age 17) and stayed in until mid 1986... retired as a captain (O-6) after holding pay grades E-1 thru E-7, O-1 to O-6... but that's another story. In 1978, my father, who had been Richland's fire chief for some years, passed away and subsequently I heard from Luana IVERS Portch ('52-RIP) who spotted my name in Dad's obit. She urged me to start attending class reunions, and I made it to our 30th (my first) in 1982 - and all of them since! Luana passed away some months back... Arguably the glue that held our class together. My wife and I moved back to Richland in 2014 after being gone all those years, and I have enjoyed occasional lunches with '52ers this past 3 years. But the ranks are thinning! I look forward to our reunion this September and to the Club 40 gathering... and hope to see some of the folks from '51, '52, '53 that I knew back in the "dark ages". Come on out! We'll swap tales, sea stories et al... -Dick WIGHT ('52 - I guess! - I got my diploma in the mail a year or so later!) ~ in sweltering Richland... ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) Re: Class of 1960 Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, August 5, 2017 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: 3 Margaritas (downtown near Lee Blvd.) Spouses and friends are also welcome! Please join us first Saturday of each month. Turn right inside the restaurant and you'll find us at the corner table. No reservations needed. -Barbara SESLAR Brackenbush ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Not all records can be broken Now there are all kinds of firsts and other records that can be broken and many of which last only a short while... For example, when I was in second grade, Ken Olsen said I was the slowest person on earth... now it wasn't a fishal record, though he was using a stop watch when he said it, but I have great confidence there have been slower individuals since then... this one, however cannot be broken... today's Bomber was the very first baby born at our own Kadlec Hospital (though in a much smaller form... in fact, I heard the other day that there was a vacant building in Richland into which Kadlec had not yet moved)... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ed "Q" QUIGLEY ('62) on your special day, August 2, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: Happy Birthdays First of all, thanks to Maren (and all the contributors) for keeping this going for so many years. Many happy returns to two stalwarts of the class of '71... the first is one of the all-time great third basemen for Densow Drugs little league team, the second is perhaps the only member of our class to have a song named after him. So happy birthday on Wednesday (8/2) to Richland's mini Brooks Robinson, Dennis STREGE...and happy birthday on Thursday (8/3) to the real world's most interesting man, Dick Spitaleri! -Gary TURNER ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/03/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn WORKING ('54), Mike CLOWES ('54) Dennis HAMMER ('64), Mike FRANCO ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill SEEBURGER ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandra STURGIS ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry NOBLE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leland KUYKENDALL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lance WILLIS ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick SPITALERI ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim DOUGLAS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Amanda ENGEL ('97) BOMBER ANNIVERSARIES Today: Bill JOHNSON ('57) & Joyce Lynn GREEN ('57) George ZIELINSKI ('65) & Debra Anne CRANE ('71) Jon BOISONEAU ('67) & Vicki GILL ('68) 08/03 & 8/4 BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Today/Tomorrow: Janis Cook ('65 Lion) married Gary BEHYMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) Re: Couple of Birthdays To: Sandra STURGIS ('54) Happy Birthday!! See you on Facebook!! To: Bill SEEBURGER ('54) Happy Birthday!! See you in September!! Re: Club 40..... 5 weeks from today (8-3-17) will be setting up at Red Lion/ Hanford House for a fun weekend!! I see a lot of you have signed up already! Remember... August 26th is the deadline! -Marilynn WORKING Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco Gearing up for a 100+ degree temperature for the next week! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) What with the temps for the next few days at or above the century mark and the haze from fires in Canada dulling the sky, this is not being a pleasant summer. On the other hand, there is a Bomber Babe and a Bomber celebrating birthdays today. Don't know why it is, but I do remember him from school but not her. I presume we graduated together but I'm not sure as they were towards the back of the line. One of the hazards of lining up alphabetically as opposed to some other method. So, a tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to Sandra STURGIS and Bill SEEBURGER (both '54). Keep cool and stay hydrated my friends. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR The Homer Davenport thingy starts tonight in Silverton, OR and runs through the weekend. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) To: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('60) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: "Richland Woman Dies When Truck Overturns" I have always been pretty good at digging out hard-to-find information so I thought I would try this one. Pete BEAULIEU ('62) mentions Mrs "Beachner" who shows up in the Columbian yearbooks, and there is Anna Beachner as an English teacher in the 1950s. However, In the Washington State Digital Archives I found an Anna M Beachner who died in Richland, WA in 1995. No image of the death certificate is available, but it is probably the same as Anna Beachner as in the Columbians. Not finding much on this newfangled internet thing, I decided to go old school; I went to the Kennewick library and looked at microfilm. WOW! Any you guys used microfilm lately! It is no longer old school. You thread the microfilm in as usual and then it shows up on a computer screen, with all kinds of things you can click on you have to figure out how to use. You crop an article and send it to a printer. (I could have downloaded it to a USB drive if I had known and brought one). I brought a camera and took a picture of the article and the obituary. Quality of my photos was better than the ones I printed, but the photo of he obit had some cut off the side and with such a little camera screen was not able to see that and try again. The woman's name was Ozella Beechinor and had taught at "Richland high school" (sic) for two years. Wonder if her and Anna Beachner were somehow related and just spelled their names different. Washington digital archives has death certificate for Ozella Beechinor giving death location as Prescott, Walla Walla County, Washington. The article about the accident was printed in the Wednesday July 27, 1960 issue of the Tri-City Herald and said it happened Tuesday, so that would put the death date at July 26, 1960 so "On This Day" of 7/29/17 was three days off. When I first read Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) post I wondered if the teacher had been buried in grain because I knew if someone is not there when it happens and can dig you out really fast, you don't have much of a chance; and sure enough, that is what the article says happened. The article about the accident is in the Tri-City Herald July 27, 1960 page 1. The obituary is from the Tri-City Herald July 27, 1960 page 28. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mike FRANCO ('70) Happy B-Day (a day late) to three classics: -Dick (Face) STALEY ('69) - host of the best card and beer parlor in Richland back in the early '70s. -Earl (Ernie) HALL ('70) who helped drag our '70 Bombers to Regionals, adding pages to the book of Bomber hoops fan lore. -Dennis STREGE ('71) who is simply a great guy and participated in one of the great road trips of all time back in the early '70s to Eugene Oregon. Recalling these times makes smile... and shake my head in disbelief because it was all true!!! -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/04/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Norma LOESCHER ('53) Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger FISHBACK ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny DALL ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat MITCHELL ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judie HEID ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jenifer LEITZ ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margy BROUNS ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron BREEDLOVE ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike SAMS ('65) & Mary BENNETT ('69) BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Yesterday/Today: Gary BEHYMER ('64) married Janis Cook ('65 Lion) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Coast Guard Day (8/4) SEMPER PARATUS! Today (August 4th) is the U.S. Coast Guard Birthday - #227. The brainchild of Alexander Hamilton (of recent Broadway fame), the service was enacted into law on August 4, 1790. The Coast Guard is the second oldest continuously-serving military service of the United States (U.S. Marine Corps claims slightly longer longevity, and while there is a certain historical vagueness about the claim, it was never a great idea to disagree with a Jarhead!). The Coast Guard was initially called the Revenue Marine or Revenue Cutter Service. Masters of the vessels - the only armed U.S. vessels of the time - were "commissioned officers of the United States" and were charged with collecting import revenues from merchant ships, curtailing smuggling etc... essentially seagoing cops and tax collectors. But with armed vessels, they were involved in all the armed conflicts involving our country since that birth date - War of 1812, Spanish American War, Civil War, the "dust up" with the Brits in the early 1800s, both "World Wars", Korean conflict, Viet Nam, Desert Storm.....the list goes on. During my time, I trained often with the Navy in anti-submrine warfare, surface and air gunnery etc. I was privileged to serve in that fine outfit from 1952 to 1986... and learned that the Coast Guard had a number of satisfying and worthwhile missions. Besides law enforcement and military operations, we did polar and domestic icebreaking, search and rescue, oceanographic research and data collection, environmental protection, maritime and boating safety, and port security to name some of the major ones. My duties took me as far west as Japan, north into the Canadian Arctic, east to Italy and Spain and duty in major ports along both U.S. coasts. It was a truly satisfying career. I'd do it again, given the chance! So SEMPER PARATUS (Always Ready!). -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in sweltering Richland where there isn't a WHIFF of salt air! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) Re: Golf opportunity on Saturday, September 9th Bomber classmates offer 4 tee times at the West Richland Golf Club before the Saturday, September 9th evening meeting. If interested, please contact either of these good friends by August 20: Pete HOLLICK ('55) or Hal GIBSON ('53) Bomber cheers, -Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ from sizzling hot Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Richland woman dies - truck overturns ~ Ozella Beechinor Very interesting reading about her death, as I have never heard the details before. Her daughter, Carrie BEECHINOR ('64wb), Anna Margaret BELL ('64) and I became very good friends those 2 years while she lived in Richland. They were only in Richland for 2 years. During our senior year, Anna Margaret and I drove to Prescott to see Carrie. They lived on a farm as I recall. Her name came to mind thinking it would be so neat to find her and have her come to our 50 year class reunion. Lost track of her after that trip to Prescott that Anna Margaret and I took to see her. It so happened that I saw an obituary of either her dad or step mom. I don't remember which one now. That gave me her married name and where she lived at present. With a bit more searching and with the help of Jim COYNE ('64), I was able to contact her. She was able to come to the reunion and reconnect with us and all those who remembered her from 9th grade. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ in very very HOT Kennewick. Looks as though we are to get triple digits for another wee after this one. No no no! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: never ending story Yup... just like the movie where Falcor saves the day... Sarah and I watched it over and over and I named a big white ferret after the white dragon... never ending stories is the best... Particularly the one I'm thinkn' of today... When did I meet this kid? Woulda been around 1958... he lived in a prefab where you could cut thru a little thin strip back a Ziege's ('57) and it would place you in Terry DAVIS' back yard... very handy cuz when I'd go to Terry's I'd always stop at the B-day Bomber's first... now there's a very clear memory there, cuz often... .yes quite often, the dude (or Dood as he likes to say) would open the door, but not the screen and say "I gotta babysit Jo ('74)"... now I think he was afraid that little blonde girl between his legs would run out the screen if he opened it... not sure... or maybe she'd slam the big door and he'd be locked out... but that's the way our lives ran when we wuz younger... when we got older, we would each have a '40 Chevy 2 door... his we all called the Duesenberg... or maybe it was "sheet metal screws"... the memory fades... the times we had together were countless... a fond memory is when we were trying to find a kegger... musta taken a wrong turn... we wuz lost... Mike BOTU ('65-RIP) had a little 250 Scrambler and he was acting as the self appointed scout... he pulled up to the Duesenberg and announced "Fresh tracks"... we never let him live that down... but we found the party... At grageashun, he and I were in the "waiting room" screaming at the top of our lungs "Let's have a Heidelberg beer right now... a hardy Heidelberg would go like wow it's got the flavor the other beers lack that's what keeps the people comin' back... a Heidelberg... " ah the joys of yute! He joined the Marine Corps before George KELLY ('64) and I did so as we waited to head out he came home from boot camp... we asked what it was like... he spoke in a knowing manly voice as he answered "depends on how much ya like to swim in sand"... we decided they had fried his brain and just smiled as we shook our heads in dismay... so the years pass and our story continues... if any of you happen to be sitting in the booth in the NW corner of the Spudnut... look on the wall and you will see his art work on a beautiful leather jacket with a magazine in the middle with him and "the tub"... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) on your special day, August 4, 2017... I love you, Dood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Junior Olympic Track All-American Honors ~ 8/3/17 Herald "Area track athletes put their talents on display this past week at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Lawrence, Kan., and four came home as All-Americans. Hanford High athletes Joe Gauthier, Beau Franklin and Nyenuchi Okemgbo, along with Southridge's Keanu Daos, placed in the top eight in their respective events to earn All-American status." Re: Weather ~ 8/3/17 Tri-City Herald "The Tri-Cities are smothering under a smoke blanket from fires across the Northwest and Canada. The smoke level is unhealthy for many and people are being told to limit the amount of time they spend outside and to avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Air quality throughout Central Washington dipped into unhealthy levels around 5 a.m., according to the state Department of Ecology." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) Re: 1971 Class Reunion Picnic Just a reminder about the Class of 1971 Picnic on Saturday, September 9th. It is at Leslie Groves Shelter #1 (see below). The spot is reserved from 11:00-5:00 and we will probably eat around 12:30. Pat HARTY ('71) and company will be preparing Mexican food for lunch and cost will be $10. We anticipate to make a little money on this so we can put it towards the 50 year class reunion. Water will be provided but if you want anything else to drink you should bring it. We appreciate those who have already responded. If you haven't and plan on coming please let us know. There are reasonable rates at the Hanford House that weekend. Hope to see you there! -Kelvin SOLDAT ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/05/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Frank WHITESIDE ('63) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue ERICKSON ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue NUSSBAUM ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry COFFEE ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary McCUE ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki LOWE ('71) Runway Able (Most historical runway) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) Re: Dick Wight ('52) & Coast Guard What a great career with all of that exciting travel to those far away places. Good for you. I play the ukulele and lead the singing each month at the meeting of the Retired Active Men, RAMs, about 100 men in our club and about 3-4 hundred more in the other 3 branches in the area. Each November we sing the Army, Navy, AF and Marine Corps songs. A few years back someone shouted, "What about the Coast Guard song?" I went on line, found the chords, the lyrics, practiced and the next year we sang, or least I sang and played the song. Veterans of the different services are to stand while we all sing their song; nobody stood for the CG. Dang, so we quit singing it. But, you know, these old duffers crump over about as fast as we get new members, so maybe it's time to see if now we have any CG vets and we'll honor them again. I liked your song and always shouted out the "Semper Peratus"! when we sang it. We have about 12 Golden RAMs, all 90 or over; just 4 more years and I get a free lunch. We are beginning to have a heat wave here in Grover Beach, CA maybe it will get up to 80 today. North county will be over a 100. Stay cool and have a great 65 year reunion. Carol TYNER Roberts ('52) sends her regards to all of her classmates. Cheers, -Richard "Dick" ROBERTS ('49) ~ "Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain" ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) Re: 8635 E Bursage Cir Gold Canyon, AZ We spent a week in AZ getting a Realtor (Robin Rotella) and getting the beautiful house ready to sell. We kept it at a very good price and it is fully furnished including washer and dryer, a new A/C and a soft water/RO system as well as an $8,000 remote control patio cover along with that gorgeous backyard fireplace. Mountain Brook is the only 55 plus subdivision in Gold Canyon and is beautifully surrounded by the Superstition Mountains. The ad is just hitting the national sites today (Friday). Apologies to David DOUGLAS ('62) for not calling him, but my son had sciatica and a sinus infection and my usual health conditions kept me at about half speed and instead of 2 weeks, we had to get things done in 5 days plus 4 days on the road putting well over 3,000 miles on his King Ranch, so we only had half the time that we planned. We'd love to keep the home but, unfortunately, can't. Take a look at all of the pictures. We absolutely love the place!! Would love to see a lot of Bombers buy places there... would make mini-reunions really easy with allof the activities there. For those with champagne taste, they have homes in the hills in the multi-million dollar range. Click to see the realtor's page on the house. -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: one track mind You might have noticed I got a tad caught up in my HB to Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) to the point where I neglected to wish an HB to Roger FISHBACK ('62) and Kenny DALL ('64) yesterday... sorry guys! Ahhhhhh but today we gots one a them cool "big" sisters... now since the Class of '63 adopted me several years ago can I still call her a big sis? Oh well... what's done is done... now she well knows that Terry DAVIS ('65) and I all but worshiped her lil' bro ('65)... so much that the summer before 7th grade, we bleached our hair just to look more like him... trust me... black hair done by two novices with my mom coaching us does not turn out platinum... it looks more like bright rust! Plus I am not so sure we listened carefully to her directions and burned our scalp like crazy!... When the burns healed, we had Brian JOHNSON ('65) give us "baldies" and wore old fatigue hats for the rest of the summer... now I have many memories of this wonderful Bomber-babe, but the one I will never forget is her painful scream across VanGiesen when she and Ralph LEE ('63-RIP) had a motor cycle accident across from my house... before I could even react, my dad had swooped her in his arms and was carrying her to our house from there I assume my dad called the ambulance and her Dad... hard to forget something like that... as you can tell, she is one of those Bomber-babes I will cherish forever and so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Susan NUSSBAUM ('63) on your special day, August 5, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/06/17 ~ HIROSHIMA ANNIVERSARY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65) Tedd CADD ('66), Pam EHINGER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline WESTOVER ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay LYNCH ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tomi McKINNON ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim VanWYCK ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike SHEERAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary HARMON ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) I enjoyed looking at all the pictures of your home and surroundings. I've never known such a full amount of amenities that you have going on in your community. Good luck in selling and hope you don't have to wait months and months to sell. -Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick Still so very smoky and looks as though it's going to be for the next week or so. We just need some wind to push the smoke out of the area. Would you believe we would have higher temps if it weren't for the smoke? Here in Kennewick we have yet to reach 100, but that's not saying that 99 is much cooler :) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Fooooooooooooooooooooooore I remember just a couple of years ago this lucky duck (grew up inna house full of Bomber-babes) got a hole in one on his birthday... what are the chances... well it's true... his wife told me and wives don't lie about their husband's golf... oh I know the husbands do but not the wives... oh by the way... I kinda hope Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) doesn't see this cuz I always ask about homers when her other half is out golfing... so mumm's the word... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike SHEERAN ('66) on your special day, August 6, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: I love the US Coast Guard I joined the Coast Guard Reserve in 1983 as a Yeoman 3rd class (having spent 6.5 years on active duty in the USAF as a photo intelligence guy including a tour in Vietnam). A couple of years later, I was commissioned as an Ensign. While the saying is that you don't trust Ensigns with pointy things like knives and ships, my first assignment as a USCGR Ensign was to design a containerized cargo inspection program for the Port of Seattle. The Coast Guard doesn't have sufficient resources to allow anybody to slack off. So they use their people to accomplish the job at hand. I was successful in figuring out that about half a dozen agencies and companies had to be there when we opened a container. I put the basic plan in place and we opened the first 6 containers. All but one had packing violations: Lack of dunnaging (material designed to hold the cargo in place) for one gallon cans of gasoline (the cans had fallen all over each other-a miracle that some of them hadn't sprung a leak), a powdered oxidizing material that was supposed to be packed in no larger than 1Kg bags where the container had one 1,000 Kg bag, a container of hazardous waste in open drums that contained incompatible waste (possible very nasty chemical interactions) and the like. One of the things that makes the US Coast Guard Reserve stand out is that we were given real work to do. When the Reservists came aboard, our active duty counterparts went home for the weekend. We got the same training and qualifications. I held two jobs (aside from Reserve unit responsibilities Training Officer and then XO): I was a marine casualty investigator: first responder to any marine casualty upstream of Bonneville Dam and I was the senior reserve contingency planning officer. That second job was to create the contingency plans for multi-agency responses to any natural or man-made disaster in Oregon, Eastern Washington and Idaho (parts of Montana). Oil spills, earthquakes, and the like. That was a real eye-opener: trying to make sure we knew how the responses of various agencies (City, County, State, Tribal, commercial, Federal) fit under the authority of the USCG and how we fit into their plans. Part way through these things, the USCG did the really cool thing: The entire Reserve force was assigned to the active duty command. Rather than being a separate entity with its "overhead," we became qualified part-time resources. That move prevented misunderstanding like this one that happened earlier: One of our 32' boat's engine (Cummins) broke down. One of my MKs offered to fix it and had his tools with him. The active duty command decided they wanted to bring in the pro from the local Cummins dealership. So, the Monday next, my MK showed up in a different uniform and did the work at a greatly larger cost. {What's an"MK"? -Maren] I was also responsible for some of the security at the unlimited hydroplane races here locally. I even got to participate in a rescue when a boat sank on the upstream side of the race course. I loved my 18.5 years in the CG and love being a Coastie. -LCDR Tedd CADD, USCGR Retired ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Jerry COFFEE ('66) Happy Birthday a day late Jerry! What's it like to be 70ty? Or is it 71-year-old! Are you still in Texas? I'm live in Omak WA. Hope you had a Great B-Day! Bombers Rule -Pam EHINGER Kindl (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/07/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Frank WHITESIDE ('63), Tedd CADD ('66) David RIVERS ('65), Vicki OWENS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim BOBO ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike QUANE ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John RANLETT ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael PETERSON ('77) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Tony DURAN ('55) & Sylvia PLUMB ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: USCG - MK Machinist Mate: The mechanic guy -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63) To: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Carol, thanks for the kind words regarding the house that we have for sale in Gold Canyon, AZ. I wish we had some decent retirement communities here in Louisiana. We have lots of nursing homes and independent living centers for older folks, most of which are unaffordable and many not too desirable. Arizona and Florida have always led the way in 55 plus communities for those able to still live on their own. Smaller homes and downsizing looks much better as you get older. Funny how people spend the majority of their lives buying and acquiring "stuff" and their senior years trying to get rid of it. Few in the younger generation appreciate family heirlooms/antiques, anymore. We have looked for years (since Katrina in 2005) for a retirement area within a day's ride from our place here in Louisiana without success. It appears that everywhere has weather or other undesirable traits. I guess our days of looking for a nearby Utopia are over. Anyway, for those who missed it, our house ad is now online on many real estate sites. Just go to The Robin Rotella Team site for Keller-Williams in Gold Canyon, AZ and look for Mountainbrook Village (55 plus) part and type in 8635 E. Bursage Circle in Gold Canyon, AZ 85218. Robin lives a few blocks from the house and has her office nearby. She is the listing agent and knows more about the house and community than the others. Forgot to mention that we had the place newly painted outside, including the outdoor fireplace and its walls. -Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA... .. far from the heavy rain-flooded streets/shops of New Orleans! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Good memories This is one of those bitter sweet days I remember every year when it comes around. One year I did a made up story about the couple walking through the halls at Col-Hi, going to dances and drive-ins and alla stuff we all used to do with our Bomber-guy or Bomber-babe... the Bomber-babe of this couple burst my bubble by telling me they actually "got together" on Grageashun night on the '63 cruise on the Columbia for the class of '63. Well shut my mouth! The guy of this couple was a fantastic photographer... well, maybe not Fantastic... I mean if the heads in the photos are unimportant, he wasn't too bad... I have his Class of '63 T with the "63" as it was on the big wall below school... the one we repainted a couple of years ago... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Ann ENGEL ('63) and Freddie SCHAFER ('63-RIP) on your special day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: The Wall - Two lawyers defacing gumint property are David RIVERS ('65) and Dean HEILING ('63) -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Vicki OWENS ('72) Hi Maren, I've loved the entries on the Coast Guard. It's fascinating to learn about a lesser known branch of those who served--and are serving! Tedd CADD ('66) will undoubtedly provide his own answer on the meaning of MK, which I also wondered about. Of course his will be the right definition for his entry. [SEE Tedd's entry earlier -- he said "Machinist Mate: The mechanic guy" -Maren] But seeing "MK" got me thinking that in many parts of the world, an MK is a Missionary Kid. That's a subset of TCK, or Third Culture Kid. There's actually a whole lot of research on people who grew up in other cultures, whether parents were petroleum engineers, military, diplomats, missionaries, or teachers in international schools. Such people simply experience the world differently. One of the best articles I ever read during Obama's presidency explained how his leadership style expressed his TCK childhood. I hope I can avoid the slippery slope of political discourse one way or t'other here, but as the late, great Mark Twain wrote: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -Vicki OWENS ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Ruth PATTY ('56) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Betti AVANT ('69), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce STRAND ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant RANLETT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug DUNCAN ('71) '53 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordy EDGAR ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer HARDEN ('96) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim ADAIR ('66) & Kathie MOORE ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Coast Guard Having read the entries by Tedd CADD ('66) and Vicki OWENS ('72) gets me "tripping down memory lane". Tedd mentioned "not trusting ensigns with things with pointed ends like knives and ships". I joined the Coast Guard in early '52, went to OCS 5 1/2 years later. I was out of OCS for about six months and was stationed on a small ship home ported in Monterey, CA. A new Commanding Officer (C.O.) reported aboard and I was fleeted up to executive officer at about the same time. The new skipper apparently sized me up for a few weeks, during which I handled the ship underway a number of times. So one day he announced he was taking 30 days leave. The afternoon he departed, he handed me a letter stating I was qualified to take command in his absence. Somewhat abashed, I asked him what he wanted me to do while he was gone. He smiled and instructed me to do what we always do - maintain buoys in our area, get underway for drills and exercises, answer search and rescue calls, take the ship to Alameda if I needed aids to navigation supplies, etc. - and he left. The next morning I walked up to the engineer (a "wizened" old warrant officer of 45 or so) and the chief boatswain mate as they stood chatting on the forecastle deck. In self-conscious conversation, I mumbled that it would be a nice day to get underway and run some drills. They said nothing, just nodded. So I said, "Well, what do you think?" The warrant officer smiled and said, "Hell, Dick. YOU are in charge!" So 1/2 hour later we were underway, Ensign Wight commanding. At age 24, it was a heady experience! And I didn't break anything! I kept us busy underway quite a bit over the next four weeks, including a two-day search for a missing sailboat, and vividly recall sailing into San Francisco Bay passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Later in my career I was assigned to tours as commanding officer of two other ships... but that first time underway as acting C.O. of a ship was perhaps the most ego-enhancing (and in some ways the most worrisome!). -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in sweltering Richland lost in my memories..... ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) Re: Jim BOBO ('56) Happy Birthday, Jim!! Remember our days at Sacajawea. Tell Darva hi! -Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Re: United States Coast Guard and Shipping Containers The Coast Guard entries are good reading. Some of them deal with current national security duties following 9/11 and the inspection of maritime shipping containers. But, why the Coast Guard rather than, say, the Navy or the Army, or the National Guard, or the Marine Corps, or even the Air Force? Ever heard of the quaint Posse Comutatus Act of 1878? It's real and still in force. Following the Civil War this Act was passed to limit the powers of the federal government to enforce domestic policies within the United States. A protection against Reconstruction-style martial law. The Act was updated in 1956 to apply to the Air Force (which became a separate branch of the Department of Defense following World War II), and by regulations also restricts the Navy and the Marine Corps. Instead of the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard has operated in the past under the Department of Commerce and now under the new Department of Homeland Security. And so, coastal interception falls to the one branch of the military not restricted by the Posse Comutatus Act. Sometimes a complicated organization chart can work to good outcomes. Since maritime "shipping containers" have been mentioned, if I may I'd like to add a word. The standard container is one of those metal boxes typically measuring 8 1/2' high x 8' wide by 20' long (a Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit, TEU), but most are forty feet long (2 TEU). These are a sort of moveable type that tells the story of international trade. The movement of standardized containers (vs. the replaced and labor-intensive pallets) is global and transfers from ship to rail or to truck, or both. With 15 million shipping containers circulating around the globe at any one time, how are we to be protected from a rogue nuclear-bomb cigarette dispenser (as in the Ben Affleck/ Morgan Freeman flick, "The Sum of All Fears", 2002) from ending up on the city docks somewhere, e.g., Baltimore, or maybe even inland on a mile-and-a-half long container train passing through Chicago? In my transportation career I was marginally involved in this sort of thing with the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, but have since lost touch. Competition was well underway with techy methods to secure the loaded containers at the point of origin, with a sort of padlock (electronic seal: e-seal) equipped with a unique computer chip transmitter disclosing everything about contents, origin, destination, route, shipper, schedules, etc. A broken lock or seal before final delivery means a tampered container. Problematic containers can be sidelined for physical inspection and even for x-ray examination without opening. Some of the replaceable seal models under review were not very expensive. We can assume that selected technologies are fully deployed and further developed by now. And then this: in our era of international standardization, the question can arise why shipping containers are 8' wide, rather than anything else? The same kind of reason as why standard railroad tracks are 3-1/2' apart. In the case of rail, the original was the axle length of Roman chariots. With ruts still visible on the stone Apian Way, why change a good thing?! As for the containers, the flatbed truck width in the United States was 8' feet. Intermodal transport of containers-from the road mode to rail mode to shipboard mode, or vice versa-began in the United States in the late 1950s. Some innovator used a retooled freighter to bypass the bad road system in the southeastern United States. One thing led to another, and now the largest container ships carry 18,000 TEUs (equivalent to roughly 30 double-stack cross-country trainloads, each a mile and a half long). Federal deregulation of trucking, railroads, air transport and maritime (1977-1985) played a part. But, so far so good, the dreaded global replacement of cubits and feet with the metric system is still nothing to worry about-we're still with feet and inches, not meters and centimeters. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA P.S. I stand happily corrected in my earlier and vague entry on the 1960 Walla Walla auto fatality. I see that the girl who sat behind me in class, and who lost her mother, was a Beechinor (wb '64) and not a Beachner as I misremembered (the teacher's name who dropped from Columbian yearbooks in 1960). ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Da poifect cupple As Curly might say "Woop woop woop" what we got here is a great couple. One of the most important things I do when I am home is see these kids... it is always first on my list... that doesn't mean it has worked out every single time but most times... I totally enjoy going to lunch over in Pasco with them if only to see what "strays" they have picked up during the past year. They are perhaps the kindest kids I have ever met... now don't get me wrong... the first time I met the guy, I was convinced he was about 25 years old and out to take me inna trade of cars... .I was only 15 and figgered this "older guy" knew the ropes so I'd best be careful... I mean he had driven his car to my house so that was nuff fer me to guess his age... it was about 9 am and he already hadda midnight shadow and a chin that would make any kid named "Rocky" proud... he had a great jet black DA and the perfect Buddy Holly curl on his forehead... korse I would later learn he was a couple a months younger than I and driving on an Ideeeho farm license... Now when I met the Bomber-babe I found her to be a great choice for this guy... what a lady... she has put up with all of us who call him "friend" and become about as close to me as anybody else's wife could be... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Jimmie ADAIR ('67) and Kathie MOORE ('69) on your special day, August 8, 2017!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: All Bomber lunch Here it is-the last month of August and time for the All Bomber lunch before school comes on once again. It will be this Saturday, 12 August 2017 at 11:30. It will be happening at the Sterlings on Queensgate. Come join us for a meal and some good conversation, meet some old friends or make some new ones. Hope to see you there. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland -Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61) -Pat DORISS Trimble ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Guadalcanal and Coasties I can't believe I missed the 75th Anniversary of the Marines invading Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942. With all the talk of the Coast Guard, it's fitting to combine the two. The only Coast Guardsman to win the Medal of Honor was awarded to a Washington Stater. His burial site in Cle Elum is a recognized duty station for the Coast Guard. I talked to Jim MATTIS ('68), Saturday and Sunday after he attended the annual reunion of the 1st MarDiv Assoc. in Norfolk, VA. He met a 96 year old Guadalcanal veteran that upped his morale to no end. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sweltering Plano, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/17 ~ NAGASAKI ANNIVERSARY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Mike CLOWES ('54), John FLETCHER ('64) Tedd CADD ('66), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj QUALHEIM ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John CLEMENT ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Valerie NIELSEN ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay WEAR ('69) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Coast Guard Pete BEAULIEU ('62) submitted an interesting entry yesterday describing the unique law enforcement mission of the Coast Guard, in later years specifically permitted by the Posse Comutatus Act. We "Coasties" took a double oath back in the ole days... the "protect and defend" one all military officers take, and a second one in which we swore to uphold the laws of the United States and serve as officers of the U.S. Customs. One small correction to Pete's info: The Coast Guard was a branch of the Treasury Department from 1790 to 1966 (I think), and then the Transportation Department from '66 until Dept. of Homeland Security was formed in 2002. -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still-sweltering Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Don't blame me, Pete BEAULIEU ('62) brought it up! How many of you know that there are only THREE COUNTRIES in the WORLD that are still stuck in the old system of weights and measures??? Liberia, Myanmar/Burma, and the UNITED STATES. Shame on us. Time to get with most of the rest of the world and change to Metric. It honestly is not that difficult. Our monetary system is already metric and always has been, our sciences are on the metric system. I was living in Canada when they elected to change to Metric and the U.S. did not. I was thinking: WHAT THE HECK??? Think about it. -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in hot, smoky Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Actually, the standard gauge for the railroads is 4' 8-1/2". The 3 and one half feet you mentioned would qualify as a narrow gauge railroad, although pretty uncommon. I know this from personal experience. I spent 21 years working for a no longer existent railroad (SP). Management worried that trains would fall off the tracks if the gauge (inside distance between rails) was wider or narrower than the standard. Why 4' 8-1/2"? Well, the British established that when they built the first railroad. In later years there have been wider gauges. I believe the Russians run on a 5' gauge. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the air quality ain't what it should be and the temps are above normal. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: John FLETCHER ('64) Re: Vicki OWENS ('72) Vicki's comments certainly hit home for me. I was stationed in Korea in '67. The country was still ragged on the edges and not producing the goods it does now. I worked as an X-ray tech at the 121st Evacuation Hospital about 30 miles from Seoul. When we did field exercises we were the same unit that the MASH TV series was based on. MASH didn't come out until a couple years later. We worked with KATUSAs, Korean soldiers attached to the US Army. We taught them X-ray technology and had so many good times. Sgt. Choi took me to Seoul on a Korean bus and we toured the city. The clerks were Korean and took us on a sampan ride in Inchon harbor, eating at local cafes, going to a Korean theater to see "Cleopatra" in English with Korean subtitles. The seats and rows were designed for small Koreans, my chin was on my knees, and a vendor comes down the row selling fried octopus! Myself and buddy GIs were treated so well by the Koreans I often think of them and am grateful to have photos to recharge the memories. A few years later I was stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium. Talk about dream duty. Becky ('65) was with me and Annie was born there. The post was international and the hospital staffed by civilians and troops from most of the NATO countries. We lived on the economy and had Belgique neighbors. Just like Korea, I was treated royally by the locals, invited into their homes, even having orphan children spend Christmas with us. During our 3 years there I only recall 1 incident of rudeness because we were American. We traveled to most of Europe, trying to hit the out of the way, non touristy places, speaking none of the local languages. These experiences were wonderful because the locals we encountered treated us with respect and friendliness. Remember, I was a dumb-ass, brash GI and that didn't seem to matter. Later stationed in Indianapolis 1971 I worked with an Iranian living in the US who got drafted into the US Army. He was getting stupidly shafted on an assignment and, somehow, I was able to intervene and get him a better deal. My motivation for helping him was driven by the kindness shown to me in other countries. Also, Becky's parents worked and lived in Iran during the Shah's regime and they had a great experience. When we see someone who may be an immigrant, and there's a lot in Portland, we say hello and smile. People in many countries paid it forward. While I'm at it and I rarely contribute to Maren's masterpiece, I need to mention Ray STEIN's ('64) post a year ago about his father's memory loss and how Ray works the crosswords, Sudoku and word Jumbles to stay intact. So I took the challenge and do the word Jumbles and really enjoy them. Mostly my brain gets jumbled and sometimes I have to set one aside in hopes of inspiration. From taking a day or two to sort one out, now I can occasionally get unjumbled in a couple minutes. I suspect there is a finite number of 5 - 6 letter words that cannot spell out other words. Thanks Ray, I'm hoping this works! -John FLETCHER ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: USCG I really appreciate Dick WIGHT's ('52) description of his experience as an Ensign in the Coast Guard. In my transition from enlisted to commissioned officer, I had to learn a similar lesson. Even though I was reassigned to the same unit I had been in (against usual practice), I quickly found that everything had changed. While enlisted, the other enlisted men and women were, of course, my buddies. But I found out that they expected something different now that wore the "gold" (a reference to officer rank insignia). A couple of weeks after returning, I was at a class at 13th District Headquarters in Seattle along with a couple of enlisted men from my unit. We were joking about something (long since forgotten) and, laughing, I said to one of them, "You know that will show up on your performance report." All of us joined in on the joke. But one of the other men took me aside a little later and said, "Mr. Cadd, I know you were joking but you have to remember that you now have the power to do that." I thanked him and I still appreciate his courage and wisdom in bringing a bit of reality to this new Ensign. I had to be a commissioned officer. I was expected to lead. Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) entry is lovely in describing some of the complications inherent in the Coast Guard's responsibilities and how they got there. And thank you, Pete, for elucidating the complexity of the challenge. Pete, when I was in, it was the Department of the Treasury, I think. No? One more issue on the container ships: There are very specific rules on how they can be loaded. Hazardous cargo only goes in certain places, incompatible cargo has to be separated from other incompatible containers by lateral and vertical distances. I am impressed that they can load one of those massive vessels at all. One of the more interesting jobs I had at MSO Portland, OR was commercial vessel inspections, particularly Special Interest Vessel or SIV inspection. (Special refers to Russian, Vietnamese, and other nationality vessels with interests contrary to those of the USA.) [MSO??? -Maren] Our regular vessel inspections included checking the vessel's charts for currency, ship's procedures, steering gear, mechanical system and the like. The goal was to ensure the ship was sea-worthy and not a threat to our waterways and shipping. That was all fairly straight-forward. One of the things I loved about doing that was, when the boarding team went aboard for an inspection, we all wore coveralls without rank or rating insignia. In essence, the petty officer 3rd class had the same authority as the LDCR (me). Neither was regarded as higher than the other on that job. Each team member operated in their area of expertise and had the authority to hold the ship in port until the deficiency was fixed. With the SIVs, we had all sorts of interesting complications. We often had team members from other government agencies with us. We had specific protocol for handling things like an asylum request from one of the crew of the vessel (withdraw and bring in the US State Department). Obviously, we were prohibited from engaging the crew in anything but the business at hand. [SIVs??? -Maren] As some of you might know, any Russian vessel carried at least one KGB officer. You may not know who it was, but if he was on the bridge with you, you knew it. If he was there, it was all business. If not, the crew was noticeably more relaxed. During one time on the bridge, one of the crew tried to engage me in conversation like this: (read this in a strong Russian accent) "Hey, you and me-we're ok, right? All the rest of this stuff is just politics, politics." I nodded but redirected the conversation to the matters at hand. One of the things you'd notice when inspecting vessels of various nations was the general condition. Picking on Japanese vessels first: I'd have been comfortable eating my food right off the engine room floor. They were typically spotless throughout the ship. I did find that I (and I'm not very tall) had to duck slightly to see comfortably out of the bridge windows. Contrasting that to the SIVs, they were rusted and dirty. I wondered at how that reflected the crew's feelings about their lives. It would take a couple pages to list the missions the USCG is charged to carry out. Having served in the USAF for 6.5 years and having worked alongside representatives from each of the other services, I'd place the USCG and the US Marines at the top of the list. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Birthday Happy Birthday to my sister Gay WEAR Miller ('69) on Wednesday the 9th. Hope you have a good one and many more. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in balmy Plano, TX where it was 81 today ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/10/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen BARTLETT ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis McGRATH ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Marie ROBERTS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen UPCHURCH ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod COLLINS ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob GOEHRING ('80) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) For: Dick ROBERTS ('49), Dick WIGHT ('52), Ted CADD ('66) Re: Coast Guard and other ships The sage advice is to never get a guy going on his Navy stories... My closest involvement with the Coast Guard came in 1967. As a fifth-year graduate in Architecture at the University of Washington I was faced with four choices: the draft (my student deferral was now ripe), the Peace Corps, Navy OCS, and Coast Guard OCS. Coast Guard OCS was ten times as hard to get into as the Navy-same criteria, but only one tenth as many openings. So, I went Navy OCS. As in the Coast Guard there are those on-the-spot learning experiences. During my very first five minutes as a stand-in- the-corner observer on the bridge of my new ship, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, I actually experienced a real live collision at sea. Nothing hypothetical about that. The captain's fault, plus the failure-in not more than a second or two-of the Officer of the Deck (OOD) to contradict and nullify a mistaken rudder command. We had been refueling at 20 knots alongside a tanker, separated by maybe 25 yards (not metric!) and now all the bells and whistles were going off, the suspension cables were dropping and the several refueling pipelines were being broken loose and dragging in the water. The oiler (some 600 feet long) did a 90 turn to starboard with the fantail aflame and totally obscured by black smoke rising to high heaven. In an instant, the four-striper captain was no longer in line to make admiral. Watch and learn... The wall poster at OOD training school reads "Attention to detail, gentlemen; a Collision at sea can ruin your whole day!" Even as an ensign (sometimes pronounced en-swine) yours truly became a very detail-attentive bridge watch officer, and eventually the most Senior OOD on this carrier, at the young age of 25, possibly the youngest ever to make that designation in the carrier fleet. (I later found that behind my back I was known as "one tough son-of-a-b****!" High praise, indeed!) My final ship handling duty, in 1970, was to steer the Hornet into Puget Sound and around Bainbridge Island into Sinclair Inlet and into the Bremerton Naval Shipyard for decommissioning (with some help, admittedly, from a harbor pilot and, at the end, two tugs). Details? I did learn that ship like the palm of my hand. These details stick (regardless of my recent Sandstorm inaccuracies!). Displacement 40,000 tons; flight deck 872 feet long and 103 feet wide (not metric!), distance to the horizon from bridge at eye level: 10.3 miles (metric!!!); refueling rate 340,000 gallons/hr.; four screws each fifteen tons and totaling 150,000 horsepower; ship's varied turning diameter was, at 25 knots and a rudder angle of 7 = 2,000 yards (not metric!); flank speed 33 knots such as to run the fuel tanks (1.8 million gallons) dry in eight days. Aviation fuel capacity another 795,000 gallons. A torch waiting to happen. etc. etc. through the ship's operating manuals. Still on the record book after nearly 50 years at the California tracking station is my/our 180 turnaround (a so-called Williamson Turn involving only four rudder commands at exactly the right times) which put us in a reversed direction with the keel centered within less than three feet from the original track (a useful skill for man overboard!). Today I can barely parallel park a car with that precision. So, I went Navy for three years, and also got some on the job training. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA and God help my captive audience if I ever end up in a retirement home. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: ha cha cha As I recall, last year on this Bomber-babe's b-day I introed with John B. Sebastian song... now every now and then, particularly when I see something written by her on face book I think of that song... there are friends that are so dear to you and often you are uncertain how that closeness came about... I mean the kid you went everywhere with... that you understand... but the ones that you saw now and then but remain in your heart day after day and year after year... those connections are the mysteries... I am sure glad this mystery has been in my life since 6th grade... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jo Marie ROBERTS ('65) on your special day, August 10, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and heard about two Bomber deaths today: Dick WIGHT ('52), Steve CARSON ('58) Shirley SHERWOOD ('62), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George STEPHENS ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) entry about conning USS HORNET was entertaining to be sure! And his comments about never getting a guy going on sea stories is surely appropriate! But I GOTTA' tell one more.... I was a LCDR and serving my second year as executive officer on a USCG high endurance cutter. We were relieving another ship on Ocean Station November, a spot in the ocean halfway between San Francisco and Honolulu, and the first order of business was a highline (replenishment at sea) evolution with the ship that was departing for home port. They'd been underway for a month - no fresh milk, veggies, etc. and we were "sharing our larder". I was conning the ship, making the approach on the other ship at about 15 knots. Standard distance between ships in this evolution was 100', and when close enough we had a "distance" line between the ships with distance markers every ten feet to help the conning officer maintain the distance. The new skipper hadn't been to sea in quite awhile, and once I got us settled alongside and cargo being passed, he quietly spoke to me. "Dick, how do you judge your distance when you are approaching alongside, before the distance line is rigged?" I was unsure how to answer - it was a "seaman's eye" type of thing... so I responded with what I thought was humor. "Captain," I said, "I clutch my binoculars (hanging around my neck on a strap) firmly with both hands. When they get so sweaty they slip from my grasp, I think we are close enough!" He wasn't amused..... -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still-sweltering Richland. A little salt-air breeze would feel nice! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Pete, Good stories. Is the hornet still in Bremerton? -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) Pete BEAULIEU ('62) Pete, I love your stories. Why is it that after all these years I can picture you perfectly without grabbing my yearbook. Or... maybe it was your brother. Probably both. -Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Hope SOLO ('99) ~ 8/9/17 Tri-City Herald "Hope SOLO ('99) looks to revive soccer career abroad." "AMSTERDAM" "Hope SOLO ('99) is looking to resume playing soccer and says she has had offers to play overseas. The Richland native was handed a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last year following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after she called Sweden's team "cowards" for their defensive style of play against the Americans. Since the abrupt break in her career, the 36-year-old SOLO has focused on recovering from shoulder replacement surgery." Re: Dietrich Schmeiman (HHS-RIP) ~ Fallen Marine's Homecoming Picture caption: The funeral procession for Richland native Dietrich Schmieman drives down Interstate 182 on Thursday. Mid-Columbia bids mournful farewell to native son killed in the line of duty Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/10/17 Tri-City Herald "Walla Walla is in the Little League World Series. On Thursday the team lost to La Grande 8-4. The good news for Washington (Walla Walla) is it has an opportunity to get a rematch against Oregon (LaGrande) in the title game, though it will first have to get past Montana on Friday." -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Blue water, brown water Navy and Coast Guard were not the only sea born forces. Many a Marine was forced to enjoy shipboard life. I hated being on ships. Other than the chow. Way too confining, even aircraft carriers which are floating cities in their own right. I think my dislike stems from being shipboard during a typhoon. Luckily for me I was aboard the USS Denver, an LPD (landing platform, dock), a large ship. Picture a ship with a regular front and an aircraft carrier rear. We were caught in the wrong quadrant of the typhoon and were taking green water over the bridge, in other words, we were under water. When we cleared the storm after two days of pounding, all the vehicles chained to the top deck of one of the LSTs, a flat bottom ship, were gone. There was one axle still chained there and the bow of the ship was bent. Water and wind are a vicious combination. The only good thing that came of the event was we were able to write off all of our missing gear from our inventory. Combat Loss. ["LSTs"? -Maren] I admire the navy guys (blue water) after being out to sea, and the Coasties (brown water), for the law enforcement effort inland, and close to shore ocean bound. -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Plano, TX where it's reheating up this week. 106 heat index. 20 days until dove season. -------------------- [204 days till Iditarod, 2018] ************************************************************* ******************** HEARD ABOUT ************************ ************************************************************* Heard about two Bomber deaths today: Marilyn CALLAHAN ('64wb-RIP) ~ 2/1/46 - 8/3/17 ======================= read in Marilyn's obit: >>Tommy CALLAHAN, Jr. ~ ____ - ____ I found Tom CALLAHAN in class of '57 but haven't confirmed this Tom Callahan is Marilyn's deceased brother ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54) Pete BEAULIEU ('62), David RIVERS ('65) Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bart LONGMORE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty SPENCER ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane KASEY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nat SAENZ ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Aaron ROBERTS ('66) & Robbin Ruth HENDERSON ('67) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: blue water vs brown water I'm enjoying the ongoing "salt air" patter going on, including the entry yesterday by Brad WEAR ('71). While I'm sure Brad meant no offense, at least some of us "Coasties" take high exception to being called "brown water sailors". For sure, lots of Coast Guard folks operate close inshore - up rivers - on the Mississippi and other navigable waters - often places of great discomfort to Navy ships - but have no doubt that we are basically "deep water sailors". In my dozen or so years of sea duty I've sailed into the Canadian Arctic, all over the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Midway, off the coast of Russia, into Japan. Historically, the Coast Guard has always been a "blue water" outfit and we had cutters in the worldwide "Great White Fleet" cruise dispatched by Teddy Roosevelt, fought submarines in the North Atlantic in both "World Wars", operated ships in offshore Viet Nam waters for 5 years (not to mention the 26 inshore 82' cutters we operated there as well). The last ship I commanded was deployed mostly in the North Pacific and southern Bering Sea doing foreign fisheries treaty and law enforcement. In more recent years, we have deployed ships, boats and shore detachments to the mideast for wartime operations, relief operations to the country of Georgia, and other far away places. And consistently over the past 30 years we have fought the "drug wars in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific interdicting drug smuggling from Columbia and other South and Central American sources. Our cutters continue to slice through a lot of blue water! And remember... Popeye was a Coastie! Toot Toot! Don't forget Club 40 gathering in September8th & 9th! We can tell more sea stories then! -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still sweltering Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Here we go, Dick. Aviation Coasties think they are even more elite than all other Coasties - "Blue Shoe" and "Brown Shoe". I think Aviation was blue shoe, but won't swear to it. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: LST In naval parlance it stands for Landing Ship Tank. During WWII, crew members referred to them as Large Slow Targets. They too big to be carried aboard ship; consequently, every where they went they were in the water. What I think was meant that LCVPs (Landing Craft Vehicle/ Personnel) where the items knocked overboard during the typhoon in question. They were carried both on the deck and in the well of an LSD (Landing Ship Dock). The LCVPs are the ones John Wayne. Richard Widmark and others went ashore in all those Marine movies. Silly question time: If one is not a member of FaceBook, how can one have missed messages? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where weather guessers are claiming a 30 to 60% chance of rain on Sunday. Film at 11 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Steve CARSON ('58) In answer to your question, the USS HORNET was tied up and rusting at Bremerton Naval Shipyard for several years and destined for the scrap heap as is so commonly the case. Many of its crew(s) resisted. And, then, a funny thing happened on the way to the dump... In the late 1980s I heard about the campaign to save the HORNET in a chance meeting in the Shoreline QFC checkout line. Then in the mid 1990s the final Commanding Officer later happened through Seattle and we reconnected (even though I had been a very junior officer). By this time Admiral Carl Seiberlich was long-retired and was working with the global American Presidents Line (container ships) which for many years worked through the Port of Seattle. In the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis he had primary responsibility for anti-submarine tracking and warfare. (Soviet submarines were a little-reported part of the big picture.) Seiberlich recounted that the ship had been sold for $10 million to a scrapping operation in India, but that he and others found a way, literally at the last minute, to intercept the ship on the high seas. The Secretary of the Navy was said to be finally involved. The story is that one of the ship's topmost antennaes had not been removed and, therefore, with such classified equipment (!) still attached the ship could not be allowed fall into foreign hands. The hulk was repurchased, towed back to the West Coast, and eventually fully refurbished into a first class museum. Since the late 1990s the HORNET has been moored in all its glory at Alameda, California (the Oakland side of San Francisco Bay). It's claim to fame is that in July and November of 1969 we were the mid-Pacific recovery ship for the first two sets of astronauts to walk on the moon. (Our 40th Anniversary gathering for Apollo XI was in July 2009.) At the age of 85 the still-energetic Seiberlich passed unexpectedly in 2006, and I was surprised and honored to serve as one of a dozen pallbearers at his funeral in Arlington National Cemetery. His elegant and famously well-preserved wife, Trudy, now in her mid 90s, still raises llamas on their farm in West Virginia. For a time, one of his sons was the head sheriff of Los Angeles County. I recommend the well-interviewed book Moon Men Return: USS Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts, by Scott Carmichael (Naval Institute Press, 2010). Carmichael was not there, but he wanted to write the missing face-to-face and sea- level account of the Navy role, and had a way of tracking people down even after they had disbanded some forty years earlier. A few years ago he was still be the senior security and counterintelligence investigator for the Defense Intelligence Agency. -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: ahhhhhhhhhhhh now that's a sandwich Something hit me on face book today. Now quite often someone will post a picture of something I use at least some times and asks "do you remember this?"... today it was fried egg sandwiches... I know some of the Bomber-babes that hold court at the Spudnut with Katie SHEERAN ('61) and the divine ms. HOFF ('64) order them now and again... anyway it reminded me that a bunch of us used to take jet boats up the Reach to the Vernita bridge swim around where the old reactors were and just have a great time in June... we would always call my mom to wish her HB... one time Jo MILES ('64) got on the phone and thanked my mom for making him a sandwich when he forgot his lunch in the second grade... she said she remembered it was a fried egg sandwich... Mills almost fell off the boat. A few weeks later I told her of his surprise and she said "I always made you kids fried egg sandwiches!" Well had nothing to do with today's Bomber-babe but it brought me a good memory... specially since I know nothing about the coast guard and have learned tons the past few days... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Patty SPENCER ('65) on your special day, August 12, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Little League World Series 8/11/17 "Washington defeats Montana 10-6 "Using an eight-run second inning, Washington knocked off Montana 10-6 to reach the Northwest Regional Championship Game. After the two teams traded single runs in the first inning, Washington broke the game wide-open with five hits, including Brixen Betzler's two-run homer, to take a 9-1 lead after the second inning. Montana was able to close the gap to 9-6 with five runs in the bottom of the third that would end the day for Washington starting pitcher Andrew Coleman. Carson Jones, Rylan Warren and Caiden Thomsen combined to allow two hits with four strikeouts over the final three innings for Washington. Thomsen closed the game in brilliant fashion by striking out Montana in the sixth to send Washington to Saturday's title game against Oregon. It's the first meeting of the tournament between the two teams." Note: Game time on Saturday will be at noon (PDT) on ESPN for Washington (Walla Walla) vs Oregon (La Grande). Go Washington!!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Blue water/Brown Water et al It is useful to know that the "brown water navy" - the USCG - has international missions. The drug interdiction mission goes well beyond our territorial waters, for example. Additionally, we have international missions for ice breaking, both north pole and south pole. While it's easy to understand the Port Security mission, it is again useful to know that it is not simply US ports. It is our task to protect any port worldwide where US troops or ships operate (in the Middle East for example). We even had war-time missions on the rivers in Vietnam. Somebody mentioned the only Coastie to earn the Medal of Honor. Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro received it for his heroic actions while evacuating Marines from an unexpectedly massive Japanese presence during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was in charge of 10 boats which were ferrying the marines to the battle but, when it became obvious they needed to evacuate them, "When most of them were in the boats, complications arose in evacuating the last men, whom Munro realized would be in the greatest danger. He accordingly placed himself and his boats such that they would serve as cover for the last men to leave. Among the Marines evacuated that day was Lt. Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC. During this action-protecting the men after he had evacuated them-Munro was fatally wounded. He remained conscious sufficiently long enough to only say four words: "Did they get off?" Why, one might ask, was the Coast Guard doing that? Well, in time of declared war, the USCG becomes part of the Department of the Navy - or as we Coasties know - the Coast Guard is the hard core around which the Navy forms in time of war. PS: Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller, USMC, is the most decorated Marine in history. Petty Officer 1st Class Munro had a hand in seeing to it that General Puller lived long enough to become that LTGEN and so highly decorated. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* 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 BIRTHDAY Today: Jim CLEMENTSON ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Kay BURNSIDE ('64) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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) Re: USCG 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 platforms. 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 deck. 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 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/14/17 ~ V-J DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Charles KEISER ('63) Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David MANSFIELD ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard "VJ" SWANSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Candice SCOTT ('66) 8/14/1945 ~ PEACE! OUR BOMB CLINCHED IT! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) For what ever reason, Naval and Coast Guard Aviators wore brown shoes (primarily with the Khaki uniform). They may have also worn them with the Aviation Green uniform. At some point in time ?real? sailors also wore brown shoes with the Dress Khaki uniform. Then, sometime Robert Strange McNamara (SecDef) during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations proposed that all services wear the same uniform (presumably to save costs). Didn't happen, but sailors had to give up jumpers, both blue and white for jackets and/or white shirts. White hats (AKA Dixie Cups) went at the same time. Not too sure when the Aviator Greens died, but dress Khakis when out in the late 1970s or early '80s. With all those changes to the uniform, it became hard, sometimes, to distinguish the chiefs from the Indians. Now it seems that all the services run around in camouflage unis and wear "war paint" as if it really helps. Can't quite see that on a carrier deck. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where some are hoping for a cloudy eclipse day. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Charles KEISER ('63) Re: David Harry, Band Director Does anyone know the whereabouts or passing of David Harry. He was the band director in the early '60s. Left Col-Hi for a university position in middle America somewhere. -Charles KEISER ('63) ~ in less smoked more winded West Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Egg Sandwich A fried or scrambled egg sandwich calls for Durkee's Famous Dressing! Pitts -Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/15/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick WIGHT ('52) Ken HEMINGER ('56) Bill SCOTT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank COLLINS ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave MOORE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry OTTERHOLT ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dick WIGHT ('52) Re: Uniforms Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) had it about right on uniform changes. In the Coast Guard, we wore standard Navy uniform from at least before WW II until into the early '70s. The only slight differences were that enlisted folks (E-6 and below) and officers wore a Coast Guard shield emblem on their sleeves -enlisted had a brimless winter flat hat that had "Coast Guard" on a ribbon around the hat's base, and officers had a single actor on the hat emblem (vs, crossed anchors on Navy hats). Chief petty officers wore officer-type uniforms, but with rating badges on sleeves. Besides the servi redress blue outfits, we also had dress whites, tropical whites (short sleeve shirts, no jacket) and the service dress khaki outfit Mike described. That was my favorite uniform, and I hated to give it up. At the same time, our aviation folks had to give up their khakis and aviation greens. The "black-shoe brown- shoe distinction went away. One of our commandants, Admiral Bender, put us into a new uniform in the early '70s (no doubt influenced by Macnamara's decision) - the Coast Guard blue uniform that is still worn today by all rates and ranks. It is a slightly different hue than Air Force blue. I despised that outfit - Bender Blues, we called them, or Bus Driver Blues. But I still have one complete uniform hanging in the closet with my ribbons and devices in place, my four gold captain stripes intact - albeit somewhat tarnished by now. And I know danged well it doesn't fit any more - not even CLOSE to it! Oh, well... -Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in nice, cool Richland with blue skies overhead after weeks of foul, smoky air! ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Ken HEMINGER ('56) Re: Brown and Black shoes All the talk about brown shoe and black shoes took me back to 1955 during Basic Training at Parks AFB, CA. We were all issued black boots (Then called Brogans) with the exception of two or three troops who were issued brown suede brogans. The rule was of course, all the boots had to be spit polished. Spit polishing suede was not an easy task, but I can say early in basic those shoes shined as good as any of the others... I'll say one thing, those brogans once broke in were really comfortable. You could march forever in them... -Ken HEMINGER ('56) ~ 77 and Smoky Great Falls, MT ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bill SCOTT ('64) Re: Coast Guard I've enjoyed and been educated by the entries regarding the Coast Guard recently. I knew so little, and now have greater respect for the mission and the personnel who keep our shores safe. My own experience with the Coast Guard is tenuous, but it was memorable. Back in the '80s, during my years as a professional photographer, I had an assignment to photograph a wedding in Morro Bay, California, where there is a Coast Guard cutter permanently stationed. The bride was a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard, and captain (commander? Sorry, uncertain of the correct terminology) of a Coast Guard vessel. Whether she was boss (that term is safe at least) of the Morro Bay boat I do not know. Anyway, when I arrived for the wedding, she was in a major snit. The flowers had not arrived, forcing me and everyone involved to work around the lack of them for the pre- ceremony photography. She was furious. At one point, I was arranging a group on the altar with her when one of her guests out in the pews stood up and took a picture. That did it. "Don't you take my picture!" she yelled at him. She stalked off the stage and down a hallway, as one drama critic once described an early exit by Lola Montez in early California, "trailing clouds of wickedness". We didn't see her for half an hour. I've always reflected I pitied the crew of any boat she commanded. -Bill SCOTT ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Pete BEAULIEU ('62) David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66) Betti AVANT ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John BRUNTLETT ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger GRESS ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim AVEDOVECH ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie ROE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike CROW ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kirby BELCHER ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne MITZLAFF ('77) 08/16/77 ~ Elvis died "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) In the music world, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that Elvis is still dead despite sightings at the La Crosse, WI, Burger King, McDonald's or Dairy Queen. Sorry kids. The good news is that in the great metropolis of Cheney, WA, a fellow classmate, and a pretty fair trombonist is celebrating a birthday today. I know he is a fellow graduate because I saw him get his diploma ahead of me. Coincidence, I think not, as "Bs" come before "Cs". A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" for John BRUNTLETT ('54) on this occasion. I will not ask him to play a chorus or two of "Love Me Tender". -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the skies are somewhat cloudy all day ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62) To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Brad WEAR ('71), and Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ( '54) Re: Waves Here's a footnote to your entries on the Coast Guard in heavy seas out of Dutch Harbor (50-foot waves), and about Navy shipboard excitement during other typhoon weather. While I was on it, the carrier USS Hornet never encountered waves quite that big. But, what happens when the ship is too long to fit between the waves? With just the right spacing, even lesser waves (say 30 feet high or three stories) can amplify into an interesting harmonic for larger ships. Westbound and half way between Hawaii and Japan (in late 1968) the ship's lieutenant- commander meteorologist advised the captain and the flag officers that we could evade a full typhoon dead ahead. Just circle south and then back north. But the edge of the typhoon turned caught up with us anyway. The seas were 30 feet high with the waves spaced 800 feet from crest to crest. A ship about the same measurement-three football fields long-gets high-centered with each wave. The bow and the stern then take turns sticking out of the water. Between waves the ship's midpoint then flexes down into the oncoming trough now with the stern and bow both nearly submerged. In the text book, this bending is known as "hogging." (The other more familiar terms are "pitching" forward and back, and "rolling" from side to side.) At one point there was the brief sound of tearing steel in the forward part of the ship, but it was only the inner hull or an interior bulkhead. No one moved, but the sound of inrushing water never came. Where's the best place to take all this in? All alone I found the spot... . At the foremost edge of the ship we had a catwalk inside the fully enclosed "hurricane bow" and immediately below the flight deck. At face level forward along the catwalk was a horizontal row of 18-inch glass portholes. As the ship hogged into each wave the handrail came in useful-positive "G" on the way up with each new wave, and negative "G" on the way down as I was left airborne above the descending floor plates. Outside the porthole the straight-ahead view oscillated up and then down (pitching), from grey sky overhead to a "rolling" darker grey horizon climbing back into view and then above, and then finally just solid green water. Each wave pushed green water over the front of the flight deck, with a new dousing just 800 feet ahead. Then a shakedown as the bow lurched left and right ("yawing") before bobbing up like a cork. On normal seas the flight deck is 50 feet (five stories) above the water line. And as for the uniform of the day, sometimes a green-around- the-gills facial expression is not "war paint" camouflage. Beyond any words in these Navy and Coast Guard show-and-tell moments in heavy seas is the overwhelming sense of being subject to the totally absolute power of nature. Seattleites might compare this feeling to the deep down growling earthquakes of 1965 and 2001. Not as threatening as a Midwest tornado, but exhilarating enough. A sailor from the heartland was heard to say, "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore!" -Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ~ rather than off shore ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: first impressiions My first impressions of Col-Hi are quite vivid. First, Ricky WARFORD ('65) took a bunch of us around and introduced us to several Bomber-babes... now I know I had to have known that group of girls before as most of them had gone to Chief Jo... but that is still the memory... and one of those Bomber-babes was today's b-day babe; the second is Tony HARRAH ('65) and me walking in to our first mixer... "Oh Donna" was playing... I knew I was home! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roger e ('61) and Kathie ROE ('64) on your special day, August 16, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Coast Guard Uniforms Having spent 6.5 years active duty in the US Air Force (photo intelligence) With a tour in Vietnam, when I joined the USCGR in 1983, the uniforms were very familiar: They were the same ones I wore in the USAF: Light blue shirts, dark blue pants, dress blues, and white formal uniforms black shoes. It was a bit confusing since the insignia were different and the nomenclature was all Sea-going. As I understand it, the Coast Guard hitched a ride on the USAF uniform contract to avoid the extra costs with the smaller orders. When I was in Yorktown, Virginia for OCS, I had a bit of fun. During one weekend break, I was walking down a pier somewhere near the major USAF installation where I had served as an enlisted for 2.5 years, a couple of USAF men in uniform came walking the other way. I was in uniform but my cover (hat) was certainly not USAF but the insignia was that of a cadet. I could see that the two of them didn't know what to make if this oddity coming toward them, so they saluted me-the first salute I received. The tradition is that you owe the first person who salutes you a coin - the first person after you are commissioned, that is. As is the rule-you always return a salute-so I did. I didn't take the time to explain the unusual looks. I still have my last uniforms and can still wear them. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: birthday wishes Here's wishing my cousin, John BRUNTLETT ('54) a very happy birthday. Enjoy your day. -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ in good ole Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Floyd MELTON ('57) David RIVERS ('65) Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy BOGGS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verna GORE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erma PARDINI ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan DUDLEY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan STALEY ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: Uniforms All this talk about uniforms I thought I would put my two cents worth into the subject. My almost life long good buddy John EDENS ('57) and I joined the army reserves MP outfit in big Pasco when we were juniors in High School. Upon graduation on June 6, 1957 we found ourselves in boot camp in FT Ord, CA on the 9th of June. We were the last inductees to ever receive the old Ike wool army class A uniforms, the next group that came through got the new army greens. -Floyd MELTON ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: Black shoes/Brown shoes Only shoes we had in the Marine Corps were black and they hadda be spit shined to a faithywell (tho occifers did have "corfam")... I still shine mine the same way... but I do recall when I was with the lateda Firm, one of my Partners wore those ugly shoes that looked like the ones they used to advertise in the Sunday Newspaper Supplements... problem was he had a bad habit of wearing one brown and one black... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Judy BOGGS ('64) on your special day August 17, 2017... catch on the flip side for your other half's day tomorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) A little of the USCG mission: Drug interdiction, one of our most dangerous missions. One of the events in the Gulf of Alaska concerned an ocean- going tugboat (they are fairly large ships). This one was carrying big bales of marijuana. He was overtaken by one of our 278s and a 170 (relates to length) white hulls. (The White Hulls refer to vessels that function on the operational side of the USCG, law enforcement and the like as opposed to the marine safety side, waterway safety and navigation issues) He had one on either side of him. He was ordered to heave to and prepare for boarding. Instead, he turned sharply and rammed the 278, cutting a 30 foot gash in the hull just above the water line. When he noticed the 5 inch gun trained on him (it was something of an act of war), he finally complied. Our boarding team set out to board the vessel. He set the boat on fire (at the bridge) and opened all the sea cocks to scuttle the vessel and eliminate the evidence below decks. The crew gave up peacefully. One of our boarding team ran through beside the fire on the bridge and opened the forward hatch. As the boarding team got the crew and captain on our small boat, they had to wade through water on the fantail of the tug as it was sinking. As the boat slipped beneath the water, big blue bales of MJ started popping up-the evidence we needed for the drug charges. We already had all we needed for the attempted sinking of a US Government vessel. Then there is the life-saving mission-another very dangerous mission. I think the large bulk of the distress calls we receive are when somebody is out on the water in weather that they shouldn't be out in. [OR the weather changed rapidly and they weren't prepared for that. -Maren] So we go out in that weather to effect the rescue. One of the most spectacular incidents was recorded on film we saw. The cargo ship was one of those with tall cranes on the deck to lift cargo on and off the vessel from the hold. The ship was dead in the water and turned sideways to the waves in heavy weather. So the cranes were moving back and forth with the sideways roll of the ship. Our helicopter was lowering the rescue basket down to the deck picking up the crew one at a time. The USCG crew had to lower it between the cranes while holding steady in the storm with the wind blowing the basket around. Had the basket hooked on one of the cranes, the chopper would have possibly gone down. Just a couple of the reasons I've been proud to be a part of this service. -Tedd CADD ('66) PS: the Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) description of what happens to a ship in heavy weather (worse in some wave lengths than others), is a useful thing to keep in mind when you see a video of a ship plowing through those big waves. There have been incidents over the years where a ship has snapped in two with that hogging problem, generally larger vessels. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/18/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Judy CROSE ('58) Helen CROSS ('62), Linda REINING ('64) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary CARLSON ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen SEELEY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacki SHIPMAN ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri CROSS ('84) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John HALL & Connie MADRON ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) In my opinion the old "Ike" jacket uniform the Army had was a much better looking uni than the green thing they are currently wearing. At least it looked better with "bloused" boots. At any rate, let us not forget a younger Bomber Babe of my recent acquaintance. Met her at a Fife lunch a few years back, and I've seen her at a Portland/Vancouver (USA) lunch or two. Even ran into her at a Club 40 Annual Meeting. Vaguely remember her from school. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" for Barbara CROWDER ('55) on the occasion of her 21st. I just hope she doesn't overdo the celebration and miss out on the eclipse which is rumored to be next Monday, weather permitting. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where pleasant weather prevails for the moment. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Judy CROSE Snowhite ('58) To: Class of '58 REUNION COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED Bomber class of '58 will be having their 60 year reunion next year (2018). We are looking for class members to head up and/or be a part of the committee to put on the reunion. Plans and reservations need to be started no later than Sept, 2017. There are funds at GESA to help with start-up costs, such as postage, etc. PLEASE contact: Ann RECTOR Williams or Roberta KIRKWOOD Lattin Also - if any class members have any changes to your phone, email, address, etc. please contact Judy CROSE Snowhite (Keeper of the class list). -Judy CROSE Snowhite ('58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) We are in Brewster, WA looking forward to our 55 year High School Reunion for the class of 1962!! {August 18 & 19} We drove into Washington on I-5 from Oregon. The state, as is Oregon is very dry, unlike the excess of water in Northern California where we saw waterfalls that usually don't last into August. Looking forward to getting to attend the class of '62 reunion this weekend. After that, we stop off at WSU!! -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ somewhere in the wasteland of Washington State highway 23 heading toward WSU!!* ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Linda REINING ('64) Having been married to a "Coastie" for over eight years, I've been enjoying all the entries about the USCG Dale Gray ('58wb-RIP) was stationed on Ice Breakers, except when he was in Viet Nam, then he patrolled the Mekong Delta, and when he was stationed in Astoria, Oregon - patrolled the Columbia River and was involved in search and rescue operations - a job he wasn't fond of, since one time, it was a "recovery", not a rescue. Only "plus" to that "duty" was that he could fish off the ship and catch all the salmon he wanted.grin -Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID ~ lots of people in the Boise, Idaho area are preparing for the eclipse, that will pass over this area and last about 3 minutes on 8/21/17 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: deja vu Now I could almost bet that I just sent an HB to this famblie... but it was just my imagination, runnin' away with me... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gary CARLSON ('64) on your special day, August 18, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/17/17 Tri-City Herald "Little League series starts Thursday; Walla Walla opens Friday." "Walla Walla will open Little League World Series play Friday at 1 p.m. against the West champion, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA." Good luck, Walla Walla! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike CLOWES ('54), Floyd MELTON ('57) Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lois WEYERTS ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John WARD ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marci REW ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn PETTEE ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clark RICCOBUONO ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda BAROTT ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Regardless of their almost "Greyhound" driver uniforms (the air corps is closer), the Coast Guard does a fine job along the Oregon and Washington coasts. Just as long as those in charge realize that the stations and helicopters are really needed here and not being transferred to some fool errand. Not the point, of this missive, however. There is another of the younger Bomber Babes on recent acquaintance. Funny how it is, that they keep popping up. At any rate this one is deserving of our attention. A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" goes to Lois WEYERTS ('56). Soon she will be of age to legally enter adult watering holes. I just hope Larry ('56), her current husband, doesn't take her to some seedy dive in celebration. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the eclipse is almost upon us and local gas stations are running low on gas. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Floyd MELTON ('57) Re: A little levity Maren You may not want to post this but I thought a little smiling wouldn't hurt the Sandstorm. "A different perspective? I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now. Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body. I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row. I decided to stop calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning. Old age is coming at a really bad time. When I was a child I thought "Nap Time" was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation. The biggest lie I tell myself is... "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." I don't have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights." I'm just very wise. Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper. If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees. Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet. Why do I have to press one for English when you're just going to transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway? Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice. At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for. I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later. I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew. I have a driver's license and my own car. I have ID that gets me into bars and the whisky store. The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant. And I don't have acne." I'm sending this now because I have to go to the Jim. -Floyd MELTON ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Lee Blvd. Isn't Lee Blvd in Richland named after that excellent military engineer of the U.S.Army, Robert E. Lee? [It sure is! See all Richland street names Lee Blvd: political correctness gone awry! What's next? Bombers? -Maren] Regards -Jim ARMSTRONG ('63 - 19 not 18) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64) Re: Uniforms I did have an "IKE" jacket of sorts when I was in probably 6th or 7th grade. I believe my mother made it for me, it was corduroy and had the two flapped pockets in front, button cuffs, and a button waistband. It did not have the epaulets (I think that is what they are officially called, but to me if they don't have tassels, they are not truly an epaulet). If they were not included in the pattern maybe my mother left them off; probably a good idea the way kids horse around they may have been ripped. It was made of red material and had seems like little blue diamonds laid out in a grid. I am thinking now the material was more suited for a girl, but I really liked that coat. I know I liked it because until late 1961 it is the only coat even I remember. That is when I got the jacket I wore to the 1962 Seattle World's Fair--no--I did not see Elvis there. I was not aware of the connection to Eisenhower although he was President at the time. I probably saw pictures of him wearing one, but it just did not resonate with me until years later. Boot camp we were issued six pair of sox, three we wore and three we were to never wear. Those were our "inspection sox." Home on leave after boot camp and I was not going to wear those cheap crummy thin sox, so I got me some good sox. I never wore, or even unrolled those inspection sox, but I kept them and they have not been unrolled since 1968, this pair is close at hand in my left top desk drawer. I found a few uniform items a couple years ago, but most of my uniform stuff went to the Sea Scouts. Re: National Parks Sr. Pass Got my Senior Pass a few days ago. Made two trips to McNary Dam,,, got there just minutes too late the first time. Week later went back and was told they did not have them contrary to info on the internet. Was told that a lot of places were running out, but one place he did mention was Hood Park in Burbank, WA. If you live in Tri-City area go to the enterance of the campground part to a little building where you pay your fees. All I had to show was driver's license. -Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Got my solar glasses and am ready to see my second solar eclipse. Hope I get to see the Northern Lights again. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dennis, please tell us more about your solar glasses... a google search for "solar Eclipse Glasses" and every one on Amazon is "currently not available. I found this site and another site - News warning -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/18/17 Unfortunately Walla Walla (Northwest team) lost to Santa Margarita, CA (West team) by a score of 0-9 on Friday. Walla Walla will play again on Saturday at 5pm PDT on ESPN against Sioux Falls (Midwest team). Go, Walla Walla!!! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff 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) 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) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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. ********************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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] 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/ 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) ~ ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [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] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/21/17 ~ TOTAL ECLIPSE DAY ... watching on the Weather Channel ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dan HAGGARD ('57), Helen CROSS ('62) Leoma COLES ('63), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Tedd CADD ('66), Brad WEAR ('71) Gary TURNER ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: LaVerne OSTERMAN ('51) [Happy Birthday, Vernie -- my first babysitter. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 picnic on the 10th. 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 are optional and a lot of fun. You get good food, a chance to visit with friends from classes ranging from 1947 to 1977. A good time is had by all. Plan to attend the Class of 1957 picnic on Sunday, September 10th, from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. Hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad 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 10th. -Dan HAGGARD ('57) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) Re: Know what this is? [Don't know what it is, but I still have mine! -Maren] -Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Leoma COLES ('63) Re: The Eclipse Well, tomorrow will tell!! The Oregon Coast, specifically Lincoln City and Depoe Bay have been preparing for months for the Eclipse. There was a huge rate increase at the local hotels, many businesses making their employees work extra days and long hours, all with the anticipation of a massive influx of customers coming to the coast. Now, after media warnings of major traffic jams, lack of food and gas, and possible overcast day on Monday we are like a ghost town. Many hotels had massive cancellations, stores are overstocked with supplies, and employees have been sent home early from work. The week-end has been the deadest that most of us remember from the summers past. TV networks are here, for the ground zero viewing for tomorrow, but no one knows for sure, we just have to wait. The weather is great, sunny and clear the last few days and locals are enjoying a break in the summer traffic and tourists. We have had a Garage Sale going all week-end, but it's been pretty slow. Most locals were told to stay home because of the traffic congestion, but that hasn't happened yet. Looks like the most popular place this week-end is Prineville, where they are expecting over 100,000 people. So, we shall see. Have a great Monday Eclipse everyone!! -Leoma COLES ('63) ~ From sunny and quiet Lincoln City, OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I'm gonna watch on the weather channel. -Maren] ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/20/17 Tri-City Herald "Walla Walla holds on for a 4-3 win over South Dakota" I erred in my post for Sunday as "Walla Walla will have Sunday off before returning to the field at 5pm Monday against the loser of Sunday's Fairfield American, Connecticut and Lufkin, Texas, game." Good luck, Walla Walla! -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Coast Guard White Hulls In a previous post, I misstated the length of the two USCG Cutters in a drug bust. It felt wrong but I didn't pay attention to it. They were 378' and 270'. Re: Common Sense The original version of the obituary for Mr. Common Sense is actually the work of Lori Borgman and was first published in the Indianapolis Star on 15 March 1998. As is normal with the web, there are many versions, modified by who knows how many people. It is sad to know that Mr. Sense has been dead for almost 20 years. -Tedd CADD ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Richland Street Names My bet is Lee Blvd is named after Robert E Lee. I found out all of the original street names were named after Generals of various wars. [Actually it was Army Engineers. -Maren] John MOSLEY ('71) and I tried to have the park at Stevens and Van Giesen renamed after Mark BLACK '(66wb-RIP), USMC, in '06 or '07. Mark was one of the first Tri-City residents killed in Vietnam. There was an article in TCH on our efforts. We found out Stevens was a Civil War General, but I don't know which side he was on. [Go to that streets page, Brad. There's a whole page on Army Engineer Isaac Ingalls Stevens (1818-62) and a whole page on Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) -- check out YOUR street name. This page has been online SINCE 8/23/99. -Maren] The Parks and Rec director was very reluctant to change a parks name, even though Stevens already had a street named after him. Go figure -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in rain soaked, humid Plano, TX. - 11 days until dove season. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Gary TURNER ('71) Re: Lee Blvd. The argument about Washington and Jefferson being slave owners screams "Straw Man." To me the question is why would we honor someone who took a military oath to defend the USA and then chose to lead an army in battle against the USA. By that logic, can we expect Benedict Arnold Avenue next? For that matter, if we are honoring military leaders that we have defeated in war we should also have a Rommel Road and a Tojo Trail... I'm sure they, too, were regarded as honorable by those they lead. This is not a liberal/conservative thing and has nothing to do with changing history, but with honoring the history of the United States... not the history of the Confederacy. For you constitutionalists please see Article III, section 3. Changing a street name that has existed for 70 years won't happen. However, Ray STEIN's ('64) idea to change the honoree to Glenn Lee is an excellent compromise... he certainly did a lot more to create the Tri-Cities of today than Robert E. Lee. -Gary TURNER ('71) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Political correctness gone amok. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* 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: Linda MERRILL ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie MOORE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nicole BJORN ('90) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 10th. 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 waiting. 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 experience. -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 statues. -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 To: 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 process. -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 approached? ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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: INTRODUCED BY: RON SIMS, BRUCE LAING PROPOSED NO.: 86-66 MOTION NO. 6461 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: good thing we avoid politics here -Mike FRANCO ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08//17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66) Betti AVANT ('69), Bruce STRAND ('69 BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim SPEARS ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene HORNE ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donni CLARK ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck MONASMITH ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda CHAPPELL ('71) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Boy, what a relief; Lee Blvd. was not named for "Marse" Robert [nickname of Robert E. Lee]. While Glenn Lee might have been a consideration, it is good to know that he is now out of the running for having that Blvd named for him. Yes, he was a champion for the Tri-Cities. He did not champion Richland. I think he would have preferred it to remain the sleepy farm town(village) it was before the war. That Richland was, for a time, a larger community than Pasco and Kennewick combined sort of went against his grain. After all, the citizens of Richland were a bunch of "johnny-come- latelys" and quite possibly carpet baggers. Since Mr. Lee resided in, and had his business in lily white Kennewick; who knew what "sort" of people were living in Richland. He is probably spinning in his grave to know that persons of color are living in Kennewick. "Marse" Robert would have been a better choice. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where summer weather may be returning by the end of the week P.S, For all you latent hippies out there, I see where Volkswagen is thinking about bringing back the bus and lasting for a while. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63) Re: Conferderate Monuments Wondering where all those Confederate monuments come from? Look up the cult of "The Lost Cause." A post war movement to lionize and justify the Confederacy and its heroes. "Save your Confederate money, boys. The South will rise again!" Regards, -Jim ARMSTRONG ('63) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: the olden dayz Well, the eclipse has passed and now people will be able to say "why I remember back in '17 bla bla bla... and kids will look at them and say "you saw that in real time?"... well back in '58 as we were moving into the F house on the corner of Stevens and VanGiesen, the Bomber guy was one of the first kids I met that summer... we spent most of the summer trying to build a go-cart... don't think we even managed to scrounge 4 wheels so the project never got any further... now days they can be purchased at half the stores around... ahhhhh the olden days... well HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chuck MONASMITH ('65) and Donni cLARK ('63) on your special day, August 23, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/22/17 Tri-City Herald Walla Walla made a good run in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA but unfortunately lost to Fairfield, CT in a late, weather-related delayed game Monday night by a score of 14-6. Congratulations to the Walla Walla team for being selected to play in the Little League World Series! Re: The item is a class key given out by Nihart's Jewelry in Richland. See the item posted on our class of '66 website at Re: Roberta "Robin" Clark Morris (RIP RHS Teacher) Robin was born 2/17/42 and passed away 8/3/17. Her memorial service will be from 11am-1pm on Friday, August 25, at West Side Church located at 615 Wright Avenue in Richland. "She was also a driving force to raise funds for Seattle's first Ronald McDonald House. Robin's journey continued by finding time to teach Sunday school and working to enrich the school experience of students through the Jason Lee Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Her path changed again as she returned to teaching in 1986 and eventually as a teacher at Richland High School. Answering the call of the students, Robin took the role of advisor for the Richland High newspaper, The Sandstorm (1987-2005), and then later the yearbook, The Columbian (1995-2005). She also worked tirelessly to add journalism classes to the school curriculum. Robin joined the Washington Journalism Education Association (WJEA) and Journalism Education Association (JEA) in 1987 and was President of WJEA from 1994-1996. She retired from Richland High School in 2005, but continued to be an active member in WJEA and JEA. Robin was recognized many times for her energy and dedication that she poured into each and every project that she was involved in: two Golden Acorn Awards; National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Nominee 1991-92 Richland High school PTSA , Who's Who Among American Teachers 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004; Outstanding Journalism Educator - Richland High School - 1986-2005; All American Adviser Award - 2005- National Scholastic Press Association; Lifetime Achievement Award -2005 - The Journalism Education Association; Dorothy McPhillips Award - 2005- WJEA recognition for tireless dedication to scholastic journalism, Master Journalism Educator - 1992-2017. Her awards from Washington Journalism Education Association and Journalism Education Association are a reflection of her commitment to help students rise to their best and for her to walk alongside them, supporting as she could in so many ways." "In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following options that Robin had a strong passion for: WJEA Robin Morris Scholarship, Washington Journalism Education Association; Roberta Clark (63) and Dr. James E. Morris (63) Endowed Scholarship, Pfeiffer University; World Relief Tri-Cities; and Chaplaincy Hospice House Kennewick, Washington." RIP, Robin. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Betti AVANT ('69) Re: My 2 Cents Worth I'm not one that gets into political discussions. Someone sent a picture of the sign on Lee Blvd. explaining who it was named for and it says "Robert E. Lee", then goes into a history of him. I say just leave all of this alone. [and later that same day...} I meant to add to this, that Traveler is not the mascot for UCLA but USC. UCLA has a bruin for a mascot (students dressed up as bears). -Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bruce STRAND ('69) Re: Houston Lodge To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) The Houston Lodge at Houston, AK had the biggest and best burgers. This, especially after four days canoeing on the Little Sue where we rolled the canoe twice the first day. That was 40 years ago, so don't know what the Lodge is serving these days. -Bruce STRAND ('69) ~ Still warm in Tempe, AZ ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/24/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Mary ROSE ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty STRODE ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen WORKMAN ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan MONTGOMERY ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancie MILLIUS ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki CASE ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don WADE ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Blanche NEWBY ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian BLOWE ('12) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John COLE & Vicki MOSLEY ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Curt DONAHUE ('53) Re: USC Mascot and Other Nonsense Of course Traveler [a horse - current horse is Traveler VII] is the USC Mascot. I have been corrected many times for that untimely slip caused likely by old age. And now some professor who obviously has nothing to do has decided that God is racist, since the main part of the recent eclipse didn't cover areas populated by enough people of color. I'm not sure what she plans to do about it, but it might be fun to watch. -Curt DONAHUE ('53) ~ Pasco ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) Re: Bruce STRAND ('69) The Houston Lodge is a fixture in Alaska history. By any description the Houston Lodge was a "Road House" with live music. The crowd looked a bit on the rough side but generally were behaving of folks having a good time. Up until it sold a couple of years ago it was all you wanted it to be. Their biggest day of the year was the night of the Fireworks. Most years that crowd on both sides of the Parks Hiway exceeds 5000 for the celebration. That fireworks display is probably the largest on mainland Alaska. My two displays at Dutch Harbor, AK are larger in caliber but doesn't have the room to spread out like Houston. [My wife] Jackie and I work for over a week day and night setting up multiple trailers of mortars and wiring it all to the advanced automated Cobra firing system. She fires the huge number of fireworks items remotely with a command module. The Prime Rib dinner with baked tater and all the trimmings was just the way you like it. Slow roasted on rare side and perfect. Unfortunately the new owners wanted it to be a class act place to dine. They discouraged the normal Alaska type crowd and closed on the day of the celebration and fireworks. That didn't last. Now another owner has picked it up and it is better but will not likely be the same old watering hole. Last Sat. I had a BLT for lunch that was exceptionally good.Time will tell whether the new owners can stand the pace. But they are working at it. They also have some rooms to rent. Jackie and I stayed there one night. A bit primitive as they were remodeling but OK. -J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) Re: New VW Bus Somewhere I saw a perfect one with large flowers and automatic transmission!!! Waiting patiently... -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/25/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Mary RAY ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen MANOLOPOULOS ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg STONE ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anthony BELSITO ('92) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary RAY Henslee ('61) Re: USCG Sandstorm Topic I devoted a section of my "American Trivia You Can Use" book to military trivia because of the important role the military has played in our history. It includes trivia on each of the five military branches, the military academies, the national war memorials, and some misc. military trivia of importance. Since the USCG has been a topic of interest lately, the USCG trivia from my book might be of interest even if some of the facts have already been mentioned. Q. When was the Coast Guard established? A. August 4, 1790 (initially called the Revenue Cutter Service, it was established after the Tariff Act of 1789 was passed to prevent smuggling and piracy along U.S. coasts) Q. When did the Revenue Cutter Service become known as the Coast Guard and an official branch of the armed forces? A. January 28, 1915 Q. What is the official Coast Guard song? A. Semper Paratus Q. What does the Coast Guard motto "Semper Paratus" mean? A. Latin for "Always Ready" Q. What department of the federal government is the Coast Guard under? A. The Department of Homeland Security (moved from the Department of Transportation by President George W. Bush) Q. What are Coast Guard vessels called? A. Cutters Re: New Paperback My book titled "The Path to Moral Values: A Complete Guide for Kids of All Ages" is now out in paperback. I know most of you probably don't have school age kids running around the house anymore, but know the book is there in case you come across someone who does. I decided to put the Anti-Bullying cheer from my book on my product page since it would only be seen by book purchasers otherwise. The fact that cheers are catchy and motivational makes them an ideal vehicle for uniting kids behind a message in my opinion. Follow the links on my author page to each product page for more details and a generous look inside the covers: Have a great day! -Mary RAY Henslee ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/26/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) David RIVERS ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene KELLER ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard TWEDT ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon HOPKINS ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon SASSER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joyce SOEHNLEIN ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merle HUESTIES ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gauin MOORE ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Don WATSON ('64) & Nora Szulinski ('66) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Getting out right on schedule! Our "Rambling Rovers" bus leaves (left, as you'll be seeing this after the fact) San Antonio in about an hour... well ahead of Hurricane Harvey. Lots of folks leaving Corpus Christi this morning and driving north. Our bus driver told us he wants to leave a little bit earlier rather than later, because he was told there will be a lot of traffic coming this way. We had rain yesterday and the day before but other than that, the weather has been absolutely perfect. Not nearly as humid as I'd heard it would be. This has been an action-packed trip. In fact, I stayed at the Hotel Wednesday and did some catching up on computer work, laundry and sleep! Some of the others were a bit envious when I reported my nap of 1 1/2 hours! I had no problem missing the National Museum of the Pacific War and the LBJ National Historic Park or more shopping. I will say that Texans are really, really proud of Texas! My goodness! -Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in San Antonio, TX, where we will soon be "on the road again!" ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh So I gotta email from Q ('62) saying my emails are getting kicked back... checked spam and pushed delete all... arrrrrgh. oh well... enuff tech crap for today... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Richard TWEDT ('64) on your special day, August 26, 2017!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! guess we need to call off that trip to Corpus Christi!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David RIVERS ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/27/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54) Deputy Editor Richard ('60) Shirley COLLINGS ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judi PEARSON ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey HENJUM ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donnie DEAN ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark SAUCIER ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlee CORBETT ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron HOLEMAN ('56) & Leslie SWANSON ('59) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) As hard as it may seem, there are still people out there who don't believe Clark Kent is Superman. I'm not sure on where those people stand on the Easter Bunny. It would seem likely they are the ones who block the Junior Gyrene's ('65) emails. Sad news, I know. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Deputy Editor Richard ('60) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) Em, I can't decide which of these two groups I detest more: professional Texans or professional Irish. The last time I almost got into a physical fistfight was with a professional Irishman who welched me over a bet on a soccer game (1994 World Cup Netherlands 2 - Ireland 0). This happened at the Blue Moon tavern in Seattle. The altercation was broken up by other patrons heaping ridicule on both of us for being pathetic old men making fools of ourselves. Professional Texans often express themselves as being people whose excrement doesn't stink. -Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary), Richard ANDERSON ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) Re: Class of 1966 News With deep sadness I am sharing the news that two of our classmates' husbands recently passed away. Diane KASEY Howard's husband, Brian, passed away July 4 in Renton, WA. Brian's memorial service was Friday. Cindy OATES Pond's husband, Larry, passed away August 15 in Meridian, ID. The link to Larry's obit is RIP Brian and Larry. Prayers of peace and comfort to Diane, Cindy and their families. Re: Kennewick powerlifter qualifies ~ 8/25/17 Tri-City Herald Kennewick powerlifter Kirsten Shockman punched her ticket to the IPL World Powerlifting Championships on Sunday at a qualifying meet in Kennewick. Shockman, 24, squatted 369 pounds, bench pressed 176 and pulled a 396-pound deadlift to place first in her class in a meet at RAB Fitness. She also broke the American records in all three lifts. -Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland somewhat cooler for a few days ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/28/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike CLOWES ('54), Steve CARSON ('58) Connie MADRON ('60), Mary ROSE ('60) David RIVERS ('65), Brad WEAR ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave HENDERSON ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronnie COWGILL ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc LEACH ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary BEHYMER ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn DODSON ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim FELDER ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave FLAHERTY ('76) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* [Missed most of AKA's post yesterday... here it ALL is] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) As hard as it may seem, there are still people out there who don't believe Clark Kent is Superman. I'm not sure on where those people stand on the Easter Bunny. It would seem likely they are the one's who block the Junior Gyrene's ('65) emails. Sad news, I know. On a happier note, today {yesterday - 8/27 - by the time this got this in the Sandstorm] is the birthday of a Bomber Babe. From my recollections of the past, I think I was afraid to talk to her in the "hallowed halls" or even at Hi-Spot. Not sure why. But 45 years later we did talk. Not about much, and I did recognize her straight away. With a flourish of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!", I celebrate Judi PEARSON's ('54) 22nd birthday. It may not have taken an eclipse, but she did make it this far, and I hope she keeps on going. With her spirit, I think she will. Have a nice one, even if it is a 150 degrees in the shade down there in Old Arizony. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the nineties have returned to the daily forecasts, but so far no rain even though the State Fair started last Friday. ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) To: Deputy Editor Richard Richard, I have also heard the Texan story but have been assured that Texans excrement does indeed have a odor but it is identified as Vanilla Ice Cream. -Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Connie MADRON Hall ('60) To: Deputy Editor Richard ANDERSON ('60) It is so nice to read, Richard, that after 75 years of living you haven't changed a bit! Look forward to seeing you in 2020 at our 60 year Reunion. -Connie MADRON Hall ('60) ~ Nipomo, CA where the strawberry fields and grape vineyards meet the Pacific ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) To: Deputy Editor Richard ANDERSON ('60) I am part Irish too but I don't boast about - see nothing to boast about. I don't think most of the Irish people in the US know their history, especially their history in our country!! I have been married to two Irishmen and they both were pretty good drinkers, actually more than pretty good. I am also French, English, Scot, German and Scandinavian with trace amounts of Iberian Peninsula and European Jewish!! So thankful for the mix!!! Enjoyed your entry Richard!! -Mary ROSE Tansy ('60) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: David RIVERS ('65) Re: wet dirt inna jar Now, as he was way older than I on May 27, 1948, the B-day Bomber will remember the events far clearer than I (I was only 18 months old). In fact, if I check EBAY, I don't doubt that I should be able to find a jar of silt he is selling from the deluge... be that as I may, my first "memory" (that I recall) my mother says I didn't experience at all... I recall riding on a train "with blue lights" as my mother took me to Iowa during the flood... I have always had the memory and have only ridden on one train... go figure... So Prayers for those suffering from this latest storm and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gary BEHYMER ('64) on your special day, August 28, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (PS Mr TWEDT ('64) said it was 114 in Palm Desert yesterday)! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: 1948 Flood -David RIVERS ('65) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Brad WEAR ('71) Re: Texas Texas is not only a state, it is a state of mind. One of the greatest places to live. I wasn't born here, but I got here as soon as I could. Resident Alien!!!! Like Jerry Jeff Walker sings in "London Homesick Blues" "the prettiest women, and the friendliest people in the world". -Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Plano, TX where dove season opens in four days!!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/29/17 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Tedd CADD ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy CROSE ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie WEBB ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David GILBERT ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita FRAVALA ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brenda BELCHER ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kristi STREGE ('00) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie GERKEN ('01) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill BAILEY ('64) & Jackie COLE ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Karl FECHT and Judy CORDER ('66) 08/29/05 Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Buras, LA ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>From: Tedd CADD ('66) Re: Texas is a state of mind I heard a story once of a Texas rancher bragging about his large spread. "I can get in my truck and drive all day and I'm still on my land!" The hearer said, "I had a truck like that once." We lived in Austin, Texas for a while-the hill country they call it. Central Texas is the only place where all five of the poisonous snakes indigenous to the US co-exist. I managed to have a close encounter with two varieties...nearly stepped on a copperhead, missing it by about 6 inches. -Tedd CADD ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* 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) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy HOFF ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty O'NEIL ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa BARBER ('78) ************************************************************* ************************************************************* >>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 occasions. -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) ************************************************************* ******************** HEARD ABOUT ************************ ************************************************************* Heard about this Bomber death today: >>Bruce EDWARDS ('62-RIP) ~ 10/12/?? - ??/??/17 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ************************************************************* ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` July, 2017 ~ September, 2017