Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/11/17 ~ WE REMEMBER
4 Bombers and Don Sorenson (NAB) sent stuff : 
Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52), Norma LOESCHER ('53)
Dennis HAMMER ('64), Don Sorenson (NAB)


BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52)

Re: teenagers in general, fires in particular, and 
	the "me" mind-set.

I have to put in my 2 cents worth. (And you know what 2 cents
is worth these days!) First, thank you Gary TURNER ('71) for
sharing your wise perspective. I believe "media" has done a
lot to further the "me" mind set of many people. Especially
young, impressionable kids. Any time anything happens in 
the USA, the "news" channels can't report anything but that
particular event. To me, this is disgusting as well as mind-
boggling. There is only Sandy Hook. There is only a shooting
here or a shooting there. There is only Hurricane Harvey.
There is only Hurricane Irma, etc, etc, etc. They report as if
we were the only country on the surface of earth. (Once in a
while, when these extreme events are taking place, they'll
give a brief account of a terror attack in another part of 
the world or some other something, but they generally let
themselves be consumed by the immediate problem as they see
it.) THEN they tell us "everyone is talking about ...",
"everyone wants to know...". This attitude on their part, I
think, encourages self-centeredness whether the kids realize
it or not. (I guess people who point out a problem should have
some solutions in mind. I don't. Other than turning off the TV
and talking about real life and how it affects all of us.) I
think it is important to remember that we are "one world" and
"one humanity" and that we are pretty much all in this

Re: '52 in '17 - 65 Years 

Happy to report that the 65 year reunion for the Class of '52
was enjoyed by all who attended. It was a small group, but
very pleasant. Henry's Restaurant in W. Richland, did a nice
job with the Buffet... good food and lots of it. (I would
recommend them for any catering although I don't know how
their prices compare.) I will say, in all humility, that the
Committee did a great job of making it happen and we are
grateful for the help from others, especially in setting up
the decorations. Our list of "dearly departed" was sadly very
long. About 102 out of a class of 254.

Re: On a personal note

I'm moving back to Alaska at the end of this month. I will be
staying at my property up there until it sells, probably a
year or so. I have lots of books, especially about Alaska,
that need new homes. Some have a price and some are free. I
have donated many books to Library fund raisers, but still
have an awful lot of them. A friend will be moving in to take
care of my sister-in-law and I want to make more space for
her. Happily, that becomes more space for me when I move back!
Having lived up there for 35 years, I know there will be many
challenges, but it feels like the right thing to do and I'm
looking forward to being with my AK family and friends for
more than just the usual 1 or 2 months each summer.

-Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ Richland, where the air is 
	pleasantly clear and evenings and mornings are beginning
	to feel a little bit like fall!  
>>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) 

Re: Thank You for Club 40

Thanks to President Ron HOLEMAN ('56), VP Dona McCLEARY Belt
('54), Secretary Karol BRIMHALL Smith ('56), Treasurer Ann
Thompson, aka Anna May WANN ('49) and each and every volunteer
and contributor who made the thirtieth Club 40 get-together a
soul-satisfying experience. Seeing old classmates, relatives
and friends each year is pure joy. 

Bomber cheers, 
-Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ in still-smoky Richland  
>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

Re: the "Crying Indian"

That Indian was Iron Eyes Cody, who appeared in over 200 films
as an Indian. He was born in Louisiana as Espera or "Oscar"
DeCorti the son of Italian immigrants. So he was not really
Native-American he was actually Italian-American. (I hate this
hyphenated-American business anyway; I think we should all
just be Americans.) He changed his last name from DeCorti to
Corti, then to Cody when started appearing in movies. He
adopted the Indian culture, married Indian woman, worked for
Indian causes, and dressed as Indian even when not doing movie
or TV parts. His sister "outed" him as being Italian, but he
continued to deny it for the rest of his life.

Re: today's yutes

I am not so sure I accept the negative comments about the
yutes of today. I remember the same comments made about us
when we were yutes. I also remember seeing on TV someone
responding to this widely accepted criticism of the yutes by
reading this quote: "The children now love luxury. They have
bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for
elders and love chatter in place of exercise." -Socrates

Remember working as a janitor and using a dust mop on the
store floors. Once I complained to someone about people who
can't do you the courtesy of moving out of the way for just
one second and let you get by and do your job. He was not
doing janitor job, but said yeah, and it's mostly young people
too. I didn't think this seemed right, so I started taking
note of it and my conclusion was it had absolutely nothing to
do with their age. I remember one kid probably about fourth
grade telling his family to "move out of the custodian's way."

Re: explanation of above

If you have seen the movie "My Cousin Vinny" skip to the next
"Re." If have not, "yutes" is the way actor Joe Pesci
pronounced youths.

Re: playing with fire

As kids we, me and neighborhood kids, used to play with fire.
We made rockets using bottles stuffed with match heads which
sent a bunch of burning match heads all over when launched.
Played Indians using flaming arrows (wrap the front of arrows
with rags, squirt lighter fluid on it and light it). Built
little fires to play camping and roast marshmallows, blew up
model cars and tanks and planes. All done without parental
supervision and as far as I know, with their knowledge, anyway
we didn't hide it, but we did have the good sense to do it in
a place where it wouldn't get out of control, and in the case
of the rockets and flaming arrows always in a plowed field.

-Dennis HAMMER ('64) 
>>From: Don Sorenson (NAB)

To: All Bombers,

16 years ago while driving to work I was listening to KTCR
when it was a call in talk show. Joe Mayday, one of the hosts,
details some terrible news that a plane had crashed into one
of the World Trade Center Towers. He and his partner were
thinking out loud about what kind of pilot error could cause
this tragedy. Within moments Joe announced another plane had
crashed into the 2nd tower. For a one moment the two were
silent in the next both men reached the conclusion this insane
moment of history was more sinister in nature. All the way 
to work Joe and his co-worker took calls from listeners and
provided information as it became available. Arriving at the
WYE Barricade the traffic was a bit slower as Patrol surveyed
each car and badge holder inside them. The facility I work in
seemed to be in shock folks wondered out loud we learned of
the fate of one of towers. I didn't go into the building but
rather walked around the yard watching my co-workers react 
to what was happening. I remember Steve coming out of the
adjacent office buildings and shouted the 2nd tower had
collapsed. The security posture of my building changed in a
way I have not seen in many years. We were sent home, only
essential personnel were needed to man the plant. Driving home
listening to the news to learn more about the fate of those
involved my person was affected, I would think, just like
those Americans on December 7th so many years ago. Almost 14
years earlier, on a December 7th bus ride to work people asked
each other, where were you today? To us who know where we were
on 9-11 share the same feelings of those Americans nearly 76
years ago. My deepest Thanks to our veterans and those who run
toward danger to keep us safe.

-Don Sorenson (NAB)
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