Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/29/17
11 Bombers sent stuff and memorial INFO for 2 Bombers today: 
Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54)
Diane AVEDOVECH ('56), Rich BAKER ('58)
Carol CARSON ('60), Earl BENNETT ('63)
Marie RUPPERT ('63), Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)
David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66)
Lynn-Marie HATCHER ('68)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Dick WIGHT ('52)

Re: J.J. Newberry's

All the chatter about Newberry's is interesting history. There
was a competitor downtown named Diamond Variety, managed by a
nice gent by name of Joe Perrier. I worked there for a year or
so as a stock clerk, 2 hours daily after school and all day
Saturday. I don't remember any lunch counter in Diamond
Variety... I guess we didn't have one. Rich BAKER ('58) says 
he was paid 50 cents an hour, but I specifically recall - in
1951 - my wage going up to 65 cents, which I understood was
the new minimum wage. Hmmmm... Was Newberry's hiring "scab
labor"?????? The two stores were competitors, and now and
again I was sent to scout prices of specific items. Same for
their stock guy, a fellow named Marvin Gray (from Benton
City). We became friends, and Marvin and I joined the Coast
Guard and went to boot camp together in January 1952.

-Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in sunny, warmish Richland
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Sorry, no Newberry's story. I spent my time and money at
Korten's; at the time, the best record selection in the 
Tri-Cities outdoing even their outlet in downtown Pasco.

Again, not as important as the birthday of an older Bomber
Babe of my acquaintance. If our collective memory serves, we
both had a class together at the same time (and not Study
Hall). Go figure. Thought I might see her at Club 40 this 
year, but apparently there was a schedule conflict or 

A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to
Kay MITCHELL ('52). I hope you have a good day today.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where
	the recent heat wave is over and the monsoons are 
	returning. Not quite tether the elephants and tie-down 
	the ox carts sort of weather, but a relief.
>>From: Rich BAKER ('58)

Re: President Kennedy

In my entry yesterday, I discussed working at Newberry's
through high school graduation. Shortly after graduation, I
joined the Navy with John BAXTER ('58) and Leroy ARMSTRONG
('58). Upon discharge from the Navy and prior to commencing
college, I worked for General Electric at Hanford as a Utility
Operator on one of the supplemental crews along with Craig
BUCHANAN ('57) responsible for charge/discharge activities at
all the production reactors. I was working the day President
Kennedy dedicated N Reactor so was in the crowd during the
dedication. A short couple of months later, I was in the lunch
room at D Reactor when an announcement was made over the PA
system stating that President Kennedy had been assassinated in
Dallas. A very sad day in our history.

Re: Walla Walla Pea Harvest

On a brighter note, each summer during my high school years,
as I was working at Newberry's and therefore, stuck in
Richland, there was a mass exodus of my friends heading for
the pea harvest in Walla Walla. So, on several Sundays
throughout the summer (my only day off), my car would fill up
with the girl friends left behind and we would drive to Walla
Walla for a party. I have a question, is there still a pea
harvest every summer in Walla Walla or is that just another
fond memory of the past?

-Rich BAKER ('58)
>>From: Diane AVEDOVECH ('56)

To: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Shirley, thank you for the article on JFK's visit to Hanford
to dedicate the N-Reactor. What an interesting article. I
wished I could have been there for that historic moment in our
history. I was finishing up my schooling at U. Puget Sound at
that time and my parents had moved to the Seattle area so we
were not even around then, darn! John F. Kennedy was an
incredible president.

-Diane AVEDOVECH ('56)
>>From: Carol CARSON Renaud ('60)

Re: J J Newberry's

The one thing that popped into my head was Blue Waltz perfume.
Of course we always liked the fountain even if it was just for
a coke.

-Carol CARSON Renaud ('60) ~ from Lynnwood, WA where we're 
	having a bit of Indian Summer
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>>From: Earl BENNETT ('63)

Re: Rich BAKER's ('58) reference to Gerald BURDSALL ('56 RIP)
working at Newberry's; I lived next door to Gerald and his
sister/my classmate Glenda ('63), and remember the cars he
worked on. There was one that he gave the classic, widely-
rounded-corners-everywhere look of late-'40s/early-'50s rods.
Its first paint job was yellow, but he wasn't pleased with it
- referred to it as "sick-tooth yellow." Don't remember what
color he changed it to. 

Thinking about Glenda reminds me of the summer, probably
around '59-'61, when all the teens in the neighborhood put 
on a carnival in the cul-de-sac at the end of Turner where 
we lived; lots more work than we expected, but great fun.

Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) brought in a mention of Densow's
fountain to balance out the focus on Newberry's fountain the
last couple of days. I liked both places, and recall an eye-
opening encounter at Densow's when, as a junior, I saw a
fellow student I hadn't seen for quite a while, with her baby
in arms - she had been sent out of town for probably the last
half of the pregnancy, which was commonly done back then. I
also remember the phosphates that someone mentioned several
days ago. I really liked them, and ordered one the first time
I went to the fountain in the student union at WSU when I got
there in '63 - it took a few minutes, but they found someone
who still knew how to make one.

Mom didn't get much clothing for us at Newberry's, she was
devoted to J.C. Penney's. That was before they became an
upscale clothing vendor - all my jeans, capris, shirts, socks,
even sneakers - nearly everything came from Penney's. 

Regards, ecb3 - from a long dry spell in central Virginia,
where mowing my mother-in-law's lawn yesterday produced
significant clouds of dust, making it clear that it needs 
some seeding before this year ends.

-Earl BENNETT ('63)
>>From: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63)

WOW! So many entries about JJ Newberry's, I still have (and
use) the nylon rat tail comb that I bought when I was in high
school. Also have (and use) the eyebrow pencil sharpener that
I bought there. Remember the blue bottles of Evening in Paris
toilet water? Loved the bottle, but hated the fragrance.

Loved that store almost as much as the basement floor of
Fredrick & Nelson's in downtown Seattle for Christmas gifts
for my family. I was convinced as a toddler, that the REAL
Santa came to F&N each year to hear my heart's desires. As the
oldest of six, I believed in Santa longer than most and was
heartbroken when my third grade teacher told us as we lined up
to go home for Christmas vacation that Santa was a myth.

	[Dagone teacher needs to be shot! -Maren]

-Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63) ~ in sunny and warm Richland
>>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

I googled

Re: J.J. Newberry's

from Wikepecia

J.J. Newberry's was an American five and dime store chain in
the 20th century. It was founded in Stroudsburg, PA in 1911 
by John Josiah Newberry (1877-1954). J.J. Newberry learned 
the variety store business by working in stores for 17 years
between 1894 and 1911. There were seven stores in the chain
by 1918.

Click for a history with photos

-Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA - 82 at 2:45am
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: In the beginning

there was Spalding (ok this is like poetic license without the
poem cuz in my beginning there was Jefferson so just go with
me on this)... That's where I first met or maybe only "heard
of" this amazing athlete... at 75 years of age this kid still
bowls and plays baseball... I'm sorry but I'm not quite 71 and
I don't do any of those things... I don't even think of doing
those things... When I get home now and then I can hardly wait
to see him and see how things are going since my last visit...
When I was home the other day I just "expected" him to stop 
by the Spudnut... I shoulda called... arrrrrrrgh... Now he
and I are very vocal about what it felt like to find out half
of your friends (the ones on the south side of Salem) would be
going to another school after 6th grade... Well, I mean I
kinda stacked the deck by getting kicked outa Spalding and
going to Jason Lee so I was for darned sure going to Chief
Jo... anyway, the point is I have admired and become great
friends with this guy over a VERY long period of time... he
emailed me the other day and I misunderstood thinking I'd be
seeing him in Vegas this weekend... oh well... HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Jack GARDINER ('61) on your special day, September 29, 2017!!
-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Tedd CADD ('66)

Re: Newberry's

All this talk of Newberry's store lead me down to the current
business. It is an antique store now.

But the original "Newberry's" inlay is still there at each

-Tedd CADD ('66)
>>From: Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68)

Re: More Newberry's 

I'm delighted to read all these other Bomber memories
regarding Newberry's. Thanks for joining in!!

I had my first (and one of the few I ever had) ice cream 
soda at that lunch counter so many of you have mentioned.
Chocolate. So good. So "exotic". My sister, Sally HATCHER
Biggerstaff ('60) treated me to a "dress up" lunch that day. 
I was maybe 7. We even wore gloves - just like we were going
to church. 

I loved the covered entry on the NW corner out toward Symons
on the Jadwin side of the store. That orangish/whitish/
tannish stone (granite??) with the brass (?) inlaid "J J
Newberrys". Many times I have wanted to go back and take that
entry stone out & preserve it for the sake of the memories
sparked by just thinking of walking across it.

Hope to read more of your memories of Newberry's. Certainly
treasuring every one that has been shared so far!

-Lynn-Marie HATCHER Peashka ('68)
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not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Chris VOWELS ('71-RIP) ~ 6/1/53 - 9/13/17

Graveside Service: TOMORROW, Saturday, September 30 2017, 1:30pm.
 Einan's Cemetery at Sunset
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not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Mark GERKEN ('02-RIP) ~ 1/11/84 - 9/2/17

Celebration of life:TOMORROW, Saturday, September 30, 2017, 3-7pm
 the Sandburg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave, West Richland.

Stories to be shared are welcome, starting around 3:30, so
start thinking. We ask that, as possible, written stories/
comments be brought or provided at some time, so that we may
copy and save them for his children later on.
That's it for today. Please send more.