Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/17
5 Bombers sent stuff and heard about a Bomber death today: 
Frank WHITESIDE ('63), Jim HAMILTON ('63)
David RIVERS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66)
Mike FRANCO ('70)

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>>From: Frank WHITESIDE ('63)

Re: Birthday

Okay, I hope I got this right without a reminder from Mr.
RIVERS ('65) or Maren ('63 & '64). I'm not big on remembering
birthdays outside of my own immediate family. But this guy has
been like family since September 1955 when we ended up together
in Mr. Anderson's 5th grade class at Jefferson Elementary. My
family had just moved to the North End from the South End of
town in June of that year. Anyway, we hung out constantly all
through Jefferson, CJ and high school. His birthday was 3 days
after my dad's and he and my dad shared the same middle name
which just happened to be the last name of the only American
Indian/Native American Vice President which began with a "C".
(Your homework assignment is to come up with his name). He
spoke English, French and Kaw and his dad was a Civil War

	[Am I supposed to put the name here? Just looked 
	on the '63 Commencement program to come up with 
	that "C" name. -Maren]

I'm speaking, of course, about the one and only birthday boy,
James C. ("Pitts", Army and a few other nicknames) Armstrong.
We spent a lot of time listening to records and fished and
hunted together on his dad's farm along with his dad and "Ike"
his black lab. We walked to high school by Johnny's in Uptown
and bought Lucky Strike cigarettes for 26 cents. We were both
Ag boys, likely because our dads were both farm boys (his in
Nebraska, mine in Colorado). His ewe was named "Dolly" after
Dolly Parton (not really). Anyway, had to get in a HAPPY
BIRTHDAY. If I were there, I'd buy him a cupcake, a beer and a
Big Mac. Some of you need to shoot him an email or make a phone
call to wish him a Happy Birthday since I can't make the drive.
We still call each other and talk for a good spell... still fun
to talk about old times, history and music. Anyway, old man,
have a good one and stay out of trouble!!

-Frank WHITESIDE ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA where it FINALLY got
	 cool... just waiting for the yard to die so we don't 
	have to mow it every week in the disgusting heat and 
>>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63)

Now for something entirely different.

Can't help but notice that the behavior of some of the Iditarod
participants is becoming nearly as reprehensible as Little
League Baseball parents or heaven forbid Seattle Metro League
Basketball. I mean, I mean they're "juicin" the dogs and there
are even reports of Shanghaing our canine friends at the
Anchortown Airport. Why can't the mushers go back to their
roots and just deliver diphtheria serum to Nome rather than
suspend their morals for a Ford Pickup Truck?

	{PART of 1st prize is a DODGE Pick up. -Maren]

But I digress, what I really wanted to share was a recent
article in the Seattle Times about as hallowed a place in
Bomber Lore as Zip's, the Spudnut Shoppe or the Roller Rink. 
At some past reunion of the GMC63 there was discussion of how
remarkable it was that no-one had a child named Camlin. I've
many fond memories of 9th and Olive and Duncan's Market across
the street. Even a meteorological phenomenon one Thursday
afternoon when it rained television sets. Nice article for
you to read: The Camlin still touches the sky, even without 
the Cloud Room  check it out.

Can't imagine there will ever be an article on the Hampstead
Arms which the Birthday Boy and the FFA Mafia put on the map
back in 1963. Happy Birthday to Jim ARMSTRONG, Rock On My
Brother and treat yourself to an evening at the Golden Corral.


-Jim HAMILTON ('63)
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: Music Man

No not the one in River City and no trombones, let alone 76, 
as far as I know but with his wide range in taste, I could be
wrong... no this is a Bomber who is loved by all and happens to
be my guru when it comes to music... he says it's good and I
give it a listen... it's just that simple... now it's not just
music, but he has such a great collection it is one of the
first things that comes to my mind... that and Bomber shirts
and shorts inna winter (last year I hadda finally put long
pants on on November 27th and put on shorts this year in
February)... I am sure everyone has something about this guy
that comes to mind right away... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jim "Pitts"
ARMSTRONG ('63) on your special day, October 24, 2017!!!!!!!!!

-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: '67 in '17 Reunion DVD

If anyone is interested in ordering a copy of the DVD made 
by Richard Raines of Raines Video in Portland his email is His phone numbers are 1-503-274-9635 or 1-800-
654-8277. The cost is $33.95. DVDs are also available of other
50-year reunions for the Richland Bombers: the '64 in '14 held
8/22/14 thru 8/25/14 and the '66 in '16 held 8/13/16.

We received our '67 in '17 Reunion DVD on Friday... plus I have
copies of both the '64 in '14 and the '66 in '16.

Very enjoyable memories,
-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland  
>>From: Mike FRANCO ('70)

For John ALLEN ('66) or anyone else who celebrates "heavily
armed" cities, etc. No COUNTY in Texas is even in the top ten
counties, or 20 I think. You need to look at the data. At the
county level Alaska and Louisiana both have two... there are
others but Texas doesn't show high at all.

Heavily armed STATES guns per 1,000 residents:

1) Wyoming
2) DC
3) Arkansas
4} New Mexico
5) Virginia
Closely followed by Idaho, Alaska, and Louisiana.

Texas is #18, Oregon #24 Arizona #33, Illinois #35, 
Washington #37

I think all this means... nothing.

-Mike FRANCO ('70)
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Heard about this Bomber death today:

>>Bob LeCOUNT ('54-RIP) ~ 7/25/36 - 10/16/17
That's it for today. Please send more.