Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/01/17
3 Bombers sent stuff and heard about a Bomber death today: 
Pete BEAULIEU ('62)
Dennis HAMMER ('64)
Mike FRANCO ('70)

WEEKLY BOMBER LUNCH: Mostly '52ers, Noon, Sterling's Queensgate 
12/01   24 days till Christmas
CINNAMON BEAR - Listen to "Crazy Quilt Dragon" (Episode #3) 
92 days till Iditarod starts March 3, 2018

Richland Bombers on Facebook
	[Had alittle  trouble getting thislink to work. 
	It does seem towork if I copy the entire URL 
	and paste it into my browser.  -Maren]

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Re: Navy mishaps

Here's the latest of four reports this year of Navy ship
mishaps -- As an 
ex-Navy guy it causes my mind to wander back to the Navy and
other ships of earlier and simpler times.

Part of my attraction to the Navy was my long-standing
romance with sailing ships, from grade school readings
onward. At the start I worked my way through whatever I could
find on the shelves of Lewis & Clark grade school. Especially
clipper ships.

When I was about ten (1954) I sat in a local park and drew a
picture from memory of a three-masted sailing ship. This was
part of a two-week summer art course taught in North Richland
by a Mr. Rentola, the accomplished art teacher at Lewis &
Clark. Along comes an ol' codger who looks over my shoulder.
Probably 70 years old (younger than I am now!). With what I
imagine was a faraway look in his eye he named for me, one-
by-one, each of the masts and sails from bow to stern. Been
there, done that -- a living memory of a bygone world, still
kicking, and only a few miles from nine nuclear reactors.

Today I have in my possession a very rare historic photo,
measuring 3" high and 20" long and printed in 1972 specially
on request from a glass negative, at the cubby hole museum of
Victorian Port Townsend (northeast corner of the Olympic
Peninsula), showing ten (count them, ten!) masted ships
riding at anchor on the outgoing tide. The hand-lettered date
is 1909; the cargo is cedar shakes and lumber needed to
rebuild San Francisco after the earthquake. At this moment in
history and with this commerce, tiny Port Townsend became for
a year or two the second busiest port in the United States
behind New York.

My Sandstorm thought here is that in 1969 only 60 years
separated me and the crew of the Navy carrier USS Hornet 
from my daydream fleet of yesteryear, like the one at Port
Townsend. Which is to say, in only a few more years, in 2029,
I will be able to tell my grandchildren that my modern (?)
Navy career reaches half way back to the historic good ol'
days of sailing ships in 1909. Almost old as dirt, but not
really minding it that much... I wonder who that ol' codger

-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA, where with binoculars
	I can almost see Port Townsend to the northwest across
	Puget Sound.
>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

Re: What a Country!!!

When a 5-time deported illegal immigrant with a criminal
record in the US can be found guilty of being in possession
of a gun, but found not guilty, even of manslaughter, when he
uses it to kill a young woman! Sounds like the only thing
they are going to do is deport him again. What a country?!?!?
Or at least state???

-Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ in Kennewick with steam coming out of 
	my ears!!!
>>From: Mike FRANCO ('70)

Ok, been meaning to ask this for a looooooong time: 

What the heck is the Cinnamon Bear? What is it about? What
are the ties to Richland??? Can someone help me out? Am I the
only Bomber who is clueless on this?

I will accept any info as well as insults, etc. Thanks.

-Mike FRANCO ('70)
Sent from my Galaxy TabŪ
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Heard about this Bomber death today:

Molly TURNER Milner ('58-RIP) ~ 6/20/19 - 11/20/17 
That's it for today. Please send more.