Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/18
10 Bombers sent stuff: 
Bob JOHNSON ('54), Steve CARSON ('58)
Jack GROUELL ('61), Jim HAMILTON ('63)
Linda REINING ('64), David RIVERS ('65)
Terry DAVIS ('65), Shirley COLLINGS ('66)
Nancy ERLANDSON ('67), Rick VALENTINE ('68)

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>>From: Bob JOHNSON ('54)

Thank you, Karl Bucholz, aka Shyrl BUCHOLTZ ('54).

for posting the notice of the passing of our great teacher,
Gordon Pappas. He and his wife Ruby were the model of
devotion to their craft, their art and the profession of
teaching. I can add some to your thoughtful narrative, which
I was not to learn until many years after our time at Col-Hi. 

Gordon was not only as good as they come as a teacher, he was
a model of modesty and rectitude. I visited him and Ruby in
Castro Valley, California long after they'd left Richland.
Earlier (1962) I'd gone to see them in Richland while
visiting my folks following my discharge from the U.S. 
Army. I was on my way to taking up a position in the NY
Philharmonic. Gordon asked me to give his regards to a friend
from his army days. Paige Brook, Associate First Flutist
there, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, had been
commissioned a Warrant Officer and was the leader of the
Seventh Armored Division Band, at 75 musicians, the largest
in the European theater in the waning years of WWII. Paige
had made Gordon, a member of the trumpet section, his First
Sergeant. These guys were all in their early 20s. Of course
they'd learned how to drill, in Paige's case while a member
of the National Guard before the outbreak of war. (He was
later to regale me with hilarious stories of weekend training
sessions of a tubist's horse running wild from panic at the
pounding of drums and the big brass contraption in which its
pitifully helpless player had enveloped himself.)

Gordon merely asked me to give Paige his regards - nothing
more was said of their relationship until many years later at
the breakfast table of Ruby and Gordon in Castro Valley, to
which I shall return momentarily. First I must relate Paige's
reaction to my locating him at my first service of the
orchestra, which at that time had a Summer gig in Lewisohln
Stadium in NYC. I asked around for him, and upon having him
pointed out to me, approached him to pass along Gordon's
greeting. "Are you Mr. Brooks," I enquired. "Brook!" he
barked. "No 's'". "Excuse the error, Mr. Brook. I have
regards for you from Gordon Pappas." "Gordon Pappas?!? 
How do you know Gordon Pappas?" "He was my high school band
director," I replied. "Oh my god," said Paige. "I can't be
that old, can I?" My age at the time was 25. Paige became my
best friend in the orchestra during my seven years there, and
asked me to be the best man at his second wedding - a couple
with whom I was life-long friends. (I produced a recording of
his great artistry in 1969 which is in the NY Philomusica
Records Catalog, CD No 2 - French and German Masterpieces for
Flute. He is also on many other of its recordings, sprinkled
throughout the catalog.)

Fast forward to Ruby and Gordon's breakfast table in Castro
Valley many years later. Gordon opened the subject with a
casual remark, "I had a life-changing series of events when
Paige and I served in the Seventh Armored Division after the
Normandy landings. The Germans were on the run but still
resisting mightily. The band followed the armor as it went
about its business, with little more to do than pitch camp,
break camp and move on, day by day, until one day the combat
troops came back our way with 300 prisoners and ordered us to
guard them until relieved. Here are two youths who'd thought
they'd be tooting their way across Europe, suddenly charged
with having to soldier with no provisions of any kind. "As
dusk descended on us, Paige and I conferred on how to handle
our situation. One of us would have to seek assistance
wherever it could be found by our fellow soldiers more
qualified for the assignment than we. He agreed he should
stay with the band, so I hopped in the company car and headed
down the road around the first curve and out of sight, my
last glimpse of Paige in my rearview mirror. Within minutes I
was halted by a German officer, his weapon aimed right at me.
I was sure it was my last moment alive. Instead of shooting
me, he imprisoned me with two New Zealanders he'd already
captured. We became his slaves, exchanging our hope for life
with his wish to get his contraband to safety out of the war
zone, there being no gasoline for motorized transport. For
the next few months I was bedding down in haystacks and
abandoned buildings, surviving the destruction of Wurzburg 
by American Artillery when its German commander refused 
to surrender. Nonetheless, it fell and I was liberated,
returning to the U. S. one year ahead of the rest of the
band. I heard from some of my former bandsmen that they were
mighty perturbed by my early release. Who can blame them?
Postscript to that experience, the officer in question looked
me up in the U.S. long after the events to say 'Hello'. He
exhibited no embarrassment. Just another strange twist in
life's path, I guess."

You know, Shryl, why the Col-Hi Band was so darned good at
parading whenever it had the opportunity. I hasten to add a
call-out to Gordon's colleague and friend, the Carmichael
Junior High Music Director, Cynthia Huckstep, not a military
vet, but a superb teacher of music, discipline and marching
too. She fostered music in those schools, and Gordon knew
just what to do to further it when we all got into his orbit.
We were certainly among the most fortunate of people to have
such guidance at such a critical stage of our development,
which you have been citing in your Sandstorm posts for some
time now. Thank you very much for documenting the many
kindnesses and influence of our superb education in the
Richland School System during those years.

-Bob JOHNSON ('54)
>>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58)

Re: Class of '58 picture

Dennis BARR sent this to me. I had not seen it before. It
must be a pep rally in the gym. I am on the right in the
second row. Next to me is Phil GROFF and David "Spike" SHINE.
Dennis BARR is in front of Spike and John MEYERS is in the
center. Might be fun to try to identify others. [happy face]

	[I asked Steve to number the guys... here's the 
	result. Lemme know more IDs before adding to 
	the '58 home page. -Maren}

-Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58)
>>From: Jack GROUELL ('61)

Re: David RIVERS ('65) Book

David - I think there would be some interest in your
collection of posts. I think there might be more interest in
a "Best of The Sandstorm" collection that would include some
of the posts by other contributors. Just my $.02 worth.

-Jack GROUELL ('61)
>>From: Jim HAMILTON ('63)

Normally I never watch a movie or read a book twice, I hate
knowing the ending before I start.

That being said. I've just frittered away a perfectly rainy
afternoon, binge watching the first four installments of the
"Fear None" documentary on the 2017 Bomber football run to
the State Championship.

Fear None Installments

Time well spent and yes I too share the pride of the mushroom
cloud emblem.

	[Hey, Bombers! Just watched installment #5 -Maren] 

-Jim HAMILTON ('63)
>>From: Linda REINING ('64)

To: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: book

GO FOR IT!!!!!!!! With your recollection of "all things,
Bomber", I for one, would love to read your book, and am
pretty sure there are plenty of other Bombers who would be
interested, too. Hurry up, "time's a wasting".

To: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63)

I agree with you, 100%! I NEVER heard of Day's Pay til I read
it, years later, in the Alumni Sandstorm! "the Bomb" should
be the ONLY logo---we were named after "the bomb", not some
blasted plane! I am "proud of the cloud" and resent that
some, who insist on being politically correct, want to change
things---leave our bomb alone!!!!!!!!

-Linda REINING ('64) ~ Kuna, ID  
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: Bomber-babes Rule

Actually I have wondered this for some time... now I've
knowed this Bomber-babe for quite some time now... knowed her
lil bro since before we ever started school, knowed Gus ('57)
forever and come to know this entire famblie fairly well...
funny growin' up in Richland ya kinda get to know whole
famblies... now I'm not as good at the whole famblie thing as
say Terry DAVIS ('65) or Jimmy HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) but I try...
when talking to those two I'll mention someone and they never
fail to say "oh yeah had 3 brothers and two sisters and then
rattle off the names... It is always an education for me to
learn what I don't know... but some day I'm gonna find out...
ah but the real question is "Does Missy really sing bass?"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one a my very sweetest Bomber-babes, Missy
KEENEY ('59) on your special day, January 18, 2018!!!!!!!!!!

-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Terry DAVIS Knox ('65)

To: Leona Eckert ('65)

Happy Birthday to you next week on 1/21, Leona. I remember
you best from our classes together at Jason Lee. I also have
it stuck in my head that I was very close friends with a kid
named Lonnie Eckert during that same time. You lived there on
Van Geisen, right? Don and Jim were your older brothers. Don
was a fine athlete and went to Christ The King. So, who was
Lonnie? And Happy Birthday.

Re: Poke RIVERS ('65) In Butt

Please encourage David to self publish his book-length
collection of Sandstorm submissions. A simply priceless (to
us) record of his thoughts and recollections over the years.
He's much smarter than he looks, and together with Jim
HAMILTON ('63) has managed to put smiles on our faces for
several decades now.

-Terry DAVIS Knox ('65)
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Sue FUNK Conrad ('65)/Hawaiian Trip ~ 1/16/18 Herald 


	By Sara Schilling 

	"Brian Conrad was just getting up when his
	cellphone sounded.

	It was a little after 8am Saturday in Maui,
	Hawaii. The Kennewick man had flown in the day
	before with his wife, Taryn, daughter Ashelyn, 5,
	and his mother, Sue FUNK Conrad ('65).

	At their condo in Wailea, 'we had our coffee. The
	windows were open and you could hear the birds
	chirping. It was sunny, with clear skies,' he

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ where it is 53 at 1pm on
	Tuesday in Richland.  
>>From: Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67)

To: Marie RUPPERT Hartman ('63)

Hi Marie, I am so glad to hear your solution to the plane

I do not buy anything with the plane, but that sure solves
the problem.

Thank you, 
-Nancy ERLANDSON Ballard ('67)
>>From: Rick VALENTINE ('68)

Re: The first Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2018

WHEN: Saturday January, 20th. 
WHERE: The Hillside Inn Restaurant,
	Located at 3001 N. Nevada St. in North Spokane.
Coffee at 11:30 AM 
Lunch around 12:00 Noon. 

Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and
friends are welcome, the more the merrier. (this is an all
class gathering, all class years are welcome)

Out of Towners welcome... See You There...

Any Questions or need directions contact me...

-Rick VALENTINE ('68)
That's it for today. Please send more.