Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/18
9 Bombers sent stuff and heard about a Bomber death today:
Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54)
Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Helen CROSS ('62)
Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64), Nancy MALLORY ('64)
David RIVERS ('65), Rick MADDY ('67)
Betti AVANT ('69)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Diane & Sue HALE ('54)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Dick WIGHT ('52)

Re: Jane ROLLISON Hightower ('52-RIP)

Jane (whose real first name was Glenda - who knew??) died over
the weekend, and the attrition rate for the Class of '52 is
obviously accelerating! Jane and I were pretty good friends
back in our Columbia High days ('49 -'52).

We were both Civil Air Patrol cadets, and learned to fly about
the same time at the CAP airport located just south of town
along the Yakima River. Our instructor was a character named
Fred Perkins, a former test pilot so the story goes. He soloed
us both in a 1946 Aeronca Champ, used for a number of years to
instruct quite a few of us Col-Hi kids.

Jane and I had a real adventure one day. I decided to fly to
Yakima to see a girl friend (Lou Ann LEE ('51) who had recently
moved from Richland to the Yakima vicinity. Jane agreed to go
along, since we were all friends. We took off in pretty heavy
winds, in an old tandem T-Craft that belonged to one of the CAP
adults. As I flew west, I noted cars going along on Rt 12 at a
faster pace than we were! The plane had fuel tanks in each
wing, and a sight glass fuel gauge on each side of the upper
cockpit. I guess our ground speed was less than 50 mph (the
plane cruised at about 75-80 I think) and I was getting
concerned about our fuel state, so thought I'd land at Prosser
or Grandview and get some gas. Couldn't seem to spot a
municipal airport but I saw a landing strip and open hanger
with 2-3 planes in it, so I landed. It was a crop duster's
place, and no one was home - but I found a fuel tank with
electric pump, and helped myself to 5-6 gallons. I left a note
and some money under a rock on the house front porch. I
taxied down to the end of the rather short dirt/sod runway and
in turning around got stuck in mud!!! Well, we wrestled the
plane out of the mud - forfeited quite a bit of runway to get
onto solid turf - and with some trepidation I commenced our
takeoff run. Air speed crept up agonizingly slow and the barbed
wire fence at the runway's end was beginning to loom larger! At
the last second, air speed was below take-off norm of 60 or so,
I pulled back on the stick anyway - up over the fence - leveled
out to get more air speed, and then we barely cleared a row of
trees as I clawed for altitude. On to Yakima we went, made an
uneventful landing and stayed several hours after Lou Ann
picked us up at the airport. Later we took off and headed back
to Richland - and in the lower valley the winds were roaring!!!
As we flew over the CAP field we noted a number of people and
vehicles in the parking lot. Turned out they were parents, 
the guy who owned the plane, our flight instructor and other
concerned CAP members. I hadn't filed a flight plan or
anything, and people were worried! It took me three attempts to
land in the high winds and two adults grabbed the wing struts
and "walked" us back to the tie downs. Did I catch hell!!! And
I'm not sure Jane ever flew with me again...

I remember in 1950, I think, President Harry Truman made train
stop in Pasco. He was "stumping" for congressional candidates,
and gave a speech on an outdoor platform set up in Pasco's main
downtown intersection. We CAP cadets were assigned as honor
guards or something. Jane and I were stationed on each side of
the bottom of a set of stairs onto the stage, and I recall the
local paper (Tri City Herald?) printed a front page photo of
Jane and I facing and saluting President Truman as he
approached the stairway.....

Jane married Bill HIGHTOWER ('49) and after a few years in
Richland they moved to southern Cal. I saw them a few times
over the years until they split up sometime in the 1970s.

Other memories pop up, but this could drag on ad nauseam!

-Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still-windy Richland (but I don't
	fly any more!)
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Just like the real ones, the subject of clinkers is hard to
get rid of. Refuse companies still mark their container with 
the admonition to not add hot ash to them. Considering the
containers are made mostly of plastic these days, it would
behoove us to obey that suggestion.

All well and good. For today we hit a trifecta; two Bomber
Babes and a Bomber. By sheer coincidence the two "Babes" were
born in the same place just a few minutes apart. As for 
the guy, well, he hung out with the Wilson brothers doing
acrobatics on the gym floor to the wonderment of all.

A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to
Diane and Sue HALE and Ray WELLS (all '54). Trust it will be a
nice day.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where I
	 may have mowed the lawn. 
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>>From: Larry MATTINGLY ('60) 

Re: Klinkers my 2 cents

During my 6 to 9 years I had no idea what my Dad did at work.
Most of those years Mom was in the TB Hospital in Walla Walla.
I only knew he was on the first or second bus that went right
by our "B" house at 310 Benham. He worked at what they called
the "forward areas". I now presume that meant the reactors.

We bought "Utah Lump" coal. Not sure I ever knew the
difference. We had to take down the laundry drying in the
basement. Then I boarded up the coal bin after leaving the
window unlocked.

On cold mornings I went to the kitchen and turned the knob that
moved the chains opening the dampers to the heat position. Then
I shuffled downstairs and got the shaker handle to move the
grates to get rid of the clinkers. First I had to look to see
if there was any fire from the night before.

No fire, so I wadded up 7-10 sheets of newspaper and piled
some kindling wood on top of the paper and some small lumps of
coal and a couple of bigger lumps. If the wind was blowing
outside the draft through the furnace blew the match out before
the paper caught fire. So then I would lite a rolled up a piece
of paper and stuff it down in the paper before the wind caught
it. Close the door and open the little slide to see if the
paper caught. I had been well taught and most time it lit right

I waited until the fire got going and then placed a couple of
large lumps on the fire. Then I closed the door of the Waterman
Waterbury Cast Iron furnace and got warmed up a bit.

Back in the kitchen I would make a bowl of cereal and wait for
the heat to start pouring out the register. Then I would turn
the heat down a bit. If you turned it too far down top fast it
would backfire and blow the furnace open. I never did figure
out exactly what happened but it was scary at the time. I have
never heard a clear explanation of what happened to cause the
bang. I just knew you did not shut it down too fast or too
quick after the fire got going.

I will say one thing for those old gravity furnaces... they
would get the house warm quick.

Getting the heavy ash can up the stairs was a chore along with
getting it out to the street for pickup. I remember dropping
Cherry Bombs in the ash cans. What a beautiful plume of dust.

-J. Larry MATTINGLY ('60)
>>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62)

Is the David GOSNEY ('19) listed on the BOMBER basketball team
related to David GOSNEY who graduated in about '59? Think he
married Marlene SMITH who graduated about then too, if I
remember correctly. She and I worked part-time together at
Densow's Drugstore back then.

-Helen CROSS Kirk ('62)  
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>>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - Official Iditarod Site

Of course, we can't tell who is really in the lead until AFTER
all have taken their mandatory 24 hour rest. The ONLY team that
actually gets to leave after exactly 24 hours is Hugh Neff
(last to start)... All others have to wait more time depending
on when they departed from Willow. Teams departed every two
minutes... so the 2nd to last team to leave can depart after 24
hours and two minutes.... everybody follow that?

Next Checkpoint:
OUT OF NIKOLAI (48 miles to McGrath)

INTO NIKOLAI (mile 263)
  Nikolai Pop: 125 - Village store, an airstrip & limited 
  lodging w/advance booking. Checkpoint in Community Hall 
  It is said the winner is usually in the first 15 teams
  to arrive. Leaders due in at about 8am Tuesday. 

OUT OF ROHN (75 miles to Nikolai
1 Ryan Redington/7 (13 dogs)
2 Mitch Seavey/13 (14 dogs)
3 Ray Redington Jr/17 (16 dogs)
4 Joar Leifseth Ulsom/33 (16 dogs)
5 Jessie Royer/36 (15 dogs)

INTO ROHN (mile 188)
  Rohn Pop: 0 - actual Rohn Roadhouse is gone, 
  Checkpoint is a cabin built in the 1930s. 
  No facilities for visitors.
	Leaders due in here around 10pm Monday
6 Wade Marrs/11 (1st to arrive - 18:45 (AK time)
7 Nic Petit/46 
8 Linwood Fiedler/8 
9 Aliy Zirkle/31
10 Peter Kaiser/30 
11 Aaron Burmeister/64 (16 dogs)

OUT OF RAINY PASS (35 miles to Rohn)
12 Jessie Holmes/41 (16 dogs)
13 Richie Diehl/29 (16 dogs)
16 Hugh Neff/68 (15 dogs)
17 Mats Pettersson/3 (16 dogs)
18 Robert Redington/34 (16 dogs)
21 Cody Strathe/2 (16 dogs)
22 Michelle Phillips/18 (15 digs)
24 Ramey Smyth/21 (16 dogs)
26 Rick Casillo/9 (14 dogs)
27 Anna Berington/4 (13 dogs)
31 Martin Buser/28 (16 dogs)
32 Kristy Berington/20 (15 dogs)
34 Jeff King/40 (15 dogs)
35 Scott Janssen/23 (15 dogs)
36 Matthew Failor/55 (16 dogs)

INTO RAINY PASS (mile 153)
  Rainy Pass Pop: 2 (Steve & Denise Perrins) 
  Rainy Pass Lodge is open for food, fuel & lodging 
  throughout the winter.
40 Allen Moore/26
41 Charley Benja/38
43 DeeDee Jonrowe/39
47 Brett Bruggeman/37 
48 Jim Lanier/32

OUT OF FINGER LAKE (30 miles to Rainy Pass)
56 Monica Zappa/48 (16 dogs)

OUT OF SKWENTNA (40 miles to Finger Lake) 
66 Tara Cicatello/44

Stay tuned...

-Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 70 at 2:30am
>>From: Nancy MALLORY ('64)

From when I was about two we lived in a pre-cut and had an oil
furnace. Before that lived in a pre fab and I think there were
electric heaters. I remember when Daddy took out the oil
furnace and replaced it with baseboard electric heaters.

-Nancy MALLORY ('64) ~ in Tennessee we had the wettest 
	February on record. Ground is still quite squishy. If
	it stays warm we'll have to start mowing.
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

So today we have a vintner (I think that's the correct word)
and a babe who probably tops me on '65er events attended...
sorry I'm a tad late... long story but fer now I'll just shout
a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Deirdre JOHNSON ('65) and Pat DORISS ('65) on
your special day, March 6, 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Rick MADDY ('67)

Re: Birthday Girl

Today, March 6 (1970) is my daughter's birthday. Forty-eight
(48). Hard to believe. Heather is one of the healthiest forty-
eight year old women I know. She did not get that from me. She
climbs the hills of Wenatchee about four times a week before
going to work. Year round. She shares many photos of herself to
send me. Heather and Gary have been together thirty years. Gary
was previously married and has two boys. My daughter is the
step-grandmother of one year old twin boys and a two year old

No, I am not a great-grandfather. My son gave me a
granddaughter. Anna is twenty-two, not married, no children.

Heather was born on the same day as Crockett died at the Alamo
(March 6, 1836). REMEMBER THE ALAMO. Don't hear that anymore.
Probably not politically correct with the present culture in
America. I suppose REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR will be next after
the last person from that generation passes. On this past Feb.
28, I was wounded in the Vietnam War fifty years ago [Tet
Offensive, 1968]. Probably going to be awhile before people 
are not reminded by somebody what happened there.

Considering the date, here is a little piece on my family. ----
Rosier Collum (Cullum) Pile b. June 19, 1877 Fentress Co., TN
d. May 7, 1948 Fentress Co., TN m. Lucinda "Lucy" Williams b.
Nov. 13, 1880 d. Aug. 15, 1964 Fentress Co., TN; both buried
Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Fentress Co., TN

Story: Walter Brennan played the part of Rosier C. Pile in the
Hollywood movie, Sergeant York. Sgt. Alvin York was played by
Gary Cooper. Rosier Pile and Alvin York were cousins. They
shared the same great-grandparents; Elijah Pile 1795-1874 and
Rebecca Earp 1798-1874.

Rosier Cullum Pile and Alvin Cullum York were six months apart
in age.

Elijah Pile is the brother of my ggg-step-grandmother, Sarah
(nee. Pile)(Pogue) Cornelison.

Sarah Pogue married my ggg-grandfather, Garrett Cornelison (my
mother's people).

Elijah Pile and Sarah (Pile) Cornelison's sister, Delilah
Lucinda Pile, married William Robert Crockett.

William Robert Crockett's father, Robert M. Crockett, is the
brother of John B. Crockett.

John B. Crockett is the father of David Stern "Davey" Crockett
b. Aug. 17, 1786 rural Limestone, Greene Co., TN d. March 6,
1836 San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (died at 'The Alamo' TX).

I worry a bit about my daughter climbing these hills. She won't
carry a gun or knife. Couple photos she sends me almost daily.
I bought her a small tri-pod for an iPhone. She takes a snap
out of the video for these.

-Rick MADDY ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA
>>From: Betti AVANT ('69)

Everyone is invited to the All Bomber lunch on Saturday, 10
March 2018. The place to be is Sterlings on Queengate at 11:30.
Come join us for some great food, drink, and conversation.

-Betti AVANT ('69)
-Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61)
-Pat DORISS Trimble ('65)
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Heard about Bomber death #40 in 2018 today:

>> Ron SNOW ('67wb-RIP) ~ ??/??/?? - 2/28/18

That's it for today. Please send more.