Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/18
8 Bombers sent stuff:
Norma CULVERHOUSE ('49), Mike CLOWES ('54)
Stephanie DAWSON ('60), Al COFFMAN ('62)
Carol CONVERSE ('64), David RIVERS ('65)
Terry DAVIS ('65), Bruce STRAND ('69)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane SMITH ('70)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" DAVIS ('82)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Norma CULVERHOUSE King ('49)

Re: 8 guys picture from Betty BELL Norton ('51)

That is Walt MENEFEE ('49-RIP) standing in back row. This was
probably taken at the gas station where he worked. It was on
the corner of Jadwin and Williams. I don't recognize any of the
others. The photo was probably taken 1948 or 1949.

-Norma CULVERHOUSE King ('49)
Sent from my iPad
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

To: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

I wouldn't count on definitive results from Art Ball's autopsy;
I would think that the quasi-government, clandestine group that
the "Cigarette Smoking Man" is associated with are perfectly
capable of covering their tracks.

To: Peter TURPING ('70)

That is the way newspapers are these days. There are three
papers in this area that are owned/controlled by Gannet. They
used to be published in their own plants. Several years ago two
of them were absorbed by the Salem paper, and publishing went
to Salem. Then a couple of years back, Gannet decreed that all
three would be published in Portland. Can you see where I'm
going with this?

Not only has local sports coverage gone down the tubes, it is
hard to get results of national sports. They use the excuse of
"late game." Coverage of local events may vary from being a day
late (Salem paper only), to a week (local papers) or not at

Fortunately, there is a paper published weekly in Woodburn 
that gives good local coverage to include sports. And a paper
published in Silverton, OR on a bi-monthly basis that gives 
good, in-depth coverage on some events.

Naturally, the "big news" boys blame it all on the internet.
But their web editions aren't really much better than the
published ones which have gone down hill steadily since the
take over. Not that it was much good any way, but you could
wrap fish or line the bird cage with them.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ at news deprived Mount
	Angel, OR where the wet weather is supposed to continue 
	through Tuesday. 
>>From: Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60)

To: Peter TURPING ('70)

Re: Tri-City Herald

Peter, you must have read my mind. Thank you so much for
contacting the Herald about local sports. I no longer have a
family member in school sports here in the Tri-Cities, BUT I
read the TC Herald cover to cover every day (paper version; I
refuse to sit at the computer long enough to read everything,
and I really hate it when I see a subject that I have to go
online to read. I don't do it. I must be a dinosaur). So I 
need for the paper to cover local sports.

In addition to the brevity of articles and of subjects covered,
I have noticed the sizeable obituary coverage. I'm not
complaining; I used to recognize parents and teachers and local
leaders from my growing up years. Now I recognize classmates
and their kids and grandkids. It's an age thing, I guess! I
think the obituaries are paid submissions, so they pay the

Also, I'm guessing that those every-day full-page car and
medical ads must be paying the rest of the bills. God Bless
'em! I do not get local radio or TV news, so I rely on the TCH
for all local events and issues. I do wish they would publish
notices of meetings and some other events (things that don't
get into the Thursday entertainment coverage) more than one day
ahead of time. If I don't get around to reading the paper until
after lunch or later, I miss notices for same-day events. It's
a real downer.

I would feel like a stranger in a strange land if I stopped
getting local news because the Herald quit publishing on real
paper. I sure hope they keep on keeping on. And besides, kids
need to practice reading ink on real paper instead of just all
the electronic toys with ensuing eyestrain and vision problems!
I wonder how much subscriptions are down.

-Stephanie DAWSON Janicek ('60), (haven't vented this much 
	in years!)
>>From: Al COFFMAN ('62)

Re: 8 guys picture from Betty BELL Norton ('51)

Maren, the guy to the left of Johnny Gerdes looks like a young
Curley Watkins (RIP) who later bought out Johnny's. 

Curley's son, Terry, still lives in Richland, I believe, for

-Al COFFMAN ('62)
Sent from my iPad
>>From: Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64)

To: Terry DAVIS ('65)

Re: Foster Compound

All I have to say is: "WOW"! I've never seen this property at
all, of course. Like you said, it must be very well hidden
among the trees. I did a bit of investigation into the phone
book, but they are not listed. I love the tree lined street of
Kennewick Ave. All those old homes. Not as many trees as there
used to be though, as they are very old. I've never driven down
the side streets though. Yes, I bet David RIVERS ('65) will be
delightfully impressed.

-Carol CONVERSE Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Kennewick  
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: way cool

So I must admit I was very impressed with John FOSTER's ('65)
digs in which he has relented to allow our own poo little
orphaned Terry DAVIS ('65 Knox) to reside... Every year I tell
John I am gonna stop by to see the Fruits of his labors and
every year we both get side tracked... Terry is gonna hafta
learn some new rules of house cleaning... Years ago... about
twice a year he would decide that I should see his better side
and he'd paint the floor... now that was no small task, but I
just don't think it will work any longer... now I coulda
described John's beautiful home in another term, but I gotta
save that for the B-day Bomber... He has one of those names
I've always coveted... there are some names that are so
descriptive that one might think they were adopted by the
person, much like movie names (no not Knox)... I am always
anxious to see this guy and he is one of the first people I
expect to see as I walk from the Uptown on the old "Curly's"
side side where he would be parked in his... wait for it... oh
this is good... "Sharp short", a beautiful '55 Chevy, much like
the gasser I had only waaaaaaaaay more beautiful... as I said
earlier I coulda called Foster's digs really sharp but then
that woulda blown it... by the way, I learned the term "sharp
short" from my mother of all places... not on the street...
well I getta see this guy later this year at the '63 Reunion,
but now I'm looking forward to June... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tony
SHARPE ('63) on your special day, April 16, 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Re: Tony SHARPE ('63)

Ahhhh, Tony...

We started out acting in the same play together, playing the
same part: Huckleberry Finn in "Tom Sawyer" at Chief Jo. Mr.
St. John couldn't decide which one of us to give the part to,
so he gave it to both of us. You got one performance, and I got
the other. You were actually better than I was, but please
don't ever ask me to say that again. You caught a break. The
tail came off my coonskin cap during the first act and I got
the giggles, which pretty much marred my performance. You beat
me. Okay? You beat me.

Now have a happy birthday and let's forget that other crap.
Except that you also managed to get yourself into the movie
SHENANDOAH, and went past on a wagon of wounded soldiers right
up there on the big screen at the Uptown Theater with me
watching you from the front row.

So you see, you've been a thorn in my side for a long time,
Tony, a very long time.

But you've also been a true and constant friend. And I'm most
grateful for that.

All my best to ye, Huck, and Happy Birthday.

-Terry DAVIS Knox ('65)
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>>From: Bruce STRAND ('69)

Re: Retired (finally)

It is official, today (Monday, 04/16) marks my first day of
retirement! It has been a long time coming, or so it seems. I
am sure the others who have been able to go before me have it
figured out, but I am a little nervous about next steps. I am
going to enjoy not getting up at the "crack of dark" to rush
off to catch the bus for the commute downtown. I did schedule 
a dentist appointment for 12-noon today rather than my usual 
7am simply because I could. Such a deal...
-Bruce STRAND ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ where unlike the Midwest the 
	forecast is clear and sunny with a high of 88°
That's it for today. Please send more.