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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/05 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff, 1 Bomber & 1 Retired Teacher funeral notices today: Anna May Wann ('49), Millie Finch ('54) Children of Barbara Chandler ('59-RIP), Derrith Persons ('60WB) Judy Willox ('61), Vicky Fitzgerald ('61) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Donni Clark ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Jeff Michael ('65) Mike Howell ('68WB), Betti Avant ('69) Lori Simpson ('70), Larry Crouch ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Perkins ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FitzPatrick ('80) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Pappy's Elfs Dear Pappy, I'm so sorry, I thought you knew your elves had come over to help me. I spent the 20th and the 21st in the hospital and they came to my rescue. What fun we had. I still don't understand how I could see them, but my daughter couldn't. Her two little dogs knew they were here though. The fun started when we pulled the two prime ribs roasts out and started to coat them with olive oil and spice rub. The olive oil made a great slippery hill for them to roll down. They kept yelling "Carmichael Hill"!!!!! It did get a little messy when we started rubbing the seasonings in. My daughter couldn't understand what I was laughing it. She thought we were just preparing prime rib to bake. I made the little critters go change clothes and I had to wash their oily attire. The great fun was Christmas Eve. I told them they had to stay in my bedroom on top of the bed where the dogs couldn't reach them. They had fun playing amongst the pillows playing hide and seek, using the pillows and bed as a trampoline, teasing the dogs, knowing full well the dogs couldn't reach them. Occasionally the dogs would dash into the bedroom and start barking. Poor dogs got yelled at all evening "What are you barking about, there is nothing in here". (If only my family had known your elves were here.) Then Christmas morning they started to take the white silk balls off of the Christmas tree and give them to the dogs to chew on. The poor dogs got into so much trouble. No one knew it was the elves egging them on. I know my family thought I had flipped my lid when I just kept laughing all of the time. The poor puppies kept climbing into my lap asking for an explanation they figured they had been displaced in Grammy's house. The elves really put on a show when two of my grandkids announced their wedding plans. One will be married in August and the other in September, both here in the Bellevue area. The elves turned cartwheels, danced, sang and promised they would attend both weddings for me. (How lucky can you get?!!!) Well finally everyone went home, the elves helped me clean up the house. I fed them well, sent them home to you in clean clothes and they should be ready to reap havoc at your place again, they said they hoped they could go skating on your "puddle" this evening to celebrate New Year's Eve. They do need to explain to you why they didn't leave you a note on where they were going. The sun is shining here in beautiful western Washington, and a new and better year is on the horizon. God Bless and Happy New Year to everyone. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Happy New Year to all Bombers and their families. Where did this year go - we had so much fun, and now will "rev-up" for 2005. I wish for all of you a prosperous and happy year, filled with love, joy and peace, family, kids, grandkids, greats and even mother-in-laws!! Most of all I pray for health for all of you and for those of us with medical problems, may we become stronger each day. Maren (oh how I miss you) thank you for another great year of getting the news to us, even in your moves, thanks to your helper Richard. Look forward to hearing from everyone this year. Don't party too hardy tonight or you will be sorry tomorrow!!! (age does make a difference) :) Here's to all Bombers -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Children of Barbara Chandler ('59-RIP) To Those Who Knew and Loved Our Mother; Our Mother, Barbara Chandler, passed away early on December 29, 2004. Mom, as most of you know, has put 10 years of life into the last year and was still living fully until very recently. Mom was surrounded by her three children until the end and, we believe, left us in peace, ready for the huge glory that awaited her. We know that Mom loved all of you and is grateful for her relationships and friendships with each of you. We will miss her, as we know you all will, and we will celebrate her life with joy and remembrance of her loving, compassionate spirit. Details of her Memorial Celebration will follow. Mom's obituary will appear in the Tacoma News Tribune this Sunday, January 2, 2004. You can also view her obituary and check for Memorial Details at after 4 pm on Dec 31. In honor of our Mother, we encourage everyone to post a comment, a memory, or a thought about Mom on Mountain View's website. Click on the obituary/guestbook option after the above date and time to do so. -Mark, Kelly and Mike, Barb's Kids [Barbara Chandler ('59-RIP)]... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Just wanted to say thanks for all the memories. In 2004 I met some wonderful people who are Bombers!! I can now put faces to names of those who write in! September saw me taking steps of new found freedom! Yippee I do like going to all the Bomber lunches, both here and in Spokane. Maybe this next year I'll travel and go to more lunches!! Happy New Year to all!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Willox ('61) To: All Bombers Everywhere A very Happy New Year and a wish for world peace to come in the following year. May God bless you all. Happy New Year!,,16961_rs,00.swf -Judy Willox ('61) ~ Richland - where it snowed, is gone, and looking for more to hit. We are blessed when you think of so many others and what they are suffering. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicky Fitzgerald Dwight ('61) Just recently signed on to the Alumni Sandstorm email. Just want to wish everyone Happy New Year and the best for 2005! Gosh, it's hard to believe 2004 is already over. Cheers from Bellevue, WA!! -Vicky Fitzgerald Dwight ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63) asked if any other Bombers or their families were affected by or had stories from the Tsunami disaster in the Far East. As some of you know, my wife (Noi) is from Thailand and of course she still has family living there. Her family lives in central Thailand, well away from the disaster area. However the husband of one of her sisters was on an island in the south of Thailand on a business trip. The Tsunami wave hit Thailand at about 8:00 in the morning local time, and Noi's sister, who lives in Bangkok, spent a frantic day trying to get ahold of her husband. But of course all the phone lines were in a mess, and she couldn't get through. As she told Noi the next day when we were able to call her, she was so worried she felt like she "was going into shock". But finally at 4:00 in the afternoon, her husband was able to get through to her with the wonderful news that he was okay, and would be home as soon as he could arrange some transportation. It seems the place he was staying was in the center of the island, well away from the coastline, so he was not affected by the flood. We are also fortunate that none of our Thai friends were directly affected by the Tsunami. I have been to Thailand with Noi a half dozen times in the nearly eleven years that we have been married and I love Thailand. We have visited the resort island of Phuket (pronounced Pooh-ket) and the tropical paradise island of Phi Phi (pronounced Pee-Pee) a couple of times and on our last visit to Thailand a year and a half ago we visited the aquatic paradise province of Pang Nga (pronounced Pawng Naw). These are wonderful places that I will always have very fond memories of, but unfortunately they are also the places that got hit the hardest in Thailand. For example I heard two different news reports that every single building on Phi Phi Island was either very heavily damaged or destroyed completely. Most of the news footage of the Tsunami damage that is coming from Thailand is from the island of Phuket and as you have seen, it is horrendous . It is very painful for me to see such terrible devastation of places I hold so dear, and then to add the terrible and tragic human loss of life makes the whole thing nearly unbearable to contemplate. I have been torn between watching the news on TV to find out what has happened, and then turning it off because I can't bear to watch it anymore. Frank wrote "Hope everyone sends a check to help the unfortunate victims." and I would like to state a huge "second to that remark". All of the countries that were devastated by the wave are third world countries that can really use all the help we can give, and I know that if the others are anything like Thailand, their people will be forever grateful and appreciative of whatever help we can send their way. For at least the past 100 years America has been the most generous country in the world, and the American people have been the most generous people of the world in the face of major disasters. And no matter what some idiot at the UN says, I know we still are. And as has been remarked in this forum on many occasions, Bombers are some of the most generous Americans. Lets prove it to the world once again. A big Bomber thanks to all, -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Remembering Holiday Greetings to all of you out in Bomberville: It has been awhile since I have been online. First of all I think I pressed a wrong button and messed up my computer for about 3 weeks, then we took my Mom up to our daughter's in Minden, NV to celebrate our granddaughter's birthday, and then of course I had lots of Christmas preparations to make. I'm so sorry I missed the elves. I got a little glimmer of the fun and merriment they stirred up. I'm sure they will be back next winter. Re: Emmy Many of you have been so supportive and have been praying for "our little Emmy" this last year. She went back to her birth mom on Dec. l2th. While our hearts are breaking and our prayers weren't answered the way we would have liked them to be, it gives us peace knowing that God is in control and that she is in His hands. Frankly it is the only way we can go on. I hurt so much for my daughter, my son-in-law and Emmy. We still pray for her comfort and safety. Thank-you so much Bombers for all your concern and prayers for this precious little one. Re: Winters in Richland I have already shared a lot of memories, but some one mentioned the coal trucks. We heated our house with oil. When the oil trucks came they would run their hose from their trucks to our big oil drums and fill them up. Our oil stove was a big brown, metal box. Maybe 3 ft. across and about 5 ft. high. It had a little door in the middle of it that you opened to light the oil. In the middle of the door was a little red glass. That little glass allowed me to look into the heater and see the flame. It was the next best thing to a fireplace and I would sit by it on cold winter days and read and color etc. and look at that little flame. The heater also had a fan that blew hot air. You lifted the top part and when you were very cold you stood in front of it for a few minutes until you were all toasty. When I came in from playing in the snow or sledding I would run for the heater, pull off my mittens, turn the fan on and ahhhh, it felt so nice getting my hands unthawed. The other day I saw a tumbleweed snowman right here in South. Calif. Does anyone remember making them when we didn't have any snow? By the way, the year my uncle died and before Dawson Richards bought my uncle's house, we found our old oil stove in a shed behind his house. I had my husband take the little red glass out of the heater door so I could keep it. The plan is to put it in a stain glass window one day. Re: Part time jobs I see some wrote in about their part time jobs and thought many of you would recall the place I worked, besides babysitting as many of you did, starting at 11 years old. When I was l3, Ray Vasquez called my Dad one night and asked him if I could come down and help make salads in the back as they were so busy. Ray was our next door neighbor and he owned the Mexican Inn in West Richland. I had so much fun that night. I started dishing up tossed salads in the back and the fruit, farina dessert that they had. Yummmm, does anyone remember that? By the end of the night I was setting the tables, filling water glasses and washing dishes (the old-fashioned way) From then on till I was l7, I worked part-time and summers there. If you ate there between l958 and l962 chances are I may have waited on you. Sometimes I was the only waitress in the place and handled a full house. I went in and dished up the plates myself when the cooks were taking a break, I made malts and sundaes extra good and had so much fun. In all the years I worked there I only remember one man complaining once because I forgot his bottle of ketchup. One time I spilled a whole tray of drinks on this little elderly couple that came in regularly. I was mortified but they were so gracious and kind. That place was always hopping and the jukebox playing and the food was wonderful. I never knew what a floured tortilla was until I came to Calif. Oh and the most popular songs played on the jukebox were, "Splish Splash I Was Taking a Bath" and "Wolverton Mountain" I know because they were ingrained in my brain. A very Happy New Year to all the Bombers. For those of you who are hurting right now with lost loved ones, Sonny, I'm thinking of you, and others who have lost loved ones this past year, may God comfort you with only the peace He can give. And of course our hearts and prayers are with the many who have lost ones in the recent tragedy in Asia. The fireworks are starting to go off here now. It was a beautiful sunset tonight. The sun rimmed the clouds with gold after the heavy flooding we have had here in the L.A. area. Wishing everyone strength and joy in the New Year! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Happy New Year 'Stormers!!! Dateline: Gretna, LA 63, 98% humidity, and foggy Thank you, Bombers -- for your contributions to the Alumni Sandstorm. It's your contributions that keep this going year after year. Thank you all you readers. I love those "long-time reader, first-time contributor" entries. The more the merrier. I'm sending special Bomber cheers to Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) who was the first person to type "Bomber Cheers" to me! Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ City of Gretna in Jefferson Parish, LA -- Where fireworks are illegal in all of Jefferson Parish EXCEPT Gretna. My Duck-hunting snowman-building neighbor (across the street) has a New Year's Eve party every year and everybody who came brought fireworks. They started shooting off fireworks about 8:30 or 9:00 just as we were putting Abby and Maddie to sleep for the night. Once they got started, they were sporadic but never ending with a midnight finale that was really weird. There were fireworks in the sky all over the whole city of Gretna and some of the party goers across the street had set up to shoot firecrackers right IN MY DRIVEWAY. I'm quite certain that I've ever been that close to that many fireworks. I kept thinking about Mattingly ('60) and wondered how many fireworks those folks actually shot off over the course of the evening. And it wasn't just the party goers across the street either. There were parties all over the city that lit up the sky all evening. I wore my R2K sweatshirt and had a bird's eye view from the bench on my front porch. -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Happy New Year's from frigid Sun Cove (north of Wenatchee). Nanook and all the other residents and I brought in the New Year quite properly last night at our own version of Rockin' New Year's Eve (I stood-in for the ageless but ailing Dick Clark). On a heavier note: I hope the New Year brings all of you the best of blessings and the least of sorrow. This year has had such a sad ending... I find it all kinda hard to take it all in. I can hardly even imagine what it would be like to be "in" that situation personally. In fact, I'm having a hard time deciding what color to paint the governor's mansion! All the best... dj jeff Michael ('65) wending my way home. Last year took 8 hours in the blizzard of the century. Is this a new century? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) Happy New Year... and God bless us all. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Happy 2005 everyone out there. After I sent that message about being back my computer bit the dust. It got so slow and shut down whenever it pleased. I went out this morning and bought a brand new one. It appears so far at least to be working just dandy. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR - where they are calling for rain and snow the next couple of days ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Mr. Don Boswell, who was a retired RHS English teacher, perished yesterday in a home fire in Richland. His wife [Norma Loescher Boswell ('63)] was uninjured as she was able to get out to their balcony. There is a small article in [the 12/31/04] Tri-City Herald on the top of page B1 under "BRIEFS" -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Happy New Year to all Bombers out there, we have really scattered around the globe as best I can tell from reading the Sandstorm. All is well here in Colorado, and I am really getting good at this Grandpa stuff....... It's soooooooo Fun. Special wishes to Brad, Clark, Robin, Rick, Doug, Mike, David, and the rest of the Class of '71. I keep checking and it seems we are still the best!! -Larry Crouch ('71) ~ Northglenn, CO ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Tilbert Neal ('56) ~ 1/27/38 - 12/28/04 >>Don Boswell (Retired RHS English teacher) ~ died 12/30/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick Harris ('49), Curt Donahue ('53) Marilyn Peddicord ('53), Wanda Wittebort ('53) George Swan ('59), Frank Whiteside ('63) Shirley Collings ('66), Rick Maddy ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Marion Agar ('72) Becky Frick ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Piippo ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Harris ('49) New Year's Greetings to all Bombers! I am looking forward to bigger and better things in 2005, as my new left knee continues to heal, strengthen, and gain flexibility and extension. I am fortunate to be able take advantage of pool therapy, which seems to be adding greatly to my progress of becoming bionic! For those who didn't hear from us during the Holiday Season, I am using the recent surgery as an excuse and please know that it works for a myriad of missteps, errors, and forgotten tasks! We are looking forward to Aussie friends arriving in June and driving with us to Chicago for the 100th Anniversary Convention of Rotary International. By the way, it is not true that Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary in 1905, was my uncle. We received a very interesting Christmas Letter, a couple of weeks ago. Some of you, who have lost family members, recently might be able to relate to this! The Christmas Letter was from my first cousin, who died in Nov. at age 91. In the letter, she relates how great it is as she has joined her husband, who preceded her in death by some 8 years. This lady was very special to our family, as she and her husband hosted many family reunions over the last several decades and she has been responsible for keeping our family chain letter going. This letter has been in existence, since 1918. She tells about the adjustment of moving from a little town in Iowa, where she lived her entire life and where her mother and my father were born, raised and died, along with many other brothers and sisters. She shares that she is a bionic woman as she had a new hip installed within the last 18 months. After moving to Florida and a retirement home facility, near her daughter, she fell and had to be moved to an assisted care facility, once again, near her daughter. Finally, the last paragraph, in which she relates the joy of seeing old friends and relatives, she entices the rest of us to look forward to the same reunions. She signs off with, "Got to run, by the way I can run, now!" I subsequently learned that it was her son, who came up with this way of communicating to the family, his mother's last days! I hope the Tsunami situation in the Indian Ocean area of our world helps us to work together for relief of the victims and improvement in establishing peace in our world! Again, Happy New Year! -Dick Harris ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Don Boswell's Death What a shock it was to read of Don Boswell's untimely death in their house fire. My heart goes out to his lovely wife of many years, Norma ('53). May our gracious God and Father give you His comfort and peace that only he can give. Mona and I send you all our love. -Curt Donahue ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53) We have just returned to Seattle from the Tri-Cities, having taken Mother, Irene Rose Peddicord ('34), back who was with us for the holidays. I was shocked to read in the Tri-City Herald (I bet that's not the real name) that Norma Loescher Boswell's ('53) husband died in a house fire day before yesterday. There was just a short article in the paper. Norma has been active in the Club 40 affairs and in many other ways in Richland. I'm sure everyone wants to send her a note or something. Can her address be put in the Sandstorm? -Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [We don't post anybody's email address in the Sandstorm unless they want it published. Your email address appears at the top of your entry, and (for privacy) even that is stripped from the online version of the Sandstorm. I feel certain that Norma will communicate with us all as soon as she comes up for air. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Re: 2004 passing of friends and loved ones It's times like the passing of Norma Loescher Boswell's ('53) husband, Donald, that I reflect "my God this year has been devastating". During the first of the year I lost my true friend Marilyn Richey 9'53-RIP), and then my first husband and high school love, Bill Winslow in 2004. I won't delve into numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends I have made since those ole Bomber days, but seems like it's narrowing down to a precious few remaining. You never adjust to hearing about disasters and deaths. But with the Tsunami taking over 100,000 lives and the action in Iraq taking lives every day (I could go on and on), it seems like there have been more deaths around the globe in 2004 than I can remember in any one year since my birth in 1935. But is that right? Prior to TV and Internet, we were probably kept pretty ignorant about the rest of the world. Those of you that still reside in and around Richland are so very lucky, as you are there to lend close support to Norma and to continue to provide friendship to Marilyn Richey's nieces and nephews, who were so precious to her. I know I receive comfort that those friends from long ago still stay in touch with me and care about me. So dear ole friends, please know that I am thinking of each of you during the holidays (and of course every day via the Sandstorm -- THANK YOU MAREN) and I wish for each of you special joy and I pray that the giving of Christmas stays with you through out 2005 and always. So as I sit hear in Virginia, I am hugging Norma and praying she has all of you gathered around her. AND, God Bless All of You. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) ~ "Always a Bomber" ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pappy's Elves My Dear Ann, I'm so happy to learn that my Elves brought some merriment and assistance to you. I understand indeed, as I too, go about chuckling to myself often and just shrug off the suspicions of others that "Ol" Pappy's done gone around the bend." You need not explain about seeing Elves when no one else could. It happens to me all the time. Yet, you would be surprised at how many Bombers have written to me, telling of their very own Elfin visits and adventures. And yes, dogs and cats can see them when most humans cannot. Darby is always taking them for bareback rides. And, when Puddy and Murphy, our cats, get that far away stare up toward the corner of a room, I know that there is an Elf in transparent mode sitting on a picture frame. Of course, Mrs. Pappy says that it is more likely one of her Fairies. Yup, She's into Fairies. Whether we admit it or not, the wee folk and our animals kinda run Grandma's Peaceful Kingdom here in Burbank. I am just beginning to realize that the Elves have abilities that I never suspected. They can raise so much cain and yet be so caring and loving. They can be troublesome and yet so entertaining. They can goof off for hours and yet complete a task in no time. And, they can be here, there, or anywhere in the blink of an eye. To see them and enjoy their company, one only needs to open that door to their world. If you open it, they will come. -George "Pappy Swan" ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - where the Elves and I are wishing a much happier new year for all of us. The Elves said they were just kidding about Baja and they are out there skating up a storm on Puddle Placid while I recline here nursing a cold or flu (whatever it is) sipping a hot brew from a tiny mug that Lokey brought to me. He said that it was cough medicine but it tastes a lot like Yukon Jack and hot water with a twist of lemon. Oh well, who cares what it is, I'm feeling better... Hey, Lokey, bring me anudder one! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Dave, I was really glad to hear that your wife's family was okay in the recent disaster. A lot of us knew your wife was from Thailand but didn't want to invade her privacy by inquiring about her personal situation. Thanks for letting us know. Still hope other Bombers are sending in those checks to help out. I found a list of reputable charities on the U.S. State Dept. site shortly after the disaster occurred and sent in a check and am sending in another one. This thing is MUCH worse than anyone thought. A lot of us are a heartbeat away from a disaster at certain times-- whether it's a hurricane where I live, or a flood, an earthquake or tornado where you live, we need to remember that it could be us in that disaster. I know I'm always grateful every time we dodge a hurricane and send in a check to help those who weren't as lucky. To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I just wanted to extend my sincere sympathy on the recent loss of your husband, Don. I'm sure you probably don't remember me, but I was a student in your RHS English class. I believe it was 10th grade. You were a magnificent teacher that I remember well. It was during that school year that we switched from calling you "Miss Loescher" to "Mrs. Boswell." My thoughts and best wishes are with you. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Donald Boswell (RIP) From the 12/31/04 Tri-City Herald This is the 1/1/05 TCHerald This is Mr. Boswell's '65 Col Hi teacher picture. Funeral notice will probably be out tomorrow. -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Tsunami Just in case you need help figuring out where to send help -- here is one of many pages for the different agencies involved in helping the victims of the tsunami: -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, so much for the rain and snow combo. It did rain some earlier, but now the sun is shining (just a bit past noon). My sympathies to Norma Loescher Boswell ('53). I had her in 7th grade at Chief Jo for was it ancient history we took (she was normally an 8th grade teacher, but it was our teacher's off period) and I also had Mr. Boswell for my junior English class. It seems someone told me at that time she had taught in the high school and he in the junior high, but they switched places-can anyone confirm that? It doesn't seem possible that it is another year in our lifetime to remember our good times growing up. To everyone concerned with keeping the Alumni Sandstorm alive for us all--thanks from the bottom of my heart and soul. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR (home of another green & gold team, the U of O Ducks) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marion Agar Kreiter ('72) Happy New Year Maren: Many thanks for another year of Sandstorm and memories. I saved your e-mail with your address so that I could send you a check and my well meaning son cleaned out all my old mail for me! Please resend your address so that I can get that check in the mail. Have a safe and healthy 2005! -Marion Agar Kreiter ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Becky Frick Haverfield ('81) Re: Death of Frances Frick (Bomber Mom) I would like to provide an update on Frances Frick's funeral details for those who might want to attend. Viewing - Monday, January 3rd: 4 - 8 pm at Einan's. Memorial service - Tuesday, January 4th: 2:30p at Einan's Funeral home. Directly following the memorial will be a grave side service at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Catered memorial reception - Tuesday, January 4th: 5pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland in the Columbia room. I know that her surviving husband, Carl, would appreciate seeing any of you who knew them. Carl & Frances Frick moved out west from Kentucky in 1943 to work for the government in Richland. They moved to Farrell Lane, where Carl still resides today. Their only child, Bob ('60), was a Bomber basketball player and that's when their undying Bomber support began. Since well before the 1958 State Basketball Championship, both Carl & Frances have rarely missed a Bomber basketball game. Her grandchildren Scott, Wendy, and I (Becky) moved to Richland in 1969. Carl & Frances quickly indoctrinated us in Bomber basketball, taking us to most games and traveling to regionals and state when they went. Their support of Bomber basketball was surpassed only by their support of their grandchildren's events. They attended EVERY sports game, dance recital, graduation, or any event that their grandchildren were involved in. That dedication to their family continued on to great-grandchildren. Although separated by a mountain pass and a 4 hour drive, they continued to drive to Seattle to attend graduations, dance recitals, soccer games, birthdays, and basketball games of their 4 great-grandchildren. Although I will miss her more than words can describe, I have been so blessed to have had such a supportive, loving Grandmother and am so thankful that my children had the opportunity to experience the same endless support and love that I grew up with. -Becky Frick Haverfield ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Barbara Ann Chandler ('59) ~ 1/19/41 - 12/29/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Wally Erickson ('53) Millie Finch ('54), Ray Loescher ('57) Tim Smyth ('62), Shirley Collings ('66) Dwayne Bussman ('98) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Lohdefinck ('52) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Our heart goes out to Norma, a classmate of mine and a Sorority Sister of my wife's at Kappa Delta at WSC. We remember her husband from some of the early reunions and it is beyond belief that something like this could happen. I could not pull up the funeral and newspaper articles that were included yesterday.... since I'm a novice, I'm probably doing something wrong. Norma, we love you and hope that you will bask in the support of your many schoolmates and friends. -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: My classmate and friend Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I was saddened to read about our classmate Norma Loescher Boswell's ('53) loss of her husband Don in their home fire. I know in my heart our Bomber classmates and her personal friends nearby will be there to comfort her. Norma is the nicest, sweetest person I know. I've known Norma since 4th grade (1945) at Marcus Whitman, easy math.... 60 years. She has that "sweet" sincere smile and warm heart for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Norma. God Bless!! Wally and Judy -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ From Coeur D'Alene area with small snow fall for the first day of 2005. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Don Boswell (RIP) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Big Bomber ****HUGS**** to you. I just wanted to add my prayers and wishes to you for now and the days to come, that you may find peace in the "memories" you and Don shared for so many years. You know all of us Bombers are out here for you. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I always knew I had a great sister, but I didn't know much about her teaching career. The testimonials she's received since the death of her husband surely must be encouraging. I can't wait to give you a great big hug, my dear sister. -Ray Loescher ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Smyth ('62) Re: A New Years Day grandson On New Years Day at 12:15pm, my daughter Kelly Smyth Strong delivered my fourth grandchild and second grandson, Ty Patrick Strong at Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, NY. Ty is 7 pounds even and 20 inches long, a great start to year 2005. I only hope that 2005 is better than 2004 was for me. The holidays were particularly tough, with my wifes passing in November. I am thankful that our four girls and the four grandchildren all live close to me. Happy New Year to all you Bombers!! -Tim Smyth ('62) ~ Hudson Falls, NY (cold, but very little snow so far this winter) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Don Boswell (RIP) My heart aches for the turmoil you are enduring, Norma. I am so thankful for your caring neighbors who are helping you through this tragedy. God sends himself through others to help in times of bereavement. I never had the opportunity of having you as a teacher, but it is obvious through the Sandstorm how highly you are thought of and remembered. I did have Mr. Boswell as my 8th grade home room teacher at Chief Jo in the '62 - '63 school year. I remember him as a gentle man, never raising his voice, nor giving SWATS in the hall. (Swats were given big time at Chief Jo during that time period, too.) My sincere condolences to you, Norma. May you feel God's strength grow stronger each day. Look to Him for guidance. -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwayne Bussman ('98) Re: Death of Frances Frick (Bomber Mom) I lived next to Carl and Frances Frick for 13 years on Farrell Lane. I always enjoyed seeing them in the yard as I walked or rode my bike around the neighborhood. As a cashier at Safeway, I still saw them once in a while come in and shop. They were a great couple. I send my prayers and thoughts to the family. -Dwayne Bussman ('98) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Ralph Myrick ('51) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Dwain Mefford ('56) Denny Johnson ('62WB), Husband of Judy Shibly ('63) Carol Converse('64), Jean Armstrong ('64) Sandy Clark ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY 12/31: Gary Grigg ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Holloway ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill Lyons ('64) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Don Boswell (RIP) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) God love you, Norma. You are one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. Don's suffering is now over and he goes to a better place. Ida and I wish this year is kind to you. Love, Dick -Dick McCoy ('45) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) This is an email from LaVerne Osterman Newstrom ('51) on the death of her husband: ========= Dale, my husband of so many years passed away on Christmas morning -- exactly 50 years since my Mother's passing and was buried on the same day as she was also --because of Minnesota weather it took two days... in a way it was somewhat of a blessing... church and Mass one day and the next the interment at a military cemetery at Fort Riply, MN with military rites which was very nice. I received the flag and the bullets. He was buried in the full uniform of his day (the one he wore when we were married -- his wishes -- just family there. You would enjoy this one: my youngest son said after the ceremony to 16 of the 18 grandchildren "Now I want you all to put your hand prints on his casket." What a moment for me for sure. -LaVerne -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Although Norma was just two years ahead of me in high school, I too enjoyed the experience of her knowledge and gentle manner as a teacher. I signed up for a semester of creative writing through CBC and lo and behold, the teacher was Norma. She was always so encouraging and interested in anything any of the class members did, several of us formed a small group that continues today. Our meetings for the next week are cancelled in her husband Don's memory and out of respect for Norma. As a very active member and officer of the Rose Society, I am certain that she and Don had many friends who will support her at this time. Norma, please know that many are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwain Mefford ('56) Today, January 3rd, along with a congregation of friends and family, I said goodbye to my friend and classmate Tilbert Neal. I first met Tilbert when I played against him in youth baseball. Or I should say when he struck me out nearly every time I had to bat against him. When I got to Carmichael in the eighth grade we became friends and I considered him to be one of my closest pals all through junior high and high school. Whether it was on the basketball court, the baseball diamond or even the back yard horse shoe pit, Tilbert was one of the fiercest competitors I have ever seen at any level. If a score was kept, losing was not an option for Tilbert. If you were on his team his attitude made your game better and there were a lot more wins than losses. However, once the game was over, Tilbert was a different person. He liked nothing better than just hanging out with his friends and enjoying their company. For a school as large as ours it was unusual for someone to be liked by everyone no matter what their interests were or what groups they belonged to. Tilbert was one of those individuals. After we graduated from RHS I only saw Tilbert a few times and never after our tenth reunion. I regret that I did not make an effort to stay in touch with him. I am sure that if we had grown older together I would have many more memories to re-live. On the other hand, I am lucky in a way. When I think of Tilbert I don't think of the man in the casket. I think of the 18 year old Tilbert who was a fierce competitor and who loved having a good time with his friends. So, when I think of him I can hold on to my own youth at least for a few moments. Thank you Tilbert, goodbye old friend, and may God give you His peace. -Dwain Mefford ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Denny Johnson ('62WB) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I know TWO things.... a) the plural of Elvis is apparently ELVES b) all the Elvis impersonators from Las Vegas take their winter vacation at your pond. The mental image of all those little pouting, pompadoured pseudo pswinging psingers parading pulchritudinously around the perimeter of your puddle just put me in pulsating paroxysms of palpitations. I would posit that the proximity to the SPUDNUT shop is the reason they travel so far north this time of year. Your legendary hospitality no doubt is a strong supporting factor. Hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas, and I do fervently wish all Bombers, WBs, their families and friends a prosperous New Year. -Denny Johnson (62 woulda/coulda/shoulda/mighta) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Cozad - Husband of Judy Shibly Cozad ('63) Re: A question for your readers I married Judy Shibly ('63) back in 1965. We were sitting around the dinner table with her 86-year old mother the other night and I asked why Columbia High School was renamed Richland High School about the time Hanford High was established. No one seemed to know. I like the former name and I am sure a lot of her classmates (a number of which I have met and enjoyed) would share that opinion. I imagine Frank W. of that Gold Medal Class could weigh in on this subject. Throw the question out there for the sixties folks to mash on, please. -Jerry E. Cozad (retired near Yosemite with Judy) husband of Judy Shibly Cozad ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Just where is Sun Cove? You said "north of Wenatchee". I've never heard of it and lived in Wenatchee for 6 years. Happy New Years everybody! -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where is had a very nice, warm day for a change. It's suppose to rain again in a few days. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) Happy Birthday to Mr. Larry Holloway ('64). I hope that you have a great day. I'll be thinking of you playing in the snow. There is snow up North, isn't there? See you in June. Take care my friend. Love ya, -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ - where it thinks it's Seattle here with all the rain we have been having. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Happy New Year to everyone (especially the '71ers) I am now in the unemployed category. If I think about it too much I still am in shock. I worked 7 & 1/2 years as a nurse at Alterra Wynwood of Col. Edgewater which is an asst. living facility. I loved it there, all the residents and great people I worked with. And I really enjoyed getting to see several of you from here and out of town when you visited your parent(s) that lived there. It made me feel a bit more of a connection to those residents who were family of former Bombers, esp. from my class. On November 23rd, yes just before the holidays, we were told that the company at the corporate level decided we only needed 1 nurse on day shift. And at the local level, our building director decided that I should be layed off and a new nurse that had just started should stay. No consideration for longevity or experience. What a blow! I felt like a chunk of my heart had been cut out. I was devastated and hurt and shocked and much more. Obviously the dollar speaks big. It has been very hard to even look at other employment. On a more positive note though it has been nice to have the holidays off. I was also later told I was entitled to 2 months severance pay. If anyone around here know of any LPN positions available, please let me know. So many have told me that God must have something better in mind. I have to daily remind myself of that. I hope a new door opens real soon. I would even consider going back to my old job. Hope you all have a great year. Maybe I'll run into you at another job. And remember '71ers we have our 35th next summer!!! -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Retired RHS Teacher funeral notice: Ralph Myrick ('51), Bill Berlin ('56) Bonnie Steeber ('57), George Swan ('59) Frank Whiteside ('63), David Rivers ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) I would like to extend my thoughts to both Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) and LaVerne Osterman Newstrom ('51) for the loss of their husbands. Both of these ladies withstood the test of their vows, for better or worse, in sickness and health, they took when they were married. They both passed with flying colors. Although, I didn't know their respective husbands, I did know both Norma and LaVerne. LaVerne and I graduated from high school together and I met Norma at WSC when I got back from the Korean War. These are two great ladies and my heart goes out to both of them. Like it has already been said, Doug and Don are both in a happier place, especially free of that dreaded disease that got hold of them. God works in mysterious ways and His will, will be done. God Bless and protect both Norma and LaVerne. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Tilbert Neal ('56-RIP) and Dwain Mefford ('56) I am just back from a quick trip to England and was catching up on back Sandstorm issues and read where Tilbert Neal ('56) had passed away. In our Col Hi days Tilbert was a super-jock and I was the guy getting splinters in my backside riding the bench but I really liked the guy. Dwain was right. He was probably the most intense athlete I have ever known... on the field. He sure was not that way off the field and if you were a teammate, no matter what your skill level was, you were Tilbert's best teammate. Dwain Mefford's ('56) recollections of Tilbert could have been his obituary as far as I am concerned. Dwain, you hit it right on the head. Tilbert had great hair too. I remember a baseball game, summer league it was, I was playing in left field and Tilbert was at third base. The batter got a hot hit right up the third base line and Tilbert, as he always did, charged it hard but just as he was about to glove it, it took a hop over his glove, and over his head, and went into left field, where I was backing up the play. There was a guy at second and seeing the ball go over Tilbert's head decided to round third base for home. I fielded the ball and what has to be my all time best throw, I threw him out at home. Now for the rest of the story. The next day the T-C Herald sports article it noted that "...Tilbert Neal's perfect throw from third picked the runner out at home giving the win to Richland..." I was disappointed but that is what I would later learn was the pattern of the American press. Later that day Tilbert stopped by my house and in front of my brother, my parents and me apologized for the press error and said that he would always remember that it was me, not him, that made the play. Hey, that was better than being a one-time hero in the newspaper in my book. Thanks for the memories, Dwain and I hope you are well too. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where it is clear and cold. I can see the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Mountains and everything in between so very clearly but it is only 36F outside. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) Re: Tsunami -Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elves and ELVES To: Denny Johnson ('62WB) Shazaam! Shazaam! Denny, my friend, you never cease to amaze me with your insight into the goings on of life. I think the plural of Elvis may very well be ELVES but the Elves are not happy about that (I always capitalize the first letter of anything that I deem important like Elfin names to give recognition to my little friends). The elves are concerned that the ELVES behavior may be misconstrued as that of themselves. Lokey Elf, normally a very low key little dude, stepped up and took charge. He informed all the Elvis impersonators (ELVES) from Las Vegas who arrived to take their winter vacation at Puddle Placid that there was only one King and would always be only one Elvis The King (RIP). Therefore, while at Puddle Placid, they would be required to shave their heads and walk backwards in recognition of the fact that they are merely impersonators and need to get a grip. That little guy never ceases to amaze me. The ELVES' have departed to the tune of much elfin cheering. I'm not sure where they are going? In regards to the SPUDNUT Shop, we Bombers have sang it's praises worldwide; now even non-Bombers come from far and wide to partake of its delights. And, as Martha would say, "That's a good thing!" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank,WA - Where I am still convalescing in an attempt to shake this virus (or whatever) so Darby and I can go hunting. "Hey, Lokey! Got any more of that good cough syrup? That makes me write some good stuff!" ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Columbia High name change To: Jerry Cozad, husband of Judy Shibly ('63) Jerry, I left Richland in June 1965 which apparently was before the "official" name change. I recall reading somewhere over the last few years that the name was changed because there was another Columbia High in the state of Washington and they wanted to eliminate the confusion (White Salmon has a Columbia High School). Strangely, there is also a Columbia High School in Columbia, South Carolina, which is in RICHLAND, County. While I can't vouch for the authenticity of what I read, I'm sure that Keith Maupin ('47), Burt Pierard ('59), Roy Ballard ('63) or one of the other old-timers that still live there might know for sure. The CREHST Museum may have the answer as well. As I recall, we always used the letters "RHS" somewhat interchangeably with Columbia High School, but the official name was Columbia High until the "powers that be" officially changed it. I can't think of a "politically correct" reason why it might have been changed unless perhaps someone thought the Columbia River symbolized "power" like a bomb (LOL). -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: PJ's Birthday ('64) No no no no no... I couldn't have spaced this one... it is sitting here right beside me... where is my head??????????????? Don't answer that... I can only say I am sooooooooooooooo sorry to have blown it with my all time favoritest most wonderful "pull up your top" lady in the whole wide world... HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAULA JILL LYONS ('64)... (I did send an email... does that count??????) You can be my "assistant" (that's what they call them these days... legal assistants... secretaries are not PC) any ol' time, PJ and I will be your gofer... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) To: Sandy Clark ('71) As a LPN, you'll not have it hard finding a job. Just look they are always looking for good nurses. I've been in the nursing business since I was a senior at Col-Hi in '67. I've had my LPN since '82 and trust me I've not been out of a job, unless I was just taking a break. So keep your eyes open and I'm sure you'll be on the payroll again soon! Good Luck! Loosing a job just means there is a door opening some place else. Good Luck!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Ah, my daily fix of Alumni Sandstorm once again. I can't wait to read it. Well, this am it is 24. I imagine that is cold for Eugene?! Have a wonderful day all. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, Oregon ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Jerry Cozad, husband of Judy Shibly Cozad ('63) Re: Columbia Hi becoming Richland High Jerry, The name change occurred in 1982 under the direction of ASB President and my little brother, Kent "Wig" Davis. The reason for the change was really quite simple - Wig couldn't spell "Columbia." -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Donald Boswell ~ Retired School Teacher ~ 9/28/29 - 12/30/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Keith Maupin ('47), Mary Triem ('47) Gus Keeney ('57), John Northover ('59) Roger Gress ('61), Bill Scott ('64) Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Mattingly ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora Homme ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Rediske ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` One Bomber asks: "Could you suggest how we can add our names to the "birthday" list?" Go to the calendar... scroll down below the calendar till you see: "Want to add something?? Click here and tell us what to add" -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Maupin ('47) Columbia High School had been the official name since the school was built in 1944 but in a time when most towns had only one high school the teams were often called by the town name, hence the Richland Bombers. The 1966 Bomber football helmets sported an "R" logo on their helmets but the following year they were changed to a plain gold look, like Notre Dame. Then in that same 1967-1968 school year the "R" was poured in concrete at the Bomber Bowl, paving the way for a later name change. This was the year when Coach Fran Rish retired from coaching the football team. Next year (1968-1969) the "R" logo was back on the helmets and the "Columbian" proclaimed, "Bombers take pride in their emblems" and the stylized "Col-Hi Bomb" floor inlay in the mixing area was given to the school by the senior class. Then, the 1970-1971 "Columbian" identified the school as Col-Hi but ran a photo of the "RHS" sign over the new gym entrance. Skip to 1974-1975 when the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Iller, asked the "Tri-City Herald" to call the school Columbia High School and stated, "In the future athletic uniforms will bear the insignia of Columbia High School (whatever that was) and athletic awards will be a monogram "C" instead of the long used "R." July 6, 1975, Hec Hancock, sportswriter for the TCH reported the "RHS" sign had been removed and, "they (Hanford High) have staged a campaign for the past year to make Columbia High drop the... Richland High... I've a strange feeling we have not heard the last of this matter." He was right. June 8, 1982, the School Board with a unanimous vote changed the name to Richland High. A new name was also considered for the Bomber Bowl and, after a bilateral agreement between Richland High and Hanford High students, in November the name was changed to Rish Stadium. These are the facts and we can only speculate on the reasons. Some have said that Burbank, WA had a Columbia High School and that was reason enough for a change. I think other factors were more likely the reason. -Keith Maupin ('47) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) What a story you shared with us. It is unbelievable what tragedies have occurred from this international disaster. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: New years eve Hi All. I just wanted everyone to know I'm doing fine after my emergency gall bladder surgery!! Seems like I thought I might be having some indigestion from all the high fat and cholesterol meals Donna has been cooking!! Jay finally got tired of me complaining and took me to the emergency room early Sunday morning. He thought I had some symptoms of a heart attack. The technician that was doing the ultra sound said to me "Your gall bladder doesn't like you any more!!!" They slammed me into the hospital and started working on negating the coumadin I was taking for my irregular heartbeat. Actually I had excellent care for the days I was in there. They did the surgery last night around 5:00 and freed me this afternoon. I just woke up from my nap and realized that the pain pills were working and I should have taken one before my nap. Oh the pain!!!! Anyway, I think I'll Live!!! Gotta get this off!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) Re: Tsunami If individuals want to make a donation and be sure their donation goes to assist the survivors ... rather than in Kofi's pocket. v.r john '59 -John Northover ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Jerry Cozad, husband of Judy Shibly Cozad ('63) Re: Columbia High becoming Richland High. Jerry, I heard the name was changed because of the Burbank school in Walla Walla County had the name first. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Columbia High School name change The other Columbia High School you are referring to was just down the river in Burbank, WA. Perhaps the name was changed since our school was always referred to as "RHS", never, as far as I know, "CHS", at least not in my memory. -Bill Scott ('64) ~ from beautiful downtown Nipomo, CA -- all three blocks of it. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: name change from Col-Hi to Richland High I'm not sure if this will make it into print, as Maren might send me to "censor-space", but I have NEVER liked the fact that Col-Hi was changed to Richland High School!!! I have never liked the reasons that were given for the name change, either! Who the **** cares IF another high school had the same name (Columbia High School)... WE all know who we are/were and there is no way in **** that we would EVER be confused with ANOTHER Columbia High School!!!! This makes my blood boil each and every time it is brought up and I really resent the fact that the powers that be allowed the name to be changed!!!!!! The same with the mascot. As far as I'm concerned, we were named for the bomb NOT the **** plane... I NEVER even heard of that **** plane til I read about it in the Sandstorm!!!!!!!!!! You can give me all the reasons for the name change, I AM, WAS, and ALWAYS WILL BE A COL-HI BOMBER, NOT a Richland High Bomber!!!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - another storm due sometime tomorrow, bringing more rain and more snow to the mountain areas around us... they closed the "grapevine" for two days... only direct route to get to and from Los Angeles. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* A Bomber asks: "Can something be done with THE Obit so it can be read? It comes up so small that it is unreadable." On the Funeral Notices website, look for the RED double **s after some names... scroll down for the key that says: "** Those using Microsoft Internet Explorer can click the icon in the lower/right hand corner of the notice to enlarge it." *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers, 1 Bomber spouse sent stuff and 1 Colt funeral notice today: Dicksy Poe ('50), Marguerite Groff ('54) Gary May ('58WB), George Swan ('59) Ed Quigley ('62), Husband of Judy Shibly ('63) David Rivers ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) Geoffrey Rothwell ('71), Deb Bennett ('72) Diane Carpenter ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) Re: Readability of Funeral Notices I use Microsoft Internet Explorer and have never been able to see the icon. However, I after clicking on the print button, I select Print Preview. It usually comes up at 75%, which is easily read. Also I can change the % from 75% to larger or smaller print size. To: All who write about the elves I love your stories. I hope you will be inspired to write more. They would make wonderful cartoons like we use to see at the movies, when I was a kid. Also we had great "short subjects". I miss them. -Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I don't like to get involved in arguments. However, the name of our high school is an old argument that keeps resurfacing. And, no matter what we say, we won't be able to change anything. However, even though I proudly attended and graduated from Columbia High School; the fight song we sang was, "Fight, fight, fight, for old Richland High!!" And, we loudly cheered for the Richland Bombers sport teams. The name Richland does tell the world where we are from and I think we are proud of where we hail from. Whatever the reason the change was made, I'm just happy we have been able to keep the name "Bombers" for our sports teams. Maybe we ought to quit while we are ahead. To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) You have been in my mind since the tragic death of Don. I have wanted to call and talk to you and see what I could do to help. However, I know you are being well taken care of by special friends. And, I didn't know how to get hold of you. You and I became friends when we worked together in 1994 in our joint 40th reunions. That was a very special time - we had great fun. I just want to send you my condolences and ask if you would call and we could go out to lunch some day soon. I would like to get a chance to visit. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In Richland where winter has arrived. We've had a little snow (mostly gone) but it is COLD! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary May ('58WB) To: Gus Keeney ('57) Hi Gus. Went through the same thing several years ago and know it's no fun. Hope you're doing mucho better now and had a safe New Year's eve. Watch what ya eat in the future buddy. Hello from Crabtree in ID and get well soon. -Gary May ('58WB) ~ in Tacoma where it's gonna or so they say. Take care. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Any and All Marines Re: Marine Luncheon Ahten...hut! Local Marines and some from as far away as Texas and even Spokane will answer chow call on TUESDAY at 1:30pm on January 11th at Tony Romas (8551 W. Gage Blvd.) close to Columbia Center in the Tri-Cities, WA. Many of us are even Bombers. Join us for good food, good libations, and a good group from WW II to present. Semper Fi -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Winters in Richland. . . Remember "hookey (ie?) bobbing"? Another reason that I shake my head and wonder how any of us ever survived childhood without the state taking care of us... But it sure was FUN!! To: Linda Reining ('64) About your entry in yesterday's Sandstorm... RIGHT ON!!! -Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Husband of Judy Shibly Cozad ('63) Wow! Is that Keith Maupin ('47) the school historian or what? I appreciate his taking the time to reply to my original question on the Col-Hi name change. Also thanks to the others that gave their opinion and thanks to Maren who gave Linda Reining ('64) her chance to vent on this subject. As a matter of fact, I graduated from a "CHS" back in Iowa and my vote is for Columbia High School. Duh - a river runs through it! Thanks again for your response - if Bombers are anything, they have an opinion, which is a good thing. -Jerry Cozad (wife of Judy Shibly '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber Recognition The '65ers and others will remember that during our tenure at Col-Hi (aka RHS... same-same) the powers that be began the demo and reconstruction of our fine alma mater. My biggest memory is losing the auditorium for study hall where the utterings of "Aaandyyyyyyy" could be heard... just before an egg or some other object hit the clock above the stage... ahhhhhhhhhh the halls of higher learning... I love em all... so... anyway... that was 40 plus years ago when they started the demo/rebuild... it made for a rather hectic time at the school for those of use who were "attending"... tho I doubt it had any adverse affect on my grades as I was majoring in girl walking anyway. I remember the glee with which Uncle Tom would demand "turn in your books" when for some minor infraction such as suggesting a teacher looked like Icabod Crane (spelling has never been my thing) or walking by that same teacher with Myrna Melling ('65) on my arm with my hand firmly planed on her bottom side to make this same teacher sweat bullets during a mixer or sock hop... boy did he squirm... and I am sure that poor Myrna really believed that he always placed her in the front row because he thought she was hard of hearing... uh huh uh huh... so where was I... oh yeah... well it has come to my attention from a very reliable source, that the school has again received a face lift and a rather substantial one with the majority of the design work having been accomplished by one of our own... a celebrity in his own right... (he was rather famous for a huge growth spurt between grade school and Jr. High which gave rise to more mishaps than I can count... there was the night he ran into a clothes line pole and split his head above his eye... then there was the ice skating incident where his legs decided to go their own way... and he fell face first on the ice... another nice facial scar...) of course there was his prowess as a B-ball player and football player... (never forget the day my mom told me I couldn't play football any more till I got my grades up... that was going to happen like the proverbial Ice storm in Hades and was for me a license to drink and play for my entire three years of attendance at Col-Hi)... So anyway... this gentleman is a Senior Principal in the Architectural Firm of CKJT Architects in Kennewick. I give a huge Bomber Hoorah (I am told his work was finished on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week) to our very own Brian Lee Johnson ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Donald Boswell (RIP) I noticed that there are two entries for Mr. Boswell in the Funeral Notices section. Perhaps all of the below should be used for just one page, at the last three. What do you think? From the 12/31/04 Tri-City Herald This is the 1/1/05 TCHerald This is Mr. Boswell's '65 Col Hi teacher picture. Funeral notice -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) Today I attended a fascinating lecture by Richard Rhodes, author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb." He was hired in the "downwinders" suit to write a history of Hanford during WWII. This is expert testimony in that suit in a Spokane court. Does anyone have access to it? -Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bennett Bayoff ('72) Re: Mr. Boswell Could someone tell me what happened to Mr. Boswell. It says a house fire took his life. He was such a soft gentle man.It made me sad. -Deb Bennett Bayoff ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) I am trying to figure out why Norma Boswell's name sounds so familiar. Didn't someone say she taught at Chief Jo and Col-Hi? Would she have been at Chief Jo 1968-1969? Or thereabouts? Or would she have been at Col-Hi 70-72? What subject did she teach? Actually I can go look at my Col-Hi yearbooks, but my Chief Jo yearbooks are packed away. Thank you! -Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Marie Hansen White ('31) ~ 2/3/14 - 1/4/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ruth Miles ('59), Ed Quigley ('62) Jamie Worley ('64), Nancy Nelson ('69) Shelley Williams ('84) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Columbia High / Columbia River Thinking about Columbia the school and Columbia the river reminded me of the first lines in our Col-Hi Alma Mater: "O we love our fair Columbia As we see her in our dream Looking o'er the infant city To her namesake's [something] stream." Did those words get changed when the school's name was changed, or perhaps has the Alma Mater song simply been dropped? -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ Goldendale, WA - where it's snowing and blowing from the east, and likely to keep it up until next week ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I asked that question last time this subject was raised. Don't recall any answer. Does RHS have an alma mater? -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) I don't think anyone has posted this site, so: -Ed Quigley ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [This really shows the devastation! Satellite images are aligned so you can toggle between the before and after shots. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jamie Worley ('64) To: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) I read in yesterday's [1/7/05] Sandstorm that you had heard a lecture by Richard Rhodes, The author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. It was a marvelous book and well worth the time it took to read. And then well worth the time going back to re-read many of the parts trying to re-understand. Where did you see him? Was it at the Spokane Courthouse? Do you know any more about him, such as will he be lecturing while he is in the Northwest? He certainly would be worth seeing/hearing. If you have any further information it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. -Jamie Worley ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) The answer to the question of what happened to Mr. Boswell is. They had a house fire and he was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and had to much in his system and didn't make it. Mrs. Boswell is staying with good friends. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) Concerning the small print of some notices and articles. On my computer, just running the cursor over the text and leaving it there for a second makes the icon to enlarge it appear all by itself. Hope this helps. -Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Ed Borasky ('59), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Jo Miles ('64) Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Eckert ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl Drotts ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Funderburg ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Borasky ('59) Re: Col-Hi Alma Mater Yes, there was an alma mater. The melody was from the radio series "Halls of Ivy", which starred Ronald Coleman. And the words were written, if my memory is correct, by Ann Rector ('58). -Ed Borasky ('59) ~ Beaverton, OR - where the 2.6.10 Linux kernel and the Gentoo GNU/Linux distribution bring light to the grey and green winter days. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Your memory is incorrect, Ed... Ann didn't write our words... go to this website I cited in yesterday's Sandstorm: Our lyrics were written by W. M. Hollingsworth (1898-1975) -- father of Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin ('55). -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: "Richlandized" (from selected archives) I have read Mike Davis' ('74) excellent post, again, from 4 years ago, because it continues to work as a supreme Memory Jog. One thing it stirred up this morning was the memory of attaching playing cards to the fender stays on my bike to get that wonderful buzzing sound as the cards rode against the spokes- a 10 year-old's motorcycle! (The addition of small balloons at some later date was a quantum leap, sonically, to this process.) The sub-text of Mike's list is so important to me- that children who are put upon to use their imaginations to amuse and divert themselves will find those exercises to be rewarding physically, socially, emotionally, and sometimes intellectually; and that parental (& other adult) presences, and attitudes, are the critical framework for auspicious development. Does anyone else think that the level of stable employment offered a great deal to the emotional stability of that historic community? (and now a humble revisionist offering of our alma mater, that's likely to please no one, including its author, a prince of half- baked doggerel...) Oh, we love our 'B' Reactor And we see her in our dream, Looking o'er the fair Columbia That almighty cooling stream! Oh, that mighty tide, resistless, Surging onward toward the sea Carries BTUs and isotopes From the heart of Blessed 'B'! And, as the years go by We'll sing her praises high, Recalling both her alchemy and fame; And, though she may depart, A corner of each heart Will cherish evermore the hallowed name of Reactor! 'B' Reactor! With a power nearly free, Whose works endure beyond the half-life Of Eternity! ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from Russia!! We have had a fantastic time on this Methodist mission trip in Samara, Russia which is several hours south of Moscow. We must be in a snow region, as the ground has been covered with snow, and it's been snowing most of the time we've been here, but fortunately it's been in the 20s (F) so not so cold. We really couldn't use our hand warmers and long johns much, as it's been too warm in the buildings too. We got to go sledding after caroling with some of the kids from the orphanage yesterday. And January 7, their traditional Christmas was a wonderful day for us here. We went to a small Methodist church which the West Ohio Conference (Methodist) helped start, and shared in their service. The choir was wonderful, we all read some scriptures, and Warren preached with the help of our interpreter. Then we had a wonderful Christmas party here at the orphanage. These kids are great, they've put on several plays while we've been here. We will miss them. All the rest of our team has flown out this morning, and we will be leaving for the train station where our interpreter will be sure we get the right sleeping compartment for our overnight trip back to Moscow. We will also be met there by an interpreter too to get us on the plane to London. (Hope there is time for more shopping in Moscow.) We had a bit of a scare when we learned our youngest son, Ryan at Purdue had to have an emergency appendectomy on the night of January 6th, and we weren't able to call the hospital for about l2 hours to speak to him. But we did finally get to talk to him, and the 24 year old made a plan to get himself from the hospital to friend's (as he has a third floor apartment), and he gets his stitches out on this Wednesday. So we are feeling greatly relieved, and thanks Max Case ('57) for any efforts on our behalf. (I can't get this Russian computer to send a message to you.) Thank all of you for your prayers and good thoughts on our behalf. This has been such a great time in Russia. All the Russians have been friendly, and with all the fur coats and hats and high heeled boots we've seen, I doubt anyone here would be interested in our poor duds. Our boots have really gotten a workout here. Everyone wears them on the streets with hats. From Russia with love, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Col-Hi Alma Mater It is interesting that Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) was thinking the same thing I was. How could they change the Alma Mater? And maybe because of the Alma Mater do those of us who attended "Col-Hi" feel as strongly as we do. Here are all the words. [Go to this website to read all the words: -Maren] Oh, we love our fair Columbia As we see her in our dreams Looking o'er the infant city To her namesake's royal stream As its mighty tide resistless Surges onward to the sea So may our own Columbia's course forever onward be And as the years go by We'll sing her praises high Remembering once again her pride and fame And though we may depart A corner of each heart Will cherish ever more the hallowed name of Columbia, fair Columbia Where we learned of loyalty, And we shall not forget that lesson through eternity It never crossed my mind when we were in high school to think that we weren't both. As we used both names interchangeably. To Jerry: Are you snowed in yet? My daughter called this morning from Minden and said they had more snow on the floor of the valley than she had ever seen. Here in South. Calif. it is flooding and pouring! Now that you have your dream home done, how cozy to sit by the fire and be on the internet, Huh? Can't wait to see your home! To: Mrs. Boswell You were one of my favorite teachers! I had you my Jr. year. My condolences to you. May God comfort you and give you peace. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Searching for anyone from the Bob Gandy ('53-RIP) family. I have a nice Richland High verses North Central H.S. football program from Saturday 7:30 PM September 13, 1952, Bomber Bowl, to send their way. Bob was selected to All State Team that football season. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ ...still somewhere in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jo Miles ('64) Re: Dual identities Our high school handily balanced two identities during the early 1960s. The alma mater song paid tribute to "Columbia" while the fight song honored good old "Richland High". The annual, named "Columbian" pictured cheerleaders, track and wrestling athletes with the name "Richland" stamped on the fronts of their uniforms and warm-ups. "Col-Hi" students attended "RHS". It all seemed so clear at the time. -Jo Miles ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Somebody correct me if I'm wrong... isn't the RHS yearbook still called the Columbian? -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I met this birthday girl when we both were in Miss Jones' 4th grade classroom at Spalding Elementary. We became friends almost immediately and found that we shared the same birthday and that she was OLDER than me----a fact I NEVER let her forget! We were the best of friends all through grade school, continuing through our years at Carmichael and Col-Hi and even after school, till we lost touch, between moves, marriages, divorces, and life! BUT, we were able to reconnect through this wonderful publication called the Alumni Sandstorm (just ONE more reason I am glad I am/was a Bomber), and have been able to fill each other in on what has been happening in our lives since we graduated, "oh so many years ago" (40+ of them---gad, doesn't seem possible that we are "that old"--)! so, Pearl Drotts, aka Pat Ahrens this is for you-----HAPPY BIRTHDAY, "older sis"! hope your day is GREAT!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - the winds have finally died down (we had 50mph winds on Friday), but we are getting more rain and more snow in the mountain areas--they have closed the grapevine three times already this year---making it tough to get to Southern CA as the grapevine is the direct link to that area! And they say this is NOT an El Nino year... could have fooled me! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Norma Loescher ('53), Tom Verellen ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Clark Riccobuono ('71) Ken Robison ('86) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Dear Bomber Friends, Thank you for your condolences and remembrances after my husband Don Boswell's death December 30. Many have commented on the caring nature of fellow Bombers, and it's true. I'm staying with a Rose Society friend, Jane Melville, in Kennewick for possibly two months but still receiving mail at my locked mailbox while the interior of my house is being completely torn out and re-done from heavy smoke damage, fire damage and fire containment damage. Don was found lying by the glass door to the patio. He might have had a stroke while trying to light a cigar on the electric burner, because his hands and lower face were burned. If it was a paralyzing stroke affecting his vocal cords, that would have prevented him from calling upstairs to warn me. He had only strength enough to pull himself to the patio door, where he died of smoke inhalation. When I smelled smoke and opened the upstairs bedroom door, I called to Don (who must have by that time inhaled a lethal dose of smoke, because there was no answer), shut the door to hold back the smoke, grabbed the portable phone and dialed 911. There was no immediate response. I took the phone outside on the upper deck and saw smoke swirling out of the house, but no flames. (The kitchen is in the middle of the house, by the stairs leading to the bedrooms.) I ran back in, opened the bedroom door and yelled to warn Don again, grabbed blankets, stepped out on the deck, and called for help to neighbors with no lights, because it was 5 a.m. Then suddenly there was a voice from the phone and I knew I wouldn't need to climb over the wooden rails and jump. Two firemen guided me down their tall ladder and sent me to Kadlec Hospital for a $1,600 checkup. I asked everyone what had happened to Don, but no one could tell me anything. The compassionate fire department chaplain finally gave me the dreaded news. I haven't had time to sit and mourn, because good friends, my dear brother Ray Loescher ('57) and insurance and cleaning/construction people have been with me constantly. Working at my smoke-contaminated computer brings on a sore throat. So does being in the sooty, acrid house sorting through and throwing away things. At first I wore a mask, but it kept fogging my glasses, so I abandoned it. I will replace the computer with a new one after I complete the Rose Herald for January. Brother Ray was here for 2 1/2 days and really perked up my spirits as well as being a tremendous help organizing the garage while both of us collected ruined possessions for the dumpster parked in the driveway. A 22 year collection of the American Rose magazine and other smaller magazine collections were discarded. In these times there seems to be little concern for saving books, let alone furniture. Jane will help me itemize the ones I want to replace (if they can be replaced), and also help itemize my flower arranging supplies, which some people would classify as junk, but which was a major part of a satisfying hobby. Thanks again, Bombers. You are much appreciated. Sincerely, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) All this time I thought I went to Richland High with a coal hi from the stuff in the basement. Now that I think about it I probably have black lung besides glowing in the dark. -Tom Verellen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Harold Surplus ('64-RIP) Senior Year at WSU Re: Toby Elliott ('64) Senior 1968 at WSU Re: Ray Stein ('64) WSU Senior Year Re: 1968 WSU Gymnastic Team Toby Elliott (1964 Bomber) Rex Davis (1949 Bomber) Larry Amos (Is this our 1964 Bomber???) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!!! When I wrote in yesterday's Sandstorm, wishing Pearl Drotts (aka Pat) a Happy Birthday, I gave her LAST [married] name wrong----chalk it up to a "senior moment"!!!!!!!! Her married name IS Adler NOT Ahrens. Thanks to Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) for letting me know I had the wrong married name! Sorry, Pat... after all these years, you ought to be used to my mistakes by now! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - raining and wind is blowing and it is downright cold outside!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: Snow Happy New Year to all! Today we had snow in Bellevue (Seattle) and it was beautiful! I found myself wishing for it to keep snowing and grow long icicles like in Richland on Chestnut street as a kid. I am still a kid at heart and wish I could still go sledding on Carmichael hill! My sister is over here from Spokane where it is really cold and really snowy to help her daughter move this week and this is not much to her except for the hills in Seattle. My daughter laughed at Ken Schram's [KOMO TV] commentary "Oh No, SNOW!!!!" being a Pullman girl. She gets around anywhere and can put chains on like a breeze (I never did learn how to put on chains). I bought new all season radials when I was raising my girls on Redmond Union Hill and put a 50 lb bag of dog food in the trunk (the days before front wheel drive) and away I went. No problem. I love to drive in the snow but it is everyone else I worry about!! Happy Winter to everyone wherever you are! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Clark J Riccobuono ('71) Re: Hookey Bobbing This was the main method of travel in Richland before one gets to drive. This was especially fun behind Brad Wear's ('71) old red VW bug. This bug went everywhere. When we got stuck, we use to just lift it up. Then go on our merry way. Best Wishes to all and Happy New Year all Bomber Alums. -Clark J Riccobuono ('71) ~ From lovely Puyallup, WA - where it rains, snows, and sun shines all the same day. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Ken Robison ('86) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Ken Robison ('86) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Bishop ('56), Gary Persons ('57) Jan Bollinger ('60), Deedee Willox ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Russell ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Lysher ('81) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Re: U.K. I know we have a Bomber in the U.K. but I can't remember who. I need some information about a financial institution that is supposed to be located there. -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana, AR - warm & cloudy (70 today) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Alumni Lunch Baby, it's gonna et cold outside! Temperatures are expected to moderate by Sunday, though, and our main streets are all plowed, so throw on your warm coat and join us for the first Spokane Bomber Alumni lunch of 2005! DATE: Sunday, January 16, 2005 COFFEE TIME: 11:30 AM LUNCH TIME: 12:30 PM PLACE: The Cathay Inn (Chinese and American menu) ADDRESS: 3714 North Division (Look for the tall sign on the east side of the street.) PRICE: Most lunches $5.95 - $7.95 Please make reservations by Friday, 1/14, to Jan or Gary at All Bomber spouses and guests are welcome. -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) & Gary Persons ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Bomber Drug Well, I just got back from Spokane Saturday night and of course the first thing I did was get on the computer for my Alumni Sandstorm fix! I spent a week with my younger son, Sean, his wife, Christie, and their 3 children: Alanna (age 10), Nate (age 7), and baby Sarah (age 6 months). Of course we went and had their portraits taken. Christie's family calls me "the picture grandma" because I am always having them taken. I don't care what they call me as long as I have pics! Sarah is just darling (spoken like a true Nanna!) and she has the biggest smile. Sean & family came for Christmas and when they went home, Alanna (the delight of my life) stayed with us. I took her home on the 2nd, as school started on the 3rd. I stayed up there since Stars On Ice was Thursday, the 6th (I go every year). Last year I took Alanna, but this year I took Christie. Alanna was a little bummed by that, but she got over it. I'm sure she's already planning for next year, but we will see. The Stars On Ice was amazing this year. They did a lot of interesting and/or funny stuff between the skating acts. It was really a good show. Happy New Year to all my friends and family (yes, Judy, that does mean you, too). -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where we don't have as much snow as Spokane! Had to use 4-wheel drive to get out of Sean's driveway and off his street. The highways were just fine though. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) My condolences to you for your loss. God bless you and your family. When some time has passed go to the bookstore and find a book called "Life is Hello, Life is Goodbye". It helped me so much when I was grieving for my Dad. The book is written by an Episcopalian Priest and I can't remember right now what her name is. Let me know if you want me to find out for you. To: Tom Verellen ('60) That is one of the most hilarious entries I have read yet [in the 1/10/05 Alumni Sandstorm]!! Thanks for the laugh!! Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ~ In Seattle where the snow is melting and it is icy in places and a beautiful sunny day! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Yes, Carol Converse Maurer ('64), there is a Sun Cove, WA [near Wenatchee]... But admittedly hard to find if you're not looking for it. When driving North on the east side of the mighty Columbia towards Lake Chelan, you will pass Sun Cove Road which goes down the hill from the highway to the river. There are a bunch of houses built on the hillside overlooking the river and down to the shoreline. A swimming basin and a boat basin have been sculpted on the river's edge. The community is mostly full-time residents, but some that have holiday and summer/vacation homes. There is a community center where the New Year's Eve party has been hosted by the Devine family for around 10 years. I've only been there twice (New Year's Eve both times). It has snowed and just been gorgeous both years. Winter folks ski from there and summer folks do the river stuff. I hope to go in the spring/summer this year and get out on the river. We have gone through about three weeks of thinking seriously about going back to San Diego. Guess being there made me long for the salt spray. We even shut off a couple things we had planned for the coming year (building a house) and some business stuff. Now it looks like we will stay; for a while at least. We're looking at a house later today. We'll see how it goes. We really need to get settled... this has been an 18 month stretch of living out of a U- Haul. We're pretty good gypsies, but not having our stuff can be a hassle. Re: Hookey Bobbing Got a kick out of the comments about hookey-bobbing. I was explaining it to my Phoenix/San Diego raised wife last night as we slid our way down a little travelled, ice glazed road home. She of the fast freeway background thought it sounded dangerous. Can you imagine! Re: Blue cast And oh, if you are meandering through the Tri-Cities and notice a young guy with a blue cast on his left arm... that will probably be me. And they say there is no risk for injury to dj's. All this modern "scratch" CAN be dangerous! So, to all my fellow travellers in this parallel universe... Happy Trails. dj jeff Michael ('65)...still in the frozen, slick, gray Tri-Cities. -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Pictures of Graceland, Memphis, TN We all remember Elvis. Picture taken from our trip to Little Rock and Tenn. -Bob Grout ('66WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Marilynn Working ('54) Gus Keeney ('57), Max Sutton ('57) Mike Brady ('61), Carol Converse ('64) Anna Durbin ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Bennett ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) This is some information I had received from Jim Gilson ('51) who is looking for married couples, who are teachers, to fill positions in his American Schools in the following countries. If you are interested, contact Jim through his email; QUALITY SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL (OPENINGS for 2005-06 as of 11 January 2005) QSI INT'L SCHOOL of KABUL in AFGHANISTAN (2 positions) * DIRECTOR (teach part-time) * ELEMENTARY QSI INT'L SCHOOL of ASTANA in KAZAKHSTAN (2 positions) * DIRECTOR (teach part-time) * ELEMENTARY BAKU INT'L SCHOOL in AZERBAIJAN (2 positions) * LOWER ELEMENTARY (6 yr old class) * ELEMENTARY (9 yr old class) ALMATY INT'L SCHOOL in KAZAKHSTAN (4 positions) * ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY MUSIC (also teach English/math) * ELEMENTARY (3 positions) KIEV INT'L SCHOOL in UKRAINE (8 positions) * DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION (similar to a Secondary Principal in USA) * LOWER ELEMENTARY * UPPER ELEMENTARY * KINDERGARTEN * MIDDLE SCHOOL * SECONDARY ENGLISH * SECONDARY PHYSICAL SCIENCE/MATH * ESL QSI INT'L SCHOOL OF YEREVAN in ARMENIA (2 positions) * UPPER ELEMENTARY (strong in MUSIC for one of these positions) * ESL (strong in MUSIC for one of these positions) ASHGABAT INT'L SCHOOL in TURKMENISTAN (2 positions) * DIRECTOR (teach part-time) * LOWER ELEMENTARY QSI INT'L SCHOOL OF CHENGDU in CHINA (2 positions) * LOWER ELEMENTARY (2 positions, one with P.E. skills) QSI INT'L SCHOOL OF BRINDISI in ITALY (2 positions) * LOWER ELEMENTARY * UPPER ELEMENTARY QSI INT'L SCHOOL OF EL TIGRE in VENEZUELA (2 positions) * COMPUTER TEACHER (also teach upper elementary) * KINDERGARTEN QSI INT'L SCHOOL of PHUKET in THAILAND (2 positions) * ELEMENTARY * SECONDARY ENGLISH/SOCIAL STUDIES We expect to hire married teaching couples for these listed openings. Benefits include salaries, air fares, housing, shipping allowance, medical insurance, and an overseas allowance. We seek teachers who love children and who are willing to give the time and energy needed to provide a success-oriented mastery- learning model of education. We have a reputation of having teachers who care. *Non-smokers only are hired* -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: 50th Anniversary Not everyone can claim the honor of a long marriage, but tonight (January 10th) a bunch of Bomber friends got together with a fun, wonderful couple, Millie Finch Gregg and her husband, Glynn, to help them celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at Anthony's in Richland. Larry Christenson ('54) and wife Nanette; Allisa Synoground; Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54); Ginny Weyerts Wendland ('54) and husband Walt ('55); Jeannine Houston Willis ('54) and me and my husband, Richard, get together monthly, when possible, but tonight was very special spending it with Millie and Glynn. Thanks guys for letting us "butt in" on your anniversary dinner, even though you knew we were coming! They even invited us to celebrate their 60th in 2015!!! Will Anthony's still be here, because it was wonderful, too! Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54) and husband Charlie ('54) were missed as she is under the weather. We also missed seeing Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) as she was working with the ACES group. Hey, guys, next month? Millie and Glynn, I am sorry I didn't get your anniversary to Maren in time to be listed on the calendar for January 10th, but this is more fun telling about tonight. I won't tell everything! Enjoy your life kids, and you make a great couple!! Who said it wouldn't last when you eloped in 1955? -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ here in Kennewick... home safe after driving to Richland on kind of slick roads. Chauffeured Millie and Glynn and got them home safe, too. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Surgery Hi All, Thanks to all of you who sent the nice notes of support after my gall bladder surgery. I am doing better than I expected each day and the wounds are healing nicely. The weather has been cooler for the last couple of weeks here in Yuma, but is starting the warming trends tomorrow. All the storms that were predicted seemed to skirt around us to the north west and just to the east of us. Was 74 today before the winds started this afternoon. Winds are letting off as this is being written and it's supposed to be nice for the next week now. I think I feel good enough to go over and bug Tony Tellier ('57) tomorrow. He lives north of I-8 about six miles from my house. Besides, I want to see if Utha (Lorrie's Doby) remembers me or will stand me up against the wall again!!! I need to get over there more often!!! Anyway, thanks for all your support during my distress. -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) To: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) We do indeed have a Bomber in the U.K. It's Dean Enderle ('57). You can find his email on the Class of '57 home page. -Max Sutton ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I just retired from the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department on Monday, January 3, 2005. On Tuesday, I started back to college to pursue a 2 year degree in fitness training. It reminded me of the first time I went to college. I was discharged from the Navy on a Friday in 1965 and started school the following Monday and graduating in 1970. I think I am going to enjoy school much more this time because I won't have to worry about a family (children) and making a living. I will also be able to take advantage of their traveling education program which I missed the first time around. Although I'm probably the oldest person in the program (61 years old), there are many people in there 40s and 50s along with the youngsters. It oughtta be fun! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Jeff Michaels ('65) Ok, I now know where you are talking about. I can picture it (Sun Cove) in my mind. It probably has grown since we were past there last. We had some friends that owned property there. I was thinking it was really really close to Wenatchee. Lots closer to Lake Chelan. I don't blame you for thinking of moving back to San Diego. But, just think of the yucky weather that's been going on in southern CA this past couple weeks. Of course, it may not have gotten that far south though. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - So far, we haven't gotten that 3rd storm that was predicted. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Dear Tom Verellen ('60): Great line. I usually introduce myself, when people ask where I am from I say "Richland, Washington, location of the Hanford Atomic Plant." I tell them "I glow in the dark and all my children are mutants. (But they are good mutants.)" I find it pretty surprising how many people have heard of Hanford on the East Coast. -Anna Durbin ('69) ~ from Ardmore, PA - where we have had 60 and no snow. We hear the cold winter is coming soon. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Grover Shegrud ('56), Missy Keeney ('59) Ed Wood ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Vernona Chappelle ('64), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda Stambaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Ruane ('75) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) Re: Mike Brady ('61) It's nice to hear of you youngsters going back to school. I started back at Edmonds Community Collage last September working towards my associates CIS degree. It was back in 1965 I left Highline Community Collage after a good try at a degree. But alas my need is to find work to support my young family. -Grover Shegrud ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Sweet Adeline show Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will be having our annual show on Friday January 28th at 7:30 pm and Saturday January 29th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Friday's performance will be at Sunnyside High School and Saturday's performances will be at Richland High (formerly Columbia) auditorium. The show has a Broadway theme "HIT ME WITH THE SPOTLIGHT" and will feature finalists for cash scholarships at each performance. We auditioned 30 high school students from the Tri-Cities and the lower valley and they were WONDERFUL. It was hard to pick from them, but we had to so three will be featured at each performance and their scholarship amounts will be determined by audience vote. Ticket prices are: $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $25 for a family of 5. Burt Pierard ('59) was really great in one of our other shows and he has agreed to take on one of our "character" roles for this show. That alone should be worth the price of admission. Call or email me for ticket information. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Going back to school Make Brady's ('61) comment about going back to school reminds me of the reaction I had when I took each of my sons to visit college campuses. I told each of them that I had changed my mind, that I was going back to school, not they, since I was now more ready to absorb all the colleges had to offer, I was ready to study with fewer distractions, I was ready for more fun, etc. and it was their turn to go to work to support me. My wife Janice didn't think too much of the idea either. -Ed Wood ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Clay's Atomic Cafe Wav Page -Gary "It's a jungle out there..." Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Cathryn Hodgin, aka Vernona Chappelle ('64) To: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) My sweet friend Millie - please accept my belated congratulations to you and Glynn on your 50th wedding anniversary. Don and I are looking forward to being with you, your family, and friends in July when you renew your wedding vows. Love, -Cathryn Hodgin, aka Vernona Chappelle ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I'd like to wish my wife, Bonnie (Hanford '77), a happy 25th anniversary. You know, the girl does all right considering that Hanford background! Love you, M. Davis (74) -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Rex Hunt ('53WB) Millie Finch ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Tom Verellen ('60), Janet Tyler ('61) Betti Avant ('69), Cindy Southard ('84) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Baker ('64) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: SouthEast Asia Trip It's hard to believe, but my wife and I and our daughter and her husband leave in two weeks for Viet Nam, Cambodia and Thailand. This would be the last place on earth that I would want to visit, but we had offered all 4 of our kids a trip with us to anywhere they wanted to go... once. The other 3 picked "normal" places like Egypt, China and Italy. Deb picked this trip. My brother Tom, who had 2 stints in Viet Nam during the War, said it is a beautiful country, especially Da Nang (China beach)... so, we'll see. We will not be affected by the terrible disaster, because when we do get to Thailand we will be in Bangkok, which is far North of the area that was affected. We are only in Cambodia two nights, just to see Angor Wat, which is one of the wonders of the World. If anyone has been there recently, I would like to hear from you. -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rex Hunt ('53WB) I have received a request to fill out a form with personal information for something called the Richland alumni association.... I am curious if that is indeed a unit of this particular group of if it is a clone, developed to acquire info for nefarious purposes by someone other that the "TRUE BOMBERS" association. While mimicking a lot of the same logo's as this group it does not go far enough to explain who, what, why, such info is needed. therefore I shall leave it blank till I receive conformation to its legitimacy. -Rex Hunt ('53WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Richard Anderson ('60) responds to Rex: Hello Rex, This has come up before. As far as I can determine it is an attempt by an internet entrepreneur in the Baltimore area to replicate the model. And, his revenue model is the same: he makes his money by selling access to the email addresses he collects. As far as I can tell -- and I have neither seen nor heard anything disparaging -- he has no nefarious purpose in mind. Of course, there is no particularly good reason for any Bomber (or Hanford Falcon for that matter) to subscribe to the service since our own <> web presence provides the same stuff for free. Anyway, sign up if you care to (and if you do we -- the Alumni Sandstorm --would love to hear what you think of it). One thing you might want to do is to establish a separate Yahoo (or Hotmail) email account just for this service; if you decide it's OK you can change your email address to your regular one, if not, you can let the temp address die from non-use. Regards and Bomber and Sandstorm cheers, Yr Obt Srvt, Richard, Deputy Editor ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: 50th Anniversary Thank you Marilynn ('54) and Vernona ('64) for your notes. How can you lose when you have so many wonderful friends. Yes, our official date is 1/10/55, so we went to dinner and shared it with our Bomber Buddies! Our 3 children are planning a big celebration in July, and we do plan to renew our vows. We are looking forward to that very much. Once again to all of you that had dinner with us, it was a wonderful time and yes, in spite of everyone and everything, it did last 50 years. We eloped and now I look forward to "limping" down the aisle in July! Once again thanks for your friendship -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) and husband Glynn (NAB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Going back to school It is great to see my fellow Bombers retiring and going back to school. I don't think you can ever have to much education as long as you use it well. I graduated from Linfield College (2004 NCAA Division III National Football Champions) and went to the U of Washington for my MBA for a year. I got tired of school (and being broke) so I dropped out and went to Long shoring. In those days office salaries were $400 to $500 a month and I could make $1200 or more per month being a "Longie." I was smart enough to do the math at that point and the guys in the union called me "The Professor" since I was the only guy in the hall with a college degree, and maybe a high school degree too. I went on into a career in business, airline, marine, travel, international, etc., but in the early 1980s I decided to return to the UDub and get my MBA. It was a very good experience in that being a Lifetime Alumni I got free parking and when it came to my MBA thesis I drug out a study I did for the American Society of Travel Agents on how the tourist dollar was better for a country than a foreign aid dollar. Bam! I had it made. Finally got the MBA, almost entirely at "flashlight" (night school), and can say that I have never had the opportunity to use it. I still carry a Longshore Union card but I hide the fact I have an MBA at union meetings. As "The Professor" I handled a lot of financial problems with my fellow members but as the "The MBA Professor" they will expect me to do divorces. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA - where we had 4" of snow on our yard and we could do a great downhill or slalom down our driveway. A big Chinook came in the night before last and "poof" it was all gone. Hot air is good. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Now playing Larry Coryell ('61) Noticed that Bomber (and I believe record holder in pole vault) now "guitar legend" will be at Seattle Experience Music Project on Friday the 14th. Details: 1-14 8 p.m. Sky Church Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave N. Seattle and a workshop on the 15th p.m. call 877-454-7836 or -Tom Verellen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janet Tyler ('61) To: Mike Brady ('61) Congratulations on your retirement. I'm also 61 years old but looking at another number of years teaching at CBC before gong overseas to teach. I entered a master's degree program in Aug. '04. I'm enjoying the classes and the 'learning' part is exciting instead of stressful. I especially enjoy the milieu of being in school again. The atmosphere is electric with exchange of ideas. It hasn't been all that long for me. I earned my BA and teaching degree in 1990. I guess, I'm just a late bloomer after 20 years in the business arena. In one of my classes a 30-something went and got a chair for me while my small group was meeting in the hallway. Yikes, that made me feel decrepit! Best of luck in your new challenges, -Janet Tyler ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, I really feel like I am at home in Eugene. I made an appointment this morning and the guy asked how familiar I was with the town. When I commented not very, he give me directions to his office. I had been by it numerous times and just didn't pay attention to the buildings in the complex. It just happens to be less than a mile from where I live, so I guess I am getting used to the big city. The traffic patterns have been difficult to gauge, however. Around the holidays when I left work it was horrible, but since then has been less hectic. I also have had to get used to the "bike routes" around town as cars and bicycles share parts of some of the roads and being a college town there are plenty of bicyclists out and about. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR - where we didn't get the snow last weekend that was predicted ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Cindy Southard Ford ('84) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Cindy Southard Ford ('84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), George Swan ('59) Ruth Solomon ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Bill Craddock ('61), Tim Avedovech ('61) Bob Cross ('62), Anita Cleaver ('63) Mary Jane Deranleau ('88WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Cross ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Freeman ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Bomber Luncheon Hello out there Bomber friends! Guess what? It is "that time" again. We are coming upon another luncheon here before you know it. I can't wait to see everyone again. WHAT: Las Vegas, Nevada Bomber Luncheon WHERE: Road Runner, located at 9820 W. Flamingo TIME: Noon DATE: February 5, 2005 If anyone needs any information or directions, please feel free to email myself or Roberta Hill Karcher ('49). Robbi's email address is My home phone is 531-5866, so you can even give me a call if you would so desire. Ha Let's have a BIG turnout this time, friends. I know that we can do it. Hope to see many of you there. BOMBER HUGS!!!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ Las Vegas where it isn't raining for the time being, and thankfully we didn't get any of the flooding right here so we didn't float away. Temps in the mid to upper 50's today, so a pleasant day over all. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Marine Luncheon On January 11, 2005, Marines and fellow veterans (most are Bombers or Bomber dads) assembled at Tony Roma's Restaurant near Columbia Center in the Tri-Cities. As Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad and WW II Marine Veteran of the Battle for Okinawa) put it; it was an assembly of "New Marines, Middle of the Road Marines, Worn Out Marines, and others." I can assure you that Larry (having just celebrated his 80th birthday) is anything but a "worn out Marine" as he is still a leader of men and was the driving force behind bringing us together. Attendees were Marines: Larry Jacobs, Our own (Number 32 on your program) Jim House ('63) (Vietnam Veteran), Guy Lobdell ('66) (Vietnam Veteran), Larry Warner (owner of Richland Skydivers and a Walla Walla Blue Devil), Len Sevigny (Bomber Dad and Korean War Veteran), Brad Wear ('71), George Swan ('59), Tom Mattis ('66) (Vietnam Veteran), and active duty Marines (in uniform): Private Mathew Vasquez (a Pasco Bulldog) and Marine Recruiter, Sergeant Javier Valdez. Guests were: Ray French (Pre and WW II Army Air Corps and a crewman on B-29s also he was an Instructor at Columbia Basin College for several years), Robin French ('71) (U. S. Army). Photos of our "Fall out" (an assembly into formation of Marines) are included. Good food and comradery were enjoyed along with some good stories that we told on ourselves. One of the best that I heard was from "Giant Jim," our own Marine Captain, Jim House (the towering individual in the photo taken under a picture of the flag raising at Iwo Jima). With Jim's indulgence, I must share this one. If I have it right, Jim was an enlisted Marine prior to becoming an Officer. In boot camp, recruits quickly learn that the less the Drill Instructor (DI) focuses on them individually, the less harassment they are likely to endure. However, without exception, all Marine Recruits sooner or later receive the personal attention of the DI. Of course, when a Marine recruit is built like Jim, remaining inconspicuous is rather difficult. Jim obviously towered above fellow recruits and even the DI. In those days, a DI carried a "Swagger Stick," a short, thin baton-like symbol of authority for DIs and officers. DIs also liked to whack recruits with their swagger sticks for emphasis in training. Once, for no apparent reason, the DI (much shorter than Jim -- much too short to reach the top of Jim's head) suddenly and deliberately approached the Marine recruit we all know and love as number 32. Apparently, the DI wished to demonstrate to the rest of the Platoon that he could beat on the biggest Private among them. Picture this -- Standing in front of Jim who is rigidly at attention, the DI orders Jim to, grasp him under the arms and then commands Jim to, "Lift me up!" Jim obeys. The DI, dangling in front of him, face to face, then proceeds to repeatedly whack "Giant Jim" on the head with his swagger stick. "Put me down," the DI commands Jim to lower him back to the deck. Jim complies. "Lift me up!" Jim obeys. More whacks. "Put me down!" "Lift me up!" Whack, whack. "Put me down!" "Lift me up!" Whack, whack, whack... "Put me down!"........(You get the picture) until the DI was satisfied that he had demonstrated to the platoon just who was in command and controlled even the biggest among them. Now, I ask you, can anyone top that "Sea Story." Fairy tails always begin with, "Once upon a time" however in the Marine Corps, "Sea stories" always begin with, "Now, this is no s***!" We are a small group with the close knit feelings that exist among those who have served, especially Marines who have earned the right to belong to the World's greatest fraternity. We are indeed, "The Few and The Proud" and hope to rally again on future occasions. On a side note, Brad Wear ('71) (a Marine Captain) came all the way from Texas to visit family and attend the luncheon. I along with my Yellow Lab, "Darby" was fortunate to enjoy Brad's company and get in some bird hunting on the days before and after the luncheon. It is amazing how much Bombers will find in common. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ I was tagged with the nickname "Pappy" in the Marine Corps (obviously borrowed from the famous WW II Marine Fighter Ace, "Pappy Boyington") by my buddies. Even at age 18, they thought that I looked much older than the rest of them. To this day, I wear that name with pride and carry on that tradition. However, I am amazed that even now -- I still look older that my friend Larry Jacobs who keeps telling me that I'm just a kid. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Solomon Ellsworth ('59) To: Betti Avant ('69) Welcome to Eugene! I think you will find it an interesting and fun place to live (and, yes, the bikes can be a problem, especially close to campus and on Pearl Street by the 5th Street Market). We moved to Eugene 40 years ago this coming August from Provo, Utah (talk about culture shock!). My husband was a charter faculty member at LCC. This town really "grows" on you and I didn't realize how much I would miss it until I made an extended visit to see grandchildren in the Santa Barbara and San Francisco areas this fall. Nope, we didn't get the snow last week and it doesn't look like we will get the snow predicted for this weekend. We almost never get the snow predicted. We usually get a little snow either the last two weeks of January or the first two weeks of February. Last year we had our snow on New Year's Day and we did get a big snow (3 feet) the end of January '69. People here are not used to driving in snow. Soooo, if you have to get anywhere, it is a good thing when it does not snow here. If you need help getting around or would like to visit with another Bomber, email me. I have been out of town a lot since my husband passed away this spring, but am looking for a house to buy, probably something in the Ferry Street Bridge area or College Hill, so I may settle down some (sold the large home we built in the country -- 5 acres off Dillard Road -- We had a fantastic view south and east, but it was too much worry for my children for me to stay there because there is no rural police protection in Lane County). I love the Ferry Street Bridge area where I now live. I am new to the list and don't know how many Bombers there are here in Eugene. If there are several of us, it would be nice to get together occasionally. -Ruth Solomon Ellsworth ('59) ~ Smilin' in the rain ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) and pole vaulting Larry pole vaulted 13'3" with a bamboo pole in his senior year. How do I remember such trivia? I have no idea. Larry was a great guy, excellent athlete and a brilliant student. We were co-sports editors of the Chief Jo newspaper in the 9th grade. With school photographer Dennis Lind ('61), we had a lot of fun. Larry also played on the Chief Jo basketball team. Larry tried to teach me to play the guitar, but told me my fingers were too large(??). The picture of Larry [] with the long, wavy gray hair is a far cry from the skinny, short haired guy with black rimmed glasses that I knew 40+ years ago. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Bill Craddock ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Avedovech ('61) Re: Retirement To: Mike Brady ('61) Hi Mike, I see you have retired and that is fantastic. You are now in a new "game of life". Congratulations! Let me tell you about my new game of life. In 2003 at the ripe old age of 59, I decided I had had it, and it was time to retire. I was in a full time prosthodontic dental practice. June 30, 2003, I was done, out, and no longer a full time working man. I was also exhausted, tired, and even somewhat depressed. The first 8 months were great. I mostly slept, had no set schedule, and I took full advantage of it. I would take two hours to go to Starbucks, have my venti mocha, and drive back home. I loved it. The next 5 months I noticed I had a lot more energy, lot more drive, ambition and by the end of the 13th month, I was fully charged up, re-energized, ready to go, and couldn't think of continuing my "retirement" schedule. Not that it was wrong or anything like that. In fact the first 13 months had been a "gift" to me and I truly appreciated the opportunity to rest up, re-charge, and to re-examine my whole life and what I was doing, and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I made a decision. To continue in my "resting" mode was to decay since I got all my energy back. I chose to continue forward "growing". I took a personal growth seminar, figured out what wasn't working for me before, and what would work for me in the future. With that, here is how I'm living now. I'm back into dentistry as an "employee" and not an owner, for the next 2-4 years, and loving doing what I do best. I am developing a notes business (secondary real estate market) as well as getting into real estate investing. I am developing a Vemma networking business that is backed by a very successful strong company. And I'm doing a few other small things. The main point of all this however is that I'm now full of energy all day long, not tired, and having fun. I can't stop all the negatives that come out of the sky each day and hit all of us, however how I handle them is totally different, and leaves me in a positive strong mode allowing me to enjoy doing what I'm truly interested in. In short I'm living the way I want to live, and having fun. What I'm doing is "me", and no right or wrong to it. It's simply how I choose to live and I'm having a ball. In this personal growth seminar that I used to change my thinking, many of us are leaving this next week to do a community project in one of the third world countries. Part of this program is giving back to help other people. Last year they went to Thailand and rebuilt a school. This year we think we're heading to Africa as they don't tell us where we're going until we're at the airport. That's part of the surprise and reward for being in this particular program. The reason I tell you this Mike, is that now you have the opportunity to choose how you want to be, and how you want to live in retirement. If you retired from a company who is now going to pay you a pension, great. You may need a year to rest up as I did. However somewhere along the line, you will have the opportunity to look back and see where you have been, and think about how you want to go forward. Whatever you choose will be right for you. If you want to change that, you will have the opportunity, as I did. As I'm having a "ball" with life right now, I'm wishing you the same as you proceed forward. Have fun, -Tim Avedovech ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Cross ('62) I would like to wish my wonderful sister Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) a very very Happy Birthday! I hope the weather does not hamper your great day and hopefully an evening out. -Bob Cross ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) Re: Aging Parents Well, we finally did it - we moved my parents from Richland to Portland and it's been quite a learning experience i.e. power of attorney, living trusts, Medicare, secondary insurance, doctor appointments, in-home health care, wheelchairs..................... If anyone else is in the process of taking charge (being the parents to your own parents) and need any answers, perhaps I can help you. Or perhaps you can also give me advice. Seems like I learn something new every day. Having them in the same town sure is nice, though, so that I can make sure they are being taken care of. They're both in wonderful facilities and doing much better. Even though it's almost like a full time job, it's worth it. Anyone else going through this right now? -Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Jane Deranleau ('88WB) Re: looking for an old friend I didn't actually graduate from Richland High but I did go to junior high in Richland and have lost contact with an old dear friend, Laura Smith Hernandez ('88). I would really like to get a hold of her again and last I heard she was in VA or West VA. Any ideas? If so please let me know or let her know I am looking for her... My home number is 509-891-7454 and my email is I would appreciate any info you could offer on this. Thank you so much. -Mary Jane Deranleau ('88WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Beth Young Gibson ('81), Darren McIntyre ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTICE -- Problems with AOLers (again). We're getting bounce notices that look (in part) like the following on LOTS of AOL email addresses: ************* America Online (AOL) and its affiliated companies do not authorize the use of its proprietary computers and computer networks to accept, transmit, or distribute unsolicited bulk e-mail sent from the internet. Effective immediately: AOL may no longer accept connections from IP addresses which have no reverse-DNS (PTR record) assigned. **************************** I don't know WHAT to do about them all. I know that at least some of you are NOT getting your Sandstorm. I suggest you complain to AOL and tell them you WANT your Alumni Sandstorm!! -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie Dawson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry Byron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Telfer ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Gustafson ('68) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Spokane BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Old Soldiers The pictures in George "Pappy" Swan's ('59) Alumni Sandstorm entry yesterday [1/15/05] reminds me of the saying, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." I guess I had a different experience. I spent 3 years 10 months, 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 33 seconds on active duty as a Navy Corpsman with the USMC. The day I was discharged ranks right up there as the happiest day of my life. Although I missed some of my buddies, I had no interest in looking back. The highlight of my military career was playing basketball and football during our lunch break! Wouldn't it be great to have a war and no one show up? -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Hanford Employees Photo of some Hanford Employees...1947? Spot your Dad or Grandfather? Re: Dupus Boomer quote "Here's to HEW...Hanford Engineer Works is the place where you got out of bed in the middle of the night, drove to a place you knew not where, built something you knew not what, made something you couldn't identify, were even more confused when you learned what you had made, worked and wondered for so long, saw the company you worked for terminate while you remained on the job, got a new boss with big plans that couldn't even be guessed at, and now have settled down on a good, steady job with a future that can't be looked into." Dick Donnell ""You Asked for It" Dupus Boomer Re: eBay item 4520201253 (Ends 1/22/05 12:45:40 PST) "Reluctant Warrior" by Michael C. Hodgins (1997) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) :( no Sandstorm in my e mail box this morning----had to go to the site to read it----any ideas on what happened? or is just AOL being its usual unco-operative self! ??? ;/ Bomber hugs, -Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Beth Young Gibson ('81) Re: New Book For those of you who are familiar with my photo book on Richland, I have just published another one in the same series on Walla Walla. I will be having a book signing at the Kennewick Barnes and Noble on Sunday January 23rd from 2-4, if anyone is interested. If you are not local, e-mail me at and I would be happy to make arrangements to mail a copy to you. Thanks for all the past Bomber support in helping this Bomber writer become a success! -Beth Young Gibson ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Darren McIntyre ('82) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Darren McIntyre ('82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 Bomber Dad sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Ann Clancy ('50) Dave Brusie ('51), Paul Ratsch ('58) Thora Metcalf ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Larry Mattingly ('60), Frank Whiteside ('63) Gary Setbacken ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Joe Schmitt ('73), Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Ely ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Holmes ('93) BOMBER LUNCH Today: 1940's Ladies & Spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: New dawg Today, 1/17, our new dog is one year old. Actually, "our" is incorrect, as we really belong to her. We got her on St Pat's day, hence her name, Nelly Kelly. She is an Aussie Shepard, and if she were a horse, would be a blue roan with semi-long hair. You know that old saw about the farmer who picked up a new born calf and continued picking it up every day till he was lifting a 1000 pound cow. That is sort of the way with Nelly. When we got her as a little pup she was our lap dog. Today, at 50 pounds, she still is. Although a bit heavy, it is like wearing a bear rug on these cold nights. In doggie years, she is 7, right? Wrong. If we hadn't made that providential trip to the vet a few months ago, she could have puppies. Her actual doggie age is about 18. Which is right, for she is as goofy as a teenage girl. We do love her, and she is the friendliest dog we have ever had. She kisses anything that moves, all the time waggin her stumpy tail like to fall off. -Dick McCoy From the tin can Class of 45 Go Bombers. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Missing elves Pappy, Did not know your elves were missing or I would have reported this sighting right away. Last week during a rain and wind driven storm I went out to check the rising water level on my Sacramento Pristine Puddle. As I approached The Puddle I noticed something unusual on the white cresting waves~~~~~little triangles of bright colored stripes darting back and forth and voices yelling, "Bring 'em on!" This demanded closer inspection. Crouching behind my umbrella I managed, without being observed, to get behind a tree near the bank of my Puddle. I could not believe my eyes! There they were, two little guys in green wet suits with pointy toes, wind surfing! They were having so much fun, catching air and swooshing down the face of the waves. I did not want to frighten them away and decided to just quietly leave but thought I heard, "Sure wish Daddy could see us now!" Could that have been "Pappy" instead? I went out this morning to see if I could find any evidence of their stay. No disposed cans, bags or wrappers. Very tidy elves. Since I observed their gear and now pointy foot prints on the north bank of the Puddle I consider this a major clue as to the direction they came in from. Their tracks are now headed east. My guess is they have gone to Lake Tahoe and are snow boarding. -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~ In Sunny Sacramento, at least today! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) Richland High School Bombers All. We should all be able to live with the name change from Columbia High to Richland High School. Since the '40s and in my 50s the Athletic awards were always the "R". I have a few in my filing cabinet. The first one came off a letter sweater that Don Richey (47-RIP} gave to me when I earned my first letter. One that will go to my grave with me. The kids from Burbank should have their Columbia High and be proud of it. Sincerely, -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Ratsch ('58) Re: Dump AOL Subscribe to MSN........end of problem! -Paul Ratsch ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: "Wouldn't it be great to have a war and no one show up?" "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death." --Patrick Henry, 1775. -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Retirement To: Tim Avedovech ('61) I was glad to read that you have gone back to work, even without the responsibilities as an owner. I don't have anything against retirement. But it is my personal feeling that you have to stay active after retirement. I have watched too many friends and a couple of relatives retire and do nothing, and in a relatively short time they are gone. My father lived to 80. I am convinced he did it by staying active. He played golf nearly every day with one or more of several cronies as long as the wind wasn't blowing too hard and the temp was above like 25 or so. They even tried it with a half inch of snow using red golf balls. He survived cancer and would have been on the course daily for years if a freaky pneumonia hadn't gotten him. Seems like every few weeks I have someone ask when I am going to retire. At this point I have no plans. I am having way too much fun in life. I am good at what I do and am respected by my peers, and I enjoy a great relationship with our customers. In 2008 I will have spent 50 years of entertaining people with fire. While I would like to have a little more time for fishing, hunting, gardening, and grandchildren, I cannot imagine doing anything else. Fortunately my travels take me close enough to see the kids a couple of times a year. Something over a year ago I mentioned working on a patent for a new product. The FireLinx Corporation of which I am VP, is about to go into production on a "way beyond the state of the art" wireless computerized firing system for fireworks and special effects. We will likely introduce it to the world pyro community at the International Fireworks Symposium in Shiga Japan in April. There is still some room for capitol investment...if anyone is interested, please contact me off this net. Recently, driving through the snow in the middle of the night, on a very lonely highway, seeing another vehicle perhaps every 30 minutes or so, I was listening to the news on some distant radio station. As news does these days, it went from bad to worse. I was struck by the memory of a similar snowy night over 30 years ago. That night I was driving a semi-trailer load of 18-20 tons of dynamite to an explosives company in the mid-west. That night I was listening to Garner Ted Armstrong and the "World Tomorrow". He spoke of wars, and wars, and conflicts, and disasters, and man's inhumanity to man. I find myself praying more in the last couple of years then I have in my entire life. Many of our Bombers (and others) are in various parts of the world doing their part in the military, in government service, in relief operations, teaching and other good works. We need to do our part to support them and remember them in our prayers. Several Bombers have expressed an interest in meeting me and seeing the fireworks at the Lake Havasu City, AZ event in Feb. The dates this year are the 17th through the 20th. Please contact me off this net for details. Entertainment Fireworks has two unrelated capital equipment projects each requiring approx $25,000 in capitol. Anyone interested in a 30 month secured investment at an attractive interest rate please contact me off this net. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I am envious of you living so close to the great duck and bird hunting at the McNary Game hunting areas. I spent many days in my youth in duck blinds and tramping through those fields with my black lab "Duke". "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: New Orleans Luncheon Just a reminder about the New Orleans Bomber Luncheon: WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 TIME: 1:30 pm WHERE: Quarter View Restaurant, 613 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA So far, we have about 8-9 people scheduled to attend. If anyone else that may be in town for Mardi Gras wants to attend, please contact me by e-mail. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) Pappy, I wish I could have made it. To all that don't understand why it is so important for us Marines to stay close, no problem they never were a MARINE. Gary Setbacken USMC PS E-mail me a month before the next meeting and I will fly up from Phoenix. -Gary Setbacken ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I sent a "nasty" little message to AOL about them bouncing emails from the Sandstorm! not sure if it will do any good, but I let them know I am NOT happy with their newest policy and also told them IF they continue to refuse to allow the publication into MY email, then I will be leaving and going elsewhere for my Internet connection! yeah, I know "big deal"---they could probably care less about losing ONE customer, but at least I got my point across and I feel better!!!!!!! ;) just hate the thought of having to learn a NEW ISP way of doing things---have been with AOL for sooooo long and it took me for what seemed like FOREVER to learn how to work everything ---HATE change---must have something to do with that Norwegian blood! Any ideas on an EASY ISP???????? Not going to ask my brother, Tim ('71WB) as he HATES AOL----can't print in a family publication what he thinks about them!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - sunny skies for the next few days, then another storm predicted from the Northwest ---bringing colder temperatures, more rain and snow predicted! they have closed the "grapevine" for the next 4-5 days---- taking 6 hours to get from here to Southern CA (rerouting through Tehachapi and Mojave and onto I-14 through Barstow)... did open two lanes of the Northbound I-5 to Southbound traffic, but taking 6 hours to go that way, too! thank goodness we don't have to get down there anytime, soon!!!!!!! although, it is making it impossible for Bombers from Southern CA to make it to our next luncheon on the 30th of this month!!!!!!! ;( hope to see them in the Spring---course by then, spose it will be flooding that will keep them from getting here! "can't win for losing"! -Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joe Schmitt ('73) I am on AOL and have not had any problem getting the Alumni Sandstorm. sounds like a problem on your end. -Joe Schmitt ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad) Re: Mike Brady (61) article 1/16/05 First a correction: "Re: Old Soldiers" Mike, it is: "Old Marines" And you better believe this old Marine is not going to "Just fade away." As an old First Marine Division Marine; with Island time, China time and Korea time, it surprises and saddens me, that you served 3 years, 10 months, 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, 33 seconds and your fondest memories are playing basketball and football. I've served with many wonderful Navy Corpsman, am sure they would be surprised too. Whatever... thanks for your service... and as we young and old Marines say: Semper fi -Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad & Tillamook Catholic ('43) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Mary Jones ('56) Mike Brady ('61), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Mike Franco ('70), Barbara Maffei ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy Keeney ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie Shanks ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'Neil ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Davis ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Holmes ('90) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: AOL not delivering My cuz Bev Smith Jochen ('52) put me on the fact that some AOL folks are not getting their daily dose of the Alumni Sandstorm because of a new AOL policy. I have been getting mine daily on AOL but sent in a message warning them that if AOL was going to censor my incoming messages, I was going AWOL. No reply but if enough people do it, then maybe they will listen. Re: A year ago today. A year ago today we moved into our new house in Anacortes and we are officially no longer "Anacortes rookies." Great move out of Seattle and up here we are back to supporting the activities, especially sports, of Anacortes High. I love it and reminds me a lot of my long past Bomber days. Re: Getting out of the military I know that a lot of guys are really happy the day they are "severed" from the service but for me it was with mixed emotions as to where I had been, who I had met and what I was going to do. I was so fortunate to have for two years a Chief Bosun Mate who had forgotten more about the US Coast Guard than I would ever know. I would counsel with him on some problem or decision and say, "Chief, here is our problem and how should we solve this problem." And he would reply, "If I were this man's Lieutenant and I had this problem, this is how I would solve it." The answer was always right and I lasted my stint and he, I understand, lasted 30 years. I still stay in touch with a couple of guys I knew in the USCG and paid a visit to my old CO a couple of years ago. A "Boat" in the USCG is the same as a "Gunny" in the Marines. When in doubt, go to them first. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ One year in Anacortes and loving it, even in the heavy rain and wind just in on the Pineapple Express. It is also 53. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Jones Metcalf ('56) Re: Remembering Our Troops Don't know if this is a link that has been around a million times but I find it a wonderful way to spend a few minutes honoring our troops and their families. [that site took "forever" to load up! -Maren] To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) And, thanks Jan, for the Patrick Henry quote. With all that is going on in the world today, we must remember that our sweet peace has long been protected by the likes of these. -Mary Jones Metcalf (The unsurpassable class of '56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Ouch! I obviously touched a sore spot in my 1/15/05 entry in the Sandstorm judging by all the e-mails I received from ex-Marines. We all have different ways of serving our country. I spent the past 35 years working with children in hopes of making this a better world. Anchors aweigh, -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: AOL I've had no problem with getting my "fix" (Alumni Sandstorm) each day, but I have the address in my address book. Otherwise, I would have to retrieve it from my spam folder. I certainly HOPE that I'm not going to start having problems. Like, Linda Reining, I've always been with AOL and even though I get fed up with them once in a while, I'm too scared with starting all over with another ISP. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA where the sun is trying to come out of the fog. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: "Wouldn't it be great to have a war and no one show up." A sudden flashback here on the corner of 'Main & Canyon' in downtown Colfax, WA. The year is 1967..and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band writes and sings, "Suppose They Give A War And No One Comes. (Markley-Bryant). Re: eBay #4520729731 - "A Cook's Tour of Richland" 1952 -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Time, once again, for the Bakersfield Bomber Luncheon DATE: Sunday, January 30th, 2005 TIME: 2:00pm WHERE: Coco's Restaurant on Rosedale Highway/Jet Way DIRECTIONS: Highway 99 to Rosedale exit; West on Rosedale; left on Jet Way and follow the road into Coco's parking lot EMAIL ME AT: All Bomber Spouses and Friends are welcome! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) To: Larry Jacobs (Bomber dad) As classmate of two of your "offsprings" (we have other names for them!!!) and great admirer of their mother and your partner, I just want to send my best regards to you! It is great to hear from you, even in a brief note. I hope all is well with you and your entire clan. It is good to see you still wear your Tilamook and Catholic roots with great pride! My very best wishes, -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Maffei Walker ('71) Re: Tucson luncheon I wanted to know when the next Tucson luncheon was going to be held. Moved here last August. I looked at the calendar of events and there was nothing listed. Would like to meet all Bombers that have moved to this area. -Barbara Maffei Walker ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Dorothy Stamper ('54) Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger ('60) Connie Madron ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Peg Sheeran ('63) Gary Setbacken ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Nancy Nelson ('69), Lori Simpson ('70) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Brooks ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Bowers ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Armstrong ('64) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I'M BACK. Have been reading my month's worth of Alumni Sandstorm. Hope everyone had a marvelous holiday season. Went to Denver to visit my youngest daughter, her husband, my sister, two nephews and grand nephew. My son-in-law and one of my nephews lost their jobs just before Christmas so it was kinda bleak but we had a good time. Just being together is nice enough. My oldest daughter and granddaughter had visited me in Richland over the Thanksgiving holiday so she wasn't able to come to Denver. The weather was up and down (got -11 one night) and up to the 50's -had four snows while I was there - but Denver is going through a 5-year drought and needs the moisture desperately. My flight down was l/2 hour early but my flight home was LATE. We left Denver when I should have been landing at Pasco. Like the ELVES stories, etc. I will take fluff any day to some of the garbage that is on TV. If you don't like fluff - turn off your computer. Just like not watching something on TV - turn it off!! I missed reading the Alumni Sandstorm every day. Just like cigarettes and coffee - it is additive. Everyone connected with the Sandstorm does such a marvelous job. I thank you every day while I sit and read my Sandstorm. Thanks again!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - no school today because of the slick roads, sidewalks, etc. It is supposed to get warm enough today or tomorrow that this mess will start to melt. HOORAY! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) We, too, have experienced problems, recently, on receiving our Alumni Sandstorm on AOL. Hope that doesn't keep up. -Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Alumni Lunch, 1/16/05 Bombers in Spokane woke to 3+ inches of new snow on Sunday, which kept some at home, but 15 made their way to the Cathay Inn for lunch: Denny McDaniel ('60) and spouse Kathy, Karen Cole Correll ('55) and spouse Gary, John Bruntlett ('54) and sister Jean Bruntlett ('62), Ralph Bean ('58) and spouse Barbara, Linda Davis Brede ('63) and spouse Doug, Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and spouse Jim, Rick Valentine ('68), Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60). As usual, conversation topics ranged far and wide, and from long ago to just last week. There was an entertaining discussion about undersized basketball courts at smaller schools like Ephrata (Gary Correll's alma mater), where the front row of spectators had to lift their feet out of the playing court when action came in their direction, and the end wall essentially designated the boundary line. No doubt if Ray Stein ('64) and Jim House ('63) had been able to attend, that discussion would have gone on far longer! The McDaniels were happy to report that construction on their new grocery store in Medical Lake was complete and opened for business last month. We chuckled about the Chinese restaurant that never provides knives and seems to have only tea pots, no coffee servers. A clean cup and saucer came out of the kitchen with every "refill" and by the time we cut the cake, Rick Valentine's cups probably filled a whole rack of the dishwasher! Our next lunch will be on March 20th--the first day of spring! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and Gary Persons ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Tucson, AZ Luncheon To: Barbara Maffei Walker ('71) The last luncheon we had was in Tempe for all Arizona Bombers. We had a good turn out, a great time, and Bombers came from all over the state. One even came from California. I am unable to organize one right now. Is there anyone out there who would step up? -Connie Madron Hall ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: "A cook's tour of Richland" While the Episcopal Church on Kimball Street was being built, a friend and fellow Bomber who was about 9 years old at the time (and shall go unnamed) broke into the church and "popped" out the round metal indentations in all of the electrical outlets in the building. He thought he could use them as coins. Well, he got caught! Fortunately for me, I was camping with my parents that weekend or I would have been right there with him. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from sunny Italy today, where it has been cold (just above 35 and raining all day in Florence, but we were in the Uffizi and Pitti Palace admiring all the lovely art work so it didn't matter. We've had a memorable trip in Italy so far, we drove off from Rome along the coast. Had a wonderful place to stay over looking the Amulfi coast one night, but we also had a traffic accident in Napoli, that we will never forget. Fortunately it wasn't our fault and no one was hurt.... And we've had some neat rides around Tuscany, and in Gubbio where we visited with Italian friends who showed us wonderful restaurants, and the medieval city of Gubbio. A great trip, lots of wonderful pasta, and vino!! Caio (which I found out isn't spelled "chow") -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Richland Meistersingers Attached is a picture, Circa 1950 (I'm guessing), of the Richland Meistersingers... My dad, Clem Sheeran is 8th from the left - top row. Perhaps others will recognize people. The conductor in center front, is Sidney Irving, from England. And I've an old record or two made by them, but have no clue how to transfer it to a CD to hear it. Don't have a record player any more. Any suggestions, anyone? Never sent a picture to you before, so hope this worked. [later that day... -Maren] Here's a repeat of the picture I just sent to the wrong Sandstorm address, so sorry if you get two. Also wanted to say, that they were singing on the Col-Hi stage - across the street from our house on Long Ave., so even as little kids, we got to go hear them sing. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) Mike, Try "FORMER" Marines. -Gary Setbacken ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I have been getting my Sandstorm since I sent AOL an email threatening to change ISPs IF they kept bouncing the Sandstorm! Maybe they really do care about the "little people". I have had the Alumni Sandstorm in my address book from the beginning, so not sure why they started bouncing it, but I did let them know I didn't like their new policy and I would change ISPs without blinking an eye IF they kept sending it to "cyber-space"! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - supposed to be getting another storm from the Pacific Northwest next week, and they are talking about patchy fog for the next few mornings--as long as the tule fog stays away, I won't mind the patchy fog ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Well I am in about 16 inches of snow with more to come and freezing rain too. That is what I get for living 40 miles south of Canada, 40 miles west of Idaho and 69 miles north of Spokane. I just wanted to say it is good to read the Sandstorm every morning and you are doing a good job. Need to get more of the classes of '68 and '69 writing. Keep up the good work. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Hello, I have not missed any Sandstorm entries and I also have AOL?!? -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Wishing my much older sister, Sheila Davis Galloway ('71), a happy birthday - a day late. We all love you and appreciate all you do for the family. Just try to keep your walker outta the way!!!! Love ya, -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Gus Keeney ('57) George Swan ('59), Derrith Persons ('60WB) Billye Conley ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Jeanie Walsh ('63), Bill Scott ('64) Judi Lahrman ('68), Lynda Brandon ('70WB) Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Evans ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey Chambers ('74) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Cleaned out my prefab to sell to the City. Found a box of 78 records. My 78 record player fell apart when I picked it up to put it in a box. Does anyone know where (in the Tri-City area) I could buy a small 78 record player to play my OLD 78s? Found out how lucky we are when it comes to recycling. My sister and youngest daughter in the Denver area have to buy the boxes (containers) to put recycle material and place in their front yard and are paid nothing for the recycle material. I recycle as much as possible - so that our landfill doesn't fill up so fast. The things that the recycle company doesn't pay for goes into the City bins for them to dispose of. I feel normal again as I sit and read my Alumni Sandstorm. Hope the year 2005 is a good year for all Bombers and their families and friends. To those who are serving our country, to those who are far away, those who are scattered across the old US of A, and to those who live close (but we rarely see). Reading the Alumni Sandstorm right in my computer room is like a warm fuzzy. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland - the snow is finally melting and the weather is warming up. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Hi All, Thank all of you for the Positive Bomber notes following my emergency gall bladder surgery. I'm healing up just fine and the doctor says that my body will tell me if I'm not eating correctly now!! So far so good. My friend Jay Woods thought I was having symptoms of a heart attack similar to his so he took me to the ER. After the heart tests the ER Doc sent me to have an ultrasound. As the ultrasound tech was doing the test, he said "Looks Like your gall bladder doesn't like you any more!!!" Thank Heavens that's all it was instead of the Heart!!! I'm doing fine now and planning on going to the Las Vegas Bomber Luncheon on Feb 5th. -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Marines First, let me say openly to you that I appreciate the personal discussions we had via email and the mutually agreeable conclusions that we arrived at. I am sure that Maren appreciates the fact that we kept it out of Sandstorm. I mean no disrespect but as you probably remember, we Marines prefer to say, "Once a Marine -- Always a Marine." I never say "ex-" and even try to avoid the use of "former." Anymore, I just try to say, "Marine." I have always had and always will have the utmost respect for the Navy Corpsmen, Doctors, and Nurses who provide the medical service for the Marine Corps. A great many Marines owe their lives to them. But, I especially admire the Corpsmen who go "shoulder to shoulder" with the Marines, and administer aid in the middle of the fight. Be well my comrade and fellow Bomber. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Hey! Same thing for BOMBERS! No such thing as an ex Bomber or a former Bomber... there are only BOMBERS. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Re: 45th Class Reunion To: Class of '60 It's time for plans to be made for our 45th Class Reunion! PLACE: Town Crier TIME: 6:30 pm DATE: Wednesday, January 26th, 2005 A table in the back has been reserved! Happiness is Sharing Life! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Billye Conley Drew ('61) Maren: I hope that this is your website. I wanted to let Bombers know that there is a book entitled "ONE OF A KIND" recently published of The Gene Conley ('48) Story and written by his wife, Kathryn R. Conley. It can be ordered by calling ADVANTAGE BOOKS toll free: 1-888-383-3110 or visit the online bookstore at: It began as a journal for his children and grandchildren and ended up being a chronicle of my brother's career where he was able to win world championships in Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. Gene is being inducted into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor on March 9, 2005 in Los Angeles. Thank you for letting the Bombers know about this. -Billye Conley Drew ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Sacajawea Speaking of high crimes and misdemeanors (see 1/19/05 edition of Sandstorm), last week a fellow Bombers (nameless, again) confessed to me he was the one who broke Sacajawea's arm in 1954. As you Sacajaweans remember, there was a statue of her in the hall in front of the administration office. The culprit said he was playing basketball in the hall (figures) and the ball just "happened" to hit her arm. "It wasn't my fault!" He said he the "powers" treated him as if he had defaced the Mona Lisa. -Mike Brady ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Where is the statue now??? Looks like her arm was fixed:] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Maren, what is the link for looking at pictures other Bombers have sent? -Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jeanie -- There isn't any one place. Keep up with the Sandstorm and follow the links that appear with each entry. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Thanks for the picture of the Meistersingers [1/19 Sandstorm}. It brought back memories, as my father, Harold Scott, was in the group too. Unfortunately, he is not in the picture you provided. But anyway, thanks for sending it along. -Bill Scott ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judi Lahrman Wallace ('68) This is to Jeannie Armstrong ('64), Happy Birthday!!! How are you??? How has life been to you? My brother Mike Lahrman ('63) lives in California and now has 4 grandchildren. As for me we have 3 young adults 2 girls about to get married for the first time and one son about to ask his girlfriend to marry him first marriage and NO grandchildren... but that will be nice some day... please write when you get a chance and catch up, you can reach me at the above email address... hope all is well... and thank you Maren for all of the hard work you do keeping us all in touch... my husband is out in the Tri-Cities now, evaluating the Woops plant. He is the Director of Training and Development for Nuclear Management Corp. and was asked to give them some help. And part of an evaluation team sent to evaluate the plant... wish I was with him. Am working on it though I hope to be able to join him next week. Anyway thanks for keeping everyone in touch... we love you for it!!!! -Judi Lahrman Wallace ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynda Brandon ('70WB) Re: AOL Just wondering if any Bomber computer whiz-kids might have some suggestions for REMOVING all the AOL "junk" out of a computer. Surely AOL has "infected" others, too. I can't seem to get rid of their logo icon and recently it's added a "weather bug" icon that automatically loads when I start up. I can't find it to uninstall it. Calling aol was no help, either. Thanks for any suggestions. -Lynda Brandon ('70WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Are there any Detroit, MI Bombers? I will be at a comedy club called Joey's in Livonia, MI February 2-5, and a club called The Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, MI on March 24-26. Let me know if you can make it. Also, here's a head's up... I'll be at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick on Friday, March 11th. Tickets will be available at the Clover Island Inn. Mike Davis ('74) will probably stop by on his way home from Finley Elementary that evening. -Brad Upton ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Burt Pierard ('59) George Swan ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Roger Gress ('61), Earl Bennett ('63) Donna Nelson ('63), Mary Collins ('63) Don Andrews ('67), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Nancy Nelson ('69), Chitty Kids ('71), ('72), ('77), and ('80) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari Eckert ('65) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '54 ALL AGES DANCE Today: Richland Community Center BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Easy Swing Band will again be playing great swing and big band sound music for all ages on Friday, Jan 21st from 1:00 - 4:00 at the Richland Community Center. They also play any music that is requested. The Richland Seniors Association sponsors this on the third Friday of the month, and again on the 5th Sunday of the month, if there is one. The cost is only $4 at the door and refreshments are always served. Don't dance? Come and enjoy the music and visit! Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Maren Re: Sacy Statue (lost?) Rest easy - the Sacy Statue was not lost when the school was torn down. A couple of years ago, I was contacted by Juanita Free (Bomber Mom of Ken Free ('59)) who was looking into the whereabouts in conjunction with research she was doing on Sacajawea for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. Poking around, I found that the statue had not been installed in the new Sacajawea School, for some unknown reason. Acting on a tip from Keith Maupin ('47), I found the statue at the Sacajawea State Park (SE of Pasco) Visitor's Center (now apparently called an "Interpretive Center") and took the color pics you have on the Sacy Statue site which you referenced yesterday. You can now remove the question about the statue's location from that site. Interestingly, the statue was much smaller than I remembered from my Sacy attendance (might have something to do with a 5'10" viewpoint as opposed to the 3'-5' bratty little kid). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elf Chronicles: Latest installment -- Missing Elves To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Ann, my fellow friend of puddles, I think you may be correct about my Elves showing up in California and riding tiny wind surfers. Not long ago, I was experiencing little thumping noises on the back of Ranger Ricky, my little old '90 Ford Ranger, whenever I drove out of or back into my U-shaped driveway. That was during the days of this year's earlier snow fall. Those noises were accompanied by occasional faint, high-pitched squeals and laughter. Upon close examination of the fallen snow in the driveway, Darby and I discovered tiny little intermittent streaks even tiny pointy footprints between the tire tracks, especially near my frozen puddle. It looked like some tiny individual was attempting the sport we all knew and loved in our younger days that we called "hooky bobbing." However, it appeared that the individual was too short for his feet to stay firmly on the snow except when Ricky hit a low spot. I say "his" because I strongly suspect Lowiq of these shenanigans as Darby sniffed out a tiny little glove resembling one of his. It was frozen to the rear bumper right next to a squashed snowy imprint of his little face "splatted" near the license plate. After the last "heavier" snow (relatively speaking of course), all became quiet on the western front of the driveway. We noticed that the previous little poster tacked to the little Puddle Placid Chalet door, that once said, "Think Snow!" had been replaced. The new one read, "Think Sun and Warm Thoughts! -- California or Bust!" Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) emailed me with a message similar to yours: "Pappy, in answer to your question...I know where your elves are, they are with my elves. "Where?", you ask. They're on a beautiful tropical island, sitting under a palm tree, with tiny little drinks (with tiny little umbrellas in them) laughing at us in this frigid weather. AND WE WEREN'T INVITED!!!!!!!!!!! I dunno what to say, if they're smart they're on that island, however you did imply a couple of yours are not mental giants...Deb." Could the island be Catalina? Obviously, Deb refers to Lowiq, with the Low IQ (about two or three points above a Walnut) and Lokey, the quiet one (a couple of notches higher on the scale). Ann, I do believe they did head your way. When things got so quiet out front around Puddle Placid, my curiosity got the best of me. Lying in the melting slush -- Well, I never claimed to be a mental giant meself now did I? Reminiscent of "Gullible's Travels," I peered through the tiny window of the little chalet. There was no fire in the fireplace only a miniscule pile of cold ashes. The thimbles were all pushed up to the spool (Right...table and stools). The little matchbox beds were made and several pair of itty bitty red, one piece, long johns (complete with little trapdoor posteriors) hung on a clothesline stretched across the room. Well, they wouldn't need those for drinking Pina Coladas on the beach now, would they? On the floor lay a tiny travel brochure. Backing off several yards and straining to read the tiny print with my spotting scope, I determined that it indeed said, "For a Good time call ..." Oh, no, wait, that was Lowiq's other hand written note -- Sorry. The travel brochure said, "For fun in the warm California Sun -- Come on down!" Later, a tiny postcard (about the size of a big postage stamp) showed up in the mail. On it was a picture of Lowiq and Lokey, arm in arm with two Elfin Movie Stars, "Gina Lolapaloopa and May East" with tiny little wet umbrellas over their shoulders. I guess I haven't seen their movies. It said, "Wish you were here -- catch us if you can! And, the others are with us. Guess where? Neener Neener! L&L Hee Hee Hee!" Now, I have learned that Elves seem to have numerous, amazing and stupefying abilities such as transporting themselves (like Captain Kirk and the really tall Elf with the pointy ears, Mr. Spock) from here to there and there to here or anywhere and everywhere in an instant. They also are able to "shape-shift" and "size-swap." One minute, they can be big (like I always wanted to be) and the next ya gotta be careful to not step on 'em. And, they can do it just by thinking of it. Absolutely astounding and mind bungling! I am considering co-authoring a scientific paper with them addressing and titled, "Elfin Illusions and Elusions" if I can ever get them to stabilize long enough. It's a real challenge. So, fellow Bombers, here, there, everywhere, and anywhere about this fair nation of ours and throughout the far reaches of the world, please be on the lookout for my Elves and any others. Ann reports the last sighting as indicating that they may be heading toward Reno or Las Vegas. Lowiq once expressed thoughts of a latent desire to be a stand-up comedian. Hmmmm. Perhaps you have just discovered that you, in fact, have your own little guys and ol' Pappy is not (well not totally) crazy after all. Please report any Elf sightings in Sandstorm. I miss my Elves. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where the snow is all gone and I am wondering ... Where oh where are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all alone? We'll search the world over but you Elves may have found true love. You met some others and Pfffffft, you were gone. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Gene Conley ('48) I hate to be taking up so much space in the Sandstorm lately, but topics keep popping up that especially interest me. Gene Conley was my hero when I was a kid. It didn't hurt that I went to school with his sister, Billye (Lynn) Conley ('61). During baseball season I would check for the probable pitchers in the Columbia Basin News. If Gene was pitching, I was nervous all day until I found out if he was the winning pitcher. At 6'8" tall, Gene was the tallest player in the major leagues along with Frank Sullivan of the Boston Red Sox. When Gene played for the Milwaukee Braves he was in a fantastic pitching rotation with Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, and Bob Buhel. He was surrounded by Del Crandall behind the plate, Joe Adcock at first, Johnny Logan at second or short, Eddie Mathews at third and the fantastic Hank Aaron in the outfield. Gene lost the 1954 All-Star game but won the 1955 All-Star game by striking out Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and (I believe) Ted Williams in order. After spending several successful years in Milwaukee, i.e 14-9 and 11-7 won-loss seasons, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He had a couple of good years with Boston before being traded to the lowly Washington Senators. I was told he was so disappointed about being traded to the Senators, he jumped the bus in route to a game and went to Ethiopia (probably a myth... right Billye?). As many of you know, Gene was one of the first, if not the first, (and there have not been many since) two sport professional athletes. He played basketball for Red Aurobach (sp?) along side the great Bill Russell, KC Jones and Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics. Thanks for the wonderful memories. -Mike Brady ('61) P. S. Hi, Billye...please excuse the "Lynn." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Marines I agree with you about once a Marine always Marine or in my case once a Sailor always a Sailor and proud of it. I keep in touch with some of my shipmates. I served on two ships and belong to both of their associations. I have a jacket and two hats with the patches of the ships and wear them proudly. You will have to forgive Mike Brady (Classic Class of '61) he is just a troubled Pharmacist Mate and if you read this Mike it's only a joke, so don't take it seriously I don't need Richard Anderson ('60) mad at me again. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) Re: last week's topic on "back to school" as a senior citizen I really enjoyed the weekend Post-Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College from '94 to '96, but I made a major mistake -I forgot my age. I took up the old habits from much earlier college experiences (WSU, UW, U of Md world-wide during USAF service) - not getting enough sleep and not maintaining a proper fitness regimen because of a full-time-plus job, Navy Reserve duty more than monthly, and remodeling a house PLUS the all-day Saturday classes and extensive reading requirements/papers, etc., and not willing to give up other activities and commitments. In that 2 year period I had 3 bouts of bronchitis and 1 of pneumonia. I also made the mistake of not completing my thesis during the summer immediately following the last quarter of classes - in September my wife said "my turn," so the thesis wound up taking me another 3 years to complete - but I do have the MS in Strategic Intelligence diploma on my wall at work. As far as I can tell it hasn't done a thing for my career, since I voluntarily took a downgrade 5 years ago to return to the work I love, translating Arabic for Army Intelligence, in a nice place to live, Central Virginia. I'm healthier now, but that period of neglect probably has taken a permanent toll, as I don't feel that I have ever gotten back to the same level of health and energy I had before that. Always have enjoyed learning, though, and now I've taken up teaching "Introduction to the Arabic Alphabet and Numbers" to the analysts where I work (and any other coworkers who are interested). I just finished the 11th class, with a cumulative total of 67 students having completed the course so far - feels good - and I'm scheduled to teach another class after-hours at the end of the month to seven more, who can't get away from their desks during the workday. It was good to see Rosalie, Kathy and a bunch of other Bombers at the Christmas week Spudnut Shop luncheon Kathy called to talk about getting more Bombers involved in a more organized way with the work of supporting our troops. I haven't had time to look through the Sandstorms immediately following that luncheon, but I suspect the topic may have been brought up. At least, those in attendance seemed enthusiastic enough to have written about it - I'll go back and check those installments during the snowstorm forecast for this weekend. God bless you all, and keep taking care of each other. Anyone who knows/knew my Mom, Beecie Bennett, she loves visitors. She's at the Alterra-Wynwood assisted-living apartments on GWWay. Ray Stein ('64), who lived just down the street from us growing up, stopped by to visit my Mom (his mom, Dorothy Stein, lives there, too) one afternoon while my wife and I were there for the week after Christmas. Regards, ecb3 -Earl Bennett, Gold Medal Class of '63 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Sacy Statue While I was at Sacajawea, her left wrist was where it seemed to break. Seems like about 3 or 4 times in the late '40s and '50s. She had her hand clinched like she was going to raise it to show power. Actually the statue was in a walking pose with a brown glaze on about a 3 foot tall wood base with a red, blue and yellow Indian design painted on it........ as I remember it. Maybe she wanted to play ball!!!! -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Collins Burbage ('63) mailto: [The email address on Mary's incoming email does not work. Mary, call and they will help you get your new email address set right. -Maren] To: Peggy Sheeran Finch ('63) Thanks for the picture of the Meistersingers. The gentleman in the front row on the very right is my father, Gordon Collins. I can remember summer nights when we would have the front door open and he would be playing the piano and singing. My sisters and I were just sure the someone we knew was going to drive or walk by and hear it and we would be humiliated for life. Funny how times change. I would give anything now to listen to my dad playing the piano and singing. Thanks for bringing back some old memories! -Mary Collins Burbage ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Andrews ('67) To: Brad Upton (74) Brad, Just wanted to know when you are scheduled for another Portland, Oregon stop. I'm sure there are several Portland area Bombers who would like an opportunity to come to your show. Great time, lots of laughs. Thanks and Bomber Cheers -Don Andrews ('67) ~ Vancouver, USA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Removing AOL 'junk' - and a thank-you Lynda Brandon ('70WB) asked yesterday about getting rid of AOL "junk" after you have uninstalled their program. This IS a problem, as their residuals can and do interfere with other programs. I finally discovered the best way to handle the problem was to call Dell (in my case -- in yours, whoever manufactured your computer) and ask them to walk you through where to find all the hidden stuff and how to dump it. If you have had your computer for a while, and no longer have free telephone tech support available, then my suggestion is that you get yourself one of the those free EarthLink, Net Zero or People-to-People (etc.) CDs for installing THEIR program. However, don't install it. Just call their toll free number (which, if you can't find it on the CD package, you can find on the web). Tell them that before installing their software, you want to make sure all the AOL junk is gone. (These other providers are well aware of the conflicts created by having old AOL stuff still lurking in your PC, and should be glad to help you de-AOL your machine.) On another subject, a much belated thank you to all who responded both here and by private e-mail for my request for info regarding the Orofino, Idaho area. We were unable to make our planned trip over there on New Year's weekend due to colds in the family, and bad weather. However, we still plan to go. It TRULY appears to be a beautiful place. Our only concerns are that (1) it does take us further away from the babies (grandsons, in the Seattle area), and (2) if the bottom should fall out of Thomas' job before we are fully established on the farm place (3-5 years), he would be hard put to find work as a senior software engineer in that area. (Population approximately 3000.) We are feeling pressure to make our decision. In the running at present are Walla Walla (area -- including Prescott and Waitsburg), Adams/Weston (Oregon), Orofino, Chelan/Wenatchee, Pullman/Moscow. All input gladly accepted. Needs to be psych work for me in the area we finally settle on. Grad school graduation -- May 6. Must finish thesis. Must finish Internship hours. Must finish much! Can't wait to have time to go for walks, etc., again!!! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty, Try the antique stores in Kennewick. I don't remember if they have one in Richland or not. I think there is one in West Richland too. I have a magazine that has some in there. And George I am looking forward to seeing you and showing you the sights up here [Colville, WA] for hunting and fishing. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bonnie ('71), Cindy ('72), Brad ('77), & Tamara ('80) Chitty To: All Bombers We, the children of Howard Chitty, would like you to join us in honoring our dad with your memories, special stories and tributes to him. He taught for over 32 years in Richland and touched thousands of lives. He is presently in a care facility with advanced diabetes and terminal kidney failure and not expected to live past this month. Although his body is letting him down, his mind is still sharp. It would be good for him to hear how he influenced the lives of his students and other Bombers. Please email: and we'll make sure it gets to him. Thanks so much for sharing, -The Chitty Family *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) George Swan ('59), Keith Hunter ('63) Peg Sheeran ('63), Gary Setbacken ('64) Kellie Walsh ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee Willox ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Schodt ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Boehning ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah Avant ('94) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Gene Conley ('48) You want a tale about Gene? When I was a senior, Gene was cut from the basketball JV along with Orv Marcum ('48-RIP), both frosh, by a coach named Hoff. We had an intermural league at that time, and I played on a team with Gene's bro, Ray ('46-RIP), and we whomped the team that featured Orv and Gene. I was 6' at the time, a little shorter now, and Gene was about my height. Those two guys were stars on the great '47 team that went to State. Another quick item. later on when Gene was a junior or so, he pitched a winning baseball game, and, on his way up the hill he stopped by the track to watch a bit of the meet. He told the coach that he could jump higher than the competitors, so he was entered and won the event with the scissors method, in his baseball uniform and cleats. I was in the Amy at the time, but Ray loved to tell that story. -Dick McCoy ('45) Bomber always ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) When was the Sacy statue put in the old Sacy? I went there from October 1944 until December 1944 and do not remember a statue. Did anyone watch the President's inauguration yesterday. YEAH - the Marine Band. They were very impressive. Just think: they have been doing the inauguration for 200 years. One big Bomber Cheer for the Chitty's. I wish everyone would do that - I never heard a good thing about my father until he had already died. Lots of people did things for him while in the nursing home but no one ever sat down and said anything or wrote down anything. If you have parents still living please do what the Chitty's are doing. He raised you good. Good Luck! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - snow has melted and the weather is beautiful - but it is still winter. Love snow unless I have to walk or drive in it. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Huntin' around Sorry Larry. I am way behind on responding to your Sandstorm note about duck hunting, much the same as I am way behind in my own duck hunting effort this year. Mostly family concerns, but holidays and a bout with a mystery flu-type bug all conspired to keep me from one of my favorite activities, duck hunting. Finally, a couple of days ago, I got out for "ducks" the first time this year. That was so much fun, I went again yesterday. I had fair success for the two days hunting at the Peninsula Unit located downstream of Burbank. These days, hunting in the public hunting areas is a far cry from our younger years when most of the public duck hunting areas had just been set aside. Remember the huge flocks of "northerns" that used to drop in ahead of a frigid "Blue Norther" storm blowing down from Canada? We don't see the huge flocks much anymore since all of the bodies of water and agriculture were developed in the Columbia Basin. They have way more feed and wetland habitat to choose from and spread over (good for the ducks but has drastically changed the hunting). However, yesterday I made an absolutely stupendous and magnificently executed "sneak" on a cagey Mallard drake. I spotted it sitting in the water just offshore about a hundred yards up river from my blind. Like a trained infiltrator, like a sneaky snake, well ... like we used to do as kids, I cleverly and stealthily (as stealthily as a 63 year-old can be) slipped through the willows and bunch grass until I was at about the right location. I was finally going to get a chance to "Jump shoot ducks," something that I have not done for years. Shotgun at Port Arms and prepared to go in shooting, I raced forward... and literally captured the ol' greenhead without firing a shot. Uh, ummmm, ... OK OK. It turned out to be just a derelict decoy lacking sufficient weight on the string. The wind had probably blown it out of some hunter's setup over on the other side of the Columbia River near the Hover/Finley area. It had obviously been "resting" there for a few days as the string had small green festoons of moss growing on it. Now, Darby, my yellow Lab made the sneak with me. That dog is many things to me but now she is like an additional conscience on four legs. I find it most difficult anymore to get away with making just a another hunting story into a great hunting story because of her. Picture this, after the long, time-consuming sneak to bag that "duck," I was standing there with it in hand and proudly telling her that I knew it was a decoy all the time and ... she laughed. I swear, she laughed with a big toothy grin. Unfortunately, I can't pull one over on her anymore. She will be five years old in May. That makes her about 29 in doggie years as I hear the first year is like one and the rest are each equivalent to seven of ours. A few more and I will get to be the kid in this twosome. She and I talk to each other all the time (when no one else is around). Uh huh, I talk and talk and say her name frequently so she knows that I am talking to her and not just myself. She sits there cocking her head side to side and occasionally says, "Ahrrrem?" much like my therapist. She is such a good listener (the therapist too). Well, I suppose that what she is really hearing goes something like, "Darby, blah blah blah blah blah. Darby blah blah blah blah Darby. Blah, blah blah ... blah ... Darby." But she really does talk to me. For example, at home, when she does a foxtrot dance and "woofs" a lot with her jowls making flapping sounds, I know that she either wants to go outside or just wants a cookie (dog biscuit). Generally, well, more like most often, it is the latter. Then again, if the foxtrot tempo turns into a lively jitterbug dance, she really really wants out ... like now. All things considered, I agree with you. There is nothing like being all bundled up in waders and a windbreaker over underlying layers of insulation topped off with an Elmer Fudd cap and enduring an "in your face" 20 mph wind coming off of the river. There, I sit, sipping gallons of coffee (so strong that a hunting knife will stand straight up in it) until, as a result of all that sipping, I have to go back in the bushes to peel off some layers in the brisk wind. Then I return to the blind, share a sandwich with Darby and drink more coffee. As you know, duck hunting is often composed of many long hours of boredom punctuated by short bursts of exciting pandemonium when they drop in on you. So, I sit meditating and waiting and waiting for a wayward duck (often males who have refused to ask directions), to wander past. My dog and I have such a great comradery. I sit sipping, shivering, and watching as Darby (so happy to be out there) with non-stop tail wagging, kisses my ear and face with a big wet one. And, then by the odor of her perfume, I realize that despite my "Blah blah blah Darby" commands, she did in fact roll in that dead salmon laying down there along the shoreline. And some people just fail to see the joys of duck hunting, Larry. -George"Pappy" Swan~Burbank, WA - Where the highs are in the 50s and the lows are in the 30s so it "ain't" all that bad ... except when the chilly wind races in off of the river over the remaining ice deposited along the shore. Larry, I will email the actual tales of the hunts to you to help make you more homesick for the old duck hunting memories of days gone by. Hey, that's among the many things that Bomber friends are good for. Darby and I will be trying to make up for lost time and get out every day until it closes on January 30. Be well my "young" Bomber friend. Since you are a year younger than I am, I can say that. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) Re: Gene Conley ('48) I deal in sports cards and memorabilia, and I thought I would pass this info on out of the Baseball Library Here is some real information on Gene Conley. And it's true. During baseball's off-season, 6'9" Gene Conley played basketball for the Boston Celtics. He won 14 for Milwaukee and finished second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting in 1954. In the 1955 All-Star Game, Conley struck out Al Kaline, Mickey Vernon, and Al Rosen in the top of the 12th. Moments later, Stan Musial homered for the NL, making Conley the winning pitcher. He won a career-high 15 for the Red Sox in 1962. That year, in a New York traffic jam, Conley and infielder Pumpsie Green deserted their team bus. Green reported to the team hotel the next evening, but Conley remained AWOL nearly three days, unsuccessfully trying to fly to Israel. "I don't know why I did it," he later said. (TJ) [Here Keith quoted a whole BUNCH more information (he picked out stuff that had Gene's name) from "The BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY" that I'm not gonna put in the Sandstorm. You all can go to the website and read it. Dates Keith chose: 8/1/54, 5/2/55, 5/17/55, 7/12/55, 6i/1/57, 6/5/58, 3/31/59, 5/13/60, 12/15/60, 4/25/61, 8/15/61, 7/25/62, 7/29/62, 8/11/62, and 4/27/63. -Maren] -Keith Hunter ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Meistersingers Again To: Mary Collins (whom I am not able to email directly) Burbage ('63) You and several others identified their dads in that picture, and I've sent (HOPEFULLY) intact, the records I've had all these years to John Bixler ('64), from their singing in 1946, and he's going to try to make a CD out of them. I'll be glad to get you a copy if it works. (I don't know how to burn a cd yet, but my boys tell me it's easy... we'll see.) I looked back at the picture of your dad... a handsome guy. As for the singing in the house, we always seemed to have singing in our's. And it's continued in my boys and their kids. I think it's great. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) Mr. Chitty and Dodge Ball!!!!!!!! Ouch!!!!!!!! He should be an adviser to that insane show on TV. Take care Mr. Chitty. -Gary Setbacken ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) To: Brad ('77) and all the Chitty kids- Re: Mr. Chitty Blessings to you all. I wish for you inner peace at this difficult time. I didn't know your dad, but heard a lot of great things about him throughout the years. Remember him how he was -- strong, full of life, and a great heart for kids. His spirit will live with you forever. Take care, -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Caroline Westover ('52) Mick Mikulecky ('53), Burt Pierard ('59) George Swan ('59), Vicky Fitzgerald ('60) Marie Ruppert ('63), Shirley Collings ('66) Marsha Hopfinger ('67), Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie Lawell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCue ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Harding ('77WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Marie Ruppert ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Mary Collins Burbage ('63) I knew your father from working at Hanford. One thing about him used to amaze me: He would get on the bus to go home, take out his book, and promptly fall asleep. His book never moved. It would stay in his hands upright all the way home. At one point in his career he was responsible for getting secretaries for the bosses in the Irridation Processing Department. He told me one time that I had worked for the three men he had the hardest time getting secretaries for. I never did figure out if that was a compliment or not. I own a black Keeshound/Lab mix. She will be 15 (85 in human years?) the end of January. Every time I take her to the vet she always says, "Every time I see this dog I am amazed - she should have died about 5 years ago." She is in good health - except one eye looks white and I give her three medicines for her eye. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland - weather beautiful - supposed to have rain next week. (It's a tad foggy today!) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Caroline Westover Gerneglia ('52) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) At Christmas, the RiteAid stores in the Seattle area had phonographs that played 78 records one at a time. I ordered one from Hammacher Schlemmer [] that plays six at a time. It's a Crosley and I really like it. I'm behind with reading my email, so someone else may already have answered this for you. -Caroline Westover Gerneglia ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mick Mikulecky ('53) My wife and I met Howard Chitty in 1960 or '61. We took our young son to the Chittys for swimming lessons. Our son had become afraid of water after he fell into water over his head while on a water skiing weekend. They spent extra time with our son and by the end of the sessions he was not the least bit afraid of going into the water. He became an excellent swimmer. We would like to thank the Chittys for there help. -Mick Mikulecky ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46) Re: Gene Conley ('48) High Jumping Story It's amazing how history repeats itself. In the Spring of 1957, a similar incident occurred at Track Practice, although this time it involved Norris Brown ('57). Norris came wandering over to the Bomber Bowl after Baseball practice and was chatting with his brother C.W. ('58) who was practicing his "Texas Roll" in the High Jump pit. C.W. & some of the other guys were razzin' Norris about playing a lazy man's sport (baseball) and real athletes turned out for track. As I recall, the bar was at about 5'8" or 5'10" (the State Record was 6'4" at that time). Norris got miffed and lumbered up to the pit (in full practice gear including steel cleats, warm up jacket and his hat) and cleanly "scissored" over the bar. Art Dawald just stood there with his jaw agape, not really believing what he saw. He went over and chatted with Norris and for the rest of the season, if a baseball game was going on at the same time as our Track Meet, Norris would come over between innings and compete (although he would put on regular track shoes and a regular jersey but still "scissoring"). He also competed in the Broad Jump (the Long Jump for you kids). His incredible "hang time" would get him out over 20', seemingly without much effort. As an aside, he qualified for the State Track Meet at Pullman, in the Broad Jump. To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Sacy Statue If you check the link that Maren provided, you will see that one of the pictures I took was of the phenolic nameplate on the base. It simply sez "SACAJAWEA - McMahon 1952." Nobody at the Visitor's Center could supply any additional details so I assume that the sculptor was somebody named McMahon and the statue was installed in 1952, though my somewhat questionable memory is that it was there throughout my Sacy stay from the Fall of 1946 through the Spring of 1953. My brother Dick ('52) doesn't remember it from when he was there (Fall of 1944 through the Spring of 1946). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) Re: Once a Marine and Once a Sailor A little known and probably never useful fact is that I proudly received Honorable Discharges from both the Navy and the Marine Corps. In 1958, I enlisted with the Naval Reserve Unit then berthed at one of the old Naval Aviation Training Station buildings on the east side of the Pasco Airport. I drilled there during my senior year. It was an Electronics Unit. But, I was young and seeking adventure. Somehow, I couldn't see myself sitting at a bench, soldering, tweaking, and testing. Then someone gave me a book titled, "Battle Cry" and I saw the movie, "The D. I." starring Jack Webb and after a visit to the recruiter, I transferred to the active duty Marines upon graduation in '59. Funny thing though, about 30 years later and through the last few years of my fisheries research career, I worked on radio-tracking projects. When not in the field conducting tracking studies, I was either at my desk writing reports and papers or ... "sitting at a bench, soldering, tweaking, and testing." To: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) I too, am looking forward to seeing you folks and checking out the possibilities around Colville, WA for hunting and fishing. Sometime within the next two months, I will be in touch to arrange a time. Thanks very much for the offer. To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty, I enjoy the historical information that you dispense from the government end of town but I strongly suspect that you are holding back on some really good Elf sightings and stories. To: Donna Nelson ('63) I attended Marcus Whitman and Spalding Grade Schools so I was unaware of the Sacy Statue having been in Sacajawea Grade School and had never heard of it until the recent Sandstorm discussion. Being an enthusiast of western U S History, I first saw the "Sacy Statue" when after several years, I again walked into the Interpretive Center (we used to call it a Museum) at Sacajawea State Park. However, I mistakenly took the three foot tall "Sacy" for a full size likeness of a legendary Native American Elf until I read the posted information. Yep, they have them too. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Be well and of good cheer fellow Bombers; life is too short for the alternative. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicky Fitzgerald Dwight ('60) Re: Mr. Howard Chitty I've often thought of Mr. Chitty over the years. In the early years he was my PE teacher, I believe at Spalding Elementary School when we played war ball in the gym; boys against the girls (Donnie Ott, Bill Craddock, Barbara Davis to name a few) & then coach at Carmichael Jr. High. I'll always remember how nice he was and he always gave us lots of encouragement. He never forgot a face and always said Hi with a wonderful smile. -Vicky Fitzgerald Dwight ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) I turned 60 years old today [1/22/05]! Can hardly believe it! My mother-in-law (and my first grade teacher, Mary Hartman, used to say, "I may look old, but inside I'm still 18!" Now I know what she meant! I guess my days of dancing on tables will have to be postponed until I get my knees replaced. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ back home again in Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: TCHerald article about Army Spc. Dan Noble (HHS grad) involved in mess hall blast in Iraq 12/21/04: Pictures of Army Spc. Dan Noble who will receive Purple Heart: Those using Microsoft Internet Explorer can click the icon in the lower/right hand corner of the notice to enlarge it. God bless all of our military!! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) Rse: Coming Home Thanks to all of you who share wonderful stories and insights about growing up in Richland. Last July, I moved back to the Tri- Cities from Vancouver, Washington where I worked as an Educator for 33 years. My parents, Adam and Johanna, are still living in Richland and doing well at 84 years old. As I acclimate myself to my old home, I find a place that has evolved without losing its charm. Im happy to be back. My sister Karen ('76), who is nine years younger and also a Richland Bomber, recently lost her husband to an unexpected and tragic death. Karen and her eight year old daughter may move back to the Tri-Cities from Mesa, AZ where they currently reside. Best wishes to all who share their insights. -Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Mr. Chitty was the first person my brothers and I took swimming lessons from. Our babysitter and us would walk from Torbett and Thayer to his house on Judson for the instruction. I remember he calmed my fears when I was scared to float on my back (I was afraid I was going to sink to the bottom). On the last day of class we were allowed to go off the diving board. I have never looked back at those moments and regretted them, kudos to you Mr. Chitty and take care. -Betti Avant ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Bill Berlin ('56) Bill Craddock ('61), Roger Gress ('61) Shannon Weil ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLenegan ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Ley ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I want to thank all of you who sent me separate emails and the notes in the Sandstorm about a record player. I lived in Ohio, near Cincinnati, for my first 13 years. Crosley made radios, and teeny tiny automobiles, etc. - the family had Crosley Field built for the Cincinnati Reds. The family was very active in Cincinnati. Love Crosley. Thanks Burt - Thought maybe I was losing my mind about the Sacy statue. Pappy Swan: I am a frustrated writer. My mother's side of the family are Scot- Irish, Irish, and Scotch. She was born back in the hills of Kentucky before the days of radio, etc. and those people were and are great story tellers. My great grandmother lived until I was in my 30s and she used to tell ghost stories that would make the hairs on your whole body stand at attention. There were no lights in them hollers and it was pitch black dark. I would be afraid to go the outhouse and would make someone go with me. I write poetry and am writing a story about the Characters I Worked With or For at Hanford and also my life's story for my granddaughter. My aunt wrote two books and was the talented one in the family. She wove, taught school, wrote many memorats, made objects out of clay, made 6 looms, played the dulcimer (which she made) and played it with turkey quills. I only inherited the writing part. My mother wrote stories but always burned them when she finished. My sister and I talked about things that had happened in our childhood - she is 5 years younger than me so she does remember things as I do. I asked her if she remembered when we used to go down to visit my dad's parents. It was about a 100 miles from where we lived. Cars, in those days, had no heaters. My grandmother had a wood range and before we left she would heat bricks and we would put them in the floor of the car (both front and back) so we wouldn't freeze to death. Anyone remember that? -Betty Hiser Gulley ~ '49er - south/government Richland - foggy today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bomber Mom Birthday Violet "Vi" Berlin, 1/23/05 turned 96 years old. Mother of Bill ('56) and Bruce ('62Lion) still lives in her house in Magnolia District of Seattle but thinking of downsizing. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA. No rain, no wind, no snow, no sun... just football. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) Re: Mr. Chitty In 1979, my son, Garrett Craddock ('84) moved back to Richland after about nine years in Denver, CO. Garrett was a 7th grader at the time so we went to Carmichael to get him registered. It was in very early January and after all the paperwork, we were sent to the gym so he could start his first class (PE). To my amazement there was Mr. Chitty, who had been my teacher and coach at Spalding and Carmichael. After introducing Garrett as my son, we, almost simultaneously, said, "Do you have any idea how old this makes me feel?". Garrett went on to become very much a Howard Chitty fan. To this day, we both speak of him with great fondness. Speaking of getting old, Friday I'll be 62. Where did the time go? It's funny how I remember most of my classmates as being 18... even the ones I've seen over the years. -Bill Craddock ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress ('61) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Once a Marine and Once a Sailor I enlisted in the same Naval Reserve Unit and might have been in the unit when you were there. After graduating in 1961 I went in for two years of active duty on The U.S.S. Helena and then on the U.S.S. Stoddard. After being discharged I returned to the unit in Pasco and went to meetings for a year. The only thing I regret is not staying in the unit so I could have had another retirement. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82) Re: Mr. Chitty When I was about 2 or 3 years old, I took swimming lessons at Mr. Chitty's pool. I remember him having us in the shallow end to retrieve bazooka bubble gum from the bottom of the pool. To this day I have never been afraid of going under water like so many kids have been (including my son) because I was thinking back then of the reward to come, not a fear of getting my face wet! I don't know why this is so vivid a memory for me because I was so young, but it is very clear to me even now. Thanks, Mr. Chitty!!! -Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Jeffrey Hartman ('59) Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Susan Baker ('64), Sandra Vandenberg ('66) Arty Schafer ('70), Rob Peutz ('73) Brad Upton ('74), Gil Blankenship ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Armstrong ('60) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Kentucky Ghost Stories Betty, Bye Gulley, I know a little about those Kentucky Ghost Stories. I just noticed your email address -- Very clever. I like it. The rest of y'all are probably gettin' tired of my stories and memories about the Marine Corps. Sorry, but here's another one. I just can't help it. During my time, after boot camp, all Marines, except Air Wing personnel went to The Infantry Training Regiment (ITR). Air Wing Marines went directly to their respective schools for training. Otherwise, all Marines are basically a "Marine Rifleman" first, no matter what their specialty is. So, each goes through a month or so of infantry training. When we were nearing completion of ITR training, we had completed a day of intensive field training in combat tactics. That chilly Fall night we were bivouacked in the field and the training staff gave us the night "off" to rest up. After evening chow call, we were allowed to build warming fires. Naturally, the stories began to freely flow, "cause" that's what you do around a campfire, right? There was a fellow Private, who was from Kentucky, Private Ashley. He was an old man, at least 26 years old, compared to the rest of us who were all of 18 or so. Private Ashley was a talker and a spinner of yarns and tales. He kept us entertained the whole evening with some of the most outlandish stories I had ever heard. They were about "Kentucky Ghosts" and "true accounts of life in the hill country of Kentucky." Even the training staff and other marines abandoned their campfires to crowd around ours to listed to Ashley. To give you an example of Ashley's style, if you said something to him, he might very well respond with, "Ya reckon?" Sooner or later, someone would throw it back at him, "Ya reckon, Ashley?" to which everyone reacted with laughter and he would come right back with something like, "Wrecked him hell, killed him -- Ah know 'cause ah'se there!" Anyway, Private Ashley's stories had an effect on all of us. It was a dark, cold night (but not stormy). We eventually slipped into our cozy, mummy-type, sleeping bags. The next morning, virtually every "Hard-chargin' Marine" mentioned how long it took to get to sleep and once asleep how scary the dreams were. Never before nor since have I heard such scary folk tales. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where, I may be afraid to go out by the puddle at night now, at least without Darby by my side. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeffrey Hartman ('59) Belated Happy Birthday to the best sister-in-law in the world, Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63). Both Lance ('60) and I married above ourselves. -Jeffrey Hartman ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from Holland where I am visiting my Dutch family. I adopted them when I lived with them (the van Houwelingen family) in l962 after I had graduated from RHS. I am looking forward to meeting the grandchildren on Wednesday, as there are 6 more van Houwelingens now than there were in l999 when I last visited. And I hope to see my Dutch brother, Simon ('63) too, who many of you met when he lived with John Ehrig ('63RIP) when he was a Bomber, as the other half of my Christian Exchange Student Experience. This has been a whirlwind trip. Can't believe how much we've seen and experienced these last 30 days. But we've met some very nice people all over, and had to deal with some stresses, as most places aren't set up as conveniently as the US is, as least for Americans. Back to England on Wednesday and our last few days in our cute, very English time share where we have to go through a phone operator almost to get an outside line near Coventry. Warren's been doing very well driving on the opposite side of the road. NO accidents here. Cheers, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association Did one of your parents work at Hanford on the Manhattan project? Provide the MPHPA (See below) information on your parent. Submit Information About a Veteran -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Baker ('64) After living in Richland for 59 years, I am planning on moving to the West side of the mountains. Many of you are living on the West side of the Sound. I could sure use some ideas and advice on the best places to look for housing. My son and his family are planning on building a home West of Gig Harbor so we drove from there to Kingston looking for housing. There just weren't that many signs advertising homes for sale. I would also be interested in any areas all the way up to Port Angeles. I know some of you are living in the Sequim area. I would like to hear about your area, Real Estate Agents you thought were good, and employment opportunities. Thank You for your help. My email address is: -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandra Vandenberg Jeans ('66) My sisters Susan ('65) Carole ('68) and Linda ('69) slept with heated rocks when we lived in Boston in the '50s. We heated them up in our wood stove and put them by our feet to keep warm at night in the winter. It was not always easy finding the perfect rock under the snow or frozen into the turgid sub zero soil. -Sandra Vandenberg Jeans ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Arty Schafer ('70) Re: Mr. Chitty I still have fond memories of Mr. Chitty. From swimming lessons, swim team coach, P.E. teacher, and football coach, he was always a strong but calm influence. I can still picture his hacks paddle and I still wonder how I managed to avoid it. I believe I had a genuine respect and like for Mr. Chitty as well as some other influential teachers, e.g., Mr. Eastam and Mr. Goeki. Mr. Chitty is a great role model. I always looked forward to P.E. He made it fun and challenging. I remember the golf course he set up below the hill, the many times swimming at the Big Pool, and the bubble he had over his pool for swimming in the winter. Lots of good memories. -Arty Schafer ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rob Peutz ('73) To: Roger Gress ('61) and George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Roger and Pappy, I agree with you all the way. I served in the Navy for 30 years, 2 months and 2 days, but who was counting. As I watched the National Anthem prior to the NFC game on Sunday, I noticed a tear running down the cheek of the Marine and the Air Force guy. It always puts a lump in my throat when I hear it. and are pretty good sites to stay in touch with shipmates. I sure do enjoy getting together with other squids, and telling lies. Semper Fi, and Anchors Aweigh. -Rob Peutz ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I've read about Gene Conley ('48) and Norris Brown ('57) stopping by on their way home from baseball practice to do amazing things at a track meet. I can top them both. In the spring of '74 we were having a meet against some other Big 9 teams in Bomber Bowl. And although we hadn't lost a duel meet in 7 years, as the team captain, I wasn't going to take any chances. Mike Davis ('74) was leaning on the fence watching the meet after a baseball practice. I looked at Mike and pointed to the high jump, "Think you can do that?" I asked. Mike walked over and Fosbury flopped 6'9" for the win. Without saying a word he picked up the javelin and tossed it well over 200 feet for another win. Both marks became state leaders. He then ran down the long jump runway, hit the board perfectly and soared over 24' feet for another state leading mark. The starter was just calling the runners to their marks and without even knowing what distance they were about to run, Mike ran over, got in the blocks and ran 46.5 for 440 yards. Another school record, another state leading mark. Needless to say, we buried the opposition and Mike never competed in another track meet... although the legend continued to grow. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gil Blankenship ('81) Re: Mr. Chitty My only memory of Mr. Chitty - aside from water training, is him standing on the sidelines at Carmichael as we played soccer... he was screaming "Kick 'em in the shins" and "Ride 'em like a horse!" Some of the best days ever! -Gil Blankenship ('81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 2 funeral notices (1 Bronc & 1 Bomber) today: Betty Hiser ('49), Paula Doctor ('51) Derrith Persons ('60WB), Doris Van Reenen ('61) Tom Hemphill ('62), Jim Armstrong ('63) Rick Maddy ('67), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris Van Reenen ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treva Bolin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Miller ('96) REUNION PLANNING MEETING: Class of '60 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: "Pappy" Swan ('59) Here is a story that my Great grandma Sally Frost told me: This young man used to go out and walk through the graveyard at night. His wife was always nagging at him to quit as you weren't supposed to walk in graveyards after dark. The man became annoyed at his wife and decided to walk through the graveyard with a white sheet covering him. He had a pet monkey. The monkey watched the man as he put on the sheet. After the man left, the monkey put on a pillowcase and followed the young man. After the young man got about half way through the graveyard he turned around and saw the white pillow case and started to run. The wife started yelling: "Run big ghost, little ghost will get you. Run big ghost, little ghost will get you." Because of earlier stories that Grandma Sally told about graveyards I can not walk through a graveyard after dark. And they still tell these tales. To: Gary Behymer ('64) What about those of us that worked on the project? My dad worked on the project and so did I (for 39-1/2 years). Great adventure. Do you have any relation that lived in Ohio. The small town I lived in there were several Behymer families. In fact, one of my great aunts married a Behymer. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland - where we are having fog this morning. Very gray outside. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paula Doctor Werry ('51) Re: Patricia "Patty" Louise Doctor Roberts Cahoon ('48) Patty passed away January 25, 2005, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is survived by her children, Jamie-Seattle, Kim, Jana, Lindsey, Julie-Salt Lake and Melinda-Lexington, KY, her husband Lysle Cahoon and her sister Paula Doctor Werry ('51)-Sandpoint, Idaho. She was proceeded in death by her first husband Dr. Keith Roberts ('48). -Paula Doctor Werry ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Re: Planning Meeting Tonight!! REMINDER! Class of '60 ---- Reunion Planning Meeting Tonight!! The Place: Town Crier The Time: 6:30 pm When? Tonight! 1/26/2005 A table in the back has been reserved! Looking forward to seeing you!! The more the merrier! Happiness is Sharing Life! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doris Van Reenen Dollarhide ('61) Re: Help on Health Insurance I am having my 62nd Birthday today (1/26) and I find I am shopping for Health Insurance. This does not seem to be the easy task I thought it would be and I was hoping some of you Bombers out there might give me the names or numbers of Health plans you have had good luck with for this age group. Thanks a bunch for any help. -Doris Van Reenen Dollarhide ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Memories of Howard Chitty Howard Chitty was a very memorable teacher and coach. I still have my State of Washington Firearm Safety Training Certificate # 16776 signed by Mr. Chitty on September 3, 1958. I don't think that they teach Firearm Safety in school anymore. Thanks for the great years and memories. -Tom (Tommy) Hemphill ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: Tonight Show The best 30 minuets in the history of television was the first half hour of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Bombers Around the Sound To: Susan Baker ('64) Susan, Moving from Richland after living there for a lifetime to the Bremerton area plus (your area of looking is huge) is a classic definition of culture shock. I put a few years into that area of the state. I have lived in Poulsbo, Bremerton, and Port Orchard. My parents lived in Kingston. These towns have changed considerably, particularly the last ten years. In other words, here they come. Finding an affordable house that already has the "fixer upper" part finished, or new, will be expensive for the most part in all of these areas. I don't know that as an objective statement but only as a scientific observation gone awry and my sister, Sheila ('66) and husband Jerry are looking for a place to live as we speak. Bouncing around here, Bremerton is a nice town with a possible deal or two. Not sure what is happening in Bremerton these days. Both west side and east side Bremerton have points to consider. Great restaurant below the one bridge separating the town, but cannot recall it's name. PSNS and the Navy are considerations for Bremerton. The place just looks dead, maybe too quiet is better, every time I pull into town. Did anyone ever fill in the old J C Penney's store downtown? Bremerton is a Navy town. There, I said it. Port Orchard has spread out a lot. PO is a good town. I think you could live there quite comfortably. I really liked the area near the Southworth ferry. Take a look around there. My choice long before Bremerton. I spent three and a half years in PO off Sedgewick Road and it was okay. Poulsbo is a very nice place. I love that town. As you go farther north into Indianola (sp?) and Point No Point areas you become a little more isolated, but worth a look see. Kingston area is out there, but doable if you can find a place without moss on the roof, which happens in all these towns. Not sure about any deals anywhere around Puget Sound. I doubt there are any. Folks are willing to ferry into Seattle on the commute, so, there goes the territory. Silverdale was a quick stop between Poulsbo and Bremerton (40 miles) for a Crazy Erik's burger, the only gig in town years ago, but with the freeway in, the town boomed into the shop till you drop that it is today. I love Silverdale area too. I was married in Scandia, just south of Poulsbo. A really lovely little area, but now I'm divorced and it is now a lovely little bitter pill. Biased. Don't blink, and check it out. I thought the new bridge they are building in Tacoma next to "Galloping Gerty's" sister was going to take a left and head towards Belfair? When you head out towards Bremerton (the 16 I believe) from the bridge, past Gig Harbor, past Purdy, past Port Orchard, you came to Gorst just before heading into Bremerton, taking a left and heading towards Belfair (hwy. 3?). Between Gorst and Belfair area may present some better prices for you. Although, if the highway leading away from the newest Tacoma Narrows bridge does indeed head that way, prices will go skyward in that part of the country, which puts us back to no more good deals. Gig Harbor is expensive, as you well know. You can look at the back roads into Port Orchard, like Long Lake area, etc., but I cannot believe those will be coughing up any deals. As far as Sequim and Port Angeles... once you cross over the floating bridge you are isolating yourself in a big way. When the bridge breaks, not that it is something quite frequent or anything, but when it does, that leaves you driving (the 101) a long long way past Hama Hama, Cushman Lake, nearing Shelton before heading up the other side of Hood Canal (the 3?) towards Belfair doing the end run. Even with the bridge in working order you are a long drive from anything... like a job or your children. Sequim is the supposed sunshine capital of the rain forest and would be the very first choice long before Port Angeles. Port Angeles is cold hell. We all know about the hot one. You are talking 70+ inches a year of rain, wind and cold around PA area (Seattle avg. is 35ish per year). Forks, the gateway to the Pacific Ocean, a nice place for Vietnam vets suffering with PTSD, loggers and folks wanting a much quieter and simpler life than most, that twin river area where the prehistoric shells wash down river west of PA, the Hoh River, Hurricane Ridge and Seven Sister's Road for steamers and oysters can be calling cards... nevertheless, I would stay on this (Kingston) side of the floating bridge. I guarantee you do not want to isolate yourself out there unless you take several sessions with a therapist to prove you are of sound mind, able and willing. Isolation is not for everybody and better wasted on the youth. My brother, Roger, was an isolationist for years up above Carbonato, WA on Mt. Rainier on the Carbon River. I know that scene. I believe the good deals are gone in WA unless you want to live in Spokane, north of Wenatchee (Bridgeport, Oroville, Omak), Forks, the flood plains on the west side (be careful of what you are buying in August because the spring runoff is another deal), Francis, Oakville or Pe Ell to name a few. Possibly Aberdeen. Gig Harbor at one time was a lazy little precious cove away from it all. It is now a crowded Tacoma commuter's dream (not) of trying to escape Tacoma with summer visitors clogging every street in town. If you have a considerable chunk of change -- my choice would be Poulsbo/Kingston/Scandia area with the front door facing south. Freeway drive to your kids, shopping, sites on the way, an hour and a half, two hours to Gig Harbor. Two ferries into Seattle for choices (Kingston and Winslow), shopping in Silverdale, steamers and oysters just on the other side of the floating bridge (Seven Sister's Road - clean water), Bainbridge Island (my mother lived on this island during WWII) with it's sights and sounds and best of all, Pouslbo. Although the House Mouse is gone, Poulsbo is still in my heart. Attempting the theme town America (Scandinavia in this case), a bit crowded in summer with visitors, but a nice place to live anyway. All of these places in Washington state are why for the last six years I have lived in Kihei and Huntington Beach. I have never lived anywhere for long periods (wanderlust) other than my youth in Richland (left in '78) and Rainier, WA. Every town I have pulled into I question the sanity of the folks living there. Huntington Beach, CA is no exception. And in case you haven't looked the other way... take a little drive to Rainier, WA (I spent eight years here hiding from neighbors - two miles out of town), twenty miles inland from Olympia. Same distance and time to Gig Harbor from Poulsbo - and an hour and a half to Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Pacific Ocean or Portland. Just my opinion... and I may be wrong. I've been wrong before. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton Aw Shucks, Brad! Stop it! You are embarrassing me! M. "Flo Jo" Davis (74) -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ruby Steffen Deranleau ('41) ~ 9/11/23 - 12/30/04 >>Joan Warren Evans ('51) ~ 3/6/34 - 1/3/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Darrell Goldsmith ('52), Bill Witherup ('53) George Swan ('59), Art Nelson ('64) Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Conner ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou Watkins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Schafer ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Darrell Goldsmith ('52) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Darrell Goldsmith ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) To George Pappy Swan: I was a poet-in-residence in the state of Kentucky in the 1970s, when the National Endowment for the Arts had some money. My first residence was in Hindman, Kentucky, in Appalachia, 1972-73. There I met one of the great American writers, the late James Still, novelist, poet and short story writer. Check out his novel River of Earth, or any of his short story collections, such as A Ride On the Short Dog. I have a section of poems about my Kentucky experiences in Down Wind, Down River: New and Selected Poems. (2000) I do not send entries to the Sandstorm any more because I do not agree with the conservative politics of the website, but I thought you might like to know about one of our truly great American writers, who wrote circles around the more popular Jesse Stuart. -Bill Witherup ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Memories of Mr. Chitty My memories of Mr. Chitty began at Spalding Grade School in the very early "fifties." Even as a skinny little asthmatic, shrimp of a kid who never was very active in sports, the first time I ever laid eyes on him, I thought that he was what a PE Teacher/Coach should look like. I also seem to recall that Mr. Chitty was a Veteran (Navy -- I think) and I remember him speaking of it only once but it was enough for a little kid to regard him as a real "Hero." For me, he was a great PE Teacher. About once a week we played my favorite game. I especially liked Dodgeball which I recall Mr. Chitty referring to as "Warball!" For about an hour, once a week, I (in my mind) was racing through the battlefield, saving America. And I remember once asking Mr. Chitty where Korea was. Where was this place that I was hearing about. He took the time to show me where it was on a globe and briefly explained in a few words that a little kid could understand why it was important. I have never forgotten that. Eventually, I attended Chief Joseph Jr. High as I lived just north of the dividing line and other than seeing him about town and saying, "Hi" my days around Mr. Chitty came to an end. However, about five or six years ago, I was working with a consultant on a fisheries radio-tracking project in the mid-Columbia River area. We went to Lake Chelan's clear waters to test some new radio tags underwater with divers. As I carried equipment from our pickup to the dock, I kept hearing a voice that seemed to have a familiar ring to it. A group of people were on a deck at the rear of a nearby building. I stopped, looked, and listened (no, not for trains). Sure enough, there was Mr. Chitty talking and happily being Mr. Chitty with others. After all of those years. I was tempted to go over and say hello but it looked like it might have been a family gathering so I carried on. Later, I read in the Tri-City Herald that the Chitty's were then residing in Chelan and I knew that my sighting was confirmed. But I always wished that I had gone ahead and at least extended a brief "Hey there, Mr. Chitty!" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Art Nelson ('64) Re: Old Time Radio Last fall between political fist fights, we had an extensive discussion about our favorite early radio programs. My all time favorite was "Judy, Jimmy, and the Cinnamon Bear". My lovely wife of 37 years had never heard of the program, so I clued her in on the "good old" days when the Nelson kids would gather around the radio and listen in awe and anticipation to the exciting encounters in the search for the Silver Star. Well surprise, surprise. My son found the series on CD and gave it to me for Christmas. 7 CDs. 26 Fifteen minute episodes. That's 6 1/2 hours worth. Tuesday my wife and I had to run down to the Oregon coast for a meeting. This is about a 10 hour turn around from Camas, WA, so we took the CDs along with us. Listening to the adventures was as good at 58 years old as it was at 5 years old. The story made a long trip a lot of fun. In one episode, they were in "the great hall in the land of ice and snow" with Santa, and they noticed a huge chair. They ask Santa, if it was his throne, and he commented that it was, and that the Elves had built it for his birthday. OK!!! Here is the question: When is Santa's birthday?? -Art Nelson ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) They are referring to a veteran as someone who worked at Oak Ridge or Hanford. ***** ...from the same web site... Paul McGinnis has been trying to track down information about his father's work while at Hanford. He has provided here a list of possible resources to help you search! Hello, I am wondering if anyone has information regarding my grandfather, Maynard R. Miller. He worked on the Manhattan Project for DuPont at the Hanford Plant. I am simply interested if anyone knew him, remembers him, etc. He passed away in 1987 and rarely talked about his part in the war. If you knew him or knew of him, please contact me...Thanks, Kimberly Hill ***** ...still more Perhaps I missed it, but one thing I have not been able to find on your Web site is a guide on how to locate historical documents relating to family members who worked on the Manhattan Project. For example, my late father Wayne C. McGinnis worked at the Hanford Engineer Works during WWII and I am trying to find material relating to him. Here's what I've done so far, and I am awaiting the results. (1) My father was a civilian employee at Hanford. Federal civilian employees had Official Personnel Files. CLICK HERE for a web page that explains the process Note that you either will need to a signed authorization from your relative if they are alive, or you will need to provide a copy of their death certificate. If your family member was in the military on the Manhattan Project, you could try getting their service records. CLICK HERE for a guide. A useful "finding aid" at the National Archives for locating the records of family members who were in the Army is this database where you can track down vital information such as their Army serial number. CLICK HERE for National Archives "finding aid". (2) Some Manhattan Project files went to the Atomic Energy Commission and its successor, the Department of Energy. You can try filing a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request for a relative's records or a Privacy Act request for your records. Given the age of documents relating to the Manhattan Project, they may be at a regional National Archives office. I need to spend some trying to figure out how to locate the right documents. ...and finally? CLICK HERE... ...go down to Veteran Search - Hanford WA Re: Is this "A Day's Pay' photo? -Gary Behymer ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Mike Clowes ('54) George Swan ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Roger Gress ('61), Frank Whiteside ('63) Freddie Schafer ('63), Rick Maddy ('67) Julie Smyth ('69WB), Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Neal ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Durbin ('62WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Craddock ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth Meyer ('64) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Bill Witherup ('53) I never heard of James Still. I have read everything that Jesse Stuart wrote. I will start looking at the library for something Still's wrote. My aunt wrote a book (Berniece Terry Hiser) called Quare Do's. I started first grade before I knew queer was not pronounced quare. She said it meant strange happenings (or events). It was written mostly about our family (Terry's) and things that some of the kids told her when she taught in Kentucky. She also wrote a book about Charley and the Wheat Straw Hat. This was also based on things that her students told her. She taught in Kentucky back hill schools and then moved to Indiana and taught there for a few years. Are you any relation to either Marvin or Melvin Withrup? He was a power operator in B Area the two times that I worked there. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland. Gloomy day - some sunshine and fog. Terrible fire in Grandview - had to evacuate part of Grandview because of some gases coming from the fire - closed the schools - no school tomorrow. The highway (I-82) closed from Prosser to Sunnyside. and do's are live events. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: "Day's Pay" Photo? The aircraft pictured looks more like a B-25 or B/A-26 than a B-17 (which is what "Day's Pay" was). The symbol on the aircraft was that of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP) which later became the Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA) and has probably transmorgified into something else by now. This was the military half of the Manhattan Project. I suspect the officers were on a mission to inspected or review something and the airplane was their means of transportation. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Bill Witherup ('53) Thanks for yesterday's note Bill. Nice to hear from you again. Indeed, I will check out the writings by the late James Still, as well as your poems about your Kentucky experiences. Bill, don't give up on Sandstorm. I almost did but I am most glad that I hung in there. I enjoy so much the pleasantries of writing to and reading Sandstorm and the resulting contacts that have come of it. You said that you do not send entries to the Sandstorm any more because you do not agree with the conservative politics of the website. Ironically, I did not agree with what appeared to be, on several occasions, a liberal slant of politics in Sandstorm. I wrestled with the inner turmoil of whether to continue to write to the Sandstorm or not. My understanding of "Sandstorm Editorial Policy" is that neither opinion of politics was supposed to get in there in the first place. That has been my only objection with Sandstorm in the past. So when an entry was allowed that I felt was unwarranted, I felt compelled to respond in kind. Both sides had their say back and forth and maybe came away with some satisfaction. However, I have come to the conclusion that I think politics should be kept out of The Sandstorm. The result is so much more pleasant and sure beats the alternative. Lately, all is cool (outside of some of us old veterans standing tall) and I applaud Maren's and Richard's efforts to keep it so. Obviously, you and I lean toward opposite ends of the political spectrum but we have exchanged personal emails and Sandstorm postings and are still getting along. There is hope for us all. Be well my fellow Bomber. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where it is now time to take dog and gun and once more go afield. And, who cares if we get anything; we just enjoy each others company as we share the same politics. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Rolling Hills Chorus show Don't forget the Rolling Hills Chorus show "Hit Me With The Spot Light" this week-end at 7:30 pm on Friday, January 28th at Sunnyside High Auditorium and on Saturday, January 29th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at Richland High Auditorium. Don't miss Burt Pierard's ('59) cameo performance. You will hardly recognize him!! We are also featuring some wonderful high school students who are finalists in our "Sing for Scholarships" contest. If you come to a performance, stick around afterward to say "Hi!" Bomber Cheers, -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday to Bill Craddock (Classic Class of '61) -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Last reminder for New Orleans Lunch PLACE: Quarter View Restaurant 613 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA (504) 887-3456 DATE: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 TIME: 1:30 pm Please contact me if you wish to be added to the group. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Happy Birthday Kay Schafer Reed ('66) Happy Birthday, little sis. Just think in a couple of more years you can tap into your 401k. If I could have picked anyone for a sister, I still would have picked you. There should be a Saint in front of your name for all you have done for Mom the last 4 or 5 years. Have great day... you earned it -Freddie -Freddie Schafer ('63) ~ from mild and dry-for-a-change Vancouver USA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Your 1/27/05 Alumni Sandstorm entry I'm a bit confused which shouldn't surprise anyone. Since you felt compelled to tell us all instead of a private e-mail, does this mean you read the Sandstorm, but don't write in unless you are promoting your book of poems and/or enlightening us with who you subjectively feel is a truly great American writer while de-emphasizing another? And I've been called a helluva lot of things, but never a Conservative, Bill. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Julie Smyth Moss ('69WB) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Julie Smyth Moss ('69WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) Re: Mr. Chitty I first met the legend Mr. Chitty as a 9th grade PE student at Carmichael. One day, Chitty had the PE class sit in the bleachers while he directed his attention towards a student chewing gum. Chitty had the gum chewing student come onto the basketball floor center court, bend over while chewing gum...behind the student was Chitty with the traditional paddle. The idea was to spit the gum into a coffee can, bending over at center court, while the paddle contacted the students bottom. Later that spring, Mr. Chitty patiently created a mini-golf course for his students to play. I remember being taught by Mr. Chitty how to use the various golf clubs, the world of golf becoming a fun game. Mr. Chitty has always been gracious and friendly. I think he flew combat in World War Two...all those years in Carmichael with little kids. Steve Piippo ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Funeral Notice today: Jack Lowrey ('49), Betty Bell ('51) Derrith Persons ('60WB), Bill Craddock ('61) Gary Telfer ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Deanna Otterbein ('81), Kathy Mauk ('85WB) Anonymous, Hanford Community Health Project ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Stewart ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Eckert ('58) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Lowrey ('49) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) and Gary Behymer ('64) Re: "Days Pay" photo? It is a B-25 Med Bomber... probably converted for executive transport. -Jack Lowrey ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Richland Seniors Association (RSA) is sponsoring another all-ages dance on Sunday January 30th from 1-4:00 in the beautiful Riverview Room at the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band plays any and all kinds of music, tickets are only $4 at the door and everyone is welcome. Pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but never required. Refreshments, coffee and punch are always served, and whether you dance or not, the music and visiting are always great! Hope you can join us! The RSA will also co-sponsor the Second Annual Winter Swing Fling on Saturday February 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 at the Community Center with the Easy Swing Band again playing their great music. This is co-sponsored with the City of Richland with some of the proceeds going to the City Athletic Scholarship Fund. This means that someone needing funds for a child or adult taking a class, participating in a sport, etc. can apply to the City for the necessary money. The year 2004, with the RSA putting on as many events as we have, was the first year all requests were provided for! The first 25 ladies will receive a corsage and the Manor at Canyon Lakes will provide refreshments. We hope you will put this on your calendar also! Another important event--on Sunday February 13th the RSA, City of Richland and the Wishing Star Foundation will co-sponsor another pancake breakfast at the Center from 8:00 - 12:00. This includes scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and all-you-can-eat pancakes. The cost is always $4, with tickets available at the door, at the Center desk or from a Wishing Star member. Wishing Star will get 70% of the net proceeds with the City and RSA splitting the rest. And to Richland High School students--our pancake breakfasts are wonderful ways for you to raise money for your various projects. The Hanford High students from band, cheerleaders, etc. have raised more than $5,000 over the last couple of years for their needs. Any non- profit group is welcome to hold one. If you have any questions you are welcome to call me at 946-5385. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) I wanted to know if you are going to the class of '60 Bomber lunch on the 5th of February? It's being held at the 3 Margaritas on Jadwin. I'll meet you there at 11:30 in the morning. I sure wish a lot more would come and talk. It is so much fun to get together! Did you know that spouses are invited, too? Let me know if you're going to come! OK? Thanks!! Happiness is Sharing Life!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) It's my 62nd birthday [1/28/05] and I've decided that it's o.k. to come out of the closet and admit that I'm now, officially a "dirty old man". In tune with this admission, I've been thinking of the many extraordinarily pretty girls who've graced the "hallowed halls" of Columbia/Richland High School over the years and have to think that there is no school on earth that matches the quality and quantity therein. During my thoughts, I decided to look back over the years and through the online Columbians [] and try to decide when the ultimate group of beauties graduated. Every class has had more than it's share of extremely pretty girls. During the '40s I see that there were many (my sister Susan ('47) being one of them) and the '50s were spectacular. Of course, as years went by the enrollment became larger so the possibilities became greater. My graduating class (1961) was truly blessed, of course, with ladies such as Carol Burt, Roni O'Donnell, Phyllis Reich, Bonnie Green, (and of course a couple of my favorites, Ann Butler and Gerry Lattin) to name only a TINY few. Please don't take exception if I didn't mention you... there were a myriad of cuties in '61. As I continued looking and reminiscing, I remembered that there were some very pretty girls in the '80s when my elder son was there ('84) and today I see gorgeous classmates of my younger son (class of '06). I'm sure that the '70s were nearly overwhelmed with lovely girls too. HOWEVER - - I must cast my vote for the most "lovelies per capita" to the class of 1964. It seems I remember wishing I'd been born a year or two later when I would see these girls around town and scanning through their Columbian now affirms my memories. Any arguments? -Bill Craddock ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Telfer ('61) Re: Mr. Chitty I, also, have fond memories of Mr. Chitty. I first met him while in the fourth grade at Spalding. We moved to Kennewick for my fifth grade and then back to Richland for the sixth grade at Marcus Whitman. When I went to Carmichael Jr. High for the seventh grade, lo and behold he's there teaching P.E. and doing some coaching. He was always an impeccable dresser and kept a nice wardrobe of neat and very stylish clothing. He had a very nice looking fleece pullover that was a bright red, trimmed with a black collar and wrist bands that he was very proud of. It just so happened that I found this very same pullover in a catalogue from Minnesota so I ordered it with some of my Christmas money. I'll never forget the look that he gave me the first day I showed up for P.E. wearing the very same item of clothing that he was also wearing. It felt like he stared me down for what seemed like five minutes during roll call that morning finally saying, "Nice pullover, Telfer." He also taught eighth grade Health and Science and he was again my teacher. I recall two "thought process" assignments that we were given a week to complete. The first, "Which will freeze the quickest, an ice cube tray of hot water or one with cold water?" The second, "Does lightening strike down from a cloud to the ground or does it strike upwards from the ground to a cloud?" Wow, this was some real deep "Doo Doo" for us Jr. Teenagers! It sure filled 55 minutes of class time the following week when we discussed our answers and the theories that we came up with. I've seen Mr. Chitty many times over the years since, and he has always given that "nod of the head, and friendly smile" that he was famous for. God Bless! -Gary Telfer ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Silas Mariner Happy birthday, Bill Craddock ('61) My son is a high school English teacher. I often ask him why his students are required to read certain books. When I was a junior at good ole RHS, I had to read Silas Mariner (sp?). For a kid that only liked to read the sports page, I was in real trouble. After all, I was lucky to make it to school each day. Mr. Harding would say, "Glad you could join us today, Mr. Brady." I was too busy roaming the Tri-Cities with Bill Craddock & company. Thank goodness our educational system allows us a second, third, etc... chance. P.S. Speaking of Bill Craddock, you late '50s and early '60s Bombers may remember he was a pretty handsome guy. Unfortunately for us, he let us know it. One time Bill and I were riding in a car with Jack (Barracuda) Gardner ('61). Bill was sitting in the middle front seat and I was riding "shot gun." A group of girls drove beside us and looked into our car. Bill immediately said, "Those girls are looking at me." Now, we KNOW they weren't looking at Jack, but I questioned Bill's conclusion! Poor Jack... he looked older then the rest of us. He was able to get away with looking 21 years old so he would buy us beer at a little store on the Pasco side of the old, old bridge. After we had a few beers under our belt, we would start singing the Ray Charles favorite, "Hit the Road Jack." Don't get me wrong, we loved Jack... for all the right reasons. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Deanna Otterbein Keller ('81) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Deanna Otterbein Keller ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Kathy Mauk ('85WB) Click here to view the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook -Kathy Mauk ('85WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hanford Community Health Project Hello, I contacted you a few months ago on behalf of the Hanford Community Health Project (HCHP) regarding a new educational outreach campaign for those who grew up downwind of the Hanford Reservation in the '40s and '50s. As I said in my previous email, we have created new community and physician resources and have recently launched a new Web site that can now be accessed at: On this Web site you can access and order free educational materials, take a new self-assessment tool and sign up for the HCHP mailing list. As a member of the Hanford mailing list, you will receive periodic updates and new information as it becomes available. If you know any other high school or college alumni organizations or community organizations that might contact, any information would be greatly appreciated. Best wishes, -Moka Pantages ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anonymous "atomic insignia" shoulder patch ... An interesting explanation of the patch is at the bottom of the next... Philadelphia project deaths... A "buy stuff" site...amazing what he want's for a patch... "Manhattan Project" and "Operations Crossroads" patches...also where to find... -Anon ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice from the Salt Lake Tribune >>Patty Doctor Roberts-Cahoon ('48) ~ 10/14/30 - 1/25/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara Isakson ('58), Bill Craddock ('61) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Carol Converse ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki Lytle ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April Miller ('92) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) I would like to tell Virginia Eckert ('58) Happy Birthday [1/29] from an old classmate. -Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) Re: Mike Brady's ('61) memory I remember the episode with the carload of girls vividly. Jack Gardiner ('61) was driving his folks' '59 Dodge, I was in the middle seat operating the radio, since Brady was pretty much "high-tech" challenged. He (Brady) was, in fact "riding shotgun" However, when the young ladies drove by, they were so taken with us that they stopped and asked if they could ride around with us. Jack and I were more than agreeable to this as they were four very sweet looking girls from Prosser. Mike on the other hand, declined. He said that we should drop him off, right there in the park and he would sit at a picnic table and continue trying to get past chapter two of Silas Marner (Mariner). He seemed confused by some parts of it. I've even heard that he kinda freaked out his Marine Corps Drill Instructor when he asked to have group discussion sessions, in the barracks, about the true meaning of that book. Wonder if he ever finished it? We actually did have some pretty good times. Tom Verellen' ('60) folks' boat provided the platform for Jack Gardiner and I to learn to water ski. Had some good times on the "River" (Columbia). Too bad Brady never learned. He couldn't figure out how to start without getting his book (Silas Marner/Mariner) wet. Remembrances are great and I had super times with those fellas. -Bill Craddock ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) Mike Hays ('79) was recently awarded the honor of Best Blues Drummer by the Inland Empire Blues Association. His work with The Fat Tones can be found on His latest CD is hot! -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) In the 1/28/05 Sandstorm, you mentioned working at B plant as a power operator. Do you happen to remember George Dewey Converse? Just curious. He also worked as a power operator at B plant, along with all the rest of them. He was my father. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Re: Bill Craddock ('61) Well Bill if you're now the Official "Dirty Old Man", then I'm the "Official Dirty Old Broad"! I'm just about to be single after 22 years of marriage! So now I'm out on the prowl! LOL! You know I think we need to start a Bombers Single Group! That way we can meet and be with people that understand us and how we think and act! So Maren what do ya think? A new Bombers Single Group? Do I have any one in favor of it?? It's just a thought! LOL! It's not fun to be thrown back out there in the singles world!! But life does go on... So onward and upward... here I come! LOL!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67!!) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Funeral Notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Mike Brady ('61) Leoma Coles ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Jeff Michael ('65), Simpson Girls ('64 and '70) Chitty Kids ('71, '72, '77, and '80) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina Fraser ('89) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) For those of you who DID NOT work at Hanford here is a brief rundown of Hanford. In 1951, when I started working at Hanford there was the 700 Area (downtown Richland), 3000 Area (the remainder of the City of Richland), 1100 Area (bus lot and transportation). There was 300 Area - north of Richland. There were two areas further out from 300 Area (you had to pass through the Y Barricade) called 200-E and 200-W - one of these areas contained B Plant (I'm not that familiar with the 200 Areas) and further from these two areas were: B/C Area (which contained 105-B and 105-C), KE/KW Area (which contained 105-KE and 105-KW), N Area (which contained 105-N - N Reactor manufactured, in addition to plutonium, etc.), steam for the Hanford Generating Plant - WHOOPS or Energy Northwest. D Area (which contained 105-D and 105-DR), H Area (which contained 105-H), and F Area (which contained 105-H). N Area, F Area and H Area were the only areas that had a single reactor. All of the others had two reactors. The B that I referred to was B/C Area which had 105-B and 105-C Reactors. I worked in the Power group in B/C Area - three different times - as a secretary. Sorry I did not know your father. Hope I haven't given away secrets. 105 (Building) always referred to one of the buildings which contained the reactors built at Hanford (excluding the one built in 300 Area call the 305 Building and PRTR - also located in 300 Area). -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - still foggy. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Bill Craddock ('61) Bill, Little did you know, while I was in the park reading Silas Mariner, Gerry Lattin and Carol Burt drove up wearing only bikinis, and we spent the rest of the day on the beach. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) To: Pam Ehinger ('67) Re: Bomber's Single Group!! I am also one of the "old" single gals but from the class of '63. I was married 31 years and it has been tough trying to get in the singles dating life. If anyone else is interested, we should try to get together sometime in the future. I am still working, hoping to retire, but it looks like about 5 years til that happens. But I do get to Richland about every other year, and maybe we could all meet for coffee or something! Hang in there... we may be "older", but we are definitely "more experienced!"... LOL Take care, -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ in chilly Salem, OR - where the stars are out tonight! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Pam Ehinger ('67) Re: Bomber Singles Group I am willing---think it sounds great! I'm sorry to hear you will be single, but it ain't all that bad! Been there, done that... TWICE as a matter of fact, and though it ain't any easier the second time around, family and friends help to ease the pain and you do find that you are a survivor! It's a GOOD feeling. I do agree that it takes a Bomber to know AND understand a Bomber! We just have a connection that few outsiders can grasp. Hang in there, gal and remember---Bombers aren't always perfect but we are there for one another---has something to do with being "true to your school". -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - so far, no rain, sunny skies, but they are talking more storms this week. They have been able to open 3 lanes of Southbound I-5 traffic over the grapevine down into Los Angeles, so the commute is no longer SIX hours to just get that 80 plus miles!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey Bombers and Bomberettes... Just dropped in to say that the rumor that I was moving to SoCal was false. Guess I should never have started that rumor! But, my wife and I have been really busy with stuff lately and I'm just now catching-up on my Sandstorm readings. Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) prompted this response. When I lived in Boulder, CO, the community was very "earth minded." Somewhere around thirty years ago, as president of our homeowners association, I was able to arrange to have recycle barrels (55-gal drums) in the enclosure with the community dumpster. The recycle truck came weekly and picked up the goodies. We separated newspaper, aluminum cans and glass. When in San Diego, they have city-wide curbside pick-up to all homes for recycle stuff. They provide color coded plastic bins for glass, newspaper, certain number-coded plastic, aluminum and steel cans. They also separate yard waste and trash into individual containers. On trash day, all this stuff is picked up by the appropriate trucks. The communities have even had to write ordinances to keep "recycle thieves" from going through the neighborhoods on trash day and swiping all the aluminum cans to take to the redemption centers for cash. Most of the beaches, parks and densely populated business areas are cleaned of all recycle able stuff by these self-appointed, grocery cart business operators. I wonder why/how Denver got so off track! I still gather my stuff and take it to a center here in the Tri-Cities, but I do miss the ease of curbside service. I have to admit also, that with the redemption refund on aluminum, I would never put my crushed aluminum cans on the curb. I collected them until I had a big trash can of them and took them to a center myself. There were many times that the $20 or so bucks made for a special treat, movie or the like for us! dj jeff Michael ('65). If you work for Platinum Catering or Country Gentleman, I'll see you tonight at the Stoneridge Events Center. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Simpson Girls ('64 and '70) Hi Maren, I wanted to let you know that our father, Bernie "Spence" Simpson, passed away at home on Thursday morning 1-27-05. He was an alumnus of the class of '46 and a founding member of Club 40. His Obituary is in today's Tri-City Herald. Thanks, -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) and Cheryl Simpson ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Chitty Kids ('71, '72, '77, and '80) To our Richland Friends Re: Howard Chitty The Chitty family would like to express our gratitude for the out pouring of memories, stories and well wishes to: It has been delightful to see each memory spark a grin and twinkle in his eye as we read them to him and responds to each of them with fond memories. It has sure brightened our days recalling and hearing fun stories, discovering unknown treasures, and a wealth of information that many Richland friends have contributed. Each day we look forward to hearing new memories, and what a blessing it is that we can share them with Dad. Bonnie ('71) Cindy ('72) Brad ('77) Tamara ('80) And Helen Louise Chitty Our Sincere "Thanks for the memories..." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Bernard "Bernie" Simpson ('46) ~ 8/28/28 - 1/27/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2004 ~ February, 2005