Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/03/05
7 Bombers sent stuff: 
Lois Weyerts ('56), Tom Hughes ('56)
Ruth Miles ('59), Derrith Persons ('60WB)
Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Roger Gress ('61)
Frank Whiteside ('63)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monique Mangold ('80)

BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jon Boisoneau ('67 & Vicki Gill ('68)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56)

    Just wanted to say that we had a great luncheon for the Class of '56
ladies at Nola Davey Meichle's ('56) house on Tuesday. We laughed so much
and covered more subjects than you can imagine. Those that attended were:
Sally Foley Chapman ('56), Carol Kibler Payne Kerlee ('56), Ruth White
Tanner ('56), Mary Jones Metcalf ('56), Nola Davey Meichle ("56), Lois
Weyerts Harrold ('56), Annette Verellen Parnell ('56), Millie Brooks
Bohlke ('56), Shirley Bumgarner Woods ('56), and Barbara Baalman Jones
('56). We even discussed some of the topics appearing on the Alumni
Sandstorm and got others interested in joining. I just want to encourage
some of you local people who haven't attended yet or if you happen to be
in Richland when we have our next luncheon to give it a try. You won't be

    I need to correct an error that was pointed out to me awhile back
from a couple of alert classmates that Larry Harrold ('56 ) and Lois
Weyerts Harrold ('56) were working at Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone
Park in 1959 (not 1949) when the big earthquake hit. They had no living
quarters for working married couples so Larry slept in the boys' dorm and
I slept in a two story girls' dorm. Late that evening after going to bed
the dorm shook and the bed and dresser started to move. My roommate and 
I ran outdoors because we thought that maybe a geyser had erupted under 
our dorm. When we could see nothing unusual we went back to bed. A few
minutes later our dorm shook again and this time we grabbed the most
important item in our room - our MONEY!- and ran outside again and
headed to the boys' dorm where Larry was staying. We felt we could be
safe with him. After a while he had to go to the hotel to help people get
out of their rooms. People tipped well under circumstances like this!
Some people slept through the whole episode and had to be awakened by a
loud knock on the door. When we looked at the parking lot from the front
porch of Old Faithful Inn, the cars were moving up and down with the
tremors from the earthquake. It was an interesting but frightening
experience. I felt after shocks for days even if there weren't any.
    Another special visitor that came to see me while I was working as a 
maid was our very own Col-Hi English teacher, Miss Nadine Brown. She saw
Larry out front when she came to the hotel and he told her I was working
upstairs so she stopped by to say "hello." 

    I'm enjoying the comments about southern sayings and other language
oddities. I also am amazed at the memory that several of you have about
Richland in the past. It is fun to relive the old days through your
stories and recollections.

-Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ I think Spring is definitely here!
>>From: Tom Hughes ('56)

Re: South Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon
    No reservations necessary! If you would like you can email Tom Hughes if you will be at the luncheon.

DATE: Sunday, March 13, 2005
COFFEE TIME: 11:30am
LUNCH TIME: 12:30pm
WHERE: Fife Bar and Grill
       (In between Goodyear Tire and Day's Inn)
PHONE: (253) 922-9555
ADDRESS: 3025 Pacific Highway E., Fife, WA
         I-5 Northbound, Exit 136-B (Port of Tacoma)
         I-5 Southbound Exit 136
         Turn left on Pacific Highway E.
PRICE: Price range $10.00 - $14.50 includes drink and tip

    All Bomber Spouses and Friends are welcome!

-Tom Hughes ('56)
>>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59)

Re: Drought
    Oh yes, there seems to be a serious drought underway, and there are
visible signs out here east of the mountains. I understand that the
snowpack on the mountains is less than 10% of normal, which does not bode
well for summer water in the Yakima Valley (fruit and vegetable garden to
us and the world).
    The Simcoe Mountains, just north of Goldendale, haven't had any 
visible snow for about a month. In a normal year, there would be visible 
snow until sometime in May (old timers say don't start your garden until 
the snow is off the Simcoes). Not a good sign ... Maybe Mom Nature is 
helping California to take away our Pacific NW water this year, but it 
isn't doing them much good either, is it?

-Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ in Goldendale WA, where we had measurable rain 
                on Monday for the first time in about a month
>>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB)

Re: Class of '60 Bomber Lunch

WHEN: Saturday, March 5th, 2005
TIME: 11:30 am
WHERE: 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin; Richland

-Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB)
>>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60)

Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon

DATE: Saturday - March 12, 2005
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
PLACE: DoubleTree/Columbia River
  I-5 Exit #308 - Jantzen Beach
  I-5 Northbound - follow Jantzen Beach Center signs
        2nd traffic light, turn right - that puts you in the parking lot.
  I-5 Southbound - Jantzen Beach exit - stay in right lane - go
        thru the traffic light - turn left - you're in the parking lot!
   Enter Front door - go past front desk to Little Brickstone Room
RSVP: Lola at


If possible, please let Lola know if you can be there!

-Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60)
>>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61)
To: Dick McCoy ('45)
    Does the Tin Can Class refer to anything in particular?
-Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61)
>>From: Frank Whiteside ('63)

Re: Cajunspeak and Nawlin's nin't ward yak
    As Frank Davis, my favorite local TV guy would say, "Hey, y'all, 
where y'at? If anyone wants a cool Nawlins Christmas album filled with
local vernacular for next Christmas, go to
and order his "The 12 Yats of Christmas." I know it's a bit early for 
Christmas songs, but save the site address for later if you want a cool, 
goofy album. To really understand it completely, you have to have lived 
in New Orleans. It sells out in this region every year because it's so 
popular. It isn't cheap, but it's a local classic, very humorous and 
replete with a funky New Orleans beat. Jimbeaux would love it!
    Also, for our favorite Cajunspeak jokes about "Boudreaux 'n 
Thibodeaux," the Cajun goofballs, try
If you just type in "Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes," a bunch of sites
will pop up as well.

-Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ on the bayou
That's it for today. Please send more.