Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/05
9 Bombers sent stuff: 
Dave Brusie ('51), Dick Pierard ('52), Terri Royce ('56)
Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger ('60)
Roger Gress ('61), Maren Smyth ('64 & '64)
Gary Behymer ('64), Jen Frank ('02)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Wells ('54)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Browne, Jr. ('61)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Doriss ('65)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bobbie Gilstrap ('72) 

BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '58

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Dave Brusie ('51)

To all Bombers who Care!!
   The boys' gym as we called it. What a great floor. No shin splints on
this floor. If I'm not mistaken wasn't the new gym built over concrete???
I think the Portland Trail Blazers if I recall it right refused to ever
play there again, but then who cares if they do or not. When I played for
Kessler Air Force Base we played the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
on a floor built over concrete. Everyone came down with shin splints.
Talk about a basketball floor?? In the '50 and '51 State Tournament at 
the U. Dubb you played on a floor that had plywood squares as a base and
every square had it's own characteristics. One square you were bouncing
the ball around your ankles and the next square you had to jump up to
retrieve the ball. God Bless the springy floor at our school.. Great

Re: Here is an Idea!!!!!!
    When they demolish the gym why don't they salvage the floor and sell
(one foot by one foot squares of the floor) or 6 inch by 6 inch and use
the proceeds for some charity, etc.

-Dave Brusie ('51)
>>From: Dick Pierard ('52)

    Reading the story that they are going to tear down the "girls" gym
(it was the boys gym when I was in high school) makes me realize how old
I have gotten. I can remember when we kids played on the construction
site when the gym was built. Also it indicates how little sense of
history people in the West have. In the Boston area where I live now,
people take pride in old structures and proudly display on their houses
signs saying it was built in 1789 or 1820 or what have you. The city
newspaper occasionally runs a picture of a neighborhood taken 100 years
ago and now, and it is amazing how many structures are still around.
People will spend hundreds of thousands (and even millions) of dollars
rehabbing old structures. 

Brother Burt ('59) comes in tonight.  Who knows what havoc we will wreak.

-Dick Pierard ('52)
>>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56)

Re: Lois Weyerts Harrold and Yellowstone
    I spent the summer after my freshman year at WSU, working in the soda
fountain (just try and find it today!) at Paradise Lodge on Mt. Rainier.
Since fresh fruit was expensive to get up the mountain, we all had
parents and other visitors bring it. Then we'd either smother it in ice
cream (half a cantaloupe filled with strawberry), or fill the peaches and
watermelons with vodka for our after-work parties. There was a bartender
that year who was the first black person I'd ever met (I had just seen
Norris ('57) and CW ('58) at school -- never met them). He was writing a 
doctoral dissertation on the habits of people hanging out in bars.
    When they recruited us for Mt. Rainier, a rule was that we all had to
play musical instruments. I took my alto sax and the whole bunch of us
would entertain the guests in the evening. I can't believe they got away
with that -- or that people wanted to hear us.
    They had the ice caves back then, and after lying in the sun on the
snow one day, I hiked up to them with friends. Trouble was, I was just
wearing tennis shoes (well -- and hiking clothes) and, once I got down
into the cave, I had one heck of a time climbing/slipping/panicking back
out. It was really steep. I spent the rest of my days-off sitting in
various spots along the trails to write wistful poems about the mountain
and various 19-year-old's traumas. We were not allowed to go off the
mountain the whole summer -- a fact that just leaves today's Rainier
worker-bees stunned.
    Years later, after moving back to Seattle from 31 years in Florida
and elsewhere, I drove up there and ran into a guy who had worked there
the same year that I had. Small world.

-Terri Royce Weiner ('56)
>>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)

*********** SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!! **********
    All Bombers are invited to attend a surprise 85th birthday party for
teacher Vera Edwards!
    Mrs. Edwards is now living in Spokane near her daughter Gay ('64),
and the party will be held in conjunction with the Spokane Bomber Alumni
lunch on March 20th. Gay is assembling a scrapbook of memories submitted
by her mom's former students, and contributions for the scrapbook may be
sent to her at If you don't have a specific memory
to share, just send your best wishes to a lady who might very well
remember you!

DATE: Sunday, March 20, 2005
COFFEE: 11:30 AM
LUNCH: 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

Many Bombers are already planning to be on hand to salute one of our
favorite teachers and we need to know how much space to reserve at the
restaurant. Please make your lunch reservation as soon as possible to

-Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)
>>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61)
A big Happy Birthday to John Browne, Jr. (Classic Class of '61)
-Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61)
>>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)

Re: Iditarod Update and/or
    The 33rd running of the Iditarod is underway, but they only traveled
11 miles to the "restart" location (Willow, AK). I'll check the websites
and see if I can watch any of it online.
    Jessie Royer is in first place. In fact, everybody is in exactly the
same position they were when the race started. This race doesn't really
start until the "restart" today.
    I saw Martin Buser begin the race live on my computer screen - 
streaming video. It doesn't sound like Martin thinks his missing digit is 
going to be much of a factor at all.

Stay tuned...

-Maren Smyth ('64 & '64)
>>From: Gary Behymer ('64)

Scenes from Richland...
  Hanford Washington Atomic Works Aerial View  

  Hanford - Richland Washington Aerial View

   Seattle First Bank 1943? Richland, Washington

   Alphabet Home Richland Washington

   Alphabet Home 4-Bedroom Richland Washington

   Alphabet Home Pre-fab Richland Washington

   Alphabet Home Four Bedroom Richland WA

   Alphabet Home Three Bedroom Richland WA

   Alphabet Home 'A' Duplex Richland WA

   Trailer Homes 1944 or so in Richland WA

-Gary Behymer ('64)...still crazy after all these years in downtown 
                         Colfax, WA
>>From: Jen Frank (2002)

Re: Bringin' Down the House
    My parents are highly involved in Bomber Boosters, my Dad is the
president and Mom is the secretary (I think that is her official title
anyway). From what I've been told by Mom (so correct me if I'm wrong and
have misunderstood anything) is that they are going to seal off the
upstairs when destruction time comes and tear all that down. The entire
thing will be placed with a state-of-the-art weight room. The concert
profits are going to go putting equipment in the weight room (when the
bond was passed they only budgeted for the actual construction, not the
equipment to go in the room). Not much later, they will be tearing down
the big gym as well. Prior to basketball season there was a pretty big
flood in the gym, some pipes broke and ended up warping the gym floor
pretty bad, they had to come in and sand down a huge amount of material
in order to make it "playable" for basketball season. The floor was
originally built on only cork, rather than suspended, like the newer
floors. The floor really does vibrate and it is the best court I've ever
played on. At the same time, because of our floor, we ended up having a
lot of problems with shin splints, sore backs and knees and bodies in
general. Refs love the atmosphere in our gym, but it beats them up
physically. In the long run, it will all be brought down, the floor
redone, as well as the bleachers I believe. The "Bringin' Down The
House" concert will be in the lower gym from what I understand. At the
same time, the upper gym will be the place of an auction for old Bomber
memorabilia (jerseys and such). This should be an awesome event and I
know that the Bomber Booster team has put a TON of work into this. I am
very sad to see the gym I grew up in go. Lots of experiences and lots
of learning the game of basketball happened in that gym. Please attend
this event. It should be an awesome last memory for the Bomber gym.

-Jen Frank ('02) ~ in Boise, ID - where it's 60 and there isn't a cloud 
           in the sky; midterms are over and spring break is almost here.
That's it for today. Please send more.