Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/15/05
9 Bombers sent stuff: 
Betty Hiser ('49), Betty Bell ('51)
Wally Erickson ('53), Judy Willox ('61)
Joe Ford ('63), Roy Ballard ('63)
Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Bob Grout ('66WB)
Brad Upton ('74)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Holeman ('56)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Ballard ('63)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Theartis Wallace ('63)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Smith ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Ganz ('68)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessica Avant ('95)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49)

To: Wally Erickson ('53)
    Thanks for the info on Mac. As soon as I saw the name I recognized it
right away. That was the reason my mother, sister, and I went to the
store before it opened so we could be assured of getting a cart. One of
the checkers was Mrs. George. She was a native Washingtonian - being
raised in the Prosser area. She thought it was very strange that we would
buy Concord grapes to eat. She only knew people who bought the grapes to
make jelly, etc. I really liked her. She must have had the patience of
Job - I rarely saw her angry. That was in the days when you had to give
up your stamps for meat and other grocery products. Wasn't there also
parking across the street - in front of CC Anderson's -the parking lot is
still there for Margarita's. I remember one day it was so hot in the
store (no air conditioning) that a pregnant lady fainted and here was Mac
trying to figure out what to do. My mother told him to make everyone go
away and give the poor lady some breathing space. Someone finally called
Patrol and they took her to the hospital.

To: Larry Mattingly ('60) 
    In the old 190 Buildings in all the areas except N and KE/KW Power
had the responsibility of maintaining all of the evacuation material. We
were audited about every 2 or 3 years. Don't know about tunnels.

Speaking of tunnels: I can't remember if I asked this once before or not.
Does anyone remember the tunnel that went from Carmichael to Col Hi?

Saw an ad in yesterday's Tri-City Herald about Louie Louie.

-Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - beautiful days 
                       and cool nights.  Love it.
>>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51)

The Richland Seniors Association is sponsoring another "all-ages" dance
on Friday March 18th from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the Richland Community Center.
The Easy Swing Band will play for all kinds of dancing, refreshments will
be served and all for only $4 at the door! We hope you will join us.

Do you know of a non-profit group that would like a good money maker? The
Richland Seniors Association, the City of Richland and non-profit groups
have several pancake breakfasts each year as fund raisers for the groups.
The Hanford High School Dance Fever team made approximately $1,000 
on Saturday, March 12 on their most recent one. If you know anyone
interested, please have them contact me at 946-5385 or through the
Sandstorm, and I will give them more information.

Another activity we are working on now is THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR
FASHION SHOW AND TEA. This fashion show will be held Sunday, April 3 from
1:00 - 3:00 at the Richland Community Center, with about 15 models from
Annie Zs, Catherines and Amber Rose. Four of the models are Rose Latta,
Marilyn Wallace Hultman ('47), Eunice Hutton and Rita Mazur modeling 
clothing from Mary Lou McVicker's Annie Zs. Refreshments are being 
furnished by several business around the Tri-Cities and there will be 
door prizes. Tickets can be purchased from Annie Zs, Catherine's and 
Amber Rose, at the Gift Shop in the Community Center or from me for only 
$5. Last year we had more than 125 people in attendance and we hope to do 
better this year. To reserve a table for your group, please call me at 

-Betty Bell Norton ('51)
>>From: Wally Erickson ('53)

To: Tom Tracy ('55)
Re: Lonnie Whitner ('55)
    Enjoyed reading your email on Bomber Basketball..."fast break". Those
were the days! I've often wondered what happened to Lonnie Whitner ('55)?
I was a senior when I first met Lonnie. We occasionally played "one on
one" basketball during the lunch hour. After the '53 Bomber basketball
team made it to the State Tournament in Seattle; Lonnie and I talked
about going to Seattle to see the games. At first we were going to take
the Greyhound bus to Seattle...then decided at the last minute to "hitch
hike". My friend Lenny Miller ('53) drove us out to West Richland to give
us a head start. It wasn't fifteen minutes had gone by and we had our
first ride in a new '53 Packard They were farmers and would take us to
Yakima. They left us on the north side of downtown Yakima on "old" hi-way
99. About 10 to 20 minutes later two cars pulled over and asked where we
were going? After we told them we were going to Seattle; they asked if we
wanted to drive one of the cars to Seattle and they would lead the way in
the other car. Lonnie and I looked at each other as if....can this be
true?? We decided to drive the other car, I did the driving It was dark
when we arrived in Seattle, but we were well ahead of the Greyhound bus.
It was a great ride!!!!! They told us the cars were going to a used car
dealer in Seattle; hey, we didn't ask any questions....we just wanted to
get to Seattle as fast as we could.....grin.
    We stayed in a downtown hotel (can't remember the name) and took the
trolley car to the University of Washington. Like you mentioned the games
were played at the "Hec" Edmundson gym. That was a fun time and great
    I've asked before if anyone knew the where a bout's of Lonnie 
Whitner? When you mentioned his name, it sure brought back some great 
memories. He was a neat guy. He was about 6'4" when I knew him; it sounds 
like he just
kept growing.
    Would appreciate any feed back. Thanks.

-Wally Erickson ('53) ~ sunny Coeur D'Alene, ID. And they say this is
>>From: Judy Willox ('61)

Can you run the entry that I just sent to you for the next four days 
for me? I would appreciate it.

To:  All Bombers Attending the "Bringing Down the House" Party
    The Boosters have arranged to have Ben Franklin Transit run a shuttle
from the Fran Rish Stadium parking lot and Carmichael's parking lot
because of the limited parking at RHS due to the remodeling. Do
yourselves a favor and take it, cause having been at the school a great
deal this year, I can tell you it is not easy to park there. A big
resounding "Thank-You" to the Boosters for providing this.
    For those of you who have not gotten your tickets to this party,
don't delay! The party is this weekend and don't miss your chance to
spend a great evening with The Kingsmen and your Bomber family. It
promises to be an evening of sheer fun and delight. See you all there!

Bomber Cheers,
-Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ where the excitement 
        grows and the time is short for getting tickets to the party!
>>From: Joe Ford ('63)

Re: Gary Behymer's ('64) beautiful photos of the Palouse
    I'm nearly certain that the view from Kamiak Butte north looks down 
on the farm of a man named Weldon Askins. 35 years ago, I lived for 
spring semester at WSU in an old farm house one mile west of the Askins 
spread. Just out of the Army, back to school to re-do an earlier and not 
very successful academic career, and needing cheap digs, I lighted on the
north side of Kamiak Butte. The Askins were our nearest neighbors.
    Weldon was something. His farm didn't have a phone for many years,
although the phone lines crossed his land. In the terrible winter of
'68-'69 (legendary cold in eastern Washington), he walked a mile each
way, twice a day, to look in on the young family that occupied the old
farm house the year prior to my stay there. The Palouse once had a much
larger human population, and the old graveyard on a side road had
Askins' names on headstones dating back to the 19th century.
    Lovely photos, Gary, and a trip into nostalgia. Thanks so much for
posting them.

Cheers to all from Olympia, where spring is in full strut, at least two
or three weeks early. It was 70° yesterday!

-Joe Ford ('63)
>>From: Roy Ballard ('63)

    Today is Theartis  Wallace's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you 
THEARTIS. Have a wonderful...  the 15th has been a good day for us
all these years.

-Roy Ballard ('63)
>>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)

Re: Iditarod Update - Checkpoint #23 (of 27) - Koyuk and/or

Top Ten as of 9:52pm 3/14
  1 Robert Sørlie - left Koyuk w/9 dogs
  2 Jeff King - left Koyuk w/11 dogs
  3 John Baker - left Koyuk w/10 dogs
  4 Mitch Seavey - 11 dogs
  5 Ramy Brooks - 12 dogs
  6 Martin Buser - 9 dogs
  7 Lance Mackey - 11 dogs
  8 Ed Iten - 11 dogs
  9 DeeDee Jonrowe - 11 dogs
 10 Doug Swingley - 11 dogs

Quote from the head checker at checkpoint #20 (Unalakleet), who says he
never picks wrong: "Buser will pass Sørlie quickly, then King will pass
Sørlie between Shaktoolik and Koyuk. King won't catch up to Buser until
near White Mountain. "It's gonna be close," he said. "It's gonna be who's
got the fastest trotting team."

The eventual winner is maybe supposed to reach Nome by Wednesday morning, 
as early as 4am AKST but probably later. 

The team in front now can change in a heartbeat.
Stay tuned...

Bomber Cheers,
-Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA
>>From: Bob Grout ('66WB)

Thought I would pass this on to the alumni. Please click on the website. 
Excellent pictures at a 2003 air show. 

-Bob Grout ('66WB)
>>From: Brad Upton ('74)

    I wanted to thank all the Bombers that came out to see me last
Saturday night in Kennewick. I hope all of you had as much fun as I did.
I am writing to tell some of you that I had to cancel my dates in Spokane
for April 21-23. I will be in the Pittsburgh, PA area as part of the
"Mid-Life Crisis Comedy Tour" April 21-24. Also, I'll be back at Catch A
Rising Star in the Silver Legacy in Reno May 10-15th. Hope to see some of
you somewhere!

-Brad Upton ('74)
    P.S. How's Mike Davis ('74) doing this year in the Iditarod?
That's it for today. Please send more.