Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/05 ~ ST. PATRICK'S DAY
12 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff today: 
Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Dave Brusie ('51)
Curt Donahue ('53), Wyoma Baker ('53)
Tom Tracy ('55), Jan Bollinger ('60)
Judy Willox ('61), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)
Gary Behymer ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67)
Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Jim Rice ('75)
Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) 
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49)

         Thomas Peashka ('68) & Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02)

Re: Irish
    And a fine St. Paddy's to all you Irish and wannabees. Hoist a couple 
for me, as I don't imbibe of the devil's drink any longer. I was seeing 
too many of the wee little people. Not that there's anything wrong with 
that, I just didn't want to step on one of them..

  O' the days of the Kerry dancing
  O' the ring of the Piper's tune
  O' for one of those hours of gladness,
  Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon...
-Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) 
       Bronc, Beaver, Bomber, Blarney 1st Class.
>>From: Dave Brusie ('51)

To: Jim McKeown ('53)
    Darlene and Tom, and your family certainly have our prayers. 

-Dave Brusie ('51)
>>From: Curt Donahue ('53)

Re: St. Paddy's Day
To: All Bombers Everywhere:
    May the sun always be on your face and the wind always on your back 
and may God hold you in the palm of His hand all the days of your life.  
    Have a great St. Patrick's Day!!

-Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA
>>From: Wyoma Baker Vale ('53)

Re: McKeown family
Good morning,
    Jerry Dudley ('53) has been sending me the Alumni Sandstorm email and 
I'm so sorry to hear about Darlene Card McKeown ('54). Hopefully she will 
get better soon. My prayers will be with the family. 

-Wyoma Baker Vale ('53) ~ Anacortes, WA
>>From: Tom Tracy ('55)

Maren: We're poised to see the biggest Husky Iditarod performance this
week. The UW Huskies are in town and tomorrow afternoon they'll feasting
on grizzly burgers here in Boise at our ungainly named Taco Bell Arena at
Boise State Univ... I like what their coach said, "I've got a few kids
who really know how to win". 

Best team the UW has had since '48 imho. A little bit of Firehouse
basketball... so get your hot dogs early, lay out the chip dip... and
maintain a good bladder... 'cause it looks like if you blink you'll miss
a good part of the game. Good old fashioned Bomber basketball in Purple 
and Gold. We'll see on Thursday.

Bomber Cheers. 
-Tom Tracy ('55)
>>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)

Re: Flying, Stinging Things
    There has been some interesting Email discussion at the Puddle about
firewalking and how Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) introduced Lora Homme Page
('60) to that experience at a seminar some years ago, where the objective
was to overcome fear and limiting preconceptions, and encourage
individual power. Lora credits her first firewalk with releasing her from
what she describes as a pathological phobia of flying, stinging things. 
    Lora related some early encounters with bees and wasps that reminded 
me of another classmate and a Labor Day trip to Priest Lake in the early
'60s. Five Bomber couples rented a large cabin at Grandview Resort and
had three days of roasting weenies, fishing, card games, dancing to
jukebox music at the lodge, and general hilarity. One of the couples was
Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) and Dan ('57). I never knew before that trip
about Marj's fear of flying, stinging things. 
    Now, I also have a healthy respect for all stinging things (flying or
otherwise) because I'm allergic to them and swell up horribly; but I have
a more serious fear of drowning, and never learned to swim. So, when
hubby Gary ('57) and I were on the lake in a rented boat fishing with
Marj and Dan, and a bee started buzzing around us, you can imagine the
scene: Marj came out of her seat and started jumping around and flapping
her arms, while I loudly wailed that she was going to overturn the boat.
The bee was persistent, as was Marj's flailing and my wailing, and we
finally escaped disaster by starting the motor and out-running it. 
    Not long after we won the race with the bee, it came to our attention
that there was considerable water in the transom area of the boat... and 
it continued to accumulate. Hmmm. We eventually reached the conclusion 
that this damn boat was gonna sink! Now, Dan was a good-sized lad, and he 
made his way over the windshield to the bow of the boat, to keep the nose 
down as we hightailed it for the nearest shore, bailing water as we went. 
    With no bee in sight, Marj was pretty cool, but now it was my turn to 
panic. There were no life jackets in the boat (they weren't required back 
in the '60s) and I had every intention of being the first one off of that 
boat--assuming we reached land before it sank! 
    I think Dan probably was first off, being on the bow, but I was over 
the side with one huge leap. In the same motion, the top of my two-piece
swimming suit popped a button and dropped off! In spite of my panic,
modesty prevailed and that top never hit the ground. I juggled it for 
a bit, but it never hit the ground. No one in our party knew of my
"wardrobe malfunction," because they were all busy securing the boat.
However, there was a guy standing some distance from the shore who
witnessed our chaotic emergency debarking. He was wearing a red plaid,
long-sleeved shirt. That night and every night after, as we partied at
the lodge, all my Bomber friends went out of their way to point out 
guys in red plaid shirts who undoubtedly recognized me as the beach
    (In case anyone is wondering, the reason the boat took on water is 
that someone failed to replace the cork in the well of the transom the 
last time the boat was drained.)
-Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Where we're looking forward to 
            seeing lots of Bombers at the lunch/birthday party on Sunday. 
            If you haven't yet made your reservation, now's the time!
>>From: Judy Willox ('61)

Re: "Bringing Down the House" Party
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! 

Re: RHS Journalism Class fundraiser this week at Barnes & Noble
    This voucher can be printed and used at Barnes & Nobel for the valid
dates. If customers use the voucher when making purchases at the Columbia
Center Mall Barnes & Noble between March 18th and March 25th, 2005, the
RHS Journalism will receive a percentage of those sales. Any funds raised
will be used to help subsidize the cost of Journalism students attending
this year's National convention that is being held in Seattle this
Spring. The convention will be a great skill building event for our
journalism students.

-Judy Willox ('61)
>>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY - Corned beef 'n cabbage is cookin'. Stop on by!

Re: Iditarod Update - Checkpoint #27 - Nome - #1 Robert Sorlie
    Finished in 9 Days 18 Hrs 39 Min 31 Sec with 8 dogs and/or

#2 musher, Ed Iten was only 34 minutes behind Sorlie.

NOTE: Martin Buser (#13 this year) still holds the record for the 
      fastest Iditarod with his 2002 1st place time of 8:22:46:02

78 mushers started
15 (so far) have scratched
17 have finished (so far)

  1 Robert Sørlie
  2 Ed Iten
  3 Mitch Seavey
  4 Bjørnar Andersen
  5 Ramy Brooks
  6 John Baker
  7 Lance Mackey
  8 Jessie Royer
  9 Paul Gebhardt
 10 DeeDee Jonrowe
 11 Aliy Zirkle
 12 Jeff King
 13 Martin Buser
 14 Doug Swingley
 15 Jessica Hendricks
 16 Tyrell Seavey
 17 Ken Anderson

Re: Red Lantern vs. Widow's Lamp
    During the days of Alaska sled dog freighting and mail carrying, 
dog drivers relied on a series of roadhouses between their village
destinations. Since these mushers ventured out in most all kinds of
weather, for safety reasons they found the idea that pilots rely on,
known today as the flight plan. Word was relayed ahead that a musher and
team were on the trail, and a kerosene lamp was lit and hung outside 
the roadhouse. It not only helped the dog driver find his destination 
at night, but more importantly, it signified that a team or teams were
somewhere out on the trail. The lamp was not extinguished until the
musher safely reached his destination.
    In keeping with that tradition, the Iditarod Trail Committee will 
light a "Widow's Lamp" at 10:00 a.m., on the first Sunday in March, in 
Nome at the trail's end. This lamp, which will be attached to the Burled 
Arch, our official finish line, will remain lit as long as there are
mushers on the trail competing in the race. When the last musher crosses
the finish line, officials will extinguish the "Widow's Lamp" signifying
the official end of the Iditarod for that year.
    All too often, public and media think of the race as being over when
the winner crosses the finish line, yet there are still teams on the
trail. We hope you will find this often overlooked part of the race
worthy of your attention. There are many very good stories about these
other mushers on the trail.
    Often the "red lantern" is confused with the "widow's lamp." They 
are not the same. An article several years ago in Alaska magazine states 
that the first red lantern was awarded in the 1953 Fur Rendezvous Race.
According to Alaska, "Awarding a red lantern for the last place finisher
in a sled dog race has become an Alaskan tradition. It started as a joke
and has become a symbol of stick-to-itiveness in the mushing world."
    Earl Norris said, "The idea was that the last fellow was so far
behind, he needed to light his way home." In this tradition, Wells Fargo
awards a red lantern to the last musher off the trail in the Iditarod.
    The Red Lantern position this year currently occupied by Shane Goosen 
and he's between checkpoints #19 Kaltag and #20 Unalakleet. 
    I'll give reports until all mushers have crossed the finish line in 

    A note about the visually impaired Rachael Scdoris from Oregon 
and her "visual interpreter", Paul Ellering. They both scratched late 
yesterday afternoon.

Stay tuned... 

Bomber Cheers,
-Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA - where it's turned a right chilly 
              46° (wind chill 40°0  Brrrrrr.
>>From: Gary Behymer ('64)

Items of Richland Interest

Here's Hanford! What your Dad received when he showed up at the Project in 1944!
1966 Warrior Yearbook from Chief Jo

-Gary Behymer ('64) ...from downtown Colfax, WA - where we watched the 
                  Tri-Cities 'blow by' today!
>>From: Pam Ehinger ('67)

Re: Marcia Wade ('67)
    Oh Marci I'm so very sorry I did not wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY On
your day of days! So a bit late! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you had a
good one!
    Hey ya still remember the Bombers Single Wing Ding?? I'm still 
working on it! But it may be that the Point instead of The Park, as the 
City wants $10/hr for a place in The Park! I was willing to pay the $36 
for an all day thing by the Finger Nail. But sorry guys and gals no can 
do the hourly thing and Hey it's a City Park! Don't we pay taxes on that 
Place? Oh Well I'll keep you all posted on whats going on and where it 
will be! I guess the dance will be at the Point too so we'll still be 
close enough to Shake a leg!! OH and I want to hear from more people 
about this Wing Ding! Come on Guys you're short on the up take here!!!! 
Hey just think if only on guys shows up he'll have his pick of All the 
gals that are coming! Hee Hee

Bombers Rule
-Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67)
>>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all, and HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY to us from
us, Thomas Peashka ('68) and Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)!

    Now I know we have a lot of classmates ahead of us in terms of years 
of marriage (Vicki Gill Boisineau ('68) and husband, Jon ('67), at 37 
years come immediately to mind), but what we have missed out on in 
years together, we are making up for in "interesting" situations and
circumstances that continue to come into our lives, one after another –
and sometimes several at once! There's nothing like some excitement and 
a good challenge or two (or three or seventeen …) to strengthen those
marriage bonds. The marriage vows are quick and easy to say, but provide
powerful grace in many a moment of life-difficulty.
    Six weeks from today, my course work for my Masters of Nursing and
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree will be completed. In one way, that
sounds great. In another, it is MOST terrifying, as there is FAR more
than six weeks worth of work to be done. Prayers and good thoughts on my
behalf will be appreciated beyond measure. 
    I have had three serious interviews for Nurse Practitioner jobs. All 
the way around, things are looking best for us in the Lewiston/Clarkston,
with a side trip once a week to Orofino. So the land we are most serious
about now has an address of "Cul-de-Sac, Idaho" – between Lewiston and
Orofino. (Kind of an interesting name, huh? The locals pronounce it
    Greetings to all – enjoy reading your thoughts and sharings every
morning. Then BACK TO THE THESIS. Groan.

-Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)
>>From: Jim Rice ('75)

    Check out the photo of Dick Cartmell ('73) on the cover of this 
week's Sports Illustrated. (I'm pretty sure he's the ref in the lower 
left-hand corner. I'd recognize that shiny pate anywhere -- it's either 
him or Upton.) Go Zags!

-Jim Rice ('75) ~ Mount Rainier, Maryland
>>From: Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber)

Re: Tunnels and L52
To: Larry Mattingly ('60)
    There is a tunnel between the launch area and the crews sleeping
quarters at the base of Rattlesnake. The L in L-52 stands for launch.
Near this launch area is an old baseball field and basketball court. 
The backstop and backboards (no hoops) are still in place.
    And by the by does anyone remember a fellow named Ernie Gregory? He
worked for power in D area. If this helps, he had a peg leg.

-Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber)
That's it for today. Please send more.