Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/23/05
10 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today:
Betty Hiser ('49), Dave Brusie ('51)
Lenora Hughes ('55), Burt Pierard ('59)
Judy Willox ('61), Deedee Willox ('64)
Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64)
David Nelson ('68), Jim Wheeler ('81)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Wade ('76)

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

I'm sorry the attendance was low at the Kingsmen, etc. I really wanted to
go but have not been feeling well for the past 2 weeks. I knew I could
not sit for 3 hours - my back would have been screaming really loud. Have
to go back in for a shot for my back in a week or so. Pain pain!!! Hope
everyone enjoyed the program. I would have been screaming as loud as
everyone else - but no dancing - would have moved to the music though.

I knew the Bombers were excellent for something - all the prayers for
Darlene Card McKeown (and our other Bombers). They seemed to have worked.
Hope she keeps getting better and better.

-Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - had a few spits 
          of rain for the weekend - still have fairly nice days and cool 
          nights (and, of course, the lovely winds).
>>From: Dave Brusie ('51)

To: Jim McKeown ('53)
    Thank god and you are entirely welcome for our prayers. We are not 
going to stop here.
    Tell Tom hello for me.

To: Artie McDaniels ('51)
    Artie our prayers are with you. Sorry to hear of your wife's passing.

-Dave Brusie ('51)
>>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55)

Re: Las Vegas luncheon
    Hello all! It is almost time for another Las Vegas luncheon. Hope we
have a wonderful turn-out. We are doing pretty could, but I know we could
do better, so come on all of you that live close enough to come. We need
your presence there.

DATE:  Saturday, April 2, 2005
TIME:  12:00 Noon
WHERE: Road Runner, 9820 West Flamingo 

Please come and join us. Spouses and friends are more than welcome to
join us too.

If you need more information just contact me at or 
Robbi Hill Karcher ('49) at
Bomber cheers,
-Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55)
>>From: Burt Pierard ('59)

To: Ray Wells ('54)
Re: Columbia Camp (continuing)
    An interesting account. This is the first I heard about the striped
prison garb and armed guards but it certainly makes sense for the time
period we are discussing. Your mention of your Dad's statement and
referring to the "scuttlebutt" illustrates the two main problems I had
with getting the story straight. Namely, most adults around town didn't
really know what was happening out there either (you know, don't talk or
ask questions about the Project, "need to know," etc.) and I'm sure 
every kid who grew up here during the '40s & '50s has some sort of 
"scuttlebutt" story. I certainly know I have one and my illustrious 
History Prof Bro, Dick ('52), has a similar recollection, to wit, we kids 
knew there had been a Camp out there that was rumored to be a Prison 
Camp. We couldn't figure out what kind of Prison Camp would have been out
here in the wilderness so we ASSUMED it was a POW Camp and just accepted
that. That recollection stayed with me until about 10 years ago when 
I was browsing the Richland Villager microfilms (on another research
project) and I stumbled on the Feb. 23, 1950 article about the final
closing of the Camp (it was used by subcontractor employees & the Corps
of Engineers after the Federal Prison Industries left in 1947). I believe
that Maren has that article on the site (along with
the East Benton County Historical Society paper).
    This shows again why I feel it is vitally important to tie our
history down or some people will blithely rewrite it.

Bomber Cheers,
-Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland
>>From: Judy Willox ('61)

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: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64)

Re: Iditarod
To: Maren:
    Thanks for sharing the Iditarod race with us. I enjoyed the daily 
    [You're entirely welcome, my friend!   -Maren]

-Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64)
>>From: Gary Behymer ('64)

Re: Keith Welsch ('64)
    Can anyone tell me if the Keith Welsch list in the following article 
is from the Col-Hi Class of 1964?

"New medical isotope therapy starts today" 

-Gary Behymer ('64) know - the fellow at the 3rd stoplight in
                           downtown Colfax, WA
>>From: Linda Reining ('64)

Re: Bringing Down the House poor attendance
    Yep, I don't understand it, either. Most of us who live too far away
to attend Bomber activities, would do almost anything to be able to
attend these events and Bombers who live right in the vicinity just don't
seem to care enough to attend! What happened to school spirit??? Makes 
me so sad to think that so many of you don't care enough to attend... 
just don't "get it". I could say more, but since we no longer have the
Sagebrush Rag, I'll stop and save Maren the chore of having to censor.

-Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - had rain over the weekend, they 
         keep predicting more, but skies are clear and no rain clouds in 
         sight--at least it is still cool outside.
>>From: David Nelson ('68)

Re: Ron Brightman ('68-RIP)
    For those of you interested, Randy Shipman is putting together a 
memorial get-together to honor the late Ron Brightman. It will be this 
Saturday, March 26th, at the north end of Howard Amon Park (near the 
boat ramps). 11am - 4pm. He'll provide some snacks and whatever. You are 
welcome to provide the attendance, anecdotes, and memories, and whatever, 
if you wish.

-David Nelson ('68)
>>From: Jim Wheeler ('81)

    I would like to wish my mother, Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) a very 
happy 30th birthday (wink, wink)

-Jim Wheeler ('81)
Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald
by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66)

>>Carl Dreher ('47) ~ 11/20/28 - 3/20/05
>>Sandra Reninger Whiting ('56) ~ 8/2/38 - 3/18/05
That's it for today. Please send more.