Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/01/05
10 Bombers sent stuff: 
Carol Black ('48), Phil Belcher ('51)
Barbara Isakson ('58), Burt Pierard ('59)
Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61)
Dennis Hammer ('64), Larry Crouch ('71)
Llorene Myers ('72), Mary Horton ('75)
REMINDER:  This Sunday (4/3/05) at 2am SPRING FORWARD
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed Mitchell ('69)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Carol Black Foster ('48)

To: Rick Maddy ('67)

Hey Rick, what all did you all mean by "articulation of the English 
language may be a problem for some, particularly if they are from 

-Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ One Ole Tennessee Hillbilly presently 
              residing in Bellevue (or Blahvue as some would say).
>>From: Phil Belcher ('51)

Re: Bethany Church
    It is with sad memories that I read of the closing of the West
Richland Church. My father, as is true with many of the era, helped
build the church and our family were charter members. I have many
memories of choir practice, church dinners and special visitors that
would come to help out. Rev. Russell was the pastor for many years and
he married my first wife and I. The church was a center point in our
fledging community. It is sad that the town has lost such a place in

-Phil Belcher ('51)
>>From: Barbara Isakson Rau ('58)

Class of '58
    Our luncheon date is April 3rd on Sunday at the Shilo Inn Restaurant
(O'Callahan's). We've been getting surprise visitors so hope to see you 
there to find out who will be surprising us.
    April 3, 2005 at o'clock this Sunday!
      [I believe the '58 lunches begin at 1pm, but the 
      number was left out of this entry. If 1pm isn't right,
      I'm sure Barb will submit another entry.   -Maren]

-Barbara Isakson Rau ('58)
>>From: Burt Pierard ('59)

To: The Milkman, Dick McCoy (45,46)
Re: Italian Prisoners at Columbia Camp
    Welcome back, ol' Buddy. To refresh your memory, I NEVER doubted or
challenged your recollections (nor Kay Weir Fishback's ('37) either, for
that matter) of encountering Columbia Camp prisoners who were speaking
Italian. I believe someone else had a recollection of German speaking
prisoners which I also accept. My challenge was (and still is) your
constant referring to them as Prisoners of War (POWs). As I said in my
3/21/05 posting, those guys were probably Conscientious Objectors (COs)
or possibly even common felons, but that is a world of difference from

Bomber Cheers,
-Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland
>>From: Larry Mattingly ('60)

To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)
    Thanks for the great pictures on the Hummers [hummingbirds]... Our 
30 acre pyro facility hidden in plain site south of Olympia, is a
collection of woods and meadows. We have a pair of hummers that nests
every year somewhere in a particular patch of woods. A couple of times
we have been fortunate that it was in a place where we could peek in
once in a while. We also have a pair of Killdeer that every spring lay 
a pair of eggs right out in the open. We have to watch for the nest to
keep from running over it. Once we spot it, we mark it with a couple of
stakes about 10 feet away on each side. Momma Killdeer should get an
Oscar for her "broken wing" performance if we get close to the nest. We 
have seen her flip upside down and lay there just quivering. But if you 
take a step toward her she runs another 4-5 feet away from the nest and
does it all over again. It is fun to watch the babies grow up and start
running. We also have rabbits, robins and deer with fawn each spring.
While we are usually too busy to pay much attention to it, it is nice to
take a minute and watch nature flourish once in a while. Many times one
of us have been setting out in the open making up and fusing Special
Effects or finales, only to have deer and rabbits come within 10 feet of
us, just moving along grazing.

"Happiness is the sky in bloom"
-J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office where it is making up to pour 
                       rain again.
>>From: Mike Brady ('61)

    I enjoyed Rick Maddy's ('67 comments in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm
regarding separation of church and state. I don't usually read the long
entries, but in his case, I did.
    I spent the past 21 years working for the Seattle Parks Dept. and 
Mukilteo School District. The city/school would rent their facilities to
church groups for weekend services as long as it didn't interfere with
regular programming. On the day of their meeting, churches would put a
sandwich board in front of the Center advertising their services... 
but nowhere else. Many churches wanted to keep their board in front of 
the Center all week or place them at street crossings, but the City 
wouldn't allow it. I received complaints from people who held strict
interpretations of separation of church and state. They felt churches
shouldn't use government supported facility at all.
    I hope that everyone will take a strong look at their personal 
feelings, and be compassionate towards others who do not share your 
beliefs. In that vein, I hope everyone had a happy Easter!

-Mike Brady ('61)
>>From: Dennis Hammer ('64)

To: Rick Maddy ('67)
Re: "our first seventeen Christian presidents owned slaves"
    Actually it was twelve Presidents who owned slaves. I knew that
could not be correct as Lincoln did not own slaves and he was #16. I 
found this interesting site.
    Scroll down and each of the first 18 presidents is listed with more
details and some quotes by the Presidents. Always found it interesting
that both Grant and Lee acquired slaves then they married their wives.
Lee was opposed to slavery and freed those slaves but Grant did not.
    I remember sitting in Mr. Blankenship's History class in school year
1961-1962 when he stated something on the order that the Civil war was
not fought to free the slaves, but that without slavery he thought it
might not have happened. I think we were all surprised to hear that. One
girl asked, then why it was fought. Mr. Blankenship then said it was to
preserve the Union. We usually do not hear that four slave states stayed
with the Union: Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware. We are also
usually taught that Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation
Proclamation, but it did not free any slaves because it only proclaimed
that the slaves in the areas that the Union did not control were free.
It was the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery.
    Civil War was four years from Fort Sumter in April 1861 until Lee's
surrender at Appomattox in April 1865. The last shot of the Civil War
was fired off the coast of Alaska by the CSS Shenandoah June 22, 1865.
When the commanding officer learned the South had surrendered he sailed
to England and surrendered there November 6, 1865.

-Dennis Hammer ('64)
>>From: Larry Crouch ('71)

Re: Hodakas
To: Stu Osborn ('71)
Stu...... I still remember riding my Hodaka all over the shelter belt
and what a trusty steed it was. Now my Harley fits me better, but I
always stop too look at any Hodaka I see for sale, some day I will just
get one and let my grandson cut his teeth on it. Its almost riding
weather here in Colorado and my old Harley has been waiting all winter
so keep on riding and feeling the wind.

-Larry Crouch ('71)
>>From: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72)

Re: Day's Pay Mural / The Gymnasium
    Now that the gym will be going down (does anyone know exactly when
it's coming down?), what's happening with the Day's Pay mural? Will it
be disassembled and mounted on the new structure?

-Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72)
See a preliminary drawing of the RHS renovation project as submitted by 
CKJT Architects, Kennewick. Doesn't look like you need to worry about 
the Day's Pay mural.                        -Maren]
>>From: Mary Horton Finch ('75)

To: Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71)
Re: Bethany Church
    I, too, am sad to hear that Bethany Church has had to close it's
doors. I "grew up" at Bethany, and remember climbing Flat Top for the
Easter Sunrise Service, the wonderful Children's Christmas Pageant and
the paper bags of goodies each child got, with an orange, hard candies
and other goodies inside. I remember my Mom, Virginia, always getting 
a rose on Mother's Day for having the most children--6 of us: Harriet ('69),
Laura ('70), Rebecca ('73), Mary ('75), Sam and George ('79). I remember 
the wonderful pot lucks down in the basement, and Sunday School, and 
Rev. Elmer Zamzow and his family, Mamie Brown and her wonderful music. 
And when I was older, maybe 10-12, my sister Becky and I helped my Dad, 
who was the Church custodian, clean the bathrooms, and the kitchen, and
sweep all the floors--Every Saturday! But he did pay us $5 a month to
help him. Since our allowance was 50 cents a month, it seemed like a lot
of money--and 45 rpm records were only about 59 cents then.
    And I remember Red and Elvira Stephens, and of course, Vera Edwards, 
and I remember you a little, although I think I was the same age as your 
little sister, Jody ('73).  Thanks for the trip down "Memory Lane." 

-Mary Horton Finch ('75)
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