Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/05
6 Bombers sent stuff: 
Betty Hiser ('49), Laura Dean Kirby ('55)
Barbara Isakson ('58), Rick Maddy ('67)
Louise Avant ('69), Shelley Williams ('84)
BOMBER LUNCHES Today: Class of '60 & spouses

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
REMINDER:  This Sunday ( - TOMORROW - 4/3/05) at 2am SPRING FORWARD
>>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49)

Mike Brady ('61): I realize that when Uncle Sam owned the Village of
Richland things were a lot different. Many of the churches in Richland
got their start by having services in the Richland Schools until Uncle
Sam would allocate land/buildings for them to start their churches. I
always felt this was an excellent way to find out about other churches.
My friends in high school were all of different faiths - something I had
never encountered before. I didn't always agree with them (and they
never agreed with me) but it was a definite way to find out about each
other's beliefs.

Spring ahead tomorrow night.

-Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) ~ south/government Richland - windy - coolish 
                            and possible showers.
>>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55)

To: Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71) 
    Loved your item about Bethany Church. I met wonderful friends there.
Married there in 1955, my first husband Dave Belcher. His mother was an
original member and a beautiful person. I won the award for youngest
mother several times on Mother's day. Your mother Doris and her sister
Elvera were good friends. Thanks for the memories.

-Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55)
>>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 1pm this Sunday!

-Barbara Isakson Rau ('58)
>>From: Rick Maddy ('67)

To: Carol Black Foster ('48)
Re: TN
Hey Carol, I have a grandfather born and raised there, one buried there,
aunts, uncles and cousins buried there in that neck of the woods down in
those hollers that goes back a ways in time. After TN they moved on into
the Ozarks of MO near Dogwood and Ava. My mother is from Ava. My family
has names like Vercil, Earline, Estle, Lonzo, Rozella and Aunt Feebe. I
was back there in July of '03 talking to some of those TN folks. They
were difficult for a Washington state raised boy to understand at times.
Other than that, it was a joke. If you are implying that a newcomer,
let's say from the Ukraine, learning English from a south Tennessee
hillbilly is not going to be difficult for me to understand, then I 
can see where the joke isn't funny... except to me, because I know
different. I could have said Arkansas, I suppose, but I'm not from

To: Dennis Hammer ('64)
Thanks for the history lesson, Dennis, and cleaning up the figures and
dates. I hypocritically went against my pet peeve of objectivity due to
laziness in a study full of such revisions and "historical malfunction"
like I used. I'll replace my post with the thirteen presidents, not
first seventeen, not twelve, that owned slaves: George Washington,
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin
Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor,
James Buchanan (controversial wording - indentured servants, bought,
paid for; yes, he did own slaves), Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant.
And I'm still not sure if Thomas Jefferson believed in God, so my use 
of "Christian" presidents is also subjective. The issues of slave
ownership went on through the first eighteen presidents involved with
the doctrine before one, Lincoln, and even he was wishy-washy with it,
wanted it stopped would have been better put, but I was only using
slavery as an example for the existence of necessary political change
from time to time; as the same need exists in our Church and State
issues of recent and the CRUX of my post about the cross on Flattop.
Obviously, a bad choice for comparison. Also, change the five years
(1860-1865) to four years plus a couple months... or that the long,
bloody part went on long before and long after the war. Nor was I
attempting to explain that the reasons the Civil War (War of Northern
Aggression in the South) was due to both industrial north and an
agrarian south's civil (business ethics) and slavery issues. And maybe
instead of stopping with the first eighteen presidents involved by
allowing it's existence, I should have just moved right on through to
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was needed before anybody read the
Thirteenth Amendment again to see what it meant anyway. Nevertheless,
facts are facts and need addressing. Thanks again.

As far as my post on Church and State and the cross on Flattop, it 
was just my opinion. 

-Rick Maddy ('67)
>>From: Louise Avant ('69)

All this talk about Flattop got me thinking about a Saturday in the 7th
grade. I met a classmate by the name of Sally Goldsmith in PE class. We
also enjoyed GAA together. One week in the spring we got an idea to hike
out to West Richland and climb Flattop. We packed lunches and set out
from my house at Torbett and Thayer. We walked out to West Richland via
Van Giesen. We climbed the "mountain" and ate our lunches. On the way
down my feet got moving faster than I had anticipated and ended up flat
on my face "tackling" (unintentionally) Sally in the process. The wind
was knocked out of me and we had to sit a bit and get our senses back.
Luckily, neither of us was hurt and we continued on our way back to
Richland. We played leap frog over the concrete posts along side the
road. We made it back in one piece, but had a joyous time. I remember
seeing that cross when we would be coming back to Richland after
visiting friends in Yakima one knew you were about home again.

-Louise Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR - where surprise it is raining again
>>From: Shelley Williams Robillard ('84)

Re: Motorcycles
    Concerning Larry Crouch ('71) and Stu Osborn ('71) reminiscing about
bikes. My oldest son turned 15 today (April 1st) and my youngest will
soon be 13. We combined the birthday presents and bought them their
first dirt bike. It is some sort of old Honda trail bike. Doesn't really
matter the make, it was pure joy and love at first sight!

-Shelley Williams Robillard ('84)
That's it for today. Please send more.