Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/07/05
8 Bombers sent stuff: 
Mary Triem ('47), Jim Jensen ('50)
Mary Jones ('56), Burt Pierard ('59)
Jim Yount ('61), Donna Nelson ('63)
Ron Richards ('63), Dwight Carey ('68)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Anne Lauby ('73)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Phillips ('76)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa Dykeman ('98)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47)

To: Dick McCoy ('46, etc.)
    Oh boy, I suppose you have told all your kids that not only did 
you hike to school in the dark, but through snow drifts, etc.????? If 
I knew how to put musical notes into this e-mail, I would play the 
violin for you (NOT, can't play any musical instrument, and according 
to some near and dear ones, can't carry a tune in a bucket, either!!!) 
    Hope all is well, old friend.

-Mary Triem Mowery in spring weather in Richland, and a  '47 Bomber
>>From: Jim Jensen ('50)

    A happy birthday [on 4/5] wish to Ann Pearson Burrows ('50), one 
of  the lovely ladies from the golden class of the half-century.

-Jim Jensen ('50)
>>From: Mary Jones Metcalf ('56)

To: Bill Berlin ('56)
Sorry, old classmate of mine...gotta correct you and maybe many others
will also! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints built a
chapel, not a temple, near Uptown which is still actively used today. 
I remember going over to the site when my Dad (along with many other
Dads!), was helping build our church. There are some super memories
associated with that building. Not only was it a place of great
spiritual growth but it was a place of wonderful activities. Who can
forget the Gold and Green formal dances and other dances that were 
held in the Cultural Hall, or the plays performed on its stage. Or, 
how about the Dance Festivals which started here but ended up being
performed in the stadium at BYU in a whirl of color with participants
from many other states? Who can forget old Sunday School, Primary, or
Mutual teachers, or, even better, the Seminary teachers who got up so
early in the morning to try to instruct a bunch of sleepy teens? How
about the basketball teams and baseball teams who played in church
leagues? The choir and musical numbers? It was a magical time! 

Bill, you were just ahead of the time. A temple was build on Gage Blvd.
but just a few years ago. And, the number of chapels, or Ward or Stake
buildings as we call them, has grown from that Jadwin building to a
number probably closer to 20 in the area since the newest opened about
a month ago. But, for the golden class of '56, the memories started in
that wonderful first building sitting on a little hill just west of

-Mary Jones Metcalf ('56) ~ heading for Portland, where the forecast is
      for rain, nothing but rain. Wish I could bring some back with me!
>>From: Burt Pierard ('59)

To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46)
Re: Columbia Camp
     Don't "poor Burt" me -- I'm not the one with the "grassy slope"
conspiracy theory.
    I noticed you artfully avoided answering the question about the
Security Clearances for all the employees and inmates at Columbia Camp
(like how could a POW get one). I understand since this is probably 
a hard hurdle for you to surmount. I guess you can claim that this
portion of Du Pont's Official Final Report to Congress was completely
fabricated as part of the "cover-up." But I can't see Du Pont joining
in the plot (falsifying an Official Report to Congress) considering the
intense Congressional Investigation they endured after WW1 (they were
charged with "War Profiteering" but were subsequently cleared of any
wrongdoing). That was the main reason they would only sign a "cost +
one dollar" contract for WW2 with the additional proviso that they be
released from the Contract as soon as possible after the cessation of

As to your comment about Leslie Groves, I have to admit that I don't
exactly follow what you are trying to say. Are you implying that
Grove's memo to General Somervell (the person in charge of handling and
confining the POWs) was some sort of diversion to conceal the alleged
POWs at Columbia Camp? We know that Groves was extremely paranoid 
about sabotage (in his memo, in addition to the German prisoners in 
the hospital at Walla Walla, he complained about POWs doing hospital
maintenance work in Santa Fe, 36 miles from Los Alamos). He closed his
memo with "It would be more than unfortunate if an escaped prisoner of
war committed an act of sabotage at any one of these highly important
sites." Remember that there was no fence at Columbia Camp.

To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49)
Re: Prisoners picking fruit
    I think your story has got a little jumbled. To my knowledge, 
there is no record of any prisoner pickers from Walla Walla (a STATE
penitentiary) as opposed to lots of documentation about the Federal
Prison Industries (FPI) inmates from McNiel Island (a FEDERAL 
penitentiary). The particular FPI crew you mentioned may have been 
primarily assigned to Richland, however, FPI was indeed responsible 
for the orchards (and vegetable farms) out in the Project. As I 
mentioned, they worked as far out as White Bluffs and the surrounding 

Bomber Cheers,
-Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland
Read LOTS about Columbia Camp.     -Maren]
>>From: Jim Yount ('61)

Re: Mary Anne Lauby ('73) turns 50 today!
    This Thursday, April 7, is the 50th birthday of my bride and
partner of 27 years, Mary Anne Lauby ('73). Throughout the years, 
I've enjoyed her energy, perspective, and sense of humor. But the last
twelve months have been really special. You see, about a year ago, we
broke ground on our new place near Sequim, and uprooted our Richland-
based lives (and an incredible quantity of "stuff"). We finally moved
to this wonderful part of the planet last October. Nearly every morning
for the last half year, we've watched the sun rise over the Olympics,
and nearly every day, she tells me: "we've got to be the luckiest
people on earth". So, I'd like to take this rather public way of
saying, thanks so much for all the happiness you've brought into my
    Mary Anne is returning from an unexpected meeting with a client in
Richland Thursday, but should be home later in the evening. I'm sure
she would appreciate hearing from any Bombers who'd like to wish her
happy birthday. Knowing that Maren is careful about releasing email
addresses and phone numbers, I've posted that information on the web

-Jim Yount ('61) ~ From Sunny Sequim, WA - where we were greeted by 
       brand new, bright white snow caps on the mountains this morning!
>>From: Donna Nelson ('63)

Re: More Flat Top memories
    Our Dad took us out to Flat Top one winter in the '50s after we 
got a new toboggan for Christmas. Jan ('60), Suz ('67) and I would 
ride from the almost top to the bottom hitting exposed sagebrush and 
rocks but boy, was it fun!!!!!

-Donna Nelson ('63)
>>From: Ron Richards ('63)

    I don't know whether you would want to put this article in the
Sandstorm, but the many people who follow your Iditarod reporting 
might be interested in it. Martin Buser is cast in a good light by 
the article. Perhaps the dog sledding people should promote husky (and
whatever other breeds are used) adoption like the dog racing people
promote greyhound adoption. Anyway, this seems like an issue that
deserves some publicity.

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Dogs' deaths decried

-Ron Richards ('63)
>>From: Dwight Carey ('68)

Holy Cow. What a great discussion on all kinds of topics. I read
Sandstorm daily, but rarely decide to add my two cents worth.

I haven't heard anyone say anything about the drive-in below Flat Top?? 
Maybe I missed it. We used to have a buried line for a speaker outside 
the limits of the drive-in. For each movie, we would bring our own
speaker, and listen to the movies - sitting in the sagebrush. Would
spend our money on popcorn, not tickets to get in. We lived in the
Ranch house area - Elm, Cottonwood, etc., and would walk just like 
some of you have said you did. Later, we would use the same tactic for
watching movies at the drive-in on Spengler street in north Richland.

Flat Top itself was great for snow - would ride on a Studebaker car
hood -complete with the ornament, down Flat Top with 3-4 other guys
(and gals), bailing off when we had to. Sometimes with no more than 1'
of snow on the ground, so actually were skimming along on sand and snow
mixed. Very fast!! Got to the bottom, warmed up around a good fire,
then used a pickup to haul us back up around the hill to the top. I
think that was after the drive-in was gone.

Also water-skied behind cars in the canal along the winding road out
there. A couple of those guys went on to be world-class water-skiers.
(No Names. They know who they are.)

The POW camp, I was always told, was inhabited by Japanese-Americans,
where the U.S. imprisoned the American-citizen Japanese. There were
lots of those type "Camps". During the last couple years, the county
has finally spent some money on Irrigation and camping improvements
which hopefully, will entice the population to realize what a nice
"lagoon" of the Yakima River it is out there. Boy Scout camping trips
are a fond memory of the area. Also - The U.S. Army used the area 
for summer war games as recently as 1983 -1984 -1985. We would ride
motorcycles through their tents at the time, stirring up all kinds of
ruckus (and dust). The troops would jump in their jeeps and chase us.
We'd come back the next night, and they would be eagerly waiting in
ambush for us. Would love to do it again, given the chance!

No lies here - can't make up stories like that. Lots more where those
came from!

My parents are charter members of Northwest United Protestant Church
across from the old Spalding elementary school. The four kids Doug
('66), Linda ('70), Lissa - HHS ('74) and myself are still members of
the church. Last year, we just finished landscaping a large portion of
the grounds as a memorial to my mom. Have no idea what "Denomination"
the church was "spawned" from, and don't care. We're "Protestants", I
always said. Mix a bunch of Catholics and LDS into the family, and I
don't think anyone knows anymore.

I have lived in just about every neighborhood of Richland. If I haven't
lived in it, I've delivered farm-fresh eggs to many of the families, 
or installed automatic sprinkler systems - on just about every street.
What a great place!! AND, no matter what you hear, it's not so
different from the way it was!

-Dwight Carey ('68) 
         "Bomber Blood Runs Deep
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