Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/17/05
17 Bombers sent stuff: 
Doris Palmer ('49), Jack Lowrey ('49)
Marilyn Peddicord ('53), Gloria Adams ('54)
Millie Finch ('54), Chuck Holtz ('55)
Ginger Rose ('55), Dwain Mefford ('56)
Grover Shegrud ('56), Jay Siegel ('61)
John Browne, Jr. ('61), Judy Willox ('61)
Mike Brady ('61), Linda Reining ('64)
Pam Ehinger ('67), Rick Maddy ('67)
Jeff Curtis ('69)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Thomas ('64WB)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Vaché ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane Smith ('70)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Jochen ('73)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" Davis ('82)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Doris Palmer Overla ('49)

To: Ken Ely ('49)
    Happy Birthday, Kenny. Hope that in this wonderful year of your
life that you are enjoying life to the fullest.

-Doris Palmer Overla ('49)
>>From: Jack Lowrey ('49)

To: Ken Ely ('49)
    Have a Happy Birthday, Ken. Wishing you many more. Jack
-Jack Lowrey ('49) ~ Layton, Utah
>>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53)

    Just a note about the dorms. The women's dorms DID extend to Lee
Blvd. and almost as far as Stevens - there were a couple of vacant 
lots on the corners. I had the first Tri-City Herald paper route in 
the Women's Dorms at the age of 11. The piano teacher lived in the 
dorm directly across the street from our house on Lee Blvd. The men's 
dorms were separated by a street and the 700 area, I believe. That 
paper route kept me in spending money for 5 years, until I went to 
work for Harvey Stoller and gang in the Laundry.

-Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53)
>>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54)

Hi Maren,
    Some days I receive the Sandstorm and other days I do not. I 
haven't received it for 2 days now. Any ideas as to what I can do?

-Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54)
[I'm not sure what the problem is, Gloria. According to my records,
your Sandstorm has been sent every day.       -Maren]
>>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54)

Re: Polio - or known as Infantile Paralysis
    I have been reading all the entries about polio lately and finally
I am going to tell what I know about one special person - my brother
Robert "Bob" Finch ('51) - he too had polio in 1944 (age 11).
    It was in 1944 and we were in Portland at our grandparents and Bob
became ill with high fever and oh had a bad neck ache. We came home the
next day and he was still very sickly, so mom and dad took him to the
First-Aid station in Richland and after examining him, they said a Dr.
from the Hospital at Hanford would be calling. 
    Well at 6pm that evening this Dr. ___ Wert came to our house. Upon
examining Bob, he said he must go to the hospital now and arrangements
were made to get him out to the Hanford Hospital (Kadlec didn't exist
yet). What Dr. Wert noticed besides a very high fever, but when he put
the tongue blade in Bob's mouth, he almost put it in too far, because
Bob had no gag reflex left, he was already paralyzed in that area. He 
was placed in isolation and to visit I would climb on a stool outside 
his window and that is how we saw him for several months.
    When he came home, a hospital bed was provided and on top of it was
placed a board and that was his bed. The small stove and wringer washer
was moved into the living room, and every 30 minutes mom would run
scalding gray woolen blanket squares through the wringer and wrap Bob's
body with them. That was the Sr. Kinney Treatment that had just been
approved. Well, Bob was paralyzed from his neck down, but was provided
tutoring, therapy and after a year got on his feet, went on to gain
many many swimming ribbons and served in the U.S. Navy. By all
appearances you would never know that he had gone through that.
    What is unique about this story is two factors: (1) Bob was the
very first polio patient in Richland; (2) This Dr. Wert had just come
out of his college and this was his very first patient. Boy what better
care could he have received. This Dr. wanted to make sure his patient
recovered. Of course my parents said later, they would have been so
frightened to have someone with no experience. (By the way, the bill he
sent them for the house call was $6.00.)
    I am sorry to say that Bob is now dealing with Post-Polio Syndrome,
but his Dr. told him to save what muscles he has now, because the ones
that were damaged will never be completely renewed.
    I am proud to be his sister, and I thought all you Bombers would be
interested in this story. If not, have a great day anyway.

-Millie Finch Gregg ('54)
>>From: Chuck Holtz ('55)

Re: New Marine Stamps
To all you Marine Bombers (affectionately called jarheads by us 
ex-swabbies), a new US stamp is to be issued May 21, 2005 titled
"Distinguished Marines series" depicting John Basilone, Daniel J. Daly,
John A. Lejeune and Lewis B. Puller. First day issue ceremonies will
take place in Washington D.C. If you are in the area you may want 
to attend, as the postal service usually puts on quite a show with
something philatelic handed out to those attending.

-Chuck Holtz ('55) ~ in rainy and cold Everett, WA 
>>From: Ginger Rose Reed ('55)

To: Tom Graham ('55)
I'm so glad you shared the information about your brother Ben's life.
It will be an inspiration to others who struggle to accomplish great
things when the odds are against them. I know you have also done
wonderful things with your life and I'm sure your parents are very
proud of both their sons.

-Ginger Rose Reed ('55)
>>From: Dwain Mefford ('56)

To: Tom Graham ('55)
    What I remember most about Ben Graham was not only was he the best
spinner baseball player but he also improved the game by making his own
cards with updated stats. This may seem like an easy task now with
computers but in the 1950s it was a painstaking job.

To: Hal Smith ('56)
    Hal, I remember your Dad very well. He was also my first coach in
any organized sport. If I remember right didn't he tell us that he had
coached Mickey Mantle when Mickey was in the eighth grade?

-Dwain Mefford ('56)
>>From: Grover Shegrud ('56)

Re: Dorms
    The dorms played a part in my summers 1947-1953. Every day I would
grab my swimming suit and head from my house, 1320 Stevens drive,
across the Sacajawea playground, across the ditch, over the hill to the
dorms. I would walk through the dorms picking up pop bottles (the men
would leave them outside their doors) till I got 5 bottles. Then on 
to the grocery store to sell them, 3 cents each = 15 cents. On to the
swimming pool by the Columbia... spent 10 cents for a basket (safe
keeping for my cloths and nickel. I swam all day, ok! swim an hour,
wait in line an hour, etc. Then I'd walk home by way of the Spudnut
Shop and blow the last nickel on a soft ice-cream cone. I wish things
were that simple now!
    I believe A fellow named Bob Hartman lived in the dorms at that 
time. I don't know how my folks knew him but he would come to our 
house quite often and play our piano... a free terrific concert!

-Grover Shegrud ('56) ~ In rainy Mill Creek, Martha Lake, Lynnwood, 
                        Bothel, WA
>>From: Jay Siegel ('61)

Re: Fireworks, baseball games, and rain!
    Larry Mattingly ('60) is, at this moment, winging his way towards 
Japan and so I will pass this on to everyone.
    Those of you who might have planned to attend the game yesterday
are aware that the game was canceled due to rain, and early enough so
that there wasn't anyone there except those of us who set up the
fireworks show!
    For the first time that I can remember, a fireworks display was
called on-account-of the rain. We were ready to go and if anyone showed
up for the game, we would shot the show. We were able to go home, dry
off and get some sleep.
    Hopefully the game and show will go tonight. The Puget sound gets
quite a bit of rain, but that makes for a very pretty display if it
isn't too hard or there is no wind (snow is the prettiest, but that's
another story).
    By the time that you read this, Larry should be in Japan and the 
show will have hopefully been fired. Should it not go, I will let 
everyone know when it will be.
Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes
-Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of 1961)
>>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61)

Re: My chin on my chest
    The "fear of polio" thread has been fascinating. A friend recently 
sent me a modern version of this test, with regard to assessing 
possible stroke victims. He wrote "If you think someone may be having
a stroke, there are 3 questions to ask the person, as a preliminary
diagnosis: ask if they can smile; if they can raise both arms overhead;
and if they can compose a simple sentence." Apparently these tasks may
offer a clue to the likelihood that someone is suffering a stroke. More
extranea for the collective crania, perhaps... (and, here's hoping you
don't need to ask Me!)   ^..^

-John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA
>>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class '61)

To: All Bombers
Re: Green & Gold, Red & White
    Taste the wines of renowned vintner Charlie Hoppes at Club 40's
Spring wine tasting event! Join us on Saturday, April 23 from 6-9pm at
the Hampton Inn, Richland. We'll be pouring wines from Fidelitas, Canon
de Sol, Gamache and Gooseridge wineries. Tickets are $25, and include
wine, light hors d'oeurves and a silent auction to benefit the Richland
High senior graduation party. Tickets are available at the Hampton Inn,
or by calling Maggie Shallman at 627-4295. Only a limited number are
available, so get yours today!
    If you are from out of town and want to attend, attached is a form to
send in to the address on the form.

Bomber Cheers,
-Judy Willox (Classic Class '61) ~ Richland
>>From: Mike Brady ('61)

To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60)
    Yes, I did have "nutty" parents. My dad took us to nudist camps,
and my mother kept asking me why I never made honor roll. She
"politely" reminded me that Donna Howell made it every quarter. Even
after I graduated from college, she kept bringing up Donna Howell's
name! Donna Howell, where ever you are, I will never forgive you!! On
the same note, I have nightmares of seeing a red 100% on Tobe Robert's
papers in the 5th grade. And, as far as nudism goes, I was always
embarrassed taking group showers in PE because of my all over tan.
Today, I would be right in style. Ahhh, the beauty of youth!

-Mike Brady ('61)
>>From: Linda Reining ('64)

Re: "Hanging Tree"
    loved this movie; starred: Gary Cooper; Karl Malden; and Maria
Schell, as the ailing girl that Gary Cooper treats and falls in love

Re: movies filming in cities
    we have had a few movies filmed here in Bakersfield---Kiefer
Sutherland made a movie here---used a lot of footage from downtown
Bakersfield. "Hell's Angels on Wheels" (1967) and "Five Easy Pieces"
(1970) were also filmed here---they both starred Jack Nicholson--was 
filmed downtown on 19th Street.

-Linda Reining ('64) ~ weather is warming up in Bakersfield, CA, which 
    means Summer is right around the corner for the San Joaquin Valley!  
>>From: Pam Ehinger ('67)

Dear Bomber Family!

Well I'm up and running again! Just moved back to Omak, after being
gone from here for 12 years. I'm working for Home Health Hospice 
and enjoying it very much! You may contact me by sending emails to or

Also I'm still working on the Bombers Single Wing Ding on June 25th! 
I haven't forgotten it! Also thinking about having a few T-Shirts made 
for the occasion! So if you're interested let me know. I don't know the 
price yet I'll be letting you all know when I do! Soon real soon! It's 
good to be back on line and reading my daily fix of the Sandstorm! 
I was having withdrawals without it! So I hope to hear from all you 
singles out there!

Bombers Rule
-Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67)
>>From: Rick Maddy ('67)

Re: Casting Call
    I sit around with a bunch of geriatric cases, such as myself now,
at the Huntington Beach Starbucks on Main Street and two of them go and
work as "extras" quite often. Jack, seventy two, recently was in quick
bits in the HBO show "Carnivāle" and also the movie "Aviator" and
several others. He enjoys it very much. Actually quite common. Jon, 
who is forty three gets jobs often, too. As long as you do not miss a
casting call over a two year period you will get more and more work.
You build a portfolio. And when it starts looking serious, you join the
Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Casting will even call you sometimes, but
not until you are proven a person that does not have the word no in
your vocabulary. You have to stay on top of the game. Not enough money
in it, so be retired, enjoy living in your car on Los Angeles streets
(you will need membership at a local YMCA - showers) or have a wealthy
spouse/parents. They also travel a good distance sometimes, do get
paid, do get fed and meet some really interesting people... at least by
their accounts. 1000 cheerleaders and hunks arrive in Hollywood daily
to break into "the business." The business they break into most often
will make a mother cry her heart out. You can walk up to most any
stranger on the street and ask, "How is the screenplay going?" And 
the usual answer is, "Well, it's going pret... how did you know I was
writing a screenplay!?" Hollywood is actually larger than you think.
From North County San Diego to south Santa Barbara and east to Des
Moines, IA, or thereabouts. One of many... Central Casting - Non-Union
recorded lines: (men) 818-260-6120 (women) 818-260-6130. First, you
must go in and have a bunch of photos taken, fill out the who-be-you
sheet, SS#, hwt for costume malfunction opportunities if you give the
wrong hwt info and THEN call these numbers. Good luck, break a leg, you
will need it.

-Rick Maddy ('67) ~ There I was sitting at Starbucks and Richard 
       Roundtree walked by. I start doing the star struck stutter.. 
       h..h..hey.. that's... uh... Shaft.. uh.. Don, who has lived in 
       HB for 40 years, looks up from his crossword puzzle, looks over 
       at me and with uncanny calm says Richard Roundtree. No big deal 
       seeing a "star" after so long in Hollywood obviously.
>>From: Jeff Curtis ('69)

Re: Another Day II

-Jeff Curtis ('69)
That's it for today. Please send more.