Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/21/05
13 Bombers sent stuff: 
Betty Hiser ('49), Mike Clowes ('54)
Judy Willox ('61), Mike Brady ('61)
Jeanie Hutchins ('62), Dennis Hammer ('64)
Jean Armstrong ('64), Linda Reining ('64)
Jeff Michael ('65), Patti McLaughlin ('65)
Tom Mattis ('66), Rick Maddy ('67)
Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68)
INFO: "WB" means Woulda Been or Wanna Be -- your choice.   -Maren
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Allen ('59)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Sheeran ('61)

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

Re: Mr. Juricich
    I took driving the first year they taught it at Col-Hi - Mr.
Juricich's hair turned a tad gray by the end of the school year.
Mary Theis ('49-RIP), in our "Class Will" left her black hair to 
Mr. Juricich because his had turned gray during his first year of
teaching driving.

-Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - BEAUTIFUL Day. 
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54)

Re: "River of No Return"
    I do believe my old commrade-in-arms, Dore Tyler ('53) has found 
the ellusive river. From all the publicity, and memory cells; yes, 
indeed, it was the Salmon River in the Idaho panhandle.

Re: Rogue River
    This one may be like the Red River; more than one of them.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ the sun is currently shining 
                             in Albany, OR
>>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) and Ray Wells ('54)
    To the relief of many, this is my last entry on this subject. I
have already received several e-mails from fellow Bombers... including
one saying I ruined my sister's reputation... after 45 years. Give me
a break! If anyone is interested in further commenting, we can discuss
via e-mail.
    Ray is right. We did not have a choice to go to the nudist camp
which brings up an important point. Once I reached 7 or 8 years old, I
hated going to "camp." For me, to be forced to go nude in public was
an infringement on my personal privacy and boundaries. Although there
was no inappropriate touching, I now consider it to be a form of
sexual abuse. I'm certainly not saying one shoe fits all, but I hope
parents would take the child into consideration when they choose an
activity that may be detrimental to the child's development. Yes
Patti, it was pretty boring. As a young man, when I told my male
friends about my nudist experience, they thought I died and gone to

-Mike Brady ('61)
>>From: Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62)

Re: Women's Dorms
    I've thoroughly enjoyed the previous entries regarding the Dorms.
Since my sister, Ruthann Hutchins Jensen ('58) has been sharing old
memories back and forth with "old family friend," Wally Erickson ('53),
I wanted to share the following. 
    Ruthann delivered the Tri-City Herald to the Women's Dorms for two
years, along with the Stoller's home, the houses on the south side of
Lee Blvd. and down to Calhoun Motors and the Dry Cleaners on Stevens.
She took the route over from Kassie Peddicord. ('55-RIP) I believe 
Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53) delivered it for several years prior 
to Kassie. (Long time family friends - their Dad, Ed Peddicord,
Postmaster and my Dad, Floyd Hutchins, Asst. Postmaster ~ I enjoy 
my Christmas contact with their dear Mom, Irene Peddicord, still 
in Richland). Myself, being the little sister, I went along as the
"helper" quite often on Ruthann's paper route. (probably, not as often
as I think I did) We would ride our bikes from our Benham home to
Peddicord's yard on Lee Blvd. and walk the route. The Tri-City Herald
was an evening paper M-F and morning paper on Sunday.
    The "W" stood for Women's Dorm + number. The Men's Dorms were on
old Goethals, now Jadwin, between Swift and Williams. There was also a
Teacher's Dorm, along with one "Married Couples" Dorm. The dorms had
entrances at both ends, along with the main entrance in the middle
which went into the Lobby ~ many of you will remember the government
couches (sofas) and chairs which they had, along with many Lobbies
having an upright piano. Stairs led to the 2nd floor. As Ruthann has
reminded me, no men were allowed, except in the Lobby. However, many
times when she was delivering, there would be some guy going up the
outside stairway, open the door and yell, "Plumber" ~ then you would
see the women scatter from the showers, etc. ~ of course, sometimes 
it was only a prank. I remember how nice so many of the women were.
They'd invite us in on days RA was collecting, offer us goodies and I
was most happy when they'd give me their partially used nail polish,
etc. Wow! This brings back so many memories!! The doors to each room
were at least a couple inches off the floor, so RA was instructed to
always kick the papers hard enough so no one could reach in and take
the paper before the customer had gotten home. Those of you who know
my sister, can just imagine the couple tricks she had ready for a few
women who were always "hard to collect from."
    One of our most memorable memories was one dark, winter, Sunday
morning when my Dad drove Ruthann in our '48 Studebaker to the dorms
to deliver the papers. He sat in the car and waited until RA had
completed her rounds. Remember, the Police Station was on Knight St.
at the edge of the dorms. There was to be No cars parked around the
dorms at any time ~ especially with men in them. Security was very
tight in Richland at that time. That morning, someone had called the
Police reporting that there was a man sitting in his car, etc. outside
the Women's Dorms. Very shortly, the Police arrived at my Dad's car
window. Fortunately, the Officer recognized my Dad and they had a good
laugh ~ Dad never parked there on Sunday morning's again. I remember
that my Mom could only imagine how embarrassing it would have been if
the Officer hadn't known him ~ seeing the Tri-City Herald's headlines,
"Local Man Arrested for..................!"

Thanks for your memories
-Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) ~ Bellingham, WA ~ enjoying the sunshine 
>>From: Dennis Hammer ('64)

To: Dore Tyler ('53)
Re: "The River of No Return"
    I got that information that the filming locations were in Canada 
from the "Internet Move Database" under filming locations for the Movie. Click on the locations 
and it will give you other films made in those locations. Including, I 
just found this out, the movie Saskatchewan with Alan Ladd was filmed 
in Alberta.
    Since we all seem to have different memories about it, and it
could be the imdb is wrong, I did a google search using "The River 
of No Return" and works like "film", "filming," "location," and
"locations" and found several sites that all support Alberta, Canada.
Here is one.
    "One of the earliest films ever shot in Alberta was The River of
No Return with Marilyn Munroe (sic). Other blockbusters include Little
Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, Super Man I and III with Christopher
Reeve, Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt, Betrayed with Debra
Winger, Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood and The Edge with Anthony
 And talking about movies, who has seen "Hoosiers?" At the very end 
of the game one of the players makes two free throw shots to win the
game. Think that is too Hollywood? The writer of that movie must have
been sitting in the Bomber gym in the in the school year 1962-63,
because those who were there that night actually saw it happen when 
we beat Kennewick by one point in the last two seconds of the game. I 
don't remember for sure who the player was, but I am sure he, someone
reading, this will post his name.

-Dennis Hammer ('64)
>>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64)

Re: Phoenix Luncheon
    Judi Pearson Parker ('54) said "Let's get together for a Phoenix 
Luncheon".. I said, "Great Idea"..
    How about Sunday, May 1st at the Sweet Tomatoes, 10046 N. 26th Dr.
Right on the access road off the Black Canyon freeway?? Say about noonish??
    Email me and let me know if you are coming..

-Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ
>>From: Linda Reining ('64)

To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63)
Re: Rory Calhoun
    I always thought he was sooo handsome! Loved watching him when he
was in Westerns... last movie I saw him in was "Pure Country" with
George Strait and Lesley Ann Warren----not sure if it was ever in
theaters, but it can be found on the Country channel, CMT every so
    As for "River of No Return": I finally decided to go the Internet
and search for information on that movie... the location scenes were
filmed in Alberta, Canada, but I could NOT find any information on the
river that was used. funny how all of us seem to have a definite idea
of where it was filmed and what river was in it.
-Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - weather is staying mild and a 
          slight breeze---they are also talking rain for the weekend--
          fine with me---in no hurry for the heat!
>>From: Jeff Michael ('65)

hey there Bombers and Bomberettes...

Wow...all of a sudden, a plethora of hot topics on the Sandstorm!

First, speaking to joining the service right out of high school... 
Larry Gross, Steve Upson and I have memories, for sure. We were in the 
Air Force just a week after graduation. My plan was to get into a 
specific program that would have the AF send me to a 4 year college 
with the rank of E-5. I would then graduate as a Second Lewey and 
serve a minimum of 4 more years. Didn't happen! Regrets? Not really. 
I earned some college credits based on my Col-Hi advanced classes 
(CLEP tested for 30 SH). Learned two job skills and they have both 
led to my success in business and broadcasting. Made E-5 in under 4 
years and served three more years. Developed some relationships and 
met some really cool people. Met and married and had two children. 
Saw Europe, North Africa, Japan and Greenland. Learned to ride and 
race motorcycles (more on that upcoming). Met and interviewed many
celebrities including the late Ray Charles and the sports icon,
Muhammad Ali. George McGovern and Neil Armstrong are also on the list
with Lou Rawls and Tina Turner and more. All-in-all, it was a great
experience, during a time of war...and I was never in combat.

As to the Hodaka thread...I cut my teeth (and other body parts) on a
Yamaha 250 DT-1 on the Northern Island of Hokkaido, Japan. The rule
there was, keep up or be lost! We rode starting when there was still
snow on the trails. We were in the forests and rice paddies south of
Sapporo. As spring moved into summer, we would take the lights, etc.,
off the street legal bikes and run scrambles, enduros, motorcross and
flat-track races, Japanese and American, until the snow flew in the
fall. It was a ball! When I was transferred to Far East Network
Headquarters in Tokyo, I rode my bike there. It was a way cold, snowy
trip! When in Tokyo, I found the DT-1 was lacking in highway power, so
first got a 350 Honda, then a brand new 750-4 off a showroom floor. It
was purple (never a US import color). I rode it in-country for a year
and brought it to the US when I got out of the AF. I rode it from San
Francisco to Denver for its maiden US voyage. Did the 100mph thing
just east of SF. Another great experience spawned by my time in
military service.

As to Polio...I certainly recall the three inoculations and the sugar
cube booster a few years later. As many of you know, and mentioned
here in the past, my Mom had polio at the age of 9 months. Wasn't a
swimming pool exposure, for sure. She spent most of her elementary
school days in braces (not on her teeth), crutches and wheelchairs.
Praise the Lord, she got help at the Shrine Hospital in Spokane (now 
a children's burn center). She was not able to drive a car until 1954
when automatic transmissions became available. She was able to walk
shorts distances (around the house, etc.) for the middle portion of
her life, but returned to a walker and wheelchair as she aged. She's
been gone from the Earth now a couple years after a long siege with
the thief of live, Alzheimer's.
    I'm sure Carol Converse, Nancy Beardsley, Cheryl Weaver, Patti 
McLaughlin and others remember Mom. By the way, Dad is still in town, 
at Charbaneau and has married again.

Guess that's about enough for this post...keep those cards and letters

dj jeff Michael ('65)

-Jeff Michael ('65)
>>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65)

Re: River of No Return
    The real River of No Return is in Idaho. But the movie was filmed
in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. I have the photos to prove it. That was my
favorite movie, as a child, too.

-Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65)
>>From: Tom Mattis ('66)

To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)
I saw your post of the 19th regarding your son's aspirations for a
military career. While I'm afraid my brother is not in a position to
provide advice due to the demands on him, perhaps I and other veterans
can be of some help.

1) In regards to Nicolai's assumption that serving in the enlisted
ranks will better prepare him to be a good officer, it depends
entirely on what he chooses to learn from the experience. If he truly
learns to appreciate and respect his peers, it will undoubtedly serve
him well, and earn him early respect not usually accorded new officers
so long as he is in other ways a capable leader. Most officers do not
arise from the ranks but regardless whether he takes the enlisted
route first, a college education will be essential.

By the way, a "grunt" is an infantryman who engages the enemy in
direct combat. He should not confuse being in the enlisted ranks with
being a "grunt." If he really means to be a grunt, then he has only
two real options: US Army infantry or the US Marine Corps infantry
(all Marines are trained as infantrymen, but being a grunt means that
infantry is your sole military occupation. All Marine officers are
trained as infantry officers before anything else.)

2) In regards to obtaining his education at the military's expense,
he needs to speak with the enlisted recruiters and with the officer
selection offices of the various services. With the Army in particular
having such a tough time meeting its recruiting goals, it is offering
considerable bonuses and other incentives. What the recruitment
climate will be like when your son comes of enlistment age is
impossible to predict. However, by staying in touch with the various
services recruiters and website, he should be able to keep up with

He should strongly consider is mastering a foreign language and
becoming thoroughly familiar with another culture, preferably by
spending a year in school overseas where he must communicate in the
language he is studying. My brother has repeatedly said in public and
in private that he needed Marines who spoke Arabic and understood the
culture much more than he needed anything else. Further, he felt that
the level of conflict and the numerous tragedies of mistaken identity
and resultant deaths and injuries would have been significantly less
if he had more Marines who understood the language and cultural and
religious norms. If your son has the interest and affinity for
speaking other languages, I suggest he talk with the recruiters about
where the greatest need is likely to be. I think it is safe to say
that Arabic will be high on the list for years to come. And should he
elect not to make a full career of the military, a second language 
will make him much more employable in the public or private sector.

Finally, it is extremely important for your son to know why he wants
to pursue a military career, especially if he believes he wants to be
an infantryman or otherwise experience war. He needs to know that no
matter what he thinks he understands, nothing - repeat NOTHING - in
his experience can prepare him for the reality of armed conflict. If
this is the course upon which he eventually sets, he needs to be
serious and focused in his training and, in the end, only combat
experience will tell whether he has what it takes inside to endure and
carry out his mission. And even if he gets that all right, he still
needs to be lucky.
-Tom Mattis ('66), USMC 1967-70
>>From: Rick Maddy ('67)

To: John Browne, Jr. ('61)
Re: the screenplay
    Well, actually it is going pret... HEY, howd you know I was 
writing a screenplay!?

To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)
Re: getting military advice
Hi Lynn. I strongly support what Mike Howell ('68) advised. I agree
also that no matter what you tell the kid to do will go to deaf ears.
I knew I was going into the Marine Corps at twelve. Only school and
age were an obstacle interfering with the decision. Yes, Im a bit
wiser now.
    Not sure what the general would say, but as a private I would
advise your son going down to an emergency unit at a local hospital
and "volunteer" for whatever was close to the action ASAP. Of course,
this would be the last time he should volunteer for anything (just a
minor suggestion).
    Becoming a grunt or medic during a time of war is noble and
patriotic, but as we all know, can get you maimed or killed... and
both require learning how to tie tourniquets and plug sucking chest
wounds. Also, being maimed or killed are usually career ending,
particularly the latter. And sort of like gambling in Las Vegas with
the devil for your life instead of just your life savings or this
months' social security check. Last but not least, one can also use
your services after you graduate (Congrats, by the way) in the
psychiatric ward for a lifetime after witnessing military life during
war as a medic, corpsman or grunt.
    A college buddy and friend, Lee Proost, is retiring from the Air
Force National Guard in November as a Chief Master Sergeant after
thirty years of service. Lee spent the first four years in the Marine
Corps, got out, spent some time running around Spokane and then joined
the Air Force Guard. He is in the "Red Horse" which is the equivalent
of the Navy Seabee's (CB's - Construction Battalion). I asked him one
day what, exactly, was his job. Rick, he said, "We go in and build or
reconstruct an air field and sometimes, when the need arises to fight
in another direction, we blow them up." How fun, I thought. I have had
the opportunity to run around on a couple bases with him on several
occasions through the years. He has traveled the world. A great bunch
of people. My advice - join the US Air Force National Guard and be a
medic in that fabulous outfit, if he really needs to be a medic.

Re: Naturism
    While living on Maui I would go to Little Beach (Makenna), a
clothing optional beach, and lay around naked and watch the whales
frolic in the sea during the season. Of course, after the first
(accidentally stumbled on the beach the very first time) newbee visit
wearing sunglasses and carrying binoculars, I became aware that
neither are on the true naturist's "take to nude beach" list. I wasn't
much for nudism because less is not always more and usually went with
a visitor (after being put into the full-nelson) that has been to nude
beaches all over the place. I was also coerced into Vancouver, BC,
Canada, at Wreck Beach, Gate Six across the street from U of BC.
Sometimes near 2000 nude people running around on a hot August day.
Being nude on a beach in the United States is against the law. Yes,
that includes Hawaii. Private land is another story. Not sure about
Canada. Although somewhat tolerated. Why? Nude people don't usually
cause that much trouble (e.g., no purse snatching or pick-pocketing,
etc., etc.). Public ignorance and the dumb laws were another reason I
didn't go down there (Makenna) more than... what... probably thirty-
five times, or thereabouts, over the course of two and a half years. 
I looked into it though. One statistic that sticks out in my mind...
children raised by naturists are far... let me repeat... FAR and above
squared away in the department of the average kid in sex education,
morally and intellectually; less crime, less promiscuity, less teen
pregnancy, on and on... off the charts compared to other kids. As
simple as it sounds, then as today, the fact that one kid would call a
peer a whore and the rest follow suit for being at a nudist camp tells
of a unchanged, typical, thoughtless, yet not surprising mouthful
about sex education failures in schools and speaks volumes on actual
"freedom" in America.

-Rick Maddy ('67), USMC/Retired-medical
>>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)

Thanking all Bombers who wrote both to the Sandstorm and to me
directly, with words of advice for my son relative to beginning a
military career.

Not all Bombers agreed with one another on what would be the best path
for Nikolai, but all the Bombers who wrote to me did so thoughtfully,
and with caring. 

What a unique forum we share here -- just like the circumstances and
venue in which we were raised were so unique!

Thanks again -- more input would be appreciated. (See original post in
4/19/05 Sandstorm, please.)

-Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Spokane
That's it for today. Please send more.