Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/30/05
5 Bombers sent stuff: 
Terri Royce ('56), Jan Bollinger ('60)
Larry Mattingly ('60), Marilyn Baird ('60)
Ron Richards ('63)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryLee Coates ('59)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Louise Moyers ('65)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56)

Re: Columbians
Hi all -- a mention of old yearbooks found has prompted me to put out
the word that I'd "give my eye teeth" to have a '55 or '56 Columbian.
I lost all high school and college yearbooks in a 1970 divorce. I 
guess the guy with the PhD thought all books would be his and just 
took them out of state. Then he died and his new wife dumped them. 
So if either or both of these is found needing a home, I'd love to 
have them.

-Terri Royce Weiner ('56)
>>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)

To: Jim McKeown ('53)
Re: Miss Richland
    Jim, as a fellow memory-challenged senior, I respectfully suggest
that you might be thinking of a different year when Janice Kerstetter
Bullek ('53) was Miss Richland. I'm pretty sure that Patricia Lee
Stewart ('55-RIP) was first runner-up that year and assumed the 
title after Sharon Tate ('61wb-RIP) was crowned and soon thereafter 
moved away. Princesses that year were Patti Crigler, Dolores Tracy and 
Patty Stewart (according to a news photo that Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) 
has). The year must've been 1959, because Sharon didn't turn 16 until
1/24/59, according to her official web site. It wasn't later than '59,
because Patty Stewart married my uncle Maurice Ludwig ('47-RIP) on
12/31/60, and her reign had ended before then. There are probably 
some Bombers out there who remember that Maurice was diagnosed with
terminal cancer a month before the wedding, and the couple had just
one short year together. 

-Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Where it's sunny but cool--
                        perfect weather for Bloomsday this Sunday!  
>>From: Larry Mattingly ('60)

Re: Home Again
    Well I arrived home from 10 days in Japan and 2 days flying, and
by the time I got settled in and reading the Sandstorm I had 13 days
to catch-up. We were in a large international business conference
hotel. There were about 280 attendees at the International Symposium
on Fireworks. I got to spend lots of time with a dozen pyro friends
from around the world, and made some new ones. I believe about 75
countries were represented. This year it included Russia, Estonia,
Poland, Latvia for the first time in the 12 year history of the
Symposium. We had a great time with the Russians, the 4 of them had
just enough English between them for conversations. This was the debut
of the new FireLinx fireworks firing system that I am a co-inventor
of, and it was a big hit. Lots of interest from around the world
including an offer to purchase license for use. There were 2 large
fireworks displays each night scattered around the 90 mile long Lake
Biwa, the largest in Japan. There was 1 earthquake that shook us
pretty good but was short in duration. Unbelievably, that hotel did
not have internet service. A couple of electronic wizards and I bought
some Japanese Wi Fi equipment at a nearby computer store and one of
them tapped a phone line he found behind a wall plate in the room used
for the conference lounge. We cobbled together a WiFi station and
managed to get an hour or so of Wireless Internet time each day. The
hotel manager just rolled his eyes. But we had only 2 channels to
share among the 150 or so that wanted access. I now have a Japanese
"Airstation" card for WiFi if I am close enough to a station. It said
it only supported Japanese equipment and cost only about $20. But it
worked in the SFO terminal waiting for a plane change. And someone in
my neighborhood has an unprotected Wi Fi station. If I plug the card
in it comes up on my screen. My new laptop, due in, in 10 days or so
will have built in WiFi. But I intend to firewall and password protect
    After the conference we spent 3 days wandering around Southern 
Japan playing tourist. We visited temples, shrines, and castles, and 
paid 300Y (about $3) to ring a 4000 pound, 1500 year old bell on a
mountain top. The trains are great and it takes only a few minutes to
learn how to buy tickets to get anywhere you want to go.
    I will put a file of pictures together for Maren to post on the
pictures page but it will be a few days as I am major busy on my
    Looking back on all the 'Storms I see I owe the Lady Maren an much
belated Happy Birthday. Too many other things to comment on here.
    For you alums in Seattle area. We will stage a large format
fireworks display next Friday May 6 at prox 9:30 PM. This is for the
opening night of boating season sponsored by Windermere Real Estate
for the Windermere Cup. This will be a barge display located in Union
Bay and visible from the UW baseball stadium, or the small park near
the Museum of History, or if you are on one of the 700 boats on the
water near the log boom. This is a full pyro musical with music
simulcast on KMTT The Mountain. Bring your radios. The 15 minute show
is loaded with over 1500 pieces of pyro materials and will be worth
seeing. The show will go rain or shine. I understand that for public
safety they will close the boardwalks on the South side of the bay.
The boardwalks and islands are just too fragile for the thousands that
would collect there. Do not try to watch from the 520 bridge. WSP will
be there in force, collecting autographs. I will be at the KMTT
broadcast booth/command center at the UW baseball field.

"Happiness is the sky in bloom"
-J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ Travel is fun, but home is great.
         Especially my foam pillows, Japanese pillows are filled with 
         some kind of bean and not very comfortable.
>>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60)

Re: Horn Rapids Columbia Camp

Maren,  I ran across a site that gave information about Detention and 
POW Camps in Washington and sent this E-mail:

    There was some kind of detention/POW camp on the Yakima River at
Horn Rapids close to the Manhattan Project in Hanford, Washington. Can
you shed any light on this camp?

There was also some kind of camp at Pasco, Washington that I would
like some info on.

I was raised in Richland and there was a lot of secrecies in the 40's.
Thank you in advance. Marilyn Singletary

     This was the reply that I received:
    There were no permanent camps for Japanese American citizens in
Washington State during the war just one of the temporary detention
centers, and they were only used from late March, 1942 until mid-
October, 1942, when internees were moved to the ten more permanent
internment prisons. These temporary sites were mainly located on large
fairgrounds or race tracks in visible and public locations. It would
be impossible for local populace to say that they were unaware of the
removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans. The only such camp
listed in Washington was at Puyallup, Washington First inmate arrival
April 28, 1942. Last inmate departure September 12, 1942. Peak
population 7390.
    Your camp on the Yakima River at Horn Rapids was a federal prison
industries site from Feb 44 Oct 47 housing plain old American crooks.
I hope that helps?

-Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) ~ Vallejo, CA - If anyone is 
         interested in the rest of the info I received, which is 
         interesting from a human point, please E-mail me.
>>From: Ron Richards ('63)

Re: Come Visit Us In Heaven
Heaven on earth that is (picture attached).

We've followed the lead of Jim Yount ('61) and purchased a little
house on a little acreage in Clallam County, Washington State. 

Actually, we're just returning to where we lived between 1975 and
1993. Just four miles from Olympic National Park and ten miles from
our fishing boat, our new home-to-be is pretty nicely situated for
some of our favorite activities. Let us know if you're in the area 
and we will show you around.

Within a few months we will be selling our house in southeast Denver,
a pretty nice part of the world also. If anyone is interested in
purchasing a house there (picture attached), just send me an email.

-Ron Richards ('63)
That's it for today. Please send more.