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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/01/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Black ('48), Phil Belcher ('51) Barbara Isakson ('58), Burt Pierard ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Dennis Hammer ('64), Larry Crouch ('71) Llorene Myers ('72), Mary Horton ('75) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* REMINDER: This Sunday (4/3/05) at 2am SPRING FORWARD ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed Mitchell ('69) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Hey Rick, what all did you all mean by "articulation of the English language may be a problem for some, particularly if they are from Tennessee"??? -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ One Ole Tennessee Hillbilly presently residing in Bellevue (or Blahvue as some would say). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Bethany Church It is with sad memories that I read of the closing of the West Richland Church. My father, as is true with many of the era, helped build the church and our family were charter members. I have many memories of choir practice, church dinners and special visitors that would come to help out. Rev. Russell was the pastor for many years and he married my first wife and I. The church was a center point in our fledging community. It is sad that the town has lost such a place in history. -Phil Belcher ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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 o'clock this Sunday! [I believe the '58 lunches begin at 1pm, but the number was left out of this entry. If 1pm isn't right, I'm sure Barb will submit another entry. -Maren] -Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: The Milkman, Dick McCoy (45,46) Re: Italian Prisoners at Columbia Camp Welcome back, ol' Buddy. To refresh your memory, I NEVER doubted or challenged your recollections (nor Kay Weir Fishback's ('37) either, for that matter) of encountering Columbia Camp prisoners who were speaking Italian. I believe someone else had a recollection of German speaking prisoners which I also accept. My challenge was (and still is) your constant referring to them as Prisoners of War (POWs). As I said in my 3/21/05 posting, those guys were probably Conscientious Objectors (COs) or possibly even common felons, but that is a world of difference from POWs. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Thanks for the great pictures on the Hummers [hummingbirds]... Our 30 acre pyro facility hidden in plain site south of Olympia, is a collection of woods and meadows. We have a pair of hummers that nests every year somewhere in a particular patch of woods. A couple of times we have been fortunate that it was in a place where we could peek in once in a while. We also have a pair of Killdeer that every spring lay a pair of eggs right out in the open. We have to watch for the nest to keep from running over it. Once we spot it, we mark it with a couple of stakes about 10 feet away on each side. Momma Killdeer should get an Oscar for her "broken wing" performance if we get close to the nest. We have seen her flip upside down and lay there just quivering. But if you take a step toward her she runs another 4-5 feet away from the nest and does it all over again. It is fun to watch the babies grow up and start running. We also have rabbits, robins and deer with fawn each spring. While we are usually too busy to pay much attention to it, it is nice to take a minute and watch nature flourish once in a while. Many times one of us have been setting out in the open making up and fusing Special Effects or finales, only to have deer and rabbits come within 10 feet of us, just moving along grazing. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office where it is making up to pour rain again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I enjoyed Rick Maddy's ('67 comments in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm regarding separation of church and state. I don't usually read the long entries, but in his case, I did. I spent the past 21 years working for the Seattle Parks Dept. and Mukilteo School District. The city/school would rent their facilities to church groups for weekend services as long as it didn't interfere with regular programming. On the day of their meeting, churches would put a sandwich board in front of the Center advertising their services... but nowhere else. Many churches wanted to keep their board in front of the Center all week or place them at street crossings, but the City wouldn't allow it. I received complaints from people who held strict interpretations of separation of church and state. They felt churches shouldn't use government supported facility at all. I hope that everyone will take a strong look at their personal feelings, and be compassionate towards others who do not share your beliefs. In that vein, I hope everyone had a happy Easter! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: "our first seventeen Christian presidents owned slaves" Actually it was twelve Presidents who owned slaves. I knew that could not be correct as Lincoln did not own slaves and he was #16. I found this interesting site. Scroll down and each of the first 18 presidents is listed with more details and some quotes by the Presidents. Always found it interesting that both Grant and Lee acquired slaves then they married their wives. Lee was opposed to slavery and freed those slaves but Grant did not. I remember sitting in Mr. Blankenship's History class in school year 1961-1962 when he stated something on the order that the Civil war was not fought to free the slaves, but that without slavery he thought it might not have happened. I think we were all surprised to hear that. One girl asked, then why it was fought. Mr. Blankenship then said it was to preserve the Union. We usually do not hear that four slave states stayed with the Union: Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware. We are also usually taught that Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation, but it did not free any slaves because it only proclaimed that the slaves in the areas that the Union did not control were free. It was the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. Civil War was four years from Fort Sumter in April 1861 until Lee's surrender at Appomattox in April 1865. The last shot of the Civil War was fired off the coast of Alaska by the CSS Shenandoah June 22, 1865. When the commanding officer learned the South had surrendered he sailed to England and surrendered there November 6, 1865. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Hodakas To: Stu Osborn ('71) Stu...... I still remember riding my Hodaka all over the shelter belt and what a trusty steed it was. Now my Harley fits me better, but I always stop too look at any Hodaka I see for sale, some day I will just get one and let my grandson cut his teeth on it. Its almost riding weather here in Colorado and my old Harley has been waiting all winter so keep on riding and feeling the wind. -Larry Crouch ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) Re: Day's Pay Mural / The Gymnasium Now that the gym will be going down (does anyone know exactly when it's coming down?), what's happening with the Day's Pay mural? Will it be disassembled and mounted on the new structure? -Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ See a preliminary drawing of the RHS renovation project as submitted by CKJT Architects, Kennewick. Doesn't look like you need to worry about the Day's Pay mural. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Horton Finch ('75) To: Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71) Re: Bethany Church I, too, am sad to hear that Bethany Church has had to close it's doors. I "grew up" at Bethany, and remember climbing Flat Top for the Easter Sunrise Service, the wonderful Children's Christmas Pageant and the paper bags of goodies each child got, with an orange, hard candies and other goodies inside. I remember my Mom, Virginia, always getting a rose on Mother's Day for having the most children--6 of us: Harriet ('69), Laura ('70), Rebecca ('73), Mary ('75), Sam and George ('79). I remember the wonderful pot lucks down in the basement, and Sunday School, and Rev. Elmer Zamzow and his family, Mamie Brown and her wonderful music. And when I was older, maybe 10-12, my sister Becky and I helped my Dad, who was the Church custodian, clean the bathrooms, and the kitchen, and sweep all the floors--Every Saturday! But he did pay us $5 a month to help him. Since our allowance was 50 cents a month, it seemed like a lot of money--and 45 rpm records were only about 59 cents then. And I remember Red and Elvira Stephens, and of course, Vera Edwards, and I remember you a little, although I think I was the same age as your little sister, Jody ('73). Thanks for the trip down "Memory Lane." -Mary Horton Finch ('75) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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 LUNCHES Today: Las Vegas 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 there. 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. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/03/05 ~ 2am SPRING FORWARD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Millie Finch ('54), Larry Mattingly ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Jim Hamilton ('63), Nancy Nelson ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garry O'Rourke ('66) BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY (4/2): Larry Coryell ('61) BOMBER LUNCH TODAY: Class of '58 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Special Request: Wanted - A Little Bomber Compassion I know that title sounds funny, because I know that all Bombers are compassionate and caring, but I have a very special request. One Bomber named Carol Tighe Webb ('54) is in need of some extra TLC. Carol is in a Supportive Care Home right now, and she told me she could sure use some phone calls or notes or sumpin!! Carol has MS and also has had a stroke, so she is wheelchair bound right now. As one of her fellow classmates, I am asking for all of our classmates from 1954 to please take a moment and get in touch with her. It would really lift her spirits. Her address and telephone # is: (Maren she gave me permission to put it on the Internet - Millie) Carol Webb 4407 Segovia Pasco, WA 99301 (509) 547-8578 Thanks to all you Bomber friends in advance, and may we all have good days ahead. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Early Churches To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Your mention of church services held in schools brought back a few memories. I can remember at Lewis and Clark sometimes our desks would be moved in the classroom on Monday morning. The teacher would say don't worry about it, it was just the church group using the room on Sunday. As a child I thought it strange as we always went to Christ The King Catholic church. And everybody I knew had a "church" to go to. Then as I grew older it seemed perfectly OK to me for schools to rent out rooms to anyone who would pay the fee. I noticed as we traveled and attended mass when on vacation that Richland churches were kind of plain in appearance compared to those in other areas. Talking with my cousins in Kentucky on vacations, in the late '40s and early '50s they thought it really strange to have a church named Southside United Protestant Church. They had Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic, but no "Protestant". Other than they had churches for Blacks and Whites, there weren't any others. I do remember one Sunday morning in about 1950 Father Gettlefinger, the crusty old curmudgeon who baptized me, at age 5 days) very definitively announced that the Black Catholic church would close at the end of the month, and that Blacks would be attending St. Augustine's with whites. That was the end of segregation in churches in that part of Kentucky. Looking back I am glad Richland avoided most of those problems. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office and looking at the bright sunshine I am headed home to mow at least front yard before the rain starts again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: 5-7 year old basketball jamboree Over the past two weekends I officiated a 5-7 year old basketball jamboree at Meadowbrook Community Center in Seattle. Whether the kids could dribble, pass or shoot, it didn't matter. They all had a wonderful time. Boys and girls played together on 8' hoops. The bleachers were packed with screaming parents with cameras and camcorders, siblings, relatives and friends. Because of all the enthusiasm in the gym, I thought I was at a Bomber basketball game. I imagined I was hearing, "what makes those Bombers so hot, woo, woo?" I even saw a lady wearing a Prosser Mustang sweatshirt. Imagine that... not that we Bombers ever lowered ourselves to play those country kids. I just wanted to let you know basketball is alive and well for many years to come! -Mike Brady ('61) P.S. I know, I know, Prosser has had some fantastic basketball teams, but in our day... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) The Seattle Times in place of news, has an "Odds & Ends" Column on page two. Amongst the nice to know information was the fact today, the 2nd of April was the birthday of Larry Coryell ('61), also the birthday of Leon Russell. Now there would be a duet. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Re: Columbia Camp I must say the Alumni Sandstorm is great to wake up to in the mornings. I am answering the topic of the POWS at Hanford. My father was there from 1943 up til retirement and he recalls that the POWS were NOT POWS -- but conscientious objectors. All have a good day and hope to be back in Richland this summer for visits. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ Finally seeing the sunshine here in NE Washington by Canada... has been raining and even snowed again. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/04/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Bill Berlin ('56), Dennis McGrath ('63WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Nelson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Erlandson ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: POW To: Burt Pierard ('59) Prisoners that spoke Italian and German? I agree with you that they were conscientious objectors, nearly the whole Italian army was. Do you also believe that the powers that were would not cover up the POW situation? -Dick McCoy, the milkman of the Class of 1945 Broncs, Beavers, Bombers and Bull ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Millie Finch Gregg ('54): My sister, Marjorie "Midge" Hiser Baldwin graduated with your class. I will send her Carol's address. Larry Mattingly ('60): At first I went to the Lutheran Church located in a building on Gillespie and Goethals (later changed to Jadwin) - where the Southside United Protestant Church is now. Then they started a Baptist (Southern) at Lewis and Clark (L&C) for several years before they build their church on Richmond and Raleigh. There must have been other churches going to L&C - I used to hear them singing in other rooms. Weren't all the Richland schools under AEC? There should not have been any rent in the very early days. I worked for the Richland School District in 1950-1951 and when AEC wanted to use the Conference Room in the School District Building (on Snow) they just called up the school district and said we will be (not may we?) using the conference room at such and such a time. The school district had no choice but to let AEC have the room. The secretary for the Richland School District used to swear under her breath because the guys from AEC would smoke and she would open all the windows in the building when the AEC meeting was over. Talk about memories - that brought back a few!!! I used to talk to people from all over and no one had ever heard of a United Protestant church anywhere. They would ask me what the purpose was - I wasn't sure - I just told them they needed to start up churches and there were not enough Methodists, Baptists, etc. to have a separate church. Good movement I thought. My first job was with the school district as a memograph and ditto operator. I just put in paper in my printer when I remembered as a memograph operator I had to put in an entire ream (500 sheets) of paper. It is so frustrating just to put in a few sheets at a time. Although I am not Catholic I wish to express my sorry of the death of the Pope. I thought he did many good things for the church. Hope you all remembered to spring forward. Lots of people will be late for church or Sunday School. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - sprinkled a few drops last night - sun is trying to shine - coolish. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Mike Brady ('61) Boy, that brings back memories. I coached Junior Football and Junior High girls basketball at the Magnolia Rec Centre in Seattle a bunch of years ago. We would always have a "game day" for the little kids' basketball teams too, with 8 foot hoops, and it was something to behold. I would have even paid admission it was such a good show... and you are correct, the place was packed with proud parents. By the time these kids got to Junior High they were pretty accomplished players and the proud parents became Coach killers. We had four Rec Centre teams and I would take all the kids that were "cut" plus a single player of my choice from the other three teams and make up the forth team. We were not great but in one case we beat the "big shots" in the last game of the season and kept them out of the city championships. I did get a couple of death threat calls at home and nobody at the Rec Centre would talk to me for a few months but that was what our team of "losers" lived for. I loved it. Ah yes, I can remember the Prosser Mustangs in my Bomber days (1954- 1956) and we had a saying for them... "if it were not for Prosser, the rest of the league would have to take turns losing." They have gotten a lot better over the years. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where the tulips have survived two BIG wind storms lately. I was afraid after the second one that the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival had been moved over the mountains to Wenatchee... but they survived. In addition to all that colour, we still have around 20,000 Show Geese in the Valley. Very cool. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis McGrath ('63WB) To: Stu Osborn ('71) Re: Hodaka/Pabatco Stu, glad to see somebody else that appreciates vintage Japanese motorcycles. Most people don't realize that Hodaka was a joint American/Japanese enterprise. The tank badges pretty much told the story. Hodaka/Pabatco: "Pacific basin, Trading, Company" was a family owned business located in Athena, Oregon. Talk about the proverbial "American Dream." It started as a relatively small business and soon escalated into a multimillion dollar concern. To attest to the reliability of Hodaka motorcycles, I raced a 100cc Super Rat in the Barstow to Vegas motorcycle race in 1971 and placed top ten percent of class out of 3800 motorcycles. 187 miles of the most unforgiving real estate known to mankind! Hodaka was at the top of their game in the early '70s. They were known as "trail bikes" and in Race District 37 (CA Desert) competed in the "Trail Class" (100cc or less). The Super Rat, Combat Wombat, and Super Combat were not trail bikes, they were all out race bikes with a minimum of modification. Very good motorcycles. Both of my sons still race motorcycles and both were taught how to ride on Hodakas. Started them out on a Steens/Hodaka and then onto the Ace 100, and then to the Super Rat. I restored a 1974 "red tank" Super Rat and it now resides in the AMA museum. A fitting place for such a neat bike. Hodaka was very creative with the names of their bikes. Such as: Road Toad, Wombat, Super Rat, Combat Wombat, etc. If I remember correctly, didn't they call the one and only 250cc bike they manufactured a Thunder Dog? If you need help in locating replacement parts for your "Hodies" let me know, I have several sources. -Dennis McGrath ('63WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/05/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Joe Wood ('48), Jim Jensen ('50) Donna McGregor ('57), Bonnie Allen ('59) Burt Pierard ('59), George Swan ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Helen Cross ('62), John Bixler ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Pearson ('50) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about.. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joe Wood ('48) Re: POW I came by a used undershirt that must have been retrieved from a rag barrel sometime in the early '40s. Anyway, it had big bold letters stamped on it POW and it was my understanding it came from the camp out by Benton City. Used to wear it in the summer time and my Mom would give me fits when I did. So I agree with Dick, cause I'm sure he approved the place. Didn't anyone's Dad guard the place? -Joe Wood ('48) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Thayer Drive/Flat Top/Etc. To: Louise Avant ('69) Your 4/2/05 posting about your hike to "Flat Top" brought back a lot of memories. The fact that your trek began from your house on Torbett and Thayer captured my attention as well. Our family lived at the corner of Thayer (1603) and Van Giesen from May 1948 to August 1950. I accompanied a number of friends - Bill Hinson (RIP'50), Jerry Arbuckle (RIP'50) and others - down Van Giesen to Flat Top. Most of the time we would have foot races up and then down (with a few tumbles thrown in). Bill and I tried it with bicycles a few times, but found that downward excursions could be hazardous and on occasion subject our bikes to troublesome damage. There were no buildings of any kind close around there in those days - just a lot of brush (sagebrush?). We used to wonder whether native Americans had ever used the "Top" for observation purposes. Wonder why we never looked for arrow heads, etc.? On Van Giesen, west of Thayer, friends and I used to enjoy the bing cherry orchard (on the north side of the road). Ate 2.6 tons of those babies. I haven't seen bing cherries anywhere near as good as those were since my last visit there.....size, color, flavor!!!! Superb. As for Thayer Drive...walking to school I would pass by the Vogel home, the Masters, the Richeys (Don RIP'47, Alan RIP'49, Marilyn RIP), all on the west side of the road, just in the first few blocks. Thanks for the memories. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) Re: United Protestant Churches I may be wrong, but I was always under the impression that each one of the United Protestant Churches sort of leaned towards one Protestant denomination or another, such as it seemed like Central UP leaned towards being Methodist, etc. I'm wishy-washy about this because it didn't seem like it was a strict thing???? Maybe you just went to the one closest to you or where you like the preacher the best. Reverend Uphoff at Central was fantastic in his delivery of sermons done in layman's terms. That's why I went there and plus they had a good youth program. Re: "Alumni" E-Mail I think this has been brought up before, but "educate me again". It is an e-mail from with the subject of "New Richland High School Alumni Archive". Is this a legitimate thing? I haven't opened it. [Donna, The guy running the site is not a Bomber and the site has NOTHING to do with any RHS alumni. We think he's just out to make a buck. We think he's harmless -- I didn't "register". -Maren] -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ Cheers from the windy (but not as windy as the Columbia Basin) Espanola Valley, NM ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: Website from Iraq I don't remember who posted the website with the pictures from Iraq, but "Thank You." I've sent it to many of my friends and have saved it on my "Favorites" and look at it often. Too bad CNN, NBC, CBS & ABC don't run pictures like that to remind us what we're all about! -Bonnie Allen ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: The Milkman (45,46) Re: POWs at Columbia Camp First, Conscientious Objector (CO) is a specific term referring to a particular class of United States Draft Refusers, so your reference to "nearly the whole Italian army" was totally irrelevant. Second, you asked if I "also believe that the powers that were would not cover up the POW situation?" Reread the last two paragraphs of my 3/21/05 posting. In this particular case, I believe that "the powers that were" not only WOULD NOT cover up POWs at Columbia Camp but they COULD NOT! Please kindly explain how the alleged POWs could obtain Security Clearances and how Leslie Groves could have been unaware of their existence when he was complaining about German POWs in Walla Walla being too close to the Project? Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: POW Camp, camping in the camp To: Dick McCoy ('45) and that other kid about my age, Burt Pierard ('59) I can't offer much as to whether the camp was for prisoners or objectors but I know it was there because I camped among the concrete slabs with my little buddies as we pursued our own learning adventures about the great outdoors. Also, I camped and hiked there with the Boy Scouts several times. It was another one of those great places for adventure that seemed to abound around Richland for a sub-teen kid in those days. We learned things like: how to convince yourself that sleeping in a rain-soaked sleeping bag could still be "really fun" (?), if you keep stirring the pork 'n beans on the campfire, they don't burn quite so badly on the bottom, and what was all the adult fuss about steak 'n lobster when boiled crawdads and rabbit roasted on a stick (although slightly singed) ate pretty good for a hungry kid! In that stretch of the Yakima River and what we referred to as "Down Back", the area between the river and the by-pass highway, we caught Smallmouth Bass and other fish in the warm months and Whitefish in the winter. When we were old enough to carry a gun on our own, we honed our skills as hunters by taking waterfowl on the river and upland birds along it and the surrounding sage area. I encountered and gained respect for my very first "up close and personal with a rattlesnake" on the foot of Rattlesnake Mountain (About where the Tri-Cities Shooting Association's ranges are today). The only information related to Italian Prisoners, that I recall from those days, was adults mentioning that they had seen an advertisement that read, "Italian Army Rifles For Sale -- Never been fired and only dropped once." -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA -- Where the puddle is filled again after last night's abundant rain. Today, the sun also shines. Be well, fellow Bombers. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) You may be right about the free use of school's rooms. We had some neighbors that went to one of the churches that used the school rooms until they were able to build their own. However, I do remember hearing conversations about taking up collections for the school rooms. But that may have been to pay for janitorial services or something. You mentioned the Lutheran Church, remember the one on Van Giesen and (Stevens?). Murph Manolopoulos (Bomber Dad-RIP) and the Knights of Columbus took that old church apart for the salvage. It was an old building, a former Grange Hall from the '30s I think, with a full basement. There were huge, long beams holding up the floor. Tons of used bricks and piles of lumber were eventually sold with the proceeds going to several good causes. I worked on it several days taking the roof off and the rafters down. There were a couple of close calls when various parts of the structure collapsed while being removed. We were very lucky nobody got hurt. But it was a fun job and for a good cause. Old buildings seem to all have some secrets revealed when you take them apart. You never know what you may find between walls and floors. The Knights of Columbus got the old Post Office building in the mid '60s and moved it out to the bypass location. When we started to pull walls apart for the remodeling, I found several pieces of mail, one from 1949. We turned them over the Post Office and I think they were able to deliver one or two of them. We also found an old Seth Thomas "Postal Regulator" clock in the attic. It was about 3 feet tall and very ornate. We had it restored and last I heard it was still hanging in the K of C Hall. Betty, I also think you may be right about the AEC in those early days. Many felt they had some kind of mandate to get the job done and were sometimes a bit "high handed" about it. Setting aside the debate of right or wrong, their ability to get most of what was needed for Richland/Hanford to exist is to their credit. While the waste problems at Hanford are a negative, the legacy they left in the City of Richland, was not all that bad. Personally, I feel the City and it's citizens pretty well earned what they received. And, Richland and the Tri-Cities continue to flourish despite predictions it would dry up and blow away as things began to shut down in Plutonium production. I go to, or through the Tri-Cities a dozen or more times a year and it seems like most times I see something new each time. I follow the LIGO experiment on the internet as much as I can. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/06/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Ely ('47) Betty Hiser ('49), Ann Pearson ('50) Dave Rhodes ('52WB), Bill Berlin ('56) Hal Smith ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Marilyn Baird ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Dykeman ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy Raekes ('82) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Daylight savings The return of DST brings many memories. Way back when, the country was a checker board of times. Minnesota was a SST and New York was DST, which meant that our radio schedule were an hour later in the summer. In WWII I spent my frosh and soph years ('41 to '43) in a hi school in St. Paul. They instituted DST for the duration, and I remember hiking to school in the dark, in the dead of a very cold winter. Later, after the war, we went back to checkerboard times. The reservation and Richland were on DST. Pasco was on SST. In those days, all bars and taverns closed at 12:00 midnite on Saturdays. Guess where we spent Saturday nite. To: poor Burt Pierard ('59) Re: the POW thing Hey Leslie Groves could do and say anything he wished. Also you hadda be there. Also, I wish Orv Marcum ('48-RIP) and Sunshine Allen ('47-RIP) were still alive. Ya know, this thing is like the grassy slope, it will never go away. Har! -Dick McCoy the milkman of the Tin Can Class of 1945 Bomber Salute!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Ely King ('47) Re: United Protestant Churches The United Protestant Churches used to hand out a folder which read "Where the Atom is split, the Churches unite". Central U. P. Church was backed by the Methodist, Northwest by the Disciples of Christ, Christian, Westside by Presbyterian, & Southside by American Baptist. We had each group in each Church. We would send what the per cent was in each Church to the mission field. I served as President of the Church United Church Women in 1960. We had ten Churches active that year in Richland. Now we do not even have Church Women United in Richland. -Betty Ely King ('47) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I always heard that the POWs were brought in to pick the fruit that the people had to leave when they started the Project. There were lots of fruit trees in the "Village" of Richland (especially where Carmichael School is located) - along with prisoners from Walla Walla. None of these people were allowed out in the area. When Camp Hanford was here, in the '50s, there were many soldiers that were men from foreign countries that elected to serve in the Army rather than go back to their homeland: Japan, Canada, Germany, etc. These men were not allowed to go to the forward area (out in the area) as they could not get clearances. Larry Mattingly ('60): The old building that was on the corner of Gillespie and Geothals (Jadwin) looked like an old church building or grange - never did know what the building used to be. It was a dark color similar to the old grange building on Stevens. The old Post Office - wow - that brings back lots of memories. I went to school from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. My job, as soon as I got home from school, was to run up to the post office and STAND IN LINE. If you had mail you stood in line A-G, H- (don't remember the remainder of the letters. Since my last name was Hiser I stood in like for the H-?). If you had newspapers or magazines you had to get in another line. By the time I waited in those two lines I would run home and supper (dinner) would be ready. Oh - those ever loving lines!! I know AEC was high handed when it came to the types of stores that were granted space. When we first came out to Richland there were no gas stations. You had to go to Kennewick to buy gas. That was because they told my dad to sell his car - they were not going to allow cars in the Village of Richland. Free bus services was to be provided. That's why some of the streets: McPherson, Mahan, etc.. were so narrow. My dad didn't sell his car - Uncle Sam paid to ship it to Richland. My cousin, who works for the FBI in Wash. DC, sent me an article out of the paper there and it had about six pages of the ghost town of Richland, WA. I wrote and told here we were just trucking along like we had good sense. I believe the pictures they had (sagebrush and all) were after Hanford had been closed. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - we rain Saturday and Sunday - sun is shining and is still coolish at night. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) To THE Bombers On this, my birthday, I again want to thank all of you Bombers for helping me remember and re-enjoy my days in Richland. What a time we all had... what a glorious, nurturing, unencumbered, span of life... I have no bad memories, not even sad ones. Your entries have helped me in writing my autobiography (not to be published, just to help my children and grandchildren to understand what "it used to be all about"). So many of your entries tug at the corners of my memories and start all the euphoria again. And I have NO opinion on the Prisoners... Ann, here in fantastic San Diego area. -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Re: United Protestant Churches My family attended the United Protestant Church in North Richland June of '48 until we moved away in June of '50. This church met in the school in North Richland. It was my job to set up all of the chairs before the morning service, take them down when church ended and I also had to sweep the floors. I received no pay for this, but I felt it was a worthwhile task to perform. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Southside United Protestant Church Yes, that was my understanding that when Richland was "set up", there was the Southside and Central United Protestant Churches were "staffed" by the Baptist and Methodist Churches. I went to SSUP and our ministers and youth programs were Baptist, as well as our summer camps, and I know that CUP was Methodist. I recall there was the Catholic Church and not much more. Later the LDS set up an temple in the Uptown area and then there was a proliferation of other denominations cropping up around Bomberville in the early 1950s. That is one man's view. Re: POWs at Horn Rapids Dam Camp I recall my Dad telling me that the Horn Rapids Dam Camp was a POW facility for Italian (I think) prisoners. I can't confirm that but I do remember Boy Scout camps out there and going over the diversion dam (Horn Rapids) in inner tubes. Keep in mind I was like eight or nine years old and could not tell Italians from Irish so just about anything could have been out there. I do know that when the Boy Scouts were out there it was a zoo. What I do know was that during WW II we were posted at Camp Roberts, CA and they had a big POW camp there for both German and Italian prisoners. That was the first soccer game I ever saw, Germany vs. Italy. I also had a German tailor make me an "Ike" jacket, which I still have but it does not fit. I also vividly remember the days the POWs were sent home with a kit of cigarettes, nylon stocking for the ladies and a bit of cash. It was a really cool experience and with a name like Berlin, I was a hit with the Germans. I would change it to Berlini when I went over to the Italian camp for lunch, thus my first lesson of making the best of things, more or less making things work. That is one man's view. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where the dafs, tulips and Snow Geese are out in full bloom and create quite a colour mix. Get out there Bombers. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) Re: Columbia Camp While our family was waiting for our house to be finished in Richland we lived in a Quonset hut across the street from the prison. I was 5 years old and the prisoners must not have been deemed too dangerous because I remember taking my toy cars over there and they would play with me through the fence. They would build little roads and we would move the cars around them. I guess they were pretty bored. I vaguely remember they did not speak very good English, but have no idea what nationality they were. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Tacoma Baseball tickets Again this year I will make available a few tickets to the opening night of the Tacoma Rainiers baseball team. It is Friday, April 15. And, there will be a full pyro-musical fireworks display after the game. As usual I will allot tickets in the order requested until they run out. Rather then try to get them mailed in time, I will have them at the fireworks site with your name on them. We are in the parking lot behind left field, come by and say hi and I will give them to you then. Game time is about 7 PM. These are general admission, bring a warm coat just in case. Parking is scarce on fireworks nights, come early. This year all 11 Friday night home games will have fireworks. And of course the pyro musical on the 3rd of July. The stadium is nice and the prices nicer for some good baseball. For you Seattle boaters, (and fireworks fans) this just in: After months of planning and working with countless different agencies... It's a GO! We will do a barge based, large format, fireworks display at 9:30 PM Friday May 6th, the opening night of Boating Season for Seattle. The site is the bay just East of the UW Football Stadium. You should also be able to see it from the large open grass fields to the north of the UW athletic complex. It will be a grand pyro-musical with the music simulcast over a Seattle radio station. Details will be released as soon as arrangements are finalized. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) I, too, would like to wish our own Jazz Musician, Larry Coryell ('61) a belated 62nd Happy Birthday. Sorry I missed you in San Francisco. Can you let us know where you will be in advance? Ode To Spring..Welcome, Welcome. -Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) ~ Vallejo, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Flat Top I was playing golf a couple of years ago at the West Richland golf course. What a mess... but that's another story. Anyway, as I pointed to a flat topped "mountain," I asked this women if that, in fact, was Flat Top. She said she didn't know. Now, this lady lived in Richland! How could she NOT know if it was Flat Top? I had an excuse. I hadn't been in that area for 35 years. Flat Top was probably an important part in every Richland kid's life in the '40s and '50s... and probably for many more years. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) All this talk about Flat Top brought back memories of my cousins and I walking out to West Richland from my home on Elm Street... we would take a sack lunch, walk Elm to Cottonwood, then to Van Giesen and out to Diettrich's Market, buy a cold soda to eat with our sack lunch, then walk down to the river and look for pollywogs (actually, my brother, Tim ('71WB) and cousins, (Gene Norberg and Mike DeMers), looked for the pollywogs. We girls (Cheri and Joni DeMers, Mary Norberg, and me) stood around hoping they wouldn't decide to throw them at us... we cooled our feet in the water and then walked all the way back to my house. What a wonderful experience we had, in that we could walk all over the town and not have to worry one bit about anyone trying to "mess" with us! I wouldn't let my kids OR grandkids do that in this day and age for anything... too many weirdos out there, now!!!! Some have mentioned the Lutheran Church on Stevens and Van Giesen... I attended that church from grade school all through high school and I absolutely HATED the new design... looked too "sci-fi" for my liking... liked the old church much better... I remember the basement, too... would have "Fellowship" (pot luck dinners) down there on Sunday evenings... even helped serve some dinners. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - Spring has arrived and so have the warmer temps... going to be in the low 80s for the rest of the week. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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 Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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 Uptown. -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 hostilities. 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 areas. 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 life. 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 here: -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) Maren: 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 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and Vera Edwards sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Dick Avedovech ('56) Ray Stein ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67), Tami Lyons ('76) Ron Harman ('77), Vera Edwards (Teacher) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Wingfield ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: School Daze To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) I not only walked to school in the dark cold winter, but it was up hill and against the wind both ways. To: Burt Pierard ('59) The only reason I didn't answer your statement about security passes at Columbia POW camp, is that there was none. Who would think of giving Ed Johnson, Pinky Bloomer and I, milkmen and hi school delinquents all, such clearances? That would be as unbelievable as giving us driver's licenses!! Cheez... Forgive me for calling you poor. I hear you have a substantial stash. -Dick McCoy, milkman from the Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) Re: Churches of Richland during the '50s Mary Jones Metcalf's ('56) comment reminded me of a somewhat sacrilegious activity dealing with a church: During that time there was a large church being built around Hudson Avenue and GWWay. I think it was a Baptist church. When it got dark and the construction people left, a group of us would go there and play hide and go seek. The rafters 2 stories up and the baptismal fountain were great hiding places. It was dangerous but we were kids and a little stupid then. But it sure was fun. -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Italian POWs Just wondering if the Italian POWs that McCoy ('45), and others seem to remember could have been Italian Service Units (ISUs). Consider the following: Italy "surrendered" or "joined" the Allies in September of 1943. At the time there were over 50,000 Italian POWs being held in the US. When Italy switched sides, about 45,000 (or 90%) of Italian POWs agreed to support the US war effort by joining ISUs. "They were relocated almost immediately to coastal and industrial sites across the US. They worked with American civilians and military personnel in combat related work for the remainder of the war. ISUs were given increased freedom of movement, and as a result had increased interaction with American civilians." Italian POWs were said to have contributed millions of hours to the war effort. They were repatriated in January of 1946. When I read the above quoted passage about Italian POWs ". . . Relocated . . . to industrial sites . . . In combat related work . . . And freedom of movement . . .", it sounded like the situation that some have described about Italians at Hanford. I doubt if we will get a definitive answer though. As one researcher I read lamented, " . . . the story of Italian POWs in the US during WWII is one that has remained hidden in the margins of history." -Ray Stein ('64) ~ Mead, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Class of '65ers 40th Reunion Hi Fellow Members of the Class of '65: Just wondering what the plans are for our big 40th. (I know, I know... didn't I just walk with Terry Krueger to get my diploma... where oh where have the years gone... I feel like Peggy Sue... you know in the movie with Kathleen Turner and who was the guy????). I know on our website it says planning is starting in January. Well, my darling planners, it happens to be April, and we don't know much except the dates have been penciled in at the Hanford House. We already have our reservations there, on the AARP special rate, but... wondering if my hubby and I will be attending just the car show... I have it on good authority that David Rivers will be in town... on Thursday night, at the DQ. Vroom Vroom. If you need help, just give a yell. See you in June, hopefully. Bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) Re: Bomber Reunion - Augusta, GA We've just had the best Bomber Reunion of the '67 BRC. My best friends, (actually more like brothers) Don Andrews ('67), and Diamond Dave McDaniels ('67) came down from the Portland, and Seattle areas respectively, for the 2005 Masters. From Chicago, Rob Holloway (Dona Pfeifer '72's husband), and George Ditore came down, for some sun and golf. We were fortunate enough to get tics for Monday's practice round, and tried to go yesterday to the par 3 tournament, but with tics going for $300 a pop, we decided to pass, after we watched some poor guys getting popped for buying the scalped tics, and this is just the practice rounds. With badges going for 4 figures, this really is the hardest ticket to get. I hate to see my friends going back to their homes, but we sure had a good time. -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Augusta, GA - where it was beautiful Mon, Tues, & Wed of the practice rounds, but the sky is getting ready to open up. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: Wool Wax Creme Does anyone remember using "Wool Wax Creme"? They used to make it at Kadlec Hospital and sold it in the gift shop there. Is it still being sold there? -Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ron Harman ('77) Re: Back with more shameless self-promotion Any of you in the Portland area who remember hearing me sing in school (or better yet, who sang with me - I would love to see some of you guys!) have a chance to hear me again this month. My partner Rhonda and I are appearing on Tuesday nights at Wilf's restaurant and cabaret at Union Station in Portland's Pearl District. The program is schmaltzy standards and show tunes, from Gerschwinn to Billy Joel, all on the themes of finding love, losing love, and discovering life after love. Yes, Dad (Bob Harman - '51), there's some Nat King Cole in there, and I think of you every time I sing it. Shows are at 7:30 on Tuesday evenings. More details: -Ron Harman ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vera Edwards (Teacher) Dear Bomber Pals, I have never been so excited as when I stepped into the banquet room of the Cathy Inn in Spokane, on March 20th! As I looked around, I saw so many familiar faces...darling faces from a long time ago. Could it be possible that I would recognize and recall so many of my former students? How fun to walk up to you and call out your name and my memories of our wonderful times together...of course, the name tags helped! My daughter, Gay Edwards ('64), had mentioned that we were attending our first Spokane Bomber Lunch, however, she forgot to mention that this luncheon was in my honor. Wow! This affair surely made turning 85 much more pleasant than I had anticipated!!!! I should have caught on when I saw the balloons and table decorations, that this was not a typical get together luncheon. However, until the Happy Birthday Mrs. Edwards song was sung, I never dreamed that something so special was in the works. Your precious faces are still as beautiful today, as when you sat before me in Carmichael and Chief Jo classrooms. I shall always remember this special birthday celebration as the day you filled my heart with such joy. Many of you traveled long distances to be with me on March 20th, and I am immensely grateful for your efforts in joining our Spokane Bomber group of celebrants. For you who were unable to attend, I have your delightful emails and photos enclosed in a lovely memory album...which I shall enjoy always. In case you wish to 'honor' me again...I'm available at the following contact information. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! WHAT WONDERFUL STUDENTS I'VE ENJOYED! WHOOPEE! Vera Edwards [address deleted for privacy] -Vera Edwards (Teacher) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Spokane lunch pictures: -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/09/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Keith Maupin ('47), Betty Hiser ('49) Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Jim McKeown ('53) Mike Clowes ('54), Burt Pierard ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Judy Willox ('61) John Adkins ('62), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Gregor Hanson ('65) and Steve Upson ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67), Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tere Smyth ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Weihermiller ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Maupin ('47) Re: Italians Please don't confuse me with facts! I know what I know! I remember the orchard workers from the Horn Rapids Camp well, and while I don't know what language they spoke, the language they spoke was definitely like no English that I had ever heard. It could easily have been Italian, or German, or Japanese, but they looked like Italians more than Japanese. They didn't speak much and they never actually told me if they were POWs or COs but most people I knew thought they were POWs. I also know that fruit they tended was some of the biggest, best, sweetest, and juiciest ever and it didn't all make it the federal prison. In fact, my mother canned some of it on Cannery Row in Kennewick. I also know lots of the Italians were here in the forties. There was the Lotta family I remember one was a Don, and there was Frank Lasasso, but he was half Greek. Then there was that guy named Enrico something or other. I heard he made it into the areas as far as 100B Bldg. and that they gave him an office there. Then later there were the Corrados and the Francos professionals all, and highly respected families by all accounts. So please don't confuse me with facts! I know what I know! I'm with the old guy on this one. -Keith Maupin ('47) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Bill Wingfield ('67): Marian Clark O'Rear ('50) lives in Aiken SC. She and her folks, brother, and sister moved to Aiken when her father found out that duPont got the contact for Savannah River so her father worked for duPont again. Let me contact her and see if she would like to attend one of your meetings. I will ask her if she would like to be contacted. Will let you know by email so you can contact her. Tami Lyons Zirians ('76): A woman chemist invented Wool Wax Creme while working on the Project. At that time most people did not have to sign patent agreements so she started making it and selling it in the Richland area. She must have sold 3/4 of her product to the Project. I went to my girlfriend's parents' house sale and found one of the green jars that was used to put the Wool Wax in. Later the product was put in a white plastic container with blue lettering. I used to see it at the old Payless on Lee but haven't looked for it lately. Teachers are important but we usually don't acknowledge it until YEARS later when it is usually too late. Like every profession there are good ones and unfortunately bad ones - don't know why they can't get rid of the bad ones. I had some pretty bad ones in high school - who did not realize that I could not hear. I told all of them but some just ignored me - called me stupid, dumb, ignorant, and couldn't learn!!!!! That has been my broken record ever since. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - sun is shining but is chilly outside - we are having a cooling trend for a few days with wind. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Tucson gathering Last Sunday afternoon (4/3) Bombers gathered at the home of Sarah Hightower-Hill ('62) for great conversation and remembering, along with food (T-bone + brats) and drink. Sara will be forwarding photos. There are a number of Bombers in Tucson; 13 said they would attend this gathering, and 6 showed up. Believe me, those who weren't able to attend missed a wonderful afternoon. Since we only gather twice a year, perhaps attendance will pick up at the next one. Special thanks to Sara for sharing her home with us. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Prison Camps I have been reading, with interest the argument about the Prison camps in the '40s near Richland... I remember it also, as does my Dad, who just turned 97. Burt ('59) says no, and McCoy ('45) says yes. I called the Tri-City Herald, and got in touch with their "librarian", who researches all of the History things that the paper has written about. The following is an excerpt from her..... "There were two prison camps in the area in those days, and they were as much a part of life here, as was the Hanford Project. The Italian POW camp was at what is now Port of Pasco's Big Pasco industrial park. The other prison camp, called Columbia Camp, was at the site of the existing Horn Rapids Park. It housed conscientious objectors and prisoners who had broken wartime laws. The camp existed from 1944 to 1947. Inmates offenses ranged from violating price support regulations to wearing military uniforms without permission." It would appear that we had not only one but two camps, very close to the project, and that Mr. McCoy is correct. -Jim McKeown from the soft touch class of '53 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) For Messer's McCoy and Pierard: > From the Truth Will Out Dept. Re: Horn Rapids Camp One of the little known facts of the early days of The Project was the crash of an extraterestrial craft on the north-east side of Rattlesnake Mountain. Scores of beings from another planet were captured/rescued at the site. Needless to say Gen'l Groves was (well delicacy and the fact that this is a family publication prevent me from giving the full description of the General's feelings); needless to say, his chocolate candy stash took a severe beathing that day. Some method of confinement had to be built and quickly; thus the camp at Horn Rapids. The "aliens" were kept there until a suitable hanger at Roswell Army Air Force Base could be made available. It is my understanding that some of the "aliens" assisted Dr. Fermi in refining reactor designs. To further any disinformation, stories were started that the camp was for Prisoners of War or Conscientious Objecters. Not much has been heard of them, except to note that a few died during a dirigible crash near the Roswell AAF Base. This crash occurred while they were being transported to a new underground facility near Groom Lake, NV. There is also a rumor that some of the more altitudinally challenged beings escaped from Horn Rapids via a strange route that took them through Mabton and Starbuck on their way to a mudpuddle near Burbank. All of this information comes from an FBI person who wishes to remain annonymous. That person's initials are FM if that means anything to any of you. I trust this puts an end to the "vicious" bickering about Italians, Germans, CO's and any other weird elements that have cropped up. Life is fun when you is a Bomber -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46) & Ray Stein ('64) Re: Columbia Camp Come on guys. To be perfectly fair, one must keep to the subject that is being debated. The original subject was the question whether Columbia Camp was a POW Camp. In the spirit of the discussion, I was willing to expand the subject to consider whether there was a single case of even one POW ever confined at Columbia Camp. I have always contended that the only arguments that occur about our history do so when documentation to prove a point does not exist. Then one has to turn to circumstantial evidence that a "reasonable person" would accept as proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately, in this case, the documentation exists and I have referred to it repeatedly. On the other side, there have only been memories (the least reliable source) and scuttlebutt. Nobody has tried to attack the source documentation itself (except for McCoy's note about "the powers that were" wouldn't tell us & Leslie Groves could say anything he wanted to, whatever that was supposed to mean). In my view, the "Smoking Gun" document is the Official DuPont Final Project Report to Congress. I originally quoted the critical part of the Section on Federal Prison Industries (FPI) revealing the requirement for Security Clearances in my 3/21/05 posting. Since nobody appears to want to go back and read that (it is available in the Sandstorm Archives on the Web Site), I will repeat it again. "Prison inmates, guards, and others employed in the undertaking were cleared by the Protective Security Unit before they were permitted within the Project Area. The identical rules and restrictions limiting Project employees applied." Note to McCoy: this is the Clearance question you are avoiding -- nothing to do with delivery personnel. I contend that non-USA citizens would not have been cleared for either confinement at Columbia Camp or employment by FPI." I believe that I adequately explained the Italian & German speaking inmates as Conscientious Objectors (COs) which were officially acknowledged as inmates. As an aside, since some people do not know what COs are, they are USA citizens that refuse the Draft on either religious or ethnic background reasons (like refusal to join the Army to fight against their Homeland) and since that is a Federal crime, they are sent to a Federal Penitentiary, such as McNiel Island in this case. Ray Stein ('64) has raised an interesting point about the Italian Service Units (ISUs) but all the recollections of Italian speaking people were about inmates, not employees of FPI, so not relevant to the discussion (also does not explain the German speaking inmates). Could ISUs have been employed by FPI? I don't know but I would think that the Security Clearance requirement would not allow them (purely my opinion). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Wool Wax Crme To: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Wool Wax Crme is still being made and sold. I buy it 2-3 times a year, a dozen at a time at the drug store next to Albertson's on Lee Blvd. The lady that took it over years ago, lived in Pasco for a while and had a chance to move back to the family homestead years ago in a really small town in Montana. On one of my frequent trips to Montana about 10 years ago and I found a phone number and called her just for fun. Nice lady, believes in her product and makes it as needed to supply users. At that time she said she makes it exactly as it has always been. Even now it doesn't seem to have changed. Very rich in lanolin, it is good stuff. Once you rub in it there is no greasy or sticky feeling. I still use it on my hands after working in the garden or anytime my skin feels beat-up. I supply a several friends with it. I find messages on my home phone to "please bring back a couple of jars next time you go to Richland and I'll pay you when you drop it off". I think the last I bought was like $4.49 a jar. The chain name of that drugstore escapes me right now, but they will tell you that any store in their chain can get it for you as it is on the "available to order list". "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [We'll get all you Bombers trained soon.... try this... go to and search for Wool Wax Crme.... here's what I found: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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: John Adkins ('62) Re: Wool Wax Cream To: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) I spent about 5 years working in the Data Center at the Hanford Project - handling paper - carbon - film and all those things that computers create - I used a lot of Wool Wax Cream. The product is still available at some local pharmacies - under a different name - but in the same familiar white canister. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - the sun is coming up and I can see blue sky ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Peggy Sue Got Married (the movie with Kathleen Turner) the guy was Nicholas Cage. Re: Wool Wax Creme I remember that... my mom bought it all the time and we used it for everything... rough knees and elbows; chapped lips; chapped cheeks; chapped hands; and the heels of our feet! Haven't thought about that cream in years, but, like anything good that works, I'm figuring that it is no longer being made, although "udder cream" is a pretty good replacement. I think "Norwegian Hand Cream" might come pretty close, also. Re: Tests I had the nerve conduction tests done this afternoon (Friday)... did it hurt????? Oh yeah!!!!!!!!! Did I cry???????? You bet!!!!!!!!!! Am I a wimp???????? Damn straight!!!!!!!!!!!! Most of them were tolerable, but he did one on my upper right arm that hurt like "H E double toothpicks" and my arm is still hurting! I'll know the results when I see my doctor on the 14th and then will find out what he decides the next step should be. Me???? I'm hoping for surgery, as the thought of cortisone shots gives me the heebee jeebees!!!!!!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - where this weather can't decide if it wants to remain Winter or jump into Spring! We had 87 on Wednesday and Thursday it rained, the wind blew and it was a chilly 57!!!!!!!! Ain't complaining one bit, though, as I am not in any hurry for the heat of this area to arrive! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Letters... we need letters... we need lots and lots of letters OK boys and girls... Ms. McKnight ('65) kinda said it all in her post of yesterday. I've been asked by the Sorry 7 group and lots of others when I'm gonna send my snail mail letter about the reunion and I've explained that I gots no info... all I know is that Werner ('65) was planning the jet boat deal a day early so as not to mess with the Friday festivities... but we ain't heard 'bout no Friday '65er festivities... Carl ('65) talked about a party but the dock is kinda small for the entire class... Oh... Important announcement... Davis ('65) is planning on staying with Lyman ('65) so somebody warn Powell... so... What do we need to do? Are we having the traditional sock hop on Friday? Are we having the traditional din-din (bit din- din... not the one at Los Marguerites (Margaritas???) which I think is set up for Friday evening)... but the big dinner where we sit in one of the big rooms and watch Simpson's slides or eat outside and chase napkins in the wind)... And Sunday... what are we doing Sunday... are we eating at the DI and all telling everybody we'll keep in touch fer reals from now on?????? I mean this is 'portan' stuff... Freddie ('63) is loaning me his class of '63 T-shirt... for cripes sake... I'm wearing my green and gold high top converse... (tried to get House ('63) a pair... but they stop one size too small... bummer)... I mean I wait all year for this and in this case we have waited 40 YEARS!!!!!!!! I'll bet there is at least one kid that wants to attend that has never been to a reunion... I'll bet! So come on group... we need to know how much this shindig costs... who to send the moola to and where what and when! Hello Sir Gregor, Carl, Mike, Patti and Steve... whaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzz uuuuuuuuuup? -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gregor Hanson ('65) >>From: Steve Upson ('65) Re: RHS Class of 1965 40th Reunion To: Fellow Classmates of RHS - 1965 We are planning the celebration of our 40th reunion of our Columbia High School - Richland - graduation class of 1965 the weekend of June 24-25-26, 2005. The event is scheduled to be held at the Hanford House in Richland, WA - (located on GWWay in case some of you haven't visited Richland in a while). Plans are for a Social gathering in the outdoor courtyard area of the hotel on Friday evening, and a buffet dinner in the downstairs banquet rooms on Saturday evening. Hopefully, we can all get together prior to the Saturday evening dinner for a group class picture! We have not finalized the cost for attending the entire event or just one evening of the reunion activities, but that information will be forthcoming. First - We are interested in knowing if you are planning to attend, and how many will be included your party - particularly so we can have a fairly accurate count for dinner arrangements. Second - We are interested in knowing if you would like to have music/dancing after the Saturday night dinner and short program. Third - Are you interested in any other "organized" group activities during the weekend - i.e. golf get together; Columbia River cruise tour or jet boat tour; any suggestions? etc. Fourth - We have "missing" classmates that we have been able to contact or locate. Please refer to the Class of 1965 web page site at The class roll is shown on If you have information for an e-mail address for those showing in yellow color font, please provide that information to Steve Upson, and please feel free to contact the person directly to inform them of our upcoming class reunion. Also - a listing of missing classmates is shown in turquoise blue color font. If you have information on the whereabouts of any of those classmates, please reply to Steve Upson with that information, as well. (Special prize for locating Alan Spencer!!) Be aware that the dates for our class reunion are the same weekend as the Cool Desert Nights classic car show is held annually in Richland so there are lots of visitors in the Tri-Cities that weekend. At this time we are uncertain about availability of any rooms at the Hanford House, and/or if rooms are available if there will be any discount for RHS Class of 1965 guests. If you need information about lodging, please let us know and we will provide a listing of options for hotel/motel lodging in the Tri-Cities area. Hopefully you can join us for this special weekend celebration of sharing memories and rekindling friendships from our youthful days of too many years ago!! Bomber Cheers and Best Regards!! -Gregor Hanson ('65) -Steve Upson ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) To: John Wingfield (66) Happy Birthday cuz, -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Augusta, GA - where they actually were able to get in a little chasing of white balls around a very green course, in between rain drops. It's looking pretty good out there now. If you've never been to the Masters, well... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Ron Harman ('77) Re: Shameless self-promotion There's no need to apologize for shameless self-promotion... in fact, on Saturday, May 21st I'll be opening for the Smothers Brothers at the Columbia Theater in Longview, WA. I've worked with the SmoBros a number of times, they are better than ever and their act is timeless. -Brad Upton ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Burt Pierard ('59) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Ray Stein ('64) Jeff Curtis ('69), Greg Alley ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: ET To: Burt Pierard ('59) When your chain is shaken you sure do rattle. I'm sure the prisoners of whatever origin would be sure to have a security clearance. Personally I like Ray Stein's ('64) ISU answer... it sort of follows my statement that most Italians were conscientious objectors from the days of the African Campaign when they were alternately run over by Rommel then the Brits. Also AKA Clowes/Carlson ('54) has finally answered my question as to where ET really landed. Keith Maupin ('47) and Jim McKeown ('53) have interesting arguments. At any rate this is my final missle on this dumb subject. Really. Let's get the donut debate going again. Love all you Bombers -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Take your pick. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Keith Maupin ('47) Re: POWs at Columbia Camp Nothing in the published documentation conflicts with your memories except the scuttlebutt about POWs. Remember that the "old guy" is saying that they were positively, without question, POWs at Columbia Camp. Also, I would bet that the "lots of the Italians" around here in the '40s that you mentioned were all USA citizens, certainly not POWs. To: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Prison Camps Thanks for providing another source to prove my point about Columbia Camp, to wit, there were no POWs there. As to the Pasco facility (first I heard of it, by the way), Ray Stein ('64) provided the probable explanation in his 4/08/05 posting about the Italian Service Units (ISUs). I would guess that this was one of those and they were probably working for the Navy. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Re: the inventor of Wool Wax Creme To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) and Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Visit this web site for more information on the invention of Wool Wax Creme, including the name of the woman that invented it: Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Sorry if I misled you. I didn't mean to imply that the Italian POWs might have worked for Federal Prison Industries as employees. No, they would have been working inmates with an unusual POW status since Italy had switched sides in WWII. The "friendly to U.S." Italian POWs were spread around the country and some experienced very good conditions (read "Prisoners in Paradise"). For example, in many places a Catholic priest would be notified to arrange Mass for the Italians (just as Father Sweeney did at Camp Columbia). If someone really wants to know whether Italian POWs were at Camp Columbia or Port of Pasco, the records are on microfilm in the National Archives (see file 389.4.5). I also found on the internet where someone has recorded the name, rank, station, etc. of every WWII Italian POW (over 50,000) who was sent to the U.S. The records are on CDs, but it will lessen your "stash" of money to get them. Or closer to home, someone could contact the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington (located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle). Recently (3/9/05), one of their members, Dom Moreo, gave a talk on "Italian POWs in Seattle during WWII". He may know something about Italian POWs in other parts of the state. -Ray Stein ('64) ~ enjoying Spring Break and pondering a question from Jim House ('63), "Did we have a spring break when we were in H.S.?" "Too Tall" House doesn't think we did and I can't remember. What say you'all. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: Another Day -Jeff Curtis ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Brad Upton ('74) Hey Brad, since you're working with the Smothers Brothers can you get me Yo-Yo Man's autograph? Re: Big Y The Big Y tavern is going down today or maybe it happened late yesterday. The old buildings that housed the Wagon Wheel, the Starlite, the old gas station that became a U-Haul place, and all the other surrounding businesses are gone. It looks like a war zone and the landscape of the Richland Y is forever changed. It will soon be slow traffic time and long construction delays. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In Richland in the wind but enjoying the spring *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/11/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber WB funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Jim McKeown ('53) Jack Gardiner ('61), Marilyn Swan ('63) Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Dave Hanthorn ('63): Will look up your reference as soon as I finish this (about the Wool Wax Creme). Thanks. Has anyone checked with the Italians in the Walla Walla area. There are many Italians in that area. Greg Alley ('73): Not only the Y Area is changing - what about the entire City of Richland? At Columbia Center we no longer have a Bon Marche or Bon-Macy's - Just Macy's. Change of Subject: I started going up to the Spudnut Shop about once a week and am amazed at the number of people I see if there that I know - some Bombers and also people that I worked with on the Project. Get lots of hugs. Just received a call from my relates in Denver and they have had a foot of snow and more coming through the day and tonight - and maybe tomorrow - they have closed DIA until 5 p.m. tonight [4/10/05] and advising everyone to stay off the roads. Ah - sweet spring! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - sun shining - wind blowing. We are having a cooling trend. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Camp Columbia I didn't put all of the information from the Tri-City Herald in yesterday's Sandstorm, but one of the reasons that everyone remembers a "different" language at the camp could be the fact that many of the Conscientious Objectors were immigrants from Italy and Germany, who refused to join the service because many were concerned they could be fighting relatives... or whatever. Many still did not speak English that well, and probably used their native tongue in the camp amongst themselves. This whole topic has been interesting... it's amazing to me how many remembered that we had "something" out there, and such diverse opinions on what that "something" was. The folks at the Tri- City Herald, said, after I suggested that this might make a good story, that they ran quite an article in 1991 on this subject, and had lots of positive feedback because of it. -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Polio Vaccine The CBS Sunday evening news did a feature on the 50'th anniversary on the discovery of the Salk polio vaccine. This brought back memories of my biggest fear as a child. I was terrorized by the sight of an iron lung. I can remember going to the Community House, and getting the vaccine in a sugar cube. -Jack Gardiner ('61) ~ Living in Richland again after 40 years ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Thanks Jeff for your latest installment of "Life As We Knew It". I am still smiling to myself about the Tang sludge, one of my favorite childhood memories. Probably another reason I never grew taller than 4'11", well I used to be 5' but gravity, too has taken it's toll! Now I am sure that my much older "sniveling" (I like that) brother, George "Pappy" Swan ('59) will enjoy reading your latest entry as much as I did, being entertained by "anything growing up Richland" as it were. He is on one of his yearly jaunts, taking one of the grandsons on a youth pre-season turkey hunt as we speak. One of the "good guys" of this world, always making sure the grandsons of their family & one granddaughter get to get out in the great outdoors as much as possible with their ol' GranPappy. They all get the opportunity to try hunting, fishing or hiking or just listen to ol' GranPappy spin yarns, which I might add he is pretty good at!! As a matter of fact he hasn't spun any yarns in the Sandstorm lately. I think it's because he's still trying to wade through the "over 2000 emails" he still has in his Inbox!! That's kind of a private family joke, what say Pappy? -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ In windy & chilly Salt Lake City ..... where I am really looking forward to some nice sunny & warm weather so I can get on with all my outdoor projects. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) The memories you bring back with your writings makes me laugh and sometimes cry, but I love reading them! Boy, do I remember those little boxes of cereal--my brother and I would always fight over them--neither of us wanted the ones that were always left! My mom would generally only buy them when going camping to Wallowa or Lake Curlew, but sometimes we were able to convince her to "just buy them"! The "octopus" on the face in the mornings was so funny! Brought back many memories of my doing that to my daughters to get them up in the mornings, though instead of a wet, soggy washcloth, I used a spray bottle with cold water. And, TANG! we drank it just like you described---loved getting that "sugar-rush" all at once! Tried to drink it a few years ago, but it didn't seem to have the same taste, possibly because, now being a "grown-up". I followed the directions and only used two level spoons- ful! Thanks for the memories----looking forward to many more! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - chilly temperatures are still hanging around---okay by me ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Randall Wayne Watson (WB72) ~ 6/8/54 - 4/4/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/12/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Donna McGregor ('57) Patti Mathis ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) Judy Willox ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Jeanie Walsh ('63), Mike Howell ('68WB) Tami Lyons ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monita McClellan ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aaron Holloway ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Belliston ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrie Smithwick ('68) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Polio Vaccine: The last time I was in the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, OH (July and August 1944) there had been a terrible polio epidemic and they were bringing kids down to our ward from the contagious ward. These children were to go home soon and they were no longer contagious. The beliefs that some of those patients had were frightening (one gal thought she got it because she made fun of an old lady who was crippled). When I had my children I made darn sure that they had anything related to polio (shots, sugar cubes, etc.) to keep from getting it. My mother's youngest sister had polio and they had to work with her day and night to keep her from being crippled. She did have one leg that was shorter than the other - but no other problems that I knew of. How well I remember polio!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. Rained last night and the wind is blowing about 15 mph. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) Re: Polio Vaccine I remember getting my first vaccine dose standing in line at the "Big Pool" one summer 50 years ago??? Oooosshhh!!! Cheers, -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ From sunny (sometimes... just got the edge of that Denver snow storm yesterday) Espanola, NM, today, that is. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) I too remember the polio vaccines that were given at the community house. I was so glad to see them as the sight of the iron lungs also frightened me to death. I remember long lines but a very jubilant crowd, happy I am sure to have one more frightening disease in check. I can still remember if I got a fever, the sniffles or the normal child hood complaints, my mother would always tell me if I could touch my chin to my chest I was all right, it wasn't polio. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Camp Columbia conspiracy For starters, Camp "Columbia" last time I looked that was the Yakima River. There just has to be a secret government report detailing alien smuggling fresh fruit out there somewhere (probably in some kind of code). And how else do you explain the missing mountain peak in what is now known as West Richland. Makes you think, eh? -Tom Verellen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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) Re: Jack Gardiner '61 I also remember the polio scare very well. I lived in constant fear that I might catch the dreaded disease. My mother told me never to walk in front of an air conditioner??? She also said if I could touch my chin to my chest I didn't have polio. For those of you who remember a chubby little guy with glasses walking around always touching his chin to his chest, that was me! Now, if you mention polio to anyone under 45, you are likely to get the response, "What is polio?" -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Oh my gosh Linda, Our family went every year to Curlew Lake. As a matter of fact, Kellie, Bomber Grad of 76?? keeps saying we need to go back for a visit, but according the information I've heard, we wouldn't recognize the place...Our Father would close the tire shop during the July 4th holiday, and we would go to Curlew for about 4 days. What wonderful memories. I didn't realize at that age that other classmates went there as well... Hi Kellie. Bet you're glad you're not living in Colorado today! Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - Where it is a beautiful morning, and looks to be about 81 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) I remember the "Tang" sludge but I also remember making our own drinks from the "Watkins" pump bottle at Richard Jones' (RIP) house. His Mother had MS and was in a wheel chair so we kinda got away with making our drinks a little thick, unless of course Harvey (Richard's little brother) ratted us out over it. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: Favorite Old Cartoons Does anybody remember that old cartoon "Tooter Turtle" from the early '60s? His friend "Mr. Wizard" who used to always say... "drizzle, drazzle, drozzle, drone, time for this one to come home" I've tried to Google this on the internet to find out if you can buy it on CD but can't find it. I remember watching this as a kid and still find myself thinking of the "drizzle, drazzle" incantation when I get myself into a mess... Funny the things that stay with you over the years!!! -Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/13/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 teacher/Bomber Mom funeral notice today: David Brusie ('51), Jim McKeown ('53) Wally Erickson ('53), Barbara Powell ('58) Larry Mattingly ('60), Sarah Hightower-Hill ('62) Carol Converse ('64), Matt Crowley ('75) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Brusie ('51) To: Anne Pearson Burrows ('50) Sorry to have missed your birthday on the 5th. Mine is the 14th, and glad to know that you, one of my very favorite people were born in April. Happy - Happy!! To: Dick McCoy ('45) Poor Baby!! Had to walk to school in the cold, cold winter in the dark! Try walking to school at 45 to 50 below zero with a 25 mile wind blowing in the dead of winter in South Dakota. Well enough of that sob story!. I too walked to school from Abbot Street at the extreme south end of Richland to school in the dead of winter when I didn't have a quarter for my share of the gas for my neighbor Zona Beth Bumgarner's Model "A". (Just having a little fun with you my dear friend) -David Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Polio Boy, do I remember Polio... I contacted the disease in 1944 when I was 9 years old in Portland... they believe that I contacted it at Blue Lake, a swimming spot back in those days. I can vividly remember the "spinal tap" that they did to diagnose it, and I remember the long stay at Doernbecker Hospital in Portland, which was the place that the Polio kids went... and there were a lot of us. I remember them telling my folks that it was doubtful if I would walk normal again, and I remember my Mom, Jeanne McKeown, saying "baloney"!! The Sister Kenney treatment had just come out and it involved terribly hot wool packs that were placed on the legs. I screamed bloody murder and my Mom continued to slap those things on, her hands scalded red. The long and the short of it is I played all the sports at Richland, and later was a mile and two miler at WSC. Mom is still alive and living in a care facility in Walla Walla and is still as ornery as she was then. -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Italians and fruit trees This had me thinking about the Italian prune trees near the dormitories just south of the 700 area downtown. I remember walking thru this area with my neighbor friends going to the "old" swimming pool in the park next to the Columbia River. We had to wait until mid- summer before they were ripe enough to eat. If you'd bite into one before ripening, it would be very tart; but, they were very sweet and juicy when they started falling off the trees. We'd get a hand full and take them with us. I have a couple of questions about the dormitories. I remember the buildings were two stories with entrances at each end. I remember seeing "W-5" on one of the buildings. Was that for women only? I'm sure they had dormitories for men too. What ever happened to the buildings and when were they taken down? It would be interesting to get some feedback. Maren, do we have any pictures on the dormitories? [Yep: -Maren] Re: Golden Arches (50th anniversary) Does anyone remember the Golden Arches (McDonald's) on Kennewick Ave. near the Angus Village in Kennewick? This had to be one of the first McDonald's in our area. The building was actually built between two "golden arches". I believe during that time they were grilling the meat patties on a flat grill. I can't remember the price in the mid Fifties, but my guess the hamburgers were somewhere between 29/39 cents each... only a guess. Re: Iron Lung I can still picture in my mind someone in an Iron lung!! It was very depressing! The polio vaccine was considered a miracle drug at that time (50 years ago). -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Coeur D'Alene area where it's still cool in the evenings. Getting some rain and snow in the mountains. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) What a lovely tribute to Mrs. Vera Edwards on her 85th birthday. Obviously there were many students that had and still have fond memories of her as a person and a teacher or would not have gone so far to attend her celebration. Unfortunately, I don't believe she was at Carmichael when I was there. Our Granddaughter is 19 and had a teacher in the second grade that had such an influence on her, that all she has ever wanted to be was a second grade teacher. She is just finishing up her first year of college and is in education and then as far as her job goes while in college is helping with the care of 12 two year olds at a church day care center. I guess if you just touch one child, then it makes it all worth while and sounds like Mrs Edwards has touched many. Happy Birthday -Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Columbia Camp Like many, I spent most of my life believing Columbia Camp was a POW work camp. Oh well... I do remember the slow degradation and final destruction of all traces of what was there. We fished and hunted all up and down that stretch of the Yakima for many years. I also attended several Boy Scout camp outs there. There were stories of ghosts of the dead prisoners wandering around at night, snipe hunts, campfire activities, and all done to the howling of coyotes on a nearby ridge. Re: Tang My 2 girls grew up with a glass of Tang every morning with the fluoride drops in it for their teeth. Must have worked as they both have near perfect teeth with no problems. I drank it frequently until a couple of years ago. Tastes change with age I guess. Re: Polio Among my childhood fears the 2 biggies were the Russians dropping the bomb on Richland/Hanford, and Polio. The rather emotional announcement that Dr. Jonas Salk had developed a vaccine came none too soon. While some were scared of the shots and sugar cubes I found great relief in the blind faith of my young mind that my worries were over. Re: Tickets There are still some tickets left for the Tacoma Rainiers home opener with Fireworks after the game. Drop me an e-mail before noon Thursday and I will put your name on them. The weather is looking good for game night. Re: A bit of grandfather's pride if I may... (This is the short version of a long story) My granddaughter Jessie in the Phoenix area has spent her last year of high school finishing the last 2 credits she needed to graduate, via the internet. Her GPA is over 3.8. This while working 20 hours or more a week, and taking several courses at a culinary college at the same time. She won first place in each of several cooking competitions over the last few months, and yesterday received news of a complete "full ride" scholarship. According to my daughter it is the largest scholarship they have awarded and the Board of Directors at the college are taking her to dinner tonight to make the presentation. I had a hard time figuring out what happened when Debbie called me yesterday morning, as she was crying so hard she could hardly speak. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office in the sopping wet woods South of Olympia. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sarah Hightower Hill ('62) Re: Tucson Bomber Lunch On April 3rd Bombers gathered for their semi annual get-together at the home of Sarah Hightower Hill ('62). We had a grand time reminiscing and looking through Bonnie's year books. We were joined by Waltrud (Trudy) Young who is visiting Sarah from Stuttgart Germany. George Barnett ('63) -- once again -- did a great job with the steaks and brats. -Sarah Hightower Hill ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Polio To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) What did touching your chin to your chest have to do with polio? Just curious as I never heard that before. I remember being in the Community House waiting to receive by sugar cube. Did we have to get them more than once? Seems I also got them at school, but could have just been the booster shots. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - It sure is trying to behave like Spring, but just can't make it. Have had a lot of rain lately. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Matt Crowley ('75) To: Tami Lyons Tami, I think the character's name was "Tudor" Turtle. Yep, I remember it. Anyway, give that name a try on Google and see if it leads anywhere. Good luck. -Matt Crowley ('75) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Adella Last ~ Teacher and Bomber Mom ~ 4/15/25 - 4/8/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/14/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff and 1 HHS funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Ken Ely ('49), Jim Jensen ('50) Dick Avedovech ('56), Hal Smith ('56) Patti Mathis ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Frank Whiteside ('63), Bill Scott ('64) Carol Converse ('64), Shirley Collings ('66) Rick Maddy ('67), Ruth Russell ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Brusie ('51) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: school daze To: good friend Dave Brusie ('51) You "sympathize" with my walks to school in St. Paul Minnesota. I also had a paper route before school. Plenty of mornings it was well below zero. As they say in Minnesota, once it gets below -10, it really doesn't matter. I was really abused, but I was tough. -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Jim McKeown ('53): 1944 must have been the year to catch polio. As I said, the last time I was in the hospital in Cincinnati there were so many cases that they had to bring the kids down into our ward who were no longer contagious. My aunt also had the Sister Kenney treatment. Her and a boy caught polio at the same time (they never did determine where either of them caught polio - they were not friends nor played together). He had only a mild case of polio and was not given the Sister Kenney treatment) yet was very crippled. My aunt had treatments and only had one leg shorter than the other. We had a woman come to our senior citizens group with post-polio symptoms. She said there are quite a few people in Richland who belong to this group. Frightening!!! Tell your mom hi. She was such a kick in the pants. Love her. I asked several people at the Meals on Wheels about the Italians at the camp and all of them said: Italians for sure. Quite a discussion. Wally Erickson ('53): The dormitories for the women were from Goethals (now Jadwin) to Stevens and from Lee Boulevard to Knight Street and were designated W. The men's dorms were from Goethals to Gilmore (I believe) and from Swift to Williams Boulevard and their designation was M. My father lived in M-4 until our house was finished and the family came to Richland. As they built more houses the W dorms were used for office buildings (employment office), the old General Electric School of Nuclear Engineering (GENE - like genie), and the police station. You can see some of the dorms around the area: There is one off of Van Giesen near the fire station that is used for rooms. There is part of one on Van Giesen and Jones Road (toward West Richland). The IOOF Lodge is an old dorm. There are probably others that I haven't discovered yet. I have seen a 1-story building that looks like the top of a dorm. There were 2-story, had a house mother, furnished, not too bad for a single person, wash room, community refrigerator, etc. I can't remember when they were torn down but they were there quite a while. I rode the Goethals bus to work and half of our passengers were the men from the dorms. W-5 was either the police station (right in back of the Mart) or the employment office. All of the Hanford patrol cars were light tan. Their unmarked cars were a dark blue. How obvious could you get? Remember the old 703 Building? That is part of the complex in Kennewick (off of Clearwater - I think it is called Crossroads Mall). Carol Converse Maurer ('64): I will have to ask my kids - I don't believe there was a follow up. My kids had both the shot and the sugar cube. I wanted to make darn sure that they never caught polio. When I was a kid you caught things because you played with the white trash in town. Needless to say, the poor white trash kids never had any friends. The chin bit - this is the first I ever hear of that. Probably one of those "old housewives tales." -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - sun shining - but coolish (supposed to get 58 today). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Re: Columbia Camp Can anyone remember what "uniforms" the prisoners wore? I remember seeing a couple in Kennewick and was told they were brought there to shop. They had to remain in pairs while there. As I recall, they wore blue denim trousers and shirts with the letter "P" printed on the back. Any other recollections? -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Cool and sunny Orangevale, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Dorms To: Wally Erickson ('53) In your 4/13 posting you asked about the dormitory situation. The men's dorms were located on Jadwin and Williams Boulevard (if remember correctly). The women's dorms were located just west of the old cafeteria - which was across the street (west) from the "village green" The south side of the "green" consisted of the Seattle First National Bank and the Post Office. A tall flagpole was proudly centered in the "green." Side note: the Government donated one of the women's dorms to the youth program. That "teen club" was shortly thereafter replaced by the Hi- Spot Teen Club which was located in the Richland Community Center. I was long gone when the dorms were razed or moved. Have no idea what happened to them. Like most of the Richland structures of that day they were extremely well built. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ In Katy, TX - where an unusually delightful Spring visited us. It's over now and the searing, metal- melting Summer is gathering its force. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) Re: Polio There is an article in the Science section of the Oregonian newspaper today, Wednesday, April 13th called "Polio's Long Shadow" which is quite good. One might be able to retrieve that article by going to typing in Science section in the Keyword. I contacted polio when I was in Junior High but it wasn't diagnosed until many years later when my physician looked at my deformed feet said that he had the same thing and it was from an early case of Polio, probably via the swimming pool. I remember an incident of extreme pain in my lower back and legs and was unable to move for a few days at that time. I was diagnosed as probably having a case of lumbago, which my dad suffered from for many years. Such were the times in Richland in the early '50s. -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) The recent anniversary of the polio vaccine discovery brought back memories of the most inspirational person in my life. C. Ben Graham contracted polio in the early '50s and was confined to a wheel chair for life. His brother Tommy and I played baseball together and his mom was my 5th grade teacher. I spent many a summer day with the Graham boys at their home on Abbot St. in the South end. Ben was a great guy. He went on from graduation at W.S.U. to medical school and was a doctor at the Univ. of Wash. hospital. He was also one of the best wheel-chair basketball players in the country. I remember going with him to the movies in his car equipped so he could drive without using his legs. He would speed up and hop over the curb at the Uptown theater with great ease. I have lost track of the wonderful Graham family but will always look back at being taught wonderful things by Ben and his mom. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Carol Converse ('64) Re: Polio Touching your chin to your chest was (as far as I can guess) a test to see if your neck muscles would work and were not constricted. Odd, thinking back, I never asked that question. Just felt secure in the knowledge that I could do it, so all was well. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Tooter Tudor Tutor To: Tami Lyons I found something at this URL Also mentioned Crusader Rabbit... (not to be cornfused with "..dat dwatted wabbit!..") ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Movie Over the last few months, our local area has been besieged by the film crew of the $100 million dollar movie "All the King's Men," which is a remake of the 1949 version starring Broderick Crawford. It is based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a populist politician named Willie Stark. Actually, it is supposed to be similar to the rise and fall of Louisiana's famous governor, Huey P. Long, who was assassinated in 1935. In fact, you can still see the bullet holes from the assassination at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. It stars some big names--Sean Penn, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslett, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini and our fairly famed local actress, Patricia Clarkson. About a month ago, the main road from our home was blocked off for a week and the bayou and road were part of the set. We weren't too happy about driving 6 miles down our only side road to get to the main highway. Very soon, the side road will be blocked off to shoot another part of the film. About 2 miles from my house, they are building a set which is an elementary school called Mason City Elementary. The local rumor is that they are supposed to blow it up. Guess we'll find out for sure when they release the movie in December or when my windows shake one day in the next week or two. Being a big history buff, I'd like to watch the filming, but the side road will be blocked off just as the main road was. Anyway, I caught a few pictures of the school/set while going down the side road to the local grocery store and bank. Guess I'll have to see this movie just for the local scenes, as I am not a big Sean Penn fan. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: McDonald's To: Wally Erickson ('53) Yes, I remember the McDonald's near Angus Village. It had to be the first McD in the area. In those days the arches were round, as in half of a circle, instead of elliptical as they are today. On another subject, I also remember getting my polio vaccine sugar cube at the Community House. -Bill Scott ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Congrats on your granddaughter's accomplishments!! That is so cool! Re: Polio I remember when Gary Enor came down with Polio and was put into an iron lung. Went to see him a few times, as he was a close friend of mine when in grade school. Don't know how long he was there or really anything about it now. Don't know what ever happened to him. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where it can't make up it's mind for rain or sun today. More rain than sun now though. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Gold Coast on National Register from 4/11/06 TCHerald (The alphabet homes which were honored in the Washington Register have now been honored by the National Register. Shirley) The historic district includes 162 houses and one park and is bounded by World War II houses on the west side of Hunt Avenue near the Columbia River, extending to post-war houses toward George Washington Way. The structure and character of the houses has changed little over the years, and the collection is considered to be the most intact of Richland's nearly 3,500 alphabet homes, said Joe Schiessl, Richland's planning and redevelopment manager. Richland still was a government town when the houses were built to provide living quarters for incoming Hanford workers. Each style of house was assigned a letter, with workers getting a house based on their jobs. Blue-collar workers lived in A and B houses, which were one- to two-story duplexes and among those most commonly built. Top administrators and scientists received the best houses. Richland residents have added their own touches to many of the ABC homes in the years since, and the city used a dozen volunteers to survey about 5,000 houses, including alphabet houses. The prefabs, as they are called, were brought in to supplement the ABC houses as more workers came. No prefabs were added to the Gold Coast district, however, and the neighborhood remains much as it was during the 1940's. The historic designation adds a sence (since) of pride but does not restrict homeowners from making changes to their property in (the) future, Schiessl said. "This helps identify the neighborhood as unique," he said. Re: A dream come true 4/11/05 TCHerald Hanford grad Repko off to hot start with Dodgers Jason Repko will always remember April 2, 2005; on that day, he was told he was a major leaguer. The 1999 Hanford High School Graduate had been working his way through the LA Dodgers' farm system ever since he was drafted by the team in 1999. ...Jason played so well in spring training that he led the Dodgers with a team-high 26 hits during the exhibition season. He had a.325 batting average, three home runs and seven RBI while playing solid defense in left field. "He's opened a lot of people's eyes, including mine," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy told last month. NOTE FROM SHIRLEY: Jason has hit a homer in each of the last 2 out of 3 games. WAY TO GO, JASON! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick "Buffet" Maddy ('67) Re: breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper T0: Larry Mattingly ('60) Larry, Thanks for the offer to the Tacoma Rainiers home opener with your fireworks show after the game but I live to far away. On the other hand, [and congratulations to your granddaughter] if you decide to send out a couple of those recipes from your granddaughter... please put me on THAT list. -Rick "Buffet" Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: Tutor the Turtle To: Tami Lyons ('76) and Matt Crowley ('75) The turtle's name was "Tutor" or "Tooter" the Turtle, and he was on along with the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show when I watched it. And I am pretty sure that I usually watched it on the Uncle Jimmy Show, as one of the featured cartoons. I seem to remember a cartoon with a human boy named something like Sheldon, and a dog that was a professor, that sometimes ran in the same time slot. Anyway, here is a link that has a lot of info on our turtle buddy: I am also adding two photos of this character, to help the trip down memory lane. I got what I found by entering "Trizzle trazzle trizzle trone" in the search engine. My, oh my, what did we do before Google.... Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Matt Kosmata (HHS '78) ~ 1961 - 4/10/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/15/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Paul Holmes ('53) Mike Brady ('61), Frank Whiteside ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Vicki Schrecengost ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '54 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley '49) Ken Ely ('49): The only type of uniform I ever saw on P.O.W.s was the big P.O.W. printed on the back. There was a Japanese POW on the train when we came to Pasco in September 1944. Each day this Sgt. interviewed him and then the Sgt. would type up the meeting notes. I checked with a couple of guys at Meals on Wheels and they said the dorms were destroyed sometime in the 1960s (late '60s I believe). Sorry I couldn't help more. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - sun shining - coolish at night. Got down to 20 in Yakima Tuesday night. BRRRR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Holmes ('53) Note---Paul Holmes, class of 1953, is not deceased. Indeed, he is alive and well and living in South Carolina. -Paul Holmes ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Dorms Around the age of 10 or 11, I delivered the Oregonian to the men's dorms on Goethals. From somewhere, I got the message that it was not a safe place. As a result, I felt very insecure when I delivered papers each morning and collected each month. Did anyone else feel that way? Did the place have a bad reputation? -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Jimbeaux Hamilton ('63) and the Gnome-ad Okay, Jimbeaux, I've got it all figured out! I just saw the story on the Today Show about the gnome that was missing from the garden in Redmond, WA. Redmond is very close to Kirkland. So how did you do it? Did you sneak over to Redmond one night after work unbeknownst to the Forever Young and Lovely Miss Nancy ('65)? Or did you hire some local frat boys to take him on spring vacation? I know that you get killer rates at your travel agency. Methinks you did it as a vicarious attempt at fulfilling your high school fantasy of traveling the world to let off a little steam and meet the "rich and famous." The Las Vegas photo with Elvis and Marilyn was ingenious! But the real thrill was the pose with Paris Hilton and her Chihuahua!! (Do I smell a movie starring the gnome?) What's next? Maybe you can get special rates for the Carmichael Cougar mascot. Just be careful about where you send it. George Barnett ('63) in Tucson would be a good start. Try for a photo with Jennifer Lopez wearing it as a fur. Then the San Diego Zoo. It might have to travel via UPS, as it might frighten women and little kids on a plane. The only real disappointment with the gnome was that you forgot to send him to Nome (Gnome), Alaska! Maybe next time with his fellow garden buddies. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I remember getting both the Polio shot AND the sugar cube. I believe the shot was at school, but the sugar cube was at the Community House. To: Frank Whiteside ('63) The movie sounds very interesting and the picture of the school being built looks great. While we lived in Wenatchee, WA, I enjoyed watching the making of a movie with Ice Cube (I believe that is who it was). I forget the name of the movie right now though. I would go downtown and watch them film. Until you actually see the making of a movie, you can't really appreciate what all goes into it. We only see the end result. If you have the time, I would walk down to where they are actually filming and watch. We, my husband and I, were extras in a movie about the Olympic track star from Oregon State. There were 2 versions being filmed at the same time. Ours was with Disney. For the life of me, I can't remember his name right now - right on the tip of my tongue. Unusual name it was. That was really fun, but a lot of hard work, standing around most of the day waiting your turn, haha. Re: McDonalds I also remember the McDonalds in the Angus Village. Didn't remember where it was, but lived in Kennewick at the time. I can see it just as if it were yesterday! I remember paying $.19 cent for a regular hamburger. I wouldn't have been able to afford much more for the kids and myself. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where it is sunny today and it's warming up. We woke up to frost this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Story from I found this story on Click on the link below to view the story: MANY BILLIONS SOLD Note: If you are not already registered with, you will be prompted to do so when you click on the link. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I am writing with sad news: John Unser ('63) passed away on or about 4/14/05 at his home in North Dakota. I don't have a lot of details but wanted to let his Bomber friends know of his passing. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - temperatures are warming up--- will soon be complaining about the heat of the San Joaquin Valley. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: Movies Frank Whiteside's ('63) comments about the filming of "All the King's Men" in his local area brought back memories of a movie that was at least partially filmed in the Tri-Cities area. Does anyone remember "The Hanging Tree?" I remember my Dad drove us to where the movie set had been once they were done filming and we got to go inside a "mock" mine entrance or some such. I checked the movie database and it says the filming was done in Yakima, but I remember it being closer to Richland. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Ely ('47), Jim Jensen ('50) Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Graham ('55) Missy Keeney ('59), Patti Mathis ('60) Judy Willox ('61), Frank Whiteside ('63) Patti McLaughlin ('65), Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Ely ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Sharpe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Jochen ('76) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Ely King ('47) My brother Ken (Chuck's) Birthday is today, April 16th. I hope he gets my card. My sister and brother, Kathy and Bill sent their brother a card several days before I got mine sent. I am still planning on visiting my brother in May when I go to the Jazz Festival. My husband Lloyd and my brother got me hooked on jazz. -Betty Ely King ('47) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Dave Brusie ('51) Belated happy returns to one of the truly good guys. I recall ol' Dave as a fine basketball player and a good baseball buddy. Remember the afternoon Coach Rish decided he would time each team member's speed from home, around the bases, back to home again? You and I were the tail-enders in that exercise. I won't forget the afternoon in the Squadron (3389th Technical Training Squadron) quad at Keesler AFB, Mississippi when "C" Shift was forming up. I was nearly a brand new radio school student, not long removed from basic training at Parks AFB, CA, wearing a recently earned, single stripe (Airman 3rd Class). It was hot - even for January 1953. C Shift was just about to move out when I saw Airman Second Class (two stripes) Dave Brusie laughing it up with some buddies in front of one of the barracks. Man, did I ever want to break ranks and go over to find out what you were up to... you know how it is... one CANNOT break ranks without suffering some sort of grievous penalty. We nearly ran into each other again in England. I was playing baseball and basketball at RAF Croughton (1958-61) and you were doing the same at a base not in our league. I remember also the delightful conversation Ed Osborne (RIP '50) and I shared with your sweet, older sister during a Sunday morning breakfast following Club 40 activities in 1996. She was a special person - just like her younger brother. Bomber Cheers and congratulations, Dave -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Paul Holmes ('53) You are correct, sir! Research of the Memorial Page as maintained by the Club 40 DustStorm did not disclose your name. Therefore; the DustStorm finds you among the living, even though you are reporting in from South Carolina. To: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) The movie "The Hanging Tree" was filmed in the Yakima River Canyon between Yakima and Ellensburg. It starred Gary Cooper and (I believe) Karl Malden. The Audie Murphy movie "To Hell and Back" was partially filmed in the same area and the Yakima Firing Range. Other portions of this film were made at Fort Lewis and McChord AFB. Re: The dorms. Memory tells me the men's and women's dorms were separated by the 700 area. The women's were to the south side and may have extended to Lee Blvd. They were behind the Mart but I don't think they went as far west as Stevens Drive. The Richland Patrol Headquarters (aka the cop house) and GE's hiring office was also in this area. The men's dorms went along Swift Blvd being close to Goethals/ Jadwin and extending to about where the library is now. The only danger I ever heard of regarding them is that they were filled for the most part by bachelors (some of whom were given to strong drink and chasing women). This information is subject to correction by just about anybody. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Graham ('55) This builds on the recent postings about polio and Hal Smith's ('56) nice recollections yesterday. (Hal, let's reconnect... you, Pook and your parents were special to the Grahams. Your Dad was our coach.) Our family arrived in Richland in late June 1948 during the big flood (from Missouri) after Dad's name got to the top of the house list. Home was 703 Abbot pre-shelter belt. How my mother, Eileen, and the other mothers in town kept in good humor with those sand storms defies logic. My brother Ben was/is seven years older than me and had finished High School before we arrived. He was a good athlete and joined Richland's summer baseball team which featured Gene Conley and other established players. Off to WSC, as it was known then, for his freshman year in Chemical Engineering. We were like all the kids at that time in taking precautions about polio. One month into Ben's sophomore year (1949) we drove to Pullman for a football game. He wasn't in his dorm to meet us. Someone told us he might have gone to the campus infirmary. We arrived and were told Ben needed to be transported to St. Lukes Hospital in Spokane. Polio. Couldn't move his legs. Left arm and hand affected slightly. Breathing difficult. He's 18. Spends six months there getting stabilized. Mom, Lewis & Clark 5th grade, and Dad, Contract Engineer, both juggle work with time in Spokane. A stressful time, obviously. I'm 11 and we continue to be inseparable playing spinner baseball as we had done in Missouri (ah). Enter Admiral _____(AEC), Paul Beardsley and the March of Dimes. Along with my Dad they arrange for Ben to go to Warm Springs, GA, where FDR was treated. Ben learns how to use a wheelchair... to balance on the back wheels, to go up curbs and the like. Surgery on his hand. Rehabilitation. Resumes college at the University of Illinois in the fall of 1951. The U of I was the first to make its facilities wheelchair accessible. Besides many with polio, returning injured Korean War veterans needed ramps. Ben decided on pre-med. The rest would take much too long to relate. It's the story of a guy who decided to be a doctor, became one, didn't feel sorry for himself, drove with hand controls, married a Seattle girl, blessed with one daughter... also a doctor. He's now 74, retired as the Chief of Radiology at Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, and still training Radiology Residents two days each week. Along the way he was a Wheelchair Basketball All-American, became a popular speaker at medical conferences and is recognized worldwide in Pediatric Radiology. His shoulders are no longer what they used to be... way too many transfers from the chair to car, bed, toilet, back to chair. But he doesn't complain. Polio dealt Ben and many others bad cards but they drew out of it. I'm very proud to be his brother. -Tom Graham ('55) ~ in Bellevue and looking forward to our 50th this September ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Women's dorms I delivered the Columbia Basin News to the women's dormitories when I was in the 6th grade and part of the seventh grade. I don't remember the women's dorms being scary but I did find it scary to be the only female paper carrier. I wasn't allowed to go on a trip that I earned by getting subscriptions because I would have been the only girl on the trip. I was really bummed because it was to a Dude Ranch and I was seriously horse crazy (a girl thing, I think) and I had worked super hard so that I could go on that trip. Still smarts!! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: dorms Mike, we must of had the same parents. *LOL* You also noted the chin on chest thing and now the dorms. The women's were down Lee hill which was the path my friends and I took to the Village Theater. I was given many warnings about being very careful when I passed the dorms, and if anyone spoke to me just to ignore it. I do not know what the big deal was about, except the fact they were strangers to our community and not known by a lot of folk. I somehow doubt that they were all perverts, but there was so much secrecy here at the time. I feel a bit of paranoia took over about those poor dorms. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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: Frank Whiteside ('63) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) That's cool that you got to be involved in the making of a film. Down here in LA, many of the good extra spots go to politicians and their families or people who are well-connected. I'm sure James Carville (who got Hollywood to re-make and film the movie here) probably has plenty of his friends and relatives in it. Who knows-- maybe he'll slip a cameo of his pal, Bill Clinton, into it. I did get to watch the filming of a movie back in 1965 in Pass Christian, MS. I was able to get very close to the filming. It starred a new actor by the name of Robert Redford. I still remember him walking along a railroad track with an old train tooting in the background. The film also starred a much younger Natalie Wood. She was a really good looking actress. The name of the film was "This Property is Condemned," and I believe it took place during the Great Depression. I saw the movie and saw the exact scenes I saw filmed. To: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) I remember the film "The Hanging Tree" very well. I had no idea it was filmed in Yakima/Washington State. I occasionally play Marty Robbins' recording of the song "The Hanging Tree" from an old 33 album. I still remember all of the words. Re: John Unser ('63-RIP) I just wanted to express my sympathy to the family of John (Russian) Unser ('63-RIP) on his passing. John was a really great guy when I knew him during our time in high school. I know that everyone who knew him will miss him. My only regret is that we didn't cross paths again after graduation. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: The Hanging Tree In answer to Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67), The Hanging Tree was filmed on Bethel Ridge. Take the turn-off toward White Pass just out of Naches, just past the elk-feeding place, take the dirt road for Bethel Ridge that will end up on the Chinook Pass side. We had a cabin on Rimrock Lake, so we went up and watched the filming. The star was Gary Cooper; and I had my picture taken with some of the extras. It was all very interesting. They imported a tree for the hanging tree, it was on a turntable so that they could catch the light as the cameras needed it. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy (67) To: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: "The Hanging Tree?" and the CCC Hi Vicki, The movie was partly filmed in the Yakima/Nachez area. One of the buildings in the film was the Civilian Construction Corp (CCC) camp's stores building - they stored food in the building to keep bears from getting into it. This was in the Cascade foothills above Nachez in the Copper Creek area on Chinook Pass. My dad was there during the 1937-'39 era. I have a photo of him standing in the doorway of one of the bunk houses. As a kid my dad would haul us around in that neck of the woods and show us kids the bushes he stomped around in and some of the largest Douglas fir, hemlock and other "pine" tree varieties I have ever seen in Washington state. I'm talking virgin trees that had been there since time began and most likely still there, outside of the parks. Dad knew that Natchez country quite well and the location of a couple of those stands (usually five or six trees). I wish I had taken notes. Dad passed away in 1989. Loggers would leave small stands alone that had survived many fires through the ages. Loggers in those times either acted more educated than today's at times and/or were impressed by the shear size of the stand and acted wisely while clear cutting in the '20s. About the only time a logger leaves a tall, large tree around is in steep terrain to use fifty years from now as a spar pole - where block and tackle is placed at the top for choker cable and dragging the log out of the woods to loaders - when the trees around it come of age. We have all seen that loner out there in the middle of a clear cut. Although, less and less because they now use steel and/or bring their own spar, or high-lead, equipment. I know John Hammer ('67) and Phil Collins ('67) (Phil and I lived in Toledo, WA ('74-'75) for a year together when he was logging around St. Helens area - miserable beyond words - I, of course, was steelhead fishing in the Toutle River) could enlighten us on logging. Both experienced choke setting. John shattered his leg bone doing that hugely dangerous job around the Mt. Baker/Mt. Shuksan area in the early '70s. The CCC was run by the Army. An Army captain was the head man. Dad made $27 a month plus "three hots and a cot". He sent $25 (mandatory) of his pay to his folks in south central Iowa farm country. South central land is hilly, poor land for farming, although my grandfather grew corn for barter and food for plow horses, cow feed, chicken feed on eighty-five acres. My grandmother took care of the kids (four girls and my dad, the youngest) who also helped with the garden, chickens, milk cow, sold eggs and chicken blow-outs for stewing and general farmhouse chores. Even though he had only a couple dollars, the young men would go down to the local bar, barn dance or cock fights to let off some steam. One night a fight broke out because the loggers were wearing cork boots in the drinking establishment poking holes in the flooring. An argument broke out about respect of a poor man's property between loggers and CCC... fight was on. The CCC built roads, trails (usually clearing in case of fire), buildings, fought forest fires, flood control, etc., etc. For example, they trucked my dad and the young men into western Montana, eastern Idaho, area of Rocky Mountains to fight a forest fire that had broken out in the Blister Rust epidemic area. This fire was the largest forest fire on record in the United States until the Yellowstone fire in '89 if I recall correctly. Another example; the rock structure on top of Mt. Spokane north of Spokane is a CCC building. One of the finest examples of a building built to blend in with the aesthetics of it's surroundings. Frank Lloyd Wright would have been proud and also shows proof that the CCC was very conscious at times about their work... even as an art form. My mother took us to the Y drive-in (was it the Starlite?) to see "The Hanging Tree." My father never went to movies. He watched very little television; Walter Cronkite, Jack Paar and would let me sit up late at night to watch the Friday Night Fights with him. Well, sometimes Bonanza and Ed Sullivan too. While in boot camp in San Diego, his platoon was involved in making a scene or two for a Hollywood movie on boot camp life in the Marine Corps. The production company had them standing around in the sun while one of their China Marine drill instructors made life even more miserable in the hot sun and several "boots" got ill. It so infuriated my dad he never went to a movie thereafter. He said it was so fake and %@*&!! So bad was it he would not even go see "The Hanging Tree" with us, but much later in life he did sit and watch it at home on TV. And to this day when I see a tree that has fallen over, I look in the root system for a "nug" or two. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Frank Dawes ('52) ~ 3/17/33 - 4/2/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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 Vach ('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) Tom, 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 with. 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 "Carnivle" 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. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/18/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Tom Tracy ('55) Lois Weyerts ('56), James Hutton ('57WB) Patti Mathis ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Donni Clark ('63), Patricia Rediske ('63) Bob Mattson ('64), Nancy Mallory ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane Walker ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Cone ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gilbert Blankenship ('81) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Sacramento, CA Area ******************************************************* ******************************************************* 04/18 TODAY IN HISTORY: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the EIGHTEENTH OF APRIL, in '75; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.... Paul Revere's Ride Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1860 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) To: Betty Ely King ('47), Doris Palmer Overla ('49), & Jack Lowrey ('49) Thank you for your kind thoughts on my birthday. Having birthdays is the secret to a long life, the more you have, the longer you live. Re: Tax Time I just finished a 75 day stint with the AARP/IRS program to prepare income tax returns. I worked, as a volunteer, at the regional IRS office in Sacramento preparing federal and state tax returns for anyone who wanted then done for free. We gave those 60 and older preference but provided this free service to anyone who walked into the office regardless of age or income. It was a very busy, but enjoyable, 2 1/2 months. This is a nationwide program and I recommend this to all, either to have your taxes done or volunteer to do those taxes for others. Maren: Please send your address for my annual donation. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA where it is warming once again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Tom Graham ('55) Thanks for reminding us about Ben. His story about finding options and making positive choices when life handed him a tough deal is an inspiration to everyone. He is certainly in our personal Hall of Fame. Hope someone pens a book about his adventures. We all remember the March of Dimes promotional Paul Beardsley (Bomber Dad) supported when we all brought in an entire mile of dimes which were lined up on one of Richland's main streets in the late '40s. To: Don Lyall ('52) Appreciated the reminder about Katie Conley's book, Gene Conley "One of a Kind". It was a good read. Katie's recall demonstrated the struggles and tough roads traveled in the early days of professional baseball and basketball. Gene was gifted with talent, a persistence, faith and a wonderful life partner. I still remember watching him pitch against Pasco. He threw curve balls right at players' heads and just as they ducked and stepped out of the box (into the bucket), the ball curved smartly over the plate. He was amazing. He could out-jump Bill Russell. Wilt Chamberlain said Gene Conley ('48) was the toughest guy who ever guarded him. In 1969, while coaching in Boston, I got to visit with Red Auerbach, the Celtic Coach about Gene. He reminded me that a few fans named him "Jumpin' Gino!" because Conley could usually front Wilt and steal or knock away all the high passes headed in to feed the 7' giant. Conley was the big reason Chamberlain's team NEVER beat the Celtics when Conley was playing. Auerbach exclaimed. Chamberlain could do a lot of amazing things... he just could NEVER EVER beat the Celtics when Conley was playing! After Wilt came to play the UW, the NCAA had to make two new rules because Wilt 'dunked' his free throws. Out of bounds plays under Kansas' basket involved a player passing the ball OVER the backboard while Wilt jumped up and merely brought the ball straight down in an unstoppable dunk shot. Every Richland Bomber Basketball Fan or player will understand why Gene was such a motivating basketball force and inspiration through several generations of athletes after they read Katie's book. Tom Heinson, a Celtic player and future coach told a Conley story... about when no one offered to ride in Red's car on a trip across the state to play an exhibition game except one guy ...a rookie named Gene Conley. Red was a wild, erratic, speedster behind the wheel. It was a foggy day and instead of slowing down, Red stuck his head out the window and followed the white line while he sped down the freeway when Conley couldn't even see the hood ornament. The wide-eyed Conley walked into the gym and said, "Man, we followed one white line off the highway that veered into a Howard Johnson's Drive Thru service lane, roaring through at 55 mph and coach didn't even stop for change." Good thoughts to all Bombers, Bomber fans and WBs. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Dorms I remember my mother taking my sister Virginia Weyerts Wendland ('54) and I to a dorm to do crafts once a week. We would go and do shell jewelry. A large room had many containers of different colored and shaped shells. You could make earrings, broaches (pins), or decorate vases and I'm sure there were many other uses for them. Re: Square Dancing I remember going to Lewis and Clark for square dancing a few times. It was a lot of fun but I didn't go enough to feel real confident about the square dance calls. Re: Another Bomber Lunch The ladies of the class of '56 had their luncheon on April 6 at Carol Kibler Payne Kerlee's house. There were 10 of us from the class of '56 there: Mary Jones Metcalf, Nola Davey Meichle, Benita Wahl Gottsch, Millie Brooks Bohlke, Barbara Pierce Edens, Karol Brimhall Smith, Carol Kibler Payne Kerlee, Shirley Bumgarner Wood, Annette Verellen Parnell and myself, Lois Weyerts Harrold. Someday, Ken Heminger ('56WB), I may figure out how to send a picture taken with my "regular" camera so that you can see some of the classmates that you used to go to school with. My husband, Larry, will be the one to do all of this. We had a group shot when we went to Anthony's two months ago so I may try that one. We had a great time visiting, as usual, in Carol's lovely home. We are not sure at this time where we will be meeting in May. Re: Polio My Aunt Marie who lives in Schenectady, NY, also had polio as a young child. She is 92 now and has also had the Post- Polio Syndrome that has affected one of her legs. I lady in my church has also been affected in the same way. Re: Movie Larry and I visited the site of the "Hanging Tree" movie outside of Yakima. The cliff did not look nearly so high as it did in the movie. This was quite a few years ago when we were going to college at Ellensburg. You could see some remains of where the town had been built down below the cliff. I'm really enjoying all the different discussions going on these last two months. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ in Richland where it looks like a warming trend is on its way. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: James "Skip" Hutton ('57WB) To anyone who might be able to help me: Looking for a girl (now a lady) that used to live across the street and down a couple of houses from me when I lived on Perkins Ave. In the '40s and '50s. Maiden name, Phyllis Jane Struck. Understand she might be on the Richland school board now. Any help would be nice. -James "Skip" Hutton ('57WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) The mention of a nudist camp brought back the memory of a dark haired girl with a few freckles and the most striking blue eyes I had ever seen, by the name of Carol. She had a locker next to mine in Carmichael (or could of been Col-Hi). There was some talk about her being in a nudist magazine and that sounded so crazy to me that I asked her if it was true. Don't remember her answer, but sure do regret the question. As a kid I was so sure she would say no and I could go around like Sir Galahad and dispel all rumors about this quiet girl. As an adult I can see that it didn't matter one bit and was no one's business. Perspectives certainly change with time. Anyway, could this of been your sister? -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Movies Hi Bombers, Some of you know that my dad died on March 3lst and I just haven't had time to even send in an obit yet but I want to send a story on my dad as many of you may have known him and worked with him. I will try to send that soon. Your entry Rick reminded me of my dad as he also worked as a logger and was in the CCC camp by Wenatchee. But more on that later. Enjoyed the stories on polio and "The Hanging Tree". That was one of my all time favorite movies and I remember that my dad took us up to Yakima to see the tree. I loved the song as well as the movie and don't think they write the wonderful songs anymore for movies that most of us remember. Another one of my favorites was "The River of no Return" with Robert Mitchem and Marilyn Monroe. Tennessee Ernie Ford sang that beautiful song and Marilyn Monroe sang a wonderful children's song in that movie. Speaking of polio does anyone remember the movie "Five Pennies." A great story of Red Nickles, the band leader, and how his life changed when his daughter got polio. Danny Kaye played in the movie and Tuesday Weld played his daughter when she got older. The movie is full of great songs some that I sang to my children over and over as they grew up. Our family life revolved around movies when I was small. We must have gone twice a week to the drive-ins in the summer. Remember Buck-nights, the whole family got in just for one buck? We went so often that the Buttercup song is ingrained in my brain. Remember this? Add sweet cream butter to hot popcorn, mix it up, wrap it up Buttercup is born. It's delicious, so nutritious, it's a taste delight, It's so munchy, crisp and crunchy, you'll enjoy each bite. Eat Buttercup, buttercruch popcorn at it's best. Served in a King size cup............dah, dah, dah dah! Back to the movies. I believe "The River of no Return" was filmed on the Snake River, and in "Five Pennies" there is a wonderful scene where they are slapping the hot wool rags onto the little girl's legs. Weren't we fortunate in the '50s when they came out with the vaccines. I don't remember the sugar cube just that we had to get a series of three shots. I hate needles! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) Re: Chins I have always been under the impression that the "touch your chin to your chest", was, and as far as I know, still is, a quick test for spinal meningitis. Had my granddaughter at an emergency room two years ago and the doc had her try it, and meningitis was rampant at the time. Just a thought. Re: Dorms I think some of the dorms were sold and converted into other things. My understanding was that the old Richland Lutheran Church, started life as a two story dorm, and was gutted to the rafters to make a soaring sanctuary, and installed over a basement foundation. I remember having Sunday school classes in little cubicles curtained off down one side of the sanctuary, while services went on the other side of the curtains. Later we got rooms downstairs. I also lived in a "rooming house" that consisted of a lot of single rooms with a large closet in each one. The bathrooms and the kitchen were down the hall, toward the center of the building. Two story, with bathrooms on both floors, but only the one common kitchen. It also had outside doors at both ends, and you could climb outside stairs to the outside second floor doors, or go upstairs from the center, once you had entered on the ground floor. You had to mark your food when you stuck it in the fridge, and hope no one took it. This was my first "apartment", while I went to CBC, and that wouldn't have been until at least 1964-'65. My parents told me the building was one of the old dorms. It was located on Jadwin, I think. Was torn down eventually and a lot of medical clinics and doctor's offices were built along there. I think I paid about $35 a month. The "hot spot" at the time was Adrian's, and a gal that lived down the hall from me, was a cocktail waitress there. Re: Polio I remember the public pool being closed, all, or at least part of one summer, due to the polio scare. We also had to "rest" every day because it was thought that overheating and fatigue would bring it on, though at the time most people didn't really know, and that was the scariest part of all. When Jim McKeown got it, and he was right next door, my mom really freaked out! Re: My Mom To all who wrote to Len ('66) and I, and said prayers for our Mom, Lois: She is home, doing PT twice a week with a visiting therapist, and will go to an outside facility 3 times a week, after she masters what she is being taught at home. Our dad is doing his usual Mother Hen bit, and clucking over her a lot. It keeps them both happy! -Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) ~ in beautiful Lynnwood, WA - where it is overcast, but dry. Yesterday is rained like the dickens, but we need the water, so that's ok. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Mattson ('64) Sandstormers, with our paper girl's birthday right around the corner, north of Van Giesen, I figured it was just the time to send her a sweet home made card and send off a check for my morning bombing, and I didn't make any reference to her turning 60 either, cool huh. Later, -Bob Mattson ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Re: Iron Lungs Like others, I remember going to the community center to get a sugar cube with the polio vaccine in it. Also vaccinations at school (for ?). Here in Jackson, TN there is a woman, Daine Odell, who has lived (and still lives) in an iron lung for 53 years. Now and then a fund raiser is held for her (well known people come to these to help out). She gets very little financial aid from other sources. I have never met her, but news stories describe her as a ray of sunshine. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ we're having a few days of sun and great temperatures before the next deluge of rain. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/19/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Hal Smith ('56), John Northover ('59) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Derrith Persons ('60WB), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Deedee Willox ('64), Dennis Hammer ('64) Gay Edwards ('64), Jean Armstrong ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Mike Howell ('68WB) Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurel Nielsen ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Lloyd & Linda Swain ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Rohrbacher ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg Wellman ('66) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jeff Larsen ('67) & Barbara Gile ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* TODAY IN HISTORY 1775 American Revolution began 1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life 1993 Waco 1995 Oklahoma City ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) Hi Maren. Didn't get my Sandstorm today. First time that ever happened. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) Re: Dorms To: Mike Brady ('61) Your entry brought back this memory - I delivered one of the local rags to the "DORMS" ... I think it was the "Columbia Basin News" or "Columbian News" ... There was one guy that was always waiting for his paper. I guess he could hear me clomping down the halls ... he would be standing at his door and would take the paper, smile and say "thanks." Never thought much about it, until one morning, during a cold winter morning delivery, he took the paper and asked me if I wanted some hot chocolate ... I said sure. I stood in the door and quickly drank the chocolate. He was partially dressed in his trousers, t-shirt and slippers. This would happen about once or twice a week. He would ask me questions about where I lived, family, school ... etc. etc. etc. Never thought much about it, but was thankful to have a warm cup of chocolate in the middle of my route. THEN .... one morning he was waiting by the door ... like in the past ... but he had a bath robe on!!! ... again I did not think much about it ... (actually did not think much about a lot of stuff back in those days as I think I recall... ) This time he said "Come on in ... the chocolate is not hot yet, so I stepped in as he walked over to the hot plate where he had a pan of chocolate milk. He, with his back to me poured the hot chocolate in a cup and then turned around ... his robe fell open ... YIKES ....!! he stood there ... looking at me ... I yelled something ... turned, slammed the door and ran like crazy ... I do not think I finished delivering papers in that dorm that morning. Did not mention the incident to anyone ... I am not sure how I delivered papers to that dorm ... I do not remember him ever waiting at his door ... I would 'scurry' down the hall dropping papers quickly and quietly ... Am sitting here trying to remember If I ever thought about the incident since it happened ... I think not ... until I read Mike's entry. Strange how the mind works ... I wonder, now, what happened to the guy. later john northover '59 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: The Work ethic To: Rick Maddy ('67) So, Rick... how's the screenplay coming along? (I'm guessing you're putting it on mini disc and having it transcribed by your secretarial service while you're fishing.) All the Best! ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Carol ('60) is my sister. She really took a "beating" when those nudist magazines came out in Richland. When she walked to school, guys called her a "whore" as they drove by in their cars, and several of her "friends' shunned her. I don't think my younger sister had that problem although her picture was also in the magazine. As a youngster, I thought being a nudist was akin to being a communist. My mother told us not to tell anyone. A couple of years ago my younger sister was browsing around in a record store in Pioneer Square in Seattle. The store also carried unusual post cards. As she was looking through them, she found a postcard with a black and white photo of her and Carol taken at a nudist camp when they were in their teens. Now, they can show their children and grandchildren how great they looked when they were young! By the way, both of my sisters are doing fantastic and still looking great. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) To: Class of '60 Re: Lets get together!! The next planning meeting for the class of '60 WHEN: Wednesday April 27th, TIME: 6:30 pm, WHERE: Conference Room in the Richland Library Go to the back right corner of the library. Share this with other classmates so they can come and have fun too! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: April 19th Thanks to all who sent birthday wishes. Yes, Bobby, I got your precious home made birthday card and $$$ in the mail yesterday... thanks for not mentioning that I turned 60 today. You're a real prince! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Happy Birthday A Happy Birthday to our Alumni Sandstorm Queen, Maren. God knew what He was doing when he made you! However, the rumor is that when you were born, the doctor slapped your mother! Is that true? I love you, my friend, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday. No doubt you will be celebrating (at our age is celebrating the right word? *LOL*) with those cute granddaughters! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Celebrating is a good word... I'll take it! -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Movies I just saw the preview (now days they call them trailers) of "The River of No Return" a few hours before reading your Sandstorm entry. It was on the DVD of "Monkey Business" which is sold today as a Marilyn Monroe movie, but it was really a Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers movie with Marilyn Monroe getting fourth billing. It was made just before she became a superstar. "The River of No Return" was filmed in Canada. I looked it up a few years ago as I had thought it had been filmed in Washington State. Really enjoyed seeing "Jeff" from "Lassie" play Robert Mitchem's son in that movie. Jeff was Lassie's owner when we first got TV in 1954 or 1955. Then one day, in the middle of a season, it started out with them all in the living room dressed up in suits. Gramps had died and Jeff and his mother moved into town leaving Lassie on the farm with new owner Timmy and his new adopted parents. For me that is when the program "jumped the shark." After that it was never anywhere near as good and I eventually quit watching. Over the years I have talked to many people and it seems they all remember Timmy, but no one seems to remember Jeff. Found out recently they were writing Jeff out of the story because they decided he was getting too old for the part, and when the actor who plaid Gramps died, they wrote that into the story. I know if you have a dish, it does come on in the middle of the night as "Jeff's Collie." Two movies that had hugely popular songs at the time they were released were "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "55 Days at Peking," but it was very disappointing that they were not in the movies themselves. I have never seen "The Hanging Tree." but I do have the Marty Robbins song. I remember getting a series of three polio shots, and it almost seems like they gave us something after each shot in a little round paper cup like you put catsup in at a fast-food place, but that was 50 years ago and I don't remember. I thought the sugar cubes might have been the later oral polio vaccine. I heard week or two on Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" that FDR's polio was misdiagnosed and doctor ordered frequent painful lower back massages. A later doctor said it was only a mild case and he probably would have fully recovered if not for the damage done by the treatment prescribed by the first doctor. -Dennis Hammer ('64), A Bomber in Lion Country ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gay Edwards ('64) Hello Bomber Buddies, Just checking in to let you know that one month after Vera's Bomber Lunch Birthday Celebration... she is still carrying around her album and showing everyone how wonderful each of you are! I'm having another SURPRISE celebration for Vera, inviting her contemporary pals up from Richland to 'roast' Vee on April 30th. I'll be sure to take the Album along for show and tell! Also, I'm doing a fun filled Power Point presentation of Mom's life in a nutshell for the April 30th celebration... so everyone will get to see all of the Bomber Lunch Pics I took on March 20th, as well. That will be some kinda wonderful surprise for Mom, too! My guess is that when we become 85, the compliments and fun times are few and far between. However, your album inclusion, attendance at the birthday, cards, and general loving ways... made Momma Vee's compliments and fun times Many and Close Together. Please know that Vera's daughter thanks you from that happy place in my heart where good memories are made and stored for a lifetime of joy. You're the best... each and every one of you. Take another peek at the "Spokane" Bomber Lunch Website, and click on the pic that shows Mom's happy laugh... you'll see that we've added several more great pics of Vee Rah... just for your viewing amusement. You'll especially love the HAT PIC! See you on May 15th for the next Spokane Bomber Lunch. I'll bring Vee Rah! Blessings to Y'all. -Gay Edwards ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) Still trying to get caught up with everything and especially reading the Sandstorm.. I wanted to write in and wish Maren a very special birthday.. Hope you get to spend some quality time doing what you love to do.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, special Lady.. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ - Where it is starting to look a lot like summer ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Sorry to hear about your dad---thoughts and prayers are with you. Re: "River of No Return"----think the river was the Rogue River in Oregon... loved that movie---it also starred Tommy Retig (played Jeff in the Lassie TV series)... wasn't Rory Calhoun also in it? Think he played Marilyn's boyfriend, who leaves her stranded with Robert Mitchum and Tommy Retig... loved the scene where Mitchum comes into the saloon where she is singing, picks her up, puts her over his shoulder, takes her out of there and puts her in the wagon. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - where we had a 5. something magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon---didn't "feel" it, though--we were busy driving around town, so the motion of the car kept us from feeling the ground moving! did have some damage in Mettler (about 35 miles South of here, at the base of the grapevine)--was also felt in Los Angeles and parts of Santa Barbara... glad I didn't feel it, cause those blasted things give me the "heebie jeebies"!!!!!!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there all you Bombers and Bomberettes... Been off-line for awhile...just catching up tonight...couldn't sleep. Was a kick to see my where abouts inquired about...sorry I missed the "Bringing Down" event. Other than attendance, the reviews are really great. Congrats to all who worked and attended. The two weeks prior to the event were kinda harried for us (my wife and I). We were buying a house and it was supposed to close Feb 28th. There kept being hassles with the lender that delayed us a day or two at a time for two weeks! We were going crazy (not much of a hike for me). We finally closed on the 14th of March. Our belongings, in storage for about 15 months, were delivered the next day and the day after that, we left for Seattle. We had committed to meet two of our grandkids there for Spring Break (thus missing the gym deal). We took them several places in Seattle (remember the World's Fair?) and to Victoria, BC. My folks had been there several times, but I had never been. It was really fun! Love the Victoria Clipper!! Then, Donna, my lovely wife, went with the girls to San Diego and I came back to continue the moving. When Donna came home, a week later, I picked her up at midnight at the Pasco airport and whisked her off to her new bedroom furniture in our new house. The fridge had just been delivered the day before, but was mostly empty. Some of our stuff was damaged while in Portland in the moving van. During the heavy snow last year, the van roof had leaked and some furniture was damaged. Also, a couple boxes of files got wet and most of our clothes are mildewed and/or moldy. The files are still drying in the garage. The clothes are likewise, but still in cartons with the tops open. Donna is very allergic to mold, so she sneezes whenever she goes in the garage (not often). We have to unpack, sort, toss and clean in small doses. It's been a pain and slow going. We still have stuff at the old house, mostly garage stuff, but no place to put it yet. In addition, I've been working quite a bit. I've been videotaping events. Have done several depositions (one for 4 days involving Kadlec hospital). Most recently, I was at the HAMMER facility for three days shooting the Nation Guard exercise you may have heard about (local folks, that is). Today I'm in Walla Walla for my last (I hope) follow-up visit on my broken wrist. It seems to be about 90% recovered, we'll see what the doc says. Tuesday is another deposition to shoot. Wednesday, hopefully, I'll get back to the moving thing. Gotta be out of the old place by the end of the month. The new place is coming together nicely, we had our first guests Saturday night. Used the BBQ grill up from San Diego. Still works! We are now real live Pasco homeowners. Who woulda thunk it! Wow, that got windy... sorry you asked, Ms. Ahrens? dj jeff Michael ('65)... on the banks of the Mighty Columbia in Pasco where the sun shone, the rain fell and the sunset was gorgeous Saturday night. Oh, yeah, that was all at the same time! -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: getting military advice My 16 year old son, Nikolai, is finishing his sophomore year in high school. He wants to invest his junior and senior years in classes that will best position him for a military career. He is a very good student, but has decided to enlist for a 'basic' stint right out of high school, then go to college, participating in ROTC, then go back into the military as an officer. His thinking is that (1) he will be better equipped to be a good officer if he has had the experience of being a 'grunt' from the ground up; (2) the military can help with his education costs if he handles things this way. Right now he is thinking of becoming a medic during his first stint but he has yet to talk with the recruiting officers to see what all is available. We would appreciate any words of wisdom/advice from those of you with experience in these matters. Would also appreciate any contact information you can provide for folks like Gen. Jim Mattis ('68), or others who might be able to provide Nikolai with some guidance. Thanks, Bombers! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ In Spokane - and less than two weeks away from finishing my Psych Nurse Practitioner Degree (Looks like I might live through it after all!!!!) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) "The river of no Return" was filmed on the Columbia River between Bingen and Washogal. It was filmed on both the Oregon and Washington sides. In return they built the million dollar rest stop on the Oregon side. It looks like a miniature capitol dome on the top of the hills on the Oregon side. You have to take the view drive to get there. My mother (RIP) was an extra in the movie way back then and told us all about it many many times. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Where has Mike Davis ('74) been? -Brad Upton ('74 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/20/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Dore Tyler ('53) Ray Wells ('54), Marla Jo Lowman ('55) Larry Harrold ('56), Patti Mathis ('60) Judy Willox ('61), Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Donni Clark ('63), Mike Howell ('68WB) Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Shipman ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Scholarships To: Ben Jacobs ('69) Richland H.S. Thanks for your help re Club 40 -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) Re: River of No Return To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Are you sure that "River of No Return" wasn't actually filmed on the Salmon River? I seem to remember a lot of publicity to that effect during the first run of the movie. Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) will know. -Dore Tyler ('53) Doing his own thing in the privacy of his own garden ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Wells ('54) Re: Consequences of attending a nudist camp To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) and Mike Brady ('61) When I was in my twenties, my former wife and I attended several nudist camps in the Northwest, and we also attended the same nudist camp as did Mike and his sisters. I didn't see anything wrong with it at the time, and I don't see anything wrong with it now. Neither my wife or I ever experienced or saw any inappropriate behavior nor did we see any sexual harassment at any of the camps. Mike and his sisters (and everyone else) behaved, at the camp, the same as they would have if everyone were fully clothed. Obviously, Mike's parents were nudists because children could only attend if they came with their parents. Mike and his sisters were raised in this atmosphere, and it wasn't something that they pursued on their own. It is unfortunate that Mike's sister was called a "whore" because of something her parents chose for her, especially since his sister was always appropriate in her behavior. She did not deserve this label. There is something wrong when a nude body is deemed inappropriate, but it is appropriate to humiliate someone publicly by labeling them as a "whore." -Ray Wells ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Lunch We had another fun day in Sacramento. A few less attendees, but lots of memories, news about home and updates on other alumni. We have a map of Richland and intend to mark all of our old addresses - kind of fun to see how the area looks now versus when we lived there. If you weren't there we probably included you in our discussions!!! All good stuff of course. We will plan another luncheon in a few months, so if you are in our area in August "come on down" and join us. The lucky people who were there are: Ken Ely ('49), Ann Clancy Andrews ('50), Jim McKeown ('53 and wife Edna), Jack Sinderson ('53), Pete Hollick ('55), Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55), Deanna Case Ackerman ('55), Pat Finney Risser ('56), Sandy Finney Harvego ('60). -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: "Hanging Tree" In 1959 my wife, Lois Weyerts ('56), Paul Webster ('56) and his wife, Barbara Brown ('57), and I went to see the Premier showing of the Hanging tree in Ellensburg, WA where we were attending college at the time. We had heard that the movie was made somewhere around Yakima on the Naches River. I forgot how we found our directions, but we ended up getting there by taking the Chinook Pass highway. Several miles past the turnoff to White Pass, We went to the Niles Store, which was situated on the left side of the highway 410 next to the Naches River. There is a bridge across the river on the left side of the store. The store consists of a combination gas station, food and convenience store. As soon as you cross the bridge, you turn right. Proceed about one and one half miles to two miles and you are there at the old town site off to the right side of the road with the cliff where the two cabins were located. If I remember right, after you cross the river at the Niles Store and turn right, there is another bridge crossing back over. Be sure not to take that road and keep going straight. About where you can first see the town site and the cliff there is a fork in the road. If you stay to the right it goes up a little hill and brings you to the top of the cliff where the cabins were. At this point, if you look down over the cliff to the North you see Rattlesnake Creek where Doc Frail first found Rune being chased by the townspeople for stealing. Remember when Rune came climbing up over the top when Doc. Frail was looking to buy the cabins. On top of the cliffs, A fireplace was still standing and the remnants of simple footings for the cabins marking their outline were still visible. Looking down at the town from the top of the cliff, the rock ringed fire pit was still there. This is where they had the big fire and George C. Scott was stirring up the crowd that night with his "fire and damnation" speech on why they should hang Doc Frail after he had shot and killed Frenchie for what he had done to the Pretty Lady. Lois and I were back 5 or 6 years ago and the brush had almost reclaimed the town site, but it was still recognizable. While you are looking for the bridge at the Nile Store, keep your eyes peeled for a small sign along the road that says "Nile". When you see the sign you are getting close, then look for the store. -Larry Harrold ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Thanks for the update Mike. I work for a man and wife who had parents (both deceased) who were nudists. their recollections are of being drug on family vacations, to a very boring place, where you didn't have to worry about what to wear. Tell Carol hi for me. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Jane Walker's ('62) Happy Birthday [4/18] to Jane Walker from a fellow '62 classmate! Jane, I haven't made it back to Alaska yet, but it's still on my "schedule", and I will look you up when I get there, but hope you come down to our next reunion, which may occur before I get back up there. At the moment, I am in the little town of Spruce Pine, NC, where I am learning there is country as beautiful, and as rugged as we see in our beloved Pacific Northwest. I have been blessed to have beautiful weather during the 4 days I've been here, and every day something more is blossoming or greening up. I rode a little on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is so great, but I will miss the rhododendrons in bloom again. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To: Linda Reining ('64) Since you mentioned Rory Calhoun I have to tell a story about him. When I was little, every time we came down to Southern CA to visit my grandma and other relatives we always spent one day of our vacation touring Hollywood looking for movie stars' homes. I was crazy about Rory Calhoun even though I was only 8 or 9. We found his home this one day. I can still remember I was wearing a yellow blouse and petal pushers and had braids in my hair. I ran up to the door and a maid came to the door and I asked her if I could have his autograph. She pleasantly said to wait a minute and disappeared. Then in a few minutes in the window right above me he leaned out and talked to me. Asked me all kinds of questions, was so nice and told me to wait at the door. Then the maid came back and brought me a big glossy picture of him that he had personally signed for me. He made a little girl very happy and thrilled that I got to see a movie star! He played a crummy role in the picture sorry to say. I love that scene too at the end, and how about when she throws off her red shoes and leaves them in the dirt? Now let's see, which river was that, the Columbia, the Rouge, in Canada, or Oregon? Isn't it amazing the word that gets around? -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Lynn, my first thought was to tell you to talk him out of it but after thinking back to when I went in... It wouldn't do any good to try. So: the best advice I can give is that he should enlist for OTC right off the bat. If he doesn't like the service he can be done with it and have his GI Bill to get educated as he sees fit. Whatever branch he chooses have him think it over very, very close and see that he chooses a field that has job opportunities on the outside, like communications, electronics, even engineers. Stay away from Medic, Infantry, and combat duties. You will both be happier in the long run. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) There may be some ex-Bombers with fond memories of the ancient Foreign Language Building (FLB) on the RHS campus. Yesterday [4/18], the FLB was carefully demolished by a stout back hoe. Reminds some of us of Ray Juricich teaching driver training and Mr. Muruca spreading the Spanish and his ping pong wars at lunch with Rish... sitting in those chairs. -Steve Piippo ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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 heaven! -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 Hopkins." 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 often. 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 coming! 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) Lynn-Marie, 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 developments. 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. Regards, -Tom Mattis ('66), USMC 1967-70 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: the screenplay John, 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. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/22/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Bill Berlin ('56), Judy Willox ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Pat Doriss ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Weihermiller ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Meg Cone ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bomber Baseball I read in the Skagit Valley Herald that the Bombers (8-0) are rated #1 in the state in baseball and some Yakima outfit is rated #4. That should be a great game but where are the Sandstorm sports writers when I need them? Re: Wreck Beach in Vancouver, B.C. Rick, "the Wreck" is still nudist and the City of Vancouver made it legal a few years back, not that it made any difference to the UBC folks. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we have no nudist beaches but Dr. Priebe ('57) and his lovely wife Norma have to move out of their current abode by 1 May. They will gypsy between their home on Gabriola Island (B.C.) and Anacortes where the new house is moving along. Bet they have a nudist beach on Gabriola... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am catching up on the Sandstorms I missed when I was down visiting the North Carolina mountain country with a non-Bomber girlfriend. And I want to say a very Happy Belated Happy Birthday to our hard-working editor, Maren Smyth ('63 and '64) and thank her again for all her dedication to this venue that has brought us all such joy in remembering the good ole' days in Richland. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ back home in West Harrison, In by the little lake where things are greening up here too. Also, I read a comment about the movie "Hoosiers". Our minister was in attendance at that basketball game, and they don't think it has any reference to Bomberland!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Judy Willox ('61) I am moving back to Richland, if for no other reason than to attend the wine tasting.. I am soooooo jealous! My sister Kellie ('77) especially likes a winery in Benton City... -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) I need Maren's e-mail address. I need her help in locating/ contacting the vendor they bought the green "pouches" (with the ID pocket & lanyard) that were sold at the Class of '64's Reunion last summer. I'm on the planning committee for the RHS-65 Reunion (June 24 & 25) and we'd like to contact the vendor to see if they still have the pouches available for sale. Thanks -Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Pat, Bought them from TLC Printing in Pasco. I'm sure they're listed in the phone book. Sold our '64 "left overs" to Club 40 so they're for sale here: Don't know how many they have left, though. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>John M. Unser, Jr. ('63) ~ 7/4/44 - 4/14/05 >>Howard V. Armstrong ('56) ~ 8/25/38 - 4/19/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/23/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Hal Smith ('56), Judy Willox ('61) George Barnett ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Doug Ufkes ('68), Jeff Curtis ('69) Kellie Walsh ('77), Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Bradley ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita Eckert ('61) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) With great sadness I read of the passing of a an old friend, Howard Armstrong ('56-RIP). Howie and I went to Lewis & Clark, Carmichael, and Col-Hi together and played little league, pony league, and American legion baseball on the same teams for years. He was a heck of a left hander and an even better friend. I'll miss him. My heart felt condolences to his family. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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: George Barnett ('63) Re: Heads up in Oregon I just had to write a blurb to the Sandstorm. My son Brad Barnett was just accepted to Oregon States school of veterinary medicine. He graduates from the University of Arizona in about three weeks, then we will be traveling up to the Corvallis area looking for a place for him to buy? or rent? for the next four years. Any Bombers in the Corvallis area with tips, suggestions, real estate contacts, etc. please send me an e-mail. My son is a six year marine vet, would have played Pac 10 football were it not for a knee problem, (6' 292#) and will specialize in large animals. Any and all help will be appreciated. Am I a proud dad? YEAH By Geo. -George Barnett ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Fission Chips (match book cover) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: The military When I was in the Navy from '68 to '72 I hated it, having "grown up" so to speak I now regret the opportunities I lost during that time and realize that the discipline was what I needed. It took me 25 more years to actually grow up. I do know that opting to join the military, either as an officer or and enlisted man, or both, is an honorable thing. My youngest has just joined the Navy. Young people need direction and discipline, many of them now days have none, again this is a product of our generation and it's Dr. Spock approach to raising kids and thus there is really no way to discipline a wayward child now days--if they don't want to they don't have to. So it is refreshing that you here of a kid who wants to join the military. Joining up does not automatically mean he or she will be in combat, a very small percentage of our total forces are fighting in this war. I agree with Tom Mattis, the kid should talk to recruiters and seek all the information he can regarding what he wants to do and how he wants to do it, get all the advice he can from those people involved in the military today but also listen to those who have been in the service in other times, there is no such thing as too much knowledge. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: Another Day 3 -Jeff Curtis ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) To: Jeanie Weenie Walsh ('63) -- sweet sis o'mine, Ah, that winery would be Kiona Winery. The home of one of the best Chardonnays ever. Can't believe my best bud from high school Annie Mitzlaff Gerken and her Hubs Mark actually lived just down the lane from this incredible vineyard for years. And via a "Quid Pro Quo" sitch, she sending me a bottle of that liquid gold for a little favor I am doing for her... Imagine living down the road from several good wineries - and one extremely horribibble one. Annie, you know the one I'm talking about.... heh heh heh. -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) ~ Flanders, NJ - where after 20+ years in Southern California, its GREAT to see forsythia in bloom, and the lilacs are soon to blossom. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) Re: Picture of Sibb's Restaurant To: All Bombers I received some pictures of war time Richland from a lady who's grandfather worked in the Power Houses in the 200 area during the war. His name is Maynard Miller. All photos, but one, I can recognize. Does anyone remember a place called Sibb's? It looks like a home that was converted to small restaurant. It could be some kind of vacation photo. Anyone have any ideas? -Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/24/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Wally Erickson ('53), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Bill Berlin ('56), Mike Bradley ('56) Jim Armstrong ('63), Jim House ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Marshall Smith ('64) Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie Swanson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben Hausenbuiller ('98) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Green & Gold To: Jim McKeown ('53), Jack Sinderson ('53), the Finney girls and all Bombers (green & gold) from Sacramento I'm sure I could hear all of you clear up here in Coeur D'Alene rooting for the "green and gold", or was that for the "Kings"? It turned out to be a close game in the end. Both teams were giving the ball back at critical times near the end of the game. Just wanted to thank each of you for supporting the "green and gold".....grin. Go Sonics!!!! Next game Tuesday. -Wally Erickson ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Wine Washington is really getting into the wine industry and our Bomber friend John Williams ('56) has the Kiona Winery which I agree is one of the best in the area. Their Late Harvest Riesling is the best of all locals. I read they are expanding the tasting room and vineyards. There are several other wineries on the same road and many in the area. Never imagined all that sage brush covered such a gold mine. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Howie Armstrong ('56-RIP) I was really bummed to hear that my old bud Howie Armstrong had passed away. As is so often the case, I had not thought or seen of him for a good many years but my memories now are very vivid. Like Hal Smith ('56), I went to L & C, Carmichael and Col-Hi with Howie but kind of lost touch after graduating in '56 and moving on and out of Richland. Howie and I did a lot of things together, most of it was just running around the south end of town, riding my horse, playing a little baseball and backyard hoops. Howie was a much better athlete than I and was never cut, as I recall, from Little or Pony League but I sure was. Just the same, Howie was a good friend and felt my pain when I got cut from a Pony League team. My heart and thoughts go out to Howie's family and whilst I don't know them, they were very fortunate to have known and loved a guy like Howie. Red skies and calm seas, my good friend. Hello to Hal Smith ('56) too. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ where the tulips are slowing being picked in the Skagit Valley. Going to the Tulip Fly-In at the Skagit Valley Airport today and talk "fly boy" with anyone who will listen. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) Re: Fission Chips Gary, your match book cover brought back memories. I would hate to guess how many potatoes I peeled and sliced for that store. As I recall, there were two owners, one by the name of Cal and I can't remember the other fellow, but I can remember what he looked like. Cal and I also had the privilege of acting in a Richland Players rendition of "Life with Father". He Played my older brother and I played Whitney whose main effort was attempting to learn his catechism during the play. The opening scene was around the breakfast table where I began to recite my catechism, the problem was that the cereal had no milk, so I opened my mouth to recite what ever verse was involved and managed to spit dry cereal all over the table. It went over OK as the audience laughed so it turned out all right. -Mike Bradley ('56) ~ from Kirkland, WA - where the weather is great and I turned 67 today (4/23). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) I'm sorry to hear of the passing of John Unser ('63-RIP). I didn't know him real well but what I did know I liked. Rest in peace, John. Jim Armstrong (63) P.S. Congratulations Gerorge. My son Richard is an OSU alumnus. Fine School. Mr. Evans is smiling too. -Jim Armstrong ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) I cannot wait any longer for a classmate to come forward with the name of the Bomber who had a "Hoosier moment" against Kennewick in 1963, the last season in our grand old gym. I have told his story many times on courts around the country. Not because of the clutch free throws to win the game, but how it changed the player's role for the rest of the season. The game had some suspense as the Bombers were playing without two injured starters. Dave Simpson ('63) was a starter all season but was only averaging three points game. With several All State players on the Bomber squad, Dave probably would not have been the choice of most fans to shoot the clutch free throws with one second left and the game on the line. But he accepted that challenge and made both of them! Now for the rest of the story. The next night, Dave at 6'4" went against Ted Wierman of Yakima Davis who was 6'7" and later starred at WSU. Dave led the Bombers to victory again that night, scoring 19. He went on to average double figures the remainder of the season. In the District semi finals he scored 17 against the taller Wierman in another win. In the State Tournament he led the Bombers in scoring with 17 in the victory over Hudson's Bay for third place. In that game Dave went up against Craig Raymond, the 6'11" center that would become a college star and a first round draft choice by Philadelphia in the NBA. Dave went on to play football in college, however he was also inducted into a regional sports Hall of Fame a few years ago as a member of the great 1964 CBC basketball team. Quite an achievement for a guy averaging 3 points a game before stepping to the line for two crucial free throws and establishing himself as the "Gold Medal Class '63 Basketball Hero". Dave's clutch free throws have to be among the greatest moments in that old gym, after all how many close games did Art Dawald have there. Dawald's record for conference games in the last thirteen years in that gym was 87-2. Incidentally, at the end of the regular season, Jim Ott ('64) scored that last 8 points in the final game in the gym while punishing Eisenhower (the last opponent to beat the Bombers there) 93-58. Ray Hultman ('47) was a referee in that final game. Put all of that in your Bomber trivia! -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (enjoying a beautiful sunny spring day, shooting a few baskets and wondering why Ray Stein's ('64) classmates did not answer his question about spring break) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Columbian Yearbooks Found...1981 Columbian - no writing 1984 Columbian - no writing If interested, Please feel free to contact me. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marshall Smith ('64) Re: Any Bomber Artists Want Some Publicity? A big art gallery in San Francisco is having an upcoming show that seems like a good place for an exhibit about growing up in Richland: Simnuke Project Gallery Show (July 28 August 10, 2005). The Simnuke Project is seeking art that tells the story of the Atomic Age. -Marshall Smith ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Just a reminder to register for the Basketball tournament this June. Also, many of you who did not play in last year's tournament wanted to know what the jersey's looked like. I have posted a picture here: Remember you cannot get shorts or put numbers on jerseys after May 23rd, so if you want a number, please send in your application early. If you have any questions, let me know. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ~~~ 503-830-6961 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Brian Joseph Gales ('94) ~ 3/16/75 - 4/17/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clancy ('50), Dave Brusie ('51) Gloria Falls ('58), Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Ratsch ('58) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Spears & Cathy Clugston ('64) BOMBER LUNCH Today: 1940's Ladies & Spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Purple and Black To: Wally Erickson ('53) Wally, Wally, Wally! Do I detect ~~~~~~Oh~~~~~maybe~~~~just a touch of~~~~~ over confidence regarding the Sonics win over the Kings on 4/24/05? Forever a Green and Gold Bomber who attended a lot of basketball games while in high school, during the Gene Conley ('48) and Orv Marcum ('48) reign, I know how these colors can defeat the opposition as we witnessed yesterday. But~~also, being a fan of the Purple and Black Sacramento Kings, I am going to plead color blindness in this situation and say "Go Kings!" Hopefully, the Kings no longer bedazzled by the Green and Gold will get their act back together. Bombers??? Yes!!! Sonics??? Don't think so!!! Kings??? Here we go again!!!! -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~ Cloudy, cool, and a few sprinkles in Sacramento but thinking things are going to start heating up on Tuesday! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Dick McCoy ('45) God Bless buckle overshoes!!! Yes! Did not know that you survived the Midwest weather. I always knew that you were tough, because Bonnie told me so. Your friend, -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Falls Loman Evans ('58) Hi all you hockey fans be sure and visit the hockey team of the Tri-City Americans next fall. My son now owns it, but we live in Spokane and root for the Chiefs, but when we are down visiting my son, Dennis Loman I must root for Tri-City Americans. Also if you need your taxes done, he is the CEO of Le Master and Daniels Accounting firm. I needed to brag a little. Thanks -Gloria Falls Loman Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA - where it is very warm today. We watched grandson Jacob play 5 games of hockey this weekend but it was nice and cool in the arena. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Jim House ('63) I enjoyed reading your entry in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm. Which brings to my mind, does anyone know Art Dawald's win-loss record while coaching at Col-Hi? -Mike Brady ('61) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/26/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Dick Harris ('49), Dave Brusie ('51) Marian Hall ('56), Ernie Trujillo ('59) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Donna Fredette ('65), Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosalie Lansing ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Dukes ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Indians On the way over to the Club 40 meeting I went thru Matawa-Vantage. It brought back many memories. Back in 1943, Railroad Robert Snapp, head of the transportation stuff at Hanford took several of us up the south and west side of the Columbia from Hanford to Beverly where we crossed the railroad bridge (still there) on planks laid for autos. A little scary, but it worked. We came back on the other side of the river and crossed back on the Corfu-Hanford ferry. Along the way on the south side we came upon Indians at Priest Rapids, living in wikiups. I told Hal Ludwig, Jim Domrose and Ed Johnson (all '45) about them and they went up an bought a cayuse for about ten $. I don't know what happened to that horse, except that it didn't win the Kentucky Derby. To: Dave Brusie ('51) You're dang right! Bonnie knew tough. -Dick McCoy, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Dorms I did not realize that ANY of the dorms were used for married couples. I knew that had dorms for the teachers. That must have been later because many of the married couples had to take rooms in the dorms as single persons. Our neighbor was a patrolman in Richland and he said it was not the teenagers they caught "necking in the cars" - it was the couples who lived as a single person in the dorms and had no other place to have sex. My dad used to repair radios. One of the women I worked with (and lived in the dorms) asked if he could repair her radio. She brought it to work - when daddy fixed the radio he went to her dorm and no one was around. He yelled a couple of times and walked up the steps to her room. Fortunately he did not encounter anyone and she got her radio and he ran back down and got into his car and beat feet. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - Beautiful - sun shining - no wind and no rain. That was a lulu of a storm during our Club 40 meeting at the library Saturday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Harris ('49) To: Dave Brusie ('51) Dave: Did you hear about our friend, Dick McCoy ('45), being asked by a Col-Hi English teacher to use the word, "fascinate," in a sentence? He replied: "I had overshoes with nine buckles on them, but I could only fasten eight!" Sorry about that! -Dick Harris ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Jim Jensen ('50) You should have broken ranks and come on over to see me at Keesler. I was playing basketball for Keesler in January of 1953. We played in the World Air Force Tournament in Syracuse N.Y. that March. Sorry I missed you in England. I was at Chicksands AFB in Bedford England from June '53 to Dec. '55. Yes Bonnie ('45-RIP), my sister told me of the meeting you two had at the Club 40 Party. You probably know that Bonnie passed away in Nov. 2001. We sure did have fun playing baseball for Rish. Good hearing from you, my dear friend. Tom Graham (55) Hi Neighbor!! Boy did we have a lot of spin Baseball Games, and a lot of stick ball in the streets on Abbot Street. You just don't see the spin Baseball games around anymore. Hope everything is well with you. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marian Hall Collins ('56) Am interested to know if anyone has knowledge of Doris Arlene Snyder ('56)? You can contact me through my sister, Annette ('62). -Marian Hall Collins ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ernie Trujillo ('59) To: All Bombers Re: Trip To Italy I will be leaving for Rome tomorrow and hope to confirm all the good things I've heard from other Bombers that have made that trip. If any of you happen to be in Rome from April 26th to May 4th, look me up at the Sonya Hotel, near the train station in Rome. Bombers Cheers -Ernie Trujillo ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Former Miss Tri-Cities -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A birthday ON THE 26TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yup... we got another one... one a them there Cheerleader types... you all know her... EVERBODY knowed her... one of those girls with the infectious smiles and makes everyone else smile who happens to be around her... (no no we aren't talking about kissing disease or anything like that... you must learn to use words to express yourself... not just the way the rest of the school uses them)... This lady is one of those big kids that was a Senior during my Soph. year so I was just kinda walking around waiting to grow up and maybe be invited to the big kid's table for dessert or something... She brings joy to the gang every time she is around just like she did back in the day... so let's have a WONDERFUL Bomber Cheer for: 2 4 6 8 who do we appreciate... ROSALIE ROSALIE ROSALIE LANSING ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) PS... couldn't bring it up during a birthday post... but tomorrow I wanna find out about this Richland haircut that took up the whole first page of the US News Section of the Vegas Paper on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Hey Maren, I thought you might think about sharing this with the Sandstorm. I think it is so good! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: Registration and Jerseys Just a reminder to register for the Basketball tournament this June. Also, many of you who did not play in last year's tournament wanted to know what the jerseys looked like. I have posted a picture here: Remember you cannot get shorts or put numbers on jerseys after May 23rd, so if you want a number, please send in your application early. If you have any questions, let me know. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) 503-830-6961 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/27/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Ann Pearson ('50) Jim McKeown ('53), Helen Cross ('62) Jim House ('63), Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev Smith ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Upson ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: Fascinate To: Old friend Dick Harris ('49) You apologized to Dave Brusie ('51) for that old chestnut? I'm the one who was grievously slandered. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Bronc, beaver, Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) Just thought it was a real kick to hear of the "big" Richland Washington story re: the person who didn't like her haircut and shot out the back window of the hairdresser's car! No kidding this was on local San Diego TV (all three stations) and the local talk radio. They all said "don't think we'll get our hair done in Richland if the cuts and/or the customers are that bad". Name of the customer or the hairdresser was not disclosed. -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ~ Looking for good weather in San Diego and so far haven't gotten much. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Gary, The list of Miss Tri Cities was very interesting... I noticed that they started in the mid '60s. How many remember the Miss Richland contests... or Miss Atomic City, I can't remember which. One of the first ones... in '47 or '48 was won, surprisingly by my Aunt.... Susan Wilkes. She had moved up from Portland to work at the project, and I believe she stayed at the dorms. I also believe that the contest was held in North Richland and that Judy Canova was the guest star for the event. Hard to remember, since I was in the 7th grade. Also, later, when I became a Jaycee, we held the Miss Richland contests in the mid '50s, and that's when Sharon Tate ('61wb-RIP), who was in School because her Dad was in the service and stationed here. She left town shortly after the event, and could not serve as Miss Richland, so the Crown went to Janice Kerstetter Bullek ('53). They were neat times. -Jim McKeown, from the class of 53, rootin for the Kings. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I'd like to add my best wished to Rosalie Lansing ('63) on the birthday. I always remember her and her brother, Craig Lansing ('62) one of my fellow classmates as two of the beautiful people back at Col-Hi then. But I always smile when I remember that Craig Lansing ended up in some sort of law enforcement. It's been raining and colder all day today, although that is much better than the snow and freezing temperatures we had last week. The birds and visiting ducks and geese around our little pond don't seem to mind, and they are fun to watch. But every day it keeps greening up, and in anther month, summer will be here. I hope that Ernie Trujillo ('59) does find Rome as charming a place as I always have the few times I've been fortunate enough to visit there. I am just finally getting my scrapbook about our mission trip to Russia over Old/New Year together. I love to read novels about Russia now. I've reread a great biography about Catherine the Great, and Russka, a book about the whole history of Russia, and am now attempting War and Peace again. Next month Warren (a non-Bomber, but a Washingtonian at least, from Brewster ('63)) and I will be heading up to Quebec to visit some Dutch friends of mine from when I was an exchange student in l962 to Holland, and then we'll visit Warren's 88 year old uncle on a farm in Vermont. Should be fun. Bomber Cheers, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Mike Brady ('61) Art Dawald's record was 406-149 for 73%. He was followed by Frank Teverbaugh with a record of 155-23. Apparently a 87% winning percentage was not good enough for Frank to keep coaching. The following link in the Bomber website has all the scores, players and coaches for the Colts, Broncs, Beavers and Bombers going back to 1910. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) I want to add a very very Happy (tho late) Birthday to one of my all-time favorite song leaders of the past, sweet Rosalie Lansing. You're the best! love, -Patricia de la Bretonne '65 in Seattle *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/28/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and the grandson of Art Dawald sent stuff: Dick Harris ('49), Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams ('54) Dick Pierard ('52), Tom Tracy ('55), Nancy Stull ('59), Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65), Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Homer Raekes ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Simmons ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Harris ('49) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) O.K., I apologize, but anyone who had three buckles each, for being a Bronco, a Beaver, and a Bomber should be proud! -Dick Harris ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) We'd like to wish a very Happy Birthday, even tho it's one day late, to our good friend, Bev Smith Jochen ('52). You're always so great to remember us on holidays, etc. Im glad your birthday was listed so we could give you some accolades for a change. Happy Birthday Friend, -Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) The getting even with the Richland hairdresser story made the television news here in Boston as well. An old friend from Pasco was visiting me a couple days ago and I told him about it. He said he had heard the story and thought it had happened in Washington, D.C. My reply was that with all the nutty people who hang around that city, it would have been a more likely place. -Dick Pierard ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) Sometimes we have a bad hair day. Rumor has it that either Donald Trump's or Don King's hairdresser had been hiding out in Richland. But we all know that a rumor goes half-way round the world before the truth gets its pants on. I had a couple of cars in high school that needed to be taken into the desert and put down, but my Dad was my barber. I always needed to keep his car in reserve. He cut a lot of people's hair down in the basement on an old barrel where Richland's rumors and legends were often worth hearing. From kids to teenagers and neighbors, lots of good visits made for good friends and helped spread good messages from politics to ping pong but no government secrets. The worst haircut I ever got was when Dad was leveling a crew cut and stepped on our Siamese cat's tail. It reminded him not to do that again by attaching its retractable fingernails to his calf. Thereafter, I always made sure the cat was outside before sitting on that barrel. To: Jim McKeown ('53) Its nice to root for your home team. After watching the last game, it appears that the next game should be close... until right after the National Anthem unless someone turns out the lights. Sonics look pretty tough. The beauty of both teams is that they don't waste time. A tragic sight is watching a player waste the last few seconds by letting the clock run down... Anyone doing such a thing should have their pay reduced commensurably. That's a frightening thought to players, because lots of their wives have already spent the playoff money at the mall, according to agents. It's going to be a great NBA Tournament. To: Jim House ('63) Not sure what happened to Teverbaugh, but he must have been a great coach. (steps up on your soapbox for your coach) One thing which uninformed fans, mindless board members and merciless Moms of losers will not tolerate is near perfection of a good team. They somehow want to 'tilt' the playing field. How dare a coach "run up the score"? is their hue and cry. They want to pressure a coach to slow down play, reduce the margin (spread) of the score to protect the ego of an undisciplined or inexperienced performer instead of letting him/her learn against a real competitor. Its important to remind them that if a coach or player in college or the NBA is caught doing such a thing, they go to jail. Its called 'fixing' or 'making the spread' and not suffered by courts. However, unhappy Moms and Dads of opponents, never forgive the public lessons taught to losing coaches. They gain sympathy from public by whining and complaining about winners 'running up the score'. How often do we see them consider having the band or orchestra conductors agree to play off key or miss a few notes deliberately to keep their less disciplined or inexperienced performers from sharing their inexperience with the public? I recall watching your Bomber team warm up when you were a sophomore and remember every single layup hitting nothing but backboard and perfectly falling through the net. It reminded one of the early Globe Trotters perfection. Remembering Ray Juricich gruffly reminding me, "I told them no one was guarding them and they'd better not miss any layups during warm ups". Richland Bombers were noted for giving everything they had; going for the hoop and not surrendering a moment until the last buzzer sounds. That's what made the ticket to a Bomber game a good investment. Your team sure gave us our money's worth. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell (Knutson) ('59) As luck would have it, the infamous hairdresser is mine! I had an appointment Saturday after The Big Event. As I understand it, the issue was not really a bad haircut; the customer was not really herself that day. Her husband called later and apologized for his wife's behavior. Lots of excitement in the ol' hometown! I got a good haircut Saturday -- Jill asked if I was happy with it. -Nancy Stull Jewell (Knutson) ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Old pictures of Toivo Piippo (RIP) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65ers There... that's done... do you know how long it takes to go through your class list and copy and paste each and every email address in there? A long time. But I did it... Now all the kids in our class who have a KNOWN email address have the schedule and the sign up sheet for the '65ers' 40th reunion... you know the one June 24-26 at the Old DI in our home town. I am not doing a snail mail this year since this is the REAL DEAL and I get a year off. Some of you from other classes may have received a message too just in case your next door neighbor happens to be from '65 and doesn't have email... you can just yell across the yard... If you have any questions you can either go to the '65 web site or contact: (Gregor LORREL Hanson) or (Steve Upson) for more info. If you got my email... there ain't no more info... but if you didn't or you deleted it or your dog ate it... you can contact one of those guys on the web site... all the info is right there for you to pick off the ol' Internet... Who'dathunk we'd be dealing with the Internet when we graduated... I mean UNIVAC was like three rooms big and used little punch cards and the chads probably got stuck all the time and we coulda nuked somebody by accident just cuz of a stupid chad that some programmer couldn't punch out correctly... IN FACT now that I think of it I was probably just as good a student as Tony Harrah ('65) only some Geek couldn't punch a chad and so Uncle Tom thought I was a trouble maker instead of the sweet wonderful studious guy I was... in fact I now realize that those weren't school books baked to the package tray of my car... those were my nuclear physics books... no wait... Quantum physics... that's it... I remember it well... Dr. Mecum was teaching it... sorta in a biological way... and that day at the beginning of 2nd semester of my Sr. year... when I slinked back into second semester geometry, (as I had been given the choice a year or two earlier to either leave at the end of first semester with a D or stick it out and get an F) and there was this 16 year old teacher and a buncha little bitty kids in these little bitty desks... and the teacher was talkin' about all kinda weird stuff I'd never heard of before and I knew it was time to head back for advanced rope climbing with Warford ('65) and the boys... boy what a day that was... ruined my little physique I'll tell ya... still makes me tremble today... all those little kids with their silly little hands in the air yelling "pick me pick me" every time that young, young, young teacher would ask one of her mind baffling and totally incomprehensible questions... gimme the ol' rope climb any ol day! Man... come to think of it... it's kinda frightening just thinking about coming home to Richland after remembering all that! I must say tho... that as I was punching in all those email addresses of all those kids it was fun to see them in front of my eyes... little dirty faces with scabs on their knees... those funny jeans with the plaid flannel inside that showed when they rolled up the cuffs... High waters later on... .and then of course there were the boys... OK... I know... I'm starting to sound like one a Maddy's ('67) monologues so I'd best get myself outa this fer now! Rick says he can't make my 40th reunion cuz he's gonna be in a tent with a buncha guys... guess I won't be visiting Huntington Beach again fer a while... till he gets over this tent crap... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) Re: Art Dawald, Mary Alice Dawald Vitulli, Patrick Vitulli Hello Bomber Alumni, Just happened on your website. I am Kirk Vitulli. My grandfather was Art Dawald, my mother is Mary Vitulli, and my father was Patrick Vitulli. I've read some of your notes and just wanted to answer a few questions you asked. My father and mother moved to Spokane in 1956. Mom taught grade school for a couple of years until my brother was born. Dad taught in Spokane district #81 for 31 years and retired in 1988. We lost him in June of 1989 to cancer. Mom is doing fine at the age of 76, after recovering from 4-level neck fusion. We visit the Tri-Cities area a couple times a year to put flowers on the grave of my grand parents. I can't wait to bring my granddaughter Faith (4 years old) to Richland High and show her her great-great grand dad's "gym". I hope I haven't broken an rules by dropping you this note. I do have a question if I may? Which of you "guys" are the ones that my grand mother Bernice, told me would always come by their house and eat her double layer chocolate cake before grandpa get home? Sincerely, -Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/29/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara Isakson ('58), John Northover ('59) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Rick Maddy ('67), Nancy Nelson ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Shipman ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) Re: Class of '58 Luncheon Who's going to be our mystery guest at our Sunday Luncheon May 1, at Shilo Inn Restaurant called O'Callahan's in Richland off GWWay at 1:00 on Sunday?? Our mystery guests in April were Ann Palmer and Bob Patton. Both of them are married now and they would of graduated with us. There was Sheri Sorick and Glen and Carol Rose and Barb Isakson Rau. Come join us and maybe you will be our next mystery Guest. Its fun to see who it may be. See you Sunday May 1st at 1:00 at O'Callahan's in Shilo. Your Class mate -Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) I was wondering if the bad hair day lady ... was a 'Bomber'?? later juan the bald - '59 -John Northover ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon - New Location!!! DATE: Saturday, May 14th TIME: 11:30 a.m. PLACE: Shenanigan's - Red Lion on the River at Jantzen Beach Please let Lola know if you plan to join the Bomber luncheon - We need to notify the restaurant about approximate number to expect. Bombers and spouses/guests are welcome! If you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail Lola. We will discuss plans for the August 2005 Vancouver/Bomber picnic! Contact Lola at - -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ~ Vancouver, WA - where I sure hope the sun shines tomorrow! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Mr. Piippo To: Gary Behymer ('64) You mean Toivo Piippo actually had hair! I would of sworn he was born bald and stayed bald. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) David Rivers ('65) just may possibly get confused at times... but a very rare occurrence... I haven't lived in SoCal long enough to be in a tent with a bunch of guys yet, whatever that means... it is a new two-man tent because I will be alone on this trip. Oh, the rumors. I will write these lengthy messages to Rivers, who's opinions I highly value (none of his classmates need not reply), and his replies are usually no longer than five words... and he gets his point across... it's uncanny. His uncanny skills that must have been learnt in law school reminds me of that bumper sticker the shortest sentence, "I am." The longest sentence, "I do." You '65ers have a fun-filled reunion. A great class full of beautiful girls and respectable older men (oh, the rumors). Would love to be there and visit several of you that taught me as a young, innocent sophomore what fun-filled meant, that you don't use a straw and... uh err... you all have a great time. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Hi. This might not mean a lot to most of you but I was in the local Wal*Mart today and I saw a lady that looked really familiar. She looked at me and I was still looking at her and she said "you look awful familiar, do I know you?" I said "Is your name by chance Lonna?" and she said "Yes." Well make a long story short it was Lonna Rhodes from my class and we talked in the aisle for about 30 minutes. She moved here 6 years ago and I have been here since 1976. So, Gay, when you move up to Colville, we will all get together. Told her you were moving up. Just a neat day for me as I always thought of myself as the Lower Class of the '69 class. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ Colville, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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 Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>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 it. 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 return. 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: TO: SIR: 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: FROM: Marilyn, 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? -Ernest -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 the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` March, 2005 ~ May, 2005