Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/10/05
6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: 
Grace DeVincentis ('50WB), Karen Cole ('55)
Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)
Mary Ray ('61), Bill Scott ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Andrews ('67)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Lollis ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne Christianson ('85)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB)

Re: Italian POWs
    I have read so many letters pro and con about the Italian POWs
that I decided to ask my friend who is a Bomber mother to tell her
story. "As a mother of 3 Bomber graduates I would like to add my story
about the Italian POWs.

In my early teens mother and I were invited to Mrs. Guss's (family
friend) for dinner on a Sunday because she was having 8 to 10 Italian
POW's to dinner and wanted mother to be an interpreter. We stayed all
afternoon and they were all eager to be able to talk Italian with
someone other than themselves.

We made 2 other trips (we were living in Wapato at the time) and one
of the trips we were invited to their camp in Pasco to see the ovens
they had built to make their bread which we got to sample. I remember
how handsome they all were, some blue-eyed and fair haired. When they
were released and returned home they would write to my Mother and send
her pictures. She would send care packages to them until she received
a picture of one of the wive's and daughter both dressed in fur coats
and hats. She thought they were dressed pretty well and that was the
end of the care packages." Joanne Riccobuono (Bomber Mom) 

I also know of 2 other families who would go pick up these Italian
POWs and take them to their homes to Sunday dinner. They are also
Bomber moms and Italian.

-Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB)
>>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55)

    Being out of town, I'm late getting this birthday wish to my
sister, Patti Cole Pierce ('52) on May 5th. It doesn't mean we love 
her any less however. Best wishes from your five siblings Patti...
we love you. 

-Karen Cole Correll ('55)
>>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)

Re: Spokane Bomber Alumni Lunch
    We've gotten a good soaking the past couple of days, but it looks 
like things will dry out in time for the torchlight parade on Saturday 
night and the Bomber lunch on Sunday.

DATE: Sunday, May 15, 2005
COFFEE: 11:30 AM
LUNCH: 12:30 PM
PLACE: The Cathay Inn (Chinese and American menu)
ADDRESS: 3714 North Division
         (Look for the tall sign on the east side of the street.)   
PRICE: Most lunches $5.95 - $7.95
Please make your lunch reservation as soon as possible to
All Bombers, spouses and guests are welcome!

-Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)
-Gary Persons ('57)
>>From: Mary Ray ('61)

To All:
    I took down my humor site and put up a more serious one,
consisting of my take on the issues, events, behavior, and life 
styles of our times through poetry. I guess you could call me a 
political poetry blogger or a published writer wannabe. As a moderate, 
I call 'em as I see 'em whenever I feel either side is leaning too 
far in one direction or the other to be in our best interest as a 
people and as a nation. Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading the poems 
even if you hold different views. 
    Just so you know, I use a pseudonym for writing purposes. If you 
find the poems noteworthy and know someone who works for a newspaper,
magazine, etc., I hope you will pass the word on because baby needs a
new pair of shoes! My poems should appeal to a broad audience since
they cover a variety of subjects. A church in Fort Worth, TX used my 
tribute to our troops poem as a handout at a church service, which
made me feel real good and gave me some encouragement.
    My website address is as follows:

Have a great day!
-Mary Ray (61)
>>From: Bill Scott ('64)

Re: Doug Ufkes'('68) desire to move back to Richland
    At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I have to disagree.
Richland is a special place, and I will always cherish my growing-up
years there and count myself lucky to have done so. But I DID move
back, for 10 years, and found the Tri-Cities had lost its appeal 
for me. Richland is superior to many places as a place to live, but
woefully lacking when compared to some others I have been so fortunate
to live in. It's hot as blazes in the summer, sometimes below zero in
the winter (and too often without the ameliorating charm of snow), and
windy as hell in the spring. No matter how much it's developed, it's
still ugly, scruffy, treeless desert, with too little to recommend it
culturally. I count myself among the luckiest of men to live here on
the coast of central California, where, despite the high cost of
living, it's like being on permanent vacation in a place you really
like. I don't want to offend, but I've always felt my numerous
classmates who never left don't know what they're missing. I'm not
smart, just lucky I found, thanks to the Air Force, this wonderful
place I call home. I'll always love Richland, my home, but move back
there? - never!

-Bill Scott ('64)
Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald
by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66)

>>Howard L. Hall ('64) ~ 1946 - 4/20/05
That's it for today. Please send more.