Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/15/05
11 Bombers and Art Dawald's grandson sent stuff: 
Dick McCoy ('45), Mary Triem ('47)
Tom Tracy ('55), Bill Berlin  ('56)
Joanne Rolph ('59), Mike Brady ('61)
Marie Ruppert ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)
Greg Poynor ('66), Nancy Nelson ('69)
Shannon Weil ('82), Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald)
     Jerry Molnaa ('52) & Shirley Pittman ('52)

BOMBER LUNCH today: Spokane

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of 1945)

Re: Dress codes
To: Dick Harris ('49) and Dave Brusie ('51)
    Your recent chat about cords and saddle shoes stirred my memory
    In those days I would never be seen in a pair of cords. I was
forced, all thru grade school, to wear cord knickers. I learned to
detest that swish swish as I walked down the halls. I had nothing
against saddle shoes, I just never owned any. The bunch I ran with
wore oxbloods or boots. The military surplus began to come on the
scene during the war, and produced such as combat boots, Army
fatigues, pea coats, and rarely, flight jackets. We wore all that 
stuff we could get our hands on.
    The gals were into cardigan sweaters, dad's white shirts, those
stupid jeans that buttoned on the side, dungarees?, dickeys, keds and
saddle shoes.
    I still can see a beautiful girl like Bonnie Brusie ('45-RIP)
wearing a pleated skirt that twirled neatly about, along with a super
soft cashmere sweater, with me, of course, doing a slow dance with
her. I would be wearing my sun-tans and oxblood loafers.
    The best part of that dream is that it actually happened. I didn't
spend all my time chasing cops around town.
    Dick, your sis was pretty cool as well.

-Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 
              Bronc, Beaver and Bomber.
>>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47)

To: Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54)
    I was surprised you left your mountain full time home but glad
to welcome you back to the Tri-Cities for part of the year. We re-
adjusted - after 14 years in FL - and are glad to be home, too! 2 of
our 3 sons, and all of our grandchildren are here. 3rd son lives in
Minneapolis, but am working on him to transfer here.

Bomber cheers, old banking buddy!
-Mary Triem Mowery, '47 Bomber
>>From: Tom Tracy ('55)

To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50)
    Agree with you on the Green and Gold, but think the Sonics may
have fuel shortage and possible flame-out against San Antonio. The
SPURS may put a saddle on the sonics and ride them out of town... but
who knows?

Re: Saddle Shoes
    Just noticed a couple of guys walking by my back yard wearing
saddle shoes. Next time one of them wearing such walk-abouts here
along the 17th green to pick up an errant ball, I'll ask them to show
me their AARP card to see if they're from the class of '50... who
knows, it might be a Green n Gold fan.

   Just like we ordered. (P.S. Tell our Sacramento Bomber Pete Hollick
('55) hi for me. He was one of the youngest varsity athletes in 
Bomber history. But he shaved twice a day in 5th grade... so it was
understandable. He was a trusted friend and saved me from being cut
from the 8th grade basketball team at Carmichael Jr. High, but that's
another story.

    By the way. All classmates from '55 and anyone else who considers
themselves loyal Bombers should attend the reunion in September. A
good time is promised and who knows, some even say they'll quit
talking about us behind our backs if we remember to attend the
greatest 50th reunion in Bomber history... hope you can be there to
share the good memories.

    It's a perfect 70 in Boise. calm and sunny. A female quail is
dusting herself off in our flower bed while her mate stands guard on 
a rock... preparing to holler "Chicago"...if a cat drops by.

Mighty are the bold who wear the green and carry the gold.

-Tom Tracy ('55)
>>From: Bill Berlin  ('56)

Re: Roy Ballard ('63)
    You are right, Naknek, AK and Anacortes, WA are similar except for
two things. Naknek has about 5% of the population of Anacortes but it
has three times as many bars, as you will recall.
    I remember that new Bunkhouse for Nelbro. I probably brought in
the materials as I was doing some work for Crowley about that time. I
always liked the Nelbro guys and although it was an American company,
it was owned by Nelson Brothers Fisheries of Vancouver, B.C. Never a
problem getting paid with those guys.
    Are you still living in Naknek? Maybe teaching at the University
of Western Alaska, formerly Naknek Community College, where the team
name was "The Fighting Drunks" after the only sport in town.

-Bill Berlin  ('56)~ in Anacortes, WA where Dave Priebe ('57) is 
     building a new house in the "Naknek style." They delivered 350
     rolls of tar paper the other day and when Dave chose the new 
     rugs for the bathroom, he liked it so well that he ran them all 
     the way to the house. Oh yes, Dave was in King Salmon, AK too 
     and knows Naknek well.
>>From: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59)

Re: Living/returning to Richland! 
    It has been fun reading the posts on the "living or returning to
Richland" topic! 
    My heart will always be with friends and family who live there, 
but I have no desire to return myself. I agree with those who have 
said that we were fortunate to live in Richland during our childhood 
years and I will always remember the fun we had in school. I also 
remember Rainbow Girls and enjoying that activity with many of my 
    I haven't been back for quite a while but I've really enjoyed the
visits and the memories that special places evoke! As I've mentioned
before, we now live in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and enjoy the
peacefulness of the country. We live on a dirt road which only gives
trouble in "Mud Season". Our 100-year-old little farmhouse has been
remodeled to our liking and we are comfortable there. We have woods
behind us and pasture and woods across the road. A mother fox raises
her kits in a den on the hill behind our house and we enjoy a variety
of birds all year round. Although we have short summers, the weather
and temperature is pleasant and we have beautiful Spring and Autumn
seasons. I happen to love Winter... so the long, snowy winters are
great for me to create my art work and stay warm by the fire. In
winter, the landscape is so beautiful it touches the heart in a way
that none of us can explain. For now, my heart is here and it is my

-Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59)
>>From: Mike Brady ('61)

Re: Bing Cherries
    Mmmm, northwest cherry season is almost here. If tallies could 
be taken, I believe I would hold the world's record for cherry
consumption in the age group of 60-64... or was that Cheeze-its? I 
told my wife and kids when I die to bury me under a cherry tree. Not 
just any cherry tree, but an eastern Washington Bing cherry tree that
is loaded with big, black cherries so when they drop they will mingle
with my ashes. I also asked them to add a few Cheeze-its to the mix!

-Mike Brady ('61)
>>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63)

    Last year my husband, Lance Hartman ('60-WB) retired and we moved
back to Richland from Bremerton, our home for the past 25 years. Our
son-in-law, Allen, is a Richland police officer and our daughter,
Christy, works for Columbia Crest winery in Patterson. We have a
grandson, Cameron (7 yrs), and a granddaughter, Sydney (4 yrs). That's
the only reason I agreed to move back here. I now only have to drive 5
minutes to visit them instead of the 4 1/2 hours it used to take me.
Lance loves it here. It's where he always wanted to return. His
parents and our son, Mike, are buried in the family plot in the Benton
City cemetery. My Mother is buried at Sunset gardens. Our roots are
here. I miss my friends, but keep in touch. After a Naval career of 
26 1/2 yrs we moved many times and have friends scattered far and 
wide. We are used to making new friends and new interests.
    Lance works part-time at Horn Radids Golf Course and golfs almost
daily. It is his passion and now his 'work'! We have volunteered for
the Richland Police VIPS program. As soon as I have recovered from
double knee replacement surgery (April 7th) I plan on doing more
volunteer work.
    I volunteered with Cameron's first grade class this past year and
thoroughly enjoyed my time at Jason Lee.
    Richland is definitely a cultural change. So much here is centered
on kids' sports. I miss the proximity we had to zoos, science centers,
museums, etc. This whole area has grown and changed, but that is what
happens everywhere. You can't go home again, but home is also what you
make it and for now it's Richland for us.

-Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63)
>>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)

To: Dave Schmale ('67) and Mike Tesky ('67)
Re: Email from Rick Watson for you
    Rick found your names on the '67 Military web page and sent me
(the webmaster) a message for each of you and asked me to forward to
you. The email address I have for you doesn't work. Contact me with a
current email address and I'll forward Rick's email to you.

Bomber cheers,
-Maren Smyth ('63 & '64)
>>From: Greg Poynor ('66)

To: Roy Ballard ('63)
    Naknek, Alaska reminds you of Anacortes, Washington? Next you're
going to say that the King Salmon airport looked just like SeaTac.
    Anacortes is beautiful with wonderful Pacific breezes, old houses 
and good golf courses. Naknek is a mud hole with beat-down shacks, 
lousy weather, and no golf. Even the salmon have abandoned the place.
    You're still not trying to hit an 8-iron from 190 yards are you?

-Greg Poynor ('66)
>>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69)

    The home is where the heart is and I am at home in Colville, WA.
I still come to Richland to visit my parents they have been there
since 1943. Many memories, good and bad but Richland was good most of
the time. I would probably move back if I didn't have my kids close 
to me here in Colville.
    George, I am sorry I missed you on your trip. I went into the 
place and was about 45 minutes late. I called and told them to ask for 
you and leave you a message. Maybe we can get together when I come 
down to Richland next month. 

-Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69)
>>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82)

Re: Moving "Home"
To: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54)
    What a coincidence! My family moved to Joliet, too, but in 1970.
We also moved back to Richland in 1974. Mom couldn't take the humidity
of Illinois in the summer. I wonder if the move was for the same
company (GE in Morris)?

-Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82) ~ Kansas City - where the weather just 
           can't make up its mind. First it's 85, then it's 60, then 
           it's thunder and lightning, but at least we haven't had a
           tornado yet this season on the Kansas side!)
>>From: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald)

To: Dave Brusie ('51)
Re: My LIfe
    Man its exciting. I was born at Kadlec hospital in 1955. We lived
in Richland for 2 years and moved to Spokane in 1957. I graduated high
school in '74. I moved back to Richland in '77 and became involved 
in law enforcement. I was married in 1980. I also shattered a disc in 
my back while at work in 1980 and after 3 years of surgery and rehab
moved back to Spokane in 1984. I bought and ran a retail business
until 1999. I have two lovely daughters and a 4 year old grand
daughter. I currently live in Spokane, 2 blocks from where I grew up.
My 85 year old mother-in-law lives with my wife and I. My mom still
lives in the house I grew up in. I am currently the manager of a local
business in Spokane. Are you asleep yet?
-Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald)
That's it for today. Please send more.