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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/01/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Jim McKeown ('53) Burt Pierard ('59), Helen Cross ('62) John Adkins ('62), Linda Reining ('64) Jeff Curtis ('69), Don Sorenson (NAB-Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '58 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I have been requested to give you the following information: Prayers are needed for fellow Bomber, Terry Casseday ('56). He has just been transferred from the Sunnyside Hospital. He has spent the last week to Kadlec Hospital in Richland - in the Critical Care Unit. He has water on his lungs, blood pressure problems, and is also a diabetic. Prayers also for his sister, Lyn (also a Bomber) and Terry's adult children. Terry needs a miracle. Thanks. Also though I graduated in '49, I went back to high school for the school years '49/'50 and '50/'51. If someone had a '51 annual I would love to have it. Thanks. Too bad most of you did not know Kathryn Bugbee. She was the school nurse most of my high school years. She had been a nurse for the intern camps for the Japanese. We stayed in contact until she died. She used to tell me the conditions that these poor individuals were put through. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - coolish nights and nice during the day (supposed to get up to 64 today). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Miss Richland To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) I'm sure you are right about the succession of who replaced Sharon Tate ('61wb-RIP). I was a Jaycee from '56 to '60 and then was transferred to Lewiston, but I do remember the events each year and what fun it was, with the midway, the Paul Beardsley fireworks, and, of course, the crowning event of the Miss Richland contest. I'm positive that Jan was a contestant, I'm just not sure of the year. -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: '55 or '56 Columbians The Columbians you are looking for are viewable on the Alumni Website If you want them on CD (Vol. I '44-'49, Vol. II '50-'54, Vol. III '55-'59, Vol. IV '60-'64), they are available for $5.00 each ($20.00 for the whole set). Simply send me an email and I'll give you all the details. -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Larry Mattingly's ('60) news on Japan We spent l0 fun days in Japan in 2002 and we also rang a big bell on a mountain somewhere in what I would call central Japan, within walking distance of the lake below Mt. Fugi. Fun, interesting comments from Marilyn Baird's ('60) reply. It sort of supports statistics about the less educated, at least in the language of the country where you are, being the first and most apt to go to prison, as I remember sociology 101 teaching..... It's been raining with only patches of sunshine here all week, but it is above 60 degrees now, not 50 so much more comfortable. and Happy Birthday, Mary Lee Coates ('59), are you related to Tippy Coates, William, I think, who was in my class from Kindergarten at Spalding on? -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Greetings from soggy southeast Indiana--and the house by the little lake, still enjoying the antics of ducks and geese dropping by ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) - Columbia Camp Here we are having a good ol Bomber argument about what happened and what we "know" (remember) and along comes Marilyn Baird Singletary and gives us facts. Well "McCoy and Pierard" wait till next spring - we can start it up again. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: trip to Japan My oldest daughter's brother-in-law and sister-in-law live in Japan (he is stationed there with the Navy)--when we send her emails, we have an address that takes up two lines! Can't remember what town they live in, but they were far enough from the recent earthquake that they didn't even know they had one till she started getting emails from worried family and friends. Re: "bean" pillows I have those----they are called, "Sobakawa" and they are filled with buckwheat hulls---a bit noisy (my grandkids call them, "MawMaw's rock pillows"), at first, and take a bit of getting used to, but they are the best pillows I have found---no longer wake up with a stiff neck, or shoulder aches, and they "form" to my head! And, my head doesn't get hot, either---they always stay cool, no matter the weather or humidity! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ~ Mother Nature can't make up her mind---we keep having rain and cooler than normal temperatures for this time of year, but, according to the weatherman last night, we will be in the 80s by the middle of next week, then I will start hibernating! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: IV. Lights, Camera and Some Serious Action -Jeff Curtis ('69) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB-Not A Bomber) Re: Hanford Safety EXPO at Pasco TRAC To: All interested parties There will be a display of Hanford history at the Health and Safety Expo at Pasco's TRAC this coming Tuesday 5/3 and Wednesday 5/4. Expo is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Free parking and free of charge. This display will be of particular interest to those who worked in the 100 area Power Departments. Of course there will be 50 or more booths to visit as well. Quite a number of attractions for the children as well. Last year we had over 30,000 attend. This will be fun!! -Don Sorenson (NAB-Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/02/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff; 1 Colt and 1 retired teacher funeral notices today: Jerry Oakley ('51), Wally Erickson ('53) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Marilyn Baird ('60) Suzie Gunderson ('60), Tobe Roberts ('61) Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Jerry Oakley ('51) COMMENTS: NONE -Jerry Oakley ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) Re: Japanese Camps in Washington State I do know that there was a Japanese Camp for Japanese US citizens on Bainbridge Island near Seattle during the war. The reason I know this one of my best friends and his family, relatives were held there until the war was over. I'm not sure of the location on the Island though. My friend is Taky Kimura; he was Bruce Lee's best friend when Bruce lived in Seattle. Taky still teaches "Kung Fu" in Redmond, WA. He has over 40 students and doesn't charge anything. He's 80 years old and looks like he's only 60 years old, or younger. He's a very humble person; we're like brothers for each other. Taky is often asked to go to different parts of the world and USA to talk about Bruce Lee and Bruce's philosophy on martial arts. Most anything written about Bruce Lee is usually clarified by Bruce's wife Linda (remarried), or Taky Kimura. Some of you will remember Brandon (Bruce's son) was killed making a movie several years ago. Bruce Lee was considered very strong during his time pound for pound. He could knock a man almost twice his weight back 10 to 15 feet. They were both buried in Seattle at the Capitol Hill Cemetery. There is always someone there almost every day to pay their respects rain or shine. Most Japanese lost everything during their time in these camps, after the war they had to start all over again. Again, most of them never complained about their losses and having to start over. To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Kiona Winery Could this be the same John Williams ('56) I knew?? He had a sister Barbara Williams ('53-RIP) and a younger brother Lee. They lived on Thayer Drive across the street from the Finney's. Actually they lived right around the corner of Putnam St. When I was real young, I was impressed the selection of hunting rifles John's Dad had. If you get a chance to see John again, greet him for me (I'm sure it's the same John Williams). When I'm in that area again, I'll have to look him up. Thanks for the info. -Wally Erickson ('53)~ Where the suns been shining all week and cool evenings. Coeur D'Alene, ID. Don't forget to root for the "green and gold" Sonics!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver 2005 Bomber Picnic Hi Maren - Just noticed we don't have the 2005 Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic on the calendar. Would you please put it on the calendar and put a reminder in the Sandstorm for us? Please mark your calendars for the 2005 Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic: Saturday - August 13 - Battle Ground Lake State Park ALL BOMBERS WELCOME! Come to the luncheon on May 14 and help plan thr picnic! Thanks! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) - Vancouver - where the sunshine is very, very welcome! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Baird ('60) To: John Adkins ('62) Hey Gang, sorry if I broke up your fun with the Horn Rapids Mystery Camp. I really wanted to know who and what was out there and I doubt that I was the only one. Next time I will leave it alone and let you 'kids' have your fun. Take care from Vallejo, CA -Marilyn Baird ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Kathryn Bugbee To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) You sparked a memory when you mentioned Mrs. Bugbee's name. I remember a Public Health nurse by that name who used to come to our home when we were sick. Could "my" Mrs. Bugbee, and "your" Mrs. Bugbee be the same person? And if so, would you email me with more stories, so I can include them in my journaling. Thanks, Betty. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ in Omak, WA... where yesterday I spotted a cougar sleeping in a tree just beyond my backyard fence. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tobe Roberts Taylor ('61) My husband, Carl ('60), and I returned a couple days ago from 3 weeks in Germany. One reason for the trip was to visit Harald Jungmann ('61) exchange student from Germany. We had a great time visiting with him and looking at the pictures he had from his year at Columbia High. He sends his regards to all his former classmates and definitely remembers his year here as one of the best ever!! For those of you who know Christine Romanelli DeVilleneuve ('60), she had heart surgery this past week and is expected to be released from the hospital either today or tomorrow. Please feel free to send her a card and get well wishes at: [street address deleted for Christine's privacy. -Maren]. Or, if her address cannot be published here please send me email and I will send you the address. It will really make her day to hear from you. -Tobe Roberts Taylor ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Today (Sunday) is May 1st. 52 years ago today, my brother, Tim('71WB), was born. I remember the day, very clearly... it was a Saturday and I was staying next door with the Nobles... Betty (Mrs.) taught Catechism at Christ the King, so she took me with her and had me stand up in front of her class and tell what I got in my "May Day basket". Do any of you remember "May Day baskets"? I remember we made them out of heavy paper and they were a cone shape. They also had a handle so we could hang them on door knobs... also had a dance that we did around the May pole... at Spalding outside on the blacktop and I think our parents came and watched us. I was wondering, do the schools still make those baskets... they don't do it here in Bakersfield. Neither my kids nor grandkids have any idea what I am talking about when I say we made May Day baskets. Remember making "nosegays"? Kids don't make those either. Didn't we make them out of tissue paper? -Linda Reining ('64) ~ breezy and warm in Bakersfield, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Martha Supplee Wetherell ('37) ~ 6/22/19 - 4/27/05 >>Monte Elvan Jones ~ Richland Schools, Retired ~ 8/24/31 - 4/21/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/03/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Nancy Riggs ('51) Viva Webster ('53), John Williams ('56) Bonnie Allen ('59), Carol Converse ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: People To: Wally Erickson ('53) In one of your paragraphs in your 5/02/05 posting you commented upon your likely association with John Williams and family. You indicated the Williams' lived on Thayer Drive across the street from the "Kinney's." Was Mrs. Kinney a dark-haired, pleasant lady who gave piano lessons? My sister, Julie, (WB'57,RIP) took lessons from such a lady with (I believe) that name. "Her" Mrs. Kinney lived in an "A" house on the corner. Julie loved Mrs. Kinney's easy manner of teaching. Julie enjoying playing the piano on many, many occasions - in front of many audiences - all of her life. Thanks for bringing up the issue, Wally. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Riggs ('51) Does anyone know what GI hutches are selling for now? I looked on eBay and a similar dining room set started at $995.00. Someone told me the furniture that was furnished during the war was made just special for that purpose and never made again? Anyone verify this? -Nancy Riggs ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Viva Webster Metz ('53) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Kiona Winery Wally, this is, in fact the same John Williams ('56) that we, in our neighborhood all knew. Seems like only yesterday we all were playing "kick the can", "hide & seek", etc. during the early evening hours each day. A few years ago, we had the pleasure of sharing a table with John and his wife Ann Rector Williams ('58) (whom we found out used to be my husband', Kay Metz' grade school sweetheart - small world), during the Club 40 Reunion. Needless to say, it was like old home week the entire evening reliving our childhood and youthful years. John and Ann have been very successful with their winery. My daughter Neila Culverhouse Reining and her husband, Tim Reining, live in Benton City not too far from the winery; so we're in the area quite frequently. Take Care -Viva Webster Metz ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Williams ('56) Re: Kiona Winery To: Wally Erickson ('53) Yes, Wally, it is the same John Williams ('56). I remember you well also. Lots of good times around that old neighborhood. Got a little crazy in early '70s and started in the Wine Business. Sort of a hobby that got out of control. We have a small website: for some information maybe of interest. This was answered using my wife, Ann's ('58). e-mail address. -John Williams ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: May Baskets I remember making May Baskets--yes, with handles, when I went to school in Kalispell, Montana. By the time I lived in Richland, I was in the 7th grade. Maybe they didn't teach us things like that at Chief Jo. But in grade school in Montana we definitely made them to put on people's door knobs. Then for some reason (which I don't remember) we did not announce ourselves, but ran off leaving the little May Baskets. -Bonnie Allen ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) Hi Linda, I, too remember making May Day baskets. I don't think we did the May Poll thing at L & C though. Remember we would take a basket full of, usually flowers, and leave them on the porch of a neighbor or friend and ring or knock on the door and run away before they had a chance to see us? That was sure fun. I agree, the kids and grandkids of today don't know anything about that. We are really loosing lots of traditions from our generation with our kids. (Knitting, crocheting, etc. etc.) -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - The sun is shinning. It really feels like spring has sprung. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/04/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Susan Anderson ('49), Dave Brusie ('51) Wally Erickson ('53), Jim Russell ('58) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Donna Nelson ('63) Betti Avant ('69), Jerry Lewis ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Hutches To: Nancy Riggs ('51) I have one of those original hutches, and I don't know what it is worth, as I have no intention of selling. It has become a family heirloom. I have never heard that they were a one time special issue. My father who was in procurement for the engineers in those early days said they were all the gov could find. I believe they were made in New York State, of solid maple. No veneer at all. -Dick McCoy ('45) ~ From no downtown, Camano Island, WA. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) May Baskets: I was too shy and bashful to make May Baskets when I was a child but my children made them and gave them to the neighbors. They really had a lot of fun doing that. When I was at the old Sacajawea we did a May Pole inside in the gym. I was deaf, even then, and messed up the May Pole because I was going in the wrong direction. Oh Well!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - beautiful days and coolish nights. Wunerful Wunerful ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Anderson Shattuck ('49) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) I definitely remember May Baskets. We made them at school all through the elementary grades and like you said we would ring the doorbell, put the baskets by the door and run. But we always ran behind a bush or something so we could the person discover the basket. After my family moved our here (Dad in '44 and mom and I in '45), I was in high school and don't remember doing it anymore. I remember the May Poles, too. I always got to go around the May Pole singing here we go around the May Pole. The tradition was still alive in the early sixties as my son (who was 5 in 1960) left May Baskets and with very little enthusiasm went around the May Pole in 1st grade, but that was the one and only time his teacher could convince him that he should do it. His comment was, "That's for girls." A lot of our traditions have disappeared and I think it is such a shame! -Susan Anderson Shattuck ('49) ~ here in the Puget Sound area in south King County where it is overcast and looks like rain again. To all Mothers out there in cyberspace: Happy Mother's Day!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Dick Harris ('49) Re: Response to 4/26/05 Alumni Sandstorm Dickie Boy! Sounds about right. I guess we shouldn't pick on McCoy. How's your saddle shoes holding out?? To: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) Re: Response to 4/28/05 Alumni Sandstorm I don't know, or remember the chocolate cake incident, but I do remember coming over to your grandparents' house and eating a lot of prawns. Your grandmother was a great cook. She was like a second mother, and of course your grandfather was my basketball coach. Say hello to your mother for me!!... and your Uncle Richard. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Finneys Yes, Mrs. Finney was a very gracious person. She was very talented playing the piano and also had a beautiful singing voice. I took my first piano lessons from Mrs. Mildred Finney. I also took piano lessons from Mrs. Lyall (Bob ('49) & Don Lyall's ('52) step mother) shortly afterwards. The piano skills actually helped me with my typing skills... grin. I never pursued the piano, I was too busy playing with my friends. I do remember in grade school (Marcus Whitman), when we had a music test; some of my class mates would want to sit next to me, because I could read music. To: John Williams ('56) Re: Wineries First, congratulations on the success of your winery business. I am a evening wine drinker and appreciate good wines. Last year with the help of our Bomber friends on the Sandstorm, Judy and I went through the Napa Valley to check out the wineries there. I understand from Walla Walla, the Tri-City area and Columbia Basin it is considered great climate and soil conditions for growing great wines. I personally prefer the Washington wines; the prices are reasonable for the quality of the wine. Thanks to your daughter Shelley, Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55), and the Alumni Sandstorm, we've made a connection from the past. We were, like many others in Richland during the late '40s and early '50s have great memories of growing up in a close neighborhood. To think I use to go out into the hills and sagebrush (outside of Richland) with friends to hunt jack rabbits with my .22 rifle. I can still smell the sage after all these years. You needed an auto-.22 to shoot jack rabbits... they were very fast and didn't dart out in a straight line. Do you remember when we played croquet in the area behind your home and the Davis's (Bob ('54-RIP) & Jack ('56). It was a large area for playing croquet... we spread the wickets out pretty good. Greet your brother Lee for me. Re: More memories How many out there remember "mumly (sp.) peg"?? Making your pocket knife stick in the ground starting with flipping the knife over the palm of your hand, then your fingers and working your way up to your ears, etc.. It seems we played that game several times a week. I can still feel the point of the knife sticking into my skin.... smile. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Coeur D'Alene were it's cooling down, got a little rain this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: May Baskets Before moving to Richland in '49, we used to make the May Day baskets, fill them with flowers, hang them on the door of our neighbors and run and hide to see them discover our May Day offering. Great fun! That was in Silverton, OR. Coming to Richland, I don't believe we did that. My question is, does anyone know the cultural source of that tradition? I remember the great fun making the baskets, collecting the flowers, and seeing the delight and smiles on the faces of the ladies who discovered the gifts. Was it a German tradition? Silverton was heavily settled by German immigrants, and I have German ancestry on my mother's side of the family. Sure miss some of those traditions. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, half way between Seattle and Everett ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: May baskets I remember the paper cones, too... from my grade school days in Tacoma, before we moved to Richland ('53). My grandmother had extensive flower beds to support some basket stuffing. Of course, dandelions and other "showy" weeds ended up there, too... Re: internment camps I listened to a radio show this morning about local Japanese- Americans being moved to internment camps. There were people from Bainbridge who spoke of being moved to Manzanar, and to Tule lake- but no mention of anyone being held on Bainbridge for the duration. I know that here (Vashon Island, 2nd one South of Bainbridge) a number of the farming families were taken off their lands; and it's a matter of some local pride that the farms were returned to their owners, after the war. The Mukai, Otsuka, Takatsuka and Matsuda families are still here. Not so many strawberry fields, anymore... but still some farming going on (despite the tract houses, farmettes, and other signs of "progress" hereabouts- and a dearth of milk cows). ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: May Baskets I still teach school and the May basket tradition lives on in my classroom anyway. -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: May Baskets Ah yes, the making of May baskets. It was great fun. When I first moved to Kansas in 1994 a group of day care kids came to my door with a May basket. I was home at the time so I knew who left it as they rang the doorbell. Maybe it isn't a "lost art". -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR - where the sun is shining and the birds singing ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: CBC 50th anniversary On Saturday May 14th, Columbia Basin College is kicking-off the 50th anniversary celebrations with an event at the college. It starts at 10 a.m. with the opening of a time capsule which was placed in the '70s, placement of a new time capsule, and some comments. Starting at 10:45 a.m., tours will be offered of several locations on campus, including the under-construction WISE building and the Observatory. For more details, check out the event listing: If you're interested in getting occasional updates about what's going on at CBC, you can sign up at As this anniversary roughly coincides with my personal 50th anniversary, I was thinking of inviting friends and telling them it was my 50th birthday celebration. Never got around to that, but if you're from the class of '73, come on down and celebrate! Many of us are reaching this milestone this year. I believe there will be a birthday cake at some point. -Jerry Lewis ('73), CBC Webmaster and e-Learning Admin & Support *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/05/05 ~ CINCO DE MAYO ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Bert Wells sent stuff: Marilyn DeVine ('52), Stan McDonald ('53) Tom McKeown ('53), Derrith Persons ('60WB) Patti Mathis ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Deedee Willox ('64), Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) Bert Wells (Star of Buckaroo Time), ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Cole ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Wise ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Happy Birthday to long-time friend, Patti Cole Pierce, (52) Greetings to all; I'm home and finally on line and have gotten my e-mailbox unloaded. Once we got the motor home fixed, (after breaking down 4 times in 3 days!) my friend, Shirley, and I had a wonderful trip... the most awesome vacation EVER!! Okay, okay, I'll qualify that statement by adding, "for me". From Ontario, OR, we scurried down to Yuma as fast as we could in order to see my brother, Terry ('52) before he headed back up here. Fellow Bomber and tour guide extraordinaire, Gus Keeney ('57) took Shirley and me on a shopping trip to Los Algadones, a tour of the American Girl Gold mine road in CA, and to a few choice Mexican Restaurants in Mexico as well as in Yuma. He was great. Thanks Gus! We were surprised to have snow, hail, rain and wind in Northern Arizona and New Mexico. I bought a pair of shorts in Yuma on our first stop there, and didn't wear them until I got there again, 4 weeks later! Silly me, I hadn't realized much of the area is very high elevation. I will attempt to attach some photos that may be of interest to some of you. [Attachments worked, Em... BUT... next time, PLEASE send pictures to the address listed at the end of every Sandstorm: -Maren] This trip included a lot of "firsts" for me. For instance, a Tram up a mountain at Albuquerque, a cave (no, not Carlsbad, but impressive, none the less) the Alamo, the Crystal Forest and Petrified Forest in northern Arizona, Scottsdale (wow, what a beautiful and interesting little town sort of in the middle of Phoenix!) The Chiricahua National Monument was awesome. Lots of history, there, besides the incredible rock formations. Lots of history throughout the Southwest! My friend Shirley had to go back to work March 30th so I reluctantly left her in Austin and turned back toward Albuquerque where I was to rendezvous with middle daughter Sandra (who flew down from Pasco) and see an old Alaskan friend and family, before going to Santa Fe and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. There were thousands and thousands of acres of wild flowers in bloom, frequently reaching as far as the eye could see. The desert is a beautiful place with its interesting geological formations and its plethora of cacti, many of which were in bloom and I never got bored while driving long hours at a stretch. All in all, we covered 7,029 miles in the motor home. That is not including hundreds of miles in the vehicles of family and friends! The 2 dogs were great little travelers! Had surprise visits with eldest daughter, Keri, who had come from Alaska to see her daughter and grandson in Las Vegas, then, 10 days later, my eldest granddaughter came to Las Vegas from Wisconsin! Saw old Alaskan friends who now live in Yuma, AZ and Winnemucca, NV, and my Marine grandson stationed at Camp Pendleton. We really enjoyed a trip to the San Diego Zoo, which I had not seen in 49 years!! (It has changed a lot! They're doing a wonderful job with it.) I guess I'm glad to be home. Yeah, I'm glad... seeing friends and working on my little yard. Oh, yeah, and FAMILY. (Oops) But there will be another grand trip in my future! (You know the old saying, "God willing and the creek don't rise.") My best to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in beautiful Richland, where we are getting more of the much needed rain. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) Re: Hunting To: Wally Erickson ('53) Your note concerning the shooting of jack rabbits brought back memories for me. I used to go out into the hills around Richland with Dale Jacobsen ('53-'54) with a .410 and .22s and shoot the jack rabbits and though I now rue the fact that we also blasted pheasants out there like it was just target practice. There were so many of them in those days. Like a speeding ticket I received on the road from Prescott to Yuma in Arizona (a deserted road) about 4 years ago for "wasting finite resources," that is exactly what Dale and I were doing by shooting those animals. I stopped hunting deer years ago because I determined that that was not a good thing to do... along with the fact that there were too many hunters for too few deer in the places where we went to hunt. -Stan McDonald ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom McKeown ('53) Re: Darlene Card McKeown ('54) I'm visiting Jim ('53) in Sacramento, and he read to me the Sandstorm this AM... I don't have a computer so it was great to see what the Bomber network is doing. Just an update on Darlene ('54)... to begin with we received many notes and cards from so many classmates that it was unbelievable. We both really appreciated the response. Darlene is doing very well and going without oxygen most of the time except at night. The damage seems to be minimal, which is a big relief, since early on we weren't even sure she would make it. She is walking on her own now, and not using the walker at all. A big incentive was tickets to the "Lion King" tonight, which we are excited about. Again, thanks to everyone for their concern... it was most appreciated by both of us. -Tom McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Re: Class of '60 luncheon!! DATE: Saturday, May 7th TIME: 11:30 am WHERE: Three Margaritas, 627 Jadwin Ave. Come on lets have some fun!! Happiness is sharing memories! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: mumbly peg To: Wally Erickson ('53) Yes Wally, I remember mumbly peg all to well. As a child of about 5 or 6, that was the BIG KIDS' game and I always wanted to play. One night I got the chance (after repeated warnings from my parents not to PLAY THAT GAME!). We huddled in the grass of my front yard and everything went quite well for awhile. Then on my turn I placed the knife at the tips of my fingers and cradled the handle in my palm and base of my thumb and let her fly. Well, instead of sticking it in the ground it went into my arm, right below my wrist. Needless to say, after that there were no more knives in my future (maybe that is why I buy lettuce in a bag). -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Grapes When my family moved to Richland, one of my parents' first friends were the Strattons, who lived near Hunt Point. (I think Monty Stratton had a ham radio station in his basement.) Their son, Frankie ('64), was my brother's, Mark ('64-RIP) age, I believe. He invited us to go fishing with him, right below the levee. It was September. There was a huge circle of grapes, probably Tokay, growing there, that we were told (by one of the Stratton's neighbors) had been part of a farm there, in the days before modern Richland was built. Those grapes were enormous- and fabulously sweet! There were no supports- the vines just sprawled out in a big circle on the ground. It was a pleasure that I looked forward to, for a number of years, there. (The fishing could be pretty good, too... remember chiselmouth?) ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: May Day The origin of this celebration is Russian. Read about it at -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) Re: May Day link Here is a very interesting link to the earlier May Day traditions. -Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bert Wells (Star of Buckaroo Time) My name is Bert Wells... in the mid '50s I did a kiddy cowboy program daily on KEPR TV called Buckaroo Time. Apparently it has been discussed again in recent times [in the Alumni Sandstorm], and I have had a number of inquiries from the old timers in the Tri-Cities area and elsewhere. Can you help me locate something on the site... For whatever reason, I can't seem to pull it up. [You had everything in lower case. I fixed that (above). -Maren] -Bert Wells (Star of Buckaroo Time) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/06/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Kirk Vitulli sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Dick Harris ('49) Wally Erickson ('53), Dick Avedovech ('56) Bob Rector ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), John Fletcher ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna Bolin ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Pugh ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Gold To: Friend Jim McKeown ('53) down in Sacramento You should have learned by now not to bet against anyone with gold in their pom poms. Like Bombers, Huskies, Sonics. Also good luck to you, bro Tom ('53) and wife, Darlene, ('54). It's been good news thus far. -Dick McCoy ('45), Bomber, Husky, Sonic ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Harris ('49) To: Dave Brusie ('51) Re: Saddle Shoes! Dave - Ah, yes, saddle shoes! At my age, I had almost forgotten them. They did go nice with light cords, that lots of classmates had written their names on! My wife says her mates used to write their names on a piece of adhesive tape and put on each others rain slickers. But that was in Renton where it probably rained! My two kids, who rebelled and attended the U. of Wash. didn't own a rain coat or umbrella when they started school, being from Wenatchee. It didn't take long before they finally joined the crowds! So, another Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is here this week and so we'll probably go to the parade, as we have most every year since 1956! -Dick Harris ('49) ~ Wenatchee, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Tom McKeown ('53) Re: Darlene It's great to know that Darlene ('54) has come through and seems to be on the road to recovery. Through your brother Jim, there was great concern about Darlene and her health. You can see how the Alumni Sandstorm works in getting the message out when there is someone that needs your prayers and thoughts. The same was done for you when you were going through your chemotherapy in Seattle. You both were going thru some hard times and needed some prayer support. It seems like you're both on your way to recovery. You had great support from your brother Jim. On another note....I was born in Walla Walla where you both live now. My mother's parents lived there, so after we moved to Richland we went to see them quite often. They lived on Thorne with a water wheel in their front yard. There was a creek that flowed through that area all summer. I still remember the great park there with all the water fowl in the ponds. It's a great place for family living. My grandfather worked for Allis Chalmers and sold implement equipment to the wheat farmers in southwest Washington. There were a lot of rich wheat farmers there during that time. I went to the Green Park grade school in Walla Walla They did a great job bringing it back to original condition. It was good to see you at our 50th reunion. You both looked great, neither of you have changed that much. Jim gave me some great information on the Napa Valley wineries, Judy and I took last September. It's good to hear from you on the Alumni Sandstorm and know that both of you are recovering. Prayers do work. I've had a hard time convincing the Sacramento Bombers to root for the green & gold Sonics during the first game play offs. All the games were exciting, because you weren't sure who was going to win the game in the end... they were going back and forth in every game. Cheers! To: Stan McDonald ('53) Re: Jack Rabbits When I think back, it's amazing how our parents never really seemed concerned in what we were doing there with a .22 rifle to hunt rabbits. I didn't mention the fact that there rattlesnakes out there too. So, we were always on the lookout for the hidden rattler. Our parents seemed to take it stride and it was just one more thing we did to occupy our time. It's too bad the younger generation doesn't spend more time doing things outside. I guess with TVs and computers, they really don't have a chance. Maybe their parents can do something about that. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Coeur D'Alene, ID - don't forget to root for the green & gold, cheers! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) Re: The Seven Wonders As a successfully treated prostate cancer survivor thanks to the wonderful non-invasive treatment I received at Loma Linda University Medical Center, I belong to an organization called "The Brotherhood of the Balloon" and therefore receive their monthly newsletter. I'd like to share one of the "lighter side" articles that was in the last issue called The Seven Wonders. A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt's Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Panama Canal 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter's Basilica 7. China's Great Wall (Bill Berlin, have you had a chance to see this???) While gather the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't make up my mind because there were so many." The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help." The girl hesitated, then read, I think the Seven Wonders of the world" are: 1. To See 2. To Hear 3. To Touch 4. To Taste 5. To Feel 6. To Laugh 7. And to Love" The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted, are truly wonderous. A gentle reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man. -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: I loved the Bert Wells Picture Howdy Maren, The Bert Wells picture was just great. I can still sing, "Big Rock Candy Mountain" -Bob Rector ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: retirement Hi all, Its all official now, after a 30 year career,I have retired from the Boeing Company. Last Thursday was my last day at work. So far, the "life of leisure" hasn't been too leisurely, I seem to have been plenty busy every day with lots of things to do. The best part is no alarm clock going off at five in the morning. My plan (although not set in stone) is to try finding a part time job teaching computer programming at one of the local technical colleges or community colleges. I did this during the nearly three years I was on layoff from Boeing, and really enjoyed it. Noi and I hope to do some traveling, starting with a trip to the Vancouver/Victoria area in British Columbia this summer, and another trip to Thailand this winter to visit our family and friends there. Next year we may go to Hawaii, and in a few years a trip to Europe is a possibility. We will probably want to go to Denver, CO to visit my oldest son and his family either this year or next. Another idea we have talked about is a trip to New Zealand, although the long flying time is rather daunting. We may have to make that part of a combined trip. We would also like to go back to Yellowstone in a few years, we really enjoyed our trip there a couple of years ago. And we are open to suggestions. Do any of you have a favorite travel destination or a "must-see" spot you think we would enjoy? Other than that, I hope to have time to get caught up on chores like yard work, cleaning out the store room, fixing the fence, and all the usual stuff one tends to put off when one has to go to work every day. I also hope to get caught up on my reading. I have several books and a pile of magazines waiting for my attention. So life goes on. I hope this finds all of you healthy and happy and as busy as Noi and I are. -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Bert Wells Bert Wells' theme song was "Big Rock Candy Mountain", and I'm just so dang happy to know that he's alive and well. What was really cool was the picture with all the foxes from the Gold Medal Class of '63. I dug up a file that my good friend Frank Osgard ('63WB) submitted a while back, he put it all in a thimble, or shot glass as the case might be when he said: "It's not like I don't do nothin' but watch TV, but earlier this week Her Bossiness and I were watching wrestling. She got the remote again, and I was no more than putty in her hands. I had a friend whose Grandparents lived in a prefab on Adams, about the 500 block. They had the very first TV I can recall, this had to have been about '53. They had Cable, for what it was worth." My friend Mitchell, that was his name, and I used to go over and watch what we could, when we could. His grandparents, who everyone called Uncle Ed and Aunt Somebody, kept the blinds pulled and the lights turned down low so the picture tube wouldn't wear out. They had a ceramic black panther on top of the set, with red jewels in it's eyes and a gold chain around it's neck. They always had little dishes of nuts and hard ribbon candy on TV trays. They later had the first TV remote control I ever saw, it was shaped like a potato gun but worked like a flash light. Among our favorites, was wrestling on Friday night. Not that vanilla flavored crap you see now days on TBS, but "Texas Wrasslin'". And it was real. Later we used to watch Shag Thomas and Luther Lindsey on Sundays sponsored by some dentist in Spokane. This guy validated parking, gave terms (30 days same as cash) and no discount for Canadian money. He also sponsored some guy singing hymns and old favorites every afternoon, for his present and future false teeth customers. I can still remember the afternoon programming, when we got our TV. School let out at 3:15pm, I beat feet home to practice piano for 30 minutes, and then Howdy Doody at 4pm, Pinkie Lee at 4:30. Mickey Mouse Club was at 5:00p for an hour. Someplace in there were The Little Rascals on Channel 6. You could never show the Little Rascals today, too bad, they were at least as funny as Urkel. Before cable there was antenna TV, with Uncle Jimmy's Club House at 4pm on KIMA, I've still got my membership card (#213). Uncle Jimmy, who seemed to do everything at the station, was followed by some crabby old fart called Montana Tom. Tom got the shoe, none too soon, and was replaced by Bert Wells. My sister's Blue Bird troop was on the Bert Wells show, and sang some song in Chinese. At least they said it was Chinese, and it sounded like Chinese. I remember watching it, 'cause I had this flannel cloth slathered with Vicks around my neck. To this day, Campfire mints still taste like Vicks, not peppermint. I knew I was getting old, when I recognized the cowboy movies they serialized for 10 minutes each afternoon, as flicks I'd seen "first run" at the Village. I used to make my little brother cry, by telling him what was going to happen. Still do, but he was a 7-5 kind of kid. Mickey Mouse Club also had some great serials, Corky and Black Shadow, Spin and Marty, The Hardy Boys and some kid named Moochey. The Mousketeers, were as unfathomable in '57 as Chief Joe Girls were five years later. Annette had some great ears for thirteen, but was the same age as by sister, so I looked elsewhere. Some girl with big teeth, don't remember her name and what was with that Jimmy Dodd guy and Uncle Roy? There were some great shows like Topper, Mr. Peepers, Sid Cesar, Ernie Kovacs and my Pop's favorite, Tennessee Ernie Ford. The Old Man loved to laugh, and was keen on the "not so subtle" like Bilko, The Real McCoys and Jack Benny. Humor was so much more simple in black and white. They didn't have fourteen year olds, playing eight year olds, talking like adults. Being Politically correct, was at least a man on the moon away. Don't know that I want to go back to those days, but it sure was fun while we were there. Now it's time to say goodbye.............. Frank p.s. The person with big teeth was named Darlene, who it turns out just might have been John Elway's twin sister. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux p.s. Now Louise Wells ('64), there was a May Basket artist. A square wall paper sample stuffed with Lilacs and a stick of gum. She would knock on the door and then run like hell, probably why she's so short, never caught her. Got real close once, but the Huunecuts close line ended the chase. Not a May Day goes by that I don't think about that drill. -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Bert Wells Hi Maren, I must have missed the discussion of Bert Wells. I distinctly remember being on his show with my Cub Scout Den. I was in my Scout uniform, so it must have been 1956 or so. That has been my only appearance on the small screen, so a big "Howdy Thank You" to Bert. -John Fletcher ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Em, That tram ride in Albuquerque goes up Sandia Peak. In certain times of the year on the way up you can see some remains of a commercial airliner that crashed there many years ago. About all you see is the glint off of it in the sun. My brother, Howard ('72-RIP), lived in Albuquerque for years and would go up there for the solitude. He took my mother and I up one year. It is a most spectacular view of the area, he even pointed out Al Unser's place. Some day I may get back there, perhaps for the Balloon Fiesta in October. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR, where today it is raining as usual ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) Re: Dick Harris & Prawns Hi Mr. Harris, I will say hi to mom. I see her every day. She lives 2 blocks from me. I haven't seen Richard in about 9 years. He moved over seas. Sincerely, -Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/07/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Bill Berlin ('56) Carol Carson ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Mike Brady ('61), David Rivers ('65) Mike Perkins ('67), Lynn Noble Paden ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laverne Vandenberg ('76) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '60 & spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I have a special request. Please do not send me email that requires you to send this to 50 friends or you will die or bad things will happen to you, etc. I am 73 years old and have NEVER answered them and I am still alive. Thanks. To: Dick Harris ('49er) Saddle Shoes: When I was in high school I had very wide feet (a no no back in those days). The only place I could buy shoes that fit was at the old Penney's store in downtown Kennewick. Had to buy boys saddles. I gave my shoe stamps to mothers with young children (think we were allowed 3 pair of shoes a year). Boys shoes always lasted longer than girls. In 1945, when they found out I lived in Richland, they refused to wait on me - they would simply turn around and walk away. As a result I never set foot in Kennewick from 1945 until they opened Columbia Center (1969?). I still don't know a lot about Kennewick. Adhesive tape: Remember when the boys used to put tape on their cords and let the cords get REALLY dirty and pull the tape off - they had names, initials, etc. Don't know how their mothers put up with that. To: Dick Avedovech ('56) I love that girl's 7 wonders of the world. I don't see too well, don't hear too well, don't taste or smell too well - I make up with the other 4 items. We all need to stop and smell the roses once in a while and thank that person of a higher being for the things we do have. To: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) I did not have too much to do with your grandfather (I did pick up his absence list when I worked in the office at Col Hi) - but your grandmother used to work for Penney's in Richland. She helped me order some jeans for my brother-in-law (he worked for United Airlines and his legs were so long that they had no uniforms to fit him and allowed him to wear jeans to work - took 3 months). HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY - To all Bomber who are mothers and grandmothers and anyone who would like to be called a Mom. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - sun is shinning and feels warm out - supposed to get around 73 today and possibly showers (think we will have showers - all my bones hurt!!!). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Dick Avedovech ('56) Yes, honoured classmate, I have been to the Great Wall several times, mostly as a tour guide for visiting firemen and their wives. Here is a tip for any future Bomber Great Wall visitors. Wear really, repeat, really good walking shoes with extremely good tread. The Great Wall is made of stone that has been worn down to ice rink quality footing...and that is when it is dry. It only took three Mongol's and about $20 US to bribe the Chinese guards to open the gate and let "the Hoards" through the gate, thus the very first recorded case of graft in China. It has now expanded to thousands and millions of dollars so Genghis Kahn got a very good deal. To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Congratulations on retiring from Boeing and if you are going to Victoria, stop by Anacortes and visit us on your way over or back on the Anacortes/Sidney ferry. Just because you are a classmate of Old Jimbeaux does not mean we have to put our silver and crystal under lock and key. Serious, stop by but let us know in advance. To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Dang, I had forgotten about Louise Wells ('64) bringing over May baskets. That seemed to be her yearly project and Mama Jean Wells encouraged her to do that for any home in South Richland that had boys living there. I had never figured that out until now. Just the same, we got May baskets this May 1 (and last year) from little girls dressed up on old time dresses. We have an old School House just up the road from us that operated as a one roomer until 1956 and every year a couple of the Anacortes 4th Grade classes spend a day in class at that old school. Really cool and the kids seems to have a good time and take May baskets to the neighbors. Old Bill Barrington, who lives across the road and went to that school back in the '30s, comes over and tells them stories. He rides over on his horse and his wife shows up in period dress in a buggy. Even the bell works and sounds very good. Where is Louise when we need her? [Louise is in Shorline, WA -Maren] -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA - where fellow Bomber Dave Priebe ('57) and his wife have moved to Gabriolla Island, British Columbia. The are building a new house here but had to move out of their house by May 1 whilst the new one goes up. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: Bomber Mom passes Shirley Carson, Mother of Steve ('58) Carol ('60) and David ('76) passed on Tuesday May 3rd. Her obituary can be found in the Tri-City Herald and on the Einan's Funeral Home site: -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: All Bombers Re: Growing Up in the Sandstorms of Richland and My Best Friend, Myrna Happy, happy birthday to the best friend anyone could have been fortunate enough to walk into those oh so many years ago! It was great then and it is still the best. May you have many more birthdays and may we have many more years together! Think you must be somewhere here--maybe at your Mothers-- as I have not been able to reach you by phone. Hope today is a good one for you and remember how much I love ya gal! We all remember the sandstorms we walked, played, breathed and ran through during our growing up years here in Richland. Occasionally we still have one, and somehow they don't seem as threatening as they once did. We housewives still hate the things, cause we gotta clean up after them. But no way is it as bad as it was back then, when our Mothers sat and cried with all the sand that sifted through. "Termination Winds" they were called and I can just imagine how much our troops would love to terminate their locale with the pictures you are about to witness. We thought WE had it bad? Take a look and see how bad they have it there in Iraq and then feel lucky that we did not suffer this kind of storm. I was told by a fellow Bomber that I should send in this entry and share it with you all. They didn't want their name mentioned, for whatever reason, but they know they deserve the credit for this entry anyway. Don't you JBP? ;o) Iraq Sand Storm... And I thought we had dust storms in Richland. Sand Storm, 26 April 2005. It's a wall of sand traveling at 60 mph. More pictures at: Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Jim Hamilton's ('63) entry That was a great entry by my Travel Agent and good friend, Jim Hamilton ('63), in yesterday's Sandstorm. Pete Wascher ('60) was the first guy on our block to have cable television. He had this great recreation room in his basement and a one armed bandit that took nickels. Several years later, Bill Tache's ('61) had a "color television." He attached a rainbow colored piece of transparent plastic to the front of the set, and bingo, instant color. Each Friday night we would go over to the Tache's house and watch the Gillette Blue Blades Friday Night Fights. I watched Sugar Ray Robinson, Carman Basilio and Kid Gavalin. The only light in the house was coming from the "color" television while cigarette smoke would rise from the chairs. I loved Mrs. Tache. She got a kick out of putting a whoopie cushion on my chair before I sat down causing much embarrassment. She also promised to make the local kids homemade root beer if we helped her make home brew in the bathtub. When Charlie Clement's ('60WB) Mom found out about that, boy, did the you know what hit the fan. Charlie is a Mormon! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Burt Wells and the Buckaroo Girls Well, Howdy Buckaroos! This is yer old Pal Burt Wells... no wait this is just me... got caught up in the feelin' ya know... It was such a surprise to get an email from Burt last year... Now that's pretty darned cool... people can't believe how close knit we Bombers are and to have our childhood cowboy hero come out from the past is just toooooooo much for anyone but a Bomber to understand! I mean... Big John and Sparky were national right? So we wouldn't ever expect to hear from Big John... tho ya never know about those puppets.. Sparky could jump out at us any day... That picture is a classic... I spotted Susan ('63) right off and Rosalie ('63) too... But to think I lived across from Bethie ('63) for all those years and I still can't believe that picture is of her! Hafta have Laura ('65) confirm that one for me... Oh man Oh man Oh man... it's almost JUNE... Can't wait for that first Spudnut! Is everybody else from the class of '65 as ready as I am????????? Oh... on a sad note, Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65) decided to go to an old used table Vegas Landmark called "Broadacres" Swapmeet. It was owned for years by an old cowboy by the name of Dolf Bowman... Dolf was a real cowboy... kinda like our old Sheriff, Ralph Lamb... bowed legs and all... everything old Dolf touched turned to gold... one time Dolf and Bennie Binion were having a feud and Dolf rode his horse thru the big restaurant and right out thru the window to the street below... cops picked him up outside... tied up his horse and took old Dolf to jail... so anyway Dolf sold the Swapmeet to his nasty little offspring a number of years ago... (they tried to cheat him out of the sale price even tho he sold it to them for about 1/4 what it was worth... nasty little beings... I couldn't stand 'em... but then Dolf was my pal and my client)... so anyway Jimmy goes out to the swapmeet which is pretty much like going to Mexico these days... and after about an hour of not finding anything interesting he decided to leave... uh oh... "all you guys who have a nice Durango SUV raise yer hand"... NOT YOU HEIDLEBAUGH! Yup... stolen right outa the lot... took him 3 hours trying to get a cab to pick him up in that part of town... finally some good Samaritan gave him a ride home... (yes they found it a few days later... totally wrecked after a big joy ride)... word to the wise... when visiting Vegas... ... ...skip the swapmeet! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Perkins ('67) Re: Story from Dick Avedovech ('56) Dick's story in the 6 May edition reminded me of a picture I ran across several years ago, and which has been on the desktop background of every computer I've owned since. A particularly compelling image and thought. Enjoy. -Mike Perkins ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Kirk Vitulli (grandson of Art Dawald) Hi Kirk: My family lived a couple of doors from your grandparents. I am the youngest daughter of Betty and Dick Noble (who are still alive and well at age 90 and 86) and number six of six children. We loved Art and Bernice as if they were our aunt and uncle. Here are some memories for you about them: Bernice would frequently come down to our house to visit or, at times, to lend a hand. I can remember her folding clothes while she sipped coffee and talked with us -- even if our folks weren't home. She was an absolute delight and was loving and always cheerful. Her hair was always perfect and we used to think that she manicured her lawn the way she did her hair. Their home and lawn were lovely and the envy of the neighborhood. Art went for walks most every day with his Boston Terrier friend, Chum. I would always giggle when he'd walk by because I knew that he would say, "Hi there fellas!" I'm sure he loved to see our smiles and giggles as well. He had a quick stride and would carry a walking stick with him. Chum would walk dutifully in step with Art and would "snort" a hello and wiggle his tiny tail at us. Bernice's sister, Mary, lived next door to them on the North side. We loved your grandparents and I know that my parents and sister probably have more memories for you. I can give you their phone number or address if you'd like to contact them. They live in Kennewick. I also have some photos of Art and Bernice and would be happy to share them with you if you'd like them. Feel free to email me. Sincerely, -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Bert Wells sent stuff: Dick Avedovech ('56), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Marie Ruppert ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Bert Wells (Star of Buckaroo Time) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKeown ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Barr ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Hogan ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) To: Mike Perkins )'67) Thank you for that wonderful picture. I now have it on my computer as well. -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Visiting LV To: David Rivers ('65) The City of Simi Valley will be visiting your fair city the end of May for the ICSC Convention... How about an Apple Martini somewhere??? -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA - Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Where it is a gorgeous Saturday ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Happy Birthday (May 7th) to Jeff Hartman ('59) Retired Coast Guard Captain and all around great brother-in-law! Now he is officially the oldest of the Hartman clan! -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Kippy Lou Brinkman ('62) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) It's getting closer to the time of Cool Desert Nights and the First Bomber Single Wing Ding!! I haven't heard much from ALL you Singles out there! I'm going to have T-Shirts made up for this First time Wing Ding! They will be cost $15 for 50/50 cotton T-shirts! I'll have the design next week. I'll keep you all posted on what they will look like I will be sending the design to Maren and getting her approval. (that is if it's ok with you Maren!) So if any one is interested please let me know. You can write to me here in the Sandstorm or at my email address above. But please do it soon. I've ordered 25 shirts as of now. If interested I'll need sizes and how many! LOL But I know you all want to see the design first! Keep watching the Sandstorm it will be here next week! I want forgot to wish my childhood friend, Kathy Clark, a Happy Birthday on 5/7! I hope you had a great Day!! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Happy Mothers' Day to all you moms out there. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bert Wells (Star of Buckaroo Time) To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Linda, thanks for forwarding the information about the olden days of Buckaroo Time, Big Rock Candy Mountain, KEPR TV, and the "Kids" who were on the program and still remember. I know scarcely anyone in that area anymore, especially since I didn't attend Bomber High School. Someone said they were glad that I was still alive and well. So am I! And now and then, the stark realization hits me... for all of those who remember being on my show and are now advancing in years... I was and am a full generation ahead of those "Kids!" So I truly am glad to be alive and well and still doing a bit of entertaining. Will look forward to your carload (if you can make it) coming up for my program here in Yakima and the Harman Center, on Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm... and to the possibility that I may do a touch of entertaining down that way in the future for some of older alumni who would remember! Best wishes, -Bert Wells (Star of Buckaroo Time) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/09/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Jamie Worley ('64), Jim Coyne ('64) Mike Perkins ('67), Doug Ufkes ('68) Barb Hogan ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Overdahl ('60) (MIGHT have been yesterday?) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Mary Bailey ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val Trent ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the "Well Informed" Dept. It was announced in the May/June issue of "Vets News" (a publication of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs; on the web at that the Moving Wall would be in Richland. I quote from that article: "The event in Richland, Washington will begin with opening ceremonies at sunrise on June 8, 2005. The Wall will be open for viewing around the clock (24 hours) at Jefferson Park in Richland until closing ceremonies begin at sunset on June 12. To visit the Moving Wall in Richland take the George Washington Way Exit off 182 heading North and continue approximately 2 miles to Jefferson Park." Be of good cheer, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - still in slightly damp Albany, OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [The Moving Wall 2005 in Richland is also listed on the All Bomber calendar. Click the link from the calendar and it'll take you to: which has The Moving Wall Richland dates as 6/7 thru 6/13. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday, May 14 TIME: 11:30 a.m. PLACE: Shenanigan's - The Red Lion on the River at Jantzen Beach (east side of I-5) Please let Lola know if you plan to join the Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon - Come help plan the August 2005 Vancouver/Bomber Picnic! And - don't forget to mark your calendars for the picnic - Saturday - August 13, 2005 - Battle Ground Lake State Park! See you Saturday! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jamie Worley Hills ('64) Many thanks to Dick Avedovech ('56) and Mike Perkins ('67) for your poignant picture in the May 8th Sandstorm. As I am a little behind on my Sandstorm reading I don't know the story of the picture. As I've tried to explain to friends what my company does, this picture speaks a thousand words. We take care of children just like the one in the picture, in their homes. In a few years, barring complications, with excellent home nursing, that baby who probably weighs one pound, will graduate from all his/her tubes, oxygen, ventilators, and nurses, and lead a very productive life. Miracles do occur every day. -Jamie Worley Hills ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Coyne ('64) To all the YOUNG ladies...... Happy Mothers Day. Hope everyone has a great day -Jim Coyne ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Perkins ('67) Re: Basrah Bomber Luncheon. For some reason my co-workers voted down, unanimously, my idea to post a BOMBERS WELCOME HERE sign outside our compound at Basrah International Airport, in southern Iraq. BOMBER SPOKEN HERE and BOMBER FRIENDLY ZONE were other ideas that were also vetoed, soundly, I might add. So, I guess I'll have to rely on the Sandstorm's gentle readers to let me know if there are enough of us in the area to justify a Basrah Bomber Luncheon. Please advise. -Mike Perkins ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) When I graduated from high school, all I wanted to do was to get out of that town, like many people all over the world. And like many of those people for the last 15 years all I have wanted to do was to come back home. It is funny how things change for a person but there is no place - and I mean no place - like the Pacific Northwest. I live in Tucson, AZ. Most of the year here is pleasant and I can see why folks want to live here but the summers are dreadfully hot, many summers there are 100 days in a row with highs over 100... Days with 105, 107, 112, and you cant walk 100 yards without drinking a gallon of water. You guys who stayed in Richland and built a good life there are lucky and someday, God willing, I will come home -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barb Hogan Ham ('72) Just wanted to wish my "Big Brother Mike Hogan", and Happy B-Day. Love ya, Big Brother Your sister Barby -Barb Hogan Ham ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/11/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dave Brusie ('51), Dick Epler ('52) Burt Pierard ('59), Mary Ray ('61) Roy Ballard ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) Clif Edwards ('68), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (5/10): Dwayne Bussman ('98) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill McCue ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Doran ('72) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Kirk Vitulli (Art Dawald's grandson) Re: Your Grandparents I sent you the message to tell your mother hello for me. I hope you told her. From what I gathered you mentioned Dick Harris to your mother about the prawns. It was I that mentioned the prawns. The point is I hope you said hello to your mother for me. I didn't realize that your Uncle Richard was probably overseas. Years ago he was a mailman in either Spokane or Walla Walla. Thanks my friend. To: Dick Harris ('49) Re: Saddle Shoes & Cords!! The saddle shoes with the red soles... what a classic. You can hardly find them any more?? My mother took my cords and split them and dyed one side green and the other side gold and then sewed them back to the original form. Great combination. Best to you my friend!! -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Epler ('52) Re: Bombers RVing To: Fellow motorhomer and classmate Marilyn "Em" Devine ('52) from the Eplers (Dick ('52), and Madelyn Hinson ('52)) and the Holemans (Keith ('49), and Sharon Telfer ('54)): Em, we enjoyed reading about your motorhoming adventures last week, in part because we've been down many of the same roads in previous years often with the Holemans who first introduced us to motorhoming in '99. As it turns out, we're on just such an adventure now as I'm writing this from the Majestic Oaks RV Park here at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. As RV Parks go, this is one of the best. For the rest of you: If you have a bit of pioneer spirit, and like adventure, you'll love motorhoming and I highly recommend it. As Em implied, motorhomes occasionally break, roads occasionally get bumpy, and weather is always a factor... but we love it. As Robert De Nero said in "Meet the Fockers" (paraphrasing) "it's nice to have your own Posturepedic bed, your own kitchen, and your own entertainment center when you travel." And you don't feel like you're imposing so much when you visit relatives and friends. In a few days, we'll be visiting son #3, Rob and Jamie, in Ozark, MO and our four youngest grandchildren. Later, we'll be taking son #1 (Funny Car Driver Jim Epler) and his daughter Megan back to San Diego. We expect to have more adventures on the way. Separately I've sent a few photos. I need to point out that the McGee's B&B, mentioned in one of the photos, is the new home of Sondra Telfer McGee ('60) and Jack McGee ('60). -Dick Epler ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) Re: Italian POWs Thanks for the interesting stories about the Italian POWs AT PASCO. People should recognize that these tales, although thoroughly enlightening, have nothing to do with the original debate which was whether there were ANY Italian POWs AT COLUMBIA CAMP. Since I only learned of the Pasco POW Camp & Italian Service Units (ISUs) a few weeks ago, I welcome and encourage anybody else to contribute to our common knowledge base. This is what makes the Sandstorm great. I did notice that everyone who tried checking out additional sources concerning Columbia Camp have all contributed more documentation to support my original thesis, namely, NO POWs (Italian or German) at that location. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Ray ('61) To: Maren and those who write to me Scratch the new email address that I posted in yesterday's Sandstorm. I decided the one looked too much like an "l" and might be confusing so I changed it to: Have a great day! -Mary Ray ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Bill Scott ('64) Re: living in Richland Well, I've lived here in Richland for app. 58 + years now, and have been around the world and in many cities and countries. I thought that there were 2 places that I thought that were better than where I grew up, one being Alaska and the other Malaya. But after going back to both I found that there was no place like home. Looking at the hills around the dead sea in Israel, to me is very beautiful, but then my taste may be different than yours. If you want to be in an ugly place try Karachi, Pakistan, now that is a dirty, ugly place. I would never go back to that place, whereas Thailand, I believe is very pretty. Vietnam in its own way is also pretty, but I don't know if I'd ever go back. So everyone has there own place that they like to call home and that is just great, but the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that is also very wonderful. Don't get me wrong, California is great and has lots of good points, but so does Richland. I don't like what's going on in our state government, but then that is another story, But then just my opinion. Have a nice day, Bill, and to everyone wherever you are. -Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Richland P.S. Try the Scandinavian countries, they are also great (in my opinion). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Bill Scott ('64) I'll have to agree with you, Bill, about moving back to Richland. Whenever we go back for a reunion, I find that it's lost it's charm. Way too large a city for me now. I love being on the coast of California for now, but I need more sun and a bit more heat, so don't know if I can say that I want to be here the rest of my life, but move back to Richland - naw. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, C a - where the rain has gone and the sun is here for the rest of the week - I hope! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Moving back to Richland I moved away from Richland when I got married (1967) and have lived in the Seattle area, on Vashon Island (which is absolutely beautiful), Astoria, Oregon, before moving to Southern California, living there for over 20 years, and then settling in Bakersfield, CA for almost 20 years... this is now home, as long as this is where my kids and grandkids live... Bakersfield has a lot in common with Richland... the heat, the cold, with NO snow, it is desert, and I guess you could say it is ugly, but I don't see the ugliness, just like I don't see the ugliness in Richland... I have a warm place in my heart for my hometown and I still miss it! IF I could convince my kids to move there, I would come home in a "New York minute"! as for the ugliness... I don't see that, never did! Richland will always be HOME and I still miss not living there! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ~ supposed to be high 80s, low 90s by the weekend... the heat is fast arriving and will be here too blasted long! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Bill Scott ('64) To: Doug Ufkes'('68) Re: desire to move back to Richland I seem to agree with both of you. Not as a cop-out, but just an opinion after living all over Washington state and traveling around the United States. I was questioned one time by this guy saying, "How can you have an opinion on living anyplace after visiting for three days!?" I had mentioned that I was in Biloxi, MS on this man-made beach, it was 103, 90% humidity, no cooling breeze because it was simply hot wet air in my face, water temp was bathwater and one person on a beach towel about 1000 yards away, but may have been a mirage coming off the heated sand. I didn't need day two to make up my mind that I would NOT be living there in this lifetime. Not enough stimulation, or maybe it was too much. Nevertheless, for those that do not know better and have never been out of that county, it was an offensive statement. I lived on Maui for two and a half years. Being retired, how many times does a person need to go to Lahaina and eat at Cheeseburgers in Paradise? I put only 7000 miles on my truck while living in one of the most beautiful places on earth and covered it more than a few times. I didn't get "island fever." I got bored. There are those impromptu moments I need to get into my truck and drive a few hundred miles or more. On Maui if I drove thirty miles I was on Molokai. After visiting Juarez, El Paso and San Antonio, TX, I told this guy the United States could give it all back to the Mexicans south of the Columbia River and east of Butte, MT. I had to change my moniker and password after that one. Now I live in Huntington Beach, CA. I detest the freeway, the crowds everywhere you go. Cannot get away from people I could go on and on. No habla Espanol. But, I'm not bored here. I love HB. Not sure when the divorce will be. I have come to the conclusion that no matter where I go, no matter where I live, it will not take long before I start wondering how it is anyone could possibly live there. And then I will move... again. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Clif Edwards ('68) To: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Returning to the Pacific Northwest Doug, I couldn't agree with you more. I left Richland the fall of '68 and basically never returned. I am not a world traveler, but I traveled for many years for 30 to 40 weeks a year throughout the United States and Canada. We now live in Vancouver, WA, and I am NEVER at a lose to look forward to coming home. We lived for two years in Grand Rapids, MI; I loved the people but hated the weather. I had opportunities to move to Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, California, and several other states. I call the Northwest the "Nation's best kept secret" because when people visit and it is rainy or hot or whatever, they go home and tell people it always rains in Seattle and Portland. It rains quite a bit here on occasion but it is the prettiest place on earth pretty consistently. I still love the Tri-Cities and it will always be home - both my parents are laid to rest there - and I travel there for business. As a whole the Northwest is the best ever. Here are a couple little known things about the NW. Washington is the only state in the union that has all the geographical areas, desert, rain forest, mountains, and plains. Portland is the only city in the US with an active volcano inside the city limits; Mt Tabor. The three largest metropolitan areas are Seattle, Portland, Boise. Spokane follows as fourth. Here's one for all you weary travelers; Portland has the highest per capita rate of strip bars. This one is something of lore because I wouldn't know for sure. :-)? My sister, Vernita ('65) lives outside Atlanta and is looking forward to traveling after retiring and coming "back home" to the Northwest. I love the Northwest! That's all for now. -Clif Edwards ('68) ~ Vancouver, WA - 60, light rain, and beautiful. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) To: Bill Scott ('64) & Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Desire to move back to Richland These two posts were so timely for me, as Richland was one of the spots we were considering as I engaged in negotiations for my first psychiatric nurse practitioner position. Today (5/10) I am signing a contract that takes us to the Lewiston/Clarkston area plans now are to live east of Lewiston. If we like it there after 6 12 months of leasing, we will buy our 30 acres or so. But that's not my point. Graduating in '68, I lived in Richland until '69, then moved back and forth from there to several points throughout the northwest and Colorado over the years. I always ended up "back home" in the end, though. When I moved to Spokane to go to grad school, I swore I would never go back to Richland to live. During our discussions of possible locales, Thomas (who had never moved back since about 1970) expressed the pull that 'going home' was having on him. We seriously looked at several properties in Prosser, Grandview, etc., in keeping with the possibility of ending up back in the area because, having been through it many times myself, I knew what that powerful pull felt like. But in the end I realized that I really could not 'go home again'. Richland was an incredible place to grow up. And for those of us (1) blessed to be married to someone who grew up there, too, and/or (2) subscribed to the Sandstorm, that Richland remains alive and well - albeit in hearts and memory only now. For me, as Bill Scott said, although Richland is certainly preferable to a great many other areas, it is no longer what it once was. The cohesiveness, the uniqueness, the heart and soul of the town have all been diminished and diluted over the years. Now Richland is just like many, many other towns of its size across the nation again, better in many ways, but no longer truly unique except in the hearts of us who remember it that way. For those Bombers who happily live in Richland today, I am glad that you have found it to be the right place for you. I wish you continued contentment and life-joy there. And Doug (Ufkes '68), I hope you find those things there should you ever be able to move back. But for me, even visiting Richland has become a sad affair. In my experience, too much is gone not so much in terms of the physical structures, but, again, in terms of the heart and soul. Bill Scott talked about the weather, etc. That's not what will keep me away. In fact it seems that the weather in Richland is far more temperate now than in the '50s and even the '60s. What will keep me away is that every time I go back, I re-experience to a greater degree the loss of what once was. So we will put down roots elsewhere now. Our grandchildren (now and future) will hear endless stories of "back home when we were growing up in a special place out of time called Richland". But for them, we pray that their "home place" will be Grandma Lynnie and Opa's farm. Blessings to all, regardless of where your life path calls you -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: RHS Tournament - Call for Jerseys I will be ordering jerseys/shorts on May 14th. This way they will be ready for the basketball tournament on June 17th. I will be ordering some extras, but the extras may not cover all who sign up after May 13th. So if you are planning on playing this year and just haven't registered yet, now is the time. If you didn't receive an application in the mail (then I don't have your address :) you can go to and download an application there. If you register before May 13th, then there will be a jersey reserved for you. After May 13th, it will be in order of registration until the extras run out. Also, numbers on your jersey and shorts will not be available after May 13th. Since May 13th is this week, I want to make sure I get your jersey order. So do one of three things: 1. Register Online - I get the information instantly and will add it to the order. 2. Hand carry your application to 1407 Sunset in Richland. I will be going through all the applications on the 13th to get jersey orders. 3. If you have to mail your application, send me an email and tell me it is "in the mail". Email me the jersey size you put down. I look forward to seeing you all at the tournament. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ~ 503-830-6961 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Patsy Verellen Thibodeau ('50) ~ 9/7/33 - 5/5/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/12/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers, Kirk Vitulli, and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Jim Jensen ('50) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Jan Bollinger ('60) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Greg Alley ('73) Doug Martin ('80), Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) My mother always told me that home is where you hang your hat. She cried the first year that we were in Richland but after that would not have moved back to Ohio/Kentucky for all the money in the world. If any of you have prayer lists I would appreciate putting my name on it - I am suffering a lot of pain - went to the doctor and he gave me a pain pill that has gotten rid of about 50 percent of the pain - has many side affects, including the possibility of addiction. That's why I haven't been writing in the Alumni Sandstorm - I hurt too much to type, even to think. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - it looks like it is going to be beautiful today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: The Oasis To all those who have and will express opinions about living in the "Old Sod" (Richland), greetings. I have followed your comments and the perspectives you have expressed with truly deep and intense interest. Upon graduation from RHS in 1950 I wanted, about one week later, to go somewhere else - anywhere else - to find a "new" and more rewarding life. I experimented with an educational pursuit for a bit less than a year and found myself longing to leave the experiment... with all of its nuances, new experiences, new people, etc... and go back "home." I found that after one leaves the comfort of high school and fails to substitute that comfort with another group of educational explorers... life changes. A hint of loneliness creeps in. Finding a new peer group is not easy. After a year or so I found a peer group, but its composition was far different than I ever imagined. About the time I began to function in my new comfort zone... working in the Areas... new social experiences... I was invited to participate in the Korean police action. My Richland-yearn blew hot and cold for many years as I spent 22 of them in the Air Force checkin' out our globe, getting married to an incredible woman, sharing a family with her, finding new things to wonder about and learn about... Still, every time I thought about Richland or talked to someone from Richland or otherwise communicated with someone about Richland - the yearning became white hot. I didn't want to leave my family, work, etc. - just hoped that I could share Richland with my loved ones. It had been 25 years since I last visited Richland. My parents and siblings had moved to California. The airplane landed in Pasco. The company that had set up my interview had a rental car waiting for me. That July afternoon in 1984 was a bit warm, but still pleasant. As I turned off the highway and followed the sign that read "George Washington Way" I could barely breathe. My hands began to tremble. Before I saw the first recognizable structure I knew I was home - at last. Didn't get the position, but I spent three days recapturing the essence of the place. The tingling sensation never left me. As I visited each of "my" places the memories came flooding back. Of course!!!!! The Richland I viewed was not the same place I knew 25 years before. Much of the environment was unfamiliar. I knew that most of the people that I had associated with were either gone or quite likely had little in common with me. Still... there was a magic. Fourteen years later, in 1996, I attended my first Club 40 reunion. Marvelous!!!! Saw many old friends and made new ones. I began to appreciate that the people were the key... the people were the true essence. Even though the "old people" were mostly gone the new people and I shared a commonality virtually unique during the space of my lifetime. It was a commonality that bound strangers together. It still does. Look at the Sandstorm... it is a commonality and mutuality for people from four or more generations. California? Hawaii? Alaska? England? Vietnam? Thailand? Colorado? New Mexico? New Jersey? Johnston Island? Mississippi? Utah? New York? Connecticut? Washington DC? Philippines? Japan? Been there... done that long enough to know quite a bit about those places. Texas? Still here doin' that. If I could do it tomorrow I would move to Richland, Washington and stay there the rest of my days. Bomber Cheers to all, -Jim Jensen (thankfully and proudly from the class of 1950) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Re: Illinois sights Maren, I am sending this piece about the new Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois in case some of our traveling Bombers would like to visit. The article is from the local paper. If you visit the city be sure to stop at the capitol and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dana Thomas House. There are several other attractions locally as well. If you go during the middle two weeks in August you can take in one of the Midwest's largest state fairs. Have fun! -Laura Dean Kirby ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [NOTE: No article attached. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Oops! Just in case anyone was planning to watch the torchlight parade in Spokane next Saturday night, please wait one week! I have been advised by a helpful Bomber in Moses Lake, that the date is May 21st, not next Saturday, as I mentioned in the Spokane Bomber lunch announcement. So far, no Spokane Bombers have pointed out my error, so thanks to Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) in Moses Lake for setting us all straight! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Moving Wall The "Moving Wall" is very impressive and as close to the real thing as you can get. I have seen them both and fired salutes sponsored by the Anchorage VFW when they opened the Moving Wall in Anchorage, AK. I noted there is every bit as much emotion at the Moving Wall as at the permanent one in WA DC. It is worth seeing. Re: fireworks Thank you to the several who sent me nice comments on the fireworks display Friday night. It was a technically difficult display for a variety of reasons, but we pulled it off to the satisfaction of both law enforcement and the sponsor, Windemere Real Estate. There was a record number of boats at the log boom this year and a good crowd onshore. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) My Southern California born and raised beach kids could hardly stop laughing the first time I took them to Richland. They said, "is this really the place you've been talking about all these years?" I guess you had to be raised there to understand. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka (68) I must say that you have spoken to my heart of how I feel about Richland. When I wrote in a couple days ago, I didn't really express how I felt about Richland then and now. I still feel it's my "home" town, but not my "home" any longer. I love going back to visit, but it's rather sad for me also. Seems like another lifetime all together when I was growing up there. Perhaps it is because I only go there for the reunions now. I know that I can't relive the past and so much has changed over the years. I loved growing up in Richland and feel that the kids today are really missing out on living in a safe place where so many stranger can be your family as well. All adults seems to look out for all us kids, but not now. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA where the sun is shining and I'm about to go outside and weed. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Richland construction As I was watching the 2005 baseball Bombers split a twinbill with the Southridge Suns, the defending state champions, I was really noticing the destruction of the old gym. The south parking lot by the gym was full of twisted metal and the gym was about half way down. You could still see the stands up on the northside but the walls were all coming down. I guess the overall observation is how much steel went into that place. The other destruction was on the corner of Lee and Stevens as the old P & K Auto building and the old gas station was also going down. I`m sure many of you can name a lot things those buildings were over the years. No Mike, it was never a Denny's. By the way, the Bombers were ranked number one in the state up until that first loss. They have a good team but the league is real good and getting out of the district will be tough. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In sometime rainy and sometime sunny Richland where it isn't too bad to live. Maybe I'm just stuck here. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Doug Martin ('80) COMMENTS: I'm just impressed that fellow Bombers had the ambition to create these websites. Thank you. -Doug Martin ('80) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) To: Dave Brusie ('51) Sorry Dave, I did in fact copy the message and have it for mom. Thanks for correcting my error. Sincerely, -Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Bob Maulsby ('59) ~ 2/25/41 - 5/5/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/13/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Brusie ('51), Wally Erickson ('53) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Barbara Farris ('59WB), Mike Howell ('68WB) Betti Avant ('69), Larry Davis ('80) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) Tell me a little about yourself, and your life! -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Being a "Richlandiet" (new word), I certainly agree with everything you said. Like many of us that have sent in memories of our past during our times of growing up in Richland; it's only something you can express in words and detail. It had me thinking about the time when we would have relatives, or friends out of the area to visit... my parents would take us for a car ride to show off Richland and all of the new construction that was going on. Now, this was in the late '40s and early '50s!! We were so proud of Richland and what was being done to make it great place to raise a family. One of the things I remember being asked was "where are the sidewalks?" I lived on Putnam Street and I still remember the "crushed rock" between our lawn and the street. During the summer months my neighbor friends and I would toughen up our feet walking over the crushed rock and "hot" pavement. Hey, we thought if the Indians can do it, so can we.... right? More memories! To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) in Sacramento Re: "Green & Gold" It's okay Ann, now you can "root" for the Green & Gold (Sonics). -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Still rooting for the Green & Gold. Beautiful day here over looking Lake Coeur D'Alene. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Re: Illinois Abe Lincoln My thoughts on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois which was dedicated April 19, 2005. I went to see our newest Lincoln site yesterday. Lest there be any suspense, my response was, "Wow!" I figured it would be just another museum, boy was I wrong. The place is an incredible mixture of hi-tech and traditional displays. The two movies are wonderful and I will not give it away but you have not ever seen anything like them. The lighting, detail, and balance are striking. It is a much larger place than I had imagined. Imagination is not lacking in the project. It is as though Disney, The History Channel, and Walter Cronkite combined to tell the story of likely our greatest president. Of course many original Lincoln artifacts are housed there. They make a point of telling the whole story of his political challenges. My only wish was that there was more on his childhood but for a mere one hundred and fifteen million dollars they did a great job. There is a fine gift shop and lunch room -Laura Dean Kirby ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Leaving Richland and moving back As I have said before, I left Richland the day after I graduated from Col-Hi in June of 1956 and never came back. My parents moved to a new house in the Kennewick Highlands the summer of '56, thus when I came back from university it was not to the old GWWay house in Richland. Once I got saltwater in my veins, that was my destiny and any appeal that I had for returning to Richland, or for that matter the Tri-Cities, was gone. In all of my travels I have see some pretty miserable places to live, Naknek, Alaska comes to mind, so compared to that, living in Richland would not be all that bad. My philosophy is "East, West, home is Best" and "Home is where you make it." That is to say that if Richland does it for you, then live in Richland. It was a great place to grow up but it is not for me in my adult life. Cuz Bev Smith Jochen ('52) has lived there most of her life and it has been good for her and that is great for me. Anacortes is just right for me but it would not work for everyone. I guess the moral of the story is, live where it is best for you and if it is not the best for you, make it "your home" just the same. There are some pretty bad places to live out there folks. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where things are good and no thoughts of moving back to Richland. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) Re: Memories I too have great memories of growing up in Richland. I moved there when I was 12 from Yakima. We left there for military reason after my marriage then we moved back home to Richland in 1960. We bought a home on Thayer and raised our kids there till 1971 and then moved to Springfield, MO. My husband's job took us there and we have been here 34 years! My how time does fly! I love it here because it is so green and a great place to raise a family. We go to Richland quite often to visit family and friends. Mom and Dad are resting in peace there.I get such a neat feeling when we go to Richland and we always go to the Spudnut Shop 2 or 3 times. My husband Dick DeFord ('56) worked there at the shop all through high school and didn't realize what a great job he had till looking back on his memories. We will never move back to Richland but I'm so glad I have the memories! -Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty; Like my Doctor told me. "Why would you worry about getting addicted at our age?" If you can live without pain do what ever it takes so you can enjoy your life. Get on a pain med schedule so that you are taking it to keep it from happening and having to take a lot to get it under control. For Pete's sake, girl, you have every right to enjoy life. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) All this talk about if to move back to Richland or not to move back. When I decided I was going to leave Kansas after 10 years I decided I wanted to get back to the Pacific Northwest somewhere. Not necessarily Richland, but close enough so I could visit my parents' crypt out at Sunset Memorial Gardens on occasion. In fact that is the reason I put on job applications, I want to return to my "roots". I may and probably will be on the move again 'er long. Speaking of moving; my twin brother Robert moved to Kirkland a few months ago and his oldest daughter, Sarah (RHS-94) moved to Kent late last year. I don't think I would like Richland to live in again, but who knows, one isn't getting any younger. Everyone must find a place where their hearts lead them. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, Oregon - where the rhodies are in bloom ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Davis ('80) To: Doug Martin ('80) I'm glad to see another classmate browsing the Sandstorm and having the motivation to write in. Responding to "Bomber Ambition" my feeling is that Bomber Ambition has always been there along with "Bomber Pride" and it's not something that all High Schools can say exists. Many people have worked hard to instill these traits into our youths. Keep up the good work all you Bombers. -Larry Davis ('80) ~ in Kent where I'm heading to the airport and flying to Sunny Cal for a few days. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/14/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49) Ann Clancy ('50), Gloria Adams ('54) George Swan ('59), Nancy Stull ('59) Freddie Schafer ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Watts ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randal Southam ('82) BOMBER LUNCH Today: PDX/Vancouver BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I have lived in Richland for 60+ years and would not live anywhere else - I may have to change my mind as I get older. The only disadvantage is that it has grown too much in the past 2 years. Springfield IL - My (x)husband and I picked up Route 66 in Springfield and followed it all the way into CA (not Los Angeles) and saw a lot of these US of A states - some I had never been in. Would love to see the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. If you go back buy me a postcard. Thanks. Speaking of postcards - I never did thank Pete Overdahl ('60) for the postcards you send me. I was getting ready to do out of town for the holidays. I really like those Union Oil Cards - I have over a 100 of them. Thanks again. Mike Howell ('68WB) - other than my children you are the only one who said it was OK to take an additive drug. THANKS!! If I could let those people have my pain for a week they would not say such nasty things to me. I only drive around town - have never done much night driving. Everything I need is about 6 blocks from my house. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - got up to 83 yesterday. NICE! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) Re: Birthday wishes Please put my Birthday wishes to Shirley Watts James ('49) in the Alumni Sandstorm on Saturday, May 14th. Thank you, -Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Sonics Once more a team in Green and Gold prevailed. Defeating their opponent by a margin of three games to one, sent the Kings home to wait until next year~~~~~again. I congratulate the Sonics. Was a great series. Great team. Seems to be one little problem now~~~down two games to one with San Antonio Spurs. They have to win on Sunday or they will be cleaning out their lockers also~~~~~until next year. Showing I can be a good sport ~~~~~ "GO SONICS!" Re: Dick Harris ('49) and saddles shoes that EVERYONE wore (well, almost everyone, I never saw my brothers in a pair) brought to mind that he and Freddie Barker ('50) were a couple of fine Bomber cheer leaders. -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~ 84 and just about perfect in Sacramento. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Moving "Home" You know the old saying "Never say Never". I was so happy to get out of the Tri-Cities in 1980 when a job promotion was presented. We had moved once in our marriage, to Joliet, Ill. from 1971 to 1974. I told Clarence ('51) when we were there he could take me anywhere but just don't take us back to Richland. Of course that's where we went back to after 3 years. In 1980, as I say, we had another opportunity to move away and did so. We lived in Yakima for 2 & 1/2 years and then another promotion took us on to Seattle. We lived there for 10 years before deciding to retire very early to begin traveling. We traveled for 10 years and then came home to our home in the Mountains, on Chinook Pass. That was great for a while but we weren't used to being in one place all the time so we bought a condo in Edmonds. We went back and forth between the 2 places a couple of times a month for another 2 & 1/2 years. Then travel for us became restricted so we sold the condo in Edmonds and GUESS WHAT?? We bought a home in Pasco!!!!!!! We still have our mountain home but it's going back to being a "summer home" and we'll be here in Pasco most of the time. Yes, I can honestly say we're glad to be "home". It has a security to it along with the memories of Marcus Whitman and Carmichael Jr. Hi. for me and Columbia High for Clarence and I both. We fell in love here, married here, had all 5 of our children here, the death of one child and a start to everything else that has evolved for our family. We have one daughter, Karen, who still lives here with her husband and 3 of our grandchildren. Son, Jeff, hopes to make this his home base in 2 years or less and son, Scott is no longer completely sure he won't come back "home" some day. Never thought he would ever say that. Daughter, Deanna, is happy in Florida and thats what counts. It seems the places in between were stopping points that helped educate us and expand our views and understanding of the world but Tri-Cities is still "home". Look forward to seeing some of my old classmates at the luncheon one of these months when we get settled. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: On the ping-ponging of a Bomber Yo-Yo You can live here, you can live there but ya doesn't has ta call's me Johnson (that ain't me name anyway). But, you could call me the Bomber ping-ponging Yo-Yo. Upon graduation in '59, I couldn't wait to get out of Dodge (I mean Richland). I was far from being a "down on the farm" kid but they couldn't keep me there anyway. So, I joined the Marines and visited sunny southern California. Next, I visited various countries of the Far East (where the weather varies to extremes) all on a tour sponsored of by Uncle Sam. Upon discharge, I returned to Richland and attended Columbia Basin College. After two years of enlightenment, I moved to Seattle and attended UW (usually carrying a Bumbershoot -- it rains a bit there). After that graduation, I took a six-month (June through December, 1970), temporary, US Fish & Wildlife Service job in the remote end of Alaska (the Pribilof Islands, Aleutian Islands, and the Alaskan Peninsula), where the wind makes the occasional 60+ mph winds in the Tri-Cities look like gentle breezes wafting o'er the sage (What's left). In that area of Alaska, it was rumored that the wind blew so hard during WW II that interlocking steel runway mats were lifted and rolled up into giant rolls (like huge rolls of fencing) at the end of the airstrips. I could almost believe that. And, it rains and snows a bit there too -- horizontally. When I trekked out along the beaches or across the tundra whether to perform research on Fur Seals, guide wildlife photographers, or count geese, I always wore chest waders and a rain jacket over warm clothes, with stocking cap and gloves, even on a dry day just to break the wind. My next job was -- Well, guess what? -- back in the Tri-Cities with The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) at a research station based in Pasco. I lived in Pasco for about three years. Then, I served a year as the Benton County Parks and Recreation Department Director and lived in Columbia Park for a year. Too much "Politics" for this ol' kid, so back to NMFS and I lived in Kennewick for another year. Then I was transferred to the Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA area for three years (weather somewhat similar to here with wetter and colder winters). Finally, I was transferred back to the Pasco field station (I'm comin' home Mamma!) so I bought the place where I now reside in Burbank, WA. It was close to my duck hunting and bass fishing "puddles" and my parents, then still living in Richland. Over the years, I visited much of the continental United States. Oh, and I almost forgot, I once visited Hawaii. As a Marine coming home, we pulled into Honolulu on our troop ship. While the Navy unloaded and loaded military families, personnel, and gear, we Marines were taken ashore (on the dock), where we did one hour of calhoopies and some running, loaded back on board, and sailed out past Diamond Head on for the "Golden Gate." Awe, so much for my visit to beautiful Hawaii but I hear it is not cheap to live in Paradise today. The point of all this description of myself as the human Ping-Pong ball on the end of a rubber band or a yo-yo on a string perpetually returning to the home area is that I have lived, worked, or traveled some, over a good portion of planet Earth. So, my lovely wife, Jeanne, and I looked forward to retirement and began deciding where to plunk down for the "Golden Years." The way I see it, after paying your dues and earning the right, the point of retirement is to be able to enjoy the rest of your life doing what you love to do, preferably without distraction. In October of '96 after my finally pulling the plug (except for occasional projects for fisheries consultants), we often sat watching the news and weather channel on TV. It seemed as though everywhere else was experiencing either fires, floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, severe seasonal weather, too dang much traffic or too many people, or (insert additional whatever here ____ ). Of course the Tri-Cities is not without growth either. We have a four lane highway going in about a quarter mile from "Pappy's Puddle" now. The elves are constantly down on the corner lobbying for noise abatement and protesting air pollution with their little signs but no one seems to notice them among all the heavy equipment. But that's another story. So, we decided to stay right here. Jeanne and I like it here, and last summer was my final fisheries project. Sure it's hot for part of the summer but they make air conditioners nowadays that beat those old "Swamp coolers" that we endured when growing up and the winters are usually pretty mild. But, I'll take our dry cold over the wet cold anytime. Also, during the hot season, if I get up early in the morning and do my stuff, I have the rest of the day to enjoy the warmth and sun even if from under a shade tree. Isn't that the very thing that some folks pay good money to go experience elsewhere yet the same thing that they would complain about here. Didn't someone once say that "Variety is the spice of life?" You may have noticed that I like the outdoors life (a lot) and I plan to keep doing it until I croak or can no longer crawl out there -- Wonder if they make those electric wheel chairs with enough "get go" to propel an old pleasantly plump guy up the mountain? Anyway, most important to me, is that I have plenty of hunting and fishing locally and I can drive in most any direction for about an hour or two and be in my beloved mountains. There, I can camp, hike, observe wildlife, hunt, and fish, or just simply get into that "outdoor thing." The outdoor activities suited to the arid Columbia Basin are all around within one-half to an hour's drive. I chuckle when "Coasties" complain about the "ungodly heat" on this side of the Cascade Mountains but I sure see a lot of 'em coming over here to dry out and provide competition come fishing and hunting seasons. And, for this ol' sun-bleached codger, the ocean is not that far away from here if I'm craving the feel and smell of salt air and water. There is much more competition in hunting and fishing (or camping for that matter) now than when we were growing up. But, it seems to be that way in most places so it is pretty much a "given," no matter where you live or go. No, all things considered, y'all can have your culture that comes with big cities, too many people, and heavy traffic. I like it fine right here, thank you very much. Here, I have built a lifetime of memories, have a lot of friends, and things to do. I guess it boils down to -- What's important to you? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ in Beautiful Outside of Town, Burbank, WA (nearby suburb of Richland, WA, located on the far side of Pasco, WA which is really just another suburb of Richland, WA but across the river from the somewhat isolated southerly metropolis of Kennewick, WA) where life is good enough for me. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Stull Knutson ('59) About moving back to Richland. Never say "never." I did and now I'm eating my words. After being gone for about 25 years (California, Wash DC, NY, NJ), I began returning to Richland annually around Mother's Day or my mom's birthday in June for a few days. She and I discussed "stuff" -- who would get her house, etc., after she died -- and I always said my brother could have it because I didn't plan to live here. Events conspired against me and I've been back for almost 6 years. Boy! Do I miss New York! I miss my friends, the house I had there, the money I made, the culture. But Richland isn't so bad. The summers are hot and sunny (NY has hot and humid UGH), the winters are cold but usually little snow (except for winter of 2003-2004 Yikes! -- NY always has tons of snow that seems to last until March!). Traffic, in spite of local complaints, is nothing compared to commuting to NYC from NJ. Culture? Well, that's another story. That's what I miss the most. The fashion, art galleries, show openings, Broadway plays, Central Park and the Great Lawn there -- just everything about events and happenings In Richland the stoplights begin flashing at 8 PM :(. There is a dearth of clubs to go to. HOWEVER, Paul (Knutson '59) and I reconnected in 1999, married here and are both adjusting to small town life and being near parents and siblings. There are worse places to live. I didn't have to face head-on the events on September 11. Yesterday there was 6" of snow in North Dakota. This year we will have some concern over watering our lawn. Now that's a huge worry! We may not stay here forever, but for now, we're okay with it. You may not be in the place you love but love the place you're in -- to coin a phrase. It's another day in Paradise -- 65 at 8 AM with an expected (dry) high of 82, and tomorrow's the Balloon Stampede in Walla Walla! Yahoo! -Nancy Stull Knutson ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) To: Maren I say home is where the heart is. I (like you) am going to live where my children and grandchildren are. -Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Bill, I thought that Naknek, AK reminded me of Anacortes, WA... worked there for 3 months while I built a dorm for Nelbro. I enjoyed the statement that "If you didn't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change", and so it did. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Like I said yesterday; the rhodies are in bloom. There are several around my complex and by far this is one of the prettiest. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Melodie Jade Pierce ('71) ~ 5/29/53 - 5/8/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* 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) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: 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 panels. 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 classmates. 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 home. -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? Sincerely, -Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/16/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Brusie ('51), Gloria Adams ('54) Marguerite Groff ('54), Millie Finch ('54) Bill Berlin ('56), Patti Mathis ('60) Donna Bowers Rice ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Clif Edwards ('68), Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) Thanks for all the information on your life. I had a hunch that it was mainly centered around Spokane. I traveled to Spokane for twenty years as a office products rep for a company out of Minnesota. The town changed a lot in all those years. We just about always return to our roots someday. Yes I am still awake. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82) You got it Shannon!! Good Old G.E. called my husband the first part of 1971 and made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Off we went to Joliet and he commuted to Morris like everyone else. Learned to study hard again and passed all those tests that were really a challenge and got his certification for the reprocessing plant. We decided we'd stay 3-5 years and if we liked it, great, but if the family wanted to "come home" to Washington, that's what we'd do. We had a great time while we were there. We were regulars at the Playboy Club in Chicago, went to the Bears football games, went to Milwaukee and toured the breweries, went to see President Lincoln's hometown, took the kids to Disneyworld, took them to the Indy 500 and, in general, saw everything we could in the 3 years, in case we decided not to live out there permanently. Problem? It was all indoor living out there, as you probably remember. First snow fall in October, last one in May. May to October, humidity so thick you could cut it. Our family was used to outdoor living. Boating, camping, fishing, water skiing, etc. in the Summer and Fall, hunting for Clarence and the boys Fall and Winter and snow skiing for the family in the Winter. 1974 the kids asked for a family meeting. They said "We've had a good time but we're ready to go home now." We told them we'd put the house up for sale and if it sold, we'd go back but if it didn't, we'd stay. We both had very good jobs and an active social life but we understood where they were coming from with the differences in life styles. The house sold before our ad came out in the paper. U-Haul, here we come. Back to Richland. The guys at Morris thought Clarence knew something they didn't, as the plant shut down shortly after we left, but it was just dumb luck in timing. We got back when there were good jobs available and Clarence went to work right away for Exxon Nuclear. Others that came later weren't so lucky. What's your story? To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Hey, my friend and great Boss!! You were always my inspiration in my banking career. Let's get together for lunch sometime. How's our mutual friend, Jean Dreher, doing? I was sad to hear about Carl's passing. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Just wanted to say "Welcome home" to Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54). Gloria, you mentioned joining us for lunch when you got settled. I don't expect that you are settled yet; however, wanted you to know that next Friday (5/20) at noon, we will be at Granny's Restaurant. We would love to see you - just in case you need a lunch break. To: Ladies of '54 This is also meant to be a reminder for you to come to lunch Friday. It would be great if we could fill at least one long table. Come and catch up on all the news. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In Richland where the weather has been great; even the much needed rain. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Jerry Molnaa ('52) & Shirley Pittman Molnaa ('52) Happy Anniversary. Much can be said for those of us who have lasted out the years with the same spouse. Don't know about you 2, but mine has been one heck of a ride - smooth sailing at times, and other times like a whirlwind!! Wouldn't change it though. Enjoy yourselves and again Congratulations are in order. Bomber greetings, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Greg Poynor ('66) Could it be we have uncovered another Bristol Bay Bomber? Greg seems to know Naknek well and has thrown his support behind Anacortes... my kind of guy. Could there be another Anacortes Bomber in our midst? Let me give Greg the Naknek litmus test. How many stop lights in Naknek? For that matter, how many Stop signs? Sure would like to know other Bombers who did time in Bristol Bay? It could be a bunch given the summer work up there. What is that old Bristol Bay saying? "I spent a year up there one week." Guess I will have to get down and see Pappy and Deedee in Burbank to see if it looks like Naknek. It used to when I was traveling between Richland and Walla Walla to work in the peas. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where we are getting a bit of rain, which is needed. I have a yard half the size of a golf course and like the natural irrigation a lot. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Richland I almost feel guilty because I never left and still don't have those warm fuzzies everyone else seems to have. I think it is maybe because I have seen no other way to live and grow up. Almost moved once, but didn't, and now can't, so guess this is where I will be always. In fact, I have not been anywhere, now that I think on it. My children and grandchildren are all here too (or at least close) but it is my parents that keep me here. Its ironic, couldn't wait to get married to leave them, and am now staying because of them. Oh, well, so it goes... -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Just wanted to tell my friend Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) that I didn't forget your birthday this year (May 15) but George did!!! Where were you George when you are most needed? Anyway, I hope your children were all around you in Utah and you had a great day! You are a terrific person and friend. Love, -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from cold ole' St. Louis, MO this Sunday morning... but its sunny anyway ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) All this talk about living in Richland makes me think of Mark Twain's comment, "If it weren't for differences of opinion, there'd be no need for Horse Races". Living here in Kirkland with my homies, "The Killer Bees", Mike Bradley ('56) and Mike Brady ('61), gave me pause to reflect. I've always found it a challenge to find "Fine Dining" in Richland. Kirkland has many good restaurants, but no place to park. In fact if you wanted to commit suicide in Kirkland, you'd have to go to Redmond or Woodinville to buy the rope. Although we do have lots of Art Galleries (check out my friend Gunnar Nordstorm's Gallery), but not a single Pho joint. We've got Costco, but no place to park closer than your own house. Kirkland used to have a Spudnut shop, but it's now some toney Juice Bar. In fact I don't think they've sold Spudnuts there for about 25 years. I've never once heard anyone who lives in the Tri-Cities, bitch about what they don't have, so there's gotta be a hundred thousand or so folks who like the place. Now if they would just conjure up some major traffic hassles, and some election irregularities and toss in Harry Wappler a couple of times a day, it could feel more like home. I don't know what I'd do given the choice of a brisk walk along the Columbia River, or an even slower commute on 405. One thing Richland no longer has, is the Bus Depot. Where in the name of all things Green & Gold are kids supposed to go to learn to smoke and play pinball machines? Semper Bomberus, jimbeaux p.s. On second thought, they don't need Harry Wappler to tell you what the weather is going to be, they already know. -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Sorry Bill, I did enjoy my time in Naknek. I was only there 3 months and put in a lot of long hours, but I was just joking about Anacortes and Naknek. My wife and I have spent a lot of time in Anacortes and like the place very much. Our daughter-in-law is from Mt. Vernon and we have a lot of friends there and in Burlington. A friend of ours has a great body shop in Mt. Vernon if you need to have a auto redone (Hot Wheels Autobody), but Anacortes always has a soft spot in our hearts. Also Ernie Jensen (the guy the wrote "Bombermania" along with Dick Swanson) live in Anacortes. He and his wife Chris are great people and if you want to know anything about Bomber basketball, Ernie knows it all. To: Greg Poynor ('66) I really liked Naknek and all the brown bears... it was a great experience for three months, Oh by the way the food was great and you know how I like to eat and enjoy good food. I don't play golf a lot anymore... I did buy a new set of Cobra woods and irons, bag and all the other items while I was in San Diego last year. Raymond pointed me to a place called Universal Golf and I got fitted for the clubs. I did play in Hawaii last month at Kaneohie Bay where Greg ('90) is stationed... great course. Oh yes I guess 185 is a little closer to how far I hit my Sand Wedge... 200 for my 9 iron. By the way how are all of you doing up there in the far north? -Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Ferry at North End Of Richland -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Clif Edwards ('68) To: Mike Howell ('68WB), Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty and Mike, I couldn't agree with Mike more. I resisted taking any drugs during my early leukemia treatment days. The doctors and a very special nurse, who took time at three and four o'clock in the morning to sit and talk to me when I was in extreme pain, convinced me to control the pain before it was horrible. Am I an addict? You bet. I take 30 mg of morphine and 20 mg of Ambien every night to sleep. After six years I have no doubt I will never be rid of the drugs and know that I will only be rid of the cancer at the end. I am a living testament to the power of drugs good or bad. I don't like taking them at all but I have to live and support my family. This seems to be my best alternative to just toughing it out. I am at peace with it; although I do take some heat from my sixties and seventies friends who don't like that I won't share. -Clif Edwards ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: University of Oregon Football Stadium Another Green and Gold!!!!!! In watching the Ducks' softball team on TV I see their catcher is from Richland. Is she a Bomber or Falcon? -Betti Avant ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/17/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 Bomber spouse sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Anna May Wann ('49) Dore Tyler ('53), Spouse of Ron Mayberry ('53) Wally Erickson ('53), Reuben Linn ('58) George Swan ('59), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (5/16): Sandy Jones ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (5/16): Dave McDaniels ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (5/16): Judy Kleinpeter ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today (5/17): Mike Brady ('61) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) I haven't heard how Jeannie is doing, but will try to find out. Thanks for the kind words - I remember (believe it or not!) that you said the same thing to me one time at a Club 40 function. I am humbled by such praise and do thank you for it. Do try to make your class luncheon - it is so great to see old friends once a month. And we say "We knew each other when we were 17, but who would have thought that we would still be around and be friends in our 70s?" Ohoh, I spilled the beans. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Kirby Edwards ('52) While entering dues for Club 40 I received a note from Sunny Edwards Graham ('53). She states that her brother, Kirby Edwards ('52), is confined to his home and he really enjoys hearing from everyone. So if anyone out there would like to contact Kirby, e-mail me and I will give you his address and phone number. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) Re: North of Richland Ferry Thanks to the "Wizard of Colfax" for the numerous photos of early Richland. Yesterday's shot of (sub) ferry reminded me that I frequently used the North Richland ferry as a shortcut (via Radar Hill) to Seattle in the '58, '59 period. I still take the Vantage/ Vernita Bridge(s) occasionally. Having said that, the more practical and faster I-82/I-182 route has taken most of the fun out of trips to sister Janet's north Pasco home. -Dore Tyler ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Spouse of Ron Mayberry ('53) Re: Bert Wells My name is Sandy Boutelle Mayberry. I am the wife of Ron Mayberry ('53). We saw your article from Bert Wells and I would like to get in touch with him. My mom was Buckaroo Marge on his program and I spent many happy hours with his family. Thank you for your assistance. -Spouse of Ron Mayberry ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I forwarded your email to Bert Wells for you, Sandy. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: The "Green & Gold" Okay, those of you that still have that "Green & Gold" blood in you... the Sonics need your support for the Tuesday night game. It's now 2 to 2, best of seven wins. Are there any "Bombers" from the San Antonio area, or Texas that are rooting for the "Spurs"? I can't imagine a Bomber living in Texas. To: Kirk Vitulli (Grandson of Art Dawald) Most of us have great memories of your Grandfather as a great basketball coach! I have one other memory I'd like to share. I had Mr. Dawald for a Social Studies class He seemed to always have a reading assignment for us during each class. In the class you could hear a pin drop... it was so quiet!! I remember each time I would look up from my reading assignment for a break, he would look at you with a "funny" grin. I can still see that grin. I would immediately start reading again. At the time it seemed I was the only one he did that to... but, I'm sure there are many others out there. I have to say he had complete control of the class, just like he did as a coach. Since you live in the Spokane area and I live just south of Coeur D'Alene; maybe we could get together some time for lunch. Our daughters live in Spokane, so we're there at least once a week. You can email me. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where it's been raining a lot, but it's needed since there's no snow in the mountains. We need the rain to hold down any forest fires and keep Lake CD'A at summer level. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Also, Kirk, there is a Bomber lunch every other month or so in Spokane and I know more than one Bomber coached by your granddad usually attend. I'm SURE they'd love to see you attend. They just had one this past Sunday. The next one is July 15th. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Reuben Linn ('58) Re: North of Richland Ferry Thanks to Gary Behymer ('64) for his ongoing references to pictures and other things. The picture of the ferry in Richland brought back a few memories. I remember riding several in the '40s and 50s; Paterson, Umatilla, Dalles, Lyons, etc. What exciting outings for a little guy those rides would be. If I remember correctly, some of them went back and forth via cables pulling them... not first class operations like this one! Reuben Linn ('58) in sunny south Tacoma ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Answering me mail To: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Nancy, figuring that you had your veterinarian appointment for your doggie at 1:00 PM and we got no message from the staff of the establishment, we left about 12:45, so just missed you. Or else, we were so enthralled by the big picture on the rear wall, we just didn't hear 'em. Give a call or email when you are coming down here. To: Bill Berlin ('56) I once landed in King Salmon, AK in a DC-3 with a smokin' inverter which was a bit puckery and rode into Cold Bay, AK on a DC-6 that was flying low and crabbin' into the wind like a crop-duster for landing. And in those days, what we called Pribilof International on St. Paul Island consisted of a windsock and a set of rollaway stairs on a Scoria strip. Never was in Naknek, so I can't compare to Burbank but we're pretty much breakin' into the 21st century now. A four-laner going in and we have actually had a stoplight for a few years. There goes the neighborhood! Maybe it's time to move to the mountains. To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Did not!!! I didn't do it on Alumni Sandstorm but I did it by snail mail and on the hand crank teleephone. We got those too, now that the pony express quit runnin' just last year. Besides that, me much younger sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) told me she quit with the birthdays so that I would keep on gettin' much more older than her. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, where smoke signals are generally rendered useless by the southwesterly winds blowin' in from Wallula Gap. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal class of '63) To: Jimbeaux ('63) Re: Kirkland eateries They may not have any Pho joints in Kirkland, but they do have (stand by for shameless family business promotion) one of the best Thai restaurants this side of Bangkok. Try Noppakoa Restaurant in the Juanita shopping center. And check here: for more details on Noppakoa and the other three places that are part of my wife's brother-in-law's "chain". The website isn't yet complete on the Benjarong Restaurant. It is having it's grand opening in Monroe on Thursday. They should be getting the location details onto the website very soon. The Ayothaya in Puyallup South Hill and the Golden Singha at Fifth and Denny in downtown Seattle round out the lineup for now. I have been to all four restaurants (and eaten several times at the three that are already open) and I can unabashedly recommend any and all of them to all my fellow Bombers. And if any of you Bombers want to get together for some Singha Beer and Thai delicacies and Bomberville reminisces at any of the four restaurants, just give me a holler and I'll be there. -Dave Hanthorn (Gold medal class of '63) in sunny and rainy Mercer Island, where the weather changes every 10 minutes. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Finding a good place to eat was not a problem when you were here as a kid, but now you need to know how to look around and find the good places. You have become too spoiled and will go anywhere in Seattle and call it good. We have some great places here in quietville and they are great... just look. By the way, Frank told me that he didn't like you anymore... ooops -Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Clif Edwards ('68) Hi Clif I didn't realize you had anything wrong with you too. I was hooked on prescription drugs from 1977 until 1982. Then after Jackie died I got hurt again in 1986 and have been on some kind of drug ever since. Right now the VA has to be the largest pill pusher in the US. I am taking over 30 pills a day and I don't even ask anymore. As long as I can remember who I am and what I do on a daily basis (with the help of my diary), I am okay with that. I wish I could walk farther than 40 feet without crutches but such is not to be for me. I also wish I had more money to make the passing of time easier but again that will not happen. Like we use to be active and young now we are training aids for our Kids and Grandkids. If you smoke you will turn out just like Grandpa... Grandpa didn't brush his teeth like he was suppose to when he was your age so the doctor had to take all his teeth away... I guess we are good at something after all. LOL. Take care Clif, -Mike Howell ('68WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/18/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and Art Dawald's Grandson sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Tom Tracy ('55) Derrith Persons ('60WB), Margo Compton ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Freddie Schafer ('63) Jim Armstrong ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Ron Richards ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Kirk Vitulli (Art Dawald's Grandson) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Crigler ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Keeney ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyman Powell ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Stanfield ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Richland Seniors Association is sponsoring another dance on Friday May 20th at the Richland Community Center from 1:00 - 4:00. The Easy Swing Band will play, refreshments are served, door prizes are given -- and all for only $4. All ages are welcome! Please Join Us! On Saturday May 21st from 8:30 to 11:30 the Richland Seniors Association, CONTACT of the Tri-Cities and the City of Richland are co-sponsoring a pancake breakfast at the Richland Community Center. Scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and all-you-can eat pancakes for only $4! Tickets are sold at the door. This is for a VERY worthy cause so hope many of you will try to come. AND--on Sunday May 29th the Richland Seniors Association is sponsoring their Fifth Sunday Dance from 1:00 - 4:00 in the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band will play and QUORUM, a local barbershop quartet, will entertain. Again, tickets are only $4 at the door. AND as an added bonus, Helen Nash former teacher at Columbia High/Richland High with others will be giving Fox Trot and Two-Step dance instructions from 12:15 to 1:00, while the band is setting up. This will be done to CD music. Come and join us and say "Hello" to Helen--a great addition to the Richland Seniors Association Board! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Reuben Linn ('58) We certainly appreciate Gary Behymer's ('64) many contributions. His ferry picture reminds us of our Dads who liked to be front vehicle. When the ferry was about to dock, it was near-impossible for Dads to keep their hands off the steering wheel. They insisted on helping the ferryman guide our vessel. It is an irresistible urge, with a slight hint of Obsessive Compulsive Behavior to think one can actually steer with the auto's steering wheel... but try it sometime...! I once asked the helper who tied us up... how many front vehicle drivers helped steer. "They all do it. You can't resist. Some even use the brakes!" I was hoping my Dad would get a discount. We always quietly got in the car when docking and Mom put her finger to her lips... so as to keep us from disturbing Dad as he tightly gripped the car's steering wheel, a few turns to the right and back to the left... and probably a touch on the brakes... he carefully put us ashore... with a little help from the ferry boat captain. If you stood at the back of the ferry barge, you could easily see those who also helped as their brake lights indicated their assistance on docking. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Re: '60 in '05 Planning Meeting WHEN: Wednesday May 25th at 5 pm we get together and enjoy dinner at 6:30 pm the meeting starts WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA. Please share this with other classmates so they can come and have fun too! Thanks and we hope to see you there!!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: San Antonio Bombers Yes there are Texas Bombers and a couple here is San Antonio. Been in Texas for over 35 years so part of me is Texan. Thank goodness I am not a big basketball fan or I would probably be having a hard time right now trying to figure out who to root for. I figure which ever team wins, so do I since I feel connected to both. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ loving it in Texas and rooting for both the Sonics and the Spurs. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: PB=(CC X .0385).0786 Speaking of cherries which has been such a hot topic of conversation since I brought the subject up a couple of days ago, my personal best (PB) for cherry consumption (CC) happened on July 27, 1985. I was only 42 years old. The formula for determining personal best is PB=(CC X .0385).0786. Just wanna keep you informed! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Lunch Saturday, May 14th we met at Shenninagan's at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion and a good time was had by all. Bombers at the luncheon were Alan Porter ('67), Ron Holeman ('56), Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), John Irl French ('51), Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and husband Denny Hoban, Barbara Crowder Hopkins ('55), Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), Fred Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63)... Ann is not pictured because she was hogging the camera... she takes better pictures than I do. Re: 3rd Annual Bomber Picnic Mark your calendars for August 13th for the 3rd annual Bomber picnic at Battle Ground State Park. All Bombers and families from anywhere are invited. Contact contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) for details. -Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from wet Vancouver, USA - where 3 weeks into the softball season and we have 6 make up games already. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Armstrong (Gold Medal Class of '63) Let's not forget to remember fellow Bomber Bev Wetherald ('63-RIP) on this, the 25th anniversary of her death during the Mt. St. Helens eruption. -Jim Armstrong (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) Actually you can get some pretty swell eats in Richland, what with the New Anthony's that they built down by the Indian Burial Grounds. Nothing up to the standards set by the Green Hut, the Mart and Bert's Diner down at the "Y". Dean & Anita Newlywed are the best source for great restaurants, like old sailors they've got one in every town. The Patit Creek Restaurant in Dayton, is about as good as it gets. I know that Dayton isn't "exactly" in the Tri-Cities, but with urban sprawl it won't be long. The Lovely Miss Nancy and I have supped several times at Noppaka and it is exceptional in all regards, service, ambiance and the food was perfect. The buzz in the community is that it's not to be missed. Now I'm figuring out why the egg rolls Dave Hanthorn's wife brought to Kathy Rathvon's Class Clambake a few years back were gone in 60 seconds. He's a lucky guy David, retired, a beautiful wife and a free ticket to a Thai Restaurant. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux p.s. Funny that Roy brought up Frank Osgard ('63WB)... he is now gainfully employed with a combined effort of the NIH/FDA. They are attempting to determine the half life of a Costco hot dog. Dewey Skaggs is also involved in the study... small world. -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ron Richards (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Richland Restaurants Those having difficulties finding fine dining establishments in Richland should try the new Anthony's Restaurant - and enjoy their wild Alaska salmon. -Ron Richards (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Mt. St. Helens Beverly Wetherald ('63-RIP) died 25 years ago today in the eruption of Mt. St, Helens. Photo of ash cloud from Mount St. Helens which I took from 1413 McPherson, Richland, WA on May 18, 1980. I believe it was about 11am to Noon. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Green & Gold ..though we live in Blue & Gold Colfax country... Janis & I still sport a green & gold home and yard... -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays Wow... we gots bunches... On 5/16 I managed to miss Sandy Jones' ('65) special day... realized it too late and knew I couldn't make the Washington post filing deadline... so Sorry Sandy but see you and the Big guy in June... right?????? Next... on the 18th, we got the classes of '64, '65 and '66 represented as birthday kids... Each of these kids played a big part in my life... the '64 guy was one of those quiet types that made you listen up when he spoke... always had some cool car that one of us wanted and I believe one of the birthday boys actually picked one of those cars up while we were still in school... I think John Foster ('65) picked up another which never got out of the Uptown when John went in the service... I'll check to see if it is still there in June... The two '65ers were always part of my favorite memories... one started a song: "I'm a friend of David Rivers... Rivers" (sung to the Hamms song)... the other lived just up Stevens from me... The Lyricist guided me into a deep hole with my car at a Kegger one time when we were trying to get away from John Law... The other guy rescued me from having my face beat to a pulp when a guy was beating my face with his fists between two parked cars... and the '66 girl was my first date in the world and her style and grace remain with me to this day!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BOMBER BIRTHDAY TO: Johnny Crigler ('64), Jack Keeney ('65), Lyman Powell ('65) and Caroline Stanfield ('66)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kirk Vitulli (Art Dawald's Grandson) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Thanks for the note. I have heard that my grandfather had complete control over his class room, but put in other terms! Some folks even have suggested that he had a bit of a temper at times. My mom has mentioned that at times it took several members of his team to physically suggest that he take a seat while disputing a call during a basketball game. (Gee, are they sure that was my sweet old granddad?). Give me a call sometime at [phone number deleted for privacy -- email Kirk if you want it. -Maren] and we will see if we can connect for lunch. I'm at work quite a bit right now, our company is building a new store due to open in September. Sincerely, -Kirk Vitulli (Art Dawald's Grandson) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/19/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Gloria Willett ('56WB) Burt Pierard ('59), John Northover ('59) Jan Bollinger ('60), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Richard Anderson ('60), Bill Craddock ('61) Donni Clark ('63), Dwight Carey ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Cross ('62) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Green & Gold What an "ugly" game in San Antonio!!!!!!! I have to say the officiating S______!! It was one of the worst officiating games I've seen in the play-offs. The whole game was really bad. Not, to make excuses, but the Sonics were missing two of their "key" players... but that's no excuse for a bad game. Don't give up on the Sonics, they're playing in Seattle Thursday night. Thanking all of you Bombers that are rooting for the "Green & Gold".....don't give up. Re: Ferries I remember there was a ferry crossing over the Snake River east of Pasco for a short time. They were building a new bridge during that time. I can't remember the year, but it had to be in the early '50s. We took the ferry on our way to Walla Walla to see my Grandparents. If you haven't taken a ferry in the Puget Sound, you're missing out. It's a great family outing. Of course, it's best to go when it's not raining...grin. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ It's still raining here in Coeur D'Alene, but I love it! Having lived in the Seattle/Bellevue area for almost 40 years; this is "a piece of cake"...grin again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) Re: Bing cherries Speaking of addictions--when someone wrote about the bing cherries, I could not help but write. I was addicted to them when we lived in Richland and still would be if they were available. Remember when you could go to the orchards and pick your own for 15 cents per pound? I could eat them until I was completely miserable! When the Bings are in season, they are almost $4.00 per pound in Arkansas, but I would have to satisfy my craving if they were $8.00. They always remind me of Washington. Re: Fun in Washington Does anyone remember going fishing at O'Sullivan's Dam? I am not a fisherperson, but our family and friends of ours used to go to the dam--I don't remember where it was/is--and they would catch a lot of crappie. My Dad says that they could catch their limit in a very short time. We usually made a day of it--picnic and all. We also loved to go to Mount Ranier. That was always a wonderful trip. There was a lodge there where we stopped occasionally, but most of the time we took picnics to the mountain as well. My brother was in the first grade and liked to "pan for gold" in the mountain streams. Re: Polio I'm just now catching up on reading my Sandstorms, and I realize that the topics have changed but it reminded me once again of Washington. The first time my Dad worked at Hanford was when the bomb was in progress--1943. I was five years old when we lived at Sunnyside and lost my best friend to the disease. My parents went ballistic. Sally and I played dolls together and had tea parties at her house before she was diagnosed. Mother and I even drove Sally and her mother to Yakima to see the specialist who diagnosed her condition. She didn't live long after that. It was shocking to me last week to read that there was a large outbreak of polio in some of the Muslim communities in southeast Asia where they had refused to let their children be inoculated because they feared that Americans were not telling them the truth about the medication. I thought polio was a thing of the past. -Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) ~ who envies all of you who still live in the great state of Washington, but as one bomber said, "Home IS where the heart is," and my family lives in Arkansas. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) The following item is submitted without comment and not desiring to start a new message string, I will not respond to any postings. Re: 1,346 Days Today, Thursday, May 19, 2005, is the 1,346th day since the attacks of 9/11. That is the same length of time from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the end of WWII on V-J Day. (Dec 7, 1941 to Aug 24, 1945). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Your mention of Beverly Wetherald ('63-RIP) and the fact that she died 25 years ago in the eruption of Mt. St, Helens, brought to mind an article I happened on in YAHOO News yesterday. Click here for the link If the link does not work, copy it into your browser search window, If that does not work go to YAHOO, click on NEWS, in the YAHOO search window enter 'Orting Washington' - 'All NEWS' Click on 'SEARCH' ... that should bring the article up. You Washingtonites are living in a very dangerous area ... ON another Note: Fellow Bombers ... I believe that you all are aware of the popular parlor game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." The idea is to link any actor or actress, through the movies they've been in, to the actor Kevin Bacon in less than six steps. A computer scientist at UofV figured out what the average Bacon number is for the quarter million or so actors and actresses who have played in television films or major motion pictures and came up with 2.8312 steps. Anyone that has acted can be linked to Bacon in an average of under three steps. He also did this for each actor or actress that had acted and found that Bacon is ranked only 669th. Martin Sheen is 650th, Elliot Gould can be connected at 2.63601 steps. The best all time connected actor is Rod Steiger. John Wayne is 116th at 2.7173. (All this is from a great book by Malcolm Gladwell "The Tipping Point" - He also wrote "Blink" - I recommend both.) Getting to the meat of this prattle ... The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon actually comes from the Six Degrees of Separation - meaning that anyone in the world is connected in SIX STEPS. You have a friend, that has a friend, that has a friend, that has a friend ... etc., etc., etc., that knows YOU!!! This is why the world is so small. Which means that ALL of us BOMBERS have a common friend which can be linked in six steps or less. The class of '59 has 23 missing class mates since at least 1979 - our 20th reunion. With your help ... we can find each and every one of them ... in Bacon Theory ... IF anyone knows the where abouts of any of our missing '59 class mates ... please have them, if they can, email me or you can email me if you know what happened to them. I would like to update our '59 web site. The Missing: Judith Anderson Motor, Dennis Cox, Larry E. Fisher, Dick L. Griffin, George Martinez, Barbara McLemore, Jeanie Miller, Lynda Phillips, Robert H. Robinson, Bob Sievers, Larry Smith, Ralph D. Stephens, Rosemary Stroup, Connie L. Wagner, Joan Ware, James D. White, Jr., Michael D. Williams, Annette V. Winsor The following were at address listed but, did not respond in 1979 to the 20th reunion committee: Brian John Dahl, 2500 GWW #1135, Richland WA 99352 Carolyn Lee Shaffer, 1101 East 7th, Kennewick WA Patricia Lynch, 18819 NE 130th, Woodinville WA 98072 Janet Mithcell Wesselman, 31740 Homecker Road, Hillsboro OR 97123 Bill F. Stade, 105N. 46th, West Richland WA 99352 Doris Taylor Anderson, 1102 Wright, Richland WA 99352 Most of us have an email contact groups - jokes, business, friends ... - Email the names of our missing '59ers to each one of your groups. Ask each member to email each member of their email groups ... Di Joebeeee!!! ... Piece of Cake!!! My grateful thanks and appreciation in advance for your eventual compliance. v.r john '59 - Living in Paradise (San Diego) - Where the Annual Cortez Racing Association Beer Can Races are about to start and all the women crew members wear colorful bikinis, all the men drink Mexican beer and the kids are home taking care of the pets. -John Northover ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch Spokane Bombers were pleased to welcome many new faces to our group at the Cathay Inn on Sunday, for a total of 19 who shared lunch and laughs. Ralph Bean ('59) introduced his sister Brenda Bean Church ('59) and spouse Bob from Kennewick, and we met for the first time Joan Magneson Jackson ('52) and Dee Shipman Jones ('72) and spouse Steve. It was Richard Coates' ('52) turn to be the birthday boy and cut the cake that Denny McDaniel ('60) and Kathy brought. Of course Richard's spouse Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) was also there, and Jim House ('63), Rick Valentine ('67), Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and spouse Jim, Gay Edwards ('63) and her mother, teacher Vera Edwards, Floyd Morse ('60), Gary Persons ('57) and spouse Jan Bollinger Persons ('60). The food was especially good this time and, as usual, most of us took home a box of left-overs. Hubby Gary especially enjoyed his order of combination noodles and was REALLY looking forward to reheating them for lunch on Monday. However, when he retrieved the carton of left-overs from the frig, instead of noodles he found a piece of birthday cake. His disappointment was profound and he has been mumbling about "noodles" ever since! Well, at least he had a perfectly good piece of cake to eat, while the unfortunate person (was that you, Richard?) who got his noodles surely didn't care to finish a half- eaten meal! I may have to take Gary back to the Cathay Inn before our July lunch, because I'm kind of tired of hearing about noodles, already! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Rick Valentine ('68) maintains a page for the Spokane Bomber Lunch -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Moving to Richland or the area I've read with great interest all the Sandstorm entries about moving back to Richland since I am one who moved back here after 43 years, six months ago. The subject has really moved me. Even though I lived in numerous homes through out those years I only lived in three different areas. Typically every time I moved to a new home there was a big growth in the area. West Richland is going to be no different but I am ready for it. No one seems to know where all the people are coming from but the new homes going are rampid. Some think California, some think Florida also. I have found in talking to people in stores more Kennewick Lions than any out of state people. Even my home was owned by Kennewick Lions when I bought it. When I graduated I didn't want to, I knew everything would change too rapidly. My Bomber friends would scatter so on. Of course a lot of this was already knowledge from upper classmen I knew who would just one day disappear. I moved to San Jose the end of '62 with my brother Joe Jones Winterhawk ('58) and his wife Nancy Burnett ('58) to go see if living in another area would be worth it. (If any one would like an update about Joe please email me.) Every year I would come home to visit my family, friends and relatives in Richland all I wanted to do was come home. My now ex-husband didn't not want to come to this area. So I was stuck. I am here now and love every moment of it. This decision didn't happen in five minutes. Coming to R2K and Club 40 for four years bumped me into it. Certain things in my life had to be completed to get here. Leaving three of my four children and five of my grandchildren in Western Washington was also not an easy part of the decision (My other daughter and three grandchildren live in Australia so not part of the decision). I knew being in the sunshine a lot would entice them over here though. After I made the decision to return it seemed like forever before it happened. There are so many new things to explore because of the growth. The greatest part is the area isn't huge even though it is growing. Thankfully Bomber friends, family and old friends have helped my transition to be easy (You know who you are, thank you.) As one Bomber said, "Where else can you go that you have ready made friends". Being a single woman this has not been always easy leaving the great support I had. I also have disabilities that have to be dealt with in doing things such as heavy lifting. Had lots a good help when I needed it. My son Scott and granddaughter Sabryna have been here five times always doing things for me to help me settle in also. Now as usual the area around me will just grow up as it grows. I may pay attention I may not. I do know with all I have said that if I can do it any Bomber can do it. So many are. I did ask dj ('65) glad you responded. Are you settled in yet? Weather may good enough for an afternoon of swinging soon. Re: Restaurants in the Richland area There are outstanding restaurants here. Seven or so pounds I have put on since I have been here shows it (time for a good walk program.) I have eaten at numerous ones but tend to go back to Denny's in Richland for their good breakfast. Anthony's Homeport in south Richland on the river is an outstanding place to eat. The restaurant is beautiful with all of it's glass windows facing the river. The food is really good. Little spendy though. New coffee shop in West Richland called JD's makes the best Country Fried Steak that I have had in a lot of years. Appleby's always does good steak and ribs. Need I go on. No, it's all part of the discovery. Re: Need pond supplies Finally visited Koi Joy's pond supplies owned by our Bomber David Moore ('60) which I was told about to get my pond supplies. What a delight. My son Scott and granddaughter Sabryna on a last minute after working on the yard for the day decided to go see what we could find out. This was the night before Mother's day. Getting on the wrong turn we went to his Kennewick shop via Pasco and ended up in the middle of Cinco de' Mayo. Arriving at Koi Joy at 20 minutes to six David quickly got our questions answered. We learned that the shop is on the internet and they sell world wide. So any of you Bombers looking for Pond equipment this is the place to go. Click on the following link Thank you David for your delightful help. It was also great meeting your beautiful daughter. Re: Bomber functions I'm looking forward to all the Bomber functions throughout the next few months. Class of '65 is having their 40th reunion during Cool Desert Nights. Hope they are ready for a few extra visitors. 1960s on going luncheon is always the 1st Saturday of the month except July 4th week-end when it switches to the week-end after. Then Club 40 where Class of '55 will have their reunion and Class of '60 will have their 45th. Check the website calendar for more events. Who knows maybe Maren will be coming home? If you haven't paid her for the year now is a good time to help her plan her trip if she so wishes. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ It's almost midnight and the temperature is 51 with rain forecasted so think I will go sit by my pond and enjoy the warmer weather night weather and watch the moon and stars before bed time. As my granddaughter Sabryna 9 l/2 years old said, as she came running into the house from playing the first week-end she was here "Granma, Granma the grass doesn't hurt me". Richland has the best grass I have found to sit on to watch the sky. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Demolition of Old (Boys) Gym; and, a mystery gym A couple of weekends ago I hauled the trusty digital camera up to the school and took some pix of the demolition of the old gym. Bravely I squeezed (squoze?) through a gap in the fence to get the interior shots (and scored a six-inch piece of floor amid the rubble) -- bravely because I suspected I wasn't supposed to be squeezing through gaps in the fence (but I did so because I saw a couple of people doing it -- on asking it was revealed that the people were a RHS teacher and its teenaged kid (no hint from me about who it was -- my lips are sealed!)). Anyway, the pix are at: And no, I won't tell you what the mystery gym is, even if you ask nicely. I'm sure somebody will ID it though. -Richard Anderson ('60) ~ in Bombeville where the weather has been just as dreadful as this season's boys basketball and boys soccer teams -- it was not felicitous this time around (and I fear next year won't be any better). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) Re: Mike Brady's ('61) Cherry Consumption Formula After all these years, it looks like Mike has attained a (very) small understanding of mathematics. Figures it would finally develop in a quest to formulate something as important as personal cherry consumption. -Bill Craddock ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers, I have to fly to Texas next week to get guardianship of my sister. I will fly into Dallas with my husband and we will be in the Clarksville, Jefferson area in the North Eastern part of Texas. Since there are Bombers in Texas, is there anything around that area that is a "must see"? And how about places to eat there? Re: Bing Cherries Haven't eaten a cherry over the years like the big fat juicy Bings in Washington. We get them down here in California and they say they are from Washington but they don't look like or taste like the ones I ate as a child. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ From South. California - where the days are getting warmer but the nights are still very cool. I'd trade the traffic, and crowds anytime for Richland if I could take my kids and grandkids with me! [Me, too, Donni!! -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: North Richland Ferry I really appreciate the picture of the North Richland ferry. My parents were going to Seattle one year for mother's day, and that was the route they took. Why, I don't know. Was that the only way to get to Seattle?? Problem was, they got to the ferry about the time it pulled away from shore. So, they had some time, and took a little gravel road up north of the ferry. They ran into Ed Christopherson, Sr. (Ed, Jr. ('66). They were looking at some land in the area below what is now the graduate center - an area called the "Berlin Camp" - some kind of outdoor dance hall - a slab of concrete, really. Anyone heard of that place? Sounds like a lot of good dancing went on out there. Anyway, those two families went in with 7 others, and bought 11 acres along the river up there. My parents ended up with the second lot above that ferry, which used the ramp now called Ferry Road. The Christophersons and us were the only ones who ended up building on those lots - the rest sold theirs. Our house was done about two years before that ferry stopped running, so I don't remember much about it, except I wanted a job on it, and it shut down before I was old enough. My dad still has his house in that spot. So does Mrs. Christopherson. What the previous generation could do with only one salary and lots of peanut butter sandwiches!! Our family never ate hot lunch in school - we thought it was a real treat if we got a Thursday hot lunch of chili and cinnamon rolls. If I remember right, it was 35 cents. We all figured it was our little contribution for living next to the mighty Columbia. -Dwight Carey ('68) ~ Raining in Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/20/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Dore Tyler ('53) Wally Erickson ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) Mike Brady ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* 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) Bing Cherries: One year (probably 1947) my family and I were going to Ohio to visit both sets of grandparents. I asked my dad if my sister and I could pick some Bings to take to Ohio. We went over to Kennewick and picked an apple box full - 4 cents a pound. The box was divided so that we would be sure not to cheat anyone. We stopped at a friends store to say hello before we arrived at my maternal grandparents. The store owner came out to say hi and told us he would pay us 69 cents a pound for the cherries. We told him nothing doing we were taking them to both sets of our grandparents. He was so disappointed that we would not sell him those cherries. Wow - 4 cents a pound. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. Very cool yesterday and had a big rain around 4 p.m. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) Re: John Northover's ('59) Mt. Rainier comments/Orting path(s) and foot bridge(s)"This year's state budget includes $1.7 million to start planning the project." $1.7 MILLION TO START PLANNING THE PROJECT?????????????? What's wrong with this picture -Dore Tyler ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: The End! Thanks for your support... it just wasn't meant to be for the "Green & Gold" Sonics this year. Bomber cheers! Re: Washington Cherries My favorite cherries are the "Rainier" cherries!!!!! If you can get to Wenatchee during the cherry season; they're about the size of a quarter and very juicy! You can't just eat one. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We had a beautiful day today in the Coeur D'Alene area. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: To: Jim Anderson ('60) Appreciated the pics. The mystery gym certainly looks a lot like Wapato's gymnasium or perhaps more like Walla Walla's old gym... Where we tore the hide off the Blue Devil's in '55, spanked them soundly for a nasty public act their coach Boots Wooten played on our coach back in the early '50s... we zapped them with soundly on their home court in '55 and again in Richland... It put a deserving smile on Art Dawald's face... and Wooten took the drubbing like a man... a few years earlier, Wooten's well polished team had taken a large lead in Richland and at half-time, Wa-Hi's coach had his first five shower and put on their street clothes and casually drop out and nonchalantly sit at the end of the bench. Our fans were really angry. Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP) and I, both Carmichael students, were sitting in the stands behind Art Dawald and the team and heard Dawald quietly vow..."someday he'll regret doing that"... At the old Wa-Hi gym in '55, our players and Bomber fans played and cheered with a passion I had never seen. Chuck Curtis scored 32 points. Lonnie Whitner, Norris Brown, Tilbert Neal, Denny Olson, Dave Forest did everything right and were on fire, like they had reserved everything they had until that game. Every team member who went into the game, played his heart out!... With a big half-time lead at Wa-Hi, one of our players asked if the first five could reciprocate by showering and putting on their street clothes like Wa-Hi had done in the early '50s. Dawald said "We wouldn't ever do such an embarrassing thing like that to anyone for any reason". On the walk out to the bus, coach Wooten was gracious and relieved the game was over. He was complimentary to Dawald and our team. Wooten turned to me and said, "How in the world did you catch up with our fastest player and slap the ball out of bounds on his layup shot?" Dawald interrupted and said, "It was easy, Boots. Your player was just running down the court to shoot a layup--Tom was running for his life!" Dawald smiled a comfortable, relaxed smile... one he certainly earned and deserved. We learned a lot of subtle lessons from our friend and coach on and off the court. It was worth a bundle to be one of the smallest parts of his team Thanks again for sharing the pictures, Jim. (Now I've got to stop and get back to work... let's see, where was I?) -Tom Tracy ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Tom, Gym pictures courtesy of RICHARD Anderson ('60). -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Bill Craddock ('61) Mr. Craddock, you are absolutely right! Hmmmm...that reminds me of a time in a RHS math minus 216 class. Jim Hamilton ('63) was sitting right behind me. He would touch my left shoulder for true, my right for false, my left ear for "a" and my right for "b", etc... or was it the other way around? Maybe that's why I flunked that test! Anyway, let's talk about the day Carol Burt ('61) and Gerry Lattin ('61) spent the afternoon with me at the beach while you and Jack Gardiner ('61) were aimlessly driving around the Uptown district. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Bob Cross ('62) Oh my dear cousin, Bobby, forgive me. I've been thinking of your birthday, but it was too early to write, and on about May 6, our 24 year old son, Ryan came back to live with us, after not graduating from Purdue (I always knew he picked the wrong school, or the wrong state, but what could I do about it, you can't tell these kids anything...), anyway, my mind has been in an uproar since, trying to accommodate to life with a 24 year old, need I say more.... Anyway, I hope you had a great day, Bobby, and got to spend time with your daughter, and her darling children, including the new twin grandsons!! Re: Returning to Richland I've been reading all the interesting articles and ideas about returning to Richland versus living somewhere else. A piece of my heart will always be in Richland, and when I look at bare mountains, I like them, whereas my husband thinks they look awful without trees. He finds Richland bare and lacking, I find it wonderful to be back... But as to where we will be living next year... who knows.. and I have been fortunate to always find caring people wherever we have lived. I don't think the best people are confined to Richland; every once in a while you can find them just anywhere. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where we too are experiencing rain in the house by the little lake, but we have just had some of the most lovely sunny days in the high 70s. Spring is pretty everywhere, and because it comes before the humidity, it's especially pretty here. P.S. We will be traveling off to Boston, Montreal, and Quebec for the next 2 weeks to get a break (from the 24 year old, even if we did plan the trip before he announced he was coming home...) please email me, if there is something along the way I must see. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Richard, I loved the pictures of the "old gym". Having been in that gym first to watch basketball games as a kid until the new gym was built and then for 3 years in high school for girls' PE classes. Most of the pep assemblies and cheerleader try outs were also in this gym. It has a place in heart that is for sure. I remember at my 30th reunion we toured the campus and went into the locker room area that was totally different from my day. Thanks for the memories. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/21/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dore Tyler ('53), Lorin St. John ('55) David Priebe ('57), Joe Jancovic ('62) Roy Ballard ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Greg Poynor ('66), Pam Ehinger ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Graham ('55) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) Re: "Old Gym" That which y'all refer to as "The old gym" was called "The NEW gym" when I walked the hallowed halls. -Dore Tyler ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lorin St. John ('55) Re: "old gym" I remember as an 11 year old in the summer of 1948 watching the then new gym being built. It was considered the "class gym of the valley" when it was first used during the 1948-'49 school year. Also at the same time Spencer Carmichael's cherry orchard was being bulldozed under to make way for Carmichael Junior High School. Spalding grade school was also being built during the 1948 summer which opened in October of that year.(It is now Liberty Christian High School) There were some great and exciting basketball games played in the gym during its history by the Bomber varsity teams thru the 1962-'63 season. The pep rallies, held in the gym, during our high school years still "ring in my ears." Our class of 1955 graduated in the gym June 2, 1955. I remember walking up to the podium with Gloria Meicenheimer to recive our diploma from Foy Leach (a member of the school board and Bill Leach's dad). -Lorin St. John ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Priebe ('57) Re: Naknek To: Bill Berlin ('56) Yes, indeed, Bill I've been to Naknek, Alaska and even South Naknek. That's not to mention Igigik, Ushagak, Alegnigik and Igiagik. I didn't know, my friend, that any Bombers had been to these parts until you set that slip. You know, some of the most beautiful looking women in the world are those young native girls. Of course, when I was at Col-Hi, we had real Wowers in the class of '57. Does anyone remember getting drippy sweaty at the sock-hops? The hormones were raging. Talk about sweet times. Those summers in Alaska were some of my most memorable and fun and am looking forward to getting back there this June to see my brother, Phil ('58). -David Priebe ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joe Jancovic ('62) Looking for any Richland alumni in Bellingham, WA. -Joe Jancovic ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Cherries If you want good cherries (Rainier's and Bings), try Norwood Orchards at the corner of Kingsgate and Gage. She is also a '67 grad, some of the best I've ever had. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Living in Richland You are so right. All the good people aren't in Richland. Good people are wherever you are fortunate enough to find them. I have made some wonderful friends whose only connection to Richland is that I took them to the Spudnut Shop! When I left Richland, I was NEVER, EVER, EVER coming back. NEVER! Richland had way too many unpleasant memories for me. Even living elsewhere, when I would drive into Richland (just visiting), I would feel the pain of the place. Now for the good part: God has given me so much healing in my spirit that I now remember that there were many, many happy times in Richland. I actually don't live in Richland; I live in Burbank, which is kinda a suburb of Pasco (across the Snake River). Now when I go to Richland (they DO have the Spudnut Shop, you know *LOL*), I think about the good times, the friends I had and some that I still do have from school. I'm so happy that Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) looked me up several years ago. Jean then gave Maren my number... Maren called me and we talked and talked. So good to hear from both of them after all these years. Eventually Gary Behymer ('64) sent me and email from Dena Evans Harr ('64) and we are great friends again (having lost each other for about 38 years). There are more, of course; Mary Massey Horsey ('64), Larry Holloway ('64) & Barb Eckert Holloway ('61), Myrna Bolin Turner, to name a few, but you get the idea. My childhood has gone from the point of causing me much pain to the point of celebration of the good things about growing up in Richland. OK, 'nuff said! To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Cherries Wally, I have to agree with you. I was and am a great fan of the Bing cherries, but the Rainiers are definitely my favorites. To: Dore Tyler ('53) Re: Mt. Rainier comments/Orting path(s) and foot bridge(s) I gotta agree with you on that. Something is definitely wrong with that picture! Your taxes at work; doesn't it make you proud? NOT!! To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Ferry Thanks for the pics of the ferry. I remember going on that ferry, but I don't remember why. When did it stop running? To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Ferry Wally, you are so right about the Puget Sound ferries. I took my youngest son on the ferry just for the experience. He was about 2 1/2. Turned out to be quite an experience! We took the ferry to Vashon Island and the ferry was almost empty. There were a couple college students sitting together eating sandwiches. One of them was holding his sandwich kinda low and toward the aisle. My son, who always did this at home, just leaned over and took a bite! The look on the student's face was worth a million words. I only wish I'd had my camera ready. Sean, my son, nonchalantly went on about his walkabout. I apologized to the young man and turned just in time to see Sean conning a lady out of a bottle of juice. Well, as you can imagine, that ended Sean's walkabout! To: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) Re: O'Sullivan Dam I don't remember O'Sullivan Dam, but I bet my bulldog husband does. When we were kids, my dad would take us down to McNary Dam to watch the ships go through the locks. We thought it was great. Since we live in Burbank, WA, we have taken the kids and grandkids to Ice Harbor Dam. Once, when the Snake River Bridge was only two lanes, one each way, there was a messy accident on the bridge. It was tied up for a long time and we had to go over Ice Harbor Dam to get home from work and again to get to work the next morning. They built another bridge; now the old bridge goes west toward Pasco and the new one goes east toward Walla Walla. They are currently working on the highway through Burbank toward Wallula, making it four lanes. It's a mess right now, but will be nice when it's done. To: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) Re: "I thought Polio was a thing of the past!" In the USA, Polio, along with other things, has been a thing of the past, for the most part, since the vacine was developed. However, there is a school of thought that vacinnation isn't necessary and is even risky, so some parents aren't getting them for their children. One of our sons has this attitude and their 5-year-old daughter has not been given any vacinnations. Also, as more people flood into the US, they need to be educated about the need for vaccination. Some of the vacines we used to get automatically have been discontinued unless you live in a port city. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64), Burbank, WA, garden capitol of the world ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Poynor ('66) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Hate to tell you this but several years ago the village of Naknek, Alaska was inundated with signs ranging from "Stop", "Curves Ahead", "Speed Limit", "School Zone", even the dreaded "No Parking Here." Of course, several have received the usual public sign of disapproval ... numerous bullet holes from unsuccessful moose hunters. 'Taint life grand. To: Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) Several years my company had the opportunity to resurface the roads in Katmai National Park (just across the lake from King Salmon/ Naknek). Second largest home for the brown bear in Alaska. The bears used to love to just sit along side the road watching the road work being completed. Almost like they thought it was some kind of picnic. -Greg Poynor ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Bombaers Single Wing Ding Dear Bombers Here is the T-shirt for the Bombers Single Wing Ding. The green will be kelly green, in the "R" it says "1st. Annual". The shirt will be a Light gray, 50/50. The cost will be $15. So now I need to know how may to order and who's coming and what size you would like. But I need to know soon so I can get this going. So Please hurry up and let me know! I'm still hoping for a pot luck and it means just that POT LUCK! Bring what you want! Also you'll need your drink and something to eat on and with. If any questions please write me at the above e-mail address or you may call me at 509-422-1293. If I'm not home, please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I get home from work. I'm usually home by 8pm and I stay up until 11pm. So don't be afraid to call late! I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone! The date is June 25th! Please contact me ASAP! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/22/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Donna Nelson ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Carmichael Mention was made of Carmichael and Spalding schools. I worked as a construction surveyor on both. I do remember the cherry orchard there at Lee and Thayer. it was a very good one. Also, the best peaches I ever ate were those big Hales where the prefabs were up Lee Blvd. Huge and sweet. I guess some of the trees are still there. -Dick McCoy ('45) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Cherries The cherry stand is open at Mattawa. My principal's husband went through there yesterday but didn't stop and wanted to know which ones came on first. The secretary thought Bings were first. It'll be a few more weeks before they're picked here in Wenatchee. It's been extremely rainy the last couple weeks and orchardists are probably hoping "no more" as they ripen. -Donna Nelson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Greg Poynor ('66) When I was in Naknek, AK I read that book called Brownies... I believe that was the name anyway... a book about brown bears. All the tales in that book made me wonder what I was doing in Naknek... I seemed to look over my shoulder a lot while I worked there. I also remember buying those great big Snickers bars at that store just down the road from Nelbro for a quarter... man that was great. But the browns were also something to see... up at the dump and along the beach. Luckily I never meet one face to face. I sure did like being there... a great experience to go through. How is the family doing up there in the frozen north? -Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Cherries There is a Bomber alumni who has a cherry orchard in Benton City. David McCauley ('67)... the name of the orchard is Sun Orchard... not sure where exactly, but Benton City isn't so big that you can't find him. To: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Richland I have good and bad memories of growing up in Richland, too, but the bad memories have never been bad enough to keep me from calling Richland "home" and still wishing I lived there! IF I could convince my kids that Richland was the "best place to live", I'd move home in a heartbeat, but my kids are "too California" to leave and they both married native Californians, so they aren't willing to leave for "a piece of heaven in the desert", just to please an old lady! I also agree that "home is where your heart is", and I am content to make Bakersfield home. I have good friends here who make the conditions great and I have wonderful memories of a place in Eastern Washington that will always have a "tug" on my heart and a place deep in my memories. I still have family in the Tri-Cities, so when I do get the chance to come home, I always have a place to "hang my hat" and can always reconnect with those friends from the neighborhoods (Rossell and Elm Street) and from the schools, too. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA---heat has arrived--going to be 100+ today (Saturday) and stay this way for a few days! arghh ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Ferry Gary, Was that the same kind of ferry that crossed somewhere north of Richland and came out somewhere around Connell or that area? It seems sometimes when we went to South Dakota we used a ferry to avoid going through Pasco and then heading north. I don't remember where it landed, though. Where do you find your old pictures? Bomber cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/23/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and one Retired Teacher funeral notice today: Vera Smith ('58), Patti Jones ('60), Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Richardson (Bomber Mom) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Matthews ('60) BOMBER LUNCH Today: 1940's Ladies & Spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Re: ALL BOMBER LUNCHEON Richland The luncheons will be on going the second Sunday of each month! Reservations must be made by emailing Patti or Vera by June 9, 2005. Luncheon dates will appear in the Sandstorm the week before the luncheon and the week of. The place in West Richland was chosen (about a minute from the border of Richland) because of size, good food and price. If we outgrow this place we have a back up in Richland that is a little more spendy. WHEN: June 12, 2005 WHERE: JD's, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 (light green building just past the Yakima bridge) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 add drink, tax and tip Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! We are both looking forward to the monthly luncheon and being with all Bombers here in Bomberville. Any suggestions and questions are invited! Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Cherries I stopped in Mattawa on Friday and bought cherries. The girl working there told me that they had opened on Wednesday. That particular orchard always has the first cherries in the state. The Wahluke slope is the driest, sunniest spot in Washington. The cherries that I bought were called "Burtlett" which I had never heard of... I bought 5 pounds... they are outstanding and almost gone. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ BTW, the hwy 240 route is 16 miles shorter than going thru Yakima...and there's a few spots where you can really air it out! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I used to buy BOXES of Bings and Rainiers after my favorite local fruit stand owner told me: "IF you can't eat 'em all, pull the stems and freeze 'em (pit 'n all) for a GREAT frozen treat later. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice today My favorite elementary school teacher, "Miss Bowe" >>Mary Jane Bowe Ehrisman (Grade School Teacher) ~ 1/12/18 - 4/30/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/24/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Char Dossett ('51) Tom Verellen ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) Chuck Crawley ('67), Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: The Greenway There was a picture in the Tri-City yesterday about tearing down the Greenway and making the Parkway (can you believe it has been 50 years?). I almost cried when they tore up the Greenway just to make room for cars. Is Progress really worth it? I sat in the benches on the Greenway for the beautiful shade. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - nice weather. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Char Dossett Holden ('51) To: Ruth Richardson (Bomber Mom) Happy Birthday Ruth. I think of you and when I am in Richland I will call you. I usually come for a class reunion about every 5 years. All of my family have left the area. Sam Jr. died, a couple years ago and his Mother, Eileen and husband moved to Phoenix to be near Charlotte (I used to call her little Charlotte but she is about 6 feet tall, so now I call her niece Charlotte. Heaven forbid that I call her young Charlotte and she call me old Charlotte.) Take care. Char -Char Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To my way of thinking cherries are pretty good, but "wild" blackberries score a lot higher. These are not just blackberries that grow on their own but the smaller variety that grow on low creeping vines and have finer seeds than the regular blackberries that grow everywhere on the wet side of the mountains. I have a few small patches staked out. Few ever make it out of the patch without being eaten and they aren't ripe on the vine very long which makes them all the sweeter. They would go well with peaches if any ever made it home especially in a cobbler. Now admit it, aren't you cherry eaters drooling about now? Case closed. -Tom Verellen ('60 - A class that ends in zero.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Click for eBay item: Atomic Bomb, Salt & Pepper Shakers, RARE, WWII, vintage You gotta love it! -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Chuck Crawley ('67) Re: Old gym If somebody mentioned this in a previous edition, I'm sorry I missed it. I couldn't see it in the pictures nor have I read anything about finding a swimming pool hidden under the wood floor? I remember the story was told that the floor in the old gym was so springy because it was originally a roll-away floor covering an indoor swimming pool. Sounds like myth busted. -Chuck Crawley ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Bing cherries--yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There was a house next to Jason Lee that was always loaded at the end of the school year. My great nephew a couple of summers ago when he was 3 just loved them. He would eat them--put the whole thing in his mouth and knew to get rid of the pit and stem. His grandmother dried lots of them, too, for later. In Kansas you could get them, but if they weren't from Colorado they were imported from somewhere in South America I believe. They were pretty pricey, too, if imported. I'll have to check the store this weekend when I go shopping. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR where it is supposed to be in the 80s this week *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Dave Brusie ('51) Mike Clowes ('54), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Tom Tracy ('55), Wynell Williams ('55) Larry Mattingly ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Mike Brady ('61), Nancy Nelson ('69) Linda Barott ('71), Patrick Webster ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (5/24): Daniel Laybourn ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Belcher ('74) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '63 and '64 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Cherries Maren's editorial comment about freezing cherries (5/23) was very interesting. Haven't tried it yet, but I will. Good cherries run an average of one cent less than $5.00/#. After they have been picked over and are about ready for the dumpster they're on sale for about $3.00 On the other hand, I've been freezing seedless grapes for a long time now. After engaging in yard work in the hot, incredibly humid Houston sun, I crawl into air conditioned space, sprawl and then munch on frozen grapes until tranquil. I ran across a quotation cited by a person whom I respect enormously. He suggested that we heed the words of a poet posted on a sundial: The shadow by my finger cast Divides the future from the past: Before it, sleeps the unborn hour; In darkness, and beyond thy power: Behind its unreturning line, The vanished hour, no longer thine: One hour alone is in thy hands, --- The NOW on which the shadow stands. A thoughtful piece made in the context of using time wisely. In light of all of the comments regarding time posted in past Sandstorms I thought some Bombers might find this interesting. Bomber cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Chuck Crawley ('67) Believe me!!!! There was never a swimming pool under the old gym. I played in both gyms and was there when the now old gym was built. The floor was a hell of a lot better than the floors put over concrete. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Chuck Crawley ('67) Re: Swimming Pool Myth Sorry, Chuck, the myth ain't busted with the demise of The Gym. The pool may have been planned for it, but construction was too far along before agreement was reached. The next possible location was the Carmichael Gym; unfortunately the high water table (Wellsian Ponds) precluded that. The next possible location was under the Chief Joseph Gym floor; but that was stopped for some obsure reason. The pool was finally located in a warehouse on Stevens Drive close to North Richland, where it served as the mixing bowl for the jello salads so prevalent in school lunches of the day. These jello salads were also sold to the mess halls of Camp Hanford and the Yakima Firing Range. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - now in the balmy Willamette Valley in Albany, OR where the weather guessers predict 84 warm ones come Thursday or Friday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: cherries and peaches We arrived in June of 1948 during the flood. I believe it was the 18th. We stayed with friends in the 10 hundred block of Winslow and I remember those giant juicy peaches. We used to eat them right off the tree till the juice ran down our elbows and the fuzz made the arms itch! Almost the first thing we did was go to a cherry orchard in Benton City and climb up those giant ladders for Bing cherries. I ate until I was sick. Now I prefer the Rainiers. Another place we visited was the Peterson's chicken farm in Prosser. I can still smell those wet feathers when they scalded the hens. I don't know what happened to that place? I watched the progress of Carmichael, but didn't remember there was an orchard there. Things were really happening fast during that time. Wright street was the last in town and the ranch houses were just being built. Lucky me, I got to go to Carmichael the first year that "state of the art" building was open and then moved north and went to Chief Jo for its first year and was in high school when Mac hall was built. What great times! -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ Getting ready for the big 50th reunion in September ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Chuck Crawley ('67) Bet many remember the story about RHS pool. The one about Carmichael Jr. High having a swimming pool under its gym was announced unofficially for some time. Carmichael's contractor had gone so far over-budget, some say, that the pool had to be eliminated during construction. The story may have arisen from an old black and white film showing a high school dance in a posh community where the roll- away floor separated neatly and many jumped or fell in but remained well attired, poised, dignified and thoroughly baptized. Think of the poor swimming coach trying to convince Art Dawald to cancel a few practices and leave the floor opened for swimming. A suicide mission for sure. (that would have been accomplished only on a rare hot day in January after a 100 to 0 basketball victory. It was a creative story and helped us realize that a good rumor often goes half-way around the planet before the truth gets its trousers on. But anything was possible to those who had witnessed a place where a little piece of the sun was brought to earth to help end the war, cure cancer and propel the world's largest vehicles across the oceans. The indoor pool-a-nasium palace pond however was an idea whose time had not yet come to Richland's Desert Oasis. So we swam in the Yakima, Columbia and various canals. Enough water to make Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer green with envy. We were, however, blessed with fine schools well beyond many being constructed today. Most of Richland's schools had separate libraries, gymnasiums, cafeterias and auditoriums which helped rule out program interference so frequently found in our newest of facilities. I recall Marcus Whitman Elementary school even had showers and a locker room... perhaps because it had served Grades 1-8 for a time. Of course they had to tear down those advantageous facilities. My keyboard just sent out a warning to sign off before the school board turns me in to Homeland Security... sometimes I think Mark Twain was right when he said, "School Boards were invented by GOD... at the end of a long busy week... when GOD was very tired". Bomber cheers, -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) Speaking of blackberries--I remember my family driving toward Seattle and stopping to pick wild blackberries. I also remember all the thorns--we'd wear long sleeve shirts, etc. As kids we had so much fun doing that. Such simple things we enjoyed as children. I still love blackberries and have been know to pick wild ones in Seattle and bring them home with me on the airplane. They make such good pies! Also, looking forward to the Class of '55 Reunion in September. Dorothy Cameron, Janice Berg and myself already have our hotel reservations. Should be a great time. -Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) ~ Victorville, CA where our weather is in the 90s but that's not bad for here ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Cherries and other fruit All the talk of Bing cherries is enough to make anyone who grew up in the Tri-Cities or Yakima valley hungry. Seems like teenagers in those days were always looking for ways to earn money. Harvesting and orchard work such as wheat in the Palouse, peas around Walla Walla, and cherries, plums, peaches, and apples in the Kennewick highlands and Yakima valley were always a source of revenue if you were willing to work. I thinned apples and plums one spring. My arms ached so bad the first 2-3 nights I nearly cried. The best paying agri-job I had was working in the wheat harvest one summer up in Eureka Flats hauling wheat from the combines to the various elevators in an old WW2 Army 6x6 truck. I did pick cherries and plums a couple a of times and ate my share. I will not forget the day I forgot my lunch and ate plums all afternoon. I suffered several hours of severe lower GI stress that evening. I still love the Bings and another one, called I think Queen Anns to this day and I always manage to drift through the orchard areas and pick up a flat or two in the season. I have a "cherry stoner" that quickly removes the pits and I freeze most of them. Of course I eat some of them fresh, but I also make syrup for ice cream and a batch of jam once in a while. One of my favorites is some mini tarts I make with the dough circles you can get at the market. I put a single cherry on one, dribble a bit of fresh raw honey on it and do the fold-up and bake them. I serve them with whipped cream topping or some icing thinned with a late harvest Muscat wine. Rich, but you can't eat just one. To: Tom Verellen ('60) You are so right about the "wild mountain blackberries" or what we call "black caps". Several years ago while on a Sunday afternoon drive we came across some vines in an obscure place and we try to pick a gallon or two each year before the birds and bears get them. I have a one gallon electric ice cream maker. I may only use it maybe twice a year, but homemade blackberry ice cream is yummy and hard to beat. I also get a gallon or two of huckleberries from bushes growing in the woods at our fireworks facility. They are delicious in tarts, jellies, and syrups. I have a steamer and steam the juice out of some of the blackberries and huckleberries. The pure juice is easier to work with and makes really rich syrup and jellies. To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I too remember when they tore up the grass of the Greenway and paved it over. Every time I see it now, I look on it as my first noted example of crass commercialism. Young as I was, I was very disappointed in seeing that grass replaced with asphalt. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Cherries 'n Ferries That early dark cherry is probably an old French variety, "Burlat"... supposedly good to grow on this side of the hill, as well (although it ripens about a month later than this, here). To: Betty Avant ('69) The road beyond the ferry went to Connell- but first it went to Glade. My dad had an office in Moses lake, and used to go that way (and take me along, if it was a weekend day). We never quite made it to Connell, though- used to peel off at Mesa, and head N- past Othello and into the eye-watering vicinity of the Mighty Starch Plant (if the wind was wrong). Breathing a sigh of relief on the other side was kind of a ritual... Years later, reading Dr. Strange comix, this was the mental picture that arose when "The Vapors of Valtorr" were mentioned- a powerful spell, indeed! I was sorry to read that Bob Maulsby ('59-RIP) checked out a little early. I will always remember him regaling fellow classmates (& youngsters like meself) with the latest Huckleberry Hound highlights in the student parking lot, during his senior year. He'd do all the voices, and his enthusiasm would have everyone cracking up. He really loved a good laugh... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Tom Verellen ('60) No! Re: Jason Lee cherry orchard P.S. It seems like everyone knows about those cherry trees next to Jason lee. If they're not there anymore, we oughta make a pilgrimage and plant some more! And what about those monkeys? No, seriously, Muscles had a couple of monkeys at his house. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Well Bing cherries and Rainiers are the best of the cherries but you want a good fruit come up to the mountains and pick huckleberries. They are really yummy. But when you pick you also have to share with the bears. ha ha. If a real good picker they sell for about 30 dollars a gallon. But my feelings, if I spend all day picking them I would put them in my freezer for huckleberry pie and jam. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ Colville, WA - where it is sunny and beautiful today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71) To: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) Re: Fun in Washington When I was a child growing up, my entire family of aunts, uncles and cousins would spend our vacation at O'Sullivan Dam. We had a big tanker truck of gas for the boats so we could ski all we wanted. We would load up every day and head out to the sand dunes, which seemed like a long boat trip away, sometimes running over shallow sand bars to get there. On one side of the dune we would water ski and the other side we would fish for crappie. Pulled them in right and left and had one big fish fry when we got back to camp. We will always have fond memories of that, and still talk about my sis dressed up in her lime green leotards, long sleeve shirt under her swim suit, and big floppy hat. She had auburn colored hair so she got terribly sun burned if she didn't dress like that. She never got hot cause you could slide down in the water to cool off anytime. Boy was she a sight though. Thanks for the memories. -Linda Barott Rodriguez ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Patrick Webster ('82) COMMENTS: None. -Patrick Webster ('82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/26/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers & 1 Bomber Mom sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Betty Bell ('51), Lenora Hughes ('55) Margo Compton ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Billie Cummings ('62WB), Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Chuck Crawley ('67) Ken Staley ('68), Teri Kessie (Bomber Mom) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Millie Finch ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cecilia Bennett ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Pools Swimming pools in any school is bunk. I saw both the old, old gym built as well as the one at Carmichael. The only pool was down in the park till they built the one on swift. To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) I am glad you loved those wondeful peaches in the prefab area. However, I disagree about Rainier cherries. The only true cherry is the Bing, when fresh off the tree, taste like a bite of wine. Incidentally, Bro Pat was in your class. -Dick McCoy ('45) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Cherries: The Rainiers and the Royal Annes look a lot alike - the Royal Annes are used to make maraschino (I can't spell today) cherries are tart while the Rainiers and SOOOO good and sweet. Carmichael was visited by Senator Hickenlooper from Iowa. He was furious that a school would cost $3,000,000. Even in 1950 that was a lot of money. It was hard to explain to him that it was not material costs that were so high but labor costs. They pulled everyone off of jobs that were not essential to operating the Hanford Plant and had them work on building the dike to keep ole Columbia from washing us away. Carmichael was a huge orchard and most of the individual fruit trees around Richland were dug up from the Carmichael orchards. The school was named for the family that owned the land before Uncle Sam took over the Village of Richland. Greenway - it still makes me sick that they tore that down just for cars (I walked everywhere in Richland and did not get a car until after my youngest daughter was born (a '55 Chevy with moonspinner hub caps)). -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - supposed to get up to close to 90 today - our highest this year. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that on Sunday May 29th the Richland Seniors Association (RSA) will be having another Fifth Sunday Dance at the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band will play from 1:00 - 4:00 and tickets are only $4 at the door. All ages are welcome, and kids under 12 are free. Great music and lots of fun! From 12:15 - 1:00 Helen Nash, a former Columbia High/Richland High teacher, will be teaching the Fox Trot and Two-Step to taped music while the band is getting ready. Hope you can join us for a fun afternoon! Other events the RSA is working on are an Antique Auction Fair at the Center on Saturday June 25th from 1:00 - 4:00 where your hidden treasures can be evaluated, and a downriver lunch or dinner cruise. For those of you that belong to a non-profit organization that needs a good fund raiser, we also co-sponser Pancake breakfasts, where 70% of the profits go to your group. Hanford High School has earned several thousand dollars over the last couple of years doing this! It seems like a great way for Bomber Boosters to earn needed money. Contact me if you are interested. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Hi Maren, could you do me a favor and put this in the Sandstorm? Would appreciate it so much. WHAT: Las Vegas, NV. Bomber Alumni luncheon Pot luck/BBQ WHEN: June 4th from 1 PM until "whenever" WHERE: The home of Jim and Ginny Nelligan For information contact either Lenora at or Robbi Hill Karcher ('49) at or Jim and Ginny Nelligan at Hope to see many Bombers there for the great time we plan to have. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Compton (McCord) Lacarde ('60) Re: Bing Cherries At one point in my life, I thought I would never touch another Bing Cherry. In August of 1960, my mother-in-law went cherry picking and brought me a large bag. Having very little control when it came to cherries, I managed to eat almost the whole bag in one evening. Later that night, I had the worst cramps I had ever had. I thought I was going to die and vowed I would never ever eat another Bing cherry. Ended up in the hospital the next morning with a beautiful baby girl. Guess it wasn't the cherries after all. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: The berries To: Larry Mattingly ('60)... I'm unmuzzling my pedant for a moment to address the common names (and the nomenclature) of a couple of the Rubus tribe: to wit, Rubus leucodermis, the black raspberry (or "black cap"); and Rubus ursinus, the trailing blackberry (our regional native blackberry). Both be yummy... but they're distinctly different species. A peculiar thing about the trailing blackberries is that the plants are either "male" or "female"; and the male flowers are much showier. So, when you find a patch in the Spring covered with big flowers, and go back later to find NO fruit, you can understand Why. To: Jim Yount ('61)... my thanks for the "heads up" re the Golden Age Passport. I got one- and it's gotta be the National Bargain, hands down, in this day of National Parks, etc. run like museums, and the burgeoning "user fees" at National Forest trailheads, etc. I'll be a happier camper, for sure... and never want for companions as I head off to the high country of Mt. Rainier, and the coastal wilds of Cape Alava. (What next-Medicare? Bring it on!) ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Billie Cummings Christian ('62WB) My brother Charles "Chuck" Cummings was in the class of '72. He passed away May 6, 2005 after a short illness. He was such a bright, funny all-around super nice guy. I thought his old classmates would like to visit his memorial page. The world dims a little without him in it..... Thank you, -Billie Cummings Christian ('62WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Wow, all these comments about the Bing cherries, do bring back wonderful memories of picking the fruit off the trees. I remember walking home at night after swim team practice and getting some of those big yummy peaches right off the trees, as we walked by. And apricots. Sadly, I finally realized I just can't eat those Bing cherries which I do love, without serious after effects, so now maybe I buy 5 or 6 single cherries for the taste. Yes, they are wonderful frozen too, as is any fruit. We walked to swim team twice a day M-F and practiced swimming for at least an hour, so we were always hungry, and no wonder we never thought about getting into trouble. We were too tired for that. I had heard that rumor about the swimming pool under Carmichael's gym floor, but I know when I went there, they never offered any swim classes, so I felt it couldn't be true. But I never did know the half of it... I loved that boat trip I took at my 2002 reunion where we saw where the ferry used to go out in what used to be forbidden water by the area, I'd never been up there before. I was telling my 24 year old son that when I was in grade school, I used to mow lawns for neighbors who were on vacation with a push mower, non-electric. He can't believe I did that, and I can hardly believe I did it as I can hardly move after a full day of mulching the property around the house by the little lake. I tell myself that it is good exercise, and it is, but I just can't bring myself to sign up to work for a lawn-service. On a more sad note, I did hear from my friend, Billie Cummings Christian ('62WB) I guess she would have preferred to graduate from Columbia High rather than Pleasanton, CA. that her brother Chuck Cummings ('72) died of cancer on May 20 and was buried in Lacey. Sadly, we didn't get to go on our trip to Montreal. We still aren't sure if we will get to Boston and Vermont yet. But we have been having great weather here, with sunshine and light breezes, and no rain or humidity, in the 70s. Love it. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN in the house by the little lake where a few ducks and many birds keep flying by. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (G.M.C. '63) Re: cherries With all the recent talk about cherries, I am surprised that nobody has mentioned something about cherries that is very important to me, and that is that cherries grown in Eastern Washington are different than cherries grown anywhere else. I have eaten cherries grown in South America, Central America, Mexico, California, Oregon, and many other places, and none of them, not one, can compare with a magnificent Eastern Washington cherry. They are quite simply the best cherries in the entire world. As for the preference for either a Rainier or a Bing, it is my feeling that although the Rainiers are quite tasty and I do truly enjoy them, it is only the Bing cherry that has the built in Time Machine that can transport me instantly back fifty years to the hot summer nights in a little town called Richland, where some young boys "sleeping" out in a back yard are busy "snitching" those glorious, fat, juicy Bings from an unsuspecting neighbor's tree sometime in the middle of the night. Ahhh, those were the days, and those stolen cherries always seemed to be the sweetest. With our "loot" tucked safely in the "sack" of the upturned tail of our T-shirts we would go back to our sleeping bags and lie there munching cherries and stare into the great starry dome of the sky and contemplate whatever it was that 9 or 10 year old boys used to contemplate in the 1950s. And as good as Rainiers are, you just don't get that rush of childhood memories from them. -Dave Hanthorn (G.M.C. '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Chuck Crawley ('67) Re: Cherries With all this talk of cherries, I was wondering how many other Bombers earned their summer folding money working at the Staples cherry orchards and packing plant out on the slopes of Badger mountain. I heard about jobs out there from Fred Hinkle and Scott Hartcorn (both '67). I Started out picking, then swamping. Worked there 2 more summers in the packing plant. I learned how to drive a fork lift and bought my first car, a '53 Chevy, with money I made there. My brother Mike and Dave Sledge (both '69) worked there too. I remember Chris Woodward worked there. The rest is.. well, a little fuzzy. I do remember they were good people who worked us hard. Is the outfit still in operation? Or has it been converted to grapes like so much around there has? -Chuck Crawley ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Blackberry Picking 101 To: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) Take it from an OLD hand! Stalking the wild blackberry for jams and pies is much akin to warfare! You must ARM yourself! 1) Get an old pair of garden gloves. Better are an old pair of rubber gloves that are no longer useful in the kitchen. Cut the first two fingers and the thumb off of the glove to the FIRST KNUCKLE. I do both hands, but doing just the right (or left for you lefties) works just as well. 2) Get a SMALL bucket (kids peanut butter buckets are perfect!) to transfer your small cache into a larger flat. Using a LARGE bucket makes for mashed berries... which is fine if all you want is jam or the juice. 3) Take very good GARDEN SHEARS. These are a MUST! Remember, berries only grow on LAST YEAR'S CANES. You have to prune away THIS YEAR'S RUNNERS before you reach your goal! In wild brambles, I always cut lose the berries from the main bush and move AWAY from the brambles to strip! Prune with a VENGENCE! There is NO way you can hurt the brambles! 4) You ARE going to get punctured... and have purple fingers! Resign yourself to it. NO berry gets picked without exacting some measure of revenge! High boots (or thick soled shoes) and long sleeves (yes... even in those hot September days!) can reduce the number of scratches and punctures... but... do be prepared... they will happen. Four cups to a batch of jam... or a good pie. I've often picked with a package of quart zip lock bags and a couple gallons of water, washing my 'catch' and bagging it on the spot. Talk about vine fresh! There is nothing that beats home made blackberry jam... or better... blackberry pies for Thanksgiving dinner! Happy Picking! -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Teri Kessie (Bomber Mom) Re: Small gym Thought you might like some pictures of the destruction. -Teri Kessie (Bomber Mom) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice today >>Chuck Cummings ('72) ~ 12/7/53 - 5/16/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/27/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Tom Tracy ('55), Dick Avedovech ('56) John Northover ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Don Andrews ('67), Jeff Curtis ('69) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Boyd ('55) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) When I announced the Fifth Sunday Dance on Sunday May 29th, I mentioned that Helen Nash, a former Col High/Richland High teacher would be teaching the Fox Trot and the Two-Step from about 12:15 until the dance starts at 1:00. I just found out today that Helen Nash was Helen Burns when she was teaching there beginning in 1956. She is certainly a delightful person with lots of enthusiasm and great ideas. Hope several of you decide to come to the dance (only $4 at the door) for a fun afternoon! All ages welcome and kids under 12 are admitted free! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Reason to move back to Richland. In the recent issue of the Farmer's Insurance magazine there was a discussion about the most secure places to live. These places were divided as large metro areas, mid-size cities and small towns. It may please many to note that the Tri-Cities rated number one in the mid- size category; and for those that like a damper heat, Olympia came in second (except when the legislature is in session). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Dick McCoy ('45) There's something about a Bing. Our first house in Richland was on Iry St., across the street from Carmichael's magnetic orchard. Our Springer Spaniel loved to sneak out of his pen and romp through it. When we found him and got him home he was loaded with sand burs those tiny spiny things that kept you from going barefoot to the Bings... the little weed that Eve caused when she ate those peaches and apples and Bing Cherries and reluctantly told Adam... "Hey, we're in it 'up to our elbows"... just like Laura Dean Kirby ('55) said. And before Adam could say, "What's this WE stuff?", she stuffed a bit of apple, (some say it was a peach and others say a Bing) into his innocent. Isn't where they derived the word BINGO!?. It was worse than getting caught swimming in the canal next to the orchard. After that it was like Grandfather always said, "Life is just like licking honey off a thorn". The Carmichael cherries were first class quality and flavor... especially if you were on your way to swim in the canal with Bill Griffin ('54) or Joe Valdez ('54-RIP). That evil canal was the one our Mom's thought they were saving us from when they all theorized that by putting our swim suits on the laundry line behind our prefabs and under their watchful eyes... they'd know if their kids sneaked off. They somehow were saving us from polio, unsupervised play in a canal that ran swiftly downhill into the Yakima River. No one could have said they weren't diligent Moms. Sometimes we had to wait an hour or two in the hot sun to make sure our Levis were dry before heading home through the Carmichael Bing route. We always noticed no one had stolen our swimming trunks from our Moms' view. Before getting to God's country, we moved from Los Angeles to Grandview, then Prosser, we picked Bing Cherries for orchard owners in Sunnyside. They paid well. Dad, brother Bill ('51) and I savored those delicacies from time to time. Nothing like them. Agree with Dick about that flavor. It's addictive and arguably one of Eden's best. Second best is standing on a mule in our friends' orange grove near Knott's Berry Farm and picking a tree-ripened orange. Bomber Cheers, -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) Re: Bing Cherries and babies I got quite a laugh from Margo Compton Lacarde's ('60) comment about the tummy ache from eating cherries. My wife is a labor-delivery nurse and when she was pregnant with our first daughter, she go so tired of being pregnant she decided to dig a ditch for our flower garden. Didn't work. It took another 2 weeks to deliver. So I will tell her now to tell her pregnant friends that all they have to do is eat a lot of Bing cherries if they want to hurry up and get un-pregnant. -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) Bing ... Rainier ... Cherries ... Berries ... Raspberries ... Raspberry Pie ... Black Raspberry Pie!!! Hot Black Raspberry Pie, that is what life is all about! ... with a generous scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream placed on top. Or as John Browne, Jr. ('61) might say Rubus Leucondermis Pie... How would you like a piece of that!!! Anyhow, no matter how you say it ... Hot out of the oven Black Raspberry Pie with a scoop or two of Vanilla Ice Cream is at the top of my list of deserts! If you ever visit Mt. Rainier National Park and find yourself leaving via the Southwest corner heading towards Ashford Elbe on 706 ... As I remember, the first Restaurant/Lodging place is either or which ever is first --- STOP!!! and purchase a Black Raspberry pie or two. Get home as fast as you can ... warm that pie in the oven ... pop a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on top and enjoy. And if you eat a couple of pies or two ... you won't get cramps and pop a kid as Margo Compton ('60) did after she ate a bushel of those Bing-Things. [See the Sandstorm entries ~ 05/26/05 for John Browne's, Jr. ('61) and Margo Compton's ('60) exact remarks.] -John Northover ('59) - Living in Black-Berry-Pie-Less San Diego - Where the Beer Can Races have started and life is good. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Cherry Consumption (CC) In my continuing quest of CC (cherry consumption) at a rapid pace in order to reach my PB (personal best), yesterday, I purchased two pounds of Rainier Cherries at the Yakima Fruit Stand in Bothell, WA at a cost of $5.29 per pound. That has to be the most expensive cherries I've ever purchased... but I was desperate! When I paid for them as a kid, I remember spending ten to twelve cents per pound. But, usually, we found a tree in the neighborhood and waited until the lights went out. Hmmm... which reminds me of the night Bill Wilson ('63) and I tried to sneak my Dad's car to go to Benton City for cherries. As we pushed the car down my driveway, one of Richland's finest was sitting right across the street! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Memories are triggered in many different ways, usually through our senses. The taste of Bing Cherries as recently visited. The smell of cottonwoods and Russian olive this time of year. The sound of a tune on the radio taking you back to times gone by. I was in Bomberville last week and after a short stop at the Spudnut Shop, I looked over at the Uptown theater and the first thought that I had was sitting through "Bullit" three time just for the chase scene with Steve McQueen driving that aw3some '68 Mustang and the amazing feet of a Dodge Charger losing 5 hub caps during the chase. While on the theme of movies I was watching the AMC channel last night and low & behold my 2 favorite John Wayne movies were on back to back. First was "The Quiet Man" followed by "North to Alaska". Some day, in about 9 more years, after retirement I too, will follow my heart back to Richland (Home) -Don Andrews ('67) ~ from Vancouver, USA - hot this week 92 expected today and tomorrow. Probably going to have to play some golf; don't want to but sometimes we do things that make those around us happy, oh the sacrifices :):):) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTE: First published in the 4/2/99 Alumni Sandstorm =========================== >>From: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: The Big Pool "The largest municipal swimming pool in Washington" in its day, it looked like Lake Michigan to me the first morning of swimming lessons. I thought that I liked to "swim" till I took swimming lessons. The Columbia Basin can get hot in July. Real hot. But for some reason it always felt like December in the Yukon during those early morning lessons. Why did they always make you walk through that ice shower on the way in from the dressing rooms? The temperature, however, seemed to have no effect on the instructors. They roamed the edges of the pool and ruled this domain with an steely discipline that seemed somehow alien to me. No that's not quite accurate. I was the alien, completely out of my element. Something about the smell of chlorine in the morning, smells like... well, it just smelled bad. You just knew that this wasn't going to be fun. The instructors on the other hand seemed to have actually been born and raised in the icy waters and had only climbed ashore (with the help of the gutter along the edge of the pool, I'm sure) to assist the lowly land children in appreciating the fear and effort it took to master their fluid realm. I'm sorry. I just didn't have that kind of respect for the whole thing. My idea of a quality pool experience had more to do with perfecting my "can opener" for maximum splash and developing power and accuracy in the two handed cup technique commonly employed in the finer water fights. Those, of course, were activities associated with the free-for-all in the afternoons. Ahh, yes.... blast your younger brother with a few good water hammers and then fill your sinuses with chemically purified water doing cannon balls from the high dive. A nice concrete lay-down in the scorching sun on a sopping towel, back through the showers, change clothes (sometimes) and then down the hill to Tastee Freeze for a dime dip cone. I lived over by Cottonwood so I had a serious walk home. If the tar oozing through the pavement on a hot afternoon didn't get you, the goat heads probably would. But you could always stop off at the Mayfair Market or Pennywise Drug and get a Popsicle or an ice cream sandwich or something. I remember that if you worked it out right you could pretty much eat your way home. The Big Pool hated it in the morning and loved it in the afternoon, kind of a schizo-aquatic experience that filled many hours of my youth. -Jeff Curtis ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Don't know about the hidden-under-the-gym pools, but I know there was a tunnel under Carmichael that led to "The Land of Oz!" -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/28/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Mike Clowes ('54) Tom Tracy ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Tom Verellen ('60), Jack Gardiner ('61) Linda Reining ('64), Patti McLaughlin ('65) Darlene Napora ('69), Marjo Vinther ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Clowes ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bob & Roberta Grout ('66WB) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: cherries All the entries about cherries dredged up a distant memory. I was in the school agriculture program from its inception (1950??) and the school had about 80 acres of farm land between Richland and North Richland, much of which we were able to get back under irrigation - the water system was more or less in tact, though not used since '41 or '42, I guess. Anyhow, several of the old cherry orchards did exist on govt. property and we "ag" students were offered an opportunity to try and resurrect several of them. I chose an orchard on the NE edge of town, just north of what were then called the "ranch" houses - can't recall street numbers. I THINK the cherries were Royal Annes (light colored, pink tinged)(or do I mean Queen Anne?). I got Dick Meyer ('51 - but not an "ag" student) to help me. We knocked down the weeds with a tractor, renewed some irrigation trenches and got the water system working (more or less) in the early spring. When the cherries ripened, we ran an ad in the paper for pickers - sat in the shade with a scale and paid the pickers (mostly high schoolers, I think) perhaps 3-4 cents per pound. We sold the cherries to a coop in Kennewick, made a few bucks. -Dick Wight ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Gym/Swimming Pool As usual, Dick McCoy (of all those years) has again tried to hammer the lid down on this lovely myth. However, Tom Tracy ('55) is more correct in saying that Coach Dawald would NEVER allow such a thing to exist in HIS gym. There were stories during the construction of Chief Joseph that did include the possibility of a swimming pool beneath the gym floor. Why not, considering all the other goodies that went into Chief Joe. So, is this urban myth, or is it lore of a bygone era where the government billfold held an unlimited amount of cash? But then, we all know cold pizza has less calories than hot. Don't we? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ the weather guessers have predicted 90 plus in the valley today, but with rain coming back on Monday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Sure enjoy your historical comments about Richland. Hickenlooper was a party pooper. Wonder if Hickenlooper would have been kinder if we'd have had a corn on the cob party while he was reviewing Carmichael's budget? Or perhaps let him take a dip in our underground pool? For molding a city from sandstorms, we deserved an under-floor pool. Carmichael turned out state-of-the art, regardless. Some forward thinking scientist encouraged the contractor to put UV lights in the room heater/ventilators... we could see the blue light glow during cloudy weather... it is now being installed in advanced Heating/ Ventilation A/C Systems in the most posh facilities everywhere. Wonder if it kept us healthier... Anyone have the attendance records of Carmichael? Can't remember being sick during Jr. Hi years. Remember the health advanced health classes that told about a few differences between boys and girls at Carmichael... probably something else outside the budget of Hickenlooper. Boys were separated from girls for the presentations. It promised to be a star wars special. Maybe the girls' session was worth the one-hour tutorial. The textbook style presentations assured participants that none of the children at Carmichael would ever be compromised by a grasshopper, frog, bird, bee, or flea. It should have been entitled. The Stork's on the Roof and we Can't Get Her Down. Thanks again Betty Lorin St. John ('55), a true historian for the class of '55, has the best records of our school years in Richland. This writer appreciated the copies of sports pages from Sandstorms, newspapers and class events from '48-'55 plus the basketball records of RHS from day one to present. In my first Richland encounter, we had the benefit of the angel, Mrs. Thompkins, our 4th grade teacher. She knew how to help friends make friends who stayed friends. She was heaven-sent for sure. In Richland people from everywhere amazingly made everyone feel at home. Our class had students like Jean Von Krosigh, one of the brightest minds in any Richland class. Bill Leach was an academic star as well. Kent Fleishman and Loren Claunch were model students. Mrs. Thompkins made sure everyone shared their background and experiences. We learned a lot about our friends and Mrs. Thompkins sought the best, emphasized and nurtured the talents of her students. She was truly loved. Happy Memorial Day to Bombers everywhere -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ in Boise, Idaho where its 87, but the cool mtn air is dropping in... to welcome Ray Stein ('64) and family from Spokane are dropping by Boise to honor his son and son's beautiful Idaho bride this week. Congratulations Ray... tell your son we enforce a 'no jogging' policy for all brides-to-be in this region... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bing Cherries My Great Aunt Blackshire lived in Wheeling, West Virginia and was the President of Wheeling Stogie Cigar Company, a favorite of my Dad and Jimbeaux's ('63) dad, Jim. When the Bing cherry crop was ready out in Benton City, my Dad would round up brother Bruce (Kennewick '61) and out we would go for our cherry picking adventure. I ate so many of those things that the farmer would weigh me checking in and checking out and charge four cents a pound for the difference. If he had weighed me a few hours later, he would have owed me money... if you get my drift. If that is what having a baby is like, women really are the strongest sex. We would then box the cherries up very carefully, nail them shut and send them back to West Virginia by Railway Express (remember them?) and they made it in very good shape. Auntie would reward my Dad and "Ham" Hamilton with three or four boxes of Wheeling Stogies, enough to last a year. She also told me that she would take those wonderful cherries up into the hills around Wheeling and trade it for "corn." I thought that was really stupid because you could buy corn in every grocery store in Wheeling and it was only later, much later, that I realized there was a difference between "corn" in the jug and corn-on- the-cob. I even asked Jim Russell about "corn" and he said that he thought there was some "corn" around the hills in Silverton, Oregon but was not sure of the difference either. So there you have it folks. Bing Cherries turning into Wheeling Stogie cigars and both turning into "corn." Isn't bartering a great way to save cash? -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ back in Anacortes, WA where it is going to be in the upper 80's again today. Too hot for paradise but lends for great barbecuing on the porch... with a Wheeling Stogie in one hand and a wee dram of "corn" in the other. Life is really just a "bowl of cherries." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60 a class that ends in zero) Nobody ever got sick eating wild blackberries. They are to few and far between. If you are eating them straight off the vine it is best to wipe spiders off but the residual webs don't seem to do any harm, any harm. Now cherries it is best to eat whole so you won't notice the one half worms that may be lurking in the uneaten half. Oh did I say too much? -Tom Verellen ('60 a class that ends in zero) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Tri-City Raceway Can anyone who lives in the Tri-City area tell me if they have a racing season at the TRI-CITY RACEWAY, out near West Richland. -Jack Gardiner ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: Helen Burns Nash Is this the Mrs. Burns that taught P.E. at Col-Hi? Or is this the Mrs. Burns that taught Steno? I don't have my annuals with me (they are in storage), so I can't look up the first and last name, to figure out which Mrs. Burns this is. Re: Blackberries When we were stationed on Vashon Island (first husband was in the Coast Guard), we had blackberries growing all over the "station" and we picked them till we had a freezer full of blackberries---they were delicious! Only thing I hated, besides the thorns, were the blasted garter snakes that would slither in and out of the bushes! Learned how to make a cobbler and we had blackberry cobbler almost every night, topped with vanilla ice cream. YUM! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ 90+ in Bakersfield, CA and only going to get HOTTER!!!!!!!! ;( ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) CLASS OF '65 AND EVERYBODY WHO WENT TO SCHOOL WITH US FROM KINDERGARTEN ON - where are you? If you have not received an invitation to our 40th reunion in your mail, it's because we do not have your correct address. Please send it to me! We want to see ALL our childhood friends, nemesis, mentors, crushes, tormentors, partners-in-crime. Too many of you have cell phones, so we REALLY can't find you. We miss you. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: Swim Lessons I distinctly remember my teeth chattering at morning swim lessons at the big pool. I was so stiff with the cold that it took me two summers to learn to float. I did, however, enjoy getting to walk to and from the pool with all the big kids from our block. I remember one game we played of trying to spit our bubble gum into open car windows Luckily, I dont remember anyone being successful. Those poor car owners would have been ready to strangle us and rightly so Re: Fruit All the talk about fruit (Bing Cherries, etc.) reminded me of going to Cannery in Sunnyside. My Godmother, Phyllis Surman, (also a 2nd grade teacher at Christ the King) grew a lot of fruit on her property. During the summer, she would pick us up (my sister, Shari ('67), my brother, Matt ('72-RIP) and me) very early in the morning (felt like 4am, but Im sure it was closer to 6am) so we could be at the Cannery when it opened and before it got too miserably hot. Peeling peaches was hard work and you got peach fuzz up to your elbows. The apricots were much easier. My most favorite job was stamping "Peaches" etc. on the cans, which was worth a fight with my siblings to get... As I recall, Phyllis donated most of the canned goods, and thus our hard work, to different charities and religious organizations. I also remember wondering who could possibly live in Sunnyside because all I ever saw of the town was the inside of the Cannery. Life is very funny My husband, Keith Shuley, who I met WSU, is from Sunnyside -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) Re: The Big Pool Loved re-reading Jeff Curtis' (69) memories of swimming lessons at the Big Pool! I remember them that way exactly! I also remember that on those cold mornings, as we hung on to the gutters while shaking convulsively from the cold, that the instructors wore sweatshirts and/or jackets, and sometimes sweatpants!!! One thing Jeff wouldn't have any memory of - because he's a boy - is the adventure of having to wear a swimming cap! That's too bad for the rest of us, because I'm sure he'd have another hilarious entry for that subject! I remember that there were basically two types - one was much easier to don than the other. The easy one was very stretchy and had a surface of little pillowy/quilty things on it (sorry, but my brain just can't come up with a better description than that - but you girls know what I'm talking about!) The other was a much stiffer type of rubber, and was downright painful to put on. Removing them was even worse. You could make a wig with the hair those things pulled out. My sister Paula ('69) had a really fancy one I remember... it was black and had these ridiculous white and pink rubber flower decorations all over it. I think my Mom had one like it as well, in shades of green. I suppose the decorations were intended to make one appear chic, but to this kid they just made you look like you had a huge head! Thank goodness the days of the swim cap requirement are gone! About 20 years ago a co-worker of mine (who was new to Richland) asked me where the George Prout Memorial Pool was. "The what?" I asked. After a bit of back and forth I realized he meant "The Big Pool"! It goes by no other name in my book! -Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/29/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Betty Bell ('51), Darlene Minard ('60) Michael Waggoner ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Donna Nelson ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Linda Sargent ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Julie Smyth ('69WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierard ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Harrold ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sherwood ('58) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Cherries again To: Tom Tracy ('55) You are dang right about Bings. I love all fruit, but Bings are downright addictive. Indeed, the best of them grow in SE Washington. Whenever I am in Richland during the season, there is an orchard out on Keane Road that has super Bings, at a cheap price. Right across from the candy outlet. Also, for those who live north to Seattle, take the old Wapato road at Prosser. Just before Wapato, there is a fruit stand on the left called Schells. (no, not Alton K). Great produce, inexpensive. As far as the Irrigation canals, in the very early days, we had all kinds of uses for them. Of course, we swam in them. There was a farm up above the stables, which grew watermelons. We would go up there at night, toss a few in, and dash away accompanied by the dogs from the farm. We then proceeded in to Swift, where we would fish the melons out. Not cold, but cool, and delicious. Out at the end of Thayer there was a concrete overflow that went down the hill into the Yakima. We would gather there and cruise the chute down to a point just before it dropped off where we would be caught be a couple of strong guys... hopefully. There were rocks down there. We also invented ski boarding behind an auto out by the twin bridges. Great fun. It is a wonder we weren't all killed. -Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I remember the house that the Ag people used - was out very near Hanford High School and, I think, is still there. I don't remember any of the schools having swimming pools. Where are you, Burt? West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio are similar when it comes to shine. My father owned the house and land that his folks lived on (17 acres) - South Central Ohio. My sister and I were bored and we walked up to the top of a hill and guess what we found? A still and all the fixin's. We ran down the hill and told Daddy. I thought steam was going to come out of Daddy's ears. He told grandpa to GET RID OF THAT @#$ STILL or you won't be around much longer. I wondered why grandpa always had shine in the house. The wild blackberries in Ohio had L O N G thorns. You always looked like you had been in a cat fight when you were through picking the berries. Not sure about the Tri-City Raceway - think they decided not to have races this year (2005) and are studying to figure out what to do next year. The teacher who taught steno classes was named Mrs. Grace Burns. I remember Miss Nadine Burns who taught English (had her for sophomore English). That's all the Burns' I remember from high school. [Are you sure the steno teacher wasn't GEORGIA Burns? -Maren] I never took swimming lessons because I was scared to death of water and also I could not get water in my ears because I would get an ear infection. I remember my sister taking lessons, turning blue, shaking like an aspen, and teeth chattering. My youngest daughter used to wear her hair short (at her ear lobes). There was a sign that said female MUST wear bathing caps. I called the Parks Department about the caps because at that time the BOYS had started wearing long hair. I told the guy that was sexist and what was he going to do about it. They had a city meeting about 10 days later - they changed the sign to state anyone whose hair was below their ear lobes had to wear a bathing cap!!! Some of the boys cut their hair. Wonder why people went to Sunnyside when they had a cannery in Kennewick? Everyone I know still calls it the big pool. Worms in the cherries: I would pick a cherry and say, "Worm - look out - here I come." It all has to get mixed up in your stomach - what's the big deal? Although I would not go out of my way to purposely eat a worm. I had had to take lots of things in the hospital that I didn't like that looked worse than the worm(s) - but as a child, did I have a choice - I think not!!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - HOT today - supposed to get up to 98. I'm not a lover of hot weather. What's left of my brain refuses to function. ****************************************************** ****************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Linda Reining ('64) his is the Helen Burns who taught P.E. -- including dance lessons with Fran Rish. Did any of you take the lessons? -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) Re: Cherry Picking Whenever I am reminded of cherry picking, I remember my friend, Sherman Parks. His parents moved to Benton City from Richland when we were just starting high school. The Monsons (former mayor of Richland) and his family were best friends and they moved to Benton City together and bought a cherry orchard. We (my girlfriends and I) would go "cherry picking" in the Monson orchard. Mr. Monson would laugh and kid us about the cherries we ate--threatening to weigh us in before and after--though he was only kidding. One day, Sherman was driving a tractor in the orchard. He was backing up and was hit by a tree branch. It forced his head into the dash and he was killed instantly. That was our first experience with mortality. I still love cherries, but they do bring back memories. -Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) I agree with Tom Verellen ('60) that people don't get sick EATING wild blackberries. PICKING them, however, produces lots of cuts and bleeding. -Michael Waggoner ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Blue light special To: Tom Tracy ('55) Thanks for clearing up an apocryphal mystery! I remember the stories of the blue light in the ductwork... but never saw it, meself. UV has become an excellent water purifying technology- very useful (and cheap!) for small-scale systems. (Wonder if it would inhibit mold?) Darlene Napora's ('69) story of canning "reminded me of a time.." When I lived in the coastal foothills of Oregon, I'd spice up the occasional trip to Portland (and "the Valley") by finding interesting byways to and fro. One led to the Wheatland Ferry across the Willamette R in an area known as "the Mission Bottoms", N of Salem- a place famous for stone fruit production. (The ferry was like a mini- version of the old Richland ferry). A stop to buy peaches led to a short picking job- and an offer of free groundfalls after the harvest. I came back there with a borrowed full-sized pickup and went home with about half a ton of peaches... and called a neighborhood "canning bee". One of my fishing buddies lent me a stainless crab cooker- a big pot that would take 48 quart jars in one layer across the bottom. It was set over a big iron slab outside. We did 2 water bath runs the first day- 96 quarts of dead-ripe peaches! One of the kids on this crew, a 7-year-old, asked me why we had to peel them. They were easy... so ripe that they could be twisted in two, like turning a doorknob in each hand, and pulled apart... but I agreed that the skins were OK after they were washed (and we did wash Everything). So we did a batch of 48 with their skins on. That winter the judgement was that those were far superior, in texture and flavor, to the peeled ones. Plus, they had a kind of rosy color in the jar... We got nearly 200 quarts- and the 3 garbage cans full of skins, bruises and "squishy ones" became nearly 80 gallons of wine, by Thanksgiving (and a barter item at the next year's Country Fair). Oh... and everyone was a sticky mess, afterwards (although we didn't need much encouragement to go jump in the river, that time of year...). ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Our parents used to take us to Smitty's cherry orchards outside of Richland towards Benton City. After we'd picked and get them home, our Dad would already have picked up the cans from Sears and have the pressure cooker ready. He'd say "out of the kitchen in case this blows" and he and my Mom would can Bings. For a treat, we'd put a piece of white Wonder bread in a bowl and put canned cherries over the top....the Nelson version of a dessert. It was sure good. -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Bathing Caps I remember those blasted things! They were hard to put on and even harder to take off! I do remember having one of the "chic" ones---was pink with white flowers on it----thought it made us look "oh, so cute and stylish". At least, these didn't have that dumb strap under our chins, but they did have a tendency to come off when jumping off the high dive---the water pressure would "swoosh" it off and then one of the life guards would be blowing the whistle, letting everyone know that some girl was in the pool without her bathing cap! Why they thought our hair was any worse on the drains than the boys' is a mystery to me, especially for those of us that had short hair--and, I am sure some of the guys with those "pompadours", and the "DAs" had just as much, OR more, hair as a lot of us girls!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ 90+ degrees in Bakersfield, CA, where Lake Ming, and the Kern River are filled to capacity with campers and boaters from the Los Angeles area. we have already had a drowning (a teenage boy) in the "killer Kern", and the Holiday has just started! they refuse to stay out of that ^&*( river, even though they have signs, in English AND Spanish, warning people to "Stay out and Stay alive"! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Sargent Evans ('67) Re: John Ruppert & Elaine Roberts ('67) Many of you probably know that John and Elaine Ruppert's son, Nick, was injured severely by a hit-and-run driver in March. He has been fighting his way back against all odds, and there is a great article about him and Elaine in the East Valley, AZ Tribune There is also a wonderful website for Nick with daily updates on his progress, information about the hit-and-run driver (he or she has not been found), and ways to help (fund raisers, etc.). That website is I'm sure John and Elaine would appreciate your good thoughts. -Linda Sargent Evans ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, The Mrs. Burns Nash taught PE and was the Pep Club advisor. I had her all 3 years for my PE classes. She also had GAA in those days. Here's to all our veterans out there on their day, Monday. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR - where we have gone from 80s to rain this morning ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julie Smyth Moss ('69WB) Re: Bing Cherries Since everyone is so excited about those Bing Cherries, I thought I'd tell them about the time my friend, Ginger, and I played "steal cherries from Mr. Wright's tree" which was right behind the Ginger's house. We hid behind a hedge and would run, one at a time, to the tree and grab cherries. The one who stayed behind was the look-out. Then we'd trade jobs. Mr. Wright was physically handicapped, (he rode a three-wheeled bike around the neighborhood). I don't know what we thought he'd do to us, but he was mean lookin' and we were scared of him. But not scared enough to keep us away from his cherry tree. We would each get a bag full, and then we'd have to eat them before we went home or mom and dad would have known we'd thieved the Bings. I thought they were named after Bing Crosby. The Wright Bing Cherry Thief -Julie Smyth Moss ('69WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yes, Julie is one of my little sisters. That must be the same cherry tree that Dave Hanthorn ('63) mentioned in the 5/26 Sandstorm. -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/30/05 ~ MEMORIAL DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Ann Clancy ('50), Betty Lou Conner ('52) Wally Erickson ('53), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Bill Berlin ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) Mike Howell ('68WB), Rick Valentine ('68) Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Memorial Day As I MC the American Legion ceremony at the Stanwood, WA Cemetery, three veterans will be in my mind. My Father, Hugh (RIP) WWI, and two schoolmates from so long ago, Merle La Grow, ('44 KIA WWII) and Hibert Askew, ('45 MIA Korea.) Sleep well, good people. -Dick McCoy ('45) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Maren: Bless your heart - I finally dug out my annual and you were right. Georgia Burns was a commercial teacher and the only one in high school that acknowledged that I couldn't hear (she let me look back and forth from the paper to the typewriter because I could not hear the bell to tell you that you were at the end of a line). I also had Miss Nadine Brown for English, and Mrs. Grace Brown for shorthand. That's why I like writing in the Alumni Sandstorm - Everyone lets me know when I goof (or just plain don't remember). I heard on the TV and read in the paper that they are asking everyone to stop what they are doing at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow (Memorial Day) and do what every you do (pray, be silent, give thanks) for a minute to honor the veterans of the past and present. I remember as kids when they had Armistice Day we would stand at 11:00 a.m. and say a prayer for the vets - during part of that time the Second World War was going on. Someone at the school would play taps. Very emotional. Take it easy - and have a very nice Memorial Day - safe and sane. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - supposed to get to 92 today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: cherries and watermelon "stealing" To Dick McCoy We did do some crazy things but we had fun and we did survive! Wasn't sure I wanted to relate this tale but what the heck~~ Four of the guilty are no longer with us. Just the designated driver of the get-away car can say: Watermelon patch at midnight Dog barking~~shot gun blast! Five teenagers~~three watermelons Consumed at Weeks Park. Priceless! -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Lou Conner Sansom ('52) Our English teacher was Nadine Brown, and our Shorthand/Typing teacher was Grace Brown. Miss Alice Spainhower was a replacement of Mrs. Grace Brown. The PE teachers were Bernice Frymiller and Betsy Carlile. Does anyone remember Mr. and Mrs. Fuqua, who were both teachers - he in Commercial subjects (Bookkeeping and Office Machines (calculators on the dinosaur level of modern technology) - she taught several - I remember her in English Composition. Mr. Kelly was a treasure - really knew his History. And Miss Ida Meacum was a loving, caring Science teacher. She went on to get her Doctorate - and we had some contacts with her for a while - until life moved us out of Richland. She was a very sweet lady. Speaking of blackberries. I grew up - pre-Richland - in Eastern Tennessee. We could walk no more than a half mile to someplace where we would ask permission to pick berries. We carried small pails - mine was usually 2 1-gallon Kayro Syrup buckets with a wire bail (handle). Mother and my sister, LaRee ('50), would fill our buckets while dodging bumble bees, June bugs, the local bulls, and worst of all - snakes. The berries would attract bugs which birds would come after - and snakes would lie in wait for a inattentive bird. There were black snakes and garden snakes and copperheads!! It was always much too hot and humid, and there was no water unless we carried it in. The briars were long and very sharp. And there were chiggers!! I was very blonde and fair, and they all loved me. I'd come home, in mortal pain from the briars, and the stings, and bites of the bugs, and Mother would de-chigger me with salty bacon grease, and then a nice tub (wash tub) bath in HOT soapy water. Chiggers would already have dug in and I had to have iodine or mercurochrome applied to those wounds. And carrying home 2 full syrup buckets of berries, whose bail was just a thin wire, always left my hands bruised and cut. I whined a whole lot. But the winters were the pay back!! Blackberry pies, jelly, jam, cobblers... Yum! I was back there in March of this year. ALL of the old berry patches are now covered with houses. There are no quiet groves where the berries hide in plain sight. There are so many homes - the woodlots and forests have mostly been cut down, and the older homes and farms are now Developments. We lived halfway between two towns - about 10 miles in either direction - and now there is about a mile between the two City Limits signs. Eastern Tennessee is now covered with miles of highway covered with restaurants!! Home Cooking is somewhat of a lost art. I still have many, many friends and cousins there - but even more have 'moved on' - and are now in the cemeteries that have also grown. All my aunts and uncles are long gone. The slow deliberate life styles of the people are now about the same as in big cities... We moved, reluctantly, from Richland in 1964. We lived in Stockton, California, for 2-1/2 years, then back to Richland for a short while, when my husband went to work for Bonneville Power Company. They moved us out to the substation ("Midway Sub") out by the Vantgage bridge. We lived there about 3 years, and the company moved us to Western Washington. We spent time in Lynnwood, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, then to Bellingham, and then down to Vancouver. After 4 years (a record for all our moves) in Vancouver, we were moved to Walla Walla. We had three girls graduate from Fort Vancouver High School, and we had one girl and two boys graduate from Walla Walla High School. Our youngest son was born just before we moved to Midway. We lived 19 years in Walla Walla. I worked for WWCC at the Penitentiary for 9 years. When the boys went on to WSU, we were moved once more - this time Doug ('52) went ahead by a year, and we commuted on the weekend. He was sent to The Dalles. So we came over - lock, stock, and barrel - in 1995. Doug had a teeny apartment in Murdock (probably NOT on a map. It's a wide place in the road (HWY 14) north and west a short distance from The Dalles, and Dallesport. When I moved over, I started looking for a place to settle. We finally found a rental in Goldendale, and moved there in early winter of 1995. And went on a search for property. We found it in 1996, and bought 31 acres 5 miles north of town. We built a home, and moved in spring of 1997. Doug retired in 2000. We have acquired 31 more acres adjacent to our property. Due to several serious health problems of Doug, we haven't been able to do all the things we have planned on our property. It has views of Mount Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams, and the Klickitat Valley. We're hoping the health problems have been resolved (latest surgery was May 18) - so we can chip away at the woods, and make our place even more cozy. (We have no sounds of boom boxes, no neighbor problems - have great neighbors that value their peace and tranquility as greatly was we do.) We have 6 children, that come and help us when we have a problem - like now, the grass and weeds took over our cleared space -- so they have come up to mow and cut the weeds and grass. We're hoping to once again become independent, for the remainder of our years. We have a daughter in Pasco, and other family members and friends in Richland and vicinity. We love going over there, but I never liked the wind - and it's growing much too fast for our taste. It's still "home" - and we fondly remember all the growing up there! And the sports and activities in school Doug moved there from Salt Lake City in 1943, and I moved over in 1948, while the flood was still in action. We had moved from Tennessee in 1947 to Sunnyside. It has been a fun thing - for the most part - moving about. But I hope we don't have to do it again. There are a few Richlandites here. And LOTS of former Tri-Citians. We're both graduates of the class of '52. What a great class!!! We have had more class reunions than any other class, I believe, due to some diligent and hard-working Wonder Women - and men. (Luana Ivers P. comes to mind.) We love our class reunions. (We have only missed two of them - we were MOVING on both those dates!!!) But we always look forward to the 'next' reunion - and our "Fix" of "Home". Thanks, Maren, for all your work!! -Betty Lou Conner Sansom ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Indy 500 & car racing Seeing an ad on motor scooters (the kind you stand on), small motor two wheel bikes for kids had me thinking about the time I tried to make a "Go Kart". I need to go back to when the larger fruit came in wooden boxes (crates). I think I got the wheels from an old red wagon (Ryder). Of course, I used the wood box for the hood with tin cans on each side for head lights I would steer this four wheeled speedster with a rope off each of the front wheels, plus I had a place to put my feet; it helped with the steering. I had visions of taking it to Swift Blvd. down the hill; but, I didn't have any brakes! What did I use for a motor? That's what friends are for. The cart didn't last very long, I had a hard time keeping the wheels from coming off. It's just another memory of things we did to keep busy. I had a red scooter with the brake pedal at the rear wheel with "kick stand". The motor of course was you!! The wagon I used for the Go Kart; I'd give my sister Sue ('59) a ride and try to dump her in the yard. She would laugh and get back in for more. She was such a great sport. Thanks Sue! As a kid, I always wanted a "tree house"; that was next to impossible during that time since there weren't many trees big enough. The Webster's across the street had a couple of large willows. The willow tree in their back yard we used for playing "tag"; we got pretty good swinging from one branch to the other (we couldn't touch the ground, or you were "it"). This was during the time when Robin Hood and Tarzan movies were popular. I'm sure we weren't the only ones climbing trees for something to do during summer time. "Me Tarzan, you Jane"!! The summer of 1954, I remember some of us getting together at the freeway (Bye way) south of Richland for a drag race. You have to remember, the traffic then was very sparse. We'd wait for a clear time and line up a couple of cars for the race. My friend Harold George (RIP'52) had his folks 1953 "98" Olds. I mean this was one fast car then. We took the spare tire out for less weight. He won, but the race didn't last very long afterwards; we were getting concerned about the state patrol showing up. I wouldn't recommend anyone trying it now!!!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Memories and thanks to all the service men who gave their lives for this "Great Country" of ours!!!! Also, our loved ones and friends who have given us those great memories to share. God Bless! Hot in Coeur D'Alene area. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) I just have to brag a little. At the Benton Franklin County fairgrounds this afternoon, my granddaughter Jade Sansaver from Kittitas won the title of QUEEN for the Washington State high school Rodeo. Her mother Shelly Belcher Sansaver is also a Bomber '74. She holds this title for the following year 2005-2006 season and will go to Gillette Wyoming for the nationals. Her mother and father, sister Mica, grandmother and great grandmother were all present for the coronation. Let's Rodeo! It was a hot and happy day for all. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: John Browne, Jr. ('61) John, my company, Marine Design Associates, Ltd. of Victoria, B.C. have designed and built more than 22 ferries in B.C. and two in Utah so we are a bit of a ferry expert, if you will. We did a retrofit job on the Wheatland Ferry a couple of years back and that is a cable ferry. That is to say that it is run by pulling on cables with a motor turning the cable winches. The ferry in North Richland was a barge that was side-towed by a tug, or that was my recollection having crossed there a lot as a kid. In Eastern B.C. we have three "reaction" ferries that use the current to push/pull the ferry across the river and they are very efficient and economical. Most of the ferries that we build are powered by Z-drive units located in opposite corners (port and starboard) of the vessel, or in some cases, in all four corners. My good friend Dr. Dave Priebe ('57) has a summer home on Gabriola Island and the ferry that transports Dave and Norma across the "chuck" is one of our ferries. If any Bomber has been over to Guemes Island across from Anacortes, that ferry was designed by our firm but the contract was taken away because "we were Canadian" and the boat had to be designed and built in Washington, a taxpayer thing I guess. As it turned out it was "designed" from our plans and we were going to build it at Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes but it ended up being built in the Gulf. We don't do any consulting for the Washington State Ferries for liability reasons, but do a lot of work for B.C. Ferries on secondary design and engineering contracts. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where it is cooler and cloudy. Feels pretty good after three days in the high 80s. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Tri-City Raceways To: Jack Gardiner ('61) There is a new owner at the raceways this year. We have always done a small fireworks display there for the weekend of the 4th. Even with repeated attempts by our eastern WA manager, he was not able to find out anything about what they are doing this year. We finally just gave up. It is again Memorial Day weekend. In the midst of all of the holiday activities let us not forget those who paid the ultimate price for much of what we have in the United States of America. The annual fireworks at Grand Coulee Dam on Memorial Day Sunday night was cancelled by the sponsor this year. The "Laser Light Festival" has been losing attendance each year and it was getting difficult to raise the funds. Not sure where it will go in the future. However....the annual Forest Festival in Shelton, WA is on for next weekend rain or shine. Saturday, June 4th there will be a very large fireworks display on the high school practice field next to Wal*Mart. This display will be among the top 4-5 displays in WA this year. 10 PM prox. I will be there all day Saturday, wiring special firing circuits. Enjoy the show if you can make it. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office so of Olympia. Nice to have cooler weather it was over 100 inside our explosives magazines Friday. The guys went through cases of bottled water. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Metal Class of '63) To: Maren (63 & 64) Re: cherries Sorry Maren, we never swiped any cherries from a handicapped person. There were several Bing trees on the 1100 block of Perkins back in the day, as well as peaches and plums, and apples, and .... -Dave Hanthorn (G.M.C. '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Metal Class of '63) The Old Man loved a good cigar, and his favorites were in fact "Marsh Wheeling Conestogas". Now my old friend Bill Berlin ('56) brought back many memories, albeit that now there are only memories of Marsh Wheelings as they closed in 2001. When my youngest daughter Megan (her Bomber connection is that she student taught at Jefferson) was born in 1973 I actually bought a couple of boxes at SouthCenter to pass out. I may very well still have the actual orange and blue box. There was not a ready supply of good cigars in Richland, so Roi-Tan Bankers became the smudge of choice and I'm quite sure that the constant stream of blue smoke from 213 is the reason everyone is talking about how good the cherries were. Another great cigar smoker was Tony Blazine at BB&M, although I'm not sure I ever saw his lit. When we made our regular pilgrimages to Portland, Pop would always stock up on cigars at the Fred Meyer on Sandy which had parking on the roof. There was also a gas station close by that had some WWII Bomber in evidence. Don't recall if you could climb on it or not, but I know they didn't ever employ anyone who told you to "Have a good one". My Dad also liked Five Brothers Pipe Tobacco, which once masked the smell of driving with the emergency brake on. When Billy Chipmunk ('63-RIP) was my roomie in EWSC, he smoked Cherry Blend. It gave him one horrible hack, but he hung in there until the can was used up, and then went down to the Cheney Newstand and bought another. I guess he forgot that he didn't like it, but then again you've got to remember who we're talking about. Not many smokers left, except for Pook and Chico. Maybe Chico has quit by now, he was rolling his own the last time I saw him. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (Gold Metal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: All servicemen and women, past and present THANK YOU for your sacrifices! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ in hot, hot, hot Bakersfield, California!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Linda Sargent Evans ('67) Hi Linda. Thanks for posting that info on Nick Ruppert. Barb sent that address to me a while back and I've been watching Nick's progress. I know this kid will pull through this. He is young, strong, determined, hates the hospital, but understands the reasons he can't leave yet, wants to go home and is angry a lot which are all very good signs! And probably the two best parents that one could only wish for in John Ruppert & Elaine Roberts Ruppert ('67). Two years from now John and Elaine will be standing there in complete awe of how much this kid improved... I can see that... I lived that once. I went from a dead man to a living example of a pain in the rear :-0 Although, his whack on the head is of concern and time will prove that he will be better than anyone could have ever imagined after being placed in God's hands. And I still get up every day with a pain or ache that reminds me of my year in the hospital... grrrr. Bouts of depression now and again that I deal with WITHOUT drug therapy. My Veteran Administration doctor asks me now and then if I need to see the psychiatrist. I tell her I am the sanest person I know and I don't want to take their pills... because they will find something they feel I need a pill for... I'm sure of that. ha. But I'm alive, for better or worse. It's all good. Thanks, Linda!! Your classmate, -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) Here's to Memorial Day, Remembering all who didn't make it home, and Welcome Home to all who did. The saying that comes to mind is that Freedom tastes better to those who fought that those that nought. So guys and gals who went -- I too want to say Thanks. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Dick McCoy ('45) I remember well water skiing in the irrigation ditches in West Richland pulled by a car. That practice was still alive and well in 1968. The main thing to watch for was signs... had to make sure you let go of the rope if you saw a traffic sign coming up... the driver of the car would honk the car horn twice to make sure the skier knew he was approaching a traffic sign. It is indeed a wonder that we were not seriously injured or killed, but none of us ever got hurt, other than minor cuts and bruises. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA. Where we are having mid 80s weather for the Memorial Day weekend. YES! (Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) are you out there, I haven't talked to you in ages.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: RHS Tournament - Cancellation I wanted to make sure that everyone still know the tournament has been cancelled this year. There were not enough registered players to hold a tournament. Due to past performance, there isn't much chance that we would be able to get enough players between now and the tournament date. Therefore, we have decided to cancel this year's tournament now, rather than risk not having enough players to have enough teams. Also, we will not be ordering any jerseys. Thank you for registering and your interest in the basketball tournament. It is too bad we could not get more players. I will be returning payments you have made via mail with a check (including those made with PayPal). Have a good holiday. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Robert George Ellis ('81) ~ 8/8/63 - 5/24/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/31/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Tom Tracy ('55) Bill Berlin ('56), Terri Royce ('56) Derrith Persons ('60WB), Mike Sams ('65) Lynn Dodson ('66), Betti Avant ('69) Bruce Strand ('69), Darlene Napora ('69) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Bruntlett ('62) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty Lou Conner Sansom ('52): DO I REMEMBER MRS. REQUA??? She and her husband stepped down from jr. college level to teach at the high school so they could both write their thesis to get their Masters Degrees and they taught us like we were jr. high students. She taught commercial classes and I can not remember what he taught. She was the only teacher who humiliated me so bad that I went into the principal's office in hysterics. I was going back to school ('49/'50) in order to wait to have my teeth pulled. I had already graduated from high school - did not need the credits - wanted to be a secretary and took all commercial classes. I had her for bookkeeping and Business English. In April of 1950 I had half of my teeth pulled, could not hear, cleft palate speech, etc., and she had me get up in front of the class and read a paragraph out of the English book. The first time she said, "I did not understand a word you said, read it again." Being the docile child that I was I read it again. She said for the second time, "I still did not understand a word you said, read it again." I was so furious that I grabbed my books and ran into the principal's office. I was so angry that the poor principal (Robert Chisholm) could not understand me. I wrote him a note and told him that my lipreading teacher (Mrs. Olson) was in school, could he call her to the office. She came down and I told her everything that had happened (she was also teaching me remedial speech). Mrs. Olson told Mr. Chisholm what had happened and he asked the secretary and a teacher to go to Mrs. Requa's class and bring her to the office. I guess in anger he forgot I could read lips. I saw him tell her that he had NEVER in all his years in the school system heard of anyone being so cruel to a student and if he ever heard to her doing that again he would personally see to it that she would not teach in the State of Washington again. He told her that I had already graduated from high school, did not need credits, was deaf, had half of my teeth pulled, etc. She never so much as looked my direction for the remainder of that school year and if I remember right they did not teach at Col-Hi the next year. I know one should be forgiving but there was not a thing to be forgiving about - especially to a teenager who had all the problems that I did. I told him that Mrs. Requa had a 25 percent hearing loss because she had taken a hearing test the same time I did (I had 95 percent hearing loss in the right hear and 90 in the left). He was upset about that. He told her to come to his office when school was out. Wouldn't I have liked to have been a fly so I could have heard that conversation. Today I still have problems with bookkeeping - mental block! Mr. Kelly - what can I say - I took US history and physicolgy (sp?) from him. Miss Mecum had just gotten out of the Army when she taught us bugology in my sophomore year. Chiggers - ugh. If you sat in your lawn and you had shorts on you would have a big red welt all the way around your leg where your shorts ended. Those blackberries tasted good regardless of the punishment you took picking them. When I worked in Power in B Area my phone number was one number away from the Midway Substation. Their phone system went through the Hanford telephone system and I was always getting calls for people who lived at Midway. At first I didn't realize what was going on so I called the Hanford operator and she told me she was sorry. Used up a lot of my time. Kids: My grandmother always told me that God looked after children and fools. Otherwise our population would be zilch. -Betty Hiser Gulley '45er - south/government Richland - cooling down - its only supposed to be in the high 80's or low 90's today. UGH! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Boston's best cherries came from Yakima Valley To: Dick McCoy ('45) While teaching and coaching at a small college in South Boston, we loved to visit The Boston Public Market. It touted and prized the cherries from Washington State. If you slipped into the market on Saturday at 3 PM you could make a deal on a crate of Bing cherries and other fresh fruit because the market had no refrigeration. Iced Bing cherries on Nantasket, Duxbury or Cape Cod beaches with concert band music at most public beaches became a family addiction... a Boston Globe (to liberalize or numb the mind, a submarine sandwich and ahhh chilled Bing's from Sunnyside, WA's finest orchards made the day complete... but none were ever better than Carmichael's cherries in '48 across the street from our place at 1408 Iry St. If you made it through the tall weeds and sandburs and the cherries were ripe... you were rewarded with a delicacy straight from the orchards of Eden. Merchants in Boston were proud to shout out about George's state... after all they recounted that "George Washington sends his best Bing Cherries right "HEAH" where he drove the British ships outta dis Hahbuh" with his winter cannons dragged down from Canada. It was Get 'em while ya can. A little history, a bit of promotion and a lotta luscious Bings. I Remember telling a merchant that I picked cherries in the same Sunnyside orchard as a lad... "Sure ya did, now scoot along, give a guy a break... I got a lot of fruit to move before 5pm."... To: Julie Smyth Moss ('69WB) If rounded up, all of us Bing Cherry addicts would make a large group for Advanced Orchard Rehab. Loved your "orchard relay / lookout technique". To: John Browne ('61) The Blue light (UV) is a wonderful thing for my company's aircraft water purification system. The generosity of the US Patent office gave me two patents - one for the process and one for the system. One for using the same blue light component after special activated carbon filtration and a sensor to ensure that no water passes through without trapping or zapping all pathogens bacteria or viruses and a completely separate but similar system for cleaning the excess wastewater before permitting it to be discharged overboard during flight. The economic gift is that one system removes 2500 pounds of takeoff weight (the weight equal to 10 passengers) from a B-747-400 and permits smaller planes to land through more daily hops without lavatory servicing as well as reducing the 'Fuel Weight Penalty'-using fuel to carry extra fuel that will not be used before landing. The FDA's US Public Health Dept. approved through its letter of acceptance after we passed challenge tests of cleaning sewage plus a polio virus of ten to the 8th power at a virology lab in Benicia CA. The systems ensure that there will be zero (<1) cfu's or colony forming units of bacteria or virus after any type of water is delivered to an aircraft's holding tanks and before any purified wastewater is discharged into the atmosphere. Every drop meets NSF Chapter 55 purity standards. The system for drinking water ensures that the "often undrinkable or sometimes unthinkable water" from airports will be safer than bottled water when used by passengers onboard. Imagine not having to purchase, deliver, warehouse, re-deliver, dispose of all those bottles of water. Everyone has a right to expect that the aircraft's sink water, is good enough to use for hand washing, drinking, medical use or tooth brushing. Our first B-747-400 Special mission system takes flight this summer. The air up there and the water up there ...should be better up there. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Jim Hamilton ('63) Cigars, Smoking and other vices Yes Jim, the official name was the Marsh Wheeling Conestoga Cigar Company and it all boiled down to Wheeling Stogies. The Conestoga Wagon and Buggy Company was also located there but they didn't call those very important wagons "stogies," just the cigars. They were long, dark and hard wrapped cigars, thus no cellophane wrapper, thus all you had to do was to bite off the tip before lighting up. Between our two Dads with cigars and pipes pumping out all those emissions in their respective backyards (or in the government sponsored "compound") it was no wonder that our neighborhood had no mosquito problem. I too remember going out to the Fred Meyer's on Sandy Boulevard in Portland and there was a WW II aircraft on a building roof next door. I think that he was trying to land on the Fred Meyer upstairs parking lot, or maybe Troutdale Airport (if you know the history of PDX being down range from Troutdale), but it was quite a sight. I think the original Fred Meyer was out on Barbour Boulevard and it was a compulsory stop for school supplies on the way to Linfield and for pancakes at Ye Olde Pancake Restaurant. My Dad talked to the guy who owned that place, which was the first cash cow I had ever been exposed to, to see if he/they could open one in Richland. Franchising in those days were just on the horizon with Mickey D's coming up from California but "Pancake Man" did not have the foresight to expand beyond PDX. Now they have joints in Eugene, Salem, Ballard, Burbank (?) and all kinds of places. A little advice... go for the sourdough. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ on Memorial Day thinking of my Dad (WW II) and all kinds of GIs who have fought our battles then and now to keep our freedom... and don't you forget it!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Terri Royce ('56) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Your drag racing memory made me think fondly again of my '48 Chevy convertible. If that car could talk! Once, I skipped a youth church meeting and went with Margaret Lyneis and Arlene Wallace to a place (name escapes me) where kids had been jumping off a cliff into rubber shavings. We parked the car at the top, and got out to look far down into the pit, only to glance at my car as it charged down the hill and hit a ridge that kept it from plunging over. We hiked down another hill, and across some railroad tracks (I think this was Kennewick?) and knocked on the door of a man with no thumbs (no trouble remembering that!). He called the tow truck, and it pulled my car up -- barely. The driver sent the bill to my parents and the car was grounded for a month! Another time, I raced it too long in 2nd gear on the road to Kennewick and threw a rod through the block. My dad, Bill Royce, normally not showing much emotion, tried his darndest not to grin at the thought of getting a new block from Sears and building it up. After I went to WSC, he drove the car into the plant one day and, later, realized I'd left a camera in the glove compartment. He came close to fainting, just think of the consequences. No mention of my car (The Black Charger) is complete without its cruises around the drive-in. One of the Kennewick guys I met, who was at WSC at the time, was later disappointed that I didn't invite him to our prom. I was afraid everyone would think he was a soldier! For years, I thought of him, following his Air Force career, as my 1st husband was an AF officer, too. Imagine the feeling of closure when, after 50 years, we re-connected with many great e-mail conversations. It's really good to see how different our lives have been from each other's (but how similar, too), and how I can finally put his memory where it belongs. My '48 Chevy was eventually replaced in my heart with the '74-1/2 MGB that I owned when I was raising my kids in Florida. That car has its own set of adventures -- but not, I'm afraid, for this format. -Terri Royce ('56) ~ In refreshingly cool Seattle, where I'm doing a year's worth of house cleaning so I can have a spinal fusion on Thursday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) To: Class of '60 It's that time again!! What? - Lunch - what else?? Who? - Class of '60 When? - Saturday, June 4th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on. . . . lets talk! classmate, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Sams ('65) To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Tony Blazine Tony was never without his cigar and you're right, he rarely lit it. I lived on Roberdeau and shared the alley with Paul Blazine ('65). We had a trail from one yard to the other and spent a lot of time through our "formative" years trying to stay out of harms way. Paul and I were involved in sports all year and that came in real handy when Tony needed help at the store for one reason or the other. Paul and I would pick out the bats for the Tri-City Braves. We'd spend way too much time swinging bats in the back room trying to determine which ones had the most hits in them so our heroes could win more ball games. We'd follow Tony to all sorts of sporting venues, carrying bats or other sports paraphernalia as out "ticket" to each event. I remember getting autographs of single "A" players as though they were another Mickey Mantle. BB&M had a dock at the south end of Howard Amon park. The store used to sell boats and the dock became a summer hangout. Tony, Paul and I were trying shove flotation barrels under the dock one summer and in the process Tony fell in on top of us. It was a hectic moment as we all tried to recover from Tony's tidal wave. (I can only guess at Tony's weight but as a 12 year old he appeared to be a few hundred pounds over his football playing weight). Well, Tony disappeared for a while and resurfaced on the downstream side of the dock. He swam to shore to get out of the river and when Paul and I met up with him his cigar was still in his mouth. I don't remember him NOT having the cigar. Thanks for the reminder, Jim. -Mike Sams ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) For those of you who wonder if you could (or should) ever consider moving back here to the Tri-Cities, I am writing to give it my vote. I have been working for the past 9 months at CBC on a contract. I have been able to keep my condo in Issaquah and "bunk" in with my 80 year old + parents while working at CBC. For the first 2 months I didn't think I could make the transition, but now that I have been here a while (and especially since those hot summer nights are right around the corner), I have definitely changed my mind. Unfortunately, I am heading back to the Seattle area to my next work adventure, but if I could have stayed permanently, I would have. CBC had a lot to do with the experience I had here. I, of course, hated it when I had to be here for my freshman year of college and all my friends left for UW and WSU, but it is a great place to work and I ran into Mike Grinnell from my class (who works in the business office) and Mike Brightman (who gave all the Dental Hygiene Instructors a chance to swoon!) who is one of the chief architects for the remodel of our department and the campus. So if you want blue skies, no traffic, nice people everywhere, peace and quiet and a place to float down the river on a hot afternoon, then come on back. -Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I'd like to wish my cousin, Jean Bruntlett ('62) a very happy birthday today. Don't do anything I wouldn't do, OK?? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR, where today (30 May) was the 30th anniversary of Steve Prefontaine's passing (I guess there is a memorial at the sight where he died and the paper had a 3-page article on him plus a picture on the front page) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) To: Rick Valentine ('68) The other thing to watch for with West Richland irrigation ditch water skiing, was the local Deputy Sheriff. Several of us from the Class of '69; Craig Smith, Steve Porter, Kris Kilgor and somebody else (I think); got stopped by a County Sheriff Deputy. We were threatened with an arrest for all kinds of crimes from reckless driving to destruction of private property. We skated by with a warning, but that stopped our fun for the day. -Bruce Strand ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ - where we're experiencing a cooling trend, 99 at the moment. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Our Troops Yesterday, being Memorial Day, besides reminding me of those who have died, also brought to mind those who are currently serving their country My friend, Linda, was absolutely glowing when I saw her last month. Her husband, Nick, had just returned home from Iraq. Although, he is in the Naval Reserve, being a medic, he was serving with the Marines (it was news to me that the Marines don't have their own medical units, but use the Navy medical teams instead?). Linda had wanted to put a deck on the back of their home as a surprise for Nick's homecoming. She had gotten several estimates, but they were way too much for her budget. Anyway, Linda was talking to a clerk at Home Depot about her lawn and got to talking to him about the deck. This guy said that he wanted to support our troops but felt helpless to do something, so if she would buy the materials, he would be over on his next two days off and build the deck for free. When Linda called me to tell me about her beautiful new deck, she broke down crying. She said that after so many people had been so nasty to her about the war in Iraq (like she had anything to do with it), that this man's kindness had just bowled her over. As it is so easy to get bogged down in negative events, I thought it important to share this uplifting story with everyone as a reminder of all the small acts of kindness that we often forget to acknowledge. -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To all the Vets.................Thank you! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` April, 2005