"Bomber Memories"

August 23 & 24, 1998

August 23, 1998

Earl Bennett (63)

The radio program was The Cinnamon Bear, I think it ran daily for a half hour (including recap of the previous episode) for about three to four weeks before Christmas. Some witch came out of the picture on the wall and stole the star off the top of the Christmas tree, so the kid(s?) had to join the stuffed reddish teddy bear, Paddy O'Cinnamon, to go into the picture and retrieve it. A kleptomaniac dragon was involved among other fascinating creatures and implausible adventures and situations - was that on KORD or KALE? My sister Sue Bennett Meek ('68, aka Birkenstock Sue of the former BB&M Sporting Goods store - sadly had to close down recently due to competition from the Mall) taped a re-creation of the series a few years ago and sent me a set - 6 tapes, I think they're 90 minutes each! It must have been syndicated nationwide because I've also seen ads in Sunday supplements here on the East Coast for a stuffed bear commemorating the series (outrageous prices), for some reason Chicago sticks in my mind as the ordering address I did NOT use.

Yes, Larry Coryell (2 l's?) had a band in Richland, I believe Paul Anderson ('63) was also a member (last I heard of Paul was around our 10 year reunion somebody said he was an executive in the Escort division at Ford motors - not surprising at all). Somewhere around 59-60 I was asked to join them to play piano, but I didn't think I was good enough. In retrospect I probably could have handled it, but I quit piano after 3 years of lessons. Larry Coryell is a staple artist on a station set on my car radios, "Soft Rock 97.9 WASH-FM" in DC, superb jazz guitarist (hope it's the same guy - how many can there be?).

Anybody know if Larry Tew is still the master trumpeter he was back then? Your rundown of Northwest artists should include Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts (Walla Walla?) - the original "Angel of the Morning," better than Linda Ronstadt in my opinion. And I seem to remember Spokane being the home of the group that did "Sugar Shack," whoever that was. You mentioned the Kingsmen - who can forget "Louie, Louie?" I never could understand all of the lyrics (enunciation was not their strong point), but they were reputed to be exceedingly raunchy, even offensive (for that era) when performed live.

One last memory: First formal job after paper delivery was bagboy at the C&H next to Densow's, then bagboy and produce work at the one next to the Rexall Drug store on Thayer. Started at $1.35 per hour (believe that was considered the "minimum wage" around '60). A co-worker there, young man named ?Thad? became a worker for the union and I never understood why I had to pay him dues out of a meager paycheck for something I didn't care about, until much later when I learned more about the history of the union movement.

Later. ecb3

Patsy Noble Eichner (61)

Re: Sharon Tate, if memory serves me correctly, wasn't Sharon crowned Miss Autorama before the Miss Richland title.


Alan Sargent (56)

There's been some mention of the "Blizzard of '48-'49. There was another snowstorm, much earlier I think, that really sticks in my memory. At the time we were living in an "A" House at 201 Benham. There was nothing between us and "The Rose Bowl" but a huge sandbox. It snowed, followed by a dust storm which turned the snow brown! I remember it vividly because on the same day "The monster in the basement" (coal furnace) belched soot all over the place. My mother was tearing her hair out and I know if she had had her way we would have left Richland that very day. Maybe it only was a problem in the South end. By the way, weren't those furnaces wrapped in Asbestos? At about the same time we were chasing DDT trucks and playing under the funny orange clouds periodically released from Hanford. I wonder if that's why my grandchildren all seem to glow in my eyes!

I'm positively drooling thinking about a big By's Burger, a fresh banana/chocolate Tastee Freez shake, topped off with a bag of warm Spudnuts. Three of the basic food groups!

Following that I want to jump in a cool "49 Chev (like the one my sister wrecked) load it up with a bunch of friends (hide a couple in the trunk) and go to the Y Drive-in. Someone would then produce those terrible crooked "Rum soaked cigars" and we would try to be cool while turning various shades of green. I still can't stand Cigar smoke The memories are terrific. Your might think about putting them in a book down the road.

Alan Sargent

"Tough as nails, hard as bricks, we're the class of "56"

Larry Reid (68)

Donna (68), remember you well. I remember Sharon Tate and I was friends with John Tate (wasn't that her brother?). I think he is married to someone who graduated with us in '68.

My kids all look at me in dismay when I reminisce about my HS days! ..."Wow, you guys were pretty weird Dad!"...I was good friends with Bruce Latta and remember his mom well. Bruce was killed in a one car accident near the Meadow Springs area of Richland around 20 years ago! I remember the Roller Rink and the local bands of the time. I also played in a local band and met several of the other band members of the time. Some went on to play professional for awhile. Last night I played my guitar for the first time in seven years (I only do country these days!) at a friends family reunion where we had about four guitars and sit around and jam- what a night!! Memories are made everyday and as time goes by they sustain us and give us hope.

See ya all later.

Larry Reid

Don Winston (63)

Re: Larry Coryell

I'm sure many remember Larry Coryell, but don't know how many people know what a huge success he has been in the guitar world, really in the whole music business. He is considered a truly world class guitarist, and has often been rated as the #1 jazz guitarist in the world in various polls. That puts him in the ranks of Les Paul, Joe Pass, Al DiMeola, etc., so it's pretty lofty company.


I heard about JFK being shot from my roommate in our freshman year at the U of W, Joe Kaveckis. In fact, Jim House, Joe and I were reminiscing about it at the 35th reunion. Joe and I were roommates, and Jim lived across the hall. I think Jim was in our room, (he remembers it the same way), when Joe came in and said, "The President's been shot."

For those that remember, there was quite a bit of campus unrest at the time, including student occupation of Administration Buildings, etc. I thought Joe meant that the President of the University, Charles Odegard had been shot, and it took a few minutes to get out of him that he meant JFK.

When he, Jim and I were talking about it last month at the reunion, Jim mentioned that he had exactly the same initial reaction -- that Odegard had been shot. It was really interesting to learn that we both had the same erroneous first interpretation of what Joe said. I don't think it was Joe's communication skills -- they were OK. It was just that with what was going on on campus, it seemed at least plausible, while the shooting of JFK did not.


Don Winston

Terry Liechty (64)

Speaking of bands...Revere Dick (real name of Paul Revere of PR and the Raiders) was my cousins' uncle. He came from a little town just west of Boise, Caldwell, I think and when I was young he lived in Boise and commuted to LA for his television show.

My cousins lived in Boise and they took me to his house to pick up some amps and instruments that he no longer used (a cousin had a band and got all the hand downs.) I remember him as a nice guy and he and his wife made me feel at home. He had a lot of cars from Rolls to Wagoneer. He did commercials for Pontiac and had a Judge (here come da judge) and some other one they gave him.

Two of my uncles by marriage were his brothers. Well, that's my brush with fame.

Terry Liechty

Randy Buchanan (57)

Hopefully, some things of interest regarding Richland memories.

My family and I arrived in Richland in 1943, and moved into a prefab on Winslow. We moved to Farrell Lane (a "B" house") around 1946. My Mom is still living in the same "B" house. Mom still remembers many of us through the years.

My school years were at Sacajawea, Chief Joe, and Columbia High.

My Richland Memories:

· Dust storms of the l940’s. The Dupus Boomer cartoon book depicted it best. Cartoons were done by Dick Donnell, a good friend of my parents.

· Old swimming pool in the park (swim 1 hour, get back in line and wait for the next turn). I remember the water being sooooo cold!

· The little round wading pool in the park.

· Village Theater on Saturday - 2 cartoons, 1 serial, news & 2 westerns - all for 12 cents

· Playing in the irrigation ditches

· Clod fights

· Playing army & cowboys and Indians in the desert

· Riding bikes everywhere

· Playing kick the can, anti-anti over, wolfman, and bicycle tag

· Remember Muscles? Sonny would sit in the movies with his pet monkey. How about those stories about people taking him to Walla Walla?

· The Prisoner of War Camp on the Yakima River. In high school, we had keg parties out there.

· The blizzard of 1950? Almost didn't get home from school.

· The floods of 1948

· Playing in the buildings when the Uptown was being built

· We use to play in a swampy area call the "lumber lost". The Uptown business area was built over it.

· Sleeping out in sleeping bags in our friends back yards. It seemed like we did this every night during the summer.

· Atomic Frontiers Days down at the park and the parade.

· The air raid sirens each month

· Riding horses at the Riding Academy.

· Cruising the Uptown after school

· High Spot on Wed and Saturday nights. I did not dance, but was always there.

· Old girls’ gym sock hops at lunch hour

· And, do many of us remember the basketball state tournaments? What a deal, huh? Bombers won championships in ’58, ’72, and ‘79.

· Friday & Saturday nights at By’s Burgers, then later was Skip's, then on to Zip's. The old building of By's is till there but vacant. Lots of memories of By's.

· Max’s Stop & Go in Kennewick was Kennewick’s kids’ hang out in the 1950/60’s.

· Remember the Pasco Pas-Port Plunge to swim in?

· The new George Prout Swimming Pool next to Col High was great to have - could stay in there all day. It was warmer and way bigger than the old pool.

· Skip's Drive-In - liked their ham & cheese sandwiches.

· Tastee Freeze had a great hamburger (the banquet burger).

· The water skiing & parties at the Buchanan’s boat dock during the 1950’s & early 1960’s. Many Bombers & others participated during these fun times!

· The soda fountain at JJ Newberry’s. Loved their cherry cokes and club house sandwiches!

· Frank Berry’s Sporting Goods

· Dawson-Richards Clothing Store - It is still there! I've had a charge account there since it opened ~1950.

· Midnight shows at the Uptown Theater - It is still there!

· Garmo’s Grocery & Castleberry’s Drug Store on Goethals & Symons street. My hangout as a young boy. My dad played softball for Garmo’s. Playing under the grandstands at the softball field down at the Richland Park. Eddie Feinter (the King and his court?) would come there to play. The ball field is still there.

· Pennywise & Densow's Drug Stores

· Thrifty Drug next to the old Richland Theater.

· The Frontier Tavern - still there. Tilbert Neal (class of ’56) owned it for awhile. He still lives in the area.

· Stan's Lucky 5, Uptown Tavern (Tommy's) and the Towne Crier Tavern. The Uptown Tavern is still there and the Town Crier is still going strong.

· Remember the kids’ fishing pond below Carmichael Jr. High?

· Atomic Bowling Alley where many would have a late (early morn) breakfast after a night on the town.

· TV was introduced to Richland in 1953 - I remember seeing TV advertised at the old Desert Inn Hotel. We bought one in 1954 (what a snow job!).

· The drive-in theaters - Hiland Drive-In, StarVue Drive-In at the base of Flat Top in West Richland, the Skyline Drive-In at North end of Richland. The River View Drive-In in Pasco and the "Y" Drive-In. Remember, sneaking into the drive-ins in the trunks of cars? Got caught once or twice!

· The drag race strip we set up by the Richland Y in the park. I ruined a perfectly good 1949 ford there.

· AND, the Spudnut Shop. It is still going strong. I personally am there every morning at 7:00 a.m. My coffee fix since 1954. The SPUDNUT Shop is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. I have given Val (Girardo ?) Driver (the owner) the Bomber email address as she is an ex-bomber (don't remember which year).

There is more that comes to mind, but have been long winded enough. So will leave you with these thoughts.

TO TONY TELLIER (’57): We had an island beer party one night. Dave Gilpin’s (’57) boat sunk because too many people were in it. Me & Jim Morton (’56) retrieved Dave and his boat & I want to think you were also hauled in being you couldn't swim. All you had left on was your underwear and leather jacket!!! DO you remember this?

Randy Buchanan

Susan Rathjen Whitney (71)

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Be your furnace old or new,

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And now, back to our master of ceremony........what was his name??

Susan Rathjen Whitney

August 24, 1998

Valerie Polentz Topham(72)

Does anyone else remember dragging out of bed those summer mornings to go out to Staples' orchards to pick cherries? Dave Vetrano et al drove out to climb the ladders, fill the buckets and return home filthy.

If you 'graduated' as Dona and Lana Pfeifer, Sue Goff and I did, we landed in the sorting and packing plant. I still have a hard time looking at a bing cherry!

V. Polentz Topham

Robert Shipp (64)

I finally got my home computer on-line and when Dennis Strege (class of '71) gave me a printout of the on-line Sandstorm the other day, I was prompted to check out the Bomber web site. The Sandstorm and the web site both brought back a lot of memories. As you may have guessed, I'm back in Richland. I left here when I went to college, came back in ''76, moved to Kennewick (I know that's sacrilege, but I couldn't afford a house in Richland at the time) in ''78, left the Tri-Cities in '83, back to Kennewick in '88, and finally bought the house I live in now in '90. After all that moving around, I ended up living just 3 houses down from the one I had lived in since second grade (my mom still lives there). Looking forward to hearing more about the old school and our classmates.

Robert Shipp

Jim Armstrong (63)

Hey don't forget The Gems {Walla Walla}. Larry Coryell played in a band at Chief Jo it included Grant Ross and Don Ott I believe. He also played with The Checkers {Yakima]. They had a great piano player who later played with Larry in his Jazz group. Also Richland's own Chessmen were one of the best of the local Rock and Roll groups. Plus I believe Dean Heiling was in a group. Darrel Glasford was in an excellent Ventures type group {I forget their name}, before he joined The Chessmen. THE FABULOUS WAILERS {my all time favorite Rock and Roll group] are together and performing in Western Washington and still sound great. They just released a C.D. in June.

Jim Armstrong aka Pitts

P.S. Gary I hope you still have your Like Longhair album. It should be worth a few bucks

Maureen Sullivan Fleischman (76)

Hey! This is really a kick, reading all these memories. I think I'm getting a bit addicted...

Regarding JFK's death: I was 5 at the time, in Mrs. Clayton's kindergarten class at Sacajawea. When I arrived home, my mom was as white as a sheet. She told me and my best friend (Cindy O'Brien, where are you?) to kneel down and say a prayer for President Kennedy, who had been shot. Now I felt like Mr. Kennedy was practically family, being an Irish Catholic democrat and all. My whole family had piled into the old green Pontiac and gone out to the desert to see him cut the ribbon on the reactor. I remember my brother Denis pushed his way up to the front that day, and all that week he went around saying, "shake the hand that shook the hand of John F. Kennedy." Well, when I learned he as dead, I consoled my mom by saying, "just think mom, God gets to see resident Kennedy in person." Mom would vouch for that story if she were still here.

I recognize a lot of the names from the sixties. I remember our house being full of my brothers and sisters' friends. Lots of card playing, watching sports on tv, and debating. Ray Baalman, Gerry Schirado, Jerry Hurley et all were always speaking French to each other.

A few years later, there were Mark Painter, Emmit Jackson, Scott Woodward, Chris Nickola and a host of others drifting through. I remember pouting because they wouldn't let me play hearts with them (I think I was 8 at the time). Then Mark Painter came in to my room and said, "all right, Squaz, you can play!". Thanks, you guys, wherever you are -- I can still play a mean hand of hearts, and so can my kids!

Did anyone mention Newberry's, on the corner Uptown? That store had everything, even a fountain where you could get great hamburgers and milkshakes. Upstairs at Christmas, Santa always waited for any kid who could make it up those steep stairs. Thrifty drug, next to the Uptown Theater, had a cafe too, and a small attic where Santa would sit as well. I always felt sorry for that guy -- it was kind of spooky up there.

All for now -- thanks for all your hard work!

Maureen Sullivan

Ken Heminger (56)

My name is Ken Heminger, I attended several schools in Richland from 1947 to 1955. Spalding, John Ball (in North Richland) Chief Jo, and then Columbia High. Seems like there were others but hard to remember now. I grew up in what is now West Richland. Then it was Enterprise. My dad tried to make to make a name for himself and bought some property and sold lots to businesses. The area was developed and was called Heminger City. It was just west of Enterprise separated by an irrigation ditch. As time progressed the town folk of Enterprise got to fussing about what to call the whole thing. The folks in Enterprise wanted it called Enterprise, and the folk's in Heminger City of course wanted to call it Heminger City. To make a long story short, the town of Richland kinda settled the matter by calling it West Richland.

Tony Tellier (57)

To Randy Buchanan ('57)

Scary, huh?

And regarding sinking that boat ... REAL scary how many mghta ended up downstream up against McNary. A boat load of drunks all piled in into Dave's dad's outboard and we all were in the back. The river water came in over the transom in the dark of night and the thing went down big time. I recall kicking off my water logged "501"s and somehow getting to shore, the island that is. I don't remember HOW we got back off. Another boat? Q: didn't we ~ or some of us ~ get a lift back into town in Dave Clem's hearse?

Jane Walker Hill (62)

Larry Coryell graduated w/ class of '62.... he was a very quiet, studious person... I have his albums.

Kippy Brinkman, also '62, very talented 'harpist'.... played in Reno or Las Vegas casinos for years.

Lots of talented Bombers out there!

Sharon Tate's brother, Terry, was also '62..... a cool "big" guy.

Ginny Rowe Duve (68)

In case anyone is interested...... I have the original recipe for Zip's tartar sauce. Zip's fries, tartar sauce, and cherry 7-Up.... still my favorite meal! :-)

Sue Henderson Semler (68)

I remember Sonia Harmon. I was in love with the French language and took four years of it. There was another French teacher but I don't remember his name.

When JFK was shot I was in eighth grade at Christ the King. I remember being in the hallway on the upper floor near the principal's office when I heard about it.

Sue Henderson Semler

Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68)

Re: Cinnamon Bear -- Finally someone else remembers that program. I was beginning to think it was a figment of my Imagination. I remember Judy and Jim and their amazing adventures each December. My kids really find it hard to believe how I used to listen to radio programs. I remember a lot of the soaps -- Our Gal Sunday, The Romance of Helen Trent, etc. If I was good, I could stay up late and listen to Gunsmoke.

Donna Sesler -- We did go to Marcus together. I remember biking to Dietrick's Market, too. Mom would send a note and we would buy her cigs and maybe get a candy bar or one of those twin popsicle. I loved banana or root beer. How times have changed.

Bob-a-Lou drive in -- My best friend, Linda Flagor and I would walk there from her house on Duane and get a coke, if we were feeling rich. One of its many incarnations was a great Mexican place called Jose's. I just noticed that it is closed. Bummer!

Looked at the Sharon Tate site last night. It is very well put together.

Karen Kaas Foster (64)

I am impressed that so many remember Sharon Tate, my last visions of her are as "Miss Frontier Days" on a float. I remember when she was in the "Valley of the Dolls". I felt honored that she was from Richland. After her brutal death I was really into the Manson thing. I couldn't imagine any human being doing those things to another. I think I have read all that has been published about her death and "the Manson Family", may he rot in hell!

One thing I would like to hear response on is the death of "JFK", that is a time period that I will never forget. I remember it all in detail, especially since he was at Hanford the month before he was killed. There was something about him, when we met him at the dedication of the first dual purpose reactor in the areas. I will never forget the sight of those helicopters coming in to land, five of them. That was the most impressive point in my life, he was the "President" and we got to shake his hand and talk to him, he had such a way with the people, you were hypnotized by his presence. Dianne Brown swore she would never wash her hand after he shook it. I will never forget coming home from lunch on that day, with a car full of friends, walking into my house and seeing my Dad crying, by that time time we knew he was gone. When we went back to chool after lunch, my class was psychology, the teacher (I don't remember his name) started bad mouthing him, one of our class stood up and basically told him to shut his mouth, shortly after that we were let out of school. The next five days are unforgettable to all of us.

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