Like tiny grains of SAND, we are scattered
     all over the world, even as we gather here!

      Welcome to THE SANDBOX
              Issue # 3 ~ October 17, 1998



     Acknowledging the many hours of conversation and
bonding that has continued over the years between so
many of us in Richland's legendary Spudnut Shop.
          Most of us can't get to The Spudnut Shop
every day, but we can always meet right here!

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rotating SANDBOX Subtitle, send your suggestions
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From: Barbara Chandler,

Thank you for a forum to spout off, to go within, to
speak out, to get out those things that we all have in
our hearts and sometimes don't have that "someone" to
speak them to.  I have been very moved by this, our
second, edition and vote to keep it working, moving, in
our lives.  Thank you all for your contributions.  I am
listening and learning.  Also, I would like to suggest
that all who can, visit the Vietnam memorial in DC.  It
is the most beautiful memorial I have ever visited.
Not any of my close relatives or friends died in
Vietnam, but to see and read the names, to see and read
the letters that people leave there is a heart
rendering experience and one it is very important to
Take Care, Barbara Chandler.

From: (Marcia Ehinger)

Thank you.
You're welcome!


Subj: Why we dropped the [second] bomb.
From: Ray Stein (64)

After reading Robert Shipp's contribution about whether
the U.S. should have dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki,
I remembered something I read about events surrounding
the decision to drop the first bomb.  This information
is from "The Blunder Book" by M. Hirsh Goldberg.
  "The Japanese were upset about Truman's call for
unconditional surrender, so they decided to forego
responding for the present to the unconditional
surrender terms, hoping further diplomatic moves might
bring about the negotiated peace they desired.  In
their statement to the world press they used the word
"mokusatsu," which can mean (1) to ignore, or (2) to
refrain from comment.  The Japanese translator
mistakenly used the first meaning and wrote that Japan
would "ignore" the demand for unconditional surrender.
American leaders were incensed that Japan would
"ignore" their unconditional surrender terms. Although
the mistranslation was not the only cause of the
increasing friction of the time, it spurred an
escalation of tension between the U.S. and Japan.  Less
than two weeks later, on 8/6/45, the U.S. dropped the
atomic bomb on Hiroshima."
(The above is condensed from the book)
-Ray Stein


From: Steve Carson (58)

The arguments about the symbols we used on our school
rings and publications seem tame by today's standards.
We were proud of the role Richland played in ending the
Second World War and, for us, the mushroom cloud
symbolized the saving of the lives that would have been
lost in a protracted campaign to take the Japanese
Mainland.  The Bombers of later generations, being more
"Sensitive" and not understanding our era, are free to
do what they want with the exception of changing our

Does anyone remember the "strike" in 57 or 58 as we
rebelled against the administration because they
wouldn't let us wear Bermuda shorts.  Serious stuff.
Steve Carson (58)


From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush '60 (Brackenbush)

Al Parker: I am not a legal type but I want to thank
you for your response regarding the Monicagate
(Billgate?) issue.  I think it was well said.

Jinnie Stephens: On aging parents driving - my parents
are 78 and my father has had to give up driving and my
mother drives a little but prefers to leave the driving
to someone else. Fortunately, my sister is usually
available which really helps the situation.  In fact,
there are three of us sisters who are willing to
respond when they need something.  I was amazed that
your parents are still able to drive at 80 and 85!  I
still have a grandmother living at 95 but she could in
no way drive (in fact, she neverdid learn).  You must
come from very good stock!  :)

Barbara Seslar Brackenbush 1960, Richland


Subject: Driving Privileges
From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68)

In Reply to Jinnie Stevens re driving privileges:
We in the "sandwich generation" with senior parents and
children still at home know exactly where you are
coming from. My own mother is 70 and I have refused to
be a passenger when she is driving for at least the
last 10 years.  In her case, I think she is overly
defensive in her approach to the road, plus she learned
to drive an automatic with one foot on the gas and one
on the brake.  That makes for interesting trips.  It is
the worst thing you can ask of a senior, to give up
their keys.  Our parents were raised not to be a burden
on anyone, even their children, who are willing to take
on the task.  In the desire to remain independent, they
loose sight of common sense.  There is no answer to
this problem.  There is no exact time when a person is
no longer fit to drive.  It varies from person to
person along with health and mental faculties.  My
neighbor, at about 82, took a driving test three times
before he passed and is still in possession of his
license at 85. But how do you tell someone that they
areno longer allowed to have the freedom to come and
go?  I wish there was an easy answer.

[Mrs. John Dam, of Richland, when I knew her, probably
in her late 80's, had some limitations, but was
"licensed" to drive during daylight hours within the
city limits. That enabled her to run errands, go to the
doctor and get items like groceries on her own. -ap


Subj:  Dupus Boomer
From: (Mike Bradley) '56

Hi everyone.  If anyone knows where I could get a copy
of the Dupus Boomer book I would certainly appreciate
it.  For the younger set, Dupus Boomer was a cartoon
character that appeared in either the Columbia Basin
News or the Tri-City Herald which depicted humorous
happenings in our fair town. The book was compiled from
all of these cartoons.

-Mike Bradley

[Seems like the son of the Dupus Artist and Author was
in my class at Col-Hi... trying to remember his name.
I certainly remember enjoying those great cartoons,
myself, many of them involving the roofs being blown
off of prefab houses by the infamous "termination"
Richland-Hanford winds. --ap]


>From Joe Largé,

Dear Rick:

I enjoyed your poem.  It is very thought provoking.

I was one of those people that ended up with mixed
emotions -being for the war and yet also against.

Although I hated the war, I felt that the soldier was
the victim, having being let down by a government that
was attempting to walk a tightrope of appeasement and
not willing to get it done and over!  We suffered the
same things in Korea, and the soldier suffered.

In my opinion, you did not receive a "hero's welcome"
because we were all victims in some respect of that
war.  We were all injured in some way.  We all sat
around licking our wounds. I regret heartily that you
didn't have a hero's welcome when you returned.

I can't help - now - but look upon the Vietnam Vet with
a sense of deep respect, both for being the one in the
front-line and for also having to endure the hell that
you came home to, not to mention the whole issue of
Agent Orange and those who have to endure a Government
that won't even support you in this!

For all that happened there, The Vietnam Vet is one
that should be held in Honor.

-Joe Largé

Subj: Robin Cody Book
From: RMat683939

What's in the sand?  Find out in a wonderful book by
Robin Cody called; Voyage of a Summer Sun.  The entire
book is worth the reading, but chapter 11 lands him in
the Hanford reaches to the class reunion of the Bombers
of the class of 70, at the Shilo Inn. In his book, he
canoes from high in the Canadian Rockies and follows
the currents of the mighty Columbia, even noses into
the Yakima a bit.  So, get it in your local library, if
they don't have, they can get. Bombed Bob 64

Al Parker asks Bob:  Was Cody a member of the class of
70, or did he just "float in" and crash the party?

Bob answers:   No, he isn't a Bomber, just floated into
the Hanford reaches, mentioned the wildlife, warning
signs posted along the shores, and meeting some
outspoken people in a complex culture of a strange
community.  My daughter's class at Portland State is
using the book in their studies.


Vern  Blanchette Class of 64, writes:

Okay, whose idea was it to name the place where ex-
Bombers express their opinions after the device used to
allow cats to ... ah... well... take care of their
needs?   Was that a sly attempt to cast an opinion
about our opinions?   How about we change the name to
the "Target".  (Bombers drop their ideas on 'target'...
get it??) Until then I have only one thing to say...

As for my opinion, I think you guys are all aliens
disguised as Richland Bombers and you are trying to
mess with my mind. You remind me of the man driving
down the road at 55 mph when a chicken zoomed by him.
He followed it down a farm road into a barnyard where
stood anotherfarmer.  "Did you see that really fast
chicken?" the man asked.  "Yup."the farmer replied.
That's one of the three legged chickens my wife and I
bred in order to get more drumsticks."   The man
complemented thefarmer on his success and then asked
"Do the drumsticks taste good?" The farmer quickly
replied... "Can't tell.  Haven't been able to catch one

Well, I'm off to catch a three legged chicken.  Our
Loving Father's peace to you all and may all your
opinions be "on target".   Vern Blanchette  Class of 64
(the best!)

Hey, Vern... 1. Wattayamean, "you guys?'  Aren't you
one of us? 2. The SANDBOX is not a Cat Box.  The Sand
In The Box is Us and I sure don't want your cats doing
Either Number on me. 3.. May all your cats hit the
right "targets" in your house.  (Cats can be bombers,
too!) 4. Only those of us who have no belly buttons are
aliens who have flown to this planet from outer space.
The rest of us are walk-ons.  5. You just stole my
favorite chicken joke.  6. Loved ya in "Vern Goes to
Summer Camp!" (Know what I mean, Vern?) Just joking!
6. Thanks for joining the fun!  7. Alright, people...
any more chicken jokes, anyone?  Or duck jokes?  Or pig
jokes?  Or thirsty rope jokes?  Counter attack!  But
please, keep your jokes under 200 words!  -ap


Creede Lambard writes:

Ann McCue Hewett mentioned places we've lived that were
pretty high up onthe list of where the bombs would
fall.  Some days it seems like that could be pretty
much anywhere in the West. I lived for several years in
the Billings, Montana area.  Someone once told me that
the big rail yards just west of Billings were on the
list for obvious reasons (disrupting transportation).
Seattle of course is no doubt marked because of the
Boeing plants.  I also lived in Austin, Texas for
several years but don't remember there being much in
Austin in the way of defense industries, except maybe
for the microprocessor fabrication plants.  The Houston
area and its refineries would certainly have been hit.
Actually, though, come to think of it the Austin area
might have gotten a disproportionate amount of
protection because Lady Byrd Johnson lives there! Hard
to say.
-- Creede


Don Ehinger (55)
Couple of thoughts and opinions on the bomb topic

I went into the navy in Jan of 55 and went almost
immediately to Japan for a 2-year tour.  One of the
first things I saw upon arriving at the naval base in
Yokosuka was a hollowed out mountain. Insidethe
mountain was a huge industrial complex with machine
shops, staging areas and bunkers.  When I arrived in
Sasebo, where I was to be stationed, one of the first
things Isaw were concrete bunkers, built into the
hillsides and positioned defend against invasion either
from the beaches or roadways.

As time went on I had opportunity to hike into the
countryside and the here again the hills were
honeycombed with a maze of tunnels where people could
fight and defend their position.  The hills between
Sasebo and Nagasaki hadmany bunker and storage areas
that would have been suicide to try to capture, and
there was no way around them.

After living as a gai jin in that country, at that
time, I have no doubt that hundreds of thousands of
lives would have been lost had we sent troops to
invade.  Not that they were bad or evil people, it was
for them, a matter of defending their homes and
country.  It has been my experience that cultures in
that part of the world are very homogenous and
nationalistic andwould defend their country to the end.
Just as we would.

One of my coworkers, who had been to Japanese language
school, and I would ometimes take a weekend and visit
some of the rural villages had occasion to spend a
weekend in a small fishing village, not far from
Nagasaki.  In small villages there were usually one or
two residences, that had room enough and would provide
lodging for visitors.  In this village the local Inn,
was owned by a man that also owned several fishing
boats, and had been the captain of a destroyer escort
vessel during the war.  We spent two nights there with
he and his wife.  Over some sake and orange vodka
(ughhhh!) we had some interesting discussions of what
might have been, if the war had ended differently.  One
of the things he said, that I have always remembered,
when discussions of the bomb come up, is that the
Japanese people had fared much better than they had
expected, and much better than Americans would have if
the war had gone the other way.  We watched the Sumo
championship matches at the local stand bar, who had
the only TV in the village, got totally smashed and
came away with a better understanding of what might
have been if it hadn't been for the bomb.

I've seen what the bomb did to Nagasaki and Hiroshima,
the sand and dirt melted to glass, and imprints left by
bodies.   Even though it was more than 10 years after
it happened and most of the debris had been cleaned up,
it is something you will never forget after having seen

At that time there were research hospitals at Nagasaki
and Hiroshima where studies were being conducted on the
patients suffering from long term effects of the bombs.
I had opportunity to observe some of the patients when
one of the ships I was stationed on made a goodwill
stop at Nagasaki.

The ship was opened to visitors, and a bus load of
patients from the hospital came to tour the ship.  Many
of those people suffered from cancer and carried the
scars and disfigurements resulting from injuries
suffered during the blast.  I remember one elderly man
that was standing up on the bow looking at anchor
windlass and the huge links in the anchor chain.  When
he turned, one side of his face was missing and there
were large areas of skin that appeared to be covered
with thick layers of burn scar tissue.  Really not a
very pleasant sight.

While it was a terrible thing to do, I have no doubt
that it saved hundreds of thousands of lives, on both
sides.  I'm all for getting rid of such weapons,
but.... as long as there are the Sadam Husseins and the
Slobodan Milosovich's of the world, I want to be sure
that they have gotten rid of theirs before we get rid
of ours. And that, I think, is a sad commentary on
human nature.

As for the bomber and mushroom cloud logo's let it be a
reminder for how it might have been and the way it is
today.  You're alive, I'm alive, we have it much better
than our parents, and while the world isn't perfect
it's better than it used to be.

I wish every American could spend some time in a
foreign country. It's enlightening.  It seems like
every country suffers from bad leadership from time to
time.  We are fortunate that ours has been better than
most.  And that's a whole discussion in itself.



My husband works in the plywood industry and we have
been trying to think of some ways to earn more money
for our retirement. Thanks to all of you I now have an
idea.  Steve can get me plywood at cost and I can make
a bunch ofsoapboxes.  I will paint them green with a
gold "RHS."  If you order one, I will also paint the
year you graduated on another side.  As soon as I can
comeup with a fair price, I'll let you all know.

To Bob DeGraw -I didn't know my sister had taken a trip
to Alaska but it sure sounds like her!!


Art Hughes, writes:

Subj: Censure

It may be news to some people that there is no legal
provision for anything called censure for alleged
crimes.  The only legal options open to Congress are
either nothing or impeachment proceedings. Censure is
just a neat idea for ignoring the real facts of felony
charges.  What most people forget isthat the act of
having relations with a subordinate that you have
managerial authority over, consensual or not, is
considered sexual harassment under federal law and any
corporate executive having such relations can be sued
or fired for this infraction.  Many, in fact, are fired
for this every year when something goes wrong in their
little inappropriate relations."

-Tom Hughes, Class of 56


Gene Gower, writes:

The message from Bob Degraw sounded just like the lady
that he described on the bus.


Gene Gower ('82)


Subj: Censure is the last thing Mr. Clinton needs.
From: (Tony Sharpe)

Al, Great reply to the "Clinton Apologist" remarks of
your classmate Norma.

Censure is the last thing that Mr. Clinton needs. What
America needs is for Mr. Clinton to show the same
respect that Richard Nixon had for the office of the
Presidency had and resign!!  But alas, I do not believe
he has the courage to do so, because he has not
demonstrated that he is one to accept responsibility
for his actions.The simple fact is that our President
committed A CRIME when he lied under oath about his
sexual affair, n the oval office, with a twenty-one
year old intern.  It is irrelevant that the lie took
place in a Civil Lawsuit deposition.  This affair and
the cover up that followed only reveal the worst
elements of Mr. Clinton's public and private character,
reckless and irresponsible private behavior, habitual
lying, and abuse of power.  This man has defiled the
"Office of the Presidency of the United States." What
he has done DOES constitute injury to society itself as
Alexander Hamilton wrote.  The character of our
President matters just as much as the economy.  No one
is above the Law, and the President must play by the
rules.  Adultery is a big deal, it shouldn't be
commonplace, and yes I will hold my President to a
higher standard! It is not okay to lie under oath under
any circumstance I refuse to accept any Apologist
argument that defines Americans down.  I will not
accept a lower common denominator of leadership than
the American Presidency requires. As William Bennett
writes: "These arguments about Mr. Clinton's current
problems represent an assault on American ideals, and
they must no take root in American Soil." Do us all a
favor "Say Goodnight," Bill.
Tony Sharpe


From: "Dan G. Day" 
Organization: Chemical Professionals, Inc.

Re: Clinton's future.

I would hope that he receives the same treatment as the
LA police officer (Mark Ferman) who was convicted of
perjury and fired for his denial that he had ever used
the "N" word.  Not likely to rise to the level of
embarrassment that Monica has caused Bill.

Bill committed a greater offense and had a greater
reason to lie. Ferman's little lie was sufficient to be
prosecuted as perjury becausehe embarrassed his
department.  (Read that Politically

Clinton should suffer the same fate.

Dan Day(62)

P.S. As for his actions causing immediate harm to the
Nation, IT HAS!


Bombers, Please Note: If you have sent something that
hasn't appeared in The SANDBOX yet, look for it appear
in another Issue in just a few days.  Your
participation has been so great that some of your
valued opinions, ideas and thoughts are still waiting
in the hopper to be entered into a future edition soon.

Because of YOUR tremendous response and the number of
submissions coming in every day, I may need to return
items over 400 words in length and ask you to condense
them for us.  I hope this doesn't happen often because
I would rather spend my time "spreading" your good
words than "counting" them!  Thanks for your
consideration and help!  Also, if you have sent several
separate comments in at once, I may spread them out
over several issues of The SANDBOX.  Enjoy life!

-Al Parker



Did any of the comments in this issue of The SANDBOX
strike a cord, or discord with you?  Do you want to
talk back?  Do you have something to add?  What we talk
about here, Fellow Bombers, is entirely up to you.

In the SANDBOX, you may argue passionately,
satirically, or hysterically on almost any subject
without interruption unless you go way beyond 200
words, say something a little too prurient, or rudely
curse. You can admonish, cajole, or joke.  You can try
to poke holes in someone else's views, if you wish.
Whether hilarious or serious, IF WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY
How often The SANDBOX comes to a screen near YOU
Depends ENTIRELY ON How OFTEN I hear from YOU.  So Step
Right Up, Partner.  YOU are in the SANDBOX next!  -Al
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