THE SANDBOX ~ Issue #29 ~ February 13, 1999 

           "Oh what a tangled web we weave, 
           When first we practise to deceive." 

            -- Sir Walter Scott 1771 - 1832 

History This Week 

Sun Feb 7, 1999-- King Hussein Dies.  Son Assumes 
Throne.  World Leaders Attend Funeral and Offer 
Support.  Will Middle East "Peace" Hold? 

Friday, Feb 12, 1999-- The U.S. Senate clears 
the president of perjury and obstruction of justice 
charges, making William Jefferson Clinton the 
second U.S. president to be impeached, but not 
convicted.  Paul Harvey comments:  "Senate 
Completes Cover Up." [to paraphrase]  Popular 
Consensus: "The President engaged in despicable 
behavior not [sinking] to the level of impeachable 
offenses."  The Country, the President, The 
Presidency, the Congress and the Constitution 
appear to have survived the a monumental and 
tedious ordeal.  Only with time will all the 
ramifications of that ordeal and its outcome be put 
to the test(s). 
RHS/ColHi Alumni Speakers of The Day: 
Bob Rector (62),  Willard Ule (73), Ray Wells (54), 
Gary Behymer (64), Mike Franco (70), 
Bob Rector (62), Sandy Carpenter McDermott (61), 
Kent Sinkey (59), Arthur Roberts (48), 
Robert Frost (1874-1963) (Bomber Guest) 
Special Feature Today:  "Bomber Boomer Baby Trivia" 
Trivia questions throughout.  Can you pass the test? 
Share Your Opinions, Your Ideas, and Your 
Responses with Richland Alumni All Around The 
From: Bob Rector (62) 
Subject: Dream Interpretation for Arthur Roberts (48) 

"Doctor Bob" subscribes to classic assumption that 
 dreams are metaphors. i.e. the cat coming out of the 
 refrigerator (ice box) is the admonition "Don't let the 
 cat out of the box."  The woman complaining that you 
 could not keep the cat in the box, is claiming you have 
 "spilled the beans." Boy are you in trouble! 

 Bob Rector 
Bomber Boomer Baby Trivia #1: 1. Name the Beatles, 
first and last names. 
From:  Willard Ule (73) 
Subj: Black and White and Gray 

May we  forever respect the indulgence of the simple 
 minded.  Those whom only see in black and/or white. 
 The only gray they know is the matter which separates 
 their ears.  If you lie, then you shall burn!!!!!  But how 
 quick do They expect us to forget all of the lies which 
 they told to win the office in which they attempt to 
 serve the People.  Even though the majority of the 
 people make their wishes known via- Polls. But they 
 excuse this with comments like, "They don't know 
 what's  good for them."  This bothers me whenever 
 another adult thinks they know what's best for me, 
 because of  their moral convictions.  It's like when 
 someone tells you to trust him while he has his hand in 
 your pocket.  This whole thing reminds me of my days 
 at Jason Lee.   If we didn't get our way we would 
 search out the play  ground Teacher who would give 
 us our way. Then came the day that we were forced to 
 realize that some  times we were just plain wrong.  No 
 matter how many teachers we asked, we were still 
 wrong.  I often wish  others would learn this lesson. 
 Maybe then we could come to the important vote. 

            THANK YOU MUCHLY 
                 LATER,  "DOC" 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #2:  Finish this line: 
"Lions, and tigers, and bears ..." (2 words) 
From:   Ray Wells (54) 
Subj:   Best Y2K information 

Best Y2K information I have found yet --- 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #3:  "Hey kids, what 
time is it?" (4 words) 
From: Gary Behymer (64) 

     We convince ourselves that life will be better after 
 we get married, have a baby, then another.  Then we 
 are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough, and we'll 
 be more content when they are.  After that we're 
 frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.  We 
 will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. 
 We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when 
 our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a 
 nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we 

     The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than 
 right now.  If  not now, when?  Your life will always 
 be filled with challenges,  It's best to admit this to 
 yourself and decide to be happy anyway.  One of my 
 favorite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza.  He said, 
 "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was 
 about to begin - real life.  But there was always some 
 obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through 
 first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, 
 and a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it 
 dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." 

     This perspective has helped me to see that there is 
 no way to happiness.  Happiness is the way.  So, 
 treasure every moment that you have.  And treasure it 
 more because you shared it with someone special, 
 special enough to spend your time...and remember that 
 time waits for no one.... 

     So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go 
 back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you 
 gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids 
 leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, 
 until you get married, until you get divorced, until 
 Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new 
 car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until 
 spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you 
 are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your 
 song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've 
 sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to 
 decide that there is no better time than right now to be 
 happy.  Happiness is a journey, not a destination.  . 

     Thought for the day:  Work like you don't need 
 money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like 
 no one's watching. 
 Gary Behymer 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #4. What do M&M's do? 
From: Mike Franco (70) 
Subj: The Good, The Bad, And D.C. Parking Spaces 

I see my ole buddy John Allen still truly feels that all 
 good is driven by anything/anybody conservative and 
 all bad by anything/anybody liberal. Well since those 
 are totally relative terms, John and any who share 
 those all-left or all-right views....will always be correct. 
 Me, I think most of those guys back there (Wash DC) 
 really do work the same side of the street. When it 
 comes to spending money, the only difference between 
 the right and left is what they spend it on.....national 
 social programs or unwanted C-130's....Well John, I 
 am still more liberal than conservative. I don't think  all 
 or hardly ANY conservatives are bad. What I do think 
 IS bad is people who advocate minimal or NO 
 spending......back in those "good old days" we all talk 
 about we called these people "deadbeats". And that is 
 what we have created....a generation of deadbeat 
 taxpayers. Anybody out there care about the $140 - 
 $160 billion a year in income taxes that go 
 UNCOLLECTED ???? If we collected even 20% of 
 that would that give us a little tax relief ? Why does 
 NO conservative OR liberal EVER even mention 
 this???? Not even one ....I really would like to hear 
 everyone's view on this. If I were a conspiracy buff, I 
 would believe there is one at work here.....fill me in. 

As far as open market belief.....I have always supported 
 ALL open markets, including free trade, elimination of 
 ALL corporate income taxes (the middle class will 
 ALWAYS pay the taxes in our economic structure, 
  live with it) and inheritance taxes. I also believe we 
 ALL should pay our share and tax cheats belong in the 
 slammer at LEAST as much as cheats 
 steal from me and you !! (Just a thought, if ALL the 
 tax cheats and adulterers were run out of Wash DC a 
 lot of parking problems would be solved!!!)  Please 
 accept my humble apologies if any of these views do 
 NOT neatly fit with anyone's neat views of us "libs".... 
 I am sure any conflicts can be explained away... 

Thought for the day....with "the trial" going on, things 
 seem to be going ok out here in reality land. I would 
 like to hear any support out there for declaring a two 
 year recess for both houses of congress....and 
 whenever Clinton leaves office (lots of folks will run 
 out of things to fill their life with when that happens!!!) 
 let's just leave the office vacant...we do it with Judges, 
 corporate officers....Just a thought...take care 

Remember: Things are NEVER as bad as they appear. 
 They are either better or worse! 

 Mike Franco 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #5. What helps build 
strong bodies 12 ways? 
From: Ray Wells (54) 
For Arthur Roberts  (48) 
Subj: Please Interpret My Dream 

Since your dream is fraught with Freudian Symbology, 
 I will answer you off line. 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #6. Before he was 
Mohammed Ali, before he was The Greatest, we knew 
him as ... (2 words) 
Subj: Food For Thought Ray Wells (54) 

It seems to me that the population our country can be 
 classified in four general groups: 

1. Those who are out to get Clinton any way they can. 
 These people believe that Clinton is without redeeming 
 social value.  These people are zealous, conservative, 
 right wingers who believe the end justifies the means. 

2. Those who are willing to overlook Clinton's 
 misbehavior, no matter how serious because they 
 believe he will guide the country in a direction they 
 agree with.  These people are allowing main stream 
 media to do their thinking for them.  These people 
 prefer to have the government decide what is best for 
 them.  These people are zealous, liberal, left wingers 
 who believe the end justifies the means. 

3. Those who want the constitution and rule of law 
 followed irrespective of whether it allows Clinton to 
 remain in office or causes him to be removed from 
 office.  These people place a high priority on personal 

4. Those who don't want to be bothered about Clinton 
 one way or the other, i.e., the apathetic.  These people 
 are willing to let the future take care of itself.  As long 
 as they have access to food & water, booze, clothing, 
 shelter, TV, healthcare and sex, they are happy to let 
 someone else provide direction for their country. 


1. Which group do you belong to? 
2. Which group do you believe is best for America? 
3. Which group would provide the least resistance to a 
 takeover by a dictatorship? 
4. Which group would provide the most resistance to a 
 takeover by a dictatorship? 
5. The majority of the world's population lives under a 
 dictatorship. History has shown that a democracy can 
 be taken over by a dictatorship. Could it happen here? 
 If so, why?  If not, why not? 

Ray Wells ('54) 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #7. "You'll wonder where 
 the yellow went, ..." (7 words) 
From: Bob Rector (62) 
Subject: More lame advice to Vince Bartram ('62) 
 about Y2K. (And when it is, or was, or still may be) 

OK, so what this all means...that we ain't got no idea 
 what year it is really.  (I learned my English at RHS) 
 Guess my advice is to party no matter what. 

 Addenda to earlier diatribe: 

 (1) Yes, there is another day's discussion over probable 
 calendar errors made by Dionysius the Less....along 
 with his poor formula.  We are probably already into 
 the second millennium.   (2) And yes, there is another 
 day's discussion over possible calendar errors made 
 since the sixth century.  Some questions through the 
 Dark Ages, you know, when the sun didn't shine so 
 bright. (little humor there) 

(3) Remember the Millerites, who waited on the hillside 
 for Christ's return years ago.  Today they are Seventh 
 Day Adventists and still waiting. 

(4) If you happen to be Mormon, better head for 
 Independence Missouri, cause that's where Joseph 
 Smith said Christ would return. 

(5) Our good friend John Wingfield, (64?) reminds us 
 for our Jewish relatives, it is year 5759,  for our 
 Muslim  brethren it is 1420,  and for our Chinese 
 sisters it's 4697. 

(6) For Goodness Sake, I just want to know what year 
 it is for "Kennewick Man"? 

Vince, as for making dumb mistakes, heck, I can still 
do  those!  Semper Bomberus, Bob 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #8. Before he was the 
Skipper's little buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie's best 
friend, ... (First and last names, and middle initial) 
AS BAD AS IN 1948? 

In issue #28 of The Sandbox, Lee Johnson  pointed to 
 the possibility of major snow packs accumulating in 
 the mountains now, combining with fast-melt  run-offs, 
 becoming a real threat to the Richland Area again.  He 
 wondered, with such potential developing, why 
 developers were now seeking permits to take out the 
 dykes that were built to hold back the Columbia as a 
 result of the floods of 48.  He also asked how many 
 remembered the floods that threatened Richland then. 
 Responses from Ray Wells and Sandy Carpenter 
 McDermott follow below. 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #9. "M-I-C...See ya real 
soon. K-E-Y..." (+5 letters) 
From: Ray Wells (54) 
Subj:   Also Remembers The Floods of 1948 

For Lee Johnson (54) 

Yes I remember the 1948 spring flood.  It was 
 proceeded by a very cold (the Yakima River froze 
 over), high snow fall winter.  It either disabled or took 
 out the bridges from Richland to Kennewick and West 
 Richland, and it was months before you could drive 
 across the Yakima on a bridge from Richland. As kids, 
 we particularly enjoyed it when the warm weather hit 
 because we were able to swim (actually skinny-dip) in 
 the numerous pools that  were left in the land west of 
 Richland.  No one told us how polluted they were, and 
 not knowing this, we did not get sick.  Like you, I 
 cannot accept the logic behind wanting to remove the 

 Ray Wells 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #10. A 'streaker' is 
someone who might run across campus wearing what? 
From: Sandy Carpenter McDermott (61) 
Subj:  Re:  Lee Johnson's comments on 
the Great Flood of '48 

Yes, I remember well the Flood of 48.  We had just 
 moved into our new house on Davison Street across 
 from Jefferson Grade School.  The yards were not yet 
 landscaped or planted with grass, so the dust blew 
 pretty freely.  When they built the dike to keep the 
 flood waters back, they hauled sand bags in large 
 trucks.  I remember how noisy it was day and night, 
 because they used our back yard to take the trucks to 
 the dike site, and our front yard for returning trucks. 
 It was just constant traffic, noise and, of course, 
 DUST.  Who could forget THAT???? 

-- Sandy Carpenter McDermott 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #11. "Brylcream: ..." 
(6 words) 
From: Kent Sinkey (59) 
Subject: 40th reunion this year 

I've enjoyed reading postings in the Sandstorm and 
 Sandbox and bringing back old memories of growing 
 up in Richland.  I just wanted to take a minute, in the 
 hopes that I won't get badly flamed, to mention that a 
 friend of mine and I have started a travel agency last 
 year. If anyone would like to use our professional 
 services to attend the 40th reunion we can be reached 
 at:  We're available for all business 
 and leisure travel. 

Thanks,  Kent Sinkey (59) 

[No problem, Kent.  Here's wishing  you the best 
 success in your travel business.  If  anyone else would 
 like to plug your own business or service, feel free to 
 tell us about it.  If, at the same time,  you could share 
 an amusing or interesting experience that has occurred 
 during the course of your business, we would enjoy 
 hearing about that too! -ap] 
Bomber Baby Boomer Triva #12. Bob Dylan advised us 
never to trust anyone .... (2 words) 
To: The 
Subject: Quiescence. 

All is quiet and the children are sleeping. 
From: Robert Frost (1874-1963) 
(A Bomber Guest) 
Subject: Miles To Go Before I Sleep 

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, 
But I have promises to keep, 
And miles to go before I sleep, 
And miles to go before I sleep. 

--Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 
Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 
The often heard phrase--- 
"You can fool all the poeple some of the time, and 
some of the people all of the time, but you can not fool 
all the people all of the time,"  are words attributed 
to Lincoln in a speech given at Clinton, Sep 8, 1858, 
according to Autobiography of A. Lincoln, 1927. 
(N.W. Stephenson).  (Attributed. also to 
Phineas Barnum.) 
 That's all for today's Sandbox, folks.  Say what you 
are longing to say today and send it right away to: 

Not sure what you want to talk about?  Well, then, 
here are some ideas for you: What do you think 

1.  Kennewick Man? 
2.  Irradiating food to preserve it? 
3.  National I.D. cards? 
4.  National Park Entry Fees? 
5.  Indian Casino Slot Machines? 
6.  Online Casinos? 
7.  A National Sales Tax? 

See you next time!
           -- Al Parker 
           -- your Sandbox coordinator 

Oh, were you looking for the answers to the Bomber 
Baby Boomer Trivia Quiz?  Well, if there were any of 
those questions you don't know the answer to, perhaps 
Gary Behymer, who supplied the trivia questions will be 
kind enough to supply us with theanswers in time for 
the next issue of The Sandbox!