THE SANDBOX ~ Issue #31 ~ February 20, 1999 

"I have got no further than this:  Every man has a right 
to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has 
a right to knock him down for it..." 

         -- Samuel Johnson  1709 - 1784 
Share Your Opinions, Your Ideas, and Your Responses 
With Fellow Richland Alumni All Over The World! 
RHS/ColHi Alumni Speakers of The Day: 

Andrew Eckert (54), John Allen (66), 
Alan Porter (67), Patty de la Bretonne (65), 
James Moran (86), Mike Franco (66), 
Dick Epler (52), Ron Richards (63) 
Also Featuring: More Bomber Boomer Baby Trivia! 
Answer the questions and fill in the missing words! 
From:  Andrew Eckert (54) 
Subject: Please! think for yourselves! Lets get back to 
 running this country. 

I certainly do not understand why issue no 30 is a 
 backdated issue dealing with the past.  I barely began 
 reading all these ridiculous right wing writings and felt 
 compelled to ask JOHN M. ALLEN (66) to just reread 
 his  hate letter and just substitute Bill Clinton for the 
 name Gingrich and you would have the majority of 
 thinking Americans attitudes.....but don't let me stop 
 you right wing hypocrites your doing a wonderful job 
 of destroying the new "hate" republican party.  I was a 
 republican for all my voting life and only when this so 
 called religious right took over the party and started 
 giving the marching orders, did I finally come to my 
 senses and finally realize that  the very best president 
 in my time has been Bill Clinton.  If you people would 
 stop letting Rush do your thinking and try doing some 
 of your own, you  might just see that your head is up 
 where the sun don't shine.  You're old enough to know 
 better!  Do your own thinking, It really does matter 
 what you think  and how you vote.  At 63 I've learned 
 the right to speak out  please forgive me if  I offend 
 anyone.  Andrew Eckert (54) 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #13. "I wonder, wonder, 
wonder, wonder who ..." (6 words) 
From: Alan Porter (67)  
Subject: Y2K vs ( as in the days of Rome) Y-Zero-K 

This was sent to me and I found it amusing and thought 
 a historical look at  Y2K bugs was worth sharing. Just 
 how many of you learned about the Y zero K problem. 
 It seems we missed out on some important history 


While browsing through some dust-covered archival 
 material in the recesses of the Roman Section of the 
 British Museum, a researcher recently came across a 
 tattered parchment. After some effort he translated it 
 and found that it was a letter from a man called 
 Plutonius with the title of "magister fastorium," or 
 keeper of the calendar, to one Cassius.  It was dated, 
 strangely enough, 1 BC, January 7--or 2000 years ago. 

(Remember, there was no year zero). The text of the 
 message follows: 

Dear Cassius, 
Are you still working on the Y zero K problem? This 
 change from BC to AD is giving us a lot of headaches 
 and we haven't much time left. I don't know how 
 people will cope with working the wrong way around. 
 Having been working happily downwards forever, now 
 we have to start thinking upwards. You would think 
 that someone would have thought of it earlier and not 
 left it to us to sort it all out at this last minute. 

I spoke to Caesar the other evening. He was livid that 
 Julius hadn't done something about it when he was 
 sorting out the calendar. He said he could see why 
 Brutus turned nasty. We called in the consulting 
 astrologers, but they simply said that continuing 
 downwards using minus BC won't work. As usual, the 
 consultants charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. 

As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass 
 flowing upwards.  We have heard that there are three 
 wise men in the East who have been working on the 
 problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's 
 all over. Some say the world will cease to exist at the 
 moment of transition. 

Anyway, we are still continuing to work on this blasted 
 Y zero K problem and I will send you a parchment if 
  anything further develops. 

Vale, Plutonius 

Alan Porter (67) 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #14. "War, uh-huh, huh, 
 yeah, what is it good for? ..." (2 words) 
From: Ron Richards (63) 
To Ray Wells: 

     Will your next communication inform us that you 
 are in Group 3?  There might be those that think you 
 belong in Group 1, along with all the House Managers. 
 Their claim to have been upholding the constitution is 
 as deceitful as anything Clinton was alleged to have 

      Ron Richards '63) 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #15. Where have all the 
 flowers gone? 
From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) 

THANK YOU GARY BEHYMER [In issue #29] for 
 reminding us to live our lives today. It seems as if it 
 takes so much time and experience to finally come to 
 this place..  Very well said, I appreciated it very much. 


[Note" Patty also responded to the Bomber Baby Trivia 
 in SB29- Does everyone still remember the questions?: 
 Her answers were]: "and things' or 'and such', Paul 
 McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John 
 Lennon, I don't think It was Holsum maybe that other 
 more famous bread, Cassius Clay,'when you brush 
 your teeth with pepsodent', MAYNARD G. KREBS!, 
 M_O_U_S_E!, nothing(or your birthday suit), 'a little 
 dable doya',over 30!!!! --THANK YOU." 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #16. Superman, disguised 
 as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great 
 metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle 
 for truth, justice, and ..." (3 words) 
From: "John M. ALLEN"  
Subject: For Mike Franco 

Mikey, I know to a reasonable certainty that you are 
 neither an ignorant nor a stupid person but about a 
 year ago, I offered you two suggestions you would do 
 well to reconsider.   The first is to learn to read what is 
 ACTUALLY on the written page rather than what you 
 THINK is on it.  You should understand that I am not 
 referring to spread sheets here, which I know you can 
 read very well, but rather the kind of prose that 
 one finds in the NY Times and the SANDBOX, or 
 between the covers of a novel, a history or a 

I reread my submission to SANDBOX Issue #28 just to 
 be sure, and I found that indeed, my rant was almost 
 entirely economic opinion and, taken as a whole, the 
 least partisan thing I have ever submitted to the 
 SANDBOX.   Read it again, Mikey, the way it was 

The second suggestion I made to you is closely related 
 to the first and equally important.   Mike, you really 
 should learn to WRITE your native language as well. 
 Here again, I am not referring to spreadsheets. 
 Learn to write in complete sentences (it helps if you're 
 trying to convey complete thoughts) and to use 
 paragraphs to indicate where one idea leaves off and 
 another begins.   When it comes to ideas, rather 
 than simply grabbing a handful and throwing them at 
 the page in some scatter gun fashion, give the ideas 
 some meat and try to construct a modicum of logical 
 thought progression so that your readers might arrive 
 along WITH you at whatever conclusions you are 
 leading them to.  Finally, NEVER end a sentence with 
 a preposition!   I realize that in general,  following 
 rules is more of a Conservative than a liberal "thing" 
 but once you have mastered those fundamental rules, 
 perhaps you can learn the proper way to break them. 
 At that point, I'll refer you to the SANDSTORM 
 submissions (however infrequent) of Jim House ('63), 
 so that you might develop a sense of writing STYLE 
 and the ability to turn the occasional, clever phrase. 

---John Allen ('66) 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #17. Who came from the 
 University of Alabama to become one of the greatest 
 QB's in NFL history and appeared in a TV commercial 
 wearing women's pantyhose?  (But do you know his 
From: "James Moran" (86) 

It is interesting to read people's response / discussion as 
 it relates to "dead beats" who abuse the tax system, or 
 yet skip-out and do not pay their taxes.  In fact one 
 person claimed these deadbeats should be placed in 
 the same category as "adulterers".  But as I read the 
 many  E mails from Bomber alums, I can't help but 
 notice  how many are government or Hanford Email 
 extensions.  In short, government contractors or 
 subcontracts who are on the job, and using 
 government equipment for personal Email.  Is there 
 any difference from this and a tax cheater???  Not 
 much.  Only one shafts a hard working tax payer like 
 myself in the end of the money chase instead of the 
 beginning.  Also, after living over twenty years in the 
 Tri-Cities, (over fifteen in Richland), I find it very 
 strange to hear how many people complain about "Big 
 Government", in a community which has been living 
 off of the "Big Government" bosom for over 50 years. 
 In fact, what I discovered was many of the people who 
 wanted less government, usually were the best paid in 
 the "area". 
So as a liberal, I'm all for a smaller government 
 expenditure at Hanford. 

Jim Moran (86) 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #18. "I'm Popeye the 
 sailor man! I'm Popeye the sailor man! I'm strong to 
 the finish ..." (5 words) 
Subj:   Some taxing questions. 
Mike  Franco (66) 

Just another quick note on taxes and how we all seem 
 to cheat...I just read a fellow Bomber's 
 characterization of Newt as ,,,"an honorable man"... 
 well honorable is another one of those relative terms. 
 But I ask again, why does NO ONE out there care to 
 even comment about the $140-160 BILLION per year 
 in uncollected income it OK to cheat 
 because "we all do it?"  Why do neither Dems OR 
 Republicans show any interest ? If you thought 
 everyone on both sides of the aisle in DC were 
 fathering children out of wedlock and having affairs 
 what do you think is the  % that cheats on their taxes 
 ????? comments out there ? 

Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #19. Who played Peter 
 Pan before all these other imitators? 
From: Dick Epler (52) 
Subj:  Instructions for Life 

I came across the following "Instructions for Life" a 
 while back (author unknown).  Every once in a while, 
 I get them out and try to edit them below 25, with 
 little success.  I always seem to find other things to 
 add ... like "lessons" in the recent past.  Try it. See 
 if you can do it ... 


    1.. Good relationships are achieved when both work 
 to make the good times longer  and the bad times 
    2.. Give people more than they expect -- and do it 
    3.. True happiness is basically three things: someone 
 to love, something to do, and something to look 
 forward to. Two out of three often wins. 

    4.. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or 
 sleep all you want. 

    5.. When you say, "I love you" - mean it. 

    6.. Believe in love at first sight. 

    7.. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. 

    8.. Love deeply and passionately. You might get 
 hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely. 

    9.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling. 

    10.. Give people more than they expect -- and do it 
    11.. Don't judge people by their relatives. 

    12.. Talk slowly but think quickly. 

    13.. When someone asks you a question you don't 
 want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to 

    14.. Remember that great love and great 
 achievements involve great risk. 
    15.. Call your mom. 

    16.. When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 

    17.. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; 
 Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your 

    18.. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 

    19.. When you realize you've made a mistake, take 
 immediate steps to correct it. 

    20.. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller 
 will hear it in your voice. 

    21.. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you 
 get older, their conversational skills will be as 
 important as any others. 

    22.. Spend some time alone. 
    23.. Open your arms to change but don't let go of 
 your values. 
    24.. Don't close your mind until you have something 
 in it. 
    25.. Remember that silence is sometimes the best 
    26.. Read more books and watch less TV. 
    27.. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get 
 older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second 
    28.. Trust in God but lock your car. 
    29.. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious 
    30.. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the 
 current situation. Don't bring up the past. 
    31.. Read between the lines. 
    32.. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve 
    33.. Be gentle with the Earth. 
    34.. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it. 
    35.. Never interrupt when you are being flattered. 
    36.. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close 
 his/her eyes when you kiss. 
    37.. Once a year, go someplace you've never been 
    38.. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping 
 others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest 
    39.. Remember that not getting what you want is 
 often a blessing in disguise. 
    40.. Learn the rules before you break them. 
    41.. Judge your success by what you had to give up 
 in order to get it. 
    42.. Remember that your character is your destiny. 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #20. In "The Graduate," 
Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) was advised 
about his future and told to consider one thing. What? 
Y2K Questions and Answers, Continued: 
(This continues a series of Y2K info forwarded to us by 
John Northover, based on U.S. Navy advisories to its 
personnel early in 1999.)  While this info has been 
researched primarily to benefit Navy personnel in 
preparation and planning for their personal and family 
needs, much of what we are excerpting for this and 
future Sandbox issues relates directly to the civilian 
population as well. 

C. Personal Finances: 
Q3. I Heard Lots of Conflicting Advice on How I 
 Should Handle My Personal Finances in Order to Be 
 Well Prepared for Jan 1, 2000. What Should I Do? 

A3. The Best Advice Is Don't Do Anything Rash with 
 Your Finances. Most Banks Are in Good Shape, since 
 Things like Loan Calculations and the Like Have 
 Required Year 2000 Compliancy for Years. So Keep 
 Your Money in The Bank and Don't Cash in Your 
 Investments. Beware of the Scam Artists Who Prey on 
 Your Fears.  Their Interest Is in Getting Your Money, 
  Not Your Well-being. Many Y2K Sales Pitches Are 
  Designed to Scare You into Doing Something Rash. 
 If  an Offer Sounds Too Good to Be True, it Probably 
 Is.  As with Any Sound Financial Plan, You Should 
 Have  Good Paper Records of Your Accounts and 
 Bank  Statements. Having These Statements Allows 
 You to  Quickly Resolve Any Administrative Errors 
 That  Might Occur at Any Time, Not Just in The 
 Event of A  Y2K-caused Administrative Error. If You 
 Have  Specific Questions Concerning Your 
 Investments and  Accounts, Contact Your Financial 
 Institutions Directly  and Ask Them about Their Y2K 

D. Telephone Systems: 
Q4. What Will Happen to My Telephone Service? 
A4. There Are Varying Answers to this Question. 
 According to Ameritech Spokesman Frank Mitchell, 
 "Basically, Nothing Will Change. Your Caller ID 
 And Network Will Work. And We're Currently 
 Updating the 911 Services We Are involved with So 
 There Will Be No Disruptions." Most Y2K Observers 
 Believe That Widespread Disruption of Service Is 
 Extremely Unlikely.  Incorrect Billing Is Much More 
 Likely to Occur. Obviously Unforeseen Events, 
 Including Issues Not Related to Possible Y2K 
 Problems (i.e. Ice Storms) May Make it Impossible for 
 the Phone Companies to Maintain All Service. Navy 
 Switches on Bases and Installations Have Been 
 Inspected and Only 21 of 165 Switches Still Require 
 Modifications to Meet Billing and Maintenance 
 Functions Related to Year 2000 Requirements. Work 
 Is Underway to Implement The Required Fixes and All 
 Work Will Be Completed by 30 June 1999. 
Bomber Baby Boomer Trivia #21. In 1962, a dejected 
 politician, having lost a race for governor, announced 
 his retirement and chastised the press saying, "Just 
 think, you don't have ... to kick around any more." (2 
 words)  And he lied! 
Table Topics: Not sure what you want to talk about? 
 Well, then, here are some ideas, still outstanding, 
just begging to be discussed. 

1.  What do you think about the policy of "social" 
 promotion in school?  Does it serve the student? 
 Does it serve society? 

3..  Should gun makers be sued by states and 
municipalities because "bad guys" use them to 
kill people?  Or is there more to the story than that? 

4..  Where do you plan to be as 1999 turns into 
 the year 2000? 

5.  Do you want "them" to tear down the dams? 

6.  Should our troops go to Kosovo? 

See you next time! 
That's all for today's Sandbox, folks.  Say what you 
are longing to say today and send it right away to: 

    -- Al Parker ~  Gatherer of Your Thoughts