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1/1/02
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PHS Bulldogs On-Line
Jan 01, 2002
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4 Bulldog alumni notes today:
Ron Dupuis (62)
Ginger Mitchell Wedin (64)
Cliff Brown (67)
Patti Scharf Noakes (67)

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From: Ron Dupuis (62)

  Hey where is everybody? Now that the football season is over everyone has seemed to vanish. It is always such fun to read comments from various people regarding growing up in the Tri-cities. So many good memories about coming of age. I wouldn't trade those for anything. Pasco was a great place to grow up and those memories will stay with us for ever. I especially relish the fact that to this day I still have contact with the people that I went to school with. I remember buying my first car from Glen Pudwell. It was a two-door 1950 Ford with three carbs. The only thing wrong with that car were the tie-rods. They were loose and every time you would go over a bump the two front tires would begin to shake and vibrate like crazy. It looked like the tires were about to separate themselves from the car at any second. I ended up selling that car to Mike Turner for a hundred bucks. Can you imagine in this day and age of selling a car for a hundred dollars? It would be one you would cart off to the junk yard.

  Hope everyone had a good Christmas and have a happy new year in 2002.

Ron Dupuis (62)
Snohomish, WA
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From: Ginger Mitchell Wedin (64)

  It is now midnight here in Portland, where Dave and I are visiting our children and 17 month old grandtwins. Just a quick note to everyone on my email list to wish you a wonderful new year.

God bless,
Ginger and Dave Wedin
Highlands Ranch, CO
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From: Cliff Brown (67)

Biking and Such

  I had a Honda 160 motorcycle in those days. Used it to commute during the summers out to whichever farm I was working on. I remember that early one morning I was driving out towards Burbank, crossing a bridge on the Snake River just down from where I got the job with Tidewater. The air was shiveringly cold that morning, but when I crossed the river it got notably warmer. Almost pleasant. Water doesn't change temperature as quickly as air at night; it retains some of the heat it gathers during the day. Years later my Dad, who was 75 at the time and trying to get a pilot's license, told me the opposite is true in the day. If you fly over a river on a hot summer day, it is not unusual for the plane to drop unexpectedly as it crosses the downdraft caused by the river - still cool from the night. Anyway, for some reason - I must have been impressed by this blast of warmer air - I started singing. Don't remember the song, but had my mouth wide open at 60 miles an hour.
  On the other side of the Snake River bridge there was a lagoon on one side of the road which still has a big loading dock for barges, where the small wheat trucks could come into and unload. On the other side of the road there were alfalfa fields. And bee hives. Farmers use the bees to help pollinate the alfalfa, which (for you city folks) is a thick green crop that they feed to cattle and horses after it is dried and turned into hay. It smells great. Attracts a lot of bees, some of whom had wandered out on the highway.
  Smack! I had a bee two feet down my esophagus before I knew what was happening. Smack, smack! Two more in down the neck of my shirt. Somehow I managed to get the bike slowed down to a stop without laying it over, all the while slapping at these stinging bees in my shirt and swallowing and hacking to get a nasty taste out of my mouth. Left a raspy sore part in the back of my throat where the first bee made touchdown . . . . .

Cliff Brown (67)
Bogota, Colombia
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From: Patti Scharf Noakes (67)

  Hello, Class of '67!

  We are working on the reunion for this summer. By the end of January, we should have the dates and locations firmed up.
  Contact me and let me know how to reach you. We want to include you in the fun!

Patti Scharf Noakes (67)
Kennewick, WA
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