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2/20/02
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PHS Bulldogs On-Line
Feb 20, 2002
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6 Bulldog notes today:
Tom Brandon (61)
Karon Mc Culloch (62)
Dave Whitmire (62)
Brad Mason (63)
Marcia Myers (63)
Marcia Bailie Plows (66)

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From: Tom Brandon (61)

  The campaign to raise funds for the installation of Field Turf in Edgar Brown kicked-off officially on February 11 at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. The goal is to raise $775,000 to install Field Turf this summer and add a second high jump pit at the north end of the field and a girls' pole vault pit at the south end. While this is a lot of money, we have collected $560,000 prior to the kick-off.
  The "Got Turf" campaign is underway selling a square foot for $7.00. Obviously we hope there will be purchases of more than one square foot. Purchasers will get certificates of ownership as well as names on a large plaque permanently displayed in our new upstairs buildings. The committee is hoping alumni will come through in this part of the campaign.
  Please keep in touch with your Bulldog news for directions to link up with a web site to show the progress of what is happening at Edgar Brown and how you can contribute to the "Got Turf" campaign.

  Paul, someone will be in touch with you to coordinate. Thanks for all you are doing to foster Bulldog spirit.

Tom Brandon (61)
Pasco, WA
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From: Karon Mc Culloch (62)

  OK - Let's try Hagar's, the "Blocks," Columbia Park, the Loop, A&W, Engs Chinese Restaurant (and, Frankie and Tony with their drum duos at Class of 62 talent shows), Margie Hobkirk Ferguson and Kathy Liston Richardson singing the Everly Brothers or Roxy Cook Goodwin playing her harp at the talent shows, the Gun Club, the indoor pool at the old Navy base, the opening of the stadium, the Pasco Water Follies (before Kennewick and Richland got involved), Jump Off Joe, the championship football and basketball teams at CBC in the early 60's, the bon fires for homecoming and the rivalry between PHS and KHS with the homecoming games every November 11th (I understand those no longer happen), rooters buses to out-of-town football games.

Karon Mc Culloch (62)
Federal Way, WA
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From: Dave Whitmire (62)

  I haven't been back to see a game of football for many years. I do keep track of Pasco's standing every year and I am proud that they have done so well over the past few years.
  One of the memories that I have of growing up and playing for Pasco was the selling of booster tags on the corner of 4th and Lewis in front of the old Rexall Drug store. We always had a couple of weeks to prepare for the "Lions" of Kennewick and part of the preparations were to sell "Booster Tags." There would be a "mike" and "loud speaker" set up so one could call out the name of the people stopped at the light and embarrass them enough to buy, buy, buy. I can't remember if it was one of those class competition things or not. That final week before the November 11 game was just unbelievable. We would build a huge pile of rubble to burn and then have guys guarding it 24/7 until the night of the bonfire. In the meantime we would go over and torch Kennewick's bonfire. We always did, too. The night of the bonfire all the players were paraded down Lewis Street in cars led by the Homecoming Court. The streets would be lined with kids and adults cheering us on to victory. Now I'm sure because of the state play-offs and scheduling all of that has been a thing of the past for a long time.
  I remember thinking as a little boy that I wanted to be just like those guys riding in the cars. They all looked so big and had on their lettermen's sweaters that looked so cool. Seniors got the new and cool cars while the sophomores brought up the rear.
  The most memorable game I ever played in was the one my senior year. A 7-6 win with Doyle Clapper kicking the extra point for the victory. I remember not being able to sleep much the night before the game. That afternoon in the stadium it was clear and cool, and the entire place was packed. Turned out to be a great win for us. Loren Larson directed the offense with Willie Orange and Jim Emfinger running the ball. At one point Emfinger was bleeding so badly from his nose it looked like someone was pouring it out of his nose. Bill Keller played a monster game on both sides of the ball that day. Mike Bernard ruled the defensive right side.
  Glad that we played then after looking at the kids that play now. They are bigger, stronger, and faster and much better coached. Bill Till did a good job coaching for the time period. Today's coaches are much better prepared.
  Time does change things - usually for the better. Hope someone else has memories of past homecoming games and activities.

Dave Whitmire (62)
Olympia, WA
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From: Marcia Myers (63)

Hey Paul,
  The tavern you mention I believe was The Oasis. Man that was a hated name in many a nice lady's household in Pasco. I can still hear, "He's been to The Oasis!" or "Of course he stopped by The Oasis on his way home." Of course, some favored The Cloverleaf up by the Pay Less Gas Station on 4th by the lumberyard.
  Yes, the Class of `63 website suffers from the same voyeurism, love to look, hate to write. Sometimes though, I have a feeling we are all just laughing so hard over the stories that are told, we know we can't possibly top what has been said. However, keep them coming you guys. What wonderful memories . . . and I'm just so glad you all made it out of adolescence alive!

Marcia Myers (63)
Vancouver, WA
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From: Brad Mason (63)

  Ahhhh, thanks Paul for a newsy and nostalgic letter. Reminds me of a strong impression I likely will never forget concerning Edgar Brown's gravel pit before the lengthy transformation: In the 50's I was living a couple blocks near the pit on Park street. (Gary Paulson and Jackie Wilson, class of 62, were on the same block) and a bunch of us would get together with our bb guns and ... at the "urging" of Jackie's older brother, Gilbert, we would have these "gun battles," wildly shooting at each other; some on the rim, behind boulders; others peeking out from the tin shed at the bottom of the pit. Although someone got a pellet lodged in there brow once, other than that there were no major injuries ... although once, while walking with the bigger guys, having my gun cocked, I tripped and "accidentally" shot my older brother, Doug, in the side of the face from about three feet away. Well, being an older brother, he had concluded years earlier that his main purpose in life was to "remove me from my earthly existence;" on numerable occasions he came close to achieving his goal (at least THAT is how I remember things), but on this particular time if it hadn't have been for the quick intervention of Gilbert Wilson calming my brother down I am sure I would not be the man I am now ... unquestionably speaking from another orifice or, at least, returning to a prenatal existence. Gawd, I miss those daze!!!!

Brad Mason (63)
Mentor, OH
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From: Marcia Bailie Plows (66)

  To Paul:
  Was the tavern you were delivering to Ray's Tavern? My dad owed that during the 70's and maybe 80's. What a colorful bunch of patrons.

  I haven't seen anything on the site about Jerry Penny's death. He died last week, from a VERY aggressive form of cancer. I talked to Tim Collins just before Jerry died. It sounds like he had good support from his loving wife and his good friends. I remember Jerry as a good football player and a guy who liked a good time. He apparently stayed close to many of his friends from high school and continued to live in the Tri-Cites. My wishes and prayers to his family and friends.

Marcia Bailie Plows (66)
Sisters, OR
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