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2/27/02
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PHS Bulldogs On-Line
Feb 27, 2002
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8 Bulldog notes today:
Irma Kulp Zacher (60)
Tom Brandon (61)
Miles Jaeger (61)
Dave Whitmire (62)
Joe Boyd (64)
Sheldon Spadafore (65)
Alan Taylor (67)
Michael Williams (70)

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From: Irma Kulp Zacher (60)

Hi!
  I really enjoy reading of the many wonderfully fond memories of Tri-Cities yester years recalled by PHS alumni.. Many of the stories sound as tho' one might have ended up incarcerated with just a slightly different pitch to the stories, as would probably happen today. I guess we just lived in a lucky forgiving time. It probably helped that our community was smaller, the police chief knew many of our families, people knew who we were and hoped that we would someday grow out of our antics. Sometimes I think that family values were greater, too. `When Dad spoke...you jumped!' And most often Mom was there to support Dad's dictate.
  It is very interesting to hear from PHSers who are so far away from the Tri-Cities. I would like to hear some of the stories relating `how': How did you get to China, Australia, Columbia, etc.? Share your adventures with us. Tell it like it is in your neck of the woods.
  Isn't it interesting how so many are recalling the experiences of the Taverns during our teens?? and more mature youthful times. Were there no culturally refined activities such as opera, stage plays, museums in our times?
  What about Ratskeller's (sp) in Coeur d'Alene? That was a popular place after boat races, car drag races and other such events. (Had nothing to do with refined!)
  The Tav across from the Train Station proved lucrative for selling booster tickets for PHS in the last 50s. The more the clients guzzled the more tickets they would buy. How shameful to capitalize on the dependency of others.
  Yes, I do remember the Dew Drop Inn. I believe that a few PHS `58-60 ended up there for dinner one evening after a teen dance. Wasn't the most comfortable feeling!
  Remember Twirp Dances? Girls asked the boys and then paid the expenses. Generally we provided matching shirts for our informal dance attire.
  The Pasco Community Center was the place to be for most of our `Teenage' dances, twice a week and then a few extra special dance events were held there also. That building is now history!
  There was also a Hoe-Down Shack in Kennewick for Saturday night dances in the mid 50s to 60. You had to be 18 - legal age - or could stand up in high heels (girls, that is) without falling down, (trying to look 18). Not to be confused with the Social Club in Kennewick...I remember Conway Twitty singing there in the late 50s, or the Council Club in Richland.
  Then there were the Star Grange Dances out the Kahlotus Highway and the dances at the Columbia Valley Grange. Yes, I guess we, too had culture, however tainted in the 50-60 era.
  "Parking", "Sparking", "Submarine Races" or whatever . . . seems I heard tell that Columbia Park in the late 50's, not then as civilized as today, had nooks and crannies in which to hide cars when the Columbia River hadn't overflowed it's banks. There was a sad drowning of two of our Pasco High seniors in about `57. The River had overflowed. In the dark one could hardly see the road. Yes, Jump Off Joe and Road 52, were popular places to ponder the elements of nature, or so I was told.
  Drive in Theaters in Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. Remember seeing those fogged up windows when you walked by to the snack bar??? How many people could you fit in the trunk on BUCK NIGHT? OR you backed up the pickup and set up lawn chairs in the truck-bed for `how-many' to watch the drive-in movie. Sometimes one might roll under the wooden fence at the Pasco River View Drive In to escape paying the exorbitant $1.00 price. Of course hoping not to get caught.
  Target practicing in the dunes or at the north end of Road 36. Shooting the 22, at cans and targets of various sorts, a favorite pastime when not pheasant hunting.
  And work/jobs of course, to support our habits. The Frosty Treat Drive-in at 19th and Court was my choice of paycheck for two summers and then I became more refined and worked at Crescent Drug Store on Sylvester for Spence Jilek, Sr. Those jobs helped pay for my vices; movies, swimming events, clothes, Benton-Franklin Fair in August, trips to State Grange in Spokane and later Seattle. Saving for college and other dreams.
  Those were the `Good Old Days!'

Irma Kulp Zacher (60)
Pasco, WA
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From: Tom Brandon (61)

  You have an opportunity to assist along with the community in raising funds to replace the existing grass field in the stadium with the new artificial surface Field Turf. This is the same surface in Husky and Cougar Stadiums and soon to be in the Seahawk Stadium. It is the committee's intention to have the new field in place for next season.
  A "piece of the field" can be yours for only $7.00 per square foot. Of course, it is hoped you will purchase more than just a foot. Purchase in your name, your children, your parents, or a friend. All field turf owners will be identified on a permanent display located in the new complex on top. Our target for this part of the fund raising campaign is a minimum of $100,000. Refer to the link that Paul Case mentioned for information on the project and ordering.


  Here is a chance for Bulldogs around the world to help keep the spirit alive. Go Dogs!!

Tom Brandon (61)
Pasco, WA
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From: Miles Jaeger (61)

To Jean Bishop Ryckman:
  Do you suppose a class of "61" kind of guy could crash in on your event? I haven't seen you around lately, but still see you on TV now and again, even hear your voice on the radio. Looks like the old ployn.. something's paid off.

To Dave Whitmire:
  You know way too much about those old bars, what happened to you? Ken and I didn't even know what a bar was back in those days. I do however remember the grapes and river watch.

Miles Jaeger (61)
West Richland, WA
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From: Dave Whitmire (62)

  I would like to issue a challenge to all the former graduating classes of PHS. Everyone knows or should that the class of `62 is without a doubt one of the finest classes to ever grace the halls of that fine school. My challenge is to have a class competition like we had when we were in school. Only this time it will be all the graduating classes against each other.
  Let's all get behind this field turf thing and have the finest facility in the state. Seven bucks won't even get you in a movie anymore, but it will allow the kids of PHS to have a place of pride and envy.
  All you former football players and track athletes from `62 open up those checkbooks and write out a check for a square foot ($7), a plot ($70), a section ($700), or a yard for the low, low price of $4900. If 70 people in the class of `62 each bought a plot, that would make a small dent in getting this thing off the ground. I think this is a great project. We can help our old alma mater and the kids that are there and yet to come. Show them how proud we are of them.
  Doyle, Ron, Loren, Bill, Steve, Dwayne, Jim, Dean, Gary, Phil, Larry, Joe, Dave A., Dave O., Pete L., Max (the world's first real high jump flopper), Jan, Larry K. and all the rest that I can't put on here because of space let's get competitive and kick this puppy in gear. I bought my plot today.
  Come on guys, get those competitive juices flowing again. Show the rest how great it was to be the Class of `62. It was the best - and then there was the rest.

Dave Whitmire (62)
Olympia, WA
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From: Joe Boyd (64)

  While we're on the subject of imbibing, does anyone remember the Library? It existed in 1970 when I returned from the Navy. They must have butchered a thousand books to make that tavern look like it was stuffed with literature. Only in Pasco could you go to the Library at 10 p.m., and stay until two in the morning!

Joe Boyd (64)
Bellingham, WA
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From: Sheldon Spadafore (65)

  Does anybody remember the band "The Hypnotics"? The piano player (yes - I said piano) was Mike Schmekle (not sure if I have the spelling right). And the rhythm guitarist was a - you guessed it - Sheldon Spadafore.
  Those were the days - my electric guitar amplifier was hardly bigger than a shoe box and about as loud. Oh well - I could hear it when I was practicing in my bedroom.

  Does anyone remember my older brother "Bud" and his black and red `57 Chevy convertible. PHS class of `61....
  How about my twin brother Nev (Neville) PHS class of `64. Or my little brother Scott, PHS Class of `72 (I think).

  Then there was my little sister Joy - PHS Class of `74 (I think).

  They are all alive and well I am glad to say.

  Cheers -

Sheldon Spadafore (65)
Booragul, New South Wales, Australia
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From: Alan Taylor (67)

  Do you suppose there are many other high schools that are re-connecting like we have the opportunity to do here on this site? I have asked around and feel that this is pretty unique, that we are pretty lucky . . . .   thanks Paul. There are those who choose not to bring up their past due to unhappy childhoods or whatever. We all can probably name a few of those from our past . .  still, this is a welcome trip down memory lane for those of us who choose to participate.

Alan Taylor (67)
Hood River, OR
[I “borrowed” this idea from RHS (I married a Bomber, but she's half Bulldog now after having two boys graduate from Pasco High School). RHS grads have been doing an Alumni Sandstorm on-line for three or four years (see non-Bulldogs links on web site). As stated in the first Bulldogs On-Line newsletter that went out on June 16, 2001, thanks to Maren Smyth, RHS '63 & '64 for her generous assistance and advice, and some of her words, in helping us get this started. I also know that Sandra Green Reuther has been distributing a newsletter for the PHS Class of 1963 for some time. So this isn't the first, it isn't the only, and the idea isn't original, but it sure brings back some memories! And it's cheaper and easier than classmates.com! - Paul]
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From: Michael Williams (70)

For Rick Sandquist:
  I do remember the concerts at the Rink, and also the Plumbers and Steamfitters Hall, where I saw Buffalo Sprinfield. Oh, how I miss that music. It all seems to be Techno-Rage these days.

  Would those spudnuts from the Spudnut Shop rival Krispy Kreame?

Michael Williams (70)
Shanghai, China
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