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3/1/02
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PHS Bulldogs On-Line
Mar 01, 2002
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6 Bulldog notes today:
Karon Mc Culloch (62)
Jean Bishop Ryckman (62)
Dave Whitmire (62)
Paul Case (67)
Ray Weber (72)
Chris Sheckler (84)

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From: Karon Mc Culloch (62)

  Yes, or else youthful memories are always just a little bit sweeter. The wet side of the mountains opened its first Krispy Kreme a few months ago and a second one (in Federal Way) is supposed to be coming very soon.

  Does anyone remember the "Zoo" that Sandy Lamb's folks operated way out in the sticks? They had a couple of ocelots and one of them froze to death during its first winter.

  The "ladies" probably remember that if you couldn't find that special occasion outfit in Pasco, you went to Richland. If it wasn't in Richland, you went to Walla Walla, (occasionally to Yakima), then to Spokane, then to Seattle. Now, most people in the Tri-Cities wouldn't be caught dead shopping for special occasions in Walla Walla.

  Remember the purple sailor hats we all got just before the big homecoming game in '61? My father, being a former Navy man, was totally appalled at our disrespect for that part of the Navy uniform.

  Yes, I know what Irma meant by jumping when our Dads said jump and our Moms backing them up. That didn't mean we didn't test some of those boundaries, even if some of us were very good at getting caught at it. Of course, being an old divorced lady who reclaimed her maiden name when her kids grew up, I can also remember that families stayed together come hell or high water - divorce wasn't nearly as accepted so people were very quiet about it, even in the 60's.

  Dave, thank you for the extra little challenge. I wasn't on any of the teams that used the stadium, but I went to and enjoyed every home football game, and a lot of the track & field stuff too. Sports at PHS instilled a life-long love of football, basketball and baseball in me. I even pitched and played right field on a King County Jack & Jill slow pitch League until about 9 or 10 years ago. Can't afford a plot, but I'll sure send something in!

Karon Mc Culloch (62)
Federal Way, WA
[A Krispy Kreme is also coming to Kennewick on Canal Drive near the new IHOP. - Paul]
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From: Jean Bishop Ryckman (62)

  Hey, Miles!
  You know you "older" folks from '61 are always welcome. As usual, our Friday night get together will be open to '60-'64 (and there's usually a younger or older sibling that sneaks in.) I'm still hangin' around Pasco even tho I only seem to see you at the Sidewalk Art Show in Richland once a year. I don't even have time to get into any kind of trouble any more. Maybe that's something I can relearn when I retire??
  I'll keep you posted on the reunion.

To Dave Whitmire,
  You beat me to the punch - good for you!! I was also wanting to issue a challenge from the class of '62. But I was trying to balance my checkbook first and see how many squares I can go for. At least 10 - anyone from '62 want to top that and see if you can get me to up my ante?

Jean Bishop Ryckman (62)
Pasco, WA
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From: Dave Whitmire (62)

To Miles Jaeger:
  I thought that you had evaporated long ago. Nice to hear that you are still above ground. The reason I knew about the taverns is two-fold. I was looking for you and my brother Ken or I was trying to figure out which one my mom was in that night. As you remember, my mother did enjoy a beer or 12-14.

  The only tavern I remember going to was the Fireside Inn next to the bowling alley by the new bridge. Very comfortable with over-stuffed furniture and a goofy little bumper type shuffle board. Steve Jones introduced me to it when I was in college and working part-time for Mayflower Moving.
  Funny story about parking places. Steve Jones and Mary Brunelle would often park in the Mayflower parking lot. Nobody was there of course after 6-7pm. One night the cops came by and asked Steve what he was up to. He said he was talking to his girlfriend. He was told to leave. He told them that he worked there. They said "Ya, right." Again he was told he would have to move. Steve said "OKAY!" At which point he got out of his car, took out a key, opened the BIG receiving door to the warehouse, pulled in and shut the door while the cops looked at him. Steve had a huge grin on his face the whole time the door was shutting according to Mary.

  Don't forget the Turf Project everyone. Think of the kids. Pasco has had a few first to be proud of including the upcoming Pasco Invitational Track Meet that is now in its 40th year. That's right, it was started in 1962. (When else?) Next to the Golden "something" relays out of California, it is probably the best invitational meet in the country. The records for the meet will rival any other invitational in the country and probably decimate our own state's meet records.

To: Jean Bishop (Ryckman-hope the spelling is right):
  Television? Radio? Are you local or national? :)

Dave Whitmire (62)
Olympia, WA
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From: Paul Case (67)

  I was sorry to read in this morning's paper that Byron Mendenhall, a long-time Pasco educator, passed away on February 27. Mr. Mendenhall was the first male teacher I ever had - at Emerson Elementary. I remember grabbing my ankles for him more than once! (that was when teachers could discipline students with a paddle) I guess it took a few years for some of that discipline to take hold, but I'm sure it helped in the end. I had great admiration and respect for Mr. Mendenhall - anyone who had him for a teacher was a lucky student.

  I've added some pictures to the web site - a few of ol' PHS as it looks today (for you out-of-town alumni who may not have seen it lately) and some showing the progress of the stadium upgrade project. Nothing fancy or particularly exciting, but what I could get in a few minutes in that neighborhood. You can find them on the Bulldogs Links page. Sorry, Sheldon - I didn't make it by West Margaret St. this time.
  The stadium project is turning Edgar Brown into a first-class facility. I spent a few minutes on a self-guided tour and it really is looking good! New concession stands, ticket booth, press box, etc.
  Look closely at a couple of the pictures that show the football field. Notice the big brown spot in the middle? Now picture (if you will) a lush green field sorta like Husky Stadium - I'm sure most of you have seen that, on TV at least. That's what Edgar Brown will look like by summer's end with the new Field Turf that is going to replace the existing field. Lots of advantages for the kids, for the school district, and for the community. I urge you to chip in what you can to help out.

Paul Case (67)
Pasco, WA
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From: Ray Weber (72)

For the Class of '67,
  I know that your reunion is this summer along with our class ('72). I just found out tonight that the Bulldog Inn is to re-open this next month. Just thought that you might want to know for your Friday night get-together.

To Sheldon Spadafore,
  I grew-up across the street from you folks in the early 60's - I lived in the Margaret Apts. Thought I would say hi.
How are Scott & Joy? When we moved back from California I brought Scott back a large chunk of pumice and he got his picture in the TC Herald.

Anyway take care,

Ray Weber (72)
Kennewick, WA
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From: Chris Sheckler (84)

  Wow, that brings back memories for sure! The drive-in in Pasco, I remember I saw "The Song Remains The Same" there for the first time. I was very young but it was an event I'll never forget. The Frosty Freeze Drive-In, I used to go there and get the swirl cones. I actually won a prize there once, a Pink Panther stuffed animal. I was just walking by and wondered what was going on, they were about to give the prize to someone else, I had forgot to put my phone number down on the entry.

  Crescent Drug, where the liquor Store and the 7-11 are now, they had so many cool items there. I remember buying so many toys there, and I was friends with all the cashiers.

  Thriftway on Court Street, I knew all the tellers there as well. Good old Bea, she worked there till she retired.

  Shooting out at Road 68, I'll never forget my sister, all of 12-years old, shooting the primer out of a 410 shell at 50 feet with a 22 rifle. We were just trying to hit it. She goes and hits a bullseye.

  Did anyone ever go to the train bridge and jump? That was a lot of fun. Also, anyone ever remember driving over the old Green Bridge? That had to be one of the scarier things to do, they made it way too narrow!! hahhaha

Chris Sheckler (84)
Huntington Beach, CA
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