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4/12/03
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PHS Alumni On-Line
Apr 12, 2003
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4 Bulldogs, 1 WB, and an urgent editorial message today:
Midge Benson Lewis (`48)
Lindakay Scherer (`61WB)
Carol Smith Walker (`63)
Linda Williams Shaw (`67)
Dan Birks (`67WB)

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** Important Editorial Note
  Effective immediately the e-mail address for PHS Alumni On-Line has changed. The old e-mail address (PHSAlumni@charter.net) is no longer valid. Someone with the PHS Alumni e-mail address in their computer's address book has, or at least had, a virus. The virus, W32/Klez.H@mm, does something called "spoofing," sending e-mail that appears to come from someone other than who really sent it. The alumni in-box has been getting a ton of undeliverable e-mails, some with infected files attached, from intended recipients that I don't even know. When a computer is infected with this type of virus, the virus searches files and address books on the host computer for e-mail addresses, sometimes even guessing at text that might be a viable e-mail address. The virus then attempts to send messages to them, often attaching itself in order to infect the intended recipients. The virus uses spoofing to show a different e-mail address as the sender by randomly selecting an e-mail address from the host computer's address book.
  You will not receive a virus-infected e-mail from PHS Alumni On-Line - I use an updated anti-virus (AV) program to scan all incoming e-mails and a total system scan is automatically performed once a week. But the only thing I can do to stop getting these messages is to change the alumni e-mail address. All e-mail links on the web site have already be changed, so if you send an e-mail using any of those links your message will be delivered. If you keep the e-mail address in your address book you'll need to update that.
  Lesson? Keep an updated virus checker running on your computer! Someone you know can send you an infected file without even knowing it. You are generally safe if you don't open e-mail attachments, but virus creators are getting better and better at creating havoc on the Internet. You can learn more from sites such as http://www.symantec.com/, which makes Norton AV and personal firewall software. It's important to keep AV definition files updated, which can be done automatically by subscription. When you log on your computer will automatically check, usually once a week, for updates and then install them on your computer. You can even go to the Norton web site to run a free check of your computer or to download tools to remove some viruses from an infected machine. McAfee is another popular AV software maker that offers similar products and services.
  Do yourself a favor - get and use AV software. Your friends will thank you, too. - Paul

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From: Midge Benson Lewis (`48)

  Is anyone out there from the class of `48? The only e-mail I ever read is from the "younger" generation. How about logging on and saying Hi.

Midge Benson Lewis (`48)
Des Moines, WA
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From: Lindakay Scherer (`61WB)

Hi,
  Looking for a picture of the Columbia Valley Grange, I came across your web site and remember all that stuff in my memories. I started school at Whittier Elementary before Captain Gray was built. Then us kids were moved to Captain Gray -- think it's up on Court Street - or is it Sylvester Street -- can't remember. My sisters finished high school at PHS and sister "Dodi" or Lorrie Scherer was a majorette. That was in 1948, `49, when I was just a wee little kid. I graduated in 1961, but not from PHS, from Connell. We lived up at Mesa as my dad worked for the US Bureau of Reclamation on the Irrigation District. My sisters lived in Pasco or Kennewick until well into the 1980s, then after folks retired to the coast, they moved over there.

  Anyway, it would be nice to talk to folks from Franklin County. I used to live up in Block 1 across from Wilson's place in the ditchrider's house. We were there from 1948 to 1953. Can't remember the Road number -- think it was Road 64.

  Well, hope to hear back from you. Just an old lady & gramma here looking after my last two kids at home who are now both adults and refusing to leave their old mom. haha.

Lindakay Scherer (`61WB)
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From: Carol Smith Walker (`63)

  Hands down, no argument, I think that Bill Luckey's Chevy was the coolest car in town. He had it fixed up so nice. We went on many dates in that car. I could recognize the sound of it if he was within three blocks of my parent's house. My fondest memories of school were picking up papers and trash after school because Dawny Wilson and Jackie Wendler and I used to get LOST on the way to school and wouldn't find our way until school was out. Mmm! Well, thanks for filling in some of the blank spots that I had voided out due to gray matter. Keep up the good work.

Carol Smith Walker (`63)
Spokane, WA
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From: Linda Williams Shaw (`67)

  Well, it seems like I've read a lot on this site about the trials of keeping the boys' cars in running order, ball games, drag racing, hang-outs, school pranks -- but girls, what about the rituals we suffered through for those Saturday night dates! Like those huge hair rollers we used and teasing our hair. We must have looked like extra terrestrials wired for a cosmic communication! And to think we would parade all over town on Saturday with a headscarf over our heads! Not to mention the weeknight ritual and sleeping with those things on our heads. I know that must be the cause of my neck aches and headaches. I wish now I had stock in the hairspay companies in those days. Girls today don't know split ends like we do from the teasing and combouts -- such helmet heads we were. And remember the bright blue eyeshadow and black eyeliner? We looked like raccoons caught in the headlights. Remember when the mini-skirts first came out and how our mothers thought they would be the cause of us getting pregnant - guess they didn't know. My mother resisted this fashion trend for several years, but I fooled her -- I rolled my skirt up at the waist until she unexpectedly picked me up at school one day. Think she gave up the fight about then. I had a teacher in later years tell me he fell in love with the girls in the front row every day! Then there were the long-legged girdles and pettypants and pantyhose. Between our hair rollers and our wardrobe, maybe were wound a little tight by today's fashions. At least we wore sensible shoes. How did we manage to complete a phys-ed class wearing those baggy white shorts and shirts and flimsy canvas shoes without doing permanent damage to ourselves? What, no thong leotards and tights -- my mother would have had a stroke for sure! My two-piece swim suit was hard for her to take and it covered everything compared to those my daughters wear. Well, now I'm older and wiser and not nearly as glamorous -- but I still have the aches and pains for some reason. Must be doing something wrong.

Linda Williams Shaw (`67)
Phoenix, AZ
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From: Dan Birks (`67WB)

To JoAnn St. Pierre Donohue (`65):
  JoAnn, it seems to me that I remember the VW in the foyer though I didn't see it. If I remember correctly it was over just as I got to school that day.

  Do you remember the first MacDonald's in the Tri-cities? Everyone went there for a burger and fries. I was there with a bunch of guys when we spotted a VW Bug in the parking lot with no driver. Soooooooooo . . . We grabbed hold of it and proceeded to move it sideways in it parking spot. When we set it down the rear wheels were pointing inward at the bottom. We thought we broke it and took off not knowing it was designed to do that. I sweated about that one for a long time. I guess the joke was on us. Hmmmm.

Dan Birks (`67WB)
Everett, WA
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