Famous Richland Bombers
Gene Conley ('48)
Wayback Mchine: Two-Sport Ace Gene Conley by David Eskenaz
SportsIllustrated.cnn.com Baseball Stats Website
Tri City Herald's #2 Sports Story of the Century
Gene's Baseball Card
July 16, 1999 Tri City Herald article
April 21, 2001 Seattle Times article
1946 Columbian - Sophomore
1958 pictured with Coach Art Dawald
David Hinson ('51)
Former ASB President serves U.S. President
Former head of the Federal Aeronautics Administration
during two years of the Clinton administration.
Bob Miller ('52)
Distinguished Graduate of Washington State College (now
University), Pullman, WA, after five years studying
electrical and chemical engineering. Before starting his
career with DuPont, he was in the U.S. Army Engineers for
two years. He was awarded the Soldier's Medal for bravery
in rescuing a fellow soldier in a rapid river during
training operations. He then started with DuPont. He rose
in responsibility until he became head of all engineering
and construction worldwide for that company. In 1991, due
to ill health, he retired as a Vice President of DuPont.
During the 1990s, as an amputee, he was President of the
Telluride skiing organization for disabled skiiers. He
skiied with relish and was an example to all that
overcoming a disability is possible. He died on November
George Brunstad ('52)
At 70 years old, George became the oldest person to swim the English Channel.
Orrin Pilkey ('52)
World-renowned oceanographer and has appeared on national networks....ABC, NBC, and perhaps CBS, when there have been storms and El Ninos affecting
the oceans and fisheries.
Orrin has published 2 books:
Useless Arithmetic, Columbia University Press, 2007 coauthored with Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, My daughter!! This books written for the general public trashes mathematical modeling of natural Processes such as Fish populations, Invasive plants, mine waste, beaches. Sea level rise, Yucca Mountain waste etc. $29.50
Atlantic Coast Beaches: A guide to Ripples, Dunes and other Natural features of the Seashore: Mountain Press , 2007, By William Neal, Orrin Pilkey and Joe Kelley, A description of features that occur on beaches, $20.00
Marjorie Casebier McCoy ('52RIP)
Marjorie was a Professor at Berkley. She wrote 3 books on Dying, and Grief and Loss. She had been the ASB President in her Senior year (first female to hold that position) and was a member of National Honor Society. She wrote her first book after sitting beside her mother, watching her die of cancer. She died about 16-17 years ago of cancer and her death notice was in the Spokesman-Review where they listed deaths of people of note. Her Master's Degree was in Religion in the Dramatic Arts. She was a great catcher on North Richland's Hand's Drug Baseball team, and a good basketball player on our North Richland United Protestant Basketball team.
Walter Pilkey ('54-RIP)
Meteorologist with the National Weather Bureau, and has made appearances on television when weather has become big news... explaining the nuances of certain weather patterns and their affects on air travel and other significant effects.
Robert "Bob" Johnson ('54)
Founder, Artistic Director, and horn player of New York Philomusica.
Beth Peterson ('61)
February, 2000 Spokesman-Review article
Larger view of accompanying picture
Bill Johnson ('61)
William "Lane" Johnson ~ country singer
Recent flyer for New Zeland gig
website coming soon
Fred "Gus" Gustavson ('61)
Gus began a long and distingused career in the U.S. Navy. After he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1965 he eventually achieved the rank of Rear Admiral. Gus was a submarine commander and senior instructor and was promoted to a group command in 1993 and assigned resposiblitiy for the operations of a force of 13 nuclear submarines, two repair ships, two dry docks and a shore support facility.
Larry Coryell ('61)
Larry Coryell Website
Sharon Tate (Would Have Been Class of '61) Links:
Kippy Lou Brinkman ('62)
Talent Winner in the 1965 Miss America Pagaent
Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) ~ aka Barbra Williamson
Elected Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member for the City of Simi Valley for 21 years.
Terry Davis ('65) ~ aka Terence Knox
The Terence Knox Official Website
Gary Crow ('65)
Number one Seattle radio personality (rock n roll) classic rock
KZOK.COM --- GaryCrow.com
John Clement ('66) - Photographer
Jim VanWyck ('66) - Movie Producer
Debora Greger ('67) - Author
"Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters" available at Amazon.com
Jim Mattis ('68)
Marine Lieutenant James Mattis,
Commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, CA
RHS Basketball Manager to Brig. General
I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) website
Jim Albaugh ('68)
named President and CEO of Boeing's Commercial Airplane group.
Click for article
Randy Fullmer ('68)
Lucinda Barr Green ('69)
Author of Pathways to Freedom and founder of a meditation center
Steve Piippo ('70)
He graduated from CWU and went on to develop, implement, and write the curriculum for the 1st Materials Science Technology course nationwide—ever. He received recognition from the President (Region X – National Teacher of the Year), appearances at RHS from the secretary of education, spoke in front on thousands of faculty/student members at Princeton University, NASA, U of W,, WSU, Los Alamos Laboratories, etc… His educational contributions and educational developments have been state of the art and led to modern day scientific advancements across the country at the high school level. His students have gone on to earn doctorate degrees in materials engineering and become NASA jet propulsion engineers among other things. In addition, he developed internships with Battelle/PNNL for student advancement, relations with Boeing for student exposure, and developed lines of communication with the most prestigious academic institutions in the world--for his students.
Not only was he a phenomenal basketball coach, he accomplished all this in his classroom, while raising four children, thus setting the standard for MST.
Steve King ('73)
President & CEO of Zantaz (A company located in Pleasanton, CA)
Brad Upton ('74)
Brad Upton - Comedian
Mike Davis ('74)
Finley Elementary School Teacher
Ron Schrotke ('76)
Elected Chair of American Society of Mechanical Engineers National Standard Committee (NQA-1) 2008-2011
Re-Elected Chair of American Society of Mechanical Engineers National Standard Committee (NQA-1) 2011-2014
Michael Peterson ('77)
Million selling country music star, songwriter, CMA finalist
and Grammy nominee. His songs reached #1 six times
on leading industry charts from 1993-2002.
Michael's website is:
A Michael Peterson 2014 Promotional Viceo
Michael's song: "Drink, Swear, Steal, and Lie" on YouTube
Ron Harman ('77)
Official Home Page
Steve Miller ('78)
Inventor of the year, 2002
Sally O'Neal ('79) ~ Travel & Outdoor Writer
Weekly Column at Sportsman's Guide magazine
"Hiking in the Central Cascades" available at Amazon.com
"Hiking in the North Cascades" available at Amazon.com
"Bicycling Eastern WA & OR" available at Amazon.com
Greg Olson ('81)
NFL coach. Now with Oakland Raiders.
John Worster ('81) ~ Disc Jockey Kord Radio Station
Goes by cactus John McKay
Carolyn Schneider ('81)
Jon Mulligan ('81)
on 3 different Yacht Racing teams that won the America's Cup
Kurt & Kent Kafentzis ('81)
Played Professional Football with their brother Mark for the Kansas City Cardnials
Roger Jaime ('82), aka MR 80s CC Poison "The Bomber"
Independent Pro Wrestler and has been the Pacific Northwest Pro Wrestling (PNPW)
heaveyweight and tag team champion as well as Portland wrestling tag team champion.
Tari Free ('83) - Disc Jockey in Seattle
Jerod Shelby ('86)
Shelby Super Cars
Jay Leno's Cars site
Tri-City Herald article
Joe Guse ('88)
Comedian in Chicago for many years and trained at the famous Second City in Chicago
He is now an author and had written quite a few books, at least two of which are on Amazon:
The Tragic Clowns - An Analysis of the Short Lives of John Belushi, Lenny Bruce, and Chris Farley
Stories of Hope and Courage - My Experiences with Alzheimer's Disease
Marcia Cillan ('88), former '88 class VP
Miss Tri-Cities 1989 http://www.misstricities.org/pastmisstc.htm
After moving to New York, she participated in (and won) the Miss New York beauty pagent and then represented New York at the Miss America Pageant in 1993.
Jeremy "Chip" Warlick ('89)
makes the cover of TIME magazine (9/24/94)
Simon Yoxall ('89)
in the December, 1989, issue of National Geographic
Loreen Muhlestein Bliss ('89)
Singer/songwriter, and country recording artist
Loreen Bliss Official Website
Kathryn Ruemmler ('89)
Deputy director of Task Force specially formed to prosecute the Enron case.
A Blog site
Washington Post Article
Rick(ster) Huckfeldt ('89)
Writes under the pseudonym of "Ster" and has been published in a few magazines over the years. Currently writes a humor/advice column for a Men's Advice Site called "BeBetterGuys.com".
Click for an example
Pete Munday ('92)
Will Thomas ('93) and David Deacy ('94)
for finding "Kennewick Man"
Hope Solo ('99)
On the US National Soccer team as the starting goalie..
2008 Beijing Olympics. She was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women's soccer team
which shut out Brazil 1-0 on August 21 in extra time as the U.S. won the gold medal.
Hope was on Dancing with the Stars in 2011
Amanda Beers (2000)
Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Washington, 2002
Santino Fontana (2000)
Is in "Billy Elliot" on broadway and was in a staring role
Travis Buck (2002)
Plays professional Baseball for the Cleveland Indians.
The Baseball Cube page for Travis
Eric Whittaker (2003)
Moving through the ranks as a singer/songwriter.
Kristin Blair (2004)
was Miss Tri-Cities 2005.
Miss Texas 2009, and Top 10 semifinalist in Miss America 2010
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