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01/01/07 - NNHS Newsletter

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let each new year find you a better man."

- Benjamin Franklin
(17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the beginning of our New Year.  I pray it will be a good one for us all. 



   Our first Birthday Baby of the year is Gloria Hand Burns ('57).  Happy Holiday Birthday, Gloria!



1. Billy Sale ('64) of VA - 12/31/06:

Sunday 12/31/2006 7:51:47pm
Name: William (Bill) Sale (Class of 64)
Marital Status 41 yrs to Karen Brown Class of 68
City/Country: Hampton
Favorite Teachers Mr. King
Hobbies amateur radio, woodworking, remodeling
Comments Really enjoy all the memories. Keep up the great work.

   Thanks so much, Billy - for everything!  Happy New Year to both you and Karen!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 12/30/06 - "This is a good example of phishing .... BEWARE":

I hope you are all aware of these phishing scams.  They can easily fool you if you actually have an account with the institution referenced.
Be careful out there.  Internet space is very dangerous.

Dear Customer,

Currently we are trying to upgrade our on-line security measures. All accounts have been temporary suspended until each person completes our secure online form. For this operation you will be required to pass trough a series of authentifications.

We won't require your ATM PIN number or your name for this operation!

To begin unlocking your account please click the link below.

Please note:

If we don't receive your account verification within 72 hours from you, we will further lock down your account until we will be able to contact you by e-mail or phone.

?2006 JPMorgan Chase & Co.

   Thanks so much, Joe!   These hateful scams are so disarming, because they look so official.  The biggest clue that they're fakes is in their opening line: "Dear Customer".  If it were really real, they would address you by your full name.  You've performed a valuable service by reminding us all of this ever increasing danger.  Happy New Year!


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 12/31/06 - "A card from JAMEY BACON":

   Thank you, Jamey!  I love Jacquie Lawson cards!  Happy New Year to you, too!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/31/06 - "Dear Carol, President Gerald Ford's Funeral Ceremony !!"

Dear Carol,

I was watching the Funeral Ceremony of President Gerald Ford on the CNN News tonight. They would show clips of events in his life. I was surprised to hear him talk about his being an EAGLE SCOUT in his youth. He seemed to like being an EAGLE SCOUT more than being President of the United States. Right away I thought of you with your six Sons all being EAGLE SCOUTS. That should be in the Guinness Book of World Records.  Do you remember me telling you about my younger Brother's two sons being EAGLE SCOUTS, He also was a Scout Master. I was blessed with three Daughters, No Sons, Otherwise I might have had some EAGLES in my family.

More later, Your Friend, Herbie 

   Thank you, Sweetie!    I added the first part of your remarks to President Ford's memorial page:

   Actually, six Eagle Scouts in one family doesn't really even come close to the record, but we were certainly grateful for the scouting program .  I wouldn't want to say we were "proud" of our sons, but we were certainly "well pleased" when they all attained that goal!!!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/31/06 - "Dear Carol, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007":

Dear Carol,


Your Friend, Herbie

 Thank you, Herbie Darlin' - Happy New Year to you, too!


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 12/31/06 - "HAPPY NEW YEAR":

Hi Carol:

Hope this note finds you and all the members of NNHS and their families enjoying the holidays.

   I'm certainly enjoying mine, Cathy!  I've had four sets of company today alone!

We all have had a lot of Laughter and a few Tears this year; however, we all have a lot to give Thanks for, especially if we are reading this Newsletter. You have been an inspiration to us all this past year and I hope 2007 will hold a lot of good news for you.

   What a delightfully sweet thing to say, Cathy!  Thanks so much!

I don't know    Carol (Cooke) Campbell ('62 - of VA), but I will keep her and her family in my prayers. I have spent some time in the MCV Hospitality House myself and I know what it is to sit and wait at the Hospital for someone in Intensive Care there at MCV. The people at the Hospitality House are very kind and will be glad to assist her in anyway they can. The staff at the Hospital also will be glad to assist if they can. I don't know how I would have gotten through in 1991 when my husband was there without them. They almost become like an extended family and after several weeks and months it was hard to leave. Whenever we go back for tests or surgery, I always feel like I'm visiting home.

   That facility must be such a comfort and blessing to people when they most need it!  Thanks for sharing that, Cathy!

I want to wish all a very Happy New Year, and wish the best to all, and may God Bless each of us with all we need to see us through 2007.    

Catherine Hudson 

    Thank you, Lady - and Happy New Year to you, too!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/31/06 - "Eli's":

   I happened upon this great image of an old Eli's menu online this week.  Well, y'all know how much I love Our Old Stomping Grounds.  What else could I do, really?!?




From Mimi Weger Green ('40) of VA - 12/31/06 - "Greetings":


May it be a good one for all of us.


Mimi/Mom/Aunt/ Grandma, Grammy (whatever)

   GIGGLES!!!  Happy New Year to you, too, Mimi!


  From Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/31/06 - "Le Steak":

A man and his wife are seated in a fancy French restaurant for dinner.
After the waiter arrives the man says:  "I'll have your biggest, thickest Porterhouse steak."
The waiter replies: "Monsieur.....what about ze mad cow?"
The man replies: "She'll have a salad."

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Janice!


  From Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/31/06 - "A Blonde Christmas":

This is from a blonde friend of mine; she collects and forwards blonde jokes:
A blonde woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards. She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Christmas stamps?"

The clerk says, "What denomination?"

The blonde says, "God help us. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptists.

   MORE WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks again, Janice!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/31/06 - "I didn't know that I didn't know!?":

Indeed, I didn't know that I didn't know all of the things I missed in the news of 2005, yet I survived! I also aced "the test", I'm not sure that was a good thing? I, like you, am not to fond of the possibility of "little biting bugs" living in my eye lashes, or anywhere on my person for that matter. No truer analogy has ever been given on the futility of "raising" teenagers. Boy, am I glad I was never one of those things!
In this time of solemn advice and council I am reminded of the words of that great unknown philosopher that I shared with you and a few others way back in '01:
One day as I sat alone, sad and musing
Out of the blue a voice came to me saying, "Cheer up, things could be worse!"
So, I cheered up!
Sure enough, things got worse!
If it wasn't for bad luck,...
That should balance the scale.
Truly, all the best to all of "our family" in the new year and years ahead.
Remember, we are all in this together; this thing called life. If we all work together, we'll all make it.
Take Care!
R. Wayne Stokes

   It's good to hear from you; thanks for the great advice and good wishes!  I'm so glad you enjoyed that last Newsletter. So here's another test for you, Wayne Honey - and Happy New Year!


  From Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/31/06 - "Southern Exam for Smart Yankees":

Southern Exam for Smart Yankees

I'm plumb sick and tired of hearing about how dumb us folks are in the South, and we challenge any so-called smart Yankees to take this exam.

1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a persimmon tree that will support a 10-pound possum.

2. Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when placed on blocks in your front yard?
 (A) '65 Ford Fairlane
 (B) '86 Dodge Diplomat
 (C) '80 Ford pickup.

3. If your uncle builds a Still, which operates at a capacity of 20 gallons of shine produced per hour, how many car radiators are required to condense the product?

4. A woodcutter has a Chainsaw which operates at 2700 RPM. The density of the pine trees in the plot to be harvested is 470 per acre. The plot is  23 acres in size. The average tree diameter is 14 inches. How many Budweisers will it take to cut the trees down?

5. A front porch is constructed of 2x8 pine on 24-inch centers with a field rock foundation. The span is 8 feet and the porch length is 16 feet. The porch floor is 1-inch rough sawn pine. When the porch collapses, how many dogs will be killed?

6. A man owns a house and 3.7 acres of land in a Hollow with an average slope of 15%. The man has five children. Can each of his grown children place a mobile home on the man's land and still have enough property for their electric appliances to sit out front?

7. A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 900 yards down a steep  slope on a secondary road at 45 MPH. The brakes fail. Given average traffic conditions on secondary roads, what is the probability that it will strike a vehicle with a muffler?

8. With a gene pool reduction of 7.5% per generation, how long will it take a town which has been bypassed by the Interstate to breed a country music singer?

I betcha thought that this here test was gonna be an easy one, didn't  cha? It's okay if ya didn't do all that well. Just goes to show ya there's a whole heap of things that big city book learning don't prepare ya for in this life.

As an added bonus for taking the "REDNECK MATH CHALLENGE", here's some Southerly advice that may come in handy down the road a piece.

 . . . Next time you are too drunk to drive, walk to the nearest pizza  shop and place a delivery order. When they go to deliver it, catch a ride home with them!

   Janice, I'm all but speechless - except to say Happy New Year!


  From Johnnie Bateman ('68) of VA - 12/31/06 - "Happy New Year":

I would like to wish YOU all, my alumni of NNHS (and   Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73 - of VA), a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
This past Saturday Mom and Dad had their 50th wedding anniversary and it was a grand affair.

   Oh, how marvelous!  Please give them my love and congratulations!

You and the other contributors to this web site are so Special to all graduates (and associates).
I also wish a very special thanks to    David Whitley ('67 - of VA), Tom Norris,    Richie Allen ('66 - of VA), and my dear sister    Sandi (Bateman) Chestnut ('65 - of VA).

May God Bless you this New Year.

Johnnie Bateman

   Thank you, Johnnie!  Happy New Year to you, too!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/01/07 - "~ HAPPY NEW YEAR GREETINGS ~":


 These are cool - THANKS!  Happy New Year to you, too, Shari!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 01/01/07 - "Redesign":

   To celebrate the New Year, I did something I should have done long ago.  I changed the photograph on the front page of the site to this fabulous image taken by Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA on our graduation day.  What could possibly be more representative of our web site than that?!?


   Thank you, Chippy Darlin' - and Happy New Year!



June 3, 1965 Image of Newport News High School courtesy of Photo Journalist Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/08/05  



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!


   I suppose I should have offered y'all some New Year's recipes, but they would all probably include those odious black-eyed peas, and I just couldn't bear to think of it, so as one of my little boys used to say, "GITCHYEROWN!!!" 

   Oh, by the way, barring holidays and emergencies, the Saturday and Sunday editions of the Newsletter will probably be scarce for a while.  It's been fun - especially when I was actually able to complete them! 

    Y'all enjoy the gift of a wonderful Happy New Year - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305


Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.


"Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/04

  Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at - 01/01/04

"Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of - 12/31/06

Animated Large Gold Fireworks clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/26/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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