01/15/07 - NNHS Newsletter
"In the end, we will remember not the words
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I spent most of the day with my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, both on the phone and at her home. She caused me to laugh so hard with our repeated phone conversations, that I actually developed stomach cramps. And when I tried to wipe my teary eyes, I poked myself in the eye with my finger - which of course made me laugh all the harder.
So the good news here is, I think we can safely say that the pall which seems to settle over me during the first two weeks of every year has been effectively lifted. Thanks, Lady!
I almost - ALMOST - forgot this, but the day was saved by Linda May (Thanks, Lady!)
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/15/07:
It's time to stop the charade! Deliver the mail, open the banks or PUT SOMETHING ON SALE!
Linda May ' 66
WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Okay, okay - here it is:
We have one birthday today, and a Twofer tomorrow.
15 - Skippy Weitz ('57)
Many happy returns to you all!
From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 01/01007 - "NNHS 65 website"::
There has been something on my mind that seems like it never happened --
primarily because there is nothing about it on the internet, plus practically no
one I've talked to seems to remember -- and that is the 1966 jet crash in
Buckroe. Just wondered if anyone has a "where were you" story regarding this. I
remember romping around in our living room on Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton that
night, and hearing an eerie "WHOOMPHH!!" as the house shook a little.
We went to the christening of the submarine RAY (SSN-653) at the NN shipyard a day or two later, but I was totally incapable of enjoying this event, thinking about how creepy that plane crash was.
Input on this query from Jean Lankes has become so extensive, we now have a fascinating new page where you can read all about it. In the interest of space, I'll not repeat it all here, but we heard from the following:
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - with photographs!;
Gloria Price Woolard (Hampton HS - '65) of FL;
Kathy Mooney (Hampton HS - '64) of NY;
Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66) of VA;
June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - with snapshots!;
Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;
Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA;
and again from Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA with the newspaper accounts!
Thank you all so much! This is a not to be missed story.
We certainly invite your continued memories.
(And oh yes, I finally figured out why I remember nothing whatsoever of this tragedy. I was spending that summer in Richmond with my aunt and uncle, Frances (Frix Atkinson - Thomas Jefferson HS - '37) and Jimmy Atkinson , babysitting my six-year cousin, Jim (John R. Tucker HS - '77 - of VA), while everyone else was either working or going to college. I might as well have been on the moon. My cousin Stuart (Warsaw HS - '63 - of VA), took me to see many movies and even a dance or two, and we devoured much ice cream, and had great fun together. My cousin Jean (John Marshall HS - '65 - of VA) was busy with her fiancÚ, Tom Mallory. And my little cousin Jim (who grew up to be a forest ranger) taught me more than I ever realized I never knew about dinosaurs, on which he was already an expert. But current events was not on our course of study, and I do not recall reading a single newspaper or watching television the whole time I was there.)
From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 01/11/07 - "Just a little something to Lighten your day.":
Thanks so much, Cathy! I think these headlines are inexplicably repeated each year, but they never seem to lose their ability to make me laugh out loud! We all need more laughter in our lives!
From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 01/11/07 - ''My Wish for You in 2007!":
serious & cautious consideration.....your
contract of friendship
has been renewed for the New Year 2007 !
My Wish for You in 2007
May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............
May 2007 be the best year of your life!!!
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Carol Anne!
From Margaret Hoban Wilner of PA - 01/11/07 - "Take Me Back to the Fifties":
This is mesmerizing and fabulous, Margaret! (And yes, I remember it all!)
Unless you're more computer literate than I am, you'll need to close this Newsletter and open this link in a new Window, or you'll have double sound tracks going - and that just wouldn't do. You don't want to miss any of these great old songs!
Thanks so much, Lady!
From John Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 01/12/07 - "USS Forrestal Christening Plane Crash":
I just read your "Under The Broadwalk" newsletter of 1/11/07 with the
link to the plane crash that occurred during the 12/11/54 christening of
the USS FORRESTAL. I missed all of the original newsletter postings
about this, else I could have shed a little light on that mystery. I was
standing on the river's bank and saw the plane disintegrate in mid-air.
Yes, it was a F7U Cutlass (at that time I used to be up on all the
various models of cars and planes) and it was not one of the Blue Angels.
First, part of the left wing fell off, flying up in the air, then most
of the tail section broke off followed by the engine exploding. That was
the visual sequence, but it likely started with the engine blowing up.
I can recall seeing the canopy sailing upward, but don't remember
seeing the pilot eject. The whole sequence took but a few seconds and I was
completely stunned and saddened by it all.
A few years later I was in the Ground Observer Corps where my father
and I used to spend one evening a week watching planes from a little
glass hut on top of the police station in Buckroe Beach. There was a direct
line connected to GOC headquarters in Richmond that we used to report
the heading and altitude each multi-engined plane we saw. One evening a
F-104 Starfighter practice scrambling from Langley AFB flamed out and
crashed in a marshy area near Poquoson. At that time the Air Force crash
rescue vessel was a WWII converted PT boat powered by huge Packard V-12
engines, but the boat's draft was too deep to allow it to get to the
pilot of crashed jet in this instance. I'm not positive, but I believe
the pilot was killed. Not too long afterwards the Air Force got an air
boat crash rescue vehicle that could go 60MPH in 6 inches of water.
BTW, my 65th birthday is coming Feb 2nd, so please add my name to the
Birthday List. You gotta be nice to us groundhogs, you know.
Keep up the good work!
John Patterson (NNHS '59)
You are so added, John - thanks! I also added your memories to the Forrestal page - and to the Buckroe Jet Crash page, as one memory often jars another. Thanks so much for sharing yours with us!
From Domi OBrien ('64) of NH - 01/12/07 - "Re: 01/11/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Under the Boardwalk":
In some states if you have substitute taught in the last 18 months, you'll be classified as a substitute teacher, and can't be counted as unemployed because you MAY get called any time). The UNEMPLOYMENT rate does not reflect who doesn't have a job, only those with no work in the last 4 weeks who were consistently able, available, and LOOKING for work 30 hours a week or more. If they can only work limited hours or first shift, are so discouraged they aren't actively looking for work, have a temporary disability or are down with the flu, they aren't unemployed to Bureau of Labor Statistics. If they used to work a job around college classes, and lost that job, and are looking for another, but are still a full-time student who needs an employer to be flexible about their work schedule, they aren't unemployed to us. If they are out on Family Medical Leave or maternity leave, they aren't unemployed. If they can't find childcare while they work, they aren't unemployed, and if they get fired because they couldn't work overtime because there was no one to watch the kids--- it's their own fault. And of course, anyone retired, disabled, or stay-at-home parent who would LIKE to work part-time but can't find anything isn't unemployed, because they don't qualify as able, available, and looking for work 30 hours a week or more (though if Sam's Club hires them to pass out samples for 4 hours this Saturday-- we'll count them as employed!)
Love your sign-off, Domi!
I thought perhaps those numbers were overly optimistic, but I neglected to run them through any sort of checking system, as my eye was caught by the general feel of the selection. It's been my experience that those numbers are subject to monthly change, which can sometimes be quite drastic. I thought, too, that perhaps I was biased by my own circumstances, which have ever and always been out the mainstream of America's realities.
You are in a far better position than most of us to know the actual facts and statistics (and numbers and I have never had a very amicable relationship, other than those involved with music and crocheting). I was struck, however, by the hopeful tone of the piece overall, as I truly believe that most of our problems in enjoying life stem from flawed attitudes. Likewise, I do feel that most of us, even those of us who are in less than desirable circumstances, often fall short in feeling and expressing gratitude for the many blessings we do enjoy.
And things are not perfect in this country (and would we, as imperfect souls, be able to abide it if they were??). But by and large, I think even our bad news is better here than in other parts of the world. For instance, I would personally rather be incarcerated in an American prison than in a Turkish one.
I personally am a Goody-Two-Shoes, and have never been but so comfortable with realities, as they wreak such havoc with my fantasies.
But in fairness to the pursuit of truth (which I believe we all seek), thank you for the correction.
From Me ('65) of NC - 01/14/07:
I've made the following updates recently:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/contact-1957.html - brand new page
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/contact-1967.html - brand new page
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/rogers-confectionary.html - brand new page
The music has been restored (and some wild
shifting of the blocks
corrected) to all 14 pages.
Could someone from the classes of 1955, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971 please tell me your class colors? It may be easiest to recall if you can visualize your senior pennant. Thanks! I "need" these both for the graduation and contact pages. You know how obsessive I am about such details.....
ALERTS AND REMINDERS:
1. From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/05/07 - "A HOLIDAY OFFER FOR ALL TYPHOONS":
I know that there were
many members of the Class of 1964 who were unable to attend the 40th Year
Reunion in 2004 and who did not receive a copy of the Old Rustier Anchor
(2004). I suspect that there are members of the classes which preceded and
followed the Class of 1964, who may be curious about the lives of their
friends. For those who may not know, The Old Rustier Anchor is the compilation
of photos and remarks by members of the Class of 1964. A version has been
published at every reunion (1974, 1984, 1994, 1999, and 2004.)
I am pleased to offer (at no charge) the Microsoft WORD version of the Old Rustier Anchor (2004) to anyone who requests it. This is the Master file from which the printer created the booklets we distributed at the 2004 reunion.
It is a 24 page, 9 MB file (due to images) which I would attach to an e-mail. If anyone is interested, simply send an e-mail to < >. Please let me know if you are unable to receive large attached files due to spam filters, etc., and I will make other arrangements.
What a wonderful opportunity you've provided for everyone, David! Thank you so much!
So that no one will miss it, I'll carry this offer in the next several Newsletters, and I've posted it on TYPHOONMART, as well:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-rustier-anchor-2004.html - brand new page
Thanks again, Captain!
2. From Lee Cook ('66) of VA - Phone Call of 01/05/06:
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Trudy Purdy ('67)? I escorted her to her Senior Prom.
Well, I don't, Lee, but someone surely might!
Speaking of the Class of 1967,has anyone heard any rumblings about their 40-Year Reunion?!?
|Fall of 1966|
3. From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/08/07 - "REMINDER: BUCKROE MEETINGS":
From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/07/07:
I apologize for sending you a reminder about the three upcoming important meetings in January about Buckroe's Lots B. However, as pointed out in the earlier e-mail, it is most critical for as many warm bodies as possible to show up at each of the following meetings in Hampton's City Hall Building, 8th Floor.
WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Karen - and Sandra!
Please, y'all - try to attend those meetings if you possibly can!
From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA and From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/10/07 - "Update on Buckroe's Lots B":
From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/10/07:
Thank you, Edna and Karen - and Sandra!
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 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion
on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
Karen Weinstein Witte
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 01/12/07:
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
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 01/07/07:
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
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/06 - "Why People Move South" (#7 in a series of 11):
WHY PEOPLE MOVE SOUTH!
Okay, that's a LOTTA snow!!!
|Any More Questions?|
I don't know whether it's the remnant of being ill, or the effects of the outrageous laughter fits I had this morning, but I seem to be making waaay too many goofy mistakes to continue this now, so even though I have many more entries, I'm cutting it off short. We'll resume it later.
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
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219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
We Shall Overcome
Lyrics derived from Charles Tindley's gospel song "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1900), and opening and closing melody from the
19th-century spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me" (a song that dates to before the Civil War). According to Professor Donnell King of Pellissippi State Technical Community College (in Knoxville, Tenn.), "We Shall Overcome" was adapted from these gospel songs by "Guy Carawan, Candy Carawan, and a couple of other people associated with the Highlander Research and Education Center, currently located near Knoxville, Tennessee. I have in my possession copies of the lyrics that include a brief history of the song, and a notation that royalties from the song go to support the Highlander Center."
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome some day
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand some day
shall all be free
We shall all be free
We shall all be free some day
are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid some day
are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone some day
whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around some day
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
"We Shall Overcome" midi courtesy of http://www.godsgospel.com/spirituals.htm - 01/12/07
"We Shall Overcome" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/american.studies.s98/we.shall.overcome.html - 01/14/06
Image of Martin Luther King courtesy of
luther-king-day-2006-01-16%2Ftitle%2Fmartin-luther-king-day.jpg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.metancity.com%2Frubrika%2Fclanky%2F2%2F - 01/12/07
Chain Link divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.freefever.com/graphics/line11.php - 01/16/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
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