01/17/08 - NNHS Newsletter
"He that riseth late, must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night."
"Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Did you remember today's Famous Birthday?!? Of course you did!
HOMEWORK (repeated from last year):
Happy Birthday today to Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC! Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eileen Rash Vaught ('57)!
Many Happy Returns to you both!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/15/08 - "Billy Graham's Suit":
Do You Know Where You're Going????
Something heartwarming - nice to see this kind of mail!
What a great story - thanks, Joyce!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/15/08 - "Autism - A Way We Can All Help!!":
They are aiming for 10,000
hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal!!!
God Bless You All
Oh, WOW. I personally know four young boys and one little girl who are autistic. Even so, I had no idea it was such a widespread problem.
Y'all take a moment to watch this beautiful video. Thanks so much, Joyce! Our best to your cousin and his family!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/16/08 - "The thimble":
One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river.
When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "My dear child, why are you crying?"
The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family.
The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with sapphires.
"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, "No."
The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a golden thimble studded with rubies.
"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. Again, the seamstress replied, "No."
The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble.
"Is this your thimble ?" the Lord asked.
The seamstress replied, "Yes."
The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.
Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?"
"Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!"
The Lord went down into the water and came up with George Clooney. "Is this your husband?" the Lord asked
"Yes," cried the seamstress. The Lord was furious.
"You lied! That is an
The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to George Clooney, you would have come up with Brad Pitt. Then if I said 'no' to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said 'yes' to George Clooney.
And so the Lord let her keep him.
The moral of this story is:
woman lies, it's for a good and
honorable reason, and in the best
interest of others. That's our story,
and we're sticking to it.
All Us Women
Great rationalization - thanks, Shari!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 01/16/07 - "Basketball Memories - NNHS and VT":
6:36 PM EST, January 15, 2008
Chris Ellis savors his basketball memories:
Leading Newport News High to an undefeated state championship season; advancing
to an NCAA regional final with Virginia Tech; trying out for the ABA's Kentucky
Tonight, Ellis will recall a less glamorous, but no less satisfying, moment. It's an anniversary of sorts. A ruby anniversary.
Forty years ago this month (January 1968), Ellis and his Virginia Tech teammates defeated Virginia in Charlottesville. The Hokies have not won at U.Va. since, a drought they'll attempt to end tonight when the rivals collide at John Paul Jones Arena.
As you probably realize, Tech's famine does not approach Clemson's 0-for-52 at North Carolina. For 24 seasons, from 1976-77 through 1999-2000, the Hokies and Cavaliers met at neutral sites, most frequently in Richmond and Roanoke, once each in Hampton and Norfolk.
Still, Tech has lost nine straight in Charlottesville, three since reuniting with Virginia in the ACC.
"I don't remember much (about the 1968 game), to tell you the honest truth," Ellis said from his Richmond-area home. "But I do know we're the last Tech team to beat them in Charlottesville."
Ellis' sketchy recollections aside, it sounds like a heck of a contest. Neither team led by more than eight points, and Stan Kerrick's three free throws in the final 20 seconds lifted the Hokies to an 84-82 victory.
"An old-fashioned barn-burner from start to finish," Bob Moskowitz wrote in the Daily Press.
Ellis, a junior guard, scored 12 points, one of six Hokies in double figures. Benched in the first half, he returned to the game with nine minutes remaining and promptly made two long jump shots to tie the game at 69.
During his three-year varsity career -- those were the days of freshman ineligibility -- Ellis was 4-0 against the Cavaliers. The teams met twice his senior season, in Blacksburg and Salem.
"It was a heated (rivalry)," said Ellis, 63 and retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation. "I was drilled when I got to Tech that we did not like U.Va."
A 1964 graduate of Newport News High, Ellis had his pick of college programs. He led the Typhoon to a 25-0 record and state title as a senior and joined, among others, Lew Alcindor on the Parade All-America team.
Late in that championship season, Ellis recalled, Newport News coach Warren Mitchell feared the team was developing a big head. So he arranged a clandestine scrimmage at the school against William and Mary.
But W&M apparently didn't teach the lesson Mitchell wanted.
"We beat them twice," Ellis claimed.
Despite dozens of scholarship offers, Ellis quickly chose Virginia Tech. He led the Hokies in scoring as a senior in 1968-69, averaging 19.7 points, and played significant minutes during the landmark season of 1966-67.
After defeating the likes of Duke, Purdue and Wake Forest during the regular season, Virginia Tech made the 23-team NCAA tournament field as an independent. The Hokies bested Toledo and Indiana to reach the Mideast Regional final, where they lost in overtime to Dayton and All-American Don May -- Dayton advanced to the national-title game, falling to UCLA and Alcindor.
Following his graduation from Tech, Ellis was drafted in the fifth round by the NBA's Chicago Bulls and in the sixth by the ABA's Kentucky Colonels. He tried out with the Colonels, but multiple ankle injuries derailed his career.
Ellis doesn't attend many sporting events, but last February his next-door neighbor invited him to Virginia's home game against Florida State. It was, Ellis said, the first time he'd returned to Charlottesville since that night of Jan. 6, 1968.
"I went to see the new John Paul Jones Arena," Ellis said. "I wore my Virginia Tech jacket."
Tonight, Ellis will watch on television as his alma mater plays in JPJ. He said he might even wear that Tech jacket.
The chances of a Hokies' victory? Well, the Cavaliers are a modest favorite, but this is the ruby, or 40th, anniversary of the game that even Ellis has forgotten.
And the color ruby is close to maroon, right?
Copyright © 2008, Newport News, Va., Daily Press
Thank you so very much, Joe! I added this to our Basketball section:
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/16/08 - "Jambalaya Kid":
How cute is this!? (He's 4 years old)
WOWZERONI!!! This is one adorable, talented little guy! Thanks, Glenn!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/16/08 - "Laughter Is Cheap Medicine":
~ Steve Goodier ~
I know from personal experience that this is absolutely true; it's just difficult to remember at times. Thanks so much, Shari!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/16/08 - "Play and Enjoy":
You got a friend in me!
GIGGLES!!! Thanks so much, Glenn, this is cute!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/16/08 - "older and wiser....?":
|WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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I used to be a rolling stone
You know if the cause was right
I'd leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done
`Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had
Oh Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine a light shine a light
Shine a light won't you shine a light
Philadelphia freedom I love you, yes I do
If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city
Some others choose the good old family home
I like living easy without family ties
Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
Right between the eyes
Freedom" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Freedom" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks again, Dave!
Painting of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of http://www.thp.uni-koeln.de/natter/physwelt/f03_08.html - 01/09/06
Etching of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of http://www.sciencetrek.net/franklin.htm - 01/09/06
Benjamin Franklin Autograph used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.fadedgiant.net/html/franklin_benjamin.htm - 01/09/06
Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://resources.bravenet.com/clipart/dividers/22 - 06/14/04
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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