- NNHS Newsletter
“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”
- Charlie Brown
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today seems like a Weird Al kind of a day........
1. Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA - 04/25/06 - "I want to be included":
I finally got your e-mail.
Brenda Amos Williams ('62 - of VA) gave it to me. I am Pam Larmer
Traugott '62. You have become famous! And it is lasting more than 15
minutes. Thanks so much for serving as a hudge funnel to all classes. What
do I do to contribute and to receive your hot topics? My e-mail is .......
Oh, I am living in Lexington, VA and have been here for 9 years.
PAM!!! THERE you are! I must have lost you last May when I was down for those three agonizing months. I'm so glad you reconnected with me! Welcome back!!!
I'm famous now?!? Oh, goody! I always wanted to be famous! Wellll, technically, I always wanted to be Rich and Famous, but halfsies isn't all that bad! Thanks!
And to contribute, all you do is write to me at NNHS65@yahoo.com or NNHS65@nc.rr.com - whichever you prefer, and then patiently wait until I get my act together. Sometimes I'm the hare, sometimes I'm the turtle - but I always love to hear from y'all.
Send us your birthday:
Let me know if you'd like your email addy published. If not, I'll try to keep it hidden.
Thanks again, Pam! And thank you, Brenda, for reconnecting us!
- Looky-looky at all the birthdays - and they're all "landmark" birthdays,
Congratulations and many happy returns of the day to all of y'all!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/21/06:
|My condolences on the loss of
DThank you, Sweetie! That means a great deal to me. She was quite a remarkable woman.
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 04/25/06:
Carol, my deepest sympathy in the passing of your aunt. The torch is now being passed to us. May you find peace in precious memories and in knowing she is not gone forever!
Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl Mays Howard
Thanks so much, Cheryl!
I spent the summer of 1966 in Richmond with Jimmy and Frances (Thomas Jefferson HS - '37) and my three cousins, Stuart (Warsaw HS - '63 - of VA), Jean (Atkinson Mallory - John Marshall HS - '65 - of VA) and Jim (Atkinson - ? - '?) of VA. Jim was going to be turning seven that August. Jimmy, Frances, and Stuart were all working, and Jean was going to college. Someone needed to stay with Jim, and they asked me to come live with them to facilitate matters. My mind keeps returning to that time and all the fun and great times we had together. Frances even gave me my first cookbook then. I still have it and use it - and still believe all others to be but pale imitations.
And I remember too all the summers when Frances would bring the kids down for a visit, and we'd all do wonderfully fun things together. It always involved Buckroe Beach, and usually picnics and movies and shopping and other things, too.
And I remember all the Christmases in Richmond. Frances was one of the heroic aunts who saved Christmas of 1953 from the Grinch who would have stolen it:
And all these times involved much giggling from everyone - especially Frances. Perhaps you've noticed how much I myself like to giggle. Like me, Frances' mother was 39 when she was born. Like me, Frances was 39 when her last child was born. We had many such connections that probably never really struck me until now.
And I find myself quite unexpectedly not doing so well....
Thank you again, Cheryl. I really appreciate your caring.
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 04/25/06:
|Carol, you're starting to
Ooops. I do have that effect on people from time to time......
"People tend to love me or hate me and a lot of them just think I'm annoying."
Jillian Barberie, TV Guide,
Does any one ever get born among us? Do the people getting born, some where, equal the number leaving? Is there hope for our oneness to continue, or are we taking it with us? How about some real newbies!!!!! Yea, right next to the real us!
I can't help you there either, but I did what I could. My seventh child was born on 07/30/87, and I had my fourth miscarriage several months later. On 09/15/88, I required surgery which effectively ended any chance of more babies, but I was already 41 anyway. Of my nine grandchildren, the last one was born on 09/11/05. Five of my children have not yet had any babies, but four of them are still unmarried, so that's just as well. My oldest grandchild is now 6' 2", but he's still only 14, so I doubt I'll be getting any great-grandchildren in the near future.
We publish photos of grandchildren as often as we receive them. I'm not mathematically inclined enough to analyze the statistics of body replacement ratios, even if I had the data - which I don't. I'm not sure what to tell you....
On a lighter note I found my class ring. How many among us still have theirs? How many still fit?
I sadly no longer have mine, nor would it still fit if I did.
I found a "fashion" jewelry bracelet also with NEWPORT NEWS written in alternating blue and white little shields with a basket ball at the end. I think it was a fun raiser from my ninth grade. It's still in great shape. Gee Dog, we even made good junk!!! You don't get that now-a-days. I wanted to send a picture but I'm too stupid. Sorry.
Linda May 66
That doesn't mean you're stupid, Linda May. It just means it's something you haven't yet learned. But that sounds like such a fun bracelet! Congratulations!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL- 04/26/06 - "Newsletters":
I hope you're all right........I
haven't received any newsletters recently. ??
YOWZERS!!! "Dat ain't right!" (English major, ya know....)
You should have received a notification of this one on Tuesday:
And this one five days earlier:
But no, actually, I've been a whole lot better, I surely have........
Thanks for your concern, Gloria! In my melancholy, I really thought no one even missed me.
From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 04/25/06:
Isn't it amazing and wonderful how we remember. You remember your father even though he has been dead for many years. I am the same about my grandmother even though she has been dead over 20 years. Your dad and my grandmother will never really die as long as we hold them in our hearts.
Love, Cuz Pam
And there they'll ever be! Thanks so much, Cousin Pam!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/27/06 - "Our Old Automobiles":
On the lighter side, my BMW (Beautiful, Marvelous Wife) who is busy slaving away at the University of South Florida Medical Group in Tampa while I am enjoying retirement and writing you electronic messages, suggested that your many Newsletter subscribers might enjoy recalling the following:
"For the next newsletter for NNHS ask if anyone had spinners on the car wheels and remember those wire "thingys" that hit the curb for parking. I saw a car this morning on the way in that had spinners and it reminded me of high school."
I believe Eva is referring to the curb feelers that attached to Our Old Automobiles back when we actually parallel parked on the streets of Newport News. Those wire extenders that you could purchase at Pep Boys on Jefferson Avenue that were the rage back in the 1950's.
Oh, my, yes! On those big, beautiful cars, they were quite the thing! Thanks, Eva!
We all know this has been an extremely difficult week for you and your family, and a time of reflection and grief. We hope you have peace and comfort after paying your last respects.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Thank you, Joe! I do have peace and comfort, and I know Frances is free from the suffering she was enduring. I've just always wanted things to go back to the way they were "before" - whenever before was. And blessedly, my memories are all happy and fun, and usually downright hysterically funny. I suppose it's simply that I don't always like changes.
April 21 must have some special meaning in our family. Frances' Uncle Bruce (Ryburn Payne - b. 18 Feb 1874) died on that day in 1937. Thirty-five years later, my #2 son, Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of IL) was born. And thirty-four years later, Frances passed away. Strange.
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/22/06 - "CONELRAD: All Things Atomic | The
Age of Homeland Security":
Thought this might spice up the website page, and give a Famous Marine the limelight.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
OH, WOWZERS!!! That is so cool! I didn't remember it at all, but then Gene Hackman has one of those "everyman" faces as did Ben Johnson, and it took me several years to be able to recognize either of them. Of course, that very characteristic made him ideal for this job.
Thanks, Major Madagan! I added the link to Gene's Famous Marine slot:
From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 04/23/06 - "Digital Graphics":
This was most interesting and I thought
you would enjoy this amazing innovation.
From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 04/26/06 - "Redneck Grill":
Free Grills Available at Most Stores.
not a joke. You can get a free BBQ grill from any of the following stores:
especially like the higher shelf which can be used for keeping things warm!
Recommended by the REDNECKS OF AMERICA ASSOCIATION (RAA)
And the price is right, too!
From Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA - 04/27/06:
I was wondering if I missed the pictures of our 40th class reunion. I know that you posted them because you are so good about doing things like that. Please tell me where they might be.
Thank you, Shirley Caudill Williamson
Well, the well organized pictures are here:
The ones from the tabletop cameras which have been appearing in the last forty-eleven Newsletters have not yet been centrally collected and added to that overview sheet. But they're almost done, and then I'll add them too. For now they're available for hunting here:
I believe this edition (ignore the fact that I began with CD #3) marked their first appearance (hence the title):
PS Thank you for a job well done. You are fantastic !!!!!!!!
OH, thank YOU, Shirley!
From Me ('65) of NC - 04/27/06:
As I was
beginning the still unfinished updates on
daddy's page on my
I noticed that this page for the Veterans Administration Hospital was long
overdue for some rehabilitation itself, so I did it:
- redesigned page
While we were on Virginia's sacred soil, we stayed with my cousin (on
Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA), whom many of
y'all met at last fall's
Thanks so much, Cheryl and Don! It was so nice seeing y'all again, and visiting in your lovely home. It was extraordinarily gracious of you to invite us there in the middle of your remodeling (which we all found fascinating). And I'm really enjoying processing all those lovely vintage laces and linens you gave me!
Monday, April 24, 2006, 8:40
Colonial Heights, VA
|Cheryl and Carol|
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (A Series of 27 Images):
If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified.
Thanks, David - and Tommy!
(That's the last of this batch, but not to worry; Dave has already sent us Batch Three, so our hilarity will continue. Thanks, David!)
|Redneck Powerball Winner|
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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You Don't Love Me Anymore
Weird Al Yankovic
(b. 23 Oct 1959)
We've been together for so very long
But now things are changing, oh I wonder what's wrong?
Seems you don't want me around
The passion is gone and the flame's died down
I guess I lost a little bit of self-esteem
That time that you made it with the whole hockey team
You used to think I was nice
Now you tell all your friends that I'm the Antichrist
Oh, why did you disconnect the breaks in my car?
That kind of thing is hard to ignore
Got a funny feeling you don't love me anymore
I knew that we were having problems when
You put those piranhas in my bathtub again
You're still the light of my life
Oh darling, I'm beggin', won't you put down that knife?
You know, I even think it's kinda cute the way
You poison my coffee just a little each day
I still remember the way that you laughed
When you pushed me down that elevator shaft
Oh, if you don't mind me asking, what's this poisonous cobra
Doing in my underwear drawer?
Sometime I get to thinking you don't love me any more
You slammed my face down on the barbecue grill
Now my scars are all healing, but my heart never will
You set my house on fire
You pulled out my chest hairs with an old pair of pliers
Oh, you think that I'm ugly and you say that I'm cheap
You shaved off my eyebrows while I was asleep
You drilled a hole in my head
Then you dumped me in a drainage ditch and left me for dead
Oh, you know this really isn't like you at all
You never acted this way before
Honey, something tells me you don't love me any more, oh no no
Got a funny feeling you don't love me anymore
[approximately 10 minutes and 2 seconds of silence]
[some loud and spontaneous noises]
"You Don't Love Me Anymore"
midi courtesy of
http://www.barglenawdlezouss.com/midi.htm - 12/26/05
"You Don't Love Me Anymore" lyrics courtesy of http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/weirdalyankovic/youdontlovemeanymore.html - 12/26/05
Annie Haslam's Painting, "Unrequited Love" courtesy of http://www.anniehaslam.com/images/full/unrequited_love.html - 03/08/06
Animated Blue Flame Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html – 03/08/06
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy
Animated Tiny 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
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05
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