05/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Hot Stuff
“Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I mean, really - are we not ALL "Hot Stuff"?!?
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27-TM3q5-Cc - Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
|"Hot Stuff" is a hit
single released by
Donna Summer in 1979 as the first single release from her
Bad Girls album through
Casablanca Records. Up to that point, Summer had mainly been
songs but this song also showed significant
rock influences including a guitar solo by ex-Doobie
Steely Dan guitarist
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.
"Hot Stuff" would also win Summer the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, making her not only the first African-American artist to achieve that feat, but also the first woman to ever win a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance. It is ranked #104 on the updated Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The songs also lists at #67 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time. ...
BAD NEWS REMINDER:
|From Yahoo Finance - 05/04/11
- "AT&T Capping Download Amounts":
In light of this "revolting new development", as our household is one of those Major Users of Bandwidth, the remaining regular issues of the NNHS Newsletter THROUGH THE END OF MAY will be mostly imageless.
Please save your images or documents, as I'll not be able to post any of them, nor scan and post any new ones of my own except in extreme cases of need. (If they're already in my files, that's different.)
This will not apply of course to Memorial Editions. Once we return to Fayetteville, this should no longer be an issue.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to that gorgeous
David Whitley ('67) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 - Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA;
22 - Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57);
24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57)
AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);
25 - The late Edna Martin Clemence ('57) (deceased 04 Nov 2009) ;
26 - Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA;
27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57)!
Happy Returns to You All!
THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
YESTERDAYIN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0519.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Saturday, May 18, 1861
Wednesday, May 18, 1864
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0519.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Sunday, May 19, 1861
1. From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/08/11 - "OPEN REUNION SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966":
A Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to you!! I hope you have a glorious day!
The 45-year reunion plans for the Class of 1966 has been finalized. I would appreciate it if you would put this reunion notice in your newsletter for me.
Thank you so much for all you do!
Dee Hodges Bartram
The Class of 1966 will hold an OPEN 45 year reunion on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011. Here is the schedule:
Friday night – 7:00 p.m. until closing - RJ’s Restaurant and Pub located at 12743 Jefferson Avenue (Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center), Newport News, VA. The owner, Ron Johnson, is a Typhoon alumnus. Each person attending on Friday night is responsible for the cost of their dinner, drinks or snacks.
Saturday night: Warwick Yacht Club, located at 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, from 7:00 p.m. till midnight. We will have light Hors D’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress Code: Dressy Casual (no shorts, jeans or ties, please). Music by the Rock-it-Men Band.
cost for the reunion will be $40 per person.
Included in this cost is the rental of the Yacht Club, paper,
envelopes, printer ink, stamps, food, bartender, carver and server
fees. If any of you would like to make a monetary donation to help
underwrite the cost of the reunion, it will be greatly appreciated.
Updates on the reunion will be sent out by via e-mail to those of you that I have e-mail addresses for. Also, Carol Buckley Harty, Class of 1965, has created a NNHS website at http://nnhs65.com/NNHS-Newsletters-2011.html where I will also post updates.
We look forward to seeing you at the reunion!
NNHS Class of 1966 45-Year Reunion Committee
Dee Hodges Bartram (757) 868-8443
Please send the registration form and your check, payable to Mrs. Dee Bartram, by July 8, 2011. My address is 21 Laydon Way, Poquoson, VA 23662. The cost after July 8th will be $50 per person.
Please give me the count for each night.
Will attend: Friday Night _______ Saturday Night _______
Name: ________________________________________ (Ladies – please include maiden name)
Spouse/Guest Name: ____________________________
______________________________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail address: ___________________________
Amount Enclosed: _______________
NOTE: If you are going to attend Friday only, I still need to know in order to give the restaurant a count. Please extend me and the restaurant the courtesy of letting me know if you will be there by either e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling me at (757) 868-8443.
If you are unable to attend the reunion, please e-mail or call me with any e-mail address updates or home address change updates.
AN OPEN REUNION?!? But of course, Dee - thanks so much!
The link is now on the main page as well as the Reunion Page:
2. From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":
Could you place the attached item in an upcoming newsletter and run it for a week or two? Any longer than that and people will just scroll past it.
IF YOU ATTENDED
BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------
… and you
have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
CNC DECADER STEERING COMMITTEE
Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:
Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:
From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 05/17/11 - "That Old Feeling":
When I played “That Old Feeling”, which I SWEAR under oath I hadn’t heard before, I realized how similar it was to my ( still, sadly, unproduced… ) play, “Well I Guess I’m Back”.
The lyrics are so similar to the dialog between my two main characters, that I think I need to draft a letter to Nancy Sinatra before she slaps me with a plagiarism / theft of intellectual property lawsuit! Copy to Leslie Diamond ('66 - of VA), senior partner at Diamond and Presley, attorneys at law, offices in Norfolk and Memphis.
Are there any classmates, oh, you know, living in a tropical location that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States? Someplace even Seal Team 6 wouldn’t think to look?
Other than LaGrange?
WILD GIGGLES! I think you're safe, Bill - especially as it's still unproduced! I frankly have never understood how composers, lyricists, authors, and playwrights can write anything in the certain knowledge that their ideas are original. Who can ever be truly sure that the tunes and words floating around in our minds were our own or things we fleetingly heard long, long ago?
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/16/11 - "Alan Jackson ...... Awesome":
|May have to play twice. Once to listen and
once to read. Goose Bump time.
Even if you aren't a country music fan I think you'll agree that Alan Jackson's rendition of this hymn is beautiful as is the slideshow reminding us of the reason this country became the greatest nation in the history of mankind..
It also reminds us that if we don't return to God we will lose it all. (Notice the tears falling from the face of the Eagle.)
Between the song, the visuals and the text, everyone will find a reason to send this one on to others.
OH, WOW! Thanks, Glenn!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/17/11 - "The Good Old Days?":
WE HAVE SOME EXTREMELY STRONG, AND TENACIOUS ANCESTRY, AND ITS SAD THAT OUR CHILDREN AREN'T BEING TAUGHT ABOUT IT.
These are the people that built this country.
AFTER YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES READ THE NOTE AT THE
AND WE THINK WE'VE GOT IT
Thanks so much, Bill!
From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 05/17/11 - "I Fought For You":
|If you cannot view this, please let me know.
I had no trouble viewing it, Lady! Thanks - see you soon!
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 05/17/11 - "Harmonica at Carnegie Hall":
My sister sent me this, and I would like to pass it on to the TYPHOON Nation!
Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.
This is almost unbelievable. We all need a little sophistication.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/16/11 - "The Spoon Theory -- A Wonderful Analogy":
~o~ The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino ~o~
Please take the time to read Christine Miserandino’s personal story and analogy of what it is like to live with sickness or disability.
My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.
As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. I was shocked not only because she asked the random question, but also because I assumed she knew all there was to know about Lupus. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?
I started to ramble on about pills, and aches and pains, but she kept pursuing, and didn’t seem satisfied with my answers. I was a little surprised, as being my roommate in college and friend for years I thought she already knew the medical definition of Lupus. Then she looked at me with a face every sick person knows well, the face of pure curiosity about something no one healthy can truly understand. She asked what it felt like, not physically, but what it felt like to be me, to be sick.
As I tried to gain my composure, I glanced around the table for help or guidance, or at least stall for time to think. I was trying to find the right words. How do I answer a question I never was able to answer for myself? How do I explain every detail of every day being effected, and give the emotions a sick person goes through with clarity. I could have given up, cracked a joke like I usually do, and changed the subject, but I remember thinking if I don’t try to explain this, how could I ever expect her to understand. If I can’t explain this to my best friend, how could I explain my world to anyone else? I had to at least try.
At that moment, the spoon theory was born. I quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; heck, I grabbed spoons off of the other tables. I looked at her in the eyes and said, “Here you go, you have Lupus”. She looked at me slightly confused, as anyone would when they are being handed a bouquet of spoons. The cold metal spoons clanked in my hands, as I grouped them together and shoved them into her hands.
I explained that the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn’t have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted.
Most people start the day with unlimited amount of possibilities, and energy to do whatever they desire, especially young people. For the most part, they do not need to worry about the effects of their actions. So for my explanation, I used spoons to convey this point. I wanted something for her to actually hold, for me to then take away, since most people who get sick feel a “loss” of a life they once knew. If I was in control of taking away the spoons, then she would know what it feels like to have someone or something else, in this case Lupus, being in control.
She grabbed the spoons with excitement. She didn’t understand what I was doing, but she is always up for a good time, so I guess she thought I was cracking a joke of some kind like I usually do when talking about touchy topics. Little did she know how serious I would become!
I asked her to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of “spoons”. But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn’t guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons. She laughed and said she wanted more. I said no, and I knew right away that this little game would work when she looked disappointed and we hadn’t even started yet. I’ve wanted more “spoons” for years and haven’t found a way yet to get more, why should she? I also told her to always be conscious of how many she had, and not to drop them because she can never forget she has Lupus.
I asked her to list off the tasks of her day, including the most simple. As she rattled off daily chores or just fun things to do, I explained how each one would cost her a spoon. When she jumped right into getting ready for work as her first task of the morning, I cut her off and took away a spoon. I practically jumped down her throat. I said, "No! You don’t just get up. You have to crack open your eyes, and then realize you are late. You didn’t sleep well the night before. You have to crawl out of bed, and then you have to make yourself something to eat before you can do anything else, because if you don’t, you can’t take your medicine, and if you don’t take your medicine you might as well give up all your spoons for today and tomorrow, too.” I quickly took away a spoon and she realized she hasn’t even gotten dressed yet. Showering cost her a spoon, just for washing her hair and shaving her legs. Reaching high and low that early in the morning could actually cost more than one spoon, but I figured I would give her a break; I didn’t want to scare her right away. Getting dressed was worth another spoon. I stopped her and broke down every task to show her how every little detail needs to be thought about. You cannot simply just throw clothes on when you are sick. I explained that I have to see what clothes I can physically put on; if my hands hurt that day, buttons are out of the question. If I have bruises that day, I need to wear long sleeves, and if I have a fever, I need a sweater to stay warm and so on. If my hair is falling out I need to spend more time to look presentable, and then you need to factor in another 5 minutes for feeling badly that it took you 2 hours to do all this.
I think she was starting to understand when she theoretically didn’t even get to work, and she was left with 6 spoons. I then explained to her that she needed to choose the rest of her day wisely, since when your “spoons” are gone, they are gone. Sometimes you can borrow against tomorrow’s “spoons”, but just think how hard tomorrow will be with less “spoons”. I also needed to explain that a person who is sick always lives with the looming thought that tomorrow may be the day that a cold comes, or an infection, or any number of things that could be very dangerous. So you do not want to run low on “spoons”, because you never know when you truly will need them. I didn’t want to depress her, but I needed to be realistic, and unfortunately being prepared for the worst is part of a real day for me.
We went through the rest of the day, and she slowly learned that skipping lunch would cost her a spoon, as well as standing on a train, or even typing at her computer too long. She was forced to make choices and think about things differently. Hypothetically, she had to choose not to run errands, so that she could eat dinner that night.
When we got to the end of her pretend day, she said she was hungry. I summarized that she had to eat dinner but she only had one spoon left. If she cooked, she wouldn’t have enough energy to clean the pots. If she went out for dinner, she might be too tired to drive home safely. Then I also explained, that I didn’t even bother to add into this game, that she was so nauseous, that cooking was probably out of the question anyway. So she decided to make soup; it was easy. I then said it is only 7pm, you have the rest of the night but maybe end up with one spoon, so you can do something fun, or clean your apartment, or do chores, but you can’t do it all.
I rarely see her emotional, so when I saw her upset I knew maybe I was getting through to her. I didn’t want my friend to be upset, but at the same time I was happy to think finally maybe someone understood me a little bit. She had tears in her eyes and asked quietly, “Christine, How do you do it? Do you really do this everyday?” I explained that some days were worse then others; some days I have more spoons then most. But I can never make it go away and I can’t forget about it, I always have to think about it. I handed her a spoon I had been holding in reserve. I said simply, “I have learned to live life with an extra spoon in my pocket, in reserve. You need to always be prepared.”
It's hard, the hardest thing I ever had to learn is to slow down, and not do everything. I fight this to this day. I hate feeling left out, having to choose to stay home, or to not get things done that I want to. I wanted her to feel that frustration. I wanted her to understand, that everything everyone else does comes so easy, but for me it is one hundred little jobs in one. I need to think about the weather, my temperature that day, and the whole day’s plans before I can attack any one given thing. When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count “spoons”.
After we were emotional and talked about this for a little while longer, I sensed she was sad. Maybe she finally understood. Maybe she realized that she never could truly and honestly say she understands. But at least now she might not complain so much when I can’t go out for dinner some nights, or when I never seem to make it to her house and she always has to drive to mine. I gave her a hug when we walked out of the diner. I had the one spoon in my hand and I said, “Don’t worry. I see this as a blessing. I have been forced to think about everything I do. Do you know how many spoons people waste everyday? I don’t have room for wasted time, or wasted “spoons”, and I chose to spend this time with you.”
Ever since this night, I have used the spoon theory to explain my life to many people. In fact, my family and friends refer to spoons all the time. It has been a code word for what I can and cannot do. Once people understand the spoon theory they seem to understand me better, but I also think they live their life a little differently, too. I think it isn’t just good for understanding Lupus, but anyone dealing with any disability or illness. Hopefully, they don’t take so much for granted or their life in general. I give a piece of myself, in every sense of the word when I do anything. It has become an inside joke. I have become famous for saying to people jokingly that they should feel special when I spend time with them, because they have one of my “spoons”.
Thank you so much, Shari! This really gives more reasons to count our many blessings and appreciate more deeply the plight of others!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/17/11 - "EVERY CHEVY CONVERTIBLE":
EVERY CHEVY CONVERTIBL
From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 05/16/11 ANDFrom Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 05/18/11 - "Life imitates art...":
|Way too cute not to
WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Ladies!
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/18/11 - "A real treasure for all of us over 50":
|A real treasure for all of us over 50
This will keep the geriatrics group busy for hours.
IF YOU’RE OVER 50 YEARS OLD, YOU WILL LOVE THIS! JUST CLICK ON THE ONE YOU WANT TO SEE:
WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much, Ruthie!
www.ajokeaday.com - 05/18/11:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC -
2. Thursday, June 2, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
5. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News. DETAILS: http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1966/45th-Reunion-Letter-2011.doc; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at email@example.com - OPEN REUNION!
6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: www.nnhs1961.org and contact Gary Fitzgerald at Fitz43@cox.net or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961
7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/05/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Recorded by Donna Summer, 1979
(b. 31 Dec 1946)
Sittin' here, eatin' my heart out waitin'
"Hot Stuff" from "The Full Monty" midi courtesy of
Animated Fire Balls courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/mrfire/animations.html - 01/06/05 First Fire Divider Bar clip art courtesy of
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
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