05/21/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
don't know what it is, don't mess with it.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I think if you remembered today's birthday of the "Clown Prince of Jazz", you're either a major jazz fan or an awesome trivia buff!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzynQ8LPyAM - Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin' - clip from Stormy Weather (1943) (Yes, that IS Lena Horne.)
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today to Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND
Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);
25 - Edna Martin Clemence ('57);
26 - Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA;
27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/19/08 - "Digger's story..":
My daughter, Sheri, sent me this and I wanted to pass it along. Digger doesn't talk much about himself and I hope this will help all who read it to see what a special son-in-law we were blessed with.
Chaplain History since 11 Sep 2001Chaplain (COL) Allen Blake Boatright
In 2004, I was assigned to US CENTCOM (U.S. Central Command) Headquarters to work as a Chaplain on the Operations battle staff. This was a Joint assignment where I would work with Navy, Air Force, Marine and Army personnel. While serving in Qatar in the Persian Gulf, I met a less active Latter-day Saint named Douglas Frickey. He was an Air Force Reserve Master Sergeant. MSgt Frickey went by the nick name “Digger”. His Father gave him the nickname when he was a child for no apparent reason.
Digger reached a point in his life where he wanted some spiritual direction. He was last active in the church when he was around 12 years old and never returned. While in Qatar prior to going to bed he prayed daily, asking God what to do next in his life. One morning after praying, he felt it was time to search for a copy of the Book of Mormon, but told no one he would like to read one. As he was walking to work, he took a detour to the chaplain’s office to find my office locked. His beeper went off due to opstempo. The next day he tried again, to have the same happen before he even go to the chaplain’s area. There was an active member of the church that worked with Digger, Lt Col Engel. Unknown to Digger, Lt Col Engel told me that he needed a Book of Mormon. I gave her one and she put a note on Digger’s computer to come to her office. There was a book on her desk for him. Digger felt a confirmation of relief come over him when he saw the Book just showed up without him telling anyone that he was searching for a copy at that time. Digger still has the note and Book of Mormon today.
Digger began reading and learned what true repentance was and other principles he could guide his life with. I coordinated with his Bishop in the States in a Tampa Bay, Florida Ward and the Stake President of the Saudi Arabian Peninsula Stake. Together, we worked a plan to help Digger advance in the Priesthood. Later I was allowed to ordain him a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.
Both of us re-deployed to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where Digger and I worked at the US CENTCOM rear Headquarters. The Tampa 2nd Ward Bishop assigned Digger and I as Home Teaching companions. After some negotiation with Bishop Patrick and the High Priest Group Leader we were assigned 119 families to look up and see if they still lived in Ward boundaries. For that assignment I had two Home Teaching partners. Digger helped me on week nights and Brother Thomas helped on weekends. Later it was just Digger and me. For the next 6 months we met usually twice a week and found less active members, non-members and other homes where the Saints had once lived. It was a great adventure. One family asked if we knew where some Missionaries were so the husband of the family could have some discussions and get baptized!
One older Sister was baptized many years ago as a youth but had never returned to church. We noticed that her windows were boarded up after the last hurricane passed by. (There were four hurricanes that touched Florida that year) We asked her if she would like some help taking down the boards. She said that would be OK. I was thinking that we would make an appointment, bring the Aaronic Priesthood over and have a great Saturday. I looked over at Digger and he had rolled up his sleeves, gone to his truck and had a tool box ready to go. She got us a couple of ladders and we did the job right then and there. That was a long night.
Later we went to an address and the older sister who answered the door threw up her arms and exclaimed, “The Elders!!! I just moved here, how’d you know I needed help with boxes and furniture?” I looked over at Digger and he was rolling up his sleeves. That was a long night also. Actually we went back three or four more times to help that Sister.
One day Digger and I went to the Orlando Temple and did Baptisms for dead. When we returned to the Tampa 2nd Ward Chapel in the evening there was a crew of Sisters decorating the cultural hall for a Christmas event. Before I could say anything, Digger asked, “Do you need any help?” And then he was rolling up his sleeves. I thought to myself, “This will be a long night.”
Later Digger asked if I would do the honors to confer the Melchizedek Priesthood and ordain him an Elder after his Ward and Stake leaders approved his advancement in the Priesthood.
And still later, I was Digger’s escort in the Orlando Temple when he was endowed.
By the time Digger had courted and proposed to an active Latter-day Saint Sister (Sheri) I had moved on to a new assignment in Atlanta, Georgia; but was able to fly down to Orlando for their sealing. They now have a baby girl. Her name is Amadea Joan Frickey (named after Digger's Mom, Joan). But, her nick name is Maddie, just like our youngest daughter, Madelyn.
It is a rare moment serving as a Chaplain to have the opportunity to see someone progress so far and as steadily as Digger did. Sometimes we just plant a seed. Sometimes there will be unfinished business to do in the Spirit World for not all our friends and Saints come home alive from a war zone.
But for that one assignment the Lord allowed me to see someone special “roll up” his sleeves and go to work. I am grateful for the opportunity.
Allen Blake Boatright
ALLEN BLAKE BOATRIGHT
US ARMY COMMAND CHAPLAIN
WOWZERONI - what a great story of reactivation and service!!! Thanks for sharing it with us, Ruthie!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/20/08 - "1907 Picture - Please Read":
We sure need Teddy now!
I think this is one email that
needs to be forwarded until every American with a computer receives it.
The year is 1907, one hundred years ago......
READ PRINT UNDER PICTURE !
Thanks so much, Glenn! I DID run this through snopes.com, and found:
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
'"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person 's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'"
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1907
|Every American citizen needs to read this!|
From Me ('65) of NC - 05/20/08 - "More Updates":
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam-all.html - With the new resource available of the Daily Press articles after 1989, I 'm trying to make the In Memoriam pages more complete by adding full obituaries wherever possible. I didn't want to reinvent the wheel, so if a Memorial Newsletter already exists, it will be linked in the third column. Generally speaking, deaths which occurred between mid 2000 and early 2005 will have the person's name written in blue and underlined, indicating the obituary is already linked there.
I didn't have sufficient information on the Classes of 1954, 1968, or 1969 to add anything further to them, but in addition to the pages I previously reported, I have now finished (to varying degrees) making the updates to 1955,1956, 1957, 1967, and 1968 - except, of course, for the many missing images which I have not yet scanned.
Oh, GUESS WHAT?!?
As I was rummaging through the 1954 Anchor looking for clues to the Evans Soda Shop (which I did not find), this ad caught my eye.
Well, you see what this means, doncha?!? That's right! It means that Pal Bottling Company was actually part of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, and now at last we know where our beloved Pal was made, and we can all sleep more easily at night!
|1954 Anchor, p. 161|
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 05/20/08 - "The Stadium":
WILDEST GIGGLES!!! It is just way beyond funny that you should mention this at this very moment, Normie! I know for a fact that there are some very serious minded people who read this Newsletter on a regular basis, and I wonder from time to time what they must think when we break out in total craziness or call each other outrageous nicknames
The business of the nicknames - all of which had fairly legitimate justifications of one form or another - began in early July of 2004, if I recall correctly:
... I know Joe Madagan was a teacher when I was a kid. How could one be a blood pumping female and not notice a presence like Joe!! He was such a marvelous specimen of the male form - may I say an Adonis?? - that one couldn't miss him!!
- Kathleen Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 07/05/04
By the following February it was already well established.
For the benefit of our newcomers, it's time once again to recap our
newly acquired nicknames. Joe Madagan ('57) of FL is "Adonis"; Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA is "Da Babe"; Wayne
Stokes ('65) of VA is "Wayne Honey"; Rip Collins
('65) of TN is "Rip Precious", Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA is
"Sarah Sugah"; I am "Carol Buckwheat Dawlin'", and David Whitley ('67) of VA is just plain
I hope I didn't leave anyone out. (There is that "Babes Everlasting" thing, but that's not really common knowledge - I hope.....)
And then it really escalated when Gloria (Woolard Price - Hampton HS - '65 - of FL) and Jo Ann (Stewart - '64 - then of TX, but now of Northern VA) and I started talking about that glorious Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD):
Then Neta (Collins Hastings - '60 - of VA) jumped in with reminiscences of Chandler's brother Darden:
And sometime after that it broke down into a general drool-fest over the Nelms boys and David Whitley. And then Wayne Honey wrote asking what on earth was wrong with us, and what would suddenly turn seemingly rational, intelligent women into raving lunatics. I wrote him back a long letter explaining that it was hardly our fault; we can't help it if they're gorgeous. I cannot seem to locate that correspondence at this time.....
Then suddenly Chandler appeared onsite, and we were all sorely embarrassed by all the outrageous things we had said, never dreaming he would ever find out! (And besides, I'm still not totally convinced that when he was a lifeguard at Buckroe Beach, at least one of us didn't actually feign drowning in the hope that he would "save" us with some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, because I know for a fact it was seriously considered on more than one occasion.)
So that's the background, Normie, but as for the ironic timing.....
I didn't know Eddie in high school, and my carefully annotated '61 and '62 Anchors will testify of this. So I didn't recall what a hunk he was until I was posting those images for the new Stage Crew Homerooms page on Saturday:
On Monday, Wayne Honey called me and we had one our our usual long chats, which we'd not done in 400 years or so. During the course of our conversation, he said - as he has many times before - that he was not good looking in his youth, so he didn't have to worry about losing his looks to aging as he never had any at the start. Now this is patently absurd. I DO remember Wayne Honey, and I must tell you, his is a distinctly minority opinion on this subject, as he's quite a babe and always was.
So despite the fact that both Eddie and Wayne Honey will no doubt try to kill me, at your request - and just for today (and on their birthdays!), I'm adding their well deserved flames.
Thanks, Normie - here's one for you, too - for the same obvious reasons!
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/20/08 - "Why go to Church?":
When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees
the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
All right, now that you're done reading, send it on! I think everyone should read this! "When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me? "
Cool analogy, Ruthie - thanks!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/20/08 - "This was a wake up e-mail for me":
"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." - Numbers 6:24-26
This was a wake up e-mail for me.
Read only if you have time for God.
Let me tell you, make sure you read all the way to the bottom. I almost deleted this email but I was blessed when I got to the end.
God, when I received this e-mail, I thought... I don't have time for this... And, this is really inappropriate during work.. Then, I realized that this kind of thinking is.... Exactly, what has caused lot of the problems in our world today.
We try to keep God in church on Sunday morning... Maybe, Sunday night... And, the unlikely event of a midweek service.
We do like to have Him around during sickness... And, of course, at funerals. However, we don't have time, or room, for Him during work or play.... Because.. That's the part of our lives we think... We can, and should, handle on our own.
May God forgive me for ever thinking... That... there is a time or place where.. HE is not to be FIRST in my life. We should always have time to remember all HE has done for us.
If, You aren't ashamed to do this... Please follow the directions.
Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.'
Not ashamed? Pass this on ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT!!
Yes, I do Love God. HE is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I will be nothing. But, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)
This is the simplest test.
If You Love God... And, are not ashamed of all the marvelous things HE has done for you... Send this to ten people and the person who sent it to you! Now do you have the time to pass it on? Make sure that you scroll through to the end.
Easy vs. Hard
Why is it so hard to tell the truth but Yet so easy to tell a lie?
Why are we so sleepy in church but right when the sermon is over we suddenly wake up?
Why is it so easy to delete a Godly e-mail, but yet we forward all of the nasty ones?
Of all the free gifts we may receive, Prayer is the very best one.....
There are no costs, but wonderful rewards... GOD BLESS!
Isn't it funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing?
Isn't it funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.
Isn't it funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.
I pray for everyone who sends this, that they are Blessed by God in a way special for them.
Again, the timing to your email is interesting, Wayne Honey. Not only did it arrive fifteen minutes after Ruthie's, but I just touched on this issue in my Sunday School class this past Sunday.
As a general rule, I tend to use such material within the Newsletter only at times we as the Typhoon Family are celebrating Christian holidays together - say, Easter and Christmas. I try also to include relevant background materials when we're celebrating Jewish and Druid holidays together, to educate and inform, because that is what we do here, and hopefully, that is how we grow closer to one another through love and understanding. But my purpose then is basically to impart mental knowledge, not spiritual wisdom, because conversion through the means of this Newsletter is not really a part of my agenda here.
So that's why unless the subject is apropos to something else, I probably won't include it any more than I would include politically motivated materials. That's not my job. I'm here to unite, not to divide or to misuse this forum. Latter-day Saints are known to be a proselytizing people, so I try to balance what I do here very carefully so that my motives are not misconstrued. If in the process I can stimulate thought and a desire to learn more, well, that's a different matter.
During my lesson Sunday, I made the point that if you knew the law and commandments and were able to quote scripture verbatim, but had not its principles and love written your heart, it would avail you nothing. Mental knowledge and spiritual knowledge are two entirely different things. I also said I would not go so far as to say it would be a useless, wasted activity to learn without feeling, because one never knows when life's experiences will suddenly allow seeds once planted to take root - seemingly overnight, but possibly with years of preparation.
As for my opinion, I personally believe that a "Sunday religion" is useless, and if your entire life doesn't reflect the principles you espouse in church, then something's wrong, and your religion is empty.
But - that's my opinion, Wayne Honey, and you asked for it, and - oh, yes - I just in effect "forwarded" your email to over 500 people. May it bless them in a way that is best for them
Thanks, Wayne Honey!
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
1. Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good. The PET scan will be in the next few weeks. We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"
2. Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE
Connie Bloxom ThompsonD 21015
3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07
4. Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08
5. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.
6. My second granddaughter,
Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean
breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing
girl, so proper healing is essential
7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"
8. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."
9.John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
10. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!; update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "
11. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"
12. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"
13. All of Us
1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI
2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:
Mini reunion at the home of Buddy and Libby Blechman David of VA
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008- NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/26/08
Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Words and Music
by Fats Waller
No one to talk
with; all by myself,
No one to walk with, but I'm happy on the shelf.
Ain't misbehavin', I'm savin' my love for you.
I know for certain, the one I love,
I'm through with flirtin', it's just you I'm thinkin' of.
Ain't misbehavin', I'm savin' my love for you.
Like Jack Horner, in the corner
Don't go nowhere, what do I care?
Your kisses are worth waitin' for ....
... Believe me ...
I don't stay out late, don't care to go,
I'm home about eight; just me and my radio,
Ain't misbehavin', I'm savin' my love for you!
First Image of Fats Waller courtesy of http://pianologist.com/our-thoughts/sex-and-piano/ - 05/20/08
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Animated Keyboard clip art courtesy of http://www.cliphoto.com/index0.htm - 01/23/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
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