05/25/04 - NNHS Newsletter at Last - Sad and Awesome News


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,


   How long has it been?  Let’s find out.


From Steve Burns (’65) of MN – 05/03/04:


I wonder if my email address got dropped somehow - haven't gotten anything in weeks. Let me know.


   Ummm, no, Steve – you’re fine; I’m loopy.  Good to hear from you!




From Janice McCain Rose (’65) of VA – 05/22/04:


You ok?  I'm sending this to both of your email addresses.......hope

everything's ok.....haven't heard from you in a while.....know you were gone.......but it seems like FOREVER since I've gotten a news update....when was the last time you sent a newsletter out??????  I don't think I'm getting them......(hope this doesn't sound like I am complaining....????).....but I truly miss hearing the latest on NNHS.


   Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve been better, ‘deed I have.  Oh, wait – mental doesn’t count, right?  Oh, I see.  Hmmm.  Then to quote Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella, “Nevermind”.




From Betty Bass Belanger (’65) of Northern VA – 05/24/04:


Hi Carol,


Hope all is well with you & your family!


For some reason I'm not getting your emails since this one on 4/20 & wanted to see if you'd please check your list of Bettys to see if I somehow was dropped off??  I'm sure there're many more technical reasons why this could occur, but my skills fall into the user category, so this is about the extent of my troubleshooting.


Know you don't hear from me often, but I thoroughly enjoy getting your email & hearing all the news about our class.  It's also fun to share things with my sister, Brenda '64 & her husband, Kenny (Lipscomb) '63. 


   That it is, Betty.  Well, there you have it – it’s been over a month since my last “weekly” Newsletter.  Sigh.  If this were an actual paying job, I would have been fired by now.  My internet  went down repeatedly, my computer acted up several times, I took a trip, and then I just became overwhelmed.




   Ahh, that reminds me – many of you have sent me very generous donations lately for the upkeep of the page, for which I thank you profusely.  Y’all are the greatest!

   Actually, I have been keeping the page up fairly well (except for those ten days in IL with my children and grandchildren).   It’s the Newsletter I have hideously neglected. 

   Okay, I might as well ‘fess up.  Creating pages is an easy, fun, and relaxing project.  When I’m stressed to the max, I’ll run make a new page.  TA-DAH – a great feeling of accomplishment!!  I’ve been concentrating on the Teachers lately.  There are many of them now, and many more are forthcoming.  The newest pages are dated in red to simplify your viewing:




   Old Stomping Grounds is always being updated, with the very newest additions dated in orange:




   On the other hand, for some insane reason, compiling the Newsletters usually drives me nuts. How can I tell, you might wonder?  Good question, that.  But seriously, I think it’s because I’m afraid I’ll make some glaring error, or some hideous omission, or say something extremely offensive (one of my better talents).  Sometimes I just stop to think of who and you all are and become paralyzed by intimidation and my own audacity at even attempting such a thing.  And sometimes – such as now – I’m just so far behind that I don’t know where to start. 

   My #5 son, Nathaniel, suggested that I might try short daily Newsletters instead.  That’s probably the best plan.  We shall see.




   While I’ve been hiding out, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to several of you on the phone, and that’s always great fun.  Call anytime – really.




   Did I mention we’ve added about forty-eleven new subscribers in the last month?  For (hopefully) a complete listing, check:




   If your name isn’t on there, and you’re receiving this Newsletter, please let me know so that I can add you – whether you’re an NNHS alum or not (as you can see, we have a goodly number of “others”).  Conversely, if your name is there and you’re NOT getting this Newsletter, please let me know as well.  Oh, no, it doesn’t work that way, does it?  Bummer.  Oh, well.




   There have sadly been five deaths since last I wrote you.  This probably had a great deal to do with my prolonged silence.  From time to time I just don’t handle this at all well, as you’ve no doubt noticed by now.  I finally managed to add them all last night:




   Gene Turner (’61) – see also http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam61.html

   Mr. James Carter

   Shirley Riddle Gilliam (’54)




   Mr. Isidore Sandler

   Mrs. Verna Soles Sears


   As always, if the names appear blue and underlined, clicking thereon will give you the complete obituary and Guest Log where available.  These are permanent additions, and may always be enlarged with images and remembrances.


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to all the families and friends involved.


   Speaking of which, on 05/17/04, Lynn Engle, Bruce Spigel’s significant other, sent me a recent photo of herself with Bruce:



Thanks for the note. I still have a hard time believing it. I miss him so much and think sometimes if I turn around he will be there. I'm glad you like the cookbook; we had a blast trying all the recipes. I also look forward to meeting you. Hope this picture is OK. Lynn


  Thanks, Lynn!  It’s great – and now at last posted:




   The Brusky’s website is posted there as well, so you can still order Bruce and Lynn’s fabulous cookbook.  I very much enjoy mine. 




From Cheryl Mays Howard (’66) of VA – 05/01/04:


Someone put together a flash presentation – an Armed Forces Tribute - with music from Ricky Skaggs with an overlay of a little girl talking to her Dad who is a soldier. 
This is very touching and really puts things into perspective. 
This is one of the best done pieces I have seen. 
Make sure your speakers are turned on - and you have some Kleenex. 
It takes a few minutes to load but it is well worth the wait. 



   Thanks, Cheryl – this IS very moving.

    But of course, we all know I never cry.  No Sir-ree Bob, not I.  Never, ever.  Well, not much.  Oh, okay – a lot.  But I was close. 




From Betty Bass Belanger (’65) of Northern VA – 05/24/04:


I'm glad to report my husband, Bill, has done much better than his doctors predicted--but, of course, that doesn't keep them from taking credit!  I'm sure you recall my email about his heart condition, so thought I'd send some good news to balance my reporting.  We're fortunate & thankful.  Some free advice I'd pass along to our classmates is that, if you smoke, please have your doctor set up a stress test for you--do it for yourself & those who love you.


We're planning a trip to Urbanna, VA for Memorial Day to visit my roommate from college & her husband.  Our plans include sailing on the river & bay, weather permitting, & just relaxing.  Will also visit with family over the holiday, which we always enjoy.


Thanks again for all your hard work & hope to be back on the email list soon.


Take care & best regards,




   Thanks, Betty!  That’s really fabulous news!  And thanks for the reminder – we all should probably strive to take better care of ourselves.




From Janice McCain Rose (’65) of VA – 05/22/04:


We're fine here in Chesapeake.....it's TOOOOOOOOOOO HOT......what

happened to SPRING???? 


Hope to hear from you real soon.....take care........Janice.......ps.....did I tell you I saw Betty Marie Millner recently.....we both recognized each other right away....it was at a joint birthday party for Dr. Hatten and his wife, Mary Lou...at the James River Country Club.....of course, saw Bobby Hatten too.....it was so much fun seeing her again......


   That is so cool, Janice!  I’ve thought of Betty Marie so often over the years.  She was with us all through Magruder and started eighth grade with us at NNHS before transferring to Ferguson or Warwick or wherever it was.  Bobby, of course, is a legend in his own time.


   For some REALLY old shots of them, see:






   Isn’t that fun?  Those are surely two of the worst pictures that were ever taken of me in my entire life, but everyone else looks adorable.  Again, our thanks to Chip Clark (’65) of Northern VA for sharing those third grade images with us!




From Edna Whitcomb Harrison of VA – 05/25/04:


…As usual you are doing a fantastic job with the website….

    We are doing pretty good. I am still driving the school bus. The temperatures here have been in the 80's and low 90's. Thank goodness I have pretty short bus runs and very good kids. I am looking forward to the end of the school year and the beginning of vacation. (LOL you know how that goes. Everything that we have put off during the school year has to be taken care of during the summer.)


   Thanks, Edna – and thanks for catching that mistake for me – I fixed it.  It’ll be our secret.  Ooops!  Did y’all just read that?!?  BLUSH!

   I know what you mean about vacation.  I finished my early morning Seminary Class (Old Testament) on Wednesday.  We had Graduation on Sunday.  School starts again in the middle of August (?!?), and we’ll study the New Testament then.  And I have a HUMONGOUSLY long list of the things I plan to do in between!  “HO-HO-HO!!!”




From Wayne Stokes (’65) of VA – 05/25/04:


By the way, the guy you quote on the opening page about "time" has stolen my lines!! The inability to replace time is a motivating factor that I used to much good in many different situations. I thought I had finally had an original thought! And now, you come along quoting this guy and bursting my bubble. Thanks; thanks a LOT!!


   Not at all, Wayne!  As we know, one of my main functions in life is to annoy you – and I do it so well!  HAHAHA!




From Dave Arnold (’65) of VA – 05/05/04:


At the reunion committee meeting last week we decided to establish an e-mail address for any activity regarding the 40th reunion.  Please make an announcement on the site that the address is nnhs65@cox.net .  I'll be monitoring the account and will forward or distribute correspondence among the committee as necessary.  We hope this will make it easy for class members or others that check the site to keep in touch.

The meeting was well attended and everyone was very enthusiastic.  We have another meeting scheduled for June and should have some time frames ready to announce.  Thanks again for all your hard work in keeping all of us in touch.

Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/05/04


   Thanks, Dave!  I finally posted this as well:






   I’ll start working on some of those back Newsletters which contain many, many things of interest, but now for the most awesome news flash:

From Dave Spriggs (’64) of VA – 05/21/04:


On behalf of the NNHS 64/40 Reunion Committee, I am pleased to report to the Class of 1964 that Coach Warren E. Mitchell accepted our invitation to join us at our Reunion. In his reply he asked me to ensure that Ken Henderson, Rocky Gary, Chris Ellis and Jim Rama give us the "inside" story of what went on during the games. In addition he said that he had several comments to add. I am sure that each of you is as thrilled as I am that Coach Mitchell will honor us with his presence. Please pass the word around the Class network. No one will want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive a little bit of our glorious basketball history or to personally thank Coach and the Team for what they did for all of us.

Dave Spriggs, Chairman - 05/21/04


   Thanks, Dave!  This wonderful news is posted:




   If there ever was a Not to Be Missed Reunion, this one is it.  Here’s a list of those from 1964 who have thus far confirmed their reservations:






   Okay, now that you know that I didn’t really fall off the planet, I’ll go back and try to pick up some of the loose ends.


   Y’all take care of each other.


                                   Love to all, Carol 





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