05/26/04 - NNHS Newsletter - First Responses
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I was astonished by the replies I received to yesterday’s long delayed Newsletter, and reminded again of why I do it. Here are your letters, in the order in which they were received (well, sorta):
From Suzanne VanNoy Mink (’64) of OH – 05/23/04:
Does anyone know how to reach Ricky Hedrick?
(This was in the Guest Book, and I omitted it from yesterday’s Newsletter accidentally. What did I tell you about those glaring omissions?!?)
Hi, Suzanne! I surely don’t know where to find him. I spent a goodly amount of time just trying to find an image of him in a yearbook. I finally found him as a sophomore in the 1961 Anchor, page 106 (Homeroom 118). So I thought, “AHA – Class of 1963 – I’ll find him in Susie Overton Jones’ 40th Reunion Booklet from last fall!” But, no – he wasn’t there, not even listed among the missing.
To quote my favorite line from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Anyone? Anyone?”
Oh, and welcome, Suzanne!
From Lydia Powell Mugler (’58) of – come to think of it, I don’t know where you are, Lydia! – 05/25/04:
What fun!! I have no idea how I got included...well, I have an idea...but, just want you to know how much I appreciate what you are doing. Typhoons are Typhoons...forever!!! Thank you, so much. Lydia ('58)
Lydia has stumbled across one of the Secrets of Life: Drop me a line or sign my Guest Book, and unless you scream, “TAKE ME OFF OF THIS BLANKETTY-DASH THING!!!”, you’ll find yourself receiving Newsletters full of notes from old friends and people you never knew but will soon grow to love.
Lydia, of course, doesn’t know me from Eve, as I’m seven years her junior, but I remember her as one of the prettiest girls in the Class of ’58. I’ll bet she still is.
Thanks, Lydia – welcome aboard!
From Joe Madagan (’57) of FL – 05/25/04:
Thanks for the electronic newsletter.
Joe Madagan (NNHS Class of 1957)
Thank you, Joe! I wish it would electronically create itself! HA-HA-HA!
From Frances Goodson Wang (’65) of MD – 05/25/04:
I was just going to call and find out if you were OK. Concerning the news letter, why not just say Hi some weeks and let it go at that? If you want to start a "If you want to share with the group, hi's or news, or look at pictures, or anything" then the group would "compose the material for a weekly news update and you would just forward it or something brilliantly simple I'd hope, thereby reducing your work! The important thing is having a centralized contact which you so kindly and generously have become!
My news: Everyone wear sun glasses and watch out for the Sun. I never did wear sun glasses because at first Rx sun specs were too expensive and then it just took me awhile to get a good pair in my late 40's. Am I a slow learner or what???? Evidently the kind of melanoma I have, Choroidal Melanoma, is sometimes triggered by the sun's UV rays. Mostly people with light colored eyes and skin get it but there are exceptions. Interestingly there are statistics that see CM as rising, more rapidly among males, but in the female population as well. It is rare, occurring at a rate of about 6 in a million. Enucliation (sp) was the treatment of choice about 20 years ago. Now one option is a gold plaque with radioactive pellets is sewn onto the affected eye and left for a period of time based upon several factors. A CM is a freckle or nevus in the vascular layer of the eye that starts to turn malignant. I found mine Dec 30. I am having a plaque put in June 18. Wish me luck.
Thank you, Howard, for your help in deciding to get a third opinion. I am having Dr. Handa at Johns Hopkins do the procedure rather than the Shields. JH was more comfortable for me being a shy girl and more than a bit scared. It is closer to home and my children and friends too. Easier follow up as well.
Mets are rare but do sometimes occur. If they do, I want all to know how precious you are to me. I could not have chosen a better high school class to be a part of. This board has kept me company on many lonely nights. It is so wonderful that Carol started the web site and its growth is a testament to its value to so many of us. Thank you, Carol.
Frances Anne Goodson (my good ole' southern lady's name)
Over and out, Carol. Hope you enjoyed the trip and your wonderful family.
Thanks so much, Frances! For the benefit of you “Newbies”, Frances has been on the Mailing List since before the website ever officially opened in July of 2000, and is one of my oldest and dearest friends. While we were in high school, we shared the dubious honor of having the greatest number of absences while still maintaining decent grades.
The Howard to whom she refers is the eminent ophthalmologist/plastic surgeon, Howard Conn (’65) of CA, specializing in laser cosmetic surgery – hence the name of his website:
(As you can see, Howard is still gorgeous, too!)
One of the wonderful things about Typhoons is they’re supportive of their old friends, When they meet again after forty-eleven years, it’s as though they had seen one another only yesterday. And when one of us needs help or just a shoulder upon which to cry, we can simply reach out and find more than enough to go around.
Thank you, Frances – and thank you, Howard!
I’ve kept you in my prayers since you first shared this news with me, Frances. Your personal prayer circle has just enlarged considerably.
(And my trip and family were both wonderful, thanks!)
From Albert Dorner (’66) of VA – 05/25/04:
so much for adding me to your list. If I have a something of importance I'll let
you know. Keep up the good stuff. Thanks, Albert
PS It has been a NUMBER of years but, weren't we in French class together?
Thanks, Albert – welcome to our Merry Band!
I’m still working on that French class question. A mind is a terrible thing…well, you know the rest. Don’t worry – by next month I will have remembered all. Maybe. Possibly maybe (I just love Bjork!).
From Me in NC to Albert Dorner (’66) of VA – 05/25/04:
Thanks for your note – I’ll look forward to your contributions.
It has been a NUMBER of years but, weren't we in French class together?
AHA! A memory test! Hmmm – I’ve had three small strokes which played a few tricks on me in that department. I remember you quite vividly, but not the circumstances of that knowledge. I do know that I was in Mr. Armstrong’s F-Period French 1-2 class during the 1961-62 term, and that I sat next to Billy Feather (’64). Ginny Sue Goolsby (’63) and Jeannie Collier (’65) were also in there. The next year I had Mrs. Clark for French 3-4, but I’m not sure which period it was. I remember Darden Daniel (’63) and Estelle Overton (’63) were in that class. I think Rose Woodard was in one or both classes, and I know Dani Garrick (’63) was. If I work on it for a few days (or weeks!), more memories will return. Any blanks you wish to fill in for me would be most appreciated.
We’ll sort it all out and post it on the teacher pages – as soon as I actually MAKE their pages! HA-HA!
From Albert Dorner (’66) of VA – 05/26/04:
Carol, I am
amazed at the detail of your French classes memories. I barely remember being in
school and you are giving people, periods, and years!!! I'm certain we were in
class together, otherwise why would you possibly remember me? I checked out your
personal web page. That is quite amazing as well. I was going to routinely
suggest "have a good day", but I think you make that happen every day.
Aw, c’mon, Albert – I would have remembered you just ‘cause you were so darn CUTE! And all that drop-dead gorgeous red hair!!! WOW!
And I appreciate your wishes anyway – I do try.
From Margaret (“Cookie”) Phillips Tyndall (’64) of VA – 05/25/04:
Carol, I was delighted to see your message. I was on the verge of emailing
Dave to see what was going on with you. I thought somehow my email address
had been dropped. I know it must be tough for you to keep comprising such
entertaining messages. But you see how much we crave our touch with our
high school memories. Unlike many students today, we did enjoy our school
and our classmates. My unending gratitude for your dedication to this web
Oooh, thanks, Cookie! You choked me up with this one! I really appreciate your kind words! And this really is one of the greatest joys of my life – even when it’s painfully obvious that maybe, just maybe, I may have bitten off more than I can chew!
By the way, Cookie definitely is still as lovely as ever! I’ve seen her lately and can testify to that. See for yourselves:
From Evelyn Fryer Keller Fish (’58) of TX – 05/25/04:
Don't know that you remember me, Evelyn Fryer, Class of l958.
I was married to Bucky Keller while he was in VPI and upon his graduation, we returned to Newport News. We had one child, Susan. Bucky and I were divorced in 1968 - and he died in 1979 of a cerebral hemorrhage - only 38 years old. When you have an opportunity perhaps you can add him to the obituaries of the Class of 1958. I live with my husband, Dick Fish, of 34 years in Fort Worth, TX.
I have enjoyed your website very much.
I would love to be added to your address list.
Evelyn Fryer Keller Fish
From Me in NC to Evelyn Fryer Keller Fish (’58) of TX – 05/25/04:
Yes, of course - I remember you quite well. My sister, Eleanor Buckley, was in the Class of ’59, and I think I spent more time pouring over her Anchors than she did.
I’m so glad you (enjoyed the website) – it has been a joy in my life to create it…I’ll add you (to the address list) now! I assume that by now you’ve found your own images on the Cheerleading and Dawn Lovely pages:
GASP!!! I had NO idea – either that Evelyn and Bucky had been married, or that he had passed away!
As quickly as I could late last night – and in heavy shock - I added Bucky to the ’58 Memoriam page:
Words still fail me.
Thanks again for letting me know – and welcome, Evelyn.
From Me in NC to Thelma Spade Roberts (’57) of VA – 05/25/04 – who has graciously added me to HER Newsletter’s Mailing List:
Thanks so much for sending this along to your mailing list – and thanks for the Newsletter you sent me earlier in the day!
What was I THINKING?!? The obvious is so often lost on me. I’ve created you a page of your own:
I condensed your letter for privacy issues. You may use it as a forum in any way that you wish.
It’ll access right of the top of the Reunion Page:
Feel free to send images of any and all these events – we’d love to see y’all!
From Thelma Spade Roberts (’57) of VA – 05/25/04:
Carol … how do others add things to the ’57 site? I’ll need to put out information regarding how to do it. Thanks, Thelma
Um, yeeeaaahhh….Well, see, there are at least three ways to do this. We could network our computers, but that would give each of us access to EVERYTHING on each other’s computers. My six sons get white in the face whenever anyone suggests this (as some of them have stuff on my computer themselves) – NOT a good plan.
I could create a blog, whereby y’all could just send it directly to the page as you suggested. This would both simplify and complicate my life. For one, installing that procedure is technically WAY over my head at the moment. For another, I’d not know how much space you would require. For yet another, it would completely open the door to a blog here, a blog there, here a blog, there a blog, everywhere a blog-blog – and I’m not sure I really want to do that. And mostly, I regrettably must finally admit after all these years of heavy denial that I do seem to be more than a bit of a control freak, and that would wrest a considerable amount of power from me. And we can’t have that, now can we? No-no-no-no-noooooo!
So actually what I had in mind for the moment was that they send it to you, you send it to me exactly as you want it included, and I post it, as I currently do for the Class of ’64:
And of course your classmates can always send it directly to me themselves if it’s of general interest, and not specifically reunion-related.
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty (’65) of VA – 05/25/04:
Carol: So good to hear from you! I was wondering too!!! BUT....my computer crashed last weekend and we just got it fixed and all my email addresses disappeared! Thanks for writing! Nice to be in the loop again! Hope all is well with you and yours!! Sarah alt="Red heart emoticon" title="Red heart emoticon" tabIndex=-1 MSNNonUserImageOrEmoticon=true>
Hey, Sarah – glad we’re BOTH back!
All is well here – except for that mental thing I mentioned yesterday…HA-HA-HA!!! Take care! (LOVE your little heart thingamajigger!)
And for today’s Biggie:
From Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson of VA – 05/25/04:
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did on my husband's (Coach Pete Robinson) page on the NNHS Web site. It was very touching, and I appreciate your skill and effort in putting it together. That picture of "Pete" from the '56 yearbook, especially, makes me cry every time I see it. I've had such pleasure in sending the page to my children and as many of his former athletes and friends as I have addresses for. I've had wonderful responses of how great they think it is.
Newport News High School was such a special school and all of us "old" teachers are very proud of the way our students have turned out. I was only there in 1956 and 1957 but know how much it means to all of us! Thanks again for a wonderful job, and I hope to meet you one day.
Wilma Salmon Robinson
(Mrs. Thomas M. Robinson)
If Cookie choked me up, and Evelyn broke me down, you can only imagine what this letter did to me!
Thank you, Mrs. Robinson! I had no idea you were receiving this Newsletter, or knew of that particular page – which is less than a week old itself. I didn’t even know you had taught at NNHS, although clearly all of this information was right in front of me all along. I deeply appreciate your words. I remember spending all day in creating that page, and wanting to make certain that it was just right – more than just right. I never knew either you or you husband, and wondered why it was so important to me to invest that much energy into one page.
Now I know.
It’s only fair that your page should be next, so here it is – hope you like it. I’ll let you choose your own music – anything you want. (I can’t very well put up, “Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson” from “The Graduate”, now can I?!?)
And the next time I’m planning a trip to Norfolk, as I do every now and then, I promise I shall give you a call. I’d love to meet you.
It just occurred to me that you might wish to see the fascinating archive of “Before and After” pictures that Dave Spriggs (’64) of VA has assembled of Norfolk:
Thanks again, Dave – they’re quite incredible.
On 01/14/04 (ironically the same day my precious #6 son, Dale, left home to spend two years as a Spanish-speaking LDS missionary in Carlsbad, CA – see the entry for Nov. 27, 2003:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/news), Jim Dossett ’66) of VA sent me this wonderful quotation which I immediately attached to the first page of the website:
there are three things everyone should do every day.
Number one is laugh. Number two--spend some time in thought.
Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears.
If you laugh, think, and cry, that's a heck of a day."
- Coach Jim Valvano of NC State University
(This quotation courtesy of Jim Dossett ('66) of VA -
I did my share of all three that day, and yesterday, and again today. Thanks again, Jim – and thank you all! You ARE the greatest!
Take care of each other.
Love to all, Carol
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