05/28/08 - NNHS Newsletter
“I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Not only were you around in the Age of the Beatles, you were around in the Age of the Great James Bond movies, which glorified all the wrong things and every conceivable vice in pursuit of the greater good for the free world, but impacted our society nevertheless.
Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Two-Fer: Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;
Happy Birthday this week to:
30 - Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL;
31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC;
01 - Dawn Yevak (Hampton HS - '6_) of VA;
02 - Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;
Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR;
04 - Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
GUEST BOOK SIGNERS:
1. Jeff Wise - 05/27/08:
Amen to all that! Thanks, Jeff!
From My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - "* A SILENT KILLER *":
YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! Shari, we're so sorry you're not well, and hope and pray that things will all be better for you soon!
From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 05/26/08 - "Wagner":
Thank you very much, Al! I started to mention Jane Fonda myself earlier in this whole discussion, but my mouth was already so crowded with one foot in there that I was fearful my jaw might break with both feet in there. Now I've decided there's not that much left to lose anyway.
For most of my life I took the position that it did not matter to me what public people did in their personal life; I was much more interested in how they performed whatever skills, talents, leadership or service for which they were being compensated. Can a singer sing? Can an actor act? Can an artist paint? Can a teacher teach? Can a physician heal? Can an executive maintain his integrity? Can a statesman lead?
This policy still basically holds true for me.
But I'm not an overly consistent or necessarily logical person, so two events occurred which altered my opinion on that somewhat.
The first was about 35 years ago, when a man whose spirituality and opinion I greatly admired pointed out that for a nation to be led in righteousness, it must have righteous leaders, otherwise they would not be subject to receiving divine inspiration to help them make wise decisions.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish..."
- Proverbs 29: 18
The second was the whole Jane Fonda affair. While I can recognize her obvious talent, and I enjoyed her performance in Cat Ballou (1965), after her treasonous actions, I can think of no extenuating circumstances which would ever compel me to watch her act in anything else again. I'm just not interested. Period.
From Steve Burns ('65) of MN - 05/26/08 - "RE: 05/25/08 - Emerson's 205th Birthday":
Didn’t know whether or not you knew this but Emerson is my great-great-grandfather.
NO WAY!!! Well, obviously, YES way, but no, I did not know! That is way cool!
No, Steve, I don't believe I ever knew that; surely I would have remembered. I remember your having an amazing knowledge of the British Royalty at an early age. (Was it fifth grade? Seventh grade? Okay, so I can't quite recall that either, but I remember your making an impressive class presentation without notes on the subject somewhere along in there...) And speaking of James Bond, I remember going to see Goldfinger (1964) with you when it first hit town.
Thanks so much for letting me know, Steve! If you could send me the lineage in your spare time, I'd love to see it! Is it on your mother's side or your father's side? And hey, I remember them, too!
From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/26/08, 1:59 PM - "Hi!":
I can't connect to any of the nnhs65 pages. I'll get my computer geek (aka husband Harry) to check it out, but wanted to let you know in case it's a widespread problem.
Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Memorial weekend.
YIKES!!! It was working in the the morning! If they're ALL down, my server, 00freehost.com, must be working on their site. Perhaps it won't be long.
Thanks, Chris - peaceful, no; memorable, yes!
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/26/08, 2:16 PM:
Foxfire can't find the server to open today's Newsletter, I am in great distress.......got any ideas ! Glad you are back putting letters out every day, you must be feeling better ! I always save them until last, because they are sooooo special !
Yeah, they're working on that server, all right. They tend to do routine maintenance work on holidays, as it's generally less disruptive.
Feeling better, no; trying harder to cope, yes!Thanks so much, Dimples!
From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/26/08, 5:52 PM:
At 5:51 p.m. Firefox finally found the Newsletter, I feel much better ! Good job, by the way !
SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks again, Dimples!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/26/08 - "Hey, I like Bill Black's ('66 - of GA) idea...":
"soon you will be sending breakfast, lunch, and supper e-mails telling us the best place to get all three" or something like that...
GIGGLES - that would be great, Lady, except for two things: One, the Newsletters are generally of a better quality if I have two days to work on each one (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and either Saturday or Sunday would probably be ideal for us all!). And two, it's that announcement situation problem again. If I were simply to post them online and y'all were all to bookmark the site and check it without reminders, that might be a wild possibility (especially if I were to simplify them to allow for such a thing). But I'm now sending the Newsletter announcement through gmail.com (even though they appear to be generated from yahoo.com). Gmail only allows me to send to a maximum of 500 people per day. As I now have about 520 people on the current mailing list, I'm forced to send those last 20 people their announcements through yahoo.com. That's just for one mailing per day; obviously, multiple daily mailings are not possible.
I have been trying to find out just those things about the good ole peninsula
for awhile now...the chains have taken over, all of our old haunts are gone...I
miss The Ranch House, Shoney's, and a
few other places that I forget the name of right now...when I go "home" I like
to go to the Surfrider, even though it is in HAMPTON, Southampton
still looks much the same, as does Merrimac Shores and the area down near
the Hampton Yacht Club...it is comforting to see those old familiar buildings
still there...I have a hard time going downtown NN...it
just makes me too sad to see what is NOT THERE ANYMORE! We go to Rocky Mt.
BBQ up on Jefferson (because it seems to always stay the same), Steak and
Ale, even though it is a chain, I guess I should just mention the chocolate
malts at Sonic and the thickburgers and real shakes at Hardee's...I went to
Mama Rosa's in Phoebus recently on the
advice of a friend and it was pretty good. The Lunch Bell in City
Center is family owned and has very good food.
As we do not have a Sonic here or a Hardee's I have go get my fill of those while on the sacred soil...but then we have plenty of New England clam chowder, clamcakes, fish and chips, steamers and lobsters! Y'all come!
I personally still try to make it a point to visit The Oasis in Hampton and Doumar's in Norfolk - not to mention Pierce's Pitt Barbeque "up the road a piece" each time I return - for nostalgia's sake, if nothing else.
From Me ('65) of NC - 05/28/08 - "And Speaking of (Whatever .....)":
For the past several days, I've been on the computer probably only about one-third of my usual time. My mail has a tendency to roll and hide if I don't keep a constant eye on it, so I'm relatively certain I've overlooked many things. Soon I'll search it all to see what I may have missed.....
My Beautiful Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA is arriving today from the sacred soil for a three-day visit. We are all planning to relax and goof off and forget all our problems in life and enjoy each other and ourselves immensely.
Life's too short. I recommend y'all do the same!
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. My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth
5. 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
6. 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.
7. 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
9. 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)."
10.John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
11. 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. "
12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"
13. 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"
14. All of Us
2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 -NNHS CLASS OF 1961:
Mini reunion at the home of Buddy and Libby Blechman David of VA
3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 -NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:
4. 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
5. 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-REALLY!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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James Bond Theme
"James Bond Theme" midi courtesy of http://midis.jamesbond-online.com/ - 05/27/08
Both Images of Ian Fleming courtesy of http://www.biography-and-biographies.com/Authors/Ian-Fleming.htm - 05/27/08
Animated James Scroll clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com/en/search/index.mc?cid=&q=James+Bond - 05/27/08
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65)
of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
Thanks again, Herbie!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/- 10/02/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC
Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/guestbook-gifs.html - 03/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White
Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm- 07/07/06
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