07/01/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Good News, Bad News
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
certain how we've accumulated SOOO much news in four short days, and chances are
hopelessly lost, but I'll give it a shot anyway, because - well, BECAUSE!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 06/28/04:
sent a long letter to which I need to probably devote an entire Newsletter, but
I'll just start
with the first item now, and save the rest for the next Newsletter.
Yes, this page on
which everyone has (surprisingly or otherwise!) found their name is NOT
except through me, because I am a colossal power freak. Oh, no - that's not it! No, the REAL reason,
is that while many of you have given permission to be openly contacted by one and all, a sizable number
of you have not. To simplify matters, I protect everyone's privacy by guarding their emails in a separate file.
Should you wish to contact them, write me, I'll pas your note on to them, they'll write you back, and so forth.
Two exceptions to this rule are members of the Class of '65, whose addy's are here:
and a few teachers, whose email
addresses are found near the top of their individual pages.
You will note that SOME of the names on the Alumni List do link, but they go to personal or professional
web sites pertaining to that individual. In some cases, you will be able to locate an email addy therein.
From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/29/04:
Last time I showed Cookie
listed as a member of the Class of '54! Let's see if I can get it right
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/24/04:
OOPS! In my excitement I forgot to post this earlier, but Jean's comment about the Band is here now:
Sorry about that, Jean!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/27/04:
In addition to everything else, Joe has a remarkable
for noticing beauty, and he's capturing it with his digital
camera and sharing not only his memories, but his gorgeous images with us. Here's one of each:
From Pam Smith
Arnold ('65) of VA - 06/27/04:
Dave (Arnold - '65) and I have been in Williamsburg a whole week - I think I must be in heaven. I was
just never a Midwesterner (but I tried for 29 years) - were you? People actually smile and speak here.
And - they don't look at me like I have two heads if I don't know them and speak to them. As my
good friend Patsy (Blackard Hallett -'65 of VA) says: God made the Mason-Dixon line for a reason!
I'll be sending you a check. Been meaning to do it for awhile but with finishing school, my older son's
graduation,....., selling a house and moving, I just haven't. I apologize.
I plan to come to see my daughter in a few weeks and I will be coming to see you if I may.
Thanks for all your hard work. I owe you my husband!!!
honey, you may have noticed, but I'm a weirdo. People always look at me as
though I have two heads.
There are those who think I'm an alien. I spent 30 years in various locations up and down the Mississippi River
in southeast MO and mid-IL and never fit in. It really doesn't seem to matter where I go. When I came home
to VA after an absence of several years for my dear mama's funeral in Feb of 1999, I myself was extremely ill
and probably should have been hospitalized, and obviously in deep mourning, yet I did not encounter a single
relative who within moments did not remark, "Carol, you are still crazy!" - as though they had just unlocked the
Secrets of the Universe. I was finally moved to ask my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky -'59 of NC), if it was
possible that I was adopted, as I didn't even seem to fit in with my closest blood relatives. She assured me that
I was not. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, "I do not fit in here or there, I do not fit in anywhere." Sigh.
But I must confess, I really love hearing people speak Southern again. One of my favorite little thrills when
I first arrived in NC in early 2002 was listening to the radio, and hearing the announcer say, "Sairday" - that
being the day before Sunday. And if I don't fit in anywhere, I'd rather not fit in here in the South than someplace
And thanks so much for the check, Pam - it arrived yesterday and was greatly appreciated.
And we are WILDLY looking forward to your visit to Fayetteville!
"You owe me your husband?" Well, good! See? Every now and then even an alien can do something right.
I'm glad I was able to be instrumental in reconnecting you and Dave. Somebody write that one down. "Carol did
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/27/04:
Having talked me into creating the "Famous Coast
and Famous Merchant Marines" page
and seeing how very beautiful it was:
Joe and I decided we
should really should do something about sprucing up the "Famous Soldiers" and
Sailors" pages (the "Famous Marines" were already incredibly gorgeous and needed no further help from us):
went to work on the research, and shared some more of his own images, and
enlisted the help of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA, and when the two of them had finished and sent me all the goodies to put together, the new
look is very lovely indeed:
Also from Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/30/04:
just LOVE this note! Thanks, Joe!
As I told him, "You keep saying the funniest things! Let’s see, you’re doing all the research, you’re finding the obscure,
you’re sharing your beautiful digital images, you’re lending your expertise…Yeah, it is mighty thoughtful of us to take
advantage of all that, isn’t it?!?"
Secondly, I marvel at the way he glossed completely over the fact that I was being bratty (Who? ME?!?) and said that
there would be no "Famous Airmen" page. His magnanimity has caused me to repent. Okay, I'll make a "Famous Airmen"
page. Start sending me the names and images. Remember the rules: All images posted of all military personnel must be
in uniform - except Marines. Marines can appear anyway they are at all. WILD Giggles!
All right, all ready - "Up We Go into...."
And THEN we'll start on the other Uniformed Services.
Keep working with me, Joe. I may just grow up yet. Naaaaah...
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 06/27/04:
A delightful story of the Buckroe Beach roller coaster, which is now posted
along side of the wonderful story from
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA:
From Jim Phillips (WHS - '73) of VA - 06/27/04:
FYI – Reference your page on Trinity United Methodist Church –
The center image under the
THEN heading is labeled “about 1963”. This has to be in error. The reason that
I say this
is that the brick chapel shown on the right side of the photo was dedicated in mid 1966.
The line drawing on the left
side of the page is currently used as the front image on the church bulletin.
It also shows
the chapel as it is today. This image is labeled “1960’s” which is correct for the later half of the 1960’s.
Also, the church’s web site is up and running. It may not be as “kept-up-to-date” as it should, but it is up.
Jim Phillips, WHS Class of 1973, and present member of Trinity
Corrections gratefully acknowledged and accepted - thanks, Jim! See the changes here:
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/27/04:
Carol, it was good to see a note from Steve Veazey ('60
- of VA). I hope I spelled his last name right.
I would like to hear from him. Also I had seen Joyce Lawrence (Cahoon's) name on the news list ('65 of VA)
and would like to hear from her. I just hit the 62 age 25 of June. I am going to quit having birthdays; the numbers
are getting too high. Thanks, Carol, for the work you put into this. Here is my e-mail for any of the friends that
want to write me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Glenn Dye
Thanks, Glenn - good to hear from you! You spelled Steve's name correctly.
I've not heard from Joyce in some time.
Even with the new system of mailing which Ron Miller ('59) of NC suggested, bless his heart, I'm never sure who is or is
not getting my notifications, especially AOL users such as Joyce. I routinely am notified that people are being blocked
when I know good and well that they are not. Conversely, I'm sure that there are those with whom I think I'm in contact
that I really am not. Feedback is my only clue - so y'all write me! Giggles!
And Happy Belated Birthday, Glenn! Unlike you, I plan for my birthdays to
be getting to be bigger and better celebrations
each year. Yes. Better food, bigger presents, more people, singing, dancing. Yes. My 57th birthday is coming up on
August 30. I'd like something fun - say, a parade in my honor. Yes. Of course, to use a Midwestern idiomatic expression,
there are people down below wanting ice water, too. Sigh.
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/27/04:
Now, how much fun would THAT be?!? Thanks, Joe!
Also from Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/27/04:
Thanks so much, Joe! I added that note and a pretty little name flag by his name:
From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 06/30/04:
I am sorry to report that Bertha Smith Zacharias’ mother passed away on Sunday, June 28.
Thanks, Thelma. We offer our deepest sympathies to Bertha and her family. This is now posted:
From Brownie Shaffer ('62) of the Virgin Islands and Joe Madagan ('57) of FL:
These are quite possibly the funniest things we've ever posted:
Thanks so much, Brownie and Joe!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/29/04:
On behalf of the NNHS 64/40 Reunion
I am pleased to report to the Class of 1964 that I spoke
by telephone today with our Class Co-Sponsor, Mr. Warren Reed,
and he has accepted our invitation to attend our Reunion
on Saturday, October 23rd, 2004.
OH, WOWZERS!!! This Very Good News is posted here:
But then again from Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/30/04:
I have scheduled to be out of town on this particular week end.
If this changes I would love to come.
My fondest memories of all my educational experiences
are my years spent at Newport News High School.
OH, CRUM! This Not So Good News is also posted here:
And keep looking, 'cause you'll also see a
beautiful picture of eight members of '64's Reunion
Committee at last night's meeting, taken on Dave's Wonder Camera! Aren't they just ADORABLE?!?
Could you just pop with waiting to go to that fabulously exciting reunion? 'Cause you know WHAT?!?
(Fanfare and Drum Rolls, please!)
On behalf of
the NNHS 64/40 Reunion Committee,
I am pleased to report to the Class of 1964 that
Maestro James P. Wilson, Jr.,
our esteemed former Band Director,
has accepted our invitation
to attend our Reunion on Saturday, October 23rd, 2004.
See?!? Have I not been telling you how great this was gonna be?!?
Take another looky here and see the first wave of names of those planning to attend:
it doesn't really matter WHICH class was yours - think it all through. You
WILL want to be
in attendance for this one! Run, don't walk to your calendars, and save the dates of October 22nd and 23rd.
You'll only regret it if you're NOT there!
Take care of each other!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF
'65 WEB SITE:
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