07/07/06 - NNHS Newsletter
strange how one feels drawn forward
- Gustav Mahler
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I've been celebrating Mahler's birthday for years now, but then haven't we all?!?
|We have another Two-Fer today! Happy Birthday to Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA, and to Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC. I hope you're each having a fabulous day, Gentlemen!|
John London (Warwick HS - '57) of
VA - 07/06/06 - "Hi from sunny (HOT!)
Hi Carol -
Sounds like you had a great 4th - we did also - boating on the bay and at dusk on down to Waterside in Norfolk for the fireworks!
Ahhh, to be in Virginia, now that summer's there!
No, wait, that was, "OH, to be in England, now that April's there."
I want to say again that you are doing a marvelous job with the website! You are the Energizer-bunny for certain!
Thank you, John!
A couple of things;
|Attached are two
pics that may help identify me on your site as from Warwick High, class of
SUPER!!! I've at long last added you to the ironically named Alumni List, as well as to Famous Airmen - right between Clark Gable and Glenn Miller.
"Not too shabby!":
|Fall of 1956||1958|
Did I say a couple of things??
Thanks again for all you do - !!!
And thank you, John!
John London (Warwick HS - '54) of
VA - 07/02/06 - "Air Force Recruiting
another of the many reasons we chose to wear
The Army never seems to get it right. They show guys in the mud, cold, wet, dark outside, and all seem tired and undernourished.
The Marines just add a knife in the teeth for good measure.
And the Navy? Well, they show.......
Then USAF..---- There's the USAF...
|U. S. Air Force|
I had some sort of response to this in mind earlier, John, but I can't seem to remember it now. And normally I'm not a jealous person........
Thanks again for the laugh!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 07/05/06 - "Kwanzaa":
Great article on Kwanzaa.
There was an article on its origin, meaning and how to celebrate it recently in the Daily Press, but I think yours was even better.
Thank you, Joe! I'm assuming you meant this one?
We try to be as informative and educational as possible, midst all our fun!
From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 07/06/06 - "Holly Batson":
I just wanted to write to thank you for announcing Holly's passing. It has been very difficult for the family and it was really nice for my sister (Sandra Walker - '60 - of NC), to get all the supportive messages. You do such a great job of keeping us all informed. Hope you are well.
I'm glad I was able to provide that service, Lynn. Again, please pass along our deepest sympathies to Sandra. Y'all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
From Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) of VA - 07/06/06:
Thank you, Margaret. I've double-posted this:
On my computer, you must double-click on (or near) the clipping to coax it into enlarging enough to read.
Obviously, I still haven't completed the updates on the Guest Book entries, but I really hope to be able to attend to that quite soon.
From Mike Miller ('65) of NC - 07/06/06:
Once again, I want to thank you for all that you do for us! You are indeed a special person! I am retiring as of the 31st of this month. Old Sarge is hanging up his gun and badge!
Take care, Mike
Darlin'! How can that be?!?
We're all still just kids, yet everyone seems to be retiring. That
just somehow doesn't seem to be right.
On the other hand, perhaps now with all that free time you can at last keep your promise to teach me how to ski!
|1962 Anchor, p. 186|
Be sure to send me your new email address. And come to see us, Blue Eyes!
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 07/06/06 - "John Paul Jones Book":
Regarding the book Dave S(priggs - 64 - of VA) spoke of regarding the search for JPJ's gravesite in Paris and reinterment here at the USNA. What's the name of the book!!!!!
let's find out!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/07/06 - "RE: John Paul Jones Book":
It seems that JPJ was a Mason, and this book was published by the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. It is a distillation of a larger report.
The attached cover and front matter explain this in some detail.
Sarah, may I ask why you asked about the title of the book? I would be pleased to lend it to you.
P.S. I hope that Hotmail will permit the attachments to get through to Sarah.
Thank you, David! I've included them herein as well.
From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/07/06 - "John London - WHS Class of 1954":
reference may include a typo. No one of that name, as far as I can
determine, was ever in WHS, Class of 1954. Maybe year is wrong, or
'Deed it did, Bill! I was just about to warn John that from time to time I would be "transferring" him to an earlier class, as I could feel my brain waves lining up, poised to do so for inexplicable reasons of their own. I just didn't realize that I had already posted it incorrectly.
Thanks for catching it for me! I made the corrections.
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 07/07/06 - "LET IT REALLY SINK IN -
|I find this to
be the absolute truth! Please read all of it.
LET IT REALLY
SINK IN - THEN CHOOSE.
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!
You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be in a bad mood.
I choose to be in a good mood."
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.
"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."
I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw him about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.
He continued, "..the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'."
Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude... I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34.
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Thank you, Sarah Sugah! I'm in total agreement with this. For
instance, if we allow ourselves to become angry by another person's
actions - even in traffic - we are empowering them to control our attitudes.
Personally, I'd rather not relinquish that power to them.
Thanks again for this positive reminder!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION
OF 1964 TYPHOONS":
|If you will require lodging, we have
reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.,
Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of
$79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation
NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call
1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you
must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the
reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT
make your reservation over the Internet.
Thank you, David! Y'all have fun!
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
Henceforth, it will be repeated
here, lest you forget:
The Great Open Reunion
by the NNHS Class
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.
On Saturday, September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.
On Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.
CONTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/24/06:
60th Birthday Celebration
INFORMAL "SOCK HOP" (WEEJUNS AND BLEEDING MADRAS, IF YA GOT 'EM), CATERED FOOD, ADULT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, DANCING, BIRTHDAY CAKE
We all agree that the Class of
1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many
members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion. However, the
Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964 to our 60th
CONTACT Dave Spriggs email@example.com
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/23/06:
Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.
at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality
Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all
CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!
They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!! Please plan to join them at their next meeting.
If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address.
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Brenda Amos Williams at email@example.com
for directions, and so that you can stay in touch.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 05/10/06:
| We have more
space, but I'm out of time now, and we still have items from
Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC,
Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX,
Al Simms ('60) of VA,
Joe Drewry ('58) of VA,
Doug Nelson ('64) of VA, and
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA.
Al in particular probably thinks I'm quite insane or just downright rude, and those things are no doubt true as well. Nevertheless, I've been working on something for some time regarding his note, and I'm hoping to finish it in some stolen moments this weekend, and then we'll have a big surprise for all of y'all quite soon!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines
fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld" courtesy
of http://www.cs.hut.fi/~mam/music.html - 07/05/06
Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines
fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld" courtesy
of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieder_eines_fahrenden_Gesellen - 07/06/07 (sic)
First Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of http://www.classical-composers.org/comp/mahler - 07/07/06
Second Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4801501 - 07/07/06
Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 08/20/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
"Home Thoughts from Abroad" by
(7 May 1812 - 12 Dec 1889) available
at http://english.mansfield.ohio-state.edu/events10.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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