08/19/04 - NNHS Newsletter - A Bit of Everything, Part II

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Happy Birthday to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA and Jim DeBerry ('64) of VA!  They were born in Riverside Hospital
58 years ago today while their fathers paced the halls together.  And we're all glad that you were!


From Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX - 08/18/04:

Hi Carol,
I think I did it!!! I think I'm 25,000. I'm here on J.B.'s computer.

   I think you did too, Susan!  Congratulations!  I'll have to get to the post office soon to mail your prizes, hmmm?


From Me ('65) of NC - 08/18/03:

   I think that I was in such a hurry yesterday to post that Newsletter, that I omitted at least half of the hyperlinks
which I had meant to include.  If you read it before 6:04 PM last night, you may wish to take another look for greater
clarity.  Sorry!

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 08/15/04 and 08/18/04:

Carol .... picked up two new NNHS collectibles ... June '36 Beacon yearbook
and a 1937 football program from NN vs Petersburg!
Scans are coming ... I promise :-)

Plus .... just got the WGH Authentic Virginia Gold album that I bought off of eBay as well ....
hearing Bob Marshall and The Crystals do "She Shot a Hole In My Soul" and Aaron Neville sing
"Tell It Like It Is" takes me back to the summer of '69! I feel like shaggin', slow dancin' and makin'
out. Whew .... can't wait to burn it to CD and play it while cruisin' in the Vette :-)
See ya ...

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Super!  You found some good stuff there!  I'm looking forward to your scans - thanks, Tom!  And best wishes
to you and your waaaay cool Corvette!  Yep, you Da Babe, all right!

From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 06/16/04:

 I just ran across this page from the June 1, 1958 Daily Press and thought you might
appreciate the coincidence.
This article about Julius and my Guest Editorial appeared together on the same page,
side by side
.  At the time, we were not even dating -- but, we've now been side by side 
(married) for 43 years!
Renee Helterbran Benton, '59 - birthday: Oct 6
Julius Benton, '58 - birthday, July 1

   This is soooo neat, Renee!  What a treasure!  I gave it its own page on "Odds and Ends": 



  While you're in "Odds and Ends", take another look at this, 'cause they're just so darn cute!


 And I added your names to the Birthday Page:   


   Thanks, Renee!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/16/04:

Hi Carol,
I came down to NN for my mother's 82nd birthday, drove in rain on Thursday, had a great reunion
with Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally on Friday night (we stayed at the Crab Shack talking so late that I got
in trouble with my mother, who was about to call the police...I got in at 10:45!) Anyway we had not seen
each other in about 40+ years...My mother, who has cancer, was great on Sunday, we went to church and
out to lunch and had company in the afternoon. Such a blessing to be here for her birthday. She is doing
well and we are planning to be here for Christmas as well. I will return to Yankeeland on Thurs. if we do
not have any more torrential rain! By the way, I found three pictures of the "black bomber", which was
"my" first car...and will send them to Dave for scanning...for the site! So much fun seeing Elizabeth...we
were partners in crime...and her mother is living at her house, so I hope to get to see her during some
future visit to the peninsula.
Love, Jean

   Glad to hear your mother is doing well and had a nice birthday, Jean!  I love the part about her going to call the police!  What's
a mere forty years to a mother?!?  HA-HA-HA-HA!  See, Guys?  Some things never change at all!!!

   We're really looking forward to your images of the "black bomber"!  Thanks, Jean!

From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 0818/04:

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their newsletters.
This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer. Especially breast cancer. Don't freeze plastic water bottles with water in them as this also releases dioxin from  the plastic.  Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle hospital was on a TV program explaining this health hazard.  (He is the manager of the Wellness  Program at the hospital.)  He was talking about dioxins and how bad they are  for us.

He said we should not heat our food in the microwave using plastic containers This applies particularly to foods that contain fat.  He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxin  into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body Dioxin are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies.  Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for  heating food. You get the same results ..without the dioxin.

So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.  Paper isn't  bad but you don't know what is in the paper. Just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

Remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the  foam containers to paper?  The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
To add  to this:  Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food, use paper towels instead!!    (This one is a BIG surprise to me. TM)

Please pass this on to your family & friends, & those who are important  in your life.

   WOW - thanks, Cookie!  I knew some of this, but not all!  You've done your good deed for the day!

From Kathleen Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 08/18/04:

Carol, Not only do I remember the Blue Star Diner, as a long time peninsula resident, I still go there!!  It is the one place you can get a great meal for $5!!  To quote Jack Paar, "I kid you not."  Now, in today's carb conscious world, the meal you get can't be eaten by those who are counting.  But a large piece of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy and a green veggie (several to pick from) with a roll and coffee or tea has to be the best bargain around.  So you save your carbs from one day and eat there the next!  Whatever works.
I am so sorry for the folks in Florida.  I have a friend in Orlando who still did not have power this morning.  My house burned down in 1989 and I lost everything - or so I thought.  (I had insurance and rebuilt.)  I still had me and whatever I was/am.  I lost my material things but they were mostly things I could buy again.  I really came back in touch with my faith and my values.  I actually went around for about 6 months wondering when I was going to do this wonderful thing that I was sure I have been saved for.  (I finally realized that I had a new leash on my life and the chance to be a better person.) 
On the peninsula we had Isabel last September.  The City of Hampton had 500 trucks (City and contractors) collecting debris 12 hours a day for 75 days!  That's a lot of debris!!  We collected 300K cubic yards.  And Isabel was a category 2 storm!!  So there is no accounting for the size measurement of a storm and the damage it can do.  We were all set to weather Gloria in 1987 and she was a no show.  She was a category 4.  So I guess I think we get what we get. 
I am so glad our pals in Florida fared well and were without mishap.  For that, we can thank God.  And you know, prayers of supplication are without measure but prayers of thanks are joyfully given and I think we should remember to give those prayers of thanks.
That's it.  Kathy
PS:  I DO remember you from NNHS.  I remember your thick glasses and your wonderful hair!  I have this nappy, curly stuff that does its own thing and I have no control (nor does any hairdresser!) but I suffer through it.  I am now so far sighted that my glasses are thicker than yours were. . . and I am older and less strong to carry them around on my nose!  And far sighted folks are not good candidates for these wonderful corrective surgeries we hear so much about.  So I'll just have to wait for cataract surgery and lens implants.  Take care. 

   WOWZERS - thanks, Kathy!!!

From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 08/18/04:

Hi Carol-regarding the movie filmed at the Blue Star - can't remember the name either but I believe it
starred Isabella Rossellini.

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/18/04:

Greetings from Tampa Bay:
I am still drawing a blank as to the name of the movie filmed at the Blue Star Diner.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/18/04:

There was a film starring Isabella which was filmed in Gloucester in 1988. That would have provided
an opportunity to film in a period diner, such as Blue Star.
It was "Zelly and Me".  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096501/
I saw it long ago, so I cannot recall if Blue Star was in it.  Will hafta rent it.
I do recall that one of the three folks in the ubiquitous Haynes' Furniture advertisements had a bit part.
He is Dwayne, the goofy one, in those ads.


Thanks, Jo Ann - and Joe,
and Dave and Dave!


- Courtesy of Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/12/04


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/18/04:

Hi, Carol:
May I please nominate Secretary of State Colin Powell as a Famous Soldier.
Also, David Brinkley (Deceased) was a soldier in World War II, and most of his unit
was killed in action on the beaches of Normandy. Thanks.

   Oh, my goodness, Major Madagan!  What were we thinking?!?  These omissions are truly unconscionable!  My cheeks
are burning!  I'll go add them this morning.  I apologize to you all for this oversight.  The obvious has long been lost on me
in my pursuit of the obscure.  Thanks so much, Joe!


From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 08/18/04:

Hi Y'all,
Who's coming from the class of '63 to the reunion?  Hope lots. I want to if I'm in town My very best to all.

   Hey, Rochelle!  We know several are planning to come, but those who have "officially" committed - that is, those who have
actually paid their money, are all listed here: 


   As you see, at the moment, from the Class of '63 only Susie Overton Jones of VA has definitely committed.

From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 08/18/04:

We don't know yet if we'll be able to attend.......we're hoping to......at least ONE of
the nights.....and I will make the arrangements before time runs out........

  Thanks, Janice!  We'll see you there!

   Hmmmm......I'm starting to think I haven't made myself clear on this subject.    I'm sorely
afraid that many of you are going to come back to me in the days following the reunion,
and say, "WHAT?!?  I didn't know THAT was going to happen!  If I had known that THAT
was going to be there and that THAT was going to happen, then surely I would have come!"

   As my dear mama used to say, "I've done everything but stand on my head and wiggle
my ears." 
TRUST ME!  THAT IS going to happen!!!  You WILL want to be there!

   The meaning of the word "SURPRISE" will be redefined by this whole event!  Don't kick
yourself later.  Plan now to be there for every precious memorable moment.  I can assure you,
you will not regret it.  This applies just as much for those of you from the Classes of '55
through '72 as it does from '64!!!  As wonderful as they all are, this is not just a regular class
reunion.  This one is different - amazingly different.  Dream big --- use your imagination - read
it all
again - and you'll still be blown away by the reality that awaits you there.

   Do not be deceived by thinking you won't know anyone there.  That is simply irrelevant. 
It just doesn't matter.  Just be there - for ALL of it.

   Speaking of which, Billy Turner ('65) of TX seems to think that I won't be able to dance in my 3-1/2" heels
without throwing my back out.  Oh, Billy Turner!  How can you even think such a thing?!?  I can, I will, and there's
just one way you'll ever know for sure!  See you there on Saturday night (I'll be wearing Bass Weejuns on Friday
night for old-time sake.  I'm not sure about the wrap-around skirt yet, but the Weejuns are good to go!)!!!

From Me ('65) in NC - 08/17/04:

   This wonderful quotation of Pam's is now at the top of the Reunion Page:

 I think the joy of going to a class reunion is that EVERYONE really knows
 how old you are and you don't have to try to pretend a thing.

The other interesting phenomenon that I have experienced is
that no matter what a person looks like now,
I still tend to see them as looking like the same people I knew in 1965.

Where else can you go and have 35 years shed?  Can't wait to see everyone!!!

- Pam (Smith) Tomczyk ('65) of IL - 09/08/00
{now Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA}
just prior to 1965's 35th Reunion of October 27/28, 2000
Thanks, Pam!
I've reflected on your words so many times in the past four years.
I'm so glad that I saved them!

From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 08/18/04:

Here's a prayer request you can post on your prayer board:  a small group of men and women who are
all close friends, have been challenged by our Lord to start-up a "white-hot" non-denominational,
unaffiliated evangelical church in the Fort Lauderdale area.
We will be trying to attempt a "large-church-immediately" startup, which is quite challenging.  We have
tentatively scheduled our first service for Christmas eve, this year in a 1200-seat facility.  We are praying
for full-capacity service!  Obviously, this is impossible, without God's help...  Will y'all pray for us? 
Here's our prayer list:
1.  That we stay focused on Jesus and on reaching the lost
2.  Pastor and staff
3.  Church office space
4.  Financing
5.  God's blessing
6.  God's supernatural assistance
7.  Volunteers for all committees:
    -Prayer Committee
    -Children's Ministry
    -Evangelism Explosion Ministry
    -Pulpit Search
    -Advertising & TV Production
    -Senior Ministry
    -Youth Ministry
    -Bible Study Ministry

   WOW!  That IS quite a challenge, Craig!  I've added all that to the Prayer Request page.  Thanks!

From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 08/18/04:

We were very lucky and Charley turned in toward the
coast about one hundred miles south of where
originally expected. I feel sorry for those poor folks
in Punta Gorda but am thankful that we in North
Central Florida got through unscathed. My company is
sending trucks down there all week for cleanup, they
need all the help they can get. Say a prayer for the
folks in Southwest Fl. And I certainly enjoy the

   Thanks for getting back with us, Jimmy!  I posted your remarks: 



   And I'm glad that you're enjoying the Newsletters!

From Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of Kissimmee, FL - 08/19/04:

We were directly in the path.  It went right overhead.   Winds 115 mph.  We were very lucky. 
Had some tiles blown off the roof, all trees down, torn screens water came in under the doors
and windows.  Our neighbors weren't so lucky.  Most had their steel framed screened pool
enclosures twisted like they were made out of pipe cleaners and worse damage to the roof. 
Got our power and phone back Monday afternoon. We have counted our blessings,  Thanks
for your thoughts.
   YOW!!!  Thanks, Jean!  We're so relieved to know that you're alright!


  The prayer requests are really picking up now.  Did y'all just not notice that page there before?  

   Actually, there are a couple of things placed around on various pages which I think no one ever spotted, as they should
have provoked some type of comment.  There's one such item on one of the pages on Our Old Stomping Grounds,
for instance.  Dave and I thought it quite funny, but nary a chuckle arose...  Sniff, sniff......

From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 08/17/04:

I would like to add the names of two of my classmates to your prayer list,
and request that all who read my posting, say additional prayers for these
two wonderful members of NNHS Class of 1957:  Michael Spangler and
Adrienne Price Cox
.  Both are dealing with serious health issues and need
all of our support and prayers just now.

   Im so sorry to learn that Adrienne and Michael are ill.  I added their names:


   Thanks for all your help, Thelma.  Well keep them in our prayers.

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/18/04:

Thanks, Carol:
Thelma has done a marvelous job of keeping us informed about Mike Spangler
and Adrienne Price Cox. I dropped Adrienne a card. She is a good friend.

   By all the glowing reports I've received, Thelma has done an amazing job of keeping the Class of '57 unified,
bonded, and informed - as have Jimmy Parker and Brenda Amos Williams for the Class of '62, and Dee Hodges
for the Class of '66.  Y'all have been richly blessed to have them.

   Thanks, Joe!  I'm so glad you sent your friend, Adrienne, a note. 

   I enjoy this quotation so much, I attached it to the Alumni PageYou are a master of this principle, and in fact,
exemplify it, but the rest of us might benefit from a little nudge.  It never hurts to be reminded, as it's so poignant: 

"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How?
By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged."

-- Dale Carnegie
(1888 - 1955)

Y'all take care of each other..

                                   Love to all, Carol


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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305


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