09/20/04 - NNHS Newsletter - September Updates

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I haven't really made very many updates over the past few days, but y'all have had some mighty interesting things to relate.

From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - currently in VA - 09/18/04:

Hi Carol,
My husband, Dick, and I left Ft Worth TX toward NN a couple of days ago.  We stayed in ALABAMA one
night en route - but we were ahead of Ivan by 2 days.  We are renting the Canepa Cottage on 1st Street,
Buckroe Beach, for a month!!  Last night the winds were up and I could even feel the cottage "trembling"
and the waves were very high.  Still raining here, but water is calmer. 
Will be having some classmates of '58 here on Sat., 2 Oct., and also a group of other friends from the past
here on Sat, 9 Oct.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone...  We rented several years ago and had quite
a group in - we had a ball.  Hope the neighbors are prepared for all us again. 
We also have the front door open when we are here...the more the merrier!
Have been in touch with Joe Madagan ('57 of FL) and he is going to try and make it this year - and his
sister Mary Ann ('56) too.
The older I get the more I appreciate this place.  Good memories of past times.  For many years in the past 
a group of us would come in the summer - many from other states.  In addition to myself, Sandra Canepa,
Sandra Weaver, Judy Elliott, Nancy (Bigger) Alligood, Sherry Padgett, Shelby Brown, Judy Abbott, Tzina Zwerdling (Richman), LaRhue Nettles, Linda Stein, Carolyn Todd, Mary Jo Edwards,
plus....  have enjoyed fun times fun times!!!!!
Johnny Canepa ('60) had his place upstairs and all of our groups would be in the downstairs portion of the
Cottage.  We miss Johnny terribly!! 
Lv, ev   

   WOWZERONI, Evelyn, that sounds like more fun than I can even imagine!  To suggest that y'all have a good time is so superfluous
it's beyond redundant.  I do hope y'all are going to take a  whole bowlful of pictures and share them with us!  We like to live vicariously.

   Johnny was always one of my favorite people - and I really didn't even know him.  That just didn't matter.

From Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 09/18/04:

Dear Carol.
Most of my shingles blew off. Have to have new roof and water damaged ceilings and walls in three rooms. I live
in Brevard and we were hit hard by Frances. My daughter lost her tin roof and had water damage as well. Also her
kitchen ceiling fell in. It has been trying but we are still here. Hope to make the reunion but not sure.
Love to all,

   Oh, Judy!!!  I am so sorry to hear of your losses.  You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers - as will all of y'all
who have been and are experiencing similar trials.

From Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 09/18/04:

Dear Carol:
Today was a beautiful day for me that I will always remember.  The remnants of Ivan's wind and rain did not erase what
a wonderful day I had walking the Gloucester Alzheimer's 2004 Memory Walk.  I had the pleasure of meeting Julius
Benton's ('58) of VA
two daughters (Julie and Kristi) and their two friends.  The "Benton Bunch" are a team of fantastic
people totally devoted to their dad Julius.  Just to put the icing on the cake, so to speak, Jess Kersey ('58) of VA walked
in with his friend Cathy, also to walk with the "Benton Bunch" for the cause.  This was totally unexpected by me.  What a
wonderful time we all had together.  The rain did not keep the team from walking the three mile course around Gloucester
Court House and back to the school from which we started.  In addition, the "Benton Bunch" took home the two top honors
for team donations and top individual participant.  The ladies are fantastic motivators.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the
Rivers Inn at Gloucester Point afterwards.  That just capped off for me the end of a perfect Saturday outing.  It appeared
to me between 125-150 people participated in the Memory Walk.  I am looking forward to next year's Memory walk.  The
Benton family and friends I met today are fantastic people.  It was just and additional treat  to spend the day with Jess
and Cathy.   Thanks everyone!

     WOWZERS, Bobby, that's great!  I had a whirlwind weekend myself, but I thought of y'all up in Gloucester, and wondered
how that Walk was progressing amid the storms.  I'm so glad to hear that you weren't hampered by the elements.  How exciting
that you met Jesse Kersey there!  What a wonderful time you must gave had - and knowing that you were doing good in the process
must have added to your joy tremendously!

   Thanks for the report, Bobby - and thanks for spreading the word, Renee!

From Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL - 09/19/04:

New Florida Post Card:

Hope you enjoy a joke.  Actually, we really do live right there.
Dear Carol and Friends,
Jean Pittman Priest, reporting from Poinciana, FL.  If you were to look at a map of the intersection of Hurricanes Charley
and Frances, you would see where I live.  Yes, we were hit by both.  However, we came away with relatively minor damage
to the roof and wet carpet and all of our trees were down. Many of those in our community were not so lucky and suffered
major damage from tornadoes spawned by Charley.  One touched down about a 1/2 mile from us.   We were without power
for several days, but managed ok.  There are several roads still closed due to flooding and water is still standing everywhere. 
Thankfully, we dodged Ivan.  
P.S. Please add my birthday to your list:  Nov. 12, 1946

  WOWWWW, thanks for the update, Jean.  Our hearts and prayers continue to be with all of y'all affected by the storms.

   I added you to the Birthday page - Thanks!


From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA  09/20/04:

I received the following email and wanted to pass it on to as many folks as I could.  Im sure each of us knows someone who has been
touched by breast cancer and this is one way that we can all help.  Nothing is required but to read and pass the message along. 

M & M's With A Purpose

Send this to everyone you know and get the word out there. There are many women out there who have Breast Cancer.
Let's do all we can to support the fight to end this disease. The makers of M&M's candies have teamed up with the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds through the sale of their new pink & white M&M's candies. Special bags
of M&M's will be on sale in September, October and November, 2004. (The bags are clearly marked).

For each 8-ounce bag of the special candies sold, the makers of M&M's (Masterfoods) will donate 50 cents to the foundation.
If you pass this e-mail around you will get no money, just the satisfaction of trying to save a life. Please, pass this to every
female (and every male) you know! The next time you want a treat, please pick up a bag now sold in stores nationwide. You
will be donating to a great cause and satisfying your sweet tooth. Please pass on to all your family and friends for who knows
the life you save one day may be your own, or that of a family member or friend.

Check it out: http://www.m-ms.com/us/news/promotions/komen/index.jsp

Please pass on to all your family and friends. Thank you.

   Thanks, Thelma.  We've run this before, but we're always glad to post it again.  Our school, and the Class of 1965 in particular,
seems to have had a disproportionately high incidence of this dreaded illness.  My own best friend, Rose Woodard Groff ('65),
lost her life to breast cancer twenty years ago this October 14.  She would have turned 37 on November 21.


From Me ('65) of NC - 09/20/04:

   It took me eight days - I've no idea why - but I finally made the First National Bank page for Ron Miller ('59 ) of NC:



   Maybe those later images will spark someone's memories.

   Thanks again, Ron!

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA:

   (Dave, let's not tell everybody how long ago you mailed this to me.  Suffice to say it's been a bit longer than usual, and
that I'm returning your photo in tomorrow's mail.)

   Oh, did y'all see that?!?  Hmmm, well, go see the picture of Dave back in '67 when he was in the Air Force instead:


   Thanks, Dave!  Groupie that I am, I do love those Famous Military pages!

   On the other hand, maybe the delay isn't all THAT unusual.....

From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 09/18/04:

HI Carol,
Frances here.   Are all the pictures scanned in on the high school pictures and other pictures pages?
I looked awhile back and some were not there.  I forgot to write.
Take care and a hug,

   Ummm, noooo.....  But I at least have a good cockamamie story to go with this:


   I just checked it, and it would appear to be complete through the letter "C".  With two "D's".  Sorta.  Kinda sorta.

   You see, Frances, there's an easy way to do things, and a hard way.  I will always, ALWAYS find the hard way.

   As you recall, there are eight senior portraits to a page in our 1965 Anchor.   My little boy, Dale (okay, okay, so he's NOT
a little boy - SHEESH!) was helping me to rescan the entire section so that the images would all be of uniform size and
quality.  He knew some sort of shortcut to doing this, whereby he would scan the entire page just once, and cut and copy
and paste and voila - it was done.  He tried several times to teach me this, but neglected to leave me one of his incredible
tutorials on the subject when he left home in January.  Not being overly fond of scanning myself, I was hoping to con him
into doing them all himself before he left.  He was trying to raise me (like a good parent) to be independent.  Let's call it a
stand off.  He didn't scan, I didn't learn, y'all were the losers, and now I'm gonna hafta go back and finish them all myself -
the hard way.  Oh, joy.  Hence, my procrastination.  Ummmm, keep the faith, Frances.  We finally have the Prom Pictures
going, right???


From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 09/19/04:

   Fifteen years ago, I was involved in the beginning of the story described
in the attached documents - The Hampton Neighborhood Initiative.  Although
this is a "Hampton" story, not a "Newport News" story, you have become
something of an archivist for the lower Peninsula and so I thought you might
be interested to know "the rest of the story" as a famous broadcaster used
to say.

   Yes, as my son Dale calls this NNHS site, "The Internet - Minus the Porn".

   Well, Frank, I am so excited that you sent this to me, 'cause you're 'bout the wisest man I ever met, and always have been,
and I can't wait to read them.  Ah, but I do have a little problem.  PDF Files hate me.  No, really, they do - almost as much as
AOL hates me, and - what?  No, I'm not paranoid, it's true.

   It's okay, though, I have a plan.  I'm sending them off to my other tech reppie son, Nathaniel.  He'll break into them for me,
and then I'll spotlight them somewhere cool.

   Thanks so much, Frank!  I really do appreciate it - even if I remain somewhat technically challenged.

More Updates:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/famous-marines.html - new additions

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/famous-soldiers.html - new additions

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/nostalgic-artifacts.html - I finally added the image of my way cool Coca-Cola straw holder.

Coming Soon:

   TRACK AND FIELD Pages - Albert Dorner ('66) of VA, Joe Madagan ('57) of FL, Joe Wingo ('65) of NC,
and John Todd ('64) of AK
have all been working hard to educate me on the subject.  They may not even be able
to notice the progress being made themselves, because much of it is in my head, but it is happening.  Thank you,
Gentlemen.  I appreciate your patience and instruction.

  Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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Words & Music by Joe Young & Fred E. Alhert

I'm gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter,
And make believe it came from you.
I'm gonna write words oh, so sweet
They're gonna knock me off of my feet,
A lot of kisses on the bottom,
I'll be glad I got 'em.

I'm gonna smile and say,
"I hope you're feeling better,"
And close with love, the way that you do.
I'm gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter,
And make believe it came from you.

I'm gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter,
And make believe that it came from you.
I'm gonna write words oh, so sweet, yeah!

Lotta kisses on the bottom,
I'll be glad I got 'em.
I'm gonna smile and say,
"I hope you're feeling better,"
And close with love, the way that you do.

I'm gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter,
And make believe it came from you...

I'm gonna sit right down
And write myself a letter,
And make believe it came,
Make believe that it came from you!

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