11/08/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Mmmmm - Tastes Like Chicken!

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Happy 65th Birthday today to one of my favorite people, Joe Madagan ('57) of FL.  Have a great day, Adonis!



   With the help of my newly-acquired 1966 Anchor (Thanks again, Fred!), I added images and school activities to the In Memoriam
page for the Class of 1966:



Tastes Like Chicken?

From Me ('65) of NC:

  A big THANK YOU to all of ya'll who have made financial contributions to the web site lately!  They are always appreciated!

From Christopher Freeman (PHS) - 11/05/04:

Hello! I am a born and bread Peninsulian. I attended Phoebus Elementary, Merrimac Elementary, Buckroe Jr. High,
Jones Jr. High and Phoebus High!!
I attended Zion Baptist Church on 20th and Ivy. I was born at Whittaker Memorial.
I worked at Buckroe Beach Amusement Park. Do you have any thing about the old Phoebus Elementary or Buckroe Jr.

   Hi, Christopher - thanks for your query!  When we opened "Our Old Stomping Grounds" nearly two years ago, it pertained
almost exclusively to downtown Newport News, but has since expanded far beyond those boundaries.  Similarly, people
other than NNHS graduates have joined our ranks, and the base of knowledge and information has thus continued to enlarge.

   We now even have a couple of Hampton experts - Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA, and Tom Norris (HHS - '73) - who
coincidentally grew up in the same neighborhood.  As it stands now, the only elementary schools we have listed are those
which fed into Newport News High School - which made perfect sense to me two years ago.  I have come to realize that it's
just plain silly for me to keep creating artificial boundaries for anything on the web site, because they all fall sooner or later,
as our circle of friends enlarges, and we come to rediscover and share the joy within ourselves and our memories.

   I'm not sure of your time frame here, but it should only be a matter of time before we'll have some answers for you.  Tom
is out of town this week on business and beyond the reach of his computer, but he'll return soon, and Kathy is a wealth
of information.

   Besides, you invoked the name of one of my favorite places on earth, Buckroe Amusement Park, so you should be getting
preferential treatment!

"The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."

- Arnold H. Glasgow

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/05/04:

Was searching for some pics today and came across these that I thought you'd get a kick out of!  I found my 2nd grade Picture/autograph book from Jackson, (notice the boy on the second row?  Yep, that's Wayne Stokes ('65 of VA!) 
and a WPA Certificate that belonged to my grandmother and my dad's NNHS Diploma!  (Note: on the gold seal on daddy's
diploma it has the comedy/tragedy faces with the following: "The National Thespian Dramatic Honor (non-secret) (non-social)" 
What a kick, now if I could just find a '39 yearbook!!! 
PS (The grandkids are coming in Tuesday night - can't wait!!)

   How wonderful!  Thanks for sharing all these treasures with us, Sarah!

   Of course, they're ALL MISSING right now, because my computer has gone NUTZO and won't let me
access half my pages!!!

   I'm sure it'll get over it soon....

   Have fun with your grandbabies, Miss Sarah!

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA to Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/05/04:

What a great find you have made! An absolute treasure; good for you. I sincerely mean that, your dad's diploma, all the other
fabulous finds, way to go!!  But, as you know, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, remember? Your coming
forth with your 2nd. grade "book", with the "blocks" to place classmate pictures has absolutely cost me my last line of defense!
I used to fight off the ridicule with, "Yeah, but I was a beautiful baby!". Now, you bring forth this photographic evidence that kills
that line of lies!!!
Thanks...Thanks a lot! And by the way, where do you think I've for the last 100 years, Boston? Ain't dis da south? 
Just "funnin' " ya! Great find, all of it !!!
Take Care, Darlin'! or is it Honey? (Hun-nee) You got ta hesitate just a bit. 

   Now, Wayne, Honey, (as I've said, it's not my fault - YOU started it!) you know perfectly well that picture of you is just precious!

   And if my computer hadn't gone NUTZO, by not letting me access half my pages, we could ALL be
enjoying this image now!!!

   I'm sure it'll get over it soon....

Tastes Like Chicken - a Southern Essay by Newt Harlan (not particularly appealing to vegetarians)

From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/05/04:

I really enjoy the memories you put in the news that you put forth to keeping us informed. I would like to hear from Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA or her kin folks, Wayne and Brenda Vest. Also, I wonder if there is any one in the 1960 class who could get a reunion together.
Thanks, Carol.
Glenn Dye

   Hi, Glenn!  I've not really heard from Joyce in a couple of years.  I'm not even sure she's still online, as I used to hear from her
quite frequently/

   And I should think that if anyone knows anything about the next reunion for the Class of 1960, it would be Fred Mays.  What's
the story, Fred?  Thanks - and thank you, Glenn, for your query!

Tastes Like KFC?

From my friend, Judy, in IL - 11/07/04:

No plastic wrap in microwave!

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

Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with water as
this also releases dioxins in 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 that we should not be heating our food in the
microwave using plastic containers.

This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxins
into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins 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 dioxins.

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. It's just safer to use tempered glass,
Corning Ware, etc. He said we might 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.

   Yikes!   Tastes like dioxin!  Thanks, Judy!

"Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish?  I know it's tuna, but it says, 'Chicken of the Sea.'"

- Jessica Simpson (b.1980)

From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 11/07/04:

       I enjoy your newsletters. In fact that is the one place that I go to everyday, even without an e-mail from you to remind
me. We all owe you a lot more than we can ever repay. If it had not been for you, most of us would have lost touch with our
classmates. At the reunion, more than one person spoke to me of you and it was only in complimentary terms.  Your name
and your website have traveled to the homes of countless people even in other countries. I guess you might even consider
yourself famous.
       I am retiring on Dec. 1st. It is time to get on with life and living it.
       My husband (Jack Harrison - '61) and I both enjoyed the recent reunion with the class of 1964. The room was
literally filled with people.  The great love that was expressed between our classmates and school mates was definitely felt
by those that attended. The great reverence for our school, teachers, coach, and principal was also felt. Newport News
High School
was a school that can never be duplicated. The name should never be used again for any high school. To do so
would tarnish the reputation of the school as the present schools have to deal with violence, etc.
       Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our Newport News High School family together.

   WOWZERONI!  What a beautiful note!  Thank you so much for those kind words, Edna!  Big Girls might not Cry, but sometimes
their eyes well with tears and their faces become a bit stained!

   And congratulations on your retirement, Edna!  I was thinking about retiring myself, but then I realized I never did anything in the first
place, so that's going to thwart my efforts somewhat.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/07/04:

ATTENTION ALL TYPHOONS:  If you attended Friday and/or Saturday night of the Class of 1964's Fortieth Reunion, then you probably saw and enjoyed the continuous slide show which ran throughout both evenings. 
You can now relive those magic nostalgic moments with your own copy of the slide show. There are 259 images contained in the show, and it was compiled in MicroSoft Powerpoint format.  If you do not have Powerpoint
on your computer, you can download and install the free Powerpoint Viewer from Microsoft at this URL:


If you wish to receive a copy, I only ask that you make a $10.00 (or more) donation to the Class of 1964 Treasury. 
Make your donation check payable to “NNHS Class of 1964” and mail it to: 

P.O. BOX 6387
NORFOLK VA 23508-0387

Be sure to include your mailing address and write "Slide Show" in the "memo" area of your check.

   OHHH - thanks so much, Dave!  So often during the reunion, I glanced back over at the screen (having already watched the slide
show myself several times), and saw a group of people sitting or standing by the screen, nearly mesmerized by the images.  It put
a lump in my throat each time. 

   Here again, I cannot imagine anyone's NOT wanting a copy of this.  If you saw it before, you'll want to relive it.  If you were so
unfortunate as to not have been there with us, you'll surely want to know what you missed.

   I can't even describe to you the feelings and emotions that this show will inevitably evoke in you, but as you watch it, you'll feel the
great love of Newport News which infuses Dave's production.  This is a real treasure.  Thank you, David - from all of us! 


 From Thelma Spade Roberts ('67) of VA - 11/08/04:

Just wanted to pass along to you – Horace Elvington ('57) of VA has been ill.  He might be encouraged to receive
cards from some of you classmates, or even a phone call.  His address is:  9 Turner Terrace, Hampton, VA  23663,
(757) 826-1576. 

Remember – the Class of 1957 dinner is Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Angelo’s.  I leave tomorrow-early
a.m. for CA, as we think the baby may be here sooner than expected. 

Take care all.  Thelma

   Thanks for letting us know, Thelma.  We're so sorry to hear this.  Y'all send those cards and make those calls - you do it so well.

   Have fun in California with your family, Thelma!

From Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) - 11/08/04:

Something said that someone mentioned not having a military photo for James Arness for the famous soldiers section? 
One is attached.  Also his given name is James King Aurness (notice last name spelling change).
Also saw on the same list a James Ernest "Ernie" Blanchard who died 2004 but you were not sure of his birth?  The
SSDI says he was born August 3, 1947.

   That would have been Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - and today is his 65th Birthday!  What a nice surprise for him!  Thanks, Eric!



Also from Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/06/04:

   Dave sent me 77 more images from the disposable cameras on each table top Friday night.  I'm picking the best images to share
with you, and I would have had some posted by now, but
my computer has gone NUTZO and won't let me access half
my pages!!!

   I'm sure it'll get over it soon....

   I hope that I will also, because it's leaving a bad taste in my mouth right now - which doesn't taste a THING

   Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


The Chicken Song

Chicken's good for the body,
Chicken's good for the mind,
Chicken's good for the funny bone,
Chicken's easy on the eye.
Here we go, now!

Yum yum chicken bone,
Bock bock chicken.
Yum yum chicken bone,
Tell all your friends.
Yum yum chicken bone,
Bock bock chicken.
Yum yum chicken bone,
Tell all your friends.

Granola bar nice and chewy,
Granola bar my best friend,
Granola bar how I love you,
Granola bar's don't beat the kids

Yum yum granola bar,
Chew chew chewy.
Yum yum granola bar,
Tell all your friends.
Yum yum granola bar,
Chew chew chewy.
Yum yum granola bar,
Tell all your friends.

Chicken and Granola bars make a nice meal,
Especially when you're all alone.
It's something to eat when you're wife's in the shelter,
Because she ran into the door.Dooor!

Yum yum granola bone,
Bock bock chewy.
Yum yum granola bone,
Tell all your friends.
Yum yum granola bone,
Bock bock chewy.
Yum yum granola bone,
Tell all your friends.

Yum yum yummy
bock bock bocky
slap slap slappy
tell all your friends

Yum yum yummy
bock bock bocky
slap slap slappy
tell all your friends

"Mmmmm - Tastes Like Chicken!" theme courtesy of my 15-tear old student, Nick, of NC - 11/05/04
O-kaaaay, thanks, Nick - I think....!  It definitely beats your earlier suggestions of Veggie Tales and Sponge Bob Square Pants for a theme!

"Chicken Song" midi courtesy of http://www.fortunecity.com/boozers/ship/326/midigallery.html - 11/07/04

"Chicken Song" lyrics courtesy of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Chicken-Song-lyrics-A-F-I-AFI/3D104861BC03F92248256DDC002B96C3 - 11/07/04

(I have no idea whether or not these are the same song.  I rather doubt that they are...)

"Chickenhead" story courtesy of TV Guide, December 2000.

"Utensils" Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://southernfood.about.com/library/clipart/blclip4.htm - 11/07/04

"Money" Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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