- NNHS Newsletter - Happy Thanksgiving!
“Thou hast given so much to me,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As we count and recount our many blessings, this theme blessedly repeats every year - and then some!
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Tomorrow we'll have another Birthday Three-Fer: Sandra Ray ('61) of VA, John Howard ('66) of VA, AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA! On Saturday, Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA will be celebrating, followed by Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR on Sunday! And on Monday, we'll have yet another Three-fer: Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC, Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV, AND Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS - '72) of FL!
Many Happy Returns to you all!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 11/15/07 - "Fund Drive":
Bless your sweet heart, George! That would be lovely from my point of view, of course, but I think we may have a definite problem effecting any such thing. I may be wrong (it happens rather frequently these days), but I think that last May when my Three Earthly Saviours - Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD, Joe Wingo ('65) of NC and Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - initiated that massive fund drive which literally saved my life in countless ways, that they promised each and every one they contacted that they would never be asked to donate again. So I don't think, as helpful as such a thing would be to me at this moment, that I can take it upon myself to renege on their word.
On the other hand, the past four months have brought us some major unexpected expenses. Particularly troubling at the moment is that our beloved and faithful 1989 Cadillac (which is just about to hit 300,000 miles) is evidencing some real signs of need for significant repairs.
Therefore, if any of y'all have been meaning to send a donation and just haven't done it yet, or if you feel you're not terribly tapped out at the moment, a gift of whatever size your heart tells you would be appropriate would be deeply appreciated at this time - because if the car goes down, we all go down.
Thank you so much, Sweetie!
From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/19/07 - "Happy Thanksgiving":
Let us give Thanks
For all the people we Hold Dear
For the many Blessings we get in a Year
For Friends & Family both Far & Near whose love sustains US and gives Us Cheer.. Hope All Have a Happy Thanksgiving...
Typhoons Forever Al
Thanks so much for the Pict-o-Gram, Al - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/18/07 - "A Very Funny Thanksgiving Story":
Award-winning writer: Jackie Papandrew
Plunging into Thanksgiving
~ © Jackie Papandrew 2007 ~
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!
From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 11/19/07 - "..and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!":
|A DAY OF THANKS
Thanksgiving is upon us! This popular autumn holiday traces its roots back to a three-day feast held in 1621 to celebrate the blessing of a bountiful harvest. It took more than 240 years, however, for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln finally proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Years later, President Franklin Roosevelt stated that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month--as opposed to the occasional fifth Thursday.
Mmmm... Eel and Seal. My favorite!
What exactly did the pilgrims eat at the first Thanksgiving? According to food historian Kathleen Curtin, the answer may surprise you. In addition to wild turkey, other popular sources of meat that were likely served include eel, clams, lobster, wild goose, eagles, venison, and seal...yes, seal. Peas, beans, and carrots were probably on the table, but sweet potatoes and corn on the cob weren't. And although pumpkins were likely consumed, pumpkin pie wasn't...because no such thing existed at that time.
Talking Turkey...272 Million Turkeys!
The popularity of turkeys during the holidays and throughout the year has turned turkey farming into a big business. In fact, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that 272 million turkeys will be raised in the US this year alone. That's an increase of 4% over 2006!
Weighing In on What We Eat
Ever wonder how many cranberries, pumpkins, and other Thanksgiving Day foods we go through each year? The US Census Bureau has the skinny! According to their research, the US produces some serious poundage when it comes to these holiday favorites, including:
No wonder we feel so full after those holiday meals!
Can Turkey Really Make You Tired?
Here's how the story goes. Turkey contains tryptophan...which helps the body produce niacin...which then helps produce serotonin. And serotonin is the key to this theory because it calms the brain and induces sleep.
The problem with that theory is that tryptophan actually works best on an empty stomach-which most of us don't have after our Thanksgiving feast! So, it's more likely that the heaviness and the high carbohydrate content of the entire Thanksgiving meal are responsible for that sense of lethargy you feel, as your body works to digest it all. Add a glass of wine or a cocktail to your meal, and you'll increase that sense of sleepiness even more.
Here's to another happy Thanksgiving Day for you and yours!
Thanks so much, Terry - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
WASHINGTON — -
When President Bush
comes to Charles City County on Monday to speak at Berkeley Plantation, he'll
have a chance to settle an age-old rivalry:
Which state really had the first Thanksgiving: Virginia or Massachusetts?
Ask most Americans and the answer will probably be Massachusetts. They think Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and Indians.
There was, after all, that
well-known harvest celebration uniting the English colonists at Plymouth with
the Wampanoag People in 1621.
But Virginians point to Berkeley Plantation, where Capt. John Woodlief — a survivor of the Jamestown colony—and his crew of 37 men arrived on Dec. 4, 1619.
Upon reaching Berkeley, the colonists were said to have fallen to their knees and declared that the day of their ship's arrival "shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to almighty God."
Armed with that history, Berkeley proudly describes itself today as the site of the "first official Thanksgiving in America."
Each fall, the historic plantation along the James River plays host to a Thanksgiving festival and has long been accustomed to greeting presidents.
Berkeley is the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, the nation's ninth president and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He died in office only a month into his term after catching a cold that developed into pneumonia.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, visited Berkeley during the Civil War, when the plantation served as a base camp for Union troops.
It was Lincoln who declared the fourth Thursday of November to be a national Thanksgiving holiday.
Now comes Bush, the 43rd president, who will offer his own Thanksgiving thoughts at a mid-day speech on the plantation grounds. The invitation-only event is closed to the public.
But don't expect Bush to resolve the question of which state can lay claim to the holiday's origins, the White House advises.
"The visit and the remarks will be an opportunity to address what we, as a nation, can be thankful for," said White House spokesman Blair Jones.
"It will not serve as an endorsement of one historical site over the other."
Thankfully, presidential intervention may not be required.
Plimoth Plantation, the recreated 1627 English village in Plymouth, stops short of claiming it hosted the first Thanksgiving.
The plantation, on its Web site, is careful to say the 1621 harvest "has become known as" the first Thanksgiving.
Perhaps this year's observance was closed to the public due to the president's visit, but I myself attended the 1966 celebration.
From Mimi Green ('40) of VA - 11/21/07 - "Greetings":
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Y'ALL!!!!!!
Thanks, Mimi - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/21/07 -
"Wishing you a.............":
Thanks, Shari - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/21/07 - "New .. er .. Old NN Images":
Here are two postcards which I recently acquired thru EBAY. I scanned them at high resolution. Both were postmarked 1908.
|The first is
the train station. It appears to have been taken from the Casino Grounds,
but not up on the hill, but at street level. Note the five-masted schooner
moored at the piers.
The second is the post office, which is not so rare an image. BUT, have a look at the home to the left of the P.O.
WOWZERONI-RINI! Congratulations on your newest old treasures, Brown Eyes! Thanks for sharing them with us - and Happy Thanksgiving!
These are NOT yet posted on Our Old Stomping Grounds, but will be shortly!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/21/07 - "Support Our Troops":
This site is from one of our commands so I know
Thanks so much, Shari!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/21/07 - "Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!":
I did not expect a newsletter today...love the song.
I have done all my cooking except "the bird", the gravy, and rolls, and the mashed potatoes. So I am going to relax tonight and get to bed early, I hope. We are going to friends for breakfast, then other friends coming here at 3 for dinner, then going to other friends for a stop in visit, then going to other friends to see their newest grandbaby, six weeks old! It should be a fun day. I hope you and all of your family even though not together, together in spirit, have a great day.
Thanks, Jean - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 11/21/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Thanksgiving wishes !":
Wishing you and your
Families a very happy Thanksgiving,
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N' GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP,
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS,
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER
STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS.
GOBBLE 'TIL YOU WOBBLE.........
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin' - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/21/07:
YUM, YUM!!! Thanks, Domi - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 11/21/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Thank you very much !!!":
Thanks so much, Herbie Darlin' - all's well that ends well - and your good report saved me a phone call!
From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 11/21/07 - "Pumpkin Pie":
Thanks, Buster - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 11/21/07 - "Happy Thanksgiving!":
Thank you so much, Sandi, that's beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of VA - 11/21/07:
(Regarding the Cats in a CD store) heavy metal is the best one... hehe
But was anyone really surprised at your surprise newsletter? I think not. ;)
I love you, Mom. Happy Thanksgiving!
I love you, too, Sweetie-Weetie! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/21/07:
Thank you so very much, Adonis! Semper Fi and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From the Daily Press - 11/22/07:
|It started 13
years ago when a couple of friends wanted to support a high school teammate
dying of lung cancer.
They arranged to take Davis M. "Buddy" Ballard to breakfast at the Warwick Restaurant across from Christopher Newport University.
"He was my best friend from high school, and I wanted to be with him," said Bill Leggette, who graduated from Newport News High School with Ballard in 1952. "When people started calling me to find out how he was doing, I told them to come to breakfast and see."
Ballard was 63 when he died in 1996, but the
guys kept coming. More than 650 Tuesdays later, they are still coming, some
traveling from Gloucester, Williamsburg and Smithfield to share cups of
coffee and plates of eggs and pancakes with friends.
|A group of old buddies from Newport News meet at the Warwick Restaurant for breakfast to talk about all things and old times. Waitress Rhonda Hicks hands over the food to Elwood Warren, left, and Bill Castelow, right. (Joe Fudge, Daily Press / October 16, 2007)|
Most were athletes who competed for and graduated from Newport News High between the late 1930s and the mid-1950s. But there are a few regulars who went to school in Hampton, and occasionally guys from Portsmouth join the crowd. Most stayed in the area and worked for a variety of local businesses or governments. Today all are retired.
They say they come back for the friendship that's developed over the years from their common background and experiences.
Joey Lawrence, who graduated from Hampton High School in 1954, keeps the unofficial list of all the guys who have attended at least one breakfast over the years. There are more than 300 names on the roll today.
"When we were young, we hated each other," Lawrence said, referring to the rivalry between the two high schools. "But now we're just like brothers. We go back a long way."
The first of the group typically arrives about 7:30 a.m., and an hour later there are no parking spots left outside and one section of the restaurant is full.
The conversation can get pretty lively.
"If you have a problem, most any time someone here can fix it. If you're sick, someone here has had it before and they can tell you how to get well. If you need an opinion, you can get it here," said Bob Whitley, who graduated from Newport News High in 1951. "It's family. It's extended family. Friends are like family."
In fact, Leggette says, friends are what keep him going.
"If you don't have friends, you don't have anything," Leggette said.
HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:
The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday
will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
at Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.
1. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955
2. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
3. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957
4. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
Among my very choicest blessings, for which I am eternally thankful, is my association with all of y'all. Thank you for enriching my life in so many different ways.
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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We Gather Together
Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914) Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr. We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known; The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing, Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine! We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, And pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
"We Gather Together" midi courtesy of http://www.breadsite.org/classic.htm - 11/21/04
"We Gather Together" lyrics courtesy of http://www.jeannepasero.com/thanksmidis.html - 11/21/04
Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty clip art courtesy of http://seismo.berkeley.edu/~burgmann/EPS150/lecture_schedule_eps150.html - 11/19/07
Fall Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/thanksgiving/thanksgiving_lines_5.htm - 11/19/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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