11/24/04 - NNHS Newsletter -

"There is one day that is ours.
There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back
to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer
to the porch the old pump looks than it used to ...
Thanksgiving Day ... is the one day that is purely American."

~ O'Henry (William Sydney Porter)
(1862 - 1910)

 


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

  That most American of all holidays, Thanksgiving, is upon us.  Here's something I borrowed from my personal page which I wrote
while in a bit of a silly mood (who - ME?):

Contrary to the propaganda constantly put out by Yankees (who seem to share grabbing top honors to themselves with Texans
and the Russians!), the first Thanksgiving was held at Berkeley Plantation along the James River in Virginia on December 4, 1619.
Those Johnny-Come-Lately, "Let's Claim Every Honor for Ourselves", Blithering Yankees didn't even ARRIVE
on America's shores until November 9, 1620!

For the TRUE version, see:  berkeleyplantation.com/

 For the YANKEE version, see:   http://www.marvelcreations.com/thanksgiving.html

This link is written from the British perspective, so we may forgive her the YANKEE slant:
http://homepages.tesco.net/~derek.berger/holidays/thanksgiving.html

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of VA - 11/22/04:

Hi Carol,
Just a short note to wish you the best during the holidays and let you know how much I enjoy the newsletters. You are
so fair in what you include, i.e. " Please stop sending the emails, they're clogging up my hard drive", and " Please stop; I
can't relate anymore". Please don't stop sending mine, I love them and it keeps me connected.......
Of all the alumni from our beloved NNHS, you evidentially have been chosen to perform this monumental task for all
of us. I wanted you to know how much joy I receive on this end. 
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget. I would rather just keep dancing.
Bill
 
   What a nice thing to say – thanks!

   I’m glad you’re enjoying the Newsletters, and that you appreciate the balance I was trying to bring to them. There are those
who misinterpreted that as nasty cuts at the individuals who opted out. That really surprised me, as I thought everyone knew
what a Sweetie-Pie I am! WILD GIGGLES!!! But I’m glad they’re bringing you they joy that is intended.

   Have a great Thanksgiving, Bill - and thanks again.

From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 11/23/04:

Thanks for Giving me and many others your time, talents and wit.  I find reading other's memories of NN expand my
knowledge of a place I consider home to this day.
 
I looked over some pictures of NN then and now and agree that the downtown has been devastated.  Frank (Blechman
- '65 of Northern VA)
had told me everything was moving to Williamsburg and I felt stunned and then disbelief.  He, as
always, was correct.  But the brutal way everything was demolished and replaced with harsh buildings or emptiness 
shocked me when I finally got a good look at it a few years back.  I fear that who ever is engineering these changes will
allow Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue to become as sterile and ugly as downtown has become.  Awful.
 
I believe the beach several referred to was the site of many pleasant days for me.  I once  got sun burned there frolicking
with friends, swam in the evenings with my brother, and spent a lazy day  there with
Chris (Kypriandes - '65 ) before
he left for Vietnam.  I drove down that way the last time I was home and it was all shipyard. 
 
I too will have a quiet dinner with my two children.  It will be nice though. 
 
I hope the challenges you have faced lately, Carol, will not be too much to bear.  Blessings to you and yours.
 
I wish a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving to all my NN family.
 
Love to all,
Frances

  Thanks so much, Frances!  I don't know if things got better, or if my attitude and outlook just improved, but I'm feeling "500% mo'
better" as my cousin used to say.  (Yes, I realize that's both impossible and ungrammatical - but it's fun to say!)

   I've no idea who is responsible for the desecration of downtown Newport News, and as I'm powerless to do anything about it,
perhaps it's better that way.  I simply do not understand what the motivation could have been.  It has become so relentlessly ugly,
where once it was so beautiful.

   Wait a minute.  Remember that Spokesman Club beach party - or Christopher Newport Society beach party - or whatever it
was?  The one that you and Frank and Sunny Chapin and lots of other people and I all attended that was soooo much fun?  The
time when Sunny wore a (GASP!!!) two-piece bathing suit?  Remember?  Is that where that was?  That wonderful party was
on a beach which no longer exists???  Is that what we're saying here?  ARGHHH!!!

   There's a lot to be said for quietude, Frances.  It's often a very rare commodity.  I pray your Thanksgiving will be as delightful
as you are.

From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 11/23/04:

Carol.....I have the solution to what your new nickname should be....it's of course, BUCKWHEAT DARLIN'.

   HA-HA-HA!  Why, certainly!  What was I thinking?!?  Thanks, Janice!

From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 11/23/04:

Carol,
 
Geez, since Wayne Stokes ('65 of VA) has become a regular contributor to your site, I do not think your references
to him as "Honey" and now "Sweetie-pie" are quite appropriate. I know of no one back in the 60's that would even think
of calling Wayne by these names, not even his mother. I think Wayne would appreciate his old self proclaimed title of
"Mr. Wonderful" or for a "make my day" - Mr. Basketball.
 
Precious

   Well, hi, Precious, how are you?!?  Hmmm, your comment is causing me to have to think, and you know how opposed I am
to thinking, but as you are so, well, precious, I will make an exception.  Let's see now.  Some things were, are, and ever more
shall be.  You were always precious and remain so still.  David was always adorable, and has become (if possible) even more
so.  Michaels's blue eyes are as brilliantly blue as ever they were.  But some things are subject to change, are they not?  Is it not
reasonable to assume that with wisdom and maturity, Wayne has become such a Honey and a Sweetie Pie, that to deny it would
be futile?  Granted, he will still be Mr. Wonderful and Mr. Basketball, but must he be limited to only one nickname?  Might we
not in all honesty be justified in referring to him as "Wonderful Wayne Honey" or "Mr. Sweetie Pie Basketball"?  Yea, verily, I do
believe so!

   WILDEST GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Rip Precious!

From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 11/23/04:

Hi Carol:

I notice sometimes you like to hear about what we are doing and about our accomplishments. I've won several
awards in the past for my family histories, magazine and newspaper articles regarding genealogy research. I
hadn't entered anything in about 4 years, somehow didn't find the time so this year I decided I was going
to submit some articles for consideration. I was delighted to find out that I had won an award for six articles I
wrote during the last year.

I would like to share with my classmates that I won a D. T. Smithwick Newspaper & Magazine Article Award
from The North Carolina Society of Historians in October. The Judges' collective comments were: "In judging
these entries, several words come to mind - impressive, informative, educational, fascinating and worthwhile.
The writer provides "how-to" information that is helpful to both historians and genealogists; and she has provided
them with factual book review information that can be trusted. She has done an admirable job of each article
and it was a pleasure to judge her entries."

Thank you for allowing me to share this with my NNHS classmates. You are doing such a wonderful job on our
newsletter and I appreciate it very much.
Jennie

   WOWZERS!!!  How wonderful - congratulations, Jennie!  And yes, we always love to have news of activities and accomplishments!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/news.html

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/23/04:

   I thought you might enjoy reading this article which appeared in the Tampa Tribune this week:

The Saint Leo University Basketball team is so much improved this year.  I am optimistic that they will have
a good season in 2004-2005.

Michael has worked very hard to build the team within his long range program.  Saint Leo University received
headlines this week also for improving their student-thlte graduation rate, which is probably one of the greatest accomplishments Mike has achieved since becoming the head coach.

"Saint Leo Improve Student-Athlete Graduation Rate to 79 Percent, 2nd Best in SSC" - Pasco News, Volume 100 Issue 47, November 18, 2004.

   WOWZERONI!!!  That is so wonderful!  Thanks, Adonis!

From my friend, Judy of IL - 11/23/04:

This is truly awesome!

http://community-2.webtv.net/urfree36/AWESOMEPICTURE/

   Thanks, Jude!  You're right, you know!

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/23/04:

So I says to myself; self, you can find Terry Haney's and Chuck Jones' email address on '66's permitted email share page
and won't have to trouble whatshername that runs this site! Yep, that's what I said. Then in my most stealth mode I go alookin'
only to find their names sure enough, but there ain't no email addresses AS PROMISED!
 
Now, whataya think about that? Shameful, I'd say, yep, shameful!
 
Unknown
the name that appears at the top is wrong, it ain't me that sent this. It was R. Wayne Stokes, no , no, it wasn't R. Wayne Stokes -
it's ah, as Rip told me a "TroganWorm"! A what? He's goin' to get back to me on the definition of this hybrid, soon. He promised
a couple of months ago!! I'm still awaitin'

   Wayne Honey, you are such a hoot!   The thing is, Terry and Chuck obviously haven't given me permission to post their email
addies.  If I did that without their permission, they might shoot me or something.  I'll tell them you're a-lookin' for 'em.

   Hey, Terry and Chuck - Wayne Honey's looking for ya!

   There!  How's that?  Oh, okay - I'll send them a note - after I finally get this Newsletter issued......

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!

From Gail Kiger Bonsey (FHS - '73) of Newberg, OR - 11/23/04:

Although the little sister of a 1966 NNHS graduate,  I have greatly enjoyed your web page and all the stories.  My only
and older brother, Steve (Kiger), & I grew up on Garden Drive.  And later 16th…

Joel Lewis's ('64 of VA) mom called me her Gentile daughter.  She made the best chicken soup with matzo balls and
for years I thought it was called 'Minnie's Soup'.  To this day, I stay in touch with Joel. 

Stuart Gardens was the best place to have adventures - I recall the tractor man and how we delighted making imaginary
boundaries out of his clippings; memories of Mulberry Hill; Rip Collins' ('65 - of TN) parents always had the best treats
at Halloween; walking to the grocery store past Wickham and anyone recall Minnie's Dime Store

The tragic shooting of Jerry Powell's ('64) father was my earliest memory of tragedy in that area.  Memories of the beach
that one could walk all the way to Christopher Shores neighborhood.  I also recall thinking Steve Korn (?) - class of '61?
was very handsome, and as a 6 yr old, knocking on his door to ask if he wanted to come out and play…

Also, remember JM Fields? I recall Steve getting his first stereo there & 'Meet the Beatles' album.  And memories of the
Paramount Theatre
- also my brother's first job.  Riding the bus to the shoe store where Joel Lewis's mom and aunt owned,
was a treat.  Growing up in Calvary Baptist - I even remember the very afternoon we heard that Sarah (Puckett's)
(Kressaty - '65 of VA)
dad had suddenly passed away.  In the mid 50's - 70's, that was one popular church - Rev. Samuel
Tatem
was the best! 

I also recall Steve having to take me with him, if he wanted the car to go get ice cream that Sunday afternoon…so off we go
to pick up Mary Ann Barrow and I have to sit in the back seat with her brother George!  (Whom I just heard passed).  Those
were the days you drove all the way to Wythe to High's Ice Cream Store

I enjoyed all of Steve's friends so much - especially the basketball games! Burch/Fisher/Owens!!   Memories of David
Ellenson's
('65 of NY) younger brother (Jimmy - '?) & me with signs against the opposing team as we boldly strutted back
and forth on their side of the gym!  Memories of me and neighbor Beth Wingrove trying our best to fix Barbara Huston up
with other neighbor, Jerry Fisher...  We wrote a fake love letter and left it on his door and hid.  And lastly,  I took one
of Steve's first NNHS yearbooks, and he nearly killed me when I wrote a full page.

Gail

   Ah, Gail, you made me laugh and you made me cry and it doesn't get much better than that!

   Might that have been the drop dead gorgeous Steve Corum ('62) you remember?  I imagine there were quite a few little girls -
of all ages - who would have liked him to come out and play with them............

 
1962 Anchor - p.64 1962 Anchor - p.121
Fourth from left - Steve Corum ('62)

   I rest my case.

   Thanks so much, Gail.  I'll be adding some of the places you mentioned soon.  Tell Steve hi for us!

From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 11/23/04:

Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday, Carol! I know many are thankful for all you do with the website and newsletter!
Take care of yourself! Alice

   Thanks, Alice!  I appreciate that!  Have a great holiday yourself!

From Tim Parsons (' 73) of VA - 11/23/04:

Dear Carol,

The picture I recently sent of the Amoco station on West Avenue was owned by Al Monfalcone who owned the old Sports Palace and
Monty's Penquin. The old gas station was known as Monfalcone's Amoco. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tim

   Thanks, Tim!  I'm going to give that its own page PLUS add it to the West Avenue page - any minute now.........

From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 11/24/04:

Hi Carol,

Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Florida!

I'm sorry to hear you've been having some difficulties lately.  Since the reunion, I have noticed you were not
up to your usual hectic speed.  I am sorry to hear about your family member that has cancer.  Some days, it
seems like you can't take anything else on your plate and then out of the clear blue something else happens. 
I've been going through problems as well.......
 
Coming to FL and seeing the grandchildren is great medicine for the soul.  The hermit crab died the first day
we were here. I've never gone to a funeral of a crab but Martin Jr. wanted to make sure he went to Heaven. 
The next day, 2 of the 8 fish were floating up side down in the aquarium.  My husband has been sick for over
a week and still doesn't feel well.  So I get to take Martin Jr.  and Sarah to see Sponge Bob the Movie today. 
I have managed to stay on my feet since I got here.  I had a bad fall at home before we left.  There is something
to say about being fat.  At least I can protect the bones. 
 
My husband and son-in-law have already started cooking the "feast".  We will go to church tonight at their
Methodist Church here in Brandon.  We must go early to get a parking place and seat.  Tomorrow, the cooks,
(not me, I remain the constant observer) will complete their work and settle in for an afternoon of food and
football.  I've got to find me something good to read!
 
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and blessings for all that you do everyday for so many people.  You have added
such a rainbow to my life that brings more joy than you can imagine.  Take care of your self.
 
Linda Lane
 
P. S. We return to VA on Dec. 1 for 2 weeks and than back here to FL.

   Thanks, Linda!  My problems seem to have lessened considerably, and I hope yours do the same - or at least that you'll find them
easier to bear.  Don't fall down again, Lady!!!

   I like your approach to the Thanksgiving dinner!  It seems this year I'll be cooking and baking again myself.  Where did I go wrong
in life?!?  Wild Giggles!!!

   Thank you so much for your kind words, Linda.  One of the greatest blessing in life is to feel that you're making a contribution
to the happiness of others.  If I'm able to do that while having fun myself, then I'm doubly blessed.


From Me ('65) of NC:

   As I mentioned to Joe Madagan ('57) of FL yesterday, I believe I have at last extricated myself from the enveloping gloom,
largely through those kind notes I received from my friends. I don’t believe I’ve ever had such a wide circle of wonderful friends
before in my life! What a great blessing that is!  My association with y'all is one of the things for which I am most thankful..

   I’m not even sure what was wrong with me, and that’s just as well. If I can’t remember, it must not have been all that bad after
all, right? I’m going to start decorating earlier than usual this year, and that always chases sad and bad feelings far away. And I
think I will go ahead and cook a mini-feast. We’re rather fond of leftovers anyway!

    Y'all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving - and take care of each other!

    And thank y'all for taking care of me while I was down!   You're the best!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
- Henry Alford (1810-1871)

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit as praise to God we yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From the field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
Bring thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In thy presence to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.


"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" midi courtesy of http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/music/ - 11/21/04

"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" lyrics courtesy of http://home.att.net/~scorh/Thanksgiving2.html - 11/23/04

Victorian Thanksgiving clip art courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1119/sample1.htm - 11/19/04

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

Happy Thanksgiving Banner clip art courtesy of http://www.horse-races.net/clip/clip-fallclip.htm - 02/07/04

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