"There is one day that is ours.
"There is one day that is ours.
(William Sydney Porter)
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
That most American of
all holidays, Thanksgiving, is upon us. Here's something I borrowed from
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:
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:
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of VA - 11/22/04:
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 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!)
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.
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!!!
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:
HA-HA-HA! Why, certainly! What was I thinking?!? Thanks, Janice!
From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 11/23/04:
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
WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Rip Precious!
From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 11/23/04:
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.
WOWZERS!!! How wonderful - congratulations, Jennie! And yes, we always love to have news of activities and accomplishments!
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
"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!
Thanks, Jude! You're right, you know!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/23/04:
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
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
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.
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
Take care of yourself! Alice
Thanks, Alice! I appreciate that! Have a great holiday yourself!
From Tim Parsons (' 73) of VA - 11/23/04:
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!
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:
Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Florida!
Thanks, Linda! My problems seem to have
lessened considerably, and I hope yours do the same - or at least that you'll
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
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
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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