11/29/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Stand By Me

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. 
Small people always do that, but the really great
make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   If you're wondering what happened, that makes two of us.  I managed to "break" my email account just before sending out the
announcement of that last Newsletter on the 24th.  Whether you received notification of it or not, I've no idea.  The good news
is - all is back up and running now.  Without email, it was a very quiet holiday weekend indeed, I must tell you!


1. Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA - 11/26/04 - http://www.switchplatecoversbydesign.com

2. Mickie Settles Cook ('66) of VA - 11/27/04

3. Bob Cook ('67) of VA - 11/27/04

4. Lee Cook ('66) of PA - 11/27/04

   WOWZERS!  That's the biggest crop of Newbies we've had in a while!  Welcome, one and all!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to one of my oldest and dearest friends -  Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA.  Congratulations, Sandi!


   Some more Reunion photos have arrived.  I even have some of them posted, and will add the others soon:



From Me ('65) of NC:

    Thanks for your recent contributions to the upkeep of the page.  That's just one more blessing in my life!

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 11/21/04 (but only just discovered...):

Carol, I have read the reunion notes and it looks as if everyone has a great time.  I have a couple of things to pass on.
1.    Someone said they'd eaten at Angelo's which was a Sammy and Nick's knock off.  that's not exactly true.  For many years,
Sammy Canavos helped many others come here from Greece.  In every event, he opened a new restaurant called Sammy and ___'s.  there have been Sammy and Steve, Sammy and Nick, Sammy and Angelo, Sammy and everybody.  When the immigrant got
financially able, he bought Sammy out.  This happened in every case.  Many have retained the Sammy and ____ name but Angelo,
who married one of Sammy's sisters, just became Angelos.  So it isn't a knock off; it is a real McCoy.  Sammy died of leukemia
about 18 months ago and it was a very sad time for many people on the Peninsula.  He had truly helped many people and he is missed.
2.    I could kick myself for not recommending that the reunion group take a field trip to RJ's Sports bar.  RD and I go there
on Saturdays when the UT gems isn't on national TV channels because they have the ESPN College Game Ticket and show all games
that are on anywhere.  Anyway, there has been chatter in the news letter about an NNHS sports hall of fame and where it could be.  Save the trophies, it already exists on the walls at RJ's.  I think RJ is Richard Jones, an NNHS grad.  The walls are literally
covered with the Daily Press photos of NNHS athletes from many years back.  There may be 1,000 photos, all framed and
annotated.  I don't think may locals even know about the place; we only discovered it because of the football satellite program. 
When I first went there about 5 years ago, I hardly watched the game because I was so enthralled with the photos.  I told Rd I
was reliving my high school years looking at those pictures.  So, for anyone local or anyone coming back soon, RJ's is in a shopping center on Jefferson Avenue at the intersection of Denbigh Boulevard.  You turn into the shopping center before you get to the Denbigh intersection.  There's a Hooter's on the left just before you turn right.  As you drive in, there's a big box store that
was a grocery on the right and the strip shopping center shops stretch out to the left.  RJ's in right in the notch where the big
box ends and the shops start.  They have many TVs and during football season, they put a logo below each set.  The group wanting
to see that game gathers at the tables in that area.  They have 2 big screens and the largest gathering group gets their game
on one of them.  They do a repeat on Sunday with NFL games.  The bar tender is an Alabama fan but she keeps up with all the
SEC teams and knows all her customers, who they root for and what they like.  It is an amazing place on a college football
Saturday.  So maybe some of our classmates will plan a trip home next fall.  They can check on Mom and Dad, see a few sights
and go to RJ's for their favorite college football action on Saturday.  But they'd better arrive an hour early so they can tour
the photos!  Make that an hour and a half! 
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 
Kathleen PILGRIM Clark   

    Nothing like a Thanksgiving message from a real Pilgrim - GIGGLES!  Thanks, Kathy!

   Thanks for setting the record straight!

   Bobby and Dawn Yevak took Paul and me by to visit R.J.'s two years ago when we drove up together to see David Ellenson's ('65
of NY)
speech at CNU.  We spent a delightful while there, and I hawked it pretty heavily upon our return.  That, of course, was two years
ago, and long before we even had an "Our Old Stomping Grounds" section on the site.  We'll need to correct this oversite, for while it probably wasn't an "old" stomping ground for the majority of us, it certainly should be visited now.

   Thanks again, Kathy!

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/24/04:

Carol Buckwheat Darlin',
As much as a multitude of people would love for me to leave VA., I have yet to make such a move. And it is true, as I have shared
this information. with you before, at one time the maternal side of my family OWNED nearly 3/4 of NC, I have yet to move there!
By the time it "got to me" they'd sold it all!!
Forget it, forget it, if I make mention of that GLOWING MISTAKE, I mean slight oversight, listed in your last (for real MOST appreciated newsletter) then that would be tantamount to me admitting that I wrote something that I've already lied about! I mean, one must have
some honor, you can only lie about the same thing once, that's the rules. So, therefore I can not correct the placement of my being as
still in VA as opposed to NC as listed.
And by the way, we're one up on ya...we're more thankful for you than you could ever be for us! You bring us joy, we bring you work!

   Oh, Wayne Honey - if you really wanna be technical, I'll move you back to VA.  Maybe I was just lonesome down here.  Yeah, that's it. 
I'm sure it couldn't have been a typo!  WILD GIGGLES!!!


   Thanks, Sweetie-Pie!  More giggles!

From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 11/24/04:

Yes it is the same beach that Sunny Chapin ('65) had her party on.  I was there.  Howard Conn ('65 of CA) was there. 
Who came with Sunny?  I don't remember.  It was fun.  She and I were close friends.  Yes!  She came to see me  the summer
after we graduated.  We went to the same beach to swim.  Frank (Blechman - '65 of Northern VA) came by.  I got sun burned. 
Sunny, too.  Don't know about Frank.  It was a great, fun day.  I'm sad to say that I never got to Michigan to visit her.  We
wrote for a few years.  I heard she married an artist.  Her mother was an accomplished artist in many mediums.  She also
made lace. 
There was another beach area up further near George's house, too.  All of the sandy areas we enjoyed are gone.  So sad. 
Well, the turkey is done, the dressing ready to put in the oven and cook books are spread all over the kitchen table.  The feast
process has begun! 
Have a wonderful holiday, Carol.

   Awwww, Frances - I just KNEW you were going to confirm that!  That explains why I didn't see that beach  on my last several trips
to Newport News.  It doesn't even exist!  I still don't know how a beach can be made to disappear - and I hope I never find out.  Some
things are better off never to be learned.

   Thanks, Frances - I had an awesome Thanksgiving, and I hope you did as well!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) - 11/24/04:

Cookin' - it is one of my favorite things to do and I never get tired of it and am thrilled to have people to cook for! 

   WOWZERS!  You never get tired of cooking?!?  Now THAT'S impressive!  I never get tired of crocheting, but COOKING??? 

   Okay, I must admit I did enjoy it this holiday.  Having decided to go ahead and make a mini-feast anyway, I had great fun.  I baked
a ham, developed a new recipe for Southern Dressing, made my daddy's Spoon Bread, his mother's Cranberry Salad, Scalloped Corn,
Colonial Innkeeper's Pecan Pie with my Never-Fail Pie Crust, and threw in some dinner rolls.  Adrienne made the Green Bean Casserole,
Stuffed Dates, and some sugar-free lemonade (all recipes available on request - HA-HA-HA-HA!).

   Eleanor and Miles had been ill with that super nasty flu so they were not able to "get outta Dodge" to visit their children, so we
persuaded them to come have dinner with us at 6:00 PM.  So then there were five of us, and it was fun and relaxing and stress-free.

   Thanks, Jean!

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 11/25/04:

Good morning! Happy Thanksgiving. Yes ... I know it's early .... I must be programmed to wake at 5:30. Surfing eBay 
and getting ready to do some laundry. I'll probably nap during the football game .... tradition, huh??? I'd rather be 
getting ready to go to Saunders for the game (even year ... we are the 'away' team). We're undefeated .... think  we'll 
whup ya this year . Have a wonderful day .... talk atcha soon. 

   GIGGLES - thanks, Babe!  Ohhhh - wouldn't it be great to watch the Newport News / Hampton Turkey Day Classic just one
more time?!?  Sigh.

From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/25/04:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Hope this week is and was better for you. More later.
Love - Cousin Pam

   Thanks, Cousin Pam!  My week thus far is much happier than last week.  Say, do ya think it could be a hormonal imbalance?!?
Naaaaah!   HA-HA-HA-HA!

From Gail Kiger Bonsey ('73) of OR -11/25/04:

In response regarding my previous posting--YES that was Steve Corum ('62)!!!! I spelled the last name wrong. Yes, I did
have good taste as a 6-year-old - ha - believe in the yearbook, he was voted best looking his senior year.....political correctness
what it is today - they don't even do that anymore!  Have you ever heard from Steve Corum? (I recall Steve (Kiger -'66) got
'best all around' (now my 17-year-old son is just like him!)
Gail - Happy Thanksgiving from the beautiful Pacific Northwest 

   Gail, if I ever personally heard from the incredibly gorgeous Steve Corum, I'd probably pass out even at this late date!  However,
according to the 1997 35th Reunion Booklet for the Class of 1962 (thanks again, Jimmy-Jimmy!), Steve was living in Mobile, AL.

   No more Halls of Fame???   Oh, the humanity!

   Thanks, Gail!

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/25/04:

Carol Buckwheat Darlin',
Ok, you tell me. I mean it's there, but there was no notice as to it's being there. Now, the question is: why? Must I now simply stumble
blindly into the fact?

   Well, Wayne Honey, that would be due to my broken email.  In order to avoid another stroke, I'll leave it at that and not think about it
anymore.  HA-HA-HA!!!


Also from Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/26/04:

Carol Buckwheat Darlin',
As usual, Rip PRECIOUS (Collins - '65 of TN), got "it" partly right and as usual YOU backed him up!! Boy, the only thing that changes
about some things is the moving of the clock hands and the turning of the calendar pages!
It ain't "MR. Wonderful", it's "Wonderful Wayne"! I should know, and Precious and all his failed memory and jealousy won't change that!
Nor will your support of his continuing errors!
And that's all I got to say about that! :-) !!!

   Well, Wayne Honey, of course I knew that the more familiar and acceptable version of your name was "Wonderful Wayne".  I simply
thought Rip Precious had his own personal variation!  You two are soooo FUNNY!  WILDEST GIGGLES!!!

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of VA - 11/26/04:

With my wife out of town for the holiday (leave to burn) and poor me with only one day off (I own a business), I decided
to travel to NN to share Thanksgiving with my sister Debbie ('72) and my friend Flores Williams ('66). So out of Northern
Virginia I go (did you ever wonder why they call it "Northern" Virginia?) headin' south on the super slab, well sort of. I had
to bail out at Rt. 17 and took the long way home. This would be with cruise control. We met at Flo's home off King Street
in Hampton, near Smitty's Drive In. Soon after arriving, I received a cell call with a PA area code. It was Lee Cook ('66),
but he was also in Hampton near Chesapeake Boulevard visiting his brother Bobby ('69). We invited them over, as we were
preparing to eat, and since Bobby's wife, Mickie (Settles -'66), was an hour behind our schedule with their meal. What a
special surprise this was. We spent a wonderful time together reminiscing about the past. The Cook's and I were Briarfield
boys and Flo was reared both in east and north ends. We covered a lot of territory in too short of a time. I was thinking that
not too many years had passed (?) when I would have been at Darling Memorial Stadium for the turkey day game, but Bobby's
cell phone rang; he was late and his turkey was done!!! What a grand time we had: it was warm inside, it was very cool and windy
outside, and I was surrounded by old friends. I felt like we should have been at the football game.  We parted, promising
to renew our friendships, exchanging #'s and addresses, and I realized what had just taken place: A Typhoon Thanksgiving
. Just wanted to share that!

   Well, Bill, that's just the neatest story!  How wonderful to be able to visit with old friends - and on Thanksgiving Day, at that!  And you've reconnected us all with Lee and Bobby and Mickie!  Thanks so much!!!

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 11/27/04:

Carol, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  You had the big family gig in October at the wedding and you said it would be
a small group with you, your husband and daughter.  I hope it was nice.

   Thanks, Kathy!  We added two more to our group, and it was really super!  I hope yours was great as well!

From Al Loreth (one of our Famous Marines) of CO - 11/28/04:

If you think the below is worthy idea, please forward after signing.
Follow the link below to add your name to this important petition. Go to http://www.afa.net/petitions/signpetition.asp?id=1310 to sign.

   Thanks, Al!

From Janice Mc Cain Rose ('65) of VA - 11/29/04:

Pretty incredible!


     WOWZERONI, Janice!  That is indeed one of the most incredible  - and most unexpected - things that I've seen lately!  Thanks!

Y'all take care of each other!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Stand By Me
(Ben E. King)

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh, now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin', darlin', stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

"Stand by Me" midi courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/rokpile/rokcaverns.html - 11/29/04

"Stand by Me" lyrics courtesy of http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/standbyme/standbyme.htm - 11/29/04

Victorian Souvenir of Friendship clip art courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1112/sample14.htm - 11/12/04

Floral Swirl Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~emelinda/index-12.html - 09/29/04

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