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12/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Last Christmas

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.”

- Carol Nelson

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This seasonal song is a little change of pace for us.....

BONUS #1 - - Last Christmas - Wham, 1984

BONUS #2 - - Last Christmas - George Michael


   Happy Birthday today to the late    Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 03, 1944 - Greek Civil War: Fighting broke out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.


Thursday, December 3, 1964 - Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrested over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property.

 From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 12/02/09, 10:30 AM - "NNHS NEWSLETTER DATES TO REMEMBER":






   "REINSERT"?!? Where did it go?!? Is my html code screwing up again just when I thought I had almost - almost - licked the problem?!?
Hmmm - it looks like it's still there to me - #2 in a list of five - but then, everyone knows I'm bonkers.

   Thanks, Bill! Lemme know if the problem is still there now, please!

  From Steve Veazey ('60) of VA - 12/02/09, 8:20 PM - "Who is the culprit, please?":


Our little Laugh-ALOT-Breakfast-Bunch has a small problem.  And, you can help us solve it...we think.

We've always intended to do a blanket invitation of our NNHS '60 class, but, we never intended to make it an "open to ALL TYPHOONS"....the place is just too small for that.

Please look in your emails and tell us WHO provided that little ditty...please.

We'll take it from there...

Thanks, lady, and continue to provide the great service you do so very, very well.

Steve Veazey
NNHS '60 and, BTW:  your 
  Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58 - of TX) comments and photos brought tears to my old eyes...

   Well, Steve, if you were to round up the usual suspects, I would be the likely choice, as I have long been an outspoken proponent of Open Reunions - for reasons too numerous to mention now - but, uh, I didn't do it.

  It arrived from two or three people sort of second handedly in the middle of the Nor'easter Ida. Perhaps that accounts for the confusion.  It's a shame you can't include everyone. Y'all just need to find Doctor Who and ask to rent out his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space).

   Meanwhile, I've changed the posting both on the Newsletter and on the front page of the site: 

   Thanks for letting us know, Steve! Y'all have fun, and the rest of you who are not of the 1960 persuasion, consider yourselves "un-dis-re-vited".

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/01/09 - "Upcoming Christmas concerts":

Hello all!!

Virginia Choral Society is having our Christmas Concerts in the next few weeks. If you wish to come and don’t see me, just email or call me and let me know how many tickets you want and I will put them at the will call desk for you! Attached is the flyer for this series and the dates and times for our concerts!! As before, look forward to seeing you there! Be sure to see me after to say hi!


List of concerts:

Fri Dec 11 8:00pm Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Williamsburg, VA

Sat Dec 12 8:00pm Ivy Memorial Baptist Church Hampton, VA

Sun Dec 13 3:00pm Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Hampton, VA

Fri Dec 18 8:00pm St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Yorktown, VA

Sat Dec 19 8:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church Newport News, VA

Sun Dec 20 8:00pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Newport News, VA

Mon Dec 21 8:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church Newport News, VA

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah - wish I could be there!

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/02/09 - "Hug Certificate":

A Hug Certificate for You!

This poem is very sweet.

If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you
And share with you its beauty
On the days you are feeling blue

If I could build a mountain
You could call your very own
A place to find serenity
A place to be alone

If I could take your troubles
I would toss them in the sea
But all these things I am finding
Are impossible for me

I cannot build a mountain
Or catch a rainbow fair
But let me be what I know best
A friend that's always there


Life is a coin, you can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.

   AWWW! Thank you so much, George - for everything! Here're some hugs back for you!

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 12/02/09 - "A WINTER STATISTIC":

A winter statistic



   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Mark!


      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/02/09 - "A Different Christmas Poem":

Carol, I received this from an old friend and classmate George Carter. I felt it needs to be seen by as many as possible. 
I would love to see you put this in the news letter. 

Jerry Blanchard (Class 0f 62) of Va.

   Jerry Honey, I run this about three or four times every December, but since you're cute and as you're the first to ask this year, I'll run it again. I thought last year being what it was, I might have missed posting it then, but not so:

   And here it is again:

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'


' So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.'

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'

Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

"Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that no body's going to know whether you did it or not."

If you can't back our troops, maybe you should STAND IN FRONT OF THEM!

   Thanks, Sweetie! Tell George Hi for me!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/02/09, 9:57 PM - "64 Reunion Images":

We had a wrap-up committee meeting tonight, and    Cookie (Phillips Tyndall - '64 - of VA) was wondering when she could expect to see her reunion pictures on the site.

Also, watch for an e-mail from YOUSENDIT, which will tell you how to download 95 mB of    Linda Lane Lane's ('64 - of VA) reunion images.

     Thank you, David! As I've mentioned several times, the Order of Posting will be to make up all the back issues I missed from going to southeast Missouri the first week of November, then the various Reunion images, then the shots from the CNU Tailgate Party.

   I have two more back issues to go - 11/02 and 11/03.  This has been greatly hampered by the difficulties I've experienced with wacko html code, causing each Newsletter to require two and three times the hours they normally take to produce.  All of this has been exacerbated by the fact that I've been feeling worse than usual for the past couple of weeks, rarely leaving my room, and often requiring one or even two naps a day of at least two hours each.  I'm not ill with a cold or the flu; I think I'm just wearing out like a broken machine whose warranty has expired.....
    I realize y'all have been patient for a mighty long time, but I'm giving it my best shot, I really am.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/01/09 - "Warning for Friday!!!":

Warning for Friday!!!



   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie! Bye-Bye!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/02/09:

Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Complain About Our Pets

1. They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.)

3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy and walks on all fours. Although they doesn't speak clearly, they communicate extremely well, especially cats.

5. Dogs and cats are better than kids ...they eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called (this does not apply to cats), never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about having to buy the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, and don't need a gazillion dollars for college. Also, if they get pregnant, you can sell the children!!!


1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at - CLASS OF 1957
2. Saturday, December 12, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will again encourage the Laugh-A Lot Breakfast Bunch at 9:00 AM at the Candle Light Kitchen in Norge (Williamsburg). Directions: Take I-64 to Exit 231A-Norge, go 1-1/2 miles to Richmond Road, go through light, look for shopping center on left, Candle Light Kitchen on Right. - CLASS OF 1960 - RSVP to  NO LATER THAN December 8, 2009.
3. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/02/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Last Christmas

Written by George Michael
(b. 25 June 1963)

Recorded by Wham!, 1984

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me baby do you recognise me?
Well it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me

(Happy Christmas!) I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I Love You" I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been
But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again


(Oooh. Oooh Baby)

A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I'm hiding from you and your soul of ice
My God I thought you were someone to rely on
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on
A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man undercover but you tore me apart
Oooh Oooh
Now I've found a real love you'll never fool me again


A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
(Gave you my heart)
A man undercover but you tore me apart
Next year
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone special
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone special
who'll give me something in return
I'll give it to someone
hold my heart and watch it burn
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone special
I've got you here to stay
I can love you for a day
I thought you were someone special
gave you my heart
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone
last Christmas I gave you my heart
you gave it away
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone

"Last Christmas" midi courtesy of - 12/02/09

"Last Christmas" lyrics courtesy of!%20Lyrics/Last%20Christmas%20Lyrics.html - 12/02/09

Red Bird Berry Image courtesy of  - 09/13/04

Animated Greenery with Flashing Amber Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/15/08

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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