12/06/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy St. Nicholas Day!
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. .
. . Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now,
Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
|The history and background information on St. Nicholas Day was covered fairly well last year. Hopefully, it's still available there, so I'll not repeat it:|
| I was
so excited yesterday about actually being able to issue the Newsletter at a
decent hour, I accidentally hit Carbon Copy instead of Blind
Carbon Copy on all six batches of the mailing, so you each received a
surprise "gift" of email addys. OOOOPS!!!
So much for my dream of "no further mishaps" for a while....
Remember, you'll have to form a line and take a number to shoot me. These things must be handled in an orderly fashion.
From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 12/05/05:
|Can't believe that you
didn't note that today is entertainment Monday, December 5th, the birthday
of both Walt Disney (1901) and Little
Richard (1932). Hard to imagine that Little Richard is 73 ... doesn't
look a day over 60.
YOWZERONI, Frank! Whatever was I thinking?!?
I'm still castigating myself for missing some very important fifty-year anniversaries:
April 10, 1955 - Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tested his polio vaccine.
Of course, these are just the highlights.....
And now this! Wherever will it end??? Oh, the humanity!
Thanks, Frank! I shall endeavor to be more diligent in the future.
From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 12/05/05:
As unlikely as it seems, I may be able to answer this one myself, Chandler.
The ad we have on the page was from the '59 Anchor, and shows both locations. The '56, '57 and '58 Anchors list only the Hampton Shoney's, so we may assume the Newport News restaurant was built sometime in 1958 or very early 1959. The 1955 Anchor does not carry an ad for Shoney's at all, so it is likely that the Hampton Shoney's opened in 1955 or very early 1956. A check of the Hampton City Directory for that time period would be a better indicator, of course.
|1959 Anchor, p. 184|
Well, what else could you do, Sweetie?!? Your resourcefulness and agility are very impressive, Sir! And I'm certain that your efforts at avoiding trouble were substantial. And after all, you weren't caught, were you?
I posted your story:
Thanks, Gorgeous! It's good to hear from you again!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 12/05/05 - "WGMS.com":
|Hey, Carol, if you're
looking for a radio station that is playing lots of Christmas music right
now, try WGMS.com...Washington's Good Music Station, which is 103.5 FM
around here, but is also available on the internet. It is what one would
call a classical music station-not our WGH at all, except maybe that it is
the so-called classical version.
Okay, thanks - I'll look for it!
We have a local station (93.9) that's playing Christmas music around the
clock now, so I awake to carols! It's great!
|We (Alte Kameraden) perform
at (the Visitor's Center at) The Mormon Temple Thursday. We will be in the
theater, and sharing the stage with the Washington Saengerbund, which is
this area's German Speaking Chorus. I think there is a 7:00 show and an 8:00
Oh, CRUM!!! I had some wild notion about running up there and seeing that, but I can't pull it off on Thursday! Sigh.
I did chance across this little blurb about it, though:
|Washington LDS Temple|
It sounds so wonderful. Those of you in the area (or at least closer to the area than the five or six hours I am!) really ought to consider going there. What a treat! You'd get to have a truly magical evening and see Jimmy perform, too!
I am glad you have mapped out covering everyone this season. With such divisiveness elsewhere in our world, it is important that we show the world that we share, respect, and honor each other's beliefs. There's a 'memoirs' best seller in this somewhere, you know!
I'm much more comfortable doing it this way, too, Jimmy. I'm glad to know you agree with me. I've learned a great deal in the process, too.
The trees are heavy with snow here today!
Oh, how gloriously beautiful!
Thanks, Sweetie! Have a great time! The temple grounds are so very beautiful when there're lit for the holidays. (And as they were lighted last Friday and will remain so until after New Year's Day, that would include more holidays than just Christmas. I wasn't guilty of using the generic form here; I was just being precise - GIGGLES!!!)
From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/05/05:
Just wanted to thank you for the info about "Nowell" versus "Noel." I am taking that to class tomorrow. This is exactly what we have been studying in my Advanced World Lit class that I teach: with Beowulf and now Chaucer, we study the evolution of the language. I had told my students that French was the "court" language after the advent of 1066, but that the Common folk still spoke the Anglo-Saxon language that was developing into English. This is a great example of that and in keeping with the season too!
Yet another use for this website!! Thanks again.
Love, Cousin Pam
WOWZERONI!!! You're teaching the very things right now that most fascinate me ('cause I'm just a little weird - okay, a lot...)!!! My very favorite class at Old Dominion was my Chaucer class. I still have my books. Would that I could still speak Middle English, but you know, it's surprising just how few people understand it, so my skills became a bit rusty.
Congratulations to you and your fortunate students! Thanks, Cousin Pam! Glad we could be of help!
From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/05/05 - "Cutlers":
Ronnie (Warwick HS - '59) and David ('67) are brothers. There is another brother, Larry.
SUPER!!! Another mystery solved at last! Thanks, Albert!
From Jerry Blanchard (62) of VA - 12/05/05 - "D. Dawes":
From My Friend, Judy, in IL - 12/05/05 - "Best Christmas Display EVER!!!!!":
This is just unbelievable! I can't even imagine how long it took him to
figure this out.
This display was the work of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that control the 16,000 Christmas lights in his 2004 holiday lighting spectacular. The musical accompaniment is broadcast over a low-power radio station so that it is only audible to visitors tuned in to the correct frequency and doesn't disturb the neighbors.
Okayyyy! You'll need to open a new window when we're finished here to watch this video. I just kept thinking, even from his choice of music, let alone the ability to program the lights to fit it, that this must be a very interesting man to know!
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/06/05 - "A SNOW BALL FIGHT WOULD BE SIMPLY
HO, HO, HO":
Let it snow!
We do not stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
Never Be The First To Get Old!!!!!
David Darlin', I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm fairly certain that neither you nor I will ever be old!
Y'all take care of each other!
Love to all, Carol
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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
Up On the Housetop Up on the housetop, reindeer pause Out jumps good ol' Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones, Christmas joys Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick First comes the stocking of little Nell Oh, dear Santa, fill it well Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick Next comes the stocking of little Will Oh, just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks Also a ball and a whip that cracks Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick
"Up On the Housetop" midi courtesy of http://www.christmasgifts.com/music.html - 12/03/05
"Up On the Housetop" lyrics courtesy of http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/midi/up_on_the_housetop.htm - 12/03/05
First Santa Claus image courtesy of http://santavideoemail.com/ - 12/03/05
image (enjoying milk and cookies by the fire) courtesy
of http://www.tssphoto.com/ops_html/ACHR0754.html - 12/03/05
Animated Santa Claus Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ17.htm - 12/03/05
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
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