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12/13/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Wonderful World of Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.”

- Norman Vincent Peale
(31 May 1898 - 24 Dec 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   So, um, if this is an Elvis song, how is it I never remember hearing it before now?!?  How can this be?!?  Ah, well, no matter.  Wait a minute - 1971??  Ah, wal, tha' 'splains it, Luzy.  The seventies are all a blur.  In my case, mostly of toys and diapers and teething and five little boys in nine years and such. 

BONUS - - The Wonderful World of Christmas - Elvis Presley


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09:

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only 18 days away, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Merry Christmas!


     Happy Birthday today to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 13, 1938 - The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.

December 13, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.

December 13, 1941 - Hungary and Romania declared war on the United States.

December 13, 1943 - The Massacre of Kalavryta: by German occupying forces in Greece.

December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.


Sunday, December 13, 1964 - Musician hide (X Japan) (d. 02 May 1998 under mysterious circumstances in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 33) was born in Yokosuka, Japan.

  From Donna Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA - 12/12/09 - "Happy Birthday":

Hi Carol,

I'd like this message posted please.
"I'd like to shout out a BIG birthday wish for my BIG brother,
      Buster Vest, (class of 63) who will be turning 65 on Tuesday. I love you, Buster."

Donna (class of 71)

Thanks a lot Carol.  Merry Christmas.
Donna Vest Hagerman

   Why, certainly, Donna! Happy Birthday, Buster! Thanks, Lady - and Merry Christmas!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) - 12/12/09 - "re: FUBAR, et al":

Hi Carol ... laughing uncontrollably at all the military acronyms (which, BTW, are prevalent in the commercial nuclear world as well). One to add to the list is Charlie Foxtrot (somehow the 'sanitized' version "Cluster Foul" loses its effect) :).

Thanks to all for the birthday wishes ... yes, I know ... still "Da Babe" even at 55 :). I was down at your place for the 50th .. seems like just yesterday.

Y'all take good care of each other (no wait, that's YOUR line .... WTFO) :)

  Ja, you were! Five years, hmmm?  WOW, where does the time go??

Thanks, Tommee!

Friday, December 10, 2004
Fayetteville, NC
Carol and Tom

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/12/09 - "Carol's Bloopers":

Carol dear....

Keep Bloopin' !  I haven't felt this good in ten years !

Dimples aka Sepi

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Dimples! I think you're in "luck"! Until I'm able to get a good night's sleep (which seems quite unlikely at this particular juncture), the bloopers are sure to continue!

        From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/12/09 - "Email address Change":

Please note – my email address has changed: ____________________

Thank you,

   GOTCHA! Thanks, Cheryl! I could be wrong (I mean, it has happened once or twice lately  ), but that addy looks as though it represents a serious upgrade in your services to me, so CONGRATULATIONS!

    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 12/12/09 - "The Laugh-A-Lot Breakfast Bunch":


Under cloudy skies and 28 degrees, the Laugh-A-Lot Breakfast Bunch met in Williamsburg this morning, December 12, 2009.  There were lots of laughs, lots of stories, (some embellished, some enhanced by time) and some great friendships rekindled.

Attached are some photos taken at the gathering. Thanks for all your help.

Bill Roady

   Thank you for the 21 images, Bill! It looks as though y'all had a great time, indeed! At this moment, of course, there are throngs of people waiting and ready to lynch me if I do not post their reunion images with all possible haste, so I'm putting these in the First-Come, First Served line-up, and hope to have them ALL up and going very, VERY soon!  

   I did snag and crop the first one of you to use in our age-progression images, though!

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/07/09 - "Season's Greetings from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":




  A Holiday Howdy from Houston!

Merry Christmas & Season's Greetings!

Wishing you...

every happiness this Holiday Season and a Very Bountiful New Year! The Main Entry Deadline for the 43rd Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film/Video Festival is just days away! Don't miss your Date with Destiny! The Mail-By Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 2009!

All the very best to you and yours...
- All of us at Team WorldFest
     Thank you so much, Hunter! A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

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  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 12/09/09 - "Merry Christmas!":

  Here are new Christmas pics of Annie and me. What do you think?

   OH, WOW! Thanks, Judy!


  From Dale Lucado ('68) of VA - 12/11/09 - "CHRISTMAS":

  Merry Christmas!

   OH, WOW! Those are two pretty pup dogs! Thanks, Dale! Merry Christmas to you, too!


  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/12/09 - "Interesting Point of View":

WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: The following text is a pared-down version of an op-ed piece that appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune on September 19, 1996. Written by Charles J. Sykes, best known as the author of "Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can't Read, Write, or Add," it is usually erroneously attributed to Bill Gates rather than to Sykes — which is unfortunate, but, like the man said: Life isn't fair; get used to it.:

To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice (for them) - 11 things they did not and will not learn in school....  how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair -- get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

  Thanks, Jay Sweetie!

  From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 12/12/09 - "Merry Christmas":

From my home and family to your homes and families..............MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Let's get on our knees and PRAISE our Lord and be thankful for our good health and many blessings.........

I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, my way of saying that I
am celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. So I am asking my email buddies, if you agree with me,
to please do the same. And if you 'll pass this on to your email buddies, and so on, maybe we can
prevent one more American tradition from being lost in the sea of "Political Correctness".

   Thank you so much, Mike! Merry Christmas and AMEN!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/12/09:

Expressions Explained

In George Washington's day, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.

Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.

Hence the expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."


1. 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”!

2. 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

3. 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

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The Wonderful World Of Christmas

Written by Charles Tobias and Al Frisch

Recorded by Elvis Presley, 1971

The wonderful world of Christmas
Is a wonderful world to behold
The wonderful world of Christmas
Was made for the young and the old

Smile and good cheer of each neighbor
And children with cheeks all aglow
So warm is this Christmassy feeling
With the tree tops all locked up with snow

Listen to those wondrous bells
And you’ll hear them say
Open up your hearts to all
On this holy day

The wonderful world of Christmas
Is a joy from the moment it starts
The wonderful world of Christmas
Shall remain everyday in our hearts

"The Wonderful World of Christmas" midi courtesy of - 11/12/09

"The Wonderful World of Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/12/09

"Merry Christmas" title art courtesy of - 12/12/09

Poinsettia Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/12/09

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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!

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

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty