12/16/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
“Whatever else be
lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
- Grace Noll Crowell
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The beloved Christmas song for today's Newsletter was first used here four years ago today:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC9o4oYMIqI - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpPdl0StUVs - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
The Battle of the Bulge was fought sixty-four years ago today. If your memory of the facts is a bit muddled, you could check here:
Take some time to remember.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - James Strickland ('57);
19 - Durwood Adams ('57);
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
From Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA - 12/15/08 - " Betty's (Brockwell McClure -'58 - of VA) Birthday ":
I want to Wish Betty McClure a very Happy Birthday... and I do have her burgundy scotch tape dispenser that I relocated into my cubicle after she left Surry Power Station. I don't know what happened to the matching stapler, but I'd like to have it also!
Also I know JoAnn would like to wish Betty a Happy Birthday as well!
We Love You, Betty!
Thanks, Johnnie! I forwarded your note to Betty - and we'll add our own Best Wishes!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/08 - "Match the Dogs":
OH, WHAT FUN!!! Thanks so much, Joyce - Merry Christmas to you, too!
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 12/15/08 - "Portfolio":
Do you like my online portfolio?
To quote a good friend of mine, "That's amazing!!!" And yes, I do indeed like it, my Sweetie-Weetie! Great job; I wish you much success!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/08 - "Santa's Jigsaw Puzzle":
When you finish putting it together, watch what happens
HOW CUTE!!! Thanks again, Joyce! Merry Christmas!
From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 12/15/08 - "Chu Lai, Viet Nam, Christmas 1967":
I was there for the entire TET68 offensive since I did not leave Vietnam until December of 1968. I don't know if you know this or not but we (the USA) almost completely destroyed the Viet Cong during that offensive and they never really recovered from it. After that the North Vietnamese Regular Army began moving south and took over the fight.
"BURDEN"?!? Not at all, Al! I am honored to include them here for the edification of all - and as a small thanks for the sacrifices of y'all and so many others!
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/15/08 - "Christmas in the War Zone":
Regarding Al Simms ('60 - of VA) and Phil Hammond 's ('64 - of UT) recollection of Chu Lai, I thought I sent the attached picture last year. I found it last November (2007) while researching a Christmas commentary on the USO and it's support of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I couldn't find it on the NNHS site; it may be among your temporarily lost images (I trust).
Anyway, here is the wonderful picture of the Bob Hope Christmas show as
recorded Christmas 1967 by the 25th Infantry Division's Tropic Lightning
News, no doubt read by Al and Phil. The late and beloved Bob Hope and the
lovely ladies made Christmas a bit brighter for them, I'm sure, but also made
them a bit more homesick. (I was en route to Heilbronn, Germany, then). The
LAUGHS TOO -- Comedian Bob Hope and part of his Christmas troupe as seen by nearly 10,000 screaming fans at the 25th Inf Div's Lightning Bowl. Hope and his bevy of beauties visited the 12th Evac(uation) Hospital after the show. Shown are (from left) actress Raquel Welch, singer Barbara McNair, Hope, "Miss World" Madeline Hartog Bel, and actress Irene Dunn.
The Hope aircraft was reportedly fired on while leaving Cu Chi and he later had this comment about the action, "Taking off from Cu Chi they took a couple of shots at us. Even the Cong gets sore when you don't leave the girls behind."
|Image by SP5 Rod Bryan|
Merry Christmas to you, all our classmates and especially those who served and still serve our great nation on the frontiers of freedom.
Norm Covert ('61) MD
You did indeed send that image almost exactly one year ago today, Norm, and yes, it is now in the Twilight Zone, but you have thoughtfully restored it to us! And to prevent it or Al's images from never being seen again except by "chance", I created a new page to hold such memories, as surely they pertain to a large number of our subscribers, and just as surely the rest of us may be enriched by reading of them. This page is shamefully overdue, and is obviously still in process, but here it is, waiting to be extended with the addition of more such recollections:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Christmases-in-Viet-Nam.html - brand new page!
Thanks again, Normie - and Merry Christmas!
From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/15/08 - "Legend of the Candy Cane ":
This is why I hang candy canes on my tree ! My
contribution to the recipes you have been printing !
Dimples AKA Sepi
GIGGLES!!! We've posted this twice already this week, Dimples, but it's a very busy time of year, and I'd certainly not want anyone to miss it!
As I mentioned to Joyce, Snopes.com will tell you that the legend isn't really true, but simply "latter day attempts to infuse secular holiday traditions with specifically religious origins and meanings."
To all such unimaginative souls who choose to believe that symbolism cannot be aptly and justly ascribed after the fact, I say - BAH! HUMBUG!!! You eat your candy cane and I'll eat mine!
Thanks so much, Lady - Merry Christmas!
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/08 - "And speaking of food...":
This is a recipe I've had since 1968. I'm NOT planning to make these cookies while I'm visiting in Illinois, but you might wish to do so, because despite the name and the strange ingredients, they are uber-delicious, and the recipe makes enough to feed the Army and the Royal Navy. Hmmmm - maybe I should make them.....
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
5 cups sifted flour
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vinegar into small pan and bring almost to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then stir in eggs. Sift together remaining ingredients and stir into butter mixture, blending well. Chill overnight. Divide into 8 or 9 equal portions and roll each out very thin on floured board. Cut into diamond (or any other) shapes and bake on greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 7 or 8 minutes. Makes about 225 3" cookies. Store in loosely covered jar in dry place so cookies will remain crisp. They will keep for a long time.
- Winifred Jardine, Salt Lake City, UT
From My Friend, Judy, of IL AND Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/15/08 - "'Tis the Season' - Ho Ho Ho":
IF YOU SEE A FAT MAN ...
Who's jolly and cute,
Wearing a beard and
A red flannel suit,
And if he is chuckling
And laughing away,
While flying around
In a miniature sleigh,
With eight tiny reindeer
To pull him along,
Then let's face it...
Your eggnog's too strong!
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2OO9!!!
Thanks, Judy and Glenn - Merry Christmas!
HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:
The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606. CONTACT: Joe Drewry (firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-244-4443, ext 4)
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA - ld Style"> OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955
2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at email@example.com -CLASS OF 1954
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Love to all, Carol
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Credited to Hugh Martin (b. 11 Aug 1914) and Ralph Blane (26 July 1914 - 13 Nov 1995), 1943
Featured in Meet Me In St. Louis., 1944
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.
Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.
Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star
upon the highest bough.
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” midi courtesy of http://www.freemidi.org/download/4612.html - 12/14/04
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of http://www.christmas-carols.net/carols/have-yourself-merry-little.html - 12/14/04
Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA -
Animated Greenery with Flashing Amber Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/wreaths.html - 12/15/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Animated Laughing Smiley
McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Christmas Bells clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/ - 12/15/08
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
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