12/24/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Christmas Eve!

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Our website server was down for several hours today, so while I actually had time to work on both the website and the
Newsletter, it wasn't available to me.  Now it's back up and running again, and I'm out of time.  ARGHHHH!  Ah, well, as
the song says, "There's always tomorrow for dreams to come true."

   I did make one new page - sorta.....



   See, I didn't exactly get around to adding the earlier images, so this one makes no sense whatsoever....DOUBLE

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/23/04:

Lookin' good .... you can also add 44 West Mercury Boulevard to the (Burger Chef) addresses .... that was the one
at Langley Circle.

I am heading to Denbigh Sunday to pick up some HHS memorabilia from the early 50s and will get a picture of that
one as well. The building is still standing and is recognizable, as is the Custard place on Jefferson.

In 9th grade (summer of '69) I would walk to the Burger Chef on Kecoughtan ... buy two Big Chef's at 49 cents each,
then walk to Merrimac Motors and buy a nickel Coca-Cola. For a little over a buck that was quite a meal. I made that
walk on 12/22/2004 to take the pictures .... what a change in 35 years! Can't get a sandwich in the vacant lot, but you
can still get a Coca-Cola at the Eckerd Drug Store, but the drink now costs more than the entire meal did then.

Later ...


   Thanks, Tom!


   And I didn't make that Merrimac Motors/Eckerd Drug Store page yet either...  TRIPLE ARGHHH!  Sorry, Babe.......

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/23/04:

Hi, Carol:
Just before Hurricane Charley struck Florida I had set out this bougainvillea in my side yard. After Charley and three more
of her brother and sister Hurricanes hit this area, I thought this plant was sure enough a goner. I watched it being tossed
about by severe winds and had all but given up on it ever growing. Boy, was I wrong. She is in full bloom right now, and looking
beautiful and strong.
She is a real "Plugger" and a fighter!!!
The promise of the new year 2005 is exciting and I hope we all do as well as this bougainvillea in overcoming the storms that
will surely strike at us.
I do not want to place flowers on anyone's casket when it is too late, rather let me share the beauty of this plant with everyone
while we can all enjoy it.
Happy New Year!

   Ohhh, how lovely!  Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Adonis!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/23/04:

Hi, Carol:
The other day, I sent to Kathleen Pilgrim Clark ('63 of VA), Our Resident Krabba Historian, a copy of a photo
of Sue Ann Kates Bangel and Joanne Kates Roos after she brought up their names in the discussion regarding
Nachman's Department Stores
in the Old Stomping Grounds page.
This 1955 photograph was taken during the candle light ball at Rodef Sholom Synagogue and the ladies were dressed
in traditional costumes for the occasion.
Well, it thrilled the Krabba so much that she considered giving me a new nickname of Zeus, and retire the nickname
. However, after some preliminary testing I was found wanting in my ability to leap or fly to the top of Mount
Olympus, so I will just remain Adonis.
The book, "Images of America - Newport News" by Jane Carter Webb is packed full of great old photographs of Newport
News, as it traces the history of this shipbuilding town. The aforementioned photographs courtesy of this fine book.

  Oh, what a relief!  I knew a Zeus once, about 15 years ago.  He was huge, even for a Great Dane.  This dog was as tall as a
horse, and would scare the bee bees out of regular humans.  You can only imagine the effect he had on Wienius Maximus.  No,
I'm quite relieved to know that you shall remain Adonis.

   What a great book!  Thanks, Joe!

   Oh, and of course Kathy, even though she resided in Hampton, was herself Typhoon, though her brothers were all Krabbas.
Go, Blue and Gold! 

From  Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 12/23/04:

"Until then" - a beautiful tribute

You have to cut and paste the link, it doesn't automatically load to your browser (when shipped
through outlook), but this is a wonderful, solemn salute...turn your sound on.


   Thanks, Thelma!

From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA (via her Class of 1957 Newsletter) - 12/23/04:

Wishing each and every one of you all that Hanukah and the Christmas season has to offer – and wishing that
it could truly continue to bring out the best in everyone throughout the world … peace on earth and goodwill
toward men.  Have a Merry Christmas and “God bless you, every one”.

   Thanks, Thelma!  What an outstanding sentiment!

From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/24/04:

Dear Carol,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family, and all. Thank you for preserving the history of a time and era that shall never
be forgotten. And thanks to you and the many fine folks who participate in this site and share the history of a great area. This site should
be required reading in the city schools and any newcomers to the area so they can better understand our unique region. Keep up the good
work and thanks for your time and efforts. Once again Merry Christmas and a super duper New Year.

Tim Parsons  '73
Courtland, Va 

PS....Do you think political correctness could be a tool of the left to take away our freedom of speech?

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Tim!  You bowled me over with this one!

   I don't know about the left; I tend to think it's a tool of Satan, personally, but I do believe our freedoms are being eroded, and
that this is but one of many.

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Tim!

 "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

- Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 12/24/04:

Merry Christmas to All

Rip & Janis


   OOOOH, thanks, Rip Precious!

    I believe I'll simply echo Thelma at this time.

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Bring a Torch

- Traditional French Carol

Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella
Bring a torch, come swiftly and run
Christ is born, tell the folk of the village
Jesus is sleeping in His cradle
Ah, ah, beautiful is the Mother;
Ah, ah, beautiful is her Son.

Hasten now, good folk of the village
Hasten now, the Christ-Child to see
You will find him asleep in the manger
Quietly come and whisper softly
Hush, hush, peacefully now He slumbers
Hush, hush, peacefully now He sleeps

"Bring a Torch" midi courtesy of http://www.ilovewavs.com/Holidays/Xmas/Midi/midi.htm,
a site located and recommended by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/18/04
Thanks, Dave!

"Bring a Torch" lyrics courtesy of http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b054.html - 12/18/04

"Merry Christmas" clip art courtesy of http://www.holidaygraphics.com/christmas/graphics/page2.html - 12/18/04

Stained Glass Candles clip art courtesy of


http://autumnweb.com/Roxys/Holidays/4Christmas2ndMiscClipartGrfx.html - 12/18/04

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