12/25/04 - NNHS Newsletter

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,    

     I have some special Christmas Morning treats for you today, courtesy of some of my favorite people.  Thanks, Fellas!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/15/04:

Collis Potter Huntington, the founder of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company provided leadership
for the workers by developing the slogan which was set in a brass plate and mounted on a huge stone just inside the main
gate.  My father worked in the main machine shop in the tool room when the private locally-owned shipyard was acquired
by Tenneco. He told me one of the first things Tenneco did was to remove the stone holding the plaque of the slogan
after they took ownership, stating that Tenneco would always make a profit.
Later, of course they sold the shipyard back to a private group, who has since sold it to Northrop Grumman Corporation.

   Thank you, Joe.  I cannot even bear to comment upon this....



   Merry Christmas, Adonis!

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) - 12/19/04:

I got a picture this weekend of my granddaughter Ashleigh playing with a stuffed teddy bear. Now, this is no ordinary bear.
This bear is the same one that I had as a baby, a Gund, brought to me by Santa on Christmas morning 1954. He was my little
brother, my playmate, and my protector at night, when things would go creak in the house and I would hold him tight. When
my daughter Jennifer was born in 1982 I passed him on to her. He showed his battle scars, with many stitches placed lovingly
on his body by my mom and his fur thinned out in a few places from his hard years as a little boy's toy. Here I am in 1983
with Jenn and her new 'buddy'. I kept a close eye on him as she got enjoyment from him as I did .... and as she got older and
her other toys fell by the wayside I always asked her to take care of this one ... and pass it on to her child. On March 12th
of this year she became a mommy ... and now young Ashleigh is the third generation to enjoy this little brown fellow's magical
qualities. I have asked Jenn to keep an eye on him, as I did, so that in twenty or so more years there will be a fourth
generation to enjoy him.

December 25, 1954 -
Teddy under the Norris Christmas Tree - when Tom was 13 days old
1983 - Tom and Jenn and Teddy Thursday, December 9, 2004 - Ashleigh and Teddy    

Happy Holidays to all my Typhoon friends .... I hope you enjoy this story ... and celebrate the bear's 50th birthday with me.

    What a charming story!  Thanks so much for sharing this one with us, Tom!  It's a classic!  Merry Christmas to you, Babe  - and
Happy Birthday to Teddy!



From one of my favorite Famous Marines, a WWII veteran of the the South Pacific, Herb Hice of MI - 12/23/04:

Beautiful setting - Click on to the website and prepare for a very warm feeling for Christmas...
Roll your mouse around the tree twice and the Star will appear.  


   Thanks, Herbie - for everything!  And Merry Christmas!

From  Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA and his Wonder Camera - 12/24/04:

Friday, December 24, 2004      



Friday, December 24, 2004



   These incredible images speak for themselves... Thank you soooo much!  Merry Christmas, David!

   May the spirit of this season bring you all as much joy as you've brought to me!  Happy Holidays to all of y'all!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1863

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" midi courtesy of http://www.ilovewavs.com/Holidays/Xmas/Midi/midi.htm,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/18/04
Thanks, Dave - It's perfect!

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/h/iheardtb.htm and http://www.always-safe.com/heard.html - 12/18/04

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" sheet music available at http://www.christmassongbook.net/s5728.asp - 12/25/03

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

Snowy Bells clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Xmas1.html - 12/18/04

Ornament Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ16.htm - 12/18/04

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