12/29/04 - NNHS Newsletter - I Will Survive!

"I am not making this up."

- Dave Barry

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     I wasn't planning to release another Newsletter until New Year's Eve, but there has been so much mail it will never hold that long.
Much of it is so embarrassingly self-serving I feel obliged to report that I bribed none of these people to say these nice things. 

 


UPDATES:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/commercial-reunion-sites.html - brand new page

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/summer-dances.html - brand new page

 


From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA (one of our original handful of subscribers - and one of my oldest friends!)
- 12/28/04:

Buckwheat dawlin’…..I, too, wanted to let you know that the job you are doing with the NNHS site is MOST appreciated!!

I look forward every day to reading the latest about our fellow Typhoons…..and I agree with the others….it’s YOUR domain…
and you certainly can say and do anything you please.

       
Sunday, December 26, 2004 4:09 PM - Chesapeake, VA        
         

I’m also enclosing a snowy scene taken from our front door…..I think we got about 4 ˝ to 5 inches of snow….quite a dusting
(as the local weather jerks predicted!)

Happy New Year to YOU and all the fellow Typhoons….2005 will be a big year for us……40th reunion….and I can’t wait.

Janice

   Thanks, Janice!  I always love to hear from you.  It reminds me somehow of the notes we used to pass to each other in school! 
How delightful it's been for me to have been reconnected with you for the past five years!  I still think it's a very remarkable thing!

   Thanks for the image, too.  Yes, ma'am, that is certainly some "dusting"!  GIGGLES!!!  Happy New Year!


From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/28/04:

Carol .... in reference to the Tankar page, the address for the downtown NN one was 755-25th Street. I found no listing
for any others in either the 52 or 60 city directories. Tankar was based in Virginia and yes, the marketing niche was
building the station into the side of an actual tank car, but early stations were not built that way. I have pictures of one
in Lynchburg without the tank, and ones in Norfolk and Portsmouth with. Unfortunately I have none from the Peninsula.

   Awww...  Thanks anyway, Babe - and Happy New Year!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/tankar.html


From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/28/04:

   Tim sent me ten images, primarily from a 1951 Anchor - so cool!  And of those ten, I've posted, uh, one.....

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/nachmans.html

   Now if people would quit interrupting me around her, I might get those others posted sometime soon!

   Thanks, Tim - Happy New Year!


From Several Readers over the last few weeks:

I  read and enjoy your NNHS site and wish to donate to it but do not like the Pay Pal method, as I've had
a bad experience in past.  Can I send you the check to your home instead?

   Yes, of course!  Sending a check to my home is perfectly fine with me – delightful, in fact! 

   My address is: Carol Buckley Harty
                                219 Four Ply Lane
                                Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305

   I opened the Pay Pal account for your convenience, and to save you postage.  Hey - I wouldn't even mind if you deposited
it directly into my checking account! 
WILD GIGGLES!!

   Seriously, thanks so much.  I truly appreciate your financial support.


From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/28/04:

Carol -- A comment by Tim Parsons about old school names being lost made me think of this.
Maybe a quiz, with the fastest answer getting one of your surprise gifts!
 
Probably most people know this:
 
Who knows what existing school was supposed to have been the new NNHS?
 

   Okay, Ronnie - you're on!  Thanks - and Happy New Year!


From Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 12/28/04:

Dear Carol:
 
I was intently reading your Newsletter 12/28/2004.  Lo and behold, the e-mail from Sarah Puckett Kressaty
('65) of VA,
showing those snowy pictures.  They were taken ... in Newport News.  Part of my front yard is shown
in those pictures.  They are my neighbors!  Anne and I live two doors from them on the same side of the street..
In fact, Larry Armstrong, NNHS alumni, football captain I think, previously lived in their house, with his dear
mother.  She was a wonderful lady.  My sons cut Mrs. Armstrong's grass for years.  I will have to introduce myself 
as soon as the ice on the road clears.  I enjoy reading Sarah's e-mails that appear in the newsletters. 
 
    Again, thank you Carol for your all you do.  My words are so inadequate in showing my sincere appreciation
for you.  I look forward to meeting you.  I saw a picture of you wearing a NNHS "Typhoon" sweat shirt.  I sure
would like to know where I could purchase one.
 
Warmest regards,
Bobby

   As I failed so miserably in trying to answer your last letter, I’ll try to do better with this one. 

   WOWZERONI!!!

   That’s the most incredible small world story I’ve heard yet!!!  I’m sure I have Lou and Sarah’s phone number somewhere.  I do
know that Larry Armstrong ('53) is in Annapolis – and he played center on the football team and was quite a star, but I misspoke
earlier when I assured you that he was the Captain.  The Co-Captains that year were Pete Sachon and Ronnie Jenkins.

   Jimmy Smith (’62) sent me that T-shirt about three years ago.  I believe he said he got it from Bob Stalnaker’s ('64) shop.  I’m
not sure what that is, of course!  Maybe Bobby Hilling (’62) at Trophy World could tell you something.... 

   You did a beautiful job of thanking me, really!  I’m in such a wonderful position.  I do what I love, and find that others enjoy it as well. 

   Tell Anne hi for me.  I started to forward your note to Miss Sarah, but I didn’t want to spoil your surprise!   WOW!

   Thanks again!


Again from Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 12/28/04:

Dear Carol: 
 
I have taken another look at those pictures, taken by Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65), that are in the 12/28/2004
newsletter.
The picture that shows the sunset looking up (the street) actually shows me out in front of my
house shoving snow and picking up dead tree limbs that fell out of one of the trees.  Sarah must have taken that
picture at the same moment I was out in front of my house.  When I wrote you earlier this evening I did not
recognize myself.  Anne and I had just returned home from a walk thru our neighborhood.  It sure was pretty. 
Our church services were also canceled last Sunday.
Thank you for your most kind words.  I do not deserve them, you do!  I do nothing but read those wonderful
newsletters you produce.  You can forward my comments to Sarah; really it is okay with me.  I will see her real soon. 
Thanks for info on the sweat shirt.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Bobby

   Oh, this just gets better and better, Bobby!

   I did forward the whole story to Sarah Sugah.  She must be out playing in the snow, as I've not heard back from her.

   Thanks for that last tidbit, Bobby!  Happy New Year!


From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/28/04:

How You?  Learned "How You", when working at Ft. Campbell, Ky. as a civilian from 81-88.It's kind of funny how we learn
about life from others and I just wanted you to know how much this old boy has learned from you. Traits such as dedication,
giving, wisdom and most important LOVE. I write to you and trust that if your judgment is to include my five per center thoughts -
great, if not that's OK too. I pray I have not written anything offensive to anyone (I think not) nor to you. You have my complete
trust and admiration which I am trying to convey here.
 
" And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream". G. K.

Please don't let anyone steal the joy of your labor with the newsletter, for it is now a joy to all of us and there is much love out
here for you and your efforts. Big girls don't cry, but you had me in tears at the reunion and if someone can't understand
that, then they must have gone to a different school or if they did they just don't get it.

 
Sorry to ramble on, but just keep on being you.
 
Love & hugs,
Bill
 
PS I would guess you to be a two or three per center ??????

   Ah, Bill - you're choking me up again!  Thank you for all your sweet words!  All my labor is always a joy!

  I had you in tears???   Wow - I don't remember that part.  Come to think of it, I really don't remember what I said in that presentation.
I was too nervous to be aware of much of anything.....

   And now for True Confessions.  I caught the Kahlil Gibran quotation, but your five, two, and three percenter references have me
totally stumped.  Let's see.  I would hope that I use two or three pent of my brain, at least at times.  No, I don't think that's what you
mean.  Hmmm.  Maybe it's a time question.  Two or three percent of my time is devoted to .... um, sleep?  No, even I get more than
that.  Thinking?  No, that's bad business.  All the trouble I ever encountered in the world began with my thinking something or other.
Umm ... I still have a hunch it may be a question of time ... Oh, I give up.  What is it???

   Thanks again, Bill - and Happy New Year!


From Harron Ellenson ('65) of MA - 12/28/04:

Dear Carol:

At this time when one year changes to the next all of us are not just thinking of the past 12 months but
of the many months that have passed in all our lives.

I want to thank you for not just thinking of yourself, but of all of us and the many memories we share. Some
of these memories are bittersweet, maybe some even bitter, but so many are sweet. Most of all, you are
making us remember what has shaped us to be the people we are today.

Thank you for your work, for your ever positive attitude, and for your standing up for what you believe.

Happy New Year.

Harron

   (Oh, my!  I'm choking up again.  Maybe it's my sinuses.  No, I do not believe so..... )

   Thank you so much, Harron.  It has been an incredible journey - or two journeys, really: the Living and the Remembering.
I truly appreciate your words right now.  They affected me quite deeply.  Happy New Year, Harron!


From Joanne Kates Roos of VA - 12/28/04:

Dear Carol 
Opal Rich's sisters - "Mary" was the switchboard operator - I sat with her many hours when I was a little girl. 
The switchboard room was directly across from my dad's office, Charles Kates.  I loved to talk to Mary - "girl
talk" - and she taught me how to work the switchboard.  For a long time, that was my life's ambition.  I loved
Mary.  Her sister, Rosa Peach, was the credit manager on the mezzanine floor.  Rosa's husband was the Chief
of Police in Newport News in the 1940's. After I was married and had children, my Congregation, Temple Sinai,  
initiated a project on Christmas Eve to volunteer at Mary Immaculate Hospital and take over the duties we
could to let the employees have Christmas Eve with their families.  I volunteered for the telephone operator's job, remembering my wonderful days with Mary.  It came in handy. After a few days of training with the operator
at the hospital, I handled my childhood ambition just fine.  My oldest daughter, Donna,  carried linens to the
different floors.  It was a memory I hold dear.  And Mary at Nachman's gave me my first start on this volunteer
position. 
Happy Holidays,
Joanne

   What a beautiful, heart-warming story!  Thanks so much for sharing this treasured memory with us, Joanne!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/nachmans.html


From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/28/04:

Hi all ...

Based on my trusty Amoco road map, circa 1960, the section of 258 that ran through NN between the James River
Bridge
and the Hampton city line was also called Military Road.

Take care ...

Tom

   AHA!!!  Thanks, Babe!


From Brian Beachum ('72) of VA - 12/28/04:

Carol,

Your energy you put into the NNHS newsletter is always amazing. You're the "Energizer Bunny" of web
eletters. I came across a real Typhoon Trivia item the other day and thought I'd share it with you.

Did you know there was a Typhoon SUV? Yep. In the early 90's, GMC produced a limited edition high-
performance 2-door SUV called the Typhoon. It had Typhoon embossed in the bucket seats and emblazed
on the back tailgate. The SUV was a real blast, with a reported 150mph top speed from the factory! That's
almost as fast as the Typhoon football team used to run and score against the Crabbers.

What a vehicle for a die-hard Typhoon fan. I've seen a few on eBay Motors. From what I've read, they only
produced about 2500 of them. I wonder if any Typhoon out there has one? I'm currently looking for one.

Take care and keep 'dem newsletters comin'...

Brian

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Brian! 

   No, I've surely never heard of this before, but it sounds like fun!  "Anyone, anyone?"

   Happy New Year, Brian!


From Dale Parsons, Jr. ('69) of HI - 12/28/04:

Aloha Carol,
 
You have the right to say whatever you wish...and if someone doesn't like it, they have the right to ask to be removed from your
mailing list.  I was interviewed a few years ago when I was at NBC in New York (hard to believe it's been 20 years ago) about a
new trend in radio, the "shock jock."  My staff consisted of Howard Stern and Don Imus (as well as Soupy Sales, Wolfman
Jack
and Alan Colmes).  I told the reporter that, while I didn't agree with everything these guys said...and that some things,
at times, offended me, I would fight for their right to say them.  The listener always had the option to go somewhere else.  Many
people have forgotten that diversity... whether it be diversity of opinion, diversity of ideas, diversity of race, diversity of religion...
is America's greatest asset.  Diversity is why my wife and I moved to Hawaii almost 15 years ago shortly after our son was born. 
It may be hard for some to fathom, but Hawaii is truly a melting pot...a color blind society in which different races and cultures exist
and work together.  And it didn't hurt for this white "Haole" boy to experience life as a minority member.  Please continue to write
from the heart.  You have my support and gratitude for putting together something that has deeply affected many of us.  It amazes
me how you find the time to put it all together.
 
Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!
 
Dale Parsons, Jr. ('69)

   (That clunking sound you hear is me falling on the floor...)

   Oh, my goodness!  Thank you so much, Dale!  What a great letter!  I'm completely floored; I hardly know how to respond, except
to say "thank you."

   I firmly believe we all seem somehow to find the time to do those things which are truly important to us.  My problem is that too
many things seem to be important to me, but that certainly beats the alternative!

   Happy New Year, Dale!


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/29/04:

A Typhoon Milestone:

OK, this is an event which should not go unreported:

I was touched and delighted when a donation check was received some time ago from HP Lucas, NNHS '65, but ......

Today, a donation to the Treasury of the NNHS Class of 1964 was made
by Tom Norris, Hampton High School Class of 1973.

While he sent the check following his receipt of the 40TH Reunion Mix 5-CD Set, it was completely voluntary and qualifies
as an unsolicited donation.

I can't speak for the rest of the Alumni, but I consider Tom an "Honorary Typhoon".

Dave

   WOWZERS!!!  What can I tell you, Dave ------ Tom's Da Babe!!!

   Happy New Year, David - and Tom!


   A veritable plethora of new images just arrived from several of you, so gimme a couple of days, and we'll have more goodies!!!

   And a Happy New Year to each of you!

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

                          Love to all, Carol

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I Will Survive


First I was afraid, I was petrified!
Kept thinkin' I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong,
and I grew strong, and I learned how to get along.

And so you're back from outer space,
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I shoulda changed that stupid lock, I shoulda made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second you'd be back to bother me.

Go on now, go, walk out the door.
Just turn around now, 'cause you're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
You think I'd crumble? You think I'd lie down and die?

Oh, no, not I!  I will survive!
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive.
I've got all my life to live,
And I've got all my love to give,

I'll survive, I will survive!
Hey hey..

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart,
And tryin' hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart.
And I spent, oh, so many nights just feelin' sorry for myself, I used to cry
But now I hold my head up high,

And you'll see me, somebody new;
I'm not that chained up little girl who's still in love with you.
So you felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free,
But now I'm saving all my lovin' for someone who's lovin' me,

Go on now go, walk out the door.
Just turn around now, cause you're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
You think I'd crumble? You think I'd lay down and die?

Oh, no, not I!  I will survive!
Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive,
I've got all my life to live,
And I've got all my love to give,

I'll survive, I will survive!
Oh..

Go on now, go, walk out the door.
Just turn around now, 'cause you're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
You think I'd crumble? You think I'd lie down and die?

Oh, no, not I! I will survive!
Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive,
I've got all my life to live,
And I've got all my love to give,

I'll survive, I will survive!
I'll survive


"I Will Survive" midi courtesy of http://www.thursdayschild.org/mframe_archive.htm - 12/22/04

"I Will Survive" lyrics courtesy of http://www.links2love.com/love_lyrics_99.htm - 12/29/04

"Red Bird Berry" image courtesy of http://dailydig.bruderhof.org - 09/13/04

"Crown of Thorns" image also courtesy of http://dailydig.bruderhof.org - 12/15/04

RedBAr Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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