12/31/04 - NNHS Newsletter
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
WOWZERS! This letter is long! Y'all must have really wanted to go out with a bang!
A Very Happy Birthday today to Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA!
1. Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/30/04
Welcome, Fred! I've added you to our (hidden) mailing list, our Alumni Page, our Birthday Page, and to Famous Sailors:
We're honored to have you with us, and to read your delightful stories!
Recipe for a Happy New Year
To leave the old with a burst of song
To recall the rights and forgive the wrong;
To forgive the thing that binds you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the non-worthwhile of the days grown old;
To dare to go forth with a purpose true;
To the unknown task of the year that's new,
To help your brother along the road
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
Courtesy of http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7457.asp - 12/20/04
From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/28/04
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/phillip-levy.html - the 1951 Anchor ad has been added
(two down, forty-eleven to go...)
Thanks, Tim. I'll keep plugging away..... Happy New Year!
From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 12/29/04:
The following obituary is in
the Daily Press, regarding Margaret Cowan Blayton’s ('57) mother. Our
sympathy goes out to both Margaret and
Newell (Bubba) Blayton.
Hazel S. Cowan
Hazel Sexton Cowan, 85, of 4105 Old Iron Court, formerly of Hampton, Va., died
Dec. 27, 2004, at Southside
Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va. She was a native of Hertford County, N.C., a homemaker, and a member of Winton
United Methodist Church, Winton, N.C., and was the widow of Hartwell Eason Cowan. Surviving are one daughter, Margaret C.
Blayton of Canton, Ga.; one son, Joe S. Cowan of Disputanta, Va.; one sister, Mildred Stallings of Louisburg, N.C.; one brother,
Wallace Sexton of Winton, N.C.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Ahoskie Cemetery, Ahoskie, N.C., with the Rev. Robert May officiating. The family will assemble
at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday prior to service. Garrett Funeral Home Ahoskie, N.C., is serving the Cowan Family.
Published in the Daily Press on 12/29/2004.
You can click on the “View/Sign Guest Book” link and leave a message for Margaret and Bubba as well.
Sigh. Thanks, Thelma. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and her family at this time.
Happy New Year, Thelma!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/29/04:
It is time to update the donor list to
include those who have sent voluntary contributions in connection
with the Reunion Mix CDs and/or the Slide Show. Please add the following to the list:
(All NNHS, unless otherwise noted)
Bill Black ('66) of GA
Jim Cobb ('66) of VA
Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA
Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA
Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC
Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA
Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA
Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA
Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA
You could make note of this update in an upcoming newsletter .... as I doubt that many people are now visiting
the 64/40 reunion Page.
Thank you, David!
(Y'all still have time to order your wondrous goodies! Drop Dave a line at email@example.com.)
Happy New Year, Brown Eyes!
From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/29/04:
Tom took his digital camera over to the Peninsula, and brought us back these images:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/coca-cola.html - a new image of 1212 Chesapeake Avenue - former home of "Co-Cola" Brown
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/crums.html - a new image of the present site
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/kitt.html - a new image of the present site
(three down, forty-eleven to go...)
Thanks, Babe! Happy New Year!
From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/29/04:
I found these tickets and thought they may be of some interest. I don't know on which page they may fit.
Anyway, I know you don't need another project, sorry.
Peace and love, Albert
September 23, 1961
November 10, 1961
December 15, 1961
Swing Your Partner With Howie and His Blazers
April 7, 1962
May 11, 1962
Rhythm in Blues
Sweetie, this whole site exists for moments and treasures such as this! I
had no idea
any such things could possibly have survived! I attended all seven of these functions. The two which stand out most clearly
in my mind are Swing Your Partner (who could ever forget dances featuring Howie and His Blazers?!?) and Fun Night. Unlike
the other six (which are obviously dances), Fun Night was a fund raising carnival. I remember it so clearly. As freshmen, Rose
Woodard and I hadn't been able to wrangle any dates (sad, isn't it?!? GIGGLES!), so we went together. It was very exciting!
Somewhere near the center of the cafeteria was a (gasp!) Kissing Booth! Who would have imagined it would have been allowed?!?
Sometime near the start, someone (was it you, Steve?) began calling out, "Have you seen Graham yet? Graham Avery's here!"
For the benefit of those of you who might not recall, Graham Avery was a gorgeous tall, blond-haired, blue-eyed boy we had
known at Magruder. He had moved out of the school system somewhere, I'm relatively certain to Hampton, with his father. Well,
I'll tell you, I was all a-twitter! Imagine seeing Graham Avery again! But guess what? I was such a nebbish, he didn't remember
me, and looked at me as though I was from outer space or something. Sigh. I was crushed. (And yes, Jimmy-Jimmy, of course
I remember what I was wearing - my peacock blue blouse and my wonderful peacock blue plaid kilt. It obviously didn't help.)
again you are my hero. I had so wanted to know the exact dates for some of
these events for my compulsively dated
high school albums, and here you've delivered them unto me. Thank you sooo much! And thanks for the memories! For the
moment, I've given them their own page on Odds and Ends:
Happy New Year, Albert!
From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 12/29/04:
Not sure I had provided you my new
e-mail address. I recently moved from Lincoln, California to Colorado Springs,
Happy New Years to you and your family.
Paul - there
you are! I knew that you had suddenly disappeared, but I didn't realized you had
moved. Thanks for checking back
in with us! And Happy New Year!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 12/29/04:
Thanks, Joe. The magnitude of that suffering and devastation is simply beyond comprehension. Thank you for the information.
Happy New Year!
From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 12/29/04:
I looked him up in the '60 Anchor, Jennie. He was a cutie-pie!
Anyone have any information about Jackie?
Happy New Year, Jennie!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/29/04:
I'm always so
happy to hear from you, Jean! You seem to be unfailingly cheerful.
I'm glad your family is doing so well - especially
your mama - and that you had such a good holiday.
It's good to know you're enjoying the music, too. I think they're fun - especially when David finds them, as he did this one!
Happy New Year, Jean!
From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 12/30/04:
(We've done this before, but it's so much fun - especially on the last day of the year!)
From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 12/30/04:
Jimmy-Jimmy! How sweet of you! Five years ago tonight you told me in
an email that you were actively involved
with reunions, and attended them all - no matter whose class it was. That sounded like such a wonderful, distant, impossible
dream to me! Never could I have envisioned all that's transpired since that moment. In a very real way, you inspired it all.
Thank you so much - for everything!
Happy New Year, Sweets!
From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/30/04:
Yes, tomorrow I’ll turn 75. Never thought much about it before, but here I am and a lot us sure ain’t!
remember 1943 gym class and grinding around the track behind
NNHS with you
and a bunch of friends. We
found that by going slow and steady we could carry on conversations. Also that by carefully pacing ourselves
at just the right speed, we could sneak by with only 4 laps instead of the required 5 (1/5 mile track). Someone
ratted on us to Coach Julie Conn and he secreted himself in the grandstands to confirm. As we rounded lap
no. 4, expecting it to be the final, Julie stormed out of the stands and gave us one of his red-faced screaming
lectures. His main theme was that none of us would ever see fifty. During all this, the jocks were sailing past,
happy to do extra laps at high speed, and smirking at the apprehended - now doomed to die young.
here we are – still alive 25 years past our pronounced finality. And the HS
jocks? Most of them are already
standing quietly around in front of Heaven's version of the Palace Theater. They are all wearing their ratty old
“N” sweaters, and wondering what went wrong.
In his later years my grandfather used to say to his friends on parting, "May you live long and die happy."
I hope that you do too.
And what great Julie Conn stories these are! Thank you, Gentlemen!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Julie-Conn.html - look in about the middle of the page ....
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/30/04:
AHA! There you are, Miss Sarah! GIGGLES!!!
Yes, that must be my favorite small world story yet!
I'm so glad
you're enjoying the web page, Sarah Sugah. It's not quite been 4-1/2 years
yet, but you're close! What a joy it
has been for me! Happy New Year!
Also from Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/30/04:
This is one of the very first pages I made (hence its cheesy appearance!)
Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65)
of VA emailed me that story when it appeared in the Daily Press - yes, it was printed - and I added the photo I had snapped
while I was home for my 35th Reunion in 2000. And now here you are with us! What an amazing journey! Thanks, Fred!
OH, how adorable! Thanks, Fred - I just added this to our Famous Sailors page!
No, you didn't really tell me you
were a sailor. I'm just psychic. No, wait, I'd better 'fess up
before 300 people tell you I should
have said "psycho"! You didn't tell me you were in the Navy, but you did send me a cool link (which I have temporarily misplaced)
which showed me that you were. GIGGLES!!!
The USS Midway article was of special interest to me. In a very small way I helped build her at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia (my home town).
In June 1944 I
completed my sophomore year of high school and also turned 16. While searching
employment I learned that the shipyard would take anyone 16 or over. I was soon hired as a machinist helper.
My only task that summer was to drill holes in an endless supply of steel bars. I was told that the bars would be
welded to the deck of the Midway as anchor points for hundreds of equipment cabinets.
The keel for
Midway had been laid in Oct. 1943 and by that following summer, parts for
in great demand. We routinely worked 6 days a week. In Sept. I left the job to begin my senior year of high school.
launched on March 20, 1945 and was then brought to a shipyard pier for
completion. In June I
graduated from high school and returned once again to the shipyard, this time becoming an electrician's helper.
I didn't work on Midway, but my friends and I did get to tour her at lunchtime. We were fascinated at the size -
the flight deck was 900 feet - three football fields long!.
During that summer
I ran into a former work mate from the machine shop. He had taken over my drill
was still drilling those steel bars. He said they would be used for Coral Sea, sister ship of Midway, and now under construction.
In September 1945
the war was suddenly over. Midway was commissioned a week later and soon left
Things slowed down in the shipyard and I was finally swept out in the massive layoffs. Later in the year I joined
the Navy and eventually went to sea aboard a destroyer. I hoped my path would cross again with Midway, but it
was not to be.
Now at age 76 I plan to visit my old friend once again. I'll be looking around for those steel bars.
WOWZERS!!! What a cool story! Thanks again, Fred! And Happy New Year!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/30/04:
Happy New Year, Carol and to
all Typhoons who see this. I was just catching up a little (don't know if I
ever will completely)
with the newsletters and ran into the wonderful world of the NN city rec and pool. Many days of wonderful memories just
exploded within me. In the summer, we spent just about every afternoon in that pool. I also took the swimming lessons. I
was also there the day my darling cousin (Cookie Phillips Tyndall - '64 of VA) tried to drown. It scared me half to death.
One minute she was standing there and then, all of a sudden, there was a crowd and she was lying on the side of the pool.
We later could kid her about it. What a way to get the life guard's attention. We also spent many afternoons after school
(Walter Reed) and on Saturdays involved in sports and crafts. On Friday nights, we danced. I thought Ronnie Phillips
(Peanut) ('65) was the best dancer ever. He still does that well. Softball and basketball kept (my sister) Brenda ('67) and
me pretty busy in those days. What a life we have had.
God Blessed us -- everyone!
Yes, He did! Thanks, Judy! Happy New Year!
From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 12/31/04:
Ah, welcome to the Frozen Tundra of Illinois, Dee! WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks for your great story - and Happy New Year!
From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 12/31/04:
Absolutely! Thanks for your nice remarks and warm memories, Jo Ann! Happy new Year!
From Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - 12/31/04:
Happy New Year!!!
Marsha, that is soooo cute! What a perfect close-out to our year! Thanks so much - and Happy New Year to you, too!
Well, Sweeties, I'm going to have to cut this off, or we'll still be here when the new year breaks.
Y'all have a safe and wonderful Happy New Year - and take care of each other! TYPHOON FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne/
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.
"Auld Lang Syne"
midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave! What a perfect version!
"Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of Pat's Web Graphics - http://www.patswebgraphics.com/newyear/newyear.html - 12/20/04
"Bang 2005" animated clip art (AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of http://animationfactory.com - 12/27/04
Painting the Town Red Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
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