02/03/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
board the wrong train, it is no use running
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The theme of today's bonus issue was prompted by some increased interest shown recently (for unknown reasons) by several assorted family members and friends of mine in one of the strangest pages on our entire website, the wonderful Saga of the Two Trains:
I hope you'll enjoy reviewing this nonsense.
I'm still catching up on my backed up mail, so this may jump around a bit, and is nowhere close to exhaustive, so please keep bearing with me. Thanks!
Happy Birthday today to Maynard Thweatt ('57). Many Happy Returns!!!
Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, played between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.
In connection with this, I have a true story to relate to you. While we were in Chicago's Midway Airport on Thursday, the following 14-word message came over the loud speaker:
"Da Bears. Da Bears. Da Bears. Da Bears. Da Bears. Da Bears. Da Bears."
"I am not making this up."
Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX via
Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 02/03/07:
From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 01/31/07 - "Located Linda Letchworth Enochs, '60":
I am so excited to let you know that one of our classmates in the class of 1960, Linda Letchworth, has been located, after being non-locatable since approx. 40 years ago. I was so fortunate to have had lunch with Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) and Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) last Saturday and I mentioned that Linda Letchworth was one person in our class that I would really like to see. I was in the first and second grades with her at "new" Magruder School, plus I graduated with her in 1960. I also went to the same colleges as she. Well, Dave Spriggs, our resident expert, jumped on this request.....he has software that I know not of.....he emailed me last Sunday and gave me all I needed to contact her. I actually called her tonight. She is one day older than I. We will both be 65 in July, July 1 for her and July 2 for me. She was thrilled to know about your website and of Karen Weinstein Witte's Class of 1960 Newsletter. She would love to receive each..... Her email address is that of her husband....she said to use this....
I mentioned several classmates and she spoke of her friendship with Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60 - of VA) and was so sorry to learn that Joan is a widow....She knew nothing of any of our classmates and was sad to learn of the classmate deaths.
From Rex Enoch (Linda's Husband) - 02/03/07:
I've added her name and junior portrait to the 1960 contact page:
I've also added her birthday to the
Welcome , Linda - and thanks, Rex, Fred, and David!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/25/07 - "Some Old Images":
|1924 Beacon||1935 Anchor|
Emma Jeanette Ward
||June Class Dedication to Miss Dorothy Crane|
WOWZERONI!!! How pretty they are! Thank you so much for these treasures, David! I have them posted on their respective pages:
From Me ('65) of NC - 02/02/07:
I spotted this card on eBay the other day, and while it is not of good quality, I thought it might nevertheless evoke a memory or two of the Central Restaurant in Hampton, so I scanned an ad from the '57 Anchor and made a new page for it:
|1950s Postcard||1957 Anchor, p.195|
During the same week, this obituary appeared in the Daily Press:
Mike C. Yeapanis
NEWPORT NEWS - Mike C. Yeapanis,
81, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Yeapanis
was born in Famagusta, Cyprus, in 1925, and immigrated to the United States in
1948, living in North Carolina until he settled in Newport News in 1951. Mr.
Yeapanis was a well known and highly regarded local restaurateur in Newport
News. His Central Restaurant, located on Washington Avenue from 1951 until 1986,
fed many who worked in the Newport News shipyard and the judicial and financial
districts of the city. Mike, alongside his wife, continued to operate the
relocated Central Restaurant in Oyster Point until their retirement in 1994. A
dedicated member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport
News, Mike was recognized as Steward of the Year in 2002. Additionally, he was a
50-plus year member of the Woodrow Wilson Chapter of the Order of AHEPA, and he
was recognized for his meritorious service to the organization in 2004. Mike was
preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife
of 49 years, Catherine Yeapanis of Newport News; his daughter, Demetra Yeapanis
Kontos, and her husband, Dr. Christopher D. Kontos, and their two sons, Michael
Hermes Kontos and Alexander Apostolos Kontos, all of Durham, N.C.; his sister,
Katina Hadjitheodosiou, of Limassol, Cyprus, and many nieces and nephews
throughout the world. A Trisagion Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60
Traverse Road, Newport News. Family will receive friends until 8 p.m. at the
church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, also at
the church, and will be officiated by Father George Chioros, Father Peter H.
Makris and Father Andrew Koufopoulos. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial
Park. Memorials may be offered to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox
Church or a favorite charity. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of
Published in the Daily Press from 1/29/2007 - 1/30/2007.
It would appear from the text and the Guest Book entries that these two restaurants were unconnected. At any rate, they are both included in Our Old Stomping Grounds now:
From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John R. Tucker HS - '77) of VA - 01/31/07 - "I could never get my mother to go to one of these events...":
...can't imagine why with all the offers that I made
to arrange a ride for her on one of these. We were there last September. Awesome
show. If you have speakers on your computer, make sure they are switched on...
Well, Honey, I just can't imagine why she didn't want to ride in one of those. She loved beautiful things, and they are certainly beautiful... Hmmm. Let's just say I know where I got my Chicken Little blood!
Thanks for the great video, Jim!
From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 02/01/07 - "Ed was in Trouble":
Ed Was In Trouble
He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him, "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 5 seconds AND IT HAD BETTER BE THERE!!"
The next morning Ed got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house.
She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Ed has been missing since Friday.
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 02/01/07 - "Dear Carol, How to tell if Men have smelly feet!!!":
Nothing personal intended. The only reason I sent this to you is because it
has a beautiful Cat as you will see. Besides, "MEN" are the only ones with
smelly feet ???
WILD HYSTERICAL GIGGLES!!!
Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/01/07 - "Web movie":
WOW! This one was certainly aptly named, and touched me very deeply for obvious reasons.I started out with just moistened eyes, but before it was done I was openly weeping. Of course, we all know what a big ol' crybaby I am..... Thanks, Shari!
Thank you, Sweet Adonis! That's a great relief to hear, and very gratifying to see how y'all keep track of each other!
From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - "Six More Weeks Of Electrical Problems":
|This little guy in the picture was in a vehicle that visited my shop last year. I thought these critters were vegetarians but my mind changed after this groundhog chewed up over a thousand dollars worth of wires. The customer was very happy I snapped this picture because the insurance adjuster told me he would have never have believed a groundhog would do this. After toying with an animal control officer for a couple of hours the wire chewing varmint left on his own.|
|Wednesday, March 15, 2006|
YOWZERONI!!! That is just so weird! Thanks for sharing that, Tim!
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 02/03/07:
Welcome home. Trust you had a great visit and a well deserved rest.
It just hit me that my own birthday is coming up so I thought I’d share it with you.
February 25th is the glorious day. And, the thing about being around to celebrate yet another birthday is that it beats the heck out of not!!!!!
Love and best wishes,
Hello, Joe, you Sweetie-Pie! I had a fabulous visit, thank you!Six of our seven children were there, and our three daughters-in-law, and all nine of our grandchildren. Only Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of VA) was unable to join us, as he couldn't leave his studies for that long at SVU. We all missed him terribly, as it has been several years since some of them have seen him. Having Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) with us was a real treat, though!
We'll have a full report on all that soon - thanks for asking!
Meanwhile, I have delightedly added your birthday to our page:
From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Hoaxes on our illustrious website":
OH, NO!!!Every time I think I'm getting fairly decent at spotting questionable items so that I can check them, I bite for another one. Thanks for keeping us in line, Bill!
And speaking of hoaxes,my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL spotted one sent to us recently by my #2 son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of IL - who apparently inherited his mother's gullible gene:
Sigh. Thanks, Nathaniel!
And thanks for the newer image, Brent!
From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 02/03/07:
Please read the following story and follow the instructions at the end! Thank You .
Like most elementary schools, it was typical to have a parade of students in and out of the health clinic throughout the day. We dispensed ice for bumps and bruises, Band-Aids for cuts, and liberal doses of sympathy and hugs. As principal, my office was right next door to the clinic, so I often dropped in to lend a hand and help out with the hugs. I knew that for some kids, mine might be the only one they got all day.
One morning I was putting a Band-Aid on a little girl's scraped knee. Her blonde hair was matted, and I noticed that she was shivering in her thin little sleeveless blouse. I found her a warm sweatshirt and helped her pull it on. "Thanks for taking care of me," she whispered as she climbed into my lap and snuggled up against me.
It wasn't long after that when I ran across an unfamiliar lump under my arm. Cancer, an aggressively spreading kind, had already invaded thirteen of my lymph nodes. I pondered whether or not to tell the students about my diagnosis. The word breast seemed so hard to say out loud to them, and the word cancer seemed so frightening.
When it became evident that the children were going to find out one way or another, either the straight scoop from me or possibly a garbled version from someone else, I decided to tell them myself.
It wasn't easy to get the words out, but the empathy and concern I saw in their faces as I explained it to them told me I had made the right decision. When I gave them a chance to ask questions, they mostly wanted to know how they could help.
I told them that what I would like best would be their letters, pictures and prayers.
I stood by the gym door as the children solemnly filed out. My little blonde friend darted out of line and threw herself into my arms. Then she stepped back to look up into my face. "Don't be afraid, Dr. Perry," she said earnestly, "I know you'll be back because now it's our turn to take care of you."
No one could have ever done a better job. The kids sent me off to my first chemotherapy session with a hilarious book of nausea remedies that they had written.
A video of every class in the school singing get-well songs accompanied me to the next chemotherapy appointment.
By the third visit, the nurses were waiting at the door to find out what I would bring next. It was a delicate music box that played "I Will Always Love You."
Even when I went into isolation at the hospital for a bone marrow transplant, the letters and pictures kept coming until they covered every wall of my room.
Then the kids traced their hands onto colored paper, cut them out and glued them together to make a freestanding rainbow of helping hands. "I feel like I've stepped into Disneyland every time I walk into this room," my doctor laughed.
That was even before the six-foot apple blossom tree arrived adorned with messages written on paper apples from the students and teachers. What healing comfort I found in being surrounded by these tokens of their caring.
At long last I was well enough to return to work. As I headed up the road to the school, I was suddenly overcome by doubts. What if the kids have forgotten all about me? I wondered, What if they don't want a skinny bald principal?
I caught sight of the school marquee as I rounded the bend. "Welcome Back, Dr. Perry," it read. As I drew closer, everywhere I looked were pink ribbons - ribbons in the windows, tied on the doorknobs, even up in the trees. The children and staff wore pink ribbons, too.
My blonde buddy was first in line to greet me. "You're back, Dr. Perry, you're back!" she called. "See, I told you we'd take care of you!"
As I hugged her tight, in the back of my mind I faintly heard my music box playing . . . "I will always love you."
Breast Cancer Stamp Booklet
It would be wonderful if 2007 were the year a cure for breast cancer was found!!!!
The notion that we could raise $35 million by buying a book of stamps is powerful! As you may be aware, the US Postal Service recently released its new "Fund the Cure" stamp to help fund breast cancer research. The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland. It is important that we take a stand against this disease that affect so many of our Mothers, Sisters and Friends.
Instead of the normal 37 cents for a stamp, this one costs 40 cents The additional 3 cents will go to breast cancer
research. A "normal" book costs $7.40. This one is only $8.00. It takes a few minutes in line at the Post Office and
means so much. If all stamps are sold, it will raise an additional $35,000,000 for this vital research. Just as important as the money is our support. What a statement it would make if the stamp outsold the lottery this week. What a statement it would make that we care.
I urge you to do two things TODAY:
out and purchase some of these stamps.
2. E-mail your friends to do the same.
Many of us know women and their families whose lives are turned upside-down by breast cancer.
It takes so little to do so much in this drive.
We can all afford the $0.60. Please help & pass it on.
Thank you, Karen. That's a beautiful story, and gives us all hope. So many of our ranks have been touched by this dreadful disease..
In checking on the stamps (as I needed to buy some anyway), I ran the story through snopes.com, and while it had been true, it seems to have expired:
Just to triple check, I went to the post office site and looked at 12 pages of stamps, but it is no longer available:
1. From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 01/23/07 - "NNHS February Fling":
I have reserved Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for February 24 from 6-10 p.m. for a get together of all classes. It will be completely casual. Just come in for some dinner or just to say hi. All I ask is that you let me know if you are coming so I can have an accurate count so Angelo can decide if he needs more waitresses that night.
Please pass this on to any class alumni and ask them to contact me if they would like to come. They can either e-mail me or call me at 868-8443.
Please, also tell them that if the weather is bad to call Angelo's at 599-5727 to make sure the dinner is still on.
Thanks and I hope to see you there!!
Dee Hodges Bartram
This is such a thrill for me to hear, Dee! Thanks so much for arranging such an event!
This is now covered on the main page and on this and each successive Newsletter. Shortly it will be posted on the Reunion Pages as well.
2. From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1962 - 02/01/07 - "NNHS Meeting":
Just a short note to remind you of the reunion committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 5th at 6:30 pm at Bill's Seafood Restaurant on Warwick Boulevard in Newport News.
There will be an election of officers and a hospitality committee. So be thinking, and also a note to remind you that John Rekruit is having surgery on Monday, so be thinking about him too. We will miss having him at the meeting. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, John.
See you all Monday.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi
Friends are Angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
Thanks, Brenda! Y'all have a great meeting!
And our best wishes go with John!
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1966
Please pass this on to any
class alumni and ask them to contact Dee Hodges Bartram if they would like to come.
In case of bad weather, call Angelo's at 599-5727 to make sure the dinner is still on.
The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion
on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL 33556
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 01/12/07:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Suites will be available that will include breakfast
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 01/22/07:
NNHS Class of 1957
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.
More details to follow!
The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,
Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.
The Noble Gathering
More details to
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Amazing chalk drawings on the road"
Hi Carol ... check out these
pictures! They would be good to use one at a time for your newsletter.
More chalk drawings from Julian Beever. Incredible!!!!! Julian is an English artist who's famous for his 3D art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium.
That they would; they're incredible!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
The Orange Blossom Special
Blossom Special" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/04/03.
Green Train Clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars15.html - 08/24/05
Amtrak Train Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Laughter courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/25/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!
Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
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