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04/24/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Let It Be Me

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”

 - Sir Peter Ustinov
(16 Apr 1921 – 28 Mar 2004)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Can you believe it??  We've never had a regular issue of the NNHS Newsletter on April 24th before, so we're out of reruns for the week! 

BONUS #1 - - Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers, 1964

BONUS #2 - - Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers, umm, later...

BONUS #3 - - Let It Be Me - Elvis, February 1970


   Happy Birthday today to Donald Smith ('57) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Lolly Wynne Burke ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

29 -   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA;

01 -    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 04/23/09 - Excused absence":

Okay, Ma'am, maybe some 'splainin' is in order since my communication has been rather slack of late.

After missing 2 weeks of work from 3 root canals, 2 visits to the hospital, (1 for some kind of Gorilla flu thing that had me barfing for 24 hrs, becoming dehydrated resulting in my potassium levels becoming dangerously low & according to the Doc, that made me a prime candidate for a heart attack), then the other hospital visit.....

Then after all that was taken care of, the tooth that I had 3 root canals with (that's right, 3 root canals from 1 daggone tooth), that lovely tooth broke in two (from nighttime clinching in me sleep) and became infected, so I had to go to an Oral Surgeon and have it removed in pieces. So now, here I am, relatively healthy, but working between 70 & 80 hours, 6 days a week. But that's okay!

Dat's all 4 now, as I said (and if I didn't, I meant to), we're in the middle of a refueling outage so I gotta be not so long winded in my e-mails.

..... I lost 15 lbs, but alas, after I got a little better, all I could eat was mushy stuff, so I ate tons-o-ice cream, it felt sooooo gooooood on that blinkin' frackin' part of my mouth that had been screamin' for 2 weeks, thus all of the weight came back with a vengeance. Oh well.

Take care, Sweetie, d

   GOOD GRIEF, Gorgeous! I'm so sorry to hear you've had such a rough time of it lately! You take care of yourself - or at least have someone let us know so we can pray for you when you're hurting! Thanks for letting us know, David!

   And yes, dear, you're most definitely excused!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 04/23/09 - "Class of 1959":


I did find the POC for 1959.  Actually, there are 3 on your website.  There are no plans for a 50th reunion.

They did a 10th and perhaps a 20th.  There is no evidence of any reunion since the 20th.  Since I do not have an Anchor for that year, I have no record of who the class officers and leaders were for the NNHS Class of 1959.

Perhaps put out a call to see who might get them organized.  I think most other classes of that era have maintained a fairly active reunion schedule.

Joe Drewry
NNHS 1958

   This is so sad, Joe. :o( I know they held a second reunion - perhaps it was the 20-year in 1979, but it could have been the 25-year in 1984. No, that can't be right....  Anyway, my sister,        Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, attended it, and somewhere around here I have her video tape of it.

     Frank Ivey was President of the Class of 1959, the late  Dan Rouse, Vice President,   Sandra Taylor, Secretary, and Nancy Stoller, Treasurer, but I do not know of a class who in their later reunions had original class officers leading their reunion committees.  Someone else with amazing organizational skills just volunteers their services to a grateful class, and assembles a committee of willing helpers.  I could be wrong, I suppose.....

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Joe!

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/23/09 - "Message to      Janice (McCain Rose - '65) and    Fred (Rose of VA)":

I was so happy to read about Fred's progress and see the picture showing a Happy Birthday for him.  God bless them both and their family. Prayers keep working.

   Yes, they do! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

From the Daily Press - 04/24/09 - "Ripken visit in Newport News makes impact on Boys & Girls Clubs":

Ripken visit in Newport News makes impact on Boys & Girls Clubs

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5:17 AM EDT, April 24, 2009
Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. tours the facilities Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. tours the facilities Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. talks with kids Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. talks with some kids as they wait for a game of Ripken Quickball to get set up Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Ripken Quickball is a game Ripken created as a product, training aid and game.
Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. watches a game of Ripken Quickball on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. pitches balls for players during a game of Ripken Quickball on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Shynice Richardson, 12, gives Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. a tour of the facilities Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken Jr. talks with a group of kids Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News.

NEWPORT NEWS - Shynice Richardson, 12-year-old sports fan and devotee of the downtown Boys & Girls Club, admitted that she was a little nervous at first, playing tour guide for Thursday afternoon's celebrity guest.

But baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. was an eager and willing participant who wanted to hear what Richardson had to say.

"It was easier once we started walking and talking," she said. "He seemed like a regular guy who was a really nice person and somebody you'd like to know."

Ripken parachuted into the Peninsula for a Thursday evening fundraiser to benefit the local Boys & Girls Clubs — the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has been a big contributor to the organization in the past three years. The group hoped to clear some $300,000 from the event.

But before attending the event at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Ripken insisted on an unannounced stop at one of the local clubs. Such stops are routine in his regular schedule, if for no reason other than to spend time with kids.

"We're not trying to grow the game of baseball, per se," Ripken said. "I think we're using baseball as a tool, essentially, to interact with the kids. Give them new experiences, kind of open up the world to them. Sports does that naturally. We just use baseball because that's what we did."

Richardson squired Ripken around the facility at the corner of Jefferson and Hampton avenues. He saw the gamerooms, the gym, a tutorial classroom and a computer lab.

He pitched a brief session of "Quickball" to the kids in the gym — a sort of accelerated version of wiffleball, using plastic bats and spongy balls — and for his efforts he took a screamer off his neck and one in the gut. He was having a blast.

"I was showing him that our club is unique and different from other places," said Richardson, who has come to that facility since she was 6. "I think it was very cool that he would come here and see it. They call this a bad neighborhood, but this is a safe place.

"I think it's very important to have places like this," she said. "You can get away from your problems and a lot of stuff on the outside for a little while. There are a lot of activities, and you can be around good people."

Ripken's foundation is a tribute to his late father, Cal Sr., who used baseball as a means of teaching life lessons. The younger Ripken said that Cal Sr. had a soft spot for kids without father figures in their lives, probably because his own father passed away when he was 10. That's why he and younger brother Bill wanted to do something geared toward helping kids.

"It's something we care about, it's something we're passionate about," Ripken said. "We're tickled to death that we can actually impact kids in a positive way. It's something we plan to do for a long time. We're not in it for the short term."

Nothing in Ripken's life or baseball career is about the short term. He is best known for playing in a Major League record 2,632 consecutive games, from May 30, 1982, to Sept. 20, 1998. He amassed 3,184 hits and was a 19-time all-star, playing his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles.

A first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2007, Ripken now devotes the same diligence to his current pursuit, which he said has succeeded and expanded beyond even his initial aims.

"It's kind of fun to think of the possibilities," he said. "Maybe in some ways we can be the glue that brings people together and makes communities better. It's not a big, huge mission, but it's something we're passionate about."

Who is Cal Ripken?

Former Major League Baseball player spent entire career with Baltimore Orioles

• Best known for playing record 2,632 consecutive games, from May 30, 1982, to Sept. 20, 1998.

• Amassed 3,184 hits.

• Was a 19-time all-star.,_Jr.

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From - 04/22/09 - "Living With Loneliness":

Intimacy - Living With Loneliness
By Karen Rowinsky, LMSW - Apr. 20, 2009

Loneliness is feeling empty inside. It is a feeling of separateness and isolation. It is a feeling of being out of touch with other human beings. People experience loneliness when they do not have someone to depend on, a close family, a group of friends, or relationships with people at work or school. A person can be lonely even when surrounded by other people. We can feel lonely when there is a lack of intimacy in our relationships.

Loneliness occurs at all stages of our life. We may have felt it during our teenage years, as a new parent, when the children left home. Perhaps we never found Mr. or Ms. Right, or maybe we experienced the pain of divorce or the death of a spouse. Loneliness can be transitory and ebbs and flows during our lifetime. Different times of year often make lonely people even lonelier. It sometimes even causes feelings of loneliness in people who have many relationships.

You can learn to live with your loneliness by taking a proactive approach to it. The following are some ideas that can help. Keep an open mind as you read them. If you find yourself shaking your head and telling yourself you can't possibly do something about your loneliness, realize that only you can change the way you feel. If you don't like feeling lonely choose to take action to change.

Accept the reality of your loneliness. It is neither something to be ashamed of nor something to hide. Everyone, at some point in her life, has periods of loneliness-some people accept it, others try to deny it. Accepting it is the first step to finding some relief. Express your loneliness. You may do it through tears or by writing your feelings. Expressing your loneliness to yourself can often give you insight as to what is causing it.

Question whether you need help in dealing with your loneliness. Feelings of "aloneness" can often stem from depression. You may want talk with a therapist or speak with the leader of your religious community about it.

Push yourself to have contact with others. Call your local community center, church, synagogue, or senior center. Ask for a list of groups and activities. Select one that appeals to you and then make yourself attend a meeting or program. It will feel awkward at first but you won't be the only person there who doesn't know anyone. Even if you are, each person there had to come for the first time at one point.

Sign-up for a class. Most towns and cities have community colleges or recreation centers that offer adult education. Choose a class that interests you-photography, creative writing, bowling, or maybe even French. If you don't know what to say, pretend you are interviewing that person for a newspaper article. Most people are flattered when someone shows an interest in them.

Suggest meeting for coffee or attending a concert or play together when you meet someone with whom you feel you have something in common.

Understand that it takes time to establish intimate relationships and build trust. But, nothing is going to happen until you start.

Volunteer your talents. Call your local volunteer center to see what services are needed. Choose an activity that brings you in contact with other people. Regularly scheduled time with other people can offer you a respite as you work your way out of your loneliness.

Join an on-line community. If you have Internet access, find sites of interest to you that have discussion groups. You can read what other people have to say and share your feelings anonymously until you feel safe.

Re-connect with distant relatives or old friends. Plan a reunion with people whom you haven't seen in years. Bring together a group of your old high school buddies or cousins with whom you've lost contact.

Exercise at a fitness center. There are fitness centers in every price range. Find one that seems to have people your age. Exercise helps ease the feelings of depression. Strike up a conversation with the person on the treadmill next to yours. Meet people during a stretch class or swimming lessons.

Take a bus trip for single people.

Choosing to reach out to another is difficult but the rewards make it worth the effort. If you are ready to address your loneliness and do something about it, congratulate yourself on your willingness to take control of your life and then take the first step.

Author's Bio

Sometimes people who feel alone also feel hopeless, powerless, and depressed. If you think your loneliness has gone beyond your ability to help yourself, you may want to seek out a qualified counselor or psychotherapist who can help you figure out why you feel so lonely. There are lots of reasons and many times it takes an outside, objective, person to help you figure out why this is an issue for you. Seeking counseling does not mean you are crazy nor have a mental illness. In fact, seeking counseling or therapy is an example of a healthy behavior.

Karen Rowinsky, LMSW is a licensed master level social worker. She has a private counseling practice in Overland Park in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. She specializes in working with women and couples who want to create the life they desire. You can learn about Karen's marriage counseling, family counseling, and individual counseling services by going to


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/22/09 - "Your age in chocolate!!":

Your age in chocolate!!

Don't tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway - but the Hershey Man will know!


This is pretty neat.

It takes less than a minute .. Work this out as you read.
Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10).

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold).

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 ....
If you haven't, add 1758.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number.

The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)


   GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 24, 25, and 26, 2009 - The Class of 1954 is holding its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/23/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





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Je T'appartiens

Assise à ta place
Dans cette maison de glace
Je compte un à un mes torts
Je vois ces carafes
Remplies du vide
Qui transperce mon corps
Et toutes mes nuits se fondent
Jamais tes yeux ne tombent
De mon coeur qui succombe
à ton départ, mais...
Je t'appartiens
Comme l'orque et la mer ne font qu'un
Elles n'aiment qu'une seule fois
Puis s'échouent comme on se noie

Des projets, des ríves
S'arrachent et j'en crève
Je ne vis plus, je meurs
Míme en surface
Te voir, me glace
Et m'éventre le coeur
Et toutes les nuits se fondent
Dans tes bras une autre tombe
Je méprise míme son ombre
Et ton départ, mais...


Elles n'aiment qu'une seule fois

(poème 2)

Let It Be Me (Je T'appartiens)

Written by Gilbert Bécaud,
(24 Oct 1927 – 18 Dec 2001)

Mann Curtis,

and Pierre Delanoë
(16 Dec 1918 - 27 Dec 2006)

(The Everly Brothers, 1960)

God bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet, love,
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
Tell me, what would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be me


Je T'appartiens (Translation)

I belong to you
I sit where you stood
Into these empty rooms
I wonder where we went wrong
I try to forget
Drink you out of my head
Still I can hear the sound
Here comes the dawn again
I lie awake in bed
This heart of mine has come undone
Because you're gone, still...
I belong to you
Like the sea and orca are one
They love only once
And then succumb on the shore

The dreams that we planned
Suddenly just end
How do I stay alive ?
I freeze in place
At the sight of your face
It's killing me inside
Here comes the dawn again
In your arms, another flame
I despise her every part of her
And your betrayal, still...


They love only once

(2nd poem)

"Let It Be Me" midi courtesy of - 04/23/09

"Let It Be Me" lyrics courtesy of - 04/23/09

"Je T'appartiens" lyrics and translation courtesy of - 04/24/09

"All My Love Now and Forever" Poster courtesy of - 04/23/09

Multi-Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/24/09

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy o
f - 02/17/09

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