09/08/05 - NNHS Newsletter  -
How Do You Like
Me Now?

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    I thought it was time for a country song for all of y'all who prefer that sort of thing.  This is the
first one which popped into my mind.  It's kind of appropriate anyway as our minds turn towards reunions. 

   We have Double Happy Birthdays today!   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA  and Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA
are both having a big day!  Y'all have fun!


From Me ('65) of NC - 09/06/05:

   I am having such fun calling people about this reunion in October!!!

   I gotta tell you what happened with my very first call on Tuesday morning!

   We knew Donnie Reed's mother was still in Newport News, so (wanting to begin with success!) I called her.
We had the most delightful conversation!  She gave me Donnie's address and cell phone, and not only told me
what he was doing - and it's sooo exciting! - she gave me updates on four other NNHS alumni! 

   And you know what?  I was a bit hesitant to call, as I barely knew Donnie, let alone his mama, but it was just as
though we were old friends!  And my following calls have all been of a similar nature, especially talking to Donnie!
What a kick!

   You know I don't like to nag (okay, stop that snickering!).  Well, I never used to nag people, anyway!  Sigh. 
Let's just call this something else.  Let's call this a friendly word of warning.  After someone has passed away,
it's forever too late to call them.  If you feel uncomfortable about calling someone with whom you haven't spoken
for years, think how sad you would feel if that opportunity were no longer an option.  I've played it both ways,
and trust me, I much prefer a few possible moments of discomfort to years and years of guilt.  Those feelings
have a strange way of reappearing at the most awkward moments.

   So just for the joy of it all - pick up the phone and call someone.  Call an old friend.  Call someone you never
really knew at all.  Call their mother.  Then call someone else.

   And while you're talking, invite 'em to this reunion!  WE'RE GONNA HAVE SUCH FUN!!!!!!

   (Note to 1965 Reunion Committee - I'll be sending y'all a list of names and addresses later today!)

From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/07/05 - "The days really are whittling down now"

From the Reunion Committee:
The reservations are drifting in slowly, so we are hoping to speed you up a bit (don't use the
"getting older" excuse:>)).

We want all of you to get the bargain $100.00 rate for the whole weekend!  So...please take just
a few minutes, get that checkbook and write that check.  We want to see everyone - that
includes you.  So please don't delay.

Looking forward to October,
Pam Smith Arnold, Reunion Committee delegate

   Thank you, Cousin Pam!  I so agree with you!  As y'all know, I myself am a "World Champeen
, but I'm also a Stingy Skinflint, and see no reason or justification to willingly and knowingly
pay more for something I know I'm going to buy anyway!

   Here's the deal.  Pay your money ON OR BEFORE 09/15/05, and get the reduced rate.  Pay ON
OR AFTER 09/16/05
, you'll have the same great time, but it'll cost you more money!!!

   The Reunion Committee is meeting tonight.  Give them a boost.  Call or email them today, and go put your
check in the mail, and we'll all be happy, and you'll be buying yourself something money usually cannot buy -
a chance to see old and dear friends, share some memories and relive some great and happy times.  

   And remember - this is an OPEN REUNION!  This does not pertain exclusively to the Great Class
of 1965!!!


The 60th Reunion of NNHS Classes of 1945 (Feb. and June)
will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2005
at Point Plaza Conference Center (Ramada Inn),
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, 757-599-4460.
The Saturday event will be a dinner, with a speaker not yet named,
from 5 to 9 PM.
On Sunday, there will be a buffet brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Advance registration required.
Contact Mary Frances Grasty at 757-930-8446.




The 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965
will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,
and is open to all NNHS Alumni.






From Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA - 09/07/05:

Hi Carol
Your web site is awesome! I remember you from our old neighborhood in Stuart Gardens. My birthday
is 1/21/45. My husband Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow's ('53) is 11/8/34. My sister Jeannie Collier
's ('65) is 1/25/47. Keep up the good work. My e-mail address is Catbird1945@aol.com .
Carol Collier Sparrow ('63)

   Thank you, Carol Lee!  I had no idea you remembered me - even though I was over at your house a great deal
of time with Jeannie!  Wasn't Stuart Gardens just the greatest place to be raised?!?

   I added your birthdays to that page, and posted your email addy on the '63 Contact page:




   Hey - you're coming to the reunion next month, aren't you?!?  It would be worth it to you alone to see Jeannie's
decorations; she always does the most phenomenal job!  But we're all gonna have so much fun!!!  Just ask

   Thanks again, Carol!

From ME ('65) of NC - Well, Okay - Really From My Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty
(Florence HS, Florence, OR - um, '94?  '95??) of IL - 09/07/05:

   Here're more new pics:

Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Jacob's Eighth Birthday Party
Tom, Joe, Eme, and Jacob Bethany - and Little Jim      

   Thanks, Bethany!  I wish we could have been there for that, but it was fun seeing y'all earlier in the month!

   LOOK - you can see the train behind Tommy and Joe!  (Sorry, Jean - I couldn't help myself...) 

   Soooo - two more weeks until Little Jim arrives, yes???  Grandbabies are fun!  (They'd be more fun if the
distance were not so great.........) 

   Give everybody a hug and a kiss for me, Lady!

   And of course I posted these on the News page!  That is what Grammies DO!



From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/07/05:


Hope everybody is happy and well. We love our pet kitten, who is now approximately five-and-a-half
months old. He’s a sweet little guy, but he has some funky breath. He likes to lick us so, we don’t want
to go around smelling like “man a#%”. The vet states “he is very healthy and is loosing teeth”, but oh,
my gosh!!!! He’s still too young for cat snacks. Any ideas? I know comparatively speaking (writing)
to many people’s earth shattering losses due to Hurricane Katrina this is a small matter, but it is our
funky little reality.

Replies greatly appreciated!!


   WHAT?!?  No pictures?!?  GIGGLES!!!    

   Thanks, Shari!  This is way outside my ken, as my children's rampant allergies made it impossible to have
pets at home, but we have experts in every field among us, so hopefully we'll have an answer to your problem

   And speaking of animals.........

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/07/05:

I have no doubt that the legendary generosity of our NNHS Alumni has been at work and
that many donations have already been made to the many worthwhile Hurricane Katrina
relief agencies.

But, let us not forget the animals which are often overlooked and forgotten in the face
of such a human calamity.  While the humans are being evacuated, relocated, and cared for,
the abandoned pets are left to fend for themselves.  Who speaks for them?  Which of them is
interviewed on prime time or cable news shows and shown pleading for help? I understand
that animal rescue efforts are underway, and that is a good thing.

If any of our Alumni would care to extend their generosity to those defenseless critters
in need, then I suggest visiting www.aspca.com and considering a donation.  The animals
cannot thank you, but I will on their behalf.

   Thank you for the reminder, David!  So often we tend to feel that situations are solved and resolved in the first
few days.  Real life rarely happens that way.  

   As Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) showed us on 08/30/05, these poor animals desperately need your


   She recommended the following organization:


   And as for the human suffering, I would remind y'all that the Salvation Army is probably the place where your
donations will do the most good to the most people in the shortest amount of time.  As I mentioned before,
this was borne out time and again during the Great Flood of 1993 when I served as a volunteer worker.  I can
bear you personal testimony of this, and it remains true today.   


   And donations can be made here daily - with no cost to you at all but a click of your wrist:


   Thanks again, David!  It is our responsibility to watch over and protect the animals that have been placed
on earth for our benefit and joy.  They cannot do it for themselves; they are completely dependent on our help.

   Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat


How Do You Like Me Now?

- Toby Keith and Chuck Cannon

I was always the crazy one
I broke into the stadium
And I wrote your number on the 50 yard line
You were always the perfect one
And the valedictorian so
Under your number I wrote call for a good time

I only wanted to catch your attention
But you overlooked me somehow
Besides you had too many boyfriends to mention
And I played my guitar too loud.

How do you like me now?
How do you like me now,
Now that I'm on my way?
Do you still think I'm crazy
Standin' here today?
I couldn't make you love me
But I always dreamed about living in your radio
How do you like me now?

When I took off to Tennessee
I heard that you made fun of me
Never imagined I'd make it this far
Then you married into money, girl
Ain't it a cruel and funny world?
He took your dreams and tore them apart.

He never comes home
And you're always alone
And your kids hear you cryin' down the hall
Alarm clock starts ringin'
Who could that be singin'
It's me baby, with your wake up call!

How do you like me now?
How do you like me now,
Now that I'm on my way?
Do you still think I'm crazy
Standin' here today?
I couldn't make you love me
But I always dreamed about living in your radio
How do you like me now?

Tell me baby...
I will preach on...

"How Do You Like Me Now?" midi courtesy of http://countrymusic.about.com/library/bltobykeithjukebox.htm
 extracted with the kind assistance of my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 08/19/05

"How Do You Like Me Now?" lyrics courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/lyrics40501.html - 08/18/05

Antique Radio shown in Fourth Image is in possession of the Webmistress (Image by CRBH - 07/29/98)

Remaining Seven Radio Images courtesy of http://images.google.com/images?q=radio+&svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&start=0&sa=N - 08/19/05

Animated Cowgirl Linda Singing clip art (designed by Josh Doohen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 09/01/05

 Electric Guitars Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars22.html - 08/20/05

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