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11/10/05 - NNHS Newsletter - 230th Birthday
of the United States Marine Corps

"Semper Fidelis"


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

       If you didn't know what today is, take my advice.  Don't tell it to the Marines!  Just do your homework!


   On a more personal note, Happy Birthday today to    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA and to   
Steve Pullen ('65) of VA! 
Y'all have a good one!

  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 11/09/05:

Today's Thought:

When you're sad, feeling blue, just step outside and look to the Heavens.
Unless there's a meteor shower. Then you need to run for cover, 'cause
boy, they're hot, and they really hurt!

   And you know, David, that is just so true!  I'm so glad you reminded us of this important piece of sage advice.

   Thank you, Gorgeous!  You are a hoot!


From   Al Loreth of CO (described by those who knew him as "a Marine's Marine") - 11/09/05 -
"Marine Corps Birthday Greeting":

Happy Marine Corps Birthday
Semper Fi





   Thank you so much, Al!  And my deepest gratitude to you and all the other Marines in our midst for services rendered to our nation.

   Al paid me one of the grandest compliments of my life by making me an Honorary Marine.  WOWZERONI! Thanks again, Al - so very much!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/05:

If there ever existed a list of Daniel School students, I bet    Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) has or can get it.

Also, we have    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70 - of VA), who works in NN School Administration.

We are not without resources.


   You are right, of course, Captain.  I spoke too soon.  The fact that I am unaware of its existence is hardly a definitive statement of reality.

   (Sorry about that eighth grade photo, Belinda.  It's not my fault you were just a baby girl!  GIGGLES!  Hey - at least you were a CUTE little baby girl!)


  From Tom Oxner ('65) of AR - 11/09/05:

Thanks to all of you who have posted photos of the 40th Reunion. I was unable to attend :( , but it is good to see photos of classmates who were able to attend. The Magical Mystery Tour of NNHS sounds like a great trip down memory lane!

   We missed you, Tom - and it was!

As a Certified Proud Dad, I refer you to the Arkansas Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) website . My son, Luke, was the big winner this past weekend. Just local stuff, but great fun to a proud Dad.

   WOWZERONI!!!  That doesn't look especially "just local" from where I was reading!  That is waaaay cool!  Congratulation to you and Luke!

Thanks for the great job you do with this newsletter.

Tom Oxner
Conway, AR

   Thank you, Tom!  I do enjoy it!


  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) to June Veneris
Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 11/09/05:

Hi, June!

Wow, itís been a long time. Itís nice to here from you and about you. Isnít this Newsletter something? Itís REALLY great! You realize, however, now that you have officially ďcome out of the closetĒ, you have to cough up a picture (then or now) to go with ALL future input.

Chandler Nelms

Yes, that's true, June.  As a matter of fact,
Chandler himself, bless his heart, instituted that practice. 
And I'm afraid this is as close as I could find
for you - but it did give us a new page
on "Our Old Stomping Grounds": - brand new page

1959 Anchor, p. 185  
   Thank you, Chandler Darlin' - and Semper Fidelis, Sir!

  From Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/07/05 - "..graduation era images!..":

   (As I wanted to send this out as early as possible, I still haven't finished at the moment of the release
of this Newsletter.  Perhaps by the time you read it I'll have them all posted!)

   Thanks again, Chip!  I'm sorry I'm such a slowpoke!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/09/05:

   This posting is extremely premature, but it will let you know that I am at least working on the problem.  I'll return to it after I finish working on Chip's glorious images: - brand new section


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/08/05:

Just sending out our concert flyer with the dates for our Christmas Season concerts.  This year Jim has divided the choir in two groups.  I am in Choir "B" which will be performing on 12/9, 12/11, 12/17 and 18 and 19.  If you wish to come but are unable to make any of these dates see flyer for rest of schedule. 
As usual, I have tickets and in advance they are $10 (Sr. 55 and up, Military and student.)  General admission in advance is $12. 
If you wish to purchase tickets in advance (I have to sell these babies) just let me know.
Hope to see you there!

   I bombed out trying to post your program, so I'll try this all again after I obtain some technical assistance, which was unavailable once more....

   That is going to be so super, Sarah Sugah!  Thanks for sharing that with us! 

   Meanwhile, those of y'all wanting to celebrate the Virginia Choral Society's 75th Season with Miss Sarah, just let one of us know!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 11/09/05:

A HUGE thank you to    Rip Collins ('65 - of TN) for the Vietnam site and all that WONDERFUL music!!  I couldn't play enough.........must keep it handy for everyday.
Thank you, Rip!!
    What can I tell you, Gloria?  Leave it to a Marine!
      Rip Collins  
   Thanks, Lady!  And thank you again, Rip!

  From Susanne Stenner Gabriel ('65) of VA - 10/09/05 - "Happy turkey day":

This is very cute.

I figure you'll get a kick out of this...

click on----

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Susanne!  She's singing my song - well, sorta! 


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 11/09/05:

I thought I was just seeing with old eyes until I saw    Wayne Stokes' ('65 - of VA) posting about the gym.  I also missed the Huntington Avenue side seats that were missing in the photos you guys got on your tour.  I am so glad that Wayne saw the same thing I saw - the missing seats - or maybe I should say the seats I didn't see.  I was doubting my memories.  Thank you, Wayne, for remembering the seats I saw!  It is as if the Navy has built a wall there because they don't expect any spectators. 

   There were all sorts of walls built and walls removed - especially sectioning off parts of the halls.  The cafeteria was an exercise equipment area - heavily in use when we visited.  The choir room was missing altogether, and the band room had been converted into quarters, the band wing halls had been semi-paneled, and the flagtwirlers' dressing room was now a men's room.  As I said, it was just the same - only very, very different.

But I was one of those spectators and I missed seeing out seats!  I can remember having to stay late after school (I did live in Hampton) in order to get a seat for the JV game in order to have a seat for the varsity match!  It took some work on my part (and forbearance on my parent's part)  to allow me to stay for a game.  I remember the night    Jerry Powell ('64) went for a lay up, hit the wall and fell, breaking his knee cap.  I was probably a Junior so it had to have been the winter of 1962.  It was a real blow to our team for the rest of the night. 


   Thanks, Kathy - and Wayne!  I suppose I was still too much in a trance at that early stage of the tour to pick up on that whole thing!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/05 - "Marine Corps Birthday":

USMC Birthday is 10 November (1775 - 2005:  230 Years Old).

Are you plannin' sumpin' special??

I am sure that    Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) and 
  Chandler  (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), et. al.,  would be honored to have that day recognized publicly.

Check out this site:   WAAAAYYYYY


   David, I have NO idea why my email chose to hide your letter for 17-1/2 hours before presenting it to me, but I didn't find it until noon today - about 90 minutes AFTER I posted the Newsletter!  ARGHHHH!!!

   I hope today's Newsletter was as special as I had intended it to be, but that site you found just increased its value three-fold.  Thank you so much!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/10/05:

   Remember, remember - tomorrow is Veteran's Day!  Be sure to express your gratitude to all the veterans you encounter.  

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Semper Fidelis

- John Phillip Sousa, 1888
(6 Nov 1854 - 6 Mar 1932)

"Semper Fidelis" midi courtesy of - 11/09/05

USMC Ronald Reagan Quotation Image courtesy of - 11/09/05

Various Marine Corps logos courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL and of Herbert Hice of MI - one of "my" Marines
who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Joe and Herbie!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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