11/10/06 - NNHS Newsletter - 231st Birthday
"The United States Marine Corps,
with it fiercely proud tradition
- Thomas E. Ricks,
Making the Corps, 1997
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
| As it's
Friday, this would normally be a regular newsletter, but it's not just
any Friday. Today is the 231st Birthday of the United States
Marine Corps, and you all know what that means. It means we're going
We would have been doing this much earlier in the day, and using all those many images - including all the great Halloween pictures which we still have not seen, but my computer decided to celebrate in its own way early this morning and I've been fighting for repossession of its former self all day, so all those things are out of the question for the moment. Like a spoiled child, my computer and my camera always seem to pick State Occasions to be naughty.
I'm going to cut it short and hope for more inclusions tomorrow, but now it's time for your homework. It's all in here:
I did find one fun new site for you. This is great! You can listen to clips and sing along, because the complete lyrics are included to some great old Marine songs:
Semper Fidelis to all you Marines out there from one of your all-time biggest fans!
In other birthday news:
We have four Typhoons celebrating their own birthdays today! Happy Birthday to Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57), David Witten ('57), Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA and to Steve Pullen ('65) of VA! Y'all have a good one! Many Happy Returns!
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 11/09/06 - "Herb Hice's Boot Camp Picture 1942 San Diego, Calif.":
I am showing you
pictures from the most adventurous time of my life.
I am pictured in the center
row, Second from the left side. To borrow a line from the TV Show, All in
the Family ~~~~~ "Those were the Days" ~~~~~
Your Friend, Herbie
OH, MY GOODNESS!!! I picked you out of all those Marines without even peeking at the answer!!! And dat ain't bad, considering I never actually met you!
(English major, you know....)
Herbie Darlin', we so appreciate your sharing them with us! We're honored to post them on the site! Thanks so much!
From Sandi Williams Patrick ('64) to Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 11/08/06:
...... We are in Dayton, Ohio right now because Harlee's mom died earlier this week. The funeral is tomorrow and it is hitting Harlee pretty hard. I think I'm ready for 2007 because this year sucks.
..... Just thought you would like to know.
Thanks, Cookie; I appreciate your telling us.
Sandi, please give Harlee our deepest sympathies in the loss of his mama. Losing a parent is just never easy, and it doesn't seem to matter how old you are or how close we are. The situations are all different, but the difficulty always seems to remain.
And I, the eternal optimist, am afraid I will grudgingly have to agree with you about this year. There have been a few moments of spectacular beauty and hope, but I really think they shone all the brighter because most of the year was just so - unpleasant and hard...
But maybe it's just me.....
Thank you, Ladies!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/10/06 - "Notice for Robert Edward "C.P." Ware":
Ware probably attended NNHS graduating ca.
1946. He was the uncle of
LaVerne Mildred Spotts Broczkowski ('63)
, and was my first cousin once removed.
Edward 'C.P.' Ware
Thank you for telling me this, David. I would not have caught it.
It seems to me your family - your extended family, at any rate, has been touched more than its fair share by sadness this month. Our deepest sympathies to you, and also to Tootsie on the loss of her uncle.
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 11/10/06:
Carol, you dear, sweet woman,
Even in the midst of trying times, you think of others first!! You are amazing.
Yes, I realize there are some that cannot afford to help out. I accept that. There are, however, others that can contribute more as an offset.......
My only goal here is to relieve you of an unfair burden. You do so much for so many and it’s time some of that effort come back to you.
I want to convert your slogan “Y’all take care of each other” into actions to take care of you now.
Take care of yourself.
Joe, you incredible Sweetie-Pie! Thank you so much - and keep reading....
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 11/10/06 - "Survival":
Just read the note from Joe Wingo ('65 - of NC) whom I knew from playing football. I believe he was in the eighth grade when I was a senior, but I do remember him.
I shouldn't wonder, George! Joe was rather unforgettable - even then!
I think he is correct in stating that you need some steady income in producing your GREAT newsletter. I realize that some typhoons can contribute more than others and some may not be able to contribute anything. Nevertheless, you still need a way to have us guys help when we can. Maybe someday I'll need some help from you!
One way that this may be approached is to ask for donations with a specific amount in mind. I don't think it would "hurt" or sadden people too much if they couldn't make a specific donation, but maybe a lesser amount could be made or maybe nothing. That is o.k.
A method needs to be developed someway for you to recommend a specific amount, such as, for you to guess at the number of your regular readers and divide that into your monthly cost which can't be much. That could be a starting amount which could be paid on either a monthly or yearly basis or semi annually. I would throw in an extra few dollars for unanticipated expenses. Adjustments can be made to the suggested amount after a few months of trial. People cannot expect you to do this for free for ever. It's just not financially possible. I think a donation makes people feel better than a bill because it is something you can choose to do or not. You're not running a business but rather a service that has expenses.
Go for it and see who your true friends are.
Let me know if I can help.
Oh, Honey, if you only knew!!! The embarrassing thing is, we're not just talking about the website/newsletter expenses right now - or even my time (and I still do try to invest at least eight to ten hours a day, which is down a bit from the fourteen I managed a few months back.
The site itself costs $150.00 a year, paid in one lump sum in January (I think).
My high-speed cable is tied up with my phone and TV. It was the best choice for us at the time, because it was the least expensive, most convenient, and required neither long-term contracts nor direct withdrawal from our checking account - which are both unacceptable to us. The price has increased on these services to about $157.00 a month, but it is strangely still the best deal.
In the past, sporadic donations have generally managed to cover these expenses when averaged over the year. There are, after all, about 450 regular subscribers - not to mention many more who read without my knowledge.
But the problem now is unthinkable and unfathomable.
The problem is - my husband's job ended completely on June 30. All income ceased for our family at that moment.
And in mid-August, when I said, "That's it - I'm going down. It's been fun!" - an incredible networking explosion began. Money started pouring in - vast amounts, large and small, from all over. And y'all - all of y'all - became the entire financial support for our family. Y'all paid not only these costs, but our rent ($450.00 a month), our electric (@$212.00 a month), our water (@ $18.00 a month), our car insurance ($95.30 a month), our garbage pickup ($13.00 a month), medicine, gasoline, car repairs, even taxes - see, EVERYTHING!
We simply could not have otherwise survived. We thought soon it would end, and I'd have enough squirreled away from that phenomenal outpouring that the problems would be resolved for months to come.
Because, you see, I've already seen who my true friends are - and they are legion!
For me to come back now and say, "Whoops! I need some more! If I don't have $440.00 by 11/15/06, I'm DOOMED!" (which is true, but still outrageous) is roughly akin to - to - I can't even think of an analogy here.....
And my publishing all this is roughly akin to running "neckid" in the rain, too....
Well, I seem to have just started bawling again.....
Anyway, there have been a number of those "bright spots". Wal-Mart has just this moment started offering our prescription drugs (generic) here in North Carolina for $4.00 each. That means instead of about $180.00 a month, last week it only cost $18.00 to fill four prescriptions (Paul's Metformin ran $6.00). And Sunday we arrived home from church to find a Good Fairy had brought 25 pounds of flour, 12 pounds of rice, and homemade chicken tetrazini (I don't know how to spell that, and neither does my computer) and blueberry pie - which were both fabulous!
And there's an anonymous consortium of Typhoon supporters somewhere in Florida who send me a $100.00 check every month. I didn't even quite pick up on that one at first.....
So there's the problem. And there's the embarrassment. And there's the pain. It should have ended by now. It should have gone away. It should have been resolved. But it didn't, and it didn't, and it hasn't.
And I don't even know any words to thank all you wonderful people. I have a stack of thank-you notes and postage stamps to try, and the words freeze in my mind before they make it to my pen. How do you thank people for things of this magnitude???
I don't know. I just don't.
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 11/10/06 - "Dear Carol, Phantom of The Opera , Newsletter Music":
Your latest Newsletter theme music gave me a jolt, BECAUSE, I was watching The Phantom of The Opera on my DVD. I have spent many hours watching that and I love it. So nice to see we are on the same musical track. ~~~~~
Being on the same track, so
to speak, it's time to remind folks that its VOLUNTARY DONATION TIME. Your
Newsletter gives me so much pleasure that I always look forward to the next
Newsletter. I don't think it would be in bad taste to place a reminder (in
large letters) at the start of the Newsletter. You could even have an
HONOR ROLL for DONATIONS. You wouldn't have to specify amounts, Just say,
Donations, HHH, 11-11-06.
By the way, I am mailing you my donation on Veterans Day, Sat. 11-11-06 and that's tomorrow.
Well now, Back to the Phantom of The Opera !!! Tempus Fugit,
Your Friend, Herbie
Herbie, you Sweetie-Pie, you take my breath away...
That's an idea, though... I've kept careful track of who sent what and when, but many of them were confidential, and therein lies the rub. Some of them wanted to be anonymous from the world, and many of them even wanted to be kept unknown to me.
But we could definitely keep such a page someway....
Anyway, thank you so much, Herbie Darlin'! You are definitely my hero - in many, many ways!
Price ('61) of - VA?? to
Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA -
|Elaine, thank you.
I guess since I haven’t attended any of
the class reunions and I moved away from the area I thought I might not be
remembered. I didn’t socialize much in high school, classes and sports
were about it for me there. Thank you for using the word ‘handsome’. I
don’t think anyone has used that term with me for a very long time. Having
beautiful girls stare at me never makes me uncomfortable, then or now. It
just doesn’t happen any more. I do remember YOU quite well. You signed my
Anchor with my other name. You’re very lucky I didn’t ask you out,
although I thought about it. You were just too sweet. As I recall, I
really only dated one girl at NNHS, Phyllis Rose, class of ‘62 and
one from Warwick, Linda Capps, WHS class of ‘62.
Robert, I probably should have asked you before I published this. I sent it to Elaine, and started to leave it at that, but it was just so charming, I couldn't seem to stop myself.
I try to remind people on a regular basis that I have little to no judgment whatsoever, and if something should be kept confidential, it would be best to tell me in Big Bold Print.
But it struck a deep chord within me for several reasons, and I'm sure it will with many others. Thank you for sending it!
Oh, yes, if you're "away from the area", where are you?!? I've been saying "VA", but you could be in Timbuktu, for all I know.
Thanks, Robert! I hope you're not gunning for me now.....
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Class of 1964 - 10/15/06 - "NNHS 60TH
I wanted to thank all of you for attending our Birthday Celebration. I hope that you had a memorable evening.
I also hope that you took lots of candid photos of your classmates, of Ms. Kanter ... and of "THE KING".
I know that those who could not attend (and other NNHS classes) would love to see all of your photos. The best way to make that happen is to let Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) place them on the NNHS Web Page. And, the best way to do that is to send them all to me, so that I can archive them to my hard drive before sending them along to Carol.
You can attach them to e-mails, if you wish, but I can handle any media.
For e-mails, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For "snail mail" send them to: NNHS CLASS OF 1964, P.O. BOX 6387, Norfolk VA 23508-0387
It was great seeing all of you.
Thank you, Brown Eyes! Your new section is accessible both from the new Site Map and from the Reunion Page.
I've fallen waaay behind on these pages, but here's what I've posted so far:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/10-14-06-64-60th-B-Day-ARS.html - seven more images coming soon.......
From Me ('65) of NC - 10/31/05 - "REUNION IMAGES!":
More images have arrived! Unfortunately, I still haven't posted them yet, but here are the latest:
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 1958
will hold its Holiday Party on Saturday, December 9, 2006
at The Kitchen at Powhatan Plantation, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
More details to follow!
The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Omni Hotel,
Newport News, VA.
Forms and reservations are due by Monday, December 4, 2006.
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 on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION -10/21/06:
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 David Whitley ('67) of VA - 11/08/06 - "Friends" (#3 in a series of 12):
|And respect your creativity for thinking outside the box....|
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/08/06 - "BEWARE of Wild Animals": (#3
in a series of 18):
Look at one a day to brighten your day,
Jerry Blanchard (Class 62) of Va.
And I have Halloween pictures, and pet photos, and David Whitley's drawings, and more pictures from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us, and still all those great reunion images yet to come. Keep the faith! I'll get 'em done!
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 Liberty Bell March
- John Phillip Sousa,
(6 Nov 1854 - 6 Mar 1932)
"Liberty Bell March" midi courtesy of http://www.lilesnet.com/patriotic/midi/default.html - 11/10/06
Flag Image courtesy of http://majorknitter.typepad.com/major_knitter/ - 11/09/06
Divider Line clip art courtesy of
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - um, a long time ago........
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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 also courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!
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