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11/15/05 - NNHS Newsletter - One Step Closer




Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's Newsletter, which should have been ready hours ago, was all about images.  Unfortunately, I'm doing something wrong today, and most of the images I've tried to upload had other ideas.  So we're doing something a bit different tonight.  As this is of necessity a totally imageless Newsletter, the music was chosen by my 18-year old daughter because of its obvious suitability to the occasion.  It matches my mood exactly.  GROWL.............  (And I'm usually such a Sweetie-Pie, Too!)  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Moreover, most of what I had planned will wait until another day.....



   Today is the birthday of My Niece, Shari, of VA.  Happy Birthday, Shari!  I hope you had a better day
than I did, Lady!

From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63)  of MD - 11/14/05:


I loved the panoramic picture of the Reunion. What a great looking group! Do you recall how many students there were in your original graduating class?

Chandler Nelms

Hi, Chandler Darlin'!
   I do indeed remember!  There were 304 who actually walked across the stage with us.  NNHS was a much smaller school than HHS, n'est pas?
   Of course, the way I count things, we were a much larger group.  For instance, the Memorial page contains a goodly number (at least six) who did not graduate with us, but are ours, nonetheless: 

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 11/14/05:

This is your Save The Date Notice!
NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Dinner, 2005
Place:  Hampton Yacht Club
Date:  Monday, December 19, 2005
Time: 6:00 PM Social, 7:00 PM Dinner
 Details later, but the basics are:
  • We expect to offer dinner (including tax & gratuity) for about $25.
  • There will be a limited menu as in the past with a choice between fish, chicken, beef, and vegetarian.
  • There will be a cash bar.
Please email me and let me know whether you plan to attend so I can get a rough count.  I will let you know how much and who to send the check to later.
Please pass the word to email challenged classmates as we are not very good about sending out notices in the regular mail.
Y'all be good and have a Thanksgiving Day with those you want to be with.
Joseph W. Drewry
3506 Spottswood Place
Hampton, VA  23661

Contact info:

phone: 757-722-4443
cell: 757-870-3971
fax: 757-722-4446

   Super news, Joe!  Thanks for telling us!  I posted a note at the top of the website, and added the full description to the reunion page: - brand new page

   While I was there I started the cover page for the Reunion Images of the Class of 1965 Reunion last month: - brand new page

   Now all I have to do is fill in the blanks, as most of these proposed links are still only proposals.  They only work if they're underlined.  Hopefully, those that are underlined actually work.......  YOWZERS!!!


From  Al Loreth of CO (one of "My" Famous Marines) - 11/14/05:

Happy Thanksgiving
The link below is safe.
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie....

   COOL BEANS!!!  Thanks, Al!


From Joe Madagan  ('57) of FL and Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 11/13/05 - "Turpin military pictures":

Hi, Carol:
We have a photo of Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA  in USAF uniform in this message. Bobby also sends along another photo of Willie Turpin ('57) of VA in work uniform, and a photo of the ship he served in while on active duty with the Navy.

Hope this helps.

I found three pictures you might like to see.  I am standing by a captured WW II German "B 1" Buzz Bomb on Lackland AFB, TX during my Basic Training.  
The ship is one of the vessels that Willie was stationed on.  AKA 107 was named Vermilion.  The picture of him and John was taken on that ship.  In addition, Willie served on the Destroyer Escort, DD 703, Wallace L. Lind, commonly called a "Tin Can".  I looked on the internet and found that the Lind was given to South Korea in Dec. 1973 after completing her USN service.  She is still in their service.
If I can come up with another pictures I will send them to you.  
Take care and I would love to have you over for lunch or dinner when you get back to the area.  My wife Anne (Sawyer Turpin - '65) is a great cook.
Your friend,
Bobby Turpin (NNHS'58)   

   As far as I can tell - and I may be cuckoo - these three images actually work on the pages where they're
"posta" be.  They just won't work here!

   Thanks so much, Bobby and Joe!  They're great, and a super addition to our pages!

From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 11/15/05 - "Confirmation on who doesn't own Huntington Hall":

Hi Carol,

OK, I had to find out for sure so here you go - right from the "horse's mouth":

"Thank you for contacting Northrop Grumman Newport News.
NGNN does not own Huntington Hall. Please contact the city for more info."
-- from
Jo Ann Stewart

   "WAL, SHUT MY MOUF!"   Thanks so much for verifying that for us, Jo Ann!

Now we know!


   Just as an experiment, I tried to add another simple page with an image I had previously scanned to see
what would happen. - brand new page

   I may be wrong, but I think it worked!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/15/05 - "There are advantages to being short...":

First of all, as it was pointed out, you are never taller than any of the guys...secondly you can always get someone to help you put your carry-on bag in the overhead bin on the plane because any moron can see that you could not possibly do it yourself.  Ditto reaching things off of the top shelves at the supermarket...I have a marvelous little thing called a gopher...that grasps things  from the top shelves at is great unless you are grasping something heavy and drop it on a piece of crystal or some other valuable thing you forgot to put away!  Also you never have to clean the top of the refrigerator because it just "does not exist" in your world!  Needlesstosay I keep a step ladder handy!   My mother used to say "my counters are cluttered because I am so short...I have to have everything within my reach"  and I thought she was just making excuses for being messy...but I have discovered that she was least about that! 

   WILD OUTRAGEOUS GIGGLES!!!  Thanks a lot, Jean!  I really needed that laugh!


   I'll be back again tomorrow - I hope - and I further hope more things will work properly then!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





One Step Closer

(Linkin Park)

I cannot take this anymore
I'm saying everything I've said before
All these words they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Less I hear the less you'll say
But you'll find that out anyway

Just like before...

Everything you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break

I find the answers aren't so clear
Wish I could find a way to disappear
All these thoughts they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Nothing seems to go away
Over and over again

Just like before

[chours (x2)]

shut up when I'm talking to you
shut up, shut up, shut up

I'm about to BREAK

[chours (x2)]

"One Step Closer" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of My Daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 11/15/05
Thanks, Adrienne!

 "One Step Closer" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of My Daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 11/15/05
Thanks again, Adrienne!

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