11/22/05 - NNHS Newsletter - We Gather Together

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." 
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(22 May 1923 - 22 Nov 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I trust you're all well and happy and wildly anticipating your Thanksgiving holiday.

   You might wish to take a few moments today to stop and remember back 42 years:


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/21/05:

Hi, Carol:

Catching up on your recent Newsletters after a delightful week in Philadelphia for the West Chester University Basketball Tournament. All of our 8 grandchildren were there to cheer for their Uncle Michael, who is Head Basketball Coach for Saint Leo University. Boy, was that a hoot! Our own cheering section. I suddenly remembered one advantage of living in Tampa Bay, the warm temperature in the Fall and Winter.

   How delightful for all of you!  Thanks for letting us know, Joe!

Let me also "second the emotions" of    Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA. Your website has been source of energy to allow us to visit three times in the past year, and talk about our experiences the "Old Corps".

   That is simply wonderful, Adonis!  If I played any part at all in that, I am beyond thrilled!

 Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of (Northern) VA requested the whereabouts of    Willie Turpin ('57) of VA so if you permit me to do so, may I take the liberty of providing a partial answer. He retired after years of service to the Mariners' Museum and is now working in his retirement for Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. He was one of the first Park Rangers recruited by Harry Knight when the City Park was opened. Harry recruited him from the War Memorial Museum. Willie made some significant historical finds of artifacts discovered on the grounds of the City Park while serving as a Park Ranger. His knowledge of history is simply amazing. His letters are always a delight, and he served in some very sensitive areas of the world during the Cold War for the U.S. Navy, as a graduate of the Foreign Language school where he studied and mastered the Russian language. He remained devoted to his dear mother until her death. I hope my admiration of Willie and the sharing of some of his life does not intrude upon his privacy. I just know Aretie would be proud to know a bit about him since they were friends at NNHS.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   How super!  Thanks again, Joe!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/22/05:

     My sister    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I are going shopping today for last minute items.  We're very excited, as we're spending Thanksgiving together for the first time in 35 years!  I used to always seem to forget one or two minor details.  I'd get halfway through the meal and suddenly realize I'd forgotten to make some holiday food which I thought was absolutely essential.  No one else ever noticed, of course.  I always made enough food to feed "the Army and the Royal Navy".

To address this problem, back in 1999 I made up a Master Menu of all food
I might wish to include for these Massive Holiday Feasts, and added it
to my Christmas Album that year so that it would always and ever be
available for reference.  (Yes, it's true, two or three times a year
I do cook and bake, just so everyone will know that I do remember
how it's done.)  I thought it might help jog a few forgotten thoughts
for y'all as well. 

Recipes are available upon request.

Christmas Eve, 1999  

  From Steve Veazey ('60) of VA - 11/22/05:


I sent     Mr. “Scooter” Huller an email w/address I got from your site (nnhs43@cfl.rr.com)……without hearing from him.  Should I have sent the email to you first? 

BTW:  HAPPY THANKSGIVING…..YOU TURKEY!!!!!!!  We love you dearly…..

Steve Veazey

Hi, Steve!

   No, I wouldn't worry.  I had the impression from his son, Dave, that Mr. Huller is delighted to read the emails, but as he's a two fingered typist (as I myself am!), likely will not respond individually - without meaning in any way to give offense.  That last note we carried from him was intended as a group mailing to 40 people who had contacted him.

   In fact, I rather thought Mr. Huller dictated it to his son; I may be wrong.

   Maybe over the holidays they'll prepare another one for us all. 

   Thanks, Steve!  Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Oh, all right!  I'll confess (but only because I've done so here before).  When I was in the seventh grade at Walter Reed, I had a huge crush on Steve Veazey.  Of course, I'd never actually met him.  Details, details.....

   So, technically, Steve, I've loved you dearly for 47 years now. 


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) - 11/22/05:

Hi, Eileen:

I just received an updated email listing of the NNHS Class of 1957 from our "Class Conduit" Pat Letzinger. The last time we communicated, I understood you had given up using the computer since it was too difficult now. I hope this make it to you, if you are still using email.
This photo was taken of us around 1943 on Roanoke Avenue in Newport News.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   WOWZERONI!!!  Isn't this just too precious?!?  Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Adonis!  I posted it here (in chronological order, of course):


About 1943 - Joe Madagan (57) and
Eileen Rash ('57)

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 11/22/05:

Here's a Thanksgiving greeting for all:

   Thanks, Ronnie!  That is so cool!  Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/22/05:

Thanks to    Aretie (Gallins Patterson  - '59 -  of Northern VA) for her help in nailing down my faint memory of the name of the Colonial Hotel at the corner of 50th and Washington Avenue and adding to my memory the name of the restaurant next door. Although, it seemed to me that the restaurant was really next to the hotel, and the remaining space (more toward 49th & Washington) was the parking area for the patrons?
Also, as usual many thanks to my good friend    Sarah Sugah (Puckett Kressaty - '65 - of VA) for nailing down my memory of    Betty Takis (Ferguson HS - '65). She was a very nice girl. And I do believe she did have a sister, Carol Buckwheat Dahlin'!!
So, you ladies have done me proud and I'm beholding to ya!! In other words, THANKS!!
I didn't see a response from    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) to the answers to his long waiting questions, but none the less, you had it "right", Dave!

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!



 From Chip Clark ('65 - of Northern VA) - 11/16/05:

    I completed adding Chip's 1965 and 1966 images to Bonus Chip's Pix this morning:


    Images #117, 118, 121, 124, 153, 190, 217, 316, 318, 319, 323, 326, and 327 are all recent additions or replacements

   These are absolutely priceless!  Thank you so very much, Chippy Darlin'!  .


   Okay, If I have to go out this morning (which I do), and I have to finish washing my windows and curtains this afternoon (which I do), and I have to go back out tonight (which I do), I do not believe that even I, Wonder Woman, am going to be able to get to all those BACKLOGS as I had planned.  ARGHHHH!!!  What's wrong with this picture?!?  I do believe my hermiting skills have been seriously compromised.

   Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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We Gather Together
Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker 
Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914) 
Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr.

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

"We Gather Together" midi courtesy of http://www.breadsite.org/classic.htm - 11/21/04

"We Gather Together" lyrics courtesy of http://www.jeannepasero.com/thanksmidis.html  - 11/21/04

Victorian Turkey clip art courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1119/sample1.htm - 11/19/04

Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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