11/23/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Now Thank We
All Our God

"If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe,
Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot
do less than acknowledge my dependence." 

~ G. A. Johnston Ross

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is    John Howard's ('66 - of VA) birthday, but he's celebrating it away from his family
on the other side of the world.  Happy Birthday, John - and take good care of yourself!


From Alex Nicol (Feb., ''49) of VA - 11/22/05:

Thank you for sending to me this email. I wish I had your computer knowledge. I am almost retired  (still working at 73).

Gee, I have not told Sandra Nicol Smith, my oldest daughter, about this web site. (Sandra graduated in 1970 from N.N.H.S. (#2 in the class)

Yours truly,

Alex Nicol (class of FEB, !949)

   Thanks, Alex!  I wish I had my computer knowledge, too!  What was it Archie Leach (aka Cary Grant) said?  "Everybody wants to be Cary Grant.  Even I want to be Cary Grant."


   Oh, please do tell Sandra!  We'd love to have her with us!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/22/05 - "Note from Jeanb":

Dear Carol,

First of all, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  You have enriched our lives greatly with this website and it just grows more and more special and wonderful.

   Thanks, Jean!  I do really love it so!

Now I JUST HAVE TO SAY THIS:  YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT OLE HIGH SCHOOL CRUSHES BECAUSE YOU DATED 500 guys by your own admission...after all, you might forget one or two and have them slit their throats in disappointment...("wild giggles"...)  And we won't even mention the "sneakin' out story"...hahaha 

   I did NOT date 500 guys, Jean!!!  That was just what my sister    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) concocted and told you at the reunion!  The truth of the matter is, I only dated 400 guys.  But that was over a ten-year period; I started dating at twelve and got married two weeks before I was 22.  That averages out to only ten guys in any given three months. 

   And I just thought of another reason (besides those already mentioned at length) why that sneaking out of the bedroom window to meet guys is so totally ridiculous.  I did not drive!!!  How was I to effect that whole thing, walk?!?

   As Gene Wilder said in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), "I have a better idea!  I have an even better idea!!!"

   I just glanced over my mailing list.  It would seem that there are about ten or fifteen fellas on there that I dated, give or take a few.  If any of you guys out there actually remember my doing anything even remotely reminiscent of this nature, please drop me a line!  Thanks so much!

Now are you ready for a Crock-pot story?  TRUE STORY!!!  When I was much younger I got a crock-pot and kept in on the counter...since I am SHORT and cannot reach anything I learned a few space-saving techniques...one of which was to keep the cord to my electric coffee pot in the crockpot where it was handy but hidden from view.  So I proceed one morning to make a nice chicken soup in the crockpot...took the lid off, threw in the chicken pieces, added some carrots, some celery, some salt and spices...some broth, put the lid on...and let it cook overnight.  The next morning it smelled marvelous and I was really excited about this nice soup I had made for the first time.  I put a big wooden spoon down into the crock-pot and pulled up the cord to my coffee pot!  Needlesstosay the soup went over the stone wall into the woods, and I had a devil of a time cleaning the cord, but it did work after that!!!  I no longer store electrical cords in my crock pot!  I always give out my crock-pot soup recipe to new brides!!!  I also have a recipe for cooking the turkey with the bag of giblets still intact in the cavity...oh well, I would much rather go out for Thanksgiving!

   Jean, your story cracked me up so completely I simply couldn't stop laughing - well, screaming really.  I just kept thinking about it.  This proved to be somewhat embarrassing while we were in the Super Wal-Mart shopping yesterday afternoon.....

   Thanks for the phone call this morning, Lady!  You really brightened my day!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/22/05 - "'prise' and 'be still'":

My maternal grandparents were of English descent and they used both of those expressions...they also called me "our Jean". Being a kid, I just thought they were old and "talked funny"...but when watching the British comedy Keeping Up Appearances on cable, I heard it again..."our Rose" "our Hyacinth"...etc.!

   Isn't that  marvelous how idiomatic expressions are passed down in our families for at least a few generations?!?  Thanks for the story, Jean!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/22/05 - "all in fun":

You don't have to post that crack about the 500 guys! 


By the way, are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner?  We are going to friends and I am making mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls and a pecan pie.  I have escaped bird duty for many years!

   Yes, ma'am! 

     Well, I'm cooking half a dinner, anyway - which is at least about twice as much as I normally cook these days. 

   I'm making a baked ham with pineapple and cherry glaze, hot dinner rolls, my daddy's spoon bread, a sweet potato casserole, my grandmother's cranberry salad, a pecan pie, a double-layer pumpkin pie, and stuffed dates.  I might even make rice in cream pudding, and gingerbread and hot lemon sauce, but I'll probably save those for Monday night when I'll have company coming again.

Christmas Dinner, 1993    

   My sister    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) is supplying the baked turkey breast, dressing, green bean casserole, buttered corn, fruit salad, an apple pie, a cheesecake, cheese balls and crackers, and the juice and diet sodas.

   And by the way, I forgot that she and    Miles (Granby HS - '50) had Thanksgiving dinner with us last year, too......

   Thanks again, Jean!  You know how I enjoy having fun! 


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 11/22/05 - "Oops!":

The photo you published in the newsletter of Lydia Powell Mugler ('58 - of VA) is actually LINDA Powell Overton ('58)
Renee Helterbran Benton, '59
"Well, isn't that special?!?"  
Lydia Powell (Mugler) Linda Powell (Overton)  
1958 Anchor, p. 38  
    That's almost as exciting as last month when I gave    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA a different husband.  Hey, they were both blue-eyed blonds.  The fact that I actually knew them both and should have known better is, uh, oh, never mind...  I dunno, different husband, or an understudy in a play, which is the more horrendous error?  Sigh.

   Much as I'd like, I can't think up any good excuse for either of these atrocities, so I'll just correct them and offer my deepest apologies.



  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 11/22/05 - "bday":

Hi web Queen...

Tomorrow is    John's bday...he will be home for 28 days on Dec. 16th! Yeah!

Peace & Blessing,
Now that one I knew!  But thanks for the reminder, Cheryl!


These colors look rather incongruous with John's image here,
but it looks much better here:



   Say, Cheryl, we don't really need to tell John about that    Bobby Houston ('66) image switcheroo, do we?!? 

   Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Cheryl!  And y'all have a great time when John comes home from the "lands dark and dusty"!


 From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 11/22/05 - "Reconnections ":

Thank you,    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL), for the update on    Willie (Turpin - '57 - of VA). You triggered some memories. After I read what you wrote, I remembered that I knew Willie had worked at Mariners' Museum. One evening a long time ago, I went to an evening program at the museum, some sort of seminar or lecture, I think, and I saw Willie then and we talked. I would love to say hello to Willie again.

Two hours later: Well guess what… I got my courage up, and I said to myself, what the heck… then I got out the Peninsula phone book, which I keep a current copy on hand at home because we go to NN all the time and my father still lives there, and I looked up Willie’s phone number. He wasn’t listed, but his brother was. Only first I had to look up   Bobby (Turpin - 58 - of VA) in the ‘58 yearbook to see if his initials matched the ones in the phone book, and they sure did. So I called Bobby’s house. He wasn’t home, but Willie’s sister-in-law    (Anne Sawyer Turpin - '65 - of VA) graciously gave me the number. So I called Willie. Oh my, what a marvelous time we had… we talked and talked. Dear Willie… I always did gab and gab to him long, long ago at NNHS, and I did again tonight… but it was grand. So thank you, Bobby, for sending to the website the pictures of your brother and thank you, Joe, for bringing me up to date on an old friend and helping me to find the courage to pick up the phone tonight to reconnect with a dear friend.

   Isn't that just the most wonderful, dream-like feeling?!?

It was like the night that my phone rang and a voice from long ago greeted me. That was the night that Glenn Dye ('60 - of TX) found me through the website. It was like the day that I found an e-mail in my Inbox from a student whom I taught when I was a beginning teacher. That was the day that    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66 - of VA) found me. It was like the day that I found an e-mail from another dear friend,   Curtis Overman ('59 - of VA).

Oh my, how grand it is to reconnect with the special people that I knew and loved from NNHS, that grand and magnificent school! Thank you, Carol. Thank you. Thank you. Without you, it would not have been possible.

Oh, Oh.  I'm completely overcome.  Thank you so much, Aretie!  This is such a heartwarming thought!! Anytime I can assist in helping people reconnect with dear old friends in any way, I feel that I'm not just occupying valuable space on the planet.  When those people have played an important role in my development - as you did, it gives it just so much more added meaning.


  From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 11/22/05:


  Betty Takis (Ferguson HS - '65) had two sisters.  I remember that one was Flossie, but I can’t remember her other sister’s name.  Betty also had a brother.  Betty, as Sarah said, was very nice.

Have a nice Thanksgiving.


   Thanks, Pauline!  I knew about     Tessie ('62), but I couldn't remember how Flossie fit in there, and I didn't remember a brother at all!

   You and yours have a great Thanksgiving, too, Pauline!


 From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 11/22/05 - "November 22, 1963":

Dear Carol,

I just finished reading the memories of 42 years ago. I was in my second year of teaching at NNHS. I was standing by room 121 at the end of the hall on the cafeteria side of the building to monitor the halls during the class change. A student coming to my eleventh grade U.S. history class rushed to the door and gasped the news. I froze in disbelief. History class that day was not about events long past. We lived history that day and grieved that it was so. The next several days we witnessed history in numb disbelief glued to our black and white televisions. The tragedy was incomprehensible. The U.S. history curriculum covered assassinations of past presidents, but those were so many words on pages in a textbook. In the spring semester of 1964 when we covered U.S. history from 1860 on, the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley were no longer remote.

   Thanks, Aretie!  I was your student in one of those eleventh grade U.S. history classes that semester!

   I posted your memory:



  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/22/05:


I was in the U.S. Navy on board the USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), with Tacron 12. We were in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan (AKA FORMOSA). The whole ship was awakened at approx. 5 A.M. by the ships Chaplain with word that Pres. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Being a radioman, I spent many hours, off duty, in radio central trying to learn as much as I could of what had happened. When we were allowed to go ashore the people of Kaohsiung went out of their way to try to console us. It was one of the few times overseas that I truly felt welcome. It still seems like yesterday when I think about it. It was what I guess you could call a rude awakening that morning!

Typhoon always!  Jerry (62)

   Oh, WOW!!!  Thanks, Jerry!  I posted your recollections as well:



  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/23/05 - "Reminder":

Here is something to think about as we enjoy Thanksgiving with our families.  May you all have a wonderful holiday.


   Thank you so much for sharing this, Dave!  You and   Pam (Smith Arnold - '65) have a fabulous holiday as well!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/23/05:

Hi, Carol:

I love the "Thoughts, On The Business of Life" published by Forbes in their November 28, 2005 edition. Let me share a few with you, and hope they will crack you up. They just might serve as a theme for one of your Newsletters.
"I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy." -Shirley Conran

"Housework, if it is done right, can kill you." -John Skow

"The labor of keeping house is labor in its most naked state, for labor is toil that never finishes." - Mary McCarthy
"People invite me to dinner not because I cook, but because I like to clean up. I get immediate gratification from Windex." - Carol Burnett
"You become about as exciting as your food blender. The kids come in, look you in the eye and ask if anybody's home." - Erma Brombeck
"He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house." - Zsa Zsa Gabor
"There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse." - Quentin Crisp
"Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean." - Laurence J. Peter
"I can't help it. I like things clean. Blame it on my mother. I was toilet trained at five months old." - Felix Unger, from the Odd Couple
"Housekeeping ain't no joke" - Louisa May Alcott


   Thanks, Adonis!  These are a hoot!


  From Steve Veazey ('60) of VA - 11/23/05 - "RE:    Mr. Huller":

Hey, Carol,

Thanks a bunch for your quick reply.  I was here at the keyboard, eating breakfast, and should have thanked you right away.  You continue to do remarkable work and we all appreciate it beyond words.


   Thank you - so much, Steve!  It's nice to be appreciated!



  From my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) - 11/23/05:

My cable guys just left, and I now have high-speed internet.  Would you like my new address?!?


   Well, certainly, Lady!  I'll post it here:



   And congratulations, not only for your escape from AOL, but for your graduation to the wonderful world of high-speed!



  From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 11/04/05:


I would like to submit the attached JPEG images (one small and one large of each) to be added to the Briarfield Elementary School page. All the images (except the one with me standing in front of the school) are from the “School Memories” miniature photo albums (produced by Delmar Studios) that students received every year. Two years are covered, 1955-56 and 1956-57. I was in the fourth and fifth grades respectively. One shows my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Edwards. The “My Favorite Classmates” page shows Mike Barnes and Clarence (Clyde) Point. On the page with 6 photos, I know who they are except the top row, left and middle. If you can’t recognize them, I will send you the names. The three females should be fairly easy to ID, and one was very well known. I don’t know if you’ll want to, or even be able to, post the names on the web site due to privacy concerns. But I’m sure none of these individuals look anything like their images of 50 years ago. I have a few more of these, so let me know if you want them. Thanks.

Frederick Craig Eubank
NNHS Class of 64
San Antonio, TX
Okay, don't anyone faint
just before the holidays, but
I actually posted this today:



Mike Barnes ('64) and Clarence (Clyde) Point ('64)    

   I think it's entirely within the realm of possibility that the little boy on the top right is you, Fred, and I don't
know about the others, but if the little girl in the center of the bottom row isn't Sue Miller ('64), I'm turning my
badge of something or other....

   Thanks so very much, Fred!  And if we're still on speaking terms after this ridiculously long delay, I'd be
delighted to post your other images!

    Y'all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Now Thank We All Our God

Based on Ecclesiasticus 50:22-24 by Martin Rinkart (1586-1649)

Translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

Music: Johann Crüger (1598-1662); Harmony by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Now thank we all our God,
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us still in grace,
And guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills,
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given;
The Son, and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

"Now Thank We All Our God" midi courtesy of http://www.breadsite.org/classic.htm - 11/21/05

"Now Thank We All Our God" lyrics courtesy of http://www.night.net/thanksgiving/s-now-thank-we-all.html-ssi - 11/21/05

Flowers in Pumpkin Vase clip art courtesy of http://www.kaleidesigns.com/crochet/news/october04/news1.html - 10/31/04

Lacy Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~emelinda/index-12.html - 10/04/04

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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