From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/21/06:
Wishing you and your a Happy Thanksgiving. Don't worry
about "The Woman" she's probably really nice and probably nervous!! Oh, how
I remember that! So far my boys haven't done that "thing"!!!
Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA)
asked, I would also ask for your thoughts and prayers for
my friend in the Virginia Choral Society. He was told 2 weeks ago that he
had Leukemia (he is 43 and has a 15 year old daughter who sings with us as
well). He has been in Sentara hospital since that time
and started aggressive chemo last Monday. However, early yesterday morning
when he got up, he went into cardiac arrest and they could not get his
heart started for 10 minutes. When they did and hooked him up to the
respirator he began having seizures. Last night at rehearsal we were told
he is in serious condition and sedated. Needless to say we are all very
concerned as he has been with us for years and is active in the theatre
community in NN as well.
His family needs our prayers and all good thoughts. A
miracle would do nicely!
Miss Sarah! I'm so sorry to hear this. We'll
certainly keep that family in our thoughts and prayers as well.
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Joe Drewry ('58) of VA -
11/21/06 - "NNHS 1958 HOLIDAY DINNER - MAKE YOUR
NNHS CLASS OF 1958 ANNUAL HOLIDAY SOCIAL AND DINNER
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2006
PORT ANNE CLUBHOUSE, WILLIAMSBURG
Many thanks to Allan & Ginny Willey for planning our annual
Holiday Dinner. It will be held at the Port Anne Club House in
Williamsburg. See directions below.
The social hour will begin at 5:30 with passed appetizers and open
bar. Allan and Ginny are sponsoring the bar so there will be no cost to
The dinner buffet will begin at 6:30 with a selection of main
courses and side dishes.
Dessert and coffee will be served after dinner.
The cost for the evening is $40 per person.
Recommended attire for the evening is dressy casual, meaning guys
are not encouraged to wear jackets or ties.
Now for the specifics:
Directions to there Port Anne Clubhouse:
1. Take RT 199 off I-64 (exit 242)
2. Turn right at South Henry Street. There is a traffic light
and S. Henry is RT 132.
3. After you pass College Landing Park on your left, turn left
into the Port Anne development on William Way.
4. As you enter Port Anne off South Henry Street, the clubhouse
is directly to the left of the entrance. A parking lot is located at the
Make your check out to NNHS Class of 1958 and mail to our Class
Carole Holloway Smith
25 Riding Path
Hampton, VA 23669
We need a count by Monday, December 11th. Please reply to this
email or call Joe Drewry at 757-722-4443 to RSVP so we can get the final
count to the caterer.
Can you believe it has been almost 49 years since our 1958
graduation? We look forward to continuing the tradition of what Bob
Beasley has described as "The Noble Gathering".
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO CLASSMATES
WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL
AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN US
Thanks, Joe! Y'all
have a fabulous time!
From My Friend, Judy of IL - 11/22/06 - "I
Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.
1973 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle. Then goes to
his car and gets his to show Jack.
2006 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and
never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after
1973 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best
friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.
2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge
them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1973 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits
still in class.
2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets
extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a
1973 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college,
and becomes a successful businessman.
2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care
and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist that she
remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has
affair with psychologist.
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache
medicine to school.
1973 - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2006 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car
searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.
1973 - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special
school for expectant mothers.
2006 - Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the
ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her
parent's consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to
be more careful next time.
Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1973 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2006 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper
articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement
for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state
system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum.
Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he
can't speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers
from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a
red ant bed.
1973 - Ants die.
2006 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic
terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers
confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed
to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and
scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to
1973 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years in State Prison
Yes, friends, progress just kinda' makes you feel all
warm and fuzzy inside, doesn't it?
YOWZERONI!!! Ain't it da truth?!? Thanks, Jude!
Glenn Dye ('60)
of TX - 11/22/06 - "UPDATE AND CONTINUE PRAYER WITH MY FOOT":
|WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT I WENT TO THE DOCTOR ON
TUESDAY, NOV. 21ST. HE SAID MY FOOT IS CONTINUING TO HEAL AND THE
POSSIBILITY IS WHEN I GO BACK IN THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER THAT HE MAY FIT ME
IN A BRACE AND SPECIAL SHOE SO I CAN WALK AGAIN. I AM REALLY GETTING TIRED
OF THE WHEELCHAIR. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS .
That would be
wonderful, Glenn! We'll continue to keep you in our prayers
so that will become a reality for you!
From Mimi Weger Green ('40) of VA -
11/22/06 - "Greetings":
HAPPY THANKSGIVING Y'ALL
Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 11/22/06
- "Happy Thanksgiving":
All of us in this
Country, USA, Have plenty to be thankful
for. In spite of all our Adversities we are the Greatest People in the
World. Most of us BELIEVE IN GOD the CREATOR of EVERYTHING, No matter what
you call him just so you BELIEVE. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Try and not
eat too much so you don't get a tummy ache,
Your Friend, Herbie
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP,
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS,
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER
STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS.
Thank you, Herbie Darlin'!
are one of the great blessings of my life!
Joe Drewry ('58) of VA -
11/22/06 - "11/21/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Comment
on Political Overtones":
I don't think that because we pride ourselves as a country that allows its
citizens to express various views, means that you must, or should, provide
a forum for those views with the NNHS65 website
I strongly believe that the great service your website provides to NNHS
alums is seriously compromised when used to share, express or extol
particular religious or political views.
Once you allow that type of exchange to begin, it is very difficult to
retreat. My friend
Ev (Evelyn Fryer Fish - '58 - of TX)
has shared her immigration views
with many of us, and we respect her position and certainly understand
where she is coming from. However, there are probably many who are
interested in NNHS
news and information
that have quite different, and perhaps equally valid, views on immigration
policy. I don't think it appropriate for you to use this website to
provide a forum for Ev or anyone else on views unrelated to the purpose of
Certainly the information you provide on ways we can support the troops
are appropriate and welcome. A discussion of whether the troops should be
doing what they are doing and whether they are deployed properly is not an
appropriate topic for this forum.
I think you can make some pretty common sense guidelines and if you don't,
you will lose a valuable segment of the group you should be serving.
And, as always, I thank you for all you do to keep our passionate but
ever declining number of NNHS alums connected.
Thank you, Joe.
This question was raised almost two years ago, and we addressed it in great
detail then. In the intervening time, our subscriber list has
increased to nearly 500, and we celebrate even more now than we did at that
From Me ('65) of NC -
There has been
some private discussion lately as to what may or may not be
appropriate subject matter for our Newsletters. Perhaps the time has come
for me to address this publicly as well
of Speech is
very precious to me. I shall include comments from all my subscribers, whether
I agree with them or not.
the website in July of 2000, I
spent a great deal of time worrying about what might offend one or another
of my handful of
We now have well over 300 subscribers, so the dynamics have both changed and
multiplied. Given the increase in the frequency of the Newsletters coupled
with my own extreme openness, it has become all but impossible for me to
hide my own personality and beliefs from you, and I'm no longer certain that
I wish to do so anyway. I'm not certain what value there may be in
reconnecting if we're not really connecting at all except on the surface.
That is especially true in the case of the Newsletters, which are far more
informal and personal and playful than the rest of the web site.
people are offended by many different things. This year I made a conscious
decision to celebrate in the Newsletters as many holidays as possible. I
know many people – some of my own extended family members, even – are
offended by Halloween. I included a Halloween Newsletter for those who are
not. If I recall correctly, one-third of my class is – or was – Jewish.
That’s why I included a Hanukkah Newsletter. I included several which have
alluded to Christmas.
Today we're having a Kwanzaa
because at least one of our subscribers is black. That doesn’t mean that he
necessarily celebrates Kwanzaa, but that is hardly the point. I’ve included
it for educational purposes, if nothing else.
this Newsletter as a forum
through which many of us may share our various viewpoints. The spectrum has
representing a wide range of ages and even other
high schools. If people ask to participate, I shall not deny them that
they wish to remain silent, I
shall not coerce them into mandatory participation. And if they wish to
speak, I shall not silence
All subject matter which we cover is not going to
be of interest to all of us all of the time. Some is it is not even
particularly interesting to me. I am not, however, so conceited as to
believe that it therefore is of no interest to anyone. If but one of you
finds it of interest, I believe it is worthy of inclusion. Chances are
excellent it will be of interest to two or more of you.
no governing Board of Directors who hired me. Mine is not a paying job. No
one commissioned me to create a web site or to start a Newsletter. With a
bit of encouragement, I did so entirely on my own. It has evolved over time
into a much larger entity than I ever dreamed possible. I devote a minimum
of eight to ten hours daily to it. While I do have a core panel of about
ten to twelve people (whose opinions I greatly respect) who function as a
sounding board for me from time to time, I really answer only to my own
conscience. Therefore, I set my own standards for inclusion. I do not
include vile or profane language, for instance. I do not generally post
truly derogatory or hurtful remarks about people, though I will include all
the praise anyone wishes to
heap upon another. I do not include racist or sexist remarks. But I think
it is foolish to try to pretend we all
on every subject. We do not. We would be extremely boring if we did. I
believe it is the very fact of the
opinions and beliefs which serve to educate and inform one another,
not to divide us. There is a built-in self-regulatory feature
or two –
skimming over a section which is boring or offensive to you, deleting those
messages which do bring you offense, or choosing to unsubscribe.
Meanwhile, I shall continue to set my own standards, and to print as many
differing opinions as I am offered – in
the interest of the
Free Speech which I treasure.
Many of you have earned the right (and secured for the rest of us) through
your service in the various branches of the United States Military the
privilege to speak your minds. I wouldn’t dream of censoring any of you.
From Ron Miller ('59)
of NC - 12/26/04:
Carol -- very well said! The freedoms of
speech and press are two of the most vital freedoms we have. I for one
find the variety of opinions expressed in the
newsletter quite enlightening and mostly enjoyable.
And at times, however, one comes along that
is a depressing reminder that some people can be real jackasses! :-o)
They would love to have everyone do things their way, as was done in
Germany, circa 1933-1945.
But these opinions too are appropriately
included. Not to do so would be censorship on your part.
By the way, your (with emphasis on
"your") NNHS newsletter is protected by the freedom of the press. This has
been decided in some court cases brought by those who feel otherwise --
private newsletters ARE in fact considered a media publication, and part
of the press.
So you go, girl -- include what you want,
To me, the key in this issue is your
statement that PRIVATE discussions have been held about what is or is not
Why doesn't this person (or persons) make
their views public, for all to see? I guess they know that their very
un-American ideas are just too offensive for American tastes?
A question for this person(s): Why don't
you show yourself? Otherwise, just unsubscribe.
Let the lady do what she very obviously
loves doing -- which brings a lot of pleasantness to most of us who do
subscribe -- and quit hassling her with your juvenile attempts at
From Dale Parsons,
Jr. ('69) of HI - 12/28/04:
have the right to say whatever you wish...and if someone doesn't like it,
they have the right to ask to be removed from your mailing list. I was
interviewed a few years ago when I was at NBC in New York (hard to believe
it's been 20 years ago) about a new trend in radio, the "shock jock." My
staff consisted of Howard Stern and Don Imus (as well as
Soupy Sales, Wolfman Jack and Alan Colmes). I told the
reporter that, while I didn't agree with everything these guys said...and
that some things, at times, offended me, I would fight for their right to
say them. The listener always had the option to go somewhere else. Many
people have forgotten that diversity... whether it be diversity of
opinion, diversity of ideas, diversity of race, diversity of religion...is
America's greatest asset. Diversity is why my wife and I moved to Hawaii
almost 15 years ago shortly after our son was born. It may be hard for
some to fathom, but Hawaii is truly a melting pot...a color blind society
in which different races and cultures exist
and work together. And it didn't hurt for this white "Haole" boy to
experience life as a minority member. Please continue to write from the
heart. You have my support and gratitude for putting together something
that has deeply affected many of us. It amazes me how you find the time
to put it all together.
Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!
Parsons, Jr. ('69)
From Chandler Nelms
(Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/11/06
- "SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT":
From Chandler Nelms
(Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/21/06
correct about the penal colony thing, but regardless, that was then and now
is now. And regardless of Christian or Judeo-Christian religious background,
the point is more whether you’re Black, Yellow, or White, Christian, Jewish,
Buddhist, or Muslim, if you don’t like Australia and can’t abide by her
principles and laws, then leave. America should take the same stance. By the
way, I’m equally sick of “Press one for English,…………”
Oh, certainly, Chandler
Darlin'! We didn't miss the whole thrust of the article; we were
simply struck by some of the peripherals!
Your point was
well taken. On the same subject, I have another item I think you'll
appreciate coming soon. And I'll probably find one of a slightly differing
- and not so popular - point of view as well.
From Christine Wilson Starkman
('68) of CA - 10/07/06 - "Hi!":
..... And please, tell Chandler Nelms
(Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) that politics is (are?) absolutely
appropriate and an ancient and honorable Virginia tradition. Our
generation lived through some of the most politically charged years in
American history. And we changed that history. It would be a shame to call
our activism nostalgia......
From Chandler Nelms
(Hampton HS - '63) of MD to
Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA
I couldn’t tell from
your statement which side of the issue you were on (and it
really doesn’t matter), but thanks for supporting my right to contribute
a political (and potentially sensitive) commentary on today’s world
Well, of course you
have the right to express any opinion you want, Chandler Darlin'!
Early on I set up a
number of "rules" to follow. Most of those have changed and evolved as we
and our mission have also changed and evolved. I had thought religion and
politics might prove offensive and divisive, when we were attempting to be
loving and unifying. We have long since strived to educate one another
about many things, including our various religions, hopefully without
feeling that we were forcing them upon each another. I believe now we have
grown close enough to one another in our One Big Happy Family that we can
recognize and respect that we all have political opinions - some of which
may be and probably are conflicting - and still love and delight in one
another. My own opinions on many topics are often so far out that very few
people would agree with them, but I still feel that they love me, even
though they know I'm weird.
while this may indeed be a risky time bomb, I certainly don't want you to
feel that we're trying to stifle your right to free expression - any of you!
Thank you, Gorgeous!
(But I'm still not going to print
anything vulgar or risqué, so don't y'all start sending me a buncha
outrageous stuff with any expectation of seeing it here!
other words, Joe, I've already made my guidelines. The
purposes of the website change and grow as the years pass. At the
moment, all that is forbidden is lewd or pornographic content. While I
haven't the space to include everything which comes along, I'm not going to
stifle or censor people when I feel that what they want to say is important
enough to them that they ask to share it with their friends. We will
not dwell or such topics or repeat them too often, but we will allow them a
From time to time people
leave our midst. If we lose some, as from time to time we have, that's
their decision. People join us as well. But we are who we are,
and to try to be anyone else would be neither prudent nor healthy.
Thanks again for your
input and remarks, Joe! Even though I disagree, I do value them
- and you!
From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 11/22/06 - "Mexico":
|I HATE TO OPEN A BAG OF WORMS ON THANKSGIVING BUT ALL THAT
STUFF ABOUT MEXICANS REALLY BOTHERED ME.
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE FROM MEXICO. THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL DOCTORS AND
BUSINESS PEOPLE . SOME STILL LIVE IN BEAUTIFUL TOWNS IN MEXICO .I HAVE
VISITED THEM AND HAVE BEEN TO THEIR COUNTRY CLUBS AND SHOPS. I STAYED IN
THEIR LOVELY HOMES AND HAD MANY A TASTY MEAL AT THEIR TABLE. I HAVE EVEN
BEEN TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL ORNATE CHURCHES AND WATCHED THEIR CHILDREN CATCH THE
SCHOOL BUS. YES, THEIR ARE MANY UNFORTUNATE ONES THERE THAT TRY TO COME HERE
FOR A BETTER PLACE TO RAISE THEIR FAMILY. MANY WORK HARD, SO PLEASE DON'T
THINK THEY ARE ALL ALIKE JUST LIKE ALL OF US ARE NOT ALIKE.
GOD LOVES ALL OF HIS CHILDREN AND I THINK HE WANTS US ALL TO LOVE ONE
BE KIND THIS HOLIDAY AND HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE.
IRONICALLY, MY FATHER WAS AN IMMIGRATION INSPECTOR. HE HELPED MANY IN THE
RESTAURANT BUSINESS GET THEIR PERMANENT VISAS, LIKE
NICK 'S IN YORKTOWN AND MANY GREEK
RESTAURANTS IN TOWN.
HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY, AND BE KIND.
Here in North Carolina we
have a sizable population of Spanish-speaking immigrants from many Central
and South American countries. Some of them are legal, and some of them
are not. Some of both groups are among my dear friends, and I really
usually don't know which are which.
All this week I've been
thinking of a beautiful young woman from Mexico I met shortly after I moved
here. She no longer lives here, but she deeply impacted my life and
views. She's in her late twenties, the wife of a blond serviceman, and
mother of three little boys.
I vividly recall a church
meeting of woman when she tearfully expressed her gratitude for living in
this country. She described her childhood in Mexico, one of hunger,
uncertainty, pain, and abuse without recourse. She repeatedly reminded
us of the great privileges which we, even the poorest of us, enjoy in this
country. She related how her California sisters-in-law had never
accepted her, and called her "a stupid, ignorant Mexican" because her her
English was still heavily accented. The fact that she spoke flawless
German, Italian, French - and of course, Spanish - while they themselves
spoke only English, was somehow lost on them. She touched us all with
her passion and fervor.
Kindness can never be
underplayed. It always seems to be in shorter supply than necessary,
which is one of the saddest of all situations. It costs so little to
be kind and courteous, and yes, loving toward one another. Understanding
requires a bit more effort, but it must begin with being kind.
Thanks for the reminder,
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 11/22/06:
|Heidie Ho Good Neighbor,
Just to let you know I'm thinking of you
this day and wishing you all a good gathering of food and faith. ( say one
I am Thankful for all who gather here
at this site and share this very special
family; thankful for the blessings you have bought me so that I ( or any of
us) am never alone. God Bless.
Linda May ' 66
sweet thought, Linda May!
You've been on my mind quite a bit this week - which has been a most hectic
one for me. I'm still going to try to get through on the telephone to
you next week. We never have had that chat! Thanks again, Lady!
God bless you, too!
Glenn Dye ('60)
of TX - 11/22/06:
you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
Thanks, Glenn! May your Thanksgiving be a blessed one!