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11/27/05 - NNHS Newsletter - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today is the first Sunday in Advent, which officially opens the Christmas season according to the recognized church calendar.  St. Nicholas Day (December 6) is the opening date observed elsewhere.  in the world, as it was in Colonial Virginia.  We'll celebrate that, too. We're still celebrating everything together because we're family.  



1.    Patricia Gabriel Hedrick Grzybowski ('61) of VA - 11/25/05:

Please add me to list
Patricia (Gabriel) Hedrick Grzybowski
Also, does anyone know where Wayne Gray is or anything about him? We were friends in Marshall Courts.
   Hi, Patricia!
   Welcome to our group; we're happy to have you with us!  I've added you to our mailing list as well as our now misnamed Alumni Page:
   I asked a representative panel of experts for help in finding Wayne:

   Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA ran him through for us, and found this:

CLASSMATES has a "Wayne Gray" who attended Warwick HS 1957-1962. 
   Thanks again for your interest.  We look forward to hearing more from you.


  From Steve Veazey ('60) of VA - 11/26/05:


I recognize the name, of course.....  Wayne Gray was in ’57-58 or thereabouts.  He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for years.

Steve V.

   AHA!!!  I found Wayne's junior portrait in the 1957 Anchor!  Thanks so much, Steve!

   NOW - does anyone have an update on Wayne for Patricia??



  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 11/25/05:

Hi Carol ....

I'm over at    Janice's (Pratt McGrew - Hampton HS - '67 - of VA). Here is the final score of the Hampton/Phoebus Div 5 Eastern Region semifinals. Not quite the same hoopla as the Turkey Day games, but HHS/Phoebus matchup on the day after Thanksgiving is becoming a tradition.

"The Hampton Crabbers have ended the playoff picture of the Phoebus Phantoms with a resounding 29-7 victory. Sources said the the Crabbers offense and defense played what they would describe as a perfect game. The Phantom season ends at 11-1 and the Hampton Crabbers will move into next Saturday's state semifinal at 2:00 against either 7-4 E. C. Glass or 11-0 Massaponax."
If we met Glass next Saturday that would stir a lot of memories of days past.
Take care ....
Tom & Janice

   Congratulations, Babe - and thanks for the report!



  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/25/05 - "Sailor I am":

      My thanks to    Joe Madagan (57) (of FL) for the interest in my time in the Navy. My birth date is June 2, 1943, in Lockgalley, West Virginia, in my Grandmother's bed. I retired from the paper mill in West Point, Va. on July 1, 2005, after 40 years, 6 months an 13 days. Since then I have gone to work part time selling Life Insurance for American General. My time in the Navy was in the Amphibious fleet in South East Asia. Some time in S.V.N. as an advisor, in the use of close air support for troops ashore. If any other info needed please feel free to e-mail me..... I have a picture of myself in uniform, that I have to find. Will send it A.S.A.P.  

Gold and Blue   Jerry (62) Blanchard

   Hi, Jerry!  Sailor you are!  Thanks for the data.  Here you are, right between Yogi Berra and Humphrey Bogart:
   When you find that image, send it along please!  Enjoy your semi-retirement.  Thanks again!

   Isn't that a simply gorgeous page?!?  I can say that because as you'll see by the credits, I had so little to do with its design.  Thanks again, Gentlemen!



  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 11/26/05:

Good day after Black Friday to you, Carol

.........YEP - Boldness is probably a good trait to exercise running a show like this - shyness really doesn't cut it........ But, I am sure you have thought of that/done that all before as this wonderfully consuming thing has evolved - ever see Little Shop of Horrors?


Well, I go to B'more today and tomorrow to play at a church's Christkindlmart, and just heard on the radio that thieves are stealing the streetlight poles there -130 of them so far-for the aluminum, it is thought... my car's wheels are aluminum alloy... oh, well, we'll see. There are times this area's disadvantages outweigh the advantages.


Glad your Thanksgiving was nice - so was mine.

Take care, Jimmy

   Thanks, Sweetie!  I hope you had a great trip!



  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/26/05:

.......Take care are everyone's hero.....Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
   Well, Sweetie, I don't know how big a hero I am; I'm usually trying to outrun the posse for all my mistakes and omissions.  But I did have a Super-Duper Thanksgiving, thanks! 

Take care, Fred Mays, Class of 1960

P.S.  My last day on the job at Northrop Grumman (Newport News Shipbuilding) will be Wed., November 30.  I retire with 40 years, 3 months and one week of continuous service.  I will send you my new email address as soon as I get that new computer which I plan to get as soon as I retire.  Carol, you are the BEST!

   WOWZERS!!!  Congratulations, Fred!  That is mighty impressive!



  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 11/26/05 - "North End Gang":

Hello Carol,
I have enjoyed the spoon bread and thank you for the recipe. 

   I'm glad you liked it.  I think  I'm the only one in my whole family who does!  GIGGLES!!!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoy the extra time to visit with old friends and making friends.

I recently returned from Greece.  A group of about 27 friends from Norfolk made the trip together.  We had to run from customs in New York to catch the puddle jumper to Norfolk.  There was a woman behind me and she looked Greek.  I asked her if she was going to Norfolk.  She said she was going to Williamsburg with a heavy Greek accent.  I asked her if she was moving to Williamsburg.  She replied that she originally had lived in Newport News.  I went through all the Greek surnames that I could remember.  She is Frank Vretos' aunt, Helen Kanelos, (came to VA in 1946).  She married George Kanelos, who came to VA in 1928.

   Frank Kanelos ('70), passed away on March 27, 2005:

  George Balanis ('60) lives in Williamsburg and Helen sees his sister,    Priscilla ('58), frequently. Priscilla was always called Voula, which I have learned is an endearment.  There are many Greek young ladies by that name.    Frank Vretos ('69), is living in Northern Virginia.  His aunt and I had a very pleasant time on the flight to Norfolk.

   I saw George this summer at the Reunion of the Great NNHS Class of 1960:

  Sofas Takis ('69), works for the City of Newport News  and I used to see him when I purchased my city decals.  He was the brother of Flossie Takis   George Coussoulas, ('58), was also a neighbor.  Helen did not recognize the name.  My brother,   Bill Brewer ('57), was a close friend with George and both of them taught school in Northern Virginia.  My brother is now a gentleman farmer in N.C.  Irving Chilcoate was also a part of the North End gang.  The boys frequented North End Pharmacy.  Whenever I saw Irv, the pharmacist, he always asked about "The Gang".  My brother and his friends played basketball together on weekends while they were living in Northern Virginia.  They still keep in touch.
My brother was in the USAF during the Viet Nam era.  We lost touch during a rather nasty attack on his air base, Bien Hoa.  It took about two weeks for the mail to resume.  I was relieved that he was OK.  I took him home from the train station when he arrived home.  It was the first time he had ridden in a car with me driving.  I think that scared him more that anything in VN.  I also brought    Charlie Vellines ('65), USArmy, home from the air port when he returned from VN.  Neither of the boys wanted anything but a quiet homecoming and I waited for them in the car.  I hope that our current troops have happy homecomings.


I wish I had taken notes when I was talking with Helen.  I have not emailed Frank since I returned home.  This is the weekend that you have extra time to visit with old friends.  I have enjoyed reading the messages from the classmates.  North End has really changed and I did not recognize my own house while taking a friend on an evening drive through Old Newport News.  I have enjoyed the postings of the photos and I enjoy looking through the yearbooks.  The ads had most of the photos of the city.  We were very lucky to have gone to Newport News High.  I remember eating at The Dog House restaurant as well as Woolworth's and Antine’s.  I enjoyed shopping downtown.  I miss the old downtown area.  It looked like a ghost town complete with a tumbleweed rolling down the street, the last time I walked near La Vogue.


I look forward to hearing from the alumni.

   Thanks, Barbara!  It was good to hear from you!



  From Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) of VA - 11/26/05 - "   Joe Madagan's

Dear Carol,

Thanks to you for keeping us all in touch. I know it's a lot of work.


I just wanted to add my favorite description of housework to Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL). I can't remember where I first heard it, but it was the most accurate description to me:


Sharron Wanderer Dawes, '61

   Oh, yes, ma'am, I will add my "Amen!" to that!!!  Thanks, Sharron!



   As some of you noticed, the host site was down for several hours today.  As a result, I was not able to issue this Newsletter when I had intended.  Accordingly, I was forced to excise some exciting new material which was still in process.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment.  I promise it will be a good one!  

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

                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."



O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th Century
(Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale,
Mediaeval Hymns
, 1851. Neale’s original translation be­gan, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel"

Music: “Veni Emmanuel,” from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns
(the setting for the funeral hymn Libera me)

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.



"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" midi courtesy of - 11/23/05

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" lyrics and available history courtesy of - 11/23/05

Metal Advent Ring Image courtesy of - 11/23/05

First Candle Advent Wreath clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 11/23/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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