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12/05/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
The First Noel

This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon (1876-1961)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I think we're getting back to normal after the recent mishaps with the site.


   Happy Birthday today to    Melody's (Clendenin DeBerry - WHS - '66 - of VA)!  Have a good one, Lady!


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
Contact: Joe Drewry at


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 12/04/05:


It looks like you left out the "NNHS" from your news letter link.


   AHHHH!  Well, that would explain half the problems, wouldn't it!     I hope that once the server came back online that you were all able to access the Newsletter from the Newsletter link:

   Thanks, Richard!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/04/05 - Server Down issue:

Hi, Carol:

When I tried to open the 12/04/05 Newsletter from the email notification this morning, I did get the "Server Down" Error Message.
This evening when I tried again, it took me to your home page, then flashed off, directed me to a site where I was invited to download some software to help my computer perform better. Naturally, I did not trust this message and quickly got off the site.
Just in case anyone else reports the same issue, I did not want to neglect to bring it to your attention.
I was able to access the Newsletter from the Website.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   Well, it gets more and more exciting, doesn't it?  I know the site was down from 5:30 AM when I awoke to 8:30 AM when I left home.  When I returned at 1:00 PM it seemed to be fine, but I don't know what happened in between those times.  It was even down for awhile again sometime this morning.  Let's hope they have completed their repairs now.  Sorry for the inconvenience. 

   Thanks, Adonis!



  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/04/05 - "Ronnie Cutler info and
B&M menu":

Hey Carol ....

Ronnie Cutler graduated form Warwick High in 1959, and was my 11th grade History teacher at HHS.

Here is another tidbit for OOSG ... a menu from B&M Drive -In (or ... as it was spelled then ... Drv-In). This was sent to us as part of the Olde Wythe picture history book we are developing.

And ... for those Crabber faithful out there ... Hampton held off a tough undefeated Massaponax team yesterday at Darling for a 21-16 victory in the Division 5 state semi-finals to earn it's first trip to the state final game since 1998.

Gotta say it .... GO CRABBERS!

Take care ...



"LARGE T-BONE STEAK - $2.75"???  

   WOWZERS!!  Thanks, Tom!  You know, last year when we made this page, I vaguely remembered this place.  But the menu I very clearly remember from when I was a little girl.  I remember the "Chicken in the Rough" on the inside and the rooster on the cover.  So I looked back at the map to see exactly where it was and I understood why.  Before they put the interstate through, this was directly on our way from our Stuart Homes apartment to Kecoughtan.  Once a month when Daddy was serving as Officer of the Day at the Veterans Hospital and pulling an all-night shift, Mama and I would drive over to pick him up.  It's not a stretch to see that occasionally, the two of us - or the three of us, or even the four of us - would have stopped here for supper.

   Thanks for the memory restoration!  I posted these at the top of that page:


  From Rex Davis ('66) of VA - 12/05/05:

Ronnie Cutler (Warwick HS - '59)   David's ('67 - of VA) older brother, went on to coach wrestling at some high school on West Queen Street. 


I had the pleasure of pole vaulting with David on the indoor and outdoor track teams at NNHS. I was good enough to finish second to David in all of our duel meets, but David was truly in a league of his own.  I think David was the second greatest track and field athlete ever produced at NNHS behind only Doug Dickinson ('69?).  As an aside, among his other endeavors David later became an accomplished Country & Western Line Dancer complete with Cowboy Hat and Boots - eeeeee hhhaaaaaa!!!
Rex Davis '66

   AHHHH!  Thanks, Rex!  I thought it only appropriate that I link the Track pages here, but when I did I found I had never completed them from 14 months ago, so I filled in the '66 page anyway: - at last with images

   Newport News High School certainly produced a goodly number of outstanding athletes.  Thanks again for the reminder!


  From Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA - 12/04/05 - "Christmas with Elvis":

You will enjoy this!

   Oh, COOL!  Thanks, Cookie!

   By the way, you'll no doubt need to open this in a new window, and click back on Back to NNHS Newsletters as you listen to this.  Otherwise the sound of the MIDI versus the mp3 will drive you bonkers.


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/05/05 - "What a beautiful song!!!":

I had not heard that one and of course I had to sing it through and try to learn the tune...

love and hugs, Jeanb

   Thanks, Jean!  As I said, I get all mushy every time I think about it.

   Last year we had 17 Newsletters in December, and most of them were generic holiday songs:

   This year I'm planning thirty Newsletters.  Five of them will have Hanukkah songs, three of them will be commemorating other special days, five will have holiday songs, and the remaining 17 will have Christmas carols, ranging from nearly secular to extremely sacred.  I decided if we're going to celebrate everything together, we might as well go for it!  And I figured you and I would enjoy it, anyway! 


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/05/05:

First of all, I remember very well the UFO sightings downtown in the '70's. It was very odd indeed, as almost all of them (speaking from personal experience, the sightings that I can personally attest to) were either directly overhead or right in the path of my car as I left the Blue Lite each night.

Of course, I first thought it may possibly have been the result of the famous nickel pitcher(s)-o-beer, or the Annie Green Springs wine that I  had sipped, so using the scientific method I learned right in the classrooms of NNHS, I conducted my experiment. Night after night, I switched up, Bali-Hai first, then pitcher-o-beer, then Annie G.S.. The following night would be pitcher(s)-o-beer, THEN Annie G.S., & Bali-Heave, uh, Hai. Alas, I was wrong, it didn't matter which way I got drunk, THEY WERE STILL THERE!

That's how I know they were real.

I haven't seen them since I stopped drinking, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. I have a buddy who still bends the elbow occasionally, and he swears he sees them too! More proof. Had I not made an oath to the occupants of the (now) IFO's, I would tell you of my abduction and subsequent uncovering of a Gov't plot to, oops, dang, sorry, I made an oath.

Telestially yours, Dave

   David, you are soooo delightfully naughty!  And you're still the funniest man I ever met.  It's good to know these things.  Thanks for your scholarly report, Gorgeous!


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

                          Love to all, Carol




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


The First Noel

(The First Noel is unknown in origin but is generally thought to be English dating back
to the sixteenth century. There is a misconception that the First Noel was French and it is
believed that this is because of the French spelling of Noel as opposed to the olde English
Anglo-Saxon spelling of the word as in Nowell. After England was captured by the Normans
numerous words were adopted from the Norman French language and Noel was re-spelt as Nowell;
early printed versions of this carol use the Nowell spelling. The First Noel was first published
in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal
carols gathered by William B. Sandys.)

The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise men came from country far
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both Pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of naught
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

"The First Noel" (with "Good King Wenceslas" lead-in) midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"The First Noel" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/04/05

Image of "Adoration of the Shepherds" (1622) by Gerrit van Honthorst (1590-1656) courtesy
of - 12/04/05

Image of "Adoration of the Shepherds" by Giorgione (c.1476/8 - 1510) courtesy
of - 12/04/05

Animated Christmas Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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