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12/16/05 - NNHS Newsletter
 O Little Town of Bethlehem

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful."

- Norman Vincent Peale
(31 May 1898 - 24 Dec 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I had to be away from home unexpectedly for several hours this afternoon, so today's Newsletter is being issued several hours later than I had thought it would, but y'all are used to that, right??   


   Happy 65th Birthday today to    Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!  Hope it was a
good one, lady! 

  From Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 12/15/05:

Thanks for posting my note on 12/8.  Update on us Hilsdon girls.  I'm in Georgia.  I've been here since 1981.  I work for the Centers for Disease Control as an analyst in Diabetes.  Love the job. 

Sharon ('68) is still in Virginia.  She works at the shipyard as does her husband, Richard

Patti ('66) is in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband Larry.

   Oh, my - y'all are spread out, aren't you?  Thanks for the report, Roberta!  Tell them Hi for us, and Merry Christmas to you all!


  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/15/05:

Have a wonderful holiday!


   You, too, Babe - thanks!

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/15/05:


Thank you for all the news you have provided us this year in 2005. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas, and we look forward to what 2006 has in store for us.

Are there any pictures out there of places where we got good hot dogs like ART'S, SPANO'S, up the street from the school, and there is ROGER'S, which was close to where I lived, eating and playing the pin ball machine.

Glenn Dye (60) Grand Prairie, Tx.

   Thank you so much, Glenn!  Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

   At the moment other than the Dog House, I don't have any images of the old hot dog specialty spots (even though there has been some discussion of them in the past), but with new people joining all the time, it could just be a breath away.


  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - "hi":

Please post this on the newsletter. I have tried to contact
  Chip (Clark - '65 - of Northern VA) and his e-mails are bouncing back.

   YOWZERS!!!  I'm sorry to hear that - especially in view of the fact that I owe him a letter. 

Chip... the CD arrived today and the pictures are great. I am sending you a CD with pictures that I took at the reunion.


   There you go, Edna.  Thanks for everything.  I haven't forgotten the pictures you sent.  Well, okay, for a while, I sorta did.  I was too busy annoying everybody who came to my home with them.  ("Hey, looky - here are some pictures from my reunion!  Wanna see?!?")  After a while it finally dawned on me I was "posta" be scanning and posting them.  Duh!  At least they're in a safe place (right by my front door so that I can continue to annoy people). 

   Merry Christmas to you and    Jack (Harrison - '61) , Edna!

   Oh, COOL!  The mailman just brought my CD from Chip!  With almost inhuman control, I'm going to finish today's Newsletter before I look at it.  Thanks so much, Chippy Darlin'! 


  From Mike Miller ('65) of NC - 12/15/05:

Hi Beautiful,

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for all you do for all of us! I also hope that the NEW Year brings you a lot of happiness and good fortune! 

Mike Miller  Class of 65 and damned proud of it!!! 

   Thank you, Michael!  Hey - believe it or not, we have some free time coming up soon!  Maybe we can all get together and visit yet!  Let's make a plan and go for it!  This is ridiculous!  What are we - less than an hour away???  Meanwhile, give your pretty Patti a big ol' hug for me.  Merry Christmas and all good things, Blue Eyes! 


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/15/05 - RE Question from    Betty Brockwell
McClure ('58) of VA - 12/14/05

Hey, David - didn't I used to eat lunch with you occasionally in the cafeteria at Surry Nuclear Power Station in the 1990's?  You sure look like him, and he was a really sweet guy!

   Lemme see - tall, dark, gorgeous, funny, sweet, and works at Surry - yeppers, that sounds like him!


Hey, I think that WAS me, uh, I mean her, or us. Here's the clincher though, ask if Irie West sat with us. I'm sure that's the Betty that moved away that was Irie's friend (and mine).


   Irie?  What a pretty name!

   Okay, Betty, do we have a match??

   Thanks, David!  Have a marvelous Christmas vacation, and give Candy (Hixson Whitley - Ferguson HS - '68) my love. 


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/15/05:


My husband ran the Poquoson 7-11 for twenty-five years. My son lives there now.

You couldn't ask for better down home people anywhere. My husband said that there were more beautiful women in Poquoson than any where in the world. Don't know about the move-ins. They are taken with a grain of salt! I wasn't even a move in, so I wasn't accepted unless when in Riley's company....Stiff crowd!!!! Ha Ha

Linda May

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Lady!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 12/15/05 - "Obituary, sister of Les Puckett, NNHS 1958":

Historical Background:  The NNHS Class of 1958 associates Hillsville, VA with our classmate,    Les Puckett.  Most of the country associates Hillsville as the home of the ACC Coach of the Year Frank Beamer.  As far as I know, Frank Beamer does not hold a candle to Les as poet.
Les's sister, Iva Lee, attended Hampton High School in 1954.  The family then moved back to Hillsville where she graduated from Hillsville High in 1956.  I believe that was the year when Frank Beamer played his final year of football for VT.
After the graduation of Iva Lee, the family returned to NN in order to make sure Les had the benefit of the superior education only available at NNHS at that time.
Les and Iva Lee have remained very close over the years.  Her sudden death was quite a blow to Les and the family.  Iva Lee did not have any health problems that the family was aware of and her sudden death from cardiac arrest was completely unexpected.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Les and the family during this time of loss and grief. 
Iva Lee Puckett Walston

HAMPTON - Iva Lee Puckett Walston, 67, of Hampton went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. She was a native of Hillsville, Va., and a Peninsula resident for more than 40 years. She worked for Hiden Storage for many years and later for the City of Newport News. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for most of her adult life. She joins in Heaven the love of her life, her husband, John (J.B.) Walston, and her wonderful parents, L. Roosevelt and Ocie Puckett. She leaves behind her loving daughters, Pat Walston and Neda Baxter; her granddaughters, Rachel Baxter and Katlyn Rose Walston, they were her greatest treasures; her son-in-law, Ben Baxter; her brother, best friend and bluegrass-buddy, Leslie and his wife, Becky Puckett; her sister and her husband, Reva and Foy Hawks; and her nieces and nephews, Brenda, Judy, Janet, Bobbie, Ronnie and Kevin. She was an angel here on earth and was loved by everyone who knew her. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at noon Friday, Dec. 16, at Calvary Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Stephen J. Crane. Entombment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/15/2005.

   Such sad news!  Thanks for telling us, Joe.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.


 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/15/05 - "No wonder I don't know doot...":

About doot-de-doos...I play the piano...and the organ!  The closer we get to Christmas the crazier I get...I feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland...

   See, Lady, that's a wonderful talent, and one I deeply wish I had.  But pianos and organs can be heavy and bulky and are a bit burdensome to try to tote along with you.  Now, Doot-de-Doos, on the other hand, are very easily portable and just as easily replaceable.  You can simply stick one in your pocket and bring it out as needed. They are especially helpful while Christmas shopping.  If some anxious shopper starts to give you a bad time, simply whip out your trusty Doot-de-Doo, and play them a nice song.  You'll feel instantly better, and they will be so surprised.

   I wish you could be here to go shopping with    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and    Adrienne and me.  The three of us have a fabulously rowdy time as it is, but if the four of us were together - well, the mind just boggles, doesn't it?!? 

   You know, the Doot-de-Doos remind me of the kazoo fad we had.  That may have been after you graduated, Jean.  I seem to recall it was during my senior year.  I don' t know who started it; neither do I remember who decided they should be named in honor of our esteemed Assistant Principal - the Thomas O. Keesee Kazoos, but they were great fun.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   I do remember the water pistol fad was during the '60-'61 school year.  Does anyone else recall that?

   Thanks for the fun, Jean!  Merry Christmas! 


  From Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 12/15/05:

Hi Carol!

Thought it was time to check in and wish all Typhoons, Crabbers, etc. a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2006!

You are very special, Carol, as you have brought so many of us together to reconnect.  May God bless you and your family at this very special time of the year in all that you do.

                                                          Typhoons forever,

                                                          Cheryl Pless Ramsey

   Thank you so much, Cheryl!  I really appreciate your kind words!  I hope you and Pat have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's as well!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/15/05 - "A Christmas Poem":

Okay, I wrote a very special Christmas poem. Although I was thinking of you, feel free to share it with others you love.

"My love for you is like the Mistletoe,
green with little round white berries.
Unlike last year's love, you know,
brown with a gooey center, like chocolate covered cherries."

You're welcome,
Love, me.

   David, thank you so much! That is just beautiful and oh, so sweet!    You are such a funny man!

   Love and Merry Christmas, Gorgeous! 


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 12/16/05:

 Did I miss it in a previous newsletter on why    Chandler Nelms' (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) nickname in high school was Clutch??

   "Clutch"?!?  "CLUTCH"?!? 

   No, ma'am, we haven't covered that.  Indeed, I had no idea.  I'm almost afraid to ask.


   Sorry, curiosity wins again........

   Oh, Chand-ler!!!

   Thanks, Gloria!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 12/16/05 - "not
for publication.....unless you want":

   (Oh, of course, I want, Lady - GIGGLES!!!)

Carol, when you input someone's email, do you put their name, school, etc., in the beginning, or do the individuals do it like I do? 

   No, no - I do it.  Only a handful of people fill in those blanks for me.  On rare occasion I need to cheat and look them up on the Alumni Page when I momentarily forget their year of graduation or state of residence.

I noticed that I put HHS, and you spell out Hampton......I should be doing that for you?  Thanks for adding the Crab and the picture!

   The crab is courtesy of    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73 - of VA), and the pictures were the idea of    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), so I can claim no credit for either one, but I'm glad you like them!  I know I do!  (Thanks again, fellas!)

   I began doing spelling out the name of the school when I would simply put "JMHS" when Bruce Korusek ('66 - of VA) or my cousin,   Cheryl White Wilson ('64 - of VA) would write, and people kept asking me what on earth that was.  Well, wowzers, I thought everybody knew that was John Marshall High School in Richmond!  I mean, I'd heard it all my life!  The fact that my mama    (Maxine Frix Buckley - '25) and my daddy    (Robert Buckley - '25) and half my aunts and uncles were JMHS graduates may have had something to do with that.....

   Well, surely by now you know how compulsive and obsessive I am, doncha??  When I watch Monk on TV, I'm laughing harder than most people because half of what he's doing makes perfect sense to me!  How pathetic is that?!?

   So of course I couldn't spell out John Marshall HS, and in the very same letter simply say, "HHS" or "FHS" or "WHS", could I?  No, certainly not!  Things must be kept uniform at all times!  (This application only pertains to the Newsletters.  Within the site itself, other Virginia schools are given their familiar short versions.)

   And this leads right in to something I am astonished no one has mentioned before.  Have you never noticed how I avoid abbreviations whenever possible?  People almost always write "St." or "Ave." or, YOWZERONI, "Blvd.", and if I catch them, I will all but break out in hives until I can change them to "Street", Avenue" and above all, "Boulevard".

   Most of my crazy behavior baffles me as much as it does everyone else around me.  I've no idea, for instance, why it literally physically pains me if someone deliberately crumples paper or tears it to ribbons before throwing it away.  I'm having stomach cramps just thinking about it.  But I do know the origin of my aversion to abbreviations.  It began when I was fifteen and started doing genealogy.  Have you any idea how maddening it is to look and search and ponder and pray for someone's first and middle name and find only their initials?!?  We had my mother's great-grandfather's old Bible in which he dutifully recorded the names of his family - ALL IN INITIALS!!!  ARGHHHHH!!!!

   I'm sorry, what were we saying?  Oh, yes, Merry Christmas, Lady!  


  From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 12/16/05:

Happy holidays my friends!


   Same to you, Alice - thanks! 


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/16/05 - "Check out Teach the Children
Christian Christmas Stories":

Teach the Children Christian Christmas Stories

   Oh, cool!  Thank you, Sarah Sugah!

   Miss Sarah sent me five other long pieces of email this morning, each one designed to make me laugh or cry much harder than ever before.  They all worked, too, Lady!  Thank you - and Merry Christmas to you and Lou, too!!


   Oh, WOWZERS!  I just read all the quotations from this Monk page:

   I really like this one:

Adrian Monk: There's an old saying: "Don't change anything... ever."
Natalie Teeger: That's an old saying?
Adrian Monk: I've been saying it for years.


   Y'all take care of each other!

                          Love to all, Carol




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


O Little Town of Bethlehem

Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) of Philadelphia wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868,
following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine
especially at night time, hence the lyrics of O Little Town of Bethlehem.  His church organist
Lewis Redner (1831-1908) wrote the melody to O Little Town of Bethlehem
for the Sunday School children's choir.

Words: Phillips Brooks, 1867
Music: "St. Louis," Lewis H. Redner, 1868

Redner was Brooks’ organist at Holy Trinity Church. 
The tune came to him on Christmas Eve, and was first sung the next day.
Brooks wrote about his horseback journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he assisted
with the midnight service on Christmas Eve, 1865:

"I remember standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was born, when the whole
church was ringing hour after hour with splendid hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed
as if I could hear voices I knew well, telling each other of the
Wonderful Night of the Savior’s birth."

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" history courtesy of - 12/10/05

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" lyrics and additional history courtesy of - 12/10/05

 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" postcard courtesy of - 12/10/05

 Blue Jewels Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/07/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 0406/05

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

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