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12/17/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and
goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."

- Calvin Coolidge (4 July 1872 - 5 Jan 1933)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend.


   Happy Birthday today to    Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!  I hope it's a great day for you!

   Say,    Frank (Blechman - '65 - of Northern VA), isn't today also Beethoven's birthday?? 
Why yes, I believe it is!

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 Bill Black ('66) of GA - 12/16/05 - "Roberta Hilsdon":

What!? A young Typhoon in Atlanta?! 
Pass my e-mail address on to    Roberta Hilsdon ('70 - of GA).  We didn't know each other back at NNHS, but I'll be up at the Emory library after the first of the year, doing some research on Fuller E Callaway, Sr.   If the Center for Disease Control is anywhere nearby, maybe we can 'do lunch'.
And maybe she can give me something under the counter **cough-cough** for this pesky *hee-wack-hee-WHACK** cough..  The fiery rash on my hands and arms seems to respond to soap and water.  Surprise... It's just red Gaw-guh clay!
Bill Black, celebrated writer and wit

   What a great idea!  What difference does it make if you never knew one another?!?  A Typhoon is a Typhoon!  So I passed your email addy along to Roberta, Bill.

   Thanks for checking!  And you're a hoot, really you are!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 12/16/05, 11:11 PM - "Merry Christmas":

Hi Carol,
My class 1962 is starting our 'dinner' meetings in January; maybe you could post this on your website and we might find some more of our folks.  I sent out letters to all that I had addresses for to let everyone know that we are starting this in 2006 for our 45-year (WOW)
reunion in 2007.  It has come to my attention that places to have those 'little' parties go fast, so we want to get lots of ideas and suggestions on places to have this wonderful reunion just as soon as possible.  I am posting this on our (1962) website tomorrow so if you would like to post this on yours by Monday or so, I would sure appreciate it.  I love your newsletters; wish I had the time and energy that you have to do all that you do.  By the time I get home from work, I don't want to do much of anything else. :-(  But guess I will have to start again with our reunion coming up. 

   Well, see, Brenda, that's because you actually work!  This is all that I do.

Maybe some of my classmates are reading your website or classmates from other years might know of some of my classmates that we have lost contact with and will help us find them.  The wonders of the internet!!!!

   It's true.  If you'll send me a list of your currently missing, we'll try to locate them for you.  Finding them isn't always all that difficult.  I think making the list itself is far more time-consuming.

I certainly enjoy reading your web pages and newsletters

   Thanks so much, Brenda!  You know, of course, that you were my inspiration.  I'd never even heard of a web page when I chanced upon yours in the spring of 2000.  I owe all of the fun I'm having now to you!
Does the person Joan (Lauterbach) Krause ('60) of VA work for the NN School System?  I know a Joan Krause and did not know that she went to NNHS.  If they are one and the same person, Hooray for her; nothing like being a Typhoon.

   I'm almost positive that I know the answer to this question - even without double-checking - but I'll let Joan answer you herself!

   Oh, Joan!!!

Will get back to you about our reunion soon. 

   That will be super - thanks!  I had great fun at your 40-year reunion.  I would have had much more fun had I not been flirting with pneumonia at the time.......

Meanwhile, I wish for you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!  May God have mercy of this world and may Christ stay in our holiday, for that is why we have a holiday.


Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when
our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi

  Thank you, Brenda!  I'm looking forward to seeing all of y'all again!  Have a very Merry Christmas!

    And all of y'all should go check out Brenda's Class of 1962 web page again:


  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 12/17/05 - "holiday":

   Hope all have a Great holiday..  ..Be safe ...careful...enjoy   THE season. ....Typhoons forever....AL class of 64

   Oh, GOODY!!!  More cute stuff!  Except the big pretty image of the fireplace you sent me withstood all my best efforts to join us.  :o(

   Thanks so much, Al - and Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!


 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/17/05 - "Going shopping with    you
('65 - of NC) and    Eleanor
(Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and    Adrienne...":

would be a kick...I can see us giggling and staggering our way through the stores.  I do not think the world is ready for that...but we must make an effort sometime! 
     Wouldn't that be a hoot?!? 

Here is a photo of my daughter Becky and me on our recent escapade in NY...

   OHHHH, such fun!!!  Thanks, Lady!

   Merry Christmas to you and your whole family!

Becky and Jean in NYC    

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/17/05:

Carol ... you know there are more tall, dark, and handsome men at Surry than just    David (Whitley - '67 - of VA), right???? Maybe you were confused because some are of the red and white persuasion (insert smiley face or other such icon at will). 

   Well, sure, but how many of them are so "sweet" and are named "David"?!?

Now .... I remember a Doug McClure who worked in QA there in the 80s .... and Irie West was not only the Admin Assistant of the department where David and I worked, but later the Admin of QA, and if 
  Betty Brockwell McClure ('58 - of VA) is perhaps his wife, we may have a match. In the days before 9-11 it was commonplace for family to visit for lunch. Sadly that perk has pretty much vanished, or at a minimum is very difficult to obtain.

Scanning some goodies for you today that I think the gang will enjoy .... a Christmas present to all.

da Babe

   Well, that will be fun!  Thanks, Babe!


  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/17/05 - "fundraising idea for you":

Hey Carol ... while I was scanning some shots for you I had an idea.

The 1951 Turkey Day program is a special edition, 32 pages, and crammed with vintage photos and articles. I have scanned it and burned it to CD (too large to email) and will snail-mail it to you today. Why don't you offer them as a promo to anyone who donates $10 or more to your website? It should be a big hit with both Crabbers and Typhoons.

Have a great day ...


   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  What a generous offer!  Thanks so much, Tommee!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/17/05 - "NNHS CLASS OF 1964 40TH REUNION MIX

On behalf of the Class of 1964, I would like to thank all of the Alumni and Friends of NNHS who have requested the "NNHS CLASS OF 1964 40TH REUNION 5-CD SET".  To date, I have filled requests for 213 sets and have added $2275 to the Class Treasury.

   Well, that was certainly a "win-win" situation, wasn't it, David?!?  Those CD's you made are absolutely fabulous!  I've heard of no one who was anything less than thrilled with them.  And your Class Treasury is "happier", too!

   Thanks for telling us, Brown Eyes.  Merry Christams - oops, I mean, Merry Christmas!


From Evelyn Fryer Fish - 12/17/05 - "Lessons on Life":

Lessons on Life
Good life sure to read the end.

The following pictures are taken at same place but in different seasons!

Winter Spring Summer Fall  

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said not so, it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come

from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.


Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don't judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

   I don't usually include things of this nature in a Newsletter, but this one seemed particularly appropriate for all of us to keep in mind right now.  Thanks so much, Evelyn - and Merry Christmas!


    Y'all stay happy and calm - and take care of each other!   TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




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


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 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 lyrics
of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are traditional olde English and are reputed to date back to the
15th century although the author is unknown. It is believed that this particular carol was sung to the
gentry by town watchmen who earned additional money during the Christmas season. God Rest
Ye Merry Gentlemen continues to be enjoyed. The lyrics to this simple carol are reputed to be
one of the oldest carols.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

 "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

 "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/17/05

Additional History available at - 12/17/05

Christmas Caroler Poster Images courtesy of - 12/17/05

Holly Bar Divider line clip art courtesy of - 12/17/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

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