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12/23/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Joseph Smith's 200th Birthday

"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates
of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege,
let them worship how, where, or what they may."

 - Joseph Smith, The Eleventh Article of Faith, 1842
(23 Dec 1805 - 27 June 1844)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've been celebrating the birthdays of famous people all year:

   As I mentioned a few days ago, in my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we've been celebrating the 200th birthday of Joseph Smith all year.  Even though only a handful or two of our group are members of this faith, I thought in the spirit of families celebrating everything together, I'd share this with you today.

   And should you choose to read why I left the beloved Methodist Church in which I was raised and adopted this faith as my own, I'll offer you this story once more which I wrote for my children and grandchildren:



   A very Happy Birthday today to    Tom Flax ('64) of VA!  Have a super day, Tommy!

  From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of FL and VA - 12/22/05 - "For you":


Wanted to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year !

Thanks for everything you do to keep "TYPHOONS" informed and together.

We are at our winter home in Stuart, Florida and it is suppose to be
80 degrees Christmas Day- rough, but someone has to do it !!!

Merry Xmas
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker '64

   Well, Donna, I'm sorry you have to suffer through that weather!  GIGGLES!!!  It's good to hear from you again!  Thanks so much!  Merry Christmas - and stay cool!  MORE GIGGLES!!!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 12/22/05:

OH MY GOSH!!!!  The picture of Buckroe 1946 is absolutely wonderful!!!  I clicked on the picture and just devoured every inch.  When I returned to the newsletter, there was your "WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI", then    Dave Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) "HOLY MOLEY".  I was glad to know I wasn't the only one spellbound by it. 
  Thank you so much,    Bill Hobbs ('66 - of Northern VA) and your sister, Debbie ('71).  Are there any more?  

   Oh, I don't know!  Wouldn't that be something?!? 

1946 - Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park    

   Thanks, Gloria!  I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we did!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/23/05 - "Flashback":

   There's a snapshot of my 18-year old daughter,   Adrienne, in her baby album taken on the hot summer afternoon of the day we first brought her home from the hospital.  In addition to her six big brothers, we had a houseful of company.  We had laid her on my bed while we had dinner.  One by one we began to notice that the boys were disappearing somewhere.  When I went to check, I was glad that I was still holding my ever-present camera, because this is what I found:
     She was an irresistible delight.  This has always been one of my favorite family photographs.  I thought of it yesterday.  Amid all the many necessary holiday preparations I was making yesterday, I myself kept disappearing, drawn like a magnet by that fabulous 1946 image of Buckroe.

   Look at all the detail you can see by enlarging it the second time.  Did you notice it predates even the Ferris Wheel???  What a treasure!!!

   Thanks again, Bill and Debbie!

Sunday, August 2, 1987
Taylor Springs, IL
Joshua - age 10; Randolph - age 13;
Brent - age 15; Nathaniel - age 7;
Adrienne - age 3-1/2 days

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) and me- 12/22/05 -
"December 11 USS Forrestal (CVA-59)":

Hi, Carol and Dave:

Just reviewed this page and refreshed my memory of the tragedy associated with the commissioning of the USS Forrestal (CVA-59). Dave, you sure won my admiration with the "flashback" and your investigative work in resolving the rumors that spread about the "Blue Angels" that day over the James River and Newport News Shipyard.

   Wasn't that simply amazing?!?  That mystery had been tormenting me for years!!!  Thanks again, David!

My copy of "Tidewater's Navy" by Bruce Linder (Captain, USN [Ret]) arrived from the US Naval Institute Press yesterday, and what a great book! The author recalls much history associated with the construction of this supercarrier in this book. For example, Forrestal was awarded to Newport News and was the first carrier built with an angled deck and the ability to operate jet aircraft. She also featured four catapults and four deck edge elevators. Construction of this supercarrier was spurred by the consequences of the Korean War, which provided the Navy with authorization to proceed with construction. The Newport News built carrier, USS BOXER (CVA-21) was the first aircraft carrier to launch jet fighter planes, and this was off the coast of North Korea during that conflict.

   For those of you who may be unaware, USS BOXER was the ship to which a young Marine by the name of Joe Madagan was assigned:

There is a photo of Forrestal underway for the first time on sea trials from Newport News Shipyard. For those who might not be familiar with such sea trials, the shipyard workers actually put the ship to sea for the sea trials. The talented workers put the vessel underway and conducted the required test. Newport News is certainly a seafaring city, for the workers conducted sea trials on all their vessels before handing them over to the Navy, and many a TYPHOON labored and managed in this famous shipyard.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   That sounds like a fascinating book, Joe!  Enjoy your reading, and thanks for sharing it with us - and Merry Christmas to you and    Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61 - of FL) and your whole family!!!


  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 12/22/05 - "Merry Christmas":

Merry Christmas to all the Typhoons out there.. and a few others!
  John ('66) is home safely from Iraq, our daughter Chera and husband Adrian are home from San Salvador for the holidays, and daughter Miriam is home from your stopping grounds Carol.. Fayetteville! Heather was already home so she gets to stay!

   WOWZERONI!!!  Welcome home, John!!!

Hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas. John and I will celebrate with 2 more sister    Mary Anne ('58) and brother    Fred ('60)!
God bless you one and all!
Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl Mays Howard

   How wonderful that you'll all be together!  Tell Mary Anne and Fred, "Hi" for us.  Have a blessed Christmas, Cheryl - and thanks for everything!


From    Dave ('65) and    Pam Smith ('65) Arnold of VA - to The Class of 1965 -
12/22/05 - "Happy Holidays":

In the hustle and bustle of this week we'd like to take a moment to wish you a joyous holiday season.  May each of you have time to appreciate your family and friends, to remember 2005, and to look forward to the new year.
Pam and Dave Arnold
   Thanks so much, Dave and Cousin Pam (Hey - that makes you my cousin-in-law, Dave!  WILD GIGGLES!!!)!

   And thank you for all y'all did with the committee to make our October Reunion such a grand success!  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

   (If y'all are wondering about that mysterious marbleized gray panel above, I think it was "posta" be the background upon which their message appeared, but my computer didn't seem interested in playing that game, and it was too pretty to ignore, so just use your imaginations.....)


  From Joe Wingo ('65) of NC, President of the Class of 1965, to the Class of 1965 -
"Merry Christmas":

Merry/Happy to each of you and your loved ones.  While we all have countless blessings for which to be grateful, each of you has been a blessing in my life just from the association.  You are all wonderful human beings and the older I get, the prouder I become of my link to you.  Here's wishing all the joy and happiness of this season for you all.  Bless each of you.

With sincere best wishes, Joe Wingo

   Well, Sweetie, you said that about as well as it's going to be said!  I'll just add my "Amen", and a sincere thanks for my treasured association with you all!

   Merry Christmas, Joe!


From Dale Parsons ('69) of HI - 12/22/05:

Aloha Carol,


   Okay, see, if I tell you the rest of what Dale said, it will ruin the surprise - and you know how much I love surprises!!!

   Thank you so very much, Dale!!!

For all you do for throughout the year, mahalo nui loa (thank you very much).

Dale Parsons '69
Maui, HI

  P.S. Now that you need pictures, here's the only one I can find on my computer. It's my wife Ginny and me...


   And Merry Christmas to you and Ginny and your whole family!

Dale and Ginny Parsons    

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

                          Love to all, Carol




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


We Ever Pray for Thee

Text: Evan Stephens, 1854–1930

Music: H. A. Tuckett, 1852–1918; adapted by Evan Stephens, 1854–1930


31243, Hymns, We Ever Pray for Thee, no. 23

D&C 107:22

1. We ever pray for thee, our prophet dear,
That God will give to thee comfort and cheer;
As the advancing years furrow thy brow,
Still may the light within shine bright as now,
Still may the light within shine bright as now.

2. We ever pray for thee with all our hearts,
That strength be given thee to do thy part,
To guide and counsel us from day to day,
To shed a holy light around our way,
To shed a holy light around our way.

3. We ever pray for thee with fervent love;
And as the children’s prayer is heard above,
Thou shalt be ever blest, and God will give
All that is meet and best while thou shalt live,
All that is meet and best while thou shalt live.

  (Other Hymns Included in the Medley)
  We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet

Text: William Fowler, 1830–1865

Music: Caroline Sheridan Norton, 1808–ca. 1877


31243, Hymns, We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet, no. 19

D&C 21:1–5

Mosiah 2:41

1. We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.

2. When dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv’rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We’ve proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.

3. We’ll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We’ll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.


Joseph Smith's First Prayer

Text: George Manwaring, 1854–1889

Music: Sylvanus Billings Pond, 1792–1871; adapted by A. C. Smyth, 1840–1909

With dignity

31243, Hymns, Joseph Smith’s First Prayer, no. 26

Joseph Smith—History 1:14–20, 25

James 1:5

1. Oh, how lovely was the morning!
Radiant beamed the sun above.
Bees were humming, sweet birds singing,
Music ringing thru the grove,
When within the shady woodland
Joseph sought the God of love,
When within the shady woodland
Joseph sought the God of love.

2. Humbly kneeling, sweet appealing—
’Twas the boy’s first uttered prayer—
When the pow’rs of sin assailing
Filled his soul with deep despair;
But undaunted, still he trusted
In his Heav’nly Father’s care;
But undaunted, still he trusted
In his Heav’nly Father’s care.

3. Suddenly a light descended,
Brighter far than noonday sun,
And a shining, glorious pillar
O’er him fell, around him shone,
While appeared two heav’nly beings,
God the Father and the Son,
While appeared two heav’nly beings,
God the Father and the Son.

4. “Joseph, this is my Beloved;
Hear him!” Oh, how sweet the word!
Joseph’s humble prayer was answered,
And he listened to the Lord.
Oh, what rapture filled his bosom,
For he saw the living God;
Oh, what rapture filled his bosom,
For he saw the living God.

Praise to the Man

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872

Music: Scottish folk song


31243, Hymns, Praise to the Man, no. 27

D&C 135

2 Nephi 3:14–15

1. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.

Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.

2. Praise to his mem’ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
Plead unto heav’n while the earth lauds his fame.

3. Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

4. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know “Brother Joseph” again.



"We Ever Pray for Thee" medley midi by Sterling D. Allen courtesy of - 11/29/05

"We Ever Pray for Thee", "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet", "Joseph Smith's First Prayer",
and "Praise to the Man" Lyrics courtesy of - 11/29/05

Interactive Sheet Music, Midis, and Lyrics to All (or Most) Latter-day Saint Hymns -,17929,4782-1-1,00.html - 11/29/05

First Joseph Smith Image (and available mini-biography) courtesy of - 11/29/05

Second Joseph Smith Image (reduced and cropped) courtesy of - 11/29/05

 Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/29/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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