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12/24/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Christmas Eve!

"Christmas Eve was a night of song that
wrapped itself about you like a shawl.
But it warmed more than your body.
It warmed your heart...filled it, too,
with melody that would last forever."

- Bess Streeter Aldrich (Song of Years)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I hope you enjoyed a quiet evening with those you love.


From Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario - 12/24/05 - "Merry Santa &
he girls.":

Merry Santa & the girls.

   Ooooh - thanks, Helen! 



  From Steve Veazey ('60) of VA - 12/24/05:

Carol, thanks for including the write-up on “Christmas” from Debbie Daniel of TX.  I couldn’t have said it any better!!!


Steve Veazey NNHS ‘60

   Thank you, Steve - and Merry Christmas to you, too!



  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 12/24/05 - "Jim Hogan":


I don't know if you ever read the sports page of the Daily Press, so thought you might like to see this article about    Jimmy Hogan, Class of 67.  I'm sure there are former players from our class and others that played with Jimmy during their high school careers.  I think it's been mentioned before that Jimmy still holds some records and this article confirms it.  Yet another reason for us Typhoons to be proud. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family and all our classmates. 

   Thank you so much, Sandi!  Merry Christmas to you and Dale, too!  Keep reading!


  From Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA - 12/24/05:

Hey Carol,

You might want to go the Daily Press web site today (12/24/05). On the front page of the sports section there’s a good article on    Jimmy Hogan, NNHS Class of ’67, titled "Where are they Now?" It’s about how he set national records for TD passes and passing yardage in one (1) game against Denbigh High.

Merry Christmas to you and all *Typhoon and their families (**Crabbers too).

Jimmy Walker ’62

*Back in the day I was told, I suspect in error, that there‘s no plural (s) for Typhoon…somebody help me!

**I know I need to get over it, but I can’t yet…maybe in the next 43 years.

   You're a hoot, Jimmy!  GIGGLES!!!


   As for the "Typhoon/Typhoons" distinction,    Wayne Stokes ('65 of VA) finally explained it to my understanding a couple of weeks ago.  It was in this Newsletter:

   I'll repeat it here:

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/12/05 - "The NNHS "Typhoon"":
"Deja vu all over again"?

  Joe Wingo ('65 - of NC) and    Van (Rowell - '65 - of NC), among others, joined me in this conversation a couple of years ago regarding "Typhoon" and "Typhoons", remember?

   Oh, certainly, I remember, Wayne Honey.  I just wanted you to say it all over again!  And bless your heart, you didn't let me down!  Your answer appeared within moments of the question, as I knew it would.  Thanks so much!

Now as to the "Crabbers", they can call themselves whatever they want and I don't know why?

However, and I don't know why on this one either, but I do know it to be true, WE (sports teams) were referred to as the NNHS "Typhoon", not "Typhoons". As an athlete I remember this well. As someone has previously stated, our logo is that of a tornado, not a typhoon, which of course is a hurricane in our parts!
Seriously, our sports teams were always identified as the "Newport News High Typhoon". If you have or can get your hands on them, read the sports pages of our time and you will see that term always used in what appears to be the singular. But, it isn't; in that context it is inclusive of the entire team, all members. Our sports teams were not a number of "little storms" running hither and yond, but ONE BIG STORM ALL TOGETHER! Thus, the NNHS TYPHOON! When the article referred to an individual of the "Typhoon" team, it was always< ...the Typhoon's so and so did such and such...>an apostrophe and "s" after the "n" identified an individual. I would not be surprised to hear that Coach Conn had something to do with the concept of naming our teams as ONE UNIT, that is to mean a team, not a group of individuals.
As a side note, "the Duke University of the West", Stanford University is known as the "Cardinal", not "Cardinals"!
Now, as students of NNHS, as a number of individuals, we would then be Typhoons, the plural, or if so chosen: "TYPHOON FOREVER". The school was not a sports team, nor were athletes non students!
I stand ready to defend my position, with evidence!!
Take Care!
R. Wayne Stokes

   Thank you, thank, you, thank you!!!

   I also remember having this conversation over the phone with you.  I asked  you whether I should close these newsletters with "TYPHOONS FOREVER!" (as I do) or "TYPHOON FOREVER!".  You said that would depend on what I meant.  (And whoever knows what that could be?!?)  After much soul-searching, I decided to stay with "TYPHOONS FOREVER!"  There was ample justification for using either.  I'm sure there was some perfectly plausible reason why I chose this one.

   I just don't especially remember what it was.  I probably flipped a coin....  Sigh.

   Thanks again, Wayne Honey!

  And as for the Jimmy Hogan story, keep reading!
   Thanks, Jimmy - Merry Christmas!

  From Billy Fitzgerald ('58) of VA - 12/24/05:

Carol, thanks for all you do, and sharing your story.

   You're welcome!

I am sure you know Vernon Cartwright; he is a good friend, and we have done some business together.

   Um, actually, I don't......

On Saturday 12/24/05 in the Sports section, under Where are they now?  It’s a great picture of    Jimmy Hogan NNHS 67, and his story of  his setting some football records, that still stand today. It would be wonderful for your newsletter. His brother Ben also went to NNHS, and Ben’s wife also and played in the band. Ben is now Principal at Hines Middle School in the NN public school system.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Bill Fitzgerald

   Thank you, Billy!

   Okay, here's the holiday surprise.  So that we could preserve that article for our archive, I applied it and the two images to its own page, and attached it to the 1967 Section of the embryonic Football section: - brand new page

   What an amazing story that is!  Thanks so much, Sandi, Jimmy, and Billy for bringing it to my attention.  I would not have seen it - and certainly not today!



   Have a wonderful weekend - whatever you're celebrating.  Merry Christmas!

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

                          Love to all, Carol




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



Silent Night

Words by Josef Mohr (11 Dec 1792 - 05 Dec 1848), about 1816

Translated to English by John Freeman Young (30 Oct 1820 - 15 Nov 1885), 1863

Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (25 Nov 1787 - 07 June 1963), about 1820

"This hymn’s history is the source of some disagreement. The traditional story is that Mohr and Gruber
wrote it in Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Eve when they discovered the church organ was broken
(different versions say it rusted out, or mice chewed through vital parts). However, recent evidence
indicates this may be only folklore. An old manuscript has reportedly been discovered that shows
Franz Gruber wrote the score 2-4 years after Mohr wrote the lyrics. Whatever the truth, this carol
has been a Christmas favorite for almost 200 years."


Stille Nacht

1. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab' im lockigten Haar,
|: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! :|

2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
|: Jesus in deiner Geburt! :|

3. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn,
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt sehn,
|: Jesum in Menschengestalt! :|

4. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß,
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
|: Jesus die Völker der Welt! :|

5. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
|: Aller Welt Schonung verhieß! :|

6. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
|: "Jesus der Retter ist da!" :|


Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.




"Silent Night" midi and German and English lyrics courtesy of – 11/22/05

"Stille Nacht" history and "Silent Night" English lyrics courtesy of - 12/23/05

Baby Jesus with Lambs clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

Tiny Baby Jesus clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy
of - 12/23/05

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