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12/25/05 - NNHS Newsletter

"Christmas--that magic blanket that wraps itself about us,
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may
weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting,
or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance--a day
in which we think of everything we have ever loved."

 --  Augusta E. Rundel

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   What a wonderful day!  I hope you're all enjoying it!  It's rainy and yucky here in Fayetteville, but
other than that, it's gloriously beautiful!



   A very Merry Happy Christmas Birthday to Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!  Have a wonderful day, Doug!


  From Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA - 12/21/05 - "Merry Christmas":

I will be making  a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas ... My way of saying that I am celebrating the birth Of Jesus Christ..............

   Thank you, Cookie - and thanks for today's graphics!  Merry Christmas!



  From Perry Howard ('68) of VA - 12/23/05 - "Joseph Smith's 200th Birthday":


The Lord reaches us in many different ways. My wife and I were investigating The Church (of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in 1991. My oldest girl had an Air Force Scholarship at Norwich University in Vermont. My son was about 10 months old. John was being a perfect child on this trip. Then out of the blue he turned his head to Chris and threw-up on her. We pulled over to get him and Chris cleaned up the best we could. I told my wife we would get off the interstate at the next exit. As we came to a stop at the next exit, there was a sign across from us stating “Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith's Birth Place - one mile". After catching my breath, then looking at Dee, I told her that we were meant to go on this trip, and John was the vessel that the Lord used to put away any of our doubt that we had.

   GASP!!!  Perry, I had to reread your letter three times to make certain I wasn't hallucinating!  I had no idea you were a Latter-day Saint.  Truly, I thought the only Latter-day Saints who were reading these Newsletters were my sister    (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I and our families, and    David ('67) and Candy (Hixson - Ferguson HS - '68) Whitley (of VA).  In the past, Eleanor's husband,    Miles Nowitzky (Granby - '50) (who was our Bishop) and    Larry Crickenberger ('58) were as well, but they have both passed away.

   Thanks so much for sharing this with us.  I really enjoyed hearing your experience!

   Merry Christmas!



  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/23/05 - "The Buckroe Park Picture":


I have to comment on the photo you posted of the park.  It really was a wonder. 

I spoke to my children's father tonight.  He is  John B. Clark (NNHS '57).  His dad was a transplant to the peninsula in the mid 1920s.  This is important to dating the photo because I remember my father-in-law speaking of having worked one summer for Basil Steiffen (and regardless of what folks say, the family preferred a long E when pronouncing their name).  John's dad, John Arnold Clark, worked in the arcade area at the 'Pull the String' arcade game.  John's dad relocated here because his step-father, Burton O. Clark, had been posted at the Kecoughtan VA Center as chief of surgery.  My father-in-law worked the summer of 1929 at the Park before attending William and Mary as a pre-law student.  The Rockefeller family hadn't yet decided to fund the reconstruction of Williamsburg as we know it today because I can remember my father in law speaking of a Williamsburg wherein Duke of Gloucester Street was just a cart path.
Now how does this apply to the photo?  Well, the arcade game where my late father-in-law worked as a late teen hadn't been built in the photo!  So the photo has to have been taken before about 1928-29.  No one person holds all the information about the past.  But when we gather in a web site such as this and add our input, we can gauge some of the data we need to determine the facts. 
I hope this info helps someone else to remember something their parent or uncles said about the park so that they can help us date the photo.
Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park    
I hadn't withheld the info about John's grandfather having been Chief of Surgery at the Kecoughtan VA Center; I had felt it was John's to tell.  But after speaking to him this evening and being reminded of his dad's life, I am able to supply a date or two to help date the photo.

   I'm sure my daddy must have known John's grandfather at Kecoughtan.  It's yet another example of the curious weavings of the tapestry of our lives.  Thank you for telling me that!

    I'm enclosing this aerial view of Buckroe in the late sixties for comparison with the other.
Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park  
This image was borrowed from an old Virginia travel publication from the late sixties.  
I have made 2 afghans, 6 sets of hats and scarves, 2 sets of place mats with table runners, a fleece nightshirt and other things I simply can't remember for Christmas gifts and my fingers are so sore.  So about 90% of what I'm giving is home made. 

But tonight - with everything finished and wrapped - I did some 'recreational crocheting' because I didn't have anything else to do!  It was sort of like being home the night after being in a play you've been in closes! 

   GIGGLES!  I think it takes a crocheter to appreciate your words - that strange sensation when your fingers hunger for yarn and a hook! 

Carol, I followed the links from the newsletter and I really enjoyed reading about Joseph Smith, his revelation, his journey and all the other things I read about LDS.  Thank you so much for sharing what you have.

   I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kathy.  When I first began doing whatever it is that I do, I very carefully avoided all mention of anything religious or political, as I didn't want it thought that I was trying to force my opinion on others.  There was a long period of time when I'm relatively certain that whether your politics were of the far left or the far right or somewhere in between, you each thought that I was in perfect agreement with you (and at any particular moment, you may very well have been correct!).

   This policy worked well enough when I didn't communicate with y'all but once every other week or so.  As the Newsletters have become daily editions, this simply didn't work.  It was not only difficult due to the open nature of my personality (and it was giving me headaches even to attempt it), but it was boring, and really basically dishonest. 

   As the man said, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

   I believe it's much more interesting and educational to learn new and different things, and I think the sharing of them all makes us each richer for the process.

   As I mentioned earlier, I'm really looking forward to Hanukkah - and I hope those of you who are celebrating it will share it with us!

   I also know this current policy of celebrating everything and discussing almost everything within this forum hasn't always been comfortable for all of us, but ultimately I had to find my own way, and follow the dictates of my own conscience.  If I've offended any of you in that, I'm sorry, but it's the best option I've found.

Again, a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Though missing my Mom, I will see everyone else in my family between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.  So I look forward to a wonderful holiday.  I wish the same for you and your family. 


   Thank you, Kathy!  I know you'll miss your mama all during the holidays.  I still miss mine, and she died almost seven years ago.  Sometimes, not everything changes.  Our hearts still yearn for the same things.  I'm so glad you'll be seeing your family - what a choice blessing that is!

   Merry Christmas, Lady!



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/24/05 - "The Buckroe Park Picture":

The best way to date the image would be to enlarge it enough to determine the model year of the automobiles pictured. The autos are difficult to see clearly, but those closest and most visible (i.e., left center) are definitely late 40s or early 50s. NO WAY are they 1928-1929.

    Hmmmm - that's absolutely true!

   Of course, this raises even more questions.  Why was Debbie (Hobbs - '71 - of VA) so convinced the image was from 1946, rather than saying something ambiguous like "about 1945"? And is it not conceivable that the Pull-the-String (my favorite activity in the park!!!) might have been available but located elsewhere until the structure which we all knew was built?

   Oh,   Bill (Hobbs - '66 - of Northern VA) and Debbie!!!  Can you tell us more about this fabulous image???  Where on earth did you find it???

   Thank you, David!  And Merry Christmas, Brown Eyes!



From Bill Gross (Feb., '48) of VA - 12/24/05 - "Colonial Stores":

You don't have to publish this if you don't want to. 

   Oh, but I hope you mind that I did!

Thanks to you I got my answer on finding the history of the Colonial Stores.

I worked for Colonial when I was a teenager and come within an ace of making a career of the grocery business with Colonial.  Hindsight proves I made the right decision but I always loved dealing with the public and as I tell everyone, the grocery business was my first love.
Thanks again,
Bill Gross
Class of Feb. 48

   Thanks, Bill - and Merry Christmas!



  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/25/05:

Merry Christmas, O' wonderful person, to you and to yours.


   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Sweetie - and Merry Christmas to you, too!



 Y'all have a wonderful day!  Hanukkah begins tonight!

 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."



Christmas Rhapsody:

Good Christian Men, Rejoice
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
We Three Kings
What Child Is This?
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
Deck the Halls
Angels We Have Heard on High


"Christmas Rhapsody" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

Animated Hurricane Christmas Candle and Animated "Merry Christmas" Title clip art courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 12/21/05
Thanks, Cookie!

 Animated Candle clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/21/05

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