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12/26/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is here!
May the warmth and glow
of each candle you light
make your heart
and home happy and
your Hanukkah bright.

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the first full day of Hanukkah!  I found this web page which gives some interesting  background

   Of course, it would be much more fun hearing your first-hand accounts!  Because unless you count playing with    Carla Fine's (Cripps - '65 - of Australia) and    Debby Fink's (Golden - '65 - of MA) dreidels in the cafeteria at Magruder School (and I wouldn't - GIGGLES!), I really have no first-hand experience with celebrating Hanukkah.  


   It's also the first day of Kwanzaa, which we discussed in depth last year:


  From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/25/05:


Take a day off - you deserve it!

Cousin Pam

   I am rather taking the days off - really.  It just doesn't seem that way.  Because I haven't been dealing very much with images or new data to any great extent, I've only spent about a third as much time online each day as usual..  If it isn't noticeable, well, that's good! 

   Thanks, Cousin Pam!



  From One of "My" Famous Marines who served in the Pacific Theater during  WWII,
Herb Hice of MI - 12/25/05 - "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY":

Good Morning Carol, 

Christmas Morning at my house. My Hound Dog found a large bone in her stocking. I found a DVD in mine; it was of the dogs on Animal Planet barking JINGLE BELLS. She expects me to play it for her. I must show her how to operate the DVD player. I will let you know how I make out.

Merry Christmas to you and your Family.

Herbie >>>>> click on to the website below

Found a nice page I wanted to share with you.

   That's a really cool page, Herbie - thanks! 

   Do let me know how your teaching project progresses there.  Hmmmm.  I wonder if I can teach my Betta, Typhoon the Phish, to wash the dishes for me.  He's already accustomed to the water........

   I hope your Christmas was happy and bright, Herbie! 



From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/25/05 - "Vernon Cartwright":


Vernon Cartwright was a classmate of mine, Class of '54. I think he was into flying airplanes.

   Thanks, Bill.  I have the distinct feeling that my saying that I didn't know Vernon Cartwright was roughly equivalent to saying I don't know Donald Trump....

   I ran his name through Google, and the first pertinent item I found was written primarily in French and kept mentioning Luxembourg:

           "Registered Office: L-1233, Luxembourg, 13, rue Bertholet.

"In the year one thousand nineteen hundred ninety-five, on the ninth of November.
"Before Us, Maitre Paul Frieders, notary residing in Luxembourg.

   "...Mr. Christopher C. Cartwright, company director, residing in Newport News (USA)
   "...Mr. E. Vernon Cartwright, Jr., company director, residing in Newport News (USA)

   Yes, Bill, it does indeed sound as though Mr. Cartwright is "into flying airplanes"........ 



  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 12/25/05 - "Buckroe Amusement Park photo date":

  Kathy (Pilgrim Clark - '63 - of VA),
I am going to have to disagree with your before 1928-29 date.  Open the photo in a graphics program, zoom in on it and look at the cars.  I would say that most of them are late 40s or perhaps even early 50s.  I am almost positive that I see a black 1947 Chevy parked on the opposite side of the street from and beside the park facing forward and there are a couple of cars parked near the front left on the edge of the beach that look like Packards of about 1950-51 vintage. 
Definitely most of the cars are much later vintage than the 20s when most cars had a box shape (i.e. gangster cars......)

Perhaps the arcade game was in a different location from the one that you remember when this photo was taken.

   That was the conclusion to which I came as well.  Thanks, Al!

   Does anyone recall when the Ferris wheel was constructed there?  Because unless it's hiding under a pile of leaves, I cannot see it in this image.  I'm reasonably certain it was there by 1954, but I really don't recall riding it until 1960.

Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park    

BTW, Carol, I went through a number of photo albums at my mother's this afternoon looking for pics of NN but only found a lot of family photos, pictures of our house, Calvary Baptist Church, the James River Bridge and Huntington Court Apartments, most of which you already have enough photos of on the website.  I have a bunch of old negatives here which I can scan with my new scanner but so far have found nothing much different there either.  In a few days I will send you what I have that you don't have but it is not going to be what I thought - maybe just one or two comparison shots and a little text.
Al Simms

   Your new scanner can resolve old negatives???  Perhaps I'd better reread the manual on my new scanner!

   Thanks, Al!  We'll look forward to it!



From Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA - 12/25/05:

I really enjoyed the Newsletter - Mele Kalikimaka.  It brought back a lot of memories because I lived in Hawaii at Hickam Air Force Base from 1980-83 during my husband's Air Force career.  Our daughter, Sara, took hula lessons and danced to this song as well as many others.  Our son, David, was born there.  Hawaii was wonderful and we hope to go there again.
In today's "Daily Press"    Steve Larson (class of 68) won first place in the adult writing division for Christmas stories.  He wrote about his Christmas in Vietnam during 1969 and how he was thankful for a candy cane and a cup of coffee.  It kind of put things in perspective.  Steve grew up in Seven Oaks and he and his sister,    Carol (class of 65), lived down the street from me.
Thanks again for all of your work.
Merry Christmas,
Anita Becker (Class of 66)

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Anita!  WOW - Hawaii....... Mmmmmm....

   Oh, where was I?

   Oh, yes, I looked for forty-five minutes on the Daily Press web site, and I was never able to convince them to produce that article about Steve.  ARGGHHHH!!!  But it is super news, nonetheless.  If anyone has that article and I would like to share it with me, I'd really love to see it.

   It's strange.  I was thinking of Steve just the other day, probably as I was flipping through the '66 Anchor.  He was such a cute little boy.  I'm trying to picture him sitting in Vietnam, grateful for a candy cane and a cup of coffee.  It's not working......

   Thanks again, Anita!


   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."



Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
The sweet celebration
Around the feast we gather
in complete jubilation

Many are the reasons for good cheer
Now that the Season of Lights is here
Many are the reasons for good cheer
Now that the Season of Lights is here

Together we'll weather
whatever tomorrow may bring
So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing
the Hanukkah song that we sing
So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing
the Hanukkah song that we sing

Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
The Festival of Joy
A holiday, a jolly day
for every girl and boy
Whirling dreidels all week long
Eating latkes, singing songs
Whirling dreidels all week long
Eating latkes, singing songs

Now light them, tonight then
The candles all in a row
Retell the story of God in his glory
and dance by the flickering glow
Retell the story and God in his glory
dance by the flickering glow


"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" midi courtesy of - 12/24/05

"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" lyrics courtesy of - 12/24/05

"Happy Hanukkah" clip art and Star of David clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/24/05

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