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12/31/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy New Year's Eve!

"The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. "

-- Rubáiyát by Omar Kayyham

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've come to the end of the year, and like any year, it has been filled with joys and sorrows, pleasure and pain, births and deaths, exultations and devastations, bliss and betrayals.  In short, it has been full of Life.  I hope as you reflect back upon it, that you find it brought you more happiness than grief, and that your hearts are warm tonight.  



   The last birthday of 2005 is being celebrated today by    Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA. Happy Birthday, Lady!



  From JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC - 12/30/05 - "Birthday":

It's me again, Carol.  My birthday is 5/31/1943 and I live in Roanoke Rapids, about 5 miles south of the VA line on I-95 
Have a very Happy New Year.

   Roanoke Rapids?!?  Well, that of course, is right on the road between HERE and THERE!!!  WOWZERS!!

   I added your birthday so that we can properly annoy you - oh, no, I meant - celebrate it with you:

   Thanks, JoAnn!  Happy New Year! 


  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/30/05:


I saw on the news that Saturday will be 20 years since Ricky Nelson was killed in the plane crash. I have danced to a lot of his songs. Any one out there have any Ricky Nelson stories? I always enjoyed watching Ozzie and Harriett Nelson show.

Glenn Dye 1960 Tx.

   Oh, my goodness!  Has it really been that long?!?  I remember exactly where I was standing when I heard that news on the radio.  It was just after Christmas of 1985.  Hmmmm.  Oh, yeah - 20 years........

   Well, let's find out.  The only story I have (other than never missing the show myself), was that in the early years of their marriage, my mama and daddy used to go to the Mosque in Richmond and dance to Ozzie Nelson's band.  The lead singer was a pretty lady named Harriet Hilliard.  It was prior to 1935, and Ozzie and Harriet hadn't even yet married.

   And that's not really a Ricky Nelson story.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Glenn!  Happy New Year!


  From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 12/31/05 - "Anagram":

 The meaning of an anagram, like numerology, is in the eye of the beholder. Nonetheless, it is hard not to take this one seriously:

"Happy New Year!" = "Hype Weary? Nap!"


   WILD GIGGLES!!!  That's just so wonderfully true, Frank!  Thanks!  And a Hype Weary Nap to you, too! 


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/31/05:

   Guess what I did yesterday??  I watched little Jonathan for three hours while his mama and daddy were busy!  Okay, I know he's not really my grandson, any more than Joe and Megan are really my children (although Megan's mother down in San Antonio good-naturedly acknowledged that I was the "other-mother"!), but he looks, acts, feels, and seems like one of my own.
  Works for me!!!  GIGGLES!!!  
Friday, December 30, 2005    
Born Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2005

  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS '65) - of FL - 12/31/05:

To    Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58).......are you married to Jimmy Mathieson, who graduated from Hampton HS in 56?  If so, he graduated with my brother, Melvin Woolard, and hung out with Delma Drake, "Cootie" Cottle, Fred Jones, and "Punchy"  Bullifant (sp?) .  Where do you live in VA?  
My son, Joey, was born in '77, and I took him to the Space Park on Mercury Boulevard many times.  There was an area across Mercury from the park,  That's why there's a walkover from one side of Mercury to the other.  Anyhoo, his kindergarten class had a Thanksgiving play there, and Joey was one of the Indians.  Not sure why they closed that area off or what is now there.  I'll be in Hampton mid-Jan.....will try to check it out.

   Oh, this is just too cool..........

   Thanks, Gloria!  Happy New Year!


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 12/31/05 - "HAPPY NEW YEAR":

Hi Carol: 

This has been a year filled with your wonderful Newsletters and Music also all those cute little Icons. I have enjoyed each and everyone of them. It is a wonderful service that you do to enlighten and cheer each of us and open a whole new world of lost or misplaced friends and classmates. To visit the lives and places of all those that write in, and to see the world through another's eyes is a wonderful gift. You gave us that gift this year and I just wanted to say a BIG " THANK YOU", and to wish you and all your family a HAPPY NEW YEAR. May you be blessed with good Health and Friendship through the coming year.  I wish all the Typhoon Family and also all of the other readers a Happy New Year too.  

Catherine Hudson

   Cathy!  I was just thinking of you!     Thanks so much for all your kind words! 

   This has been a fun year with the Newsletters, hasn't it?  They just keep evolving, thanks to all the wonderful suggestions which have been made.  And as the total number of correspondents has double or nearly doubled this year, there's just so much more to learn and share with everyone.  I am thrilled with all the different perspectives we have been given from those who are older, and those who are younger, and those from other schools.  Yet as Gloria has just demonstrated, are lives are still all woven together.  As    Tom Flax ('64) of VA observed some time ago, we are simply one big happy family! 

   Thanks again, Cathy - and Happy New Year!


   I hope you all know how very much you mean to me.  Thank you for all your support in so many ways
this year.

   Y'all have a safe and wonderful Happy New Year - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol



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


Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

"Auld Lang Syne" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave!  What a perfect version!

Animated "Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of Pat's Web Graphics - - 12/30/05

Animated fireworks clip art courtesy of - 12/30/05

Painting the Town Red Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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