The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 130, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 22, 2005 Page: 4 of 26
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ponderings by Pat
By Pat Lidia Jones
(Last week my husband and I were
in New York City and we had dinner
with Melissa Neugebauer, daughter of
Albany's Judy and Ed Compton, and
her husband, Toby. She told me about
her exciting evening at the White House.
I knew all of you would like to hear
about it too, so I asked her to be our
guest columnist this week.)
It was a magical evening! Never in
my wildest imagination did I ever think
I would dine and dance at the White
House! Glorious, beautiful, lovely -
It all began with a phone call from
my mother-in-law, Dana. "Melissa, I
would like to give you my place at the
White House Christmas Ball. Would
you like to go with Randy this year?"
Well, would I?!!! But wait! I told her
I simply couldn't take her place at the
ball, but she insisted that she wanted to
share the experience with me. I ac-
cepted with heartfelt gratitude and it
was decided upon that I'd be the
Congressman's guest at the Christmas
Ball. How exciting!
Toby, my husband, was thrilled for
me. If only he could go too.. .but no, each
House member may only take one guest.
Toby determined to make it as special
for me as possible. In late October, he
took me shopping for the perfect dress.
We found it on a Saturday afternoon in
an elegant Beverly Hills shop. It was
yellow - canary yellow chiffon with a
flowing train and flounces, and I truly
felt like Cinderella when I tried it on.
The alterations were made, the slippers
were found, I was ready.
Just before Thanksgiving my phone
rang. It was Randy. He sounded kind of
giddy. "I have a surprise for Toby. Do
you think he'd want to go to the Christ-
mas Ball too?' 'Well, of course.. .but how?'
Randy told me he had run into his
friend, Walter Jones from North Caro-
lina, and Congressman Jones was not
planning to attend the Ball. In a matter
of minutes, Randy asked him if he might
attend after all, in order to take his son,
Toby, as his guest. Randy told him our
story and Mr. Jones graciously agreed
to take Toby to the door of the White
Yea! So Toby was to go after all. But
poor Dana. This was turning into a fun
family affair without her. My heart was
breaking, but what could be done? Well,
magic, of course! Elizabeth Barrett Karr
is the House liaison for the White House.
Upon hearing our story from Pamela
Mattox in Randy's office, the two went
to work and magically got Dana's name
on the guest list - one day before the
Ball. So Dana's sacrifice turned into a
blessing for all of us - the Neugebauers
got to go to the affair as a family.
On December 3, I loaded our little
boys onto a plane and headed for the
nation's capital. Toby had gone ahead
on business and met us there...with
another surprise. What is a beautiful
gown without a little sparkle? Toby had
"borrowed" an amazing diamond neck-
lace from Harry Winston for me to wear!
The first thing he said when he showed
me was, "Now, Melissa, we have to give
this back." My goodness, 70 carats of
bling-bling! Was there ever going to be
an end to the excitement of this special
occasion? Not for a while.
The morning of December 5 dawned
cold and cloudy in D.C. The sky loomed
heavy with the promise of snow. As the
day wore on, our anticipation rose. Fi-
nally, it was time!
First on the agenda for the evening
was a cocktail reception given by cur-
rent and former members of Congress
at the historic Old Ebbit Grill. There we
met up with Congressman Jones who
would ride with us to the White House.
I've never met a more gracious south-
ern gentleman than he. He was thrilled
to help us go as a family.
Big fluffy flakes of snow fell as our
driver pulled through the gates of the
White House. Lights twinkled from ev-
ery window. We were greeted by carol-
ers and our hosts, the United States
Marine Corps. A harpist and flutist
played in the main hall for arriving
guests. The theme of the White House
Christmas was "All Things Bright and
Beautiful." Indeed, everyone and ev-
erything was elegant and lovely!
The White House was decorated
beautifully with fresh garlands and
wreaths of boxwood which were adorned
with lime green and pink satin bows.
The Christmas trees were heavily laden
with fresh flowers - every one different.
The big tree in the blue room was done
all in white lilies - incredible!!! A gin-
gerbread white house replica was in the
main dining room and was decorated
with white chocolate in amazingly in-
tricate detail. The food was delicious -
rack of lamb, turkey sandwiches with
cranberry relish, soups...My favorite
tables were the sweet tables. They had
little petit fours decorated like presents
with red bows, bowls of chocolate nuts,
iced cookies shaped like Barney and
Miss Beasley, the President's Scottie
dogs and so much more!
We visited with many special people,
all very nice - Congressmen and Sena-
tors and their spouses. Karl Rove (whom
Toby idolizes) loves to hunt and Toby
was quick to invite him out to Albany.
to your health
We met Supreme Court Justice Clarence i
Thomas and his lovely wife. He told us j
stories of coming to Lubbock to visit his
good friend, Bobby Knight.
Finally, the moment we had been
waiting for - our turn to meet the PresiP
dent and First Lady! As we walked up,
the President hailed Randy with a smile
and a wave, then looked at Toby and
said, "Randy, this is your other son. »
This must be Toby! Toby, I love your
suit. That's a bold look." (When the
President calls you by name and com-J
pliments your look, it tends to make you
feel really special.)
The First Lady was stunning in full
length navy satin. She is just a lovely''
person, even more beautiful in person.
We all traded pleasantries, took a couple
of photos, and then talked a bit about
our hopes of the Presidential Library
coming to West Texas. Toby couldn't
pass the opportunity to put in a plug.
We danced, we chatted, we sipped
wine and eggnog, we munched, we sat •
in every chair in every room just to say
we had. It was all very enchanting.
But alas, all good things must come
to an end. Our Marine hosts politely
began ushering people to the coat check
area. We tarried as long as we could. As .
we walked out of the front door of the,
White House, we noticed that the snow
had turned the world white and was
still gently falling. We chose to walk
back to our hotel, which was just across
the park. Halfway across Toby and I
turned to have one more look at the
White House to see if the fairy tale had
been real. Washington D.C. was quiet
at the hour and the moon on the breast
of the new fallen snow made that mo-
ment and the entire evening absolutely
By Ryan Ford, M.D,,.-
Bordetella Pertussis: Nope, she
wasn't the madam of Fort Griffin's Bee
Hive Saloon. Nor is Bordetella Pertus-
sis a fancy dessert served at the Rain-
bow Room in New Orleans. You won't
bid on a nice bottle of '71 Bordetella
Pertussis at the local wine auction ei-
ther. But, there is a good chance that
someone you know and love may soon
be dramatically affected by the illness
caused by Bordetella Pertussis.
The common name Whooping Cough
is likely derived from the bark-like cough
resulting from pertussis infection. This
illness is particularly worrisome in in-
fants. Those less than six months of age
are particularly susceptible to this res-
piratory illness and the effects of infec-
tion at this age can be deadly.
Most Americans have received a full
course of Pertussis vaccine. We start
immunizing children at two months of
age. We usually give five doses total;
the last of which is done between four
and six years of age. Full immunity may
not be conferred until six months of age,
if dosing is on schedule.
Since the 1980's, pertussis infection
has been on the rise nationwide. Last
year we saw more than 20,000 reported
cases of pertussis. This likely repre-
sents a small fraction of the actual num-
bers of cases seen clinically. Pertussis is
a very difficult bacterium to culture and
only recently have PCR tests been avail-
Adolescents are a major reservoir of
pertussis infection. We now recognize
that pertussis immunity is waning af-
ter about ten years from immunization.
Currently there is no pertussis vaccine
available for adults, but pertussis may
represent as much as 7% of all coughing
illnesses in adults. ( | \
Pertussis has many weapons against
our immune system and our respira-
tory system. The primary weapon is a
toxin produced by the bacteria that para-
lyzes the cilia of the respiratory tracts.
Without the function of these secretion
clearing hair-like structures, our air-
ways become clogged with mucus. Ad-
ditionally the toxin creates swelling of
the airway tissues making it more diffi-
cult to breath and induces an intense
The cough is often barking and comes
in paroxysms or spells which many times
end in vomiting. The coughing parox-
ysms are intense and often painful. The
repetitive coughing often results in in-
flammation of the lining of the lungs
and chest wall (pleurisy). Fever will
amblin' through albany
Albany abounds with holiday activi-
ties. To participate in all or much of it,
you've needed a well-kept calendar or
date book and a lot of stamina.
The DAR's Christmas meeting was
on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, at
the Methodist Church. The Commu-
nity Choir sang Christmas songs and
Barbra Clack showed and talked about
her new children's book on the Pledge of
Allegiance just published by Bright Sky
Press. WWII veterans were remembered
with an exhibit of Albany newspaper
photos of local veterans in 1945 edi-
tions. It was fun to see photos of the
very young John Rose, Bob Green,
Harold Law, Ed Tackett and others.
The wife exclaimed, "My gosh! They
were such handsome guys!" Grace
Leech, Mary Kay O'Connor and Jane
Hawkins planned the meeting.
The Old Jail's annual# puppet show
was held on the sixth and seventh and
played to throngs of fascinated kids and
to the young at heart. Leta and I saw it
for our first (but not last) time and it is
truly a delightful show.
On Saturday afternoon of the 10th,
the Old Jail was the scene of a reception
honoring the cowboys and photogra-
pher of another new Bright Sky Press
book, Revealing Character - Cowboy
Roundup. It is a collection of tintype
photos of real cowboys from across Texas
by Robb Kindrick. Among the ranches
represented are the 6666, the JA, the
King, Lambshead, Paisano, Waggoner
and others. Noted Texas author John
Graves wrote a foreword and Margaret
Blagg contributed an excellent essay on
the tintype technique. I suspect every
rancher and cowboy in Texas and folks
who like photo-art will want a copy. It
will make a great Christmas present.
That same afternoon, the Jackson
Warehouse was full of people who came
to help celebrate the 23rd wedding an-
niversary of June and Raymond
Hawkins. The honorees were beaming
as they accepted congratulations and
best wishes from the large assembled
crowd of family and friends.
That very evening, the 50-voice a
Capella "Praise Choir" from Lubbock
Christian University presented a fine
Christmas concert at the Church of
Christ. They sang with great balance
and tone and were a treat to the ears.
Here's hoping they return often.
Sunday, the 11th, was an especially
busy day. The Albany Tour of Homes
included six lovely homes, each decked
out beautifully for the holidays. Cham-
ber volunteers assisted the home own-
ers with hosting duties at each stop.
There were so many holiday goodies
served that if one did not exercise some
self-restraint, the tour could have added
two pounds to your body. The event was
organized by Doyleen Terrell and Mary
Macon, assisted by Chuck Senter.
Then on Tuesday the 13th, the do-
cent corps of the Old Jail Art Center
was treated to a Christmas party by the
OJAC staff. Executive Director Marga-
ret Blagg and Education Director
Kathryn Mitchell hosted and approxi-
mately 30 docents enjoyed a bountiful
spread of food and liquid refreshment.
On the afternoon of Thursday the
15th and again on the 16th, volunteers
gathered at the Youth Center to sort
food and assemble Christmas "baskets,"
actually boxes. These were then deliv-
ered to 109 families last Saturday morn-
ing. This project is sponsored by the
Albany Ministerial Alliance, Doug
The only disappointment with that
project was that James Garvin, the
"Dean" of our Christmas basket group
who has helped with this task for as
long as it has been going on, had to be
absent. A family gathering in the
Metromess directly conflicted with this
year's effort and James missed with
deep regret. But hey, James, it's okay!
You get an excused absence every half
century or so.
Last Saturday evening there was a
lively concert at the Aztec Theater un-
derwritten by Trinity Episcopal Church.
It opened with Sandy Abel and Marc
Sanders at pianos playing selections
from the Nutcracker Suite by
Tchaikovsky and closed with them play-
ing Carnival of the Animals by Camille
Saint Saens and with narration by Pam
Davis. In between there were Christ-
mas songs by the Community Choir
and various soloists, including several
children. A dramatic moment came
when a mischievous grinch harassed
the choir and children until they scared
him away. The grinch looked like a
cross between the Jolly Green Giant
and a certain local Presbyterian minis-
ter. He was a big hit.
Perhaps the capstone of all our pre-
Christmas celebrations was the power-
ful performance of excerpts from
Handel's "Messiah" last Sunday after-
noon by the Community Choir. They
performed to an almost totally full and
beautiful decorated Matthews Memo-
rial Presbyterian Church. The ubiqui-
tous Sandy Abel was organist and Adam
Poyner from Hardin-Simmons was
The Saturday night and Sunday af-
ternoon concerts were truly gifts to our
community. A big Thank You is due to
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City council - City Hall, 5 pm
Christmas sing-along - NSES cafeteria, 8:30 am
Early dismissal - NSES Pre-K-2nd grade 11:30, NSES
3rd-6th grade 12 noon, AJHS/AHS 12:05 pm
Lions Club - Icehouse, 12 noon
Chamber luncheon - Icehouse, 12 noon
Commissioners court - Courthouse, 9 am
Blood drive - First Baptist Church parking lot,
Albany Chest donation deadline
NEW YEAR'S DAY
ESL classes - Resource Center, 6-8 pm
Krewe de Aztecia membership meeting - Aztec
Theater, 6 pm
Shackelford County Retired Teachers meeting - '
Aztec Theater, 11 am
Stock show workday - County show bam, 9 am
Showmanship clinic - County show barn, 2 pm
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tussis should undergo culture to diagT.,
nose and report cases of the disease .
Treatment is relatively straitforward
in adults and adolescents; antibiotic
therapy is usually curative in thejg&
cases. Infants, however, are much mor?
difficult to manage medically and hos-
pitalization is routinely required. The .
use of oxygen, bronchodilators, antibi-
otics, and steroids may be necessary to:
affect a cure.
Please seek the attention of a phyM-
cian if you or a family member experi-
ences symptoms of pertussis.
Thanks for reading. Send questions
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By Larry Bell j
all who planned and performed.
Mixed in among all the activities al-
ready mentioned were company and pri-
vate parties, another lively meeting of
the Chamber Board and a town meeting
with TxDOT representatives regarding
our bridge. Other than all that, there :
hasn't been much going on. Just more
do-nuthin' days in lil' ole Albany.
Merry Christmas to all!
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