Hi Dad & Mom,
I just got your E-mail, sorry I haven't written or called. We're all fine and well. I'm getting fat, need to lay off the milk and cookies. I just looked at your updated website and I got an error message when I first pulled it up. It read as follows - The required Internet protocol is not installed or the address might be invalid -It was the following GIF's, D:\1HOOD.GIF, I couldn't see the following pictures: 1995 Jones Family Reunion and Anna Ruth & Beulah. Everything else pulled up fine and looks great. I tried to send you a message thru your site but it wouldn't let me send it to you (not sure why?)
Anyway we're coming down this Thursday (Justins Birthday) We will be staying in Disney at the All Sports Resort for 3 days of fun at the theme parks, thats what Justin wanted for his birthday. Will call on Thursday when we get checked in that afternoon. We're getting ready (Justin says Hi) to watch Kentucky vs Arizona, I think the Wildcats will win? See you this weekend
Your favorite child
Dear Doe and Jeneen,
Well, bowing to ever weakening knees and the lack of desire to force them to climb stairs, we bought a new house this week. It is on two levels with the main level, where we will live, having combination living and dining rooms, kitchen and den, 3 bedrooms, (one of which I will use as an office), laundry room, and 2 1/2 baths. The lower level has a large den area, two bedrooms with a full bath, a kitchenette, and furnace room. One of the bedrooms has your name on it.
The house is on a corner lot, with the backyard filled with trees and no mowing and the driveway runs down the left side of the house and across the back of the house to exit onto Hidden Heights Drive. The lower level, most of which is out of ground opens onto the driveway at the back of the house. We will move after the first of June, and plan to sell the house at 1025 Carson St. first, and then sell the brick house at 1023 Carson St. After June 1 our regular mail address will be 1600 Brentwood Drive, Greeneville, Tenn. Email address remains the same.
I'm sending a low resolution, black and white picture as an attachment.
Hope all is well with both of you, and that you will live the house when you come to Greeneville.
Hi Momma and Daddy,
How are the two of you feeling this beautiful morning? We are all doing great except Rick has been having problems with his asthma for the past week. He seems to be doing better, but you never now.
Mike took his test for Gifted on Friday. He got 297 out of 300 questions right! He will now have to go through another series of tests and then we'll know if he's in. Keep your fingers crossed.
I am volunteering at the Safety Harbor Library one night a week doing Childrens' Story Hour. I start this Monday night. I wanted to do something on a volunteer basis for reading, you know how strong I feel about reading. In the fall I will be working one morning at the school with the Reads program. This is for children that are having trouble reading and comprehension. I will have to take some training during the Summer time. I'll keep you posted.
The boys will be signing up for Basketball on 4-26 at 9:00 A.M. I called to get more information from the City Community Center, they said it would fill fast so get there early. I asked if I could camp out on the sidewalk to ensure a spot. They have draft day on 5-31 and the season starts June 14 through August 9. I will let you know when the games are so you and Momma can plan on seeing a few. We are all very excited to be getting back into Basketball. The boys play everyday for 1 « to 2 hours a day at the park courts. They are really getting good.
Well, I put out a 4 page newsletter at my work a few weeks ago and I am now working on the next one. The Word Perfect at work has a newsletter program and just plugged the stories in. I wrote the majority of it, and a few others wrote the rest. I will send you a copy this week. I wanted to add a little something to the team at Waccamaw and my new Manager (which is wonderful!) encouraged me to go forward with it. She sent copies to several people at the Corporate office. One of my Regionals responded and sent it to the President (not Clinton). Pretty cool!
We had a great day yesterday! The four of us went to a park on Lake Tarpon. They have a very nice nature trial along the banks of the lake. It was beautiful! We then drove to a Chimp Farm. It is a home for ex-pets and circus monkeys. It was pretty neat but sad. Most of these monkeys were pets and the owners couldn't handle them so they bring them to this place. We laughed a lot at the way they communicated with us.
We were watching and another one dribbling a basketball. He was pretty good, sign him up ! Then he started doing this dance where he would jump up and down and slap his feet. We laughed and laughed. He started making loud monkey noises and running around in circles. Just then Rick said,"Everyone move, he's going to spit." (The man at the gate told us if they did this they would spit). Just as we moved back the monkey took a hand full of poop and threw it at us. It got on my shoe and a little on Rick's arm. Needless to say we laughed big time! It was a lot of fun. We then drove over to a beach park and had a late lunch. It was so relaxing and peaceful. Then Rick and boys threw bread at me and I got invaded by a few dozen of sea gulls. It was very amusing! For them that is. We all ran to the car and the seas gulls followed us. Now we have 24 new pets in our yard. Not really. To finish the day, we cooked burgers on the grill and hung a bird feeder and squirrel feeder.
There are lots of birds out there this morning. Shadow is sitting here nice but he is drooling a little at the sight of all the birds. It is going to be another gorgeous day here at Safety Harbor. I can't wait to see what today holds for us.
I love you both very much! I also miss you both a bunch!
Love your darlingist daughter, Lori
Dear Big Daddy and Mom Hood:
I had to get substitute teachers for the First Lady's visit to my school today. What a way to come home from a vacation! Apparently my principal received notification that she was coming here on Thursday and she knew we were going to be out of town. There were 10 messages on our answering machine, all but two were for me from school! Mrs. Clinton was here for about an hour today and I did get to meet her. The secret service guys used my office and I have to admit it was pretty exciting. I wish I could have brought Justin over, but the security was unbelievable, and when she was here no one could come into the building that hadn't been approved or cleared 48 hours ahead of time. Anyway, I wanted to thank Mom again for the tea and toast plates and cups. It is especially meaningful since Jimmy gave them to her when he was younger.
We all had a good time at Disney, but we're all sore from walking! Thanks again for Justin's birthday cake!
Our school, Kate Sullivan's Web Page address is: http://www.sullivan.leon.k12.fl.us. Our Tech coordinator updated it the day Mrs. Clinton was here and took digital pictures and I think it is pretty neat! Thought you'd be interested. Enjoy!
Richelle Smith Hood
Richelle, Justin and Jimmy live in Tallahassee, Florida
Hi Momma and Daddy,
How are the two of you feeling today? I'm doing great! The boys all made straight a's on their report cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of them I could just bust! Mike brought 4 B's up to all a's. I am really proud of this accomplishment. Rick has the next two days off so they boys and him are going to the beach today and canoeing tomorrow. Last week when I took the boys to the beach, my lupus acted up. My face broke out and my chest. I don't want to risk it so soon...maybe next weekend. I'm going into work on Sunday....they are giving out overtime. I figure at $15.00 an hour I should take advantage.
All the caterpillars are nice and snug in their little cocoons. Soon we will have a lot of yellow moths flying around. The boys and Rick cleaned the Jacuzzi and now as soon as they leave.....I'll go relax and read! How was the visit with the Jim Hood's? I hope all went well. I can't believe that Justin is 13! We sent him a card on E-mail, he will be surprised. I off to pack the guys for the beach..... I love you both a bunches!
Your Darlingest Daughter, Lori
Hi Momma and Daddy,
Well we got some interesting news on Friday from school. Mike has been recommended by his teacher to go to "Writers Camp" this summer. This is a camp sponsored by Pinellas County for kids in grades 4-8 that show creativity when it comes to writing. Sounds pretty cool to us. To be eligible you also have to participate well in class and help other students. The camp is going to be July 7 - 29th. They will go every day for 3 hours to work with teachers and journalists. Mike has to submit a copy of one of his stories for final acceptance. Only 55 children will be selected in Pinellas County. Keep your fingers crossed. I will keep you posted. I Love you both!
Your darling daughter, Lori
Lori Hood Lyons and family live at Safety Harbor, Florida. On the east side of Tampa Bay.
Dear Mother and Daddy,
Hello! I received your newsletter the other day. Thanks! That was sweet of you to send us a copy. Unfortunately, you were a tad bit off on what Jim and I do as professionals.
I am an Assistant Account Executive at Michael Parver Associates, Inc. The primary account I work on is Buena Vista Pictures for the Southeast region. Buena Vista Pictures includes Walt Disney Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. I handle public relations, publicity and promotions for each film that comes out by all of these studios. The primary markets I deal with are Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Birmingham, Knoxville, Charleston, Greenville, SC&NC and Savannah. Basically, I make sure that the promotions prior to opening bring out radio, TV, newspaper and other media to my events as well as movie-goers.
We always screen a movie a few days prior to the release date so that press may see it early to review it on opening day. I also get an appropriate radio station for each of my markets to give out passes as prizes to listeners on air and at live remotes. They must fit the audience demographic that the film is targeting. I also set a local newspaper to run free ads promoting complimentary passes to the screening. Combined, this gives us a total of at least $7,000.00 worth of promotional value per market.
We sometimes set up huge stunts to get TV coverage that night. For example, when we held the "EVITA" screening, we held it on NewYears' Eve in Atlanta and called an EVE WITH EVITA. We had mariachi bands walking around the theatre lobby, waiters serving sparkling cider, and even had a Madonna look-a-like come in. This was covered by two out of four of our local TV crews. Some of our events even bring out CNN, TNT and TBS, if it's worthy of national coverage.
I keep up with film reviews in each of my markets and file reports via cc:Mail with Disney in Burbank, California. We do tons of reports for them. As long as we get media coverage, they're happy. I also deal a lot with celebrities when they come in for P. A. Tours. This entails taking them to various live TV and radio interviews and having them participate in round table press discussions with various print media.
A few times a year, Disney sends me to a movie premiere. I either handle the media coverage, getting it set up and chaperoning the crews, or handling a celebrity. I will be going to NY June 9 - 15 for the HERCULES premiere. I can't wait! I've never been to New York. It'll be a lot of hard work, but at the same time, a lot of fun!
In addition to Disney, Dave Tribble (the A.E. on these accounts) and I handle several other accounts including The Atlanta Auto Show, The Atlanta Boat Show, The Super Show (the world's largest trade and celebrity show), The Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association, Life College (International sports events) and the All-Star Sports Bar and Grill.
We recently were approached by Dream Works, Steven Spielberg's new movie company, to handle their PR, publicity, promotions and advertising at our agency. We just found out that they want to definitely go with us, and the account will be mine and Dave's. Their first film will be released in this fall. I love working on the film accounts the best. This one will be exciting, because they're a new company.
I write a lot of press releases on each of our events, and make a great deal of phone calls to the media on a daily basis. These have both made me a much better writer and has put me in touch with wonderful contacts. I also am the back-up for the creative advertising designer at our agency. I work on the Mac/Quark express to lay out ads for our local newspapers. These are mainly ads for the various films I'm promoting. This is something entirely different, and I don't want to confuse the issue.
There are many, many other parts of my job that I'm leaving out, but I wanted you two to somewhat understand what my job is all about. I've tried to explain it all before, but I guess it's easier to remember if it's in writing. You can basically just tell people that I do Public Relations and that I'm a Publicist.
As for Jim, he is an Associate Editor for a magazine called Health Management Technology. He writes features, edits and lays out the magazine monthly. He has had the cover feature the past two months in a row, and will again in the next issue. The publishing house he works for is called INTERTEC. They publish several hundred different magazines. This is the second one that he has worked on. His job is a tad easier to sum up than mine.
Our house is looking good. This past weekend Jim and Kipp (friend) put down a brick walkway from the sidewalk to the front door. It looks great. We still have to plant grass and flowers in the front yard. The house itself still needs a lot of work, but we don't really mind, it's actually really fun to fix it up and do it all ourselves. Our plan is to buy it at the end of the year. As you know, we are leasing to own right now.
The weather has been beautiful the past week. I hope it's nice this weekend while we're in Savannah. We're staying with Mia and Matthew Fri. And Sat. Night, and then staying at a hotel on Tybee Island Sun. And Mon. Nights. Tybee is only 15 miles from River Street in Savannah. Saint Patrick's Day is that weekend. It will be a lot of fun. By the way, did I tell you Mia's annulment with the church went through? She is so happy.
We've been working out 3 times a week at the gym at Jim's office complex. It's funny, I'm gaining weight since I've been working out. Jim says it's because I'm building muscle. I don't get it! Oh well, at least it makes me feel better, and it's a good tension release for both of us.
I spoke with Jimmy on a few separate occasions this past week. We're planning a trip with them over Memorial Day weekend. We'll either go to a beach somewhere or white water rafting in Ocoee, TN. We enjoy their company and always have a great time. I also got a post card from Lori the other day. She seems to be doing well. I still haven't sent the boys the things I collected for them at the Super Show. I figure I'll send it all down for Michael"s birthday. There's some neat things I have for them. You know, I have Lori's address, but not her phone number. Please give that to me the next time we talk.
I hope that all is going well with you in Winter Park. Hopefully, we'll be down there May 16 - 18 for my 10th year class reunion. I'm still working out the details with Mia and Leslie on what we're going to do. They're charging $100 per person for the weekend or $45 per person for one night. That is what the final decision boils down to .... Money! Plan on us coming that weekend, whatever the case may be! We'll call you soon!
PS Jim's e-mail address is: Jimevans@mindspring.com
Jennifer and Jim live in Atlanta.
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