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/07/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Till There Was You

"All, everything that I understand,
I understand only because I love."

- Leo Tolstoy
( 28 Aug 1828 - 20 Nov 1910)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I wasn't planning to issue a Newsletter today, really I wasn't, but then I noticed there was a plethora of birthdays this weekend which would otherwise not be mentioned, so what could I do?!?  



   "I am not making this up."

   We have three birthdays today, and four tomorrow!  Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Shires, Bruce Smith Slama, and Page Smith Morahan, all of the Class of 1957, and tomorrow to Joan Burcher Green, Sonja Settles Allen, and Patricia Branch Coltrane, also all of the Class of 1957, and to our own Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA - who was the Senior Class Sponsor of the Class of 1957!

   Y'all ought to all get together and have a big ol' birthday party!



From   Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL to Tim Rogers
(Hampton HS '66) of VA - 01/06/06:

I found your sophomore picture......I remember you!  No junior picture, tho....??  If you have your '66 yearbook,    Miss Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC) would appreciate a scan of your senior picture, so she can post it.  Right, Carol?

   That's right, Gloria, thanks! 

   Have a pic, Tim??  Hmmmm????



From   Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL to    Kathy Pilgrim
Clark ('63) of VA - 01/06/06:

Oh, my gosh.......what a wonderful piece you wrote about Buckroe. I never knew any of that stuff. And I so loved going a child to ride the kiddy rides, then as a teenager to hang out with friends and ride the "big" rides, and yes, to dance in the pavilion. Ahhh, 1963, dancing to a band playing the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get) No Satisfaction"!! Now, those were truly the good ole' days.

And, thank you, 
  Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), for finally sending a recent picture of yourself, so Carol and I can see that you're still if you'd be anything else.

    In a world of change, isn't it comforting to know that there is yet constancy?  That which was beautiful from the start remains so still.  You did see Chandler's baby pictures, didn't you, Gloria??

   Thanks, Lady!



  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 01/06/06:


     Re: your innocuous comment about aging...I think you'll agree that growing up is one thing, and growing old quite another! Thanks for the incredibly interesting newsletters!


    It's true, Jimmy!  I just never suspected that I'd grow old before I grew up!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Sweetie!



  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 01/06/06 - "Air Photo of Buckroe":


Iíve surely enjoyed all of the mystery about the air photo of Buckroe and the Ferris wheel. I started my teen years out while living in the 1300 block of 25th Street in Newport News. As with most young boys I took a keen interest in cars of the day. Living on 25th Street, I got to see an awfully lot of cars go by, and it became a past time with my friends trying to identify all by make and model. Well, I became quite good at naming all that came by from 1938 through the '50ís at that time, but stopped the hobby with the 1965 year.
  I took a look at the air photo of the beach and from what I could make out, with up to 800X blowup, was that all of the cars were no newer than '48 to '50. I said '50 because '48, '49 and '50 and some '51ís were hard to tell apart except for the placement of mirrors, ornaments, chrome or changes in Grills. The '50-'52's were a little more stream-lined than '48-'49ís. '48-'49 tops were a little more rounded than the '50ís, especially the coupes. Almost all of the cars, older than '48, had smaller back windows. Most had two piece back windows.  
1948/49 - Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park    

The only cars I could see that were from '48-'50 are in the background - one, to the top right in the parking lot, and one top middle in front of the cottages. Both were made by GM.

Also, you may have noticed that there is a pier in most of the shots from the early 1900ís.
The aerial shot shows that there are only pilings, the results from the storm of '33 which took the pier away. At most it could be a shot of between 1934 and 1950. The picture could not be from '29. So my best guess is sometime between 1948 and 1950.

   Super!  So the ages of the cars correctly aligns with the construction dates given to us by Mr. Stieffen!  I love it when it all comes together!

While searching for information on Buckroe I found this article from the Richmond Times:

Also I've attached a pic of the old Bay Shore Hotel, if you remember? During the late forties and fifties that Bay Shore was
predominantly a black beach just down the beach south east of Buckroe. If I remember Buckroe was not fully integrated until about 1970.

God Bless

Richard Dawes
  Bay Shore Hotel  

 WOW - thanks, Dicky!  This card was already on our Bay Shore page, thanks to    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, but not much of the expected discussion ever ensued.



From my Friend, Judy, of IL - 01/06/06 - "Citizenship Test":

How well would you do if you took the citizenship test?  Try this out --educational and fun.     24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade. I understand that 96% of all High School Seniors FAILED this test..AND if that's not bad enough, 50+% of all individuals over 50 did too!
After you take the test, put YOUR score in the Subject Line, and forward it
on to your friends and family.   Also, send a copy back to the person who sent it to you.   Good luck!

   Some of these questions are so very easy, they may lull you into a false sense of how well you will succeed on this test.  You may be in for an unpleasant surprise......

   Thanks, Jude!



   From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/06/06 - "What a beautiful hymn...":

The tune brought me to tears...I will have to print the words out...I had never seen or heard that one before. 

   Neither had I, Jean.  As I do not personally celebrate Epiphany as a Latter-day Saint, I had to do some fancy searching for an appropriate Epiphany hymn.  That one seemed to be just right.  I'm glad you liked it!  I'm beginning to think we were twins separated at birth......

   Here - as you play piano and organ, have the sheet music from my 1966 copy of The Methodist Hymnal so that you may fully enjoy it and use it next year.  I think it's a richer arrangement (and in an easier key) than this one I found online:

   And it's certainly easier to interpret than this one, though I am astonished at the work which this must have required:

  Brightest and Best  

Also the Jacqui Lawson precious. 

   Wasn't that just so cool???

Click here: Bubble Bath - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson

And reading all the stuff about Buckroe was fascinating.  I was allowed to go there very seldom because of the polio threat...but once or twice every summer my Aunt Bert would take my us.  My grandmother, my four cousins, my mother and myself all piled into her '56 Chevy and off we would go...granny would sit up on the pavilion in the shade and the rest of us would tromp off to the beach.  Either my mother or my aunt would check on Granny regularly.  We would take a picnic lunch.  At the end of the day we would head for home and my grandmother would insist on stopping at Wood's for watermelon and peaches and then we would usually have to make another stop for ice cream before going home. 

By the time I was a teenager the polio scare was over and I went there a few times with dates...I remember the monkeys...people dancing, the little short guy who ran the bumper cars, the Tunnel of Love.  It was a sweet place to go.  I remember a sweet boy tracking me down there (using his dad's car...) and when I got home my mother said, "his mother called and his dad needed his car..."

   Ohhhh, wasn't that a wonderful feeling to be so adored?    Thanks so much for sharing that, Jean!



 Y'all take extra good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




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



Till There Was You

Written by Meredith Willson (1902-1984)

(The Music Man, 1957)

There were bells on the hill
 But I never heard them ringing
 No, I never heard them at all
 Till there was you.

 There were birds in the sky
 But I never saw them winging
 No, I never saw them at all
 Till there was you.

 And there was music
 And there were wonderful roses
 They tell me
 In sweet fragrant meadows of dawn and dew

 There was love all around
 But I never heard it singing
 No, I never heard it at all
 Till there was you


"Till There Was You" midi courtesy of - 01/01/06
because of the mention made by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/31/05
Thanks, Joe!

"Till There Was You" midi extracted with the kind assistance of my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 01/04/06
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Till There Was You" lyrics courtesy of - 01/04/06

Animated Purple Heart clip art courtesy of - 01/04/06

Joined Hearts clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/05/06

Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 07/21/04

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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