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01/16/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Martin Luther King Day

"Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is the largest WAV file we've ever attached to our pages, so there's also a silent version available for you.  


   There are two other birthdays to celebrate today as well.    Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) and    Steve Kiger ('66) of VA were also born on January 16.  Y'all have a great day!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 01/11/06:


The Class of 1962 is starting their 'dinner' meetings! 
The first meeting will be on January 16, 2006 at 6:30 PM at Mike's Place, 458 Warwick Village Shopping Center, Newport News (757-599-5500).  They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to attend, because they are planning to discuss the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!
Please put this date on your calendar and come join them.
If you did not receive an announcement, then they do not have your address.
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at or Brenda Amos Williams at so that you can stay in touch.


   That's tonight!!!  Y'all work hard and have fun!

  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 01/13/06 - "The grocery store on the corner...":

Hi Carol,

I often read about 
  Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) and the old Arnold's Esso gas station on
the corner of of Oak Avenue and 25th Street in the East End of Newport News - the neighborhood where I grew up. I lived on 1300 block of 22nd Street, at the other end near the corner of Parrish Avenue. I have never written in about this, but 
  Richard Dawes' (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) posting today prompted me to finally write.

I remember Dave Arnold from high school even though I didn't really know him. I didn't know at the time he was the son of the Arnold of Arnold's Esso. I didn't know Richard Dawes either, even though I am sure I had heard the name. In Richard's remembrances of Arnold's Esso and the surrounding neighborhood today, he mentioned "the grocery store on the corner". I believe he meant Lawson's Grocery Store on the other corner at the same end of the 1300 block as Arnold's. This is where I worked in high school, and my brother    Lloyd (class of '61) before me. It was owned and run by Mr. (Robert, if I remember correctly) Coates, a very nice man who worked very hard at trying to keep his business "above water". Others who worked there were    Roger ('61) and    Bobby ('64) Callis. Their father was the Roger of Roger's mentioned in Richard's posting. I also have memories and stories to tell (but I won't) of the Bun's Texaco Station (I think I may have called it by a different name) at the other end of the block from Arnold's. I picked up papers there as a paperboy before I worked at Lawson's. Bun's was abandoned at that time.

I do not remember the old lady in the yellow house mentioned by Richard, but I do remember a very kind old lady who lived across the street from Lawson's. I liked to deliver groceries to her house because she always gave me very good cookies, brownies, and the like.

I hope you had a very good Christmas and New Year,

Doug Nelson, '64
Dahglren, VA.

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Doug!  Stay tuned for a Lawson's Grocery page to be added very  soon.......

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/13/06:


Anyone remember Rich's Supermarket over by Stuart Gardens in a little shopping center? My first job was bagging groceries there. The manager's last name was Hall. I remember Mr. Rich would stop by sometimes to talk to Mr. Hall.  Mr. Hall would send down to a little drug store, I think it was, to get himself and Mr. Rich coffee. 

Glenn Dye 60

   Thanks, Glenn!  As a matter of fact, there was quite a lively exchange about Mr. Rich and his businesses about a year-and-a-half ago.  The conversation was so interwoven, rather than trying to divide it, the remarks are all on the Rich's Drive-In page - where I have added your comments as well!


  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 01/13/06 - "Vic Zodda's":

Hello Carol.
How're things in NC? Nice and warm up here in Williamsburg.

   The weather was quite delightful on Friday here as well, thanks.  But then on Saturday it became suddenly C-O-L-D!!!

Well, I was pleased to see a discussion about the original Vic Zodda's restaurant in the 1/13/06 newsletter. Since there seemed to be some difference of opinion about the site, I called Vic and asked him about it. Yes, Vic is still alive and kicking, lives in Ford's Colony here in Williamsburg, and plays golf every day. Holly (Hill Campbell - Hampton Roads Academy - '72) and I were at a party at his house on Christmas Day, and I happened to ask him a lot of questions about the restaurants, dates, etc. I told him that there was an ad for his restaurant in the 1954 Anchor and wondered when the first restaurant opened. (You may recall that he came to Newport News as the business manager for the Newport News Dodgers, Class B farm team of the Brooklyn (now LA) Dodgers, not as a restaurateur.)
He told me that the first restaurant was opened in early 1954 (he also told me the exact date, but I forgot it). So, when I saw the item in the newsletter, I called him again, a few minutes ago, and told him about the item in the newsletter. He verified Steve Silsby's (Ferguson HS - '72) information - that, indeed, the address of the original restaurant was 239 Buxton Avenue. He said that Johnny's Dine and Dance was close by but that it fronted on 25th Street, not Buxton Avenue, and it was not ever in the same building as the restaurant.
I am going to send the URL to Vic's wife, Mary, who is very active on the Internet, and maybe she will 'join'. At any rate, if anyone wants to know anything about Vic or his restaurants, he will be very pleased to find that there is still interest in them.
Keep up the good work. You are a jewel.
Bill C.

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  I did the page redesign to accommodate Steve's images and all the ensuing comments.

   Thanks so much, Bill!  I really appreciate it!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/13/06 - "reply":

Hi, Carol:
My BMW (Beautiful Marvelous Wife)    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL has just confirmed for us that Vic Zodda's Restaurant was indeed located at 239 Buxton Avenue in Newport News. She said that she used to see it out of her bedroom window when they lived on Buxton Avenue, across the marsh grass of Salter's Creek which was between their house and the restaurant. This is in response to the comment of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 01/11/06 - "Vic Zodda's and More" in this Newsletter.
I wanted Eva to respond to the Newsletter, but being a working girl she is not taking the time to participate right now. So, I am passing along her comments to confirm that Vic Zodda did have his restaurant at that location for several years before moving to Hampton on Mercury Boulevard. A Fraternal Organization occupied the building when Vic Zodda moved.

   Thanks, Joe - and Eva!  I added that to the page:


I see another faithful subscriber has memories of Roger's Confectionary located across the street from Arnold's Esso Station. It was owned and operated by Roger Callis who had a son who attended NNHS. Looks like you will be forced, once again...err, persuaded to open a page for another East End hang-out in Our Old Stomping Grounds.

   Adonis, you are such a hoot!  Actually, as Doug said, Roger had two sons who attended NNHS,   Roger ('61) and    Bobby ('64).  And I've had plans all along to add a page for Roger's Confectionary.  As we are now butting heads with yet another of my ridiculous, nonsensical "rules", "I'll 'splain it to you, Luzy."

When    David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) and I first added the Our Old Stomping Grounds section to the website in the spring of 2003, the whole idea was to show "THEN" and "NOW" images.  We had a plethora of both, and of course, at the time, I had no way of knowing the vast expansion that section would take.  So I determined that as images presented themselves, the pages would then appear.  If the only image we had available was an advertisement in an old Anchor, at least it would show the street address. 

   At the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of '64 two years ago, Bobby Callis rushed up to me and asked me if I recognized him - knowing full well that I would not, as he had literally grown 12" taller after graduation (which was nevertheless quite embarrassing, considering how well I knew him!)

   As we were dancing, he told me he had a number of old pictures of Roger's Confectionary which he would send me for the site. 

Friday, October 22, 2004    
Bobby Callis ('64) of WV    
    He told me that again at the Reunion this past October.

    I was just planning to wait to create the page when the images arrived.  I don't know if he is having difficulty locating them, or like most of us, having trouble finding the time to send them.....  And this year he was making me laugh so very hard, especially while we were dancing, that I quite forgot to ask him.

   But, Bobby Darling, your public is calling you.....

  Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #103  
  Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC; Bobby Callis ('64) of WV; and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC;  

   Okay, Joe, the surprise element is gone, but I'll be making that page very soon now.

Looks like you have received a good response regarding the issues facing subscribers who are not able to access the website. Hope you can communicate with them individually.

Would that I had the time....  It seems I spend all my allotted computer time working on the Newsletters and the site itself.  When it's time for me to write someone personally, I have invariably "reached my limit" on mailings from Yahoo, or I'm needed to do something else.  Sigh......

TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis!  Tell Eva "Hi" for us!


  From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 01/13/06 - "response":

Hi Carol-
This is in response to Steve Silsby's (Ferguson HS - '72) discussion on Dr. Hogg the pediatrician in the January 13th newsletter.
His name was Paul Hogg and I also went to him until I was 12 years old because they had a cut off age of 13. I can remember being scared to death of him !!!
He had a son that was a Pediatrician also , he was in with a group of other doctors in Newport News. I believe one of the other doctors was Dr. Bivens.
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker '64
(Va & FL )

   Thanks, Donna!  Stay tuned!


  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 01/13/06:


In reference to the building at 239 Buxton Avenue. I remember it was just behind a service station on the corner of 25th And Buxton. A bunch of us kids had a favorite tree on the creek, beside the place where the building was constructed. The tree had a very long and large diameter rope attached to it, which we would use to swing out over the creek. When the tide was high during the summer, we would sometimes get up enough courage to swing way out and let go into the creek. What fun. Anyway the building was a restaurant, but was renovated as a Moose Lodge in the fifties. Johnny’s Dine and Dance was just down the street in the 1400 block of 25th Street between the tire company (which had a very large tire setup as a eye catcher out front) and the Creek. People would discard their old Christmas trees in the empty lot between Johnny’s and the Creek, which the children just loved. I remember building forts out of them with    Delano ('62) and    Downie ('61) Wray in '54 or '55.

God Bless

Richard Dawes

   Thanks, Dicky!  I added that to the page, too:


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 01/13/06:

Hi Carol : 

Hope all is well with you. 

White Optical is still in business it is run by Mr. Carl White and is now located in the Warwick Village Shopping Center on Warwick Boulevard, next to the Food Lion. I got my first pair of glasses from White's at the West Avenue location, and Dr. Phillips was my doctor. His office was upstairs in the Medical Arts Building above White's. I just recently took my granddaughter to Mr. White to get fitted for her first pair of glasses. and we were talking about how I was about the same age when I got my first pair at the West Avenue location and then they were located on Main Street in the back building next to the main (316 Main Street) building where Dr. Phillips had moved his practice. Then they moved to the Brentwood Shopping Center next to the Video Store. When the Grocery Store closed, Mr. White moved to his current location. Dr. Phillips was in practice with Dr. Levy, Dr. Moore, and Dr. Frantz they moved into the Office Building that was Thomas Optical in the back on the Left side of 316 Main Street and later opened a branch in Denbigh near the Mary Immaculate Hospital Complex on McMannus Boulevard. A few years ago they were bought by Riverside Hospital Corporation and they moved to a new office in the Oyster Point area on Rock Landing Drive. When Dr. Phillips retired I became Dr. Frantz's patient, and when Dr. Frantz retired (temporally) I became Dr. Kitay's patient and that is where I am now still with the same association after all these years. The corporations and owners have changed and the doctors have retired, but the original group is still around; small world we live in. 

Catherine Hudson

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much for that history, Cathy!  Stay tuned.....


  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/14/06 - "Dr. Hogg":

Happy Saturday.
Dr. Hogg (Paul) did move his practice to Main Street in the early 60's.  He formed the "Children's Clinic".  By the 70's he was joined by his son, Dr. John Hogg.  Most of the patient's and their families called him Dr. John.  There several other doctor's in the same practice.  Dr. Blevins was my niece and nephew's doctor in the 60's / 70's.  Dr. Calodroney was my children's doctor.
Dr. John is still in practice today and the Children's Clinic has grown to have additional offices on Denbigh Blvd in York County and in Gloucester.
A side note ... they still operate with a "Well Room" and a "Sick Room" waiting areas.  And the wait time to see the doctors still average more than an hour.  This I found out waiting with my grandchildren.  Some things never change. :) :)
Blessings for the coming week.
Joan Krause

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Joan!  Stay tuned....


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 01/15/06 (midnight ):


I remember the Medical Arts Building too well!  MY dentist was in that building. Dr. Beatty - couldn't stand him!  Also, my pediatrician was Dr. Hogg as well - probably was most of my friends' doc as well.  He had a younger doc in with him who had a crew cut and his last name started with a "C" but I can't remember. 

My eye doctor was Dr. Phillips as well and I spent many a day in White Optical Company offices too!  I remember the library was next door or just down the street and I loved that building....

   No kidding?!?  Thanks, Sarah Sugah - stay tuned....

As for Vic Zodda's Restaurant, the only place I remember it being was on Mercury Boulevard. (I think!)  Must have been TOO YOUNG to remember it on Buxton!  HA

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!  I added that to the page, too:

It just snowed here for about an hour.  First snow of the season!  It's about time!


   COOL BEANS!!!  Thanks again, Miss Sarah!


From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 01/15/06:


Greetings from rain soaked Newberg, Oregon! No, we have not built the ark yet!  The Pix on the news make it look worse than what I have seen - but we are weary of rain...keeps it very green, however! 

I personally still enjoy your web site, and plan to mail another contribution tomorrow, as Carol sure could use it and works so hard at this website.  Enjoy the posted pictures - they bring back many memories of Stuart Gardens days and many of my brother's classmates (    Steve Kiger '66)...tomorrow Steve turns --wow -- 58!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   Oh, poor Steve!  And he was such a nice boy, too!  Why, that's dreadful - 58, you say?  How perfectly horrible.  Wait a minute.  I seem to be 58 myself! 


   Happy Birthday again, Steve!!!

  Sometimes we've seen    Barb Houston ('68 - of Northern VA) post something on this site - hi to Barbara....or if other neighbor Beth ever sees this! Many fun memories off of 13th Street! Fishers/Wingroves/Houston.....


  Here is an updated pix of me in December; one of our University of Oregon Duck freshman son, and also the rained soaked area of nearby Tualatin, Oregon, taken just yesterday by my husband, as he flew his 4-seater Cherokee plane.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 9:39 PM Fall 2005 Saturday, January 14, 2006, 5:06 PM    
Gail Kiger Bonsey Collin Bonsey Tualatin, OR    

Gail (Kiger) Bonsey   FHS '73

   WOWZERONI-YOWZERONI!!! You and Collin and your pretty little puppy dog look great, but that poor town looks, well, WET!!!

   Thanks, Gail!  Stay dry!!!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/15/06 - "Fertitta's in Phoebus":

I saw this on Ebay and wondered where it might have been located .... thinking that it was surely long razed.  But, the angled front door seemed vaguely familiar, so I had a look at my images of Fertitta's.  Sho nuff .... the same building.
   You, Sir, are a super sleuth!  That's amazing!

 - I re-colored the page while I was there.
   As you see, I left a slot open for the NOW image taken from the South Mallory Street side, if you are so inclined.

   Thank you, Captain!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 01/16/06:

   Y'all will be so proud of me.  I actually had "da noive" to schedule a flute duet for another gal and myself (accompanied by the incomparable Charis Bean Duke) in church yesterday.  Postponed from 12/18/05 due to illness and vacations, we played "What Child Is This?"  (Hey, you're "posta" keep Christmas in your heart, right??)
     In honor of the occasion, I wore the Magic Shoes that  my sister,  Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) spotted for me on 10/22/05 while we were shopping in Newport News just before the Saturday night portion of the Reunion.  I call them magic not only for their enchanting embroidery, but because even though they are 3-1/2" heels, they are somehow engineered in such a way as to feel like 2" heels.  The resulting comfort is quite startling, really.  
Sunday, December 11, 2005    
    And, oh yes, the designer named them "Francesca"! 

   And speaking of shoes.....


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 01/11/06 - "The Dangers of Dressing in the Dark":


And I've got another pair at home just like these. Badabing!

   David, you gorgeous creature, you are such a hoot!!!  Thanks for the laugh! 


   As you can tell, we picked up enough material for five new pages today, none of which I've made....

   However, I did add one more, hitherto unmentioned:

 - brand new page

   Keep the faith.....

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

                          Love to all, Carol





 I Have a Dream

"... I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  I have a dream today...."

- Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963
(15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968)

"I Have a Dream" 576 KB WAV file courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('4) of VA - 01/14/06:

Perhaps this would be more poignant and worth the time to d/l the WAV file.  Your decision.
Oh, of course!  Thanks so much, Dave!

First Martin Luther King Image courtesy of - 01/14/06

Howard Sochurek's Image of Martin Luther King for Life Magazine courtesy of - 01/14/06

 Chain Link divider line clip art courtesy of - 01/16/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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