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01/20/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Tracks of My Tears

"I think you have to pay for love with bitter tears."

- Edith Piaf
(19 Dec 1915 - 11 Oct 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Something knocked out my cable for an hour-and-a-half today (ARGHHH!!!), so in the interest of getting this out sometime before midnight, I've reserved two or three Big-League fun items for tomorrow's Bonus Newsletter.  I think you'll like them!  


1. Chuck Bransford (Warwick HS - '71) of VA via   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 01/20/06

   Welcome, Chuck!  I've added your email addy to the (hidden) mailing lists, and your name to the now strangely named Alumni Page:

   Thanks, Gary!


  From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 01/17/06:

(from 1-16-06 newsletter)

I discovered a major mental error - 'Many fun memories off of 13th Street St...Fishers/Wingroves/Houston'..was was 16th Street we lived...1306 16th..not 13th...... (I must be 50 to have this mental relapse) ha ha....if you looked out our front door, and kept walking-you'd get to the baseball field and the water eventually; and if you went left out our door and crossed 16th, to walk to Magruder, you'd see Cliff and Steve & Trina Jackson's brick home.....looking at a Yahoo Map - that may have been Oak?  The street Beth/Lester Wingrove/Barb Houston/Jerry/Joel Fisher resided on was what was my former street of Garden  Drive - (birth through 1st grade)... next to my very favorite former neighbor, Joel Lewis ('64) - whom we still keep in touch with, now in Richmond. 

Gail (Kiger) Bonsey   FHS '73

   There's still something wrong with that address, Gail.  I have my experts checking on it for us......

   Thanks, Lady!


  From Barb Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 01/17/06:

Dear Carol,

Please say hi to Gail Kiger (Bonsey - Ferguson HS - '72 - of OR).  Not sure where Beth Wingrove is; have not talked to her in years.  We had some good times there in Stuart Gardens.   I miss the feeling of community there. 

Take care,
Barb Houston '68

   Thanks, Barb!  It was fun growing up in Stuart Gardens, wasn't it?? 


From Paul Gregor (Springfield HS, OH - '79) of OH - 01/17/06:

Thanks for keeping me in mind when your friends send you those fantastic pictures of Buckroe.

Paul Gregor

  Certainly, Paul!    I hope you caught all those conversations back in December, when that incredible image first appeared.  I'm not certain I remembered to send them all to you or not.    If not, they began here, and kept going for some time:

   (For those of you who have just joined us, Paul's family used to vacation at Buckroe when he was just an itty-bitty boy.)


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/19/06:


I hope I didn't make you so mad about the question about Northern Virginia that you took me off the mailing list because I didn't get the last news! Maybe it was the news I was a --OH Horror--a waitress. But do try to over come and get me back on--

Thanks, Linda May Bond Crayton

   I didn't at all mind your query about the Great State of Northern Virginia, Linda.   I just took the easy way out by referring you to the previous discussion rather repeating myself.

   And I would never have intentionally removed you from the mailing list.  I simply became so overwhelmed by the work at had to do at home in preparation for my son's impending arrival - work I normally forego in favor of spending all my time on the computer - that I simply didn't publish a Wednesday Newsletter.

   Back a couple of years ago, I might only issue a Newsletter once every other week.  Then I thought it might be nice to aim for one every Friday.  With all the increased participation, that wasn't sufficient.  I like to say things such as "Regular Monday-Wednesday-Friday Newsletters" and "Bonus Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday Newsletters", but as all the long-timers realize, I just make all that stuff up.  The truth is that I invent ridiculous, convoluted rules at whim, and break them on a regular basis.

   And I am many things - slow, lazy, rude, bratty, undisciplined, irresponsible, without any judgment at all, and even less common sense, but I am not an elitist snob.  In the callowness of youth, I might once have aspired to be one after I became Rich and Famous, but even if I still had such silly notions (which I don't), such an attitude would be beyond ludicrous, given my present circumstances.

   But I am still a slow, lazy, rude, spoiled brat.  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   If I offended you, Linda, I am sorry.  Considering how hard I try not to offend people, I manage to do so quite often and quite well.  Sigh.......


 From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 01/19/06:

 Linda (May Bond Crayton - '66 - of VA), I could use the same old tired clichés about the “wind in your hair”, the “smell of the landscape”, the “freedom of the open road”, etc. and it is all of those, but for me it is much, much, more. I’ve been a gear-head all of my life and my love for motorcycles goes back to when I took my first ride on a Harley at the tender age of 6, much to my grandmother’s chagrin. I love the sound of the motor and the smell of the exhaust. I think it’s as much about the simple complexity of the motorcycle as a machine as it is about the joys of riding it. With the motorcycle you are an integral part of that machine. It depends on you and your aptitude to get it started (at least the old ones did), put it into motion, and to keep it upright. It evokes a freedom of control and a sense of accomplishment to do it correctly. Cars are fun (I’ve owned 42), but it’s not the same. My love for designing motorcycles and building them simply takes me deeper into being at one with the machine.

   Wayne (Stokes - '65 - of VA), the name Dr. Frank Robert dose not ring a bell, however he may have been the physician who took over my dad’s practice when he was forced to leave practice due to a lung problem. Fortunately, the problem went away inexplicably after a year or so and he returned to medicine on the staff at the VA Hospital.

Chandler Nelms

   Thank you, Chandler Darlin'!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/19/06 - "Comment about Tarey's...":

I was reading in the Old Stomping Grounds about Rich's...Someone had written about "that place at Jefferson and Harpersville"...but they could not remember the name...I read this and that as the spirit moves me..."precious memories, how they linger"  now there is a song for a newsletter...

   Ohhhh, yeahhhhh - See, I told you I was distracted!!!

   Yes, well, I ought to go back and add that clarification....  soon...  yeeeesss.......

   Thanks, Jean!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL to    Cookie Phillips
Tyndall ('64) of VA  - 01/19/06:

The Lighthouse Restaurant in Phoebus was actually built on the water on poles or stilts, if that's what they're called.  It was owned by Don DeBlasio, who lived across the street from me.  His niece is Sandra DeBlasio Anthony (Hampton HS '65).  Not sure if he lost ownership or if a storm destroyed it, but it has not been there for a long, long time.  Sam's Restaurant is still there, though.  How about Ebb Tide, where I had my first alcoholic beverage with Alex Gatewood

And maybe everyone remembers infamous Fuller's Restaurant on the corner at Mallory.  Besides being a very popular spot, it was featured in the 1980 TV movie "King Crab" , starring Barry Newman, about the seafood industry in downtown Hampton.  Fuller's was torn down long, long ago, also.     

   COOL!!!  Thanks, Gloria!


  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 01/19/06 - "Happy Thoughts":

Hi Carol - thought I would share this with everyone.
Take a break, relax and refresh yourself with these happy thoughts - read slowly and enjoy.

Think about them one at a time BEFORE going on to the next one...


1. Falling in love.
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
3. A hot shower.
4. No lines at the supermarket.
5. A special glance.
6. Getting an e-mail or a card from someone you care about.
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
11. Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla or strawberry!)
12. A bubble bath.
13. Giggling.
14. A good conversation.
15. The beach.
16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
17. Laughing at yourself.
18. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
19. Running through sprinklers.
20. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
21. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
22. Laughing at an inside joke.
23. Friends.
24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
26. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).
27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
28. Playing with a new puppy.
29. Having someone play with your hair.
30. Sweet dreams.
31. Road trips with friends.
32. Swinging on swings.
33. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
34. Holding hands with someone you care about.
35. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
36. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.
37. Watching the sunrise.
38. Knowing that somebody misses you.
39. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
40. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.


   OHHHH, Jo Ann, these are happy thoughts!  Thanks so much for sending them along to everyone!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 01/19/06 - "Robert E. Lee's 199th Birthday":


I saw this on Web
Thanks for all the hard work


Calvin Johnson: Robert E. Lee, American Hero

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006

Is our nation's history taught in public schools?

Do young people still hear stories about George Washington, Booker T. Washington and Robert E. Lee? There was a time when schools and businesses closed in respect for the birthday of one of the South's favorite sons - General Robert E. Lee.

Today, sadly, Lee's birthday is not included on many calendars.

Robert E. Lee, a man whose military tactics have been studied world wide, was an American soldier, educator, Christian gentlemen, husband and father. Many include Lee as among the top 10 of the greatest American's who ever lived.

Lee loved his country and supported the United States Constitution.

General Robert E. Lee said, "All the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our forefathers, should be preserved, and that the government, as originally organized, should be administered in purity and truth."

It was once said that "A land without memories is a people without liberty." So, let America not forget that General Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Westmoreland County, Virginia, on January 19, 1807. The winter was cold and fire places were little help for Lee's mother, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee who suffered from a severe cold. Ann Lee named her son "Robert Edward" after her two brothers.

Robert E. Lee's love of country undoubtedly came from his close association with those who had lived during the American Revolution. His father, "Light Horse" Harry Lee, was a Revolutionary War Hero, Governor of Virginia and member of the United States House of Representatives. Members of his family also signed the Declaration of Independence.

Lee was educated in the schools of Alexandria, Virginia. In 1825, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Lee graduated in 1829, second in his class and without a single demerit, a record that stands today. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant of the United States Engineer Corps and served on engineering projects in Georgia, Virginia and New York.

Robert E. Lee wed Mary Anna Randolph Custis in June 1831. Robert and Mary had grown up together. Mary was the daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, the grandson of Martha Washington and adopted son of George Washington.

Mary was an only child; therefore, she inherited Arlington House, located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., where she and Robert E. Lee raised seven children.

In 1836, Lee was appointed to first Lieutenant. In 1838, with the rank of Captain, Lee fought in the Mexican War. His service in this war began under General Wool, but he was reassigned to the staff of General Winfield Scott. General Scott would write that Lee was "the best soldier I ever saw in the field."

In 1852, Lee was appointed Superintendent of West Point.

President-to-be Abraham Lincoln offered command of the Union Army to Lee in 1861, but he refused. In a letter to his sister on April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee said, "With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty as an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I therefore have resigned my commission in the army and save in defense of my native state, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed.

General Lee and his family left "Arlington House" at the beginning of the War Between the States. Lee served as advisor to President Jefferson Davis, then commanded the legendary Army of Northern Virginia.

After four terrible years of death and destruction, General Robert E. Lee met General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia on April 9, 1865, that ended their battles.

Lee was called Marse Robert, Uncle Robert and Marble Man. He was loved by the people of the South and adopted by folks from the North.

Lee was a man of honor, proud of his name and heritage. After the War Between the States, he was offered $50,000 for the use of his name. His reply was: "Sirs, my name is the heritage of my parents. It is all I have
and it is not for sale." His refusal to this offer came at a time when he had nothing.

In the fall of 1865, Lee was offered and accepted the president of troubled Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. The school later was renamed Washington and Lee College in his honor.

General Robert E. Lee died of a heart attack at his home at Washington College at 9:30 on the morning of October 12, 1870. His last words were "Strike the Tent."

Robert E. Lee is buried at his college's Lee Chapel near his family and favorite horse "Traveller." A memorial service is planned there on Saturday, January 14, 2006, at noon and is open and free to the public.

A prolific writer, Lee wrote his most famous quote to his son Custis in 1852: "Duty is the sublimest word in our language."

Lest we forget our American heritage!

Thank you, Dicky!  Mr. Johnson has expressed so well what I have believed for years, and I appreciate your sharing that with us.

  From Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - 01/20/06:

Lawson's Grocery was owned by Frances Lawson's (NNHS-58) dad when I was growing up.  Frances was in my class.  Their house was across the street from the store....a big brick house..  Her older brother was known as "Babe Lawson" and was a sports hero in his time.  He was hurt in some kind of accident (I think) and left physically handicapped - all that was before my time and I don't know the details, and in those days people didn't ask questions or talk about family matters as they do now.  But the family had a nurse who took care of him and I use to see the nurse taking him for walks......I lived near there.  But I remember feeling sad when I would see the nurse walking him around.  His life had been literally taken away from him.  Frances never talked about it and I never asked.  I supposed that the family was suffering enough about their beautiful son and brother being stricken down like that. 

   Thank you for this background information, Joan!  I was just creating the Lawson's Grocery page when your note arrived:

 - brand new page

   Your story had a familiar ring to it, so I asked    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) about it, and here's what he said:

Hi, Carol:
I do seem to recall an exchange of emails regarding "Babe" Lawson. He was confined to a wheel chair the last time I saw him. For years, he was able to walk with some assistance from his nurse, but as he aged he had to resort to the wheelchair. He was injured playing ball, but I do not remember the details.
It seems that Mickey Marcella ('54 - of VA) might have given us some details, but I am not certain right now. He would know what happened to him. The exchange had to do with his passing, if I am not mistaken. I do not recall which class he was in at NNHS, that might give us a key to some more information.
I wish I could be more helpful. I will try to recall the topic of the emails that prompted our discussion of "Babe" Lawson.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   Thanks, Adonis!  Of course, it's quite possible that I imagined the whole exchange........


By the way, is Chandler kin to Dr. Nowell Nelms?  Dr. Nelms delivered my first two sons in the early 60's.

   Yes, ma'am, Chandler is indeed one of his three sons!  In fact, Chandler found us when I mentioned his father last April, and Gloria asked the same question you did, and Neta mentioned Darden, and then - well, most of it is on here (I haven't located all of the conversations yet...):

   Dr. Nelms delivered all three of my sister    Eleanor's (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) children as well.  Unfortunately for me, I moved away before he could do the same for me.  However, he did tell me when I was thirteen that I would "make a good breeder" - which at the time I thought was absolutely outrageous.  But it gave me a great chuckle when I recalled it (as I did) at the birth of each of my seven children.  He was quite right, of course; labor, delivery, and recovery were all extraordinarily easy for me.

   Thanks again, Pretty Lady!

From    Eleanor's Daughter, Shari, of VA - 01/19/06:

I still miss Baba!!!

  Anyone who ever knew the Baba still misses her, Shari!  Her wonderful dry-wacky sense of humor accounts for but one of the reasons.

   Thanks, Shari!


  From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 01/20/06:

The NNHS Class of '61 has started planning our reunion for next summer; will keep you advised. Thanks and keep up the good work.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!!  Thanks, Gary!  We'll look forward to hearing more details!



  - slightly more finished.....

  - brand new page

This just in from    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 01/20/06:

I was saddened to read that Lynn Forbes Carter's ('66 - of VA) mother passed away yesterday.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and her family.
Here is the information that was in the Daily Press this morning. 

Luvenia Estelle Forbes

NEWPORT NEWS - Luvenia Estelle Forbes, 91, mother of Lynn Carter and Mike Forbes,
died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006. The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday
at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Published in the Daily Press on 1/20/2006.
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 Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, Dee.  Thanks so much for telling us.  Our thoughts and prayers are of course with Lynn
and her family at this time.

   A longer obituary may appear in tomorrow's Daily Press, so I'll wait until then to make a Memorial Newsletter.  I need
to update the last couple such Newsletters as well.

   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."


The Tracks of My Tears

(Smokey Robinson And The Miracles)

People say I'm the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I'm blue
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears..
I need you, need you
Since you left me if you see me with another girl
Seeming like I'm having fun
Although she may be cute
She's just a substitute
Because you're the permanent one..
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears..
I need you, need you
Outside I'm masquerading
Inside my hope is fading
Just a clown oh yeah
Since you put me down
My smile is my make up
I wear since my break up with you..
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

"The Tracks of My Tears" midi courtesy of Source:
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks, Dave!

"The Tracks of My Tears" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Ray's 1932 Image of "Tears" courtesy of - 01/20/06

Nerve Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/20/06

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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