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01/27/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Mozart's 250th Birthday

"When I am ... traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal,
or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions
that ideas flow best and most abundantly."

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(born Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart)
(27 Jan 1756 - 05 Dec 1791)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    YOWZERONI!!!  I just ripped out large sections and more letters than I care to admit from today's Newsletter so that I could at least issue it before midnight.  One day soon I may actually get my act together - but don't hold your breath..........  

   Sixty-one years ago today, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.  Take some time today to pause and remember those millions of worlds that ceased to be during those dark years.  


   We seem to have no birthdays today, but Happy Birthday this weekend to the following:

28 - Courtney Russ ('57)
28 - Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 1944
29 - Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX

   Y'all have a super Birthday Weekend!



1. Bob Schweida ('54) of NH - 01/25/06:

Marital Status MARRIED
City/Country: PELHAM NH
   Thanks, Bob!  If you'd like to be added to our mailing and Alumni Lists, just let me know.  We'd be glad to have you:



   Hit # 43,000 was made sometime on the evening of Wednesday, January 25, 2006 by an unidentified person:


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/24/06 - "A Chorus Line":


I have just gotten home from the Friends and Family Night at Williamsburg Players production of "A Chorus Line".  My daughter, Dana, is playing the role of Sheila.  She was so good playing the tough, hardened character who is sarcastic and sexy.  I admit it was tough seeing my daughter in this role but the whole production is pretty darned good.  Her dad and I were there in the company of friends, all of whom enjoyed it.  This was the 'hot' show when she was a teenager and it is realistic to say that she waited 17 years to be in it.  Anyone who is in the area should plan to go.  Just had to brag a moment. 

Thanks, Kathy

   Of course, Kathy!  That's one of the main reasons we exist!

   I hope this is still playing, even after all my delays, and the rest of y'all can still go see this show!  Thanks, Kathy!


  From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 01/24/06 - "The restaurant at 239 Buxton Avenue":


The small brick building to the right of the large addition in the picture shown as Vic Zodda's on the 01/13/06 newsletter was called The Pick A Bone Restaurant in the 40's and early 50's and had the best fried chicken ever cooked in the whole area. I think that was Vic's location, because the addition was built by the Moose Lodge around 1960. 

I lived on the 300 block of Pine Avenue and went to Wilson School and NNHS. I also          carried papers dropped off at Bunn's Texaco. He was a great man who let us work on our cars on the side lot. All of my friends and I spent a lot of time in Roger's and also at Buddy's Place on 25th Street Pine Avenue.  The 50's were a great time to grow up in. 

Keep up the good work that you do.


   Thank you so much, Bruce!

   Ummmmm, I haven't made those restaurant additions yet, but I do appreciate your comments and clarifications.  It's most helpful, and I really will attend to that soon.

   And about Roger's Confectionary....  Y'all have no doubt noticed I haven't yet made that page.

   Bobby Darlin', where are those images?? 

   Okay, I'll make it anyway - if someone will give me at least a street address.  I just can't seem coerce myself into making it without some sort of minimalist identification, anyway.  Have you guys ever seen Monk on TV????


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/25/06 - "The Lee Theatre":


I was surprised that you asked about the Lee Theater.  It was bought maybe 10 years ago by the City of Hampton and turned into a first class space for performances.  Until the Ferguson Arts Center opened at Christopher Newport University this past fall, it was perhaps the premier performance space on the Peninsula.

It has an art deco sort of look.  There's a stage, a gridiron and a backstage area (that was achieved by building out the back wall) as well as dressing rooms, new bathrooms, concession area, etc.  The 'season' runs year round and is well supported by people from the Peninsula as well as south side.  The most wonderful acts come through - from Les Trocadero Ballet de Monte Carlo (men in ballet drag dancing as femmes to Balanchine choreography!) to sand painting monks from Tibet!  The season and its success are due entirely to the Director of the Hampton Arts Commission, Michael Curry who came to Hampton from Atlanta (I think) and brought his rolodex with him.  He has contacts scattered throughout the entertainment industry.  The facility runs on a small staff and a large group of dedicated volunteers. 
So the original theatre, which was a burlesque house, transitioned to a movie house and later became an adult film cinema.  It is now back to its former glory as a sort of art deco performance space that is busy many nights and days each month.  And that's what became of the Lee. 

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks so much, Kathy!

   But I'm surprised that you were surprised.  What surprised you, that I was curious, or that I didn't already know?

   I'm curious about practically everything, I lived in a Dixie Cup for over 30 years, and new information often leaves my brain moments after arrival.  This is not the world's greatest combination.  And this is why I'm glad we're compiling this archive.  Even if I was the only one was interested, I'm delighted to have found a place to learn and organize and record it all.

   So I will be recording this here - right where it belongs:

   Thanks so much, Kathy!  You're a fountain of knowledge, and I appreciate it!


  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 01/2

Great newsletter.

Chandler Nelms

   Thank you, Chandler Darlin'! 


  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/25/06 - "Mariners' Museum":

I do remember having concerts at the Mariners' Museum at least three times, and it was on Sunday afternoons.  The Apple Blossom Festival was always in May so the first weekend sounds right.  I can't recall another parade in May.  After the Apple Blossom I believe we were too tired for anything else.

   Thanks, Dave!  Was that three concerts in three years that you recall???


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 01/25/06 - "Movie Theaters in NN and

Hi Carol

   Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL

I never get to see Don Eways since moving to Providence Forge. I did see him at the funeral for Everett Hill (HHS ~65) about a year ago. Don started the New Years Day parties about 1970. I lived just down the street from him and partnered/assisted him for many years with the parties. You may remember Don and I were very close for many years until I moved from Hampton in 1985. Don still lives at the same place.

You posted a link:
Wow, what a great site.

There are three movie theaters that are not listed on this site (NNHS 65), one in NN and two in Hampton.


The one in NN was a drive-in located in the 12000 block of Jefferson Avenue near Oyster Point Road.  It was across the street from where I work at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jlab). Just a few years ago I remember going to The Sportsman shooting range in the building that had been the concession stand/projection house.

There was a theater on a side street off of Queen Street in downtown Hampton that I think was named the Center. It was used as a church for a while.

The other movie theater was in a shopping center in Hampton on Kecoughtan Road. After it closed it became Grand Furniture Store in about 1963, and then a night club I think called The Hullabaloo in the late 60's to early 70's.

For the life of me I canít remember either of the names. Any help out there?

God Bless
Richard Dawes

   Oh, my goodness!  I will definitely get back to this!!!  Thanks so much, Dicky!!! 


From Jacqueline Ray Fisher ('66) of NC - 01/25/06:

I live in NC - not too far from you (Raleigh).  What a FUN site - thank you so much!

   No kidding?!?  How cool!!!  And I'm glad you're enjoying the site - thanks!

"Never confuse someone elseís inability to do some thing with its inability to be done."
~ Steve Maraboli

   I love your revolving signature quotations!


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 01/26/06:

More sad news, Betty Marie Millner's (FHS - '65) husband Svein Lassen died last night. He was a lawyer at Jones, Blechman, Woltz and Kelly for years, and my daughter-in-law Susie's boss. We all loved him and will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers for Betty Marie, and the children.

  Svein J. Lassen

NEWPORT NEWS - Svein J. Lassen, 58, husband of Elizabeth Millner (Betty Marie) Lassen, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006. Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 1/27/2006.
Guest Book


   Oh, Jamey!  I'm so sorry to hear this!  Betty Marie and I were in school together way back when we were itty-bitty.  My deepest sympathies to her and her family.  

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/26/06 - "Under 'Who Cares'?":

The comments from    Dee Hodges Bartram - '66 - of VA) bring to mind the many times I have "questioned" the "gold" of the "Blue and Gold Typhoon". Any one else that played any sport at NNHS can probably look back and remember it (I hope!) the way I do; the "IT" being the colors of our uniforms and letters and certificates. Perhaps the band, also?
I can't ever recall any uniform being trimmed in "gold"; it was always orange. My letter is orange, the additional certificates are noted in orange. The why of Coach Conn preferring orange on the uniforms over gold was not explained or I missed it. Anyone know the why of it?
Our basketball uniforms of the 60's have become antique looking compared to what they wear today. I do remember our "away uniform knee socks" being Navy Blue with Orange STRIPES running "up them". I was told that the purpose for that was that we would be able to see a teammate from the floor by the color of the knee socks (they did "stand out" from a crowd!) and that would help us get out of any "tight spots" that we may encounter on the court. True? Sounds plausible.

   Well, Wayne Honey, I do know what I was told, but I'd prefer you'd hear it from someone who really, really knows........



  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/26/06 - "9:00 pm prayer":

This was sent to me by a City Employee whose son is active duty Army presently in Iraq.  I ask that you consider becoming a member of a large army of pray-ers - as in those who pray - for that minute, when you can.  Thanks.  Kathy

Someone has said that, if we really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.

In W.W.II there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace.

There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America.

If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Central) (6:00 pm Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our
citizens, and for peace in the world.

If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along.  Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.

Together, we "CAN" make a difference! Thank You, and God Bless America & ALL who are seeking world peace!

   Thank you, Kathy!  I like this "concentrated" prayers idea!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/27/06 - "More Movie Stars":

Those are all I have for now (eight new images).

   Magic can't be rushed - and they're gorgeous!  Thank you so much, David!

From Jay Styles ('68) of ? - 01/27/06 - "NNHS 65 website":

Good Day,
I was just recently told of your website by Mike Spivey and enjoyed it very much. 

I noticed that Bobby had given you some information concerning the death of Jerry Thomas Hicks, class of 1968.  Jerry was in the US Marines, not the US Army as listed.  Jerry was killed on July 4, 1970 in Madison, North Carolina.  If memory serves me correctly, Jerry had pulled into the car wash to get out of a storm with high winds and the storm caused the car wash building to collapse and a steel beam and wall fell on him.  Actually, he had been home for several months recuperating from wounds suffered in Viet Nam, which ultimately led to his discharge from the Corps.  Jerry had called me and wanted to go the the NCO club at Langley Air Force base, but I already had a date and had to decline.  The next morning, I flew out for a year on the Korean DMZ, that was in March.  In July, I received the newspaper article of his accident.  I wish I had canceled the date, Jerry was a good friend and is sadly missed.  His year in Nam was especially hard, physically and mentally. 

   Thank you so much for that information, Jay.  I added it to the '68 Memorial page, and made the necessary corrections:

Looking back, were we not lucky to have attended such a wonderful institution as NNHS?  It's a shame that the city let the school die, instead of continuing the tradition.  Anyway, I enjoyed the site. 

Jay Styles, Class of 1968

   I'm so glad you enjoyed it!  Let me know if you'd like to be added to our mailing and Alumni Lists; we'd be glad to have you:



   I added the latest Guest Book Signings onto these permanent Memorial Pages yesterday:

   Actually, these updates took me far longer than I anticipated, and I've not had time to do any of those other things I promised. 

   I'm either a pathological liar, or I'm so conceited that I think I can do everything life presents.

   My sister,    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC), is bringing some cords we need to reactivate my Handy-Dandy scanner/printer/copier today, so I'll soon have that operational again.

   My #3 son,    Randolph (Hillsboro HS - IL - '92), and my # 5 son,    Nathaniel (Hillsboro HS - IL - '97), are shipping out Wonder Computers today for my #4 son,    Joshua (Hillsboro HS - IL - '95), and my #6 son,    Dale (American School - IL - '02).  Then Joshua himself will be arriving Saturday night.

   The question in everyone's mind is, where will all these things and people fit, or where can they be squeezed to fit, into this tiny little house???

   We shall see. Meanwhile, my time is short, my brain is overextended and even more distracted than what has become "normal" for me, so I'm apt to make even wilder promises than usual.  So please be patient, and after a week or so, remind me...........


    I certainly hope I get back to all this soon, because I just removed enough to constitute an entire Newsletter all by itself.  I'm very sorry I ran out of time, but I've preserved it all in a safe place for next time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/11/06
WOWZERONI!!!  What a powerful Midi!  Thanks, Dave!

Mozart as a Child Portrait courtesy of - 01/23/05

Excerpt from the 1780 Mozart Portrait by J. Nepomuk della Croce (1780) courtesy of - 01/23/05

Musical clip art courtesy of - 01/23/05

Further Background Readings on Mozart - and and - 01/23/05

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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