01/30/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Baby, I'm Yours
"Never shall I forget the time I spent with you.
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Newsletter is quite long, and I have at least eight notes which I've
reserved for the next edition. I awoke this morning to learn that I am
experiencing a couple of bizarre technical difficulties which I hope to have
resolved shortly. Rather than distort reality, I chose to postpone
some things until that time.
Keep the faith.
A very Happy Birthday today to the ever adorable
Phillips ('65) of TN. Have a super day, Sweetie!
SOME OF THE THINGS I RIPPED OUT OF FRIDAY'S NEWSLETTER:
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/24/06: "Test of your road runner email":
Have you been able to reset your Road Runner email so that it has full functionality?
Are you using Yahoo on your Broadband Internet Connection?
Hope you receive this message.
Yes, no, and maybe so - or words to that effect....
The NNHS65@nc.rr.com and firstname.lastname@example.org accounts would usually (though not always) operate through a webmail system. That is, if I stood on my head and entered an eight digit password, I could access them through any computer. But as they had a pop-up blocker on them, I could not see images, neither could I reply or forward from them. I would have to copy and paste such messages into one of my several yahoo accounts for that.
Soon after he arrived, my # 6 son Dale (American School - IL - '02) removed the pop-up blockers, so that had I had the time (which I didn't) I would actually have been able to use the webmail accounts.
Last night, he restored the Outlook accounts to their fully functional selves - with one notable exception.
As my original problems with the Trojan began in that NNHS65@nc.rr.com account, spread to the other, and soon infected my whole computer unto death, the entire contents of that inbox, including many precious things ultimately had to be destroyed last summer. They are forever lost to me.
I am left to ponder whether I really want to go through the headache of all that again.
I certainly have broadband capabilities on this computer, and can access my Yahoo accounts from anywhere in the world. The only limiting factor is the sending of mass mailings. Currently I have my addresses preserved not only in my Yahoo address books, but also on a document within my files. I have the NNHS addresses divided into eight batches of 50 names each, and can send five or six of them within one hour, and then wait until the time hits the next hour for the remainder.
I've grown comfortable with the system. Rather than tell everyone once again to change my addy, I may just keep things the way they are.
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/25/06 - "Dr. Frank Robert ( No 'S'!)"
That's great news, Wayne Honey! Thanks!
There is a possibility that the two other computers we're expecting will arrive today. If that's true, I may yet be able to update all my backlogs, as all my darling babies will be occupied somewhere other than playing games on my computer! GIGGLES!!!
Apparently, Dale also reconnected my scanner, so I'll be spending a good deal of time reclaiming all the missing images of the past week or so. At the moment, I just noticed something is not set correctly, and I can't add any more images than I already have - including Renee's, so I'm going to be ripping things from this issue as well. ARGHHH!!!!
Yessss, I definitely foresee another Bonus Edition this week, perhaps tomorrow......
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS -
'65) of FL to
Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63)
of VA -
From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 01/25/06 - "Answer to
(NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) questions":
|Hi again Carol,
Just to give a brief reply to Richard's questions in today's newsletter:
+ Yes, Mr. Coates, the owner of Lawson's Grocery when my brother (Lloyd - '61) and I worked there, lived on 24th Street, about four or five houses down from the store.
+ I believe someone (Joe Madagan?) ('57 - of FL) mentioned in a previous newsletter
that "Babe" Lawson had passed away.
+ Also, I emailed my brothers and sister about "Babe" Lawson. My sister, Mary Sue ('52), and my brother, Jack ('54), replied. They are both fuzzy on the "Babe" moniker, as I am. Mary Sue said his name was Charles, which is what I now recall. She also said that his step mother, Gladys Lawson, was devoted to his welfare.
From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 01/25/06:
Hi Carol -
Stuart Gardens was a neat place to live. My mother and I lived at 1354 Garden Drive. There was such a feeling of community. Does anyone remember going sledding on the hills at the far end of Stuart Gardens? Also during the summer you could sled on cardboard. Tried to get the dog to ride but she always jumped off.
Barb Houston '68
That is so true, Barbara!
I personally don't remember the sledding, though. Perhaps as I didn't move to Stuart Gardens until I was almost thirteen, I was already too dignified to participate in such childish activities.
And I can't seem to add your thumbnail image either, Barbara......
Neither can I post your Stuart Gardens memories until I figure out what's happened to some of these controls.... ARGHHHH!!!! I hope to correct that before day's end.
Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 01/26/06 - "Class picture I found in my closet":
This is a picture of the last class to graduate John W. Daniel Elementary. After the school closed the building was used for the newly established Christopher Newport College.
TOP ROW, LEFT
TO RIGHT: EDWARD REGISTER,
EUGENE SHIFFLETT, NATHAN KOZLOSKI, ZOE KOUNAS, LINDA BEECHAM, ADERON GIBBS,
WOODY SLATE, DEAN LOONEY.
JOHN W. DANIEL ELEMENTARY
6TH GRADE CLASS
WOWZERONI!!! What a treat!!! I was astonished how many of y'all I recognized without even first looking at the names to see who might be there somewhere - and without even knowing who might have gone to Daniel School!
I posted this gem on the Daniel page:
Thanks so very much, Chuck!
Bill Black ('66) of GA - 01/27/06 - "Propaganda from some Women's Comedy Service":
Just in case you ladies need
some humor this morning. Even though this came from a known source, you'll
thank me for deleting some of the garbage in the 'signature' that made it
look suspicious. Well, you might well ask, ain't that what Norton and
the three other security
thingies I have on my computer are for? You're welcome. You're all very
Bill Honey, you are a hoot!
As probably very few of you know, unlike most women, I tend not to be a feminist and generally if someone really needs to be bashed (which I doubt), I'd tend first to bash women, rather than men. So as my conscience dictates, I'll only include this last one, which I'll admit made me laugh out loud:
Q: How do you keep your husband from
reading your e-mail?
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/27/06 - "Concerts":
Three (Sunday afternoon) concerts (at Mariners' Museum) in three years sounds about right. I know there was a concert in '66 as well.
Thanks, Dave! Now, which Sunday in May do you think that might have been? Not the first Sunday (that was Winchester). Probably not the second (that's Mother's Day). Would it have been the third or the fourth?
Yes, of course, I'm obsessive! Would I even be doing this otherwise?!? WILDEST GIGGLES!!!
From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 01/27/06:
No Carol, my question is notÖÖÖ where will all these things and people fit, or where can they be squeezed to fit, into this tiny little house??? Itís how many kids do you have? Didnít your mother ever tell you what causes them?
Now, Chandler Darlin', I only have seven children. WILD GIGGLES!!! Actually, I had wanted ten, but those four miscarriages squelched that dream.
I thought you had seen the recent images, but perhaps that was before you joined us:
It's just as your father predicted when I was only thirteen. I was a good breeder.
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS -
'65) of FL to
(NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA- 01/27/06 -
To: Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA
Thanks for the update on Don Eways (Hampton HS). If you moved in 1985, what year was your last party? It sounds like you don't stay in touch with him. But IF you decide to make that call, mention me and Kathy Mooney (Hampton HS '64). She lives in NY, but occasionally, we'll meet up in Hampton......maybe next time we do, we'll look him up.
The theater on Queen Street was the Langley. The one in Southampton was the Center Theater. I remember going to the summer movies at the Center until it became an adult theater, and they switched the summer movies to the Langley. I know the Center Theater became a church for awhile. I'm not familiar with the furniture store or Hullabaloo being there. And I find the latter hard to believe as much as I loved to dance! Wonder how we can find out if indeed it was there.......anyone??
AHHHHH! Thanks, Gloria!
From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 01/27/06 - "What!!":
WOWZERS!!! What a sweet thing to say! It's just that - well, you see from above how much great material I had to rip away. And I have a bonkers habit of skipping around from one thing to another during the compilations, following no rhyme or reason.... Sometimes - okay, most of the time - it seems to me that the more I do, the more I have to do. I suppose guilt still invades my psyche....
Thanks so much, Bill! I do feel so much better now!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/27/06:
When I read the comments of Bob Schweida ('54) of NH - 01/25/06 about Coach Lou Plummer it prompted me to write to you. Coach Plummer was a quiet mannered gentleman, who had the gift of encouragement. All of us need a Barnabas and Coach Plummer was that type of person. He had a keen insight into the weakness of an opponent in an athletic contest. He always had my respect, and taught his health classes with dignity.
You're right, Adonis. Coach
Plummer's page has been sitting on the back burner far too long.
I'll add it this week.
I also wonder if Margaret Schweida ('56) is Bob's sister?
I wondered that myself......
Roger's Confectionary was located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Oak Avenue and 25th Street in the East End. The entrance was positioned to face the center of the intersection, so it could have carried an Oak Avenue address, which would have been 2501 Oak Avenue. Of course, it might well have carried a 25th Street address.
UNCLE!!!! GIGGLES!!!! I'll make that page for Roger's as soon as Dale irons out these two technical details for me.
It is exciting that your children return home. If they were not loved and cared for they would not consider returning, so you and Paul have created a wonderful environment for them. How wonderful!
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
That is a happy thought, Joe! We've always seemed to have great fun together!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 01/27/06:
Mariners' Museum concerts and having a picnic and
playing softball there afterward. As I recall, we had a great time.
Oh, my goodness! The picnics and softball games! I had totally forgotten them! Thank you so much, Jimmy!!!
Also, the Armed Forces Day parades occurred on a Saturday in mid-May, I think, and therefore were after the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade, which we owned!
Ohhhhhh, I just Googled around and found this nifty nougat:
And then from one of favorite sites ever: http://www.timeanddate.com
I generated a 1962 calendar:
Therefore the Armed Forces Day Parade would have been held on Saturday, May 19, 1962! YES!!! Jimmy, Sweetie, you are my hero!
And here's why it was so
"critically" important for me to know. I had four series of old
photographs all dated "May 1962". One group was taken at Winchester,
which I determined (after telephoning the authorities) is always held on the
first weekend of May, making it May 4-6 in 1962. One set was clearly
Mother's Day, which was May 13 that year. Another set, of me in
uniform, had me baffled - until I thought of the possibility of one last
parade of the year - the Armed Forces Day Parade. And the last set, of
me in the white strapless evening gown, was definitely taken prior to the
Spring Concert - the date of which is still undetermined.
|May 5-6, 1962||
Mother's Day, Sunday,
May 13, 1962
|Saturday, May 19, 1962||May 1962|
Now if someone can give me an idea of when the Spring Band and Choir Concerts were held each year - even which day of the week, and which Sunday in May those outdoor concerts were held, my date-obsessive brain can find some peace after all these years!
Remember - I never said it was important. I only said it was critical.
We were so masterfully prepared by
Mr. Wilson for
the ABF that we were in great condition to perform for the home folks, which
is still always a very good thing to do whenever possible. The one Armed
Forces Day parade I remember in particular occurred on Washington Avenue,
and I remember playing Parade of the Charioteers in that one...I saw
my mom and dad on the street in the audience...maybe that year was the year
we played the same selection at Mariners' Museum, as well. As I recall, many
in the trumpet section got the giggles and didn't play all of the opening
fanfare. We eventually came in and paid attention the rest of the way.
Having been in that frustrating situation a few times myself as a conductor
(payback!), I remember that as a time we let Mr. Wilson down, and have been
sorry about it ever since.
And as soon as I'm able to return to that section, I'll add this too, Jimmy! Thanks!
Memories come back in bits and pieces from time to time, except that important one that has always been there. In the conducting business, when I worked Universal Judgment with my band, I remembered how it should sound and be performed (as opposed to 'remembering how it goes'), and was able to impart that to the players because of having been taught it by Mr. Wilson. And the shock/thrill chord in the opening fanfare of Conquest came back to me from having played it, so I was able to help my band be effective at that moment. It wasn't long before I realized how fortunate we were in high school-grades 8 through 12-to be in a fully instrumented band. That still is not the case in most places. There are now many times when the principle that was taught of course had not changed, but guided the current moment, consciously or not.
We went through school, and did what we were told day after day (most of the time!), thinking that moment (whatever it was) was the end of it, and little did we know---everything is useful, even if only the concept with current content.
What a thought that is, Sweetie! I could build an entire edition around that one concept, but I'll spare y'all that - but thanks so much, Jimmy. This idea has weighed heavily on my mind all week. It astounds me that you chose this moment to express it - and I'm most grateful!
Crowded or not, it is good to have your family around you when you can, isn't it?
It is indeed! We're having great fun!
Thanks for the Mozart today - it was a real pick me up - as all the newsletter selections are! Mozart would have had a great time with computer generated sounds and capabilities-oui'? At this point I don't know if I am repeating a particular thought - please delete anything you wish.
Honey, I wouldn't dream of it!
Thanks for the great newsletters!
Thank you - for your marvelous insights!
From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 01/27/06 - "blue and gold or orange":
Wayne (Stokes - '65 - of
VA) asked about the "why" of the orange.....Coach Conn graduated
from UVA and their colors were.........blue & orange!!!
TA-DAH!!! There it is! I just like it better coming from you! Thanks, Albert Dear!
I'd still like to know why these images are not cooperating.........
From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 01/27/06 - "Movie Theaters":
Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) brought up the other movie theaters in the area. I remember two of the three he mentioned. I can confirm that the theater across from Jefferson Labs was the Peninsula Drive-In. The entrance road for it from Jefferson Avenue has since become Ed Wright Lane. It was a double-screen theater, with the projection house/concession stand centered between the two parking areas and the screens in the far corners. I remember it opening sometime in the late 60's and closing in the mid to late 70's.
The Kecoughtan Road theatre was at the Southampton Shopping Center, the one with the Co-Op grocery store. In the late 60's it was operated as a teen dance club called "The Lighthouse". I don't know whether that was its name as a movie hall. When I visited home in December I shot a photo of where it used to stand. Indeed, the whole shopping center seems to have been torn down and rebuilt.
This was my neighborhood for my first few years before moving to Newport News. We lived in the apartments between Merrimac Motors and the Southampton Shopping Center, just about across from the B&M Drive-In. Indeed, in one picture of B&M in "Our Old Stomping Grounds" (the one from the '56 Krabba) you can see some of these apartment buildings just over the windshield of the Ford Convertible. I'm not certain of the name (Armstrong Apartments?), but our address was 222 Regent Street. I'll bet Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66 - of VA) didn't even know I was in the neighborhood! These apartments are still there and filled with families.
The Hullabaloo that I remember was the club beside the Denbigh Boulevard. Bridge, up against the C&O tracks. It had the elevated "cages" with go-go dancers and everything.
Best Mariner Regards,
Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72 sort of) of NC
Before you disown me completely, I've reserved the second part of your note - and your four cool images - for the next edition, by which time my technical issues will be resolved.
And then I can at last address the wonderful surprise you sent me previously - which still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it. Thanks so much!
From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 01/27/06 - "The other May parade":
I just attended a Mozart Concert at Christ and St Luke's in Norfolk. It was awesome as was this celebration edition. BRAVO!
How fabulous for you - and thanks! Everywhere I went on Friday, I told people it was Mozart's 250th Birthday. They thought I was nuts. It's high time they learned that, too! GIGGLES!!!
I think the other parade was the Memorial Day parade. I think we eventually did it in the Hilton area, down Warwick Boulevard. It was not as big as the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester. At one time that was an over-nighter, but not while I was in Senior Band.
No, this was just a Saturday morning event. Jimmy Hines ('64 - of Northern VA) correctly recalled the one I was trying to remember. That may have changed in later years. But, Barbara - NO OVERNIGHT TO WINCHESTER?!? GASP!!! I'm totally horrified - and so sorry for all of you poor babies!
It was sad to hear about Jerry Hicks ('68).
That was indeed a very tragic story, Barbara.
I am in support of the 9PM Prayer for the Troops.
Barbara Brewer NNHS '69
SUPER! Thanks, Barbara!
From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 01/27/06:
feeble mind and old body tend to run neck and neck at times, there are some
things I remember well ...and I think if you close your eyes and remember
way, way, back you'll have the word "lust" meandering through your mind.
Sidney Lust was the name of the drive-in theatre on Jefferson Avenue.
What was the name of the drive-in across the street from Shoney's?
Jimmy Darlin', as you well know, I have had to labor long and hard for the last six years to recall and recover many precious memories which were lost to me, but the Sidney Lust and the Anchor and the Green Acres Drive-Ins were never really far from my mind.
Dicky (Dawes - NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) had mentioned that there were theaters on that other site of which we bore no record, and we've had those three drive-ins posted for almost three years now:
Thanks, Jimmy-Jimmy! I'm always delighted to hear from you!
From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 01/27/06 - "In response to
(NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA)":
In response to Richard Dawes, the theater on Jefferson was the Peninsula Twin Drive-in. It closed in the late 1970s if memory serves me correct. It was a flea market for a short time, then became Plant City Nursery and is now a shooting range. The other theater in Southampton Shopping Center was a teen night spot called The Cage or maybe spelled Kage around 1966 or 1967. It was renamed The Lighthouse a year or so later. It had the usual black lights and strobe lights of the late 1960s. I Also got to hear a lot of the local garage bands such as Danny (O'Brien - '69) and the Del-Notes there. The Hullabaloo he mentioned was off Denbigh Boulevard, almost under the overpass. This also was a teen place with much of the same theme as the Cage. Another popular place was the American Legion on Marshall Avenue near Newmarket. They had the local bands and dancing for us young-uns on Sunday afternoons back in the mid/late 60's. I guess if they had places like that today for teens, you would need to wear a bullet proof vest. Such a shame.
Mike Leonard (68)
I didn't know (or didn't remember) there were dances at the American Legion Hall! "I've been rooked!"
From Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA - 01/28/06 - "I Love Beach Music":
I was a huge fan of the late, great Bill Deal; a Beach Music legend from Virginia Beach. His son Bubba, (nee: Bill Deal, Jr.) found an old tape recording of Bill Deal/Fat Ammon and the Rhondels. He upgraded it and put it on a CD. When I found out about the CD, I had to have it. Itís a little pricey at $25 (Total-includes shipping) and only has 9 song on it, but it's well worth it to me.Bubba is currently working on his new website and it should be complete in a couple of months. You can view whatís available now at http://www.billdealonline.com/. Until then, if anyone is interested in purchasing the CD, e-mail me at email@example.com and Iíll have Bubba get in touch with you.
The only reason Iím doing this is to keep this great music going that is indigenous to our region. Instead of ramblin on, read the CD critique I sent to Bubba Deal.
I Love It! I absolutely love it. I canít remember a CD that takes me back the way "At the Community House Ė 1962" does. I can visualize those 18-year-olds singing the songs live just like they did at my senior prom. You probably donít know it, but Bill Deal/Fat Ammon and the Rhondels played at my prom at Newport News High School in "1962". I donít remember, but they probably played those same songs that night. You did a great job digitally re-mastering the songs. You can tell that they had that "it", and would go on to greatness. I knew it and followed their career from that night on.
Jimmy Walker - NNHS Ď62
I'll post this on TYPHOONMART as soon as my systems don't leave me pulling my hair. Thanks so much, Jimmy!
Soooo, in today's Newsletter we heard from Jimmy Hines, Jimmy Parker, and Jimmy Walker. You know what that means, doncha?!? That's right! It means I really can't resist the overwhelming temptation to say, "Jimmy-Jimmy-Jimmy!"!!!!
Y'all take extra good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
Baby, I'm Yours
Baby, I'm yours (baby, I'm yours)
And I'll be yours (yours) until the stars fall from the sky-y-y-y-y
Yours (yours) until the rivers all run dry
In other words, until I di-i-ie
Baby, I'm yours (baby, I'm yours)
And I'll be yours (yours) until the sun no longer shi-i-i-i-ines
Yours (yours) until the poets run out of rhyme
In other words, until the end of time
I'm gonna stay right here by your side
Do my best to keep you satisfied
Nothin' in the world can drive me away
Every day you'll hear me say
Baby, I'm yours (baby, I'm yours)
And I'll be yours (yours) until two and two is three-ee-ee-ee-ee
Yours (yours) until the mountain crumbles to the sea
In other words, until eternity
Baby, I'm yours
Till the stars fall from the sky
Baby, I'm yours
Till the rivers all run dry
Baby, I'm yours
Till the poets run out of rhyme
Yours" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Yours" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!
Flowers clip art
courtesy of Pat's Web Graphics -
http://www.patswebgraphics.com/newyear/HNY15.html - 12/20/04
Iris by the Fence Divider Line (for JWP) clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html - 08/17/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Anchor clip art
Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05
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