02/02/05 - NNHS Newsletter 
Happy Groundhog Day

 

"I pity people who canít find laughter or at least some bit
of amusement in the little doings of the day. I believe I
could find something ridiculous even in the saddest moment,
if necessary. It has nothing to do with being superficial.
Itís a matter of joy in life."

- Sophie Scholl
 

 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Happy Birthday today to Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC! 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html


GROUNDHOG DAY SITES:

http://www.groundhog.org

http://www.groundhogs.com

http://www.gojp.com/groundhog

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maggieoh/Holidays/G/g_index.html

http://www.friesian.com/grndhog.htm


From Me in NC:

   A BIG thank you to the several of you who sent financial contributions for the website recently! 

   You are my heroes!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/31/05:

Hi, Carol:
Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR -  Furnished an answer to the World Problem on 01/28/05
which is correct.
The passenger train will never double the distance from the station as that of the freight train due
to the lapse of time between the departure of the freight train and the passenger train. Even the example she cited
in her answer would still be the same, never. If the other three answers so far are appealed, we can arbitrate in the
court of Cap'n Dave.
Now really, wasn't that fun? Brain stimulation slows down the aging process!
Always,
Adonis

   YEA!  I'm so glad we have resolved the problem!  And yes, it was fun!  But I must confess: I'll stick to crossword puzzles
for brain stimulation.  That math section of my brain atrophied long ago!  GIGGLES!

   Thanks, Adonis!


From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/02/05:

Carol,

I keep dreaming that we are in algebra class and Mr. Taylor won't let us out until we solve the word problem
about the trains! Call the station. They will tell you which arrives first.

   WILD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Jean!  The trains have ceased running - and I never did find out where they were going
when they left Chicago!


From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/31/05:

Carol

I thought I saw in last newsletter from Steve (Veazey - '60 of VA) that there was going to be
a 1960 reunion. If so, I would like information about it when it will be happening.

Glenn

    Don't worry , Glenn - we'll keep ALL Reunion notices blasting as soon as we hear from the committees!  Thanks!


From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 01/31/05:

Great newsletter!!!  I like the red and white theme ..... NICE colors

   Now, Tommee, don't be naughty!  It wasn't really red and white.  It was more of a cerise and white...or something....
GIGGLES!
 Thanks, Babe!


From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 02/01/05:

Hello Carol.  Here are a couple of bits related to the last couple of newsletters.
 
1.    Dixie was the name of a horse owned by someone of rank at Ft. Monroe.  When she died, she was buried on
Ft. Monroe property, and her grave is still visible, tended and marked.  The original hospital was on East Queen
Street near the intersection with Tyler Street in what is now the Hampton University campus.  Some may remember
it in its second iteration as Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital.  Anyway, there was some connection between the hospital
and the military at Ft. Monroe (though what it was I don't know) and when the original hospital as built, it was most
definitely named for the horse.
 
2.    Why would anyone close High's Ice Cream Stores?  Well, let's see, it could be the many, many robbers that
were attracted to the stores because they were generally staffed by one woman at a time.  Seriously, a High's robbery was reported weekly.  Do you suppose the competition was a factor in closing?  I mean, we have McD's and Hardee's
selling soft serve and hand dipped treats.  And we have Dairy Queen shops here and there.  And milk shakes like those
from Wendy's are so ice cream-like that maybe the very thick shake edged the cone out of the market.  Our last store
was on Mercury Boulevard, a block west of Aberdeen.  When I last went there just over a year ago, it was gone.  The
one in West Wythe closed in the early 80's and the one at Buckroe went in the late 80's.  The one in East Wythe
closed in the 70's. 
 
3.    While it is true that the Oasis Restaurant is still there, it has been in the hands of its fifth owner for about two
years.  When we were in school, the owner was a widow named Mrs. Ivy.  She had a grown daughter who, so sadly, took
her own life.  Mrs. Ivy kept the restaurant for a number of more years.  She was the second owner, I think.
 
4.    Is the Hunter Todd of the Mozart Festival in TX the same James Hunter Todd who lived on LaSalle Avenue and
has a sister named Sally and the sweetest mother in the world?  I think he is the same because my ex-husband John
(Clark - '57 of VA)
often spoke of him in terms of film, theatre, etc.  And those things were listed in his CV link. 
Sally Todd and her Mom went to St. John's in Hampton where I went.  There were no lids on the block of LaSalle
where the Todd's lived.  I lived two blocks north and 1 block east of there and could ride my bike there.  So Sally
and I were pretty good friends for a couple of years - sort of the 11-14 years of age.  I think Sally may have gone
away to HS and I didn't go to a Hampton HS so we sort of lost touch.  I remember Sally having hepatitis and her
doctor told Mrs. Todd that no one could visit unless they had had hepatitis or something called glandular fever.  I had
had the latter when I was six.  I must have been way WAAAAAAAAAAY ahead of my time because it was later called
mononucleosis!  And I had it first!  Anyway, the upshot of it all was that I could visit with Sally and no one else could. 
She had to stay abed and rest and we played with dolls and read to each other.  I have no idea where she is now nor how
her life turned out. 
 
Ba-bye.  KC

   1. That is absolutely correct!  YOU WIN!  Although - I'm not certain what it is that you win, as that was Tom's contest.....
Babe???

   2. YOWZERS!!!

   3. Ohhhh.... what a shame.... I do remember Mrs. Ivy, now that you mentioned her.  BUT - it's still open as a restaurant!

   4. Right again!  We'll have to wait until he offer up news of his sister.

   Thanks, Kathy!


Also from Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 02/01/05:

Carol, maybe the url below will explain some of life's mysteries to you - at least about yourself.  I read several
things that I know you have pondered over because you've said as much.  Have fun!  KC 
 
http://www.dobhran.com/humor/GRhumor761.htm

   OHHH, yeah!  How delightful - and true!  Thanks, Kathy!


From Bruce Korusek (John Marshall HS - '66) of VA - 02/01/05:

Hello, Carol,
I hope that you and yours are enjoying a good New Year.
I send this sign, not to be offensive, but to share part of Peninsula history.
This sign appeared in CRTC buses in the 1950's.  I am sorry that it is "sideways", but guess that your computer skills
can turn it around if you are interested in keeping it.
Will have more CRTC pix coming during the year.
Bruce Korusek
 
           
             

   Oh, my glory, Bruce!  This sent chills up my spine when I saw it.  I remember those days.  And I also remember that we
as teenagers preferred to sit in the very back of the bus, forcing the black people closer up to the middle.  But there was
a line drawn on the floor, and they were not allowed to sit in front of that line.  Between inconsiderate youth and incredibly
ignorant laws, they often found themselves in a quandary.

   Thank you for sharing this with us. Bruce.  As chilling as it is, revisionist history is more so.

   I've not yet posted it; I need to do some serious work on the CRT page, but it will be up soon.

   http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/crt.html


From Jean Lankes Toth (HHS - '72) of VA - 02/02/05:

         
             

Hi Carol!

Here is a photo of Parkview Elementary School for your website.

A former boss of mine went to the demolition site of this school about 20 years ago, and swiped a couple of the
bricks. She then borrowed the attached photo from a Newport News public school office, and hired me to paint
the school onto each brick as a little keepsake.

People saw my boss's Parkview bricks, and I was suddenly SWAMPED with "orders" to paint more bricks. It got
kind of boring, but I probably did about 25 of them and made a little pocket change. I sure hope the bricks
 weren't covered with asbestos.

I tried my best to return this 8x10 B&W photo. I contacted various public school offices to get an address where
I could mail it, but nobody seemed to care.... so I still have it. I did not attend Parkview, but it seems kind of sad
that there is practically nothing about this school on the internet!!!

Jean Lankes Toth (HHS - '72)

   WOWZERONI!!!  How COOL- and what a beautiful job you did!  You certainly "spiffed up" that page!  Thanks so much!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/our-schools.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/parkview-school.html


From One of Our Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI - 02/02/05:

I watched on CNN News this morning the Groundhog viewing his shadow in Pennsylvania and,
LOTS MORE WINTER.
In my younger days I loved Winter time. I did a lot of ice skating and
Tobogganing. Now I'm happy to be on the inside looking out at the beautiful snow and ice.

   Oh, dear.  It's even supposed to snow here on Friday.  Of course, the last two times they told us that, we got absolutely
NADA!  Thanks, Herbie!  Stay warm!


OTHER UPDATES:

   It's time to tackle the backlog of images from several contributors - not that I'm slow or anything....

           
Saturday, January 08, 2005
119 Blair Avenue
Image by Tom Norris (HHS - '73)
of VA - 01/08/05
Thanks, Tom!  No wonder I couldn't ever find this old store on my trips home - it has completely vanished.
 

   My very first, very own personal Old Stomping Ground was this wonderful old grocery store.  It had those great old
wooden floors, and one of those screen doors that every old independent grocery store seemed to boast.  It had food,
of course, but its prime attraction for me was the display case full of candy.  When it changed hands from Bud's to Jim's,
I was delighted that it maintained its one-syllable name; it made for an easy transition.  It was just up the hill, across the
bridge by
Peterson's Yacht Basin, and around a corner or two from our apartment at 1309-A 16th Street in the Stuart
Homes Apartments
.  In the summer time, there was no greater treat than to walk there with a fist full of money and
grandiose plans of blowing it all on candy and gum.  Sometimes I would actually run an errand for my mama, but usually,
it was all about the candy.  As I was such a spoiled rotten little child (very much as I remain) my recollection is that she
gave me about a dollar or so in change to squander in this manner every summer weekday.  I might be wrong - but I might
not.  Sometimes, my friend, Daphne Roberts, went with me, but as often as not, I'd go alone.  I'd spend the minutes
of my walk contemplating just how I'd spend my fortune.  I always bought one Baby Ruth bar, and always three or four
packages of bubble gum with the Topp's baseball trading cards, and the rest I'd use on nifty novelty candies, such as
those little wax soda bottles with the gooey sweet liquid, or those little soft cookie-like treats that looked like miniature
ice cream cones.  On the way home I would stuff the Baby Ruth in my mouth to sustain me on my walk home while I began
to examine my newest cards.  I'll never forget the time I got my Duke Snyder card.  It was my favorite, but I had several
other nice ones - Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, and so forth.  On the basis of their
cool logo alone, I decided I was a Baltimore Orioles fan.  In this way I was able to amass a large shoebox full of major
league baseball cards which would be worth a sweet fortune today.  No, of course I no longer have them.

  My most memorable walk to Bud's (or it may have become Jim's by then) almost put a halt to my trips altogether.  I was
probably about nine years old.  It seems the chain gang was out that day, cleaning the area around the bridge.  They had
armed guards, so I really wasn't very worried.  The guards, however, became highly agitated when they saw me walk past. 
They started yelling at the men, which I thought was quite unnecessary, because they were obviously all being very polite
and attentive.  On my return home, the men were closer up to the sidewalk, so I stopped to chat with three or four of them
a bit.  They were very friendly - exceptionally friendly.  This caused the guards to become positively ballistic, and they
started yelling wildly.  When I got home I told my mama.  For some strange reason, she became as upset as the guards.
Normally she was one calm cookie, but that day she launched into some tirade about how dangerous those men were, and
how they could have pulled me under the bridge, and all sorts of other unpleasant details.  My, my, my.  Such a fuss.  What
a bunch of worry warts.  It was some time before I was allowed on such an excursion again......

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/buds-jims.html - brand new page

   And thanks, Tom!


   I finally scanned Ronnie Steele's senior portrait, and added it plus his obituary to the Class of 1961's In Memoriam page:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam-all.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam61.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/obit-ronnie-steele.html


From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA via Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/28/05:

           
Saturday, October 19, 2002
BACK ROW: Paul Harty of NC; Dave Arnold ('65) of VA; Pam Smith Tomczyk ('65) of IL; Barry Brothers (York HS - '65) of VA; MIDDLE ROW: Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA; Mattie Rowell
of NC; Van Rowell ('65) of NC;

FRONT ROW
: Pauline Collins ('65) of VA;
Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC;
and Charles Shofner of VA
           

      WOW!  Wasn't that a fun evening?!?  Thanks, Pam - and Pauline!  I posted this one here (and redid the whole page):

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-page.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunions2002.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/r2002-65-sateve10-19.html

   (I'd still like to know why Lynn looks even more gorgeous now than she did forty-eleven years ago.  There's something
just basically wrong with that story...)  GIGGLES!


   Well, looky here - we've come to the end of another Newsletter (and the end of my time!), and I still haven't posted five
items which I had intended.  Tsk, tsk.  Oh, but guess what?  There will be a bonus issue for tomorrow, in honor of - well,
if you don't know, you'll just have to wait and see.

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

                          Love to all, Carol

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Standing in the Shadows of Love

(The Four Tops)


Standing in the shadows of love
Waitin' for the heartaches to come
Can't you see me standing in the shadows of love
I'm getting ready for the heartaches to come
I'd run but there's no where to go
'Cause heartaches will follow me I know
Without your love, the love I need
It's the beginning of the end for me
'Cause you've taken away all me reasons for livin'
When you pushed aside all the love I've been giving
Now wait a minute
Didn't I teach you right, didn't I?
Didn't I do the best I could, didn't I?
So don't you leave me standin' in the shadow of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Don't you see me standing in the shadow of love
Just tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come

All alone I'll desperately be
With misery my only company
Come today, in fact come tomorrow
Sorrow, I ain't got nothin' but sorrow
Don't your conscience bother you
How can you watch me cry after all I've done for you
Now hold a minute
Gave you all the love I had, didn't I?
When you needed me I was there, now wasn't I?
(Standing in the shadows of love
Gettin' ready for the heartaches to come)
I've tried not to cry out loud
No gal you ain't gonna help me now
What did I do to cause all this grief
Now what'd I say to make you want to leave
Now wait a minute
I gave my heart and soul to you, didn't I?
Now didn't I always treat you good, didn't I?
I'm Standing in the shadows of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Hope to see you standing in the shadows of love
Tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come
Standing in the shadows of... [Fade]

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       

 


"Standing in the Shadows of Love" midi courtesy of http://richard.student.utwente.nl/midi.php3?directory=midi/soft
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" lyrics courtesy of http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/the_four_tops/standing_in_the_shadows_of_love.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Groundhog Images courtesy of http://www.hoghaven.com/ - 01/29/05

Shadowed Standing Groundhog Image courtesy of http://dailydig.bruderhof.org - 02/02/05

Animated Paw Print Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maggieoh/Holidays/G/g_index.html#WOGMM Ė 01/29/05

Dollar Bills Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 03/26/04

Amtrak Train clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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