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02/16/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Belated Valentine's Day

"When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears
are called forth by the memory of hours
when we loved not enough."

- Maurice Maeterlinck

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   My server went down Sunday night at 10:00 PM.  Sometime between then and 3:00 PM today, it came back.  Unfortunately, many of y'all learned that long, long before I did; I was un-blissfully unaware of any such thing.  As I've no idea how it is that I couldn't make either the server or the FTP work, or how that's even possible, I refuse devote any more time or worry to it.  I'm simply relieved to know I don't need to go shopping for another server, which is what I greatly feared.

   (I also feared it may have been because I had neglected to renew the contract with, but it doesn't expire until February 26.  WHEW!)

   As I wasn't expecting to be able to write this tonight, I have very little prepared, so I'll save many items for tomorrow.  Stay tuned.


  From Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA - 01/31/06 - "Johnny Mercer honored":

Hi Carol, 

I live in Yorktown and don't know whether or not you recognized another alumni,    Johnny Mercer Sr., class of '67, who was honored by the Daily Press and the Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association  with the 2005 Guardian Award for his invaluable service as a law enforcement officer. He was the top honoree in the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.  Congratulations, Johnny!! 

Sue Miller Dearnley '64

   No, ma'am, I knew nothing about it!  How wonderful!!!  Congratulations, Johnny!

   Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Sue


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 02/09/06 - "Take me back to the Fifties":


Please post.
The first is the best. "Take me back to the fifties"
The second is a attachment (2006 Hooters Calendar) for men only.

Richard Dawes
     Ahhh, Dicky, I must say you had me going with that one! 

   In the first place, I tend to censor out certain materials which may be of questionable matter in order to preserve the "family-friendly" status of the site.  And I was puzzled over how I might be able to post something "for men only" even if I chose to do so.

   You're a hoot yourself, Sweetie!  Thanks!


  From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 02/09/06:

In response to    David Whitley ('67 - of VA) about Burger Chef in front of Skateland: This was not a Burger Chef, but a Giant Burger. It was owned by the Gordon family that also owned Skateland. There was also one in front of the Green Acres Drive-in on Pembroke Avenue.
Speaking of Skateland, does anyone remember the little miniature golf course that was on the Briarfield Road side? The last hole had a clown face with two red lights for its eyes. If you made a hole in one, one of the eyes would light up and you got a free pass. They only gave you one chance, so we would wait for the guy that was running the place to get distracted with another customer. Then we would keep trying until we got it in or got caught, whichever came first. I think you could play the whole course for 15 cents. Such Fun!!
On Friday nights at Skateland, we would skate from 7 until 10. Then one of the WGH deejays would come in and play the tunes for the "Sock Hop" dance. They would give out free records sometimes and I still have some of them today. I have a lot of memories of that place until a heavy snowstorm in 1966 collapsed part of the roof and started its decline.
Mike Leonard (68)

   Thanks, Mike!  I do have a vague memory of that miniature golf course, but it would have to be classified as more of a fragment than anything else.  If you hadn't mentioned the clown, I wouldn't even have been able to recall that much....

   (I've posted none of this yet.)


  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 0210/06 - "Valentine's Day":

        Hope you all have a Sweet Valentine's Day..    Some Roses are RED     Some people are BLUE     But when you are a TYPHOON       you're ONE  thru 'N' thru..... All enjoy YOUR Valentine's DAY..      Typhoons Forever  Al



   OHHHH, thanks, Al!  Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! 

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 02/11/06:

Hi Carol!
The NNHS Class of 1966 reunion will be open to all  classmates. 

It has been slow going getting all the cost information we need to come up with a pricing structure but I think - mind you - THINK - we are about ready for that.  I'm sure something will crop up to change this ALMOST positive feeling.

Watch your mail for next week, you have a surprise coming!

   Oh, GOODY!!!  I just LOVE surprises!

My best to you,
Dee Hodges Bartram

    And it was a great surprise, too, Dee!  Thanks so much!  I still don't have that portion ready and posted adequately for you yet, Dee, but I do have a surprise for you: - I did a bit of detective work, and totally redesigned your page for y'all.  It isn't finished yet, but I'll take care of that soon, now that I'm back in business.

   Thanks again! 


From Jack Nelson ('54) - 02/11/06 - "JUST FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL...":

Dear Carol,
Historical Tidbit Department...
Several of your web pages mention Ms. Gladys Lyle, onetime organist at the old Paramount Theater.  They brought back some fond memories. 
However, does anyone remember the Wurlitzer organ that used to be played by Gladys Lyle, and have they ever wondered what happened to it?  Here's your answer.
As of 2002, after a circuitous route, it ended up in Phil Maloof's house in the Las Vegas area.  See details below. 

                                       Pipe Organs in the
                                 Las Vegas Valley - Nevada
Residence Organs/ Studio Organs/ Theatre Organs
Residence of Phil Maloof 6 Manual 45 Theatre 1931/1999 Barton
4 Manual 18 Theatre 1926/2002 Wurlitzer

Barton Op. 350 of 10 ranks and three manuals was originally installed in the Paramount Theatre in Newport News, Virginia. It has the distinction of being the last instrument shipped from the Barton factory in 1931. It was later installed in a theatre in Alexandria, Virginia for a few years, moved to the Midwest where eventually the organ was purchased by the Granada Historical Society and installed in the Granada Theatre in Kansas City in 1986 and had 11  ranks added to it. The Granada Theatre closed, and in 1997 it was purchased by Phil Maloof and installed in his Music Room here in Las Vegas. About the same time the six-manual console from the Barton 55-rank organ in the Chicago Stadium (which was torn down to make way for the new United Center, the pipes of the instrument were never relocated to a new home, and while in storage, 75% of the organ was destroyed in a fire) was also purchased by Phil Maloof and was completely restored and connected to operate the Barton Op. 350. The original console has also been retained. Another 10 ranks were added making a total of 32 ranks. In addition the organ has some "classical" ranks added bringing the total to 43 ranks. Bob Maes was the principal technician responsible for the current installation.
I was curious to know who Phil Maloof is so I looked him up on the internet. Here is an excerpt from one page:
"Former State Sen. Phil Maloof ran against Congresswoman Heather Wilson in 98' (in New Mexico) but now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Maloof family still has considerable business interests in the state. Their Palms hotel in Vegas is a smash hit, despite a wavering economy."
The family owns the Sacramento (CA) Kings basketball team among many other profitable interests.
The below web pages provide a little detail of the Maloof family.
There was another aspect of Gladys Lyle's Paramount Theater entertainment that is not mentioned anywhere else that I can find.  At some point between each film feature, 
Gladys would play the organ and the audience would sing to the lyrics projected on the screen.  She didn't do this every day, and I cannot remember on which days or times she did play (likely the weekends) but I do remember her name, that it was a Wurlitzer organ, and that I enjoyed singing the songs while following the "bouncing ball.
I remember a man's voice announcing over the public address system, "And here is Gladys Lyle on the Wurlitzer organ."  The music would begin playing but with no organ in sight.  Slowly, the organ - along with Gladys - would rise out of a pit near the front of the stage.  The theater screen would then show the title and words to various songs and the bouncing ball would give the tempo as it bounced over each word.  Gladys would say before each tune, "Just follow the bouncing ball!"  Most of the audience would sing along to the popular tunes of the day.
According to one of your web pages (, Gladys ran off with Harry Blackstone, Sr. and his magic show one year.  I don't remember that either. 
Jack Nelson
NNHS Class of 1954
brother of    Mary Sue Nelson (1952);    Lloyd Nelson (1961); and   Doug Nelson (1964)

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much, Jack!  I've added this to the Paramount page:

   Oh, by the way, that last webpage you cited is not one of mine, but belongs rather to Charles Wicke ('45).

   Oh - and tell your siblings Hi for me! 


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA via    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/12/06 -
"PLAN 60TH":


Well, Carol, here we are planning our 60th birthday party. 

Now, where did those 60 years go?  Didn't we just graduate?  There must be some mistake.

This was taken at Cavanaugh's Bagel Shop, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006.

   Oh, how cute!   I've posted this for y'all - as well as the four subsequent individual shots you forwarded - AND  - the notes from the minutes from David:

   Thanks so much, Cookie - and Dave! 

Nelson Groom, Dave Spriggs, Faith Strickland Groom, Sue Miller Dearnley, and Cookie Phillips Tyndall    

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 02/15/06:

Good afternoon.  Hope you're having a nice day.  The last two mornings, when I marked on for duty, it was 11 and 16 degrees with 8-10" of snow.  Today its 64 degrees and the snow is leaving rapidly.  Well, until the weekend when we're suppose to get more. 

Anyway, by any chance,  do you know of anywhere that still makes the high school jackets that were so popular in the 50's and 60's?  If memory serves me right, the "Sportsman Shop" made mine in 1963.  I tried to get their number from information, but had no luck, and the operator barely spoke English, so that may have contributed to the bad luck.  I've been thinking about having one made, even if I have to design it and have it custom made, which is probably what I'll end-up doing. 

Gotta run.  You do an Excellent job with the web-site!

Jay Styles

   I think we've had variations of this question before, and if anyone has yet supplied an answer, I haven't assimilated it.  Let's try again.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks again, Jay - for everything! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south":

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 


     David, this simply defies comment..........

   Thanks, Brown Eyes! 

Redneck Beauty Pageant Bathing Suit Contest    

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Addicted to Love

(Robert Palmer)

Your lights are on, but you're not home
Your mind is not your own
Your heart sweats, your body shakes
Another kiss is what it takes

You can't sleep, you can't eat
There's no doubt, you're in deep
Your throat is tight, you can't breathe
Another kiss is all you need

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah

It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're

Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love

You see the signs, but you can't read
You're runnin' at a different speed
Your heart beats in double time
Another kiss and you'll be mine, a one track mind

You can't be saved
Oblivion is all you crave
If there's some left for you
You don't mind if you do

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah

It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're

Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love

Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love

Your lights are on, but you're not home
Your will is not your own
Your heart sweats and teeth grind
Another kiss and you'll be mine

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah

It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're

Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love

Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
Might as well face it, you're addicted to love

"Addicted to Love" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/02/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Addicted to Love" lyrics courtesy of
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of 01/02/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Doves and Roses Clip art courtesy of - 02/12/05

Heart Line clip art courtesy of - 02/16/06

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