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02/24/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Mardi Gras

“It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh;
and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States
until he as seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans."

- Mark Twain, Letter to Pamela Moffett, March 1859
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
When I was a little girl, I always wanted to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  My mama               the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), quietly said she didn't think I'd really enjoy it as much as I thought I might.  I couldn't understand why on earth she'd think such a thing.  I mean, c'mon, an entire city having what seemed to me to be the equivalent of a giant costume party - complete with parades?!?  I was pretty sure she must be mistaken, but it would have been quite rude and unseemly of me to argue with (i.e. "backtalk") my mama, so of course I didn't.

   Knowing what I do now, I'm certain that she was correct; it just isn't quite what I imagined, just not my style, n'est pas?  It's amazing how much our mothers knew all along, isn't it? 

   So it wasn't the Real Me after all, but, hey, we're here to celebrate together, so here ya go!

BONUS #1 - - Jambalaya - Hank Williams

BONUS #2 - - Jambalaya - Hank Williams and a Betty Boop cartoon

BONUS #3 - - Jambalaya - Brenda Lee, 1965




     Happy Birthday today to   Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Peggy Wellington Craft ('57) AND the President of the Class of 1965,   Joe Wingo of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA  AND   Phil Hammond ('64) of UT;

28 -   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;
29 -
Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

01 - Alan Cohen ('57) AND    Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA !

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 02/22/09 - "GOOD MORNING":

This is so cool!

I've never seen this one before...I really like it!

When I say good morning I mean to say:

ffers us His
evotion to

ake us
bedient &
eady for a
ew day with Him.
nspire others please, and
ever forget
od loves you!


   Thanks, Judy!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/22/09 - "sack lunch":

A heart touching story ....

The Sack Lunches
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat.  It was going to be a long flight.  'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I  thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me.  I decided to start a conversation.  

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa.  We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars.  It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time..

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  'No,  that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably  wouldn't be worth five bucks.  I'll wait till we get to base '
His friend agreed.
I looked around at the other soldiers.  None were buying lunch.  I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill.  'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.'  She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly.  Her eyes wet with tears,  she thanked me.  'My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks,  she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated.  She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
'Chicken,' I  replied, wondering why she asked.  She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.  A man stopped me.  'I saw what you did.  I want to be part of it.  Here, take this.'  He handed me twenty-five dollars.
Soon after I returned to my  seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane.  When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand.  With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once,  someone bought me a lunch.  It was an act of kindness I never forgot.'  I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.  A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine.  He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.  Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.  Another twenty-five dollars!
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.  I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich.  God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.  As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country.  I could only give them a couple of meals.
It seemed so  little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'  

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, Babe!

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 02/22/09 - Reunion Contacts:

NNHS Class of 1970 hasn't started working on our 40-Year reunion yet.  But, in the meantime please list the following as contacts:  Carol Comer Cutler & Brenda Price DePaula

      Thanks so much, Carol! I've added all these names to the Reunion Page itself for easy reference:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/23/09 - "Bank Of Hampton Image":

I found these images of banks located diagonally at the intersection of King and Queen.

Either could be the one that       Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65 - of FL) recalls, but neither matches the EBAY image:


  The mystery continues.

    Well, we thrive on mysteries here, do we not, Captain??

   Thanks, David!

Bank of Hampton???

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/22/09:

Hi, Carol:
Some of the most creative writing takes place when a subscriber to your Newsletter replies to a topic. We have some really creative writers in the TYPHOON Nation. I sure have enjoyed some of the recent replies which you published that originated with        Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA).
To change the subject,     Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS-'75) sure provided some interesting trivia regarding the drive in movie theatres on the Peninsula.
Almost everyone will agree that in 1969 the owners of the Hampton Drive-In removed the "Lust's" from the name Sidney Lust's Drive-In but most assuredly they did not remove the lust that originated there.
Pun intended.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe!

     From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/23/09 - "More Theaters":


Been busy trying to zero in on addresses for the theaters.

I visited the State Library and did some old City Directory lookups and found the address for the Anchor Drive-In started off as 10127 Jefferson Avenue but in later years became 10121 Jefferson Avenue.  We can assume that it had a dual address that ran between the two 10121-10127 Jefferson Avenue.

Across the street at 10158 Jefferson Avenue was a Shoney's Big Boy Drive-In (may now be demolished?).

At 10852 Warwick Boulevard was a Shoney's Coffee Shop.

The correct address for Sidney Lust's (Hampton Drive-In) was 1313 W. Pembroke Avenue and did change names in 1969.

In 1965 these are the "non" drive-in theaters for Newport News:

Dixie Theater
2129 Jefferson Ave.

James Theater
3100 Washington Ave

Jefferson Theater
632 25th St

Moton Theater
2101 Jefferson Ave.
(may be a community center now? corner of 21st and Jefferson)

Palace Theater
3114 Washington Ave.

Paramount Theater
3300 Washington Ave.

Village Theater
10257 Warwick Blvd.

Warwick Theater
3317 Washington Ave.

Stuart Theater
1811 Wickham Ave.

 ( Opened in 1944 is now Triumph Pentecostal Church of Deliverance )
 (probably closed as a theater by 1965?)
Newmarket Rocking Chair Theater
682 79th St.
 (opened in late 1965 which is why it didn't show up.)

In Hampton for 1965:

Easie Theater
136 W. Queen St.

Langley Theater
44 E. Queen St.

Also concerning the Langley Theater… it opened in 1920 as the Scott Theater and its name changed to Langley by the early 1930s. It closed in 1967 and was demolished in 1968. One of the earliest to disappear during the 1960s onward era.

Riverside Theater
2011 Cunningham Dr.

Wythe Cinema
2221 Kecoughtan Rd.

And there was a Shoney's restaurant...

Shoney's Drive-In
1527 W. Pembroke Ave.

Now with precise locations possibly people can post pictures of before - after for them.  I am in Richmond or I would do it myself :-)

Eric S. Huffstutler
Bethel High '75

P.S. Carol, you seem to be missing my Bethel Bruin's Bear logo going with my picture?  Getting a [x] where the picture should be.

   WOWZERONI! You've been hard at work, Eric, thanks so much! 

   I, on the other hand, spent the entire day yesterday in bed (sure, it's s tough job, but somebody had to do it!!), so I'm running behind and shall have to work on this a bit later.....

   I need to do some more cross-referencing when my head clears, because our Shoney's page is in Our Old Stomping Grounds, but not linked with the drive-ins:
   And I 'm looking forward to fleshing out the indoor movies with all your new data, but not while I'm a zombie. Who knows how much damage I could do?!? 

   Your cute little bear disappeared last fall along with hundreds of other images when I was trying to work and grieve (read that - "bawling my eyes out") at the same time.  I thought at first they might simply be "hiding" in another folder, but I really do think I erased them.  BUT - it finally occurred to me last night that I might relocate and re-save them by running a mail search - DUH! - so I did, and now he's back!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/22/09:

Hi Carol! 

Regarding the Drive-Ins ... there was a York Drive In on route 17??? 

I just found it on the website AND I used to live behind it!!!  I keep trying to figure out where it was!!!


   REALLY?!? Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

  Hmmmm - Oh, E-ric.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/23/09 - "Birthday Calendar":

This is quite interesting!

Birthday Calculator

Submit your birthday and then scroll down for fun statistics and your astrological data.

   Oh, COOL! Thanks, Shari!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09 - "Gynocologist visit":

Those who 'do not' have a sense of humor need to stop reading now.

A middle-aged woman seemed sheepish as she visited her gynecologist.

'Come now,' coaxed the doctor,
'you've been seeing me for years. There's nothing you can't tell me.'

'This one's kind of strange...'

'Let me be the judge of that,'
the doctor replied.

'Well,' she said, 'yesterday I went to the bathroom in the morning and heard a plink-plink-plink in the toilet and when I looked down, the water was full of pennies.'

'I see.'

'That afternoon I went to the bathroom again and, plink-plink-plink, there were nickels in the bowl. That night,' she went on, 'I went again,
Plink-plink-plink, and there were dimes - and this morning there were quarters!
You've got to tell me what's wrong with me!' she implored. 'I'm scared out of my wits!'

The gynecologist put a comforting hand on her shoulder. 'There, there, it's nothing to be scared about.'

(Ready for this?)


(I'm warning you.....)
(Still not too late....
stop reading now!)

'You're simply going through the change!



   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

Hank Williams
(17 Sept 1923 - I Jan 1953)

Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have good fun on the bayou

Jambalaya, a-crawfish pie and-a fillet gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma chez amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Instrumental Verse (Country Fiddle solo)

Thibodeaux, Fontainbleau, the place is buzzin'
Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dress in style, go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.


Instrumental Verse (Country Fiddle solo)

Jambalaya, a-crawfish pie and-a fillet gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma chez amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

"Jambalaya" midi courtesy of - 02/24/09

"Jambalaya" lyrics courtesy of - 02/24/09

Mardi Gras clip art courtesy of - 02/24/09

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Mardi Gras Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/24/08

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (restored 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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