02/25/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Book of Love


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter is considerably more fun and in a lighter tone than those most recent ones have been.  Maybe
Spring isn't all that far behind, after all.

   Page Hit # 31,000 was made sometime on the afternoon of Thursday, February 24, 2005 - and I missed the whole thing! 


   Don't forget while you're there to play a little game.  It's wonderfully juvenile.  Why should that surprise you?!?



1. Aretie Gallins (Danley) Patterson ('59) of ? - 02/25/05

2. John L. Patterson, Jr. ('59) of ? - 02/25/05


I stumbled across this site and wow, what a wonder it is. Thank you so much.
Please add my name to the Class of 1959
Aretie Gallins (Danley) Patterson
You can publish my e-mail address, too: aretie@comcast.net
Please add my husband’s name to the Class of 1959 also
John L. Patterson, Jr.
You can publish his e-mail address, too: johnp@purespeed.com

   WOWZER-DOUBLE-RONI!!!  What a treat it was to discover your note!  I've added you and John to the lists:




   You were already in our Teacher section, although I still need to add a remembrance here of my time in your American
history class in '63-'64.  That would have been your first year teaching.  WOW!  I still remember where I sat.   Phyllis Moore
sat right in front of me.  She was going to cosmetology school at the time.  Our section met right after lunch.  We used
to come into class early and she'd practice giving manicures on me.  That was great fun!

   And when class began, I actually learned things in there - always a bennie!  I always liked American history before, but
between you and Coach Powers (whom I had for eighth grade U.S. History), I learned to love it.  Thanks so much!

   One of the nicest things about this job is that on occasion I'm able to rid myself of the 40-year old guilt I carried from never
really thanking any of my teachers for their hard work and sacrifice, and in actually imparting of their knowledge and wisdom. 
Now from time to time I'm actually given that rare opportunity say a much-belated thank you.  The diligence and preparation
you gave was readily apparent to all of us.  We may have been slackers, but you never were.  And you always kept us on track
and in control.  Some day you must tell me how you did that!  It really was a great class!

   So - THANK YOU!




   A very Happy Birthday on Sunday to Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/23/05:

: )

A smile is nature's best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary,
Sunshine to those who are frowning,
And hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.
A smile is so valuable that it can't be bought,
Begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will.
You have to be willing to give a smile away
Before it can do anyone else any good.
So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,
Let him have one of yours anyway.
Nobody needs a smile as much
As the person who has none to give.

Dale Carnegie
American Author and Motivational Speaker

   Amen to that!  Thanks, Shari!

From Al Farber ('64) of GA to Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 02/24/05:

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..YOU never know what YOU TOUCH , DO or Say that will make That lasting IMPRESSION..Upgrade your email with 1000's of emoticon icons...I am GLAD that WE

HAD that SPECIAL TIME.....Upgrade your email with 1000's of emoticon iconsTHANK you for the MEMORY.....Upgrade your email with 1000's of cool animations TAKE CARE.....AL class of 64..

  Thanks, Al!  That is so true isn't it?  And it's such fun to find out thirty-five and forty years later how your own memories match -
or don't match - those of your friends.  It's really a very sobering thought at times.

From Bruce Korusek (John Marshall HS - '66) of VA - 02/24/05:

Hello, Carol....
Another vintage CRTC view....this is their bus #2, a 1947 GM, seen circa 1956.  I don't know the location...perhaps
you or one of your friends know.
Bruce Korusek
about 1956            


   OHHHH, YES, Bruce, I know.  It's right there on Washington Avenue in downtown Newport News!  Okay, maybe I don't know
the intersection without checking, nor would I have known it in 1956 or in 1966, because I simply based all such knowledge on its
relationship to Nachman's, from which all Washington Avenue (and indeed all downtown) flowed.  But I know that place.  Deep
in my soul where it really counts, I know that place.

   Thank you so much, Bruce!  You are a treasure!

   This is still not posted on CRT - along with many other great recent acquisitions, but I'll try to finish it all up on Monday.



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/parisian.html - AHA!  See?  There ya go - It was taken at the intersection of Washington Avenue
and 28th Street - just as I said!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05:

Great photo!!!

It is looking northwest diagonally across the 28th Street intersection. The photographer must have been
standing in the door to Antine's.

   Isn't  it, though?!? 
It's a very exciting addition to our archive!  Thanks for pinpointing that for us, David!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/24/05:

Hi, Carol:
Vintage Newport News. Washington Avenue and the intersection of 28th Street. Note that Washington Avenue was a
two-way street back when this photo was taken of the CRT bus.

  Why, so it was!  I didn't even notice that!  Thanks, Adonis!

From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/25/05:

Carol ... great shot of #2 .... I zoomed in on it a bit to check out the license plate ... although it is hard to read (even
when zoomed) but it appears to not be a 1956. The year and date were at the bottom of the tag then (19 VIRGINIA
56) and this one has it at the top. Judging from where the spacing appears on this one I would conjure that this is a
1954 (VIRGINIA 1954 was at the top). The 1958s had the year and date also at the top (1958 VIRGINIA) but the
space appears at the right of center rather than the left. Judging from the lack of coats in the photo, I would estimate
this shot from spring/summer 1954. In either case .... this is the FIRST time I have seen a single digit bus number. I
was aware of the buses and their numbers around 1960 or so but never remember a single digit one.

Your diligent memorabilia nut ....


   (The collective knowledge y'all hold is nothing short of astounding!  Among his vast holdings, Tom has a vast collection
of mostly local vintage license tags, and is quite an expert on them.)

   Yes, Tom, it was definitely taken between Memorial Day and Labor Day, because all three women are wearing white shoes. 
I don't know nuttin' 'bout buses and tags, but I remember my Southern Fashion Dictates!  GIGGLES!!!

Also from Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/25/05:

Carol ...

After you sent me the original picture (which was sharper than the newsletter version) I zoomed in and verified my
original hypothesis. There is a Hampton Jitney city tag above the state tag .... and the gap on the plate is to the right
of center meaning that the layout would be VIRGINIA then the year. The only white on black plates that would have
that layout of that era would be 1954 and 1960. Here is proof of my hypothesis (as performed by a Six Sigma
Black Belt):

H(o) (the Null Hypothesis): The picture was taken in the summer of 1954.

H(alternate)  (alternate hypothesis): the picture was taken in the summer of 1960. I reject this hypothesis, based
on the fact that Carol stated that the young ladies dress style was from the early 50s, and no one would walk out of the
Parisian with out of style apparel. There is also a lack of mid-late 50s automobiles in the shot, mostly 40s and early 50s.
Third, the route sign for C&O Depot would not have been in use in 1960, since the HRBT was in service then and the
ferries were discontinued (I'm guessing here ... maybe the others can validate).

Therefore, I fail to reject the null hypothesis, and the picture is from the summer of 1954.

Later ...


  Tommee, you're a hoot!  I'm impressed, Babe! 

   By the way, Wayne Honey, these three gentlemen did indeed have a "No-Fair-Sneak-Preview", but only to glean their expertise. 
I didn't think old buses were your particular forte, so I saved this one for you as a surprise.  Isn't it great???

   For the benefit of our newcomers, it's time once again to recap our newly acquired nicknames.  Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
is "Adonis"; Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA is "Da Babe"; Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA is "Wayne Honey"; Rip Collins
('65) of TN
is "Rip Precious", Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA is "Sarah Sugah"; I am "Carol Buckwheat Dawlin'", and
David Whitley ('67) of VA
is just plain
freakin' HOT!

   I hope I didn't leave anyone out.  (There is that "Babes Everlasting" thing, but that's not really common knowledge - I hope.....)

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/24/05:

Hi, Carol:
Fred Field ('45 ) of CA - 02/22/05 mentioning "Spoonerism" was a delight. Ernie Shaffer(19??) was the "King of
Spoonerisms" in Newport News. There were times at the Old Stomping Ground known as the World War II Memorial
Recreation Center
when there were so many activities going on with hundreds of kids playing that we "We're in a Mell
of a Hess"
as Ernie would put it. He had many, many more of them to keep everyone laughing.

  Ah, one of my favorites!  Thanks, Adonis!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/24/05:

Just a quick note to share a photo of a TYPHOON who has a great job. Dancing on Cruise Ships.
Here is a photo of Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL and one of his dancing partners featured in a story in The Ledger
last month.
Track Star turned dancer, or is it the other way around?
Raoul and Dance Partner            

    WOW!  Way to go, Raoul!  That certainly sound like more fun than teaching college math!

   Hey - wait a minute!  Why do you still look 35?!?  Even MY lame math skills tell me dat ain't right!  Hmmm.  Must be the dancing....

   Thanks, Joe - and Raoul!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/24/05:

Hi, Carol:
In case you would like another addition to the Famous Marines page, here is a photo of then Lt. Col Joseph Agee,
who retired from the USMC as a Colonel. He was the Head Basketball Coach at Warwick High School in the late '50s and
went on to the College of William and Mary where he retired after 43 years of service to this great college.
I have more details of his career if you take my recommendation for this fine Marine, who just happened to be my first
Platoon Leader, when he was a young 2nd LT.
LtCol Joe AgeeLtCol Joe AgeeLt Col Joe Agee Prof. Joe Agee          

   Oh, How cool!  Thanks, Adonis!

   AS I told you earlier, I will be working on Famous Marines very shortly, and will add all this information then, if I don't finish it later
this afternoon.  This will be a very nice addition for the page!  Thanks again!



From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 02/24/05:

To Fred Carroll, Newport News Daily Press,        Thu. Feb. 24, 05
copies to Carol Harty, Ernest Baumeister, Charles Wicke and Ralph Wicke.
Hello Fred,       
I appreciated your story on wetlands in today's Daily Press.
I grew up in the Boulevard section of NN (Pear Ave.) and remember with much fondness what I always think
of as The Great Salters Creek Marsh
In my pre-teen years (1930s) I spent many enjoyable moments prowling various sections of the marsh.  But
my favorite area was the portion in front of Woodrow Wilson School on Hampton Avenue between Maple and
Pear Avenues.
Until the late 30s there was a tiny footbridge where one could cross over to Hampton Avenue from the north
end of Park Avenue. This was my route to school before Hampton Avenue was extended to Pear.  When I had
time I used to linger on the bridge and look down at the magic of the stream.  There were all sorts of small fish,
tadpoles, and the occasional fearsome snake.  When my mother first learned of this she became greatly alarmed
and ordered me to cross that footbridge as fast as I could.  This produced only the usual effect that such maternal
orders had on six year old boys.
Between the footbridge and Pear Avenue the marsh was allowed to flourish.  Small trees filled the section and
created a jungle-like environment.  Some unusual birds seemed to favor that area.  And it was home to an
abundance of rabbits.  At about age eight I felt old enough to begin exploring the wooded section.
Between the footbridge and Maple the marsh was open and covered with cattail plants.  Each fall, when the
plants had turned brown, the Fire Department would send a crew to burn them.  This made a great spectacle
for the students at Woodrow Wilson.  The fire would be started at the Maple Avenue end.  The terrified marsh
denizens would flee east to the safety of the wooded section.  They knew where to go.
In recent years I have been very interested in finding maps showing the topography of my home area in the
years before my time.  Salters Creek and its branches and marshes originally spread over an enormous area
and far up into the East End.  The little Village of Kecoughtan was a nearly isolated peninsula until a few streets
were extended over the marsh.
I have looked with mixed feelings about the changes made to the Great Salters Creek Marsh.  I suppose most
of it made sense, but I am saddened to see so much of the marsh go.  The Roy Peterson Yacht Basin seemed
like an exciting development, but nature apparently has decided otherwise.
In the late 1930s a large home was built at the end of Park Ave.  The owner's fenced yard obliterated the path
to the little footbridge.  But by then I was a big kid - ten years old and going to Walter Reed School.  My bicycle
route took me over the much bigger footbridge that ran over Salters Creek (between Mulberry and Parish Avenues).  
I soon transferred my moments of lingering to the new location.   But that is another story for another day.
Please keep your articles coming,

   WOWZERS!  I love getting these historical notes from you, Fred!  Please keep them coming OUR way!

From Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA - 02/24/05:

Dear Carol,

I hope you are on the road to recovery.  I think I must have missed some newsletters or it went right over my head
that you were so ill.  Remember we only have to please our God and ultimately ourselves.  We can't control how other
people think or what they do as a result of their thinking.  As women, I think we sometimes think we can control or at
least direct those things.  Guess what - we can't.  You do such a good thing through this newsletter for so many people. 
As long as that makes you happy, please continue on - knowing that you are appreciated by so many people.  I'm sure
that for every one person letting you know that, there are countless others feeling the same thing.  Sometimes in life -
we can only feel things and not react to them, but feel them we do.  My best thoughts go out to you.

   Thanks so much, Jeanette!  You're right, of course.  And I never realized what a colossal control freak I was until the last 
three or four years.  That's roughly akin to Attila not realizing that he was a Hun....

   But few things have brought as much joy in my life as this Newsletter and the web site, so I'm delighted if even one person
enjoys it as much as I.  Thanks again, Jeanette!

From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 02/24/05:


More information on The Blue Lite.  Once you mention a place, there are always a lot
of stories that go with them, so this is a little on Blue Lite.

The Blue Lite Club was owned by four guys from Newport News.  The one Gary Fitzgerald
('61) of VA
mentioned that owns the Black Pelican in The Outer Banks is Paul Shaver
Paul is the son of the late Mr. Shaver that owned Shaver Piano on Warwick Blvd that is
now Powers Business Machine.

William "Bill" Zehrbach from Hampton, membership's card number is number 5.  Paul went
to Warwick High School and graduated as he says with all the classes (1959, 1960, and 1962),
as he attends all the reunions.

I'm sure if you need more detailed information on The Blue Lite, I'm sure Paul would love
to sit down and give you information as to all the owners, dates and musicians.  Paul does
stay on the go quite a lot.  He owns a Chalet in Switzerland, and a home in Utah, and his
new jet may be finished by now, so he could be off flying.

My husband and I attended many of the dances along with other alumni and locate folks. 
The dances there and at The Original Club were the best.  However; we also attended many
at the Rodef (Sholom) Temple in Hampton, as well as Stoneybrook. 

Take care, and stay well.

Susie Jones (Class of 63)

   WOW!  Thanks, Susie!  I'm posting your thoughts here:




From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05:

The (1965 Reunion) Committee met tonight at the home of Lynn Walker Brothers, and I was invited
by Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65), Lynn Walker Brothers ('65), Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65), Dave Arnold ('65), and Dave Spriggs ('64) behind the sofa

   OHHHH, David!  Bless your sweet heart!  Thanks so much!  And aren't you all so beautiful?!?  What a great image!

From Aretie Gallins (Danley) Patterson of ? - 02/25/05:

I saw Eleanor Buckley’s name and I’d like to contact her, class of 1959. We sat next to each other in Mrs.
eighth grade general science class. We had science 5
th period and watched the construction
of the new cafeteria from our classroom.

Aretie Gallins Patterson

   That would be easy, because that particular classmate is my sister.  She lives about seven minutes away from me here
in Fayetteville: 

And again:

Gee whiz, Carol. I did not realize you were in the history class I taught at NNHS. Wow. Gosh, I am grateful
for computers. They do keep us connected in ways we did not dream were possible. It meant so much to me
to be at NNHS as a teacher working with all the great teachers that I had had as a student. When I was a
student, that was my dream… to return to those halls as a teacher. I have so many wonderful memories
of my years as a student there and then as a teacher there.

Thanks for writing..... I’ll look forward to hearing from you again and from your sister.

   My, my, my.   This is just so exciting!  Thanks again - you made my day!

From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 02/25/05:

You Thought You Had Seen It All ~ Wait ~ Happy E


   Rip Precious, that is a HOOT!  Thanks for the great laugh!

From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 02/25/05:

Hi Carol,
              It appears the snow was another near hit for us. Now what am I going to do with all of this bread? What do I do? I am sports
director at Franklin Broadcasting and WLQM radio and am fortunate to have been doing the play by play of area high school and
college football and basketball teams since 1989. On my way now to King William County to cover the regional semi-finals. Go Franklin
Broncos ! Whoops, I am supposed to be neutral. And a Marine pic, eh? I have some and will try to locate them. But anyway, thanks
again for recognizing
Col. Horne because vets should be recognized more now than ever. Have a wonderful weekend.


   No kidding?!?  How cool!  If I didn't live in a Dixie cup, I may have been able to figure that out by now....

   Okay, just freeze the bread - or make french toast.

   WHOOPIE - more Marine pictures - YEA!!!  (wild dancing around the room), OOOPS - I mean, oh, thank you, Tim, that will
be lovely!  (Not that I'm a rabid Marine groupie or anything....)

   And I was honored to recognize Col. Horne - and indeed all veterans.

   And that reminds me - for all of y'all (I LOVE speaking Southern) who have served our nation in whatever branch of the military
at whatever time in whatever place - but particularly to those of you who served in Viet Nam - THANK YOU SO MUCH - and

From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/25/05:

Sunday, August 1, 2004            

Carol ... here is a picture of me at the monthly meeting of the Peninsula VW Club (http://www.pvwc.org/) posing
with a VW Beetle that was customized into a pickup truck, using a commercially available kit that was sold in the
60's. The truck belongs to a fellow club member. I am standing in the parking lot of Steve and John's Steak and
Seafood House
on Jefferson Avenue in Denbigh. Across the street you can see the second Hot Dog King which I
believe was opened in the late 80's or early 90's (I was living in Denbigh then). I am secretary of the club this year.
Among our members is NNHS alumni Odis Hodnett ('45).

Toodles ...


   Oh, cool, Babe - Thanks!  Otis, of course, is on our mailing list (Hi, Otis!)

   And aside from the fact that he was still only 49 when this shot was taken (making him one of the "babies" of our group),
that would be why we call Tom, "Da Babe"!

   Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Book of Love


[ I wonder, wonder who, bi du du, who
Who wrote the book of love ]

Tell me, tell me, tell me
Oh, who wrote the book of love
I've got to know the answer
Was it someone from above

[ repeat ]

I love you, darling
Baby, you know I do
But I've got to see this book of love
And find out why it's true

[ repeat ]

{ Chapter One says to love her
You love her with all your heart
Chapter Two, you tell her
You're never never never never ever gonna part
In Chapter Three remember
The meaning of romance
In Chapter Four you break up
But you give her just one more chance }

[ repeat ]

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well, it says so in this book of love
Ours is the one that's true

[ repeat ]

{ repeat }

[ repeat ]

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well, it says so in this book of love
Ours is the one that's true

[ repeat ]
I wonder who (yeah)
Who wrote the book of love

"The Book of Love" midi courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~MountainJack/booklove.mid,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/26/03
Thanks, Dave!

"The Book of Love" lyrics courtesy of lyrics courtesy of http://ynucc.yeungnam.ac.kr/~bwlee/lyrics/bkoflv.htm,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/26/03 
Thanks again, Dave!

 Big Books and Line of Books Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars15.html - 02/01/05

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