Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter is long and newsy and cheerful and sad, and is, I suppose, a good and accurate metaphor of life itself.
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 02/26/05 and 02/28/05:
... So, reading about Paul Shaver reminded me that he was a pretty good friend of Candy's and mine back then. When we got hitched (in 1973), Paul had left the Blue Lite Club, and was doing stuff with real estate, and as a wedding gift, gave us two or three days at a motel on top of a mountain somewhere in Virginia. Paul later went on to buy up most of Nags Head, and in the process built the huge Barrier Island Condos & restaurant thingy, and now owns everything from the beach to oh, Arkansas, I think. Maybe not that far. His brother owns "Pigman's Bar BQ" there in Nags Head. Paul used to race cars, and I don't mean like the boys and I used to do on Magruder Boulevard with our Mustangs and Barracudas and Chevelles, Paul was an honest to goodness pro-driver, also flies his own plane, skis all over, all that stuff I only get to do on the week-ends. In my dreams.
So, there you have it. I saw Paul about four or five years ago.... Still a really nice guy, but I think he had like three different deals going on three different cell phones, so our conversation was short. Oh well.
.... Plus, I remembered a little more: 1) the place we stayed on our honeymoon (Paul's wedding gift) was the Holiday Inn on Afton Mt. 2) I believe (after he left the Blue Lite) it was John Lancaster and Paul that opened a big dance hall/night club/ joint at Nags Head in the mid to late 70's. 3) the name of the place Paul built is Barrier Island Station, and my disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for the accuracy of this info; I'm pulling memories up from a brain that not only resembles, but functions like Patrick, Sponge Bob's semiconscious pal.
Thanks, David! You crack me up, Sweetie, without even trying. I posted your comments:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/blue-light.html - Oh, I added some animated blinking blue light bulbs here, too.
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/28/05:
Hey there ... nice CRT posting .... check the one from the Kecoughtan yearbook ... link is bad (get the red 'x').
Thanks, Babe! Okay, I fixed it - and the good news is - that gives you
fourth place in the "Spot Carol's
Big Bozo Bloopers!" contest!
Of course, I'll still need to think of some appropriate prizes for this category.....
From Allen Foster ('58) of VA - 02/28/05:
Oh-oh. Oh, my. Oh, my goodness. A type-A Marine colonel. "The Screamer". I think I'm just gonna lay low, now........
Hey - wait a
minute! "The last great NNHS basketball champions class"?!?
Did anybody ever tell you about the team
from the Class of '64?!?
No, no, never mind - I think I'm just gonna go back to laying low...
On the other hand...
Nah, I'm laying low.....
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/28/05:
Let me see if I have this right. Type A. Short fuse. Lives in
Williamsburg. And has not slowed down
at all. And now he knows where I live. OH, MAN!!!!! Somehow I do not believe I'm gonna be able to lay THAT low!!!!
From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 02/28/05:
note hoping that you are feeling better and that you will be your
have noticed some references to Antine’s, probably a
little known fact is that my mother was the bookkeeper and cashier
at Antine’s!! My mother, bless her soul, died in 1996 after kidney failure. I remember sitting down in Antine’s with Carol Parrish
as we listened to the Four Seasons sing “Let’s Hang On”…oh what a day…she was great kisser…
thought I would just let Pauline Collins Shofner ('65 - of VA) and the other girls [now women]
that I often wonder about myself
[ whatever happened to the girls in my life? ] and the rest of you know what in the world ever happened to me. It seems like as
we all left NNHS in 1966 that some of us fell off the face of the earth. Well not quite…it has been a long journey so far with a
lot more yet to come for all of us…I recently retired from the Federal Government Service in Sep 04. My journey began with the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers around May 1973 when I was an Engineering student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia
and I managed to get a part-time job with the Norfolk District Corps of Engineers working on a hydrology study associated with
Hurricane Agnes. Agnes was a tremendous hurricane than went into Florida and came up to Virginia and later Pennsylvania and just
dumped tropical rain everywhere creating quite a flood in 1972. However, my first experience with the U.S. Army was as a draftee
in December 1968 when I was called upon by my friends and neighbors to serve [ I am still trying to figure out who those friends
and neighbors were! ]. After serving in Vietnam as a Sergeant in a Recon Platoon, Co. E, 11th Brigade, 4th Division 21st Infantry,
Americal Division and receiving a Bronze Star I received my Honorable discharge on September 2, 1970. So 34 years later I left
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on September 3, 2004 at the GS-15 Grade in San Francisco, CA where I finished out my career
as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Intelligence and Security!
lived in the Hampton Roads area until December 1990 when I took a job with the
U.S. Army Corps Headquarters
in Washington DC. My DC experience lasted for about 6-1/2 years when I went on a 3-week assignment to California during the
floods of January 1997. That 3-week assignment turned into a year and a half assignment with me never returning to Virginia and
my subsequent meeting of my current wife Denise. Throughout my years with the Corps there was a great opportunity to learn
from others while affording me the opportunity of being able to mentor and help others. Mentoring others has always been
important to me.
Somehow throughout my Federal career I managed to get those nice Temporary Duty
assignments every now and then, like California,
Salt Lake City Winter Olympics-2002, St. Thomas, Panama City, Guatemala City, American Samoa, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Anchorage,
and Baghdad. Yes, even Baghdad…I spent 3-months there in 2003 working on the reconstruction plan…even though I have retired
from the Federal government, I may be going back to Baghdad to work for the State Department in the next couple of months
if everything works out…I will let you know when and if I return to Baghdad…
October 2004 Denise and I took a risk and sold our house in Lincoln, CA and
moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado…we are now
building a new house on 5-acres of land we purchased just east of Colorado Springs…Denise and I have a daughter with two wonderful grandchildren…since September I have not worked and for an A-personality, this has been tough. I am a great housekeeper though!
those interested, my twin sister Paulette and her husband currently live in
Concord, California but will be moving out of CA
to Arizona in May…
So in a nutshell that is a little bit of what I have been doing…
Carol, I have found and attached to this message an old Daily Press newspaper
article from Sunday July 26th 1964 that I
will send to you entitled: “Boys Adopt Beatle Bangs Although Most Girls Prefer the ‘Princeton’”…you may figure out how to copy
it better to your website so you can actually read the article…
|Sunday, July 26, 1964|
WOWZERONI! There ya go, Pauline! I should have been
asking such questions all along! On rare occasions,
I manage to figure out how people have spent some of the last forty-eleven years, but this was more fun! Thanks so much,
Paul - you are a treasure! Congratulations on a fascinating and successful life!
(And when might you send me an image of yourself in uniform for "Famous Soldiers"? Hmmm? Pretty please?!?)
From Kelly Loose Bustamante (‘58) of TX - 02/28/05:
Here’s a question for your readers
who enjoy trivia about the movies theaters on Washington Avenue—
what was the name of the fifth walk-in theater in Newport News? Hint: It was not located on Washington Avenue.
Kelly Loose Bustamante NNHS ‘58
Okay, National Smart People, send in those responses!
From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 02/28/05:
Howdy from Houston....
...Regards AOL... it is a virus... and it is
so very simple to avoid it... here's how... your simply remove the
AOL program from your system ..."uninstall" ... then via your browser, go to
All the best, Hunter
Ps: I prefer Bourbon and honey for the flu...(;-) 1 to 1 mix...!
Well, thanks for the great solution, Hunter! There ya go, Sweeties -
now you can have the best of both
worlds. You can keep the benefits as you see them of AOL, and preserve your privacy, too!
My daddy would
have agreed with your cough remedy, Captain Todd! He said all his medical
training never showed
him a better treatment than that. GIGGLES! Thanks again!
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 02/28/05:
Thanks, Ronnie! Yes, we've run this a couple of times before - but it's such FUN!!! There ought to be a
Carol -- maybe start a "links" page? List it in the "index" that's down the left side of your home page.
On this "links" page, you can have several sections, such as "Memory Sites";
"Other NNHS Classes"; "Other
High Schools", etc.
BTW -- I wish you'd sent me that picture of the bus on Washington Avenue. I
had that one cold too, since I
Brilliant - I'll start working on that right away! Thanks, Ron!
Ah - I pester
you so often, I thought I'd give you a break on this question, Ron. I'm
sorry - I'll put you back on my "first call" list.
Thank you again - it's always good to have a great support system!
From Kay Knight Midkiff ('59) of VA - 02/28/05:
HI! Carol, I'm glad Gary
Fitzgerald ('61 - of VA) gave you my name and sent me this NNHS Newsletter.
brought back great NNHS memories seeing all the familiar names, some of whom I had great times with.
Please add my name to your Birthdays and my e-mail. Thanks!
Kay Midkiff, 3/18/41 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Keep up the good work.
Thanks, Kay! I do hope at least some of y'all enjoy this even a fraction as much as I do!
I have you all fully posted now - except for all your great memories!
From Bill Black ('66) of GA to Jim Morrow ('65) of NE - 02/28/05:
Roger-willco. It took me four days, but I finally did it.......
That IS a great
idea, Bill! There are now several of you on here. Would you please
remind me of that again in about a
week if perchance I forget to do it? Not that I ever DO forget such things, of course......
From Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA - 02/28/05:
It's good to hear from you again! That was fun speaking with you on the
phone the other day. I love
hearing from y'all!
I love these instant answers we're now able to provide each other, too!
And I have a
blanket rule on things for the site. I want it. I want it all.
I want everything. I'm greedy. That's why we have
such a huge site - to hold everything. As Harron (Ellenson - '65 - of MA) said long ago, we're building an archive here.
We never take anything down; we just put more things up. More, more, more. When I come to a fork in the road, I take it.
I - wait, what was I saying?
Oh, yes, why, that would be lovely, Jeannie. Thank you so much!
I remember your mother so fondly. She was so little and cute and YOUNG! She was just a KID - REALLY just a kid!
From Dale Parsons ('69) of HI - 03/02/05:
WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Dale!
From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 02/28/05:
Carol, for the nice words. I do live in Reston, VA which is
in Fairfax Co., about 15 miles out of Washington, DC. Great place and
area to live, just have a few traffic problems! Well, more than a few!
I spent a great deal of time in your town, Fayetteville, NC, in 1973,
almost before you were born, right? Not in service, but on a job. It
was a memorable experience, to say the least.
My brother, Bill, is NNHS Class of 1955 and still lives in Newport News.
We had some good people working on a NNHS Class of 1962 website, Brenda
Amos Williams and Patsy Floyd Pride, but I and others failed
to give them the support they needed. Thankfully you have come along.
My email address is Ern917@aol.com.
Time to go catch up on all the newsletters!!
Ed Nichols Class of '62
Brenda's web site is
very special to me. It if weren't for it, I wouldn't have any of this.
Many of you know this story,
but I'll try to offer an abridged version for those of you who don't. One day in the summer of 2000, when I was still
living in IL and six degrees beyond homesick, I was surfing the web for images of Newport News for my albums. I
found first Brenda's '62 page, and then Fred Eubank's '64 page, and began squawking, "Why don't WE ('65) have
a page?!? My # 5 son, Nathaniel, was in the room with me, and said, "Quit your whining, Mom, and start your own
page. C'mon - I'll help you."
As I could barely open
email at the time, this was totally ludicrous on many levels, but I thought
I'd play along with him
just for fun. I had no idea at the time that I was going to enlarge it to this extent, and I certainly had no intention of usurping
anything from the other sites. Both pages, by the way, are still available, and still serve a fine purpose. Brenda added
to hers just recently. The problem is - I always tend to go overboard on anything I do. That in itself is a grand understatement.
And thanks, Brenda and Fred!! You've no idea what this has all come to
mean to me, and I really owe it all
to your example!
There are also two more pages linked there, now:
http://www.nnhs55.com/ - Jim Michie's Class of 1955 - which is totally fabulous!
http://www.thecovertletter.com/ - Harry Covert 's ('57) site - which is fascinating!
Do check them all out again!
From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 02/28/05:
That story of you and Rosie is a hoot, Linda! Thanks for the chuckle!
And I remember
the dances at the Armory! (No, Joe and Jimmy, I still can't
remember the Fire Station, as outrageous
as that is, but I remember the Armory! Wait a minute! Was it made of light tan brink - like Magruder School??? I think,
wait, no, maybe..... Sigh.) But I remember when the Hot Nuts were scheduled to appear at the Armory! I didn't go, of course.
I can't remember whether I wasn't allowed to go, or if it was simply that no one invited me. It was a very scandalous event!
I hope your flu goes away soon, Linda - and thanks!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/28/05:
I just received 15 photo CDs from Angie (Ray Smith - '64 - of VA). I am previewing them now, but I
will send all the images to you over several days. There are some good, clear shots........
OH, GOODY!!! Thanks, Sweetie! We'll look forward to them!
And speaking of photos, I
still have a batch of Reunion Photos
from Charlie Snead ('64) of NC, and a packet of Golden
Oldies from Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD. Then, of course, there are the approximately 15,000,000 old yearbook
images (or sumptin' like dat) from Tom Norris' (Hampton HS - '73) four old yearbooks he left with me back in December.....
From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 03/01/05:
Al says... TAKE two DRINKS of
CALL me IN the
MORNING.. IF that doesn't work I will have to do more RESEARCH. HOPE you get BETTER
SOON....typhoons forever Al Class of 64
GIGGLES!! Thanks, Al! Of course, in MY case, that's gonna hafta be two doses of Thera-Flu and two of Diet Dr. Pepper!
Hey, Linda, you can put anything in those vessels that you want! HA-HA-HA-HA!
Thanks, Dr. Al!
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 03/01/05:
Thanks, Cheryl. It's weighing heavy on our hearts, isn't it?
From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 03/01/05:
Thanks, Kathy! I'm almost well now - it just keeps coming back - and back - and back........
Wait a minute.
Robert Shapiro can't be 60 years old! He's just a kid! He's
only two years older than I am, and - wait a
minute, let's do the math... oh.... never mind. Sigh. Well, that sounds like a fun safari! We'll look forward to hearing from him
upon his return.
Oh, I never
thought you were pointing fingers, Kathy! I am rather fanatical about
precision and accuracy (okay, there's
another name for that, but let's be nice!), and half of those bloopers were rather amusing. The other two were quite horrendous,
but perhaps I was able to remove them before they were spotted by too many people - I hope.... Probably not.....
I am unaware of
the hip replacement patients among us, but I am unaware of a great many things.
Y'all report in, please!
From Kay Knight Midkiff ('59) of VA - 03/01/05:
Thanks for adding me to your
list. Once a Typhoon always a Typhoon. I'll have to say I don't know how you
do it, but I enjoy reading it. My Deepest Sympathy to the Weiss and Minga families. Once again thanks
for all your hard work.
We're so glad you're here with us, Kay!
Thanks for joining us! (You don't want to know how I do it, Kay. Try
not to think
From Jean Lankes Toth (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 03/01/05:
I will readily admit this is a shameless advertisement -- but I have a small bunch of Newport News stuff for sale
on eBay, which I thought might be of interest to some of your subscribers. Just go to eBay and search "Grab Bag
Newport News". As you can see from my starting price ($1), I'm not trying to get rich!!!
Also, I have four old BEACON yearbooks (NOT for sale): June 1937, February 1938, June 1938, and February
1940. If anyone needs a scan of an alumnus from these years, let me know & I can provide.
Jean Lankes Toth (HHS 72)
WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Jean - I'm drooling......
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/01/05:
WOWZERS, Sandi! You choked me up completely with that one! Thanks so much!
From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 03/02/05:
Well, CONGRATULATIONS, Craig - that's really SUPER!!!
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 03/02/05:
Don't know if you're familiar with
Copeland Park (which is no more), but it was Government wartime housing
between Aberdeen Road and Briarfield Road in Hampton. Ask any peninsula native our age, and they'll probably
tell you they lived in C.P. at one time. I lived there from birth until '58 when we bought a brand spankin' new
house in Newmarket Village. wooo hooo!
From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 03/03/05:
Thank you , Brownie - I am! I'm almost back to normal now. Of
course, MY normal is probably more than a bit abnormal.....
I appreciate your concern!
Matthew Allen Weiss
- Matthew Allen Weiss, 28, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, from injuries
received in a car crash
in Charlottesville, Va. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Matthew was a lifelong Newport News resident. A graduate of Ferguson High
School and the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School, Matthew was employed at Northrop Grumman Newport News
in the Production Control Department. Matthew will be remembered as a true family man. He loved his family and will be
missed by everyone who knew him. He leaves behind his wife and love of his life, Tracy M. Weiss; his children, Ashley Marie
Weiss and Trevor Paul Weiss; his parents, Ronald and Ellen Weiss of Newport News; his brother, Mark Weiss and his wife,
Heather, and Matt's nieces, Mikaela and Emma Weiss, all of Reno, Nev.; his sister, Beth Edmondson and her husband, Chad,
of Newport News; his grandparents, Charles and Kathryn Weiss and Lida Overton, all of Newport News; his aunt, Estelle 'Susie'
Jones and her husband, Tommy, of Newport News; his uncles, Joe Overton and his wife, JoAnn, of Guntersville, Ala., Charles H.
Weiss Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Lawrence W. Weiss of Memphis, Tenn.; cousins, Chris Jones and his wife,
Suzanne, of Chesapeake, Todd Jones and his wife, Heather, of Richmond, Roslyn Weiss and Gabby Weiss, both of Memphis,
Tenn., Frances Weiss of San Francisco, Calif., Jennifer Cornejo and her husband, Jose, of New York City, and Bryan Overton
and his wife, Amy, of Pittsburgh, Pa. His maternal grandfather, Jay B. Overton, preceded him in death. There will be a celebration
of life service at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Benjamin W. Rooker
officiating. Family will receive friends after the service at the church. Interment will be private. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son
Published in the Daily Press on 3/3/2005.
Once again we express our deepest sympathies to Matthew's entire family. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers remain with you.
From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 03/03/05:
Thank you, Linda. I'd add something else, but I keep choking, and the words won't come.
7:23 PM - We just received word on Mickie's condition, and it's quite sad:
There are several new messages posted there already. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and love and concern.
Y'all take extra care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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Just a Dream
Just a dream, just a dream:
All our plans and our all schemes.
How could I think you'd be mine?
The lies I'd tell myself each time.
I know that we could never last;
We just can't seem to in the past.
Just a dream I dream in vain;
With you I'd only live in pain.
Your picture is always with me;
I can still hear that same mournful song.
And now I sit here crying;
Please leave me alone.
Why, why do I love you?
How can I live in misery?
I know that I won't forget you,
But now I know it's too late for me.
"Just a Dream" midi
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05
a Dream" lyrics courtesy of
lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05
Thanks again, Dave!
White Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars25.html - 02/24/05
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