03/07/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Sea of Love

 

 
   

 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    The funeral for our sweet Mickie was held at 2:00 PM today.  I've continued to update that original Newsletter
with images and notes, and it will be kept as a permanent memorial to her:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/03-02-05-NNHS-Prayers-for-Mickie.html

   I also added her name and images to the memorial page for the Class of 1966:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam66.html

   I attached her obituary to her name as well:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/obit-mickie-settles-cook.html

   My heart is still numb at her passing.   Our love and payers are with Bobby and with Mickie's family and many friends.


NEWBIES:

1. Terry Seay ('67) of VA - 03/05/05

Terry Seay Class of 1967... now living at Salt Ponds at Buckroe Beach. Bill Rash ('67) lives here also

Regards, Terry

   Hey, Terry, welcome aboard!  If you think you're going to make me jealous by telling me that you and Bill both (not
to mention Charles Embler - '65, Jimmy Crank - '63, and Jimmy Walker - '62, just to mention a few) live at my favorite
place on earth, well, it's working splendidly!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   I've added your name to both our hidden mailing list and our Alumni Page:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/alumni-list.html

   Tell Bill Hi for me.  Oh, no, wait a minute - he doesn't even know me.  Oh, wait - that's okay - neither do you!  Oh, well, it's
only a matter of time around here.  Send me your birthday and I'll add it here:

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


   Don't forget the incredibly nostalgic items that Jean Lankes Toth  (Hampton HS - '72) of VA has for sale on eBay. 
It ends Tuesday night at 9:00 PM Eastern time. Just go to eBay.com, enter "Newport News Grab Bag", and make her an
offer.

   Thanks, Jean!


From Kelly Loose Bustamante (’58) of TX - 03/07/05:

Hi Carol! 

A lot of great guesses Typhooners (and Crabbers), but NOT the walk-in theater we’re looking for. 

Another hint:  The theater (its demise happened in the early forties) was located between 25th and 26th
Streets near the old brick NN courthouse! 

(Okay, here’s another hint:  There were only three letters in the theater name and the theater held talent
stage shows in addition to movies.)

Come on Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL), this theater was located in your old stomping grounds!

Kelly Lee Bustamante NNHS’58

   NO WAY!!!  Ah, well, you're stumped me, Kelly!  Adonis, have you known the answer to this all along?!?

   Thanks, Kelly!  Y'all keep a-guessing!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/07/05:

Hi, Carol:

Kelly Loose Bustamante (’58) of TX has given me quite a challenge. I cannot remember the name of the walk-in
theatre located near the old brick court house between 25th Street and 26th Street. I lived in
East End during the time
this theatre was in business. My days consisted of riding a bike to
John W. Daniels and attending classes, and then
heading straight to Lee's Service Station at Jefferson Avenue and 29th Street to pick up  a bundle of The
Times-Herald
newspapers for my home delivery paper route. When I did visit The Daily Press offices and plant on 25th Street I was
too busy trying to earn money than spending it at a walk-in theatre. Sounds like a lousy excuse, I know but I just cannot
recall the name. I am sure I was too distracted by the smell of bread baking at
Betty Lewis Bakery.

Just wait some TYPHOON with a good memory will identify the theatre, or if I just give up, will you please tell us,
by return email please. Don't call me at 0200 to give the answer, I need my beauty rest! Besides if you awaken me at this
hour, it will be a Santo and Johnny "Sleep Walk" Flashback and I will never get back to sleep.

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   MORE GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Adonis!


From  Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 03/05/05:

Carol:

After looking over "Our Old Stomping Grounds" I feel forced to add some "North End" spots that seem to have been missed.   
Joe Milan's Confectionery at the corner of 46th and Huntington Avenue was a great place for fountain drinks, especially Vanilla
Cokes and Cherry Smashes, good hamburgers and 1 cent baseball cards.    Joe was a usually a little cranky unless you had your
Little League or Pony League uniform on then he was your buddy.    Then there was Floyd's Amoco Station at 46th and Warwick
Boulevard where some great pinball was being played.   I remember that Cecil Miller, not sure of his graduating class, was the
local pinball whiz.    Good place for snacks and good company and Mr. Floyd "put up with us" with the patience of Job.    And the
Stonewall
Jackson Rec Center  where great basketball games were always on display especially in the dead of summer.   Played
until we dropped!!  And Rocky Gary ('64 - of VA) walked in one summer and dazzled us all.   It was the social gathering place as
well.   Just so many stories there, so very many.

Carol, you bring joy to so many with this website.    Suddenly I am wondering how I did without!   

                                  Ed Nichols,  Class of 62

    Well, Ed, we'll just have to add all of those favorite places of yours, won't we???  THANKS!  Stay tuned - and keep reading....

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html


From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 03/05/05:

Hi Carol,
I can report after three hours in the doctors office Friday, I have the FLU.  Much like half of the peninsula today, the
rest will have it soon.  This can't be, I got a flu shot!  There is this cute little test that now determines if you are positive
for influenza.  A swab is taken from inside the nose and placed in the appropriate test kit.  Positive or negative.  Everyone
in the doctors' office was given a mask.  If you happen to come in when the symptoms first begin, then maybe you can be
treated with one of the new viral flu type meds.  I only thought I had a cold but when the constant coughing and wheezing
started, I knew I didn't have anything necessary to treat it with.  Even Nyquil wasn't working.  Hopefully, in 10 days or less,
the symptoms will be gone.  In the meantime, I will stay in, and away from anyone that doesn't mind taking 10 days off
from work.  Hand washing is a must!
 
Oh, Cheryl (Pless Ramsey - '64 of VA) , how I remember you when we went to Jackson Elementary the last half
of the seventh grade.  George Rowe ('64 - of VA), Billy Feather ('64) and Wayne Boger ('64) were the best looking
guys around.  And I can't forget Skippy Walker.  I always liked to visit in your home.  Your Mom was such a nice person. 
Remember going up to the Drug Store and getting a coke?  Those were the days.  The drug store on the corner of 50th Street
and the Soda Shop next door were great places for us North Enders' to meet.  Even Wayne Stokes ('65) was there, but
he was younger.  I liked those older guys like Robert Coffey ('61) and Phil Liverman (
um, duh - I forgot what year ....).
 
This past week has been difficult for me with the loss of people we all loved.  For me, it doesn't seem to matter if were ever
that close, but the fact that we were in NNHS halls together.   My thoughts and prayers are with Mickie's family.  None of us
knows how quickly we can leave this world. I am so proud of Mickie's family for supporting her decision for Organ Donation. 
That is not always an easy decision for family's to make.  It is truly the only living gift we can give to each other. 
 
Thanks Carol, for all that you do to keep us connected and bonded together.  Where would I be without you?  Praying for you
and all of this wonderful NNHS Family.
 
Linda Lane

   Ah, Linda - as usual, you made me laugh and you made me cry, and sometimes at the same time!  Thanks!

   Between you and Eddie, though, I am reminded of when I went to '65's 35th Reunion in October of 2000.  The web site
was brand new, and whereas it had all been done under my direction, I didn't have any idea how to do it my self.  My two
youngest sons did all the work with me at their sides.  It was a cushy arrangement, but I felt so guilty accepting all the praise,
that I came home and had them teach me how to do it all myself - which was a good thing, as they're both gone from home
now!

   But once again I am accepting way too much credit.  Your thanks really belong to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.  Surely
you've noticed his name practically everywhere.  It really doesn't appear frequently enough.  Most of what you see here was
his idea.  All of the truly great and wonderful pages began with him:
Old Peninsula Movie Theaters, Our Old Stomping
Grounds
(and its spin-off, Our Old Places of Worship), Our Schools When We Were Younger, Our Old Apartments,
and the wonderful WGH page – all David's.  And the countless images he has supplied – both old and new.

   He supplied all the content for the Grand Reunion of ’96 page.  The 1964 Basketball Tourney page was all his idea, as
was Nostalgic Artifacts.  The Reunion Pages of 2004 go without saying.  Even the Faculty section (which was my idea)
was nudged along by Dave (and later by Joe Madagan - '57 - of FL).  And all of the really wonderful music is almost invariably
chosen and located by Dave (and is so credited to him on the bottom of practically every page), who is an absolute wizard
in that department.

   I had and still have the time to manage it, but here just would be a lame and dull site had it not been for Dave's incredible
vision and energy.  You are my hero, Captain!  So thank you, David - from all of us! 


From Gene Toler of VA - 03/05/05:

Hi There!!!

I was just searching the www for a "Thomas Piano Company" of Newport News, VA.

I have a banjo that my grandfather left me many years ago before he died. He always said that he bought this
the year I was born, 1953. The only label on this banjo is a sticker on the neck that says, "Thomas Piano Company
Everything Musical Newport News, Virginia"

I was just looking to see if this company is still in business when I came upon your web site.

Gene Toler

Rockville, Virginia 23146

Web Site: http://www.tolereb.net

   Thanks, Gene! 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/OOSG-S-Z.html

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

   Okay, Sweeties, y'all aren't going to believe this one, but upon checking Gene's web page, I learned that not only are we
distant cousins, both being direct descendants of Pocahontas, but that twenty years ago when we lived in Richmond, one
of our closest friends, Wayne Leake, is Gene's first cousin!

   There was quite a bit more in the "Small World" category here, but I shan't bother you with it all.


From Jim Bonsey (Kailua HS - ’74) of OR - 03/05/05:

From Jim Bonsey (Kailua High ’74) (married to Gail Kiger FHS ’73)

 

Hi Carol - Hope your flu has let up!  Regarding AOL comments -

 

I’d have to agree that AOL has its problems, but a couple of comments on the discussion below:

 

AOL can be subscribed to either as a PROVIDER of internet access, or as an add-on service to some other
Broadband service.

 

You MUST have an Internet Provider in order to be on line, and AOL was one of the earlier ones.

 

If you are using them as an IP, then of course you must be on AOL in order to access Yahoo. In that case you
would NOT have the option of un-installing AOL and using http://www.AOL.com because you would no longer be
able to get online.

 

I’m having a bit of a problem following the originally described problem, but it sounds as if someone in that
household may have checked “remember password” on their sign on screens. This gives access to anyone who can
get their hands on that computer. The fix would be to just un-check that box.

 

Other than that, there is no way to read each other’s mail. We have four AOL mail accounts here, and believe
me, I’ve tried.

 

As cable and telephone companies started marketing DSL and broadband hook-ups, AOL started to lose ground
and offered AOL for Broadband in an attempt to keep customers who had opted for those higher speed connections.
In that case, you are using Comcast, or whoever, as your connection to the internet and AOL simply provides the
bells and whistles.

 

If this is your situation, then you have the option of uninstalling AOL and going to http://www.AOL.com.  You might
want to be aware that while you use your AOL mail address there, you do not have full access to all of AOL. Might just
as well let everyone know who your new provider is, cancel AOL and save a few bucks.

   Thanks, Jim!  You explained that quite well.  As ignorant as I am on the subject, I was even able to follow it myself!

   I don't remember the situation at the first household I mentioned, but the second one is clearer in my mind.  That family
(whose home and child we were sitting while both parents were out of state) subscribed to both Time-Warner Cable and
to AOL, but for the life of me, I couldn't understand why.  All I know is AOL controlled the computer.  Nothing could be accessed
without going through AOL FIRST, which obviously took twice as long.  Then as you had finished reading your Yahoo mail, AOL
would inexplicably pop open from no where, and present everyone's mail to you for your entertainment pleasure.

   At the time, my # 6 son, Dale, who was 20 at the time and highly capable of teaching advanced courses on the subject, was
able to obliterate everything we had added before we left there, bless his heart.

   All I'm saying is - if no such techno-geek guru lives at your home, and you have reason to believe that someone else has been
reading your personal mail, I'd do something a bit differently somehow....


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/06/05:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html
 

 
1930 - Nachman's Here is the WGH studio at Newport News Point in 1930.  Notice the nifty logo hand railing. Here is an aerial shot of NNHS
in 1930. 
 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/
OOSG-N-R.html

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

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/
wgh.html
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/
OOSG-N-R.html

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

 
   
 
Here is photo of Washington Avenue at Christmas in the late 1950's. Here are several images of Jones Furniture Company.  
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/
OOSG-C-G.html

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

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/OOSG-H-M.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/RR-Jones-furniture.html

 
       
     
Here is an image of the Paramount
in 1938.
     
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/
old-movie-theaters.html

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

     

Here is the attribution for all of them:

Images of America:  Newport News.  Jane Carter Webb. Arcadia Publishing. 2003

Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) gave me a copy as he contributed some of the images to the book.

   David, you're simply magical.  You can give me all the stories about scanning and Googling and even being a graduate
of the United States Naval Academy that you want.  There's still a basic underlying truth.  You're magic personified!

   Thanks, Dave - and Fred!

   Ummm - I didn't finish with these until 11:11 PM, so I haven't really placed them on all the above links - but I have high
hopes for the morrow!


From David Whitley ('68) of VA - 03/07/05:

 Hey there ... some may find (these old photos) of Copeland Park interesting. 
       
January, 1951
David Whitley - 20 months old
1953 - perhaps Easter Sunday?
David Whitley and his mom, Mary Faison Parker Whitley
about 1954
David Whitley
       
         

   Well, I know for a fact that I do, David - thanks!  What a precious little boy you were, Sweetie!

   Oh yes, these images are now posted on the Copeland Park page:

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

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/copeland-park.html

   Say - was that near the Industrial Park where the Blue Bell sweater factory was or is?  I worked there for two weeks
in August of 1967.  To say that I did not belong in a factory situation is to understate the obvious.  Had it not been
for Maybelle Ramsey ('66) working there, I should never have survived (literally) even those two weeks.  Thanks, Maybelle -
wherever you are!


From Marta Ramos - 03/07/05:

MY MOTHER UNDERWENT BRAIN SURGERY LAST FRIDAY AND HER SPEECH IS SLURRY.  PLEASE PRAY FOR HER RECOVERY
BACK TO NORMAL.   SHE IS 69 AND HER NAME IS ENELIA RAMOS.

THANKS,

MARTA RAMOS

   Certainly, Marta - we'd be honored to do that for you.

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/07/05:

Hi, Carol:
While I am in a playful mood, let me share this photo of my gentle Hannah Grace Madagan. Yep! they teach
them to wrestle alligators young down here in Florida.
Ain't that a hoot!
Joe
 
           
Hannah Grace Madagan - wrestling an alligator!            
             

   That's adorable, Adonis!  Thanks for sharing it!


From Mickie's Husband, Bob Cook ('67) of VA - 03/07/05:
 

Carol;
I would like to thank you and all our classmates for your comfort to me and our family in this time of trial.
 
The web page was wonderful.
 
Thank you and God bless you all.
 
Yours Truly,
Bob Cook

    Oh, Bobby - I just wish we could have done more.  You remain in our constant thoughts and prayers.

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/03-02-05-NNHS-Prayers-for-Mickie.html


   I have a very exciting backlog of many other things, but it's almost midnight now, so I'll save them for Wednesday!

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

                          Love to all, Carol

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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com
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Sea of Love

(Philipe Baptiste/George Khoury)


Come with me my love to the sea
The sea of love
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I'm drowning in a sea of love

Do you remember the night we met?
That's the night I knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I'm drowning in a sea of love

Come with me to the sea

Do you remember the night we met?
That's the night I just knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I'm down in a sea of love

Come with me to the sea

Do you remember the night we met?
That's the night I just knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I'm down in a sea of love

Come with me to the sea

Do you remember the night we met?
That's the night I just knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I'm down here in a sea of love

Come with me to the sea

Come with me my love to the sea
The sea of love
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I'm down here in a sea of love

Come with me to the sea

 


"Sea of Love" midi courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~rosemck1
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05

Thanks, Dave! 

"Sea of Love" lyrics courtesy of lyrics courtesy of http://www.ripcat.free-online.co.uk/waitshtml/seaoflovelyrics.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05 
Thanks again, Dave!

Aquarium Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars17.html - 03/01/05

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