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03/22/06 - NNHS Newsletter
May the Good Lord Bless
and Keep You

I found you and I lost you,
All on a golden day,
But when I dream of you, dear,
It is always brimming May.

- Paul Laurence Dunbar
      (27 June 1872 - 9 Feb 1906)     

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  This song has been playing in my head all week, so I thought I might as well share it . Or perhaps I'm turning into my maternal great-grandmother, Barbara Ann Eliza Warlick Payne (18 Aug 1848 - NC / 16 Oct 1917 - NC), who spouted daily aphorisms in the hope that she might eventually take some of them to heart herself.   I have a lot of trouble with that "Never mind what might have been" line.....  

   This, by the way, was "posta" have been yesterday's "bonus" Newsletter, which endured too many long interruptions to ever make it off the ground.  By midnight it was still hours from completion.  OOOPS!



1.    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA via     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/19/06 - "A Serendipitous Meeting":


On Saturday I took my mother to the Langley AFB Commissary. As we entered the check-out line, I looked up and saw a face, which I instantly recognized. It was my classmate Randy Bearor. He was working on the conveyor belt at the adjacent line. As I unloaded my mother's groceries, we chatted for several minutes. I asked if he had received our mailing about the 60th Birthday Celebration; he had not. I asked if he had changed his home or e-mail addresses; he had not. I asked if he were a subscriber to the web site or newsletter; he was not. 

I explained that all kinds of information appear there, so he gave me his e-mail address, and I told him that I would get him on distro for the newsletter.  It turns out that I had his correct addie in my class records, so I don't know why my class-wide e-mailing didn't get to him.

   That is so cool!  The very idea of bumping into an old schoolmate while shopping makes me yearn even more for "the sacred soil of Virginia".  Thanks for sharing that story, David!

2.    Steve Hochman ('60) of VA via    Ronnie Burroughs ('60) of VA - 03/21/06:


I was with Steve Hochman '60 the other night and I was telling him how great your site is.  He asked me if I would contact you and have his e-mail address added to your mailing list.  Thank you for your including Steve and keep up the great work.  

Ronnie Burroughs '60

   WOWZERS, Thanks, Ronnie!

   Randy and Steve, I've added you both to the (usually) hidden mailing lists and the Alumni List.  You were both already listed on your respective Class Pages - although, of course, I posted neither of your email addies.  That requires your specific permission:

   Welcome aboard!  We look forward to hearing from you both! 



   Let's see, whose birthday is it today?

22 -   Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA - 1946

   COOKIE!!!  It's you!  Well, Happy Birthday, Pretty Lady!  Have a wonderful day!


    From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 03/17/06 (but only just
arriving in my email inbox today...?!?):

Thanks, Carol, so so much for the Vietnam Music site!  I cannot imagine why it "went away."

   And I cannot imagine why your email took four days to reach me........

And thanks to    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) for the jugglers' sites.  How fascinating that someone can do that.....and to keep it going for that long.

   Are they not incredible?!?  (Thanks again, David!)

   Thanks, Gloria!  It's always fun to hear from you!


  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 03/19/06 - "What's going on (Part II)":


Hope all is well with you..........

On a lighter side..

Also in February, Jefferson Lab offered me the opportunity to retire with additional benefits. I had no idea of all the stuff I had acuminated in the nineteen years I have worked there. Some said my office looked like an Antique shop, anyway it took me most of February to pack up and move out. I have now joined the Retirement Club. Come on, Uncle Sam!

   WOWZERS!!!  Congratulations!!!

  I have also attached is an image of a card I purchased. I am not sure where this was.

It may be the old Buxton. Any guesses?

Richard Dawes
1916 - Forerunner of Riverside Hospital postmarked August 17, 1916    
   We don't need to guess on this one, Dicky.  We have a definitive answer for you, straight from the Wizard of Wonderment himself, 
  Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA:

THIS 1916 POSTCARD IS THE ORIGINAL RIVERSIDE HOSPITAL ON HUNTINGTON AVENUE..... Actually, I think your PC is the original building (opened 1916) of what would evolve into Riverside Hospital on Huntington Avenue at 50th Street. Of course, that original structure was long ago razed as the more modern hospital was constructed.

   Dave offers this image as further proof:

On this web page ( appears a history of Riverside. The following image is included:

Note the design of the porch railing in the background and match it to your PC.

   Works for me......  Thanks, David!

(This image does not enlarge.....)    
   Thank you, Dicky!  And once again, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother:


  From Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of VA? - 03/20/06:

Hi Carol
You are amazing with this newsletter.
I wanted to add my e-mail to the 1966 list
I am Jacque(line) Ray (Fisher)......... 

   Thanks, Jacque, I have you so posted now:

I just celebrated my 58th birthday 3/16/1948 (58 is just a number)
(how old would we be if we didn't know when we were born) - forever young

   Oh, dear!  And we missed it!  Well, Happy Belated Birthday, Lady!

Thanks Carol - Jacque Fisher
It's not about me - It's about YOU!

   EXACTLY!!! That's what I keep trying to explain to people!  It's all about     ME!!!

   Oh, dear, I'll try to be good.....  NAAAAAHHH.......

   Thanks, Jacque!


  From Terry Haney ('66) of VA - 03/21/06:

I noticed that the last picture from    Dave Arnold's CD does not identify Aderon Gibbs ('66 - of VA) and Ray Price ('67 - of VA)?  Not sure I would want anyone to know I associate with them either, but they are still my friends after all these years.

   GASP!!!  Well, of course, I knew that!  It's a wonder I'm not in that shot myself.  I was standing there talking with them for about 20 minutes!!! 

   If you knew the bizarre manner in which I assembled these Newsletters, it would perhaps be easier to understand how I make such grievous errors from time to time, but it still doesn't excuse it.  In fact, with these daily Newsletters, I frequently release them knowing there are errors remaining on the page, and then rush back to try to repair them before they are spotted.  But that night, I was so exhausted, the only "rush" I was feeling was an intense desire to find my bed.....

   I am sooooo sorry!  Thanks for spotting that, Terry!  I fixed it as soon as I opened your note, but that was about twelve hours after the fact:


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/21/06 - "Coal Piers":

Here are some shots of the coal loading pier and vicinity. I, too, remember the road over the wooden bridge which permitted you to go down to the piers. Some of that road may be visible in one or more of these images:
Coal Piers Grain Elevator Hell's Half Acre  
Train Depot Looking North Water Front: Coal Piers to Casino Grounds Coal Piers  
   Captain, I have no idea whatsoever why some of these images were not already on this page, but I added them now.  Thank you so much!


 From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/21/06:

Hi, Carol:
I enjoyed reading the memories of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA with respect to the C & O Terminal and Coal Handling Facility, and especially his recollection of the wooden bridge leading to the C & O Building and Piers. In fact, I checked the website to revisit the photos posted, and comments about this focal point that was so important to driving the economy of the Peninsula. It was always fun to visit the piers.
I searched for a comment or two that I had sent you earlier about the wooden bridge. Maybe I only thought I had sent it to you, since I did not find any reference to the bridge on the page.

   Although I'm usually the guilty party here due my my nasty procrastinations, Joe, this time I think I might actually be innocent.  I recall your speaking of Eva's grandfather before, but I really do not recall any discussion of a wooden bridge.  Once again, however, this proves absolutely nothing.  Ask me about Thanksgiving of 1949.  Now, that I remember!

That bridge was built in 1918 by the grandfather of    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL. His name was Carl Floyd and he continued in the construction business until the mid-1960's. The C & O Bridge as we commonly called it was built to permit access to the C & O Building that was completed in 1918. The wooden bridge allowed traffic from West Avenue to enter the parking lot of the C & O Building, and also to access the piers from a rather steep roadway on the south side of the building.
The wooden bridge construction was one of the first projects undertaken by Mr. Floyd when he started his business upon returning from Europe at the end of World War I. He suffered from chlorine gas exposure from the trenches in Flanders. The bridge was sturdy and rugged, and crossed the passenger train track that terminated on a pier adjacent to the passenger station and the steam boat pier. That old wooden bridge was replaced with a newer one in the late 1960's.
The old bridge was neat, as it sort of rumbled under the tires of my bicycle when I rushed to deliver Western Union Telegrams to the C & O Building regarding the impending arrival of ocean going vessels as a young TYPHOON.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Adonis!


  From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 03/21 06 - "Wooden Bridge at C&O":

Hello Carol,        Tue. Mar. 21, 06

Eric Huffstutler
 (Bethel HS - '75) of VA asked about a wooden bridge access to the C&O area. 

That bridge was built early in WW-II.  I remember it from my summer job at the Army's Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) in 1943.  It was placed at a short extension of the south end of West Avenue going just beyond 23rd Street.  The road continued  south of the bridge then made a quick turn and ended at River Road.

Of all the C&O piers, the shortest one was at the end of the passenger train track.  The only purpose of that pier was to berth the NN-to-Norfolk steamer Virginia, so it was not a long pier.  An arriving passenger train would back onto the pier so that passengers to and from the Virginia would have a short walk.  That position was also convenient for passengers who had been in the waiting room of the old Victorian style station.  This was all determined in the 19th century master plan when the C&O was built.

During the war the passenger traffic greatly increased and so the trains got longer.  So much so that when parked at the station, they would extend far across River Road.  This of course blocked all the street traffic into and out of the Port area.  As a hasty remedy, the Army built the wooden bridge.

The wooden bridge was only long enough to cross the single passenger train track.  The freight train tracks arrived further south.  I don't think pedestrians were allowed to use the wooden bridge.  I remember coming back from lunch and having to stand in line to climb through a passenger car to get back to my messenger job.

HRPE supplied a great many jobs for NN residents.  The pay was very good. I was paid more as a 15 year old messenger than I would make at my next two summer jobs at the Shipyard.  At that time there was a state law which prohibited youths under 16 from being hired in industrial jobs without a special work permit.  HRPE workers were U.S. Government employees and so the state law did not apply.

   Thanks, Fred! 

   Your account differs somewhat from Joe's, both as to the date and the builder, but I'll let y'all figure that one out yourselves.


  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 03/21/06:

Carol -

My father and I used to go watch coal being dumped.  I was fascinated with the coal car being turned upside down.  We had to roll up the windows to keep the coal dust out. 

Barbara Houston '68

   Thanks, Barbara!  Your memory mirrors my own.

   Did you notice what happened here?  We received finely detailed, erudite background information from four brilliant gentlemen - and warm fuzzies from two little girls' treasured memories of special moments with their daddies.  I love it!

   This entire conversational thread is now also posted:


  From Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA - 03/21/06 - "Class of 1956 Reunion Page":

Good morning, Carol,

Sorry you had to spend so much time in the Doctor’s office yesterday. Hopefully, everything turned out OK!!!

    Oh, yes, ma'am!  It was simply that the doctor was running waaaay behind, so it was what my sons call a "WOTAM" - a waste of time and money......

Once again you have out-done yourself!!!! The Reunion Page for the Class of 1956 is great, and I love the addition of the class colors of green and white, as well as the gladioli and carnations. Our class song (written by JoAnne Beecroft, Sally MacFarland and Harold Harpine) was to the tune of “Autumn Leaves”, or if the Musical Wizard 
  Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) could come up with the Typhoon Fight Song of “Newport’s Gonna Shine Tonight” it would be wonderful!!

   As it happens, we have both songs elsewhere on the site, so I just pulled Autumn Leaves (one of my favorites!) from last fall's Newsletter:
   So here you are:
   I thought perhaps the words to the song were included in the 1956 Anchor, but I didn't see them.  If you have them, it would be fun to include them as well.

The words to our Class Song, to the tune of Autumn Leaves:

Our high school days have now been ended,
Within these walls we bid adieu,
To each of you we leave this message,
We’ve loved each day of work and play.

As we leave these halls, dear Newport High,
We’ll always hold your memories nigh,
As we proudly sing this song together,
We pray our hopes will be fulfilled.

As we leave these halls, dear Newport High,
We’ll always hold your memories nigh,
As we proudly sing this song together,
We pray our hopes will be fulfilled.
We pray our hopes will be fulfilled.

Written by: JoAnne Beecroft
Sally MacFarland
Harold Harpine

Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us reunite with all the 1956 Typhoons!!!


   Absolutely, Pretty Lady!  It's my privilege!  I still have much to do on these several pages for you, but I hope to be able to attend to that this evening.


  From Me ('65) of NC - 03/21/06 - "Reunion Pages":

   While I was tooling around on the Reunion Pages, I did a little redesigning to add some uniformity of appearance.  It isn't yet finished, but it is begun:

   I should have done Reunion: Class of 1962 next, but I started in the middle (as I often do) and looked at Brownie's Poem.  Iit was just such a messy embarrassment, I had to do something to save it immediately.  So I did: - total redesign

   That was really my first attempt at illustrating pages three-and-a-half years ago, and I actually learned quite a bit in the process, but it does look much better now.  And of course, many of the people and places she mentioned now have pages of their own, so they are now linked to it as well.

   Sorry for the delay,    Brownie (Shaffer Haracivet - '62 - of the Virgin Islands)!

   Oh, because of previous size restraints which no longer exist, I had never added that image of Miss Kelly's to her page.  So now I did:

   Oh, Brownie!  Your poem ends with these words:

Wouldn’t It Be Just So Sublime?

For All Of Us To Walk The NNHS Halls

Just one more time?

   Fabulous News!!!  On Saturday, September 29, 2006 at 11:00 AM, you'll have that very opportunity, thanks to the good people of the Class of 1966 Reunion Committee!

   You'll just love it!  It's exactly the same, just very, very different!

   Trust me.  You won't want to miss it!


    From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 03/21/06 - "Check it out":

Don't know if you've seen this site, but ahhhhh, the memories it brings back.  It's extra cool because the Statler Brothers sing along.  Check it out!

   Ohhh, so cool!  Thanks, Gloria!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/21/06 - "Bullofawack":

Carol --

"Bullofawack" was part of a cheer used at football games in the 40's & 50's, and maybe even earlier. I don't remember exactly how it goes, but I think it contained the following line: "Bullofawack, Bullofawack, give the ball to the quarterback".   Judy Leggette Elliott ('56) of VA or    Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA should be able to provide the exact words of the cheer, and maybe it will make sense in context.

Being it was a cheer used only at football games, I always thought it was "Bull of a Whack", as in: knock their ______ off! 

   OHHHHH, THAT Bullofawack!!!  I do remember that, now!  No, wait a minute.  I was thinking of "Push 'em back!  Push 'em back! Waaaay back!"

   Or maybe it was all part of the same cheer?  Oh, how should I know?  Do I look like a cheerleader?!?  No, I didn't think so!

   But we do have a plethora of NNHS cheerleaders in our midst.  Ladies?

   Yes, that does sound like the most logical etymology of that word, doesn't it?!?

   Thanks so much, Ronnie!


    From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 03/21/06:

Reading about    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73 - of VA) working on his Chevelle made me remember a couple of my old cars........looked in some old pictures.......voila!
1969 Chevelle SS 1969 Mustang Fastback 1972 Ford Pinto    
Tom, I think that's a 69 Chevelle SS that I'm sitting was my boyfriend's.  Get a load of that beehive......and with a flip no less!  How did I manage that? 
Then there was my beautiful 69 Mustang fastback......or was beautiful until one morning I was driving to work at Langley AFB down LaSalle Avenue, and a woman just couldn't get to the 7-11 fast enough, so she turned in front of me.  :(  My poor car got fixed, but it was never the same.  Then came the 72 Pinto with no air conditioning.......until the hot summer I drove to and from Ft Lauderdale........went straight to Sears and had a/c installed.  I kept that car the longest......still had it when my son was born in 77.  Right after I sold it, the warning came out about getting hit from the rear might cause the gas tank to explode!!  Yikes!

I had quite a few cars in those days.......wonder why I didn't take pictures of all of them?

   Now there you have me.  How I would love to have hundreds of pictures that were never taken......

   Thanks, Gloria!  I posted your cool old cars:


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/22/06 - "What were you doing at the Dr.'s office...":

For five hours?  Are you ok?  You must take good care of yourself because you are a national treasure to all of us!!!

   Waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting and waiting and waiting.  I actually took two naps in that waiting room, causing much mirth for one and all.  Now ask me how much I care. 

   Thanks, Jean.  I'm fine - but I appreciate your concern!

  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/22/06 - "A FLOWER FOR YOU":

  Have a bright sunny day!

   AWWWW!  Thanks, Jerry!



   This is so old it's downright embarrassing     - but it's fun!

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #4 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:

Dawn Yevak of VA Flores Williams ('66) of VA; and Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA; Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA; and Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA in the background Line Dancing!  
Larry Moran ('65) of VA; and Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA Nelson Groom of VA Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI  
Jack ('61) and Edna Whitcomb ('65) Harrison of VA Mrs. Ida Fenigsohn of VA Debra and Larry ('65) Moran of VA; Mike Hirshman ('65) of CO Bobby Callis ('64) of WV  
Mattie Rowell of NC??; Van Rowell ('65) of NC; Barry Brothers (YHS - '65) of VA; Pauline Collins ('65) and Charles Shofner of VA; ?; and Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA?? Jackie Millikin Gray ('65) and her husband Bobby ('65) and Sharon Chaffin ('66) Tanner of VA  

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#22 in a Series):

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


     Oh, how lovely....or something........

   Actually, this picture lends itself to so many interpretations.  What is it?!?  A decorating statement?  A solution to What to Do When the Lights Go Out?  A shrine to Papst Blue Ribbon?  The mind boggles......

   Thanks, Dave! 


  I had at least six other major items which I thought surely I would address in this Newsletter, but it would seem that I thought wrong!

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


                          Love to all, Carol





May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Words and Music by Meredith Willson, 1940

(As recorded by Jim Reeves on "Songs to Warm the Heart",1959)

May the good Lord bless and keep you, whether near or far away.
May you find that long-awaited golden day today.
May your troubles all be small ones, and your fortune ten times ten.
May the good Lord bless and keep you 'til we meet again.

May you walk with sunlight shining and a bluebird in ev'ry tree.
May there be a silver lining back of ev'ry cloud you see.
Fill your dreams with sweet tomorrow. Never mind what might have been.
May the good Lord bless and keep you 'til we meet again.

May the good Lord bless and keep you 'til we meet ('til we meet),
'Til we meet ('til we meet) again.

"May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" midi courtesy
of - 03/19/06
and extracted with the kind assistance of my #6 son, Dale Harty of NC - 03/21/06
Thanks, Dale!

"May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" lyrics courtesy of - 03/19/06

"Golden Day" Image courtesy of - 03/20/06 (re-saved 03/22/09)

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/21/05 (re-saved 03/22/09)

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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