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03/26/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Time in a Bottle

"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset,
two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes.
No reward is offered, for they are gone forever."

- Horace Mann
      (4 May 1796  -  2 Aug 1859)     

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is brought to you courtesy of my Haunted Radio, which awoke me with this song for the umpteenth time on 02/11/06, when I finally cried "uncle" and located the midi and lyrics for you.  And now its "time" has come.  


1. Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA? - 03/25/06 - "NNHS Mailing List":

Please add me to your mailing list. I graduated from NNHS 1970.

Bill Wolfley

   Certainly!  Welcome aboard, Bill!

   I don't know if you're really in Virginia or not, but I like to imagine that everyone is.....

   If you'll send your birthday, we'll add you there as well:



   A very Happy Birthday today to    Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC via     Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 02/25/06:

Gene Temple Collins Glave, '60 has a birthday tomorrow, March 26th...she lives on an island off of South Carolina. She is a very special person and I know it would be good for her to hear from some Typhoons. Her email address is

   Yes, she is!  I enjoyed meeting her last summer!  Thanks for the tip, Fred!  Her email addy was already doubly posted, so I've added it here without hesitation so y'all can wish her a happy birthday.  Have a good one, Lady!


  From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 03/23/06 (but not received until too late......):

Hi Carol,
I'm going to be on TV tomorrow morning UPN, cable channel 3 (in my area). It is "Downeast Today" - Fred Willard of the Lost Colony Center and I were interviewed for the program Tuesday.  It was a short, short, short interview and we were the last to be interviewed. 
Hope you can catch it!

   ARGHHHH!!!  I don't know why some emails are delayed, but when they have an urgency to them as this one did, it's especially frustrating.  I'm so sorry I missed even the opportunity to see if I could pick up the show, Jennie!  TV appearances are always exciting, and that would have been such a kick to see!


  From Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - 03/24/06: "Looking Out My Back

Hi! Carol,

Though I would share some pictures taken on my back deck. One is a real fox sun bathing!!!

Tim Rogers
 How cute - and exciting!!!  Thanks for sharing these, Tim!

  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/24/06 - "Add me, please":

Please add my name to the class of 62 list and include my e-mail address... Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62 in Va.)

   Well, Jerry, I forgot to mention one thing about those lists.  Sometimes I just forget all about them.   Your name and residence - with or without your email address - should have been on there years ago.  That was just one of my hideous oversights.  I'm so sorry.  Anyway, you're there now: - newly re-colored with 1962's class colors of rose and white


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/24/06 - "Smitty's is in Hampton, but Typhoons may
enjoy the history":


No secret to Smitty's drive-in success

The 50-year-old burger joint has continued to preserve its originality, survive transitions and attract loyal customers.

Want a better burger? At Smitty's on North King Street, they've been turning them out for 50 years.

The late Ethel D. Smith, who started the business with her husband, Paul, described the old-fashioned drive-in as "a kitchen and a curb." There is no dining area, just a few picnic tables. Customers are served in their cars, complete with a tray attached to their window, just as it was done in 1956.

Paul Smith, 76, now retired, said the secret ingredient to their longevity is no secret - just fresh meat and hot buns.

"Not many burger places warm their buns," he said.

Not many burger places have customers who've been loyal for decades, either.

Rosa Little has been coming to Smitty's Better Burger for more than 30 years. She and the owners talk like old friends.

"The hamburgers are so good," she said. "I also love the fried chicken; it takes a while, but it is good.

"I like the atmosphere, too," she said, looking around the parking lot.

The fried chicken is made fresh, so it takes about 20 minutes to prepare, Smith said.

Jimmy Ingram of Hampton has been eating at Smitty's for "20 years or maybe 30 years."

"It is good food at a good price," he said.

Royce Newton, known as "Sarge," is probably the most loyal of them all. He has come to Smitty's almost since it opened, when he was an Air Force sergeant at Langley Field.

He parks in the same spot and tells the servers to just surprise him with his meal, said Susan Roach, Paul's daughter and one of the current managers.

"He has never complained," she said.

Langley Air Force Base has helped keep the business going, especially at lunchtime during the work week. The base has produced some very loyal customers - so loyal, they have gone to great lengths to get burgers.

About 10 years ago, repairs were being performed on the King Street bridge, leading to a gate at Langley. This made for a difficult direct drive to Smitty's, Roach said.

"We had someone call and ask if we could bring some burgers to them by boat to the base. We looked into it," Roach said, but boat access to the base was too limited.

"Soon after that, someone called in an order for about 20 people," she said.

One former service member called from Pennsylvania, asking for Twirly Dogs to be sent on dry ice, but Roach said she didn't feel comfortable doing it because of potential spoilage en route.

It isn't unusual for couples who dated at Smitty's as teens to return, showing off children and grandchildren to the owners.

"We have people all the time who say they came here on their first dates and now they are celebrating their wedding anniversary with us," Paul said.

Friday and Saturday nights, especially when the weather is nice, are the busiest at the burger joint.

"We have cars circling, waiting for a parking spot to open. People will also park across the street and walk up to the kitchen to order," Roach said.

Some very important people have visited in the past half-century.

Last summer a terminally ill 12-year-old boy chose, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a limousine ride to Smitty's for a burger with 10 of his friends.

The crew of Air Force One flew in to Langley one day and lunched at Smitty's.

The restaurant was started and operated by the Smith brothers: Charles, now 82; John, 80; Paul, 76; and Thomas, who is deceased. The idea came from Charles, who ate at a similar place in San Angelo, Texas, when he was in the military as a young man. He also ran a What-A-Burger franchise for a time.

The Illinois native visited the Hampton location and talked with his brothers about opening a drive-in when they finished their military service. John served in the Navy, and Paul was in the Marine Corps.

The brothers also opened and ran two other Smitty's restaurants for a short time on the Peninsula. They closed them after five years, when their landlords raised the rent, Roach said.

Charles and John retired 20 years ago, and Paul bought them out. John still helps out during the lunch rush, for no pay.

"He works for food," Roach said.

For Paul, the business produced more than a living. He met his wife, Ethel, when she was a "curb girl." She passed away in 2002.

Family members say Ethel considered Smitty's one of her children. Following a lung transplant in 2000, she was unable to return to work full-time.

However, in a small office on the property, Paul said, "She worked from her recliner; not much got past her."

On T-shirts worn by employees, there is a picture of a car at the drive-in. The license plate reads "Ethel." The shirts are also available for purchase.

The restaurant continues its family tradition. In addition to Roach, it is managed by her brother-in-law, Steve Collins. Roach's son, Lee, also works there.

"Our goal is to keep it going for another 50 years, and to keep it in the family," Roach said.

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Joe!  Everyone will enjoy this news of Smitty's!  I've posted it: 


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/24/06:


Re: xm((( radio...    Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) is right...I have particularly enjoyed channel 5, which focuses on the 50's, and channel 164, which is old radio dramas and comedy. I was even able to listen to the ACC tournament when I was on the road one night! There is always trivia and minutiae that is broadcast from time to time, and it is all too interesting!!! With the purchase of a subscription, internet access is included at no extra charge.


  By the way, I think the candles on the Pabst beers is a birthday opposed to a birthday cake:)

   A birthday case!   I think you have something there!

Hope you and yours are well...Jimmy

   All's fine here.  Thanks, Sweetie!

  From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 03/24/06 - "coal piers and cargo piers":

I have worked on the docks since 1964. I was very good  friends with Al Clendenin and his wife. We boarded many a ship together. I started as a boarding agent with Lavino Shipping Company, after which I went into the union as a clerk with the longshoreman. I have been the President of Local 862 clerks and checkers for the past 25 years and still going strong. I had the pleasure of working along side Fred Anspach (NNHS - '64), Melvin Renn (Warwick) and Randy Tosh (NNHS - '63). Any information needed about waterfront anyone needs, just let me know.  

Keep up the good work.  Thanks. 

Gary (61)

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Gary!    I added your comments to the thread:


  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 03/25/06 - "  George
Fenigsohn ('65 - of VA)":

Hi Carol,
I enjoyed the pictures from    Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) this morning. They sent me back in time to Stuart Gardens and my childhood. Our home was not far from the Fenigsohn's and our moms were the best of friends. Ida Fenigsohn is adorable now and was then!! The pictures have been printed and are ready to go to VA to my mother. 
My mom turns 90 on April 12 and I wonder if, with George's help, we can arrange for these friends to see each other again while I'm up there visiting?!!!!

   Oh, wouldn't that be splendid?!?    By the way, these latest shots of Mrs. Fenigsohn were taken on her birthday!

Thursday, June 3, 1965 Saturday, October 22, 2005
New Graduate George Fenigsohn and His Parents George Fenigsohn ('65) of VA dancing with his mother, our regular substitute teacher,
Mrs. Ida Fenigsohn of VA
Image by Chippy Clark ('65) of Northern VA Photographer unknown
The day is set for my move to VA and it's August 11 with the purchase of my one-way ticket from the islands! John will follow at the end of September. It will be wonderful to be in TYPHOON land again and to have the luxury of attending the NNHS reunions!

   I'm always thrilled to hear of anyone privileged enough to return to "the sacred soil of Virginia" - even after living in Paradise!  Congratulations, Brownie!

TYPHOON FOREVER! Big Hugs, Brownie

   Thank you, Brownie!  I hope to see you in September!  With John's arrival coinciding with the Open Reunion, I hope it doesn't cause you insurmountable circumstances!


  From Ronnie Burroughs ('60) of VA - 03/25/06:

I don't have any City Pool pictures at home, but I will check with my old office and see what they still have -- I think I still have a little pull over there.  Who knows, maybe a picture of   Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) at work might even turn up.
FYI, Parks and Recreation is currently contracting to "replace" the old WWII pool that had so many memories for a lot of us.  New laws and deteriorating conditions made the old pool unusable for the last four seasons.    

Be back later.  


   Oh, goody!  Thanks, Ronnie!    I think, though, you may be hard pressed to top these four amazing shots Joe himself sent us on 06/01/04:

1961 1961 1961 1961
Head Life Guard Billy Roady ('60) and Adult Recreation Director
Joe Madagan ('57)
Adult Recreation Director
Joe Madagan ('57) and
Head Life Guard Billy Roady ('60)
Johnny Canepa ('60) and
Joe Madagan ('57)
Joe Madagan ('57)

   But I may be surprised!



   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/25/06 - "Spring Concert - VCS":

Hi Everyone!
Our Spring Concert is coming up!  We will be performing twice; on April 28th @ St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Yorktown; and April 29th @ Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News.
If you wish to attend one of these concerts, getting your tickets in advance is recommended as we had to turn away patrons last year in both venues!  Such a problem to have!! 
  Attached are copies of our flyer. 

Tickets in advance are $12.00 and for students, military and seniors (55 & over) $10.00; $15 and $12 @ the door. 

This year we are operating a little differently as we have to keep a thorough count of tickets sold so we can avoid last year's problem.  Tickets have to be paid in advance (like you were attending the Theatre) and I will arrange to meet you to pick up your ticket money and bring you the tickets after our rehearsals on Monday nights or I can put the tickets in Will Call for you or we can make other arrangements.  The committee for ticket handling is keeping us informed as the houses fill up.  If you wish to attend, give me a call at 595-4108-H or 329-6478 as soon as you can. 
I have no idea how quickly we will fill the venues, we are having an awesome concert and I know you will not want to miss it!  Anyone who is involved in Easter celebrations need not worry about conflicts.  Our concert is a week and a half AFTER Easter!
We will be performing:  Mozart's Kyrie; Serenade to Music by R. Vaughan Williams; John Rutter's Gloria;  and Bruckner's Te Deum.
I hope that I will see you at one of the venues!

   WOWZERONI-ROONI!!!  If I were only back on "the sacred soil of Virginia" where I belong.... Sigh.

   Have a great couple of concerts, Miss Sarah!

   Y'all gitcha tickets and be royally entertained - and no doubt uplifted in the process!

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 02/25/06 - "C&O wooden bridge":

Hi, Carol.....

I was born in 1942 when my parents lived in a new house on Briarfield Road (Betsy Lee Gardens)....I understand that there was a bridge that connected to 50th Street, from Jefferson was wooden, so I am told and it came out where Coates and Clark once stood. An uncle of mine lived with us briefly and he walked across this
bridge daily to the Shipyard....

   AHH!  Thanks, Fred!  I added your remarks to the conversation:

Carol...would you please be so kind as to add my email address for anyone to see who gets your fantastic website? I noticed it is not there and since I have this new email address:, please allow anyone to have it who may be interested......

   Why, certainly!  It's now doubly-posted:

Carol, I am definitely going to get a donation to you in the mail next week as I know maintaining this site is costly. You are a jewel....

   OOOH, that would be lovely, Fred!  Thanks so much!

Take care good friends,
Fred Mays of N.N.

   Thanks again, Fred!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 03/25/06 - "In Memoriam - 1956 Page":

   Our internet was down for several hours on Friday night, severely limiting what I was able to accomplish, but I did manage to add the Activities to this page.  There remain several obituaries to attach, plus a couple dozen images to scan and edit, so it's still several hours away from completion:



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

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #5 - Friday, October 21, 2005:


One of the lovely table decorations created by Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA Some of the beautiful decorations created by Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA Let the Party Begin!

Some more of the beautiful decorations created by Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA

? of VA; Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA; Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA; Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA; and
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA in background 
Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA; Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA; Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA; ? of VA hidden behind Pam; and Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA in background



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#24 in a Series):

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


     O-kay.....  Good idea, albeit quite strangely worded......

   Thanks, Dave! 


   I wasn't expecting to issue this Newsletter before tomorrow, and hastily had to rip some thing from it which were scheduled for inclusion but unfinished.  Ahhh, tomorrow......

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


                          Love to all, Carol





Time in a Bottle

Words and Music by Jim Croce
(10 Jan 1943 - 20 Sept 1973)

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that Iíd like to do
Is to save every day
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
Iíd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
Iíve looked around enough to know
That youíre the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
Iíve looked around enough to know
That youíre the one I want to go
Through time with

"Time in a Bottle" midi courtesy of - 02/15/06

"Time in a Bottle" lyrics courtesy of - 02/15/06

"Time in a Bottle" Image courtesy
of - 03/23/06

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

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

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