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03/31/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Please Please Me

"It's a good idea not to live your life just to please others.
You don't please yourself and you end up not pleasing anyone else.
But if you please yourself, maybe you'll please someone else."

-- Groucho Marx
(2 Oct 1890 - 19 Aug 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,        

   Just between the two of us, let's pretend I really finished this Newsletter before midnight, and that it's still March 31.........  


   Well, I suppose they're all belated now, aren't they?  OOOPS!!!  A Very Merry Un-Birthday to:

29 - David Hatchett ('65) of VA - 1947
31 - Webb Edwards ('57)
31 -   Tina Crowder Wescott ('65) of VA - 1947

   Many happy returns to you all!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/20/06:

And, if you love train images, you gotta go here:

   Thank you, Dave.  I'm not sure how it came to be that I didn't post this link earlier when you gave it to me.  I suppose I was too busy looking at it!  Thanks so muchI do love trains! 


  From One of "My" Famous Marines who served in the Pacific Theater during  WWII,
Herbert Hice of MI - 03/25/06:

Hi Carol,
In your (03/24/06) newsletter one of your many "FANS",    Cookie Philips (Tyndall - '64 - of VA) is dismayed that her Birth Date now starts with "6" rather than "5".  I also wondered about where the time had slipped by when I was her age. Now that my Birth Date starts with "8", I still wonder where the time flew by. As long as "ONE" is in reasonably good health that's all that matters. Pass the word along to Cookie to slow down a bit and as I always say to you, Take time to smell the ROSES.


   Well, Herbie, that's because like Cookie and    Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58 - of TX) and several others in our midst, the passing of time seems not to have the usual effect on you.    And that reminds me, I had never posted your birthday on our Birthday Page - October 22, 1924.  I just took care of that

   Thanks, Herbie!  My roses aren't in bloom yet, but I did try to smell my yellow chrysanthemum today.


   From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 03/27/06 - "Answering   
Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) about bridge":


I believe the bridge you mentioned crossed the tracks at either 58th or 60th Street (I believe it's 60th).  This would have it connecting to Jefferson Ave. at Temple Lane or near South Ellen Road.  Both are just south of Briarfield Road.  There's a photo posted on the NNH65 website that shows the bridge.  It's in the C&O and NNS&DDC section of Our Old Stomping Grounds

Here's a link:

  If your browser won't allow you zoom in, copy the file and open it in something that's capable of doing so.  There's enough resolution in the file to show the bridge there in the upper left of the image.  Maybe you can count the streets from 50th to determine exactly which one it is.

   Isn't that just a fabulous image, Steve?!?

   (Thanks again, Dave!)

Tuesday, October 17, 1944    
Aerial View - Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA  - 10/29/03
Thanks, Dave!

While on the subject of bridge photos, how about this interesting shot of the James River Bridge?
Best Mariner Regards,
Steve Silsby, Ferguson HS Class of '72 (almost)

   WOWZERS!!!  Not exactly your everyday sighting, is it, Steve?  Thanks so much!  I posted it:

  Wednesday, August 6, 1997, 1:30 PM

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/27/06:

Hi, Carol:
Needless to say, we am excited about the possibility of 
  Ronnie Burroughs ('60) of VA coming up with some photos of the City Pool. I sure hope he can come up with some of the photos of the lovely TYPHOON bathing beauties that used to compete in the contest held each year at the pool. That would be a treasure!!! I have written to a couple of the wonderful young ladies with whom I had the pleasure of working with at the Pool to see if they have photos that they are willing to share with us on the Website. No one has said "No", but at the same time, no photos have arrived in my IN box or my Snail Mail Box.
Speaking of bathing beauties, I once kidded around with    Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX on this website accusing her of holding out on us by not providing a photo of those beautiful TYPHOON lovelies posing for a Buckroe Beach postcard, only to learn that she did not have a copy and had forgotten one existed.
Well, I believe she has come into possession of said postcard and wonder if she is willing to share that treasure with us and brighten up the page in Our Old Stomping Grounds?
Please, go ahead and make a couple of old TYPHOON guy's blood pressure rise!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, by all means!  Your fans are waiting, Evelyn!

   Thanks, Adonis!


  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands (and soon to be VA!!) - 03/28/06:

Dear Carol,
I was pleasantly surprised when the nice note came to me from 
  Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL via your telling me that my mom was born on her mom's birthday! What is more exciting is that both are still with us! Yes, we are more than blessed and I appreciate so much hearing from Gloria.
I was able to find a rhinestone tiara for my mother with the number 90 for the birthday celebration in Williamsburg on April 12th!!!!!. It's going to be fun and I'll send a picture of the birthday girl as soon as I return from VA!!
Thanks to you Mrs. NNHS..... I also heard from    Captain Dave Arnold regarding the now possible reunion between Ida Fenigsohn (mother of NNHS - '65    George Fenigsohn) and my mother who were friends a long time ago from the happy days in Stuart Gardens.
The site continues to make many smiles, memories and reunions possible.
Take care and big hugs, Brownie

   What truly wonderful and uplifting news!  Thanks so much for sharing it, Brownie!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 03/28/06 - "Death of a 1926 N.N.H.S Graduate":

Good Morning Carol:

I observed in the Daily Press this morning that Warren "Fuzzy" S. Wood, Sr. died. He was a member of the 1926 graduating class of Newport News High School. I well remember him from the Shipyard. When I observed him at a funeral of a cousin of my mother, I found out that he was distantly related to my mother. He was quite an athlete at N.N.H.S., and graduated from Furman University. He was 100 years old...within the last year, I saw him out at Steve's Steak House/Artie and Tony's. He had been in remarkable health for his age.

Take care, Fred Mays, '60 of Newport News, VA.


Warren 'Fuzzy' S. Wood Sr.

SMITHFIELD - Warren 'Fuzzy' S. Wood Sr., 100, widower of Anne Evans Estes Wood, died Monday, March 27, 2006, in Riverside Convalescent Center, Smithfield. Born at home, he was one of five children born to Randolph T. and Lottie Breedlove Wood, and was a lifelong Peninsula resident. Fuzzy retired from Newport News Shipbuilding engineering department in 1970, after 31 years of service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Newport News. Fuzzy was a former member of the Warwick County School Board, Chairman of the Ration Board during WWII, former member and Chairman of the Warwick Planning Commission, and former Chairman of the Parkview Civic League. Fuzzy graduated from Newport News High School, Class of 1926 and was a member of the 1925 State Champion Football Team and All-State Tackle on the 1925 State Championship. He was offered football and track scholarships to VPI, William and Mary and Furman University. A graduate of Furman University, Greenville, SC in 1932, he earned a BS degree in education. A member of the Furman Football Team, he participated in the track team, and was Captain of the team in 1929. On June 9, 2001, he received the Newport News Sports Club Sports Person Emeritus award for his lifetime contribution to sports, government and civic affairs. Survivors include his son, Warren S. Wood, Jr. and his wife, Betty of Smithfield; daughter, Ann Armstrong and her husband, William of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Robert Armstrong, Kate A. Lee, Charles Armstrong, Luanne Spain, Greg Wood, Furman Wood and William Wood; and ten great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30 at First United Methodist Church, by the Rev. John T. LeGault, Jr. with interment to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press from 3/28/2006 - 3/29/2006.

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   WOW.  What a wonderful life he had, and so many lives he touched!  Thanks for sharing that with us, Fred.  Our deepest sympathies are of course extended to his family and friends.  

  From Richard Marshall ('66) of VA - 03/28/06:


You are doing a super-fantastic job on this site. I would like to have my wife of thirty-seven ( and counting) years added to the birthday listing, if possible. Darlene Willis Marshall, HHS - '68 and her birthday is August 18th.,1950.

   Why, certainly, Richard!  Thanks so much!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/28/06 - "Newsletters":

Hello, Web Queen. 

It's been a awhile since I've written in, but I just had to take the time today.  I really enjoyed the 3/27 letter.  Of course, I was in attendance at my sweet cousin's    (Cookie Phillips Tyndall's - '64 - of VA) BD Party and enjoyed it so much.  It was great being with family, as usual, but seeing the Typhoon crowd was extra special.  We had a wonderful time.  Thanks to    Dave (Spriggs - 64 - of VA) for the pictures!

I also got a kick out of seeing an email from Howard Hodnett ('45 - of VA), my father-in-law, and glad to see that he's getting a handle on that new computer of his.  He is still learning, bless his heart.  By the way! You won't find an old email address, because you never had it.  :)  See, you haven't lost it after all. I'm so glad that he is able to enjoy the letters. 
You're the greatest!  You too, Dave!
Judy Phillips Allen

   Oh, yeah!!!!  It's all coming back to me now - DUH!!!  Thanks, Judy!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 03/28/06:


Thanks to your fantastic website and    Jimmy Walker ('62 - of VA) reading my comment that    Tommie Mouser ('60 - of VA) was among the missing in our class ('60)....he gave Tommie my email address as he and Tommie are neighbors....Well, we met today for lunch in Hampton. I have not seen him since 1959...We were in the first grade together at NEW Magruder School and in homeroom together in 8th-11th grades...well, I had noticed he was not in our yearbook...I found out that he moved to Richmond at the end of the 11th grade...We had so much to talk about...covered 47 years...I would never have recognized him and of course, I am sure it is true that he would not have recognized me...we each gave the other an identifying feature so we could recognize the other. We met at 12 o'clock and left Denny's at 2:30. It was a good event...and I think he felt the same. Wow, the internet can really bring people together. Thank you Carol Buckley Harty!

Take care, Fred Mays, '60.

   That's such wonderful news, Fred!  Thanks for sharing it with us!  


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/28/06 - "Railway to Heaven":


I really have enjoyed reading all the accounts of the C&O and the coal piers.  My dad would fill a cooler with ice cold lemonade and Mama would make sandwiches and we'd sit up there at the highest point on hot summer nights (no AC back then) and watch the activity down at the coal piers. We would sit out on a blanket under the stars and enjoy God's work while watching man's.

My dad, Cookie's and Charlie's dad, and another uncle and aunt all put 30-40 years in at the C&O. They have all passed away now, but every

time I cross the M&M Tunnel heading back into NN, I think of all the good times growing up.    Linda May (Bond Crayton - '66 - of VA) mentioned the C&O Commissary or "company store" this week.  We were there every Saturday morning shopping.  What memories!

My uncle Zack Phillips and his wife, Charlotte, both had the following song performed at their funerals.  It brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it. I was so excited when someone sent this to me last year. The song is different from the piece that is written and illustrated.  I suggest reading first, then sit back and listen to the words.  I hope you can share it with all those "special" Typhoons who were C&O children and dedicate it to Myra Phillips Day.

Life's Railway to Heaven, performed by Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson:


God bless you all!

   Thanks, Judy!  That's very moving, indeed!  I posted it right on that page where we can all play it whenever we want.


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 03/28/06 - "HHS Fight

To:    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA......thanks for the correction on my boyfriend's Chevelle......funny, when I saw it in writing, it clicked that '70 was the year I dated that guy......duh!

And adding to the HHS cheers, let's remind the Typhoons (and you know we love ya......especially Carol Buckley Harty!) of our famous fight song:
Here's to Hampton High School, here's to HHS
Here's to our football it fine?  oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes.
Glorious or defeated, we will always shine
For alma mater and that ole' red and white.
Red and white, red and white, we will fight with all our might
As ole' Hampton goes marching along.
Blue and gold, blue and gold, you will never, ever hold
As ole' Hampton goes fighting along.

   Ohhhh, Gloria!  You baaaad!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks for that "wonderful" piece of nostalgia!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/29/06 - "Riverside Hospital":


Remember all that controversy over which structure was the original Riverside and which was the original Buxton?  The answer was right on the site all along. 

  This image appears on the Riverside page and tells all.  Best of all, it places the original building with the newer building. You can see how the original building disappeared and the North End Pharmacy constructed in its place.

   Well, David, if I hadn't been laughing so hard at my obtuseness throughout that whole long ridiculous conversation I had with you on that subject, I might have noticed that!  But, NOOOOOO!!!

   Thanks for catching it!

Courtesy of Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 07/17/04
Thanks, Tim!

   In the interest of clarity, I pulled the Riverside Hospital images and comments from the North End page, giving them their own page, and linking it to the North End page (as well as on Our Old Stomping Grounds) for simplicity:

 - brand new page

   Thanks again for your alertness and attention to this, David! 


  From Me ('65) of NC - 03/30/06 - "The OTHER Hospital":

   In the interest of uniformity, I did the same thing for Elizabeth Buxton/Mary Immaculate Hospital and the East End page:

 - brand new page

   While I was scouring the Our Old Stomping Grounds pages, I noticed that a number of them were missing their back-links and creation dates, and were generally suffering from a bad case of the screaming uglies.  So without altering their dates of updating, I did some housekeeping on many of them.  No, no, of course I didn't finish!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/29/06 - "Hi sweet lady!":

You don't have to keep telling us what you did not get to or what you meant to do or what you ripped out...because WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS WONDERFUL...and we always look forward to the next edition, and whether is is a long letter or a small letter, a sad one, or one chocfull of exciting and wonderful news...we love reading it and knowing that this tie binds us together as TYPHOONS FOREVER!

   Thanks, Jean!    I suppose it would be easier for me to just write those individuals and say, "Hey, i didn't get to your goodies yet, but I'm working on them."

   Of course, that would mean I'd actually have to write personal notes every now and then, and we all know how very, very seldom if ever I do that!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/29/06 - "This and That":

The C&O Company Store was known as Fitzgerald's. Regarding the "C&O Coal Piers", does anyone know what were the "jobs" of the mule and the goat?

   Those terms ring a far distant bell, lost in the vagaries of my mind.........

Turning to Wythe Lanes and the Smith family, we knew them well and obtained our (Linda and I after our marriage) first car through a "joint venture" with the Smiths; that's the short of it.

I am somewhat well informed in these areas and have more details if needed.

   As you've noticed, there is interest galore on all things connected with the shipyard, the railroad, the docks, and the piers - and that's as it should be.

   I personally have a very deep and abiding interest in learning all about the Wythe Bowling Alley.

   As always, we're collecting and archiving as much information as possible on every subject.  Feel free to impart of your wisdom and knowledge often, Wayne Honey!  Thanks so much!


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/30/06:

I have been in Honolulu, Hawaii for a week and a half visiting my daughter and grandsons.  I have not had an opportunity to read your news letters yet,  but one of my classmates called to tell me that they saw a question asking if the high school tour was open to everyone.  All functions are open to any person that attended Newport News High School. That includes the Friday night function at RJ's Restaurant and the tour of the high school (Huntington Hall).  I do ask that they contact me at so I can get an accurate count for each function.  This would better prepare Ron for Friday night (he may have to bring in more waitresses) and the Huntington Hall staff on Saturday (they may need to assign more than one person to take the groups through).  Anyone that is interested can certainly join us without any obligation to attend the Saturday night function. 
Dee Hodges Bartram

SUPER-DE-DUPER!!!  Thanks so much, Dee - and the entire 1966 Reunion Committee!!!



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

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #6 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:

Coach Charlie Nuttycombe of VA; Sharon Chaffin Tanner ('66) of VA; and Mrs. Elizabeth Nuttycombe of VA H. P. Lucas ('65) of VA and Pauline Collins Shofner ('65)
of VA; Becky Crank Tench ('65) of VA in the background
? of VA and Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA (Yes, yes, I know the pretty lady is Jimmy's date; I just don't know her name!  YIKES!!!)  
? of VA; Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA; H. P. ('65) and Linda (HHS - '65 - I think) Lucas of VA; and Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA   Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA; Pauline Collins Shofner ('65)
of VA; and Barry Brothers (YHS - '65) of VA

   By the way, just a reminder on the images I'm posting:  If I show it at all, I think you look super, gorgeous, cute, beautiful, adorable, or any combination thereof.  I will crop, PhotoShop, or delete to show you in the most flattering light possible. If there's one thing my mama taught me, it was the Golden Rule.  So if you see yourself here and wonder, "Why on earth did that woman print that?!?", it's because I thought you looked precious.

   I'll usually eliminate images shot in faulty lighting, unless they seem to have intrinsic value of their own, and poor lighting is preferable to no image alone - as in the case of the first one here of Sharon and the Nuttycombes.  I will zoom in to show your faces unless the background is important, as in the case of the last one here with Pauline and the Brothers.


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#26 in a Series):

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



   Thanks, Dave! 




   Okay, Jean, let's just say that I've reserved some material for tomorrow's April Fools Day Newsletter!  Yeah, that does sound better!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





  Please Please Me 

 Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1963

(The Beatles)

Last night I said these words to my girl
I know you never even try, girl
C'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon)
Please please me, whoa yeah, like I please you

You don't need me to show the way, love
Why do I always have to say "love"
C'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon)
Please please me, whoa yeah, like I please you

I don't wanna sound complaining
But you know there's always rain in my heart (In my heart)
I do all the pleasing with you, it's so hard to reason
With you, whoah yeah, why do you make me blue

Last night I said these words to my girl
I know you never even try, girl
C'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon), c'mon (C'mon)
Please please me, whoa yeah, like I please you
(Me) Whoa yeah, like I please you
(Me) Whoa yeah, like I please you

"Please Please Me" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Please Please Me" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

NOTE: This page was unavailable at press time, so the lyrics are actually courtesy
of - 03/31/06

Blue Hearts Image courtesy of - 03/31/06

 Animated Blue Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/06/06

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks so much, Al!

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