04/01/05 - NNHS Newsletter - April Fool's Day
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I must tell you,
April Fool's Day is almost my least favorite holiday,
for the simple reason that I very
much dislike practical
jokes, which seem to abound on this day. Go figure. I prefer my humor to arise naturally and organically from situations and
life as we find it, not arranged and contrived. Far too often practical jokes can backfire - not funny! I'm giving you these
several April Fool's Day links scattered throughout the Newsletter just because I love you. Personally, I'll take the off-the-wall
hysterical humor of David Whitley ('67) of VA over this any day!
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) - 03/30/05:
When you asked what song went with April Fool's
Day to use as a theme for the Newsletter,
you mentioned "April
Love". While a good one to save for later, I have a better idea. In 1958 Robert Mitchum sang the title song from the
movie "Thunder Road", lamenting on the dangers of running 'shine in the hills of Kentucky. One line of the song began
'On the first of April, nineteen fifty-four', which was the day the mountain boy met his fate. That was also the date
my uncle Claud Carter died. Uncle Claud lived at 307 Hickory and was a welder in the Shipyard (more Newport News
roots for this Crabber boy). Since I was not born for another eight months I never met Uncle Claud ... and when this
song came out I remembered my mom telling me that Uncle Claud died on 4/1/54. Now ... in my 'endowed' four-year-old
mind I was starting to use basic logic and reasoning and came to the conclusion that (A) my uncle died 4/1/54 and (B)
my dad was from the hills of Kentucky, therefore (C) the song was about!
Uncle Claud. Now ... he was on my mother's
side of the family .... and was not from Kentucky (actually .... I think he was
from Newport News) .... but it took many years to figure out the real truth.
It is possible I had some ancestors meet a similar
fate in the hills of Kentucky ..... but I am now fairly confident
Robert Mitchum never sang about them.
One more tidbit from Da Babe
(To hear Robert Mitchum sing the song himself,
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Babe! I could hardly pass up such a good story as that! Thunder Road it is!
Of course, no
MIDI file has yet been written of "Ballad of Thunder Road", so I suppose that's
my little April Fool's joke - there's
no midi attached to this page. It's more fun listening to Robert Mitchum singing it anyway.
The History of April Fool's Day: http://www.2meta.com/april-fools/history/
From my Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Florence HS, Florence, OR - '93 - of IL) - 03/30/05:
Check out poor Tom. He got bitten by a dog at my friend's house. He was sneaking up behind her dog to give it a
great big hug goodbye while it was eating, and it bit him. She hadn't had her dog around kids, and my kids haven't
been around dogs, and well, this is what happens when two ignorant people become friends :)
Anyway, Tom is fine; he gets his stitches out this Saturday. We had to call 911, go to the ER in an ambulance, and
wow, what an adventure. They said he was lucky it wasn't a 1/4 inch higher, or it would have got his eyeball. It
only tore the bottom eyelid..... His small scratches are almost completely gone. The cut seems to be healing just fine,
and he gets his stitches out on Saturday!
P. S, Check out Brent in his cowboy stuff! Can you believe he's gone country?!? :)
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - Joliet, IL
Tommy! He just learned that sometimes love hurts!
I suppose he's such a good little egg, that he thought
he'd decorate himself for Easter.
We're so glad
that wasn't worse than it was. That is one good-natured little boy you
have there, Bethany. Thanks for the
photos! And it's always fun to see how my "little boy", Brent, will reinvent himself.....
April Fool's on the Net: http://www.2meta.com/april-fools/
From Jim Morrow ('65) of NE - 03/30/05:
I remember my mother informing me in the Fall
of '96 that Anne Parrish Chipman ('65) passed away. I'm not exactly
of date or month. I thought you would like to know.
Jim Morrow “65”
Oh, no! I am so saddened to learn that, Jim! Anne was such a sweet person. Thanks for letting us know.
1965 Anchor, p. 164
I've posted this on the Memoriam Page for the Class of 1965:
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/30/05:
Oh, Joe! You're not a pest at all! You're simply dealing with a web mistress who's in a fog right now! Keep reading...
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/30/05:
When I moved to Newmarket (72nd St) in 1961 at the
tender age of 15, I became friends with Al Hines NNHS '65,
who lived nearby and was our paper carrier. That friendship led to my association with Donnie Reed ('65), Rex and
Malcolm Davis ('66 and '65), Ronnie Wood ('65), Tom Oxner ('65), The Dempsey Sisters (Katie -
Warwick HS - '64 and Patty - '66), et. al.
It also led me to begin visiting the Boys Club at
the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Hilton Boulevard. Even when I
reached 16, the age at which I was ineligible to attend, the Director, A. T. (Tom) Olaisen, bent the rules and allowed
me in. My vivid memories are of shooting pool, watching old B&W cowboy movies ... (yes, they killed Indians and "bad
guys", but we didn't return to the Club with an assault weapon and kill everybody there) ... and eating countless numbers
of 10-cent boiled hot dogs.
With the Club's sponsorship, several of us older boys
established a service organization, which we called the Peninsula
Keystone Club. Pretty much everybody mentioned above (except the Dempseys) were charter members. We did
volunteer work for charitable organizations. I still have a newspaper clipping showing a photo of several of us licking and
stuffing envelopes somewhere. We quickly realized that our organization was abbreviated PKC, which sounded like a
fraternity. We also realized that this was about as close as many of us would ever get to a real fraternity, so we all bought
cheap black crew neck sweaters and emblazoned "PKC" on them in white Greek letters. Pretty lame, huh? Revenge of the
Nerds in 1963.
Beyond all of that, The Boys Club was always a fun and
safe place to go and just hang out with no bullies, no cliques .... and
no girls. My, how times DO change.
Peninsula Keystone Club
of the Nerds"?!? Sweetie, I remember you quite well back
then, and unless your definition of "nerd" differs
substantially from mine, under no circumstances could you be classified as a "nerd".
course, if "nerd" means charming, intelligent, witty, well-read, quick thinking,
conscientious, with a mesmerizing baritone
voice and gorgeous big brown eyes, well, then you've got me.
Thank you, David!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/30/05:
Great memories of the Boys Club, Cap'n Dave!
Your flashback helped me, for I could not recall the name of Tom Olaisen
who became Director when Mr. Shouf retired. Mickey Marcella ('54 - of VA) is on the Board of Directors of the present
day Boys and Girls Club on Warwick Boulevard. Mickey is one TYPHOON that has continued to do so much for sports on the
Peninsula and he has not slowed down a bit. Photo to follow!
Oh yes, I nearly forgot:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/boys-club.html - brand new page
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/31/05:
I have no idea why we hadn't added that page nearly two years ago, Joe, but I'm glad it's there now! Thanks for the nudge!
The Museum of Hoaxes April Fool's Day Gallery: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/aprilframe.html
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/30/05:
HEY! Relax! Say something wrong? Of course not!
Nein! Nyet! Nooooooooooooooooooo. NEVER! Not in this lifetime
or the next! That just ain't (I know...isn't) possible! (Please, no hate mail.) The little person's quote is just one of the
many tidbits I heard on WGH on whichever DJ's show it played, and it played often as part of the DJ's banter. Yeah, I
listened to WGH a lot, I guess, when I discovered music, and was just wondering which DJ was responsible for it, after
going to the WGH site, after reading your approval of it. Ya see, you write it, and we read it! It is still fun to hear
those familiar voices after all these many years, and it's amazing how many different ways they came up with to say
'WGH in Old Virginia!' I passed the site on to a colleague today who went to a neighboring school at that time, and he said
the same thing. We both thank you for the great recommendation!
The tune "Only the Lonely' that accompanied the last newsletter reminded me of a WGH Top 30 show I went to
in Norfolk, I think. There were more than a handful of current artists, none of whom I remember today, and all of which
performed maybe two or three tunes, at the most. OK, well, maybe my not remembering them isn't all their fault! ummmm.....
Where was I? Oh, yeah! Sometimes I...forget... On the other hand, Roy Orbison came on as the last attraction and kept the
place jumping for 30 minutes or more-he had so many great tunes! That creative excellence impressed me then, and still does!
Of course, the rest is rock 'n roll history. Thanks for a great newsletter! It accompanied the sunshine today, and maybe even
brought it! Take care of yourself! Regards, Jimmy
WHEW! What a
relief! I thought I’d said something really obnoxious. Having spent 30 years
in the Midwest, I’d forgotten
all the Southern ways of saying things delicately. I thought you were very politely saying, “Well, I don’t remember everything,
but at least I know to only say nice things about people! Obviously, YOU never learned that lesson very well!”
So that’s a tremendous load off my mind! Thanks, Sweetie!
I do love that WGH page. That of course was Dave Spriggs’ ('64 - of VA) brilliant idea. The man is an absolute genius.
That must have been some show you saw! Sounds like great fun! And wasn’t it just a gorgeous day?!? It's Spring at last!
Thanks for writing back and easing my mind, Jimmy! I appreciate it!
April Fools R Us: http://www.april-fools.us/
From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 03/30/05:
so much, Jennie - and Brownie! I really appreciate your both sharing these
things with us! I truly believe that
when people begin to ridicule someone else's positions, they are treading in dangerous waters themselves, and causing
unnecessary pain to others whom they probably love.
What to Do with All Those AOL CDs That Come in the Mail: http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/cds.php
Okay, Fellas, break out those crochet hooks. Some of these designs are pretty cute! WILD GIGGLES!!!
Come to think of
it, one of the fastest and best (though perhaps not given to the most intricate
patterns) crotchetier I ever
knew was a good-looking (really good-looking) former Marine MP - who had been taught to crochet by his grandfather!
And no, I am not making this up!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/30/05:
Oh, my goodness,
Joe! I'm so sorry to learn this. Marion's brother, William
"Bubby" Timberlake, is a member of the
Class of 1958, and her sister, Martha "Puddy" Timberlake Reichard, is a member of the Class of 1962.
Eleanor Watson Timberlake
NEWPORT NEWS - Eleanor Watson Timberlake, 84, died at Riverside Convalescent Center, Newport News, on Wednesday,
Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Timberlake family during this difficult time.
Thank you for letting us know, Adonis.
From Joanne Kates Roos of VA - 04/01/05:
Joanne Kates Roos
Yes, she was, Joanne. Thank you. I feelit is important to do this for her, as she did so much for us.
way, several of the Memorial Newsletters have been updated lately.
Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL wrote a beautiful
remembrance of Mrs. Conn, and I updated the Guest Logs for Sylvia Ottaway ('62), Jerry Zoumplis ('61), and Frank
More of these are in process now, and I will try to finish them in the next few days.
Maxine M. Miller's "Got Mail?" Filet Crochet Wall Hanging Pattern:http://www.angelfire.com/art2/imagegreations/free5.htm
From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 03/30/05:
Attached are 2 pages from a 1991 Parkview Baptist Church bulletin.
<<...>> <<...>> <<...>> <<...>>
|Sunday, February 17, 1991|
COOL! Thanks, Fred!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/30/05:
GIGGLES!!! Judy, you're a hoot, but thanks! I won't enumerate
the names of all those who forgot I ever walked the earth, but
let's just say it wasn't a particularly short list...
I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures in October! Thanks again, Judy!
Crank Yankers: http://www.comedycentral.com/tv_shows/crankyankers/
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/31/05:
Thanks, Adonis! I added your comments to the page:
From Me ('65) of NC - 03/31/05:
that Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) just joined Classmates.com. She's
been on my mind a lot lately. Do any of y'all
know where she is?
From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 03/31/05:
Craig!!! How cool is that?!? Thanks for sharing that with us!
I've added your story to the
Do any of you sports authorities out there have an answer for Craig? Thanks!
Carol, I loved Ron Miller's ('59 of NC) comment about 'lecture hell'.
He is quite correct; it was a typo. A while
back, I was a member of a group in a session involving flip charts. I volunteered to write on the charts. One member
said, "She can't be our writer because she can't spell. I've seen her emails." Thankfully, someone who knew me better
sailed to my defense and said, "Kathy Clark is the best speller you'll ever meet. And the worst typist." During the
days I wandered NNHS halls, I never took typing. I went to summer school every year so I could slip in an extra
foreign language and I never had a study hall. I ended up with 5 years of Latin, 3 of French and 1 of Greek (courtesy
of Miss Brewer) but no typing. I have used spell check faithfully but you know when it finds a real word among your
typos, it lets it on through. I really meant lecture hall but the Freudian aspects of my typo allow for some fun thoughts!
And no, Mrs. Danley, it was not hell.
Rip Collins' ('65 - of TN)
OBL game is wonderful. I
love the sound when the ordnance hits OBL. I referred to being
the one girl in men's areas? I stopped shooting OBL when I reached 6 misses because I had 52 hits and I needed to get
a move on. Maybe I should take up target shooting. . . nah, that would mean getting a gun. Not for me.
I think I would do better
at those games if I didn't start laughing wildly and hysterically at the
beginning of each one. That seems
to interfere in some way with my concentration. It also tends to disturb the neighbors - not that I'm loud or anything.
My special friend, RD, has
had six cardiac caths and has about nine stents. I am sorry Miles
(Nowitzky - Granby HS -
'50) is having to have surgery at all but (and not to minimize anything) today's procedures are faster and better which
make recovery faster and easier. I added his name to my prayer network. KC
YOW! Thanks, Kathy! Speaking of Miles:
From my Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 04/01/05 (dictated over the phone from the hospital...) - 04/01/05:
Miles underwent sextuple bypass
surgery on Wednesday morning (instead of the quadruple we were expecting
to take [lace today). This morning he has developed some serious complications with his kidneys. We certainly
want to thank everyone for their concern and prayers; they are much appreciated.
And they will continue for you both. Thanks, Eleanor.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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Ballad of Thunder Road
Written by Don Raye
and Robert Mitchum
Recorded by Robert Mitchum
Let me tell the story, I can tell it all
About the mountain boy who ran illegal alcohol
His daddy made the whiskey, son, he drove the load
When his engine roared, they called the highway Thunder Road.
Sometimes into Ashville, sometimes Memphis town
The revenoors chased him but they couldn’t run him down
Each time they thought they had him, his engine would explode
He'd go by like they were standin’ still on Thunder Road.
And there was thunder, thunder over Thunder Road
Thunder was his engine, and white lightning was his load
There was moonshine, moonshine to quench the Devil’s thirst
The law they swore they'd get him, but the Devil got him first.
On the first of April, nineteen fifty-four
A Federal man sent word he’d better make his run no more
He said two hundred agents were coverin’ the state
Whichever road he tried to take, they’d get him sure as fate.
Son, his Daddy told him, make this run your last
The tank is filled with hundred-proof, you’re all tuned up and gassed
Now, don’t take any chances, if you can’t get through
I’d rather have you back again than all that mountain dew.
Roarin’ out of Harlan, revvin’ up his mill
He shot the gap at Cumberland, and screamed by Maynordsville
With T-men on his taillights, roadblocks up ahead
The mountain boy took roads that even Angels feared to tred.
Blazing right through Knoxville, out on Kingston Pike,
Then right outside of Bearden, they made the fatal strike.
He left the road at 90; that’s all there is to say.
The devil got the moonshine and the mountain boy that day.
"Ballad of Thunder Road" lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 03/30/05
More Background on "Thunder Road" courtesy of http://www.univie.ac.at/Anglistik/easyrider/data/Thunderr.htm - 03/30/05
Animated Fools clip art courtesy of http://www.jograham.com/fcfoojcd.htm – 03/31/05
Animated Smiley Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars3.html - 03/30/05
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