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05/02/06 - NNHS Newsletter

"Mama exhorted her children at every
opportunity to 'jump at the sun.'
We might not land on the sun, but
at least we would get off the ground.

- Zora Neale Hurston
(b. 1891-1960 )

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I awoke with this Van Halen song going off in my head this morning.  I don't even think I can blame it on my Haunted Radio.  


   A big Happy Birthday today    Billy Turner ('65) of TX.

   Have a great day, Billy Turner! (Still one word, like Charlie Brown!)

  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/01/06:


And whose signature tune was this and what was that person called? Hint...Not Karen Carpenter, although the person in question did appear on tv with gender clue, sorry!


  AH!  A test!  Ummm, all that comes to my mind is the great Ella Fitzgerald - who, of course, was a Newport News native - and I don't remember what she might have been called.  The Karen Carpenter connection eludes me completely.  What can I say?  "The seventies (plus a few other decades) were all a blur...."

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Sweetie! 


  From Joyce Mabe Edwards ('68) of VA - 05/01/06:

Hi Carol,

My name is Joyce (Mabe) Edwards, class of 1968. I just came upon the NNHS website and think it is great.

   Super!  Would you like to join us officially???  Yes???

I happen to be missing one of my old yearbooks - 1966.

   YOWZERONI!!!  How dreadful!

I am interested in pictures of the JV Cheerleading squad that would have been in that yearbook. I was captain that year and have no pictures. Would you or anyone have pictures that I could get?

   Thanks to the generosity of   Fred Mays ('60) of VA, I do have a 1966 Anchor.  These images should have been scanned and placed long ago.

Thanks for your help!


   Thanks for the nudge!!!

     I'm rather pressed for time at the moment, and haven't finished locating - much less scanning - all the available images.  Chances are excellent that I will redo this whole page, but here it is in an incomplete state:    
  Karen Richardson ('66); Beverly Miller ('66); Janice Poole ('66); Judy Salken ('67); Pam Weaver ('66) (Head); Sherry Bell ('67); Sharon Adcock ('67); Patty Hilsdon ('66); and Drema Ferguson ('66) Sue David ('68), B. Smith, Gail Lucado ('68); Joyce Mabe ('68) (Head); Sharon Hilsdon ('68); C. Richardson; and M. Cruz.  
  1966 Anchor, p. 95 1966 Anchor, p. 90 - brand new incomplete page

   Thanks again, Joyce!  We'll look forward to hearing from you again soon!



  From Pam Wright Owen ('62) of VA - 05/01/06 - "May Day":

I certainly do remember celebrating May Day at Magruder School.  There was a May pole wrapped with pink and white crepe paper and long pieces of crepe paper hanging down which all the "little girls" got to hold and walk in and out and around the May pole.  The neatest thing I remember about it, however, was that all the girls carried umbrellas that had been decorated (by their parents/grandparents) with crepe paper and ribbons.  My grandmother made a beautiful one for me in the first grade.  It had pink and white and mint green crepe paper flowers all over it with a large flower on the top.
I was so proud of it and I can still see it in my mind's eye today!
Pam Wright Owen
NNHS Class of 1962

   This is a much grader production than whatever it is I'm trying to remember, Pam.  It sounds fabulous!  I think I certainly would have remembered something like that, had I ever participated in it.  Thanks so much!


  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 05/01/06 - "Happy May Day!":

Carol....regarding May Day at .Magruder...I don't remember our participating in any May Day Celebrations...but I DO remember going to see my brother,   Judson (Jones - '59), participating in the May Pole Celebration....could it be that YOU remember seeing your sister???? For some reason or another, I think they stopped the celebrations by the time we entered school......bummer! Judson was 6 years older than much older is your sister than you?......and it could be that I saw Judson at Walter Reed and NOT Magruder....but I do remember going with my mom and seeing him.
   Noooo, that couldn't have been it.    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) is six years older than I am.  She and Judson were classmates.  When we moved to town in January of 1954, Eleanor was in the middle of the seventh grade at Walter Reed, and I was in the middle of the first grade at Magruder.

   And the clearest part of the fractured memory that I have - if I have it at all - is of standing with the rest of Mrs. Leyland's class outside that sixth grade wing.  Mr. Ramsey (was his name George???) may or may not have been there.  It's entirely possible that it was just a pretty day, and she decided to take us all outside for music class.  I seem to remember singing more than anything else - particularly The Ash Grove, possibly Oh, Canada (which we inexplicably seemed to have sung often), and I think even some gypsy songs (?!?). 

   And of course, you and I were in that class together.


Mrs. Eunice Leyland's
Sixth Grade Class,
January 1959

  This NEWLY RESTORED image courtesy of photographer Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 02/26/03
Thanks, Chip!

: Mrs. Eunice Leyland, Randy Smith, Lynn Wilkins, Jimmy Skates, Joyce Curry, Bobby Sears, Carol Buckley, Mike Hirshman, Janice McCain.

SECOND ROW: Todd Givens, Sandra Boatright, Bobby Walker, Ilene Wasserman, David Sage, Ilene Levinson, Chippy Clark, Debby Fink, Barry Rew.

THIRD ROW: Betty Marie Millner, Sammy Keffer, Nancy Lewis, Bobby Marston, Barbara Shepherd, Richard Harman, Judy Wiggins, Charles Winter, Marc Snyder.

BOTTOM ROW: Buzzy Jenkins, Curt Lauterbach, Graham Avery, Paul McPherson, Billy Saxton, Randy Belton, David Stone, Andy Tillman, Chris Ellis.

  Thanks, Janice! 


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 05/01/06 - "Happy May Day!":


I attended Magruder School the FIRST year it opened, September of 1948. We always had May Day....I well remember being a Sunflower in the May Day program......Our Mothers had to make our costumes out of bright yellow crepe paper. I still think of the Sunflowers when I see that bright color of yellow. My older sister,    Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) was in the third grade when I was in the first and she was a tree....they just had to stand straight and do absolutely nothing. We all had to sway from side to side. This was a more significant role, I would say. Someone, probably a parent of a student, did a video....probably a super 8 movie (no sound), of the program and it was shown to the entire school. I remember that I was in the front...doing my really good impression of a swaying Sunflower. I was so proud of this. I would really love to know who made that video and if it still exists.

For the 5th through 7th grades I went to Woodrow Wilson School. We had May Day there too. I remember in the 5th grade we dressed as George and Martha Washington and did the minuet. We had powdered wigs and black knee pants with ruffles on our shirts.....we had a buckle on each shoe. I was honored to have as my partner the prettiest girl in the class, Glenda Langham. She lived on Chesapeake Avenue, next to Mary Immaculate Hospital. They moved away, I think before entering high school. Her father was military. These were good days.

Thank you for reminding me of good times, Carol.
Take care, Fred Mays of Newport News, VA.

   OOOOH, this WAS a big production! 

   Nope, I don't remember anything like that!  Thanks so much for sharing such a great memory with us, Fred!


  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 05/01/06 - "Happy May Day!":

Hi Carol -

I remember a May pole dance at Magruder School.   We had long streamers attached to the pole and walked in and out to braid the pole.  Take care and thanks for all of your hard work! 

Barbara Houston

   Thanks, Barbara!

   So three years earlier, the celebration was held, and three years later it was held....   Hmmmm.

   You know what?  I'm beginning to think if we did have a May Day celebration that year, I was probably home "sick" anyway, with a big toe ache, or an elbow ache, or (my personal favorite) an eyelash acheThis sounds like a day fraught with interesting opportunities for embarrassing myself royally, and I would have concocted any story necessary to avoid the whole thing, rather than risk the certain ridicule.


  Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 05/02/06 - "Happy May Day!":

Hi Carol,
Thanks you for the birthday wish - I am truly blessed to be 66 and healthy!!! 

   You're welcome!

And, since it appears that I am - for now - the only one born on May Day, Queen of the May Evelyn wants you to know that YES I TOO remember the May Day and Pole with beautiful colored Streamers at the new Magruder School    (thought they had done that for meeeee.....hee hee hee)

   Why, certainly!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

My husband, Dick, and I will once again rent the Canepa Cottage (Name of Cottage - Wild and Wonderful on First Street) at Buckroe Beach from Sep 12 - Oct 12 and invite anyone who is in town to come by.  We have had wonderful Reunions there - fun time, good memories, with Great Friends!!

   "Sep 12 - Oct 12"?!?  Hey,   Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky -'59 of NC) and I will be in town then! 

Thank you once again, Carol, for all that you do for us.
lv, ev

   Thank you, Queen of the May!


   Thanks to all of y'all for your help with my May Day question, Sweetie-Pies!

  From Tom Keithley ('68) of VA - 05/01/06 - "Update Winchester, VA":

I thought I would write to let you know that it is time for the wonderful Apple Blossom Parade.

   That's right!!!

As stated in previous newsletter articles, it happens on the first weekend in May. Many years ago when the NNHS band marched in the parade, I had no idea that I would be working in Winchester.

   Isn't life grand with its little surprises??

It is interesting to live in the area.  Most downtown business close because there is no parking, this even includes churches but they do open for Sunday.  I can't figure out why.  Friday is a school holiday for all area schools.
The parades have switched.  The large parade we participated in on Friday is now held on Saturday.  I have attended many times and I have not seen a high school band that matched
NNHS.  There are few schools from the Hampton Roads area that participate. This is really a shame.
Thank you for all of your wonderful work. 
                                                            Tom Keithley (68) VA.

   Thanks so much, Tom!


  From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 05/01/06 - "Woo Hoo!":

Hey Carol,

I thought you would like this link.


  The happy-goofy commercial jingle!  I love it! Thanks, Eleanor!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#42 in a Series):

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



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/02/06:

 And here are a few more I found.....: 

     Love the swing!

   Thanks, Dave! 


   A new series of cartoons, courtesy of     Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA, will be
beginning soon.  Watch for it.  (Thanks, Dicky!)

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

                          Love to all, Carol






Words by Eddie Van Halen, 1984
(b. 26 Jan 1955)

(Van Halen)

I get up, and nothin' gets me down
You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You got to roll with the punches and get to what's real

Ah, can't ya see me standin' here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen
Ah, can't ya see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump. Jump!
Might as well jump
Go ahead an' jump. Jump!
Go ahead and jump

Ow-oh! Hey, you! Who said that? Baby, how you been?
You say you don't know, you won't know until you begin

So can't ya see me standing here
I got my back against the record machine
I ain't the worst that you've seen
Ah, can't ya see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump. Jump!
Go ahead and jump
Might as well jump. Jump!
Go ahead and jump

(Guitar Solo)

Might as well jump. Jump!
Go ahead and jump
Get it in, jump. Jump!
Go ahead and jump
Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump!

"Jump" midi courtesy of - 05/02/06

"Jump" lyrics courtesy of - 05/02/06

Animated Jump Shot Image courtesy of - 05/02/06

Animated Blue Arrows Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/02/06

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

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

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