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05/08/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Love Makes the World Go 'Round

"Passion makes the world go round.
Love just makes it a safer place."

- Ice T
(b. 16 Feb 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is brought to you by my Magic Shower, which has been annoying me with this song all this week.  It's not even one of my favorites!  SHEESH!!!

   I came across this related article which I thought may be of interest to someone:



1.   Norman Covert - 05/06/06 - "Add me again":

Please put me on your mailing list.
Norman M. Covert
(Class of 1961)
Thanks for your effort for we "Old Folks."
Norm Covert
   Norman, I'm delighted to add you, to the (usually) hidden mailing lists, to the Alumni List and to the Contact Page for 1961 (though I didn't - and won't - publish your email address without your permission):

   Send me your birthday, and I'll add you there as well:

   But one thing puzzles me.  You said, "add me again".  Were you with us previously and somehow disappeared?  One would think I'd remember such a thing, but I imagine so many things - and forget even more.  And all this seems like such a dream to me, the line between reality and imaginary blurred long ago.

   Either way, welcome aboard!

   Oh, but there are surely no "Old Folks" here!  When we're together, we're all still just kids!



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Patti Andrews Mays ('61) of VA!  Have a wonderful day, Patti!



1. Mrs. Helen Shelton's birthday is Wednesday, May 10. Her address is 866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25, Newport News, VA 23608-4476.  For many of us, that means it should have been mailed by today!  By the way, it isn't requisite that Mrs. Shelton was actually your teacher for you to take advantage of this opportunity.  You might simply want to thank a member of our awesome faculty for her years of devotion to her students.  If perchance you forgot to mail it, that's okay.  Send a belated card; they're fun to receive too.  Do you know the best thing about belated cards?  By their very name and nature, they're never late!

2. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, 2006.  Do yourself a big favor.  DON'T FORGET!  Do something nice for the women in your life.  Remember the words of Proverbs 21: 9 - "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house."

3.  Lucy Queensberry ('60) - May I tell you now, if you have not considered it before, just how precious any tidbit, any scrap of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, would be to the family of this now deceased woman.  If you have any memory of her, please send it to me so that I may forward it to them.  Thank you so much.


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 05/05/03:

Hello Carol,
The wife writing on her husband's boat
   made me have a good chuckle! It reminded me of a "disagreement" my husband and I had when we were young. He was out doin'-who-knows-what with the "guys" when he called me to say he wasn't coming home. Of course, being the liberal minded person, as only one awaken at two in the morning to hear something so unnecessary to a good night's sleep can be, I gave him a choice. Come home now or risk having a hole put in his precious boat, which was conveniently parted in the front yard!

I delivered the promise and went back to bed only to be awakened at three in the morning by a loud crash and a car horn. Would I ever get any sleep?!!!

I arrived outside with the rest of the neighborhood to see my husband's car had missed the driveway, hit the tree in the yard and he was pleading with God to please fix his boat, he'd take it all back. Well, I let him carry on for ten minutes or so and then went to the boat's hull, which glowed beautifully in that full moon, and torn off the black construction paper "hole" I had put there and gave it to him! I guess it was two weeks before he could go out without sunglasses on or someone asking if he had any life perseveres or  saying they had some tape he could use to "patch" his boat. Next time he went out - he came home quietly, no calls. Ha Ha

   Thanks, Linda, that's hysterical!  You are sooo baaaad!!!! 


  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 05/05/06 - "Southern Women - This Is Cute!":

Southern Women, Sugah!
Southern women appreciate their natural assets:
Clean skin
A winning smile
That unforgettable Southern drawl
Southern women know their manners:
"Yes, ma'am."
"Yes, sir."
"Why, no, Billy!"
Southern women have a distinct way with fond expressions:
"Y'all come back!"
"Well, bless your heart."
"Drop by when you can."
"How's your Momma?"
Southern women know their summer weather report:

Southern women know their vacation spots:
The beach
The beach
The beach
Southern women know the joys of June, July, and August:
Summer tans
Colorful hi-heel sandals
Strapless sun dresses
Southern women know everybody's first name:
Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Driving Miss Daisy
Steel Magnolias
Gone With the Wind
Southern women know their religions:
Southern women know their country breakfasts:
Red-eye gravy
Country ham
Mouth-watering homemade biscuits with homemade jelly
Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Charleston (Chawl'stn)
Savannah (S'vanah)
New Orleans (N'awlins)
Atlanta (Addlanna)
Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform.
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler, of course!
Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon
Southern girls know the four deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food
Wearing too much makeup in the summer
Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah!
Now.......Shugah, send this to some girls who were raised in the South or wish they had been!
If you're a Northern transplant, Bless your heart, fake it.  We know you got here as fast as you could

What a charming reminder of the Great Truths of the World!  Thanks, Janice!

  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 05/05/06:

Hi Carol, you little treasure you.
Here is an image of a typical 1937 street scene in Newport News, at 25th and Jefferson. Notice the Billy Williams the Cleaner ad on the trash cans (remember trash cans?).

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Well, I do NOW!!!  I just can't remember the last time I was so thrilled to see a picture of a trash can, of all things!  It's amazing to me, the strangeness of our memories!

Another side of the trash can has a poster for the 1937 movie, 'Dead End', featuring the Dead End Kids, among others. This photo was taken by John Vachon (1914-1975) in November of 1937.

I remember those old trash cans that used to sit on the corners of streets in downtown NN, and most of them seemed to have the ad, 'Dawn Brings Happy Days', for the Dawn Laundry. Oh well, that is what happens when you get to be a septuagenarian. You remember stuff that few people remember and fewer yet even give a darn about.

   Oh, but I care - and I'm so delighted and thankful that you remember!

Keep up the good work. You are the Energizer Bunny of NNHS.
Bill Campbell

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks so much, Bill!


  From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 05/05/06:

Hello Carol, Fri. May 5, 06

Greetings from Orange Co., CA - 75 miles north of the border - where it is Cinco de Mayo everyday.


I remember two of the "usherettes"
 in the Rec. Pool photo submitted by John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA  (5-5-06).

Cristina Agramonte was one of a set of (very) identical twins. I knew their older brother, Donald (Feb. 46). Poor guy was known mainly as "The Agramonte twins' brother." The family lived on Blair Avenue between Poplar and Maple. The Agramonte father was a government inspector at the Shipyard. He must have been transferred around a lot because Donald attended Granby and Hampton before graduating at NNHS.

I think the family moved away soon after 1946. I haven't found the twins in any of my Anchors (through 1949).

Kathleen Smith (June 47) was a stunning blonde back when not many high school girls were blondes. She lived in the 100 block of Sycamore Avenue, diagonally across the street from where    Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) would live later.  She was one of the attractions aboard "The Special" - a bus that loaded in front of NNHS and departed quickly for the East End and Boulevard. Kathleen liked to open the window and let the wind blow out her long blonde tresses. The other girls on board grumbled a bit, especially on a cold day. But for some reason we boys didn't mind.

In 2000 I was at the Newport News Records Dept. looking up historical data on my grandparents' house on 30th Street (next door to where  
 Joe Madagan - '57 - of  FL - grew up). It was a slow day in the office and one of the clerks had plenty of time to help me. She grew curious about my youthful time in NN and asked me if I knew her mother, Kathleen Smith. She said that Kathleen had married a soldier, settled in the Northwest, got divorced, came back to NN and died young. She was pleased to hear that I remembered so much about her mother.

About May Day: The recent photo of May Day at Wilson School was surely taken during World War II because the ceremony was performed in the school yard. My younger brother Graham might have been in that class.

Prior to the war May Day events were always set in Saunders Stadium with all the schools participating at the same time. Busses would pick us up at our schools and take us to the stadium. My last participation was inMay 1941 when I was in seventh grade at Walter Reed.

The girls absolutely loved May Day and would show up in very fancy and frilly dresses. We boys hated it. We had to wear white trousers, a black belt, and a white shirt with tie. These were clothes that most of us would not be wearing anywhere else. But most humiliating of all was being partnered up with one of the girls. We were first allowed a chance to get paired up with someone on our own. But for the most part the teachers would grow impatient and simply match up partners according to height. One unfortunate result would then be that most of us guys would later be accused of having picked the object of a secret crush.

On my very first May Day I was assigned to Marion Eubank. She was a very quiet girl and we got through it all just fine. And no gossip followed. In subsequent years we always arranged to be partners. My view was that, except for her damp hands, she was no problem and therefore a good choice. I never knew what she thought.

Vaya con Dios! Fred (June 45)
Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   You crack me up, Fred!  And your total recall of Practically Everything never ceases to astonish and amaze me!  Thanks so much for sharing all that with us!


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


YES!!! WE have a winner!!! Ella Fitzgerald is still known among jazz musicians and other people as the First Lady of Song. GREAT!!!


   And the winner, of course, was    Ron Miller ('59) of NC in the 05/03/06 Newsletter Thanks, Jimmy - and congratulations, Ronnie!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/06/06 - " Pics from Joe and Taylor":

My oldest, Taylor McAvoy and her husband Joe with sons Jackson and Samuel (Sam's the curly headed baby).  They were at Newport News Mayor    Joe Frank's ('60) victory party after the elections last week.
     OOOOH, thank you for the beautiful pictures, David!  I remember now that you told me that Taylor was going to have a baby, but you didn't tell me that she did!  What a doll baby he is!

Oh yeah, well, Sam was born "Samuel David McAvoy" about 6 weeks ago and
weighed 9 lbs and something. I know, I know, I should know that stuff, but I'm lucky to remember where my house is every afternoon.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006
8:03 PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
8:08 PM
Samuel David McAvoy Joe, Jackson, Taylor, and Samuel McAvoy    

   David, you are such a hoot!  Have fun with your beautiful family!  Thanks again, Gorgeous!

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/06/06:

Hi, Carol:
Since we have not identified the bold beauty in the recent "Redneck Image"  yet, maybe a guess might do. Could she be the same person that appeared in the movie "Cool Hand Luke" (1967)? The young girl in the scene washing an automobile while the members of the chain gang were watching as they worked clearing brush along the roadside? She seems to be still wearing the same pair of cut-offs in her golden years.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Joe, they could hear me laughing in the other end of the house when I first read your note!  You know, you could just be right!   Thanks so much, Adonis!


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 05/08/06:

 Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL), I think   Dave’s (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) picture  is of some old Biker Babe that didn’t know when to give it up. Probably taken at one of the side shows at Daytona Bike Week or Myrtle Beach Bike Week.

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  I think you have something there, Gorgeous!

Speaking of Babes,    those 1940’s bathing beauties sent in by John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA were really pretty girls, even by today’s standards, but guys, let’s just hope that style of bathing suit never comes back……arrrgh!

   Amen to that!  Thanks, Chandler Darlin'!

Chandler Nelms


  From Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 05/06/06:

Dear Carol,

I found two of my cousins in this last newsletter. One has passed on, so it meant a lot to me to be able to print a picture of them that I haven't seen. (In the one of)  the lovely ladies featured at the opening of the pool, the tall one on the left was my cousin, Kathleen Smith ('47). Also, the homeroom pic of 1956 included a B. Smith. My cousin's name is Bert Smith. What a surprise. I never know what I am going to find in these letters.

   What pleasant surprises those must have been for you!  I'm so glad!

To change the subject, all of you Typhoons out there keep us Brevard Floridians in your prayers as these fires are still not under control. We have been inhaling smoke now for three weeks.

   YOWZERONI!!!  That we will, Judy!  Thanks for the reminder! 

Carol, keep up the good work and thanks for being you.  

Judy Lindstrom

   Thank you, Judy!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/07/06 - "NNHS Class of 1958 Update: May 8, 2006":

Dear classmates,
My computer file of the NNHS Class of 1958 address list has been corrupted.  Please send me your address information, including email and home address with phone numbers.  Also let me know if you prefer your phone number and/or email not be shared.
I would also appreciate if you can send address/email information for other classmates you are aware of so that I can include those who I might not have correct contact information.
Once I have rebuilt the database, I will email the address list with shared information as appropriate.......
The NNHS Class of 1957 will hold its annual picnic at Newport News Park on Saturday, June 3, 2006.  I know many of you shared close friendships with that much older generation (there were even several inter-marriages!).  If you would like to renew old friendships, send a check in the amount of $10 for each attendee made out to "NNHS Class of 1957" to:
W. D. Dangler, 318 - 57th Street, Newport News, VA  23607
I have attended the last couple of their picnics and can assure you of a wonderful time.
The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19 on June 3, 2006, from 11:00 till dark.  The menu includes homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixins as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.
Ya'll take care of yourselves, ya heah !!
Joseph W. Drewry
3506 Spottswood Place
Hampton, VA  23661

Contact info:


   My deepest sympathies on your corrupted files, Joe.....

   But I'm delighted to post the Annual Picnic information for the Class of 1957 on the front page:

   I'll be making them their own Reunion Page quite soon.  Thanks, Joe!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#3 in a series):


Just signs of the times

Richard Dawes
  Uh-oh!  Oh, dear....

 Thanks, Dicky! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#45 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.....: 

     (I'd comment on this one, but I'm laughing too hard....)

   Thanks, Dave! 


   When we come back again - hopefully tomorrow - we'll have more things for you from    Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX,    Susie Overton Jones ('63) of AL - NOT FL!!! - and more - maybe even YOU!!!

   Meanwhile, y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!


                          Love to all, Carol





Love Makes the World Go 'Round

Words and Music by Bob Merrill for Carnival!, 1961

Love makes the world go 'round.
Love makes the world go 'round.
Somebody soon will love you,
If no one loves you now.

High in some silent sky
Love sings a silver song
Making the earth whirl softly
Love makes the world go 'round.

"Love Makes the World Go 'Round" midi courtesy of - 05/01/06

"Love Makes the World Go 'Round" lyrics courtesy of - 05/01/06

First "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" Image courtesy of - 05/01/06

Second "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" Image courtesy of - 05/01/06

 Hearts and Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/02/06

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!

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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