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05/23/06 - NNHS Newsletter


"Humanity is like a giant spiderweb. If you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling. As we move around this world
and as we act with kindness, perhaps, or with indifference, or with hostility, toward the people we meet, we too are setting
the great spider web a-tremble. The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another,
until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked.
No man is an island."

- Frederick Buechner - Our Lives Are Linked
(b. 11 July 1926)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  Okay, I'll admit it. 

   I am a huge Gwen Stefani and No Doubt fan.  There, I've said it.

   I've featured their songs before:
     This is one of my all-time favorite CD's.  It is unparalleled for background music while cleaning house to keep you pumped and motivated.

     Adrienne and I played it the other day - Friday, I suppose - when we were actually doing such a radical thing.  I decided I really wanted to use Bathwater on an upcoming Newsletter.  I mean, think of the possibilities!  Alas, while the lyrics were readily available, I was unable to find a midi for it.

   BUT - I did find this kicking version of Spiderwebs, and I really couldn't resist!

The Singles 1992-2003
by No Doubt

Format:  Compact Disc Released:  11/25/2003
Label:  Interscope Records

  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 05/15/06 and 05/16/06 - "Produce trucks that ran
through neighborhoods":


Here is a picture of the produce truck, S&M Produce that my daddy, Dick McCain (M) and his business partner and friend, Ken Strayer (S) ran back in the late 40's......they ran their truck through Stuart Gardens and the other neighborhoods and apartment complexes that were in the area at that time.

Later, they opened a little store on Wickham Avenue.....can't remember what it was called, but they were put out of business when the bigger grocery stores opened in the Stuart Gardens Shopping Center. Their little store also caught on fire and I don't think they had adequate insurance.  I remember going to the store after hours and riding my tricycle up and down the aisles.  They delivered groceries and ran Mother used to complain that Daddy didn't "collect" on his outstanding bills from their clients.  She kept the books showing all the delinquent accounts until after he died....some of the "high and mighty" (as she used to call them) owed Daddy a lot of money that was never collected.

Thought you might be interested in this little bit of history of NN......

Take care.....Janice McCain Rose


I am re-sending the picture of my dad's produce truck that ran through Stuart two more pictures I dad is the gentleman on the right...notice their cute little "coats" that they wore.  I hope you got all the info I sent yesterday...if not, write me back.

  Ken Strayer and Dick McCain    
   WOWZERS!!!  This is sooo cool, Janice!  I'm sorry it took so long for me to create this page (keep reading...), but I do have it posted now:

 - brand new page

   Thanks so much!  This is a significant contribution to the archive we are building!


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 05/22/06:

Not pushing you to complete my listing; take your time.  I am wondering since you had computer trouble if you need me to resend the images.  I have them and also the thumbnails and can send them in a flash if you need them.
Once that is done I may send you a listing for my grandfather and a couple of really neat military photos of him when he was on General Pershing's staff as a young lieutenant at the end of WW1 IF you want something like that.

Al Simms

   EEEEK!!!  Honey, if you don't push me, I'll never get anything done!  Oh, not because I'm being ornery; y'all know what a Sweetie-Pie I am.

   No, what happens is generally a combination of events.  Sometimes the systems aren't working.  Sometimes the project is extremely time-consuming and I have none.  Sometimes (Heaven help us all!) I have to think.  Sometimes a complete page redesign is needed, and I haven't caught the vision of how I'd like it to be - as in the case of the cool vintage postcard that the lovely    Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62 - of TX) sent me recently.  And then what generally happens next is that I forget all about it.

   This sort of thing has occurred on a regular basis to a number of our subscribers, but most especially and most often to    Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75 - of VA),    Fred Field ('45 - of CA),    Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) ,    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72 - of NC)   Tim Parsons ('73 - of VA), and    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73 - of VA).  I'm always astonished when any of these gentlemen send me something new after such abominable treatment.  I don't mean to be rude, really I don't.  And as difficult as it may be to believe, I'm not just being stubborn or bratty (Well, not usually! ). Sometimes I'm saving something for some special moment or date, as I am now with an image Joe sent me (wait 'til Memorial Day), or an essay Fred sent me (wait 'til D-Day), or a plethora of images that    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) sent me (wait 'til - ummm - well, I can't tell you that part yet!). Sometimes I just can't think.

   Most of what I do I can do on auto-pilot, but unfortunately that doesn't always work.  And then we have what we have happening now. 

   Okay, let's see what happened here:

            From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 03/22/06:

........If you enjoyed this small display, check out my Nam website at
I continue to enjoy immensely your newsletters and NNHS website.  You have really put a lot of your time into it and I think that we are all very appreciative of that. 
Al Simms,
NNHS Class of 1960

   March 22nd?!?  YIKES!!!

   Oh. OH!  I see what it is.  Oh, this is embarrassing, just really embarrassing. 

   The problem is, Al, that as a webmaster yourself, you are just too good.

   I suppose I should explain that - or at least try.

   Perhaps y'all have noticed that I seem to be, shall we say, a bit compulsive-obsessive about certain details.  I like things arranged just so.  I like things to be as completely uniform as possible.  I am especially fanatical when it comes to exact dates and chronological order.

   Now you have these images arranged in a much more interesting way - a way which tells a story, a way which appeals to the "THEN" and "NOW" elements we use elsewhere on the site, most notably on the "Our Old Stomping Grounds" pages.

   But the images on the Famous Military pages are not so arranged; they are strictly chronological.

   Can you feel my brain short-circuiting at this dilemma?  No??  Good!  Then you've nothing to worry about.  On the other hand, if you understand completely what I'm saying, then you probably have the same crippling obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and that's very sad.

   Okay, if I just don't look, I should be able to coerce myself into doing this without breaking out in hives.

1966 Basic Training and 2000 same uniform that I wore when discharged - Only two buttons of the coat are fastened and I cannot breath in 2000.  And the pants - forget it - no way! Me on an AN/MPQ-10A Countermortar tracking radar in 67 at Ft Sill, OK I spent Christmas Day 1967 in this 50 foot tall guard tower at Chu Lai, Vietnam. A job that never ended regardless of your rank in Nam.  50 pounds of sand sure seems heavier now than it did back in 68.  

   Oh, you said to use just the images I want??  

   I always want it all, Al.  I always want it all.

Me and my Q4 Radar on LZ Clifford, west of Chu Lai.  Very primitive place. Teaching Radar Repair at Ft Sill, OK (I am on the left) 2001 Radar Section Reunion.  First and Fantastic meeting after 33 years!    

   AHHHH!  Yea!  I did it!  Now I'll just add them where they belong:

   OOOH - That was quite exhilarating, really!  I feel better already!  Okay, now everyone knows of a surety what they've long suspected is true.  I'm quite insane.

   By the way, Al, these images are fabulous!  I'm sorry that I'm a lunatic, and it's taken me more than two months to move on this.  I appreciate your sending them to me.  More than that, I appreciate your service to our country.

   And I absolutely, positively would be thrilled and honored to add your grandfather as well!

   Thanks for your incredible patience, Sweetie!


  From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 05/22/06 - "Pure Nostalgia":

Here is something out of my past.  Maybe your generation also?    


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Nehi is an American, flavored soft drink. It was introduced in 1924 by the Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works. The "Nehi Corporation" name was adopted in 1928
after the Nehi fruit-flavored sodas became popular. In 1955, the company changed its name to Royal Crown Company, after its RC Cola brand. It was founded by Claude Hatcher, a Georgia grocer, who began bottling ginger ale and root beer in 1905. Today, Nehi is a brand of
Dr Pepper/7up


  • Dr Nehi
  • Nehi Chocolate
  • Nehi Root Beer
  • Nehi Berks County Root Beer
  • Nehi Lemonade
  • Nehi Wild Red
  • Nehi Grape
  • Nehi Orange
  • Nehi Peach
  • Nehi Strawberry
  • Nehi Blue Cream
  • Nehi Ginger Ale
  • Nehi Fruit Punch
  • Nehi Pink Lemonade
  • Blueberry Nehi

Nehi in Pop Culture

In the television series M*A*S*H, Nehi Grape was the favorite flavor of Radar O'Reilly.


   Absolutely!  Thanks so much, Fred!

  From Johnnie Bateman ('68) of VA - 05/22/06:


..... Also, thanks for the candle, & etc.

Love Y'all

   GIGGLES!!!  You're welcome, Johnnie!  Thanks for keeping me posted!

  From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA - 05/22/06:

Hi Carol!
Enjoy reading your newsletters immensely.  Thank you for all the hard work. 

Just wanted to note that you mention    Judy Leggette Elliott ('56 - of VA) from time-to-time and I always remember how beautiful she was in school - inside and out.   I have not seen her since she graduated, but I feel she must still be one of the prettiest and kindest people around.  She was so nice to me -- even when I was only an insignificant "mouse" -- and her kindness made me feel welcomed at NNHS.  She probably doesn't remember me, but I do remember her because she was so gracious and kind to others.

Her mother could sew the most wonderful clothes.  It was a special treat for me 
whenever Judy's mother would help me select a dress pattern and then sew a dress for me.  (I tried to sew, but failed miserably!)  It great to know that good people like Judy can remain intact over the years.
   I can certainly identify with your feelings here, Kelly.  I met Judy at Mr. Mac's Memorial Service last July.  I was so overwhelmed, I might as well have been meeting a movie star!  When she was elected Queen of the Senior Class of 1956, I was nine years old.  I pretty much thought she was a queen - and certainly never expected to one day have the honor of meeting her!

   Yet ironically, she said she was honored to meet me!  That still boggles my mind....

   But she is still every bit as beautiful and elegant and gracious as the queen she really is.

1956 Anchor, p. 134
Thank you for the lifeline that you have created to our past,
Kelly Loose Bustamante, NNHS '58

   Thank you, Kelly!  What a joy and privilege this is!

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/22/06 - "Greatest Baseball Play":

Came to me from my cousin. Worth linking in the next newsletter.



Greatest Play in Major League Baseball

 It was thirty years ago.

 Turn up the volume.............


   Okay, y'all, stop everything.  Copy this link.  Close down the Newsletter and open this instead.  If you're still the same person after you watch this video, I want to know about it.

   No, I don't.

   Thank you so much, Captain. 

   I'll let you know when my goose pimples subside; I hope they never do.

   I couldn't bear the thought of this link's disappearing on us, so I added it to this page where it may be viewed from time to time:


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/22/06 - "The spinach hiders":

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHA! At least 3 who will admit to carefully storing their assigned spinach in the milk carton for its trip to where all uneaten and carefully hidden spinach goes...can you just picture that now? I'm in stitches!!! It must have been a conspiracy to allow spinach to live! Or maybe it was something in the water, which is usually the culprit of choice. It couldn't have been because it tasted...well...ummm...questionable, at best! At that time it was a taste one must acquire, I guess, but who would have...acquired it on purpose? I wonder how many have the courage to give it up and admit committing this unusually selfless act of humanity? Could this have been a covert operation of Opus Dei? Only time will your children and the neighbors know? I'd hope not...


   Thanks, Sweetie!  You ARE a hoot!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/23/06 - "Warwick High Farmer admires your website":

Hi, Carol:
Earlier this week, I invited Bill Lee, 1954 Warwick High School graduate and Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School Graduate to visit your website. He is a naval historian and I met him in my work as Editor of "The Seahorse."
Here is his response after viewing your website:
"While I didn't attend NNHS, the web sites you led me to provided a couple of hours of happy 'North End' and 'Downtown NN' memories. Thanks. I'm still absorbing all that is there. I even found you on the 'famous marines' page (and learned that you were born in Charlotte)! I assume your father, like so many others, went to NNS to work in the war years."
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Well, isn't that nice?!?  Thank you, Adonis!    Please invite Bill to join us on an "official" basis:



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:


The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its annual picnic

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19  from 11:00 AM till dark.  
The menu includes
homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixin's as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.

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


The Super Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009

The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJs Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA (who herself is about to have another birthday) - 05/22/06 -
"Happy Day" (#2 in a series of  9):

Hope every day is happy for you :)

Have a Blessed Day

I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here

than a whole truck load when I'm gone.  THESE ARE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Awww, beautiful AND cute!  A good combination!

Thanks, Stacy!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/12/06 - "Funnies" (#6 in a series of 9):


  I'm sorry.  I'm just laughing too hard to comment!


  Thank you, Gorgeous!


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

                          Love to all, Carol






(No Doubt)

You think that we connect
That the chemistry's correct
Your words walk right through my ears
Presuming I like what I hear
And now I'm stuck in the
The web you're spinning
You've got me for your prey

(Yeah) Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back
A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message
And I'll call you back

You're intruding on what's mine
And you're taking up my time
Don't have the courage inside me
To tell you please let me be

Communication, a telephonic invasion
I'm planning my escape...

(Yeah) Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back
A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message
And I'll call you back

And it's all your fault
I screen my phone calls
No matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls

Now it's gone to deep (Now, it's gone too deep)
You wake me in my sleep (Wake me in my sleep)
My dreams become nightmares (Dreams become nightmares)
'Cause you're ringing in my ears

(Yeah) Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back
A likely story, but (Yeah) leave a message
And I'll call you back

And it's all your fault
I screen my phone calls
No matter-matter-matter-matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls

Oooh, the spiderwebs
Leave a message and I'll call you back
I'm walking into spiderwebs
So, leave a message and I'll call you back
I'm walking into spiderwebs
It's all your fault, no matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls
It's all your fault, it's all your fault
No matter who calls, no matter who calls

I'm walking into spiderwebs so,
Leave a message and I'll call you back
I'm walking into spiderwebs so,
Leave a message and I'll call you back

"Spiderwebs" midi courtesy of - 05/20/06

"Spiderwebs" lyrics courtesy of - 05/20/06

Spider Web Image courtesy of - 05/20/06

Animated Black Spider clip art courtesy of - 05/20/06

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 04/15/04

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

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