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06/11/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Richard Strauss' 142nd Birthday

"The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all,
but it is the most difficult to play."

- Richard Strauss
(11 June 1864 - 8 Sep 1949)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,      

   I don't usually publish a Sunday edition without a good reason, but how could I allow Strauss' birthday to go unobserved???  

From Our Wizard of Wonderment,     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA  - 06/04/06 and 06/11/06:

.. Well, he has several MIDIs out there, but none is especially recognizable .... save one, and you know what that one is. Only problem is that it is short and will repeat several times while subscribers are reading the newsletter. One pass thru Zarathustra is usually enough; several passes are mind numbing.

I suppose you could advise readers to listen once or twice, then adjust their speaker volume to "0".

That being said, here is his most widely recognized piece ... thanks to Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke

Here is a very comprehensive page about him:

   David, you are my hero!   I simply made it so it wouldn't repeat.

   And I was delighted to see that once again we had selected the same background link.  Thank you so much, Captain!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/09/06:

Dear "Lady Ostrich":
You dodged the most important issue regarding Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton, VA. To borrow one of    Johnny Mitchell's ('57 - of VA) favorite sayings, "Admit It!!!"
It was at this famous point that so many TYPHOON and Krabbas engaged in observing the "Submarine Races" and while a number of years have flown by since that time, surely the memory has not faded of those few years of growing up on the Peninsula.
So, I baited you and you dodged the question.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh.  OH!  OHHHHH!!!

   See, you said, "I am sure you will remember the Hampton Roads overlook spot at the confluence of the Indian River."

   And I started thinking about your amazing photographic memory, and my own ability to have forgotten practically everything, particularly concerning the geography of the area, which is extremely embarrassing to me.

   Then I started obsessing over reconstructing Chesapeake Avenue as a guided tour from west to east.

   Then I wasn't certain of the exact location of your images, and whether I had mapped or placed them correctly.

   So I redid the East End page once more, and added more features to it.

   And in all that, you're right - your remark flew directly over my head.

   But I do recall there was more than one spot along Chesapeake Avenue where the Submarine Races could have been, uh, observed.  When I first returned to the area in October of 2000, there was no evidence of the second.  The first, at Manteo Avenue, in the intervening years had been labeled "Scenic Overlook".  Then to my great sorrow, that nasty Hurricane Isabel completely obliterated it in 2003.

   There's been prior mention of "Skeeter Beach", but I do not know if that's the other point I'm trying to recall.  With your incredible memory, you probably know the exact intersection of the second, um, viewing area I'm trying desperately to remember, and if you're able to supply that, I would be ever so grateful.

   But "Admit it"?!?  Now, Major Madagan, you know perfectly well, I admit nothing!

   Witnesses - are there any witnesses who will come forth?!?  No, probably not!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   I will say, though, I was more than a bit miffed upon my return to find that no historical marker bearing my name had been erected on either of these sites.

   Thanks, Adonis!

   And oh, yes, I just redid the Our Old Make Out Places pages as well to make them more attractive:



  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 06/09/06:


Thank you for putting up the Harty Blog. I love looking at the next generation! Only, do you think babies are little aliens sent down here to check us out for inherent memory transfer? Like when they look you right in the eye, your back never hurts. You never get tired of watching that same movie eight times in a row? The last time you got on the floor was when you fell and couldn't get up but there you are---floored, playing cars! Those tiny arms go around your neck and you are helpless except to laugh and hold on? Point out the silver lining, the bright side, the what-if?

Then they leave.....EVERYTHING HURTS!      Aliens, I'm sure of it!  It seems to be concurrent with the lost of their last baby tooth. Then the only person they're fooling is themselves. Ah, puberty. Don't you love it?  It sets you free......

   GIGGLES!!!  Linda May, I'm reminded of another quotation by Strauss.  He once said, "Never look at the trombones. You'll only encourage them."

   Similarly, to tell a woman with nine grandchildren (plus a couple of "spares" picked up along the way, due to proximities) and with the opportunity to flaunt them on a regular basis, is to court disaster!  WILDEST GIGGLES!!!

   And this moving picture of my youngest granddaughter and me [laying, "lean-back" will enlarge for your pleasure!

Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Carol and Eme

 You can barely see it in this shot, but I'm wearing my Home Star Runner tee-shirt.  If you're fond of off-the wall humor, try this site.  It updates every Monday.  HINT: Being immature helps.

I too had no trouble reading Jennie's text. For a minute I thought being dyslexic had an UP side!!!

Oh well. Linda May ' 66

   MORE GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Linda May!

  From Pam Larmer Traugott - 06/10/06 - "I want to share my Stuart Gardens Neighborhood

Dear Carol:

I am sending this to you directly. There are so many choices for NNHS that I hope this will connect.

   Never fear, Pam.  I have nine active email addresses which are all working just fine at the moment.  Why so many, you might ask?  Good question.  They all seemed like a logical way of sorting things at the time of their creations, but most of them are now quite scrambled.  But I do check them all repeatedly throughout the day.  So you can write me here or there, or you can write me anywhere.

I personally lived on the best street in Stuart Gardens. It was 17th Street. I moved to the neighborhood when I was entering the 7th grade. I lived next door to Jimmy Edwards ('62), and next to him was    Paula Sturtevant ('62). Across from me and down one house was    Harry Barritt ('64) and right across from me was Becky Cash ('64). Moving further down was Zatha Franks ('62) and top it off with Mike Jeffers ('61) and his sis, Susie Jeffers ('63).

On any given summer night you would see us on the curb talking and wondering what a summer night would bring. We could walk to Magruder and dance on the blacktop or when one of us got our license who would drive to Willis where the really cute guys were hanging out.

I was reading from   Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) that the Stuart Gardens beach was gone? How did that happen? What a great place to look cute. I had my first kiss in the bleachers at the beach. I think I was listening to Fats Domino. I could go on and on.

   I haven't been able to figure that out myself.    Mike Miller ('65 - of NC) first told me that in October of 2000.  He explained it to me then, and others have tried since,  but I simply don't understand.  When I tried to get a look myself three years ago, we were chased off by gunshots, arriving as we did when police were addressing a domestic dispute.  My curiosity lost out to safety concerns.

   I still don't get it.

The most poignant dream I had right after my mother died in Jan 04 was wandering around in Stuart Gardens looking for a way home. I really loved the formative years spent on 17th Street. We were one of the first to sell and move to the boonies in my junior year 1961. The boonies I am talking about was a place called Tuckahoe just north of Hidenwood. No one wanted to come see me it was way too far at that time.

Carol, thank you for keeping the NNHS flame alive for all of us. You are a treasure.

Pam Larmer Traugott 1962

Thanks so much, Pam!  I love hearing these stories!

   My problem here is that I painted myself into a corner three years ago, and never amended the problem.  Stuart Gardens was, as you said, an entire neighborhood - which included two sets of apartments, the Stuart Gardens and the Stuart Homes, both of which were surrounded by single-family dwellings.

   Give me a few days to create a link called Our Old Neighborhoods, and I'll post your memories then.  I might even be able to go back and recapture some of those earlier submissions from others on the same subject.

  And you're right - what a super, magical place it was to live!  Thanks again!


  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 06/10/06 - "Answering    Jamey Douglas
Bacon's ('66 - of VA) query":


My wife's maiden name was Janie Leigh Slack, and although she was not in Mrs. Douglas' 7th grade class at Parkview (she was in Mrs. Ola Pressley's class); she does recall Jamey's mom. She says Mrs. Douglas was soft-spoken and always had a sweet smile.

  Here's a picture of Janie's sixth grade class at Parkview (circa 1947). She is in the second row, fourth from the right.

   What a treasure!!!  Thanks so much for sharing this, Bill!  That Parkview School page is finally beginning to develop!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 06/10/06 - "DEAR CAROL, Getting older, Please Read":

Dear Carol,

Here is something to ponder, Please take the time to read this. I know you are extremely busy So, I only send you the interesting articles.

Your friend, Herbie

   Herbie Darlin', I always read everything - particularly when it comes from you.  I taught myself how to read when I was three years old, and have voraciously read everything my hot little mitts could find ever since then - yes, even including cereal boxes.

   My problem is not in taking the time to read; it's in taking the time to reply!

   I'm probably no busier than anyone else.  I do think it's possible that I get interrupted more than many, and that interferes with what's left of my thought processes, and frustrates me to such a degree that I often abandon all attempts to respond individually unless I'm sure that won't happen.

   That said, this particular message gave me plenty of cause to think and reflect.  Thanks so much!

The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, she was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let her know.

Old Age, I decided, is a gift.

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body!  I sometime despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I don't agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly.  As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself.  I've become my own friend.  I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio.  I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.  I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.    

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until  4 a.m. and sleep until noon??   

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.  But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken.  How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion.  A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.  So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.   

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.  I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old.  It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day.    

Today, I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.

   Herbie, I think the good news here is that I must not be as old as I thought!  Outside of the passage I highlighted in red, all the rest of these still give me problems to one degree or another.

   Or maybe I'm still just as shallow now as I was at fifteen.

   But I prefer to think it's more as the ever glorious    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) said:

   "I may be old, but I'm still immature!"

   Thanks, Sweetie!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 06/10/06:


I really enjoyed reading the current newsletter and reading about the churches.  My wife,   Patty Andrews Mays, '61 and I both grew up going to Orcutt Avenue/Orcutt Baptist Church.  We have many wonderful memories at this church and especially of our Pastor William P. Milne who pastored from 1958 until his death on Feb. 23, 1967.  He was the father of Mary Anne, '60 and Charles, '64 and Eleanor, '66.  My wife was fourth generation in that church and our children made five.  My mother is still a member there....she will be 91 on the 24th of this month.

In 1999, we were led to join Northside Church of Christ, now Northside Christian Church.  We are so happy there.  I have not known such a marvelous spirit in a church in such a long time.  It reminds me so much of the old Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church and the fellowship we knew growing up.  When Orcutt called W. P. Milne to be the pastor in 1958, the Installation Service was held on a Sunday afternoon in May.  The community was invited.  Carl Matthews and his wife Mildred of 24th Street Church of Christ attended the service and the reception afterward to welcome the Milne family to the community.  I never forgot that and it left an indelible impression on me. Carl Matthews was a highly respected and dynamic minister.

Northside changed the name of the church to be Northside Christian Church on November 2, 2003.  The name did not matter to me; however, I understand it was because most of those who have the name  "Church of Christ" are Non Instrumental.  I did not know what that meant and when asked if we were instrumental, I said, "instrumental in what?"  This means, do we have any instruments played during a service?  Northside or 24th Street has always had instruments, the very least being piano and organ.  Today, there are brass instruments and often strings as well.  Oh, also the keyboard and drums.

   Oh, thank you for that explanation, Fred!  I had always been curious about that!

 The church was 103 years old and always had the name Church of Christ and always had instruments.  Now, there is no confusion for those who do not believe in having instruments. I do not understand this; however, I respect everyone and their choice. 

Now, about First Presbyterian.  I have always held this church in high regard.  I have quite a good memorabilia collection of this church.  It is amazing that they only had four ministers in all their years of service.  They were Dr. Wellford, Dr. Buckles, Dr. Kennedy and then the last one.  I hated so much to see it expire.  It had a rich history and, in my opinion, could have continued on......  I best not say more.  There are so many saintly people who walked through those doors.  I went to the final sad....I purchased some treasures they allowed me to have for my collection. 

   Thanks, Fred!    I posted your comments on those pages:

Carol, you are a dear. Everyone loves you and all you do.  Thanks for everything.
Take care, Fred Mays, '60 

   What a sweet thing to say!  I really appreciate that, Fred!  Thanks so much!


From Alex Nicol (Feb., 1949) of VA - 06/10/06:

On 4-15-06   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA was looking for Lee Avis.

I have not seen Lee since1969. I think he was in the Va. Beach area. I lived behind Phil Avis, Tom Avis (deceased) and Lee Avis when I was a teenager. Lee and Phil were Tom were brothers. All the Avis brothers graduated from N.N.H.S. All went to college and did very, very well (2 lawyers and a scientist).

Yours truly,
Alex Nicol (N.N.H.S Feb'49 )

P.S. I just knew Lee to talk with, because he was at the time a few years younger than I. Phil was about my age, and Tom was older. A finer family one could not meet.

I also think Joe Tolly was a 1956 N.N.H.S. graduate. .Joe has worked with me years ago.

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Alex!  It's good to hear from you again!


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 06/10/06:

Hi Carol - saw where    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) is related to a Linkous family.  Would it perhaps be the Linkous family who lived near the Apple Avenue area many years ago?  In fact, Jack Linkous who own Jack's Restaurant in Buckroe is from the Linkous family that I knew. 

Thanks, ev 

   Yes, ma'am, David's mama is a Linkous - well, here, let's hear it from the good Captain himself:


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/10/06:

  Carol &    Evelyn.

I can state without fear of contradiction that I am related to each and every Linkous/Linkes/Linkus/Lincus/, wherever you may find them ... except for those who acquired the name by marriage.

The surname (LINKOUS) was created by a lawyer ca. 1822 when he wrote my great great great grandfather's will. You see, GGGGF was a German soldier who was captured at Saratoga NY while fighting for the British under General Burgoyne in the Revolution. He was NOT a Hessian; he WAS a Braunschweiger (or Brunswicker) born in Weissenborn-Luderode, Germany. His name was Heinrich Linckost, so you can understand what the lawyer heard phonetically and what he wrote down. And THAT is why I know that I am related to every Linkous in the world ... all 6,000+ of them at last count.

That being said, Jack Linkous' father was John H. Means Linkous, who was my grandfather's (James Preston Linkous) brother. So, Jack is my mother's first cousin.

As for Apple Avenue .... well, there were a number of Linkous branches on the Peninsula, and they tended to move around a bit. So, it could have been any number of them. I could find out with some Hill's Directory research.

David A. Spriggs
son of Mildred Mae Linkous
daughter of James Preston Linkous
son of John Mitchell Hevy Linkous
son of Jacob Linkous
son of Henry Linkous (Heinrich Linckost) (b. 1744 Germany, d. 1822 Montgomery County VA)
son of Joachim Linckhorst

Thank you, David.  As you know, I'm always fascinated by genealogy anecdotes, and even more so when they serve to tie us all together into our One Big Family.

  From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA - 06/10/06:

Dear Carol, 
Thrilled to hear that your sons are interested in taking part in experiencing "living history" of one of our most defining periods of our country.  I usually take a picnic to re-enactments and make a day of visiting their camps (on both sides!) in between "battles".
"I take pen in hand to drop you a few lines. . ."  started many a letter from lonely young soldiers in the battlefield to their family and friends at home.   Hopefully, your sons will be interested in journaling their experiences as re-enactors as they step back in "time and place" to share this period with others.
The American Civil War re-enactors bring history to life, so that both they, the re-enactors, and us can attempt to experience moments from that time period.  Your sons will be able to share such interesting details about our ancestors' uniforms, arms, and equipment with others who, like myself, visit their camps during re-enactments. 
May I suggest they, once again, read Michael Sharra's historical novel "The Killer Angels" because his writing put "flesh to bone" in such great detail in that book.  It's one of my favorite historical novels of that period in history.
Tomorrow after church, I'm off to the Mariners' Museum to visit the Monitor!
Again, thank you for creating this wonderful lifeline.
Kelly Loose Bustamante NNHS'58

   Thank you, Kelly!  I'll send this off to my "little" darlings!



   Ummmm - they're still backlogged.    I wasn't expecting a weekend edition to be this newsy!  


   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 Classes
of February and June 1946
are having their 60-Year Reunion
Saturday, June 10, 2006
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
at the Williamsburg Country Club,
Williamsburg, VA.

The cost will be $30 per person.

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:



   Very little of the content of this Newsletter has been cross-posted, and there are at least eight more senior portraits to be scanned for it to make sense.  It will be a number of hours before I'm able to accomplish that, so I'm issuing it now, and will amend it much later in the day or days to come.

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


                          Love to all, Carol







Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 (Sunrise)


- Richard Strauss


Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra, Opus 30 (Sunrise)" midi (sequenced by Kevin T. Perez)
courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/11/06
Thanks, Dave!

First Image of Richard Strauss courtesy of - 06/10/06

Second Image of Richard Strauss courtesy of - 06/10/06

Blue to White Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/20/05

 Blue Diamond Blade Divider Line clip art courtesy of  - 03/20/05

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

 Carol and Eme "Lean Back" gif of 08/09/05 created by Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 08/19/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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

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