08/25/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Wednesday Morning

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Unbelievable as it seems, I still have not finished processing all the things that Joe Madagan ('57) of FL sent me
over the weekend, and now Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA has sent me a like number of wondrous goodies as well. 
Strangely, I am making headway all the same, but my work still remains cut out for me.

   But first, a little history lesson for all you who've joined us lately and who have never heard this story.

   I never in my wildest imaginings set out to make either a web page or a Newsletter.

   In the summer of 2000, I was living in IL.  We still had the five youngest of our seven children with us then.  One day
I was homesick for Virginia, and searching the internet for information about Newport News.  I stumbled across
Brenda Amos Williams' web page for the Class of 1962:


   I was delighted, and started yelling, "Hey, they have a WEB PAGE!"

   My fifth son, Nathaniel (who was 20 at the time, and a computer whiz), said, "Why don't you make a web page
for your class?"

   At this time, I could just barely handle email, so I shot him a funny look, and kept reading.  Then I discovered
Fred Eubank's web page for the Class of '64:


   (You can always find these pages here: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/classes.html )

   I yelled even louder, "Hey, '64 has a web page too!  Why don't WE have a web page?!?

   Nathaniel calmly said,  "Aw quit your whining, Mom, and start your own page.  Here, I'll get you started."

   This was so ludicrous on so many levels it wasn't even a possibility, but I thought I'd better humor the poor thing
as he was obviously delusional.  So he started setting it up at my direction, we found a core group of maybe twenty
members of the Class of 1965, and from there it just grew and grew.

   When I was miraculously able to fly out for my Reunion in 2000, I received so many compliments on the page
I felt guilty, and came home and begged Nathaniel and his younger brother, Dale, to teach me how to do build and
operate a web page.  So they did.  And it grew and it grew and it grew.

   Nathaniel jokingly (I hope!) says it was the worst mistake he ever made in his life, because he created a monster.

   I am forever grateful to him for the unspeakable joy he brought into my life.  So that's how the page began - we owe
it all to Nathaniel and Dale.

  So much for the history lesson; now for the favor.

   Nathaniel is finishing his degree in computer sumpin' or other at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.  He met
a guy there named Jamie Morgan, and on 08/14/04, they hosted a trial radio show - which I personally thought was great. 
Well, let him tell you:

From my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty, of IL - 08/23/04:

   Please go to this website and vote for me to win the "Talk Show Survivor" contest. On this site you can
listen to a clip from the show as well as the competition (On second thought, don't listen to the competition,
and just vote for us, hehe). The winner of this contest will have their own show for one month and could
ultimately get their own radio talk show spot and get PAID.

Just go to the web address below, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and vote for the "Jamie Mo Show."


Jamie and Nathaniel

   Nathaniel is the guy with the deep baritone voice who keeps saying, "Right" - HA-HA-HA!

   Thanks, y'all!


   I do believe there have been five new pages created in the last two days:


1. http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Northside-Church-Christ.html


   Go see Dave’s beautiful new image of a horrible mutilated scene:


    I cannot get over how the existing page colors so perfectly match the new picture!

   Thanks so much, Dave – even though it’s hard to swallow!

2. http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/oysters.html

3. http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/palace-rest.html

4. http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/phoebus.html


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/23/04:

Captain Dave's most recent photo of the old Palace Theatre in Newport News shows the old entrance to Sam Gordon's Cigar Shop & Confectionary, which was located next door to the Palace Theatre and actually housed in that same building. The entrance was on the south side or right of the theatre entrance doors. (Mr. Gordon owned the theatre also, which Herbie Morewitz managed for years).
It was better known to students of NNHS as "Sammy's Sandwich Shop" for many a student would crowd in at lunch time to buy one of their "Grilled Cheese Sandwiches" which I believe made up the entire menu.
I do not recall the two workers names, but they would put butter on the top and bottom of a regular hamburger bun, that had a slice of American cheese already placed in the bun with a dollop of mayonnaise. It would be placed on the grill, which was called a griddle because it had a top and bottom hot tray, and they would compress the entire load of newly created morsels until they were flat as a pancake.
The newly created sandwiches were pulled from the grill, placed in wax paper and handed to the student purchaser, along with a soft drink if one could afford that luxury. Then the young customer had to immediately exit to Washington Avenue to consume the purchase, and make way for those standing in line to gain entrance into this specialty restaurant.
Only in a small town could a kid make such a purchase in a Cigar Shop!!!

   Thanks so much, Joe!  Y'all go see:

5. http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/sam-gordons.html


From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/23/04:

I'll be most happy and pleased to be your and Eleanor's cousin. I don't have much family left,
so I'll be glad to add wherever I can! BTW, not only is Nancy (Bigger) Alligood ('56 of VA)
my cousin, but so is Sherry Padgett ('56). Nancy will tell me how to get in touch with her
and a few others, I hope.

   Fabulous!  Thanks, Cousin Pam!


#1 - From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 08/24/04:

I'm not sure what I have done to my computer but I have not received the last several news letters
that were sent.  Can you re-connect me?  With everything else going wrong, I fell and broke my good
foot and injured one of my bionic knees.  Some days I wonder why I even get up.  But getting to the
computer and reading the news letter keeps me going.  I am flying to my daughters in Tampa tomorrow
for 2 weeks of sunshine and grandchildren.  I'll keep reading while I'm gone.  Thanks for all you do
every day which brightens my day totally!

#2 - From Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA - 08/24/04:

Hey Carol.
For some reason, I am no longer receiving your newsletters at:  (an AOL email addy)
I don't know why????  Will you please check it out?

   The deal is that AOL and their spam filters hate me. They ALWAYS inform me that NONE
of my notes have made it through to ANY of my AOL subscribers. Sometimes that’s true;
sometimes it is not. This letter probably won’t reach you either.

   You might try telling them that I-R-Not-Spam and not to block me.

   I don’t know nuffin’ ‘bout AOL, Miss Scarlet!

   The good news is that you can always access the Newsletters:


And you can figure there will probably be one every other day or so,
so there will always be something there for you.

 Hope this helps, Ladies!  Thanks for all your kind remarks!  Linda, have a great trip with your babies,
and STAY HEALTHY!!!  Nancy, I'm so glad you and Pam had such a great time yesterday!


Reply #1 - From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 08/24/04:

Praise the Lord!  I got your message.  Maybe I'm connected again!    Thanks Carol.  See you in October.

   Super!  Thanks, Linda!

Reply #2 - From Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA - 08/24/04:

Hey Carol,
If AOL becomes a problem, just use my office e-mail.  However, I would rather use my AOL if possible.  Use both if you can. 
Pam and I had lunch today.  We had a GREAT TIME - just catching up on family history.  We will definitely keep in touch! 
She is a dear.  Thanks for all that you do.  You are remarkable!!!
Warm regards, Nancy

    Super-Duper!  Thanks, Nancy!

From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 08/24/04:

Having been a ardent partaker of What-a-Burger, I must protest. That
picture looks nothing like the what-a-burger I knew. Sorry Dave or was it
you Carol? That looks like a Burger King. HA. Actually, it is deja vu, my
oldest son and his wife like What-a-Burger. I recently went there with them
but must admit, I don't think it is as good as in '64.

    Giggles!  Thanks, Cookie!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/24/04:

Delivering groceries, and Western Union Telegrams really helped me to memorize locations.
Maybe that is why it is so sad for me to see all those vacant lots.

I can still remember house numbers and residents names on my old paper route.

Of course, I was young then and had a good reason to remember that information.



   Ohhhh, yeah – that would do it!  I still find it incredible that you still remember them all, particularly

as you no longer live there, but that would have greatly helped to indelibly imprint all that information

on your mind.


   I just thought you and David Spriggs ('64) both had magical powers of different sorts.  I still think so.


I enjoy working with you and Dave and others on the web site.


   And I hope you’ve noticed how very much the site has grown and improved in the last four months –

has it only been four months??? – since you’ve begun helping us!  Thanks so much for everything you

do for us!



Also from Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/25/04:


Dear Carol:
The Chamberlin Hotel had an indoor swimming pool that provided relief for those swimmers who were 
experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms after the World War II Memorial Municipal Pool
closed down after Labor Day each year it was in operation.
When one earns a living as a Life Guard and Swimming Instructor, it is essential to maintain the skills
and techniques to perform that job, and do it well. We really earned our pay!!!
Since it was just a bit too cool to swim in the Hampton Roads off Stuart Gardens beach or
Buckroe Beach
during the winter, the warm salt waters of the heated pool at the Chamberlin Hotel
swimming pool was just the ticket to fitness and maintaining proper swimming techniques.
Water from the Hampton Roads was brought into the pool and was heated. The pool was indoors and
the area was likewise heated so that you could swim for hours and not be uncomfortable when the
temperature outside dropped during the fall and winter months.
It was one of my favorite Stomping (Splashing) Grounds.
   Y'all may recall that during our correspondence this spring, we learned that Joe was the swimming instructor
who patiently and valiantly tried to teach me how to swim when I was a stubborn, bratty little child in the summer
of '57.  Okay, okay, so I'm STILL a stubborn, bratty little child after 47 years!  But sometimes it's comforting
to know that not everything changes!

   Thanks, Joe!  I just posted this:


   Come to think of it, Nathaniel was a Wednesday's child himself, born Wednesday, September 5, 1979 -
four minutes after we walked into the door of the wrong hospital (not making it where we were headed). 
Hey - how was I "posta" know I was in labor?  He was only my fifth child!

   I just had to lift out half this letter, 'cause I gotta run to a luncheon and didn't have time to finish it.  You wanted
another letter tomorrow anyway, didn't you?

  Y'all take care of each other..

                                   Love to all, Carol


NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com
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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305

Wednesday's Child

(From The Quiller Memorandum - 1966)

Wednesday's child is a child of woe.
Wednesday's child cries alone, I know.
When you smiled, just for me you smiled,
For awhile I forgot I was Wednesday's child.

Friday's child wins at love, they say.
In your arms Friday was my day.
Now you're gone, well I should have known,
I am Wednesday's child, born to be alone.

Now you're gone, well I should have known,
I am Wednesday's child, born to be alone.

Wednesday's child, born to be alone

"Wednesday's Child" midi courtesy of http://www.mport.ru/amusement/polyphonic/group/MATT+MONRO/  (I think - maybe),
with the magical assistance of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/25/04
Thanks, Dave!

"Wednesday's Child" lyrics courtesy of http://www.vlyrics.com/m/mattmonro9115/wednesdayschild542466.html - 08/24/04

Blue Arrow divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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