09/22/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Autumn Leaves
always gets me badly, as it breaks into colours.
D. H. Lawrence
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Yes, yes, I know I used this song a year ago today, but it's one of my very favorites, so shoot me.
Besides, the song is so deliciously sad, and
makes me cry so very hard. That has to be a good thing, right?
But most of all, my Magic Shower told me to use it, and who am I to argue with such a device?
The point is, today is the first day of Autumn - a time for new beginnings. Take advantage of them!
From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/21/005 - "Surf City":
Oh, what a great plan, Bill! Let's carry that plan a few steps further!
In my own very
proper Southern family, we were taught (one way or another) that image
and appearances are
of prime importance, far more so than say, oh, truth, for instance. Now if Nathaniel would just take some pictures
of me into PhotoShop,carve away a few pounds, do a chin and neck lift, and a tummy tuck - oh, and definitely
relieve my upper arms of their blubber coating, restore the glow to my skin, and the color to my hair (no, wait a
minute - Lady Clairol and I can take care of that last problem ourselves), then we could simply enlarge and
mount the said images, and use them in place of the real me. YEAH! That should do it!
Reality is soooo overrated, doncha know.....
Thanks, Corky-Bucky-Bill! And Nathaniel!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/21/05:
Oooops!!! Oh, wait a minute - stop the train!
From Edna Whitcomb
Harrison ('65) of VA for Ron Miller ('59) of NC and Joe Madagan ('57) of FL and
Everyone Else - 09/21/05:
Here is the story:
It was called the
Conch Republic and I do have a couple of flags for the Conch Republic.
Edna Whitcomb Harrison
TA-DAH!!! I just adore these instantaneous answers! Thanks, Edna! See you in October!
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/21/05:
Correction to my
previous email ... Hobgood's was on Buckroe Avenue ... NOT Old Buckroe
guess the 3.2 stuff has a lasting effect :-).
I'll send in my 'official' reunion form shortly. This will be the first time I've been around so many
Typhoons since Thanksgiving 1970 (well ... except for the breakfast at last year's reunion that you
so graciously invited me to attend). Sounds like fun! Let me know if you want any Hampton/NN
memorabilia for display ... like "Red's pig" yearbook, Turkey Day football programs from 48, 49, 51,
69, or other such stuff. Oh yeah ... I seem to have several Anchors and Beacons too.
One Two ... One Two Three Four
Rip 'em up, tear 'em up, give 'em hell, Hampton!
(unofficial HHS fraternity cheer, circa 1970)
Take care ...
(PS ... you'll have David Whitley ('67 - of VA) and me together in the same room .... we may break
into improv and start doing a skit or something! I promise NO crab shells!)
I'm still in awe that our marvelous Reunion Committee so completely opened this
I've never heard of such a thing happening anywhere before - but then, we have something rare and wonderful
here that has probably never existed anywhere before.
I'll certainly look forward to that skit!
Yes, do leave those crab shells home. Your red Corvette will be reminder enough of your Crabber connections!
Thank you, Babe - see you soon!
From Helen Flax Kierstead ('59) of Ontario - 09/21/05:
I think the
grape drinks were called "Tinys", maybe because they were in such small
They were wonderful and I always had a dime for one. Wish we could find them? : )
Helen! You may have something there! I vividly remember the
and Tru-Ades, as
well as the carbonated Grapettes (and of course the strangely wonderful chocolate Brownie drinks!) but there
may also have been a carbonated grape drink called "Tiny"! I can almost remember it.....
waiting for you to send me some of your own Magic Shower Songs, Miss Helen.
I'm afraid mine is
starting to sing me reruns! Although this morning, it opened with "Exodus" - and was especially loud on the line,
"So take my hand and walk this land with me, And walk this lovely land with me". It must have been influenced
by Tom's East End tour - coming up next!!!
From Helen's Brother, Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 09/21/05 - "Seven Oaks - Newport News, VA":
gas from Dave Arnold's ('65 - of VA) dad's gas station at 25th and Oak
... and getting lunches
from Bobby Callis' ('64 - of WV) dad's store across from Pop Arnold's Gas Station ... and riding
all over the east end on my bike on Saturday afternoons looking for a "touch" football game in the big court
yard areas in the Stuart Gardens Apartments ...
Oh, WOW, Tom! Your
memories so closely paralleled my own it was almost like bicycling around Stuart
Gardens with you! Well, make that walking..... My balance was so poor that my mama flattened the tires on my
sister's old bike one day after repairing them because after witnessing my biking skills, she knew it was only a
matter of time before I ran into a moving car.........
I was ready to link up to Roger's
Confectionary when I noticed that once again that page had never been
But as for your
daddy's grocery store - what was the name??? For years now I've been
trying to recall a small
grocery somewhere down there, and can't quite remember, but we should surely place it on Our Old Stomping
Grounds as well! The one that's been floating around in my mind and driving me bonkers (I know - How can I
tell?!?) was also on Wickham, but on the opposite side of the street from the pool, and of course I've no idea
what block that might have been. Was it called Sammy's, maybe? Were they possibly one and the same?!? I
think that dry cleaners I've been trying to remember was also on Wickham, also on that side of the road, also
down there away from Stuart Gardens a bit ... somewhere.
See, the way
this is all supposed to work is - y'all do all the remembering for me (as my
brain has long since
atrophied), and then I make the page, and the pictures magically appear, and then I say, "OH, YEAH! THAT'S
Now where were we?
Oh, yes, the reunion! Oh, goody! I can scarcely wait to see everyone again!!!
And yes, if y'all haven't picked up your goodies from
Typhoonmart, you're missing a daily
treat of nostalgic
reminders of the good old days!
Thanks again for the kind words and the grand tour, Tommy - see you soon!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/21/05:
Hi, Bill! I hope you find out where you live! Otherwise, how will
you get back home after the Reunion?!? You
are coming to the reunion, are you not?!? I want to hear all your ghost stories!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/21/05:
Thanks for sharing that, Adonis (and thank you, Bill!)!
Give Eva our love!
I have some more
things for y'all, but they will be rather time consuming, and I suddenly have an
desire to work on my scrapbooks of goodies so that I can bring them along to the reunion.
Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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lyrics by Jacques Prévert,
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer,
Music by Joseph Kosma
The falling leaves drift by the window,
The autumn leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips, the summer kisses,
The sun-burned hands I used to hold.
Since you went away the days grow long,
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song,
But I miss you most of all, my darling,
When autumn leaves start to fall.
C’est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m’aimais et je t’aimais
Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que m’aimais moi qui t’aimais
Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants désunis
Leaves" midi courtesy of
and with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 09/20/04
"Autumn Leaves" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/n/nat-king-cole/98011.html - 09/20/04
Images of Autumn Leaves courtesy of http://www.bruderhof.com - 10/26//04, 10/07/04, 10/05/04, and 11/02/04
Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 09/21/05
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