09/24/04 - NNHS Newsletter - What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I hope the first thing you're doing is planning now to be with us at the Glorious Reunion of the Class of 1964!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jerry Allen ('65) of VA!
Jack Shepherd ('55) of VA - 09/22/04
the Guest Book is a little-known but guaranteed ticket onto the hidden Mailing
List and the not-so-hidden
Alumni List. Welcome, Jack!
From Jack Shepherd ('55) of VA - 09/22/04:
Enjoyed your webpage.
I was in the class of 1955.
Our reunion is next year, and our reunion committee meets monthly to plan multiple activities.
I'm glad you
enjoyed checking out the web page, Jack. It occurs to me that a couple of
pictures of you are posted on the site.
Did you find them?
I thought there were
some more - let's see, not
the Band, not
The Y, not
College Shop - maybe I imagined
the whole thing....
I knew about
those monthly meetings. I know I'm not supposed to be covetous, but I'll
admit to a certain shortcoming whenever
I think about all of y'all getting together on a regular basis. It still strikes me as the substance of many of my dreams for the past
forty-eleven years - total fantasies. But even though I'm envious, I can still be happy for y'all! I do think it's wonderful!
From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) - 09/22/04:
Though I am not a Class of '65 graduate (Class of '75 Bethel High), I do remember MANY of the things your website shows in the
stomping grounds area. I was born in the old Riverside Hospital which was by the 50th Street entrance of the shipyard
and is now a nursing home. I grew up with many places around town the first 16 years of my life and have fond memories of playing
around warehouses near the old BeLo's, playing under the 34th Street bridge, going to Rich's for a chick wing box lunch near
Suttle Motors, and with many memories of downtown - even the Green Acres drive-in that you no longer can find a trace
of that had a What A Burger in front of it. You have several missing businesses and left some "Now" areas open because of just not
knowing what is there now or no pictures. I still have friends who still live in Newport News (I now live in Richmond) and most
likely can help. I may even have a few photos stashed away but many were destroyed over the years - that is, if you like? I am
just glad to stumble across your web site and have an opportunity to stroll down memory lane. If only you could get enough photos,
histories, and stories together to publish a book about Newport News, Then and Now, I would be the first in line to buy it!
Eric S. Huffstutler
Hi, Eric! We're delighted to hear from you!
I should explain several
things which probably no one knows but Dave Spriggs ('64 of VA) and me.
On Our Old
Grounds, when I list a place but am not yet showing it, it's generally a "Note to Self" kind of thing - meaning I should go ahead and
make that page and quit lolly-gagging around. The Status column could be easily misunderstood, because it refers to the original
structure itself, rather than the business, company, or whatever. On Our Places of Worship, I've helped to clarify this somewhat
by also telling the status of the congregation, but OOSG doesn't lend itself on the cover page to this concept quite as easily.
As for the Then and Now
images - which have come almost exclusively from Dave's "Then" collection and
from his Wonder Camera,
I do believe the man has a book in mind - once his life settles down a bit, and the Glorious Reunion (on which he has labored so
diligently for the past year) is past. Meanwhile, I personally would like a "Now" picture taken of every single spot listed, most of which
are simply spaces of nothingness. Dave seems to think this is a bit nuts, but he often humors me anyway, just 'cause he's such a nice
guy. His contributions to the web site over the past 19 months have been nothing short of incredible. Indeed, that entire OOSG section -
one of our very favorites - was his idea, as were many other portions of the page.
But we always welcome contributions, whether written or visual, so yes, we'd love you to share yours with us. Thanks, Eric!
From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 09/22/04:
I was reading the section pertaining to Briarfield Elementary, and was wondering if anyone has knowledge of my cousin, Carla Stewart's whereabouts!
Since moving from Virginia to Colorado in 1977, I have lost touch with most of you, other than my brother Chuck Ragland ('67), and a few old classmates,
family, and friends such as Van Rowell ("65 of NC) , Keith Pennell ('63 of VA) and a few others!
Keep up the great work; those of us far from home greatly appreciate your continued dedication to the NNHS Newsletter!
Thanks again - Butch
Any info can be sent to the following addresses: Butchrag840@cs.com , Butchrag@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey, Butch - it's good to hear from you! (I hope you meant for me to publish those addresses....)
I seem to be suffering
from brain damage; I couldn't even determine Carla's Class, much less her
whereabouts. Anyone? Anyone?
I'm glad you're enjoying the Newsletters, Butch. I think I'm selfish enough that I would do them anyway, but it does make me feel good
to know that others are enjoying them as much as I. Thanks again!
From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 09/22/04:
Thanks, Kathy - sometimes some lightness in the midst of our pain helps us to heal.
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 09/22/04:
Hi Carol, I just wanted all the friends to know that my son Chuck Burton, who is
stationed in Pensacola, had no damage to his
house (which is in Pace). His friend Eric did not fare so well and they are doing battle with the downed trees and have covered
Eric's roof with tarp until repairs can be made. http://www.Pensacolanewsjournal.com has all the pictures you can stand.
It is true that material things can be repaired and replaced (well most of them) but it is very heart breaking to lose one's home and
belongings and have to start from scratch again. Those hurricane victims need all our prayers.
Oh, Jean! We're so glad
to know that Chuck's home, at least, was spared. I don't think anyone
meant to imply that healing happens
overnight, or that the pain isn't real, or that we haven't the right to mourn. I think we could all agree, though, that sometimes life's
hardest experiences bring us the greatest growth - as much as we'd prefer to avoid them. Knowing there's a light at the end of the
tunnel doesn't tell you how long that tunnel is going to be. Nor does it tell you when the nightmares will cease, even when the trial itself
is long past. I think we've all experienced enough pain of one sort or another in our lives to be able to empathize with each other, even
when the circumstances of that pain are far, far different. Loss and grief of whatever nature and origin, tend to have similarities. We all
continue to hold the victims of these dreadful storms and their families in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.
From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 09/22/04:
Carol, I have attached a pic of my beautiful '55
Chevy taken in Ft Lauderdale, summer of '66,
to be added to the "old car" section.
Ohhhhh, Albert! It's so gorgeous!!! Thanks so much! I just knew some of y'all surely had to have pictures of your first cars!
From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 09/24/04:
Just a Reminder - For all of you who receive classmate information from us,
including the address listing and
the email listing Ö please remember to destroy (shred or burn) the old listings when you receive the new ones.
In these days of Spam and privacy invasion, an email list in the wrong personís hands could be a potential
problem for many. Our classmates share the information so that WE may use it Ö not others.
Just wanted to remind you to be cautious (as Iím sure you are). Hope all of you that were/are in the path
of these hurricane/storms are doing well Ė our thoughts are with you.
Take care, Thelma
Thanks, Thelma - it's always good to be aware - and to be reminded from time to time!
Y'all take care of each other.
Love to all, Carol
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PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
Words & Music by Alan & Marilyn Bergman & Michel Legrand, 1969
What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and South and East and West of your life,
I have only one request of your life
That you spend it all with me.
All the seasons and the times of your days,
All the nickels and the dimes of your days,
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
All begin and end with me.
I want to see your face in every kind of light ,
In the fields of dawn and the forests of the night,
And when you stand before the candles on a cake,
Oh, let me be the one to hear the silent wish you make.
Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
In the world of love that you keep in your eyes,
I'll awaken what's asleep in your eyes.
It may take a kiss or two.
Through all of my life,
Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall of my life,
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all of my life with you.
"What Are You
Doing The Rest Of Your Life?" midi courtesy of
with the kind assistance of Nathaniel Harty of IL - 09/23/04
"What Are You
Doing The Rest Of Your Life?" lyrics courtesy of
http://www.moblyrics.com/song/1346-FrankSinatra-WhatAreYouDoingTheRestOfYourLife.htm - 09/23/04
Multi-Colored divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
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