|09/30/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Wipe Out||
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Wiped-Out is how I feel at the moment. I allowed myself to become quite ill. That was a very bad choice, I must say!
I'm sorry this edition is so late. In one of my major understatements, I'll tell you that I have not been feeling well......
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/29/05:
AHA! So you've noticed that, have you, Wayne Honey?!?
Well, it's time for me to issue another True Confession. They had nothing to do with it. I did it myself.
I changed the
Hampton High people to red in much the same way that heraldic devices were used
- as a sign,
saying, "HERE COMES A CRABBER!!!"
I realized that
for clarity of understanding, it is better to use different colors and fonts on
the page. The fact that
not everyone's computer "reads" all the fonts in the same way is not my problem, but I do have a system, which I
shall endeavor to impart unto you now. I don't always employ it; I reserve unto myself creative license, but here is
the basic plan.
since adopted Ariel 12 as my own, no one else is "allowed" to use navy ink.
Sorry, I have first dibs,
and it's my fave. So if you write to me in Navy (as many of you do, Dave Arnold - '65 - of VA, for instance), no
one will ever know.
However, if you're from the Class of '65, you will be seen in Ariel 12, just in another color.
For the other classes, bear in mind that I sometimes tend to forget my "assignments", but here's the deal:
Classes of 1961 and before - Bookman Old Style 12
1962 - either Verdana 12
Courier New 12 Bold (my new computer does not seem
to regularly offer Verdana, and all Courier fonts behave strangely for their
own perverse reasons, so heaven only knows what you'll get)
Class of 1963 - Times New Roman 14
1964 - Georgia 12 Regular - except for
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, who is given Georgia 12
Bold because he's David, and he's adorable, and he has those big brown eyes, and rank has
1966 - Microsoft Sans Serif
12 - This is often difficult to distinguish from Ariel, so I might italicize
embolden it, or give it a new color, or some combination thereof.
Class of 1967 and after - Comic Sans MS
Obviously, all of these ridiculous "rules"
are but a sign of my obsessive-compulsive behavior, and are
seemingly designed just to triple my work load, but there you go. You knew I was weird from the beginning.
sometimes use colors of their own. Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA
often writes in blue
Comic Sans MS 12, so I let her. She's cute, and it breaks up the monotony of the page.
Nelms (Hampton - '63) of MD actually writes me in Ariel 10,
either in blue
or navy blue, but with the same
distinctive signature, Chandler Nelms, in Italicized Bold Ariel 12, which I preserve in red. And I was far too
busy giggling and trembling when he first wrote me to think of any other way to do that. Wayne Honey, have you
any idea what would have happened forty-eleven years ago if that incredibly gorgeous Chandler Nelms had even
smiled at me, much less said, "Hello"?!? Well, I'm gonna tell ya, Pilgrim, I would have fainted dead away - but
with an everlasting smile on my face!
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL is alone assigned Tahoma 12. I no longer remember why. Just because.
Clark ('63 - of VA) generally uses
red Comic Sans MS 10
so I tend to let her, for the same
reason. Besides, even though she went to NNHS, she lived in Hampton, and has been employed by the City
of Hampton forever. If you were to search my poor demented mind (Heaven forbid, for your own sanity!), you'd
probably find that she inspired this system somehow. (Sorry, Kathy, we must all bear our share of the guilt, even
when we are perfectly innocent.)
See - just
looked what I did to your message, Wayne Honey! You wrote me in regular
Ariel 10 in yellow, black,
and brown on a white background, and I willy-nilly changed it to bold Ariel 12 in gold and white on a Navy
background. But just see how "purty" it is!
themselves frequently bear little resemblance to the form in which they were
received. I'll change
spelling, punctuation, and sometimes even grammar and syntax. You must remember that I'm a thwarted English
teacher, who used to read even my love letters with my red pen firmly in hand. Too much red on the page - and ........
BOOM - SHAKA-LAKA!!! "There's the door! " Try to forget how horribly shallow that is; chalk it up to my being
in a period of deep mourning over my father's premature death and a host of other abandonment - rejection
issues which are yet to be resolved, but hey - it's only been 45 years..
problem is that we frequently find ourselves in areas I don't quite remember,
and even though I have
several books on style and usage on my shelf, I rarely if ever have time to consult them - so you are still left with a
faulty product, but what can you do? Tsk, tsk.
So there you go - you're dealing with a lunatic, but this is hardly a news flash to even our newest subscribers.
And thanks for
your eagle-eye, but the Crabbers are innocent. I am guilty as charged of
that and no doubt plenty
of other things.
Oh, and Wayne
Honey, it's a well-known fact that you yourself married a Hampton gal!!! GIGGLES!!!
therefore shall take your wild indignation with a huge dose of salt and a number of laughs! Thanks!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 09/29/05:
My vote is "We'll Meet Again" (don't know where, don't
know when, but I know well meet again some sunny
day...keep smilin' through, just the way you always do, cause I know well meet again)...etc.
There is another one I like a lot...I think the Girl Scouts
and Brownies sing it..."The more we get together,
together, together, the more we get together the happier we'll be...cause my friends are your friends and your
friends are my friends, the more we get together the happier we'll be".
Excellent choices, Jean! Thanks - and stay tuned!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/29/05:
Hmmm - rich - I wonder how that would be?!? Okey-dokie, Adonis - you're on. Stay tuned!
From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 09/29/05:
Hi Carol :
This is the most time I have ever had to read your
Newsletters and visit the sites. I still
through all of them but I still have several weeks of recovery so I might well get there (surgery is a bummer
you don't feel sick but you don't have any energy either).
I grew up in both
Marshall Courts and also Seven Oaks.
I have a small correction to the kids that grew
up there. Mary Ann Seaborn and her brother Tommy Seaborn ('66) are my cousins and they didn't live
there. However, our other cousins, Brenda and Clinton Kennedy, did live in Marshall Courts. My brother,
Robert Slusser, also a NNHS Graduate ('61) was the local newspaper boy for a while for both Marshall
Courts and Seven Oaks. I well remember hours spent at the Rec. Center and Stein's and West Grocery
and the other Grocery at the other end of the projects near Huntington High School (Before the 60's it
may have been named Pittman's). There was a Dairy on Jefferson Avenue, and we would walk up there to get
milk shakes and ice cream in the evening. We had to walk through a black neighborhood to get there, but
everyone respected everyone. We also walked through the black neighborhoods to get to the Swimming Pool
and Rec. Center and there was a Frozen Custard Shop on the corner that served the best soft Lemon
Custard Ice Cream cones; we would get one after a afternoon of swimming for the long walk back home.
We also walked to the Hygeia
Skating Rink and to Stuart Gardens Shopping Center where we got the best
Limeade at the Soda Shop there. The railroad tracks separated Seven Oaks and the back of the businesses
on 39th Street. Some of the business were Pompeii Tile Shop and Centralite Lighting Supply, and much
later the Be-Lo Grocery Store. We would pick the wild blackberries and raspberries when they were in season,
they grew all along the railroad tracks banks. Some of the other kids were Shirley Jean Caudill ('65), Ann
and Charles (Chuck) ('64) Rinehart, Jimmy Hines ('64), Gale Guthrie, David McCay and his
brothers, John and Lyman, and Larry Bridgers. I hope this helped add to the list of Kids in the
Stay well and keep up the great work.
WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Cathy!
I didn't realize that you had had surgery. All our best wishes for a speedy recovery!
I double-posted your comments on both Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks:
But you should have told me that part about staying well a bit sooner, Cathy! I didn't 'zactly make it!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton - '65) of FL - 09/29/05:
I hope you get these.......two more emails to come....... a couple of Hampton.......last ones..........of Mariners Museum
I did receive them all, Gloria - thanks so much! I'll try to work
on them this weekend, as I'm dreadfully
behind at the moment..... Keep the faith.
From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 09/29/05 - "Leaving":
"The end of next week"?!? Surely you know how such very words cause my
face to break out in empathy
Have a great move, Donna!
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/29/05 - "Reunion":
Oh, this is wonderful, Sandi!!! I posted it on the main reunion page, as it surely applies to us all:
Thanks so much - see you in October!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton - '65) of FL - 09/29/05 - "Southampton":
Thanks so much, Gloria! I appreciate your outlining all those familiar places for me!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton - '65) of FL - 09/29/05 - "Another item":
sister, Nat Woolard Cunningham (HHS '60 of FL), is wondering if Joan
Lauterbach Krause ('60 -
of VA) was a member of the Wythe Junior Woman's Club.
Gloria Woolard Price (HHS '65)
Ummmm, I dunno. Let's ask her! Oh, Joan!!!!
Thanks, Gloria - and Nat!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/29/05:
OK, if we are gonna begin a thread on Buster Brown and
Poll Parrot Shoes, then I will have
to gather some data on Robert Hall Clothes. Indeed, I searched in vain for a WAV, MP3,
or MIDI of the old jingle. There is a plethora of sites with the words, but no has the music.
No matter, we can all still hear it in our heads, right?
School bells ringing, children singing
Back to Robert Hall again.
Mother knows for better clothes
It's back to Robert Hall again.
You'll save more on clothes for school -
Shop at Robert Hall!
The only one I remember on the Peninsula was at the Circle at West Mercury Blvd and North
Armistead Ave. The site is now a chain drug store.
.... and don't even get me started on Thom McAn Shoes
In my search I found this page. It should provide all the images you could need for a long time.
- David, you are just that good! I haven't gotten around to Thom McAn
and the other shoe stores yet, but
I do have this one posted, if only in an early form:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/robert-hall.html - brand new page
Thank you, Brown Eyes. You are my hero.
From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/29/05:
As I was reading today's newsletter, "He's So Fine", brought back way too many memories of a wonderful
guy I dated from HHS (class of 61 ??) - Larry Staton. Any one remember him or the Barrett Twins??...
Ricky was my escort to my senior prom (I'll dig up photos and forward next week)..
Chandler, I remember you quite well; as many NNHS girls did - you, Bryan Cole, Carl Carlberg, Cecil
Burnette, the Dwyer boys, and many many more. Hampton had some awesome guys.
Also, Wayne Jennings passed away several years ago. I am not sure of what, or when. Maybe someone will
know. After graduation, Wayne dated Kay Gillespie ('64) for a short time. Then Wayne moved on up
to Alaska to work, and later moved back to Newport News, and then passed away.
Susie Overton Jones
Class of 1963
Thanks, Susie! It always amazes me who knows what about whom.
And prom pictures?!? YE-HAA! We'll definitely look forward to those! What great fun!
From Dickie Dawes (NNHS /
HHS - '62) of VA - 09/29/05 - Camp Stuart:
I remember Stuart Gardens.
Someone mentioned that it was called Camp Stuart during WWI. Welll..that is
correct but I believe the full name was Camp Stuart Army Flying Field. At that
time there was not a US Air Force and the only fliers were Army.
You see, when I was going to Magruder School in the third, fourth and fifth
grades, I would walk to my aunt’s house in the twelve hundred block of 24th
Street after school. My mom told me to go there each day to help out my aunt
and uncle because they needed help getting in coal during the winter and
cutting grass in the spring and fall. It wasn’t until years later that I
figured out that they were really watching me after school so my mother could
work at Arkell Safety Bag Company (which was at the end of Wickham Avenue).
Anyway, my uncle was quite old by then. (He was born in 1880 and lived until
1960). Randy Wood was his name, and he was a C&O rail worker. During the
winter I would go over to their house and get in coal. There was an old shed
behind the house where the coal was stored and each time I would go to get
the coal I would always look up over the door at a real old plane propeller.
It was made of wood with brass protective plates on the ends. It was about
eight feet long. I ask my uncle questions about it every chance I got. Randy
told me he worked at the “Flying Field” as a young man, and that this
particular propeller came off of a 1917 “Flying Jenny” It had a “Check”
(crack) in it, and was put on the burn pile, so he removed it, and brought
it home to stay tucked away in a coal bin for some seventy odd years.
After Randy died, the propeller disappeared. I would ask my aunt, Mammie
Wood, about it but she never knew what happened to it. As my aunt got
into her nineties the men of her church (North Hampton Baptist) came
over and put a new roof on the old shed, and while moving boards around
in the rafters, out popped this old propeller, none the worse. As soon as I
heard about it, I contacted her and not only purchased it, but all of Uncle
Randy’s hand tools that we could find.
I now have it proudly displayed in my general store collection.
Richard Dawes (NNHS-HHS 62)
Typhoon Crabber regards
WOWZERONI, Dickie! How cool is that?!? Thanks for sharing that with us! We have a number
of collectors of many things among us, and I'm sure they all got a kick out of that story!
From Steve Vaughn ('65) of VA to Dave and Pam Smith Arnold (both '65) of VA - 09/29/05:
Dave and Pam,
Thanks for all the work you and the reunion
team have done to pull this all together. I was hoping I would be able
to attend, but due to a long time commitment I will have to pass the 40 year celebration up.
Give my regards and best wishes to all.
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA to Steve Vaughn ('65) of VA - 09/29/05:
We're sorry to hear that, Steve. We'll pass on your greetings to the others.
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 09/30/05:
I will be unable to attend the reunion...that weekend is
jammed with a dress rehearsal, the fall concert
(with the City of Fairfax Band), and seeing my kids on Sunday. I should have let you know earlier, though
I did tell Dave when he contacted me some time ago.
Thanks for asking. Jim
This is not the way it's "posta"
And I really hate it when you have these great ironclad excuses which mean that I can't even badger
you, and all I can do is cry in my beer! Oh, that's right - I don't drink beer! Well, SEE!!!!!
Sigh. Okay. We will miss ya'll. I will miss y'all!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/29/05 - "It had to be you":
Thank you, Bill! You do have a delightful habit of telling me sweet things at the precise moment I need to hear them!
And we're all eagerly
anticipating your Lights of West Point story! Thanks again - see you soon!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/east-end.html - additional image and a slight page redesign
I need to go lie down again.
Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Out" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Large Blinking Jukebox clip art
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Small Blinking Jukebox clip art courtesy
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/17/05
Thanks once more, Dave!
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05
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