10/04/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Complimentary Edition

"A compliment is verbal sunshine."  

~ Robert Orben (b.1927)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

Just Another Reminder:  Paul and Adrienne and I will be flying to St. Louis in three more days for a reunion with five of my six sons,
all eight of my grandchildren, assorted in-laws and friends, and the wedding of my third son on Saturday.  I won't arrive home until late
on Monday night, October 11.  I'll not be able to access my files, do any work on the web site, write any Newsletters, or reach my
regular mail account (NNHS65@nc.rr.com) while I'm gone.  It will all be there when I return, but I won't see it until then.  Should you need
to contact me, you may use my old account: NNHS65@yahoo.com.  A couple of you also have other yahoo addies which will work too. 
Thanks for your patience.

   Happy Birthday to Rennie Dick ('54) of VA!


"Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them.
One is more delightful for being told one is delightful - just as one is more angry
for being told one is angry."

~ Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944)

From Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA - 10/03/04:

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - Your door-by-door retro hit on one spot where my grandmother, one aunt, and my own mother
worked as waitresses many years ago... Port Arthur Restaurant (prior to moving to where it is now). My grandmother
(Minnie Lee Hobbs) died in 1971 so she worked there years prior but as a small kid, I would go into the back door and get some
fresh and hot Chinese noodles. Johnny, Jade and Pearl were wonderful people! By the way, her children by second marriage (my
ex aunts and uncles) all went to NNHS [Sandy ('65), Linda ('67) and Billy Hobbs ('68)].

Also remembering taxi companies... my stepfather worked for one that for some reason I thought was across the street where
my mother worked. It was Vaughan Cabs. Oh and before I forget, does everyone remember Mack Cabs that used an exclusive
fleet of only black and white Cadillacs?

My mother worked a a tavern on Washington Avenue next door or close to the old City Hall in the 50s and the place was still
there until they built a high-rise bank building (F&M Bank I think?) on the site and an eatery on the top floor where she would
later work. The old bar was Louis' Restaurant and believe was in the 2400 block - owned by George Louis and then taken over
by cousin's Steve Siokis and Sammy Canavos (later Sammy and Steve's Steak House fame). Unfortunately many pictures I
had were lost at my mother's in the flood Hampton experienced a few years ago which included the only photo I had of mother
carrying me while she stood in front of the bar. I have fond memories of the place with it's 40s style deco interior. I loved playing
on the shuffle boards and the bowling alley game tables. People would give me change to play the jukebox and even though I was
too small to read, I would simply punch buttons and played anything (doubt the majority of those there really cared at that point
what I played!). The smell was classic beer and grill, nothing like it! Does anyone have a photo of this tavern?



   I was not personally familiar with any of the places you mentioned.  Then as now I seem only to visit a limited number of "stomping
grounds", and these were not among them.

   However, your aunts and uncles certainly caught my eye for a number of reasons.  Sandy was in my class forever.  We not only were
in the same seventh grade class at Walter Reed, we were in the same Brownie Troop in fourth grade.  I remember driving over to her
house with my mama to pick her up for meetings on several occasions.  Obviously, that was your grandmother's home!





   What I didn't know - or had long, long since forgotten - was that Bill was the girls' brother!  Bill's right here on our Alumni List:


   Bill and I spoke on the phone at length a few months ago, but we didn't get around to THAT!  WOWZERS!!  It's my turn for a "small
world" moment!

   Thanks, Eric!  Okay, National Smart People, it's time to add some more memories.  Of course, then I'll need to add some more

"I can live for two months on a good compliment."

~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 10/03/04 - RE Bomb Drills at Woodrow Wilson School:

I remember being in 7th grade at Woodrow Wilson School and when we had bomb drills we had to go out in the hallway and
kneel down on the floor facing the wall and put our heads down and our hands over our necks.  The girls were always worried
that the boys would see their underwear....more worries about that than the bomb!

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  That's hysterical, Jean!  (I still don't remember any of this......)

"To dispense with ceremony is the most delicate mode of conferring a compliment."

~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/03/04:

   Dave took time out from his uber-busy schedule at the moment to send us two additional images:




   Thanks so much, David!  I especially appreciate that 1952 image of the War Memorial Museum!  We moved to Newport News
in January of 1954, and this is one of the places my daddy would frequently take our family to visit.  WWII was only nine years in the
past.  My daddy had served in the Western Theater as Regimental Surgeon with the 29th Division, and he would give us a highly
informed and always fascinating commentary as we passed each exhibit.  Daddy died 44 years ago, and I haven't been back inside
the museum since high school.  For some reason, what stands out most clearly in my mind is seeing Gen. Mark Clark's uniform.  My
father served under Gen. Omar Bradley, so I'm not sure why that should remain such a vivid memory after all these years.

"When you cannot get a compliment in any other way pay yourself one."

~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)

From my niece, Shari, of VA - 10/03/04:

A very touching tribute:


90 seconds in loading but well worth it!

   Thanks, Shari!  I've seen this before, and it made me cry both times.  I believe that's what it is designed to do, and it does it well.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."  

~Leo F. Buscaglia (1924-1998)

From my niece, Shari, of VA - 10/04/04:

Please pass on to all your older and to be complimentary, sometimes wiser friends. By sending this there is no implication that I think
any of you are old. I just thought this is a great pass on. My grandmother was in 96 in May and is sharp minded as can be and I truly
believe her activity level is the main reason why. She was still raking her yard until she moved in with my aunt a year or so ago. She
has always walked and remained active. There is also a great message I am trying to teach my son... not that he has this problem but
it's a good message that you may also want to share. Anyone who has seen the long lasting ramifications from harsh or cruel language
and or behavior can relate.


Boston researchers says older women who walk six hours a week face a 20 percent lower risk of cognitive impairment than their inactive peers. Researchers
from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health found women 70 and older who exercise regularly, including walking at an easy
pace for at least 1.5 hours a week, appear to have sharper minds than those who lead sedentary lives. Those who walk at least six hours a week show
cognitive functioning of someone three years their junior, the researchers say in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Walking is a popular,
accessible and inexpensive activity for older adults that appears to provide many health benefits," said lead author Jennifer Weuve of Harvard. "In addition
to studies showing a reduced risk of heart disease, pulmonary disease and diabetes, a moderate level of walking also appeared to reduce the rate of cognitive
decline in our study."

When I Have Lost My Temper

When I have lost my temper,
I have lost my reason, too.
I'm never proud of anything
Which angrily I do.

When I have talked in anger
And my cheeks are flaming red,
I have always uttered something
Which I wish I had not said.

In anger I have never
Done a kindly deed or wise,
But many things for which I felt
I should apologize.

In looking back across my life,
At all I've lost or made,
I can't recall a single time
When fury ever paid.

So I struggle to be patient,
For I've reached a wiser age;
I do not want to do a thing
Or speak a word in rage.

I have learned by sad experience
That when my temper flies,
I never do a worthy deed,
A decent deed or wise.

~ Author Unknown


 WOW!  Those are both great!  Thanks again, Shari!

  This song's getting to me.  I think I'll go put on some Golden Oldies and dance in my kitchen.  I'm even wearing red. 

  Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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Dancing in the Dark

 - Written by Schwartz/Dietz 

(Bing Crosby)

Dancing in the dark Till the tune ends,
We're dancing in the dark and it soon ends,
We're waltzing in the wonder of why we're here,
Time hurries by, we're here and gone;

Looking for the light of a new love,
To brighten up the night, I have you love,
And we can face the music together,
Dancing in the dark.

What - though love is old
What - though song is old
Through them we can be young

Hear this heart of mine
Wailin' all the time
Dear one, tell me that we're one

Looking for the light of a new love
To brighten up the night, I have you love
And we can face the music together
Dancing in the dark, dancing in the dark
Dancing in the dark

"Dancing in the Dark" midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/midi6712.html - 01/31/04

"Dancing in the Dark" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricscafe.com/k/krall_diana/059.htm - 02/01/04

 Dancing Couple clip art courtesy of http://www.xs4all.nl/~fghb/ballroom.htm - 08/12/04

Goo-Goo Eyes Couple and Heart divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.bavenet.com - 01/03/04

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