10/05/05 - NNHS Newsletter - In My
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Oh, my goodness!
Is this the softest, prettiest tune you've heard on here lately, or what?!?
you are a Magic Man! (Big News Flash there, eh?) Thanks so much!
And that settles it. You all owe me a dance. I may be dancing in my sleep, just listening to this one!
A Very Happy 60th Birthday today to Butch Ragland ('63) of CO! (And thanks again, Chuck, for the tip-off!)
From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/03/05:
I'm getting caught up on
Newsletters as I was in Kansas City last week.
(my personal favorite!) and Barber of Seville will be playing at the
on the nights of our reunion! Well, forget that - come see us instead!
I'd certainly vote for that!
And David gives excellent and fascinating tours. He's a man of many,
Ohhhhh, Kathy - you said that soooo well!!! WILD HYSTERICAL GIGGLES!!!
Thanks! See you soon, right?!? RIGHT?!?
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/03/05 - "More on Buster Brown":
Carol -- maybe you will remember "Andy's Gang"
instead of the Buster Brown show? The name
was changed to Andy's Gang some time in the mid 50's. Some of the characters were Froggy the
Gremlin, Squeaky the Mouse, and Midnight the Cat.
See, that's the problem.
I don't remember any of them!!! I just don't understand why .
I clearly remember the
commercials, but neither of those two shows. I just don't believe I ever saw them. I must have been watching the
other channel...... But thanks for trying to "remember" me!
Hey, Ronnie - why don't you come
to Newport News to see your father on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd,
and come see us, too?!? I haven't seen you in forty-eleven years!!!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 10/03/05:
As Martha says...
"IT'S A GOOD THING!!!"
Thanks, Jimmy! You'll
be happy to know that I took plenty of time off! Even if I still managed
to edit (well, sorta!)
a Newsletter each day, there is ample evidence of my time off all over my house! If you don't believe me, just take
a peek! NOOOOO, DON'T!!!!!!!
Yes, Homer L. Ferguson HS folks were the Mariners. When
my family moved to Denbigh after my
sophomore year, we got to know a number of people from our new neighborhood who went to Ferguson
HS and became good friends. Donald Bruno (later Superintendent of Schools for York County and then
Newport News) was Band Director at FHS while we were at NNHS. Later in life I learned that Mr. Bruno,
Mr. Wilson and the other band directors in the area, such as Warren Redhair at York, Tommy (T.T.)
Lawrence at Hampton, Mr. Conley at ?, to name the ones I recall - I wish I could remember the others
in that group - gigged together (played jobs - musical performances, dances, etc. - for the uninitiated).
It doesn't take much for rivalries to develop, even
between established 'old' schools and the relative
newcomers, and I recall - - - and - - (the names have been deleted to protect the not-so-innocent, but they
are, ummmm...brothers) hoisting a sheet or something with
B e a t
t h e
M a r i n e r s
on the flagpole in front of FHS late one night during
basketball season. The word got back to us somehow
that it was ceremoniously placed inside the school entrance for all to walk on the next day. The game?
Of course we won!!! NO contest!!! Sorry about the bad gold color...I think the industry name for it on our
band uniforms was 'burnt sienna'... why do we remember things like that? Go figure!
OHHHH, you naughty, naughty babies! WILD GIGGLES!!!
Thanks for what you do and for just being there. Ya gotta know that more than you know wish you well!
Thank you so much,
Jimmy! I really appreciate that! Y'all are the best, and all your
well-wishes have meant
a great deal to me!
From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/03/05:
No news. Just thought we (me and my new crab – thanks, Tom) would say hello from Crabberland.
Tom, you may have started something
that no one can put a lid on now. Oh,…….I forgot. Carol has
special powers…..otherwise known as editing. NO! NO! PLEASE don’t erase my crab!
Chandler Nelms HHS ‘63
Chandler Darlin', I wouldn't dream of erasing your new crab - either one of them! You belong together!
Thanks for the laugh, Sweetie!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/03/05:
|Wayne Honey, as usual, I have almost no idea what you are talking about (Yes, I know I ended the sentence with a preposition. So shoot me.) It continues to amaze me, as it has for the four years that we've been corresponding, that we are even ostensibly speaking the same language! WILD GIGGLES!!!|
Nevertheless, I shall give this a stab.
Let's assume that Jimmy,
bless his sweet heart, was fully dressed when he wrote me. Beyond that, he
"in", that is, "using", an Arial font of varying sizes and colors, rather than his generally assigned Georgia 12 black
font. In order to preserve the integrity of his message, I left it as he wrote it. You will notice (or, depending
upon your computer, maybe you won't!), that in his above printed note, I only changed half of it - HA-HA-HA-HA!
Now, for the "we" business. Well, Wayne Honey, that's probably One of Life's Mysteries.
It could mean that I was
invoking the "Royal We", as when Queen Victoria would say, "We are not amused",
in reality, she was the only one not laughing (at least inwardly).
|It might mean that I have multiple personalities. I might have elected one plan, and my Evil Twin may have negotiated me into another. As you know, I myself am a perfect angel.|
It could mean that I really, really need to diet, as there may be enough material (i.e., blubber) here to form two people.
It might mean that in a rare
moment of good judgment, I consulted with one or more of my National Smart
Advisors, who prefer anonymity, and that jointly we developed a policy.
It might mean any combination of the above. Heaven only knows what it actually does mean!
And yes, I do plead diminished capacity in recent days.
Thanks, Wayne Honey! I'm so glad that I could clarify that for you!
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 10/03/05:
Love the red crab icon! Crabbaganza President Barbara Shelton Marko (HHS-65) scanned it
from the 62-63 HHS Student Directory. The observant will note that it is way different from the
current crab icon used by the school (but then, we "senior" Crabbers are way different as well). I
have old Ferguson and Warwick yearbooks from the 60s ... maybe I can get you the Warwick plow
and the Ferguson mariner icons as well. Now ... for the JM Justice you could always ask your cousin
Jean (Atkinson Mallory - JMHS - '65 - of VA) to send one (if she has a yearbook). Somewhere
we even have a 'dancing' crab icon whose claws move back and forth. I'll have to dig through my
floppy disks of stuff from the website development days.
AHHH, Tommee - the only person who's
even more meticulous about such details than I! Although, I must
claim diminished capacity at the time I was seeking those icons. I stopped short of the Mariner image
because I couldn't even vaguely remember how it should look. But by all means, we should have the "real"
Ferguson and Warwick icons! Hey - maybe Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) and Melody
Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) could find them for us! And yes, I could ask my cousin Jean
for that Justice logo, but as you know, she's really not into the reliving of high school memories scene. So I'll
ask my cousin Cheryl instead.
Hey, La-dies!!!! Could you help us, please?!?
(Oh, Wayne Honey -
that "us" refers to all of us reading the Newsletter. I'm sure we'll
all benefit from these
"heraldic symbols of others approaching", as it were.)
Now ... if you really feel adventurous and add a blog to the website ... we can chat and banter
'real time'. The school icons would make a cool avitar! Not sure you have that much free time
to spare ... LOL.
I'm not adventurous; I'm a Control Freak! Ya just gotta know I would never
willingly relinquish such power to the general populace! To a "Chosen One", perhaps, but to allow so much total
open expression?!? Why, people might just start hurling insults at former teachers, or use foul language, or
'most any ol' thing! I am shocked that you would even suggest such an outrageous thing!
| OH, NO!!!
What's that?!? I think my face just broke out in hives at the
very thought of anything
so horrendous!!! OHHH, whatever shall I do now?!?
Janice (Pratt McGrew, HHS -67) and I were talking yesterday and she
mentioned her aunt went
to NNHS ... Gabby Garrett. I believe she was in the class of 54 ... you'll have to look her up
for me since you still have my yearbooks :-).
Awwww, Tommee! I've only had them
since December! GIGGLES!!! I'll bring 'em to
the reunion for you.
You still owe me a dance and a ride in your red Corvette!
Later on ... take care.
From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/03/05:
had the large unit on the east side of Kecoughtan. The Donut Dinette was
on the west
side. I don't remember which side Dr. Nelms' office was on but the Crum's was definitely on the east
side, down by the Colonial Store, which was at the end. There were large picture windows that allowed
you to drool from outside. It is now an auto parts place. The bakery typically kept a wedding cake
on display in the big windows. So you could drool and dream all at once!
Hmmm - now if only I intuitively knew
east from west.....
I always thought it was really neat that a bakery was called Crum's. I mean, the crumbs from bakery
goods are just as tasty as the real bakery goods themselves! I know that Crum was a family name. I think
Blaine Crum finally closed the last store (Newmarket Shopping Center South) about 1985 or so.
I was particularly fond of the elephant ears. The crunchy, cinnamon and sugar dusted pastry dough was
just their way of using up pastry crust for a profit but those huge things were light, airy, crunchy, sweet
and cheap. What else could you ask for?
YES!!! There ARE two of us! And all of these years I've thought I was an alien! Thanks, Kathy!
Yes, Chester Fisher was Doc
Wheeler's partner at Southampton Pharmacy. They were both
pharmacists. The Wheeler family had 4 kids and the Fishers had 3, including the twins Janet and Janice,
My daughter, Dana, was married on
Sept. 24 at St. Vincent's in downtown
NN. The building is still just
gorgeous. The organ is on the fritz so we hired a brass choir. I can't describe just how beautiful the
music was. The reception was held at the James River Country Club. We had a jazz combo for that.
The JRCC is a lovely facility and we had great food and a wonderful time. Dana and her husband Phillip,
left for Italy on Sunday, 9/25. I'm sitting my grand dog, Daisy, until they return Friday of next week.
Knowing how you like the old standards Carol, I have to share the fact that Dana, who is imbued with the
same theatre bug/traits as her father and mother, sang "Come Rain or Come Shine" to her new husband
at the reception. And the bride and groom's first dance was to the tune "At Last", another old jazz
standard. The entire wedding was like "Philadelphia Story" without the ex-married parental bickering;
it was just storybook. I'll send a photo when I get a moment to decompress; I left for Kansas City
for a week long, work related conference the day after the wedding.
With all these HHS folks responding
to the site, I should mention that my brothers Michael (HHS, '58)
and my twin brothers Perry and Patrick (HHS, '66) would probably know many of them.
I've kept you too long now. Take care of yourself, schedule those tests and get healthy.
Love, Kathy Clark
I had a couple of blood tests
run yesterday morning at 8:00 AM. I'm just awaiting the results now.
thought no other tests would be necessary at this time - which suits me just fine!
Thanks again, Kathy!
From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 10/03/05:
I returned from Florida last Wednesday
night and had to take our oldest cat to the vet on Thursday. This
was a real shock for someone hell bent on saving lives when the vet said we had to put Murf to sleep. I
never really liked the cat but I cried for two days. In my mother's final years, the cat became very close
to her. We still have one to go.
Oh, NO! I'm so sorry, Linda! That's just so very difficult!
No, I wish I did! I thought surely all three of them would have been at the reunion last year, and was so
Oh my, how I miss those days and getting ready to Crush A Crab or two.
AMEN! How often those thoughts of the happy times spent in the band wing come washing over my mind!
When my daughter Jennifer went to
Ferguson High School, I found my old band uniform. Somehow,
Ferguson's Drama Department had inherited them when NNHS closed I guess. The Drama Department
was performing HELLO DOLLY and the waiters wore our band uniform (jacket and pants). It took
everything I had not to borrow it but then I couldn't get one for all the former band members that were
measured for them.
GIGGLES!!! Thanks so much, Linda!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 10/04/05:
I remember the Robert Hall clothing store
up toward Fort Eustis on Route 60, which is extended
Warwick Boulevard...I must have run across it since we lived near there after we moved to Denbigh, but I
don't remember shopping for clothes there...My dad liked to shop for clothes at Bonatex on Washington
Avenue, even after we moved, and he was good friends with the gentlemen who handled sales, and the
ladies who took care of alterations...It seemed like whenever we went in there, he knew and was on a first
name basis with whomever was working...The same was true when we went into the Western Auto store,
where the current Shipyard union president worked part time...
I'm glad that every attempt is made to celebrate important things,
holidays, and observances in everyone's
lives. Like you said, that's what you do in a family.
Hope you're feelin' better...Jimmy
Thanks, Jimmy! I added your comments - and those of several other people, both from yesterday and today -
And I'm glad you agree with me on the observances and celebrations! I just hope I remember them all!
Thanks, Sweetie - I am feeling better - really!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) - of RI - 10/04/05:
It was I who mentioned that song in
the 9/28 newsletter. It was
definitely the square dancing version...
just instrumental, no lyrics...it was probably on a square dance record. I had no idea of the name of the tune
until a few years ago when I found it in a songbook of oldies at the nursing home!
Well, I knew, of course, that it
was you, Jean; I just didn't know when it was or where I had put it.
I thought it was
going to be on the Woodrow Wilson page, but it wasn't. It should have been, but it wasn't. Well, it is now!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/04/05:
But there were only two
whose names came close, and they were a bit younger. There was
('60), and Carol Petenbrink ('62). Both were elected to be the Band Sweetheart, so their faces will be easily
According to my goofy
contemporary records, Carol Petenbrink did marry a Hampton boy (on June
sometime in the 60's), but his name was Donald Gray Hicks, and I do not know what year he graduated.
So we await a final word from someone else.
The Italian restaurant at Southampton was
Vancostas. And the 5 and dime was owned at one
time by Mr. and Mrs. Spiegel. The east end market that we couldn't remember was Pittman's. I
remember that they had a butcher who cut most of the meat to order. My father-in-law use
to "help out" around there. Dick use to tell a story about "helping out". As the story goes, he was
about 5 to 7 or so. He and his dad would take the deposit to the bank. The money would be in a
small paper grocery bag and Dick's job was to carry the bag. They figured that no one would
suspect that a little kid would be carry around all that money. When Dick was a young teen he
was one of the bicycle delivery boys for Pittman's.
What a charming story!
went of business, maybe 20, 25, or 30 eleven years ago. :) :) I
remember the store,
although I never shopped there. I was mad about them ripping down the trees and tearing up the
pasture for some old store. Oh, well...what are you gonna do. :)
I hope you feel better soon.
Thanks, Joan. I'm feeling better every day!
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 10/05/05:
YOWZERS!!! I hadn't even thought about that, Joe! Thanks so much for that information!
From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 10/05/05:
Renee! There's nothing quite like a personal witness to bring
us all to a realization
of truth! We're all so glad you were able to have that detected and treated!
Thanks so much for that!
In order to simplify this
process, from now on the main opening page of the website now carries this icon
all the way down at the bottom of the page), and it will be at the tippy-top of each Newsletter - as it is above. That
should generate quite a few hits!
Thanks again, Renee!
From Tina Crowder Wescott ('65) of VA - 10/05/05:
I look so forward to reading your newsletters and reading what my
fellow classmates and friends
are doing some 40 years later!!! Your comments and expressed thoughts are really "food for thought".
You're right in saying that none of us knows what tomorrow holds for each of us, our friends and
loved ones. Never before has the saying, "don't put off for tomorrow what you can do/say today,
for tomorrow may not come". As we've read repeatedly in the newsletter, so many of our classmates,
friends and loved ones are no longer with us. So I will say also, make that phone call to someone
that you've been "planning" to call, write a short note to an old friend, mend that broken relationship
and I'll bet you won't regret it !! Yes, been there, done that.
By the way, does anyone know where
Judy VanDeaver is? She should have graduated in the
of '65, but she moved away the year before.
Thanks again for all that you do, we in
your "listening" audience can tell that this newsletter is a
real labor of love for you, and we appreciate all your efforts!!!!
Thank you, Tina, for all your
kind words! I really deeply appreciate the opportunity I have to do this.
blessing it is in my life!
Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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In My Room
(The Beach Boys)
There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room
Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday
Now it’s dark and I’m alone
But I won’t be afraid
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
My Room" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks so very much, Dave!
My Room" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Dancing Figures clip art courtesy of http://www.twosteptidewater.com/free_dance_clipart2.htm - 03/20/05
Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 08/20/05
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 10/04/05
Animated Angel clip art courtesy of http://www.mybestweb.com/special-angel.htm - 08/14/05
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05
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