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10/10/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Columbus Day!

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I trust you're enjoying your holiday.  Rather than repeat the background information for you this year, I'll simply
refer you to last year's Newsletter:


1. Barbara Woods Monk ('61) of VA - 10/08/05:

I graduated with the class of 1961.  I enjoy each day reading the newsletter as it brings back
many memories. I grew up in the 1100 block of 23rd street and Janice (McCain) Rose ('65 -
of VA
) used to live across the street.

Please add me to your alumni and mailing lists.
Barbara Woods Monk

    Why, certainly, Barbara!  We're glad you're enjoying the Newsletter!  You've now been added to each list:

   Thanks and welcome!

2. Laverne Spotts Broczkowski ('63) of MD via Rick Billings ('65) of NC - 10/09/05:


Can you add Laverne Broczkowski ( Spotts) class of 63 NNHS to the mailing list? She is related
to Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA).

Also, I hope to see you and the rest of our class in a couple of weeks.  I can't make final plans for a couple
of days; I might be out of the country.

Thanks, Rick

   Thank you, Rick!  I'd be delighted to add Laverne!  Yes, she is Dave's second cousin.  Tootsie's mother (Myrtle
and Dave's mother (Mildred Linkous) are first cousins.

   Hi, Tootsie!   Welcome aboard!

   Y'all know my position on "coincidences" - I do not accept the theory.  Still, I cannot overlook how "curious" it is
that we just posted Laverne's image alongside one of her father and Dave's mother in a very recent Newsletter:

   And, Rick - I've added your name to indicate your good and true intentions:

   We're certainly looking forward to seeing you again, but if you can't be there, have a nice trip abroad!


The 54-Year Reunion of the Class of 1951
 will be held on on Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Kiln Creek
 - a Sunday lunch brunch from Noon to 2:00 PM.
The cost is $21 per person or $42 per couple. 

Contact Robert Allen at
or Nancy Fogle Moore, 76 Columbia Drive,
Newport News, VA 23608





The 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965
will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,
and is open to all NNHS Alumni - 
plus a few others!




From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/07/05 and 10/08/05 - "Antine's and Buckroe Horse Tournament":

I scanned both sides at 600 dpi.
That is why the files are so large.

But, you can almost read the labels
on the candy bars, eh?
Attached is a hi-res scan (600 dpi).

WOW, that pulls out a lot of detail, doesn't it?


   I did compress the back of the Antine's card, but those other two images were just too fascinating not to see
"up close and personal".   And so, Sweetie-Pies, those are very large files, but well worth the wait.  The detail is
incredible.  You can actually "walk around" in Antine's once more.

   Thank you so much, David!  See you soon, Brown Eyes!

From Mr. Kenneth Gaskins (NNHS teacher, 1960 to 1965) of VA - 10/08/05:

Please add my name to the teachers list.
Kenneth D. Gaskins  Teacher 1960-65 NNHS
2049 Cove Road
Hayes, VA 23072

   Oh, YOWZERONI!  The next time one of y'all run into Dr. Frankenstein, please have him schedule
my surgery.  Obviously, I need a new brain!

    I thought I had done this several months back...... 

    I am so sorry.  Here it is now: 

From Me ('65) of NC - 10/08/05:

   As I was there, I decided at long last to add a teacher who meant a great deal to me.

   Mrs. Helen Shelton was my senior English teacher.  I learned so much from her that year!  She always quietly
and firmly pushed us to excel.  Her vocabulary lessons remain with me to this day.  Whenever I hear the word,
"perspicacious", I think of Mrs. Shelton standing before us.  I remember once we were discussing the verb "to dive". 
Several members of the class tried to persuade her that the past tense of "dive" was "dove" rather than "dived". 
Her face registered a mixture of surprise, shock, and downright horror - as though she had never encountered
this extremely common informal usage.  "Dove?!?  Oh, no - dived!  He dived into the pool."

    I remember our senior term papers.  She kept guiding us towards narrowing our topics.  I had chosen
something about the history of the English language.  By the time I had finished repeatedly narrowing my topic,
my paper was entitled, "The Controversy Surrounding the Influence of the Norman Invasion upon the English
Language".  It was exactly the type of nit-picking and minutia which delights me even now.  I received an "A+"
on that paper, and in large part because of it, I was able to test out of English 101 at
Old Dominion College
I was forever grateful for her persistence and for her teaching me exactness in all things.

   When I attended Mr. McIntosh's Memorial Service this summer, I saw many, many people, and enjoyed
talking with some of them.  Later Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) sent me copies of some of the pictures he had
snapped there - including the one above of Mrs. Shelton.  I burst into bitter tears upon seeing her image. 
I had no idea that she had been there, and I thus missed the opportunity to tell her how influential she
had been in my life, and how very much I appreciated it.  I tried unsuccessfully to locate a phone number
for her.  I've still not been able to contact her, and it greatly grieves my soul.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/08/05:

I ... read your tribute to (Mrs. Shelton) viv-a-vis ODU and ENG101. Similarly, thanks
to Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Cameron, I validated Plebe English at USNA.  Given my tenuous
academic record that year, the reading and writing load of Plebe English would likely
have resulted in my finding a different career path than that of a Naval Officer. And THAT
is why we have these "Teacher Pages" ..... to memorialize them and provide a forum
in which former students may express their gratitude and fond memories.

   That's it exactly, Dave!  Thanks!

  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) 0f FL - 10/08/05:

To Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73), thanks for the name of the beer joint on Kecoughtan Road.....Star.  I don't remember the Central Ambulance Service being there in the 70s......then again, I was partying hard those years!  :)
A double thanks to you and Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) for the Crab........I absolutely love it!

   Thanks, Gloria!  He is a kinda cute little critter, isn't he? 

   What?  I mean, NO, I never said any such thing!!!  GIGGLES!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 10/08/05:

Hi, Karen:

I am about a mile north of Pebble Creek. We live in The Lakes of Northwood, at the section that is off of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard directly across from Williamsburg Subdivision. The new J.C. Penney store and Bealls are across the Boulevard from us. It was a cow pasture with cattle grazing when we moved here 8 years ago. The Wild Boar are still here. Seems nothing can run them away, after all they were here first.

Raoul and I did a lot of talking when we both were living in Lakeland, as neighbors again. He was usually walking his dog in the evening.

I will never forget one early morning when I was out jogging, and heard a voice "Bucky, Bucky Madagan" and it was your dear brother hailing me from his drive way on Lagoon Drive in Lakeland.
What a small world. We lived behind the garages of the three homes that faced Marshall Avenue, at 815-30th Street for many years. I remember your dear father working very long hours to provide a better living for your family.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 10/08/05:

Hi, Karen:

Since we were "reconnected" via our hard working "Conduit" (AKA Carol Buckley Harty) recently it is indeed a small world. Several times I have encouraged Raoul to share some of his memories of the days that he worked at Buckroe Beach, but he is too busy dancing away with all the lovely ladies on the high seas cruising the world. This is another bothersome nudge in that direction. Surely there are some memories you can share with us Raoul!!!

I have "bumped" into several friends from Newport News by just visiting our local Publix (usually in the Ice Cream aisle) as well as the nearby Super Wal-Mart (which surely changed your subdivision).
The most recent was a chance meeting with the younger sister of my classmate Ronald Bass ('57) of VA and her husband Nathan Scharf ('61) of FL. They are residing in Sun City south of Tampa, and he is teaching school in Hillsborough County Public Schools. I recognized him immediately, for he has not changed one bit from his youth. Nathan and my wife, Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL had a mini-reunion right there in the Wal-Mart.

Nathan helped Eva reconnect with a couple of TYPHOON in New York City that she had long lost contact with since 1961. I invited them to join us at the NNHS website, but have not seen a contribution from them yet.

What a small world!

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL to Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/08/05:


You probably won't bump into me at the Publix since my husband does most of the grocery shopping (and all the cooking!)  However, I have been seen in Wal-Mart, Target, Marshall's, Michael's, Linens 'n Things, Pier One, Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Belks, Stein Mart, to name a few....and that's just around New Tampa!
Let's get together for dinner. We will travel far and wide for a good meal but, in this area, we like Circles for pizza, Liang's Bistro for Chinese, and Olive Garden or Benedettos's for Italian. Maybe we can even convince Raoul to come over from Lakeland! 
P.S. I haven't seen Nathan Scharf since high school.  I do know that Harry Wilks (class of 60) lives in Clearwater. I think we need to work on a "NNHS reunion for those who now live on the west coast of Florida."
Take care,

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 10/08/05:

Hi, Neighbor:

My, my, Circles serves a great Chocolate Cake, as I am sure you have discovered if you go there also. You sound like one liberated woman, if your hubby does all the grocery shopping and does the cooking as well. Please don't tell Eva about his talents and skills. I can fix a salad and that is about it. As a young man with three sisters, I seldom visited the kitchen while growing up and Mom had once cooked for a crew of 40 workers in their family business in Salem, so talk about being intimidated when it comes to cooking.

I am embarrassed that I cannot recall the name of Nathan's wife, but can remember that she was a Bass. She is sweet and charming, as you might expect coming from Newport News.

I remember Jay Wilks from growing up in East End. He had an older brother named Seymour if my memory serves me well. They lived next to the vacant lot that was at the corner of 30th Street and Marshall Avenue.

A "Mini-Reunion" of TYPHOON living in this area would be great fun. One of my classmates lives in nearby Valrico, and recently became a widow. It would be nice to get together and talk about "New Pert News".

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe and Karen!  Reunions - even Mini-Reunions - always do the heart good!  There are certainly a goodly number of y'all down there in Florida!  You should get together on a regular basis!


From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/08/05:


Attached is the latest list of those confirmed as attending the reunion. I'm still receiving some sporadic contacts
and sent another reminder to those on the "snail mail" list. Thanks.

Dave Arnold

   Well, it's continuing to grow!  Thanks, Dave!

From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 10/08/05:


Thanks for your response and the info on Miss Free.  You may want to check the math though.  Based on being born in 1894, she would have been 66 in 1960 and not 64 as the site says.  Regardless though, what it means is that when most of us had her in the 9th
or 10th grade she was 62 or 63 and the same age or younger than we are now.  That is truly scary because that means that by our own definition we members of the class of 60 are now ancient too..............


   Ah, math....  There's a very good reason I was an English major, Al!  GIGGLES!!! 

   The earlier age estimates were based on census records, which are notoriously misleading.  Once the exact birth date was found, I simply didn't change the earlier correspondence.  Sometimes I am more prone to revisionist writing than I am at others.

   Without making disparaging remarks about anyone in particular, I've noticed quite often that people seem to be far younger today than they were at the same chronological age forty and fifty years ago.  It's probably a combination of factors - diet, exercise, medical advances, cosmetics, media hype, and a youth-driven society.


   I just saw many of y'all from the Class of 1960 at your Reunion in July, and I can testify that you're by no
means ancient.  You're all still just kids - just like me! 

   Thanks, Al!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 10/08/05 - "Loved the picture....."

The photo from 1926 was priceless!  They were all before my time but it is just so endearing.  Loved the clothes and hats ... I remember Miss Free ... I believe that she was there when we were mice and maybe retired the following summer ... because I had Mrs. Mundie (Betty's mother) for first year Latin and Miss Brewer for second year Latin.  I remember "Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatus, amant ... "  (I love, you love, he/she loves, we love, you love, they love ...)  The things that stick in my brain are always kind of strange ... I can sing all the words to "Charlie on the MTA" for instance...We had a Roman banquet and wore togas ... what a hoot!  It was in the cafeteria. "Those were the days, my friend ..."  Aretie (Gallins Patterson - '59 - of Northern VA) remembers more Latin than I do ... I remember that Kathleen Pilgrim ('63) and Walter Morrison ('63) were in my class as well as Jane Stephenson ('63) ... I thought it was hot stuff to be in classes with upperclassmen!   I think my Latin helped me on my SATs. 

Jean Burton

   Wasn't that just a wonderful old photograph?!?  (Thanks again, Aretie!)

   And yes, Miss Free did retire after your mouse year.

   And you touched on one of the things I most enjoyed about high school - the mixing of classes.  From my earliest semesters at NNHS, I had so many classes - band, biology, chemistry, French, geography, geometry, PE - which all allowed me that privilege of getting to know both upperclassmen and lowerclassmen.  I still treasure some of those friendships and associations today! 

   Thanks, Jean!


  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 10/08/05 - "Smitty's:

Carol ... went for supper last night and took this one, showing the neon.

Crabbingly ...

Friday, October 7, 2005        

   Oh, COOL!  Thanks, Babe!

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/08/05 - "THANKS!"

Thank You for the birthday wishes, they are most appreciated. Just think, next year will be the big 40!! I wish!!!

   You're welcome, Wayne Honey!  The Big 40 - ah, well, it had to happen......  GIGGLES!!!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/08/05 - "Music Dancer":

Hi, Carol:

Well, I knew Raoul (Weinstein - '60 - of FL) was busy, but did not realize just how busy...which may account for the lack of his recollections regarding Buckroe Beach. We sure miss his monthly music trivia quiz, but certainly happy that he is in such demand with the cruise lines.

Here is part of his reply today which I share with you all:
  Hi Joe,

Good to read your emailing with my sister Karen and see your comments when I find time to go to Carol Harty's website and catch up on things.  Was really sad to hear about
Charlotte Jones, whom I was sweet on my Junior year. 

Yes, I am staying busy with cruising, having scheduled one each month for J, A, S, O, & N.  Just returned from an 11 day cruise from NYC to NE and Canada, and leave again next Sunday for 10 days in the southern Carib. 

Couldn't find time to keep up with the monthly trivia and it seemed that only a few responded anyway.  It was fun for the time I did it. 

Met a lady from Philly on the last cruise who asked me if I had Johnny and Joe's "Over the Mountain," which of course I do.  I need to get an mp3 file emailed to her.  Hope perhaps we can all get together over in your area sometime.  Stay well.



Glad to know someone has talents that are in demand!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe - and Raoul!

   I very much enjoyed Raoul's music trivia quizzes that you used to forward me, Joe.  I almost always did very
poorly on them, but that always made me laugh in wonder because I knew so little on a subject about which I
should have remembered so much more.

   All the background music in my life seems to have floated right over me....


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) 0f FL - 09/29/05:

   WOW - this has been some time, hasn't it?  I'm sorry so many factors conspired to cause such a delay
in readying these images for posting, Gloria.  I know it's difficult to understand why it takes me longer to do
some things than others.  Some things just involve many more steps - and time, Newsletter space and that
dreadful illness of mine were all at play here.  I suppose you'd need to watch me work to grasp what I'm
saying - and that's a scary thought in and of itself!

   Well, better Nate than Lever, as the joke goes.....

   As it turns out, I find myself once again pressed for time, although I've made more progress than is apparent. 
There were nine images, so in honor of Columbus Day, let's start with the two from the Mariners' Museum, and
we'll pick this up again tomorrow.

We actually had this image before,
but your copy is so much better,
I replaced the older one.
"Main Exhibit Room, Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va." "Main Exhibit Room, Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va."  

   I have these both posted now:

   Thanks so much, Gloria!  My seeming attention to this doesn't appear to be in relation to my gratitude,
but trust me, I'm very happy to have these images - all nine of them..  They do and will add a great deal
towards improving the quality of the website.

   And thanks to my daddy and to Mrs. Shelton, excellence is always one of my main goals.

   Y'all enjoy your holiday - and take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol





Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

The version that was written in 1843 (T. Becket, D. Shaw; 1999 AmeriMusic, Inc.)
was extremely popular during the Lincoln years, and was usually included among the
patriotic songs played by the Marine Band for the President's ceremonial gatherings.
But the song was apparently a rewrite of a very well known British tune entitled
"Red, White, and Blue" that was composed and written by Thomas A'Becket in 1750.

O, Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
The home of the brave and the free,
The shrine if each patriot's devotion,
A world offers homage to thee.
Thy mandates make heroes assemble
When Liberty's form stands in view;
Thy banners make tyranny tremble

When borne by the Red, White and Blue!
When borne by the Red, White and Blue!
When borne by the Red, White and Blue!
Thy banners make tyranny tremble
When borne by the Red, White and Blue!

The wine cup, the wine cup bring hither,
And fill you it true to the brim!
May the wreaths they have won never wither,
Nor the star of their glory grow dim!
May the service united ne'er sever,
But they to their colors prove true!

The Army and Navy forever,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
The Army and Navy forever,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue.

Well, "Columbia" in this case is the USA, but the tune is familiar and the key name is there, so ........

"Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" lyrics and history courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Posthumous Portrait of Christopher Columbus courtesy of - 10/03/04

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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