12/01/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
| As December
breaks we are each going to be celebrating many different things in many
different ways. We'll try to share as many customs and observances
here as we can, because we are family. No matter what or how we are
observing, we wish you each joy in your hearts, and peace in your minds, and
love for you and yours.
If you have certain customs and traditions that you'd like to share with us, we'd love to know them that we may rejoice with you.
A funny thing happened to me today. Just after 3:30 PM as I was almost finished this Newsletter except for a great deal of scanning of images, our whole neighborhood experienced a brown-out. The lights flickered off and when they returned at half-strength, we noticed that the light bulbs had cracked but were still burning. This is not good. I called the power company who readily dispatched someone to address the problem, and in 90 minutes or so, all was well - except for me. I, being the wienie-wuss that I am, allowed the excitement of the moment to trigger one of the worst asthma attacks I've ever had - and I've had some doozies. Obviously, I did nothing at all for five hours or so except try to remember how to breathe.
So I'm going to do something I've never done before, and issue this Newsletter incomplete, especially where images are concerned, and amend it in the morning. Please forgive the lapse.
From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 11/29/05:
But first let me offer
you a deal you probably shouldn’t refuse. In an attempt to save you a
significant amount of work processing graphic files as you create these web
pages, as well as valuable disk space
on your NNHS65
web site, I have created my own Briarfield site at
As you can see, I have posted all the Briarfield photos I have found to date (some of which you have seen yet), and a collection of my old report cards. It may be easier for you to just link to my site from your Briarfield page. You may then want to delete the images from your page (and hard disk) in order to save space on your site. Of course, since my site is a “freebie”, the bombardment of pop-ups can be annoying. Anyone without a good pop-up blocker will probably be turned off. It’s just a suggestion because I know you must be inundated with requests.
Anyway, if you decide you want to keep everything on your site, I will provide additional Briarfield stuff as I rummage through my old photos and memorabilia. I also plan on creating my own “Warwick Gardens Apartments” page because I have quite a number of photos taken while my family lived there. Again, if you want them on your site, I will send you the images. Just let me know.
Before I get back to Sheila, I want to go through my old 1959 Anchor and check some of the names and photos there. Thanks for your great NNHS web site.
BOY HOWDY, what a great idea! Thanks, Fred! I spend most of my time now feeling overwhelmed at the task before me, guilty for not getting it done faster, and bewildered at not being able to envision any solutions. As images are both the most exciting part of the site and the most time-consuming, I welcome your site with sheer giddiness!
I really enjoyed your page. It looks great, and what are a few pop-ups among friends??
I haven't taken anything down yet (that is soooo agonizing for me; gimme a few days!), but I did add your link to both pages:
I'm looking forward to seeing your Warwick Gardens Apartments page, and will delightedly link it to Our Old Apartments:
Say, could I interest you in the entire Sports Section?!? Surely that would make more sense being written by an actual athlete than it would coming from me!!
Thanks so much, Fred! This is really exciting!
From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 11/30/05:
Hi Carol -
I saw Jimmy Cutler at the last reunion of the Class of '68. I think it was our 30 year reunion, in 1998. I can't believe it has been seven years. Jimmy was doing fine. He was either in the Air Force or had just retired and was still a pilot. Thanks again for all your hard work on the newsletter.
Barbara Houston '68
Isn't it strange how time keeps going faster and faster these days?!?
Thanks for the update, Barbara!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/30/05:
I have been meaning to ask the David (Dave) Cutler that I worked with for more than 20 years if he is the same David Cutler ('67) from NNHS. If so, it certainly would be neat. Since it is after 9 PM I will need to wait to call him tomorrow. The David I worked with was a PE Teacher and coach for NNPS. He worked his entire career at Dozier Middle School. David still is slim with an athlete's build. Quiet and a little on the shy side. His wife, Bonnie, was also a teacher. She taught at RO Nelson Elementary and then Gildersleeve Middle School. Both are now retired and enjoying life. I will check with them and get back with you.
Joan Lauterbach Krause '60
I'm 99.6% sure we have a match here, Joan. And I'm 82.7% sure that Jimmy and David are brothers.
From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 11/30/05:
This may be a bit off topic for 1965 but does concern Newport News in the 1970s.
Does anyone remember the mass UFO sightings around the downtown area during morning commute back in the 70s? I think this was pre-Stealth bomber intro but believe this one made no noise and was seen by many all at once.
Bethel High '75
As I moved to southeast Missouri in June of 1971 and remained in the Midwest until December of 2001, I missed this entire scene. But I know the last time you asked, "Hey, does anybody remember ____?", we had one of the largest outpouring of responses ever received from a single question, Eric!
That, of course, was the Cold War topic:
I can hardly wait to read the responses on this one! All my life I've searched the heavens in hopes of spotting a UFO. They probably won't visit or abduct me because they think I am an alien, and they're trying to study human behavior. Sigh.
Okay, y'all, bring on the UFO sighting stories.
From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 11/30/05:
Forrest Powell ('63 - of VA) said his dad owned the Walter Reed Market by the school on Wickham and 25th. Could that be the store that had the penny candies? I've been trying to find out the name of the "candy store" next to Walter Reed. Of course, that's all I can remember buying there!
I do believe that's the answer to another one of our mysteries, Karen. That would also be one of those "missed cues" from yesterday as I ran completely out of time. But today is a new day, so:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/walter-reed-market.html - brand new page
On another note, the Class of 60 has lost 14 classmates - that we know of: Johnny Canepa, Bobby Cannon, Jo Ann Cartwright, Brenda Cockrell, Brenda Crickenberger Wade, John Dickerson, Helen Estes Thomas, Elva Haley Helms, Jane Phillips Pingitore, Kaye Roberts Pond, Sue Taylor Fox, Ross Thweatt, Mary Annette Yates, Connie Zeno Bollmeier.
Thank you so much for this list, Karen, painful though it was to read. I ran their names through the SSDI, and was able to obtain some birth and death dates, and have added them all to the Memoriam page for the Class of 1960:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam60.html - The names, available dates, and their school activities have been added, but not the images.
I was startled to learn that Connie Zeno Bollmeier lived less than 90 minutes from my home in Illinois while we were there. What a beautiful girl she was!
Love your newsletters, Carol. I look forward to them everyday! Thanks so much for your hard work.
Thank you, Karen!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/30/05 - "Hi from Jeanb":
For some reason I did not get the sound of the music on this one or the clip art...dunno why, I usually get everything.
ARGHHH!!! Ohhhh, Jean, you have no idea the terror those words struck into my heart, or the problems that page gave me from the "gitgo". It's working fine for me. Would the rest of y'all please report in on this for me? And would you all try it again, please? Perhaps if you just hit "Refresh"?? Meanwhile, I'll try not to think about it. Surely, it's all just a bad dream.................
From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern
VA - 12/01/05 - "About Newsletters and
I have spent all evening reading newsletters that I hadn’t opened before. I followed some of the links and read all the material on North End. This website is incredible! I read on the home page that $4.00 from each subscriber would pay the cost of the web space. That’s an incredible bargain! On Sunday I addressed an envelope to you and left it on the kitchen table until I got around to writing the check. When I read about the $4.00 I felt so guilty that I am immediately going to write the check and post the envelope! How else can I show my appreciation?!
You know, I ought to amend that. With over 385 subscribers now, it's probably closer to $2.00 a year per subscriber. The cost of the space itself is $150.00 a year, which will be due again on 01/24/06, and the cost of my monthly high-speed access is $45.00. So that's what, $690.00? It would be a very simple matter to ask for subscription fees because it would be so inexpensive for everyone, but that's totally against my principles, and I'll try whatever I can to keep that from happening. It seems somehow obscene. Meanwhile, it's usually feast or famine with the contributions, but I've blessedly never been forced to shut it down for lack of funding. Even when it was unavailable for updating those three horrible months, the site itself remained running. I've always kept the names of the contributors confidential, but I'm always delighted to receive whatever they send.
Okay, I changed the wording:
I’m interested in ordering one of the Class of ’64 “CD Mix.” Do I send my request to the same place as the donation - to the Norfolk PO Box listed in the Typhoon Mart?
Yes, that's true. There are actually three products, as it were, with three separate people and three separate funds, and these monies never change hands between us.
Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) offers his CDs for free, with a suggested donation of $10.00:
NNHS CLASS OF 1964
Tom Flax ('64 - of VA) has wonderful items for sale at various prices:
And I handle the costs of the free website, underwritten by contributions:
I hope that clears the confusion, because I know it has arisen in the past.
I read through all of the North End page tonight and enjoyed it. Seems like there was a big group of Typhooners who lived there. I lived and grew up in downtown on thirty-second street between West Avenue and the James River. I don’t know if there was as big a group of us downtown as there was in North End. I remember that when I was a student at John Daniel School there were row houses on Huntington Avenue and some of the kids I went to Daniel with lived there. I think Franklyn Anderson lived there. I don’t remember if the row houses were still there when we went to NNHS or if they were torn down by then. Remember when Sears moved from Washington Avenue to the big new store on Huntington Avenue? I think the row houses may have been torn down then to make way for Sears. There were row houses on some of the side streets, too, I think, but can’t remember for sure. I seem to remember visiting a friend after school in one of them.
Some of the kids who lived downtown were Pieter ('67) and Katie ('64) Haan, Gloria Tart, Wayne Codding, Barbara Murphy, Alpha Harrison. Gloria, Wayne, Barbara. and Alpha all graduated with the Class of 1959.
Katie Haan Spaulding has lived in Sacramento, CA for many years. She attended the Friday night portion of the 2002 Reunion of the Class of 1962, which was heavily raided by members of the Class of '65 as part of our 50th Birthday celebration. Her brother, Pietie (or Bill, as most of his classmates knew him), was killed in a motorcycle accident on 12/28/64. I visited in their home often, but being totally directionless, I could not begin to tell you where it was located, except somewhere downtown in the Daniel School district.
We have often talked about the Typhoon spirit. Remember the assemblies we used to have? We had lots of them during football and basketball season. Didn’t we have one for every home football game? We had assemblies to mark special occasions, too. At Thanksgiving time it seems to me I remember gathering the entire student body in the auditorium and we sang the traditional Thanksgiving songs. The entire student body assembled in the auditorium with the seniors seated in the front rows.
I thought the pep assemblies were held before every football game and every basketball game, both home and away, but maybe that's just my faulty memory at play. There are some images of them posted on the various Cheerleader pages:
Perhaps the assembly that most endures in my mind was the first one held in the new auditorium that replaced the one destroyed by fire. Miss Sherman led the student body in singing “Bless This House.” I’ll never forget the words. I still hear the voices rising in unison to sing:
house, O Lord. Make it safe by night and day;
windows shining bright, letting in God’s heavenly light;
Ohhh, that song! How I love it! It's available to hear in two different versions within the site:
(Okay, Lady, you got me crying again, just listening to
those two! It's amazing how readily they evoke certain memories.)
In years after I left NNHS and worked in other schools, I did not see assemblies like the ones we had at NNHS. We had lots of them, yet they did not interfere with the academic program, although I do remember watching the hands on the clock in Mrs. Graves’ English class, hoping the clock would get to time for the assembly before she got around to giving the promised quiz on the homework that I did not finish the night before! Remember the pep rallies, yelling at the top of our lungs to support our teams? Remember the chorus and the band performing for the student body? Remember the skits and plays our classmates performed at assemblies that marked holidays? Remember the Mouse Assembly and the Senior Assembly? I wonder if those assemblies had something to do with building the Spirit that was NNHS? Did they somehow enter into the chemistry that created the phenomenon we know as the NNHS Typhoon Spirit?
I believe you're right, Aretie.
Perhaps those bonds were forged at all those wonderful assemblies, no
matter what their purpose. There was a wonderful sense of unity
which prevailed at all of them.
I’m sending along two images which may be of interest. One shows the two sides of a CRT bus token. You already have a nice picture of a token that Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) sent previously. This image caught our eye because it shows both sides.
The other picture shows John W. Daniel School behind Coleman’s Florist, which was being demolished. Until I saw the picture, I had forgotten all about Coleman’s Florist.
COLEMAN'S! Of course!!!
|These images will be posted tomorrow.|
|CRT Bus Token||
John W. Daniel School;
Oh, I like the way these are arranged - thank you! I'll never forget when David first showed me that CRT token for sale on eBay. I couldn't have been much more thrilled had it been a free Lincoln Continental. In fact, I bought that very token. I think it was my first eBay purchase, and I know it was one of the least expensive. I think it cost me !.25 plus .64 postage. When it arrived I was so excited you'd have thought it was Christmas morning! I showed it everybody who came near my house. They all thought I was totally berserk, or at least extraordinarily easily amused. I have a matching token from Virginia Transit Company in Norfolk, left over from my days at Old Dominion. I have them both in my "Newport News Shrine" area by my front door, along with the medallion my daddy made at Buckroe, the NNHS belt buckle that Jimmy Parker ('62 - of VA), bless his sweet heart, gave me, and my Newport News mug (which I also found on eBay), and my beautiful NNHS mug which I received last year at the Glorious Reunion of the Class of 1964.
|CRT Bus Token||
ID Medallion made
by my daddy in the Buckroe Arcade prior
to his death in 1960
|NNHS Belt Buckle||NNHS Class of 1964 Mug|
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 11/16/03
|Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 10/28/03||
Courtesy of Jimmy Parker ('62)
of VA - 12/28/03
|Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 10/25/04|
Many of y'all have extensive, magnificent collections of NNHS and Newport News and Peninsula memorabilia. Mine is quite tiny, but I treasure it.
again, thanks so much, Aretie! Your letters and memories are a pure
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/01/05:
That was a great newsletter and tell Chip (Clark - '65 - of Northern VA) I would love one of the discs or however many there are! I was talking with George (Konstant - '65 - of VA) today and we agreed that the reunion was terrific and we all had a great time!
Won't that be simply fabulous?!? And it's true. I certainly had a wonderful time!
I remember Eddie Nichols ('62 - of Northern VA) from Calvary and from being on stage crew at school. Of course, we are MUCH YOUNGER!!!! (heh heh)
Oh, Miss Sarah, you baaaad! WILD GIGGLES!!!
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
From Alice Fowler ('64) of VA - 12/01/05:
Finally ran across the Beacon you mentioned a few newsletters ago about Mr. Loving. He was in the Navy ... he mentioned that his most interesting experiences had been while he was in the Navy.
Sorry it took so long to find!
Thanks, Alice! I'll be adding Mr. Loving to Famous Sailors soon!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/01/05:
I had an opportunity to view some of the pages in the Old Stomping Grounds section in your website yesterday. One in particular that is most enjoyable to view, is Fort Monroe. On May 13, 2005 Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld presented a list of proposed base closures and realignments to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission and one of the bases listed for closure was Fort Monroe.
The BRAC review process has been completed and went into effect with the signing of the bill into law on November 2, 2005 by President George W. Bush.
Many TYPHOON and Krabbas spent a great portion of their life in the service to our government at this military post, which is slated to be closed.
The US Army Training & Doctrine Command Headquarters will be transferred to Fort Eustis, VA along with the Installation and Management Agency, Northeast Region Headquarters; US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Northeast Region Headquarters; and the Army Contracting Agency Northern Region Office.
The US Army Accessions Command and US Army Cadet Command both will be transferred to Fort Knox, KY.
Besides being one of the oldest active military post in the US, Fort Monroe has a rich heritage. Captain Robert E. Lee served as an Engineering Officer at this post and helped design and build the defenses of this installation. His eldest son was born at Fort Monroe.
This old photograph taken during the late unpleasantness might be a historical addition to your page. It remained occupied by US Army forces during the Civil War, and played a significant part in the strategy and tactics employed against the Confederate States of America's army and navy during the conflict.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
|Thanks, Adonis! I'll add this to the Fort Monroe page tomorrow!|
Personally, I'm hoping for a really boring day tomorrow...... GIGGLES!!!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
I Wonder As I Wander
Words and Music
John Jacob Niles
1. I wonder as I
wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on'ry people like you and like I...
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.
2. When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.
3. If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,
He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.
"I Wonder As I Wander" midi courtesy of http://www.christiananswers.net/midimenu.html - 11/26/05
"I Wonder As I Wander" lyrics (and available history) courtesy
of http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/i_wonder_as_i_wander.htm - 11/30/05
"Let There Be Light" Image courtesy of http://jsmagic.net/xmasgraphicsnativity/page4.html - 12/01/05
Shepherds Silhouette clip art used to
form Divider Lines courtesy
of http://www.twoheartsdesign.com/images/clipart/catholic/christmas/nativity/nativity2.html - 12/01/05
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