12/26/04 - NNHS Newsletter


  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,    

     As promised, I'm celebrating everything I can this year.

"Kwanzaa is a contemporary African-American holiday, created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga and further developed
throughout the past three decades as 'an ongoing synthesis of the best of nationalist, pan-Africanist and socialist

"Kwanzaa (Swahili for "first" as in "the first fruits") is loosely based on traditional African harvest festivals. The
holiday is celebrated from December 26 to January 1, and each of its seven days is a celebration of one of seven

"The seven principles (nguzo saba) of Kwanzaa utilize Kiswahili words: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia),
collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and
faith (imani). The seven candles represent these principles. As in the Jewish festival of lights, Hannukah, candles are
used to signify the concepts of the holiday."

Courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/tierla/kwanzaa.html  - 12/20/04

   If you're feeling veddy, veddy British today, you may wish to celebrate Boxing Day.


The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term
may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices
collected money at the doors of their masters' clients.

Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year.

http://www.web-holidays.com/boxing/ :

In England a long time ago…

Servants were required to work on Christmas. They were responsible for making the holiday run smoothly for wealthy landowners.
They were allowed to take leave on December 26
th and visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts
and bonuses. In addition, around the 800s' churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and
distributed the contents to poor.

In England today…

Few people have servants but the custom of giving gifts or money to those who provide service continues. It is also popular to visit
grandparents and shop (the after Christmas discounts begin). Many people get the day off from work. Watching sports especially
horse races is also a popular activity.  Boxing Day is also celebrated in places where the English have settled or have influence
like Australia, New Zealand, Canada,
and Scotland. Some places observe Boxing Day on December 26
th and some celebrate it
on the first weekday following Christmas, so, if Christmas falls on Friday or Saturday Boxing Day would be on the following Monday.

Now, the actual origin of this holiday is debatable and has been debated, one idea being more popular than the other at a given time.

   I personally frequently celebrate this day, but it's generally because I didn't quite finish crocheting or cross-stitching someone's
present in time for Christmas Day itself - you know, sorta like this year....



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/merrimac-motors.html - brand new page

   Still more to come ... soon ... I hope ...

   The News link has now been divided by years to facilitate faster loading:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/news.html - introduction, plus news of 2000 and 2001




From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/25/04:

If you notice .... the 'then' shot of Merrimac Motors was taken at an elevation above the road. Judging
from the angle of the shot I would suspect that it was taken from the upper deck of B&M Drive-In
which was directly across the street.
If I had a connection with someone on the upper floor of those condos perhaps I could recreate the angle :-).

Happy Holidays to all ...

   Thanks, Babe - great idea!  GIGGLES!  And Happy New Year!



From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 12/25/04:

To all my fellow Typhoons: Have a wonderful holiday full of many blessings and wonderful memories of Christmas(es) Past!
Carol, you are a wonder for keeping us in touch with our roots and each other. Our paths have led us in so many directions
but we all have that special place in our hearts that will always be Blue and Gold!!
Best regards 
Typhoons Forever!

   Thanks, Alice!  In that same spirit I made myself a tiny Typhoon Christmas tree with blue and gold ornaments this year for my
bedroom.  I have a strong urge to leave it up year-round.  I'll include a picture of it soon.  MORE GIGGLES!

   Happy New Year, Alice!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/25/04:

Hi, Carol:

Cap'n Dave's (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) wonder camera sure brought back some very fond memories of many days and
nights working at the World War II Memorial Swimming Pool. Seeing the pool in the winter mode was always a bit
disconcerting. We always left water just above the expansion joints so the material would not dry out, but it always looked
a bit dreadful and the debris that found its way into the pool during the winter was always somewhat depressing before it
was cleaned out to make ready for a new summer season.
The outdoor showers are a nice addition. We used to share the public showers with the recreation center, and they were high
maintenance and required full-time janitors to keep the both showers clean.
The fans in the reception area are also a nice improvement.
The pool was built just after World War II, so considering the age, it looks pretty good, but a bit tired and worn.
I could not help but notice the building in the background of one photo, where the Midkiff family operated a confectionary
and soda shop is still standing. That was a busy place in the summer. They had a window for walk up service, probably
designed to keep the water dripping from the swimmers outside the store.
I am sure many who read this newsletter will have memories of this favorite Old Stomping Ground and I hope they will
join in and tell us about them.

   Thanks, Adonis!  I'm holding my breath as I ask this, but are you saying that there's a chance that our beloved pool is still open,
that this carnage is but a temporary seasonal problem???  I could deal with that, but ...

   Okay, Local Panel of Experts - what is the real status of the World War II Memorial Swimming Pool?

   Happy New Year, Joe!

   "Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come."

-Alexander Pope (May 21, 1688 – May 30, 1744),
An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733"

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/26/04:

I am quite sure that the pool is no longer in operation. What you see is not merely the winter of neglect. Note that all the steps
and railings and lifeguard towers have been removed.  The water in the bottom is not to keep the expansion joints wet; it is
merely the accumulation of rain water.

As I walked around it, I saw a sign posted on the outer fencing saying that renovations were in progress for a reopening
in Summer 2002.  Clearly that never happened. Hard to imagine the City operating an outdoor pool. Just imagine the
possibilities for vandalism or terrorism; anyone could throw anything into the water at anytime. The legal exposure and
liabilities for the City are just too great.

Sigh.  Well, of course, you're right as usual, Dave.  Sometimes the glimmer of fantasy just seems to make the world so much better
for a brief moment or two.  Thanks for the reality check.  Happy New Year!

From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/25/04:


Dear Carol,

Dad (Dale Parsons, Sr. - '48 - of VA) showed me this today and I had to share it with you. Just imagine, a department
store sending congratulations to students for graduating. Nachman's was indeed a special store.

Tim Parsons '73
Courtland, Va

   WOWZERONI!!!  Tim, thank you - and your dad - so much for sharing this with us!  Isn't that amazing?!?  Yes, indeed,
there was just no other place like Nachman's.  And I have certainly not encountered one since that time!


From Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA - 12/25/04:

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!
Please add me to the emails for the Class of 1964:
Stacy Dorn
Divorced  - Engaged as of April 2004 to Kelly J. Davis (Formerly of San Francisco, CA) now residing in Gloucester, Virginia
email: Stacy231@cox.net
Working for the US Army at Ft Eustis (for 31 years!)
Two sons:  Steven Piela (34, Down's Syndrome - living with me)
                    Dan Piela (29, living in Newport News)

   Hey, Stacy!  It's good to hear from you again!  I recall with great fondness our days as "the Stuart Gardens kids".  I took care
of that error for you early this morning.  Every now and then we find glaring errors and omissions that I make such as that - particularly
on the list pages.  I apologize.  Thanks for the heads-up.  And Happy New Year!



Also from Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA - 12/26/04:

Hi Carol!
A belated Merry Christmas; Happy New Year!

Thank you for adding me...thank  you for your newsletters... I enjoy them more than I can say, having flashbacks on occasion
about High School, Stuart Gardens, and friends I haven't seen in ages.  Stuart Gardens was, to me, something I wish my kids
had... with everything just around the corner or even in the backyard (I lived in front of the little league).  We actually could
walk to Roger's (Bobby Callis' dad's store) and not worry about being mugged or abducted... I can remember the warm
sun at Stuart Gardens beach... and going to watch the Pony League games.
I think one of my most poignant memories was seeing Bill Koehler ('64) after he'd joined the Marines.  He had a rough
childhood (I seem to remember his dad was killed in Korea and that he never knew him)...and he was one of those "bad" boys :) 
But never *that* bad...and we had a great conversation over at the pool at Magruder Elementary about how he was getting
his life in order and how proud he was to be in the Marines.  How sad I was to learn he died in Vietnam... I always wanted to tell
his mom about that conversation, but I had no idea where to find her.
Carolyn Deuell (O'Rourke) ('64) was my best friend in high school...I've lost track of her...she apparently moved to North
Carolina in the last year or so... We would walk the halls as "Mice" drooling over the class of '60... stuttering and stammering as
we asked those incredible football players to sign our Anchor.  Double and triple dating -- driving around Shoney's...and ducking
down when we drove around Tarey's (good girls didn't go to Tareys!)... trying to put my hair up for graduation when it was so
much too short (grin)...  ah well, I was always rather a strange duck... my mom made all my clothes (she could sew beautifully, and
we couldn't afford the "in" labels)... I didn't appreciate her properly then...her sewing was so much better than anything I could buy...
with so many kids (6 of us!) I wonder now how they managed to feed and dress us and never letting us know how tight money
always was.
It's almost impossible to believe how old my kids are getting -- Steve is 34, Down Syndrome, and such a special young man.  Dan is
29, and went through some ups and downs growing up (as most boys seem to anymore), but he's doing well... now if he would find a
special lady and get married and give me grandchildren!!!! (grin)
My mom is very much still alive...  My dad died just over 8 years ago.  My dad was co-owner of Antine's Restaurant.  Tony
and Livie Benton ('63) used to work the newsstand for him.  I used to go there on Sunday mornings before Sunday school, having wonderful chocolate milkshakes with waffles (low cal stuff of course!)  Sammy was the cook and also would come get me
and take me to the store.  My dad was a very special man -- I think everyone liked him.  My sisters Elaine (class of '59 I think) 
and Abby ('60) live in Florida, Jeff ('61)  lives in Arizona.  David ('69) lives here (Newport News) and takes care of my mom,
and Rick (the baby!) will be 50 in 2005 and lives in Tampa, Florida.  There were Dorns in Newport News High School from about
1953 (when we moved here) until the school closed I believe.  Jeff served two terms in Vietnam serving in the Marine Corps.
So many people grew up in Stuart Gardens, and I look through your newsletters for news of them.  It's amazing at times those
years are clearer than yesterday :)  (Being senile means meeting new friends everyday -- and being able to hide your own Easter
eggs!)  Brownies and girl scouts with Mrs. Weinstein...  watching (and flirting) with little leaguers...  I actually work with Randall Chalkley who used to make my heart flutter when he played little league :)  It was such a time of innocence and simple pleasures. 
Pam Foreman
(who I understand is now in Israel) and I found an injured duck at the beach in Stuart Gardens -- and took him
home trying to rescue him...only to have him drown in the bathtub... :( 
Beverly Barnes lived two doors from me -- we used to meet at the middle sidewalk :)  I haven't seen her since I moved
from there...I think of her and wonder what happened to her :)  Sylvia Hall ('66) lived on one side of Magruder...  so many
others were just a 'stone's throw'... Taking piano lessons from Ralph Matin (Judy Bell and Dennis Holbrookboth '64 -
lived down the street from him). 
Ah well...enough of memory lane (are you bored to tears by now?) ... but they were for the most part wonderful memories, more
cherished with time.  I threaten occasionally to write a book :)))
It's almost impossible to believe how old my kids are getting -- Steve is 34, Down Syndrome, and such a special young man.  He
graduated from Lafayette High School.  Dan is 29, and went through some ups and downs growing up (as most boys seem
to anymore), but he's doing well... now if he would find a special lady and get married and give me grandchildren!!!! (grin)
I'm engaged to a super guy... we (gasp!) met on the internet about a year and a half ago.. and are now together.  I've always been
a computer geek...I love it! :)  We are tentatively planning to get married late summer, and would like to do so in Catalina Island,
California (Kelly has never been married, is younger than I am, and his mom wants to be at our wedding.  Since she is in California,
we decided we'll do it there and the boys will fly out).  I am enclosing a picture, just so you know what I look like now and the guy
with me is Kelly... he keeps me young... though I think I'm a case of arrested development anyway -- I will be a grandmother
before I'm 70 or I will adopt someone else's!!!  I am so jealous :)
Thank you again for your newsletters and for stirring wonderful memories... I hope 2005 is wonderful for you... and keep
writing.  What pleasure you give!  God bless you and yours...
P.S.  My birthday is May 26 (I will be 59 in 2005!)

Stacy Dorn and Kelly Davis


   Hi again, Stacy!  There are tears streaming down my cheeks, but they're certainly not from boredom!

   You made me laugh, and you made me cry; you made me remember, and you made me wonder how it was that I didn't remember,
and it just doesn't get any better than that!  Thanks so much for sharing it all with us - and for the photo, too!

   I added your birthday to that page:


   You have all our best wishes for a very happy life!  Happy New Year!

Also from Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/26/04:

I am 99% sure that the brass plate and stone currently exist across from the entrance to the Shipyard offices. It lies in the
shadow of the tug Dorothy, the first vessel constructed by the shipyard. It may be a reproduction of the original, but it is
clearly displayed for all to see.  perhaps N-G is not so heartless as you suspected.

I will get a shot of it when I can. I almost tried to stand atop it when I shot the "Now" image of the Shipyard entrance.

   OHHHH, David, bless your sweet heart!  I do believe you are right!!!  I knew it seemed somehow familiar, but I thought it was
possible that I was just remembering something from my childhood, or from the Mariners' Museum, or possibly even from a
postcard.  But now I do seem to remember seeing it in October of 2003.  Of course, I was so excited that day, it's a grand wonder
that I remember anything at all!

   Thank you so much!  You are my hero!

From Me ('65) of NC - 12/26/04:

   There has been some private discussion lately as to what may or may not be appropriate subject matter for our Newsletters. 
Perhaps the time has come for me to address this publicly as well

   Freedom of Speech is very precious to me.  I shall include comments from all my subscribers, whether I agree with them or not. 

   When I began the website in July of 2000, I spent a great deal of time worrying about what might offend one or another of my
handful of
subscribers.  We now have well over 300 subscribers, so the dynamics have both changed and multiplied.  Given the
increase in the frequency of the Newsletters coupled with my own extreme openness, it has become all but impossible for me
to hide my own personality and beliefs from you, and I'm no longer certain that I wish to do so anyway.  I'm not certain what value
there may be in reconnecting if we're not really connecting at all except on the surface.  That is especially true in the case of the
Newsletters, which are far more informal and personal and playful than the rest of the web site.


   Many people are offended by many different things.  This year I made a conscious decision to celebrate in the Newsletters as
many holidays as possible.  I know many people – some of my own extended family members, even – are offended by Halloween. 
I included a Halloween Newsletter for those who are not.  If I recall correctly, one-third of my class is – or was – Jewish.  That’s why

I included a Hanukkah Newsletter.  I included several which have alluded to Christmas.  Today we're having a Kwanzaa Newsletter,
because at least one of our subscribers is black.  That doesn’t mean that he necessarily celebrates Kwanzaa, but that is hardly the
point.  I’ve included it for educational purposes, if nothing else. 


    I envision this Newsletter as a forum through which many of us may share our various viewpoints.  The spectrum has become

quite broad, representing a wide range of ages and even other high schools.  If people ask to participate, I shall not deny them that

right.  If they wish to remain silent, I shall not coerce them into mandatory participation.  And if they wish to speak, I shall not silence



   All subject matter which we cover is not going to be of interest to all of us all of the time.  Some is it is not even particularly
interesting to me.  I am not, however, so conceited as to believe that it therefore is of no interest to anyone.  If but one of you finds it
of interest, I believe it is worthy of inclusion.  Chances are excellent it will be of interest to two or more of you. 


    There is no governing Board of Directors who hired me.  Mine is not a paying job.  No one commissioned me to create a web site
or to start a Newsletter.  With a bit of encouragement, I did so entirely on my own.  It has evolved over time into a much larger entity
than I ever dreamed possible.  I devote a minimum of eight to ten hours daily to it.  While I do have a core panel of about ten to twelve
people (whose opinions I greatly respect) who function as a sounding board for me from time to time, I really answer only to my own
conscience.  Therefore, I set my own standards for inclusion.  I do not include vile or profane language, for instance.  I do not generally
post truly derogatory or hurtful remarks about people, though I will include all
the praise anyone wishes to heap upon another.  I do not
include racist or sexist remarks.  But I think it is foolish to try to pretend we all
agree with one another on every subject.  We do not.  We
would be extremely boring if we did.  I believe it is the very fact of the
diversity of opinions and beliefs which serve to educate and
inform one ano
ther, not to divide us.  There is a built-in self-regulatory feature or two – skimming over a section which is boring or
offensive to you, deleting those messages which do bring you offense, or choosing to unsubscribe.


    Meanwhile, I shall continue to set my own standards, and to print as many differing opinions as I am offered – in the interest of the

Free Speech which I treasure.  Many of you have earned the right (and secured for the rest of us) through your service in the various
branches of the United States Military the privilege to speak your minds.  I wouldn’t dream of censoring any of you.

   This might be a good moment to pause to reflect upon one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity (umoja).

   Y'all take care of each other!  Stay warm!  Happy New Year!  TYPHOON FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."



The Circle of Life

- Tim Rice and Elton John

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps the great and small on the endless round

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

"The Circle of Life" midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/midi6047.html, with the assistance of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave!

"The Circle of Life" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyrics007.com/Whitney%20Houston%20Lyrics/The%20Circle%20Of%20Life%20Lyrics.html - 12/20/04

"Happy Kwanzaa" and Dancing Woman clip art courtesy of http://www.holidaygraphics.com/christmas/graphics/page2.html - 12/20/04

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