12/28/04 - NNHS Newsletter - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
 

"Deciding to commit yourself to long-term results rather than short term fixes
is as important as any decision you'll make in your lifetime."

- Anthony Robbins

 

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   


NEWBIES:

1. Tony Koskinas ('68) of NC - 12/26/04:

Greetings Carol -
 
I have enjoyed your web page and reminiscing the good ol' days at NNHS.  Please add my name to your newsletter.
 
I see that you are living in Carolina..........so am I.  I live in Kernersville, NC 
 
Tony Koskinas

Class of 68 

   Well hey, Tony!  It's so good to hear from you after forty-eleven years!  Thanks for joining us; we 're glad you're having fun.  We
look forward to hearing from you again soon with some of your treasured memories to share!  Happy New Year!

   I've added you to our (hidden) mailing list, and to our Alumni List:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/alumni-list.html


 UPDATES:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/kitt.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/national-restaurant.html - featuring another old image, courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.
Thanks, Dave!


From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/26/04:

Carol -- very well said! The freedoms of speech and press are two of the most vital freedoms we have. I for one
find the variety of opinions expressed in the NNHS newsletter quite enlightening and mostly enjoyable.
 
And at times, however, one comes along that is a depressing reminder that some people can be real jackasses!  :-o) 
They would love to have everyone do things their way, as was done in Germany, circa 1933-1945.
 
But these opinions too are appropriately included. Not to do so would be censorship on your part.
 
By the way, your (with emphasis on "your") NNHS newsletter is protected by the freedom of the press. This has
been decided in some court cases brought by those who feel otherwise -- private newsletters ARE in fact
considered a media publication, and part of the press.
 
So you go, girl -- include what you want, Carol.
 
To me, the key in this issue is your statement that PRIVATE discussions have been held about what is or is not
appropriate.
 
Why doesn't this person (or persons) make their views public, for all to see? I guess they know that their very
un-American ideas are just too offensive for American tastes?
 
A question for this person(s):  Why don't you show yourself? Otherwise, just unsubscribe.
 
Let the lady do what she very obviously loves doing -- which brings a lot of pleasantness to most of us who do
subscribe -- and quit hassling her with your juvenile attempts at censorship.
 
VERY Sincerely,
Ron

   Ronnie, I can't even adequately express to you what your tireless and unfailing support means to me.  Thank you so much! 
You have always been there for me when I've called upon you, as I often have.  I really appreciate your friendship. 

   Happy New Year!

 


From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/26/04:

Dear Carol,

Found this today looking thru some old books I have. It's really sad that the city schools lost names with real
heritage such as Collis Potter Huntington and Homer L. Ferguson. Huntington built the shipyard and Ferguson
saved it.

Tim

   WOWZERS!  Such a wealth of goodies you have!  Thanks, Tim!  I'm glad the names are still preserved elsewhere in Newport
News, especially Huntington Avenue.  And
Happy New Year!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/railway-shipyard.html


Also from Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/26/04:

Dear Carol,

I believe the shipyard creed is on that plaque in the stone.

Tim

   DOUBLE WOWZERS!  What a great old image!  Thanks again for more of your magic, Tim!  Yes, this is an excellent shot
of the original location of the plaque in its stone setting inside the gates near the main building. 

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/railway-shipyard.html

   I shared this shot with Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, who offered the following:


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

The original location was within the shipyard, precisely as shown. Washington Avenue is on the far side of this building;
you are looking south toward the 37th Street gate.

You would be standing on 39th Street, if it extended into the shipyard.

   Thanks, Dave!


Also from Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/27/04:

Carol,

Here is the proof:

   
Monday, December 27, 2004 - Newport News, VA    
         

   OOOOH, David!  These are exceptionally beautiful images!!!  Thank you so much for shooting them for us!  I can always count
on you for amazing quality and excellence!  That last photo, in particular, is soooo beautiful; I just keep looking at it over and over.
You're a man of many talents, Dave - but this is hardly a news flash!  Happy New Year!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/railway-shipyard.html


From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/26/04:

Carol Buckwheat Dawlin',

Your open editorial, the preview of which I was grateful to read and encourage your public printing, was excellent. You covered all
of those areas that I think, at times, has run through every critic's mind that reads - willfully subscribes - to your wonderful newsletter.

Well put was the fact that our strength is in our ability to disagree without being disagreeable. The old sayings remain true today
as they did when first spoken - they have survived the test of time. Among those is a truth said in jest: If we agree on everything, we
don't need one of us!
 

You produce an excellent product, and like EVERYONE that reads the newsletter, I too don't like ALL of everything printed, but I love
it ALL as one piece of work.

I have spoken to you many times to encourage you in those times that you were questioning what you were doing; my encouragement
will NEVER change. That goes for the things I DON'T LIKE! How about that?

Stay the course!!

Your friend,
Wayne

   Thank you, Wayne Honey!  Your strong encouragement has indeed always been there for me.  I greatly appreciate your friendship. 
Your timely emails and phone calls have helped me through a number of rough spots.  Happy New Year!


From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/26/04:

Dear Carol,
In your latest newsletter, and the key word is YOUR newsletter, you pointed out what to me is waaaay too obvious.  If someone
is offended by YOUR web site, don't read it, don't respond to it, and by all means, start one of your own!
You should NEVER have to defend yourself.
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!
Love and peace, Albert
PS The skiing in Utah was fantastic!!!! We got back Sunday afternoon to be greeted by 13" of snow in good old VA.

   Thanks, Albert!  Reconnecting with you was one of the high points of this year for me.  I am so thankful for that - and for
everything you've done, not only for me, but for the entire school and community.  You are a rare jewel! 

   Happy New Year, Albert!


From Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 12/26/04:

Dear Carol:
I have thought about what I was going to say to you for several hours since receiving your Newsletter of 12/26/2004
In my own humble way, I offer you the following: 
I do not know how you have the desire, time and energy to produce such a wonderful web-site for alumni and friends
of NNHS.  Most certainly you are a "true treasure" to all of us who look forward to receiving every news letter you so
diligently produce with such compassion, worthy of my unbounding gratitude and thanks.  I sincerely hope and pray
that you never lose your zeal and desire.  I enjoy reading your comments, as you respond to the e-mails, that are sent
to you.  You really go that extra mile to present everything in such a professional manner with a personal touch that is
simply beyond description.  PLEASE, DO NOT change anything you are currently doing.  You are the most dedicated
person I know.
My warmest regards to you,
Bobby Turpin (58') of VA         
PS:
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year from Anne Sawyer Turpin (65') of VA and myself to you and your family.   

   WOWZERONI, Bobby!  I keep trying to respond to this, and I keep having the same difficulty - my eyes keep welling
with tears, and my throat keep catching.  Your remarks - and the thought you gave them - touched my heart very deeply.  I still
cannot seem to find any words beyond "thank you".   Maybe that's because I still can't see the screen very well......

   I absolutely love doing what I'm doing.  I cannot tell you (Boy, for a big-mouth, I seem to be having a lot of trouble expressing
myself this week!) what joy all this has brought into my life.  It's as though a portion of me had been missing for so many years,
and been found again.  And I suppose that's exactly what it was.  Don't worry about my changing anything, really, Bobby.  I'm

waaaay too stubborn to do so!

   Happy New Year to you and Anne, Bobby.  I'm really looking forward to seeing y'all at '65's Reunion in October!


From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/26/04:

Carol
I think you explained in you letter about the do's and donít's very clearly, and I for one am not offended
by what any of the folks write and send. I learn a lot from the information every one sends. Keep up the
good work that you do on the web page, and Happy New Year. I feel 2005 is going to be a good year.
Glenn

   Thank you, Glenn!  I really appreciate that.  And I hope and pray you're right about 2005!  I am encouraged that you have that
feeling.  Happy New Year!


From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 12/27/04:

Carol,
I have to say I laughed when I saw the images of the city pool. I went there with Margaret Brown ('64) once. I did
not know how to swim. Margaret told me just to jump off the diving board and kick my feet and I would be fine. Being
the naive and trusting 13 year old that I was, I did just that. Lo and behold, I remember seeing the sun shining through
the water as I was drowning and remember thinking I would not see my parents again. I woke up later with Donnie White
or Danny White (after all these years I'm not sure) sitting on my stomach pumping the water out. Believe me after that
incident, I forever have a great appreciation of water. I, of course, never told my parents but yo, Ricky Wyatt
did, and I was never allowed to go to the pool again.
The good result is I did learn to swim as an adult, but I still don't do diving boards. Some fears are never resolved. Ha.

   HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!  Thanks, Cookie!  I posted your story with the other memorable pool classics!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-stomping.html

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/pool.html


From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/27/04:

HI!
Hope you are doing great!  We had some fun here yesterday!  I'm sure you have heard but it's so hard to believe we got
more snow than just about any other area!  NN had 12.5 inches!  Believe me, it was amazing!  It's deeper than that in my
backyard.  Am sending a few pics I took during and after.  Today is beautiful and sunny, therefore you KNOW what we
have now....ICE, yep the side streets have about 2" of it on the road.  The snow is powdery and so white!!  We had
to borrow a neighbor's ladder to get up to the roof to brush the snow off our satellite dish to get the TV back!  Did you
get snow too?  Everyone here is in shock we got so much!   
Sarah
 
 
   
Sunday, December 26, 2004 - Newport News, VA    
Looking towards the river Our house from across
the street
Sunset    

   OOOOH, Sarah Sugah!  How gorgeous they are!  And if you're trying to make me homesick - it worked!  GIGGLES!!!

   Yes, Fayetteville had the fun weather, too, but we had between 1" to 4" of ice - with some snow thrown in to make it look pretty.
It didn't look that pretty, of course, but it was lovely.  Our church was cancelled yesterday due to the treacherous driving conditions.
We knew almost exactly what was coming and when it would arrive.  The sound of the falling ice awoke me all through the wee
hours of Sunday morning.  It was quite entertaining.  But it's nothing I want to go outside and enjoy!  I used to run outside and build
snowmen when we lived in IL, but it took all the nerve that I, Wienius Maximus, could muster to go outside yesterday and today
in this ice to retrieve my mail!  HA-HA-HA-HA!

   Thanks for sharing those lovely images with us!  Happy New Year!


From one of my favorite Famous Marines, a WWII veteran of the the South Pacific, Herb Hice of MI - 12/27/04:

http://www.krystalvision.com/marines/marines.html

   WOW!  Thanks, Herbie!  This is great!  I added it here:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/famous-marines-part-2.html


From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 12/27/04:

Dear Carol,
Thank you for all of your work on our NNHS web site.
 
I am writing to let you know, as keeper of our collective histories, that (my husband) Michael was not at any
of the locations in India or Asia affected by the tsunami.  He was in Taiwan with his mother and her ill husband. 
Happy new year to all.
Frances Goodson Wang in Maryland

  OH, GOOD - what a relief!  Thanks for letting us know, Frances! And Happy New Year!


From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/27/04:

     
Friday, December 10, 2004 Fayetteville, NC
Carol and Tom
Sunday, December 26, 2004  Smithfield, VA
A neighbor's house
     

Here is a pic from Smithfield.  This is the house across the street, taken at about 1:30 or so, during the storm.  Look
closely and you can see the big flakes; we were at about 7" then.  You can see the depth on the mailbox post.  Today all
of the snow on the trees was blowing down the street.  It looks like we got more here than Sarah did in Newport News,
but the totals seem to be about the same.  The snow totals were really strange .... Jamestown got 1/2" but Smithfield
got 10 (officially) ... Tabb got 14" .... Williamsburg got zero.

   WOW!  That is strange!  Thanks for the images, Tom!  I suppose I'd better get busy on scanning those images from all those
old yearbooks you so graciously dropped off before you come back to retrieve 'em, hmmm?  GIGGLES!!!

   Happy New Year, Babe!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/27/04:

Hi, Carol:
I just sent you a copy of my message to Stephen M. Oppenheimer, who was in the Class of 1957.
Steve moved to Newport News during his school years when his father accepted employment with Nachman's.
I had almost forgotten that until it jarred my memory a few minutes ago. I had written to Steve to see if his hotel in Thailand
was damaged in the recent Tsunami that hit Thailand.
He is a very successful eye doctor in California, and has retired to take care of his young child. He had quite a celebrity clientele
until his retirement. I hope he will give you some memories of Nachman's. I remember he used to do his homework at the
Newport News Library on West Avenue and 30th Street until his father completed his work day at Nachman's.
Happy New Year,
Joe

   WOW!  Thanks, Joe!  You have a charming manner of causing me to step out of my comfort zone by introducing me to Truly
Incredible People.  I'll just keep pretending they're all just high school seniors, and try not to give in to the rising waves of panic
and intimidation I always feel at such moments.  Thank you for helping me to grow up, Adonis - not that it's overdue or anything;
I'm only 57!   WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Hang in there, Joe; I may make it yet!  Happy New Year to you and Eva, Adonis!


From Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer ('57) of CA - 12/27/04:

DEAR CAROL,
 
I  WAS INTRODUCED TO YOUR WONDERFUL WEBSITE TODAY BY
JOE MADAGAN ('57 of FL).  I TOO HAVE SOME VIVID
MEMORIES OF NACHMAN'S.
 
I MOVED TO NEWPORT NEWS IN 1955 AS MY FATHER WAS HIRED AS THE LADIES CLOTHING BUYER FOR THE FIRST AND
SECOND FLOORS OF NACHMAN'S.  WE WERE INTRODUCED TO THE OWNERS, CHARLES AND RENA NACHMAN KATES,
THEIR TWIN DAUGHTERS, SUE ANNE BANGLE AND JOANNE ROOS, THEIR HUSBANDS, DR. BANGLE AND BILL ROOS (WHO
WORKED AT THE STORE ALSO), ISADOR NACHMAN, AND THE OTHER EMPLOYEES WHO WERE ALL RELATED, LIKE THE
ACCOUNTING HEAD, MR. NACHMAN, WHOSE DAUGHTER HARRIET ('60) ALSO ATTENDED NNHS IN THE 50'S.
 
WE WERE TOGETHER SOCIALLY ON MANY OCCASIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS UNTIL THE STORE WAS SOLD IN THE
EARLY 70'S. THE FAMILY-OWNED DEPARTMENT STORES OF THE EARLIER PART OF THE CENTURY WERE NO LONGER
ABLE TO HOLD THEIR OWN AGAINST THE BIG CHAINS. THIS WAS THE TREND NATIONWIDE.
 
WHEN THE STORE WAS PLANNED AROUND 1930 IT WAS THE FIRST TO LAY DOWN A VERY LARGE LAYER OF OYSTER
SHELLS TO ALLOW A BASEMENT TO BE CONSTRUCTED.  NEWPORT NEWS WAS ON THE WATER AND BASEMENTS
OF THAT SIZE WERE UNHEARD OF UNTIL NACHMAN'S DID IT.
 
I WORKED IN THE MEN'S DEPARTMENT DURING CHRISTMAS FOR A FEW YEARS.  IT WAS MY VERY FIRST JOB. I SOLD
WHITE SHIRTS BY ARROW FOR $3.50!  THEY CAME WITH 6 OR 7 DIFFERENT COLLAR STYLES AT THAT TIME.
 
DURING THE REGULAR SCHOOL SESSION I WOULD GO TO THE LIBRARY TO STUDY AND THEN HANG OUT AT THE STORE
UNTIL MY FATHER WAS READY TO GO HOME AT 6 PM.  I THOUGHT THE HORRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM WE WOULD FIND AT THAT
TIME WAS THE VERY WORST!  NOW AFTER LIVING IN CALIFORNIA FOR OVER 30 YEARS I WOULD LOVE THAT AMOUNT
OF TRAFFIC!
 
I WAS HAPPY TO LEARN OF THE ANNUAL LUNCHEON FOR THE EX EMPLOYEES GIVEN BY JOANNE.
 
THERE WERE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE SALES PEOPLE WORKING IN EVERY DEPARTMENT--- TOTALLY UNLIKE THE
STORES OF TODAY.  THERE WAS A PRIDE TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES IN THEIR WORK AND THEY WOULD HELP EVERY
CUSTOMER TO THEIR BEST ABILITY.  SOMEBODY MENTIONED MRS. FLICK IN COSMETICS---SHE WAS A TERRIFIC
SALESLADY.  I KNEW HER QUITE WELL, AND HER HUSBAND, WALTER, AND THEIR DAUGHTER (HELENE - '64) AS WELL.
 
I HOPE SOME OF YOUR OTHER READERS REMEMBER NACHMAN'S AS THE OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE COLORFUL
DAYS OF FAMILY-OWNED DEPARTMENT STORES!
 
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR LINK TO THE PAST!
 
- DR. STEPHEN OPPENHEIMER, NNHS CLASS OF 1957


 
   WOWZERS!  Thank you, Dr, Oppenheimer - and Joe!  I really appreciate your kind remarks, and your adding to our knowledge
of Nachman's.  I've added your comments to the many which are on that page:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/nachmans.html

   I had always wondered how Nachman's was able to have a basement in Newport News.  Thank you for solving that mystery
for me!

   The Flick's and their two children, Helene ('64) and Kenny ('67), and the Schanzer's and their two children, Helene ('69)
and her baby brother, Eric, and if my mind has not totally scrambled, Dr. and Mrs. Bangle as well for a time, lived in the Stuart
Homes Apartments
where my family lived when we first moved to Newport News in January of 1954.  That gave the neighborhood
"Big Helene" and "Little Helene".  When our only daughter was born in July of 1987, having named her Adrienne for the lovely
Adrienne Nettles ('56)
(whom I never knew, but greatly admired), I chose Helene to be her middle name in honor of my childhood
playmates.  Of course, not having seen them again in all these years, they've no idea of all that.


   Happy New Year!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOON FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol

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

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What Are You Doing New Year's?

- Lyrics and Music by Frank Loesser



Maybe itís much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought Iíd ask you just the same
What are you doing New Yearís
New Yearís Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When itís exactly twelve oíclock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Yearís Eve

Maybe Iím crazy to suppose
Iíd ever be the one you chose
Out of a thousand invitations
Youíd receive

Ah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Yearís
New Yearís Eve?

Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When itís exactly twelve oíclock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Yearís Eve

What are you doing New Yearís Eve?


"What Are You Doing New Year's?" midi (Sequenced By Ron Tilden) courtesy of http://www.discoverynet.com/~ajsnead/christma/christ04.html - 12/20/04

"What Are You Doing New Year's?" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/womack-lee-ann/what-are-you-doing-new-years-eve-9784.html  - 12/20/0

Animated Disco Ball clip art courtesy of http://www.harrythecat.com/graphics/a.htm#xmas - 12/20/04

Animated Black Sparkles Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Anthony Robbins quotation courtesy of Kevin Eikenberry (kevin@discian.com) of IN at http://powerquotes.net - 12/27/04

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