12/31/04 - NNHS Newsletter

  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   WOWZERS!  This letter is long!  Y'all must have really wanted to go out with a bang!


   A Very Happy Birthday today to Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA!




1. Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/30/04

   Welcome, Fred!  I've added you to our (hidden) mailing list, our Alumni Page, our Birthday Page, and to Famous Sailors:




   We're honored to have you with us, and to read your delightful stories!


Recipe for a Happy New Year
Author Unknown

To leave the old with a burst of song
To recall the rights and forgive the wrong;
To forgive the thing that binds you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;

To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the non-worthwhile of the days grown old;
To dare to go forth with a purpose true;
To the unknown task of the year that's new,

To help your brother along the road
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.

Courtesy of http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7457.asp - 12/20/04

From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/28/04 


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/phillip-levy.html - the 1951 Anchor ad has been added

   (two down, forty-eleven to go...)

   Thanks, Tim.  I'll keep plugging away..... Happy New Year!

From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 12/29/04:

The following obituary is in the Daily Press, regarding Margaret Cowan Blayton’s ('57) mother.  Our sympathy goes out to both Margaret and
Newell (Bubba) Blayton.

Hazel S. Cowan

HOPEWELL - Hazel Sexton Cowan, 85, of 4105 Old Iron Court, formerly of Hampton, Va., died Dec. 27, 2004, at Southside
Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va. She was a native of Hertford County, N.C., a homemaker, and a member of Winton
United Methodist Church, Winton, N.C., and was the widow of Hartwell Eason Cowan. Surviving are one daughter, Margaret C.
Blayton of Canton, Ga.; one son, Joe S. Cowan of Disputanta, Va.; one sister, Mildred Stallings of Louisburg, N.C.; one brother,
Wallace Sexton of Winton, N.C.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Ahoskie Cemetery, Ahoskie, N.C., with the Rev. Robert May officiating. The family will assemble
at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday prior to service. Garrett Funeral Home Ahoskie, N.C., is serving the Cowan Family.
Published in the Daily Press on 12/29/2004.

You can click on the “View/Sign Guest Book” link and leave a message for Margaret and Bubba as well. 

   Sigh.  Thanks, Thelma.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and her family at this time.

   Happy New Year, Thelma!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/29/04:

It is time to update the donor list to include those who have sent voluntary contributions in connection
with the Reunion Mix CDs and/or the Slide Show.  Please add the following to the list:

(All NNHS, unless otherwise noted)

Bill Black ('66) of GA
Jim Cobb ('66) of VA
Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA
Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA
Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC
Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA
Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA
Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA
Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA

You could make note of this update in an upcoming newsletter .... as I doubt that many people are now visiting
the 64/40 reunion Page.


   Thank you, David! 

   (Y'all still have time to order your wondrous goodies!  Drop Dave a line at spriggs@att.net.)

   Happy New Year, Brown Eyes!

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/29/04:

   Tom took his digital camera over to the Peninsula, and brought us back these images:


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/coca-cola.html - a new image of 1212 Chesapeake Avenue - former home of "Co-Cola" Brown

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/crums.html  - a new image of the present site

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/kitt.html - a new image of the present site

   (three down, forty-eleven to go...)

   Thanks, Babe!  Happy New Year!

From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/29/04:

Dear Carol,
I found these tickets and thought they may be of some interest. I don't know on which page they may fit.
Anyway, I know you don't need another project, sorry.

Peace and love, Albert

September 23, 1961
Trail Blazer
November 10, 1961
Comet Blazer
December 15, 1961
Holiday Escapade
 February 3,1962
Rock on
to Richmond
February 23,1962
Swing Your Partner With Howie and His Blazers
April 7, 1962
Fun Night
May 11, 1962
Rhythm in Blues

   WOWZERONI!!!  Sweetie, this whole site exists for moments and treasures such as this!  I had no idea
any such things could possibly have survived!  I attended all seven of these functions.  The two which stand out most clearly
in my mind are Swing Your Partner (who could ever forget dances featuring Howie and His Blazers?!?) and Fun Night.  Unlike
the other six (which are obviously dances), Fun Night was a fund raising carnival.  I remember it so clearly.  As freshmen, Rose
and I hadn't been able to wrangle any dates (sad, isn't it?!?  GIGGLES!), so we went together.  It was very exciting! 
Somewhere near the center of the cafeteria was a (gasp!) Kissing Booth!  Who would have imagined it would have been allowed?!? 
Sometime near the start, someone (was it you, Steve?) began calling out, "Have you seen Graham yet?  Graham Avery's here!" 
For the benefit of those of you who might not recall, Graham Avery was a gorgeous tall, blond-haired, blue-eyed boy we had
known at Magruder.  He had moved out of the school system somewhere, I'm relatively certain to Hampton, with his father.  Well,
I'll tell you, I was all a-twitter!  Imagine seeing Graham Avery again!  But guess what?  I was such a nebbish, he didn't remember
me, and looked at me as though I was from outer space or something.  Sigh.  I was crushed.  (And yes, Jimmy-Jimmy, of course
I remember what I was wearing - my peacock blue blouse and my wonderful peacock blue plaid kilt.  It obviously didn't help.)

   Albert, once again you are my hero.  I had so wanted to know the exact dates for some of these events for my compulsively dated
high school albums, and here you've delivered them unto me.  Thank you sooo much!  And thanks for the memories!  For the
moment, I've given them their own page on Odds and Ends:



  Happy New Year, Albert!

From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 12/29/04:


Not sure I had provided you my new e-mail address.  I recently moved from Lincoln, California to Colorado Springs,

Happy New Years to you and your family.


   Paul - there you are! I knew that you had suddenly disappeared, but I didn't realized you had moved.  Thanks for checking back
in with us!  And Happy New Year!

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 12/29/04:

If, like me, you have been looking for a way to help the victims of the terrible Tsunami that just devastated
Southeast Asia, this is a way that is well organized and effective.  The Episcopal Relief Fund is well run, gets
the job done quickly and efficiently, and has very low administrative cost.  Although it is an arm of the
Episcopal Church, it does not involve preaching in its mission.  It will put the resources where they can do t
he most good.
I hope you have already found a way to help, but if not, this is a good one.
And may your New Year be a good one.
Joe Drewry


   Thanks, Joe.  The magnitude of that suffering and devastation is simply beyond comprehension.  Thank you for the information.

   Happy New Year!

From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 12/29/04:

Hi Carol:
I don't know if he or anyone else knew but when I was in grade school at Walter Reed, I had the biggest crush
on Jackie Smith.  Does anyone know what happened to him?  He doesn't show up as a junior with us in the
1961 Anchor or as a senior in the 1962 Anchor.  Just wondering.....I always wonder about people who suddenly
disappear from my life. 


   I looked him up in the '60 Anchor, Jennie.  He was a cutie-pie!

   Anyone have any information about Jackie?

   Happy New Year, Jennie!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/29/04:

What a treat to get home and read all of your wonderful newsletters that I had missed since leaving for Virginia last
Wednesday.  We had a wonderful Christmas with our relatives (son Chuck drove up from Pensacola and daughter Becky
came down on the train on Christmas Eve), and my mother, who was supposed to have "a couple of months to live" last
February, is doing marvelously well and not going anywhere except maybe to the mall...we are so thankful.  We got to see
two new babies in the family that we had not seen before, as well as numerous other children all growing too fast! 

What a hoot to get a foot of snow on the 26th!  Everyone was accusing us of "bringing it in from New England..." 
Fortunately for us our Burton get-togethers were on Christmas Eve and Christmas afternoon and so we had done that so
we hunkered down with a jigsaw puzzle, something everyone could work on...ended up staying up until one a.m. to finish it! 
Did lots of eating and a wee bit of drinking... We returned to RI tonight and found our own snow melting (39 degrees tonight). 
It is a wonderful web site and newsletter...don't change a thing! 
Love, Jean  
Those beautiful songs on the newsletters take my breath away!

   I'm always so happy to hear from you, Jean!  You seem to be unfailingly cheerful.  I'm glad your family is doing so well - especially
your mama - and that you had such a good holiday.

   It's good to know you're enjoying the music, too.  I  think they're fun - especially when David finds them, as he did this one!

   Happy New Year, Jean!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 12/30/04:

   (We've done this before, but it's so much fun - especially on the last day of the year!)


Age Gauge
This will really make you feel old....... Put your birth date in the pop up window after you click on the
below link. What happens is pretty interesting. It's also amazing how quickly it computes!! Very cool.   
Click here:


   Thanks, Jude!

From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 12/30/04:

    After reading today's newsletter, I can only add this: Some are good, some are better, but you are
without question the very best! Have a wonderful New Year's.


   Ohhhh, Jimmy-Jimmy!  How sweet of you!  Five years ago tonight you told me in an email that you were actively involved
with reunions, and attended them all - no matter whose class it was.  That sounded like such a wonderful, distant, impossible
dream to me!  Never could I have envisioned all that's transpired since that moment.  In a very real way, you inspired it all. 
Thank you so much - for everything!

   Happy New Year, Sweets!

From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/30/04:

Hello Carol,        Thurs. Dec. 30, 04
Dr. Charles Wicke and I are both members of NNHS Class of June 1945.  We do a lot of back and forth e-mail,
generally concerning nostalgia.
His birthday is April 13, 1928 and mine June 7, 1928.  Last year a couple of e-mails passed between us
commenting on reaching 75.  Following is something I sent the day before I crossed over.
Feel free to do whatever you like with this
June 6, 2003        (Fred to Charles) 


Yes, tomorrow I’ll turn 75.  Never thought much about it before, but here I am and a lot us sure ain’t! 


I remember 1943 gym class and grinding around the track behind NNHS with you and a bunch of friends.  We
found that by going slow and steady we could carry on conversations.  Also that by carefully pacing ourselves
at just the right speed, we could sneak by with only 4 laps instead of the required 5 (1/5 mile track).  Someone
ratted on us to Coach Julie Conn and he secreted himself in the grandstands to confirm.  As we rounded lap
no. 4, expecting it to be the final, Julie stormed out of the stands and gave us one of his red-faced screaming
lectures.  His main theme was that none of us would ever see fifty.  During all this, the jocks were sailing past,
happy to do extra laps at high speed, and smirking at the apprehended - now doomed to die young.


So here we are – still alive 25 years past our pronounced finality.  And the HS jocks?  Most of them are already
standing quietly around in front of Heaven's version of the Palace Theater.  They are all wearing their ratty old 
“N” sweaters, and wondering what went wrong.


In his later years my grandfather used to say to his friends on parting, "May you live long and die happy."

I hope that you do too.

And this response came back from Ralph Wicke, younger brother of Charles:
Thanks for the Julie Conn story. He was quite a colorful coach at NNHS. I managed the basket ball team while
I was in NNHS and can still hear him yelling "MOOOOOOVVVEEEE THE BALL!!!!!! Pantiotius" (a Greek player).  
Another player, Elmo Stephenson had quit high school in his junior year and joined the navy. He came back
to high school to get his degree after being in the navy about four years where he played basket ball on the
Atlantic Fleet varsity team. Coach Conn talked him into playing high school basketball during his senior year.
I remember having to put a "patch" over his navy tattoo so that the fans and visiting team members wouldn't
notice his age and Newport News parents wouldn't think that this "evil tattooed man" might unduly influence
their children.
Everyone has a Julie Conn story.                


   And what great Julie Conn stories these are!  Thank you, Gentlemen!



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Julie-Conn.html - look in about the middle of the page ....

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/30/04:

Carol (Buckwheat???):  Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa!!  I have been lax in reading my email!!  (Got a wild hair and have been
baking and trying to finish this cross stitch project!!) 
Yeah, talk about small world, AND when I saw Bobby (Turpin - '58) just a while ago, we had a discussion about this! 
I didn't realize he was married to Anne (Sawyer - '65)!  WOW!  AND my neighbor across the street, Doug Bacon,
told me his mom went to NNHS and graduated in 1939!!!  SO DID MY DAD!!!  He's gonna ask his mom if she has her
yearbook, as my dad didn't have one!!  Amazing, isn't it!  I'm still giggling! 
I would like to add my thanks to you as well.  This little web site you started 5 yrs ago?? for our class has blossomed
 into this amazing place to go to see all kinds of pics, etc.  I can't tell you how many memories it has given me back!! 
Thanks and I still DON'T know how you do it!  Love ya, kiddo!!!  Sarah Sugah

   AHA!  There you are, Miss Sarah!  GIGGLES!!!

   Yes, that must be my favorite small world story yet!

   I'm so glad you're enjoying the web page, Sarah Sugah.  It's not quite been 4-1/2 years yet, but you're close!  What a joy it
has been for me!  Happy New Year!

Also from Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/30/04:

Hello Carol,        Thurs. Dec. 30, 04
Ever walk down the street and suddenly see yourself coming toward you?
I was poking around in one of those web search engines and suddenly came across myself.  Deja-vu!!
Ex-Walter Reed students might like to take a look at:
This apparently resulted from a letter that I had written to a Daily Press reporter following his article
about possibly converting the empty Walter Reed building into an art museum.  I never got a response
from the reporter so I don't know if the letter was ever printed in the paper.  Anyway, it somehow ended
up on the internet.
In a lifetime, everyone gets 5 minutes of fame.  Hope this was not my one shot.
Use in any way if you wish.  There is one typo that crept in:  The boy's side was on 25th Street.  The girl's
side was on 24th. 

   WOWZERS!!!  This is one of the very first pages I made (hence its cheesy appearance!)  Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65)
of VA
emailed me that story when it appeared in the Daily Press - yes, it was printed - and I added the photo I had snapped
while I was home for my 35th Reunion in 2000.  And now here you are with us!  What an amazing journey!  Thanks, Fred!



Hello again,        Thu., Dec. 30, 04
On Sunday, Nov. 7, the Orange Co. Register had a big spread about the upcoming opening of U.S.S. Midway,
which is now retired and in San Diego being made into a floating museum.
I was disappointed that no mention was made of where she was built, so I started a letter to the Editor.  Then
I realized there was more to my story, so I let it all come out.  The result is stitched on below.
The story was published in the next Sunday edition, Nov. 15.  The text was edited down to fit the space, but
the main story was retained.
Did I tell you I was a sailor?  Don't remember doing that, but at age 76 the RAM plays tricks sometimes.
Anyway, I'll attach a photo of me taken in Dec. 1945, a few days after my enlistment in the Navy.

Fred Field
December 1945

   OH, how adorable!  Thanks, Fred - I just added this to our Famous Sailors page!


   No, you didn't really tell me you were a sailor.  I'm just psychic.  No, wait, I'd better 'fess up before 300 people tell you I should
have said "psycho"!  You didn't tell me you were in the Navy, but you did send me a cool link (which I have temporarily misplaced)
which showed me that you were.  GIGGLES!!!


To: Editor, Orange Co. Register,         Sunday Nov. 7, 04


Dear Editor,  


The USS Midway article was of special interest to me.  In a very small way I helped build her at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia (my home town).


In June 1944 I completed my sophomore year of high school and also turned 16.  While searching for summer
employment I learned that the shipyard would take anyone 16 or over.  I was soon hired as a machinist helper. 
My only task that summer was to drill holes in an endless supply of steel bars.  I was told that the bars would be
welded to the deck of the Midway as anchor points for hundreds of equipment cabinets. 


The keel for Midway had been laid in Oct. 1943 and by that following summer, parts for construction were
in great demand.  We routinely worked 6 days a week.  In Sept. I left the job to begin my senior year of high school.


Midway was launched on March 20, 1945 and was then brought to a shipyard pier for completion.  In June I
graduated from high school and returned once again to the shipyard, this time becoming an electrician's helper. 
I didn't work on Midway, but my friends and I did get to tour her at lunchtime.  We were fascinated at the size -
the flight deck was 900 feet - three football fields long!.


During that summer I ran into a former work mate from the machine shop.  He had taken over my drill press and
was still drilling those steel bars.  He said they would be used for Coral Sea, sister ship of Midway, and now under construction.


In September 1945 the war was suddenly over.  Midway was commissioned a week later and soon left Newport News. 
Things slowed down in the shipyard and I was finally swept out in the massive layoffs.  Later in the year I joined
the Navy and eventually went to sea aboard a destroyer.  I hoped my path would cross again with Midway, but it
was not to be.


Now at age 76 I plan to visit my old friend once again.  I'll be looking around for those steel bars.



Fred W. Field

   WOWZERS!!!  What a cool story!  Thanks again, Fred!  And Happy New Year!

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/30/04:

Happy New Year, Carol and to all Typhoons who see this.  I was just catching up a little (don't know if I ever will completely)
with the newsletters and ran into the wonderful world of the NN city rec and pool.  Many days of wonderful memories just
exploded within me.  In the summer, we spent just about every afternoon in that pool.  I also took the swimming lessons.  I
was also there the day my darling cousin (Cookie Phillips Tyndall - '64 of VA) tried to drown.  It scared me half to death. 
One minute she was standing there and then, all of a sudden, there was a crowd and she was lying on the side of the pool. 
We later could kid her about it.  What a way to get the life guard's attention. We also spent many afternoons after school
(Walter Reed) and on Saturdays involved in sports and crafts.  On Friday nights, we danced.  I thought Ronnie Phillips
(Peanut) ('65)
was the best dancer ever.  He still does that well.  Softball and basketball kept (my sister) Brenda ('67) and
me pretty busy in those days.  What a life we have had. 
God Blessed us -- everyone!

   Yes, He did!  Thanks, Judy!  Happy New Year!

From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 12/31/04:

Hi Carol!  So good to read the news letters and catch up.
I left Newport News for Great Lakes, Illinois December 16, because my daughter was having surgery.  I had to take care
of her and the two grandchildren, ages 4 and 22 months, until my husband and son arrived December 23rd.  My trip out
via US Airways was uneventful but they were caught in the baggage handler's sickout.  They were lucky though because
the next day my husband insisted on being taken back to the airport instead of waiting for it to be delivered, as they had
promised.  He went through over 100 bags before finding his.  No one was there to deliver them so who knows when he
would have gotten the luggage had he not gone out to the airport. 
My son and I left December 29 to return home and had the same problem.  Missed the connecting flight in Philadelphia as
he and our son did coming out, so the baggage did not arrive with us last night.  We had to go back out this morning to Patrick
Henry to find it.  When I go back Jan. 7th to relieve my husband for the last week that she will need help, I am taking a
NONSTOP from Norfolk to Chicago.  I don't like going out of Norfolk but you cannot get a nonstop flight from Patrick Henry
to anywhere.
This trip was unique in that I had never experienced "0" degree weather.  That was what registered on Friday, December
24 on our way to Wisconsin for my daughter's checkup.  The wind chill was minus 25.  As we were getting on to one of the
many toll roads they have, the power window didn't want to open for me to throw the quarter into the basket.  I got it down
far enough to toss the quarter, but then it wouldn't go back up!  We had the window down and the heat going full blast in the
van until finally, the window motor must have warmed a bit and it closed but ever so slowly.  Now that is cold!  I was pumping
gas into the van later, without gloves, when I realized that my fingers were burning.  You could get frost bitten very easily
and not even know it. 
We had a few flurries on Christmas Day but Virginia got up to 15 inches of snow and I missed it!  Great Lakes had a real beach
day the day I left - 44 degrees!  I am looking forward to the 64 degrees we are promised here in Poquoson tomorrow.  I dread
going back out there but she isn't supposed to lift the little one for 4 weeks (hernia surgery) so I will just have to suffer leaving
my job again to play with the grandsons.  Now we all know that is a choice I will make very easily!
Dee Hodges Bartram

   Ah, welcome to the Frozen Tundra of Illinois, Dee!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks for your great story - and Happy New Year!

From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 12/31/04:

Keep up the good work Carol - as most of us on your list are children of the 60's - anything goes, especially freedom of speech
and freedom of the press.  Happy New Year to everyone- and you too, Tommy Flax ('64) , Judy Bell ('64), David Workman
(your dog killed my chicken and I haven't forgiven you for it), David Rosenwasser ('64) ( I loved those jelly donuts), and all
the others in my kindergarten class. I too won a dance contest in the eighth grade with Jimmy Crank ('63). Bobby Bloxom ('64)
was my first crush and Jane Coltrain ('64) was my best friend (Bobby liked her better - especially when she fell out of a tree and
broke her arm-at least I think it was Jane.) Well I could go on and on.  My mother, Carol Stewart, worked at Nachman's in the
sportswear department for years along with Donna Chadwell's Mother Pie - and I worked there a couple of Christmas breaks
when I was in college and I also took piano lessons from one of the Nachman's. What a wonderful family! 
Jo Ann

   Absolutely!  Thanks for your nice remarks and warm memories, Jo Ann!  Happy new Year!

From Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - 12/31/04:

Happy New Year!!!


   Marsha, that is soooo cute!  What a perfect close-out to our year!  Thanks so much - and Happy New Year to you, too!

   Well, Sweeties, I'm going to have to cut this off, or we'll still be here when the new year breaks.

   Y'all have a safe and wonderful Happy New Year - and 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."


Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne/

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

"Auld Lang Syne" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/scotland.htm,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave!  What a perfect version!

"Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of Pat's Web Graphics - http://www.patswebgraphics.com/newyear/newyear.html - 12/20/04

"Bang 2005" animated clip art (AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of http://animationfactory.com - 12/27/04

Painting the Town Red Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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