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01/01/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy New Year!

"A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year."

-- Edgar Guest

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is the beginning of our New Year.  I pray it will be a good one for us all.


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/31/05:

Carol -- thanks so much for all your work, and what you're doing to keep the NNHS memories alive. Thanks to you I have re-connected with a couple of classmates, and that most likely would never have happened without you.

   Well, Ronnie, bless your sweet heart!    Thank you!  That means a great deal to me!

Also, many thanks for the happy birthday wishes, and especially letting me know that you "...still love me, even now that I'm 64!!"
However, a much more important question to me, particularly now that I'm 64, is:  "Will you still feed me?"  :-o)

   Wait a minute here.  Lemme recheck those lyrics.

   "Will you still need me, will you still feed me?"...... Yeah, yeah, but where's the line about "Will you still love me?"????  It used to be in there somewhere around the Isle of Wight.........

Beatles - When I'm 64

by John Lennon/Paul McCartney

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a Valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out 'till quarter to three, would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

You'll be older, too. Aaah, and if you say the word, I could stay with you.

I could be handy, mending a fuse, when your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings, go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight if it's not too dear.
We shall scrimp and save.
Ah, grandchildren on your knee, Vera, Chuck, and Dave.

Send me a postcard, drop me a line stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say, yours sincerely wasting away.
Give me your answer, fill in a form, mine forever more.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

Hmmm.  They don't seem to have that line anymore. 

   Feed you, you say?!?  Feed you is not really what I do best.  How about a big bowl of soup?  I do make pretty good soups.......

   Although, if you stop to think of it, "love you" is strongly implied there.  I mean, you'd have to love somebody an awful lot to cook for them all the time, wouldn't you?? 

   Oh, and that sweater deal?  I'd crochet it.  If you want me to knit it, you'd have to buy me one of those handy-dandy knitting machines.  I can knit, but I do not like to knit.

   Actually, I'd rather cook than knit........

   Thanks, Ronnie!!!



  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/31/05:

Hi, Carol:
Just wondering if your "Magic Shower" experiences ever recall a song from "Music Man", by the title of "Til There Was You".

   Joe, I have a confession to make.  I read this first line of your note just after midnight, and even as drowsy as I was, became wildly excited.  My Magic Shower used to sing me this song all the time, but has not done so at all - not even once - in the past two years.  Sniff-sniff.  Nevertheless, it has always and ever been one of my very favorite songs.  We played a wonderful arrangement of tunes from The Music Man in band with Mr. Wilson back in about '62 or so.  My oldest son,    Lewis (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89 - of IL) (who in my unbiased opinion has the most beautiful bass/baritone voice on the planet, not to mention a truly phenomenal range), performed in this operetta during his sophomore year.  And this is quite possibly my favorite song from it of all.  So much do I love it, I thought surely I had used it somewhere on the site, but I couldn't remember where, so I began looking anew for a MIDI of it.

   "Not that one.  No, not a Beatles rendition; I want the original.  Not that one.  Noooo, not that one.  OH, YOWZERS, especially not that one!  AHHH, here it is - a super arrangement - just what I wanted!"  

   So I happily decided I would use it on a Newsletter later this week. TA-DAH!!!

   And then I returned to your note.

This may not be the title, but just one of the lines. Of course, this is a beautiful song in which a young girl falling in love for the first time begins to see the world quite differently in that her senses have been awaken and energized. I thought Music Man was one of the finest shows every produced on Broadway. Of course, NNHS captured some of that magic in our auditorium.

On behalf of all of your faithful subscribers, contributors, and self-appointed editors, may I apply this line to your wonderful work on this website. Many of us had lost contact with many familiar names and places "Til There Was You!" Thanks for all you do. We really do appreciate your labor of love.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, my goodness, Adonis!  What an incredibly sweet and kind thing to say!    (You'll forgive the tears which suddenly appeared on my cheeks.)  Thank you so very much!



 From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/31/05 - "Reply to Gloria Woolard Price":


Let    Gloria (Woolard Price - Hampton HS - '65) know what was "in the area across from the Air Power Park".

The original 4 room Willis-Syms-Eaton School in downtown Hampton was eventually the home of a museum filled with artifacts from the founding of the City, the War of Northern Aggression, the Bay, etc.  This museum was open when I was a school kid at the newer Willis-Syms-Eaton ES on Victoria.  Anyhow, the City wanted the land (Pee Dee Point) where the original school building sat.  They bought out Maida Development (Maida moved to Libbey Street in Phoebus), The Cumming home was demolished (with it's banister becoming the communion rail at St. Mark's Episcopal Church) and a new building was built on Mercury to house the artifacts.  There was a tiny theatre in the new building and an Indian Village sat outside.  Docents and possibly employees acted as tour guides and Indians (interpretive things) outside.  The walk over was built to connect Air Power Park to the museum.
Some years passed and the museum collections were boxed up.  I think the building needed repairs that were very expensive.  Anyway, the building was repaired a few years ago and now houses a division of the Parks Department, City of Hampton.  And the best news is that there is a new Hampton History Museum downtown. 
This museum is built where Leggett's used to be (sort of) and is accessed from Settlers Landing Road.  Those directions will get you there!  There's a free parking garage.  Admission is nominal and the exhibits are excellent.  They trace our beginnings and our growth from a fishing village to County Seat and finally to the place Hampton held during the early days of space exploration.  The City's motto - "First From the Sea to the Stars" - is well displayed at the museum.  It is a quiet treasure and was built completely from local contributions and designed with a citizens' committee steering things along.

   COOL BEANS!  Thanks, Kathy!

   There ya go, Gloria!



From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/31/05:

Has anyone heard from    Mike Costner ('66)?

   I don't know about anyone else, but I haven't.  I'd like to find him though.  Even though I'm still reeling at finding that    Henry Hoyle ('65 - of Northern VA) is not as close a cousin as I believed him to be for forty-eleven years, surely Mike Costner and I are both descended from Adam Costner of NC.  Mike even transferred in from Valdese High School!  I rest my case.

   Dee?  Chip?

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   First one to find Mike wins.........

   Thanks, Linda May!



  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 12/31/05:


AND BY THE WAY, WHEN DID    FREDDIE (Blechman - '65 - of Northern VA) BECOME FRANK?

JAMEY Chinese New Year

   Thanks, Jamey!  I think it might be more accurate to ask when Frank became Freddie - and if he still is so called - and if so, by whom.  He was born Franklin Owen Blechman, Jr.  As I recall, his father gave him the nickname of "Freddie".  As I further recall, I believe I used to use both names interchangeably.

   Nicknames are funny things.  Each of my seven children had about six nicknames, some of which have endured to this day.  We had two rules in our family (which I made up myself - big surprise there!). Nicknames were allowed as long as equal time was given to the "real" name, and the "real" name could not be corrupted down to any recognizable, generally accepted nickname.  For instance,   Nathaniel (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) could never, ever be called "Nat", "Nate" or "Nathan", but he could be called "Faniel", "Fan" or "Than".  But most of their nicknames were strictly for family use.  They usually evolved during their infancy, and from completely different sources - and to avoid their embarrassment (and to maintain my good health), I'll not specifically identify them here - except to say they were goofy names, such as "Boo-Boo", "Puddio", "Birdie", "Dommie", "Pudlet", "Weetie" and "Webby", with many variations thereof.

   Nicknames have a strange habit of reappearing when you least expect them.  Back in seventh grade    Janice McCain (Rose - '65 - of VA) accidentally called me "Buckwheat" instead of "Buckley" - and then was so delighted with it, she not only kept using it, but managed to spread it like wildfire until it became general usage.  I thought when I left Walter Reed School, I'd heard the last of it, but somehow when I reached NNHS, Coach Powers caught wind of it, was as delighted as Janice had ever been, and lo, and behold, I had five more years of being "Buckwheat".  After graduation there was basically a ten-year break until the Reunion of 1975 (when I heard it once or twice), although    Rose Woodard Groff ('65) continued to use it on a regular basis until her death.  And then it was gone - or so I thought.  But in 2000 when I first reconnected with Janice - BINGO!!!  And now it's back again forever, and with variations.    Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA), you will notice, calls me "CBD".  That stands for "Carol Buckwheat Dawlin'", which he and Janice jointly invented after much discussion about a year ago.

   Fortunately, I'm quite comfortable with the whole thing.  Over the years, I've actually grown to like it.  Just don't call me "Grandma" or I will become violent.  That's "GRAMMIE"!!!! 

   But as usual, I have digressed.

   Oh, Frank!!!  Who (if anyone) still calls you "Freddie"?

   Thanks again, Jamey! 


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 01/01/06:

Carol -- a business associate of mine, a WWII Navy veteran, gave me some old copies of "Sea Classics" magazine back in the fall, knowing I was from NN (as he said "...where the famous shipyard is.)
Inside one issue was an unexpected Christmas gift for us all -- a great aerial photo of the shipyard, taken in January 1963. It accompanied an article on the liner SS United States.
The photo shows the SS United States in the foreground, alongside the same pier with its sister ship the SS America -- both in for annual overhauls. Both were built at the shipyard, and both are arguably among the greatest ocean liners ever built.
The SS United States STILL holds the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing ever.
January 1963

I think this photo shows the only time the two ships were in any port at the same time while in service. I was working at the shipyard at the time, very close to that pier, and remember standing there in awe looking up at the two beauties.
This was in the March 1976 issue of "Sea Classics". Unfortunately, my scanner is not the greatest quality, nor is the old photo. As you can see by the "seam", it covered almost 2 pages of the magazine.
However, we can still pick out a lot of features -- the Apprentice School and Field, my apartment, the shipyard foundry, the original Riverside Hospital, James River Bridge & Red's Pier, etc, etc.
I have emailed the publisher asking if by any miracle the original still exists. Wouldn't that be great?


   What a fabulous image!  Thanks so much, Ron!  I will redo that whole page soon to accommodate this!



   I suppose I should have offered y'all some New Year's recipes, but they would all probably include those odious black-eyed peas, and I just couldn't bear to think of it, so as one of my little boys used to say, "GITCHYEROWN!!!" 

   Oh, by the way, barring holidays and emergencies, this probably concludes the Saturday and Sunday
editions of the Newsletter for a while.  It's been fun! 


    Y'all enjoy the gift of a wonderful Happy New Year - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




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


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Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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"Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/04

  Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at - 01/01/04

"Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of Pat's Web Graphics - - 12/30/05

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