Class of 1964 ~ 40-Year Reunion
Omni Hotel, Newport News, Virginia
Copies of this Group Portrait may still be purchased from
the photographer for $27.00.
Anyone interested should contact Dave Spriggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Classes - Friday Afternoon, October 22, 2004 - UPDATED 11/29/04
All Classes - Friday Night, October 22, 2004 - UPDATED 01/19/05
All Classes - Saturday Afternoon, October 23, 2004 - ADDED 10/31/04
All Classes - Saturday Night, October 23, 2004 - UPDATED 12/12/04
All Classes - Sunday Morning, October 24, 2004 - ADDED 10/26/04
GOODIES FOR SALE BY THE CLASS OF 1964
Anonymous #1 of VA
Anonymous #2 of VA
Katherine Agee Glenny of VA
Randy Bearor of VA
David Block of Washington, D.C.
Brooks Bloxom of NC
Lee Bull of VA
Becky Cash Blakemore of DE
Jane Coltrain Leonard of VA
Marty Credle Dabbs of TN
Herminio Cuervo of FL
Richard Curtis of AL
Melba Deas Wood of VA
Ralph Farmer of WA
Tom Flax of VA
Charles Forrest of VA
Alice Fowler Edwards of VA
Becky Goolsby McCallum of VA
Ronni Green Cristol of MD
Ken Henderson of MD
Steve Klein of MS
Betty Sue Lanier Rough of VA
Joel Lewis of VA
Sue Miller Dearnley of VA
Jim Moore of VA
Nancy Mitchell Wynne of MD
Jeanette Parrish Houston of VA
Margaret "Cookie" Phillips Tyndall of VA
Cheryl Pless Ramsey of VA
Jean Poole Burton of RI
Carolyn "Peaches" Price Taylor of VA
Dyanne Pritchett Lathan of VA
David Rosenwasser of NY
Dave Spriggs of VA
Ray Staton of VA
John Todd of AK
Jay Warren of VA
Jim Watson of AZ
Sandi Williams Patrick of VA
H. P. Lucas ('65) of VA
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/04 - 10/27/04
Remarks of President John B. Todd to the Alumni
of Newport News High School Class of 1964,
on the Occasion of Their Fortieth Year Reunion,
October 23, 2004
August 2004 - John and Bev
Todd on vacation
Hello everyone. I certainly wish that my wife and I could be
with you tonight to enjoy this wonderful event. When Dave first suggested that I write down a few remarks to be read at the reunion,
my first thought was that it would be rather presumptuous of me
to think that my thoughts would be of any interest to you after all
these years. Anyway, with Dave’s help, I got over that concern,
and since I have a captive audience, why not? At reunions, it
seems that the first thing people ask, is “How have you been
and what have you been doing all these years”, so that seems
like a reasonable place to start with some comments. After
graduating with the great NNHS Class of 64 (everyone cheer),
I spent four years at William and Mary and received both my
degree in chemistry and my draft notice in 1968 – actually my
draft notice came first! As you will recall, Vietnam was at its peak,
so I decided to join the Navy, versus being drafted into the Army,
and attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. I received my commission in 1969 and was selected
to attend flight school in Pensacola, Florida. To make a long
story short, I received my Navy Wings in late 1970, married a wonderful Texas girl named Beverly in 1971, fathered a son
named John in 1974, and served in the Navy as a Naval Aviator
until 1977. Compared to the excitement and fright of Carrier
aviation in the South China Sea during the Vietnam era, my life
since that period has been relatively sedate. After leaving
the service, I went to work for Chicago based Nalco Chemical Company in 1978, and haven’t looked back since. Today,
after many assignments with Nalco, I am still employed and
living with my wife in Anchorage, AK, where I work at the
Prudhoe Bay Oil Field on the northern coast of Alaska. Yes,
it is getting cold and dark in Prudhoe, and as Dave reads
this note, I am very likely sitting at my desk in the giant
Alaskan oilfield adjacent to the Arctic Ocean, thinking of this
event in Virginia and all of you.
Enough on that subject, let’s get to some people who are really important, and that, of course, would be our former teachers and mentors, who are with us tonight. If they could please stand,
I think a huge roar of Typhoon appreciation would be in order!
(GUESTS STAND AND APPLAUSE)
When I looked at the list of former faculty who were coming
the reunion, I was amazed at the memories that came flooding
back, even after 40 years. Of course there is Mr. Etheridge, our Principal, who so skillfully directed the various activities
of the high school during our senior year, and who further
enhanced the already near mystical reputation of NNHS.
Then, there are our senior class sponsors, Miss Kanter and
Mr. Reed, whose time and effort was so unselfishly spent
helping guide us along through all the events of our final year
in high school. And who could ever forget Mr. Wilson, likely the greatest band director ever to be part of the NNHS family.
Think of how many titles and competitions his students won
just during our tenure as Typhoons – truly amazing. I don’t want to leave anyone out, because I have great memories of all,
Mr. Taylor, Coach Mitchell, Mr. Harvey, and for sure Mr. Loving.
As if it were yesterday, I remember the final exam in Mr. Loving’s geometry class. I really enjoyed his class and was confident
that I was going to ace the final. Instead, I was unable to solve
the “proof” that was the last and most important part of the test.
To make matters worse, David Rosenwasser came up to me
after the test and was excited at how easy the proof was to solve!
I ended up with a “C” on the final and a “B” for the course, instead
of the solid “A” I had going into the final. I think Mr. Loving felt
worse than I did, and he actually apologized for having to give
me a “B”. I will never forget that seemingly minor event,
or the empathy that he showed towards me.
Finally, I need to reminisce a little about the great 1964 NNHS basketball team, guided so adeptly by Coach Mitchell.
No doubt about it - this was a great team, and I thought Chris Ellis
was the finest basketball player that I had ever seen. My most
vivid memory of that basketball season was at the State
semi-finals in Richmond. I don’t remember who we were playing,
but it was a very close game all the way to the end, when
Jimmy Rama hit a short jump shot in the final few seconds to win
the game and advance us to the finals against Hampton. I think everyone knew that if we lost that semi-final game, Hampton,
a team that we had already beaten twice in tough games
during the regular season, would be the state champion.
As I recall, the state final was almost a letdown after the heart
stopping excitement of the semi-final game, as the powerful
Typhoons played up to their potential and pretty well dominated Hampton in the championship game, winning by almost 20 points.
Yes, they were a dominant basketball team, and our senior year
was an exceptional sports year for NNHS. Not to diminish the accomplishment of the '64 basketball team, but let’s not forget
about the '64 Track Team under the guidance of the legendary
Mr. Julie Conn and Mr. Charlie Nuttycombe, as this team was
both the indoor and outdoor State Champion in Track and Field.
Sorry, I just had to throw that in.
In closing, I wish I were in Virginia with you tonight to celebrate
and renew old friendships. Some of my best memories are of you people in this room and the years we spent together at NNHS. Nevertheless, if I had but one wish, it would not be to attend this celebration, rather it would be that a new NNHS would rise up
on the Peninsula, and that it would be endowed with all the glory, traditions and achievements of the Newport News High School
that we knew; the one that has become a part of our very being.
Finally, I would submit to you that the people in this room tonight
have it within their power politically to make this dream a reality. Please think about it as you enjoy a wonderful evening
of camaraderie and celebration. You are most certainly
in my thoughts.
Wishing you all the best,
President, NNHS Class of 1964
Saturday night was also an
overflow crowd of over 150.
We missed all of you guys
that could not attend, and
For those of you in the
Class of 1964 who did not attend
I hope everyone in the big
Typhoon family will continue
Tom Flax, NNHS Class of 1964, 10/25/04
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