01/03/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Forgotten Dreams

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe."

- Anatole France (1844 - 1924)


  Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   


1. Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia - 01/03/05:


G'day from Oz! Please add me to the newsletter mailing list.....

By the way, you've done a smashing job (as the Aussies would say) getting the site up and running and keeping it going.

Warm regards,

   WOWZERONI!!!  Carla, I've been looking for you forever and a day!  I knew you were "somewhere
in Australia", but that doesn't narrow it down but so much.  I am personally so delighted that you've joined us!  I've added
you to the (hidden) mailing list and the Alumni Page:


   Just off the top of my head, I think these pages might interest you:






   Thanks so much for joining us!  We look forward to hearing more from you soon!

"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you
shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil."

- James Lane Allen (1849 - 1923)

From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 01/03/05:

I hate to admit it but, Jimmy (Dossett - '66 of FL) MAY have a good idea with making an alumni decal!

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Well, yes, I must agree!  All you creative people should start designing one now!  Thanks, Albert!

 "All of our dreams can come true -- if we have the courage to pursue them."

Walt Disney (1901 - 1966)

From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 01/03/05:

Hello Carol,                   Jan. 3, 04


My memories were stirred by the several recent mentions of Britt's Barber Shop in the East End.  My father
used to go there - always on a Saturday afternoon.  Sometimes he would take me along if I was, as he put it,
.  Being a normal hyper kid, I suffered in the long boring wait for our turn at the crowded Saturday shop.


So far no one has mentioned Jim Wilson's Barber Shop on Buxton Avenue.  Mr. Wilson was a kind elderly
man with a small one-chair shop, located just a couple of doors south of the intersection with 19th Street and
on the east side of Buxton. 


When I first moved onto the Boulevard (57 Pear Avenue) in 1934 at age 6, my parents soon found out about Mr.
Wilson's and the special price he had for kids on weekdays.  As I recall, a kid under 12 could get a 15-cent
haircut provided he could be in the shop no later than 3:30.  With Woodrow Wilson School letting out at 3:00,
it required a straight dash in order to beat the deadline. 


The 15-cent haircut was a quick affair.  The electric razor did most of the work.  Sideburns came off first
(completely off), then comb and electric razor around the top.  A quick snip-snip with the scissors took off any
odd hairs still standing..  That final process could get a bit awkward.  Mr. Wilson would get nervous when a bored
kid began to wiggle.  He would then make one of several dire warnings about the danger "If you don't sit still
when I'm using the scissors,. . . ."


My father had a Jim Wilson story that he used to relate often in my presence:  Supposedly, on a weekday
afternoon a bunch of kids were crowded into Mr. Wilson's shop.  It was an extremely bitter cold day.  On the floor
lay a big hound dog - mostly sleeping, but occasionally opening one eye.  One of the kids asked why the dog was
allowed in.  Mr. Wilson explained that that the dog liked to come in when he was hungry.  After a polite pause,
one of the kids bit and asked  "how come?"  Mr. Wilson replied that, "Sometimes when a kid wiggles and jumps
around too much a piece of ear might get snipped off.  The dog likes that."  Supposedly the very graphic suggestion
had an effect.  Worked on me!


The haircut style was distinctive.  The downside was that everyone knew you had just gotten "a Jim Wilson."  The
was that he took a lot off, so one of those haircuts lasted a long time.  No normal kid under 12 liked to get
a haircut.


Jimmy Wilson was a kid a couple years younger than I.  He was known by grownups only as Jim Wilson's
grandson (in the adult world a famous grandfather had first rights to the name).  Jimmy was a great guy.  I last
saw him about 1949 in front of his home on Cedar Avenue.  He was showing off his sporty 1938 Willys coupe
into which he had just installed a war surplus Jeep engine. 


Nostalgic best wishes, Fred

   WOW!  What great stories!  Thanks, Fred!  I made a new page to hold the second one:




 "In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."

- Janos Arany (1817 - 1882)

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/03/05:

Please add to the donor list:

Margaret Hoban Wilner ('65) of PA


   Certainly, Captain!



   Thanks, David!

 "There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts being broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream-whatever that dream might be."

- Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973)

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/03/05:

Hi, Carol:
Here I am breaking my New Year's Resolution by firing off an email after reading this Newsletter. I made a resolution
to restrain myself from writing too many emails and taking up valuable space in your newsletters. It was so embarrassing 
to read the 01/01/2005 newsletter where I "hogged" so much of the space with my ramblings. It really was not a fit
of nostalgia as 2005 arrived, that prompted all those messages, but keeping myself safely entertained in my office while
my diverse neighbors celebrated the arrival of the new year in their own special way. I almost thought it was the Fourth
of July with all the fireworks going off in our subdivision.
Let's hope Cap'n Dave (Dave Spriggs '64 of VA) can figure a way to digitize his wax album of "You were on My Mind".
I want to hear the later cut that still gets his attention. And thanks to Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA for the photos
of the old James River Bridge. Seeing the snow on the bridge triggered a "Flashback" to December 1957 when the
James River froze over. I was a passenger on a Greyhound bus from Parris Island, SC via Yemassee, SC on my first leave
while serving in the USMC, and too excited about coming home to sleep that night as we approached the James River Bridge,
and it was really exciting to find the James River frozen on the surface including the channel. How often does that happen?

   Joe Madagan, that's the most appalling New Year's resolution I ever heard!  Iím so glad the spirit prevailed and inspired you
to break such a dreadful resolution!!!  I couldnít bear it!  My sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59) and I were just saying how
very much we enjoy your comments and insights, and how much we've learned since you joined us.  We did not move to Newport
News until January of 1954 (YOWZERS - that was 51 years ago!).  Our parents were raised in Richmond, so we do not even have
the genetic memories of things you know first hand.

   Until you joined us, it was very difficult to coax anyone into writing us their memories.  We all but nicknamed it "The Carol and
Dave and Wayne Show", because Dave Spriggs ('64 of VA) and Wayne Stokes ('65 of VA) and I were doing all the talking.
That was fun in its own way, but it was hardly the original intent of the page.  Now with a broadened spectrum, one memory invites
another, more schoolmates participate, and everyone benefits.  And if we all ramble from time to time, so what?  While one reader
may be bored by one subject, another will be hanging on every word.  It is all important to include in the archive we're building.

   At any rate, Adonis, please purge such horrific thoughts as stifling yourself from your mind! 

   As for We Five's "You Were on My Mind Album", copies are still available at Amazon.com and elsewhere.  And the song which
so, um, "inspired" David was - is - "Love Me Not Tomorrow".  I have been frustratingly unsuccessful at finding even a copy of the
lyrics, much less a mp3 or MIDI file of it.  I did, though, find a tiny clip available here:


   Thanks for the memories, Joe!  You helped me regain so much of what my brain had discarded and learn things it never knew.

 "Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so."

- Belva Davis

From Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA - 01/03/05:

Dear Carol, Happy New Year! Hope 2005 brings you & your family much happiness! For the holidays I was
with both brothers and their families in Northern Va. Dino ('57) lives in Fairfax Station and Frank ('59)
in Vienna, VA. We all have great memories of NNHS.

It was wonderful reading your newsletters upon my return home - I'm sure no other high school website
compares to NNHS 65! Thanks, Carol, for everything you've done and continue to do for the memory of NNHS.
You are a very special person!

Love, Evelyn

   WOWZERS!  Thanks for all your kind words, Evelyn!  They mean a great deal to me!

   I'm glad you and your brothers were able to enjoy such a nice holiday together!  Thanks for sharing that with us!

"In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow."

- Louise Driscoll

From Marc Fusillo of FL - 01/03/05:

Dear Carol
I have a grandfather that attended this school, and today we both need a copy of two year books, one from 1939
and one from 1940.  Please help me to obtain them.  Please reply with your insight into this matter. 
Thanks ,
Marc Fusillo,  Largo, Florida
P.S. I really like the job you did on this site.  Congratulations and we thank you for it.

   Hey, Marc!  I'm glad y'all are enjoying the site.  Finding yearbooks, particularly from the thirties and forties, is not the easiest
trick in the world.  Sometimes they become available on eBay, and occasionally they pop up in antique shops.  Several of our
subscribers are collectors who frequent such shops - well, frequently.  I'm sure they'll be glad to keep their eyes open for you
and tell us if and when those yearbooks appear, right, Fellas???

   Thanks, Marc!

   Y'all be good - and take care of each other!  TYPHOON FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Land of Forgotten Dreams


As a child I was running free
Like a leaf in the wind
The days seemed endless
No worries then
There was no ball and no chain
I look back on those days with a yearning in my heart
Land of forgotten dreams
As we grow older, our hearts turn cold
We're no longer running free
Live our lives in captivity
Now we're chained to the ground
But I look back on those days with a yearning in my heart
Land of forgotten dreams

As a child I was running free
Like a leaf in the wind
The days seemed endless
No worries then
There was no ball and no chain
I look back on those days with a yearning in my heart
Land of forgotten dreams
Land of forgotten dreams

"Land of Forgotten Dreams" midi (recorded by Leroy Anderson) (sequenced by Ted Keener)
courtesy of
http://www.thursdayschild.org/mframe_archive.htm (2001) - 12/22/04

  "Land of Forgotten Dreams" lyrics courtesy of http://lyrics.duble.com/M/meduzalyrics/meduzalandofforgottendreamslyrics.htm - 12/31/04

"Fly Baby and Bunny" and "Fairy with Gold Bar" clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/pegasus2u_99/Gallery3.htm - 12/31/04

Mauve Flower Line clip art courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~emelinda/index-12.html - 10/04/04

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