01/10/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Great Balls of Fire


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to my brother-in-law,  Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) of NC, and to Frances Goodson Wang
('65) of MD,
and to Ron Smith ('65) of VA!   WOWZERS!!!



1. Jeanette McDonald Hornsby ('66) of SC - 01/08/05:

Please add my name to the class of 1966. I'm Jeanette McDonald Hornsby and I live in South Carolina..... Thanks
for the great
webpage. For those of us who have lived away from Newport News for a long time it really brings
back great memories!

   Hi, Jeanette!  Welcome aboard!  I've added your name to the (hidden) mailing list, and to the Alumni Page.


   I wasn't certain you wanted to post your email addy, so until I hear from you, I've simply added you name to the Contact page:



From Gail Kiger Bonsey (FHS - '73) of OR - 01/08/05:

Greetings from Oregon!  ..... You do such a fantastic job, Carol.  I enjoy all the stories and photo memories.

Have you ever considered having a current Newport News resident that enjoys this web page that is a graduate write
the Daily Press feature editor a little story on the success of this web page?  Think of the additional coverage you'd
get from word of mouth by many in the city who would forward the info on to a graduate who has moved away.  It would
make a great story to submit.

   Thanks so much, Gail!

   WOWZERS!  No, such a thing had never occurred to me.  I thought I was quite presumptuous enough as it was, initiating such
a web page without being asked!  But thanks for the enormous compliment!

From Frances  Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 01/07/05:

Sylvia Hall ('66), ?, and Jo Ann Stewart ('64) at a sorority party at Frances' home - "I wasn't a member for very long at all." ?, Olivia House ('65), and Frances Goodson ('65) - and Sonny Goodson ('66) behind the car Edna Johnson ('64) in the park across from Frances' house "Going Steady!" Frances Goodson ('65) wearing Ray Stinnett's ('63) SPD sweatshirt and ring:

"The ring lasted one week."


   WOWZERS!!!  What fun old treasures!  Thanks, Frances!


   These are now posted:






   Frances sent more old images on different subjects, but I haven't finished scanning yet.  Big surprise there, HUH?!!?
Thanks again, Frances!

From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 01/10/05:

January 9, 2005
Hi Carol,
As always thanks so much for keeping us in touch with each other!
I have a question for you/everyone - Is it known as to when the name of the NNHS yearbook changed from The Beacon to The Anchor? When I attended NNHS '57 - '62 (7th - 12th) The
was the school newspaper and The Anchor was the yearbook.
While visiting my Mom for Christmas I happily come across my Dad's yearbook from 1935
called The Beacon. I have it with me in STT and have enjoyed looking at the pictures and
reading about the teachers and students.
Fred M. Alexander was the Principal and Lamar R. Stanley was Assistant Principal. I
found it to be astonishing that many of the faculty members were still teaching during
my years at NNHS!
The names from 1935 that I remember from my years at NNHS were Childress, Conn, Crane, Gildersleeve, Kelly, Krisch, Sherman, Levy, Parker, & Powell.

I have attached a picture of the cover of the 1935 Beacon for you.

By the way, my husband and I were surprised by 14" of snow on December 26th while
visiting in Newport News!
(A note to those who do not know about the illness of one of my classmates. Andrea Vernon
Davis -'62
living in NN. She is waiting for a lung transplant and if she does not get it
she may leave us by Spring. Prayers are desperately needed. I called and spoke to her while
I was in NN and as always she had a smile in her voice.)
Typhoons Forever - Brownie

    Thanks, Brownie!  I think we did narrow this down once before, but somehow I cannot remember either the answer or the person
who figured it out.

   Thanks for the image - I placed it on Odds and Ends.  It's in chronological order - and if you haven't noticed by now how obsessive
I am about such details, you're just not paying attention.


   I'm very distressed to hear about Andrea.  She and I were in Mrs. Pat Johnson's P.E. Class together when she was a senior
and I was a freshman, and we had a lot of fun that year.  Andrea had the most beautiful and unusual eyes I've ever seen - before or
since.  We'll certainly keep her in our prayers.

From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 01/10/05:

Does anyone know how we got to be Typhoons?  I love being a Typhoon, but my Dad was a NNHS "Shipbuilder",
which made sense.
A Typhoon is a "hurricane" in the Pacific Ocean.  We never see Typhoons in the Atlantic.  The little image we used
to have was not a Typhoon, but a Tornado, for gosh sakes!  Who dreamed up all of this stuff and why?
By the way, I got a degree from Miami in 1972, so I'm a Hurricane, too!  I've got both Oceans covered!
--Typhoons Forever! 

   Hey, Craig!  I think we narrowed this timeline down before also, but once again I cannot remember either the answer or
the person who figured it out.  And I'm not sure we ever determined who was responsible for the changes.

   We should be hearing from our experts soon.  Meanwhile, congratulations on covering the mascot geographical bases!

   Thanks, Craig!

From Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA - 01/09/05:

Hi Carol,  

The Epiphany celebration at the Greek Orthodox Church was discontinued for two reasons - 
murky, dangerous waters and too cold, icy.  My uncle, Jim Mariades, was one of the first 
to retrieve the cross at the bottom of the coal piers.  At the time he was a 1st Lt. in the USMC - 
his last assignment was Commandant of the Marine Corps Barracks, Brooklyn Naval Yard.  
He is now retired, 82 years young, and can still proudly wear his Colonel's uniform.

Mary Alice Ring Price graduated NNHS in 1955 - we've been best friends since grammar school.  
Her husband, Rafael, retired from Japan Airlines, Madrid office, many years ago.  They live 
in Madrid, Spain.

As always, Carol, I continue to look forward to your interesting and informative newsletters.

Take good care!      
Love, Evelyn

   Thanks, Evelyn!  I have a notation in my 1965 Anchor - in my mother's handwriting - that on Epiphany of 1965, the bejeweled
cross was retrieved by Harry Pasquier ('66).  I remember that I used to have the accompanying news article as well, but some
of my darling angelic little boys relieved me of 90% of my news clippings when they raided my yearbooks back in about 1977.

   I've posted your note (as well as the earlier two on this subject):



From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of TX - 01/10/05:


It sounds like Joe Madagan ('57 of FL) must have lived in the same neighborhood that I did.  Joe, do you
remember the ice house just off the 25th bridge?  I can remember skating down the sidewalk on the bridge
and turning the corner (only God knows how I managed that!) to continue into the dock area of the ice house. 
There on a hot afternoon the icemen would give chips of ice to us kids to cool us off.  Also, there was a tiny
restaurant at the base of the 25th bridge next to a bus stop called “The Busy Bee” that sold hotdogs and cokes. 
Those days, 15 cents could buy you a hotdog and a coke.   

We lived on 25th street in an apartment across from Harley Davidson’s and my mother worked in the Betty
Lewis Bakery
on 25th Street.  I occupied my playtime in many of the businesses there on 25th, including the
Daily Press
building when the presses were running.  There were horse stables on 24th Street that had been
used for the NN Mounted Police Department.  In fact, for many years a watering trough was in front of the old
red bricked courthouse that I floated boats in. 

My first real job was working in the City Hall for Mr. Pete Hoyle, the City Auditor, who I admired and respected. 
He was a very kind man. 
Mrs. Hoyle was my homeroom teacher at NNHS. 

Best regards,


   Thanks, Kelly!  A number of the places you mentioned are scheduled to appear soon on Our Old Stomping Grounds.

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 01/10/05:

Here are the Tsunami before and after pictures.

This is unreal how much was wiped out. 


    OH, my goodness!  This is an amazing set of images, all the more heartbreaking in their before and after contrasts.  Thanks, Jude!





http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/coliseum.html - new music!


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/gertrude-philbecks-beauty.html - brand new page


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/mannings-grocery.html - brand new page

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/W-S-Drive-In.html - brand new page

   In trying to determine the exact location of the W & S before Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA pinned it down, I asked Ron Miller ('59)
of NC
if he remembered it.  I received this response from him this afternoon:

Yup! It finally came to me Sunday afternoon. Used to take dates there, then go watch the submarine races near Red's Pier. (I guess
the reason that I didn't remember it sooner was that I was more interested in the
submarine races than the name of the drive-in ;-).
I don't have any problem remembering the races! )

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Well, the more important facts do tend to remain with us more clearly, don't they?!?  Thanks, Ronnie!  This was
just so much fun, I triple posted it:




    My FTP has been acting so weird all day, that this letter took three times longer than it should have taken.  I had hoped to have
more scans and pages done for you.  This time it really wasn't my fault!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Great Balls of Fire

- Jerry Lee Lewis

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will
But what a thrill
Goodness gracious great balls of fire!

I laughed at love cause I thought it was funny
You came along and moooooved me honey
I've changed my mind
This love is fine
Goodness gracious great balls of fire!

Kiss me baby....mmmmm...feels good
Hold me baby
Wellll I want to love you like a lover should
You're fine, so kind
Got to tell this world that you're mine mine mine mine

I chew my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I'm real nervous but it sure is fun
C'mon baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire!

Wellll kiss me baby...mmmmm...feels good
Hold me baby
Wellll I want to love you like a lover should
You're fine, so kind
Got to tell this world that you're mine mine mine mine

I chew my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I'm real nervous but it sure is fun
C'mon baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire!

"Great Balls of Fire" midi courtesy of http://www.garyrog.50megs.com/midi1.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

  "Great Balls of Fire" lyrics courtesy of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Great-Balls-Of-Fire-lyrics-
Jerry-Lee-Lewis/F4DAC9AA1B9AD0A348256E5A001DA078 - 01/06/05

Animated Fire Ball clip art courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/mrfire/animations.html - 01/06/05

 Animated Fire Divider Bar clip art courtesy of http://www.worldfiredepartments.com/animations/lines.htm - 07/06/04

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