Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
You might have
noticed that I'm working on a redesign of the front page
of the web site. At the moment all I've succeeded
in doing is destabilizing it somewhat (ARGHHH!!!), but when I finish, it will include a focus on the upcoming 40th Reunion
for the Great Class of 1965. Meanwhile, all the information previously available on the page is still there; it's just rearranged
a bit. Stay tuned!
1. Bill Gross ('48) of VA (I think) - 01/12/05:
I was just introduced to your web site by Dale Parsons ('48).
This is wonderful and something someone needs
to do for all the years at dear old Newport High. Our February
and June classes went together some years ago and we always have a ball reminiscing
For our 55th reunion I wrote up the history of
library on Main Street. If you would be interested
I will be glad to furnish you a copy.
I wish I had time to read all on your web site but I wouldn't get anything else done. Again, its great.
Thank you, Bill! We're delighted to have you! (And thank you, Dale, for pointing him our way!)
We would be absolutely thrilled to see your NNHS History - thanks so much!
It would indeed
take you several hours to make your way through the whole site. I haven't
tried it myself for quite a while because
I'm too busy adding more to it each day. It doesn't matter, though. I STILL don't get anything else done! GIGGLES!!!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/12/05:
Committee of NNHS Class of 1964 is pleased to offer to the Alumni a video
of our Fortieth Year Reunion, which was held at the Newport News Omni Hotel on October 23rd, 2004.
Whether you attended and want to have a permanent remembrance of the events of that very special
evening, or were unable to attend and want to see what you missed … this video is a “must-have”
for every proud Typhoon. You won’t want to miss these highlights:
All this can
be yours on DVD or VHS. It was professionally recorded with multi cameras and
edited, and packaged in its own jewel box with professional artwork.
To order your
copy of this priceless treasure, simply mail your check or money order for
to “Tom Flax” to cover reproduction and shipping costs. Be sure to specify DVD or VHS.
2413 Adair Court
Virginia Beach VA 23456
You may also e-mail Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
DaveYAHOO!!! Thanks, Dave! I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival!
From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 01/12/05:
Thanks, Tommy! Let's see - mailed on
Thursday, they might arrive by Saturday, but by Monday
for sure! Oh no, wait a minute - Monday is a holiday! Tuesday, then! YAY!
From Pam Wright Owen ('62) of VA - 01/12/05:
Thanks, Pam! Thanks to my daddy, I have a big soft spot in my heart for Carmen. In fact, it's my second favorite opera!
Our Music Expert, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, found us this great MIDI file:
http://www.broadwaymidi.com/operamidi/Carmen01-Prelude.mid - Thanks, Dave!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/12/05:
Thanks, Adonis! I clearly remember
going to one of the concerts - I believe it was the Spring of 1957 - and seeing
the choir -
complete with you and my sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) perform this number from "Carousel". It has
remained one of my favorites ever since.
(By the way, Joe
- the word you couldn't recall is "blown". And it's "hope" in your heart -
but a dream is always good
to have, too!)
Once again, Dave found the perfect version of this song:
http://n2rainbows.homestead.com/files/YoullNeverWalkAloneA.mid - Thanks again, Dave!
From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/13/05:
Carol, the first song that pops into my head concerning Miss Sherman
is "Bless This House". She had made a commitment
to the school board that IF they would but replace the auditorium after the fire, she would cherish it and honor it through performances of band and chorus. She began what was already a tradition when I went to my first assembly - the singing
of "Bless This House". That anthem was used to start the school year at the first assembly every year.
I did not know that - and I certainly did not remember it at all!
It's a perfect segue into our next coming attraction,
but we haven't finished this subject yet. Thanks, Kathy!
My #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97), had previously found me this MIDI file on 01/03/04:
http://www.southcom.com.au/~seymour/serendipity2/6ablesshouse.htm - which is attached and playing here:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/trinity-methodist.html - Thanks again, Nathaniel!
AND SO .....
Okay, we now have three great suggestions. Shall we have a vote?
I personally have strong emotional reactions
to all three numbers for different reasons, so as they used to say in the small
Appalachian town where we lived in 1953, "H'it don' make no nevah mind t' me."
SO CAST YOUR VOTES:
"Carmen Prelude", "You'll Never Walk
Alone"; or "Bless
From Me in NC - 01/13/05:
And speaking of The Great Fire of December 28, 1952, Tom Norris (HHS - '73) loaned me his 1953 Anchor, and.......
|1953 Anchor, p. 134||1953 Anchor, p. 135||1953 Anchor, p. 136||1953 Anchor, p. 137|
After 52 years, can the story
finally be told? Do we know the identity of the "three young arsonists",
their motives, and the
consequences which befell them?
A new page containing the story of the fire and the subsequent rebuilding is in the making. Consider this a sneak peek.
From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/12/04:
This is a very moving site.....honoring our military
Thanks, Janice! It is beautiful!
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 01/12/05:
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ron! Have fun, Guys!
From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 01/12/05:
Cool to see my aunt's beauty salon honored
within your recent newsletters…'Ruth
Staples House of Beauty'
on Kecoughtan Road was our Aunt. She is still residing in Hampton, although up in years. She had two glass containers
of nickel 'Nap' crackers up towards the cashier, and a glass bottled coke machine in the back. She raised three children
by herself and was a strong woman. Her shop was across from Woolworth's, where I brought my first Beatles poster,
and down from her shop was a great duck pin bowling alley - where my brother Steve ('66) and cousin Ronald Staples
(HHS '68?) took me !
Gail! Now that's a happy thing! Of course, I had no way of knowing
that when I added the page!
I've added your memory to it:
From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/13/05:
OK,. Carol. The Evans' really got to me. I took lessons there forever.
Seriously, from age 7-17. I had
taken from Sandy Vossler previous to my family's moving to Hampton. After
John Clark ('57 of VA) , my future husband, he had also taken dance there. Muriel Evans was always on the look out
for males so that she had enough to do her annual "Nutcracker" at Christmas.
Anyway, out daughter Dana also
studied there from age 5 to 19. I went back as an adult a couple of times for a
or so at a stretch.
Everyone in my family except my
son has been in the "Nutcracker". We've even got a pet name for it (which I will
repeat) because it takes its toll every year. Edgerton (who was from Poquoson) and Muriel Shelley (Williamsburg) met
in NYC and opened the studio when they returned to VA.
Their daughters Lisa and
Darcy are still teaching there and Muriel is still alive. That woman knew
more about how
to survive in life than anyone I've ever met. In her bird like way, she did only the things that were important and
stressed that if others were bothered by the things she didn't do, they'd do those things themselves. One time Mr. Evans
(whom everyone called Bid) was teaching class and he wanted us to do something dramatic. He told us that when it was our
turn to pirouette or something across the floor, we needed to stand up in such a way that we had every eye in the audience
on us because they knew we were about to do something important. He said that posture would improve our dancing. He
certainly was right about thinking that you should treat everything you do as important. I have found that things just turn
out better if I use the "this is important' approach. Lisa Evans is now the main teacher and the studio is now at the S/E
corner of Armistead and Victoria in the old Hampton Sweet Shop (later Cheney's Photographic Studio). The ballet
company still does an annual "Nutcracker" as well as a fall and spring ballet program and an annual recital. The studio is
truly a Peninsula institution in terms of its meaning and value to the community. It is really a slice of Americana.
WOWZERS! Thanks, Kathy!
We strive to get to everybody sooner or later. Pam's "Carmen" suggestion
got to me, and I had
to take off about an hour just to devote to sobbing over old memories.
Also from Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 01/12/05:
Thanks, Ron! We're hot on the trail now!
From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 01/13/05:
When we actually DO pinpoint these dates, remind me to post them in a safe and logical place for future reference.
And speaking of the Apprentice School, once again from Tom Norris' 1953 Anchor, p. 158.......
|1953 Anchor, p. 158|
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/apprentice-school/53-ad-158.jpg - brand new page
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of IL - 01/13/05:
Awww. Thanks, Brent. (My daughter-in-law) Mary said (my #1
son) Lewis didn't recognize the name either, but he had
not yet had time to view her images. Still, it looks as though my chances for a small world story are gone. My sons were
never taught by an NNHS graduate. Sigh.
- Who among you knew that Miss Allen, originally from Fairfax, and now
back again in Northern VA, was a member of the Hampton High School Class of 1955???
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Kanter.html - And who
among you knew that Miss Kanter was not only her classmate,
but Co-Editor of the Krabba that year???
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Baab.html - And how many
of you realized that before she taught us English at NNHS,
Mrs. Baab taught at Hampton High???
Our thanks to Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA for lending me his 1955 Krabba which revealed these important truths unto us!
- Many of us were aware that Mr. Armstrong
was a member of the NNHS
Class of 1953, and that he was not only a football star, but President of the Student Body. Still, it's fun seeing his senior
portrait and football picture anyway.
Thanks again, Babe! There's much more to come, especially for the Faculty pages.
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin'
Sung by Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957
(from the 1957 release)
Come along my baby, whole lotta shakin' goin' on
Yes, I said come along my baby, baby you can't go wrong
We ain't fakin', while lotta shakin' goin' on.
Well, I said come along my baby, we got chicken in the corn
Woo-huh, come along my baby, really got the bull by the horn
We ain't fakin', whole lotta shakin' goin' on.
Well, I said shake, baby, shake,
I said shake, baby, shake
I said shake it, baby, shake it
I said shake, baby, shake
Come on over, whole lotta shakin' goin' on.
Oh, let's go . . .(Piano break, guitar rift)
Well, I said come along my baby, we got chicken in the barn,
whose barn, what barn, my barn
Come along my baby, really got the bull by the horn
We ain't fakin', whole lotta shakin' goin' on.
(Talking break) Easy now. Shake.
Ah, shake it baby
Yeah, you can shake it one time for me
Yeah-huh-huh-ha-ha, Come along my baby,
Whole lotta shakin' goin' on.
(Talking break) Now let's get down real low one time now
Shake, baby, shake
All you gotta do, honey, is kinda stand in one spot
Wiggle around just a little bit, that's what you got
Yeah, come on baby, whole lotta shakin' goin' on.
Now let's go one time
Shake it baby, shake, shake it baby, shake
Woo, shake baby, come on baby, shake it, baby, shake
Come on over, whole lot-ta sha-kin' go-in' on.
Shakin' Goin' On" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/05
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" lyrics courtesy of http://www.songfacts.com/detail.lasso?id=1577 - 01/08/05
“Let’s Rock” divider line courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/animated-dividers-9.html - 01/08/05
Animated Dancing Couple clip art courtesy of http://www.thestatenislandboys.com/U_thrill_me/index.htm - 01/08/05
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