01/17/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Martin Luther King Day


"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968)

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks during his visit to Seattle in November 1961. King came as part of a lecture series presented by the Brotherhood of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd
at the Lincoln Memorial for his
"I Have a Dream" speech during a march on Washington, D.C.,
on Aug. 28, 1963. About 250,000 people attended the march
to urge support for impending
civil-rights legislation.

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have lots of surprises for you today, and most of our news is good.


1. Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 01/16/05:

Hi Carol!
Would love to be included in your newsletters and updates on Classmates, 64 or other.  Great to meet you
at the 40th Reunion Party!!  Please add me to your mailings.
Thanks so much!

   Hi, Cheryl!  It was good seeing you again after 40 years!  Thanks for joining us!

   I've added you to the (hidden) mailing list, to the Alumni Page, and to the Class of '64 Contact Page:


   Let me know if you'd like your email address posted thereon, and if you send me your birthday, we'll add you to that list as well:




From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/14/05:


The 2 DVDs of the Reunion of the Class of 1964 arrived today. They are absolutely priceless.


   OOOOH, thanks, Edna!

From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) - 01/16/05:

Carol, we received the DVD of the reunion I ordered way out here in Portland, Oregon yesterday!  We would like
to thank Tom Flax ('64 of VA) and the marketing/production team for a great job....and as I write this, today, 
1/16, is Steve's (KIGER/NNHS '66) **
57th** birthday and I special ordered it to surprise him!  (Isn't that
what little annoying sisters do?) 
The DVD was worth the wait...thought your former principal Etheridge, looked wonderful as did Miss Kanter....
and I know Steve will enjoy, as I did, seeing some former basketball team members and Coach Mitchell, and most
of all YOUR speech, Carol!   It was fun seeing my favorite former neighbor Joel Lewis ('64 of VA) in the crowd,
as well as Sarah Puckett (Kressaty - '65 - of VA).
Gail (Kiger) Bonsey, FHS '73 (but former Warwick Farmer) (we were all bussed my junior year and split up)

   Hi, Gail!  Actually, I think that's what incredibly thoughtful little sisters do!  I'm glad you enjoy the DVD!

   I added Steve to our Birthday Page:


   Happy Belated Birthday, Steve - enjoy your treasure!  And thanks, Gail!

From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 01/16/05:

Hey Carol,
Have you gotten your DVD of the reunion?  Well, I'm not being paid a cent for the advertisement, but it is about the best
thing out there to see.  What better way to spend a snowy afternoon in Williamsburg then to reminisce about the great time
we had at the 40th reunion.  I know Tom has gone to a lot of trouble to get this completed and it is worth more than money
can buy.  This is truly a memory that will last at least until we meet again. 

By the way, I have a copy of the picture of Rose (Woodard Groff - '65) for you.  I'll send it this week. 

If it stays this cold, I plan on making my Florida reservations for next month real soon.  Can't stay away from the grand kids
for long.  My grandson, The P. Pod as we call him, has 2 new magic tricks to show me.  He and Sarah, named after my mom,
take turns reading me books over the phone.  It's not quite the same as being with them. Their description of the nine Golden
Retriever puppies entices me even more. I don't know why my son-in-law would want to put them in my bed at night! 

If you have the opportunity, please ask Evelyn Vretos ('55 - of VA) to E-mail me; also Jean Poole Burton ('64 of RI)

Stay warm.  I can't wait for the next newsletter.  Thanks for all your hard work.


   Ohhhhh, thanks, Linda!

   (And I dropped a note to Evelyn and Jean.)

And also from Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA to Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 01/16/05:

Well, guy, you've certainly gone and done it this time.  I have watched the DVD twice today!  It is wonderful!  I've laughed,
cried, and thoroughly enjoyed the reunion all over again.  The DVD showed some things that maybe I missed or didn't hear
all of the stories and remarks that were made.  I even saw a few people that I didn't remember seeing there.  Thank you
for the time and effort you took to complete this enormous task.  It is something I will enjoy for years to come.
Linda L. Lane

  AMEN!!!  Thanks, Linda - and Tom!

   We had a quiet day Saturday.  The mailman came late in the afternoon, and I rushed out to retrieve my booty, but nothing
exciting was in the mailbox, and no package was left at the back door where he always leaves it.  I was disappointed, but
thought I'd somehow be able to last until Tuesday when he returned with my Reunion DVD.  But Sunday morning at 7:15 when
Paul left for his early meetings at church, there it was - the package from Tom Flax ('64 of VA) with all my Reunion Goodies -
by the front door! 

   By some strange "coincidence" (have I mentioned that I don't believe in coincidences?), Adrienne (my 17-year old daughter)
and I had gotten all dressed much earlier, even though we didn't need to leave home until 8:40.  So we began watching the show -
and what a show it was!  When at last we had to stop to leave, Adrienne turned to me and said, "You know, it's funny - you guys
really do turn back into kids again."

   This DVD is totally FABULOUS!!!  I've watched it through three times now.  For some reason, I keep dissolving in tears
at exactly the same spots as I did at the Reunion itself (well, there was that other moment, when less than 30 seconds into the
presentation there was a close-up of my very own band letter sweater) - not that I ever cry or anything...

   Now how can I say this to your complete understanding?  Before the Reunion, I told y'all that you would all want to be there, and
I don't believe anyone would say that was a bad call.

   Having seen this video presentation, I cannot imagine a single one of you who would not want a copy.  It is
beautifully produced and edited, and will certainly appeal to you on a number of levels.

   If you're a member of the Class of 1964, you'll certainly want a copy.  If you attended the Reunion, you'll want
to relive it all.  If you were unable to attend, you'll want to see what you missed.  If you were a member of another
NNHS class in the sixties, you'll want to see your friends and teachers.  If you taught at NNHS, you'll want this
video for all the special meaning it will hold for you.  If you were a member of an NNHS class from the 40's, 50's,
or '70's, you'll be thrilled to see the spirit of NNHS which permeates the entire video.  If you went to another school,
you'll want to "meet" those people whom you've come to know through the pages of the website and Newsletter. 
Have I omitted anyone???

   Having just watched it, I am struck anew by just how proud I am to have known you all, and to number you among my friends. 
And I'm particularly in awe of the vision, talent, and energy of Dave Spriggs and his Reunion Committee and all that they did. 

   Tommy, you and your editor outdid yourselves on this DVD!

    In case any of you missed it, here are the ordering instructions:

   Just specify which type you would like - DVD or VHS, and send a $15.00 donation (cash or check) made payable
to Tom Flax, and mail it to him directly:
  Tom Flax, 2413 Adair Court, Va. Beach, VA  23456.  Drop him an email, too:

 I promise, you won't regret it!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/14/05: SURPRISE # 1:

I know how much you hate to scan, so I did it for you. Besides, I have the software to create (recreate in this case) a panoramic.

I know you will post it soon .... and the contest to identify everybody can begin. Some are easy ...some are not.

Copies of this Group Portrait may still be purchased from the photographer for $27.00. 
Anyone interested should contact Dave Spriggs at


   Bless your sweet heart, David!  What a treat this is to have and to post as well!  And what a spectacular job you did
of recreating it for us!


   The actual photograph measures 6" x 18" - and is obviously gorgeous!

   Thanks so much, Dave!


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/12-28-52-GREAT-FIRE.html - brand new page!

   Thanks to Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA for lending me his 1953 Anchor from his vast collections, to my sister,
Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC,
for letting me borrow all five of her Anchors, including this 1955; and
to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA for finding the news clippings, correcting an inverted Anchor image, and selecting
and locating the music for this page.  It chronicles not only one of the darkest chapters of our school's history, but
the indomitable spirit that built it all back better than before.

   This fire took place almost a year to the day before we moved to the Peninsula, so I'm counting on y'all to share
your memories of that time, so that the record may be complete.

   Like this, for instance:

From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 01/15/05:

Hi Carol; 

I was checking out the Newsletters and I came to the Great Fire.
My dad was the Head of the Custodial Staff, and I remember the fire and the clean-up.
It was quite a mess and I sure remember the damage. We were living in Marshall Courts Apartments at the time.
I would go over to the school with my dad in the afternoons during the clean-up, what a mess.  


Thanks, Cathy!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/14/05:

Hi, Carol:
Thanks for filling in the blank and also correcting my poor recollection of a few of the lyrics of this great song
from "Carousel". It has been some time since trying to recall those words of this song that was a favorite
of Miss Eleanor Sherman.
Today a letter from Joseph S. Agee (Craddock High '48) of VA, Colonel, USMCR (Retired) and retired
Kinesiology Professor Emeritus
and coach at College of William and Mary brought such great joy. It was
so exciting to hear from him, and hope to soon be making a recommendation that you add this Korean War Veteran 
to the Famous Marines page on the exciting website.
Coach Agee was the Head Basketball Coach at Warwick High School ("Farmers") for three years during which time
it was my privilege to serve as a manager of the TYPHOON cagers. 1st LT Agee was my first Platoon Leader in the
97th Special Rifle Company, USMCR, Newport News, VA during the latter part of his tenure at WHS. That made
for an interesting relationship for a young man!

   Thanks, Adonis!  That reminds me - second call for votes on Miss Sherman's song.  Control Freak/Super Brat that I am,
I don't often give you an opportunity of this nature.  I can't believe you're not taking advantage of it!  Listen to the three choices
once more:

Carmen Prelude - http://www.broadwaymidi.com/operamidi/Carmen01-Prelude.mid

You'll Never Walk Alone - http://n2rainbows.homestead.com/files/YoullNeverWalkAloneA.mid

Bless This House - http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/trinity-methodist.html

   Sorry - it's not an automatic push-the-button-and-I'll-get-your-vote.  I can't remember offhand how to set that up, and I don't
want to have to think too hard right now.  Just email me your choice; it won't hurt.  On the other hand, there's no telling what
damage I might incur if I were to try to think.

From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 01/14/05:

Here's another personality to discuss.  Maybe you have already, and I missed it.  Coach Johnny Palmer, who also
taught Math.  What a character.  He was the first teacher that I knew with a "Pineapple" haircut - - a crew cut, with a
tuft of hair in front to comb.
As I recall, the dirty dog left NNHS to be a successful head football coach at Hampton High School, then on to a small
Is he still around?  Does anybody know the rest of the story?

   Thanks, Craig!  As a matter of fact........

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 01/15/05:

From the book, Hampton High School 600th Football Victory Celebration, 1899-1995:

"Johnny Palmer was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1931. He attended E. C. Glass High School and was
an All-State center and linebacker his senior year. His outstanding play in high school earned him a
full grant-in-aid to Duke University. His performance as a football player continued to receive acclaim
in college as he was a member of the conference All-Star team in 1954. Upon graduating with a major
in Education, Johnny served in the Marine Corps for two years. In 1957 he accepted a coaching position
at Newport News High School and was there through the 1964 season.

"He accepted the position of head coach at Hampton High School in 1965 and coached through the 1970
season. His record at Hampton was 48-12-1 and included a state championship in1969. In 1971, Coach
Palmer accepted an offer to return to his hometown and became head coach at E. C. Glass and held the
position through 1977. In 1974 Johnny also assumed the duties of Assistant Principal. Not being able
to completely turn his back on football, Coach Palmer returned to the field as an Assistant at E. C. Glass
for the 1985 and 1986 seasons.

"In a conversation prior to his death in 1990, Johnny Palmer had fond memories of Hampton High School
and the city. He recalled getting off to a slow start his first season, but upsetting Newport News
on Thanksgiving Day. After that, criticism turned to support and thus he had established himself. He was
very proud of offering current Hampton coach, Mike Smith, his first football job as an assistant. He
considered Mike one of the premier coaches in the country. Johnny fondly remembered his State
Championship victory when the Crabbers defeated Great Bridge 48-0. John Palmer summarized his
feelings by saying, 'It was a wonderful school and city. I really enjoyed it and it is a great honor and
privilege to have been associated with Hampton High School.'"

Following the 1970 football season, Mike Smith was offered the head coaching position at Pembroke High
starting in 1971, right about the same time Johnny Palmer was considering leaving Hampton and returning
to E. C. Glass. In 1970 Hampton was defending state champs and had won 27 games in a row (until that final
Turkey Day game in 1970). That year, as a testament to the magnitude of that final game against NNHS,
Hampton outscored their opponents 415-22, and sixteen of those 22 were scored by Newport News!
Now that Johnny had successfully re-established Hampton as a football powerhouse, in the tradition of the
Suey Eason teams of the 40s and 50s, he said he would decline Glass' offer if Mike did not stay on at Hampton
and take the head coaching job. Mike did, Johnny left, and the rest is history!

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Babe!

   There ya go, Craig!  We aim to please!




From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/15/05:

   Not being able to find an image of Miss Kanter suitable for her page from among all those that I've seen which were
taken Saturday night, I tried snagging it from the great group photo above - to no avail.  So I asked Mr. Wizard, I mean,
Dave, if he could do that for me, and sho' nuff, he sent it back forthwith:

   David, you are a Super Genius!  Thanks so much!




From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 01/15/05:

Hello Carol,        Sat. Jan. 15, 05
Someone asked about the NNHS Band Drum Majors.  I dragged out my old annuals and copied the
following.  During the war years the annuals were rather sparse and sometimes had only pictures
of the band.  Had to get out the magnifying glass.
Fall 41 and Spring 42 - John Grey 
Fall 42 and Spring 43 - Herbert Dekle
Fall 43 and Spring 44 - Sidney PeckEdward Fleenor was Lt. and Baton Twirler.
Fall 44 and Spring 45 - James Coley
Fall 45 and Spring 46 - James Meena
Eddie Fleenor (June 1944) was a close friend of mine.  In the late 1930s we were both buglers in the
NN American Legion Junior Drum and Bugle Corps.  Then we both learned to play the trumpet and were
in Mr. Wright's little orchestra at Walter Reed.  We both played trumpet in the NNHS band.  In later years
Eddie had a dance band and played for the Buckroe Pavilion dances. He married Jacklyn Field (NNHS
June 1946
).   Eddie died in 2001
- his Daily Press obituary follows:
HAMPTON  - Edward "Eddie" Fleenor Jr. 74, died Saturday, March 24, 2001.  A resident of Hampton, he was a lifelong
resident of the Peninsula.
Mr. Fleenor was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jacklyn Field Fleenor, who died
December 5, 2000.  He is survived by his son, Bruce E. Fleenor and his wife, Donna, of Churchville, Va.; his sisters,
Doris F. Wilson of Hampton and Marian "Beth" Davis of Hampton; and her grandchildren, Brad and Ginny.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in Hampton.  A graveside
service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Parklawn Memorial Park by the Rev. Kenneth W. Newsome.

Nostalgic best wishes,       

   Thanks so much, Fred.  I haven't yet amended the Band page to include this new information, but I will soon!

From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 01/16/05:


Dear Carol & Fellow Alumni, 

The saddle shoes are packed and so is the poodle skirt! (all ordered from the net)

Why? We are leaving on the 30th of January for a Golden Oldies Cruise! We will 
dance to
the music from the 50's and 60's and see great shows!!!!

This Golden Oldies cruise takes place every year and I think it is a possible venue
the next All Class NNHS Reunion!  

The ship leaves Ft. Lauderdale and cruises the Western Caribbean where it's warm
and during a time when it's a bit cool in
the states.

Who will be entertaining us? Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett, Gary Lewis
and The Playboys, The Fabulous Chancellors, and a salute to
Bill Haley Starring The
Original Comets and last but not least....Stacey Wayne as.....Elvis.

You can check it out at www.harmontravel.com and there is still room available
should anyone want to go this year!

The trip can be booked through the cruise line but Harmon Travel offers the shows,
has a hospitality desk and o
ther extras that cruise line does not. 

A cruise ship full of NNHS Alumni......FUN! 

Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - NNHS '62 - Typhoons Forever!

   OOOOH, such fun, Brownie!  I've never been on a cruise.  How delightful it must be!

   Speaking of cruises, go check out Nancy Bigger Alligood's ('56) site, too:


   You and John have a great time, Brownie!  Thanks!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/16/05 - SURPRISE # 3:


Despite an impending snow/sleet event, I ventured to the Peninsula to fill in some "NOW" images:

Ruth Staples House of Beauty, 903 Kecoughtan:  Sad to say that the location has been razed.


Evans Dance Studio, 64 Victoria:  Apparently, house numbers were changed after Consolidation, so I have no idea
where this structure may have stood. If someone can tell me a cross street, it would help. Otherwise, it is off to the
Library for a Directory prior to Consolidation.


Myrtle's Beauty Shop, 7011 Huntington Ave:  I am not sure you can see it in the image, but the office on the left is
7007 and the Sports Bar is 7015.  The addresses seem to increase by "twos", so 7011 would have been the gray door,
which is in the center of the image.  I suppose the bar annexed the property.


Manning's Grocery/Jim Wilson's Barber Shop/Little Perm Beauty Salon:  Someone who lived there in their
youth will have to sort out which building was which.  The address of the structure next to Manning's (White's #2) is 72. 
I won't even comment on naming a grocery store "Number 2" ...........

   WOWZERS!!!  David, as always you completely astound me!

   Thanks so much, not only for your incredible panoramic images, but for heading over to the Peninsula on such an unpleasant
day to capture them!




From Glenda Stewart Faires ('68) of GA - 01/17/05:

Happy New Year!  I changed jobs.....
I looked at the reunion pictures and thought they were all great!  Thanks again for all of your hard work!

   Hi, Glenda!  Thanks!  And best of everything in your new job!

Just in from Ron Smith ('65) of VA - 01/17/05:

Rose Marie Connor, wife of Richard E. Connor who was in our class, passed away yesterday
at home.  Rose Marie was a graduate of Hampton High School.  The obit will be in Tuesday's
Daily Press.  RS

   Oh, Ron!  I'm so sorry to hear that!  Please convey our very deepest sympathies to Richard at this stressful time!



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teachers.html - the individual pages have been standardized in appearance somewhat,
with light blue backgrounds for the living, lavender backgrounds for the deceased, and return links added to the bottoms
of each page

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Kauffman.html - now with three images

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/teach-Johnson.html - brand new page, with four images plus a memory

    So between gazing at my new Reunion Group Portrait, dancing to Dave's five Oldies CDs, and watching the Reunion DVD,
I've been even more immersed in NNHS than usual for the past few days - and as anyone will tell you, dat ain't easy!

   But, Boy Howdy, have I had fun!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com
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 Abraham, Martin, and John

Words and Music by Richard Holler


Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
You know I just looked around and he's gone

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
I just looked around and he's gone

(brief instrumental interlude-organ)

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
I just looked around and he's gone

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Some day soon, it's gonna be one day

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill
With Abraham, Martin, and John

"Abraham, Martin, and John" midi courtesy of http://www.dataflo.net/~mpurintun/ASongs.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/16/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Abraham, Martin, and John" lyrics courtesy of http://www.ocap.ca/songs/abraham.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/16/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Martin Luther King Images courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mlk/king/photogallery.html - 01/16/05

 Chain Link divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.freefever.com/graphics/line11.php - 01/16/05

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