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01/19/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert E. Lee’s 199th Birthday

"Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more,
you should never wish to do less."

- Robert Edward Lee
(19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I trust you remembered that today is Robert E. Lee's birthday!

   My #6 son,    Dale (American School - IL - '02), arrived home safely late last night, and we're all having fun catching up and getting reacquainted and readjusted after two years.    You'll perhaps excuse me if I'm a bit distracted for a while.....  


   Today is also the birthday of Eileen Rash Vaught ('57), who once in the meridian of time gave me private flute lessons in her home.  Happy Birthday, Eileen - and thanks!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 01/16/06:

Hi Carol,

Thanks for posting our dinner meeting. Hope that it helps. I haven't heard from very many folks about our meeting, but hope some turn up tonight and surprise me.

   Certainly, Brenda!  I hope your meeting was both productive and fun!

I was looking at old places and where they are now or aren't. R. R. Jones Furniture is on Warwick Boulevard in the Hidenwood Shopping Center now. They are cousins to Patsy Floyd Pride ('62 - of VA). She and her husband Bob (who is my 4th cousin or something like that) just moved into their new house they built in Poquoson, right on the water. It is a really nice home; my best wishes for them always.

   SUPER!!!  I'll update this later........

Gee, thanks again for all you do. I enjoy reading all the "stuff" that is posted. Sure keeps me informed. I hope things will begin to pick up for our website since we are starting our meetings for our next "45th" WOW, reunion. My how times flies.


Isn't that just the weirdest sensation - of thinking of something that remains so vivid in your mind, and realizing that it took place, say, fifty years ago?!?

   Thanks, Lady!  Keep us posted, and give them all my love! 


  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/16/06:

Hello All,

Have a few things:

1. What is meant by Northern Virginia?

   We've discussed this tongue-in-cheek several times over the years, Linda May.  Try reading here for the last such clarification:

   Let me just say that the United States Postal Service agrees with me.  I received several Christmas cards this year bearing the postmark, "NORTHERN VA".  I rest my case.

2.   Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), If it's true that the type of "bike" you ride has the saying,  " It's not just a bike, it's a way of life", what way is that?

   Oh, Chand-ler.....

3. My mother worked for Vic Zodda's for 26 years when it moved to Mercury Boulevard.  I worked there also to pay for my father's funeral. I met a lot of cool people, like Tiny Tim, The Pips, Liz Taylor and Minnie Pearl.

   COOL!  I'm not sure, but I think I forgot to upload all the information I added to the Vic Zodda's page the other day until just now.........  My concentration levels seem to be severely malfunctioning.

4. Thanks for the info on    (Mike) Costner ('66 - of FL), but I think I'll keep those memories to myself! Ha Ha..

   Ah, yes, some of our finest and most cherished memories never make it into print, and that's how it should be....

OK, that's it. I love you guys!

Linda May

   Thanks, Linda!


  From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 01/16/06:

Hello Carol, Mon. Jan. 16, 06

Commenting on two topics mentioned in the last few days.

1.  The ophthalmologist in the Medical Arts Building was Dr. James William Phillips (1907-2001). He was known everywhere as "J. W."

I had a sort of "stretched in-law" relationship to J. W. My mother's brother, David Arnold Lloyd married his sister, Catherine Phillips.

J. W. was a dedicated yachtsman. I sailed with him a couple of times in one of his long series of boats. He was fond of saying, "I have sailed the Chesapeake Bay most of my life and there are still places I haven't yet been."

He had two sons, Thomas Walton, b. 1942, and Ronald William, b. 1946. I can't recall ever meeting them.

WOWZERONI!  Thanks, Fred! 

   A couple of days back when my head was clearer, I began a brand new section to record these precious memories before they are lost: - brand new page - brand new page

 - brand new page

 - brand new page

 - brand new page - brand new page

   I will be developing this further in the next few days.  In conjunction with this, I have also started (but not brought current) a page for the lovely old Medical Arts Building, and am planning a page for White Optical Company:

 - brand new page

2.  My 1945 Anchor has a sponsor ad for the "Pick-A-Bone restaurant, corner of 25th and Buxton, three pieces of fried chicken, biscuits and honey, shoe string potatoes, $.85, served without silver."

Although I never went there I remember the place and location. It was right behind the Gulf Station which was located on the SW corner. The place probably appeared about 1941. The building was not impressive: I believe it was made of cinder block walls painted white. The ends of the building faced Buxton and Salter's Creek. Possibly that structure was torn down and those others more recently described built in its place?

The Gulf Station was built on fill, added to the marsh. I believe the fill was later extended back for the restaurant. Still further back was a little island in the marsh with trees growing on it. It lay between Buxton and Salter's Creek.. In recent years I have observed that extensive landfill has greatly obscured the marsh in this region. I liked it better the way nature made it.

Fraternal best wishes,  Fred

   Thanks again, Fred!  I'll be adding the Pick-a-Bone soon to Our Old Stomping Grounds.


  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA to    Doug Nelson ('64) of VA:

Since you worked for Mr. Coates you probably remember his daughter Linda, who was a very talented musician.  I believe she was in the Class of '61 or '62.
Dave Arnold

   Actually, Dave, Linda was a member of the Class of 1963, but her talent was indeed extraordinary.  Thanks!


   From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 01/17/06:

Dr. Phillips was our doctor, too. You probably remember that, but I have missed many of your newsletters. Playing catch-up is the best I can do now. Do you remember White Optical Company? Baba and I were walking from the car to White Optical Company one day when a man walking toward us stepped on the edge of the sidewalk, probably to give us more room to pass. In doing so, the man tripped but didn't fall. He just stumbled a little and then regained his composure. The maneuvers looked like a funny little dance, and I laughed. Baba was apparently embarrassed that I laughed, and she said, "Great American sense of humor! You'd have cracked your sides laughing if he'd broken his leg." This was nearly as funny as the dance, so I laughed even more.
I still like the dance. The man did it so well. Did you see the man dance in AI (2001)? I dislike the movie, but I love that dance, too, and especially his reply when the boy asked why he did it. The man replied, "Because that's what I do." That's one of my favorite lines.

   Thanks, Eleanor!  Your timing is impeccable! I had just created this page when your note arrived.
I remember Dr. Phillips, White Optical Company, and the
Medical Arts Building quite well.  I didn't see the movie, but I do believe we should all dance through life more than we do - in elevators, for instance.


  From Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA - 01/16/06 - "Doctor Hogg":

I am another one of those who was a patient of Dr. Hogg's clinic.  I have before me instructions that were given to my mother at my well baby checkups.  I mainly saw Dr. Beaven (the correct spelling) but remember Dr. Hogg and Dr. Caldroney
I was also a patient of Dr. Jesse Hogg, the dentist, until he retired maybe 10 years ago.  He and his wife, Ann, attended my dad's 90th Birthday celebration in October and he looked the same as he always has.

   Thanks, Janice!  Due to my scrambled brain conditions at the moment, I have not yet posted your remarks on our brand new section, but I will shortly!

In the January 9 newsletter, Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) reminisced about naming the cars passing by with Grover and Billy Wade as well as Frank Ivey ('59) and Billy Roady ('60).  Billy Wade is a member of my church and has been enjoying his retirement from the Shipyard.

   COOL BEANS!  Isn't it fun to find little surprise of that nature from time to time!  Thanks, Janice!

Thank you for all you do, Carol.
Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS, '67)

   Thank you, Janice!  It's my privilege!


From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/17/06 - "New Physicians and Dentists Section":

Excellent start! I would add Dr. Frank Robert, my personal physician until he retired and moved away. He got his start at Dr. Nelms' office; that's where I met him. Maybe    Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) can confirm that?
   Thanks, Wayne Honey!  I'll add Dr. Robert soon; I've already saved him a space! 

   Oh, Chand-ler......

Like you, I'm amazed at how well some folks can remember the name of their "baby doctor" and/or dentist. My dentist was Dr. Pape. As    Pauline (Collins Shofner - '65 - of VA) wrote one time about thinking all of our elementary school teachers "first" name was "Ms", I was like that with doctors and dentists; their name was Dr. so and so!!

Again, excellent start. Isn't it somewhat peculiar how a "string" starts on a subject that one would never think would be popular, while another that seems to be a "winner" simply fades away?

   It is that, but that very surprise element is all part of the grand fun, n'est pas??

R. Wayne

   Thanks again, Wayne Honey!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/17/06 - "The Chesapeake":

I believe that all homes with a denominational name, i.e., Baptist Home, Methodist Home, etc. had to change their names in order to get Federal and State funding.  I do not know all the rules but someone out there does! 

   Ahhh - well, that makes sense!  Thanks, Jean!

Enjoy your children coming in this week. 

Love you lots, cold here in RI! 

Love, Jeanb


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA to    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/17/06:

Dave, that building does resemble the Fertitta's building. I hated to see the original Fertitta's close, I have never eaten a better hot dog in my life. As I worked in that area most of my adult life, I frequented the restaurant often. But only to eat hot dogs. I don't believe I ever tried anything else.

Does anyone remember the Lighthouse restaurant in Phoebus? It was destroyed years ago, but several of us went there after the prom in 1964. It was at the bridge near Sam's Restaurant. I can't remember seeing any postcards from Dave showing it.

   Thanks, Cookie!  I remember very, very little, and these don't seems to be among my surviving recollections.......

   Oh, Da-vid.......


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/18/06 - "Hamburger joints...":

I believe the place at Jefferson and Harpersville Road was Tarey's?  It was a circular place?

   That is correct, Lady!  This mystery was solved and recorded almost an even year ago.  Unfortunately for posterity, I never went back through the thousands of emails and recorded all the conversations concerning it, so the page doesn't reflect all the angst involved. 

   But I'm curious.  What prompted this thread to pop again in your head?  Did I miss something??  In the words of that great Student of Life, Vinnie Barbarino, "I'm so confused...."

   Thanks, Jean!


   In fact, my concentration is sooo beyond hope at the moment, that I'm going to save everything else (six or eight letters, at least) that was sent to me in the past few days for tomorrow's edition, when perhaps my head will have cleared from the excitement.  Stay tuned, because there are some mighty interesting things, indeed!  

  I'm going to go play now.  Y'all have fun - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





"1861 Confederate March" midi courtesy of
and extracted by my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 01/18/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Early R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 07/23/04

Later R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 01/18/05

Large Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 01/18/05

Small Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 01/18/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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