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01/23/06 - NNHS Newsletter - My Girl

"A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence
on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes."

- Joseph Addison
(1 May 1672 - 17 June 1719)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I must be totally stressed out.  I just realized I forgot to make a Newsletter on 01/17/06 celebrating the 300th Birthday of Benjamin Franklin, using the form I had created for that very purpose some time in advance.  To use it now would be even too much revisionist history for me.  I think I'm going to be sick.  I'll just have to save it for next year.  You might as well have a peek at it though:



    Happy 61st Birthday to the everlastingly gorgeous    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - who has absolutely the coolest birth date ever known - 01/23/45!  Have a great day, Chandler Darlin'!



1. Barry Rew (NNHS/FHS - '65) of VA - 01/22/06:
Marital Status married
City/Country: Midlothian, VA
Hobbies Spending time with my kids. No time for hobbies.
Comments Good web site. I never really had fun on the computer. Now I do.

   Hi, Barry!  It's great to hear from you after forty-eleven years!  Thanks for signing! 


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 01/17/06:

Hello fellow Typhoons!
Plans are moving forward for the reunion, which will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at Point Plaza Hotel in Newport News.  We are still looking for a site for a casual gathering on Friday night.  Once things are firm, a letter will go out with all the details. 

Funds for pre-reunion expenses are limited, therefore, we have several fundraising ideas in the works.  The first is an automobile decal (see attachment).  The size of the decal is 4" wide by 6" tall.  There will be two types:

   (1) Removable Static Decal - This decal is one piece and can be applied to any window inside your automobile.  You can move it to any window in your automobile.  Since it is removable, you can move it from automobile to automobile. The cost is $10.00.
    (2) Vinyl Permanent Decal - This decal goes on the outside of your car window.   If you have tinted windows, this is the one you will want.  I have had a Typhoon decal similar to this one on my jeep since 1999 and it still looks great.  The cost is $12.00.

You may contact me by e-mail ( or by phone (757-868-8443) to place your order.  Upon receipt of your check or money order, I will mail you the decal.  Send to: 
Dee Bartram
21 Laydon Way
Poquoson, VA  23662
Thank you for your support!
Dee Hodges Bartram

   WOWZERONI!!!  These are just too cool!

   I'll be posting them on TYPHOONMART today:

  I can't imagine any NNHS graduate not wanting one or more of these!  We wish you much success with your fund-raiser!

   I've also added your reunion blurb to the top of the front page, and will be posting it on the Reunion Page today: - YOWZERS!!!  What are your real Class Colors?!?  That can't be right!

   Thanks, Dee!  This is very exciting!  We're certainly looking forward to learning more details about your reunion!


  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 01/22/06 - "'Babe' Lawson":

Hi Carol,
Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS - '51 - of VA) today, and 
  Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58 - of VA) previously contributed the tragic story about "Babe" Lawson. A few newsletters back I responded to    Richard Dawes' (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) contribution where he mentioned Lawson's Grocery and I expanded on it. Mr. Lawson sold the grocery to Mr. Coates in the '50's. The Lawson's lived in a big, fine house - one that took up most, if not all, of the end of the (1200) block on Oak Avenue between 24th and 23rd streets across from the grocery store. I used to know the son's (and the parents') first name, but never heard him referred to as "Babe" before. I always thought he was injured playing football at NNHS. I often saw him being walked by his nurse when I was working at the store.

Doug Nelson
Dahlgren, Virginia


   Thanks for that information, Doug!  I added it to the Lawson's Grocery page:

   I wonder if that beautiful home is still standing?


  From Ron Miller ('59) of VA - 01/22/06:

Hi Carol -- there's been mention of a Dr. Frank Robert by    Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA) and    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD). Could that possibly be Dr. Robert Frank? I'm 99% sure that was the correct name for a physician of mine for a few years. (It gets very confusing when people have only "First Names"!)  :-o)

   GIGGLES!!!  'Deed it does, Ronnie!  Keep reading - and thanks!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/22/06:

I am absolutely devastated to hear about Gary Hancock. During    Joe Mooney's visitation (Oct. 2001) Gary walked up to me and said hello to start a conversation. He looked so much like Donnie ('66 - of VA), that's what I called him! With a laugh he corrected me and I laughed in return. We had a nice conversation and he looked great and like Gary as my eyes focused.
We are in the same area and I knew nothing of the terrible news, nothing! That angers me; I should read the local paper more often. Gary was one of the good guys. I know he will be missed. He always seemed to be so happy and always carried a smile on his face. I am truly, truly sorry to hear this sad, sad news.
Take Care!

   Thank you, Wayne Honey.  This one upset me a great deal myself.  I found it difficult to concentrate on much of anything else yesterday. 

   If anyone has knowledge of where his two younger children went to live, I think they've been on the minds of many of us as well. (2005)

   I had forgotten I had created a Memorial Page for the Class of 1968.  It's woefully skimpy, but I added Gary there as well, even as we have several people on the Memorial Page for the Class of 1965 who graduated elsewhere.  Some details in life are simply irrelevant.


  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/22/06:


I just remembered Mrs. Forbes. She worked with my mother, Hattie Dye, at Leggett's. My mother talked about her a lot what a great person she was. My mother worked in the infants and toddlers department. She worked at Leggett's for I guess over 25 years.

   Thank you, Glenn.  I added you remarks to her Memorial Page:


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/06 - "Sam's":


Something told me that I should get to Hampton today and get the shot of Sam's.  First, I stopped to get a shot of the old Frank's Restaurant ... then Fertitta's ... now Lancer's.

Sunday, January 22, 2006   Way Back Then  

   David, I'm still amazed that you were able to recognize this old postcard for what it was when you spotted it!  I've added your new panoramic image to the Fertitta's page:

Then, down Mellen Street to Sam's.  When I arrived, I waited a few minutes, hoping the trucks would leave. When it became apparent that they were not going anywhere, I took the shot. They had backed their trucks up underneath the sign. I asked if they were going to remove the sign today, and they said yes. At that instant, I knew why I had felt the need to go to Phoebus today. Tomorrow and forever would have been too late. It gets better; they told me that they had planned to remove the sign yesterday, but had not been able to get to it.

   What an incredible story to go with your fabulous images!  Thank you so much for listening to that still, small voice! 

Sunday, January 22, 2006    
Mellen Street

 - brand new page


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/22/06 - "Don's in Phoebus":

Was Sam's the same place as Don's?  When I was in high school there was a place in Phoebus, I believe, called Don's.  It was a very nice place to eat.  In fact when I went to Virginia for my nephew's wedding in l996 my mother and father, my brother and I went there to eat, but I don't remember the name of it then. 

   Well, I don't know, Lady, but you can bet your sweet bippy somebody out there does!

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Jean!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 01/22/06:

Thanks to all of you for letting me know about Sam's in Phoebus.  When I was in Hampton last weekend, I didn't get by there to check it out.  It was one of my daddy's favorite restaurants. 
To    Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA)........I know Don Eways (Hampton HS ~ '63 or '64)!  How exciting to work on a movie...... sorry I missed that want ad.  :)  Do you stay in touch with Don?  I went two or three years (maybe 1980 to 1982) to his famous New Year's Day parties at his home in Buckroe.  Altho it was a small house, a lot of people flowed through all day.  I even spent one New Year's Eve helping prepare food for it.  When I asked him why not party on NY's Eve, he said the next day is usually boring, so people needed somewhere to go have fun.
On another note, Dr. Kemper Sarrett (correct spelling) was my doctor from age 17.  I adored him.  When I married and moved from the area, I wanted to take him with me.....he was that special.  He was partners in business with two other doctors, Dr. Insloe (sp?) and Dr. John Gayle, whose daughters are Susan (Hampton HS '59), Ann, and Maria (long i), who was in my class, but I think graduated from a private school.  They lived down the private driveway at the Hampton end of Chesapeake Avenue (altho I always called it Boulevard ?).

   Thanks, Gloria!  I'l be adding this later.....


  From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/22/06:

Cousin Carol,

I could have been seriously in love with Stonewall Jackson - what a MAN!
Thanks for the newsletter commemorating him.

Love, Cousin Pam

   Thanks, Cousin Pam, I'm glad you liked it!  I personally have been deeply in love with Jeb Stuart for over 20 years.  His birthday is coming up on February 6.  If I forget it too, I shall just have to shoot myself.

   Oh, I have a bit of trivia which might interest you.  My mama was born in Charlotte, NC on May 19, 1908.  Stonewall Jackson's widow - Mary Anna Morrison Jackson (1831-1915) - was living on the very same block at that very same time.  That knowledge kind of puts an eerie perspective on things - for me, anyway.


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/22/06 - "Dr. Roberts, etc":

I am back from Arizona and I have seen sights I never imagined possible - from cacti in the most amazing forms to rock formations in brilliant colors.  But enough about my trip.
There are two physicians who have been mentioned of late:  Dr. Robert Frank and Dr. Frank Roberts.  They did exist and are 2 different people.  Dr. Robert Frank is a now retired general surgeon - a great guy.   His son is an architect and his wife is an attorney.  All of them are involved in real estate development on the Peninsula now.  Dr. Frank Roberts was a wonderful and great guy and an excellent internist who worked with a couple of other internists who specialized in heart problems.   Frank Roberts died about 15 years ago.

Everyone who has reported the fire and the end of Sam's Restaurant is correct.   The property is currently owned by a Norfolk syndicate and a likely candidate for redevelopment.

There is a great deal of conversation surrounding the potential development of Ft. Monroe since it was listed by the BRAC (Base Realignment And Closure) Committee.  Hampton has appointed a committee of knowledgeable people who will make recommendations to the City.  The City has also gotten some federal dollars to fund some of the evaluation and re-design efforts.  The City's committee is composed of folks with development, design and civic backgrounds who will likely arrive at some good conclusions for the property.   We are all hopeful.

Isn't it neat that while I was talking to Wally Stieffen, someone else was talking to the owner of the restaurant on Buxton Avenue (I can't suddenly remember the restaurant or the owner's name - was it Vic Zodda's?)  Maybe I was on vacation too long!  KC    

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks for all the information, Kathy!  I posted your remarks as shown.  I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip! 


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/22/06 - "Dr. Phillips, Dr. Jones":

I went to Dr. Phillips and White's for my first eye exam and glasses when the 6th grade teacher discovered that I could not see the board.  Dr. Phillips discovered that I had a lazy eye!  However it was many years later as an adult that another eye specialist prescribed prism for me and I stopped covering an eye to read!  I used to think it was pretty neat to make my lazy eye "wander"...people kept telling me "it might freeze that way"  so I stopped doing it!  I was not sick very often but occasionally I went to Dr. Eldred Jones in Hampton, who brought me into the world and was my mother's family doc.  Later I went to Dr. Greenspon whose office was located in our neighborhood right next door to the Boulevard Pharmacy and across the street from Mary Immaculate Hospital.

   COOL BEANS!!!  Thanks, Jean!  I posted your comments:

 - brand new page


    There are still some updates plus three major exciting new items which I have not addressed yet, but I have company coming for dinner, and I haven't addressed that yet either, sooooo - I'll save them all for next time.    

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

                          Love to all, Carol





My Girl

(The Temptations)

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

I've got so much honey the bees envy me.
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey

I don't need no money, fortune, or fame.
I've got all the riches baby one man can claim.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
with my girl.
I've even got the month of May
with my girl (fade)

"My Girl" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks, Dave!  WOWZERS!!!  This is a goodie!

 "My Girl" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Image #1 courtesy of - 01/23/06

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Image #2 courtesy of -  01/23/06

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/07/05

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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