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02/06/06 - NNHS Newsletter
J. E. B. Stuart's 173rd Birthday

Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart, C. S. A.
(06 Feb 1833 - 12 May 1864)

"He was superbly mounted and his side arms gleamed in the morning sun like burnished silver.  A long black ostrich plume waved gracefully from a black slouch hat cocked up on one side, held with a golden clasp.....  He is the prettiest and most graceful rider I ever saw.  I could not help but notice with what natural ease and comely elegance he sat his steed as it bounded over the field.....  He and his horse appeared to be one and the same machine."

- George Neese of Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, C. S. A., June, 1863


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   It's true.  I'm back again.  And it wasn't even my fault, really.  Well, perhaps in a roundabout way it was.....  But I'm so excited to be reconnected, I'll just save that story for tomorrow, and breathe a long sigh of relief tonight.  


01 - Paul Dobie ('66) of CO (currently in Afghanistan)
02 - Porter Phillips Booker ('57)
02 - Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 1939 (deceased - 08/26/05)
02 - Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC - 1946
03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57)
05 - Dickie Krause ('57) of VA - 1938 (deceased - 12/27/99)

   This is probably the biggest clue that my AWOL status was beyond my choice.  Had it been planned, I would have issued these happy birthday wishes in advance.

   A Happy Belated Birthday to all of y'all!


   I want to release this Newsletter without any further delays, so this is but a fraction of what I have.  Do stay tuned!  


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/27/06 - "Theatres":

Hi, Carol.
Tell    Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) that the theater in downtown Hampton was on S. King Street, and it was the Langley.  The one at Southampton Shopping Center was the Center Theatre.  It was the theatre that had the Dollar Movies in the summer.  You bought tix for 10 movies for $1.  The movies were on a weekday afternoon and included cartoons, serials and a movie.  I fell in love forever with James McArthur (Helen Hayes' son, later Danny on 'Hawaii Five-0' as in "Book 'em, Dano".) in the Disney movie about a family in Switzerland - can't recall the film name. 

   That would have been Swiss Family Robinson (1960).  As I recall, all girls, fifteen and under, were required by law to fall hopelessly in love with James McArthur.

But we rode our bikes to the movie and got to spend 2 hours in air conditioning!  What a thrill as we didn't have it at home.  I believe my mom also gave us each a nickel or a dime for a treat.  All the kids in our neighborhood had tix and we must have been a pack of 10 or so arriving at the Center! 

"A Chorus Line" at Williamsburg Players runs Thursday-Sunday until Feb. 25. 

   SUPER!!!  Y'all go see it for me!

You must be delirious having your sons home.  I think you'll enjoy them more because it isn't Christmas.  Christmas usually entails so many extra activities that you wouldn't have had the time you'll have with them since it isn't Christmas.  And as to where they'll be in your tiny house, well, you'll all be on top of each other and loving every minute of it!  Four Ply Lane will rock!  So just enjoy it to the hilt and stop worrying about the newsletter, regular or bonus editions.  Whether you're a revisionist, a liar, a rule changer or simply an over achiever (as I think many of us NNHS grads were/are) doesn't matter; you're ours and that's all that matters.


   We are having fun, Kathy - thanks!  Their two new computers - plus a violin - arrived by FedEx on Monday afternoon at 4:30.  Then they ran out to find a computer desk or two.  When they returned, there was some massive furniture rearranging, and that's when the "fun" began....

   But we'll save it for later.

   Thanks, Kathy!


TO APPEAR ON 01/31/06:

  From Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - 01/29/06:

I had to laugh reading about Dr. Nelms saying you would be a good breeder..... He was a trip.  I would always get a big dose of his humor every time I was at his office.  I could tell you stories ! ! ! But unfortunately that kind of "woman talk" might offend some of your readers!  Here's a mild one I don't think the guys would mind......

Once when I was on the table I told Dr. Nelms that I was having pain in my lower back and he told me to turn over..... which I did.  He examined my back and didn't seem to see a problem evidently...... because he pulled down the sheet covering my bare bottom...... gave me a hard slap on the butt..... and said, "If you'd get rid off some of that, your back wouldn't be hurting!"  ha ha  

Yes...... he was something!

   Amen to that!  What a great story!!!    Thanks, Pretty Lady!


  From Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA - 01/29/06:


Just sitting here reading one of your many newsy letters and saw 
  Dave's (Arnold - '65 - of VA) comment about the May band performances. I do remember the Mariners' Museum concerts because we played outside and the music always managed to blow around, even with clothes pins holding it down!

I think I remember at least one May parade in Newport News - I'm thinking it was Memorial Day. I just remember trudging over one of the downtown bridges with that heavy wool uniform on, in the heat, and thinking I was gonna die before we finished. It was only one time; maybe J.P. had a little compassion for us!

I really enjoy catching up with everyone's remembrances.

Has anyone made mention of Sammy's, that little hole-in-the-wall store on Chestnut Avenue?    Pam (Smith Arnold -  '65 - of VA) (of Cousin Pam fame) and I would stop there every Wednesday afternoon following choir practice at Chestnut Avenue Methodist. I loved the "Dots" on the paper and the JuJuBees. It was a highlight of our week, believe me. Probably blew 5 or ten cents there each time we went. We were big spenders, even back then.

   Why, yes, as it turns out, I mentioned that one myself!  Thanks for joining me!

Happy Mozart's birthday, Carol. He's one of my favorites. Such a wild man!

Thanks for all you do.
Patsy Blackard Hallett

   Thank you, Patsy! 



  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 01/29/06:

I noticed that Jay Styles ('68) referred to a Michael Spivey in your newsletter.  I am hoping this is the Mike Spivey that graduated with me.  Mike is one of the "missing" on my roster.  Would you please ask Jay to contact me at so I can get Mike's home and e-mail address in order to send him reunion information?  I have an address of Stephens City, Virginia but no phone number so I don't know if that is correct.
I would very much appreciate your help!

   Certainly, Dee!

   Oh, Jay.......


  From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO (currently in Afghanistan) - 01/29/06:



  Hello Carol.

Just a note to let you know I am still alive and doing well in Afghanistan. I have a birthday coming up on 1 Feb

   SUPER!!!  Unfortunately, we missed it, and to make it worse, it didn't even show on the birthday page as I thought it had.  I am soooo sorry, Paul!  I do hope your birthday was special and memorable!

I expect to end my experience here in June and maybe really try and retire…not sure I can though.

   Sweetie, I believe you've tried that before - at least once!  Retirement doesn't seem to "take" on you very well......

Your Newsletter continues to be a great way of staying in touch with reality.

   Hmmmm - that's a very interesting way of phrasing it, Paul.  I thought you were the reality, and we were the nostalgic reverie.....

Thanks again for putting such hard work into maintaining the website.  

   You're most welcome.  It's my honor and privilege.

I provided a candid shot of me talking with my Commander on our project site taken yesterday.

Take care and stay healthy ... regards to all…

Paul W. Dobie
Facility Engineer
Army Materiel Command
Bagram, Afghanistan 09354
  Saturday, January 28, 2006
Paul Dobie in Bagram, Afghanistan
   Thanks so much, Paul!  It's always a joy to hear from you!  Take good care of yourself, Sweetie.  You scare the bee-bees out of me!

   Oh - I'll be posting your newest image on the News-2006 link - ummmm, just as soon as I make it.......:


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/29/06 - "Planning a Vacation?"

Hey, Guys!

Just checking to see if any of you would be interested in a week at Myrtle Beach before turning it over to the rental department.

They would rent it out for $150-189 per night, but we will rent it to friends or family for $115 per night.
Where?  The new Carolina Grande (North Myrtle Beach)
Accommodations:  Sleeps four, 1BR, 1BA, Living area & balcony
                                  kitchen, etc.
When?  Saturday, April 15th thru Saturday, April 22nd
             Monday, April 17th thru Thursday, April 21st
We also have weeks that can be booked at other locations.  For example, we are using one to go to Toronto, Canada to see Niagara Falls and other attractions :)  If we can help you get to where you want to go and enjoy RESORT facilities rather than spend $100.00 a night or more for just a room and a TV, call us at 757-928-9748 or toll free 866-479-5632 (leave a message) and there is also email!  Just hit that good ol' REPLY:

To check out the resort, go to and click on Explore Bluegreen Vacation Club, Our Resorts, South Carolina and Carolina Grande.

   WOWZERS!!!  That's very generous, Judy!  Thanks!!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 01/30/06:

Hi Carol -- as someone mentioned, Coach Conn graduated from UVa. I haven't heard this mentioned before, but I believe that he graduated from NNHS, in 1921. Can any of his athletes or team managers confirm this? 

-- Ron

   I thought I had the answer to this, Ronnie, but I can find no such verification - although, like you, I believe it to be true.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Ron! 


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 01/30/06:

...and thank you for your kind words...


   Certainly, Sweetie!  Thank you!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - "NN image":


I found this .gif of Newport News (1891) while researching the history of my home in Providence 
Forge. It is a great site to zoom around in. Just set your "zoom in" and click on the area of the 
map in the upper right.

Take Care

Richard Dawes
   Dicky, this is simply fabulous!  I had so much fun playing with it, that as soon as I could pull myself away 
from it, I sent your note on to    David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) because I knew he would love it, too.
   He does, of course - so much so that he's had a framed 36" x 24" copy of it hanging in his living room for 
years.  DUH!
   Thanks again, Dicky!  I'm going to be posting post this link on Odds and Ends for the rest of us: 

  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Songs of our Generation ~~":


These titles will fit right in with your music program.  For some reason, I never hear the tune but I do see the name so I know what's been thought of for each newsletter. 


For all of us who do remember the original songs--these are pretty good!!

It was fun being a baby boomer...till now.

Some of the artists of the '60s are  revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.

They include:
Herman's Hermits - Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker

The Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Hip

Bobby Darin - Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash

Ringo Starr - I Get By With a Little Help from Depends

Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash - I Can't See Clearly Now

Paul Simon - Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver

Commodores - Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom

Marvin Gaye - I Heard it Through the GrapeNuts

Procol Harem - A Whiter Shade of Hair

Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations - Papa's Got a Kidney Stone

Abba - Denture Queen

Tony Orlando - Knock 3 Times on the Ceiling if you Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy - I am Woman, Hear me Snore

Willie Nelson - On the Throne Again

Leslie Gore - It's My Procedure and I'll Cry if I Want To

   Your song titles are a hoot, Kathy - thanks! 

   But I'm so sorry you're not hearing anything.  That's fine if it's by choice, but otherwise you're missing a major portion of our fun.  Try visiting to download a free copy of Quick Time.


From Marguerite Colonna Peck - (June l937) of VA - 01/30/06:

You will not believe this...but I look forward to all the news of students at NNHS even though I graduated in l937.  I worked for the Superintendent of Schools for 21 years. Every time they wanted suggestions for naming a school I, of course, tried for another NNHS.  Finally, when the school was to be turned over to the Navy, my then Superintendent (Oliver Greenwood) said he wanted me to "get my fill of NNHS" and gave me the afternoon off to go down and roam the halls and get whatever memorabilia I wanted. Memories flooded my mind as tears filled my eyes.  I will always be grateful for that last afternoon. 

I also attended John W. Daniel and I worked a summer job for Charles E. Hoster (director of sports at that time) and his office was in the basement of Daniel...Born and raised in Newport News...I have "never left my heart" anywhere else.  I read with great interest all the news from grads of NNHS.

         Marguerite (Colonna) Peck - June l937

   Oh, my goodness, Marguerite!  I really had a case of the weepies when I read your note!  How often have I wondered how we could possibly be appealing to such a large and diverse group!  Thank you so much for sharing this!  I hope you enjoyed that portion of our wonderful Magical Mystery Tour in October:



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south":

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 


     David Darlin', you know perfectly well I'd do absolutely anything you asked, and I think we could all certainly use a chuckle about now - but I do think I may have injured myself laughing while saving these images. 

   Thanks, Brown Eyes!


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Jine the Cavalry!

We're the boys who went around McClellian,
Went around McClellian, went around around McClellian!
We're the boys who went around McClellian,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!

We're the boys who crossed the Potomicum,
Crossed the Potomicum, crossed the Potomicum!
We're the boys who crossed the Potomicum,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


Then we went into Pennsylvania,
Into Pennsylvania, into Pennsylvania!
Then we went into Pennsylvania,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


The big fat Dutch gals hand around the breadium,
Hand around the breadium, hand around the breadium!
The big fat Dutch gals hand around the breadium,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


Ol' Joe Hooker, won't you come out of The Wilderness?
Come out of The Wilderness, come out of The Wilderness?
Ol' Joe Hooker, won't you come out of The Wilderness?
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


"Jine the Cavalry" midi courtesy of
and extracted by my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 01/18/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Jine the Cavalry" lyrics courtesy of - 01/17/05

First J. E. B. Stuart Image courtesy of - 01/18/05

Second J. E. B. Stuart Image courtesy of - 12/11/02

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!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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