02/08/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Boy Scout Day

"On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight."

"We Too Have a Job to Do" - 1944 "Pointing the Way" - 1962 "Birth of a Leader" - 1966 "America's Manpower Begins with Boypower" - 1971




Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As the mother of six Eagle Scouts, you couldn't really expect me to ignore this day, could you?!?

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/07/05:

Hi, Carol:

The answer to the Word Problem furnished by Fred Eubank ('64) of TX -  published in the 02/07/05 Newsletter
was really thorough and very humorous. Assumption #2 was where we were going with this problem, and of course
he gets an A+! After reading and re-reading the earlier scholarly response of Cap'n
Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA), it
became clear that the published Word Problem was indeed deficient, in that it lacked sufficient detail. The destination
of the two trains was not disclosed earlier. Perhaps the freight train was the real "Cannonball Express" that kept us
entertained during lulls in major league baseball games being called by former pitcher turned broadcaster, "Dizzy" Dean."
I sure had fun reading the responses from your vast audience of subscribers to the Newsletter.

Thanks for breaking up my favorite section, Old Stomping Grounds! They do load up much faster now!


   I had fun too, Adonis - thanks!  Keep reading!

   I'm glad you like the new look to Our Old Stomping Grounds.  It will also allow for much more expansion.

   Now if only I could imagine a way to split the front page.  I'm supposed to be preparing it to hold News Releases concerning
the upcoming 40th Reunion for the Class of 1965 (and I did manage to install one blurb last night).  But every time I touch it, it
becomes unstable.  My # 6 son, Dale, did the main design for me just before he left home on January 14, 2004 for California. 
As he won't be home for another eleven months, I really become spooked that I might break his great juke box and borders -
and I saw how much time and care he spent preparing them for us.  I'll try baby steps.....

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/07/05:

All right I give up...a train story from me!

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em...:  In l979 my youngest brother was getting married in Virginia two days after we
moved into a new house.  My husband could not go to Virginia with me due to work obligations and so I decided
to take the train rather than drive with my two children, who were five years old and fourteen months old.  My
husband, who had parked in a 15 minute parking zone in Providence, got on the train to put my suitcases on while I
had the two children in tow.  He turned and his head disappeared through the door of the car just as the train
started to move...I feared he had not gotten off the train.  Sure enough, back he comes, saying "I guess I will have
to ride to Kingston"  (the next station south).  In a few minutes he left to find the conductor...back he came, saying,
"I will have to ride to New London, this train does not stop at Kingston".  So he rode to New London, caught anothe
train back to Providence and collected his car and parking ticket.  When we got to Newport News my parents and
my mother-in-law came to meet us at the train station. 
My mother-in-law said, "I prayed all day that John would come with you". 
I replied, "Well, you either prayed not enough or too much because he actually rode with me for two hours!

   GIGGLES!  Oh, good for you, Jean!  Thanks!

   You know, this train question has just become such a hoot, that I decided to give it its own page.  I hope I didn't miss anything!


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/TRAINS-SAGA.html - brand new page

From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 02/07/05:

Hi Carol.
I remember the Blue Light Club AND the Original Club, and when I was married to Paul Laws ('61) we used
to go to dances at both places. The Blue Light usually had a band (Bill Deal played there a lot) and it's the first time I
ever saw a "go go" dancer in a little cage! Heavens! I hadn't thought about those days in AGES! We used to "boogaloo"
our hearts out, complete with boots and mini-skirts! I can still do the boots but FORGET the minis!!

   Thanks, Alice!  I'm beginning to understand why I have no memory of these clubs - I was just too young.  Yes, that's it. 
That's how it is that I'm still just a kid even now! 

From Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 02/07/05:

Hi Carol!

I just noticed Alan Farber (Class of ’64) (of GA) has made contact!! 

Alan, do you remember—I was your date for the Senior Prom (I even have a picture of us!!)

Missed you at the 40th Reunion—take care.

                                    Typhoons forever,

                                    Cheryl Pless Ramsey (NNHS ’64)

   Prom Pictures?!?  We LOVE Prom Pictures!


   Thanks, Cheryl!

From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 02/07/05:

The Blue Light Club was a private club behind the fire house across from Newport News High which later
became a Corvette club.  It was owned by a man that moved to Nags Head and now owns Black Pelican

Thanks for the good work.

   AHA!  A location!  Thanks, Gary!  Wait a minute.  Behind the fire house?  I don't even remember the fire house!  I surely
couldn't have been that young!  I remember fire drills!

From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 02/08/05:  

I hope you had a great Super Bowl Weekend!!
This past Thursday our neighbor's daughter was driving her Suburban in Bridgeport near Decatur.  There was a car
in front of her - and a large truck in front of that car.  Apparently the drive shaft on the truck came loose, dropped
to the ground, and when the trucks back wheels rolled over the long piece of steel, it was thrown back up in the air -
over the car directly behind the truck - and into the windshield of Jennifer's car.  She died immediately - only 48
years old - married and mother of two.  We attended her funeral today - there were about 1,000 people there.  She
was a very popular teacher in Chicago and was Youth Director at her Church.

   Oh, how dreadful!  I'm so sorry to hear of such a tragedy befalling your neighbors, Evelyn!  We'll keep them in our thoughts
and prayers.

   If my FTP was behaving itself today, I actually could have made several important and long overdue updates, but I'm afraid
I might pull out ALL my hair if I attempt it under these conditions.  And I was trying to let it grow out a bit....

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, kumbaya

Someone’s singing lord, kumbaya
Someone’s singing lord, kumbaya
Someone’s singing lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, kumbayah

Someone’s laughing, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s laughing, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s laughing, lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, kumbaya

Someone’s crying, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s crying, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s crying, lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, kumbaya

Someone’s praying, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s praying, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s praying, lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, kumbaya

Someone’s sleeping, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s sleeping, lord, kumbaya
Someone’s sleeping, lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, kumbaya
Oh lord, Kumbaya

Boy Scouts ... camping .... campfires .... sing-alongs .... the quintessential campfire sing-along song:
"Kumbaya" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Kumbaya" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/peter,-paul-&-mary/107820.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Norman Rockwell Paintings, "We Too Have a Job to Do", 1944; "Pointing the Way", 1962; "Birth of a Leader", 1966;
and "America's Manpower Begins with Boypower", 1971;
courtesy of http://home.pcmagic.net/ogdenj/scout/pages/rockwell.htm - 01/30/05

 Cub Scout Square Knot Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.twinriverscouncilbsa.org/images/#Lines - 01/31/05

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