02/09/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Maybe Baby

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Happy Birthday today to Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA, Elliott Smith ('65) of TX (?), and Mary Frances Southall
Waller ('66) of VA,
and tomorrow to Mike Miller ('65) of NC!  WOWZERONI!!!!


From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 02/08/05:

Hi Carol:
Haven't talked to you in a while.  Hope all is well with you and yours.  I have been really busy trying to finish our construction
on the house.  I also got two puppies for Christmas.  We had to put our old golden down in November, almost killed me, and
I asked for an older, female golden and got two male puppies.  As usual, I guess they weren't listening.  Anyway, they keep
me real busy.  I had to respond to your message today about Scouts.  I am so impressed that you have six Eagle Scouts
in your family.  You obviously have very dedicated sons.  I know how hard it is to earn your Eagle.  Way to go!  Thanks again
for the great joy you do.

   Well, hey there, Lynn!  It's so good to hear from you!  I understand what you mean about being busy. Do you know that I used
to actually write individual emails to people?!?  And even have chats via Instant Messenger with a couple of them?!?  That
happens so rarely now.  Sigh ...

   I'm so sorry to hear about your golden.  That's a very difficult thing.

   Your story about the confused wish granting reminded me of my children.  After my first son, Lewis, was born (weighing
10 lbs., 1-1/2 oz.), I expected to have a daughter, but we got another son.  Brent was tiny - only 8 lbs., 9 oz.  So then I asked
for twin girls to go with my two boys.  They sent another boy of equivalent poundage (Randolph weighed 10 lbs., 9 oz.).  So
next I asked for triplet girls to go with my three boys.  But once again, I got a boy of equivalent poundage (Joshua weighed
11 lbs., 11-1/4 oz.).  So then I just asked for my standard ten pound boy, and Nathaniel weighed 10 lbs., 3 oz.  Then I
miscarried (the third of four such tragedies) a daughter at 14 -1/2 weeks - on my 34th birthday - not exactly the present for
which I had wished and dreamed.  So I rather thought a baby girl would show up one day.  But my little Dale arrived next
weighing 10 lbs., 6-1/2 oz.  And then when I'd stopped even looking for her, Adrienne came along weighing 10 lbs., 2 oz. -
one month to the day before my 40th birthday.


   Life is fun!

   Ah, yes, my Eagles!  Well, I wasn't going to brag, but you forced my hand.  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Not only were they all
Eagle Scouts, but all six later served as Assistant Scoutmasters, I believe the two oldest were both Cubmasters and
Scoutmasters, and Brent is now a Senior District Executive with the BSA in Joliet, IL.


Wednesday, August 7, 1996
Litchfield, IL

Scout Court of Honor

Lewis, Nathaniel, Joshua, Dale and Randolph

Three of Our Four Eagle Scouts and Our Two Life Scouts

Saturday, February 28, 1998
Litchfield, IL

Nathaniel's Eagle
Scout Court of Honor

Brent, Randolph, Dale, Paul, Adrienne, Joshua and Nathaniel

Four of Our Five Eagle Scouts
and Our One Life Scout

May 22, 2001

Brent - age 29

Receiving Best District
Executive Award


Sunday, May 26, 2002
Fayetteville, NC

Dale's Eagle
Scout Court of Honor

Four New Eagle Scouts:
Logan Theodore, Patrick Murray, Dale Harty, and Ben Theodore

Sunday, May 26, 2002
Fayetteville, NC

Dale's Eagle
Scout Court of Honor

Paul, Carol, Joshua and Dale

The Last of Our Six Sons
to Achieve Eagle Rank



   Thanks, Lynn!

From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 02/08/05:

Too young???!!! Girl, please.

   WHAT?!?   Oh, yes!  You're referring to the statement I made that I was too young to go into the clubs.  Yes, well, had I not
been so stressed over my slow-poke FTP which kept breaking my pages instead of uploading them (slow and steady does
NOT win every race!)
, I might have elaborated.  What I meant to say was this.  I was in Norfolk going to Old Dominion right
after high school, then I moved to Salt Lake City for five months (31 Dec 1967 - 01 June 1968).  I had barely returned home
when we moved to Norfolk on 30 Aug 1968 - my 21st birthday.  So what I really meant was that I wasn't around the clubs
once I was old enough to get in the door legally.  Illegal ID?!?  Hey, I didn't even have any legal ID!  I never learned to drive
so I had no driver's license.  And besides, I was WAAAAY too big a chicken to do half the things that I was widely reputed
to have done.   WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Alice!

From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 02/08/05:

Blue Moon:

Make it a good one.

   Sweetie, I can't believe I bit for this!  GIGGLES!!  Oh, wait a minute, yes, I can ..... I'm the most gullible person I know ......

   Thanks, Rip!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of VA - 02/08/05:

Hi, Carol:

Greetings from beautiful Florida.

This terrific day makes up for one of the miserable days during the big four last summer. Thanks for giving me a preview
of the new page, The Saga of the Trains. It sure took on a life of it's own and gave us a lot of fun with the wonderful 
responses. The TYPHOON are still so competitive!

Surely you remember the fire station referred to by Gary Fitzgerald ('61) in pointing out the location of a night club.
The fire station faced the National Guard Armory on Warwick Boulevard and the southeast corner of Saunders Stadium.
Please allow me to correct the name of the song that was often sung by broadcaster "Dizzy" Dean, for it was the
"Wabash Cannonball" (Not the Cannonball Express).

   Joe, Sweetie, as the Sicilian said in The Princess Bride (1984), "YOU'D LIKE TO THINK SO, WOULDN'T YOU?!?"

   I remember the Armory, and I remember the Stadium.  Lemme look around for an old photograph in one of these fifteen
, and I might soon remember the fire station.

   Thanks, Adonis!

From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 02/08/05:

Hi Carol,
Frances here.  I have friends in Houston where I lived for 17 long years.  Recently I referred them to the class photos as
they used to have pictures of me graduating in 92 and photos of me and family.  Are they still up?  Every time I try
to access the yearbook photos and those you had there when you set up the site, I am unable to get in. 
It is so easy to refer people to the pictures and other news of home by using the NNHS web site. 
Let me know how to get into the pics.  Then I will share.

   AHA!  You how I'm always saying, "Coming Soon"?  Well, this has been on the docket for at least two years....

   Scanning images is not my favorite hobby, particularly mass scanning.  I had hoped to be able to con, oops, I mean,
persuade Dale to finish these for me before he left home.  He was entertaining some fantasy that I'd actually grow up
and do it myself.  So there they sit - largely undone in one of the original six sections of the web site.  Sigh.

   Well, let's see what we have here.  They're supposed to be in the very last link on the front page:



   And it would definitely appear that nothing is there...  I wonder where they could be hiding?

   Okay, the A-B section is working okay; Sandi's photos and Bunny's photos are up:




   C is working; lotsa pages there:


   Oh, D is where it all stop, hmmm:


   Sooo, where'd they go?  Hmmmm.  OH, I see how it is!  Yes, well, I have good news and bad news.  Your images are all
safe.  That's the good news.  The bad news is they're still in the old Angelfire files, never having been moved to the
00freehost files.  To put it simply, I need about two weeks time of reworking that section, and they'll be up and running once
more.  I need an assistant.  No, what I really need is a lackey - yeah - a lackey, another super huge computer, and a LAN card. 
Then I could get it all done muy prontito.  Uh, but I don't seem to have any of that, so I'll be forced to compromise.  To expedite
things, I'll begin with your photos, and go back and fill in around the edges....

   Sorry about that, Frances.  To say that that file went on the back burner for a while is a gross understatement, even for me.

   Thanks for the wake-up call!

From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 02/08/05:

Good afternoon Carol,        Wed. Feb. 8, 05
Attached are two Daily Press articles published just after the death of Ethel Gildersleeve
I looked through the Web Site's NNHS Staff section and didn't see these.
In my time (1941-45) we all knew Ethel from her important presence in NNHS matters.  But I remember
her best from the "snow days" when school would be cancelled for the day.  Ethel lived on Greenbrier
Avenue, a few blocks from the Newport News City Limits at Pear Avenue (where I lived at no. 59).  She
would ride on that 8:20 bus and stand in front by the door.  At each stop she would tell any students
about to board: "Go home, no school today."  In later years when I reminded her of this, she could not
recall those good deeds.  Apparently her great modesty did not allow room in her memory for such trivia. 
One of the forthcoming articles will emphasize how important Ethel was in the scheme of things.
The major articles are targeted for early March submittal.  Two classmates are updating their epics
for me to include.  I will send these in a bunch for you to consider.  Some smaller things will be sent
when ready.
Nostalgic best,

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much, Fred!  Her page was a little overdue for a redesign anyway.




From Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson of VA - 02/08/05:

Dear Carol,

Sorry my mail has been bounced back to you lately.  I've had a weird problem with my computer, but
my son was able to fix it, thank goodness!  My mailbox has never gotten too full before, but guess
there's always a first time.
I'm amazed my son was able to work on the CPU since his wife had their beautiful baby boy Saturday
afternoon, named Michael Thomas Robinson, 7 lbs. 9 oz.  Pete would have been so proud!
Keep those wonderful letters coming!  I'm enjoying reading everything even though I don't know many
of the people!!
Love, Wilma 

   Well, there you are, Mrs. Robinson!  I'm glad you're back with us; I was starting to become concerned!

   CONGRATULATIONS on your new grandson!  How perfectly wonderful!  I just love fresh little new babies!  Be sure
to send us pictures!

   I'm glad you're enjoying the Newsletters.  Don't worry; I doubt if anyone knows everyone on the list.  The amazing thing
is that we all seem to share a common bond, and that we're able to coming together online and get to know each other
that way.  What a wonderful blessing the internet is to us!

   Thanks so much for touching base with us - and have fun with that sweet little baby boy!

From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 02/08/05:

Okay, guys,
So what happened to Spooner Salvage and Public Auto Parts......?????
Rochelle Spooner
Sorry to say, I don't know   HELP

   YOWZERS, Rochelle, I was going to ask YOU!  Okay, team, what's the story?

   Don't worry, Rochelle - our people seem to be able to find out anything!

From Jean Lankes Toth (Hampton HS - ’72) of VA - 02/08/05:

My husband knows lots about The Blue Light Club, plus the exact location... I'll get him to write a paragraph.
I only went there a couple of times, circa 1974. It was a members-only dance club with loud rock music, a
reputation for being "wild" and it was very dimly lit. I have no idea when the club began, but I believe it went
belly-up around 1975.

My dad was very familiar with the Original Club in the 1940's. It was a nice, respectable social/dance club
where gentleman took their dates, singles met other singles, and married couples enjoyed it too! Most of the musical
entertainment was provided by local bands, some from NC. It was located at 34th Street and West Avenue. My
father (Bud Lankes) was a card-carrying member and actually lived there for a year during the 1940’s (the club
got cheaper insurance rates if people lived in the building). Dad painted cartoon characters on the club's walls --
see photos.


The wolf was painted on a door and was given away one evening as the "door prize".... an insurance man named
Bill Suttle
was the winner. I wonder if his family still has the door??? My parents met at the Original Club, and
their wedding reception was held there in 1948. Formerly in this building at 34th and West was The Tidewater Club,
a Newport News businessmen’s organization. Around 1960(?), The Original Club building was bought by the
in an expansion effort, and was torn down. The location of the club was moved to the Warwick Shopping Center. The
club then became somewhat smaller, and I guess it shrank down to nothing over the next 25 or 30 years. If anyone
spots any historical boo-boo’s in this paragraph, don't your feathers in a ruff, just let me know!  :-)

Carol, I contacted a friend, Tom Waters, who graduated from WHS in 1957. He remembers that movie about India
you were describing, but he can’t think of the title or other details to save his life! So at least you know you didn’t
imagine it!!!!

Best regards,
Jean Lankes Toth (HHS - ’72)

   WOWZERONI, Jean!  How cool is all of that?!?  We'll just have to make a new page, won't we?  I'll work on that and
all the updates for the Blue Light Club today.

   And thanks for checking on that movie; I remember it so vividly!

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

Hi Carol -
Inadvertently sent you message that I was sending to my son-in-law, Dan, about trucking accident.
Thanks again for your wonderful newsletters.

   Hey, Evelyn!  I wasn't certain why you had carboned me in on that message to your son-in-law, but I've learned not
to question much of what life brings my way.  It's good to hear from you anyhow - and besides, your neighbor's family
just picked up a few extra prayers, and that's always a good thing!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/08/05:

My son is also an Eagle Scout...

Our son Chuck is 31 and flies helicopters for the Navy.  When he started his Navy training after college he said
that lots of the things he learned in scouts helped him in the Navy.  In addition he and his father had glorious times
camping, hiking, portaging, and getting dirty, muddy, and sweaty and seeing how much dirt and mud they could bring
in the door...In addition to that it never failed to rain.  Our cellar frequently had tents set up to dry.  Even now if
it is raining we say "Troop 82 must be camping"...My daughter and I went to ballets, concerts, plays, and SHOPPING...
my idea of roughing it is an air conditioned room with a wet bar!  One year they went camping and it was 17 degrees. 
I was awake all night wondering if they were freezing to death.  When they got home I said "how did you do with
the cold weather?"  The reply:  They were in a cabin with a wood stove!  I finally learned to say a prayer for them
and go to sleep!

   Congratulations, Jean!  I see we are of one mind when it comes to both scouting and camping: good for them, but I'll pass. 
I never have understood the fascination people have for camping.  As a comedian once said, "I don't need to go camping;
I have a home!"  My idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service.  But my guys all did it frequently, and five of the six
really loved that facet of scouting; I suppose the other one took after me too much!  And those freeze-outs used to drive me
crazy.  My guys would invariably come home with near pneumonia - and then just couldn't wait for the next thrilling opportunity
to do it all again.  Go figure!  But they endured, and I'm glad!

   Thanks, Jean!

From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 02/08/05:

Carol:  You are so efficient!!!


Thanks for sharing the information on (your brother) Steve (Kiger - '66 of VA)…I have often wondered what happened
to everyone I went to high school with…it would be interesting to see a map with dots depicting where folks have ended
up!!   Myself, I retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last September after 30+ years and may soon go to work
again…I love the computer and could spend hours on it but…so you went to Ferguson High…I once dated a girl from there…
I also went to Christopher Newport before transferring to Old Dominion…


   Thanks, Paul!  I suppose I'm like the little girl with the little curl:  sometimes I get it right, but when I don't, YOWZERS! 
Can I ever make a mess!  GIGGLES!!!

   Somehow I'm not surprised that you're considering rejoining the work force.  A-Type personalities such as yours never
seem to stay retired for long.  About ten years ago I was planning to write a book called How to Be a Bum, designed
for energetic people who need to acquire coping skills when their activities are suddenly curtailed for whatever reason. 
This is a subject in which I claim top expertise. 

   It was said of John Marshall's wife that she "enjoyed her confinement".  I can strongly identify with that trait.

   Alas, the moment passed, and I no longer have time to be a bum - but I must admit, I am rather gifted in that department.

From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 02/08/05:

Hi, Carol, (don't print) but wonder why my e mail appears beside my name on Alumni Listings on the main
web page? I don't really care...just look odd cuz no one else in any of the other classes has theirs listed
next to name of all those people...see what I mean?

   Uh-oh!  Gail, I rarely if ever print something when someone specifically asks me to refrain, but this is such a
golden opportunity to explain a new policy, I hope you'll forgive me.

   At present, we only have contact pages for a few classes:


   Many people would not fall into one of these categories, even if I were given permission to post their email addies.
So for those people - you, for instance - who would like their emails published and shared to facilitate contact with friends,
I'll include them directly on that list.  It's not that yours looks odd, Gail; it's just that yours is the first!

   I hope you've no plans to shoot me, Gail; there's a rather lengthy line of people in front of you, anyway.............


From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 02/08/05:


Mississippi Squirrel Revival    <---- Click

Turn up your volume and enjoy

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Buster, that is one of the biggest hoots I've ever seen - or should I say, that ah done evah seed! 
Thanks for sharing that with us!

From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 02/09/05:

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TAKE care TOO......TYPHOONS FOREVER.......AL class of 64

   Well, Al, I don't know where you're getting all these goodies, but you're single handedly "spiffing up" our Newsletters -

    Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Maybe Baby

(Buddy Holly)

Maybe baby, I'll have you
Maybe baby, you'll be true
Maybe baby, I'll have you for me

It's funny honey, you don't care
You never listen, to my prayer
Maybe baby, you will love me some day

Well you are the one that, makes me glad
Any other one that, makes me sad
When some day, you'll want me
Well, I'll be there, wait and see ee ee

Maybe baby, I'll have you
Maybe baby, you'll be true
Maybe baby, I'll have you for me**

Da da ta da da da da da da
Da da ta da da da da da da
Da da ta da da da da da da

Well you are the one that, makes me glad
Any other one that, makes me sad
When some day, you'll want me
Well, I'll be there, wait and see ee ee

Maybe baby I'll have you for me

"Maybe Baby" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/laylaskye/midis4.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Maybe Baby" lyrics courtesy of http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/buddy_holly/maybe_baby.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Question Mark clip art courtesy of http://www.noeticart.com/na_clipart.htm - 02/01/05

Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars6.html – 01/29/05

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