02/19/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Little Star

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is your regularly scheduled Newsletter, postponed from yesterday.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.

   Happy Belated Birthday to William Sawyer ('57) whose birthday was yesterday.

   Happy Birthday today to Bobby Norris ('62) of VA!  If any of y'all see Bobby, tell him Hi for me!  And another Very Happy
Birthday to Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA!   WOWZERS - a "Twofer"! 

   Linda, I don't believe I ever thanked you for the kind remarks you included about the webpage in your Reunion Booklet last
October.  I didn't spot them right away, and when I did, I think I was stunned speechless!  Thanks so much - that really touched
my heart! 


From Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 02/09/05:

Hi Carol,

I just had to send the picture of Alan Farber ('64 - of GA) and me in our Senior Prom duds!!  Sure brings back
the memories.  All
the best, Alan!

                    Typhoons Forever,

                    Cheryl Pless Ramsey (NNHS Class of '64)

 May 1964
Alan Farber and Cheryl Pless

   Oh, isn't that adorable!  Thanks so much, Cheryl!  This is now featured on the Prom Pictures page:


   (Sorry this took me so long; this was one of the "technical difficulties" to which I alluded earlier.)

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 02/16/04:

Carol, a belated Happy Valentine's Day to you! 
I have a couple of things. 
1.    I thought Craig Miller ('63) was in Florida.  I remember something about his flag football team there and I was
certain that his Mom's obituary was date lined there.  But in this newsletter, I see 2 Texas entries.  I must have been
asleep at the switch.  Como?
2.    I have had a dickens of a time getting the newsletter to open recently.  Instead of getting the newsletter, I'm
betting some directory of services and products from a service called GRIP.  It comes with its own tool bar and
internet search engine.  I hope I successfully deleted it today (finally after several tries).  So then I went via Google
to the internet generally and of the 26 listings your newsletter has there (!!!) none would open.  All were freehost.  
3.    I read Tom Norris' (Hampton HS - '73) entries about the Evans' Academy of Ballet with interest.  I thought
I had sent you a longish piece on the history of the school, including the Evans family, and had cleared up the new
location.  I was surprised earlier this week to see that Tom had ID'd the Hampton Women's Club
 as the ballet school. 
But that was the wrong corner of the intersection.  He corrected it in today's newsletter entry but that was old news
(I thought) because I had already sent you that info.  Oh well, confirmed by a second source is certain proof.  I went
to 'Our Old Stomping Grounds' to see what I  had written on the subject and that's when I hit the wall with Freehost. 
4.    Treat yourself sometime to a Google search for "nnhs65".  You will be amazed at the entries there and just how
many times Carol Buckley Harty appears!  You really need to consider that idea we discussed last year about this time
concerning the definitive 'point of view' book you have archived in these pages.  KC

   Thanks, Kathy!

1.  Craig is indeed in FL, and has been for some time now.  Apparently I "moved" him to TX.  I suppose I thought he needed
a little break.  If I were a nicer person, I would at least have "moved" him to some place such as Hawaii, or the Virgin Islands
or England or somewhere.  Not that there's anything wrong with Texas!  Oh, how should I know - I've never been there!  Of course,
I've never been to any of those other three places either, but I do hear they're very nice.  Okay - ya want the truth, eh?  Apparently I
lost a couple of handy major brain cells during that "headache" spell last week.  Well, okay, I might as well admit it - apparently it
was yet another small stroke.  It wasn't as bad as the last one, but it was more than I would have liked.  And it produced its fair share
of boo-boos.  You've no idea the number of Big Bloopers I've made just in the last few days!  Hey - maybe we could have a new
contest - "Spot Carol's Big Bozo Bloopers!"
   So far we have Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA in first place (trust me; you don't even want to hear the details of that one; it was just
too, too
embarrassing!); Kathy in second place; and third place is still open.  Go for it, y'all!  It should be a real piece of cake! 
They've only just begun....

2.  So, you're caught in the grip of Grip, hmm?  The last time something of that nature happened to me, I had to run some
heavy-duty "kill the nasty virus" stuff, and then I was back in business.  I can even open Jetty Gammon's ('63 - of VA) gallery
again now (YEA!) without landing in that den of iniquity to which my own earlier virus always led me.  Good stuff, Avast!  Of course,
I could be wrong....

3. Yes - this would be that which I had somewhat confused before my brain freaked out last Thursday... At the moment, I've no
hope of getting the information on those dance pages straight without professional help (that being all of y'all).  Or a new brain -
whichever.....  While we're waiting for new cells to regenerate, just tell me which images belong on which pages, what their true
captions should read, and which page should receive which text.  No matter how elementary it may seem to you, trust me, having
been through this three times before, I will not figure it out on my own until I can pull out of this "automatic pilot" mode.  Neither
will I be insulted if you lead me through this as you would a kindergartener.  I'm dreadfully sorry, but that's where it stands.

4.  Ah - now this IS fun!  I always wanted to be Rich and Famous!  Well, one out of two is good, and every bit as much fun as I'd
always imagined!  I think that book will have to wait even longer, now, though.  Something tells me that this is not the moment.....

   Thanks, Kathy!

From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/16/05:

Ahhh, Buckroe Beach…….now there are some good memories.  Everyone drove slowly by the beach……..go to the end, turn around, and drive
back the other way…….go to the end……you get the idea.  It was like Shoney’s on Pembroke Avenue……the place to ride around and be seen. 
Where was I?  Oh, yeh, Buckroe……..besides the sand and the boys, my best memory is going to Barney’s on the corner and getting French
fries and a soda.  (Should I post a picture?) But young adults did not go there at night because it was one of those “beer joints” (aka really
bad places) along the street.  So, it was a huge deal when my brother Mel (HHS/56) took me there one night.  And the amusement park……..
loved the roller coaster, snow cones, and DANCING in the pavilion!

Gloria Woolard Price (HHS/65) of FL 

    Thanks, Gloria! 

    Oh, by all means - send us a picture - we'd love it!  As you can see, we have a never-ending hunger for such things!

   Hey - you know what's weird (other than me, of course)?  As much as I loved both dancing and Buckroe, I do believe that
as many times as I watched the dancing in the pavilion, I never actually danced there myself?  That's just wrong!  I quite nearly
feel deprived.  Sigh.  No, not really!

   I just checked that '55 Krabba of Tom Norris' (Hampton HS - '73) again and sneaked a peek at your brother's junior pic -
cute guy!

   I added your memories to the Buckroe Beach page:




From  Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 02/16/05:

    My mom, Dorothy Hodges, was also one of the first Newport News Policewomen and worked with Sallie Disharoon (Hampton HS - '56)
in the Police Department.  She often spoke fondly of Sallie and I remember meeting her many years ago when I was just a child.  What a pretty
lady she was.  I knew the name was familiar when I saw it in the paper this past week.  My condolences to her family.
    Mom was the policewoman/metermaid/crossing guard that served first on Washington Avenue near John W. Daniel Elementary School.  
Later, Mom was  assigned to Newport News High School and St. Vincent's.  She had two shifts in the morning at each school and two in the
afternoon.  She devoted 13 years of her life doing that and loved that job more than life itself.  She was out there everyday, rain, shine, cold or hot. 
She loved her "kids" and never forgot a face, even years later.  The policewomen had to learn Judo, which Mom did, but she drew the line when they
told her she would have to carry a gun.  She decided to leave the force then and go back to work in the shipyard.  While on the Police Force, she
served under Capt. Weaver - Bill Weaver's ('63) father. 
    Take care!
    Dee Hodges Bartram, Class of 1966 

   Thanks for that remembrance of your mama, Dee!  She's surely a nice lady!

From Jean Lankes Toth  (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 02/16/05:

I listened to WGH occasionally when my parents bought a "crystal set" in the early 60's, but started listening religiously right about the time the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in Feb. 1964 (a really big shew). From that time thru the time I left home for college - Jan. 1973 - I played WGH at every possible opportunity. In the mid-60's there were 6 deejays who called themselves "The Swingin' Six". George Crawford came on in the early morning, followed by "Dandy Dave Cummins." Bob Calvert was on the early afternoon, then Gene Loving's show came in the late afternoon ("Lean Gene"). The prime-time spot belonged to Keith James (who, around ‘64, was replaced by the famous DICK LAMB), and then the late-late show was hosted by Roger Clark. Bob Calvert did the Top 30 show each Sunday afternoon. For some reason, WGH only had a 30-hit list instead of Top 40 like most stations. Also, each weeknight in the mid-60's, you could call the WGH "Hitline" from 6-6:30 PM and cast your vote for your favorite song... and the top 10 of the day was played later that evening on Dick Lamb's show. I remember George Crawford made his own recording of "In The Still of the Night" (the singing was double-tracked but still pretty bad) BUT it went to Number 1 on the Hitline on its single night of release. The same thing happened when Dick Lamb recorded "That's a Rockin' Good Way." Bob Calvert must have done the announcing for hundreds - maybe thousands - of radio commercials. He had a deep, gruff, distinctive voice. I understand Wolfman Jack acknowledged copying Bob Calvert's format in formulating his own! George Crawford's show was intellectually clever, and he had a lot of little cute little sound bites from old Jetsons' cartoons, etc. His closing theme song was an instrumental of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady". Rumor had it that it was GC's son who said, "It's CASEY....Chevrolet time! but now I understand that the voice belonged to a member of the Casey family. Roger Clark played VERY old oldies, like 40's & 50's stuff, which I like now, but couldn't relate to at the time. I thought the Roger Clark Show was "dumb" when I was 11 years old, but didn't realize how thoroughly excellent it was. He would play stuff like "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd a Baked a Cake (Patti Page), Rosemary Clooney, etc. WGH on the whole was pretty Navy-oriented. A young lady named "Sally" announced ship arrivals every day (while "Anchors Aweigh" played upliftingly in the background). There were loads of commercials for Naval tailors in Norfolk - Anchor, Bill's, Esquire, etc. - talked about how you could get your blues, civvies, hashmarks, etc. There were also lots of car dealership commercials - Thompson Ford (had a jingle sung to the tune of "Skip To My Lou").... "Thompson Ford has the Ford for You.....". I have to mention this because George Thompson, Jr. is still a very good friend of mine. And Kimnach Ford ("big deal, big deal out of Kimnach"), Casey Chevrolet, etc. The WGH news came on at five minutes before the hour, usually preceded by frantic horns and drums, as if the station was about to charge into battle. The announcer would bellow, "DOUBLE-YOU! -- GEE! -- AYCHE! RADIONEWS!!!!! ...followed by an orchestral lick of "Dixie". Then, as the drums continued to pound away in the background, the announcer would proceed to read the "big news digest." The news announcer I remember most was Dick Kidney, who had a rather nasal voice. I believe he was a Newport News native. After the news, the announcer would say, "On the 'GH weatherscope"....and proceed to read the forecast.

Once a week, WGH issued the well-known "music-caster" which were two-color single sheets showing the top 30 listing for that week. For most of the duration, they were printed by Prestige Press in Hampton. It seems to me the music-casters would come out on Wednesdays. You could get them free at Kresge's in Hampton (Riverdale Shopping Center) or wherever 45 rpm records were sold. I was very happy to see several music-casters posted on your website lately.... doesn't nostalgia hurt so good?? WGH stood for "World's Greatest Harbor", which was the harbor of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The station general manager, Ambert Dale, would read an editorial commentary every now and then, which my young friends & I found boring (what did we pre-pubescents know? NOT MUCH). I understand at this writing, Ambert is very much alive and enjoying life at the Chesapeake Retirement Home in Newport News. At about 6 PM we listened to The George Passage Commentary (was George Passage the owner of WGH???? I don't know.). Sometimes we might even dare to momentarily change over to station WNOR, AM 1230 which was about the only alternative top hit station at the time. There was one DJ I remember named Tom Scott. But most kids were fiercely loyal to WGH. Ah, for the days when radio stations dared to have personalities. Today they all sound alike and/or are boring. O, creativity, where art thou?

ALSO! I was very lucky to have worked with WGH engineer, Dave Desler, in the 1970's at Teledyne Hastings-Raydist. I used to go over to Dave & Lanette's house and Dave would play crazy, weird records. He had a turntable in his basement and was so enthusiastic about playing his collection that he would stop each record before it was finished, and start another one. Oh! How I fondly remember parties and just plain visiting at Dave D's house. I used to wear a tee shirt with a picture of Janis Joplin on it, thus, he always called me "Janis." Dave had nutty nicknames for everybody. A really fun guy!

- Jean Lankes Toth, HHS '72

   WOWZERONI, Jean - thanks!  I added your memories to the WGH page:


From Tom Flax ('64) pf VA to Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/16/05:

To Joe Madagan via Carol Harty and the NNHS website
Hey Joe,
I have enjoyed reading your notes and comments on the NNHS website...I remember your being the life-guard at the
Newport News Recreation Pool at 28th and Wickham.. and I know you must remember my sister, Helen ('58)..
From one east end boy to another, thanks for your comments on my NNHS class of 1964, 40th reunion video.. As the
executive producer and director, I had a blast working with my videographer on the finished product.. especially the ending..
I agree, everyone, especially my fellow classmates, whether you attended to event or not should have a copy. (check the
website for order details)
We all had special times at NNHS, times to remember.. memories that are hard to forget..
continued good health and happiness to you and your family.. and to all members of the great typhoon family..
tom flax.. nnhs 64 

   I really loved that ending myself, Tommy - great job!  Thanks so much - for everything!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/16/05:

Hi, Dave:
Just in case you are wondering how I might have viewed the DVD of the Class of 1964 Reunion here in Florida,
without having first purchased a copy for the reasonable price, I was the guest of this former TYPHOON Track
and Field
shot put and discus athlete, who has now turned to tennis to satisfy his passion for sports.
Gene Ellis ('61) of FL shared his DVD during a visit to his place in Lakeland, FL.
1961 Anchor, p. 85
Gene Ellis and Robert Coffey

   Gene's sister, Eva Ellis ('61) is of course, Joe's wife.

   Thanks, Adonis!  I feel obliged to tell you, though: you probably want to consider buying your own copy.  The video seems
to be addictive, and it might be awkward for everyone should you find yourself running over to Lakeland in the middle of the
night and banging on their door at 0300 asking for another viewing....GIGGLES!!!

From Evelyn Fryer Keller Fish ('58) of TX - 02/17/05:

Wow - thank you sooooo much Carol!  I will forward this to my daughter, SUSAN.  She will love keeping
this as a Great Memento of her Dad!   Brings back great memories of good times and good friends. 
Thank you.  Evelyn  

  You're certainly welcome, Evelyn!  Those images of your family are beautiful - all three of them!  I was as delighted to share
them as I'm sure our readers were to see them.


From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/17/05:

Hi, Carol.  I certainly enjoy all the surprise and delight I get from the newsletters.  I have to laugh every time I read
about the
Blue LightJerry and I had some interesting times there.  We love music and dancing, so we found
ourselves in all those clubs including the Original Club.  I remember the disappointment when I saw the group
Looking Glass in person. I so loved the song "BRANDY" and the voice that sang it.  Then I saw him. I saw him
in my mind every time from that time on and I did not like what I remembered each time I heard
the song. YUK!
My brother, Monty (Phillips - '62), was on the board and a friend of John's. Several groups were
brought in.  They really tried to keep it up.
John has certainly done well with all his OUTER BANKS ventures of restaurants, Barrier Island
timeshares, etc. I see that I am taking up too much space. 
Signing off! Love to all! Judy

   Oh, not at all, Judy!  I'm getting such a kick out of this whole topic!  Thanks!




   And you weren't even CLOSE to using "too much space", Judy!  We love to hear from you!

From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/18/05:

   ...There was another NNHS grad death in the paper yesterday ...

Robert Arthur Phillips

NEWPORT NEWS - Robert A. Phillips, 66, died early Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Mary Immaculate Hospital after a courageous
battle with a long illness. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1956. He loyally served his country in the United
States Air Force. He joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local #1340 and retired after 40 years
of service. Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Chester C. Phillips; his wife of 25 years,
Sharon Phillips; and his first wife, Barbara J. Phillips. He is survived by his four sons, Rob Phillips and his wife, Terri,
of Newport News, Jerry D. Stratton Jr. of Newport News, Keith Phillips and his wife, Kristi, of Raleigh, N.C., and Steven J. Stratton
of Northern Virginia; five grandchildren, David Harper, Tyler Phillips, Allison Phillips, Rachel Stratton and David Stratton; his
sisters, Ruby A. Bass, Jean Moore and MaryEllen St. Hilaire; his brothers Ronnie A. Phillips and Rodney A. Phillips; his beloved
cat, Too-E; and many more loving extended family. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17,
at Weymouth Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, at the Weymouth Funeral Home
chapel by Dr. Furman Kenney. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
o the American Cancer Society, 895 Middleground Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606.

Published in the Daily Press from 2/16/2005 - 2/17/2005.

1956 Anchor, p. 121            

   Oh, my goodness - noooo.  Sigh.  Thanks, Babe.

   Okay, I'll add this to Recent Typhoon Deaths and Famous Airmen this afternoon, and start forcing myself to read the
Daily Press obituaries again.  I'm so sorry I missed this earlier.

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Bobby's family and friends. 

   There has been a tremendous outpouring of support, love, sympathy, and prayers from so many of y'all for Eleanor and Miles
and even for me.  If I included them all on this Newsletter, we would indeed be using "too much space".  My words cannot express
how much your kindness has meant to us.  Thank you so much.  Y'all are the best! 

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Little Star

Words and Music By: Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa

(The Elegants)

Where are you little star?
(Where are you?)

Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh
Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder where you are
Wish I may, wish I might
Make this wish come true tonight
Searched all over for a love
You're the one I'm thinkin' of

Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh
Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder where you are
High above the clouds somewhere
Send me down a love to share

Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh
Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh


Oh there you a-a-re
High ab-o-ove
Oh-oh sta-a-ar
Send me a lo-o-o-o-ove
Oh there you a-a-re
Li-i-ighting u-up the sky
I need a lo-o-o-ove
Oh me-oh, me-oh, my-y-y-y

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder where you are
Wish I may, wish I might
Make this wish come true tonight

Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh
Whoah oh, oh, oh-uh-oh
Ratta ta ta too-ooh-ooh

Oh ra, ta, ta
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
There you are little star!!! (ooh)

"Little Star" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com/1958/little_star.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks, Dave!

Blue Stars and Falling Stars clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/stars.shtml - 02/17/05

 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars17.html  - 02/01/05

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