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02/20/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Monday, Monday

"I also hate those holidays that fall on a Monday where you don't get mail,
those fake holidays like Columbus Day. What did Christopher Columbus do,
discover America? If he hadn't, somebody else would have and we'd still be here.
Big deal."

- John Waters
(b. 22 Apr 1946)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I knew my life was about to radically change, but I was still unprepared for it when it came.

   I had so many interruptions on Friday, I finally gave up on issuing that Newsletter - or Saturday's - or a bonus make-up edition for Sunday.  And if this one has any continuity at all, I can take no credit whatsoever.

   I'm going to begin with some of the older items.

   My mailboxes are overflowing with many delightful items from so many of you, so do stay tuned.

   By the way, I have received some wonderful surprises in the snail mailbox from several of you lately.  Thank you so very much!  What sweeties you are! 



   And in missing everything else, I missed (though didn't forget) three more birthdays:

18 - William Sawyer ('57)
19 - Bobby Norris ('62) of VA - 1944
19 - Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 1947

   I certainly hope y'all each had a great day - and a Very Merry Un-Birthday (and apology) to All!

   From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 01/27/06 (some of which was
actually printed earlier...):

... The Kecoughtan Road theatre was at the Southampton Shopping Center, the one with the Co-Op grocery store. In the late 60's it was operated as a teen dance club called "The Lighthouse". I don't know whether that was its name as a movie hall. When I visited home in December I shot a photo of where it used to stand. Indeed, the whole shopping center seems to have been torn down and rebuilt.

We lived in the apartments between Merrimac Motors and the Southhampton Shopping Center, just about across from the B&M Drive-In. Indeed, in one picture of B&M in "Our Old Stomping Grounds" (the one from the '56 Krabba) you can see some of these apt. buildings just over the windshield of the Ford Convertible. I'm not certain of the name (Armstrong Apartments?), but our address was 222 Regent Street. I'll bet Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66) didn't even know I was in the neighborhood! These apartments are still there and filled with families.

I still haven't found my annuals so as to scan my class photo for you.  Maybe Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR can help me out with this if she has the '71 Mariner (I'm that ugly kid in the junior class). But here're a couple of teasers (maybe more like frights!) from early 1973, less than a year AFTER I graduated.  I grew my hair to hide some of the ugly!  Ha, fat chance.  I think with the long hair added, I'd have sacred off the junk yard dogs along Salter's Creek Road!  Anyway, those are pictures from back in the day.  You might even put the second one in "Our Old Cars" as the '64 Greenbriar van was the first vehicle I owned.

December 2005 December 2005 1973 1973  
The Lighthouse 222 Regent Street Steve Silsby Steve Silsby and his 1964 Greenbriar Van  

   Oh, how adorable!  Your long hair is just gorgeous!  I keep forgetting just how much younger you are than most of the rest of us!

   And Stevie, you don't even want to know why it took me forty-eleven years to process your images (although I wouldn't mind knowing myself...)

   As soon as I figure out whether we should have a page for the Lighthouse, or another Movie Theater page, I'll post your image - and I may do both.

   As soon as we have confirmation that those are indeed the Armstrong Apartments in Hampton, I'll add them as a new page to Our Old Apartments:

   But I actually did post your last image on Our Old Cars:

   Thank you so much for your extraordinary patience with me, Steve! 


From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 02/01/06:

Dear Carol,

Just a note to let you know that I FINALLY got a little granddaughter.... she was born back in June, and her name is Vada Grace Schneider... I am sending you one of my favorite photos when she was 4 months old...she is a real sweetie... and with the two grandsons... "my cup runneth over"...

I am enjoying all your great newsletters and getting to read all the good news from so many... it adds so much sunshine to my day!! 

Lots of love, Rosalee

     How wonderful!  What a dainty little doll baby she is!

   Thanks for sharing this with us, Rosalee!  Someday soon I'll actually create that News - 2006 link, and back-post this there!

   It's good to hear from you, Rosalee!  Have fun with your precious little sweeties! 

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Rosalee and Vada

From Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65/'68) of VA - 02/03/06:


..... The NNHS website has been great.  I enjoy every one of the letters.  I just don't know how you find the time.  You are WONDERFUL!!!

Thanks for all your hard work.

Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally

   Thank you, Elizabeth.  As it turns out, I don't seem to be finding the time for much of anything -  including this - at the moment........


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/09/06:

Hi, Carol:
Reading the first answer to the Train Brain Teaser submitted by    Ron Miller ('59) of NC I was almost tempted to reply that if he had been fortunate enough to have studied under Mr. Levy he would have gotten it correct. Confessing that I did have that thought made me very ashamed when I later read his correct answer.
As I read further in the Newsletter and read the message from   Fred Eubank ('64) of TX my shame increased greatly for he was probably wondering if I took English Composition at NNHS with my poorly worded question. After rephrasing the question to prop up my lazy manner of expressing myself, he proceeded to give us all the Correct Answer as well. He was gracious enough to give us his calculations to support his conclusion in the spirit of Mr. Levy.
So, we have two winners. I offered a prize and will be more than happy to put them in the mail as soon as I have an address, or I can just mail them to you, Carol, if it is not appropriate to share their mailing addresses, as I do want to protect their privacy.
The prize consists of a set of miniature flags, the United States Flag and a Military Flag. If one or both served in the Military, please let me know in which branch of the Armed Forces they served and I will secure that military flag. I hope this is not too much trouble to secure this information. I will run down to MacDill Air Force Base and secure them and the desk stand when I receive your replies.
Here is a sample of the flag set that I have in mind.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, how wonderful!  Thank you, Major Madagan! 


  From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 02/10/06:


Please thank Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) for his offer to send the set of miniature flags.  I would be honored to receive them, but I have several US flags and a couple of US Army Flags (desk sets


included) since I served in the US Army from 1968 to 1971, and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 30 years. 

One thing Joe can do, however, is to keep those great train problems coming, albeit much to the chagrin of    Jean Poole (Burton - '64 - of RI).


Thanks for keeping us connected.

Fred Eubank 

    COOL!  Thank you, Fred!

   Brace yourself, Jean!  The trains are running again!  WILD GIGGLES!!!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/10/06 - "Famous Soldiers":

Hi, Carol:
Thanks for facilitating the response from   Fred Eubank ('64) of TX regarding the award for his correct answer to the train problem. Since he already has a desk flag set, and has declined the gift, I send him my congratulations for coming up with the correct answer!
I am also very pleased that we will soon find him among those soldiers on the website's Famous Soldiers page.

   And I did indeed add Fred several days ago, though the identification is a bit skimpy; I'm missing his date and place of birth:

As the "Bratty-Brat" Webmistress that you are, will you instead insist that I crochet him a tree ornament instead, or am I off the hook for now?

   Well, no Sir, I believe you have upheld your end of the bargain splendidly!

   But I am still a brat.... 


Thank you so much for your cooperation with respect to the "Train Quiz" on your website.
I heard from    Ron Miller ('59 - of NC) today, and he has furnished me his address and he will very soon have a desk set of the US Flag and the US Army Flag.
Now that we have established that he served in the U.S. Army, I would like to recommend him for the Famous Soldier page.

   And I also added Ron's name to the roster several days ago, though I was missing his full name, birth place and occupation:

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks again, Adonis!  And guess what?  We have a Famous Marine among us to be added as soon as I'm able to process him and the three waaay cool images sent to me by his wife!

   Okay, here's the deal:

   If you - or your spouse, child, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or cousin - served in any branch of the service, that name should be listed herein on these pages.  By definition, such a person is "Famous".

   Here's the original definition - which I wrote myself:

(These lists are) comprised of people whose main fame comes from their life OUTSIDE their military service, and should not be confused with "Noteworthy Soldiers", although the two are not mutually exclusive.

   Fame can be derived by association with any of us.  So there.  Send the names - and images.

   And don't give me a bunch of "Who-shot-John?" about their not being famous, or not having other occupations outside of the military (that particular rule is "relaxed" to include our own).  And if you're reading this Newsletter, you are one of "our own".

   You have the option of keeping your tongue in your cheek and saying, "This is silly, but fun" or of wiping the tears from your eyes and saying, "This is something I need to do to honor my father's (fill in the proper relative here) memory".  Either approach is correct.

   Just read the pages, see the variety of people so listed, make your resolve - and then do it.


   And thank you again, Major Madagan.  I'll be adding Jim Lehrer and Pappy Boyington - and Bugs Bunny - soon. 


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/10/06 - "Overdue Award of Gift for First Train Problem":

Hi, Carol:
Would you please facilitate the award of a desk flag set to:
Jim Bonsey (Kailua High - Oahu - '74) - husband of Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73): 
They were the first to give the correct answer to our first quiz, and they have never received a gift. We joked about a gift, but have never made an award.
Kindly determine if Jim served in the Armed Forces, and if so I will acquire a set of flags for his desk.
Thank You
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe!  Actually, I've been so ill this week, I'm embarrassed to say I cannot remember whether or not I forwarded this to Gail to request this information.    And if I ever knew the answer - which I probably did - I can't remember that either at the moment.  I think I did.  Maybe.  

   "Possibly maybe".

   Oh, Gail.....

   Thanks again, Adonis!  You're a very generous and thoughtful man! 


From Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS - '51) of VA - 02/10/06:

  Jean Poole Burton (64) of RI mentioned Don's in her e-mail today. My recollection from visiting the restaurant in the fifties is it was located next to the bridge and was not in the building we knew as Sam's. Attached is a satellite picture (about three years old). I marked where I recalled Don's being located.
  Look in the Phoebus (stomping grounds) at the picture label "airplane view of Phoebus) and if I am right the red roofed building next to the bridge would be Don's. Sam's is at the pier in line with Mellen Street.

   Bless your heart, Gus - an absolutely unimpeachable, definitive answer!!!  Thanks so much!


Since writing about Babe Lawson, a friend told my wife that although Babe was injured during practice and having headaches, he went on to play in the next game where he may have received additional damage, or the seriousness of the original injury became apparent.
Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS '51)  Va

   Sigh.  Only the mother of an dedicated athlete can fully appreciate the unwritten words here.....

   Thanks, Gus!


  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 02/16/06 - "Marshall Courts":

Carol, when I lived in Marshall Courts there was a black man that came through in the evenings pushing a cart with sundries on it. Does anyone else remember him, and what was his name? I think he had the best donuts in the world. I could only buy them one night a week. I used to buy two of them, and my Mom would buy one for each of my brothers (2) and sisters (2). I do not know where he got them, but I can close my eyes and if I think real hard, I can still taste them. 

Jerry (62) TYPHOON

   Thanks, Jerry!  I believe his name was Walter, but I do not know his last name.

   And I know I'm gonna feel dumber than two stick, but who are your two brothers and two sisters, please?


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/17/06 - "School Jackets":

 In response to the inquiry from    Jay Styles '68 (of VA) regarding the "school jackets popular in the '50's and'60's", I ask is the question about "Letter Jackets" or the kind that we wore our SPD "shield" upon, as did other fraternities theirs?
Jay, the bad news is that the "Sportsman Shop" has gone the way of everything else you remember of downtown NN; it is no more. It is being rebuilt as the "Town Center of Oyster Point" in what is known as "midtown NN", just beyond Casey Chevy; they are rebuilding there what we already had sitting downtown? They have this ingenious idea of having apartments on the second floor of a business, stores, housing, pharmacies, street parking, all in one area "like a neighborhood". Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
There is a online national vendor, now owned by Sears, that carries a jacket similar to the ones we wore in the SPD, but much "heavier", "The Squall" for winter wear; that would be . You may also have a look at . These are both legitimate businesses. Perhaps, you already know that?
Like you, I would love to be able to find an exact duplicate of the one I wore in those days. I hold out little hope for an exact replica, I've been looking for years.
   Thanks, Wayne Honey! 

CBD, just before Christmas last, I had another enjoyable conversation with Coach Mitchell. During the course of that conversation HE SAID: "You know Newport News High School was like no other high school. There was something very special about it. I don't think there will ever be another one like it.". How about that, even the staff thought NNHS special; they were right!! It was a special time at a magical place.    Tom (Flax - '64 - of VA) certainly got it "right on" with "Typhoons Forever"!!

    That is so true!

Also, just this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Kenny Henderson ('64 - of MD). I really enjoyed the conversation and having the opportunity to speak with him again. He sounds great and is doing well. It couldn't happen to a better person.
R. Wayne Stokes

   That's super!  I love hearing "re-connection" stories!  And we have a couple more coming soon!

   Thanks again, Wayne Honey!


  From Tina Crowder Wescott ('65) of VA - 02/17/06:

This is in response to  
 Jay Styles' ('68 - of VA) request for a vendor that can order the high school jacket he's looking for.  Spencer Sports (757-875-5268) can order what ever he's looking for.  Moose Spencer owns Spencer Sports which is located on Warwick Boulevard and he'd be more than happy to help him with his request.
Hope this helps.
S. Tina Wescott '65

   Well, that certainly sounds promising!  Thanks, Tina!


  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/17/06 - "Name My Tune":

Hi Carol.....I stumbled across this site and thought maybe it could help you find the name of a song that is stuck in your head!!!!!........LET ME KNOW IF IT HELPS!

   WOWZERONI!!!  That song that has been driving me bonkers for two years, the one I sing to perfect strangers if I think there's a chance they might know, the one that everyone says they know - "Oh, yeah!  That's ah, um, yeah..." - at last, there's a chance I may identify it!

   Okay, when it's my turn at the computer with the microphone, I'm in like Flynn!!!  YES!!!

   Thanks so much, Janice!  And I'll definitely let you know! 


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 02/17/06:

Was delighted to read info from Jack Nelson ('54) - I remember him well.  Also knew his sister very well - we both worked at Fort Monroe.  Where do Jack and    Mary Sue ('52) live? 

Thanks.  Evelyn Fryer Fish

   Isn't it such fun to hear from new people from time to time?!?    Thanks, Evelyn!

   Ummmm, I don't know where they live, though...  Jack?  Doug???


   You reminded me of a certificate I had never posted.

   I didn't work with Mary Sue, but she worked with us at Trinity Methodist Church as our teacher.  In addition to her signature on this Promotion Certificate, the other two are also of note: W. Kenneth Bradshaw is the father of Billy Bradshaw (HHS - '65) and his younger sister, Susan  (I think); and Esdras S. Gruver is the father of    Bill ('62) and Susan Gruver.

  Sunday, September 30, 1962  
  Certificate of Promotion  
   This is now posted:


  From Me ('65) of NC - 02/17/06 - "St. Paul's Episcopal Church:

   I spotted this beautiful old postcard on eBay the other day.
     Those of you happy souls who were fortunate enough to have taken the Magical Mystery Tour last October may recall that this is the same church which I spotted from the side street, yelled, "What's THAT?!?" (as though I'd never seen it before), and Dave and Dave were gracious enough to stop everything and circle the block so I could have a closer look.  Thanks again, Gentlemen! 

   I have the image posted now:

    - somewhat redesigned

   This page has no hymn attached.  Kathy, I think you need to select one for us.  A title will do; we can locate it once we know what it is we want.

   And of course, I not only knew the church, I had been inside to attend a funeral of a close friend.  Perhaps that's why I keep blocking my memory of it.  You know how I love denial.........



  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. 


     Oh, yes, this looks like fun..........

   Thanks, David! 

Redneck style of Spring Break    

   If it looks as if I've skipped around on what to include in this edition, that's only because it's so true.  There is much, much more awaiting us, and I've not lost any of those precious goodies; I'm processing them now  Thanks for your patience!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Monday, Monday

(The Mamas and the Papas)

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.

Monday Monday, can't trust that day,
Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
Oh Monday Monday, how could you leave and not take me.

Every other day, every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin' all of the time

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.

Every other day, every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin' all of the time

Monday Monday, ...

"Monday, Monday" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/06/06
Thanks, Dave!

 (seems appropriate, eh?)

Yes, it does, David - thanks!

"Monday, Monday" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/06/06
Thanks again, Dave!

"Crying Petal" Image courtesy of - 02/20/06

Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/01/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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