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02/22/06 - NNHS Newsletter
George Washingto
n's 274th Birthday

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation.
 It is better to be alone than in bad company."

- George Washington
(22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Obviously, today's Newsletter is a full day late.    Dale's (American School, IL - '02) month-old computer went totally berserk-o on him, and I was allowing him to use mine to fix his.  Therefore even for the times I was online, things were moving too slowly for me to accomplish anything here.

   So basically I spent the day goofing off and scrapbooking (December of 1960 and May of 1961 - moving right along here....).

   I don't think Cousin George will mind very much that we're a day late with his birthday wishes.  I hope you won't either.



   Happy Birthday yesterday to Ronald Bass ('57), and Happy Birthday today to Richard Prince ('57)!  Many happy returns, Gentlemen!


1.   Louis (Fuzzy) Turner ('63) of NC

From Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA - 02/22/06:
Please add my best pal, Louis (Fuzzy) Turner (NNHS ' 63) to the email of the newsletter.  Louis had a heart transplant several years ago (is doing well) and would enjoy getting the newsletters, I am sure......
Keep up the good work.
Jerry Gammon
NNHS '63

   Thanks, Jerry!  You're a good friend!

   And welcome, Fuzzy!  I've added your name to the mailing list , and to the Alumni List as well:

   Jerry, I apologize for not including your image.  That page is one that was "decorated" by one or all of my three older sons when they were little bitty boys.  It will need some serious restoration work in PhotoShop.  I'll have Dale attend to it at his earliest convenience - along with some others....



   Hit # 44,000 was made on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 2:21 PM by an unidentified subscriber who clicked on

   Was it you?!?
I finally added the way cool image
 Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC sent me of the screen when he made Hit #40,000.  Why I hadn't done that earlier is anyone's guess, except that the obvious is usually lost on me.....

   I re-colored the page while I was there

   Thanks again, Steve!  And no, I haven't forgotten your major prize.  I'm having difficulties locating the necessary materials.  I suppose I could send you a minor prize while we wait..... Yeah, I really should do that!


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 02/19/06 (but not received until late 02/22/06 - ?!?):

Thanks for the Reunion page - it looks great.

   Glad you like it! 

I have found all the people that you have listed on the page so you can remove them.  I will be sending you another listing shortly to post though as we still cannot locate quite a few. 

   Oh, no!  NOT take it down!!!  Can't I just add "FOUND" by their names?!?  You know how I hate to throw anything away!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

Unfortunately, I was down in the bed this weekend so I haven't had time to put the list together but will some time this week.

   Oh, that horrid, dreaded germ!  I'm glad you're feeling better now! 

I'm glad you like your surprise and I'm glad you are back on line.
Take care!

   Thanks, Lady!


   From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 02/17/06:


  Sharron (Wanderer Dawes - '61) and I did a "Rideabout" the other day while down at Greenlawn Cemetery doing work on genealogy.

   Ahhh, Greenlawn Cemetery!  My husband,    Paul (Bardolph HS, IL - '61), and   Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) and    I ('65 - of NC) spent well over an hour traipsing through there back in October of 2003 looking for the grave of my All-Time Favorite Teacher,    Eunice Leyland - which (despite our combined considerable experience in such activities) we never found!!!  ARGHHH!!!
  I took this shot of the Marker for Camp Stuart presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.


Richard Dawes

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Dicky!  I was astonished we didn't have a shot of this already posted.  I thought I'd taken one myself, but I obviously chickened out for whatever reason.....

   Well, it's posted now, and the page redesigned to accompany it:

   Hey - I can print this out for my album for October 1960!  SUPER!!!  Thanks again, Dicky! 


  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 02/21/06 - "  Evelyn Fryer Fish":

Hi Carol,

I noticed Evelyn's posting in tonight's newsletter.

  Mary Sue (Nelson - '52) lives in Franconia, VA (near Springfield and Alexandria).  Jack (Nelson - '54) lives in Vienna, VA,  near Falls Church.     Lloyd (Nelson - '61) still lives in N.N.

I emailed Mary Sue and Jack of Evelyn's posting.  Apparently, Jack is now scanning the newsletter, at least occasionally.  I don't now about Mary Sue.

I have been wondering why you haven't posted Jack's picture from the 1954 Anchor as you do for everyone else.  He is probably listed as John H. Nelson, Jr.


   Hi, Doug!  Thanks for the updates!

   The problem is - I don't have a 1954 Anchor.  I have my own '61 though '65; I kidnapped my sister's   (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) '55 though '59 (the poor woman has to come over here to visit her own Anchors!), and    Fred Mays ('60) of VA, bless his heart, graciously presented me with a '60 and a '66 to facilitate my work..

     Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA allowed me to borrow his '52 - '54 Anchors (plus a '55 Krabba) for what turned into ten months (three of which I was broken and could do nothing.  That's when I snagged Mary Sue's portrait, more for my own files than anything else.  I was fairly certain I had captured Mickey Marcella's image just before I returned the Anchors, but I can't find it anywhere. 

   But I've a confession to make.  I didn't know you had a brother named Jack.  I thought it was just the three of you.  I'm still trying to figure out who    Jerry Blanchard's ('62 - of VA) four siblings are.

   I tend to think of most of my friends as only children, I suppose......


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 02/21/06 - "beach pix":

Hi Carol,
I hope you will be able to retrieve these two photos of me,
   Jim Walker ('62 - of VA), and Lefty Driesell (Granby HS - '50 - of VA). This was in October when Dick and I rented The Canepa Cottage at Buckroe for a month. Good Memories - Good Times.  Let me know if you can get them 

Thanks, Evelyn 

   Evelyn, your message and two beautiful images made it through just fine - except for one thing.
   I recognized Jimmy and Lefty right away; I saw Jimmy in the fall of 2002 at his Reunion, and I met Lefty this summer at the Reunion of the Class of 1960.
   But they're with some young chick in a cerise top and blue jeans, and you didn't tell me her name.  It couldn't be you; you told me a couple of times that you were "old" - and this gal is drop-dead gorgeous, and couldn't be much over 30.
October 2005 - The Canepa Cottage at Buckroe    
Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX and Lefty Driesell (Granby HS - '50) of VA Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA, Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX, and Lefty Driesell (Granby HS - '50) of VA    
   So tell me who she really is, and I'll (post) the photos......
   Thanks, Ev! 

Oh, you Sweet, Wonderful, Precious YOUNG Lady.  Thanx.    ev

   Well, I guess that means she's sticking to her story.  Hmmm.  I'd always heard the Fountain of Youth was lost somewhere in Florida.  No wonder Ponce de Leon couldn't find it.  It's obviously in Evelyn's back yard in Texas.

    I still have not created the promised News - 2006 link, but soon, very soon........

   Thanks again, Evelyn! 



  From Bill Campbell (54) of VA - 02/21/06 - "East End":

Hi Carol:
In reply to    Jerry Blanchard's ('62 - of VA) question about Walt, the bread man, I am forwarding an email that I sent to you on Dec. 10, 2005 on that same subject. You may want to reprint part of this email in order to answer his question. I thought that you were going to include it in one of your subpages, called 'Marshall Courts', and you may have, but I must have forgotten how to access the 'Marshall Courts' page because I can't find it.  Aloha for now.
Bill C.

   Thanks, Bill!  The main link for that would be "Our Old Apartments".  (There should have been another such link called "Our Old Neighborhoods", but that's a long story.)

   No, see, what happened here is that some knucklehead forgot to actually post your comments on the Marshall Courts page.

   Now, who could have done such a dastardly thing?!? 

   Let's try again, shall we??

Hi Carol:

To follow up on    Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) letter in the 12-10-05 Newsletter, I too remember Mr. Walton driving through the alleys, with his little horn tooting, 'Ta-toot ta-toot ta-toot ta toot', selling fresh fish off of his truck. Also, at night, the sound of old Walt, the bread man (Walter Carney), yelling out, 'Walt, the bread man, heah ee comes', and pushing his homemade breadwagon, from which he dispensed all sorts of baked goodies. We would always buy a square of sweet potato pie for 5 cents, unless he had run out by the time he got to our alley.

Mickey Marcella ('54 - of VA) told me that Walt would go to Beck's Betty Lewis Bakery at the end of the business day and buy, at a good price, all of the bread and pastries that Beck's had not sold. Then, he would push that cart over the 25th Street bridge, down Jefferson Avenue, to the East End area, where he would push it on into the night, until he had sold all of his wares. I think that Walt also got bread from Nolde's, on Virginia Avenue, because we were able to buy 'Nolde's, Nolde's American Made, the freshest thing in town' from Walter.

Then, there was Shorty, who drove his wagonload of fresh crabs through the alleys, in season, and yell out, 'Hey, Shawty got crabs'. And, the ubiquitous ice cream truck would come by with its bells ringing. When my brother, Bobby, and I would say 'ice cream', the other kids, who weren't fortunate enough to have been born in North Carolina, had the audacity to mock our accent!

Fruit trucks, (Wawwww-tuh-mellan), and vegetable trucks came through so often that we needed very little from the grocery stores, which were 'way over town' anyway. Colony Farms Market on Virginia Avenue, Colonial Store on Huntington Avenue, A&P at 35th and Washington, Florida Orange Store on Washington Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Street.

And  even with the availability of all of these in-place and mobile food services, the 'mom and pop' groceries, like Bostic's, Helmer's, Halperin's, Seymour's (which became Shriber's, which became Flaxís), and several others, always seemed to have enough customers to remain in business.

I lived in Marshall Courts from 1941 until 1954, (probably a record, since we were one of the first families to move in and one of the last to be forced out by the NNRHA), I delivered papers, both Daily Press and Times Herald, all over Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks, delivered groceries for Bosticís Grocery, attended Thomas Jefferson and Walter Reed Schools before NNHS, and, in the process, I got to know a lot of people, of all ages, and nothing is so dear to me as the relationships that were formed during that time and the memories of the people, places, and things from that era. I am so happy that I found this website, and Carol, even though you were only in the 1st grade when I graduated from NNHS, I feel that I know you because of the common ground this site provides.  Thanks again.

Bill Campbell (í54)

   YOWZERONI!  Okay, I need a secretary.  You would not believe the list of things on my "To-Do" list.  There are sections begun and never completed - Our Physicians and Dentists, Football, and of course, the Faculty and Famous Military pages are always begging for attention.  There are entire long ago promised sections waiting to be created - The Junior Band and Flagtwirlers, The Stage Crew, Shoe Stores, Assemblies, and the hundreds of thousands of images (well, close!) from the table-top desk cameras at the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of '65,  to name just a few.

   And right away I see what happened in this case.

   Whenever a letter arises on more than one topic requiring cross-referencing, I tend to look at that sea of blue letters, and contemplate how many separate operation are involved in one transaction, and my head starts to pound, and my brain cells start to scramble (sometimes I can literally and actually feel my little pea-brain short-circuiting - such as it is right now......), and I throw up my hands and think (with Miss Scarlett), "Oh, I'll worry about that tomorrow!" - and then I forget.

   And that's what happened here.  I'm so sorry.  In many areas it seems I do not multi-task well.

   As I said, they don't call me "Biggus Wimpus" for nothing......

   I really will try to resolve this - as well as to create a linking page honoring Walter Carney - um, tomorrow. 


  From Carol Moell Marcella ('56) of VA - 02/22/06:

Dear Carol:

Regarding Walter the bread/bun man, this article was written about him in the Shipyard bulletin.  Mickey (Marcella - '54 - of VA) and I remember him well as I grew up in Seven Oaks and Mickey on 35th Street:

WALTER CARNEY - Itinerant Salesman (In Shipyard bulletin in 1947)

Walter is a familiar figure to Yard employees as well as to thousands of others who lived in NN.  He is Walter Carney, widower, born in Norfolk County, VA.  In 1912 he came to work for C. H. Fraley in the Coppersmiths Dept. and remained there until 1923 when he went into business for himself.  He had a pushcart made to his own specifications, a 1-man-power job that carried pies, cakes, buns, doughnuts, bread and candy. Every weekday at 6:15 am, Walter went to the Shipyard and down to the old bicycle shed.  At 7:15 am, he was on his way out to leave his cart at the parking lot beside the supermarket.  At 8:30 am, he breakfasted in a restaurant on Jefferson Avenue.  He  was back through the Main Gate at 11:30 am and out again at 1:15 pm.  During the afternoon, he replenished his stock of candy.  Around 5:00 pm, he left a bakery with 200 loaves of bread to be delivered personally to selected customers in East End.  Around midnight he pushed his almost-empty cart back over the 25th Street bridge and went back to the bakery shortly thereafter.  From then until 5:00 am, he had nothing to do but get ready for a repeat performance.

(This information was compiled by Bobby Armstrong, Class of '51 and Mickey Marcella, Class of '54.)  This gentlemen belongs in the Newsome House, which is our black history museum in East End.)

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much, Carol!!!  What a super sketch of a man who obviously touched so many lives!


  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 02/22/06:

The mention of the black man going through Marshall Courts brought back my own memory when we lived on Sycamore Avenue near Mary Immaculate Hospital. There was a black man that came to our neighborhood selling fresh vegetables .. or "veg a tubles" as my mother always says.. ha  He was not from the South as he would call out "Fresh Gaaden (Garden) Peas". I thought that was his name and would run in yelling to my mom "Fresh Gaaden Peas" is here. Wonder if any of you remember him.. other than my brother and sister!
Peace & Blessing,

   Ummm, I remember my name - sometimes...........

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Accents are funny things.  My grandmother was a 12th generation Virginian, but along with the English and Welsh, she also descended from several French Huguenot families, the Munfords among them.  They had a peculiar accent which was sill preserved in her speech, even though she was born in 1885.  This dialect resulted in a curious insertion of a "y" sound in the middle of a word - such as "Cyarter" and "gyarden".

   Thanks, Cheryl! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/21/06 - "Dave Clark Five":

I was just bouncing the Net, random Googling, when for some reason, The Dave Clark Five popped into my head. I recall all of their songs and how they were very popular in the early British Invasion. Of course, The Beatles overshadowed everybody, but the DC5 really held their own for quite some time. They even made a film, "Having A Wild Weekend" (1965), which I vaguely recall seeing. This is a real stretch, but I seem to remember it ending near Mont St. Michel on the French coast.

Anyway, there is a nifty web site featuring many of their songs in a juke box. So, if there are still any DC5 fans out there, have a look at:



   David, you never cease to amaze me!  I personally find The Dave Clark Five quite delightful, and always have.  This is incredibly cool! 

   Y'all are going to have such fun with this!

   Thanks so much, O Brown-Eyed Wizard of Wonderment! 


  From Richard Marshall ('66) of VA - 02/22/06:

Carol, after reading the letter about remembering 1962, brought back some memories.

In 1962 my dad was stationed in England at one base and we lived at another and I went to school at still another which is not as complicated as it sounds. During the Cuban crisis, every morning  we were loaded on the school bus with a blanket, box of food & a water bottle for each person. When we returned home that afternoon, we and our supplies were unloaded, so each of us was counted. The next day, same thing, just to do it over again. We were told that if something happened, we would be sent to New York and united with our moms, while our dads would do their duties.
The other big memory of 1962 was seeing a performance by The Duke of Earl, and his opening act was a group called The Quarrymen. They changed their name later and had some success: The Beatles!!!

   NO WAY!!!!!  I just fainted at the very thought!  That is totally beyond cool, Richard!  WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!

In September of that year I started my sophomore year at NNHS. Talk about intimidating, I had study halls with more people than the school previously in England.

And I owe a big thank you to a senior cheerleader who took the time to give an confused underclassman directions. She was an angel who talked to me about the school and where my classes were located. To this day, she holds a special place with me and she never knew what an impact she made on me. Later, whenever she passed me in the hall, she would smile and ask if everything was okay. I guess after forty years I can confess that my first crush at NNHS was   Angie Ray (Smith - '64 - of VA).

Keep up the great work on the site
        Richard Marshall,'66

   What a dear story!  Thanks so much for sharing that with us, Richard! 


  From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 02/22/06:

Reading about "1962" brought back a memory of our fall out shelter my mother created in the (believe it or not) living room closet under the stairs (remember the Stuart Gardens homes, 17th St?) Anyway, she had water, canned food, candles, matches, etc. etc. and a hammer. We wondered why the hammer? She said it was to knock my dad in the head to get him in there since he was claustrophobic!!! Poor Daddy! Lucky for us we never had to use it. It made for a lot of good ice-breaker stories in later years.

As always, thanks for the memories!
Alice Fowler Edwards

   What a hoot!  Thanks, Alice!

   For a look at other events of 1962 that will stir even more recollections, have a look here:

   And if perchance you're as wildly obsessive as I am about exact dates (and hopefully for your sakes, but more importantly for the sanity of those around you, this is not the case!), check here as well:

   Thanks again, Lady! 


   From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 02/22/06 - "WGH Top 131 of 1971":

  Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) is certainly good, but this time he missed a bit.  Here's a file that includes the second page of the WGH top 131 of 1971.
All the best to you and to Dave,



Steve Silsby  FHS class of '72 (sort of)

   Oh, my goodness!  I believe we may just have two magicians among us!  Thank you so much, Steve! 

    In all fairness to David, he obviously captured that list just before midnight, moments before the auction's end, and was no doubt exhausted at the time, busy man that he is.

   Of course, I still have not yet redesigned the WGH page.........


    From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/22/06:

Hey Carol ... love the link to the number one songs!

I looked up the approximate date I was conceived .... March 12, 1954 ... and the number one song was "Make Love To Me!" by Jo Stafford. NOW I know how it happened!

   You're a hoot, Babe!

  Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) mentioned Dave Desler .... I worked with him at Navidyne in NN back in 79-80 after his days at 'GH .... his wife Lanette was a teacher at Thorpe in the 60s.

   And the world grows smaller.....

Lemme know when you're all caught up ... lots of cool scans to send ya!

   Tom, I'm beginning to think that "catching up" is all part of some cruel futuristic fantasy of mine.....

Still da Babe at 51

   It's good to hear from you, Tommee.  I was beginning to think we had lost the entire contingent of Krabbers!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/22/06 - "Wonderful Song ...":

Carol, my picture is not coming through...I have no idea why? Is it coming through to others? I hate being an "x"...the unknown quantity!!!

   Oh, no!  This is not my favorite kind of mystery.....  I have no idea, but just in case, I placed your image in this Newsletter a different way.  I hope it's working for you now.  But trust me, Jean, we all know that you're no mere "X"!!!

The song that was famous when I was born on June 25, l946 was "The Gypsy" sung by the Ink Spots!  I will have to think about that...I actually may have that song on a CD if I can find the CD.

   Isn't that just such fun?!?

So great to see that 
  Tommy Mouser ('60 - of VA) has been located.  He went out with a friend of mind, Susan Sands.  I would love to know what became of Susan!  She had a brother named Peter, I believe.  They lived in Stuart Gardens...

Also  I am wondering if
 Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC had a sister named Gail who went to Madison College?  There was a girl named Gail Silsby in my dorm my freshman year. 
Went to NY this past weekend and saw "Hairspray" which is a great, funny musical set in l962.  I loved it.  Had a fun time with our daughter. 

Love, Jean

   Excellent!  Thanks, Lady! 


  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. 



   I think this one may actually be my favorite, though it's inclusion baffled me at first - until I read it all.....

   Thanks, David! 

Redneck Engagement Announcement    

      There's still more to come from    Joe Madagan ('57) of FL,   Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA,     Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA,    Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA,    Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC,    Fred Field ('45) of CA, and Fred Eubank ('64) of TX   Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA, and a Big Surprise from  Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC for the hopelessly neglected TYPHOONMART, just to name a few.  Stay tuned!  

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Yankee Doodle

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.

Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-giving orders to his men
I guess there was a million.


And then the feathers on his hat
They looked so' tarnal fin-a
I wanted pockily to get
To give to my Jemima.


And then we saw a swamping gun
Large as a log of maple
Upon a deuced little cart
A load for father's cattle.


And every time they shoot it off
It takes a horn of powder
It makes a noise like father's gun
Only a nation louder.


I went as nigh to one myself
As' Siah's underpinning
And father went as nigh agin
I thought the deuce was in him.
We saw a little barrel, too
The heads were made of leather
They knocked upon it with little clubs
And called the folks together.


And there they'd fife away like fun
And play on cornstalk fiddles
And some had ribbons red as blood
All bound around their middles.
The troopers, too, would gallop up
And fire right in our faces
It scared me almost to death
To see them run such races.


Uncle Sam came there to change
Some pancakes and some onions
For' lasses cake to carry home
To give his wife and young ones.


But I can't tell half I see
They kept up such a smother
So I took my hat off, made a bow
And scampered home to mother.


Cousin Simon grew so bold
I thought he would have cocked it
It scared me so I streaked it off
And hung by father's pocket.


And there I saw a pumpkin shell
As big as mother's basin
And every time they touched it off
They scampered like the nation.

Other Verses:

And there was Captain Washington,
With gentlefolks about him,
They say he's gown so 'tarnal proud
He will not ride without them.


There came Gen'ral Washington
Upon a snow-white charger
He looked as big as all outdoors
And thought that he was larger.


"Yankee Doodle/Yankee Doodle Dandy Medley" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks, Dave! 

"Yankee Doodle" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Charles Willson Peale 1772 Portrait of Washington courtesy of - 02/22/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/21/09

Gilbert Stuart Portrait of Washington courtesy of - 02/22/05 (re-saved 02/21/09)

Flag Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/09/05 (re-saved 02/21/09)

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!

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