02/28/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Yakety Yak

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As so many of y'all have, I have been battling that dreaded flu all week, slowing my already crawling personal correspondence
considerably.  Complicating matters, I tried a different over-the-counter remedy.  Bad plan.  The first day it made me drunker
than two skunks, which was pretty amusing.  The second day, however, it made me fiercely paranoid.  If you didn't hear from me
this week and you should have, I'm sorry.  If you DID hear from me this week, I'm probably sorrier.  If you haven't already received
a retraction or apology for anything I may have said while in that medicated state, I'd like to issue this blanket apology and
pretend the whole thing never happened........  YIKES!!!

   A very Happy Birthday today to Wayne Agee ('58) of FL!



1. Kay Knight Midkiff ('59) of VA via Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 02/25/05:

Every time I see someone they want to be added to list so here we go again ....  many thanks.

   No, thank YOU, Gary!  And you just keep on running into people; we love adding them to our roles!

   Welcome, Kay!  We're delighted to have you!  I've added your name here:


   I KNOW I already have some of your images posted:






   COOL!  If you keep finding new people for us, Gary, we'll have to give you a prize!  I still need to give one to Kathy Pilgrim
Clark ('63)
for similar favors.

2. Jim Morrow ('65) of NE - 02/27/05:

In case someone lost me off their mailing list, I am still alive and kicking in Nebraska.

   WOWZERS!  It's good to hear from you, Jim!

   In one of my few actual memories, Jim, I remember your winning the prize at our tenth Reunion in 1975 for traveling the
farthest distance to attend.  I believe (okay - I didn't say I remembered EVERYTHING!) you were living in Hawaii at the time. 
I'll forward your real address on to the rest of the committee.  Welcome, Jim!


3. Ed Nichols ('62) of - um, Northern VA? - 02/27/05:

Hi Carol,

I want to add my name to the hundreds of NNHS grads who really appreciate this great
website and all you do to keep it going.  Bobby Hilling
and Nancy Horton Wilkes, both
Class of '62 as I am, put me on to the site recently and I am overjoyed at its content.
I am a "
Northender" and walked 17 blocks to school everyday.

I was pleased to see some info on Mr. Wayne Taylor, our stage crew sponsor in the early
60's.  One night when goofing off in the auditorium I broke out a light panel in the
overhead lights just before a "pep rally" the next day.  I had to get the glass removed
early the next morning.  I waited all day to be suspended or expelled.  Late in the day
Mr. Taylor said he had taken care of everything.  The next week the glass panel was
replaced and I never heard anything about it.  Alvah "Jimmy" Campbell and George "Biddy" Whitehurst were my accomplices in this escapade.  Mr. Taylor remains my hero to this day!

Please add me to your mailing list and keep up the good work.  I should have more input
as we go.

Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of '62

   Welcome, Eddie!  Are you still living in Reston, or did I imagine that?  And thanks, Bobby and Nancy, for sending Ed
our way!


   I loved your story!  What a happy memory of such an act of kindness!  As Al Farber ('64 - of GA) said just the other day, we
never know how our lives will impact one another's for years to come!  I added your remembrance to Mr. Taylor's page:




   I was chuckling at your phrase of "the hundreds of NNHS grads", but that's literally true, isn't it?  That's a sobering but
simultaneously very happy thought, isn't it?!?

   WOW!  So, Kay, Jim, and Ed - I've added your names here: 





   Let me know if you'd like to have your email addys published to eliminate the middle man (aka ME).

   And for all of y'all - new or old - who may not find yourselves listed here, please send us your birthdays so we can tell you
"Happy-Happy" when the time comes.


   We're looking forward to hearing from all of y'all again soon.

   And speaking of contests, in the "Spot Carol's Big Bozo Bloopers" Contest, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA just skyrocketed
to the lead by finding such a grievous error, it knocked Kathy Pilgrim's ('63 of VA) spotting of my "moving" Craig Miller
('63) of FL
to TX into third place.  As it was even more embarrassing than the first, it too shall go unidentified.  However, as
my "coo-coo brain" is still a long way from normal, there's still plenty of time for more sightings.  Keep an alert eye and you,
too, could be one of our happy winners.

   To no one in particular and everyone in general:

   Back in late 2001 and again in May of 2003, when we stayed briefly at the homes of AOL subscribers, I noticed a particularly
chilling situation.  As AOL is basically by definition a computer virus in that it takes over your computer and puts itself in charge,
rather than you, every email account of every user of that computer was basically open to every other user of that computer,
password protected or not.  As it forced me to go through AOL to open my Yahoo accounts, from time to time EVERYONE'S
email would suddenly appear on the screen.  I could have read all of theirs, and they could have read all of mine.  HO-HO-HO.

   I would have had far greater privacy had I gone to the local library and used their computer, whether on a Yahoo account, or a
hotmail account, or even an AOL account.

   There MAY be a way for a computer wizard to circumvent this glitch, but unless I considered myself VERY
computer savvy, if AOL were on my home computer, and privacy was important to me, I would opt for the library....

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/25/05:

Hi from Yankeeland!

We had another nine inches of SNOW last night.  Fortunately my husband returned from his business trip to Japan
before the snow came.  We heard the snowplow go down the road about three times last night!  Oh well, you know my
cure for the winter blues is to get outta town...so we are off to California (I hope the rain has stopped)...we will not
be staying in any hillside houses!  I have two pretty good CRT bus stories for you:
My father drove the CRT bus when he got out of the service.  I was a baby and my parents lived with my maternal
grandparents for a few months before buying a house on Maple Avenue.  Dad said there was a lady who would get
on the bus every Monday morning with a $20 bill and ask for change...he never had $l9.90 worth of change because
it was his first run of the day, so being the big hearted person he was, he let her ride for free.  This went on
for several weeks...Finally, one day Dad went to the bank and got $19.90 in change...and put all those dimes in a paper
sack...when she got on that morning, Dad was ready for her and gave her the change...needless to say, she did not get
on with a $20 dollar bill anymore!
He was also driving the bus one day when two ladies got on and began discussing that young whipper snapper who
married Elsie Watkins...probably for her money...(which she did not have, by the way) and nobody knew anything
about him, who ever heard of marrying someone from Texas, etc.  Dad listened for awhile and then stopped the bus,
took off his hat, and walked back to where they were sitting and said "Ladies, I would like to introduce myself. 
You have been talking about me for the last half hour!  My name is George Poole"...Dad said they just about broke
the door down getting off that bus and whenever he would come by on future runs they would step back and wait
for the next bus...He could tell that story so well he had us laughing ourselves to tears...I still chuckle when I think
of him telling that story!

   Nine inches of SNOW?!?  Such FUN - or something....

   What wonderful stories!  Thanks so much, Jean!  I posted your memories:




   While I was there I finally added six more images: the one Bruce Korusek (John Marshall HS - '66 - of VA) sent on 02/24,
plus the one he sent on 02/02, and four old yearbook images which Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) and I scanned from his
old yearbook collection when he visited me on 12/09.  There was some perfectly logical reason why I had delayed posting all
these, but I can no longer seem to recall what it was.  Perhaps it will come to me......

Also from Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/25/05:

When I was about ten years old my friends and I would go to the Warwick Theater every Saturday to a program
called "The Riders Club"...there were two full length movies, usually westerns, plus lots of cartoons.  It only cost a
quarter, bus fare was ten cents each way, and if you were lucky enough to have fifty cents you could get a snack. 
If you were lucky enough to have a dollar bill you could feed all your friends!  A nickel would buy you a big candy
bar or a soft drink.  I think popcorn was ten cents.  Ice cream bars were a nickel...and so on!  We thought our parents
were great for "letting us go"...It never occurred to me that they wanted TO GET RID OF US FOR A FEW HOURS! 

   GIGGLES!  Thanks, Jean!  I added this to the Warwick page:



When I was a teenager my friend Patty and I wanted to see "Cape Fear" with Polly Bergen, which we heard was a
very SCARY movie.  It had already played at the better theaters and was at the Langley in Hampton.  We had heard
that the Langley had mice but we decided to be brave and go there anyway...I was sitting there wearing a pair
of Trotters (little flats that barely covered your feet) and a MOUSE ran across my feet!  I grabbed Patty and told
her...I do not think she believed me...but I sat on my feet for the rest of the movie because we did not want to leave! 
I was too startled to holler!  We never went back to the Langley!

   EWWWW!  Thanks again, Jean!  I started to post this, and couldn't locate the Langley page.  That's because I had never
a Langley page before!  So here it is now:



   While I was in the theater section, I added a "Back to Old Peninsula Movie Theaters" bar to each individual page
for your convenience.

   Thanks so much for your stories.  Some of my favorite memories are connected with the theaters, but with few exceptions,
they are all jumbled.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/26/05:


Assuming that everyone else has eaten their allotted bar of Band Candy, then this is the last existing bar. 
I can't hold out forever, so I thought I had better capture an image of it before all that remains is a torn
wrapper.  I am sure you can find an appropriate place for it among the NNHS 64/40 images.

World's Finest Chocolate            

   Oh, certainly!  Thanks, Dave!  It was such a fun part of the evening when you wheeled out all those candy bars that the band
sold every year, and Mr. Wilson wanted the band members to get up and sell them to finance the band's "next trip to Winchester"!
What a hoot - but a teary-eyed hoot!


From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 02/26/05:

Aha!  I have often wondered how responses can appear in the same issue as the question.  Now, I know!!
    By the way, Wayne Honey, these three gentlemen did indeed have a "No-Fair-Sneak-Preview",
but only to glean their expertise.
By the way, for any of the WGH gurus out there:  Does anyone know if the old tapes (I know they were not
called "tapes" then) of the "Junior Club" that was broadcast from the Paramount Theater in the 1930s may be? 
Sure would appreciate locating them.
Carol, you are indeed a cherished wonder.  Keep up the good work.

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Of course, Renee!  It availeth me naught to have a Grand Panel of Experts if I do not utilize them!

   See?  This would be another fine opportunity to consult my panel of WGH experts, and have an answer all ready for you,
except, uh, I can't seem to remember exactly who they are......

   Let's just open this one up to "the class".  "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Renee!  I appreciate your kind words.

Also from Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 02/26/05:

Hey, Carol
Aretie Gallins (Danley) Patterson can tell you first-hand just how wonderful class reunions can turn out. 
She and husband, John, re-connected at one of the Class of 59 reunions.

   OH, WOWZERONI!!!  How truly wonderful!  Thanks, Renee!  I just love stories such as these!  Wait a minute.  I must have
heard this one before.  Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) must have told me, hmm?   'Cause I knew her last name
was Patterson now, and how else could I have known that, unless I were psychic?  And I'm not psychic.  Psycho, maybe....

   I posted your note, Renee.  While I was there, I rewrote mine and posted it as well:




   I forgot to mention, Aretie (it is nigh on to impossible for me to be calling my former teachers by their first names!  I don't
care if I am 57-1/2 years old, I keep waiting for some giant hand to emerge from my computer monitor and slap me
across the face for insolence, or assign me to detention or something; it just seems so disrespectful!), that all teachers
may select their own music for their page.  Pick a song, any song, and let me know.  Our Music Guru, Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA,
can find practically anything because he's a Super Genius AND he has magical abilities.

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 02/26/05:

Hi Carol -- It was fun to see pix of Coach Joe Agee that were sent by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL.  I think he
started at William & Mary as a coach the same year I did -- 1959. Or maybe a year later. He was the coach
for a PE class of mine one semester.
His nickname was "Screamer". We quickly found out why! Joe Madagan is probably well aware of the reason
for this also.
I just have to tell this on the coach. Agee is the owner of one very dubious, unofficial "world record". 
In the late 60's a touring professional women's basketball team made a stop in Williamsburg at W&M.
Essentially, they were the women's equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters, and put on a great show.
They were called the "All-American Redheads", and played a faculty team, headed up by Agee.
Coach Agee managed to be called for 12 fouls during the game, which was publicly announced as a world
If Coach is still living and Madagan is in touch with Agee, maybe he could get him to verify this. Then again,
maybe he'd be too embarrassed!  ;-)

   GIGGLES!  Thanks, Ron!  Coach is indeed alive and well, and I have the distinct feeling that Joe is indeed in touch with him.

   I finally posted his images and abbreviated bio on "Famous Marines":



   Thanks again, Ronnie - and Joe!

From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 02/26/05:

Man, what a newsletter. That must take you all day. Carol, honey, when do you have time to do anything else?
I must applaud your dedication and all the effort you put towards this website. (hear the applause?)

   Thanks, Sweetie!  As a matter of fact, that particular Newsletter did take me all day!  When do I have time to do
anything else?!?   I don't!!!   WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Seriously, thanks, David; I do appreciate your kind words.

Also from Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 02/27/05:

Carol -- you may have had this site listed in the newsletter before, but I don't recall seeing it:  http://www.thestatenislandboys.com/U_thrill_me/index.htm.
It brought back a lot of memories.  Ron

   Thanks, Ronnie!  Yes, we've run this a couple of times before - but it's such FUN!!!  There ought to be a good place
to stash and keep such things as this, but I've never figured out where that might be.  I'm open to suggestions.

From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 02/27/05:


I have just had the opportunity to read many of the messages that you have received from numerous people.  How awesome
is that?  I am sorry that it has taken me so long to read them.  This was fun and interesting.  I have been busy with my new
granddaughter Arielle that I am so blessed to see on a daily basis. 

I hope that this finds you well.  Thanks for putting a smile on my face and others too.


P.S.  I have wondered over the years what happened to Paul Dobie ('66 - of CO).  I am going to try to do a better job
of reading.

   Hi, Pauline!  It's good to hear from you again!  We're glad you're having fun "playing doll babies"; it doesn't get much
better than that!

   And yes, I'm having fun, too!  I still think I'm in a dream world somewhere, but I'd rather not awaken!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Yakety Yak

Words and Music By: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

(The Coasters)

Take out the papers and the trash
Or you don't get no spendin' cash
If you don't scrub that kitchen floor
You ain't gonna rock and roll no more

Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Just finish cleanin' up your room
Let's see that dust fly with that broom
Get all that garbage out of sight
Or you don't go out Friday night

Yakety yak (don't talk back)

You just put on your coat and hat
And walk yourself to the Laundromat
And when you finish doin' that
Bring in the dog and put out the cat
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

<chiefly sax instrumental>

Don't you give me no dirty looks
Your father's hip; he knows what cooks
Just tell your hoodlum friend outside
You ain't got time to take a ride

Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak

Yakety yak, yakety yak

"Yakety Yak" midi courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com/1957_thru_1958.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Yakety Yak" lyrics courtesy of lyrics courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com/1958/yakety_yak.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05 
Thanks again, Dave!

Dishes in Sink Image courtesy of http://www.photoclipartisland.com/around/cleaning/cleaning3.htm - 02/24/05

Paper Towels Image courtesy of http://www.photoclipartisland.com/around/cleaning/cleaning4.htm - 02/24/05

Broom Image courtesy of http://www.photoclipartisland.com/around/cleaning/cleaning1.htm - 02/24/05

Brush and Dust Pan Image courtesy of  http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/Ci.html#anchor11211412 02/24/05

Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars6.html - 02/24/05

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