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03/02/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Unchained Melody

"What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are
joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent
unspeakable memories."

- George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
(22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is quite possibly my favorite song ever, which is really saying something, as I must easily have 500 "favorite" songs.

     David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), when you give me batches of songs for the Newsletters, I rarely listen to them until their moment has arrived so that they will remain fresh to me.  This is such a beautiful arrangement of this beloved classic!  You are a Super Genius!  Thank you so much! 

   I had two wonderful surprises yesterday - a card from    Polly Norris Davis ('65) of VA, and a phone call from    Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA!  Thank you, Ladies!



   Belated Happy Birthday wishes to    Alan Cohen ('57) and    Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA, each of whom celebrated birthdays yesterday.



1.   Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA - Wednesday, 03/01/06 1:29 PM:
Marital Status married
City/Country: Hampton, VA
Favorite Teachers Mr. Powers, Mrs. Conn, Miss Helmer
Hobbies fishing-fishing-fishing; walking my dog, Shiloh
Comments Thanks to you,    Carol ('65 - of NC), and   Jim Walker ('62 - of VA), I am now in touch with a special old friend,    Fred Mays ('60 - of VA). Have not seen him in over 45 years. Hope to see or hear from more names from class of 60


2.   Richard Marshall ('66) of VA - Wednesday, 03/01/06 2:14 PM:

Marital Status Married
City/Country: Hampton
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Bauserman
Hobbies Flyfishing, woodworking, kayaking

   Thank you, Gentlemen! 


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/28/06 - "  Cookie's (Phillips Tyndall - 64 -
of VA) photos..."

So neat to see all you gals in Cookie's photos.  I had planned to be in Virginia at that time and attend but I got a call to come in January so I left on the 24th and returned home on Feb. 7.  You all look great! 

   AWWW - what a shame you had to miss that!

I am planning on attending the turning 60 it cannot be true...Hoping to see all of you then!

All these years I thought Buddy Holly was singing "True Love Waits"...and so now I find out...and all of us WHO WAITED...just because of that song!

   I thought that was what the man was saying, too, Jean!

Lordy mercy...the TRAIN AGAIN!!!  I rode home to RI on the train...I do not know how fast it was going or how many trains we passed going the other way.  I only know it got me here...I like flying better!

   Yes, Jean!  It's true - it's back!  Have your ticket ready....

   I like flying too, it's fast and easy (unless you count the airport...).

   Ahhhh, but the train, why, it's so romantic!    I absolutely adore the train!

   Thanks, Lady!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/28/06 - "Burma Shave signs..."

We went to Texas every three years or so to visit my paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  It was a LONG TRIP on those two lane roads and we drove from early morning until dark.  We often stayed at "Tourist Courts"...little cottages that looked like little doll houses.  We did not have movies in the car!...we had to play games like "count the cars from Virginia"...count the cars from NC, etc.  We sang songs...we spotted signs with certain letter of the alphabet...whoever got to "z" first was the winner!  We stopped and ate at Mom and Pop diners or sometimes in warm weather we would go to a grocery store and get supplies and have a roadside picnic.  We would play "see how many different animals you see" along the way...It was very fun and interesting.  Burma Shave signs were here and there along the way adding to our entertainment.  We did not misbehave in the car because my Daddy would have stopped the car and given us a strapping...right there beside the would have been too humiliating to even contemplate misbehaving!  It seems like another planet, doesn't it?

   Well, perhaps for most, I suppose.  In many ways I've been drawn kicking and screaming into the world of high-tech.  When we traveled, I was always saddened that my children almost always packed portable music and headsets, because it was more difficult to laugh and play with them that way.  We always had a super time playing that alphabet game contest.  But I've yet to take a motor trip when I didn't keep a log of which out-of-state license plates I spotted.  I keep a travel journal of our trips, so it stays in there with it nicely.  This particular "game" I play drives everyone else in the car bonkers, but then, that's my job, right?

   I record in this log the time we leave, stops made, prices of gasoline, money spent (and on what), and most importantly, the odometer reading.  This last one is really tricky, because as I don't drive (I know, I know,  but don't you feel better knowing that?!?), I must ask/annoy the driver(s) repeatedly to have the reading read to me at each stop (while I'm busily recording the times of such stops).  These logs have enabled me over the years to accurately predict the lengths and costs of future trips.  That's always nice, but of course, I take it one step farther (you knew that I would!).

     As I'm scrapbooking albums of our trips, I'm then able to record not only the exact date and time of each image, but the odometer reading at that moment as well!  WILD GIGGLES!!!


   See that teeny-tiny little figure up at the top right-hand corner of the page?  That's the odometer reading!  Recording it in this fashion serves a double purpose.  It not only satisfies my obsessive need for ridiculous, meticulous detail, but it drives most people, say, my sister    (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) NUTSY!!!  And that's always been great fun! 

   Thanks again, Jean!

  Saturday, May 30, 1992
Metropolis, IL
  AWWWW - Look how cute my little babies are!!   

  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 02/28/06 - "Burma Shave":


I just had to share my all time favorite Burma Shave sign:

Goodness, Gracious
Sakes Alive.
Ma Missed Signs
Four and Five!
Burma Shave

Shirley (Eanes) Matthews (66)

GIGGLES!!!  That's a good one, Shirley - thanks! 


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/28/06 - "Today's 'Wisdom' & 'if the shoe fits...'":

"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice."
- Bill Cosby
Take Care!

   Why, Wayne Honey, I do believe you have touched upon the exact reason why I'm always seeking help.....

   Hmmm - I generally pick a quotation to fit the song for the Newsletter themes.  I wonder if I could reverse the procedure, and locate a song to fit this quotation, and use it as the theme for an upcoming Newsletter?!?
   That sounds like a job for our (musical and everything else) Wizard of Wonderment,
   Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.

   Oh, Da-vid.....

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! 

   This reminds me of something I heard long ago and far away.  Back in the 70's and early 80's, KMOX radio station in St. Louis used to have a fella named Jack Carney, who had a morning show.  He was fond of saying, "You can't fix stupid."

   The ignorant can be taught, but those of us who are truly obtuse, well, there just may be no help for us.  But I will try.  And as you all know, I am very trying......... 


  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 03/01/06 - "The Way-Back

Hi Carol and greetings to all from St. Thomas!
While reading the newsletter this morning I felt myself board the way-back machine for a wild ride of glorious memories! It was a blast and I'm still full of giggles.
It's so amazing to me how each time I read your newsletter I feel so close to the wonderful memories of NNHS. I don't know if it's true for others out there..... but for me each picture I see and each name mentioned whirls me back in time and I think about people and events not thought of in way too many years!
  Dale's (Lucado - '68 - of VA) "Burma Shave" email brought back hilarious memories of road trips with my parents and trying to read all those signs. I cannot tell you how many times my parents told me about the elbow sign and how I would lose mine if I kept sticking my arms out!
Talking about being as old as dirt..... I remember three things that my grandmother told me and I wonder if anyone out there besides me now knows what she meant.
You know you are old when:
---- you can no longer turn around quickly or do anything quickly.
---- you care more about how your feet feel than the way the shoes look on your feet. 
---- you can remember the names of people you knew, what you did and what things looked like when you were 9 to 19 more than events of the past 5 years!!
I am old and I'm loving it! It's still hard to imagine that my mom turns 90 in April and I start receiving my social security checks.....and I still have braces on my teeth! What a stitch!!
The purging and packing is going well for our move from St. Thomas, It's been an adventure living on a tropical island, but I'm looking forward to coming back home.
My very best to all..... and is anyone ready for another reunion for all the NNHS classes? As soon as my feet hit VA soil in August I'll be more that willing to begin making the plans. Is there any interest?
Typhoon Forever - Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - '62

I'm sure there's plenty of interest there, Brownie!  I recommend as soon as you get half-way settled on "the sacred soil of Virginia" you contact     George Balanis ('60) of VA to start planning that super reunion.  BUT - the good news is - you won't have to wait that long!  The Class of 1966 is having their 40-Year Reunion on the weekend of September 30, and they have graciously invited ALL NNHS CLASSES!  That's right - it's another OPEN REUNION - and I can hardly wait to see you again!  Mark your calendars now!

   I already know of at least six other people from other classes planning to attend.  You can be #7! 

   Thanks, Brownie!  it's so good to hear from you again! 


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/01/06:

Hi, Carol:
By adding TYPHOON baseball great,    Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA to your list of Newsletter subscribers you will also be thrilled to know you will likely be adding his lovely wife Sally Scoggins Shires ('59) among the subscribers.

Famous Marine    Leonard "Doc" Hudson is back on my radar screen after many years.

The Burma Shave signs really brought back great memories. They kept a young TYPHOON alert while riding "shot gun" on US 11 in the Shenandoah Valley delivering Keith Sausage to grocery stores so long ago.

What a wonderful Newsletter, and while I do not qualify as a "Lurker" yet...I just had to write and say Thanks to you and all your subscribers, including those "Krabbas."

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Joe, my sweet Adonis, if the day ever comes when you qualify as a "lurker", I shall be forced to resign my position.


  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/01/06 - "Cushion":

I seem to remember either    Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) or    Charlie Braslow ('65 - of the Virgin Islands) had a cushion at the reunion.

   Why, I do believe you're right!  Hmmmm.....

   Thanks, Dave!  


  From Polly Norris Davis ('65) of VA - 03/01/06 - "  Lonnie Berry" (via snail mail):


Hi, Carol,

You are amazing!  The web site is fabulous - you are a genius!

...I shared the "In Memoriam" with Lonnie Berry's ('65) sister.  Could you please change the date of death to 12/13/96; add his birthday as 12/07/46; also add:

4 years
Vietnam 1966-1970
USS Intrepid

Thanks so much - hope all is well!

.Love, Polly and Malcolm

   What a nice surprise!  I'm so delighted to hear from you, Polly!  And I did take care of those items:

   Thanks, Lady! 


  From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 03/01/06:

Hi  Carol:
You did get the entire article....I usually close with Good luck and happy hunting!  But in my excitement regarding the subject of this one, I simply forgot to include it.  After seeing it published it does look like I left it flat!  Sorry. I'll try to do better.

   EEEEEK!!!  Oh, I'm so sorry for the miscommunication, Jennie!  In no way did I mean to imply your article ended abruptly; it's just that the document on which it arrived had enough remaining empty space to have accommodated two more pages!  I'm not sure why that was, but I didn't want you to think I read but so far down, and then said, "Well, that's enough of this!"

   Your subject matter fascinates me, and you write very well! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! 


  From Neta Collins Hastings ('60) of VA - 03/01/06:

I came across a notice in our Richmond  newspaper that I thought would be of interest to many of you Typhoons.  The notice is about an exhibit of black and white photographs of "Landmarks of New York" by a former NN Teacher known then as Barbara Lee Diamonstein.  We,    Cousin Gene (Collins Glave - of SC),    Steve Hochman (of VA),    Ronnie Burroughs (of VA),    Johnny Canepa and others, were in her Homeroom Class.  If any of you have wondered "Where is Mrs. Diamonstein today" check out her very interesting Website of Barbaralee Diamonstein Spielvogel.  This lady has come a long way since teaching at NNHS.  Think she will "receive" Cousin Gene and me at her Park Avenue abode on our next trip to NY?

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  Thanks so much, Neta! 

   While I was looking around for her website (which I never could seem to locate...), I found a couple of items I thought you'd enjoy: - This is a hoot!  I had this same problem about twenty years ago when I encountered the name "Monimia Fairfax" while doing genealogical research on the Randolphs of Virginia.  Doesn't that just sound like a song?!?

   "Monimia Fairfax, Monimia Fairfax, La-Ti-Dah-De-Dah!!!"

   But I digress.... - This has images (which I promptly pilfered...) - This has another image, plus fascinating background material.

   And by the time I found all that. of course there was nothing else to do but create her own overdue page:

    Hey, "Nothing Ventured; Nothing Gained!"   GIGGLES!!!

When you create the Contact Page for Class of 1960, feel free to add my email address:

   Thanks, Neta!  I added it to the Alumni Page until then:


  From Me ('65) of VA - 03/01/06 - UPDATES:

1. - brand new opening page for a new section

   What this means, Gentlemen, is that I've begun to begin - which is not to be confused with "Begin the Beguine" - although I am a huge fan of Cole Porter....

2. - reinstated, redesigned page

      Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA discovered that this page had "gone missing", and after I located and restored it, I found that it was suffering from a case of the terminal uglies.  I don't know how, why, or when it disappeared, but I suspect its very ugliness was part of the problem.

   Notice how the attached song and the new clip art now bear an amazing resemblance to the new NNHS BASEBALL page! 

3.  I just spotted this on Daily  I read it yesterday, but as usual only saw what I wanted to see:

Helen Nickey
NEWPORT NEWS - Helen Virginia Nickey, 93, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Mary Immaculate Hospital. A native of Belle Haven, Va., she was a Peninsula resident for more than 50 years. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert M. Nickey; son, John Nickey; and son-in-law, Bubba Bowden, she is survived by three daughters, Connie Bowden of Newport News, JoAnn Davis and her husband, Coby, of Hawaii and Peggy Morgenstein and her husband, Garshon, of Newport News; her brother, Richard Chase of Baltimore, Md.; her sister, Connie Fletcher of Baltimore, Md.; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and her beloved Sam. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Weymouth Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted by Dr. R. Furman Kenney at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press from 3/1/2006 - 3/2/2006.
Guest Book

        Johnny Nickey ('59) was a member of the NNHS Typhoon Band;    Connie Nickey Bowden ('59) of VA was President of the D. O. Club;   Peggy Nickey Morgenstein of VA was Queen of the Class of 1962; and I haven't yet determined to what class JoAnn Nickey Davis of HI belongs.  It's possible that she graduated from Milton High School......

   I'll stop what I had planned, and begin work on Mrs. Nickey's Memorial Newsletter right away.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family at this time.


  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!  Oh, my goodness, David!  This time I'm speechless!


God knows I love the South    

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Unchained Melody

(The Righteous Brothers, 1965)

Oh, my love, my darling,
I've hungered for your touch a long, lonely time,
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much.
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me.

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, 'Wait for me, wait for me'
'I'll be coming home, wait for me!'

Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me

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

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

"Longing", Painting by Noelle Holden, courtesy of - 03/01/06

Cupids Divider Line courtesy of - 03/13/05

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

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

Amtrak Train clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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