03/20/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Come Softly to Me


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This seems to be an extra Newsletter to keep me from being overwhelmed by news........

    Happy Birthday today to Sid Melton ('64) of NY and Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA!



1. Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA via Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/18/05:

Terri McAfee Artman (married to another 1966 classmate, Mike Artman) will celebrate her birthday on March 20. 
For two months, she will be older than me - ha! ha!
... I am always sending her excerpts from your Newsletter as she has trouble opening it on her older pc.
Terri was born in Ireland.  She recently purchased a ginger haired poodle, named Chewie, because he looked like
Chewbacca in Star Wars, who celebrated his 1st birthday on St. Patrick's Day.  How coincidental! 

   WOWZERS!!!  I never knew that Terri was born in Ireland!  And her little puppy dog sounds adorable!  (Happy Belated
Birthday, Chewie!  GIGGLES!)

2. Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of FL - 03/19/05:

Dear Carol:
I would like to be added to the email list.  I can't find where to give any additional info you may need. 
Anyway, here it is:  Sheila (Smith) Moler, class of '64.  Oh, and I live in Middleburg, Florida, too. 
Have you heard anything from Alice (Pipkin) Rama ('64)?  I was thinking of writing
to Donna Pipkin (Bruckner - '64 - of SC) to ask where she is now.........

   Welcome, Terri and Sheila!  I've added your names to our hidden mailing list and to our Alumni Roll, and to the contact
pages for your classes.  Please let me know if you'd like to have your email addies published there:





From Todd Givens ('65) of Northern VA - 03/18/05:


Just located your web site after retiring on December 31. Lost all my old links/bookmarks. It is terrible growing
old; you can't remember squat! Some time when it is convenient would you please change my email listing..... 
Also, you can mark me back from Iraq. Thanks for all your hard work Carol.

Take care!


   AHA!  THERE you are, Todd!  I'm glad you found us again!

   Can't remember squat, hmmm?  That's probably the trade-off you have for still being able to pass for 35!  Although, come
to think of it, my memory is completely shot (I mean, I still can't even remember Fire Station #1?!?  C'mon!), and I'd be lucky
to pass for 55, soooo......

   Okay, seeing as how you were definitely home from Iraq by the October Reunion, I suppose I should finally update that
page (especially as I had not done so since 07/30/04.....):


From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 03/18/05:

Carol...if you liked the aircraft carrier....I think you'll like these too.......

Incredible Shots of the Blue Angels:


   Considering you still have pneumonia, you do incredibly nice work, Lady!  Thanks so much, Janice!
I LOVE those Blue Angels!

   Tomorrow I'll try to make them their own page, and because they performed in conjunction with this, I'll attach it here:


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/19/05:

Since Checkmate came up in a Newsletter, I shot the image today en route to the Vet's for meds.

Saturday, March 19, 2005            

   Well, David, how thoughtful of you!  Thank you so much!  I always love getting your gorgeous images!  Okay, tomorrow I'll
make a brand new page for the Checkmate!

From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 13/19/05:

Loved the picture of David Whitley ('67 - of VA) and Jo Goff .... nice vintage evidence of interbreeding between
the groups. I still haven't dated a Typhoon, but never say never.

One minor "blooper" ... Jo was in the class of 69, not 67. Here is one of her classmates, Becky Crenshaw, circa 2001
with the babe. Becky was head cheerleader that year ... the year of Woodstock, man landing on the moon, and Hampton
FINALLY wrangling the state basketball championship away from NN. All major milestones in their own right.

2001 - Becky Crenshaw (HHS - '69) of VA and Tom Norris - (HHS - '73)            

What a treat it was to see all of those newsletters when I got back home from my two week vacation on the sunny banks
of Lake Anna (known to David and me as North Anna Power Station). Not much sun, in fact downright cold with occasional
snow. Good to be home ... it's in the 60s today and just finished a windows down cruise in the Vette. Maybe winter is

Best wishes, your adopted Typhoon


   Awwww, isn't that cute?!?  Thanks, Babe!  Welcome home - and oh yes, today IS the first day of Spring (or so they say)!  It's
been so cold I quite nearly forgot!

From Merle Sammons Ivey ('66) of VA - 03/19/05:

Hi, Carol....best wishes...
Alex ('65) and John Gatewood's ('61) little sister is Susan Love Gatewood.
I knew the family very well.

   Thanks, Merle!  We appreciate your sharing her name.

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/19/05:

Hi, Carol:

That is very interesting. Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61) just told me that John and Wanda (Thornhill - '62) Gatewood
(of VA) have two girls and each has the middle name LOVE.

   It sounds as though Love may be a family surname.  Thanks, Joe - and Eva!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/18/05:

As of 19 March, I have received orders for 93 sets of CDs; one subscriber ordered one set and, subsequently
ordered 10 more.  Voluntary donations to the Class of 1964 Treasury associated with the Reunion CDs now
total $880.00.  To those of you have donated and have enjoyed the music of our youth, The Class of 1964
thanks you. 

For those who have not requested a set or are unaware of the offer, e-mail me at nnhs64@cox.net  and I will
send a play list.
Dave Spriggs '64

   OH, WOWZERS!!!  That's fabulous news, Dave!  But of course, they're soooo goooood!!!!  I listen to mine near
constantly.  Somehow, they just never get old.

   If you haven't ordered yourself a set, you're leading a deprived life.

   Thanks for the update, David!  And thanks for your incredible investment of time in making -  and copying - those CDs for our

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/19/05:

Hi, Carol!  Boy!  Do I love these newsletters!  I have to read them to see what is on cousin Cookie's (Phillips
Tyndall - '64 - of VA)
mind -- unless, of course, I'm going to see Josh Groban.  Then she shows up on my
doorstep.  We had a great time, didn't we, Cookie?  Anyway, I got tickled over the picture of Monty (Phillips -
'62 - of VA)
and the comments you and Cookie made.  The bike probably belonged to someone else--just a
prop for the picture.  He still has the beard, but the hair disappeared -- Ha! Ha!  The balding curse is on both
sides of our family--McLaurin and Phillips.  Hair or not, he is still my precious brother and I love him dearly. 

Again, thanks for all you and others do for this GREAT Typhoon Connection.  I have prayed a special prayer
for all of you who have been ill, lost someone you love, or experienced any other negative event or hardship 
in your life.  God Bless!

I'm so excited!  I signed my retirement papers on St. Patrick's Day.  Any ideas on something exciting I can do
in my spare time for the next 30 years?  I attended NNPS for 12 years and gave them an additional 30.  That's
all, folks!

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Judy!


   Thanks for your prayers on everyone's behalf - and congratulations on your retiremnet!

   Don't worry - your excitement is just beginning.....

From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 03/19/05:

We Didn't Start the Fire

It is best to let this play through and then hit the Refresh button.

   WOW!  That is just too cool!  I love it!  Thanks, Rip!  Tomorrow I'll add this link here (because it's too much fun to lose!):


   Hmmm - it seems I'll be busy tomorrow, hmmm?  And I have company coming for dinner, too.  That means I'll actually
have to cook something nice, hmmm?  Sigh.  Cooking is such a waste of time.  I'm sure I could spend that time on the
computer or crocheting or cross-stitching and have something which would last.  Cooking, on the other hand, requires
a great deal of time, the finished product lasts but moments, and then you eat it and get fat!  What kind of a deal is that?!?

From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 03/19/05:

Hello Carol, Sat. Mar. 19, 05        copies to Charles Wicke and Bill Smith, both June 45


Here are a few comments on things previously asked about Washington Avenue.  I was helped by a sketch
handed out by the leader of a walking tour of Washington Avenue as part of our Sept. 2000 reunion   The
sketch shows all of the stores and businesses between 27th and 35th streets as of our graduation at June
1945.  It was not quite complete when handed out, but there were representative outlines of the actual
buildings (many housed several stores).  When I attend the 1945 Classes (Feb. & June) Reunion in Sept.
I'll ask the map creator for a better copy and permission to submit it to the web site. 


Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58 - of TX) asked (3-14-05) about a bowling alley above 5 & 10s on Washington
Avenue.  This is not on the map mentioned above, but I do remember something about it.  First, here is the
store lineup marching north from 28th Street on the west side of Washington Avenue. 


1. Not identified - perhaps a restaurant. 

2. Grant's.  This is the original location.  Grant's was small then and known as one of the four 5 & 10s on
Washington Avenue. Later it moved across the street to the big Montgomery Ward building and from then
on was accepted as a department store.

3. People's Drug Store.  A discount type place.  I believe the chain was headquartered in Norfolk.  Ads on WGH.

4. Shaw Jewelry.

5. Metropolitan Store.  The smallest 5 & 10 on the street.  Oiled wood floor, dimly lighted, and with a small
staff.  They struggled to compete with the other three by having some unique items.  I remember going there
with my grandmother to buy some household furnishings.  My memory is dimmed because of their sparse
toy display.

6. Adeline Shop at the corner of 29th.


The bowling alley was probably above Grant's.  I too was forbidden to go up there. I remember walking along
in front of the building on a hot summer evening and hearing the crashing sounds from above.  This was in the
days before air conditioning became routine and I'm sure every window up there was wide open. 


Possibly the bowling alley was installed where the WGH studios had been in the 1930s (mentioned in my
WGH contribution for 3-12).  More about bowling below.


Other places that have been asked about:

Broadway - West side in middle of block between 30th and 31st.  Between Barr Bros. and Gorsuch's Drugs.

Parisian Shop -  West side between 31st and 32nd.  Between Jonah's and Young Men's' Shop.

Hanna's - East side between 31st and 32nd.  Between Wonder Clothes and National Restaurant and a few
doors south of the Palace Theater

Thomas Piano Company - At 210 28th Street, behind what most readers will remember as Antine's (corner
of 28th and Washington), but in the WW-II years was Playland Confectioners.  Earlier that site was Day's
Drug Store
which had an extremely long lunch counter and was famous for good food. Thomas Piano was
a popular stopover after school.  They had listening booths where the hep crowd listened to records they
might buy.  And we band and orchestra guys drooled over the several showcases filled with instruments. 


Many of the Washington Avenue stores placed ads in the Anchors and included their addresses.  In NN the
avenue blocks were identified by the lower number adjacent cross street.  Thus the block between 31st and
32nd was the 3100 block.  The street blocks used odd numbers on the west (James River) side, even on the
east.  The avenue blocks had odd numbers on the north side.


Up through the 1930s bowling alleys were way down on the social scale and looked upon at about the same
level as billiard parlors.  Those names conjured up images of  smelly places full of cigar smoke, with spittoons
and a strictly male clientele wearing green eyeshades and probably of questionable moral fiber .  I remember
asking my mother what a "billiards" was and she told me it was just a fancy name for a pool parlor.


When I was in NNHS 1941-45 many boys spent lunch time at a bowling alley on the corner of 33rd Street and
Huntington Ave.  The lady in charge would tolerate our eating our bag lunches because we would all buy nickel
drinks and some would even cough up the 15 cents to bowl a line.  One day the manager approached me and
offered me an after school job to manage the place until the night manager could arrive at about six.  I was
thrilled at the prospects, but said I would have to check at home first.  Unfortunately my mother went ballistic
over the thought of her friends hearing that her son was employed at a bowling alley.


But like nature, society sees equilibrium in all things.  As the war heated up there was a successful effort
to upgrade the social status of bowling.  Physical fitness was stressed as an important factor in Being Prepared
The theme was quickly jumped upon by the bowling industry and heavily sponsored by the Brunswick Co. 
Suddenly bowling was pushed as the healthy (and patriotic) thing to do.  A huge bowling alley appeared at the
Wythe Shopping Center and, miracle of all miracles, my mother and her friends took up bowling. 


Life is a circle.  Just try to live long enough to go around at least once.


Nostalgic best wishes, Fred

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Fred!

   I'll update Our Old Stomping Grounds tomorrow, too.

    I am seriously out of time this morning, and I didn't get to a couple of our main items, so - you guessed it - they'll be
in tomorrow's Newsletter as well! 

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Come Softly to Me


Come softly darling, come to me stay
You're my obsession, forever and a day
I want, want you to know, I love, I love you so
Please hold, hold me so tight, all through, all through the night
Speak softly darling, hear what I say
I love you always, always, always
I've waited, waited so long, for kisses and your love
Please come, come to me, please come, softly
I want, want you to know, I love, I love you so
I need, need you so much, I want to feel your touch
Come softly darling...

"Come Softly to Me" midi courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~rosemck1/jukebox-1950s.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
"There is only one version out there, and 100 people link to it."

And it's a good one!  Thanks, Dave! 

"Come Softly to Me" lyrics courtesy of lyrics courtesy of http://www3.lyrix.at/en/text_show/a076c68ecb9e3011cc33b2fd4548d5b5
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05 
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Love Bar and String of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars12.html - 03/19/05

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