03/21/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Save the Last
Dance for Me

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I had promised you a great many things for today's Newsletter.  Many of them are not yet included.  There are several possible
explanations for this.  I might be a pathological liar.  I might be supremely conceited, and overestimated my abilities.  I might
be a conceited pathological liar.  Or there may be another explanation yet to come.  Stay tuned, and judge for yourselves.

   Happy Birthday today to Bob Morgan ('56) of MA, and Happy Birthday tomorrow to Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!



1. Jim Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/20/05

WOWZERS!!!  Hello at last, Jimmy!  Do you know how hard people were looking for you prior to '64's Glorious Reunion
last fall?!?  No, probably not, but trust me - we were.  If you've been looking at all the newest Reunion images lately, you'll see
that we celebrated your birthday royally.  But we're sorry you were not there with us.  Welcome to our pages!

   I've added your name to the (hidden) mailing list, and to the Alumni Page:


From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 03/20/05:

Ooops!  My birthday is March 19, 1948, born in Riverside Hospital..
Peace & Blessing,

   Oh, NO!  Well, Happy Belated Birthday, Cheryl!  I just added your name to the Birthday page.  Y'all have to tell me these
things ahead of time.  Remember, I'm a psycho, not a psychic.


   And that reminded me - I had never added the nice list of January, February and March birthdays of members of the Class
of '57 supplied to me by Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA back in early February!     I suppose that makes it official:
I'm an absent-minded psychotic conceited pathological liar.  But you probably knew that from the beginning....

   I'm so sorry, Thelma!  They're added now, but of course we missed extending birthday wishes to a great many people.  If
you'll send me the next batch, I'll try to do a better job of adding their names.


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/15/05:

These images were taken from the disposable cameras which were placed on each table, Saturday night, October 23, 2004:

Omni Staff Member; Jane Coltrain Leonard ('64) and Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA; and Ray Staton ('64) of VA - attending to last minute details Angie Ray Smith ('64) and
Glen Davenport ('63) of VA
Ray Staton ('64) and Karen Staton of VA        
Dancing!  I LOVE DANCING!!! 1964 Reunion Committee Chairman Dave Spriggs of VA recognizing
Committee Members
Karen Staton of VA and her sister-in-law, Mary Lou Staton Hudson ('65) of FL        
?, Jane Coltrain Leonard ('64) and Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA Nancy Mitchell Wynne ('64) of MD; and Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA        

   Thanks, David!  I just love seeing these images.  It's like being there all over again - well, almost!  GIGGLES!!!

From Sandi Bateman Chestnut of VA ('65) - 03/18/05:


I came across this picture recently of my dad and thought you might want to use it on the Warwick Theatre page.  If so, you
have John's (Bateman - '68 - of VA) and my permission to do so.  We think it was taken sometime in the early 60s. 
Thanks again for everything.

Love, Sandi

John Bateman            








   Oh, WOW!!!  What a treasure!  I'm sure it will evoke a lot of memories!  Thanks so much, Sandi!  I do indeed have it
posted on the Warwick Theater page:



From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 03/20/05:

Hi again .... unless there are two Susan Love Gatewoods out there ... she was a classmate of mine at Thorpe and
Hampton (HHS - '71). Even smaller world.

And did she have a paper route in Hampton (Worster Terrace/Dog Bottom area) in '66 or '67? I am thinking she
might have been our paper girl back then.

Kewl newsletter ... as always. More amazing how Hampton and Newport News folks intertwined so much. Makes
one wonder why we never consolidated the cities. It's like we are one big family.

So far the first day of spring is warm and wet ... got an apple and cinnamon pie baking in the oven and the smell is
starting to overcome my resistance to dive right in! And no ... I'm not referring to a repeat of the scene
from "American Pie" in my kitchen.

I have some more goodies to send today .... two weeks ago I acquired a large collection of HHS memorabilia from the
early 50's and mixed in there is some vintage NN info.

Later much ....


   That's nothing short of incredible, Babe!  Thanks for filling in more of the missing pieces!

   And save me some pie!  GIGGLES!

"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.
Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods.
Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."

- Robert H. Schuller

From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 03/20/05:

Hi Carol -
In the past, I have tried to remember the name of the Club/Restaurant going toward Fort Monroe - which I just read
was the CHECKMATE!!  So glad to know that.  Didn't they use to burn torches out front on either side of the entrance? 
I remember it was unique inside and very dimly lit.   :)
Good to read in this newsletter of another colleen born in Ireland.  Wonder where she was born?  I was born in Belfast,
Northern Ireland - but certainly many years before her.  :)
Thanks for all that you do, Carol, to make us smile and enable so many to reconnect.
Evelyn Fryer Fish (Class of '58)

   Thanks, Evelyn!  I though of you as soon as Dee (Hodges Bartram - '66 - of VA) told me that Terri (McAfee Artman -
was born in Ireland!  Perhaps she'll tell us where she was born!

   The Checkmate page is one of those things I haven't done yet - but I will quite soon - really!

   Thanks again, Evelyn - the privilege is all mine!

From Jim Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/20/05:

Hi...This is Jim Hines. What a great thing you are doing!!! Please add my name to the mailing list, and my birthday
10/23/46 (e-mail, too), as I see that date needs filling. Bob's birthday is 2/8/48, and yes, he said it's OK to add his, as well.
I have read a lot in the last couple of weeks, and now open the NNHS site before opening my e-mail! Rick Billings ('65 -
of NC)
was right - there are a lot of people from the Seven Oaks/Marshall Courts area who were student leaders. band
members, athletes, cheerleaders, and more. Each person contributed to the magic that we are discovering lately. And yes, as
Henry (Hoyle - '65 - of Northern VA)
put it so well, I too am bedazzled, reading about all the people I've not seen in years -
except in these recent (to me) pictures and stories.

Re: Coach Conn...on Sunday mornings, we paperboys would ride (bicycles) in to Jefferson Avenue toward the 25th
Street area, and beyond, to sell our extras.  One Sunday morning we went into what looked like a corner drug store, and
found Coach Conn running the place! We were surprised, as there is that thought (which I think persists to this day
in students) that 'teacher types' only do 'teacher type things.' He was jovial and really glad to see all of us-it was a great
visit, and an eye opener for us all. We thought it was cool. 
Re: the former Mrs. Aretie (Gallins) Danley (Patterson - '59 - of Northern VA)...she taught my son in elementary
school, and is owed a great debt, because she became not just his teacher, but also the right person at the right time for him, 
as she took extra pains to work with him when he needed it, rather than just glossing over what could have been a real
academic problem. He left that school year in good academic shape because of (then) Mrs. Danley. At that time I did not
know she was a NNHS grad, nor did she know me in that light. Now that I know, it all makes sense. I really want people
to know what a gifted teacher and special person she is! Thanks, Aretie!
Re: Mr. Wilson...Little did I know as we tromped around the Sears parking lot, and other places, that I would be learning
how to run a band of my own, and be putting his methods, and concepts to work for others, and that the next generation
beyond me would continue that process. Mr. Wilson taught us to how to work together and how to succeed together, and
those of us in his bands will forever owe him bigtime! He wanted us to be serious about being good. I have had the
opportunity to meet, play for, and be judged by the best in the music education band business, and my groups consistently
fared well because I had a great beginning with the team of Mrs. Doris Hutton, Miss Jan Shockley and Mr. Wilson.

That terrible day in November, I was in the cafeteria study hall the last period of the day, and saw the flag at half
mast at the Sears building. I knew something was up, and of course found out not much later that day, as we all did.

There is more...so much more...suffice it to say the people I knew and knew about affected my life in a positive way then,
and remain special in my mind. We are all lucky to have you in this chair, as you handle everything with grace and caring.
I am retiring after 33 years in the music education business, and am glad this newsletter and site are here. If you are
able to use any of this, please feel free to edit it as you wish.
Thanks. Take care of yourself. Regards, Jim Hines ('64)

   I am just so excited to hear from you, Jimmy!  Thank you for sharing your memories with us.  That's why we're all here!   

   I added your birthdays (yours and Bob's - I wasn't meaning to imply that you had two - GIGGLES!!!) to the birthday page:


   I also posted your notes on the JFK Assassination:


   But I haven't made all those other postings yet.  Keep the faith, Jim - and thanks!

Also from Jim Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/20/05:

Dear Carol,

I live in that 51st state...Northern VA, in Woodbridge, and did live in Manassas for a time some years ago. Since emigrating,
I have seen a lot of everywhere around the beltway, but learned early on to leave for playing jobs (I still play) early enough
to get lost, or crawl. At times I get to see the temple in the sun while on the beltway, which is an awesome sight, and have
played there in the entrance foyer and 'new' theatre during the Christmas season. Thanks for getting back to me. I'm
heading to NN today to see Bob (Hines - '66 - of VA) and my daughter Meredith for lunch, and a run for my dogs on the
Grandview beach where Meredith lives. I am glad to hear that you and your family are doing well.
Regards, Jim

Washington Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints

   Oh, WOW!  How I love that temple!  It is indeed awesome!  Thanks, Jim!

   Grandview Beach?!?  That's another of my Favorite Places on Earth!

From Me ('65) of NC - 03/21/05:

   I had intended this Newsletter to be much longer and meatier, but a remarkable thing happened to me today, which left
me so excited, I really couldn't concentrate enough to do those things I had intended.

   Today was my middle child's (Joshua's) 28th birthday, but I received the finest present of all.

   As many of you know, my father, Millard Robert Buckley, M.D.,  was the Regimental Surgeon for the 29th Division, and
participated in the first hour of D-Day and the landing on Omaha Beach.

   For over forty years, I have sought and longed to speak with someone who served with him.  That moment came today.

   My phone rang, and a voice said, "My name is Walter Dickens.  I was a sergeant in your father's outfit.  We shared a foxhole
from time to time.  At the war's end, he wrote me a seven-page letter when I was sent home before he was.  He had recommended
me for a Silver Star, and I received a Bronze Star.  As he was away on a five -day leave when I left, he wanted to apologize
for my not getting the Silver Star.  I've kept that letter with me for all these years because it means so much to me."

   Mr. Dickens is now 86 years old, and lives in Monroe, NC.

   He told me several stories.  He said my daddy loved mushrooms, and his mother would send him packages of mushrooms
from Richmond, which he would then share with his men.  He said, "You know, we got dirty and muddy, but every chance he got,
he shined his boots." 

   I told him I still had those boots (actually, they belong now to my son, Joshua, but for the moment, they're here with me).

 This photograph represents a miraculous find I made on the Internet. The man kneeling on the right, tending the wounded soldier on Omaha Beach,
is actually my father! 
My sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I were able to recognize him by his cheeks, his stance, his hands, and his boots.
6 June 1944 18 Oct 1963        

   His daughter saw the letter my daddy wrote to Col. Cassell describing the Normandy Invasion which I have posted on a
couple of places online, and was able somehow to find me through it.  I'm not hard to find.

   I'm sharing this with y'all because I'm quite certain that if it weren't for y'all, this would never have happened.  She may have
located me through Military.com, and Joe Madagan ('57) of FL is directly responsible for my joining that.  (Thanks, Adonis!)
She may have found me just by Googling his name.  No matter how she found me, y'all are responsible.  Were it not for you,
I would not be online to find.

   Nothing could have brought me greater joy!  Thank you all so much, from the very bottom of my heart!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Save the Last Dance for Me

(The Drifters)

You can dance
Every dance with the guy who gives you the eye
Let him hold you tight
You can smile
Every smile for the guy who'd like to treat you right
'Neath the pale moonlight
But don't forget who's takin you home
And in who's arms you're gonna be
Oh, darlin' save the last dance for me

Oh I know
That the music's fine like sparklin' wine
Go and have your fun
Dance and sing
But while we're apart don't give your heart to anyone
And don't forget who's takin' you home
And in who's arms you're gonna be
Oh, darlin', save the last dance for me

You can dance
Go and carry on till the night is gone
And it's time to go
If he asks
If you're all alone, can he take you home
You must tell him no

And don't forget who's takin' you home
And in who's arms you're gonna be
Oh, darlin', save the last dance for me
And don't forget who's takin' you home
And in who's arms you're gonna be
Oh, darlin', save the last dance for me

"Save the Last Dance for Me" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.links2love.com/love_lyrics_266.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave! 

Dancing Figures clip art courtesy of http://www.twosteptidewater.com/free_dance_clipart1.htm
and http://www.twosteptidewater.com/free_dance_clipart2.htm - 03/20/05

 Blue Diamond Blade Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/coplove/lines.html  - 03/20/05

Blue to White Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html - 03/20/05

Robert H. Schuller quotation courtesy of Kevin Eikenberry of http://powerquotes.net - 03/21/05

Washington LDS Temple image courtesy of http://www.oneil.com.au/lds/temples.html - 03/21/05

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