03/22/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Walk, Don't Run


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   OH, WOW!  This song brings back to me the clearest memory from early 1963.  My date had stopped to get gas and I was
sitting in his car waiting while he went inside to pay (remember those days?), and this song came on his radio.  And of course
I remember what I was wearing, Jimmy-Jimmy -  my waaay cool olive green corduroy shirt-waist dress and my Bass Weejuns. 
I just can't remember Fire Station #1!

   A very Happy Birthday today to Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!



1.  Sheila "Tina" Crowder Wescott ('65) of VA - 03/22/05:


   Certainly, Tina!  We're glad to have you!  I've added you to our (hidden) mailing list, and to our Alumni Page:



   Hit # 32,000 was made on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 10:39 AM by someone accessing the site
from http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/alumni/.

   Was it YOU???


From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/20/05:

Check out "The Wonder of God":


   WOW!  This is so beautiful!  Thanks, Judy!


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/21/05:

These images were taken
from the disposable cameras which were placed
on each table, Friday night, October 22, 2004:
Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA; Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI; and Donna Pipkin Bruckner ('64) of SC Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA        
And these images were taken from the disposable cameras which were placed on each table, Saturday night, October 23, 2004:      
Betty Sue Lanier Rough ('64) and
Bob Rough of VA
Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL;  _____  Cristol and Ronni Green Cristol of MD Thommy Rowell Snead ('64) and Charlie Snead ('64) of NC      
David Block ('64)
of Northern VA; and Cissy Wilkinson ('64) of VA
Steve Klein ('64)
of MS; and Gail Lewis of VA
Cissy Wilkinson ('64)
of VA; and Jim Moore ('64) of VA
Ralph Farmer ('64) of WA; and Faith Strickland Groom ('64) of VA      
_____ Farmer of WA Ralph Farmer ('64)
of WA
Mike Miller ('65) of NC Patti Miller of NC      

   OH, David!  This batch is really beautiful!  Thanks so much!

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/21/05:

What a neat story about your dad!!  I wish I could find someone who could give me info about my dad.  The best
person was Walter Wilkins, his best friend growing up and as an adult.  He was my dad's best man.  Unfortunately
"Wilkie" died several years ago and so did his wife, Ethel.  They were so special to me, I really miss them.  That is
so great you have your dad's boots!  I don't know what happened to my dad's uniform, my mom used to keep it in her
"cedar chest".  Her wedding suit is in there with her shoes and purse!  Cool!  That's going to stay with my family! 
Keep up the good work!  Don't know how you do it!! 
Sarah Sugah

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!  It still chokes me up to even think about it!  I thought by now my chances of finding anyone who knew
my daddy were very slim indeed.

   We not only have his boots, but his complete uniforms, and medals, and the wartime letters he wrote, and a great many
other things.  The uniforms were divided among my sons.

   Keep looking, Miss Sarah - you may find someone who knew your father, too!

   "How I do it?!?"  You don't want to know, trust me!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/22/05:

Hi, Carol:
It was so exciting to read about Walter Dickens of Monroe, North Carolina contacting you. I sure hope his daughter
can furnish you a copy of the letter written by your father to Mr. Dickens......
I have a feeling that once the National D-Day Memorial Foundation features your father in their newsletter, you will
receive many other calls from those who served with your father.

   Oh, Joe!  I think I was soooo excited, that I may not have made that part of the story clear!  Mr. Dickens is having his
daughter Xerox the letter, but he will keep that copy just for safekeeping.  He's letting me borrow the original!  We'll make
copies for everyone ourselves.  He said a copy just isn't the same as the original, and he wanted Major Buckley's daughters
to see and touch and hold and read the original.  How incredible is that?!?

   OH, wouldn't it be marvelous if we heard from more of those who knew my daddy?!?  And of course, I'll have you to thank
for that, too - but there just aren't words for that, Adonis.  There's only, "Thank you!"

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/22/05:

Hey Carol -- that's really super that you finally talked to someone who served with your Dad. I'm sure that
helps bring a sense of serenity and "closure", for lack of a better word. Sometimes life dumps a rose on us --
it's not always lemons. ;-)
Someone once said "Life is a great, endless circle. Hopefully we will live long enough to go around
at least once." 
That has always been one of my favorite sayings. It seems appropriate here. I am -- as I'm
sure everyone reading this newsletter is -- very happy for you.
And by the way, many thanks for all your efforts on this newsletter. It has brought closure for me on a few
things, too.

   Thank you, Ron!  It was indeed super!  I was not having a good day yesterday, and because that's quite rare, and because
I don't have a good poker face, everyone I encountered all day said, "What's WRONG?!?"  And of course, I had no answer
for that; there was no answer.  There was no reason and no answer.

   Then that amazing telephone call came, and when at last with tears streaming down my face I hung up the phone, my sweet
17-year old daughter came to me and hugged me, and said, "See how much Heavenly Father loves you?" 

   And if I'm able to pass along any such blessings to any of y'all in any way at all, I'm very grateful to have that honor and privilege. 
Thanks again, Ronnie!

From Debby Fink Golden ('65) of MA - 03/22/05:

My husband and I went to Normandy several years ago when we were in France.  We toured the museum and
spent some time on the beach where the monument was erected.  It was respectfully very quiet and very sad
to realize the number of soldiers who perished in the landing.  
Debby Fink Golden

   OH, WOWZERS!  What an awe-inspiring time that must have been for you, Debby!  How truly wonderful!  Thank you
for sharing that!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/22/04:

Hi Carol, I just wanted to say it was great to hear from Jim Hines ('64 - of Northern VA).  I always thought he
was one of the nicest guys in our class.  He was nice to everyone, not just the popular people.  It confirms my thoughts
that musicians are wonderful...

Also I am so excited and happy for you that you found a person who served with your father.  That is just incredible
and I know how happy that made you.  Because of the SITE I have reconnected with several old friends and we are
keeping in touch. Keep up the good work, Love, Jean 

   Thanks, Jean!  Isn't that great that he found us??  You're absolutely right about Jim!  He was a delightful boy, and he's
obviously still a sweetie!

   Yes, you could probably feel my excitement from several states away!  Thanks for sharing my joy! 

   The main purpose of the site was originally to reconnect old friends.  Anytime I hear of that happening, it gives me such
overwhelming happiness!  That is just so special!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/22/05:

Hi, Carol:
The three photos shared by Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC and the memories of Jim Hines ('64) of Northern VA -
flashed back memories of the Marshall Courts Community Center located on Marshall Avenue at the
intersection of 33rd Street in Newport News, VA. This building was used by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and many civic
groups as a primary meeting place. It was spacious and large enough for ceremonies, with a stage and lighting, as well
as many meeting rooms.
By recalling the Marshall Courts Community Center I am almost certain that you will find many others who subscribe
to the Newsletter to give you memories of the place.
In 1949 WGH Station Manager, Albert Dail was also the Cub Master of a Pack of cub scouts that met at this location.
Some of the Boy Scouts were attending NNHS and among them were many leaders, musicians, artist, and athletes, some
of whom became school teachers at NNHS. Donald Harvey, and many others.
The cub scout pack had members that went on to be NFL standouts, like Norman Snead. I remember Billy Forminchelli
(his father was the Warwick Farmers Football Coach), Frank Ferguson ('57) Famous Airman, Fred Hayman ('57) of VA,
Tommy Cash
, Bucky Hart, and many others who went on to become Boy Scouts that met at this location, I think it was
BSA Troop 12.
This was a good time, just after World War II and just before the Korean War.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
December 1949
Bucky Madagan

   Oh, Joe! How precious! Thanks so much!




    I completed the new Checkmate page:




   Well, I still didn't finish everything, but I did come closer! 

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Walk, Don't Run

(The Ventures, 1959)

"Walk, Don't Run" midi (sequenced by John Walker) courtesy of http://ynucc.yeungnam.ac.kr/~bwlee/ventures.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks so much, Dave! 

The Ventures images courtesy of http://www.rockdiscography.com/list/easy/ventures3.html and
http://www.donwalker.net/musicventures.htm - 03/22/05

 Gold Sparkle Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars15.html - 03/22/05

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