0003/27/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Part I


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Isn't that just the cutest little silly happy bunny ever?!?

   If this letter makes any sense whatsoever, it is purely coincidental.  I just ripped out a large chunk of it to save for later
in the day - when I'm not running!  Look for Part II - sometime before midnight...


1.  Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario - 03/25/05:

Wow - I am so amazed at how fast the emails travel.  Do I sound like a dinosaur??  : ) 
Anyway, SIGN ME UP sweetie!!  Here is another "NEWBIE", as you call it.  I wish I could help you. 
Your days sound long - quite the full-time job.  As I had mentioned before, I am still working full-time
so my time is just a little limited right now. 

I read, I think, that someone contributed money for this website.  If that's the case, let me know. 
Look after yourself!  : )

   GIGGLES!  That's funny, Helen!  I personally still can't figure out how a FAX works.  It's totally incomprehensible to me -
and I plan to keep it that way, because I'd rather believe in magic!

   Anyway - welcome to our Merry Band!

   I've added you here:


   Thanks, Helen - and welcome!

   And yes, would you believe that from time to time people actually send me money to do that which I so love to do?!? 
They are the greatest!

 A Look Back at Easter of 1949 - Courtesy of Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA -  07/18/04:


   Thanks again, Jimmy-Jimmy!  You and Forrest (Powell - '63 - of VA) and Kathleen (Powell - '60) are all just sooo precious!

STORY - http://www.ahherald.com/barbieri/2003/ls030417_easter_bonnet.htm

   Eggsactly!  I think you've heard a story similar to this from me before, and I want you to know, Suzanne, that I wore my white
3-1/2" heels to church this morning.  The Burden of Civilization is upon us!  GIGGLES!!!

From Mary Ellen Salzano of CA - 03/24/05:

Dear Carol.
Thanks for the great website.  I am looking for people who would like to help donate or raise awareness of the building of a
Fisher House at Palo Alto VA Hospital in California.
We are in need of $2.5 million to accomplish this task.  At this moment we have 5 Marines and many other military members
who have served and were wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as other conflicts.
If you know of anyone who would like more information, please let me know.  We are also looking for donations for a
fundraising event held on May 14th in San Jose, CA which will benefit our Fisher House project.
Mary Ellen Salzano, Realtor, C-21 Premier
Your "Caring and Sharing" Realtor
408-779-6916 or 408-489-0911
Proud Mom of LCpl. Ethan Salzano, USMC
www.yourmorganhill.com for letters to our wounded.
www.morganhilltimes.com for my "Caring and Sharing"  article. 
Ask me how you can support your military.

   Thanks, Mary Ellen!  We wish you well with your efforts.  Hopefully you'll hear from some of our subscribers.

   I'm also posting your note here:


   Send your son a big "Semper Fidelis" from me!

From Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario - 03/25/05:

Thanx, Carol. That's terrific. I have already emailed (Raoul Weinstein - '57 - of FL). He'll be so
surprised. When your fingers get tired of typing and you get weary responding to all these emails,
just think of the joy and smiles and warmth you bring to us all as you help us rekindle, reconnect and
rejoice in remembering and touching our past again. Especially those who moved away and have been
gone for so many years. Who could really thank you enough?

   I'm so excited that you were able to contact Raoul, Helen.  The fact that he mentioned you in his Music Trivia Quiz for the
Class of 1957, and you joined our midst practically at the same moment could not have been coincidental!

   Thank you for your kind words.  It's very difficult for me to explain to others how deeply I cherish the privilege of doing
what I do.  What an honor it is for me!

From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 03/25/05:

Hi Carol,

A couple of days ago you mentioned in your newsletter that you didn't remember the Newport News Fire Department's
practice tower behind the football field. Perhaps it would jog your memory to look through the window in the picture of the
NNHS Band practicing in 1956


It seems you would remember all that black smoke pouring out of it when they did have practice there.

I have been browsing your newsletter pages regularly since I have gotten on your mailing list a couple of years ago. I enjoy
it more than I thought I would. I try to resist the urge to send in remembrances, though.

Keep it up!

Doug Nelson, '64

   Doug, bless your sweet heart!  I hate to admit the extent to which that has been annoying me!  I mean, seriously, how
could I forget something that big?!?  And it was long-past making me feel stupid (and I do so dislike feeling stupid!), and it
was waking me up in the middle of the night, and it was wasting my time as I looked in vain to find a shot of it somewhere. 
With great effort, I caught a brief vision of it in some corner of my mind of the blond brick, but it didn't last long enough for me
to really "see".

   And there it is - right out the band room window!  And how often did I used to look out those windows?!?

   I really, really appreciate this, Doug!  Thank you so much!

   But I do have one question.  Why on earth would you try to resist the urge to send in remembrances?!?  That's why we're here!!!

From Jimmy Hines ('640 of Northern VA - 03/25/05:

Hello, Carol...

What? You went to Walter Reed too? I didn't know that. I think I was responsible for having a book removed from the
library there because I did a report on it for class...I didn't have to get much older to realize that it really shouldn't have
been in an elementary/intermediate school library...Of Mice and Men for 6th graders?

And, yes, Ronnie (Phillips - '65 - of VA) and Mickey (Spivey - '65 - of FL) were two of the most fun people to be
around. Ronnie, Willie, Bobby (my brother), Brooks (Bloxom - '64 - of VA), I and others by the way, were 'the boys
in the balcony' at Tabernacle Baptist Church to whom Rev. Tesh would give the admonition 'We'll be through
in a few minutes, boys', or something like that, to help us pay attention near the end of the Sunday morning worship service.
He really wanted us to know and do good things. We were just being...boys...and he knew that.

   Okay, so there's no Tabernacle Baptist Church page here, either!  Who's the slacker running this site anyway?!?  Oh, yeah,
that would be me.  Never mind.

Re: Brooks Bloxom ('64 - of VA), my Dad was friends with Brooks Bloxom, Bobby's dad. I don't know Bobby's/Brooks'
given names, but it would make sense from that point. I think Bobby/Brooks is the last person I saw as we drove away
from my Dad's funeral, during my senior year in college. Thanks, Brooks...I always appreciated your being there, if that
was you-35 years does dim some memories. 

   According to my trusty 1964 Anchor, his real name is "Earl Brooks Bloxom, Jr."  One would assume he began using his
actual given name when he "grew up".  I have it on good authority that there are people who actually grow up - although I always
thought that was rather pointless, personally.  Brooks is not on our mailing list, and although we do have many who read the
Newsletters without reporting in, as it were (What is it you call them, Chip - "lurkers"??), I do not believe Bobby is one of them -
which may be just as well for me!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  (Keep reading....)

And, to Mrs. Patterson, the Sanitary Restaurant is where my folks would take us for lunch whenever we were in town
that time of day. It was a great place, and we always enjoyed eating there! WOW! On school days, we would go to the Palace
, or Mike's Hot Dog Stand, or to the boarding house over on West Avenue. Grayson Blount ('62) lived
in Seven Oaks, and he let me tag along a few times to the boarding house, where we ate dinner-not lunch!-with the shipyard
workers who were there. As I recall, we had to run the whole way there and back, in order to eat and be back in class on time!

   Okay, we're going to have to make a Sanitary Restaurant page any second now, aren't we?

Speaking of getting 3's in citizenship...Dear, sweet Mrs. (Barbara) Diamonstein was my first year Spanish teacher, and I
managed to do academically and socially very well in her class, earning an A for the class, with a 1 in Citizenship because she
liked everyone I think, and everyone really liked her. I do not remember being timid in her class, and we all had a great time.
Well, Mrs. Diamonstein did not return the next year, as she was busy having a baby, and in walked Miss Joan McKenna, fresh
out of college and speaking Spanish-solely-from the gitgo! Well, I still managed an A in the class, but my 1 in citizenship became
a 4, and I was just simply trying to be my usual engaging self! I think I improved, but don't recall how much. Between the two
of them as my teachers, I was able to clep a year and a half of Spanish in college, even though I worked the first year after high
school. So...Thanks, ladies! The only person I remember being in those classes is Carol Ann Firestone ('66). Carol Ann, I
wonder what your recollection is?

To Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), I sometimes minimize the screen and let the newsletter music run while I do something else,
which I am doing right now. And, yes, the programming of what music goes with what section is wonderful! I have always thought
that, and apologize for not mentioning it before. Remembering the first section I looked at some time ago and hearing the Saint-
Saens, I thought to myself 'this is really appropriate' and was as impressed as I am now. Thanks for a great job to both of you
on this one!

   That would be this page:


   This is also known as the page I haven't been able to bring myself to update since 08/01/04.  I'm almost numb enough now that I'll
be able to do that any day now.  I remember the night (07/01/03) when David found that perfect selection of Saint-Saen's Organ
Symphonyvery well.  It was absolutely astonishing to me, but the man is a genius.  The thanks are all his, Jimmy.  I just hit a few
buttons, and voila!

   Thanks again, Dave.

By the way, I ran into Bill Gruver ('62 - of Northern VA) a few years ago at Oakton HS one weekend at a marching band
contest held there. He was a band parent, and had built the 'tower' that the band director ran rehearsals from. He didn't recognize
me either of course. I had been a lowly underclassman when he was a senior at that time, I think! But we had a nice talk.

I hope you and yours have a nice weekend. Please take care of yourself. Thanks, Jimmy

    Thank you so much, Jimmy!  I'm so glad you've joined us!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/26/05:

Hi, Carol:
Please let this serve as a reminder that Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of VA promised to tell us a story
about Lefty Driesell. We can never get enough of the stories about this colorful coach.
Davidson College provided Lefty with an annual budget of $250.00 for recruiting when he first arrived at Davidson
as Head Basketball Coach. Talk about frugal, he would drive to the recruits' hometown, sleep in the back of his station
wagon, eat Nabs and soda for lunch, so he could take the young recruit and his parents out to dinner and dine on steak.
Of course, he put Davidson College on the map with the basketball program before he moved on to the University
of Maryland
. I just can't wait to hear the story Aretie is going to share with us.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   GIGGLES!  Thanks, Adonis!  We're all waiting!

From Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA - 03/26/05:

Bobby Bloxom ('64 - of VA) (my former cousin-in-law) will always be Bobby to me also.  I've known his name was
Brooks for many years, but he will always be the cute Bobby from NNHS and a nice Bobby too.

   Cute?  CUTE?!?  Cookie Honey, that man is, was, and forever shall be, incredibly gorgeous!  I remember one day in the
Magruder School
playground when I was but a shy little girl (that's right, Adonis, I was painfully shy - c'est vrai!).  I don't know
if it was during recess or after school or in the summertime.  And no, Jimmy-Jimmy, I don't even remember what I was wearing. 
All I remember is sitting in adjoining swings with Bobby and swinging oh, so slowly, and he was talking to me - to ME!  Talk
about being bedazzled!  I could barely breathe, looking into his gorgeous big brown eyes!  I don't know how I even managed
to walk home after that!

1960 Anchor, p.22
Eighth Grade
1964 Anchor, p. 136
Twelfth Grade

    I rest my case.

   Shhhhh!  Don't y'all tell him that story!  GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Cookie!

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/26/05:

Hi there, Carol and all who read this.  To answer Jo Ann Stewart's ('64 - of TX) question.  Bobby Bloxom will
always be Brooks or Boboo to me.  When he was born the name was given to him by his parents.  He was
Earl Brooks Bloxom, Jr.  Of course, his dad was Brooks (a wonderful, sweetheart of a man who we dearly loved),
so somewhere in his young life he became Bobby.  In the '70's, when he married Brenda and became part of the
family, we called him Brooks.  It sounded more distinguished, you know.  I think those he worked with called him
Brooks.  When our daughter, Kelly began to talk, he picked up still another name--"Ankle Boboo".  Boboo is a
name he was called only by the crazy Allens.  Needless to say, he answers to all three names.  Most of his school
buddies will call him Bobby, but when he grew up (whenever that was--Ha! Ha! Sorry, Brooks!) he was called
Brooks by many.  He is a special part of our lives and memories and I hope he knows how much we love him. 
Judy out!

     MORE GIGGLES!  Thanks, Judy!

From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 03/26/05:

Here is a picture of four other Surry Power Station employees and me at the Relay For Life Corvette show
at Downtown Norfolk's Waterside. A total of 120 Corvettes were on display ranging in years from 1958
through 2005. Mine is the light blue one, second from the right. The black one, second from left, belongs
to Huntington High graduate Bernie Howard (1970).

Saturday, March 26, 2005            

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Babe!  I know you had fun!  That is a mighty pretty Vette you have there - and FUN, too!

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/26/05:

Carol -- I don't remember if I saw this in the NNHS Newsletter or not -- the "Easter Bunny Rap": 


   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Ronnie!  That's so cute!

From Aretie Gallins Danley Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 03/27/05:


Please let Ronnie Miller ('59 - of NC) know that I loved the memory about the poster he made when I ran
for secretary. I had forgotten all about the misspelling of the word secretary! I ran for secretary of the student
body when we were in the tenth grade. My good friend, Peggy Dail White ('59), won the election. Now that
Ron has brought me such delight with that memory, I decree that his arm stop hurting from the twist!!!!
Thanks, Ron. I enjoyed the remembrance! 

Aretie Gallins Danley Patterson

NNHS 1959

   MORE GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Aretie!

From Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD - 03/27/05:

I just want to tell you (and I am sure I speak for many others), that I truly appreciate all that you do to keep
NNHS alive.  Your dedication to this website, as well as your creativity never cease to amaze me.  I am just
thankful that you are so talented and able to do all that you do.  THANK YOU,

   WOW!  Thank YOU, Diane!

    Well - I seem rather giggly today - even for me!  Could it have anything to do with the sugar from the Easter candy?!?

   Y'all take care of each other, and I'll be back with Part II before midnight!!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Easter Parade

Irving Berlin,1933

In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade
I'll be all in clover and when they look you over
I'll be the proudest fellow in that Easter Parade

On the avenue, I'm talkin' 'bout 5th Avenue
The photographers will snap us
And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet
And of the girl I'm taking to that Easter Parade

(In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it
I'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade
Oh, I'll be all in clover and when they look you over
You'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade)

On the avenue, I'm talkin' 'bout 5th Avenue
The photographers will snap us
And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure

Oh, I could write a sonnet about that Easter bonnet
And of the girl I'm taking to that Easter Parade

(In the Easter Parade)

"Easter Parade" midi courtesy of http://rats2u.com/clipart/holidays/easter_midi.htm - 03/23/05

"Easter Parade" lyrics courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/3225/Older_Stuff/Easter_Parade.txt - 03/22/05

Dancing Easter Bunny clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Easter.html - 03/22/05

Purple "Happy Easter" Greeting clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Easter3/Egreet22.gif - 03/22/05

Egg Line divider clip art courtesy of http://www.horse-races.net/clip/clip-eastclip.htm - 07/18/04

Bunny Line clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Easter2.html - 03/22/05

Little Brown Bunnies clip art courtesy of http://www.smart-central.com/HolidayPages/easterparade.htm - 03/22/05

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