0 03/28/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Only the Lonely

"One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible."

- Henry Brooks Adams
(1838 - 1918)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   It's a great pity that Mr. Adams could not access the internet.  He might have had a far different outlook.  I have found lately
that my friends - even deep, true friends, rather than mere acquaintances - are legion.

   Oh, NO!!!  I did it again!  This time it's not really my fault.  Well, okay, it's still my fault, but it was my eyes, not my brain.

   I looked at the birthdays the other day, and somehow read "25" as "28", so I was all set to pull up three birthdays for today,
and found that I had already missed two of them!         Friday was the birthday of Billy Williams ('57) and Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA. 
I am just appalled,  and I'm sooo sorry!

   Happy Belated Birthday, Gentlemen! 

   Happy Belated Birthday today to Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA, and Happy Birthday tomorrow to
David Hatchett ('65) of VA.



1. and 2.  Chuck and Marilyn (Payne) Springfield ('66) of VA

Please add us to your mailing list. Thanks!

   Why, certainly, Marilyn!  I'd be delighted!  Welcome aboard!



From Dave Arnold ('65) of the 1965 Reunion Committee in VA - 03/27/05:

The 40th Reunion of the Class of 1965 will be held
on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza in Newport News.




   YEA!!!  Now that I finally have that posted on the front of the Newsletter (if not inside under the Reunion Page
where it ALSO belongs), I'll get back to updating that list for you.

   Thanks, Dave!

   And I am positively delighted that this will be a COMPLETELY OPEN reunion!  And that we'll be DANCING both nights!!!  
Y'all come! 

From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 03/27/05:

Frances Goodson and Donna Worsham Lonce are in the picture from Parkview Baptist Church.  Donna will recognize
more people than I do. 

   Oh, WOW!  Thanks, Frances!



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

Hi, Carol. I saw Joe Madaganís ('57 - of FL) reminder about my Lefty Driesell story. It is a very good story -
vintage Lefty! I probably wonít be able to write it out for another night or two. We are driving to Newport News
after I get off work Monday evening. I have to take my father back to the doctor on Tuesday. If all goes well,
weíll come back on Tuesday evening. If we donít get home too late,
Iíll send it Tuesday night. If we get home
quite late, which often we do, then Iíll try to be sure to send it on Wednesday evening.
Itís worth waiting for!

   I'm sure that it is!  We'll be waiting!  Thanks, Aretie!

From Dale Parsons  ('69) of HI - 03/28/05:

Aloha Carol,

You mentioned that you don't know how a fax works.  I won't bore you with that explanation, however, I do have
an interesting fax fact.  In the late 1930's, a number of newspapers around the country experimented with radio
delivery of newspapers.  It was done by a facsimile (fax) machine that was placed in a subscriber's home.  The
newspaper would transmit to the facsimile machine via a local radio station.  Since most stations at the time stopped
their programming at midnight, the transmission would take place between midnight and 5am.  When the facsimile
owner awakened in the morning, their newspaper would waiting in a pile of paper on the floor.  One of the few stations
involved in this experiment was The Daily Press, transmitting over the radio station it owned, WGH.  The transmissions
continued for a short time and were stopped in 1941 when the U.S. entered World War II.

Dale Parsons - '69 (listening to the late night surf as I type on my laptop in Hana, Hawaii) 

   WOWZERONI!  I had no idea that technology was around that far back!  That's amazing - well, it is to me, anyway!  Many of y'all probably knew such things.  Ah, but did you know that Newport News connection?

   Thanks so much, Dale!


   That page is just so cool!  I get excited every time I look at it!

From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 03/28/05:

 Aretie Gallins Danley Patterson ('59 - of Northern VA) and I re-connected recently after she appeared
in the Newsletter.  We enjoyed and are continuing to enjoy our walk down memory lane as we both
remember so many things. 
One of the funnier things I reminded her of was the time that Curtis Overman ('59) was passing a note
around our table in Miss Suttle's 12th grade English class.  Miss Suttle spotted the note and asked Curtis
to bring it to her.  Rather than have her read what he had written about her, Curtis ate the note!!  Gosh, I
wonder if Curtis is one of those folks reading this newsletter in "stealth" mode.  Since he's an attorney today,
he probably wouldn't want his clients to know that he was guilty of destroying evidence!!  Sorry, Curtis.
My first day in Miss Suttle's class was memorable as well.  Miss Suttle had called the role and asked if there was
anyone whose name she hadn't called.  I raised my hand and gave my name as Renee (pronounced re'-knee)
Helterbran.  She quickly informed me that my name was Irene and that's what I would be called in her class! 
To be honest, "Irene" was very foreign to me (and still is to this day) and it really didn't register with me as she
was calling the role since I was rarely called by that name.  My mother told me that my Grandfather started
calling me Irenee when I was a baby and he decided I should just be called Renee, dropping the "I" and adding
the "e".  I didn't even know my name was Irene until I entered school.  I stood amazed as my mother told Miss
(Miss McCarthy's Private School) my name was Irene. 

   I'm so glad y'all reconnected, Renee!  My sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) told me again yesterday morning
that she's not meaning to ignore you.  In fact, she's about ready to write.  She's just been more than a bit overwhelmed lately.

   Although I never had Miss Suttle, I remember that Curtis Overman story myself.  Eleanor came home and told us about it.  I was
in the sixth grade at the time, and thought it sounded like the only viable solution to his problem - and a rather brilliant one at that!

   The other Miss Suttle story which I've never ever forgotten even momentarily is how enamored she was of Basil Rathbone
Now Basil Rathbone is a fine actor, but I never thought of him as a heartthrob, nor have I ever met anyone else who did.  Eleanor's
description's of Miss Suttle's waxing poetic and swooning over the man were positively hysterical.  I have never watched his
performances (and you know how I love movies made between 1932 and 1952!) - without seeing Miss Suttle in my mind's eye
and trying to capture how that must have been.  Personally, I'll stick with Cary Grant.

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/28/05:

Hi, Carol:
I enjoyed reading the messages of Tom Oxner ('65) of AR and Fred Eubanks ('64) of TX in your recent Newsletter.
I admit my ignorance and had thought the Paul Branch What-A-Burger was a part of the Harmon Dobson chain of 
restaurants. The trade names are styled very differently, which should have caused me to question if
they were a part of the same chain of restaurants. The Dobson chain recently opened a new location in nearby Zephyrhills,
Florida and that prompted me to send you the two photos. The Far-Flung TYPHOON solves another burning issue, and
educates this very senior TYPHOON. Now I am going back to Wendy's for my next burger since I am not supporting the
Paul Branch chain. It is lunch time as I write this message, and just the thought of a great burger has enhanced my appetite!

   Awww - thanks, Adonis!


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/28/05:

Hi, Carol:
I think many of your subscribers who follow college basketball will enjoy reading this interview posted on the internet.
The link is:


Coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell answers a question the interviewer asked him about the three most memorable events
in his long coaching career, and he makes reference to winning the State Championship while coaching the TYPHOON
in 1958, the year the TYPHOON went undefeated in Basketball.
The CBS Television special that aired yesterday before the Elite Eight games in the NCAA Championship got me to thinking
about Coach Driesell, and I thought many would also find the internet page interesting, even though it is a couple of years
old now. March Madness is at a fever pitch!

   Thanks again, Adonis!  I added that link to Lefty's page:




From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 03/28/05:

Hello, Carol.  Once again, you have outdone yourself in producing newsletters.  I am almost at a point at home when
I start feeling lazy (this happens often) that I find myself asking, "What would Carol do?"  I am usually able
to convince myself that laziness is still my best course but I do think about what you'd do!

   OH, WOW!!!  My mama would get the biggest kick out of that, Kathy!  I, a model of industry!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Generally
speaking, if anyone is lazier than I am, you should probably just shoot them.  Mama always used to say that if she could find
me an iron lung, I wouldn't even bother to breathe on my own!  In fact, that sound you are now hearing isn't the wind; it's my mama
laughing through the eternities!  But I'm sure she liked it.  She hasn't laughed this hard since that time I told her I was thinking
about joining the Marine Corps.

   Anyway, I'm putting this on my list of "Ten Best Compliments I've Ever Received".  It isn't true, but come to think of it, neither
were my other favorites.  Maybe that's why I liked them so much!  Thanks, Kathy!

Lefty Driesell  It seems like my whole life has been spend being where I am not supposed to be.  The only girl in a
family of 5 kids; one woman in 100 women at VaTech in the early 1960s; the only woman in an engineering office who
wasn't a secretary until about 1995; the one person in the crowd whose high school coach was Lefty Driesell!  I was
at a March Madness party a number of years ago (when Lefty Driesell was at MD) and people were talking about his
statistics, what a great coach he was, yada, yada.  I mentioned that he had been our coach at NNHS.  I was fussed
at because everyone was sure I was telling tall tales.  Well, Lefty was interviewed at half time (when the score was
way lop sided his way) and the interviewer asked him what his plans were after he retired.  The interviewer asked had
he ever thought of coaching at a high school.  He answered that he had coached . . . and everyone at the party heard
what he said.  They were surprised that I had known that.  




Aretie Gallins Danley Patterson ('59 - of Northern VA)  It certainly is nice to have Aretie along for this
wonderful ride.  I have a story about  her.  I was class of '63 and the big experiment that year was to gather
all seniors during A period in the auditorium.  There we were taught government by the History Department staff.  
Each faulty member got to teach a part they particularly enjoyed and we benefited from the variety of teachers. 
We also experienced a lecture hell setting which the staff felt would do us good since those going to college would 
experience the same thing the following year.  So all seniors were gathered in the auditorium for A Period and seated
Mrs. Danley's family evidently called the Roosevelts "Roose like Cruise" instead of "Rose like Pose" as some others
pronounced it.  The person seated behind me thought it was funny because his family was obviously of the "Rose"
persuasion.  He'd sit and quietly repeat "Roose" - sort of like he was trying to understand the pronunciation - which
I genuinely think he was - at first.  But when he realized that his musings caused others (like me) to chuckle, he began
to do it sincerely, just to get the little smiles and chuckles going.  Now, I'm not saying who that person was because
that wouldn't be nice.  But I can't think of Mrs. Danley without remembering him!




I also wanted to respond to the statements Fred Field  ('45) of CA made about the numbering of streets.  I used
to perform this function for City of Hampton and, though it is not a taught skill, there have been many things written
about it.  And the roots of custom are always interesting.

Fred said that numbers on the right side were even and the left were odd.  He is correct.  Numbers always start
from the city center.  In Latin, the word for right is 'dextra' and the word for left is 'sinistra'.  You can easily see
'dexterity' and 'sinister' coming from those root words.  Good things were not sinister, hence, good number were ever
ones.  All Christians know that Biblically, the good numbers were odd ones.  But the Romans were civilizing the world
long before Christianity.
In Asia, when a street was built, the first house on it was numbered 1.  It didn't matter that the house might have been
set in the middle of a block - it was still number 1.  Number 2 could have been on a corner, many lots away from number 1. 
No matter; it was number 2.   Whereas this custom isn't followed in Asia today, many ancient cities have large sections
still numbered in the old manner which venerated the first people to live on a street.  I have heard travelers say that
finding addresses in Asian cities is difficult; this numbering custom is the reason.
When the West was settled, people had the luxury of lots of flat, open spaces and streets were more apt to be laid out
in a grid pattern.  Many mid-west cities have a pair of axis streets at the city center and all addresses emanate north,
south, east and west from there.  And the usual custom of number streets crossing name streets and lending their numbers
to the block ranges is typical.  Omaha is a particularly well laid out grid system city.  In Omaha, every 12 blocks is a mile
in any direction.  And there really was thought in the planning of Omaha because there are parks dotted throughout that
city at regular intervals - with pools, courts, etc.
That's it for today.  KC           

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Kathy!

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/28/05:

Carol, thanks again for all you do.  Here is a little something for you to get you started in the morning.




A Good Morning Coffee


I am sending you a cup of coffee that will surely make your day


 GIGGLES!!!  Well, Judy, I don't drink coffee, and I've never much cared for mice, but that is just adorable!  Thanks so much!

From Evelyn Fryer Keller Fish ('58) of TX - 03/28/05:

Yes, Joe, I remember well the bathing beauties walking around the pool.  The only one I remember vividly
was BROWNIE (Shaffer Haracivet - '62 - of the Virgin Islands).  :)  And I do remember Ernie (Shaffer) skating -
I spent most of my waking moments at the Hygeia Skating Rink - good times. 
Evelyn Fryer Fish

   Thanks, Evelyn - we'll be coming back to this later......

   I'm going to have to cut this off right here.  My sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) just stopped by for a while.
Her husband, Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) - that's right, Lefty Driesell's classmate - is having a cardiac catheter
inserted tomorrow afternoon.  We would appreciate your prayers once again.  Thanks!  Y'all are the best!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Only the Lonely

(Roy Orbison/Melson)

Only the lonely

Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know the way I feel tonight (ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah)
Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know this feeliní ainít right (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)

There goes my baby
There goes my heart
Theyíre gone forever
So far apart

But only the lonely
Know why
I cry
Only the lonely

Only the lonely

Only the lonely
Know the heartaches Iíve been through
Only the lonely
Know I cried and cried for you

Maybe tomorrow
A new romance
No more sorrow
But thatís the chance - you gotta take
If your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely


"Only the Lonely" midi courtesy of http://ynucc.yeungnam.ac.kr/~bwlee/roymidi.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Only the Lonely" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/roy-orbison/118986.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Lonely Man Image courtesy of http://www.britishairways.pl/21century/21century_cworld.htm - 03/28/05

Lonely Woman Image courtesy of http://cachesrc.corbis.com/agent/14/09/70/14097061.jpg - 03/28/05

Tulips and Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars7.html - 03/28/05

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