04/09/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is actually the regular Friday edition of the Newsletter which didn't quite fly yesterday....

   Happy Birthday on Sunday to Skip Wood ('65) of NC!



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

These images were taken
from the disposable cameras
which were placed on each table,
Saturday night, October 23, 2004:
 Gail Latta Pearce ('64)
of VA
Joe Lewis of VA; Melba Dees Wood ('64) of VA; Julia Wheary Lloyd ('65) of VA John Carter ('64) of FL; Gail Latta Pearce ('64)
of VA
Faith Strickland Groom ('64) and Nelson Groom of VA Mrs. Cuervo and Herminio Cuervo ('64) of FL Gail Latta Pearce ('64)
of VA; Mrs. Cuervo and Herminio Cuervo ('64)
of FL
 Joe Lewis of VA; Melba Dees Wood ('64) of VA; David Block ('64)
of Northern VA
Julia Wheary Lloyd ('65) of VA; Kathy McCallum Lackey ('64) of VA    
Nelson Groom of VA   Joe Lewis of VA; Melba Dees Wood ('64) of VA; Tom Flax ('64) of VA Faith Strickland Groom ('64) of VA Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA and Marty Credle Dabbs ('64) of TN  Donna Pipkin Bruckner ('64) and Dennis Bruckner of SC    
 Becky Cash Blakemore ('64) of DE; Judy Weckleman McPherson ('64) of VA; and Dyanne Pritchett Lathan ('64) of VA  Doris Bloxom and Brooks Bloxom ('64)
of VA
Donna Pipkin Bruckner ('64) and Dennis Bruckner of SC  FRONT: Debra Moran and Larry Moran ('65) of VA; Bill Ward ('64) of VA; BACK: Lou Kressaty of VA; Paul Harty of NC;
 Hester Saunders Ward
of VA
Dale Mueller ('64)
of VA
 Randy Bearor ('64)
of VA
Charlie Snead ('64) and Thommy Rowell Snead ('64) of NC Thommy Rowell Snead ('64) of NC; Gail Latta Pearce ('64) of VA; Jim Watson ('64) of AZ; and Pat Ramsey of VA  Betsy Watson of AZ; Charles Forrest ('64)
of VA
Tommy Flax ('64) and Nancy Flax of VA    

   Thanks, Dave!  And speaking of Reunions.......

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 04/07/05:

Hi Gang,

We wanted to give you a brief on the survey responses to this point. As of today we've received 11 responses.
I've mailed a few to people that couldn't open the attachments but have not had them returned yet. We're still
early in the process so I'm not too concerned at this point. We've also received $350.00 in contributions.

   That's great news, Dave!  The excitement is mounting!

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.



   And - TA-DAH! - I finally made our Reunion Page a bit spiffier:


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2005-65.html - well, okay, I didn't say I had finished; it's just a little better.....

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/07/05:

One LAST COMMENT regarding basketball at NNHS and scores, low or otherwise. Anyone that is a follower of the game
in general will note that over the years the game has changed in certain aspects; scoring being one of them.
Those great and valuable finds by Albert (Dorner - '66 - of VA) may seem to be "low scoring" games, when in fact for the
era in which they were played, they were pretty much "on target". That is to say over time the scores of a "normal" game
gradually became higher than they were in the 30' & 40's.
I will say this regarding those teams, especially on the "south side", that were averaging 80+ points a game; they were lucky
to score 40 when they played us. WE PLAYED DEFENSE!
Also, in our day at NNHS dunking was not allowed! In warm-ups prior to games in our 63-64 season we did a drill where
every player, one after another, would tap the ball against the backboard keeping it "alive" until, at the end of the line, Jimmy
Rama ('64 of MD)
would "lay" it in over the rim! Had he dunked it, it would have been a technical foul!! Times have changed.
And that's all I've got to say about that!
Take Care!

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!  I posted this here:


   And speaking of Albert....

From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 04/07/05:

Carol, I've attached some pics of articles that should help Wayne's (Stokes - '65 - of VA) poor failing memory. It was
in fact 100 wins and the Peninsula District was formed in the fall of '65. I have a vivid memory as we (cross-country team)
were supposed to win the first ever Peninsula District Championship;  we didn't, but we did finish 5th in the state, which was
the best any Typhoon team had done in 10 years. Also in the trophy section of your ever growing web site, you can find the
PD charter plaque which is dated 1965. Peace, Albert

1966 1965    
        (I hope this is the one you meant, Albert...)    

   AHH -  Thanks, Albert!  I recognize these clippings from one of the fabulous scrapbooks you showed me at the Reunion
They were among the treasures you located when you rescued the trophies themselves last fall.  

   Somewhere in the back of what I used to call my mind is a thought which says that you gentlemen agree in theory, but there's
a principle or semantics or reference to an earlier existing athletic regulatory agency or something involved here.  However, as
this is a sports question, and as I am the one who used to pride myself on never knowing which teams were involved in the
World Series (I'm using baseball as a metaphor, but it applies to the entire world of sports, if you catch my drift), I will refrain
from adding any useful commentary here.  Or in the words of Br'er Rabbit:

["And the tar-baby, (s)he lay low....."]

   However, I did add the images here:


   And your comments here:


   Thanks again, Sweetie!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/08/05:

... I might add a comment re low scoring games in the past. There was a time in the past when play would stop
and there would be a jump ball after every basket.  You can still see the "vestigial" jump circle around the foul
line at both ends of the court. Ask Al and Wayne about the effect of that on scores.

   Thanks, Dave - I will! 


   Oh, yes, David, your comments are also posted:


From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 04/08/05:

John Patterson/Albert Dorner
Craig Miller was there for the 24-22 Hampton game but forgot.  Wow, I forgot how many low-scoring games we had
to play.  What a cheap way to try to upset a good team!  I thought the "freeze" was unique to the 50's and 60's, but
Albert Dorner dusted off a pile of low-scoring affairs in the 30's and 40's!  It looks like the 1945 loss to Wilson 18-19
is the record low-scoring game.
You'd think VHSL would have started a play clock after, say, the first 30 years of this unsportsmanlike tactic!
Craig ('63)
P.S.  Who's going to be the first to confirm the two state championships prior to the VHSL?

   Thanks, Craig!

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   And - that's right - posted:



From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 04/07/05:

Carol, seeing Bobby Norris' ('62 - of VA) photo still doesn't tell me everything.  I certainly remember him. . . I
just don't remember if it was with him that I played piano duets.  I did remember the last name of the Beverly that
I couldn't before - Beverly Blaylock - I think!  Also, did I know Bobby Norris at Tech?  Carol, there were 100
women and about 10,000 men!  The young women there at VPI said we were Virgins Penned In.  We had to be in
by 7:30 PM and could not wear skirts or slacks on campus without a skirt of coat on over the top of them.  It sounds
archaic now and it sounded archaic then too!  But obeying was better than being sent home!  No, I did not cross paths
with Bobby at Tech.  KC 

   Oh, CRUM!  Well, then, you're looking for a witness - someone who actually observed the two of you making beautiful music
together and has remembered it for forty-eleven years.  I see.  Hmmm.  Well.  That's different.  I might remember such a thing
myself.  Oh - wait a minute!  Yes, I do!  I do remember it!  And that would be because having once spent the summer of 1960
enamored of Bobby, I would have observed the entire proceedings with a tinge of jealousy!  And that would further explain this
cryptic inscription you added to my 1962 Anchor:

TA-DAH!   Another mystery solved!  Thanks, Kathy!    

   Now, about Va Tech - I'm so completely astonished, I'm quite nearly speechless.  This is particularly true when I compare it
to my memories of Old Dominion.  When I registered for classes in the fall of 1965, it was still suffering from growing pains,
and had not quite caught up to itself.  As incoming freshmen had the last shot at classes, practically every class I wanted to enter
was filled.  I ended up taking two night courses - sophomore level at that - which were actually designed for adults in the community
sector.  My last class on Tuesdays and Thursdays didn't end until 10:00 PM, and then I had to walk across a dark campus to my
room on Monterey Avenue.  Obviously, no 7:30 PM could have been in existence.  As for the "dress standard", it seems that as
long as both men and women attended class wearing at least a bikini, they were covered, so to speak.  It was rather appalling. 
Or perhaps I was just a prude.  Naaaaahh......

From Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 04/07/05:

Hi Carol!
It was news to me to learn of 7th graders at NNHS--thanks to your Wednesday Newsletter.  At least there were some
at an even lower rank than our lowly "Mice."  I am always amazed at the interesting new info I learn about NNHS from our
fellow TYPHOONS!! Please keep all this good stuff coming!!
A note to Russell (Rip) Collins ('65) of TN (and to Neta Collins Hastings - '60 - of VA) -- I am certain your father
was one of the attorneys I worked with at Hairston Seawell's Office in Newport News (around 1982).  He was just the best
person!!  I know you must be very proud of him.
Till next time,
                        Typhoons Forever,
                        Cheryl Pless Ramsey

   Thanks, Cheryl!  Someone in the last year or so reminded us of the nickname enjoyed by those seventh graders.  Was that you,
Kathy?  And was it "squeaks"?!?  I can't recall.  Ask me about 1949; my memories of it are much sharper....

   How nice that you had the privilege of working with Mr. Collins!  Isn't this fun?!?

From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 04/07/05:

Hi Carol,

I have been wondering what has happened to Phillip Hammond ('64)?  I think that he married Sylvia Hall ('66).  I read
about so many other classmates and was just wondering about them.  I hope that this finds you well. 


   Hi, Pauline!  According to my sources, Phillip Hammond resides in Santa Barbara, CA.  Beyond that, I have no information.
Perhaps one of our readers is in touch with either him or Sylvia. 

   Again - "Anyone?  Anyone?"

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of VA - 04/07/05:

What a great newsletter ..... I have enjoyed catching up since I got home...I notice in the 7th grade photo that you
were wearing BRIGHT RED LIPSTICK ... how daring.  When I was in the 7th grade I had to sneak my lipstick and
my hose ... to school because they were forbidden!  I remember taking off my saddle shoes and socks and putting hose
and flats on in the bathroom!  (I have no idea what I did with the shoes and socks, probably put them in my book bag ...
did we still have those in the 7th grade?  Nice photo of me and Rocky (Gary - '64 - of VA) (my brother-in-law) in the
'64 reunion photos. 
Keep up the good work! 
p.s.  Bobby Norris's ('62 - of VA) mother was my 7th grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson ... we gave her a rough time. 
I bet she was glad when our class exited for NNHS!  I cannot believe I wore nylon hose every day in high school.  I have
to search for a pair now!

   Thanks, Jean!  Yes, wasn't that red lipstick ghastly?!?  If you think that was bad, you should have seen me in the light pink
(which was considered more appropriate for my tender years).  You must remember, that was taken when my daddy was still
alive, and he spoiled me beyond all reason.  I didn't become the Super Brat that I am today over night!  He literally denied me
nothing that I can remember unless it involved large sums of money.

   And I still wear panty hose every single day - even under slacks.......  And I never, ever leave home without being fully made-up. 
Ever.  The real me is artificial.

   Mrs. Norris was a jewel.  I remember her fondly.

From Fred Field ('56) of CA - 04/08/05:

Hello Carol, Fri. Apr. 8, 05

This in response to Ron Miller's ('59 of NC) 4-7 question to me about the 1941 NN - Hampton football game
and the post-game demonstrations.

Ron is right! I did attend that game. The fall of 1941 was my first semester in high school. I had just turned
13 the previous June (no eighth grade then). This was the first NNHS game I ever attended and also the only
game I attended as a "civilian" - I didnít join the band until the Feb. 1942 semester. Classmate Hall Gray and
I attended that game together.

These statistics come from my Feb. 1942 Beacon Annual (thereafter named Anchor):

The star football player that Ron mentioned was Earl Gray. He is prominent in the Typhoon section of the
annual. He and Irvis Holmes were co-captains. In the team roster, Earl was jersey no. 54, 195 pounds and
played guard. He is also shown in the starting lineup photo as Right Guard.

The record of performance for the Fall '41 season is given:

NN 47 - Craddock 0
NN 0 - Bullis Prep. 12
NN 0 - Danville 18
NN 52 - Gray High 0
NN 0 - Maury 15
NN 0 - Wilson 26
NN 0 - John Marshall 19
NN 0 - Petersburg 7
NN 0 - Granby 33
NN 6 - Hampton 6

Not a good season for the Typhoon with only two games won out of ten, and even those victories against
small-school teams. And those seven zip finals hurt too. And hardly a great beginning for the brand new
Head Football Coach, Harry "the horse" Harmon.

One could imagine the frustration on Thanksgiving day, when the only chance for redemption was to Crush
the Crabbers - and then to have the whole contest collapse into a tie. Add to that some feelings on both sides
that one or another referee ruling was unfair. The climate was ripe for a serious display of unrest.

I honestly don't remember any after-game strife. Probably because I scooted out of the stadium quickly.
My father had warned me that there was a tradition for the visiting fans to try to tear down the home team's
goal post. Also I knew there would be a problem catching a bus with Washington Ave. swarming with post-game

One odd recollection is that on leaving the stadium we encountered a brand new 1942 Packard sedan. It was
on display, parked right up on the sidewalk by the local dealer. The crowd had to walk around it. This was the
first car I had ever seen without the usual prominent fenders, everything being blended into the smooth body.
By the time I got around to looking inside, Hall Gray was pulling on me to get moving.

For anyone interested in following up on the story, the NN Public Library has all the old Daily Press and
Times Herald issues on microfilm. The day following Thanksgiving should have the story. If the reporters were
anywhere that day they were at the game.

I do know that there were subsequent attempts to calm down the demonstrations between NNHS and
Hampton High. For one thing, the goalposts had always been flimsy wooden things because they were going
to get torn down anyway. Soon after 1941 they were replaced with steel posts, set in concrete. I have a vague
recollection of a Thanksgiving game - probably 1943 - when the Hampton fans stormed the Typhoon goal posts
and were unable to do more than shake them a little. The NN fans stayed in the stadium and cheered.

After the goal posts were no longer good targets, the demonstration efforts degenerated into sheer vandalism.
One year some Hampton fans smeared red paint all over the front of NNHS. NN fans probably did something
similar in Hampton. All this resulted in some serious meetings between officials of both schools with threats
of severely punishing any future culprits.

Earl Gray graduated in Feb. 1942. The Beacon has a good picture of him on page 19. Most of the NNHS
annuals are available in the NN Public Library Virginiana Room, Main Street, Hilton.

Nostalgic best wishes, Fred

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Fred!  What a great story!  Okay, you and Ronnie shamed me into action.  Here's the new cover page
for the Football section:


   Yes, I know it's still quite lame (except for the cute little twirling football, of course).  I'll work on filling in the blanks ASAP. 
Thanks for the nudge, Gentlemen!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

(The Five Keys)

In the jungle, the quiet jungle,
the lion sleeps tonight.
In the jungle, the mighty jungle,
the lion sleeps tonight.
Aweem away, aweem away, aweem away,
Aweem away, aweem away, aweem away,
Aweem away, aweem away, aweem away,
Aweem away, aweem away, aweem away,
Aweem away, aweem away, aweem away,
aweem away
In the village, the quiet village,
the lion sleeps tonight.
In the village, the quiet village,
the lion sleeps tonight.
Awe e e e e aweem away
Hush my darlin', don't cry my darlin',
the lion sleeps tonight.
Hush my darlin', don't cry my darlin',
the lion sleeps tonight.
Awe e e e e aweem away

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" midi courtesy of http://www.lionking.org/sounds/MIDI/
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" lyrics courtesy of http://www2.uol.com.br/cante/lyrics/The_Five_Keys_-_The_lion_sleeps_tonight.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Joan Sharrock Painting of Sleeping Lion courtesy of http://www.sharrock.com/_calendar2004.htm - 04/02/05  

Frantisek Stoud 1998 Image of Sleeping Lion in Safari Park on Mt. Fuji courtesy of http://phototravels.net/japan/pcd2633/fuji-safari-lion-19.html - 04/02/05

Animated Snake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/divide5.html - 04/02/05

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