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06/13/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Tell Me Why

"Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.”

- Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
(23 Dec 1804 - 13 Oct 1869)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I basically took a sick day today, and so this Newsletter is horribly chopped, and awaiting a better continuity in tomorrow's edition.  


   Hit #48,000 was made on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 7:11 AM by an unknown user.


  From Jamie Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 06/11/06:

Thanks to    Bill Lee for the picture of his wife's class picture at Parkview and to Janie (Leigh Slack Lee) for the nice things that she said about my mom. My mom was always coming home from school with stories about her kids at Parkview. She talked a lot about the Luckado's, Crickenberger's, Deese's and the Phaup's. She loved all of them dearly. I can't remember all of them, but, I have lots of pictures from 1947-1976. She took a few years off to be Principal at a new school called Sedgefield , but her heart was at Parkview and later Carver. She taught two generations of some families. She loved all the kids from  the Newmarket area. I will try to figure out a way to send her picture.
My sister, Jeannie Douglas Adams, taught at Hilton , where my son and I went.  My brother-in-law taught English at NNHS.   His name is Dan Adams.
 They are both retired now. Jeannie from teaching in Danville, Va. Dan from flying commercial jets. They have two children and three grandchildren. They spend most of there time on their enormous boat, going up the intercoastal waterway.

   Well, we need to be adding him to our Famous Teacher pages, Jamey!  Please don't let me forget.  You know how my mind works - or fails to work, as the case may be.........

Thanks again Bill, I hope other people will write with their experiences  from Parkview.


   I did post  your comments here, Jamey:

   Thanks, Lady!


    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 06/11/06 - "NNHS Newsletter":

You know, your website is sometimes like comfort food to me... the mashed potatoes of the Internet (if I may?).  But I do find myself occasionally overwhelmed with newsletters flowing in various proportions.  Sometimes we will see 2 or 3 a day, once a day, or once a week.  Personally, I would prefer one large newsletter per week over many, since often they are photo intensive and I truly don't have the time to read every one of them as they arrive. [now off my soap box] :-)

   Honey, I just don't know how we can get around that one.  It is precisely because the Newsletters have become heavily laden with images that we issue them more frequently.  If they were not broken down into these smaller segments, dial-up users - of whom there are many - would not even be able to open them.  We aim for five a week, but often there are more.  For instance, there will be a Fathers Day edition.  And I certainly wish people would keep living longer so I wouldn't have to create special Memorial Editions for them, but they don't seem to cooperate in that area.  Those are (I think) the only times we have more than one Newsletter a day.

   A couple of years back I tried to just have a Friday Newsletter.  It became so overwhelming, my son suggested it might be less stressful if I issued them more frequently.  While I was initially horrified at the prospect, it soon became obvious that he was right.  And that was before they contained any images whatsoever.  Those Plain-Jane issues take about one-sixth the time to create as these fancier editions, not counting any research which may be incurred - and there often is much involved which doesn't show.  But they're not nearly as much fun, and the inclusion of images was not really initiated by me, but was requested by others.

   Originally, the Newsletter simply alerted people to what was new on the site.  Now that the site requires who knows how long to view - certainly in excess of twelve hours - most people simply read the Newsletter, and take quick peeks at the pages cited.

   The main problem is time-management.  Obviously the way I issue Newsletters at surprise intervals is not very professional, but then, this isn't a real job.  The time I devote to it comes at strange stolen hours, and is often looked upon with, shall we say, less than a full measure of joy by my family members who seem to feel I should be devoting more time to them and less to this.  Therefore I arise at 5:00 AM to begin while most of them are still sleeping, and stay up later after they go to bed - and still never finish.

   For now, this is the best solution I have.  If you can't read every newsletter, or every section of every newsletter, you are certainly not alone.  But with more than 450 people as regular subscribers - not counting those who are unregistered users - I'm sure you'll understand that I can't please everyone all the time, no matter how hard I try.  And if you feel overwhelmed reading them, I feel like an overwhelmed Gumby trying to create them.

With that said, could I offer possibly another area of interest for discussion?

I have expanded on the Drive-In section but we often overlook the Television as part of our daily life and culture growing up.  Especially during a simpler era when local television stations did their own programming and had hosts of the shows.  Of particular interest to me are the horror shows such as "Shock Theater" "Chiller Theater" and "Creature Feature".  In the 1950s stations were mostly independent and even into the 1960s some continued that way, separate from syndicated network programming.  Even those who were part of the big three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) still had pre and post primetime programming and their hosts became local icons of the day.  The invention of home video tapes and cable TV was the demise of these institutions.
Even though "Shock Theater" and others were hot shows across the country, the movies shown were usually anything but... mostly forgettable black and white fare made between 1930-1950 (but not always) by poverty row studios on shoestring budgets.  Made during the days when the Hays Office still dictated what studios could produce and the NAB Code of Ethics governed broadcasters pre 1974.  It was these clowns in macabre makeup giving their own brand of commentary that made the show and what people remember today, not the movies.
In Richmond, I can not find a reference for early horror hosted shows until 1970 when William "Bill" Bowman (aka The Bowman Body) hit the airwaves until 1979 on WXEX (now WRIC-TV).  Bill went on to excel in broadcasting and production to a point that the VA General Assembly passed a bill in 2005 recognizing him for his contributions.
I grew up in Newport News which is the Norfolk market and we had a couple of horror hosts.  Most multitasked such as station manager of WVEC-TV  Jerry Sandford (now living in Hampton).  He did Ronald for Shock Theater, Bungles the Clown during the afternoon kids show, and out of makeup hosted various local game shows such as Bingo for Be-Lo's super markets.  Unfortunately the pressures must have gotten to him as these shows were "live" and he would occasionally show up on the set after having a drink or two.  Though funny at the time, he quickly disappeared from the screen.  I remember it and again, it was the "hosts" and not the show that people do remember.  Jerry Harrell (aka Dr. Madblood on WAVY-TV) was another local horror host and Bill's cohort and even switched places once on their shows.  As far as I know Harrell is still doing the character on public broadcast stations and does some work at ODU.  He is also a professional magician and former Bozo the clown.
I was surprised to see that when Vampira was hitting the airwaves in Los Angeles 1954, Richmond only had 1 (one) television station at the time - WTVR (channel 6)  which went off the air at 12:10am.  There was another station received but it was WTAR (channel 3) from Norfolk. 

   I thought surely you were forgetting WRVA, but according to Wikipedia:

WRVA-TV signed on for the first time on April 29, 1956.

It wasn't until the mid 50s that the area had 3 network stations and the movies that showed horror was the Million Dollar Movie (channel 8) and The Big Picture (channel 6) but did not see the usual hosted shows?  The newspaper also had a full page of ads for walk in and drive-in movies.  I think there were at least a half dozen Drive-Ins here at that time.  As a kid in Newport News I remember as late as the 60s television stations going off the air at sundown with the old RCA Indian Head Test Pattern burned into the tube while others continued after midnight.  It depended on the day of the week when the station went off the air which made alternate means of entertainment popular.

I currently have about 1,000 DVDs which is heavy on the classic horror and sci-fi genre including many of the movies shown by these horror hosts.
What are your memories?  I will be glad to elaborate on my memories and offer any information about movies from this era.
Eric Steven Huffstutler
Richmond, VA
BHS '75
   This sounds logical and good to me, Eric!  I am and always have been a  TV junkie of the highest degree.

   I think this old clipping I found is all we have pertaining to the subject at the moment, but we can certainly fix that, I'm quite sure!

   Thanks, Eric!

Newport News, VA,
Monday, June 10, 1963

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/11/06 - "You got it!":

Hi, Carol:
Your comments in today's newsletter were amusing. You really did not get my drift the first time around about the confluence of the Indian River into Hampton Roads. All my subtle efforts at humor seem to fail. Oh, well.

   Not at all, Sweet Adonis.  I'm sure it wasn't lost on anyone else but me.  I was simply too busy obsessing and feeling inadequate to catch it initially.

Just as I began reading the newsletter we started to receive the effects of our first tropical storm, Alberto in the Tampa Bay area. Some much needed rain brought relief to the drought, but dread at the same time when we read this headline:

Tropical Storm Alberto, in Gulf of Mexico, could hit Florida on Tuesday

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   YOWZERONI!!!  You Floridians take care!   Thanks, Joe!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 06/11/06 - "Dear Carol, Being 80 yrs old":

Dear Carol,

You were very receptive with my last E-Mail on aging, so I thought I would send along another letter from the files of Ann Landers.

  This was in the paper a few years back and I found it most interesting. I tried to read all of Ann Landers daily articles. She had a lot of common sense to pass along and she was very funny at times with her responses.

Your Friend, Herbie

   I've always been a big Ann Landers fan myself, Herbie!  Thanks for sharing this with us, Sweetie!


  From Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 06/11/06 - "Hi from Texas!":

Hi Carol,

Just had to tell you that I loved the picture of you and your granddaughter - I use to do that with my son, who is now 6' 5', 290 lbs, 24 yrs old - guess I won't be doing that anytime soon!

   You know, Paula, I can still remember my mama playing "Lean Back" with me!  And I did it with all seven our my children, and eight of my nine grandchildren (I haven't met the ninth one in person yet - sniff-sniff, boo-hoo....).  I see your son is like unto my own - "Giant Economy Size"!  GIGGLES!!!

  Tuesday, August 9, 2005  
  Carol and Eme  
I found the other names for the TDK Sorority and it was fun to look back through stuff.  Names are:  Patty Walsh (62); Debbie Holton (62); Annette Rouse (64); and Kay Gillespie (64) and it was founded in 1959.

   Thanks, Paula!  I posted those additions:

   Now do you remember the colors???

It was so nice to see    Pam Larmer (Traugott's - '62 - of VA) entry about 17th street.  We did have a wonderful street and there were other kids on that block that went to NNHS too.  Billy Minick ('59) lived beside Pam and Billy and Pat ('62) Stambaugh lived closer to the shopping center at the end of the street.  Living beside Zatha (Franks - '62) were Dorothea ('59) and Margaret Ann Sloop and their father was minister of the Lutheran Church in the 1950's.  They moved to Maryland before I left in January of 1962.  Beside them were the Jeffers, and Susie ('62) was my best friend from when we were little until midway through high school.  I remember her mother's 'doll cakes' - she would put a 'Vogue doll" in the center and make a cake skirt - they do it now with Barbies, but I think she 'invented' it!  She would let us lick the bowl - what a sweet memory.  I also remember her little brother, Scotty ('68).  He was so 'tough' - when he was learning to ride a two- wheeler, he would crash into something and fall off in order to stop.  I can remember my mother saying, there goes Scotty, hope he doesn't crash.

   WOWZERS!!!  Sara Jeffers was my mama's best friend.  They lived at 965 - 17th Street.  Those cakes of hers were legendary!

   You might get a kick out of the picture of Scotty in his choir robes on this page:

Patty Larsen and her brother lived on the corner at the other end of the street and her mother use to give out candied apples to her 'favorite children' in the neighborhood on Halloween (funny how you remember when you don't get something - ha).
Seventeen kids (and more that I didn't know) on that block and so many memories that they would fill a million hearts.  When I think back now, it really was a charmed childhood.  Sure there were heartaches and problems, but the adults seem to protect us from unnecessary/unpleasant information (unlike the world today) and there was an innocence to daily life. 

   It was indeed a magical time, and we were truly blessed to be living there then.  I'll try to make that "Our Old Neighborhoods" page soon.....

Enough of this tome, hope you're having a nice Sunday (I'm listening to Toby Keith and yes, I know you love him too!).

   Oh, I am that, Paula!  I used one of his songs as a Newsletter theme once:

Love, Paula

   Thanks so much, Paula!  It's always a joy to hear from you!


    From Tim Rogers (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - 06/11/06 - "Skeeter Beach":

Hi Carol,

You made mention of Skeeter Beach. As I recall it was located between Wythe Parkway and Chesterfield Road on Chesapeake Avenue and of course, on the water side. A dirt/sand road went down to the beach, there were two or three small trees and a old shack. Boy, that was a long time ago!

   AT LAST!!!  We have pinpointed the exact location!  Thanks so much, Tim!  I made it a brand new page, and mapped it on the East End page: - brand new page


        - same brand new page

Also, does anyone remember Beer Can Alley? Located at the very south end of Chesapeke (correct spelling) Avenue in Merrimac Shores.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks again, Tim!


  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/11/06:


I read about the different neighborhoods that different ones of you lived in. I guess you would say that the group that lived close to 24th Street and Parrish Avenue was a lot of fun too. Here are the names that I remember: Elaine Wilkinson ('61), David Wilkinson, A.D. Strickland ('62), Faith Strickland ('64), Linda Baker, Brenda Baker, Brenda Mays, Frank Ivey ('59), Dennis Ivey ('65), Butch Bolden ('62), Ricky Phelps, Eric Aucoin ('62), and me,   Glenn Dye ('60). There were some more, but I just went blank on names

Glenn Dye Typhoon forever.

   I really will try to make that "Our Old Neighborhoods" page soon, Glenn.  I remember that section of town well enough.  Surely it had a name, didn't it???

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Glenn!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/12/06 - "Cole Porter...":

Thank you so much for the Cole Porter was "de-lovely"!  By the way if you missed the movie, it was great.

  Didn't    David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) do such a marvelous job with that music, Jean?!?  And no,   Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I have neither one seen that movie, though we're both trying desperately to remedy that at the moment.  I thought surely she had seen it, as she's an even bigger Kevin Kline fan than she is a Cole Porter fan - and that's saying something! 

   David sent me this link, which has only strengthened my resolve to get the movie:

   Thanks, Lady!


  From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/12/06 - "Redneck Cruise Ship":

  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Tommy!  

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 06/12/06 - "Check out Wilber Huston, 93,
Dies; 'Brightest Boy' in 1929 - New York Times":

Hi Carol,
I thought this was interesting. Mr. Huston had a NASA connection and lived in the area for a time.
By the way, my best-friend-across-the-street (JoAnne Fay)'s father worked at NASA. In Newport News, this was pronounced N-A-S-A, as in "My daddy works at N-A-S-A." In the rest of the world and on the evening news, it was always "Nasa."
Wilber Huston, 93, Dies; 'Brightest Boy' in 1929 - New York Times

   Our sympathies are extended to Mr. Huston's family.

   Thanks, Christine!  I remember the "N-A-S-A" thing - and it predecessor - "N-A-C-A", too!


From Gerald W. Colbert of FL - 06/13/06 - "Marine Gerald W. Colbert":

1947 - PFC Gerald W. Colbert, USMC Cpl. Gerald W. Colbert, USMC 17 Dec 1981 - Lt. Gerald W. Colbert Gerald W. Colbert, USMC  
Gerald W. Colbert - Born in Mount Vernon, New York on December 31, 1928
Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1947 to 1952
Honorably Discharged with the Rank of Sergeant
Served in the Mount Vernon, New York Police Department from 1952 to 1988.
Retired with the Rank of Lieutenant
Now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Life Member of the Marine Corps League
Member of the International Police Association - USA Section - Region 11 (Florida/South)

   Hi, Gerald,

   Thank you for your interest in our Famous Marines pages.  I'm proud and honored to add you:

   Thank you again - and thank you for your service!



From Gerald W. Colbert of FL - 06/13/06 - "Marine Gerald W. Colbert":

Thank you Carol. Keep up the good work. You are a fine American and a true Patriot.

S/F, Gerry

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much, Gerry!

From the Daily Press - 06/13/06:

Otho Oscar Givens
NEWPORT NEWS - Otho Oscar Givens, 92, died Friday, June 9, 2006. He was born August 12, 1913 in Butylo, Middlesex County, Va. He was a resident of Newport News, Va. for the majority of his life and retired in 1978 after being associated with the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company as a designer for 44 years. He was an active charter member of Hilton Christian Church in Newport News. Mr. Givens was an honor graduate from Newport News High School in 1931 and the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School in 1939. He attended the College of William and Mary for three years. He was a member of numerous bands during high school, college and the Apprentice School playing the trumpet and baritone. He married Jane Elizabeth Martin on November 18, 1939 and celebrated 66 years of marriage in 2005. He was a loving husband, loyal/devoted son, supportive brother and proud father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. His hobbies included: helping others, photography, serving as a docent for The Mariners' Museum (since 1986), riding and repairing bicycles, sailing, sharing special events/times with family and friends, his daily/weekly telephone chats with relatives and his association with the Peninsula Retired Men's Club, Engineer's Club and the RSVP senior volunteer organization. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane; three sons, O. Martin Givens and his wife, Grace of Newport News, David S. Givens and his wife, Paula, of Stafford, Va. and Steven Y. Givens of Newport News; a brother, E. Rouzee Givens and his wife, Madaline; a sister, Josephine G. Kyle of Friendswood, Texas; one granddaughter, Sherri G. Mylott and her husband, Paul of Mendon, Mass.; five great-grandchildren, Marshall H. Holland of Mendon, Matthew M. Givens of Newport News, Spencer A. Holland of Mendon, Jessica N. Givens of Newport News and Torian G. Mylott of Mendon; one step-great-grandchild, Austin G. Mylott; three nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer B. Givens (died at age 104 on July 25, 1988) and Eleanor S. Givens (died at age 78 on July 12, 1965) and a grandson, Craig M. Givens (died at age 32 on October 19, 1997). A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Hilton Christian Church followed by a reception in the church's Fellowship Hall for time to visit with the family. Visit for Guest Book to share your remembrances. Memorials may be made in memory of Otho O. Givens to the Hilton Christian Memorial Fund, 100 James River Drive, Newport News, VA 23601.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/13/2006.
Guest Book
   Our sympathies are extended to the Givens family.  


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:

The Super Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009

The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



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

                          Love to all, Carol





Tell Me Why

Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1964

(The Beatles)

Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me
Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me

Well I gave you everything I had
But you left me sitting on my own
Did you have to treat me oh so bad
All I do is hang my head and moan

Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me
Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me

If there's something I have said or done
Tell me what and I'll apologize
If you don't I really can't go on
Holding back these tears in my eyes

Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me
Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me

Well I'm beggin' on my bended knees
If you'll only listen to my pleas
Is there anything I can do
'cause I really can't stand it
I'm so in love with you

Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me
Tell me why you cried
And why you lied to me

"Tell Me Why" midi courtesy of - 06/02/06
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Tell Me Why" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

NOTE: This page was unavailable at press time, so the lyrics are actually courtesy
of - 06/03/06

"Tell Me Why" clip art courtesy of - 06/03/06

Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 01/29/05

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06
Thanks, Eric!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

 Carol and Eme "Lean Back" gif of 08/09/05 created by Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 08/19/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 04/15/04

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