08/16/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
All Alone Am I

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   As this is an "extra" Newsletter (i.e., over and beyond the normally scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
editions), the music theme is from my Magic Shower which sings to me each morning.  The regular Newsletters, as
you may have noticed, at the moment derive their themes from the wonderful 5-CD Reunion Oldies Mix brilliantly
compiled by David Spriggs ('64) of VA.  We'll be starting the third CD tomorrow.  And by the way, if you haven't
ordered your free set from Dave yet, why on earth not?!?  They're simply marvelous - and they're FREE!  (Of course,
a donation to the Class of 1964 - say, about $10.00 - would be awfully nice of you!  GIGGLES!!!)


   Check out the rest of Typhoonmart as well.  You'll be glad you did.


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/15/05:

Hi, Carol:
Glad you passed the tutorial that your son provided during your visit to the mid-west and we have you back again
with the TYPHOON news. You were sorely missed, and my concern was that you might get accustomed to the time
away from the PC and decide that it just is not worth all the time and effort to maintain the website and newsletters,
sort of like retirement from the working world and all of it's pressure and the tyranny of the urgent that goes
with working.
Well, my concern was without merit, for "The Bitch is Back" and I hope you are sober and not sniffing glue as the
song portrays in the lyrics. Did Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) select this theme? If so, he is sentenced to three days
in the Brig on bread and water and cell checks every four hours. Sound Off, Prisoner!!!
Looking forward to receiving your Road Runner Email again as well.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan Class of 1957 of FL

   Oh, Adonis!  Perish the thought!  Every bit of energy I expend on the website and Newsletters comes back to me
a thousand-fold!  Other than being with my family and watching my seven children mature (I started to say "raising my
children", but we all know that they raised me!), nothing has brought me the joy that this effort has!  It is safe to say that
when I'm not working on it, either my computer systems or I or both are severely incapacitated.

   And yes, Major Madagan, Captain Spriggs did indeed choose yesterday's theme music!  If I recall correctly (and I
do), when I thought the days of return were upon us, I had thought to use Gene Autry's "I'm Back in the Saddle Again",
so I asked for David's assistance.  As you know, I invariably defer to his genius in the selection of the music. 

"The Bitch Is Back" midi courtesy of http://www.skunkworx.org/music.stuff/j.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"The Bitch Is Back" lyrics courtesy of http://www.eltonography.com/songs/the_bitch_is_back.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

".....I was thinking more along the lines of Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back".  Should get a laugh from the Alumni.
"OTOH, "bitch" is not really your persona....."

   It is now..............Thanks, Sweetie!

   When he suggested this, I immediately recognized how perfect it was.  Besides, I was laughing so hard I hurt myself.  

   The sad thing is how right on target it was - and how easily David was able to spot it.  You already know what a Super Brat
I am.  As long as I'm getting my own way, I'm all nicey-nicey - a real sweetie-pie, right?  But losing all this, well, I doubt that
I was able to disguise my frustration at all.  And people always see right through me, no matter what.  For instance, we went
out to dinner last night.  As we were leaving the restaurant, after an exchange of not more than two sentences, the gal turned
to my husband and said, "Never a dull moment with this one, right?"

   So for the last three months I can only assume I earned that title with distinction.  But at least I stayed sober.  GIGGLES!

   However, your mention of glue-sniffing reminded me of an incident from my junior year of high school.  My art teacher, the
very wonderful and beautiful Mrs. Janet Ellis, had assigned a fall semester project of designing and constructing a miniature
house.  Perhaps you've noticed how I tend to go a bit overboard, and always find the difficult path to anything....

   So I decided my dream home was a Georgian mansion.  Being the obsessive perfectionist that I am, I therefore rabidly
immersed myself in research.  I wanted the brick walls set in English over Flemish bond one foot thick.  I wanted a slate roof. 
I wanted carved pediments above the doorways.  I wanted two dependent outbuildings (the kitchen and the office) connected
by lovely passageways.  I drew blueprints.  I was involved!  My final design was very reminiscent of Col. William Byrd's
Westover on the James, which I so loved.  (Years later I was to learn that he was my 7th great-grandfather, but I digress.)

"Westover", Charles City Co., VA
Built in 1730
Col. William Byrd, II (28 Mar 1674 -
26 Aug 1744)

   After so much initial preparation, it was time to build.  For the purposes of my project I only built the main house, but I
knew that when the time came I'd have it all.  We bought massive quantities of those lock-together red plastic toy building
bricks (their name escapes me) - and what a toy I built!  We bought a 16" x 20" cork bulletin board as a carrying base, and
painted it green, and added "boxwood" bushes sold in the model train section of hobby shops (where we came to spend
much time).  We bought balsa wood and paneled the walls and carved moldings and constructed "stone" steps.  We bought
and mixed paint in authentic colonial colors.  It took weeks and weeks, and we spent the cost of what would have been my
winter coat that year, but it was a sacrifice willingly made.  It was all in perfect scale and gloriously beautiful!

   And it was all held together with plastic model glue.  And it was winter.  And in our excitement, we somehow must have
missed the instructions about using only with adequate ventilation.  And did we get SICK!!!  In 1963, if anyone was using
glue for a recreational drug, I certainly never heard of it.  But it's a grand wonder my momma and I didn't die from the fumes
in our tiny one-bedroom Stuart Gardens apartment!

   I did love that Georgian mansion, though.  I kept it for years and years and moved it around the country with me.  Eventually
it fell into ruin.  Sigh.

   Ah, my Road Runner email!  Yes, I really should call their tech-reps today.  That would simplify my life, wouldn't it??

   Thanks, Adonis!  It's great to be back - saddle or no saddle!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/16/05:

So glad you are back!  And I can think of a much better song..."I'll Be Lovin' You...Always"...you are an angel...and
you have created an Angel network...never mind Oprah...and we love you!

Jean B

   Awwww- what a nice thing to say!!!  Thanks, Jean!

From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 08/08/05:

Welcome back Carol.  It was great to hear from you.  Evelyn Fryer Fish

   Thanks, Evelyn!  It is soooo good to be back!!!

From Mr. Kenneth Gaskins of VA - 08/16/05:

Please add my name to the teachers list. I enjoy your contact.

Kenneth D. Gaskins
2049 Cove Road
Hayes, VA


   Certainly!  Thanks for the nudge!  More coming soon......


From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 08/15/05:

Carol....Hey it is SOO wonderful to hear from you again...YOU ARE THE BEST....Carol, thank you SO
much for the nice gift you presented to me at the 1960 class reunion.  Both the video and framed
inspirational message....they are both special....we viewed the video and it was excellent!  We both were
most impressed.

You and Paul are so special....He is so giving and of course so are you....each reunion he was up front
to volunteer to help me take things back to my car....for that, I was so appreciative......I am sorry that I
am just now responding to thank you for the gifts...no excuse....I have been so busy, but so is everyone.

OH....by the way...you have posted some birthdays....boo hoo....I thought I turned mine in....maybe I did
not.  Here are the birthdays of our family who graduated from N.N.H.S.  Cheryl Mays Howard (1966),
March 19.....Frederick W. Mays (1960), July 2, Mary Anne Mays Davis (1958), Sept. 24....Patty
Andrews Mays (1961)
, May 9th.

For the record....this month, August is very special....On August 23rd, I will have 40 continuous years
working here at the Shipyard....(Newport News Shipbuilding, then Newport News Shipbuilding, a
Major Component of Tenneco, then Newport News Shipbuilding again, then Northrop Grumman-Newport
News)....all is combined as I have worked at the same place in the Computer Center....I am very proud
of this accomplishment...Five days after this 40 year anniversary, on August 28th, Patty and I celebrate
our 40th Wedding Anniversary.....Our children, Erick and his wife Tara and our daughter Ansley are
giving us a nice Anniversary Party on that day, Sunday, 08/28/05. We are very blessed (as of course
you are so much as well) and know to whom we give our thanks.  It is so hard to believe .... 40 years....
seems like yesterday in a way.  We are so blessed with our granddaughter, Payton Lyn Mays....she
will be two years old on December 8th. 

Carol....it is a pleasure knowing you...and your husband.....

Take care, Fred Mays, class of 1960 N.N.H.S.

   Hi, Fred!  You're very welcome.  I'm glad you enjoyed them.  And there's no need to apologize; I rank with the world's
worst in running behind!

   Oh, yes, Fred, you did turn in your birthday list, but I was broken and could do nothing.  I've not even begun to look
at my massive backlog of emails to begin all the updates yet, so thanks for the reminder.  I just added them:


   Congratulations on all your anniversaries - such grand achievements!  WOWZERS - 40 years!!  August is a busy
month for us, too.  Paul and I were married 36 years ago yesterday.  His birthday is the 1st, and mine is the 30th, so we
split the difference.  My oldest sister, Margaret, and my great nephew, Jacob (Eleanor's grandson), were both born
on the 6th; my parents were married on the 8th; my cousin Cheryl was born on the 23rd: my cousin Jim was born on the
27th; and my grandson, Jacob, was born on the 31st. 

   Thanks for all your kind words, Fred!  It was great seeing you again, both in June and July.  And thank you for the
images you took at Mr. Mac's memorial service.  I'm looking forward to posting them soon, but it'll have to await
purchasing a new scanner, and that will have to wait until September or so.

   By the way, Fred lost one of his NNHS bricks at the Reunion in July.  Has anyone any knowledge of this?  Anyone? 

From Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA - 08/15/05:


Butch Corson here. Thanks so much for putting forth the effort for all Typhoon people everywhere. First,
I wanted to have my name added to the e-mail list for the Class of 63. I can be reached
at bcorson@direcway.com.

Second, just to give a brief update to my classmates:

I live in Loudoun County in Northern Virginia. I have five beautiful daughters (Deanna Brinkley of Douglas,
, Kelly Perez (Poquoson), Elisabeth Whetstine (Newport News), Rebecca Smith (Hamilton, VA) and
Leah Corson
(home and Longwood University). Deanna has two sons, Kelly has one son, Elisabeth has two
sons, and Rebecca has a daughter. While it sounds like I am getting old, chasing grandchildren around
keeps you young.

When I left NNHS I went to Virginia Tech. I spent over 35 years in computer software and engineering, finally
retiring from Network Solutions after we launched the Internet Domain Name Registration business in the
late 90s. Since then I have been doing some consulting for a couple of clients in Spain and Japan, and
playing golf. My wife and I are very active in our church and community volunteer work. My wife teaches
in the Loudoun County School System (went back to work after raising our children).

Again, Carol, thank you so much for all that you do.

Go Typhoon!

   Hi, Butch!  It's so nice to hear from you!   Five daughters?!?  Bless your heart!

   I stuck your name on the Alumni Page, but I still have a mighty work to do on that page.  In fact, when I list all the new
members we've received in the last three months, it will fill an entire Newsletter, so stay tuned:


   I published your address both there and here: 



  Thanks for checking back in!

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/15/05 - Re: Doug Dickinson ('69) and Dale Lucado ('68):

If you will funnel info on this, I am willing to help ( as others I'm sure ). Hope that's not asking too much, but I would like for it to be a T.T, i.e., Typhoon Thing.
You are the Ms. Typhoon of all times and to me , "The Babe". What needs are there?
PS I've missed you.

   Thank you, Bill!  You always say the sweetest things to me - and usually at a moment I most need to hear them! 

    As expected, I've had several communications about this.  Actually, I was hoping to hear from - or - uh, that is, I don't
really know.  My best thought at the moment is that any financial assistance or notes or words of encouragement or any
combination of the above can be sent directly to Doug Dickinson at
9 East Queens Way, Studio 9E, Hampton, VA

   I don't have an address for Dale Lucado, and I'm not so sure the email addy I have works either.  Someone is bound
to have a more definitive answer for you than that, I'm sure.  But yes, I quite agree.  A "Typhoon Thing" is exactly what's
needed here!  As Butch said, "Go Typhoon!"

From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 08/15/05:

Thanks - I missed you.


   Oh, Jamey - no more so than I've missed y'all!  Thanks!

From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58 ) of either TX or VA - 08/15/05:

Carol, you've been missed!  Thanks for keeping us all connected.
Best regards,
Kelly Loose Bustamante NNHS'58 

   Thank you, Kelly!  It's great to be back!  Did you get moved back to Virginia while I was MIA?  (The very thought
makes me drool.....)

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/15/05:

What a wonderful surprise!  I have really missed you!  This has made my day.  Now we can all keep up with each other again.  You are a welcomed addition to my routine.  What routine?
God bless you, gal!

   Thanks, Judy!  Yesterday was a great day, wasn't it?!?

   Enjoy your retirement, Lady!  You've earned it!

From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 08/15/05:

YES!  It was so great to open my email and there you were.  Welcome back, Carol, we missed you!
Class of '69

   Thank you, Jean!  You've no idea what a delight that was for me!

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 08/15/05:

Congratulations Carol................ glad to see you back up and running......... I'm sure I can speak
for all in saying we've missed you and the Typhoon news...........!!!

   Thanks so much, Wayne!  And I hope it's clear just how much I've missed all of y'all!  Had you seen my elation
yesterday, there would have been no doubt!!

From Mike Hirshman ('65) of uh, CO?? - 08/15/05:

Carol,  Good to see you on the wire again.  Seems a few more people read this than I ever realized.  

Mike Hirshman

   Hi, Mike - thanks!  Yes, it's really quite astonishing, isn't it?!?  Sometimes it's downright scary, but I try not to think
about it!  GIGGLES!!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/16/05:

I can't recall whether we discussed this PC on E-Bay of the Mariners' Motel. From the cars and the
street address before consolidation, I dated the PC to the mid-50s.

Mid 1950's - Mariners' Motel        
1069 Warwick Road
Warwick, VA

I did some research and found the address listed in a directory as 1069 Warwick Road, which was
before consolidation. It took very little library detective work to locate that at Warwick Boulevard
near Harpersville Road, just before you get to the Port Arthur Chinese restaurant and Warwick High
School and on the west side of the road. Given the type of Mom & Pop motel that it appeared to be
in the 50s, I had little hope that it would still be there. I was sure it would be long gone and now be
a 7-11.

BUT .....................

Monday, August 15, 2005 - Mariners' Motel    
1069 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA    

I even had a brief chat with the current owner, who drove up in a pick-up truck, but she seemed
more interested in collecting the rents from the unfortunate folks who reside in these small rooms.

If you put these images up on OOSG, I want it made very clear that my interest in the Mariners'
Motel was STRICTLY historical and architectural. :-D

David, you are sooooo funny!!!  You can't seriously believe that I would ask you about the card, find that you had
researched it, discovered it not only still standing but still in operation, taken lovely images of the place, even creating
one of your spectacular panoramic views, and then say to you, "Naaaaah, I don't wanna use it.  I was just making idle

   Of course we're using it!!!  And here's your brand new page, complete with your disclaimer:




   And thank you so much for all your work!  You are a jewel, Sir!

   I've heard from several of y'all who have had or are soon going to have surgery or treatments of one sort or other. 
Bless you all; our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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All Alone Am I

(Brenda Lee)

All alone am I ever since your goodbye
All alone with just a beat of my heart
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart
No use in holding other hands
For I'd be holding only emptiness
No use in kissing other lips
For I'd be thinking just of your caress

All alone am I ever since your goodbye
All alone with just a beat of my heart
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart

No other voice can say the words
My heart must hear to ever sing again
The words you used to whisper low
No other love can ever bring again.

All alone am I ever since your goodbye
All alone with just a beat of my heart
People all around but I don't hear a sound
Just the lonely beating of my heart.

"All Alone Am I" midi courtesy of http://www.jacquedee63.com/allaloneami.html - 08/09/05

"All Alone Am I" lyrics courtesy of http://www.crystalinks.com/allaloneami.html - 08/09/05

 Brenda Lee record album image courtesy of  http://www.jacquedee63.com/allaloneami.html - 08/09/05

Little Girl All Alone Image courtesy of http://www.armstrongschoolofdance.com/photogallery/photos3.asp - 08/14/05

Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html - 08/16/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05

Postcard of Westover in Webmistress' personal collection since 04/23/85

Image of Col. William Byrd courtesy of http://www.tncc.vccs.edu/faculty/longt/byrd/William_Byrd_II_of_Westover_Homepage.htm - 08/16/05

Flying Smiley courtesy of Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 08/15/05
Thanks, Jamey!

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