09/01/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Didn't Know What Time It Was

"I'm not confused, I'm just well mixed."
- Robert Frost
(26 Mar 1874 - 29 Jan 1963)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   If this is the first Newsletter you've received in a mighty long time, it's because I have at last begun to try
to repair my fractured address books
.  Would that I were finished.....

   If you'd like to try to catch up with us, they're waiting for you here:


  A very Happy Birthday today to Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA!


From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 08/31/05:

Carol - happy birthday!

Seeing pictures of the lions at Mariners' Museum brings back lots of memories. As a child I was
fascinated with those lions. 

Thank you for all the great work you do with the newsletter

Barbara Houston, class of '68

   Thank you, Barbara!  I've always loved those lions myself.  When we first moved to Newport News from Richmond
in January of 1954, the Mariners' Museum was one of the very first places we visited - and we returned there often. 
The lions always had some added significance to me - a symbol of a new welcoming home and life, perhaps.  They
delight me still.




From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 08/31/05:



   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Jamey!  I almost whacked off all my hair in "celebration" ("When in doubt or crisis,
cut your hair!")
, but I was saved from such madness by not being able to locate my scissors at that moment....

   Thanks again for the card - it was such a cute one!

From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 08/31/05:


Happy Birthday!  You remember us and how kind of you to do that.  I hope that it was a good one for you!  Sorry that
this is late but I donít check the computer each day.

It will be good to see you in October.

Itís always fun to read what everyone has to say.


   Thank you, Pauline!  I tried (very unwillingly, I might add!) that Not Checking the Computer Every Day Plan myself
recently.  I didn't like it !!!

   I'm looking forward to seeing you and Charles again, too!

From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 08/31/05:

Happy belated birthday!  I hope you took some well deserved time off from your high paying computer job
(snicker, snicker) and went out to dinner or did something special for yourself. You know all of your Typhoon
"family" wish only the best for you.

   Thanks, Dee!  Yeah, keep those big bucks rolling in! 

   As a matter of fact, we did go out to dinner.  And anytime I'm working with y'all, I am doing something special
for myself!  I appreciate all your good wishes, Dee - thanks again!

From Jimmy ('64) and Melody Clendenin (Warwick HS - '66) DeBerry of VA - 09/01/05:


Carol, We hope you had a wonderful, wonderful birthday on the 30th.  So sorry this is a little
late.  You are a special gal, and definitely the NNHS queen!

Best wishes to the sweetest,

Melody and Jimmy DeBerry

   Awww - that's so sweet!  Thank you so much! 

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05:

Happy Birthday!!    I didn't realize yours was that close to mine!  Pretty soon I'll catch up to YOU!!!  
Time is flying. 
The news from the Gulf Coast is so devastating we need to keep these people in our prayers and hold
positive thoughts.  Watching the children really had an impact on me.  They are getting volunteers from all
over the US - my daughter's husband, John, is in the Coast Guard in CA and told me that eight of the
instructors in his group are going to help.  I think 4-6 ships have left Norfolk with supplies that are so
desperately needed in LA and surrounding areas.  I am very proud of our military and our thoughts are
with them as well.   Sarah

    Thank you, Sarah Sugah!  Yeppers, yours is this next one in the queue; I'm exactly a week older than you!


   Hey, wait a minute!  That ain't right!  If you're younger than I am, how is it that you're so much taller than I am?!? 
I meant to be tall!  I had plans!  I was gonna be tall!  My feet were gonna touch the floor and everything!  If I'm older,
it's only fair that I should be taller!  I think - - - hmmm?  Whazzat?  Oh.  I see. 



   I was watching the television coverage last night of the damage left by Katrina.  That much destruction and
suffering are all but incomprehensible.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them.

   Thanks again, Sarah Sugah!

From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 08/31/05 - "Choice of Music":

Carol, Carol, Carol...
I'm sure it was an inadvertent oversight on your part, but did you really think  "Up On The Roof" was the best
choice for a song to play while rising flood waters cause New Orleans to be evacuated?  tsk, tsk, tsk...    That's
something I would have played if I were still on the radio somewhere.. anywhere.. 
Bill "Always Politically Correct" Bascom Black

   Sigh.    You know, if there were actually someone awake at the controls.......

   Had things not broken for three months, we would have played something different yesterday.  We would possibly
have chosen something different if I had been thinking, but as you know, that's completely against my principles.

   Here's the scoop.  The music is selected several weeks in advance.  The pages themselves are actually laid out a
couple of weeks in advance - MIDIS, lyrics, images, dividers, colors - all of it.  I'm set up even now through 09/17/05. 
All I have to do is fill in the blanks.  You'll notice in the credits that that one was completely  finished by 08/27/05,
although it had been so scheduled since 08/15/05 - left over from 04/30/05.  It was actually a slow one to develop,
because I kept thinking for several weeks that we already had that music somewhere on the site.  Dave Spriggs
('64 - of VA)
(our Musical Genius) and I realized almost simultaneously that I had been thinking of "Under the
Boardwalk" instead, but I digress.

   You may wonder why I don't choose the themes each day, allowing for spontaneity of thought and inspiration. 
That, in fact, is what I did formerly.  It was enormously stressful, and caused me on a regular basis to be even less
aware of certain observances than I might be with a bit of forethought.  I switched to this system last December when
I anticipated a rush on my time and a drain on my brain, and so enjoyed the freeing nature of it, I kept it.

   The Monday, Wednesday, and Friday themes are at this time coming from David's wonderful Reunion CD
.  The choices for any Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday editions come from my strange brain.  Oddly,
yesterday being Wednesday, that "Up on the Roof" number was next in line.  A sensitive person would have picked
up on that "little" flooding detail and done some last-minute shifting.

   Now Bill,  you just hafta know that's gonna let me out!

   Hmmm - how 'bout I claim "theme-reinforcement"?

   Naaaah - I might as well 'fess up.  I can honestly claim compulsive-obsessiveness ("We gotta stick with the
or gross insensitivity, or a number of other things, but the real truth is I was just unconscious at the
time - too wrapped up in my own little world.  The brutal reality is - I didn't even notice.

   I would apologize for it all, but it's tacky to both explain and apologize, and I've already explained, so - - - hey, you
don't want me to be tacky on top of everything else, do you, Bill?!?

   But thanks for trying to raise my consciousness!


The 60-Year Reunion of NNHS Classes of 1945 (Feb. and June)

will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2005
at Point Plaza Conference Center (Ramada Inn),
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, 757-599-4460.
The Saturday event will be a dinner, with a speaker not yet named,
from 5 to 9 PM.
On Sunday, there will be a buffet brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Advance registration required.
Contact Mary Frances Grasty at 757-930-8446.





The 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965

will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,
and is open to all NNHS Alumni.








From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/31/05:

Received regrets today from Steve Burns ('65 - of MN).


   Oh, CRUM - and I was looking forward to seeing Steve again!  Sigh.  Thanks, Dave.

   In the same line, when Linda Lana Lane ('64) of VA phoned me for my birthday, she realized to her dismay -
and mine
- that she also would be unable to attend.  ARGHHH!!!

   I've marked their names accordingly:




   And the rest of y'all need to get your money turned in to Dave prontito!  You're making me nervous!

From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 08/31/05:

Thanks, Carol, for including the link I sent to help the animals.....fyi.....Fred's office, Scott & Stringfellow, BB&T, is matching employee contributions to the American Red Cross.....this is the first I can ever remember of the firm
doing something like this....

Also thanks for the second link to the the Humane Society to help the animals....it's so easy to donate online to help
in the Hurricane relief as I have done....it's safe and it's needed.....I hope that others will find it in their hearts to
donate to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other organizations.....those in the gulf states need our help and prayers.

Thank you, Janice.  I'm sure we all echo your feelings and will each do as much as we can to help.




From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 08/31/05:

How is our favorite hard typing typhoon!
Just a reminder for all the 60's class reunions coming up
... concerning the MUSIC at your reunion! There is
one type of music that was big but always gets
left out... I guess because you can't dance to it! hee he
The picture says it all....

Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl Mays Howard
1968 - Cheryl Mays ('66)
and Eleanor Milne ('66)

   Thank you for the image of you and Eleanor, Cheryl!  I remember your duets fondly!

   And  you're right!  I was a big folk music fan myself, and even sang in The Coffee House in Norfolk a time or two while I was in college.  But it's true - you can't dance to it.  Sigh.

   As a consolation for you, Dave Spriggs  ('64) of VA has located a wonderful old favorite to appear as the theme for an upcoming Newsletter.  (Thanks, Dave!)

From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 08/31/05:

We finally have a name for our new little granddaughter....

Claire Ellen Fegan
born:  August 29, 2005 @ 4:17 am
7 lbs. 10 oz.  20 inches
Parents:  Jennifer and Jeff Fegan
Big Brothers:  Harry age 5, Sam, age 3
Claire Ellen Fegan

   OOOOH, Janice!  I must have missed an earlier news flash!  This one came as a big surprise to me!  What a beautiful, bright-eyed baby girl!

   Thanks so much for sharing this!  I've posted her on our News page:



From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/31/05:


25th Street and Washington Avenue,
Downtown Newport News


   OHHHH, David - what a beauty!  There was a spot on our Downtown page in the top row just waiting for it, too!
Thanks so much!  How I love that page!





From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - (referring to information submitted on 04/25/05) - 08/31/05:

Hi, Carol:

You sure made progress on this page today! Thank you very much. I know you have forty-eleven other tasks
to catch up on right now. I am glad we did not loose the images when your PC crashed. Several TYPHOON
were members of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. As a youth, I was raised in the Roman Catholic church
but did not abide as I should and let my various jobs interfere, and I was invited to attend worship services
at Tabernacle Baptist Church by my buddy, Fred Hayman ('57) of VA. Fred and his parents were
members and made me feel welcome. I remember the booming voice of the minister, Reverend Jack V.

Pastor Tesh had a son Jack Tesh ('58) of NC who was an outstanding athlete, and played Forward on the
1957-1958 TYPHOON Basketball Team
that was undefeated, under Coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell.
Young Jack was a starting Forward for the 1956-1957 TYPHOON Basketball Team. He also made a big
difference when coming off the bench for the TYPHOON Basketball Team of 1955-1956 under Coach
William Chambers
. Young Jack went on to Wake Forest where he made a name for himself at this fine

Pastor Tesh also had a younger daughter, Jean Tesh, who was an athlete as well. I do not recall the year
Jean graduated from NNHS. I am confident when this recollection hits the Newsletter many of your
subscribers will also provide their own recollections.

When I photographed the building on 30th Street, I found it interesting that the current owner replaced the
corner stone which would have shown when this fine building was constructed. I photographed the current
corner stone, as well as the sign reflecting the current owners who worship at this location.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis!  I couldn't find Jean in my Anchors.  I was probably looking right at her....

   Jack now lives in Greensboro.  He attended the memorial service for Mr. McIntosh in June.  I didn't get to speak
with him, but Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA kindly pointed him out to me.  (Oh, all right - I was too chicken to speak
to him!  I told you I was a big ol' fraidy-cat!!!)

   I added your memories to the page:



From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - (referring to information submitted on 04/25/05) - 08/31/05:

Hi, Carol:

Glad your PC did not loose the photos of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School when it "crashed" in the spring.
When I took the photos of this school building there was no doubt that it was no longer in use and was boarded up
and fenced. It replaced a much older red brick building that sat on the lot next to Tabernacle Baptist Church
in the 600 Block of 30th Street in the East End section of Newport News. I attended 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade
at this school, and after two weeks in the 3rd Grade, I was promoted to the 4th Grade and transferred
to Walter Reed School. Skipping a grade was not a good thing as far as participation in sports in high school.
I found my niche as a Manager with the TYPHOON Basketball program during a very exciting time,
so it was not all loss. It sure affected my social life, for I was far too timid and shy to attend dances in high school.
I hope we can locate a photo of the old red brick building that was also the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan

   Thanks, Adonis!  So do we!


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/thomas-jefferson-school.html - brand new page

   There are several other goodies awaiting to be included in tomorrow's regular Newsletter, but I've saved them.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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I Didn't Know What Time It Was

Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart;
Music by: Richard Rodgers

- From the Show: Too Many Girls (1939)
- From the Film: Pal Joey (1957)

I didn't know what time it was, then I met you
Oh what a lovely time it was, how sublime it was too!
I didn't know what day it was, you held my hand.
Warm like the month of May it was and I'll say it was grand.
Grand to be alive, to be young, to be mad, to be yours alone!
Grand to see your face, feel your touch, hear your voice say I'm all your own!
I didn't know what year it was, life was no prize.
I wanted love and here it was shining out of your eyes.
I'm wise and I know what time it is now.

"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" midi courtesy of http://www.thursdayschild.org/mframe_archive.htm
 brilliantly located for us by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/25/05
Thanks so much, Dave!

"I Didn't Know What Time It Was"  lyrics courtesy of http://www.spiritofsinatra.com/pages/Lyrics
/i/I_Didnt_Know_What_Time.htm - 08/24/05

 Chris White's "Hands of Time" Image courtesy of http://www.kerygmacinematology.com/gallery/abstract/hands_of_time.html - 08/29/05

Six Clocks clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.clippix.com/things/clocks.shtml - 08/31/05

Twirling Dollar Bill clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html - 09/01/05

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

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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