09/06/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Surfin' USA


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   My, my, my - it's Miss Sarah's birthday!  A very Happy Birthday today to Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA -
also known as "Sarah Sugah"!  Have a good one, Lady!


   Wherever you are, today should be the first day of school.  It probably isn't - school probably started sometime
back in the middle of August, but it should be.  (That's my opinion, of course.  Unfortunately, I do not ever recall
being polled on the subject.)  In honor of that grand occasion of Back to School, we'll begin with a treat:

From Fred Field ('45) of CA:



Fred W. Field

NNHS Class of June 1945

It was a bright September day in 1941 - the first day of school.  Out on the Boulevard my comrades and I boarded public buses (no school buses in our city) and headed for Newport News High School.  We had all just turned - or were about to turn -13.  Back then Virginia schools had only 7 years of elementary and 4 years of high school.  There was no conversation in that bus.  We had heard vague stories about grim initiation rites for high school freshmen. The air was electric with apprehension. 

We all arrived early at the school building.  Students were milling around in front.  The crowd included a large number of new kids like ourselves.  We quietly asked each other what we should do.  No one knew.  Everyone was afraid of asking an older kid for fear of igniting some initiation ritual - or worse, being laughed at.  

Out the front door came Miss Ethel Gildersleeve, dean of girls and solver of all problems.  She walked through the crowd saying, "All entering freshmen go to the auditorium."  Inside the school some volunteer office workers pointed the way.

The auditorium seemed immense and we felt small.  Two more volunteers herded us into the front seats.  There were about 150 of us.  Somehow we all managed to seat ourselves in separate clots of girls and boys.  We also pretty much segregated ourselves according to our elementary schools of origin: Walter Reed (my school), John W. Daniel, and Stonewall Jackson.  We were deathly quiet.

Onto the stage came a student volunteer.  Curious eyes focused on his every move.  He went to the microphone stand, made some adjustments, blew into the microphone, and walked away.  This was standard procedure prior to any auditorium activity.  In all future auditorium sessions we would award him with thunderous applause - to which he would turn and bow low to the audience.  But this was a tradition of respect we had yet to learn.  Today there was only silence.

Miss Gildersleeve came from behind the curtain followed by a tall scholarly-looking gentleman.  She introduced him as Mr. Lamar Stanley, Principal. 

With a few brief sentences our new principal welcomed all incoming freshman to the high school.  Then, apparently sensing the discomfort and apprehension, he decided to lighten things up a bit.  He began a story of a visit he had made to Eastern State Hospital - the "Asylum" - in nearby Williamsburg.  He remembered a male inmate who went around asking everyone, "Why are we all here?"  No one ever knew why.

The principal then said that during his Asylum visit a little old lady was brought in and introduced as a newcomer.  The inmate with the perpetual question jumped at his chance and quickly asked her "Why are we all here?"  Her immediate answer was, "Because we ain't all there."

Poor Principal Stanley faced morgue-quality silence.  And the silence seemed to reverberate around that huge auditorium.  After a pause he made his closing statement:  "Miss Gildersleeve will now tell you what to do."  She sure did - right there, and from then on for our next four years!

The first thing we learned in high school was who really ran things.  A simple lesson taught so very well that opening day.  And we were all there.

Fred is a retired electronic engineer living in Fullerton, Orange Co., CA.



   That's just too wonderful - thanks so much, Fred!


The 60th 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 Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/05/05:

Kewl trivia quiz! I eeked out only 57 right ... and I thought I was a rock and roll stud :-).

   AWWWW!!!  Poor Tommee!!!  WILD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Babe!


From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 09/05/05 - "Happy Labor Day!":

Took the rock n' roll quiz.......very cool and fun!  Of course, I had to sing parts of the songs
to remember the lines.  It's a good thing no one else was around since I'm one of those who
"can't carry a tune in a paper bag."  I got 58 (also matches my upcoming age) and some
surprised me.  I'm sending it to my friends who think they know music.
Thanks for the fun sites!
Gloria Woolard Price (HHS '65) 

   Thanks, Gloria!  Wasn't that fun?!?  (Thanks again, Dave!) 


   Hey, Gloria!  I just read over the Birthday list twice, and didn't see your name listed anywhere.  You're not
still pretending that you're a step-child just 'cause you're a Crabber, are you?!?  C'mon!  Tell us when it is!!


From Me ('65) of NC - 09/05/05:

   Speaking of fun sites, you'll notice that Dave found an intelligent one.  Now let me introduce you to a couple
of my
favorite sites:

http://www.homestarrunner.com/main2.html  - I have a "Home Star Wunner" T- shirt!  Adrienne has a "Strong Bad"

T-shirt.  We have a "Da Cheat" T-shirt waiting for Dale when he comes home.  (It's a surprise - SHHHH!)  And,
yes, we're weird.  

   "Oh, you didn't know?!?"


   I'm sorry.  I did mention that I never grew up, didn't I?!?

From Gene Glave ('60) of SC - 09/05/05:

Hi Carol,
You can move me back to Virginia if you want to! I wouldn't worry about errors...I'm just happy
to read the newsletter. I can't seem to pull up any other pictures from the '60 reunion except
the ones I sent. Are there others?
Hope you're having a fun holiday! Back to work and the real world tomorrow....


   WOWZERS!!!  That's incredibly gracious of you, Gene!

   You can't find other images yet because there are no more yet posted!  Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA sent me a
few, I never developed my film (and my camera was on its last legs that night and not cooperating), and no one
else has yet sent me theirs.  I hope they didn't misplace them while they were waiting for me to get my act together!




   I had fun doing mostly nothing this weekend.  My sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59) had us over for dinner
Sunday.  Last night our friends Joseph (aka "Cute Stuff" - he who helped restore my computer systems!) and his
wife Megan, finally had their baby boy at Womack Army Hospital!  Jonathan Joseph weighed 10 lbs., 2 oz.!  That's
going to be exciting!  They just live about four minutes up the road, so we're going to be able to play "doll baby" quite
often!  (I just love fresh little newborn babies!)

   On a very sad note, Joseph's father was one of those living right on a Gulf beach who lost everything last week -
home, car and business - but no loss of life!  And with that horrendous nightmare, that was quite a blessing alone!

   Thanks, Gene!  I'll have more images posted soon, I'm sure!

Also from Me ('65) of NC - 09/05/05:

   I decided to do something useful as well as ornamental.  With the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965 swiftly
approaching, more of its members need to be located as quickly as possible.  I finally created this list - no doubt
full of errors, but it was late last night when I made it.  If you've been on my mailing list for five years and suddenly
see your name on a Missing List, please forgive me and remember that I am operating with diminished capacities -
as should have become patently obvious in this one week alone!

   And if you're able to help us locate any of these sweetie-pies, please let us know - thanks!


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2005-missing.html - brand new page

   I'll be making phone calls through much of today and tonight, and begin to fill in a few of these blanks.  I'll forward
the details to the other members of the 1965 Reunion Committee, and keep this updated as often as possible.

   In the course of searching, one item of sad news has already been discovered.  The name of David Blayton
appeared on the SSDI.  He passed away in Atlanta on 23 Dec 1992.  He and I went all the back to Mrs. Hatcher's
first grade class at Magruder School.  I was very sorry to learn of his death.  I updated these pages accordingly:





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

                          Love to all, Carol


NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat


Surfin' USA

- Chuck Berry and Brian Wilson

(The Beach Boys, 1963)

If everybody had an ocean
Across the U. S. A.
Then everybody'd be surfin'
Like Californi-a
You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin' U. S. A.

You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar
Ventura County line
Santa Cruz and Trestle
Australia's Narrabeen
All over Manhattan
And down Doheny Way

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

We'll all be planning that route
We're gonna take real soon
We're waxing down our surfboards
We can't wait for June
We'll all be gone for the summer
We're on surfari to stay
Tell the teacher we're surfin'
Surfin' U. S. A.

Haggerties and Swamies
Pacific Palisades
San Onofre and Sunset
Redondo Beach L. A.
All over La Jolla
At Wa'imea Bay.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S. A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S. A.

Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S. A.

"Surfin' USA"  midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/~goldenoldies/jukebox5060Font3.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Surfin' USA"  lyrics courtesy of http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/beach_boys/surfin_usa.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks again, Dave!

"Surfing USA - Malibu, California" Poster Image courtesy of http://www.sportsposterwarehouse.com/warehouse/surfinusa04por.htm - 08/29/05

"Surfing Guide to Southern California - 1963" Image courtesy of http://www.surfresearch.com.au/rbs.html - 08/29/05

Animated Blue Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars2.html - 08/29/05

Back to NNHS Newsletters

Return to NNHS Class of 1965