09/15/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Blues in the Night


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Blues in the Night is what you're gonna have all right, if you don't make your confirmations to Dave Arnold
('65 - of VA)
to come to this great Reunion!  Today was the deadline for the cheaper rate, so you may already
be singing the blues.  That's okay, pay the extra bucks and come anyway.  You certainly don't want to miss it!


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 My Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, Florence, OR - '94) of IL - 09/14/05:


Hi Everyone!

We just wanted to introduce to you our newest member of the Family!  James Brownlee Harty was born Sunday morning, September 11, 2005, at 9:25 AM in Joliet, Illinois.  He was 8 lbs., 2 oz. (not bad for 10 days early) and was 20 1/2 inches long. 
He's such a cute baby, and we are loving having him in our home. 

Take care!

Brent, Bethany, Jacob, Thomas, Emeline, Joseph, James

Baby Jim        

   OOOH!!!  Thanks, Bethany!  I still wish we could have been there.....  I'm reasonably certain he needs his
grammie to give him a kiss.  I've added his portrait (nice editing job!) to our News link:



From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/14/05:

Hi, Carol,

Don't know if anyone has responded to you about Charlotte Spade, but she's in the 1961 Anchor on page
96.  She must have transferred to Warwick after that year, as she graduated with one of my cousins in 1965
from there.  Keep up the good work!

   Thanks for solving that mystery for me, Sandi!  I've revised her name on the Reunion attending page.  And
as she started with us, I kept her with us.  It's surely not her fault she was forced to transfer to Warwick High!  


   HEY - wait a minute!  I remember her!!!  Oh, GOODY!!!!  And now we'll all be able to see her again next month! 

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/14/05:

Hi, Carol:

Thanks for posting Edgar Harrell in the Famous Marines page.
He was born October 10, 1924 in Turkey Creek, KY. It is located on the banks of the Tennessee River.
Semper Fidelis,

   Thanks, Adonis!  I updated the page to reflect that additional data:


From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA - 09/14/05:

Hey Carol!
..... We all appreciate your NNHS site that acts as a keystone for keeping us all connected. 
Thank you so very much for holding us together.

   Thank you, Kelly!  It is my privilege!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/14/05:

Hi, Carol:

In a recent Newsletter you requested that the TYPHOON refresh your memory as to Seven Oaks
in the East End section of Newport News.

Here is a photo of the Recreation Center for Marshall Courts, which was also used by Seven Oaks residents
for various activities. Seven Oaks Apartments were located between Marshall Courts and the C&O
rail line from Newport News to Hampton, running parallel to 39th Street, which becomes
Pembroke Avenue as you enter the City of Hampton. They were situated in the 800-Block, 700-Block, and
600-Block of 36th Street. Many workers at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
found reasonably priced housing in these apartment complexes and so many TYPHOON spent their early
years living in these apartments. It was a great community, and the community center served the young
people by providing a center for activities such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and many other activities.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

Thursday, April 21, 2005  

   Joe Madagan, you astound me!  I know with all the part-time jobs you held as a teenager how you acquired
your encyclopedic map-like knowledge of the Peninsula in general and Newport News in particular, but I have
no idea how you managed to keep it after not living there for forty-eleven years!  That's absolutely incredible!

   I do appreciate it, and here is the resulting brand new page:



   I added your same image to the Marshall Courts page, too:


   Thanks, Adonis!

From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 09/14/05:

Hi Carol,
Please extend my thanks to all for their thoughts and prayers! 
I'm back home in NC after the surgery.  I had excellent care and the dreaded "being put to sleep"
was a positive experience.  I dreaded the IV almost as much as the procedure but they used a
numbing spray so I didn't even feel that.  Outpatient surgery has indeed improved since I had it
last !!  The procedure took less than an hour and I was fully awake within minutes and had very
little pain.  I took one 500 mg Tylenol after the procedure and nothing since.  The labs aren't
back yet but I don't anticipate any surprises, as I believe the doctor would have already talked
with me if there was any reason to be concerned.  I do have a follow-up appointment on 7 Oct
at 11:45 am.  Thanks again and God Bless you all.
Jennie class of '62. Typhoons Forever

   I will indeed, Jennie, and I'm sure you're most welcome!  I'm so glad your experience was so much better than
you expected!  That's always better than the reverse!  Keep us posted after your follow-up!

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 09/14/05:

Hey!  Since everyone else (   ) is doing it, so will I.  Here is a pic of my daddy, in his 20's, in his uniform -
looks like just out of boot, and one of both my parents, taken (later on) outside Portsmouth Naval Hospital.
I think.  Douglas Ralph Puckett was his name!


Doug Puckett Doug and Virginia Puckett    

   ATTA GIRL, Sarah Sugah!  Another Famous Sailor joins our ranks!  And aren't they cute?!?

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/famous-sailors.html - (Love that "Victory at Sea"!)

    (Now if you'll just give me the dates and places.......)

   Thanks, Miss Sarah!  I really appreciate it!  See you in October!

From Eleanor's Daughter-in-Law, Leslie, of NC - 09/14/05 - "Ophelia":


Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Swansboro, NC - close to Emerald Isle
6:28 PM - Pier, Jacob, Kevin,
and Bogue
6:45 PM - Adventurous Surfer    

This was taken yesterday....we were walking on the beach and this young surfer "broke into" the pier. 
He ran to the end, while his buddies yelled on, and leapt into the surf.  My boys were included in those
yelling for him!  Truly the ocean is beautiful in its fury.

Take care,


   WOWZERONI!!!   Thanks, Leslie!  Those are great shots! 

From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 09/15/05:

Dear Carol,

I have spent the evening getting caught up on the newsletters. I had gotten quite behind but
now that I am caught up I hope to keep current as you post. I was sorry to read of the people we
have recently lost. I remember Thelma Spade ('57) as if it were yesterday that I watched her,
feet clad in tasseled white boots, gold bands encircling the bolero skirt of the navy blue uniform,
and pillbox hat atop her head, twirling and stepping in unison with the other flagtwirlers.  

I have finally written my Lefty Driesell story that I mentioned many newsletters ago.  A while
ago Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) asked about my story. All those times I saw Joeís name on the
newsletter pages, I could not remember who he was. So tonight I looked him up in my 1957
, and my goodness, it all came back to me. I remember him! Itís odd to realize that the
images of all the teachers and students I knew at NNHS are frozen in my mind as they looked

Well, here is my story. I hope Joe enjoys it as much as I enjoyed remembering it!

Although I signed up for behind-the-wheel training in Driver Edís class, my family did not have
a car. Even to this day, at almost 91 years of age, my father has never owned a car. Instead we rode
taxis, trains, or buses. But being 16 and convinced that I would be the laughing stock of the entire
NNHS student body if it was known that my backward family did not own a car, I kept that a secret.
So when it was time to sign up for behind the wheel, of course, I never owned up to the fact that we
were ďcarless.Ē

Coach Driesell taught Behind-the-Wheel in eleventh grade Driverís Ed. Every day two or three of us
got into the car and Lefty drove us over to the neighborhoods off 16th Street to practice driving. First
we had to learn what was under the hood. Well, I could learn all of those and I did. When it was my
turn to name all the parts under the hood, I aced it.

Then came the practice driving. In 1958 everything was standard transmission. Lefty told us more
than once that the practice we were doing would not be enough. We were to go home and practice
in our family cars with our parents. Well, I couldnít do that, so I didnít, but I never let on to Lefty or
anyone that I could not. In the quiet neighborhoods of Stuart Gardens we took turns driving,
practicing our stops, slowing down, turning. In those days we had to give hand signals. Slowing down
or stopping and starting meant shifting gears, but there was little or no traffic in the area, so I was
able to steer straight enough while shifting gears to satisfy Lefty and nobody guessed my secret.
Thus I got by.

Finally, we progressed to taking turns driving back to NNHS. Our route went down 16th street
to Jefferson Avenue, then left onto 25th to Huntington and back to the school on 30th Street. Thatís
when the FATEFUL DAY happened. 

On a bright, sunny day, approaching the end of the class period when it was time to return to school,
Coach Driesell said it was my turn to drive back to school. I was nervous because this meant I would
be in traffic. Driving in the empty neighborhoods was one thing but trying to give a hand signal while
shifting gears and slowing down, putting everything together while maneuvering through traffic was
another, especially when I had never once practiced anything at home.

I drove down 16th, made the right turn onto Jefferson. That wasnít too bad, though I was shaking like
a leaf. I drove down Jefferson to 25th   where I would have to make a left turn in front of oncoming
traffic. There was a traffic light at the intersection. I donít remember what color. All I know is that a
car was coming and I was turning across in front of it. There was a grade there and if you didnít
know how to feather the clutch, and I didnít, you could get into trouble, and I did. So the other car
was coming, I was turning, and trying to give a hand signal, shift the gear and keep the car
from slipping on the grade, and give it gas to make it go, all at the same time, and the car stalled, but
the oncoming car didnít. Lefty shouted, #@%!#,  Aretie, what the #@!#!# are you doing??!! He took the
wheel and took over with the pedals on his side, just barely getting us out of the way of the oncoming
car. Iíll never forget his voice and the look on his face. I think I was more scared of Lefty than I was
of the other car though.

Now about a few other things.  In case it helps, in reference to David Spriggsí ('64 - of VA) response
in the Sept. 5 newsletter to Joe Drewry ('58 - of VA) about Howard Fisherís ('59) address: The latest
known address that I have is 5 Summer St., Montpelier VT 05602. I donít know if thatís still current
and couldnít figure out how to verify it on Classmates.com. I have some great snapshots of the 1959
trip to New York City and Howard is in some of them.  

I saw Jackie Venerisís name in one of the recent newsletters. Iíd love to hear from Jackie.  

In the Sept. 1 newsletter Joe Madagan mentioned Jack Teshís ('58 - of NC) sister, Jean, and could
not recall the year she graduated. Jean graduated in 1959, the same year I did.

I had an absolutely delightful surprise tonight from a former Typhooner!   Around 9:30 p.m. the
phone rang. It was Glenn Dye ('60) calling from Texas. He had seen Johnís note in the September
14th newsletter
about the Class of 1959 reunion. Glenn and I had a marvelous conversation. Glenn
told me that I had signed his 1959 Anchor and he even read to me what I wrote!  Howís that for
reliving memories! Glenn invited me to check out his website, so I did, and oh my, Carol, what a
voice he has! I liked it so much that I want to share what I found. Go to www.heavensound.com.
There click on the state of Texas on the right side. On the next page, click on the left side where it
lists Glenn Dye under Artists.
Then listen to his three music clips. I could listen all day to the
mellow sound of his voice!

If you donít already have a copy, I would like to send you a copy of Parke Rouseís book, The Good
Old Days in Hampton and Newport News
that was given to John and me by the nephew of Louis
, NNHS Class of 1926. We already have a copy of the book in our home library. I thought you
might like to have it for use on the website. There are many excellent pictures that you could be
scanned, if they are not already on the website. There is one of the old Paramount Theater that
brought back memories of Saturday morning movies
. We used to be able to take coat hangers
to get in free, sponsored by Modern Cleaners on Washington Avenue between 34th and 35th, I
think. I think some of the pictures in the book might already be on the website, but I couldnít figure
out how to navigate the website to see, like the schools and the churches we used to attend. Iíve
gotten to them before from the links within the newsletters, but is there a way to get to those
sections from the home page?   

Well, I guess thatís it for now. Take care, and Iíll be around these pages tomorrow to see whatís new.
Thanks for giving all of us such a great experience, Carol!

   WOWZERS!!!  I've missed you and your letters, Aretie!  Thanks for letting us hear from you!  I hope y'all had a
lovely vacation! 

   Let's see.  I added your remembrance to Thelma's Memorial Newsletter:


   And I posted your story on Lefty's page:




   Thank you for your information about Howard.

   Jackie Veneris' name was a surprise to me.  Chandler Nelms (HHS - '63) said that she (as his sister-in-law)
had told him about the Newsletters.  I'm wondering, "Who told her?!?"  From time to time I forget that we have many
more readers than actual subscribers.

   Thank you for reminding us of Glenn's page and sound clips!  The "short" address is
http://www.heavensound.com/artists/glenndye.htm, and if you'll just click on his name on the Alumni Page, you can go
directly there anytime!  Glenn does have a beautiful voice.  I especially like that last song, The Antioch Church House
Choir.  The low notes get to me (and I have a soft spot for tearjerker songs anyway!).

   Oh, I would just love to have a copy of Parke Rouse's book!  Thank you very much!

   You could bring it to the Reunion in October!!!!  Then I could see you again!  With all the people who have already 
committed to attending, surely you know - or taught - most of them!  Wouldn't that be fun?!?


I often think Joe Madagan, bless his sweet heart, tries to include as many different linking possibilities in his
notes for three reasons: 1) he's fascinated by relationships and connections; 2) blue is his favorite color and he
likes to see how many times it can appear within a single Newsletter; and 3) he's a thwarted teacher himself, and
likes to give me "busy work" to keep me out of trouble by causing me to create the maximum number of possible
hyperlinks.  GIGGLES!!!

   It never occurred to me that people were only seeing those shortcuts and not the major work!!!  I'm aghast!  Thank
you so much for bringing this to my attention!  I thought I had made everything as user-friendly as possible, but I see
that is not the case.

   There must be some way to address this problem, but nothing is really coming to my mind.  That sounds like a job
for either Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA or Ron Miller ('59) of NC.  Gentlemen?!?

   Okay, here's the deal.  This is the site:  http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com

   On this opening page, if you'll scroll about 1/4 of the way down the page, just to the left of the NNHS mp3
(which my # 5 son, Dale, installed as a gift for us shortly before he left home), is the set of links to pages
within the site.  There are 65 of these "cover" links alone (arranged alphabetically, of course), representing
literally hundreds of pages.  Next to each link you'll find the date when that portion of the site was last updated.  If
you'll look at the site first, you'll often find new things hours before your Newsletter notification arrives.  If you haven't
visited this page and these links, "you ain't seen nuttin' yet!"

   (Similarly, if you don't read all the way to the bottom of each page to the "credits" - especially on the Newsletters -
you're often missing some good "stuff".  Well, okay, today's is kind of boring, but sometimes they're great fun!)

   My friends and family members used to ask me strange questions about my work and the site, such as, "How
many pages does it have?" and "When are you going to be finished?"

   I usually responded to such unanswerable queries with a blank stare.

   I have absolutely no idea how many pages there are.  And I don't ever plan to finish.  How can it be
"finished"??  With each new subscriber and with each Newsletter, more memories arrive.  They are
then transferred to each existing related page, or a new page is created to accommodate them, and
the process begins anew.  When is an archive ever finished?!?

   Thanks so much, Aretie - for everything!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL and Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA - 09/15/05 - "Name these Players!":

Hi, Carol:

We threw out the challenge to name the players in the photo of the basketball team which was coached
by Mr. Herbie Morewitz. Well, our TYPHOON Sports Expert, Mickey Marcella ('54 - of VA) comes
through once again. Check out this list. I would venture a guess that he is the winner of the contest. There
was a contest, right? Oh, well at least the magnificent web site is being improved one photo at a time.

TYPHOON Regards,



Front row left to right:   #1 Boswell Williamson
                                      #2 Donald Pulsifer
                                      #3 Boswell's twin, ______ Williamson (forget first name)
                                      #4  Don't know
Back row left to right     #1  Don't know
                                      #2  Harold Jones
                                      #3  Bob Pantiotis
                                      #4  Don't know
                                      #5  Walter Hancock


This is probably 1946.  We will try to figure out the rest with other people.  Hope this helps. 
Thanks for your interest, Joe. 

Regards, Mickey       

   WOWZERS - that's very impressive!

   Thanks so much, Gentlemen!



http://nnhs65.00freehost.com/boys-club.html - I haven't added this information onto this page yet, but I will before the

day's over...I hope....

   And yes, Joe - there was a contest.  There's always a contest somewhere.  They're scattered all over the site
even now.  Maybe the next contest should be to relocate all the Long Forgotten Contests!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   And - oh, yeah, Adonis - the guy that sponsors the contest supplies the prize!  In this case - that would be you,

   Say, wait a minute!  I do have a contest for y'all!  Tell me what you remember about Pal drinks.  They were
delicious non-carbonated beverages similar to Tru-Ade, and were available in orange and grape.  Specifically,
does anyone remember the Pal Bottling Company plant which was located somewhere in Newport News? 
Does anyone have a clue where that might have been?  Does anyone have a nice warm memory of enjoying these
cold drinks? 

   Send your thoughts and memories to me at NNHS65@yahoo.com.  I'll be sure to print it.  I might even supply a prize
for the best story.  (So far I have three - "Oh, yeah, I remember those....")  Unfortunately, your prize  won't be a nice
cold Pal drink.  Sigh.

   Wait - I have another contest!  In the event that my Magic Shower and Haunted Radio suddenly fail me, I can
always use song suggestions for the bonus Newsletters.  And I can tell you what the prize for that is right now!
If our Magic Music Man, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, is able to find a nice MIDI file of your song title, and we decide
to use it on one of these bonus Newsletters, your prize is - that's right!  We'll use it on a bonus Newsletter!  AND
we'll give you full credit in those exciting entries at the bottom of the page!  YES!  And you'll become Rich and
Famous!!!  And all your dreams will come true!  And you'll live happily ever after!!!  YES!  YES!! YES!!!

   Or something like that....... 

   And no, these two contests do not count towards the "Find the Hidden Contest Contest".  Nice try, though!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - "A REALLY COOL WEB SITE" - 09/15/05:

I was given a one dollar bill in change, and there was an ink-stamped message on it:
"Track me at <www.wheresgeorge.com>"
So I tried it. It requires a fairly innocuous registration (e-mail only). It is fun to see where your
paper money has been.
Have a look:   http://www.wheresgeorge.com. If you like it, you could publish it in a newsletter.

   Oh, I've played that before - about five years ago.  I'd forgotten all about it!  It IS cool, David!  Thanks so much!

   As it turns out, the only currency I had in the house at the moment was a fresh, crisp $2.00 bill, serial number  -
"F11011990B", so I entered it.  The site told me,
WOW! This Serial Number has a Universal Coolness Index (UCI) of  97.49%. "

   I thought it was pretty cool myself!

   Thanks again, Sweetie!




          http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/hotel-warwick.html - page redesign, resizing of three old postcards,

               one new image, and new matchbook cover

          http://nnhs65.00freehost.com/monroe-restaurant.html - brand new page, with matchbook cover and a promise...


          http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/national-restaurant.html - new matchbook cover

          http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/roanoke-cafe.html - brand new page, with matchbook cover


          http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/tidewater-hotel.html - new matchbook cover         

 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



Blues in the Night

Lyrics and Music by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen, 1941

(Rosemary Clooney, 1952 - peaked at #17)

Written for a film called Hot Nocturne, this song became so popular
that the movie was re-titled Blues in the Night (1941)

My mama done tol' me, when I was in knee-pants
My mama done tol' me, "Son, a woman'll sweet talk
And give ya the big eye, but when the sweet talkin's done
A woman's a two-face,
a worrisome thing who'll leave ya to sing
the blues in the night."

Now the train's a-fallin',
hear the train's a-callin,
(my mama done tol' me)
hear dat lonesome whistle
blowin' 'cross the trestle,
(my mama done tol' me)
ol' clickety-clack's
a-echoin' back
th' blues in the night

The evenin' breeze'll start the trees to cryin'
and the moon'll hide its light
when you get the blues in the night
Take my word, the mockingbird'll sing
the saddest kind o� song,
he knows things are wrong, and he's right

From Natchez to Mobile,
from Memphis to St. Joe,
wherever the four winds blow
I been in some big towns
an' heard me some big talk,
but there is one thing I know
A woman's a two-face,
a worrisome thing who'll leave ya to sing
the blues in the night

My mama was right,
there's blues in the night.

"Blues in the Night" midi courtesy of http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/fitzgerald/163/jazz/jazz1.html - 08/29/05

"Blues in the Night"  lyrics courtesy of http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Frank-Sinatra/Blues-in-The-Night.html - 09/01/05

  "Blues in the Night",  Abstract Collage Image by Norma Cox Miller, courtesy of
http://www.sedonaartscenter.com/Gallery/archive/NormaCoxMiller-BluesInTheNight.htm - 09/14/05

Tiny Blue Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html - 09/01/05

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

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