09/16/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Palisades Park


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   OOOOH, listen to that carousel music!

    Hey, did y'all remember that when you come back to the Peninsula for the Reunion in October (you are coming
to the Reunion, are you not?!?)
, that you can go to the Hampton Carousel and ride the horsies again?!?  It's true!!!
You can even find your very own horsie from waaay back when.  We've done it before!





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 Kim Lassiter ('65) of OH to Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/14/05:

I have been hoping that Deborah and I could slide out of here to attend the reunion.  It does not look like
that is going to happen.  I am, in all probability, going to be taking over a new business unit in the next couple
of weeks and that will preclude my doing much beyond work for several months. 
Please list me as a "cannot attend" but if something changes I will be there.  I do look forward to seeing pictures
and hearing about the group's activities.

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA to From Kim Lassiter ('65) of OH - 09/15/05:

Sorry to hear that, Kim.  But we'll keep our fingers crossed you might make it.

From Me ('65) of NC to Everybody - 09/15/05:

   OH, CRUM!!!  I was looking forward to seeing you again, Kim!  Oh, well, I am nothing if not an
eternal optimist.....

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/15/05:

Okay, now we're starting to get some action. This is for reservations received through Thursday,
September 15th. Keep after 'em.

Dave Arnold

   AHHH - that IS better!  Thanks, Dave!!!



   (By the way, Jimmy-Jimmy, you owe me three dances - two for this year and one leftover from last year.)


From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 09/15/05:

   Congratulations on such a handsome Grandson.     Hope all is well with you? I hope you get
to give those Hugs to the New addition soon.  

Catherine Hudson

   Thanks, Cathy!  From all reports, he's a real sweetie!  I hope to be able to see the little fella soon.  Our # 6 son,
Dale, will return home from California in mid-January, so I'm-a-thinking we'll probably all manage to get together
in Illinois shortly after that.  Little Jim won't be quite so new then, but he'll still be sweet and cuddly!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/15/05:

To my older aunt... who can fit an entire apple in her mouth-- ha, ha, bet this doesn't make it on your web site.

Please express my gratitude to your friend who told me tips for our kitten's breath.


Your favorite "I'm Kee-Kee" 12-year younger niece,


P.S. One of my funniest young moments was when I asked you to smell some Avon cream and thought I'd
enhance the moment by pushing it up a little too close (wild giggles) & instead of wiping it off you just stood
in the doorway stating "that wasn't funny!'', but to an eight-year-old it was oh so funny!!! Think of it  this way:
I was a slight preparation course for your seven.  Come to think of it, I might have been worse than all of yours

    And you thought WRONG, Shari!  We should all be grateful for our talents,
no matter what they are.  Mine just happens to be stuffing a whole apple in my enormous mouth at once.  And as
I proved to your brother only a couple of years ago, I still have it.

  Thanks again to Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA for his kitten breath expertise!

   Yes, yes, "Kee-Kee", that was very funny, I am sure!  I was trying to stay calm to avoid murderlizing you!

  And my own seven little angelic darlings combined were indeed no match for you!  You, my dear, were in a
league of your own.  I will say that because of your "preparation seminars", I broke off a couple of promising
relationships, and postponed marriage until I was 22........ ("Oh, MAN - I am so not ready for THIS!!!")

   But as they say, "Ya turned out good", so I'm glad I let you live instead of following my instincts!  GIGGLES!

   Thanks, Shari!


From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 09/15/05 - "Thought perhaps you could use this today":


   BOY, HOWDY!!!  I surely must have been stressed out for some goofy reason, Janice; my face broke
out in hives!  This is really beautiful, and very peaceful - and the perfect timing brought me a big smile!  Thanks so


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL ('57) of FL - 09/15/05:

Hi, Carol:

When I read the story by
Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA regarding Coach Charles
"Lefty" Driesell
and the Driving Training class it was humorous to imagine the Coach's actions that day
in the face of danger. Little did Aretie realize that she was not the only family in Newport News that had
to rely upon public transportation to get around the city. I took my Virginia Driver's License examination
out on Victoria Boulevard using the H & B Grocery delivery truck. The shame of it all!!!

Coach was never lost for words, and did you hear the one about him sitting on the bench during a close
game and pulling on the top of his socks, and he pulled so hard that the ripped the toe open on the sock
and up it came around his knee. I am sure there are many other "Lefty" stories out there.

You will notice that I am assisting you with the usual links to make life easier for you.

Now that you are considering returning to the Commonwealth of Virginia, are you returning to VA or
Northern VA (AKA as the 51st State)?

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe!  There are indeed a great many Lefty stories out there.  Last night, upon hearing Aretie's story,
my sister Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) told me a classic herself - personally witnessed by her late
husband, Miles, dating back to when Lefty and Miles were classmates at Granby High (Class of 1950) - and
Lefty was apparently not that great a driver himself, to understate the case.  She's promised to get back to us
on that.

   And thank you, Adonis, I always appreciate your assistance!

   "Northern Virginia"?!?  Honey, bite your tongue!  When I say I want to move back to Virginia, I mean I want
to move back to VIRGINIA!!!


From Margaret Hoban Wilner ('65) of MD - 09/15/05:


Finally, I have validation that we used to get into the movies with coat hangers! When I would tell people
they looked at me like I was goofy! It was so much fun and I think it was non-stop cartoons - and for some
reason I think of Pauline (Collins Shofner - '65 - of VA) and going to see the "Tammy" movies. She
looked like "Tammy" or so I thought.

Margaret Hoban Wilner --- gonna hum "Tammy's In Love" all night    

   Hi, Margaret!!!  It's good to hear from you!

   Well, we're just going to have to make a Modern Cleaners page.  That's a really unusual story!

   I've been trying to remember for a couple of years now the cleaners we used to patronize.  The names are
all so familiar to me, and I so lack Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) near total recall of practically everything.  All I
can remember is the nice fragrance of cleaning chemicals, and the two beautiful young sisters who worked
there.  They were tall, thin, very light-skinned black women, and seemed to possess very quiet, gentle spirits -
but they had the most gorgeous hands!  They could have easily been hand models, if not the usual type model. 
They had long, perfectly shaped fingers - and the most incredible nails!  This was long before acrylic nails were
available, but that's how they looked, always perfectly manicured.  I thought they were the most graceful,
mystical, exotic creatures I'd ever seen.  They must have thought I was I nut case, they way I gawked at them ,
but hey - I was just a little girl.

   No, wait - I was a nut case.  Sigh. 

   Those Tammy shows were fun-stuff, weren't they?

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957

Tammy (1965)

   Thanks again, Margaret!  See you in October, yes???


From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL ('57) of FL - 09/15/05:

Hi, Carol:

Have you seen the recently released "Sporty Cars" Postage Stamps? They are really cool!!! (Have not used
that term in some years) Since you have many subscribers who love their sport cars, especially the vintage
Corvettes, you may wish to give them a "Heads Up" regarding this new stamp.

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, I have seen them, Adonis!  In fact, I've been using them, although I keep thinking that's such a waste, and
that I ought to be doing something more creative with them!

   Hey, Tommee - go buy some stamps to go with your red Vette!  GIGGLES!!!


From Chandler Nelms ('Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/15/05:

Thank you for your devotion to the newsletter. It must be huge job…….

...... But I’ve got to hand it to you guys…….you’re good.

Chandler Nelms

   Thank you, Chandler - we aim to please!


   And speaking of Chandler, I have some newly arrived Big Surprises for you (thank you, Gorgeous!)
which I'll save for Saturday and/or Monday, so be sure to come back then!

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Palisades Park

 Written by Chuck Barris, who later created and starred in TV's Gong Show

(Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon)

Last night I took a walk after dark
A swingin' place called Palisades Park
To have some fun and see what I could see
That's where the girls are
I took a ride on a shoot-the-chute
That girl I sat beside was awful cute
And after while she was holdin' hands with me
My heart was flyin' up like a rocket ship
Down like a roller coaster
Back like a loop-the-loop
And around like a merry-go-round
We ate and ate at a hot dog stand
We danced around to a rockin' band
And when I could, I gave that girl a hug
In the tunnel of love
You'll never know how great a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top of a Ferris wheel
When I fell in love down at Palisades Park
We ate and ate at a hot dog stand
We danced around to a rockin' band
And when I could, I gave that girl a hug
In the tunnel of love
You'll never know how great a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top of a Ferris wheel
When I fell in love down at Palisades Park
Down at Palisades Park
You know it's Palisades Park
Down at Palisades Park


"Palisades Park" midi courtesy of http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/oregon/937/midi_line2.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/03/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Palisades Park" lyrics courtesy of http://lyrics.duble.com/lyrics/R/the-ramones-lyrics/the-ramones-palisades-park-lyrics.htm 
   also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/03/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Carousel Horses clip art courtesy of http://www.dreslough.com/main/superclips/_Carousel/index.html - 07/31/03

Roller Coaster clip art to form Divider Line courtesy of (a source which asked to have its name removed on 10/22/13) - 09/16/05

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

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