09/24/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Careless Hands


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Happy Birthday today to Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58), and to Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA
and to Jerry Allen ('65) of VA, both of whom have a birthday tomorrow!


   Speaking of birthdays, I called my oldest grandchild, Andrew, last night because it was his 14th birthday.  He
told me he's now 6' tall.  What is that all about?!?  I just saw him less than two months ago, and he was only 5' 11".



The 54-Year Reunion of the Class of 1951
 will be held on on Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Kiln Creek
 - a Sunday lunch brunch from Noon to 2:00 PM.
The cost is $21 per person or $42 per couple. 

Contact Robert Allen at RBADDS@cox.net
or Nancy Fogle Moore, 76 Columbia Drive,
Newport News, VA 23608





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 - plus a few select others.








From Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC - 09/23/05:

Hi Carol,
What a trip down memory lane! It was so fun seeing Stonewall Jackson School! I used to love
those swings.
And Gorsuch Drug Store! Omigosh. That was where I had my very first job at the tender age
of 15. I learned how to gift wrap Russell Stover Candy boxes. After that I worked at Nachman's
Department Store
in the jewelry department. Those jobs were very convenient. I could walk
to them from NNHS, since I didn't drive until after I went to nursing school.
Fun stuff. Wish I could come to the reunion, but I am in a show that weekend.
Thanks for the memories!
Gene (Collins) Glave

   Thanks, Gene!  I posted your memories, and very regretfully added your name as not being able to attend:









From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 09/23/05:

What memories the mention of  Minnie's store brings  back.  Minnie let me put Barbie doll outfits
on lay-a-way there.  Some of those outfits cost the huge sum of $3.00 to $4.00.  I have memories
of going with my mother to the Colonial grocery store, which was in that same row of shops.   I still
remember the meat manager's name, Pete Stringfield.  Also the pharmacy, with ceiling fans and food
counter where  you could get cherry Cokes.   Was Ricky Wyatt's mother the police crossing guard
at Magruder School?  I have a picture of her.  I remember Mr. Baines, the principal at Magruder. 
Does anyone remember Mrs. Crowder?     

Carol, thanks so much for the newsletter

Barbara Houston '68

   Wasn't that the most magical store?!?  And Minnie herself was the greatest! 

   We tended to do most of our shopping at the Stuart Gardens Colonial Store, too, Barbara.  Doris Burns,
mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN, worked there, and my mama enjoyed her so.

   And yes, Ricky's mama was indeed the Magruder crossing guard.  When I was six and Ricky was three, he
beat me to a pulp - three times in the same afternoon.  My mother was horrified that I was such a wuss.  I think
that might have been her first inkling.  Poor woman.  I think she never knew how it was that we came to be related....

   Sorry - I do not remember Mrs. Crowder.  My teachers were Mrs. Hatcher, Miss Charlotte Winstead, Mrs.
Thelma Hudgins, Mrs. Gladys Curry, Miss Gloria Kratzch ('54?)
who married that very December and
became Mrs. Gloria Young, and Mrs. Eunice Leyland.  Oh - and Mrs. Doris Hutton for band.  Great women!

   Thanks, Barbara.  I'll post your memories after a bit!


From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/23/05 - "Clarifications":

I'll go with the Hiden Boulevard street name.  Maybe there was a Hidenwood Shopping Center?  And
in hindsight, the 'dirt road' might have been a driveway to a construction site?   I may have mistakenly
thought my granddaddy's white 65 Chrysler New Yorker was actually an off-road vehicle.  Merrie Point /
Merry Point
rings a bell. 
Are we referring to Chesapeake Boulevard as a "Scenic Overlook"?



   And I didn't give the place that name, Bill.  Were it up to me, I'd have placed a State Historical Marker on the
spot of the Famous Submarine Races.  I took that name from the silly sign which was there until Isabel made
off with it.  Sob.....


From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/23/05:

Bill Black's memory is correct. When you turned left onto Beechmont Drive from Warwick Boulevard, 
there was a shopping center on the right that held the cleverly named Beechmont Twin Cinema.
When that was built, two movies in one building was a big deal. If you follow Beechmont Drive to the
end you come to Moyer Road which roughly parallels the Warwick River. By going down some of the
streets that were being cut in during the late 60's you could end up on a river overlook.

Of course, I only know that by having been a telephone installer in the area at that time.

Dave Arnold

   Of course!  GIGGLES!  Thanks, Dave!

From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 09/23/05:


Here is some information. The Beechmont subdivision touches Denbigh Boulevard, but Beechmont Drive
does not touch Denbigh Boulevard. At the end of Beechmont Drive where it intersects Warwick Boulevard,
there is a shopping center. There was a movie theatre there at one time, but now that building is used for a

I hope this helps.

Edna Whitcomb Harrison

   Thanks, Edna!  That does help!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/24/05:

OK, I buy all of that. But the river which is being overlooked (looked over) would be the
Warwick River, not the James. Perhaps I read "James" into Bill Black's original recollection.

Anyway, we have verified that it is not Merrie Point.

   Okaaay, thank you, David!

   Soooo - does anyone remember calling this place by any particular name?!?

   And while y'all are thinking about it, the good captain had another one of his brilliant ideas:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/old-make-out-places.html - And what perfectly fabulous lyrics he found!

   Thanks so much, Dave!  This brand new cover page connects directly from the main links on the front page:


Also from Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/23/05:

And **sigh** I guess the radio stations up yonder in FayetteNam don't get many requests from the troops
for much Gordon Lightfoot.  I was quoting some lyrics from his song "Did She Mention My Name?"    And
the reference to "Typhoon Girls" was a re-working of the lyrics to General Johnson's "Carolina Girls"...  Kinda
hard to write this, and make sense of it, with "Easier Said Than Done" blasting outa my mini speakers. 
Maybe having to 'splain all this is why I was never a successful deejay.

It was never a parking spot, or even a rendezvous, but does Commander Spriggs remember 58th Street
?  Those fishing shacks, and the huge, polluted storm drain that emptied onto the beach?

   Ah, Bill.  You've forced me into a dreadfully embarrassing double confession.

1.  The only times I hear the radio is when my Haunted Radio alarm clock is trying to awaken me at roughly 5:00
AM, and whenever I'm in a car.  I spend eight to twelve hours a day working on this computer.  If the radio is playing,
my concentration is blurred - and it needs no help in that department.

2. The worst part is how little I notice lyrics or background music.  My seven children think this is nothing short
of astonishing.  When we had back-to-back computers, Nathaniel used to regularly run through his play-list and
grill me by playing the opening bars to songs and asking me to identify them.  I, of course, would not know them. 
He would then give me hints, telling me it was the song from such and such a movie.  I thought he meant the theme
song, but no, he just meant some song which was played sometime when - silly me, I was wasting time listening
to the dialogue.

   They would all look at me incredulously and ask, "Mom, how could you have the musical background and
training that you do and not notice the background music?!?"

   And I'm sure there's a very simple answer to that, but I don't know what it is.

   That's why it's so wonderful that for most occasions we have our own music expert here in charge of such
things.  Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA has a phenomenal recall of songs.

   But I do remember Gordon Lightfoot from the late 60's - kinda........

   We discussed that 58th Street Beach once before.  I didn't like whatever it was I heard...something about
its no longer being there.....

   OOOPS - wait a minute, did you say, "Commander Spriggs"???  I'm aghast!!!

   Let me direct your attention to Famous Sailors:


   Oh, let's just cut to the chase.

Those four gold bars on his shoulder epaulets
indicate a Captain, not a Commander.

You must have been looking at an old photograph somewhere...

06/26/03 - Norfolk, VA
Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.)

   Yes, yes, I know.  I need medication.......

   Thanks, Bill!  It's been great fun!!!

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/23/05:

I believe the missing lines to the song about Hampton were, "Far beyond the halls of Newport," and
"All the walls are made of paper." Or something like that.

Dave Arnold

   Oh, that's it!  That's it exactly! 

Far beyond the halls of Newport,
In a field of rye,
Stands an old deserted outhouse
Known as Hampton High.
All the walls are made of paper,
Ashes on the floors,
All the boys are football heroes,
All the girls are (pregnant pause.....) cheerleaders.

   Ah, the simple pleasures of reconstructed song lyrics - especially ones of such importance!  WILD CRAZY
Thanks so much, Dave!

From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/23/05:


I wanted to send a message to Karen Weinstein Witte ('60 of FL)  to see if she might have been
in my class at Walter Reed. I remember one class I had; the teacher was Mrs. Reed, and I have a
picture of our class standing on front steps at the school. Some of the class folks in the picture
were Ruby PhillipsCharles Marrs,  and Joe Shapiro. And I have forgotten the names of the others.
Maybe she might remember.

Glenn Dye 60

   Well, I thought I'd just open this up to everyone from the Class of 1960.  Karen??  Anyone???

   Thanks, Glenn!

From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 09/24/05 - "Name These Players":

Front row - #3 Beverly Williamson 
#4 Henry Atwell 

Back row - #1 Floyd Northern # 4 I know him, but can't remember his name.

This was the original city league team started by the late Dick Marable around 1942 or 1943. and was the first Hurricane team.



Enjoy your Newsletter.

Did you know the greatest athlete to ever wear the Old Gold & Blue lives in your home town?
His name is Bobby Spicer he was the best in any sport from ping pong to football. He retired
from baseball and settled in Fayetteville and had a men's clothing store there. Believe me, I
have been a Typhoon follower since the early 40's and he is the best.

He would have to be called " The Natural " He excelled in tennis, basketball, track, football, and
If it was a sport  billiards and pool. Bobby also was a quarterback on the old semi-pro Newport
News Builders football team that consisted of high school coaches, Cowboy Range,  Red Simpson
of York High, Tom O'Hara of Morrison (Warwick High), Chigger Bowman, etc. They played the
Norfolk Shamrocks, Richmond Rebels. It was called The Dixie League. NNHS in those years did
not have baseball.
Keep up the good work and I am sure you will enjoy your class reunion,
Dale Parsons  Typhoon 48

   Oh, Joe!  We have an eyewitness winner!!!  Pay the nice man!

   WOWZERS!!!  I can't resist this.  I'm actually going to make a phone call.  I'll keep you posted.....

   Thanks so much, Dale!  We appreciate your help, I appreciate you nice words, and I can assure you that I
will have a super wonderful time at the reunion.  To do otherwise would be totally against my principles! 

   Speaking of reunions, my cousin, Cheryl White Wilson, and her husband, Don Wilson (both John Marshall
HS - '64 - of VA
), are going to a JMHS reunion tonight.  Y'all have a great time!


    Hey - you know all those things I didn't get to yesterday?!?  Well, I didn't get to them again!  Hang in there......

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Careless Hands

 Music and lyrics by Bob Hilliard and Carl Sigman, 1949

(Mel Torme)

I let my heart fall into careless hands
Careless hands broke my heart in two
You held my dreams like worthless grains of sand
Careless hands don't care when dreams slip through
I brought you joy
And girl I loved you so
But all that sunshine didn't make the roses grow
If you don't change
Someday you'll know the sorrow of careless hands
That can't hold onto love


I let my heart fall into careless hands
Careless hands broke my heart in two
You held my dreams like worthless grains of sand
Careless hands don't care when dreams slip through
I brought you joy
And dear I loved you so
But all that sunshine didn't make the roses grow
If you don't change
Someday you'll know the sorrow of careless hands
That can't hold onto love
Careless hands that can't hold onto love
Talking 'bout those hands
That can't hold onto love
Talking 'bout those hands
That can't hold onto love

"Careless Hands" midi (sequenced by Harry Todd) and lyrics courtesy
of http://www.rienzihills.com/SING/C/carelesshands.htm - 09/15/05

Image of Girl Covering Her Eyes courtesy
of http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/people/young_adults/383501_blind.php?id=383501
- 09/19/05

Hand clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of http://www.artbycheryl.com%2Fhands_01.html - 09/20/05

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