09/26/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Hello Stranger

"Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger."

- Edgar Rice Burroughs
(1 Sep 1875 - 19 Mar 1950)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I hope that your new week has begun well.  If not, just consider that you're one day closer to the Great Reunion!


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 -  and a few others!.








From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/23/05 - "Bussie Stuff":

Mornin' Carol ... here are some goodies for ya!

The pictured bus driver is Clyde Pratt, father of Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS-'67). He drove streetcars
and busses for CRT from 1939 until 1956 (when CRT drivers went on strike). This photo is circa 1940s ...
exact year yet to be determined. The close-up shows his hat with the CRT emblem.

The bus pin was worn on his uniform, along with his 4-year safe driving pin.

Enjoy :-).

da babe


Clyde Pratt Clyde Pratt's CRT Hat Clyde Pratt's CRT Pins  

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Babe!  I finally have these posted:




From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 09/24/05:

In reference to "Passion Pits" in the September 24th newsletter - does anyone remember "Skeeter
Beach"?  This also was on Chesapeake Boulevard in Hampton. It was a little road that ran beside the
Wilks home, (Karen Wilks '64).
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker '64

   AHA!  Thank you, Donna!  I knew there was one more on Chesapeake Boulevard!


From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 09/24/05:


My sister (Gene Collins Glave - '60 - of SC) and I grew up on 62nd Street.  I remember a path that led down
to the beach close to 63rd Street.  At 68th Street, I think, there were steps that led to a cabin/shack on the beach. 
My dad would crab in the James River and he and his friends met at that shack.  There may have been a beach
at 58th Street but that’s not how I made my way down to the beach.

Lots of memories!  Stonewall Jackson was my Elementary School.  Thank you, Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA)
for providing the photos! 

Pauline Collins Shofner

   Aren't those just fabulous images?!?  Thank you, Pauline - and Dave!



From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/24/05:

Hi, Carol
The Alzheimer's Memory Walk was held in Gloucester last Saturday, the 17th of September. 
Once again, the ever faithful Jesse Kersey ('58) and Bobby Turpin ('58) came and walked
with the Benton Bunch Team in honor of Julius ('58).  The Benton Bunch Team raised
over half of the donations contributed for the Gloucester Memory Walk; daughter, Kristi, was
the top individual fundraiser and daughter, Julie, came in 3rd.  A very heartfelt thank you
to the NNHS supporters of the Memory Walk on behalf of Julius:  John ('59) & Aretie Gallins
Patterson ('59), Jesse Kersey ('58), Bobby Turpin ('58), George Coussoulos ('58), Joe Drewry
('58), Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58), Bob ('56) & JoAnn Scott ('58) Fowler, Russell ('59) & Ann Gary,
Janet ('54) & Buddy Nagele, and Keith & Rhetta Phelps Wright ('59)
.  I hope I didn't leave
out anyone.  And, a very special thank you to Kathy, who made sure this cancer survivor finished
the 3 mile walk. 
The Benton Bunch walkers:

Kristi Benton, Stan Harris, Jesse Kersey ('58), Renee Helterbran Benton ('59), Kathy, Julie Benton, Stephanie Shackelford, Bobby Turpin ('58).


A further note re Guinea.  Turning RIGHT on Guinea (NOT "Ginny") Road will take you to the
Guinea area of Gloucester starting about 4 miles down the road at Bena.  In fact, if you venture
past Bena you will come upon the Guinea Loop that will take you all around the Guinea area. 
The dialect spoken is very rapid; these folks can turn out 25 words in 5 seconds flat!!  I
remember when our children were in elementary school we used to have enunciation lessons
at the dinner table each night to ensure they didn't pick up the local dialect. Of course, this just
enticed them even more to get proficient in "Guinea".  Our daughters can still carry on a
conversation in the Guinea dialect!!
As far as Guinea being a suburb of Bena, I think residents of beautiful downtown Bena (such
as myself) will tell you that we consider ourselves living in Guinea!!
A note to Judy Phillips Allen ('66 - of VA).  Gosh, I can smell the aroma of the coconut pies
from Walter's push cart!!  Even today, I compare all coconut pies to those he pushed around
in his cart.  Does anyone know where in the world he got those pies?  The recipe would be a
real treat.  And speaking of recipes, does anyone have the recipe for the cole slaw that was
served at Woolworth's lunch counter?
You wanted someone who lived in the Shipyard Apartments to step forward; well, here's one! 
We moved there when I was 14 and quickly discovered how friendly the folks living there were.  
NNHS'ers that I can recall right off were  Jesse ('58) & Jeanie Kersey, Carolyn, George, and
Bobbie Whitehurst, Delores & Jane ('61) Monfalcone, Faye Eure, Al Creal, Rodney Wyatt,
Max Pollard ('62) , Doug & Gerald ('64) Wright, Dickie Coltrain ('57), and John "Tinker"
.  I'm sure others can add to the list.  Does anyone know where Carolyn Whitehurst
is these days?  I would love to reconnect with her.
Renee Helterbran Benton ('59)

   WOWZERONI!!!  Such fabulous news you bring, Renee!  Congratulations to you all on your great
success!  I posted the information concerning the walk on the News page:



   And the information about Guinea grows more and more fascinating - and the "sacred soil of Virginia" calls
to me ever louder!

   I was so happy to hear about the shipyard apartments and all the great people who lived there!



   Thanks so much for everything, Renee!

From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 09/24/05:

This is for Glenn Dye ('60 - of TX) - good to hear from you, Glenn. I wasn't in your class
at Walter Reed but I have a similar picture taken on the front steps. The classmates I remember
in this picture are: Bobbi Block Goldstein, Phyllis Moore Milne, Sandra Walker Batson, Jimmy
Lentz, Harry Wilks, Bennett Stein, Carol Nachman, Skippy Williams, Kathleen Powell Anderson,
Pam Morris, Paul Burton, Lucille Phillips LeBold, Sammy Lipes, Linda Letchworth Enochs,
Peggy Scull Hodges, Patricia Goodwin
, to name a few. I bet Carol would post these old Walter Reed
pics if we sent them to her!
Gene Collins Glave ('60 - of SC) - I remember working in Nachman's also.  Do you remember
the "pneumatic" tube system they had? When you charged or paid for a purchase, the money/
paperwork was sent to the office on the second floor by way of tubes (much like the ones used
now at drive-in banks.) And, what a treat to eat in the lunch room at Nachman's!
One more bit of trivia - does anyone remember the x-ray devices used in shoe stores to ensure
a proper fit? You would try on shoes and then stick your feet under this big machine.  The x-ray
would show if the bones in your feet were straight or cramped, etc. Who knew that x-rays were
not a particularly good idea!

   Oh, I would just love to have those old Walter Reed images to post, Karen!  The more time passes, the more
precious they become!  Please send them!

   And I think you'll enjoy all the previous comments posted on the Nachman's page, Karen - even including the
infamous X-Ray machine we all loved!  I added yours as well - thanks!




From Gail Kiger Bonsey  (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 09/2/05:

In reply to Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) 9/22/05 'Old Stomping Grounds' 5 & 10 cents store.....No
doubt it was named Bernard's, but probably the 5 & 10 cents store was called "Minnies Dime Store". 
It was right down from the Colonial Store...All from Stuart Gardens Garden Drive to Wickham went
there, I'm sure.....Minnie had every trinket in the world....I should know. I was about 5 or 6 and just had
to have this balloon - not yet inflated-that was in a big jar full of many colorful balloons -- mom said no -
and I snuck one out anyway .... got home - stuck it way down in our toy jug that was in the living room and
pulled it out as if I found one!  Showed brother Steve (Kiger '66) too... Well, mom had radar and she
marched me back to Minnie's Dime Store as I tearfully apologized for stealing it.     @#!! 

..... tell Barbara Houston Gail Kiger says hi, and ask her if she ever talks w/ fellow NNHS alumni/ our
neighbor Beth Wingrove?

Gail (Kiger) Bonsey  FHS '73

   GIGGLES!  Ohhhh, what a naughty baby you were!

   I'm posting this on the page now, and leaving space to add the ones I've missed later.




From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 09/25/05 - "Grapette Logo":

WOWZERS!!!  I loved those sodas! 

Thanks so much, Ron!  I've added this to Nostalgic Artifacts,
and in fact did the first major page redesign in a year there:



From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/25/05

Reference Autumn Leaves

YES! ROGER CLARK! Bless his soul. I doubt that half of us guys would have ever gotten to first base
without him, let alone second, third, …… you understand. Does anyone remember his theme? I can still
hum it but I don’t know if it actually had a name……does anyone know? 

Boy! I’m just full of trivia questions!

Chandler Nelms

   Ah, Chandler, you naughty, naughty boy!I

   I personally do not recall Roger Clark's theme song.  I imagine that Dale Parsons ('69) of HA will have an
answer for you.  Or you could just come to the Reunion next month and hum it to us - yes?  Dave Arnold ('65
- of VA)
and Bobby Yevak ('65 - of VA) both agree with me on that, so it's not just a bunch of drooling old
wimmin who'd like to see you!

   And we enjoy your trivia questions, Sweetie!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/26/05:

Greetings from Tampa Bay:

A few days ago, I passed along my excitement about the new Postal Stamps featuring some old cars. Scanned
them for you in case you have not seen them yet.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

 This is the reverse side of that package,
which identifies each aircraft and gives
some facts of each plane.
By now you have probably already
identified these aircraft.


   Thanks, Joe!  I'll be posting the cars on Our Old Cars, and the aircraft on Famous Airmen very soon:



   (The Aircraft identification image did not "translate" very well.  I'll need to try that again later......)

   By the way, I hope you were talking to the group there.  If not, you were giving me far more credit than I deserve. 
I can discern the difference between an airplane and a helicopter, but I think a stealth bomber and a C-130 are the
only two planes in the world I can readily and easily identify!  And other than the fact that I have a good friend who
is a navigator on a C-130, I don't even know how it is that I can do that.

   Actually, I never tried to learn them.  I prefer that they maintain an aura of wonder and mystery.  I believe that is
in the same vein with my never trying to figure out the solutions to my beloved mystery shows and novels.  I'd rather
be able to come to the end and still be able to say, "OHHHHH!!!!"

   And as it is, I can still gaze into the heavens on a regular basis and exclaim, "De plane!  De plane!"

    I had a number of items which I had intended for today's Newsletter, but I had to pull them and reserve them
for tomorrow due to some personal matters requiring my attention.  Sorry.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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 Hello Stranger

Written by Barbara Lewis, 1963

(Barbara Lewis)

(shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby)
(shoo-bop, shoo-bop)

Hello, stranger
(ooh) It seems so good to see you back again
How long has it been?
(ooh, seems like a mighty long time)
(shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh)
It seems like a mighty long time

Oh-uh-oh, I my, my, my, my
I'm so glad
You stopped by to say "hello" to me
Remember that's the way it used to be
Ooh, it seems like a mighty long time
(shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh)
It seems like a mighty long time

Lewis sings a series of "oh-uh-oh's"on both sides of "I'm so glad you're here
again" while backups do 7 (shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby)'s

If you're not gonna stay
(ooh) Please don't treat me like you did before
Because I still love you so a-a-although
It seems like a mighty long time
Shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh
It seems like a mighty long time

Lewis does " Oh-uh-oh, I my, my, my, my" and "I'm so happy that you're here
again" and backups repeat (shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby) to end

 "Hello Stranger" midi courtesy of http://midistudio.com/Studios/Deb/
at the suggestion of Dave Sprigs ('64) of VA - 09/05/03
Thanks, Dave!

 "Hello Stranger" lyrics courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com/1963/hello_stranger.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Sprigs ('64) of VA - 09/05/03
Thanks again, Dave!

Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger" Record Album Image courtesy of http://www.dustygroove.com/prip/6/5/30756i.htm - 09/21/05

Blue and White Belt Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars19.html - 09/21/05

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