09/27/05 - NNHS Newsletter - This Land Is Mine

"I would not change my native land, for rich Peru with all her gold."

- Isaac Watts
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   My Magic Shower got the best of me.  It just keeps wanting to "walk that lovely, golden land" with me.  That's
just fine with me.  I'll be walking on "the sacred soil of Virginia" in just a few short weeks now - YES!


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:

Back again ... here's some more self explanatory stuff. The ticket stub close-up is from the last
Turkey Day game in '70.

November 22, 1951   November 26, 1970    

   Oh, waaay cool!  But Tommee, there's no date on that middle one!  You know perfectly well that I'm too
compulsive-obsessive to be able to place it on Odds and Ends without a date!!!  I mean - where would it go?!?
Find me the date before I hyperventilate - please!    No, Honey, of course I'm not joking!  As Popeye said, "I
am what I am."

   The other two are safely ensconced:


   Thanks, Babe!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/25/05:

Hi, Carol:

The Name the Players "contest" is still ongoing, if you don't mind. It seems you declared
Dale Parsons
('48) of VA
the winner when he named three of the players on the first Hurricanes Basketball Team
coached by Herbie Morewitz . Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA named quite a few in his email message,
but I did not retain a copy of that message after forwarding it to you. My reckless housekeeping of my hard
drive has now caught up with me. For some reason I thought you had listed the players names under the
photograph posted on the Boys Club page in the Our Old Stomping Grounds section of the Website.
It seems to me that Mickey may have named more than three players. At any rate, I will have to defer
to your judgment if you care unable to find that email which I forwarded to you.

Now, as for a gift...since I do not crochet how can I ever match your gifts? By the way, the Red, White
and Blue crochet tree ornament which you sent to me is now a part of the annual display collection on the
Holiday Tree at the Marine Corps Association in Quantico, VA.

Perhaps we should have come up with an idea for a gift before we initiated the "contest"? At any rate, I hope
we have all the name of the Hurricane players between the two list furnished by Mickey and Dale, and then
we will all be winners. The page will be complete!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   OH, CRUM!!!  Well, if you want to be technical, Joe - GIGGLES!!!  Okay, let's say that Mickey won first place,
Dale won second place, and Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59 - of Northern VA) picked up an honorable mention
for her earnest effort.

   And you've caught me slacking again.  These twelve hour days are just insufficient to do the job.  Sigh.  Okay,
well, I'll track all that down and post it on the Boys Club page yet.

   Now you just know you completely did me in by telling me that an actual official Marine Corps tree is sporting
an ornament I made, dontcha, Adonis?!?  Okay, you win.  I'll crochet the prizes - I can't top that!  (I can't stop these
tears either but that's another story...)

   There will be a slight delay until I finish crocheting the little white suit, bonnet, and booties for Jonathan to wear
for his blessing on Sunday, October 9.  Then I'll start on the ornaments.  I've only been crocheting for 48 years now. 
I'm sure I'll be able to build up some speed someday.......

   (Speaking of Jonathan, he was three weeks old yesterday, and they came over to spend the evening with us. 
The four of them played games, and I took Jonathan and played Hug-a-Baby in the recliner, and the two of us
had a nice, warm, cuddly nap.  It doesn't get much better than that!)

  Thanks, Joe - I'll keep on keeping on!



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/boys-club.html - Watch this page.......

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05 - "North End Beaches and Beach Houses":

My mother's cousin's (Myrtle Ware) husband, Jimmy Spotts (father of LaVerne, a.k.a.
, NNHS 63) had a beach house in that area, and I have vivid memories ( I was
maybe 7 or 8) of swimming in the James there and getting a major sunburn from just lolling
in the waves breaking on the shore.  While my visual memory of the structure and the beach
is quite clear, not so clear is the street where the steps descended from Huntington down
and down and down and down to the shore.  It could have been 63rd, but I can't shake the
image of it being closer to the fork to River Road, i.e., 67th St.

I need to go excavating again at my mother's home for the photos which I know are there

Here is an image showing Jimmy Spotts
(on the viewer's left).

Having seen him, now have a look at LaVerne's photo in the 63 Anchor.

Jimmy Spotts; Mildred Linkous; Steve Rockney (a suitor before my dad showed up) LaVerne "Tootsie" Spotts, who was middle-named after my mother  
About 1940 Fall of 1962  

   This sounds fascinating, Dave!  I had no idea there were beach houses down there until this week.  Of course,
that wasn't really my neighborhood, either.  Thanks for enlarging my scope!

   For more great North End memories, see here:




For Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - ROGER CLARK'S THEME SONG:

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05:

..... Roger Clark's theme song is on the Reunion CDs.

It is:  "Strange What A Song Can Do"  performed by Harry James on the trumpet,
with vocals by Marion Morgan...

Marion Morgan and
Harry James
Sentimental Souvenirs  

See:  http://www.collectablesrecords.com/product/view.cfm/id_76372.html

   OOOOH - Thank you, David!  How delightful!!!  I've replayed it about six times already, and just let the
memories flow over me like warm water!

   I've no idea of any way I can attach this even remotely to the Newsletter, but I've already passed the mp3 file
along to some of y'all - including Chandler:

         From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 09/27/05:

   I can’t believe it. You all are just amazing. I hope that everyone enjoys hearing this old tune as much as I did. It gave me the most incredible feeling, like if I closed my eyes, I was back in Hampton late on a Saturday night, just having been at Shoney’s and parked on Chesapeake Boulevard in anticipation of what would happen next. Thank you…..a thousand times…thank you.    

   If the rest of you would like to hear it, and your computer wouldn't mind a 4488 KB file, just let me know and
I'll forward it to you.

   OR - you could buy the record through the handy link which Dave provided.

   OR - you could just break out your trusty Reunion CDs that you picked up from Dave for FREE (or a mere
pittance of a donation to his Great Class of 1964)
, and you'll find it there, too!  It's # 28 on CD #1.  The funny
thing is - you tend to not hear it as it plays, because by the time it comes up, your mind has convinced you that
you're back in time and WGH is really playing, and it's just a regular commercial - and you know how easy it is
to tune those out!

   But that's no doubt why it's been bugging you, Chandler.  Even though you didn't hear it as you were listening
to your CDs, your subconscious mind absorbed it, and lay in wait to taunt you.  Works for me, anyway!



   I know Chandler's been enjoying those CDs.  The rest of ya'll did order them, didn't you?!?

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

Hi, Carol:

Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63
) made reference to the theme song of Roger Clark, the late
night DJ on WGH. The song is entitled "Strange What A Song Can Do" and it was performed by Harry
James and his Music Makers
orchestra. The female vocalist on the particular recording used by Roger
Clark featured Marion Morgan. She was known more for her acting and did little recording, but she
sure had a beautiful voice, and who could forget the strains of the trumpet solo by Harry James.

Bill Black ('66 of GA) had a tape that Roger Clark used for the Theme, but it was in poor condition. I
had begun a search for a recording of that particular version, and I am pleased to announce that it was
released in late 2003 by Swing House Production and Jazz Unlimited under the title "Harry James and His
Music Makers All Star Parade 1943-1949". It was made in Germany, and is available through Barnes and
. I have shared a copy of this recording with many of my Marine Corps buddies who were stationed
at Marine Barracks, Norfolk Naval Shipyard for we all listened to Roger Clark when we stood guard duty
at the shipyard. They were very grateful, for it is a lovely recording.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('59) of FL

   Thanks, Joe!  I could listen to Harry James play that trumpet all day!

   And I'm sure your fellow Marines were happy, indeed!  You have a very generous heart and spirit, Adonis. 
Thanks for being you!

From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 09/26/05:

I just sent Joe Madagan ('57 of FL), one of my partners-in-memory-crimes, an e-mail asking him if he'd
like to share Roger Clark's theme song with Chandler.  Joe and I were actually competing to see who could
find a version of it through the internet, and he alerted me to its being on a "Harry James - Live Radio
Broadcast" CD at Barnes & Nobel.  He and I ordered it on the same day, and Joe got his in the mail first.
\... Roger-the-All-Night-Loger came on the air right after Keith James ( he was the guy before Dick Lamb's
era...) at eleven o'clock...
....... And do you remember Keith James' sign-off song?  "That's my Desire", by the Lettermen.
It went like this:     "To spend one night with you,
                                  at our old rendezvous.
                            Sher-ree, I love you so,
                                         That's my desire... "
Gotta go.  I think the wife's getting into her jammies about now..  Where're those damned pills?
            See ya'll in thirty-six hours, unless I need to seek immediate medical assistance.

   Bill, you are a hoot!  Thanks - I especially love that Lettermen song!!!  It's a sentimental favorite of mine.

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

Hi, Carol:

Boy, it was great to see a photo of Jesse Kersey ('58) and Bobby Turpin ('58) and moreover to see
they are still involved in the community and doing good work.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('59) of FL

   Wasn't that neat?!  Thanks, Adonis - and thanks again, Renee!

From Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC - 09/26/05:

Hi Carol,
A reply to Karen (Weinstein Witte - '60 - of FL) ...

Yes! I remember those tubes. I was never quite sure how the tubes knew exactly where to go, but
then that's how I feel about fax machines now! Actually, most hospital systems still have the tube
systems today!

You're also right about the Nachman's lunch room. That was where I had my first club sandwich.
I hesitated ordering it because I didn't know what club I needed to belong to in order to eat it. I
was a very deep philosophical thinker!
And Yes again! Adams Shoe Store had the x-ray machines. AHA! Perhaps that is what stunted the
growth of all the Collins girls feet. Neta (Collins Hastings - '60 of VA), Pauline (Collins Shofner -
'65 - of VA)
and I all have short, short feet! Hey, girls, maybe we have a class action suit.............I
don't think so! But I did think it was 'way cool to see the bones in my feet.
Take care...........Gene

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Gene!

   There were obviously at least two of those X-Ray machines around - one in Nachman's, one in Adams Shoe
Store - were there more?

   Who sold Poll Parrot Shoes?  I know that store had one!  I thought Poll Parrot shoes were the coolest - and I
loved that commercial:

Poll Parrot, Poll Parrot,
The shoes you want to buy!
They make your feet run faster -
As fast as Poll can fly!

   I thought that just had to be a good thing - I was soooo slow!!!  So I always wanted to buy my shoes there - or
at least look at shoes there.  That way I could get to that wonderful machine, too!  My mother, however, had other
ideas.  She was positively enamored of Stride-Rite shoes, which were carried by Hofheimer's.  Grrrrr....

   But I'm afraid I must refute your claim that the X-Ray machine caused your feet to be short.  Despite as frequent
use as I could manage, my feet are anything but short - more's the pity!

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/26/05:

Thanks for your personal invitation to the 1965 reunion. I almost certainly will be attending, not only
for myself, but to support this great event of my upper class alumni.
Now back to "The lights of West Point Virginia"; Do you know how many Typhoons actually have seen
these mysterious lights? or have heard the gruesome tale of folklore that is still whispered even today?
It would be interesting to know how many other victims had the hell scared out of them as I ! How many,
how many more lives changed forever more.
If there are any others out there, then this story is worth telling, but not to the faint hearted, but I need
to stop now.............
                                        The horror, the horror, the lights, the lights
                                                        The lights of West Point
                                                                Bill Hobbs 66
                                                            Who saw the light in 65, and can't forget
                                                                    Typhoons forever
YIPPEE!!!  I just love to hear about people planning to be at that reunion!!!! 
It does my heart good

   C'mon - tell us the story - we're big and strong, we can take it!  (Well, I'm a Super-Wuss, but no matter....)

   Actually, Bill, I believe a great many of our friends saw those lights of West Point.  I didn't, of course, but I
suppose that's because I so desperately wanted to see them, and as Mick Jagger was later to say, "You
can't always get what you want".

   The fact that I never actually made it over to West Point at night may have somewhat impeded my psychic
opportunities.......   Sigh.

   Thanks, Bill!  See you soon!

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 09/26/05:

Hi Carol -- attached are a couple of Grapette bottle pix you can add to the collection. And let's
not forget "Orangette". Didn't see one often. I saw "Lemonette" very rarely. I didn't like them
compared to Pal Ade. There was just something about carbonated Orange & Lemon that seemed
to be against God's natural plan.  ;-)
Gray's Confectionary at the corner of 38th and Huntington almost always had Tiny, Grapette,
and Pal in stock.

   Oh, WOWZERS!!!  I don't really remember the second bottle at all (perhaps it was a later version and
that's one of the factors contributing to its demise???),
but look at that first one - WOW!  It had such an elegant,
comforting shape to it.  It felt so nice and happy in my hand - what a delight!  It's such a treat just to see it again! 
(As you may have noticed by now, I'm very easily amused....)

   Thanks so much, Ronnie!  I delightedly posted them on Nostalgic Artifacts - which looks much prettier with their


   And Ron, it's too late.  I have long since forgotten Orangette and Lemonette - SHEESH!  GIGGLES!!!

    As usual, I have more goodies from y'all yet to come.......

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Music written for 1960 film "Exodus" by Ernest Gold, who won an Oscar for the score.
Words added in 1961 by Pat Boone as "This Land Is Mine."

 Various versions charted in 1961 by Ferrante and Teicher (#2);
Mantovani (#31); Eddie Harris (jazz rendition, #36);
Pat Boone (#64); and Edith Piaf (#116).

This land is mine,
God gave this land to me,
This brave and ancient land to me.
And when the morning sun reveals her hills and plains,
Then I see a land where children can run free.

So take my hand and walk this land with me
And walk this lovely land with me.
Though I am just a man,
When you are by my side,
With the help of God, I know I can be strong.

This land is mine,
God gave this land to me,
This brave and ancient land to me.
And when the morning sun reveals her hills and plains,
Then I see a land where children can run free.

So take my hand and walk this land with me
And walk this golden land with me.
Though I am just a man,
When you are by my side,
With the help of God, I know I can be strong.

To make this land our home.
If I must fight, I’ll fight to make this land our own
Until I die this land is mine!

 "Exodus" midi courtesy of http://www.jewz.net/ - 09/24/05

 "This Land Is Mine" lyrics courtesy of http://www.impossible.za.net/cd/exodus1.htm - 09/22/05
and http://www.istrianet.org/istria/organizations/united_istrians/exodus.htm - 09/24/05

"Holding Hands Walking" Image courtesy of http://www.meaganmccormick.com/Holding%20Hands%20Walking.html - 09/25/04

"Couple Walking" Image courtesy of http://www.opadocs.com/ - 09/25/05

Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 03/15/05

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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