09/30/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Wipe Out

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Wiped-Out is how I feel at the moment.  I allowed myself to become quite ill.  That was a very bad choice, I must say!

I'm sorry this edition is so late.  In one of my major understatements, I'll tell you that I have not been feeling well......  


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 Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/29/05:



I have noticed that all of, well most all, our HHS friends use red type on their white background. A little sneaky don't ya think? It's hard to see the "Gold" (yellow) against this white background, but I wanted our friends to know that subtle raising of their school colors has not gone unnoticed!

Sure wish I had a "real" gold at my command!!

Watch those "Crabbers", they're still upset that we have a winning streak against them in football!!!

The shame of it all for HHS is that their football uniforms are now BLACK and RED!! At least
for the last few years. Ours haven't changed. We just need to find them; where's Albert (Dorner - '66 - of VA)?



   AHA!  So you've noticed that, have you, Wayne Honey?!?

   Well, it's time for me to issue another True Confession.  They had nothing to do with it.  I did it myself.

   I changed the Hampton High people to red in much the same way that heraldic devices were used - as a sign,

   I realized that for clarity of understanding, it is better to use different colors and fonts on the page.  The fact that
not everyone's computer "reads" all the fonts in the same way is not my problem, but I do have a system, which I
shall endeavor to impart unto you now.  I don't always employ it; I reserve unto myself creative license, but here is
the basic plan.

   Having long since adopted Ariel 12 as my own, no one else is "allowed" to use navy ink.  Sorry, I have first dibs,
and it's my fave.  So if you write to me in Navy (as many of you do, Dave Arnold - '65 - of VA, for instance), no
one will ever know.

   However, if you're from the Class of '65, you will be seen in Ariel 12, just in another color.

   For the other classes, bear in mind that I sometimes tend to forget my "assignments", but here's the deal:

Classes of 1961 and before - Bookman Old Style 12

Class of 1962 - either Verdana 12  or Courier New 12 Bold (my new computer does not seem
to regularly offer Verdana, and all Courier fonts behave strangely for their
own perverse reasons, so heaven only knows what you'll get)

Class of 1963 - Times New Roman 14

Class of 1964 - Georgia 12 Regular - except for Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, who is given Georgia 12
Bold because he's David, and he's adorable, and he has those big brown eyes, and rank has
its privileges.

Class of 1966 - Microsoft Sans Serif 12 - This is often difficult to distinguish from Ariel, so I might italicize it,
embolden it
, or give it a
new color, or some combination thereof.

Class of 1967 and after - Comic Sans MS

   Obviously, all of these ridiculous "rules" are but a sign of my obsessive-compulsive behavior, and are
seemingly designed just to triple my work load, but there you go.  You knew I was weird from the beginning.

   Some people sometimes use colors of their own.  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA often writes in blue
Comic Sans MS 12
, so I let her.  She's cute, and it breaks up the monotony of the page.

   Chandler Nelms (Hampton - '63) of MD actually writes me in Ariel 10, either in blue or navy blue, but with the same
distinctive signature,
Chandler Nelms, in Italicized Bold Ariel 12, which I preserve in red.  And I was far too
busy giggling and trembling when he first wrote me to think of any other way to do that.  Wayne Honey, have you
any idea what would have happened forty-eleven years ago if that incredibly gorgeous Chandler Nelms had even
at me, much less said, "Hello"?!?  Well, I'm gonna tell ya, Pilgrim, I would have fainted dead away - but
with an everlasting smile on my face! 

   Joe Madagan ('57) of FL is alone assigned Tahoma 12.  I no longer remember why.  Just because.

   Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63 - of VA) generally uses red Comic Sans MS 10 Bold, so I tend to let her, for the same
reason.  Besides, even though she went to NNHS, she lived in Hampton, and has been employed by the City
of Hampton forever.  If you were to search my poor demented mind (Heaven forbid, for your own sanity!), you'd
probably find that she inspired this system somehow.  (Sorry, Kathy, we must all bear our share of the guilt, even
when we are perfectly innocent.)

   See - just looked what I did to your message, Wayne Honey!  You wrote me in regular Ariel 10 in yellow, black,
and brown on a white background, and I willy-nilly changed it to bold Ariel 12 in gold and white on a Navy
background.  But just see how "purty" it is!

   The letters themselves frequently bear little resemblance to the form in which they were received.  I'll change
spelling, punctuation, and sometimes even grammar and syntax.  You must remember that I'm a thwarted English
teacher, who used to read even my love letters with my red pen firmly in hand.  Too much red on the page - and ........
BOOM - SHAKA-LAKA!!!  "There's the door! " Try to forget how horribly shallow that is; chalk it up to my being
in a period of deep mourning over my father's premature death and a host of other abandonment - rejection
issues which are yet to be resolved, but hey - it's only been 45 years.. 

   The other problem is that we frequently find ourselves in areas I don't quite remember, and even though I have
several books on style and usage on my shelf, I rarely if ever have time to consult them - so you are still left with a
faulty product, but what can you do?  Tsk, tsk.

   So there you go - you're dealing with a lunatic, but this is hardly a news flash to even our newest subscribers.

   And thanks for your eagle-eye, but the Crabbers are innocent.  I am guilty as charged of that and no doubt plenty
of other things.

   Oh, and Wayne Honey, it's a well-known fact that you yourself married a Hampton gal!!!  GIGGLES!!!  We
therefore shall take your wild indignation with a huge dose of salt and a number of laughs!  Thanks!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 09/29/05:

Hi Carol,

My vote is "We'll Meet Again"  (don't know where, don't know when, but I know well meet again some sunny
day...keep smilin' through, just the way you always do, cause I know well meet again)...etc. 

There is another one I like a lot...I think the Girl Scouts and Brownies sing it..."The more we get together,
together, together, the more we get together the happier we'll be...cause my friends are your friends and your
friends are my friends, the more we get together the happier we'll be". 

   Excellent choices, Jean!  Thanks - and stay tuned!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/29/05:

Hi, Carol:

May I share the name of my favorite song for singing in the shower: "If I Were A Rich Man" from "Fiddler
on the Roof"
  which is one of my favorite movies. Tradition!!!
TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Hmmm - rich - I wonder how that would be?!?  Okey-dokie, Adonis - you're on.  Stay tuned!

   Oh, Da-vid!!!

From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 09/29/05:

Hi Carol :

This is the most time I have ever had to read your Newsletters and visit the sites. I still haven't been
through all of them but I still have several weeks of recovery so I might well get there (surgery is a bummer
you don't feel sick but you don't have any energy either).

I grew up in both Marshall Courts and also Seven Oaks. I have a small correction to the kids that grew
up there. Mary Ann Seaborn and her brother Tommy Seaborn ('66) are my cousins and they didn't live
there. However, our other cousins, Brenda and Clinton Kennedy, did live in Marshall Courts. My brother,
Robert Slusser,
also a NNHS Graduate ('61) was the local newspaper boy for a while for both Marshall
Courts and Seven Oaks. I well remember hours spent at the Rec. Center and Stein's and West Grocery
and the other Grocery at the other end of the projects near Huntington High School (Before the 60's it
may have been named Pittman's). There was a Dairy on Jefferson Avenue, and we would walk up there to get
milk shakes and ice cream in the evening. We had to walk through a black neighborhood to get there, but
everyone respected everyone. We also walked through the black neighborhoods to get to the Swimming Pool
and Rec. Center and there was a Frozen Custard Shop on the corner that served the best soft Lemon
Custard Ice Cream cones; we would get one after a afternoon of swimming for the long walk back home.

We also walked to the Hygeia Skating Rink and to Stuart Gardens Shopping Center where we got the best
Limeade at the Soda Shop there. The railroad tracks separated Seven Oaks and the back of the businesses
on 39th Street. Some of the business were Pompeii Tile Shop and Centralite Lighting Supply, and much
later the Be-Lo Grocery Store. We would pick the wild blackberries and raspberries when they were in season,
they grew all along the railroad tracks banks. Some of the other kids were Shirley Jean Caudill ('65), Ann
and Charles (Chuck) ('64) Rinehart, Jimmy Hines ('64), Gale Guthrie, David McCay and his
brothers, John and Lyman, and Larry Bridgers
. I hope this helped add to the list of Kids in the

Stay well and keep up the great work.


   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Cathy!

   I didn't realize that you had had surgery.  All our best wishes for a speedy recovery!

   I double-posted your comments on both Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks:




   But you should have told me that part about staying well a bit sooner, Cathy!  I didn't 'zactly make it! 

From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton - '65) of FL - 09/29/05:

I hope you get these.......two more emails to come....... a couple of Hampton.......last ones..........of Mariners Museum 

   I did receive them all, Gloria - thanks so much!  I'll try to work on them this weekend, as I'm dreadfully
behind at the moment.....  Keep the faith.

From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 09/29/05 - "Leaving":

Hi Carol-
It is time for the "SNOWBIRDS" to head back south for the winter ( back to Virginia in April ).
Our computer will be turned off Friday 9/30 so don't send anymore notices about the newsletter
to our Charter.Net address. I will send you our new email address once we are set up  which should
be end of next week.
Thanks and I will really MISS the newsletters until I am back on line.
Talk soon,
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker '64

   "The end of next week"?!?  Surely you know how such very words cause my face to break out in empathy
for you!

   Have a great move, Donna!

From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/29/05 - "Reunion":

Hi, Carol,
I came across this poem about reunions and didn't see it on the website anywhere.  It's really cute and and
with our upcoming reunion, thought you might want to use it.  Look forward to seeing you soon.


   Oh, this is wonderful, Sandi!!!  I posted it on the main reunion page, as it surely applies to us all:


   Thanks so much - see you in October!

From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton - '65) of FL - 09/29/05 - "Southampton":

Thanks, Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), for the memories closest to my heart.  In 1955, we
moved from Copeland Park to Henry Street (next door to Amy, Eason, & Peggy Price, HHS '63 and '64)
Those shopping centers on Kecoughtan Road were so convenient......and it wasn't dangerous to walk back then. 
In the Sussex Shopping Center, the two anchor stores were the Southampton Pharmacy run by Mr. Wheeler.....
his kids, Laura and Bobby, went to Hampton.......and the Colonial Grocery StoreCrum's Bakery was
either next door or two doors from the Colonial.  I think the Italian restaurant was Papa D's.  There was also
an S&H Green Stamp Store.  When Mama collected enough books, we went shopping!!  Unfortunately, I did not
get to visit Dr. (Nowell D.) Nelms' office......Mama took me downtown Newport News to see Dr. Neisser
After all, he did deliver me, so there was a connection.
Across the street in the Southampton Shopping Center, besides the Donut Dinette and the Centre (spelling
is correct)
 Theatre, the main store was the Co-Op Grocery Store (later renamed Camco), where we shopped. 
Next door was the Sussex Beauty Salon, owned by Lela Kyle.  Her twin daughters also went to Hampton.  Then
there was the barber shop and also a shoe repair shop.  I think he stayed there the longest before moving his
business to Riverdale.  Can't remember the name of the variety store, but it was owned by Lela Kyle's sister, who
married a Lively.  Their son, David, also a HHS '65 alumni.

In later years, there was an ice cream store on one end owned by the father of another HHS '65 alumni, David
.    In our elementary school years, we bought tickets for once a week summer movies.  We started out
seeing them at the Centre Theatre.  When the Centre became an "adult" theater, we went to the Langley Theater
in downtown Hampton.  And yes, we walked there, too.......and I don't remember anyone complaining about the heat.    
Thanks for the memories!!
Gloria Woolard Price (HHS '65)   

   Thanks so much, Gloria!  I appreciate your outlining all those familiar places for me!

From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton - '65) of FL - 09/29/05 - "Another item":

My sister, Nat Woolard Cunningham (HHS '60 of FL), is wondering if Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60 -
of VA)
was a member of the Wythe Junior Woman's Club.

Gloria Woolard Price (HHS '65)

   Ummmm, I dunno.  Let's ask her!  Oh, Joan!!!!

   Thanks, Gloria - and Nat!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/29/05:

OK, if we are gonna begin a thread on Buster Brown and Poll Parrot Shoes, then I will have
to gather some data on Robert Hall Clothes. Indeed, I searched in vain for a WAV, MP3,
or MIDI of the old jingle.  There is a plethora of sites with the words, but no has the music. 
No matter, we can all still hear it in our heads, right?

School bells ringing, children singing
Back to Robert Hall again.
Mother knows for better clothes
It's back to Robert Hall again.
You'll save more on clothes for school -
Shop at Robert Hall!

The only one I remember on the Peninsula was at the Circle at West Mercury Blvd and North
Armistead Ave. The site is now a chain drug store.

.... and don't even get me started on Thom McAn Shoes


In my search I found this page. It should provide all the images you could need for a long time.


   AHHHH - David, you are just that good!  I haven't gotten around to Thom McAn and the other shoe stores yet, but
I do have this one posted, if only in an early form:



http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/robert-hall.html - brand new page

   Thank you, Brown Eyes.  You are my hero.

From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/29/05:


As I was reading today's newsletter, "He's So Fine", brought back way too many memories of a wonderful
guy I dated from HHS (class of 61 ??) - Larry Staton.  Any one remember him or the Barrett Twins??...
Ricky was my escort to my senior prom (I'll dig up photos and forward next week)..

Chandler, I remember you quite well; as many NNHS girls did - you, Bryan Cole, Carl Carlberg,  Cecil
Burnette, the Dwyer boys
, and many many more. Hampton had some awesome guys.

   Boy, howdy........

Also, Wayne Jennings passed away several years ago.  I am not sure of what, or when. Maybe someone will
know.  After graduation, Wayne dated Kay Gillespie ('64) for a short time. Then Wayne moved on up
to Alaska to work, and later moved back to Newport News, and then passed away.

Take care,
Susie Overton Jones
Class of 1963

   Thanks, Susie!  It always amazes me who knows what about whom.

   And prom pictures?!?  YE-HAA!  We'll definitely look forward to those!  What great fun!

From Dickie Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 09/29/05 - Camp Stuart:


I remember Stuart Gardens.

Someone mentioned that it was called Camp Stuart during WWI.  Welll..that is
correct but I believe the full name was Camp Stuart Army Flying Field. At that
time there was not a US Air Force and the only fliers were Army.

You see, when I was going to Magruder School in the third, fourth and fifth
grades, I would walk to my aunt’s house in the twelve hundred block of 24th
Street after school. My mom told me to go there each day to help out my aunt
and uncle because they needed help getting in coal during the winter and
cutting grass in the spring and fall. It wasn’t until years later that I
figured out that they were really watching me after school so my mother could
work at Arkell Safety Bag Company (which was at the end of Wickham Avenue).

Anyway, my uncle was quite old by then. (He was born in 1880 and lived until
1960). Randy Wood was his name, and he was a C&O rail worker. During the
winter I would go over to their house and get in coal. There was an old shed
behind the house where the coal was stored and each time I would go to get
the coal I would always look up over the door at a real old plane propeller.
It was made of wood with brass protective plates on the ends. It was about
eight feet long. I ask my uncle questions about it every chance I got. Randy
told me he worked at the “Flying Field” as a young man, and that this
particular propeller came off of a 1917 “Flying Jenny” It had a “Check”
(crack) in it, and was put on the burn pile, so he removed it, and brought
it home to stay tucked away in a coal bin for some seventy odd years.

After Randy died, the propeller disappeared. I would ask my aunt, Mammie
about it but she never knew what happened to it. As my aunt got
into her nineties the men of her church (North Hampton Baptist) came
over and put a new roof on the old shed, and while moving boards around
in the rafters, out popped this old propeller, none the worse. As soon as I
heard about it, I contacted her and not only purchased it, but all of Uncle
Randy’s hand tools that we could find.

I now have it proudly displayed in my general store collection.

Richard Dawes (NNHS-HHS 62)
Providence Forge

Typhoon Crabber regards

   WOWZERONI, Dickie!  How cool is that?!?  Thanks for sharing that with us!  We have a number
of collectors of many things among us, and I'm sure they all got a kick out of that story!

From Steve Vaughn ('65) of VA to Dave and Pam Smith Arnold (both '65) of VA - 09/29/05:

Dave and Pam,

Thanks for all the work you and the reunion team have done to pull this all together. I was hoping I would be able
to attend, but due to a long time commitment I will have to pass the 40 year celebration up.

Give my regards and best wishes to all.

Steve Vaughn

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA to Steve Vaughn ('65) of VA - 09/29/05:

We're sorry to hear that, Steve. We'll pass on your greetings to the others.


From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 09/30/05:


I will be unable to attend the reunion...that weekend is jammed with a dress rehearsal, the fall concert
(with the City of Fairfax Band), and seeing my kids on Sunday. I should have let you know earlier, though
I did tell Dave when he contacted me some time ago.

Thanks for asking. Jim

   ARGHHHHH!!!  You Guys!!!   This is not the way it's "posta" happen! 
And I really hate it when you have these great ironclad excuses which mean that I can't even badger
you, and all I can do is cry in my beer!  Oh, that's right - I don't drink beer!  Well, SEE!!!!!

   Sigh.  Okay.  We will miss ya'll.  I will miss y'all!




From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/29/05 - "It had to be you":

Just a short note to let you know that I ( and many others too ) think you're the greatest!
                                                                                    Bill Hobbs
                                                                              A most humble Typhoon
PS  Keep watching for the real secret of the " Lights of West Point". It's the truth and it's still out there, well,
kinda sorta maybe.

   Thank you, Bill!  You do have a delightful habit of telling me sweet things at the precise moment I need to hear them!

   And we're all eagerly anticipating your Lights of West Point story!  Thanks again - see you soon!




http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/east-end.html - additional image and a slight page redesign

    I need to go lie down again.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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 "Wipe Out" midi courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~Turkel/old/old.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks, Dave!

Large Blinking Jukebox clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/7779/midi.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Small Blinking Jukebox clip art courtesy of http://www.just-oldies.com
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/17/05
Thanks once more, Dave!

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05

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