10/05/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Training Counts

"Train up a child  in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  

~ Proverbs 22: 6

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Yet Another Reminder:  Paul and Adrienne and I will be flying to St. Louis in two more days for a reunion with five of my six sons,
all eight of my grandchildren, assorted in-laws and friends, and the wedding of my third son on Saturday.  I won't arrive home until late
on Monday night, October 11.  I'll not be able to access my files, do any work on the web site, write any Newsletters, or reach my
regular mail account (NNHS65@nc.rr.com) while I'm gone.  It will all be there when I return, but I won't see it until then.  Should you need
to contact me, you may use my old account: NNHS65@yahoo.com.  A couple of you also have other yahoo addies which will work too. 
Thanks for your patience.

   Of course, I'm not gone YET, and I still have a Newsletter "skin" ready to go out on the morning of the 7th, so if y'all don't send me
anything to print in the next two days, it's gonna look mighty funny!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!


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   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA!


   Only 17 more days to the Fabulous Reunion!!!  DO BE THERE!!!

   Sigh.  Speaking of which........

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/01/04:

Hi, Carol:
It is with a lot of deep emotion that I have to send my regrets to Dave with respect to the invitation to attend the Class Reunion
of Class of 1964 Big 40......I hope you all have a wonderful time in Newport News, VA.

   And it's with a very heavy heart that I finally removed your name from the Attending List, Joe.  I had so especially looked forward
to seeing you again. You will be greatly missed. If your circumstances change, please know that we'd all be delighted to see you there. 

   Take care, Adonis.

"Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it."

~ Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/04/04:

Hi, Carol:
I know the family reunion and wedding will make it a week to remember! Have a safe trip!!!
   Thanks, Joe!  It will be that!  We haven't seen Brent and Bethany and their two oldest children since Thanksgiving of 2000, and we've
never even met their two youngest babies.  And we are so delighted about Randolph's wedding that everyone is about to pop!

Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA sure has a good memory regarding taxi cab companies in Our Old Stomping Grounds.
He reminded me that Vaughan Cabs was the successor to Victory Cabs in his latest comments. In fact, they kept the huge
"V" on the side of the cabs when the name changed. Much later, the site was occupied by Chapman Cabs on the corner of 34th
and Washington.  He sure brought up a place that I thought was very special, but after graduation from NNHS. Sammy Canovos
and Steve Siokis began their business on Washington Avenue, near 25th Street and it was the gathering place for police officers
like Patrolman Jimmy Parker ('62) and Patrolman Carroll Elliott ('57) to eat lunch during court days. Sammy and Steve
are an American success story. They took the vacant space formerly occupied by Louis' Restaurant and made it a fine eatery.


   There you go, blowing my mind again as usual, Joe!  Did I say we'll need another page?  Make that several pages - and thanks!

From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 10/04/04:

There was also Chapman Cab Company across the street from the Port Arthur on Washington Avenue.  I believe they shared
the office with Vaughan Cabs.  I remember their green taxi cabs well, as I'm sure my family kept them in business for many years!!
The original Port Arthur on Washington Avenue had the very best Chinese food I've ever eaten.  Much to my dismay, It appears
they have changed the recipe of some of their old standbys since they've to Warwick Boulevard. 

   Thanks, Renee!  Look for these new pages upon my return.....

From Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA - 10/04/04:

Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - I know what you mean by the quality of the food having changed after Port Arthur
moved to Warwick Boulevard. That is what expansion does sometimes... creates compromises.

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - funny how time changes many things. When my mother (Dolores "Dee" Page) worked at Louis',
later Sammy & Steve's, it was a hangout for the military and many barroom brawls, only in later years to be a police hangout. When
I was born mother lived in an apartment above Louis', and the barmaids would take turns babysitting me. As I got older I was brought downstairs and continued for many years. As a teenager Steve would give me a huge plate of their signature French Fries (I know the secret!!!) because he knew how much I loved them.

   WOW!  How cool is that?!?  Thanks, Eric!  We're so glad you joined us.  Just when I thought we had covered it all, you have single handedly opened up five or six new areas of discussion!

For Old Times' Sake:

A Word Problem: A freight train leaves Chicago at 4:30 pm traveling at a speed of 60 mph. Two hours later
a passenger train leaves the same station traveling at 90 mph. How far will the first train get before the
passenger train catches up to it?

Translate: D = R x T

(Scroll down for answer...)

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 10/04/04:

Dear Carol,
If anyone deserves a wonderful vacation it is you.  Please have a GREAT TIME with your family and take good care
of yourself and hurry back to us! 
Love, Jean

   Oh, how nice, Jean!   Thanks so much!  We're all getting quite excited with anticipation!

"I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."

~ Yogi Berra (b. 1925)

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/04/04:

   Dave sent us an interesting old postcard of Phoebus:



  This one is really cool!  Thanks so much, Dave!

"It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise. "

~ William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/04/04:

Hope your trip is wonderful. I would love to see pictures--I have a soft spot for weddings:>). Please share.
Love - Pam

   Thanks, Pam!   I spoke with Randolph (the groom) yesterday, and he understands that we will be using his super-duper
digital camera so that we can show off everybody as soon as possible!  Giggles!

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."

~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

From my niece, Shari, of VA - 10/05/04:

You are doing a good job with your site, Carol.  I'm glad you have found  something that brings you happiness. 

   Thanks, Shari!  As you know, I've always been a happy person, and can even laugh my way through many of life's adversities. 
But the joy and fulfillment that has come to me since opening this site four years ago, and later this "weekly" Newsletter (just a
little joke!), has been pretty close to unspeakable.  I think it's a rare thing that one's lifelong fantasies find their way to reality,
and for that I am extremely grateful.

"You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say,
what to decide

~ Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)

From Craig Miller ('63) of FL - 10/05/04:


Regarding Cold War phenomena, here are two recollections:


q       During the Cuban Missile Crisis, in October, 1963 (I think), I can remember coming to school the day after the JFK ultimatum to Khrushchev,
“turn back, or else…”  When we showed up for school, many of us greeted each other with a nervous look and said, “well, we’re still here!” 
The follow up shallow laugh was curiously “shaky”.


q       A lot of our friends were not at school that day.  Their parents had packed and left the target area that we lived in. 


q       A friend who had contacts with Defense Intelligence told me the Newport News/Norfolk area was the no. 3 target area for the Soviet Union. 
No. 1 was NORAD, no. 2 was the Pentagon and no. 3 was us!


Perhaps someone can confirm or deny this, because it always seemed plausible to me in view of the following partial list of strategic military targets:


1.                  HQ of the Atlantic Fleet – Norfolk

2.                  Deep Creek Naval Air Station

3.                  Langley AFB – HQ  Tactical Air Command

4.                  Fort Eustis – HQ Army Transportation Command

5.                  Yorktown Naval Weapons Supply Depot

6.                  Newport News Shipyard

7.                  Norfolk Naval Shipyard

8.                  Fort Monroe – HQ Continental Army Command


I was told that there were so many nuclear missiles targeted for us, that the combined fireballs would consume all of the oxygen and unless your shelter
had independent oxygen supplies, no one in the area would survive under any scenario.  Obviously “duck and cover” would not have been an effective countermeasure, to say the least!


   Well, Craig, you managed to awaken three half-memories in me with your note.  I remember coming to school that next day.  I just
checked these dates against my "historical perspective" high school albums and verified them.  The Cuban Missile Crisis was fourteen
days in October of 1962.  That was your senior year, and my sophomore year.  I clearly remember walking into Mr. Burke's Geography
class, and encountering a large number of seriously disturbed students.  I haven't quite remembered yet what Major Burke, so recently
retired from the Army, said to us to calm us down.  I also remember my best friend, Rose Woodard ('65), being highly agitated and
tearful, and she couldn't understand why I wasn't upset as well.  Then I remember going home and telling my mama about the near-panic conditions whirling around school.

   Now, my parents had me when they were both 39.  My parents were the same age as many of your grandparents.  She had lived
through two World Wars, and she was one calm cookie.  She told me there was no reason to feel alarmed.  She assured me that the
matter was out of our hands, and Heavenly Father was in charge of His world, and it was unlikely that he would allow evil men to blow
it up.  She said there was no cause to worry, because if we WERE all blown up, we wouldn't have to worry about it anyway, and that
either way, worry would avail us nothing, so we might just as well go on about our lives.  She calmed me right down, and I never worried
about it again.  She was quite a woman.

   Thanks for the memory, Craig!

From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 10/05/04:

Hi Carol
I don't ever remember being scared of a nuclear attack.  We all new that our area would be one of the first to be bombed and we would
all go at the same time. Sounds weird but it was a comfort. 
Jo Ann

   Giggles!  There ya go!  Thanks, Jo Ann!

"Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses,
which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Answer: The freight train will get 360 miles away from Chicago when the passenger train catches up.

   Thanks, everyone!

   Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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Nobody Does It Better

- Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch

Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest,
Nobody does it half as good as you, baby, you’re the best.
I wasn’t lookin’ but somehow you found me.
I tried to hide from your love light,
But like heaven above me, the spy who loved me,
Is keeping all my secrets safe tonight.

Nobody does it better, sometimes I wish someone could.
Nobody does it quite the way you do.  Did you have to be so good?
The way that you hold me, whenever you hold me,
There’s some kind of magic inside you,
That keeps me from runnin’, but just keep it comin’,
How’d you learn to do the things you do?

And nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest.
Nobody does it half as good as you.
Baby, baby, baby you’re the best!

"Nobody Does It Better" midi courtesy of http://rock.mididb.com - 01/31/04

"Nobody Does It Better" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricscrawler.com/song/111573.html - 02/01/04

Amtrak Train clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Two Trains Math Problem courtesy of http://www.msjc.edu/math/mathcenter/handouts/Five-Step%20Strategy%20to%20Solving%20Word%20Problems.htm - 10/04/04

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