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10/05/05 - NNHS Newsletter - In My Room

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Oh, my goodness!  Is this the softest, prettiest tune you've heard on here lately, or what?!?  Captain Spriggs,
 you are a Magic Man!  (Big News Flash there, eh?)  Thanks so much!

   And that settles it. You all owe me a dance.  I may be dancing in my sleep, just listening to this one!

   A Very Happy 60th Birthday today to Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!  (And thanks again, Chuck, for the tip-off!)


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
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 Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/03/05:


I'm getting caught up on Newsletters as I was in Kansas City last week. 

1.    Glad the Guinea issue was cleared up.  Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) spelling of Guinea (Ginny)
was more for the nickname of someone called Virginia - Ginny with a soft G.  The info provided by Dave
(Arnold - '65 - of VA)
was 100% correct.  Side note about the accents:  There are folks in Manteo
who also have that same sort of speech pattern, though theirs is a little more Elizabethan in flavor.  But
it is definitely a dialect that remains from the days of settling this country.
2.    There is a Beechmont Drive and there was a Beechmont Twin theatre.  Bill (Black - '66 - of GA)
was correct in remembering as he did.  However, Beechmont isn't 'a bit past Ferguson'; it is about 6-8
miles north of Ferguson was.  It was the boonies for many years.  I took my kids from Poquoson to that
theatre in the early 80s to see a film.  It was a first run movie house serving the northern part of NN. 
For those who remember the conversion of the phone system to prefixes, (Chestnut, Lyric, Park), there
was a Trinity prefix that applied to Beechmont.  Now, about the lover's lane part . . . well, I have no info!
3.    The reference to Ferguson included one to Shoe Lane, which no longer intersects with Warwick.  CNU
has bought all the property on Warwick (except the delightful Warwick Motel Restaurant) and there are
now dorms and shops called University Village.  You enter the university property at the Mariners'
entrance (the extension of J. Clyde) and bear off to the right to CNU or left for MM.  The street
name is Avenue of the Arts.  The University has just this fall opened a performing arts center which is
architecturally handsome and technically state of the art.  The line up coming this year is absolutely
amazing and folks can look it up on the web as the Ferguson Center for the Arts.  It sits where Ferguson 
High was.  As you drive through the campus, you eventually find Shoe Lane still exists on the west side of the
campus and is still the charming residential section it always was.  

   Oh, looky!  Madame Butterfly (my personal favorite!) and Barber of Seville will be playing at the Ferguson Center
on the nights of our reunion!  Well, forget that - come see us instead!


4.    The pool was at 28th and Wickham.  
5.    Next reunion, the class should plan an escorted bus tour of all the old stomping grounds for those who
really want to see them.  It could be on Saturday afternoon of the reunion weekend and certainly you could
give a tour company your preferred route.  I guess I am surprised that this hasn't been done in the past. 
You could probably get HRT (successor to Pentran and CRT) to rent the bus at a reasonable price and the
class still has some members who are knowledgeable and local . . . like Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) . . .
who could conduct the tour.  Just a suggestion.   

   I'd certainly vote for that!  And David gives excellent and fascinating tours.  He's a man of many, many talents.

6.    A Virgo note:  We Virgos go through life totally misunderstood.  We invented multi-tasking because
we are efficient.  We wear many hats because we are efficient.  We are often not liked by other
girls/women because we are efficient and wear many hats.  And we often 'just do it ourselves' because we
really just want it done right, right?  And to us, right means perfectly.  That's all we want :-) !! 

  Ohhhhh, Kathy - you said that soooo well!!!  WILD HYSTERICAL GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks!  See you soon, right?!?  RIGHT?!?

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/03/05 - "More on Buster Brown":

Carol -- maybe you will remember "Andy's Gang" instead of the Buster Brown show? The name 
was changed to Andy's Gang some time in the mid 50's. Some of the characters were Froggy the
Gremlin, Squeaky the Mouse, and Midnight the Cat.

   See,  that's the problem.  I don't remember any of them!!!  I just don't understand why .  I clearly remember the
commercials, but neither of those two shows.  I just don't believe I ever saw them.  I must have been watching the
other channel......  But thanks for trying to "remember" me!

   Hey, Ronnie - why don't you come to Newport News to see your father on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd,
and come see us, too?!?  I haven't seen you in forty-eleven years!!!

From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 10/03/05:



As Martha says...


   Thanks, Jimmy!  You'll be happy to know that I took plenty of time off!  Even if I still managed to edit (well, sorta!)
a Newsletter each day, there is ample evidence of my time off all over my house!  If you don't believe me, just take
a peek!  NOOOOO, DON'T!!!!!!!

Yes, Homer L. Ferguson HS folks were the Mariners. When my family moved to Denbigh after my
sophomore year, we got to know a number of people from our new neighborhood who went to Ferguson
HS and became good friends. Donald Bruno (later Superintendent of Schools for York County and then
Newport News) was Band Director at FHS while we were at NNHS. Later in life I learned that Mr. Bruno,
Mr. Wilson
and the other band directors in the area, such as Warren Redhair at York, Tommy (T.T.) 
at Hampton, Mr. Conley at ?, to name the ones I recall - I wish I could remember the others
in that group - gigged together (played jobs - musical performances, dances, etc. - for the uninitiated).

It doesn't take much for rivalries to develop, even between established 'old' schools and the relative
newcomers, and I recall - - - and - -  (the names have been deleted to protect the not-so-innocent, but they
are, ummmm...brothers) hoisting a sheet or something with

            B e a t 

             t h e 

       M a r i n e r s 

on the flagpole in front of FHS late one night during basketball season. The word got back to us somehow
that it was ceremoniously placed inside the school entrance for all to walk on the next day. The game?
Of course we won!!! NO contest!!!  Sorry about the bad gold color...I think the industry name for it on our
band uniforms was 'burnt sienna'... why do we remember things like that? Go figure!

   OHHHH, you naughty, naughty babies!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

Thanks for what you do and for just being there. Ya gotta know that more than you know wish you well!


    Thank you so much, Jimmy!  I really appreciate that!  Y'all are the best, and all your well-wishes have meant
a great deal to me!

  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/03/05:


No news. Just thought we (me and my new crab – thanks, Tom) would say hello from Crabberland.

Tom, you may have started something that no one can put a lid on now. Oh,…….I forgot. Carol has
special powers…..otherwise known as editing. NO! NO! PLEASE don’t erase my crab!

Chandler Nelms HHS ‘63

   Chandler Darlin', I wouldn't dream of erasing your new crab - either one of them!  You belong together!

   Thanks for the laugh, Sweetie!

From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/03/05:

My Dear Carol Buckwheat Dahlin',
First, not to be confused with Frist, I am so pleased  that you "allowed" Jimmy Hines ('64 - of Northern VA)
to write to you in his own words and that other stuff, you know Romans, aerial, arrows, too, and some others I
can't think of right now. But, I would like to know what he wrote in and I don't mean his pants and a shirt, possibly.
Ya see, Rip (Collins - '65 - of TN) wants to know but is afraid to tell ya; your first explanation went right by him
like a blur!! So tell me and I'll tell him.
Second, what's this "we" business "Tonto" regarding what "we" originally thought we would do, or better yet,
not do, as opposed to what "we" do now in our celebration of all things. Well, maybe not a Red Light>although
ya have been feeling poh'ly I agree with you, now that makes it a "we", right?
I think> no that's not true and I can prove it>!! I'll just, with mercy to all, end it here.

Wayne Honey, as usual, I have almost no idea what you are talking about (Yes, I know I ended the sentence with a preposition.  So shoot me.)  It continues to amaze me, as it has for the four years that we've been corresponding, that we are even ostensibly speaking the same language!  WILD GIGGLES!!!  

   Nevertheless, I shall give this a stab.

   Let's assume that Jimmy, bless his sweet heart, was fully dressed when he wrote me.  Beyond that, he wrote
"in", that is, "using", an Arial font of varying sizes and colors, rather than his generally assigned Georgia 12 black
font.  In order to preserve the integrity of his message, I left it as he wrote it.  You will notice (or, depending
upon your computer, maybe you won't!)
, that in his above printed note, I only changed half of it - HA-HA-HA-HA!

    Now, for the "we" business.  Well, Wayne Honey, that's probably One of Life's Mysteries. 

   It could mean that I was invoking the "Royal We", as when Queen Victoria would say, "We are not amused", when
in reality, she was the only one not laughing (at least inwardly).

    It might mean that I have multiple personalities.   I might have elected one plan, and my Evil Twin may have negotiated me into another.  As you know, I myself am a perfect angel. 

   It could mean that I really, really need to diet, as there may be enough material (i.e., blubber) here to form two people.

   It might mean that in a rare moment of good judgment, I consulted with one or more of my National Smart People
Advisors, who prefer anonymity, and that jointly we developed a policy.

   It might mean any combination of the above.  Heaven only knows what it actually does mean! 

   And yes, I do plead diminished capacity in recent days. 

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!  I'm so glad that I could clarify that for you! 

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 10/03/05:

Carol ...

Love the red crab icon! Crabbaganza President Barbara Shelton Marko (HHS-65) scanned it
from the 62-63 HHS Student Directory. The observant will note that it is way different from the
current crab icon used by the school (but then, we "senior" Crabbers are way different as well). I
have old Ferguson and Warwick yearbooks from the 60s ... maybe I can get you the Warwick plow
and the Ferguson mariner icons as well. Now ... for the JM Justice you could always ask your cousin
(Atkinson Mallory - JMHS - '65 - of VA) to send one (if she has a yearbook). Somewhere
we even have a 'dancing' crab icon whose claws move back and forth. I'll have to dig through my
floppy disks of stuff from the website development days.

   AHHH, Tommee - the only person who's even more meticulous about such details than I!  Although, I must
claim diminished capacity at the time I was seeking those icons.  I stopped short of the Mariner image
because I couldn't even vaguely remember how it should look.  But by all means, we should have the "real"
Ferguson and Warwick icons!  Hey - maybe Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) and Melody
Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66)
could find them for us!  And yes, I could ask my cousin Jean
for that Justice logo, but as you know, she's really not into the reliving of high school memories scene.  So I'll
ask my cousin Cheryl instead. 

   Hey, La-dies!!!!  Could you help us, please?!?

   (Oh, Wayne Honey - that "us" refers to all of us reading the Newsletter.  I'm sure we'll all benefit from these
"heraldic symbols of others approaching", as it were.) 

Now ... if you really feel adventurous and add a blog to the website ... we can chat and banter
'real time'. The school icons would make a cool avitar! Not sure you have that much free time
to spare ... LOL.

   YOWZERONI, Babe!  I'm not adventurous; I'm a Control Freak!  Ya just gotta know I would never
willingly relinquish such power to the general populace!  To a "Chosen One", perhaps, but to allow so much total
open expression?!?  Why, people might just start hurling insults at former teachers, or use foul language, or
'most any ol' thing!  I am shocked that you would even suggest such an outrageous thing! 

   OH, NO!!!  What's that?!?  I think my face just broke out in hives at the very thought of anything
so horrendous!!!  OHHH, whatever shall I do now?!? 

Janice (Pratt McGrew, HHS -67) and I were talking yesterday and she mentioned her aunt went
to NNHS ... Gabby Garrett. I believe she was in the class of 54 ... you'll have to look her up
for me since you still have my yearbooks :-).

    Awwww, Tommee!  I've only had them since December!  GIGGLES!!!  I'll bring 'em to the reunion for you. 
You still owe me a dance and a ride in your red Corvette!

Later on ... take care.

Da Babe

   Thanks, Babe!

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/03/05:

Crum's Bakery had the large unit on the east side of Kecoughtan. The Donut Dinette was on the west
side. I don't remember which side Dr. Nelms' office was on but the Crum's was definitely on the east
side, down by the Colonial Store, which was at the end. There were large picture windows that allowed
you to drool from outside. It is now an auto parts place. The bakery typically kept a wedding cake
on display in the big windows. So you could drool and dream all at once!

   Hmmm - now if only I intuitively knew east from west.....

I always thought it was really neat that a bakery was called Crum's. I mean, the crumbs from bakery
goods are just as tasty as the real bakery goods themselves! I know that Crum was a family name. I think
Blaine Crum
finally closed the last store (Newmarket Shopping Center South) about 1985 or so.

I was particularly fond of the elephant ears. The crunchy, cinnamon and sugar dusted pastry dough was
just their way of using up pastry crust for a profit but those huge things were light, airy, crunchy, sweet
and cheap. What else could you ask for?

Carol, after reading about the fonts and colors, I have decided that we were sisters separated at birth! 
I completely followed your logic in the manner of presentation of notes from readers.  I too adopted
Ariel (at work) for all my correspondence.  It has a very nice appearance and is more contemporary than
the fonts that resemble old typewriter fonts.  But for all email, I use Comic Sans Serif because it just
looks like FUN! But since all my notes to you are reproduced as I wrote them, I had no idea that there
was a plan in place.  I am entirely too anal (which is my version of obsessive-compulsive).  My brother
says that when someone asks me what time it is, I tell them how to make a watch!  And I guess he is

   YES!!!  There ARE two of us!  And all of these years I've thought I was an alien!  Thanks, Kathy!

I could write out the note pattern of the Robert Hall ditty.  When I read the lyrics, the tune just jumped
right up to the front of my brain.  But I guess you're looking for a midi version. 
   Ja, midis and an occasional wav file are all I can really use.  People frequently send me other goodies, but I'm
assuming they're doing that  for my own enjoyment just to be nice, because I cannot attach them to the pages for a
number of reasons.  But I myself have been singing those two Robert Hall jingles for all these many years!

Yes, Chester Fisher was Doc Wheeler's partner at Southampton Pharmacy.  They were both
pharmacists.  The Wheeler family had 4 kids and the Fishers had 3, including the twins Janet and Janice,
mentioned previously.  

Leila Kyle (Mrs. Morris Kyle) the beautician at Southampton, was the mother of 4 - twin girls Janice and
[popular S'hampton names, eh?] as well as sons Kenny and darned if I can remember.  But I've been
good friends with Janice for years and will find out.  I even sent Janice a copy of the notes that mentioned
her mom and aunt.  Her Aunt is Rose Lively who owned the variety store.  I bought a real Japanese tea set
there for $1 when I was 6.  The sticker on the box said "Made in Occupied Japan".  I had it until my house
burned down in 1989.       
I can most likely get info on the shoe store at Armistead and Mercury.  The father of Hampton's City
Engineer, Fred Whitley, was the manager. 
The grocery store on the west side of Southampton Shopping Center was the Co-op.  It was part of the
Greenbelt coop from northern Virginia.  The dress shop was called Dickey's.  Dickey had been a sales
woman at Main's Smart Shoppe at Chesterfield and Kecoughtan in WytheMurray and Helen Main
were friends of my parents and each Christmas, they gave us an outfit. 

My daughter, Dana, was married on Sept. 24 at St. Vincent's in downtown NN.  The building is still just
gorgeous.  The organ is on the fritz so we hired a brass choir.  I can't describe just how beautiful the
music was.  The reception was held at the James River Country Club.  We had a jazz combo for that. 
The JRCC is a lovely facility and we had great food and a wonderful time.  Dana and her husband Phillip,
left for Italy on Sunday, 9/25.  I'm sitting my grand dog, Daisy, until they return Friday of next week. 
Knowing how you like the old standards Carol, I have to share the fact that Dana, who is imbued with the
same theatre bug/traits as her father and mother, sang "Come Rain or Come Shine" to her new husband
at the reception.  And the bride and groom's first dance was to the tune "At Last", another old jazz
standard.  The entire wedding was like "Philadelphia Story" without the ex-married parental bickering;
it was just storybook.  I'll send a photo when I get a moment to decompress; I left for Kansas City
for a week long, work related conference the day after the wedding.         

   It all sounds fabulous!  We'll eagerly await your images!  Thanks, Kathy!  And I love the "At Last" selection! 
What a perfect choice!

With all these HHS folks responding to the site, I should mention that my brothers Michael (HHS, '58)
and my twin brothers Perry and Patrick (HHS, '66) would probably know many of them.

Yes, I remember Scott Jones.  We grew up together at St. John's Church.  His sister Judy was HHS
and older brother Wesley was HHS '61.  Their dad died and their mom remarried Mr. Shea.  His
kids, Kevin and 2 daughters I can't name, went to St. Vincent's (now Peninsula Catholic).  Their mom
had died when they were in grades 5-9.  It was very sad.  They lived at Raleigh Avenue and Victoria and
rode the 28th Street bus with me every day.  We walked together up Huntington Avenue with them
continuing on to 33rd.  Scotty had a wife and 2 children at the time of his death which was about 20 or
more years ago . 
Someone mentioned Eason Price.  He was married to Sandy (Alexandra Paxson) who lived on Cherry
Avenue.  She started at St. Vincent's but I think she finished at HHS.  She and I were good friends as
girls at church and as adults.  Her sad death occurred about 10 years ago.  Their son Eason III, called
, was born about 6 weeks before my son Christopher was.  Sandy brought me an Easter lily
from St. John's while I was in Mary Immaculate for Chris' birth on Easter weekend.  She and Janice
Kyle Moore
(LeRoy Moore, HHS '64 I think) were in an adult sorority (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) for many
years beginning in the mid-70s.  Sandy and I were friends until her death.  Pat Parker Begor, HHS '63 
(David Begor, HHS '63)
was a member as well.  
You are right in how small the world has gotten.  It's like the game Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  
   And such fun it is!

I've kept you too long now.  Take care of yourself, schedule those tests and get healthy. 

Love, Kathy Clark 

   I had a couple of blood tests run yesterday morning at 8:00 AM.  I'm just awaiting the results now.  My doctor
thought no other tests would be necessary at this time - which suits me just fine!

   Thanks again, Kathy!

From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 10/03/05:

My Dear Carol,

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well.  You know as we get older, the ole body just ain't what she use to be. 
I've had so many overhauls, I can't imagine what will break down next.  I finally got my new glasses and
what a delight to finally be able to see while driving again.  Four days later, I lost the bi-focal sunglasses. 
So beware! 

I returned from Florida last Wednesday night and had to take our oldest cat to the vet on Thursday.  This
was a real shock for someone hell bent on saving lives when the vet said we had to put Murf to sleep.  I
never really liked the cat but I cried for two days.  In my mother's final years, the cat became very close
to her.  We still have one to go.

   Oh, NO!  I'm so sorry, Linda!  That's just so very difficult!

I have enjoyed reading the news letters as always.  Did Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD)
ever go to the dances at WytheJean Poole (Burton - '64 - of RI) would remember I bet.  She asked
about Alice Reese.  Alice had been in charge of the Seaman's House on Huntington Avenue near 28th
Street.  The last I saw her, she was living  across the JRB
   AHHHH - the dances!!!!  Mmmmm......

Carol, do you ever hear from Wayne Boger or George Rowe or Billy Feather (all '64), the former
clarinet section at Jackson School and the Typhoon Marching Bands

   No, I wish I did!  I thought surely all three of them would have been at the reunion last year, and was so
disappointed when they were not.  I heard from Billy Feather once around New Year's Eve of 1999, but never
again.  We had such fun in that B-Period Band Class!

   Oh my, how I miss those days and getting ready to Crush A Crab or two. 

   AMEN!  How often those thoughts of the happy times spent in the band wing come washing over my mind!

When my daughter Jennifer went to Ferguson High School, I found my old band uniform.  Somehow,
Ferguson's Drama Department had inherited them when NNHS closed  I guess.  The Drama Department
was performing HELLO DOLLY and the waiters wore our band uniform (jacket and pants).  It took
 everything I had not to borrow it but then I couldn't get one for all the former band members that were
measured for them.


Well, better get back to my praying and stop thinking about what I almost stole. 

Butterfly kisses for you today.
Linda L. Lane

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks so much, Linda!

From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 10/04/05:


I remember the Robert Hall clothing store up toward Fort Eustis on Route 60, which is extended
Warwick Boulevard...I must have run across it since we lived near there after we moved to Denbigh, but I
don't remember shopping for clothes there...My dad liked to shop for clothes at Bonatex on Washington
Avenue, even after we moved, and he was good friends with the gentlemen who handled sales, and the
ladies who took care of alterations...It seemed like whenever we went in there, he knew and was on a first
name basis with whomever was working...The same was true when we went into the Western Auto store,
where the current Shipyard union president worked part time...

I'm glad that every attempt is made to celebrate important things, holidays, and observances in everyone's
lives. Like you said, that's what you do in a family.

Hope you're feelin' better...Jimmy

   Thanks, Jimmy!  I added your comments - and those of several other people, both from yesterday and today -
to the Robert Hall page:

   And I'm glad you agree with me on the observances and celebrations!  I just hope I remember them all!

   Thanks, Sweetie - I am feeling better - really!

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) - of RI - 10/04/05:

It was I who mentioned that song in the 9/28 newsletter.  It was definitely the square dancing version...
just instrumental, no was probably on a square dance record.  I had no idea of the name of the tune
until a few years ago when I found it in a songbook of oldies at the nursing home!

   Well, I knew, of course, that it was you, Jean; I just didn't know when it was or where I had put it.  I thought it was
going to be on the Woodrow Wilson page, but it wasn't.  It should have been, but it wasn't.  Well, it is now!

   Thanks, Jean!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/04/05:

Hi Carol,
Just "catching up" on some reading.  Yes, Natalie's sister (Gloria Woolard Price - Hampton HS
- '65 of FL)
(and Natalie Woolard - Hampton HS - '60, too)  I am the same Joan Krause from the
Wythe Junior Woman's Club
.   And I remember Nat very well.  I remember a certain committee
meeting that was held at my house, when it came to light that Nat was expecting her first child. 
(I always felt badly that I stole your thunder by guessing your announcement.)  How are you
these days?  Grandkids?
When Dick (Krause - '57) and I were first married and lived in Stuart Gardens I was very active
with the Wythe Junior Woman's Club.  My mother was also active at the same time in the Wythe
Woman's Club.  We used to put on a combined musical at Wythe Junior High School each year. 
And the Juniors sponsored a big Antique Show each year as a fund raiser.  Carol Smith (Smith's
) - she and her husband and children lived on Chesapeake Boulevard about that time  -
was also very active.  Her husband graduated from HHS and Carol graduated from NNHS about
'58 or '59.  Tonight, I can't seem to remember her maiden name.  I do remember she was a
flagtwirler and went to Orcutt Baptist.
   Well, this mystery ought to have been easily solved.  I thought it was simply a matter of looking at all the
flagtwirlers on the band pages.

   But there were only two whose names came close, and they were a bit younger.  There was Carolyn Smith
, and Carol Petenbrink ('62).  Both were elected to be the Band Sweetheart, so their faces will be easily
recognized here:

   According to my goofy contemporary records, Carol Petenbrink did marry a Hampton boy (on June 27
sometime in the 60's), but his name was Donald Gray Hicks, and I do not know what year he graduated.

   So we await a final word from someone else.

The Italian restaurant at Southampton was Vancostas.  And the 5 and dime was owned at one
time by Mr. and Mrs. Spiegel.  The east end market that we couldn't remember was Pittman's.  I
remember that they had a butcher who cut most of the meat to order.  My father-in-law use
to "help out" around there.  Dick use to tell a story about "helping out".  As the story goes, he was
about 5 to 7 or so.  He and his dad would take the deposit to the bank.  The money would be in a
small paper grocery bag and Dick's job was to carry the bag.  They figured that no one would
suspect that a little kid would be carry around all that money.  When Dick was a young teen he
was one of the bicycle delivery boys for Pittman's.

   What a charming story!

Robert Hall went of business, maybe 20, 25, or 30 eleven years ago. :) :) I remember the store,
although I never shopped there. I was mad about them ripping down the trees and tearing up the
pasture for some old store. Oh, well...what are you gonna do. :)

These memories are so much fun.
   Aren't they, though?!?

I hope you feel better soon.

Joan L. Krause

   Thanks, Joan.  I'm feeling better every day!

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 10/05/05:

Fyi, I received the following message from my Credit Union.  It may be of interest
to check any payments being sent to the affected zip codes...Joe D.
Attention Members Using Bill Payment:

Due to the suspension of mail delivery by the United States Post Office in hurricane-affected areas, members
will be unable to pay vendor bills via LFCU's Bill Payment system in the following zip codes:
  • Affected zip codes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas: 39501, 39507, 39520,
    39529-39530, 39556, 39567, 39571-39572, 70000-70199, 70358, 70377, 70464,
    70513, 70528, 70533, 70549, 70600-70699, 77600-77799.
  • All suspensions in Alabama have been lifted and payments are processing
    per standard procedures.
Affected members should contact vendors to find out how payments should be made.

   YOWZERS!!!  I hadn't even thought about that, Joe!  Thanks so much for that information!

From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 10/05/05:

Please convey a heart-felt THANK YOU to Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64 - of VA) for bookmarking
the Breast Cancer site:
If everyone who reads the Newsletter would follow Cathy's lead, bookmark the site, and click on
Provide free mammograms!

Click every day to give hope
to women in need. It's free!
many lives could be saved by these free mammograms for those who cannot afford them.
I know how important mammograms are first-hand.  My cancer was spotted on a routine
mammogram and I was told that it was so far back against my chest wall that it would have grown 
to the size of a golf ball before it would have ever been discovered by a physical exam.
Renee Helterbran Benton ('59)

   YOWZERONI, Renee!  There's nothing quite like a personal witness to bring us all to a realization
of truth!  We're all so glad you were able to have that detected and treated!

   Thanks so much for that!

   In order to simplify this process, from now on the main opening page of the website now carries this icon (almost
all the way down at the bottom of the page), and it will be at the tippy-top of each Newsletter - as it is above.  That
should generate quite a few hits!

   Thanks again, Renee!

From Tina Crowder Wescott ('65) of VA - 10/05/05:


I look so forward to reading your newsletters and reading what my fellow classmates and friends
are doing some 40 years later!!!  Your comments and expressed thoughts are really "food for thought". 
You're right in saying that none of us knows what tomorrow holds for each of us, our friends and
loved ones. Never before has the saying, "don't put off for tomorrow what you can do/say today,
for tomorrow may not come".  As we've read repeatedly in the newsletter, so many of our classmates,
friends and loved ones are no longer with us.  So I will say also,  make that phone call to someone
that you've been "planning" to call, write a short note to an old friend, mend that broken relationship
and I'll bet you won't regret it !!  Yes, been there, done that.

   Thank you, Tina!  After I wrote all that, I began to wonder if perhaps I hadn't been a bit too blunt, but I meant
every word.

By the way, does anyone know where Judy VanDeaver is?  She should have graduated in the Class
of '65, but she moved away the year before.  

   I'm sorry, I do not. 

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

Thanks again for all that you do, we in your "listening" audience can tell that this newsletter is a
real labor of love for you, and we appreciate all your efforts!!!!

Sheila "Tina" Crowder Wescott 

   Thank you, Tina, for all your kind words!  I really deeply appreciate the opportunity I have to do this.  What a
blessing it is in my life! 

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

                          Love to all, Carol





In My Room

(The Beach Boys)

There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday

Now it’s dark and I’m alone
But I won’t be afraid
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room

 "In My Room" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks so very much, Dave!

 "In My Room" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Dancing Figures clip art courtesy of - 03/20/05

 Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/20/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Animated Angel clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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