10/07/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Kindly Thoughts

"Never lose a chance of saying a kind word."

- William Makepeace Thackeray
(18 July 1811 - 24 Dec 1863)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

One Last Reminder:  Paul and Adrienne and I are flying to St. Louis today for a reunion with five of my six sons, all eight of my
grandchildren (the two youngest of whom we've never met!), 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.

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA!



1. Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC - 10/05/04:

   Hey, Chuck!  Welcome aboard!  I see you live about an hour away from my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59) and me. 
Yeah, um, I "conveniently" forgot to mention anywhere that when you sign the Guest Book as you did, you've automatically earned
yourself a spot on our Alumni Roll and (hidden) mailing list:


   Sorry about that (well, not really...).  But we try to have fun here, so maybe it won't be so bad.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/06/04:

On behalf of the NNHS 64/40 Reunion Committee, I am pleased to report to the Class
of 1964 that our former teacher, Mr. James B. Loving, has accepted our invitation
to attend our Reunion on Saturday, October 23rd, 2004.

   WOWZERONI!!!  David, you are my hero!  Bless your heart!!!

If I was excited before, I'm flying wildly now!  ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! 

(not that I am given to wild ranges of emotional outbursts or anything....)



From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/29/04:

Hi, Guys:
Just thought you might enjoy this tribute to our First Armored Division.


   I just did some checking.  This apparently got lost in the shuffle last week and never made it to its destination.  Thanks, Joe! 
And it is soooo cool!  Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


From Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA - 10/05/04:



   Oh, Goody.  A new mystery.  I double checked the three mailing list batches (each letter goes out three times, based on the first
letter of your first name), and only found your name listed once - proving nothing....  I send a notification each time I publish a new
Newsletter.  The problem is now that there are over 300 of you on the Mailing List, the "weekly" Newsletter must be sent out every
other day or so - and occasionally every day.  So this week alone you should have received notifications of the following Newsletters:





   Of course, this week, you should have a break from all that, as I'll be far, far away and quiet as a little mouse.

   Anyway, whatever the cause, I'm sorry for being a pest, Jerry.  Let me know if the problem persists.  Thanks!

"Kindness is to do and say the kindest thing in the kindest way."

~ Old aphorism often quoted by my great-grandmother, Barbara Ann Eliza ("Annie") Warlick Payne
(18 Aug 1848 - 16 Oct 1917) of NC

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/05/04:

Craig Miller ('63 of FL) has quite a memory regarding the military locations in Hampton Roads.  I recall being
a guest on Craig's boat and looking at some of the military ships in Hampton Roads.  I believe what he refers to as
Deep Creek Naval Air Station was actually the Oceana Naval Air Station.  There was also Little Creek Amphibious
Base, home to medium range ships and support vessels.  In addition to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station a major
site in York County is Cheatham Annex, and the CIA training facility at Camp Peary.  Norfolk Naval Base also
contained Norfolk Naval Air Station.  There were two other shipyards heavily involved in government work, one
being Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and the other Horne Brothers located in Newport News next to the "big" shipyard
we all grew up with.  Then the Coast Guard have one of their major training facilities at Yorktown.  No wonder we
felt like sitting ducks.

   Uh, yeah, that would do it!  Thanks, Dave!

From Tom Oxner ('65) of AR - 10/05/04:

I delivered newspapers on Madison Avenue, Marshall Avenue, Clinton Drive, and parts of Jefferson Avenue during the time
of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I remember one customer on Marshall Avenue who told me he had built a fallout shelter in his back
yard (I did not get to inspect it). He asked that I deliver his paper to the fallout shelter instead of his front porch in the event
of war. I assured him that in the event of war, delivering newspapers would go down considerably on my priority list. Pretty
scary time.

   Yes, it was - but that's a great story!  Thanks so much, Tom!

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

I remember hearing about the drills in school and the nuclear fallout from a distance.  While you were in the halls practicing
safety, my family was living in Idaho Falls, Idaho only 60 minutes from the "site".  The shipyard sent 250 Virginia families
out there to build a nuclear reactor in the desert.  The Atomic Energy Commission provided the daily bus transportation out
to the desert for our fathers to work.  During those 3 years, we never once practiced anything that  you described.  No one
even talked about it.  Finally, weeks before the job was completed and turned over to Westinghouse and the Navy, visits were conducted for those over 12 years of age.  Again, being a child, I didn't get to see the site or it's replica until 35 years later.
Other class of 64 members were there: Lee Sutton, Porter Blakemore ...I am sure some of our former Navy classmates were
there also.  It was a wonderful time and a beautiful part of the US.  When we returned to VA in 1959,  it didn't take long
before the fall-out signs were posted at our church - Noland Memorial Methodist
Can't wait to see you, Jean.

   And that's another great story!  Thanks, Linda!

"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people."

~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/05/04:

   The list of names of those attending keeps growing: 


   Thanks, Dave!

Also from Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 10/05/04:

Hi Carol,
Just wanted to wish you a safe trip to see your family and of course the wedding.  You will be missed.  Look forward
to seeing you at the Gala Reunion in 2 weeks.

  Thanks, Linda!  Two weeks. TWO WEEKS!!  How cool is that?!?  I'm finding it difficult to tell which trip is exciting me more
at the moment - and I keep messing up my packing by putting things for one trip in the wrong spot - not that I'm goofy, or anything....

From Steve Veazey ('60) of VA - 10/05/04: 

Carol, can you put me on the “inactive” list until 20 Oct.? We’re going on a trip during 6-19 Oct and I’d like
to keep my In Box to a minimal number of incoming emails.
Many thanks!

   Hey, Steve!  (Tee-Hee!  I got another note from Steve Veazey!  He doesn't know the huge crush I had on him when I was a little girl, 'cause I've never really
actually met him!  SHHHH!  Don't tell!
)  I
’ve moved you off to the side of the mailing list.  Have a great trip, and take lots of pictures to send to us
when you return.  We live on borrowed fun!

"Always be a little kinder than necessary." 

~ Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/05/04:

   Thanks, Shari!  This one made me laugh out loud!

From Perry Howard ('68) of VA - 10/06/04:

Dear Carol,
Do you know of anyone that is putting out a class paper like you do for the Class of '68???????
Or how I could contact them?
Thanks, Perry

   Hey, Perry!  Ummmm, a class paper such as I edit?!?  Honey, I think there's actually a limited number of lunatics running around
loose out there... But someone on your Reunion Committee may know something that I don't.  Unfortunately, I do not know who is
on your Reunion Committee.  Anyone?  Anyone?

   Meanwhile, if you'll recruit more people from your class to join our ranks, I'll give it my best shot to address the problem from that
direction.  Best wishes!

From Joe "Adonis" Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/06/04:

Hi, Carol:
Now you really have my attention with the Word Problem. Here is another question: Now that the Passenger Train caught up
with the Freight Train, how long will it take the same Passenger Train to double the distance from the station they both left?
If you know the answer, please do not publish it in the same newsletter. We may have some debate that would rival the
discussions between Ivan Goldberg  ('57) and Mr. Levy, my favorite math teacher.
Promise you will not give the answer until we can participate.

  HA-HA!!  HA-HA-HA!!!  Sweetie, I hope you don't think that I created that Word Problem myself!  There's a very good reason that
I majored in English rather than Math.  It's only been in the last 15-20 years that my Word Problem nightmares have ceased.  So, don't
worry, Joe.  I can assure you, there's not the slightest chance that I will spill the beans on this fun game before my return from Illinois.  

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. "

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

From Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA - 10/06/04:

Christmas memories...

As stores push to get their "trim a tree" sections out on the shelves we are reminded that the holidays are just around the corner!

When growing up, Washington Avenue was "the" place to shop as all of the anchor stores were there. Streets were festively
decorated and people flocked to them for annual parades including the marching band of NNHS. How I anticipated going to these
and seeing Santa arrive usually standing at the Standard Drug Store across from Top's Restaurant. The newspaper use to run
ads for C&O to take a train ride to greet Santa, leaving from the pier station. It was a short ride (probably a mile and then the train
backed up in to the pier) but when you're a kid everything seemed bigger and Santa was waiting on a caboose waving as you passed
by. In later years he would take a helicopter into Newmarket Shopping Center, the old strip mall that had the weather ball on its
sign that changed colors. It was a BIG event and even had spotlights. But in 1967 with the opening of Mercury Plaza in Hampton, it
marked the beginning of the end for downtown as anchor stores pulled out one by one and along wit them went traditions. That is a
sad memory for me, the end of downtown as I remembered it.

   Oooh, thanks for this one, Eric!  It brought some things vividly to my mind!

   A couple of days after Christmas this past year, Fred Mays ('60) of VA was gracious enough to allow Jimmy Parker ('62), Dave
Spriggs ('64)
, and Paul and Adrienne and me to come visit him and Patty (Andrews Mays - '61), and give us a tour of his fabulous
collection of Newport News memorabilia.  I was happily flipping through a notebook of old images when I suddenly came upon this one:

1965 - Washington Avenue        

   I promptly burst into tears.  Well, it was only a matter of time before they all realized I was a nut case anyway, right?

   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA sent me this image on 07/10/04 (Thanks again, Tim!), and I started crying all over again.  Hmmm.  I wonder
if this is one of the reasons why my sons call me "Wienius Maximus"?

Also from Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA - 10/06/04:

Memory about CV-67 USS John F. Kennedy

While living near the Stonewall Jackson Elementary School I have a memory that is packed away in the back of my mind.
The day that the aircraft carrier JFK was being launched (May 27, 1967) a limousine broke down in front of our apartment building.
A few people including my stepfather helped push it out of the road while I stood on the sidelines. In it was Jackie Kennedy (who
didn't marry Onassis until '68) who waited for another to arrive to pick her up. Of course that didn't take long but did at least get a
quick glimpse of her. After the ship had been fitted out in '68, it was opened up to the public for tours. That was during the days you
could still do that sort of thing just like standing on the tarmac watching air shows. I remember very well riding on one of the flight
deck elevators being raised and lowered. Now it would take an act of Congress and a CIA escort for civilians to go aboard a military ship!

   WOWZERS!!!  What a cool story, Eric!  When I get back, remind me to figure out where to post this, and also to tell you a story or
two about the christening of USS Forrestal (CV-59) on Dec. 11, 1954.  GOOD GLORY, PETE!  I just realized that's the day before
Tom Norris (HHS - '73)
was born!  And I remember it so well!  SHEESH!  Somebody help me find my cane....  No, that can't be right;
I'm still just a kid!  Well, something's wrong with this story somewhere, but I don't have time to figure it out right now.

   Thanks again, Eric!

From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 10/06/07:

I too wish for your trip to be wonderful for all. Please pass on to Randolph my very best wishes.
Also, I would like to clear things up a bit concerning Shoney's. Both buildings are still standing, but have been modified somewhat.
The Jefferson Avenue building has been slightly remodeled, and for awhile was a Greek restaurant named Nick's. The curb service
area is now covered by another restaurant, Long John Silver's. The Hampton Shoney's, on Pembroke, is still standing as well,
but has been modified so much that a casual passerby would not recognize the place. It still stands adjacent to Flash Gordon's
, Hampton Manor Motel, and is fenced in. I think it is now being used by a construction business. 

Again, have a great trip.

   Jimmy, darlin', I was just thinking about you!  Thanks for your good wishes!  I'll tell Randolph and Brandy.

Thanksgiving Day, 2000
Brandy and Sophie

   And thank you also for your Shoney's clarifications.  I posted your remarks:



   I seem to have some very precious memories of both Shoney's myself....See you in a couple of weeks, Sweets!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/06/04:

   (Joe sent me two photographs, of Bob Dole and Strom Thurmond in uniform.)

Hi, Carol:
To supplement the photo I just sent to you of Soldier Bob Dole in World War II, he served in the 10th Mountain Division.
He was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for Bravery in combat in Italy. He also received two Purple Hearts
for injuries sustained in combat.
Hope you can post those in his profile as well.


   Thanks, Adonis!  With your help, this page is just getting better and better!

From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 10/06/04:

Hey, Carol,
I hope you will have a great trip this week and I look forward to seeing you at the reunion..
I have sent you 2 stories, from the Daily Press-Newport News, VA, about NNHS Athletics.  These
are from a supplement from the Daily Press published in Sept 2004..there is also in the supplement,
articles about the 100 greatest sports figures from the peninsula. I hope to get copy to bring
to the reunion...
You do a great job with the website keeping the TYPHOON name alive...
We are all part of a great big loving family...
dob 12-23-1946 (for your birthday file)

   WOWZERS, Tommy!  These are FABULOUS!

   Ron Smith ('65) of VA had told me about that Daily Press supplement earlier, and mentioned he had a copy saved for me
(Thanks, Ronnie!!!).

   I've posted these articles for y'all to enjoy:



   I really like that great big loving family line, Tom!  And thanks for adding your birthday listing to ours! 


   See ya in a couple of weeks!!!

   Until my return on Monday, I'll miss all of you.

   Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Reach Out, I'll Be There

(The Four Tops)

Now if you feel that you can't go on (can't go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, darlin'
Reach out, come on, girl, reach on out for me
Reach out, reach out for me
I'll be there with a love that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love that will see you through

When you feel lost and about to give up (to give up)
'Cause your life just ain't good enough (just ain't good enough)
And you feel the world has grown cold (has grown cold)
And you're drifting out all on your own (drifting out on your own)
And you need a hand to hold, darlin'
Reach out, come on, girl, reach out for me
Reach out, reach out for me
I'll be there to love and comfort you
And I'll be there to cherish and care for you

I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you
I can tell the way you hang your head (hang your head)
You're not in love now, now you're afraid (you're afraid)
And through the tears you look around (look around)
But there's no peace of mind to be found (no peace of mind to be found)
I know what you're thinking,
You're alone now, no love of your own, but darlin'
Reach out, come on, girl, reach out for me
Reach out, reach out.......... just look over your shoulder
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
And I'll be there; you can always depend on me
I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you

 Thackeray Quotation courtesy of http://powerquotes.net – 09/27/04

"Reach Out, I'll Be There" midi courtesy of http://www.freemidi.org/download/79.html - 10/06/04

"Reach Out, I'll Be There" lyrics courtesy of - http://www.webfitz.com/lyrics/Tbl1966.html - 10/06/04, site supplied by Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 08/19/04
Thanks, Albert!

Pink Rose and Heart Line clip art courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~emelinda/index-12.html - 09/29/04

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