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10/07/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Pipeline


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   A very Happy Birthday today to Dale Parsons ('69) of HA!  And thanks to your dad for this 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 - 
plus a few others!




From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL - 10/06/05 - "response to 'Smitty's'":

Hi Carol -
In response to Chandler Nelms' (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) question in the October 6th newsletter
about "Smitty's Better Burger" - It is still up and running.
I was there about a month ago after leaving Buckroe Beach, but I must say, a little disappointed in the food -
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker - NNHS '64

   Thanks, Donna!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/07/05:

Now ..... about Smitty's:
About our very own Brian Beachum

It is still in operation. I will capture an image soon.

    Thanks, Dave!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 10/06/05:

Carol ...

Smitty's is still in business on North King Street .... since '56! I'll get some pics with the Vette there

   Thanks, Babe!

  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 10/06/05:

Oh, yes, Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD)Smitty's Better Burger is still on King Street.  It is a
MUST visit for me when I'm in Hampton.  The women don't wear roller skates, but the food is still good!  


   Thanks, Gloria!

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/06/05:

Yes, Smitty's is still open. Before I changed my diet in April, I was eating there often. Now I take 2 slices
of my whole wheat bread there and they put their marvelous chicken salad on it. And I pay for it! But I can't
go too often. Mrs. Smith died about 2 years ago. The Smith's son Ron is an attorney in Hampton but he also
owns 2 restaurants called County Grill and Smokehouse. He has smoked meats, 6 home made BBQ sauces
(ranging from a wonderful vinegary NC sauce to a tomato-based KC version with TN, Lexington, KY and a
couple of others in between) in a beer carton caddy on the table with southern style 'fixins'. One is in York
County and the other is located at the old Eli's on Mercury in Hampton.

   Thanks, Kathy!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/06/05:

Hi, Carol:

Smitty's Better Burger
was located between Langley Circle (when it existed) and the Main Gate
of Langley Air Force Base. It was on the left side of the road going towards the Base. I cannot recall the
name of the road leading to the base now, after all, it has been quite a few years. This topic came up a few
months ago, and I seem to recall seeing photos submitted by one of your faithful subscribers. In fact, I tried
to locate that page last week, when I wrote to Fred Hayman ('57) of VA reminding him of the "crush" he
had on one of the waitresses at Smitty's Better Burger. Believe it or not, Fred did not recall the crush, so
why should I recall this romantic fantasy, except that back then Fred did all the driving in his father's gray
Plymouth. It was one of our regular stops after Civil Air Patrol meetings that were held at Fort Monroe and
later in their own building across the road from the Catholic Retreat near Buckroe Beach. I thought a photo
of the drive-in would jar his memory, but I could not locate it...and thought I might be having a "Mature Moment"
when the page was not in Our Old Stomping Grounds.

   Thanks, Joe!

   All right, already - UNCLE!!!

   For Chandler, Donna, David, Brian, Tom, Gloria, Kathy, Joe, and Fred - here ya go:

 - brand new page

   I thought that even though the page had not yet been created, that images may have been preserved in my files.
If so, they're doing a pretty good job of hiding!  But we have two promises of photographs to come.  Thank you,

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 10/06/05:

Carol ... thanks for the special edition about Barbara (Nunnally Turner - HHS - '65). David Whitley
('67 - of VA)
and I were pallbearers at the funeral. The service was very moving and very well conducted.

   Yes, of course.  Sandi (Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA) had told me that you two would be serving as pallbearers.

Now .. even in the midst of that solemn time .... leave it to David to somehow find joy and humor in the midst
of a tragic situation to lighten our spirits. As we were talking to one of the attendants from the funeral home,
he mentioned that he actually taught David in high school, which of course led David and me into a 'spirited'
NNHS-HHS banter.

   David is a very remarkable man, and his gift of humor has brought comfort to a great many, I am sure.

   I'm suddenly reminded of my own father's funeral.  As you once pointed out to me, you and I were exactly the same
age - twelve years and eight months - when our fathers died.  I was extremely close to my daddy, and had no idea
how I was going to be able to withstand the pain of that awful day.  My cousin, Clarke Booth - who, because he so
loved my father, had hitchhiked to Newport News from Lexington where he was a VMI cadet - gathered us younger
ones (Cheryl and Jean included) around himself like a pied piper and somehow made us forget and even laugh
for a few hours.  I had always loved him before.  From that moment on, I adored him.

David Whitley is such a man as that.

I feel honored to call him my friend.

Clarke Booth Wednesday, April 27, 1960
Cheryl White - Age 13
Carol Buckley - Age 12
Jean Atkinson - Age 12

The teacher's name is Pete Farmer ... who is heavily involved with me on Relay For Life in Isle Of Wight
County! Small world indeed.


Some more surrealism from today ... that pretty red Corvette was bought from Barbara and her husband just
two months ago! The hearse followed me in the procession ... and in a way she got to ride in it one last time.

By the way ... I got vanity plates for the Vette ...2 CRABRS .... for Janice and me. It will be in the parking
lot at the reunion! Please don't fill it with returned crab shells or paint it blue and gold :-).

Later ...


   All of life is becoming surreal.  That is a classic example.  Thanks for sharing it with us, Tommee!

   We promise not to desecrate your pretty red Corvette!  See you soon!

  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 10/06/05:


I'm glad I'm not the only one who does NOT remember Andy's Gang, Froggy, Squeaky, and Midnight.  I have
absolutely no recollection of this show on is that possible, since I have loved watching TV since it was
invented.  :)  Besides all the cartoons, there were the Little Rascals (Our Gang), Howdy Doody, Captain Kangaroo,
Ding-Dong School, Romper Room, and those are just the ones off the top of my head.

   Isn't that just bizarre?!?  There were only three channels back then!  You and I must have been watching the same
one!  I wish I could locate a TV listing guide for a Saturday morning in the fifties!

To Kathy Pilgrim Clark, thanks for the Southampton Shopping Center "remembrances" about Lelia Kyle and
her family, the dress shop, Dickey's, and Shawel'sDr. Nelms' office was next to Southampton Pharmacy,
on the Elizabeth Road side.  Oh, my, a "beer joint" in our shopping center?  Say it ain't so.  I don't remember that
one, but I do know there was one on the corner of Ivy Home Road & Kecoughtan. 
You mentioned Kevin Shea.....he was my lawyer in the 70s.  I remember him well.  

Sandy Paxson Price (HHS '64)
died early in her marriage to Eason (HHS '64).  I think it was at least over 20
years ago.  In the 2003 HHS Directory, his son is not listed. 
Carol and Robert Smith live/lived next door to the Gatewoods (Alex) on Chesapeake Boulevard.
Carol, those post cards I sent earlier.......I split them up with three emails.  Did you get them?  I couldn't find the
sites to check.  
   Oh, yes, ma'am - I did at last receive them all - safe and sound.  Thanks so much!  First I was too sick to work
on them, then the Newsletters were at mega-length and I thought it best not to add them then, and now I'm too
pressed for time, as I must go out early this afternoon.  But I've high hopes of getting to them and some things that
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA sent me just any old minute now!  Keep the faith!

Hope the blood tests are positive.....or is that negative?  Whichever one that means you're HEALTHY!!!


   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks so much, Gloria!  I appreciate that.

From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 10/06/07:


Our Class of 1960 has a yahoo group on which we have had some interesting discussions
about times past.  The currently running thread is classroom teachers who we remember.  The
first 3 posts, one of which was mine, listed Miss Elma F. Free - Latin Teacher as the first one
that came to mind.  We all remember her as being really old, but looking at her picture in several
yearbooks I am not sure that she was as old as we thought that she was.  I have done a number
of internet searches trying to find anything out about her that might give a clue as to when she
was born - have found nothing.  The only hit that I got for her was the photo on your website.
Do you have any idea how old she might have been?

Al Simms
NNHS Class of 60

   Hi, Al!  I've noticed that phenomenon myself.  The older I grow, the younger all those teachers of yore seem
to become!  GIGGLES!!!  

   I spotted your note on one of those "quick checks" I was running long after "my turn" was over, so I sent it off
to the Magic Man himself, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, who seems to be able to find anything and anyone. 
Nevertheless, his speed astonished even I who am so accustomed to it.

First of all, I did not find her in the SSDI.

I don't know if this is the one, but this
Elma is 26 years old in 1920, i.e. born
in 1894 and listed as a high school teacher
in Huntington Town, PA; would have
been 64 years old in 1960.  She is not listed
in 1930 census (but her father and siblings
are at the same 1920 address), which might indicate that she married, but then she
would not have been named "Free"
in 1960, unless she divorced and resumed
her maiden name.
1956 Anchor, p. 10
Mrs. Margaret Parker (French), Miss Elma Free (Latin), and Miss Moneda Key (Spanish)
1920 Census  

    You are totally amazing, David!  It later occurred to me that that break in time must have occurred when Miss
Free was working on her master's degree at the University of Michigan.

    Of course, it's way past time that the wonderfully dedicated Miss Free had her own page:

1953 Anchor, p. 13 1957 Anchor, p. 11 1959 Anchor, p. 46    

 - brand new page

   Thanks for your magnificent help, David, and thanks for the nudge, AL!

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/06/05:

Carol, this is for Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD).
Hello, Chandler.
Yes, I saw Lee Moore.  He was at my daughter's wedding 2 weeks ago with his wife, the lovely Janice
Kyle Moore
!  Lee has sported a perfect handlebar moustasche for over 20 years!  He is still a fire
volunteer at Wythe but professionally, he sold real estate for many years and now I believe he is a
mortgage broker.  He and Janice have 2 sons, Skipper and Kyle.  I think Skipper is Leroy F. Moore,
but as Lee used to sail a lot, Skipper was a natural name.  Janice and Leigh became grandparents
for the first time on Sept. 10.   (Aside to Carol:  They will have to learn about Virgos to enjoy this
To Jimmy Dick ('65 - of FL):  I knew the history you related but you did it so well that I am glad
I had not when I mentioned the Elizabethan accents at Manteo.  My folks retired there in 1970 and
had 20 wonderful years on the Banks.
To Jean Poole (Burton - '64 - of RI):  Thank you for the kind words about my recall.  It honestly
is easier because I've stayed here my whole life.  I seriously think the next reunion should include a
bus tour!
Carol, you are so kind acting as our conduit.  But you know you are much more than that.  Well, I have
only had one eye on my Braves - which after the nasty game last night is all they deserved!  But I want
to see Smoltz and Clemens pitch so I have to go.  I really need my Braves to advance to the World


   Thanks, Kathy!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/06/05:

Hi, Carol:

I confess that I spelled Guinea incorrectly, referring to the section in Gloucester County, VA for I used the
spelling of the "Nickname" of Mr. "Ginny" Belvin, an Allstate Insurance Agent who had his office
in Newmarket Shopping Center and also at the downtown location of Sears, Roebuck & Company. He
was from Gloucester County, and was well known in Newport News. How he got that spelling, I never
questioned...but it is not surprising since he was the one who told me that not everyone in that part of the
county received an education. His nickname was pronounced the same as "Guinea"!!! I thought it best
to explain my actions lest I be banned from contributing to this most wonderful Newsletter.

   In the words of that great philosopher, Shreck, "Like that'll ever happen!"

A bus tour of our Old Stomping Grounds conducted by Captain Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) would be
worth the trip to the Virginia Peninsula from Tampa. While the trip might begin as a bus tour, no doubt it would 
also include a cruise vessel of some sort making a wake around Hampton Roads to see the World's Greatest

 So are you saying that if such a tour could be arranged in the next two weeks - and I'm not saying that it could,
by any stretch of the imagination, but IF it could, are you saying that you'd be here for the Reunion, Adonis???

When you get to the reunion, DANCE!!!

   Oh, yes, SIR!  By all means!  I do intend to dance, I do indeed!!!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Joe!

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/06/05 - "Reunion":

Dear Carol,
OK.  I submit.  I will send Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) a check tomorrow and will attend Friday night. 
My significant other, who lives in Franklin, VA, will be seeing my visage on Saturday as we watch UT 
football.  But I will still be in NN on Friday and will attend the reunion that night.  OK?  So maybe there'll
be one less crying baby in the newsletter!!! 

Now I've got to get back to my Braves who are 5-1 over the Astros with Clemens pitching for them!! 



Now that's more like it!!!  SEE YOU SOON, KATHY!

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

                          Love to all, Carol






(The Ventures)

 "Pipeline" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05

Pipeline image courtesy of - 10/05/05

Pipe Divider Line clip art courtesy of  - 10/05/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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