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10/08/05 - NNHS Newsletter - When Will I Be Loved?

"Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake
and reach for hands that are not there."

- Otomo No Yakamochi
(c. 718-785)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   A very Happy Birthday today to Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA!  Have a good one, Wayne Honey!  SEE YOU SOON!!!


1. Jean Beach Nelms ('60) of VA - 10/07/05:

Please add my name to your list -  I am a graduate of the class of 1960 and still live in this area. 
Memories are wonderful things and I am very much interested in reading about former classmates.   
I am glad that someone has the know how and the energy to do this newsletter - keep up the good
work.  Thank you.      

Jean Beach Nelms

   Welcome, Jean!  We're delighted to have you.  Your name has been added to our rolls:


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 Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/07/05:

To ALL. Thanks for the resounding response to the Smitty’s status question. (Sorry, Carol for the deluge)
I’ve gone there for a burger and memories every time I’m in Hampton, but it’s been awhile.

   Hi, Chandler Darlin',  Oh, not at all!!  I was delighted to add the Smitty's page!  I just never cease to be amazed 
by what topics perk everyone's interest - as in the recent case of Buster Brown!

   I'll check out Smitty's for you in a couple of weeks.

   Or better yet, cancel all your silly other plans (otherwise known as important business), come see us, and check
it out yourself!!! 

To Kathy (Pilgrim Clark - '63 - of VA) Lee Moore and I remained friends well after high school. Our
mutual sailing activities often brought us into competition against one another, especially on the Annapolis
to Hampton races, where we’d always get together and toss a few down. Plus, whenever I’ve been
in Hampton, I’ve always tracked him down. But as I said it’s been awhile. When/if you (or anyone) see him,
please give him my best.


Chandler Nelms

   Thanks, Chandler!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton - '73) of VA - 10/07/05:

Let's see ... the beer joint at Ivy Home and Kecoughtan was called The Star (at least in the 60s) .... in the
70s it was Central Ambulance Service and in the 80s it was an antique shop. Good 'ol multi-purpose
commercial dwellings!

I WILL SEND MY REUNION MONEY TODAY! Gosh, I'll see Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63 - of VA) for the
first time since '63 or so, when her mom was my teacher!

Work on the History Of Olde Wythe book is progressing well ... lots of neat vintage photos are surfacing.
Next month we are doing a "now and then" photoshoot .... judging from the interest generated with your
newsletters I think the gang will really enjoy this book!

Later ...


   SUPER!!!  See you soon, Tommee!

From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 10/07/05:

Hi Carol,
I noticed that Joe Madagan is from Tampa.  Joe was in my brother's (Raoul Weinstein '57) class. 
Raoul told me recently that Joe lived near us years ago when we lived at 30th and Marshall.  
Raoul now lives in Lakeland, FL and said Joe lived right down the street from him for a while. I
now live in Tampa - an area called New Tampa. Raoul said he thought Joe lived in New Tampa also! 
If this is true, Joe, why are you following the Weinsteins????? (I'm in Pebble Creek - where are you?)

   Hi, Karen!

   Joe is in Wesley Chapel, but this story gets better and better, with Joe's Lakeland connections - but I'll wait and let
him tell you himsel

   Thanks for the fun, Karen!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton - '73) of VA - 10/07/05 - "TV Listings":

Carol ... I will be doing some library research for the Wythe book soon ... I'll capture a listing for late
50s TV so we can get all THREE channels.

As I recollect ....

WTKR (then WTAR) (CBS) came on as channel 3 in 1950. WVEC was channel 15 (NBC) and came on
in August 1953. We could not pick up UHF worth a darn at my house ... I remember my dad trying
to install a UHF antrenna on the roof (probably my first exposure to the "colorful" local language
shared by some of the menfolk back in the day). WAVY (channel 10) came on in 1957, then sometime
shortly afterward (probably 1959) WVEC moved to VHF as channel 13 and swapped networks
with WAVY.

I have a transcription recording with the WVEC label and logo, dated April 14, 1958, that still lists
them as Channel 15, an NBC affiliate. One of the transcriptions is a commercial referencing the City
of Warwick ... unfortunately someone in the past scratched some big gouges through it (possibly at the
studio when the commercial was no longer under contract). I bought this record at a yard sale
in Buckroe Beach back in 1979.

Nowadays I have two hundred bazillion digital cable channels ... but still miss the vintage stuff. So
much better then.

Crabbingly ...


   "As you recollect"?!?  Babe, you weren't even born until December 12, 1954!  That's some memory you
have there!!!  I know I'm impressed!  GIGGLES!!!

   But seriously, Tom, if you're able to find the Saturday morning listings somewhere, Gloria (Woolard Price -
Hampton HS - '65 - of FL)
and I would find some serious comfort in them!  Thanks!

From Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of TX - 10/07/05:

Hi Carol!
Hope that you are feeling better now.  Please take care of yourself.

   I am feeling much better now, Kelly.  I'm up to about 94.7% - thanks!

You seemed to have found the answer to Al Simms' ('60 - of VA) question regarding Miss Free's

   Welllllll, Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) found it; I just sat back and gazed in wonder once again at his incredible
detective skills!

Here's a little ditty that students in her Latin class would say back in the fifties:

"Latin is a language, well, it used to be
It first killed the Romans and now its killing me!"
She was very formal in class, but she knew her "stuff" -- I wish that I could speak to and thank
so many teachers that touched my life while in school at NNHS.  If only I had taken the time. 
If only . . .
Best regards,

   I think we all suffer to one degree or another from that guilt, Kelly!  Thanks!

   I added your memories to Miss Free's page:

   And speaking of Miss Free:

From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 10/07/05 - "Miss Free":

Dear Carol,  

I read Al Simms’ ('60 - of VA) and Dave Spriggs’ ('64 - of VA) comments about our NNHS Latin teacher, Miss Free, in the Oct. 6 newsletter. Miss Free was on the staff at NNHS
in 1926. John and I were the grateful recipients of a very fragile copy of the 1926 NNHS yearbook from the family of a member of the Class of 1926, Lewis Carper. In 1926 the yearbook was called The Beacon. In later years the name was changed to the Anchor and the Beacon was the name of the school newspaper.

In the faculty section of the 1926 yearbook Miss Free is listed as one of two Latin teachers. The other is Mabel Barham. Teachers listed on the faculty in 1926 whom members of the classes of 1955-1959 would remember are Annie Parker, English;  Herman Levy, math;  Louise Hurt, history; Eli Leonard, Elaine Krisch, Beulah Brasher, Commercial (we called that the Business Department); Lalie Webb, Home Economics, Miles Thompson, Printing.

According to the 1926 yearbook the "F" in Miss Free’s name stood for Florence. She was Elma Florence Free.

Miss Free lived on the northeast corner of West Avenue and 32nd Street in the building that we used to refer to as “The Women’s Club Building.” She had an apartment on the second floor. At Christmas and during the summer she went to Pennsylvania. I used to collect her mail for her while she was away. I lived very close by to her, half a block down 32nd Street between West Avenue and the James River. I am attaching a picture of the faculty that is from the 1926 yearbook. The yearbook did not list the names of the teachers in the picture. They are simply listed by departments on pages that follow the photograph. I can identify some of the teachers. Some I am sure of. A couple I think I know who they are. Y’ all can see what you think.


Row 1, seated: The man on the far left is Mr. Leonard. The big man in the middle with a man to the left and a woman to the right is the principal, Mr. Alexander. The woman seated on the first row second from the end on the right side of the picture I am sure is Miss Brasher.

Row 2, standing: Third from the left, with her hands behind her back and a cloche type hat, is Miss Annie Parker - “Annie” as some of us used to call her behind her back. The woman seventh from the left in row 2 with a white shirt and black scarf or tie in front, I am pretty sure is Miss Lalie Webb. Next to her is the one that I think is Miss Free. She’s wearing a dark dress with a white collar. What do you all think? Eleventh from the left in row 2, I think is Miss Ethel Gildersleeve. She was a math teacher at the time according to the faculty list. Then on the far right of row 2, standing at the end, behind the woman at the end of the first row, is Mr. Thompson, the printing teacher.

1926 NNHS Faculty  
Row 3: Third teacher from the right, man with narrow face and not much hair on his head hair is Mr. Levy.  
   "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din."

   The only ones I caught easily were Miss Parker and Mr. Levy!  After careful study, I do believe you're right on the money with the others as well.  But what a treasure this is!  Thank you so much!


Even with my magnifying glass I cannot pick out Miss Krisch and Miss Hurt. I remember that Miss Krisch was a very tall woman. She taught typing in room 214 and was John’s homeroom teacher. I started out in room 308 with Mr. Cryer, the art teacher in 1954-55, but room 308 was split up in 11th grade and I went with some others to room 105 with Miss Key. But I digress. 

There is an absolutely gorgeous full page picture of Miss Hurt in the yearbook because she was sponsor of the June 1926 class. (As you know, there were two graduating classes
in those years, one in February and one in June.) I’ll later send the picture of Miss Hurt.

Boy, could Miss Free give a student a look that just made you crumple and wither!  One day in her Latin 1 class in ninth grade, about 2 minutes before the bell in E period, I started to put on my sweater, which was draped over the back of my chair, to prepare for dismissal. We sat at tables in room 209. My seat was at the middle table in the front, facing the windows. She stood at the front behind her desk and giving me that look, she asked me in very certain and curt terms where did I think I was going. I didn’t have the nerve to say a word, but I can tell you  I did not do that again!

I tell you what though, I learned Latin and to this day, some 50 years later, I remember a whole lot of what I learned. We learned all the Latin mottoes, like tempus fugit, id est, sine qua non (which I love to use!), quo vide, ad infinitum. At Christmas we sang “Adeste Fidelis.” We had to do projects. I remember doing a layout of the Roman Forum on poster board and India Ink (remember India Ink and Epes Stationery Store?) and writing to every state in the Union to ask for post card pictures of the state Capitol building to show the influence of Roman architecture on our public buildings and mounting a display of my collection on poster board.  And I remember reading “Omnia Gallia in tres partes divisa est" in Latin 2. I still remember the ablative and dative cases! And remember conjugating all those verbs and declining all those nouns!

John and I did a search on for Miss Free under the name of Elma Florence Free, which we got from the 1926 yearbook. One link led to another and this is what we found:

Social Security Death Index Search Results
Search Again

The 1 name(s) below were found.

Last Names: F







Last Known Residence

Last Payment Location





17 Apr 1893 

Mar 1984 


Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 16652 


Write It

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   WOWZERONI!!!  Well, I've added all this information to her page.  Thanks so very much for your diligence!

   And that fabulous image from the 1926 Beacon is now spotlighted on the Faculty page:


From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 10/07/05 - "NNHS Yearbooks and Mr. Marenchin":


Does anybody know if the Newport News City Schools maintain the collection of NNHS yearbooks? I have been meaning to call the city school system to ask. Normally a high school library would keep each year’s yearbook in their holdings. But there is no more NNHS, so I wonder if they might be stored someplace, maybe the city library or the school system library? Does anybody know?

   Yes, ma'am, there is a grand collection in the Hilton Public Library - which I understand is a grand place altogether.  When you're in town for the reunion in two weeks, you will enjoy visiting there!

Also, Carol, I did find the Mouse Assembly script from the 1954 Mouse Assembly and the Class of 1959 Senior Assembly script and a couple of pictures from the skit that the class put on. I’ll eventually send those to you. I have so much to share!

   Super-de-Duper!!!  We'll look forward to them - thanks!

Yesterday I was in Pennsylvania at a show that featured sacred music. In one part of the program Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus was sung and the audience spontaneously rose to its feet. The experience brought back an NNHS memory. Remember George Marenchin, who taught chorus at NNHS in 1954-1955? One of my most enduring memories from eighth grade is the first time I ever heard Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Marenchin conducted the chorus at a Christmas assembly in the old gym. The auditorium was being rebuilt after the fire, so all our assemblies that year were held in the old gym. How impressive the chorus looked in their robes! And when they sang the Hallelujah chorus, we all rose to our feet. The majesty of the voices soared to fill every space in that gym… and in me.

   Oh, my yes!  I can no longer count the times when I've seen that, or sung that - and I even conducted it once back in the early 90's - but that electric thrill is always surprising!  It just never diminishes!  Thanks so much for sharing that with us!


From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/07/05 - "Reunion Update - Just Do It!":

Here we are only two weeks away from the big 40th Year Reunion.  It's hard to believe
it's finally that close.  We're still getting last minute information of some of the class
members and getting in touch with them.  If you know of any one that may not have
received word yet please contact them as soon as possible.  We don't want to leave any
stone unturned.

It's going to be a great crowd and a fun event.  For those of you registered we're
looking forward to seeing you.  If you're still undecided....well, don't be.  Like the Nike
advertisement says, "Just Do It!"  We'll be happy to provide any information if you
haven't seen it on the website.  You may reach us by E-mail at, or  Or telephone Dave or Pam at 757-345-2382.  We'll get you fixed
up and ready to go in short order.  Please don't delay - call and sign up right now!

Dave Arnold

   BOY HOWDY!!!  Two more weeks!!!

   OHHHHH - and send Dave and Pam your baby pictures!  I nearly forgot!
Just Do It!

   Thanks, Dave!

     Almost I have convinced my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC to come to the reunion!  I do believe
she said if Aretie and John Patterson and Kay Knight Midkiff and a few others from her class were coming, why,
she'd be right there for sure and certain!

   Sooooo - y'all come!!!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





When Will I Be Loved?

(Linda Ronstadt)

I've been cheated,
Been mistreated,
When will I be loved?

I've been pushed down,
I've been pushed 'round,
When will I be loved?

When I find a new man
That I want for mine,
He always breaks my heart in two.
It happens every time.

I've been made blue,
I've been lied to,
When will I be loved?

When I find a new man
That I want for mine,
He always breaks my heart in two.
It happens every time.

Oh, I've been cheated,
Been mistreated,
When will I be loved?
When will I be loved?
Tell me, when will I be loved?

 "When Will I Be Loved?" midi courtesy of - 09/29/05

 "When Will I Be Loved?" lyrics courtesy of - 09/9/05

Hearts on a String clip art courtesy of - 10/07/05

Duck with Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/07/05

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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