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10/11/05 - NNHS Newsletter - The Nearness of You

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   What an exciting mixture of goodies we have for y'all today!

   A very Happy Birthday today to Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA!  Have a great one - and see you soon, Lady!


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,
 7:00 PM to Midnight, at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,
and is open to all NNHS Alumni - 
plus a few others!




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

Hi, Carol and Dave:

Here is some feedback from a TYPHOON that appreciates the website.

TYPHOON Blessings,
From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) - 10/10/05:

Hi Joe,

    I was able to really look through the website tonight and was amazed at all the information put in about the Class of 57.  It was especially nice reading about Frank Ferguson and Thelma Roberts.  Its a shame we can't fill in more information about the other classmates who have passed on.  It is a great memorial and I'm sure Thelma loves it.
Hi, Pat:

Thanks for the message. Carol has done a wonderful job on this website. I cannot image the time and labor of love she has spent in working on this site. Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) has contributed greatly with photos and images.  
     Thank you for the kind words, Pat and Joe!

    Actually, Dave Spriggs contributes much, much more - most of the music, an  amazing amount of research which rarely shows, and practically all of the vision and spirit of the entire site, just to name a few.  The fact that his name is not listed anywhere with an official title is simply a mark of the man's humility.

   By and large all that I do is edit, decorate, and persevere.  But thanks!

I have been trying to learn when Coach J.C. "Cowboy" Range passed away, for one subscriber to the newsletter said he is in a nursing home, and another recalled he had passed away. I have spent a few minutes searching, but have not found anything. I do not subscribe to The Daily Press archives services but probably will break down and subscribe.

Thank you for your service to the Class of 1957.

TYPHOON Regards,

   Thanks, Joe!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/10/05:


If his first name was Jacob, then he died in NN in 1980, per the SSDI.

Name                              Birth           Death           Age     Last Residence
JACOB RANGE   23 Dec 1914     Jan 1980        65       Newport News, Newport News (city), VA 23606

   I have no idea how you found that.  I looked on that SSDI for him repeatedly to no avail.  You're simply a Magic Man. 

   Thanks, Dave!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/10/05 - "What I Did with My Day Off - Cowboy Range":

Daily Press, Monday, January 14, 1980 Daily Press, Tuesday, January 15, 1980 Monday, October 10, 2005,
12:43 PM
Peninsula Memorial Park

   WOWZERS - thanks, Dave!

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

Hi Dave:

Thanks for sharing the information regarding the late Coach..... The grave marker jumped out at me because it helped me to recall his middle name from about 1955 or 1956 when he shared it with me and asked me not to share it for he was very sensitive about his name, including Jacob. Of course, he loved his "nickname" and almost everyone called him "Cowboy", except for the least not to his face.

The reason it jumped out and jarred me so, my grandson in Overland Park, Kansas is named
John Carmack Hubbel.

My daughter gave him the middle name after her husband's grandmother's maiden name.

Thanks, again Cap'n Dave.

TYPHOON Regards,

   Oh, WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Joe!


   David, you simply never cease to amaze me!  How you were able to locate and capture such a
wealth of information so quickly is simply astounding, even for you!  I have it all posted:

From Joe Madagan ('57) of Fl - 10/11/05:

Greetings from Foggy Wesley Chapel:

Thanks for your hard work on this item for the website, Carol.

Dave, your tireless efforts are very much appreciated and I can only say Thank You, which seems
very inadequate.

   Thank you, Joe.  Every now and then Dave completely out does himself, doesn't he?!?

   Thank you again, David!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/10/05 - "Something Else I Did On My Day Off":

Monday, October 10, 2005
Smitty's Better Burger
Monday, October 10, 2005, 11:23 AM Monday, October 10,
2005, 11:23 AM

You really know how to spend a day off!!!  Thanks so much!

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

On the list I sent yesterday you'll notice the name of Mrs. Ida Fenigsohn, George's ('65) mother.  She was
a substitute teacher during our time at NNHS.

   OOOPS!!!  I'm so sorry!    I just fixed that:

From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 10/10/05 - "Did I Miss Something???":

Hi Carol....

Just a quick question....did I miss something???  I noticed in reading one of the newsletters that we are to send a baby picture to Dave & Pam????  When was this announced? 

Also....could you please forward my email address to Barbara Woods Monk (class of 61)...I would LOVE to correspond with her...we lived across the street from each other growing up.  Thanks a bunch!  


   Yes, ma'am.  We both missed something.  I don't know when it was announced - probably while I was Lost in Space.  As I cannot seem to find anything about it, perhaps I'm still Lost in Space.  Or maybe I'm just a Space Cadet.

   At any rate, here's the deal - I think.  Send a baby picture of yourself to Dave and Pam.  They will have it enlarged, and we'll have a little contest of Name the Baby.  You photos will be returned unharmed.

   My questions are:

1. Are the images just to be submitted by the members of the Class of 1965, or should everyone start digging?

2. Is the contest to be played only by the members of the Class of 1965?

3. Will the game be played on Friday night or Saturday night?

4.  When will the images be returned?

   Other than that, I know all about it!

   Thanks, Janice - see you soon!!!


From Rodney Llewellyn ('55) of VA - 10/10/05:


Sunday, October 9th was the climax to a week of special activities planned by the Class of '55 reunion committee headed by Jim Michie. The first event was a kayak trip to Goodwin Island with Rodney Llewellyn as guide. The next event was a tour around Williamsburg
with our own Colonial Williamsburg guide, Jerry Hedgepeth. The next event was planned by Jim Horton, it being a Park Ranger led tour of the Civil War battlefield at Newport News Park. The bike tour of the Colonial National Historic Park in Yorktown planned by Jack Shepherd was rained out at the last minute. The main event was the dinner Saturday night at the Newport News City Park Pavilion and breakfast the next morning at the James River Country Club. Pictures will be posted this week on the Class of '55 web site, .

I thought this would be interesting to the many loyal Typhoons that keep up with your web site.

Rodney Llewellyn

   Oh, WOWZER-YOWZERS!!!  I wasn't paying attention and forgot to mention it at all!!  I'm so sorry!  We'll
watch for your images to post!  Sounds as though y'all had a great time!  Congratulations, - and thanks,

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

We all know that Raoul ('57) is still living in the 50's, however, I will share something that I wrote for Raoul's 65th birthday!  Carol, I hope it's not too long for you to add. And, it might be fun to see if anyone can count all the song titles!  

What can I say about a guy like Raoul?

Iíve known him my whole life, and, since Itís a Sin to Tell a Lie, I have to say that To Know Him is to Love Him. This is a Story Untold. You see, Raoul was an All American Boy. I remember him At the Hop in his White Sport Coat, trimmed with Chantilly Lace, saying, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay. Raoul was a Smooth Operator and he just loved his Rock ní Roll Music. Looking Back, I must say there was a Whole Lotta Shakiní Goiní On.

I Remember When Raoul was a Party Doll. He would Rock Around the Clock in The Still of the Night and, if his feet hurt, I could hear him say to himself, It Only Hurts For a Little While but Iíll never Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes. Of course, Itís Not For Me to Say, but Raoul did have that Magic Touch. There were Pretty Girls Everywhere. And, he didnít dance with just any old Bony Moronie or Skinny Minnie, or even Short Fat Fannie for that matter.

I remember, One Summer Night, when there was a full Blue Moon, Raoul walked up to a girl named Peggy Sue and said Little Darliní, You're So Fine, Do You Want to Dance? As you can see, Raoul was never a Lonely Boy. He seemed to have The Best of Everything, especially Great Balls of Fire. That summer, Raoul also danced with Lola, Honey Babe, Earth Angel, Long Tall Sally, Priscilla, Marianne, Lucille, Jennie Lee, Tammy, Diana, Be-Bop Baby, Susie Darliní, Little Susie, Maybelline, Sherry, Tina Marie, Miss Molly, Carol, Donna, Mary Lou, Teen Angel, Dede Dinah, Bobbyís Girl, and Jim Dandy.

Well, As Time Goes By, You Gotta Travel On so Raoul decided to go on a Sea Cruise. Whether heís Around the World, A Thousand Miles Away, or in Kansas City. Itís All in the Game for Raoul. Chances Are heís not Singing the Blues on the Sea of Love. Raoul, When You Dance, in your Blue Suede Shoes with the Pink Shoelaces, and the Lipstick on Your Collar, you certainly Let the Good Times Roll. Your Personality is So Fine that your dance partners think to themselves, Dream Lover, Thereís Nobody But You. You are Unforgettable. Ainít That a Shame I canít take you home. But at least I do have these Moments to Remember and Iíll See You in September.

Well, enough of this Yakety Yak. Meanwhile, Back in the U.S.A., Itís Just a Matter of Time before Raoul realizes he has a big birthday coming up. And, itís not Sweet Little Sixteen. Thatíll Be the Day. But Raoul, Looking Back, you always liked being the older one. Whoís Sorry Now? What was that? A Tear Fell? Remember, youíre still Young-At-Heart. You are certainly not Over the Mountain and itís not even Twilight Time yet. Thereís More to come; Itís Just a Matter of Time. Donít forget, Whatever Will Be, Will Be.

Raoul, as a brother, you are So Rare. You You You always Stand By Me. Even though there are way more than 16 Candles on your cake, I have High Hopes for you. My Prayer for you is True, True Happiness. I hope your future is Wonderful, Wonderful and you spend the rest of your life Twisting the Night Away. Just look around you Ė Love Is All Around. I Sincerely hope you know that Memories Are Made of This. As your Little Sister, I say to you, Happy Happy Birthday Baby. PS. I Love You.

To Raoul on his 65th Birthday from Karen with Lots of Love
June 4, 2005

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

That is great, Karen. Very creative writing!
Thanks for sharing it with us.
He is quite a guy.

TYPHOON Regards,

   Karen that is absolutely amazing!!!  I am so impressed!  Thanks so much for letting us see this!

   My guess is 108 song titles.  And you said that Raoul danced with me that summer, but I'm pretty sure
that I would have remembered that.  I may have forgotten many things, but Hot Guys are not generally
included in that lost information.

   And oh, yes, I added Raoul to our Birthday Page:

From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/10/05:

Carol --

It was good seeing the memories of Mrs. Shelton. She was my home room teacher. "Watchdog" would have been a better designation for her when it came to home room, considering all the shenanigans she had to put up with from our group ;)

The English teachers I had were Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Cameron, Miss Parker ("Grannie Annie", as we called her behind her back), and Mrs. Graves. (Wasn't there for Senior year, so didn't experience Miss Suttle or Mrs. Shelton.)
All were exacting. And we can all be thankful that NNHS had such teachers.
One of the first validations of the excellence of the NNHS education came totally out of nowhere about 10 years after graduation. My wife and I were at a cookout visiting with friends in New England -- maybe 25 people there total. We knew no one there except the friends.
Sometime in the course of a discussion with a half dozen or so people, I made some comment (long since forgotten). A gentleman in the group then said something like -- "Not to change the subject, but I am an English professor at Boston U, and you are the first person I recall ever using 'such-and-such' tense correctly in the course of normal conversation, as you just did. Your command of English is excellent." (Don't ask what tense -- I couldn't tell you a thing about the particular tense he mentioned even then!!)
Of course I was floored (and quite proud), but I did thank him and said all credit is due to my HS English teachers, who made sure we used the language correctly.
What is even more amazing is that I wasn't that good of an English student -- I was a math and science type. I guess the NNHS English teachers made us learn enough so that it stuck with us, whether we wanted it to or not.

-- Ron

   That's an amazing - and amazingly typical - story, Ron!  Thanks for sharing it with us!  I posted your
comments in two places:

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/10/05 - "65/40 Reunion Start Times ":

Dave & Carol
I decided to review what time the festivities begin each night.  I looked, and I looked, and I looked, and I eventually found it only in the small print in the "1st letter".
Might I recommend that Carol insert the times "7 PM to Midnight" in the banner at the top of the Home Page as well as this page:
OBI stands for Old Butt Insky

   Oh, yes, well, that's always handy to know!  Thanks, Dave!

From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 10/10/05 - "That's My Desire":

Here ya go, kids..  Keith James' sign-off song: "That's My Desire" by the Lettermen, with that chatter edited
out of the opening on the CD I have.  Now keep one foot on the floor while you're listening to this snuggle-
bunny-song, and don't make me have to start blinking the front porch light...
Bill, your chaperone

   Oh, my goodness, Bill!  You have no idea what that song means to me!  A dear friend sent it to me a couple
of years ago, and it still makes me cry whenever I hear it (I am not a crybaby;  I just act like one!).

   This is a 2.8KB file and I have been attaching huge files with wild abandon as of late, so I'll just keep this.  If
anyone wants to hear the Letterman sing them this song again, just give me a holler and I'll forward it to you.

   Thanks so much, Bill!  (sniff-sniff.....)

  From Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA - 10/10/05:

Dear Carol,
I was so happy to see your addition in the faculty section of Mrs. Helen Shelton.  She is such a dear person.  I have stayed in touch with her through the years as her husband "Red" was "Pete's" best man in our wedding.  For many years and until this summer, Helen lived on Dogwood Drive in a lovely residential area behind CNU.  She has lived alone for many, many years since her husband died and her son lives in northern Virginia.  This summer she downsized and moved to 866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25, Newport News, VA 23608.  I know she would love to hear from some of her former students--I know I do! 
     WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  Thank you so very much!  I'll write her tomorrow!  (Maybe by then I'll stop bawling, hmmm?)

I sent her a picture of Emilie Holladay (former NNHS faculty member) that I took at Longwood University's rededication of the Rotunda Building (and my 50th college reunion) last spring, and she couldn't believe how wonderful she looked!   Miss Holladay graduated from Longwood in 1934!!!, represented that class in the rededication of the building, rang the Longwood bell for the ceremony, and still looks wonderful.  I think Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) sent the picture to you for the newsletter around the time of your computer crash, or I just missed seeing it.

   YOWZERS!!!  I've lost it.  It disappeared in the crash.  I've looked everywhere - it's gone.  Sigh.  Oh, Da-vid.......

I especially love the references to the sites in what was Warwick County, now I suppose it's "upper" Newport News; my old stomping grounds too!  Thanks for all you do for such wonderful communication and camaraderie between the former students of not only NNHS but the surrounding high schools.
Typhoon love,
Wilma Salmon Robinson
Warwick High School
Class of 1951

   Thank you so much, Wilma!  If I could stop crying so hard, I'd be better able to express my thanks to you.

   I posted all this on Mrs. Shelton's page:

   Hey, Bill - forget what I said about not being a crybaby.  I'm afraid that was just a big ol' whopper.....


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

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean made me cry. 

   Oh, good!  I'm not the only crybaby around here!

   Thanks, Jean!  That, of course, was David's idea, because he's a Sooper-Genius.

   I was rather touched by his choice and forgot to mention this earlier, even to him. 

   I heard my parents both say many times that that song was their personal choice for the National Anthem. 
It always surprises me (and it did even then!) to remember that the National Anthem wasn't designated
until 19  .  And a few years ago when an national uproar erupted over replacing "The Star Spangled Banner"
with something "more suitable", the only alternative I personally ever heard mentioned was "America, the
Beautiful".  I love all the patriotic music and memorized all the verses to at least five of the more familiar
numbers when I was ten years old (because I am that weird...), but I do hold a special fondness for this "gem".

   So thanks again, David! 

Thank you, dear one, for the joy you bring. 

Hugs, jb

   And thank you, Jean!

  From Bill Sasser - Hampton HS -  '61) of VA - 10/10/05:

I have created a DVD on the history of Hampton Roads. The DVD consists
of about 600 images of Newport News, Hampton, Buckroe Beach, Phoebus, Wythe, Hilton, Norfolk and the surrounding area. It is backed by soft mood music. The images are photos and post cards primarily from the 1940's - 1960's.
I am getting $15 for the DVD postage paid. Thought that the folks on your website might be interested in this DVD. It can be purchased from

William Sasser
PO Box 524
Gloucester Point, VA 23062

Thanks for your consideration.

Bill Sasser - Hampton High 1961

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Bill!  I know that as soon as I'm Rich and Famous again I'll certainly order one.  I'm getting homesick just thinking about it!

   Meanwhile, I'll add it to TYPHOONMART so that I won't lose the ordering information - not that I ever lose anything....

   Of course, with this CRABBERMART item, we once again have a misnamed page, rather like the "Alumni List".  GIGGLES!!! - brand new page

   Hey, Bill - you might as well join our Alumni and Birthday Lists!


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

Gloria (Woolard Price - Hampton HS - '65 - of FL), I cannot take ANY credit for the crab. I adopted it from Tom (Norris - Hampton HS - '73 - of VA), but I love it, too.

David, thanks for the postcard of Antineís. I loved that place. If I remember correctly, it was not far from Tidewater Motorcycle. When I was thirteen, and pink and black were popular, Iíd get all duded up in my black leather motorcycle jacket and snap jack blue suede shoes with my pink shirt with the collar turned up and take the bus from Southampton all the way to Newport News and hang out at the Harley shop and at Antine's. Then, Iíd go to the Saturday matinee up
on Washington Avenue. Boy, times were simpler then.

Chandler Nelms

   Chandler Darlin', I'm so sorry I hadn't mentioned the Tidewater Motorcycle page to you before!  What was I thinking?!?     I double posted your comments - and thanks!

   I actually had a few more items, but I need to cut this short again today.  Y'all keep the faith - and take care
of each other!

                                   Love to all, Carol





The Nearness of You

- Words and Music by Ned Washington & Hoagy Carmichael

Recorded by Hoagy Carmichael, 1937
Also recorded by Glenn Miller, 1940 (#5)

It's not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
It's just the nearness of you

It isn't your sweet conversation
That brings this sensation, oh no
It's just the nearness of you

When you're in my arms and I feel you so close to me
All my wildest dreams come true

I need no soft lights to enchant me
If you'll only grant me the right
To hold you ever so tight
And to feel in the night the nearness of you

"The Nearness of You" midi courtesy of - 09/10/05

"The Nearness of You" lyrics courtesy of - 10/10/05

 Gold Hearts clip art courtesy of - 10/21/04

Gold Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/08/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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