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10/12/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Our Day Will Come

"May you be inscribed in the Book of Life!"

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

  Yom Kippur begins at sundown tonight.  Our best wishes and prayers for the new year are with all you who
are observing this High Holy Day:

   Happy Birthday today to Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NCSee you soon, Charlotte!


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

Hello Carol. 

I hope you're feeling markedly better and that your tests came back indicating that you're fit as a fiddle.

   Yes, ma'am, thank you.  The blood tests both came back "normal". ( Now don't get excited; the doctor didn't say that I was normal (certainly no one has ever accused me of being that), just that my tests were okay. 
Please tell Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) that Ronald Bass's sister is Enid.  She is class of '63.  She danced and had that wonderful 'dancer's walk'.  She studied with Emily Beardon in Hilton.  She was also in band.  And she was my first friend at NNHS.  She had the most lustrous dark hair that hung nearly to her waist.  She was always a sweet girl.  During our Mouse Year, Passover and Easter were at the same time.  I stayed over at the Bass's sometime during that Spring Break from school.  And I had the most wonderful food that was leftovers from Seder dinner! 
Now, I need to speak to Jean Poole (Burton - '64 - of RI).  Yes, I tool Latin at NNHS.  I took 5 years of Latin.  I started 2 years before you did.  Walter (Ware) Morrison ('63 - of VA) may have been in my third year class.  I know David Block ('64 - of DC) was; we used to tease about liking Latin because it was our easy A to balance out PE!  But for 4th and 5th years, I was Miss Brewer's only student.  I had to have a class hour in my schedule to get credit so I went to HHS (the old building) every summer and took the next year's history class.  That freed up the hour.  So Miss Brewer placed me in a first or second year class.  I'd report to class, get my assignment and head for the library which was just around the corner from her room.  I'd do my translations.  This would go on until Wednesday or Thursday when I'd go in after school was over and we'd go over my translations.  So even though I should have reported to a class that Jean was in maybe 180 times a year (assuming no absences!) I really don't remember the people IN the class because I was always in the library.  Bill Barnard ('64) and I dated during my Senior (his Junior) year.  He followed my plan to get more Spanish in and somehow (oh, I wonder how that was arranged. . .?) he and I had the same advanced language class in the library during B Period!  Yes, we did our work.  Yes, we played footsie under the table.  Yes, we held hands.  Duh!  We were teenagers!  Finally the librarian (I can't remember any name except Miss Russell) realized that we were dating and she made us sit at separate tables! 

   During that year the Library had Mrs. Emily Nelson and Mrs. Ball, but I cannot find a record of a Miss Russell....

In keeping with that 'class outside of class' theme, do any of you remember Gracia Malami?  She attended St. Vincent's but they didn't teach Physics and she was bright.  So she left St. V's every day to come to Physics class at NNHS.  She may have taken the Trig/Solid Geometry class too.  Now, with all the supposedly wonderful things that government schools offer now, can you imagine just how forward thinking it was of NNHS to allow her to come for those classes?  Or for individual teachers to commit to teaching a few students advanced years of language?  No school of today holds a candle to the education we got at NNHS.  I tested out of first year calculus at Va. Tech based on my high school math because the Math department took a group of us - Dani Garrick ('63)  I can clearly remember - and we went to the Math Teacher's lounge on 2 for calculus during our Senior Year.  At Va. Tech, there was no testing out of Freshman English because they wanted to be sure their engineering graduates could write.  Your content could be lousy but if your mechanics were poor, you got an F.  Five grammatical errors was a guaranteed F!  The teacher would simply stop reading and mark your paper with the F.  We had an honor code that was strictly believed in, followed and enforced.  My freshman roommate often wrote things wrong because she heard them wrong.  ( she called headache medicine Anderson's instead of Anacins, for example.)  But I couldn't point out her errors on papers for her because of the honor code.  So I'd read them out loud to her, pronouncing her misspellings and following her punctuations.  She took notes and performed the appropriate corrections.  Maybe that was stretching the code but failing freshman English was certain academic probation for the second quarter of the year and that was like being defeated before you got started.  
And yes, Jean Poole (Burton - '64 - of RI) , it is interesting the things we can remember in detail and the things we cannot!  
Best wishes to all, KC        

   Thanks, Kathy!  That is so very true!  See you soon!


   This exchange began as a bit of fluff between Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL), Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA)
and me, but as I had blind-carboned my sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) in on it, it took
an interesting turn, and I thought I'd share it with y'all:

From Me ('65) of NC - 10/11/05:

I'm sorry for the delay (in posting some items).  Just as I got started yesterday (afternoon), Eleanor called up and asked if Adrienne and I wanted to go shopping for shoes.  Five hours (and three pairs of shoes found at unbelievable bargain prices!) later when I returned home, my # 2 son, Brent, called from Joliet, IL.  Needless to say, I was not able to resume my work until 0530 this morning.

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

..... Well, needless to say, just using the word "Shopping" to Carol is much like saying "Sic'em" to a Bull Dog.....

From Me ('65) of NC - 10/11/05 - "Shopping and Buying":

   Oh, No, Sir!  Those would be the words to say to my sister!  Eleanor has always been a World Class Shopper.  She would totally exhaust me with her all-day shopping excursions forty years ago!

   I am merely a Buyer - and I'd prefer to do that online or through the mail. 

   A Buyer just wants the product; a Shopper wants the adventure.

   To illustrate:

   We left home at 1640.  We drove ten minutes to CVS and dropped off my prescriptions.  Then we drove out to Rack Room Shoes - another 20 minutes away.  We looked at every single pair of shoes in the store.  Eleanor found a pair of $30.00 dress shoes for Adrienne on clearance, reduced to $20.00 - an excellent deal.  At check out, the gal just smiled sweetly and said, "Nooooo - they were reduced again to $10.00 and then there's another 60% of that (or something...); they're only $4.28."  We almost fainted.

   Then we went across the street to Target, which usually has great deals on shoes.  Nada.

   We were now all through about to keel over from hunger, so we went to Burger King and grabbed three Whopper Juniors ($4.24).

    Then we circled back to Jo-Ann Fabrics for some ribbon and fringe for my dress, and magnets and ribbons and a buncha trimmings for some project of Eleanor's.  We were in there an hour or so.  Nice place.

   Then we went to Shoe Carnival.  The sign said, "Buy one pair at full price; get the second pair at 50% off."  Once again, we looked and looked and looked and looked and looked and looked and looked.  Finally, Eleanor found a pair of casuals, $35.00 reduced to $24.00.  I found a pair of 3" heels, $30.00 reduced to $19.00 - which were not what I had in mind, but they were extremely comfortable for 3" heels.  Adrienne never did find her tennis shoes.  We took them to checkout and both paid only half of the marked-down price:  $12.00 for Eleanor and $9.50 for me!  "A bargain, a bargain!"

   Then we stopped back by CVS, picked up my prescription, and arrived home exhausted at 2040.

   That's Shopping - successful shopping, but Shopping, nonetheless.

   In contrast, we have a friend named Charis Bean Duke.  She's an amazingly talented composer, concert pianist, teacher - many things.  She's a busy woman and has a no-nonsense approach to life.  She calls Adrienne and me from time to time and says, "I have to make a Wal-Mart run.  Do you need anything?"

   We hastily scribble a list. 

   The last time we did this, we drove to the strip mall ten minutes south of here, raced through Wal-Mart, Dollar General AND Aldi's, plucked our pre-determined items with skill and dexterity, and were back home in exactly one hour.

   THAT, Gentlemen, is Buying!

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  (and back to work....)

Always, Carol

P.S.  Of course, if you're talking about a yard sale or a second-hand "junk" store full of old collectibles, forget everything I said.  I'm SHOPPING!  WILDER GIGGLES!!! 

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

Well, Carol...I do not know where you get all your energy!
You downplayed the shopping tour in such a manner that it brought to mind a song by the Bee Gees, "Ordinary People, Living Ordinary Lives".
Thanks for stimulating the economy. Adrienne is sure doing her part.
Now, back to work...Wait, I am retired!

TYPHOON Regards,

   Thanks, Joe!


From Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 10/10/05:

You are quite right. My approach is that life itself is one big adventure, so have as much fun as possible in all that you do. When it is not fun, then it can be called a time of learning which, of course, is not necessarily bad--just different. As for the adventure, my Miles (Nowitzky - Granby HS - '50) told me many times, "You only go around once!" He taught me to find adventures even in the little things, and try to find a little humor even in the bad times. We had such fun, and we had marvelous adventures.

   Thanks, Eleanor!  That you did!



   Speaking of my sister, Eleanor has agreed to accompany me to the Reunion in place
of my husband, who will remain home with our daughter, Adrienne

   Soooo, does this mean we'll see more of y'all from the Great Class of 1959 there as well, hmmmm????
Kay???  Aretie and John???  Renee???  YES????

  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/11/05:

David and Carol,

The pictures of Smittyís made my mouth water for a Better Burger. I donít suppose thereís any way you could hermetically seal one up and send it to me, is there? If the old Ice Plant on Kecoughtan Road at the head of Sunset Creek was still there, you could get some dry ice and pack it for me.

Iím SO envious of all of you going to the reunion! Less than two weeks and you guys will be doing the Twist, the Pony, the Swim, the Shag, the Monkey, and the Mashed Potato.

Chandler Nelms


   Chandler Darlin'.  Cancel everything.  Gas up.  Drive south.  Eat burgers.  Check in.  Let's dance. 


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/11/05 - "Miss Holladay Images":

Miss Emilie Holladay Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson and Miss Emilie Holladay  
Saturday, April 23, 2005 - Longwood University, Farmville, VA  

   Oh, thank you, David, for locating these images so quickly!  I now have them doubly posted:

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 10/11/05:

To Ron Miller ('59) of NC

Ron, I'm sure what you were complimented for was using the subjunctive case correctly.  You'd have said something like, "If I were ever to go there, I'd visit that museum."  It is the case used when supposition rather than real fact is expressed.  My mom drilled that into us when we were young and I discovered that years later, because my own children heard me use it correctly, they also did.  And they got some nice notes on papers because of it as well.  We sure got a good education in the old 'government schools". 


   AHA!!!  That was more than likely it, Kathy!  Thanks!


From Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA - 10/11/05:

Dear Carol,

Coach Range was a fine person.  When I came to NNHS in 1950 from 8 years at St. Vincent School, he was my JV basketball coach.  He was an absolutely wonderful person inside and out and a hard-working man.  We bonded and he is the one who encouraged me to play football and I finally went out in the 11th grade, playing 2 years of varsity football.  I remember my senior year, I hurt my knee in the last scrimmage before our first game and he was at my home in my bedroom 3 or 4 days while I was down.  That is the kind of man he was.  He cared for each and everyone of us.  We became good friends and he taught me how to grow English boxwoods and I still have them today.  I went by his house when he was sick and had a very nice visit.  He had written me letters in the past telling me how proud he was of his old student.  Truly I know he's in Heaven because he was a mighty good person.  He was witty also.  He always got lost driving us to Norfolk and he put the name "Bird" on Glenn Nelson and Glenn is still called that today.  Glenn had glasses when he played basketball with a cage over them and Coach Range said he looked like a big bird in a cage. 

Thanks for asking me to write something about Coach Range.  It was certainly my pleasure. 

Best regards,  Mickey 

   Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Mickey!  I posted it on Coach Range's page:


From Steve Pullen ('65) of VA - 10/11/05:  

Coach Rangeís widow still lives in Riverside on Parkway Drive behind my dad.  Her name is Irene and she is in her 80ís and in good health.


   Thanks, Steve!  Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) had told me that Mrs. Range still resided in Newport News,
and I failed to mention it except to Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL).  OOOPS.  I've posted that information
on his page:

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

Hi, Carol:

As an "assistant conduit" (self appointed, of course) to keep information flowing to the Newsletter I forwarded the Newsletter to Fred Hayman ('57) of VA, to remind him of the "crush" he had on the pretty waitress at Smitty's Better Burger since there are great photos on the site in and in the current Newsletter, and also to give Fred and Harry Covert ('57) of VA a "heads up" about the expanded page on Coach Range for Harry was a Sports Writer for The Daily Press and The Beacon when Coach Range was the Head Football Coach for the TYPHOON.
Let me share Harry's response, and he gives his permission to post his comments:

TYPHOON Regards,

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

  From Harry Covert ('57) of  VA - 10/11/05:

Hopefully he'll get it this time.--HC. 

Great stuff.  Coach Range was a wonderful man.  I remember interviewing him and his wife before the annual NNHS-HHS Thanksgiving Football Game one year.  I had been at the Times-Herald for about 2 years.  Such wonderful memories.  We are so fortunate to have been students at NNHS with such great people -- fellow students and teachers.

   Thanks, Joe - and Harry!  I added your comments to his page as well:



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

Hi, Carol:
..... My daughter, Sharon Madagan Hubbel (mother of my aforementioned grandson, John Carmack Hubbel), called, and she visited the website at my invitation, and was blown away by the possibility that Coach Range may be related to her husband. She is gathering more information, since the Carmack Family settled in Bristol, VA / Bristol, TN and some of the family moved to Johnson City, TN. It is exciting to think of the possibilities a this point.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, Adonis!  I've added that, too:


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/11/05:

I passed on buying this, but you might want to post it on the Buckroe or Calvary Baptist (or both) pages. You might have to cut and paste some text to explain what it is:
"3/4 inch  X 2 inch Trolley Ticket for a long ago Sunday
School  trip from Buckroe Beach to Old Point Virginia.
This ticket has aged well and has no user value. It was
for the Calvary Baptist Sunday School.  I would guess
it is from the 1920 but have no real knowledge of the fact.
Some age fade appears..."

   Cool!  Thanks, Dave.  I double-posted it:

From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 10/11/05:  


I saw the name Frank Ferguson ('57) today when I was reading the website.  Frank Ferguson was my cousin.  I remember when his plane crashed.  It was nice reading what Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) said about him.  Frank had a wife and two small children.  His mother, understandably so, was never the same after the crash.  Thanks.


   Thank you, Pauline.  I added your remark to '57's Memorial Page:

From Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR - 10/11/05 - "Comment on Bill Sasser (HHS '61) -  DVD":

Hey Bill -

Greetings from Oregon - sounds and looks like the DVD you put together of Newport News/Wythe/Hilton, etc. for $15 is a good deal - I plan to order one ..

If you're with the class of '61 and a Crabber, I bet you know my cousins - whose mom is the Ruth Staples of Ruth Staples' House of Beauty that used to be on Kecoughtan .... Brenda Staples was
a true beauty, Tommy Staples was a football player, and I believe Ronald excelled at tennis!   

Gail (Kiger) Bonsey FHS '73 (brother Steve '66 NNHS)


   Thanks, Gail!  Good plan!

   I have a great many things from a number of y'all that I'm still processing.  Rest assured I received it, and
'll have it for tomorrow.  But time grows short and sundown is approaching.

   Y'all take care of each other!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Our Day Will Come

(Ruby and The Romantics, 1963)

Our day will come
And we'll have everything.
We'll share the joy
Falling in love can bring.

No one can tell me
That I'm too young to know (young to know)
I love you so (love you so)
And you love me.

Our day will come
If we just wait a while.
No tears for us -
Think love and wear a smile.

Our dreams have magic
Because we'll always stay
In love this way
Our day will come.
(Our day will come; our day will come.)


Our dreams have magic
Because we'll always stay
In love this way.
Our day will come.
Our day will come.

"Our Day Will Come" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Our Day Will Come" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Dave!

"Our Day Will Come" Album Cover Image courtesy of - 10/12/05 

Colored Musical Notes Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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