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10/15/05 - NNHS Newsletter - So in Love

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   One of my favorite composers, Cole Porter, died 41 years ago today, so today's theme is naturally one
of his numbers.  He was an amazingly prolific composer, but I believe of all those songs, this is my very
favorite.  It's also extremely rewarding to sing, tinged as it is with pain.

   Happy 58th Birthday today to Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA And have fun in Vegas!


   Page Hit # 39,000 was made sometime on the afternoon of Friday, October 14, 2005 while I was
away from home.

   Rats.  I missed the whole thing.

   And that reminds me.  I have no idea what happened yesterday, but we had been averaging about 102
hits a day to the page with perhaps five or six new visitors or day.  Suddenly yesterday we had 192 hits,
and 56 of them were from first time visitors.  If any of you know the cause of this craziness, it would really
satisfy my curiosity to learn what it was.


1. Curt Overman ('59) of VA - 10/14/05 - "Please sign me up for the mailing list, thanks":

   Welcome, Curt!  If I recall correctly, you were in Miss Suttle's senior English class with my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC.  I've added you to the hidden mailing lists as well as to the
Alumni Page

   If you'll send me your birthday, I'll add you there as well:

   (I would add your senior portrait here, but as you're new to our shenanigans, perhaps I'll just wait until you've given me permission to do that, particularly in view of the fact that you're a lawyer....) 



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 My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05:

Greetings Everyone,

... Certainly glad Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) is coming - we are still trying to arrange to come.

   WHAT?!?  I thought it was a done deal!!!

RE: John Marshall High School logo - I looked through our year books and other memorabilia saved from JMHS and can find no specific symbol, mascot, logo, etc. JM had a cadet corps with several divisions and they had their own colors, symbols, mascots... But we were definitely called the "Justices" (obvious to the Marshall name).


The Marshall face, as on the pictured book cover, appears a lot and the J over the M always appears that way. But on the class ring the Marshall face is on one side and the
"justice scale" on the other - so I took it upon my self to claim the scale.

   Works for me - thanks!  And thanks for making that logo for us!

Blue & White are JM's colors.

RE: Contest - Can anyone guess what this is, yes, I know it is a record, but what is the significance?? A prize goes to the first one to email the NNHS newsletter site with a correct answer!

   (Cheryl was afraid that I might remember this and blurt out the answer without giving anyone else a chance to win the prize she has prepared for you.  FAT CHANCE!!!  And I was there, too!!!  HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!


To Carol & Eleanor - you all must come to NYC with me - then we'll talk about "SHOPPING"!!!! Giggles! Perhaps we can take ourselves next spring to celebrate Eleanor's 65th birthday and my 60th - Carol; you could celebrate your 60th a little early!!

   EEEK!!!  Not just SHOPPING, but SHOPPING in NEW YAWK CITY!!! 

I do want to send my sympathy & prayers to the friends & families of those who have recently passed away (as announced in a recent newsletter).

So long for now,


Thank you, Cheryl.  See you soon!!!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 10/13/05:

Hi Carol
Just thought I would add some names to the Blue Lite pictures that
David Whitley ('67) of VA
posted to:
Our Old Stomping GroundsĒ



The people in the Benn Rush pictures are from left to right: Art Insley (keyboards), R. B. Sharp (guitar), Tom Kalie (drums) Everett Hill (HHS ~65) (lead vocals), Peewee Watson (bass) and Dicky Dawes on Conga drums (thatís right).

   NO WAY!!!!  How cool!

On the ground: Guy with sun glasses is Allen Vance (Kecoughtan), also a great guitar player.

To Allenís left is Mickey Seacrest (HHS) (with Fro) also a fine drummer.

Next to Mickey is
Jean Harrell Combs (HHS 63).

Then the young lady with her back to you is Allison DeHaven.

John Lancaster is the guy in the yellow shirt.



Richard Dawes (NNHS-HHS 62)

   Well, thanks so much, Dicky!  i just added these identities onto the Blue Lite page:

  From Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA - 10/14/05:

Dear Carol, 

I have two annuals - l964 & l965 - that I donít need.  I got out in l963.  I would like for them to go to someone who cares or has lost theirs.  Do you know of anyone who needs or wants them? 
Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard  Class of '63 

   WOWZERS!  That's wonderful!  Yes, ma'am - there are always people looking for Anchors!  Let's see who screams, "ME!  ME!!  ME!!!" first.

   Thanks so much, Claudia!  It's good to hear from you again.


  From Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 10/14/05:

Hi from Melbourne, FL.

The X-ray machine for checking your shoe size was in the Buster Brown Store. I remember because I would put my foot in it even if mom was not buying me shoes. What a dumb idea that was. like you said, who would guess that it was dangerous.

Hi to all the Typhoonies out there. Keep those letters coming. I read all of them everyday . Thank you so much, Carol, for keeping us  in touch.

Judy Lindstrom

   Hi, Judy!  Thanks!

   So you're saying that in addition to the X-Ray machine that we've already established was in Nachman's shoe department, and the other one that was some place else I've already forgotten again, that there was an actual Buster Brown Shoe Store?!?  Well, that not only makes sense; it also will simplify my life when I finally get back around to creating those shoe store pages!

   I thought Buster Brown shoes were simply a brand such as Stride-Rite and Poll Parrot which was sold by a store or stores of a different name!  Well, now all we need to do is determine the street address of the Buster Brown Shoe Store, and we can proceed anon!

   Thanks so much, Judy!


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/15/05:

WOW Carol, thatís SOOO cool (the yearbook pictures). I love it! But I didnít intend to create a monster for you. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! But I hope it doesnít start some sort of revolution. I know some yearbook pictures didnít turn out as complementary as the individuals may have liked, while others are just shy, while still others may prefer to stay anonymous in their journalism.  

By the way, I didnít happen to see YOUR picture. Ha Ha. I KNOW youíre not shyÖ.we ALL know that. And Iím sorry, but itís too late for you to be thinking that youíre anonymous. And Iím sure that you were as beautiful then as you are now.  So cough it up, babe.

Chandler Nelms

Chandler Darlin'!
   Glad you liked it!  I think it more closely matches my original vision for the whole site - to help us all remember!  I think the other subscribers will have nothing to cause them concern.  From the day of my birth my dear mama drilled into my head The Golden Rule, so I'll never intentionally post an unflattering picture.  I'll just tell 'em if they don't want their image used at all to let me know - or just shoot me if I do.
   But of course I used my own image!  It's in the very last paragraph, along with David's (and his big brown eyes):
   I thought you were going to holler and say that I used a color image for myself, whereas everyone else had to be content with B & W!  That's because I could.  It was already posted elsewhere and was easy to nab. Similarly, not having a '67 Anchor to find David Whitley's senior portrait, I could have scanned his junior portrait from the '66 Anchor which I do have.  But it was easier just to crop this image (taken in December of 1970, a day or two before he left for Vietnam) from the one already posted on Odds and Ends.  And whereas David's junior picture is cute, this shot shows him as the incredibly beautiful, freakin' hot creature he actually is. I also selected Evelyn Casey Snead's Dawn Lovely image rather than her senior portrait because I thought it showed her beauty more effectively.  The Golden Rule triumphs once again.
   And this is hardly a time for me to revert to my crippling shyness.  Between this site and my personal site, there are literally hundreds of pictures of me posted at all ages and stages:

   But by no stretch of the imagination could I ever have been considered beautiful - then or now.  The really beautiful girls were regularly nominated for things like Homecoming Attendants and such.  I never ever was.  It simply wasn't a moot point.  But thanks, Sweetie! 

   Oh, and in truth, Chandler, though I doubt I shall ever be able to convince either you or Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) of this, I used to be horribly, painfully shy.  That is the major reason I never thanked any of my teachers.  I didn't think any of them would be even mildly interested in any opinion I might have.  But as Eleanor Roosevelt, rest her soul, said, "You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

   When I was nine years old I went to see "The King and I" with my family.  The movie had a profound effect upon me.  My sister bought the soundtrack and we played those little 45s so often, I memorized the words to all the songs.  In one of them, Anna said to her son, "Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect and whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I'm afraid."

   Through the years I put this to the test.  I didn't whistle, but I did pretend.  I've found those words of Oscar Hammerstein II to be very sound advice.  In this manner I can usually bluff my way successfully through experiences which in reality terrify me beyond all reasonable proportion.


   But I can still blush bright scarlet with the best of them!

   Thanks again, Chandler Darlin'!


  From Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - 10/15/05:


I love the pictures! What a great move. Also, the tribute to Miss Gildersleeve was beautiful as well as speaking  for all the teachers. I wish all the teachers could know today how much we appreciated them. 

Keep up the good work. The newsletters make my day!

Evelyn Casey Snead '57 NNHS

   WOW!  And you just made mine!  Thanks, Evelyn!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/15/05:

"...As you taught me U.S. History in your second year of teaching, I will assume Miss Gildersleeve must have nipped any loud speaking you might have done in the bud, because I certainly don't ever remember your raising your voice.  I think you could have given one of Those Looks and instantly silenced the class..."
Good grief, Carol. Don't tell me that Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) learned "The Look" from Miss Gildersleeve. Heaven knows I saw that look from her and Mr. Keesee more than once!!  The thought that it was passed on to future generations is indeed a frightening thought. :-o)

     I suppose she did learn that from Miss Gildersleeve at that.  I always supposed it was all her own, but I had no intention of asking her.  The more I think of it, the more I recall how expert she was in wielding That Look.  That's all it took.  That class never got out of hand.  She was just that good.  As I was mortally afraid of practically anyone in authority, one of my goals in life was to see that such a look was never aimed in my direction.  I was pretty sure it was a death blow.  My second grade teacher at Magruder School, Miss Charlotte Winstead, was the first to give me such a whammy eye - which I did not deserve.  I think the only other one was Mr. Wilson - but I richly deserved that one.

   Thanks, Ronnie!


   Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol





So in Love

- Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter for "Kiss Me Kate"

Strange dear, but true dear,
When I'm close to you, dear,
The stars fill the sky,
So in love with you am I.

Even without you,
My arms fold about you,
You know, darling why,
So in love with you am I.

In love with the night mysterious,
The night when you first were there.
In love with my joy delirious,
The thought that you might care.

So taunt me, and hurt me,
Deceive me, desert me,
I'm yours till I die,
So in love, so in love,
So in love with you, my love, am I.

"So in Love" midi courtesy of - 10/14/05

"So in Love" lyrics courtesy of - 10/10/05

 White Rose clip art courtesy of - 10/15/05

Pink Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/18/04

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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