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10/24/05 - NNHS Newsletter - California Girls

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Well, this is an interesting title to have fallen next in our lineup.  I thought by-and-large, that all the girls there were Virginia girls.  So I suppose this must refer to    Anne Marlow Fitzgerald ('65), who has spent the last twenty years of so in Oceanside, CA.  She was there with us both nights, and she was as beautiful as ever!  It was so good to see your again, Anne!


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  From Pam Wright Owen ('62) of VA - 10/21/05:

Don't know if you've seen this one before, but in light of all the recent reunions, thought you might like to have it.
Pam Wright Owen
NNHS Class of 1962

Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.
I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.
It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.
The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.
The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.
No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.
The boy we'd decreed "most apt to succeed"
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted "least" now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.
They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.
At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.
It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.
By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.
And now I can't wait as they've set the date;
Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.
Repairs have been made on my old hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.
I'm feeling quite hearty; I'm ready to party,
I'll dance until dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; and I hope at least one
Other person can make it that night.

Author Unknown

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Pam!  That's a good one!

  From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 10/21/05:

Dear Carol,

Thanks so much to    Fred Fields ('45 - of CA) for his (relating of Kent S. "Pinky" Miller's - '45 - of FL) absolutely “swell” (hee, hee) reminisces as he leafed through the 1945 Anchor. He mentioned the ad from the Sanitary Lunch Restaurant, which was of particular interest to me.  That was my father’s restaurant. I always thought it was a funny name, too. As a young teenager, I associated the word sanitary, not with a restaurant, but with a personal product bought in drug stores, such as Gorsuch’s or Standard Drug, which at the time was near the corner of 32nd and Washington and the item came wrapped in plain brown paper with string tied around it. Not that you could fool anybody walking down the street with it. The shape of the package gave it away. I always imagined that every guy on the street knew what I was carrying and in those days it was the custom to be embarrassed about such things. So whenever I heard the word Sanitary, my mind did not put Lunch or Restaurant with it, but the other word.  But anyway, my father told me that he got the name Sanitary Lunch from a restaurant he worked in Winston-Salem and I have since seen the name on a couple of restaurants elsewhere, but can’t remember where. One I think was in Morehead City in NC some years ago. At home we used to refer to the restaurant often times as “The Sanitary” as in “Your father is at the Sanitary.”  (Which sounded like he could be at the sanitarium!) Oh well.

I remember Mr. Reedy in the wheelchair. Did he work in Allen’s Jewelry store near 28th and Washington or did he have his own shop? I do remember going with my mother to see Mr. Reedy.

   Mr. Garland Reedy had his own store, Reedy's Jewelry, at 222 - 28th Street.

Oser Brothers Shoe Store was mentioned in one of the newsletters recently. The store did have a location on West Avenue, but earlier it was located on Washington Avenue. It’s location on Washington Avenue is listed in the 1954 pages of the City Directory that is published on the web site. Those pages are a treasure!

   They later had a store or two in Hampton as well. 

   And I agree, those city directory pages are indeed a treasure!  (Thanks again, Dave!)

Through the web site I have heard from a former student of mine,    Jamey Douglas ('66 - of VA). My how nice it is to reconnect with people! I was absolutely delighted to hear from Jamey. Her email first went into my spam box and so I didn’t get it for over a month. I didn’t realize that I needed to check my spam box to make sure that desired mail didn’t get shifted there, but my daughter wised me up, so now I check it daily.

   Thank you so much, Aretie!  We all love hearing of reconnections!


  From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 10/21/05:

Hi Carol: 

Hope you have a wonderful time at your Reunion. It's great to get together and have fun remembering old times. The Class of "64" had a Great time and I wish the same to you and your Class.   

Catherine Hudson

   Thanks so much, Cathy!  We missed having you with us!


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 10/21/05:

Due to the continued uncertainty about the hurricane, I regretfully must cancel my plans to travel North today. Please give my old friends my regrets; I was really looking forward to seeing everyone. Hopefully, the storm will veer totally away from Florida. Have a great reunion.

   I found your note just as I was leaving home.  I was so sorry to learn you would be unable to make it, as we were so looking forward to seeing you.  I hope that Wilma left you and yours alone, and that all is well with you.  We missed you, Jimmy!


  From Joe Wingo ('65) of NC, President of the Great NNHS Class of 1965 - 10/21/05:

Pretty hot pics of yourself!!!!!!--    

My most sincere best wishes to all who are partying tonight...have a ton of fun but leave some for tomorrow night. I anxiously await seeing you all then.

All my best...Joe Wingo

   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Joe!  We did have fun Friday night, but I hope you'll agree we had plenty remaining for Saturday night!  I know I certainly enjoyed talking with you Saturday evening even before the regular festivities began!

   Thanks again, Honey!  You did wonders for my self-esteem!


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/21/05:

Carol, you were beautiful in every picture taken from then ‘til now. I’m SERIOUS! Any guy seeing your pictures (certainly the three you provided) would have fallen all over himself just for the chance to meet you in person. And you can take that to the bank!

Have a terrific reunion!

Chandler Nelms

  From Me ('65) of NC to    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD- 10/21/05:


Chandler Darlin',
   That loud clunk you just heard was me falling off my chair!  I think I'm going to use that on a job resume - the incomparably gorgeous everlastingly glorious Chandler Nelms said I was beautiful!

   Thank you so much, Sweetie!  I think I'll be able to dance all night both nights on the strength of that alone!  You just made my whole weekend!
   Eleanor and were going to drive up, but I may just float all the way!
   Thanks again, Sweetie!

    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 10/21/05:


My pleasure. Too bad you didn’t speak up that day in my father’s office. Who knows what may have evolved. Hmmm…..Ah well, hind sight is ALWAYS 20-20.

   Ohhh, that is an interesting thought!  Unfortunately, I was probably only 13 or 14 years old at the time, and had I been able to utter a single sound (which I doubt), it would probably have been nothing more intelligible than, "Ahh, blah-bluh-blue-ummmm-mmmmm!" - which is why your mama was laughing at me.  She was no doubt accustomed to seeing girls react to her drop dead gorgeous sons, but I was only used to encountering such sights on the movie screen, never close-up, breathing, and real!  My, my, my!

But I sincerely mean it, you were and are a beautiful lady.    

Now……1) Don’t tell Jo Ann (Stewart - '64 - of TX) I said that, 2) Don’t tell your husband I said that, and 3) Don’t let it got to your head…ha, ha!

   1) Oh, no, never!

   2) Of course not!

   3) OOPS!  Too late!  WAAAAAY too late!!!  WILD ECSTATIC GIGGLES!!!

Chandler Nelms

   Thanks again, Chandler Darlin'!  I'm still floating!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 10/21/05:


  Sharron Wanderer Dawes' (NNHS 61) birthday is Oct 22.

Richard Dawes

   Oh, NO!!  Your note arrived after I left town!  Missed it by that much!  I'm so sorry!

     Well, a Very Merry Un-Birthday to you, Sharron!  I hope it was a good one!  We certainly had a good time on your behalf!!!



The Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1965
in honor of their Graduation 40 Years Ago

was held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,


They're not yet placed on the page, but you'll find some on this Newsletter!




  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/22/05 - "Greetings":

Greetings from Hunkered Down Wesley Chapel:

Can't wait to read about the Reunion this weekend in Newport News!

In trying to get my mind on something other than Hurricane Wilma or Tropical Storm #25/Alpha a search on Google lead me to one of the funniest acts on television when we were TYPHOON.

Mister Pastry

Surely some of your subscribers will recall the funny acts performed by this actor/acrobat, such as "The Lancers" and the "Passing Out Ceremony" when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The late Richard Hearne sure gave me some great laughs back then, and it seems to me such comedy reflected the times that we so fondly remember when we think of Newport News High School.

What imagination and creativity this actor brought to his acts to entertain us.

A Google search of Richard Hearne will allow your subscribers to see a video clip of "The Lancers" and a good laugh cures anxiety for hurricanes.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis!  Y'all stay safe down there!


  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/23/05 - "Lost and Found":

We recovered a pair of prescription glasses following the reunion.
They have silver frames and were found on one of the dining tables. If you're looking for your glasses please contact Dave Arnold at and we'll arrange to get them back
to you.

Dave Arnold

   YIKES!!!  Thanks, Dave!  I'm certain the owner will be relieved to hear this news!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 10/24/05:


Thanks for my birthday 'card' in the newsletter. As it turned out, Bob had tickets for the Redskins game today (which they won easily), and he and I and Philip (Bob & Lucy's child #5 - they have 6 children, as do my son Jay and his wife Gretchen) went. Coincidentally, Jay and Gretchen were there, as Gretchen had bought a game/weekend package for Jay for his birthday, so I got to see them today as well! Meredith and I talked a long time this evening, so today was a great day. Meredith spent a second week at Slidell with Noah's Wish and still has much to relate about that.

The performances I had scheduled this weekend went well. By the way, Alte Kameraden, the
German Band I play in, will perform at the Temple visitor's center the evening of December 8. I imagine we will give a pair of 30-45 minute concerts in the still-new concert hall/theater. People think German Band music is only oom-pah, and in some cases that is true, but our group has a concert capability and repertoire that is enjoyable to hear, also. There are a lot of performances scheduled during the Festival of Lights. I imagine they are posted on a website somewhere, but haven't found a listing. Here is a link: 

Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center

In December, celebrate the Christmas season by coming to the Festival of Lights. See a spectacular outdoor light display, a live Nativity scene, ... location/0,10634,1836-1-1-1,00.html - 16k - Cached - Similar pages

I hope the reunion activities went well, and am looking forward to reading all about it.    

Regards, Jimmy 

   Thank you, Sweetie!     

   OOOOOH, how I'd love to see that December 8 performance!   I wonder what my chances are for that?!?

   The reunion was great fun, but we missed you!


   And now for my abbreviated report.

  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/24/05:
   The reunion committee did a fabulous job in making everything enjoyable and memorable for everyone there.  The decorations were glorious, the food was excellent, the music was great, the timing was super, there were nice gifts for everyone, there was fun and merriment galore, people were made to feel welcome and wanted, and everyone looked beautiful!
    And as promised, I danced and danced and danced. Okay, so not a one of those men actually asked me to dance. I dragged the poor unsuspecting creatures out to the floor myself, but there's a lot to be said for the Sadie Hawkins concept.

   No, wait a minute.  That's not quite right.  On Friday night, a gorgeous man did ask me to dance what turned out to be two very nice back-to-back slow dances.  But when I thanked him the next evening, he said it was “only because” he had had “way too much to drink”.  Ouch.

   I suppose that’s as good a warning on the Evils of Liquor as any.

   “Beware the Demon Rum.  It might even cause you to ask Carol to dance.”  Sigh.


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05:

Saturday, October 22, 2005, 2:24 PM - Buckroe Lighthouse Saturday, October 22, 2005, 2:25 PM - Buckroe Lighthouse Saturday, October 22, 2005, 2:25 PM -
Buckroe Lighthouse Panoramic
Mike Miller ('65) of NC; Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI;
Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC; Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA; 
Pam Smith Arnold ('65) and Dave Arnold ('65) of VA

Buckroe Beach Amusement Park Entrance


Saturday, October 22, 2005, 2:35 PM
Buckroe Beach Amusement Park "Entrance"

CRT Buckroe Bus Our Old Stomping Grounds Tour Group in van driven
by Dave Arnold ('65) of VA
Saturday, October 22, 2005,  9:24 PM Saturday, October 22, 2005, 9:26 PM Saturday, October 22, 2005, 9:27 PM Saturday, October 22, 2005, 9:27 PM  
  Jean Poole Burton ('64)
of RI and Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
  Nancy and Tom ('64) Flax of VA and Dave Arnold ('65) of VA; George Fenigsohn ('65) of VA and John ('64) and Beverly Todd of AK  

   Thanks so much, Dave!  What a super image of you and Jean (Poole Burton - '64 - of RI) - aka
"The Lady in Red"!

From Dave Huller - 10/23/05:

Hello Carol,

My name is Dave Huller and I am the youngest son of John A. “Scooter” Huller.  I recently came across several postings about my Dad and specifically those from Joe Madagan of the Class of ’57.  I shared these with my Dad and he has been thrilled to walk down memory lane.  He just turned 80 and to this day still considers his time at NNHS to be the best spent on this earth. Please pass along to Joe and anyone else who may be interested his updated e-mail address as he would love to hear from former students, colleagues, etc.  His address is  And by the way, if anyone wants the real skinny on how he got his nickname, I can fill in the gaps.  I heard the story from two guys who sat in front of my brother and me at a “This is Your Life” tribute to Ethel Gildersleeve and later forced the details from my Dad.

Thank you for your time.


   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Dave! We are delighted to have this information!

   I have absolutely no idea why your dad's page lists three images which are not there, and in fact do not appear to be anywhere, but I'll try to address that issue as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, I've updated his page, and added him to the Alumni Page:

   Thank you so much for contacting us, Dave - and welcome, Mr. Huller!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05:

..... Will send more (themes and MIDI files for the Monday, Wednesday , and Friday newsletters) soon. Too tired right now. I came home about 1100, took a nap and returned to the Peninsula to take my mom to LAFB Exchange to look at TVs. Nothing there, so I took her to the Navy Exchange in Norfolk, bought one, then back to Hampton to install it, then back home to Norfolk.



   Thanks so much, Dave! 


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/24/05:

Carol -- I hope the reunion went fantastic, which I'm sure it did. My thoughts were with you guys several times over the weekend. Just wish I coulda been there.

   I wish you could have been, too.  It was great!

 It hadn't really dawned on me until    Renee (Helterbran Benton - '59 - of VA) brought it up in an email -- please share my email addy --  --  also might as well admit my age -- birthdate 12/30/41.
I think Renee & I were the youngest ones in the class of '59. BUT SHE IS OLDER THAN ME!!!!! APPROACHING DOWNRIGHT ELDERLY!!!! AN OLDDDD WOMAN!!!!

   GIGGLES!!!  YOU BAAAAAD, Ronnie!  Renee's gonna git you!

   I added your information to those pages.  Thanks!


  From Todd Givens ('65) of Northern VA - 10/24/05 - "Reunion Pictures":

Here are some of the reunion pictures I took with you in them.  I'm no    Chip Clark ('65 - of Northern VA) so I hope you like them.  If only I had his talent. 
I am in the process of sending out (emailing) digital photos to other class members so that they can forward photos that they want you to post on the NNHS web page.  I'm letting them forward the pictures because some photos didn't come out as good as I would have liked and may be suitable for blackmail.  Just kidding.  
I had a great time as I am sure everyone else did.  Thanks to the reunion committee for doing such a great job!!  I'm already looking forward to the next reunion.
Take care,
PS.  If I didn't get an email address from class members of whom I took pictures, they can send their current email address to and I'll send them their pictures. 
Friday, October 21, 2005 - #3 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #97 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #103 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #109  
Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA; Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; Dave Arnold ('65) of VA; and George Konstant ('65) of VA Mike Hirshman ('65) of CO; Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; and Janet Hirshman R___ ('68) of VA Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC; Bobby Callis ('64) of WV; and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA; and Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC  

   Thank you so much, Todd!  When I noticed that I was more interested in dancing than I was in taking
pictures, I was so relieved to see you and Faith Strickland Groom ('64 - of VA) and Chip all busily
capturing the images that I was missing!  You do very nice work!

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/24/05 - "Reunion"

I'm sorry we didn't have more time to talk on Friday and Saturday nights but things were a little busy.  The van tour was fun and I believe you did enjoy yourself.  Thanks for keeping us all in touch.

   I think we would have need a week or more to talk to everyone as much as we all would have liked.  But BOY-HOWDY, did I enjoy myself!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks so much, Dave, for all the hours, days, weeks, and months y'all devoted to making everything so enjoyable for all of us!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/24/05:

Greetings Queen!
Wasn't the Reunion a BLAST?  The committee deserves much PRAISE for planning and pulling off two magnificent evenings for us all.  I only wish it didn't have to end so soon.  I hate not seeing so many favorites for so long.  How about a 41st Reunion or something -- a picnic?
I just can't express how much I enjoyed the weekend.  Love and kisses to all!
Todd Givens was kind enough to send pictures. 

   I so agree with you, Judy!  How about a big ol' Saturday picnic for everybody in June - in addition to all the other reunions, of course?!?

   Thanks, Lady!

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #113  
Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA  

   OH - one more thing!     Jim Morrow ('65) of NE asked me the other night the origin of the word "WOWZERS" and its derivatives, "WOWZERONI", "WOWZERONI-RINI", and WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI" (which is reserved for only the most extreme of circumstances), and of course, the corresponding "YOWZER" terminology.  I could not remember at the time, but it just occurred to me that I picked up the initial "WOWZERS" from Inspector Gadget:

   Chances are excellent that I may have created the comparative, superlative, and ultra-superlative versions myself.

   TA-DAH!!!  Another mystery solved!  There ya go, Jim!  It was good seeing you again after 30 years!


  More images from    Janice McCain Rose and    Sarah Puckett Kressaty (both '65
- of VA)
are already here (as are my own) and will be forthcoming!  Unfortunately, I've already spent 14 hours
on the Newsletter alone today and my eyes are starting to blur.  Meanwhile, I have a plethora of thank-you
notes to write, and five more loads of laundry to wash, "and miles to go before I sleep".

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





California Girls

- Brian Wilson

(The Beach Boys)

Well east coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there

The mid-west farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

The west coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a French bikini on Hawaii island
Dolls by a palm tree in the sand

I been all around this great big world
And I seen all kinds of girls
Yeah, but I couldn’t wait to get back in the states
Back to the cutest girls in the world

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

I wish they all could be California
(girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)
I wish they all could be California
(girls, girls, girls yeah I dig the)

"California Girls" midi courtesy of
suggested by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
Thanks, Dave!

"California Girls" lyrics courtesy of
also suggested by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of The Beach Boys' "California Girls" Album Cover courtesy of - 10/24/05

Image of The Beach Boys' "California Girls" 45 Record courtesy of - 10/24/05

 Animated Chevron Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/24/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Al Capps' Sadie Hawkins clip art (and available history!) courtesy of - 10/24/05:

Inspector Gadget clip art courtesy of - 10/24/05

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