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11/02/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Love Me Do

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Let's just open with one of my Legendary Bloopers, shall we?!?

  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 11/01/05 - "oops":

Thanks, Carol, for running my remarks.. and boy, what a cute husband you gave me...
ha ha  Although Bobby Houston ('66) knows nothing about this.. hee hee

Well, they were both blondes..!

Peace & Blessing,
Would somebody just please shoot me now?!? 

This is why I should never do this stuff when I'm in a hurry. 
The problem is, it seems now that I'm always in a hurry!

Well, I scanned the right page, and I... I... AYE-YAI-YAI!!! 

I am so sorry!  I've revised yesterday's Newsletter....

The REAL John Howard  
1966 Anchor, p. 144

From    John ('62) and    Susanne Stenner ('65) Gabriel of VA - 10/27/05 -
"Reunion Pictures from
  Todd Givens ('65) of Northern VA":

Thanks, John and Susanne - and Todd!

   YOWZERS!  Where did all the time go last weekend?!? 

I think I was able to talk with y'all for about two seconds -
as in, "Hi!  How're y'all doing?!?" Sigh.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #95  
John ('62) and Susanne Stenner ('65) Gabriel
of VA

  From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 10/28/05 - "Reunion Pictures":

Hi Carol,
I am forwarding the reunion pictures that
    Todd (Givens - '65 - of Northern VA) took and how nice of him to do that!  I am glad that I saw everyone from far away places and close to home.


   Thanks, Pauline!  That was incredibly considerate of Todd to do that!  And I'm glad you liked the four he sent you, because we've already shown two of them!  GIGGLES!!!  They were really super shots, too.

What great shots these are! 
Thanks again, Pauline - and Todd!

Wasn't it just marvelous to be able to see so many people all at once again?!?

Friday, October 21, 2005 - #63 Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #100  
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA; George Konstant ('65) of VA; and Judy McCall ('65) and Alan ('64) Nesbitt of NC Pauline Collins ('65) and Charles Shofner of VA; and Mike Hirshman ('65) of CO and Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA in the background  

  From Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA - 11/01/05 - "Reunion Pictures":

Hey Carol,

  Todd Givens ('65 - of Northern VA) sent us a picture taken at the reunion and I am sending it on to you to use as you please ( Maybe you can line the bird cage) LOL! 

Shirley Caudill Williamson

You're a hoot, Lady!

Thanks, Shirley - and Todd! 

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #96  
Harold (HHS - '63) and Shirley Caudill ('65) Williamson of VA  

     From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 11/01/05:

To Kathy Pilgrim ClarkShelley Speas, who was a Rockette, graduated from HHS in 67.  She lives in VA Beach, is married to Rob (Robbie) Green (HHS 65), and in 2003, they owned a business called Caliper, and Shelley was/is a Webmaster (like you, dear Carol). 
The class of 65 also had a Rockette.......Lynda Joyce Farmer, who was also voted Best Looking that year.  Lost track of her, and she's not in the HHS Directory.  So, HHS had some famous dancers!

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Gloria!


  From Evelyn Snead Casey ('57) of VA - 11/02/05:


I hope someone can get in touch with Shelly Speas (Green - HHS - '67 - of VA). Everyone seems to have an interest. Her father, Ted, sang at my wedding August 22, 1959. We did live in a cozy little world, didn't we?

   Yes, ma'am, we are so bound together six ways from Tuesday it borders on craziness - but it's quite wonderful, isn't it?

I worked at Suttle Motor Company with Ted Speas before coming to Richmond to attend RPI (now VCU). I am still in Richmond. Does anyone know if Ted Speas is still living?

Keep up the Typhoon News, I love it. Thanks!

Evelyn Casey Snead

   Thanks so much, Evelyn!  How about a Suttle Motor Company page?!?  I'll make it soon!



  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 11/02/05:

  Paul (Dobie) ('66 - of CO - currently deployed in Afghanistan),

First, thank you for your contribution to the cause of freedom in Afghanistan. And thank you for the pictures in the Newsletter. As to the whereabouts of Shelly Speas, Iím afraid that I donít remember her (but then, at my age, I donít remember a lot of things). What class was she in at Hampton? Iíll look her up in my senior yearbook and see if I recognize her, but I donít recall her from any of our past reunions.

Best wishes, stay safe, and return home soon,

Chandler Nelms

   Thanks, Chandler Darlin'!  We have determined that Shelly was in the Class of '67, meaning she was an eighth grader during your senior year, which may explain your "memory problems"!

   And yes, Paul, by all means, stay safe!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/01/05 - "Newport News Automobile Exchange":


I was mentally/geographically locating 3400 Huntington Avenue and realized that it would have been at the foot of the 34th Street Bridge. While I cannot look at the site due to firewalls at work, I know that one of the old CRT bus images shows that bridge and perhaps a glimpse of the car dealership along with it.

Have a look, and if it does show some of it, you can forward the link to that image to Richard.

   Thank you, David!  I was looking right at the CRT images, but as I was extremely "mental" at the time, nothing was making sense to me.  I forwarded the entire CRT link to Richard in the hope that his brain was fully functional.

   Thanks again, Brown Eyes!  Perhaps my brain will rejoin my body later today.........


 From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 11/01/05 - "Newport News Automobile Exchange":

 Hello Carol,            Tue. Nov. 1, 05


Here is some response to Richard Amadon's ((Gardner HS - MA - '71- of VA) question in the Nov. 1 newsletter.


The Newport News Automobile Exchange was located on the East side of Huntington Ave. at 34th St.  In 1946 it occupied nearly the entire 3400 block.  The company was a Chevrolet car and truck agency, but they had an unusually large service department and did major repair work on all makes.  They also had a huge used car business.  Founded in 1921 by John H. Watkins and Charles K . Hutchens.  By 1946 Mr. Watkins was deceased and Mr. Hutchen's son had joined as Business Manager.


The above is from pages 90 - 92 of  Newport News' 325 Years, published 1946 for the 50th anniversary of Newport News' chartering as a city.  It is available in the Virginiana Room at the Newport News Public Library on Main Street in Hilton.  In Sept. 2000 I saw used copies for sale at a Phoebus book store.  It is a must for anyone doing a historical study of the Peninsula.                     

Fraternal best,    Fred

  Thank you, Fred!  Keep reading!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/01/05 - "Newport News Automobile Exchange":

Hi, Carol:
... Newport News Auto Exchange was managed for many years by Mr. Hutchins. I believe it was Charlie Hutchins. He purchased the firm, or simply changed the name when they moved from downtown Newport News, where they occupied the entire block between 34th Street and 35th Street and between Huntington Avenue and Warwick Boulevard.

When they moved north in the city, I cannot remember, but it seems to me it was after the merger of Newport News and the County of Warwick.

I think they still trade as Hutchins Chevrolet today.

Joe Madagan

   Thanks, Adonis!  Keep reading!


  From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 11/01/05 - "Newport News Automobile Exchange":

Hi Carol:

My dear husband, who is a walking book of trivia  information, said it was across from N. N. H. S. on the southwest corner of Huntington Avenue.   It could have become a Dodge dealership later on.  The only other one would have been Hutchens Chevrolet. 

   Thanks, Cathy!  Keep reading!

Catherine Hudson

P.S. Are you really    Henry Hoyle's ('65 - of Northern VA) Cousin?

   Yes, ma'am - absolutely!  Well, we're not first cousins, but we are definitely related by blood, both of us having descended from Peter Heyl or Hoyle, who was born 14 May 1710 in Wiesbaden and came to that part of Lincoln Co., NC which is now Gaston Co. in about 1740 (as I recall), where he died 1 Nov 1781.  We may very well be more closely related than that.  My descent is as follows:

Lt. John Hoyle (1 June 1738, Wiesbaden - 4 Sep 1809, Gaston Co., NC) - Revolutionary War soldier
Mary Hoyle (5 Apr 1767, Cleveland Co., NC - 5 Apr 1838, Lincoln Co., NC)
Solomon Warlick (5 Dec 1791, Catawba Co., NC - 13 May 1881, Lincoln Co., NC)
Lewis Franklin ("Frank") Warlick (5 Aug 1822, Catawba Co., NC - 2 Sep 1893 - Warlick's Mill, Rutherford College, Burke, NC)
Barbara Ann Eliza ("Annie") Warlick (18 Aug 1848, Warlick's Mill, Rutherford College, Burke, NC - 16 Oct 1917 - Morganton, Burke, NC)
Hattie Warlick Payne (22 July 1880, Morganton, Burke, NC - 23 Sep 1943, Richmond, VA)
Maxine Elizabeth Frix (19 May 1908, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC - 15 Feb 1999, Richmond, VA)
Carol Randolph Buckley (30 Aug 1947, Richmond, VA)

   I've never seen Cousin Henry's pedigree charts, but assuming we were no more closely related than through Peter Hoyle (that is, that he was not descended from John as well), and assuming that the generations remained level and equal (which is extremely unlikely), we would be seventh cousins.  But hey, blood is blood.

   Now, Cathy, the moral to the story is - "Never ask a genealogist a simple question."

   They simply cannot let it be!  At least I didn't illustrate it with portraits, homes, maps, and tombstones, or say something like, "My mother's mother's mother's father's father's mother's father..."!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks again, Cathy! 


From Bob Allen ('51) of VA - 11/01/05 - "Newport News Auto Exchange--now Hutchens Chevrolet!!":

Newport News Auto of the oldest Chevrolet dealerships in the Nation.  It was owned by the C. K. Hutchens family.  C. K. was a longtime, respected and popular, elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates. 
The sales manager at NN Auto Exchange  in the 1950's was a Mr. (Mark) Stockton, who had an only daughter, Sue Stockton -- who I think attended Mary Baldwin College. came home, became an active Junior League member (approx 1958), (was close friend of Dr. Mewborn's daughter, Jonzennie Mewborn ('53)). Sue Stockton married a dentist and lives in Norton, VA (coal town in  Appalachia);  Sue had a daughter???  
The Hutchens family lived at the corner of Huntington Avenue and 56th Street.  In the late 1940's the Hutchens moved to a home north of Hilton Village.  That house which they had on Westover Road was offered for sale in 1960 for approx $32,000;  I was negotiating for the purchase and got cold feet -- backed out of the deal.  It was a vary stately home on two lots...
The Bivens family (prominent-attorney) lived next door to the Hutchens home in the North End of NN. large house with white columns(corner of 55th and Huntington Avenue. Dicky Bivens ('51) grew up there.
Back to NN Auto Exchange,  The Hutchins' sons took over the Business just as the city built a new bridge at 34st and Huntington Avenue and the city acquired the property for the right of way...The two Hutchins brothers (sons of C. K., the legislator) made the bold move of relocating the dealership,  way up in the deserted area of Jefferson Avenue, just north of Richneck Road and changed the name to Hutchens Chevrolet...I believe they had to borrow heavily and one of the brothers wanted out and soon sold out to the younger brother...The Hutchens Auto Dealership, which was so far out in the boon-docks a few years ago is now the hub of several auto dealerships on Jefferson Avenue just north of Denbigh Boulevard (and is very successful)...they are pretty much in the center of the newly migrating city of Newport News towards Williamsburg.  I have purchased many autos from that dealership from the time I purchased by first full sized, brand new Chevrolet, 2-door, 150 series,  from NN Auto Exchange in 1950 -- the auto cost $1,545.  The heater was extra and I did not purchase a heater for a year because I did not have the $29 ;  NN Auto Exchange installed one after some freezing nights parked with dates...hugging and kissing in the cold winter nights. 
NN Auto Exchange sponsored the Soapbox derby for kids, for which Mr. Stockton, the Sales manager at NN Auto Exchange, was the local chairman...It was a big event on the 28th Street bridge in downtown NN for years. 


I think most of this is accurate...there may be some small errors? 
Bob Allen,  NNHS  51

   Thanks, Bob!  Keep reading!


  From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 11/02/05 - "Newport News Auto Exchange":


The Auto Exchange was founded in 1921 by C K Hutchens and remained at 34th & Huntington Avenue until the site was bought for the I-664 Project. They moved to 12920 Jefferson Avenue and now use the name of Hutchens Chevrolet.

Bruce Sims (56)

   Thanks, Bruce! 

1929 Newport News City Directory, p, 22 1954 Anchor, p. 149   1966 Anchor, p. 202  

   And all of this has a familiar ring to me because when Tom Norris (HHS - '73) visited me last December with a mountain of old materials for me to scan, he told me this whole story and we scanned these images which I then inexplicably never used, and then I couldn't remember the story - DUH! 

   So I redesigned the brand new page, added those images plus this last one from the '66 Anchor, and it may now be accessed from Old Old Stomping Grounds two different ways:

   Thank you to all of y'all (I just love speaking Southern!) who contributed!  It is important that the records be as complete and as accurate as we can make them!


From Patti Miller of NC - 11/02/05 - "Hi from Patti":


Thank you and the reunion committee on a great job you all did! I always have the best time, as does    Mike ('65). I really enjoyed catching up with old friends as well as making new ones. I hope we can get together soon,

I know you like quotes, here's my favorite, and it is up at our gym.

"You make a living for what you get.  You make a life for what you give."

Thanks for all you give! 

Much Love, Patti

   Hi, Patticake!  It was such fun seeing y'all again!  Yes, living less than an hour apart, we simply must make another plan and follow through this time!  "This is ri-di-cu-lous!"

   By the way, I can take no credit for anything this year; I did absolutely nuffin'!  But the Reunion Committee did a fabulous job! 

   Thanks for the quotation!  I do like that one!


From Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA - 11/02/05 - "NNHS 65 website":


I thought you might find this copied email interesting.  It was sent by Jim Holloman who works at the Hampton History Museum to Kathie Strayer Green (HHS - '67) who works at Ft. Monroe.  She was wanting photos of Buckroe Beach in the 1950's-1960's.  I had told Kathie about your website but she had not visited it until she received this email from Mr. Holloman.  She then forwarded the link to many of her friends and relatives.   I am sure they will be visiting the website and passing it on to others so be prepared for many visitors! Oh, Kathie is married to Wayne Green (HHS - '60) and they live in Hampton.

Your site has a wealth of information and you do such a good job keeping everyone informed.  Thank you for all the hard work.

I will get after Tom (Norris - HHS - '73) to send you his picture.  I did have his annual at my house but he has taken it home or I would have scanned it and sent it to you.

Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS '67


Kathie - one of the best online sites is put together by a Newport News High alumnus called "Our Old Stomping Grounds".

Buckroe is listed as one of those.  It contains old postcards, Cheyne photos, and old personal photos - some from the time you requested and some much earlier.  If you visit this site I think you will be pleased.

Here it is.  

Hope this helps.  Jim.


   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks for sharing that, Janice!  I'm speechless!


   And speaking of Buckroe, this interesting exchange took place a couple of days back:

From Paul Gregor (Springfield HS, OH - '79) of OH to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/30/05 - "Wowzeroni!":
I realize this whole website is built around your class' reunion pages, but I had to write you
and tell you how neat it is to see all those old pictures of Hampton online. My family, including
aunts, uncles, and cousins used to vacation in Myrtle Beach around the time your class
graduated.  I was little then, so looking at the pictures of Buckroe Beach filled in a lot of
old half remembered images I had in my own mind.  My two older brothers remember it all
much better than I, and I've sent them a link to your pages.  The story about the shock machine
 in the penny arcade is priceless - apparently this trick was thought of by many.  My cousins
victimized each other with this one during one of our vacations.  That story is still told at our
During those visits we used to go to places like Langley Field, Mariners' Museum, and Fortress
Monroe, of course.  I remember the jetties, the jellyfish (!) and the place we used to stay called
Todd's Cottages.  By the way. As a kid I used to stub the crap out of my toes on the sidewalks
going to the beach.  If there are any sidewalks left down there that's some of my blood on them!
A couple of things I can mention that may not make any sense.  My dad used to always mention
a car dealership we'd pass on the way where a mannequin - a "guy" - named Joe - had just his
feet sticking out of a tall stack of tires, giving the impression there was someone in there head first.  Can't remember if that was in town or somewhere else, but we'd drive past it.
Also, my brothers used to torment each other, and my parents with these little plastic red devil's heads
they would get from skee ball.  I think it was the cheapest thing you could get. Remember those things?
Anyway, thanks for putting up a neat page that can be enjoyed by everyone who remembers Buckroe the
way it was.
Paul Gregor
Dayton Ohio
Springfield High School
Class of 1979
  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Paul Gregor (Springfield HS, OH - '79) of OH - 10/30/05:

Hi Paul,
Thanks for the kudos, but honesty compels me to tell you that it is the webmistress, Carol Buckley Harty, NNHS '65, who edits the pages and uploads all the content. She lives some distance from Hampton Roads, so I take most of the images and send them to her.
As the subscribers and visitors to the site have grown, so have the submissions of stories and photos.  Moreover, we have begun to hear from folks who are not NNHS Alumni, (such as yourself), which is indeed a tribute to the wide appeal of the content of the site.
Carol is the cc: addressee you see above. I bet it won't be very long before your questions (the car dealership and the red devil heads) appear in a newsletter with a request for answers. And I bet it will only be a matter of days before all is answered for you.  It always turns out that way. 
Again, your comments are much appreciated.
BTW, Todd's Cottages is still in business; I saw them last Saturday during a Magical Mystery Tour which was arranged in conjunction with the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965. I will capture a digital image the next time I am down that way.  I live in Norfolk and get to Hampton and Newport News quite often.
TYPHOON Regards,
Dave Spriggs
NNHS 1964
From Paul Gregor (Springfield HS, OH - '79) of OH - 10/30/05:

Thanks again, Dave (and Carol!) - and also for forwarding this to her. I tried to find an email for the "webmistress" but I found yours instead.  In doing your class website you've also created a real historical gem.  I don't know how it was that my family ever thought of vacationing in Buckroe, but I bet this website recaptures lots of memories for lots of midwesterners who took their first vacations to the seashore at Buckroe.   Regards to both of you.

I can still dig up one of those devil heads at my parent's I bet.  Somewhere we have one of those flag medallions from the penny arcade page too. I can scan one of those devils if I find it!
  From Me ('65) of NC to Paul Gregor of OH and Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/30/05:

Hi, Paul (and David)!

    I just walked in the door and was reading the first two notes when the third arrived.  How exciting!
    We would certainly love to hear from you and to see the little red devils!
   Tomorrow's newsletter is over-jammed with reunion images, so I may have to reserve your note (in the Newsletter, at least) until Tuesday or possibly even Wednesday, but I'm very glad to hear from you.  Thanks so much for writing.  We'll look forward to hearing from you again!
Regards, Carol

P. S  I spent the last two months of 2001 in Beavercreek.  Great place to live!

From Paul Gregor of OH - 10/30/05:
Yes, you were very close there as I live in the Greene County part of Kettering.  I have already shared links to your wonderful website with my brothers and am trying to contact my cousins as they would love to see all those pictures.  One year we vacationed in Myrtle Beach, SC - but I am almost certain those plastic devils came from Buckroe - I will find out for positive sure lest I throw you a bum steer about nostalgia that never was connected to Buckroe.  As I mentioned to Dave I was all of about 4-5 years old when I was there.  A ride on the coaster or the boats made a permanent impression on me then (fear of heights) as my favorite things were the kiddie airplanes, the train which went through "tunnels" and over "bridges" - (when you're that small the train was a real adventure).  Also, do you remember some sort of "spin art" paintings that you could get at the
One year my brothers were on the swingin' Jims and wouldn't stop when the guy used the brake.  He got really mad.  Another time they swear they saw one of the monkeys smoke a butt that was thrown into their enclosure by some guy.  As I say, a lot of this is very sketchy - I'll have to contact them for the details.
Anyway - thanks for taking the time to correspond and listen to my half remembered little kid stories.  I'll visit back often, and if I find any bona fide Buckroe souvenirs,  I'll try and get a scanned .jpg to you all.
  From Me ('65) of NC to Paul Gregor of OH and Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/30/05:
Hi again, Paul and David,
   I'll tell you one thing that I would love to find again.  I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it on the site or not (and I'm too bleary-eyed to check right now).  I used to have an awesome collection of movie star cards which I bought every time I went to the arcade.  There was some machine and you'd insert some exorbitant sum (such as a quarter) and get back a nice assortment of heavy-stock B & W celebrity 
glamour shots - about 4" x 7".  I had a shoe box full of them - Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Claudette Colbert - everybody who was anybody and then some.  I had baseball cards galore, but I truly loved my movie star cards.  It broke my heart when I lost them in a move.  I have never seen these cards at yard sales, junk stores, eBay or anywhere else, which borders on the bizarre.  Surely some survived.
   I'll have this all posted soon, and perhaps we'll start something!
   Thanks again!
From Paul Gregor of OH - 10/31/05:

Carol and Dave,

I caught up with my older brother Jim tonight and I've asked him to email you guys as I am
sure he has a lot he'd love to correspond about.   (He says the best thing was the lighted clown sign
where they were rolling the ball at the Buckroe park entrance) -- at any rate, the red devil plastic heads came from skee ball at Buckroe.  Jim used to torment my oldest brother using the devil head and the "Nya-ha-ha" laugh from the villain (Dishonest Dan?) on the Cecil and Beany show!
But he can tell you the real stories.  I've encouraged him to write you.  Also, Joe (the guy in the stack of tires) my mom thought was either at a gas station or car dealer very near Buckroe but I'll have to ask my dad on that one!

   Thanks again, Paul - and David!  We look forward to hearing more from you and Jim soon, Paul.  I'll soon post all of this on the Buckroe page.


  From Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/02/05:

Well, Good Morning, Carol!
Here's a shot from 
  Todd Givens ('65 - of Northern VA), that he passed through me (and which I approve) for general distribution on the Website.

And I've got more mischief planned for you.....

Hello, Chippy-Love!

Thanks for this and all the many other wondrous images!

and you may have noticed over the many years - I delight in mischief!

(Oh, and thanks again, Todd!)

Saturday, October 22, 2005 - #77  
Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA; Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC and Donna Worsham Lonce ('65) of VA in the background  

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Love Me Do

- John Lennon

(The Beatles)

Love, love me do.
You know I love you,
Iíll always be true,
So please, love me do.
Whoa, love me do.

Love, love me do.
You know I love you,
Iíll always be true,
So please, love me do.
Whoa, love me do.

Someone to love,
Somebody new.
Someone to love,
Someone like you.

Love, love me do.
You know I love you,
Iíll always be true,
So please, love me do.
Whoa, love me do.

Love, love me do.
You know I love you,
Iíll always be true,
So please, love me do.
Whoa, love me do.
Yeah, love me do.
Whoa, oh, love me do.

"Love Me Do" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Love Me Do" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
Thanks again, Dave!

"Love Me Do" Album Cover Image courtesy of - 102805

"Love Me Do" CD Image courtesy of - 10/28/05

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