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11/07/05 - NNHS Newsletter - You Can Be My Hero

“To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?”

– Katharine Graham (1917-2001)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Obviously, I was correct in thinking that my chances of issuing a Saturday Newsletter were slim.  Next
Saturday will be even more unlikely.  I can almost guarantee there will not be one that day.


   YES, We have a WINNER!!!

Hit # 40,000 was made sometime on the afternoon of Friday, November 4, 2005 by Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!


From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 11/04/05:

I noticed only after I sent the last e-mail -- apparently I was the 40,000th visitor of the website.  I've attached a screen image, so you be the judge.  For all I know, the counter could've been stuck on that number for months.  Let me know if I'm a winner.
Thanks again
Steve Silsby
FHS '72
Oh, yes, indeed, Sir, you are a winner!  CONGRATULATIONS!  I'll be contacting you about your prize any ol' day now......  I'll obviously need your mailing address.  
Friday, November 4, 2005  

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 10/24/05:

The attached pictures were sent to me from
  Todd Givens ('65 - of Northern VA) for my approval before I sent them to you. I cropped picture number 1 and number 2 to make them a little more pleasing for the website. I had to resize number 3 before I could do anything with it. I have no idea why I had to do it when the other 2 were large also but did not refuse to be copied to a disk in preparation for sending it to you. LOL There was nothing wrong with Todd's pictures of us. LOL I guess it was just the subjects.


Friday, October 21, 2005 Friday, October 21, 2005 Saturday, October 22, 2005    
 Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA   Jack ('61) and Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA; with Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands, George Fenigsohn ('65) of VA, and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC in the background   Jack ('61) and Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65)
of VA

   I'm sorry this has taken me so long to process, Edna.  There's something about the words, "Zip file" that causes me to scream and panic.

   "AAIIIEEEE - a ZIP file!!!"  

   No reason, just my policy.........

   (Well, that, and the fact that I never am very successful at extracting anything from Zip files......)

   But thanks, Edna!   I'm glad I finally called in my local expert (also known as my daughter, Adrienne) who opened it for me!  (Thanks, Adrienne!)  And thank you, Todd!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/04/05:

Hi Carol,

I loved the photo of    your mother and your memories of Halloween costumes.  It reminded me that every year I made my son an elaborate costume of his choice, sewing, finding props, masks, etc.  When my daughter was about 6, she said to me, "do you think I could have one of those costumes in the box like they have at K-Mart?"  Well just throw me in the Briar more sewing for two weeks before Halloween?  Whatever will I do with myself...bless her little heart, she wanted to be Sylvester because we had a cat named Sylvester...and so she was! 

Of course she made up for it when she asked for a Cabbage Patch birthday cake in August!  I had never tried a Wilton cake before (the entire cake is frosted with tiny little stars of color...) but my friend assured me that with the pan, the decorator gun and the photo, I would do just fine.  I think it took about three hours and the sweat was rolling down my back between my shoulder blades the whole time...I remember thinking that we should NEVER EAT THAT CAKE...IT SHOULD GO INTO A MUSEUM!  Oh well, I did take photographs of the cake before we ate it!

By the way,    Henry Hoyle ('65 - of Northern VA) reminded me at the reunion that we went TO THE CIGARETTE FACTORY IN RICHMOND...on field trip from Woodrow Wilson and they gave us candy cigarettes as a souvenir!!!

   Jean, I think I hurt myself laughing at your note.  Did we live weirdly parallel lives, or what?!?  I always prepared for Halloween weeks in advance.  I sewed costumes elaborate enough to be in professional productions.   Each year I'd try to outdo myself, so we always had an enormous stash of saved costumes.

1974 - Cape Girardeau, MO 1978 - Ste. Genevieve, MO 1979 - Hillsboro, MO 1979 - Hillsboro, MO
Superman Randolph - age 4-1/2 Months Lewis - age 8; Joshua - age 19 months; British soldier Randolph - age 4; and Brent - age 6-1/2; are greeted by one of the priests from Ste. Genevieve Parish Baby Werewolf Nathaniel - age eight weeks Witchie-Poo Carol - age 32; Baby Werewolf Nathaniel - age eight weeks; and Pirate Joshua - age 2-1/2
1980 - Hillsboro, MO 1984 - Richmond, VA 1986 - Litchfield, IL 1994 - Taylor Springs, IL
Musketeer Lewis - age 10;
Hans Solo Brent - age
8-1/2; Captain Marvel Randolph - age 6; Batman Joshua - age 3-1/2
Mickey Mouse Nathaniel - age 5 Three French Gentlemen of 1735: Nathaniel - age 7; Joshua - age 9; and
Dale - age 2-1/2
Pirate Dale - age 10-1/2; and Cowgirl Adrienne - age 7
   But when I got to your story about the Wilton cake, I really lost it.

   Sometime between 1980 and 1984, I took a mini-class in cake decorating, using those Wilton cake pans.  I'm not sure I have all the facts straight in this story, because I tried so hard to forget.  I think it was for Brent's ninth birthday in April of 1981, I decided to make him a gorgeous R-2-D-2 birthday cake, covered with those pretty little stars. 

   As you know, the secret is in having the icing thick enough to hold its shape.  I wasn't really worried, because I had just taken that class.  But alas, I did not have the icing thick enough, and all the icing began to run together.  I fell completely apart, as though my entire worth as a Wife, Mother, and Human Being had just been destroyed in one liquid sweep.  I ended up having to spread the frosting and paint R-2's likeness on him, and I fell sobbing in a heap under the kitchen table.

   No one seemed to understand the problem.  They all thought the cake was beautiful, and I alone was devastated.

   To compound it, when Back to School night arrived five months later, Brent had to prepare a little booklet about all the members of his family.  When he got to Mom, he said (and beautifully illustrated!) something like, "My mom is so funny.  My favorite memory of her is the time she made me a beautiful birthday cake, but she thought it was ugly and wouldn't stop crying."

   I think this was about the time I became an anti-cook, and decided to devote my time to sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching and scrapbooking - things that would last for generations.  Cooking takes the same amount of time, but quickly disappears, and leaves me fat in its wake.  Where's the justice?!?

   Thanks for the memories, Jean!

    From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 11/04/05 -
"year of the wax lips":

Stop the train            
Hold eva’thing!  

Just calm down, don’t panic – “Here I’ve come to save the day!”



The year was either 1955 or 56 and it was River Drive Apartments – we faced 73rd Street.  Moi?  Dressed as a witch? Somehow I don’t “member dat.”   

   Oh, yes, let me "'member you"!  I'm gonna go with '55 here, and the reason will be obvious.  You were wearing a "store bought" witch costume, complete with mask.  We were cruising around the apartments alone together while our parents all stayed back at yours.  We had strict orders not to go inside, no matter what anyone said. We reached one apartment where a young couple was sitting all curled up lovey-dovey on a sofa watching tellybision.  The husband answered the door, and the wife kept trying to coax us inside so she could have a better look at our costumes.  She had her legs all pulled up on the couch, and we obviously arrived at the door at a fun moment.  Well, we knew we couldn't come in, and she didn't want to get up, so she said, "Let's have a look at those lips."

   I, of course, knew she wanted to see my lovely red wax lips, but I was shy, so I pushed you closer.  Your witch mask didn't even have any lips!  It was just a slit in the stiffened fabric.  So the gal said, "No, the other one!" and I knew I was had, so I stepped back into the doorway quickly, she dissolved in peals of laughter, her husband joined her, and we scampered away.

   So obviously, it was 1955, and I was eight and you were nine, because yo' mama was pressed for time from the recent move, and bought you a costume, rather than making one of her magnificent creations, as she did the next year!  TA-DAH!!  Another mystery solved!

I do remember you in the gypsy costume & lips though – I only remember dressing as Martha Washington – because I remember my mother making the wig out of quilt batting – we lived there about 18 months – but perhaps we were there 2 Halloween seasons – then we moved to Belle View Apartments in Alexandria (you know in that great state of Northern Virginia) he he – we were there about 18 months as well – then moved to Williamsburg – as I began the 7th grade at what was then James Blair High School  in 1958 -  which reminds me – do you remember our house on Wickre Avenue (technically in James City County)  when we would play hiding upstairs and you marveled at the way I could ingeniously drape myself in a scarf, blanket, etc. then stand in full view and you could never find me!  GIGGLES! “Member Dat?”

   Well, of course, I 'member dat!  It was so humiliating, how could I forget?  You had a simply marvelous attic, and we would play hide and seek endlessly, until all the great hiding places were gone.  Then I would give it my best shot, but you would always find me instantly, whereas you would stand right out in plain sight draped in practically nothing, and I couldn't see you at all - just like in a cartoon or something!  Not that I was a dweeb or anything...

Do want to thank you and the other Reunion committee members for allowing us to “crash” your reunion – we had a wonderful time - was great seeing you and Eleanor and meeting some of your friends.  Just sorry we missed  Cheryl Mays Howard ('66 - of VA), and    Fred ('60) &   Patti (Andrews - '61) Mays (of VA).

Also,    Carol &   Eleanor, thank you so much for visiting Beryl & Walter!!  They enjoyed the visit.


Oh, Cheryl, we had the most delightful visit with your mama and daddy!
We were so happy that Don
(Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA)
had drawn us that map so that we were able to stop and see them!

Walter walked us back downstairs afterward, and we told him about the
ten-minute giggle fest which had beset us just before we went inside,
but the two gentlemen who had incredulously witnessed the whole thing
were blessedly gone by that time.

Sunday, October 23, 2005, 4:32 PM
Beryl Buckley White and Walter James White

OK, now, is your brain back on track?

   Lady, my brain hasn't been on track in so many years, it's pathetic!  But we did solve one more of Life's Mysteries!   

Take care,



   Thanks, Cheryl!

From Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 11/04/05:

Hi Carol,
From all reports, y'all had a memorable reunion.  I really enjoyed the accounts of the "Old Stomping Ground Tour".  I can imagine how much you guys appreciated getting the tour of your beloved school.  Talk about reliving memories!  I especially enjoyed the many photos you posted.  I was born and raised in Newport News, but I have never set foot in that building.  So I guess I was CREATING some memories there.  See, you never know how your work touches others.  As Bob Hope would have sung, "Thanks for the (new) memories"!

   I'm glad you enjoyed it, Steve.  I know we did!

I came across the attached photo recently.  It's an aerial shot of the shipyard taken in 1944.  It shows a lot of Downtown and North End in the background.  NNHS jumps right out at you, doesn't it?  Also visible are the 34th and 39th Street bridges.  How many remember this one... way to the left is the 58th St. Bridge.  It came down when C&O laid more tracks in the right-of-way closer to Jefferson Avenue.  I also recall that there was a fire station on 58th Street just off of Warwick Boulevard.  I believe there was a small office on the corner, and the firehouse was just behind it, close to the tracks.  All this, of course, would have been in the shadow of the water tower.  Can anyone confirm this clouded memory?
Riverside Hospital (my birthplace) is easily discernable, as is the Apprentice School and their football field/track.  The FHS band provided the halftime entertainment for an Apprentice School game around 1970.  My major memory of that night is the seagull poop that went SPLAT right on the leg of my band uniform while we were seated in the stands!  Sigh, the things our minds choose to remember...
Anyway, I'm interested in reading about any other interesting landmarks others my pick out -- and any attached memories.  I'll end with a question.  I can't remember this and it's driving me nuts! What is the name of the nice (at the time) apartment complex that was built upon the wooded tract abutting Jefferson in the upper left of the photo?
Finest Mariner regards,
Steve Silsby
FHS '72
PS:  I haven't found my HS annuals yet, so I don't have a school logo to send you.  Can any former FHS'ers out there help me out?
WOWZERS, Steve!  Thanks!
This is actually a larger copy of the same image which    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA gave us on 10/29/03.  It's been posted since that time:

17 Oct 1944

   And had you known that, I'd really have to worry about you, Steve!  I have no idea just how long it would
take to view everything on the site, but I'm sure it would exceed twelve hours.

   I'll leave it to our National Smart People to answer your questions, though.  My own attempts would be
ludicrous, I'm sure!

   Thanks again!

  From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 11/04/05:

Good Morning, Buckwheat.......

I have some news on the auto dealership that was DIRECTLY across the street of least during the 60' was GENERAL AUTO SALES.....a Chrysler-Plymouth dealer....owner was Tommy Thompson......I KNOW this because I worked there after school and on Saturday mornings during my senior year.........and even maybe my junior year......because I remember someone  coming  over after school one day to tell me that our rings were in.....did we get our rings in our junior year or senior year????

   The rings came our senior year.

Anyway......if you stood in the front yard of NNHS and looked across the street, General Auto Sales was on the left corner....and a small parking lot was on the right corner......I used to move my car from the huge parking lot where the band practiced when we couldn't use the football field, to the lot on the corner after school so I wouldn't have so far to walk after work.
Do you mean..... THIS General Auto Sales?!?

John W. Daniel School is clearly visible in the background.

Okay, here's the deal. 
We'll have a brand new section next week called "Our Old Car Dealerships" - not to be confused with "Our Old Cars".

I would try to design and post this section for y'all today,
but I 'm afraid I have waaaay too much going on this weekend.

   Besides, this gives me time to think.

1961 Anchor, p.159
If you can recognize these two Anchor staffers, ostensibly selling advertising space to the likewise unidentified car salesman, then "you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din."  I take that back.  Sandra Lankford Johnson ('61) headed the Advertising Section that year, so I'll guess she's the gal in the blue blouse.

  From Terry Seay ('67) of VA - 11/05/05:

Interesting to read about Suttle Motors on 34th dad worked there for almost 20 years....he could add down a list of charges in no time.....I also remember many a time walking from NNHS over the bridge down to his work and grabbing the car....staying out late...parking near the old Night & Day Market...and offering to buy a local patron a quart of Colt 45 Malt Lager if he would buy me (and Bill Rash - '67 - of VA) one...... sometimes they would just take the money... it was worth the risk.. There must be others out there that visited the Night & Day Market trying to make a purchase?

   OH, you naughty babies!  "Well, it 'warn't me, Lum!"  GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Terry!


  From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 11/05/05:

5 Women Waiting For The Perfect Man ~  
Well, at least they can get into that size "5" now!!!         
   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Rip!  I wonder what the chances are that they were perfect women?!?  

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 11/05/05:

There was a "Dad and Junior" Suttle in Suffolk .... the trademark ad shtick was for Dad to climb up on a billboard to push his product, with Junior protesting in his hick voice "But Dad, I'm not gonna let you climb up on any sign" or something like that. I believe this was from the mid 70s.

And Carol ... you can use any picture of me you wish (well ... not the "driver's license" pics that you posted the link of several issues ago).

  Thanks, Babe!  Maybe I'll alternate the junior and senior portraits, then! 

Kathy (Pilgrim Clark - '63 - of VA) ... glad you enjoyed the class picture with your mom. She was one of those special teachers that made school fun!

Take care ...

Krabba Babe

   Thanks again, Tommee!


  From Jim Morrow ('65) of NE - 11/05/05 - "Reunion Pictures":

Good Morning Carol,

  Todd Givens ('65 - of Northern VA) was really nice to send these pictures taken at the reunion of myself and a few of our fellow classmates. I hope you enjoy them. It was really nice seeing you and the rest of our friends there. It was a great time and I look forward to the next special event. Take care.

Jim of Nebraska

Friday, October 21, 2005 - #12 Friday, October 21, 2005 - #24 Friday, October 21, 2005 - #56    
Jim Morrow ('65) of NE and Linwood Wright ('65) of VA Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA; Linwood Wright ('65) of VA; and Jim Morrow ('65) of NE Connie McGhee Soles ('63) of VA; Jim Morrow ('65) of NE; and Pete Tench ('65) of VA    
   Thanks, Jim - and Todd!  That was incredibly nice of Todd, wasn't it?

   One of these first days I'm actually going to make the Reunion Pictures pages so these images can be found all in one place.......


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/05/05 - "OOSG|FERRY TO NORFOLK":

Here is a little something I bought on E-Bay.
1942 Ferry Schedule      

   WOWZERONI!, David!  What a treasure you found there!  Thanks for sharing it with us!  I posted it on the ferry page:


  From Glenda Stewart Faires ('68) of GA - 11/06/05 - "Hello Carol":

I just wanted to say "Hi" and let you know again how much my sister,    Sarah (Stewart Vance - '69 - of VA), and I enjoy your website.
I hate that we were not able to attend the reunion, but we both really enjoyed all of the information and the pictures!

   I was so sorry that y'all didn't make it too, Glenda!  I was really looking forward to seeing you both again.  Let's just all plan ahead for next year! 

Thank you again for all of the hard work that you put into the daily newsletters and I want you to know that you can't possibly know how much we enjoy them! 

   Thank you; I wish I could explain to ya'll how deeply honored I feel in being able to do this.  It brings tears to my eyes whenever I try.

You are a really special person and I can't wait to meet you in person.  I remember you from high school, but I was only a freshman and I know you do not remember me - so until then . . . .

   Oh, Glenda, you must be kidding!  I remember you and your sister quite well!  You were two of the cutest little doll babies in the whole school.  How could anyone forget you?  I remember (probably more than once!) walking with a group of girls down the hall, passing y'all, saying "Hi", and then one of us remarking, "I wonder how it would be to be that cute?!?"

 Take care and I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Please tell   Dave and    Pam (Smith Arnold - both '65 - of VA) how much we all enjoyed their pictures too!
November 14th will be my birthday - just what I always wanted to be - 56!!!!  Ha!!

I especially liked  the pictures of Jerry ('65) and    Judy (Phillips '66 - Allen - of VA) - Brenda's sister.  I know she would have enjoyed the reunion so much.
Again, take care,

   Thanks, Glenda!  It's always fun to hear from you!


  From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 11/05/05 - Tame Halloween Crime Scene:

Here is a photo of Buxton Hospital in 1919. 

At the corner the "pumpkin globe" sits prominently on the brick column, exactly as I remember.  You can imagine what it looked like with an orange light bulb inside.
The photo clearly shows the corner of Buxton and Chesapeake Avenues.  In recent times the first block of Buxton was rerouted to make more room for the hospital.  I believe the current intersection is now about 60 yards to the east.
Just cut off in the foreground were the double tracks of the Boulevard Streetcar Line (one of my stories currently being updated).  The tracks were on the beach side of Chesapeake Avenue  Between the tracks and the sand was a grassy plateau that made a great playground.  I can remember at about age 4 seeing boys playing field hockey upon it right in front of the hospital.  The 1933 hurricane tore away the sandy beach and all the plateau up to midway between the two streetcar tracks.  Later the stone seawall was built and the space to Chesapeake Ave. was filled in and planted to make the current grassy strip.  To help restore the beach a series of stone jetties were placed perpendicular to the seawall.

   Shall I admit this to the world?!?  I always believed those jetties were a wonderful natural phenomenon - sort of like the Scandinavian fjords.  Oh, well, I thought my mama posed for the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda logo, too. 

Most of the 1933 hurricane damage was between Walnut Avenue and where the beach curves outward just east of Locust Avenue  One theory is that those adjacent areas had abundant marsh grass and reeds which held off the storm's erosion. 
Newport News constructed its stone seawall from Walnut Avenue to the middle of Pear Avenue (city limit and also my street).  There the end of the N.N. construction bent inward to connect with the surviving embankment on the Elizabeth City Co. side.  E.C. Co. then began a timbered seawall set further back, close to the erosion limit.  At the time this was started the south streetcar track was hanging beyond the embankment.  The work crew began covering the timbered frame with leftover stones from the Newport News project, but ran out after only 30 feet was accomplished.  From then on the timbered frame was left uncovered.  The E.C. Co. shore was then covered in brick and concrete rubble, said to have been residue from the old Chamberlain Hotel.
In 2003 Hurricane Isabel decided to make a few further modifications.
Fraternal best wishes,        Fred

   Thanks so much, Fred!  I love the education I receive from reading your notes!


   Due to time and space restraints, about half of the letters originally scheduled for today's Newsletter have
been postponed until the next Newsletter.

   "I'll be back...."

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

                          Love to all, Carol





You Can Be My Hero

(Enrique Iglesias)

Would you dance if I asked you to dance?
Would you run and never look back?
Would you cry if you saw me cryin'?
And would you save my soul tonight?

Would you tremble if I touched your lips?
Would you laugh?
Oh please tell me this
Now would you die for the one you loved?
Hold me in your arms tonight

I can be your hero, baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away

Would you swear that you'll always be mine?
Or would you lie?
Would you run and hide?
Am I in too deep?
Have I lost my mind?
I don't care, you're here tonight

I can be your hero, baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away

Oh, I just want to hold you
I just want to hold you, oh yeah
Am I in too deep?
Have I lost my mind?
Well, I don't care, you're here tonight

I can be your hero, baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away

I can be your hero, baby
I can kiss away the pain
And I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away
You can take my breath away

I can be your hero

"I Can Be Your Hero" wav file courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/25/03
and brought back to my mind by my Haunted Radio on 10/25/05
Thanks so much, David!

"I Can Be Your Hero" lyrics courtesy of - 11/04/05

Katharine Graham Quotation courtesy of MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES of the DAY from
Friday, November 4, 2005

"Sunset Embrace" Image courtesy of -
Bruce Witherspoon Photography, 19234 S. Central Point Road, Oregon City, Oregon 97045 - 11/04/05

Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/04/05

Amtrak Train Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Mighty Mouse clip art courtesy of - 11/05/05

Amos, Andy and Kingfish Image courtesy of - 11/05/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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