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/11/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Veterans' Day


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   My email seems to think it's April Fool's Day, and has played a variety of tricks - none of which were very
funny - on me in the last several days.  They will become apparent in today's Newsletter.  YOWZERS!!!

   For instance, is it possible that many of you never received any announcement of this Newsletter?!?

   The Newsletters now often do not make sense if read out of order.  They have become serialized.....

   My apologies to all who may have been inconvenienced.

   More Homework:

   Make sure you understand the material.  There will be a test.  In fact, every day is a test.

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

   Thanks, Janice.  Those things are certainly worth remembering.


1. Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 11/10/05:

I'd like to join.

   And you just did!  Thanks, Roberta - and welcome!

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/05 - "Marine Corps Birthday":

USMC Birthday is 10 November (1775 - 2005:  230 Years Old).

Are you plannin' sumpin' special??

I am sure that    Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) and 
  Chandler  (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), et. al.,  would be honored to have that day recognized publicly.

Check out this site:   WAAAAYYYYY


   David, I have NO idea why my email chose to hide your letter for 17-1/2 hours before presenting it to me, but I didn't find it until noon yesterday - about 90 minutes AFTER I posted the Newsletter!  ARGHHHH!!!

   I hope yesterday's Newsletter was as special as I had intended it to be, but that site you found just increased its value three-fold.  I amended yesterday's Newsletter as soon as I found this, but I'm adding it to this one as well just be be safe.  Thank you so much!


  From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 11/10/05 - "Briarfield ES":


As you can see, I first emailed this to you 4 Nov 05. I may have used a bad email address, so this time I'm sending it to your other 2 email addresses as well.

   NOPE!!!  This was the funniest trick yet!  I now have all the goodies you sent twice!  It is highly exciting, and I am looking forward to processing it all on Monday.  My weekend has been crammed to the gills by people who don't seem to appreciate my dream of becoming a hermit.  Images take me longer to process than anything else, so regrettably, after they (and you!) have already waited so long, there will be an even longer delay.  I am so sorry, Fred!

I have also omitted the JPEG files this time to see if they may have been the problem. There are 10 images totaling 1.6 MG. Let me know the best way to get the images to you. If needed, I can upload them to a web site, and then you could download them. Or I could FTP them to your web site.

   No problem.  They're all here now, just awaiting my attention.

Fred Eubank

  From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 11/04/05 - "Briarfield ES":


I would like to submit the attached JPEG images (one small and one large of each) to be added to the Briarfield Elementary School page. All the images (except the one with me standing in front of the school) are from the "School Memories" miniature photo albums (produced by Delmar Studios)
that students received every year. Two years are covered, 1955-56 and 1956-57. I was in the fourth and fifth grades respectively. One shows my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Edwards. The "My Favorite Classmates" page shows Mike Barnes ('64) and Clarence (Clyde) Point ('64). On the page with 6 photos, I know who they are except the top row, left and middle. If you can't recognize them, I
will send you the names. The three females should be fairly easy to ID, and one was very well known. I don't know if you'll want to, or even be able to, post the names on the web site due to privacy concerns. But I'm sure none of these individuals look anything like their images of 50 years ago. I
have a few more of these, so let me know if you want them. Thanks.

Frederick Craig Eubank
NNHS Class of 64
San Antonio, TX

   Thanks so much, Fred!  These are cool beyond words!  Next week we'll all have a special treat!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 11/10/05 - "another random thought":

Phillip again fought the urge to lift his leg as he walked by the fire hydrant that kept beckoning him to "come closer, sniff around".

Geez, he thought, was I a dog in a former life? This is crazy!

Long ago, he had entertained the thought of reincarnation, but had discarded that notion as "silly". That was when he was Robin Hood, in what?  The 17th century?

   David, you are totally delightful!  Thanks for the laugh.  You are the funniest person I've ever known.  Also the most incredibly beautiful man I've ever seen.  And as you know,    my father was the   Regimental Surgeon for the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division, and as such participated in the First Hour of D-Day on Omaha Beach, and I absolutely adored him, and our ranks here are filled with those who have rendered good and honorable service to their country, but when I think of Veteran, I think of you. 

 Thank you, Gorgeous - for everything!


David Whitley  
"...waiting to be picked up on our last mission in Viet Nam"  

  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/10/05:

Hey Carol.
My email has been down for a week or more.  I moved and didn't understand about resetting email addresses and all that stuff.  So anyway, if the newsletter "kicked back to you" and your system knocked my address out of the group, please reset it.
I really enjoyed the pics from your reunion.  And I never met    Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) , but his dad was a great family doctor who meant a great deal to my mother, my brother and myself.  After    Dick (Krause - '57) and I married we would drive from Newport News to his office.  The drive didn't matter because Dr. Nelms and his staff were so special.
Anyway, happy day.
Joan Krause

   Thanks, Joan!  As often as I was in Dr. Nelms' office, I'm surprised that I never saw y'all there!

   Our family all thought very highly of Dr. Nelms - especially my father, who served with him in WWII, and was not given to passing out praise lightly.  We thought nothing of driving over to see him.  There was never any question of seeing another physician.


  From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - currently in Afghanistan - 11/10/05 - " The Final Inspection !!!":


I received this from a colleague here in Afghanistan and thought I would share…. more later…




The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell." 

 ~Author Unknown~ 

It's the Soldier, not the reporter
who has given us the freedom of the press. 

It's the Soldier, not the poet,
who has given us the freedom of speech. 

It's the Soldier, not the politicians
that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag. 

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military,
please pass this on and pray for our men and women
who have served and are currently serving our country
and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Thank you so much, Paul - and have a great Veterans' Day there!  

  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA to    Fred Field ('45) of CA - 11/10/05:

Fred W....this is Fred W....Mays, from Newport News, VA.
It was interesting reading this material....I knew nothing about a "pumpkin globe" at the
corner of Buxton and Chesapeake Avenues.  That was interesting.

Fred, I certainly hope you will come to Virginia soon as I would really like to meet you and
show you my collection.  I have done N.N.H.S. Class reunion memorabilia displays for the
last couple of years....Last year, I did the class of 1964 and this year I did my class, 1960
and then the class of 1965.  My reunion was 45 years and the others were 40 years....I
enjoyed so much being invited to these reunions as I know SOOO many people in each
class...I remember everyone and enjoy renewing acquaintances....some I would probably
never, ever see again had I not had the opportunity to attend the reunion.  
  Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) gave me a most interesting literary magazine for N.N.H.S.
1905....yes, 100 and 1/2 years old....I was so fascinated at the way people thought back poem, somewhat paraphrased said, "A fly and a flea in a flue...imprisoned, now what could they do?
  The fly said, 'let us flee', the flea said, 'let us fly!' they flew through a flaw in the flue." I don't know why I think this is such a hoot?.....I shared this with some of my coworkers and one real brainy guy mentioned the NEXT DAY...."You know Fred, I have really been thinking about that poem....a flea cannot fly....they hop; hence, to get out of the flue, I figured that he must have hopped on the back of the fly and then, they flew through the flaw in the flue!"   Can you imagine anyone (even I) dissecting that poem to that degree?
I think I mentioned that I am retiring the end of this can email me at this
address through November.....I plan on getting a new computer; however, it may not be until January....I will give you my email address at that time..... PLEASE stay in touch. 
You are certainly a SPECIAL person to know as are my friends, Dave Spriggs and
Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC).I am so blessed to have met Dave and Carol....believe me. 
Oh, one more thing.....someone just this week gave me a small scrapbook from the January 
(?) 1930 N.N.H.S. Graduating class.  The yearbook says February....back then they had Feb. and June graduating classes, I know.  This class graduated on Jan. 30 or 31st.  Anyway, it has newspaper articles, pictures around the flagpole of students...and of course, there are always those I know in EVERY class....Mabe Lamb is one of those.....a friend of our family...I knew ALL of his family....His son is    Jimmy Lamb ('63).  Mabe Lamb died within the last year....he retired from the Shipyard at the same time as my father......the scrapbook was approx. 9 by 6 and was like a little booklet; hence, it did not seem old and moldy....the cover was like soft cardboard.  It is loaded with so much....autographs.....names of all teachers this student had, many of whom I had in the years I was there....It is a prize to me.  The person who found this said it was out to the street being thrown away and they went through the trash to find it??  Gosh, I am so blessed!  One of the students was Jack Clifton, I think that was his name....he went on to be a professional writer, I heard....I actually have HIS very own yearbook for 1930....with his name written by him in the front.

Well, I must close for now....take care and stay in touch.
Fred Mays of Newport News, VA (Class of 1960)

   Thanks for sharing this with us, Fred!  We consider ourselves blessed to know you!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/10/05 - "We all wanted to look like someone else!!!":

Dear Carol,

I laughed when you said you wanted to look like    Brigitte Bardot or     or Marilyn Monroe  or     Brownie (Shaffer)!!!  Last year at our '64 reunion I was in the breakfast line with    Diane Pritchett ('64) (one of the most gorgeous girls in our class...) and I said to her "Diane, I used to wish I would go to sleep at night and wake up looking like you!" 

And she wrote me a card and said "Jean, I wanted to go to sleep at night and wake up looking like   Annette Rouse ('64). "

And I was talking with    Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) at the '65 reunion and Fred never realized that he was knock dead gorgeous...

   Yeah, how is that even possible?!?  Did he encounter no mirrors???

So you see...we were all suffering in our teenaged skin...isn't it grand that now that we are pushing 60 with our double chins and white hair (or colored hair with help from Clairol...) and our extra pounds...we seem happy to be who we are!

   But, but ..... Jean, I still want to look like somebody else - probably more so now than before!  Maybe that contentment and self-assurance is one of those grown-up qualities I never developed because I chose never to grow up.....      Sigh.


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/10/05 - "The "OLD" Gym and...":


Where's the photo to which I was referencing? I thought Janice took it. It was titled something like" Old gym looking at Mr. Conn's window". Where it be? I cain't find it nowhere!!


  Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) was first to send out photos of the reunion and the photo to which I referred was among them! I think? Anyway, it's not on the site!! However, of the shots (how's that for a word to use regarding a basketball gym?) that    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) took, numbers 17    and 18    show the same thing.
I don't mean to beat any horse, dead or alive, but "IT" ain't thar!!

   Okay, Wayne Honey, this does not bode well.  I thought I had already grouped all the available images of that tour on this page:

   You're saying that I missed an entire grouping.  This means that I shall have to think.  And search.  And redo the page.  ARGGHHH!  To compound the issue, I know for a pure fact that I will not have time to do this before Monday at the very earliest.  If you need answers before then, I can only refer you to some heavy reading:

   Surely the answer is to be found on one of these:

P. S.  Also, I just noticed something else (in addition to no first floor seating on the home side, a wall instead, and the backboards being metal when we were using that gym, not fiberglass) the wall padding behind the basket in our time was BLUE!! NOT red, how dare they?

   Yeah, one would think the Navy would paint everything blue and gold.  Perhaps it's because the shipyard actually owns the building, who knows?  That was tacky, but actually I was more horrified by the railings being painted florescent magenta in place of their original honest steel grey.    What is that all about?!?

First to    Kathy (Pilgrim Clark - '63 - of VA), You're Welcome! Additionally, as I have written you previously the "wall protection mats" behind the basket at that end were BLUE, NOT red, like that "other" school. Played there, too! They were very kind and spoke my name on every occasion they could! I knew a good number of those truly good people. They are good people.
Back to the gym, the door on the other side of the wall from the one under Coach Conn's window is where we sat, on the side of the floor, for home games<to our fans' left> while our visiting teams sat at the end of the floor in an area that I think was once used as a stage(?); to our fans right. Was that area once a stage? I know it was "recessed" a bit away from the playing floor. That would be the 30th street end and where you had to buy your tickets, sometimes they let us players in for free! OK, bad joke.
The photo of Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and    Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) standing by Coach Conn's window    shows a spot where I experienced one of the "biggest" scares of my young life! It ended up being positive and self-serving, so there is no need to share it. The photo brought back the memory. It just can't have been 40 years since we departed!!
Take Care!

   That hardly seems possible, does it?!?  I hope we're able to solve the Mystery of the Magical Mystery Tour Image soon, Wayne Honey!  Take care!


  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 11/10/05:

Hey Carol ....

I'll send you lots of car dealer info (and pics) tomorrow. Cool page!

   Thanks!  Glad you like it!

Really liked the 55 Chevy icon! Did you do it just for li'l ol' me??? Red and white ... a Chevy ... and Beach Boys singing "409"! Don't get any better!
GIGGLES!!!  Actually, at the suggestion of our musical genius,    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA), I just switched the Beach Boys' "409" for the Beatles' "Drive My Car".  But you can still hear "409" - and see the little red and white Chevy, too - here:

Janice Pratt McGrew - Hampton HS - '67 - of VA) got me a neat "early" birthday present last Sunday ... a mint copy of "Set Me Free" by the Nite Liters! Steve Keith (HHS-'67) was a
member for the band and a friend of Janice's from back in school. The song was co-written by Donnie Falk and Harrell Baker, both from the HHS class of '67. Donnie is supposed to come home at Christmas ... we're gonna try to stop by and get the record autographed and swap stories. Donnie's sister Karen was in my class and I remember taping an album he recorded
as Robey, Falk, and Bod in 73 or so. This song will be played at my 35th reunion (I'm in charge of music ... LOL).

Long live Peninsula garage bands!!!

Take care ...

Tom the Krabba babe

   COOL BEANS!!!  Thanks again, Tommee!


From Tim Parsons (' 73) of VA - 11/10/05 - "Peninsula Auto Dealers":

Hi Carol,

The Peninsula has an incredible automotive history. Many revolutionary ideas along with great visionaries helped shape not only the local scene but nationally as well. Here is a brief history of the local automotive dealers.

Abbitt Chevrolet became Casey Chevrolet in the late 50's when Washington DC businessman Arthur M. Casey purchased the dealership on Warwick Blvd. Many dealers got their start there. Ken Hall founder of Hall Automotive, the late Tom Riddle founder of Riddle Honda and Acura, the late Toby Hallet of Midway GM in Pocomoke City, the late Mike Sofikitis ('61), and Dale Parsons of Dale Parsons Chevrolet and many others cut their automotive teeth there.

The old Shackleford Dodge downtown became Peninsula Dodge in the mid 70's after being purchased by the late Bill Wiley who also owned Tidewater Dodge in Norfolk. It is now Oyster Point Dodge.

Nick Allen Buick was in the old Guaranteed Foods building across from NNHS. It moved down to Warwick Blvd into what was then considered on of the most modern facilities in the country. The building had a large body shop in the basement. It became Harbor Buick in the 80's after being purchased by the Casey Group and the franchise is now known as Casey Buick on Jefferson Ave and Morris Blvd.

Center Ford, beside NNHS was owned by Johnny Rollins " The working man's friend." Before that it was known as Hudgins Ford and is now owned by Hall Automotive.

John Abbitt operated the Packard dealership on Huntington Ave and also the Lincoln Mercury dealership at 42nd & Huntington. He later opened the first Abbitt Chevrolet location at Randolph Road & Warwick Blvd before moving to 11061 Warwick Blvd.

The original Tucker franchise was on 34th and Huntington and M. P. Breon was the unfortunate dealer.

Peninsula Chevrolet Cadillac was owned by Jim Maume and was at 202 West Queen Street. It became Beveridge Chevrolet in 1955 and was bought by Bill Lewis around 1960 and now is known as Hampton Chevrolet. The Cadillac franchise was picked up by Harvey White and was known as Harvey White Oldsmobile Cadillac. When he closed doors the franchise was not renewed in Hampton because of the strength of Suttle Oldsmobile Cadillac in Newport News.

Bowditch Ford was originally at Harpersville Road and Jefferson Ave and trading as Bill Bailey Ford. Bowditch moved to the present location on Warwick  Blvd in the 60's.

Spratley Rodgers Ford on Armistead Avenue was purchased by George Thompson in the early 60's and moved to Mercury Blvd and now operates as Freedom Ford.

Merrimac Motors on Kecoughtan road was founded by Neil Carwile and is now operated by Pomoco who was founded by Dois Rosser in Poquoson. Poquoson Motors later moved to Mercury Blvd and operates dealerships all over the region.

Bing Burford operated Burford Buck on North King Street.

These are just to name a few and many lives have been shaped by the automotive industry in our country. It's great to see the interest shown in the history of Peninsula dealers. Enjoy the day.

Tim Parsons ' 73

   WOWZERONI!!!  Tim, the range of your knowledge never ceases to amaze me!  Thank you so much!  I'm flying today, and have time only to add your letter to that page without actually adjusting any of the posted information, but I shall amend it very soon.

   By the way, I have no image of you for the Newsletter.  I don't even have any pictures of you for Famous MarinesIn fact, you're not even listed there.  "'Dat ain't right!"

   Thanks again!


From Dave Huller, son of    Mr. John Huller of FL - 11/10/05 - "Group E-mail Response":

Dear Carol,

Thank you so much for getting my father’s e-mail address out to the NNHS alumni.  He has received some 40 messages and has asked me to send the following message to you.  Please publish it as a group response as he just began using e-mail on his 79th birthday and is not a fast typist.

His message follows:

  From Mr. John Huller of FL - 11/10/05:       

Greetings to all my former students.  I think of all of you often. NNHS was the best school in the nation at that time and had the best student body!  It was most enjoyable for me and I loved every minute of it.  I turned 80 in September 2005 and I am now considered an old geezer.  I retired from Walt Disney World after 25 years of service.  When I retired, I was General Manager of Special Events in all four parks.  Some of the functions that came under my Department were Christmas, Easter, Candle Light Ceremony, Grad Night, and opening of all the parks including international openings (Tokyo, Euro-Disney).  One of my biggest projects was preparing the Millennium Celebration including various locations in Florida and South Carolina. 

My Department was responsible for building all the stages and props that were used by the entertainment division.  In my job I met many celebrities including Tom Cruise, Kevin Costner, Carol Burnett, Dolly Parton, and Presidents Nixon, Bush (Sr.), and Reagan.  But my favorite was Vanna White.  We became very good friends and I consider her a very nice young lady.  In regards to Evelyn Casey Sneed’s ('57 - of VA) question, I left NNHS in 1959, went to the Newport News Shipyard, and from there to Disney World, so I have had three great careers during my lifetime.  Evelyn, Gene (Edmunds) and I picked the “dawn beauties” on the basis of character and looks.  Journalistic abilities had nothing to do with it.  And to Harry Covert ('57), I am glad you have done so well in the world of journalism.

I would be glad to hear from any of you by phone or e-mail (  If you are ever in Florida come by and see me.  I wish all of you’ll a Happy Thanksgiving and a great holiday season.

(You can now call me this)

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  What a holiday treat!

   I added your Dawn Lovelies comment here, as it answered one of the oldest questions in my life - "Who chose the Dawn Lovelies, and on what basis?" 

   And I finally added three images to your page along with your remarks.  Thanks again!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/11/05 - "TogetherWeServed US Marine Corps
Newsletter (Famous Marine addition)":

Hi, Carol:

Thought you would enjoy this Newsletter. You will find a new candidate for your Famous Marine pages, Keith Jackson who is an ABC sportscaster who is an expert in college football and does a fine job of calling these exciting games. He would make a great addition to your website. Hope you get to post Harold "Dog Tags" Dangler there soon.

   And I certainly thought I was going to do that before yesterday, and here it is today, and I still have not managed it.  I know you must think I'm a piece of work.  I'm not sure if I ever explained to you that by and large, additions to the Famous Military pages are the most time-consuming thing I do.  Fortunately, most of the work on the pages was accomplished before everything went totally out of control.  Even 14 hours a day does not seem to be sufficient now.  I've not forgotten; I simply have not accomplished it.  I'm so sorry, and I do apologize.  I just cannot seem to finish it all.

If you do not mind, please forward this newsletter to Chandler Nelms (HHS - '63) of MD. I want him to see how our little website is reconnecting Marines and Marine Veterans. Despite being a Krabba, he is still welcome since being a Devil Dog pilot overcomes the stench of a Crab.

   Well, that I did!

Thanks for the 230 Birthday salute in your Newsletter on November 10, 2005.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   It was my honor, Sir!  And thanks for your Newsletter!


   And to all you veterans, a special and deep and everlasting thanks from me for all you did!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





God Bless the USA

(Lee Greenwood)

If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas from sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston and New York to L.A.,
There's pride in every American heart and it's time we stand and say:

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God Bless the U.S.A.

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God Bless the U.S.A.

"God Bless the USA" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/05/05
Thank you, Dave!

"Disabled Veterans" clip art courtesy of - 11/10/05

"Honor Our Veterans" clip art courtesy of - 11/10/05

Eagle Divider Line clip art (created by Kim with Doc's permission) courtesy of - 11/10/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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