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11/21/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Dead Man's Curve

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   If the sounds and images on today's Newsletter seem a trifle familiar to you, there's a good reason:

   But, hey, this was the next song up from    Dave Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) wonderful Reunion CD's!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/19/05 - "   Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS
- '63 - of MD) can look at me anytime...":

But of course he would have to come to RI, which is not exactly a tourist attraction in the winter...we are into our winter clothing now...which will continue until the end of May!  I only dated three guys in our class... and probably not more than ten in my entire life!  In fact, I can only think of 8!  Of course,   Fred Mays ('60 of VA) did not know that I was secretly in love with him in the 8th and 9th grade...

   Ohhh, y'all just think I'm gonna comment on this one and draw the noose even tighter around my own neck, doncha?!?   WILDEST GIGGLES!!!  No, no, I'm going to gingerly sidestep this whole dating/secret loves and crushes story!  Sometimes I'm not quite as dumb as I look!

   Thanks, Jean!  Stay warm! - a. k. a. 11/16/05 - She Loves You


  From Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA - 11/19/05 - "Cousins from way, way back":

Cousin Carol,
Here is my family line as far as I know it.  
Probably did not come through Peter Heyl.
It must intersect with yours further back in Germany.
Leonard Hoyle? -- name uncertain, but likely -- spoke with guttural accent, probably German
Jacob Hoyle -- born in Montgomery County MD in 1766; died in DC in 1865
Samuel Vinton Hoyle -- 1836-1892 -- Methodist minister (circuit rider in NC)
Hughes Baine Hoyle -- born in Leesburg, VA.  -- country doctor along outer banks of NC in later years
Samuel Pettus Hoyle -- NC 1901-1972
Henry B. Hoyle -- VA 1947


   Well, Cousin Henry, I must say I am astonished.  Astonished, but undeterred.......

   Let's just take Peter Heyl back to Germany:

Peter or Pieter Hoyle or Heyl (14 May 1710, Wiesbaden, Hesse - 1 Nov 1781, Lincoln {now Gaston} Co., NC)
Adam Hoyle or Heyl (1 May 1678, Wilsnach, Brandenburg - 8 Apr 1762, Wilsnach, Brandenburg)
Jurgen Heyl (chr. 26 Dec 1634, Seehausen, Brandenburg)
Michael Heyl 1600, Spandau, Brandenburg - 1638)
Jurgen Heyl (abt 1572, Spandau, Brandenburg)

   Surely we connect somewhere.  But I am shocked to learn that all the NC are not necessarily that closely related.  There's another youthful illusion shattered.

   Thanks for the enlightenment, Cousin Henry!  (Hey, y'all already knew how hard-headed I am!)


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/19/05:

The sincerest congratulations to your daughter   (Adrienne) for her outstanding accomplishments! Just shows you what good "parenting" can do when the "child" has the ability to ignore it and succeed anyway!! Just kidding about that.
Both you and     Paul (Bardolph HS, Bardolph, IL - '61) certainly have earned the right to feel proud of your "child". The quotations are for the fact that they are hardly children any longer. Time passes so quickly.
R. Wayne Stokes

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!  Adrienne and her big brothers have always been pure delights!  They've also always been far more mature than I, but they've done their best trying to raise me.


  From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 11/19/05:

I keep getting mixed up as to which e-mail address to use. Is it or Does it matter which one I use?
   Well, yes and no.  For the moment, I'd prefer that everyone use the addy.  Once I reclaim the full use of my road runner account (which I'm sure won't be for another couple of months), I will ask that everyone return to using the account, which now only has partial accesability.  Then we can all enjoy watching everyone line up to shoot me.  ("Make up your so-called mind, Lady!!!")  Just remember, that'll be on a first come, first served basis.  Once I'm dead, it will profit you nothing to keep firing.

The buildings between 49th and 50th Streets on Washington Avenue that    Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA) asked about were the Colonial Hotel on the 50th Street end and the restaurant on the 49th Street end was the Colony Restaurant. He's right that the Colonial was not a 5 star by any stretch of the imagination, at least not in the late 50's. I have the impression that many of the people who stayed there were single men, some of whom were down and out on their luck, but I don't know if that was an accurate impression.

The restaurant was not exactly a 5 stars either. It catered to the shipyard breakfast and lunch crowds. It was built, owned, and operated by my father, Jimmy Gallins, and his partners, after he sold the Sanitary Lunch downtown on Washington Avenue across from the James Theater

   Well, at last I made a couple of new pages: - brand new page

   and: - brand new page

   and    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA was then prompted to remember something else:

And that triggered me to recall the restaurant in the basement on the southwest corner of 50th and Huntington:  The Ventura Grill.

The answer was on the site all the time; it was on the Hill's Directory pages for North End.


   Well, of course it was - SHEESH!!!  I forgot all about those pages!  My mind must be more stressed and stretched than I thought!

   Thanks, David!  I'll make a Ventura Grill page soon.  We're making some progress, anyway....


I may be able to provide some information about the restaurant in the basement of the house at 50th and Huntington, but I need to make a couple of phone calls first to make sure I'm right. If it belonged to who I think it did, I don't think the daughter's name was Betty. Of course, someone else may get to you with the information before I get back to you.
I enjoyed the picture of    Willie Turpin ('57 - of VA) which I saw in a previous newsletter that    Bobby ('58 - of VA) sent in. Where is Willie now? I would love to hear from him. Does Willie remember he was my confidant? He listened to me ramble on about all my high school crushes. I think Willie was in the same radio speech class with Mrs. LaPides that I was in. I have many fond memories of Willie.

   (Ahhhh - more with the high school crushes.  Nope!  I'm still not biting.  GIGGLES!!!)

   Oh, my.  This is the third mention of Mrs. LaPides lately.  I surrender.  Thanks for the nudge: - brand new page

I enjoyed seeing the picture of    Elliot Finkle ('58 - of CA), too. Elliott lived down the street from me on thirty-second street below West Avenue. And    Joe Drewry ('58 - of VA). I remember him, too. Joe and his family lived on West Avenue, right? Where is his brother Jimmy now? Jimmy was in the same grade that I was, I think. And I remember    Mabel ('60), too.
Some have written about the kids from Newmarket or Briarfield or the North End. There were a group of us who lived downtown and walked to Daniel School for elementary grades and then later to NNHS.

I enjoyed the pictures that 
Chip Clark ('65 - of Northern VA) sent in taken shortly (before and) after his graduation. I have an assortment of pictures to share, too - some from the John W. Daniel seventh grade class trip to Richmond, some from the 1959 Anchor staff trip to the Columbia University yearbook competition in New York City, one from the Class of 1959 Senior Assembly, plus the script and a couple of Mouse Assembly scripts... and a few more odds and ends that I think will be of interest.  But to paraphrase you sometimes in the newsletters, I'll tackle that bag of goodies another day....We're out of town right now, so I'll start scanning those pictures after Thanksgiving.

   That will be super, thanks!  Obviously, I'm still waaay behind, so there's no rush.  It's strange that you should mention Senior Assembly, as that will be our next new link.  The idea just came to me when I saw those great images of Chip's, and remembered a few other items I had in that department.

I'd like to add our thanks, too, for your dedication to the website, to the cause of keeping alive our memories and the ties we forged with each other at the best school there ever was,  NNHS.

   Thank you so very much, Aretie!  I really appreciate your words.


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/20/05:

Miss Carol:  
I was just reading the latest newsletter and    Wayne (Stokes - '65 - of VA) was searching for the name of the girl that lived on 50th and her parents had the restaurant!  That was    Betty Takis!  She was very smart and sweet - all those things Wayne said.  She and I were friends then I think she went on to Ferguson HS.  Good memory, Wayne!  

Sarah Sugah

   AHA!!!  I remember Betty!  And she had an older sister in the Class of '62 named    Tessie, right??  If I recall correctly, Tessie attended the 40-Year Reunion for the Class of 1962 three years ago.  I was so very ill with the flu, I may have imagined that, though....

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 11/19/05:

In response to   Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD, I grew up in a family that used the terms "prise" and "be still". Both parents were about 3 or 4 generations removed from British roots. Can't really tell you anything about the origins.
I did know one thing, though: if one of the parents had to move from saying "be still" to "be quiet", I was in trouble if I didn't immediately "be still"!!  :-o)

   I love your usage here, Ron!

   My sister,    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I were discussing this at length yesterday.  She said that as we were being raised, Mama would just say, "Wait a minute", which was both distracting and non-threatening.  I personally don't recall anybody ever trying to quiet either one of us.  Eleanor was already very well-mannered, and I was a hopeless case, as illustrated in this story:

   But Eleanor did recall the alternate word, "Hush!"  This has a nice gentle sound to it as well, and upon further thought, is what I most often said to my own rowdy little darlings.  (Obviously, I was joking about those "Shut UP" stories.)

   Actually, I tried not to say anything, hoping that a "Shhhh" gesture would suffice - and sometimes, it did!

   This is a fascinating thread.  I'd love to hear more.  Thanks, Ronnie - and Frances!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 11/19/05:


I thought I might remember the use of the words from the 'Holmes' adventures, as I keep looking for one I haven' t read, and the title Frances    (Goodson Wang ('65 - of MD) mentioned is certainly new to me - I'll have to look for it. I had forgotten the word 'pawky,' and must have run across that one many years ago. Even though I am not a member of any Holmesian society, I will watch any movie and read any book written with Holmes and Watson as the sleuths, even the spinoffs with Irene Adler as the heroine, or newly written adventures written in 'the style.'

   Thanks, Jimmy!  Isn't it fun to find how many of us share the same interests??

..... At the school I just retired from, the graduation tradition of the graduating seniors joining the band and choir to perform Wilhousky's arrangement of The Battle Hymn of the Republic has been in place for many years. True American patriots are people who respect others' beliefs, and the right to them - whatever the situation. And most people I know are appreciative of positive thoughts to remember when times are tough. Not to speak for anyone, but I really do not believe there are any in our group who will 'feel funny,' be offended, want nativity scenes taken off the street corners, or the Salvation Army bell ringers to stop ringing. If there are, they need to get a life! God Bless America!

   Amen to that!

.....Please take care of yourself - you are the only one who can, my dear.


   Thanks again, Sweetie!  I'll do my best!


  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/19/05:

Hi Carol.
   Paul Burton graduated with me.  Check out Class of 1960

Joan Lauterbach Krause

AHA!!!  Just as I suspected - it was right in front of my eyes all the time........

    Thanks, Joan! 

    So I passed this right along to Kathy, and.........:


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 11/20/05:

Carol, thank you so much.  And please thank    Joan (Lauterbach Krause ('60 - of VA) for me!  I really appreciate the info. 

   Glad it helped, Kathy!  And on the same note:


  From Fred Bowen ('60) of WA - 11/20/05:

  Paul Burton was Class of 60.  Retired as City Attorney for Hampton, I believe.

Fred Bowen

    Thanks, Fred!  It's nice to find backup!

  From Bob Parrish ('68) of VA - 11/19/05:

I saw your list of Famous Marines and thought I could add a couple of people.
Hugh O'Brien - He was the actor that played Wyatt Earp on television in the late 50s and early 60s. He was also in many movies and on Broadway. He was the youngest drill sergeant ever in the Marine Corps. He's 80 years old.

   Hmmmm - I don't seem to have him - thanks, Bob!  I'll add him soon.

Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's side kick, was a Marine, as was Drew Carey.

   Those two I had, but thanks!

And of course a couple of Typhoons were in the Corps: Tony Koskinas (Class of 68) lives in NC, Jerry Hicks (Class of 68) deceased.
If you have a famous Navy list, Johnny Carson was in the Navy so was Montel Williams. I was a Naval Reservist, as was Henry Liverman (Class of 68) of VA.

   We do indeed:

   I've not yet added Johnny Carson, but Montel Williams, while a 1980 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, actually served in the Marine Corps:

Thomas Keithley (Class of 68) of VA, served in the Army.
Jimmy Cutler (Class of 68) was a pilot in the Air Force.
I know there are many others from NNHS that served their country. If I can dig up anymore names I'll send them to you.

   Oh, there are indeed a great many!  I'll try to add those names you've given me as soon as I can to those already posted.  Thanks, Bob!

Thanks so much for all of the work you do on these newsletters. It really makes my day when I see a new one on my e-mail.
Bob Parrish (68)

   And you just made mine, Bobby!  Thanks!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/19/05 and 11/20/05:

   I came across a picture of a vintage skate box from Skateland, so I attached it to the that page:

   I also added an old ad to the Cofer Motor Sales page:

  From Joe Wingo ('65) of NC - 11/20/05:

Dearest Carol ---

Sitting here on a quiet Sunday morning and reading all the comments from and all the names of the "Briarfield Gang" brought back a flood of great memories so I had to write to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. How vividly I remember getting in the "right frame of mind" for our big game with the hated Crabbers on Thanksgiving Day. And what an event that was! Going through the Briarfield page, I was reminded yet again of the tremendous pool of talented folks that graced the halls of NNHS over the years, not just from Briarfield but from all across Newport News. Replicating the history we have as a group will be difficult, if not impossible, to do in today's world and that leaves a generation missing the tremendous memory bank all of us can make withdrawals from and to which we have each made deposits to.

You are all wonderful, special people. May all God's goodness flow down upon each of you and your loved ones during this holiday season and forever. Boom on Boomers....You're the Greatest----

With sincere fondness,
Joe Wingo 

   Hi there, Sweetie!  It's always such a delight to hear from you!

   (For those of you who weren't in NNHS at the right moment, Joe was co-captain of our Typhoon football team.  Of course, had I ever made those Football pages, you'd know these things.........)

   I loved your banking analogies, Joe - very appropriate!  Have a great Thanksgiving yourself!


  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 11/20/05:

Hi Carol.   
I want to echo my classmate's, 
  Jimmy Parker ('62 - of VA), praises of you and what a super fantastic job you do with this website.   I know it has to be tiring at times but you always charge ahead and we, the alumni and friends, look so forward to it on a daily basis.   Thank you many times over.

   Thank you, Ed!  It is a little exhausting at times - now, for instance - GIGGLES!!!

I have seen some inquiries on 
  Freddie McDowell, NNHS class of 1956, and where he may be and what has become of him.   Freddie and my brother,    Bill Nichols, Class of 1955, were great and long time friends.   Freddie is the son of my aunt's sister so we are some distant kin I think.   Freddie lives in Idaho and has been there for years and has one son.   Every few years, usually 5 to 10, Freddie comes back to Newport News for a visit.   He has a brother in the Smithfield area.   He always stops in to visit my brother and they celebrate old times.   He and my brother were exceptional marbles players and we always had a overload of marbles at home.   It has been several years since he was last in town.   The family hears from him occasionally.    My take on him is that he wants a low profile and works on keeping it that way.   AND he was a fine little basketball player with the best of set shots, a forgotten art.

I have a 
  Bobby Turpin story to tell but will do it another time.   What a fine, fine person. Bobby is!

  He is that!  We'll look forward to your story, Eddie!


Keep up the great work. 

                                                             Ed Nichols, Class of 62

   Thanks again, Ed!  It was good to hear from you again!


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 11/21/05 - "If I die before you wake":


This is the most poignant thing I have seen in tribute to our troops.  The song is a country style song (which is now my favorite genre of music) but the pictures are the most unique I have seen.  They really show the soldiers' life while deployed.  And the whole thing is so positive.  Maybe you can place a link in a newsletter so others can view it (I have no idea how to make a link or how you do all the things you do with the newsletter!)  But I know I'm not alone in being thankful. 


   Thank you so much, Kathy!  It's a power point show, and I've no clue as how to insert the link, but I may be able to locate one elsewhere.  I'll keep searching.  I'd seen this before, and I must concur with you; it is quite touching.

   My eyes were already swollen as I viewed it.  I had decided to take a rare break from the computer and have some lunch.  I had been making a big crock pot full of chicken soup which seemed to be a good idea on this cold and rainy day.  I sat down to watch a bit of telly as I did, and on a whim flipped onto the Ovation channel.  They were broadcasting an introduction to "Madama Butterfly", my very favorite opera.  It was a 2003 production staged for the Puccini Festival at the composer's lakeside hometown of Torre del Lago in Tuscany.  I tuned in just in time for the incomparable "Un Bel Di", which has never failed to make me sob, and seems only to do so more easily with the passing of time.


   I'm going to close this Newsletter now, and work on the massive Backlogs next time (there's always a "next time", right???) - including
some more Reunion pictures from 
  Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA and    Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA (Thanks, Henry and Edna!), some newly arrived "beyond wonderful" items from    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA (Thanks, Tim!), as well as the long-awaited Briarfield School images from    Fred Eubank ('64) of TX (who by now must surely think I'm even more obnoxious than I really am).

   Y'all take care of each other!  And drive safely!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Dead Man's Curve

- Christian/Berry/Kornfeld/Wilson

(Jan and Dean)

I was cruisin' in my Stingray late one night
When an XKE pulled up on the right
And rolled down the window of his shiny new Jag
And challenged me then and there to a drag
I said, "you're on, buddy, my mill's runnin' fine
Let's come off the line, now, at Sunset and Vine
But I'll go you one better if you've got the nerve
Let's race all the way
To Dead Man's Curve"

Dead Man's Curve, it's no place to play
Dead Man's Curve, you must keep away
Dead Man's Curve, I can hear 'em say:
"Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve"

The street was deserted late Friday night
We were buggin' each other while we sat out the light
We both popped the clutch when the light turned green
You shoulda heard the whine from my screamin' machine
I flew past LaBrea, Schwab's, and Crescent Heights
And all the Jag could see were my six taillights
He passed me at Doheny then I started to swerve
But I pulled her out and there we were
At Dead Man's Curve

Dead Man's Curve, it's no place to play
Dead Man's Curve

Well - the last thing I remember, Doc, I started to swerve
And then I saw the Jag slide into the curve
I know I'll never forget that horrible sight
I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right

"Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve"


"Dead Man's Curve" midi and lyrics courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/15/03 
Thanks, Dave!

Red 1963 Corvette Stingray image courtesy of - 08/18/03

Dark Blue 1963 Corvette Stingray image courtesy of - 08/18/03

Super-Duper White 1963 XKE image courtesy of - 08/18/03

Charcoal 1963 XKE image courtesy of - 08/18/03

Animated Green Divider Line clip art courtesy of  - 11/19/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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