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11/28/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
There's a Kind of Hush

"Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them."

- Miguel de Unamuno
(29 Sep 1864 - 31 Dec 1936)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   There always seems to me to be a kind of a hush following any major holiday, as though the world was as uninterested in returning to "normal" as I was.  Perhaps it's just my overactive imagination.  

NEWBIES (sorta):

1.    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA - 11/28/05 - or possibly 05/21/05, and never

Hi Carol,

I've been meaning to write for the longest time.  My name is Linda Alfrey Walker, '61, and I've moved back to VA after 25 years mostly in the Northeast.  Glad to be home.  I think you had me listed as Linda _____ _____ ............... 

My birthday is 10-09 and I would love to be added to your list.  I have been looking at the site a lot and it is wonderful to catch up on old friends and classmates. My picture is under the Juniors in '61 since I graduated in Dec. '61.  You can post my email address also:  

You work so hard and we are all soooooooo grateful.  It has brought back so many memories!

Typhoons Forever,
Linda Alfrey Walker

   Hey, Linda!  I'm not sure if we solved a mystery or created another one, but welcome aboard anyway!

   The confusion arises from the fact that I keep my address books with only first names - which made perfect sense five years ago, when I knew everyone in there quite well.  Now it seems there are eleven Linda's and I would be wildly prevaricating if I called them each a close personal friend.  So unless you're receiving email notifications from me at that other AOL addy, it might be that the Linda you mentioned is another person altogether.  Or maybe she's your invisible twin or something!  GIGGLES!!!  But I do not know who she is, only that she asked to be added after the feature article ran in the Daily Press while my systems were all down.

   But I do remember who you are, strange as that may seem, because we both know that we never knew each other.  I had even added your married name to your gorgeous picture in my '61 Anchor way back in the day.

   So now I've added the "real you" everywhere else.  Thanks for writing, and I'm glad you're enjoying everything!  Send us your memories; we never tire if hearing them from everyone.


  From John Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 11/25/05 - "1926 NNHS Yearbook Pix":


As you may recall, 
 Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) and I were recently given a copy of the 1926 NNHS yearbook from the estate of Lewis Carper (NNHS - '26). Attached are two jpg files that are scans of those pages listing the names of those who graduated that year, both the Class of February 1926 and the Class of June 1926. (Until 1948 NNHS had two classes a year, and only eleven grades).

I thought that some of your readers might see the name of a relative and would like to have a picture of their mother, father, grandparent, etc. when they were around 16 or 17 years old. I would be happy to e-mail a high resolution scan to those who are interested. Perhaps you would be so kind as to forward to me any requests from those who e-mail you
wanting a picture.

What an truly incredible offer! 
Thanks so much, John! 

I posted this here:

Class of February 1926 Class of June 1926  

  (NOTE: It takes my computer an extra click to enlarge these to their full size, so just if you can't read the names, just keep looking for extra buttons to click.)

I also wanted to let you know how much Aretie and I enjoy and appreciate the work you do in maintaining this web site.

Bless You,
John Patterson (NNHS - '59)

   Oh, my goodness!  You're choking me up, John!  Thank you!


  From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 11/26/05 - "Holiday Season
in Newport News in the Fifties":

Dear Carol,

Thanksgiving just past and Christmas on its way brings back memories of the season in downtown Newport News. New York City has its Macy Day Parade, but in downtown Newport News in the Fifties we had a Christmas Parade, too. Although I canít remember for sure, it seems to me now that it was held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, rather than the first Saturday in December as many communities do now.

In our Christmas parade we had inflatables, too. They rode on platforms on wheels. Iím sending a picture of one of the Christmas parades. My father took the picture from the second story of his restaurant, the Sanitary, located on the southeast corner of Washington Avenue and 31st Street, so we are looking north on Washington Avenue toward 32nd Street. You can see Nachmanís Department Store marquee in the picture. Leggettís is beyond Nachmanís, and beyond Leggettís you can make out the sign for Hofheimerís Shoe Store. Hannaís Dress Shop would have been across the street from Hofheimerís. In the foreground of the picture the Christmas lights are visible stretching from light pole to light pole.

At night the stores were open late for the holiday shopping and the red and green lights shone overhead with a star with white lights at each intersection. You can make out one of the stars hanging in the intersection just above the second inflatable animalís head. When the stores stayed open late, the streets were crowded with people. All up and down the avenue we shopped at Nachmanís, Leggettís, Hannaís, Hofheimerís Shoe Store, the Parisian Shop, La Vogue, Blechmanís, Punch n Judy, Whelanís Drug Store, Woolworthís, Epes Stationary Store, Barclayís Jewelry Store, Barr Brothers Jewelry Store.

Whelanís had a cosmetic counter that fascinated me in my preteen years. Each week of the year I took my Christmas Club Savings Book to the First National Bank to deposit my 25 cents. The teller tore out a coupon and marked each deposit on the stub. One Christmas I went to Whelanís to spend my Christmas Club Savings on an elegant set of Evening in Paris toiletries for my mother. I fell in love with the midnight blue and the white sateen lining the box . What dreams of glamour the set evoked! Another Christmas I went to Whelanís to buy her a gleaming gold-toned brush and mirror set that I was sure was like the one on the Queen of Englandís dresser!

It was an exciting season. When I was growing up in Newport News, stores closed everyday at 6:00. At some point in time, they began to stay open on Friday nights until 9:00 but that was about it. The holiday season was different! The Christmas parade signaled the start of the later closing hours. Stores stayed open late, and it was exciting to go to Washington Avenue to see the Christmas lights and the displays in Nachmanís big glass show windows. Crowds of shoppers thronged the streets.

There was a store on Huntington Avenue near 34th Street or so, I think,  that had all sorts of fascinating toys for kids and was a favorite place of mine during the holiday shopping season. I canít remember if it was a Western Auto Store.  Santa Claus was either at Nachmanís or Montgomery Ward. I donít remember if he was at both stores or if he was at one store and then in later years moved to the other. I do remember going to Montgomery Wardís basement to see Santa. He looked so much the part that I was convinced he was the absolute, real guy that lived at the North Pole.

My mental image of Santa was formed by the Coca Cola calendars on the wall of Samís market. Sam was an elderly man who wore a cap all the time and ran a small fruit and vegetable place on the side of 32nd Street opposite Nachmanís, just below Washington Avenue. He was located near Mrs. Foxís candy store. Cheneyís Studio was in that same area. Mrs. Fox had great candy that I think she made. The reward that most motivated me was candy from Mrs. Foxís. Anyway, Samís Coca Cola calendars of Santa Claus formed my ideas of what Santa looked like and the Santa at Montgomery Ward looked just like that to my eyes.

Newport News also had parades during Fire Prevention Week and Armed Forces Week. I am sending two more pictures from parades. Iím not sure which parade the picture of the fire truck is from, maybe a Fire Prevention Week parade?  In that picture you can make out the sign for Tops Grill. I canít remember exactly which block that was in and could not figure out from the City Directory Pages on the website here. Iíll try again another time. The photo of the people watching a parade I would guess is from an Armed Forces Day parade judging from the dress of the bystanders, for that parade was held in May. I think the crowd there is standing in front of Woolworthís.

A couple of other things: Thanks for posting the pictures of my fatherís restaurants. In the Then and Now page it states that the  Colony is now gone. Actually the restaurant is still there though my father, of course, no longer owns it. About a month ago I took my father downtown and we walked along Washington Avenue where the restaurant is still located. Weíll be in NN in December and Iíll take a picture of the ďNOWĒ and send it to you.

   That will be super - thanks!  I changed that description:

1950's - Christmas Parade 1950's - Bystanders at Parade 1950's - Fire Truck in Parade  
  Is that adorable little blond-haired boy on the right Forrest Powell ('63) or does he just look like him to me??    

   Okay, I'll confess.  The real reason your note was delayed, Aretie, is that I kept "losing it" every time I read your words and looked at your old pictures. 

   When I was a little girl, how I loved those Christmas lights!  Oh, sure, other towns and cities had nice Christmas displays, too, but I was convinced that downtown Newport News had all the "real" lights.  I loved those parades, too!  And how thrilled and proud I was when I reached high school to actually march in them with the great NNHS Typhoon Marching Band!

   I've posted them and your words on the Downtown page.  The page is waaaay too long already, and surely needs to be split somehow, but I can't seem to think of a way, and this is certainly the place where all this belongs.

  Betty Takis (Ferguson HS - '65) had two sisters and a brother. The sisters are, as noted in previous newsletters,    Tessie ('62) and Flossie. Tessie is the oldest. Flossie is second while Betty was the youngest of the girls.  Flossie is married to Jimmy Kaligos and they own and operate the Hang It Up Frame Shop and Art Gallery on George Washington Highway near Tabb Lakes in York County. Flossie and Jimmy have two sons. The girlsí brother,  Sofos ('69), was the youngest of the children. Their family and my family went to the same church.

Hope you enjoy the pictures. Later I will send some of Buckroe that I found in the family collection and one of the faculty processing in the 1959 Commencement Ceremony.  

Take care. Blessings to you and everyone.



   If you and John were having a little contest with each other to see who could make me cry harder, we may just have to call that a draw, Aretie!  Thank you so very much.  I can't even find the words to express my gratitude adequately.  Of course, that could be because I'm a big ol' crybaby and keep clouding over....


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 11/27/05 - "Another one of my favorite hymns...":

Love you lots, Jeanb

   You know, Jean, it is just a real shame we didn't know each other just a little bit better while we were still in high school.  We seem to think just alike in so many ways!  Thanks!  I'm glad you liked that one.  I think you're gonna love the December Newsletters!  Sooooo, two of us will be happy, anyway!  WILD GIGGLES!!!


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/28/05:

Hey Carol:!!

Got this newsletter ok (as opposed to earlier when the site went down...) and would you mind asking   Barbara Brewer ('69 - of VA) to email me?  I don't have her home email. How exciting she went to Greece!!!  She used to sing with me in Virginia Choral Society!  We grew up together!  Thanks

Sarah Sugah

   Certainly, Sarah Sugah!  How fun!



  From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 11/13/05 - "Julie Conn":

Hi Carol,

This is an article from the Daily Press that was reprised after Coach Conn passed away. And as you requested I have enclosed my pic from the 69-70 Anchor and boot camp pic from 73 wearing glasses we called birth controls for obvious reasons and a pic from today. Wow just think, Coach Conn would be 101 this year. Have a super Sunday.

Tim Parsons ' 73

September 1983 1973 Sunday, November 13, 2005    
   Thanks, Tim!  As usual, I've run waaay behind on posting your images.  Let's just say I'm deranged and leave it at that....

   Anyway, I added the clipping to Coach Conn's page:

   And I've added all three of your pictures to Famous Marines - 'cause Marines have special privileges:

   I never have finished stabilizing those Famous Military pages, or adding the forty-eleven names I recently was given....

   And to keep things "uniform" (just a little pun), I'll need your full given name, your date and place of birth, and your occupation title(s).

   Thanks, Tim!

   As usual, I'm not even close to being finished, but I am out of time, so trust me when I say I have more
things to come.

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

                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


There's a Kind of Hush

Written by Les Reed & Geoff Stephens

Originally recorded by Herman's Hermits, it went to #4 on the Top 40 charts in 1967;
it was their last song to reach the Top 10.

The song was remade in 1976 by The Carpenters, who took the song to #12
on the Top 40 chart and to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

There's a kind of hush all over the world, tonight
All over the world, you can hear the sounds, of lovers in love
You know what I mean
Just the two of us, and nobody else, in sight
There's nobody else, and I'm feeling good, just holding you tight

So listen very carefully
Closer now and you will see what I mean
It isn't a dream
The only sound that you will hear
Is when I whisper in your ear
I love you forever and ever

There's a kind of hush, all over the world, tonight
All over the world, you can hear the sounds, of lovers in love

La-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la

So listen very carefully
Closer now and you will see what I mean
It isn't a dream
The only sound that you will hear
Is when I whisper in your ear
I love you forever and ever

There's a kind of hush, all over the world, tonight
All over the world, people just like us, are fallin' in love
Yeah, they're fallin' in love
Hush, they're fallin' in love

"There's a Kind of Hush" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"There's a Kind of Hush" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

First Whisper Image courtesy of -11/28/05

Second Whisper Image courtesy of - 11/28/05

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

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