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12/06/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy St. Nicholas Day!

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. . . . Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now,
he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."

- Francis Pharcellus Church, "The Sun", September 21, 1897

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The history and background information on St. Nicholas Day was covered fairly well last year.  Hopefully, it's still available there, so I'll not repeat it:


    I was so excited yesterday about actually being able to issue the Newsletter at a decent hour, I accidentally hit Carbon Copy instead of Blind Carbon Copy on all six batches of the mailing, so you each received a surprise "gift" of email addys.  OOOOPS!!!  

   So much for my dream of "no further mishaps" for a while....

   Remember, you'll have to form a line and take a number to shoot me.  These things must be handled in an orderly fashion.


NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Dinner, 2005
Place:  Hampton Yacht Club
Date:  Monday, December 19, 2005
Time:  6:00 PM Social; 7:00 PM Dinner
Contact: Joe Drewry at

  From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 12/05/05:

Can't believe that you didn't note that today is entertainment Monday, December 5th, the birthday of both Walt Disney (1901) and Little Richard (1932). Hard to imagine that Little Richard is 73 ... doesn't look a day over 60.

Frank Blechman

   YOWZERONI, Frank!  Whatever was I thinking?!?

   I'm still castigating myself for missing some very important fifty-year anniversaries:

   Easter Sunday, April 10, 1955 - Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tested his polio vaccine.
   Tuesday, April 12, 1955 - The Salk Polio Vaccine was found to be safe and effective; four billion dimes marched.
   Monday, April 18, 1955 - The first lighted "Walk/Don't Walk" street signals were installed.
   Monday, April 18, 1955 - Physicist Albert Einstein (b. 10 Mar 1879 in Ulm, Germany) died in Princeton, NJ of heart failure.
   Friday, April 22, 1955 - Congress ordered all U. S. coins to bear the motto, "In God We Trust".
   Thursday, May 5, 1955 - West Germany was granted full sovereignty by the three occupying powers.
   Saturday, May 7, 1955 - The U. S. S. R. signed a peace treaty with France and Great Britain.
   Monday, May 9, 1955 - The German Federal Republic joined NATO.
   Saturday, May 21, 1955 - The first transcontinental round-trip solo flight sunrise to sunset trip was made.
   Monday, May 23, 1955 - The Presbyterian Church began accepting women as ministers.
   Friday, June 3, 1955 - The Cardinals' Stan ("Stan the Man") Musial (b. 21 Nov 1920 in Donora, PA) hit his 300th home run.
   Sunday, June 5, 1955 - New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hit a 550' home run off Chicago's Billy Pierce.
   Tuesday, June 7, 1955 - Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to appear on color TV.
   Thursday, June 16, 1955 - Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Peron.
   Sunday, June 19, 1955 - Mickey Mantle (b. 20 Oct 1921 in Spavinaw, OK) hit his career home run #100.
   Sunday, June 19, 1955 - The Phillies beat the Cubs 1-0 in 15 innings, tying the longest shut-out in Philadelphia's history.
   Thursday, June 23, 1955 - Walt Disney released "Lady and the Tramp".
   Wednesday, June 29, 1955 - The Argentine state of siege ended.
   Monday, July 11, 1955 - The new United States Air Force Academy was dedicated at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado with 300 cadets.
   Monday, July 11, 1955 - Congress authorized all U. S. currency to say "In God We Trust".
   Sunday, July 17, 1955 - Arco, ID became the first U. S. city to be lit by nuclear power.
   Sunday, July 17, 1955 - Walt Disney's "Disneyland" opened in the sleepy village of Anaheim, CA.
   Saturday, July 23, 1955 - Statesman Cordell Hull (b. 2 Oct 1871 in Olympus, TN) died in Bethesda, MD.
   Thursday, August 4, 1955 - President Eisenhower authorized $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters.
   Friday, August 5, 1955 - Singer-actress Carmen Miranda (b. 9 Feb 1909 in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal) died in Beverly Hills, CA of a heart attack at the age of 42.
   Friday, August 12, 1955 - German writer Thomas Mann (b. 6 June 1875 in Luebeck, Germany) died of a heart attack.
   Friday, August 12, 1955 - President Eisenhower raised the minimum wage from 75 cents to $1.00 an hour.
   Saturday, August 27, 1955 - "The Guinness Book of World Records" was first published.
   Sunday, August 28, 1955 - 14-year-old Emmett Till (b. 25 July 1941) of Chicago, IL was kidnapped, beaten, and murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi for having the audacity to whistle at a white woman.
   Saturday, September 10, 1955 - "Gunsmoke" starring James Arness (b. 26 May 1923 in Minneapolis, MN) premiered on CBS-TV.
   Saturday, September 10, 1955 - Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether (b. 27 May 1925 in Los Angeles, CA) was crowned Miss America in the first pageant to be televised live coast-to-coast.
   Friday, September 16, 1955 - The U. S. Auto Club was formed to oversee the four major auto racing categories.
   Monday, September 19, 1955 - Argentine President Juan Peron resigned and fled.
   Tuesday, September 20, 1955 - Willie Mays of the New York Giants became the seventh baseball player to reach 50 home runs in a single season.
   Saturday, September 24, 1955 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while vacationing in Denver, CO.
   Wednesday, September 28, 1955 - The World Series was broadcast in living color for the first time by NBC.  (The Yanks beat the Dodgers.)
   Friday, September 30, 1955 - Actor James Dean (b. 8 Feb 1931 in Marion, IN) was killed in an auto accident in Cholame, CA at the age of 24.
   Sunday, October 2, 1955 - The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock (b. 13 Aug 1899 in Leytonstone, London, England), brought his macabre mysteries to CBS-TV.
   Monday, October 3, 1955 - "Captain Kangaroo" starring Bob Keeshan (b. 27 June 1927 in Lynbrook, Long Island, NY) premiered on CBS-TV.
   Monday, October 3, 1955 - "The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on ABC-TV.
   Tuesday, October 18, 1955 - Track and Field named Jesse Owens all-time track athlete.
   Wednesday, October 19, 1955 - Actor John Hodiak (b. 16 Apr 1914 in Pittsburgh, PA) died in Hollywood, Ca of a coronary thrombosis at the age of 41.  He died while shaving at the home of his parents as he was getting ready to go to the studio to finish filming "On the Threshold of Space" (1956).
   Tuesday, October 25, 1955 - Austria resumed its sovereignty after the departure of the last Allied occupation forces for the first time since the German occupation of March 12, 1938.
   Tuesday, October 25, 1955 - Tappan sold the first microwave oven.
   Wednesday, October 26, 1955 - Ngo Dinh Diem proclaimed Vietnam a republic with himself as president.
   Wednesday, November 2, 1955 - David Ben Gurion was reelected as premier of Israel.
   Thursday, November 3, 1955 - Argentine ex-president Juan Peron arrived in Nicaragua.
   Saturday, November 5, 1955 - French Impressionist painter Maurice Utrillo (b. Maurice Valadon on 26 Dec 1883 in Paris) died in Dax, Landes at the age of 72.
   Saturday, November 5, 1955 - The new Vienna Opera House opened in Austria.  The original had been destroyed on March 12, 1945 due to the effects of the war.
   Tuesday, November 22, 1955 - Actor Shemp Howard of The Three Stooges (b. Samuel Horowitz on 4 Mar 1895 in Brooklyn, NY) died in Hollywood, Ca of a heart attack. He was 60 years old.
   Tuesday, November 22, 1955 - RCA Victor made their best investment, paying $25,000 to Sun Records and Sam Phillips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo, MS.
   Wednesday, November 30, 1955 - The Argentine government disbanded the Peronistic party.
   Thursday, December 1, 1955 - In Montgomery, AL, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.  Arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.

   Of course, these are just the highlights.....

   And now this!  Wherever will it end???  Oh, the humanity!

   Thanks, Frank!  I shall endeavor to be more diligent in the future. 


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 12/05/05:

Thanks,    Tom (Norris - Hampton HS - '73) for the B&M Menu. I can remember Dad taking us to the B&M before there was a Shoney’s. Does anyone know when the Hampton Shoney’s was built?


   As unlikely as it seems, I may be able to answer this one myself, Chandler. 

   The ad we have on the page was from the '59 Anchor, and shows both locations.  The '56, '57 and '58 Anchors list only the Hampton Shoney's, so we may assume the Newport News restaurant was built sometime in 1958 or very early 1959.  The 1955 Anchor does not carry an ad for Shoney's at all, so it is likely that the Hampton Shoney's opened in 1955 or very early 1956.  A check of the Hampton City Directory for that time period would be a better indicator, of course.

1959 Anchor, p. 184  

I have a funny story. Shoney’s wasn’t called Shoney’s in all locations. Some were simply called Bob’s Big Boy. Anyway, when I was in flight school at Pensacola, one of my Marine classmates was getting married in Memphis. So six of us Marines loaded up in my VW camper and made the drive from P’Cola to Memphis. Once there, we tried to stay out of trouble, but try as we might, we ended up unbolting the Big Boy statue from a defunct Big Boys and put it on top of my camper and took it to the wedding reception and presented it to the couple as our wedding gift in the middle of the dance floor. Yes…..Officers and Gentlemen, each and every one.

Chandler Nelms

   Well, what else could you do, Sweetie?!?  Your resourcefulness and agility are very impressive, Sir!  And I'm certain that your efforts at avoiding trouble were substantial.  And after all, you weren't caught, were you?

   I posted your story:

   Thanks, Gorgeous!  It's good to hear from you again! 


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 12/05/05 - "":

Hey, Carol, if you're looking for a radio station that is playing lots of Christmas music right now, try's Good Music Station, which is 103.5 FM around here, but is also available on the internet. It is what one would call a classical music station-not our WGH at all, except maybe that it is the so-called classical version.

   Okay, thanks - I'll look for it!  We have a local station (93.9) that's playing Christmas music around the clock now, so I awake to carols!  It's great!

We (Alte Kameraden) perform at (the Visitor's Center at) The Mormon Temple Thursday. We will be in the theater, and sharing the stage with the Washington Saengerbund, which is this area's German Speaking Chorus. I think there is a 7:00 show and an 8:00 show.

   Oh, CRUM!!!  I had some wild notion about running up there and seeing that, but I can't pull it off on Thursday!  Sigh.

   I did chance across this little blurb about it, though:  

Washington LDS Temple  
Kensington, MD  

   It sounds so wonderful.  Those of you in the area (or at least closer to the area than the five or six hours I am!) really ought to consider going there.  What a treat!  You'd get to have a truly magical evening and see Jimmy perform, too! 

I am glad you have mapped out covering everyone this season. With such divisiveness elsewhere in our world, it is important that we show the world that we share, respect, and honor each other's beliefs. There's a 'memoirs' best seller in this somewhere, you know!

   I'm much more comfortable doing it this way, too, Jimmy.  I'm glad to know you agree with me.  I've learned a great deal in the process, too.

The trees are heavy with snow here today!

   Oh, how gloriously beautiful! 


   Thanks, Sweetie!  Have a great time!  The temple grounds are so very beautiful when there're lit for the holidays.  (And as they were lighted last Friday and will remain so until after New Year's Day, that would include more holidays than just Christmas.  I wasn't guilty of using the generic form here; I was just being precise - GIGGLES!!!)


  From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/05/05:

Professor CAROL,

Just wanted to thank you for the info about "Nowell" versus "Noel."  I am taking that to class tomorrow.  This is exactly what we have been studying in my Advanced World Lit class that I teach:  with Beowulf and now Chaucer, we study the evolution of the language.  I had told my students that French was the "court" language after the advent of 1066, but that the Common folk still spoke the Anglo-Saxon language that was developing into English.  This is a great example of that and in keeping with the season too!

Yet another use for this website!!   Thanks again.

Love, Cousin Pam

   WOWZERONI!!!  You're teaching the very things right now that most fascinate me ('cause I'm just a little weird - okay, a lot...)!!!  My very favorite class at Old Dominion was my Chaucer class.  I still have my books.  Would that I could still speak Middle English, but you know, it's surprising just how few people understand it, so my skills became a bit rusty.

   Congratulations to you and your fortunate students!  Thanks, Cousin Pam!  Glad we could be of help!


  From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/05/05 - "Cutlers":

Ronnie (Warwick HS - '59) and    David ('67) are brothers. There is another brother, Larry.


   SUPER!!!  Another mystery solved at last!  Thanks, Albert!


  From Jerry Blanchard (62) of VA - 12/05/05 - "D. Dawes":

Let    Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62 - of VA) know I still remember him and his perfect (10.0) flip on Turkey day. I think it was in 61.

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.  TYPHOON ALWAYS.

   WOWZERONI!  I know I'm impressed!

   Thanks, Jerry!


From My Friend, Judy, in IL - 12/05/05 - "Best Christmas Display EVER!!!!!":

This is just unbelievable! I can't even imagine how long it took him to figure this out.

This display was the work of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that control the 16,000 Christmas lights in his 2004 holiday lighting spectacular. The musical accompaniment is broadcast over a low-power radio station so that it is only audible to visitors tuned in to the correct frequency and doesn't disturb the neighbors.

   Okayyyy!  You'll need to open a new window when we're finished here to watch this video.  I just kept thinking, even from his choice of music, let alone the ability to program the lights to fit it, that this must be a very interesting man to know!

   Thanks, Jude! 


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/06/05 - "A SNOW BALL FIGHT WOULD BE SIMPLY FUN!
HO, HO, HO":

Let it snow!

We do not stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.

Never Be The First To Get Old!!!!!
   David Darlin', I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm fairly certain that neither you nor I will ever be old! 

   Thanks, Gorgeous! 

    Y'all take care of each other!

                          Love to all, Carol




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


Up On the Housetop

Up on the housetop, reindeer pause
Out jumps good ol' Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joys
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa, fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

Next comes the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Also a ball and a whip that cracks
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

 "Up On the Housetop" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"Up On the Housetop" lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

First Santa Claus image courtesy of - 12/03/05

Second Santa Claus image (enjoying milk and cookies by the fire) courtesy
of - 12/03/05

Animated Santa Claus Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/03/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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