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12/12/05 - NNHS Newsletter - O, Tannenbaum

"I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled
round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. The tree was planted in the
middle of a great round table, and towered high above their heads. It was
brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers; and everywhere sparkled
and glittered with bright objects."

- Charles Dickens
(7 Feb 1812 - 9 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I couldn't resist this MIDI.  The first verse sounds as though it's being sung through a "Doot-de-Doo".

   (You do know what a "Doot-de-Doo" is, doncha?)

   Happy 51st Birthday today to     Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - really and
truly, this time!.  Have another good one, Babe!

   It's also my second daughter-in-law's 30th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Bethany!

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 One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI - 12/10/05 - "Herb, 6 mo. old, suitable
for framing":

Hi Carol,

Here is the real ME at 6 months old. I found it the other day and thought you might like to see it ??? Already I possessed that Harvard look, don't you think ???  

  Oh, Herbie!  What a darling little baby you were! 

You must have been delighted to find this!  Thanks for sharing it!

About April 22, 1925    
Herbert H. Hice
six months old

In your newsletter you said that you and    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) were practicing to do a cantata ??? I had to find out what a cantata is.

Now I know.

Good Luck, Herbie

   Thanks, Herbie!  And as you introduced the topic (BARELY STIFLED WILD GIGGLES!!!).......


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/11/05 - "'My Servant Joseph' Cantata":

   That cantata was performed last night.  It was not, as you might imagine, a Christmas cantata, but one celebrating the 200th Birthday of Joseph Smith.  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we've been observing this all year in different ways.  And as we're all family here (no matter what we ourselves may personally be observing or not), I'll share this with you as well.

   You may recall my story a few weeks back about the difference between Shopping and Buying?

   Well, that very Charis Bean Duke that I mentioned therein was the conductor.  Her husband, David Duke, sang the title role (and did so magnificently).  He has also appeared in our pages before:

Sunday, December 11, 2005 Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:34 PM Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:34 PM Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:37 PM
"My Servant Joseph" Program Second Soprano Marie Catlett and Fayetteville NC Stake President Joseph N. Catlett Reader and Baritone Soloist Chris Nuttall ("Hyrum Smith") and Alto Franzis Nuttall Soprano Soloist Cloe Jones ("Emma Hale Smith")
Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:41 PM Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:41 PM Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:45 PM Sunday, December 11, 2005, 8:46 PM
Conductor Charis Bean Duke and Tenor Soloist David Duke ("Joseph Smith") Organist Cheryl Lambert and Pianist Leslie Penrod Alto Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) and Second Soprano Carol Buckley Harty ('65) Assistant Organizer Lorna Gwilliam; Soprano Dorinda Payne; and Alto Amy Payne  

   And despite the fact that Charis said we sounded "amorphous and blobuous" (is that not the coolest phrase you've heard lately?!?) in rehearsal Saturday, the performance itself went quite nicely.
   Thanks for asking, Herbie!  (Okay, I can't hold it any longer.) 

  From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 12/11/05 - "TSG Party 12.10.05":

This pic will bring some warmth to those of you in winter land. I'm with my TSG guys and their gals taken yesterday during our Christmas party.

Merry Christmas to all!

     How fun!  And it definitely looks warmer there - even than here in the Sunny South!

   Thanks for sharing this with us, Brownie!  Merry Christmas to you, too!

Saturday, December 10, 2005 - TSG Party    

    From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/11/05:

Hi Carol ....

  Jean Poole Burton ('64 - of RI)... yes, Sidney Lust had kind of a double meaning
... it was later changed to Hampton Drive In .... but it was a very popular hangout for some of us Crabbers. The Pembroke Avenue area had a variety of evening activities to choose from .... two drive in movies, cruising at Shoney's, bands at The Chateau and PA, baseball at War Memorial, foot long dogs at Stadium Drive-in, go-kart racing (and some real car racing from Shoney's parking lot), and probably other stuff I have forgotten. What started as a connector road from Hampton to NN in the early 50s (39th Street extended or "Super Highway") quickly became a shopping and entertainment venue. Pretty sad to see it all gone.

Speaking of drive ins ... there was one in Louisa County, Virginia on Route 33 between Louisa and Trevillians. The sign is still standing amongst the weeds of this still abandoned lot .... the name was Dick's Drive In (honest ... I am not making this up!). Next time I am up that way I will take a camera and get a picture.

Nice article on the HHS state championship in today's Daily Press. We now have a THIRD generation state champion .... Hotie Mitchell ('49) played on the '48 championship team, his son Danny ('71 and Assistant Coach) was on the '69 team, and now Danny's son ('08, Sophomore place kicker) from the '05 team.

Carol ... no prob on the early birthday wishes ... I just get two presents, right????? If you are a Frank Sinatra fan maybe you can use that association ... he was born 12/12/15 and had blue eyes like me. Or ... just send me wishes on the 10th. It's all good :-).

   Not a problem, Tommee!  I was planning to give you something very similar to what you gave me for my birthday in August, so I'll just double it!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

We did see Elvis yesterday ... he looks pretty good for 70! He must drink from the same fountain of youth as Dick Clark.

Happy Forrestal Day ...

da babe

   Thanks, Tom!  By the way, I posted the image of you with your '65 GTO:


  From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 12/11/05:

Dear  Joan (Lauterbach Krause - '60 - of VA),
My house is up for sale and we hope to move soon.  My son has been accepted as a transfer student to William and Mary so we are moving to restart our lives closer to "Home", Newport News, that is.
   Oh, Frances - how wonderful for you!  I'm so happy to hear that!
I love china, art, books, all things glittery.  Oh, well, I could have worse faults...  I have packed some things but also realized I had four sets of dishes, several sets of glasses and several sets of silver and other cutlery.

   (Ummmm - I have ten complete sets of dishes crammed into my tiny kitchen. Surely you're not suggesting - Naaaahhh!!! WILD GIGGLES!!!)

I have a few dear friends.  I asked if they would like some of the dishes and cutlery, lamps or chairs and yes, they were thrilled!  Knowing friends have and enjoy those things has given me pleasure.
Here in Ellicott City, Maryland, there are several thrift stores that give proceeds to charity.  A few others take things on consignment.   I have seen beautiful sets of china, glass ware, furniture and accessories  in these shops.
I am no good at selling things so end up donating most of my things that have seemed to accumulate. 
I am sure you have already considered these ideas but just in case.
Enjoy that new home. 
Merry Christmas,
Frances Goodson Wang

   Thanks, Frances!  And yes, you and Joan both enjoy your new homes! 


  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/11/05 - "A Question":

Hi Carol.
I have a question. How do I get submittals put on the proper page? That is, if I am writing about Marshall Courts or Walter Reed School, how should I submit it so that it gets on the proper page? All I know how to do now is to just mail it to you at the address. 

   And that's exactly how it's done, Bill.  Send it to me, and I'll post it as soon as I'm able.  As you'll notice from   Major Madagan's gentle teasing below, that might take just a little while, depending on a number of factors - usually my time, but occasional my, ahem, stubbornness.  If I start to become too obnoxious, ask Joe how on earth he managed to convince me to make several rather large links (most notably Famous Airmen and Famous Coast Guardsmen and Merchant Marines) that I had absolutely no intention of ever making (and had said so repeatedly!) - without ever actually asking me with mere words.  I'm still wondering how he did that myself.

   And then just be patient with me.  There's only so much of me to go around.  Often fourteen hours a day does not suffice to get the job done.  I cannot really manage with less than five hours of sleep a day, and my family seems to think they have some prior claim to me.  Go figure.

I notice that there are a couple of letters on the Marshall Courts page already, and I would like to add some to that page (and others) in the future.


Oh, if you would like to add a picture of me to the name in my submittals, you can download one from this website: 
It is a picture of me with my guitar in my 'new career'.

  Cool - thanks! 

   For those of y'all as unfamiliar with the term, "slack-key guitar" as I was, may I suggest this link:

   Technically, according to the original request made by the everlastingly gloriously handsome   Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD), it's "posta" be your senior portrait or the next best thing, but sometimes we'll take what's readily available, or what may be preferable:

   The good news is that I did at last post that 1941 Daily Press clipping you sent plus your earlier comments on the Marshall Courts page:

   Oh - that's another thing!  As strange as it seems, it's often much easier to construct a new page (as I did recently for the Sherwood Inn) than it is to add to an existing page.  You'd have to watch the production process to believe it.

   Thanks again, Bill!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to  Joe Madagan ('57) of FL- 12/11/05:

Funny you should ask for a photo of the Y at Fort Monroe.  An old post card
with an image just came up on EBay:

or ..  to save you the trouble:

And, as I was saving it to my HD, I found another one I already had:

     OHHHH, David! 

They're beautiful!  Thanks so much!


That will have to do until I can get there and capture a current image.


   Okay, Gentlemen, I surrender! - brand new page

    See, Joe, I'm not always stubborn!  Okay, well, maybe I am always stubborn, but I'm not always unreasonable! 


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to -     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA12/11/05 - "Fort
Monroe Armed Forces 'Y'":

Hi,    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA):

Great timing, and thanks for your message. Please do not run the risk of arrest and detention taking a photo on government property, which I completely overlooked in my zeal when writing earlier making the request of a photo. It would be too embarrassing to see a retired Navy Captain being shuffled off into a Military Police vehicle on the evening news. I am sure Carol will be convinced this fine structure and outstanding facility existed at
Fort Monroe. Well, maybe not since she can put us some stiff resistance in the face of almost overwhelming odds.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Well, there you have me.....  GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Joe!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 12/11/05:

I am so surprised about the Sherwood Inn on Ft. Monroe.  I have a lot of memories of Ft. Monroe, and I never knew of the Inn's existence.  And compared to the Catholic church, wasn't it enormous?  In 1966, I transferred from NASA to work at USCONARC, Ft. Monroe.  My social life was dancing at the NCO Club every Friday night.  It was inevitable that I would meet and marry a guy in the Army.  However, he was stationed at Ft. Eustis, and I met him at the Langley NCO Club.  Go figure!  He was playing in the band that I used to go-go dance with, but that's another story for another time.  Anyhoo, we got married in the St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in 1968.  I moved away, but returned to Hampton in 1970 and worked at Langley.  In 1974, I went back to Ft. Monroe (now called TRADOC), and in 1976, I moved to Texas.  Upon my next return to Hampton..... I dispelled the myth many times that you can't go home again! .......I went back to Langley and never worked for the Army again.  I had some wonderful times at Ft. Monroe, and I also went to the Y, but it was just for lunch.  The best place to eat lunch and meet the guys was the snack bar/bowling alley.  I met Kathy Mooney (HHS '64) there in 1967, and although she has lived in NY since 1970, we have remained best friends all these years!  I wrote to her about the Sherwood Inn, and she sent this website of Ft.'s a good one!  I hope you can use some of the pictures.

My daddy also moved from NC to work in the Shipyard.  My mother followed him with her two NC-born children, Mel Woolard (HHS '65) and Nat Woolard Cunningham (HHS '60).   However, I was born in the Riverside Hospital, thus ensuring my status as a born and bred Virginian.  Anyhoo, the USS Forrestal was mentioned in an earlier newsletter, and my daddy worked on it and went on the trial trip.  He also worked on the United States and went on that trial trip.  Later, he fortunately got a civil service job at Ft. Monroe and retired from there.  He never mentioned knowing about the Sherwood Inn, but I suppose because it was long gone.

   Thanks, Gloria!  Just see all the ways our lives have intertwined!


  From Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA - 12/11/05 - "Image":

I do not understand what you mean about ‘adding my image’ to the list. Please let me know how this is done.

Thank you,

Kathie Avant Taylor

Class of ‘64

   Well, see, the problem here, Kathie, is that you are so new to our midst that you haven't learned how to interpret what I meant to say, as opposed to what I actually said.  Do not be concerned.  You will develop this talent rather quickly as the others have before you.  Necessity will require it of you.

  What I no doubt meant to say (and I'd rather not go check; it's too humiliating) is that I will not publish your email address without your permission.  And I can't very well publish your birthday until you tell me, because I do not know it.  I may be a psycho, but I'm not really psychic.

   But as you see, I already published your lovely senior portrait!

   Thanks, Kathie!  Sometimes I make even less sense than that!  WILD GIGGLES!!!


  From Dale Lucado ('68) of VA - 12/11/05 - "The Snowdog":

     Merry Christmas to You..."

Follow directions very carefully; this is really neat...  ;-)

Click here:

   This is so neat!  I love these interactive cards!  Thanks, Dale - It's good to hear from you!


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/11/05 - "A couple of notes re. 12/10 newsletter":

Tell    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) not to worry about locating the old Tysinger sign on Mercury.  It was still a Tysinger sales place until about 1980 when it became a Merita Bakery Outlet Store.  That building was demolished lat year and a new Ruby Tuesday restaurant was built on the site.  The site is on the west corner of the Langley Square Shopping Center. 
Also, those photos of the Sherwood Inn at Ft. Monroe (outside the moat) look remarkably like the old Hygeia Hotel.  The Hygeia burned down in the early 1920s and was replaced by the Chamberlin.  The Hygeia was owned by Harrison Phoebus, a carpetbagger who, with his lovely wife Roselyn, came to Hampton as a businessman.  His home was called Strawberry Banks and the manor house was called Roselyn Manor.  The manor house still stood in the 1960s but was finally destroyed by fire in the late 1970s. 

   How tragic!

Bill Ferguson, Ferguson Corp, bought the land and built the Strawberry Banks Hotel on the water there.  The loss of the house was during Bill Ferguson's ownership.  Hampton University has since bought the motel and uses it as an honors dorm.  HU bought the property from Ferguson's estate. 

My mother-in-law had a mirror that was saved from the Hygeia Hotel.  It was black with gold burnishing and the wood was carved to look like bamboo.  It hung over a half round table in her entry hall.  Her father owned the Slaughter Lumber Company in Phoebus and was one of the many fire volunteers who went to the Hygeia fire.  I'm sure there are many similar pieces in Hampton homes.  That mirror now lives in Kings Mill at my brother in law's home - or maybe it is at my husband's home there.  But it is still in their family.   


A little side note:  Hampton didn't have a fire department because Hampton didn't have enough water to put out fires!  So after the Hygeia burned down, Hampton Fathers went to Richmond and begged the legislature to create a water authority for the Peninsula.  The legislature passed an enabling act in 1928, creating such an authority.  Since NN was a city and Hampton was a county seat, NN got the water business; NN had the municipal structure in place to manage such a thing.  Granted, they had to create water sheds, assess the demand and lay lines and hydrants to serve the entire Peninsula.  But the NNWW continues to be the cash cow for the City of NN.  NNWW brings in all this huge revenue and gets an amount for its budget doled back out by the NN Council! 

   Thanks so much, Kathy!  I love your passion for details!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/11/05 - Hygeia Hotel/Sherwood Inn:

Of course we know that the Hygeia was not the Sherwood Inn nor vice versa. Also, the Hygeia was much much larger that the Sherwood.  And another thing:  Hygeia was not on the same footprint as the later Chamberlin; it was located where the marina now is and facing the bridge portion of the HRBT.
  Thank you so much for this, David!  I had not seen it before. 

I haven't yet placed it anywhere else on the site.  I'm still, uh, thinking......

1892 Newspaper Advertisement    

  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/11/05 - "another short note":


Why is it that Crabbers (or Krabbers if one prefers) are used in the plural (though sometimes without the er when an a is substituted) but Typhoon seems to be used in the singular?  I have always used both as plurals Typhoons and Crabbers.  Am I wrong?  Surely we have enough of both subscribing to the newsletter to figure this out. 

   There is a definitive answer to this, particular where those of the NNHS persuasion are concerned, and those who know the Real and True Story are quite adamant in defense of their position.  Personally, I've always had trouble understanding this, as it seems to fly in opposition to those rules of grammar and usage which were so diligently taught us be our illustrious faculty.  I shall therefore defer this question to one of those great number among us who can explain it to you far better than I.


I'd also like to ask the question that burned hotly in the minds of seniors of the Class of 1963:  how is    Artie (Gallins Patterson) ('59 - of Northern VA) pronounced?  Some said it was A-rtie and others said it was simply Artie, like a diminutive of the man's name Art.  The difference is a long or a short A.  But With Artie (or is it Aertie) among us, maybe she can clarify that. 

   Actually, it's "Aretie", and I do know an answer to that question.  I'm even reasonably certain that it's the correct answer, as my sister    (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) told it to me long years ago, and it's one of the few things my mind didn't mangle, but just for the fun of it, we shall let her answer this one herself - because we can!

   Thanks again, Kathy!


 From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL- 12/11/05 - "East End":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you so very much for publishing the message you received from 
  Bill Campbell ('54) of VA.

As we know, I was responding to 
  Fred Field ('45) of CA who brought back the memory of Mr. Walton and Walter Carney. Boy, did it comes as a great surprise to learn "Walter's" last name from Bill (probably with some help from Mickey Marcella ('54 - of VA). Walter was my source of energy food on the run while delivering Western Union Telegrams about the Peninsula, with his fine selection of sugar cookies. His lanterns glowing in the dark were sure welcomed by a teenager who had been riding a bicycle for a couple of hours and running out of fuel. I usually met him around 25th Street and Virginia Avenue (later changed to Warwick Blvd) and Bill and Mickey gave me reason to understand why, if he was replenishing his stocking of pastries from Nolde Bread (AKA: "Moldy Nolde") where I worked at H & B Grocery on Saturdays during normal business hours. Charlie Burcher (AKA: Mr. "B") loved to banter with all of his vendors at this grocery store in the 100-Block of 30th Street, where there was always lively conversations going on from dawn to dusk. Many of the NNHS Faculty purchased groceries at this store, since many lived in the city along nearby West Avenue and River Drive in some of the finest apartments in the city.

Among those treasured photos of
Bill Campbell's, I sure hope he finds one or two of the Peninsula Dairy Store on Jefferson Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets. It sure attracted a crowd from Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks with their great selection of Ice Cream and Shakes.

   I hope he does, too!  That would be sweet! 

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Sweet Adonis!


From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 12/11/05 - "Deck the House":

Very Pretty

  Oh, what fun!  Thanks, Jude!  This one is a little different, isn't it??


 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/10/05 - "Thought you would find this beautiful...":

Check out this site... for those of us who weep, sob, and blubber... a beautiful tribute to our military heroes who put their lives on the line for us every day...

   Thanks, Jean!  It is indeed beautiful - and of course I needed it - it's been what - almost fifteen hours since I was last crying?!?  I wouldn't want my tear ducts to dry up or my heart to grow cold......

   Say - didja notice that was the BYU Choir singing??

   I met a young gal at church yesterday morning who'd just come back this week from a year in Iraq.  Such things tend to put life into perspective.

   Thanks again, Jean!


   I'm still considerably backlogged, but you're becoming accustomed to that, n'est pas?

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

                          Love to all, Carol




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


  O, Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie grün sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie grün sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
du kannst mir sehr gefallen.
Wie oft hat nicht zur Weihnachtszeit
ein Baum von dir mich hocherfreut.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
du kannst mir sehr gefallen.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
gibt Trost und Kraft zu jeder Zeit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
dein Kleid will mich was lehren.

O, Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.
They're green when summer days are bright:
They're green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!
How oft at Christmas tide the sight,
O green fir tree, gives us delight!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!



"O, Tannenbaum" midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"O, Tannenbaum" lyrics (© by courtesy of - 12/05/05

"O, Christmas Tree" lyrics and available history courtesy of - 12/05/05

Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of - 12/16/04

Christmas Tree Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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