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12/13/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
There's No Place Like Home
for the Holidays

"All hearts come home for Christmas."

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   As you no doubt are painfully aware, I hit the carbon copy option instead of the blind carbon copy again
yesterday, so about 350 of you each received another 50 to 100 email addies free of charge once again. 
Sigh.  I'm so sorry.

   The 00freehost server continues to splutter off and on again.  Emails continue to be delayed or disappear
altogether.  I hope there's nothing sinister at work there.  Perhaps Space Ghost is taking them all for a
journey though the Bermuda Triangle or something.  This morning I had a phone call from a woman I did not
know who said she was returning my call, and she didn't redial, but simply pushed a button.  I think the button
had its roots in the Twilight Zone.

   By the way, lest I be misunderstood, this is an all-purpose song.  "The Holidays" as sung herein can mean
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve - lots of things.  It was written before Kwanzaa was born,
but it applies equally well to it too.  The next time I have a short newsletter, I have an excellent editorial to pass
along to you on this whole topic.  I've received several copies of it so far myself; perhaps you have as well.

   At any rate, this isn't really a short Newsletter, so it'll have to wait.

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

Last call for reservations
Don't hesitate to call 1958 classmates who are not listed on one of the two lists below and remind them of the dinner.  Joe Drewry has received several calls
from people who do not recall receiving an email notice.  We would hate
to miss seeing a classmate who did not get the notice. 
The menu choices are noted on the announcement at the end.
Current reservation list:
Bob Beasley & Judy Barnes
Dick & Mary Beasley
Andra Bost Pierce
Joe Drewry & Letia
Mary Jo Edwards Pope & Bill
Terry Elvington
Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf & Roger
Bill Fitzgerald & Joyce
Gail Gaskins Robertson
Kelly Loose Bustamante
Mary Anne Mays Davis & Donald
LaRhue Nettles Mitchell & Johnny
Pam Pennington Cherry
Lydia Powell Mugler & Charlie
Les Puckett
Bobby Turpin & Anne
Jimmy Vannoy
Jim Wilson
Rodney Wyatt
The following classmates sent regrets and Seasons Greetings to all:
Faye Allred Smith
Constantine Balanis
Betty Brockwell McClure
Clyde Bryant
Al Creal
Lee Cutchins
Pat Cutchins Chadwick
George Coussoulos
Ed Doeppe
Margaret Elmore Tolley
Elliot Finkle
Helen Flax
Allen Foster
Evelyn Fryer Fish
Jay Harrison
Roger Heflin
Faye Hitchens Bryant
Patricia Horton Binder
Jess Kersey
Sue Kronhimer
Ann Mabe Leighton
Sandi Mirmelstein Levy
Joan Ownby Mathis
Jack Tesh
Bill Timberlake
Carolyn Todd Taylor
Dick Wynne
Tzina Zwerdling Richman

Details on making reservations and menu selections are below:

Join NNHS 1958 Classmates for our 6th Annual Holiday Dinner Gathering.


Place:                         Hampton Yacht Club


                                    4707 Victoria Blvd.

                                    Hampton, VA  23669


Date & Time:            Monday, December 19, 2005

6:00PM social, cash bar

                                    7:00PM dinner


Cost:                           See meal choices (includes meal, tax, gratuity)


Menu Choices (all meals include Garden Salad, garlic smashed potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, Bread, Coffee/Tea, Choice of Key Lime Pie or Apple Cobbler w/ice-cream for Dessert)


            1) Salmon Florentine in Puff Pastry topped w/Champagne Sauce -- $27

            2) Boneless Chicken Breast stuffed w/Surrey Ham finished w/Champagne Sauce -- $26

            3) Char-Grilled Filet Mignon w/Merlot demi-glaze -- $32

            4) Linguine Alfredo w/Vegetables -- $22


RSVP by Wednesday, December 14th.



Send checks (payable to NNHS Class of 1958) to:
NNHS Class of 1958, c/o Joe Drewry, 3506 Spottswood Place, Hampton, VA 23661


Don’t forget to include a note indicating menu choices
for you and each guest.


HYC is Located at the end of Victoria Boulevard on the Hampton River
It is just a few blocks past infamous Darling Stadium.


Questions?  Email or call Joe Drewry

757-722-4443/ext 4


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


I don't know what happened between my email to you and the Sherwood Inn link you posted in the newsletter.  When I opened that one, it went to some strange site.  Did you have a problem opening it from my email?  Anyone who opened it probably wondered what in the heck I was doing, sending it. 
    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA), for knowing and reporting that the Sherwood Inn was not the Hygeia (now Chamberlin).  If you look closely at the picture of the Sherwood Inn, you'll see St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church on the right side.  It's at the fork in the road, and I know it's never been moved.

   Gloria, long ago I came to the conclusion that if David didn't know something, chances were excellent it wasn't worth knowing.  The man is an absolute genius.  And he has those incredible brown eyes, too.  But I digress.

   I asked him this morning about the linking problems, and here is his response:

Well, all I know is that clicking the link in the newsletter brings up a Yahoo screen which seems to block direct access to the web page.

I am familiar with that site and worked my way to the correct page. I confirmed that the URL in the newsletter is correct. There must be some filtering mechanism at work. Below is the URL which I cut/pasted from the web page. Click it and see if you can load the page.

   Thanks, David!  You are my hero. 

   Notice how the two links look identical.  Looks can be deceiving.  This one works.  I've replaced the other in yesterday's Newsletter, so now it works as well.

   Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Gloria!


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

To    Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63 - of VA),
You just KNOW that    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA),    Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD), and I are going to weigh in on that Crabber/Krabba thing.  I'm confused about her confusion on the plural.  I am a Crabber, but Tom, Chandler, and I are Crabbers, i.e., one Typhoon or many Typhoons. 

   Ah, but as    Wayne (Stokes - '65 - of VA) and    Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) will explain, it's just not not that simple for us.......

Our yearbook is (or was) the Krabba, and the school newspaper was Krabba Highlights.  However, I don't have any history of why they changed the C to a K and it became Krabba for those items. 

Tom?  Chandler?   

   Thanks, Gloria!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/12/05 - "The NNHS "Typhoon"":

"Deja vu all over again"?

  Joe Wingo ('65 - of NC) and    Van (Rowell - '65 - of NC), among others, joined me in this conversation a couple of years ago regarding "Typhoon" and "Typhoons", remember?

   Oh, certainly, I remember, Wayne Honey.  I just wanted you to say it all over again!  And bless your heart, you didn't let me down!  Your answer appeared within moments of the question, as I knew it would.  Thanks so much!

Now as to the "Crabbers", they can call themselves whatever they want and I don't know why?

However, and I don't know why on this one either, but I do know it to be true, WE (sports teams) were referred to as the NNHS "Typhoon", not "Typhoons". As an athlete I remember this well. As someone has previously stated, our logo is that of a tornado, not a typhoon, which of course is a hurricane in our parts!
Seriously, our sports teams were always identified as the "Newport News High Typhoon". If you have or can get your hands on them, read the sports pages of our time and you will see that term always used in what appears to be the singular. But, it isn't; in that context it is inclusive of the entire team, all members. Our sports teams were not a number of "little storms" running hither and yond, but ONE BIG STORM ALL TOGETHER! Thus, the NNHS TYPHOON! When the article referred to an individual of the "Typhoon" team, it was always< ...the Typhoon's so and so did such and such...>an apostrophe and "s" after the "n" identified an individual. I would not be surprised to hear that Coach Conn had something to do with the concept of naming our teams as ONE UNIT, that is to mean a team, not a group of individuals.
As a side note, "the Duke University of the West", Stanford University is known as the "Cardinal", not "Cardinals"!
Now, as students of NNHS, as a number of individuals, we would then be Typhoons, the plural, or if so chosen: "TYPHOON FOREVER". The school was not a sports team, nor were athletes non students!
I stand ready to defend my position, with evidence!!
Take Care!
R. Wayne Stokes

   Thank you, thank, you, thank you!!!

   I also remember having this conversation over the phone with you.  I asked  you whether I should close these newsletters with "TYPHOONS FOREVER!" (as I do) or "TYPHOON FOREVER!".  You said that would depend on what I meant.  (And whoever knows what that could be?!?)  After much soul-searching, I decided to stay with "TYPHOONS FOREVER!"  There was ample justification for using either.  I'm sure there was some perfectly plausible reason why I chose this one.

   I just don't especially remember what it was.  I probably flipped a coin....  Sigh.

   Thanks again, Wayne Honey!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/12/05 - "TYPHOON":

Hi, Carol:

Interesting comment about the use of the word TYPHOON to identify those of NNHS. We were known as the TYPHOON. While a lowly sophomore manager, I used the word "TYPHOONS" to in a sentence describing the outstanding basketball team that had just entered the gym, and was immediately corrected by one of the faculty members who assisted with the team. He overheard me speaking to one of my fellow managers, and corrected me on the spot that we all made up the TYPHOON. I have been using the singular instead of the plural ever since.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   And I use some of each, because it keeps life interesting.

   By the way, the Band also was known as the TYPHOON Marching Band, and the same principles applied.  We certainly couldn't have lots of little Typhoons all stirring around, each playing their own tune and marching to their own time.  The unity was essential: one band, one drum major, one director.

   Thanks, Adonis!


  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/12/05:

Carol, you are one amazing gal. You've got more energy and ability than 10 ordinary people. I don't know how you do it, but I love it. Thanks,

   Well, that's not really particularly true, but I like the sound of it, anyway!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Bill!


  From Jim Elliott ('61) of AK - 12/12/05 - "NNHS Librarian":

Carol, on the NNHS staff link, I notice there is no mention of the NNHS librarian.

   That's true, Jim, and there's a very good reason for that.  Well, okay, if you want to be technical, it's a very bad reason.  I haven't gotten around to it yet.  I came close a couple of times, but I think it was relegated to that enormous batch of backlogs, and pushed aside and semi-forgotten.  And I don't have time to do it now either, but since you're cute, I'll do it anyway.

   And I just realized there's another reason I didn't do it.  This would have stopped me right in my tracks.  Should the librarians be listed with the faculty or the staff?  I think that's an arguable question, but it would seem to require either intimate knowledge of the educational and administrative systems (which I lack) or thought (which is completely out of the question at the moment), so I'll just give them their own separate category - "Librarians".  Yes! - brand new page

 - brand new page

 - brand new page

   Thanks for the nudge, Jim!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to   Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/12/05 -
"Question about a Hampton Business Establishment":

Hi, Kathleen:

A friend who was born and raised in Hampton, VA whom I met while living in Philadelphia recently wrote to me and gave me this bit of information. Can you help me remember what type of business establishment it was then it was in operation?

Here is his text:

"My father was from Hampton and his business Hop's Place was on Armistead just before turning on Queen Street."
I seemed to recall it was an auto parts place, but that is probably not right. Any help you can give me will be appreciated.
Hope it is not too much trouble!

Joe Madagan

   As you carboned me in on this, Joe, I thought I'd just turn it over to the class for discussion.



From Brian Beachum ('72) of VA - 12/12/05 - "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year in many languages!":

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year in many languages!

As we have many backgrounds and many viewpoints, this is a time to think in one language - Peace!

Aramaic - Edo bri'cho o rish d'shato brich'to!
Bengali - Shuvo Baro Din - Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bulgarian - Chestita Koleda i Shtastliva Nova Godina
Cantonese - Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok
Creek - Afvcke Nettvcakorakko
Farsi - Sal-e no mubarak
Flemish - Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French - Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
German - Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!
Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew - Mo'adim Lesimkha. Shanah Tova
Iraqi - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian - Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean - Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Kurdish - Seva piroz sahibe u sersala te piroz be
Latin - Pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
Mandarin - Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Mongolian - Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye
Polish - Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku.
Portuguese - Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
Romanian - Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Sicilian - Bon Natali e Prosperu Annu Novu !
Spanish - Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Tahitian - Ia ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti 'api
Thai - Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai
Tutchone/Northern - Ut'ohudinch'i Hulin Dzenu & Eyum nan ek'an
nenatth'at danji te yesohuthin ch'e hadaatle sh'o
Ukrainian - Veseloho Vam Rizdva i Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku!
Vietnamese - Chuc Mung Giang Sinh - Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Welsh - Nadolig LLawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Yiddish - Gute Vaynakhtn un a Gut Nay Yor

Brian Beachum
Beachum Studios, Inc

   Thanks, Brian!  That is so cool! It reminds me of some directions which I've had for ten or fifteen years for a cross stitch bell pull with about ten of these languages, although it probably only said "Merry Christmas", come to think of it.  It's still a nice reminder.

  From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/12/05 - "Sailor Jerry":

This is the only picture I know of in uniform... in NYC during the Cuban missile weekend.
  So that would have been, umm, October 12-14, 1962, correct-a-mundo?

Well, aren't you just so cute?!?  That's just as I remember you from high school!  Thanks so much, Jerry!  What a fabulous picture!  I added it to your slot on Famous Sailors:


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - "2 Purebred Siamese Cats":


This is unusual for our newsletter, but I know there are cat lovers in our number, and because my daughter is asking for help I am sending this on to you in the hope that someone might want the pair, or know someone who does. When Meredith says she will see them daily after her job and work with them, she means it. She is preparing them for life in a good home. That is how Harry, my Black Lab, came to me. These sound like beautiful cats.

Thanks, Jimmy   ...for adoption information, or email Meredith

From:  Meredith Hines <>
Subject:  2 Purebred Siamese Cats

There are 2 purebred Siamese cats at the shelter who need our help.  They are 7 months old, one boy and one girl (neither fixed.)  On their card it says the reason for surrender is that they "could not be sold."  The reason I am trying so hard to find them an appropriate home is because they have been completely starved of human interaction and I want these cats to experience at least a little joy in their lives.  I am so angry at whoever so irresponsibly bred them.

They seem to be somewhat in shock right now - they are afraid and confused.  I spent some time with each one and although they are unsocialized, they seem to have zero inclination to be mean.  After a minute or two, each one melted in my arms like a limp baby and put their faces on my arm.  The really stared at me and enjoyed being held and massaged.  When I put them back, they went back to shaking and looking scared.

The girl is very vocal now, but I imagine that they will both be vocal.  They have the long, pointy faces (not appleheaded) and deep blue/lavender eyes.  I don't know about Siamese coloring, but according to my books, the boy looks like a Seal Point and the girl looks like a Seal Tortie Lynx Point.

If you know anyone looking for Siamese cats or anyone in general who is nurturing, please contact me or the SPCA.  I will spend time with them every day until their status changes.  Thanks in advance for your help.



   First of all, I do not understand (nor do I want to understand) how anyone can ignore or abuse little kitty-cats - or puppy-dogs - or cuddly human doll-babies, for that matter.  But that's not the point.  Here we have a Golden Opportunity!  If you have been searching for a Wonderful Gift for Someone Special (and ya know, you yourself could use a great gift at the moment, too!), this very well may be it!

   Now I've never met Meredith, but I've known Jimmy for years.  If she's even distantly related to him - and oh, yes, she's his daughter - she must be a wonderful, caring person, and will certainly honor her word and commitment.  I shouldn't imagine that she's even capable of doing otherwise, any more than is her father. 

   Go for it - and you'd better hurry!  I know for a fact a number of you are animal lovers of the first degree.  Just be sure you let us know who gets the prize! 

   Thanks so much, Jimmy - and Meredith!  Keep us posted on this one. please!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/13/05 - "Check Out From Sea to Shining Sea":

Hi Carol,

Have you seen this one yet?

                                                        Bill Hobbs

From Sea to Shining Sea - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson

   Sweetie, it wouldn't matter if I had.  If Jackie Lawson's name is on it, it bears watching again.  That is one amazingly imaginative and talented person!

   Thanks so much, Bill!


   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/11/05 - From    Richard Marshall ('66)
of VA - 12/08/05 - "Oldie but a goodie" (This is one of those "Lost in Space" emails which didn't
reach me until 8:30 AM on 12/13/05, giving me hope for all those that are still wandering about
in Cyber Space!)

   GIGGLES!!!  This is actually my favorite a series of fifteen Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen comic strips.  I thought I'd better just post the one (and I'm probably in violation of twelve laws anyway). 

   Thanks, Judy - and Richard!


  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 12/13/05 - "David Ellenson":

Hi Carol -

Just an interesting little tid-bit, a "small world" thing, that I've been meaning to tell you. I was returning from a trip just a few weeks ago and I had a friend pick me up at the San Antonio Airport.
As we were waiting for my luggage my friend saw her Sr. Rabbi from Temple Beth-el, Rabbi Stahl, also waiting for his luggage and offered him a ride home home. I had a chance to chat with him about his daughter whom I know, and remembering the website I also mentioned that a former
Newport News High School classmate of mine was the president of a Jewish college somewhere up north. He immediately said    David Ellenson ('65 - of NY), President and CEO of Hebrew Union College. Not only did he know him, but he and David are affiliated with Reform Judaism. Very small world isn't it?

So if David or cousin    Harron ('65 - of MA) ever come visit San Antonio - "you all" please call me.

Jo Ann Stewart

   WOWZERONI!!!  That is beyond cool, Jo Ann!  Thanks for sharing that! - This is one of the oldest portions of our website.


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/13/05:

   I spotted these three images on eBay last night:
Peninsula Dairy Bottle Strawberry Banks Motor Inn Key    
   So today we have these two new pages:

 - brand new page

 - brand new page


  From Bill Rash ('67) of VA - 12/13/05:


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

Anyone who has ever been left with the end of toilet paper roll knows what a  "Doot-de-Doo" is!!

 That’s how you call for more!!

   No kidding?!?  Well, I mean, I know it's the cardboard tube inside an empty roll of toilet paper, but I never knew it was supposed to be used for calling for more!  I thought it was simply to be enjoyed, like a prize inside a box of Cracker Jacks.  I carry them around with me for a couple of hours as I do my chores, singing, "Doot-doot-de-doot-doot.  Doot-DOOT!" - just like Rootie-Kazootie used to do on his KaZoo! 

   Besides, I've no one to call for help.  I'm the one in charge of helping.  And to try to eliminate that problem, years ago I determined to keep spare rolls of t.p. within easy reach of one and all.  There are those who think I did this because I'm a lazy bum, and wearied of serving as a valet to one and all, but I prefer to think of it as fostering independence in my family members, and oh, yes, running an efficient household.  Yes.  I even crocheted lacy toppers to keep them easily accessible but decoratively attractive.  Yes.  Just like Susie Homemaker. 

   Oh, my, I do believe I hurt something laughing that time.

Speaking of which, “Life is like roll of toilet paper – the closer you get to the end the faster it seems to go” I say use it wisely!!

   ABSOLUTELY!!!  Dance more.  Smile more.  Laugh more.  Hug more.  Kiss more.  Love more. And don't complain!

Thanks for all your good work -


   Thank you, Bill!  You made my whole day!  I think I'm going to go look for my Doot-De-Doo so I can at last finish decorating.  Only today I shall Doot-do-Doo Christmas Carols!


    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 No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Words and music by Robert Allen and Al Stillman
Oh, there's no place like
home for the holidays,
'Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine
Of a friendly face
For the holidays, you can't beat
Home, sweet home

I met a man who lives in Tennessee
And he was headin' for Pennsylvania
And some home made pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a travelin' down
To Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee
The traffic is terrific

Oh there's no place like home
For the holidays, 'cause no matter
How far away you roam
If you want
To be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can't beat
Home, sweet home

 "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

 "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" postcard image courtesy of - 12/06/05

Bears and Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/06/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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