12/16/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Have Yourself
a Merry Little Christmas

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The Battle of the Bulge was fought sixty years ago today.  If your memory of the facts is a bit muddled, you could check here:






   Take some time to remember.



From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/14/04:

I seem to remember the place at the corner of Harpersville and Jefferson as a Burger Chef, a chain that was based
in Indiana. There was also one on Kecoughtan Road in Hampton one block past LaSalle Avenue.

   Hmmm, stay tuned, Dave - and thanks!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/14/04:

Perhaps so, Dave, but this place was not your typical chain burger shop architecture, as was Burger Chef. You may recall
that there was Burger Chef just across Jefferson from Shoney's. (See Carol's web page for an image)

Also, there was a Gibson's just north of Big Bethel on Mercury. It had a rather steep red roof. When it closed, the building
was moved not far to a side street and is still visible from Mercury; it is a day care now.

I think it was a one-of-a-kind place. I seem to recall lots of glass. The drive was round because the structure was round.
You would park at the inner and outer curbs such that the cars were arrayed radially. I think they had curb service, but
can't recall. Their primary purpose in life was to give you someplace to drive to while the customer crowd changed out
at Shoney's so that there would be new folks there when you returned for the next few laps around the lot. We would make
the circuit between the two establishments several times per night. Kinda pathetic, when you look back on it. George Lucas
captured it perfectly in American Graffiti.

When I get curious enough, I will pop over to the Hilton Library and check the City Directories for 1964 and solve this mystery.


   Ahhh, the excitement builds....  Thanks, Dave!

From Me ('65) to Dave and Dave - 12/14/04:

   Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA broke out his 1966 City Directory and said you were right, David -  Rich's was at 4809 West
Mercury, current home of Cap City.

   Carrol's, on the other hand, Home of the Club Burger, was at 102 West Mercury, and the Wendy's that replaced it is no longer
listed in the phone book. SHEESH!

   Tarey Drive-In was at 11127 Jefferson, at the corner of Harpersville Road, across the street from Mac’s
Restaurant, at 11200 Jefferson.

   I keep trying to remember some place that was the original home of the charcoal-grilled burger. It seems to me it was rather
garish-looking, possibly with neon pink and magenta tones. I've no clue where it might have been located, not even which city.

   Thanks, Tom - and Dave and Dave!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/14/04:

AHA .... Tarey's, it is.

There was a Charco-Burger located at Jefferson and 74th Street. I would accompany Al Hines ('65) around on his paper
route collection on Friday nights, and we would eat away the profits at that place. It, too, was razed long ago, but they had
some "mahtee" good burgers there. When the wind was from the west, we could smell those burgers all during the our trip
up and down 72nd, 73rd, and 74th Streets on that paper route. There was no way we could not have gone there with a pocket
full of money on a cold Friday night.

I think that Charco-Burger was a chain, but I cannot recall another one in NN. Nor can I find a hit on Google for the chain.

      Ah, yes, Charco-Burger!  Thanks, Dave!

From Tom Oxner ('65) of AR - 12/14/04:

To Dave Spriggs:
I think the drive-in at the corner of Jefferson and Harpersville Rd. was called "Tarrey's" or "Tarey's". I do not
remember if it had one or two "r"'s. That is my memory, but I could be mistaken.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Tom Oxner

   Thanks, Tom, you're not mistaken at all - and one "r" it is!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/14/04: 

Hi, Carol and Dave:
Carroll's hamburger stand was located at Jefferson Avenue and Harpersville Road. The building had large plate glass windows
and was painted red and white. The structure is still standing or at least it was two weeks ago. It appeared to be a laundromat
operating at this location now.

   Oh, cool!  We'll have to send out our photographers!  Thanks, Joe!

From Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/14/04:

Of course, y'all .... my ex-fiance swore that the place with the truck caps was Carrol's .... but who ya gonna believe,
Dave Spriggs
or a ditzy blonde Krabba head cheerleader ... lol.

I'll write this ll up tonight after I get back from yet another Christmas party!

Tom the "elder" babe :-)

   (Poor Tommy turned 50 this week.  He's breaking my heart here......)  WILD GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Babe!

From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/14/04:

I talked to an old Newport News cop today, and he said the drive-in at Jefferson and Harpersville was the Tarey.

   See?  Isn't it good to see it all come together at last?  Thanks, Dave!

THE TRAGEDY OF 12/11/54:

From Eric Huffstutler (BHS - '75) of VA - 12/14/04:

Concerning the Blue Angels crash during the December 11, 1954 launch of USS Forrestal... I also can't find any reference. 
This was the last performance for the F9F-5 Panther planes which were propeller, not jet... and no indication of an accident then.
Maybe this occurred during another launch and not Forrestal's?  Maybe it wasn't a Blue Angel?  Maybe it was unrelated
to the launch?   Guess only looking at the Daily Press on microfilm for that day's activities will reveal the truth... or lack of :-)

   Ah, thank you, Eric, for checking again.  I was hoping your magic powers would produce the documentation.  Sigh.

From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/14/04:

I loved the music on this newsletter.  Many midi things sound so tinny and contrived.  But this was actually an

   Thanks, Kathy!  Every now and then I manage to find a really nice one.  I was rather partial to the rendition of "Come,
Ye Thankful People, Come" on the Thanksgiving Newsletter.  There were four verses, and each one was arranged differently,
and the orchestration was rich and full. 


   Sometimes I wish I had had my # 6 son, Dale, teach me how to write midi and create clip art before he left home.  Then I'd
be able to find exactly what I want.  Then I remember exactly how much time it took him to compose midis and draw and paint
clip art!  HA-HA-HA!!!  "Nevermind!"

   Generally speaking, the music is far better when I leave it in the capable hands of Dave Spriggs ('64).  The man has an
incredible gift for choosing just the right song, and then magically locating just the right midi.  I just didn't feel right in annoying
him three or four extra times a week for something I usually pick in the eleventh hour.

Regarding the Blue Angels, maybe the accident happened to the Thunderbirds.  They could have been at LAFB and
substituted for the Angels that day.  I remember the Forrestal christening but not the accident.

   I just don't know, Kathy.  We'll have to wait to see the newspaper accounts.  At this point I personally wouldn't be surprised
to learn that those segments had been excised from the archives, but then I will admit that I tend to lean toward paranoia and
conspiracy theories...... GIGGLES!!!

It was interesting to see that some people liked Rich's burgers.  Jimmy Rich was a NNHS grad.  He was born in the
second floor apartment over his parent's grocery store at 25th and Jefferson - southeast corner to be exact.  His wife,
Opal, had sisters (Ruby and Pearl).  Jimmy and his wife lived at the corner of Chesapeake Ave at Wythe Parkway. 
Karen Wilks ('64)
lived at 2214.  (Karen was my best friend.)   The Richs lived at 2301 and my in-laws, John's parents,
lived at 2225, across Wythe Parkway.  They were next-door neighbors with a street in between.  Opal's sister Pearl was
the switchboard operator for decades at Nachman's.  The Richs and Clarks were great friends and traveled together quite
often.  My father in law used to tell of a time they were in NYC and Jimmy used a $100 bill to light his cigar!  When John
(Clark - '57 of VA)
was small, he picked Mrs. Rich's tulips and gave them to his mom.  His folks sold their house
to William H. Shaw of Shaw Paint and Decorating.  Their son, Bill was in the class of '63.  (I was madly in love with him!) 
So there you have Rich's Hamburgers related to Nachman's Department Store.  The world stays as small as you let it!

   So true!  What a cool story!  Thanks!

With all those wonderful questions that were raised about Christmas, I sort of expected to hear about the oxymoronic
'jumbo shrimp' and 'baby grand'.  But I do know that St. Lucia is the Angel of Light.  Her very name, Lucia, comes from the 
Latin verb, lucere, meaning to shine.  And of course our words lucid and lucidity are rooted there too.  
Concerning the trophies and case:  how marvelous that they were shrink wrapped.  That man deserves everyone's thanks for
his brilliance.  It is a shame that NN doesn't have a local history museum as Hampton does.  That would be the perfect place
to house, show and enjoy the things.  Hampton's museum was built from donations, fueled by local time contributed by locals. 
Hampton History Museum has been open a little over 1 year; it is a gem nestled between the old Leggett's and Grant's Dept.
stores and accessed either from Settlers Landing Road or Queen's Way Mall.
   I could be way off base here, and if had had any sense at all, I would run this past a few people before blurting it out in a Newsletter,
but it is my understanding that one of the main focuses of the Steering Committee chaired by Joe Drewry ('58) of VA is to secure a
museum or permanent resting place which will house all the trophies and memorabilia which Albert Dorner ('66) of VA and Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA
have rescued, cleaned, restored, repaired, and housed over the past several months, as well as to solicit new
contributions and donations of like materials.

   Thanks, Kathy!


From Terry Haney ('66) of VA - 12/14/04:

I have some memories of Nachman's Department Store.  I worked there after school
during my senior year.  I was a "copy boy" in the advertising department and the department manager was a man named Andrew J. Bachman.   At the time he was also 
Chairman of Selective Service Board 122.  His name, along with the name of Esther M. Davis should be familiar to all of the guys who lived in the Newport News area
during the late 60's.   Mrs. Davis was Executive Secretary of Selective Service
Local Board 122 and I still have all my deferment cards and my induction notice
with her autograph on them. 

   Ahhh, yes - I'm sure you do!  Thanks, Terry!!

From Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/14/04:

Dear Carol,

Yes, that is Bob Calvert on the Nachman's commercial I sent you. What a cool guy. Once when I worked on the stage
crew for a Community Theater production at the old NNHS auditorium in 1969, Bob was the narrator for three one-act
plays. He was late and the director was concerned because Bob was not there yet and the show was about to begin.
I was out on the old ramp behind the stage where the alley was in between the stadium and the auditorium. All of a
sudden there was the squealing of car tires and the engine noise of an approaching trans am. It came to an abrupt halt
and out came Bob with a loud, "#@% *#!& it !! I made it! "  He was quickly escorted to the podium by an ecstatic director
and the show went on. Many people must remember Bob riding on his motorcycle on Mercury Boulevard and around
Newmarket. Once he stayed down in a bomb shelter at the old CMJ bank in Warwick Center. I went to Bob's funeral
in 1992 and and in front of his casket was his picture in the old WGH redcoat and his old Baron Be Bop theme song
played during the memorial. To all of us in the broadcast profession Bob was considered to be one of the best voice
over artists that ever graced a microphone. And he was a friend to many.


Larry Bonko's Column
in The Virginian-Pilot,
Monday, April 20, 1992

   WOW.  Thanks so much for sharing this, Tim.


From Joanne Kates Roos of VA - 12/14/04:

That is absolutely correct.  I could see his face so clearly and recognized the voice but the name, I could not retrieve.  Many thanks
to your classmate and to you.  I would love to develop a power point program of some of your pictures and maybe ours and show it
next year at our luncheon. I do not have those skills but I know someone who could help me or I would pay you to develop something
fun for these wonderful people to enjoy.  Nachman's was and is still a part of their lives like yours!.  If you ever come to this area - you
could be our guest  That would be a neat experience for us all.
Sincerely, Joanne Roos

   Oh, what a lovely idea!  That would be delightful!  Thank you, Joanne!

From Mike Ozmer ('63) of VA - 12/15/04:

I was just reading all that 'bout Nachman's, .....I am catering that (luncheon for the former employees) .....and have
for the past 3 years...


   NO WAY!!  WOWZERS!!!  I just LOVE these Small World stories!  Thanks, Mike!


From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/14/04:

Hi Carol, I was at Woodrow Wilson School when the fires were going on, either in the 6th or 7th grade, because we were
on the third floor and could look out the windows and see the smoke going up!  (Wilson was between Hickory and Pine Avenues;
25th Street was the northern boundary and Hampton Avenue the southern boundary of the school grounds.  That would mean
that the fire was in 1957 or l958.)  I am thinking that it was in l958 because we were "brave enough" to run out into the hall
and peek every time we heard another explosion...which means we were probably big bad seventh graders! 
Hey girl, have a wonderful Christmas! 

   Ah - and another mystery begins in earnest!  Thanks, Jean!  You have a great Christmas, too! 

From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 12/14/04:

I remember when the tanks blew up - I was at Walter Reed - so it was in the 6th or 7th grade.  We could see the smoke
from our classroom and I remember being scared.
Jo Ann

   And that jives with Jean's memory, too!  Thanks, Jo Ann!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/15/04: 

Hi, Carol:
Linda Lane ('64) of VA made mention of the Esso tank fire her email that was posted in your recent newsletter.
It is my understanding this fire took three days to bring it under control. I was serving in the Marines at the time
of this fire, and when I came home on leave some of my buddies showed me apartment buildings in Stuart Gardens
that had the paint blistered off from the intense heat from this fire.
Here is a photo taken of this 1958 fire.


   WOWZERONI!!!  Joe, I've been trying to learn the details of that fire - particularly the exact date - for most
of my life now, and you have not only a date, but even have a photo of it?!?  Thank you so much!  You are my hero, Adonis!


From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/16/04:

I am currently having a 1954 "Flashback" .... and some remote synapse is firing and reminding me that my dad said that
the aircraft which exploded was a Chance-Vought F7U Cutlass.  If that is correct, then it would not have been part of the
Blue Angels, but may have been operating out of NAS Norfolk.

This will only be solved when I review the newspaper coverage of the christening.


WOWZERONI!!!  This is the biggest break we've had in this mystery in years!  David, you never cease to amaze me!  Thanks!

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/16/04: 

Hi, Dave:
Well, your flashback is surely more reliable than my mere uneducated observations of the events, and of what I was told 
about a Blue Angels demonstration. It also fits in with the negative reply that Carol received when making an inquiry as
to the identification of the pilot.
It strikes me that most of the citizens thought the plane that exploded that day was a part of the Blue Angels flying team,
but that does not square with the Navy's response, so it must have been another group of aviators flying in review that day.
I am sure you will come up with some facts to set the record straight.
TYPHOON Regards,

   Isn't that just incredible?!?  Thanks, Adonis!

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/16/04:

   OHHHH, David!  You do know how to make me drool, don't you?!?   Thank you so much!  This will make a great addition
to this page - when I actually MAKE the page - which is still nameless!


JUST IN From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/16/04:

A quick trip by the Library ... and we have the answers. Here are the highlights; I will scan the articles soon and send to you.

My synapses were correct; it was a F7U Cutlass from VF81 out Oceana NAS. In addition to the Blue Angels,
there were many other aircraft flying around that day.  The pilot, LTJG John W. Hood, USNR, was killed.

It will likely be tomorrow before I can scan it; a number of us are dining with John and Bev Todd ('64 of AK) this evening
at Topeka Steak House, which is managed by Tom Flax's ('64 of VA) son.  I will try to snap some digitals for you.

    TRIPLE WOWZERONI!!!  David, you did it!!!  That's absolutely incredible!!!  Thanks so much!

   And y'all have fun tonight with John and Bev, and tell everyone Hi!


From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 12/14/04:

One of my lifetime friends, lost her husband on Nov. 30th. The funeral was last Saturday. Her name is
Eleanor Milne Kenitzer ('66)
. Her dad W. P. Milne, was the pastor of Orcutt (Avenue Baptist Church)
when I was growing up and her mom taught at NNHS. Please remember her in prayer. She lives in CA.
Peace & Blessing,

   Oh, nooooo.  Oh, Cheryl, I'm so sorry to learn this.  Please extend to Eleanor our sincerest sympathies.  One of my sharpest
high school memories is of you and Eleanor singing that lovely duet in the Mouse Assembly.  All the heartaches were so far
away back then.  Sigh.

From Christopher Freeman (Phoebus High School) - 12/14/04:

Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of "Watch Night
Services," the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year's Eve. The service usually begins anywhere from
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year. Some folks come to church first,
before going out to celebrate. For others, church is the only New Year's Eve event. Like many others, I always
assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service -- made a bit more Afro centric
because that's what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church. 

Still, it seemed that predominately White Christian churches did not include Watch Night services on their
calendars, but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs. In fact, there were instances where clergy in mainline denominations wondered aloud about the propriety of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New
Year's Eve.

However, there is a reason for the importance of New Year's Eve services in African American congregations. The
Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31,
1862, also known as "Freedom's Eve." On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across
the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke
of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the
news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black
folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year's Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through
another year.

It's been 141 years since that first Freedom's Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history
of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate "how we got over".

P.S.- Pass this information on so we can educate more of our Family and Friends about our History! Peace and
Blessings as we go into the year of our Lord, 2005!

   Thank you, Christopher.  Most of us are of an age that when we attended school, little or no black history was mentioned, and
segregation was still in effect, so we appreciate your relating this account to us.  I think I was somehow aware of this, but I also
think I learned it from a TV mini-series...

   I found it interesting that you mentioned the fact that January 1, 1863 brought only freedom for those slaves in the Confederate
States.  It's a little known fact that those slaves in the so-called free states - and there were many - were not given their freedom
at that time, which is, of course, appalling.

   Thanks again, Christopher!  I do love to hear of holiday traditions and celebrations!

From Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA:

Dear Carol,
My name is Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66).
Please include my info on the website.  I live in PA and my web sites are
www.switchplatecoversbydesign.com and  www.memoryboard.tk

   Oooops.  As you're new to our fold, Linda, I'll explain something of which everyone else is painfully aware.  Due to a bit a brain
damage I sustained between the years of 1989 and 2001, I sometimes have difficulty with recent memory.  Quite often I operate
on automatic pilot until somebody reels me back into reality.  When I received your note, I thought, "Well, she's all posted on the
Alumni page and her web site is linked there and everything is fine."  That's because I forgot about the newer contact pages - DUH!!!
Sorry about that!

   Okay, we'll try again:




   Well, that would be fine, except I cannot access your second web site.  I tried changing the extension to several different options,
but was never successful...... I did enjoy the first one, however - you do nice work!

From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/15/04:

The trophies page is awesome. Of no particular note: the track trophy from from May 1971 is the last trophy earned
by NNHS as the school closed for good that June. So even though we don't have all the trophies, we do have the very last
one. Great job! You are amazing!

   I think that is of very particular note, Albert, so I attached it to that track trophy page:


Ummm, wait a minute, Sweetie.  You find and rescue the trophies from their hiding places, you lovingly clean, restore, repair,
photograph, catalogue, and house the trophies - and I'm the amazing one?!?  I don't think so!!!  All I did did was put them online
where everyone could see and know and understand beyond all knowing what a hero you are.

   I still think we should commission those life-size statues.  Did I mention that my # 2 son, Brent, who is now a Senior District
Executive with the Boy Scouts of America in Joliet, IL, but who has a degree in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University
in Edwardsville is a sculptor of no small talent?  I'm sure he'd love to do this!


   Thank you, Albert - for everything!




http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/dr-pepper.html - brand new page




http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/kitt.html - brand new page


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/richs.html - brand new page, already supplemented!


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/THOMAS.html - brand new page


http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/warwick-laundry.html - brand new page


   Needless to say, there are many, many more coming - including at least four teachers....


      There are about 15 more letters I've not included on a variety of new topics, but as this Newsletter is already approaching a
record length, I suppose I'll be throwing in an extra Newsletter tomorrow or Saturday.  Stay tuned.

   I'm sure you're not all as obtuse as I am, and this thought is no doubt superfluous, but I'll just include it as a reminder to myself.
This time of year is not always a joyous one for everyone.  There are those who struggle bravely just to maintain an outward smile,
and those who may have formerly delighted in this season but who now find it filled with pain and heartache.  There are many whose
moods swing sharply and suddenly from gaiety and merriment to gloom and desperation.  As we hurry through our ever busy days,
let's try to remember to be aware of those around us.  Let us even seek out those we may not see, those whose spirits may be lifted
by a smile, a hug, a phone call, a note, a card, an email, a loaf of homemade bread, or even something as simple as diamonds and
pearls - oh, no, I mean a plate of cookies.  Your own burdens will be made lighter as you pause to share a bit of yourself.

   Y'all take care of each other!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

- Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, 1943

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star
upon the highest bough.
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” midi courtesy of http://www.freemidi.org/download/4612.html - 12/14/04

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of http://www.christmas-carols.net/carols/have-yourself-merry-little.html - 12/14/04

Animated Tree with Shining Star clip art courtesy of http://www.christmasgifts.com/clipart.html - 12/16/04

"Holiday Heading" Pine Divider Line clip art, posted by ChrisMac, courtesy of http://groups.msn.com/TheClipArtPalace/christmas.msnw - 12/16/04

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