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12/21/05 - NNHS Newsletter
Dance of the Reed Flutes

"The merry family gatherings--
The old, the very young;
The strangely lovely way they
Harmonize in carols sung.

For Christmas is tradition time--
Traditions that recall
The precious memories down the years,
The sameness of them all."

 -- Helen Lowrie Marshall

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the first day of winter and, "Baby, it's cold outside!".  Stay warm.


  From Fred Eubank ('64) of TX - 12/19/05 (but only just discovered):

I'm finally responding to the following message from    Sheila Smith Moler ('64 - of VA)
dated 12 Nov 05.

From Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of VA - 11/24/05:

Dear Carol:
I really enjoyed the images of the keepsake booklets we received in elementary school that
  Craig (Fred) Eubank supplied.  (I always knew him as Craig!)  A mouse got into the
box in the attic where I kept all that stuff, and I was only able to save a few things. 
Craig, wasn't the top row left Billy MacDowell?  My memory has faded so much.....but I do remember that he and I used to laugh about silly things so much it made my stomach hurt.  Bottom row is me, Sue Miller (Dearnley - '64 - of VA), and    Linda Long ('64)
I remember Mrs. Hamner as being "mean", but then....weren't they all way back then?  My seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Robinson, was very stern, but I consider her one of the best teachers I ever had.  Sherry Spain and I went to visit her after we had entered the eighth grade.  She said, "When you get to high school, the most important thing to remember is this:  There're
always two sides to every story."  Words of wisdom I've never forgotten....
Sheila Smith Moler (NNHS '64) 

The question about Billy MacDowell I can't answer because I couldn't remember the names of the two kids on the top row, left and center.

I do remember Jimmy Faircloth and the three photos on the bottom row, including Sheila.
The most likely reason I couldn't remember the two other boys is that I don't think they attended NNHS.  I didn't see any faces that resembled them in the 8th grade section of the 1960 Anchor.  See the following link:

Carol, you may want to place this link on your Briarfield page.  I scanned those photos from my 1960 Anchor.
Back to Sheila's question about Billy MacDowell:  I did find a Billy "McDowell" in the 8th grade, and posted his picture.  But according to my eyes, and they may be fading like Sheila's memory, I can't see a resemblance between the two photos.

And finally, I was also in Mrs. Robinson's 7th grade class.  Sheila may remember me as the one who made Mrs. Robinson's life miserable.  See my report card from her class:

Note the phrase,"This last period...".  I'm sure she had nothing nice to say about me most of the year.  As I recall, Mrs. Robinson lived in Betsy Lee Gardens, not far from Sheila, and right across the street from Greg Hill.


In case you are interested in adding more links to your site, I have created a Warwick Laundry web site at:,

a Warwick Gardens Apartments web site at:,

and a Warwick Hotel web site at:

I'm working on a Decater Street web site for those of us who lived in Betsy Lee Gardens, such as Sheila Smith, Ken Taylor, Judy Mawyer, Janice Poole, Nancy Soesbee, Greg Hill, Bill Barnard, etc.

You have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Frederick C. Eubank
San Antonio, TX

WOWZERONI!!! You've been busy, Fred!  I'll add these links tomorrow, as I'm running now, and just discovered your email after the rest of the Newsletter was finished - or as close to finished as it ever came, anyway....

   Thanks so much, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!



  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 12/20/05 - "Searching a website":

Hi Carol,

In your newsletter tonight Bill Gross ('48) said

> If you will tell me how I can search your web site I will be happy to do that.

You may already be aware of this, but there are ways of doing site-specific Google searches.  I do not have much knowledge of this, but I would think your younger helpers would be able to give more specific information.   If you click on the "Advanced Search" link at  you will (with some looking) find more info.  I believe you can get books on how to do these kinds of advanced searches on the internet.

But a simple example Bill could try is to go to and enter the following in the text box:

        inurl:nnhs65 "Colonial Stores"
or "Colonial Stores"

(There is no space on either side of the colon.)

The results are the same either way.  You get two main "hits" and five other hits that may be less relevant or duplications.  The links to all the hits are available.  But even after you get to the page, you may have to hunt through it to find what you are looking for.

I hope this hasn't been too confusing.  Perhaps this is not what he had in mind anyway.

Doug Nelson '64.

   That's quite true, Doug. is perhaps the easiest way to find anything.  I have always specialized in complicating life in general.  GIGGLES!!!  Thank you for providing the easier answer!

   Merry Christmas to you and yours!



  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 12/20/05:


I note that in the Nostalgic Artifacts section there is no "Spur Glass."  Attached you will find a photo of three pieces that I have.  Just in case you don't remember what this is, We had SPUR gas stations in the area that sold gas for about 19 cents a gallon in the mid 50s and with your gas you got a piece of pink glassware or credits towards a larger piece.  Some of it is somewhat valuable today although I have no idea what my pieces are worth. 
    WOWZERONI!  What lovely pink depression glass!   I'll tell you what it's worth - a nice chunk-a money!  

   Thank you for sharing this image with us.  Pink depression glass is probably the most representative of all nostalgic artifacts, and the page was lacking without any.  I didn't include it for the simple reason that I've never collected it.  I collect so many other things, I decided to try to exercise some restraint and not start with this. 

   I've only owned two pieces in my life, and one of those, a pretty tiny heart shaped candy dish, I gave away about five years ago to a dear friend who does have a nice collection of "the pink".

   The other piece, a covered Fostoria Candy dish, I bought after I moved here to Fayetteville.  I saw it in a second hand shop for about $3.00 or $4.00 dollars, and lost all that hard-earned restraint.  I saw this identical dish going on eBay for $20.00 - which is still a bargain.

  January 18, 2004  
  Pink Fostoria Candy Dish  
   I've added both these images to Nostalgic Artifacts.  Thanks for the Nudge, Al!

Just imagine though, gasoline for 19 cents a gallon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   I do vaguely remember that!   I remember that in 1969 it had risen to 29 cents a gallon.

Feel free to size the photo as you need it done.  I can do it for you if you tell me what size in pixels and can even make the thumbnail if you give me the size in pixels that you want.

   Thank you, Al, but your image was the perfect size already.  I merely took it into PhotoShop and compressed it from 130 KB to 73.58 KB by hitting, "Save for Web".  And I no longer create thumbnails in the specific sense.  When I place the image on a page I reduce it (generally, but not always) to 150 pixels in height for a Newsletter, or 120 pixels in height for a regular image-laden web page.  The whole procedure of saving, resizing, renaming, positioning, perhaps redesigning the page, and uploading the image, probably takes longer in my mind than anywhere else.  Being the spoiled baby of my family, maybe I just thought if I whined enough about it, my mama would show up to, uh, show me the error of my ways.  (Whining was never, ever, allowed in our family - and trust me, even now I never use a "whiny" voice to complain!)  You know how holidays affect babies - "I wan' my mama!"

   And as    Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) said, "I may be old, but I'm still immature." 

   I love that line!!!  Thanks, Chandler Darlin'!

On Christmas Day I am going to borrow some old photo albums from my mother and hopefully the next week will be able to send you some photos of NN places that you do not already have.

Al Simms
Class of 60

       Oh, COOL!!!  Thanks so much!  Merry Christmas to you and yours, Al!



  From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 12/20/05 - "Brains":


"We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads." So I'm not fat, I'm just really intelligent and my head couldn't hold any more so it started filling up the rest of me! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

   Well, that certainly works for me, Tommy!  I seem to have become super-intelligent ever since Thanksgiving!  WILD GIGGLES!!!



  From Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA - 12/20/05:

Dear Carol,

Thinking of you and your family this holiday season. May your home be filled with Christmas warmth....may your heart be filled with Christmas love.

Thank you for all you do for NNHS.............


Evelyn Vretos (NNHS'55)

   Thanks so much for everything, Evelyn - and what lovely thoughts!  May you have a blessed Christmas, too!



  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 12/20/05 - "Merry Christmas":

Hi Carol,

Thanks for all you do.  May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.  Of course, that new year should be filled with NNHS newsletters.  :-)
Brenda Williams
Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world". - Ghandi

   Thanks so much, Brenda!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well!



  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA to    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/21/05:


Guess who was the window dresser for Nachman's and La Vogue?
None other than my half bother, George F. Bond, Jr.! He came down to stay for 18 months around 1957 and worked there. I've not seen him since.

Is this world getting small or what?????

Tell Carol I'll take all the information I can. Thank you again.

Linda May....Typhoonist

   Thank you, Linda May - and David!



  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/21/05 - "WHITE CHRISTMAS":


   Sarah Sugah, you're a hoot!  Thanks!

   Once again, you'll need to view this in a new window after you're finished with the Newsletter, as the sounds are playing on top of each other.  I don't know why this is happening now when it never did before.....



From Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 12/21/05:

Please say hello to    Dale Lucado ('68) from me, and change that horrible picture of me to at least the 9th or 10th grade pix! 

   Your first request is easy. 

   Oh, Dale, Roberta says, "Hi"!  GIGGLES!!!

   The second one is much more difficult.  You see, you were such a tiny baby girl, we were never in school together.  I only have your mouse portrait because    Fred Mays ('60 - of VA), bless his sweet heart, gave me a 1966 Anchor.  So if you (or any of you other baby chicks) would like to send me something newer, I'd be delighted to post it.  Meanwhile, I'll just leave it off.  I know I wouldn't want my own eighth grade picture posted anywhere. 

   Oh, wait a minute.  It is posted somewhere.  BLECGGGHHH! 


Happy birthday to Doug Dickinson ('69) (my former brother-in-law).  Happy holidays to all Typhoons everywhere!!


   Absolutely!  Thanks, Roberta - and a very Merry Christmas to you, too! 



  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 12/21/05:

Carol ... would it be easier for you to burn copies of the CD and mail them to those who donate? Maybe add a spiffy cover to the CD? I can do it of you do not have a burner ... it would just add some time to the process.

Glad it sparked immediate interest!
   Ja, that's what I thought.    Adrienne has already agreed to burn and beta test them for me.  The spiffy image cover is a good idea.  I don't have any of those at the moment.  Maybe I can pick some up   the next time somebody drags me out of the house......
   Thanks again!

aaaahhhhh ... child labor ... gotta love it!

   Welllllll, at 18, she's hardly a child anymore............

Glad I could help ... glad you enjoyed it! Now ... should it be advertised in the Crabber Mart??? LOL!

   Yes, I thought that would be the fair thing to do.  I haven't done it yet, of course, but I have thought about it!  GIGGLES!!!! Perhaps in the morning.....

To    Jean Poole Burton's ('64 - of RI) suggestion that it is better to be nekkid in that molasses .... here is a definition for those who may be uninformed:

naked = without clothes

nekkid = without clothes and up to something.

   Exactly!  For a further discussion of this topic, be sure to read the exciting stories found here:

Here is a good pic of the last Turkey Day game ticket.

For the group ... here is a picture we are considering for the Olde Wythe history book .... I got it with a 57 Krabba several years ago. Can anyone ID the location? If this group of Girl Scouts are from Wythe I will use it in the book. I am thinking it is from the mid 50s.

Here are    Janice (Pratt McGrew - HHS - '67 - of VA) and me, both taken in 1970, Janice with her Beetle, and me in my brother's 68 Mustang.

 Thursday, November 26, 1970 1950's 1970 1970  
I'll be scanning more over the holidays.

   As I said, Tommee, there's no hurry - no hurry at all, because I simply won't have time to process them right now.  In fact, I was able to share these four images with the group today, but I really do not even have time right now to place them on Odds and Ends and Our Old Cars where they belong.  Maybe I'll be able to do that in the morning..........

Typhoons Forever/Can't Crush A Crab

Later ...


   Thanks, Tom!



  From Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 12/21/05 - "e-mail snafu..":

       ...My apologies for an avalanche of bounced E-mails....
            I'm sorry about this week's E-mail snafu...  Nothing has been getting into the Museum because our screwy gateway rejected every outside message using the older " LastName. FirstName @ " format.
          I discovered it when I got a snail-mail letter telling me I was being held incommunicado....
         There was a change planned for the New Year in the address format... now the 'NetGremlins' have forced the change a little sooner than expected....
          Starting NOW my new, improved E-mail address is:
                ...........Ain't Technology just Wonderful! ....
                    Thanks!       Chip

   YOWZERONI!!!  What a "Holiday Delight" for you!  I'm so sorry to hear all that, Chip!

   But I've changed your email addy on the '65 Contact Page, and perhaps now people will begin finding you again:

   Thanks again for everything, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Chippy Darlin'!



  From Charles Forrest ('64) of VA - 12/21/05:


If you will, please change my e-mail from ______________ to _____________.

I will be retiring Jan. 03, 2006.

Thank you.

Charles A. Forrest Jr.

   CONGRATULATIONS, Charles!!!  As you noticed, I've already changed it.  I checked the Contact page for '64, but you had never authorized publishing it anyway, so there was nothing to change there!  GIGGLES!

   Merry Christmas, Charles - and enjoy your retirement!



  From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 12/21/05 - "Happy Holidays":

Id like to take just a moment to wish EVERYONE a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanza, and a Fantastic Festivus. Peace, love, and joy to all.

Chandler Nelms

   GIGGLES!!!  Well, that says it all, doesn't it, Sweetie?!?  Thanks, Chandler Darlin' - and a very Merry Christmas to you, too!  You've certainly brightened our pages!



   Emails are continuing to pop up long after they were sent, so if you emailed me something which I didn't
print, chances are excellent it hasn't made it to me yet.  Perhaps more will emerge from hiding by tomorrow.

   There's much more to come - and hopefully soon.......

   Y'all stay happy - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




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



Dance of the Reed Flutes

("The Nutcracker Suite", 1892)

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


"Dance of the Reed Flutes" midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"Dance of the Reed Flutes" Ballet Image courtesy of - 12/21/05

 Ballet Slippers clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 01/11/05

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