1. FROM YOUR WEBMASTER:CNC Decaders Website Compatibility Problem with Some Mobile Devices.
2. NEW: 2018 First Decaders Luncheon at CNU.
3. NEW: Rah! Rah! Rah! for CNC's First Decade Cheerleaders.
4. CNC’s First Yearbook: The 1964 Trident
5. How the CNC Community Helped Harold Cones Await the Birth of His First Daughter (AMemoriesBook Bit).
6. Clotheslines and Wringer Washers.
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CNC Decaders Website Compatibility Problem
with Some Mobile Devices
by Webmaster Ron Lowder
During the recent First Decaders luncheon at CNU, a fellow Decader, Candy Hixson Whitley, showed me a problem she has when viewing our Decaders website on her mobile phone. The problem occurs when she clicks on a topic in the primary menu that has a secondary menu, illustrated below.
The screenshot left above shows our website's primary menu. When a viewer clicks on, for example, “REUNIONS AND EVENTS,” the secondary menu shown right above should appear. The problem demonstrated to me by Candy is that on her cell phone, the secondary menu is only briefly displayed, instantly disappearing before she can access a secondary item.
COMPATIBILITY ISSUE DESCRIPTION
Each brand of mobile device has a unique, vendor specific operating system (known to techies as an OS). A leading technology website, Techopedia, describes this software as follows:
A mobile operating system (mobile OS) is an OS built exclusively for a mobile device, such as a smart phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), tablet or other embedded mobile OS. Popular mobile operating systems are Android, Symbian, iOS, Blackberry OS and Windows Mobile.
A mobile OS is responsible for identifying and defining mobile device features and functions, including keypads, application synchronization, email, thumbwheel and text messaging. A mobile OS is similar to a standard OS (like Windows, Linux, and Mac) but is relatively simple and light and primarily manages the wireless variations of local and broadband connections, mobile multimedia and various input methods.
(The site failed to list one of the newer mobile operating systems, Google Chrome.)
These operating systems are present in the following vendor's products:
Android OS: Huawei, Samsung, Nokia (HMD)
Symbian: Arima, Benq
iOS: exclusive to Apple products
Blackberry OS: exclusive to Blackberry products
Windows Mobile: Acer, Asus, Dell Fujitsu/Siemens
Windows 10 (latest version): can be linked to Android OS devices
Google Chrome: exclusively Google products
I have confirmed that our Decaders website works well with all Apple devices, which are the only ones I own. But I do not know which of the above mentioned vendors' products are compatible with our website. I have attempted to get the answer from our web hosting provider, Network Solutions, with no luck.
So I am requesting your help. If you have other than an Apple mobile device, I would appreciate your sending me a short email that states your device's vendor (e.g., Samsung), the device's name (e.g., Galaxy Note 9) and whether or not our website “plays well” on your device. If it does not play well, please state the reason such as “menu problem” or another issue.
Beginning in 2012, each September the CNC First Decaders (FDs) have held a reunion picnic in Newport News Park. This year, the group decided to skip the hot charcoal grill, the flies, the metal picnic tables, the work, and the uncertain weather and to have instead an indoor luncheon at CNU. This first such fall FD event on campus, held in the Board Room in the University's David Student Union, was so successful that our FD Crew decided immediately afterwards to hold next September's "picnic" also at CNU.
Over 50 people attended the luncheon, including First Decade professors emeriti Wood, Mazzarella, and Chambers. Present also were Alumni Relations Office staff, headed by Director Baxter Vendrick, who organized the event, Dr. Sean Heuvel, Chair of the 1961 Historical Preservation Club, and a roving CNU photographer, who took 51 pictures.
Two of three major highlights of the event are reflected above. The left photo shows the Captain of the First Decaders Crew, David Spriggs, holding his Chambers Award for Voluntary Service just given to him byAlumni Relations Director Baxter Vendrick. I was asked to join them for the photo. The right photo shows English Professor EmeritusBarry Wood speaking to the group about the book in his hand, Form and Thought, which he has donated to the First Decade Memorabilia Collection in Klich Alumni House. This book was the first English 101 textbook used at CNC the first year that it held classes, 1961-62, in its temporary home in downtown Newport News. Barry also told the amusing story about the time he jumped out the second floor window of his classroom in the Daniel building to make a point (immortalized in our Memories book on p. 40).
The third highlight was a surprise announcement made by Director Baxter Vendrick-- that this year's Homecoming will feature a t-shirt with a unique graphic on the back (close-up below). On the left is a CNC pennant, including a CNC seal; on the right is a CNU pennant. The shirt reflects the equal importance of Christopher Newport College and Christopher Newport University--the former paving the way for the latter.
Available in short and long sleeved styles, the t-shirt can be purchased via this link: http://cnu.imodules.com/homecoming . It will be on sale only through the month of October. Over a dozen of us (including me) ordered our shirts at the luncheon.
In the center in the left photo is CNU's Dr. Sean Heuvel (in burgundy shirt), a regular guest at our FD events, always looking for memorabilia for CNU's collection. The young lady beside him is a CNU student intern. To the right is "Cap'n Dave" Spriggs (U.S. Navy, ret), our FD leader since 2011. In the right photo are FDs (L-R) Donna Lass Carter and Jan Giguere Clarke.
At this table (left photo) is the Executive Vice President of the Student Alumni Society, John Pulley, a CNU senior (left). He is looking at FD Joe Hutchko. Almost every 8-person table had a current CNC student intern or Alumni Relations staff member seated among the First Decaders, helping create a bond between the CNC and CNU generations. The second photo above was taken before the luncheon at Klich Alumni House, which the Alumni Relations Office opened during the noon hour for tours. Taken on the second floor terrace at the back of the building, this photo, courtesy of FD Ellen Babb Melvin, shows Ellen (R) with Thommy and Charlie Snead, her friends and classmates at both CNC and William and Mary.
Chatting in the photo left above are History Professor EmeritusMario Mazzarella (L) and Jim Cornette (R), president of CNC’s first freshman class, 1961-62, and president of CNC’s first Student Government Association, 1962-63. After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, Jim returned to CNC to teach in the English Department. This last picture shows siblings Dr. Cecelia Short and Sonny Short wearing Christopher Newport colors for the occasion. Both of them have served on the First Decaders Crew since 2011.
To see the remainder of the 51 photos made at this event, follow this link:
Christopher Newport College had no official cheerleading squad until the 1967- 68 academic year, when a major leap forward in CNC's sports programs occurred, made possible by the opening of Ratcliffe Gymnasium and the addition of Coach Bev Vaughan, who started the men's basketball program. It was time then to form a cheerleading squad.
Although I had no experience whatsoever in cheerleading, I agreed to be the cheerleaders' sponsor. My first task was to help pick the young women who would be the first cheerleaders. I well remember the tryouts. A group of us, teachers and athletic staff, sat in the bleachers and watched small groups of contestants demonstrate their cheerleading skills, each wearing a number. After some time, thinking all of the contestants were equally skilled, I turned to my colleague Barry Wood and whispered, "What criteria are you using to pick the winners?" He softly chuckled, raised both hands up toward his shoulders, then made two large semicircles with them as he dropped them to his waist. Male criteria.
Posed above in the center of Ratcliffe's main basketball court are the ten young women chosen to be CNC's first cheerleaders, only five of whom I have been able to locate and document--on row 1, Linda Gray (later Creekmore); and on row 2, Mary Malone (later Price), Mary Fowler (later Scott), Marian Donnelly (later Shadrick), and Patty Berkey (later English). The co-captains of this first squad were (middle, standing) Mary Fowler and (middle, kneeling) Kathy Green. Mary was also a co-captain the following year (1968-69) and Kathy a co-captain the next two years (1968- 69 & 1969- 70). Unfortunately, I believe that Kathy is deceased. Patty (orPatti) Berkey, standing at far right, was also on the 1968-69 squad. Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help locate Brooke Fancher, Selma Hunley, Frances Bass, or Sandy Steward.
My second task as sponsor was helping pick the material for the cheerleaders' uniforms. I vaguely remember meeting someone, maybe Lillian Seats, at some store somewhere on the Peninsula to pick out the material, which was something that required dry cleaning. I have no idea, however, who designed the uniforms and their logos or who made the uniforms, which were blue and white.
CNC had only one state vehicle, a 4-dr sedan that could seat six, so transportation to and from away games required using personal vehicles. Coach Bev Vaughan and Accounting professor Don Riley were always among those driving some of the basketball players in their cars. I often drove cheerleaders to and from games in my silver-blue Mustang like the one in this photo (right). It would only hold four passengers, however.
Like the 1968Trident, the 1969 Trident devoted one full page (p. 89) to the cheerleaders. However, there were individual photos of each of the nine young women. Three had also been on the 1968 squad--Kathy Green, Mary Fowler, and Patty (or Patti) Berkey. Mary and Patty are documented. Two more on this squad have also been located and documented--Karen Morgan (later Forrest) and Kathy Haynes ( later Rhody). I've recently lost contact with Kay Johnson (Hogan). If you can help locate her and/or Nancy Ames, Betty Bugg (later Lambiotte), orDiana Cooper, please contact me email@example.com.
The photo left above showsKathy Green in her second year as cheerleader co-captain. I have never found her and have heard that she is deceased. In the middle is Karen Morgan (later Forrest), who served as cheerleader in 1969, 1970, and 1971. On the right is Mary Fowler in her second year as co-captain.
To my knowledge, Nancy Ames (left picture) cheered only this one year. I am in contact with Kathy Haynes (middle), who married FD Chip Rhody. Patty Berkey (right) is also documented; 1969 was in her second year as cheerleader.
I hope someone can help me reconnect with Kay Johnson Hogan (left), who was on the cheerleading squad all four of her years at CNC: 1969 - 72. Years ago I heard that Betty Bugg (middle photo) married someone named Lambiotte, but I have been unable to locate her. Nor have I found Diana Cooper (last photo).
Part 2 will feature the 1970, 1971, and 1972 Cheerleaders.
Shirley Fields designed the cover of the first yearbook, which approximated the College’s colors, blue and gray. The three thin stripes on the left, she says, represented the three prongs of King Neptune’s trident.
The honor of creating the first CNC yearbook goes to the Class of 1964. In a telephone interview with Shirley D. Fields (now Cooper), Editor of the 1964 Trident, I learned that the desire to have a yearbook arose from talks among a group of students who, like her, had staffed their high school yearbooks. Shirley, who had edited her 1962 Hampton High School yearbook, was chosen among this volunteer group to be their leader. They met with Director H. Westcott Cunningham, who gave his permission for the project.
An announcement that there would be a yearbook appeared in the first edition (Nov. 7, 1963) of The Captain’s Log, along with a statement that the book would be paid for by the College, with copies issued “free of charge” to all full-time students, faculty, and staff, and sold to others for $4.00 (Vol. I, Issue 1, p. 4).
Joining Editor Shirley Fields on the yearbook staff were Co-Editors Thomas Saunders and W. Daniel Burton, Jr. and ten additional dedicated students (see photo below).
Of these 13 members of the first Trident staff, one is deceased, Paul H. Keene, and 3 have not yet been located: Diana Hubbard, Sue Ann Scott, and Helen Gayle Stanley. Please help us find these 3. Photo from p. 52 of the 1964 Trident. Illustration by Shirley Fields.
Serving as faculty advisors were English professor Elizabeth B. Scott and physics professor E. Graham Pillow, both of whom had joined the faculty its second year (1962-63). Mrs. Scott left CNC at the end of the 1964-65 academic session to join her husband, who had accepted a position at the American University in Lebanon. Mr. Pillow later became CNC’s first Chair of Computer Studies, instigated the first interdependent B.S. degree, Management Information Science, and remained with the College until 1978, when he left to accept an appointment as director of medical computing at the University of Virginia.
Elizabeth B. Scott. 1964 Trident, p. 12.
E. Graham Pillow. 1964 Trident, p. 14.
Talented in art since childhood, Editor Fields provided all of the artwork for this first yearbook, beginning with the illustration on the title page (photo left) of mythological sea-god King Neptune’s crown and trident. The staff chose the name Trident (Shirley’s suggestion) for the yearbook because Neptune’s three-pronged spear was both “an instrument of power” and “a spur of the spirit,” representing “the strength that comes from the intertwining of purpose with knowledge [and] with humility” (“Symbol of the Trident,” p. 2, written by Fields).
Central on page 3 of the yearbook is Editor Fields’s drawing of a ship under full sail, above a short list of the book’s content: Administration, Classes, Activities, and Advertisements (photo left). The following two pages (4 & 5) summarize Captain Christopher Newport’s services to England. Page 4 is headed by Shirley’s drawing (see left) of Captain Newport (based on the work of artist Allan D. Jones, Jr.). Discussed here is how Newport served as the “Queen’s privateer” during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who praised him for “his fine qualities of leadership, … dependability, loyalty, and courage,” and how he became known as “the one-armed Englishman who struck with the suddenness of a tropical storm” yet “treated his prisoners with kindness.”
Page 5 primarily summarizes Newport’s peacetime role, during the reign of King James, as “The Admiral of Virginia”—heading the Jamestown voyage, exploring and mapping the James and York rivers, returning to the colony with new supplies and people, and so forth. The essay concludes with Newport’s death in 1617 and his lasting reputation for “justice…tempered with humanity.” Shirley Fields wrote this article also, citing as her major source passages in Ancient Adventurers, by Samuel M. Bemiss.
This first yearbook was, quite appropriately, dedicated to Director Cunningham, whom the students praised for his “steadfast service” to “the students, the faculty, and the community” and called “the first and most beloved pioneer of Christopher Newport College” (see right). Although full-time students were given free copies of this first Trident, they had to pay to have their portraits made for it ($2.00 for three poses). Not all students could afford that expense, unfortunately, so the book does not fully reflect the student body present that year, especially those attending part-time or only in the Evening College. The black-and-white portraits of the sophomores (47), freshmen (108), and student nurses (29) were taken by Farabee’s Studio, which provided the traditional v-necked black drapes for the women’s photographs (no jewelry allowed) and the white tuxedo jackets, white shirts, and black bow ties for the men’s photos. The College’s administrators (5), staff (5), and faculty (18) provided their own black-and-white studio portraits, wearing business-style clothing.
The first yearbook's team leaders (L-R): W. Daniel Burton (Co-Editor), Shirley D. Fields Cooper (Editor), and Thomas L. Saunders (Co-Editor). From pages 17, 19, & 23 of the 1964 Trident
The Activities section (10 pages) recorded campus life, with photos of the Student Government Association (SGA) officers and representatives, the Trident staff, the Captain’s Log staff, and officers and members of the Circle K Club. Photos in this section were no doubt made by the Trident’s student photographers, who also provided, at the very end of this section, three pages of mostly candid snapshots of student life. Miss CNC of 1964, Sheilah Kathleen Cassidy, and her court had a two-page spread, posing in their formal gowns and long white gloves. Their photos look rather professional. There were no sports pictures, since there were apparently no organized sports that year. To see more pictures from this first yearbook, as well as some from the 1965 Trident, go to our School Pictures tab, subtab 1964-1965 (left margin, top of this page).
Although the 1964 Trident was a modest-sized book (8” wide by not quite 11” long), with only 59 pages of text and photos, plus 21 pages of advertising, it is a document of great importance in the history of CNC. That it was initiated by the students shows the strong attachment—if not, indeed, love—that these early first decade students felt toward their small college. That CNC’s leader not only sanctioned the creation of a yearbook, but had the College’s treasury almost fully finance it, reflects Director “Scotty” Cunningham’s practice of whole-heartedly supporting virtually every project the students advanced. And that the book had such a large number of advertisements underscores the Peninsula community’s strong pride in and support for the young school which it considered to be its college. Those fortunate enough to own copies of this first CNC yearbook possess a small treasure.
SHIRLEY D. FIELDS COOPER "proudly attended" CNC 1962-64.She then earned at ODU a BA in Math ('67) and a Certificate in the School of Engineering-Computer Science ('81) . Shetaught math, science, & physics in Hampton(1968-70), York Co. (71-83), & Gloucester (1993-2003) and was Coordinating Principal ofVictory Academy, in Gloucester, 1993-2003. She retired from teaching in 2003. She also held elected office 23 yrs. on the YorkCo. Board of Supervisors and was a Representative in the VA Gen. Assembly & a member of theNat’lBicentennial Comm., 1974-81. Her husband, Ned Cooper, an electronics technician at NASA, died in 2003. She has two married sons and two granddaughters.
Note: Some of the material in this article appeared originally in “The First Student Publications: Chris’s Crier and the Trident,” by Jane Chambers, in Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961-1971, by A. Jane Chambers, Rita C. Hubbard, and Lawrence Barron Wood, Jr. (Hallmark Publishing Co., Inc., 2008).
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Published January 10, 2014
Republished September 28, 2018
MEMORIES BOOK BIT
A Memories Book Bit:
How the CNC Community Helped
Harold Cones Await the Birth
of His First Daughter
Excerpt from page 224*
If one word could be used to define the CNC of those days, that word would be community. Because of our small size, all faculty, staff, and students knew each other no matter what department. We worked, studied, played, and built an institution together. An example of how close-knit we were was demonstrated at the birth of my first daughter. At Riverside Hospital, anyone in the fathers' waiting room was only allowed one guest, and that guest had to sign in.
As I sat alone in the waiting room, [biology professor] Ruth Simmons waltzed in, officially dressed in her lab coat. She brought a hot dog. Shortly thereafter, [biology secretary] Ann Tiller arrived in a lab coat with a hot dog. As the day progressed, the waiting room gradually filled with lab coat-dressed students and faculty, all armed with hot dogs sent by Mr. Takis. When the doctor came to announce the birth of my daughter, near midnight, he invited me to come to the nursery to take a look. When he asked, "Who is here with Mr. Cones?" the entire waiting room, then numbering about fifteen people dressed in lab coats, stood up. The doctor smiled, as I smile now as I write this. And the nurse in charge of the nursery was a student who let me hold my daughter ahead of the normal allowed time.
*“Biology Department: The Ties That Bind,” by Harold N. Cones, in Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, by A. Jane Chambers, Rita C. Hubbard, & Lawrence B. Wood, Jr. (Hallmark, 2008). TO ORDER BOOK: Send check for $20 made out to Jane Chambers to: Dr. Jane Chambers, 15267 Candy Island Lane,Carrollton, VA 23314. The money (minus mailing cost) is donated to the CNC First Decaders' Treasury.
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Published September 28, 2018
Clotheslines and Wringer Washers
by A. Jane Chambers
Were you "Mother's Helper" on wash day? Growing up in Charlotte, NC in the mid-20th century, as the oldest of four children and a girl, I definitely had that title on wash days (often not just Mondays). And as I grew older, my laundry chores increased. By my teens, I was frequently in charge of much of the entire laundry process--using the wringer washer, hanging and retrieving the laundry, and ironing virtually everything from my little sister's puffy sleeved dresses (hard work) to pillow cases and kitchen towels (easy work).
I don't remember the brand of electric washing machine we had, but it was very much like the one in this Hotpoint ad (left). I think I did not use the electric wringer, however, until high school--for fear it would crush my fingers. Almost all washing machines in those days had wheels, because most people had to hook the water hoses to their kitchen faucets. My dad, however, was able to hook our machine to the hot water heater on our enclosed porch, next to our kitchen. He also strung a clothesline the length of that narrow room for inside drying in bad weather.
Our clothesline, located in the back yard, had 4 wire metal lines anchored at each end by sturdy metal T-shaped poles set in cement, as in the picture below. Before hanging the laundry, I first had to clean these lines with a damp cloth so that they wouldn't leave marks on the laundry. We kept a few long wooden poles handy (like the one in photo 1 above) in case we needed them to push lines up higher so articles like sheets or blankets wouldn't touch the ground. Our clothesline was also located far away from any trees, not only to avoid shade and maximize sunbeams, but also to minimize bird droppings... which not always worked.
The toddlers (twins?) in the above picture remind me of my brothers, who were 17 months apart in age. Their mother is hanging a load of something people younger than forty have probably have never seen: cloth diapers--indispensable in families with children in the mid-20th century. When soiled, diapers were first dipped in toilets (if necessary), then soaked in a lidded container pail in an strong-smelling solution such as ammonia water until being washed in the machine. Few families could avoid this routine by paying for a diaper service. And few fathers (mine was an exception) willingly changed diapers, much less endured this unpleasant process to clean them.
Whatever the season, laundry had to be washed, dried, and retrieved. On very cold winter days, sometimes clothing froze on the clotheslines--like the long johns in the photo above. Thankfully, my father worked inside a building so never wore long johns. Otherwise, I might have been required to iron them, as I did his boxer shorts.
One invention in the mid-20th century that made my ironing chore much easier was metal pants shapers (photo right). When these were inserted into the legs of a pair of newly washed jeans or khakis, and then adjusted to the correct length and width, the dried pants looked as if the legs had been ironed--and creased! Since I had two growing brothers to iron for (and often wore jeans at home myself), these pants shapers were a wonderful addition to clothesline hanging days.
The humorous verses below seem an appropriate way to end this article. The author is an American woman in her seventies who has published four books of light verse poetry.
A Clothesline Poem
by Marilyn K. Walker
A clothes line was a news forecast, to neighbors passing by. There were no secrets you could keep, when clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link, for neighbors always knew, If company had stopped on by, to spend a night or two.
For then you'd see the fancy sheets and towels upon the line; You'd see the company tablecloths, with intricate design.
The line announced a baby's birth, to folks who lived inside, As brand new infant clothes were hung so carefully with pride.
The ages of the children could so readily be known By watching how the sizes changed; you'd know how much they'd grown.
It also told when illness struck, as extra sheets were hung; Then night-clothes, and a bathrobe too, haphazardly were strung.
It said "Gone on vacation now," when lines hung limp and bare. It told "We're back!" when full lines sagged, with not an inch to spare.
New folks in town were scorned upon, if washing was dingy grey, As neighbors raised their brows, and looked disgustedly away.
But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make work less, Now what goes on inside a home, is anybody's guess.
I really miss that way of life; it was a friendly sign, When neighbors knew each other best, by what was on the line.
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