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01/17/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Benjamin Franklin's 301st Birthday

"If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing. "

- Benjamin Franklin
(17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Oh, goody - another Famous Birthday!  That means more homework for you:



  From Me ('65) of NC - 01/17/07:

   I had a phone call Sunday evening from our #3 son,    Randolph (Harty - Hillsboro HS - '92), in Edwardsville, IL.  He and his wife, Sophie, had several free (or near free) plane tickets left over from Sophie's many job-related travels, so they were planning (unbeknownst to us) to fly the four of us -   Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) included - out to Illinois for a week-long visit.  And as    Lewis (Harty - Hillsboro HS - IL - '89) and   Mary's (Bennett Harty - Litchfield HS - IL - '89) youngest child, Becca, is turning eight years old on the 28th, this means she will be baptized.  So they thought this would be the perfect time for our visit.

   This also means I will be making Becca's white baptismal dress, as I did for her two older sisters.

   So we will be leaving on Thursday, January 25th, and returning on Thursday, February 1st.

   Now, you know what this means, doncha?

   While I'm gone, there will be no Newsletters, as I'll have no way to access my files.  I will be able to see my email, and read the Daily Press obituaries, but of course, I'll be online for very limited amounts of time each day.  In case of an emergency, I'll be able to issue an "Old-Style" (no sound or images) Newsletter, but I'm hoping that won't happen.

   This also means that this week as I'm frantically sewing and crocheting that dress I designed (the skirt is made from the remnants of her mama's wedding gown, which I also made back in 1990), that I'll be even more of a basket case than usual.  So please bear with me.  Thanks!

     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/17/07 - "Buckroe Jet Crash":

Most of my research results in fun and nostalgic fodder for the web site. Not this time.

I have visited the crash site thrice in the last four days ... taking digital images and trying to work out the direction of the aircraft and the location of the destroyed houses. There is no evidence that there ever was a crash, but that is to be expected 41 years later. Even mangled trees have had sufficient time to re-grow.

As I was taking the images, one resident came up and asked what I was doing, perhaps fearing that I was a developer preparing to level the neighborhood for condos. When I explained that there had been a terrible military air crash just across the street in 1966, she said that she had heard about it when she moved there. Clearly, the legend has not completely faded. Despite shivering in shirtsleeves on a cold day, she was very interested in my account of the crash geometry, casualties, and names.

Also, I recently had a look at the Norfolk newspapers for the days following the crash. In some ways, that coverage was easier to understand.

With all the names of the injured in the paper, it would be simple to find some of them still living today. I did find an address for one with little effort. Also, one Sargeant Road resident's name in 2007 is the same as in 1966; that home was very near the path of destruction. I even found a likely address for one of the four Marine pilots. However, I cannot imagine contacting any of them and asking for recollections. That would be cruel and painful; satisfying our current curiosity is simply not worth doing that.

So, we must be content with what we can read and see in the photographs. The most distressing thing I read was that rescue operations were seriously hampered by sight seers who clogged roads and loitered in the area on foot, despite orders from civil and military personnel to clear out.

In a way, I can understand why some people chose not to remember such an awful event. Perhaps they were terrified by the idea that fiery death can fall on you from the sky at any time.

It was a bright and cold day -- perfect for image taking.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Looking NW Across Sargeant Street on Probable Path of Jet Crash; Marion Road in the Distance

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Looking SE Across Sargeant Street at Gallant Home

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 4:35 PM

Looking NW in Probable Path of Jet Crash;
Gallant Home on Right
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sargeant Street Looking to Intersection with Lawrence Street


   You know, David, the word "awesome" is so overused, but when I think of you, I am continually filled with awe, so I suppose that's really the best word to describe you.  When speech leaves me, and I notice my jaw has dropped open, there's just no other word which fits.

   Thank you so much, Captain - for everything!

  This not to be missed story may be viewed here:

  From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 01/17/07:

You have the best website in the universe!

Jean Lankes
HHS 72

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Pretty Lady - for everything!!!

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John R. Tucker HS - '77) of VA - 01/15/07 - "You Ever Wrestle One of These?":


  Well, golly, golly, no, Honey! Some people just seem to have all the fun! WILD GIGGLES!!!

  Thanks for this great shot, Jim!!!

Jim Atkinson and Friend  

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/16/07 - "Must see and hear":

   Well, Shari, until I Googled it, I didn't know who this gal at the Grand Old Opry was, but her song made me cry (not that I ever do...).

   Her name is Chely Wright, and I've included the lyrics - and more about her - if you're so interested:

   NOTE:  Shari's video is a long segment and you'll probably need to stop and open another Window to avoid double sound tracks.  It's well worth the time and effort.

   Thanks, Lady!

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/16/07 - "trivia":

As you can see, I was threatened into sending this to ya! I wish I knew how to get all that zinc and copper out of my hair!
If you don't send this to everyone you know, you will get a whippin.

In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to
beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have
"the rule of thumb".

   And that's why you should take all care to expunge this odious phrase from your usage - written and spoken!

Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled
"Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered
into the English language.


The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred
and Wilma Flintstone.


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.


Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


Coca-Cola was originally green.


It is impossible to lick your elbow.


The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska


The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)


The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400


The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar


WOW this is weird!!!

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in
the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in
the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the
horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural


Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John
Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but
the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name

A. Obsession


Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until
you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser
printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.


Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey


Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the

A. Father's Day


In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed
firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month
after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with
all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their
calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which
we know today as the honeymoon..


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England
, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your
pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"


Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the
rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they
used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase
inspired by this practice.


~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!



1.  You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2.  You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3.  You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of  three.

4.  You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5.  Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that
they don't have e-mail addresses.

6.  You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if
anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7.  Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the

8.  Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even
have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is
now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10.  You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your

11.  You start tilting your head sideways to smile.  : )

12.  You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13.  Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15.  You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on
this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to!

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Wayne Honey!  As you know, I love trivia!

From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 01/16/07 - "NNHS Class of 1970 (Colors)":

Our Class colors were:  Navy Blue & Red

   Thanks, Carol Anne! I'll be making those pages soon......

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John R. Tucker HS - '77) of VA - 01/16/07 - "Gal for ME":


  No, she's not skinning a cow - that's a bear.

 Well, Kid, the story your mama always told me was that when you met Jody (also a forest ranger), you proposed to her by asking, "Can you skin 'griz'?" - to which she answered in the affirmative, as this picture clearly shows!


Jody Carpol Atkinson  

   Thanks for this great shot, too, Jim!!!  Give my love to Jody and the boys.

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John R. Tucker HS - '77) of VA - 01/16/07 - "Grandma Hattie and my favorite 'cat'":


  Finally scanned the Grandma Hattie photo that my mother   (Frances Frix Atkinson - Thomas Jefferson HS - '37) had on her
dresser top for a good many years. The photo was stuck to the glass in a
couple of places. I noticed on the back, that it was from a studio in
Newport News. Ever heard of that place?

 Thanks so much for the image, Jim!

Hattie Warlick Payne Frix
b. 22 July 1880 - Morganton, Burke, NC;
d. 23 Sep 1943 - Richmond, VA
Back of Portrait  

   I put my copy - the one my mama    (Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) had on her dresser - in an acid-free album several years ago. When I saw your Farabees's Studio stamp on the back of Frances' copy, I quickly ran to peek at Baba's, wondering why I had never noticed such a thing before. Mine bore no stamp, only penciled scribbles.

   Farabee's Studio was a prominent portrait studio in Newport News, within walking distance of the high school. I'm doubly astonished - that we had no listing for it in Our Old Stomping Grounds, and that Grandma Hattie had her portrait made there. I had always assumed it was made at Foster Studio's in Richmond, as so many other of our family portraits were.

   Hattie moved to Richmond on 17 Mar 1916, and lived there for the remainder of her days. Why on earth would she have gone to Farabee's to have her portrait made???

   We moved to Newport News in January of 1954. Maybe my mama took her copy to Farabee's, and had a duplicate copy made for your mama??? That would have been before you were born, our mothers are both dead, so now there's no one left to solve this riddle.....

   WOWZERS!  Thanks, so much, Jim!!!
 I just added Farabee's Studio to Our Old Stomping Grounds:


The only yearbook ad I found for them was in the 1955 Anchor, when they were listed as the official yearbook photographers.  Nachman's had that privilege in the early 60's, and they were preceded by Gene Edmonds in the late 50's, so I'm not sure what became of Farabee's.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"


... As for Hattie, you are probably right. I did not know when you first moved to NN, but it makes sense that my dear Aunt Maximus had a copy of her "Hattie" photo reproduced for my mother (who went by many names). I somehow don't recall much of what transpired during the summer and fall of 1954. Imagine that!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Jim! That's what you get for waiting until August of 1959 to be born! 


  The "cat" photo was taken by me last September at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach during the F-14 retirement ceremony. If only I could have arranged a ride for Grandma Hattie in one of these. Used to threaten my mother with the same. She would have loved a power dive from 92,000 feet.

  WOWZERS!!!  Love your "cat".  Being a "Biggus Wimpus" myself, I would have enjoyed the power dive every bit as much as Frances and Hattie might have. Now MY mama was a different story. One of the great regrets in her life was that she was never able to go sky diving.  Still, I am relatively certain that she did in fact give birth to me......

Sunday, September 10, 2006 - 11:08 AM  

   Thanks for this great shot, too, Jim!!!  

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/17/07 - "Re: Grandma Hattie and Farabee's Studio":

Hi, Carol:
I sent you a digital photo of the front of the building that housed Farabee's Studio on West Avenue, next to the St. Dennis Apartments sometime ago. It was a NOW photo for your Old Stomping Grounds.
It was taken at night, but was a fairly good image. The gentleman who operated the business was a combat photographer during World War II and came to the Peninsula and secured employment with this firm, and later became the owner, and did not change the trade name.
I recall giving a copy of my transmittal to his daughter, Carole, who lives in Northern Virginia now, in hopes that she would become one of the "Krabba" subscribers, as she and her sister graduated from Hampton High School.
You probably did not make the connection at the time, and undoubtedly thought the old boy was off his rocker sending you this photograph.
I recall taking a close up photo of the front door because it displayed a merchant sign for Master Charge, now known as Mastercard.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   YOWZERONI!!!  That must have been three or four years ago!!!  I can't even run a mail search, because they wouldn't be in my Yahoo account, and that other account is long lost (from that period, anyway).

   I couldn't find it on H and B Grocery.  I couldn't find it on West Avenue Anybody know what I might have done with that image??  Tell me I used it, because I can't seem to find it, and the panic is rising.....

  And what are the St. Dennis Apartments?  And why aren't they listed on the Apartments page?!?

   "Ohhhh, the humanity........."

   Thanks, Major Madagan!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/15/07 and    Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/16/07 - "Last Chance to Save Lots B at Buckroe":

From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/15/07:


Lots B – The former Buckroe Amusement Park site

"be the change you want to see in the world"

-- Ghandi


The Hampton City Council will take a

FINAL VOTE on January 24.



  • MOST IMPORTANT  --  Every Hampton resident who wants Buckroe's Lots B saved as a city park MUST show up for the Hampton City Council meeting, Jan 24, 8th Floor, Hampton City Hall, 7:30 pm
  • Bring children with Frisbees and/or footballs.  Council members are parents and grandparents and seeing children in attendance who want a park should have an impact on the way Council votes
  • FORWARD THIS EMAIL for action to your friends and family!  Do this today
  • Call Council at 727-6315 or send e-mail to and express your support for OPTION D-1.  Do this before Jan 24
  • Send a Letter to the Editor of the Daily Press at Do this today
  • Wear an OPTION D-1 sign at the Council meeting on Jan 24 – make your own or pick one up at the meeting
  • Place an OPTION D-1 sign in your car window until Jan 24
  • Become better informed.  To view Lots B and OPTION D-1 and for more details, visit

Citizen turnout at the Hampton City Council meeting on January 24 is 'critical' for the future of public space at Buckroe Beach.  The evening will be long.  Hopefully, your sacrificing an evening at Hampton City Hall to show your support for Option D-1 will be the one thing that will make a difference in Council’s vote.



Our personal message to you:

Lots B are the former sites of the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park and are the last near Bay Front property in Hampton owned totally by the public.  Original plans did call for Lots B to be sold to developers for private residential housing.  However, we have been working over the last two years to save Lots B for public use and to add them to the existing Buckroe Park where the Buckroe Pavilion sits.

Over 12,000 Hampton residents signed the petition to "Stop the Condos at Buckroe," and over 400 citizens "voted" for Option D/D-1 in the recent city-sponsored public opinion survey.  Council has seen your signatures, but now they must see you in person on Jan 24. 

Not big on public speaking?  You do not have to address Council, but we will ask those present to stand in a show of support.

It has been said that upscale residential development on Lots B will revitalize the older Buckroe neighborhood.  If this is the case, why didn't Morningview, Cantamar, Chesapeake Landing, and the Salt Ponds development achieve this?

It has been argued that Hampton needs the revenue from the sale of Lots B to pay for new schools, etc.  There has not been a new school built in the city for 30 years; why should it happen at the expense of the public's last and only near Bay Front property?

Our goal is to keep Buckroe's public space public.  Working together now and showing up on Jan 24 will make a difference.  Check out  for more information on Option D-1.

Thank You,

Green Space Ladies (GSL)

Sandra Canepa, Trish Ferraro, Cecile Trevathan

The Buckroe Bay Front -- a "Sanctuary for the Spirit" and the "Family Room" of our city , "...a room meant for play and relaxation"  for all people.  --GSL



   Thank you, Edna and Karen - and Sandra!

   The moment to act is NOW, Sweetie-Pies!!!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/06 - "Why People Move South" (#8 in a series of 11):



 Ummm, I'm not sure I get this one...  OH, WAIT! 

  No.  No, that's not it.....  I don't get it.

   But thanks anyway, Shari!

Any More Questions?  

   In all the many varied excitements of the week, I didn't exactly catch up to myself yet, but I will.  I will.....

   Don't forget what Friday is (NO - not just the start of another weekend!).

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Philadelphia Freedom

- Elton John

I used to be a rolling stone
You know if the cause was right
I'd leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done

`Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had

Oh Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine a light shine a light
Shine a light won't you shine a light
Philadelphia freedom I love you, yes I do

If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city
Some others choose the good old family home
I like living easy without family ties
Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
Right between the eyes

"Philadelphia Freedom" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Philadelphia Freedom" lyrics courtesy of
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Painting of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of - 01/09/06

Etching of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of - 01/09/06

Benjamin Franklin Autograph used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/09/06

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

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