02/06/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
J. E. B. Stuart's Birthday

Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart, C. S. A.
(06 Feb 1833 - 12 May 1864)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I knew you'd remember that today is Jeb's birthday.  How could you forget the flamboyant commander of the Confederate
Cavalry?  He's my favorite hero - a man who knew how to dress well, laugh well, love well, have fun - and flirt!  Besides, he's
my cousin on three different lines - two Randolph's and a Perkins.

   If you don't know him as well as you'd like, read Burke Davis' The Last Cavalier:


   Oh, yes, and today is also Super Bowl Sunday!  Even I know that!

   I've had difficulties with the FTP all week, causing pages to crash and stay crashed.  I hope this hasn't caused you as much
grief as it has me.  I think it would work pretty well at 0200, but as I try to awaken each morning at 0430, that would be rather
annoying.  I'll keep plugging along.

From Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 02/05/04:

Carol – just FYI, here is our list of birthdays.  I send them out to our ’57 classmates every month.


Porter Phillips Booker


Allen Cohen


Thelma Spade Roberts


Hazel Pegram Southall


Maynard Thweatt


Helen Pegram Ignace


Jon Pearl


L. Patrick Burke


William Sawyer


Helen Avant Neal


Ronald Bass


Margaret Blayton Cowan


Richard E. Prince, Sr.


Joan Williams Eberwine


Peggy Wellington Craft


John Mitchell




Billy Williams




Webb Edwards

I don’t know if you want me to send you all birth dates for other ’57 classmates or not … you may have too many to keep track of already
(I can also go back and give you January’s for future reference).  Let me know what you think, and if you want to include them – I won’t be
offended if you decide not to.

Thanks, Thelma

   Hi, Thelma!

   I would be delighted to post all these and January’s too, if you don’t mind! I rarely intentionally leave out anything or anyone.

   Awww - see – I already missed your birthday! Hope you had a good one!

Well, in that case – here they are:


Gloria Hand Burns


Normal Howell Morgan


Carolyn McCormick Holmes


Cammie Dick Gibson


Harry Covert


Jimmy Shires


Bruce Smith Slama


Page Smith Morahan


Joan Burcher Green


Mrs. Wilma S. Robinson (Coach Pete Robinson’s wife and our class sponsor)


Sonja Settles Allen


Patricia Branch Coltrane


Peggy Taylor Hudson


Skippy Weitz


Johanne Coates Richardson


Eileen Rash Vaught


Carolyn Clark Wilk


Sandra Sherman Filippo


Courtney Russ


Nancy Keesee Crawley

Thanks for the belated wishes.  This is one birthday I’d just soon ignore (66) – I couldn’t possibly have lived this long!!!


   GIGGLES!  Yes, but notice how well that beats the alternative!

   Eileen Rash Vaught gave me private flute lessons in her home in the fall of 1960 or '61.  Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
gave me her email address months ago and suggested that I write her, but I was too bashful.  She probably wouldn't
remember me anyway, but I remember her and her kindness and patience.

   Thanks again, Thelma!  I'll be posting these right away.


From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 02/04/05:

This is a secret about how to win those very competitive beauty contests.
It doesn't matter what you really look like.
The important thing is making yourself fit in with the theme of the contest.
Anybody can win a contest - IF - they just show themselves like what everyone expects to see.
Below are some examples of how one young lady used costumes, accessories and expressions to make
herself into a three-time winner. 
Starting with THE REAL ME And here is the GOOFY ME



You can do it too!  Just don't try to get too much help from the refrigerator.

     Well, what can I say, Fred?  Each of those images came to me courtesy of my niece Shari in VA, who delights
in funny pictures.  When I attached the first one to my personal web page, I was tipping the scales at 235 (I'm 5' 2") and
climbing, and thought that if anything was a metaphor for me, it was that first little piggie.  GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Fred!  You're a hoot!  Oh, it it wasn't so much the refrigerator (unless you're referring to ice cream!); it was the
cake and cookies and donuts and candy!  Mmmmmm - especially the candy!  Sigh.  And maybe the eleven pregnancies
in eighteen years.  But primarily the sugar.

   Oh, Jean - pull up a pillow and get comfy there in Mr. Taylor's algebra class.  The trains are still running..........

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/04/05:


As my name has been mentioned several times in connection with the train word problem, I can
no longer remain silent. Remember: You asked for this.

In the wonderful world of Algebra, the Laws of Physics are flagrantly disregarded in the interest
of mathematics, e.g. velocities are achieved instantaneously. This is not the case in the real world
of Newtonian mechanics. Both trains must accelerate from zero velocity to their final velocity, and
this takes time. This time varies with the mass of each train and the force applied to accelerate it ….
remember F=MA? Further complicating the issue is this: The continued of application of force will
result in continued acceleration which will result in ever increasing velocity. If the train engineer
wishes to reach and maintain a constant velocity, then he must reduce the force being applied as he
nears the desired velocity. (Just think about your foot pressure on the accelerator of your car as you
enter the interstate from the on-ramp. Push hard to get up to speed, then begin to ease off as you reach
the speed limit.) Even worse, the force required to sustain a constant velocity is affected by the wind
resistance to the train, and that resistance is not a constant nor is it even linear with velocity, i.e. the
resistance at 60 MPH is more than twice the resistance at 30 MPH. So now we have to consider the
acceleration curves from a standing start and the curves as each train approaches its desired velocity.
All of these factors involve time, and therefore, the distance traveled by each train as the passenger
train overtakes the freight train.

Once you lay out all the equations, you are well into differential calculus and, perhaps partial
differential equations, as well as a host of unknown values not provided in the original word problem.
Accordingly, my solution to the word problem is: INSUFFICIENT DATA.

David, you're not only adorable, you're positively delightful!  Thank you so much for these elucidating insights! 

   I think the important thing to remember here is that I WAS RIGHT - INSUFFICIENT DATA!  WILD HYSTERICAL

By the way, Dave's degree from the United States Naval Academy is in Marine Engineering; his Master's
Old Dominion University is in Engineering Management.)

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/04/05:

Dear Carol:
In your last newsletter we read:
"Rob (Powell - North Beach High School, Ocean Shores, WA - '89, United States Air Force Academy - '93 - of NC)
phoned me moments after he sent this email to tell to me that there were two ways of reading the problem, which explains
why we had a variety of answers in an exact science."
Rob is right! After going back and reading the series of Newsletters pertaining to the Word Problem, for Old Times Sake,
there are two ways of reading the problem. First, it was not clear from the beginning that the trains were running on parallel
tracks and it was not stated in the Word Problem. So those that answered that the Passenger Train would not be able
to pass the Freight Train are correct.
So, the defect lies in the vague facts in the Word Problem, so that can make it frustrating instead of fun. Sorry I did not catch
the missing details before it was published, for I made a couple of assumptions. To assume, is to makes an "Ass out of U
ME" (Salty Sea Language)

   Oh, Adonis - I disagree!  Had this problem been crystal clear from the beginning, we could never have had so much fun
with it!  I found it almost exhilarating to realize that an exact science could be so open to interpretation.  And I never knew
word problems were supposed to be fun!  They always frustrated the bee-bees out of me!  I thought they had a three-fold
mission: to give ulcers, raise blood pressure, and cause one to break out in hives.

So thanks for the brain teaser!  It has been very educational on a number of levels!

From Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA - 02/04/05:

Hi Carol!

Just found the ornament you have for sale. 

I would love to have one with (of course!!) blue and gold ribbon.  Can you do this?  Let me know your cost – keep cranking
out those newsletters—I love reading them and keeping up with all the Classmates.

Typhoons Forever,

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Those aren't for sale, Cheryl!  Those are the prizes I inexplicably decided to award for goofy contests
and certain page hits.  You just won one for giving me such a big laugh!  It will be in tomorrow's mail.

   Thanks, Cheryl!

From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 02/04/05:

Hey Carol,

The Newsletter continues to amaze me.  Does anyone remember the “Blue Light” Club in Newport News?  I remember
going there several times after I graduated from
NNHS in which case you would BYOB!  My memory is a little foggy but I
know I went to the club, perhaps I was under the influence…anyway it would be interesting to hear from others.


   Thanks, Paul!  Have we not assembled here the most remarkable gathering of amazing individuals?!?

   This is the second call for the Blue Light Club.  I don't remember ever hearing of it, much less visiting it, but then I lived
in a Dixie dup.  No matter - we'll start the page - y'all let me hear from you with details - location, images, remembrances......


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

From Al Farber ('64) of GA to Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 01/27/05:

THANK...... YOU..... for doing A GREAT JOB on the DVD....REALLY ENJOYED it....LIKE they said ....THE NAME BADGES
need to be BIGGER...SOME I WOULD KNOW BUT most I wouldn't........YOU wouldn't know me now EITHER....AFTER 40 some
years THINGS change....THANK you again for the JOB you did.....HOPE too see you at the next GET TOGETHER....

   (OOOOH, looky-looky at that cute little swirling TYPHOON!  How could have missed finding such a thing before?!?  Ah, no
matter.  Y'all know what sticky fingers I have.  I just swiped it.  Thanks, Al!)

   Isn't that DVD simply fabulous?!?  "Change?"  After only forty tears?!?  Naaaah - not us!  We're all still just kids!  WILD

   Thanks, Al - and Tommy!

From Tom Flax ('64) of VA to Al Farber ('64) of GA - 01/18/05:

.....looking forward to seeing you at the next event - a turning 60 party in 2006.....

   OHHH (squealing like all four of the little piggies combined), GOODY, GOODY, GOODY!!!  May I crash that party, too? 
Hmmm?  Please?  Pretty please????

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/04/05:

To All TYPHOONS Who Requested the NNHS 64/40 Reunion Mix 5-CD Set:

I want to thank all of you for your orders, donations, and patience.  Today (4 Feb) I mailed the final
batch of CDs, so you should see them in the next few days.  In all, I shipped 69 sets to 65 TYPHOONS;
The total of their collective donations to our class treasury currently stands at $530.  I hope you enjoy
the music of our youth.

Dave Spriggs '64

   WOWZERONI, David!  You have been busy!  Let's see - 69 sets of 5 CDs each, that's 345 CDs.

   (See?  I can do simple multiplication.  I told you I had a fourth grade level of mathematical understanding!  HA-HA-HA-HA!)


   I have at last begun working on splitting the waaay-too-long-for-one-page Famous Marines.  It's about half-done:




   The two new pages are far more stable, and obviously will load more quickly.  Please be patient; this is a very tedious
process.  Once I finish, I can at long last add all the new information from Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA, and
then begin to separate Famous Sailors and Famous Soldiers in the same manner.  I'm sorry that it's taking so long.



    Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Jine the Cavalry!

We're the boys who went around McClellian,
Went around McClellian, went around around McClellian!
We're the boys who went around McClellian,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!

We're the boys who crossed the Potomicum,
Crossed the Potomicum, crossed the Potomicum!
We're the boys who crossed the Potomicum,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


Then we went into Pennsylvania,
Into Pennsylvania, into Pennsylvania!
Then we went into Pennsylvania,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


The big fat Dutch gals hand around the breadium,
Hand around the breadium, hand around the breadium!
The big fat Dutch gals hand around the breadium,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


Ol' Joe Hooker, won't you come out of The Wilderness?
Come out of The Wilderness, come out of The Wilderness?
Ol' Joe Hooker, won't you come out of The Wilderness?
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!


"Jine the Cavalry" midi courtesy of http://mariah.stonemarche.org/livhis/music.htm
and extracted by my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 01/18/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Jine the Cavalry" lyrics courtesy of http://mariah.stonemarche.org/livhis/cavalry.htm - 01/17/05

First J. E. B. Stuart Image courtesy of http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/General_JEB_Stuart.htm - 01/18/05

Second J. E. B. Stuart Image courtesy of http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/General_JEB_Stuart.htm - 12/11/02

Large Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of http://www.tennessee-scv.org/Camp1513/clipart6.htm - 01/18/05

Small Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/garebel942/clipart.html - 01/18/05

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