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03/11/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Bonnie Kellswater

The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray
with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge
for man's fate and man's follies that is as mournful as misty spring rain crying over the fallow earth.

- T. E. Kalem on Brendan Behan's 1958 play, Borstal Boy

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   As we did last year, all this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be celebrating with Irish songs.

BONUS - - Kellswater performed by Folkstrott - Okay, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.....


1. From  My Friend, Judy, of IL - 03/09/09, 11:28 PM (but "hiding" until much later.....) - "my health":

The good news is I saw the eye doctor on Friday and NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!!!! Yippee.

I went back to work today and lived through it. Sort of sore and very tired, though.

I had been having trouble breathing starting on Saturday. Used my nebulizer Saturday and 3 times Sunday and before I went to work today. Have also been hitting the inhaler more often than usual. Stopped to see Dr. McFarlin after work and chest x-ray showed.......PNEUMONIA in my left lung. Got a steroid shot and Predisone (HATE IT) plus 4 PILLS that cost $56.46. He said he was giving the good drugs but I didn't know they were made with a gold base!
I feel some better tonight bit still wheezy when I cough. I see the doctor again on Wednesday for a re-check. Hope it's gone by then. I really can't afford to be any sicker the rest of this year!
If you don't hear from me then I'm fine.

2.         From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 03/10/09, 7:09 PM - "Cards for   Donnie Spencer ('56 - of VA)":

Hi all,

Just to let you know Donnie was released from Riverside Hospital and he is now home.  Im sure he would appreciate hearing from all of us as he continues his difficult battle with cancer.      

His address is (available upon request).

Typhoons forever!

3.   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/10/09, 9:27 PM - "  Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA) update":

Here is a quick update on Monty.  The hospital released him last night around 7:45 pm.  By 8:30, he was home and very happy to be there. He still has tubes attached for draining and more tests on the agenda to find out what is going on with the liver, gall bladder, and pancreas.  The big C was mentioned as a possible cause for the blocked duct and jaundice.  It could also be a stone or another cause.  Let's pray for something correctible.  He is in good spirits.  I take him Thursday for a follow up with Dr. Cantwell.
Again, thanks for the prayers and concerns.
Love, Judy

4.      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/10/08, 10:52 PM - "Fred post-op Tuesday---5th day":

The nebulizer seems to be helping and Fred is finding it easier to sit in the chair and walk a little.
There was another MAJOR development today....a speech therapist was to do testing and evaluation on Fred's swallowing.
UNFORTUNATELY the wrong "test" was done and Fred may have aspirated into his lungs...we won't know right takes a little time for this to develop.  He has x-rays every day and blood work....the kidney function level was off today too...thus the lasix (not lasik like I wrote earlier...he didn't have eye surgery!!)
Fred seems more aware and alert...they took away the magic joy juice that he could just hit the button and become loopy...his eyes were more alert when I left @ 10:00 pm...and he seemed to understand more how dangerous his condition is and what HE has to do to help....breathing and coughing PROPERLY....he has been refusing or unable to do this correctly.  We are hoping that what we and the doctor and the nurses and therapists have been telling him how important it is for him to follow instructions properly.  He still can only whisper...and he is NOT supposed to talk....but for those of you who know can understand why this is hard for him also!!
The doctor says he is still in CRITICAL condition....the pneumonia is still in his lungs and there could be other complications that haven't arisen yet.  He will remain in ICU for days and days...not the "couple" of days that we thought before surgery.  I also have the feeling that his hospital stay will be much longer than the original 10-14 days.
He still is not allowed visitors...there is too much of a risk of more infection and he is not physically able to have company at this time.
Thanks for your care and understanding....Janice...Bryan & Karen, Blake & Rena, Jennifer & Jeff

   Thank you so much, Judy, Sydney, Judy, and Janice, for these updates! Notations have been made to the Prayer Roll, and we're keeping all of them - and all of y'all - in our hearts and prayers!


  Happy Birthday today to Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Newest Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03);

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;

16 -     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;

17   Barbara Brewer (69) of VA;

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND     Wade Scott ('66) of MO!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/09/09 - "Just because":

A touch of cuteness for the day. I obtained the gif from my aunt Carol's  site.

Babies are a link between angels and man.
-- Author Unknown

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
-- Bill Cosby

Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.
-- Charles Osgood

No one one likes change but babies in diapers.
-- Barbara Johnson

Babies are such a nice way to start people.
-- Don Herrold

Babies touch the world with love.
-- Author Unknown

Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born.
-- Anonymous

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.
-- May Sarton

Every baby needs a lap.
-- Henry Robin

Families with babies and families without are so sorry for each other.
-- Ed Howe

   These are cute! Thanks, Shari!

From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 03/09/09 - "Re: 03/08/09 - Baby, It's You - Stuart Gardens":

It's great to hear that Mrs. (Doris) Burns is still alive; I remember her and her husband Donnie very well as well as Frances and       Phillip Hammond;    Steve Burns;       Donnie Jett and Judy;   Jean ('60) and Buddy Beach; Vera, Bobby and George Cutchins. We all lived in the same court and had many childhood memories.  

Keep up the good work. It was great seeing you at Buckroe last year.    

Gary Fitzgerald  class of 61

   It was great seeing you, too, Gary! I can scarcely come to terms with the thought that I'll probably never see any of y'all again.....

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 03/09/09 - "USAir Simulation - pretty cool...just watch":

USAir Simulation - pretty cool...just watch

It's amazing what computer graphic artists can create. Here is a link to a re-creation of the USAir flight, takeoff to touchdown, with ATC radio transmissions. FYI.

   THAT'S AWESOME! Thanks, Mark!

From Yahoo! News - What Will Happen to 'Slumdog Millionaire's' Child Stars?

What Will Happen to 'Slumdog Millionaire's' Child Stars?

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/10/09 - "Famous Marine;   Lt Col Clovis C. Coffman, Jr. USMC (Ret) Deceased":

Hi, Carol:
You mentioned that the photo image sent to you earlier would not enlarge with a lot of distortion.
Here is another larger version for your consideration. It is from Life Magazine, November 4, 1966, Page 27.
(L to R) Lt Hammer, United States Army; President Lyndon B. Johnson, Gunnery Sergeant Clovis C. Coffman, Jr. USMC.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Life Magazine, November 4, 1966, Page 27
(L to R) Lt Hammer, United States Army; President Lyndon B. Johnson, Gunnery Sergeant Clovis C. Coffman, Jr. USMC

   AHH! That's ever so much better! Thanks so much, Major Madagan!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 03/10/09 - "Saunders Stadium":

Hi Carol,
I'm really sorry to hear that Saunders Stadium is being torn down.  I'd like to add my thanks to Bruce Howell ('69 - of VA) for the pictures.  I have several very specific memories associated with that stadium.  The following is an excerpt from Childhood Memories, a collection of memories that I wrote last year for my children and grandchildren.
In one of those "what was I thinking" moments, I decided to go out for eighth and ninth grade football.  I found out real quickly that this was a lot different than playing football with your friends at Wilson School.  In my eighth grade homeroom picture, I was  one of the smallest guys in the picture.  I probably only weighed about a hundred and twenty pounds dripping wet and every one of the guys coming out for football was a lot bigger and better than me.  The coaches couldn't quite decide what to do with me, so they kept trying me at different positions.  After a couple of weeks of getting nearly killed at every position they put me in, I finally decided that high school football wasn't for me.
I wasn't great at track and field events either.  In gym class, when the weather was nice we would go outside into the stadium where we would run some track, with and without hurdles and do some long jumps and high jumps.  I can't remember ever trying to do a pole vault.  Probably a good thing too, I can just imagine what the end result of that would have been.  One day, we went outside and were told that we were going to run a timed mile.  I don't know exactly what kind of time was expected of us.   Probably a pretty good time for a bunch of young high schoolers was somewhere between six and seven minutes.  The four minute mile wasn't broken until 1954 by Roger Bannister; it wasn't broken by a high school student until Jim Ryun did it ten years later.  The record was in no danger that day!  I may be wrong but I think a mile was four times around our track.  I've never seen so much huffing and puffing in my life when we rounded the last turn for the finish line.  I do not remember what my time was, but it probably says a lot that neither 
Coach Conn nor Coach Plummer ever approached me about coming out for the track team.

 Sydney Dearing

   GIGGLES!!! Thank you, Sydney! I've posted your memory on the new Saunders Stadium page, along with not only Bruce's great photos, but also the spectacular images - some of them panoramic - that        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA captured for us back in 2003 and 2004:

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/10/09:

Carol -- the recent letter from      Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA brought back some memories when she talked about the "flat tire drills" her dad made her do!
I was one of those mean dads, too -- made all my kids learn how to change tires. And drive a stick shift. And learn how to handle a skid, by making them drive in an icy parking lot (sometimes hard to find on the Peninsula!!).
You should have heard the bitching and griping and moaning from my oldest daughter when I made her change a tire. I was the meanest SOB in the world!
Funny thing is, about 3 or 4 years ago, I got a call from her late one afternoon, and she was laughing and snickering so much she could hardly get the story out.
She started out by thanking me for making her learn how! (25 years or so late -- but, better than never!)
That day, her oldest daughter, a senior, had driven to school. When the granddaughter got out that afternoon, she had a flat. She was enough of a looker that several boys tried to impress her, and change the tire. NONE of them could figure out how!
So the granddaughter called Mom, since she worked only a half mile or so away. She immediately went to the school, and stood there and taught the boys how to do it (much to their chagrin, I might add!). So much for impressing the girl!!
Now THAT was hilarious. And yes, sometimes it pays off to be a mean so and so with your kids!!

   Thanks, Ronnie - that's priceless!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/10/09 - "Direct line to heaven":

Direct line to heaven
While on vacation in Rome , I noticed a marble column in St. Peter's with a golden telephone on it.  As a young priest passed by, I asked who the telephone was for.  The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven, and if I'd like to call, it would be a thousand dollars.  I was amazed, but declined the offer.

Throughout Italy , I kept seeing the same golden telephone on a marble column.  At each, I asked about it and the answer was always the same: It was a direct line to heaven and I could call for a thousand dollars.

Then - I went to Ireland.  I decided to attend Mass at a local village church.  When I walked in the door I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it there was a sign stating: "DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN: 25 cents." 

"Father," I said, "I have been all over Italy and in all the cathedrals I visited, I've seen telephones exactly like this one.  But the price is always a thousand dollars.  Why is it that this one is only 25 cents?" 

The priest smiled and said, "Darlin', you're in Ireland now.  It's a local call."

Happy St. Patrick's Day, A wee bit early is ok!!!

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Billy!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/09/09 - "Tourist information - Destination India !!":

This one ought to make you roll with hysterics !!!
Tourist Information - Destination India !!

Believe it, the answers are actual responses by the tourism website officials, who obviously have a high sense of humour.

Q :      Does it ever get windy in India ? I have never seen rain on TV, how do the plants grow? ( UK ).
A:      We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q :      Will I be able to see elephants in the street? ( USA )
A:      Depends how much you've been drinking.

Q:      I want to walk from Delhi to Goa - can I follow the railroad tracks? ( Sweden )
A:      Sure, it's only three thousand kms, take lots of water..

Q:       Is it safe to run around in the bushes in India ?   ( Sweden )  
A:      So it's true what they say about Swedes.

Q:       Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in India ? Can you send me a list of them in Delhi , Chennai, Calcutta and Bangalore ? ( UK )
A:      What did your last slave die of?

Q:       Can you give me some information about hippo racing in India ?  ( USA )
A:      A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe . In-di-a is that big triangle in  the middle of the Pacific & Indian Ocean  which does not.. oh forget it. ...... Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Goa .  Come naked.
Q:       Which direction is North in India ? ( USA )
A:      Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
Q:       Can I bring cutlery into India ? (   UK )
A:      Why? What's wrong with easting with your fingers like we do.

Q:       Can you send me the Indiana Pacers matches schedule? ( France )
A:       Indiana is a state in the Unites States of....oh forget it.  Sure, the Indiana Pacers matches are played every Tuesday  night in Goa, straight after the hippo races.  (Once again) come naked.
Q:      Can I wear high heels in India ? ( UK )
A:      Somehow, we think you're a British politician, right?

Q:     Are there supermarkets in Bangalore , and is milk available all year round? ( Germany )
A:      No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q:    Please send a list of all doctors in India who can dispense rattlesnake serum. ( USA )
A:      Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from.  All Indian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make  good pets.
Q:       Do you have perfumes in India ? ( France )
A:      No, WE don't stink.

Q:       I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth.  Can you tell me where I can sell it in India ?  ( USA )  
A:      Any place where significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q:       Do you celebrate Christmas in India ? ( France )
A:      Only at Christmas.
Q:       Will I be able to speak English most places I go? ( USA )
A:      Yes, but you'll have to learn it first
Q:       Can I see Taj Mahal anytime? ( Italy )
A:      As long as you are not blind, you can see it anytime.
Q:       Do you have Toilet paper? ( USA )
A:      No, we use sand paper. (we have different grades)
Thanks, Bill!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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   I am not finished with the entries on hand, but time is short, so I'll be back soon!

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





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Bonnie Kellswater

Here's a health to you, bonnie Kellswater
For it's there you'll find the pleasures of life
And it's there you'll find fishing and farming
And a bonnie wee girl for your wife.

On the hills and the glens and the valleys
Grows the softest of women so fine
And the flowers are all dripping with honey
There lives Martha, a true love of mine.

Bonnie Martha, you're the first girl I courted
You're the one put my heart in a snare
And if ever I should lose you to another
I will leave my Kellswater so fair.

For this one and that one may court her
But no other can take her from me
For I love her as I love my Kellswater
Like the primrose is loved by the bee.

Here's a health to you, bonnie Kellswater
For it's there you'll find the pleasures of life
And it's there you'll find fishing and farming
And a bonnie wee girl for your wife.

"Bonnie Kellswater" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor) and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/09

Irish Lass Vintage Postcard courtesy of - 03/10/09

Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

Large Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

 Animated Kissing Babies clip art courtesy of - 08/17/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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