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03/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Only the Lonely

“One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.”

 - Henry Brooks Adams

(16 Feb 1838 - 27 Mar 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   It's time for the great Roy Orbison.

BONUS - - Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison


"Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)" is a 1960 song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson.[1] Recorded by Orbison, it became his first major hit. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, described by the New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency".[1] It is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, "Only The Lonely" went to No. 2 on the United States Billboard pop music charts in late-July 1960 and to No. 14 on the Billboard R&B charts [2]. "Only the Lonely" reached Number One in the United Kingdom, a position it achieved on 20th October 1960, staying there for two weeks (out of a total of 24 weeks spent on the UK singles chart from 28th July 1960).[3]

In 1999, "Only the Lonely" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #232 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


    Happy Birthday today to   Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA! 

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    David Hatchett ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

31 - Alex Nicol (February '49) of VA AND Webb Edwards ('57) AND       Don Jett (NNHS / WHS - '60) of FL AND    Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of VA AND    Ivan Anker ('67) of VA;

01 - Harold Smith ('57);

04 - Robert Workman ('57) AND   Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of UT;

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


From the Daily Press - 03/27/11 - "  Nelson Ellis ('56) of VA":

Nelson Ellis leaves a lasting legacy as a basketball official on the Peninsula

By Marty O'Brien, | 247-4963
1:44 p.m. EDT, March 26, 2011

  Six years after helping Newport News High win the 1956 state basketball title as the team's lockdown defender, Nelson Ellis coached a Hampton Roads-area adult team. That was competitive stuff back in an era when lots of former college standouts played in the league, and Ellis admits he was tough on referees.

Annoyed by what he considered the low quality of officiating in the league, Ellis and friend    Jesse Kersey
('58), who coached a rival team, took action. They, and Ellis' younger brother    Don ('58), joined the area officiating association.

"We couldn't see how they were missing so many calls, so we decided to do it," Ellis said. "I was in for a rude awakening, because it just wasn't easy as it looked."
Nelson Ellis
March 24, 2011
Photo by Adrin Snider, Daily Press

Difficult or not, Ellis quickly fell in love with officiating basketball games. And only now — and only because he is battling cancer — is Ellis giving it up.

Ellis, who will undergo surgery in Houston this week for renal cell carcinoma, resigned 13 days ago as commissioner of the Tidewater Basketball Officials Association. That ended a nearly 50-year career in officiating.

Ellis, 73, officiated on the high school and college levels for more than 20 years, then served as commissioner for the Peninsula officials association for almost 30 years. This past season, Ellis formed and ran the new Tidewater association.

"Nelson Ellis officiated because he loved and respected the game, not for money," Tabb coach Doug Baggett said. "You felt like he was a guy who you could call and talk to, and he would understand the point you were trying to make.

"His officials did a great job."

Kersey, who went on to referee for 36 seasons in the NBA and ABA, said Ellis' knack for developing talent is why his officials were so respected by area coaches.

"Nelson knew how to recognize talent," Kersey said. "He sent the best of the best to work the most important games, but he also sent the best of the young officials to work with veterans who served as mentors.

"He was like a coach who sees a special player and wants to recruit him, guide him and make him better. His recognized talent that would continue to make the association better, along with the veterans who were the foundation.

"That's how the association became so strong."

Steve Whitley, who succeeds Ellis as commissioner of the Tidewater association, agrees.

"His fairness and ability to judge officials, and put them in the right game, is what impressed me most," Whitley said. "A lot of people think they're ready for prime time.

"But Nelson just had that knack of knowing when it was time, and when someone was ready for a big game."

Ellis learned the hard way. He remembers cutting his teeth in the Peninsula District, when guys like
Charlie Woollum (Newport News), Wilbur Thompson (Warwick) and Bob Shamblin (York) could be far tougher on a ref than Ellis ever was in the adult league.

"They used to have a scratch list," Ellis said, referring to a coach's option to bar one official from calling his school's games the next season. "I remember one coach telling me, 'Well, I won't be seeing you next season.'

"When I became commissioner (in the early 1980s) that scratch list was the first thing I got rid of. I learned you had to be able to referee a little bit to get the coaches' respect, but once you had their respect they were a lot easier to deal with."

Ellis said he learned to by modeling himself after the good refs, guys like Peninsula area sport legend Otis "Cootie" Almond.

"He could make a call from half court on a play under the basket and be right 99.9 percent of the time," Ellis said. "He had the best judgment of any official I ever saw."

By the late 1960s, Ellis was respected enough among his peers to get college assignments. His first one, a freshmen game — and unexpectedly the ensuing varsity game — between Virginia and George Washington was memorable.

"The second official for the varsity game was delayed by snow, so I was asked to help officiate that one," Ellis recalled. "The guy with me told me he was hearing that the George Washington coach would get fired if they lost.

"I wondered what the heck I'd gotten myself into. But at halftime, when the second official showed, the coaches called me back to the floor and said they wanted me to continue working the game.

"By the way, George Washington won."

Ellis became a regular in the Southern Conference and called an NCAA tournament game. He says he also was one of the first two white officials in the CIAA, the popular Division II conference of historically black colleges.

"Great experience," he said of the CIAA. "They treated us very well."

Following a knee injury in the early '80s, Ellis hung up his whistle to become commissioner of the Peninsula association of high school and recreation league officials. He built a lasting legacy, one that is growing with the debut this past season of the Tidewater association — the group that calls Bay Rivers District games.

"Nelson made the (Peninsula association) into a professional group because of his superb organizational skills," said   Horace Underwood
('61), a longtime area assistant principal and former referee. "He was very honest in his assessment of his referees, and they took his advice to heart and used it to get better."

Said    Ron Fowler
('60), a long-time area basketball official, "Nelson taught me to let the play complete itself before making a decision. Don't blow the whistle on what you think you're seeing."

Bobby Kipper, another long-time area official, added, "I learned from Nelson not to overcall and not read anything into the situation. Just let it happen and try to be as invisible as you can."

Kersey said that Ellis — who worked full-time more than 30 years as a banker — could have risen as high as he wanted as a basketball official. He added that the Peninsula was lucky that Ellis focused his efforts here.

"He's done so much for so many, and made the game of basketball and the profession of officiating stronger because of his input," Kersey said. "The local high schools, principals, athletic directors and coaches, even the players, will all miss Nelson Ellis."

Copyright © 2011, Newport News, Va., Daily Press

   This article has been added to our archive:

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/27/11 - "Barn Moving":

Moving a Barn - Nebraska Style

   What on earth?!? That's amazing! Thanks, Joan!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 03/27/11 - "Dr. Oz (mammograms and dental x-rays)":

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 5:02 PM

Precautions re Mammograms and Dental XRays/ A Useful Warning

On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms. By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn't routinely used.

Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it."

Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask?

Someone was nice enough to forward this to me. I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.

   Thanks so much, Eva! We just passed it on to about 650 members of our Typhoon Family!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/27/11 - "Carolyn's Precious Memories 50s Sitemap":

Sharing this page at Carolyn's Precious Memories.

Check it out:

   OH, WOW! This is waaay cool! Thanks again, Joan!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 03/27/11 - "Cherokee Legend":

Cherokee Legend

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youths' rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.  He is required to sit on a stump the whole night
and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him.
Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.
It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.

It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

If you liked this story, pass it on. 
If not, you took off your blindfold  before dawn.

 Moral of the story:  Just because you can't see God, Doesn't mean He is not there.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

   Thank you so much for this comforting reminder, Eva!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#16 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
   EXACTAMUNDO!  Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/27/11:

From a passenger ship one can see a bearded man on a small island who is shouting and desperately waving is hands.

"Who is it?" a passenger asks the captain.

"I've no idea. Every year when we pass, he goes mad."

1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, contact Gary Fitzgerald at - CLASS OF 1961

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 03/25/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Only the Lonely

Written by Roy Orbison (23 Apr 1936 - 06 Dec 1988) and Joe Melson (b. May 1935), 1960

Only the lonely

Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know the way I feel tonight (ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah)
Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know this feelin’ ain’t right (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)

There goes my baby
There goes my heart
They’re gone forever
So far apart

But only the lonely
Know why
I cry
Only the lonely

Only the lonely

Only the lonely
Know the heartaches I’ve been through
Only the lonely
Know I cried and cried for you

Maybe tomorrow
A new romance
No more sorrow
But that’s the chance - you gotta take
If your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely


"Only the Lonely" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Only the Lonely" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Lonely Man Image courtesy of - 03/28/05

Lonely Woman Image courtesy of - 03/28/05

Tulips and Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/28/05

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

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!

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