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04/01/06 - NNHS Newsletter - April Fool's Day

"My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool;
it gives me all the world and exiles me from it."

- Ursula K. Le Guin

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,        

   Last year's Newsletter has some April Fools background links if you're interested:



   Hit #45,500 was made on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 8:58 AM by    Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA.  Congratulations, Chippy Darlin'!


  From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (American School - IL - '02) - 04/01/06 :

Hey, Lady! 

Do you know the origin of April Fools Day?  Check this out from


April Fools' Day Origin

There are several explanations for the origin of April Fools' Day, but here is the most plausible one. April 1st was once New Year's Day in France. In 1582, Pope Gregory declared the adoption of his Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian calendar and New Year's Day was officially changed to January 1st. It took awhile for everyone in France to hear the news of this major change and others obstinately refused to accept the new calendar, so a lot of people continued to celebrate New Year's Day on the first of April earning them the name April fools. The April fools were subjected to ridicule and practical jokes and the tradition was born. The butts of these pranks were first called poisson d'avril or April fish because a young naive fish is easily caught. A common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. This evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continues on the first day of April

   Well, thank you, Dale!  That does make sense, doesn't it?!?  

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 03/26/06 - "April Fools Day":




     Carol ...the Newsletters are
just getting Better & Better....
Thanks SO Much for the FUN & Info......

Hope all have a Great Spring and enjoy       
Watch out for those little tricks ..

    Okay, this is my only April Fools Day "joke".  I never - even after all this time - finished saving all of Al's cool pix in his Holiday Pict-o-Gram.  HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

   Thanks, Al!   I do love these.  I'm reserving some of the images for a Newsletter in the near future!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/31/06 - "Notice for Joseph A. Zodda":

Vic Zodda's brother has died.

Joseph A. Zodda

HAMPTON - Joseph A. Zodda, 87, of Hampton, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006. He was born on June 16, 1918, to the late Joseph and Elvira Zodda of Spring Valley, N.Y. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1936. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pharmacist's mate assigned to a Seabee unit which built airfields in the South Pacific before the islands were secured. He was married to Margaret Strickland Zodda for 58 years and had been residing in Hampton for the past five years at the Devonshire. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Myen, and a brother, Dr. Frank J. Zodda. He is survived by sons, Daniel Daniels of Closter, N.J., Joseph V. Zodda of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Robert D. Zodda of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.; daughter, Karen Curl of Mary Esther, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Marcella Gesner of Wilmington, N.C., and Elvira Chicarrellli of Destin, Fla.; and brothers, Victor A. Zodda of Williamsburg and Rudolph O. Zodda of Seminole, Fla. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the chapel of Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Home. Interment will be private. Arrangements by Bucktrout of Williamsburg.

Published in the Daily Press from 3/30/2006 - 3/31/2006.

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    Oh dear. I did something I almost never do. I focused on    Joe Carney ('59) and was so astonished, I never even finished reading the obituary notices. Thank you for pointing that out to me, David.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Zodda family.  

  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 04/01/06 - "HHS Fight

Oh, my......I'm sure I'm going to hear from the Crabbers that the word "shine" in the fight song should be "fight" does need to rhyme with "white" after all.  Plus, there are more verses, so if any Crabbers out there know the rest, I'd love it!
Here's to Hampton High School, here's to HHS
Here's to our football it fine?  oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes.
Glorious or defeated, we will always fight
For alma mater and that ole' red and white.
Red and white, red and white, we will fight with all our might
As ole' Hampton goes marching along.
Blue and gold, blue and gold, you will never, ever hold
As ole' Hampton goes fighting along.
And    Jean Poole Burton ('64 - of RI) said it for are the absolute BEST about doing these do not need to apologize for not including everything each time.  As a matter of fact, would you welcome a mini-break if all the readers didn't inundate you with email for just a couple of days?  You might actually be able to take a deep breath and smell your flowers.      

   Thank you, Gloria!  You and Jean are both Sweetie-Pies!    And you know, that sounds like a nice, logical plan, doesn't it?  But do you know what really happens when I don't hear from y'all?  I think nobody loves me anymore, and I become positively morose.

   Hey, I never said I was sane......

   Oh, and this time, I actually did remove a lot of content that was all ready, because I so filled this one with images, I was afraid it wouldn't open for some of y'all, and I didn't want you to miss anything.

   Thanks again, Gloria!    I really do appreciate your concern!


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 04/01/06:

Hello Carol:

Wow....I learn so much from reading your website - things I would not know otherwise.

   Excellent!!!  Education is one of our primary goals!

I just wanted you to know that our daughter Ansley is engaged....that is, if I had not let you know earlier?? She plans to marry on Sept. 9, 2006. The guy she is marrying is H. Winston Trice, originally of Mechanicsville, VA. We are happy for her...I guess she is old enough, 29 and he is 33. Neither have been married before. She is a Social Worker and he works at Fort Eustis...he has built a home on the water in Gloucester...done quite well for his age.

   Oh, how wonderfully exciting!  Congratulations and best wishes to all!

In planning the wedding reception, we met with Gail Latta Pearce (or Pierce), N.N.H.S. Class of 1964. She coordinates events at Point Plaza, i. e., reunions, wedding receptions, etc. It was so nice meeting her... she is a very special person...perfect for the position she has. She was from a large family and one of her brothers, Wayne, was in the Class of 1959.....I remember him....he was a real nice guy, I recall........

   She is that!  I got a real kick out of seeing her at the reunions of  '64 and '65!

Well, Miss Carol...I did get a donation check in the mail to you this morning...I felt that with all you do and your expenses, you could use a donation or two.

   Well, bless your sweet heart, Fred!  I really do appreciate that!  Thanks so much!

Take care, Fred Mays, '60 of Newport News, VA


  From Me ('65) of NC - 04/01/06:

   Every now and then, something comes my way which absolutely takes me breath away.

   Today was such a day.

   I was visiting with my sister    (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) for most of the day.  When I arrived home, I found these two items waiting for me.

   Lest you think these next two items from Captain Todd are a joke, let me assure you they are not.  This is absolutely true.  It's just so fabulous, it takes a while to comprehend.  I reread it about eight times before I could believe what I was seeing.  Do not skip any of the fine print.


  From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 04/01/06 - 39th Annual WorldFest:

2006 Banner

39th WorldFest-Houston Film Festival Newsletter

Now Premiering 55 new Features and 96 new Short Films

April 21 to 30, 2006

Now at The AMC Studio 30 - Dunvale!
-- AMC Sponsors WorldFest at the Studio 30 - Dunvale!
-- Small is Beautiful - Why show too many films?
-- Meet the filmmakers, see their movies, enjoy the parties!


Hola! from Houston!

We have now assembled a wonderful program of 55 new Indie Feature Films and 100 International Short Films. More than 450 international filmmakers are attending from all over the world! WorldFest is the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America, founded in 1961 - We discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers and David Lynch with their first awards! Come and See the Spielberg's of Tomorrow!

This year WorldFest is streaming Short Film winners, and trailers of most Feature Films via a partnership with Anyone can visit our website and click on the Short or Feature they want to view, and it will stream via the very high band-width of - Anyone can read and post comments on the films and the top entries will win cash prizes based on total votes received. WorldFest-Houston is the first and only international film festival offering a program like this. WorldFest Remi Award Winners have now been viewed by more than 100,000 people all over the world!

AMC Sponsors WorldFest at the Studio 30 - Dunvale!

The 39th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival continues its totally dedicated Independent Film screening format for the upcoming April 21-30, 2006 unspooling. WorldFest will screen just 55 feature film premieres, with a total and absolute emphasis on the American and International Independent Feature films and with a continuing annual spotlight on 96 award-winning Intl. Short films and Documentary films. For the 39th WorldFest, all screenings will be at the AMC Studio 30 at Dunvale.

The Opening Night World Premiere for WorldFest is "Paradise, Texas" starring Timothy Bottoms, Meredith Baxter, Polly Bergen, and 1st time Houston actor, Ben Estus. They are all expected to attend. This year the festival is premiering a total of 14 Houston-connected films, including both Shorts and Features. Other Houston connected films include A-List - Shira-Lee & Damon Shalit, ELCX-Planet Funk - Shawn Welling, Boy Next Door - Travis Davis, Into The Wind - Chris Page, Jack Everyman - Larry Czach, Miles To Surf - James Fulbright, The Fax - Matthew Kowalski, Be Bop Babies - Gail Reaben, Thumb POW - Joey Clark, Half Empty - Robert Peters, Common Practice - Marcos Efron. In addition, films from 33 countries will be screened at the 39th WorldFest.

Complete Film schedule and ticket information are now on our WorldFest website (

Small is Beautiful - Why show too many films?

WorldFest Artistic and Program Director, Kathleen Haney, said, ?We are continuing our focus on a quality selection of individual films to maintain a smaller, yet effective program rather than an overly large and unwieldy slate of 150-300 films. In consideration of both our festival audiences and the independent filmmakers, we feel that a solid high-quality program of no more than 60 features is optimum in a ten-day festival with nine screening slots (on three theater screens) per day.? Haney continued, ?We are looking for ?A good story, well told? as our time-tested approach to film selection.

We have special sidebars of Foreign, Children?s and Family Film Sections plus Remi Award winning Documentaries. All of our films are totally Indie productions, and each film is well represented by their filmmakers, who attend to personally introduce their films!?

Visit our Streaming website and see Films, Clips and Trailers!

Meet the filmmakers, see their movies, enjoy the parties!

Most USA film festivals today have evolved into publicity platforms for major studio distributors. WorldFest showcases the true independent film, offering a fiercely dedicated special venue for directors searching for an independent forum for their works. WorldFest continues with a focused emphasis on new, premiering films that are seeking a distributor. The Festival also screens DVD video via the Barco R20 Digital DLP Projection and Wagner Media, major sponsors of the festival, in addition to screening on 35mm film.

WorldFest-Houston is presented by - The Houston Film Society, HP, Eastman Kodak, The Houston Chronicle, TV5 France, CACHH (The Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County), The National Endowment for The Arts, Texas Commission for the Arts, Media A Team,, Becker Vineyards, The Houston Film Commission, The Renaissance & Marriott Hotels, NASA, Space Center- Houston, Houston Yacht Club, The Wellness Center, Wagner Media, The Homestead Resort, Presidente Intercontinental Resort & Spa Cozumel, FireFox and many others.

Enter the FireFox Awards - Great Stuff!

WorldFest Contact Information
phone: 713-965-9955
   WOWZERONI!!!  How exciting!!!  Thanks, Hunter!   

  Also from Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 04/01/06 - "NNHS 65 website":

Hola! from Houston...

Hi CBH ...

Well, there can be no doubt that the NNHS Typhoon alumni website that
you run is the best Alumni website in existence...
Neither of my colleges - W&M & John Marshall Law can even come close...

   GULP!!!  Thanks so much, Hunter!  That means a great deal to me!

Our 39th annual WorldFest -< I was 12 when I started it.> (;-D - Is coming up April 21-30 ... and if there are any Typhoons out there who want to see wonderful new Indie films from all over the world, then I have two VIP Gold Passes to all the films and all the seminars - and $800.00 cash value - free of charge with my compliments... Just have them email me and we will send out the passes ... that's 2 VIP Gold Passes per Alumni ... !

   (I highlighted this so there'd be no mistaking what Hunter just said here.....)


   This is positively incredible!  Thank you so much for your generosity, Hunter!  I do hope you hear from a great many of the Alumni!!!

Complete fest info on our website, and you can actually view streaming trailers and clips ... take a look at our Grand Remi Winner for Music Videos last year ..."To The Mountains" - It has been viewed by more than 19,000 people all over the world!

You do need a fast internet connection though, DSL or Cable... dial-up will not work... too much data...

Thanks and warmest regards from Houston...
Hunter Todd
Class of '57

Hunter Todd
Chairman & Founding Director
The 39th Annual WorldFest-Houston
April 21-30, 2006
"Before there was Sundance, SXSW or Toronto, there was WorldFest!"
Now Streaming Remi Award Winners 24/7
9494 SW Freeway, 2nd floor
Houston, Texas 77074 USA
(713) 965-9955 ph
(713) 965-9960 fax


     I don't know about y'all, but I'm going to spend my next free hours watching video clips!

   (This isn't one of them!!)

   Thanks again, Hunter!

You're Awesome!    
Courtesy of My #6 Son, Dale Harty
(American School - IL - '02) - 04/01/06


   This is so old it's downright embarrassing     - but it's fun!

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #7 - Friday, October 21, 2005:

Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC '65 - er's Dancing!  

Reunion CD #7 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:

H. P. ('65) and Linda (HHS - '67) Lucas of VA Patti Elliot Smith ('67) and Ron Smith ('65) of VA  Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC; Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA; and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - plus a lot of other people I cannot readily recognize from this shot....  
'65 - er's Dancing!  
Steve Pullen's ('65) wife of VA Steve Pullen ('65) and his wife of VA Albert Dorner ('66) of VA and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC and one of the 1962 Band Uniforms  
  Did y'all know that I designed that Typhoon?  It's true.  Mr. Wilson inexplicably asked me of all people to submit a Typhoon design for the eighth Sousaphone while I was but a Mouse.  It ended up being on the back of each tunic as well.  
Fred Mays ('60) of VA Joe Lieberman ('66) of VA  Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA and Dale Chestnut of VA

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#27 in a Series):

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 



   This one seems to defy comment - at least from moi.....

   Thanks, Dave! 





   YOWZERONI!!!  There seem to be a great many people hurting right now, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Why don't you give the people you love a call or a note just to check and make certain they're okay - even if you think they're hunky-dorey.  There's a possibility that they're not, and besides, a call or a note would brighten their day - and yours in the process.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





  What Kind of Fool Am I? 

(Frank Sinatra)

What kind of fool am I,
Who never fell in love?
It seems that I'm the only one
That I have been thinking of.

What kind of man is this?
An empty shell,
A lonely cell
In which an empty heart must dwell.

What kind of lips are these
That lied with ev'ry kiss,
That whispered empty words of love
That left me alone like this?

Why can't I fall in love
Like any other man,
And maybe then I'll know
what kind of fool I am.


What kind of fool am I,
Who never fell in love?
It seems that I'm the only one
That I have been thinking of.

What kind of man is this,
An empty shell,
A lonely cell
In which an empty heart must dwell?

What kind of clown am I?
What do I know of life?
Why can't I cast away
The mask of play
And live my life?

Why can't I fall in love
'Til I don't give a damn,
And maybe then I'll know
What kind of fool I am.

"What Kind of Fool Am I?" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/29/06

Animated April Fools clip art courtesy of 03/28/06

Animated April Fools Monkey designed by Art Holden courtesy of - 03/22/06

 Animated Multi-Colored Dots Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/29/06

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Dancing Smiley clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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