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04/01/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
April Fools' Day

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.”

 - Jonathan Swift
(30 Nov 1667 - 19 Oct 1745)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's theme song just seemed to be a natural. 

BONUS #1 - - Poor Little Fool - Rick Nelson

BONUS #2 -

   It's a well known fact (I hope) that I personally dislike April Fools' Day (or practical jokes at any time).  We celebrate it here each year simply because we endeavor to observe everything - and because I am such a Sweetie-Pie!


     Happy Birthday today to Harold Smith ('57)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

06 -   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);

07 -   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Tuesday, April 1 1862

Gen. George McClellan was moving both his army and himself today, and moving is never an enjoyable process. The Army of the Potomac had to be transferred from its home base near Alexandria, just outside Washington, to Ft. Monroe, Va. This involved going down the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. The general himself also had to move his headquarters, his staff and all their paperwork to a new site near Yorktown. The people of Richmond were donating the bells of their churches to be melted into cannon.

   From Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA - 03/31/11 - "   Helen Shelton and Getting Online Again":

Dear Carol,
Thanks so much for sending me your newsletters again!!  I mysteriously received them today and was able to see Helen Shelton's page so well done!  I don't know why I hadn't received your messages for some time and couldn't seem to reconnect with you except for the address I found in my address book.         Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) probably forwarded my message about Helen, bless his heart.  At any rate, I was able to attend the funeral and see Robert who appreciated your writing about his mother; I think that is where he found my e-mail address too.  That was a huge help in connecting us.
Thanks for all you do for NNHS and all the other schools!!
Wilma Robinson
Warwick High School 1951
Newport News High School 1956-57

     Thank you so very much, Wilma! Well, here we have a whole multitude of internet mysteries rolled into one! I had no idea you were no longer receiving my notifications. I think when you wrote me (no, it didn't come from David but directly from you - but we'll bless his sweet heart anyway!), you unknowingly gave your computer and /or email filters "permission" to hear from me again. Who knows?!?  Anyway, we're delighted you're back with us!

   I was too upset when I prepared Mrs. Shelton's Memorial Edition to note that the woman and her sweet and gentle influence changed my whole life. Period. Perhaps I mentioned something to that effect earlier on her Teacher Page; I hope so.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/31/11 - "Re: The Top Ten Reasons Men Prefer Rifles Over Women":

I received those top ten reasons in an e-mail in May 2010.

They inspired me to add ten more:

11: Guns never get crazy ideas from magazines about how to improve your marksmanship.

12: It is never difficult to locate a gun’s firing pin.

13: A gun never criticizes you for the caliber of your ammo.

14: A gun never demands that you turn off all the lights before you use it.

15: A gun will still fire, even if you don’t take it dinner.

16: A gun will fire just as well in the morning and afternoon … as it does at night.

17: A gun never gets upset about an occasional misfire.

18: A gun will always welcome a light coating of oil.

19: A gun is just as happy for you to fire it from either side … or even from the hip.

20: A gun never leaves its sling hanging over the shower curtain rod.

     Thanks, David!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/31/11 - "Mystery Solved":   

Hi, Carol:

     Mr. Huller always refused to divulge how he got tagged with the nickname "Scooter" when he would travel with the Men's Basketball Teams and keep stats. Even in my correspondence with him in the last few years, he denied my thought he was keeping it a secret.

Today, when    Fred Hayman ('57) of VA met me in Lakeland, Florida to attend the Fun N Sun Air Show we were joking around and recalling our days as TYPHOON back in Newport News. During that conversation Mr. Huller came up and so I took the opportunity to ask if anyone knew how Mr. Huller got the nickname "Scooter" and Fred knew.

Fred's father worked in the Shipyard, and before Mr. Huller became a teacher at NNHS, he work at the shipyard as well. Mr. Huller's duties in the shipyard required him to visit various sites in the shipyard in the course of the day.

In doing so, he was assigned a Cushman Motor Scooter. The yard workers tagged him with the nickname by announcing his arrival at the various shops he would visit, as sort of a "Heads Up" for the other workers.

The nickname stuck!!! Now we know the rest of the story.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   AHA! Let's hear it for solved mysteries! Thank you so much, Joe - and Fred! I've posted this on Mr. Huller's Teacher Page:


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/31/11:

...I have been doing a great deal of "family tree building" on my maternal side--something with which you can identify, I'm sure... Yep, I'm back to Dr. John Bunn arriving in Jamestown, circa 1610-15, and being a "good citizen of particular note"-- now I need to get across the pond and find out from where they came!? England is not so big, nor are the "isles", but there are many places from which to migrate. The UK is not totally definitive.

... It's kinda weird thinking that your ancestors and mine and         David's (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) all were at Jamestown together and undoubtedly knew one another, Wayne Honey.  Maybe there was an earlier version of "The Dave, Wayne, and Carol Show"! 

   CBD, There had to be the three of us in conjunction back then--otherwise, it would have never made it! :-)

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne Honey - for everything!

  From Gayle Bridgeman Botelis ('66) of VA - 03/31/11 - "    'SHIFTY" - an incredible American Hero":

"SHIFTY" - an incredible American Hero

SHIFTY DIED June 17, 2009... rest in peace.

by Mark Pfeifer

"Shifty" by Mark Pfeifer

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them. 

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat. 

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. 

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945," at which point my heart skipped. 

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy, do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped. 

I told him, "Yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was." At that point he said, "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day. 

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said, "Yes. And it's real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say. 

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach. 

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy."

His eyes were filling up as he said it.  And mine are brimming up now as I write this. 

Shifty died on June 17, 2009 after fighting cancer. 

There was no parade. No big event in Staples Center. No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage. No weeping fans on television. And that's not right. 

Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way.

Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans. 

Rest in peace, Shifty. 

   Thanks so much, Gayle!
We ran this back in December, but it was attributed incorrectly (as it so often is) to   Chuck Yeager.  I noticed that in this version, Shifty's death date had inexplicably been postponed for 19 months (?!?), so I corrected that as well.  Here's some more reading on the subject:

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 03/31/11 - "Medical Information - A good read & definitely a keeper":

Might be a good one to post as its very beneficial as it relates to medical issues, their definitions and possible solutions.
Subject: Medical Information - A good read & definitely a keeper.


This site is from the National Library of Medicine which is under the National Institutes of Health and, as such, is from the U.S. government It is one of the best sites for medical explanations. Besides...... your taxes pay for it. The explanations are accurate.

I highly recommend that you keep this in file or separate folder for safekeeping and for further reference.  It just might come in handy.  Click on the Ailment - Get a Video Explanation.......

The tutorials listed below are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute.

Using animated graphics, each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.


NOTE: These tutorials require a special Flash plug-in, version 6 or above... If you do not have Flash, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Wayne! This site would definitely be a good one to bookmark!

    From My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA - 03/31/11 - "Harmonica in Carnegie Hall!":

I am betting you have never heard a harmonica played like this before! Wow!

This gentleman is awesome! A standing ovation at Carnegie Hall playing a harmonica!  It took the Lone Ranger theme song (from the William Tell Overture) to bring them to their feet.

This guy is fabulous. Turn up your speakers and enjoy.

   WOWZERS!!! That is simply delightful! Thanks so much, Stu! - Hey, Looky-looky! This is the same fella who co-wrote "Mary, Did You Know?" back in '91!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/31/11 - "You've got to see this":

You've got to see this.
Try this with one of today’s Chrysler/”Jeeps.”  What happened to the simple car?  Oh yeah, they build cars now so nobody but the dealer can service it.
About 8 soldiers pull up on a main street in Halifax, Nova Scotia on some holiday. They're in a standard issue WWII type Willys Jeep.  In the span of about 5 to 6 minutes they completely disassemble the vehicle and reassemble it and drive off in it fully operable!  
The idea being to show the genius that went into the making of the jeep and its basic simplicity.  Fantastic.

“God Bless Our Armed Forces”

   WOWZERONI! Just think how impressive these skills will look listed on their resumes! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/31/11 - "The first senior moment in history":

The very first senior moment...

...and that's what happened to the dinosaurs!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Glenn!


From - 03/31/11:

New customer to Tech Support: “It says, hit any key and when I do that nothing happens'.

Tech Support: Can you try again and tell me what happens?

Customer: 'Tried but nothing”

Tech Support: “What key did you hit?

After a moment and some chick ling sound the customer replied: Well, first I tried my car key and just now my office key.


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 03/29/11

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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Poor Little Fool

Written by Sharon Sheeley
 (04 Apr 1940 – 17 May 2002)

Recorded by Rick Nelson, 1958
(08 May 1940 – 31 Dec 1985)

I used to play around with hearts that hastened at my call,
But when I met that little girl I knew that I would fall.

Poor little fool, oh yeah, I was a fool, uh huh..

She played around and teased me with her carefree devil eyes,
She'd hold me close and kiss me but her heart was full of lies.


She told me how she cared for me and that we'd never part,
And so for the very first time I gave away my heart.


The next day she was gone and I knew she'd lied to me,
She left me with a broken heart and won her victory.


I'd played this game with other hearts but I never thought I'd see,
The day that someone else would play love's foolish game with me.



"Poor Little Fool" midi (sequenced by the late Robert Dupler on 06/06/98) courtesy
of - 02/04/10

"Poor Little Fool" lyrics courtesy of - 02/03/10

Image of Fool courtesy of - 02/04/10

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Animated Bar 117 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/03/10

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

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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!!

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 Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

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