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04/02/13 - NNHS Newsletter -

“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”

- Hal Borland
(14 May 1900 - 22 Feb 1978)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There's just something about April.....

BONUS - - Pat Boone - April Love, 1957


"April Love" is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It was written as the theme song for a 1957 film of the same name starring Pat Boone and Shirley Jones and directed by Henry Levin.

In the film, the Pat Boone character, Nick Conover, leaves Chicago after being put on probation for stealing a car. Living and working on the Kentucky farm of his uncle Jed Bruce and his aunt Henrietta, he falls in love with a neighbour's daughter, played by Shirley Jones. In the same way that Boone is often criticised for singing watered-down versions of rhythm and blues songs, the film April Love can be seen as a milder version of James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause (1955) or Marlon Brando's The Wild One (1955).[citation needed]

Helped by the release of the film, "April Love" became a number-one hit in the United States for Pat Boone in December 1957. In 1958, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song.

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


POST-STROKE UPDATE on Bobby Johnson ('66 /'67) of VA - 03/22/13: Bobby is walking with a walker and rehabbing 4 times a day. He has use of his right arm and right leg, and his blood pressure is 100 over 90.  This is great!  They are moving him over to Newport News next week.  He is working hard, but needs more time in rehab, so they will move him.  Please keep praying for him.  God is great.  If you would like to send him a card his address is: Bobby Johnson, 200 Lumar Road, Room 37 Bed A, Smithfield, VA 757-357-3282.


        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/20/13, 4:46 PM - "     Dave Arnold's ('65) (12 Aug 1947 - 21 July 2012) Final Resting Place":


Please post this in an upcoming newsletter.

Dave Arnold’s Ashes to be Distributed by Civil War Cannon at Fort Shenandoah on April 13th

My good friend, Dave Arnold (NNHS ’65), died tragically on 21 July 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated.

It was also his wish that his ashes be distributed in the Shenandoah Valley. Dave loved "the Valley" (as he called it) of Virginia. He grew up in the Tidewater area, but his heart remained in the Valley area of Virginia. It is only fitting that his ashes should find their final home there.

It is also only fitting that his ashes should be distributed by being fired from his very own cannon, which he was having fabricated, so that he could more fully participate with the 1st Virginia, his skirmish group, which is a part of the North-South Skirmish Association.

His final wish will now be fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of his fellow Civil War skirmishers.

On April 13 at 12:00 noon, this ceremony will take place at Ft. Shenandoah at the primary range where the skirmish events are held. Attendees will enter and pass the range keeper's house, and there are signs to the main range.

All are welcome to attend. Dave would have been thrilled to have you watch his cannon being fired on the skirmish field. I can think of no greater way in which to honor his memory.

Fort Shenandoah is owned and operated by the North-South Skirmish Association and is located near Winchester VA.

You can learn more at their web site:

Directions are here:

For GPS users, the street address is “480 Chalybeate Spring Road, Winchester VA, 22603”.

   Oh, WOW! I had no idea! We wish we could make it ourselves, but I think the chances of that are infinitesimally small.....

  Thank you so much for letting me know, David!

April 13, 1861 American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrendered to Southern forces.


     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

07 -   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 02, 1941 - German Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel, "the Desert Fox," resumed his advance into Cyrenaica. The advance was the beginning of the recapture of Libya by the Axis forces.

April 02, 1944 - The Soviet Union announced that its troops had crossed the Prut River and entered Romania.

April 02, 1945 - Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil were established.


Tuesday, April 02, 1963 - Model, author, and animal rights activist Shane Barbi was born in San Diego, California.

Tuesday, April 02, 1963 - Model, author, and animal rights activist Sia Barbi was born in San Diego, California.

Tuesday, April 02, 1963 - Engineer and designer of Formula One cars Mike Gascoyne was born in Norwich, England.

Tuesday, April 02, 1963 - Voice actor, writer, animator, comedian, and director Tim Hodge was born in Boaz, Alabama.

Tuesday, April 02, 1963 - Actor, writer, musician, and composer Michael Panes was born in New York.

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 03/23/13 - "NNHS 1963 - deceased":

Carol, when you get a chance, please add the following to our deceased list of classmates:    Thomas Edward Mercer (and remove from the missing list)

Thank you, and hope you have a good trip.
Susie Jones
WEST POINT - Thomas Edward Mercer Jr., 49, of West Point, a teacher and athletic director of King and Queen Central High School, died Thursday, July 21, 1994, at his residence.

Survived by his wife, Brenda B. Mercer; one stepdaughter, LeAnn Johnston, of Fredericksburg; one son, Nathan E. Mercer, of West Point; his father, Thomas E. Mercer, of Boiling Springs, N.C.; a sister, Patti M. Follett, of Clarksville, N.C.; a brother, David R. Mercer, of Wilmington, N.C.

Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Vincent Funeral Home. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at West Point Baptist Church. Burial in Sunny Slope Cemetery.

Memorials to West Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue Inc., Box X, 23181; or MCV Brain Tumor Cancer Fund, Box 631, Richmond 23298.
   OH, NO! I'm so sorry to hear this! I've added Eddie to the Memorial page for your class:

   By the way, I removed    Carolyn Fisher Soesbee Seymore from the Missing page, because, sadly, I "found " her three years ago: 

   Thanks for letting me know, Susie!

  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 03/24/13 - "Our Classmate, prayers and cards":

Dear Classmates,

I was just informed that    Alvah "Jimmy" Campbell (of Northern VA) had a stroke and is back home recuperating. His wife says he is doing pretty well, I am sure that Jimmy would enjoy getting a card from anyone that wants to send one.

Here is his address: PO Box 455, Wicomico, Va. 22579

Thanks to all our classmates; life can be a bowl of cherries and bring smiles to other classmates' faces.


Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

   OH, NO! I'm so sorry to hear this, too! I enjoyed talking with Jimmy at your reunion in October. We'll keep him in our prayers; thanks for telling us, Brenda!

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 03/25/13 - "Obit and missing - NNHS Class of 1963":

Carol, here is the obituary for      Bobby Artman:
Newport News -- Robert (Bob) Artman, 55, died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2000, in Colorado.

A native of Newport News, he graduated from Newport News High School in 1963 and received his Bachelor's degree from Christopher Newport College. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Holton Artman, and his older brother, George B. Artman III.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Lorraine (Rainey) Artman, his father, George B. Artman, Jr., two brothers, Richard L. Artman, and his daughter, Laurie A. Artman, and Michael A. Artman, and his wife, Terri; one sister, Frances A. Shelton, her husband, Carl and children Sara, Jake and Whitney.

The family will receive relatives and friends at his sister's home from 6 to 9 Friday, Nov.3.

Memorials may be sent to The Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 3140, Telluride, CO 81435.

Daily Press October 31, 2000
Thank you, Susie! I'm sorry to have caused you to reinvent the wheel here! Bobby's obituary was actually the first one I posted from someone who was not a member of the Class of 1965.

   I had just returned to mid-Illinois from my 35-Year Reunion, and I had not yet learned how to create a webpage.  The entire site was still being made and posted by my two youngest sons,        Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) and            Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) while they taught me how to do it on my own. (Thanks again, Chickadees! )

   Dale created a page for us which contained Bobby's obituary, plus (I think) all the Guest Log entries.  It somehow mysteriously disappeared in the last dozen years. Thanks for recapturing part of that information.

   By the way, the concept of individual Memorial Editions of the Newsletter wasn't developed until early in 2005; prior to that time such information was contained in part on these two pages: - You'll still see a partial account of Bobby's death linked there:

From the Missing list, please remove the following  -  we found them:
Basil Andre A. "Bill" Vasilas
Barbara Estes Simmons
Mary Lou Knowles Schuszler
Thanks for your help.

   SUPER! Thanks, Susie!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/25/13 - " 'Spring' ":

  J'ever take a nice spring vacation and a blizzard breaks out?

"Yeah, I hate it when that happens."

Monday, March 25, 2013, 11:40 AM
I-55 near Arnold, MO

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/25/13 - "Greetings":


I send warm Holy Week/Passover greetings to the Typhoon family.

I apologize for not answering the roll call in recent months. I have been up and down with cardiac arrhythmia issues and a stroke two days after
      Brother Harry's (MD, '57) 73rd birthday celebration January 6. Prognosis is full recovery, I just wish it would start soon! My brain is on even more "idle" than usual. I am on hiatus, too, from because my writing "lobe" is on "off" and I forget my point. It is cruel and unusual punishment, too, that forbids my driving.

Our inimitable
      "Dimples" (Miz Scawlett) (NC, '58) acted as truant officer, calling Saturday finding me lolling in my chair (think I was watching SpongeBob SquarePants). She says she will mark me "Present," although I was usually "here" in     Miss Eliza Wise's Home Room 120.

Here's hoping    Santa treats you all well this week. Yes, He is Risen, Indeed!

Norm Covert (MD - 61)

   GASP! OH, NO! I'm so sorry to hear this!  I hope you're doing splendidly by now, Normie! We'll keep you in our prayers!

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/26/13 - "Looking forward to your return.":

Hi, Carol:

Many in the "TYPHOON Nation" sent you good wishes and Travel Mercies for you and your family, and we do hope it was a time of blessing for your family. We have missed you and your Newsletters.

Recently, Platoon 276, Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, SC lost one of our fellow Marines after a year long battle with cancer. I thought of his hilarious comments during a recent Reunion at MCRD Parris Island of our Platoon where our Drill Instructors were also in attendance.

His recollections about being in the "Elephant Platoon" before being transferred to our Platoon 276 to complete his training was quite humorous. It was true, unlike the funny story you published on 16 March 2013 submitted by
   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern Virginia entitled "Me an' Leroy."

My late buddy,
Edward "Big Ed" Butler of Boston, MA shared his experiences while training in the Strength and Motivation Special Platoon (AKA: Elephant Platoon...their Guidon was an flag with an elephant) before those in attendance in the evening, including the Sergeant who was the Drill Instructor, and a fellow Recruit in the "Elephant Platoon" as we began to tell "Sea Stories" of our tour in the Marine Corps.

He recounted the daily drill of digging and filling holes using shovels (entrenching tools) and buckets. One third of the Platoon would dig Hole Number One, while another third of the Platoon carried the spoil in their buckets, running the distance to fill Hole Number Two which was being dug by the other third of the Platoon, concurrently. Then the three teams would rotate among the three positions. Hours of this type of work took off many unwanted pounds from these Marine Recruits, who ran the risk of being discharged before becoming a Marine due to being overweight, or unable to pass the required Strength Test to graduate from training.

PVT Butler, as he was known by then, and PVT Greenwood had completed their tour in the Special Platoon, and reported into Platoon 276. Upon reporting to our Platoon, they were met by our Drill Instructors, and one additional Drill Instructor, SGT Jackson. SGT Jackson was the Special Platoon Drill Instructor who was assigned earlier in that day to Platoon 276. Imagine the greeting, and fear in these two Recruits seeing him.

Turns out Sgt Jackson was highly complimentary of both PVTs Butler and Greenwood. A rare event while undergoing training, for their perseverance and determination. His compliment endeared the PVTs to this demanding Drill Instructor.

Fifty years later, when we were to have our first Reunion of Platoon 276, the two fellow Marines kept insisting upon locating Sgt Jackson so as to invite him to our Reunion. It took an effort, but we did locate Sgt Boyce Jackson and he attended the next Reunion. Not an easy task, since we only had his LAST name.
But it is a small Corps.

Semper Fidelis,
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Adonis! You have my condolences on the loss of your buddy!

From Curt Carter - 03/27/13 - "Thank you for remembering your close friend,    1LT Arthur Lee Galloway Jr. (14 Apr 1947 - 27 Mar 1971), one of America's heroes":

Dear Carol,

Reading your remembrance for your close friend, 1LT Arthur Lee Galloway Jr. on the Virtual Wall has prompted me to write and say thank you. 1LT Galloway and so many other wonderful heroes have given so very much to this great country.

May God bless you and yours and may He allow me to shake the hand of 1LT Galloway when I someday get to Heaven to personally say thank you.

With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for your close friend, 1LT Arthur Lee Galloway Jr.

Curt Carter (son of
  SGT Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne (born February 15, 1929), died February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)

   Thank you so much, Curt! I was out of state visiting family when your note came on the 42nd anniversary of his death, but when dawn broke that Wednesday morning I thought (as I do every year), "Today is the day that Lee died."

   He was quite simply the best of the best.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND         Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/29/13 - "":

Grandma Ruth’s Easter Bread Pudding

Posted: 28 Mar 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Covert Matters Digest

Tasty Topping Off of High Holy Days

By Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard

Sepi Prichard
aka Dimples Dinwiddie

Easter was special in my Virginia family because it was always at Grandma Ruth’s and Granddaddy’s house at Big Bethel, a government installation in Hampton that supplied all water going to all military installations on our Virginia Peninsula.

After church my family would get in the car, after packing play clothes for my sister and me.  We headed for the fresh air of the country atmosphere and the warmth and wonderfully delightful aromas of Grandma Ruth’s kitchen.

We always wore our Easter finery so we could bask in the nod and smile of approval from my grandfather and the dear hugs and genuine compliments of Grandma Ruth, working, of course in the kitchen to make a dinner worthy of praise that surpassed any that had come before this one.

My two uncles, just a bit older than my sister and I, would come running to the house at the sight of the car turning in the driveway.  Always wanting to know if we had brought our play clothes, they weren’t much for compliments on girls’ clothing but on whether or not we would be ready for play after dinner.  We always were.

I was more of the adventurous type than my little sister who was content to just be there, run the trains in the basement and not outside catching baby eels in the apron of the spillway or in warmer months, tadpoles.  She liked staying clean more than I did, while I liked keeping up with the boys.

But the powerful aromas from the kitchen would draw me back inside sooner than the boys were ready to go in.  I was about ten when I started paying more and more attention to what Grandma was making, especially on those holidays where she always outdid herself.

Easter dessert was always bread pudding, with an apple pie on the side for those that might have that with coffee a few hours after dinner.  But bread pudding was always the specialty served after Easter plates were cleared.

Tradition and security went hand in hand at the Dinwiddie house. It was good to know what dessert followed dinner.  It was mandatory to have good table manners at grandfather’s table.  For those who favor a good bread pudding dish here is her recipe, from her heart to mine and from mine to yours:

Grandma Ruth’s Bread Pudding

• Grease baking pan or dish with sweet butter.

• Crumble three or four slices of white bread in small cubes (remove the top crust ).

• Add a lump of butter in a mixing bowl.

This presented a problem since I didn’t know how much a lump was, but I learned from her demonstration.

• Cup your hand and fill the bowl that your hand makes up to the first knuckle of your fingers.  That’s a lump.

• Put it in the bowl along with four eggs, 1 cup of sugar or in these times Splenda, in case you can’t or don’t want to eat too much sugar.

• Two teaspoons of vanilla, (real, not imitation) two or three cups of milk, whole or 2%, beat with your mixer until nicely blended.  Pour over the fresh bread crumbles until nearly covered, sprinkle thoroughly with nutmeg over the entire top.

• Place in a water bath, otherwise known as another larger pan of water. Water should reach about 3/4th of the way up the dish containing the unbaked pudding.  Put in a 350 degree preheated oven. Bake for one hour or until a silver knife comes out clean.

• Remove pudding dish first and place it on a rack. It should be just the right temperature for eating after dinner.  Take the water bath out carefully to avoid any spills or burns and pour the water in the sink.

Grandma also lent me her secret ingredient that Granddad liked but didn’t think was appropriate for children.  Rum soaked raisins.  1 cup of raisins, covered with your taste in rum, light or dark.  Let sit overnight until rum is absorbed and raisins are plump, pour out excess rum or save it for a white sauce.  Let raisins dry somewhat in the air and before adding to pudding mixture, coat with flour to keep them from all going to the bottom.

Make any recipe for dessert white sauce and add rum mixing by hand.  Pour over a dish of bread pudding and if needed or wanted add a good-sized dollop of vanilla ice cream.  I got my first taste of that after I was married and no longer considered a child.  It suited me as much as it did my Granddad!  Good with a fresh cup of coffee!

Eat…and be happy!  Happy Easter.

Sepi Prichard grew up in Newport News, Va. Her maiden name is Dimples Dinwiddie. She is an outstanding kitchen expert and has maintained family recipes that still mesmerize family and friends. She resides in Raleigh, N.C., with her husband.

   Thanks so much, Norm - and Dimples! I could not help but recall my sister, Eleanor, and one of the funniest things I think she's ever said - which is as follows:

    From the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 05/08/02:

"Bread Pudding.  If you don't HAVE dessert, just admit it."

   Thanks again, Eleanor! This totally cracks me up every time I think about it!

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 03/30/13 - "Obit and missing":


Happy Easter,

Below is obituary for classmate -
 Billy Rhodes

Hampton - William R. "Billy" Rhodes died Sept. 17, 2004, in Mexico. Billy was born March 2, 1945, in Newport News, VA. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1963. He then graduated from William and Mary and received his Doctorate from University of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, William E. Middleton, in 1996. Survivors include his mother, Lelia Gayle Middleton of Hampton; his wife Lorena Rhodes, and their children, Karla and Lelia. He is also survived by a son, Forrest Rhodes, daughter, Emily Rhodes Oxenborg, and two grandchildren, Molly and Laurel. Other survivors include one sister, Sallie Rhodes Beaver, and two brothers, Maury Middleton and Troy Middleton. His funeral was held in Hermosillo, Mexico, where he resided for the past 15 years.

   Thanks again, Susie! This one IS still here; just click on Billy's name: 

Please remove the following from our missing page:
Kay Latta Hutchinson and Robert E. Ball (Bobby)

Thank you,

Susie Overton Jones
class of 1963


From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 03/20/13 - "I Am an Acquired Taste":

  Thank you, Tina! That sounds about right!

BONUS APRIL CROCHET PATTERNS: - Mia's African Flower / Paperweight Granny - "...I love the colors Mia used, as sweet as a pretty girl!" - Alice's Tea Cozy - "... the cutest free crochet pattern for a tea cozy! I love the flower top detail..."

BONUS APRIL RECIPES: - April Recipes - "What to cook n April 2013"


From - 04/01/13:

"How was your game, dear?" asked Jack's wife, Tracy. 

"Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight's gotten so bad I couldn't see where the ball went," he answered. 

"But you're 75 years old, Jack!" admonished his wife, "Why don't you take my brother Scott along?" 

"But he's 85 and doesn't play golf anymore," protested Jack. 

"But he's got perfect eyesight. He would watch the ball for you," Tracy pointed out. 

The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on. Jack swung and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. "Do you see it?" asked Jack. 

"Yup," Scott answered. 

"Well, where is it?" yelled Jack, peering off into the distance. 

"I forgot."


1. Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 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 10, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/17/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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April Love

Words by
Paul Francis Webster (20 Dec 1907 – 18 Mar 1984)

Music by
Sammy Fain (17 June 1902 – 06 Dec 1989)

Recorded by Pat Boone (b. 01 June 1934), 1957

April love is for the very young
Every star's a wishing star that shines for you
April love is all the seven wonders
One little kiss can tell you this is true

Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers
Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet
But April love can slip right through your fingers
So if she's the one don't let her run away

[Instrumental Interlude]

Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers
Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet
But April love can slip right through your fingers
So if she's the one don't let her run away

"April Love" midi courtesy of - 04/01/08

  "April Love" lyrics courtesy of - 04/01/08

Hummel's "April Showers" Image courtesy of - 04/01/08

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

Animated Air Force and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!

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!!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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