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04/06/10 -
NNHS Newsletter -
Quarter to Three

Church Street, Norfolk, VA

Church Street, Norfolk, VA

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.

- George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, 1812-1818
(22 Jan 1788 - 19 Apr 1824) 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  Today's Newsletter theme (first suggested by our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs - '64 - of VA) is so fabulous, it's making it's third appearance:  

   On both of these earlier occasions, I said the same thing:

   "I hope you're enjoying this MIDI as much as I am; I just keep hiking the volume and letting it blast away.  I personally think it's one of the best that Dave has ever found for us.  Thanks so much, David!  You're simply the best!"

BONUS - - Quarter to Three - Gary U.S. Bonds


     Happy Birthday today to   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC;

11 -     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;

12 - Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND  Richard Rawls ('71) of VA;

13 -   Gil Hughes ('64)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 6, 1938 - The United States recognized the German conquest of Austria.

April 6, 1941 - Nazi Germany launched Operation 25 (the invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (the invasion of Greece).

April 6, 1945 - Sarajevo was liberated from the German and Croatian Nazis by the Yugoslav Partisans.


Tuesday, April 6, 1965 - The launch of Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.

Tuesday, April 6, 1965 - The British Government announced the cancellation of the TSR-2 aircraft project.

Tuesday, April 6, 1965 - Singer/songwriter Frank Black a.k.a. Black Francis, was born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, April 6, 1965 - Athlete Lieve Slegers was born in Turnhout, Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Tuesday, April 6, 1965 - Football player Sterling Sharpe was born in Chicago, Illinois.


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 04/05/10 - "We shall build good ships...":

...attached is the unlikely story of one of the oldest and most successful of all the many vessels built by NNS.

Some of you may have seen shorter versions of this story recently. But none of them included details I thought would be of interest to Newport News shipbuilders, their families and friends. Or conveyed the pride that I believe properly should be an integral part of her story.

That's my job; that's what I do.

   And you do it so well, Bill! WOWZERS!!! Thanks so very much!


  From Jim Dossett ('66) of NC - 04/05/10 - "GIANT":


Just flipped the TV from the NCAA tourney at half time to TBS and found GIANT playing.  I hit it right as they were playing the theme ....  I flashed back to Saunders Stadium and our night practices ....  lined up on the goal line, drum and herald trumpets blasting the fanfare, then the tenor drums doing the final 3 beats before we stepped off.  I loved that NNHS Typhoon Marching Senior Band ....  there has never been another band like those of the 60's that JP produced.  I sat here with chill bumps listening to G I A N T > bet you would too.
   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Jim - good to hear from you!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/05/10 - "Hijacked":

Hi, Carol:
Freehost keeps highjacking the news website when using Google or Bing. I had saved the URL for your newer version of NNHS65 website, and today tried to access it using that "Favorite" and was directed to Freehost.
If you ever tried to throw away your old boomerrang you know it just keeps coming back to you. Well...hope your subscribers don't get frustrated.

   SHEESH! There must be some relatively painless way to correct this problem....

On a sad note, my recent inquiry about a Typhoon Basketball player,   Richard Lavender, resulted in learning of his death 20 years ago due to lung cancer. His sister informed me that he had served in the United States Air Force.
He was involved in a serious automobile accident that broke both legs and left him partially crippled in his remaining years.
Surely other subscribers to your fine Newsletter will also remember Number 32 from the 1955 Men's Basketball Team. Richard was moved up from the Junior Varsity Team to the Varsity Team, and made a fine contribution to the success of that team.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I'm so very sorry to hear of Richard's passing, Joe.

   I ran his name through the Social Security Death Index, and found the following dates for a Richard Lavender in Virginia:

b. 20 May 1938; d. 23 Sept 1981

   At first I thought this was a different Richard Lavender, as not only was the death date about ten years earlier than what I was expecting to see, but his birth date was a year or two younger than I thought it would be.  But then I noticed that you mentioned he was actually younger than the other Varsity Basketball players.

     I checked the junior and senior images in the 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958 Anchors and could not find him anywhere, except on page 96 of the 1955.

   This is not so very unusual, as more than a few NNHS students did not have their individual portraits made. It might also indicate that he left our Sacred Walls before that time, but we do not discriminate here, and want to include all such on our In Memoriam pages.

    Can anyone please tell me which class or classes can lay claim to Richard??

1955 Anchor - p. 96

   Thanks so much, Adonis! 
As soon as we clarify this, I'll add Richard to the proper In Memoriam page as well as to Famous Airmen.


The Four Emotions That Can Lead to Life Change

by Jim Rohn

Emotions are the most powerful forces inside us. Under the power of emotions, human beings can perform the most heroic (as well as barbaric) acts. To a great degree, civilization itself can be defined as the intelligent channeling of human emotion. Emotions are fuel and the mind is the pilot, which together propel the ship of civilized progress.

Which emotions cause people to act? There are four basic ones; each, or a combination of several, can trigger the most incredible activity. The day that you allow these emotions to fuel your desire is the day you’ll turn your life around.

One does not usually equate the word “disgust” with positive action. And yet properly channeled, disgust can change a person’s life. The person who feels disgusted has reached a point of no return. He or she is ready to throw down the gauntlet at life and say, “I’ve had it!” That’s what I said after many humiliating experiences at age 25. I said, “I don’t want to live like this anymore. I’ve had it with being broke. I’ve had it with being embarrassed, and I’ve had it with lying.”

Yes, productive feelings of disgust come when a person says, “Enough is enough.”

The “guy” has finally had it with mediocrity. He’s had it with those awful sick feelings of fear, pain and humiliation. He then decides he is “not going to live like this anymore.” Look out! This could be the day that turns a life around. Call it what you will: the “I’ve had it” day, the “never again” day, the “enough’s enough” day. Whatever you call it, it’s powerful! There is nothing so life-changing as gut-wrenching disgust!

Most of us need to be pushed to the wall to make decisions. And once we reach this point, we have to deal with the conflicting emotions that come with making them. We have reached a fork in the road. Now this fork can be a two-prong, three-prong, or even a four-prong fork. No wonder that decision-making can create knots in stomachs, keep us awake in the middle of the night, or make us break out in a cold sweat.

Making life-changing decisions can be likened to internal civil war. Conflicting armies of emotions, each with its own arsenal of reasons, battle each other for supremacy of our minds. And our resulting decisions, whether bold or timid, well thought out or impulsive, can either set the course of action or blind it.

I don’t have much advice to give you about decision-making except this: Whatever you do, don’t camp at the fork in the road. Decide. It’s far better to make a wrong decision than to not make one at all. Each of us must confront our emotional turmoil and sort out our feelings.

How does one gain desire? I don’t think I can answer this directly because there are many ways. But I do know two things about desire:

A. It comes from the inside not the outside.
B. It can be triggered by outside forces.

Almost anything can trigger desire. It’s a matter of timing as much as preparation. It might be a song that tugs at the heart. It might be a memorable sermon. It might be a movie, a conversation with a friend, a confrontation with the enemy, or a bitter experience. Even a book or an article such as this one can trigger the inner mechanism that will make some people say, “I want it now!”

Therefore, while searching for your “hot button” of pure, raw desire, welcome into your life each positive experience. Don’t erect a wall to protect you from experiencing life. The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.

Resolve says, “I will.” These two words are among the most potent in the English language. I WILL. Benjamin Disraeli, the great British statesman, once said, “Nothing can resist a human will that will stake even its existence on the extent of its purpose.” In other words, when someone resolves to “do or die,” nothing can stop him.

The mountain climber says, “I will climb the mountain. They’ve told me it’s too high, it’s too far, it’s too steep, it’s too rocky, it’s too difficult. But it’s my mountain. I will climb it. You’ll soon see me waving from the top or you’ll never see me, because unless I reach the peak, I’m not coming back.” Who can argue with such resolve?

When confronted with such iron-will determination, I can see Time, Fate and Circumstance calling a hasty conference and deciding, “We might as well let him have his dream. He’s said he’s going to get there or die trying.”

The best definition for “resolve” I’ve ever heard came from a schoolgirl in Foster City, California. As is my custom, I was lecturing about success to a group of bright kids at a junior high school. I asked, “Who can tell me what ‘resolve’ means?” Several hands went up, and I did get some pretty good definitions. But the last was the best. A shy girl from the back of the room got up and said with quiet intensity, “I think resolve means promising yourself you will never give up.” That’s it! That’s the best definition I’ve ever heard: PROMISE YOURSELF YOU’LL NEVER GIVE UP.

Think about it! How long should a baby try to learn how to walk? How long would you give the average baby before you say, “That’s it, you’ve had your chance”? You say that’s crazy? Of course it is. Any mother would say, “My baby is going to keep trying until he learns how to walk!” No wonder everyone walks.

There is a vital lesson in this. Ask yourself, “How long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?” I suggest you answer, “As long as it takes.” That’s what these four emotions are all about.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 04/05/10:

A Noise...

My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a noise downstairs.

She nudged me and whispered, "Wake up, wake up!"

"What's the matter?" I asked.

"There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they're eating the tuna casserole I made tonight."

"That'll teach them!" I replied. 


A Little Mixed Up

Just a line to say I'm living,
That I'm not among the dead.
Though I'm getting more forgetful
And more mixed up in the head.

For sometimes I can't remember,
When I stand at foot of stairs,
If I must go up for something,
Or if I've just come down from there.

And before the fridge so often
My poor mind is filled with doubt
Have I just put food away?... or
Have I come to take some out?

And there're times when it is dark out,
With my night cap on my head
I don't know if I'm retiring
Or just getting out of bed.

So... if it's my turn to write you
There's no need of getting sore,
I may think that I have written
And don't want to be a bore!!

So, remember... I do love you
And I wish that you were here,
But now it's nearly mail time,
So I must say good-bye, my dear.

There I stood beside the mail box
With a face so very red
Instead of mailing you my letter,
I had opened it instead!!

My bifocals fit - my dentures are fine
My hearing aid works... but... I do miss my mind!!!

-- Author Unknown


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1953 will hold its 57-Year Reunion. For details, contact Robert Walker at (757) 596-7722 or Betty Burns at (757) 223-9488 - CLASS OF 1953

2. Saturday, April 24, 2010,11:30 AM - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 56-Year Mini-Reunion Luncheon at The Chamberlin. For details, contact Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800 or Betty Hamby Neher at (757) 898-5099 or Dr. Harry Simpson at (804) 694-0346 - CLASS OF 1954

3. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

6. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/31/10
NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Quarter to Three

SOME NOTES: Daddy "G" and the Church Street Five were from Norfolk, as was Gary Bonds.
Daddy "G" was Gene Barge, and the Church Street was, indeed the one in Norfolk.
Those songs and many others with the "Norfolk Sound" were produced and often written
by Frank Guida, who was Norfolk's version of Phil Spector.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
WOWZERONI!  Thanks, Dave!

Written by
Gene Barge, Frank Guida (26 May 1922 - 19 May 2007), and Joseph Royster

Recorded by Gary U.S. Bonds (b. 06 June 1939), 1961

Don't you know that I danced, I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
He was swingin' on the sax like a nobody could
And I was dancin' all over the room.
Oh, don't you know the people were dancin' like they were mad,
it was the swingin'est band they had, ever had.
It was the swingin'est song that could ever be,
It was a night with Daddy G.
Let me tell you now,
I never had it so good
Yeah, and I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the
Church Street Five.
Oh, don't you know that I danced,
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help last night of Daddy G.
Everybody was as happy as they could be
And they were swingin' with Daddy G.
Blow Daddy!
Let me tell you now,
I never had it so good
Yeah and I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five.
Oh, don't you know that I danced,
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help last night of Daddy G.
He was swingin' on the sax like a nobody could,
and I was dancin' all over the room
Oh, don't you know the
Dance, do bee wa dah
Dance, do bee wah dah
You can dance, do bee wah dah,
You can dance, dance, dance

"Quarter to Three" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave

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

 Church Street Postcards courtesy of - 04/02/05

Animated Saxophone clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

Colored Musical Notes Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/02/05

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

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 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy o
f - 02/17/09

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 Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

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

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