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04/16/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Since I Met You, Baby

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart
and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit
of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders
into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you
or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and
leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter
working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real
gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain...”

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's theme song was taken from the list provided us several months ago by the ever glorious     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD:  

   Thanks again, Chandler Darlin'!  

BONUS - - Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter


"Since I Met You Baby" is an American rhythm and blues song written and recorded by pianist Ivory Joe Hunter. The song, which Hunter recorded in 1956, became an American standard, and saw renewed popularity in 1969 when country music artist Sonny James released his hit version.

Hunter had already tasted major success with popular and rhythm and blues audiences with songs such as "I Almost Lost My Mind". He moved to Atlantic Records by 1954, and around that time wrote "Since I Met You Baby."

The song, a 12-bar blues, was described by Allmusic critic Steve Huey as "a masterpiece of smooth, bluesy elegance" and "decidedly removed from the tide of raucous rock & roll sweeping the country." In fact, compared to many of the other uptempo, rock-beat songs of the period, the song was "augmented by a wordless vocal choir (supervised by Ray Ellis who also did the orchestral arrangement) that's strongly reminiscent of traditional pop recordings of the period," wrote Huey. Saxophonist Jesse Powell provided the harmony on the second verse.[1][2]

"Since I Met You Baby" topped the Billboard magazine Rhythm and Blues Records chart for three weeks in 1956, and became Hunter's only Billboard Hot 100 entry, stopping at No. 12...


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 04/15/11, 8:26 PM - "     Monty":

Unfortunately, Carol, my precious cousin Monty will not be with us (in body) to celebrate his 68th birthday on April 18th.  He left us this morning around 8:30AM.  He fought a hard battle against that dreadful pancreatic cancer.  He remained stoic and kept his sense of humor while enduring great discomfort.  He did us all proud, his family, his friends, his NNHS classmates and the Marines.  We will miss him beyond words.

   Cookie, I am so very sorry to learn this; thank you for letting me know.  We will indeed miss him.

   Semper Fi, Monty!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/15/11, 10:00 PM - "     Monty Phillips":

I am so sad to report that my wonderful brother, Monty, left this life around 8:30 this morning.  We knew it was coming. Last night, we built a fire, put on soft music and sounds of nature. Kelly and his dog, Cash, were on his left, Jerry at the foot of his bed, and I was on his right.  In the past two months, he was never without someone who loved him.   He left us with many wonderful memories to cherish.
He will be laid to rest on his birthday, April 18th at 3 PM at Peninsula Memorial Park.  A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, April 23rd....the time to be determined this weekend.  It should run in Sunday's paper and I hope to send an email update as well.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Judy, Jerry  and family

   Oh, Sweetie-Pies, you have our sincerest condolences!  You and your entire family will be in our prayers during this difficult time.


   Happy Birthday yesterday to       George Helliesen ('61) of MI!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to David Jones ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to: 

18 -     The late Monty Phillips ('62) (deceased 04/15/11) AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA;

21 -   Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to lands dark and dusty);

22 - Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57);

23 -   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/14/11 - "Oldies":

Hi Ray,

I read your entry in Carol’s newsletter about listening to Oldies.

Thought you might be interested in the this offer from the TYPHOONMART:

TYPHOON Regards,

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   OHHHH, yeah! Many of our readers are probably unaware of these fabulous CD's that you created several years ago! Here's their chance to remedy that!

   Thank you for the reminder, Captain!

    From Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/15/11 - "      Carol, Carol, Carol ('65 - of IL)":


Tsk. Tsk. I won't say anything snarky about you and Al. One does not cross swords with the webmistress. Besides, the musical tribute was very nice. Did you know that Mr. Green is now, and has been for some time, Reverend Al Green?

       Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) read that I listened to oldies and was considerate enough to email me about a c.d. mix of oldies available at the Typhoonmart. Thanks again, Dave.

p.s. A few minutes ago I looked up Miss Brewer in the '65 Anchor. Unfortunately for my self esteem, I remember the toga parties in the cafeteria. Could I possibly have looked any more foolish?? Since I did not become either a doctor or a pharmacist, my three years of Latin were only marginally beneficial. Omnia Gallia est tres partes. Aliea jacta est. Me casa est alba.

Tempus fugit, so bye.

   Thanks, Ray! You're gonna flip over those CDs!

   One of my great regrets in life is not studying Latin, but I think you might be quoting from one of your first Latin lessons - and you may (or may not!) have been saying "All Gaul is divided into three parts. The die is cast. My house is white. Time flies."

   At any rate, I added your memory to miss Brewer's teacher page:


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/15/11 - "NNHS Website, Our Places of Worship.":

Hi, Carol:

Thought you might like the link to Northside Christian Church, Yorktown, VA.

It is:

Currently, the link in the page for Northside Christian Church is listed as:

The link does not re-direct the user to the current website.

I understand 
     Fred Mays ('61) of VA is the church historian. They are in good hands as Fred is quite the historian.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan (57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Joe! I replaced the official link on on our page (and toured their nifty new website!), repaired the broken links on the bottom of of page, and realized sadly that if those links were broken, then every other page in that section had a similar problem - so I fixed them all.

   Many of these pages still have no hymns attached. If any of y'all are current or former members of one of these congregations, it is your right and privilege to suggest an appropriate hymn - first come, first served! You know the one, doncha?? It's the hymn that first pops into you head when precious memories of worshiping there flood your mind!

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia - 04/14/11 - "Hiya, Matey!":

How're ya doin'?

Having my admittedly infrequent perusal of the NNHS website this morning, I was wondering if I could be reinstated to the alumni page from whence I seem to've disappeared?

   Wal, shut my mouf' - you shore nuff had distappeared (English  major, ya know...)!  ‹(•¿•)› 

   I've added you back to your place of belonging, Carla!

... Although my contacts with my old classmates are few, I do love hearing how everyone's doing and applaud your great work and dedication to the task.

And one last thing. I totally enjoyed reading about various teachers on the teacher pages and have some memories to contribute...but many are humorous (though not meant ever to be disrespectful) rather than tributes to them as pedagogues, so I wanted your opinion as to whether they'd be appropriate. Or would you want to see them first?

   We always love to read the memories of our teachers - and some of them were indeed funny! As long as they are not injurious to their characters, we would love to post them, Carla (and unless you post them yourself on the NNHS BLOG, I'd have to see them first to add them anyway)!

Thanks so much, and as always, love to you and everyone "Up North,"

Carla (Fine) Cripps
Class of '65

   Thank you so much, Carla - for everything! As you were one of the first kids I met when we moved to the Peninsula we share many fond old memories!

    Say, Lady, you never did tell us how you happen to be living "Down Under"!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/15/11 - "The Covert Letter":

Libya: Makings of Another ‘Desert Debacle?’

Posted: 14 Apr 2011 10:26 AM PDT


Hulk of Soviet-made tank destroyed by NATO aircraft near Adjabiya, Libya. (Reuters)

By Norman M. Covert

Apparently the “Buck…” touted by President Barack Obama, stops in Libya, not the Oval Office. Col. Moammar Gadhafi continues to be in Mr. Obama’s face, surviving insurgents and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Reports of his impending demise seem exaggerated.

There are fears this could be another “Debacle in the Desert.” President Jimmy Carter oversaw that failed effort to rescue captured Americans in Iran in 1980. Everything went wrong for the Delta Force.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has declared that military action will probably not suffice to force Gadhafi out; that it will take lengthy negotiation. In other words the mission is doomed. It is probable Gadhafi may emerge even stronger in his confederation of Libyan tribes.

Press and diplomatic dispatches portray a confounding outcome in this version of Mr. Obama’s belated attempt at nation building. If past action is an indicator, Mr. Obama will look for an excuse to get out of town. It appears he can neither lead, nor hide in the White House.

Col. Moammar Gadhafi

Colonel Gadhafi’s public appearances, on the other hand, trumpet his attitude of invincibility. He may indeed have the proverbial nine lives.  

There hasn’t been this much military movement in Libya since World War II, when British commandos found Tobruk and Benghazi difficult to retain. German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel earned the title “Desert Fox” because Libya, and much of Egypt, was his military playground. He surrendered only after Chancellor Adolph Hitler abandoned the vaunted Afrika Corps, which waged a wadi-to-wadi defense.

In a reprise of history, rebels have captured and lost the same territory in today’s back and forth. They captured the road between Benghazi and Tobruk in the early fighting. However, for the most part, Gadhafi’s forces have taken control again.

The assurance of victory was short lived after the initial bombardment by American Tomahawk missiles. What can go wrong, did go wrong with the NATO Joint Task Force.

NATO has demonstrated questionable or no “command and control” capability. Its ability to coordinate bombing sorties has been wholly inadequate, with unknown, missing or unreliable spotters on the ground to identify targets. Modern communication makes it easy if everyone has the same capability.

The mission appears to be a comedy of errors. It was unaware the rebels had tanks and failed to brief pilots of French aircraft who targeted several last week. In addition, two Libyan military helicopters, which had been captured, were destroyed on their maiden flights. NATO is claiming better success in hitting Gadhafi’s ammunition dumps this week.

NATO membership was expanded with approval of then-President Bill Clinton, a gesture in the aftermath of the demise of the Soviet Union. It includes former Communist Bloc countries and barely resembles the force organized in 1949 to protect Western Europe from the Soviets.


Canadian Forces Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard commands NATO’s Joint Task Force. General Bouchard, who has no apparent combat experience, is struggling to integrate primary British, French and limited American aviation assets. Success is far from guaranteed for NATO.

American forces’ battlefield “doctrine” is influenced by the deliberations of combat-seasoned officers. Seminal changes, developed in the mid-1970s at Fort Monroe, Va., were tested in Operation Desert Storm, defense of Kuwait, in 1991. Victory was achieved in 100 days.

U. S. Army Gen. William E. DePuy, who died in 1992, generated the new doctrine. He turned away from small unit jungle tactics, which had dominated Southeast Asia combat and Pentagon planning. His legacy includes the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Bradley fighting vehicle, Apache and Blackhawk helicopters and Patriot Air Defense System.

Gen. W. E. DePuy with lst Infantry Division, Vietnam

General DePuy foresaw challenges of fighting in desert environments like Kuwait, Iraq, and now Afghanistan. A World War II, Korea and Vietnam combat commander, he proved his theories at the sandy, desolate expanse of Fort Irwin, Cal.

He believed in the synergism of combined arms, thus achieving a powerful weapon system. In contrast, unless NATO can right its disjointed approach, it cannot achieve military success.

Making matters worse in the long haul, it appears we are backing an insurrection force primarily identified as al-Qaeda veterans. Rebel ground commander Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidit is a graduate of the Guantanamo Bay Resort and Spa. His ties to al-Qaeda are without question and he admits his main battle troops are jihadists, who fought against the coalition in Iraq.

It would appear that the Libyan incursion — justified in the name of protecting innocent civilians – is another failed foreign policy adventure for Mr. Obama and his advisors.

Col. Gadhafi has the ground war advantage at the moment with rebels shown cowering in alleyways. NATO must quickly overcome the perception that it is a virtual toothless tiger.

I’m ashamed to think this may be what Mr. Obama wants.

# # #

(Published in its original form at  April 13, 2011. Printed by permission of The Octopus LLC and the author.)

Contact Norman Covert at

   Thanks, Norm!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 04/14/11 - "TIPS ON PUMPING GAS":

Remember 4 things to do when pumping gas. Buy in the morning, pump on low speed with your tank half full, and never buy when the pump truck is loading fuel.


I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon:

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really simple to do.

I'm sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)...and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers !!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!

If It goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. How long would it take?

 WOWZERS! Thanks so much for these valuable tips, Phil!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 04/15/11 - "Neat":

This year we're going to experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that's not all. Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born - now add the age you will be this year, and the result will be 111 for everyone!

   Thank you, Eva! I love cool dates! Two down, two to go!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/15/11 - "Check out The Chicken!"

Check Out The Chicken!!!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/15/11 - "Happy Easter":

For the believers!!

A man is driving along a highway and sees a rabbit jump out across the middle of the road.

He swerves to avoid hitting it, but unfortunately the rabbit jumps right in front
of the car.

The driver, a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulls over and gets out to see what has become of the rabbit.  Much to his dismay, the rabbit is the
Easter Bunny, and he is DEAD.

The driver feels so awful that  he begins to cry. A beautiful blonde woman driving down the road sees a man crying on the side of the road and pulls over.

She steps out of the car and asks the man what's wrong.

"I feel terrible," ! he explains, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny with my car and KILLED HIM."

The blonde says, "Don't worry."

She runs to her car and pulls out a spray can.  She walks over to the limp, dead  Easter Bunny, bends down, and sprays the contents on him.

The  Easter Bunny  jumps up, waves a paw at the them and hops off down the road.

Ten feet away he stops, turns around and waves again, he hops down the road another 10 feet, turns and waves, hops another ten feet, turns and waves, and repeats this again and again and again and again, until he hops out of sight.

The man is astonished.  He runs over to the woman and demands, "What is in that can?  What did you spray on the Easter Bunny ?"

The woman turns the can around so that the man can read the label.

It says..

(Are you ready for this?)

(Are you sure?)

(You know you're gonna be sorry)

(Last chance)

(OK, here it is)

It says,

"Hair Spray - Restores life to dead hair, and adds a permanent wave."

Happy Easter!!!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne Honey!



Business Man:

A young businessman had just started his own firm. He'd rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear busy, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working. He threw huge figures around and made giant commitments. Finally, he hung up and asked the visitor, "Can I help you?"

The man said, "Sure. I've come to install the phone!"


1. 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

2. Thursday, May 5, 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.

3.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

4. Wednesday, June 8, 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.

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

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   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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Since I Met You, Baby

Written and Recorded by Ivory Joe Hunter, 1956
(10 Oct 1914 – 08 Nov 1974)

Since I met you baby
My whole life has changed
Since I met you baby
My whole life has changed
And everybody tells me
That I am not the same

I don't need nobody
To tell my troubles to
I don't need nobody
To tell my troubles to
'Cause since I met you baby
All I need is you

[Instrumental Interlude]

Since I met you baby
I'm a happy man
Since I met you baby
I'm a happy man
I'm gonna try to please you
In every way I can

"Since I Met You Baby" midi courtesy of - 04/16/11

"Since I Met You Baby" lyrics courtesy of - 04/16/11

"Ever Since I Met You" animated title clip art courtesy of - 04/16/11

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

Animated Divider Line 63 clip art courtesy of - 02/11/10

Animated USMC Flag 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!

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

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

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

Kilroy Face courtesy of 5kidz2many of MO - 01/24/10
Thanks, Rhonda!

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