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04/18/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Conan O'Brien's 46th Birthday

“A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men.
I just want to say to the authors of that study: 'Duh.' ”

- Conan O'Brien
(b. 18 Apr 1963)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Another celebrity birthday comes our way today.

BONUS #1 - - Conan O'Brien on the Jon Stewart Show, 1994

BONUS #2 - - Conan O'Brien sings at the 2006 Emmy Awards

BONUS #3 - - The Best of Conan O'Brien



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/16/09, 7:18 PM - "Good news!":

Praise God! 

  Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) had his check up with his oncologist today and got the "all clear" sign.  Jerry says that his warranty has been extended. His blood work and CT had good results.

We went out to dinner to celebrate.

God bless you all!

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks so much, Dearest Judy! Give that man some extra hugs and kisses from us all!

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/17/09, 4:20 PM - "Farrah Fawcett (W. B. Ray High School, TX - '65) of CA":

Carol -

I certainly don't expect you to include this entire news article from today, but I would ask you to add Ms. Fawcett to your prayer list. I fear for her. No matter what folks may think of this celeb she deserves our prayers and good wishes in battling this insidious disease. I lost a brother recently to liver cancer and this subject is close to my heart.

Thank you, Carol and all classmates.

John London


Redmond O'Neal told a judge in a Los Angeles court Friday that his ailing mother Farrah Fawcett is down to just 86 pounds.

O'Neal, 24, made the announcement when he asked for leniency in sentencing for a violation of his parole stemming from drug charges, according to

He told the judge, "I want to be there for my mom. My mom only weighs 86 pounds right now and I'm sorry your honor."

If O'Neal's statement about his mother's weight is true, it could be a very bad sign, says FOX News contributor, Dr. Marc Siegel

"Accompanied with anorexia and weight loss, this [could] possibly indicate further spread of the cancer," Siegel told The anorexia could also be a side effect from her chemotherapy, he said, which may be causing her to vomit.

After a week-long stay, Fawcett was released from the hospital last Thursday, where she was being treated for conditions related to her anal cancer, which had reportedly spread to her liver.


   I'm deeply touched by your empathy for Farrah, John. I had no idea the extent of her illness; I will certainly add her to our Prayer Roll:

    From Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 04/17/09, 4:33 PM - "Prayers answered for Brother      Willie (Turpin - '57 - of VA)":

Hi Carol:

My brother Willie Turpin (NNHS'57), had surgery this morning at the Riverside Hospital. The surgeon was not quite middle aged and highly skilled. It lasted over 6 hours. He discussed with me after the operation was concluded that it consisted of 5-by-passes and replacement of the aortic valve. The doctor said Willie had a very weaken heart before surgery however his prognoses now is for a 100% recovery. He is in the CCU and will be sent to a room at the appropriate time. GOD answers prayers, no doubt about that. There has been a great outpouring of concern about his condition. My words cannot express the feelings that people have for him except they will be in my heart forever and I am eternally grateful.

Love and regards to all,

Bobby & Willie Turpin (NNHS'58 & '57)
   WOWZERONI! What fabulous news! 


I sincerely hope and pray
       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) gets proper diagnosis and treatment for his ailing back condition. All NNHS alumni please pray for Paul and family. IT PRODUCES GREAT RESULTS!
   Oh, Bobby, you Sweetie-Pie! Thanks so much!
   Unfortunately there will be another delay on that diagnosis. The local hospital here informed us when we arrived that the tests would be extremely expensive, Medicare would only pay "about 80% - more or less" of the costs (which they refused even to estimate), and that we would be "silly" not to visit the Veterans Hospital in St. Louis instead.
    When we lived in Fayetteville, we were roughly seven miles and twelve minutes from the Veterans Hospital:
   Not once in the seven years we lived there was I able to reach anyone there by phone - day or night - and they don't take kindly to "drop-ins".  Now we live about 30 miles and 36 minutes away from the John Cochran facility in St. Louis:
   On Monday morning I shall try to reach them.  If I'm able to get through, I believe the soonest appointment would be in six to eight weeks, but perhaps I've just grown jaded.....
   On Tuesday morning, Paul and        our #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) are finally catching a one-way train to go back to Fayetteville to retrieve our '89 Cadillac and some other "goodies" which didn't seem to make the first trip.  That's right, I said, "T-R-A-I-N":
   I hope he's able to withstand the pain of sitting for that long.


   Happy Birthday today to   Monty Phillips ('62) of VA AND   Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently training again in GA);

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

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

24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;

25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/13/09 AND 04/16/09 - "Saunders Stadium Demolition":

... I just received a phone call notifying me that the demolition is commencing today (Monday, April 13). 

The contractor has agreed to place a pile of rubble near the 30th Street gate. They will not sort the rubble, so it will likely contain cement and brick. This means that we do not have to show up during working hours to retrieve the material.

Our job is to pick out what we want and remove it. I have an old station wagon, which will accommodate some amount of bricks. Also, I can bring a wheel barrow to facilitate loading.

Does anyone have a pick-up or other vehicle which could hold brick debris? 

Also, feel free to enlist volunteers to join us in sorting and loading.

What I need are the names of the participants in order to notify the Navy, so we can get thru the gate.....

Dave Spriggs

   NOW - For twelve spectacular images of the demolition and rescue, see the bottom of this page:

   Thank you so much, Captain - for arranging, for doing, for photographing - for everything!

         From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently training again in GA) - 04/16/09 - "Recent Civil War Weekend":

Family & friends

I hope this email finds you well.  Here is a recent event that we went to a few weekends ago.  I hope you enjoy the pics.  There are a lot of good ones of the family and some of the event.  I wish I had better ones of the action, but our camera is not that spiffy.  Anyhow...enjoy!  bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   WOWZERS! I certainly enjoyed these, Brent, thanks! Of course, seeing them somehow made me miss all of you just a little bit more than I already did - and "whoda thunk" that was possible?!?

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 04/15/09 - "Little Girl's Diary and 45 rpm Records":

Re:        Dave Spriggs and Little Girl's Diary "Miss Elizabell Frances Knight"

 Dave, look at this 1930 Census listing:

Series T626 Roll 2469 Page 288 Lines 1-3

It is hard to tell and keep in mind that census takers are notorious for errors but this looks like her and her parents:

James R. Knight
Pearl T. Knight
Elizab(eth / ell) F. Knight (age 18)

They lived at 315 Chesapeake Avenue, Newport News, VA.

Looks like he worked in the grocery business.

Also keep in mind that in 1929 she would have been 17 years old and still considered a "girl" in those days.  And may have been something readily available to her?  I am checking with the eBay seller to see what clues are in the book..... I asked the eBay seller if the first name for the girl could be Elizabeth instead of Elizabell and here was their response:

" Elizabeth Francis Knight from Newport News, as I am looking at the name it could also be Elizabell its looks to be either one or both. Very weird stay in touch and let me know more about her. "

So the 1930 census listing I found is most likely her.

   COOL BEANS! Thanks for the research, Eric!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

On a different note...  I have been slowly accumulating various artifacts for a museum of sort for my home theater - bits and pieces of history concerning entertainment in general.  I scored one new item this evening seen here from the eBay auction..... 

Why is this important?  It is the very first 45 rpm record made!  RCA released the first 45 on March 31, 1949.  The titles are "Texarkana Baby" and "Bouquet of Roses" by Eddy Arnold.  The record number is 48-0001.  You can also see it was pressed in green vinyl.  At this point for obvious reasons no previous turntables were fitted with a hole adapter so next came those yellow adapters!  There were many colors of vinyl but the most seen in later years as red.  A little piece of history now on the way in my possession.

  When RCA Victor first introduced 45rpm records, they color coded them for type of music.

Black = Popular
Red = Classical
Midnight Blue = Popular Classical
Yellow = Children's
Green = Country and Western
Cerise (Orange) = Rhythm and Blues
Sky Blue = International


On the charts they stressed that the traditional 78 rpm version of the same songs were also available.


   WOWZERS!!! Congratulations, Eric!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 04/16/09:

..... I want to tell you I'm looking forward to a fun weekend.  Letia and I are flying to Houston tomorrow, then driving north to the small lake town of Onalaska, TX to gather with some Drewry cousins that haven't been together since our last family reunion in Ivor, VA in about 1965.  And since I'm the first born of my generation, I expect a certain amount of reverence, including being lavished with food and drink as I enjoy looking at old family photo albums while enjoying a cigar on the dock.....

   GIGGLES!!! Congratulations, Joe! I hope you're having fun and feasting upon all the proper respect!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 04/16/09 - "Photos and films":

Hi Carol,

I think my age is starting to catch up with me.  I posted a note about the      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June 1948 - of VA) photo saying that it had reminded me of a picture of my dad from his childhood but I neglected to attach the photo.  Anyway here it is from about 1924.  I've also attached   my dad's 1936 HHS senior picture.  Even though he was a  Crabber, maybe there's a spot for it somewhere.  
Sydney Dearing , Sr. (HHS - '36)

   Oh, how adorable - both of them! Thanks, Sydney!

And     Eric (Huffstutler - Bethel HS - '75 -  of VA), I agree with nearly everything you said in your post, especially about the special effects becoming so over-the-top that they are now starting to look totally fake.  I was thinking exactly that when I was watching The Day The Earth Stood Still.  However, I'm not so sure that all the remakes lately are about Hollywood running out of ideas so much as it is about making money.  Hollywood is all about making money and making remakes is nearly always a sure fire way of doing that.  How many times has King Kong or The Titanic or The Alamo etc. been remade, sometimes pretty good, sometimes awful.  But we keep going to the theater to find out. I think more often than not a remake falls short but certainly not always.  Sometimes a remake is quite good, for example The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the classic The Seven Samurai.  Sometimes a remake doesn't quite come up to the original but is still very enjoyable.  I enjoyed the remake of The Flight of the Phoenix not too long ago but I still love the original with Jimmy Stewart.  A couple of weeks ago I rented the 2009 film The Lodger starring Alfred Molina and Simon Baker. It is a not so good remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent classic The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog.  I read that there are also remakes in the works of the Hitchcock classics The 39 Steps  and The Birds.  Hitchcock being my favorite director, I will most certainly be biased against the remakes but I'm sure I will be in the theater when they open.  Hitchcock remade himself as in The Man Who Knew Too Much and he recycled his ideas all the time.  All that being said, I hope they don't mess with Casablanca (my all time favorite film) or Citizen Kane.  Keanu Reeves as Charles Foster Kane might push me over the edge!

Go Blue & Gold

   I quite agree! Thanks again, Sydney!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/16/09 - "Movies and Books":

Hi, Carol:

    Eric Huffstutler's (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 04/14/09 - "Movies and Books" comments were thoughtful and well stated. George C. Scott really summed up "Hollywood" when he refused to accept the Oscar for his role in the movie "Patton" and I wish I could remember words. It was a "frontal assault" on the leadership in the film industry.

Speaking of books, I wish         LT Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX - currently training again in GA) could attend a function to be held in Tampa this Saturday. James I. Robertson, Jr., distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech will be the guest speaker at the Tampa Bay History Center. He is releasing his new book "Reflections on the Civil War."

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

Semper Fidelis,

Joseph Madagan
Senior Advisor - TAG
Marines-Together We Served

   Thanks, Major Madagan! I know he would have enjoyed that!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 04/16/09 - "Beautiful voice":

I don't forward many You Tube videos, but you must watch will not believe what it does to you, and how it will make you feel.  I promise!!
Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl--   How I miss singing!

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Cheryl! Your note arrived just as I was releasing the last Newsletter which contained the second, third, and fourth times I had received this amazing video to share with everyone!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 04/17/09 - "Susan Boyle":

A New Beginning - Susan Boyle

Angels come in all shapes and sizes and one was recently discovered on earth. She has spent her life tending for loved ones and now God has given her this opportunity. Like everyone else, I too get shivers watching her sing and can't help but feel extremely proud of her standing up to those who judge her by looks alone. I hope she doesn't change a single thing concerning her appearance because the music (and entertainment) industry was in for a wake-up call and this was it! Even her newly discovered rendition of "Cry Me A River" blows the original Julie London's version out of the water.

Seeing some candid at home photos of Susan reminds me somewhat of Patricia Routledge from the Brit sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances". She too was no great beauty outside, became a professional singer prior to acting, and also has never been married but looked to a barrel of fun off camera!

A Cinderella Story… who knows?
Susan, we love you in Richmond, VA (USA)!!!


   AMEN! Thanks, Eric!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 04/17/09, 2:53 PM - "Re: 04/16/09 - NNHS - Thursday":

In a message dated 4/16/2009 3:04:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

   And, oh yes - Paul has to be at the local hospital tomorrow morning at 7:30 to have a couple of tests run to determine whether the excruciating back pain he's been enduring lately is the result of a muscular / skeletal condition, a gallbladder problem, all of the above, or something else entirely.

   My experience with hospitals tells me this will be a rather time consuming adventure, so I may elect not to issue a Newsletter tomorrow at all.  We shall see.


Let's hope that is just that simple OLD AGE thing that we all suffer from time to time.  Getting old ain't fun, but it is better than the alternative.......... And I am sure that you have it exactly right when you say that it will likely be a time consuming "adventure???".  Add to that that after he lies on a hard gurney for a few hours or sits in those uncomfortable chairs that they have you will be bored out of your minds and BOTH of you will probably have sore butts if not backs.........  Been there, done that!

We will be hoping and praying that is all that there is!

Al Simms,
Class of 1960

      GIGGLES! Bless your heart, Al, thanks!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/17/09 - "       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL)":

I hope Paul is out of pain - soon.

   So do we, Shari, thanks! Love you, too!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/17/09, 2:41 PM - "       Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) back pain.":

Hi, Carol:
Hope the physicians can find the problem with Paul's back.
Sure hope it is not a kidney stone...for if it is, there'll be more pain to follow, but not in his back.
Also, if it is a kidney stone he will have a better idea of the pain you endured during child birth.
TYPHOON Regards.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   YIKES! Thanks, Adonis, but I'm sure his pain would far exceed mine! I probably had some of the easiest labors and deliveries on record - which might account for why I kept repeating the process! It was all those eleven pregnancies which incapacitated me; think toy poodle and St. Bernard mix.....

    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 04/17/09 - "New Website":

Hi Carol,

Go to and check it out!!

A friend created the site for me to show the different types of necklaces I create.

I hope to see you soon and THANK you so much for all the work you do to continue keeping us connected.

Hugs, Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - NNHS Class of '62 - TYPHOON FOREVER!!

   WOWZERS!!! Congratulations, Brownie! I really love my pretty neck tiara I bought from you last September!

   Am I correct in assuming that in the near future contact and ordering instructions will be attached to your site??


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/10/09 - "Mother Goose Tells the Truth" (#4 in a Series of 8):

    Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly.
Kiss slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably,
and never regret anything.



    Well, CRAP!
Now I forgot what I was gonna tell ya!

      Thanks so much, Glenn! These are painfully delightful!


1. Thursday, April 23, 2009 - See Cal Ripken, Jr. at the Hampton Convention Center.  For details, see  - ALL FORMER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB MEMBERS

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 24, 25, and 26, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

6. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964:

Your NNHS 64/45 Reunion Committee is pleased to announce that musical entertainment has been arranged for our Reunion.

On Friday evening, we will dance to the tunes of DJ, Susan Voss. Those of you who attended our “Turning Sixty” Party in 2006 at Spirit Events will remember Susan’s talent and energy.

On Saturday night we have engaged the band, LP & Company, headed by L.P. Butler. I could tell you how great they are, but you can see for yourself on the video at their web site:

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/18/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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The Conan O'Brien Show Theme Song

- probably by Max Weinberg (unconfirmed)
(b. 13 Apr 1951)

"The Conan O'Brien Show Theme Song" wav file courtesy of - 04/18/09

First Image of Conan O'Brien courtesy of - 04/18/09

Second Image of Conan O'Brien courtesy of - 04/18/09

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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