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04/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Four Walls

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out
also keeps out the joy.

- Jim Rohn
(b. 17 Sept 1930)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Few singers have ever equaled the soothing velvet tones of Jim Reeves insofar as "comfort sounds".  I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood for some comfort right about now.

BONUS - - Jim Reeves - Four Walls


   Happy Birthday today to Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND    Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

   Happy Birthday this week to:
29 -
  Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS  AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


1. Joe Wise ('54) of PA - 04/25/08:

Friday 04/25/2008 1:07:46pm
Name: Joe Wise Class of 1954
Marital Status Married (Susan Lauher Wise)
City/Country: Media, PA, 19063

   Thanks, Joe!


  From Bill Black ('66) of GA to   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 04/21/08 - "'Well, I Guess I'm Back' Premiere":

I've spoken to Le'Royce E. Bratsveen about ticket sales for my little play reading this coming Saturday night, and she paints a pretty bleak picture. There'll be an ad in Thursday's Daily Press, and David Nicholson might be running a story in Friday's paper.    Dick Lamb will almost definitely have me on the air at 92.9 the Wave one day this week,  and there's a slim possibility I'll actually be on-camera with WTKR's noon news.  All of that is last minute stuff,  so I hope people would still to be able to make plans to attend the reading.

The reading of Bill Black's play, "Well I Guess I'm Back" is this Saturday night, April 26th, 8PM at the Dr. Mary Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College.  Tickets are $12.00.  Bill says: "Don't let the fact that the name Jim Quinn appears as the playwright, it's me, but that's the air name I used for many years at the Sooper Q, WTAR, and WRVA in Richmond.  I thought it would help me with the media publicity, but that ain't happened, so the whole evening might turn out to be the second stupidest thing I ever did on the Peninsula.  The first was when I stood up at Mouse Assembly our senior year and described the in-coming eighth graders by saying: "Don't mock the afflicted...."   Which I hope everyone remembers as a line from "A Hard Day's Night"...  Huh?  The Beatles' first movie...What?  Those four guys from Liverpool .. Never mind.."

Anyone interested?  Hopefully everyone saw "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" last weekend, so there's nothing else worth seeing at the movies.  Call Le'Royce Bratsveen, artistic director of Iron Street Productions, at 244-8937.   Call often, buy lots of tickets.  One of you on the mailing list has knowledge of at least one of the other stupid things I've done.  I think I'll recognize you; just tug on your ear in case I don't.  It's been a long time.  

And if any of you can't attend, call    Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) at Floral Fashions, 868-0405, for a suitable memorial arrangement.  If you all pool your money, it won't cost much.

Oh!  What's "Well, I Guess I'm Back?" all about?  It's a love story, basically, and the third stupidest thing I've ever done...  Anything else, ya gotta pay.  But that also lets you rip me to bits at the Q&A afterwards. Careful, though, the director and the cast are on all my side.

Thanks, Dee.  Hope you can come.


   Thank you, Bill! I certainly wish I could be there myself, but that isn't possible right now.    The rest of y'all have a great evening in store - so BUY THOSE TICKETS!!!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/23/08, 9:26 PM:

           Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) and I are attending    Bill Black's ('66 - of GA) play reading;      Pam (Smith Arnold - '65 - of VA) cannot make it.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! I trust, Captain, that you'll have your Wonder Camera with you to capture some close-ups for the rest of us! Thanks, David!

   From Bob Parrish ('68) of Northern VA - 04/24/08, 1:24 PM:

Please let    Bill Black ('66 - of GA) know that I was going to see his production on Saturday evening. but we have a guest staying with us and I can't get away. I have not seen Bill in years; let him know I would love to see him if gets up around Washington some time.
Tell him I'm sorry I missed seeing him and good luck with his play..
From an old 58th Street Beach Friend,
Bob Parrish

   AWW!!! I'm so sorry you'll miss it, Bob, but I'll pass your note along to Bill! Thanks!


1. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA:

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/25/08:

Linda's problem with severe nerve pain in her right arm has been corrected by her recent surgery; that's the good news! However, with the fading of the arm pain, it became undeniably obvious that she had nerve problems in her right hand; will the good news never end?
Anyway, following a test and follow up visit to the "Doc", she now carries around an inflamed median nerve (in her dominate right hand), that's the one that supplies and effects the thumb, index, and middle finger; and it's painful! The first attempt to "get it under control" was to have an injection of cortisone, pain, and anti-inflammatory drugs at the wrist where it meets the hand. After feeling worse initially, as warned by the "dr", it has calmed down some and we are hopeful that an additional surgery will not be needed; hopeful, but not sure.
I would sincerely and with heartfelt thanks, tell all that prayed for Linda's recovery that I do indeed appreciate your efforts, I am grateful. To all that contacted me directly, I extend to you my sincere appreciation of your caring inquiries, they were special!
If the shot works, I would ask that Linda be removed from the list, as "things" are getting better, and thereby also allow room for another member with more pressing need.
Take Care!

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Being personally opposed to pain, and quite loathe to knowing that anyone has to endure such, I can assure you that our prayers for Linda will continue! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 04/21/08 - "":

Kevin, Leslie and the boys created a video of our combined cruise pictures. We had a delightful time. It was exciting to see new and beautiful places and to be with loving family members. Check it out in the link below.
Eleanor - Caribbean cruise - April 12-19, 2008

Cast of Characters:        Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC; her younger daughter,          Renee Dick Wallace (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) (plus her youngest daughter, Shannon) of Northern VA ; her son,    Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82), his wife, Leslie Ezzell Dick (plus their three sons, Jacob, Pier, and Bogue) of NC; and       Rennie Dick ('54) of VA and his wife, Lita.

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! What fun y'all had! Thanks for sharing this with us, Eleanor - and great job on creating the video, Guys!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/23/08:

Hi, Carol:
Congratulations on reaching your goal of organizing the Faculty and Staff of NNHS on the website.

   Welllll, Sweet Adonis, that's probably a bit premature; I'm only about half done now - but at least they all look a little better until I can start on them in earnest! Wait'll you see what I have in mind! But thanks!

I have a "small world story" that touches Charlie Nuttycombe, whom I greatly admire and respect. While searching for Marines who served at Marine Barracks, Norfolk Naval Shipyard I located a Marine Veteran who is now a retired Judge in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You see, not all Marines are Neanderthals as some would have you believe.

   Now, Joe, who would say such a horrible thing?!? Certainly not I! I've been madly in love with the entire Corps since I was two years and four months old!

The Judge was a delight to speak with by phone and will be attending the Reunion in Portsmouth, Virginia next month. He began recalling his high school days in Richmond, Virginia and mentioned Charlie Nuttycombe as being one of the fastest human beings on the face of the earth. He recalled Charlie going off to Virginia Military Institute and later transferring to Randolph-Macon College. The Judge went to Hampden-Sydney College and later the University of Virginia Law School.
Then he said he did not really understand why Charlie stayed at Newport News, when he was surely in high demand by other schools. I told the good Judge that he just did not understand how the TYPHOON held their coaches and teachers in such high esteem, and especially when Julie Conn and J.C. Range had such influence on his career. He admitted the TYPHOON were very special and often State Champions in almost every sport. I directed the Judge to your website, so he might get a glimpse of the photo images of Coach Nuttycombe, so I hope he visited your outstanding website. Charlie, should you read this: "I Certify, Sir."
Terrific Job, Kid!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you, Major Madagan!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 04/23/08 - "Fire at the Tank Farm":


It is hard to believe that this fire was fifty years ago.  My dad was stationed at the C & O Fire Station, and was the first truck to arrive on the scene !  Daddy later said that when they finally saw what they had on their hands, he stopped the truck and stayed right where he was and called Headquarters (behind NNHS) and told them to call for emergency backup and that included all surrounding cities and the Military.  Daddy's orders were to put the truck in reverse in case one of the tanks went up; he didn't have to be told twice. 

We didn't see him until the next day, and he came walking up the sidewalk covered with black soot, his eyes red from the smoke and lack of sleep.  He looked so bad our dog, Tina, barked at him; not even his dog could catch his scent.  He took a well needed shower and tried to sleep, but four hours was all he could manage; he had to get back to that fire !  We saw him again the next day. 

There were many classmates in the class of '58 whose fathers were firefighters also, I am sure they shared the fear for their fathers as much as we did.  We were terrified until Daddy was home safe at last and the last flame was extinguished !

Dimples aka Sepi

     WOWZERONI! Thanks, Dimples! My memory of that day involves my daddy too, but in an entirely different way.....

   We'll return to that later, but for now, I've posted your comments:

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '54) of VA - 04/23/08:

Mentioning fires, etc., in1958, I was seated in English class, looking out the window and saw a parachute drifting towards the James River.  Naturally I yelled "LOOK AT THAT" ended the class and my English experience, almost as well.  A jet from Langley (f-86 saber jet) crashed in the parking lot of Temple Baptist Church, nose down tail up.  Shortly after that a helicopter crashed there too.

   YOWZERS - another two disasters?!? These are new to me.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

   Thanks, Norris!

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 04/24/08 - "I ain't got a barrel of money!":


This is from all the Gold and Blue TYPHOONS that love you for your efforts to keep us united and updated on events. Lady, you're really special to us all...

Jerry B. (Class of 62)

of Va.

   OH, WOW, Jerry! How super sweet! Thank you so much; I really appreciate that!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/25/08, 11:31 AM - "RE: 04/25/08 - Peppermint Twist":

Hi, Carol:
Thanks for sending along this Newsletter.
While reading the comments by    Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of (Northern) VA regarding the fatal accident of    Russell Maynard ('61), it reminded me of Russell's wonderful sense of humor. Russell worked for Peninsula Funeral Home while attending NNHS back when they were located in the East End section of the City of Newport News.
Russell invited my younger sister Nancy Madagan Van Orden ('61) of FL to the prom or maybe it was a school dance, and she accepted and the real surprise was when Russell showed up to pick her up driving a big black hearse which he borrowed from his employer. The young man did have a good sense of humor.
Of course, I was not around to witness this event, but it sure has been told and retold for our family held Russell in high esteem and it was a memorable event.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   What a charming memory! Thank you, Joe!

   I posted it on that page:

  From Robert Price ('61) of VA - 04/25/08, 12:34 PM - "The Beacon and other post":


After reading the Beacon postings with interest then seeing the piece on    Russell Maynard, then looking at
the memorial section of the 61 class, then reading the comment from    Jo Ann Stewart  ('64 - of Northern VA) I knew him and have always thought that if I had seen him that maybe I could have comforted him and at least he could have seen a familiar face as he died instead of strangers. That was followed by  Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/22/08 - "I Wish You Enough", and I was a little down.

Then I remembered reading the lyrics of a song by Reba McEntire. Ive never heard the song but I keep the words, I found on the 'net, on my computer and read them occasionally to remind me of losses we face through poor choices as well as things we have no control over. I thought Id share:

If I had only known
         It was the last walk in the rain
         I'd keep you out for hours in the storm
         I would hold your hand
         Like a life line to my heart
         Underneath the thunder we'd be safe
         If I had only known
         It was our last walk in the rain.

         If I had only known
         I'd never hear your voice again
         I'd memorize each thing you ever said
         And on those lonely nights
         I could think of them once more

         Keep your words alive inside my head
         If I had only known
         I'd never hear your voice again.

         You were the treasure in my hand
         You were the one who always stood beside me
         So unaware I foolishly believed
         That you would always be there
         But then there came a day
         And I turned my head, and you slipped away.

         If I had only known
         It was my last night by your side
         I'd pray a miracle to stop the dawn
         And when you smile at me
         I would look into your eyes
         And make sure you know my love
         For you goes on and on
         If I had only known
         If I had only known
         The love I would have shown
         If I had only known....

Take care of yourself,
Robert Price '61
WOWZERONI-RINI, Robert! Ya got me! What poignant lyrics!

   If you'd like to have the rest of your heart pulled right out of your chest, here's the video of Reba singing her song: - If I Had Only Known

   Thank you so much for your thoughts, Robert!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results."

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

7. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

8. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08;  update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

10. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd.  She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter.  She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently.  She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too"; update of 04/14/08: "doing better and sounded great (on 04/12)"; update of 04/24/08 - "did pretty well on her surgery Tuesday to replace that pin in her ankle.  She will be going with (the Allens) to OBX this weekend to celebrate";

11. Jesse Kersey ('58) of VA: update of 04/14/08 - "remains hospitalized, continues to undergo tests, and doctors suspect the problem may be thyroid related"; update of 04/18/08 - SEE ABOVE

12. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"; update of 04/25/08: SEE ABOVE

13.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

14. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

15. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

16. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - EVERYONE - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL

2. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - EVERYONE - the Mary Christian Auditorium, Thomas Nelson Community College, reception at 6:30, reading at 8:00, Q&A with the playwright -    Bill Black (a.k.a. Jim Quinn) ('66) of GA, director, and cast afterwards - 757-224-8937;

3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

4. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#14 in a Series of 23):

I hope you get all the pictures!!!  Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!!  And they say women are dumb!!!  These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
 Joyce Cahoon

These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

No problem, I can see through the holes.

   Once again, his edition has been ripped apart due to length and time constraints, but the good news is, that means we'll need more issues!

   Have a Blessed Passover!  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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Four Walls

- Marvin Moore and George Campbell, 1957

Jim Reeves)
(20 Aug 1923 - 31 July 1964)

Out where the bright lights are glowing
You're drawn like a moth to a flame
You laugh while the wine's over-flowing
While I sit and whisper your name

Four walls to hear me
Four walls to see
Four walls too near me
Closing in on me

Sometimes I ask why I'm waiting
But my walls have nothing to say
I'm made for love, not for waiting
But here where you've left me, I'll stay

Four walls to hear me
Four walls to see
Four walls too near me
Closing in on me

One night with you is like heaven
And so, while I'm walking the floor
I'll listen for steps in the hallway
And wait for your knock on my door

Four walls to hear me
Four walls to see
Four walls too near me
Closing in on me

"Four Walls" midi courtesy of - 04/24/08

"Four Walls" lyrics courtesy of - 04/24/08

Art Walls Image courtesy of - 04/24/08

 Golden Divider Line clip art courtesy of 03/09/06

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

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

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

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

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

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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

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