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04/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter
Four Marys

“Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood
by less-advanced life forms, and they call you crazy.”

 - Richard Bach
(b. 23 June 1936)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   How many of y'all besides    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA and      Me ('65) of IL were singing folk songs of every description back in the sixties??

BONUS #1 - - Four Marys - Jean and Edna Ritchie of Viper, KY, 1966

BONUS #2 - - Four Hamilton - Joan Baez

BONUS #3 - - Four Hamilton - The McIlroys



"Mary Hamilton was supposedly one of the 'four Marys' who were ladies-in-waiting to the 'fifth Mary,' Mary, Queen of Scots. However, the name of Mary Hamilton does not appear in any official records of the time. The Marys that attended the Queen in France were Seaton, Beaton and Livingston.

"Other versions of this ballad (circa 1563) have Mary bearing an illegitimate child as a result of an affair with Lord Darnley, the Queen's husband. She drowns the baby and is subsequently hanged for her crime.

"Another possibility for the scandal also occurred in Mary's court. A French maid was involved with the Queen's apothecary and was hung for the murder of her child. There is speculation that the 'apothecary' was Lord Darnley in disguise. Legend has it that David Rizzio, the Queen chamberlain and close confidante found out about the affair and composed the tune and wrote the words. Lord Darnley's anger at Rizzio over the tune then contributed to his decision to murder Rizzio.

"Child relates the tune to the execution of Mary Hamilton in Russia on March 14, 1719. She was a maid of honor to Empress Catherine and was hung for the murder of her child.

"According to the Viking Book of Folk Ballads the ballad existed before the tragedy in Russia and therefore could not be related to it."


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/28/09 - "   Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":

Dearest friends and family,

  Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) and I had a chance to take a two day rest on the Outer Banks thanks to   Skip Wood ('65 - of NC) and Kenny Taylor.  Thanks, guys!
Monty was doing pretty well when we left him Friday.  Several friends and family members looked in on him over the weekend.  Thank you, too. I came home to emails asking about him and saying things like "I haven't heard from you in days."  Well, that is why.
I am back at work, regular routine and updates on Monty.  Jerry and I had a wonderful weekend.
Yesterday, Monty had a scan to see if his plumbing is working.  The stomach contents still need to move on through a little better.  His NG tube was removed yesterday and he feels so much better as a result. Dr. Cantwell had him checked again today. Then he put him on a liquid diet. All of this has been a great improvement.  He has been on ice chips only for over a week. He is up and around quite a bit now and things should improve even more. It shouldn't be long before he is released from the hospital.  He can't wait.  He looks pretty good.  His color has gone from jaundice to normal.  Liver function is good.  He downed a bottle of Ensure like he use to do beer years ago.  He is greatly improved.
Thanks for continued prayers for all of us.  Thanks again to those of you who visited Monty, emailed me and sent cards to Monty and to us.  You are the greatest and I love you dearly.
God Bless You All!

   Thank you, Dearest Judy!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/29/09, 12:14 PM - "Toxins at Camp LeJeune confirmed":

Hi, Carol:

Several of your newsletter subscribers were stationed at Camp LeJeune during the period of water contamination.

You may wish to post this in your newsletter to better inform that group of the latest developments and permit them to register if they have not already done so.

In case you are not aware of this issue and were stationed at Camp LeJeune, you might wish to be in the loop.

Sign up for the Camp LeJeune Water Survey at the website below; you should go there and register now:

Here is a brief excerpt from an article released today:

By Rita Beamish
April 29, 2009

In an about-face, the government yesterday disavowed a 12-year-old
federal report that found little or no cancer risk for adults who lived
on a Marine base where drinking water was contaminated for three
Joseph Madagan ('57) of FL

   YIKESERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, Major Madagan!


   Happy Birthday today to   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX;

02 -   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND My Granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL;

03 -  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57);

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (WHS - '60) of VA;

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


   Hit #84,000 was made on Tuesday, April 29, 2009 at 4:13 PM by an unknown user from  Well, that ought to narrow it down!

  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 04/27/09 - "My Recollection: 'The House of the Rising Sun' and      Miss Gildersleeve.":

As I have written a couple of times my memory plays tricks on me.  Perhaps my recollection of this is not completely accurate.  Anyone that remembers it better is welcome to correct me.

But this is the best of my recollection:

I think it was the Mouse Assembly of my senior year.  As part of the talent show a girl "mouse" -- I don't know her name, perhaps you do -- sang the "The House of the Rising Sun".  As I recall she stood on stage alone with the curtain drawn shut and sang a capella.  I was in the orchestra pit with the band looking up at her.  You must have been there too.

It was fantastic.

When she finished there was one or two seconds of stunned silence before the place exploded in a loud, long, standing ovation.

When the applause just began to die down just a little you could hear Miss Gildersleeve speaking above the crowd from the other side of the auditorium.  I don't remember her exact words, but is was something like: "I think that is quite enough..."  She was not pleased that the NNHS student body was showing such approval for a singer of a song with such questionable lyrics.

What was the name of that girl?

Doug Nelson ('64)
Dahlgren, VA

  I do remember that day, Doug. What great seats we had! 

   The late        Bobby Yevak, Class of 1965 (28 Mar 1947 - 09 Dec 2008), certainly remembered that day.  We spoke of it once on one of the many times he called me in the last eight years, and the impact it had on so many of us.

   My memory suffers, too, Doug, but I think rather than this being the Mouse Assembly, it happened at the first NNHS  Hootenanny.  And I thought that as she stood there all alone in front of the student body with her incomparable voice, she accompanied herself on her acoustical guitar, but of course, I could be mistaken.  And I'm pretty sure that she sang that ballad in more of a pre-Animals, Joan Baez style: - House of the Rising Sun - Joan Baez

   And the name of that 13-year old girl?  It surely could only have been    Susan Price ('68).

1964 Anchor, p. 17

   Thanks, Doug - great pivotal memory! 

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 04/27/09 - "pineapple cake":


I cooked that Pineapple Cake this weekend and it is great!  Thanks for the recipe.

Phil Hammond

   Isn't it just fabulous?!? I think it's simultaneously one of the easiest and most delicious cakes of all time!

   For those of you who may have missed it:

Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake

2 beaten eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 (20-oz.) can undrained crushed pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
   Combine ingredients, and mix until smooth. Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes.  Frost while hot.  Chill.  Cake tastes much better when chilled.


1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

   Beat softened cream cheese and butter with beater.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

                                        - Frances Pratt Weatherford, Norfolk, VA

  Thanks, Phillip - glad you enjoyed it!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 04/27/09 - "HHS Pictures":

For what it is worth????

    From Bill Criss (Hampton HS - '64) of VA to the Hampton HS Class of 1964 - 04/27/09 - "reunion website":


Found 2 pictures of interest for you:

   1. The school paper from Jeff Davis Junior High showing pictures of many of us as we headed to the BIG school of HHS.

   2. Local Hampton paper used to take a picture at a school event in the area once a week.  If your mug was circled and you went to the newspaper office – you got $3.00 !!!!!!  (hey, that was 15 hamburgers back then).   Were we really all that young once??


Bill Criss


Please go to our reunion website at

to find out everything you need to know about our 45th reunion which is going to be held on

May 15, 16, 17

It is
NOT TOO LATE to sign up for any of our events...

BBQ----Fri, May 15
Dinner/Dance---May 16
Buffet Breakfast---May 17

   Thanks, F.A. - and Bill!
Okay, Guys, remember the deal: I keep hawking your Crabber Reunion, and you say Hi to     Bettyrene Cook Pope,   Paulette Westphal, and   Stan Latham (all Hampton HS - '64) for me. Then be sure to report back to me when they say, "WHO?!?"

   Say,    Cousin Henry (Hoyle - '65 - of Northern VA)!  I had forgotten for the moment that   Yvonne (Peters Hoyle - Hampton HS - '64 - of Northern VA) is a member of this very class!  Y'all will be in attendance, n'est pas?

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 04/27/09 - "Ref      Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62 - of VA)":

I checked out Brownie's site and am interested in prices and how to order or contact.

   Certainly, Gloria - I forwarded your note on to Brownie!

    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 04/28/09 - "Surprise":

Hi Carol,
Thanks for forwarding Gloria's email to me.
I want to send you a little surprise and of course you know it's a necklace!
What colors would you like?
Hugs, Brownie

Hi Carol,

In my first email this morning I asked you for colors so that I can make a necklace for you, and then I had a thought...... look at the site and in the picture of me standing with my display, check out the necklace I have on.
How about this one? Do you like it? It has a handmade pendant, made with my own hands, that is really quite unique and one that I think you will like.
It is purple and aqua. Let me know and if you do like it I'll mail it right away!
Brownie at Cedarfield

Hugs, Brownie

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! I'm overwhelmed! And of course I like that lovely necklace - it's incredible - just like you! Thank you so much, Dear Brownie!

    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 04/28/09 - "Tomorrow":

Hi Carol,
The necklace, a special one indeed, will be in the mail to you tomorrow.
Should anyone want my contact information it is perfectly okay to give it directly to them...... or forward their email to me, either way is fine.
Hugs, Brownie
TYPHOONS Forever!!

   I'm so excited, I can scarcely wait to see it! Thanks again, Brownie!


1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

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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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Four Marys (Mary Hamilton)

Music - Child Ballad #173

Last nicht there were four Marys,
The nicht there'll be but three
There's Mary Beaton and Mary Seaton
And Mary Carmichael and me.

How often have I dressed my queen,
Put gold upon her hair
And aw the thank's I've got this nicht,
The gallows tae be my share

Last nicht I dressed Queen Mary,
Put on her braw silk goon
And aw the thanks I've got this nicht,
Is to be hanged in Edinb'ro toon

They'll tie a kerchief roon' my eyes,
They no let me see
And they'll never tell my mother,
But that I've gone ower the sea

I charge ye all ye sailors,
When ye sail ower the foam
Let neither my mother nor father know,
But that I'm coming home

O little did my mother think,
When first she cradled me
The lands I was tae travel in,
Or the death I was tae dee

Last nicht there were four Marys.
This nicht there'll be but three
There were Mary Beaton and Mary Seaton
And Mary Carmichael, and me.

"Four Marys (Mary Hamilton)" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/28/09

Image of Renaissance Dresses courtesy of - 04/29/09

Silver Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/29/09

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
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

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

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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