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05/01/06 - NNHS Newsletter

"The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit;
for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart
that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds.
For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May."

-   Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, ca. 1470
(ca. 1405-1471)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I personally do not remember celebrating May Day in any way, except possibly one may pole dance when I was in the sixth grade at Magruder School.  If I didn't imagine that entire episode (which is quite possible), it was held on the corner outside the sixth grade wing on Friday, May 1, 1959.  If anyone else can corroborate that story, I'd greatly appreciate it.  
   We do have one image posted of a May Day celebration at Jackson School.  It's of    Dave Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) mother, Mildred Linkous (Spriggs - of VA), taken about 1930:    
  May Day Festivities about 1930  
   Mildred Linkous is third from the  right on the front row,
as indicated by the arrow
   As for the May baskets to which so of y'all have alluded in the past, I have no memory, although it sounds like a charming custom:


The ages-old tradition of "Ring and Run" on May 1st endures... leave an embroidered cotton cone filled with a pretty nosegay upon the door of a favorite neighbor or loved one.

   If you'd like to revive that this year, I found you some directions to make your own May Baskets:

   However you choose to celebrate, have a good day!



   A big Happy Birthday today to    Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX.

   Have a wonderful day, Ev!


   And Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Billy Turner ('65) of TX .

   Billy Turner, I haven't talked to you since forever!  I hope all is well, and that you have a super day, too!


   Hit #46,500 was made on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 7:40 PM by someone in the "Norfolk East" area using with an MSN browzer.  C'mon - surely you know who you are!


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 04/28/06 - "Bluebonnets in Texas":

Beautiful TX Bluebonnets!!!!!

Hwy 6, Navasota, Texas Ranch Near Brenham, Texas Rolling hills of blue, Independence, Texas

 More fields near Independence, Texas

Bluebonnets, primrose and Indian paintbrush near Washington-On-The-Brazos A single paintbrush among the blue, College Station, Texas  A lonesome winecup near Chappel Hill, Texas     



   WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Evelyn!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 04/28/06:

Good Evening Carol,
Just finished reading your latest rendition of the newsletter and as usual it's great.  Sorry to hear about your Aunt.  Hope your BP is still OK. 


Just got off at 10:00 PM tonight and read    Dave Arnold's ('65 - of VA) note.  He was supposed to come to the Shenandoah Valley last weekend, but I guess he had to replace those curb feelers on his Wrangler.  Also, the words from    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66 - of VA).  Dee, glad you were not hurt in those accidents. 

Carol, you asked for some of my "experiences" so I'll climb back on my soapbox for a minute.  On the seatbelt issue, I don't miss too many opportunities to push the use of them.  My last three Christmas/New Years Holiday Seasons have begun or ended with fatal accidents.  This year, two Military Policemen rolled their vehicle, neither were wearing their belts, one was thrown out of the vehicle into the path the vehicle was rolling, and rolled over him.  Both were intoxicated, one died, one will never be totally whole again.  Two years ago, a young 20 year-old college student.  He hit a bridge wall a glancing impact, he over-corrected, hit the wall again, this time the airbag deployed and he was OK, but, the vehicle spun 360 degrees and he flew out the rear of the vehicle, headfirst.  Needless to say, he will never reach 21.  Here's the kicker.  Only 20 and he had already totaled 2 vehicles and neither time was he wearing a seatbelt.  You would think red flags should have been everywhere trying to get his attention.  I guess the third time is the charm.  At least the pictures from his accident that I show young kids just learning to drive, make a loud statement.  Unfortunately, not everyone hears the message.  OK, I'm finished preaching, back down from the soapbox. 

   Preach all you want, Jay!  Obviously some of us sadly haven't yet understood the message!

37 years ago today I entered the Army and started my career in Law Enforcement, WOW, 37 Years.  Where did the time go?

Typhoon Nation take care of yourselves and each other.
Jay Styles, '68

   THE ARMY?!?  Did I miss an earlier news flash??  Jay, you must know if I don't add you to our Famous Soldiers page, that   Major (Joseph) Madagan ('57 - of FL) will no doubt bring me up on charges of some sort.....

   We'll need your full name, and date and place of birth.  Photos in uniform are a real plus, too.

   EEEK!!!  I just realized I never placed    Al Simms' ('60 - of VA) pictures on that page!   I'm so sorry, Al!  I'll try to fix that very soon!

   Thanks, Jay!  It's always good to hear from you!


  From Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA - 04/27/06 - "My e-mail address":

Sure, Carol. Why not (post my email addy)!

   Okey-dokie, Lady!  I've added it to the 1962 Contact page:

Carol, you are funny. I laugh often.

   Hmmm, yeah - and you should see me without my make-up!

I have been gone from Newport News since 1962. Of course nothing is remotely familiar. When y'all start talking about this place or that, I can't even remember. Makes me sad.

Pam Larmer Traugott

   Oh, no - that's so sad!  But I can certainly identify with your plight!  When I came back to the Peninsula in 2000 for my 35-Year Reunion, I had spent the better part of the previous 30 years living in the Midwest.    Jimmy Parker ('62 - of VA) (bless his sweet heart) graciously offered to give my sister    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and me a tour of all the places which should have been the most familiar to us.  It was just fabulous seeing them again in person.  But even looking directly at some of them didn't help me for a while, as the surroundings had been so altered.  After I reflected back on them for weeks, some of those missing brain cells finally reconnected.

   That's why I'm so very fond of the Our Old Stomping Grounds section of the website which the amazing    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) has given us.  His incredible "THEN" and "NOW" images have done wonders for restoring my long-lost memories.  I heartily recommend it to you.  It's grown quite huge in the last three years:

   Of course, nothing beats the real thing.  Come to the Open Reunion sponsored by the Class of 1966, and take the Magical Mystery Tour with us again:

   I can't begin to describe to you just how wonderful - as in "full of wonder" - that was!  I can scarcely wait to see it all again!

   By the way, have you seen the photos of yourself on Brownie's Poem?

   I'm looking forward to seeing you again, Pam!  What fun these Open Reunions are!


From the Daily Press - 04/30/06:

   I spotted this, and while I didn't know Tom personally, I'm sure that some of y'all probably did - and many more of us knew of him:
William Thomas 'Tom' Bell Jr.

VIENNA - On Tuesday, April 25, 2006, William Thomas 'Tom' Bell Jr., 57, beloved husband of Dr. Margaret Helen Bell, died after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Tom is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Bell Keating, her husband, Jon, his grandchildren, Thomas and Sophia Keating, and his sister, Elizabeth Warwick. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas and Lucille Parabee Bell of Newport News, Va. Tom was born in Newport News on May 6, 1948. He graduated from Warwick High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army and was in Vietnam from 1969 - 1970 with the Americal Division. Following his release from the Army, Tom worked for WNOR and WLPM radio stations. He then moved to the Northern Virginia area, where he became the program director for WEAM radio station. In 1973, Tom joined the Arlington County Police Department, where he worked closely with then Chief Burgess and Prosecutor Henry Hudson. Tom became a detective and later the first Public Information Officer for the Department handling stories such as the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 into the Potomac River. He also appeared on the television show 'Unsolved Mysteries,' and he was quoted in the book 'Stalking Justice.' In addition to his job at the police department, Tom continued to work as an announcer for various radio stations including WASH and XTRA 104. During this time, Tom also joined the Virginia National Guard and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1980. Tom became the Commanding Officer of the Leesburg National Guard Unit and the Commandant of the Virginia National Guard Candidate School until his retirement as a Major in 1997. Additionally, Tom completed his BS in the Administration of Justice at American University in 1978. He later received a certificate from George Washington University in Appraisal Studies. He embarked into business with Dennis Childress, founding the Castleshire Trading Company, an importer and exporter of fine and unusual antiquities. Tom's enthusiasm for life, his commitment to excellence, his passion for history and his love for his family and his country were unwavering throughout his too-short life. Tom used his many talents including those as an announcer, storyteller, and amateur magician to delight and entertain many people over the years. It also amused Tom greatly that he was able to score a hole-in-one as a novice golfer, and he was not hesitant to remind others of this accomplishment. Tom was also proud of the fact that he was the original McGruff the Crime Dog. Tom's quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service and burial will be held on June 27 at Arlington National Cemetery. Please call Murphy Funeral Home for details. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made for stem cell research at Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center, Development Office, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Published in the Daily Press from 4/28/2006 - 4/30/2006.

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Tom's family and friends.

   From Me ('65) of NC - 04/29/06:

   I've been meaning to share these images with you for some time now.  We spotted this vehicle one afternoon while shopping, so I had    Dale (Harty - American School, IL - '02 - of NC) capture these for y'all:

Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 4:57 PM - Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC    
Images by Dale Harty (American School, IL - '02) of NC
Thanks, Dale!

   (I obliterated the license plate myself....)


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/29/06:

Lookie What I Bought On E-Bay:

   WOWZERONI!!!  Just when I thought I'd seen it all!  What a stunning new addition to that page - one of our oldest on Our Old Stomping Grounds!

   Of course, when your treasure actually arrives, you'll be able to capture a much better scan for us - but who could wait???

   I posted it here:


 Thanks so much, David - and congratulations!


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/30/06:


In the newsletter reunion pictures - the two people you didn't recognize (but you liked her jacket) are Barry Brothers (  Lynn Walker Brothers' - 65 - of VA husband) and Cindy Konstant (  George's - '65 - of VA wife).  Now you know!

   ARGGHHH!!!  Of course they are!  I was 96.2% sure that was Barry, but I've no idea why I spaced out on Cindy (and how did I miss seeing that beautiful jacket that night?!?)!  DUH!!!!  Thanks, Miss Sarah!

Am moving on Thursday to Yorktown, but email will change.


   Well, congratulations, Sarah Sugah!  Keep us posted!



   This is so old it's downright embarrassing     - but it's fun!

  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/15/06 - Reunion CD #11 - Saturday, October 22, 2005:

Barry Brothers (YHS - '65) of VA and Cindy Konstant of VA - and I do love her jacket! Mike Miller's arm ('65) of NC and Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC; Becky Crank Tench and Pete Tench (both '65) of VA; Mattie and Van ('65) Rowell of NC; and Dennis Ivey ('65) of VA in the background

 Bob ____ of the Virgin Islands and Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA




  Dancing!!! Bobby Callis ('64) of WV and Faith Strickland Groom ('64) of VA Glen Davenport ('63) of VA; Bobby Callis ('64) of WV; and Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA  

Howard (HHS - '63) and Shirley Caudill ('65) Williamson of VA Glen Davenport ('63) and Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA

More Dancing!!!


   And that concludes our table top images!

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#41 in a Series):

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/02/06:

 And here are a few more I found.....: 

     Oh, no!  Oh, my!

   Thanks, Dave! 


Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





I Made a May Basket

(Original Author Unknown )

A-tisket, A-tasket
I made a may basket
I filled it up with flowers bright
and hung it on the door just right
A-tisket, A-tasket
I made a may basket
Flowers are a sign of spring
And all the joy that it can bring.

"I Made a May Basket" ("A Tisket, A Tasket") midi courtesy of - 04/28/06

"I Made a May Basket" lyrics courtesy of - 04/28/06

May Basket Image courtesy of - 04/28/06

May Day Title and Purple Tulip Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/28/06

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 Dancing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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