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05/03/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Moments to Remember

A memory is what is left when something happens
and does not completely unhappen.

- Edward de Bono
(b. 19 May 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is one of those timeless songs that I think will take us all back.

BONUS - - Moments to Remember - The Four Lads, 1955


"Moments to Remember" is a popular song published in 1955, and recorded by The Four Lads. The song was written by Robert Allen and Al Stillman.

Al Stillman and Robert Allen composed "Moments to Remember", which was recorded by The Four Lads[1][2] on 21 June 1955, charting in the same year. The song was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40539, and first reached the Billboard magazine charts on 3 September 1955. It peaked at number 2 on the Disk Jockey chart, number 3 on the Best Seller chart, number 4 on the Juke Box chart, and number 3 on the composite chart of the top 100 songs...


1.     From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10:43 AM - "    John Eugene Ellis, III (Deceased)":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for once again being a vital conduit for the TYPHOON Nation.

John Eugene Ellis III ('61) of FL passed away this morning at his home in Lakeland, Florida under Hospice care.

...   Elizabeth Whitcomb Ellis ('63) of FL, wife of this former Shot Put and Track and Field TYPHOON, requested that I provide you with the attached photo image of John with his two sons, Kevin Ellis and John Ellis IV.

Gene Ellis and sons,
Kevin Ellis and John Ellis IV

Libby said an obituary will not appear in The Daily Press, but she did wish to have his passing known to the TYPHOON Nation on your website. I promised her that I would sent it to you for your consideration... While the photo image is not a current photos, it was one of "Gene's" favorite photos. If you could add it to his profile on your website, it will be appreciated.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   Oh, Joe, I'm so very sorry to hear this! You and your entire family have my deepest sympathies.    I will begin work on a Memorial Newsletter for Gene after I consult with you more fully.

2.    From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 05/02/11 2:01 PM - "Obit":

My Aunt Rose Mays died last week. She is the mother of    Brenda Mays Robbins NNHS class of '61,  Candy Mays Edgerton NNHS class of '65 and also the aunt of    Dennis Ivey NNHS class of 65. Her obituary was in the Daily Press last Saturday.

Hope all is well with you,
Cheryl Mays Howard '66/67

   Oh, Cheryl, I'm so sorry!  Please accept my sincerest condolences - and thank you for letting me know.


    Happy Birthday today to  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA;

09 -   Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA;

10 - The late    Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton (10 May 1917 - 19 Mar 2011) AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


1. Terry Shelton ('64) of VA - 05/02/11:

Monday 05/02/2011 9:31:13pm
Name: Terry Gene Shelton class of 1964
Marital Status Divorced
City/Country: Farmville, VA
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Shelton
Larry Armstrong
Julius Conn

   Thanks, Terry - good to hear from you!


Sunday, May 3, 1863

As the battle of Chancellorsville continued today the Confederate army of Stonewall Jackson (under command of Jeb Stuart since Jackson’s wounding yesterday) set up an artillery post on a small hill called Hazel Grove. From this they managed to hit the Chancellor house, which Gen. Joseph Hooker was using as his headquarters. A falling brick hit Hooker in the head, incapacitating him and causing further chaos in the Union lines, which were none too organized today to begin with.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 05/02/11 - "THE government":

The news of our arch villain Bin Laden has come with mixed feelings.

If  THE government had his body, where are the pictures? I would think they would post them everywhere!

If THE government had his body why didn't they allow it to lie in state for us all to see with our own eyes?

If THE government took his DNA how could they know so quickly? Doesn't it take several days if not two weeks to get results?

THE government is pulling our chain once again people.

THE government keeps taking and has gotten use to the idea WE THE PEOPLE  will believe just THEIR word.


   Thank you, Linda May! This is one of those times when a great many of us need to vent for a myriad of reasons.  I think I may be able to answer a couple of your questions, though.  Bin Laden's body was buried at sea to prevent his grave from becoming a shrine to his followers.  It was done within 24 hours of his death to comply with Muslim law.  I believe (though I've not heard it discussed) that the initial lack of images and details was due to boundaries of good taste and national security; I would think that more will surely be forthcoming.  I think (but I'm not sure) that DNA testing can be expedited, but the cost make it prohibitive for most occasions.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/02/11 - "Prayer of Thanks!":

Now I lay me down to sleep, one less terrorist this world does keep.
With all my heart I give my thanks, to those in uniform regardless of ranks.
You serve our country and serve it well, with humble hearts your stories tell.
So as I rest my weary eyes, while freedom rings our flag still flies.
You give your all, do what you must.
With God we live and God we trust.

   AMEN! Thanks, Ruthie!

From - 05/02/11 - "Overwhelm":

How to Always Have Enough Time

By Charles F. Glassman

During a radio call-in show I appeared on, a caller expressed the frustration and stress he feels with his life. "I know I should be exercising, eating well, and meditating," he said, "but I have three jobs, kids, and not enough time to do anything."

Primitive humans were lucky to have the automatic brain (AB). It was completely reactive and a powerful, effective protection machine that got people to fight or flee danger. In that prehistoric environment, dangers abounded. Humans did not have to think to avoid danger, threat, or vulnerability. The AB always triggered an automatic response.

But we don't live in a primitive era. The dangers, threats, and vulnerabilities of the 21st Century do not require the protective services of the AB. Yet most of us fall prey to its still ever-present nature, seductive false protective ability, and it's almost complete lack of evolution from the primitive brain of our prehistoric ancestors.

I have written that we are fortunate to possess a mind designed for higher thinking, one that presents us with the power to render the AB irrelevant to our lives. But how do we cultivate this mind? How do we harness it when the draining influence of the AB is so exhausting? How do we believe, trust, and take direction from our mind rather than our AB, when the world seems to be crumbling around us and everything screams out for the protection of our primitive brain?

To be sure, every one of us has our individual challenges (i.e., what our AB picks up as danger, threat, or vulnerability). For many in the 21st Century the top three are money, health, and relationships (which includes family and children).
Challenges in these areas are the saber-toothed tigers of today. In my book Brain Drain, and in a previous weekly message, I explained why this is so. The AB is triggered by challenges in these areas, leading to thoughts and behaviors that direct us to fight or flee. Often it leads to overwhelming, swirling confusion. In extreme cases, the flight option leads to depression and withdrawal, while either the fight or flight option can produce self-destructive behavior, anxiety, or abusive thoughts and behavior. Those overwhelming feelings signal that the AB is in full throttle, draining the ability to believe in the power of the mind. Professional help may be needed, at times. Never let the fact that your AB views seeking help as a defeat or weakness stop you from doing so.

Getting back to that radio-show caller: How does he start to get back his belief? How does someone who is sick--or tending for someone sick--accept that life is much fuller than simply a checklist of self-imposed or community imposed expectations?

Before I answer these questions, keep in mind that, especially
when you feel overwhelmed, any positive step you try to take will face opposition from your AB's false effort to protect you. If I suggest, for example, that you repeat the affirmation, "I will always find a way, and a way will always find me," your AB will counter with: "No, you won't," and then scan its data banks of past danger memories for reasons you should not trust the uncertainties of the mind.

Which brings me to the first step for helping that radio-show caller. The AB lives in the past and the future, but our mind resides in the present--the here and now. When faced with any of the three dangers (money, health, relationships), don't stray into the past and wonder what your life would look like now if you'd actually done what you "shoulda" back then, as that is useless speculation. Similarly, the future is a fantasy and illusion, a futile attempt by your AB to organize what is inherently unknown so that it becomes less dangerous.
Stay focused on current activities and avoid following the natural drift of your automatic brain.

The mind offers a glimpse of life's wonders, rather than merely its processes. When we allow the AB to guide us, we miss out on the wonders. The caller said he has "no time," but I pointed out to him that he has plenty of time in his car driving between jobs. I suggested he stay focused by tuning in to music or comedy rather than news or talk radio. Most importantly, I suggested that he breathe. Each breath refreshes the vital energy required for the mind to stay focused and resistant to brain drain.

I continued: Never fall victim to the AB's urge to compare your particular situation with someone else's--the AB is always trying to judge others to find out from whom danger might arise.

Another suggestion I made was to
keep a daily-magic journal. I explain this in detail in my book. Keeping such a journal makes one very focused on the here and now, and helps remind us that, despite the ever-present doom and gloom, "magical" circumstances will always pop up in our life. Even if these situations appear bad at first, put them down in the journal anyway. In a previous message, I talked about what can come out of "bad" circumstances. Resist labeling them bad or good. They just are. (Warning – your AB will trigger big time with this suggestion!)

Become aware of the first few moments after you wake up or times you find yourself smiling inside or laughing about something. See how long it takes before your AB becomes alerted that such happiness and serenity inevitably lead to danger. After all, cajoles your AB, you should be thinking about how you can help your hurting sister, or how you should reorganize your finances to pay for an upcoming expense. Don't fall for the AB's trap; its physiological (hormonal and electrical) responses last only a minute or two if you don't egg them on. Take some deep breaths and tell yourself "There is no danger in this moment. There is no threat. There is no danger; there is no threat." Your mind will come to your rescue over the AB, and you'll be able to come up with a plan that's right for your situation. You'll be in a much better position to deal with whatever challenges you face.

One additional suggestion about the powerful (and nearly universal) trigger of money:
Do not pore over your financial documents--401K reports, stock portfolio balances, bank statement--every day. When you make a deposit, make sure it clears. Set up low-balance alerts, get overdraft protection, do what you have to do to achieve freedom from worry about the daily fluctuations. And then, move on in the moment.

Will my suggestions allow the caller to become financially independent overnight and to quit his three jobs? Of course not. But maybe these ideas can start freeing up his mind, and all of our minds, so we can see that every day is not a burden but an opportunity to grow and be alive and not simply exist. Tapping into our mind is the key to the inner strength and spiritual wonder which, when mastered, guide us along on our journey.

About the Author:

Dr. Glassman is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Brain Drain - the definitive guide to connecting mind, body, and spirit.

With his book, private practice, internet radio show, public appearances, weekly message and newsletter, hundreds of articles, and Coach MD, Dr. Glassman can show you what he has shown thousands of others: how to live a healthier, successful, and more abundant life.

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From - 05/01/11:

New phone app.

You know there is a lot of money to be made by developing a useful phone app.

With the fitness craze and everyone being weight conscious I put my brain cells to work on the project.

I want to announce the Newest phone app available for tracking progress in your fitness program. It is called the Personal Scale App. This is how it works. You program your I-phone or Droid with my new app. Place it on a hard surface like a tile floor and then stand on it. The phone will record your current weight and display it on the screen. My only problem is it only seems to work once.


1. 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.

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

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

7. 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





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Moments to Remember

Written by
Robert Allen (05 Feb 1927 – 01 Oct 2000) and Al Stillman (26 June 1906 – 1979)

Recorded by The Four Lads, 1955

(January to December)
(We'll have moments to remember)

The New Year's Eve we did the town
The day we tore the goal post down
We will have these moments to remember

The quiet walks, the noisy fun
The ballroom prize we almost won
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember

(The drive in movie where we'd go)
(And somehow never watched the show)
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember

"Moments to Remember" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Moments to Remember" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Newport News High School scanned by the Webmistress from the 1962 Anchor - 11/19/02

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 (still missing...)
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!

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

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