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05/05/06 - NNHS Newsletter


"Tengamos fe en la justicia de nuestra causa... haciendo triunfar no sólo a nuestra patria,
sino a los principios de respeto y de inviolabilidad de la soberanía de las naciones."

- Presidente Benito Juarez

"We have faith in the justice of our cause... we will triumph not only for our homeland,
but also for the principles of respect and inviolability of the sovereignty of the nations."

- Translated by Dale Harty, 04/29/06
(b. 4 Jan 1984)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

Here are your homework assignments for today, class:

   And by the way, please let us not use this as a moment to open an immigration discussion, which is about as volatile a topic as I can imagine at the moment.  We're simply celebrating that which is good.  Be happy.



   Happy Birthday today to Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of AL!

   Hope you're having a great day, Tom!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/03/06 - "May Day":

Confirming    Wayne Stokes' ('65 - of VA) recollection, I can confirm that Jackson School did, indeed, have a May Day celebration in the back school yard (the Virginia Avenue side) on the blacktop. I attended Jackson for the final three months of my first grade year (1953). I can remember very well practicing some sort of May Day dance thing-y defined by marks placed on that blacktop. What I can't recall is whether there was a May Pole erected for the event.

   Excellent!  That's more validation!  Thanks, Sweetie! 

   (I, on the other hand, still remember - basically nothing.....  I passed six May Days at Magruder, and can recall no such major production.  Sigh.)


From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 05/03/06 - "Newport News City Pool":

Carol -
I would like to share this clipping with you if you would be interested. My brother Robert London attended NNHS, was on the football team, and would have graduated in (I think) 1946. He left school, like so many others, to enlist in the US Army. He served in England and later in Germany.

   That would be another Famous Soldier, John.  If you would care to place him there, we would be most honored to have him:

He passed away a few years ago and left me some of his memorabilia. Among the items are some clippings of his time at NNHS.

This one is of the (original?) opening of the City Pool on 28th street. On the reverse it mentions Pres. Harry Truman, so I think this must have been the grand opening in 194?.
And ..... trust me to find the one clipping adorned by all the pretty girls!
Hope you can use it.

   Well, certainly, John! 

   We can always use treasures of that nature!  Thanks so much!  I've posted it on that page:

And as always, you do an amazing job with the web site!

John London (WHS-1957)

Thanks again, John!


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/03/06:

Hi, Carol:
  Cap'n Dave's (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) (Redneck) offering today surely redefines the meaning of the term "Snug". Since it did not contain a caption we do not know the location of this "Flea Market" but odds are it is located in Florida.
Sorta makes you wonder why you ever left Virginia!!!
Thanks for the theme taking us back to 1948. It has been a subject of my studies lately, going back to the partition of Palestine following World War I under Lord Kitchener.

   WOWZERS!!!  That's great, Adonis!  I love reading history - and what an exciting and tumultuous period that was!

Glad to see the new prospective additions to the Famous Soldiers page on the website. We will retire the firing squad for now, and just encourage you to keep up the wonderful work of keeping us posted with so many friends.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Oh, thank you, Sir!

   All the same,    Jay (Styles - '68 of VA), I'd feel more comfortable if you began sending me that information ASAP.....  WILD GIGGLES!!!


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/04/06:

Say it isn't real!   The picture of the full figured, female senior citizen in the Daisy Duke short shorts at the fair caused me to howl out loud.  It reminded me of the group of ladies that came into a shop in Ocean City, Maryland years ago with only their bathing suits (one piece, thank goodness) on.  My husband and I were at the register near the door.  He looked at them, then at me, grabbed his stomach and took off out the door.  Thinking he was sick, I ran after him only to find him, and others in the parking lot, laughing themselves silly.  Believe me, it was not a pretty site from the front as this one wasn't from the back!
Keep those pictures coming, Dave!!

   Oh, it's real, alright, Dee!  And the more closely you look at it, the worse it gets.  Did you notice, for instance, that those are not stripes on the back of her shorts, but cut-outs?!?  But the worst part (I think) for me didn't hit me for hours.  I had originally thought it was a scene of a street dance.  Only later did I realize that she is actually flashing that poor unsuspecting man.

   Oh, the humanity!!!

   Thanks, Dee - and David!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/04/06 - "The only known picture of me at a redneck

My son-in-law Joe had a couple of free tickets to a "Monster Truck Jam" at the Coliseum a
couple of months ago.


  The young fella sitting beside me is Dan O'Brien, son of the late    Danny O'Brien ('69) of Danny and the Del-Notes, and nephew of another NNHS'er, Danny's bro',    Tim O'Brien ('67). Young Dan and my son-in-law met through a business thing. Or not. I don't know. But there it is.  
Saturday, February 18, 2006, 9:06 PM - Hampton Coliseum    
David Whitley and
Dan O'Brien

   WOWZERONI!!!  How cool is that?!?

It was fun but LOUD. Didn't think about earplugs before I went, so, in the true spirit of "make do with what ya got", I chewed up a couple of pieces of my program and "Monster Jammed 'em" in my ears. Hey, whatever works.

Problem is, after a while, you forget they're in there, and for the rest of the night, on the ride back and at home, I kept saying "HUH?" when anybody would speak. They thought it was because I had ringing in my ears from the noise, but I finally remembered those big ol' wads of mushy, chewed up paper I had jammed in my ears. When my wife found out what I'd done, she said, "EEEWWW!!!" "don't get near me!", to which I replied "okay". Like I said, whatever works.


   David Darlin', you are such a hoot! 

   And as you are The Funniest Man I've Ever Known, you seem to be making a bit of a silly face in that picture.  Yes, it's true, you are.  But you're still unbelievably gorgeous, Gorgeous!!!  I suppose that's a routine occurrence for someone as freakin' HOT as you are:

   Thanks, David!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/05/06 - "Famous Sailors":

   I attended the funeral yesterday of a man who's been on our Famous Sailors page since 08/03/04, and I'd like to share some of it with you.

   I first met Alma Holloman in Hampton in March of 1967.  She was my director in a production of Jim Prigmore's musical, "The Emperor's New Clothes", and so I was privileged to work closely with her for a time.

   Then I moved to Norfolk in August of 1968, and we lost touch.

31 Oct 1947 - Mt. Olive, NC - "Just Married"
Alma Dail and Rodney Holloman
1962 - CPO Rodney Holloman    
     Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and 
 Miles (Nowitzky - Granby HS - '50) moved to Fayetteville in early 1987.  When we visited them here in June of 1993, I again saw Alma, as they had moved here in 1988.  When we moved here in February of 2002, I was delighted to see Alma again - and at last I met her beloved Rodney. 

   Rodney Holloman turned 17 years old on June 18, 1943, and on September 1, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which he loved as dearly as any man ever did.  He served onboard both U.S.S. Forrestal and U.S.S. Enterprise.  When I visited in their home once in August of 2004, I told him of our Famous Sailors page, and to our mutual delight, he consented to be added to that page, and sent home those images for me to scan.  Alma told me that although they did not have internet access, Rodney was as thrilled to be listed thereon as I was to have him.

   His funeral yesterday was very moving, as funerals for those we love should be.  As we arrived at the cemetery, I glanced at the program, and saw that "Full Military Honors by the United States Armed Forces" would be given.  As I continued walking, I saw both sailors and airmen standing at attention.  The airmen escorted the flag draped coffin to its final resting spot, and then began a flag folding ceremony which was considerably more elaborate than those to which I was accustomed.  There were planes in the sky - which is hardly rare here in NC - but these were quite special.  There were five beautiful Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles offering salute, which continued for quite some time.

   During the Navy bugler's flawless rendition of "Taps", there was a perfect stillness (as well there should have been) - except for the accompaniment by a flock of seagulls.  Though it was enormously fitting for a man of the sea, I've no idea how they arranged that.  The airmen gave a 21-gun salute, while the gulls continued their song.  When the smoke cleared, so did they.

   It was a truly beautiful, very moving ceremony.  I'm sure Rodney loved it.


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/05/06 - "Did Joe Frank win the mayoral election?":

 Perhaps congratulations are in order for    Joe Frank ('60 - 0f VA):

Daily Press, May 3, 2006

Newport News: Incumbents have mostly easy return

Voters decided not to punish the Newport News City Council over the property tax issue.

NEWPORT NEWS -- Three Newport News City Council members and Mayor Joe Frank cruised to easy wins in Tuesday's election.

Without any burning issues dividing candidates, the incumbents avoided major public fights with challengers during the campaign. The only race that was remotely tight was a three-way race for the South District seat that was eventually won by Joe Whitaker.

Voters chose not to punish City Council members for not promising a real-estate tax cut that would offset skyrocketing property reassessments. Council members had mitigated some of that problem by creating tax relief for elderly residents, who usually vote in high numbers.

Frank said he took comfort in the strong support the incumbents received, and he believes the Council will continue to progress in a unified fashion.

Frank won 81 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

Opponents didn't make a good enough case to change the leadership of the city, he said.

"Many of the candidates couldn't articulate a new direction," Frank said.

"At the end of the day, the public showed support for the direction we're going."

In the South District, which stretches from downtown Newport News to the east of Jefferson Avenue before ending at J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Whitaker won 50 percent of the vote.

The rest of the vote was almost evenly split between challengers Shaun Brown and Phil Bomersheim.

Brown questioned the city's redevelopment plans for the Southeast Community, or East End.

Bomersheim brandished his conservative credentials, along with his experience in community groups.

Brown did well in the southern part of the South District, and Bomersheim posted strong numbers in the northern part of the district.

But neither drew many voters throughout the district, as Whitaker did.

In the North District, incumbent Sharon Scott blew out challenger Terrence Martin, who had previously served on the City Council until Scott beat him in a close race in 2002.

Scott won 62 percent of the vote on Tuesday. Martin took 37 percent.

By winning 74 percent of the vote, incumbent Bert Bateman Jr. also had no trouble defeating planning commissioner Michael Taylor to win the Central District seat.


   Well, I should certainly say so!  Thanks, David! 

   And a hearty congratulations to Mayor Frank from all of us here!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/05/06 - "Lucy Queensberry":

    We received a special request today for any information concerning the late Lucy Queensberry.  She didn't finish school, but had been a member of the Class of 1960.  If any of y'all have memories of Lucy you could share, her family members would be most appreciative.  Thank you so much!  
Seventh Grade
Homeroom 309
Lucy Queensberry Eighth Grade Homeroom 309 Lucy Queensberry  
1956 Anchor, p. 25 1957 Anchor, p. 66  

  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#2 in a series):


Just signs of the times

Richard Dawes

 Thanks, Dicky! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#44 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.....: 


   Thanks, Dave! 


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

                          Love to all, Carol






"Mariachi" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of my #6 son, Dale Harty (American School, IL - '02) of NC - 04/29/06
Thanks, Dale!

 Chili Peppers clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/03/05

Cinco de Mayo Title clip art courtesy of - 04/29/06

Cinco de Mayo Images courtesy of
also at the suggestion of my #6 son, Dale Harty (American School, IL - '02) of NC - 04/29/06
Thanks again, Dale!

Animated Mariachi Cat (created by Greg Wilson) clip art courtesy of - 04/26/06:

"Creating animations for Cinco De Mayo was fun for me. I've always loved Mexican culture and have traveled to Mexico on a few occasions.
I didn't do well in Spanish class, which might explain the looks from the locals when I tried to communicate."

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

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

Animated Applauding Hands clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/19/05
Thanks, Al!

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