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05/10/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Un-Break My Heart

"Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world,
which I find myself constantly walking around
in the daytime, and falling in at night.
I miss you like hell."

- Edna St. Vincent Millay
(22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is one of my favorite sad songs.  I first heard a Johnny Mathis version of it five years ago.  On Sunday night, Toni Braxton's powerful rendition of it was featured on NBC's "Crossing Jordan", giving me hope that it might exist in midi form.  I asked our Wizard of Wonderment,     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, if he would locate one for me.  Bless his sweet heart, even though he was unfamiliar with both the song and Toni Braxton, he found this beautiful arrangement!  Thanks so very much, David!  There's no one like you!  



   Happy Birthday today to Mrs. Helen Shelton. Her address is 866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25, Newport News, VA 23608-4476.  By the way, it isn't requisite that Mrs. Shelton was actually your teacher for you to take advantage of this opportunity to wish her a happy birthday.  You might simply want to thank a member of our awesome faculty for her years of devotion to her students.  If perchance you forgot to mail it, that's okay.  Send a belated card; they're fun to receive too.  Do you know the best thing about belated cards?  By their very name and nature, they're never late!




1. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, 2006.  Do yourself a big favor.  DON'T FORGET!  Do something nice for the women in your life.  Remember the words of Proverbs 21: 19 - "It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman." 

2.  Lucy Queensberry ('60) - May I tell you now, if you have not considered it before, just how precious any tidbit, any scrap of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, would be to the family of this now deceased woman.  If you have any memory of her, please send it to me so that I may forward it to them.  Thank you so much.



  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 05/08/06 - "NNHS":

Hi Carol,

Thought that I would drop your a few lines to let you know that the NNHS Class of 62 has started their reunion meetings again. Our last one was at Pat Floyd Pride's new home in Poquoson. We had a 'pot luck' dinner and shared that with 20 classmates. What a great time! We had classmates from St. Thomas, Virgin Isles and Lexington, Va. attend that evening. WOW!

If any of our classmates would like to receive e-mails from our class, please post this on your website, and maybe they will drop in on the 1962 website. We would like to contact as many of our classmates as possible; maybe this will help.

Some of our classmates spent April 29th at the "Hilton Spring Fest", and shared a few minutes with our 
  Mayor Joe Frank ('60) (Pictures on website). We were just making some money for our next reunion and had a great time meeting and greeting folks. There is also information about our next meeting that will be in May.
Thanks again and have a good week.

Brenda Williams

Friends are Angels who lift us to our feet when
our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world". - Ghandi

   Thanks, Brenda!  I see your next meeting - also a "pot luck" dinner - will be at Gene (60) and Pat Merilic ('62) Duncan's home in Carrollton on Monday, May 15, 2006 at 6:00 PM.

   I've posted your updates both on our front page, and inside on the '62 page:

   Thank you again, Brenda!



  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/07/06 - "NNHS Class of 1958 Update: May 8, 2006":

The NNHS Class of 1957 will hold its annual picnic at Newport News Park on Saturday, June 3, 2006.  I know many of you shared close friendships with that much older generation (there were even several inter-marriages!).  If you would like to renew old friendships, send a check in the amount of $10 for each attendee made out to "NNHS Class of 1957" to:
W. D. Dangler, 318 - 57th Street, Newport News, VA  23607
I have attended the last couple of their picnics and can assure you of a wonderful time.
The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19 on June 3, 2006, from 11:00 till dark.  The menu includes homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixins as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.
Ya'll take care of yourselves, ya heah !!
Joseph W. Drewry
3506 Spottswood Place
Hampton, VA  23661

Contact info:

   I'm delighted to post the Annual Picnic information for the Class of 1957 on the front page:

   As it happens, the Class of 1957 already had their own Reunion Page.  I redesigned it, and added your information on their behalf.

   Thanks, Joe!

   By the way, I was unable to determined from the information available to me, their class colors - and I only guessed at the flowers from a yearbook picture.  If any of y'all from the Class of 1957 can supply me with that data, I would be most grateful - thanks!



  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 05/05/06 - "A Fish Story ":

A guy who lives at Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston) saw a ball bouncing around kind of strangely in the lake and went to investigate.

It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a  basketball which became stuck in its mouth!!

The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish.

You probably wouldn't have believed this, if you hadn't seen the following pictures (taken on Friday, May 28, 2004)... 

  Be kinder than necessary, 'cause everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.  

Thank you so much for this reminder, Jo Ann.  I've always felt that there was a severe shortage of kindness in this world.  And it usually doesn't take even this much effort to be kind and sensitive to the feelings of others.  Just be nice! 


  From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of AL - NOT FL!!! - 05/05/06 - "Hello":

After reading today's newsletter I noted that you wished my husband Tom (Jones - Warwick HS - '60) a Happy Birthday, thank-you!   However; we only moved to AL, not FL; please, we are far enough away from our families and granddaughter, who was one on April 21st.

   Sorry, Susie, but I do tend to move people around the country on a periodic basis.  And really, if you're not living on "the sacred soil of Virginia", you're simply Somewhere Else, right?!?  WILD GIGGLES!!!

Our second granddaughter is due on June 30, BUT, she is trying to make her appearance early.

   How exciting!!!  But tell her to try to stay put until she's ready...

I was just "home" for about three weeks, and can honestly say I really missed the area.  Alabama is great, the mountains and lakes are beautiful, but we think we will probably move back in the near future.  We have family and friends here, but not like the family and friends in VA.

   Well, of course not, Honey!  MORE GIGGLES!!!

While we were in Nashville a few weeks ago for my brother-in-law's birthday, we had a cook out at my husband's niece's home where a lot of the "Nashville Writer's and recording artist hang out", I am attaching a couple of photos of some of the most popular "country writers and singers". (The one with the long curly hair is Bud Lee, who wrote the song for Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places", and the one with the cap on is Brad Cotter, last year's Nashville Star winner.)  We have known these guys for quite some time, and they are great guys.  Bud Lee's son died last year at the young age of 19.


Carol, you do an amazing job with the "site", and the time you spend is overwhelming, thanks for all your hard work, and the time you spend doing your research.
Class '63
Monday, April 3, 2006, 9:54 PM Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 6:22 PM Friday, April 21, 2006  
Susie Overton Jones and
Brad Cotter
Susie Overton Jones and Bud Lee First Birthday!  

   Thanks for all the images and news, Susie!  I really appreciate your thanks, too!


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/08/06:

FOR MILITARY PAGE:  Sorry, I thought I'd sent this info.

I think I forgot to send the info on my dad for the Navy page

My dad - Douglas Ralph Puckett - was born:  August 1, 1919 in Appomattox, VA

Died:  January 31, 1967 in Newport News, VA

Graduated from Newport News High School in 1939; also went to Stonewall Jackson Elementary School.

Please let me know if you need any other information.

sarah sugah

   Sarah Sugah, you're amazing!  You just moved into your new home, and you took time out to think of this!  Thanks so much!   I added your dad's information - plus quite a few more links - to Famous Sailors:

   Any moment now I actually am going to divide that page into segments for easy loading, although it will break my heart to split it......  Sigh.



  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 05/08/06 - "old gal
in the daisy dukes":


The picture of the woman in the daisy dukes came from here:

It is easy to find the directory list where this picture was included; however, it appears that the old gal in the daisy dukes might actually be one of the saner pictures on there.

Edna Whitcomb Harrison 

   I think you're right, Edna!




  From Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA - 05/09/06:

Dear Carol:
Happy Mother's Day.  You certainly deserve it if anyone does. 

   How sweet!  Thank you so much, Lynn!

I really enjoyed    Janice's (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) piece on Southern girls, how true!

   Wasn't that a hoot?!?

Hope all is well with you.
Lynn Brothers

   Thanks, Lynn!  You have a great Mother's Day as well!



  From Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA - 05/09/06 - "May Day Celebrations":


I remember participating in a May Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School when I was in first grade.  My teacher, Ms. Shawell (not sure of spelling) had an old victrola that she wheeled outside and she would crank it and play records.  The boys wore hats made out of oatmeal tops that were painted red and the girls were hats made out of paper plates and tissue flowers. The boys wore dark pants and white shirts and the girls wore pastel dresses.  The flag pole was decorated and all classes took turns “dancing” around the May Pole.  Do any other Thomas Jefferson students remember anything about May Day? 

Anita Becker ‘66

   Thanks, Anita! Let's find out.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Wait a minuteI do remember making those tissue flower, paper plate hats......

   This May Day celebration issue is now effectively driving me crazy.  Oh, stop that snickering!  Such a thing as becoming crazi-er IS possible, really!

   It simply doesn't stand to reason that Magruder would have halted theirs for a few years, while the other schools in the system did not.  And as they were obviously school-wide events, and both    Pam (Wright Owen - '62 - of VA) and  Barb (Houston - '68 - of Northern VA) remember them, why is it that    Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) and I do not???

   Even given the not-too-far-fetched notion that I would have managed to weasel out of school for all those days in May each year (and I did talk my way into missing 50 days of school in the second grade alone), why does Janice not remember them?!?  Would the rest of you Magruderites of the '65 persuasion please check in with a "Yea", "Nay", or "Fer-Pete's-Sake! Who CARES?!?"  Thanks!



  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/09/06:

..... remember, "there's always silver somewhere in your cloudy linens".


   Why, you're absolutely right, David!  Only moments ago, I was washing my sheets, and I found a quarter in the dryer!

   Thanks for your nonsense, Gorgeous!  You certainly brightened my day!



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/09/06 - "Hampton City Hall":

This image came up on E-bay. OK, I know that someone wrote "City Hall, Hampton Va" on the front, and I know that the description does not indicate that there is a printed identification on the back (if there were, why would someone write it on the front?).

Still, I cannot recall a former City Hall in Hampton being in an Art Deco building such as this. Until I read the engraved name on the lintel, I thought it was Bayberry Hospital. However, the engraved name does not say "Virginia", so it could be from some other "Hampton". Perhaps some previous owner of the post card assumed that it was Virginia and wrote that on the card.

Can you recall such a municipal building in Hampton??  Perhaps it would make an interesting entry in a Newsletter.
   Actually, the building does look familiar to me.  With Daddy working at Kecoughtan, we obviously spent a lot of time in Hampton when I was a child.  On the other hand, it could just as well resemble a building on the old Superman TV show, for all the good my mind is.

   And it is possible that the card had been mounted in an album, and rather than label the album page, the owner labeled the card itself.

   Surely someone will know.
      Kathy (Pilgrim Clark - '63) would definitely have known.  Sigh.
   Thanks, David!  It's a jewel of a building, whatever and wherever it was.

  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/10/06 - "Hampton City Hall":

I have received reliable confirmation that the image is, indeed, the old City Hall on Queen Street across from the court house.


   Excellent!  The case is closed, and the page is open for business:

 - brand new page

   Thanks, David! 



  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/09/06 - "Cold and rainy in RI...":

Still wearing our cords and sweatshirts!  Does anyone know what became of Barbara Harrison who lived over top of Manning's when we were in third or fourth grade?     Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) might know...or someone who lived on Buxton or Sycamore? 

   Her name 's not ringing a bell with me.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Jean!



  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#4 in a series):


Just signs of the times

Richard Dawes
   Oh, no....

 Thanks, Dicky! 



  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#47 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.....: 

     Of course.  And it adds so much to the style of the car.....  (??!??)

   Thanks, Dave! 



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

                          Love to all, Carol






Un-Break My Heart

Written by Diane Warren, 1996
(b. 7 Sep 1956)

(Toni Braxton)
(b. 7 Oct 1967)

Don't leave me in all this pain
Don't leave me out in the rain
Come back and bring back my smile
Come and take these tears away
I need your arms to hold me now
The nights are so unkind
Bring back those nights when I held you beside me

Un-break my heart
Say you'll love me again
Un-do this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart, my heart

Take back that sad word good-bye
Bring back the joy to my life
Don't leave me here with these tears
Come and kiss this pain away
I can't forget the day you left
Time is so unkind
And life is so cruel without you here beside me

Un-break my heart
Say you'll love me again
Un-do this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart, my heart
Don't leave me in all this pain
Don't leave me out in the rain
Bring back the nights when I held you beside me

Un-break my heart
Say you'll love me again
Un-do this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart, my heart

Un-break my
Un-break my heart, oh baby
Come back and say you love me
Un-break my heart
Sweet darling
Without you I just can't go on
Can't go on


"Un-Break My Heart" midi and lyrics courtesy of
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/06 at my request of 05/07/06
Thanks so much, David!

Ray's 1932 Image of "Tears" courtesy of - 0/20/06

Animated Heart clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 02/12/05

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

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