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05/13/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Ritchie Valens' 70th Birthday
“Because Ritchie Valens WAS the real deal. He was only starting,
but in the time he spent in the business, he made big impact.
I don't know if anybody could have made a bigger one.”

Waylon Jennings
(15 June 1937 - 13 Feb 2002)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Ah, goody - another celebrity birthday celebration!

BONUS - - Ritchie Valens - La Bamba


"La Bamba" is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40 hit in the U.S. charts and one of early rock and roll's best-known songs. Valens' version of "La Bamba" is ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is the only song on the list not sung in English.

La Bamba has been covered by numerous artists, most notably Los Lobos, whose version reached #1 in the U.S. and UK singles charts in 1987. The music video for Los Lobos' version, directed by Sherman Halsey, won the 1988 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.

La Bamba is a classic example of the Son Jarocho musical style which originated in the Mexican state of Veracruz and combines Spanish and indigenous musical elements. The song is typically played on one or two arpas jarochas (harps) along with guitar relatives the jarana jarocha and the requinto jarocho.[1] Lyrics to the song greatly vary, as performers often improvise verses while performing. However, versions such as those by musical groups Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Los Pregoneros del Puerto have survived because of the artists' popularity. The traditional aspect of "La Bamba" lies in the tune itself, which remains almost the same through most versions. The name of the dance, which has no direct English translation, is presumably connected with the Spanish verb bambolear, meaning "to shake" or perhaps "to stomp".

The traditional "La Bamba" is often played during weddings in Veracruz, where the bride and groom perform the accompanying dance. Today this wedding tradition is not done as frequently as in the past, but the dance is still popular, perhaps through the popularity of ballet folklórico. The dance is performed displaying the newly-wed couple's unity through the performance of complicated, delicate steps in unison as well as through creation of a bow from a listón, a long red ribbon, using only their feet.

The "arriba" (literally "up") part of the song suggests the nature of the dance, in which the footwork, called "zapateado", is done faster and faster as the music tempo accelerates. A repeated lyric is "Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán", literally meaning "I am not a sailor, I am a captain"; Veracruz is a maritime locale.

The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in 1958. Valens' "La Bamba" infused the traditional tune with a rock drive, in part provided by session drummer Earl Palmer and session guitarist Carol Kaye, making the song accessible to a much wider record audience and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history (inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). The song features a simple verse-chorus form. Valens, who was proud of his Mexican heritage, was hesitant at first to merge "La Bamba" with rock and roll but then agreed. Valens obtained the lyrics from his aunt Ernestine Reyes and learned the Spanish lyrics phonetically, as he had been raised from birth speaking English. The song ranked #98 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll and #59 in VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock and Roll, both done in 2000.



From Yahoo Finance - 05/04/11 - "AT&T Capping Download Amounts": 

    In light of this "revolting new development", as our household is one of those Major Users of Bandwidth, the remaining regular issues of the NNHS Newsletter THROUGH THE END OF MAY will be mostly imageless. 

    Please save your images or documents, as I'll not be able to post any of them, nor scan and post any new ones of my own except in extreme cases of need.  (If they're already in my files, that's different.)  Clip art will be kept to a minimum. 

   This will not apply of course to Memorial Editions.

      Oh, crum!


   Happy Birthday yesterday to  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - Don Coffey ('54) of VA AND The late     Susan Whitt Vest ('66) of VA (deceased 16 June 2010) ;

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA!

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Sunday, May 12, 1861

Gen. William Selby Harney was commander of the Union military forces in St. Louis, Mo. He had, in an unfortunate act of poor timing, been on a trip out of town for the last several days, missing his subordinate Nathaniel Lyon’s preemptive strike on the arsenal which provoked a two-day riot. Harney, now back in town, today issued a proclamation calling for public peace to be preserved.

Thursday, May 12, 1864

It was around 4:30 in the morning when Hancock’s Union line opened its charge on the entrenched Confederates of Ewell’s corps. The sneak attack worked well, too--the Federals took some 4000 prisoners including two generals, and large numbers of artillery pieces, other arms and stands of colors. Wright attacked the Confederate left and the fighting went on until after midnight. Warren was supposed to attack the far left, but was late. This would not look good on his resume.


Monday, May 13, 1861

Acting completely without orders or authorization of any sort, Gen. Benjamin Butler, USA, occupied the city of Baltimore today. He moved troops from outlying Relay Station, Md., into town and seized Federal Hill. His first justification was the claim that he had heard that there was a riot going on. As there was in fact no civil disturbance, he searched around until he found weapons stores, munitions and other supplies he claimed were intended for distribution to the “rebels.”


1.   From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/08/11 - "OPEN REUNION SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966":


A Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to you!! I hope you have a glorious day!

The 45-year reunion plans for the Class of 1966 has been finalized. I would appreciate it if you would put this reunion notice in your newsletter for me.

Thank you so much for all you do!

Dee Hodges Bartram

Dear Classmates,                                                                                                             

The Class of 1966 will hold an OPEN 45 year reunion on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011.  Here is the schedule:

Friday night – 7:00 p.m. until closing - RJ’s Restaurant and Pub located at 12743 Jefferson Avenue (Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center), Newport News, VA.  The owner, Ron Johnson, is a Typhoon alumnus. Each person attending on Friday night is responsible for the cost of their dinner, drinks or snacks. 

Saturday night:  Warwick Yacht Club, located at 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, from 7:00 p.m. till midnight.  We will have light Hors D’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Dress Code:  Dressy Casual (no shorts, jeans or ties, please).  Music by the Rock-it-Men Band.

The cost for the reunion will be $40 per person.  Included in this cost is the rental of the Yacht Club, paper, envelopes, printer ink, stamps, food, bartender, carver and server fees.  If any of you would like to make a monetary donation to help underwrite the cost of the reunion, it will be greatly appreciated.

In order to meet planning deadlines, please respond by July 8th by returning the attached form, along with your check, made out to me, Dee Bartram. 

Updates on the reunion will be sent out by via e-mail to those of you that I have e-mail addresses for.  Also, Carol Buckley Harty, Class of 1965, has created a NNHS website at where I will also post updates.

We look forward to seeing you at the reunion!

NNHS Class of 1966 45-Year Reunion Committee

Dee Hodges Bartram      (757) 868-8443            E-mail:
Terri McAfee Artman               898-4042                
Judy Phillips Allen                   928-9748                  
Joe Dickson                            872-0690               

Albert Dorner                          874-3406                 
Richard Marshall                     851-2325              
Marilyn & Chuck Springfield    245-5887                 
Sandra Thomas Reinholdt       989-0942                 

Please send the registration form and your check, payable to Mrs. Dee Bartram, by July 8, 2011.  My address is 21 Laydon Way, Poquoson, VA  23662.   The cost after July 8th will be $50 per person. 

Please give me the count for each night.

Will attend:  Friday Night _______      Saturday Night _______

Name: ________________________________________ (Ladies – please include maiden name)        

Spouse/Guest Name: ____________________________

Address: ______________________________________


Phone: _______________  E-mail address: ___________________________

Amount Enclosed: _______________

NOTE:  If you are going to attend Friday only, I still need to know in order to give the restaurant a count.  Please extend me and the restaurant the courtesy of letting me know if you will be there by either e-mailing me at or calling me at (757) 868-8443.

If you are unable to attend the reunion, please e-mail or call me with any e-mail address updates or home address change updates.

   AN OPEN REUNION?!?  But of course, Dee - thanks so much!

The link is now on the main page as well as the Reunion Page:

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":


Could you place the attached item in an upcoming newsletter and run it for a week or two? Any longer than that and people will just scroll past it.


Dave :


BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------

… and you have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
touch with us. We want to include you in our reunion, which is scheduled for September
16 &17, 2011, at the David Student Union on the CNU campus.

P.O. BOX 6387
NORFOLK, VA 23508-0387
TEL: 757-627-1441

Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:

   Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/12/11 - "Hall of Fame dinner is this Sunday":

One of our NNHS heroes will be inducted into the Peninsula Athletic Hall of Fame Sunday night.    Buddy Lex starred at NNHS in both football and basketball and graduated in (June) 1944. He then became a triple-threat tailback for W&M. In 1949, Lex threw 18 touchdown passes, a national record at that time. Also in 1949, Lex was runner-up to Sam Snead as Virginia’s Athlete of the Year.

Buddy is one of 6 inductees to be honored at the Peninsula Athletic Hall of Fame during the May 15, 2011 (this Sunday night) ceremony at the Boo Williams Sports Complex. Buddy is the only one of the 6 inductees that has not had a single person make a reservation in his name. He is also the only NNHS inductee.

NNHS graduated it's last class in 1971, 40 years ago. Since that time, Typhoon alums have prided themselves on keeping the history, the memories, and their support of each other going. We often sign-off our emails to each other with


The lack of any Typhoon response to what should be a celebration of one of our own is an embarrassment.

There is still time to make a reservation and be there to honor the memory of Buddy Lex.

The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Boo Williams Sportsplex (5 Armistead Pointe Parkway Hampton, VA 23666). This is the brand new location of the Hall and is reached by taking the Hampton Parkway that begins at Harpersville Rd. and crossing Armistead Ave..

The event will feature video highlights of each athlete’s career and will be emceed by WVEC-13 News sports reporter Scott Cash. Cost is $50.00 per person, including the meal.

Anyone interested in attending should contact:
Cyndi Masterstaff
757.727.8314 (work)

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Joe!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 05/12/11, 10:09 AM - "Perkins NNHS Class":

Hello Carol,        Thu. May 12, 2011

James Henry Perkins is in the Feb. 1942 Beacon Annual.

Adding 17 years to the birth year fits most graduates in classes prior to 1948.


   Thank you so much, Fred! I could not find him listed with the Class of June 1942, but I knew he had to be somewhere close to them.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 05/12/11 - "Seal Team 6":

Wish I could have seen the expression on OBL's mug when he saw these guys coming through the door:

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Phil!

       From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 05/11/11 AND   From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/12/11 - "Preparing for Memorial Day....keep it moving":

Remember and be thankful

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

- unknown-

God Bless our current and past Veterans!!!!

I am proud to keep this says it all!  I hope this is one I see keep coming around!!!!!

It is the 

not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion. 

It is 
not the reporter, 
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is 
not the poet, 
who has given us freedom of speech.


It is 
not the campus organizer, 
who has given us freedom to assemble. 


It is 
not the lawyer, 
who has given us the right to a fair trial. 

It is 
not the politician, 
who has given us the right to vote.

It is 
salutes the Flag,

It is 
who serves 
under the Flag


We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve. 

God Bless them all!!
Makes you proud to be an American.

Thank a serviceman/woman for their sacrifice for our country - I just did.

   Thank you, Sweetie-Pies - so did I!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 05/12/11 - "Just a Biker":


I saw you hug your purse closer to you in the grocery
store line.
But, you didn't see me, put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each
other on the sidewalk.
But, you didn't see me, playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you change your mind about going into the
But, you didn't see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when
I drove by.
But, you didn't see me, driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But, you didn't see me, when I took time off from work to run
toys to the homeless.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But you didn't see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you roll your eyes at our leather coats and
But, you didn't see me, and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, you didn't see me, cry as my children where born and have their name written over and in my heart.
I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didn't see me, going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes
can be.
But, you didn't see me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car.
But, you didn't see me pat my child's hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you, reading the newspaper o r map as you drove
down the road.
But, you didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you, race down the road in the rain.
But, you didn't see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few
minutes of time.
But, you didn't see me, trying to turn right.

I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in the
lane I was in.
But, you didn't see me, leave the road.

I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But, you didn't see me. I wasn't there.

I saw you, go home to your family.
But, you didn't see me. Because, I died that day you cut me off.

I was just a biker, a person with friends and a family.
But, you didn't see me.

Repost this around in hopes that people will understand
the biker community.

If you don't repost this, I hope you never loose someone
that rides a bike!

   Thanks, Dools!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/10/11 - "Old German Shepherd":

One day an old German Shepherd dog starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch. The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he Immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.

"Whew!" says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans, and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"

Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...

"Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!"

Moral of this story...

Don't mess with the old dogs... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!

BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.

If you don't send this to some 'old' friends right away, there will be fewer people laughing in the world.

Of course, I am in no way insinuating that any of you are old, some are just more 'youthfully challenged'.

You did notice the size of the print, didn't you?

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!


From - 05/12/11:
When the rod in her closet fell from the weight of her clothes Sally decided to donate some. While gathering the garments she no longer wore, she checked the pockets in one coat and found a ticket for shoes she’d brought in for repairs nearly four years before.

“So that’s what happened to those,” she muttered. Later that day after dropping off the clothes, she decided to see if the repairman still had the shoes.

After studying the ticket, the man said. “I’m sorry, but those won’t be ready until Friday.” 


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

2. Thursday, June 2, 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.

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. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 05/05/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  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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La Bamba

Recorded by Ritchie Valens, 1958

Para bailar la bamba,
Para bailar la bamba,
Se necesita una poca de gracia.
Una poca de gracia pa mi pa ti.
Arriba y arriba
Y arriba y arriba, por ti seré,
Por ti seré
Por ti seré.

Yo no soy marinero.
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan.
Soy capitan.
Soy capitan.


Para bailar la bamba,
Para bailar la bamba,
Se necesita una poca de gracia.
Una poca de gracia pa mi pa ti.
Arriba, arriba.

R-r-r-r-r, Ja! Ja!

Para bailar la bamba,
Para bailar la bamba,
Se necesita una poca de gracia.
Una poca de gracia pa mi pa ti.
Arriba y arriba
Y arriba y arriba, por ti seré,
Por ti seré.
Por ti seré.


"La Bamba" midi courtesy of - 05/13/11

"La Bamba" lyrics courtesy of - 05/13/11

First Image of Ritchie Valens courtesy of - 05/13/11

Second Image of Ritchie Valens courtesy of - 05/13/11

Animated Gold Musical Staff clip art courtesy of - 02/03/05

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

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!

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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