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05/20/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Armed Forces Day

"If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love
and admire better than another, it is a brave man,
--- it is the man who dares to look the devil in the face
and tell him he is a devil."

- James A. Garfield
(19 Nov 1831 - 19 Sep 1881)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    If we were still back in high school, we would be marching in (or watching) the Armed Forces Day Parade this morning.  Perhaps we would have played Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever".  

   As I had been a wee bit neglectful, I asked    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) for some (very) last minute help today, and the good captain (one of our Famous Sailors) came to my rescue once again:

Well, not much comes to mind that we haven't already used in previous years.

One thought, though:  You might consider adding the seal of the Coast Guard to those at the top. Those guys and gals also seem to be in the middle of it these days ... Homeland Security and all that, ya know:

And here is a cool image:

And here is another site I found while Googling:


   Oh, FABULOUS!!!  Thank you, Sir!  You are my hero!

   I, of course, would like to add my own thanks to all the veterans - particularly those here in our midst - for their service to our country.  I hope you know what's in my heart, as I always tend to choke up when I try to express it adequately.  And perhaps there is no way really to do that, anyway.



   Happy Birthday today to    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA.  Have a great day, Chuck!  Maybe someone will even throw you a parade!




  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/18/06 - "Seagoing Marines and United States Seagoing
Marine Association":

Hi, Carol:
Working on the next edition of "The Seahorse" and thought you might like this image.
It was taken in 1957 on board USS MACON (CA-132).

   Oh, are they not a glorious sight to behold?!?  And perfectly timed for today, too!  Thank you, Adonis!

1957 USS MACON (CA-132)    
A new link to consider adding to your Famous Marine page!
Working hard to coordinate the website with "The Seahorse" to improve the site.
Here is the link:
TYPHOON Regards,

  Outstanding!  I added that link here with the ones you previously gave me.

   Thanks so much, Joe!  You're doing a great job!


  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/19/06 - "Hi!":

Hi Carol,
What a treat to see our old house in Newmarket. Thank you, thank you to    Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) for his time and thoughtfulness. The big tree is gone, a front porch has been added, and it's probably been painted a few dozen times, but I can see my bedroom window there in the left corner. I used to climb out that window to meet my friend JoAnn Fay ('69) who lived across the street at 1125. She was the first person I spoke to when we moved from NY. I saw her playing outside and gathered up my courage and went out myself. She said "Hah!" (which meant Hi!) and I said "Can yoo tell me wheah Bwyafeeeld School is?" The most historic meeting between North and South since Grant met Lee. Anyway, I ended up at Pahkvyou Elementary and was soon speaking like a native...sort of.
Hope all is well with all Typhoons and their families.
Thanks again for the great memories!
Christine Wilson Starkman ('68)

   I rather thought you'd like those super images, Chris!  Isn't he the greatest?!?


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/19/06:

A satisfied customer is my greatest payment.


   Thank you again, David!  You're an amazingly thoughtful man!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/19/06:


Charlie's & Thommie's last name is spelled SNEAD...oops, too newsletter then...

   YIKESARONI!!!  And that's not the first time I've done that, either - and I know better, of course!  I have no idea why I did that, but thanks to your alertness, I fixed it three hours after I posted the Newsletter.  Maybe no one else saw it - SHHHHH!  It'll be our little secret!

Frances's Fabulous Pineapple Cake looks good, and I love any kind of pineapple cake, but alas, am no baker...Well, hope all are well!


   Oh, Sweetie, that cake is so easy to make and soooo good, you really should attempt it.  Maybe you'll find you have a new hobby!

   Thanks again!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/19/06:

GREAT TUNE, today...wish I'd had this arrangement when I was running a Jazz Band!

   Isn't that a winner?!?  Glad you liked it, Jimmy!

and maybe Mr. Wilson could help here with the Alma Mater, I mean after all...all any of us would have would be our own part, and that wouldn't be a complete score or even a piano reduction...


   That's true, but I think he was asked about this several years ago to no avail - or maybe that was Giant.......

   Well, time will tell.  Thanks again, Sweetie!


  From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 05/20/06 - "Looking for NNHS Music":

Has any one thought of contacting Mr. Wilson (The Band Director) ? He directed it enough times during his time at NNHS maybe he can help locate it. 

Cathy Hudson

   That may be!  Thanks, Cathy!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 05/19/06 - "Alma Mater":


I recall that it was on the program for the grand reunion.
If no one can come up with it. Let me know and I'll write it out, if I can find the correct key.

Richard Dawes
   You know, you're right, Dicky!  It was hand-written, and the key signature has been changed to the key of C from having two flats (which lowers it considerably, making it easier for most people to sing), and the title has a blooper - "Within the SCARED Walls", but there's the melody!
   Great memory!  Thanks so much, Sweetie!

   I personally was hoping to find a four-part arrangement of it, but at least we have a start!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/19/06:

"Does anyone remember the cafeteria manager? She was a large lady and we called her Miss "Mosquita". I have no idea what her real name was. Maybe that was her name. Anyway, she would walk around the tables and make us eat our lunch.

'Eat those vegetables...'.

She even took her knuckles and rubbed the boys on top of their heads if they didn't eat or if they
acted up. Some of us hid our spinach in our milk cartons. What a time! :) Compared to now, our meals at school were fantastic! I used to love the chocolate cake and coconut pie, parsley potatoes, green beans, .... Oh, stop, Judy!

  Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC) and    Judy (Phillips Allen - '66 - of VA) ,

Ummmm.........that would be Mrs. Skeeter, the cafeteria lady, as I recall...I remember being sent back to finish my spinach too, and must have learned from someone else (yeah, right!) about the 'spinach in the milk carton disappearing act' fit so nicely. I too enjoyed school  lunches... we ate very well back then and all the way through high school, I think...and there were no snack or soda machines in the schools at that time...How did we survive that?


   Thanks, Jimmy!  You're a hoot!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 05/20/06 - "Dear Carol, Mother's Instinct":

Dear Carol,

There is nothing in the world as Precious as a MOTHER. Human or Animal, A MOTHER is a MOTHER.


Please read the story below !!!!!

 In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth. The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve. After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment.

Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only "orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of wiener pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?????????????
Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!!!
     This is too precious for words, Herbie! 

   Thanks so much! 

Friday, January 23, 2004, 11:10 AM    


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:


The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its annual picnic

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19  from 11:00 AM till dark.  
The menu includes
homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixin's as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.

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


The Super Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009

The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJs Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/12/06 - "Funnies" (#4 in a series of 9):


   Ahhh!!!  Definitely penned by someone after my own heart! 

   Thank you, Gorgeous!


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#9 in a series of 9):


Just signs of the times

Richard Dawes

 Thanks, Dicky!  It was a fun series!


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Stars And Stripes Forever

- John Philip Sousa

(6 Nov 1854 - 6 Mar 1932)

"Stars and Stripes Forever" midi (Sequenced By Rhino) courtesy of - 05/20/06

Armed Forces Day 2006 Poster Image courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/20/06
Thank you, Dave!

First Four Military Seals clip art courtesy of - 03/24/03

Coast Guard Military Seal clip art courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/20/06
Thank you again, Dave!

Gold Bar clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/11/03

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

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