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05/26/11 - NNHS Newsletter - John Wayne's 104th Birthday

“I've always had deep faith that there is a Supreme Being, there has to be. To me that's
just a normal thing to have that kind of faith. The fact that He's let me stick around
a little longer, or She's let me stick around a little longer, certainly goes great with me --
and I want to hang around as long as I'm healthy and not in anybody's way.”

- John Wayne
(26 May 1907 - 11 June 1979)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think we should try to celebrate John Wayne's birthday every year!

BONUS #1 - - John Wayne Doing the Jitterbug - Clip from The Fighting Seabees (1944)

BONUS #2 - - John Wayne - Introduction to Gunsmoke, 1955

BONUS #3 - - John Wayne IS The Last Shootist, 1975

BONUS #4 - - John Wayne - America: Why I Love Her

BONUS #5 - - John Wayne's 100th Birthday Celebration at the Newport Beach Film Festival, 2007



   Happy Birthday today to     Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Mary Johnson Weaver ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;

30 -   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL AND    Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA:

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND    Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Sunday, May 25, 1862

Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, better known as “Stonewall”, was a deeply religious man who went to great lengths to avoid battle on the Sabbath. Today it could not be avoided, so he administered a drubbing to Gen. Banks’ men in the Battle of Winchester. Casualties were lopsided: 400 Southerners out of an army of 16000; more than 2000 Federals from a force of 8000, the vast majority missing or captured. The survivors scrambled back to Harpers Ferry, leaving their huge load of supplies to Jackson.



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 Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 05/25/11, 4:58 PM - "American Idol tonight":

Just want to let everyone know that our grandson's school won the entry for Harris Teeter's new commercial that will be aired on The American Idol tonight.  Our grandson, Josh is in the commercial.  He will be the young man in the produce department picking out some fresh fruit with a cute little strawberry blond.  He also did background singing and music. Of course, WE have to brag a little.  Look for Josh tonight.  Oh, the school won $10,000 for winning.

   WOWZERONI! HOW VERY EXCITING! Thanks so much, Sweetie-Pies! Unfortunately, we were under yet another tornado warning when your note arrived - and for several hours thereafter - so I missed the whole thing. :o(  Maybe we can catch it on YouTube soon!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 05/25/11 - "Spokesman Club Clipping":

   While packing (and packing... and packing...) today, I came across this newspaper clipping from 1963 (why it wasn't already in my sophomore album, I do not know), so before it disappears again, I posted it on     Mr. Burke's teacher page: 



Friday, May 10, 1963

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/23/11 - "Old Buckroe Pictures":


Forwarded, as requested by      Tom (Flax - '64 - of VA).



   Thank you for the great old Buckroe photos, David - and Tom! The bad news, of course, is that I won't able to process many images until I get resettled and reconnected back in Fayetteville. The great news is that that these images made the rounds four or five years ago, and they've been posted on site since 01/10/07:


   Thanks again, Gentlemen!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 05/25/11:

Hi Carol and the Typhoon Nation....

Yesterday morning I finished reading my Bible and watched the birds at the feeder and the squirrels chase the chipmunks ! I have a small wrought iron bistro table on the deck and had a round pot of chives growing on it. The squirrels kept climbing on the pot and reaching the feeder, which once on, they took a spin until they were flung off in whatever direction along with enough seed to feed them for the day. So I put the pot of chives beneath the iron mesh table in the little circle underneath the table halfway from the ground, 'cause squirrels don't like the smell of chives and I thought this would keep them off the table after I moved it.......! While I was watching, one of the squirrels squatted like a female dog and relieved itself right in the middle of the pot of chives; it was deliberate and done with spite. I just had to tell someone besides my husband and thought all Y'all would get a kick out of it.

I had planned baked potatoes for dinner, with fresh chives of course, so I rushed out and turned on the hose and drowned the pee out of the chives and knocked the squirrels out of the trees with the jet setting on the hose. It was a moment of pure delight just seeing them being knocked out of the trees soaking wet. I laughed like a maniac and confirmed to my neighbor that I was indeed the crazy woman that she has always thought I was.

Still getting chuckles, and the baked potato with sour cream and chives along with the steak for dinner was delicious !

In Raleigh this is considered having fun since squirrels are protected by the state. We can trap them and release them but we can't kill them. Getting a trap and will release them at the Governor's Mansion which is downtown ! She loves them so she should have them ! Maybe it will encourage her to change the law !


   You're a hoot, Dimples! Thanks so much for the laugh!

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 05/23/11 - "A Little Prayer for you":

Little Prayer for you.


Please do not break. Just 27 words -

"God, our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in Jesus name, Amen."

This prayer is so powerful. Pass this to 12 people including me. A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage, finances, or maybe an answer to something (a prayer, a request) that you have been waiting for. Do not break or ask questions.

Does God come first in your life? If so, stop what you are doing & send it to 12 people now. Watch what He does!

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you so much, Jennie!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/25/11 - "Creation..":

   WILD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/24/11 - "For the Older Crowd Of course we are NOT old":

Does any of this sound familiar?

You don't have to be in the Older Crowd to enjoy this, but can pass it on to some "older" friends who will.

A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.

"Is it true," she wanted to know,

"that the medication you prescribed has

to be taken for the rest of my life?""

"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her.

There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied,

"I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS.'"

An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak to his son.

"Yes, Dad, what is it?"

"Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."

-------------------------------- ---------

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.


The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way.

I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.


When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra class.


You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.


I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.


One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

----------------- -----------------------------

Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.


First you forget names, then you forget faces.

Then you forget to pull up your zipper.

But it's worse when you forget to pull it down.


Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.

Today, it's called golf.


Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.

The old guy says to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going."

The young guy says, "That's OK, it's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too... I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."

The old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her... what does she look like?"

The young guy says, "Well, she is 27 yrs. old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom...wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?'

To which the old guy says, "Doesn't matter, --- let's look for yours."



(And this final one especially for me)
"Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth!"


     Thanks, Glenn! Wait a minute! Why am I laughing?!?

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/25/11 - "Fox Hunting in Alaska":

I felt a real need to forward this to you and ask you to do the same.

Please don't misread my intentions. I am in NO
way in agreement with any type of gun control, but after seeing this....I am, unfortunately, in agreement that something needs to change.

If you agree with this, please send to the powers that be. Hope we can stop it.
While I agree that hunting is an ethical God-given right, I think that we would have to agree on this...
Fox hunting in Alaska should be banned!

Please help ban fox hunting in Alaska.

Peter Cottontail
Bugs Bunny
The Easter Bunny

      Thanks again, Norris Sweetie!



From - 05/24/11:
A man and his wife were sitting in the living room discussing a “Living Will.”

"Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."

His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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!

5. 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

6. 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





Carol Buckley Harty



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Ballad of the Green Berets

Written and Performed by Sgt. Barry Sadler

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men we'll test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live, off nature's land
Trained in combat, hand to hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage deep, from the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men we'll test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her this last request

Put silver wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret

"Ballad of the Green Berets" midi courtesy of - 05/26/07

"Ballad of the Green Berets" lyrics courtesy of - 05/26/07

First John Wayne Image courtesy of - 05/26/07

Second John Wayne Image courtesy of - 05/26/07

Gold Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/26/07

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

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!

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!

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 Army Flag courtesy of - 01/21/04

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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