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05/30/06 - NNHS Newsletter
I'll Be Back

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter another.”

- Anatole France (Jacques Anatole Thibault )
(16 Apr 1844 - 12 Oct 1924)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Chances are excellent that I'll be gone tomorrow, and thus unable to issue a Newsletter then (even though I have more than enough material to fill it already!), BUT - I'LL BE BACK!

   So we need to celebrate early:



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC! 

Have a great day, JoAnn!

   Speaking of which......


  From JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC - 05/29/06 - "My Birthday":

Greetings Carol,
I certainly do enjoy your website.  You know, I believe I am now completely addicted to it...
Thank you so much for keeping us "in touch".
I happen to be looking over the birthdays in May to see if I shared a birth date with anyone but I don't.  I hate to bring this up, but you made me a year older than I really am as I was born in l943 not l942. If you would correct that I would so appreciate it.
Thanks again for you all you do with the website.
JoAnn Houston Parrott, class ' 61
Roanoke Rapids, NC

   Well, JoAnn, that was just silly of me, wasn't it?!?  I mean, from time to time I might "move" people around the country from state to state, but it hardly behooves me to age people prematurely, does it?!?  I'm sorry about that;  I've fixed that for you now:

   Thanks for finding that.  I really do strive for accuracy!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 05/27/06 - "":

Dear Carol,

You are much too young to know of these Movie Stars. It is quite a contrast of what Hollywood is like today. We have people like the TRAITOR jane fonda, The blabber mouth, barbara stricksand, I won't bore you with other names. This article is only a few names of WW II Heroes. There are quite a lot of MEN who are proud of our COUNTRY. Scroll down and read about a FEW GOOD MEN,

Your Friend, Herbie 


In contrast to the ideals, opinions and feelings of today's "Hollywonk" the real actors of yester-year loved the United States.

They had both class and integrity. With the advent of World War II many of our actors went to fight rather than stand and rant against this country we all love. 

They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become service men & women, many as simple "enlisted men".

This page lists but a few, but from this group of only 18 men came over 70 medals in honor of their valor, spanning from Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, Distinguish Service Crosses, Purple Hearts and one Medal of Honor.

So remember; while the "Entertainers of 2006" have been in all of the news media lately I would like to remind the people of what the entertainers of 1943 were doing, (63 years ago).

Most of these brave men have since passed on.

Real Hollywood Heroes:

Alec Guinness (2 Apr 1914 - 5 Aug 2000) (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.

James Doohan (3 Mar 1920 - 20 July 2005) ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy on Juno Beach with the Royal Canadian Army on D-Day.

Donald Pleasance
(5 Oct 1919 - 2 Feb 1995) (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.

David Niven
(1 Mar 1910 - 29 July 1983) was a Royal Military Academy Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.

James Stewart
(20 May 1908 - 2 July 1997) entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his way to the rank of Colonel.

During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot, his service record crediting him with leading more than 20 missions over Germany, and taking part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of duty.

Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, France's Croix de Guerre, and 7 Battle Stars during World War II

In peace time, Stewart continued to be an active member of the Air Force as a reservist, reaching the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in the late 1950s.

Clark Gable
(1 Feb 1901- 16 Nov 1960) (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond the draft age at the time the U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles.

He attended the Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942.

He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s, earning the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Capt Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his own request, since he was over-age for combat.

Charlton Heston
(b. 4 Oct 1923) was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.

Ernest Borgnine
(b. 24 Jan 1917) was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate, 1935-1945.

Charles Durning
(b. 28 Feb 1923) was a U. S. Army Ranger who landed with the first wave on Omaha Beach at Normandy on D-Day, earning a Silver Star.  He was awarded three Purple Hearts.

Charles Bronson
(3 Nov 1921 - 30 Aug 2003) was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more specifically on B-29s in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.

George C. Scott
(18 Oct 1927 - 22 Sep 1999) was a decorated U S. Marine, including a stint as a ceremonial guard at Arlington National Cemetery..

Eddie Albert
(22 Apr 1906 - 26 May 2005) (Green Acres, TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.

Brian Keith
(14 Nov 1921 - 24 June 1997) served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.

Lee Marvin
(19 Feb 1924 - 29 Aug 1987) was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign when he was wounded, earning the Purple Heart.

John Russell
(3 Jan 1921 - 19 Jan 1991) In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly decorated for valor at Guadalcanal.

Robert Ryan
(11 Nov 1909 - 11 July 1973), a Dartmouth graduate, was a U. S Marine who served with the O. S. S. in Yugoslavia.

Tyrone Power
(5 May 1914 - 15 Nov 1958) (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the U.S. Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Audie Murphy
(20 June 1924 - 28 May 1971), the little 5'5" tall, 110 pound guy from Texas who played cowboy parts?

Most Decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Med al of Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.

The 1955 film To Hell and Back, in which he starred, is based on his autobiography.

So how do you feel the real heroes of the silver screen acted when
compared to the hollywonks today who spray out anti-American drivel as they bite the hand that feeds them? Can you imagine these stars of yester-year saying they hate our flag, making anti-war speeches, marching in anti-American parades and saying they hate our president?

I thought not, neither did I!

   Thank you, Herbie!  This bears repeating from time to time. (And I remember them all, Sweetie!)


  From Joe Wingo, President of the Class of 1965, of NC- 05/30/06:

Dear Carol,
Please remind
   Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) that we are getting older! But, like all things of real class, we are so much more valuable now as we possess more life experience. Our charge is to now share our wealth of living with those at risk of not fully appreciating the joy and richness of life. We are the ones who must never allow the memories and lessons of WWII, Korea, Viet Nam or 9-11  to be forgotten. And it's our age that places us in such a position, which I'm grateful for.
We speak of "never forgetting". We won't! My fear is others, younger, will. That is what we must be on guard against forever.
And I agree with Dave totally, all we "retired" folks are doing is simply entering the next Chapter of our lives. I anxiously await where it will take me. Dave, please keep me posted on your progression. We all still have an awful lot to give....and receive. Dave, all my best wishes to you.
God Bless all of our men and women in uniform....and God Bless you all.
I feel extremely fortunate to have had the life I have and to have known you all.....Thank you.
Joe Wingo

   I like the way you phrased that, Sweetie!  Thanks!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 05/28/06 - "Dear Carol, Take time to smell the ROSES, Tattoo of the Year":

Dear Carol,

I know how busy you always are BUT, You took time to say a little prayer for me in church and I am ever so grateful. You said in a previous letter that you were not feeling well and that saddens me SO, I will try and CHEER YOU UP.

    Tattoo Of The Year
That picture is not me, but the lack of hair is close and I can see you smiling already. Hope you are feeling better now.

Your Friend, Herbie

   This is soooo funny!  And it not only made me smile, it made me laugh out loud!  Thanks so much, Herbie! And I'm beginning to snap out of it, really I am. 


  From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 05/29/06 - "Happy Memorial Day":

Hi Carol,
Hope you are enjoying your Holiday with family and having a great time. 

We returned late last night from the western part of the state where everything is green and flowers are blooming everywhere. In my mail was a beautiful card from our former teacher Mrs. Helen Shelton.  I could hardly believe my eyes.  She was so delighted to receive birthday wishes from so many people.  Her hand writing is unchanged as her warm wishes to everyone. I am still smiling and thinking of her - especially that she took the time to write to me, a not so smart student of English but one of her home room students for several years.  I believe she was one of the kindest people I have ever met.

   Isn't that wonderful?!? Thanks so much, Linda!

Each time I read another news letter from you, it brings back so many good memories which seem so long ago now.  Where has the time gone?  When we were students, the future seem so far and away but the past doesn't seem that long ago.  So if I have failed to tell you how much you have always meant to me, please know I cherish our friendship and what you have brought into my life through the web site.  I am sending a donation to help defray cost as I know I am probably over due and encourage all readers to do the same.  I only wish it could be more. 
Take Care of yourself.
Linda L. Lane

   OHHHH, Linda!  Bless your sweet heart, you do know how to get me to tear up, doncha?!?  And I hope you realize just how much you mean to me as well, Lady!

   It always broke my mama's heart that I had not maintained contact with all my friends, as she herself had.  How happy she would be to know of all this, this fantasy come to life!  And I know that she is!

   Thank you so very much, Linda!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/29/06 - "Mrs. Helen Shelton":

   I'm so glad you shared that with us, Linda!  I, too, received a note from Mrs. Shelton.

     As I knew she didn't have a computer at home, I printed off the notes already on this page and enclosed them with her birthday card.

   But as I began to write my own note, I became as nervous as if I were taking an exam, and my hand started shaking, and the note looked terrible - as you can see here.  But Mrs. Shelton was ever gracious, and I was delighted to receive this note back from her.

Monday, May 8, 2006     Monday, May 15, 2006  
   Isn't it fun, living in this magical time?!?


  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/29/06:

Hi, Carol:
Thanks for the fine tribute to our fallen service men and women on this Memorial Day. You do such an outstanding job and we all appreciate it.

   Thank you so much, Joe!

Congratulations to    Captain David Spriggs ('64 - of VA) upon reaching retirement this year. Since we both have Space-A benefits (deferred compensation) we should head out to Europe with our cameras and visit some of the memorial gardens in Europe for our next Memorial Day, and grace the pages of this website with some of that magic from your camera. My bags are packed!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   What a great plan!  Y'all have fun - GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks again, Adonis!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 05/29/06:

A huge THANKS to    David Spriggs ('64 - of VA) for that wonderful collection of CD tunes he made.  I've had them awhile, but recently had a CD player installed in my car.  I just listened to "High School USA" on CD #1.........all the high schools in the Hampton Roads area are mentioned.  Newport News is the third school named, but if my ears don't deceive me, Hampton is mentioned the end of the third verse and end of the last verse.  Now, now, Typhoons, don't be upset......I may very well have heard it wrong.  So, I'm throwing out the question to all Typhoons and Crabbers.  Also, does anyone know who sang the song?  Had to be one of our local talented bands.

    I could have answered this for you myself, Gloria, but I thought it would be infinitely more fun to take it straight to the Wizard of Wonderment himself - and I was right!

And always a humongous THANKS to    Carol Buckley Harty (Newport News HS - '65) - NC, for putting the newsletters together and keeping us informed.  Thanks bunches, Carol!! 

   Thank you so much, Gloria!  I've really enjoyed all your input since you've joined us here!




   From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to   Gloria Woolard Price
(Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 05/29/06:

Hi Gloria,

Thanks for the kudos. I had a lot of fun compiling the songs for the Mix ... and even more fun pumping the donations into the Class of 1964 Treasury.

I listened to the song carefully. The fidelity is not so great, but I cannot disagree that it sounds like Bubba did say "Hampton" twice.  I am not upset about that, Gloria. Maybe he was afraid nobody would believe that he had included Hampton at all, so he said it twice, just to be sure everyone heard it. :-D

And by "Bubba", I mean Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, a Portsmouth native and one-time member of the Blue Caps, the back-up group for the late Gene Vincent, also a Portsmouth native. You may recall Gene's hit song, "Be-Bop-A-Lula".....

You can do some background reading here: (On this site, you can buy a CD with all 30 versions of "High School USA")

As you will read, there were 30 geographically distinct versions of the song, each tailored to the high schools in a particular area.  I could not find the lyrics for any version anywhere on the Web.

TYPHOON Regards,

   Thanks, David!  We really appreciate your meticulous research.  I know I do, especially!


From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/29/06 - "History for Famous Soldiers":

 Born in Newport News Va.. 10-22-46...
I am a Husband.. Father of 2 Girls.. Grand Father of 1 Girl... Been in Retailing for 36 years here in Atlanta, Ga.. I am sending 3 pics...You can pick which to USE...
Hope you had a GOOD SAFE Weekend....

'67 - Basic Training - Fort Bragg, NC Summer '68 in Germany Winter '68 in Germany  
  Thanks, Al! 
  I've added them all here where they belong:




   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 RJ’s 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 Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA - 05/22/06 - "Happy Day" (#5 in a series of  9):

Hope every day is happy for you :)

Have a Blessed Day

I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here

than a whole truck load when I'm gone.  THESE ARE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I've always had a thing for yellow roses!

Thanks so much, Stacy!


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


  Awwww - how cute!


  Thank you, Gorgeous!   Your funnies have been, well, FUN!


   There is much more to come in the next few days!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





I'll Be Back

Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 196

(The Beatles)

You know, if you break my heart I'll go
But I'll be back again
'cause I told you once before goodbye
But I came back again

I love you so, oh
I'm the one who wants you
Yes I'm the one who wants you
oh, ho, oh, ho, oh

You could find better things to do
Than to break my heart again
This time I will try to show that I'm
Not trying to pretend

I thought that you would realize
That if I run away from you
that you would want me to
But I got a big surprise
Oh, ho, oh, ho, oh

I want to go, oh
But I hate to leave you
You know I hate to leave
Oh, ho, Oh, ho

You, if you break my heart I'll go
But I'll be back again

"I'll Be Back" (Famous long before Ah-nuld said it) - 10/29/05

"I'll Be Back" midi courtesy of - 05/24/06
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

"I'll Be Back" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

NOTE: This page was unavailable at press time, so the lyrics are actually courtesy
of - 05/24/06

 Image of "I'll Be Back" Sheet Music courtesy of - 05/24/06

Icon’s Decorative Bar #43 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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 Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Birthday Cake Courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 04/15/04

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